Saturday, July 23, 2011

Status - 7/23

New Bridesmaid/Sun Splitter single added to the BloodShop!

- All pending webstore and Discogs orders were mailed out this afternoon

Friday, July 22, 2011

Poster for 8/7 show


Status - 7/22/11

- Thanks to my friends who came out to Rodan on Wednesday night.  I had fun DJing with Sanford (FoTN, yes!). Thanks to Andy Slater for asking me.  Thanks to the Bloodiest bartenders for their hospitality.  Because I am evidently the "approachable" one, not Sanford, I got asked to play some Biggie. The girl who asked me seemed pretty bummed out when I told her that I would not be spinning that sort of thing. So I remedied that with a 19-minute long Otesanek track called "Dead in the Park" that chugs along at about 20-BPM. If that did not put her and her friends over the edge, the Bloody Panda track that followed certainly helped clear their booth out.

- Despite horrible traffic on Chicago Ave., I made it over to Permanent Records earlier that night to catch a good portion of The Swan King's in-store set there.  Best wishes to them on their tour!

- Last night's The Soft Moon show was excellent.  Their full-length has easily been my most-listened-to album of the last 6+ months and I really enjoyed their live performance.  It was great to see Patrick/Unur play again, too.

- I should be all caught up with mail-order by tomorrow evening.  It has been a really busy week and I appreciate the support from everyone who ordered from the BloodShop!

- Here is the official invite for Burning Fleshtival III:

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Status - 7/20/11

- Mark Solotroff is DJing at Rodan tonight with Sanford Parker (scroll down for details)

- Last night's show at The Empty Bottle was intense.  I got there late due to AoH practice (sorry Lord Mantis and Mutilation Rites) but I walked in just as Batillus went on and their live sound totally lived up to what I have been enjoying about their still relatively new LP.  I was really pleased to make it in time to see them.  It has been years since I last saw Sourvein -- I am thinking Fireside Bowl when Liz Buckingham (Electric Wizard, ex-13) was still in the band -- and they simply kicked major ass last night.  Heavy, aggro, Southern-tinged sludge metal.  I have to say that it was great to see/hear them in such fine form in 2011.  Nachtmystium were up last and they added another layer of wallop to an already pummeling night of metal.  It might have seemed like a weird mix of bands but the three that I managed to see fit together pretty nicely.  And I know what Lord Mantis would have added to the flow

- I hope to make it to Permanent Records this evening to see The Swan King play an in-store at 6:00 PM, and back to the Empty Bottle tomorrow night to see The Soft Moon with local minimal-synth favorite Unur.  The Soft Moon's late-2010 full-length has been one of my most-played albums of the last six+ months

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tomorrow (7/20) Mark Solotroff + Sanford Parker DJ @ Rodan

Please stop by if you can.
It should be a heavy night...

Wednesday July 20, 2011
10:00 PM
No Cover

1530 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622

Mark Solotroff (Anatomy of Habit, BLOODYMINDED) and Sanford Parker (Buried at Sea, Minsk, The High Confessions) DJ as part of the Tyranny and Mutation series, curated by Velcro Lewis

Event link:

Anatomy of Habit - 7/16 Photos - Part 2

Here is a larger batch photographs from Saturday's show with Cages at The Empty Bottle.  Our thanks go to Mariah Karson for supporting us, as always, and for taking these beautiful photos!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Anatomy of Habit - 7/16 Photos - Part 1

Here are a few photographs from Saturday's show with Cages at The Empty Bottle.  A write-up and more pictures should follow soon.  Our thanks go to Edra Soto for coming to see us and for taking these photos!