Saturday, August 06, 2011

Idol Threat on Metz (8/7 + AoH)

For those in Chicago, here is a good way to preview Metz. And thanks to Idol Threat for the nice shout out!


Status - 8/6

- Thanks to everyone for the really strong response on the Redrot LP! I have been cranking away at packing LPs this week. I will get one more Post Office trip in this weekend. I had an unexpected work trip to NYC so I got a bit behind with post-Wednesday orders. I will plan for mail runs almost every day next week so I should be totally caught up on orders by mid-week. I will look forward to feedback on the LP once people get some plays in...

- Chicago folks: Pharmakon plays tonight at Enemy... not to be missed!  And for those who want to see Iceage twice, they are also playing a loft show tonight with Population, Raw Nerve, etc.  (1800 S. Peoria).  It should be an intense night, trying to juggle both shows...

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Chicagoist on AoH

The Chicagoist just posted a really nice piece on Anatomy of Habit as a preview for our show on Sunday with Iceage:


http://chicagoist.com/2011/08/03/see_this_band_anatomy_of_habit.php

Anatomy Of Habit Defies Categorization

AoH-ES-02.jpgA few months ago, at the double record release party for Chicago metal bands Bloodiest and Indian, we saw an opening band who truly defied categorization, Anatomy of Habit. They have a show opening up for Iceage at the Empty Bottle this Sunday, and here's why you should catch Anatomy before the Pitchfork-approved Danish buzz band.
First and foremost, Anatomy of Habit features an impressive pedigree of local talent from a wide variety of past bands. Ex-members of Radar Eyes, Cheer Accident, Animal Law, and current members of Bloodyminded and Plague Bringer, all play in this band. But even if those names don't mean anything to you, Anatomy of Habit's intoxicating, challenging mix of mood-based musical forms will. The songs are long, complex, and utterly unforgettable.
The average song-length may be 10 minutes or so, but this is a group that knows how to hold listener attention, doing so by lulling them into gothic ambiance one minute, and then snapping them out of it with whiplash-inducing fury on loan from metal and hardcore the next. Habit's Bandcamp and Facebook say an album is on the way. Get excited. Listen to live demos here, then see this band.
Anatomy of Habit opens for Iceage on August 7 at Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, 9:30 p.m., $10, 21+

Mexico City Update


Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Status - 08/02

- The first batch of Redrot packages are in the mail, encompassing about 75% of individual orders.  The balance of mail-order packages, along with distro shipments will go out on Wednesday and Thursday.  The Redrot LP will initially be stocked by Revolver USA/Midheaven/Tedium House (USA), Self Abuse (USA), and Loki (Germany), and as always, at the BloodShop!

Burning Fleshtival Recap

BLOODYMINDED
30 July 2011

Burning Fleshtival III
Red Light District
Far Rockaway, Queens, NY


With Raspberry Bulbs, Pharmakon, Hollow Seed, Viszk, Russian Tsarlag, 
VVAQRT, Deterge, Stillbirth, Yellow Tears...


BLOODYMINDED
James Moy - Synth + Mix + Vocals
Pieter Schoolwerth - Synth
Mark Solotroff - Vocals + Synth

01: LAKE STREET
02: ANGEL OF DARKNESS
03: TROPHY
04: WITHIN THE WALLS
05: GIRLFRIEND ATTEMPTS TO EXPLAIN SCHIZOPHRENIC EPISODE BY REVEALING CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE
06: IN THE MOOD
07: MIND THE GAP
08: PORN LORDS (with guest vocals by Margaret Chardiet of Pharmakon)
09: A SONG FOR LISANNE, A YOUNG MODEL
10: LEAK (Cadaver In Drag)
11: GENITAL PANIC
12: PRO-ANA
13: BLIND FURY
14: TWO DROPS OF BLOOD
15: VISITING AN EX-GIRLFRIEND IN THE HOSPITAL – AIDS WARD
16: OUTSIDE THE GATE
17: CHALK EATER
18: CHINATOWN

Encore:
19: HEAD


It says "synth" up in the credits and there were synths hooked up.  This was one of those CHAOS REIGNS type of BLOODYMINDED shows.  Trouble shooting?  There was no time for that.  After Raspberry Bulbs (who I thoroughly enjoyed!) finished, the basement space (more on that) cleared out and we got started setting up.  Within only a few minutes, I turned around from having my back to the room, while we were hooking up our gear, only to find that the place was full again.  People were jockeying for space at the front.  Right in front.  Of us.  We tried to move swiftly, as the night was running pretty late/long, and I suppose something was not double-checked in the process.  Once we got started, it was all mics, voice and feedback, and the synths basically vanished.  But we work with chaos, right?  We always have.  So we continued to motor through the set, and James swiftly began to manipulate the EQs of each mic, as I do in solo performances, to add some greater definition and differentiation to the tones.  The crowd was right up in our face, screaming, cheering, pumping fists, and making sure the energy stayed at a high level.  Fuck your synths, this is BLOODYMINDED, back in 120-degree, dank, humid, layer of beer/sweat/mud on slick white tile floor mode.  What do you do?  Not die.  We plowed along. Mics bust lips.  Large amps topple over multiple times.  One lands on my foot.  I have the swollen purple sausage toes to prove it.  Power cuts out.  We continue.  For "PORN LORDS," we bring Margaret back to the, uh, stage.  She and I layer vocals, do call-and-response... get through it.  Best intentions were that we would revisit the song that we wrote and performed together last year in Chicago -- "NOW IT IS A PRIVATE THING" -- but we had both been too busy lately to really do the song justice this time around.  We continue.  The three of us are soaked through from head to toe.  I am hemmed in but try to make my way into the crowd.  I lean more than I push.  It is too slick to gain traction.  The crowd roars out the words "AIDS WARD" as we introduce song number fifteen and that gives us the energy to reach the end.  We shut off and people started screaming for more.  Okay, fine, but what?  The loudest song title I heard was "HEAD," so a blast song was easy to switch back on and shriek through.


Our massive thanks go out to all of our friends at the Red Light District, for having us out there for this excellent event.  I am really pleased that we were finally able to do it, even if the results were a bit unpredictable.  Thanks also to all of our friends who made the long trek out to Far Rockaway, including an excellent showing from thee Wierd world.  Big thanks also to Allison and Mike for the ride back to Bushwick!!!  I personally heard/saw such great music/performances throughout the night and I met a lot of really cool, nice people.  I wish that I could have been there for Friday's sets, but the weather and air traffic control did not comply.  Regarding that, thanks to the ladies at Pumps in East Williamsburg for a fun way to salvage the latter part of Friday night!  It was great hanging out all weekend with my Wierd family, including Erin, Josh, Sean, Liz, and Kristin...and it is always hard to break away to make my flight on time...

Alternate Poster for 8/7 (Iceage + AoH)

Oh My Rockness on Iceage (8/7 with AoH)

http://chicago.ohmyrockness.com/features.cfm?articleid=1925