Saturday, August 13, 2011

Status - 8/13

It took the use of a two-wheel hand-truck to get all the boxes upstairs at the Post Office, but mail-order is now totally up-to-date.  I appreciate the great support shown for the new Redrot LP and I appreciate everyone's patience over the last two week's as I have tried to keep up with orders.  A few particularly slower-than-normal shipments had extra items added to make up for the sub-par service.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Advance Notice: The Hideout Gets Heavy (Again)

Sunday October 30, 2011

Rabid Rabbit

+ DJ Steven Hess (Haptic/Locrian, etc.)

The Hideout
1354 West Wabansia
Chicago, IL 60642

Thursday, August 11, 2011

PTV Live In Thee Wierd

PTV Live in Thee WIERD...VR

Psychic TV Live in Thee Wierd
New York City, 17 August 2011

For thee Realisation ov This Project Psychic TV will be:
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
Martial Canterel
Kevin Hufnagel
On the occasion of this Very Rare concert live in the Wierd World, Psychic TV will be performing a selection of classic trax from the albums Force the Hand of Chance(1982), Dreams Less Sweet(1983), A Pagan Day(1984), and Allegory & Self(1988) at midnite.

Our aim is wakefulness, our enemy is dreamless sleep.

The WIERD Party @ Home Sweet Home
131 Chrystie St. at Delancy, NYC
Doors 10pm / 21+ / $15

The Reader on Rabid Rabbit + BloodLust!

It is official...  From the Reader:

METAL | Rabid Rabbit levels up on a forthcoming full-length

    Last week local doom band Rabid Rabbit finished mastering Czarny Sen ("Black Dream" in Polish), their second full-length and first since Arriver guitarist Dan Sullivan came aboard in fall 2009. He joins Arman Mabry (bass), Mike Tsoulous (drums), and front woman Andrea Jablonski (bass, vocals), who calls this Rabid Rabbit's "first 'mature' recording." The lineup has jelled so that everyone contributes to the writing process, she says. "A lot of it is practiced improv, if there is such a thing—we fell out of any specific genre."
    Czarny Sen consists of four long cuts tracked and mixed with Sanford Parker at Engine over the past few months, plus the previously released 2009 recording "Suicide Song," with guest appearances by Bruce Lamont of Yakuza, Mark Solotroff of Bloodyminded, and two top-shelf improvisers—saxophonist Dave Rempis and percussionist Michael Zerang. Rempis is practically a regular member now, and plays what Jablonski describes as "Lost Boys-like sax" on "Raven."
    She also calls Czarny Sen "the feel-bad record of the winter," and "Eclipse" shows why: it's like a reflection in dark, unquiet water, and Jablonski's incantatory Polish vocals help create an unease that crystallizes into refracted bolts of dissonant guitar. The album, which should come out around Halloween on Solotroff's Bloodlust! label, also includes a dirgelike, minor-key cover of "Land of the Glass Pinecones" by late-70s Boston band Human Sexual Response. Rabid Rabbit's next show is Wed 8/31 at 10 PM at Beauty Bar, with openers Alma Negra (who also open for Mr. Rudy Day at the Hideout Sat 8/13). It's free, and there's free pizza from Pie-Eyed.

    Wednesday, August 10, 2011

    Tuesday, August 09, 2011

    Anatomy of Habit 8/7 Recap

    Thanks to everyone who came out to Sunday night's Anatomy of Habit show. It was really nice to see so many friends there. I had a great time, both playing and watching the other bands, but I barely got to chat with anyone for more than a minute or two, so sorry about that! It was one of those nights where I was constantly on the move.  It was a really cool line-up to be a part of...  Metz cranked out a set of heavy and loud melodic noise-rock... a bit in the AmRep vein, I guess.  And Iceage tore through the songs on their album, filling the Empty Bottle with chiming guitars, anthemic chants, and feedback.  It was a different sort of show/energy, compared to Saturday's totally-mental set.  I was happy to be able to see them play twice over the weekend and it was fun to learn that there are some noise/power-electronics fans in the band, who know BloodLust! stuff, etc.  I was sorry that the Pharmakon/Deterge show in Minneapolis was canceled on Sunday but it was great to hang out with Margaret during the day -- at an epic English brunch -- and to see her at the AoH show.  Thanks to the Empty Bottle, as always, for hosting us. Patrick Scott did an amazing job with our sound, again, so major thanks to him!

    Three weeks of downtime (ha!) before Mexico City...

    I-T/IA on eBay

    There is a copy of the rare Iugula-Thor/Intrinsic Action "Ensembles Sacres Garcons" CD on Old Europa Cafe currently on eBay.

    Sunday, August 07, 2011

    Tonight - 8/7

    Poster for August 7, 2011 show

    Status - 8/7

    - Last night was a small miracle in planning and scheduling.  I was really pleased to have been able to make it down to Pilsen to see the Iceage and Population show at Empathy Lounge -- and then up to Enemy in time to catch Pharmakon and Deterge.  ACxDC opened the first show with a blast of classic power-violence that got the crowd in the 100+ degree space moving a bit violently by the end of their short set.  Population played a slightly abbreviated set, which sounded great, and the urgency of cruising through the songs was a positive factor.  I really enjoy when they inject a more intense energy to their set.  Raw Nerve and Iceage switched order.  I was sorry to miss Raw Nerve but it was for the best last night.  Iceage came on -- looking like a pack of heatstroke victims -- and the crowd pretty much went mental as soon as "White Rune" kicked in.  The set was fast, furious, and extremely high-energy, with a harsh dose of feedback layered over the slicing guitars.  With the band playing at floor level, singer Elias moved quickly and confidently into the volatile pit, taking a mic to his mouth and giving a bit of blood to the crowd, most likely as they hoped or expected.  No doubt, reputation preceded the band and the crowd certainly got what they wanted, and more.  And compared to some of the awkward live videos circulating online, this was a band that played confidently and knew the dynamics of their well-crafted songs.  It will be interesting to see them tonight, on a stage, and over such a great sound system.  There will definitely be a different feel to the whole thing.  So, then it was off to Enemy, with enough time to catch Jim and Margaret's sets (sorry Zach!).  Jim's set was much like last week at Burning Fleshtival (minus at least some of the oppressive heat), but over Enemy's four speaker set-up, the sound was that much crisper, clearer, and stronger.  Jim is really at the top of the his game right now with Deterge, with a really potent blend of venomous power-electronics and brooding death-industrial.  Excellent!  Margaret was up next/last and similar to Jim, she took her triumph from last week's festival set and brought it to an even higher place with crushing sound and such great interaction with the audience.  It was great to have her back in Chicago for the third summer in a row -- and it ruled to see her two weeks in a row!  Last night was fucking great.  What can I say?  Aside from the intense heat, I got to see some of my favorite performers and I got a great advance view of tonight's headliners...