The latest news from Anatomy of Habit, BLOODYMINDED, and Mark Solotroff
JULY 23, 2020 UPDATE
I hope that you're all feeling well and making the most of this difficult time.
I'm excited to announce that the Intrinsic Action "Early Action" CD is at the pressing plant and it's now available for pre-order. The master that I received from Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room sounds really great, to me, and I think that Jonathan Canady, yet again, created a handsome CD package, for this eighth entry in the archival series that he's worked on with me. Details on ordering follow below.
- New: The Fortieth Day "03/30/07" - CD/Digital - New: The Fortieth Day "02/20/07" - CD/Digital
- Now: The Fortieth Day "Narratives Of Cultural Alienation" - Cassette/CD/Digital - Now: Intrinsic Action S/T - CD/Digital - Now: Paolo L. Bandera + Mark Solotroff "Geological Plots And Subway Rifts" - Digital+PDF - Now: Mark Solotroff "You May Be Holding Back" - Digital - Now Nightmares "Sub-Sonic Language Transmission" - Now: Intrinsic Action 1985 - T-shirt - Now: Super Eight Loop - 001-100
- Next: Intrinsic Action "Early Action" - CD (AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER) - Next: Ensemble Sacres Garcons "Demonization: These Worldly Powers" - LP/Digital - Next: BLOODYMINDED "Synths Up!" - CD (Live) - Next: Super Eight Loop - Book - Next: Slogun "This Way Comes" - CD
I'm adding items to the BloodLust! Discogs store, including in-stock and extra personal copies of out-of-print label releases, as well as used items and rarities. Please check it out here: https://www.discogs.com/seller/bloodlustchicago/profile
Here are some recent (and older) recordings that I've been listening to. I add and remove albums to reflect my listening habits. Some things may linger:
- A Beautiful Machine "King Tide" - Einstürzende Neubauten "Alles In Allem" - FACS "Void Moments - Göden "Beyond Darkness" - Iugula-Thor "Sisters" - Martial Canterel "Objet Trouve" - Iggy Pop "The Bowie Years" (box set) - The Rolling Stones "Goat's Head Soup" (over and over and over...) - Slaves No More "The Unravelling" - Sshe Retina Stimulants "Murked Clutter + Grandiose Punk" - Tryptykon "Requiem (Live At Roadburn 2019)" - The Warlocks "The Chain" - Wrekmeister Harmonies "We Love to Look at the Carnage"
Anatomy of Habit formed in Chicago in October 2008 and is composed of Alex Latus (guitar), Isidro Reyes (metal percussion), Skyler Rowe (drums), Mark Solotroff (vocals), and Sam Wagster (bass + lap steel). The band encompasses elements of doom metal, post-punk, death-rock, noise-rock, industrial, psychedelic, and shoegaze. The band's last album, "Ciphers + Axioms," was released by Relapse Records.
Since we're still on hold, as far as shows go, we're not only continuing planning for our next album, I've also been focused on writing. I just shared four new songs with with the other guys, and I'm working on more lyrics, on most days.
New Album: We're excited that we'll be working with Alexandra Lerman, a Brooklyn-based artist - and a dear friend, as we develop the cover art and the design of our new album. You can view some of her work here: https://www.alexandralerman.com/
Following a couple of changes that we requested, we're waiting for final mixes from Sanford Parker, and then we'll be moving on to mastering.
BLOODYMINDED is a heavy electronic band that was formed in New York, in 1995, after the dissolution of the pioneering American post-industrial noise group Intrinsic Action, which was founded by Mark Solotroff, in Chicago, in 1984. BLOODYMINDED’s live shows are exceptionally energetic and are characterized by physical engagement, layers of abrasive analog synthesizer, aggressive vocals, and abundant feedback. In a live context, BLOODYMINDED celebrate and deconstruct the rock and roll performance.
(Mark, Pieter, and Megan, Pyramid Club, NYC, 1996)
Live Album: Basic editing of the recordings from our 2019 shows was completed last week and now we're choosing which songs and which versions will be included on the CD, "Synths Up!" More news soon...
New album: The foundations of ten new songs are shaping up very nicely, as band members have been sharing their work over the past few weeks. We'll keep assembling things remotely until we're ready to head into the studio with Sanford Parker to work on "amplified" sounds, vocals, and mixing.
Ensemble Sacrés Garçons was initially billed as a collaboration between Iugula-Thor and Intrinsic Action (with support from Sshe Retina Stimulants) and we released our debut in 1995, on Old Europa Cafe.
New album: Following the mastering stage with Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room, in Chicago, our forthcoming LP, "Demonization: These Worldly Powers," was sent to Smashed Plastic, a pressing plant in Chicago that opened in 2019. Cover artwork is still in progress but we anticipate working with a Chicago screen printer on that element..
The Fortieth Day is the duo of Isidro Reyes and Mark Solotroff, both key players in the heavy-electronics outfit BLOODYMINDED, a band known for its aggressive and confrontational live shows. In The Fortieth Day, Reyes and Solotroff utilize guitar, bass, drum machine, and analog synthesizer to create epic, blackened, psychedelic-industrial drone soundscapes.
Our thanks to everyone who has already supported our two recently released archival CDs! We've received some great feedback from people who hadn't heard the original cassettes from 2007.
Nightmares is the synth trio of Jonathan Canady (Angel of Decay, Dead World, Deathpile, etc.), David Reed (Envenomist, Imvixor, Luasa Raelon, etc.) and Mark Solotroff (Anatomy of Habit, BLOODYMINDED, The Fortieth Day, Intrinsic Action, etc.)
Nightmares "Sub-Sonic Language Transmission" Digital + Bonus Mix + PDF https://synthnightmares.bandcamp.com/album/sub-sonic-language-transmission The digital version includes a 41-minute bonus track, "A Detachment Of The Soul," which is a decidedly different sounding mega-mix of select tracks from the new album, created by David Reed. The download also contains a PDF of the companion booklet.
Super Eight Loop is series of 100 hour-long analog synth recordings by Mark Solotroff, launched in 1993. Digitization of all 100 cassettes began in December 2018 and finished in December 2019. All 100 recordings are available to stream and download, exclusively via Bandcamp.
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