Sunday, June 26, 2022

Anatomy of Habit - Summer 2022

 

 
We now have enamel pins available through our Bandcamp page, as well as at upcoming shows. They are round 1.25" black and silver pins with rubber pin-backs to hold them tight. Our "five nails" logo and the outer rim are raised nickel metal and the background is painted black.
They are $10.00.
Overseas buyers: due to the the increased cost of international shipping, we'd recommend purchasing this as an add-on to a CD, cassette, or LP order, so as to only incur an additional $2.00 postage fee, as opposed to the standalone cost of an international first class package.


Speaking of shows, we have announced two summer shows, including our first visit to Grand Rapids, MI.

Saturday July 30, 2022
Rezn / Lume / Anatomy of Habit
The Pyramid Scheme
68 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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Monday September 12, 2022
Glassing / Meth. / Anatomy of Habit
Beat Kitchen
2100 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
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Friday, May 06, 2022

ANATOMY OF HABIT: Release Even If It Takes A Lifetime On Vinyl - Support Christian Death Tonight

ANATOMY OF HABIT: Experimental Post-Punk/Doom Collective Releases Even If It Takes A Lifetime On Vinyl; Band To Support Christian Death Tonight In Chicago
Even If It Takes A Lifetime, the third full-length from Chicago-based experimental post-punk/doom metal collective ANATOMY OF HABIT, is now available on vinyl!
 
Initially released in December on CD, cassette, and digitally, Even If It Takes A Lifetime is the first of two new albums ready to be unveiled to the public. ANATOMY OF HABIT – Alex Latus (guitar), Isidro Reyes (metal percussion), Skyler Rowe (drums), Mark Solotroff (vocals), and Sam Wagster (bass + lap steel) — recorded both offerings with Sanford Parker, shortly before the pandemic, with mixing (by Parker) and mastering (by Collin Jordan) carried out during the long shutdown. Along with the band’s core instrumentation, listeners will hear piano, organ, analog synth, and vibraphone woven into the songs.
 
Thematically, Even If It Takes A Lifetime continues Solotroff’s reflections on love and loss, the creative process, the abstracted and vanishing self, and a sense of absolute obliteration. The potentially nostalgic album title may allude to a sense of hope and may indicate that all is not lost, or at least it may point to an inner drive to keep pushing forward.
 
Claim your copy of Even If It Takes A Lifetime on vinyl today at THIS LOCATION.
Coinciding with the vinyl release of Even If It Takes A Lifetime, tonight, ANATOMY OF HABIT will support Christian Death at Reggies Music Joint in Chicago.
 
ANATOMY OF HABIT:
5/06/2022 Reggie Music Joint – Chicago, IL w/ Christian Death, Bellhead, Guest [info]
 
ANATOMY OF HABIT formed in Chicago in October 2008. Although the band has experienced significant changes since forming, this is their longest-standing and most prolific lineup. It’s no wonder that they’ve gelled the way they have. Rowe and Latus have known each other since they were teenagers, growing up in Indianapolis’ heavy music scene and playing together in the band Still. Rowe and Wagster have been creating a strong body of work together in the pastoral instrumental Mute Duo. Reyes and Solotroff are old friends who’ve played together in both BLOODYMINDED and The Fortieth Day, for many years. This deep connective tissue has contributed to consistently effortless writing sessions and solidly fused live performances.
 
The band incorporates elements of doom metal, post-punk, death-rock, early-industrial, psychedelic, and shoegaze. The band’s last album, Ciphers + Axioms, was released by Relapse Records. Once Even If It Takes A Lifetime completes its full cycle, the band intend to follow up with their next album, Black Openings.
 
“It picks up right where ANATOMY OF HABIT left off seven years ago, with Mark Solotroff’s gothy, sinister baritone leading the way over lurching, doomy instrumentals. If you’re unfamiliar with ANATOMY OF HABIT, fans of Swans, Daughters, and Nick Cave should check this out.” -- BrooklynVegan
 
“…an immersive, meditative, slow-building storm…” – Decibel Magazine
 
“Still apocalyptically heavy and thoughtfully complex, ANATOMY OF HABIT’s lost time simply vanished. It’s 2013 again and I’m watching ANATOMY OF HABIT at the Cobra Lounge, completely leveling the place, my friends and I all damaging our necks and brains and minds to the swirling mass of volume.” – Invisible Oranges
 
“… one of the only sets of proportions between doom metal and post-punk that could make sense and end up working out successfully... a unique experience, and one that… should leave fans of both post-punk and doom satisfied.” -- Nine Circles
 
“…a throbbing audio experience shrouded in cloudy electronic frequencies and harsh guitars. It might be unrelenting, but it deserves your time and patience.” -- Scream Blast Repeat

ANATOMY OF HABIT:
Alex Latus - guitar
Isidro Reyes - metal percussion
Skyler Rowe - drums, vibraphone
Mark Solotroff - vocals, analog synth
Sam Wagster - bass, lap steel, piano, keyboard
 
For ANATOMY OF HABIT coverage contact liz@earsplitcompound.com.
 

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Friday, April 22, 2022

Mark Solotroff "You May Be Holding Back" Book

 


You May Be Holding Back

As a follow-up to my recent book, Not Everybody Makes It, I'm pleased to announce the release of You May Be Holding Back. This new volume is a visual accompaniment to my 2020 electronic music album of the same name. The fifty-two black and white images are derived from photographs of architecture in Chicago, some of which I shot myself and some of which I found online, particularly in the case of structures that no longer exist. I edited and manipulated the photos in a way that parallels how I processed the analog synthesizer recordings that I created the songs on the album from. The minimal text that is included is drawn from the album title and its two song titles ("A Literal Territory Occupied Literally" and "All In The Straw Together"). Those two song titles are direct drivers for sections of the book that create a tension between sin and redemption, the sacred and the profane, and heaven and hell, as dictated by both current and former architecture found in both existing and lost zones of the city.

Print length: 120 Pages (single-sided printing)
Images: 52
Color: Black and white
Language: English
Dimensions: 6" x 0.28" x 9"
ISBN-13: 979-8434074889
Cost: $15.00 + postage


Limited quantities are available directly via my Bandcamp page
https://marksolotroff.bandcamp.com/merch/you-may-be-holding-back-paperback

The book is available globally via Amazon. Prime members and international buyers are highly encouraged to order directly from Amazon to save on shipping costs (available in all regions)

USA: 
https://www.amazon.com/You-May-Be-Holding-Back/dp/B09V7YGTY8/

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Friday, April 01, 2022

Big Vinyl Sale

 

These LPs are on sale now!

I'd like to clear some space for incoming vinyl, so for a limited time, I'm
drastically reducing the prices of these LPs from $15.00 to only $5.00 each.
This sale applies to orders through my webstore (not Discogs or Ebay).
No codes are necessary; prices have been adjusted in the store.
Sale prices are effective from Friday April 1st through Friday April 8th.


B!181 IUGULA-THOR "CHOOSING YOUR OWN BRAND OF EVIL"

http://bloodshop.bigcartel.com/product/b-181-iugula-thor-choosing-your-own-brand-of-evil-lp


B!179 ENVENOMIST "BLEEDING OUT"

http://bloodshop.bigcartel.com/product/b-179-envenomist-bleeding-out-lp


B!172 CHRIS CONNELLY "ARTIFICIAL MADNESS"

http://bloodshop.bigcartel.com/product/b-172-chris-connelly-artificial-madness-lp


B!171 SUN SPLITTER "III"

http://bloodshop.bigcartel.com/product/b-171-sun-splitter-iii-lp


B!170 ARRIVER "TSUSHIMA"

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B!169 RABID RABBIT "CZARNY SEN"

http://bloodshop.bigcartel.com/product/b-169-rabid-rabbit-czarny-sen-lp


B!162 REDROT "PSYCHO BONDAGE"

http://bloodshop.bigcartel.com/product/b-162-redrot-psycho-bondage-lp


B!158 JOSH HYDEMAN "MADISON'S FENCE"

http://bloodshop.bigcartel.com/product/b-158-josh-hydeman-madison-s-fence-lp

Shipping costs are automatically calculated in the cart:
USA: $5.00 for 1st LP, $1.00 per each additional LP
Canada/Mexico: $21.00 for 1st LP, $6.00 per each additional LP
Everywhere else: $26.00 for 1st LP, $8.00 per each additional LP

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Update - March 14, 2022

Anatomy of Habit


Thanks to everyone who came out to see us play with Many Blessings, Holy Family, and Reek of Divinity. We had a great night at Archer Ballroom, as part of such a sonically deep bill. Here are a few photos of us, taken by Matt Rahn, with our thanks. There are many more photos, as well as video clips, on our IG and FB profiles.






We have a new show coming up in early May, back at Reggies, supporting Christian Death. Additional bands will be announced soon. Here's the Facebook invite: https://fb.me/e/1Fayhny8b



As previously mentioned, things are still progressing slowly with the LP version of "Even If It Takes A Lifetime," due to the ongoing delays that have been much discussed in the music industry. LP jackets and inner sleeves will be arriving ahead of the actual records.

I've been working on the cover art for our proposed 2022 album, "Black Openings," and we'll continue moving that process along while we wait for the current LP to appear.


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BLOODYMINDED

After a bit of a quiet period, work on our next album resumed, and aside from a few final elements, the instrumentation is basically done. It was great to get in a room with James and Will and to make some solid progress. That means it's about time to book some studio time to record vocals. More news ASAP...






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Mark Solotroff

I recently began work on the follow up to my 2021 album, "Not Everybody Makes It." I'm working against a reasonable deadline, similar to how I did it last year, so that I stay on track. This time around, I'm considering including more songs... shorter songs... Let's see...




My three post-"Not Everybody Makes It" singles, which I released over the winter, remain free to download via Bandcamp, and they're streaming on all major platforms. Thanks to everyone who has downloaded and/or listened to them!


https://marksolotroff.bandcamp.com/track/a-form-of-consolation


https://marksolotroff.bandcamp.com/track/pressing-upon-us


https://marksolotroff.bandcamp.com/track/rush-headlong-into-it

"Not Everybody Makes It" Book
I really appreciate the support that's been shown for my book, as well as the great feedback that I've been receiving from people who already have it. Limited quantities will continue to be available via my Bandcamp page:
https://marksolotroff.bandcamp.com/merch/not-everybody-makes-it-book
The book is available globally via Amazon, so Prime members and international buyers are highly encouraged to order directly from Amazon, in order to save on shipping costs (it's available in all regions):
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09MYSMW2W

Website
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Bandcamp
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Intrinsic Action



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The Fortieth Day



"Under The Influence Of Delirium" release date TBA

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Super Eight Loop



One-hundred recordings streaming exclusively on Bandcamp

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Ensemble Sacrés Garçons



"Demonization: These Worldly Powers" out now on LP, CD, digital
"Sanctification: Seeing The Singularity" release date TBA


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Nightmares

Sleeping...


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Friday, February 11, 2022

Anatomy of Habit show + update + Vaura album



We want to send a big thank you to everyone who has already supported our new album over the first two months of its release! Your response has been great and, so far, the coverage has been very positive. You can check out some reviews 
here.



We added a new show, which is coming up in a couple of weeks, and we're really happy to join this dark, heavy, and noisy trio of artists. FYI, Many Blessings is Ethan McCarthy from Primitive Man, who I shared a stage with in December, when we both played with Indian at the Peace Simulation fest. This show will be all ages and it's rare for us to play a non-traditional venue like this. The show starts at 8:00 PM and more details, including links to music, can be found here: 
https://fb.me/e/1ENo2gglX




VINYL UPDATE: Things are still progressing slowly with the LP version of "Even If It Takes A Lifetime," due to the ongoing delays that have been much discussed in the music industry. The pressing plant did let us know that center labels have been printed, so at least there's some movement.

BLACK OPENINGS: I've started working on the artwork for our next album and we'll be moving that process along while we wait for the current LP to appear.

In the meantime, you can find "Even If It Takes A Lifetime" on CD, cassette, and digital on 
Bandcamp and it's streaming on all major digital platforms.



In related news, Isidro contributed metal percussion to the excellent new album from Vaura (members of Blacklist, Azur Swan, Kayo Dot, maudlin of the well, Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, etc.). "Vista Of Deviant Anatomies" was just released two weeks ago and we're extremely happy for our friends! You can find the album on Bandcamp and all major digital platforms.


Skyler and Sam mixed the new Mute Duo album this week with Cooper Crain (Bitchin' Bajas, Cave) at Electrical Audio. More news on that, as it emerges...


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Friday, January 14, 2022

Mark Solotroff "Not Everybody Makes It" Book


Not Everybody Makes It

Not Everybody Makes It is a visual accompaniment to my 2021 album of the same name. The forty-four black and white images are derived from photographs that I collected from in and around my neighborhood in downtown Chicago. I edited and manipulated the photos in a way that parallels how I processed the analog synthesizer recordings that I created the songs on the album from. The sparse yet evocative text that is included is drawn directly from the album and its song titles, as well as from the titles of three additional songs that I released during the winter of 2021-22. Sensations of isolation, emptiness, and a barely lingering humanity run throughout the music, and the fragmented urban views perfectly illustrate feelings of abandonment and loss.

Print length: 120 Pages (single-sided printing)
Images: 44
Color: Black and white
Language: English
Dimensions: 6" x 0.28" x 9"
ISBN-13: 979-8777391476
Cost: $15.00 + postage


Limited quantities are available directly via my Bandcamp page
https://marksolotroff.bandcamp.com/merch/not-everybody-makes-it-book

The book is available globally via Amazon. Prime members and international buyers are highly encouraged to order directly from Amazon to save on shipping costs (available in all regions, select links below)

USA: 
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09MYSMW2W

Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Not-Everybody-Makes-Mark-Solotroff/dp/B09MYSMW2W/
France: https://www.amazon.fr/Not-Everybody-Makes-Mark-Solotroff/dp/B09MYSMW2W/
Germany: https://www.amazon.de/-/en/Mark-Solotroff/dp/B09MYSMW2W/
Italy: https://www.amazon.it/Not-Everybody-Makes-Mark-Solotroff/dp/B09MYSMW2W/
Japan: https://www.amazon.co.jp/-/en/Mark-Solotroff/dp/B09MYSMW2W/
Mexico: https://www.amazon.com.mx/Not-Everybody-Makes-Mark-Solotroff/dp/B09MYSMW2W/
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Not-Everybody-Makes-Mark-Solotroff/dp/B09MYSMW2W/



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Friday, January 07, 2022