Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Gig #63: Halloween countdown post #2: SunnO))), Azer Mime of Darkness, Andy Pratt, Aphelion, Coil, Propergol, Colin Newman, Stalaggh, Awsomemcmetcalf15, Severed Heads, The Tomb of Ellery, Atlas Sound, Nico, Haus Arafna, School of Rock Portland, Death Grips, Ululate, Rob Zombie, Jason Crumer

The Tomb of Ellery

Sunn O))) Hell-O)))-Ween
'There's a kind of bliss in the folds of "Hell-O)))-Ween"'s distorted bass and tensile, wavering electric guitars-- its thick, repetitive chord changes might be the steadily gaining footfalls of a giant whose friends have already left you beaten and bloodied. Appropriately, the song's second half descends into droning death knells of tonal squall, a requiem for humanity. On its surface, "Hell-O)))-Ween" are riffs made miles long by sustain. But that length is like a timeline, or a trajectory from the simple fears of man's formative years through the powerfully unsettling simplicity of two distorted guitars and an enormous bass cabinet. On White2, Sunn set their amps on "primeval."' -- Johnny Loftus

Azer, Mime of Darkness w/ Raven & Tara Going Under
'Raven, Your Acid Bath Princess of the Darkness and her pal Tara are on a goth-lite freakout! In this early video that they made with their friend Azer, Mime of Darkness (whose father wouldn’t let him be on YouTube, but then didn’t care, so they posted it), we have a perfect introduction to our new “serious as death” friends. Azer, Mime of Darkness got caught going into the “prep mall” while they were being goth across the street at Hot Topic, causing his ousting. Death to false goth! Easy come, easy go. See ya Azer, Darkness!' -- Dangerous Minds

Andy Pratt Inside Me Wants Out
'Andy Pratt's self-titled album is a very quirky, idiosyncratic album that definitely establishes Pratt as a major force in the singer-songwriter arena. He also sounds very depressed as many of the song titles indicate (e.g. "Inside Me Wants Out," "So Fine, (It's Frightening)"). However, this doesn't diminish the album's power or the particular style that is very much Pratt's own. "Inside Me Wants Out" is in the running as one of the most dismal songs ever recorded, and could seriously be used as a study tool for a psychology class -- Sigmund Freud would have a field day with it.' -- collaged

Aphelion Door Frame
'Cool stuff from this Washington state artist. Soundwise, think the love child of Dissecting Table and Navicon Torture Technologies (with a few stray sperm cells from Winterkalte), that came out completely malformed and mishapen. 10 brutal creations fueled by anger and pain, spewing forth a barrage of relentless sound layers combining dark, chaotic noise with walls of blasting percussion, screams, samples, and just plain bedlam.' -- Tesco

Coil The First Five Minutes After Death
'Coil's 1986 album Horse Rotorvator ends with "The First Five Minutes After Death". An instrumental that sums up the album. Cold, Dramatic, and Hopeless. With blaring horns, screeches, and instrument work that sounds like well, the first few minutes after death. It's like the last person in the apocalypse dying and looking on at all of the destruction before he moves on to the after life. The album could be too depressing for some. If you are considering suicide or are really down on your luck, I would suggest not listening to this. It is easily more sad than anything else I've heard.' -- Sputnik

Propergol Outburst
'Crée au milieu des années 90, Propergol, projet unipersonnel Français, s’est imposé, après quelques CDR’s et plusieurs CD’s, comme l’une des meilleures formations apparues dans le domaine des musiques électroniques underground ces dernières années. Propergol tire son nom du carburant utilisé pour le fonctionnement d’engins spatiaux. A l’image de son appellation, Propergol est un brûlot, un concentré de solutions inflammables n’attendant qu’un allumeur pour y mettre le feu. Inutile d’ailleurs, car l’énergie dégagée par le groupe y suffit. Les morceaux les plus ambiants ne préfigurent jamais la paix ou la quiétude… Ils ne sont que le prélude d’une apocalypse à venir, le décollage d’un avion qui, tôt ou tard, s’écrasera.' -- TRP

Colin Newman I've Waited Ages
'Though it doesn't quite have the all-encompassing range of the connotative title, Colin Newman's first solo record features the wildly imaginative streak that makes Wire's first three records so endlessly exciting. In fact, A-Z was supposed to be his band's fourth record, but their label saw things differently. A-Z's insular, cloistered nature gives the feel of a 3,000 piece puzzle with no jagged edges to be found -- everything seems obtuse and ovular. That said, it takes some deep listening to get a grip on. It might not be a Wire record in name, but A-Z truly deserves to be held in the same regard as Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, and 154. It might be really warped and utterly confusing at times, but it's riveting throughout. The CD version adds five tracks, most of them being very worthwhile.' -- collaged

Stalaggh Untitled
'Stalaggh came into its futile existence around 2000, when members of the Dutch and Belgian black metal and ambient music scenes came together for the express purpose of making an album that would fill their listeners with despair. To help achieve that goal, they dispensed with the usual growling black metal singers and instead brought in mental patients. Apparently one of the members of the band works in an insane asylum and was able to get permission to work with some of the patients, under the guise of it being primal scream therapy. Allegedly, among the many “vocalists” the band has worked with in this way is a guy who was institutionalized for killing his mother by stabbing her 30 times.' -- collaged

Awsomemcmetcalf15 If I Die Young
'i have another chanall its a65248'. -- Awsomemcmetcalf15

Severed Heads Lower than the Grave
'Severed Heads are one of the longest surviving bands to emerge from the Australian post-punk independent music scene. They began in Sydney in 1979, incorporating elements of ‘industrial’ noise-generation, tape cutting & looping and electronic sound synthesis. After several releases in that vein, Severed Heads began incorporating various popular music tropes, such as a consistent 4/4 rhythm, strong melodic lines, and resolving chord arrangements. This move was underscored by the incorporation of mimetic devices, such as drum machines. The result was a striking hybrid of the avant-garde, EBM and Synth-pop. After many line-up changes featuring Gary Bradbury and psychedelic guitarist Simon Knuckey, Severed Heads was the vehicle for composer Tom Ellard. On 4th February 2008 Tom Ellard announced the end of the "Severed Heads". Severed Heads played very last live shows on the 16th and 17th December 2011.' -- collaged

The Tomb of Ellery Can't Sleep, Clowns Will Eat Me
'This is our computer-controlled animated band that performs at our anual Halloween party. This year the boys sang "Can't Sleep, Clowns Will Eat Me" by Alice Cooper.' -- FresnoDoug

Atlas Sound Coffin Trick
'Though it was Cox’s earliest musical incarnation, it wasn’t until 2008 that the first Atlas Sound album emerged, Let The Blind Lead Those Who See But Cannot Feel. The genesis of the record can be traced back to those sixth-grade musical experiments; a time when he discovered through reading a Beck interview that his family’s disused karaoke machine could be used as a rudimentary multi-tracking device. As Cox’s tirelessly updated blog attests, with its caverns of freely available covers, demos and mixtapes, such recording processes are central to his music, colouring the intimate feel of Atlas Sound in a manner more apparent than when writing under the guise of Deerhunter.' -- 4AD

Nico Das Lied der Deutschen
'The most provocative and controversial song in Nico's entire repertoire, "Das Lied Der Deutschen" was the historical German national anthem, adopted during the post-World War I Weimar regime in 1922, but better known for its associations with the subsequent National Socialist government. By 1974, the first two verses of the song, including the opening lyric "Deutschland Deutschland uber alles, uber alles in der welt " ("Germany, Germany, above all others, above all others in the world") had been outlawed in Germany for almost 30 years, and Nico knew, long before she recorded it, the effect it would have on listeners. What she did not expect, somewhat naïvely, was the depth of hatred that her actions would arouse. Her performance itself is stirring for all that. Her voice is simultaneously mocking and sincere, a combination which resolves itself into one of her most beautiful efforts ever.' -- collaged

Haus Arafna Lucifer
'The name of the band is related to an euthanasia physician called F. Mennecke, but Mennecke's philosophy is definitely not important for us, and we don't even know his personal philosophy. He used to write regular letters to his wife. After a "selection" in the Bethel clinics for nervous diseases he wrote a letter that brought a special flair to the Arafna house and inspired us to name our band "Haus Arafna". The letter is quoted in extracts in the cover of our Blut CD. He wrote about the dinner he had in the hotel and by the way how much occupants he killed that day. We are interested in irrational things in general, especially in any kind of horror that happened behind closed doors, leading to the conclusion that one might ask what's happening inside some hidden or secret systems today. Apart from that, Haus Arafna is a pleasing name. We launched Haus Arafna, because we were full of energy and simply had to start off. There isn't more to talk about...' -- HA

School of Rock Portland The Green Manalishi
'For over 15 years, School of Rock has been teaching kids and adults to play music through unique performance-based programs. The School of Rock Portland school opened in 2006, and has performed over a 100 shows often joined by local bands such as The Thermals, Red Fang, Portugal. The Man, The Decemberists, Blitzen Trapper, and many more. School of Rock Portland recently put on a show of all Melvins songs. Check out these awesome kids!' -- SOR Portland

Death Grips Beware
'“Beware” follows an unnamed protagonist as he abandons his humanity, giving in to the anger and frustration in his mind and becoming a sort of monster among men. The song explores several, admittedly dark, themes, including: sacrifice, satanism, violence, intolerance, greed, rage, witchcraft and magick, and suicide. The introduction notably samples from an interview with American criminal Charles Manson. The song also samples Up To The Beach by Janes Addiction and Dickie Burtons God Is Watching.' -- Rap Genius

Ululate Lunch-Carrion
'Chinese Black Metal band Ululate was formed from the ashes of another Black Metal band, which Spectre was a part of. His first CD, We Are Going To Eat You, was released in 2003 through Dying Art Productions. Lyrical themes include horror and zombies. The second CD, YaZi, was named for the town the songs on the album arebased off of. The album also includes live songs from a gig in Wuhan 2003 was released through Dying Art Productions in 2004.' -- collaged

Rob Zombie Superbeast
'Shriek the lips / Across a ragged tongue / Convulsing together / Sing violently / Move the jaw / Cry out loud / Bound up the dead / Triumphantly // The ragged, they come / And the ragged, they kill / You pray so hard on bloody knees / The ragged, they come / And the ragged, they kill / Down in the cool air, I can see // Hey, yeah, I'm the one that you wanted / Hey, yeah, I'm your superbeast / Hey, yeah, I'm the one that you wanted / Hey, yeah, I'm your superbeast'. -- Rob Zombie

Jason Crumer Betrayal After Betrayal
'Using powerfully clear electronics as a base for declarative noise bursts, Crumer manipulates the sounds with a resounding animosity. In the vein of past Hospital releases from Pedestrian Deposit and Air Conditioning, Crumer yields a mean streak and an array of silences over the course of the album. The theme here is personal relations with tracks like 'Betrayal After Betrayal' which has an almost conversational quality, both the screams and the muffles, the physicality. 'Pissed Off Response' is an actionist-influenced piece of torture. There's nothing not painful here, especially the quiet -- the peaks are almost a relief. Ottoman Black is a stern and unforgiving universe.' -- Volcanic Tongue


p.s. Hey. ** James, Hi. I don't know Stanley Crawford's work at all, so I don't know if there are great similarities or not. I'll take your Happy Tuesday and raise you a Happy Wednesday. ** Cal Graves, Hi, Cal. Welcome to here, and thank you for the love/hate, which makes total sense, and I'll accept that gratefully. Is it possible to read your writing? I would like to, if so. And, yeah, if you feel like hanging out here anytime, that would be very cool, and it would be great and interesting to get to know you. Take care, and thank you again. ** Chilly Jay Chill, Thank you, man. The photographs were a wonder. Yikes about your computer, but, obviously, everything on it has been backed the shit up, right? I hope it clears and refills lickety-split and asap. I'm just feeling/typing my way back into the novel in a mind-to-hands-on way now, and my plan is to work concentratedly on it beginning maybe even today, but starting tomorrow at the latest. Yeah, whew, the scary problem re: the editing turned out to be a unfulfilled theoretical scare, but it was nerve-wracking there for a while. Onwards and inwards and outwards now. All is very good here, thank you! ** Thomas Moronic, Oh, man, sweet and gratitude central about the blog posts! I'm in need, and your curating and artistic overseeing skills are unparalleled, natch, so, yeah, thank you so much! ** David Ehrenstein, Hi. Yep, the new Honore exists. It's been in theaters here for a couple of weeks. It's really something, even for him, and it's gotten the best reviews he has had for a while, so, yeah. I hope it gets released in the States. ** Kier, K! I do get happy escort client emails sometimes. I also get quite a few emails from people asking me to put them in direct touch with the escorts and/or the slaves, but I don't do that. Definitely not into being their pimps. And, most of the time, by the time the post launches, I don't remember exactly where I found them anyway. Good, cool: Paris/Le Manoir date it is. Just tell me when is good whence when is figure-outable. Figureoutable isn't a real word? It was hot here too. Even gross hot. I hope your foot has healed itself from the inside out. Today is packing day! That should be fun, but I kind of like packing for some weird reason. Definitely more than unpacking. And you leave tomorrow, or tonight? No doubt about that new cover and cuteness. Lemme see. Tuesday: well, mm, first, the potential big problem with the film/editing got resolved, which was a huge relief. Briefly, what happened that, while going through the footage to organize it to give to whatever person we're about to hire to really organize it for us pre-editing, Zac discovered that the sound files for the second and third days of shooting of one particular scene were missing and that the sound guy for that scene had given us the sound file for the first day over and over. That scene has important, intricate sound that can't be redone or faked without ruining everything, so it was potentially a complete disaster, but, luckily, he tracked down the machine on which the sound was recorded and, miraculously, its memory had not yet been wiped, so we were able to retrieve the sound files we needed. So that happened. I wrote some. Zac's going away tomorrow to the States for three weeks, and I always give him plane treats, i.e. things to eat and play with on the plane, before he leaves for anywhere by air, so I traveled around Paris gathering things to give him, and that was fun, but it was really hot, like I said, so I wound up a sweaty mess. But at least everyone else around me was too. I saw a poster that announced that Kraftwerk are doing that big series of 3D concerts that they've doing at various spots around the world in Paris, and I got excited until I realized that it's while I'll be in Iceland, so, oh well, and I've seen Kraftwerk twice, so I guess it's okay. I think everything else that happened was uninteresting par-for-the-course type stuff. So, okay, today you packed and then ... left, prepared to leave? What happened? ** Steevee, Hi. Yeah, based on the bit I saw of 'Goodbye to Language', I thought it was really inspired and extraordinary. You're so lucky to have gotten to see the whole thing not only in the theater but presumably with subtitles. Awesome! ** Misanthrope, You were Mr. Delete yesterday. Did you reveal things about yourself that you had second, third, and fourth thoughts about or something? 'Mystery is interesting': truer words hath ne'er been spoke. I don't know, I don't think Ocean's being into guys would dissuade an attraction to him from women. It's all a big fantasy attraction anyway. If he's into guys, it would just make the fantasy even more exciting, right? I.e., 'even though Frank was into guys, when he saw me, .... '. ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. One day to go! It must be super intense where you are! ** Hyemin K, Hi. I've heard that about eating late, of course, but I've also read in seemingly knowledgeable contexts that the 'eating late = unhealthy' thing is a myth, that it started as something mothers said to their kids, and that it somehow got turned into official medical advice when it never was. Like ... my grandmother insisted when I was a kid that, if I are carrots, it would make my hair curly. She meant that as positive thing, but the last thing in the world I wanted was curly hair, which might explain why I've never been a big fan of carrots. Anyway, as an extremely plain eater, your food sounds exciting to me. ** Sypha, Hi. Oh, then the company might actually have invented the term, huh. ** gucciCODYprada, Hey, man! You good or hopefully even great? Today is hopefully the last day when I am overly busy mopping up work on the film, and my plans is to restart reading (yours) and writing (mine) as of tomorrow at the latest, so it's almost happening, man. What's going on? Love, me. ** Rewritedept, Hi. I'll try on my end, timewise. I don't know, I've never done FaceTime. I'm not sure if I want to. Every time someone FaceTimes me, it feels like a wasp is flying in my face, and I immediately end the call. Mm, I don't know about March, to be honest. It's too early to say. I'll have to give my answer to your question in raincheck form. My day wasn't bad. See: my thing to Kier. Why butcher paper? I saw that signed setlist on my FB need. Very cool indeed. Wow, I'll do my best to make my Wednesday live up to your sparkling theoretical rendition of it, man. Big challenge. I like challenges usually. ** Okay. So, your next Halloween post is a seasonal gig curated to give you the spooks. Dare you click those arrows and potentially get the bejeezus scared out of you? One wonders. Do what I just suggested or don't, and I'll see you tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Chilly Jay Chill presents ... 50 Portraits by Malick Sidibe


p.s. Hey. Today the masterful writer Jeff Jackson who plies his language around here as d.l. Chilly Jay Chill gives a big show of the beautiful photographs of Malick Sidbie, and, taking an educated guess, I would think your pleasure is foretold, even though pleasure is an autonomous thing and entirely in your hands, so, enjoy? Tell CJC what you think? Would be cool. Thank you, CJC aka JJ! ** David Ehrenstein, Yes! Well, the fine filmmaker and d.l. Aaron Mirkin messaged me the other week to point out said George Miles, former twink porn star turned escort, wondering if I knew of him, which I did not, strangely. One can mostly assume that he or whoever named him knew of my books, but, yeah, there you go. Trippy. ** Steevee, Hi. I third David's astonishment retroactively. Yeah, I was happy and piqued to not only find an escort so rashly political but who sold his looks so daringly as well. Exciting that you get to see the Godard. I've only seen a piece of it, but what I saw was really incredible. ** Bill, Hi. Yeah, I thought they were perhaps a slightly more charming batch than usual. I guess Konstantin is counting on there being some deep-seeded need amongst potential clients to get off by becoming subject matter? Doesn't seem impossible. That George Miles has his appeal, but, it's true, not so particularly to me. Points for the name though, duh. I think if the new Ohle has 'less of the fractured insanity' then I'm going to skip it since that insanity is kind of a -- if not the -- big appeal of his stuff for me. Thanks for the book report. ** Thomas Moronic, Cool, the escorts finagled their way into your imagination-plus-fingers-based output. Very nice and multilayered and subterraneous dialogue, sir. Thank you! ** Kier, Hi, K-ster! Thanks, buddy, about my luck with the escorts this month. I do sometimes wonder if people read the escort ad implants and are impressed enough by one or more to hunt through all the escort profile sites out there and find and hire them that way. Well, I know it has happened a few times because I've gotten the odd email from satisfied customers thanking me for the tips. And, on similarly rare occasion, I'll hear from an escort saying, 'Wow, weird', in so many words. Yeah, Zac and I seriously tried to make a doll of that video boy. Problem was, one, cost, of course, and, two, that the special effects company we approached said the video screen grabs weren't enough to go by if we wanted a truly realistic looking doll. No, I don't know Elias. I wish. Peter Sotos, who knows the Iceage guys, told me Elias is a fan of my books. I did meet and talk/hang out a bit with Iceage's bass player, who is a super lovely guy. Your arms are such troopers. They're always getting mildly trashed. You go to Oslo in two days? Or is it one day by now? That's so exciting. I can't wait to hear everything you can spill about that. Take photos! When you come visit Paris, I'll take you to Le Manor de Paris. It's really not a bad spooky house at all. My Monday was all right. I did the usual bit of not enough work on the novel and new theater piece. Made a blog post. Conferred with Zac about stuff, and got to hang out with him in the afternoon whereupon I gave him one of his birthday presents very late because it, or, rather the three thematically connected things that formed a collective it, took forever to get here from Japan where it/they originated. He seemed to like them. We found out about a scary possible problem with something to do with our film and the imminent editing that I can't talk about and that we hope very much will be resolved this morning with a gigantic whew. Walked around, ate stuff, blah blah. It was good. How was Tuesday? Are you busily getting ready for your trip? ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. Shit, it's only two days until the vote, right? Nerve-wracking, but I read something yesterday that it made it seem like 'Yes' has a seriously good chance, holy shit! I'll go hear what Irvine has to say, thanks! Everyone, here's _B_A with a share to those of you who are interested: 'Irvine Welsh gave a most eloquent, impassioned interview on Channel 4 News about the Independence issue. Some nimble-fingered person has it up on YouTube already, and IW says his piece from 03:30 onwards here.' ** Popzeus, Popzeus! Man, how seriously awesome! I mean that you came in here! Hugs! Oh, Forest of Fear! I've never had the opportunity to check it out, but it has seemed exciting enough in theory that I think I included it in my last two (2012/2013) Drool-worthy Halloween Spooky House posts, so I think I would seriously recommend that you go. Man, I would love to go. I would kill to, kind of. But I'm pretty sure I won't get to NYC until maybe the 29th, and I see that FoF very strangely and illogically ends on the 26th. Shit. No, you should definitely go. And tell me about it. I am having a great fall. And you? I pray you are as well. ** Misanthrope, Hi. I haven't checked out Daniel Tosh yet, and thank you for the red flag. Yeah, but Marvin Gaye looked really good, and he fit into the conventional body type of the sex symbol soul singer. Vandross (at one point) and White were big, big guys, but women were throwing their undergarments at them and stuff. Theoretically, it seems like that kind of mix/match could happen again, but I don't know of any examples. Obviously, there are very good artists/singers doing stuff in the soul realm. Steevee mentioned Frank Ocean, who's the obvious example, I guess. That Madden glitch is funny to imagine, you're right. I might even look at a youtube example. I didn't know those things about you. You are now more clarified. That's cool. I just tried to think of things people don't know about me, and I ended up feeling like people don't know everything about me, which, to me, was an interesting thing to realize that I thought. ** Postitbreakup, Hi, Josh. Nice, meaning-impacted and yet mysterious phrase, right? I thought so. How are you, pal? ** Sypha, Hi. Weird that a company would use the name Muzak given that word's really negative connotations. Unless that company has been around so long that they coined the term and it was subsequently dispersed through culture and degraded. ** Rewritedept, Hey! Very cool and no huge surprise that The Breeders were amazing. Nice. This week? Maybe towards the end of the week. The next few days are packed, but, yeah, maybe towards the end? Talk soon. ** Right. Now continue to enjoy the photographs of Malick Sibide, won't you, and feel warm and lucky re: Chilly Jay Chill's sharing of them? See you tomorrow.