Friday, December 23, 2011

Los Munchroms - Soundtrack for the Static Channel, cdr, 2007

Weird glitched out plunderphonic audio collage. Don't know any background about this one. It was handed to me by a buddy a few years ago. Whoever it is tears up pop music, television, mashes sonic the hedgehog, and mixes the "sound" of .dll and .exe files. The Burroughs voice over with a Charlie Brown Christmas on track two realllly hits me good. The whole thing is great glitch and one of my favorite rando cdrs.

No art. Just a regular sony cdr jewel case. I hope the track names are correct because the handwriting is as bad as mine. Oh it has "10:37 p Nov 1" sharpie'd on the disc. Image taken from the defunct myspace.


Rio Turbo - Corvette Motion & Disco Sex, cdr, 2011

Serious swinger swagger goin on here. Seriously. Rio Turbo is the dirty disco dance side project of Joseph Peterson from Catacombz. Best caught hot and live w/ DJ Nike Mane and their dancers, The Turbettes. Picked up this cdr at a basement show in Milwaukee. The track list doesn't match the songs, but there's cute cats on it. The copy I grabbed doesn't include the bonus track. If you're in Milwaukee on New Years Eve THE PARTY is at the Cactus Club with Dude X 2 and DJ Samsquamch. More tracks on Reverb Nation.


Pyramid Mines - Give the People Air, cdr, 2011

Total Recall inspired experimental electronic drone jamz!! Recorded early 2011 in Chicago at Drone City by Brian Yohe of Teflon Dawn and SHITFIX cassette label. You can find my rip of his first tape here. This is the first release on Dialectic Discs. Dude's so prolific he started another cassette label called Dark Hiss, but there's no website so HUNT HIM DOWN IF YOU CAN. GREAT STUFF.


Nature Club

Sorry about the lack of posts. My cd drive burned out and my computer shortly followed. In case you missed it, I've been busy working on a new blog called Nature Club. Nature Club's sole focus is exposing and archiving the electronic music of Christian Priebe. All music is available for streaming and free download of individual songs or whole albums.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

William S. Burroughs - Towers Open Fire

1963, UK, 9' 29", Black and White
Cinematography: Antony Balch
Screenplay: William S. Burroughs
Cast: Antony Balch, William S. Burroughs, David Jacobs, Bachoo Sen, Alexander Trocchi

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Fursaxa - Kobold Moon, CD, 2008

This is what you've been missing these cold, frigid, "I'm not going outside" nights recently. When it comes to layered haunting female vocal drone, Fursaxa is the QUEEN. I first got into her because she played in Acid Mothers Temple and someone commented that her solo recordings were similar and better than Nico's. This self-released CD on her own Sylph Records is a prime example. All the songs are pretty much composed entirely of by her voice with minimal instrumentation from keyboard, hand percussion, flute, and organ. It's seriously amazing how much of her voice she can squeeze into a four-track. Oh yeah and two of the songs are based on 'Flower Fairies of the Autumn' by Cicely Mary Barke. YEAH! GIRL DRONE ABOUT FAIRIES!!!


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Destroy All Monsters 1974-1976

"Music is eternal; it is ahistorical. So says the polliwog. Music in time is Muzak: floating strains, the meaningless pap that provides the background soundtrack for other peoples lives. It lies behind those that have history, who are old. Like embarrassing cartoon music, this mush shows its age and, in an amusing way, provokes disgusted looks on the enfeebled listeners who are familiar with it, who once thought that it was impervious to cooption. How pathetic . . . to hear these once "hot" sounds demoted to punctuation for children's entertainments, to be made present again . . . but only for the pre-adolescent. This is what happened to Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" when applied to Bugs Bunny, when Cab Calloway crooned along with Betty Boop, and even now when Jimi Hendrix, in his death, supplies the soundtrack for today's "adult toy" car commercial." - From Mike Kelly's liner notes

Destroy All Monsters 1974-1976 chronicles the early era of the group when they were self-professed "anti-rock". Untrained musicians unable to play a proper gig without audience unrest they intead played "guerilla style", plugging in and crashing parties. They never even released a proper album, this is private music for private protest. Sounds like some dirty detroit punkers wandered into delia derbyshire's studio and trashed the place. This three cd compilation was released in 1995 on ecstatic peace...probably the best accomplishment of Thurston Moore to date. Thirty-five years down the line, "Lust for Life" is in a car commercial and DAM still doesn't make any it. DAM=BESTDETROITBAND

"...a strange combination of film-noir, monster movies, psychedelia, thrift-shop values and the relentless drone of a crazed popular culture." - Cary Loren




Sunday, February 6, 2011

Penelope Unity - Live at Dr Who's Warehouse of Ideas 10.23.2009

Recorded August 23, 2009
The third of three performances recorded on handheld cassette in the basement of Dr Who's Warehouse of Ideas. Great feedbacky female howling. I don't think Katarina has performed in over a year and there were rumors of two new cassettes. In the meantime, many more Penelope Unity live bootlegs to come.


Linh Dinh - Reading at Dr Who's Warehouse of Ideas 10.23.2009

Recorded August 23, 2009
The second of three performances recorded on handheld cassette in the basement of Dr Who's Warehouse of Ideas. Poetry reading as the main event for a show! This was following the release of Linh Dinh's sixth book, "Some Kind of Cheese Orgy." He was also promoting his photoblog State of the Union, a visual commentary on our current state of depression. The picture of El is a Sound of Joy in my previous post is from his blog. Give it to Brooks Johnson and the folks at Dr Who's for instilling culture into us heathens.

"Imagine a concoction that mixes Shakespeare's Falstaff and Celine's Bardum, frank, rollicking humor and hair raising disgust. After adding fish sauce, a smelly cheese and sexual sweat, shake vigorously. Out of the bottle rises Linh Dinh. God talks to him and he talks about everything, including the body parts that Renaissance painters left out. No one does it better." - John Yau


Photo from PennSound

El is a Sound of Joy - Live at Dr Who's Warehouse of Ideas 10.23.2009

Recorded August 23, 2009
The first of three performances recorded on handheld cassette in the basement of Dr Who's Warehouse of Ideas. I don't really know how to talk about El is a Sound of Joy except that they are one of the best improvisational groups I have ever seen and one of my favorite Chicago bands. I enjoy this recording because Ritwik is laaaaaying it down on sax. A relatively short set by El. But then again I had to cut the last six minutes because my cassette recorder completely fuzzed out. What's up with my tape recorder skipping too? Sounds good though righ??


Photo by Linh Dinh

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Nude Sunrise – untitled basement jam, Live at Stoned City, 2011

Recorded Tuesday, January 18th
Living in the basement of Stoned City has its advantages. One being that my bed is six inches from the Nude Sunrise practice space. They've been shaking the floors recording their new album. Check out this new jam I bootlegged onto cassette. WAHWAHSOME.


Photo by Dawei Wang

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Dog Lady - Children of the Torn Snare, cdr, 2009

I have a soft spot for fiddles. Picked this up the after an awesome set at the mopery in October of 2009. Soaring dynamic violin drone done right, and wtf is up with the kick pedal on the reel to reel? Really pleased me after being nonplussed by a poor Terry Riley ripoff set from Burning Star Core a few months back. Self-released with artwork by John Olsen. By artwork meaning wet ink pressed in between transparencies. SICK. At first I was disappointed with the amount of other electronics and noise on this release, but its really grown on me. Not yer usual bass heavy violin drone, this one focuses more on the scrapes, squeels, and other ways to process the instrument. What makes it a worthy listen is his sense of musicianship, no full on no-restraint instrument mangling. Not to say its not grinding and creepy uneasy listening, CUZ IT IZ. Really excited to see him again in Chicago at Chili's on February 12th. Anybody with any more Dog Lady releases hit me up.


Photo by Karina Natis

Sword Heaven - Beatings, cdr, 2005

Five years ago, Mr City, former basement venue in Fulton Market, I swear there was mold down there. Some guy on stage was grinding a contact mic'd pipe while another trudged through the audience growling, dragging broken cymbals chained to his ankle. And Sword Heaven hadn't even started yet. Wait till the drummer plugs in the contact mic that's duct taped around his neck and starts pummeling you into submission so pipe dude can scream and beat hanging sheet metal into your skull. I spent a good ten minutes in front of this scene until deciding to sit on a table near the PA having it shake and shiver my entire spinal cord.

Columbus duo Sword Heaven spent the last decade performing some of the harshest, grinding noise imaginable and releasing it on Load, Not Not Fun, Apop, Fuck It Tapes, and more. This is a self-released cdr I purchased from aforementioned show. The appropriately titled "Beatings" features three tracks of bludgening drums, electronic squelches, and heavy distortion all near the ten minute mark. The first two songs were later rereleased in better quality on a six band triple LP titled "Pisspounder". I haven't hear about them for a while and until the writing of this post, didn't even know they came out with a new LP last august. And apparently the drummer moved to India.


Monday, January 17, 2011

Whitehouse - Great White Death Special Edition (Susan Lawly re-issue 1997)

The first fucking masterpiece by the group that "invented" power electronics. Originally released in 1985, it took Whitehouse five years and nine albums to perfect their formula of high & low frequency blasts and verbal assault. Apparently they thought so too and took a year five year break...only to record next with Steve Albini. Contains such classics as "I'm Comin' Up Your Ass" and "Rapemaster". Guaranteed to upset the sensitive and...realistically upset any situation. GODDAMN IF THIS IS NOT SOME OF THE MOST BLISSFULLY PAINFUL HARSH NOISE. Or, maybe my friend was right when she said being berated gets me off.


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Nude Sunrise - Live at Camp Bell, 2010

Recorded May, 22, 2010
on handheld cassette in Gage Park. Same show as the ONO post and the a-side of the tape. This was back when Nude Sunrise was a three piece, sans drummer. Sorry Skatepark USA cuts off at the end, ran out of tape! Still wavy gravy dig it duuuude! More early Nude Sunrise bootlegs to come.

I don't understand why people call them "chill wave". Besides being a stupid name and a stupid genre, it doesn't apply. Too many blasts into guitar worshipping space rock and monolithic synth ala Spacemen 3 for that lofi wussy keyboard hipster crap. They've got a bunch of gigs the next two months before they go on tour. Feel their amps fer yrself.


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Teflon Dawn - Memory Forecast, cassette, 2010

Been meaning to upload this one fer a while. First tape on obscuro Chicago tape label SHITFIX. Haven't heard of it? Probably because its releases are limited to ten or twenty tapes available personally for donation or trade. Also, its run by a quiet and humble awesome I received this tape with the warning that it was lofi and yussssssss staticy synths and some overblown fuzz but none of it too abrasive. For a cassette titled "Memory Forecast" I hope to hear a refreshing light static rain. Reccommended for fans of slow tape drone churn. Yummm.

If you like this, watch out for a new collaborative tape with Lamella "Twin Travoltas" on Teslavision Intergalactic. Previous projects include Master Bedrooms, Self-Aborting Fetus Gore, and Brainforest. His recent activities can be found via his cassette label SHITFIX and his blog Holoblographic.