Friday, May 17, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
House of Low Culture is briefly emerging from hibernation for a one-off performance opening for our friends Boris, this Saturday (05/18) in Seattle at The Crocodile. We're playing a new 30 minute piece as the duo configuration of Aaron Turner/Faith Coloccia. We're also going to attempt to record a version of this piece at some point soon for release later in the year.
In mostly unrelated news, SIGE Records has a new release out - a 2xLP/CS+ DVD by Daniel Menche entitled "Vilke". The album was officially released in stores yesterday (05/14) and is also available directly from the SIGE webstore. You can check out a track from the record here, and a video for it here. For further information please visit the SIGE homepage.
Speaking of Daniel, Faith and I have a new collaborative work in progress with him, some or all of which should see the light of day this year. We're not exactly sure under what name the project will be presented, but the first volume of the project - one longform track intended to be a single LP - is now complete and release is pending. More info on that soon.
Currently enjoying: Tony Conrad with Faust "Outside the Dream Syndicate Alive", Ancestors "III", Kill the Thrill "Tellurique", Nihilist - discography, Steve R Smith "The Anchorite", Oneirogen "Veni Nox Anima", etc.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Currently enjoying: Pan Sonic "Kesto", Daniel Menche "Creatures of Cadence", Iannis Xenakis "Persepolis" and "Polytope de Cluny", Mournful Congregation "June Frost", Beherit "Beast of Beherit", Richard Skelton "Black Combe", William Fowler Collins "Tenebroso", Nihill "Woestenij", being outdoors....
Monday, April 29, 2013
Above: New drawings (raw and manipulated), for the forthcoming full length by All Pigs Must Die. Complete album art to be posted later.
Currently enjoying: Margaret Atwood "The Handmaid's Tale", Mike Mignola "BPRD 1948", A Small Cruel Party "An Accident in Substance", Henryk Gorecki "Symphony no. 3", Asphyx "Deathammer", Daniel Menche "Vulgar Scratch", Godflesh "Hymns", All Pigs Must Die "Nothing Violates This Nature", Jon Mueller "Death Blues", etc....
Monday, April 8, 2013
Above: front cover and gatefold spread for the forthcoming Converge "Caring & Killing" 2xLP.
The exterior image is a detail from a painting/charcoal drawing of mine from about 1996 or '97. Design for this was handled by J. Bannon, incorporating design elements from the original release and art generated around the same period.
The 2xLP is now available for pre-order from Hydra Head here.
Intake: FM Einheit "Stein", Organum "Amen", Glenn Branca "Symphony No. 3", Wold "Freemasonry", Trepaneringsritualen "Judas Goat", Boris/Joe Volk, Isak Dinesen "Seven Gothic Tales", Jim Woodring "The Frank Book", Metallic "Master of Puppets", Discordance Axis "Jouhou".
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Above: Daymare CD re-issues of the first 4 Old Man Gloom albums: Meditations in B, Seminar II, Seminar III, and Christmas + Christmas Eve.
The Old Man Gloom/Converge tour of Japan/Australia/New Zealand is now complete. Thanks to all this involved for making it a highly enjoyable set of experiences. When Gloom reached Japan we were handed the finished copies of the Old Man Gloom re-issues, produced to coincide with the tour (and incidentally the 10th anniversary of Daymare Recordings). These CDs are the definitive versions of the albums, replete with revamped artwork, re-mastered audio courtesy of James Plotkin, and some bonus live material (also mixed and mastered by Plotkin). For anybody new to the work of Old Man Gloom (or those simply looking to update their collections), the ultimate versions herein described and pictured can be obtained directly from Daymare by visiting the Inoxia webstore here. Big thanks to Tadashi Hamada for making this project possible. Though available only in the CD format currently, OMG is hoping to reissue these updated versions of the albums on vinyl in the course of the coming year. Stayed tuned for more info on that endeavor.
Speaking of Daymare, they have also recently issued the CD version of the JK Flesh/Prurient split album. The compact disc edition features the original content plus remix tracks by House of Low Culture and JK Flesh not available on the LP version. That item is also for sale direct from Daymare here. As of today there are also 3 remaining copies of the LP test press + cassette version of this release at the HHR store here.
Speaking of Old man Gloom, congrats to fellow Gloomer Nate Newton and his wife Liz Newton on the birth of their daughter Dorothy! Very happy and exciting news!
Thank you for reading....
Listening/enjoying/reading: Exo "In Springtime the Universe...", Knut Hamson "Hunger", Iron Lung - live, Converge - live, High on Fire "De Vermis...", Skip James "Jesus is a MIght Good Leader", Mutoid Man - album, Daniel Menche - Vilke, Portal "Vexovoid", Jason Lescalleet "Songs About Nothing", Kevin Drumm "Tannenbaum", Aaron Dilloway "After the Showers", etc.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Above: new hoodie and t-shirt design for Hydra Head Records. Original drawings can be viewed in the previous post.
The shirt and hoodie are both available now from the Hydra Head RTK store. In addition to those items, I've donated some of my musical equipment as well as records from my personal collection to the sale. The sale is part of an overall effort to stabilize Hydra Head after years of steady decline which have culminated in a near collapse of the label - more info on that can be found here and here.