Thursday, April 9, 2015

Meridian Arc—Phase I–V cs

Meridian Arc
Phase I–V
Broken Press

ignore my paint covered table


This is Andrew Crawshaw’s first foray into solo synth music and it’s pretty god damn good. It took me awhile to find the time to sit with this and listen and I have to say that I am pretty impressed. Andrew definitely has, over the last handful of years, really become quite fluent in synth music. He has an impressive collection of music that pretty much all of us should be envious of. This has been more than just diversion or entertainment for Andrew though, this has been an education. His work on this cassette is very sophisticated for a first release and I’m very excited to hear where he takes this project. Definitely think Klaus Shulze or John Carpenter. I should say that the second phase is when this release really starts to completely rule. You should check out this article in Seattle’s The Stranger for more insight. 


Visually it’s simple but very strong. The cassettes that Andrew is putting out now all have a uniform look and it’s awesome. The kind that makes you want to own all of them so you can see them all lined up when you have bought 100 of them. Anyhow, find this.

Faint Glow—Beneath the Ice Sky

Faint Glow
Beneath the Ice Sky




Now we are talking. I think I remember Faint Glow having excellent music but pretty lackluster packaging. This time around the packaging is not flashy or really expensive looking but it's truly beautiful. I really see and feel the care that was put into this. It has a painted cdr, and this heavy piece of watercolor paper that holds the cdr and wrapped in this painted vellum sleeve that has a lovely texture. It's very personal and I really appreciate this. The music is a form of feedback nurturing and it pairs really well with the packaging.


Troy Schafer—Rigid Oppression biz card cdr

Troy Schafer
Rigid Oppression 
Aetheric Records



Wow, I really dig Troy Schafer. This is the second thing I have heard from him lately and it’s also excellent. More explorations of objects and the noise they make. This sounds like it might be more of his violin work an dI need to hear more. Piercing is one of my favorite descriptors and it pertains to this quite well but there is something else. A sort of breaking-down sound that sounds like micro-erosion on an audio level. Does that make sense? Maybe you should just hear it.

The packaging is very simple but works well. The type is nice—although center justified text is really only for wedding invites—and the art on front is pretty cool. The only issue is that the insert is about 1/4” too small for the sleeve and that looks a little sloppy. 

Tanner Garza—Frank Goodish 3" cdr

Tanner Garza
Frank Goodish ep
Petite Soles



Musically this is pretty lovely. Even with the limited space on a 3” cdr Tanner Garza was able to slowly build drones and noise into something that sounds like it takes place over large expanses of time. It’s pretty sophisticated. There is this big sample type thing in the middle but it’s such a cinematic addition that I think it really adds to the experience.

The design on the other hand is a mess there is two separate covers basically that have nothing to do with each other. The both look cool but they absolutely do no belong together. The type treatment is really nothing but the logo is pretty interesting. It’s crazy enough that I had to look up “Frank Goodish ep” online to figure out what the project name was though. Not a big deal for someone who deals with black metal all the time but it’s worth noting. I’m posting both covers on this so you can see. I think a little visual cohesion would have gone a long way with this. 

This is the cover for the small sleeve that holds the cdr

Nundata+Visdomstann—Mitochondrial DNA 3" cdr

Nundata+Visdomstann
Mitochondrial DNA
Petite Soles



I’m a huge fan of 3” cdrs as a format. There are a lot of cool packaging ideas with such a small disc.  I’m a little disappointed that with this release they didn’t seem to take advantage of that. There is something to be said for down and dirty packaging. I don’t even mind that they didn’t even stamp the cdr itself but it has this “good enough” feeling to it. The art is fine and there is so little type that I can’t really critique the typography so there’s that. 

Musically it’s pretty straightforward brittle noise but it does have this relentless piercing sound that I find pretty pleasurable. There was definitely some good thought put into the audio. This was perfect for listening to first thing in the morning. 

Of Unknown Orgin—Seven Ovens of the Soul cd

Of Unknown Orgin
Seven Ovens of the Soul
Suffering Clown




I kinda perked up when I saw this was distributed by World Serpent but I think I was ultimately left a little wanting on this one. Half of the record has this awesome bubbling, swirling, dripping space noise vibe that I love and the other half I could not get into. None of this is bad but I find it a little forgettable. Maybe I need to give this another shot but not tonight. The layout is bit forgettable as well. There is is sigil on the back and the cd face which I guess is a logo for the project but it looks pretty tired…  Maybe I am just not in the right headspace for this… 

Troy Schafer—Survey of a Broken Tape Recorder cdr

Troy Schafer
Survey of a Broken Tape Recorder
Signal Dreams




So I am pretty sure this is exactly what it sounds like. A bit of experimentation with a broken tape recorder. There are some pretty jarring sounds on this that seem like the type of thing that you discover mare than create and I am glad Mr. Schafer decided to share this with us. There is a real beauty in something being so broken that it should be thrown out becoming something that we can explore and rediscover. Even if it was thrown out after this recording it got to have a second life and contribute a little bit more. I’m not try to anthropomorphize this tape recorder but Mr. Schafer found and recorded one hell of a death rattle. 

Pornography—Hex/Golden Sunshine lathe cut 7”

Pornography
Hex/Golden Sunshine lathe cut 7”
Rot Iron





I really enjoy Pornography. Yup. I had to type that and I am pretty ashamed. Fucking Anderson. Anyhow, This is great but if you are a fan of Toadliquor and Eyehategod you probably know all about this band and also love them. These are two excellent tracks with some pretty wonderfully nihilistic lyrics:

“I’ve spent the last decade wanting to die
I don’t have a future
I have to be stopped…”


This type of thing takes me back to the heyday of Pessimiser/Theologian 7”s arriving in my mailbox. The lathe is well cut by lathecuts.com and I fully recommend them. The square 7” also come with a cdr so you can put it in your phone and be lame. Good layout. Good music. 

Sult—Svimmelhed cd

Sult
Svimmelhed
Conrad Sound



This is the type of free jazz that is rarely any good. There have been great moments in this type of thing, I’m thinking of John Zorn and some stuff by Trevor Dunn but usually this type of thing just sounds like some noise guys decided that no knowing how to play their instruments was a positive and needed to jam out for awhile. Usually a very long while. Sult is not like that at all. Sult is fantastic. This album sounds so amazing that you really hear the instruments moving through the air as they play. The sound is captured perfectly. The music itself is really challenging and intense. I really can’t stop listening to this. There si a track at the end of the cd where the giant contrabasses will destroy your speakers with acoustic horror. I love this. 


It looks pretty good too. It was designed by Lasse Marhaug so it has that sort of simple and clean look that he loves. It’s well done if not a little overly simple. 

Puritan Sword—Discography cd

Puritan Sword
Discography
Obfuscated Records




Puritan Sword wins raddest name for a HNW project. It’s great and this cd is kinda perfect. Twenty nine tracks that are all about two to three minutes in length. It’s great. There are some samples and we all know at this point how I feel about samples in noise but it’s a damn fine project.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Olekranon—Salus cdr

Olekranon
Salus
Inam Records




Excellent frenetic drone from the Inam label. I'm super satisfied with this one. It's got this strange brightness to it that most drone doesn't really have. Maybe it's a little like Our Love Will Destroy the World and that is not bad at all. You will dig this. 

The packaging is great as well. I am a big fan of printing on transparent vellum. It creates this cloudy softness that is hard to recreate another way. They do a good job with that. The artwork itself is really good and the minimal type treatment is totally solid. Nice. 

Negru Voda/Knös—Face Without Face cd

Negru Voda/Knös
Face Without Face
Malignant Records




I'm not really feeling this one. Both acts are totally fine but for some reason I'm not super into this. Dark industrial noise that certainly haunts the corners but when it was over I was just sorta done. The whole thing has this 90's sound and look that is cool but I feel like I have seen it and heard it all before. The irony isn't lost on someone who listens to HNW all day, trust me, but I am just sort of unaffected by this particular release.

The layout isn't bad. It's got this Neville Brody feel here and there and I really like the type treatment on the back. The cover is a bit of a mess but I enjoy the artwork. I think for the right person this would rule. I'm just not that guy. 

Ryan Huber—Horus cdr

Ryan Huber
Horus
Inam Records






Everything on Inam records is good. Honest. I haven't found something that didn't stay in my player for days and days on that label. Getting a package from them means that I will get inspired and end up making my own work. Their curating is top notch and this release is no different. It's simple, clean and intimate. In fact, it's so intimate and personal that every cd package is hand done. Granted it's pretty simple but it is done by someone who clearly has some taste. I had to cut open the envelope to get to the cd but it was worth it. The music is this beautiful fuzzy drone that was just what I needed today. Thank you. 

RU/ST 3"cdr

RU/ST
01

resdatcom




RU/ST is HNW and for that you should find this. 3" cdrs are becoming the most dead of formats and it kinda bums me out. It's inevitable but they are so rad and back in the early 90's they were the catch-all SciFi way of carrying information in the future. Anyway, RU/ST rules. This track is 22 mins of blistering. 

WIth the packaging I'm a little torn. The packaging itself is nice. Hand made but still professional but I feel the assembly could have been a little tighter. The bag it comes in is way too big and that's always so clunky looking but in general this is nicely done.. I guess it's a thumbs up on the packaging. The cover has some sort of weird textured ink or paint that has been screened or stenciled on. It's kinda gross to touch and I love that. Textural elements aren't used enough in packaging. Sadly, I bet that will crumble off in a few years. Either way, if you are a collector of 3" cdrs, and you should be, this is one to find. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Last of England—Noisecore Tape cs

Last of England
Noisecore Tape
NNNCO




FUCK. This is so rad. Super short and totally brutal. I think lovers of of Sissy Spacek will find something just perfect about this. They need to do more of these 10 minute explosions. Maybe I should try to get them to do a split with Synanon. I even dig the simple little J-card because its so poorly done. If that makes sense. The hyper low resolution on the type and the photocopy paper. It looks like they had to design and print them in the time it takes them to play a song. Somehow it fits. 

Fingers of the Embalmer—Dissection of Order cs

Fingers of the Embalmer
Dissection of Order
Worthless Recordings



Another one that fell into the cracks and I'm pretty bummed. This is much more on the doom side of noise sharing more of a Blue Sabbath Black Cheer sort of sound. Which to me is great. It lacks a little of the depth that BSBC have but it has a lot of the sensibilities. This is apparently based on Egyptian gods and has a lot to do with the afterlife and dying, so I'm pretty happy. 


The layout is cool. Simple and creepy without trying too hard. Nice work. 

Vomir/Crucifix Eye split cs

Vomir/Crucifix Eye
split cassette
Forever Escaping Boredom Records




HNW. Yes. Fuck yes. Not enough of this honestly and that's saying something because of how much HNW there is out there. This is mother's milk to me. Not the RHCP album, which I do not care for, but something that is nurturing and fulfilling. Both acts rule… The layout leaves something to be desired. There are strokes around all the type which needs to be used sparingly. In some places the leading wasn't adjusted for the addition of the white strokes so the type kinda runs into itself. There is just too much going on. The VHS on the front, with a skull then rainbow stuff on the inside with tapes and type and splatter… it just a bit of a mess. maybe that works for the HNW type stuff but I would like to see them take another stab at this. 


En Nihil/Filth—Black Earth cs

En Nihil/Filth
Black Earth
Out of Body Records



En Nihil and Filth are both super heavy, brutal dark industrial goodness but also totally different. I've been enjoying both of their work for awhile and this cassette is no exception. I think for me the stand out is the very beginning of the En Nihil track. It sounds like a monster is coming to get you. Seriously. It's legitimately scary music and I feel like a terrible father for letting my daughter hear this. 


The tape is by Out of Body Records so it has that look. I really appreciate the uniform look to all their cassettes. I think the overall design of all of their tapes could use some tweaking but at this point they are locked in so I don't even really feel like saying much else. It's not bad but it could be better… Although, that can be applied to every single thing ever made by anyone ever. 

Filth—The Witches' Pharmacopoeia cs

Filth
The Witches' Pharmacopoeia
Maniacal Hatred



Now we're talking. This is some grim shit and I dig it. Dark, haunting, marching noise that sounds like a panic attack. This type of dark electronic experimental noise isn't something I always gravitate towards but sometimes it's the perfect palate cleanser.

The designer needs to chill out on the textures over the type. It's not consistent between all the type and the whole thing just screams photoshop. Otherwise it would be a fine layout that is appropriate for the music.

Marcus Rubio—Land of Disenfranchisement cs

Marcus Rubio
Land of Disenfranchisement
Already Dead Tapes




This little slice of disparate noise-pop was not what I was expecting. It's pretty lovely and in very different ways. The first track sounds like Sigur Ros a little but less…foreign? Then a track that could have been the best thing Belle and Sebastian eve recorded hits next followed by something that could be off a Unicorns record. Is this guy from the Unicorns? I'll have to check. 

Ok, no it doesn't look like he was but this guy is pretty famous. I guess I should have known that but I didn't. I know more about guys who fill cassette cases with blood and dirt and slap a label over it more than I know about young award-winning composers. Anyway, this is pretty good. I can see why people dig this. I know my wife will love this. 


It looks nice. It's a solid layout with good typography. Not really my thing, but nor is the music, and I can't deny that either are anything but really, really good. Solid. 

Swamp Horse/Husere Grav split cs

Swamp Horse/Husere Grav
split
Existential Cloth Recordings




Swamp Horse is one of the side projects of Josh Lay and I guess when I say that I am not really sure what the main project would be. Glass Coffin is so good I sorta think everything else would be the side project… How about I just say it's one of the many projects of Josh Lay? Swamp Horse is strange. Lo-fi, rough, naive hardcore with these contrasting droning electronic tones and noises that elevates the whole project. It's totally weird and totally great. Husere Grav was introduced to me through one of Joe Beres' Small Doses 3" cds. It was great and I kept an eye peeled for that… Side note, Does Joe still do Small Doses? He was going to do a 3" for me a couple years ago and a book of artwork by me with an introduction by Stephen O'Malley… Hmm. I kinda dropped the ball on those. I suck. Anyhow, Husere Grav have two moments on this that really stand out. There is this oppressive wall of tone that starts this and moves until a small and precious guitar layer finds it's way out and leaves with one of those it's-okay-I'm-going-to-die feelings. 


The tape itself is laid out fine. Super simple and clean. I'm into it. Nothing much to say other than I do like these simple punk-rock layouts. It usually always works. 

German Army—Social Catalyst cs

German Army
Social Catalyst
Jozik Records



So I have been very lucky to get to hear many German Army songs in the last year and I think it's time I admit that German Army is our new Coil. Or at least they are certainly on their way. Every cassette has been amazing and I am loving the focused yet varied approach to this strange, melting electronic. This particular album actually sounds like a mix between Brian Eno and Throbbing Gristle and I love it. I hope some genius reissues all of this on vinyl someday soon.


The packaging is not really there but for some weird reason it kinda works for me. The name is upside down on the spine, the J-card is too short, the art is totally a placeholder but with the music this good I sorta like it. Normally I want tapes to look as good as the music and in this case the diminished layout really elevates the music. This might actually be brilliant. 

Hadals/HHL/Machismo/Sharp Tooth—4 way split cs


Hadals/HHL/Machismo/Sharp Tooth
4 way split
Tapes of a Neon God




Excellent 4 way split as per usual from TOANG. Hadals starts with something very subtle with quiet drones and moves into the sounds of an angry demon trying to tear a metal bed frame apart. HHL is brutal HNW just like you wanted. Like bees made of metal. Machismo is new to me but I am a sucker for that late 90's noise with vocals thing. I fucking love this. Sharp Tooth is great. Like listening to an Argento soundtrack through a wormhole. This is really good all around. Anderson has good taste in sounds and good taste in design so I'm never really disappointed in his work or his curating. 

Friday, January 30, 2015

New KTL cassette is out and podcast news...

Fuck it. I'm going to use this as a place to mention Dead Accents releases from time to time. There is a new cassette from KTL out. KTL, for those that don't know, is Stephen O'Malley from Sunn0))) and Peter Rehberg from PITA and this shit rules. Check here for a full description.







When the podcast starts I am not sure how it will exactly work out but I am hoping to take some suggestions. I have decided not to make it a video thing. Even though I discuss the layouts a lot I think I will just keep this blog to have photographs of all mentioned releases. I'm thinking of keeping each show between 15–30 mins max. I think it will be broken into segments. I will do a few reviews and play some segments, discuss layouts and packaging. I was planning on having some interviews here and there and hopefully a few performances from noise artists. I was also thinking of having Shane Mehling, decibel writer and my best friend, host a segment where I defend something. Not sure how that will go.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Q///Q—N SA BWA cs

Q///Q
N SA BWA
Skrot Up




I mean this in the best possible way, but if the SNL faux-show Sprockets were a real show that got canceled in the early 90s and they then decided, twenty years later, to make a documentary about the show, this cassette by Q///Q would be the absolute perfect soundtrack to that documentary. Does that sense? It's really good. It has this sort of happy, somewhat naive european sound that I am really into. The look is perfect too. I like it. I kinda wish it were easier to figure who put it out but I think I figured it out by reading the 3pt type on the cassette. 

Church Dweller/Hadals/Void En Vogue/Winter Ritual—4 way split cs

Church Dweller/Hadals/Void En Vogue/Winter Ritual
4 way split
Tapes of a Neon God



The rule with Tapes of a Neon God release is this. Just buy it. It's always good. Anderson (Hadals, Pornography) seems to know a lot of very talented people that love to make some real chaos happen. This is one of those rare noise splits where every act sounds totally brutal and intense but also completely different and unique from each other. As much as I love four tracks of indecipherable HNW, this is a killer example of some disparate audio fuckery. 


As with most all the other tapes from TOANG, this looks great. Good type treatments and nice fucked up artwork. I'm a fan. 

Wreckmeister Harmonies—Volume one cd/dvd

Wreckmeister Harmonies
Volume one cd/dvd
Atavistic

The case is a little beat up as I listened to this a lot in my car.


I played with Wreckmeister Harmonies about a year ago and I was totally impressed. Huge sweeping guitar drones performed completely live through my half stacks. It was great. Musically this cd is a little different. Apparently he curated some sound performances in various museum lobbies around the globe and I believe this is audio from that. I'm not sure if what i am hearing is the audio of people listening to what he is doing combined with pre-recorded studio music or if he played the studio tracks in the museums or what… it's a little confusing but the music is great. The field recording parts really explore the depth of the rooms and paint a beautiful picture in your mind. The studio parts are this free form jazz/drone piece that ends in some of the most beautiful and powerful moments. It's well worth hearing. The Dvd is subtle. With no real menu to speak of you aren't sure what you are getting. It ends up being long shots of East coast and West coast locations backed with some interesting audio. 


It looks fine. Images from the recordings with some type that is acceptable. It doesn't quite convey what you will get inside but there isn't anything particularly wrong with it. 

B. A. Johnston—My Heart is a Blinking Nintendo cs

B. A. Johnston
My Heart is a Blinking Nintendo
Black Top Records



This is adorable with a capital A. The first song is great and I thought I was pretty hooked right away but as it goes on I started to loose interest. I think if this was 5 songs instead of 19 I would be asking for more but it just kinda drags itself down with how cute and ironic it is. It's just too on the nose. Songs about Dungeons and Dragons, a song about having a deep fryer next to your bed, another song with a deep fryer, old nintendo games… It's all a little too precious for me. I think if this had the brutal and tragic honesty of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone it would be one of my favorite albums because B.A. has the skills for song writing and his execution is great. I just want to hear something from him and not from what he thinks a roomful of his best friends will chuckle at. 


The art on the cover is pretty cute and it it goes well with the music. Unfortunately the type is just not being used well at all. It could stand a redesign. 

Timm Mason/Cathartech—Sleep Study cs

Timm Mason/Cathartech
Sleep Study
Masters Chemical Society




This is pretty interesting. From what I can tell from reading the insert that comes with this you are supposed to play this while you sleep. I'm terrified of almost anything that is supposed to alter my sleep but listening to these tracks from Timm Mason and Cathartech I can see how this might make for a very amazing non-waking experience. Lucid dreams? Possibly. I do love those although I have only had a few in my whole life. The look and sounds of this cassette seem very clinical and I think for what this is supposed to be this is a pretty big success. I would try to find this if you can. 

Podcast.

I'm seriously considering turning Dead Formats into a podcast. I feel like I would be able to get more reviews done, actually play some of the sounds for others to hear and talk more in depth about the packaging and layouts. I feel like maybe I would have to keep this blog up just to show the physical packages that I am talking about but I think a monthly or bi-monthly 30min podcast might serve our scene a little better. Let me know what you think. Go ahead and email me and we can discuss some ideas. If I do this I would love to have some interviews, sound samples, and probably a handful of co-hosts.

JML & Tanner Garza—Desired Constellation cs

JML & Tanner Garza
Desired Constellation
Urgent Telepathy Recordings



This is just lovely. Beautiful lo-fi drones paired with sweet little bursts of feedback, loops and texture. It's smaller than bedroom drone, this is like closet drone or crawlspace drone. It's really wonderful. You should get this so we can talk about it. 


It looks okay. Not totally my thing but it is fine. There is some warped type that on it's own looks pretty good but I feel when paired with the manic collage art work, that on it's own also looks good, it's just not a good marriage. Not horrible but I will say that the music's such high quality was a surprise as I was not too hopeful at my first glance.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Noisepoetnobody—Oso cs

Noisepoetnobody
Oso
Chittenden Jones Industries




Excellent. Really excellent work. Noisepoetnobody has created a tense and immediate piece of work here about a town in Washington state that was completely buried in a massive mudslide. Abstract beats and drones create a texture that immerses the listener in way that is both pleasurable and anxiety-inducing. It's a little fucked up but I dig this. The way it looks doesn't hurt either. Really nice design where he has broken out of the usual boundaries or the 3 panel j-card. Crucial. 

German Army—Socotra Scripture cs

German Army
Socotra Scripture
Horror Fiction Tapes



German Army is my favorite band today. This tape has that wonderful warm blanket of audio patina that just melts the end of my day. This is what drugs should sound like. 


I love this design. First of all they bent the rules on what goes where on a tape j-card. That's important. Secondly, the j-card is actually pages from a 1962 novel called The Wizard of Linn by Vogt. I have never read this but I'm a little curious. The texture of the paper sounds like the music. This is an important design element. Bravo the the designer and the label. I'm impressed. Maybe I can con them into releasing a blsphm tape. 

German Army—Pennantia cs

German Army
Pennantia
905 Tapes




Another excellent piece from German Army. I guess you call it electronic experimental if you were trying to explain it to a parent of someone you went to high school with 15 years ago. You could also just say that it rules. Excellent samples and loops with a beautiful, ancient wooden sound. The layout is simple and well designed and I'm very pleased with it. You will be too. 

Meghann Wright—s/t cs

Meghann Wright
s/t
Black Top Records




Hmmm. Not totally sure why this was sent to me. It's not horrible or anything but it seems like it is far from my musical world. Meghann Wright is a singer/songwriter that sounds a little like Amy Winehouse singing for Frente. Do you remember Frente from the 90s? They did that New Order cover that everyone loved and an entire other record that no one remembers. Anyhow, that's pretty much what we have here. Soulful, adult contemporary rock that brings to mind Adele more than anything. The tape has a super 90s look as well. It's really not something I enjoy expect for the fact that I keep imagining that I am watching Lost in Translation and the band in the bar, Soulsalito, says, "Thank you, thank you. We're Soulsalito. Uh, we have cassettes for sale." 

Battalion of Cloudships/Faint Glow—split cassette

Battalion of Cloudships/Faint Glow
split cassette
Assorted Psychedelia



So this is almost two years old at this point and I need to apologize again to everyone that I am so behind. Not only do I need to apologize to the producers of so many fine cassettes and music but to the audience that isn't getting the word that these things rule. That said, this thing rules. Faint Glow has been reviewed on here before but this is probably my favorite thing of theirs so far. Super simple and brittle. Like the music frayed wires would like to listen to. It's awesome. Battalion of Cloudships, besides having an awesome name, have really done something special here. It's sad and deeply hurting. I really love when I find something that acts as a mirror to how I feel most of the time. I'm going to were out this cassette. Someone needs to put this out on a one sided 7" or something. 


The tape looks great. Simple O card that has been deftly assembled to have some real depth and texture. Really nice. The type treatment is very minimal but done well. They even used a ligature. Nice. 

At Jennie Richie—The Communists Garden Expanded EP plus cs

At Jennie Richie
The Communists Garden Expanded EP plus
Readymade Tapes




I will never own everything At Jennie Richie has put out and that's a bit of a bummer. Luckily though sometimes things get released again and I get to hear a bit more. This is one of those cases. This is a excellent example of the collaborative nature of At Jennie Richie. Whether they are working with irr. app. (ext.) or a child there is always something sort of brand new happening. This is a beautifully strange collection of disparate tracks that will slightly pull you brain apart. Consider yourself lucky. 


I dig the look of this thing. The type and image on the front are pretty low-quality and resolution but it somehow works really well. I think because part of this was a digital only release at one point it makes the hyper-digital nature of the artwork really the perfect choice. Find this. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Wolf Eyes—Mangled LSD Lines Flexi

Wolf Eyes
Mangled LSD Lines "Live in Chicago 2014" Flexi
AudiaLSD0000




This bright orange flexi disk contains about 5 mins or so of live Wolf Eyes from this year. Nauseous-inducing churning punctuated with some piercing excellence at the end. It's what you may expect from Wolf Eyes but I fucking love it. It's super weird as far as packaging goes which is usual for Wolf Eyes' releases. This one contained randomly cut pieces of a weekly. Possibly the Stranger. Limited to 100 copies. It's good. 

Ice Orgy—2 cs

Ice Orgy
2
Univos Workshop

borrowed photo. awesome work...



I was a big fan of the first Ice Orgy cassette. The music and packaging were all there. Beautifully done work that took my breathe away and gave me something to work towards with my own label, Dead Accents. This release, or sequel if you will, continues with that awe I felt two years ago. The drones are intense and unnerving while still holding onto this subtle beauty. The letterpresses packaging looks amazing and is really well printed. The attention to detail is superb and I can't recommend this enough to everyone who makes and enjoys cassettes as much as I do. This is the label/person I would most want to release a BLSPHM release because of how nice and tasteful this is. Bravo. 

Submissions—II cs

SBMSSNS (Submissions)
II
Skrot Up



This is pretty rad. If you dig the idea of a heavier Nadja that lives closer to the world of Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste-era Ministry and maybe a touch of Deustch Nepal then you will dig this. I sure did. I know a friend that would actually shit his pants for this. It's things like this that get me excited about doing this blog. Discovering something new and weird that I never knew existed. These guys are on the map for me now. 


The layout is okay. The type is clean and strong—they even knew to letterspace their capital letters. I sorta wish they did some art of some kind on the inside but it's pretty strong. I like the image of Jack Kerouac being attacked by a snake on the cover or whatever that is...