Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Albania Gnu Jets, or Salut Jean Gabin!

Jean Gabin. Le Tunnel, Zouzou, La belle équipe, Pépé le Moko, La grande illusion, Le quai des brumes, La bête humaine, Le jour se lève, and Les Bas-fonds. And those are the masterpieces BEFORE 1940. He fled France, abhorred by the stench of collaboration with the pro-Nazi Vichy regime. He made two good films in America, then enlisted in the army. His transport ship was shelled en route to Italy, and his hair turned a shock shade of white overnight. He was committed to socialist principles and looked great in a suit. He pared down his dialogue to essential outlines, and allowed instinct to fill in the gaps. A true titan of the arts, and maybe 50 quadrillion times cooler than, say, Jeremy Piven. Touchez pas au Grisbi is my favorite of his films - it utterly floors me every time I watch it.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Alimentary Serfs...

Karl Schmidt Verlag is still rebuilding its archive. In December we’ll be unveiling 24 48 releases, both new and newly restored. Most will be single-disc extravaganzas, but a few multi-CD anomalies will foul perfection, and Merkwürdig Riechnerv’s lathe-cut 10” single will destroy both the Parthenon and maybe the canopy from Larry’s Fine Meats off I-10 near Sherwood. There’s also a shadow project that’s been a year in the making, but these slivers of raw Kunst can wait until the next update.


Friday, November 24, 2017

HBD MM! / Hoary Magma Kronor...

Earliest surviving image of Mark Charles Morgan, taken at Funhouse Studio, NYC, circa 1998.

We celebrate his life and accomplishments in the business of show, today!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Approach to Fear: Aghast Smudges...

(Received via socmed from Holger Adam, with gratitude. Slightly amended.)

... this, dear friends, is the lavishly compiled and presented Approach to Fear: Regeneration 2-cassette-monster out on Karl Schmidt Verlag courtesy of the one and only Tom Smith! I highly recommend to get your hands on one of those if you fancy some contemporary noise and all other kinds of musical deviant behaviour!

Dab Neon Henna!

Achtung! This will be a very good gig. Merkwürdig Riechnerv will also be celebrating the release of their new 10' EP Spit It Out Versions cut by Rat Bastard at Dan Hosker Studio in Miami Beach. Plus the great Nervous Man and local up-and-comers Band ohne Name (aka BoN)! See you freaks there!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Unabated Urgent Bite!

Mania fucking D. Their legacy looms larger with every passing year. This isn't nostalgia - they're simply better than just about anything before or since.

(Image scanned from the March 1980 issue of Spex.)

Racy Twofers...

Gotta nice parade column of anti-fascists marching out to the post tomorrow. Ditto mega-hot KSV CDRs! Great thanks to those who‘ve dipped their dorsals into our choppy waters.. Approach to Fear is still available, but if you’re on the fence I’d advise taking the leap - I’ve fewer than 100,000 left!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Bolero Drogue...

If the soundcheck is any indication, tonight‘s gig with Ragnhild May and Stefan Maier is gonna be sick...

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Confider Girdles...

Dave Phillips at the conclusion of Felicity Mangan's set at Bremen's Field Recordings fest last Saturday. Claudia and I could only make the one evening, but it was a very satisfying event, chock full of lectures (Dave's came before Ms. Mangan's performance), quadraphonic solo unspoolings, and, unrelated to the theme but a welcome bonus, our near-feral, always upbeat friends - great to hang with so many lovely humans. Dave and I had lots to catch up on - we might even be making music together again. Blunders never crease...

Monday, November 06, 2017

Wrapt Over Frame...

Oh my. Looks as if my R.E.M., REO, Indigo, Chicago extravaganza has been picked up for monthly syndication by Wave Farm Radio / WGXC 90.7-FM. Europeans can hear the show (which will expand to three hours) around brunch time, but Stateside friends should fortify themselves with a syringe of B12 - it will air on the second or third Wednesday of each month from 2:00-5:00 AM. If you give a damn, note the link and stream / tune in / etc. I'll be continuing the weekly, hour-long program as well, so those of you lacking discipline will have yet another reason to postpone offing yourselves. Many thanks to Tom at Wave Farm for badgering me about this until I caved!

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Anaemic Senior...

As we all know, the self-titled 1980 debut by Cleveland's American Noise wiped existing genres off the map and paved the way for a myriad of brutalist tangents, from the rapey automorphism of Prurient to the James Last-inspired - er, sorry, wrong essay. Yeah, AN weren't so hot, kind of a cross between a cruise ship cover outfit and a curled and yellowed page from a 1974 issue of GQ Tampa. Kim Fowley squirreled into the sessions or knew of them beforehand and co-wrote a pair of pretty fucking dull songs with the group, to scant avail. Within a year they were dead meat bobbing atop the flaming Cuyahoga...

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Friday, November 03, 2017

Gaffed Fishery Tokes...

"“If you’re going to admit that stories matter,” Wilson told me, “then it matters how we tell them, and that exists on the level of microscopic word choice, as well as on the level of which story are you going to pick to start off with, and then, what exactly is that story? The whole question of ‘What is that story?’ is going to depend on the language, the words that you use.”

The First Woman to Translate the Odyssey into English. 


Acetic Exemplar / Maxi Receptacle...

Dear Droogs,

The Reverend Lester Knox of Tifton, Georgia. I shadowed the flinty little freak for twenty years, recording dozens of hours of his indescribably twisted sermons. Curiously enough, the compilation Gerard Klauder and I released in 2003 (via our Smack Shire imprint) was one of the most critically acclaimed archival albums of its day. Knox would likely have cursed us for the effort. He remains weirder than weird.

Go here.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Boat Of: If You'd Like No Soy Tambourines...


I’ve just rediscovered something I’d not heard in a very long time: a March 1981 recording by Boat Of (or more accurately, by me, but intended for a Boat Of performance) that I’d labelled as If You’d Like to Nominate Your Boss. We would likely have been murdered at the 40 Watt had we used these backing tracks - it’s mostly tape-stitched microphone feedback and edit loops from WCUP-FM, a long-dead “Beautiful Music” station from Tifton, GA. Holy hell!



Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Backside Genie Row...

Steve JonesLonely Boy is a great read and an even better audio book. Jonesy’s recounting of the Grundy Today massacre is absolutely hilarious - I was laughing so loudly on the Bahn that a clutch of Kindergarten kids turned round to see what the ruckus was...

To Live and Shave in L.A.: Ireland September 2018!

Hi all, We're heading over to Eire at the end of next month to perform in four cities. Along for the ride with Rat Bastard and myse...