New tapes 25 Feb. 2014

2014-02-24 20.33.47DISTANT TRAINS/I LIKE YOU GO HOME split C-60 Chuck is all over the map as usual bringing in electronic noise jamming, experimental psychedelic jazz with tape-scratching, and feedback-and-field-recording collage. ILYGH harshes it up with more of them mighty fine emo power electronics. $5

GET THESE DIRECT FROM I LIKE YOU GO HOME ON THE BOAR/I LIKE YOU GO HOME TOUR TO SUX BY SUXWEST 4. LANDING IN DES MOINES AT THE FREMONT ON MARCH 12

2014-02-24 22.57.42BHAGAVAD DITA s/t C-45 In-person collaboration by Serbia’s harsh noise giants Djordje Miladinovic (Raven) and Srđan Eftimovski (Nundata), a harsh noise tribute to the great Dita Von Teese. $5

2014-02-24 21.50.20KAMRAR/LOST TRAIL split C-60 A meeting of two cassette-mongling haunted-sound duos: the always
great Lost Trail, and the debut of Iowa’s Kamrar $5

ADSW “fixtures” out now

2014,audio,news,our stuff — Tags: — Chuck @ 01/20/14 3:27 PM

2014-01-19 11.28.38ADSW “FIXTURES” C-45 Awesome sonic voyage at the hands of a quartet featuring the always great Bryan Day (Public Eyesore Records, Eloine) with three other fellows you might know but I don’t yet (Jeffrey Alexander, Dylan Shearer, Paul Winstanley). Anyone who digs Bryan’s activities will certainly not be disappointed. $4

New stuff

2014-01-05 13.56.40NUNDATA/SOCIAL DRIFT “SPIRITUS VENENATUS” SPLIT C-40 Serbian wallmaker extraordinaire Nundata splits this release with hyperliterate English noisenik Social Drift. Totally worth the wait.$4

2013-12-14 16.48.55HIYOHIYOIPSENIYO – “LA DINAMO TURGENT MOU ELS PRÍAPS DE FOC” C-62 This is amazing — one of those totally out of nowhere things. 30 tracks of quick-cut glitchy beaty electronic madness. There is so much going on here I can’t even explain so just give it a listen and check out the video. $5

2013-12-13 13.31.47CROWHURST + BREAKDANCING RONALD REAGAN one-sided C-72 A formidable collaboration — heavy drone crumbly harsh awesome. $5

I swear there is news

All right! Nobody bought anything during the Black Weekend Sale because nobody buys anything from me anyway. Haha! Oh man I’m going to be drowning in my own unmoved inventory one of these days. On the upside, Tabs Out included the Roadside Picnic and Abortus Fever tapes in the Top 100 Tapes of 2013. And I still have plenty of copies!

However, I am all out of the Distant Trains/Big Drum tape. Matt Reis of Developer got my last one in a trade. Totally worth it, Developer and factotum tapes rule.

I move slowly, in spurts, on this label and I apologize if I made you forget about me. Here’s the cool stuff I’m working on now that I think I will have out soon:

  • hiyohiyoipseniyo “la dinamo turgent mou els príaps de foc” C-62 — I barely know anything about this guy except I’ve seen him around on Facebook for a long time not, and this tape is some amazing cut-up madness
  • Nundata/Social Drift split C-40 — Serbian HNW maestro meets the UK’s most intellectually restless purveyor of literary noise
  • Crowhurst + Breakdancing Ronald Reagan — this inspired harsh collaboration on cassette!
  • All Iowa Noise Insurgency 2xC-47 compilation — Yes, this has been maaaaany months in the making but it’s gonna be worth it. My most ambitious project to date. After this I’m probably gonna let this operation take a long nap.
  • Lost Trail/Kamrar split C-62 — I couldn’t help myself, I proposed this idea in a fit of inspiration because I love both these cassette-loving duos and think they will pair up awesomely.

There are other things I’ve been sitting on, like I know I was going to do a couple of CD-R releases that Sara from mascara proposed but she never got me any audio for the poetry one and maybe the whole thing is forgotten by now.

Oh! And there’s this. Previously available only on cassette (and I have three of them left, I was mostly giving them away as an extra with orders and at shows), a collection of all Distant Trains compilation tracks from 2010 through 2013. Go download it on bandcamp at least!

And, I just received three copies of the Sete Star Sept/Ketnakutak split tape on Quagmire/No Bread Records. I’m keeping one and selling the other two at $4 plus usual shipping, or trade. It is awesome. If you like berzerk two-piece noisegrind this will make you real happy. I’m not putting it up on the storenvy or even the catalog page since I’ve only got two, but whatever, just email me at centipedefarmer at gmail and we’ll get you one. I also have larger, folded-up versions of the artwork you can like hang up as posters or something, I’ll throw those in too.

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Oh, and Frank Goshit sent me two copies of his “Idiophone” CD-R, so I’ll part with one of them, make me an offer. I haven’t listened to it yet but the cover appears to be a drawing of him playing a handbell. It’s sure to please.

Fuck it I’m gonna have a sale

2013,news,our stuff — Chuck @ 11/24/13 5:38 PM

Working off the theme of the Distant Trains tape “Black Weekend” (Bob Bucko Jr declares it “uncompromising”!), this Black Weekend — Friday November 29 through Sunday December 1 — order from me directly by email & paypal (because I’m too lazy to be bothered setting this sale up in Bandcamp and Storenvy and so on) and take $1 off per item. Starts midnight Central time at the start of Friday and ends midnight Central time at the end of Sunday. Visit the catalog page to see what I’ve got and take your pick. Boom.

Zeitgeist III

2013,audio,news,video — Chuck @ 11/24/13 5:24 PM

We had another Zeitgeist fest at the Elephungeon last weekend (November 16) and much like the previous ones, it’s a whirlwind of sights and sounds and sensations that is still processing and probably will be for some time. We never managed to get Cock ESP or Arvo Zylo or even Contraktor but we were fortunate enough to be joined yet again by Breakdancing Ronald Reagan and Dromez, re-feature some artists that have been consistent Zeitgeist presences since the start like Stratum and ARU; bring newly into the fold Juhyo and Big Fist Johnny, both of whom were awesome; Navonski is still mysteriously missing-in-action; and I think dugoutcanoe might have been a trio this time. A lot more happened besides that, but like I said, still processing. Oh, and also I debuted my new project Cancer Lake, which is a duo of myself and beloved improv-scene drummer Matt Crowe playing improvised sludge-doom-free-jazz-noise. Feel the murk:

Also I got recordings of most, but not all, of the performances on my trusty Zoom H1. They turned out better than expected probably. I decided it was worth springing for the unlimited Soundcloud account to be able to put all of them up, so now you can experience at least the sounds of all this madness.

Hell, check out my Soundcloud out for regular postings of Zoom recordings of live stuff because this thing is just fun as hell to play with.

I have a lot of tapes sitting around here, because I suck at promoting, but please buy them for crissakes, they are really good. I wouldn’t have made them if I didn’t think so.

Listen to Tabs Out and read stuff

2013,news — Chuck @ 10/10/13 4:58 PM

I’m having a great time.

Sometimes people talk up my stuff here, and I forget to toot my horn about it until later. Tabs Out Podcast played a bit of this Roadside Picnic tape, and then tossed off a few very nice sentences about it on the second installment of Ad Hoc’s Who Has Tapes Anymore?.

I also just got off the phone with a journalist from the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier (best newspaper in Iowa) whose doing an article about cassette tapes for its entertainment thingamajig Pulse. Wow!

I’m also getting tested for ADHD so that should be fun to see how that turns out

Three new releases today because why not

2013-09-18 11.54.12
CAPTAIN THREE LEG “COMING UP SHORT” C-9 Captain Three Leg pays tribute to the time-honored hardcore tradition of the short song with the worlds shortest full-length: 41 cover songs in under 4 minutes. $4

2013-09-18 08.59.59
THE BIG DRUM IN THE SKY RELIGION/DISTANT TRAINS VS. FRANK GOSHIT AND HIS CHICKENS SPLIT C-64 Heavy, raucous, gnarly blasts from the great Big Drum In The Sky Religion sort of like the BDSR version of punk rock. Distant Trains fucks with a recording by noisecore/shitnoise legend Frank Goshit of himself feeding his chickens and discussing the fighting tendencies of the roosters. $5

MHZ_ “03​-​09​-​2013​-​II” Did Michal say he was quitting noise? Well don’t call it a comeback, he barely left. And after hearing his idea of HNW, I’m glad for that.

These are actually available now

2013-08-23 08.31.27MHZESENT/OQSK “THE SPLIT EP!” C-46 Following “S-Rated”, Michał Szewczyński abandoned noise for abstract hip-hop-infused instrumentals. We were skeptical at first, but then we heard this scorching suite of woozy beats and deep-space bass. oqsk counters with a collagey soundscape that still makes perfect sense in this context. $5

2013-08-21 17.20.54DISTANT TRAINS “BLACK WEEKEND” C-60 Distant Trains throws up anything and everything against the wall, as usual. Ironic black-noise jokesterism, guitar drone, distorted techno beats, deep minimal feedback drones, incongruous collage, and Mixtape Alpha abuse. $5

2013-08-21 21.20.11MOULTTRIGGER “ANODE” C-62 (would have fit on C-60 but we had more C-62 sitting around at the time) Dave is on a roll with his distinctive brand of casiodustrial. If you could dance to the sound of rusted-out girders in a car-crusher, this is what it would sound like. $5

2013-08-23 09.16.57ROADSIDE PICNIC “MAGPIES & LIES” Sometimes a really killer experimental/noise artist with a well-deserved reputation and an already stellar discography that we nonetheless have totally missed out on, wanders onto the Farm out of the blue looking to do a tape with us, and upon researching them we find we just can’t wait to turn all our homies on to their stuff. This is one of those times. $5

2013-08-22 22.40.57-1RAVEN VS ANTROPIK “PSYCHOTRONIC WEAPONS” C-62 Raven gets his sounds mangled up by French ambient artist Antropik to fine result, for a concept album about psychological warfare. Crushing.$5

And a bunch of other stuff, you missed out on, suck for you, but it’s been taken off the Catalog page.

But, if you were bummed out about not getting hold of the Ghosts Of Dead Tables/Bonehole split, I have good news: two more copies have surfaced. We will be staging fights over them and betting on the outcome on a date to be determined.

Science of Onanism (Thoughts on Noise Music)

Ira's B.S. — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — ira rat @ 08/24/13 1:17 AM

For the past several years I’ve become someone who generally bristles at the term “Noise Music*”. This ire is not simply because of it’s purposefully self-effacing name. To me, it’s more of a reaction to the connotation that what I’m about to hear is the music composed majorly by neophytes who generally lack the ability to refine their compositions nor the decency to plug their diuretic stream of releases long enough to piece together a proper album.

Let’s face it there’s this perception for a reason. Oh your “ensemble” recorded 12 albums last Tuesday? No thanks, I think I’ll pass.

Recently I watched a documentary on YouTube about the Portland music scene called People Who Make Noise (2008). Where one of the people being interviewed brought up this point in particular:

“For some reason noise music has a lot of music that isn’t fully developed. Because it’s a fad, it’s an emerging genre, because it’s becoming more recognized. People need to take whatever it is – their drawings, their magazine editorials, their documentaries, and their noise music. Not only should it be a fully developed realized idea, it should be awesome before you show it to other people.”

It is just a thought that maybe we as musicians should take a moment to think about what we’re putting out into the already marketplace before we release it. I know that every musician thinks that they shit excellence, and that every little note is precious and should be beloved by the millions. However isn’t it time to open our eyes, and just try to raise the bar a little?

* Despite the fact that I use the term Noise in this article doesn’t mean that it’s being singled out for exclusion. Also suspect are: Drag, EBM, Dubstep, Sea Punk, Witch-House, Avaunt-Anything, Chopped and Screwed, Lo-Fi, Chillwave, Ambient… This list only grows with the number of micro genres you’re familiar with.
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