Another long-overdue update. There’s been a hell of a lot going on.
The weather has been oppressive. I saw a dead cat on the street
downtown and a dead crow on the corner near my house where I catch the
most pokemon. My personal life has been partial chaos that I’ve
sometimes felt like I am not cut out to handle. If you ain’t had kids
you don’t even know. But noise rules and gives me that little extra
reason to keep going when everything else has me frazzled.
Zeitgeist VI was, despite my worries that I’d grossly over-booked (and
arguably that is true and I should be more cautious in the future), a
smashing success. A million thanks are due to about a hundred or so
people. Probably the biggest thanks go to co-organizer Trey Reis (I
just gather the chaos, he does the serious work of taming it into a
proper show), and to Des Moines Social Club programming director
Mickey Davis who got us use of the Kum & Go Theater (for you
non-midwesterners, it’s named for a convenience store chain, nothing
to do with porn unfortunately) and a crack crew of sound and lighting
folks. Special shoutout to the folks from Kentucky Meat Shower not
only for their own performance but for somehow making it possible for
Crowhurst to be on the bill, even if the long drive up from Denver got
them here at the last minute, and of course to Jay Gambit himself. It
was an honor to meet him (I’m admittedly a little bit of a Crowhurst
fanboy) and shoot the shit with him even if it was just for a few
minutes. Big Star’s “Thank You Friends” is running through my head as
I type this.
The podcast is out of commission at the moment (I’m sure you noticed)
because I don’t have a computer with an audio line-in anymore. I’ll
eventually pick up an interface or something I’m sure, it’s just about
when I got the money, which is who knows when.
I gotta level with ya, folks. I’m not sure how much longer I can keep
up the Centipede Farm as a label. It’s always operated at a loss, but
the loss can’t be sustained forever and I need the money elsewhere. My
house needs a new roof and I had to take out a big loan. But I’m not
calling it quits until at least after I have a few more releases out
that I have in progress, and these are some of the coolest ones yet…
Since my last update on this here blog, the 4-way split tape among
some of the most killer northeast Iowa noise and drone artists (all
members of Gasoline Fight and/or National Hero besides) dropped, and
you should definitely get on that.
Cancer Lake have co-released a split with PKWST, wherein I’m doing the
tape format and they’re doing the CD format. On paper it’s a great
pairing of free-jazz-minded black-noise experimenters; sonically it
comes off pretty odd, given that rather than a conventional split, we
chose to alternate tracks, and I pulled some seriously raw no-fi
material for it just because it was unreleased stuff that I really
love. PKWST are seriously great and you will not regret it.
The Serbian connection I’ve been nurturing for some years now has bore
some good fruit lately too. Nundata’s “Coprofacial” is one of those
loops that gets progressively more fucked up over an hour or so until
you don’t recognize it anymore. It starts out like carousel music and
ends up like the apocalyse.
Then suddenly out of nowhere come BICIKL, an improvisational
collective headed by a couple Lithuanians out of Belgrade that
hearkens back to classic krautrock. Think Amon Düül doing Turkish
wedding gigs. Their album “Chertamy I Ryazamy” is an absolutely
amazing release that I feel privileged as fuck to be involved with and
I sure hope some people actually buy the thing because if they don’t
they’re missing the fuck out.
And among the releases on deck right now, soon as the dubbing plant
gets them to me in the mail, will be from yet another highlight of
Serbia’s experimental music scene, Third I, and will be a 70+ minute
collection of compilation tracks and rarities assembled to coincide
with the 10 year anniversary of the project’s founding.
The Big Drum In The Sky Religion is not the easiest sell for me, and I
don’t know why Browny is so into the CD-R format, but fuck it, that
guy inspires me philosophically and spiritually and I will totally put
out anything for him if I possibly can. If you liked “Songs The
Ineffible Taught Us” (that’s admittedly a small set of people), you
will love “The Big Drum In The Sky Religion Will Rearrange Your
Faith.” If you like gnarly atonal Xtortion guitars drowning out
intentionally cheez techno beats, pick up both of them because I still
Some of this can already be picked up from the
Bandcamp page, and the rest will
be there before too long, so get over there. I highly recommend
clicking the “Follow” button so you know when the upcomng stuff is
finally ready. I love Bandcamp. I even interviewed for a job there
And that’s not even all. I said a while ago that I wanted to focus the
label a little more on Iowa and midwest artists and really I could
have delivered better on that in terms of quantity (actually no I
couldn’t, I woudn’t have had the time), but it’s hard to name a more
fitting harsh noise artist for the Centipede Farm than the maestro of
the amplified washboard, Rock Island’s own We Also Let Blood. “Similar
Thoughts” is dubbed on C-45s but still needs covers printed and I need
to buy some more Norelcos besides, but fuck am I excited for folks to
hear it. Like I said, click the Bandcamp “Follow” button.
Also out of Rock Island comes Blue Movies, who have been making waves
this past couple years with their live shows and by getting happenings
going in the Quad Cities such as the Weirdtown fest; I’ll be putting
together a cassette of early recordings called “Muffy”, named for
their dearly departed bassist who appears on it. It’s a mighty good
slab of hallucinogenic fuckjazz.
And of course, no Centipede Farm batch would be complete without some
more Moulttrigger. Look for “Minimally Conscious State” around the
same time. You know the deal. Also there’s still a few copies
available of the recycled-tapes Yamaha Portasound collab between Dave
and me called PSSing Match, who did a early one-off set at Zeitgeist
VI, but those aren’t on Bandcamp, you’ll have to get the tapes from
one of us personally or download FLAC files off the Soundcloud.
Cancer Lake have some tricks up our sleeve. I’m bad at keeping music
secrets (but good at other kinds). We’re doing a straight-up noisecore
album. Fuck you.
I’m doing a couple shows. Fetal Pig will be in Iowa City in a little
over a month doing a birthday party show with Zuul at Gabes. About a
week before that we’re playing Traffic Death’s release show for a
split 7” with Lurking Corpses. We’re trying to write a new album but
we’re old and slow. I’m trying to get out to do some Musician shows
around Iowa and the midwest and if you’ve got a venue or a scene you
think would dig it, you should hit me up. I’ll be at Forbidden Fest in
Dubuque and the upcoming next Weirdtown Fest in Rock Island, at the
very least. And I’m still hustlin’ Des Moines shows for noisers and
weirdos coming through.