Introducing the Powerwall compilation. Not my brainchild, but I was tasked with making the tapes. The concept was powerviolence meets harsh noise wall. The results are a mix of short walls, cutup, and super blown-out primitive noisecore. 17 artists in 14 minutes on both sides of a C-32 or possibly C-30. 66 tapes have been made. 20-some are white, the rest are a motley mix of colors and shell styles. Some have the tabs in, some don’t. 26 of the j-cards are basic black and white photocopies, the rest are a bit more glossy. 5 of the white ones with glossy covers are in poly boxes and all the rest are in black and clear norelcos. Artists will receive 5 copies each in the order in which they send me their mailing address, until they run out, so the last few might be out of luck. Artists featured, in order:

  • CANCER LAKE
  • SUTTE
  • null.sys
  • ERICK HILL
  • WE ALSO LET BLOOD
  • ANGELLIS TALIUU
  • THRESHELL
  • BLUEMOVIES
  • FEDERATION OF SORROW
  • cnkblr
  • A LIGHT AMONG MANY
  • HIVE MIND
  • daggers//cloaks
  • RYAN DAVID STEVENS
  • RYAN SCHNEIDER
  • GASOLINE FIGHT
  • MOULTTRIGGER

Hit up me here or find one of these artists to get yours.

New in the distro: Krueleco “Regno” - On this inaugural release of their Supro Rituale label, “Krueleco plays true black harsh noise”, which seems to amount to some good harsh noise with blastbeats behind it, which is not at all a bad idea. There’s a great occult dungeon vibe here. They’re from some part of Europe but I can’t offhand recall which.

So as discussed in prior posts, I’m pretty much giving up on the idea of the Centipede Farm as a label in the sense of taking any submissions or releasing anything that was not pretty much my own idea or a cool idea from one of my friends. I intend to still make tapes, but there will be no label name or contact info attached to them, and they will be largely of projects I myself am personally involved in. The means to make releases of this sort are within the reach of artists directly, for the most part. However, I’m still feeling really bullish on trades and distro, especially as a counter-measure to expensive international shipping costs. I’d like to help spread good noise around. Towards that end, I’ve added a new catalog page to this site. Buy tapes from me directly, and if you’ve got a release you’re proud of, let’s talk about trading for a few copies.

Will there be another Zeitgeist? Not one that I’m organizing personally. I haven’t related it to him in person, but I’ve sent word out into the aether that I’m leaving it in the hands of my co-conspirator Trey Reis to handle from here on out. Zeitgeist would probably not have existed in the first place if not for he and his brother Trent, and without Trey the last few would probably have been hopeless shit-shows of chaos, and that’s a fact.

Cancer Lake has a split tape with Bullshit Market coming out on Personal Archives fairly soon I think. We’ve taken an abrupt stylistic left-turn from 15-minute songs to 15-second songs, hammering our free-jazz-sludge tones into abrupt blasts of good old fashioned noise-grind. We’ve actually been working hard on this and plan to keep it a major part of our sound. Bullshit Market are probably the best noise duo going in the Midwest these days but they’re out of the Detroit area so I don’t know how realistic it would be to get them down this way for a release show but it sure would be rad to get them to play in Matt’s basement at least.

This is it, folks: the last Centipede Farm releases. All are up for order on the Bandcamp and will begin shipping out as soon as that box on Norelco boxes gets here. The label won’t disappear right away, of course, because I still have lots of inventory and I’ll need to do some promotional work for a little while if I want to sell them. So order up now and get this shit out of my house. I’ll entertain distro offers as well. I’ve just decided that I need the energies and dollars elsewhere for as far into the future as I care to look. I’ll still be doing my own music, there will be releases by my own projects (the original purpose of the Centipede Farm anyway) but they’ll be considered self-released now, unless some other labels want to get in on them. I’m taking things out on a high note though, release-wise. Basically everything I mentioned in the previous post is out now and will be available from the artists themselves before long as well, if they aren’t already.

Musician plays a house show at Matt’s place Friday night and then hits Weirdtown 3 in Rock Island on October 14 and 15. October 13 has Bob Bucko Jr coming into Des Moines for a show at the Des Moines Social Club, and Tim Kaiser will be doing the same on the 23rd. There are more shows coming up after those. I might find continued excuses to write on this blog.

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 have plenty.

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 once.

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.

May and June are always crazy in my music world and this is certainly no exception – in fact here we are already two-thirds of the way through May and I barely noticed the time pass. My rock band Fetal Pig will be playing on this year’s Gross Domestic Product festival one week from today (6:30 pm at Wooly’s) and I’ve also been organizing & promoting a bunch of other shows.

One thing that isn’t quite going according to plan is label releases. My computer’s hard drive started dying and it’s pretty much unusable at this point. Don’t worry, I didn’t lose any projects, I’m one of those nerds that keeps backups. I can get a few things done with my work laptop, and it’s even powerful enough to make it a pleasant experience, but it’s technically against company policy plus it lacks an audio input and a CD drive. I’m shopping for a replacement but it’s going to take some time, plus it puts a financial dent in plans to buy blank tapes and other supplies. So this next batch will kind of trickle out little by little. As of yesterday “Coprofacial” by Nundata is out and it’s a scorcher. Hit up the bandcamp site and get ya one.

Coming up next is a 4-way split tape by the solo noise projects of members of Gasoline Fight, a very cool new thing called BICIKL, and a split between Cancer Lake and PKWST, who will also be releasing a CD version of it. There’s also supposedly a 10-year retrospective of Third I, or at least I think so. I haven’t heard from them in a little while. A new tape by We Also Let Blood is also expected, as well as a release of some old unheard-of Blue Movies material, and another CD-R by The Big Drum In The Sky Religion (unless they’d rather do tapes, honestly that would be easier right now on my end). Musician is working on a memes-themed collaboration with Luke of Social Drift on spoken-word, and Bullshit Market want to do a split (wow!). If you’re impatient for new sounds though, hit up my Soundcloud – I got a bigger memory card for my Zoom recorder and just posted a bunch of live recordings a couple days ago.

ZEITGEIST FEST IS BACK. It will be Sunday August 7 in the Kum & Go Theater room of the Des Moines Social Club starting bright and early after lunch. We’re looking to do multiple stage-areas (like that Venereal Crush gig a little while back) so that performance and setup can overlap, which will be fun and also help mitigate the overstuffed lineup, for which I still have a couple surprises up my sleeve, but so far there’s probably:

  • Good Willsmith
  • PSSing Match (me and Moulttrigger-Dave on old Yamaha PSS-270 keyboards)
  • Sarin
  • Tantrum Throwers (a new-ish group made up of K0, Erases Eraser, and Wild Whale members)
  • Skyscraper
  • Tree Branch Twig
  • Nazi $ex Toy (Bryant from Blue Movies)
  • BOAR
  • Underwater Escape From the Black Hole
  • Kentucky Meat Shower
  • Kristian Day
  • ESP
  • Paul Hertz
  • Bob Bucko Jr
  • Ampyre
  • Midwaste
  • Contraktor
  • कंपन चेतना (aka mediumPENIS)
  • Sex Tyrant
  • Mountain Eats Mountain
  • Ira Rat
  • Aural $ects
  • Fleeting Breath
  • Contraktor vs. The Border Patrol
  • Bryon and Rachel Dudley and Dylan Boyle, who haven’t given me a band name yet
  • possible visuals provided by Kristian Day and/or Bruce Bales

Stay tuned on this, I may yet be keeping secrets.

Been a minute! How ya been?

I did that partial-tour I mentioned before. Four shows in five days and some hanging out in Denver. Bob and Matt are good guys to travel with and the Reises are great hosts. Played a “hipster Denny’s” in Kansas City and got to hang with Mr. Contraktor while scaring away ceramics conventioners. Sparked a Sex Funeral/Musician/Juxwl jam session (recorded it too!). Watched kids play Mario Maker. Played at Bar Bar, a great metal bar in Denver, and met some of the greatest people and got static from a door-guy about pushing the supposed-to-be-vocal-only PA speakers too hard. Then a house in Lincoln where I almost started their PA on fire and got told that it was totally worth it. My most physically painful noise set yet. Then back on home turf at The Fremont and stayed in Des Moines while Sex Funeral soldiered on another week or so. It’s not often I get to do some traveling gigs but I always have a good time as long as I’m traveling with good people. Love to all I met along the way and let’s do new things together soon!

I got on this building-things kick and assembled a sort of Musician gear arrangement that lives in this old trumpet case that I’d been using as my pedal-case; the idea is it’s sort of attached to this case and sets up and tears town pretty quick & easy, and all decorated with stickers and randomness. It’s sort of the heart of what I play/record/mess around with sound on now. Then I made a pedal-board for 4 pedals I use playing bass that slips inside this old oxygen tank case I had sitting around. There’s pictures on my Instagram for you fellow making-stuff-nerds.

Fetal Pig is on this year’s Gross Domestic Product festival in Des Moines again. I’m thrilled to be playing the GDP fest again especially again alongside my comrade Dan Hutchison. I think the band is pretty good and would love it if you came to see us. It’s May 28 at Wooly’s and simultaneously at The Blazing Saddle nearby from afternoon to late. Come hang.

I made another podcast episode finally. It’s on the Soundcloud. I mention a lot of neat upcoming shows in it like May 11 at the Des Moines Social Club Handball Court and others, and play some music nobody’s heard yet.

Next tape-label batch is pretty much a full plate now. Cancer Lake will split one with PKWST, there’s something really interesting called BICIKL, some BlueMovies stuff, a really sweet Nundata tape, a CD-R by The Big Drum In The Sky Religion, a 10-year retrospective tape by Third I, and a 4-way noise split by all the members of Gasoline Fight.

This year’s crazy fest is only just now starting to be talked about.

The Eolian Mollisol guy is selling off some pretty interesting gear so as to move to Montana for a bunch of months to work on the soil. If you can afford a reasonable deal on a ‘67 Bandmaster or some other stuff that’s almost as interesting, hit me up and I will connect you.