On submissions, and the not-taking thereof

2014,news — Chuck @ 07/17/14 9:30 PM

After accidentally blowing off a couple people seeking to send me releases because I didn’t want to answer until I could answer thoughtfully and then got busy with other shit instead and forgot about it, and feeling overwhelmed with the Centipede Farm release backlog for like well over a year now, I must make this announcement.

The Centipede Farm is not accepting submissions until further notice. If ever.

“The Centipede Farm” started out as just a name that came out of an internal joke about my old house in Waterloo. I used it as the name of this website and started doing some music blogging, reviewing various stuff. Then I started using it as a label name to put on homemade releases of my own music. So as far as being a label goes, The Centipede Farm’s original mission was to put out my own stuff. Maybe some other stuff, if I decided to.

My interests shifted, I got back into more experimental music and started networking with a lot of awesome artists online. Pretty soon a few were asking if I’d put tapes out. I was glad to because they were making awesome stuff. It snowballed and I found even more artists to get excited about making tapes for. And it has been a pretty cool ride that way for quite a while now.

But along the way, I stopped working on my own stuff. Every time I found some time to work on some music, it constantly ended up being someone else’s: there was always another J-card to lay out, more tapes to dub and assemble and fold and mail to people and try to promote a little. And more and more emails from interesting artists inquiring if I’d be up for putting out their stuff too, and I’m not good at saying no to people especially when I like what they’re doing. As a result of all this, the output of Distant Trains and my other projects suffered. There was less and less of it and increasingly what I did put together was rushed and not as good as I felt I could do if only I could have given it more attention. This has been eating at me for well over a year now. So I’m taking this step for the sake of my own art, because if I don’t, the combined demands of The Centipede Farm and my jobby-job and fambly are going to continue to squeeze it out of the picture and I’ll only feel more and more frustrated about doing stuff for the label when I ought to be excited about it.

If you’re an artist I’ve already worked with before, I intend to keep working with you as much as feasible. Otherwise though, let’s be frank, I’m online checking out experimental and noise artists so much just to have stuff to listen to at work that at this point if I want to release something, I can name a half dozen artists off the top of my head who I’d gladly ask myself. Plus I’d like to swing the label towards more focus on artists from Iowa and the Midwest and others I’ve actually met in person.

The double-cassette Iowa compilation that’s been in the works forever, “All Iowa Noise Insurgency: The Early Years” is inches away from a release and I’m so relieved and excited for that. If the covers get printed, Perfect Villain’s tape will be out this weekend when they play here in Des Moines (that’s been the plan but I’m already super anxious about how short on time it is now). I’ll also be putting out a tape of some legendary previously-unreleased jams by Des Moines ambient electronica duo Blutiger Fluss. And I think there may be one or two others I’ve declared intent to do. After that though, if anyone messages me on Facebook asking if I might do a tape for them, I’m just going to link them to this post. Meanwhile, I’m going to get my head back in the writing and playing and recording, and then we’ll just see where the Centipede Farm goes from there.

Thanks to everybody.

New Moulttrigger and Ak’Chamel tapes

2014,audio,our stuff — Tags: , — Chuck @ 05/26/14 9:23 AM

2014-05-12 21.08.01 AK-CHAMEL – “FUCKING WITH SPIRITS” C-42 These Texas black-shamanic freak-folk-rock psychedelic warriors are really going places and we centipedes are honored that they chose to involve us on this leg of their journey. A lot of “Fucking With Spirits” could be mistaken for field recordings of the rituals of isolated, undiscovered tribes; on closer listening you notice the loops and collage going on. File next to Big Drum in your “postmodern spiritual music for Zen chaotes” section. $5

2014-05-15 11.33.23 MOULTTRIGGER – “GAMME MAJEUR” C-60 You can’t go wrong with Moulttrigger. Hypnotic rhythmic delay-loop industrial crunch-and-sample noise that refuses to take itself overseriously. Always evolving, always great. $5

Zeitgeist IV imminent, and more

2014,news — Tags: , , , , , , — Chuck @ 05/12/14 9:25 AM

Between all my online activities and other things going on, it can be easy to forget that I have this website. Luckily I just noticed it again because I have stuff to tell you about.

For starters, Zeitgeist IV will be going on at the Des Moines Social Club this coming Saturday starting early-afternoonish. Like, holy kinda-legit! Plus we actually got Cock ESP this time! My duo with Matt Crowe, Cancer Lake, is also playing. It’s going to be killer!


If all goes well I will actually finally have the compilation done that I’ve been hacking away at for well over a year. It’s to be called All Iowa Noise Insurgency: The Early Years and contain 23 artists over two 47-minute cassette tapes in an audiobook case with a booklet. It’s coming down to the wire as far as getting the printing done so I can’t promise, but I will go ahead and claim that I’ll at least have the new Moulttrigger tape out by then. It’s called “Gamme Majeur.” And very soon I will also have that Ak’Chamel “Fucking With Spirits” tape out too, as well as something from a new Sara Goodman (mascara/Nyhos) project called Perfect Villain.

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


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

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