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.