And on that theme two new split tapes. First, here’s the Agathocles/Raven one. AGx presents a lo-fi meandering doom jam with throat-tearing vocals that’s a bit unexpected from them stylistically even though it was recorded in ‘86. Maybe someone slipped them some old Dead C stuff and it and gave them ideas for some of their old practice tapes. Raven is the reliable bleak harsh noise droner you know and love. The tapes and the labels stuck on the tapes clash awfully with the otherwise excellent cover design, making this release about as visually appealing as vivisection too.

My Kansas City homeslice known as Contraktor also brought me an animal liberation themed split, with a mysterious entity called Kolaps Systému. There’s more tense change and collage kind of things going on in this but it stays harsh and on edge. At times it’s like watching Vietnam helicopter footage really loud on the space station. This will be available in person for the first time at the second night of Weirdtown Fest 2, this Saturday at Rozz-Tox in Rock Island.

By the way the show recordings from the 12th weren’t usable, I had the input level up too high, having left it there after attempting a field recording of the Kaleidoscope At The Hub food court at midmorning, and everything distorted all to shit. Sorry. I did get pretty OK video of BsM and Fleeting Breath though:

The Boar/Bullshit Market/Eric Witt tour is going on right now.

Don’t sleep on it, last night was amazing. Lots of project and collaboration ideas got thrown around too. I think they hit Davey’s Uptown in Kansas City tonight. I attempted some recording but haven’t looked to see if it turned out yet, so keep an eye on the soundcloud. Where the hell am I going to put all these gig recordings if Soundcloud goes out of business? I’m dreading the thought.

Tapes were released yesterday.

Boar splits one with Genital Stigmata. Chopped up harsh noise supreme, sometimes dropping into drone on a dime. Grab this on See if Alex still has copies of the Musician CD-R he did on Breaching Static too ;)

You probably remember Tanner B from his mad performance at Zeitgeist V last year. If you can make people who showed up for a “noise fest” walk out during your set, you’ve done something special. On recording, EE is the Tanner B solo project minus the antics, keeping the focus firmly on the complex electronics. Beats that sound like they were programmed by pouring out a bucket of change on the drum machine. The synth lines will nag you till you snap.

More from this batch is coming in the next few days.

There’s also this new Cancer Lake tape.

Only 16 copies exist of the untitled “purple pony sparkle fairy” tape. Each has a unique one of a kind collage cover art by Matt. Available only at Cancer Lake shows, they cost ten dollars plus your soul. The digital version is two FLAC files from my soundcloud.

Also, a tin teardrop, and a second podcast episode.

Here it is.

It’s my two-year anniversary at my job today.

I like my job.

Next big show is Weirdtown Fest II in Rock Island.

It happens in one week! DURING DAYTROTTER FEST LOL. Come down to Rozz-Tox 4pm til late both Friday and Saturday.

Weirdtown II Flyer

Friday February 19:

  • Ghost Hairs
  • Aseethe
  • Pyramid Dust
  • Koba
  • mediumPENIS
  • Contraktor
  • Ampyre
  • Electricity
  • Joe Grove
  • Analsausage
  • Bluemovies
  • Dr.Heat
  • Suburban Commando

Saturday February 20

  • Erases Eraser
  • Paul Hertz
  • Navonski
  • Fleeting Breath
  • Cancer Lake
  • Underwater Escape From The Black Hole
  • Deer Surround Our Home
  • We Also Let Blood
  • Closet Witch
  • Eyes
  • suicided
  • K0…
  • Bob Bucko Jr.

MUSICIAN joins Sex Funeral for a segment of a tour next month.

It winds up at the Fremont:

Sex Funeral flyer

Happy Valentine’s everybody!

Cover graphics are off to the printers’ and once they come back, we have a new batch of 6 tapes coming out right away (the Nundata one is delayed a bit, I need to get some blanks yet). There is some cool stuff in these. Have a sampling:

I love music podcasts. You ever fuck with Wayne Butane’s Jukebox Jihad? What about Tabs Out or The Soggy Bog Of Doom?

I get asked a lot by friends what I’m jamming to lately. People seem to think my music interests are relevant to them. But when asked I usually just stumble and can’t remember, maybe because there’s usually just an awful lot of it.

Somehow I got the idea a few days ago to try doing a music podcast of my own. The first episode is now on my Soundcloud. I can’t promise it’s good. Well, the music on it is, but I’m probably not a great host. I play almost everything through my stereo into Audacity (sometimes stuff that’s already been bounced from computer to cassette, even) and record my talky bits on the built-in laptop microphone with no script and no planning. Sometimes I edit stuff weird on purpose. I talk funny. Hopefully I don’t get any lawsuit threats from labels for stuff I play on it.

I’ll totally take submissions. Physical formats are preferred, followed by lossless digital (Bandcamp download codes will work) but I’m not necessarily going to be a stickler. I like lo-fi vibes anyway. If you send me music in the mail, I’m going to assume you’re okay with it getting played on this thing. But I don’t promise that I will, either. E-mail me for my mailing address.

I’ll also offer up cassette copies. I plan to keep the episodes about 45 minutes, so for trade or a couple dollars, whatever you offer, you can pick out two episodes and I’ll dub them onto a C-90 and send it to you.

Subscribe it in iTunes or whatever using the RSS link for my Soundcloud account: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:5072606/sounds.rss.

This is in just five days at The Fremont in Des Moines! Bullshit Market are a seriously bangin’ harsh noise duo out of Detroit, and the guys behind Trashfuck Records, and they’re on tour with Iowa’s favorite noiser Boar and a guy called Eric Witt who has got to be cool if this is the company he’s keeping. The lineup is stacked hard all around, check the flyer below for locals; Caustic Shift is the wall-ier alter-ego of Chris of Incan Slums.

Bullshit Market Flyer