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

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.

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.

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.

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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CAPTAIN THREE LEG “COMING UP SHORT” C-9 Captain Three Leg pays tribute to the time-honored hardcore tradition of the short song with the worlds shortest full-length: 41 cover songs in under 4 minutes. $4

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THE BIG DRUM IN THE SKY RELIGION/DISTANT TRAINS VS. FRANK GOSHIT AND HIS CHICKENS SPLIT C-64 Heavy, raucous, gnarly blasts from the great Big Drum In The Sky Religion sort of like the BDSR version of punk rock. Distant Trains fucks with a recording by noisecore/shitnoise legend Frank Goshit of himself feeding his chickens and discussing the fighting tendencies of the roosters. $5

MHZ_ “03​-​09​-​2013​-​II” Did Michal say he was quitting noise? Well don’t call it a comeback, he barely left. And after hearing his idea of HNW, I’m glad for that.

2013-08-23 08.31.27MHZESENT/OQSK “THE SPLIT EP!” C-46 Following “S-Rated”, Michał Szewczyński abandoned noise for abstract hip-hop-infused instrumentals. We were skeptical at first, but then we heard this scorching suite of woozy beats and deep-space bass. oqsk counters with a collagey soundscape that still makes perfect sense in this context. $5

2013-08-21 17.20.54DISTANT TRAINS “BLACK WEEKEND” C-60 Distant Trains throws up anything and everything against the wall, as usual. Ironic black-noise jokesterism, guitar drone, distorted techno beats, deep minimal feedback drones, incongruous collage, and Mixtape Alpha abuse. $5

2013-08-21 21.20.11MOULTTRIGGER “ANODE” C-62 (would have fit on C-60 but we had more C-62 sitting around at the time) Dave is on a roll with his distinctive brand of casiodustrial. If you could dance to the sound of rusted-out girders in a car-crusher, this is what it would sound like. $5

2013-08-23 09.16.57ROADSIDE PICNIC “MAGPIES & LIES” Sometimes a really killer experimental/noise artist with a well-deserved reputation and an already stellar discography that we nonetheless have totally missed out on, wanders onto the Farm out of the blue looking to do a tape with us, and upon researching them we find we just can’t wait to turn all our homies on to their stuff. This is one of those times. $5

2013-08-22 22.40.57-1RAVEN VS ANTROPIK “PSYCHOTRONIC WEAPONS” C-62 Raven gets his sounds mangled up by French ambient artist Antropik to fine result, for a concept album about psychological warfare. Crushing.$5

And a bunch of other stuff, you missed out on, suck for you, but it’s been taken off the Catalog page.

But, if you were bummed out about not getting hold of the Ghosts Of Dead Tables/Bonehole split, I have good news: two more copies have surfaced. We will be staging fights over them and betting on the outcome on a date to be determined.

For the past several years I’ve become someone who generally bristles at the term “Noise Music*”. This ire is not simply because of it’s purposefully self-effacing name. To me, it’s more of a reaction to the connotation that what I’m about to hear is the music composed majorly by neophytes who generally lack the ability to refine their compositions nor the decency to plug their diuretic stream of releases long enough to piece together a proper album.

Let’s face it there’s this perception for a reason. Oh your “ensemble” recorded 12 albums last Tuesday? No thanks, I think I’ll pass.

Recently I watched a documentary on YouTube about the Portland music scene called People Who Make Noise (2008). Where one of the people being interviewed brought up this point in particular:

“For some reason noise music has a lot of music that isn’t fully developed. Because it’s a fad, it’s an emerging genre, because it’s becoming more recognized. People need to take whatever it is – their drawings, their magazine editorials, their documentaries, and their noise music. Not only should it be a fully developed realized idea, it should be awesome before you show it to other people.”

It is just a thought that maybe we as musicians should take a moment to think about what we’re putting out into the already marketplace before we release it. I know that every musician thinks that they shit excellence, and that every little note is precious and should be beloved by the millions. However isn’t it time to open our eyes, and just try to raise the bar a little?

* Despite the fact that I use the term Noise in this article doesn’t mean that it’s being singled out for exclusion. Also suspect are: Drag, EBM, Dubstep, Sea Punk, Witch-House, Avaunt-Anything, Chopped and Screwed, Lo-Fi, Chillwave, Ambient… This list only grows with the number of micro genres you’re familiar with.

What are we growing?

All Iowa Noise Insurgency 2xC-47 compilation

All manner of noise and experimental sounds from Iowa and nearby –this compilation, being put together with help from Personal Archives, Noisy Arcade, Navonski, and Warm Gospel, is currently taking submissions! So far we have tracks by Boar, ARUBBJr, Moulttrigger, Fecal Treat, mediumPENIS, Stepfather, and Underwater Escape From The Black Hole. Juxwl, Navonski, I Like You Go Home, and Distant Trains are expected. We need you! If you’re a sound explorer from in or near Iowa, email me at centipedefarmer at gmail with the following:

  • your track in lossless format (WAV or FLAC) or a link to download same, or you can get my mailing address and send me CD-R or cassette)
  • a 4″ x 2 1/2″ black-and-white graphic for the accompanying booklet with any artwork, song title, contact info, whatever
  • your mailing address so I can send you one when they’re out
  • name of the county in Iowa you live in or closest to
  • length limit is “don’t be a dick” and deadline is “when we run out of space”

Various Artists “Poetry on CD” CD-R

Speaking of compilations currently taking submissions, we’re looking for recordings of original poetry for this co-release with Sara Sci-Fi (Mascara)’s Philosophy Records. For more details, go here.

Moulttrigger “Anode” C-60

Dave Wren is back with more crunchy crusty-rusty lo-fi industrial consumer electronics. Casio and shortwave radio never sounded so gritty as in the hands of the mighty Moulttrigger. This one’s been kind of a long time coming, but well worth it.

The Big Drum In The Sky Religion / Distant Trains vs. Frank Goshit split C-64

The great Frank Goshit (of Gocharge Records and countless shitnoise projects, not to mention a sometime member of noisecore legends Deche-Charge) sent me a recording of him feeding his chickens and talking about roosters fighting. Then Brown Hat got in touch about doing a split, to my great honor. So I made this soundscape. Still haven’t heard the BDSR side yet but they’re a can’t-miss.

Raven vs. Antopik “[Psychotronic Weapons]” C-62

Collaboration between French dark ambient artist Antropik and one of our favorite Serbian noise freaks. Cold drones about psychic warfare. Get a listen:

Captain Three Leg “Coming Up Short” EP

New territory for us, a cassette entirely of “short song” punk/grind/noiecore covers from Ottumwa, Iowa’s venerable grind experimenters. If you have even the slightest interest in dirty-ass grind/noisecore and aren’t yet up on the activities of Andy and his cohorts — including Captain Three Leg, Big Fist Johnny, The Mighty Accelerator, Billy Crystal Meth, and the famous Mortville Noise label — now is as good a time as any to check it out.

mhzesent/oqsk split C-46

Michal may have retired the name/project mhz_ (we still have some copies of “S-Rated”!) but he’s not out of the game completely — rather he’s moved into more of an abstract hip-hop instrumental direction. Tuff beats and spacey dubby sounds and ambient weirdness all over this split tape with a considerably more noise-ambient thing called oqsk that I literally know absolutely nothing about. Chill and grooving as fuck.

Roadside Picnic “Magpies and Lies” C-68

Another very active noise great has wandered onto the Farm with some stuff they’re looking to have put onto tapes and it’s Justin Wiggan of the fabulous Roadside Picnic. Dude has been on a roll lately and we’re glad to be part of that roll with a couple long harsh-drone noise pieces.

Other stuff we’re thinking about:

Distant Trains “Black Weekend” C-60: I am kind of hoping for another label to pick this up, as it seems to be both “the thing to do these days” and “something I’m very much in favor of” for artists, at least in noise and experimental circles, to work with a bunch of different labels, and Distant Trains could stand to branch out a bit, plus the fact that I’m not too great at cover art. “Black Weekend” is built around several tracks recorded on or near or about various holidays, but worked into my sort of sympathetic swipe at current hipster occult/satanism trends. If you’d like a listen to it first, email me and I’ll send you a link to an mp3 version. If no one jumps at it by the fall I’ll put it out myself.

Noring/Wren/Hoffman ???: I had the pleasure of hosting Dave Wren (Moulttrigger) and cassette-scene legend Brian Noring in my home recently and we recorded some pretty killer improvisations. A healthy chunk of it seems worth releasing but at this time we have no name nor titles.

Cottonwood “Crooked Houses/Montana Roadways” C-96: Expansive guitar do improvisations recorded in 1995 by my friends Dan and Jim way back before we ever met.

Various Artists “A Documentary of Women in Experimental Music” CD-R A net-release on Philosophy Records from last year, Sara asked if I’d be up for doing a CD-R run and I’m pretty seriously considering it.

Recently I bought a CD. When I sat down to listen to it on the stereo in my home office, it skipped in several places in track 2. Then it started skipping a lot more in track 3. I took it out, wiped some dust off it, tried track 3 again. It started skipping again at the same point in the track. I took it out again, ran a lens cleaner in the player, tried again. Same deal. Tried it the next day in my car player and it played fine, even though I know from experience that other CDs I have have a high tendency to skip in that player, and it gets especially skippy when driving on bumpy streets. The only theory I can come to about the home player is that some heavy bass frequencies in the music on the disc itself are causing vibrations that throw the player off. I think it’s absurd that a device intended for playing music can be thrown off by vibration, because after all, music is vibration, duh!

Record players are even worse. I enjoy listening to an LP on my turntable until my wife gets up and walks across the room or my kid starts jumping around and the needle jumps. But at least a record will still play continuously if it gets a speck of dust on it. It’ll just make some undesirable additional surface noise for each speck of dust, yeah that’s great. Anyone remember when CDs first came out and the instructions they would come with? You have to hold it veeeery carefully by the edges; don’t let it get any dust on it; and then if you do get something on it and you try to wipe it off with something, the thing you wipe it with just ends up depositing more crud on it! Don’t let it lay around outside its brittle plastic case and get scuffed up, either… any of that stuff happens and it won’t play right at all. It’s as if the inventors of the format expected all of us to be doing all our music listening in a laboratory cleanroom. Ridiculous.

Tell you this, though: I ain’t never heard a tape skip.