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Due the awesome response “Birds” has gotten, it has the distinction of being the first Centipede Farm release to get a second run. 27 new C-60 copies have been made, and labels and covers will be printed just as soon as I can get to it.

Also the aforementioned mhz_ and Abortus Fever tapes are totally ready to go, if I failed to mention this before.

I’ve been listening to these a bunch, and they’re quickly becoming a couple of my favorite noise releases of recent months, so it’s pretty boss that I get to be the one releasing them!

Reportedly to be Michał Szewczyński’s final noise release and final release as mhz_, S-Rated is comprised of two 30 minute dreamscapes, each following a similar two-part progression from cold isolating industrial quiet-noise, into grinding metallic bubbles.

You are inside the Machine, hearing its metabolism, at the site of the Injury where dozens of robotic appendages scurry about, repairing the damage, welding, delivering replacement parts, chattering to each other in scrambled radio waves. Chris Blair presents an hour, divided into quarters, of dense, enveloping, raw, dynamic, space-machine noise.

Proper cassette & download release is a week from today (Feb 9 2013) but you can stream them right now at the Centipede Farm Bandcamp AND you can pre-order the tape and if you do, you’ll get the download right away all early-like! (It’s a feature of Bandcamp that I’m trying out).

Supplies are running low, and I am glad of this. More tapes going out to more people. Making room for the new stuff I’ve been working on but that has been delayed by holidays and financial situations but is finally starting to move.

I’ve still got a few copies of this Mahler Haze stuff. Really a fantastic synth drone/space music artist based in Belgium who I am really trying to do my part to turn people on to here in the states. I have the “Lupus Dei” cassette on Centipede Farm, and I also have some distro copies of the “Final Vapour” CD and am anticipating receiving some of the new “Coming Events Cast Their Shadow Before” CD as well. This is epic stuff, guys. Get a taste at Mahler Haze’s Soundcloud if you like.

If you’re after one of the following, however, you will have to act fast (figures do not include what few single copies might still be found at ZZZ Records)…

Only 2 left each of:

  • Ghosts Of Dead Tables/Bonehole split tape
  • Raven “Atomic Garden”
  • mascara “Budapest/Chicago”

Only 1 left each of:

  • mascara/Consciousness Prism “This Time I Really Mean It” split tape
  • Molting “Insanity”

The Molting tape will receive a digital release on bandcamp as soon as that last copy is gone.

moulttrigger’s “Birds” has also gotten a very good response, I am down to 3 copies of it and am considering making it the first Centipede Farm release to get a 2nd edition. The Mahler Haze tape might too.

I’m also rather light on some my own material these days, apart from the Distant Trains/Squeegeed Clean split lathe and the Captain Three Leg/Distant Trains split 3″ CD-R, both of which I stil have quite a few of — but not much on cassette. Luckily I have finally finished the recording of the next Distant Trains tape “Explortation”. More details in a minute.

We also have some fine wares made by some good friends, and even those are starting to get low in supply here:

Distro — only 2 left of:

  • Lovebrrd/Su Sous Toulouse En Rouge split tape [Lava Church]
  • Lovebrrd “Jodocus” [Lava Church]
  • Lovebrrd “Morning Sickness” [Lava Church]
  • Distant Trains/BBJr “Sacrosanct Blues” split tape [Personal Archives]
  • BBJr “An Unforgivable Xmas” [Personal Archives]

Distro — only 1 left of:

  • Lovebrrd+Durastatic “There Are No Laptops On This Album” [Lava Church]
  • “Death Season” compilation CD-R [Darker Days Ahead]
  • Centipede Farmer+Hal McGee “A Series of Lifestyle Circumstances” microcassette collab [Haltapes]
  • The Glimmer Blinkken “Blank & Blissed Out” [Personal Archives]
  • The Glimmer Blinkken “Tinker Shop///Wood Shed” [Personal Archives]
  • Floating Cave “Strip the Lights” [Personal Archives]
  • BBJr “Phosphene” [Personal Archives]
  • BBJr//KM/MC/TR “On & On We Sing Our Song” split tape [Personal Archives]

For details/descriptions of any of this stuff see the catalog page.

To buy and/or download Centipede Farm stuff go to the bandcamp site, or you can pick up any of this on the Storenvy store.

Or you can just email & paypal me directly if you’re the negotiating sort or would like to do a trade. I like trades. In fact, I happened to pick up an extra copy of the self-titled Tires tape on Warm Gospel via trade (turned out I had already ought one at one of their gigs) so I’m offering it up for the asking via trade. Tires is a really cool loopy-noisy instrumental rock band from around Des Moines here and they’re on tour right now with Is Home Is (formerly known as The Olsen Twinns). Should you happen to see that they are playing in your town I highly advise you check it out.

I don’t know if Michael is going to make any more copies of the Centipede Farmer/Koobaatoo Asparagus “Royal With Cheese” split 3″ CD-R but I don’t have any left but you should download it regardless because it’s pretty neat. While you’re at it, download the Dick Grifter EP too, it’s some sweet basement jams by me and Matt from Stratum.

So now that the current crop of stuff is disappearing, what’s next from the Farm? Well I had a bunch of stuff that I’ve kind of sat on for a few months sorry to say, but I’m ready to get moving on them. The next few:

  • mhz_ “S-Rated”
  • Abortus Fever “Injury Metabolism”
  • Consciousness Prism “Nexus”
  • Rantau Ranjau/L’Eclipse Neue “Seeds of Sickness”
  • Distant Trains “Explortation”

And after those, in no particular order:

  • Third I “Glitch Pieces”
  • Raven “Give Blood For Oil”
  • Nyhos “walking and chanting / Brainwaves/Five Elements”
  • SBDD “Bunga Astral”

Also real possibilities are something with BBJr, something with I Like You Go Home, a Distant Trains field-recording-based collab with Frank Goshit, some other Distant Trains release made up from the pile of stuff I am amassing, and a gem dredged up from the distant past called Cottonwood.

If you’ve read this far, you truly deserve a reward, so here it is: I have many of these padded envelopes that very conveniently fit three tapes if you shimmy them in sideways very carefully. And because I really want to get you into this Mahler Haze stuff, Until the end of January (or if I run out of them — I currently have five), if you order any other two cassettes, including distro stuff, shipped anywhere in the US, and you put the word “COSMIC” in the message box (on paypal or whatever), I will throw in a copy of Lupus Dei for free. Serious. (Unless you already have “Lupus Dei”, then let me know and we can work out something else)

Rough news for folks in Europe looking to get hold of a Lupus Dei tape: after wondering for a while when the copies I sent to Steven were going to get there, it turns out that his local post office in Belgium simply forgot to tell him they had arrived, and after sitting on them for a while, had them sent back to me. They haven’t made it back here quite yet but I intend to send them back again. You could still order one from me though, if you don’t mind the bit of extra postage cost. Otherwise if you don’t mind the wait, email “malegys” at gmail.

Mahler Haze CD-Rs Meanwhile there’s a new Mahler Haze joint out, the Final Vapour CD-R and we’ve just been informed that a handful of copies are on their way here for distro. So hell yes!

UPDATE: They’re here and awesome. Still no sign of the tapes yet though, stay tuned.

I totally spaced on this before but if anybody out there has got the moulttrigger “Birds” cassette from storenvy or by trade, and would like a digital version to go with it, just shoot me a message and I’ll whip you up a bandcamp code. I plan to print up some of those slips to stick in with the tapes from now on. I usually put the download versions on bandcamp payment-optional anyway, in which case anyone who gets a tape can grab the download version for free anyway, but in this case I didn’t want to undercut Dave who had the download on his own bandcamp account for $2. Or if you buy the tape through (I think one or two people have so far) then you get the download right on the spot and don’t even have to mess around with codes and whatall.

You can get these from Lava Church. And now you can also get them from me. This is advantageous to you in some way, I’m quite sure. Pat’s on a roll lately and there’s never yet been a better time to pick up what he’s laying down.

LOVEBRRD/SS SOUS TOULOUSE EN ROUGE SPLIT TAPE [Lava Church] “The Lovebrrd side is a harsh noisy collage of answering machine loops and radio signals over some minimal Casio action. The Su Sous Toulouse En Rouge side is all over the fucking map in the best possible way. Su Sous Toulouse En Rouge is one half of the Uh… plus his better half, and together they create some dope ass tuneage. I’m honored to be on a split with these fine folks.” $7

LOVEBRRD “MORNING SICKNESS” [Lava Church] “Morning Sickness was written and recorded on the morning of August 31 from about 10am to just after noon. After waking up and puking my brains out, I figured it was as good a time as any to sit down and lay down some intense Casio riffage.” $7

LOVEBRRD “JODOCUS” [Lava Church] “Lovebrrd is Sarsota, Florida’s premier minimal synth nightmare. On his lastest outing JODOCUS he melds casiotones with distortion and freaky ambience to draw you in. Dark and terrifying it’s perfect for the fall season. Wild enough to leave anyone in a deserted vhs dream.” $7

DURASTATIC+LOVEBRRD “THERE ARE NO LAPTOPS ON THIS ALBUM” [Lava Church] “TANLOTA is a huge four track collaboration album between the legendary Durastatic and myself. Durastatic has been noising up Florida for a bit now, and you may be familiar with his older project Tree and his label Steele Grinder. Pure ass shit yo; you’d be a fool to miss out on this solid hour of quality noise.” $7

It’s been my great honor to be requested by the great Michael Scott of Koobaatoo Asparagus to do a split-release, and of course as you probably know I like to make my splits a bit incongruous so that folks familiar with the artist are likely to be getting something they won’t expect. I got downright tonal on this track and made it one of many pieces I’ve recorded over the years that I file in a mental category marked for my warped version of jazz, especially when drawing on my neglected trumpet skills as I did here. Mike likewise pulled out all the stops to contribute one of his lovely feedbacky space-noise pieces. He billed me as Centipede Farmer on the cover and made “Distant Trains” part of the song title as it’s listed on the back, but that’s fine by me, plenty of people know me by the name Centipede Farmer, I’m not real picky what people call me as long as I can tell when it’s me they’re talking about. So I’ve got a couple copies for sale and Mike says he’ll be sending me more eventually once he buys some more discs.

And incidentally, I feel the need to mark this morning’s passing of jazz pianist & composer Dave Brubeck, a man with an interesting legacy to say the least, I’d reckon his influence stretches even into math rock today. I got into his stuff years ago when I picked up a few really old 45s of him at a local record store in Cedar Falls on a whim, took them home, played them, loved the hell out of them. As jazz stuff goes he’s maybe on the more buttoned-down end of what I’m into but his stuff always makes me feel good, and it got me digging back into jazz again after having mostly forgotten about it since high school. I pulled those records out again today to give them a listen to mark the occasion, and “The Song Is You” from Jazz Goes To College Vol. II is winding up as I type these words. A true original and just a real cool spirit finishes up a pretty kickass life on Earth.

One week ago yesterday I loaded some gear into my car, picked up Dave Wren (Moulttrigger) at his house, grabbed some beer, and drove up to Boone, a small town west of Ames that a couple old friends come from but that otherwise doesn’t usually have much going on, where I took part in one of the most epic noise/experimental music gigs I’ve ever been to.

I consider “Zeitgeist 2012” one of my great triumphs of 2012 even though I honestly don’t feel like I did a lot more than show up and play. But that’s the beauty of it, it came together so organically everybody just put in what they had to offer, though the biggest contributor was no doubt Trent Reis (Juxwl) who hosted it at his occasional show space known as the Elephungeon. I think it was also his PA that we used. Trent really came through big on this. Hell, there was even free food. Going into that weekend I knew this thing would be a success even if this bunch of freak sound artists just ended up playing for each other, because great things were bound to come of our just meeting each other in person, and honestly this scene is very participatory; we don’t care a whole lot about the artist/audience distinction; one thing I’ve noticed happens an awful lot when someone becomes exposed to this scene is that immediately want to start their own noise project. That’s probably why Henry Rollins said in that LA Weekly piece that noise is more punk rock than punk rock ever was. Turned out we got a few people who came just to check out the show, and I think they left with some great tapes and CDs and their minds reeling with sound and freedom. Zeitgeist was the kind of experience that really makes my synapses light up.

Sorry for the lazy lack of descriptive text on my recent couple new releases. Life and work stress got in the way of writing for a little bit. I did manage these good descriptions of these releases for the catalog page though:

MAHLER HAZE “LUPUS DEI” C-62 Total Kosmische synth worship from Belgium. Spend a stunning hour in outer space. Seriously great. $5

GHOSTS OF DEAD TABLES/BONEHOLE SPLIT C-62 Oldschool basement feedback destruction meets a gorgeous and multifaceted half-hour noise/collage piece. Mellow harshness to harsh your mellow. $5

Short but sweet. I promise, I have a couple pretty epic blog posts coming up soon, especially one about the Zeitgeist noise festival that took place a week ago tonight up in Boone and how awesome it was. Otherwise, though, words have mostly failed me of late. I fared a tad better with these descriptions:

CAPTAIN THREE LEG/DISTANT TRAINS SPLIT 3″ CD-R What, C3L noises and DTs grinds? Is this real life? 8 untitled tracks of electronic drone and splutter originally recorded for Captain Three Leg’s split tape with Homogenized Terrestrials in 1997 and two new bedroom tracks from Distant Trains, yet another tribute to Minneapolis in sound collage form and a wacked loogie of drummachinecore. Available on 3″ CD-R sandwiched between two miniaturized pictures of Mike Hoff paintings in an edition of 50. A testament to the pointlessness of the universe. $3

MOULTTRIGGER “BIRDS”Dave Wren of Des Moines is moulttrigger and “Birds” is his latest opus, built entirely from bird samples, via the National Geographic Guide to Bird Sounds, manipulated and mangled and arranged every which way into various emotional messes. Loopy, droney, noisy, featuring a healthy dose of big low-end rumbles and packed with audio treats for both headphone and speaker listening.$5

“Birds” isn’t Dave’s “latest” opus anymore now, but it’s still a great one. He’s got releases out on Personal Archives and Mute Ant now too. Seriously, you should get all of them.

I’m really into the sounds on all these releases and how they turned out physically as well, quite proud of them. The Ghosts Of Dead Tables/Bonehole, being a split between two artists neither of which is myself, I split the copies three ways between myself and the two artists, so I don’t have many and they’re going fast, so if you want one, get at me! You can e-mail me at centipedefarmer at gmail dotcom. I can also be Paypal’d there, or you can use the bandcamp or storenvy, links to which are in the sidebar over to the right there. Bandcamp gives you a download on the spot though, which is extra cool.

Speaking of running low on things, I’m down to my last copy of this:

MOLTING “INSANITY” 30 minutes of nasty harsh noise fun from one of today’s up-and-coming princes of A.D.D. distortionmongering. $4

“Insanity” currently does not exist in any downloadable form, though we plan to put it up on the Bandcamp once the tape’s sold out. If you’ve been thinking about picking up this tape, you’d better do it fast.

Speaking of downloading my stuff on Bandcamp though, a couple of my older releases have recently sold out, so download is all you get now. I no longer have physical copies of the following, but a couple of them that weren’t downloadable before are now! Name your price, even if that price is zero!

I’ve been getting all kinds of opportunities to get on some really great releases, and really looking forward to bringing them to y’all. mhz_, Abortus Fever, Consciousness Prism, Third I, Nyhos, and there’s definitely more I’m forgetting. So stay in touch.

Both are available on download and BASF Chrome C-62. Both are awesome.

Mahler Haze “Lupus Dei”

Ghosts of Dead Tables/Bonehole split

P.S. I now have a tumblr.