And they are just sounds. Not just any old sounds–but just sounds, really, after all. Different arrangements of synthesis presented in very raw form. These are the final reports from me, soundwise, for the year. I plan to do more Joyless noise and related volumes next year. I also plan on finishing up a long-dormant noisework called Randy & Gary recorded with my friend Jim Tankersley many years ago. But back to the recently-finished Now . . . now.
The first of the last is the third in a series of Joylessly Noisy musicks. Joyless Noise, Vol. 3 is the most joyless of the bunch, I believe. It’s also the least noisy, but that doesn’t mean that it’s any less unfriendly.
Downloads of Joyless Noise, Vol. 3, of course, are free or pay-what-you-want.
The second of the last is a split cassette release with Montreal’s Drub on Cuchabata Records. Two sides of intense drone. My track takes up side B (the empty black side). It’s a 28-minute grind down into an emptiness called “Thoss.” The tapes are available from the Drub site and through the player below. They’re a hand-numbered edition of 50, and include a digital download of the recording. You can order from the above folks, or contact me directly in the U.S. I should have my copies later in the month. Downloads, once again, are free or pay-what-you-want.
I’m also in the process of doing a better job of updating my personal website, as well as trimming it down to something very minimal. Feel free to visit there any old time, and write to belittle me as I fail to update it again for 3 or 4 months.
I’ve got a new short story up on The Five Hundred writing group site. It’s called Normal Horrible. I’ll go on and tell you that there’s a crummy oversight in proofreading on my part that completely ruins the story. Feel free to write me and make me feel shitty about that also.
That’s it. Mostly just some music to help you through the holidays.
Been working hard on another volume of Joyless Noise. Submitted a finished track called “Fog Dial” to the awesome Psycho Raidio. And, yes, that is the way it is spelled. It’s a channel that streams music to play played alongside a killer boardgame called Psycho Raiders. But that’s another story…
I’m hoping to have Joyless Noise, Volume 3 competed and available by Xmas. In preparation for this, and in joyless celebration of cheapness in a cheap world, I’ve changed all my Bandcamp music back to a free/pay-what-you-want model. Piles of music and hard work out there for anyone who cares or wants it.
I’m gonna stack some players up for your listening (dis)pleasure. Try playing them all at once. At work. Or to run off people who won’t leave your house. Or as a soundtrack backing up you doing something bad.
Oh, this feels like one of those “I haven’t blogged in a long time” sorta things with this one, but I am going to forge onward in a very free way, and not bother catching up . . . unless the following feels like catching-up.
I have written a few more weird things at The Five Hundred . . . and you can find them there, with a little spelunking, if you are so-inclined. Did that need to be hyphenated? I like it that way . . . so I think so. Am I using too many ellipses? Or is it ellipseses? Smeech? Brandon? Marvin?
I don’t know what I think about the new Interpol. Hell, I didn’t know what I thought about the last Interpol. Is this everyone’s experience who used to or perhaps even now still likes Interpol? Does this matter?
I have been enjoying the latest Opeth quite a bit, and I don’t know why any former fan of them is any more outdone with this one than they were with Heritage. Come on! It’s good! Have you forgotten what good is? Have you not seen this coming? Please!
I like this video by Naam. Maybe it’s old news, but I think it’s pretty awesome.
Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL have a new recording called PLECTRUMELECTRUM that is rockin’.
I’ve finished up a crushing new noisedrone piece called “Thoss” due out on a new split cassette later in the year from my fine friends at GBS Records in Montreal.
I’m also working on a collaborative track of sorts with my friend Dylan Sparrrow in NYC! Check out some of his stuffs on Bandcamp!
I feel like my blogs will have this format/non-format for a while. Maybe it’s stupid, but maybe I haven’t blogged in so long because blog is such a stupid word. And also because I felt like it had to have some kind of format. Maybe all this is stupid. Form is emptiness is form is stupid is emptiness is blog is stupid.
Nothing is as stupid as The Memory Hole, however. Stupidly brilliant. I will leave you with one of their offerings into the nothingness, and let you dig deeper.
We just posted three new No songs on our Bandcamp page. Well . . . actually there are two tracks. Two of them are ramrodded right smack into each other. Give ’em a listen, and you’ll see what I mean. We knocked these out in a day with Jamie Uertz at Sarcophagus in Auburn, AL. I feel like these are a bit different for us. Certainly on the guitar end of things.
Our friend Scott Bazar from Panama City, FL has created a wacko video to go along with the aforementioned ramrodding of “Insufficient Data/Wastage, Pilferage, Breakage,” too!
Next weekend on Saturday, August 2, I’ll be doling out some noise on guitar in Birmingham, AL with Baghouse for two sets at this year’s Secret Stages festival. We’re playing at 5:15pm on the Miller Lite stage, and again later that night at M-Lounge at 11:15pm.
I failed to post about last month’s flash fiction stories on The Five Hundred. I’ve mentioned it before . . . but if you enjoy writing, and you enjoy a challenge, then this writing group is a great place to scratch those itches. On the first of each month, writers receive a prompt from the curator, and then respond by the 16th with a 400-600 word piece. Great fun, and I can certainly feel my writing getting better. Most everyone involved in the group comments on each month’s pieces, and many offer excellent constructive criticism.
Last month, the prompt was “Let a little light in.” I responded with Make It Uglier.
This month, the prompt was “If you catch my drift.” I responded with Encrypted For 7C, which I feel (for the first time, honestly) is one of my more successful submissions to the group. Or, at least, I feel better about the writing than I have for many of the other things I’ve done on there.
And, one final update . . . I got together in Birmingham with some lovely lads yesterday to make a little new noise related to what’s below (more info soon!)…
A Kickstarter campaign just went live today for a box set reissue of the first three recordings by one of my favorite ’90s noise rock bands Craw. Journalist Hank Shteamer (who I’ve known since those ’90s noise rock days) has planned an ambitious reissue for this Cleveland band’s long out-of-print material: a 6-album box set, limited to a release of 100, with some very nice incentives for serious fans of the band. Doing something like this is so expensive, so if you were ever a fan of this band, I urge you to go help out. There’s a nice overview of the band for those who aren’t familiar with all the excellent, darkly noisy, totally unique music that they produced.
Also, the latest batch of flash fiction from The Five Hundred is now up. This is a writer’s group I’m in, where we get a prompt each month that we respond to in 400-600 word submissions. This month’s prompt was “It slipped my mind.” My response is Recentering. Once again, my favorite stories were from my friends Matt Wilson (the beautiful White Walls) and Stephen McClurg (the excellent Like The Ones I Used To Know).
In celebration of my release of Joyless Noise, the first volume in a series of noise releases, competitively-priced at $1 . . . ALL the music on my Bandcamp site is now available for download for the same low price. I would appreciate your support, as I work toward two new releases looming on the horizon. I’ve finished up a new drone release called Endless Tunnels, due out on Montreal’s GBS Records (who also released I Wonder What Ever Became Of Me and Without Hope) later this spring. And I’m well on my way with work on Joyless Noise, Volume 2.
This weekend, my trio No is heading to Sarcophagus Studios in Auburn, AL to record three new songs with Jamie Uertz, who we worked with on our last release Scum Commodities. And Baghouse, the improv trio that I play guitar with from Athens, GA, will be playing at this year’s Secret Stages Festival in Birmingham, AL on Saturday, Aug. 2. Details on all of this are soon to follow!
The February submissions for The Five Hundred, a flash fiction writing group that I participate in, have just been posted. This month’s prompt was “Tear it down and try again.” My story is Last Days In The World Of Legs. We also received a special 100-word prompt this month of “A thousand days gone.” My submission for that one is Body/Steam. The group is joined this month by two of my friends and fellow bloggers Stephen McClurg and Matt Wilson. Steven’s In The Cup Of The Beholder and Ghazal For The Missing, and Matt’s Off Air Dreams are the best of the entire batch, in my opinion.
I’m also just about ready to release the first in a series of noise recordings call Joyless Noise. The series artwork over on the left was created by Austin Gaines. This first volume was created mostly with analog synthesizers, and will feature a collaborative track with Dylan Hawes-Glynn from The Most Amazing Century Of Science. Each release in the series will be available on Bandcamp for $1. More details as the release approaches.
Also, Beastmilk’s Climax is great!
In Solitude’s Sister is amazing, too…
As is Oranssi Pazuzu’s Valonielu…
It’s a flash fiction site where we get a monthly prompt and deadline. We then respond with written pieces within a framework of 400-600 words.
January features 13 new works. All of them are extremely fun reads. Mine is my first submission in a little under a year, called “Powerless.”
It’s an awesome community. If you’re interested in the challenge and want to interact with other writers on a really useful level, this is the place for you:
Also, Saturday night (Jan. 25) I’ll be making some noise with Baghouse from Athens, GA at Head On The Door here in Montgomery, AL. 10pm. We’ll be doing three sets and playing all night. Come on out, if you’re around!
Oh . . . and Beth from Portishead is doing a new recording for Domino.