Tests from the droning, slurpy, mushy, ugly/lovely end of Time Town.
The latest recording by my ambient drone guitar duo gowith is now available. It’s an EP called Four Glooms Pharmaceuticals, and it’s the third recording that I’ve done with my friend from Atlanta, GA Marshall Marrotte. It’s the second time we’ve used electric guitars, rather than strictly going acoustic.
The basic tracks were recorded live utilizing only two small guitar amps, and two reverb/delay pedals (Earthquaker Devices‘ Dispatch Master and Afterneath). We wanted to keep the setups clean and simple. The four tracks on the EP are full of reflective, ambient texture . . . and are perfect for a rainy day spent lying in the infirmary, staring out the window and frantically pressing your pain med button.
Feel free to give it a listen and download the EP. Each download comes with 5 alternate album art files.
And check out the video for the first track “Mediocratine.”
My latest recording is now up for streaming and downloading on my Bandcamp site. It’s called The Universe, The Devil, The Hermit . . . and it’s a 20-minute piece inspired by the cards of the same name from Aleister Crowley’s Thoth tarot. Next to Thoss, it’s probably one of the most dense synthesizer/drone recordings I’ve done. I encourage you to listen through a capable system to experience the full depth and dynamics! Please enjoy!
Revisiting this fine batch of acoustic guitar-oriented music that I made with my good friend Marshall Marrotte over in GA. Hopefully, we’ll be working on another very soon…
Marshall’s own TERMINUS 1 features more of his fantastic guitar playing. This time on a Fender Bass VI.
The latest installment in my Joyless Noise series is now up for streaming and downloading. Joyless Noise, Vol. 4 is focused on towering walls of guitar, and features masterful contributions from my friends Marshall Marrotte (guitar) and Jeff Rieter (synth and Kydd upright electric bass). All basic tracks were recorded live with no looping, except for Jeff’s upright addition on track 3, which completely makes his track the beast that it is.
Once again, Austin Gaines contributed fantastic artwork to the series, with this image being a particular favorite of mine from the brilliant bunch.
Joyless 5 is already in the works with another special guest. As of right now, all tracks on the next volume will have a dazzling guest drummer…
More info soon! Until then, I hope you enjoy #4!
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.
Nope . . . it’s not a law firm. Just two bands. One that I play with. One that I’ve always loved seeing live and listening to.
I’ve got a new recording with the Athens, GA trio Baghouse out now on Bandcamp. It’s called Lirpa in Gripple Grapple, and it was recorded exactly a year back from the release date of April 13. It was all done live with no overdubs, like all of our recordings. Its dense and weird, and definitely bursts out into uncharted space on every piece. I play the Moog guitar and do some intensive live looping with the Echoplex Digital Pro. I hope you’ll give it a listen when you have the time. It’s a free/pay-what-you-want download as well.
Also, the Kickstarter campaign spearheaded by journalist Hank Shteamer for reissuing the first three recordings by the awesome Cleveland band Craw is 8 days away from finishing . . . and is not even halfway to raising the funds needed. If you were ever a fan of this killer band, I really hope you’ll give this all a look and lend your support. There are many nice incentive packages, and you can pledge as little as you want. I hate to see this great idea and great effort fail. Please help, if you can.