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.
Endless Tunnels is my latest recording of deep drone pieces, and it’s available now from the good folks at Montreal’s GBS Records. This past weekend was pretty busy, with us laying down 3 new No songs at Sarcophagus Studios in Auburn, AL with Jamie Uertz (Hematovore) . . . and it completely slipped my mind that Endless Tunnels was about to be out there howling its deceptively far-away howls into the voids between human ears (or not!). But, yep . . . it’s swirling away there in the thin darkness of the web, doing its deep dark thing.
This is my second full-length for GBS (alongside the radio performance EP Without Hope), and is very linked to its predecessor, I Wonder What Ever Became Of Me. Once again, I used Boulanger Labs’ amazing csGrain granular processor/filter to manipulate live sound, but this time, instead of playing the Moog guitar through it, I used an Arturia MicroBrute, which is an amazing little analog synth. These were great sessions, where I was able to really feel swallowed up by the sound being created live there in the recesses of my basement. It works well at all volumes, but, as always, I’d recommend listening to it as loud as you can stand through a good system that you sonically trust. There’s a possibility of a future limited cassette release as well. More on that soon! Until then, feel free to listen, download and enjoy!
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!
I have enjoyed myself immensely making music this year. I’ve gathered up all the noise I’ve created in 2013 and put it here for full streaming. I hope you have a blast listening, and might want to pick up copies/downloads for your ears. Most things I personally release outside of what is put out there by other labels are priced from $1 to $5. Every little bit really helps me in being able to continue doing one of the few things that I truly love.
I deeply appreciate everyone who has supported all my work along the way. I can never thank you enough.
Below are players for everything I’ve done in 2013! Fire ’em up, enjoy…and thank you!
I Wonder What Ever Became Of Me: Deep, deep drone on Moog guitar, live through csGrain.
Baghouse – 3/16/13: Time-bending improvisation on Moog guitar with Baghouse from Athens, GA.
Fantasy Violence – Frangments: Instrumental electronic music created completely on a pair of iPads via Dropbox with my friend Christopher Davis (Battle Path) from TN. Limited edition tapes here.
Mothmeat – Instrumental acoustic guitar music with my friend Drew Martin (BPM, Distant Kin).
Migration Of The Device – Originally conceived to be on half of a split lp. Could happen one day. Until then, there are these 4 digital incantations. Massive electronics & curses.
Suckbuddy – Two Lips: 2nd release by my buddy Keith Goodwin (Liquid Brick, Pferd) and I wiring up our synths and making one huge instrument.
Borne Down Upon: My third solo recording of dark electronic music. Completes a trilogy of recordings that I began in 2011. My favorite of the three.
Without Hope: Longform drone on the Moog guitar. Recorded live on the air on WUOG in Athens, GA.
All this, plus even more racket can be found at jeffmcleod.net. Thanks for listening!