My noise/ambient/drone/spoken word group Clawing has an exclusive track on the Enough compilation released today by Trepanation Records. All proceeds from the compilation will be donated to Black Lives Matter.
Bandcamp today will be donating all revenue to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund as well, so it’s a great time to pick up many things, like the Clawing/Offerbeest split on Nailbat Tapes or the last Joyless Noise.
You float through the void in your doomed ship, your mates all dead, biding your time staring into a dim mirror, repulsed and entranced by a hideous reflection.
Volume 5 in a series of joylessly noisy musicks is now available for download and streaming on my Bandcamp page. I have to say that this is my favorite in the series. Deep, dark and thematic. Board the doomed ship and find out. Features excellent artwork once again by Austin Gaines.
The upcoming Clawing/Offerbeest split is now up for preorders at Nailbat Tapes. Get two downloadable tracks now, and the full digital release and cassette when it comes out on June 1. Clawing is my noise/drone/soundscape trio with Austin Gaines (Calques, Japanese Women) and Matt Finney (It Only Gets Worse, Heinali), and Offerbeest is Mauric de Jong (Gnaw Their Tongues). 4 tracks from each.
Also, I’m putting the finishing mastering touches on Joyless Noise, Vol. 5. Austin Gaines is once again doing the artwork. 4 songs lost in deep space on a doomed ship. More info soon…
Dead Dream City, my split CD with TN’s Degtras is available now from Wood & Stone Productions. The disc features 2 longform tracks of darkest drone and deep, pummeling synthesis to rattle your brain. Degtras’ Road To The Dark City puts you on the bleak highway, and my Thomas Ligotti-inspired Nethescurial heralds your arrival in the dead city.
You can order the limited run CDs direct from Wood & Stone, or contact me here to get the right from me. If you’d like a copy, definitely hit one of us up, as they are just about sold out. Digital downloads and streaming are available on Bandcamp.
2 cassettes and a split with Offerbeest are on the horizon from my noise/drone/spoken word group Clawing (Austin Gaines, Matt Finney, Christopher Davis, et al) as well. More info on that as it all comes together.
I also have two new songs on the game soundtrack/gamplay radio station for the horror boardgame magazine Freakface!!! My tracks are Skeletal Reflection 1 & 2 and are presented under the name Joyless Noise.
Thanks for listening!
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!
Yeah. It’s been updated. After a long-ass time. Wow. Split cassettes, along with two more Joyless Noise volumes that have been finished and available forEVER. All there.
Finished Joyless Noise, Vol. 4 tonight. The great Austin Gaines is working on cover images, and then it’ll be out there. This one’s primarily guitar-oriented, with amazing contributions from my friends Jeff Rieter and Marshall Marrotte. This is the most focused and massive of the whole series. Can’t wait for you to hear it.
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.
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!