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.
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!
Last night I mixed tracks on my new recording until my ears were completely burned out. I’m making up for lost time because, when I sat down to get started on the last leg of this year-long recording (the final release in a trilogy of recordings that began with Under Dim Self in 2011 and continued with Scalps Of Gods in 2012), I had gear failure . . . which meant I had to spend money and time getting back up to mixing speed. A screeching halt. Immediately. I work with gear from the dark ages of digital recording. I don’t use a computer workstation. I’ve got an old, outdated Roland 16-track, and I have to mix down to a standalone CD Recorder. That was what died exactly at the moment when I sat down to start my final mixes. You can imagine my reaction…
Yesterday, my new (used) CD Recorder arrived courtesy of eBay, so I got set back up. I managed to get three of the nine tracks mixed, but I had to start from scratch on one of them because where I had left it was simply not working. The tracks are all great-sounding, and I can’t wait for folks to hear them, but I really want to be done so that I can move on into other sounds, expanding on some ideas that I’ve been mapping out for a series of noise releases next year.
Moving on is why I self-released Migration Of The Device, which was something I was hoping would be out on a vinyl split this year. I wrote a little more about it in a previous blog, and just did a 5-question session with our local paper. That particular recording had been complete since February, so just to get it out of the way and move on, I put that up on my Bandcamp page.
Got a new synth coming, too, that I’m planning to add into my noise arsenal for 2014. An Arturia MicroBrute!
So . . . just a little update, really. Heading to see Alice Cooper here in town Halloween night! Show review will be posted here! Hope you all have a great Halloween!