Now available on Side of The Sun Recordings, a very sparse and under-the-radar label headed by a good friend, is a pro duplicated cassette comprised of layered malfunctions, destroyed presets, and barren/animated noise soundtrack montages. I mentioned the impetus for the tape in a recent interview with Heathen Harvest.
“I saw what was the image of the tarot card Falling Tower when I was meditating, but I don’t know much about tarot. I was looking online for the tarot interpretation of playing cards because I keep finding playing cards on the ground. In one week I had two tarot readings that had The Tower (“explosive transformation”) in it. I found playing cards on the ground that I’d thought related to that at the time, but it’s hard to interpret major arcana in playing cards, so it seems. That same week, I saw an episode of Night Gallery that features Vincent Price.
Price plays a sorcerer who, at one point, is eating dinner with a relative that turned himself into a goat. The goat’s name was “Falling Tower”. There was a lot of serendipity around this time regarding the concept, but to be honest, I don’t remember all of it. It’s right around when I did this track, and I thought it framed the audio well for several reasons, still does; more now than ever. Come to think of it, Dominick Dufner (Sigulda, Side of The Sun Recordings) happened to photograph it in front of Vincent Price’s star in St. Louis, so it makes sense that he’d be releasing this cassette, as a matter of chance. Sara Holloway pulled The Tower card not too long ago, and she is doing the art for the release.”
The audio is mastered by Zach Adams (Verdant, BKPR), just over 30 minutes of material, and is limited to 100 copies. The Falling Tower tarot card is my birth card and this is symbolically a very personal release.
I also happen to believe that it is the last of this kind for this label, who like me, would rather make connections in person than trying to promote heavily on the internet.
I don’t have copies in my possession yet, but purchase inquiries can go here: punkferret138 AT yahoo.com
Blood Rhythms – Assembly
Assembly is mastered by Zach Adams (BKPR, Verdant) and pressed on 180 gram vinyl. I “assembled” 3 directional recordings of Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Corrections House), Dave Purdie (Silver Abuse, Satan 2000), Brian Klein (The Machinist), Andy Ortmann (Panicsville, Nihilist Records) and myself playing mostly untrained brass and woodwind together inside of what could ostensibly be called a meat locker. I then cut hundreds of loops, layered it to the point of madness, and massaged them into action.
At times, depending on the placement of the speakers, the listener might hear things that sound like voices which are not there. Other times, it sounds like a train crashing over and over again. The record is playable at all speeds. Inserts are hand-stamped 4 different times and hand numbered, xeroxed directly from manually typewritten text.
And after months of debacle after debacle since April, and 6 years of dilly dallying with other labels, I finally have presentable copies of the Blood Rhythms LP Assembly . This is co-released with RRRECORDS, who will have copies next week. 100 copies have inimitable hand made / collaged cover art by Ron Lessard, with material entirely from medical books, and 100+ copies have hand made / collaged / assembled covers from all kinds of hardware store / found detritus of mine. Each of the copies with my art include an anti record. Many copies have been pre ordered since there was such a delay, and the covers were well done ahead of time. A couple people framed them as mantle pieces! Ron’s copies are $15 postage paid in USA, and mine are $23 ppd. Outside of USA should probably just contact RRR or refer to my most recent post on the matter of international shipping. I have very few set aside for wholesale but rates are available.
I refuse to use paypal or any other digital currency device as a merchant. I rely heavily on xeroxed newsletters and tangible connections, so my label could be called a “no net label” if you want, even if I am doing this in an email. i may not check again for some time. Mail is best for me.
Release Party Jan 2nd at Club Rectum + Photos of Some of Ron Lessard’s “Assembly” Covers
On January 2nd, there will be a release party for Blood Rhythms, which is a revolving collaborative umbrella moniker for Arvo Zylo to curate. Last time, at the Empty Bottle in support of DEAD TECH (Illusion of Safety meets Mitch Enderle), Blood Rhythms featured Travis from ONO, Mike Weis of Zelienople and Kwaidan, Chris Turner of Nookleptia, and several other brass players accidentally going for 75 minutes without notice while Travis bellowed effected stream of consciousness/free association vocals without wavering. This time it will be different.
I will be on WZRD Monday night as a guest DJ some time between 4 and 7pm. I will be playing selections from artists playing the release party, among other favorites and recent acquisitions.
Below are links to photos of covers by Ron Lessard, the (less than 30) remaining covers are hand stamped in addition to having an insert which is hand stamped 5 times, hand numbered, and has a hand written “PLAYABLE AT ALL SPEEDS” message. I decided to take photos inside rather than waiting for a time where I woke up before dusk to do it. Going quick!
Blood Rhythms will feature at least 4 drummers with me, doing a configuration I’ve wanted to do since I was 19. The debut of Blood Rhythms was actually myself with the entire band ONO in 2010, so it’s important that they’re here for this special day. I believe they will do a stripped down incarnation this time, because their 2 drummers are working with me! ONO are always captivating and somewhat magical. I never get tired of seeing them play. I have interviewed ONO and travis the vocalist alone on 2 separate occasions and their first album “Machines That Kill People” (1981 or 83, not sure off hand) is among the very few perfect records in my collection. It is an finely balanced amalgamation of experimentation and rawness with focus of intent and conceptual continuity. Their two most recent records on Moniker records are not too shabby, either.
In 2010, Neil Jendon and I performed at STL Noise Fest. His recent work with theremin coupled with modular synth has been incredible! Every set has had a carefully crafted sonic tapestry and a shifting settlement of decorum often anchored around a modular synthesizer, which I’m under the impression might be temporarily retired, so expect something new and exciting from this veteran artist, whom I’ve seen play a gazillion times, and never been disappointed. Jendon is also known as the synth dude in Kwaidan with Andre’ Foisy of Locrian, and percussionist* Mike Weis of Zelienople. Jendon has a CD on Vertonen’s C.I.P. label, and a collaboration with legendary Italian noise act SSHE RETINA STIMULANTS out on Chicago label Bloodlust!.
Vertonen and I shared a bill at Minneapolis’s Heavy Focus fest in 2010, as well as sharing a bill at STL Noise Fest in the same year. The thing about Vertonen in Chicago, is that his local sets are often 5 minute long sets of deep ripping harsh noise, often based off of a jaloppy of a turntable that looks like some kind of 1960s military grade play school record player. However, I’ve been told that Vertonen’s Blake Edwards (formerly the junk player in Anatomy of Habit) is going to audition some new material which represents a significant change in direction.
Edwards has been impressively prolific in recent years, having done a picture disc with Ratskin records which is composed entirely from sounds that were recorded personally at various factory facilities, and in no small way give a deeply respectful nod to VIVENZA that puts him on a similar plane of existence as an artist. Some of his sets out of town have had a gnarly Russian synth which he has exhibited in a number of releases with different configurations, and in collaborations with Washingtonian dadaists/surrealists At Jennie Richie. That and an LP inspired by the depths (and heights) at which a person starts to go insane from lack of oxygen, topped off by a number of collaborative recordings with Eric Lunde (Boy Dirt Car) as well as Ohio cassette tape manipulator Jason Zeh, and in general a dense output of diverse, highly conceptual, high quality releases since 1993 or so means that this artist is definitely a guy to show up early for.
Money orders / hidden cash at your own risk only, to the above label address. Only around 60 correct copies remain in my possession altogether, at this time. If RRR is out, check Revolver distribution.
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