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Saturday, February 28, 2009
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Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
2. If you marry a bipolar abusive musician, your marriage may have some ups and downs.
3. To appease Prince you must baptize yourself, specifically in lake Minnetonka.
4. Be a huge d!#k to your girlfriend and she'll buy you your dream guitar.
5. If you want to be a composer, you've got to dress like Beethoven. It will get you more women.
6. If your music isn't bringing in the crowd let Wendy and Lisa write the songs.
7. If you can't be Prince, be Morris. That guy can dress. Him AND his pimp army.
8. The password is Okay.
9. You don't need a name to be famous. Just call me the Kid.
10. Prince kicks ass motherf$$kers!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
The Remote Viewer are a minimal electronic acoustic band off of the terrific City Centre Offices label. On "You're Going To Love Our Defeatist Attitude", their 4th release, they enlist the help of Nicola Hodgkinson from Empress(#8 of 03). This is a pretty laid back approach to minimalism techno.
This album is good for "going to sleep music". Or, if you're "hip" enough a soundtrack for a sheik/"fancy" wine and dinner party with some friends. Plucked guitar loops, buzzing electronics, clicks, bleeps, bloops, deeeep bass lines, pretty vocals (on select tracks), backwards swooshes and swirls, pianos, and "vintage" samples. Reminds me of Boards Of Canada remixed by Fourtet, only on the Ghostly label. If you're into relaxing music you will not be let down by this release.
Standout Tracks: All of them(but ESPECIALLY the ones with Nicola in them).
On March 30th, his newest project "Kiasmos" will release a split 12" with Rival Consoles (who are also cool) on Erased Tapes.
You can order your copy, as well as hear snippets here.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
If you're lost in a dark/dismal forest, Metaphorically speaking or not, completely isolated, you're already living this album.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
The Redneck Manifesto are an instrumental rock band from Dublin, Ireland. "Post Rock" as a style has been worn to the bone for some time now, but luckily I picked up this album while the whole thing was still fresh. Take Indie Pop, "Yes aesthetics" and wrap it with some "Tortoise aspirations". It's noodles galore on three or more guitars. That's what I like about them though, their not just another Explosions In The Sky "tribute" band.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
When this album begins you may feel you're just listening to another "generic" Dubstep album, but give it about 2 or 3 songs and you'll see that Mark Pritchard has no problem genre hopping, giving "When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence" a real interesting flare/cut above most electronic albums today. Harmonic 313 takes all of the fun parts of popular electronic genres and mixes them all quite nicely.
"World Problems" has to be my favorite track on this album imagine Apehx Twin's "Window Licker" mixed by Kraftwerk...yeah it's that awesome. Overall this is a pretty tight electronic album, I like the tracks that are "less Dubstep-y" more though. If you're a fan of Dubstep music, Vex'd, Aphex Twin, Warp Records, Kraftwerk, Boards Of Canada, Isolee, Hip Hop, or Dabrye you should have no problems bobbing your head to this album.
Standout Tracks: Music Substitute System, Koln, Galag-a, Word Problems, Call To Arms, Falling Away feat. Steve Spacek, When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence
Monday, February 16, 2009
Standout Tracks: Water, Skull Crush
Sunday, February 15, 2009
"Too Dark Park" is Skinny Puppy's 1990 masterpiece/opus. Both "abrasive" and "challenging", Too Dark Park pushed their signature sound perversion even further. Some might say it's their best, it certainly is my favorite. Ogre(Ohgr)'s shrill screams about animal testing, pollution and pure destruction pierce out against a backdrop of synthesized bass and distorted horror. Honestly, it's catchy and quite driving. I always find myself bobbing my head. Don't get me wrong though, it's very dark. VERY dark.
If you've never checked out Skinny Puppy, and you like industrial/electronic/experimental music, I think this is a great place for you to start. If you're already a fan and you don't have it, what the hell is wrong with you? One of the most memorable and sinister albums around, Too Dark Park is not worth missing out on.
Standout Tracks: Rash Reflection, Tormentor, Convulsion
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
(Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV/Coil/Threshholdhouse Boys Choir)
The Father of Industrial music.
Peter Martin Christopherson, a.k.a. Sleazy (born February 27, 1955) is a musician, video director and designer, and former member of the influential British design agency Hipgnosis. He was one of the original members of the infamous Industrial Records band, Throbbing Gristle. After Throbbing Gristle he participated in the foundation of Psychic TV along with Geoffrey Rushton, aka John Balance. After his short time in Psychic TV, Christopherson formed Coil along with Balance, which lasted just under 23 years, until Balance died of a fall in their London home. Christopherson has participated in the reuniting of Throbbing Gristle as well as composed an album for his current solo endeavour The Threshold HouseBoys Choir.
Hello, how are you?
I'm pretty good today thank you, although it does unfortunately seem to depend, even now, whether I spent the previous night doing something good for me, or bad for me - both can be fun, so it is a question - annoyingly enough - of having "the wisdom to know the difference". (And my answer is NOT necessarily always the one Alcoholics Anonymous implies)
What’s a day in the Life of “Sleazy” like these days?
Pretty good in so far as, where I live it's almost always sunny and 70-80 degrees; pretty tough in so far as I generally start replying to emails around 8am, start real work around 10am and often don't finish things to my satisfaction till after midnight...As you know being a "maestro" doesn't come easy or without a lot of hard work ,-) made more so by being in at least 3 bands all with different agendas who are all planning shows this year.
What are you currently listening to?
Today I listened to Late Junction, a very eclectic show on the BBC’s “Radio 3“, available via the web, and some of the soundtrack to “The Spirit” movie, which was surprisingly cool.
When you first began Throbbing Gristle did you ever think your brand of “noise terrorism” would develop into the scene it is today? What are your thoughts on today’s “Industrial” scene?
Is there an Industrial scene today? - A few years ago, when the major labels still meant something, I would have said there WAS a pigeon-hole called Industrial which was mostly overflowing with junk mail from companies selling trash bins and junk yard rubbish (which was absolutely nothing to do with what we set out to do back in the 70s).
Now I'm not sure it even exists as a distinct genre.
There's just a million bands out there - many using the same tools because it's easy - all trying to get noticed, some because they love sound, and how it makes them feel... Feel in their hearts and feel in their asses - Others just because their girlfriend wants a Ferrari. Obviously I'm happy I'm still in the "love sound" section! :)
Growing up as a boy, do you remember the first sound/noise you heard that inspired you to write the music that you write today?
I was lucky enough to go to a school that had a music practice wing with little rooms each with its own upright piano, (many pretty messed up) that anyone could go to play with during free time. Although I didn't take piano lessons there (thank god) it didn't take long to figure out that some keys sounded good when pressed together, and others boring, and almost all sounded better with thumb tacks (drawing pins) stuck in the hammers or paper between the strings. I was Preparing Pianos in the 60s not long after John Cage, and certainly before I had heard of him (I can't say if he ever heard of me :)
Who are your main influences?
William S Burroughs was the first writer to show me how different the world was, from what I'd been told as a kid. This taught me that it was okay to publicly admit that boys (and drugs) could be sexy, and also revolting...
Captain Beefheart was the first musician I ever heard, who played purely by his own rules, which taught me that the other rules didn't really matter.
Although with the music I make now, I try not to have obvious influences, I generally enjoy music that sounds light-on-its-feet, weather-beaten and happy.
Is there a reason you put your Coil albums out in such limited/hard to find quantity’s? I think I paid at least forty dollars for “Ape Of Naples”. I would’ve paid ten times that amount.
If you go to http://www.thresholdhouse.greedbag.com/ you can buy all the Coil cd’s currently in print (and all my recent work), at a MUCH more reasonable price, and even cheaper downloads of those not in print. You just have to hunt a little harder than the bloody Genius Bar.
It's true it's harder to find Coil cd’s cheaply in stores than before, but these days it's harder to find the stores themselves.
Your newest project, “The Threshhold HouseBoys Choir” is more “worldsy”/ambient than Coil. Is this the general direction you plan on taking with this project?
Since THBC is a solo project (though using many of the voices of my friends and houseboys) it most closely reflects my true personality, which is becoming more relaxed and, since I live in Thailand, I guess more 'worldsy'.
My recent show at the Brainwaves Festival even included me, not singing but at least 'entertaining' the audience with a few insights into My Sleazy Life. Unfortunately I don't have much hair left to 'let down', but if I did, that would be a THBC show! :-)
Should we ever expect a full US tour anytime soon?
My friend Andrew suggested I should promote a solo US tour as "An Uneasy Evening with Unkle Sleazy" which would be a mixture of music, stories, video, and conversation, but I'm not sure the US Moral Majority, or even the American Rifle Association, are quite ready for that kind of a show :)
Best tour story?
I expect you mean about misbehaving with Mars Bars or tender young flesh or something, but that's not what I do on tour - that's my HOME life! :)
What was Jhonn Balance like on a personal level?
That's too hard a question! - what are YOU like on a personal level?
I can tell you that we had NO secrets from one another. It's not often you can say that about another human being.
“Part Two: The Endless Not” is one of the best pieces of art that my ear canals have ever digested, Thank you!
You're welcome! :)
What was writing that album like? Did you expect it to turn out the way it did?
I never know how something is going to turn out beforehand - I never really know if its finished until suddenly (if you're lucky) you realize "I can't make this any better".
With the Endless Not (as with SoiSong in fact) much of the brilliance of the arrangement was not down to me. With TG its generally Chris who is in charge of that part, and with SoiSong I only write the most basic melodies, and make a few vocal parts, and Ivan Pavlov turns it into genius!
Please check out the SoiSong album when it comes out in a month or so. Its called "xAj3z" - see http://www.soisong.com/, and myspace.com/soisong. I think I may be more proud of it, than anything else so far.
I hear you’re remaking NICO’s “Desert Shore” album with Throbbing Gristle…is this true? How is that process coming along? Is there a tentative release date?
It's true. It was an idea I had a few years back, and recorded some rough backing tracks, that all four members of TG elaborated on last year at London's Institute of Contemporary Art. Originally I had thought of inviting a bunch of guest vocalists but not only did Genesis do an excellent job with the vocals, but also vocal manipulation software has come on in leaps and bounds in the last few years, so perhaps we'll keep it "All In the Family".
It'll come out when we all four of us find the sounds moving our hearts, and our asses!
That could be in the Fall - It could be in 2012, or beyond, if the Mayans allow us to live that long.
Are you living your dream?
Actually my dreams are usually about missing planes, forgetting houses, not buying Christmas presents till after the stores close on Christmas Eve, getting lost on a city subway system that has re-arranged itself, etc. so the answer to that question is NO.
What I'm living day-by-day, even at work, is my every whim, my deepest fantasy, my personal Yellow Brick Road -How few people can really say that, and believe it?
I am truly blessed!I will be delighted if even a little of my joy and intensity gets through to those who listen....I may not quite have reached the Emerald City just yet, but you know, it's just over the next hill...
THANK YOU SLEAZY!
Throbbing Gristle are about to embark on a mini US tour..be prepared;)
Sunday, February 8, 2009
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