Thursday, December 31, 2009

My top 10 favorite releases of 2009 (in alphabetical order):

Ancestors-II (Tour De Garde/Youth Attack)
Circle Of Ouroborus-Tree Of Knowledge (Hospital Productions)
Jason Crumer-Walk With Me (Misanthropic Agenda)
Kevin Drumm-Imperial Horizon (Hospital Productions)
Prurient-Rose Pillar (Heartworm Press)
Sunn O)))-Monoliths And Dimensions (Southern Lord)
Velvet Cacoon-P aa opal Poere Pr. 33 (Starlight Temple Society)
Werewolf Jerusalem-The Flies Of Our Tragic Dear (Breathing Problem Productions)
Wolf Eyes-Always Wrong (Hospital Productions)
Zaimph-Serpent's Bite (Heavy Blossom)

Favorite Collaboration (It's a tie between):
Aaron Dilloway and Robert Turman-Blizzard (Hanson Records)
Bastard Noise and Christian Renou-Brainstorming II (Housepig)

Favorite Self-released:
Swallowed Up-This Is, And God Damn Is It

Favorite Comp:
Worship Black Twilight (w/ Ashdautas, Volahn, etc)

Favorite Re-issue:
Macronympha-Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Trash Ritual)

I had been working very hard for almost a month on a list of my 100 favorite releases of the decade to post here, but I can't seem to come up with a final draft that I feel good about. At least not without driving myself completely insane in the process.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

My DJ set from last night:

Tad-Throat Locust
Bone Awl-You're Late
The Endless Blockade-Raised By Wolves
Church Of Misery-Where Evil Dwells... See More
Planks-Siren
Boris-Korosu
Walls-Strong And Able First
Cough-288 Years Of Sin
John Lee Hooker-I'm Bad Like Jesse James
Abandon-Black Torrent

It didn't get rolling until 11pm and there were 6 DJ's spinning so they had to cut everyone short. Here's the rest of the stuff I had planned but didn't get a chance to play:
Godflesh-Merciless
Akitsa-Vers La Victoire
Wolf Eyes-Burn Your House Down
Cro-Mags-It's The Limit
Goddess-Guided Hands
Cold Cave-Always Someone

Saturday, December 26, 2009

I'm DJ'ing at Bar None tonight:

Custom Made Music Holiday Bash
5000 Cleveland St.
VB
Starts at 9pm
Free

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

This book...

...makes Chuck Palahniuk look like Beverly Cleary.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Electric Omen (Sindre Bjerga)-Fog Circles/Ghost Clouds

Heavy fucking electronic doning noise that will weigh you down and drag your face in the dirt by one of Norway's finest. Claustrophobics beware, this is going to give you panic attacks.
c30. Limited to 30 copies. Pre-order now. Ships January 8th.
$4 plus $2 shipping to anywhere in the USA. I will ship to other countries but please get in touch first.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Well...

...I was unable to make it to my Debris Amour show in Baltimore last night due to the snowstorm currently engulfing the mid-atlantic region. Bummer. Jake said that T.O.M.B. killed it. I would've loved to had been there. Hopefully at another point in time I'll get the chance to see/play with them.

Debris Amour is playing tonight in VB at Bar None on Cleveland St. with Lord By Fire, Worm Milk, and Remove. Should be ultra awkward.

Also Swim Harder Cassettes now has a website. www.swimhardercassettes.com

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Fliers...

...for some of the upcoming Debris Amour shows.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Upcoming Debris Amour Shows + Moutheater Cancellation On Dec. 19th

December 18th 2009 @ Charm City in Baltimore, MD
w/ T.O.M.B., Two Years On Welfare, and others

December 19th 2009 @ Bar None in Virginia Beach, VA (Moutheater had to bail on this show so I'm doing a Debris Amour set that night in it's place)
w/ Lord By Fire, Worm Milk, Remove

February 6th 2010 @ Bar None in Virginia Beach, VA
w/ Last Remaining Pinnacle (ex-Facade Burned Black), One Lifeles Eyes, Sunshine Arcade, Borborygmi, and Novaya Zemlya (featuring Mike from Bastard Sapling and Inter Arma)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Saturday, November 28, 2009

It's unbelievable...

...how full of shit some people are. Just be yourself (for better or worse). It's a lot more respectable.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Moutheater and Debris Amour feature...

...by Jonathan Canady of Deathpile and Angel Of Decay on his Colors Of The Dark blog. Link

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

The pressure to support mediocrity...

...(whether it be because the so called right people made/like it, or to support some barren greater cause, or any number of other reasons) will never be something that I let affect me in any way.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Moutheater Full US 2010 Summer Tour

We are in the very beginning stages of getting this together. If you can help book any of these shows then please get in touch. These dates are all for the month of July 2010:

10-SC/GA
11-AL/MS/LA
12-Eastern TX
13-Western TX
14-NM/AZ
15-Southern CA
16-Mid/Northern CA
17-Northern CA
18-OR (Portland)
19-WA (Seattle)
20-Northern ID/MT
21-ND/MN
22-WI/IA
23-IL (Chicago/Peoria)
24-IN/KY
25-VA

Monday, November 16, 2009

Something I wrote on the fly...

...on a messageboard that I figured I'd post here to save. It's in regards to the current state of recording music. The thread went nowhere but I was fairly happy with the novel length post I made haha.

Original Poster: I would like to hear some opinions on this article,
written for NPR by a former member of Sleater Keeney,
about how pro tools et. al. are ruining music...

http://www.npr.org/blogs/monitormix/2009/11/the_death_of_mistakes_means_th.html

Me: Man this is something that Tim and I discuss very regularly for hours at a time. I tend to be on the looser end of things and Tim tends to be on the more perfection oriented end of things. What's cool is that we've influenced each other a lot. I've gotten a little more concerned with perfection through working with Tim and Tim has gotten a little more comfortable with imperfections through working with me. We usually meet in the middle with all of those decisions. We've done most of our records live and then fixed little things here and there if it's really bugging both of us.

The dude that wrote this article is a little off on the analog thing. You can still do punch-ins all day long with analog and though it's a little more complicated, editing isn't that big of a deal either.

I generally agree that the way that recording used to be separates the men from the boys. You can either play or you can't and that's how it should be. Pop music today is something that's run through so much bullshit before it ever hits your ears. You're really hearing souless crap when you turn the radio on. Producers, engineers, and label people have gone through every inch with a fine tooth comb making sure it fits the lowest common denominator standards of today's mainstream music industry. Even bigger independent labels are doing this now. This is why I have such an issue with a lot of current pop music and shit like Taking Back Sunday being considered authentic or art. You're barely hearing a real performance when you listen to that stuff. The fact that record execs and producers run someone like Beyonce through auto tune is out of fear. People like her are amazing singers but all of the human nature of their voices is stripped out because some producer is scared he might miss a wrong note. If Billy Holiday were around today some asshole would be running her through auto tune.

The mastering thing is so funny because people on here talk all the time about shit being "loud" without realizing what that means. When a record is loud you've crushed the fuck out of it. If you take a record that's loud by today's standards and put it up against something from 20 years ago your immediate reaction is gonna be that the newer record is "louder" or maybe "clearer". If you take the record from 20 years ago and turn up the volume on the stereo to match the newer record you will hear a much better sounding dynamic recording coming from the older recording. This all is as a result of digital where the boundries with how loud you can master a recording are almost limitless and people just keep pushing harder and harder on the issue to make their recordings sound "louder" than someone elses. When recordings were being pressed on vinyl there was a peaking range that you couldn't go past without distorting the album.

Another Poster: i think the degree of suck out there has less to do with the recording devices available and more to do with bad taste...i like "pop" music more musicians and producers need to listen to purple rain and put out a good record.

Me: The theory though is that the level of technology has left producers, engineers, record labels and commercial oriented musicians to their on devices and enabled them to make more tasteless decisions/records. Bad taste among people that wanna make money off of music has always existed, they now just have more power than ever to manipulate everything. In the 60's the stuffy record exec didn't have much choice but to trust that Lennon or Hendrix would write a great song and put out the best record they could. Now someone with no musical talent can come in and critique and manipulate a record. And bad taste among mainstream music fans has always existed because most of them just listen to whatever the radio feeds them.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

These ship Friday the 13th:

Pre-orders are up at the Swim Harder Cassettes webstore. Limited to 30 copies. 10 are already gone.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

I. Don't. Care.

Those words ring more and more true for me with each passing day. I do not give a fuck. I do not feel the need to prove shit to anyone.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Swim Harder Cassettes Webstore:

http://www.swimhardercassettes.bigcartel.com

PC Worship-Sunburnt pre-orders are up. Limited to 30 copies and 7 have already been scooped up. Get on it if you want one.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Flawless Embrace

"Flawless Embrace" is a new Moutheater track that we've been working on at Double O. It'll be on an as of yet untitled comp/4-way split that should be out sometime around late spring/early summer of 2010. Check out the Moutheater myspace (link over to the right) to hear it.

*Flawless Embrace*

I hang my head in shame
Because all I've got in my stomach is hate
I don't know how to change
Without fucking up everything I am

This is my infection to breathe
Lungs stop
Believe me
Please

I can't live without
A headful of malignant thoughts
An enduring kind of rot
That consumes every fucking moment

I scrape the surface and die
I live behind swollen eyes

Thursday, October 22, 2009

There are way too many people...

...out there pretending to know and/or care about things that they don't. Stop using things that are cherished by those who understand their importance as fodder in your high schoolesque popularity contests. I SEE THROUGH YOUR BULLSHIT.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

My set from last night:

Verbena-Monkey, I'm Your Man
Total Abuse-Secrets
Tad-Just Bought The Farm
Circle Of Ouroborus-Damon In Iron
Mudhoney-Sweet Young Thing Ain't Sweet No More
Godflesh-Avalanche Master Song
The Smiths-The Queen Is Dead
Swans-Sex, God, Sex
The Pixies-Wave Of Mutilation
Om-Bhima's Theme
Born Against-Well Fed Fuck
Nine Inch Nails-Terrible Lie
Bauhaus-Telegram Sam
Nirvana-I Hate Myself And I Want To Die
Richard Hell & The Voidoids-Love Comes In Spurts
Wolf Eyes-The Driller
Sonic Youth-Schizophrenia
The Brian Jonestown Massacre-B.S.A.
The Carlsonics-Ice People
Church Of Misery-Taste The Pain
Led Zeppelin-Communication Breakdown

Monday, October 12, 2009

There are disconnects within me...

...that I don't think I'll ever figure out. Maybe it's the connections that I make that are the real mystery though.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ornament (an update of sorts I guess)

I unfortunately don't have any news on the LP pre-orders. We are in the same boat as you. We have not gotten our copies of the vinyl either.

The cd copies have been out since June 30th. If you would like to exchange your LP copy for a cd copy, if you'd like a refund, or if you just have questions about your order status then please contact Mike at Thrashed Records at mikersg@gmail.com

Also Mike put up a stream of the album on the Thrashed Records myspace for people that haven't heard it yet:

http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=68346692&blogId=512381712

*edit* The first album on the music player is the new Dead City. You have to scroll down past that to get to Ornament. *edit*

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Some Happenings

October 17th, 2009: There's an art show at Barnone in VB. I (as well as a few others) will be doing a DJ set. Tony puts these together and does a great job. They're always a blast. Come hang out.

November 21st, 2009: Noise/Industrial/Ambient/Etc show at Barnone in VB. It'll be the first show for my Debris Amour project. Aaron (ex-Moutheater bassist) will be doing a set with his Sky Burial project, Dave Allison (Custom Made Music, ex-Facade Burned Black, Revenge Therapy, etc.) will be doing a set as Last Remaining Pinnacle, and an artist from Detroit named Marble Wife will be playing. My friend Jake might be doing a set and there will be some others TBA.

December 19th, 2009: Moutheater, Screen Vinyl Image, Demon Brother and others TBA at Barnone in VB.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Saturday November 21st (My first DA show)

Noise show at Barnone in VB.

8pm

Probably $5 or $6

-Last Remaing Pinnacle (ex-Facade Burned Black/Revenge Therapy. Dave Allison doing noise.)
-Debris Amour (Moutheater member. Post-industrial/Power Electronics.)
-Marble Wife (Detroit noise)
-Sky Burial (ex-Moutheater. Ambient Drones.)

+ 2 or 3 more TBA

Friday, September 18, 2009

The first Debris Amour show...

...is in the works. More details to come.

Monday, September 14, 2009

I just wanna...

...shut myself off from the fucking world right now.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Untitled Confession

I have a hard time relating to people and sometimes it bothers me to the point where I will sit and dwell on it for unhealthy amounts of time which only makes it worse. I feel extremely awkward and can't ever seem to properly express myself the way I'd like to in most social situations.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Change only exists...

...within you. The world has been operating the same for hundreds of years. War, money, and power have kept the world turning in one way or another for centuries. It's not gonna change. The moment you realize that and become comfortable with it is the moment you free yourself for real change.

I think the best way to go about changing anything is to create a personal set of standards that you believe in and live your life by. Lead by example. Change things that you can actually effect within your community, your group of friends, etc. Those are things that you have an impact on.

Small groups of people that have worked hard and made a place (both figuratively and literally) where they and their ideals can exist and flourish are the real inspiration. I've luckily had the pleasure of meeting people like this from time to time in my life and I've taken a lot from those experiences that I've applied to my own life.

The world is hopeless. Create your own.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I don't understand...

...the mindset of insecurely going with the flow and/or giving weird halfway opinions on things because you're scared of what others will think.

Don't go with the flow if you don't agree with it and definitely don't bother speaking out if all you've got is some soft ass "I could go either way" sort of safe, bullshit opinion.

Don't ever be afraid to have an opinion different than the one that "everyone else" appears to share. Chances are that most of the mob haven't really thought out anything at all.

People doing and saying things...

...for the sole purpose of stroking their own egos is really off-putting. It's really easy to see through as well.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Some people say too much...

...because they're afraid of saying too little.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Adventures Of The Past Few Days

So this past Sunday Moutheater played in Brooklyn with Doomriders and Acid Tiger. I had decided to go up a few days early and stay in the city. Moutheater had practice Thursday night and then early Friday morning my wife and I began our Journey to NYC. We arrived around 1pm and stopped by Hospital Productions on the way to our hotel. As usual, I picked up a large quantity of cd's, records, and cassettes from Mr. Fernow. He picked up the last of the Werewolf Jerusalem cassettes my label put out and a few copies of the new Moutheater album for the store. We then went to check into our hotel and get some dinner.

The next morning we went out for some activities around the city and around 12:30pm we headed back downtown to meet up with my friend Jake who was coming into town from DC to hang out with us for the weekend and act as merch guy for the Sunday Moutheater show. We met him at HP so he could pick up some records and then headed over to Generation Records for a not so fruitful record hunt. We got some lunch and then headed back to the hotel so that Jake could check in and we could all rest. We had the NON/Prurient/Cold Cave show ahead of us that evening and we were not trying to be tired for such an event.

We all got rested and headed down to Santo's Party House (which I am told is owned by Andrew W.K.) for an amzing evening put on by The Heartworm Press of performances by NON, Prurient, Cold Cave, Genesis P-Orridge (Pyschic TV, Throbbing Gristle), Jonathan Shaw, Kid Congo Powers (The Cramps, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu), Eric Paul (Arab On Radar), and Chris Leo. One of the best shows I've ever seen. I enjoyed every minute of it. I picked up a limited Prurient 7inch and 1 of 23 specially made boxes of zines and mix cd's put together by Max G. Morton for the evening.

Sunday morning Jake and I headed out to some instrument shops because Jake was looking to buy either a guitar or a synth. After a while of checking stuff out we end up downtown at the Guitar Center on 14th street where we met Larkin Grimm of Young God Records. She happened to be picking up the same synth that Jake was looking at getting.

That evening we head over to Brooklyn for Moutheater's show with Doomriders at The Union Pool. We get there, meet up with Nate and the promoter and get everything straight for the evening. Our set went off without a hitch and I spent the rest of the evening eating tacos from the amazing cart on the back patio and watching the other bands. Some friends from NJ that Moutheater had played/stayed with on our spring tour came up to hang out and my buddy Mike who I've known for about 10 years and now lives in NYC came out as well. Our friend Hunter ended up coming up from Richmond and showed up a little later in evening just in time for Doomriders set. Lots of familiar faces and great food and bands made for an amazing evening.

Monday morning it was time to leave. We headed out to get some pizza and Pinkberry and hit the road home. When we arrived I headed out to the studio to drop off some of the gear. Once I got back I noticed that my legs were swelling up. I took some ibuprofen and went to bed. When I woke up this morning my legs were even worse. I went to the doctor who recommended I go the the ER. I'm now home with medicine. It seems that I might have gotten some sort of infection in my legs from having bad blisters on my feet from all the walking and then deciding to switch to flip flops, leaving my wounds out in the open for something nasty to crawl in them.

Here is my list of music that I picked up on the trip:

*Cassettes*
-Ancestors-II
-Climax Denial-Impulse

*7 Inches*
-Prurient-Crossbow

*12 Inches*
-AODL-Hard Cobble Abdomen
-Hair Police-Totaled And Stranded
-Wolf Eyes-Always Wrong
-Zaimph-Death Blooming Pleasure

*CD's*
-Blackdeath-Vortex
-Burning Star Core-Operator Dead... Post Abandoned
-Circle Of Ouroborus-Tree Of Knowledge
-Crumer, Jason-Walk With Me
-Diapsiquir-Pacta Daemoniarum/Crasse
-Hair Police-s/t
-Hair Police-The Empty Quarter
-Malveillance-Just Fuck Off
-Navicon Torture Technologies-The Church Of Dead Girls
-Total Abuse-s/t
-Wolf Eyes-Dread
-Wolf Eyes-Slicer
-Wolf Eyes-Always Wrong
-Zaimph-s/t

*Other*
-Heartworm #37 show box of zines and mix cd's

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Irony...

...is currently doing everything it can to strangle youth art and subculture in America.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The issue of Outburn with Moutheater in it...

...came out today. Check it out if you get a chance.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Tonight:

Dave Allison's birthday party @ Barnone in VB
9pm $5

Moutheater
Screen Vinyl Image
Mission Statement
+ 2 more

Friday, July 31, 2009

Friends/Suburbia

I've fallen into this weird place in my life where everyone that I consider a friend either lives somewhere else or has some sort of insane life schedule to where they aren't very available. I guess that's the problem with hellhole areas like this. People either move away or numb their minds and lives with so many tasks that they don't have time for hate.

The only thing places like this do is clear out all of the unique odds and ends of an area so that there can be a Wal-mart, Target, mall, and Applebee's every 5 miles no matter which direction you travel. It really is disgusting, and how people can be content with it is beyond me. This place turns more and more spiritless every day. Suburban sprawl is killing culture in America. Once again the lowest common denominator reigns supreme.

I can't wait to be gone.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Moutheater in Outburn Magazine

We're in the upcoming issue of Outburn. It comes out on August 4th. We got an 8/10 and a really really really nice and flattering write-up.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Today...

...a new Ashdautas shirt arrived in the mail. One of the members of the band happened to see my post about my ill fitting one and sent me a new shirt. Many thanks to him.

If you've never heard this band before then you might wanna do yourself a favor and check them out.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Looking For The Magic

My copy arrived today. One of the newest Heartworm books. Latest collection of stories by Max G. Morton. Art by Dominick Fernow, forward by Boyd Rice. Limited to 400 copies. You can order them from The Heartworm or Hospital Productions. Get into it fuckers.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Home

Well I'm home from the Moutheater tour. It went amazingly well. I don't think we could have asked for it to go much better. Eventually I'm gonna get around to writing accounts of all of our on the road adventures but that's gonna take some time. Anyway, here are the bulletins I posted on the myspace throughout the trip:

-Jul 12, 2009 5:09 PM
Subject: Moutheater tour starts tomorrow!!! (Please repost)

Body: 7/13 @ the vineyard-kent, ohio w/ the engineer, tides, sea skulls, and tv crimes
7/14 @ the trumbullplex-detroit, mi w/ deathskin razors and others
7/15 @ the summer camp house-chicago, il w/ black kites, and others
7/16 @ the resurgence church-evansville, in w/ feral sons, inebriator, and crippled masters
7/17 @ the outback lodge-charlottesville, va w/ corsair and kiste
8/9 @ the union pool-brooklyn, ny w/ doomriders and acid tiger

I'll have the Swim Harder Cassettes noise distro with me and we'll obviously have tons of Moutheater merch including copies of Ornament. -Andrew

-Jul 13, 2009 7:42 PM
Subject: Ohio tonight!!!

Body: starts at 8pm.

tides
the engineer
moutheater
sea skulls
tv crimes

@ the vineyard in kent ohio

-Jul 14, 2009 1:20 PM
Subject: Tour status

Body: Played Kent, Ohio last night and had a blast. Great show. Thanks to Tino for putting it together.

We're at the rock n roll hall of fame right now.

Playing Detroit tonight. -Andrew

-Jul 15, 2009 11:27 AM
Subject: Tour update

Body: Played Detroit last night. The Trumbullplex was great as always. Thanks again to John for having us back and Frank for setting up the show.

We're on our way to Chicago now and we're playing at The Summer Camp House with Black Kites and some other awesome bands tonight. We're hitting up Metal Haven and Hot Dougs this afternoon which I'm stoked about. -Andrew

-Jul 16, 2009 12:26 PM
Subject: Tour update

Body: Played in Chicago last night. Awesome show. It was especially nice to see the Black Kites guys again. Thanks to Harrison for having us and to Steve for putting us up and giving me a sweet fucking Swans cassette. We're about to eat at Kuma's Corner and then head to Evansville, IN where we're playing tonight. -Andrew

-Jul 17, 2009 8:12 PM
Subject: Tour update

Body: Amazing show in Evansville, IN last night. So much fun. Thanks to Kyle for having us. We're running a little late but we're on our way to Charlottesville, VA for our show at the Outback Lodge tonight. Tonight is the last night of the tour. -Andrew

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Moutheater Summer Tour Dates

This officially starts tomorrow:

7/13 @ the vineyard-kent, ohio w/ the engineer, tides, sea skulls, and tv crimes
7/14 @ the trumbullplex-detroit, mi w/ deathskin razors and others
7/15 @ the summer camp house-chicago, il w/ black kites, and others
7/16 @ the resurgence church-evansville, in w/ feral sons, inebriator, and crippled masters
7/17 @ the outback lodge-charlottesville, va w/ corsair and kiste
8/9 @ the union pool-brooklyn, ny w/ doomriders and acid tiger

I'll have the Swim Harder Cassettes noise distro with me and we'll obviously have tons of Moutheater merch including copies of Ornament.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Out Now!!!

Contact me at the Swim Harder Cassettes myspace or at my email address to get a copy. Limited to 30 copies, c30. $4 plus $2 shipping to anywhere in the USA.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Werewolf Jerusalem-The House Of The Yellow Carpet

This will be out very soon on Swim Harder Cassettes. I'm hoping to have a few of them with me in my distro on the upcoming Moutheater tour. Werewolf Jerusalem is one of the projects of Black Leather Jesus founder Richard Ramirez.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Moutheater in Decibel

So we've got a review in this months Decibel magazine. Dude seemed to like it well enough I guess. Not a bad review at all, not the best we've ever gotten either though. We got ranked a 7 out of 10 though which isn't too bad in my book.

Supposedly there's an Outburn review coming soon as well.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Moutheater-Ornament (record release info)

The image you see pictured above is a limited edition of 75 record release/summer tour copies of the LP version of Ornament. It's a Swans tribute cover. Our buddy and ex-bassist Aaron designed it for us and we can't thank him enough. These will be available (as well as a ton of other merch including cd copies of Ornament and the Debris Amour cd) on Sunday July 5th at our record release show and at our summer tour stops for as long as they last.

The official street date for Ornament is tomorrow. Some smaller record stores should have it in stock at that point. It'll be available at Thrashed Records, Interpunk, Deathwish, and a slew of other distros in the coming weeks.
Our record release show is this Sunday July 5th at the Kempsville Ruritan Hall in Virginia Beach with Surroundings, Swallowed Up, Heathens, and Brain Damage. It should be a very fun night. We're looking forward to it. 6pm $6.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Some Random Things

I went to see Bone Awl, Ashdautas, Volahn, and Bastard Sapling last night. Really great show. I had a blast and all the bands were stellar. I didn't bother attempting photographs. I picked up some rad stuff from the bands though.
(Worship Black Twilight Comp/Zine, Volahn-Dimensiónes del Trance Kósmico LP, Bone Awl-All Has Red cassettes *one of each cover*, and flyer from the show.)

(Front of shirts. Volahn, Ashdautas, Klaxon Records)

(Back of shirts. Volahn, Ashdautas, Klaxon Records)*Edit 7/2/09* So the other day I try my Ashdautas shirt on and it's all fucked up. One of the sleeves is inordinately smaller than the other as if a sleeve from the smalls pile got mixed in with the larges and sewn on my fucking shirt. This has heppened to me a total of 3 times in my life now. Anyone else ever have this happen to them??? I tried to cut the sleeves off and somehow fucked that up. Backpatch time for that one I guess. If anyone has one of these that they'd like to part with for a fair price then let me know.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Debris Amour-Notations In Negativity

This went up for mailorder last weekend. Limited to 40 copies. Contact me at the SHC myspace or my email address to order one. They're $4 plus $2 shipping. You can also check the Debris Amour or SHC myspace pages to hear a few of the "songs". I'll have these as well as some distro items and (if I still have any left by then) the Bjerga/Iversen cassette at all of the Moutheater summer tour stops.

Friday, June 12, 2009

PR interview

This is an interview I did as part of a press release for Ornament. The version that's currently circulating is a little cut up which was a tad bit unsettling and is the reason for me posting this. Nevertheless, here's the unedited version of my answers.

- How did you get the chance to work with Steve Albini?

Well Tim runs a recording studio here in Virginia and Albini is someone that has been a major influence on the way Tim records. Tim had booked time with him before Moutheater even started so that he could take the band he was in at the time up there and basically just do a recording and see how Steve works. I was going up as a guitar tech for them. Tim and I would hang out regularly in the off hours at the studio and experiment with stuff and make all of these weird recordings and we eventually decided to get a band going. We started writing music and I think Tim realized that Moutheater was a much better fit for an Albini recording than his other band (who were well on their way to breaking up at that point anyway). We went up and it was great. The end product was our debut 7inch "Lot Lizard" which was also the first record we put out with Thrashed.

- Tim Gault owns and operates his own recording studio, Double O, and you have your own imprint, Swim Harder Cassettes. Since you guys have a perspective from 3 different angles, where do you see the future of music?

I think that's everyone's question at the moment. This is really an exciting time to be doing music because a lot of the old ways of doing things have gone out the window and no one knows what works anymore. Anything's possible right now and I think we're well overdue for something to come out and change the fucking world and just blow everyone's minds. There's a lot of bullshit being put out right now but there are also a handful of labels and bands that are really putting out quality music and doing things in a legit way with a lot of integrity. I think those are the labels and bands that are gonna weather this storm and come out on top. At least I hope so.

In the short term I think there's a lot of fake passionless shit out right now and I think people are tired of it. People want something real. Something they can relate to on a personal level. I think someone or something will come along and give everyone that dose of reality that they very much want and need in much the same way as it's happened in the past.

In the long term I don't see downloading going away. The labels and bands are going to have to learn to work with it and not against it because I promise you, it's not going anywhere. It's only gonna get easier and faster as the years go on. I personally love to have a physical piece of music. I collect cd's, vinyl and cassettes. No medium is taboo for me, if it's got an enjoyable recording on it then I'll listen to it. I feel like the physical presence of an lp or a cd really shows the band's full vision. You don't get that from a download. We put a lot of time and thought into everything about the layout and artwork for Ornament. I think that the cover shot for the album combined with such a beautiful word says so much. It sums up everything that's inside in a way that words and music alone never could. We wouldn't have that aspect of the album's expression if it weren't for the physical mediums that it's on. I see a day when cd's become obsolete and maybe vinyl becomes huge again and all of the records come with a download so that you can listen on your computer or wherever but still have an amazing 12x12 physical representation of the band's vision. The idea that there will be no physical medium isn't something I believe can survive.

- What's the one thing you want people to remember about Moutheater? (Unbelievable live shows, attitude, stellar recordings, etc)

That we had integrity in every decision that we made. That we did this band because we felt something overwhelming that we needed to express, not because we wanted to play rock star or make money or be cool or any other bullshit reasons that people play music.

Music is a fucking game and a hobby for some people. I don't understand that. I play music because I have nothing else. I'm not good at anything else. I don't care about anything else. It's literally the only thing that has been a constant in my life since the beginning. It's always been there for me, no matter what. Sure I have fun playing music and I enjoy it and get satisfaction out of it. But I don't play because it's fun, I don't play because it's enjoyable, and I don't play because it's satisfying. I play because I have to.

- You guys are based in Virginia Beach, VA. What's the metal scene like there?

There's a ton of different bands doing a ton of different things and I like that. But we still need more. I think the more the merrier. The more people that are playing and doing something that they love, the better.

- What was your favorite gig? (could be a house show, venue, batmitzva, etc)

It's hard to say. We've had a lot of fun shows. Had some great ones on tour last summer. We played two amazing shows this past April, one in New York and one in New Jersey. Macrock this past spring was awesome. But most of those were great just because we had such an amazing time and enjoyed the company of all the people we were around. Playing is such a release that we almost always have a great time and feel good. Something has to really be off or wrong (which has definitely happened before) for us to say that it was just a bad night.

Monday, June 8, 2009

I just can't believe...

...how fucking irresponsible some people can be. No one lives the way you do without it eventually catching up and biting their fucking face off. I can't wait to watch you fall.

P.S. Silence is a virtue, you fuck.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Last Night's Set

-Bone Awl-Artaud To Riviere
-John Lee Hooker-The Motor City Is Burning
-Black Flag-Slip It In
-Electric Wizard-We Hate You
-The Misfits-Earth AD
-The Melvins-Anaconda
-Ash Pool-Origin Of Man
-Swans-Why Are We Alive?
-Akitsa-Frontiere
-Scratch Acid-Lay Screaming
-Joy Division-Sister Ray
-Echo & The Bunnymen-The Killing Moon
-Boris-Furi
-Snake Apartment-No Raises
-Church Of Misery-Master Of Brutality
-Nirvana-I Hate Myself And I Want To Die
-Jimi Hendrix-Voodoo Child Blues
-Tad-Helot
-The Brian Jonestown Massacre-Nevertheless
-Janis Joplin w/ Big Brother And The Holding Co-Ball And Chain

Saturday, June 6, 2009

I'm doing another DJ set tonight...

... at an art show in VB. This one will be an hour and a half long.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

So...

...Moutheater is in the new issue of AP. It's short but it's a flattering review. Stoked that we're on the same page as Sonic Youth too haha.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Wolves In The Throne Room



I saw WITTR last night and they were excellent. They played for about an hour and I could have easily watched them play for another. They were everything I'd hoped they'd be. It was fantastic. I tried to take some photos but most of them didn't come out very well. The only ones that came out kind of cool looking were the ones I took of the candles they had lit all over the place.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Friday, May 22, 2009

Bête Noire

People just do not like me. It's painful to know that for whatever reason you are unlike the others. I've always had a hard time relating to people and I thought I'd found my way out through punk but often times I feel hurt and unloved even within a community of people who are "different". I can't seem to find unconditional acceptance anywhere. I'm awkward, I'm often times too negative and sometimes too passionate. I know there are others like me but I so infrequently find us face to face. I find them more often in the art of gray matter expeditionists that I'll never meet. That might just be my misperceptions though. Maybe it's all just fucked fate that I've brought upon myself. There's evil shit that goes on inside my head. Shit I'd never want anyone to find.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Bjerga/Iversen-Sewer Mist Catharsis cassettes are in stock!!!

$4 plus $2 shipping in the U.S. Send me a message on the SHC myspace or an email to andrewaircraft@hotmail.com for payment options and international shipping requests.

Sewer Mist Catharsis is beautiful but frightening droning electronic ambient noise from Norway in the vein of Zaimph, Kevin Drumm, or MB. Limited to 30 copies.

www.myspace.com/bjergaiversen
www.myspace.com/swimhardercassettes

Sunday, May 10, 2009

I had...

...some real moments last night. Some good moments. The cherishable type.

On another note, I have a very short list of people that I wish would fall off of the face of the planet. One of them was there last night and solidified his status.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Ignorance Truly Is Fucking Bliss

It's not necessary to always fill the air with words. Meaningless questions and conversation enrich no one and hollow out my insides on a daily basis as I struggle for air while awaiting those precious few real moments in life.

Or maybe I'm just the most unpleasant person I know, in an infinite amount of ways.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

All kinds of stuff...

...has been going on.

We have a new bass player in Moutheater. Aaron had to leave due to some other stuff he had going on in his life. Our new bassist is a long time friend of mine named Brett Mathews. He was in a couple of amazing bands previously called Jesuit and The End Of The Universe. He's in another band now called The Crimson Electric that do more of a rock n roll style of stoner metal. Anyway, we're stoked to have him on board. He's a great dude and a fantastic musician.

The new record has gotten a couple of reviews. You can check them out at the Moutheater myspace (the link is over to the right).

Pre-orders are up at Thrashed Records (link also over to the right).

Our record release show is booked and looks like it's going to be pretty awesome. It's us, Heathens, Swallowed Up, Surroundings, and Brain Damage on July 5th at the Kempsville Ruritan Hall in Virginia Beach. Stoked to be playing with some friends that we don't get to see very often. Our friend Amber is doing us a huge favor and booking it and handling all of the venue stuff so in return we're going to be donating 50% of the money from our merch sales that night to her for the new DIY venue that she's opening.

We've also got another local show coming up that I'm stoked about on May 24th with Fight Amp, Kingshead, and Vicegrip.

I'm currently dubbing the Bjerga/Iversen cassettes. They should be available for order soon. The covers and everything are already done. The Debris Amour cd's will be ready after that.

That's about it for now I think.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

It Arrived

Wow!!! What a magnificent piece of work this is. I've been waiting on Prurient's Rose Pillar to come out for about 6 months now. Back in October I first heard about the project from Dominick when I was picking up some records at Hospital Productions. It sounded amazing when he described it to me and I'd been on the lookout for it ever since. Eagerly awaiting the day when Heartworm Press would announce it's release. On Wednesday they let out the news. They were ready for order. An edition of 500. As I've learned from past bad luck, releases like this sell out very quickly. I wasted no time and ordered immediately. It arrived in the mail today. It's incredible. An amazing piece of work. Dominick and the people over at Heartworm did a wonderful job on this. It was well worth the wait and it's definitely well worth the money.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

New Velvet Cacoon!!!

I'm so fucking excited about this. I found a download of just the guitar tracks and they sound amazing.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Ornament pre-orders and a new song on the myspace to listen to

We just put up another new song from the album on our myspace for everyone to check out. Pre-orders start tonight as well.

The song is called Inept. Here are the lyrics:

These clotted veins
Are full of my strange blood
I can't bleed fluids the same way
Everyone else does
I can't give to nothing
And I wont live in shame
We're all fucked
But we don't breathe the same

My lifeless shine
Is cold and dead
This existence is worthless
I can't live up to the pain

I touch the polished glass
Every day that I'm alone

Back home/Praying For Oblivion cassette update

So the Moutheater mini tour was awesome. I had a great time. Bought a ton of records, met some amazing people and played some great shows. I'll update with the full story later.

Also the last of the Praying For Oblivion cassettes are now at the Hospital Productions store so contact Dominick if you'd like one. I'm officially sold out of them.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

More SHC Updates

So the next SHC release is the Bjerga/Iversen cassette entitled Sewer Mist Catharsis. That will be out very shortly. Probably only another 2 weeks and it'll be available for mailorder and at Moutheater shows. This cassette will be limited to 30 copies.

After that will be the official release of Notations In Negativity by Debris Amour (which is my black noise/dark ambient project). Initially I was going to put this out as a two part cassette series but I've decided to release the whole thing as one cdr. It'll be limited to 50 copies.

Both of these items (as well as everything else from SHC) will be $4 plus $2 shipping. You can order by sending me an email (the address is listed over to the right) or heading over to the SHC myspace (address also listed to the right) and sending me a message there to let me know what you'd like and to arrange payment.

Keep an eye on this page and/or the SHC myspace page for updates on when these items become available.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Notations In Negativity recording day 2

Got everything done. Tracks are up on the myspace (link located on the right side of this page) if you wanna take a listen. It'll be out on SHC soon.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Notations In Negativity recording day 1

Got a lot done today. Finished all of the instrumentation and about half of the vocals. Tomorrow will be devoted to finishing vocals, mixing, and mastering. I'm beyond excited to show this to the world.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Moutheater Tour Dates + Debris Amour and SHC updates

We're doing a little mini tour next week. Here are the dates:

-April 16th @ The Stolen Sleeves Collective in Brooklyn, NY w/ Swallowed Up, Seasick, and Nomos
-April 17th @ Amerika in New Brunswick, NJ w/ Swallowed Up, Black Kites, and Valens
-April 18th @ The Farm in Powhatan, VA w/ Swallowed Up, Brain Damage, The Catalyst, Mouthbreather, The Jefferson Plane Crash, and Human Smoke

I'm going into the studio on April 13th and 14th to record the Debris Amour material. That release should be out sometime in June.

Next up on SHC is a cassette by Bjerga/Iversen who are a noise group from Norway. Very excited about this release.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Post-MACRoCk

Well I'm back from the lovely land of Harrisonburg, VA. We had a blast last night. Here's how everything went down:

So I wake, load my gear up, and hit the road around 10a.m. yesterday morning. We get to The Burg that afternoon, I pick up our registration packet and then we head to the venue. The place we played is called Blue Nile. Very nice place. We get checked in, load in the gear and hang around until it's our turn to play. We had a good set, I was very happy with how we played.

Mouthbreather played after us. Our buddy Chris from Brain Damage is in their band but other than that we don't really know any of the dudes so it was nice to finally meet them. Nice dudes, they played a great set.

We got everything loaded out of the venue and went to eat at the band banquet. While eating I look at my schedule and realize that Pygmy Lush is about to start playing. I rush back over to the venue and come in right in the middle of their fist song. I push my way up front where our friends Colby and Jake are standing. It's packed and I'm front and center, just inches away from these dudes as they proceed to blow my fucking mind. Amazing. The best set I caught the whole time I was up there. What an incredible and passionate band. Just fucking amazing. (For those who don't know, Pygmy Lush is a bunch of dudes from Pg.99. Sometimes they play acoustic stuff and sometimes they play loud stuff in the same vein as Pg.99. If you get the chance to catch one of their loud sets then I would highly recommend it.)

After Pygmy Lush we hung out in the parking lot and waited for Young Widows. We get back inside for Young Widows and watch them play a great set. They were having a lot of amp problems as they were setting up which makes any musicians heart sink but they got it all figured out and were awesome. Afterward I got to talk to Evan for a little bit which was cool. The Patterson brothers are the ones who passed our music along to Prideswallower, resulting in us touring with them last summer. I'd met Ryan before and it was good to finally meet Evan and thank him. Evidently they'd spent all day trying to fix one of their amps. They thought they had it fixed and then it blew again. Then the backup blew. Major bummer. He didn't seem too worried about it though. He told me to e-mail him next time we were trying to come through TN. I'll definitely take him up on that offer.

So after the showcase was over we head over to an afterparty at The Artful Dodger to hang out with Dave of Custom Made Music and see Screen Vinyl Image play. We caught some of SVI's set and were so tired that we had to head out. We got to the place we were staying and try to get settled in. I, like a dumbfuck thought we were staying in a hotel so I didn't bring any blankets. I have shorts on and I'm cold as fuck at this house. I tried to get some sleep and it just wasn't happening so I just grabbed my stuff and hit the road at 3a.m. (I drove separately from the rest of the guys. I didn't leave them in Harrisonburg haha.)

On the way home I'm beyond exhausted and I'm getting really sick to my stomach. I pull over on the side of 64 East and puke my guts out just as the sun is rising at like 6:30 in the morning. What a fucking sight that must have been.

Well now I'm home and I've gotten a little bit of sleep and I'm listening to some black metal records. Life is good.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Moutheater @ MACRoCk

It's just days away. I'm stoked. I've been attending the conference for years. It's definitely a small accomplishment to be playing it.
We're on the showcase on Friday at Blue Nile. We're playing with Young Widows, Pygmy Lush and a bunch of other bands.
After the show we're gonna head over to another bar (that I can't remember the name of right now) to hang out. Our buddy Dave of Custom Made Music is throwing an after party so we're gonna go party with him and watch Screen Vinyl Image (who I think are the best band on his label at the moment as well as very nice people) tear it up.
Saturday morning I'm going to hang with Mike (who runs our label Thrashed) at the label expo. I'll have to play the rest of Saturday by ear seeing as how I don't have a place to stay that night.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Woe

Went to see Woe last night. They played with Bastard Sapling. Both bands are great. Check them out if you get a chance. A Spell For The Death Of Man (the Woe album) is really incredible.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Debris Amour-Notations In Negativity

The lyrics are finished. I have all of the musical ideas worked out, compiled and in a notebook. I'll be in the studio in April to lay everything down. The plan is to release it as a two part series on cassette on Swim Harder Cassettes. Each cassette will be a c30.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Idestructible Wolves Of The Apoclypse Junkyard

While relaxing on a little overnight vacation I took this weekend I finished this book (I'm a slow and ADD reader, I know). I loved it. The last two stories in particular are amazing. Here is an excerpt that I particularly fell for:
"More than ever, I hated drugs and the outside world so much for making us search for another cure besides love to keep ourselves numb to all of the daily grind, the pain, the hatred, and the frustration of simply being too smart to function like the others. I knew that girls like her and boys like me were born far too sensitive to get along well in the dying days of humanity, but fuck their world for trying to cast us as the outsiders. We weren't the ones who made a fucked up place where the only way to cope was with a shot from a fluorescent street corner."

Saturday, March 21, 2009

My DJ set last night

The Melvins-Queen
Bodychoke-Trial
Double Negative-Retro Abortion
The Brian Jonestown Massacre-Anenome
Prurient-Domina Milking
Fucked Up-Magic Word
Swans-Celebrity Lifestyle
Snake Apartment-Riffless
Cold Cave-Always Someone

Friday, March 20, 2009

I'm doing a DJ set...

...at barnone in VB tonight. Should be interesting. Starts at 9pm.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

I went to see Screen Vinyl Image last night...

...and very much enjoyed it. Here are a few photos I took.

Also my copy of Kevin Drumm's Imperial Distortion arrived in the mail. Very pleased with this.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Some thoughts on Sunn O)))

I think what they're doing with heavy music is incredibly important right now. They are the epitome of the "less is more" aesthetic within heavy music and that line of thinking is something that has alway fascinated me and that I subscribe to in my daily/musical/artistic life. Their stuff is very compositional and non traditional. They get lumped in with bands like Neurosis which is why I think there are a lot of people that dislike them. People go into it thinking it's gonna be like Times Of Grace and then they're dissapointed. You have to go into it with the same mindset that you would have when listening to a classical recording.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Guts

Finally, we have posted a new Moutheater song on the internet entitled "Guts". It's off of our upcoming album called "Ornament". Go to either the Moutheater link or the Thrashed Records link on the side of this page to listen. Here are the lyrics:

///Guts///

I am an ugly boy
That always wants more
The more I know
The more I shut the door
And you can't ever know
What goes on inside this sick fucking head
The older I get the more I hate everything

Hate

You can break apart my nervous lips
And suck the scabs off my eyelids
My own perceptions
Are wishes that never come true
It consumes me head first in you
My own deceptions soar high

High

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Notations In Negativity...

...is the working title of the first Debris Amour release. I'm working on ideas and lyrics now. I've booked time in April at OO recording. It'll be out on cassette on SHC sometime in May if everything goes according to plan.