Wednesday, March 31, 2010

All pre-orders have shipped.

Forced Orgasm/Werewolf Jerusalem (Collaboration)-Groomed For Beasts

Legendary Texas noise musician Richard Ramirez (under his Werewolf Jerusalem moniker) is joined by Houston's (formerly Japan's) Forced Orgasm for some hell raising walls of harsh noise. c40. Large fold out collage insert by A. Aircraft. Limited to 50 copies.

Price: $3.99

Shipping: USA-$2.00/International-$5.00

Order and hear an excerpt at: www.swimhardercassettes.com

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

A question was posed to me a few months ago...

...that I've been stewing over ever since. It was a simple question. "What is the most enjoyable thing in your life? The thing that brings you the most satisfaction."

I hesitated for a moment so I could clear my thoughts and really come up with the best answer and then quickly blurted out "record collecting". Now when I say "record collecting" what I really mean is "music collecting". I collect music on all formats.

While playing/creating music was the first thing that popped in my head, while it is an absolute essential action in my daily life, and while it actually is more important to my entire being than collecting music is, it also brings a great deal of turmoil to my life. I can't say that making music is a 100% enjoyable and satisfying thing. It often leaves me feeling empty, unsatisfied, drained, confused, hurt, frustrated, etc. While it is an extremely enjoyable and satisfying thing in my life as well, all of those painful feelings are also a very real part of the art I create and the processes I use to create it. Therefore I could never feel entirely comfortable saying that making music is the most enjoyable and satisfying thing in my life. The fact that I can't say that something like making music, a thing that makes up such a huge part of who I am, is the most enjoyable and satisfying thing in my life is in turn actually kind of frustrating and confusing. Thus, the cycle continues.

For me, music collecting is relaxing, exhilarating, and somehow cathartic. It's much easier to find the concept of perfection (for lack of a better word) in someone elses work than it is to find it in your own.

My own work seems to make me feel uneasy. It always seems to feel incomplete or unfinished to me, or just leaves me with this nagging feeling that there was something I could have done differently to make it better than it is. There's always a degree of never feeling completely filfilled with the art that you create though, that's sort of the eternal struggle of being an artist and why a true artist in any medium always feels the need to keep pushing themselves.

It really is heartbreaking because you want your work to feel "perfect" like the work of others that you hold in such high regard. The reality though, is that if you took that list of "perfect" albums that you hold up so high and went to talk to the artists that created each of them, they'd tell you a million things that were wrong with it and give you a million reasons why it is most definitely not a "perfect" album.

(Just to clarify, when I use the word "perfect" I don't in any way mean it in reference to something being necessarily technically proficient or polished sounding or flawless. I mean it in that way where everything sort of magically falls into place and even the crude guitar mistakes and random noises fit in beautifully. That sort of feeling that can never be recreated because it is just "perfect". Something being played well and recorded well can obviously be a factor in this but it cannot be the only factor.)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ornament LP info

For those that have been asking, the LP version of our album is evidently getting "postponed". I talked to Mike from Thrashed today and he says that he's slowly issuing refunds. He swears that it'll eventually come out. I hope that happens one day. This is obviously very dissapointing for us. The cd version is available at Deathwish, Rev, Swim Harder, etc for those who are interested.


This is something Mike from Thrashed posted on a messageboard today:

"Hi guys,

I'm not going to go into any detail, but as you all know things did not work out as I had planned, and spent a shitload of money in the process. I'll handle any specific questions anyone has via e-mail, which will be responded to in a timely manner.

Based on my current situation and a few external factors, I am OFFICIALLY postponing the Moutheater vinyl. This does not mean I am cancelling the project, but officially putting it on the backburner for a few months while I take care of some of the said details. I will be refunding all pre-order money over the next few weeks as I round up the money. And Matt: the t-shirts were never printed for lack of demand - your refund will reflect that.

I can't apologize enough for this entire situation. I have released a few things for Moutheater and consider them to be my favorite band in heavy music right now. I have felt privileged and honored to be such a tight knit "4th member" of their band and it disgsusts my to see how I treated the situation.

I hope to have the vinyl out sometime this summer.

and in regards to the Heathens LP: I'm straightening a few things out, talking with a new pressing plant and pre-orders should be up by the end of the week.

I have recently been put into a situation which will allow me MUCH more time to handle all of this business, so I am fully confident that everything will be running smoothly from here on out.


Thanks for your patience,
Mike

please e-mail me at thrashedrecs@gmail.com or mikersg@gmail.com for any other questions"

Sunday, March 21, 2010

In the very near future:

-Debris Amour, PC Worship, and Mas Y Mas @ The Boot in Norfolk, VA on March 28th.

-Forced Orgasm/Werewolf Jerusalem collabortive cassettes are almost done. Pre-orders ship April 2nd.

-Debris Amour, Sensible Nectar, Plasmic Formations, Teeth Collection, N. Ceparski @ Charm City in Baltimore, MD on April 2nd.

-Recording new Debris Amour material on April 5th and 6th (This material will be going on a c40 that'll be out sometime this spring/summer on SHC).

Sunday, March 14, 2010

I keep asking myself...

...the same question. Is it possible to hate irony? Probably not. I certainly hate it in relation to it's impact on current underground (or whatever word you wanna use) culture though.

Friday, March 12, 2010

If being considered "pretentious"...

...is my consequence for not being part of the void of mediocrity that trys to suck me in on a daily basis then I wear it with pride.

If you and your weekend-warrior approach to art and underground culture are offended by the fact that others choose to take this extremely seriously and spend countless hours, days, months, and years dwelling over the things that they create and consume, that they make this the entirety of their lives and aren't afraid to show it, then I have a recommendation for you. Drop out, kick your feet up, put on the game, check out that new radio single, hop on whatever ironic trend is currently reigning supreme, and leave us the fuck alone.

As far as the mainstream goes, the figurative dog shit that passes for substance has piled up so high that it's not even worth discussing why a person with an all-in approach to mainstream culture would be offended and feel the need to display disaffection. So I wont.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Forced Orgasm/Werewolf Jerusalem pre-orders up now.

Forced Orgasm/Werewolf Jerusalem (Collaboration)-Groomed For Beasts

Legendary Texas noise musician Richard Ramirez (under his Werewolf Jerusalem moniker) is joined by Houston's (formerly Japan's) Forced Orgasm for some hell raising walls of harsh noise. c40. Large fold out collage insert by A. Aircraft. Limited to 50 copies.

Price: $3.99

Shipping: USA-$2.00/International-$5.00

Pre-order and hear an excerpt at http://www.swimhardercassettes.com

Ships April 2nd.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Some Updates

Moutheater has a new bass player. We have no shows lined up at the moment but we'll get a few things together for this summer. Though various circumstances have made touring this summer not an option we are planning on getting out of town a little and we'll play a few locals as well. There's a Moutheater/Debris Amour split cassette in the works that will hopefully be out this summer on Swim Harder Cassettes.

Debris Amour has a ton of shows coming up (both in town and out of town). Check the myspace for all of the details on those. I'll also be in the studio in the beginning of April to record the next Debris Amour release. If all goes according to plan it'll be a c40 on Swim Harder Cassettes, out sometime in the spring or summer around the same time as the Moutheater/Debris Amour split.

The next upcoming Swim Harder Cassettes release is a collaborative c40 by Forced Orgasm and Werewolf Jerusalem. Those should be up for pre-order soon.