My good friend Ryan Martin made this collage and this mix for Soldier’s Disease some time ago but I hadn’t posted it thanks to general inactivity, which should be remedied soon. It’s such a great mix that I had to get it into the world, so here ya go. You probably know Ryan from his solo work or in York Factory Complaint, On a Clear Day, Hanel Koeck. He is also one half of DAIS Records and runs his own cassette imprint Robert & Leopold. York Factory Complaint have a release coming out on Chondritic Sound soon. Below is what Ryan has to say about his mix:
“When I was putting together the tracks on this mix, I was gathering a collection of people or songs that I had an unusual, albeit interesting fascination with. Whether it was the people themselves or what they created, something compelling drew me to these tracks and how I understood them very well on their own. When I placed together these works, the invisible lines connected themselves in my mind and hopefully, with the help of technology, I was able to get these connections across to a yet to be determined audience.
Stated as a “tribute for voice” but it’s not the voice of any one person speaking or vocal accompaniment. It’s more in tribute to the voice this collection of people have found and when the pieces were put together, one voice was pushed along. This entire mix will make sense to someone, I hope it isn’t just me.”
You can download the mix HERE or click the play button to listen now.
Bruce Gilbert, Graham Lewis & Russell Mills – Mzui (excerpt)
Pure Ground – Daylight C20
ch-258, 100 copies – old-school, vintage sounding minimal wave from a new Los Angeles based duo. 4 songs from the growing wasteland utilizing voice, analog synths and drum machines. a faint reverberation.
Kama Rupa – Sistinas Sanguis C20
ch-257, 100 copies – these new york-based post-industrialists arrive on Chondritic with four tracks of cohesive and propelling tracks. live performances and previous works have shown a post-mortem approach to sound, but with this cassette rhythms oscillate and lurch under scattered synths and vocals delivered with a sense of romantic anguish.
Marshstepper – Marshstepper C32
ch-256, 100 copies – debut release by these wandererers from the sonoran desert, bringing with them a murky electronics anad commanding vocals only to be torn apart by an almost danceable beat erupting from the mist. a storm of fire, smoke and light appears at their live performances.
The Present Moment – Loyal To A Fault C60
ch-248, 100 copies – domestic cassette release of their fantastic second album on Mannequin and Desire, with 4 bonus tracks (including my favorite non-LP cut, “Stealer”). well produced synth-pop from los angeles. not for the noise heads. fans of depeche mode and nine inch nails take note.
Chainfight – Modern Noise Cassette C20
ch-243, 70 copies – harsh-head nods to american and japanese harsh noise in the 1990s and the swedish masters of the 2000s from this duo, comprised of greh holger (hive mind, etc) and khristopher reinshagen (liable for abuse, nostilevo label). scrap metal, tapes, voice, broken electronics and whatever else was laying around.
A handful of new tapes will be available on the midwest/east coast tour May 5-14, 2012. All are limited to 100 and there might be a few not pictured here. These will be available for mailorder when I return home on May 15th. Requests prior to that will be ignored.
Jason Lescalleet – How To Not Do It C40
Liable – The funeral of the beautiful Italian bullfighter C32
Various Artists – Rough-Hewn C32
Brotman & Short – Distance Unknown C38
Hive Mind – They Made Me The Keeper Of The Vineyards C30
There’s a new Hive Mind cassette available, and it comes with a screenprinted 2×8″ patch with the “vines” logo on it. Labelled cassettes and blue-on-grey heavy linen stock art. In lieu of describing it, I’ve linked embedded the new Hive Mind BandCamp page for this release below. You can purchase digital or physical copies of the cassette. A lot of the older Hive Mind material is being added to the BandCamp at a “name your price” option for download, which means it’s free unless you want to donate. A Midwest/East coast tour is confirmed for the first half of May and I’ll be posting those dates here soon.
They Made Me The Keeper Of The Vineyards was inspired by loneliness, desolation, routine, Dellamorte Dellamore & Marco Corbelli’s Morder Machine. No drum machines were used on these recordings.
Soldier’s DiseaseandTesco USAare proud to present the West coast debut of William Bennett‘s new Cut Hands project on Valentine’s Day this year with openers Baseck and yours truly, Hive Mind. Handmade #’d tickets are available in person at Vacation Vinyl for $10 cash, or online via paypal & postal service for $11 sent to firstname.lastname@example.org (please note that it is for tickets and make sure your address is correct). Here’s a link to the Facebook Event if you keep track of things that way.