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CROPPED OUT 2013 Announced!

I have to admit, last year’s CROPPED OUT Festival would be difficult for anyone, much less our fearless friends and heroes, to top. Jandek, Eugene Chadbourne (yes, people born after 1970 know who he is), Neil Hamburger, The Ritchie White Orchestra, Merchandise, Papa M, and Wooden Wand were just some of the many, many memorable performances of the weekend (and by memorable, I also mean I won’t ever forget seeing that naked guy from Guerilla Toss, no matter how much I try!). Following up last year’s fest is on a magnitude with winning the NCAA basketball tournament two years in a row…

So it’s even more surprising that not only did our CROPPED OUT pals not blow it this year as the musical equivalent of the first round of the NIT (heh heh), but, to mix sports metaphors, they knocked it OUT OF THE PARK yet again this year! This year’s CROPPED OUT lineup (with picks to click in bold):

Mayo Thompson And The Corky’s Debt Band performing Corky’s Debt To His Father
Endless Boogie
The Endtables
Wolf Eyes
Blues Control
Shit And Shine
Bill Orcutt/Chris Corsano
Hair Police
Human Eye
Spray Paint
Watery Love
Steve Gunn
Cop City Chill Pillars
Salad Influence
Jaye Jayle
Kal Marks
Asm A Tik
Tom Blacklung & The Smokestacks
Thee Open Sex
Today’s Hits
New England Patriots
Quail Bones
White Reaper
Spelling Bee

I’ve been assured that plenty more surprises are on the way, so vote early, vote often! Er… buy your tickets now! Here’s the details:

Two-day combo passes (which include Friday and Saturday, but not Sunday’s separate closing party) are on sale now at Astro Black Records and online. There will be a limited amount of combo passes available for the almost inconsequential amount of $35, and once those are gone, you can still purchase them in advance for the very reasonable price of $40. Day-of-show combo passes are $50, so save a few shekels and purchase them now!

PURCHASE TWO-DAY PASSES HERE: http://ticketf.ly/1ap5Kee

The closing party, which will be headlined by Lambchop, will be a more intimate affair, and located off the festival grounds at the incredible and historic Workhouse Ballroom, a semi-secret, pre-Civil War manmade cavern. Referred to locally as “The Cave,” it once served as a debtor’s prison, and is a wonderous place to see a musical performance. Consider it a kind of wind-down from the insanity of the weekend. It’s ticketed separately, so if you want to catch Nashville’s finest, along with a TBD support act, be sure to pick up a ticket.


REGRESSION, SPYKES, NZAMBI, BODY MORPH, DOG LADY at Zanzabar Saturday, October 24th


SPYKES (John Olson of WOLF EYES)
NZAMBI (Christopher Cprek of PAX TITANIA)
SICK LLAMA (from Michigan)
(from Michigan?)
DOG LADY (from Detroit, Michigan)

Saturday, October 24th
2100 S. Preston Street
9 PM, $5, 21 and over

From BOOMKAT: “WOLF EYES founding member NATE YOUNG has taken the noise levels down several notches for his new solo outing as REGRESSION, although the air of implicit, floating darkness cast over the whole affair is very much within his established oeuvre. You could neither classify REGRESSION’s self-titled LP as a noise record or a death ambient record, instead the analog synth dissections and tape treatments more closely reference library music, horror soundtracks, or in its more austere moments, early electronic music. REGRESSION is an outstanding album, proving to be more delicate than a WOLF EYES full-length has ever been, yet it’s able to match the group’s sonic gravitas – and their uncanny ability to make the extremes of music sound so incredibly seductive.”

SPYKES is one of John Olson of Wolf Eyes’ many projects, along with running the American Tapes label and playing in Dead Machines and Birth Refusal.

NZAMBI is the new synth project from Christopher Cprek, also known as PAX TITANIA. Christopher uses an arsenal of DIY modular synthesizers. His former projects include Darker Florida with Irene Moon, Auk Theatre with Irene Moon, and as a member of Warmer Milks a few years back.

DOG LADY is one Mike Collino of Detroit, Michigan on violin and modified electronics. DOG LADY has played shows with incredible acts including Aaron Dilloway, Andrew Coltrane, and Caroliner. DOG LADY has released a number of tapes on his own label, as well as a recent release on Trilogy Tapes, and one coming up on Rampart Tapes (label run by Trevor Tremaine of Hair Police). Before DOG LADY, Mike played under various names, including Cannibal Scab and Gamble Gore. Mike used to organize Guerrilla SkatePark in Detroit, whereby abandoned buildings would be transformed into makeshift Saturday night skateparks and bands would play. Mike’s other projects are Waste Ground and Pool Water and Gloria (with Wyatt Howland of Skin Graft).

Check out the Facebook invite here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=151239554556.

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Wzt Hearts, Heat Chief (Hoss/Hit Dat) LP/CD

This review appears in Swingset #8 which is laying around at your local music retailer right now, probably.

Wzt Hearts (pronounced “wet hearts”) are an electro-acoustic four piece from Baltimore who traffic in textures and sounds somewhere between the best parts of the Mego laptop scene of the late 1990s and today’s post-post-hardcore noise purveyors such as Black Dice or Wolf Eyes. They differ from the latter two by insisting on mainly electronic noise with little intrusion from acoustic instruments — with the exception of a furiously pounded drum kit and some so-processed-you-can’t-recognize-they’re-human vocals.

Heat Chief, Wzt Hearts’ fantastic debut, begins with a frenzied sixteen-minute assault that lays the groundwork for the rest of the album: electronics that shift from harsh and beautiful over an anchor of free drumming. In the second piece, the frenzy melts into serene squites processed to sound both huge and strangely intimate, only to end abruptly at the end of the side. The second side of the album (beginning with track three if you’re listening on CD) takes an entirely different tack from the first: it builds on abstractions given room to breathe into a slow burn, then finishes as the third piece, a roaring crescendo of electronics and drums, transitions into a short and sweet, nearly four-minute movement of voice and electronics.

Update: Wzt Hearts have finished their second album, entitled Threads Rope Spell Making Your Bones, and will be releasing it on Carpark and Hoss (on CD and LP, respectively) this September.

BURNED OUT? Not Yet Anyways – Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso U.F.O., Have You Seen the Other Side of the Sky? (Ace Fu) CD

So sorry that I haven’t updated in ages, been super-busy and super-procrastinatin’. Lots of stuff in the pipeline, though, that I should have finished soon – most of it intended for publication in the latest issue of Swingset.. Will let you know when they’re ready. In the meantime, there’s this AMT takedown in this week’s Baltimore City Paper:

Messiness, overindulgence, repetition, and amateurishness are often fine ingredients for great music; some of the most memorable albums of the past 50-odd years have been great combinations of all four. Think of Tony Conrad and Faust’s 1972 magnum opus Outside the Dream Syndicate – a fantastic and fascinating tour de force of mind-numbing drone set to a stomping beat so simple that it resembles nothing so much as the human heart. A more contemporary version of such stupid greatness might be Dread by Michigan’s Wolf Eyes, a mix of terror and bad chemicals so traumatically creepy that it sits on a plane higher than most attempts at “dark” music. (That it was made by three fairly normal goofballs doesn’t hurt.)

Yet these four qualities can just as easily collapse on themselves in combination and make for an awesomely bad time…

For some reason, WordPress is acting weird and won’t let me post the rest of the review, which is too bad as the second paragraph is where the takedown occurs. So check out the link, and watch ’em run off the rails.