06 01 2012

SOMA on Playlist for Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine - January 5, 2012

You can listen to the show/music and interview here.
Thanks to Diane, that was fun... 


06 01 2012

Great review of SUNN O))) meets Nurse With Wound "Iron Soul of Nothing" 2LP in Popmatters




Sunn O)))/Nurse with Wound
The Iron Soul of Nothing

(Ideologic Organ; US: 6 Dec 2011; UK: 28 Nov 2011)

By Craig Hayes 6 January 2012

The recent reissue of Sunn O)))‘s 2000 opus ØØVOID shone a light—as much as it’s possible to illuminate such a shadowy enclave—on the band’s primordial years. A funereal pilgrimage through droning realms, ØØVOID had all the chest-crushing weight and intestinal-churning tone any fan of avant-garde metallic thrills could ever wish for. And while the band could have easily ended the lesson there, and we’d have been perfectly sated, Sunn O)))‘s decision in 2007 to commission Nurse With Wound (NWW) to re-work the album was a particularly wise choice.

ØØVOID was originally tweaked and twisted by NWW to appear on a bonus disc accompanying the reissue of the album by Japanese label Daymare Recordings. The resulting work, titled The Iron Soul of Nothing, is not so much a remix but a reconstruction from the master tapes. Applying the same singular creative vision NWW’s own work is renowned for—its abstract and capricious purveyance of “sinister whimsy to the wretched”—NWW founder Steven Stapleton, along with cohort Colin Potter, completely transmogrified ØØVOID.

Choosing NWW to re-work the album in such a fashion was no happy accident. Sunn O)))‘s original brief was to aim for something akin to NWW’s famed slice of dark-ambient majesty Soliloquoy for Lilith. What they got back was something Sunn O)))‘s Stephen O’Malley noted was “way beyond our expectations… a vast sonic journey, some part drone… other part concrete weirdness… third part just downright out there…” And listening to a track like “Ash on the Trees” reveals a fantastic sense of eccentricity at play—the formerly obscured vocals of Pete Stahl are mixed with harsh industrial screeches, tape hiss galore, plenty of baleful effects and a crawling, indolent riff (one of the few recognizable elements from ØØVOID you’ll hear). Given Stapleton’s and David Tibet’s history, the track’s ecclesiastical, warped chanting lends a certain Current 93 tone in parts, but its corrosive reimagining also highlights NWW’s steadfast resolve to completely dismantle ØØVOID and rebuild it from the ground-up, smearing it with its own particular brand of sonic incantations.

In truth, the results can’t have been that much of a surprise for Sunn O))). Since NWW’s inception in 1978, originator and mainstay Steven Stapleton has been crafting acclaimed avant-garde, industrial, drone and ambient works prolifically—keeping track of the band’s discography must be a nightmare for avid fans. And Stapleton is no stranger to the reinterpretation game, releasing a plethora of remixes of his own works, and collaborating with a vast swath of notable indie and experimental artists on remix albums. It seems at times as if every second NWW release is a remix of another, and that’s no complaint. Stapleton is a master at rediscovering nuance and untapped arteries of possibility.

Erecting new structures atop the über-downtempo foundations Sunn O))) laid down, NWW’s “alchemical dialysis” of ØØVOID lessens the suffocating heaviness (somewhat), but The Iron Soul of Nothing is equally as haunting as its source material. “Dysnystaxis” is all swirling, foreshadowing atmospherics. A slow building creep of layered orchestrations bedaubed with (very) darkened ambience—think Lustmord or Lull—it reverberates with subtle, ominous tones. And while its minatory splendor is highly effective, NWW’s two-part epic reconstruction of “Ra at Dawn” evokes a spine-chilling character that’ll positively ruin the lives of any fans with anxiety issues. Stripped back to its minimalist core, NWW slowly layer on susurrus effects. Whispering static and waves of glacial synth amplify the eeriness, and passages of crystalline serenity make the whole thing extremely unnerving. But the very best feature of the tracks is that NWW’s intensification of the mood never leads to a definable climax. All you’re left with is a very uneasy payoff—it’s all magnificently disturbing.

Call it what you want, a re-working, a remix or a reconstruction (I’m leaning towards a reimagining at this point), The Iron Soul of Nothing is nothing short of superb. Although the album only sounds tangentially like its original source material, the common artistic bond between Sunn O))) and NWW—that desire to mine the most disconcerting seams—is confirmed with this leviathan. NWW’s unabashed nonconformity has been put to fine use throughout its existence, but this has to be one of the greatest examples of its aberrant minimalism. Sunn O))) and NWW are a match made in Valhalla.

Rating: 8 out of 10

05 01 2012

Blutleuchte BOOK


Blutleuchte, a beautifully printed book edition of Aorta & Ahnstern, which was a collection of writing done by Gerhard from Allerseelen during the 90s. This book is in English translated from the original German texts. For the seekers.

Blutleuchte, a beautifully printed book edition of Aorta & Ahnstern, which was a collection of writing done by Gerhard from Allerseelen during the 90s. This book is in English translated from the original German texts. For the seekers.

by Gerhard Hallstatt
Foreword by Joscelyn Godwyn
A compendium of all English content from the Aorta and Ahnstern booklets dating from 1.994- 1.999

Lucifer Rising : Kenneth Anger ‖ Konnersreuth ‖ Night of the Stigmata ‖ Anubis ‖ Schwarzkogler ‖ Karl Maria Wiligut ‖ Katharsis ‖ Castel del Monte ‖ Corneliu Codreanu ‖
The Blue Light : Leni Reifenstahl ‖ Montsegur ‖ Z’ev ‖ Storm Songs ‖ Blutleuchte ‖ Leonora ‖ Angizia ‖ Fidus ‖ Mithras ‖ Blood Axis ‖ Oskorei : Varg Vikernes ‖ Viktor Schauberger ‖ Lucifer Rising ‖ Baptism of Fire ‖ Hidden World ‖ Heidnat ‖ Brown Magic ‖ Field of Force ‖ Feathered Dreams ‖ Andreas Epp
324 pages, including 16 pages of photos. 
Hardback book on recycled paper, black end sheets and blood-red cloth binding with inset duotone plate.
2 color printing throughout.

Available on the Winter Solstice, 2011

Folks in Europe are encouraged to order directly from the author:

Or worldwide via The Ajna Offensive

04 01 2012

Inside a standing wave


aka bass egg

Thanks to Valentina Gelso Mangieri for this one...

04 01 2012

Stephen O'Malley/SOMA Guest DJs on WFMU Thursday 5th January



Will to a transAtlantic DJ session with our pal Diane Farris on her WFMU show KAMIKAZE tomorrow! Will be on the air and web. Thats 1PM-230PM EST, 1900-2030 CET. Check out the link below for more information.


"This is a RADIO/Listening Event! Tune in On www.wfmu.org or 91.1FM or 90.1 FM see Details!

STEPHEN O'MALLEY --known for being a working force in the doom and experimental music scene, will Guest DJ on the PEER PRESSURE segment of Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine this Thursday! A member of Sunn O))), Burning Witch, Khanate and more, O'Malley has collaborated with dozens of artists whether in the capacity of player, producer, and cover artist and will have much to bring to the table as far as what the listeners will get to hear. He will be live and listeners will be able to ask him questions via the live playlist! Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine airs from Noon-3pm, Stephen will be on from 1-2:30. Tune IN! The archive will be up forever after Thursday night! Watch this space for the link to be posted sometime around then or Friday!

WFMU-FM 91.1 (NYC/East Central NJ)
90.1 FM (Hudson Valley, lower Catskills, Western NJ)
Worldwide streaming and archived online: http://www.wfmu.org/

Diane's Playlists: http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/DK
Diane's WFMU Homepage: http://www.wfmu.org/~diane/
Diane's Blog Posts: http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/diane-kamikazes-posts/
Twitter: dianekamikaze

03 01 2012

RIP Captain Beyond guitarist Larry "El Rhino" Reinhardt

July 7, 1948 – January 2, 2012

Here are 2 x Captain Beyond 1972 live videos to remember his great playing...

02 01 2012

KOUSOKUYA live Osaka 9/21/01

From a classic DVD release on the defunct aRCHIVE...

01 01 2012

Showroomdummies / Noriko Tujiko


photo: Alain Monot

Noriko Tujiko in Showroomdummies (2009 version), directed by Gisèle Vienne & Etienne Bideau-Rey


01 01 2012

Matthew Barney "Never Forget" (Gingerbread house)



"It did taste like shit, though the licorice ash was sweet. We won the annual competition. We are proud.

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