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Lifetime Achievement: A Guide to Blackhouse’s Enigmatic Industrial Discography

Lifetime Achievement

“I saw Jesus’s face,” says Brian Ladd of pioneering industrial/power electronics project Blackhouse, recounting an event from his early life in church. He was five years old and bored, when he thought he saw a familiar face in a high window. “I tugged on my dad’s sleeve, and said ‘Hey, I see Jesus up there! I saw Jesus.’ And he said, ‘Oh man, they just do that to fool kids. They have somebody up there with a big picture of Jesus,’ as if it were some kind of joke or a put-on. My dad told me that because he thought I was probably nuts.” Ladd backed away from religion at a young age, but as he matured into a young man able to think for himself, he became more convinced that he had seen the real face of Jesus Christ.

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This Week’s Essential Releases: Hardcore Punk, Glitch Pop, Indie Rock and More

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Welcome to Seven Essential Releases, our weekly roundup of the best music on Bandcamp. Each week, we’ll recommend six new albums that were released between last Friday and this Friday, plus pick an older LP from the stacks that you may have missed.

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Lifetime Achievement: Hieroglyphic Being’s Experimental Acid House Mythologies

lifetime_achievement_award-1244To hold a cursory conversation with Chicago native Jamal Moss, the mind behind experimental acid house project Hieroglyphic Being, is to strut through Chicago house history. Having come up in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Moss attended shows and raves at clubs like the Muzic Box, where legendary producer Ron Hardy DJed. Moss has done a bit of everything concerning the music industry—starting by dancing out at clubs, becoming a promoter, DJing at clubs and on the radio at WNUR, making music under many aliases, and having his own label (Mathematics Recordings). Over the course of a two-hour chat at Evanston restaurant the Peckish Pig, he mentions working in robotics, academia, at a financial firm, and even as a gigolo. And that’s without even touching Hieroglyphic Being, his prolific project which melds a number of styles—free jazz, industrial music, New Age, and acid house—into a sound entirely his own.

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Skinny Puppy’s cEvin Key Walks Us Through “Brap & Forth Vol. 8”

cEVIN Key

Even though Brap and Forth Vol. 8, the latest collection from Skinny Puppy’s cEvin Key, is mostly comprised of unfinished demos, it would be unfair to think of the songs as “rejects.” To Key, they are all important stops on his artistic journey.

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Indonesian Avant-Garde Doom Duo Senyawa Forge Their Own Path (and Instruments)

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The Indonesian duo Senyawa—vocalist Rully Shabara and instrumentalist Wukir Suryadi—have been together for nearly a decade, making breathtaking (and, at times, unnerving) music and thrilling audiences across the globe who thought they’d seen and heard it all. Their work combines throat singing and other avant-garde vocal techniques, doom metal’s subterranean roar, and the clang and drone of industrial “modern primitive” acts like Einstürzende Neubauten or Test Dept. It’s an unearthly sound that is at the same time deeply rooted in nature, as evidenced by the track titles on their latest album, Sujud (Prostration). Each piece has an Indonesian name which is translated into English; the list includes “Tanggalkan Di Dunia (Undo the World),” “Terbertaktilah Tanah Ini (Blessed is This Land),” “Kebaikan Tumbuh Dari Tanah (Goodness Grows Off Soil),” and “Kembali Ke Dunia (Return to the World).”

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Exploring The Surrealistic Hellscapes Of Industrial Noise Impresario Puce Mary

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Photo by Rose Marie Johansen

“I’m tortured by the feeling of drowning. Under you, under society, politics, the decay of nature, my lack of interest, and I feel desperate,” Frederikke Hoffmeier intones with quiet deliberation on “Red Desert,” on her new album The Drought. This sense of claustrophobia and existential uneasiness pervades the music she makes as Puce Mary.  Continue reading

As JK Flesh, Godflesh’s Justin Broadrick Finds Peace In Solitude and Techno

JK Flesh

With his pioneering industrial metal band Godflesh, Justin Broadrick writes songs built on concussive beats, apocalyptic riffs, and feral howls. It’s music made for an audience who, during live shows, reward the storm of sound with rapt attention. But when Broadrick performs in techno clubs as JK Flesh, he wears a hoodie that covers most of his face, and escapes into his own world while ravers on the dancefloor gyrate to the beat, paying little mind to the person creating it. And, to hear Broadrick talk, that’s just the way he likes it.  Continue reading

Album of the Day: Toby Driver, “They Are the Shield”

At its core, They Are the Shield is an album of touching ballads—an idiosyncratic fork in Toby Driver’s career as an experimental producer. On Shield, Driver’s compositions are fluid, hazily reminiscent of his earlier works but reshaped and tinged with goth, industrial, and art-pop. “Anamnesis Park” is a captivating cut driven forward by the melancholy dance of Pauline Kim Harris’s and Conrad Harris’s violins, underscored by a warm, synthetic backdrop. The arrangement feels dense and captivating: the bass and percussion are a fitting stage for Driver’s silvery voice and cryptic lyrics.

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