Last year I recorded vocals for a Converge cover of the Entombed classic "Wolverine Blues". That version of the track is now available as part of a digital EP on Converge's band site. Very grateful to have been asked to participate in this project as a long time fan of both Converge and Entomed, so thanks to all involved! Track is below and you can get the full EP here.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Above: Preview images from the ISIS "Celestial" 2xLP layout. Vinyl version on Robotic Empire, CD version on Ipecac - both due out July 9th. Pre-order info coming soon.
Enjoying: Cut Hands - live, Asphyx "Deathhammer", Shitmat "Killbabylongkutz" Alan Moore/Kevin O'Niell "Nemo: Heart of Ice", Diamanda Galas "The Litanies of Satan", Nortt "Gudsforladt", Knut s/t EP, etc.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
SIGE Records has a new webstore focused on the rare/obsolete/obscure items from our catalog and family of related artists. We've started with a small selection of items for the launch of the store and will be adding new items regularly as they are produced/unearthed. In the first round there are some long gone artifacts from Mamiffer, House of Low Culture, Everlovely Lightningheart, etc. Go here to visit the store. More items from the aforementioned artists will be added soon along with deleted titles by Lotus Eaters, Drawing Voices, etc.
In (somewhat vague) news there are varying degrees of progress being made on the following musical projects: Daniel Menche collaboration, Circle/Mamiffer collaboration, new House of Low Culture material, next Mamiffer album, and the collaboration with William Fowler Collins. There is also discussion of another Split Cranium album happening this year... and maybe something else... On the visual end of things I've recently completed artwork for the new album by All Pigs Must Die, and there will soon be some limited screen prints based off that artwork. Also just off the presses is the ISIS "Celestial" reissue 2xLP/CD. More images and information on all these to follow shortly.
Enjoying: Andrew Cox "Skulls", Akina Cox "When I Tell You I Was Born Into Cult This Is What It Means", Vuyvr "Eiskalt", Lussuria "Silk and Honey", Poena "Likboden", Daniel Menche & Kiyoshi Mizutani "garden", Pharaoh Overlord "3", ....
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Hydra Head is not shutting down completely. The label can no longer afford to have an office location in Los Angeles, so the operation is splitting up into smaller satellite stations. James O'Mara and Andrew Cox will continue to work for HHR in a more limited capacity from their respective domestic base camps. I will be running the "main office" out of my forest compound in the Puget Sound. Though it seems unlikely that'll we'll be able to put out new records any time soon, we have managed to produce a few vinyl reissues this year (with a few more to come), and clear out a good portion of our accrued debt. We have a long ways to go, the road has been strewn with sizable obstacles, but thanks to the massive support from many folks from all over, and from our (very patient) roster of artists, the future is definitely looking a little less grim. Hydra Head has been an extremely important part of my life for almost 20 years now, and I feel very grateful that it is able to continue, even in its currently diminished form.
We're definitely saddened by having to close our LA HQ, but we're looking forward to seeing any and all that make the effort to come in and wave goodbye in person. Thanks to everyone who's supported us over the last 6 months and the last 18 years! Hope to be seeing some of you in the coming days.
For more specifics on the HHR yard sale please go here. For further pics of what will be on hand that day please go here.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
House of Low Culture is briefly emerging from hibernation for a one-off performance opening for our friends Boris, this Saturday (05/18) in Seattle at The Crocodile. We're playing a new 30 minute piece as the duo configuration of Aaron Turner/Faith Coloccia. We're also going to attempt to record a version of this piece at some point soon for release later in the year.
In mostly unrelated news, SIGE Records has a new release out - a 2xLP/CS+ DVD by Daniel Menche entitled "Vilke". The album was officially released in stores yesterday (05/14) and is also available directly from the SIGE webstore. You can check out a track from the record here, and a video for it here. For further information please visit the SIGE homepage.
Speaking of Daniel, Faith and I have a new collaborative work in progress with him, some or all of which should see the light of day this year. We're not exactly sure under what name the project will be presented, but the first volume of the project - one longform track intended to be a single LP - is now complete and release is pending. More info on that soon.
Currently enjoying: Tony Conrad with Faust "Outside the Dream Syndicate Alive", Ancestors "III", Kill the Thrill "Tellurique", Nihilist - discography, Steve R Smith "The Anchorite", Oneirogen "Veni Nox Anima", etc.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Currently enjoying: Pan Sonic "Kesto", Daniel Menche "Creatures of Cadence", Iannis Xenakis "Persepolis" and "Polytope de Cluny", Mournful Congregation "June Frost", Beherit "Beast of Beherit", Richard Skelton "Black Combe", William Fowler Collins "Tenebroso", Nihill "Woestenij", being outdoors....