CURRENTLY, THESE ARE THE THINGS I AM EATING
Sound of Poetry/Poetry of Sound – ed. Marjorie Perloff and Craig Dworkin, featuring essays from Nancy Perloff, Christian Bök, Yoko Tawada, Susan Howe and Kenny Goldsmith.
Mobile – Stephen Ratcliffe
The Great Fire of London – Jacques Roubaud
The Fashion System - Roland Barthes
Tobacco – Maniac Meat
Zs – New Slaves
Pan Sonic – Gravitoni
Blasted Goth Shit (Gatekeeper, Salem, oOoOO, White Ring, Pictureplane)
Bonnie Prince Billy/Cairo Gang – The Wonder Show of the World
Oneida – Rated O
Oneohtrix Point Never - Returnal
if you've got an in with a nice pair of sennheisers, above is a cut from the Pan Sonic album, Gravitoni. credit for the uncovering of this gem must be given to my friend D - an encyclopedia, a refined synesthete, and a devastatingly insightful human being - who additionally gifted me with a really gorgeous and articulate meditation on the nature of transcendence and sound in response to a fairly disorganized bit of my 'in the throes' mind diarrhea:
me: to begin with, the stereo spread is ridiculous and ricochets around like some schizoid splinter of light. but that's almost the end of what i can talk about, because it's like...the most ungodly thing i've ever heard and the brutality of it kind of extends beyond my'ecstatically evil sounds lexicon'. I will say this: i think that ecstatically evil sounds which are contained and restrained within semi-traditional measures of time, i.e. beats a la industrial music (i get a strong throbbing gristle vibe here) and which force you to remain conscious of the passage of time -- these sounds are far more punishing than ecstatically evil sounds which veer into abrasive noise (i.e. prurient) or abrasive drone (i.e. sunno)))) or double leopards or something) because the listener is simply not allowed to enter a transcendental space. the presence and awareness that must be maintained is kind of murderous.
meet Salem. i've been a fan of these three demon-doctors for a long time. chicago "witch-house" love, yo. evil, glorious. first full-length album out late September. getting hyped everywhere from p-fork to HTMLgiant. finally, finally.