Friday, January 10, 2020

Pineal Ventana

Kim Chee, Travis Kotler, Clara Clamp, Brian Cook, Mitchel Foy

Someone told me it became hard to find Pineal Ventana's stuff online, so I thought that's a good reason for a PV mega post.. besides it's PV, that's a fine damn reason for it's own.
This post is including everything I could lossless rip, and every other release I could find in highest quality possible. Still some tapes are missing, if you have, please share.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the group, do some google work to understand more how interesting these guys were. Probably my all time favorite Georgia band, Ventana weren't following any rules and did exactly what they wanted to, both live and on record. Live they were at times a mix between the art exhibitions of Circle X and the chaotic insanity of Butthole Surfers (including the winning elements of every family show- urine, fire, female organs constructions, etc..), while their music was so diverse I'm not gonna even try and describe it, let's just say that it's mostly free-form, heavy, tribal and noisy, just like the stuff you usually get here. I could long list comparisons to every free thinking 80's industrial/noise rock/goth/post punk groups existed, so let's just not go there.
Both line up changings and the fact that the staying members kept expanding their instruments variety, helped the band on their continuous evolution while always staying fresh, pushing new ideas.
Make sure you check some videos on youtube, The Point shows are few of my favorite ones.
Honestly I've no idea how not even one album has been re-issued by now, PV deserves one of those complete discography fancy box set, and since no such thing exist, catch your breathe, here comes the thunder..

1993 - Stagnancy Is Revolting [varied high bit rate]

Second PV was this self released 7", in the end of their formation year, featuring founding member Mitchell Foy (percussion, vocals) and Clara Clamp (Danette Haser, vocals), Kim Chee (guitar, percussion), Travis Kotler (guitar, replaced Doug Herring) and last to join as the first line up was initially without bass guitar, was Brian Cook.

1. Pathfinder
2. Umbilical Operator
3. Quince Minutos

1994 - Philosopher's Stone [partially, low quality]

1. Philosopher's Stone
2. Golden Return (missing track)
3. Cheese of The Month Club
4. Sour Sheet (missing track)
5. Attack of The 50Ft. Cannibal Clownz

1995 - Living Soil [lossless]

And than came the saxophone. Shane Pringle joined turning the beast to a twelve arms six headed monster with one common twisted mind. Debut full length came on local Half Baked Records showing more improv nature than prior releases. When you see their photo in the booklet, you realize these nightmarish sounds are made by the most odd looking weirdo geeks.

1. Indica
2. Uzi Does It
3. Big Dick Roast
4. Colon Caddy
5. T.L.T.
6. Abre La Ventana
7. Every Beast
8. Ode To Tetsuo
9. Descending Reminder
10. Do It
11. Mark Of Zero
12. Coming On
13. The Negate of Want
14. Kitty Katz On Dope (hidden track)

1996 - Let Them Fuck [partially, low quality]

1. Let Them Fuck
2. Vacant Twat
3. The Screen (missing track)

Clara Clamp, Jason LaFarge, Mitchell Foy, John Whitaker, Kim Chee, Shane Pringle
Breathe As You Might photo session, 1997 . By Laine Harris

1997 - Breathe As You Might [lossless]

By the time their second full length was released, PV saw some more line up changes, Jason LaFarge came instead Kotler, while on bass Cook was replaced by Ron Bon-> Leigh Jeffrey->Ryan Taylor (who is featured in track 13)->John Whitaker at last.
Featuring some old material by prior line ups and newly written stuff, this one is considered by some to be the best PV release, I believe it's just another blast one in a kind album by them, like the other three..

1. Untitled
2. Waterlogged
3. Dellamorte
4. Spatial Consequence
5. Spindlewick
6. Intrinsic
7. R
8. Deadlands
9. Leyner Notes
10. Parched Mind
11. Shauna Doll
12. Man Lies
13. The Slow Shock of Recognition
14. Cities In Linger

1998 - Expel [192kbps]

Three outtakes from the Breathe As You Might sessions and two more recently recorded at their rehearsal space at Black Box.

1. Walks Alone
2. New Spirits (For Old Rituals)
3. Dark Cloud
4. Effigy Burns
5. Calling Ø/Rid Rot

1999 - Malpractice [lossless]

First of two to be recorded and produced by Martin Bisi at his B.C. Studios, sure brought a level up sound-wise and brought the group towards bit more recognition. This one sounds more like a one complete unit, even thou like both predecessors, it also contains few improv tracks recorded outside the studio. Was completed (probably even pressed) already in 1998.

1. Hollow
2. The Hooded Mirror
3. Crack In The Light (Crack In His Eye)
4. Taenia Solium
5. Dora's Deliverance
6. Rats For Belmer
7. Flesh That Moves
8. They Hide Life
9. Ruin
10. A Hollow Margin Forgotten
11. Practice

2000 - Axes To Ice [lossless]

PV's swan song and the second one involving Bisi saw the departure of Pringle, but as a quintet they still kept the bombastic exploding sound, and even draw a bit further into experimentation than previous one. Some of the music was acting as soundtrack for short film by Chad Rullman called Kotoran Jiwa, with PV's member acting in it, and stills from it portraying as the album's art. On one hand I really wanna watch this film, but on the other I'm scared to death..
Post release Whitaker and Chee left, and even thou new players were joined (Brian Ginn and Lindell Todd) for a couple of live shows, 2001 saw the group's demise.

1. incarnia
2. Breach Denial
3. Control?
4. hark
5. S'vreem
6. Divide
7. One Held The Key - One Held The Sleep
8. SSS (The Land With No Heads)
9. Axes To Ice

Travis Kotler, Leigh Jeffrey, Clara Clamp
At Dottie's, Atlanta, 1996.09.13 . By Steve Pomberg

199X - Compilation Tracks [varied high bit rate, some lossless]

1. 199? - Flowers For The Dead (Unreleased ?)
2. 1993 -  D.yUle I. (Perimeter Records - Christmas '93 Compilation)
3. 1993 - Philosopher's Stone (Early version or just live ?) (Red Neon Tapes - Made In U.S.A. Vol. I)
4. 1995 - Alimentary School (Half Baked Records - Quadruple Felony!)
5. 1996 - For Christmas I Want A Way Out (Outer Loop Productions - First Annual Christmas Tape)
6. 1996 - Mended (Silber Records - Alleviation)
7. 1997 - Angel From The Realm of Glory (Outer Loop Productions - Second Annual Christmas Compilation)
8. 1998 - He Said "She Won't Dance With Me" (Scuss Media - Our Heat (Your Moisture))

That's all boys and girls, as usual, you have anything to add please do so, comments are more than wanted.. info, memories, missing tracks, missing releases, rarities of any kind, whatever..
Stagnancy Is Revolting !

Monday, December 2, 2019


Graeme Milton, Graham Perkins, Simon Doling, Martin Byrne
With all due respect to both Norwegian groups (which there isn't much actually), the only one trve Thule that matters were this London group formed around 1987.
Now, while they didn't got much name outside local Camden scene, let alone England, they deserved much more appreciation for their unique experimental leftfield big beat/dub/industrial post rock. Yap, that's pretty much how they sounded like, making a brilliant british link from the 80's to the 90's, while performing mostly in western european countries and leaving not much recorded audio out there to document that.
Their old myspace page credits a long list of musicians in the line up, thou I believe only the first five listed here were the main core, correct me if I'm wrong:
Graeme Milton - Drums, Programming, Percussion
Graham Perkins - Guitar, Keyboards, Programming, Percussion
Martin Byrne - Bass, Guitar, Keys, Vocals, Percussion, Programming
Simon Doling - Bass, Percussion (also played drums for World Domination Enterprises for some time, later to join Terminal Cheesecake and be replaced by Charlie Finke)
Perkins, Doling, Byrne, Milton
Dave Smith - Vocal, Percussion
Mick Ritchie - Keyboards, Percussion
Kev Poree - Live Sound, Keyboards (from FOH mix position)

Their first 12", 1988's Dr. Lloyd, I've never managed to get, but two tracks out of it were featured on later releases, leaving us with only two tracks missing from their discography. Here's what I first thought of them before even knowing about Simon Doling's connection- "Terminal Cheesecake joining forces with WDE trying to mimic how Bark Psychosis would sound playing big beat records". Really, they fuse it all through industrialish very early big beat with dub touches plus heavy/ noisy rock tracks (Disko Beach, Dynamo, Murderball and few more).
Influences on myspace said to be Chrome, Kraftwerk, Tackhead, Can, 23 Skidoo, Cabaret Voltaire.. (and if I may add Finitribe, Slab!, Meat Beat Manifesto ?)
Later on Perkins, Milton and Byrne joined forces with Jason White acting as 95 Nil, playing pretty much what they did with Thule.

1989 - La Jamais Contente [160 kbps] (12", Wiiija Records)

1. Springtime (Etched In Ice)
2. Owed To Kreed
3. Looking Backward To See You
4. Disko Beach

1990 - Wheel [128 kbps] (Wiiija Records)

1. World Service
2. Looking Backward To See You
3. Springtime
4. S.G.L.
5. Sharps
6. Good Old Good Olds
7. Robber
8. Concave Bulge

Sorry, no scanner so no back cover.
1992 - 321 Normal 2 [Lossless Rip] (Clay Records)

1. While It Lasts
2. Dynamo
3. Idiomatic
4. Murderball
5. Three Legged Race
6. 4/5 Of 5/8 Of F/A
7. King's English
8. Park Keeper
9. Split
10. We Is You Am
11. Skyscraper

As usual, if you have any missing stuff, better quality, or just some nerdy trivia/info/memories, share with us common people.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Belfast Ghetto - Live At Millennium, New York City

I found this one many years ago, I'm pretty sure on some Sonic Youth forum or something like that, but can't recall, so much respect to whoever recorded/ripped/upload it back than. I left the folder same as it was so if you recognize and want a credit send message.
Belfast Ghetto, better known as Beirut Slump, better known as another Lydia Lunch project.
All in all they performed only four shows, active around the same time as Teenage Jesus.
If you've never heard Beirut Slump you should check them out first via Shut Up And Bleed compilation, including their only single plus a few more studio and later live tracks, all in better quality than what is presented here, this one is.. for fans.
This is their debut show, the only one under the name Belfast Ghetto, at the Millennium Film Workshop, 66 East 4th Street, Manhattan. As you can expect audio quality is not the best, but hey, at least it's FLAC..
Other than Mrs. Lunch who only plays guitar here, another worth mentioning name to catch your eye will be Jim Sclavunos on drums.
Gotta give last credit to From The Archives where you can get much more info on this and other Lunch (and other's) projects.

1. Untitled
2. See Pretty
3. Untitled
4. Try Me
5. Sidewalk
6. Staircase

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Mildew - Flat On The Face / +

Original '98 cover
So after Israeli group 3H split up, both drummer David Oppenheim and bass player Reem Hareuveny moved to new york, forming there short living trio called One Two Four Nine (nice alt. rock, I'll post their album somewhen), than, same year (1995), going even further, towards much more extreme and experimental realms, acting as the semi-active to this day, menacing metallic noise duo Barbara.
In 1997 David's solo project Mildew, Ovesh in Hebrew, released it's first cassette [if you have it, please share]. Mildew was his first shift towards electronics (at least recorded, as far as I know), using samples, keys, computer and triggers.
After a few Barbara demos, Reem had to come back to Israel in 1998, due to personal problems, leaving David alone, to concentrate on Mildew. Flat On The Face is the only full length, recorded straight after Reem left, and it is one of his finest creations in my opinion (and let the record show that I truly admire a lot of his stuff, and he has released a vast variety).
Musically I always get an image of the Scorpion VS Johnny Cage fight, while trippin badly on a large dose of ketamine, and that Fear Factory remix in the background getting a minimal remix by Duran Duran Duran having a program crash. A Y2K version of Chu Ishikawa's Tetsuo OST. Or as his own legendary label Heart And Crossbone states "super slow, dark & repetitive electronics, drum machine gone out-of-control, a digitized binhexed godflesh floating in cyber-outer-space".
This was self released as an "interactive piece" with an external controller, I'm uncertain about the meaning of this, since I own only the 2005 repackaged re-release. But there it is on bandcamp, enjoy.

An interview with David a bit after, but same era, if you're willing to know more about
Bonus track for fans, unreleased - Shir HaShiryem (I think it was recorded after the album, but not quite sure)

boy man machine
Now for the plus meaning - just paying your attention to a new release coming up next month, Drose - boy man machine +
Those agonizing long "end of the year" list I've written on this humble blog, are filled with great albums, but to be honest, only a few truly lasts with me afterward. 2016's Drose is still a one I come back to, that's why I give it's upcoming exciting re-release this very special honor.
Cmptr Stdnts, what seems to be like a promising label (responsible for last year's Big'n EP), are in charge for giving boy man machine a new life, both again on vinyl and more important, first time on CD, with bonus songs and a very thoughtful design.
Do I need to write again about the brilliant dissonance between the soulful emotional vocals to doomish industro music on this one, harmonized together in a wonderful biomechanical album ? I think not..
Do yourselves a favor and pre-order it here

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Pain Teens

So.. this blog has been up a couple of years now, and so far not even one Texas band posted. I'm very ashamed and take full responsibility for this disgrace. Hence a Pain Teens bootleg archive filled with goodies for whomever it may concern.
This post includes both audio and video bootlegs recorded by many different brave souls whom I don't know, and so comes in varied qualities, some better some worse, all descent enjoyable level in my opinion.

If in any case you've wasted your teen years not knowing who Teen Pains are, you might wanna do yourself some favor and check them out. Lucky for you all of their full lengths (and the long sought rare tapes) are available on singer's Bliss Blood Bandcamp page.
So thanks Miss Blood, Scott Ayers, Pain Teens, and all those anonymous original recordes.

1991.02.21 - Live at Tegentonen Festival, Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Recorded by VPRO Radio
Scott Ayers, Bliss Blood, Kirk Carr, David Parker
Live at Paradiso, 1991, by Bauke Koster

1. Intro
2. Noh Jam
3. Bannoy
4. My Desire
5. A Knife
6. She Shook Me (David Bowie Cover)
7. New Woman
8. Bad In My Head
9. The Poured Out Blood
10. Pleasures of The Flesh
11. Preppy Killer
12. World of Destruction
13. In Every Dream Home A Heartache (Roxy Music Cover)
14. Ballad of Dwight Fry (Alice Cooper Cover)
15 I Got A Right (The Stooges Cover)

1991 - Live Video at Trees, Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas (Partial, Youtube Link)

00:00 Body Memory
04:17 The Basement
07:55 My Desire
11:47 Shallow Hole
15:23 Pleasures of The Flesh
19:00 Sacrificial Shack
Scott Ayers, Bliss Blood, Frank Garymartin, Kirk Carr
Live In Dallas, 1991
22:50 Bad In My Head [cut-up in the end]

1991.09.19 - Live at The Kennel Club, San Francisco, California

00:00 Wild World (The Birthday Party Cover)
05:08 Preppy Killer
08:05 My Desire
12:05 The Poured Out Blood
16:18 Noh Jam
20:15 Bad In My Head
23:45 She Shook Me (David Bowie Cover)
28:56 New Woman
34:00 A Knife
38:12 Pleasures of The Flesh
42:30 Sacrificial Shack (cut-up near the end)
45:22 [pretty sure that's a cover, but can't remember which song]
48:48 Body Memory [I think, early version]
53:08 Bannoy
58:05 Sweetheart (Zeni Geva Cover)

1992.09.30 - Live at English Acid, Los Angeles, California (Partial)

1. Wild World (The Birthday Party Cover)
2. The Basement
3. My Desire
4. A Knife
Scott Ayers, Bliss Blood, Kirk Carr
Live in Houston, 1992
5. The Poured Out Blood
6. Say It With Suicide [cut]

1992.10.10 - Live Video at CBGB's, New York City, New York (Youtube Link)

00:00 Wild World (Bad Seeds Cover)
06:35 Death Row Eyes
08:55 My Desire
13:14 The Poured Out Blood
17:49 Say It With Suicide (Culturcide Cover)
22:34 Shallow Hole
25:49 Pleasures of The Flesh
29:46 Body Memory
34:49 Bannoy

1992.10.20 - Live Video at Khyber Pass Pu, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Youtube Link)

00:00 Intro
02:56 Wild World (Bad Seeds Cover)
09:15 My Desire
13:20 Death Row Eyes
Scott Ayers & Bliss Blood
16:50 Living Hell
20:40  The Poured Out Blood
25:18 Say It With Suicide (Culturcide Cover)
30:13 Sacrificial Shack
34:15 Shallow Hole
37:30 Body Memory
42:22 Pleasures of The Flesh
46:18 New Woman
50:10 The Basement
54:00 Bad In The Head
58:00 Bannoy

1993.03.06 - Live Video at Khyber Pass Pub,  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Youtube Link)

00:00 Intro
04:00 Tar Pit
08:38 The Basement
12:40 Wild World (Bad Seeds Cover)
18:35 Living Hell
22:20 Body Memory
26:08 Say It With Suicide (Culturcide Cover)
30:43 Pleasures of The Flesh
34:56 My Desire
39:05 A Knife
43:00 The Poured Out Blood
48:15 Drowning

Destroy Me Lover release show
1993.07.24 - Live Video at Catal Huyuk, Houston, Texas (Youtube Link)
Destroy Me Lover release show

00:00 Shock Treatment [with lyrics ?]
06:10 Cool Your Power
09:30 Prowling
12:57 Tar Pit
17:30 Living Hell
21:35 The Basement
26:00 Dominant Man
29:43 Lisa Knew
34:15 Body Memory
39:00 Say It With Suicide (Culturcide Cover)
43:50 If You Were Mine (Billie Holiday cover, Bliss Blood alone)
45:35 Shallow Hole
49:17 New Woman
52:50 Drowning [?]
57:10 [short tuning noise jam]
58:30 Teenage Whore (Hole Cover)

1993.09.17 - Live at Masquerade, Atlanta, Georgia

Scott Ayers & Frank Garymartin
1. The Poured Out Blood (Cut)
2. Prowling
3. Tar Pit
4. Lisa Knew
5. Cool Your Power
6. Body Memory
7. Say It With Suicide (Culturcide Cover)
8. Pleasures of The Flesh
9. My Desire

1993.09.22 - Live at Club Babyhead, Providence, Rhode Island

1. The Poured Out Blood
2. Shallow Hole
3. Tar Pit
4. Lisa Knew
5. Cool Your Power
6. Body Memory
7. Say It With Suicide (Culturcide Cover)
8. Pleasures of The Flesh
9. Destroy Me Lover

If you deserve a credit for a photo/recording please, please send a message,
If you can help identify any of the tunes I couldn't please send a message,
If you have any show or comments to add, please send a message,
Enjoy, please send a message.