Monday, December 31, 2012

wóddréa mylenstede - demo II.

Wóddréa Mylenstede - Demo II


68.51 MB

1. Gebyrdtid
2. Monadfylen
3. Carmsceapen Weorc
4. Foresceawian
5. Sweltan
6. Geosceaftgast

here's the second wóddréa mylenstede demo, also on legion blotan and also not available (digitally, at least) anywhere else online.

it has the same murky production of the first demo and other legion blotan releases, but while the first one was merely good, this second one blows it out of the water - the songwriting is much more mature and there are actually a couple of melodies and riffs buried under the static that really tie it together and make it feel like an album instead of a mere demo.

needless to say, I'm really looking forward to whatever these guys(?) put out next.

stop by legion blotan here to pick up a copy. they're located in the UK so shipping might be a little pricier than usual, but they've got a ton of great releases and need your support.

(for preview purposes only.)

stellar descent - accretion.

Stellar Descent - Accretion


87.76 MB

1. Side A
2. Side B

here's the first stellar descent release, accretion, on tape courtesy of eternal warfare.

limited to 150 copies on clear tapes with gold liners, this should appeal to anyone who likes panopticon, fall of rauros, or alda.

this one long track (that I've split into two sides for convenience) is great stuff - lots of peaks filled with shrieking chaos juxtaposed with valleys of ambient, acoustic emptiness.

if you like it, please pick up a copy through eternal warfare here while it's still available.

(for preview purposes only.)

Sunday, December 30, 2012

two years.

"Two Years"


Dir. Thomas D. Rotenberg

Black & White, 2010

here's the full version of my first film, a short entitled "two years."

it tells the story of two brothers - one has a traumatic brain injury while the other is tasked with caring for him.

as always, here are a few stills:

comprised of three scenes plus non-linear bookends, it stars russ russo, lynn mancinelli, and jacob reynolds (the star of "gummo" and my writing partner), and was produced by steve holmgren, one of my former co-workers at the (sadly) defunct hdnet films.

it also features original music by my good friend and fellow NYU graduate dave campbell.

in 2010, the film was selected for both the new york independent film & video festival and the hoboken international film festival, where it was also nominated for best short film.

jacob and I also have a feature in post-production entitled "all one moment" (the trailer can be seen here), as well as several other projects in various stages of development.

(watch it on vimeo here.)

(like it on facebook here.)

experimental cinema.

here are two experimental films of mine from 2010.

lately, the terms "experimental" and "avant-garde" have been increasingly used to apologize and cover up for inept editing and camera work, instead of a subversion of prevailing cinematic paradigms.

so these were my attempt to restore meaning to those important but diluted terms.

the first, "no way out," is a kaleidoscopic visual interpretation of nature, rot, and violence.

here are a few stills:

(watch it here on vimeo.)

the second, "fragments of memory and longing," is an examination of how time and place interconnect with memories and emotions.

it also features my wonderful and talented girlfriend, chantelle joy fuoco, whose expression in the last shot is just perfect.

again, here are a few stills:

(watch it here on vimeo.)

and I have a couple more that might get done some day...maybe.

new name and url.

so I've decided to change the name of the blog and the URL to something a) more original and b) more appropriate.

sorry for any confusion.

several new posts are incoming...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

wóddréa mylenstede - untitled.

Wóddréa Mylenstede - Untitled


70.78 MB

1. Untitled
2. Untitled
3. Untitled
4. Untitled
5. Untitled
6. Untitled

the first wóddréa mylenstede demo on legion blotan - couldn't find it anywhere else, so here it is.

it's typical of the other legion blotan releases - noisy, chaotic, discordant black metal from the uk.

enjoy it and support the artist and especially the label - they have tons of great releases that are more than worthy of your dollars. or pounds, or euros, or whatever.

(for preview purposes only.)

Monday, December 10, 2012

sounds of the underground.

for my first film-related post, here's a documentary I worked on that finally received distribution this year.

sounds of the underground, directed by bryant botero and executive produced by my writing partner jacob reynolds, documents the lives of a wide variety of performers whose stage is the new york city subway system.

jacob might look and sound familiar - he starred in harmony korine's cult classic, "gummo," with chloe sevigny in 1997.

in production since 2006, jacob finally secured direct-to-dvd distribution a few months ago.

check out the facebook page for the trailer, an interview with jacob and bryant, signed posters, and more.

you can buy a copy of the dvd here.

best of 2012 addendum, part 2.

here's another bonus list, this time filled with my top twenty noise and avant-garde releases of the year.

as always, in no particular order.

1. cremation lily - votive mirror
2. various - port out, starboard home
3. black church - heaven's temple fails to rise
4. material sequence - residual grid
5. tollund men - looking for love/chains of desire
6. diamond mare - I saw the sky
7. croatian amor - mermaids of jadransko
8. deadmoths - asylum dreams
9. locrian & mamiffer - bless them that curse you
10. sutekh hexen with andrew liles - breed in me the darkness
11. theologian - the chasms of my heart
12. circle of eyes - s/t
13. nocturnal poisoning - other worlds of the mind
14. thisquietarmy - phantom limbs
15. f.e. denning - rites of passage
16. loscil - sketches from new brighton
17. vomir/wet dream asphyxiation - untitled
18. nadja - dagdrøm
19. crown of cerberus - awakening
20. lussuria - american babylon I, II, & III

best of 2012 addendum, part 1.

as a little added bonus, here are my top ten non-metal albums of the year.

once again, in no particular order.

1. el-p - cancer 4 cure
2. grizzly bear - shields
3. death grips - the money store
4. flying lotus - until the quiet comes
5. swans - the seer
6. godspeed you! black emperor - 'allelujah! don't bend! ascend!
7. aesop rock - skelethon
8. deftones - koi no yokan
9. die antwoord - ten$ion
10. hexvessel - no holier temple

addendum part two coming soon.

Friday, November 23, 2012

best of 2012.

here are four best-of-the-year lists for your reading pleasure - twenty widely released albums, ten cassettes, ten splits, and ten digital releases. each list is in no particular order.

it was an especially great year for cassettes, splits, and digital from small labels.

these albums are readily available all over the internet for free. but please buy something if you like it.

top twenty widely-released albums
menace ruine - alight in ashes
evoken - atra mors
elysian blaze - blood geometry
panopticon - kentucky
sutekh hexen - larvae
wrathprayer - the sun of moloch…
rage nucléaire - unrelenting fucking hatred
wildernessking - the writing of gods in the sand
baroness - yellow & green
mutilation rites - empyrean
worm ouroboros - come the thaw
mgla - with hearts toward none
mares of thrace - the pilgrimage
cryptopsy - s/t
bosse-de-nage - III
drudkh - eternal turn of the wheel
pseudogod - death womb catechesis
horseback - half blood
ash borer - cold of ages
pig destroyer - book burner

top ten cassettes
this station of life - plastic fire
rhinocervs - rh-12
rhinocervs - rh-14
ash pool - cremation is irreversible
dommedagssalme - to that which lies dormant
dressed in streams - s/t
voltur - obscuritas incantamentum
grinning death's head - golden dawn
hell - hell III
torture chain - time is but a doorway to the incinerator

top ten splits
absum/odz manouk
a pregnant light/obscure lupine quietus
wheels within wheels/merkaba
muknal/the haunting presence
white medal/cäina
year of no light/altar of plagues
yellow eyes/monument

top ten digital/self-releases
ekadzati - s/t
thenn - threshing the golden fields
jute gyte - senescence
venowl - patterns of failure
cellgraft - s/t
acédia - l'exil
book of sand - mourning star
mare cognitum - an extraconscious lucidity
dephosphorus - night sky transform
botanist - III: doom in bloom

what did I miss?

Sunday, November 11, 2012

cremation lily - votive mirror.

Cremation Lily - Votive Mirror



1. Iron Pier
2. Five Year Old Cum
3. With A Man
4. Seven Years Old

cremation lily tape on strange rules, limited to 39 copies.

support the artist and label and buy something (by subscribing to the newsletter and hitting the site asap, otherwise everything will be sold out).

(link removed by request.)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

bound bible - demo.

Bound Bible - Demo


17.54 MB

1. It's All Covered
2. Contend
3. Another Set Of Lips

a new project from members of cremation lily and a pregnant light.

support the artists and pick it up from colloquial sound recordings.

(for preview purposes only.)

the beginning...

this will be a home for various rants about black metal and cinema, two things that inspire me daily. I might post an occasional album, but only if it's something that can't be found anywhere else on the web.

please stand by.