Friday, December 18, 2009


"The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
For nothing now can ever come to any good."
- W.H. Auden

Well, today is december 18, and unfortunately i was unable to adhere to my deadline. however, things are moving ahead. i just picked up the printed artwork for MAXIMUM BITTERNESS HAS BEEN ACHIEVED by THEOLOGIAN (they look great), and the layouts for THE VOMIT ARSONIST release will be in my hands early next week, along with the layouts for the MARTIN BLADH special edition (hopefully). the shirts are now in-stock, so the large vinyl albums for that release are one the last hurdle. the holidays are obviously causing a bit of a disruption to my plans, as is my daily work schedule, but it's all coming together, and those two releases will definitely be completed and on their way out by the coming of new year.
the last of the non-preorder items will ship tomorrow, so at least that stuff will finally be out of the way. the WILT shirt/cassette release and the IRM shirts will come in the early part of january 2010.

I have assembled numerous copies of MAXIMUM BITTERNESS tonight, and they look awesome. i'm quite happy with the way this release has turned out, both visually and sonically and i hope that it will be well-received.

Some of you are already aware that i've posted two more web-only releases as thanks to those who've shown me support and patience...


As another gesture to those who have been patiently awaiting their orders, and as a further thanks to everyone who has continued to show interest in my activities over the years, i've just posted another free release for download.

My drone/ambient/metal project, love is nothing. has not been as active in the past couple of years as i'd originally hoped it would be. however, in the spring of 2009, my good friend Mark Kammerbauer of FRAGMENT KING stayed with me for a brief time, and one day we worked on some improvised bass guitar recordings together. i'd been planning to do more with these sessions, but the only thing that i managed to sculpt out of the recordings was this track, which i'd submitted the track for inclusion in an online compilation, but it was not used and i don't anticipate that it will be, so i'm choosing to present it this way instead.

Clocking in at about 24.24 minutes, this piece consists of only bass guitar and voice, edited and effected in such a way as to create an absolutely miserable atmosphere, perfectly expressing the emotional and psychological state in which i found myself at the time. not, ironically, unlike what i am feeling at this very moment. the included imagery comes courtesy of a mutual friend of mark's and mine, frank merten of HERBST9.

So, without further attempting an explanation, is my gift to you:

love is nothing.
suffer and be devastated.
bass guitar by mark kammerbauer.
vocals/editing/mixing/recording by lee m bartow.
photograph by frank merten.


Yet another unreleased gift, presented as a zip file with two tracks in mp3 format.
These selections were recorded as rehearsal sessions for the first live appearance of THEOLOGIAN in February 2009, as part of the TWO HEARTS BOUND FOR HELL show with CENOTYPE, presented by Digital Ferret in Philadelphia as part of their Fourth Fridays event series.

As this was the first performance by this project, i was uncertain how i'd pull it off, and was uncertain about the gear configuration, or even what i wanted the project to really sound like at the time. i'm still trying to figure that out. in any case, i think these recordings are an accurate approximation of how i wanted the performance to turn out, although the actual set was rife with technical problems. it's also yet another perfect example of my emotional state at the time (and at present), the single refrain of the track INJURY puts it best: YOU HURT ME SO BAD...



That is it for now, i'll post again when the preorders are assembled...

Thanks, as always, for looking and listening.

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