I'd been planning to post a new update in the middle of march, but various things would happen that would draw me away from the proper mindset. a heavy depressive mood had begun to overtake me during the past month and a half, which has been pulling me inward and downward and further from a state in which i felt capable of achieving even the most mundane goals, while still going through the motions day by day.
i'm bouncing back, i think, but it's a slow crawl, as usual. my job is a major reason for this, as it robs me of physical energy and the time i spend at work gives me very far too much mental breathing room where i tend to focus almost exclusively on the negative aspects of my existence and the job itself. it's been maddening.
in addition to these irritating facts, my computer had begun to malfunction with increasing frequency, and it was becoming clear that my ability to work on new music was becoming hampered. exasperated, i finally took the 6 year old machine to the local apple store, and had my suspicions confirmed: the logic board is failing.
so, i bought a new computer this week.
I managed to ship several orders a couple of weeks ago, and did in fact ship the last orders of the MARTIN BLADH special edition and THE FINAL PAGE/WRETCH REIMAGINED, but due to some technical errors, certain packages didn't make it past the post office. apparently, this had to do with how incompatible with current software my old computer was, and the fact that it couldn't process shipping labels on usps.com, leading to some flubs in a system i've only recently adapted. with this new machine, that element of the equation should be bypassed for the foreseeable future. i am still knee-deep in a big mess as i work out the kinks during the transition from old machine to new, and i don't yet have the capability of working on layouts yet since my version of adobe creative suite does not function on the new machine (i should be getting copies from a friend next week), so certain things are going to be delayed further.
The combination of the computer issues and my personal emotional state both contributed to the fact that copies of A ROOM WITH NEITHER ENTRANCE, NOR EXIT+WILT shirt have not yet begun to ship. being that i'm working tomorrow and saturday, i won't get back on track until monday. but, i have off for easter and at least part of the day will be spent putting pieces in place. to this end, i've begun to migrate the ANNIHILVS stock and the materials involved in packing orders to a spare room of my house, which has been filled with junk for many years. once the move is complete, i'm certain that this whole process will start running much more smoothly and efficiently than ever before, and at that point, only i myself will remain the weak link in the chain.
orders will start shipping again next wednesday, april 7, and i'll keep trucking at the best rate that i can.
Here's a summary of what's happening with the preorders:
THEOLOGIAN VS WILT. A ROOM WITH NEITHER ENTRANCE, NOR EXIT-PREORDER PACKAGE
begins shipping wednesday, april 7.
THEOLOGIAN+STEVE MOORE. INTO THE UTTERMOST FIELDS OF ETHER CDR
one track is complete, i'm still waiting on new source material from steve, whose wife is pregnant with their first child. it's coming...
THEOLOGIAN+INSWARM. OBLITERATE THE HEART, LIBERATE THE SPIRIT-PREORDER PACKAGE
one track complete as of last week, more is in-progress. INSWARM are on tour with JARBOE as i type this. will ship before the end of april.
IRM. THE CULT OF THE YOUNG MEN TSHIRT
these will finally be in my hands toward the middle of this month and will ship immediately thereafter.
love is nothing. WITHOUT ME CDR
carrie's band ZAMBRI is currently busy recording new songs, but she ensures me that i'll have more material from her by the middle of next week. also shipping before the end of april.
Here's what is also in the works:
THEOLOGIAN+SKINCAGE. THE MUSIC OF ERICH ZANN-PREORDER PACKAGE
THEOLOGIAN+STROM.EC. HUBRIZINE-PREORDER PACKAGE
THEOLOGIAN+BLACK SUN+INSWARM+REQUIEM. CODE LEECH-PREORDER PACKAGE
THEOLOGIAN. THE FURTHER I GET FROM YOUR STAR, THE LESS LIGHT I FEEL ON MY FACE CD (CRUCIAL BLAST)
In addition to these releases, i'm currently working on a remix for the band AND UTERO DOMINAE of the title track from their album MINOR EVOLUTIONS, and have been asked to contribute to their new album, THE PULSE OF A NEW HATE. work continues on SUFFERING BODIES, my project with kristoffer oustad (V:28/KNO) and francesco gemelli (EIDVLON), at a slow pace.
Obviously, i have a whole lot on my plate, and there is always more being heaped on. this is the only way i can give my life meaning, and i appreciate the patience and support that people have shown me as they follow my activities. i am moving forward.
In closing, i'd like to ask those of you who care to contribute to two worthwhile causes that are important to me:
My friend Randi Goldberg is riding in the San Francisco AIDS Foundation's Annual AIDS Life/Cycle
PROMETHEUS BURNING are raising money to fund the self-release of their newest album
Thanks for looking and listening.