Tuesday, November 30, 2010
"Therefore those who love for the sake of utility love for the sake of what is good for themselves, and those who love for the sake of pleasure do so for the sake of what is pleasant to themselves, and not in so far as the other is the person loved but in so far as he is useful or pleasant."
As 2010 comes to an end, i find myself in a far more calm place than i've allowed myself to occupy during the past few years. always nagging at me is the pang of the past, but i've never been more prepared to dispense with it as i am now. i'm looking ahead, trying to temper the dissatisfaction with the circumstances of my life by coming up with yet another semblance of a plan to move upward from those circumstances.
i set some goals in the last year that i have achieved; they may not have gone exactly as i would have liked them to go, but they have happened, and it's now up to me to flesh out my next series of goals and see them through to become a healthier and more functional system. i know i've left a lot of people hanging, but i appreciate the patience and support, as always. producing and marketing my own art and that of others, remains the sole fulfilling aspect of my existence, and i have neither the desire nor the will to let this ever stop, even if it doesn't ever seem to go easily.
I've decided to have all future cassettes professionally duplicated, as the primary obstacle in the shipping of shirt+cassette preorder packages has been the process of dubbing and packaging cassettes. i couldn't gauge how time consuming this would be when i first started offering these releases, but now that i see how difficult it has become for me to set blocks of time aside to do it, i think that it will be much more efficient, in spite of the added expense on my part. therefore, i will say now that all shirt+cassette preorders will be professionally duplicated starting with the ADERLATING release. there will be an additional delay as a result, but i will get this taken care of as soon as possible. i will most likely have to slightly raise the prices on future preorders due to the production costs, but anything that is currently available will remain at its current price. preorder packages will be renamed BLACK BAGS beginning in 2011. obviously, i didn't have time to complete the love is nothing. release in time for the tour, but mixing and final recording sessions will resume this week and it will definitely ship by the end of the month/year.
For those stalwart few who purchased the APEX XIII anniversary preorder package, certain items remain in various stages of production, while those that are in stock should start to ship in mid-december. the entire collection should be shipped by the end of february. i apologise for the delay, but with so many projects happening at once, certain things have fallen by the wayside.
There's a new year coming, and i'm determined to make it my best one so far, or at least to do what i can to not let it suck. once again, thank you for your continued support and patience.
BLEAK NOVEMBER EAST COAST MICRO-TOUR 2010
Thank you to everyone who helped make this a successful and eminently pleasurable experience. many good times were had during the past two weekends, and while certain shows had their pitfalls, the overall arc of the entire endeavour was one of positivity and friendship, serving as a welcome foil to the overwhelming negativity that permeates the fabric of my everyday existence.
Therefore i'd like to offer my sincerest gratitude to Fade Kainer, Greg Peterson, Willi Stabenau, Geoffrey Summers, Joey Bones, and especially Tristan Shone for doing these shows with me. I can't fully express just how much it's meant to me.
11.19.10 - REDSCROLL RECORDS - WALLINGFORD, CT:
Thanks to Rick and Josh at REDSCROLL RECORDS for having us, and to WORK/DEATH and COWARDS for their excellent performances. special thanks to Erin, Monica and Ben for their hospitality.
11.20.10 - STARLAB - SOMERVILLE, MA:
Thanks to Egan Budd for setting up the show and for his hospitality, and to his lady Marie Soly. thanks to BEREFT, HUNTED CREATURES and MASTER OF PUSSY for their terrific sets and to Andy Grant/THE VOMIT ARSONIST for performing with me. thanks to Samantha Kelly, Kristen McArthur, Shane Broaderick, Desiree Delorge, Chris Machinerygod, Michael Desmond, Stagger Thorax and special thanks to my good friends Shane McGarvey and Ashleigh Maxwell for coming all the way down from Maine to see the show.
11.21.10 - THE MARKETPLACE GALLERY - ALBANY, NY
Thanks to Samson Contompasis for setting up the show, and to everyone who was in attendance.
11.26.10 - THE ROTUNDA - PHILADELPHIA, PA
Thanks to Dean Troxell for pulling through in the end and making this event one of the highlights of the entire tour. thanks to Butchie Claugh for making the trip up from Maryland and to Len Bogatch and Brian Boyle for making the trip down from New Jersey. thanks to Jonathan Canady and Suzie Q for coming out, and thanks to everyone else who was in attendance. special thanks and undying gratitude to my beloved friends Jeff McGivney and Nadine Dodge and Jim Plotkin for sharing their beautiful home with us and for going above and beyond the call of duty on the field of hospitality. you're incredible and i love you. thanks to Fade Kainer for joining me onstage for the THEOLOGIAN set, and thanks to Kat Katz for joining BATILLUS onstage, it was awesome. thanks to Jesse Yanniel and Mike Armine of RISE OF BECAUSE for joining the lineup at the last minute and pulling off a beautiful performance.
11.27.10 - THE ACHERON - BROOKLYN, NY
Thanks and thanks and more thanks to Angela Rene Nacol for helping me put together a great show and for curating an incredible array of visual art. thanks to Michele Crowe for being part of the night and for contributing her photographic works and her time to help Angela hang the art. super thank you to Montana Masback for helping us get the space and keeping the booze flowing, and to Bill Dozer for all his help and providing us with a place to have such a great event. thanks to Nick Palmirotto for running sound and also contributing visual art. thanks to Fade Kainer, Seldon Hunt, Nathaniel Shannon, Jordan Lovelace, Bill Abdale, Angela Nacol, Rich Hall, Tristan Shone, and Pippi Zornoza for their visual contributions as well. thanks to Derek Rush, Jimmy Aly, Chris Pacifico, Justin Morales, Egan Budd, Marie Soly, Chris Machinerygod, Circe Baumgartner, Fritz Stabenau and everyone else who came out, for making this the best possible note on which to end the tour. thanks to Andy Grant/THE VOMIT ARSONIST for collaborating with me on my most intense set of the whole tour. special thanks to Paul Lemos, Mike Bazini and Tony Meola of CONTROLLED BLEEDING for their memorable performance. thanks to Mike Armine and Jesse Yanniel/RISE OF BECAUSE for dealing with the insane traffic to play yet another great set. thanks again to Kat Katz for joining BATILLUS for another excellent rendition of THE DIVISION.
supreme thanks once again must go to Fade Kainer, Geoffrey Summers, Willi Stabenau, Greg Peterson and Joey Bones for sharing these experiences with me and tolerating my drunken euphoria. i love you all.
AUTHOR & PUNISHER
BATILLUS (featuring Kat Katz)
MORE BLEAKNESS TO COME IN 2011!!!
ANNIHILVS 2010 - STILL AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER:
THEOLOGIAN+ADERLATING. A CHORUS OF BEAUTIES SINGS TO ME THROUGH SLIT THROATS-PREORDER PACKAGE
THEOLOGIAN+FRAGMENT KING. HERE MUSIC DIES-PREORDER PACKAGE
THEOLOGIAN+FOUR PI MOVEMENT. THE DESTROYER-PREORDER PACKAGE
love is nothing. WITHOUT ME CD-R
ANNIHILVS 2011 - FORTHCOMING:
THE FOLLOWING BLACK BAG PREORDER PACKAGES ARE PLANNED FOR 2011:
Audio will be completed in early 2011 and the preorder will be announced in January.
THEOLOGIAN+SKINCAGE. THE MUSIC OF ERICH ZANN
THEOLOGIAN+AUTHOR & PUNISHER. DEATH MACHINES
THEOLOGIAN+HECATE. HEEDING NATURE'S CALL
THEOLOGIAN+NO FESTIVAL OF LIGHT
THEOLOGIAN+THE BIRD CAGE THEATER
THE FOLLOWING VINYL RELEASES ARE PLANNED FOR 2011:
VVLTVRE. TITLE TBA EP
SKINCAGE. WOUNDED GALAXIES TAP AT THE WINDOW VINYL LP
BLACK SUN/INSWARM. SPLIT VINYL LP (TITLE TBA)
AND MORE, POSSIBLY...