SOME PHOTOS

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Cosplay on Takeshita Street, Harajuku.

While I usually try to keep my photo updates seasonal, general chaos and disorganization prevented me from doing so this past fall… and winter… and spring… I am still in the midst of organizing negatives and reviewing work from the past six months but here is some in no particular order.

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Margaret on her birthday. Far out celebration for some of beloved Gemini’s in my life, rural Massachusetts.
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Urochromes @ Alphaville. Brooklyn.

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Chiro, Maid Dreaming. Tokyo, Japan.
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Chiaki & Waitress, Lock Down. Tokyo, Japan.
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Marie Davidson, Nothing Changes. NYC.
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Plucking with Caroline and Emil.

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For Shredded Nerve “Whatever it Takes” Cs on No Rent Records.
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Seen at Crazy Spirit record release show.
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Puppy looking on as Sally gives Jesse a stick and poke.
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Dude During Destruction Unit @ The Market Hotel, Brooklyn.
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C.C.T.V. @ Spiderhouse Ballroom. Austin, Texas.
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MALL PROWLER @ Redlight District. Far Rockaway, New York.
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Gurney post Sheree Rose performance @ Grace Exhibition Space.
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Gag @ Alphaville. Brooklyn.
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Jess post Gag @ 538.
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Chiro, my sunshine in the rain.

 

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Flared Nostril VS MOIL @ Silent Barn. Brooklyn.
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Naka & Haruka @ Big Love Record Store/ Gallery.
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VALISE @ Silent Barn. Brooklyn.
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ZZ & Justin setting fire to a shirt that belonged to a bro who tried to fight us on my birthday.
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Sadist @ Palisades, Brooklyn.
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Kyle dropped Margaret at M.A.P.S. FEST.
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Haruka ❤ Sweets for a sweetie.
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Mystic Inane @ Spiderhouse Ballroom. Austin, Texas.
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La Misma @ Spiderhouse Ballroom. Austin, Texas.
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This is Austin, not that Great Fest bowling crew.
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Antisocial Terror Fabrication @ Pitbar, Nishiogikubo.
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Haram @ The Market Hotel.
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During Lumpy & the Dumpers.

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Holding a photo I had taken of him a few weeks earlier and had just developed 🙂

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Another cool old guy I met at the MET who claimed to be the world’s authority on The Little Prince.
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“Tongue Kiss” By Genesis P Breyer-Orridge @ The Rubin Museum.

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Justin paying for our Little Caesars with change.
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Emma making a good pizza.

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Chiaki, my amazing host and the man behind P.I.G.S.
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Another one. Late night screaming in his apartment after too much “strong”

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RIXE @ Saint Vitus. Brooklyn.

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Rene and cigarette burns post Horoscope set.
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Spiritual Recess @ Alphaville.
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New friends at my opening at Big Love.
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Mike @ 538;
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My Dad and Ray @ Rays.
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Fun for all ages!
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Me & Jess.
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My Halloween Costume.

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PHOTOS FROM SPRING

Get paid.
Caz Wallace.
Caz Wallace.
Lupe, Calvin and Chris.
Lupe, Calvin and Chris.
Lust For Youth at Home Sweet Home.
Lust For Youth at Home Sweet Home.
Emma Kohlmann at Up In Smoke.
Emma Kohlmann at Up In Smoke.

Sisterhood.
Sisterhood.
Ciarra Black does Hollywood.
Ciarra Black does Hollywood.
Waiting for the sun to come up at 538.
Waiting for the sun to come up at 538.
Crowds reaction to Pharmakon.
Crowds reaction to Pharmakon.
Extended Release does poppers during his set at Molasses Books.
Extended Release does poppers during his set at Molasses Books.
Latisha's Skull Drawing at Silent Barn.
Latisha’s Skull Drawing at Silent Barn.
Sonya.
Sonya.
Dawn of Humans.
Dawn of Humans.
Dark Sister.
Dark Sister.

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Victoria Rau.
Victoria Rau.
Gene Pik + Twisted Tea.
Gene Pik + Twisted Tea.
Encapsulate at Trans-Pecos.
Encapsulate at Trans-Pecos.

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More Emma Kolhmann.
More Emma Kolhmann.
More Caz Wallace.
More Caz Wallace.
Flared Nostril.
Flared Nostril.
Yellow Tears.
Yellow Tears.
Horoscope.
Horoscope.
Chelsea Marks at Heaven Street Records.
Chelsea Marks at Heaven Street Records.
Bathsalts at Don Pedros (RIP).
Bathsalts at Don Pedros (RIP).

 

PHOTO UPDATE: JUNE – NOVEMBER

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A RETURN TO PHILADELPHIA.
LUST FOR YOUTH, STRANDED WITH A BLOWN TIRE.
LUST FOR YOUTH, STRANDED WITH A BLOWN TIRE.
JANSEN.
JANSEN CUMBIE WITH THE FUCKED UP TIRE.
BARKEV GULESSERIAN AT TABLOID.
BARKEV GULESSERIAN AT TABLOID.

CHRISTOPHER HANSELL AND SAM RYSER AT DRIPPER WORLD.
CHRISTOPHER HANSELL AND SAM RYSER AT DRIPPER WORLD.
TAYLOR BRODE AND EMIL'S PUBIC MOUND. DAWN OF HUMANS AT REDLIGHT DISTRICT.
TAYLOR BRODE AND EMIL’S PUBIC MOUND. DAWN OF HUMANS AT REDLIGHT DISTRICT.
HANKWOOD AND THE HAMMERHEADS TAG ON A TRUCK.
HANKWOOD AND THE HAMMERHEADS TAG ON A TRUCK.
ELIAS BENDER RONNENFELT AND MARGARET CHARDIET.
ELIAS BENDER RONNENFELT AND MARGARET CHARDIET.
MIGUEL ALVARINO AT NO TECH.
MIGUEL ALVARINO AT NO TECH.

 

 

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FLEX 1000 PERFORMING WITH SOFIA RETA AT 538.
ODWALLA 88
ODWALLA 88 AT REDLIGHT DISTRICT
KICK IT, LICK IT.
KICK IT, LICK IT.
SARA ABRUNA DJING AT PRIMITIVE LANGUAGES FOR DARK CHART RELEASE PARTY.
SARA ABRUNA DJING AT PRIMITIVE LANGUAGES FOR DARK CHART RELEASE PARTY.
HOW I FOUND MY ROOMATE JENNIFER CALANDRA CASUALLY EATING BREAKFAST (NOT HALLOWEEN).
HOW I FOUND MY ROOMATE JENNIFER CALANDRA CASUALLY EATING BREAKFAST (NOT HALLOWEEN). THEN THAT CAMERA DIED.
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TABBO at 538.
NICK KLEIN, MY TENDAR LOVING FRIEND.
NICK KLEIN, MY TENDAR LOVING FRIEND.
ARE YOU IN PAIN?
ARE YOU IN PAIN?
BLAZING EYE AT ACHERON.
BLAZING EYE AT ACHERON.
WARTHOG AT ACHERON.
WARTHOG AT ACHERON.
SANDRA ON ACID ON HER BIRTHDAY.
SANDRA ON ACID ON HER BIRTHDAY.
MANSON'S GIRL.
MANSON’S GIRL.
DEFILED FLOWER
DEFILED FLOWER.
VICTORIA RAU AT SMOG CUTTERS.
VICTORIA RAU AT SMOG CUTTERS.
LAURA DEUTSCH AND AN OLD NEW FRIEND.
LAURA DEUTSCH AND AN OLD NEW FRIEND.
CARRIE KILLING BLACK VELVET.
CARRIE KILLING BLACK VELVET.
ERIC JARSON AT THE "WHY I USE MY BODY" OPENING.
ERICA JARSON AT THE “WHY I USE MY BODY” OPENING.
MY CREW DANCING AT BODY ACTUALIZED CENTER (RIP).
MY CREW DANCING AT BODY ACTUALIZED CENTER (RIP).
CHELSEA MARKS AND HER CHILDHOOD PONYTAIL.
CHELSEA MARKS AND HER CHILDHOOD PONYTAIL.
NEPHILA AND TIMEGHOST AT MATA GALLERY.
NEPHILA AND TIMEGHOST AT MATA GALLERY.
CHELSEA MARKS, GLAMAZON.
CHELSEA MARKS, GLAMAZON.
PERFORMING RITUALS IN THE DESERT.
PERFORMING RITUALS IN THE DESERT.
WE CAME ACROSS SOME ROAMING HORSES.
WE CAME ACROSS SOME ROAMING HORSES.
CARRIE FORAGING IN THE DRAGOON MOUNTAINS. JULIA BLENDING IN.
CARRIE FORAGING IN THE DRAGOON MOUNTAINS. JULIA BLENDING IN.
SARAH BERNAT CHOKING OUT THE TAXIDERMY AT A FAR OUT TIKI DINNER PARTY, THANKS TO GREH HOLGER.
SARAH BERNAT CHOKING OUT THE TAXIDERMY AT A FAR OUT TIKI DINNER PARTY.
BOOT MURAL OUTSIDE ARMY NAVY STORE.
BOOT MURAL OUTSIDE ARMY NAVY STORE.
SARAN MAN AT MATA GALLERY.

 

DABY AND V RARE NIGHT  BURGER SHIRT.
DABY AND V RARE NIGHT BURGER SHIRT.
CROWD AFTER APPETITE SET AT MY OPENING <3
CROWD AFTER APPETITE SET AT MY OPENING ❤
ANTWON VERY RELAXED.
ANTWON VERY RELAXED.
JESSE SANES PASSING THE TIME WHILE INSTALLING "WHY I USE MY BODY".
JESSE SANES PASSING THE TIME WHILE INSTALLING “WHY I USE MY BODY”.
EXIST OTHER PEOPLE. V MANUSCRIPT TATTOO. MISERABLE MONTHS.
EXIST OTHER PEOPLE. V MANUSCRIPT TATTOO. MISERABLE MONTHS.
IMPORTANT NOISE ARTISTS AT TGIFRIDAYS. ENDLESS MOZZARELLA STICKS, SHAME.
IMPORTANT NOISE ARTISTS AT TGIFRIDAYS. ENDLESS MOZZARELLA STICKS, SHAME.
WALKER CHOPPED A LOG WITH A HAPPY FACE IN IT.
WALKER CHOPPED A LOG WITH A HAPPY FACE IN IT.
AND THEN WE BURNED IT.

 

MARGARET TACKLING OUR MOTHER DURING HER RECORD RELEASE SHOW.
MARGARET TACKLING OUR MOTHER DURING HER RECORD RELEASE SHOW.

 

WHY I USE MY BODY PHOTO SERIES AT MATA GALLERY, LA. 11/13/14.

Mata Noise gallery and Art/Noise are pleased to present “Why I Use My Body”, the first Los Angeles solo showing of artist Jane “Pain” Chardiet. 

“A photo series that explores self-inflicted corporeal punishment as a response to trauma.”

Using female models, Jane Chardiet set out to capture self-harming behaviors that have burdened her own life as well as the lives of her models in 35MM film. The photos exhibited are part one of Chardiet’s series which will culminate in the anthology “Why I Use My Body” published next year by Dark Chart Publications. Jane Pain’s work reflects on the use of the body in art and music and closely reflects on her own performances under monikers The Waitress  and Appetite

“Why I Use My Body” will feature live sets by performers who have a history of mixing performance with noise:  Appetite (noise duo featuring Jane Chardiet), Timeghost (Providence RI based biomechanical industrial noise), Saran Man (New York) and Nephila (Shannon Kennedy, Los Angeles)

Art//Noise is an ongoing a series of performances and installations pairing visual work with extreme underground music. “Why I Use My Body” its the sixth episode.

Jane “Pain” Chardiet lives and works in New York City.

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If you can not make it to the show, I also have a new zine for sale here .

PHOTOS FROM SPRING

I love Baltimore
I love Baltimore
I love Baltimore
Nick Klein, mid set.
Nick Klein, mid set.
Gene Pick
Gene Pick
Hank Woord & The Hammerheads
Hank Woord & The Hammerheads
Karaoke queen
Karaoke queen
Private Archive
Private Archive
Lexi
Lexi
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Really feeling it
Really feeling it
Mia's flash
Mia’s flash
Girls getting ready
Girls getting ready
Noor
Noor
Shannon, Pedestrian Deposit
Shannon, Pedestrian Deposit
Jon, Pedestrian Deposit
Jon, Pedestrian Deposit
Miguel
Miguel
Timeghost.
Timeghost.
Chris Hansell & Frederikke Hoffmeier
Chris Hansell & Frederikke Hoffmeier, expired film.
Jack Callahan
Jack Callahan
Molly
Molly
Negation
Negation
Johan, Iceage
Johan, Iceage
Just hanging with the girls. "I'll never forget that summer"
Just hanging with the girls. “I’ll never forget that summer”
"Putin is my sex slave"
“Putin is my sex slave”
Aaron
Aaron
JR
JR
Bernard Herman
Bernard Herman
Sara & Jesse & Phrostie. Will miss those damn things RIP
Sara & Jesse & Phrostie. Will miss those damn things RIP
Bastard Noise/ Sickness collab
Bastard Noise/ Sickness collab

Saran Man
Saran Man
Assisted Selfie
Assisted Selfie

 

 

PHOTOS FROM SAVAGE WEEKEND 2014

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This year marked the fifth Savage Weekend, a two day noise festival hosted annually at the Nightlight in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Curated by Ryan Martin (AKA Ry Mar AKA Secret Boyfriend AKA the dude who does Hot Releases), Savage Weekend always offers a fun spirited and diverse plethora of projects. Whether you want harsh noise, hard techno or performance based weirdness, there is always a little something for everyone. Ry Mar has threatened that Savage Weekend 2014 may be the last, which would be a shame and a loss. No other noise fest of it’s kind offers such great vibes, good biscuits or general savagery. It has been a great delight to attend the past four years and watch some projects grow, watch some projects begin to bud.

I would not have started to play solo if it were not for Ry Mar’s encouragement. Three years ago, he asked me to play Savage Weekend. I told him I would DJ, as I did not have a project at the time. He told me there were no DJs, that he wanted me to play and that it didn’t matter that I didn’t have a project. My multimedia project The Waitress was born. I still carry the crumbled up dollar that I chased around on a stick while being dominated live in a waitress costume in my synth bag for good luck.

I recently resurrected an old project with Ciarra Black, Appetite. Before preparing for Savage Weekend 2014 we had only played one show three years ago- a Secret Boyfriend/ Lack show that I set up in Philly as my going away party before moving to New York. I am not so sure I would have if it were not for the push of performing at the fest this year. While trying to write new material for The Waitress, everything seemed to come up flat. I decided it was time to hang up the apron and explore new territory. I am grateful for the push every year. I really hope that this was not the last Savage Weekend, as every year has been as fun as it was inspiring but if it was- I will always have a lot of love for Ry Mar and for the fest and for everyone who participated in any capacity. These pictures are not even representative of all the awe inspiring things that I heard and saw, just the things I managed to get a decent snap of. Hope to see many of you next year.

 

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Party Tom chewing on his own toenails.
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Charmaine’s Names.
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Bloodied broken glass, the aftermath of SECTS.
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Rick Weaver and his ketchup hair gel/ cool guy style.
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Four friends reunited to wreck havoc on a small town.
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Rotting severed deer head.
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Hand of a Hunnie Bunny.
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Profligate in the light of day.
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Miguel Alvariño + Nick Klein.
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Not sure who I am sitting on or who some of these people are but group shot #1.
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V Manuscript.
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Filament.

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Licking the boot while listening to Jimmy Buffett.
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The crowd during Pvre Matrix.
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Sagan Youth Boys blasted me off into outer space.
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New Yorkers in paradise.
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This girl Aurora that I met for two seconds who looked so damn good I snapped this candidly and was then told that she hates having her photo taken? Think I am getting the death stare but it was worth it.
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Eating some fucking crab chips at a gas station, somewhere.
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My cupcake.
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Flex 1000.
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Emily of VVQART.
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T Func.
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Tinnitus Stimulus crowd surfing.
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Tinnitus Stimulus after getting a golden shower.
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Our kooky NYC crew + Alene. Group shot #2.

PHOTOS FROM FALL

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Saran Man at Fitness Center for Arts and Tactics.

 

Profligate at 285 Kent.
Pop. 1280 at Vassar College.
Humanbeast at 285 Kent.
John Mannion at Silent Barn.
Laura Palmer, life sized barbie.
Zola Jesus.
I got Chris Hansell to take my photo next to this wonderful graffiti.
Ivy and Fitness Center for Arts and Tactics.
… More Ivy? Abandoned house in VA.
Wild Pony on the beaches of Assateague island.
Sewn Leather at Vassar College.
“Get in the Grid”
Plastic Flowers.
Humanbeast at 285 Kent.
Dromez at Cheap Fest, Richmond.
Death In June.
Dana from White Suns enjoys a little bit of the campus lifestyle at Vassar College.
Before there was Pretty Girl, some creepy lady painted this creepy picture of Dan as a baby… With eyeliner and a woman’s softball coach haircut?
Zack from Ukiah Drag is a fucking candy freak!
Philly babes Brian (Drums like Machine Guns) and Yureka (G.G. Lohan).
Breakdancing Ronald Ragan at Cheap Fest.
Pretty sand in Maryland.
More pretty sand in Maryland.
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#Selfie with Cocteau Twins “Garlands” CD

 

Tinnitustiumulus stole Cheap Fest Saturday but this was the only picture that I took because I was too busy trying to prevent his table from being knocked over by everyone going ape shit.
Tinnitustiumulus stole Cheap Fest Saturday but this was the only picture that I took because I was too busy trying to prevent his table from being knocked over by everyone going ape shit.

 

 

 

 

INTERVIEW WITH SECRET BOYFRIEND

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Secret Boyfriend for Noisey:

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On November 9, 2013 I met up with lo-fi experimental solo artist Secret Boyfriend to see My Bloody Valentine and they kind of sucked. Despite hearing that MBV retained their dizzying phenomenal live show, something was totally off that night. For a band whose reputation is hinged on being so loud and intense that they can allegedly make you throw up or shit yourself, MBV were underwhelming. That may have been the venue’s fault but they also trainwrecked several songs so badly that they would just stop playing them. Kevin Shields even apologized to the audience “for all the fuck ups” which validated my disappointment. People began to heckle the band, which came as quite a surprise and when the show was over there was no attempt from the audience to persuade MBV to play an encore. The set had its redeeming moments but the whole thing was a pretty big let down.

It was a strange experience to share with the Carrboro, NC-based Ryan Martin, who has been performing as Secret Boyfriend since 2005. Until now, Martin’s brutally tender back catalog has only been made available in very limited runs. Finally, Blackest Ever Black is pressing Secret Boyfriend’s first full-length LP This Is Always Where You’ve Lived on December 9. I had a chance to debrief our disappointments with MBV, talk a little about death dreams, and discuss the pleasure in drawing blood during a good live show.

Listen to “Beyond the Darkness,” a cut from This Is Always Where You’ve Lived below.

Noisey: You must be a pretty big My Bloody Valentine fan to drive to Philadelphia from North Carolina to see them.
Secret Boyfriend: 
I love their music. I just wanted a physical experience with them. I first heard them when I was seventeen and wasn’t quite into it but they kept sounding better to my ears as the years went on, which is strange, because usually the opposite happens. I really like the androgynous, sensualstyle that they have. Kind of like a too-lazy-to-get-out-of-bed erotic vibe.

I suppose you did not get the intense physical experience you expected.
Alene [Lambskin] made it sound like ‘it’s so loud that you will puke if you don’t have ear plugs’ and you just feel your whole body vibrate and it’s totally awesome. I didn’t even need earplugs. We were probably in what was the shittiest place to stand, which we didn’t realize but also I think it was just a bad show. I don’t think they were firing on all cylinders. It sounded like they couldn’t hear each other well a lot of the time.

There certainly were a lot of misfires…
Lots of misfires, puttering about, confusion. It was a lackluster experience, but you roll the dice at a live show. I don’t regret going.

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You have been playing as Secret Boyfriend for almost a decade now and have definitely gone through different incarnations with the project. Tell me a little bit about how you got started.
Secret Boyfriend started off as kind of a weird joke. I started booking shows at a venue, where you can’t just solely book shows you’re interested in.I had to book all kinds of shows. Every once in a while there would be a singer/songwriter night and no one would come. I thought that those shows would give me a really good opportunity to play solo. I created a persona, Secret Boyfriend.

At the first show I made a leather mask from a friend’s leather and fur vest.  The joke of the performance that was that it was built to fail.  I wanted to make this really awkward experience for people, playing bass and singinghaving a lot of space between notes and a lot of uncomfortable pauses. One thing that I didn’t count on was that while I was breathing and talking, I would breathe in the fur lining of the leather mask I had madeand start having coughing fits. The first set was really weird and sparse and then there would be longer periods of me just coughing.

Secret Boyfriend kept changing. I think around 2008 the project began to become what it is and means to me today.

What would you say that Secret Boyfriend means to you today? How did this tongue-in-cheek project become something more serious?
Well when I would play shows around 2006, the sets would just be harsh noise. It definitely was not all tongue in cheek. I think that since 2009 I started to approach the project in a more cohesive way, and that happened to coincide with starting to give my music to people I didn’t know very well, and actuallygetting positive feedback from them. I was mostly playing harsh noise shows and I thought that the songs might be too cheesy. I think getting feedback from people sort of encouraged me to make more and more things but I was initially shy about showing people my real songs.

It must be strange to have Blackest Ever Black releasing your album when you have been putting out all your music yourself for years and have your own record label, Hot Releases.

It’s exciting. I usually just dub my own tapes and very sheepishly give music to people. It has been easier for me to put out someone else’s stuff. It’s easy to put support behind someone that you believe in but it feels hard to put that sort of attention behind your own project. You don’t even know if you suck. It‘s hard to tell what is appealing to other people. It’s flattering that someone would take their time and money to listen to or release your music.

Blackest Ever Black is a really interesting label. I first heard Tropic Of Cancer and liked it but then dug in deeper. I really like Black Rain and the Flaming Tunes record that they reissued. I like Raspberry Bulbs.

In regards to your own label, do you have anything in the works?
There is a split between Horsebladder and Farewell My Concubine that is coming out along with a record that will be a retrospective of Brigid Ochshorn’s recordings.

Well, your new album is great. I found it really interesting that the titular song “This is Always Where You’ve Lived” sounds completely different than the rest of the record. Can you tell me what that song was about?
There is no real reason why it is different. The record was originally a tape that I put out for tour last summer. I almost don’t want to get into the meaning of the song because it is alreadyevocative. Have you read the Shirley Jackson book The Haunting of Hill House? It’s really scary; it just gives me the creeps. The film adaptation is more of an examination of the deteriorating psychological state of the main character. It was an inspiration. When I think of “This is Always Where you’ve Lived” I think of the heroine of The Haunting.The main characters’ mood fits my mood when I am recording.

I fall into a weird dream state when I record. It is apocalyptic and scary. It feels empty, the landscape lonely. It is like a dream where you go outside and it is 3 AM but it’s broad daylight and no one around. You know something is wrong. It’s a dream where, for example, your mouth is coming apart and you don’t know why, and eventually you join a horde ofdead souls on a march towards the woods.

That’s pretty specific.
That was a death dream that I had. It was one of the dreams that I have had that emotionally resonated with me and I have never forgotten about it. Anyway, when I record it is that sort of a vibe. To me, it feels very explicit but I’m not saying anything explicitly.

Every time that I have seen you play live you play an effected cymbal through a contact mic…
I like having a piece of metal near me. It’s comforting. I like to do vocals into a cymbal or a piece of metal or a bowl of water. I like that you are struggling with an object and sometimes it is hurting you. You can start choking or your face is getting cut and you are putting yourself through some sort of ordeal. I like the process of making things uncomfortable for myself. One of the things that I like most about playing the cymbal is that I can lay it across my face and punch myself in the face and get a nice dull thud.

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Do you normally like to put yourself though unnecessary torture?
In private I am probably more of an emotional masochist but publicly, for performance, I am willing to torture myself. I am almost proud if there is some sort of injury involved in performing because I feel like I have shed some blood and put some effort into it. I also like playing the acoustic songs because of their weird fragility. It feels uncomfortable. Ideally I just want to rip my guts out when I play and expose myself completely. I can’t really do a killer guitar solo or rock out alone so I might as well try to do something that is intimate.

It is cool because I have seen you play all these harsher noise fests and your sets always stick out. I think that Secret Boyfriend catches people’s attention because you are so intimate.
I like fucking up the vibe a little bit. I wonder if I would like my project if I was outside of myself. I kind of can’t tell. When you are by yourself you have no idea what to do. You can’t tell if something is even good or not. You can just do whatever you want. You can just decide that you are going to do a harsh noise set instead of whatever you had planned. It’s hard to have self-discipline. I could just play acoustic guitar for a whole set if I felt like it. But would that kind of suck? I don’t know. You have to find a way to keep yourself interested.

I know that recorded the new record some time ago and that you are looking forward to recording some new stuff. What sort of things are you working on for your next record?
I already have a ton of stuff recorded. In September and October I played about six shows and played different sets each time. I feel like I have so much material that it is overwhelming. I just work with whatever I am feeling on a particular day, but I really need to wrap some things up.

Chapel Hill’s noise scene has been thriving for a couple of years now artists like Profligate, Lambskin and Outmode have recently migrated there from bigger cities. What is the Chapel Hill scene like these days?
I think it changes up a lot. There are a lot of shows for a small scene of people. A lot of interesting music comes through and a lot of people are doing interesting stuff. In the past year there have been so many shows that it almost feels exhausting. People are active but not jaded. Friends leave though, and when someone leaves you feel their absence.

Generally, I would say it is good and I am happy that people come through and play as much as they do. I hope people feel welcomed that, even if there are only fifteen people there, they are being appreciated.

Well, we have established that My Bloody Valentine didn’t quite kill it last night. If you could say one thing to Kevin Shields right now, what would it be?
Thank you.

That is very classy.
Bad shows happen.

You can listen to more clips from This Is Always Where You’ve Lived below:

You can pre-order the record here: http://blackesteverblack.bigcartel.com/product/secret-boyfriend-i-this-is-always-where-you-ve-lived-i-blackest023

JANE PAIN AND INDUSTRY OF MACHINES PRESENT: PROFLIGATE AND HUMANBEAST

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PHEMALE’S NEW MUSIC VIDEO, NYKY + RYKY

I premiered Phemale’s new music video, “Nyky and Ryky” for Impose Magazine:

Phemale’s new video “Nyky and Hyry” is a glimpse at his forthcoming album Dullard, as well as the imagined world of Wet Hood. For those who are not familiar with Phemale, it is the solo project of New Haven’s Michael Donahue, who has just released his twelfth full-length album, City Silk on Connecticut’s own Redscroll Records as well as a tape, Everything’s Haunted on Elm Recordings simultaneously.

As with most of his work, the two releases are strikingly different. The much anticipated City Silk adheres to a traditional pop and ballad structure, while Everything’s Haunted shows his penchant for experimental tape collage. Donahue’s astonishing repertoire is written from the perspective of characters that exist only in a world that he created, called Wet Hood.

Phemale performs live dressed up in his own hand made costumes as the different outré inhabitants of Wet Hood. “Nyky and Hyry” transports us from our world to his, by telling the heart-wrenching story of Nyky, a pet freak by trade (it is considered prestigious for the wealthy beings of Wet Hood to have such pets). His cruel owner Charlotte pays him in rocks after parading him around town.

Now without money and bruised knees, he must seek the help of a shaman who lives in the beach. Along the way, his friend Raymond provides him with a walking stick to aid him in his journey. A witch named Dahndra transports him to the beach, where the magical shaman provides a special crystal that delivers him from his pain. It is there that he sees his soul mate, summoning him to the sea, where they sit and hold hands watching the sunset.

Kern’s strong vision guides the tale beautifully. The track plays like a warped music box and you can almost imagine the downtrodden Nyky as the sad ballerina dancing forever in circles inside. Both the video and the track balance the strange and the delicate masterfully.

Phemale performing live as Nyky. July 5, 2013.
Phemale performing live as Nyky. July 5, 2013.

You can purchase Phemale’s newest LP, “City Silk” here

You can purchase Phemale’s newst CS, “Everything’s Haunted”, here