Monday, October 15, 2012

Fall 2012 Update

Hello babies.
Tired as all hell, but I feel like I should update this thing.
(Check out that layout!)

First things first: I put out a new album for a new solo project, called Thing-Worker.
Go download this thing!

It's hideously deformed industrial/harsh noise/power electronics/cybergrind/musique concrete. It's the most abrasive and heavy recording I've done yet and I'm very proud of it. That cover art was a collaboration between Aircraft and I.

I'll be embarking on a tour soon. I didn't update this thing, I don't think, but I was on tour for all of August, as well as 10 days in May, before that (which may have been posted about on this blog).
I swear, shows get better every time I go out. It's really empowering. I need to be out more often! I need to play more, with Bubblegum Octopus, with Ultra Death Men, and with anything and anyone that I can possibly play with!

The tour will be a brief journey starting in North Carolina, jumping through OH, IL, MI, and NY state.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

2012 Update #2: SPRINGTIME

Hello babies!
It's been a while, no?

Let's catch y'all up.

About two weeks ago myself and members of Giggle The Ozone, Pet Bottle Ningen, Ugh God, and others found ourselves in a warehouse studio in Philly, recording for the third Hybegnu release.
If you haven't checked out our first offering (which doesn't feature me) and our second (which does) you can grab them at our Bandcamp page for free (or money, if you want to donate to the Hybegnu coffers.)

Prior to that, I had been doing some really infrequent shows. Did a c@ show in Salem, MA and played Bubblegum Octopus sets around New Jersey. Last night I played at a fantastic house venue in Sussex, NJ, for the second time. The place is called Cigarette Hill On Anal Mountain. Despite the potentially off-putting name, the place is lovely, friendly, and enthusiastic. I was playing with Spreaders, Valerie Kuehne, and Joey Molinaro (who was doing electric violin and foot percussion renditions of Discordance Axis songs). By good fortune, the former vocalist of Discordance Axis, Jon Chang, a supreme idol of mine in the ways of extreme vocals and approach to album releases, happened to be in the audience. For me, that's quite a big deal. His voice has been the ideal sound of piercing screams, inhuman growling, and general vocal chaos for years >o<

Outside of that, I've been working with Jon of Ultra Death Men on the new Bubblegum Octopus LP, due out Fall/Winter of this year on Placenta Recordings. He will be playing drums (if you didn't already know) on about half of the tracks.
The album has taken a decidedly unusual turn, as far as Bubblegum Octopus material goes. In the process of trying to rework the album for live performance, I began playing more guitar on it. The result is a lot of super shoegazey and skramy parts, with equal parts Mukai Shutoku and Agata Ichirou, that somehow borders on accidental, transcendental psychedelia.
That, mixed with the heavy grooves and d-beats of the real drums, the freaked out, sputtering, glitchy breaks of the electronic tracks, the sometimes VGM, sometimes completely wacky synths, and my vocals has created something particularly unusual and "band"-like for the record.
It was a bit off-putting at first and I thought I was just going to scrap everything, but after rehearsing the songs in full form, I've found renewed confidence in what I'm doing with this. Jon's contributions are extremely valuable and integral.

As for Critters and Milquetoast, I'm leaving them on the back burner. I've foolishly begun writing yet another album in the past few months, but I am going to focus on splits and those two albums before I push that forward at all. I have splits lined up with Kool Skull, Kindergarten Hazing Ritual, Dingle, Watabou, Spreaders, and more and I need to get these things done!!

In future live performance news, I will be playing Ultra Mega Awesome Extreme 6 this Saturday, in Detroit. The line-up is downright sinister. If you're even remotely able to get to this, you really need to. I promise promise promise it will be worth it!
Then in May I'll be doing a really ramshackle tour just to get out of my comfort zone.

May 9th - Winston-Salem, NC - tba
May 10th - help needed for SC or GA
May 11th - Gainesville, FL - The Laboratory
May 12th - Panama City, FL - The A&M Theater
May 13th - I'll play whatever in FL!
May 14th - Orlando, FL - Uncle Lou's
May 15th - help needed for SC or GA
May 16th - Greensboro, NC - tba
May 17th/18th - help needed for SC or GA!!
May 19th - Philadelphia, PA - 8static @ The PhilaMOCA

In August I'll have a longer tour, covering the mid-west and Texas, that may actually feature the debut of a new, two-piece project, but I can't say anymore about that in case I jinx it.

For now, I'm out. I hope there are no obvious errors in this. I don't have the time to proof-read >_<

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

2012 Update

Hey all.
For those who don't know, I've been making much more frequent posts at
I'm in the midst of an extreme recap of all of my touring escapades, starting in summer of 2009, extending all the way up until this past summer and beyond.

But let's talk here about the future of Bubblegum Octopus and other projects of mine.
All the meaty bits.
Hybegnu's second album (and the first to feature me) is available for download via bandcamp, or for streaming, what have you, at . The album is called SHE-MASK, and it's a bit of a... "trip".
Bizarro prog-sludge-doom, featuring members of Giggle The Ozone, PAK, Time Of Orchids, Ugh God, Scutopus, and Infidel?/Castro!.

Another release, since last update, was that of my soundtrack for a platforming game called Cheeseman. The soundtrack is available at .
It's mighty BgO-ish, but it's not officially a BgO release. What does that really matter though? ;P

Ultra Death Men, by the way, will finally see their two years overdue EP release. We have made tracklist cuts that have made all three of us happy and inspired, and our agenda for this week is to get the mixing 100%. It's very very close right now.

Other than that, you'll just have to see what I put out. I'm tired of letting people down with false hope!
Maybe that's my resolution for 2012?

Don't forget to just follow my facebook page for more frequent updates.
It's the easiest thing right now, eh?