I'm supposed to keep posting here so that you all will know that I'm still breathing. If this be your first time at this site, hit the Orientation Guide because the simpler I keep things, the more they self-complicate.
Last night I ran into this homeless blues-rock guitar prodigy I know, and asked him how he was doing. He replied, "Man, I'm pissed-off." "Why?" I asked." "Because," he joked, "I have a sense of entitlement." He went on to tell me that he'd not been making enough money from playing on the street. I assured him that most musicians in the world feel that they should have more money, and should be gaining it reciprocally for their musical endeavors. Some "assurance" that was – but such is the terrain.
Expect more music by me in October. If I produce none within that time-frame, feel free to feel disappointed. You probably have plenty of stuff to catch-up on until then, however.
New trick-baby in the MMBMM family: Dogo by Stevitch. Some noise dudes in the Ukraine wanted to hijack my cred, so I told 'em to let me put their stuff out or I'd hire someone via the Unternet to take care of 'em. Aw, just funnin'ya – I'd done this stuff in July and didn't know whether I liked it that much. A couple months later, I find that it beats the sounds of my A/C and 'fridge together, so I'm making it available for download on Bandcamp. Enter "0" for the price so that you won't feel ripped-off; just don't bug me for a refund on your time. 67 minutes of required endurance. The CD is availablehere. Dedicated to Casper : then / now
So, a bit of instruction on how to navigate this joint, for new visitors to this site: Listen & Buy has linked sampler-players of my releases by me, embedded from respective Bandcamp pages. Listen More has Bandcamp players of two compilations of songs, plus a player of songs hosted on Soundcloud (in total, over four hours of listening, so I hope you didn't make plans for this evening). Kleinabermein is like the Listen & Buy and Listen More sections, but for Kleinabermein, which is inexplicable art-noise or whatever. Others by Me lists releases by, well, "others," with embedded/linked Bandcamp sampler players for those releases. Chimpunk showcases releases by which I invented a new sub-genre of raucous rocky-poo. Misc.-ing Links has a list of things to help you misunderstand me better. The Sidebar, to the right, has links to where CD editions, Discography, Lyrics and other stuffs are posted, as well as some compilations, and . . .
About 40 albums/EPs by me should appear on iTunes by the first week of September, and thenabouts likewise back on Amazon MP3.
For various reasons, not all of my albums are going up on iTunes, but I wanted to represent some "refererential" tracks from the missing ones (which will remain steadfastly available for download on Bandcamp, and in CD format).
So, I re-mastered 10 songs and instrumentals and compiled them under the titleЛюбовь (Lyubov). The title was chosen for no other reason than my having made cover art for a concept album about "love," and then abandoned the project because the sarcasm ran too deeply for my heart to not be drowned by its undertow. This compilation is also available on Bandcamp, and on CD, because I find that amusingly ironic.
Bad Songs by Dicklyn Fut – five songs plus two alternate mixes - is now available on CD and for download on Bandcamp; soon on iTunes, wherever that is; eventually Amazon MP3 some time in September or so.
This EP differs from the previous one by starting off mellower but proceeding with folk-punk songs with even cruder lyrics, one of which is perhaps the most blasphemous song ever recorded. Suckle a bit of sauce from the faucet on Bancamp.
Scraping-Out the Can to Pad the Resume
is a CD-only release, since the accompanying artwork is too
fabtastic to despoil with text, and I like the gimmick of having to insert the disc into
iTunes to see what the tracks' titles are.
Composed of instrumental mixes and elemental pieces employed in the mixes of some songs. Some of these are contemporaneous with other outtakes I've released previously, but overlooked in that process. 20 tracks @ 47 minutes.
Zusammenstellung (erweiterte Auflage) is a CD-only expanded edition of the Kleinabermein compilation, with revised artwork. 23 tracks, comprising representative tracks from all of the Kleinabermein albums.
Purchase the CD hier. You can, alternately, download the 17-track compilation on Bandcamp for $5 – or pay considerably more for it on iTunes.
Last weekend, I watched Fatherland, a 1986 film about a dissident songwriter in East Berlin who is "officially obliged" to go to West Berlin (and, by ideological extension, to the indefinite "West") to pursue his singing/songwriting career. The problem is, however, that he remains, by nature, clear-eyed and critical, and not given to keeping his opinions on the down-low just because they might be unpopular by cutting through the crap with which everyone else goes along in order to get along. If the film had contented itself with the message of how capitalism stifles authentic artistic expression, however, it would have made a succinct and powerful statement – but it over-reached its own aim by exploiting this premise as a pretext for becoming yet another story of rooting-out an elderly Nazi war criminal living incognito. Nevertheless, its proper point was well-made, as indicated in the succession of subtitled screencaps presented after the jump.
Now available on CD is Re-Wind, a collection of 10 songs with new mixes or new arrangements taken from the albums released over the past year's time. These versions may or may not be "improvements;" they are primarily intended to be significantly different. Buy the CD here or find it on the CD Editions page.
Re-Wind is also available for download (FLAC, MP3, whatever) on Bandcamp; to be available in August on iTunes.
The CD edition includes a 23-minute "bonus" re-mix of a song from the album My Beautiful World
Another one to throw onto the pile! My Dream of Your Dream of My Dream of You has nine selections @ 30 minutes-and-change, for a glimmering example of brevity's being the soul of wit: seven songs plus two non-filler "soundscape" things. The CD features a bonus 15-minute "remash" thingy.
The idea behind this set of songs was to use no guitar (for the first time in almost three years) and to render tehm as my idea of "electropop." Not exactly Black Cherry, but convincing enough for a guy who's too punk-rock for Hollywood.
Listen & download FLAC/MP3/whatever at Bandcamp. CD directly available here and on the CD list site.
The second EP, Why I am such a jerk, by Colin Ambulance, is now available for any-format download on Bandcamp. For the CD edition, click here.
These new songs are deeper and darker
than those of the previous set, and only one of them (the final one; in
Italian) is about a girl's butt. The greater attention to production and
arrangement – while keeping things swiftly proceeding in order to keep
pace with Colin's writing – complements the varied subjects and their
Now available for sale (and streaming) via Bandcamp is Making Music Your Own, a 40-minute montage/remix/remash of performances and sonic elememts realized for the album Exit Plan.
The package design and title are intentional emulations/homages/rip-offs of those of records in the educational series Making Music Your Own published by the Silver Burdett Company in the late 1960s, for the reason that their influence is among the formative causes for my being drawn to, and sucked into, music-making. (Gotta blame somebody.)
Yup – another to add to the pile. My album Exit Plan is now available on CD, in addition to any-format download via Bandcamp. My publicist commanded me to rock this blurbiage in its favor: Ten tracks @ 40 minutes: avant-noise, '80s-style electro-pop, '70s-style
soft-rock, spoken-wordiness, mean-ass slab-slammin' wrock, enossified
clintonic electrofunk, whatever, blablabla . . . The lyrics go so far beyond all
that; you have no idea.
The Kleinabermein one is on iTunes. Xbox users, you can also stream the bejesus outa any of 'em while blowin' stuff up and cuttin' off people's heads. These all are also on off-brand outlets like Deezer, eMusic, and such, in case anyone has really heard of them.
It seemed in order to post another compilation of "my stuff" on Spotify, iTunes, et al., so I culled 20 songs to form My Velvet Rut: Another Compilation of Stuff by Me. Most of the recordings date from the past couple of years; the final two tracks throw allaway back to 2011, when I was still wet behind the cojones. Presently available for download on Bandcamp, with a bonus track almost 15 minutes in duration. The CD edition is available via the Bandcamp page. Full tracklisting and respective provenances here.
Call me a traitor to my race, but I paid far more attention to the films than to the music during SXSW, this year. I did see a couple films which I didn't like that much, and I even walked-out on one, but in general, the quality of the films screening at SXSW is consistently staggering. Even the films which verge on mediocre have something brilliant about them – a performance, cinematography, an original score – that redeems them as memorable. Bear in mind that there were scores of films that I did not see; it's just impossible to see all the films whose synopses one finds interesting. These are the films, in no particular order, and for varying reasons, which I'd liked enough to recommend (after the jump):
After having very recently completed the previous Kleinabermein album (see below), I realized that the impetus behind those works had run its course; that there was no more to be found in such "darkness" but more darkness. It no longer became possible to make this sort of "music" with a sense of humor in the mix, and this mode of expression had become self-limiting by virtue of its self-definition. To pre-emtively gratify any future inclination to do so, and since some "final statement" should be made, I have completed what will be the final Kleinabermein album. It is entitled Himmeloderhoelle – one continuous hour of glacially-paced electrocreep. Probably great for sex on drugs, but so what?
Available as download via Bandcamp; also as CD. If you're going for the download, do so in a lossless format (i.e., FLAC), as encoding to lossy format (i.e., MP3, OGG) will likely result in clipping artefacts due to the heaviness of the low-end frequencies.
The latest album by Kleinabermein is Bullshit. (I love titles which also serve as succinct reviews.) Four tracks at 36 minutes; last of which is 20 minutes in required duration. While resembling the precedents of past works, this album features also human vocals with intelligible language (English, for the masses).
The My Music by Me Music label sampler Mommy Was Pretty is available for sale via iTunes. The compilation features Kleinabermein, Colin Ambulance, Dicklyn Fut, Creeps Ahoy!, Blood Turds, Japanese Mother-Son Movie, some guy named Steve Fitch, and some other band, whose name I can't recall at the moment. But do us both a favor, and download it via Bandcamp. You can also listen to it, and rip crappy, scratchy-sounding low-bitrate streams of the selections instead of enjoying the full-fidelity goodness of the lossless files available for purchase, on that page.
Non-Man is now available for download on Bandcamp and as a CD. Eight songs at 25 mintues, plus a 15-minute thingamawhatzit at the end of the CD. Yeah, kinda brief – but what I call "succinct." Sometimes ya just gotta make your point and leave it at that.
Any animal I like or I resemble is welcome for a temporary stay. Hums of my appliances accompany my waking thoughts in lieu of a tender vox humana. Life has missed me; I'm crazy, but not dangerous; I hold back as much as I let fly. I'm a non-man.
Last night I received an e-mail, from a friend in NYC, informing me that our friend Scott Phillips, had died in Washington, DC, last weekend. He would have turned 50 this April. It might seem somehow auspicious or spooky that, since last Saturday, I've had trouble sleeping at night, or that, all week, I'd been "intending" to post something about Scott's musical and cinematic efforts because dude (in living form) needed some mad props to the max (as we used to say back in the '80s), or that I had been perpetually forestalling honoring his request to put an autographed copy of the 12" EP by his band Sarcastic Orgasm on eBay to "test the market" for it. Then again, it might not seem so spooky, amounting to my being a negligent friend too engrossed in his own troubles to properly appreciate a motherfucker. Now, all that's reduced to this.
I had this dream in which I was standing in line behind a lot of other people, waiting for my turn to be admitted to Hell. The queque advanced slowly, as the Devil, seated at a lectern just outside the entrance, read aloud, from a large book, an account of each person's personal history in order to justify that person's admission to the Eternal Inferno. When it came my turn, the Devil began to read the history of my life, but fell silent as he read to himself. Seeming almost ashamed, he looked up at me and apoiogized, "Sorry, but you've already been through Hell. Get outa here."
The thirteenth emission attributed to Kleinabermein is now available for download on Bandcamp – hier.
The 26-miunte piece Dreizehn could have fleshed-out the previous Gott hat gesprochen, whose total running time of 30 minutes might seem scant by the convention of the CD delivery/playback medium, but it stands as unique thematically, aesthetically, and intentionally. Kleinabermein itself is particulary unconcerned with conventions, anyway.
when I just can't seem to get any momentum going; no progress seems
probable; possibility is a moot point.
I'm not despairing, just rolling
around on my back, down here on the floor. All this lolling
back-and-forth is really making me hungry, so if you're not gonna help
me up onto my feet, at least pop a treat into my mouth so I can keep going and you can keep enjoying the spectacle of my ridiculous predicament. Now go to my Bandcamp page and buy something.
New Kleinabermein set – three @ 30 – available at Bandcamp, where you can listen to a sampler medley of the three selections, and even puchase the CD edition if you require something tangible for your money. Titles: Fokom (4:15) Susan Wiley (1:45) Frauenfeidnlich (24:00)
After having watched Marilyn Manson's video for his song "Long Hard Road out of Hell," the suggestions for other videos to watch came up with other Marilyn Manson videos – except for the inclusion of the video "Top 10 Best Cat Videos of All Time." God must be trying to divert me from the sinister influence of Satanic rock. Hmmm . . . sure is tempting. The cat video, I mean.
In July of last year, I recorded a song from Iggy Pop's 1977 albumThe Idiot, and then I did another, and another – until it looked like I was re-making the entire album; so I did.
Shortly after having completerd it, I had a very-limited run of CDs made, using in the package design the painting that Iggy imitates on the cover of the album, with the intention of sending copies to him and David Bowie, the authors of the songs. Soon after that, I posted it for download on Bandcamp, but now I have it available on CD at wholesale price - here.
Listen to the sampler medley of the songs below, and read more about this release after the jump.
The Heiligenstadt Testament – A letter written by Beethoven to his brothers Carl and Johann on 6 October 1802 concerning his increasing deafness. An addendum is dated 10
October 1802. It was discovered among his papers after his death and
published (in German) in October 1827.
The eleventh Kleinabermein album, Passive Authoritarian Subjugation by Active Abuse of Congeniality, is now available for download on Bandcamp, and as a CD – here. I've been shopping at this store for the past 15 years, and I pay for everything I walk out with, and I work for every penny I spend – so if you really want to follow me around, I'm "going to have to" consider it stalking and call the Police.
Call me sappy or wimpy, but the heart-warming effect of animals-being-animals fascinates me for hours, whereas the cynicism of porn leaves me feeling left-out, ripped-off and wishing I could have my time back.
To find the gems, one really has to dig. It's not enough to comb the record bins for hours – ya gotta dive into the dumpsters behind the record stores, bug the guy at the swap meet about what's in that fruit crate in the compartment on the side of his RV, sneak up into your grampa's attic and look under where the decades-old "gentlemen's" magazines are stashed . . .
Well, it looks like I've unearthed a find, and of truly archaeological nature: the only known record by the Ancient-Roman band, Volumus Maximus, entitled Petram et Volumen Tota Nocte, which, according to Google Translate, means, "Rock-n-roll all night." Purportedly recorded circa 30 BC, and engraved on the verso of the very disc depicted on the "cover" image.
Just released: a seven-song suite entitled The Life.
I don't know what sort of bluriage to use to describe it. Maybe it would appeal to those who prefer Kleinabermein material to just mein. Buy it, after having listened to the sampler medley, on Bandcamp. Supplementally, and in its own right, I recommend the documentary film The Pruitt-Igoe Myth.
Conceptual art, or practical joke? I've rarely perceived a distinction between the two, myself – except for when conceptual art transcends its need to be "explained" in order to be "appreciated," thereby being as self-justifying as any other.
Yes: as six-hour album by me - available by download, of course. Read all about La portée, and buy it, here.
The sources for these pieces were selectively-mixed backing tracks from my Bellybuttonhole album.
My autocompilation, The Octomom of Pop: 22 Songs 2009–2012, is available on iTunes, eMusic, Spotify, and somewhere else, circa the end of this month.
It is presently, and will remain, available on Bandcamp, and you can listen to it in entirety (or in partiality), along with a 30-some song Soundcloud sampling of my progeny, on the Listen More page of this site. Bandcamp price (FLAC, et al.; artwork files): $7.00
Download it from iTunes for $9.99 – why pay less for more?. (Sorry, I can't make the link work, but if you're into iTunes, you can find it.)
This compilation may be somewhat outdated since its release last September, thanks to my unnatural musical fecundity, but I like how it flows – then jars, then soothes, then stuns – and I need a selective "billboard" array for Spotify, whose audience is potentially worldwide and yet which near-criminally don't pay shee-it per play. Likewise but less-so with iTunes and eMusic, where this music's presence should serve to alert the public to a vast motherlode of time-based consumables by me – available at lowest cost due to lowest overhead under my particular auspices.
The streams on Spotify sound like doo-doo, by the way. Abominable. Utter shite. Whatever.
My inaugural foray into mash-up territory eschews the genre's standard intention to call attention to the songs "referenced" and how cleverly was managed their juxtaposition; the emphasis is on combination of elements. Pop/rock music is recombinant, y'know.
Listen/download here; enter "0" if you don't think you should have to pay for it. CD is $5.99.
When I realized that in creating the albums Fucksgiving, Brown Town and Stellar I had employed a number of "insteresting" para-musical elements, I wanted to create a montage-piece from them, adding maybe only a drum track or two. This resulted inn a 26-minute piece, Fuck Texas – It's 90 Degrees in My Goddamn Apartment!
Despite my recent vow to release no new music until September, this album couldn't wait. Stellar consists of 11 songs or whatzits inspired by or drawn from my experiences and impressions during a distinct and distant period of my life – being my years in NYC as rock dude, art maggot and village idiot.
Stellar is now available for download (FLAC and such) on Bandcamp. The CD edition is also available.
Bleecker Street between Thompson and Sullivan, an integral recording I made of street performers whom I call the Mystery New York Gospel Trio.
The talented and inspired gentlemen performing these songs lived in
homeless shelters and performed regularly on the streets of Manhattan in
the era circa 1990. Their singing has inspired me ever since my first
encountering them, which is documented in these recordings.
This set is available as a free download, but if you'd prefer this on CD, that is wholesale-priced at $5.99.
"I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be cut off
by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy
I must be some kind of magnet for this sort of thing. A few years back, I received in the mail a CD by some neophyte metal band, with exaggeratedly-jagged logo and all, for my perusal, perchance my opinion. I had no idea what I might be able to do for their career, so I gave it to this 20-year-old metal dewd I knew. Then, last week, I received in the mail three tapes from some guy who said that he'd been in this band called Blood Turds (not to be confused with Blood Turd, a metal band with an exaggeratedly-jagged logo), in the mid-'80s.
Saspadaar Vines is a single 40-minute piece of manipulated samples and magled audio by Kleinabermein. It plays, or unrolls, like an audio-film, and though it sounds characteristic of works by Kleinabermein, its sound is of a different character. Harsh and aggressive moments are played off almost-/not-quite-tranqhil passages, resolving in an ending which could be described as "playful."
Saspadaar Vines can be downloaded from Bandcamp, here. Included are not only the de rigeur CD-artwork files but several alternate front-cover images. There is no de rigeur sampler medley for this one, as by the time I'd arrived at that point, I had no time left for it because I was too tired, I lay down for a nap and slept for too long, I had to pick a friend up from the airport, I got stuck in traffic, I had a cancer scare, I was too hung-over, and/or I lost the charger to my phone.
I had envisioned this as a three-track punk-rock seven-inch vinyl
record, but since I am neither affluent nor cool enough to pull it off,
I'm leaving it up to you. Just buy this download (lossless files only,
naturally); then print and press the three-song vinyl seven-inch disc
with your own money, using the supplied artwork and audio files; just
pay me $3 per copy manufactured (including "promo" copies). Everything
should be so simple!
Yep – a nother album by me. Brown Town consists of 10 songs, half of which are raw guitar-based punk-pop, one of which sounds like a '60s Polish jazz film theme, one is an electro-groove thingy, another is a folky-dokey British-sounding whatzit, along with the electrocreepish drone track . . .
Ten songs @ 36 minutes: a concisely intense package of humor, vitriol, impishness, hatred and redemption. Nothing says, "F*ck you," like saying, "F*ck you."
Brown Town is now available for download on Bandcamp (including CD-package artwork files). The CD is here.
O Feinde, nicht diese Töne is now available on Bandcamp.
The eighth Kleinabermein album consists of six selections. The first is 15 minutes in duration; the last 30 minutes of required endurance. Both of them are insidiously-engaging drone pieces that "work" as either passive or active listening. The other selections on the album straddle tohe arbitrary partition between humor and horror – with the customary mangled voices and manipulated sounds.
Listen to a sampler medley on the Bnadcamp page and in the Kleinabermein section of this site.
I decided to make available a collection of eight formerly-CD-only "bonus" tracks from 2011–2013.
The Other CD Bonus Tracks is now available for download on Bandcamp. The download from Bandcamp includes 150dpi CD artwork, and some other pertinent graphics and info.
Among the material is only one song, with the rest being instrumentals or instrumental mixes or versions of songs. Four are from A Curse in Reverse; the rest from An Hour off Your Life, Repeat & Fade, Fucksgiving, and I Can't Love You.