Saturday, November 14, 2015

Entertainment (2015)

Most of you cannot handle this movie. "Entertainment" is a declaration of war on the U.S. white status quo. You want to be happy. Fulfilled. You want to think there's a point to life. This movie is a stunning epic of tedium, boredom, apathy, sadness and banal horror, painted in esoteric allegorical strokes. It is complete nihilism, deftly articulated. It is excellent.

What happens when art is the only thing keeping somebody alive, yet it is obviously their death sentence at the same time? "The Comedian" in this film repeatedly points out and ridicules the total ugliness in life and then slams face first over and over into that ugliness, not to mention that the only audience who seems to ever "get it" are the ugliest garbage on the earth.

If we are going strictly by movie titles, "Entertainment" makes "Happiness" look like Laurel and Hardy. "Entertainment" is a two hour-long utter death-screech of a threnody for the first world artiste. It is the sound that some of us make while we bang our heads against the concrete of reality until torrents of blood come gushing out. Naturally, it took a master comedian like Gregg Turkington to create one of the most bleak existential nightmares imaginable. He possesses the reckless sensitivity to stare hard into his own personal void and show it to us with no mercy. He finds that the world is neither laughing with him or at him - rather it just doesn't care at all.

The obvious "laughs" are basically over in the first five minutes. During the opening salvo, the moribund pandering of a sad clown/mime to the lowest common denominator sets an unbearably awkward tone which never resolves. The world of "Entertainment" is one where idiots and perverts win, and the artist is valueless trash. Early on, John C. Reilly is momentarily hysterical as a bumbling, artless capitalist who senses value in The Comedian's work, but just cannot get it. The Capitalist feels compelled to siphon some sort of perceived authenticity from The Comedian. The exchange is ultimately hollow.

The scenes all last too long, on purpose. The soundtrack is mostly muted, dissonant cacophony, surrounded by stretches of awkward silence. The only time The Comedian actually comes alive is during the short bursts when he is on stage. Even then, confrontation and disaster is the goal, or punch line. His act is mostly about brutal ridicule of the pointlessness and fleetingly temporary futility of celebrity. In the film, we hear the exact same stilted Neil Hamburger jokes he has been making for more than 15 years (to my recollection), and that's the point - The Comedian has come to a cross road, where his material no longer falls into any meaningful context. His work has reached an impasse, and all that's left is death.

The Comedian lives to create discomfort people don't want, yet he needs people who don't want it to accomplish that goal. It's a catch-22. Ultimately, The Comedian is more impotent than Don Quixote. He is a vortex, closing in on himself. He has made his whole life about proving that everything sucks, only to find that everything sucks. This movie is a protracted suicide note.

I suppose this movie resonates with me so strongly because I've always been a comedian, first and foremost. All of my music is comedic, often in the blackest ways, but sometimes in the most base sense, but even when it's obvious, I'm generally trying to do something far below the surface. I can't help it. This is the lens I view life through: I am coping with existence the best way I know how - trying to keep some kind of motivation, while acknowledging, mocking and sometimes finding the exquisite beauty in chaos. This is not a popular angle. I don't expect anybody to get it or care at this point. It's largely self-serving. Hell, it's no less pointless than what everybody else on this planet does, so I continue. It's what makes sense to me. Where that's going is another matter altogether.

In "Entertainment", Gregg Turkington, as The Comedian, is basically trapped in a wasteland full of vapid automatons who don't understand why he would even bother. He no longer communicates to anyone. The world doesn't want or need him, yet he has shunned those who do in order to play out a terminal directive. He is outnumbered and doomed, regardless of the clarity of his vision. The fall downhill begins to gain rapid momentum as the artist finally starts wondering why his life's work means anything even to himself.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

New Releases at Bandcamp: Lydia Lunch Retrovirus, Walter/Pitsiokos, Weasel Walter solo guitar!

lydia lunch retrovirus "live in zurich" - a full live show from june 2015, mixed from multitrack soundboard audio sources

weasel walter "for andrew ortmann" - a shearing live 30 minute guitar improvisation by the weez
weasel walter/chris pitsiokos "unplanned obsolescence" - digital reissue of ultra limited LP only live album documenting their first musical meeting

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

New Weasel Walter Products Spring 2015

i have fine new wares available. prices are postage paid in the US
paypal =
foreign orders, please write for quote:

Lydia Lunch Retrovirus "Urge To Kill" CD 14.00 postage paid in US
The brand new studio recordings by this touring unit featuring Lunch, Weasel Walter, Tim Dahl and Bob Bert. Nine bracing re-examinations of material from her early musical period. Intense modern no-wave rock outbursts.

Deadly Orgone Radiation "Power Trips" CD 14.00 postage paid in US
Manic, intelligent free-rock improvisation by this trio featuring Weasel Walter (drums) and guitarists Alex Ward and James Sedwards. Dissonant, intense displays of control and fury.

Henry Kaiser/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter "Plane Crash 2" CD 14.00 postage paid in the US
Building off the 2009 ugEXPLODE release "Plane Crash", this wooly trio featuring guitar, double bass and drums emits another disaster of detail and interplay, recording with stunning fidelity. More painterly than the debut, but no less uncompromising.
Order all three above CDs as a package in the US for only 36 dollars and save!

Weasel Walter/David Buddin "Quodlibet" download
59 minutes of excoriating Modernism fusing the austere, unpredictable serialist piano compositions of David Buddin and the lightspeed improvisational drumming of Weasel Walter. Download includes 7 page PDF file with artwork by Dominika Michalowska and extensive liner notes.


I also have limited quantites of the following releases - please inquire:

Chris Pitsiokos/Weasel Walter "Drawn and Quartered" LP (ltd to 150, almost gone)
Yoni Kretzmer/Pascal Niggenkemper/Weasel Walter "Protestmusic" CD

coming this year:
Cellular Chaos - album title tk LP/CD
Andrew Hock/Joe Morris/Weasel Walter - Jigsaw CD
Henry Kaiser/Weasel Walter with Melvin Gibbs and Chris Pitsiokos - album title tk CD

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Dionysian evening of sound and fury, as this 12 piece ensemble lead by Weasel Walter and Henry Kaiser evokes colliding planets and endless apocalypse with this brutal grouping of heavy New York players during two hour-long sets of structured improvisation. Don't miss it. Fans of the Globe Unity/"Machine Gun"/"Ascension" school of aural violence will be highly gratified by this unforgettable performance.

JACK - 505 1/2 Waverly Ave. Brooklyn NY 11238
Wednesday April 22, 2015 - 8pm
Both sets $10 in advance from
$15 at the door

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

New Weasel Walter solo release: "Fragments"

Weasel Walter "Fragments"

20 maniacal shards of previously unreleased complex composition from 1999 to the present by the prolific master of disaster, Weasel Walter. Fans of Flying Luttenbachers albums like "Systems Emerge From Complete Disorder", "Incarceration By Abstraction" and "Cataclysm" as well as Behold The Arctopus' "Horroscension" take heed. Download comes with extensive 9 page PDF liner note document.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

What's New

As 2015 nears, I believe it's time to issue some kind of statement explaining what I've been up to and where I'm planning on heading in the future. The past few years have been very difficult. Unfortunately, sometimes life interrupts art, but I've done what I can. I mostly played guitar during 2014, and very little drums. Despite this, I recently released my first solo drumming album to a positive reception. I will play drums more in the future if circumstances move towards that.

For a number of reasons I decided to leave New York City to move to Philadelphia in November of this year. I am still in Lydia Lunch Retrovirus and Cellular Chaos, but I am seeking to establish new projects locally. I arrived in Philadelphia to no fanfare. I have very little clue about what's happening here and very few connections. I am using the downtime to steadily complete the pile of unfinished recordings from the last few years. On the slate for release in 2015 are the following recordings which I appear on:

Henry Kaiser and Ray Russell "The Celestial Squid" CD (Cuneiform Records)
Weasel Walter and Chris Pitsiokos "Drawn and Quartered" LP (One Hand Records)
Andrew Hock/Joe Morris/Weasel Walter "Jigsaw" CD (Balazs Pandi Inc.)
Henry Kaiser/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter "Plane Crash 2" CD (New Atlantis)

Deadly Orgone Radiation "Power Trips" CD (Copepod Records)
Lydia Lunch Retrovirus - title tk CD/LP (Widowspeak/Rustblade Records)

Encenathrakh - s/t CD (tba)
Vinny Golia/Max Johnson/Weasel Walter - title tk (tba)

Cellular Chaos - title tk (tba)

There are no plans to revive the ugEXPLODE label, as intended. My attitude is that it is a finished body of work. Most of the catalog releases can be sampled or purchased through Bandcamp.

I may try to finally complete masters for the QUOK and Forbes/Young/Walter studio releases if I can maintain this momentum, but I don't know how they will be released. It would be nice to try and compile a vintage End Result release if I can.

I hope to see everybody on tour in 2015 with both Lydia Lunch Retrovirus and Cellular Chaos