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


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cellular Chaos September 2014 Tour Dates



9/16 - BOSTON - Whitehaus, Jamaica Plains
9/17 - PROVIDENCE - AS220 with Whore Paint and Finished
9/19 - ROCHESTER - Hazelwood Lodge, Ellison Park - 5 to 10pm
9/20 - ANN ARBOR - Dreamland Theater
9/21 - CHICAGO - Township
9/22 - MINNEAPOLIS - Hexagon Bar
9/23 - MADISON - Mickey's Tavern
9/24 - KALAMAZOO - Satellite Records
9/25 - LAFAYETTE - Spot Tavern
9/26 - COLUMBUS - Bourbon St Tavern
9/27 - PITTSBURGH - Gooski's with Microwaves
9/28 - KUTZTOWN - Rat Milk

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

here's my 2012 edit of Burke Patten's mid-90s audio documentary of the Chicago No Wave scene. it is streamable or downloadable for free and features oral history and music from Bobby Conn, Condeucent, The Flying Luttenbachers, Math, Duotron, Monitor Radio, The Scissor Girls, Dot Dot Dot, Couch, All-Insect Union, Jim O'Rourke/Kevin Drumm/Fred Lonberg-Holm, The Many Moods of Marlon Magas, D.O.G., Vanilla, Quintron, Chuck Falzone/Matt Weston/Michael Colligan and Lake Of Dracula


Thursday, March 13, 2014

More updates at the ugEXPLODE Bandcamp page

There have been many more updates at the ugEXPLODE Bandcamp page including full albums by The Flying Luttenbachers, Chan/Evans/Blancarte/Walter, Den Svarta Fanan, Ewen/Smith/Walter, Microwaves and Hatewave. There will be more updates as time goes on and we fill in more blanks in the catalog. Bon apetite.

Monday, February 17, 2014

ugEXPLODE bandcamp update: Normal Love

Now at the ugEXPLODE Bandcamp page: 2012's explosive "Survival Tricks" by Normal Love. If you missed it the first time, don't miss it again. This madcap melange of influences shatters all notions of logic. If the idea of futurist no-wave prog chamber noise insanity appeals to you, don't sleep on this one. I'm not embedding this stuff to force you to go to the page and find it. If you're too lazy, sod off, as the British might say.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

updates at ugEXPLODE Bandcamp page (new albums uploaded)

Although the label will not be issuing any new material, I will attempt to update the Bandcamp site with as complete a collection of the digital versions of the catalog titles as much as feasible. Some licensed material (like many of the Nondor Nevai-related titles and the four Skin Graft Flying Luttenbachers releases) will be left blank, I will fill in the remaining cracks in the discography over the next year.

New to the site (link above) are:

ug13 - The Flying Luttenbachers "Trauma"
ug 22 - Weasel Walter "Firestorm"
ug 54 - David Buddin "Canticles for Electronic Music"

CD copies of these releases are still available through retail outlets like Downtown Music Gallery, Squidco and Wayside Music

Please remember that there was cause and effect in the end of the label operations. People were decreasingly paying for the releases, which meant I was not able to recoup the budgets, or budget for new releases. This is a buyer's market and the market decided that ugEXPLODE was no longer economically viable.

Please feel free to enjoy the free streams of the material here (or purchase them if you like), but posit that the reason why there will be no more releases is largely because not enough people supported the label financially. Life will go on - there's plenty of music in the world to listen to. This chapter is over and others will begin.