Thursday, February 11, 2016

Anenon: "Once"

I’ve listened to “Once” more than once at this point.  A lot, in fact. 


With hurried blasts of hi-hat, delivered with the precision and speed of a singular member of a dominating championship drumline, emotional swells of tone emerge from the ether, improvised melody, both ghostly and lush, lessening the severity of its otherwise very strict, very disciplined manner.  I got the sense of thought processes acting in harmony with motor skills, dreams swimming through the grey matter at no cost to the elementary functions of the body.  It’s like daydreaming during a jog.   

About midway through the song, I’m reminded of “Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain,” an instrumental track from DJ Shadow’s classic Endtroducing….. LP.   The rhythmic shift involves heavier use of Jon-Kyle Mohr’s snare drum, which sounds almost machined as if generated as opposed to performed.  

A truly compelling piece of music, "Once" was performed by Anenon, which is the project of saxophonist and producer Brian Allen Simon. Partnered with Mohr, "Once" is the first single from the group's upcoming new album, Petrol, which will be out in early March via Friends of Friends Music. 

You can listen to the song below.



All information on Petrol was provided by Julian T. Schoen.

Anenon shares "Once" & MOCA Performance audio; Petrol LP is out March 4 on Friends of Friends

Stream "Once" now

Anenon - MOCA x Monument Live Perfromance from January 21

Anenon - "Once", off Petrol LP out March 4 on FoF
(Soundcloud // Stereogum // Bandcamp)

Anenon, the project of Los Angeles saxophonist, producer, and Non Projects record label owner Brian Allen Simon, shares the new single, "Once", off his third studio full-length, Petrol, out March 4 on Friends of Friends Music.

"Once" exemplifies the creative synergy between Anenon and friend, drummer and collaborator Jon-Kyle Mohr, who helped develop Petrol through a number of improvisational recording sessions. From the full-bodied sound design to the whip-speed drum pattern, "Once" embraces the listener in a world melding jazz, ambient, classical and electronic musics.

In addition to the album release, Simon was invited by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles to curate and perform in a yearlong series titled Monument, in which musicians are paired with specific art pieces or galleries to bring sound & music to the visual art space, juxtaposing a new medium and creating new avenues in how one interacts with art.

Anenon x MOCA: Monument January 21, 2016
Black Mountain College
(Soundcloud)

On January 21, Simon, along with drummer Mohr, violinist Yvette Holzwarth, and guitarist Sam Gendel performed the first Monument series in the Black Mountain College room. Gendel, it's worth noting, also performs as INGA, and recently shared his rendition of Rahsaan Roland Kirk's "Volunteered Slavery". You can stream the performance now via MOCA's Soundcloud, above. 

Anenon
(Site / Soundcloud / Facebook / Twitter)

Friends of Friends
(Site / Soundcloud / Facebook / Twitter)


Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What I Heard This Morning: Bronze

Inasmuch as I'm never going to concede to the opinion that guitar music has been on its way out for the last few years, because I've heard no shortage of guitar-based bands still making relevant noise, I will say that the electro-punk buzz of ye olde Suicide-worship has really caught my attention.  The repetitious disco stress of Bronze, for instance, could cauterize wounds with the amount of sonic friction going on in this live track, "Re Enactment," which is taken from the trio's upcoming Castle Face release, Live in San Francisco.


A swirl of propulsive, anxiety-riddled styles that brings to mind the aggressive persistence of Ed Schrader's Music Beat and the dance-punk circuitry of Cabaret Voltaire, Bronze's interpretation fuzzed-out and somewhat euphoric.  So alive is the DIY feel of this track, down to the modest applause you hear following the band's performance,  that it fits well with the post-punk idiom of the late 70s without recycling ideas.



I look forward to hearing this album, which will release March 25th.  In the meantime, you can hear "Re Enactment" below.  The track was provided by Terrorbird Media.

Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

One of Four: Agoraphobic Nosebleed's Arc EP

Agoraphobic Nosebleed
Arc EP
Relapse Records
Released: 1.22.16

Agoraphobic Nosebleed's very complete, very ambitious new EP, Arc, is the first of four EPs slated to be issued by the band, each release being informed stylistically by the individual tastes of each of ANb's members.  Introducing this concept, Arc is 28-minutes and three tracks replete with expert misery and dynamic aggression.  Once immersed in the almost stoner-laced phrasing of "Not a Daughter,” some appreciative nods aimed toward Eyehategod added here as well, it becomes clear how heavily influences affect ANb's sound.  And, since that’s the idea, there’s room to appreciate Arc as an homage, or at least a worthwhile interpretation of the styles it aims to address.



The sludge mastery of “Deathbed,” screaming utterances from vocalist Kat Katz ripping through the track’s initial crawl, transitions into truly sweet Iommi-sized guitar phrases that carry the track to a close, jamming out a desert rock payoff.  It’s probably the most uplifting couple minutes on the release and it slowly transitions into “Gnaw,” which is an almost 12-minute slow cooker revolving around mental illness and depression.  Crafted as more of a suite, you get the sense that ANb struggle to keep the song’s pace at a drag, which inadvertently adds to its tension.  The recorded testimony incorporated into the overall design is effective without being obvious to the songs’s intent, used instead to aid the song’s transitions.  By Arc’s end, it’s apparent how dense this album is in spite of its three-song length.  It’ll be interesting to hear how this collection comes together and the varying styles the band explores.   

Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Daughter of a Tapehead: CD Selections — Run DMC, My Bloody Valentine, The Pop Group, Carcass, GZA/Genius























She probably would've listened to this track:


* Yeah, she dug Carcass.

** Maybe in a couple years, but I figured 7 is a little young.  

Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Diminished Men: "Kudzu Mine"

"Zorn-noir" could be a thing. "Kudzu Mine" by Diminished Men, the first single from the group's upcoming new release Vision in Crime, is frantic, immediate, shrill to some extent, and possesses an old style grit that excites the ear and the imagination. It even sounds black-n-white, reverb-soaked strings and percussion envelope a wandering saxophone howl, whose movement seems desperate as if looking for a way out of the track’s initial maelstrom. Then the low end kicks in, the sticks tap the hi-hat, and the surf rock timbre of guitar strings resonates with unexpected density. From there it’s a fun ride.

Diminished Men’s Vision in Crime is being released via Abduction Records (Sun City Girls' label) on March 4th. You can check out the track below. All information was provided by Rarely Unable PR.



DIMINISHED MEN FEATURE DOUBLE VISION SAXOPHONES ON THE AVANT SPY TRACK 'KUDZU MINE'

FROM UPCOMING ALBUM VISION IN CRIME ON ABDUCTION RECORDS, 4 MARCH

Ahead of the release of their third LP, Vision In Crime, Diminished Men are sharing the track 'Kudzu Mine', highly symptomatic of their sinister avant jazz correlations, and a highlight on an album that takes the listener on a frantic midnight ride on the wrong side of the tracks... 'Kudzu Mine' features saxophonists Skerik (Critters Buggin, Wayne Horvitz, etc.) &; Neil Welch (Bad Luck, King Tears Bat Trip) whipping up an atmosphere of menace and mystery, adding to the freeform movements of the Diminished Men trio and rotating around a circular, reverb-dipped hook.

Diminished Men - featuring Steve Schmitt on guitars, drummer Dave Abramson (member of Master Musicians of Bukkake, has collaborated with Eyvind Kang, Secret Chiefs 3, Climax Golden Twins, Grails, etc.), and Simon Henneman on Bass VI - will be releasing a new album on 4th March. Titled Vision In Crime, the latest record from the three piece is a feature length escapade that sidewinds through jazz and soundtrack territories, as well as the outer reaches of the experimental satellite genres, retaining the unmistakeable character of the band so far, while also evoking a premonition more sinister than ever before.

Distorted through a shattered lens, Diminished Men refocus hard boiled cinema and classic instrumental music into something entirely unique. Their jagged, hard-charging approach evokes feelings of haphazard oscillation and accelerated heart rates, all the while swathing you in a blissful claustrophobia. Vision In Crime, their third release on Sun City Girl's label, Abduction Records, unfolds like a paranormal detective story full of delinquent exotica, deranged noir, hyperventilating surf, and shortwave radio nightmares.

The opening cut, "Chamber" - an apparition of a forensics crime scene investigation - sets the tone, but this quickly spirals into Steve Schmitt's cobra-twilight guitar work on the Aegean Sea inspired espionage surf track "Oistros Dolorous". From here the band's mutant lounge carnage weaves through sinister cityscapes, plazas and kudzu infested forests on the avant spy jazz of "Kudzu Mine". Elements of lost island noir, hallucinatory Gamelan rock, and phantom radio dispatches can be found here. By the time that mickey sets in, the title track "Vision In Crime", a haunting ballad, closes out the album.

Diminished Men possess dangerous musical minds pulsing with nervous electricity, shattering Fender reverb, and gorgeous, sometimes romantic melancholy. Their distinctive vision is backed up with the quality instrumentation that is crucial to forming the lucid mirages of sound that hover over Vision In Crime.

www.diminishedmen.com
www.suncitygirls.com/abduction
www.facebook.com/DiminishedMen

Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead 

Monday, February 01, 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

Singles: The Body, The Raveonettes, Pet Sun, The Ocular Audio Experiment, Earthless, Zun

The Body: "Shelter is Illusory" (via Thrill Jockey Records/Bandcamp)


The Raveonettes: "The World is Empty (Without You)" (via Tell All Your Friends PR/YouTube)


Pet Sun: "Mrs. Warp" (via Tell All Your Friends PR/Exclaim/YouTube)



The Ocular Audio Experiment: "Alive" (via Findings of the Other Eye/YouTube)


Earthless: "End to End" (via Tee Pee Records/Noisey/Soundcloud)


Zun: "Burial Sunrise" (via Earsplit PR/Small Stone Records/Bandcamp)


Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Mike and the Melvins: "Chicken 'n' Dump"

So, this is a long time coming.

Three Men and a Baby is the combined work of the Melvins and godheadSilo's Mike Kunka, billed as Mike and the Melvins.  It was supposed to be released in 1999 and it looks as though this album will finally see the light of day on April 1st, (April Fool's Day coincidentally).  Info regarding the release was provided by Sub Pop.   


You can also check out the single, "Chicken 'n' Dump."  The track premiered at Noisey.



Mike and the Melvins to release the long-awaited Three Men and a Baby on April 1st worldwide through Sub Pop

Listen: “Chicken ‘n’ Dump” via Noisey http://u.subpop.com/1QyZxAg

On April 1st, 2016, Sub Pop will release
Three Men and a Baby, the long-awaited collaboration between Mike Kunka (godheadSilo, Enemymine) and the Melvins. The 12-song album features the highlights “Chicken ‘n’ Dump” and “Limited Teeth.” Most of Three Men and a Baby was recorded in 1999 at Louder Studios by Tim Green (The Fucking Champs), and it was finished in 2015 at Sound of Sirens by Toshi Kasai.

Noisey had this to say of "Chicken 'n' Dump": "Delivers on the promise of the Kunka/Melvins pairing, fixing Mike's hellacious, chugging low end to Buzz Osborne and the boys' thick racket, banging out a riff as joyous and as it is punishing(see premiere January 26th)."

Three Men and a Baby is now available for preorder through the Sub Pop Mega Mart, Google Play, iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com will receive the Loser edition, housed in a custom dust sleeve and on white vinyl (while supplies last). There will also be a T-shirt available with all album bundles. 

About Mike and The Melvins:
Three Men and a Baby is the new album by Mike and the Melvins. It was supposed to come out sixteen years ago. 

These are the facts we can be sure of: in 1998, around the time his band godheadSilo went on hiatus, bassist/vocalist Mike Kunka busied himself by tagging along on a tour with his friends the Melvins. Somewhere along the way, Mike and the MelvinsKing Buzzo (guitar/bass/vocals), Dale Crover (drums/vocals), and Kevin Rutmanis (bass/vocals), at the time – decided to make a record together, and gave the project the imaginative moniker Mike and the Melvins. Sub Pop, ever on the hunt for music’s Next Big Thing, enthusiastically agreed to fund and release the super-group’s debut, and recording commenced sometime in 1999.

It’s at this point that things get hazy. Apparently, one or more of the following happened:
  • Some “junior-high level bullshit.”
  • A house was built, a barn was raised, children were born.
  • Typical record-label skullduggery.
  • A scorching case of whooping cough.
  • Surgery. Lots of surgery.
  • Shocking and poorly-timed gear theft.
  • Some other stuff, probably, or maybe not.
Whatever the reasons, the incomplete recording languished on a shelf from 1999 until 2015, when, much to everyone’s surprise, the involved parties reconvened, finished the damn thing, and delivered it post-haste to Sub Pop International Headquarters, where it was promptly scheduled for the coveted April 1st, 2016 release date. What a story, right? 

So, about the record: It’s real good! Mike’s signature bass crunch and vocals are all over it, and the Melvins are in fine form. It has everything from hefty noise-rock churn to a Public Image Ltd. song to cough-syrup blues to deconstructed black metal. Neither Melvins nor godheadSilo fans will be disappointed, nor will detractors of either; to paraphrase Mike, if you don’t like it, it probably wasn’t meant for you (read more at Sub Pop).

Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Friday, January 22, 2016

What's (RE)New?: SPAZZ Sweatin' Again...

A couple weeks ago via social media, Tankcrimes Records announced that they would be reissuing Sweatin' To The Oldies and Sweatin' 3: Skatin', Satan & Katon, the long out of print and extensively padded powerviolence compilations from SPAZZ.  The good people at Earsplit PR have come through with the info.  Sweatin' To The Oldies and Sweatin' 3: Skatin', Satan & Katon will be released on March 11th on both digital and CD formats.  There will be no vinyl.  Sorry, kids. 

More info is available below.

















SPAZZ: Tankcrimes Records To Reissue Sweatin' To The Oldies + Sweatin' 3: Skatin', Satan & Katon From Iconic Hardcore Punk/Powerviolence Unit This March



The volume assassins at Tankcrimes Records are pleased and honored to reissue Sweatin' To The Oldies and Sweatin' 3: Skatin', Satan & Katon from iconic, now-defunct hardcore punk/power violence trio, SPAZZ, on CD and digitally this Spring.

Originally released on Slap A Ham Records in 1997 and out-of-print for fifteen long years, SPAZZ's
Sweatin' To The Oldies is a must-have ear-bleeder boasting sixty-four tracks compiled from splits released with Charles Bronson, Brutal Truth, Rupture, Floor and more from 1993-1996 as well as SPAZZ's debut EP, tracks from various comps including Better Read Than Dead (1996, Epitaph/AK Press), cover tunes and live cuts from KFJC and 924 Gilman St.

Initially issued on Slap A Ham Records in 2001 and out-of-print for a decade,
Sweatin' 3: Skatin', Satan & Katon offers up sixty-seven SPAZZ tracks compiled from splits with 25 Ta Life, Lack Of Interest, Hirax, Black Army Jacket, Gob and more released from 1995 through 1998 plus the Tastin' Spoon EP and tracks from a host of compilation appearances including Short Music For Short People (1999, Fat Wreck Chords) and the original motion picture soundtrack for Gummo.

Both releases come remastered, or in some cases mastered for the first time ever, by Dan Randall (Ghoul, Impaled, Voetsek, Temple Of Dagon et al) at Mammoth Sound. Additionally, the Tankcrimes editions give
Sweatin' To The Oldies and Sweatin' 3: Skatin', Satan & Katon the digital treatment for the first time ever. Believe it.

 Sweatin' To The Oldies Track Listing:
1. Gary's Free Time (There's Lots Of It) - Intro
2. Crocket
3. One Ghetto To The Next
4. Return Of The Wall Of Death
5. Who Writes Your Rules (Half Off)
6. Mighty Morphin Power Violence
7. Thrice The Heiney
8. Kiss Of The Sasquatch
9. Hot Dog Water Popsicle In The Hand Of Eric Wood
10. Problems In The Homeland
11. I Hate The Kids (S.O.A.)
12. Spudboy
13. Smoking Don's Crack Hole
14. Dirt The Purity
15. Knuckle Scraper
16. Box II (Yates Goes To Africa)
17. Spazz Vs. Mother Nature
18. Nuge On A Stick
19. Donger
20. Gnome Servant
21. DJ Tinkle Fingers' Diplomatic Services
22. Hard Boiled
23. 4 Times A Day
24. All Urban Outfield
25. Lethal
26. Hot Dog Water Popsicle In The Hand Of Eric Woo
27. The Box
28. Droppin' Many Ravers
29. In The Name Of....
30. Might For Right
31. Loach
32. Mad At The World
33. Tripper
34. Uniform
35. Bore
36. Hard Boiled
37. All Urban Outfield
38 Weedeater
39. Bled Dry
40. Closet
41. No Room
42. Ghost Dance
43. Hug Yourself
44. YouGottaMoldIt
45. Lethal
46. Anemonie
47. Gas Pump
48. Enterslavement
49. Hard Boiled - Live
50. Burning Tongue - Live
51. Kiss Of The Sasquatch - Live
52. Hot Dog Water Popsicle In The Hand Of Eric - Live
53. Dan Lifting Banner - Live
54. Gertie
55. Enterslavement
56. Uniform
57. No Thought
58. Pressure
59. Burnt
60. Our Scene (Go!)
61. Force Fed
62. Biter
63. Precision Fastening
64. Lost Cause (Negative Approach)


 Sweatin' 3: Skatin', Satan & Katon Track Listing:
1. Typical Hardcore Song #1
2. A.S.A.L.
3. Angel Crisp
4. Old Youth
5. A Prayer For The Complete And Utter Eradication Of All Generic Pop-Punk
6. Satan's Scrilla
7. Socal Battle Royale
8. Gilman 90210
9. Short Songs (Dead Kennedys)
10. Doomriden'
11. Hey Bob, What's Up (Pillsbury Hardcore)
12. Crop Circles
13 Gas X
14. Jean Claude Bland Dan In A Steel Cage Match With Mean Steve Seagal For The Title Of Crowned King Of Hilfiger Apparel: WWF Style
15. War In The Head (7 Seconds)
16 Elder Mutant Stomp
17. Sanrio Soldier
18. Connie The Mack
19. Plastic Grandma Cackling At The Frozen Lemonade Fishbowl, Baby
20. Bastard Tomb Ride
21. Beattie And The Beat
22. Sir Wax A Lot
23. Billy Pepper's Fist In The Glass Eye Of Jake Phelps
24. Skatin' And Satan Go Hand In Hoof
25. B-Street Butta
26. Town Center
27. Crazy Eddie
28. Bolleri Mosh
29. AHM Solo
30. On Parade (Straight Ahead)
31. Stabbed In The Back (Youth Of Today)
32. Rat Pack (Sick Of It All)
33. Union Made Mayhem
34. Mervyns
35. Finn's Mom Yodeling In The Bathtub
36. Dorsal Finn
37. Huckleberry Finn
38. Finn Pickins
39. Rin Tin Finn
40. And You Thought We Were Kidding
41. Where's Winky_
42. Mega Armageddon Death Part 4 (Electro Hippies)
43. Leather Punx
44. Timothen's Answering Machine
45. You Suffer (Napalm Death)
46. Pray To The Windgod
47. Billy Milano's Head (Sore Throat)
48. Camp Chestnut Part 2 - Project House
49. Untitled (Crab Society North)
50. No Neck Joe
51. Wooden Shoes
52. Your Very Own Comp Song
53. Scalpfarmer (Scalp Of Strength Shaved Till...
54. It's Up To You (Larm)
55. R.T.S.
56. Droppin' Many Ravers
57. Crocket
58. One Ghetto To The Next
59. Climate Test
60. Dan Lifting Banner
61. Redenbacher's Orgy Of Pain, Fear And Pestilence
62. Gummo Love Theme
63. Dan Lifting Banner
64. Caught In The Net
65. 7 Deadly Finns
66. White Glove Test
67. Animal Liberation Now!

Both releases will be available on CD and digitally on March 11th, 2016 with preorder details to be announced in the coming weeks. Stand by.
 

http://www.tankcrimes.com
http://www.facebook.com/tankcrimes


Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Shopping For Records: Boris & Merzbow's Gensho

Boris may currently be the most versatile rock/metal band, somehow managing to adapt to multiple musical disciplines in order to either cultivate some new territory for themselves to explore or to assume collaborative/backing band roles seamlessly.  Lately, they've been somewhat of a pop kick, but seem to be retreating from this a bit with a new release working with a familiar partner, Merzbow.  The results of this union, Gensho, is an ambitious 4-LP set being released by Relapse Records on March 18th.  Based on the strength of the lead single, a highly distorted and wildly scrambled drone track called "Huge," I'm looking forward to giving this monster a listen.

 
You can sample the track "Huge" below and also check out a trailer for the release.





All info comes courtesy of Earsplit PR.

BORIS With MERZBOW Announce Details Of New Collaborative Album Gensho; Premiere Live Video + Trailer 

Renowned Japanese innovators BORIS and MERZBOW have teamed up with Relapse for their new collaborative 2xCD/4xLP Gensho, one of the artists' most daring works to date. Named after the Japanese word for "phenomenon," Gensho is a unique release featuring over one-hundred-and-fifty minutes of new music spread across two CDs and four LPs (available as two separate double LP sets or a deluxe 4xLP edition).

The BORIS songs are percussion-less reinventions of classic tracks from the band's storied catalog, while MERZBOW's tracks are entirely new compositions. The two sets are intended to be played at the same time at varying volumes so that the listener can experience their own "gensho/phenomenon" every time. The artists also commented, "of course you can enjoy both albums as a separate work."

As with every BORIS and MERZBOW collaboration, the only thing to expect is the unexpected, lending the album near-infinite potential for aural discovery and encouraging direct interactivity with the listener rarely found in such unconventional music. An untouchable paroxysm of noisy, droning experimentation!
Gensho is due out worldwide this coming March 18th via Relapse Records.
 

A live music video of the two artist's performing the song's "Huge" and "Planet Of The Cows" together can be viewed HERE while a trailer of new music can be viewed HERE. Physical preorders are available via Relapse AT THIS LOCATION, and digital preorders can be found at Bandcamp HERE.
 

Though BORIS and MERZBOW have an extensive history of collaborating with one another, this latest effort was born out of a one-off show in 2014 for Boiler Room TV, when the two acts decided that their set from that day was worthy enough to perform in the context of a proper studio recording. A complete track listing is included below.


Gensho Track Listing:
1. Boris - Farewell (Disc 1)
2. Boris - Huge (Disc 1)
3. Boris - Resonance (Disc 1)
4. Boris - Rainbow (Disc 1)
5. Boris - Sometimes (Disc 1)
6. Boris - Heavy Rain (Disc 1)
7. Boris - Akuma No Uta (Disc 1)
8. Boris - Akirame Flower (Disc 1)
9. Boris - Vomitself (Disc 1)
10. Merzbow - Planet of the Cows (Disc 2)
11. Merzbow - Goloka Pt.1 (Disc 2)
12. Merzbow - Goloka Pt.2 (Disc 2)
13. Merzbow - Prelude to a Broken Arm (Disc 2)

 

BORIS will also be performing live at Levitation Fest in Austin, Texas this coming April. More info on upcoming live dates coming soon.
 

BORIS:
4/29 - 5/01/2016 Levitation Fest - Austin, TX

 

Both BORIS and MERZBOW are well known for numerous collaborative works with a plethora of artists, but have been working together since 1997. They have released three studio albums together (Megatone, Sun Baked Snow Cave and Klatter), two live albums (04092001 and Rock Dream) and one 12" EP (Walrus/Groon). Musically, BORIS helps to shape MERZBOW's wall of noise as a composed musical score with structure, and to make it easier to access the noise master's music while MERZBOW adds an extreme high frequency to BORIS's signature heavier sound.
 

BORIS is a Japanese experimental metal/rock band. Currently, the band's personnel consists of drummer-vocalist Atsuo, bassist-guitarist-vocalist Takeshi, and guitarist-vocalist Wata. BORIS takes its name from a song on the Melvins' Bullhead, and released its first album, Absolutego, on the group's own label, Fangs Anal Satan, in 1996. Since then, the band has released twenty-three studio albums, including Pink, Heavy Rocks and Akuma No Uta, and a number of EPs, 7" singles, and full-length collaborative recordings, on various record labels around the world.
 

Masami Akita, better known by his stage name MERZBOW, is a Japanese noise musician. Since 1981, he has released over four-hundred recordings. The name MERZBOW comes from German dada artist Kurt Schwitters' artwork, Merzbau, where Schwitters transformed the interior of his house using found objects. This was chosen to reflect Akita's dada influence and junk art aesthetic. In addition to this, Akita has cited a wide range of musical influences from progressive rock, heavy metal, free jazz, and early electronic music to non-musical influences like Dadaism and surrealism. Since the early 2000s, he has been inspired by animal rights and environmentalism. In 2000, Extreme Records released the fifty-CD box set known as the Merzbox. Akita's work has been the subject of several remix albums and at least one tribute album. This, among other achievements, has helped MERZBOW to be regarded by some as the "most important artist in noise".
 

BORIS is:
Takeshi - vocals, guitar, bass
Wata - vocals, guitar, echo
Atsuo - vocal, percussion, electronics
 

MERZBOW is:
Masami Akita - electronics


Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

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