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June 24th, 2004
Sound Seekers ( ! )
SKiN GRAFT's Ace Reporter,
"Jazzy" Joe Romita
here with another staggering summary of the frankly phenomenal feats fathered
at the famed fount of flabbergast... the forever favored, far-from faddish,
far-flung frontiersmen of the fashionable Fort SKiN
GRAFT!!!! Face front, frenzied ones!!!!
at the SG News Desk!:
A Prodigious promptitude of precisely paralleled parts and programs
OK... let's try that again. A bilious barrage of bombastic barrels
of boffo beer!! Jeez, that one sucked too. I give up. SKiN
Graft Art Assistant extrodinair Larry Tate here - filling in
for Jazzy Joe. Joe is having by-pass surgery number three and will
be out for a while, so SKiN Graft called me up (an hour ago!!) and
threatened to eat my children if I didn't write "Jazzy's" news desk
column. So here goes....
AHHH- HA HA! Just joshin' ya Fan-Boy!!!
Your one and only Jazzy Joe is in the house and spread all over the
furniture!!! Let the news BEGIN!
-Home Fries! -
YESSS- The most adept aficionado's of Graftdom Assembled surely recall
WAY back when word broke that GORGE TRIO
would be recording for your preferred purveyors of pickled pastiche (that's
SKiN GRAFT, natch). Lemme tell ya, It's been a long time coming. Since
then Jazzy's shaved his 'stache, learned to read and gone Atkins! Why,
just six months ago the most diligent discord devotees barricaded themselves
outside our humble HQ and demanded an advance earful of the digital delights
your prince of press had previously promised. Despite Jazzy's pleas to
the hoary hordes, asking them to cease, desist and
disperse (and offering nothing but a resounding "It ain't done
yet"), in their despair, that fatal few set themselves
afire outside our chamber door! Fortunately, while the walls were
slightly singed, all that came of the soiree were some serious injuries-
no SKiN GRAFT inventory was damaged in the blaze. And never let it be
said that SKiN Graft doesn't do its part to drive the tenuous economy
out of the sags. Salve sales are up 500% in our neighborhood!
photo by Trevor Shimizu
And now, your nasally
Nosferatus' soothsaying has come to pass - put away the butane buddy,
GORGE TRIO's "Open Mouth, O Wisp"
is here! For the uninitiated, here's a crash course in Gorge Trio 101
(whistle along in the key of G):
GORGE TRIO is that worrisome self-organizing
future intelligence that sci-fi blockbusters caution us about. Meticulously
constructed over a three-year period, "Open
Mouth, O Wisp" is Gorge Trio's magnum opus. A late North
American power combo sound in the tradition of Mark Ribot's Shrek work
and US Maple's postcool canker, with a palette as effectual and varied
as the Sun City Girls. GORGE TRIO is comprised of three-fourth's of
the critically acclaimed recording artist COLOSSAMITE,
which disbanded in 1998 and are survived by three releases on SKiN Graft
Records. GORGE TRIO includes current members of DEERHOOF,
THE FLYING LUTTENBACHERS, NATURAL DREAMERS, and former members
of underground pioneers ICEBURN and SICBAY.
have recorded two previous full length CD's for Italy's prestigious
Freeland Record label: "Dead Chicken Fear No Knife"
and "For Loss Of" with Milo Fine (of the
Free Jazz Ensemble - circa 1969). As COLOSSAMITE, they recorded
"Economy Of Motion", "Frisbee" and "All Lingo's
Clamor". Details on each can be found on-site.
Guitar, electronics, drums. It's not easy music, but it's also not difficult
to like. It fulfills the ears you didn't know you had, shaking a brainstem
in its ozone with an ether fiddle. What more do you need to reinvent
the squeal? Just genius, the kind that doesn't
punish you too much and pretend to sell you real estate.
---------------- > PRESS QUOTES
"...a formidable expansion of instrumental rock vocabulary." / Alternative
"Engaging listening from top to bottom." / Your
"...execute[d] with stealth and surgical precision ...the passages,
which include stretches of improvisation, burn with vehement intensity
...an amazing and nearly impossible document to decipher - seeming more
like some recently discovered musical code than the familiar strains
of melodies and rhythms that we're confronted with in everyday life."
/ Copper Press
"Instruments and homemade implements collide and dance, waver and fall
over, only to get up and join the revelry once more. There is a sense
of dynamics and balance built into these proceedings that allows every
instrument to be heard on its own, as well being a part of the ensemble.
This is a blast of a free music record. It would be nice if they were
all this engaging and entertaining." / All Music
"...a product with tonal complexity and a mentally visible spectrum
of colors. They take a significant leap into a strange sonic world and
land assuredly on their feet." / Cadence
"Some of the most hypnotic, lovely and gruelingly noisy moments ever
put to tape." / Pillowfight
---------------- > LIVE REVIEWS
"Like the half-cocked doodlings of two sleepwalking 1971 child guitar
virtuosos played in perfect stereo synchronicity with matching guitars,
and accompanied by the sound of somebody trapped inside of a washing
machine." / Spockmorgue Music List
"Dieterich and Rodriguez let loose splintered shards of guitar." /
"Agile, inventive, propulsive ...a natural colourist." (on Chad Popple)
"...a polyrhythmic stew of weird twelve-tone, free form improvisation
and cacophonic crackdowns... a display of musical insanity defying explanation
by any rational standards. At times it seemed like thousands of little,
maniacal insects were gnawing away on the very bones of the listener."
/ Club Play/Rec
Mouth, O Wisp" weighing in at a formidable twenty-two tracks, we
could do no less than throw down THREE FREE MP3's
for your open mouth to Gorge upon. All three are now up at the AUDIO
page - no fork necessary!!! GORGE
TRIO "Open Mouth, O Wisp" will be released on June
22nd, but we have them in stock for mailorder NOW! Checks
or money orders go to the P.O. Box and Paypals
can go HERE. For
more details, check the GORGE TRIO entry in our
CATALOG and Gorge Trio's new BAND
Down south in New Orleans, Louisiana, concert and nightclub organist MR
QUINTRON has sealed himself away in the Spellcaster
Lodge hard at work on his next release -
a haunting spook-inspired vinyl and CD slab guaranteed
to be XXX rated - cuz it'll scare the pants
clean off of all who listen!
Back in the last century, Quintron unveiled
"The Frog Tape",
a consternating cassette for the haunted house set, which originated as
one of Quintron's practice tapes - the kind that usually gets erased,
lost or thrown away. An extremely limited
number of copies were produced (read: 100),
sold only at Quintron and Miss Pussycat's Halloween tour and via SKiN
GRAFT mailorder. Now, years later, Quintron
has exhumed the Frog tape, and is applying
extensive mathematics to the original work - addition, subtraction, multiplication
and division - all are employed to arrive
at the ultimate spook record - a trick-or-treater tailor-made for those
frequenting sleazy rock clubs, pizza restaurants, and university lecture
halls .You'll hear haunting
organ instrumentals, a demonstration of Mr. Q's "Backwards"
playing technique and actual singing frogs performing the strangest, most
out of tune symphony ever recorded.
Watch this space for more info and the impending pre-Halloween release
addition to our rotating roster of rockers (recounted across our wondrous
website), the time has come yet again for your perpetually
prominent pontiff to provide the puzzled populace with a proclamation
that will positively produce peerless, pulse-pounding pleasure to all
peoples 'pon this planet! Simply said, NOW is the time to announce
two new additions to the SKiN GRAFT family of far-outs! Put your heads
together for POINT LINE PLANE and YOWIE!
GODS OF CHAOS - RETURNS! REPRESSED, REPRINTED
REMASTERED!!!! As you, my adroit and assiduous confidant are
well aware, SKiN GRAFT Records has made making history our principal priority
since way back when the mommy mummy was in band-aides. And in fielding your
requests, one title in particular received such a groundswelling quotient
of queries, the critical mass was weighing down our email boxes - FIERCE!!!
Originally released in a limited edition, Skin Graft proudly re-presents
this long-elusive epic from our second Golden age - THE
FLYING LUTTENBACHERS "Gods Of Chaos"!!! - but first some
is no ordinary Frankenstein.
the dissolution of what's now known as the electric-quintet
era of The FLYING LUTTENBACHERS, (comprised
of Weasel Walter, Dylan Posa, Jeb Bishob, Chad Organ and Ken Vandermark)
in September of 1994, Weasel began his quest to restructure the band in
an even more barbarous form, while taking the Luttenbachers mantle entirely
upon himself - performing as a solo artist - until the line-up was forged.
Falzone and Weasel Walter met as kindergartners
in Rockford, IL. Throughout the years, the two had wreaked havoc together
in school orchestras and jazz bands, as well as in various other non-curricular
combos, usually led by Walter.
On May 30th,
1995 The FLYING LUTTENBACHERS reanimated.
Excerpted from the band's website:
relocated to Chicago after completing college in late 1994. In May 1995,
Walter called him over to the Flying Luttenbachers practice space to try
out for the band. With a gig already booked for the end of May, a last minute
decision was made to add some sort of low end instrument to the band to
leaven the sound. Due to sheer volume, the Falzone/Walter duo was even more
sonically harrowing than the ultra-treblely 546/1389 era Luttenbachers!
contacted Bill Pisarri, a visual artist/film
student friend from the dorm days and asked if he could see contributing
some sort of electronic rumble to the proceedings. Falzone wound up selling
an old bass guitar to Pisarri with just enough time time left for the bass
player to figure out how to play it! The first concert by the new band took
place at the Hot House on May 30, 1995. The set included "Clammer + Sprint",
"Death Ray", "Dance of the Lonely Hyenas", and a Chuck Falzone composition
In the aftermath
of the smashing success of the debut live show, the three began legitimate
rehearsals. A slew of zealous live gigs slowly and surely spread the word
that the Flying Luttenbachers were back in full force. On the event of
the June 16th gig, the gigantic pentagram banner that would become ubiquitous
over the next two and a half years made its first appearance hanging behind
the group. By November 1995 the band was already cutting demos for an
That first release was "Revenge
Of The Flying Luttenbachers", a ground breaking stab of No Wave
bombast, reknowned for it's corrosive density, furious intensity and pink
Following Revenge's release, swami's worldwide were stumped, few could have
guessed what was to come next -an intensely detailed
concept album. The theme - the destruction
of the human race. To achieve this goal, the band broadened their
scope. The instrumentation expanded from the previously documented "power
trio" format to include acoustic and electric guitars, basses, drums, voices,
percussion, synthesizer, bass clarinets, clarinets, saxophone, and violins,
as well as endless shock/sound effects.
in 1997, "Gods
is an astoundingly ambitious work: A 45 minute epic that musically illustrates
the events leading up to the end of the human race by blasting down the
stylistic barriers separating free jazz skronk, hardcore
punk and grindcore / black metal fury. Unavailable
for years, SKiN GRAFT proudly re-presents Gods Of Chaos in a new edition,
fully remastered by Weasel Walter for maximum killpower. Sonically,
there's no comparison, "Gods of Chaos" is more intense, uncompromising
and damaging than ever before. The immaculate artwork of the original release,
painstakingly assembled by the Luttenbachers' own Bill
Pisarri, has been faithfully reproduced in a sense-shattering 6-panel
fold out full-color poster sleeve, depicting a dense, alien landscape
under the survey of a glowing, exceedingly Luciferian-looking musical triumvirate.
The flip side is an intricate and cryptic montage of artwork hinting at
the album's storyline and recording process.
Of Chaos (Remastered)" will be released on
March 16th, 2004.
An MP3, The Floatation Method is awaiting your
downloads at the AUDIO page and the CD can now
be pre-ordered at the SKiN GRAFT Shop HERE.
The current FLYING LUTTENBACHERS line-up, which
includes Ed Rodruiguez of GORGE TRIO (see below)
and Mike Green of BURMESE are currently performing
material from the the Satanic Power Trio Era in celebration of Gods return.
Tour dates can be found HERE.
ITEM! Y'all sure have taken a shine to CHEER-ACCIDENT's
unprecedented double header, their TWO new releases "Introducing
Lemon" (avaiable as a Gatefold 2xLP&CD set and as a reliable
solo CD as well) and "Gumballhead The Cat"
(CD and comic set) are spinning turntables, CD trays and heads from Boise
to Berlin! Next up, CHEER-ACCIDENT are heading to Austin to play South
By Southwest (with numerous stops along the way), playing two sets,
one as the backing band for Harvey Sid Fischer
and another as CHEER-ACCIDENT proper. Check out the
TOUR DATES HERE. And
reviews on the CHEER-ACCIDENT avalanche have been beaming... "Gumballhead
The Cat" was even nailed as album of the year by Mia Clarke over at
the esteemed British rag, The Wire!!! As soon
as you're through brushin up on the Skin Graft site, Jazzy Joe recommends
you check out the article on C-A just published in Chicago's Innerview
right over HERE!
THE CHINESE STARS "Turbo
Mattress" is a certified hit! For
those of you just joining us, The CHINESE STARS are Paul
Vieira, Craig Kureck and Eric
Paul formerly of Arab on Radar and Richard
Ivan Pelletier of Six Finger Satellite. Turbo Mattress, their debut,
is a mini LP presented on a weaponized digital CD - forged in the shape
of a Chinese Star. Praise continues to roll
in from all around. Why even Alternative Press
pegged them as one of the 100 Bands To Watch
in their annual picks issue!!! And now the band is prepping to hit the road
again, AGAIN making them Thee Band to watch
- LIVE IN CONCERT! TCStars will be playing shows with Daughters, Sick Lipstick
and Some Girls beginning
On March 5th. Then they'll be heading to Europe for
an extensive tour of Italy! THE
CHINESE STARS TOUR DATES are listed HERE!!!!
Hop outta the mosh pit and loosen the laces on your Docs, frentic ones.
Jazzy's about to administer another arresting anecdote to bring it all down
to earth. While it's true that being the Skin Graft News Knaven makes me
the idol of millions of miscreants and mal-nourished misfits the world over,
deep down Jazzy's just one of the boys. For instance, this morning, the
Jazzy one faced a dillema of prodigious proportions - Peering pon the athletic
adonis that is myself, the Jazzy Joe querried "what to wear?"
Strewn across my Mighy Mouse bedspread, I eyed my CHINESE
STARS "Sperm Count" shirt, both my ARAB
ON RADAR "Bloody Crotch" and "Logo"
shirts and my brand spanking new FLYING LUTTENBACHERS
"Revenge" double-sided Tee. While I knew each was sure
to score me points at the craps table, it was hopeless, I couldn't choose!!!
Rattled, I did what any tried and true Skin Graft fantic would do - opted
to hit the tattoo shop and ink all four designs on my forehead!!!! Now,
you, kimosabe, can complicate your mornings as well. Not
only has Skin Graft restocked The CHINESE STARS and ARAB ON RADAR shirts,
but they've brought aboard the double-sided FLYING LUTTENBACHERS "Revenge"
shirt to boot! For sizes available, check the "Everything Else"
department of the Skin Graft paypal
shop. And for those of you without paypal, fret not, just print out
the handy mailorder form HERE,
scribble down your selections and send that check or money order to the
SG PO Box for the desired results~!
Woo-boy. The Skin Graft stockboys have been
hospitalized yet again! The inventory just won't stop
flying off the shelves! Fortunately, the Skin Graft shot-callers
have whipped out the jogging shorts in an effort to keep pace with your
demands, and so it's back
to press with two more CD's of yesterdays No Wave nicities, none other than
MELT-BANANA "Scratch Or Stitch" and
ARAB ON RADAR "Yahweh Or The Highway".
They're now ready and able to be scored, $12 each direct to any door in
the US of A.
once again, here's a sneak peak at the latest full
page ad hitting the zines this spring. Click HERE
for a lo-res look.
Alrighty, casino's calling - time for
the Jazzy one to make like a tree and leaf - Hop aboard next time busters,
when I'll filibuster on one of the most eagerly awaited releases in the
history Skin Graft Rex! The new album from GORGE TRIO