Special Affect - Too Much Soft Living I only recently found out about this album from 1980, and somehow managed to track down an affordable mint sealed copy online. Elsewhere you have to pay anywhere between $150 and $400, but I found my copy for $25!
The group features Al Jourgenen (Ministry), Frankie Nardiello (My LIfe With the Thrill Kill Kult), and Harry Rushakoff (Concrete Blonde).
Ministry - 1982.05.18 On Broadway - Chicago IL Vintage Ministry show. Pre-With Sympathy era, this was recorded for a broadcast on Chicago WXRT radio. There are some amazing prog-synth moments from this early show. Very cool to hear this more aggressive live rock version of some of these early songs.
Track list: 1 - Same Old Maddness 2 - Revenge 3 - I’m Not an Effigy 4 - Primental 5 - I’m Fallling 6 - Overkill
Ministry - Same Old Madness So this looks like an unreleased track or B side from the With Sympathy era. How it ended up with its own leather-clad video is beyond me, but keep serving up the hits, internet. You surprise me on the daily.
Author and Punisher - Masks I’ve posted stuff about Author and Punisher’s crazy mechanical/ industrial instruments previously. The guy doesn’t appear to stop innovating, as seen in this new video showing of his mask vocal instruments. Someone HAS to get his instruments into a film. Maybe a Tetsuo sequel? Fincher? Aronofsky? Anyone?
Special Affect - Out of Order Learn something new every day, at least that’s what I try to do. I love that even though I’ve been a fan of Ministry since high school, I can still learn something new about their members. Turns out Al was in a post-punk band in the very late 70s/early 80’s called Special Affect, which also featured Frankie Nardiello (singer of My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult) and Harry Rushakoff (who played drums with Concrete Blonde).
Looks like they put out a 7” single before Al was in the band, as well as a full-length with Al that is the soundtrack to a film called “Too Much Soft Living.” This live track is more aggressive sounding that the recordings, and quite possibly proves Al’s claims of selling out at the beginning of Ministry to get his foot in the door. Great stuff.
I spent part of the last day of my 30s digging through crates at a couple stores in Greenpoint Brooklyn. I always love going to Record Grouch and I also managed to make it to the cool new small Captured Tracks store. It ended up being a mostly post punk day.
Ministry had a number of interesting side projects in the 80s and early 90s. This release collects four of those projects together.
Of note is Pailhead, an unlikely pairing with straight edge punk rock icon Ian Mackaye. The 1000 Homo DJ’s cover of Supernaut originally featured Trent Reznor on vocals, but because of issues with Reznor’s label at the time, his vocals were replaced with Al’s. The PTP track Show Me Your Spine was briefly used in a club scene in Robocop and features Skinny Puppy’s Nivek Ogre on vocals.
Thankfully things haven’t gotten this bad in our house, but the collection keeps growing. Unfortunately, I just heard IKEA is discontinuing the Expedit line, so time to stock up now on the icon shelves while you can!
Evan Holm creates beautiful and musical kinetic sculptures that bring natural and man-made elements together.
There will be a time when all tracings of human culture will dissolve back into the soil under the slow crush of the unfolding universe. The pool, black and depthless, represents loss, represents mystery and represents the collective subconscious of the human race. By placing these records underneath the dark and obscure surface of the pool, I am enacting a small moment of remorse towards this loss. In the end however this is an optimistic sculpture, for just after that moment of submergence; tone, melody and ultimately song is pulled back out of the pool, past the veil of the subconscious, out from under the crush of time, and back into a living and breathing realm. When I perform with this sculpture, I am honoring and celebrating all the musicians, all the artists that have helped to build our human culture.