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TONIGHT. VOLTAGE DROP DANCE PARTY AT THE LEGIONNAIRE IN OAKLAND

TONIGHT.  VOLTAGE DROP DANCE PARTY AT THE LEGIONNAIRE IN OAKLAND 

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Voltage Drop – Industrial / Electronic Dance Club V:7
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Live Sets:
TYLER HOLMES (cassette release show on RATSKIN RECORDS)
https://tylerholmes.bandcamp.com/

AH MER AH SU
http://www.makestarfamous.com/

PANDER
https://soundcloud.com/pandermebad
Performed Live by
Alexander Zander Brown

Resident DJs:
Bonus Beast
Malocclusion
Kozi

speciel guest DJ:
Shizatin

Live Visuals:
Flower Pattern

$5 before 10pm / $7 after
21 + ///// Doors at 9pm

VOLTAGE DROP Party Pays Tribute to Damaged Beats and the Esoteric Side of Electronic Music with KID606 & RUSSELL E.L. BUTLER – This Friday in Oakland!

 

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VOLTAGE DROP is a new  collective of  Oakland  based  artists, DJ’s, musicians, promoters, and music  collectors with a deep seated interest in preserving the  rich legacy of experimental, beat oriented electronics and industrial music in the  Bay Area and  beyond. Voltage Drop specifically focuses on  the crossroads  between early hip hop/electro/beat driven electronics, and industrial/body music. VD  boasts influences as  vast as Throbbing  Gristle / Industrial Records, Cybotron/Juan Atkins, SPK, J Dilla, Coil, Tesco UK,  Pierre Henry, DJ Rashad, and a myraid of local and international  contemporary, yet  esoteric artists, labels, and parties,  in which the bay area has  such a rich history in. Voltage Drop aims to throw events  merging  local and international performers, artists, DJs, and  VJ’s , and  also has a vested interest  in attempting to synthesize  often fragmented sub scene clicks within the oh so  spoiled bay area. The bay area has  a rich, bright, and  complicated tradition of  experimental electronics and  industrial music,  Voltage  Drop is here to cast their  own unique  archival lens on the  history, present, and  future of the arc of influence and collective consciousness of  sound.

One part of that  history is  KID606 and  Tigerbeat6 Records, run by Miguel Del Pedro of Perpetual Dawn LA, a monthly  Berlin inspired, rave/nightclub.kid606_030315

 

KID606 has  been hosting, booking, performing , and  archiving and releasing  his damaged and unique styles of  techno, body music, ambient, remixes,  breakbeat and just about  every other style of beat driven electronics  all throughout the world over the  last two decades and Voltage Drop is  some proof that there’s still room in the bay to present this  always captivating  and  engaging artist in a somewhat  fresh platform! Voltage Drop brings KID606  and  their complex, classy,    eclectic   electronic stylings to the  fourth installment of Voltage  Drop tomorrow in Oakland with an exclusive live set,  at the  Legionnaire  Saloon, the new monthly home of the  Voltage Drop party. The  nights opener, Russell E.L. Butler (formerly of Black jeans) , who is no newbie in the scene either opens the  gig with a live hardware set, boasting  a new cassette release on SF/Berlin based, Jacktone Records.  You can stream Russell’s new  tape, titled “Visions of The  Future”  here 

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The space in between will be filled by Voltage Drop Resident DJ‘s, KOZI, BONUS BEAST, MALOCCULSION, AND FUNKY V and FLOWER PATTERN on the visuals as always. Come out, it’s not to be missed! Vital info for the party below!  SF Weekly seems  to  think you  should too, as they  just named  VOLTAGE  DROP in the  Top % Parties To Goto This  Weekend! 

“KID606 (Tigerbeat6 / Perpetual Dawn / L.A.) A native of Venezuela, the Kid (aka Miguel Trost De Pedro) moved to San Diego early in life. After becoming interested in samplers, he began recording and released some material with Spacewurm, Ariel, and Disc (a collaboration with Lesser and Matmos), three acts associated with the Southern California label Vinyl Communications. Kid606 debuted on his own with a full-length for VC, 1998’s Don’t Sweat the Technics. A split CD with Lesser gained release later that year, as well as the VC EPs Unamerican Activity and Dubplatestyle. De Pedro kicked off his Tigerbeat6 label in 2000 with the release of Kid606 and Friends, Vol. 1, an album of remixes and collaborations.”

“RUSSELL E.L. BUTLER (Opal Tapes / Jacktone Records / Oakland) Russell has been making waves in the Bay Area music scene for years. His project Black Jeans evoked the emotional and physical qualities of minimal synth and electronic body music to transport listeners to hidden and forgotten sonic landscapes. For the past few years he has been making a brand of stripped down machine techno that has evolved rapidly with each successive release. It is fitting that transplantation and adoption are themes in Russell’s music, as he based his 2015 album, “God is Change” on Octavia Butler’s Parable series of novels, in which these are central tenets of the philosophy that the books explore. Since its release “God is Change” has received major acclaim, with NPR naming it one of their top 10 favorite electronic albums of 2015.”

 

 

VOLTAGE DROP – INDUSTRIAL / ELECTRONIC DANCE CLUB PRESENTS
    LIVE SETS BY:
KID 606 (TIGERBEAT6, PERPETUAL DAWN / LOS ANGELES)
RUSSELL E.L. BUTLER (OPAL TAPES / JACKTONE RECORDS / OAKLAND)
VISUALS BY FLOWER PATTERN
RESIDENT DJs:
FUNKY V.
BONUS BEAST
MALOCCULSION
KOZI
free mixtape/cd to the first 25 through the door.
$7-10
www.voltagedrop.bandcamp.com

TONIGHT: NOISE SHOW IN SF w/ DEMONSLEEPER / THOABATH / NEHA SPELLFISH / MALOCCULSION

TONIGHT  4/20 IN THE  CITY OF  SAN FRANPSYCHO

SECOND ACT. 1727 HAIGHT STREET, SF, CA 7:45-10PM SHARP

 

“Four twenny in the Haight Ashbury? Yup. If smoke makes the best sunsets, the banks of Golden Gate Park will be blowin’ up as Neha Spellfish, Malocculsion, play the final show with Demonsleeper and Thoabath before they hang ten off a dank ring blowing out toward San Juan, Puerto Rico where they’ll opena new venue for experimental live sound. Come see them off with…1414959_10153953359597836_4368103547300810001_o

NEHA SPELLFISH (Oakland/Madrid)
With low frequency waves washing up on a beach of dark noise ambience, Spellfish delves into the shared space of interspecies communication and paramnesia, invoking the spectral measure of waking consciousness and noospheric cognition. Neha invokes themes of macro psychology, xeno feminism, dynamically modeled weather enclosures, and instinctual variance, employing audio programming platforms and algorithmic granular synthesis.
https://soundcloud.com/spellfish

Demonsleeper
Deathrattle lullabys and inescapable lucid dreamscapes wrought by somnambulist maestra, Alexandra Bushman. In 1999, she formed the electro-acoustic group, Synethesia, tegether with Angélica Negrón. After scaring the daylights out of everyone at the Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico, she matriculated to Mills College before committing to advanced studies with ancient dark forces whose names must never be spoken.
https://soundcloud.com/demonsleeper

Thoabath
There’s a perceptible gravity to Andy Way that somehow vanishes once you draw near, the material world floats adrift. His solo project, Thoabath, might just be that massless Euclidean point where noise, dub, power electronics, horror, and ambient all emanate, an entelechy without clear precedent, of no laws. Prepare your ear, first study his collaborations with luminaries like Bruce Anderson (MX-80) & Petit Mal in the project, French Radio, sink yourself in the occult cacophony of Sutekh Hexen, and then, approach Thoabath, inescapable dark quasar.
https://soundcloud.com/acway/

Malocculsion
Watch concrete turn to quicksand and glass return to sand as this sonic juggernaut storms the Haight Ashbury. His inaugural solo album released last year, “Psychosis Industrial Complex”, melds blown out distorted beats, arpeggiated synths, tape manipulation, voice, field recordings and homemade oscillators to belt forth a dark, unique offering of post industrial, prison music.
https://ratskinrecords.bandcamp.com/album/malocculsion-psychosis-industrial-complex

 

 

CORAL REMAINS (formerly Styrofoam Sanchez) On tour NOW! check dates below!

CORAL REMAINS (formerly Styrofoam Sanchez) is a post industrial sound and sculptural installation personifying the trash island in the pacific gyre. Spawning from a hybrid of human DNA and trash, CORAL REMAINS is a dystopian, amalgamated magnification of failed civilizations, spliced rogue technologies gone awry spawning dark pulses of technological neurosis and inner psychosis . When fish put fin to sand then you’ll understand, fish can carry guns. CORAL REMAINS represents the last molecule before total conversion of humans into futuristic trash receptacles. Human, your skull will be in a museum.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1582825008659649/

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HAPPY NEW YEAR – Lots coming in 2015!!

Hello and thanks for keeping up with decaycast . 2015 will bring a lot more reviews , interviews , podcasts and even our own bandcamp for easier streaming / downloading of all of our past and future episodes . If you’d like to submit PHYSICAL material
For review please email
Decaycast(at)gmail.com and we’ll go from there . We’re also happy to announce that we have two new writers so we’ll be able to crank out more lengthy reviews quicker and with more love and precision! The band camp will be up by the end of the week and expect interviews with PCRV , Crank Sturgeon , Jason Wade and tons more !!!

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STYROFOAM SANCHEZ Announces US Tour , LP/DVD Preview

Oakland’s10447516_699576206782225_6251450691064930639_n Styrofoam Sanchez has just announced a month long North American Tour from August 15th – Sept 14th. Styrofoam Sanchez is a post -industrial performance art unit based in Oakland, CA spawned from the trash island in the pacific gyre. Rouge spliced human DNA with proto trash receptacles spawn a dystopian landscape dark sonic and visual mayhem. Here’s an excerpt from the unit’s first official full length release, titled “Empire Underwater, featuring a 12” LP, DVD, and book to boot, released on Ratskin Records  August 15, 2014, Sanchez reaches past the normal “band” format often having as  many as  ten or more participants, and has  pending proposals to for site specific installations/performances at the plastic island and Pleneau Bay, Antarctica.  Don’t miss this act coming through your town, cruising with limited but  effective audio and visual documents for interested parties and allies.  Your skull will be in a museum.

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“STYROFOAM SANCHEZ is a post industrial sound and sculptural installation personifying the trash island in the pacific gyre. Spawning from a hybrid of human DNA and trash, Sanchez is a dystopian amalgamated magnification of failed civilizations, spliced rogue technologies gone awry spawning dark pulses of technological neurosis and inner psychosis . When fish put fin to sand then you’ll understand, fish can carry guns. Styrofoam Sanchez represents the last molecule before total conversion of humans into futuristic trash receptacles. Human, your skull will be in a museum. The post apocolyptic outfit presents a high intensity, often interactive onslaught of sonic and visual mayhem, utilizing rogue-manufactured styrofoam instruments , voice, synthesizers, custom microphones, as well as live projections and customized light sources ”

 

STYROFOAM SANCHEZ “Empire Underwater Tour” 2014

August 15-21 w/ support from GREG GORLEN (Sf)

August 15 | LCM – Oakland
August 17 | SLC @ Area 51
August 18 | DENVER @ Rhinoceropolis
August 19 | LINCOLN @ Bourbon Theater
August 20 | KANSAS CITY, MO
August 21 | CHICAGO
August 22 | MSF5 – @ The Farm WELDON TOWNSHIP, MI
August 23 | MSF5 -@ The Farm WELDON TOWNSHIP, MI
August 24 | DETROIT
August 25 | CLEVELAND
August 26 | BUFFALO, NY
August 27 | ROCHESTER (help)
August 28 | EASTHAMPTON, MA @ The Flywheel
August 29 | LOWELL, MA @ Uncharted Gallery
August 30 | PROVIDENCE
August 31 | CT
September 1 | CT
September 2 | NYC
September 3 | PHILADELPHIA
September 4 | BALTIMORE
September 5 | ASHEVILLE , NC
September 6 | CARRBORO, NC
September 7 | NASHVILLE
September 8 | day off
September 9 | NOLA
September 10 | HOUSTON
September 11 | AUSTIN 9/11 Noisefest @ Club 1808 –
September 12 | PHOENIX
September 13 | LA
September 14 | LA @ (the) Handbag Factory

DIVISION OF LABOR FESTIVAL OPENS UP TONIGHT ::::: BAD NEWS!!!!

 

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DecaycastREVIEWS: COLLAPSED ARC “Tension And Tenure” (ASR, 2013)

20130423-134745.jpgCollapsed Arc is another one of the many projects of Cleveland multitalent David Russell Snake. This tour only tape exemplifies the artists highly crafted noise loops, made from
Hand persuasion, feedback, white noise plasma and undulating modulations fuzz. At times sounding like industrialized hip hop instrumentals (especially the first minute which jumps out of the gate with a sinister distorted head nod) and then going into subtly modulated feedback loops of noise and microphone / piezo feedback- high frequency inner ear trauma for the stunted listener. Beautiful walls of distorted mini wind instruments rip a skin mask from your worried face and wrap it around and around until it squeezes new frequency out of dense breath. Often mechanical
Sounding and often organic- Thw noise loops on this cassette are constantly shifting in their origin and purpose but never stray conceptually or sonically away from an acutely precise presentation and structure. The peaking high frequency squeaking chaos crescendos do an almost fever pitch and then a beat drops in- even if just a bass hit – and the entire orientation is restructured. these have a raw but rehearsed feel, NOT overworked, yet at the same time, not half assed by any stretch, the pitch, duration, timbre, sequencing and overall structure all ebb and flow with an apparent natural effortlessness.

The second half of the A side brings in more minimal
Breakdowns that escalate into controlled noise/beat/loop chaotic conundrums.

The second side offers more of the same fine crafted dense persuasive percussive tight loops- blending drum sounds, percussive elements and sharply carved noise and feedback blasts, ebbing and swelling yet always maintaining a dynamic intensity and consciousness.
The sound sources are seemingly unknown- I thought I hear voices? But it might be not so – modulated reeds, winds, oscillators, crunched hand percussion and oscillators modulate through organized sonic storms of chopped rhythms- Collapsed Arc work has always been loop based, but these take the project to a new level, skillfully and carefully composed and executed warbling tones of hell-
Beautiful artwork as always from
The A Sound Design Recordings inprint. COLLAPSED ARC makes a RARE bay area appearance this Thursday, April 25th @ Life Changing ministries in oakland, CA . this is also the release party for the cassette and can only be obtained at the show – so DON’T MISS OUT.

RATSKIN EXPLASTICAL #32
COLLAPSED ARC (Hanson / ASR / Ratskin )

/DILATEDEARS (Ratskin /Placenta)

“RUST WORSHIP (Obsolete Units)

HAHA LA (sound/performance art)

Coagulator & Head-boggle DJ

8:30 pm $5
Life Changing ministries
8th st @ Peralta
Lower bottoms, west Oakland

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DecaycastREVIEWS : FORREST FRIENDS “40 Winks Of Dyre” cs (Cryptic Carousel , 2013)

DecaycastREVIEWS : FORREST FRIENDS “40 Winks Of Dyre” cs (Cryptic Carousel , 2013)

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Forrest Friends crafts together fever dream psychedelia “toy” noise/musique concrete through various instruments which of many can e categorized as broken toys / circuit bent kids amusement items and the like. Forrest Friends might be the sound of Dragging a toy piano through the dirt with a honkey tonk drumset attached to the tail with a bass string. The mood of this cassette is both over and under the eyes of the listener. BRIGHT symbols shutter dark sounds, low fi off kilter guitar strums, choppy and sparse percussive rhythms are made with the appropriated entropy of dying electronic circuits. This tape claws at the ear slowl, losing TE listener in a jungle of low fidelity haze and then grabbing consciousness and pulling the listener back into a different beach of sound. A rope hangs another fuzzed out string pluck – springs another sound decaying reverb of ESP powers coming to life in a blown capacitor!

The sounds of this tape bounce off of similar species – – this state park issued sludge that weeps and squeaks through horns, guitars, keyboards, synthesizers gently walking and peeking in a shuddering tone for ones friends. A box of broken toys are jarring on each other feedback pulsing to another ping from one pang to the next guitar string zing- chumps a broken cymbal hit Forrest Friends is an amalgamation of psychedelic rock throwing up on itself into dense rain forrests of prickling picking broken guitars. Distant squeals undulate each other via circuit bent items from the trash given new life through an orchestration of chaotic pains in a keyboard turning into a jelly doughnut of burping oscillations captured live. Pink Floyd being flushed down the toilet in the wrong direction recorded on a CB radio from 1940 is a good starting point for this tape. If you want the highest fidelity junky tickerings this tape might not be you, but if textured low fi slow churning chaotic tinkering with the dead stuff in aisle 3 of Toys R us is your thing, so is this tape. Nice artwork and foldout special
Cut insert with sexy green shells! Catch them LIVE in Oakland, CA at LCM Thursday, March 28th as part of the Ratskin Explastical series. Here’s the poster …

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http://crypticcarousel.com/forrestfriends.html

Man Down, BUT NOT OUT: Help Jay Korber’s Road To Recovery!!!

korberA  good  friend and  seminal member of the  bay area  noise, experimental metal, and  free  jazz community Mr.  Jay Korber  was involved in an extremely life  threatening bicycle accident, where he was  ran over and  dragged by one of the  sweet sweeper trucks  that  paurse the  SOMA district of  San Francisco. (http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2012/12/cyclist_gets_trapped_under_cit.php) For many, this  would have  signaled the  end/death/whatever. but for Mr. Korber, tough as  nails, the  doctors predict  that a  FULL RECOVERY is possible.  His pelvis was   completely shattered, amongst many other  serious, life  threatening injuries,  and  he  endured  many emergency “life  saving”  surgeries-  just in  his  first  few  days at  SF General Hospital.   Throughout all of  this unexpected chaos – the  endless  chain of  apathetic doctors, buzzing machines,  tubes,  blood  transfusions,  confusiion from the  drugs  and  painkillers,  Jay has  managed to keep a  positive attitude  and  even the  occasional burst of  humor. His Girlfriend Angie, has been  a huge  support for him, easing the  burden on Jay and  his wonderful, but  shocked/traumatized  family, as well supplying the lifeline  of information and updates between Jay and the   concerned, bay area music/art  community. Jay has  been playing wonderful, aggressively exciting, tense music in the  bay area   for  a  decade, or more? now through various bands,  such as  current  projects BURMESE, NUCLEAR DEATH WISH, ETTRICK and other  projects such as KORBER/YEDA
DUO , ELF  ASS, PUKE VOMIT, plus a slew of other projects.  Here’s a video of him doing an extremely rare solo noise set from 2008,
Jay has  been offering his music, thoughts, and  art  up to the  bay area  (any beyond) for  years  and  now, never asking for anything but a  spot to  tune up or  drop his drums, but now Jay’s life is  changed  drastically, at  least for the time  being, and  any dealings with the  city will take  years. What does  this mean?   JAY NEEDS OUR  HELP  NOW!!. He needs his rent  paid, medical  supplies, a  wheelchair, new  glasses, the  list goes on  and on. Now  Jay, being the kindred old  spirit that he  is , would NEVER ask  for help, even when he does  need it,   which is  exactly why we  need to come  forth and  bond together as am artistic community  to show solidarity and help him out.  To  HONESTLY call a group of artists, musicians, and cultural  curators a   “community” or  “scene” comes with   certain requirements, one  being  mutual  community support  for  all members  when something  goes  wrong. A  chain is  only as  strong as  it’s  weakest link, and  right now there  is a broken link,  which means the chain is not at 100% , and we need to help fix that. Jay has  enormous strength and what Macho Man  Randy savage  would call, “intestinal fortitude”, and he  WILL pull  through this, but he needs our  moral, emotional,  creative, and FINANCIAL support above all. If  you’ve ever come to a Ratskin show, and been given a free  beer, take that $5 that  you  would’ve been charged at a bar for it, and give it to someone who  needs it.  Donation link is right below here…   Benefit shows  to be held  at  local underground Oakland  and  San Francisco venues are  in the works, but for NOW , please  consider  making a  small donation here….

http://jaykorber.chipin.com/jay-korber

This incident has shaken the entire bay area music/art community, as Jay is such an inspirational life force and positive influence for us all, it only seems natural to give it right back to him….Have other ideas how you can help? Please email us at decaycast(at)gmail.com and we’ll be sure it gets to the right people.
Love and recovery,
DR. DECAYCAST