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Genesis P-Orridge (1950-2020) Rich Legacy includes Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV

Posted by Billyjam, March 14, 2020 07:41pm | Post a Comment
Psychic TV "Godstar" (1988)

Legendary experimental musician, poet, multi-media artist and occultist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, who was diagnosed with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia in 2017, died earlier today at age 70. Around this time last year and midway into a two-plus year battle against the disease the industrial music pioneer, who first came to wide acclaim as the founding member of Throbbing Gristle, had to be rushed into a NYC area hospital in what was reportedly a critical situation. “She was unable to breathe without oxygen” after her lungs became “blocked with fluid, which her doctors had previously attempted to remove with a suction needle,” wrote friend and associate of the artist Jason Louv at the time in an email to fans and friends of Genesis P-Orridge that also acted as both an update on the artist's health and a plea for help for the under-insured artist's GoFundMe page to combat ever escalating medical bills.  

The envelope pushing, notoriously prolific Genesis P-Orridge leaves behind a vast and impressive legacy.  Creating under a myriad of pseudonyms that have included Griselda, PT001Godstar,  DJ Doktor Megatrip, and Pearl Necklace, the British born Genesis P-Orridge (aka Genesis Breyer P-Orridge) had long been a provocateur.  The five-decade career of the long self-identified "third-gender" artist with the s/he and h/er preferred pronouns (although some still referred to the artist as "he" or "she") is most widely known for being the founding member of the seventies pioneering industrial music group Throbbing Gristle. 

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Three Classic Releases from Throbbing Gristle Coming Soon

Posted by Amoebite, November 2, 2017 11:27am | Post a Comment

Throbbing Gristle Reissues

The fearless and fierce sound of seminal English group Throbbing Gristle has been a defining influence on subsequent practitioners of envelope-pushing electronic, post-punk, experimental, and industrial artists. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the band's abrasive, antagonistic debut LP The Second Annual Report, longtime home label Mute Records is releasing three of TG's most important albums this month. The reissues will be available in two formats: on CD (due out Nov. 17th) and special edition colored vinyl (due the following week, Nov. 24th), both available for pre-order on Amoeba.com now. Fans of the band will be intrigued to hear this is just the beginning of Mute's reissue campaign; the label plans to release a whole slew of TG classics in the coming year.

Here's what you need to know about this first-round of releases:

Second Annual Report

The Second Annual Report

Originally released on November 4, 1977, Throbbing Gristle's debut album introduced the world to their socially and politically confrontational stance and their uniquely intense experimental sound. Available for pre-order on limited edition white vinyl or double CD.

Essential Records: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' Murder Ballads

Posted by Amoebite, July 9, 2015 12:55pm | Post a Comment

Essential Records Nick Cave Murder Ballads

Mute Records just wrapped their recent run of Nick Cave reissues, including the first-ever North American release of eleven classic albums on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl, dating back to 1984’s From Her To Eternity. Remastered by founding member of the Bad Seeds Mick Harvey, the rereleases started coming in December 2014 and continued on into spring 2015.

Nick Cave Vinyl Reissues

When you’ve spent years working in record stores, it’s almost impossible to answer the perennial question, “So, what’s your favorite band?” For a while I had about five bands I would answer this question with, then slowly (probably after finally realizing most people asking this had no idea who I was talking about) I refined my answer to, “I guess Nick Cave.” I “guess” this is because his songwriting is literate, dark, sometimes slyly humorous, and always fiery and unabashed. I “guess” it’s because his aesthetic concerns include haunted Southern Gothic imagery and brutal Revisionist Western stories—basically it’s like someone started writing music, films and books tailored entirely towards my interests. (According to the internet, he also shares my less intense beliefs in the importance of cat art and telling people to “just Google it.”) So in the mid ‘90s when the song “Red Right Hand” gradually lurked its way into my teenage consciousness through repeated exposure via The X-Files movie soundtrack and the approximately two dozen crappy teen horror flicks it was used in (ok, a quick internet search reveals that it was pretty much only Scream), my curiosity was piqued.

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coming out today 7/17...editors...the knife...

Posted by Brad Schelden, July 17, 2007 12:50am | Post a Comment
Out today is the new album from the Editors. It was nice of them to wait until the week after the release of the new Interpol. It is easy to compare the two and I could imagine many getting them confused with each other. Just like when people were looking for the new Interpol album after they heard "She Wants Revenge" for the first time. However, I think "She Wants Revenge" were just cashing in on a current  trend in music. After all, they were a hip-hop band right before becoming another post-punk rip off band. The Editors seem a bit more sincere and more of a real band to me. So although the similarities to Interpol are definitely there, the Editors are just about good enough to stand on their own.

"The Back Room," the first album from this Birmingham, England band came out in July of 2005. It was not until almost a year later that the album came out in the U.S. The label decided to make the transition a bit quicker this time. There were only a couple weeks between the U.K. import and the domestic release of the new album "An End Has a Start." I  have to admit that I am a big fan of bands putting their entire new album up on their myspace page. I always feel like bands have something to hide when they don't let their fans hear their new album. Fans these days are not like they used to be. I would always just go buy albums before I even heard them. But the internet has made it so much easier to check out the albums before you buy them. And of course, you can listen to the albums at those listening stations in record stores as well.

The Editors have nothing to hide with this new album. The first album sort of blew everyone away. And it is always hard for a new band to top their first album. The Editors have done a pretty good job. They played it smart by creating an album similar enough to the first album so as not to lose any fans. But different enough to still be interesting. "Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors" is the first single. Although my favorite track comes all the way at the end of the album with "Spiders." It's a slower song but I am really liking it.

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