(Parts of this collection are now available on my dark ambient blog. Direct link is here.)
I have an affinity for evil things. Evil movies, evil books, and most of all, evil music. For me this is the summer of Coil, of Current 93, of doom and death metal, of dark & techy drum & bass, of cold dark ambient soundscapes, of distortion pedals and quiet weeping. And for the second year in a row, I'm going to unleash my firestorm of woe on a (kind of) unsuspecting audience.
Last year I made a retrospective goth mixtape (highlighting mostly UK gloom bands circa 1980 - 1983) and air-dropped the CDs on a (kind of) unsuspecting city the week before Halloween. The faces of the CDs were blank, save for the words Do Not Play hastily scrawled in black marker. I did submit the track list to Gracenote's CDDB, but I left my name completely out of it. It was, until this moment, an anonymous, aural assault on the hipsters and freaks bold enough to take the CDs home and... well, play them.
Here's the track list of last year's collection:
- ii:ii II:II - Do Not Play
- Einstürzende Neubauten - Steh Auf Berlin
- Bauahus - Double Dare
- Psychic TV - Southern Coumfort
- The Cure - Splintered In Her Head
- Killing Joke - The Wait
- ii:ii II:II - Transmitting From The Basement Of Hell
- Meat Beat Manifesto - God O.D. (Part 4)
- Delerium - Lost Passion
- Cocteau Twins - Blood Bitch
- Sonic Youth - I Don't Want To Push It
- II:II ii:ii - Interlude I
- Coil - Titan Arch
- Joy Division - She's Lost Control
- Giorgio Moroder - Night Rabbit
- Siouxsie & The Banshees - Premature Burial
- Coil - Hellraiser Box Theme
- Tones On Tail - Christian Says
- II:II ii:ii - Interlude II
- Test Dept - Fall From Light
- ii:ii II:II - He Has Waited For This Night
I'll be distributing the putrid discs randomly throughout the uptown, dinkytown, and downtown areas on the weekends of the 3rd and the 10th of October. Think of it as an evil Easter egg hunt. You might find a disc in a random gas station bathroom, or in between sweaters at a used haberdashery. But you'll certainly find them on flier tables in indie businesses up and down avenues Lyndale, Hennepin, Como, University, Washington, and Nicollet. I plan on making around 100 copies this year. (E-mail me or leave a comment if you want a copy of last year's collection.)
So when you're out shopping for black lipstick or trying out leather slings this fall, look for blank CDs with the words He Sees You hastily scrawled in black ink and left suspiciously perched in upsetting, out of the way corners. On second thought, be thankful if you don't find one. It will be the sonic equivalent of suffering turned inside out.
This year there will be no mercy.
(Ooo! But there will be a brand new, super secret surprise bootleg remix of an early 80's Cure song.)