The blog of author Dennis Cooper

Gig #110: Of late 41: In the Mouth of the Wolf, France Jobin, Age Coin, Emptyset, Uniform, Graham Lambkin, Mind Over Mirrors, William Basinski, Naaahhh, People Skills, Kurai Keshiki, Pharmakon, Los Lichis, Sendai, Paul Chain, Porter Ricks



In the Mouth of the Wolf
France Jobin
Age Coin
Graham Lambkin
Mind Over Mirrors
William Basinski
People Skills
Kurai Keshiki
Los Lichis
Paul Chain
Porter Ricks



In The Mouth Of The Wolf Need of Angels
‘Two of industrial music’s most insatiable operators, Ancient Methods & Cindytalk, pay homage to the White Rose figurehead, Sophie Scholl – remembered for her role in the passive resistance to the Nazis during WWII – with a passionate and unflinching trio of noise/techno girders for Diagonal. For those aware of Cindytalk’s illustrious industrial heritage – she has collaborated with everyone from Cocteau Twins and This Mortal Coil to Revolting Cocks’ Chris Connolly and DJ Scud; this is nothing short of a momentous meeting of epochs, styles and mutual intent. And it’s f**king deadly wi’ it, too.’ — boomkat


France Jobin 4.35 – R0 – 413
‘The electronic music of composer France Jobin can be described as “sound-sculpture,” revealing a minimalist approach to complex sound environments where analog and digital methods intersect. While her music often makes use of restraint and limit, she isn’t one to shy away from extremes. Her skillful interplay between highs and lows, louds and softs, creates an intricate narrative, which stretches the listener’s perception and continually refocuses attention.’ — EMPAC


Age Coin Domestic I
‘Age Coin’s newest recording, Performance, drenches industrial-infused techno in high definition details, divining a cracked bump & flex from the condensation of a joyride. With a handful of tapes on Posh Isolation, as well as an album on Luke Younger’s Alter, Kristian Emdal and Simon Formann have developed a project whose momentum and reputation has steadily escalated, finding common ground between electro-acoustic methods and quantised club nights. Both Emdal and Formann are best known as members of Lower (RIP), and both have since continued to devote themselves to a series of projects in the band’s wake. Emdal has lately pivoted his time around Marching Church, a band comprised of some of Copenhagen’s finest, whilst Formann has been working under the guise of Yen Towers, releasing his debut 12″ on Posh Isolation earlier this year.’ — PI


Emptyset Retrieve
‘Emptyset is the innovative electronic duo of James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas. The pair shares a history in Bristol’s underground music scene as well as an impressive list of production credits. Ginzburg, now Berlin based, runs a network of record labels including electronic music label Subtext and Arc Light Editions, whose reissues include a work by Arthur Russell. He’s a prolific producer and remixer for both independent and major labels, with diverse projects such as Faint Wild Light, Ginz and more recently Bleed Turquoise. Purgas, now based in London, founded the We Elude Control label in 2009, a curated collection of rare experimental music. Purgas is an artist, writer and curator who has presented projects with Tate, Whitechapel and Serpentine Galleries, and he is also an active promoter of electronic music in eclectic spaces from a carpark to a Modernist pavilion. The duo composes within a complex set of self-imposed parameters or rule sets and the results of their expeditions on Borders are at once minimal and visceral. Focusing on shifting timbral changes over melody, Emptyset’s work is an exploration of the relationship between rhythm, texture and space.’ — Thrill Jockey


Uniform Tabloid
Wake in Fright, the second full-length by the New York City duo Uniform, is a harrowing exploration of self-medication, painted in the colors of war. Following the Ghosthouse 12″, whose A-side Pitchfork called “their most relentless track yet,” vocalist Michael Berdan and guitarist/producer Ben Greenberg return with a new batch of even more punishing songs that incorporate elements of industrial music, thrash metal, harsh noise, and power electronics.’ — Sacred Bones


Graham Lambkin Robin Frog (Yuk Yo)
‘Like many of Lambkin’s solo and collaborative efforts, Community is a spiraling labyrinth of a record, with many a dank nook or dusty cranny or wayward path into which one can lose focus of reality. His is an inquisitive mind, at first seemingly anchored in musique concrète, but it quickly becomes clear that folk, jazz and drone all play key parts in his musical constructions, as evinced by his collaborative work with the likes of Michael Pisaro and Joe McPhee. Community is a significant work in his recent solo discography, however, as it sees Lambkin take a shift away from the abstraction and, in his words, “plunderphonic mechanics” of albums like Salmon Run and Amateur Doubles, returning instead to song form and “real” musicians playing “real” instruments. Of course, this being a Graham Lambkin album, there is much that still crosses the boundary between the two. This is not a return to noisy abstract song-based idiom of The Shadow Ring but a rigorous inspection of the very nature of music and song.’ — Dusted


Mind Over Mirrors Restore and Slip
‘Mind Over Mirrors, the ever-evolving project of Jaime Fennelly, deploys modest acoustic constituent materials—an Indian pedal harmonium and the human voice—to produce roiling, meditative music that both simulates the swells and troughs of synthesized electronics and conjures the ceaseless rhythms of tidal surges. While we can point out referential sonic compass points—G.I. Gurdjieff’s harmonium improvisations; certain particularly harmonically viscous recordings of Sacred Harp singers; Edward Artemiev’s soundtracks to Tarkovsky films—in its prayerful patience, its simultaneously formal and folk aspects, and its unabashed (if intermittently anxious) beauty, it doesn’t sound much like anything else being made today. There is an easy, and unusual, confluence of praise and play at work in Jaime’s music that catalyzes heady reverie.’ — Paradise of Bachelors


William Basinski A Shadow In Time
‘“Some old rotten things that the cat in New York had chewed up.” That’s how William Basinski described the loops that form the backbone of his towering new album A Shadow In Time before its live debut last year. Basinski came across the damaged tape in his archives not expecting much, but from the moment he heard its starry strings, he knew he was onto something something special. That’s how many of Basinski’s albums have come together. He’s an artist who captures the sound of memory with gracefully decaying tape loops, serendipitously plucking them from his own archives and re-contextualizing his personal history. It’s as if he seals the sounds in amber, removing them from any temporal context and priming them for thoughtful investigation.’ — Fact Magazine


People Skills 89¢ Public Render
‘Thurston Moore and Byron Coley likened the previous People Skills record to “South Island NZ pop played inside of an armored car”, and that description holds here: underneath the hoods of these wracked and weather-beaten recordings are melodies of disarming beauty and optimism, bordering on the (wilfully) mawkish, bubblegum ground underfoot. Each piece as time-stopping and evocative as an old photograph of someone who used to mean something.’ — BEB


Naaahhh Theme 2
‘Unlike the sometimes one-dimensional exponents of dark techno, Naaahhh’s approach to expressing desolation and despair sounds a lot less forced. There are multiple influences in these five tracks, with aspects of grime, musique concrète and bleep techno bent into abstraction. The standout is undoubtedly “Theme 2,” which evokes the chilling experience of Demdike Stare’s 2010 Tryptych of albums. There’s dread but also humour in those drawn-out, shlock-horror strings, pitch-shifted downwards and dragged through a morass of hollowed-out percussion and cavernous subs.’ — Resident Advisor


Kurai Keshiki Samuke
‘Kurai Keshiki began in 2013 as a side-project to Black Mountains Chronicles, dealing with a type of industrial-ambient more focused on field recordings and experimental sounds.’ — Chain DLK


Pharmakon Transmission
‘Margaret Chardiet explains her new album Contact, which marks Pharmakon’s 10th anniversary, came after a long reevaulation of the project’s central purpose: the exploration of what it means to be human. After exploring the physical body on 2014’s Bestial Burden, she describes Contact as an album about the mind and an attempt to capture the trancelike focus of her live performances. According to Chardiet, Contact is structured to follow the four stages of trances — preparation, onset, climax, and resolution — something we hear in progress on the album’s third track and noisily hypnotic first single ‘Transmission’.’ — Fact Magazine


Los Lichis Crípticos videos encontrados en un negocio de renta de películas esotéricas abandonado.
‘With our crate-digger culture reaching peak levels, it’s always surprising to find an artist that has been making music for over 20 years and hasn’t already been anthologized. That’s what makes the surprise arrival of Los Lichis, a collective of experimental musicians and visual artists from Mexico City that first started working together in 1996, such a vital shock to the system. Chances are the recent reissue by Massachusetts-based Feeding Tube Records of Dog, a comp culling from the group’s self-released material, is the first time you’re hearing of them. The members of Los Lichis—José Luis Rojas, Gerardo Monsiváis, Manuel Mathar, and French sound artist Jean Baptiste Favory—are entirely responsible for keeping below the cultural radar. Until recently, their music was only available for purchase in art galleries in Mexico. They have been slow to embrace digital distribution; their Bandcamp is just a couple months old. But from the sounds of this fantastic collection of dessicated art rock, cracked electronic experiments, and AM radio intrusions, their emergence from the shadows feels long overdue.— Robert Ham


Sendai Apopads
‘Whilst their previous outings were impressive, if feels like they’ve really found a key into the next level of Sendai’s sound with Ground and Figure, putting a refined paucity of sounds thru their paces with the acrobatic dexterity of a modular-programmed and computer defined Simone Biles routine. They are in masterful control of rhythm, shape and space, utilising the full breadth of the soundfield to engulf the senses in a stunning exhibition of pure, modelled physics that swoops, vaults and carves between ten minutes of what sounds like Gabor LAzar doing backflips in 4D with 002 Archiefkwestie and Porter Swiss, to the near-beatless airlock pressure changes of Apopads, or $hit & $hine’s K-fiend sibling in Perfect Boulevard Exclusive, whilst the knotted metrics of W180215Yves-PVH-R could almost be one of Autechre’s semi-sentient organisms and the drily spherical subbass dimensions of 003 Archiefkwestie firmly build on deep-rooted traditions of Belgian experimental electronics found on the IPEM label – a perfect bridge between modern scientific and artistic researches.’ — boomkat


Paul Chain Moonchild
‘Paul Chain is known for his fairly unique & distinctive mix of doom metal, psychedelic rock, and gothic flavoured experimentation, going from more dowse & bent blends of slapping percussion & church organ drone, through mangled blends of scuttling & seared guitar improv & synth freak-out. Onto more moody & slowly developing church & synth blends, that are best described as gothic ambience.’ — Musique Machine


Porter Ricks Harbour Chart
‘Drum machines are run through maze-like circuits until nothing remains but the infrared signature they have left in their wake. Their commitment to conjuring whole worlds out of little more than crackle and echo cast a long shadow, even though they put the project on hold after three short years. Without Porter Ricks, it’s hard to imagine Pole, Shackleton, Burial, or any number of artists working in the most densely crosshatched corners of electronic music.’ — Philip Sherburne




p.s. Hey. ** David Ehrenstein, Hi. Well, goodness, I definitely need to read that Graham Greene piece, and I will post-haste. Thanks for the link and tip. I used to be fascinated by these child actors, Keith and Kevin Schultz, identical twin brothers who were stars of this now-obscure mid-60s TV series ‘The Monroes’. I tracked them down later when they were in their late teens, interviewed them, wrote this long article about them and “the child actor”, which I remember being pretty good, but, just as I was about to submit it, believe it or not, my dog ate it, and back in the non-backed up typewriter days, that was end of that. ** Kiddiepunk, Ah, the child-man himself! I think your post has aged like a fine wine, and now that you’re a publicly acknowledged ‘bees knees’ artist, I think the insight it gives into your influences and methodology will prove invaluable to your forthcoming biographers. So, thank you and you’re welcome. And talk to you shortly. ** Dóra Grőber, Hi, Dóra! No, don’t be discouraged. The initial breaking in when what you’re writing is unique and special is often hard. Partly that’s due to the editors’ lack of imagination, but also, speaking as someone who’s been an editor, it can have a lot to do with how numbing it is to read through a lot of submissions, which can make editors get lazy, unfortunately. Persevere, and, yeah, let me know. Zac is contacting the actor we liked, and hopefully I’ll hear the news today. But, in very good news, we originally wrote that one hard-to-cast role thinking particularly of one of the performers in ‘Cattle’, and, just yesterday, he told us that he’s interested to talk to us about it, and we’ll see him on Monday. So maybe we’ll end up being able to cast the guy we wanted from the start, we’ll see. I’m happy that you at least got some hours in with your good friend. And of course I like your idea of starting a new blog on a new platform. I’m not on instagram, but my impression is that it’s mostly geared towards posting and looking at photos, isn’t it? My yesterday was okay. No news from the realtor, urgh. I applied for another apartment that I don’t like nearly so much, but it’s obvious that I can’t be choosy, so we’ll see about that. And I otherwise worked on the film, and I had to do some writing for Gisele’s new dance piece, for which I’m creating the underlying story/narrative, so I did that. What did Friday give you? ** Cal Graves, Hi, Cal! I got email/post, and I’ll write to you with the launch date, etc. today. Thank you! I wish apartment owners chose renters based on how cool they are, but it doesn’t seem like that’s the case. Their choices are all money driven. Maybe I’ll get lucky and find an owner who’s a fan of my stuff. Cool that you’re working on a novel. Why have you tended not to finish the ones before? Do you just lose interest before you get to the end, or … ? We’ve got bluer than blue skies here, strangely enough. I hope to wander beneath them before they darken. Best of luck with your day today. ** Steevee, Hi. How did you end up previewing the wrong films? Anyway, I look forward to your thoughts on the series. Everyone, Take a minute or more today and read Steevee’s article on the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s “Film Comment Selects” series, which — alert to you NYC folks — starts today. Well, let’s see, you could give your actor a monobrow? Or a pirate scar? Or … well, maybe not, ha ha. ** Jamie, J-j-j-j-jamie! There’s still a chance on the apartment, but I’m looking elsewhere too since that chance does not feel like an impending award. My day was pretty Cooperly, it’s true. Ha ha. My yesterday love was a success! Cool! Hooray for me, and, well, I guess for you too. More of that today but without a jittery illustration. What are you up to on this potentially fine, fine Friday? ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi. They sure don’t. Make ’em like Baby Burlesks anymore. Maybe Zac’s and my third film should be a Baby Burlesk. Hm, interesting. Do you feel, being at that crossroads as an artist, that you might go in a direction you haven’t or that you haven’t explored as much yet? ** Misanthrope, Hi, G. Gotcha, yeah, the eye trippiness weirded me out too, and getting that checked out is pretty much crucial. It was sad for me when I had to get reading glasses some years back since I had proudly always had better than 20/20 vision my whole life. And now when I do readings, I have to look some fucking professor up there, sucks. I can’t even spend, like, half an hour doing nothing. It’s impossible. I can’t even remember what I used to do to fill up empty space before the internet. I guess I watched TV or read or something. What’s Annapolis like? It’s such a promising name. ** H, Hi. I think introspective people don’t last too long in NYC. Or they stay in their apartments, so it’s hard to meet them. I think maybe they go out to poetry readings at St. Marks or at the 92nd Street Y and places like that. I think I remember seeing them there. Nothing back about the apartment yet. Fingers still crossed into fleshy origami. Enjoy your hibernation. Doing that can be very important. ** MANCY, Hi, Steven! ** Okay. I made another gig for you of new-to-newish stuff that I’m into hearing at the current time. See if your ears bear any resemblance to mine, if you like. See you tomorrow.


  1. Hi!

    Thank you, this also helps a lot! I don’t usually think about it from the editors’ point of view even though it’s quite logical! Well we’ll see what happens! I’ll keep doing it ’til I get there!
    Wow this sounds awesome!! Which actor is he from LCTG – if you can say? I’m very curious because I have my favorite scenes and favorite actors and it’d be awesome to see them or one of them again in one of your works! Regardless, I hope he says okay on Monday!
    Yes, Instagram and tumblr are mostly photo blogs. The latter has writing blogs but I think they’re way more “mainstream” in style than my works. This isn’t criticism, there’re several writers on tumblr I like a lot, it’s just more difficult to find my audience there, I guess. So now I’m looking for something else.
    God I just really hope the apartment situation gets solved now! It’d be the best if you heard back from the first apartment and they said okay but if that’s not the case, I hope, at least there won’t be any further complications with the second one! Any news?
    I’m home today so I’m mostly writing and working on the journal/blog platform quest.
    How was your day? I hope it was lovely!!

  2. Interesting links today. As always.

    Tomorrow I will be 70.

  3. Hey Dennis – Always enjoy these gigs. Immediately drawn to the Basinski (lovely) and Pharmakon (hypnotic insect vibe) and look forward to checking out the others over the weekend.

    Went to the doctor yesterday and got some meds to help get my post-AWP plague under control. Finally slept well and feeling much better, hoping to finally shake this completely in a few days.

    You probably knew this, but I was surprised to find out Beckett translated Rimbaud’s “Drunken Boat.” From the page a friend posted on FB, the translation looked pretty remarkable. You know it/like it?

    Hope there’s good news on the apartment and actor fronts today.

    Let me know if you’re still up for Skyping tomorrow sometime. I’m super flexible, just laying low and resting up from the flu.

  4. Does Nice Porn.
    Your name is great for anagrams, Dennis.
    How’s it going? Was that a DB Changes J-j-j-j-jamie? I used to know a girl who sang that every time we met. I loved it.
    Good to hear that that apartment’s not a total bust. Have things moved on at all? I hope so.
    I keep thinking about those kiddiepunk films from yesterday. They really are astounding. I was blabbing on to Hannah about them last night and she looked disturbed and very much like she wanted me to stop talking.
    That Pharmakon track sounds like something that might be great live and I liked that Los Lichis film a lot. I sometimes like playing some of the things that you post simultaneously and Emptyset and Age Coin worked together a treat.
    Have you got weekend plans? I don’t have a single one, which makes me wonder what I’ve forgotten, but until further notice it’s books and movies until I work on Sunday evening, hopefully. Sounds nice.
    Hope you’re all great.
    Love with a capital J,

  5. @ David Ehrenstein, happy 70th for tomorrow, dude! You’re looking fit as a fiddle.

    Nice gig selection as ever, I particularly enjoyed the ebm clangathon of In The Mouth Of The Wolf and I’ve been wearing out the grooves of that Naaahhh record since I got it the other week. The Blackest Ever Black label is really on fire of late.

    @ DC, re the ‘crossroads as an artist’ thing, I’m kind of between projects and yeah, I could do with figuring out something substantial to get properly stuck into. Although I do need to settle back in at work and also start the driving lessons, so those things should really be the priority right now.

  6. Happy Friday Dennis,

    Love, love, love these. All of them. That Emptyset is a good seizure. Delightful.

    I’m going to try my best to return the favor:

    Akira Yamaoka, “Ordinary Vanity”

    Tundra Toddler, “You Can’t Go in There. Your Father is Dead.”

    Aught/Void, “Alcove”

    Gods Wisdom, “The Jar”

    Disasterpeace, “The Midnight Wood”

    Streiber, “Lubbock”

    Gas Chamber, “Septillion”

    Ocean, “The Beacon”

    Bell Witch, “Suffocation, A Drowning”

    Hope you enjoy. Wishing you the best, be well

  7. By “previewing the wrong films,” I meant that I had the opportunity to watch about 6 films from the program in advance. Judging from the 3 that I saw, I think I probably picked some of the worst films, apart from THE UNTAMED. Part of the problem was the length of the Wang Bing and Lav Diaz films. I find it impossible to watch a film over 2 hours on my laptop.

  8. Because I’m a total masochist, I read the comments about the harassment of Justin Simien, director of the film/Netflix series DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, in an article in a Canadian paper. I thought Canadians were more civilized and less racist than Americans. Well, if the commenters here are actually Canadian, Trump could win there too: endless complaints about political correctness and “sjws”, “it was so much better in the good ol’ days when no one talked about racism”, “there are lots of racist black people too,” “people would freak out if a white person created a show called DEAR BLACK PEOPLE {isn’t that essentially what Trump does whenever he addresses people of color?, and that point is addressed in Simien’s film}”, “it’s so hard to be a white person in America these days that white men have no choice but to do Oxycontin and troll the Internet.”

  9. hey Dennis,

    sent you a response email.
    I wish you all the luck I can give in finding an apartment. I’ve had that problem many a times and it is never never fun. Keep your head up friend, you’ll get thru it!!
    Yeah it’s usually a loss of interest, or I take a break to work on a short story and then that takes up all my attention, then i look back at the novel and it just doesnt vibe with me anymore and it seems kinda lame. But this one seems to be beyond that so i hhope it’ll go great.
    Mind Over Mirrors is great, new to me, very good, diggin in much been listening to it a lot today, very nice
    We had a bright warm sun today.


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