The blog of author Dennis Cooper

Gig #130: Of late 39: Agnarkea, Fire-Toolz, Puce Mary, Hermit & The Recluse, Bamba Pana, Bob Bellerue, Amnesia Scanner, Thou, Rabit, Aki Onda/Akio Suzuki/ Annea Lockwood, Ana da Silva + Phew, Colin Self, Young Paint


Puce Mary
Hermit & The Recluse
Bamba Pana
Bob Bellerue
Amnesia Scanner
Aki Onda, Akio Suzuki, Annea Lockwood
Ana da Silva + Phew
Colin Self
Young Paint


Agnarkea Blue Beam
‘I don’t know how I’d classify it exactly, I draw influence from so many places and each song kind of turns into it’s own thing. It could be any mix of punk, jungle, plug, boom bap, R&B, neo soul. Lately me and my Waistdeep counterparts have been experimenting with coming up with something wholly different from the norm. A new genre, something never before heard. I hope to keep a strong PMA message and vibe but also build off of the brutality and beauty of previous genres. We will see how it goes LOL. This is all conceptual, it’s really hard to do, but still something cool to strive for.’ — Agnarkea


Fire-Toolz Experience ☆ Slips ☆ Away
‘Earlier Fire-Toolz releases, like 2017’s Drip Mental and Interbeing, stoked a keen sense of restlessness. The project veered from the staid ambient meditations and noisy experiments Marcloid has cultivated under a variety of other monikers in the past decade (her Bandcamp discography dates back to 2006). Instead of ruminating on a single theme, Fire-Toolz accentuates the contrasts between often clashing forms of sound, a strategy Oneohtrix Point Never also employed on his last two albums. But Skinless X-1, Marcloid’s fourth Fire-Toolz release, finds the project locking into new grooves. Rather than highlight how easily attention can scatter, it congeals attention, testing just how many disparate elements the ear can hold together in a single moment.’ — Sasha Geffen


Puce Mary Fragments Of A Lily
‘When I first started recording, all I had was a sheet of metal and a distortion pedal and it took me years to build up a proper studio. I learned a lot from listening, being curious about what friends used and trying to imitate instruments that I could not play or get my hands on. I think this has resulted in me being able to think about making music in a way that is very free and not reliant on certain instruments. I make room for the experience of not being able to know what the sound of the action I am doing will be. Gradually these ‘designed accidents’ accumulate and all together trends are discernible and those themes, suggested by the hand of my own unconscious and the sounds themselves, feed back into the composition of the rest of the track. Only after a substantial amount of the work is created do I really feel like I can exert my own conceptual control on the material. A lot of material is replaced and rerecorded. Like a regenerated organ or organ transplant… It’s like a body sloughing the dead cells and replacing them with rejuvenated ones all the while coexisting with colonies of bacteria in the same structure. I want the chaos implied by this to be legible to the listener so when a rhythm is guiding their ears along a piece of music, they are not carried away and are very much aware that a single tone, a single beat, can stop that sound and time completely.’ — Puce Mary


Hermit and the Recluse Oedipus
‘For his sixth LP, the onetime member of Natural Elements and Roc Marciano affiliate has teamed with producer Animoss (of the Arch Druids) for a concept album of epic proportions titled Orpheus Vs. The Sirens. Taking on the roles of “Hermit” and “The Recluse,” these two contemporaries have put together 10 songs that use Greek mythology to illustrate the struggles of an MC navigating his hostile environment. Orpheus is a legendary poet and musician from Greek mythology, and in the ancient poem Argonautica, he accompanies Jason and The Argonauts on their mission to attain the Golden Fleece. His main role is to sing louder and more beautifully than the Sirens, who look to shipwreck and kill the sailors.’ — Ambrosia For Heads


Bamba Pana Baria
‘singeli is unfeasible music that imagines new possibilities for the human; not even a machine could outrun the body. it’s an optimistic, impish taunt, a counterpoint to accelerationism articulated in the language of technology — a comeback, a challenge. but Bamba Pana fast-forwards further into a future in which human & machine so intertwine that the margins between them (us) entirely disappear. the result is haunting: an uncanny sonic valley, hot & sweaty in relentless motion yet bereft of human warmth — a post-apocalyptic savanna, a landscape onto which to resurrect what was never — or was always — sentient: psychic percussion, haunted ngomas, ghosts in the drum machine, snares to reprogram a ritual-summoning-qua-dance-party where everyone’s invited: a djinn wearing sunglasses, witches shaking ass, Serengeti cyborgs taking selfies with Diamond Platnumz in one of the fastest growing cities in the world.’ — Baldr Eldursson


Bob Bellerue live @ Festival Akouphène
‘Bob Bellerue’s new double-LP, “Music of Liberation,” is a careful and intricate album of textured drone and shapely noise. Like the greatest works by post-industrial masters David Jackman (Organum) and Steven Stapleton (Nurse With Wound), its power lies not in harshness, but in dynamic spectral intensity. These are minutely composed pieces with very great attention paid to timbral details and variances.’ — Elevator Bath


Amnesia Scanner Symmetribal
‘Amnesia Scanner terrorize the simile. Another Life, chameleonic as it is demonic, aggregates its influences and kaleidoscopes them into earworming shards of electronic puncta, a diabolical mimesis whose loathsome grin belies its functionality as dance music. Under the dissimulating surface of accelerationist avant-gardism — the simulation of the simile — Amnesia Scanner carefully construct a somatically accessible sonics whose basic though intricately intercalating rhythm schemes tessellate through the contrapuntal harmonies of the distorted voices squeaking and shrieking and earsplitting all over the place. Rather than articulating a disavowing disidentification with the mainstream, Amnesia Scanner telescope the ironic distance of experimental music into a functional invitation to dance, to channel the molecular movement of sound into the cellular movement of dance.’ — Benjamin Eckman Bieser


Thou The Changeling Prince
‘Thou’s basic sound combines a lot of styles which are in vogue: the weight and heft of powerful sludge, the atmospheres of post-metal and the scratchy, atonal undercurrent of noise rock. Because of their collaborations with bands like The Body it’s tempting to lump Thou with difficult, abrasive experimental music, but Magus is fairly free of wild excess or brain-flaying drama. It is Thou’s most traditionally and accessible metal album so far, with a series of rewarding riffs scattered across the record. The focus they exhibit is key to the record’s success. The tracks have the weight, mass and filthy growl to rank them with the best of the genre, but are sprinkled with unpredictable moments. Rather than – as many other bands do – picking the form apart to make something abstract and joyless, it’s rewarding as a metal listener to come across such a thoughtful record that’s happy to be just be ugly and satisfying.’ — Tom Coles


Rabit The Quickening
‘Rabit resets his sound in kaleidoscopic, cinematic dimensions on ‘Life After Death’, an absorbingly psychedelic, pop-wise and fractally refined follow-up to his trio of boundary-pushing albums that bridged the gaps between DJ Screw and Coil, grime and the GRM, also inspired by Surrealist art, Enigma, and Japanese Ambient artists like Hiroshi Yoshimura.’ — boomkat


Annea Lockwood, Aki Onda, Akio Suzuki Tabletop Music
‘Though they differ in generation and performance practice, Aki Onda (b. 1967) and Akio Suzuki (b. 1941) share an astonishingly inventive, open-ended, and spontaneous approach to the infinite and variegated possibilities of sound as a spatial phenomenon. Since initiating a collaborative relationship in 2005, the duo have embarked on a number of tours in Europe and Asia, exploring locations ranging from an abandoned factory on the outskirts of Brussels to an underground parking lot in Glasgow. Onda and Suzuki perform by utilizing unconventional and self-made instruments including analog cassette Walkmans and radios, found pieces of wood, nails, hammers, buckets, marbles, and glass jars, allowing the individual architecture and acoustics of various sites to guide the flow and development of performance. For this final stop of their six-city North American tour, Suzuki and Onda debuted a collaboration with New Zealand-born American composer and sound artist Annea Lockwood. The three artists presented a new collaborative work, examining the possibility of using found objects both as visual and sound tools, accompanied with live video projections of Brooklyn-based filmmaker Motoko Fukuyama.’ — Blank Forms


Ana da Silva + Phew The Fear Song
‘Brilliant, prickly meeting between The Raincoats’ Ana Da Silva and enigmatic Japanese vocalist Phew, who pursue a tempestuous mix of avant-garde vocals and variegated electronic backdrops, from post-punk rhythmic noise to lysergic, outernational ambience.’ — Boomkat


Colin Self Emblem
‘Siblings is the final installment of Self’s Elation Series, a six-year body of collaborative work that spans opera to performance art, sculpture to song, and in doing so showcases the vitality and versatility of the queer creative underground of New York and beyond. Such interdisciplinary interdependence both necessitates and creates the ideal conditions for kinship: trust, play, close listening. On his debut album, Self’s musical expression was centered on choral arrangements with electronic production that he tagged “devotional.” While his debut LP remains a salve, Siblings demonstrates an extraordinary evolution, pulling the concept of the devotional into an abundance of new shapes. To borrow Donna Haraway’s term, the album is a compost of sonic vocabularies—including choral, techno, pop, folk, string quartet, noise, and East Coast club rhythms—and vocal evocations of kinship, in and among which a network of invigorating ideas burst into life.’ — Ruth Saxelby


‘Young Paint (aka Jade Soulform aka Francis aka Generation 4 aka AZD) is a Learning Program that has been progressively emulating the Greyscale to Silvertone process Darren J. Cunningham started during the recording of the Hazyville LP on Werkdiscs in 2008. A decade later much of the Actress material, both composed, recorded and performed live has incorporated partially independent YPAi.’ — WERK_LTD




p.s. Hey. ** David Ehrenstein, Hi. I published a book by Michael Lally with Little Caesar. I had a publication party for him at my West LA pad. Maybe you were there, although I don’t think we’d met yet by that point maybe. I’m totally assuming that whatever drawbacks I have re: ‘Performance’ are my issues not its. Ah, a new FaBlog! Hooray! Everyone, Mr. Ehrenstein has a new post at long last on his legendary FaBlog. It’s called ‘Intruder in The Mascara’, and it has something to do with Faulkner, and it’s right here. ** Tosh Berman, Hi, Tosh, Thanks. Yeah, like I said, I think ‘Performance’ is kind of fun, but it just doesn’t reach any further with me, which is just to do with what I’m into, I’m sure. ** Sypha, Hi, James. I look forward to reading Kyler’s book as soon as it gets over here. Great news about the ‘Harlem Smoke’ contract signing. Yes, of course, I’m extremely into hosting a ‘welcome to the world’ post for it, you bet, with jingle bells on. ** Kier, Hey, buddy! Miss you! Ah, so great you had the operation and that its aftermath involves flying colors! Well, except for the immobility thing, yeah, ugh. But you can draw and make work with extremely light materials at least, no? Anyway, victory! So happy for you! Yeah, Zac and I are super psyched about the Oslo thing. I guess it’s not a million percent for sure, but it seems like it’s going to happen. I’m waiting to hear. I think they want me to do a reading too, which is not my favorite thing to do, but I will if it helps get ‘PGL’ screened. Anyway, I’ll let you know as soon as it gets cemented. You take good care of your repairing self, okay, promise? Very gentle hugs from Zac, and mega-love from me! ** Steve Erickson, Well, he could make a living doing interesting smaller films too, obviously. Enjoy your time with the folks. I hope your mom is feeling a lot better. You’re interviewing David Bryne? That should be interesting. I do know a song or three by Primitive Calculators, but I haven’t revisited their stuff in a long time. A revisit sounds good. Thanks! ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi. Ah, once you get the hang of the story form, and once you locate what you’re interested in doing with it, it’ll get easier if no less difficult, no worries. I imagine so: five senses + Day of the Dead. Great luck with the writing, man. ** Dominik, Hi! I’m virtually all better, thank you. Just a few very minor reminders that I wasn’t. Yes, I have to finish an initial draft of Episode 3. Then it goes to Zac for further work. Basically, Zac and I have to get each episode to a point where we’re both happy with it, then we give it to Gisele. She goes over it and tells us what she wants changed, and then we go back into the episode and work on it until she’s happy. So we’ll do that with the three episodes until we’re ready to send them to our producer. She’ll have input, which, so far, we’ve mostly declined to accept because, frankly, her ideas, uh, suck. Then we’ll send all three to ARTE and hope they’re mostly into them. Oh, good, that your restlessness was a creativity related. I sort of thought and hoped so. New SCAB in-process! I totally believe you that the next will be the best yet. That’s how it’s been so far. Yay! Huh, I do know Cody Fern by face, so I guess I’ve seen him in things, or at least in photos and gifs, and, yes, I get what you see in him, you could say, ha ha. Thank you. And those gifs are pretty, I might steal one or two. My weekend … work pretty much. I did see the Avital Ronell lecture, and that was great, and she’s living here now, and that’s cool news ‘cos I like her. Oh, and I ran into Lily Ruban at the lecture, who had a piece in the second SCAB. I hadn’t seen her in ages, that was cool. But, yeah, I think I just worked. The days just seemed to begin and then suddenly be ending. But I have interesting stuff to do this week, so I’ll get out. Do you have anything extra special planned for this week? May it be amazing! ** JM, Hey, man! Yes, I have read the ‘Collected’ Kiddiepunk. I don’t know what to say regarding your finances, but it is pretty packed with killer stuff. Michael doesn’t really publish anything that isn’t killer. ‘Bad Timing’, yeah, I remember liking that. And I think I liked ‘Walkabout’? Have a rockin’ Tuesday if it’s still Tuesday down there. ** Keytung, Your tree stuff sounds squared away. Your doppleganger sounds both classical and post-post-modern, which is pretty rare. ** Misanthrope, Thanks, G. Well, yeah, use the long weekend — I totally forgot it’s almost Thanksgiving, how nice. I mean nice to have totally forgotten about that world’s worst holiday — to get un-flued if you are fluish. I saw that a thing called Franzen’s 10 Rules for Writers existed, and that people were unloading on it/him, but that’s as far as I got or will go since I, you know, don’t like his shit. ** Bill, Hi. Yeah, my cold is almost non. Great that NYC is a relaxer with cultural chasers. Sounds like heaven. Dig. ** Kyler, Hi. Well, whenever it gets here, I’ll be glad. Obviously, like your other friends, I would advise you to concentrate on the good news part of your book being temporarily o.o.p. because it’ll be fine. People’s desires aren’t that fickle, and their memories aren’t that short. ** Thomas Moronic, Hi, T! So, so good to see you! Obviously, my great pleasure and honor to focus on the book, which I totally love. Me? Trying to finish the script for a 3-episode TV series for ARTE that Zac and I are co-writing for Gisele/ARTE. Shepherding PGL’s gradual entrance into the world. Finishing the script for Zac’s and my new film and starting to raise money to make it. Very slowly back to working on a novel I put aside about four years ago. And you? You’re the truly mysterious one. Big love, me. ** Corey Heiferman, Hi, Corey. I like Brad Listi. He did me a few years ago. It was fun, but he didn’t go fan boy. I got his snark. Which I liked. Huh, curious reaction to Lally and Grantham. The Lally poem is more than thirty years old, so if it feels zeitgeist-chasey, that’s an illusion. The Slammer is totally new to me. Huh, interesting. Thank you, I’ll chase down its depths, or at least its semi-depths. I actually know about route ciphers, weirdly enough, because some ancient relative of mine fought in the Civil War, and his surviving notebooks have route ciphers in them. How strange. What English stuff did you end up ordering? ** Okay. Yesterday I showed you recent books that I recommend, and today I’m doing the same with music tracks. And that synchronicity wasn’t even planned out or anything. See you tomorrow.


  1. I wasn’t at that party. I knew Michael Lally through other circumstances that I now can’t quite recall. I gues “Performance” is a chaque a son gout matter. It definitely resonates with me both in relation to film acting (James Fox’s amazing transformation, Anita Pallenberg being Anita Pallenberg), filmmaking (Roeg’s cinematography, Mazzola’s editing) and psychologically. Cammell wasn’t the only self-destructive artist I;ve ever met but his life exemplified the syndrome

  2. dennis dennis dennis-

    hey love. long time no see. that thou track was awesome. there are actually a few songs i’ve been wanting to check out in today’s post.

    also had no idea sotos had a new one out. will have to track that down.

    how’s tricks? everything is actually going well on my end. i’m moving to big bear. got a job cooking at snow summit. this is my last week in vegas. i haven’t been this excited for something in a while.

    hey, is PGL gonna see any release on physical media anytime soon? like DVD or something?

    just read that interview with you and zac that was posted last week. the new film sounds amazing. can’t wait to see it.

    just wanted to pop in and say hey. hope all is well. talk soon.


  3. Well Dennis, you’ve stumped me today, often with these gigs I’ll know at least one of the groups but I don’t recognize a single name today… but it’s always good to discover new things in life… as for myself, I’ve mainly been listening to the new Current 93 and Dead Can Dance albums, the recent Lindsey Buckingham solo anthology (all 3 discs of it, ha ha… I splurged for the deluxe edition)… have you heard of the group Daughters? One of my younger friends suggested I check out their new album and I kind of dig it… they kind of have a Swans vibe to their sound.

    I actually started the HARLEM SMOKE day yesterday! It’s already up to like 7 pages, ha ha… but I think for the most part it’ll be mainly photos and videos and not TOO much text… famous last words… maybe it’s a little early to be starting it as the release date is still like 2 months away but better to get a hard start now so that I won’t have to rush it when it’s almost ready to come out, I feel.

  4. Unfortunately, my dad’s in a lot of pain now and E-mailed me this morning to ask me to cancel my trip to visit my parents. He’s seeing a doctor today. He doesn’t think it’s anything serious. but he feels awful. I hope things improve by the time I plan to come up around Christmas.

    Rabit were intriguing and did live up to the “DJ Screw meets Coil” description. Didn’t Thou release four albums under their own name this year, plus some collaborations? I liked “Black Helicopters,” but I’m not sure I want to hear a whole album full of conspiracy theory samples. Colin Self seems like a subject for future research.

    Well, I wish I could talk to Byrne face to face. I will have to E-mail him my questions c/o Criterion’s publicist.

    When you say you’re working on the script for your new film with Zac, is this the one about the family who run a haunted house or an even newer idea?

  5. Shane Christmass

    November 20, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    BTW Primitive Calculators are ace. I live in Melbourne. They’re still playing and recording:


    Hey DC – check this out – I was pretty rapt to read this – very humbling – https://thebirdking.com/2018/11/15/gif-as-effigy-molten-centre-the-fiction-of-shane-jesse-christmass/

    I also got to do two Fire Toolz remixes last year.



  6. _Black_Acrylic thank you ben!!!! i’ve started to itch like crazy so that’s supposed to be a good sign:) i can’t wait to get my hands on the compendium!

    hi den, i can do very light work yes haha, though so far i can’t really do anything but watch a ton of movies and sit on the sofa and sleep. but if it does the trick! i’m itching soooo bad today and i can’t do anything but like wiggle around to alleviate it, it’s a real tribulation right now! i’ll overcome if it doesnt drive me nuts first. i’ve never seen you read so i’m selfishly excited about that, it’ll be a triple dennis whammy! fun fun fun. forgive me for ignoring the post above, it looks amazing but my attention span is finnicky right now. wanna do an old school thing? tell me about your day? like give me the deets. i need to feel connection to the outside world through other people for the time being. i had a friend from school here today she did my dishes and told me about the world, it was good. give zac a hug for me! scratchy love, me

  7. Being a longtime Actress fan then it probably comes as no surprise that I’m a fan of the Young Paint project too, although I’d much prefer it if he’d have left the spoken word sample out. Still, the music is sublime.

    This evening’s short story course was again enjoyable and my own effort about Mexico’s Day of the Dead festival seemed to go down well among my classmates. My protagonist is a young goth writing a review of the event on TripAdvisor, telling of their surprise to find the streets all full of colour and raucus celebration. The punchline is “I had the distinct feeling this had not been advertised in the brochure.”

    It must be that time of year again, when stories of seasonal misfortune strart to hit the UK newspapers – Swansea Christmas parade branded a ‘shambles’ and Shopping centre ‘sorry’ for polar bear anal sex Christmas display.

  8. Wow, I didn’t know there’s a new Rabit out. And Annea Lockwood/Aki Onda/Akio Suzuki, what a combo!

    Down in Philly now. Not much happening over the holiday week, but this is a pleasant town and the Mutter Museum is always worth my time. Good luck with the script and novel; look forward to hearing more…


  9. d-

    think something’s up with the blog. tried to comment earlier but i can’t see it now. anyway, dope songs today. that thou one blew my circuits.

    i am moving to big bear on sunday, so things are going well for me for the first time in ages. hope all is well.

    talk soon. love.


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