Tuesday, December 21, 2010

WaterFinder + Great Blue Heron Collab Performance at WINTER VOID 3 ::: JAN 22

We are very excited to be taking part in the upcoming WINTER VOID experimental music festival in Pittsburgh! Added bonus: WaterFinder and our great friend Great Blue Heron will be collaborating on a piece. We are so stoked for this!

January 22, 2011 @ The Shop (4314 Main St) in Pittsburgh, PA
$10 Doors @ 4pm

(Paul Q from !!! and Eric Yeschke of Dreadnots. Killer acoustic drumming and live electronics)

(Crucial Blast Records... 'Modern day noise rock for modern problems')

(Briana Edwards from Soars. Dark super washed out synth pop... RIYL Xeno and Oaklander, Depeche Mode, etc)

(The ongoing and ever evolving project of Edgar Um Bucholtz for close to 20+ years)

(collaboration super group)

(Adam MacGregor of Brown Angel, ex-Creation Is Crucifixion busting out SPK style noise. Cassette release show.)

("...guitars that conjure up Ginn on PCP..." - Terminal Escape. The true punks.)

(RJ Myato and Erik Ciora making some high school fuck you noise)

(Ben Bowman's wrecking ball of raw abrasive black metal/punk noise terror)

("WaterFinder drifts between rickety sea shanties and full on free improv/noise/drone meltdowns." - Peasant Magik .... "[Great Blue Heron] ranges from ecstatic freeform avant-folk to dark and epic cosmic country-rock for edge-dwellers and astral journeyers - JM")

(Noise, feedback, record loops... freak shit.)

For more info, check out Dynamo Sound Collective!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

"Word" on the "Street"

Okay, as usual it's been a while. First up is the fact that the Dire Wolves CS on Stunned dropped a couple of weeks ago and damn, does it look rad! Phil and Myste never disappoint. It's sold out at the source already, but I have a couple of copies here, so hit me up if you're interested.

Also, the website is now up for Greenup Industries, who, as previously mentioned, will be releasing the new Sagas album, Between Worlds, on vinyl record album this fall. The cover art is being handled by Mr. Brad Rose, head honcho of Foxy Digitalis. This release is gonna rule hard!

This fall will also bring about the long-awaited WaterFinder/Dark-Urrru split CS on Peasant Magik. WaterFinder, of course, is Jackie and I drifting between rickety sea shanties and full on free improv/noise/drone meltdowns. Dark-Urrru is a transcendental collaboration between some of our dear friends at Tank 28 in Portland, Maine... Colleen and Caleb from Big Blood and Shon 'Brother Oak' Mahoney. Stay tuned!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Biological Radio #9

Inez Lightfoot CS: We here at Biological Radio are very excited to present a new artist to our little stable! Down from the foothills of the Appalachians come these two amazing sound collages from Inez Lightfoot. These ears were instantly enraptured upon first listen. "Legacy of Hands" is a dark and ghostly melee that uses recordings of various sewing machine sounds, chimes and vocals to conjure the spirits of ancestral goddesses. "Communications" is a somewhat more serene, yet no less haunting, look at 'the way ideas are shared... not only between humans, but also between animals, machines, etc.' Its static beauty is practically guaranteed to lull you into altered states of consciousness! We hope to hear more broadcasts from Inez soon. In the meantime get this little gem while you can!

25 copies out of print

Biological Radio #8

Dire Wolves - Snowmageddon Rag CDR: A limited run disc we put together for a recent out of town excursion. Expect cassette copies of it this summer on Stunned Records!

10 copies out of print

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sagas live at Jfry's B-day Corn Roast

Here's a short clip of a recent Sagas set shot by Jackie. Thanks, lady!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

truckin' along

Sooo... the latest Sagas album, 'Between Worlds', is finished and set to come out on wax (!) in late August/early September on Pete Fosco's Greenup St. Industries imprint. Needless to say, we're very excited about it over here at Biological Radio.

Also, Dire Wolves just finished up another release that will be out later this year on the ever-excellent Stunned Records. It sounds SWEET. Arco Flute Foundation's Dissappearo lent us some of his pummeling drum skills for part of it. Damn, dude. Biological Radio will be doing a small run of these to take with us up to NYC this coming weekend for another great show at Zebulon put on by Avant Ghetto, this time with outlaw boogie rockers, D. Charles Speer and the Helix. That's this Saturday (May 8th). Should be a fun one!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Another Dire Wolves review...

This one's from Lee Jackson on his
Womblife blog:

Dire Wolves Dire Wolves (Secret Eye) 2xC-30 - It's been a treat seeing the new wave of lumbering Cozmik pSych groops come wafting up from the basement like so many black smoke monsters. Pittsburgh's Dire Wolves definitely fit the bill with their sprawling psych jams owing to Träd, Gräs och Stenar, German Oak, Amon Düül II and the like (including Earth before the smoke cleared). The quartet -- featuring members/former members of Arco Flute Foundation, Black Forest/Black Sea, Forest Dweller, Sagas, etc -- that is Dire Wolves somehow manages to explore the corroding line between earth/sky, heaven/hell, order/chaos and show how limitless and vast that seemingly small space can be. What I truly dig about these 4 sides is how easily the group shifts gears from a hypnotic on-'n'-on caveman stomp to something more formless with the most insane/feral acid leads cutting through all the dense smoke -- a sound that was made to be heard on tape. Apparently sold out some time ago, but more releases are forthcoming on other labels. Keep your ears out!

Thanks, Lee!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Recent reviews...

Here are some recent-ish reviews, one of the new Dire Wolves tape on Dynamo Sound and one of the Sagas tape on Stunned Records...

Dire Wolves - Mystical Mayan Age of Musick - "This is like the most obscure supergroup ever, but it's still totally a supergroup. Dire Wolves is Jeffrey Alexander (Black Forest/Black Sea, Secret Eye Records), Dan Letson (Forest Dweller), Matt McDowell (Sagas, Bravepriest, a bazillion collaborations), and Ian Bonnett(Whitetail, In The Belly Of The Whale, etc). And unlike all of the recent bullshit "supergroups" like Them Crooked Vultures or Monsters Of Folk that totally suck ass, Dire Wolves fuckin kills it. These dudes are so awesome.

Magickal Mayan Age Of Musick is a drugged out spider's web of psych noise drone in the form of a 20 minute cassette. Sometimes it gets in a warbled bluesy groove that could be filtering out from some no-light smokey basement club, sometimes it'll dissolve into a empty hazy tin of nothingness before it jolts into a spastic on-off freak out that makes more sense as "noise" than it does as "psych jam." All 10 minutes of the A side, however, are fuckin nuts, scanning the radio and jumping all over the place from semi-ethnic garage meanderings with lazy drums to balls out The Heads-channeling to twinkling interludes to wah-wah blazin electronic static nastiness.

Not sure if these dudes
actually know what they're doing or if they're just having a good time fucking around making absolutely ridiculous psych noise tapes but either way Magickal Mayan Age Of Musick is definitely not to be missed. Only 50 were made so grab one from Dynamo! (which just so happens to be run by the dude from Hunted Creatures. Bonus!) before they run out." from Anti-Gravity Bunny

Sagas - Root Structures and Private Dementias - "Matt McDowell lays down some scorched earth guitar jams to tape for the venerable Stunned Records. Just as devastating as his work with Brave Priest, Root Structures & Private Dementias is a twisting, barren journey choked with the dirt of lonelier roads than most weary travelers can handle. Working from the buzzsaw raga of "Murdstone Road" through percussive workouts and onto a b-side laced with drone divining ritual séance, the cassette is steeped in a soul stripping heaviness that underlies every inch of McDowell's output. Definitely not a release to be missed on your deck this winter." from Raven Sings the Blues

Thanks, guys!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sagas LP on the way...

I find the recording process pretty interesting, so I thought I'd post some pictures of Matt working on his forthcoming Sagas LP. The album will feature multiple instruments, but in these photos Matt is working on laying down the drone with our electric organ, a thrift store treasure named The Fun Machine.

LP forthcoming on Greenup Industries!

Friday, January 29, 2010

The latest...

Alright, so now that the new year is settling in, I figured I should lay some updates on ya.

First up is the DIRE WOLVES mini-tour. For those that haven't heard about us yet, Dire Wolves is a blown-out improv psych unit in the Amon Duul II/Trad Gras Och Stenar/heavy cosmic groove vein of things. It consists of myself (Mr. McDowell), Ian Bonnett (Great Blue Heron), Jeffrey Alexander (Black Forest/Black Sea, Secret Eye, Iditarod, etc...), and Dan Letson (Forest Dweller). So far we've only played a handful of local shows with the likes of Marble Sheep, Black Pus, OvO, Subarachnoid Space, Plastic Crimewave, yada-yada-yada, so we're excited to take it on the road finally. Our double cassette is long gone, but expect a new cassette on Dynamo Sound and an LP on Last Visible Dog soon. Anyway, we have some East Coast dates coming up very soon.

Fri. 2/5 - Philly @ The Crooked Shoe w/ Kutschty Rye Ergot (ex-Kohoutek) & Lux Diffusion
Sat. 2/6 - Providence @ AS220 w/ Arcing, Alec K Redfearn & the Eyesores, Bellows, Hector 3...
Sun. 2/7 - Brooklyn @ Zebulon w/ Samara Lubelski/Pete Nolan & Marc Orleans/Steve Gunn
Wed. 2/10 - Pittsburgh @ MoGlo w/ Theo Angell (ex-Jackie-O-Motherfucker)

WaterFinder will be playing at Morning Glory in Pittsburgh as part of Mike Tamburo's Voyagers festival, March 6-7. Other acts include Mr. Tamburo himself, R. Keenan Lawler, Eric Carbonara, Enumclaw, and a crapload of others.

Sagas is currently working on an LP for Pete Fosco's new label, Greenup St. Industries. More on that soon.

Well, that's about it for now. Stay warm.