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[Read: Chloe Lum, “Dancing on My Own Grave”]

Chloe Lum of the now-disbanded Montreal group AIDS Wolf has followed up her viral “On an End of an Era” blog post with some more thoughts in her new post “Dancing on My Own Grave.”

Lum has some interesting things to say on her ScroungyGlammer blog about transitioning out of the DIY/underground/experimental music circuit and into the visual art world. Lum seems to think that the visual art world might have more to offer avant-garde artists like her in the long run then the musical world.

Again, as with “On an End of An Era” (which was re-posted here last Tuesday), “Dancing on My Own Grave” offers a lot of insight and food for thought that experimental/avant-garde artists of any age should take into consideration.

Dancing on My Own Grave

by scroungyglammer

I couldn’t be more surprised to see my post On The End Of An Era has gotten over 3000 views , that’s probably more attention than the last AIDS Wolf record got.

On a less self-deprecating note , I’m heartened to have gotten amazing feedback via email , twitter , facebook and this blog from many of my peers and even some of my idols. Of course , it’s not a thing to celebrate that so many of us pursuing difficult music find it hard to sustain , but a I feel as a group we are smart , creative people who now that it’s all out & in the open , pursue a new paradigm for underground avant garde sounds. We can find a way to be part of the marketplace of ideas without catering to the market.

Back in the 80′s , when many of the bands we admire where in the trenches , carving out the DIY tour circuit they had no idea how clogged it would latter become , or how many bands would simply see “the underground” as a pit-stop on a road towards mainstream aspirations , lamestream sounds. . . . 

Read the rest HERE.


[Archive 03.29.12]

Due to the host being a dipshit and forgetting to hit ‘record’ at the start of last night’s show, there is no archived version of last night’s show. Pity, because it was a good one. Kind of surprised this hasn’t happened before, actually. Anyway, you can still check out last night’s tracklist below.

1) Martin Freeman, “Beastin,” Beastin
2) All of them Witches, “Toyotal Recall,” Breathers vs. Drivers
3) Bear Flames, “Judas/Heavy Outro”
4) Velvet Elvis, “Pretty Girls in Lace,” No Rules in the Wasteland (cae-sur-a)
5) Tuurd, “I Wish My Wife Was This Dirty,” I Wish My Wife Was This Dirty (Carbon)
6) AIDS Wolf, “Very Friendly (Weasel Walter Remix)”
7) Bees////, “MONSTERFLOWERCAT,” GA/KA
8) Dustin Wong, “Diagonally Talking Echo,” Dreams, Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads (Thrill Jockey)
9) Christian Marclay, Elliot Sharp, Vernon Reid, Melvin Gibbs, Lee Ranaldo, Mary Halverson “Graffitti Composition 2” Graffiti Composition
10) Deerhunter, “Weird Era,” Wierd Era Cont. (Kranky)
11) Odonis Odonis, “Ledged Up,” Hollandaze (Fat Cat)
12) Lotus Plaza, “Remember Our Days,” Lotus Plaza/Odonis Odonis Split 12″ (Fat Cat)
13) Settlers, “Sky Kings”
14) Women, “Untogether,” Public Strain (Jagjaguwar)
15) Grasshopper & The Crickets, “Sketches of Saturn,” The Orbit of Eternal Grace (Beggar’s Banquat)
16) Sonic Youth, “Anagram,” Perspective Musicales (SYR)
17) Off the International Radar, “Critical Mass,” OTIR 003 (Voof Records)
18) Location Ensemble, “Diversion # 3,” Live in Saratoga 11.12.11(Tape Drift)
19) Colin Stetson, “The End of Your Suffering,” Those Who Didn’t Run (Constellation)


[Preview 3.28.12: Loud Avant Rock-type Shit]

Albany's Location Ensemble

Looking over the potential playlist for tonight’s show and it seems like there is a lot of experimental rock-type stuff on it. At least stuff with guitars anyway. . .

Got some Location Ensemble, some Bear Flames, some All of Them Witches, some Velvet Elvis, some Bees////, some Odonis Odonis, some Martin Freeman, some AIDS Wolf, some Bird Day….maybe some Settlers and Yoma as well.

Toronto's Odonis Odonis

And that’s just the regional stuff….

Probably get to some Krautrock and No Wave, along with other goodies as well.

In other words, it will be a great fucking show, so tune in to 91.3 FM WBNY at 10 pm for another episode of The Upstate Soundscape.

Stream at WBNY.org.

Oh…we’ll also try to squeeze in a preview of Freeform Record Party at the Bend this Friday and the Colin Stetson show at Soundlab on Sunday. If we have time.


[Read: ‘On the End of an Era’ by Chloe Lum of AIDS Wolf]

Photo by David Walman

Montreal abstract noise jammers AIDS Wolf have called it quits and frontwoman Chloe Lum has posted a rather personal letter to her blog that I think is worth re-posting.

In the letter, Lum touches on why the band is no more, but more importantly offers her take on what it was like trying to dedicate her life to an artistic pursuit like AIDS Wolf and the trials and tribulations that came along with that.

This letter is required reading for anyone in the earlier stages of their life looking go down a similar path. It’s the type of foresight/insight that could perhaps prove invaluable to anyone who is drawn to the life of an avant-garde/experimental musician in today’s world.

From Scroungyglamour blog:

“On the End of an Era,” by Chloe Lum

So my band broke up and I’m having a lot of feelings about it. I’m going to try to make sense of those feelings here.

My band is called AIDS Wolf and we started as a 4 piece noise-rock band in Montreal in 2003. Over the years with line up changes and the growing sophistication of our own tastes we became a trio in 2009 and started calling ourselves either Formalist/Unknown Wave or Abstract Rock.

When my beau and I started the band our expectations were pretty minimal. We’d already been in 2 bands together and each several bands before meeting. Him more of the garage and punk varieties and myself of the noise and industrial ones. We dropped out of university to do a major tour with one of our previous projects , to have one of our band-mates leave the day we got home. We’d already learned that relying on others for one’s creative pursuits was dicey even in the best circumstances. . . 

Read the rest HERE.