Joel St. Germain, the elusive owner of Spite and the man behind Humectant Interruption, gives us a glimpse into his fascinating personal experience of running a 90s noise label. We talk about assembling tapes with pancakes and pig snouts, getting into noise at the age of 15, and if Greh’s driving lessons stuck. Another noise history class is in session; no hall passes will be issued.
Everyone is breaking their own rules as we dissect Sickness’ “I Have Become the Disease That Made Me” (2002). We are honored that Chris Goudreau, the man behind the project, agreed to break his own rule and lend his personal perspective to this episode. We are doubly pleased that Erik Hoffman, of Ground Fault Recordings, also agreed to share some of his memories regarding the history of this seminal work. Join us, as we piece together an audio documentary exploring the precision, nuance, and excitation of this classic noise album.
Randy Yau joins us for a discussion on his work, both sonic and visual, and we couldn’t have been more honored. His live sets are stuff of legend, and he gets into preparing for a set as well as his recording process (hint: bathrooms are involved). For this important noise history lesson, we will provide the paper, but you need to bring your own celery.
With the upcoming “Fragmentation” 4 LP set on Hospital Productions, we had the pleasure to chat with Christina Sealey and Rich Oddie of Orphx. We go into their early days of warehouse shows and noise culture. A fascinating look at a pocket of sound experimentation emanating from a small Canadian enclave, Orphx are one of the most unique noise projects of any era.
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It was an honor to have Erik Hoffman on to discuss his history in noise. We get into his special packaging obsession during his time running Pinch-a-Loaf, touring Japan with Spastic Colon, the story behind the legendary Ground Fault label and so much more. Another important lesson on noise from one of the originals.
We had the absolute pleasure to talk with Scott Arford and to dive into his work as Radiosonde and under his own name, as well as his part in the public access show “Fuck TV” and the legendary 7hz venue, studio, and label. In addition we talk zombie movies, static, and the importance of one particular fortune cookie. Another noise history lesson is underway, and you better take notes because there may be a pop up quiz down the line.
Whether under the Crawl Unit moniker or his own name, Joe Colley has created his own unique strain of noise since the late ’80s. We were elated to have Colley join us for an in depth conversation about his work—both sonically and visually—his early experimentation, and the feeling of the boundary-free era of ’90s noise. Let the speakers crack and the floorboards creek.
To say we had a blast talking to Richard Ramirez-Matzus Sean Ramirez-Matzus, the core of Black Leather Jesus, would be a criminal understatement. This 2 hour talk could have easily been 10 hours. We get into the early days of Black Leather Jesus and Deadline Recordings, how Richard and Sean got together, our favorite horror movies, and so much more. Time to sharpen your pencils like a knife in a giallo; another noise history lesson is in session.
We are joined again by Chris Sienko to discuss his time in the trenches as one of the people behind As Loud As Possible magazine. Chris details how the issue came together, why there were no more issues, and stories of articles and interviews he was a part of, both published and unpublished. A fascinating look at what it takes to put together a magazine of this size and scope.