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Rewind…

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Rewind…

Posted on 27 April 2011 by D' MacKinnon

For another trip down memory lane I present to you Ogre of Skinny Puppy fame and Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) performing the song “Suck” together as part of Pigface during a tour back sometime around 1990/1991.

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The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste

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The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste

Posted on 27 April 2011 by D' MacKinnon


After all these years, Ministry’s “The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste” is still one of my favorite all-time albums. It never seems to get old to listen to. When this first came out nothing sounded quite like it. It was danceable yet thick with foreboding menace. I would argue that this was Ministry at their creative peak. Nothing anyone has since has sounded quite like this although there were a plethora of imitators in during the 1990’s.

I knew I was in for a treat when I first saw the cover. You have to take into consideration the time period when this album came out. MTV was spinning some pretty wretched hair metal, hip-hop was churning out sanitized suburb friendly pap like Kid N’ Play. “Mind” was a kick in the gut and a death knell for anything clad in spandex.

Songs like “Thieves” and “Burning Inside” were the perfect combination of heavy guitars and pneumatic drums. The droning bass on “Cannibal Song” mixed with moody samples and shrieking vocals evoked an audio landscape of gloom and despair.

If you haven’t heard this album before it’s a definite recommend. If you have listened to it lately, pop it in for a spin.

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The Obscene Gravity of Silence

The Obscene Gravity of Silence

Posted on 10 April 2011 by D' MacKinnon

The Obscene Gravity of Silence

Paulie Lipman’s The Obscene Gravity of Silence was just released in March. I’ve known Paulie probably since the mid-late nineties. We’ve had numerous mutual friends over the years and he used to work at a coffee shop that my friends and I used to frequent called Cafe Netherworld. We have both been in bands in the industrial music scene and I’ve seen him perform his slam poetry a ton. I moved away for awhile to NYC and then moved back to Colorado in 2009 and started building a recording studio to use for bands on my record label and for my own music. Paulie mentioned to me in late 2010 that he was working on a new spoken word album and I offered up use of my studio for him. Over several months we worked on recording his new album, Obscene Gravity of Silence at my studio. We’d lay down vocals and then I’d help him record the backing music behind the tracks, mostly with selection of sounds and drum programming. He performed all of the instruments, I just assisted with the recording and mixing. In all we completed all of the recording between December 2010 and March 2011 with Paulie composing the last of the music using Reason and his laptop.

You can pick up his album on Bandcamp.

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