As always, there are a number of projects in various stages of production at this moment, which I will attempt to outline. It’s possible that something is happening which I’ve forgotten.
We recently decided that we were tired of working on a release titled Shamanistic Pillow, which means it’s done. Notification was given through the few social media that we use that we were seeking a label. Nobody bit, which is fine since some of us wanted to release it from here. Sometimes we just wanna release stuff from here. The cover art is being scribbled in fits and starts. Expect that in the next month or so.
We continue to scour thrift stores and family members’ basements for a boombox with an eighth-inch input jack so we can transfer Sihk As A Brihk from digital file to cassette. We actually had one for a while, but then couldn’t figure out where the cassettes were. Gramma started nagging about her cd/tape player so we had to return it. The cassettes are still MIA. In an odd reversal, we had the cover art done for that one first, so maybe we’ll just make it available as a free download and offer the cassette covers for sale to anybody who wants to download the music, transfer it to cassette and then send us a buck for a piece of paper.
Last winter, we recorded a full-length piece with the working title Tohu Wa Bohu. The inspiration for the piece was the first half of Genesis 1:2 (please remember that we always and only use the King James Version when you go to look that up). It was an arduous process and riddled with doubt and insecurity until one day we listened to it discovered it was all we had ever wanted it to be and so much more. We are currently seeking a label to release it, preferably as a physical object before it inevitably becomes a free download.
The fine young fellows at HysM? in Italy are currently holding two shiny slabs of BDSR, The Shape Of Thy Kingdom Come and Entheogenocide. The Shape… is studio work and features a bit more turntable stuff than anything we’ve done since that one thing we did back in ’09 that had a lot of that. Entheogenocide is the BDSR version of stoner metal. That’s right, stoner metal. Both of those should hit the bricks before Xmas, so put ‘em on your list for Santa.
The same guys who did Super OM a few months back are putting out a mini-cd, Daevas From Nipples. We understand that will come out soonish or laterish.
The same guys who did From Pussys To Death And Back/Eternal Freakout and L’Origines Des Mondes are putting out a mini-cd, Time To Suck Yr Idols. We understand blah blah.
There’s a label someplace working on a four-way cassette split. BDSR is one of the bands. We sent about thirty minutes worth of shorter pieces that resemble songs. I have no idea who the other three bands are and I have long since forgotten when the label, the name of which escapes me at this moment, is going to release the damn thing. I think it’s taking a long time because there will be a booklet included, which reminds me that I am supposed to do a booklet for another four-way cassette with this label, which I haven’t started. The same vague entity also has a track we submitted for a pro-marihuana-legalization compilation which will come out some day.
We have finished our part of a split cassette with Distant Trains, burned it to cd-r and plan on getting around to mailing it to the label as soon as we remember to do so.
We have finished our part of a split cassette with Medicine Calf and will burn it to cd-r and stick it in my messenger bag with the Distant Trains thing and forget to mail it as soon as we hear back from the label that they do still exist.
The Theatre Of Infernal Music is still sitting there, patiently waiting to be released. The plan is to send that one to a label that has released several downloads and let them handle it as they see fit. Someone should come up with a cover for that. Volunteers?
A few months back, this Espresso Shaman was digging through the musty LP’s in the back of a thriftstore looking for ‘80’s hair-metal records which always fetch a good price from hipsters, and found a battered copy of Let’s Dance The Polka by Gene Mitchko & His Band. The cover art features people in German-looking traditional get-ups presumably dancing the polka. One woman’s skirts are flying up, allowing a glimpse of her utterly naked ass. The label that released it is Family Records. No date to be found, but I’d guess it came out late ‘50’s/early ‘60’s. Seriously, her ass is right there on the cover. It’s not a great ass, but it is naked. The reason I mention it is that some reviewer in The Wire the month before this stunning long-player was found observed that all traditional forms of music are respected except polka, which is universally reviled and mocked. All of this collided in the collective BDSR-brain and another ridiculous and unnecessary concept came into being, to wit: an extreme noise release sourced entirely from one polka album with a naked ass on the cover, titled, for no fucking reason whatsoever, 666th Century Schizoid Shaman. We at BDSR never allow concepts that ludicrous and uncalled-for to slip by. 666th Century… is well-begun and may possibly be made available by a net label up in DC. Anyone who knows anything about Gene Mitchko & His Band, Let’s Dance The Polka or the ass on the cover, please get in touch. Online searches reveal nothing.
A recent show recording will be extended, overdubbed and thoroughly fucked up until a full-length release is obtained. The working title is Sweetheart Of The Ashvamedha. The working title is almost always the title, though in this case we will have to put the proper accents and such on “Ashvamedha”. It really would be awesome to have that come out with letterpress on chipboard covers, but it probably won’t happen.
After establishing a reputation for full-length cd’s consisting of one or two tracks, we have begun a project, The Hero With A Thousand Feces, which will have no tracks longer than one minute. At this writing, five are done and one more is almost there. Not coming out soon.
It seems likely that the three cd’s released by A Beard Of Snails, Hymn To The Beast With Two Backs, Rangda Electric and Vodou Chile will be released by ABOS as a box set – our first – titled Hell Hath No Fury. ABOS is shifting their focus away from whatever it is BDSR does and we’re sorta sad about that because they released some beautiful stuff for us, but then they decided to do this box and that’s awesome.
I think that’s all the BDSR projects floating. All this is above and beyond jobs, spirit journeys, visual art – this writer has an art show at Smith House in Harrisonburg, VA in August – trips to the woods and spending as much time as possible with the little heathen who has sprouted a couple inches this summer. Plus reading and research, hanging out with ne’er-do-wells, picking up extra odd jobs, participating in a local artists’ collective which does collaborative paintings in public places a couple times a month and sneaking around the backside of this woman whose pants I’m trying to get in. It’s a full life, one which I am quite happy to say “yes” to, which is part of what BDSR is all about. Saying “yes” to life. When you say “yes” to life, life says “yes” back and then things start to happen that you couldn’t’ve thought of. Opportunities fall into your lap. Ideas just fly into your head, knowing you’ll figure out a way to make them reality. You won’t get rich – that’s an assurance, not a caveat – and you’ll have everything you need exactly when you need it.
BDSR, The Big Drum In The Sky Religion, is all about saying “yes” to life. And ass. Say “yes” to naked polka ass.
Brown Hat the Espresso Shaman
The pun is always intended.