The Melvins To Release Covers Album

Melvins, Everybody Loves Sausages

Everyone’s favorite sludge rockers The Melvins have a new record on the way, and this time it’s all covers!

Everybody Loves Sausages will be released April 30th on Ipecac Records and includes some predictably unpredictable cuts: David Bowie, Queen, Divine, and Throbbing Gristle all get the Melvins treatment on this one! The album will also feature lots of great guests like Mark Arm, JG Thirwell, and Scott Kelly of Neurosis, to name a few.

Here’s the full tracklist in all its glory:

01. Venom – Warhead (feat. Scott Kelly of Neurosis)
02. Queen – Best Friend (feat. Caleb Benjamin of Tweak Bird)
03. Black Betty (original artist unknown)
04. The Scientists – Set It On Fire (feat. Mark Arm)
05. David Bowie – Station To Station (feat. JG Thirlwell)
06. The Kinks – Attitude (feat. Clem Burke of Blondie)
07. Divine – Female Trouble
08. The Fugs – Carpe Diem
09. Pop-O-Pies – Timothy Leary Lives
10. Roxy Music – In Every Dream Home A Heartache (feat. Jello Biafra and Kevin Rutmanis)
11. Tales of Terror – Romance
12. The Jam – Art School (feat. Tom Hazelmeyer)
13. Throbbing Gristle – Heathen Earth

Chris Carter Talks Modular Synth In ‘I Dream Of Wires’

Chris Carter, Throbbing Gristle, Chris & Cosey, X-TG, Desert Shore, Final Report

I Dream of Wires makes me moist for modular synthesizers.

I Dream Of Wires: A Modular Synthesizer Documentary, directed by Robert Fantinatto, chronicles the rise and fall of modular synthesizers and their recent resurgence in popularity. The film is currently in production, but they are sharing extended interviews with featured modular synth pioneers now on the IDOW Vimeo page.

I was excited to see posted the latest interview with Chris Carter of Throbbing Gristle, Chris & Cosey, Carter Tutti and X-TG. Lately, I’ve been basking in the glorious swaths of sound that form the latest release from X-TG: Desertshore/The Final Report, and was thinking how much I myself would like to have a chat with Carter. But it looks like IDOW has beaten me to the punch. Here, Chris describes his early DIY electronics building experiments that resulted in the famous Gristlizer, which was key to Throbbing Gristle’s sound. He goes on to tell of selling off all his modular gear, and gradually building his rig back up to the current modular digital/analog synth hybrid kit that was used on the aforementioned X-TG album.

Chris Carter: IDOW Extended Interview #9 from I Dream Of Wires on Vimeo.

Check out vimeo.com/idreamofwires for more extended interviews with synth noodlers like Richard Devine & Carl Craig.

Visit idreamofwires.org for more info about the film.

Buy XTG: Desertshore/The Final Report

Desertshore / Final Report NOT a Throbbing Gristle album

ImageIndustrial Records has released info (and teaser trailers, below) for what they’re calling “a unique collaboration by Chris Carter, Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson and Cosey Fanni Tutti.”

Throbbing Gristle “ceased to exist” when Genesis P. Orridge capriciously quit the band during their European comeback tour in 2010. The remaining three members decided to continue under the name XTG, since, according to Sleazy, it was not “possible for any changed band or variation of personnel to perform live as Throbbing Gristle without all the original four of us on stage.” The forthcoming double album Desertshore / Final Report is thus the result of ‘XTG’ sessions.

First conceived by Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson, who died on November 25th, 2010, Desertshore is a ‘re-imagined’ cover version of Nico’s album of the same name. It was completed by Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti, and features guest vocalists Gaspar Noé, Blixa Bargeld, Marc Almond, Sasha Grey, and Antony Hegarty.

The Final Report is the companion album, culled from 2009/2010 sessions by the trio. The double album will be available November 26th, the day after the second anniversary of Sleazy’s death.

Apparently, the announcement that “Throbbing Gristle” is releasing these new albums, as reported by Pitchfork, angered Genesis P. Orridge, sparking a public argument on twitter. Chris Carter makes it clear that these albums are NOT being released as Throbbing Gristle.

Buy XTG: Desertshore/The Final Report