That SEMEN PRIEST interview

11/04/2014
So, our favourite electro-lunatics Semen Priest were interviewed by the blog Raised by Gypsies. And apparently they’re not huge Arachnidiscs fans and have some “interesting” ideas about how the music business works. Anyway, though it’s entertaining as all heck, I do feel the need to clarify a few inaccuracies in the Q&A. I’ve highlighted my clarifications in orange. You can read the full interview HERE.

3)     What is your relationship like with Arachnidiscs?
 
What relationship? Pretty sure Jakob hates us. And the feeling isn’t unmutual. They’ve done shit for us. Our album is fucking amazing and they just sat on it. It’s like we spend all our time kicking his ass to do shit and nothing gets done. He keeps pushing us to tour but isn’t giving us $$$ to tour. And no money to do a proper video. We have all these ideas and we can’t do them becau$$$e. Anyway, he never sent cops after us about the bloody condom thang, so… it’s all good? He knows we’re not serious about shit. Whatevs. 
It’s not really in my nature to “push” anyone to do anything. When they asked my why more blogs and websites weren’t writing about them, I suggested that they should play live and that if they played a show somewhere like Toronto that’d probably help with exposure. Though they’d voiced displeasure at the “cheap” and “shitty” Another Bad Day video I’d put together for them, producing another video was never discussed. I also SET UP THIS VERY INTERVIEW.

 
4)     You’ve released a split and a collaboration with Tranzmit.  What is your relationship like with Tranzmit?
 
Well, that’s fucking Jakob again. He’s TRANZMIT so the relationship is pretty much the same pile. But better. Which is super weird. Like schizophrenic weird. We like working with him as a musician more than as a label. He actually seems interested in doing the music stuff. Which WE DIDN’T EVEN ASK HIM TO DO. He fucking took our new single and “improved” it without asking. Removed our vocals and added all that radio shit and made it longer. The result is kind of amazing, so it’s fine, I guess. But, that fucking guy… GOTTA LUV HIS AZZ.
I was under the impression that when they sent me the project files, they wanted me to remix the track. The email only said, and I quote, “DU SUMPTIN WIT DIZZZZ YO!” I realized, later, my mistake in not clarifying their intentions.
 
5)     Who else would you be interested in collaborating with or sharing a split with in the future?
 
Dream collab? I dunno. DAFT PUNK, but that’ll never happen. *sadface* UNDERWORLD, Xcept they suddenly started to suck. *double-plus SADFACE*. How does that happen? A band makes amazing records for what? 15 years? Then they just turn to shit with that last one? I guess their first two records were crimes against hearing too. *shrug*…. That leaves Lady Gaga. I think we could perform CPR on her career. Call us. We’re ready to let you vomit cum on us.
 
But realistically? Maybe DOOMSQUAD? We heard one of those dude’s liked our tape. Which is probably a complete fucking lie. Or, what’s that girl called? Vile Bitch? No, Bile Sister? Yeah, I just googlized it and that’s her. Zsa Zsa’s a fan. Bile Sister. That’s a good name. Not as good as SEMEN PRIEST, but good name. All those assholes are in Toronto and we’re not in Toronto. And, you know what? Fuck smug-ass Toronto. I guess we could do email collabs like with TRANZMIT but… 
I’d like to apologize to Julie (Bile Sister), in advance, if they contact her. In that conversation about playing shows in Toronto, I suggested they get in touch with some “like minded” bands. Doomsquad and Bile Sister were part of the list I gave them. Ooops.
 
6)     Will “Grung Grindr” see a physical release?
 
Fucked if we know. Wanted it to be a 12″ but Arachnidiscs won’t do it. $$$ issues. We’re feeling out other labels. We’ll never self-release because only assholes self-release. It’s like literal figurative musical masturbation to put your own shit out. We didn’t even want to do Bandcamp but Arachnidiscs said we had to. 
At no time did we ever discus a 12″. At one point the track was going to be part of a future TRANZMIT tape, but they wanted it for themselves. I also never said they “had” to set up a Bandcamp, I just said it made more sense if the money for digital downloads went straight to them.
 
 
9)     Final thoughts, shout outs, etc… ??
 
EVERYONE SHOULD CHECK OUT R ALBUM BECAUSE ITZ THE BEST THING IN 4EVER. 4SRSLY.
I do have to agree it’s a good album.

How to open your Téléphone Maison tape

17/03/2014

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Hey, those foil-sealed Toujours Partout tapes by Téléphone Maison look sharp. But how do you get the nifty orange tape out without entirely destroying the nifty shiny packaging? It’s actually pretty easy, just follow these steps.

Update! A fan in the Netherlands has made an actual unboxing video for this release.

1) You will need one of these:

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If you don’t have one, go HERE, to our Bandcamp page and order one.

2) You’ll also need something sharp.

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3) Find the top of the cassette box.

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It should be the side with the sticker. But I’m not comfortable guaranteeing that. Also, the opening of the cassette box should be to the right of the sticker. Again, I’m not going to guarantee that’s always going to be the case. So look for a little indent like the one indicated above.

4) Using your handy slicing tool, make an incision along the top edge, tracing three sides of the box.

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If you do this reasonably carefully your Toujours Partout should open like any other cassette.

5) Place cassette in player and let your mind melt.

 


TRANZMIT cassette pre-order

21/02/2014

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This morning we opened up pre-orders for the ÜBERTRAGUNG cassette by TRANZMIT. It’s a sampledelic/bricolage throwback to 80′s electro-industrial acid benders. All voices and sounds sourced from the internet, cyberpunk style. Stream and/or pre-order below.

Release date: March 10, 2014.


The possible return of No Love

14/02/2014

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Back in 1989 Arachnidiscs Recordings began with demo tapes released on an imprint called No Love Records. Naturally, being a 1990′s label, No Love focused on punk and music that fell under the relevant-at-the-time label of “alternative” rock. In it’s days No Love never released a single vinyl record. Apparently, ten years on that bothered me so much that I looked for a new name for the label as we headed into the new century. Goodbye No Love, hello Arachnidiscs.

Anyway, if you’ve perused the Arachnidiscs  mission statement before, it’s clear there’s a number of genres not suitable to the Arachnidiscs aesthetic. This includes things like punk and alternative, no matter how weird the music is or how weird the people making it might actually be.

Lately, that’s kind of made me sad to say “no” to some pretty interesting projects so I’ve been toying with the idea of reviving the No Love imprint for a few select releases. I wasn’t going to announce it until agreements were nailed down with the bands, but how could I not announce this on Valentine’s Day?

Stay tuned? Maybe…

 

 

 


Double Release Beard Closet and Babel

17/12/2013

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A show that’s had a few hick-ups. First Black Iron Prison had to drop out, then our original venue got shut down.

DEC 19, 2013 // TRANZAC CLUB {Tiki Room} // 292 BRUNSWICK AVE, TORONTO // $5.oo // Doors 8PM // Show 9pm SHARP.

Click HERE to see the version of the poster which is going to be given away at the event in Factory Records fashion.


Revised 2013 Release Schedule + Submissions

30/10/2013

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Since we just dispatched the pre-orders for the BEARD CLOSET / PRIMATE PYRAMID tape, and it’s official release is tomorrow, we figured it’s a good time to post our revised release schedule that will bring us up to the end of 2013.

  • Oct. 31: BEARD CLOSET / PRIMATE PYRAMID tape
  • Nov. 11: PARTLI CLOUDI “Two Moron Ever Nose” CD
  • Nov. 25: BABEL “Sturm und Drang” CDEP
  • Dec. 02: MUTED RAINBOW “Intuitions” CD
  • Dec. 16: ROSS BAKER / TRANZMIT tape
  • Dec. 30: BABEL “Rillingen” CD

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Also, now is a good time to put out a call for 2014 releases. If any of you have a project without a home, and it’s sufficiently weird (or at least insufficiently normal), and you’d like to see it get a small, ridiculously packed, run (50 copies, tops) drop us a line: arachnidiscs@hotmail.com

Or if you know a weirdo whose music needs a home, send them our way.

And if you’re someone who we’ve been discussing a release with, this is a friendly reminder to send us those files!

We plan to do up to a maximum of 12 releases (cassette / CD / CDEP / maybe a 7″?!?) next year, ideally on a monthly basis. Also, there’s a very specific (yet completely undefined) label aesthetic (and limited budget), so let that be a caveat that we reserve the right to be beggars and picky choosers.


IN DECLINE: Cassette Store Day Exclusive

25/08/2013

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The iconic Sonic Boom record store in Toronto is celebrating the first ever “Cassette Store Day” by hosting a CASSETTE FAIR on September 7th, 2013.

Tape and micro labels from across the city (and beyond) are participating, including Arachnidiscs Recordings. As it happens, we’re coming up on our 100th release and wanted to do something special for the auspicious serial number AD100. It seemed like a perfect opportunity to do a retrospective compilation covering material from some of our long out-of-print titles.

The result is IN DECLINE SINCE ’99.

A limited run of 10 home-dubbed C60 tapes (in a choice of two colours) will be available EXCLUSIVELY at the cassette fair. It compiles 17 tracks pulled from previous compilations and releases since the label was forged in 1999. Featured artists include Gown, Amarillo Stars (pre-Gown project), Partli Cloudi, Cellar Doors (pre-Elfin Saddles project), Apollo Ghosts (rare early track), New Yaki (collaboration between Gown, Partli Cloudi and Moonwood), Flatbed (brutal west-coast noise rock), Early Man, Everything For Everyone (Crusties/Down With Everything related), and more.

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The best part? These puppies are going to be FREE with purchase of any Arachnidiscs tape at our table (or at cost for $2).

The best part, that is, aside from the music, of course.

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Another unexpected boon of this project was the experience duping the tapes by hand. I hadn’t done that since the ’90s, before I started Arachnidiscs (with the advent of CD-R). There’s something truly satisfying about home dubbing, a real sense of accomplishment, a real connection to the release I’d forgotten about (even though most of our packaging is done by hand, the tapes and CDs are pro-duped). Folding the inserts and stickering the tapes, sliding them neatly in the box… it’s a real zen zone. A completely different experience than having a case of completed tapes arrive on your doorstep and it reminded me why I wanted to run a label in the first place.

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Not that I’d want to dub a run much larger than ten by hand. So I highly recommend, if you’re able in the Toronto area, you make it down to Sonic Boom (795 Bathurst St) on September 7th (noon til five) to get a copy, There will not be a second run.


New TRANZMIT Bandcamp Site

22/08/2013

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BABEL subsidiary TRANZMIT has a new dedicated web presence of its own. TRANZMIT focuses on sound collage, live radio sampling, musique concrete, industrial, audio manipulation, ambient noise, urban field recordings, and the like. Uneasy listening, dark-ambient, dystopian soundscapes.

The Bandcamp site features the definitive mixes of all the TRANZMIT sessions since 1997  in 8 albums.

Check it out HERE.

Also, listen to a brand new track: NACHTANGST

UPCOMING: BABEL/TRANZMIT will be featured on an Arachnidiscs split-cassette with ROSS BAKER early this fall.


Arachnidiscs Dispatches sign-up

16/08/2013

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If you’d like to receive (probably infrequent) updates on Arachnidiscs Recordings new releases and whatnot, please add yourself to our ARACHNIDISCS DISPATCHES list.  We’re going to try out the Mail Chimp service so…

CLICK HERE

 


SEMEN PRIEST pre-order is open

30/07/2013

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PRE-ORDER HERE

 

Pre-orders for the debut cassette from mysterious Canadian electro-funk shockers SEMEN PRIEST are now being taken through the just launched ARACHNIDISCS RECORDINGS Bandcamp site.

Pre-orders come with immediate download of three tracks and a link to the full album will be emailed the moment it’s officially released on August 6th, 2013. Of course, the tape will be shipped on or before the 6th. Pre-orders come with special packaging.

Listen to the pre-release tracks, Another Bad Day and two mixes of Taste The Beastbelow.

Or watch the video for Another Bad Day.


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