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My first solo release, EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY, is now online and available for streaming and digital download. The cassettes have just shipped from the pressing plant so you should be able to pick one up from Social Cancer very soon!
Listen/purchase: Embrace Technology by Mark Plasma
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This weekend was Ratscape: three full days of mostly-local music in the sweaty studio/performance space where Barbelith practices. I played three sets (apparently more than anyone else) and had a blast. Barbelith’s set on Friday was hands-down one of the best we’ve ever played and the crowd seemed to really dig it. My solo set on Saturday was mostly exhausting but I got a great response from the folks who watched and for some reason there are more pictures of that set than almost any other Ratscape performance. Quitter played just an hour after my solo set and despite it being super fast and super sloppy (I broke my E string three songs in and just had to wing it) everyone had a really great time.
I love Baltimore. The music scene here is far-ranging, wildly experimental, and totally underrated. I’ve really found a home here and I’m so proud of everything that my friends are doing to make it even better. Major praise to my fellow Quitter Josh Schleupner and Dude Eternal Mike Franklin (who engineered, mixed, and mastered the Barbelith 7”) for putting together such a solid weekend of music. Additional ups to Andrew McClymont and Dylan Ubaldo of Llamadon for putting together and running the RAPscape fest-within-the-fest like the total bosses they are. Thanks to everyone who came out, partied hard, took pictures, sweated profusely, and gave big wet hugs. It was a tremendously tiring weekend but I think we all went home happier than we were before.
In the course of digging through/deleting old music projects from Bandcamp I found this track, recorded in my old bedroom at my parents’ house in Birmingham, AL around New Year’s of 2010 and released under the name “Mark E.P.” Definitely different from the last 4 years of my musical output but I still really like it.
Source: SoundCloud / Mark Plasma
Here’s a good one coming up soon!
Sweepstakes is a really, really good local pop band featuring Allyson Little from Real2Real, Yoan Yeti, and Twisted Sheets on guitar and vocals. Check out their great BmoreHush videos here.
Nick Hope plays synth in my punk band, Quitter, but his solo stuff is an entirely different beast. Nick has the true makings of a pop star—the rest of the world just hasn’t figured it out yet. Propulsive, catchy synth pop love songs featuring Nick’s tremendous, dub-influenced vocals.
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Rilke’s 4th Sonnet to Orpheus, translated from German by Edward Snow.
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SO STOKED FOR THIS SHOW. Deism are friends of mine on top of being a fucking incredible band, Ex-Breathers sound great, and all the locals are like THE BEST LOCALS. New house space, new vibes, new noise. COME OUT.
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Memphis folks might remember Amadels guitarist/vocalist Nick Burk from Acid Glasses and Kruxe. I was particularly fond of Kruxe’s schizophrenic psych-pop jams and was pretty disappointed when that band fell apart. Fortunately, Nick was the best part of Kruxe and with Amadels he seems to have really focused his songwriting and guitar work. These songs are really bare-bones but there’s so much atmosphere that comes out of the weird synthetic drum sounds, the guitar tone, the totally solid basslines and female vocals (courtesy of Bell Cenower). Nick’s vocals are great, too—they come close to that Ian Curtis goth-baritone sound without ever actually crossing over into stereotypical territory. This is pretty gloomy stuff, but it’s still super catchy and propulsive.
Amadels played in Baltimore last night; I’ve seen them before but this time really got me. The first song on this album has been running through my head all morning.
Listen/purchase: Killing Myself Softly by Amadels
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I’ll be showing some of my flyers at this upcoming art show along with some work from my vastly more talented friends Zach and A-B and the fantastic Globe Letterpress Collection of vintage soul posters.
Platform Gallery presents: Starcrossed, an exhibition that looks into the relationship between Baltimore’s visual artists and musicians through flyers and posters.
Following past to present, Platform presents Globe Letterpress’ Collection (MICA) of soul posters which includes prints made for The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, and more.
To represent the current music to art relationship, Platform will show the work of A.B. Moore, Zach Inscho, and Mark Wadley. Each artist promotes local bands through their designs or prints.
Opening Reception: July 17th 7-10pm
Exhibition open: July 17th- August 10th
THIS IS HAPPENING TOMORROW. COME OUT BALTIMORE.
The second Splatterpunk is upon us. One night, two stages, ten performances of inhuman noise, stinging punk, and chest-rattling drones from your best enemies and your worst friends. Bring earplugs.
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DRUMS LIKE MACHINE GUNS | Philly noise brothers
RADIATOR GREYS | Josh Levi’s one-man DC noise machine
SCANT | RVA harsh industrial drone
CHAOS DESTROY | noiseviolence popstars
TENDRILLS | psych noise weirdos
FLORAL PRINT | Rusty Burke doin’ the dew
CP/M | doom-laden noise rock, ex-Friend Collector
EXTENDED RELEASE | harsh catchy technoise
FAINTING SPELLSS | dark transhuman noise rap
TRISHY D | Sean Seaton making your ears bleed
8pm / $5 for 21+ / $7 for 18+
don’t be a dummy
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