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28th July 2014

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10 years ago one of my absolute favorite bands put out one of the best singles of the 21st century. Australians are officially better at punk rock than Americans.

Tagged: eddy current supression ringaustraliapunkgarage punkgarageget up morning

23rd July 2014

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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

Tagged: baltimorebaltimore musicmemark plasmasocial cancerbirminghamsynthpunkpostpunksampler punksynthgothhardcorepunkrocknroll

Source: Bandcamp

23rd July 2014

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22nd July 2014

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(pictures by Rob Brulinski, Tyler W. Davis, and Alexandra Brandon, respectively. Video by Shane Gardner)

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.

Tagged: baltimorebaltimore showsratscapebaltimore ratscapequitterbarbelithmark plasmamellamadonhour hausrob brulinskimonolithrecycled hair

22nd July 2014

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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.

Tagged: SoundCloudMark PlasmaLo-FiamericanatablaAcoustic

Source: SoundCloud / Mark Plasma

17th July 2014

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Here’s a good one coming up soon!
Curtains is Dash Lewis of Gardener (his modular noise project) and White Laces (for whom he plays synth) performing sample-based psychedelic pop with accompanying visuals from his wife, Rae Whitlock.
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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Here’s a good one coming up soon!

Curtains is Dash Lewis of Gardener (his modular noise project) and White Laces (for whom he plays synth) performing sample-based psychedelic pop with accompanying visuals from his wife, Rae Whitlock.

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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Tagged: baltimorebaltimore showsthe holy undergroundnick hopesweepstakescurtainsdash lewiswhite lacespoppsychpsychedelicpsych popsouldubdesign

16th July 2014

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Rilke’s 4th Sonnet to Orpheus, translated from German by Edward Snow.

Rilke’s 4th Sonnet to Orpheus, translated from German by Edward Snow.

Tagged: poetrysonnetrainer maria rilkeedward snowsonnets to orpheus

16th July 2014

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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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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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Tagged: designfiji mermaidbaltimorebaltimore showshive bentcp/mbirth defectsdeismex-breathershardcorenoise rocknoise punkkeith house

15th July 2014

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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

Tagged: amadelsbrooklynkilling myself softlystaring at the ceilingnick burkacid glasseskruxememphis

Source: Bandcamp

14th July 2014

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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

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

Tagged: medesignbaltimorebaltimore artbmoreartplatform galleryzach inschoa-b mooreglobe letterpress collectionflyersflierspostersshow flyershow flier