‘Ethiopia/Lower Ground’ – Bill Laswell & Gigi

 

From the ROIR Dub Sessions

leonora and gabriel – an instant

excavation

 

Yesterday at a local nature center I found this Pileated Woodpecker performing some major excavation work on a partially dead tree. The bird was using its bill like a chisel to strip off huge swathes of bark. It had already uncovered the bare area to the right and was working its way clockwise around the tree. It would hammer on a section and then nimbly hop away just as a slab of bark separated from the tree and fell to the ground. I was hoping to catch one of these more dramatic moments, but had to settle for the fine-tuning it’s doing here.

bauhaus cover of ‘severance’

A heretofore unknown-to-me Bauhaus cover of one of my favorite Dead Can Dance songs ‘Severance,’ with lyrics appropriate for our times sung by the inimitable Peter Murphy.

 

Lyrics:

Severance
The birds of leaving call to us,
Yet here we stand
endowed with the fear of flight.

Overland
The winds of change consume the land,
While we remain
In the shadow of summers now past.

When all the leaves
Have fallen and turned to dust,
Will we remain
Entrenched within our ways.

Indifference,
The plague that moves throughout this land
Omen signs
In the shapes of things to come.

Tomorrow’s child is the only child.

chimney swifts entering their evening roost

[click in the lower right corner to enlarge]

Hundreds of migrant chimney swifts enter the chimney at Free State Bookbinders in Baltimore City last night for their evening roost. Recent rough estimates come in around 2000 birds roosting in this single chimney, though on peak migration nights that number can double or even triple. If you do some investigation in your area you may find there’s an annual event like this near you, too. If there is, I highly recommend checking it out–it’s quite a spectacle! More info here.

keluar ‘fractures’

Dissonance streaked with melody

See also: live version (best viewed in seizure-inducing full-screen mode)

john fahey – voice of the turtle

goth juice

joy division live @ the apollo – 27/10/79

 

Featuring mesmerizing dance moves by Ian Curtis.

(video by Richard Boon, thank you to post-punk.com)

spiral of silence — ‘across’

Belgian coldwave band Spiral of Silence.

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