Latest News from Mayday Records
01.Jan.2015 We're ba-ack! Happy New Year to all our friends out there! Mayday Records is starting 2015 off the right way, with a brand new release from Infant Mortality Rate!
While IMR is not know for their, shall we say, 'heroic' attention span, they did make a New Years resolution to put out a full length CD with longer tracks -- and they wasted no time in getting it to us. Only four cuts comprise this 72 minute release IMR calls Suspensions of Belief. While the first track, a generally calming one named A Call To Baryonic Prayer, might be considered 'dark ambient' by most, the remaining ones present the listener with a challenging suite of drones, loops, and religious deconstructions that engage the thoughtful mind in spacey and meditative tension. Lyman-Alpha Buddha layers on the chants, while Rosario's Mistic Yerberia puts modern religious commerce on the chopping block. The last track, Congregational Lensing And The Einstein Cross, focuses its attention on the power of the rural choir: in the end, there is no god, only noise.
The tracks on Suspensions are typically densely layered and often loud. This is unmistakably IMR material that sucks you in and slaps your gray matter around, yet continues developing the longer format IMR explored on the mini-release Sorrow Is Always Black.
02.Dec.2013 It’s not like we have hourly updates that inundate you with annoying trivia but HAVE YOU SEEN OUR FACEBOOK PAGE? Sorry we had to yell that, but THE MAYDAY RECORDS FACEBOOK PAGE is updated in a more timely fashion than this news page, so please go there and Like us. As for actual news, in October we released a mini-CDR in celebration of Halloween called Sorrow Is Always Black in a very special limited number of only 18 copies. Surprisingly there are still a tiny number left! So to complete your Mayday Records collection please go to the linked page, Sound Exchange, or Vinal Edge Records and buy one (they’re super cheap!!!). On it you will find one long track by Infant Mortality Rate and one medium track by frybrain, both based on the fable 'The Tale of a Mother' by Hans Christian Andersen. If you want to hear a live version of the IMR track, go to our Soundcloud page and give that a listen. The story is easier to follow on the studio version but you’ll get the idea.
03.Feb.2013 Wow, you probably thought we were dead, right? Ha! Too busy enjoying life to write silly updates to the news page, that's all. Really, it's not like your life would be diminished any by our lack of updates. So we waited, crouched in the tall grass, poised for the perfect moment to strike! Raaaaaar!
Today we proudly release Infant Mortality Rate's latest grand sonic offering, Uncivilization. No, not the Biohazard album, though if we sold as many copies, we'd be rather happy. Actually, this CDR is limited to 100 copies since merchandising is not our strong point. Plus it proves to the world that we're not trying to get rich off of all the unpermitted samples used throughout (as usual, we claim Fair Use clause). We simply like doing this sort of thing, that's all. Why can't you just enjoy it? All your friends do! It's full of thoughtful collages, dark ambience, noise, electronics, etc. And best of all, you'll want to play it over and over again, because it's just that good.
As a bonus, we've reduced the price of Down in Waves of Ether, since that awesome disc is no longer the latest. Jebus, you just can't afford NOT to buy these two together! I know I would.
29.Apr.2012 And the comps keep coming! IMR is now featured on two more net-label releases and a new batch of Exquisite Corpse Audio Chain Letters.
First up is The Chestnut Tree from Buddhist on Fire. This free download was put together to celebrate the first anniversary of The Chestnut Tree being on the air at 90.1 FM KPFT Houston and includes over 60 tracks that will blow your mind. A truly beautiful release which includes other Houston folks such as Charlie Naked, Night at Noon, and downercow.
Next we invite you to download and listen to Coupe Of Negation Theorem As Contact Trickery from our friends Brownian Motion. This is a collection of audio art whose unifying theme is the contact mic, and IMR joins piezo-forces with 26 other artists including Houston's own downercow and Ayn Morgan. A great heap of experimentation from some very creative minds!
Lastly but not leastly, our pal Hal (that's McGee, not 9000) has put up a whole new batch of Exquisite Corpse Audio Chain Letters. You can go to Volume 6 here, and IMR graces letters 410, 415, 449, 458, 462, 463, 471, and 474! Momma mia! And while your'e at it, feel free to check out the audio offerings of all the other letters :) since a lot of people put a lot of effort into creating these great sounds for you to enjoy.
11.Mar.2012 Hurray, another free comp with IMR on it! Net-label bent recs has released Glitch/Bent, a data-bending comp featuring 15 artists messing with files on their computers. The bent recs web page takes you to the archive.org site where you can download all or some of the tracks. IMR's contribution is called Naked Urologist Eats Germanium, Gets MRI (because that's what it sound like to us!). Please enjoy it with all your magnetic resonating might.
05.Mar.2012 Silence here doesn't always mean inactivity. IMR has actually been churning out some new material lately, most of it for other folks' compilations and such. Here are a couple that have recently become available -- and they are both free!
Firstly, if you've been around the experimental music block a few times, you ought to know who Hal McGee is. If not, click the link and check him out. Anywayz, he recently organized an audio chain letter of sorts, called the Exquisite Corpse Audio Chain Letter. In this, Hal started with a 60 second audio piece that he then emailed to 9 agreeable folks. Each of them (mostly blindly) tacked on another 60 seconds of their music, and emailed the result to 9 more folks. This wildly permutating endeavor eventually made its way back to Hal after 9 artists and 9 minutes and umteen zillion tracks were completed. Then Hal put them all up on archive.org for you fans of good weird experimental music to listen to, download, and enjoy.
Here are the links to song download pages with IMR contributions:
Volume 3 letters 193, 204, 237
Volume 4 letter 304
Volume 5 letters 340, 366, 384
IMR did 13 letters, but some apparently got lost! If they don't show up soon, we'll post the IMR minutes ourselves.
Sorta-secondly, IMR will also be on a few other comps which will be released soon and we'll let you know here and on the Mayday facebook page as well. The first one to be completed is To Gain Is To FX Send, a collection of "no-input mixer" feedback jams from a whole bunch of noise jammin artists. It's a name-your-price download from the cool netlabel Muchausen Sound, so go for it! IMR used analog delay and flanger in the effects loop, and there was very little post editing. Hope it makes you tingle, my tingly little friends.
22.Jan.2012 Just a quick update on some free music from IMR. We've uploaded two tracks originally recorded in June 1992 for an outdoor performance art event, the details of which are lost to my memory banks. Also lost are the original mixes, so they were remixed just yesterday for uploading purposes. The two tracks are called Tension and Destruction, and you can find them on both Soundcloud (here), and on Archive.org (Destruction, Tension) They're short pieces, so it won't hurt your busy schedule to check them out.
ALSO, the show from 14 Pews is up for your free and joyful listening pleasure. You can find that at the same Soundcloud page as above, and at this archive.org link.
03.Jul.2011 IMR's next live show will be on Sunday, July 31 at 14 Pews as part of the Binarium Sound Series.
29.May.2011 Okay friends, now a couple updates:
1. Audio from the ZineFest jam is now up on archive.org, direct link here, or you can go to this secret goodies page and listen from the comfort of our web site.
2. IMR's new CD, Down in Waves of Ether, is now available for your purchasing pleasure (yea!). Just a-click on it's name. Samples from the CD to follow soon, promise.
25.May.2011 Wow. I mean, like, wow wow wow. This is not one of those news announcements we normally do, it's more of a post-event report. Like on the nightly news: "something happened already and you probably missed it so we're going to tell you how interesting it was, blah blah blah..." "Okay already! What was it?", you ask. Simply the magical event of the release of a new Infant Mortality Rate CD plus a live IMR performance at ZineFest Houston 2011! On May 21, 2011 -- the day of the Rapture!!!
So, why didn't the Mayday Records web site news-posting guy tell all you thousands of adoring fans about this in advance? Well, IMR spent so much time finishing up the new CD and preparing for the first live show in two years that there was no time or energy left (sounds lame, I know, but it's sooo true). Thus, this after-the-fact "news" item.
ZineFest Houston was held last Saturday on the roof of the popular hip hangout known as Khon's, near downtown H-town. Lots of local folks got together and hawked their ziney wares to all comers. Six bands were invited to play, the last four of which were Muzak John, IMR, Carlos Pozo, and Rotten Piece. But IMR nearly sh1t their pants when, in the process of setting up, it was realized that a box of equipment was left at home, thus necessitating a speedy drive back to the IMR rat cave to retrieve said forgotten items. Luckily, Carlos was cool about swapping positions in the line-up and he performed a beautiful dreamy set. IMR's set featured the never-before-used-live Sequential Circuits ProOne synth and the homemade Smile Machine. The music was basically one long jam with three structured segments, one being a resurrection of a Turmoil in the Toybox hit, and the other two being new songs on the new CD. The music was well received, and after Rotten Piece did a mind-blowing set, Carlos, RP, and IMR joined together for a 20 minute-ish Jam of the Giants. I think we got a good recording of that, and the audio will be posted soon (as another news item). Pictures from the event cam be viewed here.
So now the CD: It's called Down in Waves of Ether. There are 13 tracks, including a live bit from the 2009 KTRU Outdoor Show. Got it finished just 2 days before ZineFest, and wouldn't you know it, the music computer died a permanent death the morning after it was done. What a trooper that old PC was. I can't help but think it hung on and sacrificed itself out of loyalty. I'd give it a proper burial in the back yard but that wouldn't be ecologically sound. Anyway, the CD will be up on our catalog page soon, along with song samples. You should definitely check it out, and buy a gross or two.
04.Jul.2010 Today we've added convenient shopping cart features to this site, courtesy of paypal. Plus we've lowered the prices on everything! Permanently! With FREE shipping! So, what are you waiting for, start shopping already!
26.Jun.2010 The Spring 2010 issue of the Rice Radio Folio has a nice interview with IMR, and we are happy to share it with you here. Yes, just go here. That's here. Riiiiight here. Excellent. We hope you enjoy reading it, we think it's quite good.
12.Apr.2009 A good sized crowd took in the sounds as IMR got going on the main stage late/mid-afternoon at the KTRU Outdoor Show yesterday. There were no major technical hickups and everything flowed smoothly. All in all, a very satisfying 30 minute set. New songs were debuted, and a reprise of Hunt (performed back in Dec. 07) was included along with some spacey jams. We'll try to get some photos up soon.
Were you there? Did you see IMR? If not, did you listen as the event was broadcast live on KTRU? We got lots of good feedback from the aud, with only the low volume of the PA being an issue. I expect next show should contain an appropriate ear-splitting number of decibels. When will that be? Hmmm... don't know yet, but, as always, check back often.
BTW, the organizers and volunteers did a great job of, well, organizing and keeping the show going. Hats off to them. And I would encourage folks to listen to KTRU!
30.Mar.2009 Here at Mayday Records, we like rice. We also like radio. So, natch, we really like Rice Radio (KTRU 91.7 FM in Houston). Thus we were especially honored when Rice Radio asked Infant Mortality Rate to play the KTRU Outdoor Show this year! And its free, huzzah! Go to the Rice University campus on Saturday, April 11, to see IMR live on stage. IMR is scheduled to be in the middle of the pack, going on around 2:15 PM. There will be a number of other bands, too, so bring a blanket, hang around a while, and enjoy the tunes (and record sale, and merch, and food, and drink!).
27.Dec.2008: We have a new release from Mayday Records -- so pop the cork and down the hatch with that champaign (oh wait, that's for New years Eve). Anywho, Rare Hungry Birds burned their hit single "Voting Booth 2.1" to a mini-CDR to give away to those who saw and experienced their installations Voting Booth 2.1 and 2.2. From a limited run of 50, they are now offering the remaining copies to you, gentle internet browsers, for a very modest sum. See our catalog page for more info. And happy almost new year!
24.Oct to 3.Nov.2008: Our fine feathered friends Rare Hungry Birds are taking their neato art piece, Voting Booth 2.1, on a mini-tour of some of Houston's progressive hot spots. We really hope you can make it to one of these events to view it, listen to it, and talk to the nice RHB staff about it. And if you can't be there, please send RHB your good thoughts and hopes for a fair, honest, and problem-flee evection.
Here's the schedule so far:
-> 24.Oct, 1 PM onward at KPFT, with live appearance on their "Living Art" program
-> 26.Oct, 4:30 PM to 6 PM, Rice U. campus near Valhalla
-> 30.Oct, 7 PM onward at KPFT, with an appearance on their "Progressive Forum" program
-> 2.Nov, 2 to 4 PM, Vinal Edge Records, 13171 Veterans Memorial Drive
-> 3.Nov, evening, Aerosol Warfare, 2110 Jefferson at Hutchins
-> possible other places and dates TBA, so check back often
And Rare Hungry Birds want me to remind you to get out and vote!
27.June.2008: Added individual pages for each artist we represent! And it's about time, huh. Also did some minor html spiffing up kinda stuff.
18.May.2008: Mayday Records is proud to announce the addition of another band to our label! They are called Rare Hungry Birds and hail from the treetops of Houston Heights. Like all rare species, they may be difficult to find, but we'll be sure to announce all of their upcoming releases and events here, so fear not. More info on our Artists page.
02.Feb.2008: Mayday Records finally has a snail-mail address! Yes, you can now put pencil to paper and write unsolicited letters to us. Ready? It's P.O. Box 70611, Houston, TX 77270. We check the box regularly, honest.
15.Dec.2007: See Infant Mortality Rate live at Super Happy Fun Land! First time in over a year! IMR will be playing 2nd after Mr. Obliviated and before the Delta Block and Sad Pygmy. Come out and enjoy one of the last shows at this venue before they get torn down and have to move somewhere else.
4.Nov.2007: Updated the Artists page with up-to-date info on IMR, and also updated the Links page.
4.Dec.2006: Finally put up some photos of the 24-Nov-06 show, so go to this secret link and see what you missed! There was a good sized crowd this time to see some great bands, so many freaky thanks to Aeron for putting on this show.
24.Nov.2006: It's the Friday after Thanksgiving, so come waddle over to Super Happy Fun Land for the 'Abstration002' showcase of noise and get aurally assaulted by Kai/ros, Mugwumps, Infant Mortality Rate, Bully Pulpit, Chiasma, BRR, and Wasp & Pear. Yup, IMR makes it's second live outing of the year. This is a promotional show for the upcoming Abstration002 CD compilation on the Molecular Reconstruction Network label. I don't know if IMR is on the CD or not, but if not that one, then the next one fur shur.
21,22,24,28,29.Jul.2006: Five chances are all you get to see the first American expressionist play The Adding Machine, written in 1923 by Elmer Rice. It's a play about hopelessness and despair. About being nothing. Going nowhere. What did you expect from Houston? Yours truly will be in the band, playing theremin and adding dissonance and disruption throughout. Oh, I live for that. Come out and see it, y'all! Here's a link to the myspace site for the play.
17.May.2006: Thanks to all who showed up for the Mother's Day show at Super Happy Fun Land on Sunday. The only thing rarer than a live IMR gig is the number of people who witness it. Anyway, we all had fun. The dynamic duo that is price taggery opened the night with meditative electronics punctuated by blasts of throbbing intensity. It was very sonic and very well received. Thanks guys! IMR was up next, playing theremin, photo oscillator, the AN-15 sequence synthesizer, one tape, one sampler, and two circuit bent clock-radios. The Mayday Records marketing department has decisively concluded, through extensive in-depth interviews of audience members coupled with linear regression analysis, that it was thoroughly enjoyed by all present. Lastly, percussionist extraordinaire Stephen Flinn took (a corner of) the stage and wowed us with his highly skilled and creative performance. He was quite mesmerizing, using a variety of techniques on a variety of commercial and homemade instruments to create some fascinating acoustic audio textures, while weaving it all into a cohesive whole. Stephen has a life-long dedication to his craft, and it really shows. Some secret photos from the show can be found here.
14.May.2006: It's Mother's Day, so get ready for a motherfukker of a show: Infant Mortality Rate will be playing live at Super Happy Fun Land! First live outing since January '05. IMR will be opening for San Franciscan improv purcussionist Stephen Flinn, so get ready to freak out, cats and chicks.
05.Feb.2006: Finally found those Puer Æternis reviews from last century. Typed em up just for you.
30.Dec.2005: Have linked some song titles to mp3 files for your listening playzjure.
Nov.2005: This web site is here, have a cigar! Thanks to my great friend Mary Ann for birthing this infant endeavor and slapping it on the butt. Now that it's home from the birthing ward, it's time for some "hard love" parenting from yours truly. Bwa-ha-ha-ha!
Sep.2005: Mayday Records is proud to announce the release of Infant Mortality Rate's latest CDR Radio-Electronics. All sounds on this disc originate from old clock-radios that IMR has personally and uniquely modified. These alterations have brought forth torturous sounding howls, screeches from an electonic hell, and whimpers of analog sorrow. The thirteen songs reveal a cut-n-paste collage of circuitry in its death-throws. The captive appliances, whose only desire was to serve their owners by waking them from a peaceful slumber, are never to be released from their eternal, yet oddly blissful, electronic damnation.
1928: The invention of sliced bread.
13.7 billion years ago: The fucking Universe was created. Like, wow man.