Playlist: Joe Beres

Joe Beres is the owner of the Minneapolis-based record label Small Doses. Small Doses has released over 100 records on various formats and from a variety of artists in the noise, ambient, and experimental scenes, including past HSS Playlist contributors Aidan Baker, R. Loren, Anthony Mangicapra, Jenks Miller, Nicholas Szczepanik, and the guys from Locrian. Beres is also a member of the noise band, Grain Belt, and is also the man behind Willful and Fences.

The Twin Cities have some incredible things going on. I feel pretty lucky to live here. There is no shortage of great things happening, and as always, there is amazing music here. Here are some of my favorites:

Phenomenal and unique black metal. Check out the new LP on Gilead Media. Hopefully lots of folks caught them on tour. They are amazing and intense live.

I can't even begin to say how good these guys are. Two noisers (Seth Ryan and Oskar Brummel) got together to make some incredible late 80s/early 90s style industrial. Think Skinny Puppy before they started sucking. They don't have any recordings yet, but have some things in the works. Keep an eye out.

Blood Folke 
My band was on a show bill with them, so I looked them up having never heard them before, I was floored. This three piece (Guitar, Violin, Drums) have a interesting take on metal, mixing in some folk elements and some post rock without losing any of the heaviness. (Full disclosure: Small Doses is releasing their demo on CD, but I couldn't NOT talk about them.)

I think Gnawed is finally getting some of the attention he deserves. This guy rules. He makes some of the most intense and atypical power electronics I've seen. I don't think he's ever played a set that lasted more than 10 minutes, and I don't think he's ever played a set that didn't destroy. Grab one of his releases on Phage Tapes or Maniacal Hatred. You won't be disappointed.

Twin Cities aside, these two releases landed in my lap in a day apart, and I'm quite sure both will be amongst my top recordings of the year.

Nicholas Szczepanik: Please Stop Loving Me (Streamline) 
Those that know Small Doses know that I've been following and working with Nicholas since he started releasing music a few years back. I've felt really lucky to watch him evolve and develop, and I've yet to be disappointed by anything he's done. Please Stop Loving Me certainly lies on that trajectory, and I must say that it is easily my favorite of anything Nicholas has done yet. It is a mind-blowing recording; something you would expect from a decades-long veteran composer/musician, not someone relatively new to the practice. I'll be surprised if I hear anything I enjoy more than this in the near future.

Asva: Presences of Absences (Important) 
There are few things I look forward to more than a new Asva record. Granted, they are few and far between, but that is part of the anticipation, I always know that Stuart Dahlquist is going to pull out all the stops (pun intended given all the organ work on this one) and take all the time he needs to make the well-crafted recording he envisions. I certainly wasn't disappointed this time around. This one is the furthest removed from his history with Burning Witch and Goatsnake. The heaviness is there, but more in organ swells and dramatic pauses than guitar and bass riffs. It is an incredible record to listen to loud and in the dark. I'll happily re-buy this one when the vinyl comes out.

Other recent awesomeness:
Thou: The Archer and the Owle (Robotic Empire)
Sutekh Hexen: everything
William Fowler Collins/Gog: Malpais (Utech Records)
Mamiffer: Mare Decendrii (Conspiracy)
MB: Industrial Murder/Menstrual Bleeding (Phage Tapes)
Locrian/Horseback: New Dominions (Utech Records)
Jeff Buckley: Grace (Legacy Edition reissue)

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