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Mark Solotroff formed Bloodyminded, a local "true crime power electronics" trio, in 1995, after his former group, Intrinsic Action, played an anticlimactic final show at a New York S-M event. "It was just a big, silly cartoon with fat, ugly safe-sex geeks," he told an interviewer later. "We immediately talked about how to really take things to the next level." That, apparently, involved yelling sociopathic poetry about death and dismemberment over simple electronic noises. Watching Solotroff sweat bullets, screaming himself red faced with neck veins bulging, you really, really want to feel his pain. But it's pretty tough to be shocked by him if you're already familiar with Boyd Rice or Whitehouse, and in August at the Nervous Center, his delivery of "Chinatown" ("Whole animals hang in windows / Fowl and hog / Skinned and cleaned! / But I need more / I want you / A whole animal / Hanging from a hook / Skinned and cleaned! Skinned and cleaned by me! / Chrysanthemum tea to soothe the head / Ginseng root to stay on top / Skinned and cleaned!") merely cracked the audience up. Afterward he scolded them for the indiscretion. "I don't know when this turned into a comedy routine!" he yelled, which just incited more laughter. In fact it was more like a comedy routine than anything else--imagine an SNL skit where ultraserious leather-clad folks labor strenuously over a single drone or helicopter noise and then behave as if it's the most torturous music ever produced. Bloodyminded are endlessly entertaining--just not in the way they'd like to be. Illusion of Safety headlines. Saturday, December 15, 8:30 PM, 6Odum, 2116 W. Chicago; 773-227-3617.

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