[Ed. Note: In Please Enjoy Responsibly, columnist Raymond Cummings tracks down the best noise music of the month, while keeping an eye out for the best of recent months and saluting noise triumphs of yesteryear.]
October is an odd month. There is both the fiercely festive pageantry of holidays present (Halloween) and distant (Thanksgiving, Christmas) and the crushing depression that accompanies shorter days and plummeting temperatures; the astonishing vibrancy of the changing foliage and the annoyance of frosted car windows just after dawn; the mystic aroma of smoke from the woodstoves of strangers, and the high likelihood of catching the flu, or inadvertently passing it along to a loved one. The distinct sense of things ending, winding down. This month's selections are intended as a soundtrack to this complicated, highly personalized admixture of excitement and dread.
See also: The Best Noise Music in September: Eric Copeland, Bloodeath