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Zine: The Le Sigh Vol. 1

December 23, 2013

Zine: The Le Sigh Vol. 1 Logo & zine cover by Angelica Alzona The Le Sigh, a Brooklyn-based blog that highlights women in music and arts, recently expanded from the digital realm into print  with their first zine, The Le Sigh Vol. 1. They also teamed up with beloved label Birdtapes to release an accompanying cassette (complete... 

Decoder’s Week in Review #4

December 21, 2013

Decoder’s Week in Review #4 This week was another reminder that December doesn’t stop just because most folks have (perhaps rightly) shifted their attention elsewhere, to family, and cleaning up for family, and cleaning up for guests, perhaps raking their yards way too late in the year… out of love.  Brad Rose and... 

Decoder’s 2013 Christmas Mix: Altar Eagle

December 20, 2013

Decoder’s 2013 Christmas Mix: Altar Eagle We asked our own Brad Rose and Eden Hemming-Rose, aka Altar Eagle aka the force behind Foxy Digitalis and Digitalis, which is to say Decoder’s grandparents (or something to that effect), to help wrap up our first year at the new site with some honest to God Christmas music. The two know their... 

Idiot Glee – The Prairie

December 20, 2013

Idiot Glee – The Prairie Among the slew of new material recently unveiled by Night-People Records, after some downtime and a move this year for proprietor Shawn Reed, we were pleasantly surprised to see that Kentucky songwriter James Friley, aka Idiot Glee, had gotten in on the action, finally following up his Life Without... 

회사AUTO – _N

December 20, 2013

회사AUTO – _N Zachary Mason’s musical capability is pretty impressive; whether your talking about just his earliest musical explorations or his most recent work, the Seattle-based musician has released a delightful collection of material since the onset of 2012. Hiding behind the slightly difficult moniker... 

Endless Caverns – “I. Basal (Well Red)”

December 20, 2013

Endless Caverns – “I. Basal (Well Red)” Pacific Northwest label Eiderdown Records recently released Colour Breathing by Endless Caverns, the solo project of Matt Lajoie, Maine resident and captain of the weedship Herbcraft. It’s a beautifully-packaged cassette with a two-color, screenprinted j-card (by Max Clotfelter) that perfectly... 

Atrocious Neighbour / Obsidian Pond / Komodo Haunts – Split Tape

December 20, 2013

Atrocious Neighbour / Obsidian Pond / Komodo Haunts – Split Tape German label SicSic has been one of my favorite tape labels pretty much since I first got hip to tape labels. Their releases always somehow manage to catch an artist at a unique moment in what is usually a prolific career. Take Headboggle’s Hillboggle for example, which features a warped bluegrass... 

Former Selves – On Forgetting and Letting Go

December 19, 2013

Former Selves – On Forgetting and Letting Go Earlier this month, Chicago-based Lillerne Tapes released a winter cassette batch comprised of four pieces of contemplative music that, each in its own way, searches for transcendence from the physical world. Oakland’s Paul Skomsvold, aka Former Selves, often seems to find himself entangled with... 

Hoodcats 2014 Calendar

December 19, 2013

Hoodcats 2014 Calendar Adam Myatt (the legendary “Catman of West Oakland”) is the talented photographer behind Hoodcats, an ongoing photo series that chronicles his encounters with the many felines roaming the streets of West Oakland, CA. Between pairing up with nonprofit organization Cat Town Oakland to help... 

Muted Rainbow – Intuitions

December 19, 2013

Muted Rainbow – Intuitions “Classical without class, psychedelic without psyche, songwriting without writing” is how Muted Rainbow describe their work. A collaborative project of Michelle Proksell, Gabriele de Seta, Gregorio Samsaro and Pupa Tang, the group has released its latest CD-R, Intuitions, on Toronto boutique... 

Cuddle Formation – Lullaby For Twenty-Somethings (Johnny_Ripper Remix)

December 18, 2013

Cuddle Formation – Lullaby For Twenty-Somethings (Johnny_Ripper Remix) For those of you that have been following Decoder for a little while, Cuddle Formation may be a recognizable name thanks to Noah Klein; a long time leading light for the FMLY group and a contributor to our print issue. He remains a part of the spiritual underpinnings of the site thanks to his conspicuous... 

Neoprene – “Rack City Exodus”

December 18, 2013

Neoprene – “Rack City Exodus” I’d first come into contact with More Records after stumbling upon a pristine and grotesque split 12-inch between Container and Unicorn Hard-On — two left-field techno producers that were completely unfamiliar to me at the time. Both acts are now veritable household names to any domicile rocking... 

Evan Ønly – “From the Stone”

December 17, 2013

Evan Ønly – “From the Stone” New York songwriter Evan Brody has been quietly revealing material from his new solo project Evan Ønly, with an EP forecast for February. The first single, “No Matter What” (released back in October) highlighted crisp production and Brody’s bittersweet vocals, while “From... 

Rick Weaver – Black Medicine (Preview)

December 17, 2013

Rick Weaver – Black Medicine (Preview) If there ever was a vaudeville of noise, Weaver is it. Through a variety of guises and collaborative projects (see Form a Log, Dinner Music, the Ruined Frame, or New Flesh for starters), Rick Weaver has been at the epicenter of some of the most eccentric and oddball sounds in the experimental scene.... 

Housewives – S/T

December 17, 2013

Housewives – S/T An excellent year in post-punk gets closed out by the debut release from South London outfit Housewives. The five tracks here layer frantic riffs only to see them do battle with each other as they pull away from any semblance of structure. Churning guitars repeat notes in a scrap heap of drone that... 

Kevin Drumm – 1983

December 16, 2013

Kevin Drumm – 1983 Although he’s best known for some of the most viciously pointed, academically abstract noise exploration produced in the past 15-odd years, Chicago sound producer Kevin Drumm has a startlingly beautiful soft side. 1983, issued without much pageantry or mention, really, shows the lighter side... 

Talk West – Canyon Lip

December 16, 2013

Talk West – Canyon Lip Talk West is Tulsa’s Dylan Aycock, who you’ll probably not recognize from our previous coverage of his imprint Scissor Tail Editions — his name didn’t come up at the time, but in truth he deserves distinction for building an impressive catalog. On his new cassette for Notice Recordings,... 

Decoder’s Week in Review #3

December 14, 2013

Decoder’s Week in Review #3 Welcome back to Decoder’s Week in Review, a modest refuge for short news bytes that we’d feel banal expanding on without committing to more in-depth analysis. For my money, Hal McGee swept the board this week with his new archival tape project, but the week was great for mixtapes and we’re... 

Jehu & Chinaman – Sampler #1: A Year’s Care and Good Feeding​.​.​.

December 13, 2013

Jehu & Chinaman – Sampler #1: A Year’s Care and Good Feeding​.​.​.   To celebrate its first birthday, Nottinghamshire, UK tape label Jehu & Chinaman went and put together a digital compilation featuring a full track, clocking out variously between a few minutes to an entire tape’s-side in duration, from each of its first thirteen releases. The label – owned... 

Noumenal Loom – Winter Solstice Batch

December 13, 2013

Noumenal Loom – Winter Solstice Batch Last week, the boys over at Tabs Out released a list of 200 cassettes they felt contained some of the best music that 2013 had to offer. Near the top of their list was Goldleaf Acrobatics, the debut release from Holly Waxwing, who I think is the individual behind the precocious/precious new tape imprint... 
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