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Linda Smith – “Confidence”

February 28, 2014

Linda Smith – “Confidence” Between 1986 and 2001, Baltimore-based DIY recorder Linda Smith made eight albums at home on reel-to-reel tape, releasing some of those songs via a handful of labels, including Harriet, Slumberland, and Feel Good All Over. Recently, California label Juniper Tree Songs put out a cassette compilation... 

Wanda Group – A Slab About Being Held Captive

February 27, 2014

Wanda Group – A Slab About Being Held Captive NNA Tapes began venturing into the territory of vinyl LPs with the incredible Diamond Catalog record. That album, a weird mix of mutant beats and noise, set the stage for many wild vinyl adventures to follow. Taking the weirdness dial all the way to eleven, however, is this utterly bonkers LP from Brighton,... 

Bill Baird – Diamond Eyepatch

February 26, 2014

Bill Baird – Diamond Eyepatch As their first release of 2014, Oakland’s Moon Glyph presents Bill Baird‘s Diamond Eyepatch, a collection of sun-drenched psych-rock that consistently teeters on the border between pop-inflected rock and avant-garde noise collages. Recorded entirely to tape, Diamond Eyepatch is Baird’s... 

Golden Donna – “Pale Dream Rider”

February 25, 2014

Golden Donna – “Pale Dream Rider” We last left off with Madison, WI based synth idol Joel Shanahan, aka Golden Donna, after dropping a split for CGI Records last November, helping inaugurate the new techno imprint alongside Atlanta’s own maverick producer Cc (you may recognize him sooner by C Powers or just plain Chris Powers).... 

Black Unicorn – Traced Landscapes

February 24, 2014

Black Unicorn – Traced Landscapes I’ve gone a few months without formally revisiting Field Hymns, one of my favorite Portland institutions (at least I consider it one), so I’m celebrating the resumption of normal relations by listening into one of their latest, Black Unicorn’s Traced Landscapes cassette, on our absolute... 

Week in Review #7

February 22, 2014

Week in Review #7 The ceasing of operations by one of the finest imprints astride the emergent vaporwave phenomenon, Fortune 500, dominated my screens this week while I work to better digest their large and consistently satisfying Bandcamp catalog. For me though and probably for many of our readers, the at least temporary... 

Sima Kim & Wouter Van Veldhoven – Sketches

February 21, 2014

Sima Kim & Wouter Van Veldhoven – Sketches Mexico City’s Umor Rex label has a catalogue that stretches back to the turn of the decade, full of stunning releases that embrace and fracture musical frontiers. Their latest batch of tapes is no exception: three gorgeous cassettes that are a delight to behold, chock full of intriguing sonic... 

Beru/Aloonaluna – Split (The Second Life/Premonitions and Tusks)

February 20, 2014

Beru/Aloonaluna – Split (The Second Life/Premonitions and Tusks) In an essay for the collaborative Taxidermy of Unicorns book/tape package released last year by Watery Starve Press, owner Lynn Fister (who makes music under the name Aloonaluna) shares what she describes as a feeling of “a collective consciousness” between herself and other female artists.... 

PIXXX4: A Compilation By Unit Structure Sound Recordings For Wyrd Distro

February 19, 2014

PIXXX4: A Compilation By Unit Structure Sound Recordings For Wyrd Distro As Dwight previously mentioned, on February 15th Weird Canada – the unwavering champions of an inclusive (and included) Canadian underground – launched Wyrd Distro, a not-for-profit distribution service for physically-available underground sounds from the great nation of Canada. Executive Director... 

Infiniti – “I – 2”

February 19, 2014

Infiniti – “I – 2” Luke Wyatt of Torn Hawk recently debuted his Infiniti moniker and 1080p marshaled some incomparable luxury sedan jargon to conduct listeners into a genuinely premium experience… though the label concedes that “Infiniti did not offer a mid-luxury sedan to match the first Japanese luxury... 

Various Artists – Meili Xueshan I & II

February 18, 2014

Various Artists – Meili Xueshan I & II Undoubtedly the internet’s music community keeps getting larger and stronger day by day; sometimes an unimaginable quantity of like-minded art collectives seem to be in the midst of creation almost everywhere, and it is comforting to see some undeniable connections grow between them, even when... 

Crown of Eternity – Vibrate the Cosmos

February 18, 2014

Crown of Eternity – Vibrate the Cosmos Pittsburgh based Mike Tamburo caught our ears late last year with his Presence cassette for Inner Island last September, an intensely relaxing collection of manipulated zither recordings that slowly teases apart the different regions of your consciousness, as if he’d found a sub-conscious command... 

The Royal Iguana Fur – “Alabama Man”

February 17, 2014

The Royal Iguana Fur – “Alabama Man” Canadian label Peace Country Diaspora recently released Wingdings, the second full album from The Royal Iguana Fur (aka Alex Linfield). The CD copy we received was immediately intriguing; I have a bizarre interest in serial killers (especially Charles Manson), and God knows I spent enough time messing... 

Week in Review #6

February 15, 2014

Week in Review #6 Happy morning  after Valentine’s Day! We took the day off but it was still an exciting week for new releases, cassettes and otherwise. This installment ended up looking a little light on mixes, so here’s a four hour live-set that amounts to one; found courtesy of AT/NU (whose excellent... 

Koenraad Ecker – “Oran”

February 13, 2014

Koenraad Ecker – “Oran” Crashing down somewhere between eerily unhitched and wholly focused, Koenraad Ecker‘s “Oran” is a sub-bass symphony and maniacal modern classical. The fourteen-minute long opener to Ecker’s solo debut LP Ill Fares The Land on the ever unblemished Digitalis imprint is a condensed... 

Blue Krishna – Repeat Until Death

February 13, 2014

Blue Krishna – Repeat Until Death I spotted Blue Krishna’s Repeat Until Death cassette not too long ago over at the Invisible Guy blog, tucked into a tape-batch preview from Los Angeles imprint Nostilevo, with the appealing opener “Desolate music for a wintry landscape.” Though I can’t find too much about the... 

Stage Hands – “Adaptive Lines”

February 12, 2014

Stage Hands – “Adaptive Lines” Stage Hands is the new project of My Idea of Fun and The Meets ringmaster Brandon Locher, playing alongside drummer and fellow Pennsylvania native Gerald Mattis. They’ve been together just a few months and with only one track circulating, but according to Locher they plan to begin sharing new... 

Wyrd Distro Launch Tape

February 12, 2014

Wyrd Distro Launch Tape This Saturday, February 15th, Weird Canada will launch its much anticipated Wyrd Distro, an operation being billed as “Canada’s first not-for-profit distribution service focusing exclusively on Canadian experimental, emerging, diy, fringe, and underground music across all formats.”... 

THEMAYS – AIRSPACE

February 12, 2014

THEMAYS – AIRSPACE THEMAYS is a San Francisco based collaboration most visibly represented by Exray’s cohorts Jon Bernson, aka Window Twins, and Michael Falsetto-Mapp, playing alongside a cast of similarly inclined sound-artists. The project’s great constant is change, and although releases share common elements... 

Various Artists – Helical Scans

February 11, 2014

Various Artists – Helical Scans As of now the Helical Scans compilation tape has been in circulation for a bit. The tape, originally released in April 2013 by London’s Cleaning Tapes, was apparently planned for VHS; filmmaker Ryan Lumley‘s music videos, embedded below, would have been the visual accompaniment. Fortunately... 
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