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Week in Review #21

May 31, 2014

Week in Review #21 I wanted to open this week’s review with something a bit more general, the transcript of San Francisco based technologist and artist Maciej Cegłowski’s closing speech at this year’s Beyond Tellerrand web-design conference in Düsseldorf, Germany. Cegłowski looks at the history... 

David Neil Adams – Ceramic Tones II

May 30, 2014

David Neil Adams – Ceramic Tones II Baltimore-based Friends Records retains its character as one of today’s more broad-minded but still regionally focused labels, releasing all manner of goodies from their home city; helping with Co La’s early output, slinging a slew of tapes from Moss of Aura, and a 7″ from Future Islands... 

Elizabethan Collar – S/T

May 30, 2014

Elizabethan Collar – S/T Aught is a new label launching this Sunday (6/1/14) that intends to specialize in “cassette tapes, data, and other ephemera.” The label explains its anonymous presence and simple but bold ethos by offering, “We are a diffuse group of creative entities from the United States who wish... 

Debacle Fest 2014

May 29, 2014

Debacle Fest 2014 When I covered Debacle Fest 2013, I had been living in Seattle for a little under a year and had only gotten out to a handful of shows. I was more than a little intimidated by the year’s lineup, heavily drawn from Debacle’s roster of northwest-based experimental projects. The two I remember... 

Premiere: Many Mansions – “Time Cruiser”

May 29, 2014

Premiere: Many Mansions – “Time Cruiser” Traveling through Many Mansions, one might come across a “Time Cruiser.” It’s not always totally expected, considering this “Time Cruiser” gets and goes everywhere, and if you miss your chance it’s already in a different century. You catch glimpses of that untethered... 

Annea Lockwood – Ground of Being

May 28, 2014

Annea Lockwood – Ground of Being New Zealand born composer Annea Lockwood has produced an impressive body of work in a number of veins, in the last several years working through her Sound Maps project to subtly translate river-spaces into audio through field recordings; the effort has thus far produced a series of related installations,... 

Ter​(​r​)​a / Lazy Magnet – Split

May 27, 2014

Ter​(​r​)​a / Lazy Magnet – Split From its place in Detroit’s underground music circuit, Rawaat’s Crisis Urbana imprint has nearly a dozen releases under their belt, recently seguing from digital only to cassette releases, beginning late last year with two terrific odd-cuts from Sunk (aka. R Inez) and one outstanding debut tape... 

Week in Review #20

May 24, 2014

Week in Review #20 If you follow us on Twitter, you may already have seen word of this, but we missed it in our last Week in Review; 20JazzFunkGreats became a little more self-conscious, describing the lives of its constituents “four relatively normal European men who live on the South Coast of England.” However... 

Claire – Perfume EP

May 22, 2014

Claire – Perfume EP Elise Tippins (Fantastic Lands, ex-Featureless Ghost) first unveiled her Claire solo project a little more than a year ago on the Instructional Media-issued World Beside Worlds tape, a split-cum-collaboration with Stefan Blomeier. While that tape played found Tippins subtly but still noticeably stepping... 

Grex – Monster Music

May 21, 2014

Grex – Monster Music Bay Area trio Grex is at its best when it cruises along on mind-bending single-note passages, which often break down appealingly into skittering free-jazz nonsense. In my review of Grex’s 2011 auto-release, Second Marriage, I pretty much stopped with that. But Monster Music kicks off the band’s... 

Premiere: Drew Price – “If All”

May 21, 2014

Premiere: Drew Price – “If All” Alabama-based Happenin’ Records is hosting Happenin’ Fest this Saturday, and they’re releasing a handful of cassettes to coincide with the concert, one of which is Hustle Strange by Drew Price. The Birmingham native already has a number of releases under his belt ranging from shoegaze... 

Topdown Dialectic – (untitled)

May 20, 2014

Topdown Dialectic – (untitled) Last week, WCBN received a package of tapes from Chicago-based cassette and book label Tailings. All of the tapes were pretty excellent, but the one that caught my ear the most was the one by Topdown Dialectic, a seriously phenomenal tape of abstract dub-techno, in line with Vladislav Delay, Wolfgang... 

No UFO’s – MPC Tracks Vol. II

May 20, 2014

No UFO’s – MPC Tracks Vol. II Konrad Jandavs has been operating his No UFO’s guise and Nice Up International imprint from 2010, but has largely remained on the fringe since No UFO’s relatively “breakout” album Soft Coast. Originally issued on cassette via NU in 2010 before being issued on wax by Spectrum... 

Olekranon – Aphelion

May 19, 2014

Olekranon – Aphelion Ryan Huber continues to release music at an astonishing rate, with his Inam Records CD-r label well past 100 releases. Olekranon was the project that made me take notice of him several years ago, and that project has been increasingly moving towards a more experimental techno direction, rather than... 

True Neutral Crew – #POPPUNK

May 19, 2014

True Neutral Crew – #POPPUNK When we last heard from True Neutral Crew, the avant-hip hop crew assembled in and around Los Angeles featuring members of Foot Village, clipping, and others, the group had just issued it’s bizarrely captivating and addicting video for “I Guess,” a track featuring Boo Hiss taken from... 

Week in Review #19

May 17, 2014

Week in Review #19 It was this week, not last week, that the homepage reportedly died (the New York Time’s quickening spiral into irrelevancy marking the occasion), and the “oldest living surrealist” shared some advantageous developmental strategies for artists (in case you too are uncertain of your... 

Lieven Martens Moana – “Os Canais”

May 16, 2014

Lieven Martens Moana – “Os Canais” As an explorer of true mystery, Lieven Martens Moana relentlessly uncovers the perfect natural sounds. Os Canais is just another example of his autuer-ish style of sonic archeology, exploring humanity’s eagerness to understand the natural world as the rest of us just observe it marginally while... 

Premiere: LNRDCROY – “Eye of the Wind”

May 16, 2014

Premiere: LNRDCROY – “Eye of the Wind” Producer Leon Campbell, aka LNRDCROY’s work on Much Less Normal is described as “lightly cosmic electronica” by 1080p, and though that characterization is probably the best and most generally descriptive of his music, in just three words, it can belie the heft woven into it; a citation... 

Pajjama – Karakasa

May 15, 2014

Pajjama – Karakasa The future of botany is beyond vegetation. Seeds will begin to form a cloud around them and just drop nuggets as beautiful as flowers and fruits ready to burst with juice. This isn’t a myth. Even less so, as demonstrated by the new Pajjama cassette Karakasa (now available from Orange Milk Records),... 

Mansion – S/T

May 14, 2014

Mansion – S/T Not quite no wave, nor post-punk, nor noise rock, really, Bay Area-based upstart Mansion makes the kind of guitar-based racket that isn’t easy to pigeonhole. The cantankerous quartet, whose lineup includes Adam Keith of the affectedly gorgeous and beat-riddled Cube project, takes an artfully... 
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