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Laura Luna – Isolarios

September 30, 2014

Laura Luna – Isolarios Laura Luna is a Mexican-bred, Prague-based multimedia artist who only recently added “sound production” to her multitude of mediums. But you’d never guess she’s been at it for just over a year now, especially given the depth and scope of Isolarios, recently issued via Baba Vanga.... 

Landing – Traveling

September 29, 2014

Landing – Traveling Heligator Records has dedicated a considerable amount of its time and discography to releasing exclusive tracks with a stellar group of artists (recently Clipd Beaks, Dura, Braeyden Jae, and Dylan Golden Aycock), supporting the Malindza Refugee Camp Library of Mpaka, Swaziland. The latest donation comes... 

Week in Review #38

September 27, 2014

Week in Review #38 #1 – 9/20/2014 – Ron Morelli of L.I.E.S. sat down for a tongue wagging with Eric Copeland over at FACT Magazine about the latter’s new album for the label, Logo My Ego, their respective pasts, and the exigencies of an album release (something L.I.E.S. does well I’d hazard).... 

Derek Rogers – “You Don’t Think In Terms Of Trains”

September 24, 2014

Derek Rogers – “You Don’t Think In Terms Of Trains” Derek Rogers is the underdog of ambient music in the tape scene. Having issued triumphant works of modestly epic, vibrantly understated sounds on a bevy of imprints that read like a rap sheet of modern legends (Bathetic, Scotch, 905, Jehu & Chinaman, Obsolete Units, Hausu Mountain, Patient Sounds,... 

Drophead vs. Silent Land Time Machine – “From Ashes Comes the Day”

September 24, 2014

Drophead vs. Silent Land Time Machine – “From Ashes Comes the Day” Austin’s Holodeck Records, as I often find myself saying, is on a roll with their latest slew of releases. In addition to the gorgeously pummeling new This Will Destroy You record, the label is setting an October release for a long in the works collaborative EP between Holodeck co-founder Jonathan... 

Hal Floyd – Water Colors

September 23, 2014

Hal Floyd – Water Colors Hal Floyd‘s entry into Blankstairs’ growing, grey-scale throb is the first in the label’s canon to let a bit of light in, pulling back the curtains as the sun begins to turn the still-black sky into a muted spectrum of color. The first track, “All Ventures Overboard,” is... 

Gross Pointe – S/T

September 23, 2014

Gross Pointe – S/T Just because summer’s going to be a distant memory soon doesn’t mean that you can’t pick up a tape of sheer rock’n’roll abandon just for the hell of it. Gross Pointe‘s self-titled cassette on Dumpster Tapes is just such an opportunity, as the group rifle their way... 

Premiere: Babe Rainbow – “Minnesota Winter”

September 22, 2014

Premiere: Babe Rainbow – “Minnesota Winter” In 2013 veteran Canadian producer Cameron Reed, aka Babe Rainbow (Warp), announced that he would be focusing on more ambient music after becoming more comfortable with the piano while touring in the backing band for How to Dress Well; he also (incidentally) indicated an intention to retire his regular... 

Metabolismus – SUS

September 22, 2014

Metabolismus – SUS The latest offering from the folks of Amish Records is Metabolismus‘ palindromic SUS, a hyper-versatile and -dynamic piece of music that highlights the innumerable conceptual and interpretative possibilities of a single recording or performance. Recorded on 21022012 (February 21st 2012) and running... 

Week in Review #37

September 20, 2014

Week in Review #37 #1 – 9/15/2014 – Following ceaseless complaints from iPhones/iTunes users regarding U2’s new album, Apple released a streamlined means to delete Songs of Innocence from all interfaces connected to a user’s Apple ID. Do that here. -BP #2 – 9/15/2014 – The 405... 

Premiere: Filthy Huns – “Fake Ass Muthas”

September 19, 2014

Premiere: Filthy Huns – “Fake Ass Muthas” You may recall early last month when we premiered a track from the recently release Ride to Die LP from Minneapolis/LA trio Daughters of the Sun. “Lonely at the Top” was a melancholy, sun-burnt slow jam off of an album that’s soundtracked the end of my summer. Filthy Huns, the side... 

Blues Control – “Summer Games” b/w “Studio ’69”

September 19, 2014

Blues Control – “Summer Games” b/w “Studio ’69” Blues Control have been a personal favorite since their Local Flavor LP for Siltbreeze in 2009 and the equally incredible follow-up in 2011, a dramatic installment in RVNG Intl.’s collaborative FRKWYS series that paired the two with Laraaji. Their recent “Summer Games” b/w “Studio... 

BABEXO – Outside my Window, While I Dream

September 18, 2014

BABEXO – Outside my Window, While I Dream BABEXO is a mysterious individual who also goes by the name Vyvyan Colonna. The Roman multi-instrumentalist – as enigmatic as they appear to be on the surface – assumes in their music a fondness for looking back on the past, on a life well-lived. Wistful, half-recalled memories and hazy, decades-old... 

ARU – “Submerged”

September 15, 2014

ARU – “Submerged” Since launching in March earlier this year with a split featuring Soma and Underwater Escape from the Black Hole, Des Moines-based cassette imprint 5cm has released roughly a cassette of spaced-out sounds per month from the likes of Demonstration Synthesis and BBJr. The label now returns with a... 

Week in Review #36

September 13, 2014

Week in Review #36 The absurdity of everything was cast in sharp relief lately by iTunes and “the world’s biggest album launch,” needless to say. Looking back on the week, for me at least, the best artistic rejoinder to that offense was an ostensibly unrelated Juno Plus interview with Vancouver producer... 

Sigríður Níelsdóttir – Grandma Lo-Fi

September 12, 2014

Sigríður Níelsdóttir – Grandma Lo-Fi Outsider music isn’t always a dark or unsettling affair bandied by the likes of Jandek behind a long-instituted veil of creepy intrigue and mystery. As curious legends of self-produced music like Daniel Johnston and Wesley Willis have shown, outsider music can be full of glee and pure excitement... 

Hakobune / Oliwa / Former Selves / Panabrite – Oceanic Triangulation

September 10, 2014

Hakobune / Oliwa / Former Selves / Panabrite – Oceanic Triangulation This immense collection of ambient meandering not only spans two cassettes, but also the Pacific Ocean. The unlikely troika of both American continents and Asia are represented by the four artists who grace the bifold magnetic spools, the music of which spills out into blissful pools of gleaming wonder.... 

Forest Management – The Contemplative Life / Sky Image

September 10, 2014

Forest Management – The Contemplative Life / Sky Image As Forest Management, John Daniel records profoundly elegiac drifts of ambient music that disarms everything in its path. Deploying subtlety and utter focus as his weapons of choice, the Cleveland-based dronesmith plays his melancholic movements like a more colorful or sunlit take on frostbitten tones... 

Oliwa – “Selva Primaria”

September 9, 2014

Oliwa – “Selva Primaria” Following January’s excellent Time Immemorial cassette for Inner Islands, Argentina-based Oliwa returns with yet another superb collection of serene ambient soundscapes. Part of Rainbow Pyramid’s Summer ’14 Bundle, Selva Primaria comes from a peculiar kind of place… where... 

Persona La Ave – Relation/Temptation

September 8, 2014

Persona La Ave – Relation/Temptation Listening to Persona La Ave, it’s easy to melt into the well-rounded textures — fat, reverby snare drums,  viscous, sticky synths, etc. — it’s the epitome of feel-good music. But while there’s nothing wrong with losing yourself in the tasty sound-stew of synths and samples, there’s more... 
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