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Miguel Alvariño – “Cess”

March 31, 2015

Miguel Alvariño – “Cess” If one thing is for certain, Ryan Martin (aka Secret Boyfriend) is consistent. Through his various recording projects and curation of the Hot Releases imprint – which has hosted a number of favorites of the Decoder crew’s record stacks – Martin has released charmingly alien and dissonant... 

Chuck Johnson – ‘CJ-1’

March 30, 2015

Chuck Johnson – ‘CJ-1’ Having already issued his sprawling, esoteric take on folk music on Three Lobed and Strange Attractors Audio House, Chuck Johnson now returns with a stunning tape of guitar-and-analog electronics via Drawing Room Records. The producer, currently based in Oakland, previously assumed the name Pykrete... 

Week in Review #61

March 28, 2015

Week in Review #61 #1 – 3.23.2015 – J&C Tapes’ sister imprint PLASTIK TONEZ dropped another blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cassette in it’s confounding discography. This edition finds Justin Wiggan (Roadside Picnic) sourcing Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love LP as inspiration, but why explain... 

Copley Medal – “Select Panic”

March 27, 2015

Copley Medal – “Select Panic” Ryan Martin is an ascetic renaissance man of the noise and post-industrial scene. Not to be confused with the Ryan Martin of Secret Boyfriend and Hot Releases fame, the Ryan Martin of Brooklyn helms an array of creative projects, from manning the impeccable Dais Records imprint with Gibby Miller,... 

Psychic Heat – “Stargazer (Live)”

March 26, 2015

Psychic Heat – “Stargazer (Live)” Lawrence, Kansas-based label/music collective Whatever Forever has been releasing Midwestern gems since 2011, and their new cassette EP from Psychic Heat is no exception. The studio versions of the Lighter and Brighter EP take up side A, while side B hosts the live tracks, a concept that fits nicely... 

Mads Emil Nielsen – ‘PM016’

March 26, 2015

Mads Emil Nielsen – ‘PM016’ The Copenhagen-based Arbitrary imprint is a non-profit venture founded by Mads Emil Nielsen, for publishing books and audio artifacts to be distributed in shops, galleries, and via mail order. Each of the label’s three active releases features involvement in some way by Nielsen himself, whether... 

The Variable Why – ‘Looking at The Triangles’

March 24, 2015

The Variable Why – ‘Looking at The Triangles’ It’s a shame Looking at The Triangles, The Variable Why’s debut release, is sneaking by everyone’s radar, trailing just out of the collective peripheral when it should be front and center. Following the brief and modest appearance of “I Could Have Killed You And No One Would Have... 

Stave – ‘After The Social’

March 24, 2015

Stave – ‘After The Social’ I posted to Decoder about how Stave absolutely killed it when I saw him opening for Demdike Stare in 2013. His first release Reform was on Chicago’s Flingco Sound System, followed by a 12-inch called Trust on Trensmat, both in 2013. Now Berlin’s Repitch Recordings is putting out the newest... 

Stream: Hiiragi Fukuda – ‘Seacide’

March 23, 2015

Stream: Hiiragi Fukuda – ‘Seacide’ Japanese experimental artist Hiiragi Fukuda returns with his third stateside issue, as Trouble in Mind Records reissues the guitarist-synthesist’s 2014 Seacide on LP and CD (originally issued on cassette by Sloow Tapes). It would be shortsighted to call Fukuda’s rhythms minimal, as that... 

Xth Réflexion – ‘/​\​\​06’

March 23, 2015

Xth Réflexion – ‘/​\​\​06’ It’s been nearly three months since we last heard from Aught, the anonymous heroes based from who knows where, with Xth Réflexion’s dizzying /​\​\​05, a dissonant and cavernous set minimal techno that we cherished dearly and of which we couldn’t get enough. Thankfully, the... 

Stream: Kara-Lis Coverdale – ‘Aftertouches’

March 23, 2015

Stream: Kara-Lis Coverdale – ‘Aftertouches’ Following last year’s stunning A 480 cassette on Constellation Tatsu, Kara-Lis Coverdale now returns with a bold and moving work of modern classical miniatures inflected with electronic elegance. The Montreal native and occasional collaborator of celebrated titans of textured drone music (Tim... 

Week in Review #60

March 21, 2015

Week in Review #60 Catching up with last week’s slightly delayed FFFoxy Podcast… “On this episode of the FFFoxy Podcast, we started off the show with a premiere excerpt from the Philadelphia-based duo Good Area’s forthcoming LP called Macbeth. This release, following solid efforts out on the reputable... 

ÄSS – ‘Live in New Jersey’

March 20, 2015

ÄSS – ‘Live in New Jersey’ Did you ever notice that garage rock is cleaning up its act more and more and more and more? Well, if the likes of bright sunshiney west coast glee whet your appetite for scuz, you ought to head east for some S-K-U-Z-Z. After beginning their tape with a spot-on Cheap Trick cover, ÄSS jump into the... 

Hasil Adkins’ Hot Dog Songs

March 19, 2015

Hasil Adkins’ Hot Dog Songs Manufactured Recordings, the tape imprint sprung from the Captured Tracks root, very coyly announced late last month via Facebook that they had “partnered with Norton to make Real Kids, The Mighty Hannibal, and Hasil Adkins tapes! All on cassette for the first time!” Now, obviously I’m... 

Skell Records February 2015 Batch

March 18, 2015

Skell Records February 2015 Batch Skell Records took all of last year off, a notion that left a gaping hole in the collective heart of noise and improv enthusiasts the world over. So when label owner Mike Griffin (aka Parashi) unveiled not one but four (!) new cassettes last month, this particular listener did spit-take and cleared... 

Head of Wantastiquet – ‘IDSID’

March 18, 2015

Head of Wantastiquet – ‘IDSID’ Head of Wantastiquet is one of the wonderful solo and side projects that shook out of Sunburned Hand of the Man’s touring band when they played Morgantown last year, along with the exotic noise-wrangling skronk of Chad Cooper and his Magnetic Expansion moniker. Their subsequent dispersal to the... 

Hollow Boys – ‘Violent Ascension’

March 17, 2015

Hollow Boys – ‘Violent Ascension’ What do you want from psych pop? Hollow Boys seem to answer that question with a slow, heavy opening to their most recent tape, Violent Ascension, expanding beyond capacity and truly indulging the listener. Yet, the band almost immediately changes course with peppy, bright soul music that sounds like... 

In Tall Buildings: “Flare Gun (City Center Remix featuring Dina Bankole)”

March 17, 2015

In Tall Buildings: “Flare Gun (City Center Remix featuring Dina Bankole)” In Tall Buildings (Erik Hall, formerly of NOMO) just released its second album, Driver, on Western Vinyl. I haven’t heard it yet, but the first album was a decent collection of R.E.M.-esque folky indie-rock. I was really excited to hear this City Center remix of first single “Flare Gun”,... 

Premiere: Jeff Zagers – “A Hole to Hollow”

March 17, 2015

Premiere: Jeff Zagers – “A Hole to Hollow” Last year’s stunning Chu’s Musings Trill three-cassette boxed set was Jeff Zagers’ master work. Released by Soft Science, the box collected three previously released albums of the Savannah, Ga-based producer’s expansively experimental, intricately produced pop music, showing... 

Premiere: Rejections – “Will”

March 16, 2015

Premiere: Rejections – “Will” Rejections is quite near and dear to Decoder’s collective heart for a number of reasons, one of which being the project’s The Vertical City EP was the first published review after our May, 2013 relaunch. Now, almost two years later, Michael Hann is still king of the rhythmically dissonant... 
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