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Monroeville Music Center – ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’

April 30, 2015

Monroeville Music Center – ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Calgary native Craig Storm founded the Monroeville Music Center ostensibly prior to the Center’s first blog post (which dropped in 2010), but no documentation can be found to prove this. A technology-based narrative was adopted by Storm, describing the various goings on at the Center, including... 

Valet – “Nature”

April 29, 2015

Valet – “Nature” There are few tracks that so perfectly summarize an album as “Nature” foreshadows and outlines Valet’s forthcoming LP from Kranky. The title cut from Honey Owens’s third Kranky effort, “Nature” turns her layered pop sounds outward, resulting in a bright, ethereal... 

Warning Light – ‘Heavens Above, Heavens Below’

April 28, 2015

Warning Light – ‘Heavens Above, Heavens Below’ Having released an immense body of work covering nu-kraut synthesizer music (Snowbride, with Rachel McIntosh), funky cold wave (Roman Photos (RIP)), sublime no wave (Suitcases) and dark, doomy drone (loosely/somehow with Outer Gods), the Drew Haddon doesn’t seem to be limited by any factors. The Atlanta-based... 

Stream: Cube – ‘Fade to Beige’

April 27, 2015

Stream: Cube – ‘Fade to Beige’ When he’s not producing a refined racket with Mansion or creating numbed, spastic rhythms with Body Glove, Adam Keith records isolating but exploratory bouts of warm, mechanical nihilism as Cube. Having issued several cassettes as Cube (and its variant Cubicle), including the mesmerizing and... 

Week in Review #65

April 25, 2015

Week in Review #65 Though the official announcement is now nearly a week out of date, I can’t help but direct attention to Baro Records’ wonderful cassette reissue of Julian Lynch’s 2009 Orange You Glad LP for Olde English Spelling Bee. When I bought that record, shortly before escaping my fiendish... 

Troy Schafer – ‘Untitled No. 3’

April 24, 2015

Troy Schafer – ‘Untitled No. 3’ Ohio’s Cabin Floor Esoterica is on a path to becoming one of my favorite labels. Every cassette arrives hand packaged in a thick card box with a pasted on label and the artist’s name stamped on the lid. Each copy is accompanied by a trinket that plays off of the theme of the release. These... 

Keshco – ‘Unaccentuated’

April 23, 2015

Keshco – ‘Unaccentuated’ Keshco is an international and more than a decade-old ensemble that makes psychedelic “jingles,” low-key library music essentially, and though their latest is characteristically minimal, the name Unaccentuated seems almost absurd appended to what some might even call particularly sensuous... 

Ron Spoones – ‘S/T’

April 22, 2015

Ron Spoones – ‘S/T’ While there’s no shortage of noisy techno projects, the field still remains stocked with a precious few worth plowing for. Take Corey Hucks, for example. Having been involved with a number of austerely rhythmic, dissonant projects, including Body Glove, Ex-Pets, Gaze, and Puke Attack, Hucks reserves... 

Premiere: PHORK – “Prayer One”

April 21, 2015

Premiere: PHORK – “Prayer One” PHORK, aka Neal Reinalda, has been honing his brand of airy and agile experimental techno for a meager handful of years, but already, the LA-based producer is besting upper echelons of the scene with tapes and LPs on NNA, Orange Milk, Dirty Pillows, Opal Tapes, and Noumenal Loom. Reinalda now plans... 

Premiere: Ken Camden – “Curiosity”

April 20, 2015

Premiere: Ken Camden – “Curiosity” Although largely associated with Implodes, the Chicago psych outfit that errs on the side of hazy, exploratory post-rock, guitarist Ken Camden has no problem venturing into aural depths solo. You could almost argue that he prefers it, retreating into complete and utter isolation with only his guitar... 

Week in Review #64

April 18, 2015

Week in Review #64 “For this episode of the podcast, it was a real pleasure to have Matthew De Gennaro join us at KMSU studios to perform a live set, to chat a bit about his music, and to spin a few rarities, including some assorted 78′s (a FFF first!) from his personal collection. We caught on to Matthew’s... 

Derek Rogers – ‘Depth/Detail of Processing’

April 17, 2015

Derek Rogers – ‘Depth/Detail of Processing’ Derek Rogers has only been picking up steam these past few years, popping up on various labels of equally fascinating labels (Bridgetown, Patient Sounds, J&C Tapes, Umor Rex, et al.) with a bold sprawl of glitching, beatific ambient music. The latest chapter in the Dallas resident’s forray... 

Fleece – ‘Eulogy’

April 17, 2015

Fleece – ‘Eulogy’ I’ve been on tenterhooks awaiting Fleece’s new EP since hearing their track “Sweat” on Death Records’ compilation, and holy shit, did they deliver — Eulogy is a speedy trip through six tracks of glorious San Fran punk that clocks in and out (and then flips you the... 

Woven Skull – ‘Fat Baby Blues’

April 16, 2015

Woven Skull – ‘Fat Baby Blues’ “Since 2008 the core trio that make up Woven Skull have been gathering together in the Northwest of Ireland in a place called Leitrim which is known for its tales of ghosts, ‘tree folk,’ underwater creatures and the constant battle calls of the ancient Tuatha De Danann that can be heard on... 

Chester Hawkins – “Mass/Easter”

April 15, 2015

Chester Hawkins – “Mass/Easter” I have often proselytized to fellow listeners on the need to experience Chester Hawkins in a live setting to understand his electro-kosmiche, audio-spiritual underpinnings. A recent digital release Murmurations is proof enough that Hawkins may be at his best when he has a flesh-and-blood audience with... 

Eisenhower – ‘Rough Drafts of a Think Piece’

April 14, 2015

Eisenhower – ‘Rough Drafts of a Think Piece’ Noisey experimental composer Eisenhower’s debut Rough Drafts of a Think Piece cassette immediately involves the listener in the mid-century milieu of the project’s namesake, opened by an echoing, warped passage of sampled light brass music that floats under a drawling singer whose had... 

EH46 – ‘A God With Horns’

April 13, 2015

EH46 – ‘A God With Horns’ The new spring batch from Bridgetown has a pronounced vein of 2010 nostalgia: Weed Diamond and Media Jeweler guitarist JT Schweitzer has turned tone-wrangler as EH46 for a magnificent new ambient outing, A God With Horns, while Ancient Crux, aka Travis Von Sydow, returns to performance and music... 

Week in Review #63

April 11, 2015

Week in Review #63 Though we just missed including it in last week’s review by a few hours, I thought we could start this installment by pointing out that Adam Harper recently turned his pen toward East Asian influenced music in his latest column for the FADER; “soothing sounds to save even internet-accelerated... 

Premiere: Bob Bucko, Jr. – “Door Locks from the Outside”

April 10, 2015

Premiere: Bob Bucko, Jr. – “Door Locks from the Outside” Bob Bucko, Jr., is a prolific experimental artist, guitarist, and label curator, but his most recent Captcha Records effort, I Did What I Could With What I Had, finds him in the midst of the studio. BBJR amplifies his experimental buzz and sharpens his blues acumen on I Did What I Could…The first... 

Premiere: More Eaze – “(frail) pt. 2”

April 10, 2015

Premiere: More Eaze – “(frail) pt. 2” Having assumed the moniker More Eaze for his present endeavors, Austin/San Antonio-based pop subversive Marcus Rubio gives rein to total musical omnivery on his new album, (frail). Rubio has blended his bluegrass-picker upbringing with his CalArts composition studies before, to thrilling effect; here,... 
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