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Allison Cameron and Contact – A Gossamer Bit

July 31, 2015

Allison Cameron and Contact – A Gossamer Bit The Toronto-based Allison Cameron is both a composer and a performer/improvisor. With her eponymous band, which also includes guitarist/improvisors Eric Chenaux and Stephen Parkinson, Cameron plays the role of the hydra, seeming to be adept at a plethora of instruments. As a composer, she frequently... 

Assembler – ‘Quantum Paths of Desire’

July 30, 2015

Assembler – ‘Quantum Paths of Desire’ Danish label Infinite Waves has quickly built up an expansive, wide-ranging catalog of tapes since 2013. The label is up to its second vinyl LP, the first being a noisy free-jazz set by F. E. Denning Descension Orchestra. One of the musicians on that album, Claus Haxholm, is responsible for a few tapes... 

Wabi Sabi – ‘Wabi Sabi TV’

July 29, 2015

Wabi Sabi – ‘Wabi Sabi TV’ New Camp Records proprietor Nate Luce and collaborator Anna Fusco recently shared the culmination of their Wabi Sabi TV project, a collage of grainy TV ephemera and the two’s home-video’s — originally shared in 2013 as a thirteen-minute YouTube video ahead of a tour, the two have... 

Premiere: Warm Deltas – “All U Need”

July 28, 2015

Premiere: Warm Deltas – “All U Need” Earlier this year, I had the chance to write a love letter to Atlanta psych, and that gnarly old gang continues their “never say die” attitude in 2015 with Cyrus Shahmir’s Warm Deltas project. Shahmir is no stranger to robust, droning production, and his fingerprints are on notable... 

Reanimator – ‘Damaged Bads’

July 27, 2015

Reanimator – ‘Damaged Bads’ Before retreating into the anonymous depths of its indefinite hiatus, Community Library served as a trusted showcase for bizarre and rhythmic sets of left-field dance music (largely) produced in the Pac-NW region. Label founders Strategy and Solenoid never failed to highlight oddly-angled jams from... 

Week in Review #78

July 25, 2015

Week in Review #78 #1 – 7.18.2015 – A slightly out of date item from late last week, neglected because the 18th was my birthday (and the date of a show my wife’s band was playing, sans their usual lead singer [in fact, mostly sans vocals], for the first time) — but if you found that tidbit absolutely... 

Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo – ‘Doropea’

July 24, 2015

Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo – ‘Doropea’ Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo is an Italian experimental composer with a long track record of collaborations on international and more local imprints, including the Almagest and Blind Cave Salamander projects (both with fellow Italian and recorder Paul Beauchamp), though his latest solo undertaking is... 

HOGG – ‘Bury the Dog Deeper’

July 23, 2015

HOGG – ‘Bury the Dog Deeper’ Emma Sims and Hanna Elliott trade guitar, bass, tom (?) drum, power tools, loops, and beat makers to unleash a veritable fury. Under the moniker of HOGG, the duo released their Nihilist Records debut Bury the Dog Deeper in June, and made their Empty Bottle debut opening for Gel Set and HIDE. Their tape... 

Greg Gorlen – ‘Moldflowers’

July 23, 2015

Greg Gorlen – ‘Moldflowers’ The millionth release from San Francisco noise hero Greg Gorlen is a companion piece to his recent album Gray (covered by Decoder earlier this year), but it stands on its own as a heart-rending statement about decay. Where samples of modern classical music formed the basis for Gray, Gorlen (aka Greg... 

Hey Exit – ‘Else’ + 7″

July 22, 2015

Hey Exit – ‘Else’ + 7″ You may remember Brendan Landis as the “handsome” blonde half of Esther Chlorine from last year’s interview with the burlier, bearded other half, Greg Garbage. To his credit, Brendan’s self-released output as Hey Exit displays a startling diversity of stringed sounds, all somehow maintaining... 

Chris Pitsiokos Trio – “Lethe”

July 21, 2015

Chris Pitsiokos Trio – “Lethe” New Atlantis continues to pour on the free / progressive, challenging jazz in 2015, this time entering the fray with a playful set by saxophonist and composer Chris Pitsiokos. Fellow heavy-hitters Max Johnson and Kevin Shea join on bass and drums, respectively, forming the Chris Pitsiokos Trio on Gordian... 

Coin Locker Kid – ‘Hailstorm & Maelstrom’

July 21, 2015

Coin Locker Kid – ‘Hailstorm & Maelstrom’ Hailstorm & Maelstrom is the latest from North Carolina-based experimental “rapper” Coin Locker Kid, showcasing a characteristically raw and engrossing sense of atmosphere in even more propulsive form than usual, despite the retreat implied by the accompanying tagline: “The story... 

Premiere: The Sediment Club – “Apprehension Complex”

July 20, 2015

Premiere: The Sediment Club – “Apprehension Complex” There’s a violence to no wave music that I’ve never found accessible. Perhaps it’s the clanging confidence portrayed in blissfully maladroit playing, the demolition of punk to elements below its very foundation. Real sediment. Bedrock. On their forthcoming Wharf Cat Records effort,... 

Week in Review #77

July 18, 2015

Week in Review #77 “Had to sweat it out a bit in the sauna-like studio to bring you this episode of the podcast. It felt sort of cleansing though to work through these conditions in order to share a large batch of amazing music that has been occupying every spare minute and every playback device I’ve had access... 

500mg – “Active Principles”

July 17, 2015

500mg – “Active Principles” A half-century practice of hallucinatory rock ’n’ roll incantation continues with a new dispatch from Bardo Pondland. “Active Principles” opens To The Firmament, the third album Bardo Pond guitarist Michael Gibbons has recorded as 500mg. To borrow a canonical piece of slang from fifty years... 

Dura / Former Selves – ‘Split’

July 16, 2015

Dura / Former Selves – ‘Split’ We all know I could gush about narcotic ambient cassettes until the cows come home, but this split tape from two musical heroes of mine demanded more serious attention. To be blunt, this release is proof enough that international cassette culture remains an incubator of peerless musical creativity across... 

Nathan Amundson – ‘Upsetter’

July 15, 2015

Nathan Amundson – ‘Upsetter’ If you needed a soundtrack for diving through the fog into the ocean, look no further. Denver-based Nathan Amundson (aka Rivulets) has taken in 2015 a few detours from the hushed, haunting songs of Rivulets to pursue longer experimental forms. Western Songs brushed two sides of ultra-minimal, charred... 

Maribou State – “Wallflower”

July 14, 2015

Maribou State – “Wallflower” British production duo Maribou State released a new track from their Portraits LP, demonstrating the lush arrangements that outline and define their style. While other songs on the album feature lead vocals, the voice is subdued on “Wallflower,” allowing the peaks and valleys of the beats... 

Premiere: Beat Detectives – “Something Temporary”

July 13, 2015

Premiere: Beat Detectives – “Something Temporary” If you’re a fan of the recently silent Maria Minerva, then Climate Change — the debut LP from Beat Detectives, after a long string of tapes — is bound to tickle your fancy. With proper leisure vibes spread out over 14 tracks, the Brooklyn/Minneapolis trio (Oakley Tapola, Chris Hontos,... 

Week in Review #76

July 11, 2015

Week in Review #76 #1 – 7.4.2015 – I have to start this week’s review with a slightly out of date but still critical news bit, namely, that the rap/hip-hop focused Strictly Cassette blog has a new release out from Brooklyn producer Jazzsoon, titled Taxi — a concept album made with samples from,... 
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