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Ben Zimmerman – ‘My Mind is Fried, But What a Ride’

November 30, 2015

Ben Zimmerman – ‘My Mind is Fried, But What a Ride’ Brooklyn-based computer wizard Ben Zimmerman spent the decade between 1992 and 2002 crafting tunes on his computer — a Tandy — and its DeskMate operating environment. DeskMate was somewhat of a competitor to the first few versions of Windows or the Apple O/S, and in its third revision included... 

Mozart – ‘The Tick’

November 27, 2015

Mozart – ‘The Tick’ I needed to catch my breath after blasting this demo. FFFFFFFFUCK is this a ripper! Helmed by Maximum Rocknroll lead editor Grace Ambrose, a brutal aural assault emerges from the ashes of our technocratic dystopia, steeped in the finest strains of obscure hardcore esoterica which Ambrose regularly labors... 

Week in Review #96

November 26, 2015

Week in Review #96 This week we’re leading with the latest cool burn from Chicago’s BARO Records, a truly slipstream vaporwave double-feature courtesy of two foundational projects; Hong Kong Express and t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者,  titled Gateway アセンション, and released just under our... 

Mazzarella/Haker-Flaten/Ra – ‘Azimuth (Live at Constellation)’

November 25, 2015

Mazzarella/Haker-Flaten/Ra – ‘Azimuth (Live at Constellation)’ The third release in Astral Spirits latest batch, Azimuth, records three improvisers during an hour-long set at Chicago’s jazz and classical focused Constellation club late last year, featuring the show organizer Nick Mazzarella on alto saxophone, Norweigan bassist Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten (currently... 

Week in Review #95

November 21, 2015

Week in Review #95 Opening things up this week —  if you’re in Belgium and need a minute way to opt for variety this week — next Saturday the Eastern Daze festival will convene at Ghent’s Vooruit arts center, featuring performances by Görkem Şen, Antti Tolvi, Sarah Davachi, Arnold Dreyblatt,... 

Rainbow Lorikeet – ‘Tail Biting’

November 20, 2015

Rainbow Lorikeet – ‘Tail Biting’ For now I’m sorry to confess we have a small tradition of covering Seagrave releases at least a couple months after they debut, though that seems less inopportune than usual with a cassette called Tail Biting, Italian producer Nicolò Tescari’s first Rainbow Lorikeet release since his... 

Premiere: Jack Name – “Theme For A Stupid Guy” (Live)

November 18, 2015

Premiere: Jack Name – “Theme For A Stupid Guy” (Live) Since Jack Name stormed the world with the repurposed Light Show, the prolific multi-instrumentalist / producer has doubled down in queasy pitch-shifting and dutiful beats. Jack Name serves claustro-glam realness, and once again will feed you with nourishment you didn’t know you needed. Up next... 

Stream: YlangYlang – ‘No Exist (Feel Special)’

November 18, 2015

Stream: YlangYlang – ‘No Exist (Feel Special)’ “No Exist is about being mind-blown, deconstructing and starting again with a fresh, curious openness, somewhere on the edge of the world. Self-sufficiency, self-discovery, transcending survival by establishing new rules, interacting in new instinctive and true ways.” In truth this description... 

Tyler Powell – ‘Outgoing Messages’

November 17, 2015

Tyler Powell – ‘Outgoing Messages’ According to Tyler Powell, he began recording in order to build a collection of sounds and loops that could keep him company and help during his “reading, resting, and sleeping.” He eventually came to realize that he had — by means of field recordings, guitars, and discarded answering... 

Week in Review #94

November 14, 2015

Week in Review #94 For most of the time that Decoder’s been around, we’ve sporadically contributed to the Free Music Archive, an index of high quality free audio and an equal institution alongside its originator, WFMU. Though in some respects the site hasn’t changed too much over the years, the music... 

Los Porcos – ‘Porco Mio’

November 13, 2015

Los Porcos – ‘Porco Mio’ Members of the highly-rated yet short-lived Wu Lyf have reunited with a host of Cracki Records alumni, including Ménage à Trois, Famy and Francis Lung, for a second outing as Los Porcos, a slinky-as-dammit faux-funk crew last seen at France’s Midi Festival in 2013. Just in time for the cold,... 

Nate Scheible – ‘Matter’

November 12, 2015

Nate Scheible – ‘Matter’ My wife Liz and I heard and met D.C. based drummer Nate Scheible briefly at this summer’s Voice of the Valley, so it’s a surprising bit of synchronicity that his latest work arrives via Toronto’s Power Moves Library, ie, the new iteration of longtime Decoder favorite Power Moves Label.... 

Premiere: Verma – “Elil.Sa.Ursag / Hero’s.Theme”

November 10, 2015

Premiere: Verma – “Elil.Sa.Ursag / Hero’s.Theme” Long-running Chicago troupe Verma return with their third effort for Trouble In Mind, Mul.Apin. In a year adorned by Harmonia reissues, as well as triumphant longform psychedelic compositions from contemporary acts, Verma offer the listener a chance to wade deeper on their forthcoming album. “Elil.Sa.Ursag... 

Seth Graham – ‘No. 00 in Clean Life’

November 9, 2015

Seth Graham – ‘No. 00 in Clean Life’ Though Orange Milk co-proprietor  Seth Graham’s ongoing audio experiments have previously made extensive use of chopped vocal minutia, particularly choral samples, his sounds have never seemed more fully formed or more implicitly dubious of the Almighty than on his latest — No. 00 in Clean... 

Week in Review #93

November 7, 2015

Week in Review #93 If you run into our blogs editor Bobby Power, congratulate him on a new job and impending move to from Denver to North Carolina — a good deal closer to our little Appalachian circuit. Hopefully we’ll have him back in the review shortly. In slightly older news, I wanted to open this week’s... 

l’éternèbre – ‘The Spirit Bridge’

November 6, 2015

l’éternèbre – ‘The Spirit Bridge’ l’éternèbre, “the eternal darkness” in English, is a longstanding collaboration between Chicago’s Natalie Chami (aka TALsound and usually of Good Willsmith) with now LA-based Brian Griffith (aka Greyghost and half of Electric Sound Bath), reconvened for a new effort late last... 

Walker/Melchior – ‘In Durham’

November 2, 2015

Walker/Melchior – ‘In Durham’ Kill Shaman released In Durham, the first full-length from the duo of Russell Walker (Bomber Jackets, Pheromoans, Lloyd Pack) and Dan Melchior (Lloyd Pack, und Das Menace, and more) earlier this year. The album follows their self-titled seven-inch debut from 2014 and sees the pair expand on their...