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Week in Review #107

February 27, 2016

Week in Review #107 #1 – 2.21.2016 – Vice’s Jonathan Diener ran a profile of Flint, Michigan based DIY instrument maker Ryan Gregory, aka Mr. Creepy, who despite the city’s water crisis continues to churn out a trail of whimsical, half-recycled one-offs. Peruse the entire piece at Vice, but here’s... 

Wreck of the Hesperus – ‘Long Streak of Misery’

February 25, 2016

Wreck of the Hesperus – ‘Long Streak of Misery’ I’m late to the table for metal generally, and honestly, in times past if someone had asked me my sentiments I might have said I didn’t have a good enough sense of humor to appreciate it (ya know, words I could eat later on, during lean times). Named for the verse poem of the same name... 

Premiere: ZONES – “Tides”

February 24, 2016

Premiere: ZONES – “Tides” Toronto-based Derek McKeon started ZONES as a solo experimental project in 2012, focusing on hazy, psychedelic pop highlighted with muddled guitar hooks and mesmerizing, shifting textures. Multi-instrumentalist Kat Murie joined the live band and the duo released Real Time via Heretical Objects Cooperative,... 

Mix: Acte, Montréal

February 22, 2016

Mix: Acte, Montréal Acte is a Montréal collective founded in 2014 by Simon Chioini and Gabriel Ledoux, expanding last year into a collective alongside co-organizers Philippe Vandal, Devon Hansen, and Kara-Lis Coverdale —  though the last two are probably the most recognizable to Decoder readers, thanks to... 

Week in Review #106

February 20, 2016

Week in Review #106 “On account of kicking around a few different feature show possibilities and slowly gathering up a decent-sized pile of new music to play, I’m a few weeks overdue on putting a new podcast show together. I can assure you, though, that I haven’t gone into complete hibernation mode, even though... 

Maxwell August Croy – ‘Kaniza’

February 17, 2016

Maxwell August Croy – ‘Kaniza’ Kaniza is the homespun solo debut of Root Strata co-proprietor Maxwell August Croy, a collection of effected koto and piano recordings fringed with all the goodness that you might imagine accumulating in the gutters of such an operation — to say nothing of his En project with James Devane.... 

nAX_Acid – ‘Abyssal’

February 16, 2016

nAX_Acid – ‘Abyssal’ Active as nAX_Acid since the mid ’00s, Italian producer Andrea Ruffino has been building up a catalog of deep, spacey minimal drone techno with releases on his own Aconito Records imprint and a few others. Several of his records from the past 2 years have been collaborations with the appropriately... 

Cloudland Canyon – “Try Faking It”

February 15, 2016

Cloudland Canyon – “Try Faking It” Cloudland Canyon disperse their psychedelic potential in surprisingly unpredictable directions on their latest album. “Try Faking It” is one example of the electronic pulse on their forthcoming Medical Records album, An Arabesque, although this cut ties together the surges and breaks that... 

Week in Review #105

February 13, 2016

Week in Review #105 #1 – 2.8.16 – Northern Spy unveiled a teaser for their new LP with Horse Lords, a little more fuel heaped on their already stout seeming 2016 pyre of releases (fleshed out by Ravi Shenkar, Horselover Fats, Odetta Hartman, and more). The album, titled Interventions, will be available in... 

Long Distance Poison – ‘Perfect Weather’

February 12, 2016

Long Distance Poison – ‘Perfect Weather’ One of the best gifts I received this holiday season was Long Distance Poison’s Signals to a Habitable Zone, my introduction to the duo. For me, it may be the perfect drone album. After the first listen I felt as inspired and gleeful searching Ebay for vintage Moogs as I had as a teenager, thumbing... 

Zipper – “Born Yesterday”

February 10, 2016

Zipper – “Born Yesterday” More than a decade before Dead Moon, Fred Cole led a quartet called Zipper that blasted the most stripped down version of Led Zeppelin-inspired wizardry that one could hope for. Zipper, originally released in 1975, is now available again via Permanent Records, and this slab is a perfect guilty trip... 

Terminal Scout – “Pervasive Fraud”

February 10, 2016

Terminal Scout – “Pervasive Fraud” Terminal Scout is the latest project to emerge from the hydra-headed dome of Dale Eisinger, a pummeling, crunchy interlude courtesy of the multi-instrumentalist, probably still best known as half of no-wave duo Yvette or as one of the wily bangs in New York-based label GODMODE’s own reptilian... 

Missing Organs – ‘Hard Walls’

February 9, 2016

Missing Organs – ‘Hard Walls’ Last week Tristan Bath re-hoisted the Missing Organs flag for a new cassette via Manchester’s Sacred Tapes; titled Hard Walls, the sequel to his Undiscovered cassette for Power Moves is lavishly steeped in psychosis. From the label, “Hard Walls explores the isolation, loneliness, and... 

Week in Review #104

February 6, 2016

Week in Review #104 This week we wanted to direct attention to a fundraiser for zany, Georgia-based electropop-smith Sunglow, aka Daniel Lynch:  “[Daniel], the human behind the award-winning music project Sunglow, was involved in a car accident when a car in a left turn lane suddenly jerked right and into his path.... 

Sponge Bath – ‘Mainsprings of My Desire’

February 5, 2016

Sponge Bath – ‘Mainsprings of My Desire’ Carrboro-based Sponge Bath debuted in 2014 with four tracks of unabashedly skewed acid-house on a self-titled cassette via the now sadly slowed down Grovl imprint, caught then by our once more North Carolina-based co-editor Bobby Power. I’ve been a bit slower on the uptake than Bobby, that... 

Premiere: Advertising – “Sniper” & “Juice Cleanse II”

February 4, 2016

Premiere: Advertising – “Sniper” & “Juice Cleanse II” New York avant-rock trio Advertising create angular shards of music that seem to bounce and skitter across a room, calm one moment then frenetic — the tracks on their new tape via Craft Singles, due February 5th, attest an expertly sharpened energy. Comprised of Joel Heath (guitar/vox), Ricky... 

Deflector – ‘Neural Investment’

February 2, 2016

Deflector –  ‘Neural Investment’ Wrapping up a stressful arc that began late last year with a break-in and recovery effort we mentioned in our Week in Review #99, I’m excited I can say that Philadelphia-based Cameron Potter (Little Spoon, Deflector) and Virginia De Las Pozas (Cc) are gearing up to inaugurate their new Embalming...