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V/A – ‘Siyavakashela Vol. 1: Cincinnati’

April 25, 2017

V/A – ‘Siyavakashela Vol. 1: Cincinnati’ Heligator Records is due to break a recent quiet spell with Siyavakashela Vol. 1, a new compilation series that proprietor Ryan Hall is starting off with a focus on artists from the label’s homebase Cincinnati. For the inaugural collection Hall assembled a “motley crew,” which in... 

Snakes of Pennsylvania – ‘S/T’

April 24, 2017

Snakes of Pennsylvania – ‘S/T’ The last batch of tapes from Field Hymns dropped in late 2016, and alongside crazy synth jammers from the likes of Yves Malone (whose Death House 4 is absolutely mental) and Manville Heights (a video game soundtrack gone awry) is this soothing set of tunes released by a pair of gentlemen obliquely known... 

FIIT – ‘Rat / Venom’ & ‘Horse Stance’

April 20, 2017

FIIT – ‘Rat / Venom’ & ‘Horse Stance’ If you’ve got $4 and a mind to invest in a new black and white and bastion of Indiana weird, consider downloading the inaugural releases from techno label Puff Boys Records: two EPs from Puff Boys proprietor Wyatt Worcel’s project FIIT, both quickly sold out on tape while the rest of the... 

Sarin – ‘Just Beat the Devil Out of It’

April 17, 2017

Sarin – ‘Just Beat the Devil Out of It’ For anyone that grew up napping to Bob Ross’ incomparable The Joy of Painting, there is a secret kernel of violence lingering just below the show’s surface, a shocking nook where aggression is presented very differently. Of course I mean Ross’ uber-violent method for emptying paint... 

Premiere: Justin Walter – “Unseen Forces”

April 14, 2017

Premiere: Justin Walter – “Unseen Forces” Ann Arbor-based trumpeter and producer Justin Walter’s work has always relied on interesting tone experiments and a well-calibrated sense of scale, but his sophomore album for Kranky, Unseen Forces, pushes the extremes of that out into its own closed, interior/exterior loop. Introspection and... 

Premiere: Walker / Harris / English – “The House Part I”

April 12, 2017

Premiere: Walker / Harris / English – “The House Part I” The London/Colorado cassette label Obsolete Future landed a lucky strike for its thirteenth release, a trio recording from Thor Harris, Conor Walker, and Lawrence English. Succinctly titled Walker Harris English, the liner notes are skinny on particulars — we know the group recorded in East Austin... 

Tradition – ‘Captain Ganja and the Space Patrol’

April 6, 2017

Tradition – ‘Captain Ganja and the Space Patrol’ “Out of the cosmic factor, between the years 1952 and 56 anno Domini  / A combination of celestial forces collided with the spiritual powers of nature / to bring forth, tradition.” So begins the fateful adventures of Captain Ganja and the Space Patrol, undertaken by London-born reggae-dub... 

Premiere: Robedoor – “The Tunnel”

April 5, 2017

Premiere: Robedoor – “The Tunnel” That vague feeling of dread you’ve been feeling has finally found its locus, as the long-gone Los Angeles burners Robedoor have re-emerged from the ooze with their signature sonic menace. With their new album New Age Sewage the duo have focused their energy on the primitive occult lurking in the background... 

Gondwana – ‘Miccaotli’

April 4, 2017

Gondwana – ‘Miccaotli’ Andrea Taeggi’s work both in Lumisokea (with Koenraad Ecker) and in Gondwana never veer too far from their respective conceptual focuses on ancient civilizations and occult phenomena. Despite this, they always manifest as distinctly present, immediate, and engaging. “Huehueteotl”, the...