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Billington / Shippy / Wyche – ‘S/T’

October 20, 2017

Billington / Shippy / Wyche – ‘S/T’ Recorded at one of Chicago’s premiere arts programming spaces, Elastic Arts, Billington / Shippy / Wyche shows off some serious chemistry between three contemporary mainstays of Windy City experimental music. As befits a city with such a strong lineage of noise rock and free jazz, the trio —... 

Sarin – ‘All the Little Critters’

October 20, 2017

Sarin – ‘All the Little Critters’ So much has changed since Sarin’s shambolic Just Beat the Devil Out of It cassette landed late last summer, and I’m not even talking politics. According to their Bandcamp attributions, in an unparalleled tectonic shift, Matt, Kyle, Kaylee, and Mathias have since become Kyle, Kaylee,... 

Stream: Michael C. Sharp – ‘Never Enough Time’

October 18, 2017

Stream: Michael C. Sharp – ‘Never Enough Time’ Perhaps best known these days for his work in the psych-surfing Sungod collective on Holodeck Records, this Friday multi-instrumentalist and longtime Austin staple Michael C. Sharp drops a new solo effort for the same imprint — Holodeck championed Sungod with a tape in 2013 and a full-length... 

Premiere: Deli Girls – “Evidence”

October 16, 2017

Premiere: Deli Girls – “Evidence” Deli Girls is Danielle Orlowski and Tommi Kelly, a pummeling NY ~synth-punk duo that sacrifices straightforward formulas for the sake of more extreme experiments with noise and repetition. Even if you boil it all down to voice and percussion, both elements are covering a lot of ground — though... 

Stream: The House In The Woods – ‘Live at Silent Night #8’

October 11, 2017

Stream: The House In The Woods – ‘Live at Silent Night #8’ Genot Centre is a record label and music community centered around Prague, which has spent the past 2 years releasing an eclectic selection of music on tape. Their roster extends from home-brewed young talents like Lišaj or Izanasz to Georgian post-club producer Aghnie or the mysterious Bristol-based... 

Protect-U – ‘U-Udios One’

October 10, 2017

Protect-U – ‘U-Udios One’ Late this summer, Protect-U’s Aaron Leitko and Mike Petillo unveiled U-Udios, “a cassette/digital label meant to document live performances, jam sessions and collaborative works recorded at Protect-U’s studio in Takoma Park, MD.” To start things off, Leitko and Petillo shared... 

Orson Hentschel – ‘Electric Stutter’

October 4, 2017

Orson Hentschel – ‘Electric Stutter’ On his second album in as many years, composer/multimedia artist Orson Hentschel continues exploring tense repetition of short phrases, often building big, dramatic pieces starting with a single stuck-in-the-machine sound. However, Electric Stutter is more melodic overall and even more nuanced than... 

Karl Fousek – ‘Two Pieces for a Temporary Connection’

October 3, 2017

Karl Fousek – ‘Two Pieces for a Temporary Connection’ After releases on labels like Adhesive Sounds or Phinery, Karl Fousek joins Archive Officielle, a Montréal-based “publishing platform and physical archive focused on conceptual work.” This new cassette release — Two Pieces for a Temporary Connection — is one of two tapes that Fousek,... 

Premiere – Group Rhoda – “Sea or Be Sea”

September 26, 2017

Premiere – Group Rhoda – “Sea or Be Sea” Often when I think about darkwave, I associate it with emotional distance: air-tight rhythms, chilly sound palettes, singing that submerges its self-aware expression deep under hiss and reverb. This isn’t to knock its biggest current practitioners — I’m thinking of Drab Majesty and Black... 

Premiere: VVV – “Give it Time”

September 22, 2017

Premiere: VVV – “Give it Time” A scant seven months after making his label debut with Why El Paso Sky, Austin bass music producer Shawhin Izaddoost has gifted us with his Shadow World LP– which marries his prior work in ambient music, his Persian heritage, and the ruminative, rain-slicked tracks that bubbled up from the... 

Ridgewell, ‘Mill City’

September 20, 2017

Ridgewell, ‘Mill City’ Though Mill City may be collagist and Haju Tapes proprietor Ridgewell’s debut full-length, it has the appropriate weight and lived-in quality for a decade-in-the-making homage to the artist’s own home in the Bay Area — in On the Road, Sal made Mill Valley and Marin City one and the... 

Altars Altars – ‘Before We Dive’

September 19, 2017

Altars Altars – ‘Before We Dive’ I recently happened to learn that the word “experience” is a compound term, built with junctions (ex + peri + ence) that are still very present in German but somewhat unperceived in the other languages I know. The meaning goes back to a spectacular sense of knowledge gained outside one’s... 

Ama Divers – “37.3656788, -121.9201651 at Sunset”

September 18, 2017

Ama Divers – “37.3656788, -121.9201651 at Sunset” The story goes something like this: Renee Mendoza Haran, across the span of many work trips, collected sounds from her travels at the beginning and end of each day. She then sent the recordings back to her husband Brian who remixed them before he and Renee reunited, along with guitarist extraordinaire... 

Premiere: Country Florist – “The Prayer Tower Is On”

September 15, 2017

Premiere: Country Florist – “The Prayer Tower Is On” From his house in Little Rock’s “rhythmic wilderness,” Andrew Morgan is back in full swing as Country Florist with a new album, Waveland. Following his EP as Ettiem (via I’m a Cliché) and his trilogy of CF tapes on Drawing Room Records, Waveland sees Morgan further plumbing... 

V/A – ‘La Danza Del Agua’

September 14, 2017

V/A – ‘La Danza Del Agua’ After a pair of successful collaborative compilations with Argentina’s spectacular Pakapi Records, Arizona-based and UK-born Was Ist Das? returns for a third, this time more open-form: just “a collection of outstanding, leftfield electronic music from the other Americas south of Trumpland.”... 

Thugwidow – ‘Dead Colony’

September 13, 2017

Thugwidow – ‘Dead Colony’ Manchester-based producer Thugwidow’s Dead Colony, their debut on Kudatah (Edmonton, Alberta), starts out with “Take Me Down With You,” a dark and delicious opening mission statement, with processed vocals drifting in and out. Infatuated with stripped and broken-down drum breaks, the album’s... 

Jasper Stadhouders & Aaron Lumley – ‘Strung Out’

September 12, 2017

Jasper Stadhouders & Aaron Lumley – ‘Strung Out’ Montreal resident Aaron Lumley is a ferocious contrabassist, with a no holds barred approach to his instrument — an instrument that is almost as large as the player himself. Lumley thrums, plucks, strums, beats, bows, and outright attacks his bass with a fiery energy that is only matched by the... 

Mike Herr – ‘Continual Debrief’

September 7, 2017

Mike Herr – ‘Continual Debrief’ When I was a teenager, I had a friend who played bass but never had anyone to jam with. He thought if he released a solo bass record, no one would listen to it. At that time we hadn’t heard of Jaco Pastorius, whose bass playing thrust the usually accompanying instrument into a brash, expressive lead.... 

PANXING – ‘Anti Gone’

September 6, 2017

PANXING – ‘Anti Gone’ Making use of warped beats, amorphous electronic experiments and distorted voices, Anti Gone — the debut tape from Copenhagen’s Pernille Zidore-Nygaard and her PANXING project — can be as unsettling as it is intriguing. The Danish musician uses a wide palette of sounds to great, often... 

Stream: Thurston Moore and Umut Çağlar – ‘Dunia’

September 5, 2017

Stream: Thurston Moore and Umut Çağlar – ‘Dunia’ In 2016, Astral Spirits released Live at Islington Mill, a cassette chock full of funky, left-of-center jazz that defies gravity and tugs at the boundaries of our plane of existence. That tape featured a Turkish crew that goes by the name of Konstrukt, alongside 808 State’s Graham Massey and Tombed... 
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