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New Interfaces #3: Faces of the Modern Cassette Underground

December 5, 2013

New Interfaces #3: Faces of the Modern Cassette Underground So far, we’ve been focusing primarily on electroacoustic music from Western European countries, created during the decades immediately after World War II. It was during this period that early electronic and magnetic tape technology began to reach a broader audience: clusters of talented individuals... 

Studio Apartment #8: Kevin Earl Taylor (“The Dungeon”)

November 26, 2013

Studio Apartment #8: Kevin Earl Taylor (“The Dungeon”)   Studio Apartment is Jon Bernson‘s effort to document the interaction between musicians and their recording spaces. Jon is the prolific multimedia artist behind Exray’s, Window Twins, THEMAYS, Ray’s Vast Basement and numerous soundtracks for theater and film. ••• Kevin Earl Taylor... 

Rise Above #5: Local Boys Make

November 5, 2013

Rise Above #5: Local Boys Make You’ve got one or two. Maybe they were friends from high school or college, or you fell in love with them when they played your favorite bar and you, being drunk, thought  they sounded  like the best band you ever heard. Even when sober you held onto that as fact; ears and eyes finally agreed and... 

Rise Above #4: What’s the Ugliest Part of Your Body?

October 9, 2013

Rise Above #4: What’s the Ugliest Part of Your Body? Celebrating the body, and explicit discussion about it, ought to not only make us more comfortable with celebrating its natural beauty and functions, but also less squeamish when it comes to seeing the suffering body. I wonder what will happen, as “honest” talk about bodily functions becomes routine... 

90 Miles Out of Atlanta #13: Happy Jawbone Family Band & Continuing Inquiries Into the Nature of Sound

September 27, 2013

90 Miles Out of Atlanta #13: Happy Jawbone Family Band & Continuing Inquiries Into the Nature of Sound 90 Miles Out of Atlanta is a column about life around music and a writing experimentation space. ••• Happy Jawbone Family Band, Family Jewels Many weeks ago I read this: Want to be a real bone-head? Join the happy jawbone family band family fan club and get cool free stuff! How do you join? IT’S... 

90 Miles Out of Atlanta #12: The Dead & Minutemen on Cassette, Featuring MV+EE Live in Nashville

September 21, 2013

90 Miles Out of Atlanta #12: The Dead & Minutemen on Cassette, Featuring MV+EE Live in Nashville 90 Miles Out of Atlanta is a column about life around music. ••• Grateful Dead, Fillmore East, New York, April 29, 1971 I’ve only just begun to learn how sound and ears work, so much of what I’m about to write might well be wrong, and I’m likely to raise more questions than answers, but... 

New Interfaces #2: “Fifty Years of Electronic and Electroacoustic Music at the Ghent University”

September 2, 2013

New Interfaces #2: “Fifty Years of Electronic and Electroacoustic Music at the Ghent University” When we last met, we were focused on the releases of the Recollection GRM label, an Editions Mego imprint devoted to unearthing gems from the vaults of the Groupe de Recherche Musicales (GRM), an exploratory music collective based in Paris. The GRM tasked themselves with crafting acousmatic music, or... 

90 Miles Out of Atlanta #11: “…Interplanatary Craft,” Beau Dommage, Hugues Aufray, & Diane Dufresne

September 2, 2013

90 Miles Out of Atlanta #11: “…Interplanatary Craft,” Beau Dommage, Hugues Aufray, & Diane Dufresne 90 Miles Out of Atlanta is to music columns what a ham hock is to your cornflakes. ••• Klaatu, 3:47 EST Allie and I went to Canada last weekend for a wedding and almost as soon as we crossed the border we tuned into a French station – that’s where the musical conceit of this week’s column... 

90 Miles Out of Atlanta #10: Robert Beaser, Jerry Garcia, & Mahavishnu John McLaughlin

August 23, 2013

90 Miles Out of Atlanta #10: Robert Beaser, Jerry Garcia, & Mahavishnu John McLaughlin 90 Miles Out of Atlanta is what will happen if you keep smoking that stuff. Send music to Woodall Hall 124, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, Georgia 31907.  ••• Robert Beaser, Mountain Songs When I first moved to this city in the Deep South, almost everyone I met told me about the guitar scholar.... 

Unheard #16: Two European Labels, Both Miraculously Weird

August 22, 2013

Unheard #16: Two European Labels, Both Miraculously Weird Unheard explores the moist recesses of “unconventional music” and attempts to have fun doing so. Whether it’s pimply basement hounds jockeying weathered blocks of noise or beefy luddites clunking out waxy half-songs on broken Casio keyboards and even-more-broken electric guitars, you’re going... 

90 Miles Out of Atlanta #9: The New Lines & Woods

August 17, 2013

90 Miles Out of Atlanta #9: The New Lines & Woods 90 Miles Out of Atlanta is how the world will come to realize that YouTube’s stabilizing function and Flip Video are together a form of psychedelia. Send ingredients to Woodall Hall 124, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, Georgia 31907.  ••• The New Lines, Fall in Line I wish I’d had this... 

Studio Apartment #7: Andy White of Tonstartssbandht (“Long Distance Paradigm”)

August 15, 2013

Studio Apartment #7: Andy White of Tonstartssbandht (“Long Distance Paradigm”) Studio Apartment is Jon Bernson‘s effort to document the interaction between musicians and their recording spaces. Jon is the prolific multimedia artist behind Exray’s, Window Twins, THEMAYS, Ray’s Vast Basement and numerous soundtracks for theater and film. ••• No one... 

90 Miles Out of Atlanta #8: Julian Lynch, The Polyps, Rene Hell

August 9, 2013

90 Miles Out of Atlanta #8: Julian Lynch, The Polyps, Rene Hell 90 Miles Out of Atlanta is like when the semester ends and your professor invites you and some other students to his house for wine and cheese and microbrews and he shows off his new turntable but it’s not like the movies because he doesn’t hit on you and you don’t hit on him and sometimes he... 

Rise Above #3: Sitting Still In (& with) Sludge and Drone

August 6, 2013

Rise Above #3: Sitting Still In (& with) Sludge and Drone Transcendent music is found in every genre, like the holy in the everyday. It all comes down to paying attention to your life, and to be aware of what you are seeing and hearing. Why do songs still matter long after they have been used to sell cars or deodorant? We hold on so tightly to the songs and... 

90 Miles Out of Atlanta #7: William Tyler, Danny Paul Grody, & Joe’s New Reference Hydraulic Transcription Turntable

August 3, 2013

90 Miles Out of Atlanta #7: William Tyler, Danny Paul Grody, & Joe’s New Reference Hydraulic Transcription Turntable 90 Miles Out of Atlanta is a midlife crisis disguised as a music column. Joe will film and write about any musical artifacts he finds in his mailbox at Woodall Hall 124, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, Georgia 31907. ••• William Tyler, Impossible Truth Allie and I recently came into some... 

Teenage Rage #5: Urinal Cake Records, Snappy Little Numbers, & Larsen Recordz

July 29, 2013

Teenage Rage #5: Urinal Cake Records, Snappy Little Numbers, & Larsen Recordz Teenage Rage scopes out the leading edge of garage rock and its many associates, as a more melodic counterpart to Michael Tau’s other column, Unheard. IN THIS ISSUE I cast the spotlight on Urinal Cake Records, a growing enterprise that pushes at the margins of rock music. Then I touch on several... 

90 Miles Out of Atlanta #6: Kurt Vile & Fleetwood Mac

July 26, 2013

90 Miles Out of Atlanta #6: Kurt Vile & Fleetwood Mac 90 Miles Out of Atlanta is a column by a man trying to recreate the world of his childhood with vinyl. His address is Woodall Hall 124, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, Georgia 31907. He shows up here every Friday. ••• Kurt Vile, Wakin on a Pretty Daze Last December, Spin posted a short article... 

Interface Dynamics #2: Mind Dynamics, IVVVO, Yen Tech

July 17, 2013

Interface Dynamics #2: Mind Dynamics, IVVVO, Yen Tech Every month Tim from Rose Quartz examines three overlooked releases from the digital ether and their place in our networked culture. A certain dystopian current is running strong through underground electronic music right now. While Mind Dynamics — the Brooklyn duo of Brian Whateverer and Daniel... 

90 Miles Out of Atlanta #5: Recent Tapes from Night-People and Joe’s New Akai CS-M3

July 12, 2013

90 Miles Out of Atlanta #5: Recent Tapes from Night-People and Joe’s New Akai CS-M3 90 Miles Out of Atlanta is a column about things that you can hold that hold music, written by an aging man who fetishizes them. His address is Woodall Hall 124, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, Georgia 31907. He shows up here every Friday. ••• Akai CS-M3 There is a central line of tension... 

Unheard #15: Little Big Chief’s Dissolute Garage Music and Ultramarine’s Weird Tapes

July 11, 2013

Unheard #15: Little Big Chief’s Dissolute Garage Music and Ultramarine’s Weird Tapes Unheard explores the moist recesses of “unconventional music” and attempts to have fun doing so. Whether it’s pimply basement hounds jockeying weathered blocks of noise or beefy luddites clunking out waxy half-songs on broken Casio keyboards and even-more-broken electric guitars, you’re going... 
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