Features

Seattle and the Sahel, or, How your favorite rock star is really just a modern-day shaman

November 26, 2014

Seattle and the Sahel, or, How your favorite rock star is really just a modern-day shaman The art of music is so inherent in man that it is superfluous to have a particular name for it. —Francis Bebey, African Music: A People’s Art (1969) trans. Josephine Bennet What do you do after a record knocks your socks off? Silence seems like the best compliment one can afford. You are speechless,... 

Bedhead pt. 2: Remembered

November 13, 2014

Bedhead pt. 2: Remembered Much has been said about the sense of perfection in Bedhead’s music. With an appreciation of restraint and arrangements that were de-cluttered to the point utter austerity, the Dallas-based band’s approach fell in line with the encroaching “slow core” tag. But Bedhead’s songs... 

Bedhead pt. 1: Interviewed

November 12, 2014

Bedhead pt. 1: Interviewed While bands across the United States spent the 90s trying to make big money off variations of belligerent and ironic rock, a handful of artists quietly followed paths away from the wreckage. Lumped together under nebulous genre names like “slowcore,” these artists recast the term “rock”... 

Catching Up With Silent Land Time Machine

October 29, 2014

Catching Up With Silent Land Time Machine Since 2008, Austin based Jonathan Slade has been recording and performing as Silent Land Time Machine in addition to playing in other projects such as Lumens and AMASA•GANA. After the release of his critically lauded debut, &hope still, he has kept busy touring and co-running Austin’s... 

Here for the Outsiders: An Interview with Odawas

October 17, 2014

Here for the Outsiders: An Interview with Odawas With their new album Reflections of a Pink Laser, Odawas have once again shown themselves to be one of the best groups in contemporary music. Deeply underappreciated perhaps due to the subtlety of their music or the rarity of their lives shows, the band deserve a wide audience for their honest and deeply... 

Philadelphia Dreaming: A Conversation With Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler

October 9, 2014

Philadelphia Dreaming: A Conversation With Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler In 2013, following a lengthy stint as a member of Thurston Moore’s touring group, Philadelphia-based harpist Mary Lattimore sat down with recording engineer Jeff Zeigler to craft her solo debut, the lush and lovely The Withdrawing Room for Desire Path Recordings. One track from that album –... 

Breakfast With My Laptop: An Interview with The Phantom

October 2, 2014

Breakfast With My Laptop: An Interview with The Phantom UK bass music has and continues to be very influential in Poland. Our deejays and producers have often been hypnotized by the likes of Hyperdub, Night Slugs, and other English labels. Yet only few local artists managed to develop their own idiosyncratic style as unique as The Phantom. Bartosz Kruczyński... 

Beyond the Celestial Din: A Conversation With Garek Jon Druss

September 9, 2014

Beyond the Celestial Din: A Conversation With Garek Jon Druss Seattle’s Debacle Records has cast a mighty shadow over the city’s experimental music scene, from the noise, drone, and glorious weirdness that comprises the annual Debacle Fest, to the wild and bleary techno that comes out of the regular MOTOR nights. Many groups in the area claim affiliation... 

Dramatic Starts and Epic Endings: An Interview with Ensemble Economique

September 5, 2014

Dramatic Starts and Epic Endings: An Interview with Ensemble Economique Around 2008, Brian Pyle became personal with the title Ensemble Economique via Digitalis Recordings’ releases At The Foot Of Nameless Roads and No GPS. Three years prior, he and his close pal, Merrick McKinlay began their dynasty as Starving Weirdos. Since the start of these two projects, Brian... 

Otherwise, What’s the Point? An Interview with Kat Bee of Summer Bummer Records

August 27, 2014

Otherwise, What’s the Point? An Interview with Kat Bee of Summer Bummer Records In a time where it seems like many labels are known for their own name-recognition rather than the quality of music they push out, Summer Bummer is one of the most important record labels out there right now, putting the focus and attention back on artists. The label gives “special attention to... 

Carnatic Radio: Your 24/7 Source for Krithis

August 13, 2014

Carnatic Radio: Your 24/7 Source for Krithis Over the past few months, I’ve developed an addiction to CarnaticRadio, a Singapore-based online stream of Carnatic music. I became obsessed with Carnatic songs, the Southern style of Indian classical music, after taking an incredible student-initiated survey course taught by Stanford students and... 

Side-by-Side: Bathetic’s ‘Dynasty at Ghost Town’

August 12, 2014

Side-by-Side: Bathetic’s ‘Dynasty at Ghost Town’ Asheville’s Bathetic label has always had an ambitious heart, serving as both a breeding ground for forever forlorn and experimental folk (Angel Olsen, Scott Tuma, Padang Food Tigers), doomed guitar-based haunts (High Aura’d, Kwaidan), demented bedroom “pop” (Cough Cool, Lee... 

As Long As It Has the Right Vibe: An Interview with Skeppet

August 8, 2014

As Long As It Has the Right Vibe: An Interview with Skeppet The first time you listen to the epic “Den Nya Kusten” (Swedish for “The New Coast”) by Sweden’s Skeppet, you’re likely to be thoroughly drawn in by the hypnotic collision of sounds that ooze from your speakers. There are only a handful of musical elements at work in these recordings (guitar,... 

Something Mystical Going On: An Interview with Headboggle

August 6, 2014

Something Mystical Going On: An Interview with Headboggle My previous effort to get into the head of Derek “Headboggle” Gedalecia gave me a close look at the turbulent politics of the San Francisco Bay Area noise scene. After Derek had to cancel our meeting at the last minute, a resulting lengthy interview with Greg Garbage netted facetious death... 

On Tour: Obnox

July 31, 2014

On Tour: Obnox “Good rock’n’roll is like bigfoot, you hear about it but you rarely see it.” -Lamont Thomas (Obnox) Obnox is hitting the road for a massive tour in August, including a series of festivals across the midwest, mountain, and southern United States. Cleveland’s Lamont Thomas, the... 

Side-by-Side: A Selection of Metaphysical Circuits’ June/July Batches

July 25, 2014

Side-by-Side: A Selection of Metaphysical Circuits’ June/July Batches In the two months since releasing its May batch of three tapes, Metaphysical Circuits has issued eight cassettes that broaden the scope of its already varied discography. Split into two groups (June and July), these eight tapes sprawl from expansive and droning sets of electronic noise to rhythmic and... 

The Crafting of Interplanetary Folk: An Interview with Craig Leon

July 17, 2014

The Crafting of Interplanetary Folk: An Interview with Craig Leon Craig Leon is known in many circles as a producer. Active for more than two decades beginning in the early 70s, his output in that context is enormous and difficult to assess at a glance. In our interview, he jokes about incongruous entries in his past work; even the oddity of his own, less pop-oriented... 

What’s Said in the Pub Should Stay in the Pub: An Interview with the Tapeworm

July 2, 2014

What’s Said in the Pub Should Stay in the Pub: An Interview with the Tapeworm Seemingly out of nowhere, an upstart cassette label called The Tapeworm based in the U.K. appeared in 2009 with tapes by Philip Jeck and Stephen O’Malley among others, brought forth by a mysteriously anonymous organizer/director known only as “The Wyrm.” The label’s dubious ties... 

Sounds are Sounds: An Interview with Strategy

June 18, 2014

Sounds are Sounds: An Interview with Strategy Over the past decade and through labels ranging from Kranky to 100% Silk, Portland, OR resident Paul Dickow has been behind some of the most forward-thinking music to beam out of the Pacific Northwest. Between his involvement with experimental  jazz- and kraut-influenced bands like  Fontanelle and... 

Colors and Aspects: An Interview with Paul Buchanan

June 16, 2014

Colors and Aspects: An Interview with Paul Buchanan Among musical artists of the last half-century, few have made as genuinely beautiful, ground-breaking work as Paul Buchanan and the band he spent much of his recording career with, The Blue Nile. With roots in Glasgow, Scotland, Buchanan has nonetheless situated his songs in a kind of archetypal dream... 
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