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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... 

On Tour: ONO

June 6, 2014

On Tour: ONO If you’re from Chicago and anywhere near outsider or experimental circles, chances are you’ve encountered ONO during their recent resurgence. The ensemble quickly re-emerged as one of the best-kept/open secrets of the city’s storied punk history with their diverse and intense shows.... 

Dave Bixby and Far Off Sounds: An Interview with Nick George and Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman

June 4, 2014

Dave Bixby and Far Off Sounds: An Interview with Nick George and Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman Since mid-2013 Detroit filmmakers Nick George and Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman have been sharing their extensive travels through Far Off Sounds, an open-ended documentary series focused on charting the margins of music culture; from the services of Snake-handlers and  black metal themed cruises, to the funeral... 

No Other: An Interview with Carl Hultgren

June 3, 2014

No Other: An Interview with Carl Hultgren The name Carl Hultgren might not immediately ring a bell, but there’s more than a chance that you’re familiar with the guitarist’s first name, which is more often than not paired with wife and bandmate Windy Weber to form the long-running guitar-and-bass drone duo Windy & Carl.... 

Side-by-Side: Metaphysical Circuits’ May Batch

May 29, 2014

Side-by-Side: Metaphysical Circuits’ May Batch Jeffrey Scott Mathews’ Roman Ego leads off the new Metaphysical Circuits triptych with Three Pillars Forming, an all-too-brief set of densely elegiac synth suites that haunt the psyche well after the tape’s end. Broken out into a series of nine miniatures of grim but bright kosmische musik,... 

Side-by-Side: Hausu Mountain’s Mugen Series, Vol. 5-8

May 22, 2014

Side-by-Side: Hausu Mountain’s Mugen Series, Vol. 5-8 Chicago oddity outhouse Hausu Mountain has had a hell of a year, highlighted/underlined/bolded by a string of the label’s strongest outings yet, with entries from Black Hat, Lockbox, Sugarm, William Selman, Moth Cock, and a Jerry Paper/Andy Boay split. HausMo now returns rather swiftly with another... 

Downloads For Development: An Interview with David Bleckley of Community Voice International

May 20, 2014

Downloads For Development: An Interview with David Bleckley of Community Voice International When you explore musical traditions anywhere in the world, at least one prevailing pattern will become clear: people will make use of whatever resources they have to share music with each other. Can’t afford a guitar?—Build your own! No internet access?—Record on cassettes! Second only to basic... 

An Interview With Holly Overton of Juniper Rising

May 14, 2014

An Interview With Holly Overton of Juniper Rising Brooklyn’s Juniper Rising are making waves lately with their ingenious and individual take on an idea so fresh and new, it’s shocking it hasn’t been done already (or at least not as well): combine today’s garage rock ‘n’ roll with a vibrant streak of the greatest country music. As... 

Acoustic Anomalies and Other Phenomena: The Music of Marcus Rubio

May 9, 2014

Acoustic Anomalies and Other Phenomena: The Music of Marcus Rubio I first came across Marcus Rubio’s work through his collaborative release Only the Imprint of an Echo Remains with poet and Kendra Steiner Editions label head, Bill Shute. Rubio used select spoken word pieces read by Shute as the raw materials for his electronic compositions that found him manipulating... 

Resurrecting Memories and Exploring Emotions: An Interview with Abul Mogard

April 29, 2014

Resurrecting Memories and Exploring Emotions: An Interview with Abul Mogard   Although Serbian soundscape composer Abul Mogard’s career as a musician is relatively new, his work is already turning heads. His self-titled debut cassette on Steve Moore’s VCO label is a mind-blower, not only because of its rich, subtle electronic timbres, but because of how well those... 

Communication be Doomed: An Interview with Alkerdeel

April 18, 2014

Communication be Doomed: An Interview with Alkerdeel I spent 2013 unfortunately oblivious to new music, living without internet in an apartment that seemed resistant to blasting anything, recording single takes of vocals so as not to further anger the neighbors, selling off my speakers to fund a car purchase, etc. The only new music I was exposed to was... 
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