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Side-by-Side: Cønjuntø Vacíø’s January Batch

February 3, 2016

Side-by-Side: Cønjuntø Vacíø’s January Batch Cønjuntø Vacíø, one of Barcelona’s premier experimental imprints, recently released their latest batch; four new cassettes, out on January 18th. The label, which has previously played host to the fantastic Fingering Eve and Ascetic House favorites Marshstepper, will release tapes by Denmark’s... 

Side-by-Side: Hausu Mountain’s Narf Guzz Batch

January 29, 2016

Side-by-Side: Hausu Mountain’s Narf Guzz Batch Tapes! My inner Donald Trump would say that like every movement grounded in democracy, there comes a time when maybe too many people have a voice; there are too many artists,  there are too many bands, with too few ideas, united under too similar of an ideology: find object with strings, strum, make... 

Year of the Dugg: Steve’s 2015

January 28, 2016

Year of the Dugg: Steve’s 2015 What a shitty year. Personally and globally, it’s hard to see how much worse 2015 could have gotten. My own year was riven asunder by brain surgery; the world’s by wave after wave of terrorist atrocity, economic hardship, deadly weather and swathes of people so terrified to remain in their homeland... 

Weekend Baking: Liz’s 2015

January 20, 2016

Weekend Baking: Liz’s 2015 2015 was an especially busy year for me; between starting a new full-time job and weekend baking gig, playing with my band (The Furr), and my freelance design work, I had far less opportunity to write for Decoder than I would’ve liked. That’s why I felt that doing a “best of”... 

Life Unboxed: Bryon’s 2015

January 19, 2016

Life Unboxed: Bryon’s 2015 This time around, looking back at the past year is interesting, to say the least. Challenges and successes were bountiful, many significant spirits — important both to me and to the cultural landscape — departed for places not of this Earth, and there seemed to be equal amounts of growth... 

Joy, Conflict, and Consumption: Nicholas’ 2015

January 13, 2016

Joy, Conflict, and Consumption: Nicholas’ 2015 Consuming records is a source of both joy and conflict: joy, where my undying love and obsession with music can be reified for physical engagement; conflict, where my uneasiness with consumption, desire for justice, and the crutches of hanging onto physical objects meet. Obviously, the former wins out... 

I Still Have No Idea What to Put Here: Dwight’s 2015

January 8, 2016

I Still Have No Idea What to Put Here: Dwight’s 2015 In a year filled with over-hyped rhetoric, it feels a little surreal to try and parcel up my take on the experience. Honestly though, I may have felt similarly last year, if the title of my year end posts signals anything. America’s long-winded election is in full-swing… a year+ long leer... 

Side-by-Side: Pastel Voids’ 2015-16 Winter Batch

January 4, 2016

Side-by-Side: Pastel Voids’ 2015-16 Winter Batch Pastel Voids, the label-collective founded by Brooklyn artist Metropol, has announced their winter batch of releases, due out in a variety of formats on January 20th. The releases range from the stripped-down percussion of Ascetic House affiliate Jock Club to the hardcore hardware jams of U.S. Hard... 

Live Report: MSHR & Max Eilbacher @ Hollow Earth Radio (11.27.2015)

December 2, 2015

Live Report: MSHR & Max Eilbacher @ Hollow Earth Radio (11.27.2015) Last weekend, some three dozen diehard experimental noise fiends packed into Seattle’s Hollow Earth Radio to indulge in a post-Thanksgiving performance by Portland, OR multimedia duo MSHR and Baltimore-based musique concrète wunderkind Max Eilbacher. Despite there being no local bands on the... 

Side-by-Side: Early 2015 Releases on Detroit’s Chambray Records

November 19, 2015

Side-by-Side: Early 2015 Releases on Detroit’s Chambray Records I’ve posted about Chambray Records on Decoder before; they’re one of the Detroit electronic scene’s best-kept secrets, and everything they put out is quality. Much of their releases are digital-only at first, but the best ones eventually make it to vinyl, and they’re always worth... 

Solidarity & Psychosis: An Interview with Matt Papich

November 5, 2015

Solidarity & Psychosis: An Interview with Matt Papich No No, the new album from Baltimore-based Matt Papich, aka Co La, is an album that conflates and emphasizes contrast. Though reactions to the maelstrom of samples he conjures has been a little polarized, and elsewhere it’s suggested that No No is unstructured and “avant-garde at its core,”... 

Parts Disappear or Change: An Interview with Loscil

October 27, 2015

Parts Disappear or Change: An Interview with Loscil Since first recording as Loscil in 1998, Scott Morgan has produced some of most sincere and striking music fluidly floating across minimal techno, ambient, and super-subtle experimental territories. With albums and EPs released by the likes of Kranky, Ghostly International, Gizeh, and Glacial Movements... 

I Really Can’t Play: An Interview with K. Leimer of Savant

October 8, 2015

I Really Can’t Play: An Interview with K. Leimer of Savant Last year, RVNG Intl.’s band of aural cultural archivists set its sights on the work of Kerry Leimer, the Canada-born musician and producer who developed his signature brand of isolated, serene minimalism in Seattle throughout the second half of the 70s and first half of the 80s. Now. RVNG continues... 

Goldrush Music Fest 2015 in Photos

October 1, 2015

Goldrush Music Fest 2015 in Photos In 2015 Goldrush Music Festival descended on Denver, Colorado for its fifth year. This year, the fest was held September 18-19th, 2015 at the historic Savoy at Curtis Park, a Victorian structure built in 1887, almost 30 years after the Colorado Gold Rush and only 11 years after Colorado became a state.... 

Whittling, Not Willing: Catching Up with Terry Malts

September 29, 2015

Whittling, Not Willing: Catching Up with Terry Malts Terry Malts are on a perpetual tour of California. They pop up at punk shows in LA and the Bay Area almost ceaselessly and after running into them three times in five months, I’m almost convinced they’re inescapable (not that that’s a bad thing by any stretch). When Hookworms had to... 

Side-by-Side: Rhucle’s ‘Summer Candle’ and a Sam Hatzaras/noino Split

September 22, 2015

Side-by-Side: Rhucle’s ‘Summer Candle’ and a Sam Hatzaras/noino Split Several days ago, at about 2:00 am I turned on the tap in the kitchen of my childhood home. Water failed to flow out as a deep rumble jerked upwards from the belly of the sink. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a veritable cannon of a water stream shoots upwards from the right faucet handle like a fire hydrant,... 

Music that Pushes: An Interview with Andrew Weathers

September 17, 2015

Music that Pushes: An Interview with Andrew Weathers Andrew Weathers is a guitarist, banjo player, and mastering engineer based in Oakland California. He leads the Andrew Weathers Ensemble and regularly performs with Talk More. He’s recorded and performed with Kirtan Choir, Weathers/Glover, Tethers, Parties, Acid of All Ruins, Bicameral Mind, Northern... 

On Chance & Randomness: Synth Talk with Phil Ventre

September 3, 2015

On Chance & Randomness: Synth Talk with Phil Ventre In this series for Decoder, I talk with some of the musicians in The Spacesuits collective on the role of chance and randomness in their work. The Spacesuits is an international collective of musicians working in tandem to generate new creation myths, taking their cues from pioneer Afrofuturist,... 

Santa Fe to China: An Interview with Lime Lodge’s Angelo Harmsworth

August 28, 2015

Santa Fe to China: An Interview with Lime Lodge’s Angelo Harmsworth Back in early July, Angelo Harmsworth reached out with a brief and simple message alerting us to Lime Lodge, a new imprint he’d recently founded. Jumping over the freshly minted Lime Lodge site immediately revealed a modest but powerful new imprint with a subtly striking and wholly arresting... 

Songs With Words: Heather Woods Broderick & ‘Glider’

August 26, 2015

Songs With Words: Heather Woods Broderick & ‘Glider’ Heather Woods Broderick released her first solo record in 2009, the earthy From The Ground on Australian imprint Preservation, later to be issued on vinyl by Digitalis — one of Decoder’s spiritual motherships. Broderick fans likely knew she wouldn’t be writing the gorgeous, cabin-in-the-woods... 
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