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Rhythmic Composure: An Interview with Will Long

September 9, 2016

Rhythmic Composure: An Interview with Will Long Will Long is no stranger to reinvention. While the Japan-based, America-bred producer is probably best known as Celer, his long-running and eternally melancholic ambient project with modern classics issued on Sequel, Digitalis Limited, Blackest Rainbow, Experimedia, Spekk, and many more; Long has also... 

Decoder Podcast #04: David Nance, Dino Spiluttini, Wounded Knife, & Stuff Muzak Supplement

July 28, 2016

Decoder Podcast #04: David Nance, Dino Spiluttini, Wounded Knife, & Stuff Muzak Supplement Welcome to episode four of the Decoder Podcast! For this installment, David Perron of Free Form Freakout speaks with a fellow-David, Omaha-based DIY recorder David Nance, about older releases and preparing his new LP for Ba Da Bing Records. Spool’s Out host Tristan Bath speaks with Vienna-based... 

Compositions Are Born: Raising Kids with Zach Cooper

June 16, 2016

Compositions Are Born: Raising Kids with Zach Cooper Today, more than ever, music is unstable. As the BPM of modern life steadily increases, our history fades as our timelines grow. Artists scramble to stay relevant as once serene songs turn stale and fame’s fifteen minutes is reduced to a fleeting 140 characters. Faced with this frenetic pace and... 

Spirits Rejoice: An Interview with Astral Spirits’ Nate Cross

May 17, 2016

Spirits Rejoice: An Interview with Astral Spirits’ Nate Cross Time was, rock criticism was rotten with youngsters stealing the pennies off the eyes of Lester Bangs’ corpse. They’d wheedle around a non sequitur ledge before going bug-eyed about a band that was almost always some variation on the same geocodes and same genre gestures, holes torn in the same... 

Live Report: M. Geddes Gengras @ Rare Air (4.12.2016)

May 5, 2016

Live Report: M. Geddes Gengras @ Rare Air (4.12.2016) On any given night, patrons at Seattle’s Q Nightclub might expect to hear bumping house music in a setting that’s 50% ultra lounge, 50% dance club, and 100% meat market. The club’s specs boast a state-of-the-art sound system, which is accurate, but the vibe is not one that particularly... 

Remembered By A Tone: An Inquiry with Ulver’s Kristoffer Rygg

April 28, 2016

Remembered By A Tone: An Inquiry with Ulver’s Kristoffer Rygg When I was in my teens, I loved black metal and I loved snow. Naturally, this meant I loved Ulver, whose debut album Bergtatt blends glacial banshee-screeching thrash with stately neo-folk to recount a fairy tale in an ancient Norwegian dialect. Then I grew up, moved away from a blizzard-friendly climate,... 

Side-by-Side: Ratskin Records, A Tale of Two Shows

April 15, 2016

Side-by-Side: Ratskin Records, A Tale of Two Shows Ratskin Records has a prolific output rivaled only by how puzzlingly unnoticed by the public it seems to go. The imprint has unleashed sounds from noise veterans and neophytes alike, including legends like Bastard Noise and countless local unknowns. I took it upon myself to correct their lack of exposure... 

Side-by-Side: Life Like’s Winter 2015-16 LP Batch

April 5, 2016

Side-by-Side: Life Like’s Winter 2015-16 LP Batch Fred Thomas’ Life Like label has accumulated a massive discography since beginning in 2010, filled with little-heard gems and treasures that barely anyone knows about, as some of them were only limited to a dozen copies or so. Easily one of my favorite releases in the label’s catalog was... 

Into the Haunted Labyrinths of Sister Grotto

April 1, 2016

Into the Haunted Labyrinths of Sister Grotto I met Madeline Johnston in the summer of 2012 when she performed at my house at the time in West Nashville, Tennessee — which was dubbed Richland Ballroom — under the name Mariposa, while on tour from Denver, Colorado. We had a mutual friend in Albuquerque, New Mexico-based artist and... 

Nothing But Overdubs: A Q&A with Bananafish’s Seymour Glass

March 8, 2016

Nothing But Overdubs: A Q&A with Bananafish’s Seymour Glass If you’re at all familiar with American zine culture, chances are good that you’ve at least heard of Bananafish, the highly non-glamourous yet lovingly-produced paean to the unfairly obscure and the unashamedly peculiar. A diverse cadre of under-appreciated musicians stormed the pages of... 

Life Is an Act of Becoming: A Conversation with Ian William Craig

February 18, 2016

Life Is an Act of Becoming: A Conversation with Ian William Craig The Wizard of Oz has nothing on Ian William Craig. The Vancouver artist’s works for classical voice and deteriorating tape machines reach superhuman scale in their terrifying beauty. They’re sublime in the original sense of the word. When you listen to his songs and hear his vocal fragments... 

No Such Thing As Too Much Repetition: An Interview with My Disco

February 11, 2016

No Such Thing As Too Much Repetition: An Interview with My Disco For a band that deals in different shades of brutal minimalism, My Disco have somehow overhauled their sound completely in the five years they took to craft their new album Severe. Its Steve Albini-produced predecessor Little Joy is sprawling, cathartic, dry, and scorching. Severe is just as heavy a... 

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... 
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