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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... 

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... 
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