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No Novelty and Nothing to Ignore: An Interview with Molly Bartlett of Sauna

March 27, 2014

No Novelty and Nothing to Ignore: An Interview with Molly Bartlett of Sauna Sauna is a garage pop group started by four high school friends in Denver, Colorado: Molly Bartlett (lead vocals), C.J. MacLeod (guitar), Ethan Hill (bass), and Samantha Davis (drums). The band has always been responsible for crafting some of the most addictive and catchy pop songs since their inception,... 

Symbiosis: A Conversation with Woodsman’s Mark Demolar

March 25, 2014

Symbiosis: A Conversation with Woodsman’s Mark Demolar There is a magic to everything that the Brooklyn-via-Colorado three-piece Woodsman do. On their third LP, released via guitarist Trevor Peterson’s own Fire Talk Records, they seem to have reached peak levels of synergy. Both live and recorded, there is a distinct sense of togetherness and understanding... 

Live Report: MOTOR XI featuring Powell, Black Hat, Chris Davis, and Mood Organ

March 20, 2014

Live Report: MOTOR XI featuring Powell, Black Hat, Chris Davis, and Mood Organ The last time I went to the Highline bar in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood was for Debacle Fest 2013, where a group of noise artists assaulted ears for the better part of three hours on an unseasonably hot day in the city. The Highline, a vegan metal bar nestled on the second level of a small... 

Making Music to Resonate: An Interview with Gushing Cloud

March 11, 2014

Making Music to Resonate: An Interview with Gushing Cloud Under the Gushing Cloud moniker, Cory Bengtsen released a trippy, ecstatic, funky record at the crossroads of electronic and rock music last year; a frenetic, jazzy, and sample-infused din called Beat Wings in Vain. Bengtsen (AKA Gushing Cloud, formerly AKA Gus Kumo for his live performance alias)... 

Let the Cards Fall where they May: A Conversation with Greg Garbage

March 6, 2014

Let the Cards Fall where they May: A Conversation with Greg Garbage The first day I heard Greg Garbage’s music, I was only vaguely aware of his billing as the DJ in the corner of a flyer. I had come to see his friend Derek Gedalecia, whose prolific output as Headboggle intersects with Greg’s on more than one occasion. It was an opportunity to further understand the... 

Introducing Upperfields: Peace-folk from Bucks County, PA

February 28, 2014

Introducing Upperfields: Peace-folk from Bucks County, PA In the summer of 2009, having recently graduated from college, I moved into a large three-story house in Waverly, a neighborhood in North Baltimore with four other musicians I had recently met while becoming involved in the area’s growing music community. There was an astounding amount of talent... 

Trigger Warning: An Interview with Marisa Dabice of Mannequin Pussy

February 27, 2014

Trigger Warning: An Interview with Marisa Dabice of Mannequin Pussy As deliberate and ruthless as they are exposed and bleeding, Mannequin Pussy’s music represents everything chaotic, alluring, confusing, and romantic about this world in one fell swoop. They combine a well-honed sense for melody and a razor sharp bite to express a flood of emotions and a pure, unbridled... 

From Radio to Records: An Interview with Veronica Vasicka of Minimal Wave

February 24, 2014

From Radio to Records: An Interview with Veronica Vasicka of Minimal Wave Contemporary labels are often criticized for their short attention spans and servility in relation to ongoing musical trends. Luckily, others have the courage to swim against the tide. Veronica Vasicka, founder of Minimal Wave, belongs to this crowd. Her ongoing efforts to excavate musical gems from... 

Tempting Absolute Failure: An Interview with White Rainbow

February 20, 2014

Tempting Absolute Failure: An Interview with White Rainbow Adam Forkner has been behind some of the most spaced-out West-coast jams  since venturing out with Yume Bitsu, a Portland-based quartet with ties to Ba-Da-Bing! and K Records. Yume’s sound was a sprawling mix of psychedelia and lulled shoegaze that coincided with the post-rock movement while keeping... 

On the Move with German Army

February 17, 2014

On the Move with German Army There are countless groups and solo projects operating within the cassette underground that are highly prolific. For many, given the low costs involved and the diaristic nature of the releases, being prolific is damn near synonymous with being a part of the culture itself. This, as most would agree,... 

The Enchantment of the Everyday: An Interview with Alex Cobb

February 11, 2014

The Enchantment of the Everyday: An Interview with Alex Cobb Luigi’s Russolo’s seminal futurist manifesto The Art of Noises touches on the concept of using machines to replicate the sounds of everyday life, those noises we take for granted but are all around, from the electric hum of the city to the sounds of a stream in the middle of a forest. Likewise, Students... 

Dark Entries Fall/Winter Roundup

February 7, 2014

Dark Entries Fall/Winter Roundup I’ve written about Josh Cheon’s incredible Dark Entries label numerous times in the past, here on Decoder as well as on Foxy Digitalis and my own site. The San Francisco-based label has been wildly prolific as of late, with over 50 releases since 2009, almost two dozen of them in the past... 

Drones and Doumbek in December: An Interview with Esmerine

February 6, 2014

Drones and Doumbek in December: An Interview with Esmerine On a Wednesday in the first half of December, the Montreal new-classical, punk-drone-post rock band Esmerine stopped at Berlin’s Urban Spree gallery. The “street art”-minded, post-industrial space hosted the creative ensemble amidst a European tour in support of their recent record, Dalmak. The... 

How Do I Feel What I’m Thinking: A Conversation with Jerry Paper’s Gracious Host Body

February 4, 2014

How Do I Feel What I’m Thinking: A Conversation with Jerry Paper’s Gracious Host Body “Who the heck is this guy?” As you’ll find out from the documentary above, produced by Spencer Gilley to coincide with the opening of preorders for Jerry Paper’s new album Jerry Paper Feels Emotions, Jerry is a music-making organism that inhabits Brooklyn-based Lucas Nathan... 

Conjuring Ghosts & Stealing Lumber: An Interview with Wildarms

January 31, 2014

Conjuring Ghosts & Stealing Lumber: An Interview with Wildarms Wildarms is Brooklyn producer Duncan Cooper, a human with needs, some banal and others aimed more portentously at a sort of every-day transcendence, sampled snippets and inspired tones into a catharsis-by-melody machine, for an outcome that’s diverting to say the least. He released his latest... 

Pete Seeger (1919 – 2014)

January 31, 2014

Pete Seeger (1919 – 2014) Pete Seeger was a voice calling out in the vast American wilderness, challenging the often errant, fearful, and meaningless ways that we’re asked to live and survive in a civilization that sometimes seems to be crumbling around our ears. Challenging the predators that stalk their prey; prey who... 

Dwight’s Year End Cadaver Turn-over: Finding Genre Agnosticism & Format Neutrality

January 30, 2014

Dwight’s Year End Cadaver Turn-over: Finding Genre Agnosticism & Format Neutrality It’s snowing a lot this week in West Virginia, and down in the southern part of the state, it is still “your call” whether or not to use the water, and just today an unnamed official indicated that he was certain some citizens who used their showers would be exposed to formaldehyde.... 

Weed in the Carpet: Liz’s Favorite Findings from 2013

January 27, 2014

Weed in the Carpet: Liz’s Favorite Findings from 2013 2013 was eventful for me; I got my first “office” job, cut off most of my hair, and Dwight and I got our first car together. In between, I’ve gotten to do a lot of design work, made many vegetarian pizzas, and worked (when I could) to advance my own band, The Furr. With all that, I... 

Freak Scene: A Conversation with Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records’ Mike Newman

January 27, 2014

Freak Scene: A Conversation with Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records’ Mike Newman Some people say they love music and it ends there. Others, like Mike Newman, co-founder of Brooklyn-based BeyondBeyond is Beyond Records, exude that love with every inch of their being. Newman’s passion runs deep, and remains apparent in all his projects. There’s a sort of magic that surrounds... 

Look to the Mullet: Crawf’s 2013 Odyssey Through the Oddities

January 24, 2014

Look to the Mullet: Crawf’s 2013 Odyssey Through the Oddities “2013 was a tough year, man.” Yeah, I know. When was any given year not tough? It was hard on all of us for many different reason, but one thing I resolved when that ’3′ clicked over to a ’4′ three weeks ago or so was to not start this piece with the phrase “I’m... 
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