Reviews

Buck Gooter, ‘100 Bells’

October 23, 2017

Buck Gooter, ‘100 Bells’ Ramp Local, 7.26.2017 “May you live in interesting times.” – Chinese curse Harrisonburg, Virginia’s William Brett and Terry Turtle, known collectively as Buck Gooter, are persons of interest. Tapping the same bizarro-aggro wellspring that spouted the Holy Modal Rounders, Suicide, Royal... 

Ka Baird, ‘Sapropelic Pycnic’

October 19, 2017

Ka Baird, ‘Sapropelic Pycnic’ Drag City Records, 9.22.2017 Last we heard from Ka Baird, the artist was going all-in for heavyweight piano compositions and a diverse tribute to John Coltrane, both under the Sapropelic Pycnic moniker. Now, Baird is back, this time on Drag City Records, collecting another set of material for release... 

BJ Nilsen, ‘Massif Trophies’

October 17, 2017

BJ Nilsen, ‘Massif Trophies’ Editions Mego, 8.25.2017 Jumping to Editions Mego after a remarkable run of releases for Touch, BJ Nilsen (the initials stand for Benny Jonas) has collaborated with some of the best in the field recording business, including Chris Watson. His focus lately has been largely urban, most strikingly demonstrated... 

Duran Duran Duran, ‘Duran’

October 13, 2017

Duran Duran Duran, ‘Duran’ Power Vacuum, 7.25.2017 Philadelphia native Ed Flis has been making severely damaged, electro-shocked music as Duran Duran Duran for nearly two decade now. When I moved to New Jersey to attend college at Rutgers University in 2002, and started going to breakcore shows at people’s houses, he was... 

Fletcher Pratt, ‘Selected Works (2015 – 2016)’

October 9, 2017

Fletcher Pratt, ‘Selected Works (2015 – 2016)’ Never Anything Records, 4.10.2017 The music and sound design found in horror movies is surely a primary contributor to the unease, tension, and dread found in such films. Horrific visuals alone, while certainly frightening, lack the same sensory impact, which can cause an audience to leap from their... 

Peter Brötzmann & Heather Leigh, ‘Sex Tape’

October 5, 2017

Peter Brötzmann & Heather Leigh, ‘Sex Tape’ Trost Records, 5.1.2017 On a rain-slicked early summer evening during Burlington’s Discover Jazz Festival, a not-quite sold-out crowd sheltered in the low-lit depths of a basement cabaret for a concert proffered as “music for turbulent times.” Free jazz pioneer Peter Brötzmann and pedal... 

El Murki, ‘Breakeadito’

October 2, 2017

El Murki, ‘Breakeadito’ Orange Milk Records, 5.5.2017 Don’t call it a footwork album. That’s what Orange Milk Records are keen to stress right from the get-go about El Murki’s Breakeadito tape, while they acknowledge a “distant footwork flavor . . . when the sub bass triplets kick in.” Those influences are... 

Gelsey Bell/John King, ‘Ciphony’

September 29, 2017

Gelsey Bell/John King, ‘Ciphony’ Gold Bolus Recordings, 5.11.2017 The pelagic sections of the open ocean are classified by diminishing light and life. Closest to sea level, the epipelagic zone gets the most light, down to the hadalpelagic, which covers the ocean’s deepest areas like the Mariana Trench. These regions are used... 

Peter Kris, ‘Jacumba’

September 25, 2017

Peter Kris, ‘Jacumba’ Power Moves Library, 4.3.17 It’s been a real pleasure hearing the evolution of German Army co-founder Peter Kris as a solo artist. Kris has expressed before that his solo music originally stemmed from an interest in creating his own soundtracks for driving or travel. Instrumental and mostly focused... 

Tradition, ‘Captain Ganja and the Space Patrol’

September 11, 2017

Tradition, ‘Captain Ganja and the Space Patrol’ Bokeh Versions, 3.31.17 “Out of the cosmic factor, between the years 1952 and 56 anno Domini  / A combination of celestial forces collided with the spiritual powers of nature / to bring forth, tradition.” With that invocation began the fateful adventures of Captain Ganja and the Space... 

Robedoor, ‘New Age Sewage’

August 28, 2017

Robedoor, ‘New Age Sewage’ Hands in the Dark, 4.21.17 In Atlanta we know better than to think of spring solely as a season of rebirth. It’s also the season of pollen, a malevolent yellow dust thickening rain and dew like cornstarch into a grimy sludge on our cars and sidewalks, clouding our waterways with yellow foam that acts... 

Anthony Pasquarosa with John Moloney, ‘My Pharaoh, My King’

August 15, 2017

Anthony Pasquarosa with John Moloney, ‘My Pharaoh, My King’ Feeding Tube Records, 3.24.17 My wife and I spent most of November 9th last year laying around in a daze, pondering what we ought to do for our young son, and listening to John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme. Around mid-day, a friend texted to commiserate — he was doing essentially the same thing,... 

Science Fiction, ‘Terrible Lizards’

August 11, 2017

Science Fiction, ‘Terrible Lizards’ Stimulus Progression, 5.17.16 Science Fiction, the enigmatic West Coast avant-garde duo, is almost as mysterious in 2016 as it was in 1980. Comprised of M. Kappenman and R. Curtis, Science Fiction released one full-length record and a 7” single. It’s unknown how many copies of Science Fiction’s... 

Threes And Will, ‘Purge of Genden’

August 8, 2017

Threes And Will, ‘Purge of Genden’ Nothing Out There, 3.10.17 Threes And Will is an anonymous Estonian alias debuted early in 2014 via local imprint Trash Can Dance. Since then, he’s been looping and conjuring his own distinctly warped and psychedelic cross-pollination of stoner rock with obtuse industrial new wave. Later in 2014,... 

Ingrid Schmoliner & Elena Kakaliagou, ‘Nabelóse’

July 27, 2017

Ingrid Schmoliner & Elena Kakaliagou, ‘Nabelóse’ Corvo Records, 3.3.2017 Nabelóse, released by Berlin-based sound art label Corvo Records, is a collaboration between Austrian prepared piano virtuoso/yodeler Ingrid Schmoliner and Greek French horn player Elena Kakaliagou, breathing new life into traditional folk songs from both artists’ native... 

Jeff Burch, ‘S/T’

July 26, 2017

Jeff Burch, ‘S/T’ The Spring Press, 3.3.2017 Jeff Burch founded his Spring Press imprint while living in Sydney, Australia. The label has been a way for the American-born and New Zealand-raised artist-musician to share and showcase the work produced by others that he has had the privilege to come into contact with. ... 

Robin Lohrey, ‘Robin Lohrey EP’

July 19, 2017

Robin Lohrey, ‘Robin Lohrey EP’ Vanity Press Records, 1.30.17 Patience is a virtue in dance music — it’s as much a part of the craft as knowing when to let a groove run, a pattern unfurling in the dancer’s head, rather than just tweaking the jam ad infinitum. Intricacy and insight can be fun, but sometimes it takes a record... 

Travis Laplante & Peter Evan, ‘Secret Meeting’

July 12, 2017

Travis Laplante & Peter Evan, ‘Secret Meeting’ NNA Tapes, 2.5.2016 The nature of Peter Evans and Travis Laplante’s dialogue on Secret Meeting is, naturally, secret, encrypted in a code of horns. Remaining is the record — four pieces that rise and fall in swells of codependent exuberance and exasperation, each coming from and returning to... 

Los Greys, ‘Angel Lust’

June 20, 2017

Los Greys, ‘Angel Lust’ Night-People Records, 2.15.17 Angel Lust, the second full-length from Boston psychedelic pop band Los Greys, is drenched in gentle, hook-oriented beauty. The band, comprised of Nick Rocco and Jeff Coyne, began as an ambient collage project indebted to the school of tape manipulation and sampling. Their... 

Architectural, ‘Metropolitan Opera’

May 17, 2017

Architectural, ‘Metropolitan Opera’ Architectural Records, 1.27.17 Architectural constructs minimal techno tracks asserting the traditional European sound. Releases like last year’s Elastic Layouts and Architectural 07 are competent dub and Detroit constructions, but Metropolitan Opera lifts producer Juan Rico’s imagination... 
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