Features

Commenting on Music Discovery and Creative Agency

November 21, 2013

Commenting on Music Discovery and Creative Agency Often in these days of mute darkness (where the will to create often exceeds the medium), surfing the web can entail a slew of headlines that coyly ask questions many of us probably consider rhetorical, like a recent post to the NPR Music Blog titled “The Good Listener: Is There Too Much Music?”... 

Side by Side: A Study in Splits with Debacle Records and Goldtimers Tapes

November 20, 2013

Side by Side: A Study in Splits with Debacle Records and Goldtimers Tapes Split releases have always had a fuzzy, unclear place in the world for me. It is as though my inability to alphabetize them in a completely satisfactory way, being the obsessive sorter and ranker that I am, sent these records, tapes, and CDs into a strange netherworld where I might or might not ever... 

Making Life Meaningful: An Interview with Gimu

November 18, 2013

Making Life Meaningful: An Interview with Gimu “And wasn’t it a long way down? And wasn’t it a strange way down?” Leonard Cohen once asked in one of his songs. It’s a sentiment Gilmar Monte might appreciate when examining the subject matter of his own work. An extremely under-appreciated but prolific and gifted artist... 

Those They Left Behind: Tasos Halkias, “Five Days Married” and the Epirotic Resilience

November 15, 2013

Those They Left Behind: Tasos Halkias, “Five Days Married” and the Epirotic Resilience Sat in a crescent on the dusty ground, the Halkias brothers – Tasos on clarinet, Kyriakos on violin and Fotios on lute – stare directly, resolutely into the camera. Behind them stands a congregation of men holding hands, smartly-dressed and grave-faced. On the far left a gentleman smiles alone,... 

Descending Back to Land: An Interview with Wooden Shjips

November 12, 2013

Descending Back to Land: An Interview with Wooden Shjips Since entering San Francisco’s sun-fried and surprisingly dark music scene in 2006 with a pair of self-released singles, Wooden Shjips has steadily commandeered the reigns of the American psych rock revival. Operating the entire time in a classic quartet configuration — Erik “Ripley”... 

25 Years of Idea Fire Company: An Interview with Scott Foust

November 11, 2013

25 Years of Idea Fire Company: An Interview with Scott Foust As a writer, theorist, filmmaker, musician, label and mail order proprietor, Scott Foust has been a mainstay of the US Northeast’s fringe music community for well over three decades now. His music and writing convey an uncompromising, yet highly personalized vision, forging a singular body of work... 

Allow Some Mystery into Your Life, My Friend: An Interview with Signor Benedick the Moor

November 8, 2013

Allow Some Mystery into Your Life, My Friend: An Interview with Signor Benedick the Moor It’s fair to say that Signor Benedick the Moor is not your everyday rapper. If his debut album, last month’s long, loud and multi-levelled El Negro, was not enough to confirm him as some kind of rap genie, then what follows will surely knock the bejewelled lid off the lantern and send it... 

Long Applause in Leipzig: Julia Holter Live

November 7, 2013

Long Applause in Leipzig: Julia Holter Live Leipzig is a small enough place that a tourist can sometimes be surprised to stumble haphazardly into a previously unseen music club while walking around on a Friday night. I had been kicking myself all week because I had to miss Julia Holter‘s performance at the socialist architectural treasure,... 

Cooking In the Beat Kitchen: An Interview with RYV

November 6, 2013

Cooking In the Beat Kitchen: An Interview with RYV Charlie Abbott has just put out a new EP under his compelling experimental project, RYV, entitled hwut. The release comes to listeners via the ever-evolving Stereocure collective, free for download here. Though the collective features a wide range of multi-talented artists, RYV stands out with a particular... 

Getting to the Next Level: A Look at Sawi Lieu

November 4, 2013

Getting to the Next Level: A Look at Sawi Lieu Though Sawi Lieu may not be one of Indonesia’s most well-known musicians, he’s beginning to get credit for being one of its more under-appreciated. His unique brand of cosmic electro experimentation pushes the boundaries of conventional club music into a stratosphere of hypnotic moods and movements....