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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... 

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...