Features

Mountain Show #18 (curated by Decoder)

April 27, 2015

Mountain Show #18 (curated by Decoder) On April 18th, Decoder (as represented by Liz and I) and several dozen others folks from in and around New York hiked up, down, and alongside Mt. Taurus in Cold Spring, a beautiful and relatively well-to-do seeming little town on the Hudson River. While many of the attendants arrived via the Hudson... 

Decoder Podcast #01

April 27, 2015

Decoder Podcast #01 Please say hello to the first installment of Decoder’s new in-house podcast, an audio companion to the website scheduled to appear every other month (courtesy of our producer David Perron from the FFFoxy Podcast. For our first episode, the site editors introduce themselves while contending with... 

Heavy-Ass Freaks: An Interview with CCR Headcleaner

April 22, 2015

Heavy-Ass Freaks: An Interview with CCR Headcleaner The San Fran weirdo quartet CCR Headcleaner have been making their mark in the sonic mire of the Bay Area since 2008 via various projects — they run Pollen Season (a label/collective), and have played in Long Legged Woman, Waste Rig, and The Hospitals, among others. They’ve also had releases... 

At the Fringe of the Caldera: An Interview with Ariel Kalma and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe

April 16, 2015

At  the  Fringe of the Caldera: An Interview with Ariel Kalma and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe Though they pursue their recordings in much different environments, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe from his current home in Brooklyn and Ariel Kalma at his Main Arm studio outside of Mullimbimby, Australia, both were in fact born to city life. Lowe was born in Kansas City before first moving to Chicago, while... 

Translating Daniel Wyche’s ‘The Last Flight of the Voidship Remainder’

April 14, 2015

Translating Daniel Wyche’s ‘The Last Flight of the Voidship Remainder’ In autumn of 2014, guitarist Daniel Wyche took the stage at The Burlington, a noise-friendly Logan Square dive in Chicago, with drummer Ryan Packard, which opened a series of collaborations between the experimental musicians. The duo worked together on a blistering debut performance of his composition,... 

The Poet and The Worker: A Q&A With Tim Olive

April 9, 2015

The Poet and The Worker: A Q&A With Tim Olive Canadian ex-pat Tim Olive manages to wrangle a seemingly endless variety of sounds from a single steel guitar string accompanied by the simplest of electronics. Lightning storms, enormous resonant bodies, damaged machines, oceanic roars, and primal animal calls all emanate from his spartan set-up. It... 

It Sounds Cheap: An Interview with Kai Hugo on Palmbomen II

April 2, 2015

It Sounds Cheap: An Interview with Kai Hugo on Palmbomen II When I first streamed Dutch producer Kai Hugo’s latest album, Palmbomen II, I was transfixed. In my notebook, I scrawled cryptic notes to myself as I pored over the new LP, the accompanying promo films, episodes of The X-Files, and Hugo’s 2013 album Night Flight Europa (a product of the Hugo’s...