Features

Substrata 1.5 in Photos

July 28, 2015

Substrata 1.5 in Photos In 2011, a time when the term “summer festival” had already come to connote the massive, multi-stage, corporate-sponsored events which have since become the norm, Rafael Anton Irisarri envisioned Substrata — a different kind of model for showcasing live music. The first edition of Substrata... 

Voice of the Valley Noise Rally VII

July 15, 2015

Voice of the Valley Noise Rally VII Even being from the state, if all you knew about Voice of the Valley Noise Rally was that it took place in Millstone, WV, you might wonder — how unusual is a gathering of noiseniks in the backwoods? I’ve been writing about weirdo music for a bit now, but I only came across the event a little... 

Patch Memory: Karl Fousek’s 20 Favorite Synth Records

July 13, 2015

Patch Memory: Karl Fousek’s 20 Favorite Synth Records This is a mix of my favorite music composed for and/or played (or improvised) on a synthesizer, any synthesizer. It is not meant to be a comprehensive list in any way, it is certainly not a complete history of synthesizer recordings and it is not meant as a best-of list in any sense. What it is is a... 

Global Music & Canary Records: An Interview with Ian Nagoski

July 9, 2015

Global Music & Canary Records: An Interview with Ian Nagoski Canary Records is the roving imprint of Baltimore-based Ian Nagoski, a maven producer and researcher, and at the time of the label’s foundation in 2008, a record store employee with a long list of interesting and gone-from-print international oddities accumulating. Since then, Canary has become... 

The Chicago Triangle: Finding Everyday Music

July 6, 2015

The Chicago Triangle: Finding Everyday Music Ada and Huron is a relatively sleepy corner in the middle of Chicago’s West Town, but among a set of fortified multifamily dwellings sits a once-lost piece of Chicago music history. Granted, in a city the size of Chicago, there are so many unheard stories hidden within each neighborhood, but this...