Reviews

Sharlyn Evertsz, “Get Outta Nowhere Fast” b/w “Revalued”

June 28, 2013

Sharlyn Evertsz, “Get Outta Nowhere Fast” b/w “Revalued” Drugged Conscience Records, 2013 Sharlyn Evertsz might hail from Miami, but musically she’s all over the map. Twice in the last year I’ve seen her live, and both performances produced boldly different results. The first, Voice Of The Valley 2012, was an out-of-nowhere mindfuck: I had zero clue who... 

Ariel Pink, ‘Thrash and Burn’

June 27, 2013

Ariel Pink, ‘Thrash and Burn’ Human Ear Music, 1/23/2013 I have in my possession a double CD set of 36 Ariel Pink songs from 1998. It’s being released fifteen years later on Berlin’s Human Ear Music (there was an initial cassette release in 2006), and is titled Thrash and Burn. Ariel Pink is a weirdo who I got into later... 

Kawabata Makoto’s Mainliner, ‘Revelation Space’

June 26, 2013

Kawabata Makoto’s Mainliner, ‘Revelation Space’ Riot Season, 5/13/2013 Despite losing their bassist and founder Asahito Nanjo, Japan’s beloved Mainliner has returned with new material. The reasons behind Mainliner’s reformation are shrouded in mystery, but never mind all that; just be glad these jams are here. The line-up now reads thusly:... 

Numinous Eye, ‘Clockwork Moon’

June 25, 2013

Numinous Eye, ‘Clockwork Moon’ Nod and Smile Records, 5/7/2013 I don’t know too much about Numinous Eye, but from the opening riffs and rattling drums of “As You Like It,” the first song off their new LP, Clockwork Moon, I was hooked. The seven expansive, trippy, and, most of all, heavy tracks are tied together by a tight... 

Date Palms, ‘The Dusted Sessions’

June 21, 2013

Date Palms, ‘The Dusted Sessions’ Thrill Jockey, 6/1/13 Inspired by a trip to the Yuba River and the Eureka Dunes, Date Palms’ latest record, The Dusted Sessions, is a long and winding study in creating a sonic monument to the staggering beauty of those landscapes. The core duo of Gregg Kowalsky and Marielle Jakobsons has recently... 

Stellar Om Source, ‘Joy One Mile’

June 19, 2013

Stellar Om Source, ‘Joy One Mile’ RVNG Intl., 6/11/2013 Can an electronic album ever be made for both the dancefloor and headphone listening? It’s a difficult balance to strike, but Stellar Om Source (aka Christelle Gualdi) attempts just that on her latest release for RVNG Intl., Joy One Mile. Like label mate Holly Herndon, Gualdi... 

Piper Spray, ‘Epigraph To The Bright Star Catalogue’

June 19, 2013

Piper Spray, ‘Epigraph To The Bright Star Catalogue’ Singapore Sling Tapes, 4/27/2013 Piper Spray has only released a few tapes so far, but it’s easily one of the projects that I’ve been most consistently surprised and amazed by this year. As far as I can tell, the project is helmed by a Russian man named Alexander, proprietor of his current... 

Rambutan, ‘Inverted Summer’

June 18, 2013

Rambutan, ‘Inverted Summer’ Fabrica Records, 4/9/13 For those immersed in the more experimental corners of the cassette underground, upstate New Yorker Eric Hardiman is likely a familiar name by now. For several years, he has been an active participant in various group projects, among them the scorching guitar-based bliss-outs... 

Dur-Dur Band, ‘Volume 5’

June 17, 2013

Dur-Dur Band, ‘Volume 5’ Awesome Tapes from Africa, 3/19/2013 Awesome Tapes From Africa is a label that doesn’t mess around — they give you exactly what they lead you to expect, uncovering unimaginably beautiful treasures from a lost past and often offering them for free through their site. This reissue brings us the fascinating... 

Wimps, ‘Repeat’

June 14, 2013

Wimps, ‘Repeat’ End of Time Records, 1/22/2013 What is punk rock? If I had a dollar for every permutation of the question I’ve seen or heard I could probably buy and sell all of your asses right now. My takeaway from that is: a) there is no right or wrong answer, and b) after a while, you just know it when you... 

Haves & Thirds, ‘It’s Mostly Guesswork / It’ll Clean You Out But It’ll Leave You Hollow Inside’

June 13, 2013

Haves & Thirds, ‘It’s Mostly Guesswork / It’ll Clean You Out But It’ll Leave You Hollow Inside’ Hot Releases, April 2013 Tampa’s underground scene produces a lot of choice music. Diverse, too. I count no less than 10 titles from the “Big Guava” in my heavy-rotation stacks, and each one is delightfully distinct from the other. SPQR’s Black Diamonds In The Nite (bedroom-house strung... 

Ensemble Skalectrik, ‘Trainwrekz’

June 13, 2013

Ensemble Skalectrik, ‘Trainwrekz’ Editions Mego, 4/1/2013 It’s quite a bold statement to give a record based around the use of turntables a name that closely resembles the slang term for a gaffe normally produced unintentionally by a dance music DJ. That being said, the absurdity of someone like Nick Edwards thinking that a so-called... 

Ekin Fil, ‘Ekin Fil’

June 11, 2013

Ekin Fil, ‘Ekin Fil’ Students of Decay, 5/14/2013 It’s not too often that a descriptor such as “haunted house” elicits anything but campy B-movie nostalgia; however, such a term is appropriate for the new self-titled LP from Turkey’s Ekin Fil. Throughout this set the listener is invited to consider distant memories... 

Former Selves/The Original Flowering Earth Split

June 10, 2013

Former Selves/The Original Flowering Earth Split Planted Tapes, 4/16/2013 I’m checking out this split again from Former Selves and The Original Flowering Earth, out on the Planted Tapes label from Denver. It’s a beautiful release on a dusky green cassette with hand-transferred lime green lettering. This tape is the most ambient thing I’ve... 

Lee Noble, ‘Ruiner’

June 10, 2013

Lee Noble, ‘Ruiner’ Bathetic Records, 4/30/2013 The music of Lee Noble is a story of artistic obfuscation told in reverse. We start with Claude Monet. Monet was one of the founders of the Impressionist movement in the second half of the 19th century. As opposed to painting in the same, staid style of the Renaissance masters... 

V/A, ’70 Years of Sunshine’

June 10, 2013

V/A, ’70 Years of Sunshine’ Monotype Records, 4/16/2013 The discovery of LSD as a psychedelic drug was an accident. In 1943, the Swiss scientist Dr. Albert Hofmann was revisiting a five-year-old experiment with squill plants and ergot funguses in which he and his colleague Dr. Arthur Stoll had attempted to synthesize their chemical... 

SØLYST, ‘Lead’

June 6, 2013

SØLYST, ‘Lead’ Bureau B, 4/12/2013 I’m embarrassed to admit I’d never heard of drummer Thomas Klein or his band Kreidler, but I know I’ll be bingeing on their colorful discography for most of the summer after hearing Lead, Klein’s second solo release under the Sølyst banner. Its vibrant energy... 

Marcos Valle, ‘Garra’

June 5, 2013

Marcos Valle, ‘Garra’ Light In The Attic Records, 1/1/2013 The point – or points – at which a composer succumbs to a sense of falsity within the time of their music’s creation can be seen as the moment at which their art begins to date. This shift might be motivated by any number of internal and external pressures... 

Metatone, ‘Metatone’

June 5, 2013

Metatone, ‘Metatone’ Self-Released, 5/14/2013 What happens when the wild man who produces all the music for SSION has a kid and forms a band with his dad, his sister, and a handful of other talented musicians? This self-titled record I’m listening to from Kansas City’s Metatone and too much self indulgent reviewing. Myself... 

The Funs, ‘The Funs’

June 4, 2013

The Funs, ‘The Funs’ Manic Static, 5/2/2013 Genres extract music and artists’ work from the direct, immediate experience of music. Instead of describing sounds, genres often connect to fashion movements (punk), derogatory journalistic slogans (shoegaze, rhythm and blues), or confusing statements about distribution... 
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