Circuitry of Ghosts – Installing the Relaxing Chips

Dakota Snaketail wears many artistic hats, including ambient musician, experimental filmmaker, artist, and writer. Based in Tyler, Texas, their musical output is spread across various projects, everything from the drones of The Flesh to harsh noise (Shadowpiercer) and lo-fi shoegaze (Where the Sea Meets Human Shadows) to his power electronics w…

When You Go Out To Vote

Happy Halloween! I know it's spooky out today, but what's scarier than the prelude to All Soul's Day? Election Tuesday! That said, your vote has the potential to make our national shitshow slightly less terrible. At the very least, your vote may help protect the rights of women, persons of color, non-American citizens, queer folks, and everyone…

Histamine Tapes – Mellow Fruitfulness

The autumn batch from Vermont’s Histamine Tapes features a double dose of drone from Brian James Griffith and Dominic Razlaff. The label signatures of “reclaimed tapes” and “breathing new life into unwanted ephemera” are still present. In the case of Brain James Griffith, the j-cards are sourced from a book on pottery; Dominic Razlaff…

On the Run with Mu Vonz

Mu Vonz is all about movement. It’s in the sparse but driving beats, a locomotive propulsion. The lyrical motifs center on movement as well - travel and mode of transportation are dominant themes. On this new self-titled release from Already Dead Tapes & Records, Mu Vonz is perpetually in motion. Mu Vonz is also a very sleek record. Fo…

Fallen – The Sound of Fog

On his newest offering, Tout est silencieux (Triple Moon Records), Lorenzo Bracaloni blends field recordings processed through his laptop with traditional instruments to create a cinematic sound filled with emotion. Lorenzo Bracaloni is an Italian sound artist who has numerous releases under the monikers of The Child Of A Creek and Fallen. He s…

The Smudge – Wrong Longings

(photo by Lulu Rader) “Some people are worth the right gold. Some people search after the wrong gold.” - The Smudge The Smudge is the musical persona of enigmatic multidisciplinary artist Bucko Crooks.  Where does the persona end and the person begin? And what does it matter to you? The Smudge boasts 82 releases on the artist’s b…

Bill Nelson – The Futurist Looks Back

  The recording career of Bill Nelson can be traced to 1968 at Holyground studios in Yorkshire, England. Since that time Bill has put forth well over one hundred releases - from a solo artist to Be Bop Deluxe, then Red Noise and back to a solo act, as well as countless collaborations with artists like Harold Budd and the group Channel Light…

Our Puppet Selves – The Wind That Is One Glenn Jones (That I Mean)

This is an old review of a show Glenn Jones played in my hometown of Dubuque, Iowa in 2011. Having seen Jones pass through Iowa again relatively recently, I figured I'd post this lil' write up from the days of yore. As much as things change, they stay the same, and Jones continues to be a force and inspiration to a newly revitalized American prim…

A Menu of Delightful Sounds – Dere Moans’ Future Deli

Bad Cake Records is a tape label that appeared in early 2018 and boasts 10 releases so far. Run by Tony Lien, the Minnesota label fashions itself a “misfit, non-elitist cassette label with no set aesthetic.” The real link I hear between their releases is that each artist does their cooking in a home studio and keeps it on the raw lo-fi side…

Dubuque – Sound of Perseverance

Every now and then we dig up Ruixes past. Here are a handful of reviews of recordings by bands from our home base of Dubuque, Iowa, dug up from one of our prints zines published in 2015.  All these artists are still active - check 'em out. Young Indian - Handsome  Iowa has been getting a fair amount of positive press lately from the…