Endless Chasm and Dosis Letalis – Born of Flame

Endless Chasm & Dosis Letalis started off 2019 with purpose, joining forces to produce the collaborative album Channeling Fire for Big Pharma (available on limited edition cassette and digital - https://bigpharmarecords.bandcamp.com/album/channeling-fire). They have both done releases for the Kansas noise/experimental labeling the past, but…

Andy Browne Troupe – All Styles of Rock Under This Tent

Atlanta musician Andy Browne started out in the mid-80s with the punkish college rock group The Nightporters, and with a few stops over the decades is at a creative peak with his Andy Brown Troupe. In a two year span, the Andy Brown Troupe has put out four full length albums, with a fifth being made as of this writing. The newest release here, Elep…

Skin Tags – The Sound of Revolution

"Punk rock died When the first kid said, 'Punk's not dead, punk's not dead'" - David Berman (Silver Jews, "Tennessee") I’m in a bit of a mood this morning. Woke up too early, and had to wait far too long to see the sun come up. Winter’s coming, as they say. On top of this low rent dysthymia, the news, filled with tales of hateful men and…

Histamine Tapes – Scratching that itch on your summer vacation

Histamine Tapes is back with a bundle to cool your mind during this hot stretch - or just ease your nerves whenever this is being read. For this review I have two cassettes from their summer batch, and both are continuing the label theme of reclaimed tapes and artwork. Each unique tape is dubbed in real-time, one featuring a craft paper box decorat…

BOYLE – Spun Out On Out Sounds

John Boyle’s new CD, Spinout, is a big 'un, loaded with 28 short songs. Yup, SONGS. Unlike Boyle's previous releases, which range from a 5 disc meditative drone suite to solo flute, this is a Thinking Fellers-style cramming of dozens of ideas into bite-sized chunks, all possessed with the sonic glory of classic lo-fi 4-trackisms. After a n…

Seth Graham – Hearing the Tea Leaves

This new release from Ohio’s Seth Graham is the second album on Mondoj I’ve reviewed. Seth is an accomplished composer, as well as cofounder of the Orange Milk label, a heavyweight in underground experimental music. Hints (tape and digital https://mondoj.bandcamp.com/album/hint/) is his sixth release, and is a document of an important momen…

Crash Symbols – Psychotropic Spools

Last year I reviewed an excellent batch from Crash Symbols. 2019 brings another diverse set of tapes from the always eclectic label. This West Virginia-based tape label casts a wide net in the musical ocean, and as usual offers up artists and projects from all over the globe. ML Wah and Herbcraft - No Slack cassette/download (https://crashsy…

Claire Rousay – In and Out of Space

Free improvisation is one of those musics in which it is difficult to quantify “good”, yet quite knowable upon hearing. As most ears search for patterns and superimpose Western tonality onto the vibrations they absorb, solo freely improvised percussion is about as far from these historic aural norms as sound can get.  To that point, it …

Bad Cake Records – Four Slices of Today’s Special

Now well into its second year of existence, with nearly twenty tapes in its archives, Ruix returns to Bad Cake records. I was sent four of the most recent offerings and below will cover each. Tony Lien, aka Dere Moans, has carved a very rich and varied place in the experimental tape world. These albums are available both on cassette tape and as a d…

Brad Anderson – I Sing the Synthesizer Electric

With a formal musical education starting in the 1970s, Washington’s Brad Anderson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 1985 and a Master of Arts in Music Composition in 1989. Brad describes his approach to classical composition: “[w]hile some pieces are through-composed, the majority are in ABA form. The restatement of the ‘A’ section …