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…

CRASH SYMBOLS: Dancing To Their Own Beat

Started in 2010 and run by Dwight and Liz Pavlovic, Crash Symbols is a psychedelic tape label, though it branches out to include many other genres. They were kind enough to send me a batch of their 5 newest tapes and here they are in order of catalogue number. Touched by an Angle Vol. 2   More than a compilation, this cassette is equal p…

Cult of Mary: Venerations and Devotionals Through Noise

Hailey Magaña’s new project, Cult of Mary, released a 3 track EP and video earlier this month. The project is a departure for Hailey, who last year gained attention in the Harsh Noise scene with Ritual Chair, which she describes as a “noise project that is uncomfortable and anxiety-creating… she yells about past pain to force you to feel i…

DEAD HAWK & NADESHDA – BROKEN HEART OF A SUPERNOVA

Nadeshda/Dead Hawk – Split 2018 (Epileptic Media) This split release from Lintz, Austria’s Nadeshda and Grand Rapids, Michigan's Dead Hawk offers fans of zero beat droning and noise experimentation quite a bit to enjoy. Nadeshda claims the first six tracks here, while Dead Hawk delivers the seventh, a 27 minute epic entitled “Hypervelo…

THE SOUNDS OF STARGAZING

Motion Sickness of Time Travel - Vignette for Taurus Since 2009 Rachel Evans has released over 80 albums under the name Motion Sickness of Time Travel. The music is synthesizer-based and has nods towards minimalism and early electronic composition, as well as kosmische musik and exotica. This is the type of music that benefits from headphone…

MASSIMO MAGEE – STUDIES IN SOUND

Massimo Magee – Hunting Horn and Rotation Studies (Lurker Bias) Massimo Magee has been making all sorts of visual and audio artworks for a while. In his latest listening project, Hunting Horn and Rotation Studies, Magee mines the minimalistic. The album is presented in five “studies,” each being a variation on a main theme of what appe…

O DEATH! Traveling the Spaceways with the binary marketing show

I met The Binary Marketing Show in Kalamazoo, Michigan, at the 2016 Already Dead Family Reunion. Bethany and Abram slept on the couch across from mine for three days, and we got to know each other a bit, as one will in such close quarters. Since then, they have graciously set me up in their adopted hometown of Portland, Oregon. We are also doin…

MARGENROT – A PEAL OF THE ARMENIAN PAST

Margenrot - Zangezur (Klammklang) Eastern Europe, while not well represented in the West, is rich in art and music. Lusia Kazaryan-Topchyan is one of these standout musicians. She was part of the trio Fanny Kaplan before setting out on her own. Born in Omsk, Siberia with an Armenian heritage, she now resides in Moscow. creating sounds that on th…

NATURE BOY – BRIGHT LIGHT & MORE EAZE

More Eaze - unnatural._light. (Rat Tail Tapes) More Eaze is a treasure - prolific and diverse, he excels at every sonic style and subsequent permutation he explores. On unnatural._light. we find More Eaze working with more traditional structures, at least on the first side. Composed of three short songs in which sparse guitar accompanies soft vo…