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…

JEAGS’ FANCY SLEEVES

Fancy Sleeves: The Importance of Cover Art in Record Sales and History Listening to a vinyl LP allows a person to spend time with an artist’s work. One engages in “active listening.” This includes more than merely hearing the music. You must remain present to listen to a record. You have to place the needle into the grooves. You have to fl…

ASVA – Presences of Absences LIVE

This June, the mighty Asva reassembled to perform their essential album Presences of Absences for the first time live. The group, led by Stuart Dahlquist and featuring his brother Adam, Nick Hudson, and Toby Driver, played at Subterranean in Seattle on June 22. Here is live video from that show of the album's title cut. Simultaneously maje…

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…

VIDEO PREMIERE: VOIDDWELLER – “SNAKES”

VoidDweller, whose Illegal Content album we reviewed here, returns with  a new single, "Snakes." The video, shot by Angelo Rossi - who has established himself as a photographic documentarian of many Iowa bands and scenes - and manipulated in post by Mr. VoidDweller himself, features the artist sitting down at a desk in something of an interro…

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…