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 …

Dream of the ’90s – sewingneedle bring the noise (rock)

sewingneedle - User Error (Already Dead Tapes and Records) By Jason Thompson sewingneedle would be good on Chic-A-Go-Go, the local Chicago TV dance show for kids. If the likes of Bobby Conn are cemented in its hallowed historic on-air performances, and if dudes like Jandek can get spun on there with no irony for the locals to shake it to…

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…

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…