Pete Swanson: "Pro Style" music review

Pro Style, the latest record from former Yellow Swan Pete Swanson, finds him continuing to explore/dissect/reimagine/reinvent his own mutant strain of techno.

Wet Hair: "Spill Into Atmosphere" music review

These Iowa psychpop-kraudrone-WTFwave weirdos return with their second full length for De Stijl.

Viktor Timofeev: "GiveHealth 999" music review

Visual artist/musician Viktor Timofeev traffics in expanses of layered drones, and looped riffage, of atmospheres and ambience, but active ambience, with sounds blurred and tangled, rhythmic without actual rhythms.

Moon Duo: "Circles" music review

"Circles" is record number three from the beloved modern minimalist psych-kraut combo Moon Duo.

Like A Kind Of Matador: "Halfway To Dangerous" music review

Halfway To Dangerous is the first and final release from this now defunct UK trio who meld crushing slow motion doomdronesludge to haunting prog and drifting abstract ambience.

Bollywood Steel Guitar

Just from the title alone -- Bollywood Steel Guitar -- we knew that this installment in the always-amazing Sublime Frequencies series of unusual and under-documented "world music" recordings was gonna be the bomb! Indeed it is. And now on vinyl!

Zombie Rave: chopped and screwed gloom house music

"Zombie Rave" is the first full length from weirdo witch house / ghost drag outfit First Flesh. The jams here sound less Zombie Rave, and more warped new wave chopped and screwed eighties house pop.

Gum: weird avant-turntablism from 1987

Gum is an Australian avant-turntablist duo from the 1980s that began quite literally with a skipping Brian Eno record. Their output has now been compiled on a double-CD titled Gum: "Vinyl Anthology".

Plinth's antique music machine tunes

Plinth's strange and wondrous music is created using a collection of calliopes and Victorian music boxes, antique sound makers and wheezing creaking mechanisms from way back when.

Anduin: "Stolen Years" music review

A darkly spectral sound, infused with a deep melancholia, a spare, ghostly sonic landscape that manages to fuse field recordings, deep dronemusic, lumbering slowcore, downtempo electronica, and plenty of horns, into something soundtracky and sinister, brooding and ominous.

Bong: "Live At Roadburn 2010" music review

After enthused hails from the crowd, the first of two loooooong tracks starts up, or seeps in, eerie and airy and understated, quite lovely really, not at all heavy, but nicely hypnotic...

Factrix: "Scheintot" music review

Factrix originally manufactured their proto-Wolf Eyes sound in San Francisco some 30+ years ago. The history of underground music on the West Coast in the late '70s is not an easy one to trace. Unlike the punk explosion in England or New York, the influences and disturbances of the musical circuits manifested collusions of concepts that never really fit into the marketable ideas of punk or new wave.

Psychic Teens: "Tape" music review

While the rest of the world has been reveling in the resurgence of the cassette tape, some folks have been taking it a step further, and going full VHS! Video Horror Show is a label that only releases VHS tapes, which feature not only music, but also appropriately enough accompanying psychedelic visuals. Here is Psychic Teens with Tape.

Aphex Twin: "I Care Because You Do" music review

The mad-scientist of electronica - Richard D James aka Aphex Twin - originally released I Care Because You Do in 1995; and now in 2012, that classic electronica album gets a 2lp reissue by way of the 1972 label, who also recently reissued Aphex's Selected Ambient Works Vol. Two on triple lp.

Gary War: "Jared's Lot" music review

Expertly performed, extremely difficult clash between pop inclinations and punk ideals sent through a completely synthetic, inhuman aesthetic.

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: "Only In My Dreams"

"I'm just a rock n' roller from Beverly Hills / My name is Ariel... Pink!"

Well, okay. Sing it, Ariel! Peculiar popsmith Ariel Pink and his Haunted Graffiti are back, and as absurdly delightful and infectiously catchy as ever. Hella amusingly weird too - just check out the damaged Beach Boys vibe of, uh, "Schnitzel Boogie". Oh, and of course AP couldn't resist titling a track here, "Pink Slime"!

Music review: Common Eider, King Eider's "Sense of Place"

Sense Of Place is an ambitious audio/visual document that captures San Francisco drone/ambient/folk band Common Eider, King Eider's quest to build a cabin in the wilds of Alaska. It's an incredible package including both a book and a dvd.

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