August 2020 Roundup

How are we already in August? AUGUST. Anyway, while I figure out why time has become so distorted, here’s some great new music: Surf Muscle – “Theme From Surf Muscle”/”In The Hall of The Mountain King” Lathe-cut onto transparent vinyl in extremely limited quantities, Surf Muscle’s latest single is a red hot cruise of summerContinue reading “August 2020 Roundup”

Tino – Bookfair

Stoic ambience and the wistful haze of nostalgia collide on the beautifully melancholic new album, Bookfair, by San Francisco experimental artist, Tino. Freshly released by Aural Canyon, this record is packed with lonesome lo-fi guitar and ghostly piano meandering through the mists of droning synths. These subdued compositions easily suggest faded memories and still moments inContinue reading “Tino – Bookfair”

Liner Notes with Mike Mannix of Centripetal Force Records

Mike Mannix is the cool head behind the great Centripetal Force Records. The label (along with Cardinal Fuzz) brought you such cosmic favorites as Dire Wolves’ I Just Wasn’t Made for These Set Times and the No Ear to Hear split by ragenap and Prana Crafter. Mannix’s small print-run company is also responsible for compassionate benefit releases,Continue reading “Liner Notes with Mike Mannix of Centripetal Force Records”

The Record Crates United Mixtape #28: An Interview with Ramona Stout

Be sure to tune in to tonight’s episode of The Record Crates United Mixtape, as we have the privilege of hosting the great Ramona Stout. Stout is a record producer, writer, podcaster, and scholar of ethnomusicology. She is perhaps best known for her highly acclaimed compilation of rare mid-western gospel music, No Other Love (pictured above),Continue reading “The Record Crates United Mixtape #28: An Interview with Ramona Stout”

Michael C. Sharp – Trip Further

Michael C. Sharp’s Trip Further is a voyage through vast oceans of cosmic keyboards and astral guitars that Harmonia would have been proud of. Sharp, a Texan multi-instrumentalist and one of the main heads behind Sungod, has gone above and beyond to create a collection of soundscapes that feel both profoundly exploratory and effortlessly relaxing. Songs likeContinue reading “Michael C. Sharp – Trip Further”

Sairie – The Trembling Earth

Moved by the stark isolation of the pandemic, Sairie has returned with a striking new EP. February’s beautiful Scarlet and Blue release was indeed a difficult act to follow, yet The Trembling Earth goes above and beyond and actually raises the bar for the group. Each of the three songs here—two new originals and a classic Thomas Moore poem—isContinue reading “Sairie – The Trembling Earth”

The Rabies – Adderall Girl

In the early 1980’s, The Rabies released a pair of punky powerpop singles, which have since become highly sought-after collectors items. Thankfully, both have been digitally re-released on Bandcamp. Along with those two classic releases, the NYC band reunited to bring the world two new power pop anthems, “Adderall Girl” and “You’re The Glue.” “AdderallContinue reading “The Rabies – Adderall Girl”

Liner Notes with The New Elastic Infinite

The New Elastic Infinite (A.K.A. Ethan Madarieta) runs the brilliant Global Psychedelia podcast/playlist. NEI and his show are an infinitely limitless resource for mind-expanding sounds of all kinds. Every Saturday, NEI lays a new 2-hour auditory trip on us all, featuring acidic tunes from all across this dimension (and possibly a few others). If you’reContinue reading “Liner Notes with The New Elastic Infinite”

Silver Scrolls – Music for Walks

Sometimes the best way to feel truly moved and changed by a record, is by listening to it while going for a walk. It’s strange that it took until 2020 for an album to be created with this specific activity in mind, but it was absolutely worth the wait. Silver Scrolls (Dave Brylawski of Polvo,Continue reading “Silver Scrolls – Music for Walks”

Jim McHugh – The Masher Sez Abolish Work. End Employment Now!

Following the moving For Big Floyd benefit single from last month, Jim McHugh of Sunwatchers and Centripetal Force Records have teamed up again to bring you another powerful slab of socially conscious music for a good cause. All proceeds of this release will be donated to Black Lives Matter NYC and Black Lives Matter Nashville. OnContinue reading “Jim McHugh – The Masher Sez Abolish Work. End Employment Now!”