Jerry David DeCicca – The Unlikely Optimist and His Domestic Adventures

Now, if you’re a longtime reader here, you would know that I love nothing more than a record that is hard to define and exists somewhere outside of the neat confines of genre labels. An album that is best summed up as an unquestionably true expression of the artist. Jerry David DeCicca’s The Unlikely OptimistContinue reading “Jerry David DeCicca – The Unlikely Optimist and His Domestic Adventures”

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”

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!”

The Blind Owls – Something About That Girl

With their latest single, “Something About That Girl,” The Blind Owls are more explosive than ever. This Texan group are known for being one of the most raw and incandescent acts in modern garage rock, but they blaze through this track at breakneck speed and with a rabid fury. Right from the start, guitars revContinue reading “The Blind Owls – Something About That Girl”

Null Zone: Rootless – Emptied Spaces & Prana Crafter – 3rd Ear Incantations

The great people at Null Zone have a couple of exciting new releases that benefit for a very good cause. All proceeds from the pre-orders of Emptied Spaces by Rootless and 3rd Ear Incantations by Prana Crafter will go to the Garrie Vereen Memorial Emergency Relief Fund, which is organized and run by Nuçi’s Space in Athens, GA.Continue reading “Null Zone: Rootless – Emptied Spaces & Prana Crafter – 3rd Ear Incantations”

Jeffrey Silverstein – You Become The Mountain

Listening to Jeffrey Silverstein’s You Become The Mountain feels like you’re laying down on a soft cloud as it floats you through a golden sunrise. The Portland-based musician uses pedal steel, minimalist electric percussion and slick, reverb-soaked guitar to create dreamy soundscapes that are rich with comforting vibes. Occasionally, he mixes in his own vocals and inContinue reading “Jeffrey Silverstein – You Become The Mountain”

February 2020 Roundup

We’re only eleven days into February, and we’re already overwhelmed by how much good music is coming out this year. Here’s a roundup of some of the best and most unique new things that we’ve had in our ears as of late… With Great Care – s/t With Great Care, AKA Grainger Weston, creates vivid synthContinue reading “February 2020 Roundup”

Free Moontime Band -FTMB

Armed with barbed riffs, tantalizing hooks and a pugnacious attitude, Chicago’s Free Moontime Band is a group that every acid rock fan could get behind. FTMB, which was released over Black Friday, is overflowing with gnarly garage scuzz, passages of spaced-out jamming and pure, raw nerve. Tracks like “Weekend Freakin” or “Rat” begin with primalContinue reading “Free Moontime Band -FTMB”

Glymmur – Field Study: 33 Minutes

Glymmur’s Field Study: 33 Minutes is a master class in expressionistic soundscapes. To say that Glymmur, real name Drew Gabbert, is a dark ambient musician, wouldn’t be really giving him enough credit. He’s more of a sculptor of sound. On Field Study…Gabbert takes recordings of himself playing guitar and all sorts of other instruments and objectsContinue reading “Glymmur – Field Study: 33 Minutes”

Paul Hares – The Magic of Awareness

Paul Hares’ The Magic of Awareness is a tidal pool of handcrafted sounds and shadowy improvisations. Hailing from Russia, Hares is a true auditory sculptor, as this album finds him manipulating various recordings and noises into vast ambient seascapes. Across the album’s two side-length tracks, Hares experiments and treats analogue tapes with a whole array ofContinue reading “Paul Hares – The Magic of Awareness”