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It Can Be A Bit Terrifying: Raul Zahir De Leon on his Return with CANANDAIGUA

By Steve Dewhurst

“Who is America for?” ponders Raul Zahir De Leon when recalling the earliest knockings of what has now become CANANDAIGUA, his first musical project since the dissolution of Stamen & Pistils in 2007.

Pete Swanson
Dissect Yellow Swans: If The World Didn't End (1998-2000)

By Steve Dewhurst

In the opening chapter of the story we join band members Pete Swanson and Gabriel Saloman at the turn of the century as their musical paths converge in Portland, Oregon. Rotating around the creative hub that was promoter Todd Patrick’s 17 Nautical Miles, Saloman and Swanson were joined on the scene by fellow luminaries such as Paul Dickow, George Chen, Ethan Swan and Paul Costuros.

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Clean is Dirty: An Interview with Flowertown

By Lindsay Oxford

The birth of San Francisco’s Flowertown makes for a good story: longtime Bay Area scene compatriots Karina Gill (Cindy) and Mike Ramos (Tony Jay) compose a song together for an upcoming show in later winter 2020, and the day before they’re slated to play it, the world stopped.

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Needles and Pins: Derek Piotr's Journey to the Heart of Britain's Folklands

By Steve Dewhurst

“Yorkshire is not so dissimilar to my home in the Northeast of America,” Derek Piotr tells me from York, the latest stop on his great British journey. “Connecticut is part of New England, so that makes sense.”

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Headboggle, “Polyphonic Demo”

Oh my, what a delight. Headboggle’s latest full-length offering Polyphonic Demo delivers 44 minute-long treats of perfected chaos, like individual cuts of brined pastrami sliced at the deli counter. Intricate, charming, and decadent.

San Francisco’s Headboggle, née Derek Gedalecia, has been doing this for over a decade, but he’s never quite done this before. That is to say, not only is this his first album featuring dense harmonies on a polyphonic synthesizer, but it’s also the first in which he truly showcases his theatrical side like never before. Gedalecia has been known to injure himself and break his instruments onstage, cavorting around behind the keyboard, doing intentionally botched back-flips, trashing tables, and whatnot—but here the music itself plays the part.

Where else can you get the whimsical 8-bit style balms of Game Boy wonder in “Chill Out Room World,” – more hypnotic than the classic Pokemon games – alongside Jarrett-esque ragtime reveries like “Bell Rock,” and the S&M whiplash of “Stomp Ya Down” just a few minutes after the acid-burst Plantasia hymn “Baseball Fan”?  There’s so much happening within so little time, but without feeling rushed or compressed in the least; it’s a deep and delectable sampling of Gedalecia’s infinite musical brain.

One might be deceived by the music video of “Blue Guitar,” in which Gedalecia gyrates over a keyboard on the shoulder of the I-580 freeway in Oakland, into thinking that this is a continuation of the weird ambient stylings of self-titled 2012 LP on the Spectrum Spools label, operating within one roughly consistent vernacular genre. Not so. Polyphonic Demo is closer on the family tree to Headboggle’s countless limited-run cassettes, with many revolving around a particular synthesizer model or recording experiment. It’s even closer to a live Headboggle experience, as if each minute were a flashback to a different concert you can only foggily remember.

You owe it to yourself to feast on this infinite musical buffet—just don’t break your back as you dive in.

Polyphonic Demo will be released by Ratskin Records on 22 April