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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.

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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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Premiere: Andra Ljos – “Cleanse the Souls”

In the latest cassette bundle from West Coast mainstay Not Not Fun, Russian Armenian artist Andra Ljos (Aleksandra Evseeva) unveils Fountain of Inspiration, her second album and first for the label. While Fountain may not sound like the deep listening or distant mirage exotica of previous NNF offerings, it finds itself at home with the extended raga-like excursions of other cassettes. Andra lures listeners in with slowly unfolding sonic tales of ancient Grecian isles and mythology, composed of “keys, strings, sitar, backward whispers, and percussion.”

Nowhere does the tape shine better than on “Cleanse the Souls,” a beguiling blend of the aforementioned sonic ingredients. The track ebbs and flows as all the instruments weave together, rising and falling like the waves rolling towards the “sacred Greek island water sanctuary” that inspired the album.

Dive in and explore this latest peek prior to Fountain of Inspiration’s October 8 release date.