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Guest Playlist #06: Matt Bower of Wizards Tell Lies

By Steve Dewhurst

“When I started buying films on VHS, I would record the sound onto tape so I could take the film with me on journeys.”

Pete Swanson
Enough Dark Intensity: An Interview with Jimmy Lacy of SiP

By Jason Cabaniss

"I like the idea of “cocktail music.” Something intentionally light and pleasant. I’m always trying to write music that communicates some type of positive mood and when I’m playing, trying to focus my energy there"

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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: Joel Shanahan – “Laurelhurst”

Joel Shanahan, known to many as Golden Donna, weaves new worlds out of air pressure and a touch of joy. He might not quite get you to dance or bring you to tears, but he sure as hell can make a synthesizer sing. Drawing as much from the space-age mysticism and cinematic gravitas of classic electronic artists like Tangerine Dream and cutting edge experimental hip-hop, Shanahan’s ambitions know no bounds, but the sheer fun and passion of it all welcomes the uninitiated listener like nothing else out there.

Shanahan premieres “Laurelhurst” from his upcoming double-tape release for Ratskin RecordsFrozen Clock Hovering. The sprawling, ambitious work draws on Shanahan’s feelings of futility, lingering trauma, and heartbreak, but the listener feels a whirlwind of fractured personalities that obscure Shanahan’s true self—or belie the artist on an endless search for it. “Laurelhurst” drags us through a dust-storm of atonal muck, only to drop us halfway through in an alien landscape of kosmische synthesizer meditations, switching on a dime from space and silence to speed and noise.

When the full album is released, you’ll be treated to a Golden Donna remix of the track to close out the record—but as you’ll recall, Golden Donna is just one of Shanahan’s many alter-egos. In this case, it’s his effortlessly cool and gently sophisticated techno side that emerges, but not after a bewildering romp through abstract club music and impressionistic sound poetry. Shanahan’s sound leaves no single conceptual peg on which to hang your hat, but it’s a challenging swing through his personal jungle.