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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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Stream: Beachers – “8th February 2007”

Recorded directly before the UK was placed in lockdown to protect against the spread of COVID-19, London-based Beachers’ FM/AM, which seeks to replicate the uncanny atmosphere found when you fall into the cracks on the dial between radio stations, couldn’t have arrived at a more pertinent time.

Creepy near-silence, supernal fuzz of doubtful origin, gummed-up funk extractions and threadbare fragments of classical music all form parts of Daryl Worthington’s latest dispatch, summing up well the aberrant deracination of our times – who reading this does not currently feel somehow torn from the established flow of things and left to flail between realms, unsure of which side of the chasm represents security, normality, reality?

You have time on your hands. FM/AM is available now on a pay-what-you-like basis and you can stream the lurching “8th February 2007” below: