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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: Earthlogoff – “Tipsy”

Berlin’s Kitchen Leg Records has just dropped the wonderfully schizoid debut by Earthlogoff, aka former Antihairball members RBRT and Sanaa. Still heavily indebted to Lightning Bolt (they’d be the first to admit it), the duo has now introduced samples and splices to their style to veer off in a direction more redolent of Franz de Waard and Roel Meekop’s heralded meltpop project Wieman, which is to say it’s noisy, disjointed, tremendous fun and strangely danceable.

Fungym flows well from track-to-track, filling gaps with brief, glitchy electronic bits like the spasmodic “Naive” and its close relative “Gremlins,” during which RBRT sets down the bass and proves himself an expert knob twiddler. Elsewhere it’s all crunch, crack and hum; earth-shaking bass pierced by laser beams of electronics and clipped blast beats from Sanaa’s analogue drums.

“Tipsy” encapsulates the duo’s sound perfectly, with its churning power metal bass riffs charging headlong into a sparking web of circuitry and ending in a tangled panic. Stream that track below and head across to Kitchen Leg to pick up a tape.