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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: Kendra Amalie – “Boat Ride”

Tompkins Square today announced the release of the ninth volume in its consistently impressive compilation series Imaginational Anthem.

Curated by Illinois guitarist Ryley Walker, whose debut album All Kinds of You was released by Tompkins Square back in 2014, it is easily the most outré set in the series so far.  The label itself admits to never having heard 9 out of the 11 artists included, with names such as Dave Miller, Dida Pelled, Lucas Brode and Fire-Toolz sure to surprise – and quite possibly upset – the stalwarts expecting another straight-up selection of American primitive.  Fortunately, as experimental as some of these artists can be, there is a definite reverence throughout many of their catalogues for the groundbreaking guitarists who went before.  Walker has wisely decided not to alienate Tompkins Square fans altogether by ensuring his picks don’t break too far from tradition – the guitar is still allowed to shine first and foremost.

Kendra Amalie‘s woozy “Boat Ride” has been released in advance, handily introducing the unsuspecting audience to this volume’s turn of direction while (hopefully) not scaring them away.  Rocking and listing as drums chug it through waves of electric guitar, it’s safe to say this boat ride is not aboard the Cripple Creek Ferry, but nor is it going to make the old heads sea sick.