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Review: Retribution Body, "Baphomet"

By Steve Dewhurst

For Baphomet‘s creation, Matthew Azevedo decamped to Methuen Memorial Music Hall, replete with its 160 year old Great Organ and famed four-second reverberation.

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A Folk Music of Sorts: An Interview with Zefan Sramek of Precipitation

By Jason Cabaniss

"For much of my work, both musical and otherwise, the notion of place is very important. That’s one of the reasons I like using field recordings."

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Inbox #10: Real Life Ambient Top 10

By Emmerich Anklam

Greil Marcus, whose books like Mystery Train and Lipstick Traces and The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs deepen the mysteries of rock music instead of explaining them away, has kept up his Real Life Rock Top 10 column with few interruptions for more than thirty-five years. This edition of The Inbox is structured after his column and dedicated to him.

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Guest Playlist #08: H. Anthony Hildebrand

By Steve Dewhurst

“The first album I was given was Rolf Harris’ Greatest Hits... that’s how not cool the music happening at our house was."

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Stream: TONED – “Hostile Environment”

Fuckin’ right on. TONED is new to me, admittedly, but damn am I glad this new one for Lisbon label Shhpuma landed with me the other week. And curse that it took me so long to get around to imbibing it.

With a fretful mania and idiosyncratic humour not unlike their sonic brethren Sly and the Family Drone, this Philadelphia trio comprised of alto saxophonist Tom Weeks, drummer Leo Suarez and composer Nathan Corder blast wild jazz through a rusted sieve of grimy old samples and harsh electronic funk so it squeaks out like so many slick writhing spätzle. Think James Chance jamming with KILT or John Olson breaking fingers in Six Finger Satellite; whatever you do, turn it up as loud as it can go and just grin at the whole joyous chaos of it all.

The band’s new album The Private Sector is available from Shhpuma now and you can stream the marvellous lead track below.