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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: 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.