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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: W.O.E. – “Ultrawarm Indices 4”

I miss many aspects of my pre-pandemic life, but at least so far, going to shows is surprisingly low on the list. Remembering braving the social stress and the late-night commutes home appeals to me less than finding time to reflect, breathe, and check in with people I care about. If I miss any live music, though, it’s noise. I crave twenty-minute sets in tiny rooms, sets where performers put unreasonable amounts of stress on their unrecognisable machines and the flimsy folding tables underneath, while the other twelve people in the audience make cryptic gestures of communion or gaze ahead with disquieting levels of attention.

This new release by Oakland duo W.O.E. speaks to my minor wish. Brian Tester and JaMile Jackson’s music is more psychedelic than it is punishing, but it has the almost absurdly overwhelming quality I like most in noise. It feels gigantic, and at the same time its expressiveness makes it unmistakably human. Especially on “Ultrawarm Indices 4,” the sound unfolds gradually and with restraint, it pulses in a way that’s not overtly machine-like, and it’s bright and colourful and detailed. Focusing on any single sound here is like trying to keep your eye on raindrops in a downpour. At least for now, it gives me the satisfaction of a noise show, without the part where I try not to miss the last bus of the evening.

Ultrawarm Indices is available now, both as a tape and a pay-what-you-want download, on the San Francisco label Glowing Dagger.