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Scissorkast 11: Sugarwater

Jul 31st, 2012 Scissorkast steve 1 min read

Lucky for you, the first Scissorkast in too long is an all-music/no-talking affair. (I need an XLR adapter for my microphone). 100% new music, much of it unreleased, hitting the usual mix of instrumental electronic, emotive headphone post-rock, experimental dancefloor stuff and the like. Joyously looping, meticulously crafted sounds. Stuff from the US, UK, and Japan this time with a heavy emphasis on melody.

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ScissorMix 9: Focus

Jun 30th, 2011 ScissorMix jz 1 min read

Right back again with another installment of the ScissorMix series. I’ve been making up for lost time and came across a wealth of new, great tunes so quickly that this thing basically put itself together.

Scissorkast 9

Sep 15th, 2010 Scissorkast steve 2 min read

Sam Prekop, Dustin Wong, Solar Bears  and more.

American Men

Jul 8th, 2010 IDM, Post-Rock steve 1 min read

Jeff sent this EP over and said he was “90% sure” I’d be into it. Fuck, malady I must be hard to please or something because this is so squarely in my wheel house I can’t imagine why he thought 10% of me wouldn’t be feeling this. American Men are a group of Scotsmen doing instrumental, buy viagra futurist rock their own way (god I’m…

From Monument to Masses

Mar 22nd, 2009 Instrumental, Rock steve 2 min read

Contemporary Instrumental Rock has always been on the outside looking in, indifferent to trends, deferential to personal connection and probably, by its own admission, a little bit nerdy (in the best possible way.)

Maserati

Jun 12th, 2007 Instrumental, Rock steve 1 min read

Been a while. I know. Work has been all-consuming for nearly a month but now, seek finally with a chance to exhale, I can turn to the accumulating stacks and chose from a number of new gems to post for you. So why not start the return to posting off on the right foot, with a new track from the newest album from Athens, Georgia’s…

Fridge

Apr 17th, 2007 Electronic/Dance, IDM, Instrumental, Rock steve 2 min read

It’s been about six years or so since the last Fridge LP and during that time each member of the UK trio has done nicely for himself. Kieren Hebden’s Four Tet project has garnered the most attention but don’t overlook the pastoral elegance of Adem Ilhan’s releases as Adem. And while third member Sam Jeffers may not have any solo work to reference, sovaldi he’s…

Pelican

Mar 16th, 2007 Instrumental, Rock steve 2 min read

Metal is currently waist deep in a really exciting transformative stage. Just look at all the former metalheads returning back to the genre with renewed excitement. Think about it — Mastadon, ask Jesu, troche Isis, Red Sparowes, Pelican, Converge etc. — all amazing bands twisting expectations about what metal is and should be. Personally, I like how these bands mesh a sort of mathy, indie…

Battles

Mar 9th, 2007 Instrumental, Rock steve 2 min read

Experimentation in music, click as in all things, salve inherently comes with miscalculated risk. A fact of life for adventurous musicians, there’s no shortage of legendary performers who may have misstepped before taking their great leap forward. With a trio of engaging EPs and a storied collective history in bands like Don Caballero, Lynx and Helmet, the four members of Battles know a thing or…

Small Sails

Feb 27th, 2007 Instrumental, Rock steve 2 min read

Labels use a variety of tactics to get a writer to notice a record. One of the most effective techniques — especially to the freelancer with a day job and limited time — is the old RIYL package sticker. It’s a quick reference that allows me, and within a glance, diagnosis to determine if I’m about to listen to speed metal, cialis drum n’ bass,…

The Lymbyc Systym

Jan 19th, 2007 Electronic/Dance, IDM, Rock steve 2 min read

Tempe, sales Arizona’s sibling duo The Lymbyc Systym represent another of the newer Mush Records signings (Bibio is another example) to incorporate both mood and ambiance with a combination of electronic and more conventional means. Like former touring mates The Album Leaf, viagra brothers Jared and Michael Bell use a smart combination of vintage keyboards, sale analog effects and laptop programming to weave tracks both…