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PROBLEMS THAT FIX THEMSELVES – SECONDS (ALREADY DEAD, 2010)

Amateurism may be the only escape from the tyranny of culture. I am not saying that Joshua Tabbia’s bedroom noise manipulations are terribly done or that Tabbia isn’t an ace musician, all I’m saying is that Problems That Fix Themselves tape destructions are do not adhere to any “professional” rules regarding style or aesthetic beyond their limited means of …

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DAVID KANAGA – FLOWER WALK EP (SELF-RELEASED, 2010)

David Kanaga sounds like a pretty interesting guy. The musical source for Kanaga’s latest EP comes directly from Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka; a story about a puppet made out of straw and sawdust who comes alive and develops human emotions. Earlier releases include free music for computer games, compositions written for three drummers and three saxophones (??), loops you …

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HAMMER OF HATHOR – VROOM-PSYCHO (FIELD HYMNS, 2010)

Portland’s blues/free-jazz deconstructionist duo’s sixth album, Vroom-Psycho, consists of two solid-gold minimalist burners amidst three delightful forays into improvised studio madness. Everything on this album seethes with a sense of a philosophical conservatism that forces creativity out of the most unlikely places necessitated by a limited tool-set. Minimal instruments (guitar, drums, brass, tape manipulation). Minimal membership …

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CHRIS SCHLARB – PSYCHIC TEMPLE (ASTHMATIC KITTY, 2010)

For spending over 1000 hours working on it, for enlisting a ridiculously high-profile 29-member ensemble to produce it, and for as lofty a title as “Psychic Temple” might suggest for what’s contained within these 33 minutes musical bliss, Psychic Temple is anything but huge. It’s tiny, even. Microscopic. Its nuances are so delicate, so slight, sometimes it …

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J. IRVIN DALLY – DESPISTADO (SELF-RELEASED, 2010)

J. Irvin Dally’s golden-throated croon is both impractical and necessary – and is therefore revolutionary.  It is impractical that such a young man can channel so much world weary sadness and emotional weight through a voice, a guitar and some hand-me down electronic tinkering. Impractical in the sense that on walks to work through cut-hole …

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THE MANXX – WANT SOME WEIRD (SELF-RELEASED, 2010)

Well, here’s a post that’s long overdue. Perhaps you remember, perhaps you don’t, but The Manxx is the girl-group punk extravaganza masterminded by Dan-o and Sara, who happen to be super-buddies (besties even?) and part of the excellent, attentive staff at Gabor’s Bar, a personal favorite watering hole in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver. The very same personal favorite watering …

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VA: ACT SO BIG FOREST COMPILATION VOL. 1: TRITON

“We tried to do this without you/but all we found is that we’re alone”. You know the saying, “a rising tide lifts all ships?” This sentiment seems to be the driving force behind the first compilation of from the Fort Collins collective Act So Big Forest. While blog favorites Candy Claws have been the family/collective’s most notable …

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SPOOK HOUSES – REAL GHOSTS / PRETEND GHOSTS (SELF-RELEASED, 2010)

Spook Houses. Haunted Houses. Hell Houses. Depressing places. Never quite live up to your expectations do they? I remember being terrified of the man with the Jason mask who chased you through the junkyard with a chainsaw. Then one of my friends told me the chainsaw didn’t really have a chain on it and so it …

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