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Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 11, 2020
The year is 1973, the place is Glasgow, Scotland and Ivor Tiefenbrun and co. are spinning professional test LPs on a freshly-turned Sondek LP12, only to deduce the quallity of the albums are total rubbish. So, why not start a record label and do it proper?
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 31, 2020
Any Russian composer who got through the Great War and the revolution, then received permission to leave the Motherland and work abroad for more than a dozen years before returning home to acclaim… is a composer I’d loved to have had the opportunity to talk with while we washed down rye bread with cold vodka sitting on a blanket overlooking the Volga.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 24, 2019
Atmospheric.

at·mos·pher·ic – /ˌatməsˈfirik,ˌatməsˈferik/ Adjective 1.Relating to the atmosphere of the Earth or (occasionally) another planet. “Atmospheric conditions such as fog, snow, rain.” 2. Creating a distinctive mood, typically of romance, mystery, or nostalgia.

Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 11, 2018
If you follow any of my musical musings on this site you’ll know I have what some would refer to as mildly eclectic taste.
Rafe Arnott  |  Sep 18, 2018
This duo has been a go-to staple of mine for chill-out listening sessions and critical review use alike because all their LPs are filthy with dense vocal, synth, drum machine and instrument layering.
Rafe Arnott  |  Aug 22, 2018
Some albums casually insert themselves into your life without you even noticing.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jul 14, 2018
Kicked back on a sofa with your feet up on an old steamer trunk and your laptop open for writing as acoustic instrument digital-manipulator and avant-garde trumpeter Jon Hassell blows long and calm at you from between loudspeakers is a pretty good zone to find oneself in.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jun 22, 2018
The music chosen by Anderson to help populate his films is like a rich, delicious ramen in a cozy noodle shop full of smiling staff, lustrous woods and the coziest of curiously-patterned seat cushions.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jun 08, 2018
1954. Mamie Eisenhower launches the first nuclear-powered submarine. Guitarist Steve Tibbetts is born is born in Madison, Wisc.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 30, 2018
Blame Stephen, again. Swedish singer, organist, and composer Anna von Hausswolff has made some dark magic on her latest album Dead Magic.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 23, 2018
Stella Donnelly's debut EP, Thrush Metal mixes heavenly vocals and guitar with hellish tales of horrible men. I've known more than my fair share of horrible men so listening to Stella Donnelly's lyrics leave me unsettled in that, "Yes I know" kinda way.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 16, 2018
Smerz is Norwegian duo Catharina Stoltenberg and Henriette Motzfeldt. According to Google translate, smerz means smerz in English, which clears up a lot of the questions I had. Have fun is their new EP, released on XL Recordings earlier this month, and you can take that title as invitation or demand, depending on one's preferences in these matters.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 09, 2018
The Breeders are back and there's gonna be trouble (Hey la, hey la, The Breeder's are back).

It feels like forever ago that I got to sit in on an early listen of All Nerve, The Breeders new album, at John DeVore's place with a few members of the band. If you are under the impression we all listen for the same thing and thus hear the same thing when listening to music, just spend some time listening to musicians listening to themselves.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 02, 2018
Protest music. Some of my favorite music is protest music, both covert and overt. Following on in the great tradition of overt anger from records like Max Roach's scathing hot We Insist! featuring the always memorable Abbey Lincoln, Irreversible Entanglements' eponymous debut features Camae Ayewa on spoken word, regular readers know her as the viscerally frightening Moor Mother, Keir Neuringer on alto sax, Aquiles Navarro on trumpet, Luke Stewart double bass, and Tcheser Holmes drums. They went into the studio together one day and walked away with this fiery gem.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 23, 2018
It begins with a blast of Isaac Hayes.

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