Back in Business! // Dispatches from the Underground – July 2023, Pt. 1
Back in Business! // Dispatches from the Underground – July 2023, Pt. 1

Back in Business! // Dispatches from the Underground – July 2023, Pt. 1

It’s been a long time (Long time)
We shouldn’t have left you (Left you)
Without a dope beat to step to
Step to, step to, step to (Step)

Unfortunately we did left – due to unforeseen circumstances that had something to do with a certain uberrich South African man running one of the world’s biggest social media. Namely @iheartnoise account appears to be stuck in an eternal recovery limbo with little chance of getting out of purgatory.

Fret not, however – IHN is still alive and kicking through a backup account Pixel Deep. As Ozzy once sang “You can’t kill rock and roll  / its here to stay” and we’re here to bring the proof.

Things of importance – our side

Skyjelly put out Spirit Guide EP – comparisons to both My Life in the Bush of Ghosts and 90s U2 abound. There’s two videos (Laisse Jeyedin Jeden / What Have You Done) + a excellent mix that features music by Horse Jumper of Love, Dumb Numbers/Melvins, Dirty Projectors, Black Duck, rootless and many more!

Finally, after a long wait, the footage is up of Solilians playing Havurah, part of the festival of Jewish music that also featured such greats as guitarist Eli Winter. You may remember them from split vinyl with Skyjelly that we put out few years ago as well as American Klezmische EP, both songs from which ended up in Havurah performance. And if you don’t we highly recommend listening to either one (or better yet – both).

Last, but not least – there’s footage of recent live street performances by a creative twin duo of Cryostasium and Petridisch! Petridisch also got a new record out entitled Extrait on Bulgarian label Mahorka.

New Releases

Norwood – Miss the Point EP (Island House)

Sloppy Heads – Sometimes Just One Second (via Joel Berk)

Oren Ambarchi / Eric Thielemans – Double Consciousness (Matière Mémoire) (via David James)

Portland Vows – Plastic Alice (Third Kind Tapes) / Brand new album by ambient-kosmiche modular synth maestro Portland Vows on CD, cassette and digital. Analogue warmth with folky psychedelic undertones

rootless – to build yourself a temple is to wall yourself inside (Aural Canyon)

Ben Chasny & Rick Tomlinson – Waves (VOIX) – killer guitar duoDying 4 Bad Music

Ayami Suzuki & Rob Noyes – Classic Fevers and Chills

Music Recommendations

Traysh – Shady Favorites / This is off the wall, completely my shit @ryleywalkerSeawind of Battery

Animal Piss, It’s Everywhere – S/T / But for real, one of things I actually love about this fucked up country is that no other place could’ve possibly raised the people who created this earnestly booze-soaked, ever-so-gently maniacal and shambolic gem of an albumJen Powers

Siavash Amini – Eidolon (Room40)

Jeff Parker – Forfolks (Intl Anthem) (via Dillon)

Chris Abrahams / Oren Ambarchi / Robbie Avenaim – Placelessness (Ideologic Organ / Shelter Press) (via Dillon)

K-Lone – Swells / sunrise warmth, buoyant beats, airy atmosphere.. yep it’s a perfect summer morning listen, just like his debut three years agoDavid James

Whettman Chelmets – Coppen (Strategic Tape Reserve)

Bitchin Bajas – Bitchitronics / Bitchitronics by Bitchin Bajas came out on this day ten years ago. One of my favorite albums from Chicago’s favorite aural astronauts. This is gorgeous, trance-inducing shit to zone/bliss out to. Cannot recommend them highly enoughWoven Antelope

Reading Recommendations

Lester Bangs – Peter Laughner is Dead (via Ben Solilian)

Fabio Mendez – Cabaret Voltaire: A Collection of Interview 1977-1994 (via vmdtm)

Denis Johnson – The Name of the World (via HiveMarc)


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