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We first met (and interviewed) North Carolina guitarist Shane Parish at last year’s Hopscotch Festival where he performed both solo and with his band Ahleuchatistas. In addition to his solo/band work, Shane recorded collaborations with the likes of Tashi Dorji and Jacob Wick with his releases appearing on labels such as Tzadik and Cabin Floor Esoterica.
Now we’re proud to present a mix that Shane created for IHN – a journey through his vinyl collection that resulted in what he describes as closest that he made to the real mixtape in last 15 years!

Few words on artists appearing throughout the mix

Lina Tullgren

Lina Tullgren writes dark, poetic songs with expansive, billowing structures.  She relies on sparse instrumentation to flesh out her rousing lyrical wisdom; crafting open-minded songs that push the conventional boundaries of a singer-songwriter. 

Label(s): Captured Tracks
On the Web: Facebook | Instagram | Bandcamp
Further Reading: Beat Magazine | Loud and Quiet | DigBoston | Indieberlin

Jaye Bartell 

Born in Massachusetts, Jaye Bartell moved to Asheville, NC, in the early 2000s where he began playing music among friends as a parallel activity to his work with poetry and other writing. Writing was his main focus for most of a decade; a time that involved constant traveling and moving around the U.S., mostly between North Carolina and the Pacific NW, where he lived on a small island in northern Washington. He released his first album, Feeling Better, Pilgrim, in 2008, after musician/writer Damian Weber taught him how to record. The album incorporated live incidental sounds (wind, chimes, traffic, birds), some of which were manipulated and processed as loops, but emphasized vocal melody and lyrics above all.
Paper and Iron

Label(s): Sinderyn
On the Web: Facebook | Bandcamp
Further Reading: No Depression | New Commute | Culture Collide | Flood

Anna & Elizabeth

This duo, by way of Virginia and Eastern Kentucky, supplements their glorious harmonies and picking with visual art, puppets, and moving scrolls that completely rejiggers the way people experience mountain music. They’ll also lead a square dance during the day on Thursday as well as late-night jam session at the Jig and Reel, Knoxville’s home for Irish folk music.
Garden & Gun

Label(s): Free Dirt | Smithsonian Folkways
On the Web: Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp
Further Reading: Vermont Folklife Center | Smithsonian Folkways

Rob Jacobs

Jacobs is known in the DIY scene for his group Wei Zhongle, a shifting ensemble that has been making records and touring for several years. Wei Zhongle focuses on psychedelic arrangements and maintains a reverence for ancient music of many kinds.

Label(s): International Anthem Recording Company
On the Web: Facebook | Bandcamp
Further Reading: Words on Sounds

Divine Circles

DIVINE CIRCLES is USX violinist, Meghan Mulhearn’s eclectic solo endeavor. Notorious for pushing the limits of orthodox string-playing in an effort to explore the violin’s potential as an instrument far beyond traditional composition, Mulhearn often employs effects and electronics, novel plucking and strumming techniques and uses the violin as an actual vocal resonator.
Earsplit PR

Label(s): Hooker Vision | Paradigms Recordings | Inherent Records
On the Web: Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp
Further Reading: Heavy Blog is Heavy | Mountain Xpress

Eric Slick

Eric Slick play drums for Dr. Dog. He’s also one-third of the Philly noise punk band Lithuania. Eric has also performed/recorded with Adrian Belew, Nels Cline (Wilco), Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear), R. Stevie Moore, Cass McCombs, Gordon Gano, and Ween. In his free time, he runs and operates the short run vinyl label Least Records.

Label(s): Solid Gold | People in a Position to Know | Humble Twin | EggHunt Records
On the Web: Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Further Reading: Post-Trash | Tidal | EggHunt | Jump Philly


Yowie plays a dense foreign language through two guitars which communicate in an angry six string banter over strictly scattered drums. This power trio speaks in alien code with founding member Defenestrator playing the part of percussive conductor. Each song comes densely packed with rare repetitions: a series of guitar riffs pass like clever one-liners with unbridled speed.   

Label(s): Skin Graft Records
On the Web: Facebook | Bandcamp
Further Reading: Skin Graft A-Z – Yowie | Can This Even Be Called Music?


Words used to describe her muse Arthur Russell are equally applicable to Colleen (multi-instrumentalist Cécile Schott). Schott’s compositions can be in turn pop or experimental, vocal or instrumental, and acoustic or electronic. She has drawn on baroque sounds of a classical instrument using the most modern pedals and looping techniques. Shape shifting as she does, the pieces are always distinctly her strong and utterly unique musical voice. A constant across Colleen’s albums are delicate extended melodies, minutely detailed soundscapes, and explorative unbounded compositions.
Thrill Jockey

Label(s): Second Language | Leaf | Thrill Jockey
On the Web: Official Website | Facebook | Bandcamp

Further Reading: Stranded Records | She Does Podcast

Father Murphy

Father Murphy is the sound of the Catholic sense of Guilt. A downward spiral aiming at the bottom of the hollow, andthen digging even deeper. Father Murphy over the years became one of the most mysterious and enigmatic musical entities coming out of Italy, part of that community that Simon Reynolds and Julian Cope started to call the new “Italian Occult Psychedelia.

Label(s): AagooRamp Local | Flenser
On the Web: Facebook | Bandcamp
Further Reading: Scene Point Blank | Post-Punk.com | Passive/Aggressive | Echoes and Dust

Nathan Bowles

Nathan Bowles is a multi-instrumentalist musician and teacher living in Durham, North Carolina. His work, both as an accomplished solo artist and as a sought-after ensemble player, explores the rugged country between the poles of Appalachian old-time traditions and ecstatic, minimalist drone. Although his recent solo recordings prominently feature his virtuosic banjo, Bowles is also widely recognized as a masterful and versatile drummer, and he considers himself first and foremost a percussionist, with banjo as a natural extension of his percussive practice.
Paradise of Bachelors 

Label(s): Soft Abuse | Paradise of Bachelors | MIE Music
On the Web: Official Website | TwitterFacebook
Further Reading: NYCTaper

Ray Creature

Ray Creature is a creature of the night…eh, maybe. Their music is actually good to listen to at any time. But there is a mystique to Ray Creature – a standout dark electronic band from Bloomington that has been releasing consistent material since 2013. The group originally started out as a duo with Jon Erich Booth on vocals, synth, and other instrumentation and Natascha Buehnerkemper on percussion and backing vocals. Since then, the band has evolved to a four-piece (with that lineup also changing recently).
Musical Family Tree

Label(s): Sister Cylinder | NO!
On the Web: Facebook | Bandcamp
Further Reading: Deathwave TV

Sarah Louise

There is music in nature. Irv Teibel recorded, manipulated and sold nature as functional art; John Cage meditated on it (“My composing is actually unnecessary. Music never stops. It is we who turn away.”); Annea Lockwood sonically maps rivers around the world. If field recordings are narratives humans tell about the environment, then translating that energy through instruments is our attempt at communion with it. This is where the music of guitarist Sarah Louise lives and breathes: in the movement and feeling of the natural world around her rural home in Asheville, N.C.

Label(s): Scissor Tail | Vin Du Select Qualitate | Thrill Jockey | Thin Wrist
On the Web:
Further reading: Dying For Bad Music | She Shreds | The Mothlight | Aquarium Drunkard


They may categorize their music under the slightly misleading heading “New Wave Of Finnish Heavy Metal,” but in reality, the long-running group Circle defy all pigeonholing. An ultra-prolific collective of hyperactive genre-straddlers, they indulge themselves in metal, krautrock, psychedelia, ambient, jazz, prog, art rock, soft rock, and other assorted fusions. They also have a habit of adorning themselves in spandex, leather bracelets, and other outrageous stagewear.
Bandcamp Daily

Label(s): Ektro | Southern Lord
On the Web: Bandcamp
Further Reading: The Quietus | Collective Zine | New Noise | Earsplit PR

Marisa Anderson

Marisa Anderson channels the history of the guitar and stretches the boundaries of tradition. Her playing is fluidemotional, and masterful, featuring compositions and improvisations that re-imagine the landscape of American music. Her work applies elements of minimalism, electronic music, drone and 20th century classical music to compositions based on blues, jazz, gospel and country music.  

Label(s): Chaos Kitchen | Footfalls Records
On the Web: Official Website | Bandcamp
Further Reading: First Avenue | Ballroom Marfa

Frank Rosaly

Frank Rosaly is a drummer, composer and sound designer living in Amsterdam. He has been involved in the improvised and experimental music community since 2001 where he has become an integral part of the experimental music’s fabric, navigating a fine line between the vibrant improvised music, experimental, rock and jazz communities around the world. He contributes much of his time to performing and composing as well as organizing musical events, while also touring regularly domestically and internationally.

Label(s): Aerophonic | Cabin Floor Esoterica | Utech 
On the Web: Bandcamp

Further Reading: Tektite Records | 482 Music | New Music Circle | Avant Music News


SheKhan is the musical duo of Kelly Coats and Kathleen Kim, which draws upon their years of collaborative experimentalcomposition and improvisation to create beat driven interlocking harmonies of flute, violin, vocals, mandocaster, synth, effects and more.

Label(s): Unsigned / Independent
On the Web: Facebook | Bandcamp
Further Reading: LA Artstream | 1985 Studio | Armory Arts | The Deli Portland

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