Rock music with oddly-tuned guitars, varied rhythms, clouds of dissonance, and bursts of energy wasn’t too hard to come by in the 1990s. But not everyone who practiced this DIY form got out of the decade alive: for every Sonic Youth there was a Dustdevils, and for every Polvo there was an Erectus Monotone. Boston band Turkish Delight were a casualty of the slacker decade too, but their music deserved to survive longer.
Marc Masters (NPR / Wire / Pitchfork)
We’re down to about 12 copies of our reissue of Howcha Magowcha, final album by Boston’s mighty post-punk/no wave crew Turkish Delight! While our tape reissue is down to just 12 copies, there’s also a CD treatment on the way from British imprint Reckless Yes!
While we’re waiting for latter, there are few things we’d like you to do:
1. Check out Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 of HM mixes
2. Check out HM predecessor Tommy Bell – while tape version is sold out you can still get a digital (and yes – that one will also get a CD treatment from RY)
3. Check out a roundup of Tommy Bell mixes
Moving on to Vol. 3 of HM mixes…
Li Colt Vas
Reading: Scatalogik | Quarter Block Party
The Altered Hours
Way of Sorrow
In My Dream…
Song for My Sister
Minimal, pissed, angular, anxious, art punk. In the vein of Slint, Shellac, Ought, Television, and ‘70s CBGB’s scene. Art punks unite and take over. –Ryan Nichols (Iron Lung, [email protected])
Get Wet +
An Accident Waiting to Happen
Mercure’s sound is a porous electronic art that overlaps ambient, abstract, and industrial sensibilities – its spaciousness reveals an artist attuned cinematically rather than for radio play or public performance. She approached the latter theatrically, and rarely, disdaining most live shows as too serious, and bringing her music to bare on her audiences in playful, immersive contexts. On recordings, Mercure’s night lit synth music evokes non-confined environments, at once expressionistic and minimal and always aware of its surroundings.
Heejing Jang is a South Korean artist based in NYC, behind some of the moodiest sound collages ever put to tape.
Rodeados Pela Bezela
Shadow of NYC
20 Minute Loop
Our William Tell
Touch the Sky
Natalie Chami adopted the TALsounds moniker in 2009 for her solo explorations in the drone, ambient, and electro-acoustic improv disciplines. In live performance, Chami’s analog synthesizers weave together into drifting loops that evolve in tandem with her vocal leads and choral harmonies. Her meditative sessions stretch into hypnotizing depths of stream-of-consciousness multi-instrumental input, sinking into expanses of infinite sustain and cresting into bursts of noise from an arsenal of oscillators and effects pedals. After a series of tape releases on labels like Hausu Mountain and Moog’s own physical imprint, Chami released her first TALsounds LP, Love Sick, with New York’s Ba Da Bing Records. As a member of free music trio Good Willsmith, she has toured the country and released eight albums since 2012, including the LPs The Honeymoon Workbook (2014) and Things Our Bodies Used To Have (2016) on Mexico City-based label Umor Rex. Chami also performs as half of ambient duo l’eternebre. She is Lebanese, was born in Ontario, and lives in Chicago.
On a Different Note:
- Recap: Praise for Tommy Bell / Howcha Magowcha
- Tommy Bell Mixes: A Roundup!
- Listen: Howcha Magowcha and its Minions – Vol 2: All Choked Up
- Bandcamp Friday // Betwixt, Gull Boy, Darryl Blood
- 10 Interviews From 2017