Peaking Lights Band Interview: Deciphering Cosmic Logic

Recently back in the spotlight with their latest record, Cosmic Logic, Peaking Lights have left behind the laid-back grooves of their last two full-lengths, 936 and Lucifer, to embrace full-on the ostentation of a dance record. Cosmic Logic is guaranteed to throw the duo’s long-time fans for a polarizing loop, but despite the initial shock it may bring, the album is one that stays true to the band’s ethos, history, and goals, even if one needs to dig deep to understand exactly how Cosmic Logic is a natural progression.

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Yoshi Sodeoka Video Artist Interview: Psychedelic Apocalypse in the Digital Realm

New York City-based video artist Yoshihide Sodeoka is known for his disquieting psychedelic videos, which are characterized by saturated colors, mythological references and a tense expression of time. Working often on an intuitive level, Sodeoka often allows his audio-visual creations to assume their shapes through a combination of spontaneous assemblage and aesthetic choreography. His video art is unique for its translation of noise music into a visual language, and for the close relationship of his moving imagery to principles of stillness. Polarizing aesthetics and themes in particular lend a spiritual tendency to the artist’s work — though not overtly, and perhaps not even consciously — yet the fine line between good and evil is channeled into intense representations of such

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Panabrite – Pavilion Album Review (Immune Recordings)

One cannot overstate how important it is to receive a record at the right time. That moment when the millions of waveforms passing through the air make way for that particular set that speak to your situation, that synchronize all of the cells and particles within and without and pull the air around you into formation, stitching together an unseen tapestry reflecting the “right here right now.” Into this milieu there can sometimes march a record that gets it just right. And as I sat down to listen to Norm Chambers’ new Panabrite record, Pavilion, I was just getting ready to accept the end of the Time of Summer here in Portland and welcome the Time of Fall — amongst

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Umin – Clast Album Review (Abandon Building Records)

It’s all too easy to fall back on the, “We’ve seen it all/done it all,” perspective of modern ennui. While on one hand, we are seeing more and more subdivisions and chimerical stitching together of genres, the bedroom breakbeat garage popedelica of the world, we are starting to see new forms and structures emerge, thanks to the savvy application of technology. On Clast, Cincinnati producer Kevin Poole, aka Umin, chops and sculpts a variety of stringed instruments into 4-dimensional polychromatic sculptures that unfold over time, in an explosion of color, tonality, and creativity.Clast is constructed from the unlikely source material of a baritone ukulele and guitar. Usually these two instruments conjure images of twee folk music — something with a

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Dream Boat – The Rose Explodes Album Review (Cloud Recordings / ARROWHAWK)

By experimenting with distances, alternating which vocal or instrumental tracks feel close and which seem far, Dan Donahue and Page Campbell, aka Dream Boat, create a musical space that has depth rather than the mere appearance of depth on their sophomore release, The Rose Explodes.

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Grouper – Ruins Album Review (kranky)

Ruins, as a word, can mean two things: as a noun, it is a decrepit run-down structure, no longer inhabited. Ruins, as a verb, is to degrade something, to bring about its demise, to fall into ruin. This ambiguity of meaning reveals a hidden face in Grouper’s new album, which is much concerned with uncertainty, in marginal spaces that don’t necessarily add up or make sense. The word “maybe” occurs multiple times, alongside dream language and landscapes, of cycles and mountainous bodyscapes.

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Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa – She He See Feel Music Video (w/ Interview)

“By creating a world intuitively together, by combining our imagination without compromise, we made a strange place. The mind is a strange place, sometimes beautiful, volatile and whimsical you know?” - Dustin Wong

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