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Jason Simpson - REDEFINE magazine Staff Writer

All posts by Jason Simpson

J. Simpson is attempting the unlikely, seeking to master 3 separate, but interlocking traditions: music, audio production, and writing. As you can probably imagine, he drowns in sound and wallows in noise, and writes down the effects, using himself as a guinea pig for psychoacoustic experiments.J. Simpson has written about music for REDEFINE, Freq Magazine, The Active Listener, Weirdo Music, and Chain DLK, and writes about horror for Amazing Stories. He is the founder and author of the Forestpunk journal, as well as co-founder of the Bitstar art and music collective. He also makes music with the love of his lifetime in the band Meta Pinnacle, and solo under the name Dessicant. He lives in Portland, OR.

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Black Moth Super Rainbow Live Show Review (Hawthorne Theatre, Portland)

Black Moth Super Rainbow make music for maniacs; misfits that don’t fit in anywhere but a Black Moth Super Rainbow show. The combination of lo-fi, surreal visuals with muscular funk rhythms and a battery of cosmic sci-fi synths transport listeners to a grainy interzone of abandoned playgrounds, rolling cemeteries, and haunted shopping malls. The music...Read...
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HealeyIsland – On Ponzi Bridge Album Review

HealeyIsland On Ponzi Bridge White Label Music Frances Fukuyama’s book The End Of History, published in 1992, went directly against Jacques Derrida’s Spectres of Marx, predicting the global triumph of Capitalism and of the Spectacle. Greg Healey’s music, as HealeyIsland, is the soundtrack of sprawling shopping complexes and virtual dating sites. This is the world...Read...
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Olafur Arnalds – For Now I Am Winter Album Review

Olafur Arnalds For Now I Am Winter Mercury Classics Imagine yourself walking down a deserted street. It’s late in the day; the sky is dappled and mottled with clouds. The sidewalks are littered with the soggy remnants of December, slush and old receipts. Your thoughts uproot, displaced in time, remembering, projecting. A fine, chill mist...Read...
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Leven Signs – Hemp Is Here Album Review

Leven Signs Hemp Is Here Digitalis (2013 Reissue; 1985) Some records are made before their time. Many things have changed in the 28 years since Hemp Is Here was first released – but even now, with an additional 3 decades of ethnomusicology under our belts, its thrift store Hindustani vibrations still sound freaky. This must’ve...Read...
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Ensemble Pearl – Ensemble Pearl Album Review

Ensemble Pearl Ensemble Pearl Drag City (2013 February) Comprised of drone merchant Stephen O’Malley (Sunn O)))); psychedelic guitar wizard Michio Kurihara (Ghost/Boris); white-gloved drummer Atsuo, (also Boris); and William Herzog (Jesse Sykes And The Sweet Hereafter) on bass, Ensemble Pearl is comprised of some of the brightest gems the drone metal underground has had to...Read...
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Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – What The Brothers Sang Album Review

Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy What The Brothers Sang Drag City Can we appreciate older music, without it being retrostylized, sculpted and reconfigured for modern ears? Will Oldham, the right honorable Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, and Dawn McCarthy (of Faun Fables fame) seem to think so, dishing up thirteen slices of pure unadulterated Americana on...Read...
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Grouper (Liz Harris) Live Show Review

  Grouper is a dark star of the Portland experimental scene. She hardly needs any introduction, but her records have hypnotized international audiences for years, yet she remains somewhat aloof from the local music scene. She DOES pop up, from time to time, making sporadic and memorable appearances, often times at small, inexpensive events. Saturday...Read...
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