Vessel – Punish, Honey Album Review (Tri Angle Records)

There are hardly any electronic instruments on Punish, Honey. Instead, Vessel’s Sebastian Gainsborough built an arsenal of homemade instruments, including flutes made out of bike frames, sheets of metal, and “harmonic guitars”. Punish, Honey is an industrialized suite: clanking, stomping, sparking, twitching, pounding. But instead of the giving the sensation of a migraine — which is sometimes produced from hyperfrenetic digital constructions, as with some of the recent work from James Ferraro — Punish, Honey is like walking through a factory full of mechanized automata, like a textile mill animated by Jan Svankmajer. Like The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, if he had brought jackhammers and bellows to life, rather than broomsticks.

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MSHR Art & Music Collective Interview: Pathways In & Up

“Where we’re at right now, it doesn’t make sense for us to join a preexisting community or culture that has a set of rules or traditions. That can’t happen for us, but we want that — everyone wants that — and with this project, we’re creating our own sacred spaces and traditions. Pathways in. And up.” - Brenna Murphy, MSHR

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Lee Gamble – KOCH Album Review (PAN)

“All I can say is that with these records, (KOCH in particular) is that apart from them working as just music to listen to, I’m concerned with the notion of dragging you in and out of some space. Like, where the fuck are you in all this? Being there. It’s more ambiguous, less logocentric perhaps?” - Lee Gamble, via Resident Advisor

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Emerald & Doreen Records (#34) Futuristic Pop Music Mixtape

Music lovers and fellow space travelers at the German label Emerald & Doreen Records have decided to bestow upon REDEFINE a 13-track mixtape with plenty of soon-to-be released tracks. The label, dedicated to “futuristic indie, chill & dance music”, presents music in one of the ways we like it most: through danceable grooves and with a cosmically spiritual bent.

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TBA Festival 2014: Preview Guide & Top Picks

TBA Festival 2014 is upon us, and over the course of its two-week course, Portlanders will be graced with a number of audio-visual treats, eats, and experiments. This year’s lineup seems less dance-heavy than usual, but brings with it perhaps the festival’s most exciting musical acts in quite some time. Read on, for our top choices in performances, concerts, and art projects.

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Decibel Festival 2014 Preview Guide & Picks

Seattle’s 11th annual Decibel Festival is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to start the agonizing process of picking and choosing amongst the myriad of showcases, Optical shows, After-Hours, conference workshops, and boat parties the festival has to offer. There are shows and conference activities offered up to 19 hours a day in 12 locations around the city, making the necessary choice between too many exciting options a stressful problem, but truly the best problem to have.

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