Jan St. Werner – Miscontinuum Album Review (Thrill Jockey Records)

“Every memory is just a loop. Returning again to places I once was, before, things are never as I remember them. Every home is also a burning house. Loop… and if one could draw this loop differently, then what? Different lengths? Four different lengths? Changes history’s courses – places, people, and events; all of them never were. Could they be made anew with this loop? I doubt it. Is this really happening?” - Dylan Carson, as written by Marcus Popp, Intro to Miscontinuum

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Sara Jackson-Holman – “Haunt Me” Music Video Premiere (Natasha Kmeto Remix)

Though the haunting voice of Portland songstress Sara Jackson-Holman already lends itself well to a song bearing the title “Haunt Me”, the remix by hometown hero Natasha Kmeto transforms all of the bright notes of the piano-heavy original into atmospheric grey skies. Pair that with a number of delightful frills-and-lace wardrobe pieces — some fashioned by the singer herself — and what you find in the music video, directed by Ife Adeniji of Artistic Outlet Media, speaks to a wisdom and maturity beyond Jackson-Holman’s young years.

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Pour le Plaisir – Tin Machine EP Album Review (Blue Tapes / X-Ray Records)

Pour le Plaisir has been producing, remixing, and collaborating since as far back as 2001. Having released over one dozen records on the French dance label Moleskine, this is his first with the UK’s Blue Tapes and X-Ray Records, a recently revamped tandem tape and vinyl series who have also recently reissued on vinyl Blue Twelve, improvisational guitarist Tashi Dorji’s album from last year. Citing his hometown to be both as France and Italy, Pour le Plaisir (real name only provided as Patrick G., retaining a slight elusiveness to his identity) does seem comfortable in migration on the Tin Machine EP. While not as directionally opposed as the cardinal points, each of the four tracks on Tin Machine presents a

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Jack Name – Weird Moons Album Review (Castle Face)

Effortlessly eternal, Jack Name’s Weird Moons harnesses the same joyous commitment to polyglot musical experimentalism of the likes of Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall. Simultaneously evoking both the creaky wonder of lo-fi bedroom recordings and the organic richness of early 1970s “big board” recording studios, such as L.A.’s Sound City, it displays a masterful understanding of both songwriting and audio craft. These elements, coupled to his obvious exuberance at the creative potential of the arts at his disposal, make for an intoxicating and powerful mix. Enigmatic, and prone to the same promiscuity of naming that keeps fans of the Parquet Courts on their toes, Jack Name has released recordings under several different monikers. This choice is, we are told,

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PICA Giving Tuesday Mixtape Curated by Intuitive Navigation DJs

Curated by vVv Stardust & Serious Moonlight of Intuitive Navigation, of Portland’s newest radio station, XRAY.FM — xray.fm/programs/intuitive-navigation — for PICA (Portland Institute of Contemporary Art)’s Giving Tuesday fundraiser.

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Atelier Ciseaux Record Label Mixtape Stream & Download (#36)

Back in 2011, French record label Atelier Ciseaux collaborated with the label La Station Radar to curate an extremely popular mixtape featuring the pop stylings of bands like Lucky Dragons, Mathemagic, Jeans Wilder, and Reading Rainbow. Time may have passed, but Atelier Ciseaux’s dedication to inventive pop songs that saturates moods in bright washes has remained the same. Jeans Wilder returns on this year’s installment, along with some REDEFINE favorites like TOPS, Ariel Pink, and Amen Dunes, as well as amazing tracks by French-speaking musicians like Police Des Moeurs, and Essaie Pas.

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