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Desolation Center Film Review

Desolation Center's genealogy of anti-commercial sound takes us to West Berlin, where Einstürzende Neubauten (translation: Collapsing New Buildings) create a new musical lexicon around the use of heavy machinery. It also gives us a glimpse of the New York No Wave scene, where groups like Sonic Youth and Swans are among the first to combine...
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Chronic Means Forever: Kadazia Allen-Perry Artist Interview

Despite Kadazia Allen-Perry’s youth, her cystic fibrosis has forced her to confront her own mortality. In her autobiographical documentary, Chronic Means Forever, the African-American first-time filmmaker provides an intimate exploration into the feelings of alienation and frustration which accompany her life-long diagnosis. Allen-Perry is faced daily with the perpetual struggle to balance her creativity while...Read...
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Christopher Tignor Artist Interview: Living in Modern Tension

“I had a big manifesto of ‘no’s’ at the beginning, [of things] that I didn’t want to do.” As a composer, violinist, and multi-instrumentalist, Christopher Tignor has, since the early ’00s, led the New York City-based instrumental groups Slow Six and Wires.Under.Tension. Up until recently, however, he’d had little interest in playing solo, and figuring...Read...
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3 Moons – Jefferson Zurna Band Interview: Inward Revolutions & Astrological Mythologies

Thousands of years ago, the ancient Greeks would pilgrimage to Eleusis, in Attica, to watch a reenactment of the abduction of Persephone by Hades into the Underworld. These rites, known as the Eleusinian Mysteries, offered the ancient Greeks a tactile connection to the Myths of Demeter and Persephone, as well as an intrinsic understanding of...Read...
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Kikagaku Moyo – House in the Tall Grass Album Review (Guruguru Brain Records)

In reviews for Kikagaku Moyo’s House in the Tall Grass, some have implied that the Japanese psych folk up-and-comers are simply rehashing old ground. Consider a sentence from Danny Riley of The Quietus, who writes, “The problem comes when artists fail to recognize the elements of their chosen influence that have the potential to catalyze...Read...
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Junior Boys – Big Black Coat & Jessy Lanza – Oh No: Comparative Album Reviews

Following Junior Boys’ world tour for their 2011 record, It’s All True, Jeremy Greenspan was exhausted, burnt out, and questioning everything. Looking for something fresh and exciting to put his energy into — and without the weight of baggage or expectations — Greenspan and his creative burnout led him to working with fellow Hamilton, Ontario...Read...
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HOUSE MUSIC Performance Review: Jennie Liu & Andrew Gilbert Practice at The Mistake Room

Backwoods folk music plays quietly as visitors enter The Mistake Room, and they find themselves in the midst of a manufactured landscape. Pathways demarcated by rubber tires lead towards a simple architectural structure, and TV sets are strewn about the terrain, running loops of silent video clips. One set focuses on strange tales about “artists”...Read...
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Morehshin Allahyari & Ryan Woodring Artist Interviews: Ghost Prints – A Joint Conversation About Destroyed Objects

With her latest series, Material Speculation: ISIS, Iran-born art activist and educator Morehshin Allahyahri has been using 3D modeling and 3D printing to create her own reconstructions of artifacts destroyed by ISIS. A thorough research project involving different archeologists, historians, and museum staff — and with 3D printable files to soon be available to the...