EP Review – Dread Head EP, PC Worship

Some of us had been daintily applying ChapStick before Brooklyn’s PC Worship played at the Villanova house in Davis, CA. I didn’t know which factor contributed the enjoyment, but I decided to buy their record anyway. At least it looked cool: the silk screened black reptilian Virgin on nacreous sleeve, seemingly burned into the paper, … Continue reading

Mixtape Review – Death Grips, Exmilitary Mixtape

Death Grips’ Exmilitary Mixtape just came out and has more stripped down moments than previous peeks at the Zach Hill-backed, experimental hip hop project. Still, the production is impeccable and the experimental qualities persist. The usage of effects and samples create what many Zach Hill projects tend toward: a spastic, noisy, perpetually changing burst of … Continue reading

Show Review — Lightning Bolt at Rickshaw Stop | San Francisco, CA | 4.13.11

Skinner, my partner in sonic crime, has a way of capturing situations in perfectly apt and brisk phrases. Last week a group of us saw Lightning Bolt at Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco and something along these lines was uttered: “Going to a Lightning Bolt show and wearing earplugs is like fucking Beyoncé with a … Continue reading

Album Review – EMA, Past Life Martyred Saints

Seeing the noise-folk band Gowns at the House of Nostromo, a dock warehouse in west Oakland, is imprinted in my memory. The place had uneven, large wooden boards for a floor and the residents built themselves rooms in each corner out of plywood. Against one warehouse wall, between two rooms, there was a small, dark … Continue reading

Album Review — Dispirit, Rehearsal at Oboroten

Dispirit’s Rehearsal at Oboroten (2010) sounds like a garage recording of black metal stuffed under a blanket of noise. That duvet hides unsightly coitus of doom and black metal, percolating a vocal that could be the low groan of a distorted, low frequency synthesizer but instead is the oscillating larynx of John Gossard. Gossard was … Continue reading

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