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A Journal Of The Dark Arts

Post Punk Classics: Joy Division – Closer (1980) album review

On the 40th anniversary of Ian Curtis’ death, we step inside Joy Division’s sepulchural sophomore album, Closer.  Closer is often cited as an early influence on goth. While its true … Continue reading

May 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Vinyl Of The Week: I Am A Vowel – IO 12″ review

Technoid trance meets dubby dread on IO from Belgium’s I AM A VOWEL Writing in 1975 on the then-contemporary resurgence of interest in traditional trance music, the New York Times … Continue reading

September 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Opal Tapes August 2019 Batch Review

From deconstructed bass music from Seoul, South Korea to alien hip-hop to subtle noise, Opal Tapes’ newest batch is satisfyingly eclectic and diverse.  It is increasingly uncommon to go to … Continue reading

August 17, 2019 · 1 Comment

Tortoise & Tenon: Tortoise & RJD2 @ Soul’d Out Music Festival; 4.20.2017; McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom, Portland, Or.

Chicago’s Tortoise elevated an at-capacity crowd with their minimalist post-everything rock ‘n roll for the second night of the Soul’d Out Music Festival. The mortise and tenon joint has been … Continue reading

April 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ghostly Folk: Holy Sons – Fall Of Man (Thrill Jockey)

Grails’/Om/Lilacs & Wine‘s Emil Amos returns with a ghostly post-apocalyptic folksy dub classic rock AM gold record on Fall Of Man, his second for indie/psych/post-rock juggernauts Thrill Jockey! Everybody needs … Continue reading

September 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Expanding Slowcore: Low – Ones And Sixes

Duluth, MN’s Low return with possibly the most consistent album of their Sub Pop era, while still innovating and pushing forward. Apart from My Bloody Valentine, perhaps no band has … Continue reading

September 16, 2015 · 5 Comments

Backward Listening: Ekoplekz – Unfidelity (Planet Mu)

Been meaning to post about this since it came out, back in March. Since Planet Mu has just released their second collection of Nick Edward chunes this year, Four Track … Continue reading

August 28, 2014 · 3 Comments

Ras Mix – Adventures In Clown Town (SDM-005)

Adventures In Clown Town, by Portland’s noisy techno technician Ras Mix, is what it might sound like if Ralph Bakshi were to direct a movie about a young b-girl, escaping … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · 3 Comments

Young Echo – Nexus

it can be hard to keep track of electronic music. For the longest time, dance music was plunging forward with reckless futurism, discarding genres like cicada husks. A few years … Continue reading

September 5, 2013 · 1 Comment

Best Available & Ond Ton – Split

Label: Opal Tapes Release Date: 10.12 RIYL: Ekoplekz, Actress, Pole, Atom TM, echoes, delays, Berlin, hardware, software, Tapes, good things. Here’s a true gem from the recent live electronic undergound. … Continue reading

June 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

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