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A Journal Of The Dark Arts

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Scandal (Room40, 2021)

A trio of lost recordings from 1992 to 1995 flies in the face of the idea that Merzbow is overly-prolific.  If you’ve ever read any reviews of Merzbow, or any … Continue reading

June 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Door Open at 8 a.m. (Alien8, 1999)

Make a jazz noise here Although many claim for hip-hop or various kinds of electronic music to be the spiritual successors to jazz, especially the more far-flung variants like free … Continue reading

May 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Paradoxa Paradoxa album review

On Live at Kid Araik Hall I, Merzbow reveals noise – alongside hip-hop and electronic music – reveals itself to be the spiritual successor to jazz.  There’s not enough appreciation … Continue reading

April 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Green Wheels (Self Abuse, 1995) Album Review

Green Wheels is ’90s Merzbow at its purest – 70 minutes of dense, sprawling, relentless noise on unwieldy, cumbersome packaging. Knowing where to start with Masami Akita’s bottomless discography is … Continue reading

March 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

Arrias-Davies-Ullén – Crystalline album review

Crystalline is a group improvisation rooted in tradition yet flowering into new, strange, and unexpected shapes.  “New music” – that strange amalgam of classical, free jazz, and improvisation – requires … Continue reading

March 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Grime Time: Wolf Eyes – Undertow album review

On Wolf Eyes’ first album of original material in 2 years, Undertow, the infamous Detroit noise trio return with a meditation on timelessness, filth, uncertainty, identity, leather jackets, flesh, and … Continue reading

April 2, 2017 · 4 Comments

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Aqua Necromancer (Alien8, 1998)

Disruptive Rhythm Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous. – Yehudi … Continue reading

December 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow and Gareth Davis – Atsusaku review

Atsusaku, the collaboration of “king of noise” Merzbow and avant-bass clarinetist Gareth Davis, is 40 minutes of burning wind, crumbling static, squealing feedback, klaxons, and sirens. It’s like walking through … Continue reading

November 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Macro/Micro: Sun Ra & Merzbow – Strange City (Cold Spring)

Both Merzbow  and Sun Ra’s “music” deal with large scale forces, extending beyond the limits and confines of The Human, towards a more thorough understanding of: The World We Live In; … Continue reading

November 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Embodied Electronics: Body Shame – You Look So Under Fed (SdmPdx)

it’s okay to have a body. In the April 2016 edition of Nylon Magazine, in an article titled “Body Talk”, artist Molly Soda speaks of when she first became self-conscious of her … Continue reading

May 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

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