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A Journal Of The Dark Arts

Cigarettes After Sex Live At Crystal Ballroom, 9.29.2019; Portland, Or. concert review

The timeless interior of the Crystal Ballroom took on a cozy, romantic air with Cigarettes After Sex’s spellingbinding modern take on romantic rock ‘n roll. Writing for The Guardian;, author … Continue reading

September 30, 2019 · 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

SoCal Gothic & The NEW American Dream: Hxxs – Valley Fever album review

With Valley Fever, Bakersfield, CA’s Hxxs dream of a new world, conjuring it into being with beat-ific communions and synthetic sanctified calls to arms. If America is the land where … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

Lifestyles For Apocalyptic Youth: Drvg Cvltvre – Nobody Cares Forever (New York Haunted) review

On his newest long-player for the dependable New York Haunted label, Vincent Koreman, the prolific madman behind Drvg Cvltvre subverts lifestyle branding with subversive snippets of soundbytes, with a battery … Continue reading

April 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Finding Pleasure In Restraint: Merzbow – Music For Bondage Performance Vol. 2 review

Yes, we may chafe at restrictions, but Masami Akita, aka Merzbow‘s, Music For Bondage Performance Vol. 2 not only suggests we can find happiness in slavery, but even enlightenment. Noise … Continue reading

April 4, 2017 · 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

Soundtracks Of Our Lifestyles: Heathered Pearl – Body Complex (Ghostly International) review

Featureless white plastic columns in an Ionic style; “a stunningly bleak, uncharted landscape of man-made cement and artificial foliage.” the air smells of soap and perfume. A soundtrack for architectural … Continue reading

August 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Eternal Tapestry – Wild Strawberries (Thrill Jockey)

Portland’s Eternal Tapestry blend the pastoral and the technological, on their first ever double-LP, for psych juggernauts Thrill Jockey. For their newest, sprawling soundwork for Chicago’s Thrill Jockey, Eternal Tapestry … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · 4 Comments

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