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A Journal Of The Dark Arts

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Material Action For 2 Microphones (1981) album review

Collected as part of the Merzbox, Material Action For 2 Microphones stands out in a nearly bottomless discography. Considering the project name’s debt to Kurt Schwitters, it’s easy to forget … Continue reading

March 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Subterranean Homesick Blues: Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones

In which our hero abandons his barfly beatnik persona to become the carnival barker of the damned, the poet laureate of sailors on shore leaves, of amputees and blacksmiths and … Continue reading

October 1, 2020 · 3 Comments

Nightports W/ Betamax album review

Leeds-based sound experiment Nightport show how much can be done within the confines of a very simple premise on their second album, this time sculpted in conjunction with The Comet … Continue reading

June 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Alchemical Americana: Califone – Roots and Crowns (Thrill Jockey)

For their fourth proper full-length, Califone update their scrapmetal Harry Smith alchemical Americana with a bit of exotica, sparkle, and sheen.  Califone are, to quote Grand Funk Railroad, an American … Continue reading

May 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Plague Week: Paul D. Miller – Viral Sonata album review

Paul D. Miller – aka DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid – pushes the sampler to its ultimate musique concrete potential on Viral Sonata, the first post-Human “hardcore hip-hop album with … Continue reading

March 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

See Matmos Perform Live With Their Washing Machine At Holocene; 12.7.16

A lot of cutting edge electronic music is confined to the studio space. From beastly, behemoth modular rigs to full-size synths that weigh as much as a Sherman Tank, and … Continue reading

December 6, 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

Horrorscores: Cat’s Eyes – The Duke Of Burgundy OST

Cat’s Eyes score for Peter Strickland’s The Duke Of Burgundy is pure psychotropic orchestral pop grandeur, that will put fans of Broadcast and Stereolab into paroxysms of pleasure!     … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

Cassio Figueiredo – Dias

Have you ever encountered a poorly encoded 128K mp3? The kind that sounds like some decade old Real Media Player file, or maybe a rip of some old ragtime 78s? … Continue reading

March 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

Catching Up With 2014: Micachu – Feeling Romantic Feeling Tropical Feeling III (DDS)

Mica Levi‘s idea of feeling romantic is a frightening thing: all discordant, squealing strings, and cocooning synthesizers. This is what it sounds like to make out in the shower at … Continue reading

December 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

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