The Long Decline: The Final Chapter

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January 31, 2013
The Long Decline: The Final Chapter

2003 was a really big year for me. 2013 is going to be similarly monumental. Digitalis and Foxy Digitalis will both be 10 years-old in 2013. Eden and I will celebrate being together for 10 years. The first (and probably only) DIGIKID will be born. It’s no coincidence that these events all happened around the same time as everything relating to Digitalis and it’s various different veins would not exist without the partnership between Eden and I. Ten years is a long time, though, and obviously things will change. Eden’s role in the label and webzine has gotten smaller over the years and now that she’s working full-time, it’s as miniscule as it has ever been. As our lives get busier and more complicated and as the label continues to grow at a linear pace, 2013 was always going to be the year where something had to give. Read More »

9 1/2 Years.

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January 31, 2013
9 1/2 Years.

Nine and a half years ago, Brad and I had just gotten married. Digitalis was new, I had just started going back to college, and we decided to start another new adventure: Foxy Digitalis. Read More »

No Humans Allowed #4: 2012 Annual Report

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January 30, 2013
No Humans Allowed #4: 2012 Annual Report

Funny how personal taste can meander like a neighborhood drunk stumbling home from the pub. Before 2011 I was a hard-minimal-dub techno kind of bro. If I heard a track that either was dark/heavy or relentless/banging or psychedelic/droning, then the chances were solid I was digging it. This is really nothing more than demographics: individuals who share my listening history — noise-rock, post-punk, Kosmische Musik, industrial, tweaked hippie shit — tend to gravitate more towards techno (as well as bass music) than house. We’re a macho people who crave macho permutations of pure sonic intensity. Read More »

2012 EarWorms

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January 30, 2013
2012 EarWorms

I once wrote, “I’ve never been a fan of year-end list.”  This is a lie.  I like the idea of hating music lists (especially those of the year-end variety), but the reality is that I’m in lust love with her, I carry on a perverse, and secret romance with this siren: We make eyes daily, I pretend I don’t even notice her existence — sometimes I’m even openly and violently critical toward her– but, when faced with absolute privacy, I sneak her off to the break room for a good ole’ fashion…well, you know the rest.  I bookmark her locations, I hide her from my friends, she shows me things I’ve only ever heard mentioned, but never personally experienced,  hell, my girlfriends certainly have never known anything about her.  Whew, that feels good to finally say (wipes forehead, pulls on collar).  The truth hurts so good. Read More »

Best FREE* Releases of 2012

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January 30, 2013
Best FREE* Releases of 2012

So I was going to indulge in yet another year-end retrospective, because the urge was nearly irrepressible. (You can check out my Top 20 list here.) After all, 2012 has been one of the best years this pessimistic music nerd can remember. Aside from all the amazing music I’ve come across, I am grateful to every friend who made the past year fun, and every asshole who made it equally miserable–my abuelos, as well as the relatives I don’t like; people who cooked my food, conducted the trains I rode, scrubbed the toilets I sat on; my fall quarter roommates, the shameless hedonist who stole one of their bikes; the incomparably lovely Catherine, bandmates Basil and Andrew, fellow KZSU DJs, the French lit professor who (over-)used the superlative “delicious”; the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche and Michel Montaigne, BBC’s Peep Show, et cetera ad infinitum. But here I would like to focus my attention on the releases I’ve been enjoying non-stop that are available to everyone free of purchase. All it takes is a fairly reliable internet connection, which the UN has considered declaring an international human right, and you can enjoy them too. Some of these also have the option to “pay what you want,” and I highly encourage you to remunerate their efforts, however frugally, so that we may hear more in the future. Read More »

Herrmutt Lobby, “Haters Gonna Hate” EP

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January 30, 2013

Hot on the heels of Mind Safari comes another EP of gloopy electronic beats ‘n’ bass from the Brussels collective known as Herrmutt Lobby. Read More »

Mas Aya, “Pockets” tape

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January 29, 2013
Mas Aya, “Pockets” tape

With a title referring to Subcommandante Marcos’ vision of a grassroots Zapatista uprising from out of the jungles of Chiapas – what Marcos himself called “pockets of resistance” – this suite of experimental pieces from Brandon Valdivia (Not the Wind Not the Flag, Picastro, Pachamama) draws on a variety of global and Western song forms.   Read More »

Vampire Blues, “Epistemological Relativism and the Missionary’s Position” tape

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January 29, 2013
Vampire Blues, “Epistemological Relativism and the Missionary’s Position” tape

A guitar/harmonium duo with a somewhat familiar name, this Vampire Blues cassette comes with the kind of praise normally reserved for solar-reaching artists like Phil Todd. Read More »

Princess Dragonmom, “Unicorn Man” tape

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January 29, 2013
Princess Dragonmom, “Unicorn Man” tape

Since starting 20 years ago, Princess Dragonmom has released numerous tapes, CDs, CD-Rs, videos, and 7″s, and also has a spinoff project called Little Princess. Read More »

Robert Turman, “Beyond Painting” 2xLP

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January 28, 2013
Robert Turman, “Beyond Painting” 2xLP

Recently reissued by Fabrica Records, Robert Turman’s “Beyond Painting” is a stunning piece of work.   Read More »

Maxmillion Dunbar, “House of Woo”

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January 28, 2013
As Maxmillion Dunbar, Andrew Field-Pickering funnels post-modern pastiche  through a filter of maximalist enthusiasm, producing some of the most vibrant and ADD-dance music out there. Read More »

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