Bryon Hayes

I'm an engineer who plays with machines, robots, computers and the like... ...when I'm not working (well, even when I am working) I think about music.

Web Site: http://npdevotionals.blogspot.com/


Lead Stones, “Set and Setting” tape

February 9, 2012
Lead Stones, “Set and Setting” tape

This NYC trio revel in a drowsy psych that unravels with inspiration from the Velvet Underground and the Nuggets/Pebbles garage/psych/pop movement of the 1960s.
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Taming the Outback, “1986-1989″

January 31, 2012
Taming the Outback, “1986-1989″

There’s something to be said for elegant packaging. Case in point: this career-spanning retrospective of British post-punk trio Taming the Outback.
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Quicksails / Floating Gardens, split tape

January 20, 2012
Quicksails / Floating Gardens, split tape

Here we have a nicely packaged cassette from the relatively new Field Studies imprint, with clean lines and retro nature imagery (are those mountains or volcanic rocks?) adorning the J-card.
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Keith Berry, “The Ear That Was Sold to a Fish / Turn Right a Thousand Feet From Here”

January 13, 2012
Keith Berry, “The Ear That Was Sold to a Fish / Turn Right a Thousand Feet From Here”

When it was originally released in 2005, The Ear That Was Sold to a Fish came housed in a box filled with dyed flower petals – an ambitious statement for London-based artist Keith Berry’s third effort to see the light of day.  
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2011 – The Year in Review

January 13, 2012
2011 – The Year in Review

Best Album Tim Hecker, Ravedeath, 1972 LP/CD (Kranky) What an exceptional year for music!  With so many amazing releases, how’s a boy to choose the album of the year?  I thought long and hard, and switched it up a few times before deciding to pick the album I consistently went back to over and over...
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Cindytalk, “Hold Everything Dear”

December 15, 2011
Cindytalk, “Hold Everything Dear”

Released in 2009, “The Crackle of My Soul” signalled a significant shift in form for Cindytalk, who began life within Britain’s post-punk/industrial/dark ambient movement in the 80s and 90s.  
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Pissypaw / Weirding Module, split tape

December 13, 2011
Pissypaw / Weirding Module, split tape

The Albert’s Basement imprint seems dedicated to documenting the Australian sub-underground, and they’re fighting a winning battle one rare artifact at a time.  
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Million Brazilians, “New Ideas in Psychic Music Volume 2: Sexual Desert” tape

December 7, 2011
Million Brazilians, “New Ideas in Psychic Music Volume 2: Sexual Desert” tape

A mysterious Portland-based five-piece offer up a cerebrum-stretching good time on this somewhat lengthy cassette, brought to you courtesy of Justin Wright (Expo ’70)’s always wonderful Sonic Meditations imprint.  
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Sølyst, s/t

November 30, 2011
Sølyst, s/t

Hamburg’s Bureau B imprint is responsible for, among other things, a string of reissues from krautrock’s Cluster-Harmonia axis.  
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Bass Communion, “Pacific Codex” CD / DVD

November 17, 2011
Bass Communion, “Pacific Codex” CD / DVD

Steven Wilson, of British kosmische rockers Porcupine Tree, has been releasing solo ambient recordings as Bass Communion for over a decade.  
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Former Selves, “Build” tape

November 15, 2011
Former Selves, “Build” tape

California-based musician and video artist Paul Skolmsvold is a well-kept secret, even in underground music circles.  
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GX Jupitter-Larsen and Muennich, “Die Arbeiter von Wien” 7″

November 3, 2011
GX Jupitter-Larsen and Muennich, “Die Arbeiter von Wien” 7″

GX Jupitter-Larsen, founding member of infamous noise terrorists/performance art group The Haters, and Michael Muennich, head honcho of the Fragment Factory imprint, have colluded to unleash seven crimson inches of sheer hatred upon this planet.  
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Grasshopper, “Miles in the Sky” tape

October 31, 2011
Grasshopper, “Miles in the Sky” tape

Here we have a welcome reissue courtesy of Buffalo’s House of Alchemy imprint.
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