Nicholas Zettel

Current interests and obsessions include: Galactic Zoo Tape Club #5 (Bikers!), Lumerians, Nada Surf, Heavy Times "Jacker," and glam/rambling, wasted 1970s Rolling Stones. I am currently promoting limited press vinyl by Atlanta's Natural Extension Concept (The N.E.C.), and I release small run cassettes of psychedelic/outsider and experimental music on 'Spective Audio (@spectivewax). Now you'll find me in La Crosse, WI.

Web Site: http://vital-sound.blogspot.com


From the Desert to the Mississippi — Best of 2012

January 17, 2013
From the Desert to the Mississippi — Best of 2012

After testing the waters of experimental music last year, I dove in this year. A fortunate occurrence, given the robust climate of quality releases in 2012. Upon opening the year with a trilogy of releases from Immune Recordings (Ilyas Ahmed, Cleared, and Expo 70), my trail of experimental reviews and listening for the most...
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Volcano The Bear, “Golden Rhythm / Ink Music”

January 16, 2013
Volcano The Bear, “Golden Rhythm / Ink Music”

Veteran experimental outfit Volcano The Bear released two albums in 2012, including Golden Rhythm / Ink Music on Rune Grammofon. Between disparate threads of rhythmic improvisations and compositions, studio ambiance, and drawn-out drones, the group relies on key trumpet parts and expressive group vocals to guide their listener.
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Letha Rodman Melchior / Tretetam, “Moon Mountain” tape

January 7, 2013
Letha Rodman Melchior / Tretetam, “Moon Mountain” tape

Letha Rodman Melchior serves as performer and editor on her latest installment of her Tretetam project, placing her listener in a privileged position to watch the elements of her composition unfold.
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Nick Millevoi, “In White Sky” tape

December 17, 2012
Nick Millevoi, “In White Sky” tape

Percussive, ringing guitar accompanies brutal feedback, hum, and droning noise.
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Baldruin, “Nachtfalter” tape

December 13, 2012
Baldruin, “Nachtfalter” tape

Complete enchantment: A feeling of timeless magic, that strange type of shifting, like hiking through the woods as day turns to dusk, protected from the oncoming darkness as the final strands of light enter through the trees; a magical peace.  
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Suborno, “The Instrument”

December 12, 2012
Suborno, “The Instrument”

Cinematic, expansive drones converge against rustic, percussive picking, creating a fitting tribute to the guitar organized around two extreme poles.
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Hazel’s Wart, “Together We Didn’t” LP

December 10, 2012
Hazel’s Wart, “Together We Didn’t” LP

Don’t you feel that power pop is underrated?
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Keith Fullerton Whitman, “Occlusions; Real-Time Music for Hybrid Digital-Analogue Modular Synthesizer” LP

December 4, 2012
Keith Fullerton Whitman, “Occlusions; Real-Time Music for Hybrid Digital-Analogue Modular Synthesizer” LP

Occlusions; Real-Time Music for Hybrid Digital-Analogue Modular Synthesizer is one of two 2012 releases prepared for Editions Mego by Keith Fullerton Whitman.
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Artie Appleseed, “The Peregrine” 7″

November 27, 2012
Artie Appleseed, “The Peregrine” 7″

Lush acoustic guitar arrangements feature surprising shifts and subtle electronic notes.
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Hakobune, “The Cowboy Across the River” tape

November 20, 2012
Hakobune, “The Cowboy Across the River” tape

Swelling drones lead to a monolithic conclusion on these foreboding and imaginative compositions.
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Tree People / Pokemachine, split 7″/3-D book

November 15, 2012
Tree People / Pokemachine, split 7″/3-D book

A combination 7" and 3-D booklet present immediately accessible themes of death, penetration, celebration, nature/mechanization, and ritual. A surprising contribution alongside challenging industrial compositions.
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Various Artists, “Tired and Emotional” tape

November 13, 2012
Various Artists, “Tired and Emotional” tape

Compilation of total outsider pop/experimental madness from New Zealand.
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Oozing Wound, “Vape and Pillage” tape

October 25, 2012
Oozing Wound, “Vape and Pillage” tape

In the wake of Cacaw’s 2011 split, Chicago veterans Zack Weil and Kyle Reynolds formed Oozing Wound with bassist Kevin Cribbin.
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