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ENTER TO WIN A PAIR OF FLAMING LIPS VINYL REISSUES & PRINT!

Oh my God, more Flaming Lips goodies to give away! In celebration of the vinyl release of In a Priest Driven Ambulance and Death Trippin’ at Sunrise rarities compilation, we have copies of both albums plus a limited edition art print to give to one lucky customer! To...

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ENTER TO WIN A GRATEFUL DEAD T-SHIRT AND STASH BOX!

The Grateful Dead just released live CD and vinyl sets from the band’s 1973-74 Northwest run, and to celebrate we have a T-shirt, stash box and poster to give away to one lucky customer! To enter the drawing, send an email* with the subject “Grateful Dead” HERE by...

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♫ Listen: Breathers – Designed to Break

Drawing comparisons between bands, genres, and decades is tricky territory: at best, it’s reductive and boxes in the band/music, and at worst, it’s regressive and limits the boundaries of expression. Still, it’s sometimes a necessary evil when describing a band,...

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Premiere: Brandon Seabrook Trio – “Bovicidal”

The advance press for Convulsionaries, the new tape by the Brandon Seabrook Trio (out September 21 on Astral Spirits), uses words like “idiosyncratic,” “revolutionary,” “international acclaim,” and “sui generis” to describe the level of talent gathered on record. Now...

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♫ Listen: Don Sinini – “Yiapiss”

From Don Sinini’s EP Sun, Sea and Sinini, “Yiapiss” works inside the space of a toxic feeling and takes revenge on it, dancehall-style, with that wise-old-rat tone that contains a hidden energy of a summer of girls and drinks and love and a phantasmagoric haze of...

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♫ Listen: Irreversible Mechanism – “Abolution”

Soaring clean chords slathered in chorus sweep back and forth, from right channel to left and back again. Then, the bottom drops out, plunging us into a melee of overdriven palm-muted chords and coordinated double-bass/cymbal blasts. It is this kind of juxtaposition...

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ENTER TO WIN A SPIRITUALIZED VINYL TEST PRESSING!

Spiritualized recently released the excellent new album And Nothing Hurt, and we have a vinyl test pressing of the album to give away to one lucky customer! To enter the drawing, send an email* with the subject “Spiritualized” HERE by midnight Thursday, Sept. 27. We...

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Music Review: Ava Luna – Moon 2

Ava Luna Moon 2 [Western Vinyl; 2018] Rating: 2.5/5 Situated in New York, Ava Luna has developed their own prog-y, punk-y sort of soul-pop that skirts the limits of traditional songwriting, dissolving form into a pretty imaginative, exciting, and elusive stew. This...

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Watch: Juiceboxxx – “Ripping Up My Soul”

Damn, Juiceboxxx returns from the darkness with, arguably, one of his best tunes to date. “Ripping Up My Soul” opens up a new EP, Never Surrender Forever, that features two originals and three “classic boxxx” jams, all recorded with the full trio in the studio....

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♫ Listen: Yama-No-Kami – Kakusareta

I’m so used to Peter Taylor as Mortuus Auris & The Black Hand (MAbH) that when he mentioned to me that he’d released a tape under a new moniker on Portugese label OTA, I was sort of surprised. See, I’ve been pretty good at following OTA’s output, and I couldn’t...

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Young Jesus announce new album on Saddle Creek in October

Young Jesus’ new album (which they just recently announced, by the way, that’s why I’m talking about it) is named after a quote by the painter Philip Guston, who said, regarding his work, “What I’m always seeking is some great simplicity where the whole thing is...

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♫ Listen: Anna – s/t

Hong Kong’s Absurd TRAX collective has assembled a dedicatory release of songs by late member Anna, who passed away earlier this year. s/t presents completed and unfinished hip hop and singer-songwriter guitar tracks that, in any state, completely capture Anna’s...

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Music Review: Animal Collective – Tangerine Reef

Animal Collective Tangerine Reef [Domino; 2018] Rating: 1.5/5 They were the greatest psych-pop band in the world until they weren’t. You know, back in the Merriweather Post Pavilion days, when Obama was in office and love was in the air. But then something shocking...

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Music Review: Yves Tumor – Safe in the Hands of Love

Yves Tumor Safe in the Hands of Love [Warp; 2018] Rating: 4.5/5 What does it even mean to be “experimental” anymore? It’s a term that’s supposed to connote some kind of wading into uncharted territory, a willingness to push beyond our most subliminally held beliefs...

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♫ Listen: Faxada – “Happy Tongues”

Waggling ecstatically from mouths; full-on euphoric from delicious food; jabbering excitedly in myriad languages — these joyful muscles in constant motion celebrate the fullness of their existence. Faxada, aka Polish electronic/electroacoustic artist Przemysław...

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♫ Listen: Lockbox – Scorpio

About a month ago, friend of TMT MMJ launched his PRIMORDIAL VOID imprint with the bonkers Primordial Chaos. He’s already moved on to Scorpio, a new EP from Chicago’s Lockbox, just in case we thought he wasn’t post-serious. Scorpio is a fucked, heterodox mess of acid,...

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Premiere: Babe, Terror – “Starhazel IV”

Babe, Terror got the scratch with Fadechase Marathon you been waiting years to itch. Nothing short of noise and beat-tape, ambient loops that shimmer in their own filth. Like a file saved so deep in a system that the only way to decode it is go completely insane....

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ENTER TO WIN TICKETS TO SEE JOSHUA JAMES AT THE OLYMPIC!

Joshua James is performing at the Olympic on Sept. 19, and we have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky customer! To enter the drawing, send an email* with the subject “Joshua James” HERE by midnight Monday, Sept. 17. We will draw a name at random and notify...

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Music Review: Aphex Twin – Collapse

Aphex Twin Collapse [Warp; 2018] Rating: 3.5/5 Richard D. James is so cagey about his public presence that his fame seems to border on the unilateral. He can go 13 years without releasing a proper album, anonymously drop hundreds of unreleased tracks onto Soundcloud,...

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Music Review: Blood Orange – Negro Swan

Blood Orange Negro Swan [Domino; 2018] Rating: 3/5 Ever since abandoning the tranquil, indie pop tendencies of Coastal Grooves and Cupid Deluxe, Devonte Hynes has become unafraid of taking risks. The nocturnal expanses of Freetown Sound were (and still are) a...

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Interview: JEROME

When listening to a JEROME mix, no one knows if it will become a joyous revelation, or a cacophonic murder, or a horseback ride out into the Western Plains, or a deep-dive into a sunken ship caught in the same maelstrom that took so many merchants, explorers, doctors,...

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♫ Listen: SqrtSigil – “Lost In”

Lost In, from Poland’s SqrtSigil, is accurately named. Because that’s what you’ll get. Ambient DPI and diversified field recordings together. It’s a well-worn shuffle, so the borders get porous. The heat broke, and here’s a tape to usher in autumnal perspectives via...

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Music Review: Low – Double Negative

Low Double Negative [Sub Pop; 2018] Rating: 4.5/5 The first time I heard Double Negative’s single “Dancing and Blood,” I thought “Wow, this sounds a lot like my Eustachian tube dysfunction…” It was a curmudgeonly stumble of subdued club dynamics, a pounding heartbeat...

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Music Review: The Necks – Body

The Necks Body [Northern Spy; 2018] Rating: 4/5 Head 1. so, this thing just starts moving mid-jog with muted but persistent piano jabs and a steady cymbal rhythm, and I dig that 2. this is unmistakably a Necks album 3. I don’t know why, but tuplets always get me,...

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