Interview: Matmos on Ultimate Care II
With the release of a new album, the duo talks David Bowie, musical conservatism, and the art of recording Whirlpool appliances.

You don’t need to do much talking when you have Matmos on the phone. Chuck a few words their way and between the pair of Drew Daniel and Martin ‘MC’ Schmidt they will debate and discuss, laugh and lar…

Premiere: Watch a New Video for Sam Prekop's "Weather Vane"
The Chicago artist shares a new clip for a modular construction from his recent Thrill Jockey LP.

Last month Sam Prekop returned to Thrill Jockey with The Republic, his second LP of sprawling modular constructions for the label. With nine of the record’s (mostly) ambient expeditions having b…

Jon Porras "Apeiron"

Better known as a member of the Thrill Jockey-affiliated Barn Owl duo, Jon Porras will release a solo LP of dark, textural compositions through the label later this month. Entitled Light Divide, Porra…

Barn Owl V

In a non-trivial sense, scrutinizing an ambient album like Barn Owl’s latest, V, along the lines of traditional music criticism goes against the grain of the music itself, which aspires to a sta…

Mountains Centralia

In a 2011 interview around the release of the duo’s fifth album, Air Museum, Mountains’ Brendon Anderegg expressed some misgivings about the uses to which his group’s serene ambience…

Matmos The Ganzfeld EP

When toying with the more stridently unorthodox side of the musical spectrum, many artists run afoul of accessibility in their effort to accomplish something unique; concept can suffocate the heart of…

High Places "Year Off"

Homespun electronic duo High Places will soon be releasing a new album, Original Colors, its third full-length. “Year Off” is the first offering from the record, and it finds the LA-based …

Mountains "Thousand Square"

The long-standing duo of Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp, collectively known as Mountains, has a new LP, Air Museum (artwork above), on its way and has passed along this track as a preview of the f…

Mi Ami "Hard Up"

So, San Francisco’s post-noise-punk outfit Mi Ami is a duo now, and Daniel Martin-McCormick and Damon Palermo have also shed their guitars and drum kits, wielding synths, sequencers, and drum ma…

Phil Manley "Life Coach"

While not putting in time as the guitarist for an array of well-respected bands (Trans Am, Jonas Reinhardt, and The Fucking Champs, to name a few) Phil Manley keeps busy with his own solo work, which …

Sam Prekop "The Silhouettes"

Sam Prekop—yeah, we’re as surprised to see his name here as you might be. In the 16 or so years that he and his band, The Sea and Cake, have been writing music, they’ve been mentioned mayb…

Oval "Ah!"

During the 10 years that Markus Popp (a.k.a. Oval) has refrained from releasing any of his melodically experimental electronic tunes, it seems the producer has been quietly reformatting his approach. …

Trans Am Thing

What can a band do to stay fresh and interesting on their ninth studio album? Well, if you’re Trans Am, you keep doing just about what you’ve always done. The DC outfit’s latest, Thi…

Mi Ami Steal Your Face

If the age-old adage is applicable here, Steal Your Face is the storm following the calm of Mi Ami’s debut, Watersports. “Harmonics (Genius of Love)” opens the SF band’s sophom…

Chicago Underground Duo Boca Negra

The post-rock family tree inevitably leads to the Chicago Underground collective. At the heart of that group are Rob Mazurek and Chad Taylor, who, despite their endless “rock” credits, are…

Pit Er Pat The Flexible Entertainer

After a couple of albums of drab post-rock, Chicago’s Pit Er Pat blossomed into a much more interesting proposition on its 2008 full-length High Time, and that bloom continues on The Flexible En…

White Hills White Hills

White Hills’ last album, Heads on Fire, flared and throbbed in the peak-era Hawkwind/Comets on Fire vein of robust space rock that appeals both to stoners and acid acolytes. However, the New Yor…

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