Across the Blazer by Howard Stelzer

Howard Stelzer | Across the Blazer Marginal Frequency (CD/DL) ‘Tis the season for something new from Boston area cassette deck master Howard Stelzer, and Across the Blazer brings with it a whole new set of intriguing atmospheres. This is also my introduction to the fledgling imprint, Marginal Frequency from my old haunts of the Pacific Northwest  – my guess is we will be hearing a great deal of expertly curated work out of this joint. The rainy hiss and low grumbling drone on the quizically titled Selective Memory (You Never Know Absolutely Quite Where You Are) is head-expanding, and at a … Continue reading Across the Blazer by Howard Stelzer

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The Rebels Fold Scratchy, Relaxed Meanings Into Their Smallest Actions by Howard Stelzer & Frans de Waard

Howard Stelzer & Frans de Waard The Rebels Fold Scratchy, Relaxed Meanings Into Their Smallest Actions (Park 70; CS/DL) This is an interesting premise for another collaboration by these two venerable experimenters, a recording that blends parts and pieces from their many collaborations over two decades. What’s more, they entrusted a Knoxville-based start-up, cassette-only imprint Park 70, to put it out into the world in an edition of only 50. With two untitled tracks (other than Side A + Side B) running for about 17 and 15 minutes respectively, let’s tune in… At first the industrial space simply appears as … Continue reading The Rebels Fold Scratchy, Relaxed Meanings Into Their Smallest Actions by Howard Stelzer & Frans de Waard

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The Crossing Soundtrack by Howard Stelzer

Broken into two long parts via his somewhat trademark (ltd ed) cassette format (and via digital on Bandcamp) comes Howard Stelzer with the movie soundtrack to Joe Taylor‘s The Crossing (Handcranked Films) out on Flag Day Recordings on May the 8th. They will also release a full-color book of stills and essays by the people behind the scenes. From the start we are thrown into a live action scene that is drenched in Americana, the great outdoors. The scope is wide and most certainly cinematic. The story, I gather, is based in the desert of Nevada (the director hails from … Continue reading The Crossing Soundtrack by Howard Stelzer

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