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  […]

A self-titled debut filled with the manipulated field recordings of San Francisco artists Only Now & Orogen (Kush Arora and Lucas Patzek) is now out on Discrepant/Sucata Tapes (Cassette and Digital formats). These guys admit they’ve been inspired by Zoviet France, Brume, Lustmord, Alio Die, and Hafler Trio. Since I’ve worked with, or reviewed these […]

CAUGHT ON TAPE: Toneshift is spinning both volumes of Kuniyuki Takahashi‘s Early Tape Works 1986-1993 (LP/DL). These fourteen tracks in all come from the Japanese DJ/Producer as reinvigorated by Dutch imprint Music From Memory. Starting with Volume 1 and the track Night At The Sea Side there is a layered, lush ambient set of textures […]

CASSETTE CULTURE LIVES! On June 20 Sicilian sound manipulator, Skrima, will release his Tapes (Disasters By Choice; LP/DL). This EP is a true original, delivered on white wax in an edition of 200 with handmade sleeves of epoxy and volcanic materials by @Kolatadesign. Originally recorded between 1981-83 (w/added effects circa 1983-86) the record was reworked […]

In their first collaboration as a duo Portlander Marcus Fischer & Cambridge UK’s Simon Scott (Slowdive), both releasing separately on 12K, come together to Shape Memory. Out on June 1st in a CD edition of 500 as well as digitally via Bandcamp the two compose three tracks from tapes, cymbals, guitar and various electronics with […]