Unearthed, Vol. 18 :: 1992 Blend

A kind of prequel to a previous 90s-centric Unearthed mix, 1992 Blend takes us on a kaleidoscopic trip through what they used to call “Alternative Rock” (Or College Rock? Or Indie Rock?) via a selection of dusty-but-dynamic live tapes. This stuff may be 30 years old now, but in many…

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The Trypes :: Music For Neighbors

Emerging from the fertile Haledon, NJ scene of the early 1980s, The Trypes only released one EP—1984’s Explorers Hold—before morphing into Speed The Plough (a band that is still going strong today). The Trypes counted various Feelies in their ranks, and while there’s plenty of common ground between the two…

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Balkans :: Balkans (2011)

I’ve always thought Kings of Leon earning the title of “the Southern Strokes” was a crock. Sure, the Followgill siblings share a few musical traits with the deadpan NYC quintet, but as The Guardian’s Niall Doherty put it recently “a more accurate description might be the Cattle-ranch Coldplay.”  If any…

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Wet Tuna :: Warping All by Yourself

Deep fried in vibe and spiked with a little bit of the good stuff, Warping All by Yourself is a fresh helping of glorious rural delirium served up from the wooly woodland world of Wet Tuna. Here we find the untethered aural id of Matt “MV” Valentine roaming wild and…

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Digging The Smithsonian Vaults

Smithsonian Folkways let us dig through their vast vaults for the latest installment of their ongoing People’s Picks series. An enigmatic maze, its hedges conjoin all manner of sound from around the globe. Selected by Justin Gage, expect: avant-garde jazz saxophonist Sonny Simmons live in Paris, an Alan Lomax field…

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Shintaro Sakamoto :: A Dream In Bangkok

This collaboration between Tokyo-based producer VIDEOTAPEMUSIC and Shintaro Sakamoto was originally conceived as a “tribute release” to support Katsuya Tomita’s film, Bangkok Nites (2016). The film tells the story of a sex worker in Bangkok reconnecting with a Japanese client from her past. “A Dream in Bangkok” captures a germane…

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Videodrome :: Vigilante (1982)

(Welcome to Videodrome. A recurring column plumbing the depths of vintage and contemporary cinema – from cult, exploitation, trash and grindhouse to sci-fi, horror, noir, documentary and beyond.) When Vigilante premiered at Cannes in 1982, the film was quickly written off as a Death Wish ripoff. The timing of its release…

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First & Last: Japanese Private Press, Vol. 3

The impact and influence of the Beatles cannot be understated. In 1966, the group played five nationally televised concerts in Tokyo. Japan was in a precarious state during this time, trying to re-establish its cultural identity following World War II. As such, the Beatles were not welcomed by everyone, and…

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