Finding Calm in the Harsh Storm: An Interview With Threshing Spirit

Jordan Reyes is in constant motion. Not only does he run one of the most exciting labels around, American Dreams (not to mention all its sub-labels), he also finds space for his own work and projects. Until recently, Threshing Spirit was anonymous, ripping through dismal atmospherics and black metal landscapes with force. Now, with Reyes revealed to be the creative force behind the project, he … Continue reading Finding Calm in the Harsh Storm: An Interview With Threshing Spirit

Foxy Digitalis Radio #2: Patrick Shiroishi

On the second episode of Foxy Digitalis Radio on Radio Coyote, my guest was one of my favorite musicians on the planet, Patrick Shiroishi. We talked a lot about his magnificent new album, Hidemi, out this month on American Dreams as well as his other recent work that’s been focused on the Japanese concentration camps during WW2. Of course, a conversation with Patrick wouldn’t be complete without a discussion about collaboration … Continue reading Foxy Digitalis Radio #2: Patrick Shiroishi

Track Premiere: Patrick Shiroishi “The Long Bright Dark”

Finding a way to satisfyingly close an album as powerful as Patrick Shiroishi’s new opus, Hidemi, isn’t easy. Across the album’s deep, moving half-hour, Shiroishi creates a lyrical statement about working hard to overcome darkness and finding a silver thread to follow toward greener horizons. “The Long Bright Dark” exudes this hopeful catharsis in spades. Using a hypnotic triplet progression that pushes forward at every … Continue reading Track Premiere: Patrick Shiroishi “The Long Bright Dark”

Video Premiere: Greta Ruth “At The Place”

On Greta Ruth’s lovely “At the Place,” dreams become tangible. When the lush, green video opens with her quietly lying in the grass asleep, it’s an invitation into this delicate world. Flittering guitar melodies scatter like seeds through the air. Tenderness laces the strings while her voice flickers across the song’s surface, timeless and haunted. “At the Place” is where I want to get lost … Continue reading Video Premiere: Greta Ruth “At The Place”

Through the Garden With Brett Naucke

Moving from Chicago to Asheville recently, Brett Naucke has big dreams for his garden. There’s a lot that can be done with houseplants and growing in containers, but wide-open spaces are the stuff dreams are made of. When I expressed interest in a series of interviews focusing less on artists’ music and more on, specifically, plants and gardens, Naucke’s name was the first one mentioned … Continue reading Through the Garden With Brett Naucke

ragenap “Thankrupcy”

Thankrupcy is split in half for the tape release, but to get the full encasement, the 47-minute solid slab is where it’s at. The piece starts unsuspectingly, a razor-shaved buzz finding a moment of stillness in the shade while heat distorts the air in all directions. ragenap holds court, drawing listeners in for a moment of solace before the dam opens up its gates. The thing … Continue reading ragenap “Thankrupcy”

Jewel Garden Radio, Episode #3

New episode, finally! Lots of great tunes lately, so this is only a small taste. Arushi Jain “Richer Than Blood” (Leaving)(behind) Ayumi Ishito & The Spacemen “Night Chant” (577 Records)d’Eon “Poplar” (Hausu Mountain)Kasja Lindgren “Momentary Harmony” (Recital Program)New Chance “Fallen” (We Are Time)Joe McPhee, Michael Marcus, Jay Rosen, Warren Smith “Chatreuse Tulips” (Mahakala Music)(behind) Isnaj Dui “Swoon to Death” (Textura)Nick Storring “Frood” (mappa)Body Meπa “Motherwell” … Continue reading Jewel Garden Radio, Episode #3

Track Premiere: Brett Naucke “The Glass Shifting”

I’ve been an admirer of Brett Naucke’s work for well over a decade now and his growth as an artist and composer in that time has been incredible. On October 1st, he will release his latest, and his most ambitious, album Mirror Ensemble, on American Dreams. Naucke opens a wormhole to new sonic dimensions on “The Glass Shifting,” weightlessly gliding across electronic vistas. Initial arrangements for Mirror … Continue reading Track Premiere: Brett Naucke “The Glass Shifting”

Track Premiere: Blue Lick “II”

Havadine Stone already made one of my favorite albums of 2021 and now she’s joined forces with Ben Baker Billington as Blue Lick and with “II,” we get our first peek inside the glass jar. Stone’s words sting like the fury of 100 fire ants, zigzagging between blades of grass seeming innocuous until the moment they make contact. “I love watching people I love,” she … Continue reading Track Premiere: Blue Lick “II”

claire rousay “Live”

There are moments where the shortest distance between two points isn’t so much a straight line as it is a deep breath. Gaze long enough into the distance and all the imperfections in the distance will blur into an opulent, fleeting view of the future. claire rousay continues her vertical trajectory and showing another side of her ever-growing repertoire. With longtime friends Mari Maurice and … Continue reading claire rousay “Live”