Posted Friday, November 14, 2014 - 1:34pm by Ryan Skaggs
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Ryan Skaggs is an experimental musician based in Los Angeles.  Opinions stated are his own.

Category: Musicians Corner

Tags: experimental music, noise, electronic, drone, ambient, Indie Rock, psychedelic rock, shoegaze
Posted Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 9:47am by Gabriel Riccio

Structure is one of the most difficult things for progressive rock bands to get right. How do you make a long, complicated song and have it all flow and cohere? Even many popular prog bands struggle with this, so I thought it would be fun to do a series on the different kind of structures used in prog and how to make each of them work.

Category: Musicians Corner

Tags: The Mars Volta, Frances the Mute, Structure, progressive rock, prog, music theory
Posted Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 1:40pm by Ian Beabout

On Saturday, November 8th, I took a pilgramage to the Orion Sound Studios in Baltimore, Maryland, a venue that has hosted countless progressive rock acts over the past 20 years. The venue, a recording studio, a rehearsal space, and a venue wrapped into one, hosted four live bands to celebrate its 20th anniversary, including The Knells, Frogg Cafe, Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores, and Discipline.

Category: Feature Stories

Tags: Orion Sound Studios, The Knells, Frogg Cafe, Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores, Discipline
Posted Monday, November 10, 2014 - 12:30pm by Clayton Michaels

I tend to be pretty open-minded when it comes to my musical consumption, but the one genre I’ve never really been able to get into is noise. The closest I’ve ever really come is Merzbow’s collaborations with Boris. When I try listening his solo recordings, though, I feel like I’m missing something; I have a hard time distinguishing one track from the next. But there was something about Decibel magazine’s recent Noise issue made me feel like I needed to revisit the genre, specifically the works of Margaret Chardiet, better known as Pharmakon, whose second album Bestial Burden was recently released by Sacred Bones, a decidedly non-noise label I’m most familiar with as the home of arty synth-pop chanteuse Zola Jesus. And while I still don’t know if I would say that I ‘get’ noise as a genre, I absolutely fucking love this Pharmakon record. 

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: Pharmakon, noise, industrial noise, gurlesque poetry, Sacred Bones Records, Merzbow
Posted Friday, November 7, 2014 - 11:13am by Darin Tambascio

Trevor Dunn and Trey Spruance discuss the inspiration for Mr. Bungle on two recent episodes of the 5049 Records Podcast

Category: Podcasts

Tags: Mr. Bungle, Secret Chiefs 3, Trevor Dunn, Trey Spruance, Jeremiah Cymerman, john zorn, Nels Cline, Mike Patton, Tomahawk, Fantomas

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