Sigur Rós – Valtari Global Listening Party

Sigur Rós - Valtari

On the night of Thursday, May 17th, at 7pm to be precise, Icelandic wonder-band Sigur Rós hosted a Global Listening Party for upcoming 6th studio album Valtari, which was streamed in full at the appointed hour across all time zones.  Since I always seem to be late to the party, I joined in the festivities with the airing of the 2nd song and without … [Read more...]

Pillars And Tongues – (Laid) Palms To Tell EP

Pillars And Tongues- (Laid) Palms To Tell EP

Ambient, instrumental, whatever you want to call it...this free, three song EP by Chicago's Pillars And Tongues is what you've been waiting for. Hands down one of the finest releases of 2012 thus far, it's like a dream world where every emotion you feel in having your heart broken is being spelled out right before your eyes. This EP is slow and … [Read more...]

Mike Armine – Verse & Cleansing Undertones of Wake / Lift

Mike Armine - Verse & Cleansing Undertones of Wake / Lift

As frontman for Philadelphia Post-Metal act Rosetta, Mike Armine plaintively growls, sings and manipulates sound over music that sounds like Neurosis in Mono Exploding in the Sky. The band has even covered the Cure song "Homesick". Given this knowledge, one would never believe the Ambient, Drone and Noise themes of this solo album, which is … [Read more...]

Mirrorring – Foreign Body

Mirroring - Foreign Body

When I heard The Sight Below's harrowing cover of Joy Division's "New Dawn Fades" featuring the vocals of Jesy Fortino (Tiny Vipers), I immediately started dreaming of a more substantial collaboration between the two. While a rumored collaboration between the two and Benoît Pioulard has yet to surface (perhaps that material is what ended up as the … [Read more...]

Elephant & Castle – Transitions

Elephant & Castle - Transitions

Imagine a mashup of concepts instead of beatmatching, one that is produced with the idea of vintage music manifested through modern ears. Oakland producer David Reep is doing just that. Only, instead of a top 40 hip hop track colliding with a classic rock anthem, he digs for slick pop/ obscure vintage vinyl, manipulates it beyond recognition and … [Read more...]

Jen Stratosphere Fanzine’s Top 3 Albums of 2011

mr. Gnome - Madness In Miniature

It’s always tough to narrow down a list of favorites, especially to a Top 3, but I’ve finally prevailed instead of failed.  I’m also looking forward to several 2012 releases including albums by Blood Red Shoes, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Twilight Sad, Little Boots, Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy, Rykarda Parasol, Maribel, Therapy?, Lana Del … [Read more...]

Interview with Martin Kennedy of All India Radio and Kilbey-Kennedy

SKMKWhiteMagic

Hello Martin! You’re no stranger to the DOA musical universe, where we’ve written reviews about your band/project All India Radio and your collaboration with Steve Kilbey of The Church.  Since you reside in Australia, I was wondering how the weather was with you (kinda a Crowded House reference…). Here in Melbourne it can literally be four … [Read more...]

Tunnels – The Blackout

Tunnels – The Blackout

Continuously evolving his sounds, Tunnels has been the moniker for musician Nicholas Bindeman for quite some time now. At first a droning experiment that reached into psychedelia with mixed results, Bindeman was always someone known for chasing a wide-open world of sounds. And now with a pulse on the bass lines in his music and with a varied … [Read more...]

Artists-On-Albums: AOA#23 (A.I.R.’s Martin Kennedy on Ambient 2: The Plateaux Of Mirror)

Harold Budd and Brian Eno - Ambient 2: The Plateaux Of Mirror

All India Radio’s Martin Kennedy on… Brian Eno and Harold Budd’s – Ambient 2: The Plateaux Of Mirror (E.G. Records, 1980) Track 1. “First Light”. We all open beers as the song slowly fades in. The stunningly beautiful combination of Budd’s gentle piano arpeggio and Eno’s shimmering ambience manages to hush an otherwise boisterous group of … [Read more...]

Tomorrows Tulips – Eternally Teenage

Tomorrows Tulips – Eternally Teenage

A simple approach is sometimes the best option. When dealing with aspects that cover everything from relationships to art to life, the simplistic divide is definitely a well-versed topic. Still, no matter how basic, or rudimentary for that matter, something appears to be: simple never automatically means subtle. Tomorrows Tulips’  Alex Knost and … [Read more...]