Mahmoud Ahmed
Jeguol Naw Betwa

There are quite a few Mississippi Records fanatics out there, and it’s easy to see why. The preservation of roots music from all walks of life – not just blues and Americana – is a good thing, right? Head over to Little Axe, Mississippi’s distributor, for a reissue of Ethiopian “urban star” Mahmoud Ahmed’s 1978 Jeguol Naw Betwa LP, which, according to the label, is “as good as it gets & as close to universally perfect music as ever has been made.”

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Diamond Terrifier

Himalayan Appalachia [preview]

Sweet Valley High! Sam Hillmer of Zs has gone solo! On September 17, Sockets Records is releasing Himalayan Appalachia, a cassette release that features two 20-minute tenor sax noise excursions by Hillmer and his fancy new moniker, Diamond Terrifier. The cassette is limited, so get on that.

Zs have plenty of stuff coming up too, so don’t worry your pretty little head.

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“Dead Echo”

Pigeons, the Bronx duo of Wednesday Knudsen and Clark Griffin, have a new mouthful of an album called They Sweetheartstammers. RIYL: Pigeons. Look for it November 8 on Soft Abuse (represent!). In unrelated news, anyone else see that Jaguar ad on the site?

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“Le Cercle Des Ratés”

Montreal’s AIDS Wolf have a new one, readers (and presumably writers). It’s called Ma vie banale avant-garde, and it’s out October 4 on Lovepump United. While the band could easily sit around and count their royalty checks for the rest of the year, they’re choosing to tour later that month with Henry and Hazel Slaughter. Check them out rehearsing one of the album’s tracks, “Le Cercle Des Ratés.”

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White Hills


New York’s White Hills must fondly remember the days of carefree late-60s go-go dancing if their video for “Paradise” is any indication. Taken from H-p1, their latest album out now on Thrill Jockey, the track is a blistering space-rock dirge that wouldn’t be out of place on a Krautrock and kosmische music mixtape, yet the video somewhat lightens the weight of the jam, referencing the era when the Beat turned millions of mild-mannered children into thrusting, heaving, flailing music fiends. Heavy.

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R/S (Rehberg / Schmickler)


R/S is Peter Rehberg, founder of the Editions Mego label, and Marcus Schmickler, mastermind behind the Pluramon project. They have a new LP out on PAN which documents several improvised live outings from 2009. These sounds could be classified under harsh noise, but I don’t want to sound like a little prick by making that claim outright, so I’ll just say that the level of interplay and variation here is far beyond what most noise-makers get away with these days. Check out the preview above.

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