♫♪  Tabs Out: Laser Focus #17 - Suite 309

Tabs Out is an all-cassette podcast that’s been documenting the prolific tape underground with obsession, humor, and expertise since 2012. Tiny Mix Tapes has teamed with Tabs Out for a show called Laser Focus, in which tape aficionados/fetishists Mike Haley, Dave Doyen, and Joe B hone in on a specific label or artist. Check out the archive here.


, you’ve heard of “Sweet! 420,” but what about Suite 309??

Rabit announces this summer’s going to be KOLD, decides to tour Northern Europe (a.k.a. the KOLDEST of Europes) anyway

Rabit announces this summer's going to be KOLD, decides to tour Northern Europe (a.k.a. the KOLDEST of Europes) anyway

Following one… two… three DJ Screw-indebted mixtapes of “slowed and throwed” turntablist makeovers, our favorite genre-dodging, electronic-sap-extracting overlord, Rabit, has just dropped another screw tape via Gangstalkers’ bandcamp.

♫♪  High aura’d & Josh Mason - “Silver”

In an interview with Ohio-based John Kolodij, who records as High aura’d, he said of his recording process, “I often try, when working on a piece to envision myself, somewhere else: in a desert, at the edge of an ocean, nighttime in Sonoma, crossing a footbridge in Miami, wherever feels evocative, and then trying to score that moment.” Scroll a little further down the page and you’ll feel like the sounds and images that unfold in the video for “Silver” were crafted simultaneously, along

♫♪  Jon Mueller - “Oil”

Photo: Mark Darwursk

Centuries before bringing epicness to symphony orchestras and stadium rock money shots, gongs of nearly every material and size have been used in music and meditation, often making distinction between the two pursuits utterly pointless.

Matthew Sullivan Matthew

[Recital; 2019]

Rating: 3.5/5

Styles: autobiography
Others: Graham Lambkin, Jason Lescalleet, Sean McCann, Taku Unami, Simple Affections

How are ya’ll doing today? “Well,” I hope. Good, good. Thank ya’ll for showing up, I appreciate your audience. Here are some thoughts about why we’re all here. This kind of noise, these sounds that Matthew Sullivan has shared with us, has never “slapped,” as they say, just because it’s cerebral; contrarily, we all know, it rarely is. Legends like Graham Lambkin aren’t storytellers, they’re documentarians. We just imbue it all with our baggage. And how beautiful is that? Like how Taku Unami made me unexpectedly beam by simply recording dribbling basketballs.

XT Palina’tufa

[Empty Editions; 2019]

Rating: 3/5

Styles: cybernetic free improvisation
Others: Nate Wooley, Paul Lytton, Container

Palina’tufa opens with sounds that make me want to laugh out loud. “A,” or, eliciting the feeling of a few drafts gleefully torn up straight away. A poke at a giggle and haunting mumbles: a wiggle. Coo to yawn and tricks of some proverbial tongue, like saxophonist Seymour Wright’s. Words like floozy and knobbly. Loose comedy. Hunches bent all the way back, like the blithe boomery of percussionist Paul Abbott. Outcroppings sent forth from the depths of moving bodies and weird, previously unheard of stresses gurgling up from within.

♫♪  Yasutaka Nakata - “Pico Pico Tokyo (feat. Momo Mashiro)”

Brian Eno’s Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks to get extended edition reissue next month

Brian Eno's Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks to get extended edition reissue next month

Anyone in the mood for a moon landing do-over? Something tells me that a 21st century version of NASA’s Apollo missions might place on emphasis on visual documentation in hi-def, because god knows relegated sects of American society have read a ridiculous amount into the grainy television footage from back in the day. Some say that a barely visible campsite is possible evidence of Marvin the Martian having taken up refugee status, while the less conspiracy-minded among us are content simply to experience (or re-experience) the awe that’s essentially inherent in humanity’s first lunar venture.

Hyperdub to release EP of characters from the mind of DJ Haram, listen to a track

Hyperdub to release EP of characters from the mind of DJ Haram, listen to a track

DJ Haram is involved in many Good and Holy things. For one, she’s half of 700 Bliss alongside rapper and poet Moor Mother. For another, she’s a longtime Discwoman affiliate, playing killer DJ sets in Philly’s underground intersections.

♫♪  Charli XCX - “Blame It On Your Love” [ft. Lizzo]

One of the best tracks off Charli’s Pop 2 mixtape (our fourth favorite release of 2018) is its tasty closer, “Track 10.” But HEY LISTEN: did you know it was actually a remix of a then-unreleased song, “Blame It On Your Love”? Well, ya do now if you didn’t, because today sees the release of the “original” song, with Charli once again hooking up with production team Stargate (+ additional help from A. G.

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