Best Of 2018: Noise

MAGNET’s Raymond Cummings picks the best noise releases of the year 1 Tongue Depressor Null Set (self-released)2 Travis Johnson & Friends Dubious Reservoir (self-released)3 Jeff Carey Zero Player Game (Ehse)4 Mike Shiflet Tetracosa (self-released)5 Vanessa Rossetto Fashion Tape (No Rent)6 Gerritt Wittmer I Believe (Misanthropic Agenda)7 Universal Eyes Four Variations On “Artificial Society” (Gretchen’s American …

Essential New Music: Ariel Pink’s “Dedicated To Bobby Jameson”

L.A.’s Ariel Rosenberg gives great, ur-gauche pastiche; he remains a pop perfectionist and illusionist. Dedicated To Bobby Jameson reintroduces the billowing murk 2014’s pom pom was missing, and—with the arguable exception of engorged prog opener “Time To Meet Your God”—continues that album’s less-provocative lyrical streak. Rosenberg’s muse, happily, cannot be contained. So “Another Weekend” is …

Best Of 2017: Noise

MAGNET’s Raymond Cummings picks the best noise releases of the year 1 Various Artists Approach To Fear: Regeneration (Karl Schmidt Verlag) 2 Gabi Losoncy Six Crises (self-released) 3 Sarah Davachi All My Circles Run (Students Of Decay) 4 Aaron Dilloway The Gag File (Dais) 5 Blue Chemise Influence On Dusk (Greedy Ventilator) 6 Pauline Oliveros And Connie Crothers Live At The …

Essential New Music: High Plains’ “Cinderland”

At its most potent, classical music should stir, move or inspire something in audiences. Emotions ought to be skewed, turned upside down or inside out. Done right, what’s on display is the potential of a genre centuries old. If High Plains—the duo of Wisconsin cellist Mark Bridges and British Columbia-based multi-instrumentalist Scott Morgan—doesn’t transcend the …

Best Of 2016: Noise

MAGNET’s Raymond Cummings picks the best noise releases of the year 1 Morgan & Dilloway Live In A Basement To No One (Voice Throwing/Hanson) 2 Vanessa Rossetto/Matthew Revert Earnest Rubbish (Erstwhile) 3 Bergegas Mati Pop Neraka (Gerpfast Kolektif) 4 Dial Noise Opera (Dial) 5 Newagehillbilly These Are Not The Final Days (Spleencoffin) 6 Lea Bertucci Axis/Atlas (Clandestine Compositions) 7 Youko Heidy Spirit Jazz (Omanutu …