Cyclopean Cyclopean Mute Records / Spoon Records (2013) Named after an ancient construction style involving stacks of irregularly-shaped rocks, Cyclopean is an instrumental quartet comprised of Burnt Friedman, Jono Podmore, and two founding members of Can, Jaki Liebezeit and Irmin Schmidt. In line with their namesake, Cyclopean piece together disjointed building blocks to form sonic megaliths, as if to stress not just the importance of an impressive final form, but of minute attention to detail as well. Repetition and minimalism go hand-in-hand on Cyclopean; finely-tuned percussive components and well-placed electronic drones, noises, and theremin textures comprise the foundation of the record. Though the EP initially weighs heavy, it grows increasingly airy as it progresses. By its end, it has been loosened from its restrictive ground tethers, ready to float off like a castle in the sky.

 

Portland artist Ian Michael Anderson's latest collection of gouache paintings contrast earth tones and light pink hues with symbolic imagery, to powerful and striking visual effect. In Anderson's own words, his paintings aim to address chaos and conflicts in life as well as order, to help him gain insight into their distinct natures. He explains by saying, "... Dualistic narratives take shape [and] opposing forces are typically revealed: Life and death, good and evil, man and beast, predator and prey, war and peace. These dreamlike and often nightmarish fables reflect an outward and subconscious view of man and his destructive role in this world. Through this lens, my own place in these mostly impossible scenarios can be triangulated, and I am on my way to resolving the confrontation and understanding the need for such destruction." You can see these pieces in person on First Thursday, May 3rd, at Backspace Gallery and Cafe (115 NW 5th Ave) in Portland, and read a brief Q&A with Anderson below.

 

The relationship between ritualistic drumming and consciousness alteration is an age old tradition stemming largely from the overlooked shamanic cultures of antiquity. It should go without saying that viewing the supposed "triumph" of Western materialism thought over the more "primitive" concepts of animism is a...

Other Electricities is from Miami, FL. Initially, we launched in Portland, OR in 2006 and before we knew it, we'd traveled around the world in a sense -- releasing sounds from international artists. Since we never stuck to one genre over another, our artists not only span the globe but span sonic styles and approaches. Thanks to Vivian Hua and Redefine Magazine for doing what they do and supporting us from the very beginning. We hope there's a little something for everyone in this mixtape. Many thanks to Tom & Tiffany Dorsey, Jet, Aaron Powers, the Sweat Records crew, Carl Saff, Jeff Brunetto, Patrick Ethridge, Jules, Kristin Bradshaw, Sabrina Heath, Matt Phillips, Laura Becker and everyone else who's been a part of O.E. in some way. Curated by Emile Milgrim, Owner and Co-Founder of Other Electricities

Florida-based Blind Man’s Colour is a relatively new band that already has a relatively large following. These internets! They do wonders. In a few short months, they received rave reviews and were even complimented by the Kanye himself. Wooden Blankets is the follow-up EP to...

"Anything that makes people focus more on learning to play their instruments is cool with me." -- Daniel La Rochelle...