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AUDIO: Phoned Nil Trio – “11th Anniversary”

Harsh noise act Phoned Nil Trio have a new album out to celebrate over a decade of making sounds together. It’s comprised of three parts where each member (Peter J. Woods, Lucky Bone & Dan of Earth) contributes their respective portion; the first four are Dan’s, the next two are Lucky Bone’s, and the rest are Peter’s. Each bring their

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AUDIO: Warren Enstrom – “Electrics”

Experimental noise artist Warren Enstrom follows up their 2020 “Acoustics” album with “Electrics” out on FTAM Productions. Shifting from analog to digital, Enstrom synthesizes meticulous soundscapes of zaps, crackles and beeps over five tracks. With precision and intention, they guide the listener through the nuances of computerized noise, combining meditative patience with determined execution. Warren Enstrom creates a texture-rich kaleidoscope

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AUDIO: HogHead – “Health, Beauty & Eternal Youth”

HogHead is a new project that finds Eliot Hess and Tom Olwig of math rock duo Beach Burial joining forces with Milwaukee noise icon Peter J. Woods. Entirely instrumental, their debut album feels like a walk through the neighborhood during the pandemic with a head full of chaotic feelings. The Hogs have fun with complex melodies, where the riffs and

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AUDIO: Normal Rituals – “Double Gesture”

Harsh noise duo Normal Rituals have a new record out on FTAM Productions. It’s two tracks each about twenty minutes long, featuring guitar, synthesizer, and scrap metal. Things are plucked and played sporadically yet spaciously, carefully yet chaotically. Eli Smith and Peter Woods explore different paths of sonic communication with “Double Gesture.”

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHTS: Death Tape Super Bass, Citizen 2-13, Chamber of Knives, J. Mollerskov, Steve Schlei, Lorna Dune, Tampertamper, Pleasure Thief

Noise label/concert promoter FTAM hosted a massive noise showcase in the backyard of X-Ray Arcade Sunday afternoon. Sets from Death Tape Super Bass, Citizen 2-13, Chamber of Knives, J. Mollerskov, Steve Schlei, Lorna Dune, Frenia, TamperTamper, and Pleasure Thief all took place. We got to talk to each and every one of them – except Frenia, since we spotlighted them

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AUDIO: Peter J. Woods – “A Waste of Red Meat”

Harsh noise artist Peter J. Woods has a new album out today. With this 39-track-long experiment, Woods uses sonic combinations and fragmented samples to represent the breaking-down of objects, ideas, and experiences that culminate into the human experience. It’s intentionally not cohesive because that would be disingenuous with the irregularities of our conscious perceptions. While periods may feel unpleasant or

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AUDIO: Blessed Sacrifist – “Loss of Innocence”

Depressive electronics wizard Blessed Sacrifist is finally out with his ultimate release on noise label FTAM, having been eight years in the making. There’s excruciating pain embedded in these pieces, especially in the title track, where fiery industrial static spills forth. It’s an expedition through soul-crushing bleakness, tortured cries for help, gashed memories, and numb despair. If you’ve felt powerless

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