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Jacoti Sommes - Travel Time album cover

Jacoti Sommes

Travel Time, 2020

7.9 / 10

Clocking it at just under 27 minutes, Columbus, Ohio electronic music producer Jacoti Sommes’ 2020 release Travel Time is all around better than his excellent 2018 effort Ubermensch. I think the album’s title ...

Euglossine  - Psaronius album cover


Psaronius, 2020

7.0 / 10

Created using a combination of physical instruments and various synthesized elements, it wasn’t particularly surprising for me to learn that one of the major concepts behind Gainsville, Florida-based musician Euglossine’s Psaronius (a ...

(මහසෝනා​)​* - යන්ත්‍ර.මන්ත්‍ර.ගුරුකම්! album cover


යන්ත්‍ර.මන්ත්‍ර.ගුරුකම්!, 2020

7.0 / 10

Given that I’ve put together year-end lists of the strangest albums I heard for the past couple years, I was pointed to this release coming out of Sri Lanka. It’s ...

Puppy and the Hand Jobs - I Hate Everything album cover

Puppy and the Hand Jobs

I Hate Everything, 2019

6.3 / 10
200 Words Or Less

It'd be quite easy to write off (the fantastically named) Puppy and the Hand Jobs for making self-described “trash rock and roll.” Much as is the case with bands like The ...

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Scatenato Ma Non Troppo #1

Regular Columns Scatenato Ma Non Troppo #1

Posted Sept. 7, 2020, 2:15 p.m.
Scatenato Ma Non Troppo

Each and every week, Scene Point Blank receives hundreds (and hundreds) of submissions for possible coverage. Some of these are really cool (Beck’s collaboration with the NASA Jet Propulsion ...

SXSW 2018

Music SXSW 2018

Posted April 8, 2018, 12:53 p.m.

The year's third month is always a crazy time to be in Austin, what with the South by Southwest Festival taking up March's middle third, but the overall ...

Cindy Marabito (The Dicks From Texas)

One Question Interviews Cindy Marabito (The Dicks From Texas)

Posted Dec. 5, 2017, 1:13 p.m.

Cindy Marabito (The Dicks From Texas) SPB: Living in Austin and being a part of South by Southwest for the last several years, I'm often struck by the, what ...

SXSW 2017

Music SXSW 2017

Posted April 15, 2017, 1:38 a.m.

A year after the standing President of the United States attended and lectured at the South by Southwest Festival, politics were again front and center for much of 2017's ...

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Video Premiere - "Not Your Home" by Fox Face

Records Video Premiere - "Not Your Home" by Fox Face

Posted Nov. 16, 2020, 12:35 p.m.

It’s a little past Halloween, but with the year that humanity has been going through, maybe that’s irrelevant. The debut release from Milwaukee four-piece Fox Face was entitled ...

Premiering here, we’ve got the video for album track “Not Your Home.” The band has this to say about it: “Crushed dreams and loneliness seep through the night like a ghost, rattling pipes and creaking floorboards.  Fox Face's 'Not Your Home' is the haunted house of your mind, struggling to keep it together when you've lost it all and are utterly, and eternally, alone.”
Filmed in black and white, I’m definitely digging the video’s OG Blair Witch Project vibe and, thankfully, there’s no snot in sight. Also, this chugging rock music is hard to ignore. Check out the video below and head over here to preorder the album.

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SPB Premiere - "David" by Twin Foxes

Records SPB Premiere - "David" by Twin Foxes

Posted Nov. 10, 2020, 12:03 p.m.

Over the past six years, Providence, Rhode Island group Twin Foxes has combined elements of shoegaze, punk, emo, and indie to develop their sound over the course of several releases ...

Featured here is album single “David,” a powerful track that, to me, seemed kind of perfect for this strange moment in history due to its compelling mixture of both downbeat and hopeful themes.
Mann has this to say about the track: “'David' was a song I wrote right after waking up from a dream.  The lyrics kind of just came to me and I wrote them down at 2am before I even had music.  It was a couple years ago when mental illness was in the forefront of the news and it finally became something people were more open to talk about.  In the song, David is someone that decides not to stick around... but not because of any particular damning event, it was more of a decision he came to after serious logical thought.  It made me think about how some people just want to be at peace, maybe even trying their odds at what comes after.  And even when you're gone, the world just keeps going.  People are affected, but the world still moves unflinching.  There's moments in the songs, where beauty is still happening amongst David's decision... even after he's gone.  
‘Watch the dust dance and sparkle in rays, of god’s powerful sun, how it brings a new day.  Shine bright on lakes and glisten on pine.  All over metallic things as you squint your eyes.  What monstrous steeples man creates for the hope of what he did will not be forgotten’
For me, maybe it's just a reminder that though time persists, so does beauty.  How there's often silver linings even in dark times.  To me it's more of a hopeful thing.”
Dig the feels in the track below and head over here to explore the band’s releases.

Twin Foxes · David

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Video Feature - "Ohm" by Cliff and Ivy

Records Video Feature - "Ohm" by Cliff and Ivy

Posted Nov. 5, 2020, 12:11 p.m.

Since 2012, Cliff and Ivy, self-described as Alaska’s Goth Duo, have put together a nice array of releases, including several interesting conceptual projects. This body of work is highlighted ...

Featured here is the newly-released and nicely realized video for the track. Partially filmed at the HAARP Research Facility in Gakona, Alaska, which seems an appropriate backdrop to me given the nature of the facility and various theories about it, the video combines stark imagery with a witchy sort of vibe. It’s also quite psychedelic at times.
Check out the video below and head over here to dig into Cliff and Ivy’s rather impressive discography.

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Video Premiere - "Diagnosis Negative" by Downside Salesman

Records Video Premiere - "Diagnosis Negative" by Downside Salesman

Posted Oct. 16, 2020, 12:10 p.m.

Based in Chicago, Downside Salesman consists of Alissa Wolff on drums, Joey Schuringa (of Pretty Pleased) on bass and backing vocals and Bobby Lane (of The Big Leagues) on guitar ...

In describing the debut release, drummer Alissa Wolf has this to say: ““We started recording Wastehaven before the pandemic was in full swing - COVID threw a wrench in the process but overall it allowed us to really fine tune the songs on this EP and brought us closer as a band. The songs on Wastehaven talk about struggle with change and the process of trying to do better and be better - something everyone should be striving for.” Here’s hoping we aspire to do just that in 2020’s closing months and beyond.
Wastehaven is out next Tuesday, October 20th, and can be preordered here.

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Seeking Respite from Ubiquitous Holiday Pop...

Posted Dec. 25, 2015, 4:03 p.m. by Andy

In the month leading up to the holiday, it's often difficult to escape the near-continual assault of schmaltzy Christmas music. It seems virtually every artist of note in the last ...

Andy's Favorite Horror Film Soundtracks

Posted Oct. 31, 2015, 11:11 a.m. by Andy

Though usually panned by the majority of film critics – the mainstream ones anyway- horror films seem to be a Hollywood mainstay that just won't go away. This is hardly ...

Film Review - 1988's Not of This Earth

Posted Oct. 31, 2015, 10:27 a.m. by Andy

Made in 1957, director Roger Corman's typically efficient low-budget sci-fi flick Not of This Earth came to be regarded as a minor genre classic in the years to come – and ...

Film Review - Profondo Rosso, a.k.a. Deep Red

Posted Oct. 31, 2015, 10:09 a.m. by Andy

In the midst of the opening credits sequence for Italian director Dario Argento's 1975 Profondo Rosso (a.k.a. Deep Red), the viewer is treated to a truncated scene appearing to show ...

Andy's bio

Sometimes, I do stuff.  I like animation, cinema, motor racing, offbeat video games, suicides, divorces, promises broken, children smashed, whatever.

Andy's favorite bands

Female singers who curse.  Electronic that's not all about the drop.  Copious amounts of noise.  Good soundtracks from questionable movies, or maybe questionable music in general?  Stuff that makes you go, "huh."  Feels.

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