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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 ...

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Euglossine

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

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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 ...

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Puppy and the Hand Jobs

I Hate Everything, 2019

6.3 / 10
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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 - "Clock Without Hands" by R.E. Seraphin

Records Video Premiere - "Clock Without Hands" by R.E. Seraphin

A Room Forever. That’s kind of what 2020 has felt like at times. I know there was a period where I grew damn sick of sitting around in a ...

Listening through the tracks on this pair of releases, I was reminded of many things. For the most part, the albums contain pleasantly low key pop rock tunes, but I found myself being reminded at times of the sort of vaguely dreamy music put out by the likes of Sarah Records, classic punk, and even the ‘80s rock tunes I jammed out to on vinyl as a kid. In the case of A Room Forever, I also found it pretty impressive that the whole thing meshed as well as it did since Seraphin’s instrumental and vocal parts were filled out into more substantive pieces with the help of remotely-recorded musicians.
Premiering here is the nifty music video for A Room Forever’s opening track, “Clock Without Hands.” Check out the video below and head over to Mt. St. Mountain to preorder the 12” EP, which ships in early October. Paisley Shirt Records will also be reissuing a casette release. 

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Video Premiere - "Keep Me Going" by CODY

Records Video Premiere - "Keep Me Going" by CODY

Posted Sept. 3, 2020, 12:05 p.m.

I had a musician friend who would write folk-based songs and turn them into electronic music tracks. Problem was, while the essence of these songs was good, maybe great, they ...

Premiering here is a playful stop-motion music video about which the band explains: "’Keep Me Going’ is the intro track off CODY’s debut EP A House That’s On Fire. The band decided to keep it simple, having front man Cody Wilson draw a nice story about love on the water and take some photos of his work for your viewing pleasure."
Dig the video below, and head over to Bandcamp or Spotify to check out the full EP.  The band is also playing a livestream set tonight, September 3rd; info can be found here.

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Video Premiere - "Am I?" by Hyper Tensions

Records Video Premiere - "Am I?" by Hyper Tensions

Posted Aug. 27, 2020, 12:10 p.m.

Existing for the past decade or so in the Midwest and now based in Indianapolis, Hyper Tensions make the kind of grungey, punk-oriented garage rock that wouldn’t seem at ...

Premiering here, we have the video for album cut “Am I?” which struck me, both in terms of the content and overall aesthetic, as seeming like something particularly wild one might’ve found on public access TV in the wee hours. About the video, the band explains: “The song ‘Am I?’ is about second guessing everything and the nervous energy that it creates. We wanted the video to reflect that. It was made using a string of cheap VCRs, a dubbed copy of Altered States, and a Gieskes Schele-Mixer.”
Dig into the mind-melting video below, Altered States indeed, and head over to Let’s Pretend Records to preorder the album. Evil Seeds is released on September 4th.
 
 

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SPB Premiere - "Conflict" by Zao

Records SPB Premiere - "Conflict" by Zao

Posted Aug. 18, 2020, 1:20 p.m.

Founded in 1993 in Parkersburg, West Virginia, Zao has gone on to release 11 hard-hitting full-length albums and several EPs and splits, including 2019’s Reformat/Reboot remix album that ...

Premiering below is a track from Preface entitled “Conflict.” Founding and original vocalist Eric Reeder says this about the track: “When treasures get unburied, it’s priceless. These songs with Mic, Roy, & Jesse are still top shelf highlights in my life. After 25+ years, having all the eras of Zao still holding meaning to so many has me in awe. From all the fans to all those who added their part to the band, the movement known as Zao is such a collective experience. This was always the dream.” 
Both Zao releases drop October 9th on Steadfast Records and can be preordered here. Check out “Conflict” below.
 
Preface: Early Recordings 1995-1996 by Zao

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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'm interested in 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.

Andy's SPB contributions

107 reviews 23 features 44 news posts 5 blogposts
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