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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 #2

Regular Columns Scatenato Ma Non Troppo #2

Posted Feb. 21, 2021, 7:25 a.m.
Scatenato Ma Non Troppo

Well, the train wreck of 2020 is in the rearview, but I’ve collected another selection of submissions that Scene Point Blank received in the past year or so that ...

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 ...

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SPB Premiere - "Unetta" by Velour Academy

Records SPB Premiere - "Unetta" by Velour Academy

Posted May 25, 2021, 12:09 p.m.

Originally formed in Los Angeles, California as a two-piece, made up of songwriter/bassist Jamil Kassimali and songwriter/vocalist Shannon Martinez, in 2005, Velour Academy spent years perfecting their poppy ...

Here, we’ve got the premiere of the album’s third track entitled “Unetta,” about which vocalist Martinez says:
“When I started college I didn't have any friends. I worked in the Student Employment Office and there was a lady there named Unetta that I really grew to love. When I came back from summer break for my sophomore year, the other staff told me that Unetta was gone and they would not tell me why. I was devastated and I cried. I have been wondering about Unetta ever since. Recently, I found her on Facebook.  As of right now, she left me on read, so the song is still appropriate.”
Dig the track below and head over here to preorder the album. CHISME drops on June 4th digitally as well as on pink vinyl and cassette.
CHISME by Velour Academy

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Video Premiere - "Elements of Matter" by Trees Speak

Records Video Premiere - "Elements of Matter" by Trees Speak

Posted May 17, 2021, 12:29 p.m.

So a friend of mine pointed me to 60 Minutes yesterday where they were possibly going to blow the lid open on the whole UFO thing. I watched it; was ...

We’ve got a premiere here of the video for album track “Elements of Matter.” The video creator, 10 Years Time, has this to say about it:
"It was such a pleasure to collaborate with Trees Speak and to be a small part of this remarkable album. I was given complete creative freedom with the video which is always a dream.
Trees Speak have such a strong visual presence already, my main focus was to tap into that and try and do the music justice. I wanted to try and capture the dark, mysterious journey Post Human takes you on.  I took inspiration from the incredible cover artwork done by Eric Adrian Lee. I used multiple methods to create movement - from drawing frames digitally to painting on transparent film to give it a handcrafted aesthetic. 
Elements of Matter became the soundtrack to my life while I was working on this video and I now have slicked back hair and always chewing a wooden toothpick. The song creates a very cool but ominous atmosphere which makes a drive to the shops feel like I’m on a dangerous mission in a sci-fi film.”
Dig the nifty animated video below, and head over here to pick up the album.

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Upcoming Album and Stream Feature- "Kaleidoscope" by Raw Grip

Records Upcoming Album and Stream Feature- "Kaleidoscope" by Raw Grip

Posted May 11, 2021, 12:48 p.m.

Debuting in 2017 with the full-length Imitation, Ternopil, Ukraine-based punk three-piece (bass, drums, vocals – no guitar) Raw Grip is now set to drop their followup EP entitled Kaleidoscope as a ...

Personally, I find screamo vocals to be hit or miss in many cases with the potential to become somewhat distasteful if they’re overblown. That said, despite the obvious emotional release and anger put forth in the voice parts, the overall audio mix on Kaleidoscope ensured that the vocalist never dominated the proceedings and I found the overall concoction to be pretty interesting to listen to.
Kaleidoscope drops May 28th and can be found on Bandcamp here. Meanwhile, below you’ll find a stream of album track "Survive."
Kaleidoscope by Raw Grip

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Video Premiere - "Down" by Emily Rodgers

Videos Video Premiere - "Down" by Emily Rodgers

Posted April 15, 2021, 12:06 p.m.

Over the past nearly two decades, Pittsburgh-based singer/songwriter Emily Rodgers has put together a nice selection of recordings that are more focused and intense than might be expected from ...

Premiering here, we’ve got the hypnotic video for album track “Down,” about which Rodgers explains:
“Bass and piano, performed by Kramer, drive the piece, to which he also provides stirring vocal harmonies. Thematically, the song centers on the enduring appeal of intense but destructive relationships, with lines including, ‘I will bring you down,’ ‘I would have let you break me,’ and, ‘This is where I let go.’ The video for this piece, by Ryan Hover, perfectly encapsulates its mood and sensibility.”
Though fairly simple by modern music video standards, the video is certainly striking in its own way and does compliment the song exceedingly well. Check it out below, and head over here to pick up the full album.

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Seeking Respite from Ubiquitous Holiday Pop...

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

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 Armageddon

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 Armageddon

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 Armageddon

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 Armageddon's bio

Sometimes, I do stuff.  I like a series of suicides, divorces, promises broken, children smashed, whatever.

Andy Armageddon'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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