the bordellos - how to lose friends and influence no-one

the bordellos are a lofi folk/rock band from the UK. their latest album is called 'how to lose friends and influence no-one'. the songs have a shambling psychedelic folk vibe and a punk rock anger and attitude to the lyrics, despite a kind of deadpan delivery. the sounds range from spacey acoustic strum-alongs with nice melodies and weird sound effects to more abrasive, amplified, distorted screeds.

the overall theme seems to be an intense frustration with the state of the 'music industry' (check out songs such as 'piss on spotify' and 'did the bastards at the BBC kill john peel?'). that might be a little bit like don quixote going out and singing pissed-off lofi psych/folk songs at windmills, but it's still fun to listen to. the lengthy and strange 'i no longer speak the international language of kojak, kapiche' is my favorite track.

get it here, digital or on CD with some nice DIY packaging and artwork.

tigershark goat - you don't put lipstick on every day

tigershark goat is a rapper and singer/songwriter from houston, texas. he has a unique, rapid fire way of rapping and a minimalist approach to production. his latest album 'you don't put lipstick on every day' is all over the place, stylistically, from the stream of consciousness raps to eccentric folk songs, spoken word bits, vocal collages, and combinations of all that.

it's hard to capture the wild individuality and experimental nature of this album in a short write-up, i guess you just have to give it a spin.

get it here.

o grande ogro - discurso para mentes em silêncio (speech to minds in silence)

o grande ogro is an instrumental post-rock power trio from sao paulo, brazil. their music is on the energetic, prog-inflected side of post-rock.

their latest release 'discurso para mentes em silêncio' is a tight collection of short (for the genre), fast jams incorporating a punk edge and a lot of technical prowess. there are also vibes from the many sub-genres of metal infused throughout the album. good stuff.

get it here.

matt confusion - else

matt confusion is an italian blues influenced singer/songwriter. his latest album is called 'else'. fluid, jazzy guitar interplay is the centerpiece of this album, which is produced with drums, 2 guitar tracks, and voice.

the sound is tight but laid back, good for a road trip or a smokey late night bar. there are moments of grittier blues with more of a stomp than a swing, but the chill vibes predominate. the description on the bandcamp page says 'blue note meets sub pop', and that makes sense.

it's free, get it here.

jack david - you, me, and the great wall between

jack david is a young singer/songwriter from virginia. his album 'you, me, and the great wall in between' is collection of intensely personal folk/punk songs, in the classic mode of translating pop-punk melodies to a minimal acoustic setting.

jack has good grasp on this type of songwriting. there are a few production touches on this album, such as overdubbed guitar solos, back-up vocals, and a bit of keyboard. full of youthful energy and emotional turmoil.

get it here, digital or DIY cd.

endika sangroniz - illusion

endika sangroniz is a spanish singer/songwriter. his new EP 'illusion' showcases his songs and his voice in a stripped down style.

voice, guitar and songs, a nice opening statement from this songwriter. the sad drinking song 'one more shot' is my favorite track, though the final jam shows off some nice finger picking.

get it here.

will csorba - because i was flesh

'because i was flesh' is the physical goods debut of digitally prolific texas based american primitive guitarist will csorba. it features fifteen examples of his best playing yet, thirteen originals and covers of the blues standards 'poor boy long way from home' and 'dark was the night, cold was the ground'.

i have been following will's recordings for a few years now, and this release shows a mature grasp of this way of playing guitar and a deep immersion in folk traditions. there is some excellent slide work as well. it's a pure record of american primitive music that honors the sense of discipline at the root of the style. highly recommended.

get it here, on limited edition CD or digital.

dylan tietze - perfect day

dylan tietze is a singer/songwriter from jacksonville, florida. with his first release, 'perfect day', he managed to do something with bandcamp that i've never seen, despite having done roughly 1,200 posts, most of which involve a bandcamp page.

dylan made all the text white so when you go to his page, you only see the play buttons and the album art. he also structured the 40 minute or so album as two digital sides, forcing you to consider it more like you would an LP. the music is dark, lonely folk, with minimal production and a slight halo of reverb around the haunted singing and delicate guitar playing. there are strange experimental moments in the side-long presentations; unexpected stops, tape sounds, harsh noise, silences. it's worth listening to this whole thing, the more lushly produced jam that closes the second half is a high point on a generally good album. recommended.

i guess you can't download it at any price, but you can listen to it here.

albert demuth - haircare for assholes

albert demuth is a providence, rhode island based singer/songwriter. his latest album is called 'haircare for assholes' and it is available in a limited edition vinyl run as well as digitally. it's a moody album that has lofi nick cave vibes.

the atmosphere is made of dark soundscapes, gothic spaghetti western guitar riffs, and deep voiced, prophetic singing. the ten minute closing track 'what cheer?' stretches the style to it's natural conclusion.

get it here.

anna wallis - every tear is a drop of fear

anna wallis is a portland, oregon based folk/punk singer/songwriter with a great voice and classic songwriting skills. on her latest album 'every tear is a drop of fear', she manages to maintain a punk edge on some really fine, short bursts of beautiful melody and melancholy emotion.

the production is simple; voice, guitar, maybe some ukelele, and some really nice harmony arrangements, recorded with just a touch of cassette four-track grit. these fifteen short songs are kind of like a diary (one of them is even called 'i am a diary'), so it is a very personal experience. this approach works well for anna, especially when accompanied with her ear for vocal arrangement. recommended.

name your price for it here.

asha tamirisa - callus/redux

'callus/redux' is a an album of two longform compositions for vintage synthesizer and field recordings by experimental media artist asha tamirisa. over the course of the long drone of 'callus', the sounds build in pressure and intensity with the layering of various tones.

the discordance and general presence increases over the sixteen minute play time, reaching a blistering climax in an explosion of overtones, before slowly dying out. some extreme drone made with the classic ARP 2500 synthesizer.

get it for free from pan y rosas discos.

gustavo goulart - chasing rabbits

gustavo goulart is a brazilian singer/songwriter. he specializes in big pop/rock style tunes about love gone wrong. i say pop/rock, but his album 'chasing rabbits' is produced with just an acoustic guitar and occasional backup vocals.

the songs have such a swagger and such well placed, hooky choruses and classic bridges that i can hear what a producer like ted templeman  or mutt lange would do with them. catchy, emotional jams.

get it here.

farewell teddy - brave new world's fair

farewell teddy is a duo recording project based in georgia. the sounds on their latest album 'brave new world's fair' are eclectic and maximal, they make the most of DIY recording techniques to produce a rich atmosphere for the album that references various eras of musical history while adding a modern touch.

this music is pretty fresh sounding, it reminds me of a strange combination of musical traditions and vibes from the american south with the barque pop sensibilities of bands like XTC and squeeze. this means it can get verbose but it never stops swinging. recommended.

name your price for it here.

l. bandini - before i forget

l. bandini is a UK based singer/songwriter. his output is fairly limited so far, but the few songs he has released are personal, heartfelt ballads, deep bittersweet love songs.

the production is strictly voice and guitar, with some subtle finger-picking, and rich clear singing. i'm sure there will be more songs to come in the near future. sample the latest, 'before i forget', below.

name your price for it here.

sioux trails records double post

sioux trails records is a netlabel that exists mainly to house the voluminous recording archives of long time collaborators c.m. slenko, henry hyde and francis mckeys, along with the work and input of a host of their friends. they are non-dependent, non-economic, lofi, DIY, eclectic and experimental to the end. MFOA/practice records considers souix trails records an inspiration and a true fellow traveler.

another thing about souix trails records is that they have a high volume of output. i am a bit behind on their releases so here is a double post highlighting the latest two, 'dead bodies on everest' and 'blast furnace'.

'dead bodies on everest' is another in a series of names for work by francis mckeys, this time with collaborator d.a. farr. it's an album of atmospheric, expansive lofi folk. it's heavily organic in feel even when the methods are electronic, buzzing amps and heavy feedback end up sounding like humming insects, bad weather and moaning animals as the music undulates between chaos and loose structure. the drones all have ominous, massive vibes.

'blast furnace' is a slenko/mckeys collaboration that took place long-distance, sharing files online. i have made music this way, and it can be frustrating but it can also lead to new innovations. 'blast furnace' has a more electronic feel than many sioux trails efforts, with a certain songs achieving an almost dub-like feel through repetitive rhythms and big echoes. dead pan/distorted talking type vocals are heavily featured over the distorted and warped soundscapes. i especially love the long-form psychedelic basement raga 'procession'.

get it all here.

irrelephant - age of irrelephance

irrelephant is a collective of musicians from houston, texas featuring guitarist will csorba, an MFOA favorite. their first release, 'age of irrelephance' is a collection of droney, mystical freak folk jams recorded live in a very lofi manner. the sounds range from sparse and skeletal to thick and immersive, with an array of stringed instruments being used in various experimental ways, as well as wooden flutes, saw, harmonium, voices and percussion.

the roots of this music are in traditional american folk and american primitive genres (this is the most chilled-out cover of jack rose's kensington blues i've ever heard, like a 'pizza tapes' version, with a shuffling brushed snare) but most of the songs go into a deeply psychedelic eastern-influenced drone-zone. highly recommended.

name your price for it here.

book of kells - depiction of saturn and other planets floating in space

book of kells is an ambient synth artist from germany. their latest tape 'depiction of saturn and other planets floating in space' is out now on german tape label midnight circles, which can be counted on for many fine, meditative lofi ambient and drone releases.

'depiction of saturn and other planets floating in space' is a very accurately titled album. these short synth pieces sound like the background music for the in-between-scenes of a 1970's show about space...if the editors of that show were nodding out on opium. it's a synth lovers dream. slow, dreamy tape loops full of ambient hiss and incredibly warm synth tones. highly recommended.

get the limited edition cassette here.

the deltaz - like your brother

the deltaz are a los angeles based alt-country band. their newest album is called 'like your brother'. the music could be described as 'laurel canyon meets outlaw country'. there's a laid-back california country vibe with rich, tight harmonies, but there's also some texas-style twang and swagger.

what sells me most on this album is the hook-conscious songwriting, the smooth, satisfying harmonies, and the rhythm section that nails it down. these dudes know what they are doing. there's a deep respect and feel for the traditions of country music behind these jams.

get it here.

lauren sarah hayes - manipulation

'manipulation' by lauren sarah hayes is one of those albums where i need to share the artist's description with you as well as my own:

'MANIPULATION is a collection of unedited one-take improvisations performed on unpredictable ecological hybrid analogue/digital/human systems. instability arises from the fragilities of touch-based engagement and mutually affecting relationships within the technology.'

based on that, 'manipulation' is an album that explores processes of music making (the conversion of actions in recordings or audio artifacts) and the interaction between humans and machines of various categories. 

conceptual ideas aside, the music now exists. minimal tunes, shifting synth-tone melodies over stark electronic rhythms that mutate over the length of the song. i love the cover art for this album, it really undercuts the high concept gravity of the description, while matching the sometimes playful feel of the music.

get it here for free from pan y rosas discos.

tyler alderson - fare ye well

tyler alderson's 'fare ye well' harkens back to the recordings of ewan maccoll, and even farther to the misty past of appalachia and the british isles. 'fare ye well' is a rare, completely a capella, solo contribution to MFOA. this is a bold kind of recording to make, but when it works, as it does here, it brings the listener into the story of the song in a way that is largely forgotten in our current age of more maximal sensory entertainment.

we forget that as human beings, a solo singer (or maybe a group, with a drum or two) used to be the way that all of our stories were passed from one generation to the next. with out music like this in our deep history, we would have no idea who we are.

name your price for it here.

restaurnaut - that too long hour never dim enough to sleep

'that too long hour never dim enough to sleep' is actually a split release from restaurnaut and wica antina out now on cassette from kerchow records. the artwork and production values with this cassette are DIY-luxe.

this is some extremely lofi indie/folk rock, but the songs and melodies run deep, in the case of both artists. minimal rock where the tape hiss and noise fills in all the gaps.

the cassette drops in october, but for now you can stream some tracks and pre-order it here.

cairns - version EP

cairns is an experimental folk act from missoula, montana that uses the mandolin as the centerpiece of their recordings. their latest release, 'version EP', is a concept album, a three song meditation on the childhood experience of handheld video games.

the music is sparse, mostly just mandolin and voice. occasional video game noises and weird vocal effects add a touch of psychedelia, but the minimalism adds to the personal nature of this song cycle.

get it here.

dying for bad music super post

dying for bad music is a small label from the mountains of germany that for years has been carefully selecting the cream of the crop in weirdo americana and releasing it in small, tastefully packaged batches. DBFM has been way ahead of the curve on artists that are having major success now, such as finger-style virtuoso daniel bachman and ascendant guitar hero ryley walker (check out the DBFM bootlegs for both of those guys here) while consistently highlighting under-appreciated practitioners of  what john fahey might've called the "volk-musical" arts. if you like roots, folk and american primitive music that has the ability to cling to that dubious pillar of 'authentic-ness', DBFM is where you might find it for real.

if that is what you're looking for you are in luck because DBFM dropped a 4 album blast of releases recently. they range stylistically from american primitive ragas and unearthed private press finger-style blues to folk song interpretation and surrealistic, jandek-esque confessionals. here's a little bit about each one:

abraham chapman - nothing to leave behind

'nothing to leave behind' by abraham chapman was a demo tape discovered by psychedelic guitarist anthony pasquarosa while buying old reel-to-reel tapes at a flea market to use to make his own recordings. luckily, he did not record over this one. these warbly, slow-burning solo guitar country blues rambles are priceless artifacts, though no information about the artist was to be found. originally released on pasquarosas's own label, 4th eye musick.


jonathan nankof - live at charles river variety

boston artist jonathan nakof's songs sound like they walk an extremely thin line between tight composition and complete stream of consciousness. a tough trick to pull off, but so great when it works as well as it does in this live radio performance. strange melodies, raw lyrics, far out angular finger-style guitar playing. ends with an interesting interview.


lukas read - neo age

lukas read is adept at the alt-country song form, as demonstrated by his last album 'ramble man, ramble'. his new album, 'neo age', steps fully off that  dusty road into the free-flowing territory of american primitive psychedelic wonder. his pure, silvery acoustic picking is paired with found sounds and waves of electric reverb and slide guitars forming a gently freaked-out musical landscape.


c. strøm - sings and plays

c. strøm is my favorite connection made through DBFM. i have written about his music and his efforts to digitize 78 RPM records many times over the history of MFOA, i'm glad to have gotten to know him and what he does. he lives in a rural seaside area of norway and his original songs and folk song interpretations, in his words, share a rhythm with 'the sound of stoney shores meeting the watery waves'. his love and reverence for this material flows out of the speakers when you play his recordings. his voice has a hint of that gravity the carter family brought to their renditions of the old songs. 'sings and plays' is an anthology style collection of his music from the past 15 or so years. a good place to start, as previous releases have mostly been made unavailable or sold out.


each of these releases, with the exception of 'live at charles river variety', which is digital only, are available in beautifully packaged CDR editions. this stuff receives the top MFOA recommendation, don't sleep on it. get it all here.

matt marble - twilights

matt marble is a portland, oregon based musician. his latest album is a collection of solo guitar improvisations called 'twilights'. each piece on this album was recorded live in the twilight hours, near an open window. the ambient sounds of an urban neighborhood break in at times, during lulls in the guitar playing. the music has a mystical vibe, and to make a long story short, i believe it was based to some degree on meditations on ancient geometrical magics and alchemical sciences.

the song titles are place names from the choctaw language. the playing itself has a rhythmic, almost clawhammer-esque feel.  the result is a collection of beautiful recordings that are worth a few spins.

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get it here.

dioxadol borges - siconauta tourist class

dioxadol borges is a mysterious person, i will have to let his artist bio from the pan y rosas discos website speak for itself:

'uruguayan composer born in montevideo. with five albums on the web he is a well known musician in the montevideo underground. he doesn’t perform live and his true identity is unknown. some believe that he is a pianist frustrated with the national orchestra who is believed to have disappeared in 2005.'

his latest album is called 'siconauta tourist class', which i interpret as being a psychedelic traveler relegated to the cheap seats. it's an appropriate title. this album sounds like it could be the soundtrack to a low budget sci-fi cartoon, like heavy metal, but a south american LSD disco/hip-hop version. it sounds like it was all composed and recorded on one or two keyboards, but it's dense with structural ideas, psychedelic experiments and genre mash-ups. this is a weird one and it is highly recommended. a good place to break into the wealth of experimental riches available on the pan y rosas netlabel, too, as it contains more stuff that would be considered accessible or 'musical' by most people than the average PYR release.

get it for free here.


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