Articles By: Jericho Maxim

REWOUND :: Volume 15 (blog-style) by Jericho Maxim

(January 2010) Okay; so I’ve been more than a little lax recently – hey, life intrudes sometimes on the life of a critic. But I’m here to make good, so what follows is a wrap-up of all of the records that have been sent to me in this last year that I just haven’t had […]

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Vladislav Delay :: Tummaa (Leaf)

(October 2009) Well, I’m confounded. I don’t know what to make of this record. I’ve been a Delay fan almost since the start, in all of his guises (Luomo, Uusitalo, Conoco, Sistol, The Dolls, AGF/Delay, etc.) and this one is a totally different beast than anything else he’s done. Attempting to move away from the […]

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Dntel :: Early Works for Me If It Works For You I & II, Something Always Goes Wrong (Phthalo)

(October 2009) What an embarrassment of riches this package is. Bringing back into print two essential mid-90’s IDM near-classics, this package adds a third disc of period outtakes that, for me, really made me wish it was 1996 again. What a fertile time the mid-90s were for music – Autechre’s Tri Repetae++ was usually spinning, […]

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Creamy Water Quiz :: Flojo, Loco y Enigmatico (Infinite Number of Sounds)

(July 2009) I got passed a demo from this Michigan duo a couple of years ago and was quietly blown away by it. 70 minutes of nearly formless electronic improvisation done with live instruments (not laptops), mixed almost haphazardly and bursting with lo-fidelity, DIY, “just do it” spirit. Now, in 2009, comes the debut album, […]

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Retic :: Somnolent Massive (Mute Rebellion)

(July 2009) Back in 2007, I praised Retic for their debut album, Saturn Day Trajectory for its tricky interleaving of keen beats and sly sine-wave bass with crackerjack melodies, and Somnolent Massive is more of the same wonderfulness. Still evoking Boards of Canada but mixing in with some classic Rephlex / Braindance sounds (“Flippit”), Retic […]

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SubtractiveLAD, Plastik Joy and Last Days reviews (n5MD)

(July 2009) This latest crop of releases from n5md puts them near the top of my favorite indie labels. With a strong catalog featuring Lights Out Asia, Proem and Another Electronic Musician, they’ve been on their game since they started. But the label is really coming into its own now. SubtraciveLAD’s Where the Land Meets […]

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The Bureau of Nonstandards :: s/t (OneZero)

(July 2009) Here’s one that I’ve put off trying to write about because I’m just not that taken with it. The Bureau of Nonstandards is a duo, Kevin C. Smith (who modifies old electronics into his own “circuit-bent” instruments) and Maurice Rickard, who processes Kevin’s sounds on a laptop. So this has the potential to […]

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Harmonic 313 :: When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence (Warp)

(03.31.09) Global Communications’ resident wizard Mark Pritchard (Tom Middleton is GC’s resident sorcerer) returns to us with a new album from a new alias (a shout out to Detroit and a play on one of the man’s many aliases, Harmonic 33). The H33 project started as a lounge/exotica electronic project (and put out a couple […]

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Jericho Maxim :: Top lists for 2008

I didn’t get too much of a chance to listen to new music in 2008, instead spending most of the year studying for several certification exams. As such, what follows is more of a recap of the year for me and what I did get a chance to see/hear/experience, rather than a traditional “top 10.” […]

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REWOUND :: Volume 9 (blog-style) by Jericho Maxim

(02.07.09) OK, so first things first — the non-traditional formatting for this column is based on the absolutely STUPID decision to have a text file on my desktop called “Untitled,” which contained long reviews of almost all of the records that are covered below. This file, again stupidly named “Untitled,” was over-written by mistake, and […]

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Jericho Maxim :: Top lists for 2007

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….::::: Top 18 :: Nine Inch Nails :: Year Zero Zombi :: Surface to Air Tom Middleton :: Lifetracks Ulrich Schnauss :: Goodbye Drifting In Silence :: Fallto The Aliens :: Astronomy for Dogs The Threshold House Boys Choir :: Form Becomes Rampant Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound :: Ekranoplan Decomposure :: Things Falling Apart […]

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REWOUND :: Volume 8 By Jericho Maxim

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….:::: Misha :: Teardrop Sweetheart (Tomlab, CD) Chicago film critic Roger Ebert has said, although I don’t have the reference handy, that he rates films based on whether or not they achieve what he perceives their aim to be. If a film aims to be an over-the-top, blow-stuff-up, kill-bad-guys thriller and there is unnecessary, wanton […]

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REWOUND :: Volume 7 By Jericho Maxim

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….:::: Helios :: Ayres (Type, CD) Something is seriously wrong with the state of music when even the chill-out room becomes a bummer. Perhaps I’m dating myself here (do they even have chill-out rooms anymore?), but it was the one place where everything would be calm, no matter how oppressive or sweaty things were in […]

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REWOUND :: Volume 6 By Jericho Maxim

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….:::: Apparat :: Walls (Shitkatapult, CD) I’ve listened to this album at least 20 times over the last few weeks and I’ll be damned if I can form a strong opinion about it. I put it on, it plays, I listen to it, I forget about it when it stops playing. Then I play it […]

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REWOUND :: Volume 5 By Jericho Maxim

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….:::: Jeremy Bible :: I Am Very Uncomfortable Most of the Time (Experimedia, CD/MP3) Is there a record that inspired more laptop electronica than Incunabula? Sometimes it doesn’t seem that there is. Fourteen years on from its initial release, its influence continues to spread. Autechre’s classic first album impresses with its longevity. With Myspace and […]

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REWOUND :: Volume 4 By Jericho Maxim

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….:::: Halfadder :: Robots Will Love Religion EP (Experimedia, CD/MP3) Jason Henry, aka Halfadder, hails from Canton, Ohio. Not really a hot-spot on the techno circuit, but Robots Will Love Religion may change that. Blending field recordings, Commodore 64 patches, and vintage PC games, Henry wraps the concoction in a flour tortilla of mid-80’s electro […]

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KTL :: 2 (Editions Mego, CD)

(05.30.07) Stephen O’Malley, Sunn O)))’s hooded drone-master, teams up again with Peter Rehberg (aka Pita) for another go-around as KTL, tackling material from their initial sessions which produced their (also excellent) first album. 2 contains four long tracks that not so much unfold but expand, each track crafting a uniquely bleak sonic environment that is […]

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Vladislav Delay :: Whistleblower (Huume, CD)

(05.14.07) The Basic Channel / Chain Reaction strain of dub, as filtered through a haze of drugs, was the fulfillment of the promises of ambient house and its offshoots, and also its ultimate subversion. The Orb’s massive “Blue Room” on U.F.Orb may have set heads nodding, but was too spacey to inspire dancing. It was […]

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Jericho Maxim :: Top-10 for 2005

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….:::: Top-10 :: (10) (Four Way Tie) Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Infero :: Just Another Band From The Cosmic Inferno / Demons From Nipple s/ IAO Chant From The Cosmic Inferno / Anthem of the Space » Four albums from this group this year. They’re hard to keep up with, but AMT are […]

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MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO :: Live at St. Andrew’s Hall 06.25.05 (Detroit)

(06.25.05) Let’s start by saying that Detroit, on that day, was topping out in the mid-90s, and St. Andrew’s Hall has no air conditioning, so it was a good ten to twenty degrees hotter inside. But the heat was no deterrent to the two hundred or so people who showed up for this fine spectacle. […]

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New album by Meat Beat Manifesto :: At the Center

(04.12.05) Veteran composer and sound sculptor Jack Dangers behind Meat Beat Manifesto is about to launch a brand new album on Thirsty Ear called At The Center on May 24th, 2005. Musicians include Jack Dangers (Bass Clarinet/Flute and “all other sounds”) with Dave King (Drums), Peter Gordon (Flute) and Craig Taborn (Steinway Grand Piano, Fender, […]

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