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Lawrence - Films & Windows

Dial Records, the Hamburg label that plays host to electronic music luminaries such as Pantha Du Prince, Efdemin, John Roberts and others – was co-founded by Peter M. Kersten. Kersten himself also releases through Dial, here under the name Lawrence. The album is said to have been inspired by film, as the title seems to attest. Lawrence offers a mellow, minimal brand of house/techno, layered over in spots with cinematic washes and soundscapes. The music is consistently moody and the so...
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Arnold Dreyblatt & Megafaun - Appalachian Excitation

I've been a fan of Arnold Dreyblatt for many many years starting first with his Tzadik release, Animal Magnetism, and moving on to Nodal Excitation, Propellers in Love, The Adding Machine, and now a collaborative project with Megafaun on Northern Spy Records entitled Appalachian Excitation. Dreyblatt could be considered a minimalist – his music has a simplicity to it. His music often features droning, aggressive string sounds – they almost sound overdriven, the force perhaps a vital t...
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Dr John - Dr John at the Halifax Jazz Festival

12 to 14 hours drive from the nearest sizeable city, Halifax Nova Scotia is not witness to many touring bands, but the folks at the Halifax Jazz Festival do their best to bring in a few big names each year. In 2013 the festival was host to New Orleans legend Dr. John. It must be difficult for mixing engineers to get a good sound for everyone as most shows are held in a tent next to a condo development. I found the show to be quiet - presumably a requirement to satisfy the condo-dwelle...