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New Single From Ian Chang’s First Full-Length, 属 Belonging

Perhaps best known for his percussive chops in both Son Lux and Landlady, Ian Chang has released another teaser from his first full-length solo album, due at the end of April. In what we can only assume is an ode to Joe Exotic, "Lion Dance" conjures a hypnotic state...

Schmutz Virtual Birthday

In an alternate reality, today would have been spent making last-minute edits to our mixes, filling our piñatas with goodies, and decking the halls of arkaoda with tacky decor for this evening's festivities. Alas, in our crummy timeline, the Schmutz Magazine 2 Year...

The Art of Deception | An Interview with DIIV

DIIV opens up about their near breakup and developing their latest album, Deceiver In the comparatively simple times of last summer, I met with Cole Smith (vocals, guitar) and Colin Caulfield (bass, keyboards, guitar, vocals) of DIIV for a stroll of the quieter...

It’s the Notes They’re Not Playing

Dissecting the prescriptive posture of experimental gigs     Like most 20-somethings moving to Berlin for the first time, I reckoned I was on the right wavelength to thrive in a city closely associated with musical weirdness. For a start, Lennon was my favourite...

The Dirt on 2019: Our Year-End Lists

We don't really follow the Gregorian calendar or even believe in the concept of "time," per se, but everyone seems to be signaling the end of the year with their top album lists, so we figured we'd follow suit. In lieu of attempting to squeeze any profound sentiments...

Envy & Svalbard at Bi Nuu | Photo Recap

Envy and Svalbard played at Bi Nuu to a sold-out audience in Berlin on 17 December thanks to Vertikal Concerts. When I took these pictures, I initially wondered why I didn't get any elbows or knees to the back. When I finally turned around, I saw people moved to...

Sub Liminal #2: A CTM 2020 Future Prequel

Liminal phenomena and liminoid states are transitional phases in which a familiar order sees its values and symbols destabilised; norms are suspended or turned on their heads. They thrust us into the grey zone between the two sides of a supposedly clear demarcation....

Daughters & Jeromes Dream at Bi Nuu | Photo Recap

Presumably still riding the high off the critical acclaim for their first release in seven years, Daughters has fully asserted themselves as a force to be reckoned with. Joined by the Connecticut noise outfit, Jeromes Dream, they tore the roof off of Bi...

Sunday Edition | November 3rd, 2019

In Germany, Sunday is a government and culturally mandated day of rest. Regardless of what errands you may have, Sonntag Ruhezeiten says you need to keep it chill. With only a nagging hangover or the week ahead to ponder, we thought you might appreciate some music...

Sunday Edition | October 20th, 2019

In Germany, Sunday is a government and culturally mandated day of rest. Regardless of what errands you may have, Sonntag Ruhezeiten says you need to keep it chill. With only a nagging hangover or the week ahead to ponder, we thought you might appreciate some music...