The Ten Greatest Tweets of Strategic Tape Reserve

The Ten Greatest Tweets of Strategic Tape Reserve

Everyone in the fast and competitive world that is the 'music industry' knows it's not what you make, but how you present your #brandidentity. While the legendary and historic German cassette disseminator Strategic Tape Reserve is a home to such groundbreaking auditory superstars such as VLK, Emerging Industries of Wuppertal, moduS ponY, HAWN, The Blank Holidays, [...]

Dishital Weekly: absinthe father, Dracula and his band the Draculas, JEEZ LOUISE, The Modern Folk, West Vegetable

Dishital Weekly: absinthe father, Dracula and his band the Draculas, JEEZ LOUISE, The Modern Folk, West Vegetable

Dishital Weekly is Counterzine’s weekly roundup of 5 digital only releases we think are worthy of your attention. The only rules are that we like it and there’s no readily available physical version at the timing of writing. When it was released, genre, platform: none of these matter. If it’s new to us and it’s [...]

Album Review: Headboggle’s ‘Polyphonic Demo’ / Video Premieres: “Chill Out Room World”, “Gallop Sparkler”, and “Sales Theme”

Album Review: Headboggle’s ‘Polyphonic Demo’ / Video Premieres: “Chill Out Room World”, “Gallop Sparkler”, and “Sales Theme”

Headboggle Polyphonic Demo (Ratskin Records) Over a 20+ year career, San Francisco's Derek Gedalecia has released over 100 varied experimental forays into music, releasing eccentric entries on label catalogs such as NNA Tapes with 2007's Unsounds and Domo Live (a self-split EP and live recording) and Hausu Mountain with 2016's In Dual Mono (a cassette consisting of a single [...]

Album Auto-nalysis: The Leaf Library’s ‘About Minerals’

Album Auto-nalysis: The Leaf Library’s ‘About Minerals’

Album Auto-nalysis is a regular Counterzine feature where we ask some of our favorite artists to breakdown their albums track-by-track, to provide further insight into the thoughts, feelings, and artistic processes that went into making them. For this edition, we asked Matt Ashton of London drone pop band The Leaf Library to detail their new [...]

Album Premiere/Review: Synthia Slimez’ ‘Descent to Glacial Sphere’

Album Premiere/Review: Synthia Slimez’ ‘Descent to Glacial Sphere’

Synthia Slimez Descent to Glacial Sphere (Grimalkin Records) Synthia Slimez is the solo project of Richmond, Virginia's Kosmo Powers, a trans and non-binary synthwave artist (who is also one half of Aesthetic Barrier) as well as contortionist and make-up artist. Described as "the manifestation of oppression and violence faced as Trans individuals who are fucking [...]

Album Premiere/Review: C.W. Franz’s s/t

Album Premiere/Review: C.W. Franz’s s/t

C.W. Franz s/t (Not on Label) Today, we're lucky to premiere the debut self-titled album from Chicago singer-songwriter C.W. Franz. Leading a rotating cast of more than 40 contributors, C.W. Franz crafts deceptively lonely and intimate chamber folk reminiscent of the work of Mark Kozelek, characterized largely by a massive yet tastefully implemented selection of [...]

Dishital Weekly: Arusha, DYED, Fruit & Nut, Greg Mendez, MOON DUNES

Dishital Weekly: Arusha, DYED, Fruit & Nut, Greg Mendez, MOON DUNES

Dishital Weekly is Counterzine’s weekly roundup of 5 digital only releases we think are worthy of your attention. The only rules are that we like it and there’s no readily available physical version at the timing of writing. When it was released, genre, platform: none of these matter. If it’s new to us and it’s [...]

Micro Get-to-Know: Biblioteka Records

Micro Get-to-Know: Biblioteka Records

Micro Get-to-Know is a regular Counterzine feature where we interview micro-label owners about their goals, hopes, ethics, struggles, and of course, their music. Micro-labels are defined by Counterzine as labels with small operations teams (and often just one individual) that specialize in digital and/or limited run physical releases. Our subject for this edition is Sofie [...]

Video Premiere: Onesie’s “Final Days of Nineteen”

Video Premiere: Onesie’s “Final Days of Nineteen”

It's the birthday of Onesie bassist Zack Fanelli, and what better way to celebrate than to debut the brand new music video for the Brooklyn power pop band's "Final Days of Nineteen"! The video sees front-man Ben Haberland taking a solitary stroll through the recreational areas of Long Lake, NY, where he spent childhood summer [...]

Album Auto-nalysis: Toxic Chicken’s ‘Wormhole’

Album Auto-nalysis: Toxic Chicken’s ‘Wormhole’

Album Auto-nalysis is a regular Counterzine feature where we ask some of our favorite artists to breakdown their albums track-by-track, to provide further insight into the thoughts, feelings, and artistic processes that went into making them. For this edition, we asked experimental electronic artist Kai Nobuko aka Toxic Chicken to detail their new album 'Wormhole'. [...]