Tape Review: ‘AR001 Compilation Vol​. 1’

Tape Review: ‘AR001 Compilation Vol​. 1’

Various Artists AR001 Compilation Vol​.​ 1 (Autolysis Records) Jacksonville, Florida-based record label, blog, and podcast Autolysis Records put out their first sampler in February of this year, showcasing songs from the label's current roster. It is their first physical release, limited to a run of seven copies. The unique approach of Autolysis is evident upon [...]

Video Premiere: The Lice’s “Blank Tape on the Radio”

Video Premiere: The Lice’s “Blank Tape on the Radio”

Today, we're thrilled to share the music video for "Blank Tape on the Radio", the Banders single from COUNTERZINE favorites The Lice.   Long Beach "shitgazers" The Lice quickly followed up their April 1st album Hoarder House UFO (check our premiere of single "Serial Killer") with another new track in "Blank Tape on the Radio", a feature song on [...]

Album Premiere/Review: Medium Soft’s ‘Paradise Slums’

Album Premiere/Review: Medium Soft’s ‘Paradise Slums’

Editor's note: This album was originally released by MUZAI Records and since been removed from the label's catalog. As such, we've edited links and info accordingly. Medium Soft Paradise Slums (Not on Label) Today, we're thrilled to premiere Paradise Slums, the debut album from English yacht pop/soft music singer-songwriter Medium Soft. By nature and by necessity, Paradise [...]

Loving Tom Crook

Loving Tom Crook

I was catching butterflies for Blathers, a loquacious owl who had just moved to my island, when I got a call from my boss. “Hey, so, as you might have heard, the Governor ordered us to close the store. So ah, unfortunately, this does mean that we will have to lay you off at this [...]

Album Premiere/Review: Quinton Barnes’ ‘Aarupa’

Album Premiere/Review: Quinton Barnes’ ‘Aarupa’

Quinton Barnes Aarupa (Grimalkin Records) Today, we’re excited to premiere the new album from Canadian experimental R&B songwriter and producer Quinton Barnes, Aarupa. For those who follow the Grimalkin collective, it's likely that your first exposure to Quinton was the "Domestika" single released earlier this, which made a strong impression with us with its soulful, [...]

Bandcamp Waived Their Revenue Share For a Day, So I Bought $200 Worth of Music

Bandcamp Waived Their Revenue Share For a Day, So I Bought $200 Worth of Music

Oh god. OH GOD. https://twitter.com/counterzine/status/1240017594805104640 Yeah. So I said that. We're all dealing with Coronavirus right now. COVID-19. Thee Big C, as it were. We're getting pretty fucked up right now, and by we, I mean all of us. Independent music especially hard. Cancelled gigs, layoffs from nine-to-fives, etc. Streaming revenue sucks. It sucks big [...]

YIKIS / COUNTERZINE Exchange: 13 Poetry Reviews for Amazing Tapes! Vol. 1

YIKIS / COUNTERZINE Exchange: 13 Poetry Reviews for Amazing Tapes! Vol. 1

Tapes, we use them all the time. To stick things together, to hang things on other things and occasionally we listen to them too! In this special (hopefully long living exchange program between Counterzine and YIKIS) we (I, the YIKIS team) will focus on the last part of the tape stardom. Expect a dive, very [...]

Album Premiere/Review: R.E. Seraphin’s ‘Tiny Shapes’

Album Premiere/Review: R.E. Seraphin’s ‘Tiny Shapes’

R.E. Seraphin Tiny Shapes (Paisley Shirt Records) Today, we're absolutely thrilled to premiere the debut solo album from ex-Talkies frontman R.E. Seraphin, Tiny Shapes. For those familiar with his previous bands' output on Burger Records (2016's Bright / Sunny) and Yippee Ki-Yay/Electrify Me! (2018's Kowtow), the songs and sounds found on Tiny Shapes largely come across as the logical [...]