Deleter’s Zweite Komposition EP

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A follow up to their earlier EP, Komposition, Minneapolis based post-punk group, Deleter, releases their delightfully Deutsch follow up, Zweite Komposition, today. The four song effort revels in purposeful and crafted noise, loud hooks, and a vibrant, warm hue. The music oscillates between slower, funky grooves and noisy outbursts with some sustained ferociousness.

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Videos to End a Busy Week

No cd review as this week, as it’s been a busy one. Between a weirdly busy work week and prepping for a big show tonight, we didn’t sit down and dig into a full album, but we did check out some exciting submissions that came our way.

Slim Twig – ‘Hover On A Sliver (Repulsion Revisited)’

A bouncy keyboard ostinato wonderfully contrasts with some horror movie strings and a dreamy refrain in a video that does an equally amazing job of contrasting dark and light.

Astronauts – ‘In My Direction’

A slow-but-steady walk through city and country are the focus of this mellow, but slowly driving track from Astronauts.

Droning on About Eric and Magill

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Just yesterday we posted a review of In This Light, the new album from dream-pop duo, Eric and Magill. Today, we’ve got a great ambient remix of some of their earlier work by another admirable Milwaukee musician, He Can Jog. The remix, much like He Can Jog’s original music, drones beautifully on amidst occasional glitchy interruptions and static bursts, with only occasional identifiable instruments and voices. It’s perfection.

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Eric and Magill’s “In This Light”

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The duo of Ryan Weber and Eric Osterman met in Milwaukee, one branched off to travel the world in the Peace Corp, and the other relocated to New York. Now both stateside, they’re split between New York and L.A., and cozy, little, lonely Milwaukee is sitting between them. Yet, through a collaborative, cross-continental partnership, they still managed to record In this Light, an excellent little dream pop album.

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Apples, Oranges, and Pears – Tour Financials with Pomplamoose and Direct Hit

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Earlier this week, indy multi-instrumental duo Pomplamoose published an incredible insight into the financial realities of touring with a band, highlighting some great ticket and merch sales, but ultimately showing that income did not exceed costs, resulting in an $11,819 loss. Three days later, Nick Woods of Milwaukee-based pop-punk band, Direct Hit!, seethed over this and wrote a response, proving that one does not need to lose money on tour by breaking down his band’s profitable $1,132, 37 day tour. At Those Who Dig we of course read Pomplamoose’s original story, and knew a response like Direct Hit!’s was coming. In the spirit of our few rules for judging music, we asked ourselves what point these bands really were making, and whether they succeeded in their arguments.

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Enjoy the Journey with Firestations’ “Never Closer”

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Some stories take a while to tell and some journeys take a while to complete. Firestations‘ Never Closer takes a while, but is worth every minute. The band, a London five-piece that includes members of Astronauts, Dark Captain, Quickspace and Left With Pictures, recorded most of the album to 8 track tape over five summer days, and spent another few months putting on finishing touches at their home studio. A fun journey from start to finish, it begins with “French Caves”, and you can practically see a hazy sunset on the horizon as the song’s mostly gentle wash contrasts with a more pointed bridge.

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Bleak and Beautiful – Low Country Hill

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Let’s talk about the weather. It’s only mid-November, and the Those Who Dig crew is already digging out from their first snowfall and struggling with biting colds. In truth, we secretly love it, as cold weather is a great excuse for warm, whiskey drinks and your new favorite winter album, Low Country Hill‘s debut, self-titled release.

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