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Hi, everyone! It’s been a while. That’s partly because I’ve been getting ready for college and partly because I’ve been working on making my very first zine!

The first ever Noise Polluter zine, produced by my very awesome friend Colin Bauer, is completed and available for sale now on Big Cartel. It’s only $3 and contains both redesigned stories from the website and original content made just for the zine. I’m incredibly excited to get these to you.

Buy your zine HERE.





Perhaps you remember ambient-meets-noise rock project Mutes from this 2014 interview. When I first discovered Mutes about a year ago, it was still the solo act of frontman James Brown, and was at its core lilting, dreamy, and soft. Since then, the band has expanded into a quartet, and has also gained some edge- the ambient soundscape remains, but with a sturdy layer of rock to add dimension. The result? A perfect storm.



Order ‘Starvation Age’ digitally or on limited edition cassette here.




With their recent release ‘Do You Feel,’ Toledo brothers Daniel and Joel Trzcinski, a.k.a Bliss Nova, have churned up an EP equal parts summery chillwave-inspired electro and heavy pop. A brassier cousin of acts such as Washed Out and Neon Indian, Bliss Nova’s music is certain to get you dancing. (Side effects may include nostalgia for the golden days of Hipster Runoff.)


10996156_10153603387785744_867521640637367161_n The kings of Britpop themselves return with their first album in twelve years, and their first with the whole band in sixteen. It’s called ‘The Magic Whip’ and it’s to be released on April 27th. This announcement was revealed to innumerable excited fans via an interview with BBC’s Zane Lowe. Read a full transcript of the interview here. The band recorded the album in the summer of 2013 over the course of five days in Hong Kong. Frontman Damon Albarn initially stated in 2014 that the band would never finish or release the music produced in this session, but it would seem that the tables have turned, as the first single, “Go Out,” has been released today, along with an accompanying video. Additionally, Blur will headline Hyde Park on June 20th. There has been no information on further tour dates as of yet. Perhaps the most discussion-inducing aspect of the “comeback,” though, has been the controversial album art and music video. There are two versions of ‘The Magic Whip’ artwork floating around- one with Chinese characters on the front and one without; the music video similarly features Mandarin Chinese characters and consists almost entirely of an Asian woman making ice cream. Naturally, people are upset because Blur consists entirely of white men who seem to be using these cultural aspects as a decorative theme. It could be that it correlates somehow with the Chinese New Year, especially since the album was recorded in China, but nevertheless the appropriation sits uneasily with many fans. (If you want to take it up with Blur, I’d suggest Graham- he’s finally back on Twitter.) How do you feel about the news? As always, feel free to leave a comment. x



iLoveMakonnen: “Down 4 So Long (Remix feat. Ezra Koenig & Despot).” This really did just happen. Please listen to this song even if just to hear Ezra Koenig sing some lyrics which sound like they could have come straight from his Twitter drafts. “Schmoney danching with some goth teens?” Yes. Thanks. Plus, it’s a free download, courtesy of Redbull.



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Like music? Like being a good person? Today is your lucky day. ‘Hands Up!’ is a compilation of 67 tracks made by various artists with the purpose of raising money for the Ferguson Library and St. Louis Area Food Bank. The whole thing only costs $5 and goes to a worthy cause that would benefit greatly from your contribution.

The compilation features some artists previously written about on Noise Polluter (Mackenzie Keefe, Yeah Wings).

Buy ‘Hands Up!’ here.


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