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In Rotation: Jail Flanagan of Forced Into Femininity on pissed-off diva Xina Xurner

Plus: Reader music editor Philip Montoro on Finnish black-metal psychonauts Oranssi Pazuzu and composer Charles Joseph Smith on Rockford piano prodigy Emily Bear


Philip Montoro, Reader music editor, is obsessed with...

Oranssi Pazuzu
  • Oranssi Pazuzu

Oranssi Pazuzu, Kosmonument The second album from this psychedelic Finnish black-metal band—which came out late last year and has yet to see stateside release—combines the trudging-across-the-desert rhythms and heat-trance haze of Earth and Horseback with the sensation of being drugged into an extradimensional stupor by tentacled space vampires and then slowly, thoughtfully torn to ribbons.

Cosmic Hearse Aesop Dekker has drummed for Agalloch, Worm Ouroboros, and the late, lamented Ludicra. On this music blog he sticks mostly to metal (usually obscure or out of print) but takes frequent detours: jazz, blues, Krautrock, folk, hardcore, pop. Dekker's snappy, direct writing is zero percent bullshit and often very funny—he describes Duran Duran's self-titled debut, for instance, as "a whispered lie from the urethra of oblivion."

Caspar Brötzmann Massaker Led by the son of free-jazz reedist Peter Brötzmann, this toweringly Teutonic art-rock trio reimagined the electric guitar as an ancient bone-splintering abomination more fearsome than Grendel. Massaker last released a record in 1995 and have been largely inactive since, but in 2010 they started playing again—if you saw the band's set at the 2011 Roadburn festival, you might've noticed Michael Gira of Swans losing his shit in the front row. A new album is allegedly on the way.

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