Settle for a draw

It’s raining outside, I’m on the subway. The year is 2016, it doesn’t look like it. But then again, what does a year look like? Doesn’t matter, I’m listless to time. Drowsy and toneless. Frustrated, I guess, but it’s probably because of the time. It’s about 7:43 p.m. and the twilight lasts to end. I’m […]

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Black Cerberus

What is up my dear Zavodovskians? Long time no see. Things have been a bit quiet on the Island, but, hopefully, that oughta change now. It’s great to be back! – Yeah I know, common post intro.. Hip-Hop is nothing new to the Island (Monk Xavier, our pioneer), but as I was randomly listening to some […]

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Burn your fire for no witness

Those who have followed the blog since its start know I’m a sucker for lo-fi, minimalist, voice-driven stuff. Angel Olsen’s Burn Your Fire for No Witness is an impressive sophomore album by the St. Louis, Missouri songstress, after the less flashy and definitely less cohesive Half Way Home. It just has something else this time […]

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Jazz Impressions from Japan

Picture yourself drinking coffee at a small café right in front of Tokyo’s bay. Not only are you in Japan, but you also have some unusual company. Well, not any random, tedious company, in fact, why don’t we dream big? Imagine the Dave Brubeck Quartet playing right next to you, in all their glory and genius. That’s […]

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A Spell from Brazil

How much magic can be buried in one chord? What is it with some music that simply paralyzes our bodies and souls? What does it take to create such sounds? I certainly don’t know the answer to these questions. At least not proper, rational answers. But one thing I do know: musicians who manage to […]

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You and Me

I first heard about the German pianist Nils Frahm when I was studying for some college exams. You started playing out of a random playlist on YouTube and it stunned me right away. The early notes didn’t tell me much, but, 30 seconds in, and two warm chords caught my full attention For a while, […]

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INTERVIEW: Michalis Kontaxakis

Hello dear Zavodovskians! The Monks have been sailing the musical seas for quite a while now. Album reviews have been our main focus, but to reach those who really live music is something we ought to achieve. Hence, Monk Berkemeier went out the Island to meet, even if virtually, Michalis Kontaxakis, one of the best […]

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