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A few days ago, I posted a blog heralding the return of resurrected Mexicali dance/noise punk icons Maniqui Lazer to San Diego on Wednesday, March 6 at The Office.

Core member Valentin Torres aka Vampire Slayer will be in town a few days prior on Sunday, March 3 headlining an eclectic lineup at The Void (3519 El Cajon Boulevard – City Heights – formerly Eleven).

Oscillating between psychedelic bangers, piebald-noise freak outs, and impressionistic dronescapes, Vampire Slayer pioneers uncharted territory with brazen abandon.


Torres’ May 2011 LP, Dumb Death, is as disorienting as it is darkly enchanting:


His more recent Psychic Hex (November 2012) eschews musical conventions altogether in favor of anxiety-inducing, deep ambient sonic contemplations:



Pablo Dodero, frontman of defunct Tijuana post-hardcore/screamo (but not in the shitty way) band Mae Machino, has been playing spacious folk tunes under the alias Late Nite Howl for the past few years.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iA12I7sJOu0


As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Dodero’s self-recorded debut Late Nite Howl EP evokes Syd Barrett circa Madcap Laughs, a minimalist Nick Drake, and the more haunting aspects of Mark Kozelek.



Santiago, Chile-born experimentalist Marcelo Radulovich (Playground Slap, Nicey Nice World), now located in San Marcos, used nothing but an Apple music player and iPods apps to compose his recent La Mano Ponderosa LP.

“I’m fascinated with the world of apps, and I see the iPod as a revolutionary sort of musical instrument, providing countless versions of lapsteel guitars, basses, drum machines, pianos, theremins, and weird noise manglers,” Radulovich told Reader contributor Jay Allen Sanford in December.

The results range from obscure:


To downright poppy:



Esoteric selectah Monsterpussy spins the sauce:

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