INDUSTRY DUMP is an “off-press-cycle” / “free range” music site, to explore every avenue of recorded or live performances, histories, oddities, deadstock, forgotten artists, etc. A dump file for the music industry.

Round Up: Spring 2019 Two

Two music round-ups in less than two months, things are rolling over here. **** This video is incredible. RIP Cash Askew. *** All spring I’ve been listening to this Spelling record, the entire effort is blissful, ambitious pop. Spelling largely uses synthetic elements to create the foundation for Mazy Fly (Sacred Bones). The timbre of… (read more)

Speculative Yards

No Future One of the most important skills of an urban planner, concerned with urbanization trends, theories, economies, practices, etc., is to design and develop personal modes of thought that are flexible enough to imagine all the futures that could exist, without losing residents’ voices. In some sense, this is global scenario planning, where a… (read more)

Round Up: Spring 2019 One

I’ve been meaning to turn Industry Dump into a more regular, reliable place to find writing of any sort. But it’s been hard to write — I’m in-between baseball writing gigs after Baseball Prospectus Milwaukee was rolled into Baseball Prospectus, and I’m working under a new editing gig there/ It’s a totally new challenge. Meanwhile,… (read more)

The Dandy Warhols Country

I have long maintained that the extent to which you like The Rolling Stones probably informs the extent to which you like The Dandy Warhols. Specifically, the wink-in-the-eye of Mick Jagger, to say nothing of the blown-up blues / classic R & B distorted through forms of psychedelia or modern rock. And of course, there’s… (read more)

Practicing Planetary Urbanization (Books, 2018)

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject… (read more)

The Best of the Planning Exam (Books, 2018)

I recently sat for the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) exam, through the American Planning Association AICP Candidate Pilot program. I chose to participate in the program primarily because I was not sure if I’d like to be AICP, and so the new ordering of “exam –> professional practice –> AICP application” was quite… (read more)

Consuming in Order

I don’t know why I seek to find ethical behavior, morality, decency in entertainment. 2018 felt like the hangover from 2016 in many ways, a more constant barrage of cruelty and bigoted reminders, a stronger show from those in power that this power was theirs. So it was easy to see, in every way, every… (read more)


“Dedicated to the Healing Love of Women.” Whitney Johnson, performing as Matchess, adorns the back cover of a sparse white-and-black jacket with this inviting quote, immediately giving the listener an intriguing cue, a meditative thought for the drones pressed onto the bright “turmeric” wax. Johnson leaves few cues about the album other than this, song… (read more)

Catching Up #5

I always swear that I’ll write one of these without a five month delay, and yet here we are five months later so let’s get after it. Horizontal Administration Ananya Roy presents a fantastic vision about the dual agency and contested spaces of urban planning: “On the one hand, planning is the face of power… (read more)

2017 (music)

2017 will be over soon. Good riddance. Current obsession, thanks Prez! Related Readings: 2017 Books (On Probabilistic Thinking, Technologies of Power, and Austerity & Poverty) Algiers, “The Underside of Power” Moor Mother & ONO play Resonance Series Catching Up #4 2016 Algiers, The Underside of Power (Matador Records, 2017) I suppose I was waiting for… (read more)

2017 (Books)

Every day of 2017 has felt like one sliver of species-death, that sliver slowly-extracted in the most painful and least explicable manner, that sliver drawn to cause pointless suffering for as many people as possible, that sliver drawn to clothe those most lavishly clothed, feed the fullest, empower those most powerful, and so on. There… (read more)

Moor Mother / ONO

“We don’t do songs.” Moor Mother was running a line test at The Hideout in Chicago, and uttered one of countless cutting truths while prepping with sax cohort David Boykin. The sound engineer wanted to know how long Boykin’s set up would be needed, perhaps for one song? But in the spirit of the night,… (read more)

Algiers, “The Underside of Power”

In case you missed it, 2015 was a year filled with black revolutionary voices that presaged the forthcoming white id that defines America’s current political hell. There was a sense during that year, that if only we listened we could have assisted in accomplishments of emancipation, even piecemeal, or merely understood dynamics of power to… (read more)

Catching Up #4

I feel like I should have a really, really good reason for being so late with this, and being so sporadic with these posts. Let’s get straight to it. Ural Thomas and The Pain, s/t (Mississippi Records, 2016) Take stock of all the artists you know about, including those that you listen to, those that… (read more)


I must die. White death: I must die a white death. Every aspect of my power, privilege, spoken and unspoken, overtly or covertly claimed, wanted or unwanted, known or unknown, must end. But this power is embodied, and insofar as white privilege is embodiment, my white body must die. My white identity must die. I… (read more)

Catching Up #3

Where has 2016 gone? So, I’m still working on getting my butt in gear for some reviews at Decoder, and more content here, but in the meantime here’s a bunch of stuff that’s been spinning… Some time ago, I missed Moor Mother’s set at Elastic Art for reasons unknown. I wish I hadn’t, in retrospect,… (read more)

Pariuh, “Passed Lives’ Excessive Future” LP

There is an exuberance throughout Pariuh’s debut album that is among the most refreshing qualities I’ve heard in a punk album in some time. Certainly, there has been no shortage of great punk music in recent years, especially of the art-damaged and no wave variety. It is as though a group of outsider artists are… (read more)

Making “Our Severed Sleep”

It’s difficult to explain the feeling in retrospect, but Daniel Wyche and Ryan Packard comprised one of my favorite experimental and rock acts beginning in autumn 2014. Playing at first under the auspices of interpreting one of Wyche’s tape compositions, Packard and Wyche also incorporated a new series of compositions into their live set, including… (read more)

Catching Up #2

Another set of months has past, another set of reviews piling up! Which is to say that 2016 artists are cranking out good music much faster than I am writing about it. Sorry this took so long, more on the way, still. Daniel Wyche, Our Severed Sleep (Public Eyesore / Eh?, 2016) In a forthcoming… (read more)

Edges of Rock

I’ve been thinking about Heat Waves by The Flag since its 2015 press cycle, and I’ve never quite found occasion to translate those thoughts into press itself. The album is challenging in the sense that it is ambitious, well-produced, versatile, and full of big ideas. Its hardest edges are confrontational. Thankfully, Geographic North are on… (read more)