About Altered Zones

Altered Zones is an international collective of music bloggers that unites 15 autonomous sites. Our aim is to highlight one of the more overlooked narratives in contemporary music-- the proliferation of home-recorded sounds, small-scale releases, and pockets of underground activity all over the world.

Editors

  • Visitation Rites

    (co-editor)

    Based out of Brooklyn and LA, and founded by Emilie Friedlander, Visitation Rites is a music and video blog dedicated to tracking emerging forms of 21st century psychedelia and understanding them in light of their historical moment.

    view posts

  • International Tapes

    (co-editor)

    Brooklyn-born blog International Tapes is Ric Leichtung's attempt to contextualize cassette culture in a global setting; showcasing lost tapes found around the world, new music, and artist interpretations of the modern mixtape.

    view posts

  • Transparent

    (contributing editors)

    Founded by Jack Shankly and Sahil Varma in 2005 as a DIY printed fanzine, London-based Transparent has since morphed into a blog and limited vinyl record label dedicated to unearthing, championing, and releasing weird, brave, perfect, and heartbreaking pop music. In addition to spending hours trawling Flickr for cool photos, they put on regular shows with their favourite bands.

    view posts

Contributors

  • 20 Jazz Funk Greats

    20 Jazz Funk Greats is a collective that functions as one brain overrun with a passion for Arthur Machen dreamscapes, epic cosmic structures, terrible punctuation, avant pop experimentation, the gospel according to Yuzna, and themes and sounds from the semi-inverted pyramid of phantasmagorian synergies.

    view posts

  • Don't Die Wondering

    Don't Die Wondering is a London-based music blog, monthly club night, and periodic compiler of compilations. Written and maintained by Noam Klar, it was started by various contributors in April 2009. Despite settling into a loose, associative, stream-of-conscious aesthetic over time, its main objective has remained constant: to provide a platform for new music that is emotive, exciting, and beautiful-- or that at least makes you scratch your head a bit.

    view posts

  • Friendship Bracelet

    Friendship Bracelet is a Western Massachusetts-based music blog maintained by freelance writer/artist Ian Paul Roger Nelson. When not daydreaming about hitting step-back fade-away jumpers, he posts new music (mp3s) and images (photographs, manual art), hosts a weekly radio program on WMUA 91.1FM in Amherst, curates digital and physical compilations, and presents music events.

    view posts

  • Get Off the Coast

    Get Off The Coast is the mothership for Jheri Evans, a Wilmington, North Carolina-based music blogger and collage artist. Days spent in a daze, he enjoys telling people about new music that excites him, privileging feelings and images over technical terms.

    view posts

  • Gorilla vs Bear

    Gorilla vs. Bear is a Texas-based music blog, founded in March of 2005. In addition to blogging, GvB also hosts a weekly show on Sirius XMU Radio and regularly presents shows in Dallas, Austin, and beyond. GvB enjoys dogs/cats, NBA basketball, antiquated photographic techniques, and '90s hip-hop. Its heroes are Larry David and Ron Artest.

    view posts

  • Raven Sings the Blues

    Raven Sings the Blues is a Queens/Brooklyn-based blog that has been posting a heavy rotation of noise, psych, left-field electronic, garage, and lost classics since 2006. Written and maintained by Andy French, it has also produced a series of free download compilations featuring music by Moon Duo, Woven Bones, Sic Alps, Sun Araw, Blues Control, and more.

    view posts

  • Rose Quartz

    Rose Quartz is Richard MacFarlane, Shea Bermingham, Max Lavergne, and Gervin Puse, a group of writers, radio disc jockeys, and live music promoters based in England, New Zealand, and Australia, respectively. Collectively obsessed with wonky retrofuturist visions and half-remembered cultural nostalgias, they prefer the more cosmic, colour-drenched, and skewed sides of pop, noise, hip-hop, and electronica.

    view posts

  • The Decibel Tolls

    Since 2008, The Decibel Tolls has offered an eclectic, DIY-minded array of shoegaze, space rock, hauntology, paisley revivalism, fragments of familiar genres, and the occasional vinyl rip from a forgotten favorite. TDT tends to shy away from the conventional blogosphere conversation, apropos to Kenny Bloggins' irreverent writing. Sophomoric pranks, shortwave recordings, and Atlantic-wannabe political think pieces sometime appear too. The blog is based in Louisville, the birthplace of post rock.

    view posts

  • Weekly Tape Deck

    Weekly Tape Deck are two tall, Texan blogsmiths (Nate S. and R. Ellis) aimlessly wandering the streets between Dallas and Denton in search of their next audiophile fix. When they're not out scouring for tunes they enjoy long walks on the beach, the Dallas Cowboys and a wide variety of tacos.

    view posts

  • Yours Truly

    Yours Truly's mission is to discover and document, celebrate and interrogate, capture and catapult the singers, screamers, writers, and rhymers whose craft demands our affection.

    view posts