Author Archives: Mat Tarbox

About Mat Tarbox

INTP Gemini

Incomplete Music

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sketches never completed

inspiration for a return, or a new direction




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sweet desolation,
you kick my leg again, beneath this victorian table
you stand me up and exit me out with your bottle, your grin.
we leave in a fluster of goodbyes.
we are alone now, you and i,
and what sweet victory,

it is another radioless evening driving out here along the pavement
and out and north i have spent all my money
on tankfuls of gasoline and a styrofoam cup.
all i need is the interstate wind,
a chance to be alone and taken.

it is this time of year
when the leaves have fallen to slick the asphalt surface
and the trees have grown bare to admit the halogen glow.
it is this time of night
when the october rain glistens in the turn
and the rearview mirror is dark and empty.
i have spent my money on gasoline, desolation.
i have spent a lifetime in your avenues
and i am still awaiting
your perfect kiss.


in your absence

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wasd by tarboxan answer for everything, you have
perfected the art of that beverage and
crucially determined the iphone app we all

congrats on that vinyl recommendation and your
links abundant to all of your other
reminding us of what we have missed in your

and as the facebook opens up, as your images illuminate my phone
as i drift away and forget to hit like
am i here
i am here
am i here?
i listen to the air
good night


Skimbleshanks Cassette

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from decaying cassette tapes — from basement sessions — proceed at your own risk


Skimbleshanks_Wayside (from Sonalysts 1987, better version forthcoming)

Skimbleshanks_Underground Recorded on Thames Street, Groton, by 17 Relics, 1987

Royal_Blue – Davies_Basement

Riot_Act – Davies_Basement

Irwin – Davies_Basement

December – Davies_Basement


Battery_Acid – Freitas Basement Mix_2

Battery_Acid – Debut at Dawn Party 1987


Slander New Stereogum “Band to Watch”

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slanderSlander is the latest focus of the Stereogum “Band to Watch” highlight — after listening to their new Magnets + Ghosts singleAmrit Singh lauds their sound as “a combination of sweeping ’70s guitar rock with a more gnarled punk spirit” –

The article also reveals a 5-song primer mixtape that Slander put together, which you can check out over at Stereogum


Debut Slander Single: Magnets + Ghosts

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slander-single-back-portfireeditFollowing the recording of the debut EP “world as museum” and getting their first live show under their belts, Slander decided to head to the studio to record a debut single.

Fortune smiled on the band when an old friend from the neighborhood pointed them in the direction of Daniel Schlett and the Strange Weather studio in Brooklyn. Schlett was able to capture the total spectrum of the band’s sound, creating a delicious slab of post-punk on “Magnets” and the lush, yet rocking sound of “Ghosts”.

The single was recorded and mixed in one ten hour session on Saturday 22 September 2012.