Tyler Berd

Tyler Berd is the editor and manager of Spark & Fizz. He named the project while writing a series of haiku for NH rock venue, The Stone Church.

Courtney Swain – “Snow Globe”

Courtney Swain is best known as the powerhouse voicebox of Providence’s Bent Knee. On her solo EP, Growing Pains, she shows a side that’s soft and jazzy. “Snow Globe” covers a great deal of emotional ground while staying sonically endearing. Dig in if you dig Joni Mitchel, Regina Spektor, or if you, like Courtney, don’t … Continued

HUMAN RESOURCES (Planet Scumm #5)

It’s here. The new Planet Scumm is a tender and bizarre collection of short science fiction. Press play to hear “THE TOWER,” in which a group of robots become free-thinking and are immediately depressed. The world and the robots are original and clearly drawn. And though no humans are in the story, humanity’s fingerprints are all over the … Continued

Anne Malin – “Endless Road”

“Endless Road” is tucked into the back half of the new Anne Malin album, Fog Area. This ghostly good song deserves a real listen in a quiet setting. The guitar playing is simultaneously restrained, careless, and rhythmically certain. Attentive ears will be sucked into the ambience, the sense of a creaking room. It’s a song of … Continued

Slime of the Ancient Mariner

It’s said that humans are the only animals able to contemplate their own mortality. Planet Scumm #4 features tales of death and the end times, as experienced by the most human among us: lobsters. Also some aliens, robots, and a baby. Our summer issue, brimming forth with some of the finest & boldest science fiction is now available in … Continued

Dutch Tulips – “Love You Bae”

Okay full disclosure. Three out of four Tulips are in my wedding band, so you’d better hit play before I ruin your objectivity with my pro-Tulip bias. “Love You Bae” is a crazed, stomping power pop spectacle in the tradition of Weezer and The Cars. The guitar sounds horny, the vocals preoccupied with the grotie … Continued