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Friday, September 29, 2000

 

Drowningman whose album Rock and Roll Killing Machine was highly touted by myself recently as one to check out is now album of the week over at Lambgoat.

"Easily defying logic, Rock & Roll Killing Machine frantically explores the boundaries of metal, hardcore, and emo.."

Also the album was given a very rare maximum 10/ 10 in the new edition of Terrorizer

# posted by DJ Martian 12:45 AM

Thursday, September 28, 2000

 

Esoterica provide an excellent reviews archive thats covers dark metal.

Most of the great artists in dark atmospheric experimental metal over the past few years are present: In the Woods, Katatonia, Beyond Dawn, Ulver, Anathema, Tiamat, Primordial, Solefald and the ever growing word of mouth popularity of : The Dillinger Escape Plan ! - experimental complex extreme math-metalcore/ hardcore/ whatever.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:59 PM
 

Photek Solaris album is overviewed by ICRUNCH. This album sees Photek broaden his work to encompass electro, house and techno sounds with only one drum n bass track.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:41 PM

Wednesday, September 27, 2000

 

Red Harvest from Norway released the total artistic brilliant "Cold Dark Matter" album early in the summer that is one of the candidates for rock album of the year.

Red Harvest have a unique sound that combines the feral blast power of dark metal, industrial, with goth, ambient, techstep jungle and techno music.

Their sound fusion is an organic one, think of what The Young Gods - on Only Heaven, or a.r.kane - on I - achieved by mixing many styles of music up that created far more than the sum of the parts.

Their complex music naturally flows like the best bands just as The Young Gods, Tool, In the Woods, GYBE - ever twisting and turning, building up, slowing down, speeding up - taking your on a journey through sound.

Red Harvest? Reference points try combining the emotional power of Neurosis,Killing Joke, Skinny Puppy, Ministry, Arcturus, The Cure's Pornography, Strapping Young Lad, Tricky, The Young Gods, (the brilliant) Ulver, Faith No More introduce yourself, and also Tool,Dodheimsgard, a.r.kane - at their loudest peaks on I, In the Woods, Suicide, Mr Bungle - all semtexed together into an explosion of sonic artistic intent with an added ingredient of uniqueness.

With Cold Dark Matter, Red Harvest have reached an intensity of brilliance in complex futuristic dark innovative dynamic rock music.

Music that reaches far far out, that demands your attention, music that pushes rock music to new sonic unexplored terriority.

In 2000 Red Harvest is not optional - they are ESSENTIAL, compulsory,supreme and sublime - for people who demand innovation in their rock music.

Trust me - please check out their brilliant designed website for MP3 sound samples.

Red Harvest along with Cave In, Trans Am, Primal Scream, Earthtone 9, Godspeed You Black Emperor and A Perfect Circle - join an elite group of artists that are at the forefront of rock music in 2000.

In 2000 you must experience Red Harvest.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:24 AM
 

Energy Flash: Who Are Techno's Next Medium-Sized Things? is an article written by Simon Reynolds who overviews current genres in dance music.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:39 AM

Tuesday, September 26, 2000

 

AmbiEntrance provides information and links to ambient, electronic and experimental music.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:12 PM
 

Brainwashed have updated their forthcoming releases list today. The bad news is that both Kranky label website and Brainwashed are stating a Oct 23rd release date for Godspeed You Black Emperor when this was due to come out Oct 9th.
Stop pressConstellation Records clarify the confusion of release dates, Oct 23 is for continental Europe !, UK/ US/ Canada still Oct 9th

# posted by DJ Martian 9:50 PM
 

DJ Teebee @ Epitonic released an excellent jungle album earlier this Black Science Labs. DJ Teebee is from Norway and with this album has established a new twist to the jungle sound that incorprated techno influences. Anyone who enjoyed Arcon2 or Jonny L magnetic will appreciate this music. Epitonic offer the opportunity to hear two tracks.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:54 AM

Monday, September 25, 2000

 

In Perpetual Music offer weekly sound archives of gothic/ industrial/ darkwave/electronic music.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:49 PM
 

Collide will release a new album, Chasing the Ghost on Oct 30th.

The music is described by the band as
"We�d call it dark electronic with a haunted twist of exotic. "
The graphic images on the their website are stunning.

Reference points include The Creatures and Pink Industry from Liverpool in the 80s. Also 90s artists such as Portishead, Cranes mixed with a techno sound.

Interested? Then check out
Collide @ MP3.com

# posted by DJ Martian 11:35 PM

Sunday, September 24, 2000

 

Norman Records have a new redesigned web site. Norman Records are one of the leading independent online UK music stores.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:28 PM
 

Portal will have the debut Peel session on Wednesday 27th September. Portal released their debut album "Reprise" earlier this year

this .."garnered considerable praise in the music press in the UK and abroad, drawing favourable comparisons with the Cocteau Twins, Massive Attack and Galaxie 500."

# posted by DJ Martian 11:14 PM
 

Land of Nod released an album on September 4th on the Ochre Label, Timeless Point. That has been compared with Flying Saucer Attack and Neu and Cluster.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:05 PM
 

Yellow6 have a 6 track, 73min cd - the tracks are from 1998-2000 and include a 20 min version of leitmotiv which is a bit different from the Overtone version. The news is that this release will be delayed now due in October.

However in the meantime I highly recommend that you listen to Yellow6 album, Overtone that was released in the summer.

To find out what Yellow6 sound like check this out
Yellow6 Overtone

This is one of the finest albums released this year and will feature high on my end of the year best of list.

I noticed that their distributor, Cargo Records advertised the CD in NME this week,

"with glacial feedback drenced guitars and sequenced beats, yellow6 bridge the gap between electronica and post rock."


# posted by DJ Martian 10:58 PM
 

J. Majesty much championed by John Kennedy on Xfm release an album tomorrow

"12 songs, 50.28 From NYC via Salt Lake, and genre-defying
in their mix of hardcore/emo, British post-punk, noise,
drama, and excitement. Jane's Addiction meets Sunny Day RE? "




# posted by DJ Martian 9:43 PM
 

Tristeza avant space rock electronica types will finally release their much anticipated "Dream Signals in Full Circles" album tomorrow.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:35 PM
 

DJ Martian's Campaign for Diverse Alternative Music on Xfm has been updated.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:51 PM
 

TOP FORTHCOMING ANTICIPATED ALBUMS FOR THE YEAR 2000

Sept 25th until year end.

Plenty of new releases still to come this year, here are 75 of the best forthcoming albums:

Highlighting 15 I am particularly looking forward to

Godspeed You Black Emperor (of course)
Capitol K (sublime post rock electronica)
Earthtone 9 (3dimensional outstanding experimental metalcore)
El Hombre Trajeado (Scottish post rockers incorporate electronics)
Perry Farrell (alt genius returns with new label Virgin)
Klute (top jungle release)
Steve Lawler (the best progressive house mix album of the year)
Larmousse (Scottish avant post rockers ala Bark Psychosis)
Magnetaphone (sublime arty band signed to 4ad records)
Orgy (the clever smart electro rockers return, looks like us British will one again have to buy this on import no UK release in 2000)
Regular Fries (one of the top Brit alt releases for the autumn)
Spineshank (deliver hard with a fine metalcore album that matches Machine Head's debut)
Tristeza (new US act, making sublime avant space rock)
Velvet Acid Christ (all hail hard electro industrial)
The Young Gods (sublime return by the Swiss avant electro rock legends)


1. 2nd Gen
2. AC Acoustics
3. Accerlera Deck
4. Add N To X
5. Aix Em Klemm
6. Amber Asylum
7. Animated
8. Anyone
9. Beta Band
10. Bows
11. Capitol K
12. Collide
13. Cradle of Filth
14. Cranes
15. Decoded Feedback
16. Decoder
17. Di Lacuna
18. Earthtone 9
19. Echoboy
20. Ed Rush & Optical
21. El Hombre Trajeado
22. Experimental Aircraft
23. Perry Farrell
24. Fields of the Nephillim
25. Fly Pan Am
26. Godspeed You Black Emperor
27. Gridlock
28. The Haunted
29. PJ Harvey
30. Tim Hutton
31. Jega
32. J Majesty
33. Klute
34. Kosheen
35. Lamb of God
36. Larmousse
37. Steve Lawler
38. Leisure Hive
39. Lemon Jelly
40. Lo Fidelity Allstars
41. Magnetaphone
42. Timo Mass
43. J Mascis & the Fog
44. Meads of Asphodel
45. Mental Home
46. Jeff Mills
47. Moodyman
48. The Nine
49. Orgy
50. Panacea
51. Peccatum
52. Placebo
53. Professional Murder Music
54. Radiohead
55. Red Snapper
56. Regular Fries
57. Reprazent
58. The Sea and the Cake
59. SND
60. Sophya
61. South
62. Spineshank
63. Spirtualized
64. Stars of the Lid
65. Surgeon
66. David Sylvian
67. System of A Down
68. Tear Garden
69. Theatre of Tradegy
70. Tristeza
71. Velvet Acid Christ
72. The Waterboys
73. Whipping Boy
74. Wumpscut
75. The Young Gods


Disclaimer Remember record companies have annoying habits of pushing back release dates. Therefore Don't expect all these albums to be released in 2000.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:10 PM
 

The Wire have details of their 200th edition.

The Wire October 2000 issue 200 includes a free double CD that includes music by The Fall, Nurse with Wound, Pan Sonic, David Grubbs, Faust, Coil.

Also a special feature will include a review of the best 200 music websites. Also they review two of the best albums of the year GYBE and Trans Am !

Absolutely essential - The Wire hits the news stands sometime this week.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:17 PM
 

Splendid review Godspeed You Black Emperor's new album - is this a potential album of the year?


Splendid Boombox have added one new Godspeed You Black Emperor track "Storm" to their real audio collection.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:30 PM
 

Diary of Dreams released an album, One of 18 Angels earlier this year that it is rated as one of the best darkwave/ gothic releases of the year. The album is reviewed by WrappedinWire.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:06 PM
 

Echoboy releases his second album of the year tomorrow on Mute Records, entitled Volume 2.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:52 PM
 

Arovane are an interesting ambient artist form Berlin who released an album earlier this year, Tides



Arovane - Tides
reviewed by NME.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:27 PM
 

Aix Em Klemm is Adam Wiltzie and Bobby Donne. It is pronounced Ex M Clem.

"is more than an a combination of one part Labradford and one part Stars Of The Lid. "

"These are songs. Stretched out at times, sometimes with fragmented pieces of song structure carefully placed inside. Present are slowly developing melodies that still manage to hook your ears. The guitar-based clouds of Stars Of The Lid are here, as well as the clanks of Bobby Donne*s bass, augmented by a deft mixture of samples and keyboards. And Adam Wiltzie sings."

Release date: October 23rd

# posted by DJ Martian 3:21 PM
 

Surge "is feedback monitor's music news service, gathering information and bulletins about electronic & experimental music from around the web and beyond."

This is an excellent resource for finding out about forthcoming new releases.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:14 PM

Saturday, September 23, 2000

 

Botch are a band that I have been raving about recently. Here is their official website.

One of the best contemporary American bands their last album, We are the Romans matched the brilliance and high standards of Husker Du: Zen Arcade, The Pixies: Surfer Rosa, Metallica: Master of Puppets and Neurosis: Through Silver in Blood.

Their music is heavy, complex, artistic and intelligent.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:02 PM
 

Aversion - Online is an interesting extreme hardcore/ dark metal online music zine focusing on the latest happenings on the underground rock scenes. They offer a stack of album reviews each month.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:58 PM
 

Wall of Sound provide a useful guide to forthcoming new release albums over the next few weeks.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:57 PM

Friday, September 22, 2000

 

Assemblage 23 are a superb electro-industrial act, who have released an album called Contempt. Their music is similiar to VNV Nation, Apoptygma Bezerk and Covenant.

Music that has an addictive cyber future industrial trance sound with a brilliant full on epic production.


# posted by DJ Martian 12:46 AM

Thursday, September 21, 2000

 

Whipping Boy are back ! Yes one of the best Irish rock bands ever, will release their third album the self titled Whipping Boy on October 16th on the Low label,

"The raw dark sexual tension that was prevalent on its predecessor - the excellent 'Heartworm' - takes a minor role here compared to a new found pop sensibility spread on a wider musical canvas. The sheer power of the band remains undiminished. They still present their work in an honest unflinching manner that is in unison with greatness."

Indeed Whipping boy's Heartworm along with Puressence debut injected the mid 90s rock scene with some depth and intelligence, after suffering from grey boring Brit Pop dullards that dominated at the time.

The Godfathers of Britpop the dichotomy of the mid-1990s

Explains why this popular movement was so conservative, bland and lifeless. Generic bands such as Cast, OCS, and Oasis and Shed Seven were so painful: dragging, dull and pointless.

I remember when Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke was one of the first to put the boot into Britpop. Much respect.

Killing Joke released the brilliant Pandemonium in 1994.



# posted by DJ Martian 11:48 PM
 

Over at New York London Paris Munich Tom is seeking advice on what to play at retro early 90s indie disco that he is DJing at.

I suggested these

90/91/92

Bang Bang Machine - Geek Love
Cocteau Twins - Iceblink Luck
Curve - Ten little Girls
Dinosaur Jr - The Wagon
Electronic - Get the message
Faith No More - Epic
Flowered Up - Weekender
Future Sound of London - Papua New Guinea
Happy Mondays - Step on
James - Sit down
Janes Addiction - Been Caught Stealing
Jesus and Mary Chain - Reverence
Lush - Mad love EP
Ministry - Jesus Built My Hotrod
My Bloody Valentine - Soon
Nine Inch Nails - Head Like a Hole
Primal Scream - Come Together
Primal Scream - Higher than the sun
Ride - Like A Daydream
Suede - The drowners
Sugar - A Good Idea
That Petrol Emotion - Hey Venus
The KLF - Last train to transcentral
The KLF - What time is love
The Pixies - Planet of sound
The Sisters Of Mercy - More
The Young Gods - Kissing the Sun
Therapy? - Teethgrinder



# posted by DJ Martian 11:09 PM
 

Just heard some brilliant new cuts from the forthcoming Godspeed You Black Emperor album, on John Kennedy's Xfm session show -absolutely awesome.

Epic building up of riffs, sublime churning textures of sound - the big music is back.

More information on Godspeed You Black Emperor can be found at Southern Records

Godspeed You Black Emperor

# posted by DJ Martian 1:03 AM
 

Nile are an unusual band in that the incorporate Egyptian Middle Eastern Rhythms with a brutal complex Death Metal guitar and drums onslaught.

John Peel is a firm supporter of Nile since their album, Amongst The Catacombs Of Nephren-Ka.

I am not normally a fan of Death Metal prefering the atmospheric/ experimental dark metal sounds of the likes of Solefald/ Emperor/ Agathodiamon/ Satyricon/ In the Woods and bands such as Strapping Young Lad, Dodheimsgard, Ulver, Red Harvest that have incorporated electronic technical, jungle & industrial music into their metal music

However it is clear that Nile are innovating with their sounds, unlike most of the bogstandard death metallers that churn the same music grunt and grind, refusing to experiment with new influences.

Nile are sound innovators, in the way the following were

Metallica: Master of Puppets (1986)
Voivod: Dimension Hatross (1988)
Sepultura: Roots (1996)

Nile have a new album out, Black Seeds Of Vengeance. If you are curious to find out what they sound like then you need to visit

Nile @ Relapse Records



# posted by DJ Martian 12:42 AM

Tuesday, September 19, 2000

 

Outburn a strong candidate for the best print music magazine in the world. Have a new issue out,

Outburn 13 Main features include a sublime trio

A Perfect Circle
Primal Scream
The Damage Manual

Also articles on

Medi�val B�bes, BT, Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins), Echoboy, Steve Von Till (Neurosis), Faith & Disease, Le�ther Strip, Glampire, Lift to Experience, Contagion, Dark Tranquillity, Any Questions?, SMP, Mental Home, Dichroic Mirror, and more!

All the artists, labels and advertisers etc mentioned in this issue of the magazine can be linked to from here
Outburn Issue 13 links

Hope to pick up my copy soon .



# posted by DJ Martian 10:10 PM
 

Prospective have news that Swedish rock band Misery Loves Co have split. Their last album was more of an experimental mid tempo release that incorporated The Cure, Joy Division influences to create their gothic industrial rock sound, they became a band searching for an audience.

Misery Loves Co will be remembered for the powerful self titled debut industrial metal album released in 1995.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:57 PM
 

Release

"Release: is an independent international alternative music web magazine based in Gothenburg, Sweden Speciality: electronic music and surrounding genres"

Good to get a different perspective on music that is not slated towards Anglo-Americana.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:43 PM
 

Fayman & Fripp details of a new album released in August: A Temple In The Clouds

"The Soundscapes of Jeffrey Fayman & Robert Fripp. A stunning album of looped Frippertronics and electronics, in the vein of the classic Fripp & Eno No Pussyfooting collaboration"

# posted by DJ Martian 9:32 PM
 

ZDNet & Epitonic present 10 bands you need to hear. These include the sublime Accelera Deck, who combine distorted guitars and jungle music and The Angel of Light, ex Swans Michael Gira's project.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:55 PM
 

Miles Davis music is profiled here taking up the story from 1968 through the 70s, to have a "profound influence on the worlds of jazz, rock, hip-hop, electronica and numerous musical styles " .

This article is taken from a newish music e-zine
Clicks and Klangs that "covers adventurous music from hip-hop to Krautrock, free-jazz to drum and bass, post-rock to psychedelic punk, country blues to electronica."

Clicks and Klangs builds itself as the online underground music monthly zine.


# posted by DJ Martian 1:24 AM
 

Bleed Music the UK daily music news site have listed DJ Martian's Page as a link, alongside heavyweights such as Channelfly, Click Music and Organ.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:01 AM
 

Vast release their second album today, Music for People. Clearly influenced by European 80s electro-rock music such as New Order, Depeche Mode, Peter Murphy, The Cure, The Sisters of Mercy and U2.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:30 AM
 

Drum N Bass Arena have sound samples for the forthcoming Klute album Fear of People, Released on Oct 2nd, there are 12 tracks on the album. This is one of the most anticipated jungle albums for the year. Klute has a strange history, the more old readers will know him fronting the Hardcore skate punkers from the late 80s The Stupids, who made the front cover of Sounds music magazine and were firm Peel favourites.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:17 AM

Monday, September 18, 2000

 

Dave Fanning on RTE2 plays new Radiohead picked up via the wonders of Real Player Software, yes, I have just heard a few tracks of the Radiohead, and it is better than I expected.

It is experimental art electro rock in that focuses on electronic beats and sound textures, first impressions draw similarities with Roxy Music For Your Pleasure, U2 Acthung Baby and The Unforgetable Fire, Underworld Dubnobase.., Cabaret Voltaire Microphonies, Simple Minds Sons of Fascination /Sisters Feeling Call, and Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here. While more contemporary artists like Fluke, DJ Shadow and even Trans Am are recalled.

While another track treefingers is a very ambient mantra rock like David Bowie Low, Brian Eno or even Robert Leiner Visions of the Past.

another track national anthem is certainly starts similiar to U2 and then builds up into a distorted stop start dynamics similiar to DJ Shadow or Can's Future Days or even the dynamics of Simple Minds Empires And Dance or even the jazzy distorted sounds suggest a Miles Davis influence.

The whole Radiohead Kid A album will be played back at midnight on John Kennedy' s radio show on Xfm except at the moment you cannot connect to the Xfm website.

More comments later.

And talking of Simple Minds, the New U2 sounds very uptempo is not too far in sound way from "Sparkle in the Rain" era

While another new more reflective track if you wear that velvet dress .. actually sounds similiar to Radiohead.

What would the U2 rabid fan bloggers at U2log.com make of my viewpoints of comparing their beloved U2 as Simple Minds inspired?


# posted by DJ Martian 11:56 PM
 

The Coalition of the Future of Music are taking on the major labels, campaigning for artistic creativity, freedom and choice and against an industry that controls artists and manipulates fans to satisfy their own greed by abusing their power base.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:44 PM
 

god speed you black emperor will be releasing the most anticipated underground rock album of the year, lift your skinny fists like antennas to heaven - on Monday October 9th - 3 weeks today on countdown. Constellation records show us what the album cover looks like... very strange indeed.


# posted by DJ Martian 1:08 AM
 

97 X Woxy is a radio station I have checked out today. One of the better radio stations that I have come across on the Net.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:49 AM
 

Sophya are from Israel are about to release one of the most interesting ethereal electro goth albums since Switchblade Symphony's Serpentine Gallery. Sophya - The Age of Sophya released on September 25th in the UK, on Metropolis records.

The website has two Audio samples to check out Sophya's music.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:33 AM

Sunday, September 17, 2000

 

2000 -THE MESS WE ARE IN BLAME IT ON THE MEDIA & RECORD COMPANIES AGENDA OF CONTROLLED CONFORMITY

Matt Johnson of The The sums up why the record industry is completely fucked up. In an essay THE THE VERSUS THE CORPORATE MONSTER.

The The released an excellent album earlier this year, Naked Self that got overlooked by most of the media.

Also The The's Guestbook is worth checking out

Guestbook

Here is an entry which is very similiar to what happened to Xfm in London, from someone living in Denver, Colorado when big business takeover they completely ruin the music policy of the station

"Why is it that the artists, the ones whom without there would be no music industry, are the ones who get shit on the most? There is a radio station here that I basically grew up listening to called KTCL 93.3. They used to be independent and have a very open minded format. They would play anything from The The to The Cure to King Crimson to the Exploited to Aphex Twin to Skinny Puppy to Syd Barrett and beyond.... About a year ago they got bought out by a corporate radio company and now all I can expect to hear on the station is Blink 182, Kid Rock, and eminem"

Corporate Interference Upon College Radio
"Misapplied the "alternative" label to it, resulting in a genre that should really be called "Pseudo-Alternative." If not pseudo-alternative, it should be called AMA (Alternative My Ass) or ALPO (Alternative by Proclamation Only -- bearing a striking resemblance to dog food). It's been going on for years now, but it's still painful to hear people describe regressive 90�s modern rock as "alternative." And if you try to tell these folks they�ve been snookered by the music industry, they get indignant. That's how effective the marketing has been, leaving us with a hoodwinked generation unknowingly manipulated into embracing regression and revering it as cutting edge."

and to demonstrate this HOODWINKED generation, in the worst music chart of contemporary rock music I have ever seen:
(found this in UBL directory in the alternative section!)

Bradboard if this was a spoof it would be funny that is real is how scary and bleak hoodwinked world we live in.

Bland pseudo rock alternashit music that offers nothing interesting, that means nothing to me, that represents zero creativity, thats revels in plodding generic conformity that cannibalises the worst past history of rock music, these musicians and fans have music mad syndrome from listening to the same music all the time their brains have gone soft and they are unable to think for themselves - they are inside the matrix - controlled and trapped.

The musical equivalent of living only on bread and water, except there has been no new bread (new sounds) delivered and water (sterile radio stations) are now being drip feed to keep these music coma victims ticking away with a weak faint pulse, they are now dependant on this drip they don't know any better. The major record companies have got em! they can now sell truckloads of the lowest common generic bullshit and make big profits while the bloated fat cats at record companies and radio stations are quilty of horrible music pimpery.

A pan diverse alternative is opening up to offer something different from the pseudo fake alternative in 2000 and projecting into 2001

From Botch to Circulation to Ed Rush & Optical to Trans Am to Cave in to Katatonia to Faultline to VNV Nation to The Chameleons to Dillinger Escape Plan to Third Eye Foundation to Klute to James Ruskin to Fleurety to Magnetaphone to Zan Lyons to Way out West to Ovuca to Life Without Buildings to Din_fiv to Oliver Ho to And you will know us by the trail of Dead to Mogwai to No Man to Meads of Asphodel to The Tear Garden to Surgeon to Yellow 6 to Kosheen to Layo & Bushwacka to Laurent Garnier to Velvet Acid Christ to Lamb of God to God Speed You Black Emperor to Solefald to In the Woods to Isis to Larmousse to Accelera Deck.

get rid of controlled playlists, narrow radio formats, reject the rubbish dished up by the Melody Maker/Spin - lets embrace diversity across the sound spectrum, artists willing to put artistic sound achievements at the top of their agenda, to reach out, as Keith Cameron one of the few decent journalists left at NME says seek out the maverick geniuses at the margins.. away from the commercial cabaret showbiz scene of the mainstream.

There are real alternatives out there just find the time to seek them out.

The present and future can be exciting it is up to you to embrace the margins, to look beyond the conservative moats built up with the established media channels such as MTV, VH1, Radio Stations and Spin etc

Lets hope that 2001 will see a backlash against the ENEMY all the crap that exists in 2000 redneck (c)rap metal low IQ rock - surely the low point of moronic naffness will be the hideous new Limp Bizkit album, also recycled lightweight punk, naff ska rock, corporate sub grunge modern rock bollocks.

Let the fight back start now.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:27 PM
 

Tristeza are a new band to me, from San Diego.

Their music is sublime space rock think Dif Juz, Bark Psychosis, Flying Saucer Attack, Bowery Electric, Trans Am or the new direction taken by Appliance.

Chiming ever changing funky guitar and bassline passages, experimental tempos, very deep washes of keyboards all create a sonic epic instrumental sound, total blissout.

They have a new album out, "Dreams Signals in Full Circles" - due out in the UK, September 25th on the Tiger Style label.

The band are formed from ex members of The Crimson Curse, The Locust & Strictly Ballroom. Although I am not familiar with any one of these artists.

Tristeza @ Epitonic can be heard at Epitonic, their wonderful music is worthy of at least five minutes of your time.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:53 PM
 

Band Similarity Engine put in five artists and this case based reasoning expert system suggests similar artists, based on previous input.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:52 PM
 

DJ Martian's Page - Campaign for Diverse Alternative Music on Xfm has ben updated today.

This includes

A list of the best albums of the year so far

Also a list of forthcoming Albums for 2000.

A list of Albums that have been released this year that I am very interested in hearing

1. And you will know us by the trial of dead
2. Arco
3. Arovane
4. Asian Dub Foundation
5. Assemblage 23
6. Aurora
7. Borknager
8. Broadcast
9. Bushwacka
10. Darkseed
11. Diary of Dreams
12. Dirty Three
13. Drowningman
14. Einsturzende Neubaten
15. Empress
16. ESG
17. Flesh Field
18. Fleurety
19. The For Carnation
20. Gas
21. Glassjaw
22. Grandaddy
23. Holger Hiller
24. Insides
25. Max Tundra
26. Mayhem
27. Roy Montgomery
28. Movietone
29. Nile
30. Oval
31. Ovuca
32. Primordial
33. Recoil
34. Anthony Rother
35. Rothko
36. Saturnus
37. Sirius
38. Amon Tobin
39. Two Lone Swordsmen
40. Cristain Vogel

Why cannot you find this diversity and creativity on the radio?

Why is radio so bland, formula driven and narrow in their choice of sounds?

It is not possible for me to buy all these albums, therefore if we had a decent radio station to listen to, that offered quality and choice - then people would be in a position to expand their horizons, discover new sounds, make up their own minds on what they like or dislike rather than act sheep like as the status quo exists.

Most radio stations select from a small number of sub standard artists, this is ignoring the artistic creativity of artists they don't play and ignorning the needs of discerning listeners.


# posted by DJ Martian 6:26 PM
 

Meathook Seed one of Britain's leading experimental rock bands, have a new website.

Their second album released last year B.I.B.L.E ( Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth), made into my Twenty Shortlist of what should have been on the Technics Mercury Music Shortlist, i.e they just missed out on my 12 shortlist. Details are listed below.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:19 PM

Saturday, September 16, 2000

 

UBL Added a search banner to one of the largest music sites on the web The Ultimate Band List.

Tip of the day

UBL also have a general music news headlines page that covers a range of music news sites including BBC, NME, 365 etc, i.e most of it covers mainstream established artists, but worth scanning quickly to see if there is something of interest without having to visit numerous sites.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:47 PM
 

David Sylvian has a new double CD retrospective, Everything and Nothing - due out on October 9th.

David Sylvian's Gone to Earth album released in 1986 was his masterpiece, it was a multilayered album that had elements of free jazz, avant garde oceanic rock that combined to create a very arty atmosphere, here was music that so much space, deep drift and improvised experimentation.

This album never appears in those best albums of all time lists, IMHO Gone to Earth is a classic seminal album.

Two years later Talk Talk achieved a similiar artistic statement is Spirit of Eden, as did Bark Psychosis in 1994 with Hex.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:29 PM
 

Recoil have an excellent new single, Jezebel reviewed here by dotmusic. Also Diamanda Galas provides guest vocals. John Peel has given this single his seal of approval.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:12 PM
 

The Cocteau Twins one of the finest alternative artists ever will have a 4AD retrospective, Stars and Top Soil released on Oct 16th, only released in Europe.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:03 PM
 

The Go Betweens give an interview to Irish Online Muse magazine, taking about their comeback and new album,The Friends of Rachel Worth, due out 18th September.

The Go Betweeens were much celebrated by the critics in the 80s releasing a fine series of albums but never crossed over to the mainstream, it is a shame they never achieved a wider audience.

1983's Cattle and Cane is my favourite track, it has an excellent build up with echoey jangley guitar riffs that compliment when played back to back with similiar 80s favourites such as The Smiths How Soon is Now, Orange Juice Rip it up and Echo & the Bunnymen's Cutter.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:32 AM

Friday, September 15, 2000

 

Laurent Garnier has a multimedia interview on dotmusic. His Unreasonable Behaviour album, is one of the finest techno albums of the past few years, probably the best since Carl Craig's More songs about food and revolutionary art.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:01 PM
 

Dillinger Escape Plan are touring Europe, with support coming from one of the most dynamic exciting rock bands on the planet - Botch, who are on Hydrahead label. They released the brilliant "We are the Romans", in 1999 and are strong favourites in the underground rock scene.

Also on the Hydrahead label are
Cave in who now have a new official website.

Once again I highly recommend that this is an essential album listen to in 2000. It is epic, creative, psychedelic, innovative, sublime space art rock music.

Some things never change!

Television with Marquee Moon in 1977 made a bold artistic statement, when the rest of America was drowining in cliched soft rock/ classic rock/AOR.

Jane's Addiction - in 1988 delivered the sublime Nothings Shocking when the rest of America was listening to dumb ass Hair / Poddle Metal bands, with weedy guitar solos and naff songs, remember that total prat Coverdale in Whitesnake.

Cave in with Jupiter are making a similiar artistic statement in 2000 fighting against the enemy, putting innovation back into rock music when so much of high profile rock music in America is totally naff, redneck rap metal, recycled lightweight punk, and melodic modern rock sub grunge bollocks make up most of the playlists in rock stations in America and Xfm in London !.

Cave in - jupiter - an innovative rock album, please do not ignore this band and their fantastic new album.

In over 20 years, the masses are proven that they have never know any better then can keep their stupid music for stupid people.

If you want the best rock music, you need to go to the creative margins to find innovation.

Cave in have done this for 2000.

The British press are ignorant and dumb, that
Melody Maker puts a 10th rate shallow sub-punk pop, Dum Dums on the front cover is so sad.

They should be supporting artists such as Cave in!

# posted by DJ Martian 1:20 AM

Thursday, September 14, 2000

 

Regular Fries have a new website. It is one of the most graphic intensive websites, I have ever seen for a band.

Regular Fries will release their second album strangley titled:
War on Plastic Plants,
this will follow up the sublime psychedelic debut album released last year, Accept the Signal - that meshed beats with brilliant tripped out epic guitar sounds, similiar Pink Floyd in the late 60s, also there was a noticeable Happy Mondays/ Flowered Up vibe to their music.

I thought their debut was a sublime album although it got overlooked in the UK, both in the critics end of year polls and commercially.

Only one UK music magazine Rock Sound, gave it a stunning review and said it was a classic album.

Their profile has risen with a recent single, and no doubt they will be heavily marketed as a hip and happening alternative British band for the latest University generation.

I would not rule out a potential front NME front cover, especially with Paul Moody being an ex minor NME journalist.

The album is out in October, probably October 9th.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:54 PM
 

New Empire provides news and reviews across the industrial music genres. It is updated on a regular basis.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:24 PM
 

Primordial are an Irish band that specialise in dark epic arty expansive emotional rock music, their 1998 album, A Journeys End was an album I rated highly as it established them as a band with a unique sound.

Although there are reference points to Anathema, My Dying Bride, In the Woods, Tiamat and even The God Machine spring to mind.

They have released an album this year, Spirit the Earth Aflame that I must check out soon.

Primordial website states:

"That has always been their aim� from the start, to create something timeless music. Something that can stand on it's own irrespective of genre. Songs with atmosphere and emotion. From the singularily unique tonally distinctive guitar playing, to the chameleon like vocals, encompassing and mastering a myriad of styles to the rhythmic and tribal poundings of the Bass and drums�it all adds up to a Pure and honest emotive Metal Journey. Haunting and Witching in it's innovation. We know you will succumb to it's charms."



# posted by DJ Martian 11:13 PM
 

3WK Radio the more observant will notice that I have added a one click icon to 3WK Radio, this takes you directly to your Real Player software.

3WK Radio broadcast 24/ 7 and the sound quality is good. They broadcast in mono rather than Stereo which improves the bandwith and quality of sound over the internet.

So if your local radio stations sucks, you want to a change from your CD collection, or if you cannot access your CD collection then check out 3WK radio it is not perfect there is a lot of music that they miss out that I would include, but it is a lot better the most stations.

The music policy is similiar to print magazine
Magnet i.e it favours "the authentic worthy guitar types " alternative rock, emo, lo-fi songs type bands.

Although looking at the playlists today the following diverse artists are included Trans Am, My Bloody Valentine, Underworld, Sleater Kinney Depeche Mode, Sonic Youth, At the drive in, Primal Scream, The Pixies, Einsturzende Neubaten, The The, Laika.

And happily there is no sign of that wanker in the backwards baseball cap the retarded redneck moron Fred Durst.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:46 PM
 

Faust the seminal experimental German artists have a special box set released sometime in September.

The Wumme Years 1970 - 73

5 CD BOX SET

Faust (the famous clear first album)
Faust So Far (the famous black second album)
The Faust Tapes (for the first time ever with track listing)
Faust 71 Minutes (The Last LP and Munic and Elsewhere LPs)
BBC Sessions + (classic radio session plus substantial extra material)
40 page booklet


# posted by DJ Martian 9:11 PM
 


Darkwave is a collection of links to the UK gothic music and culture community.

darkwave.org.uk

# posted by DJ Martian 1:17 AM

Wednesday, September 13, 2000

 

Yields is the most comprehensive links website I have come across that focuses on experimental and underground music.


"The point of this site is not to be the ultimate locus of information about experimental music and its attendant cultures.
Rather, it is to be the penultimate focus - to continually grow and change. "

# posted by DJ Martian 10:36 PM
 

Penny Black an online UK independent music store, have a very good forthcoming albums release page that includes comments, well worth checking out.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:13 PM
 

New Order have recorded seven new tracks for their forthcoming album.

With also Depeche Mode, The Chameleons, The Sisters of Mercy, The Opposition, Modern English all set to release new albums next year, I officiallly declare that 2001 will be 1980s alternative revival year.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:06 PM
 

Icon of Coil one of the leading new names in electro industrial music will release their debut album, Serenity is the Devil.

This is out Sept 18th in the UK. Their music is similiar to fellow Norweigan based artists Apoptygma Bezerk and Covenant.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:22 PM
 

Side Line is an electronic and industrial music magazine based in Belgium, that I highly recommend. Their next edition is due soon.

Side Line also offer a daily music news service on their website.

"Our forthcoming issue n�33 is coming soon. The new sleeve is now online! In this issue, you'll find interviews with Juno Reactor, Hooverphonic, Midge Ure, Biosphere, Psyche, Buscemi, Stillste Stund, Suicide Commando, Sunday Munich, Negative Format, :Wumpscut:, Love Like Blood, Hungry Lucy, Faith & Disease, Glampire, Avantgarde, Endanger, Feindflug, Hednoize, The Young Gods, Icon of Coil, Von Magnet, Yendri, Midnight Configuration, Neuropa, Torturektekk and many more! Apart from this, you get the usual shipload of reviews etc"

# posted by DJ Martian 9:09 PM
 

Pitchfork review Ovuca's new album Onclements.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:07 AM
 

Alpinestars new album 'B.A.S.I.C.' gets the thumbs up from Dotmusic. it was released on Monday 18th September.

Alpinestars are influenced by early 80s synth pop, Kraftwerk, New Order, OMD and Visage.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:56 AM
 

Fast/ Lycos MP3 search I have added this search engine to my webpage.

"With over 1,000,000 of the freshest CD-quality MP3s, Lycos MP3 Search is the world's largest MP3 site. Just type in the name of your favorite band or song title and let MP3 Search do the rest...."



# posted by DJ Martian 12:34 AM
 

Neurosis a band that never get much publicity in the UK, NME and MM continue to be unware of them.

However Terrorizer nominated their last album Times of Grace as the best album of 1999.

Neurosis Have a sounds page where you can hear a selection of tracks from their albums. Neurosis are one of the most challenging, orginal and intresting rock bands on the planet.

A new EP will be released soon called Sovereign on Music for Nations.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:20 AM

Tuesday, September 12, 2000

 

Neu a new fan page has been developed celebrating the seminal avant garde German rock band.

This website is well put together, with all the info one could want to find on Neu

I also finally bought Neu 2 last Sunday, and you can clearly see where PIL and Simple Minds on Sisters Feeling Call/ Sons of Fascination got their ideas from!

# posted by DJ Martian 11:52 PM
 

Freq review the new Cristain Vogel album.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:41 PM
 

Orgy the US electro rockers will be releasing a new single Fiction and an album, called Vapor Transmissions, due for release on October 9th. Go to their website and you can hear on audio feed of their new single "Fiction".

# posted by DJ Martian 11:31 PM
 


Radiohead
are giving fans the chance to host an exclusive microsite through their own websites.

This is a clever way to promote a band in the new internet economy/ culture, as if Radiohead need the extra publicity for the highest profile alternative rock release of the year.

I am not a fanatic of Radiohead, but am curious to find out what they have come up with, to form an opinion on.



With this link you can hear some of the music before release date, starting on September 18th, with the full album on audio feed between September 19th and September 22nd!


# posted by DJ Martian 10:51 PM
 

Two Lone Swordsmen is a given an excellent review by NME, for their new album Tiny Reminders on Warp. Must check it out soon.

Their performance DJ slot on last nights Mary Ann Hobbs Radio 1 Breezeblock show was a storming brilliant fusion of electro, techno and Kraftwerk a like sounds. Pulsating perfect travel music, that I could listen to for hours. Andy Weatherall respect .

# posted by DJ Martian 10:32 PM
 

Bleed Music.com is a daily UK based music news and features site, covering a range of rock and alternative sounds.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:22 PM
 

brainwashed is one of the best sources of forthcoming new release music covering electronic and experimental music. It is updated on a weekly basis.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:02 PM
 

Magnetophone have a new website section as part of the 4ad website.

Magnetophone are new signings to 4ad, they are part of a West Midlands loose collective that includes Avro Car, Broadcast and Plone. Their music is lush melodic keyboard driven art electronica ambience.

Magnetophone are picking up support from both John Peel and John Kennedy on Xfm.

On the 11.9.2000 come on the phone ep 4ad
(12 vinyl in an edition of 500, CD in an edition of 3000)

Their debut album is set for release on October 30th
I Guess Sometimes I Need To Be Reminded Of How Much You Love Me

# posted by DJ Martian 9:51 PM
 

Magazine have two retrospective compilations, due out on Sept 25th

either a three cd boxed set,
Maybe its right to be nervous now,

and a best of
Where the Power Is.

Twenty years a go, Magazine were one of the finest alternative rock bands around, releasing 3 key albums Real Life, secondhand Daylight and The Correct Use of Soap. They had their own individual style, fine artistic electro-rock music that was influenced by Roxy Music, Neu and David Bowie.

However they did have some peers at the time The Stranglers, Joy Division, early Simple Minds, Ultravox in their John Foxx days, Cabaret Voltaire, early Psychedelic Furs and The Comsat Angels.

Their most famous song was Shot by Both Sides released in late 1978, their music is worthy of further investigation, meshing keyboards, guitars, uncoventional songwriting and wonderful vocal delivery by Devoto.

Anyone the young side of 30 that has not checked them out should investigate.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:28 PM

Monday, September 11, 2000

 

Technics Mercury Music Prize will be chosen tomorrow from a 12 shortlist that was announced late July. This year I once again disagree with the shortlist.

So I have listed my own 20 albums from British Isles artists released one year forward from August 1st 1999

DJ MARTIAN's 20 SHORTLIST FOR THE MUSIC PRIZE


Here are my 12 of British Artists releasing an album from August 1st 1999 onwards, and another eight to just miss out

1. AVRO CAR: Cinematography
art ambient rock space rock brilliance, why this band are not flagged up in the same high regard as My Bloody Valentine, Mogwai is an utter mystery. Avro Car favoured BLISSOUT, DREAMS, SPACE, DRIFT, a SPIRALLING VORTEX of sounds. In a year when we have to suffer at the hands of dull retro conservatives like retutning Oasis and that godawful Travis single,.AvroCar were a welcoming tonic taking us back to the timeless values of OCEANIC ROCK of the late 80s, Arkane, Cocteau Twins, MBV, Talk Talk

2. DOVES: Lost Souls
the only one of 12 on the shortlist that matched mine, the Doves reached out with a DARK EPIC CREATIVE sound, that won many over, this was a sound that matched the brilliance of epic rock with electronic beats. An ambitious emotional album, that evoked memories of Talk Talk, Joy Division, Magazine, Comsat Angels, The Cure, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Chameleons and mixed in the 90s trip hop, techno, electronica. This was electro-epic rock par excellence.

3. FAULTLINE: Colder Closer
an edgy, vortex of sonic intensity that was an ambitious sound collage of Aphex Twin, Talk Talk, MBV, Autechre � but also something that was uniquely their own. Faultline WENT DEEPER, DARKER AND FURTHER INTO EXPERIMENTATION than any British artist in the last 12 months. This was a far out mix, that took us to extremes, that heightened the pulse, that mesmerised and tore into your psyche when played at extreme levels � layer on layer on layer of distorted supreme sounds inter dispersed with more quiter lo fi experimentation this resulted in digital techno art psychedelia.

4. LAYO AND BUSHWACKA: Low Life
why was this not nominated is an utter mystery , a far superior album than Leftfield, deep tech house meets breakbeat, artistic yet dancefloor friendly. I can listen to this album time after time, Layo and Bushwacka were at the forefront of FUTURE dance music as promoted by MR C at the End. This was the real sound of the DISCERNING London underground dancefloor, their music went no where near the charts and their faddish nightmare of the ghastly hegemony of annoying UK garage. Layo and Bushwacka showed that they were the ULTIMATE kings of funk and beats over the last 12 months. UNTOUCHABLE, SUPREME SUBLIME � What do you mean you have never heard of them?.

5. PRIMAL SCREAM: Exterminator
How the panel overlooked this sonic brilliance of an album, I will take ambitious experimental sound collages over the dull likes of Coldplay and Richard Ashcroft everytime! An album that set the agenda for 2000, an album that rejected conformity and dull dadrock � in fact this was the direct opposite. 30 years of music, JETTISONED into the FUTURE from the Stooges through to Joy Division through to Spacemen 3 through to Bark Psychosis through to Chemical Brothers, it hit all the right dub buttons MESHING cultural heighpoints to a new levels of SONIC INTENSITY.

6. RICO: Sanctuary Medicines
an ambitious dark emotional album, that stood out, for its NON COMPROMISING artistic intent - in its direct hard hitting lyrics over a POWERFUL DISTURBED SOUND COLLAGE of keyboards and guitars. Compared to NIN meets Tricky meets The The of Infected � there was no one else like RICO in the UK over the last year, at this is why he should have been on the shortlist, a brave convincing album that was intense, emotional and technological

7. SIX BY SEVEN: The Closer You Get
a more AMBITIOUS album than their debut a return to form that their debut single european me promised. This was an album that attacked the cultural conformity of Britain, that reached to celebrate an INTENSE ARTISTIC VISION that had
bags of ATTITUDE, with a sound to match - they rallied against the dull conservative no vision peddled by the likes of Ashcroft, which the Technics panel have wrongly chosen. This was the ROCK ALBUM of the last year ! forget the embarrassing naffpoetry and recycled faked emotions of Coldplay, Six by Seven - were on the REAL EDGE of contemporary high profile alternative ROCK music in the UK, and don�t you forget it.

8. THE THE: Naked Self
Matt Johnson comes back low key, with an angry record that was DIVERSE, PASSIONATE, CREATIVE and individualistic. An album that ranges from the acoustic, t o allout rage, from experimentation to bare naked EMOTION. To long term The The fans this comes as no surprise, Matt has a lot to say about the life and indeed the music industry, I will let the great man speak for himself
http://www.thethe.com
TOTAL RESPECT

9. VNV NATION: Empires
The British media ignore them, but they are treated as one of the leading European electro-industrial acts in Sweden and Germany. Talented British electro/synth music has been this creative since the mid 80s of John Foxx, New Order and Cabaret Voltaire. VNV Nation music has passionate lyrics, over a powerful electronic backdrop that has been described by some as FUTURE CYBER INDUSTRAL TRANCE. Think of the progressive house pioneers of the early 90s DOP, Spooky, Underworld, Way out West, mix this is in with the intoxicating 80s influences of Cabaret Voltaire the covenant, the arm, the sword album in 1985� and Front 242, and your get close, VNV Nation also remind me of JOHN FOXX in the earlier 8os where he married songs and technology together successfully, and not many have achieved this since with such DEVASTING RESULTS .


10. ZAN LYONS: Desolate
That a young kid only 20 could create an album this powerful and sonically supreme is encouraging London has someone this fucking special and taltented yet ignored by the media. Zan specialises in TWISTED DISTORTED EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRONICS however this is MOULDED with an EERIE ARTISTIC AMBIENT EDGE.
I call it DIGITAL ART AMBIENT-HARDCORE brilliance.
In a year were faddish clowns like Craig David have inflicted us with naff hiccup garage, Zan Lyons made a bold artistic achievement taking up the baton from Richard D James as Britain�s SONIC ART EXPERIMENTOR PAR EXCELLENCE. MJ Cole forget him � Zan is where it is in the London Underground- WHERE THE FUCK WERE U in 2000?

11. ECHOBOY: Vol 1
do I luv this album, yes yes, Echoboy has crammed and meshed a lot of diverse influences on this album. It was a BOLD ARTISTIC vision, English psychedlia, krautock, lofi, industrial, techno post rock � this album REACHED FAR OUT from artistic songs through to TOTAL DISTORTED MAGNETIC CLANKING EXPERIMENTAL TECHNO. And it worked ! where the eclectic Badly Drawn Boy fails, Echoboy succeeds. That the shortlist IGNORES this album is another big DISSAPOINTMENT.

12. CIRCULATION: colours,
a record that STARTLES me with its HYPNOTIC DEEP SPIRALLING Instrumental tech house, TOTALLY INTOXICATING, ADDICTIVE, FUNKY, TRIPPED OUT beats par excellence spread of two discs named after different colours. Tech -house in the UK remains an UNDERGROUND PHENOMENA, as well as a GLOBAL one the US has Carl Craig, France has Laurent Garnier, Germany has Ian Pooley. Over the last 12 months Circulation have been leading the way in the UK. Forget formula euro pop trance, forget ghastly garage � tech house is the FUNKY SOUND, ask MR C and Colin Dale. FUTURE MUSIC FOR FUTURE PEOPLE.

OTHERS JUST MISSING OUT honourable mentions to

13. BREAKBEAT ERA: Ultra Obscene � tech future jungle that was funky and fresh. That has won a lot of people over gradually since its release.

14. DAVID HOLMES � Bow Down to the Exit Sign � everyone knows about this superb sound mix of an album, part of the holy trilogy of Death in Vegas, and Primal Scream

15. DEATH IN VEGAS: The Contino Sessions � good to see that this made the technics shortlist. Darkbeat rock that pumped a dark edge of moody powerful soundscapes. Nice to see this making the Technics Mercury Music Prize shortlist

16. FLYING SAUCER ATTACK: Mirror � lo key, Bristol post rockers, splintered acoustics meets spasms of jungle experimentation. Far out.

17. BAD COMPANY: Inside the Machine � the sound of hard techstep jungle, take no prisoners. Powerful electronic music.

18. MEAT HOOK SEED: b.i.b.l.e � am ambitious industrial influenced rock album, that deserves a much wider audience, Very few British rock artists embrace diverse experimentation like Meat Hook Seed.

19. THIRD EYE FOUNDATION: Little Lost Souls � another Bristol mob, that love to experiment with sound, experimental post rock with drum n bass and techno backdrops. This album is completely stoned, eerie to the max and way dark

20. TIPPER: Critical Path � Tipper specialises in breakbeats, however this album does have it mellow more abstract ambient trip hop like moments with lush female vocals. Cruely dropped by his major label within 3 months of the album being released. Fans of Lamb, Portishead, Bjork, Leftfield would love this album.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:49 PM
 

Voice of the Thermin Is a Russain radio station that is equivalent to John Peel. Checkout their playlists interesting diverse music.

In the UK, there are very few radio shows as interesting as this of course we have John Peel who is the godfather, on Radio 1FM

Also John Kennedy does a good job on Xfm you can hear him at 11pm - 1am, as for the most of the rest of the station it is a rubbish safe mainstream rock station that is supposed to be alternative, but is not, it is run by a straightjacket jackbooted capitalist safe music controlled agenda playlist chosen by clueless station executives.

The people in charge of the station are ignorant bastards who lack empathy, passion, and knowledge for music they are not customer or music focused and are just interested in selling adspace over the lowest common denominator muck, and sucking up to major record companies.We have to endure absolute plodding tripe from the worst rock music in 2000, from such total lighweight dweebs as Matchbox 20 and Vertical Horizon.

There is so much interesting music made that never gets played on radio.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:17 PM
 

Chunky Records a music mail order store in the Midlands, UK is one of the best sources of information on forthcoming underground/ leftfield/ independent new releases on the web. Their webpage gets updated on a regular basis throughout the week.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:16 PM
 

Drowningman release their new album Rock and Roll Killing Machine in the UK today.

You can hear an MP3 track and it is total artistic complex heavy artcore brilliance. It remind's me of the dynamic intensity that Husker Du reached on Zen Arcade in 1984 or the brilliant Botch who released their dynamic math core Hardcore album last year We are the Romans.

Also if you like Refused, Voivod, Cave in,Neurosis, Dillinger Escape Plan then Drowingman will be high up your shopping list.

Innovative Underground rock music in 2000 , is alive and kicking and Drowingman are at the forefront of the new noise revolution.

What are you staring at the screen for get to their website now, and check out their music now!

# posted by DJ Martian 9:53 PM
 

Cristain Vogel releases his new album on Novamute today in the UK, called "Rescate 137" if you live in the states you have to wait till October 17th!

"The album itself has a strong aquatic feel with its fluid beats and weightless shifts. Each track works through a theme, a half remembered dream, a place, a past event and tries to make sense of each occurrence. Opening with the subaquatic Underwater Living, the album progresses through a myriad of styles. The molten funk of La Isla Piscola makes way for the fazed-out-fucked-up Wind From Nowhere sounding like a lost Beastie Boys' out take. A terrifically varied album ending with the freeform electronic workout of Rescate Freeformed Giggles, "Rescate 137" has a dream like quality. Never harsh yet always extreme, it explores the outer reaches of both Vogel's imagination and the technology with which he works."

# posted by DJ Martian 9:33 PM
 

Earthtone 9 at last a credible innovative metalcore band from the UK. The US underground has artists such Botch, Neurosis, Cave in, Drowingman, now Nottingham's Earthtone 9 can match the best stateside can offer.

September 25th sees the release of their new album arc' tan' gent. You can also check out what they sound like with a free downloads at their website.

I heard one of the tracks given away with UK music magazine Metal Hammer the middle part of the track actually sounded like PIL circa second edition/ Metal Box. There are also hints of Killing Joke extremites dirt and various emotions circa 1990. i.e extreme no compromising experimental heavy powerful rock music.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:13 PM

Sunday, September 10, 2000

 

The Damage Manual I got the new full length Damage Manual album today, maybe a day early - as only HMV had it. It was orginally due out on Sept 4th, but is due out Sept 11th (tomorrow).

However Major labels and the official chart regulation body state that albums must not be sold before release date

The Damage Manual are not aiming for a Top 40 position, and it is on an independent label so it bizzarely ended up on the racks a day early. So there are no problems!

Thanks to the HMV employee who racked it out!
It was a pleasant surprise aand I am privileged as one of the first to hear the album.

On first listen it is a highly innovative mix of modern sounding industrial rock incorporating electronic samples. Clearly there are elements that evoke the band members previous history - PIL, Killing Joke, also Chris Connelly's vocal style on several tracks is a nice carbon copy of David Bowie!

# posted by DJ Martian 8:08 PM
 

The Chameleons are in the process of recording tracks for their new studio album, also they are touring Scotland and Germany this Autumn.

By the way this month's Uncut magazine has a superb acoustic track by The Chameleon's soul in isolation taken from their recent new versions of old songs album Strip. This band have the potential to once again become a leading creative force in British contemporary alternative rock music, 14 years after their last superb studio album Strange Times.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:53 AM
 

Technical Itch have finally announced a release date for one of the jungle releases of the year.

Decoder's Concussion album is now due out on September 25th. This album was due for release back in June and many print magazines reviewed this months ago.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:41 AM
 

Swayzak released an album in August, entitled Himawari, that may have passed you by if your have been on Holiday, I highly recommend you check it out a strong mixture of tech house, progressive trance, ambient and electro.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:19 AM
 

Larmousse a band who first came to my attention in January 1999, when The Times picked them out as ones to watch for the year ahead, they cited Bark Psychosis and Talk Talk as reference points.

1999 rolled on with no releases and at one point I thought maybe they have split. 2000 saw them picked up by credible independent label City Slang. Their debut album entitled tape will be released on October 30th, it is produced by Guy Fixsen of (Laika). Form an orderely que now!

# posted by DJ Martian 2:44 AM
 

The Opposition a cult early to mid 80s band have reformed.

They were contemporaries of artists such as The Chameleons, The Sound, Comsat Angels, Modern English, U2, Psychedelic Furs. i.e atmospheric epic rock. Their music has been unavailable for years, the goods news is that their albums are being re released on CD in the next few months. There are also some MP3 audio samples of their music if your curious.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:09 AM
 

Arco are band picking up good reviews everywhere, for the new album due out Monday 11th September compared to artists such as Red House Painters, Low, Nick Drake. They are on Sean Hughes's BBC London Live radio show on Sunday morning, so I will check them out.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:28 AM
 

Life Without Buildings first came to my attention a few months back on John Kennedy's Xfm show.

Their strong raw passionate emotional guitar rock style reminded me of Throwing Muses, Violent Femmes and Johnathan Richman and the Modern Lovers. Although none of these bands are cited on the their links page, though these are linked.. Patti Smith, Mogwai, God Speed You Black Emperor, Slint, Sonic Youth.

Life Without Buildings have postponed their album 12 weeks to the new year... and I guarantee they want be the last. Life Without Buildings cite the likes of Robbie Williams clogging up record shops as a reason for delaying their record.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:08 AM
 

Cool Music Central have drawn up their opinionated list of the best 200 albums of the 90s.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:47 AM
 

Splendid review Trans Am's forthcoming album, Red Line. Roll on Sept 18th.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:40 AM
 

Timo Maas one of the leading DJ's on the Progressive Trance music scene now has an official website at ICRUNCH. Timo Maas releases an album, Music for the Maases on September 25th you can hear the full album on an audio feed at the website.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:19 AM
 

Ian Pooley has a new website and new album out, Since Then - Deep funky tech house. Ian Pooley always does his own innovative thing. This new album has a different more lush fuller funky sound than his last album Meridan. Some of the sounds on the new album i.e deep house electro loops remind me of Deee Lite's World Clique, also Basement Jaxx.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:07 AM

Saturday, September 09, 2000

 

Yellow6 One of the finest albums to be released this year, is Overtone by Yellow6. If you love artists like Bark Psychosis, Flying Saucer Attack, La Bradford, Cocteau Twins - then check out the review provided by FREQ. I would strongly recommend you buy this album, it is space rock par excellence. and it is available at cheap price at �10.99.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:41 PM
 

Leonard's Lair is an excellent website worth checking on a regular basis. One of the few British based diverse alternative music review sites on the web.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:26 PM
 

No Man have put back the release of their album, Returning Jesus to Jan 2001. A trend has already started that record companies push back albums due for release in autumn, to January.


Paradise Lost Taken from their official website ..."As you know near to Christmas many artists all rush to release "Best Of" albums in a hope of increased sales. Paradise Lost feel that the new album is far too special to merely be lost among thousands of others and, by releasing in January will avoid this. "

I enjoyed their last album Host very much, it got zero exposure by NME and MM and flopped commercially in the UK, however in Germany they are respected as one of Brtiain's leading alternative rock bands . It deserved a much wider audience and would appeal to fans of say Depeche Mode, Mansun, Placebo and even Massive Attack's Mezzanine album. Their next album will be more of mixture of their earlier heavy guitar sounds mixed in with the modern electro rock sounds of their last two albums.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:54 PM
 

Beyond Dawn the excellent experimental dark ambient electro-metal artists from Norway have some news for us. Beyond Dawn are currently preparing their next album "Far From Showbiz" to be released on Peaceville in February 2001. which will follow up their excellent Electric Sulking Machine.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:28 PM
 

The Young Gods will release their next album, "Second Nature" in October.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:20 PM
 

Perry Farrell still no news of a release date for the album, which was due for a May release!

# posted by DJ Martian 10:08 PM
 

Trans Am will release their new album, Red line on Sept 18th in the UK. Taken from the Trans Am website ..And yes, their newest record, Red Line is sprawling and epic. It's twenty-one tracks and over seventy minutes of music. It's concept. It's sonic development.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:51 PM

Friday, September 08, 2000

 

Cave in A highly recommended album, by US band Cave in, Jupiter - that every one that likes innovative, epic, psychedelic rock should check out.

If you are into any of the following bands then you will love Jupiter - Anathema, God Speed You Black Emperor, Neurosis, Radiohead, Television. This album will appeal to a wide audience, that the media in the UK does not know this band exists is so annoying.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:06 AM

Tuesday, September 05, 2000

 

Demonstration X is a website where I have posted many comments relating to Capital Xfm's music policy over the last two years.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:36 AM

Monday, September 04, 2000

 


DJ Martian's Campaign for Diverse Alternative Music on Xfm
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DJ MARTIAN�S FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF THE 90S

1990
Beyond - Crawl (Harvest) 1990 UK
Blue Aeroplanes � Swagger (Chrysalis) 1990 UK
Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas (4AD) 1990 UK
Julee Cruise - Floating into the Night (Warner Brothers) 1990 US
Deee Lite - World Clique (east West) 1990 US
Depeche Mode - Violator (Mute) 1990 UK
Fields of the Nephilim - Elizium (Beggars Banquet) 1990 UK
Frontline Assembly - Caustic Grip (Roadrunner) 1990 CAN
Happy Mondays - Pills Thrills and Bellyaches (Factory) 1990 UK
Jane�s Addiction - Ritual De La Habitual (Warner Brothers) 1990 US
Killing Joke � Extremites, Dirt and Various (Noise) 1990 UK
King�s X - Faith, Hope & Love (Atlantic) 1990 US
Robert Owens - Rhythms in Me (4th & Broadway) 1990 US
Prefabsprout - Jordan the Comeback (Columbia) 1990 UK
Ride - Nowhere (Creation) 1990 UK
Skinny Puppy - Too Dark Park (Capitol) 1990 CAN
Warrior Soul - Last Decade Dead Century (Geffen) 1990 US

1991
Carlton - The Call is Strong (FFRR) 1991 UK
Cranes - Wings Of Joy (Dedicated) 1991 UK
Electronic - Electronic (Parlophone) 1991 UK
Kraftwerk - The Mix (EMI) 1991 GER
Massive Attack - Blue Lines (Wild Bunch/Virgin) 1991 UK
MC Buzz B - Words Escape Me (Polydor) 1991 UK
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless (Creation) 1991 UK
Nirvana - Nevermind (Geffen) 1991 US
Primal Scream - Screamadelica (Creation) 1991 UK
Slowdive - Just for a Day (Creation) 1991 UK
Slint � Spiderland (Touch & Go) 1991 US
System 7 - System 7 (Virgin) 1991 US
Talk Talk - Laughing Stock (Verve) 1991 UK
Throwing Muses - The Real Ramona (4AD) 1991 US



1992
The Cure - Wish (Fiction) 1992 UK
DOP - Musicians of the Mind Vol 1 (Guerilla) 1992 UK
Finitribe - An Unexpected Groovy Treat (One Little Indian) 1992 UK
God Machine - The Scenes from the Second Storey (Fiction) 1992US/CZ
The Grid - 456 (Virgin) 1992 UK
Ministry - Psalm 69: the way to succeed and the way to suck eggs (Sire) 1992
Pavement � slanted and enchanted (Big Cat) 1992 US
Sugar - Cooper Blue (Creation) 1992 US
Underground Lovers - Leaves Me Blind (Guernica) 1992 AUS
The Young Gods - TV Sky (Play it Again Sam)1992 Swiss

1993
Fuse - Dimension Intrusion (Warp) 1993 US
Global Communications - 76:14 (Dedicated) 1993 UK
Insides - Euphoria (Guernica)1993 UK
One Dove - Morning White Dove (London) 1993 UK
Orbital � Brown (Internal) 1993 UK
Polygon Window - Surfing on Sine Waves (Warp) 1993 UK
Red House Painters - Red House Painters (3008) (4AD) 1993 US
Reload - A Collection of Short Stories (Infonet) 1993 UK
Jane Sibbery - When I was a Boy (Reprise) 1993 CAN
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream (Hut) 1993 US
Spooky - Gargantuan (Guerilla) 1993 UK
Towering Inferno - Kaddish (Island) 1993 UK

1994
The Aloof - Cover The Crime (east West) 1994 UK
Bark Psychosis - Hex (Circa) 1994 UK
Beaumont Hannant - Sculptured (GPR) 1994 UK
Biosphere - Patashnik (Apollo) 1994 NOR
Codeine - The White Birch (Sub Pop) 1994 US
Flying Saucer Attack - Further (Domino) 1994 UK
The God Machine - One Last Laugh in A Place of Dying (Fiction) 1994 US/CZ
Killing Joke - Pandemonium (Butterfly) 1994 UK
La Bradford - A Stable Reference (Kranky) 1994 US
Laika - Silver Apples on the Moon (Too Pure) 1994 UK & US
Robert Leiner - Visions of the Past (Apollo) 1994 SWE
Machine Head - Burn My Eyes (Roadrunner) 1994 US
Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral (TVT/Island) 1994 US
O�rang - Herd of Instinct (Echo) 1994 UK
Portishead - Dummy (Go Beat) 1994 UK
Scorn - Evanscene (Earache) 1994 UK
Tiamat - Wildhoney (Century Media) 1994 SWE
Underworld - Dub No Bass With My Head Man (Junior Boys) 1994 UK

1995
A Guy Called Gerald - Black Street Technology (Juice Box) 1995 UK
Aphex Twin - Classics (R & S) 1995 UK
BT - Ima (Perfecto) 1995 US
Fear Factory - Demanufacture (Roadrunner) 1995 US
Garbage - Garbage (Mushroom) 1995 UK&US
Leftfield - Leftism (Hard Hands/Sony) 1995 UK
Loop Guru - Amrita (North South) 1995 UK
Misery Loves Co - Misery Loves Co (Earache) 1995 SWE
Omni Trio - The Deepest Cut Volume 1 (Moving Shadow) 1995 UK
Slam - Headstates (Soma) 1995 UK
Stars of the Lid - Music for Nitrious Oxide (Sedimental) 1995 US
Switchblade Symphony - Serpentine Gallery (Cleopatra) 1995 US
Techno Animal - Re Entry (Virgin) 1995 UK
Tricky - Maxinquaye (Island) 1995 UK
Whipping Boy - Heartworm (Columbia) 1995 IRE
The Young Gods -Only Heaven (Play it Again Sam) 1995 Swiss


1996
The Aloof - Sinking (east West) 1996 UK
Anathema - Eternity (MFN/Peaceville) 1996 UK
C J Bolland - The Analogue Theatre (FFRR) 1996 BEL
Cradle of Filth - Dusk and Her Embrace (MFN) 1996 UK
Disco Inferno - Technicolour (Rough Trade) 1996 UK
Empirion - Advanced Technology (XL) 1996 UK
Katatonia - Brave Murder Day (Avant Garde) 1996 SWE
Loveliescrushing - Xuvetyn (Projekt) 1996 US
My Dying Bride - Like Gods of the Sun (Peaceville/ MFN) 1996 UK
Neurosis - Through Silver In Blood (Iron City) 1996 US
Orbital � Insides (Internal) 1996 UK
Stina Nordenstam - Dynamite (east West) 1996 SWE
Placebo - Placebo (Elevator) 1996 CAN /SWE
Puressence - Traffic Jam on Memory Lane/ Puressence (Island) 1996 UK
The Razor Skyline -Journal of Trauma (COP International) 1996 US
Sepultura - Roots (Roadrunner) 1996 BRA
The 3rd and the Mortal - Painting on Glass (Voice of Wonder) 1996 NOR
Tool - Aenima (Zoo) 1996 US
Type O Negative - October Rust (Roadrunner) 1996 US
Underworld - Second Toughest in the Infants (Junior Boys) 1996 UK

1997
Arcon 2 - The Beckoning (Reinforced) 1997 UK
Arcturus - La Masquerade Infernale (MFN) 1997 NOR
As Divine Grace - Lumo (Avant Garde) 1997 FIN
Bowery Electric - Beat (Beggars Banquet) 1997 US
Chemical Brothers � Dig Your Own Hole (Virgin) 1997 UK
Dave Clarke - Archive One (Deconstruction) 1997 UK
Carl Craig � More songs about Food.and Revolutionary Art. (SSR) 1997 US
Deftones - Around the Fur (Maverick/Warner Bros) 1997 US
DJ Shadow - Endtroucing (Mo Wax )1997 US
Emperor - Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk (Candlelight) 1997 NOR
David Holmes - Lets Get Killed (Go Beat) 1997 UK
In the Woods - Omnio (Misanthropy) 1997 NOR
La Bradford - Mi Media Naranja (Blast First) 1997 US
Mansun � Attack of the Grey Lantern (Parlophone) 1997 UK
Mogwai - Young Team (Chemikal Underground) 1997 UK
Movin Melodies - The Sound of Patrick Prins (Movin Melodies) 1997 Holland
Panacea - Low Profile Darkness (Force Inc) 1997 GER
Paul Van Dyk - Seven Ways (MFS/Next Era) 1997 GER
Photek - Modus Operandi (Science) 1997 UK
Prodigy - Fat of the Land (XL) 1997 UK
Solefald -The Linear Scaffold (Avant Garde) 1997 NOR
Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space (Dedicated) 1997 UK
Strapping Young Lad - City (Century Media) 1997 CAN
Tiamat - A Deeper Kind of Slumber (Century Media) 1997 SWE
Tricky - Pre Millenium Tension (Island) 1997 UK
Way Out West - Way Out West (De Construction) 1997 UJK


1998
Accelera Deck - Narcotic Beats (Endorphin)
Agathodaimon - Blacken the Angel (Nuclear Blast) 1998 GER
The Aloof - Seeking Pleasure (east West) 1998 UK
The Gathering - How to Measure A Planet (Century Media) 1998 HOL
Godspeed You Black Emperor - F#a#00 (Kranky) 1998 CAN
Jonny L - Magnet (XL) 1998 UK
Katatonia - Discouraged Ones (Avant Garde) 1998 SWE
Mansun - Six (Parlophone) 1998 UK
Massive Attack - Mezzanine (Wild Bunch/Virgin) 1998 UK
Moonspell - Sin/Pecado (Century Media) 1998 POR
Orgy - Candyass (Elemental/Reprise) 1998 US
Ian Pooley - Meridan (V2) 1998 GER
Primordial - A Journey�s End (Misanthropy) 1998 IRE
Talvin Singh - OK (Island) 1998 UK
16B � Sounds from Another Room (Eye Q) 1998 UK
Ultraspank - Ultraspank (Epic) 1998 US


1999
Anathema - Judgement (MFN/Peaceville) 1999 UK
Botch � We are the Romans (Hydra Head) 1999 US
Capitol K - Sounds of the Empire (planet Mu) 1999 UK
Chemical Brothers � Surrender (Virgin) 1999 UK
Death in Vegas: The Contino Sessions (Concrete ) 1999 UK
Dodheimsgard � 666 International (Moonfog) 1999 NOR
Faultline - Colder Closer (Leaf) 1999 UK
Hocico - Sangre Hirviente (SPV/ Out of Line) 1999 MEXICO
In the Woods - Strange in Stereo (Misanthropy) 1999 NOR
Layo and Bushwacka - Lowlife (End Recordings) 1999 UK
Mice Parade - Ramda (Fat Cat) 1999 US
Mogwai - C.O.D.Y (Chemikal Underground) 1999 UK
Paradise Lost - Host (EMI) 1999 UK
Regular Fries - Accept the Signal (JBO) 1999 UK
Rico - Sanctuary Medicines (Chrysalis) 1999 UK
Surgeon � Force and Form (Tresor) 1999 UK
Trans Am � Futureworld (Thrill Jockey) 1999
Ulver - Themes from William Blake... (Voices of Wonder) 1999 NOR
VNV Nation � Burning Empires (Dependent) 1999 UK

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