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Tuesday, October 31, 2000

 

Sunny Day Real Estate are a band that don't normally get mentioned in the UK. Having heard their music on Woxy 97X I am impressed by their strong emotional approach to rock music.

They have a unique sound that I am trying hard to pinpoint their influences, to me there is some similarity to the fast emotional rock sound of early Big Country on The Crossing, which was the voted the best album of 1983 by Sounds magazine

Sounds Albums of the year

voted above albums by Cocteau Twins, New Order, REM, U2 and Violent Femmes. Mind you there are some rather strange and long forgotten albums listed as the best of the year choices for 1983!.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:37 PM
 

CitySlang records have launched a new website for Larmousse who released their fine debut album yesterday.

Larmousse are yet another post rock band from Glasgow Scotland, which must have produced more music of this genre than anywhere outside of America.

Larmousse are a very special indeed band, predominately instrumental yet with some hushed vocals that sound like Ian Curtis slowed down fronting Codeine. The honesty, passion and stark emotions of this album recall the wonderful work of Talk Talk on their last two albums, but this is closer to Mark Hollis debut early in 1998.

The attention to detail is important the music has an improvised natural flow that would be difficult to re record, delicate chiming acoustic guitar chords, gentle clicks of the drums, a droning deep bass, minimalist keyboards, hushed emotional vocals - this is ambient drone rock par excellence.

Larmousse's music build up at times to reach a peak of brilliant powerful guitar maelstorm of effect pedals that recalls Slowdive on their brilliant 91 debut or the Cocteau Twins or Bark Psychosis - the spellbinding brilliance of their passages are orgasmic - another way to look at this music is these passages are like fireworks exploding in the sky(mix) - and then trailing away into sublime drones.

Some records inprint on your mind for being special with atmospherics Dif Juz achieved this in 1985, Lowlife - Diminuedo in 1987 and Larmousse have achieved something as startling intimate in 2000.

City Slang have this to say
"It's in the fact that from start to finish, LARMOUSSE offers all those breathtaking moments of celestial beauty, beguiling complexity and formidable dynamics that made you read on"

The website includes a MP3 track to download "Relics and Artefacts" - you need to investigate Larmousse today!

Larmousse have released one of the finest albums I have heard across all genres this year. Larmousse deserve your attention.


# posted by DJ Martian 9:59 PM
 

At Drum N Bass Arena the fans have their say on the latest happenings on the drum n bass scene.

Recently I bought the new Klute album Fear of People.

The new Klute takes a new sound direction a combination artcore jungle, techno and a slowed down techstep rolling sound. Klute injects atmosphere and space into the music, the beats are uptempo, yet ever changing - on one track sublime angelic vocals make an apperance.

IMHO Klute have delivered a very innovative artistic album that must rank as of the years finest electronic albums.

I agree with Tom Withers from Klute that his music deserves a much wider audience rather just drum n bass/ jungle fans - for instance if you enjoyed Two Lone Swordsmen, Speedy J, Tipper albums this year - then investigate Klute - you will enjoy it.

This new sound is part of jungle movement I have dubbed widescreen jungle, futuristic sounds that have a strong techno feel, other widescreen junglists are Matrix and DJ Teebee.

Proto widecsreen junglists were Omni Trio - on Haunted Science and Arcon 2 The Beckoning. However this year the likes of Klute, Matrix, and DJ Teebee - have developed this futuristic sound further.

For me this new widescreen direction of jungle builds on many of the ideas of experimental funk industrials such as This Heat, Cabaret Voltaire and 23 Skidoo.

Drum N Bass/ Jungle shares much with industrial music, as both are underground and experimental music genres - that are interested in making artistic creative music that is not concerned with achieving watered down lightweight faddish crossover commercial success.

Another branch of jungle the hard techstep sound will be making a comeback soon with albums from Ed Rush & Optical and next year Technical Itch and hopefully Jonny L !

I look foward to both widescreen and techstep jungle innovation in the future.


# posted by DJ Martian 8:43 PM
 

Karate

have been described elsewhere as "Lyrics come from inside, guitars build like waves of emotion, bass lines flow as a strong undercurrent. Dynamic, intelligent, uncategorisable." which is an accurate description from the Real audio track: you can check for yourself

Karate have a new album called Unsolved via Southern.

Reminds me of Codeine, circa The White Birch.


# posted by DJ Martian 7:29 PM
 

Album of the week over at Lambgoat is Codeseven - Division Of Labor an album of of aggressive hardcore and thought-provoking, emotional rock with shades of influences from Far, Deftones, and Converge - yet retaining an unique sound of their own.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:49 AM

Monday, October 30, 2000

 

Delusions of Adequacy looks a very interesting music website concentrating on a variety of underground rock music. Music reviews, interviews etc, including some artists that I have not familiar with.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:30 AM
 

A band that has passed me by so far are the strangely titled The Montgolfier Brothers who have released an album called Seventeen Stars. Reviewed here once again by Leonard's Lair

" that the Montgolfier Brothers hail from Manchester where, twenty years previously, echo-laden effects lent the combination of chiming guitar and stark, haunting piano a unique, spine-tingling feel. "


The Montgolfier Brothers "from the twilight zone somewhere in the soul of manchester where durutti column and 'unknown pleasures' are always on the radio "

sounds right up my street.

Year 2000 is turning out to be a fantastic year for music, I have bought more new albums (over 60) this year than another year since I have been interested in music album buying in 1985

and yet I can list 100 albums by these artists that I have not yet bought that I would like to hear


1. AC Acoustics
2. Accelera deck
3. Alpinestars
4. Arco
5. Arovane
6. Asian Dub Foundation
7. Assemblage 23
8. At the Drive in
9. Aurora
10. Bent
11. Borknager
12. Bowery Electric
13. Broadcast
14. Bridge & Tunnel
15. Bushwacka
16. Cerbeus Shoal
17. Cocteau Twins
18. Darkseed
19. Diary of Dreams
20. Dirty Three
21. Dubok
22. Dylan Group
23. Echoboy vol 2
24. Einsturzende Neubaten
25. El Hombre Trajeado
26. Eleventh Dream Day
27. Empress
28. ESG
29. Faith & the Muse
30. Fayman & Fripp
31. Flesh Field
32. Fleurety
33. The For Carnation
34. Gas
35. The Go Betweens
36. Goldfrapp
37. Grandaddy
38. Gwei Lo
39. Halo _Gen
40. PJ Harvey
41. The Heads
42. Holger Hiller
43. Tim Hutton
44. Icon of Coil
45. In The Woods
46. Insides
47. Isis
48. Its Jo and Danny
49. Jega
50. J Majesty
51. J Mascis & the Fog
52. Klute
53. Lamb of God
54. Laptop
55. Steve Lawler
56. Leila
57. Libraness
58. LSG
59. Timo Maas
60. Mayhem
61. Mental Home
62. Jeff Mills
63. Roy Montgomery
64. Montgolfier Brothers
65. Movietone
66. Nile
67. Nought
68. Opera 1X
69. Orgy
70. Oval
71. Ovuca
72. PAL
73. Peccatum
74. Peaches
75. Placebo
76. Primary Slave
77. Primordial
78. Queens of the Stone Age
79. Recoil
80. Red Snapper
81. Reprazent
82. Anthony Rother
83. Rothko
84. Saturnus
85. Sculptured
86. The Sea and the Cake
87. Shellac
88. Shock of Reality
89. Sirius
90. Sleater Kinney
91. Sophya
92. Spineshank
93. Spiral of Silence
94. Sunny Day Real Estate
95. David Sylvian
96. Taproot
97. Amon Tobin
98. Town & Country
99. Max Tundra
100. Turn


And yet in the UK - there is not one radio station that plays an innovative diverse mix covering these artists 24/ 7.

The best years for creativity of music per decade

1967 - was a golden year for music in the 60s, when psychedelia added a new dimension to music

1979 - was a very interesting experimental year for music, with bands incorporating influences and diverse sounds.

1988 - was when the underground reinvented itself and the Melody Maker documented the sounds that mattered. Read Simon Reynolds Blissed Out book- to find out why.

1994 - was a similiar reinvention of the underground,of post rock, techno, trip hop, jungle, experimentation sounds e.g Orang and the brilliant Killing Joke returning.
(except NME and MM took the wrong path and bored us death with Oasis and brit pop bores, then dad rock dunces for the next 3 years!)


2000 - is fast shaping up to be a very interesting diverse year for music! give me more money and time!

Indeed compare the volume and diversity of interesting music with the dour years of 1992 (the worst year for rock/ guitar music since 1976) and 1993 -

when very little was happening both in quantity and diversity of interesting sounds - Indeed alt/indie rock and guitar music in general had become so dull (with a few exceptions The God Machine being the most brilliant!) - remember this was when crusty bores like Levellers, and indie gigging vermin low achievers such as mega city 4, carter, kingmaker, and those grunge bores and bloated MTV rock by such dweebs as - 4 non blondes, crash test dummies, spin doctors and annoying cranberries zombie song "and those guns and those tanks - zombeeeee" - pass the bucket whilst I vomit - that many including myself turned our main focus at the time to techno and the progressive house scene with sounds from labels such as limbo, 23rd precinent, guerilla, harthouse, warp, eye q, hard hands, soma etc.

Indeed from summer 1992 - Summer 1993:
some favourite tracks from this time

Hardfloor "Hardtrance Acperience" (Harthouse/Rising High 1992)
Sabres of Paradise "Smokebelch II" (Warp 1993)
Age of Love "Age of Love" (React 1992)
Underworld "Cowgirl/Rez" (Junior Boys Own 1993)
The Future Sound of London "Papua New Guinea" (Jumpin' & Pumpin' 1992) this was early 92
Jaydee "Plastic Dreams" (R&S 1993)
Jam & Spoon "Stella" (Belgian R&S 1992
Gat Decor "Passion" (Effective 1992)
Leftfield/Lydon "Open Up" (Hard Hands 1993)
Slam "Positive Education" (Soma 1993)
Lionrock "Packet of Peace" (Deconstruction 1993)
Glam "Hell's Party" (Six6 1993)
Capricorn "20 Hz" (Global Cuts 1993)
Felix "Don't You Want Me" (Hooj Choons/Deconstruction 1992)
Disco Evangelists "De Niro" (Black Sunshine) 1993
Orbital - Lush (ffrr/internal) 1993

Some favourite albums progressive house albums that I see as carrying on the experimental yet funky electronic sound tradition that Cabaret Voltaire - where masters of in the mid 80s
DOP - Musicians of the Mind Vol 1
Finitribe -An unexpected Groovy Treat
Spooky - Gargantuan
Orbital - Brown
The Drum Club

Back to 2000
What has fueled a healthy music scene in 2000 - simply the growth of the internet - more opportunities for independent artists, labels, magazines, ezines, internet communities, blogger software etc to bypass mainstream established channels of the media - to create new opportunities for interesting music to be discovered and enthused about- long gone are the days when a handful of journalists at NME/ MM/ and the defunkt Sounds controlled and influenced the direction of music.

No longer do I have to put up with the naff music selections by Steve Lammo on BBC Radio 1 or put up with crap mafia controlled playlists on Xfm or the conservative and dull editorial direction of MM in 2000. as for TV forget it ! the only crucial show was Snub TV on BBC2 over 12 years ago!

These days I can discover more new artists or find news about forthcoming albums by interesting artists in one week on the internet than say the NME could do over several months in their magazine.

Power to the people, power to the artists - a poke in the eye to the established media.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:55 AM
 

The Dirty Three released an album earlier this year that I must check out soon called - whatever you love, you are, on the Bella Union label.

Another band that working in a similiar melancholic emotional approach to music are AC Acoustics who have been receiving some excellent reviews for the new album Understanding Music

This album is also positively reviewed by Leonard's Lair who compare them to Kitchens of Distinction.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:40 AM
 

It is nearly twenty years ago that The Sound released their debut album Jeopardy. An album that ranked alongside debut albums by Echo & the Bunnymen - Crocodiles and U2 - Boy - of the same year.


# posted by DJ Martian 12:26 AM

Sunday, October 29, 2000

 

Robin Carmody provides an interesting review of an album that I really should check out soon
Max Tundra: Some Best Friend You Turned Out To Be

This album was released earlier this, I remember hearing a few tracks on John Kennedy's Xfm show - Max Tundra's music is complex and incorporates many different sounds ideas that juxtaposed together.


# posted by DJ Martian 10:55 PM
 

Another fine journalist Jonathan Selzer is taking over the editorship of Terrorizer. A previous writer with Melody Maker in the late 80s and early to mid 90s.

Jonathan had a strong reputation for championing challenging music from artists such as Swans, Neurosis, Einsturzende Neubaten, The Legendary Pink Dots, Ministry, Transglobal Underground, Scorn and The Young Gods etc

Since the likes of Jonathan Selzer and Simon Reynolds have left the Melody Maker it has turned into a pathetic music comic for the lowest common denominator dumbest and most naive hoodwinked teenagers under that dullard Mark Sutherland.

Jonathan Selzer also has an excellent analytical music ezine, called Come Zero with viewpoints on everything from Front 242 to Scorn to Sepultura to Radiohead to Aphex Twin to Prolapse to Type O Negative.

Terrorizer is indeed in fine hands as demonstrated by this article on
The Young Gods

Jonathan also provides an excellent overview of The Young Gods - who incidently released my favourite album of the 90s in the phenomenal "Only Heaven"

By the way it looks like The Young Gods - have delayed the release of their album, second nature to November 6th.




# posted by DJ Martian 9:47 PM
 

One of the finest music journalists of the past decade Nick Terry is leaving Terrorizer to go back to academia to study for a PHD in History.

Nick offers his insights into his time as a music journalist and editor of Terrorizer. Nick first came to my attention on The Lizard music magazine, which was the finest music magazine I have ever read.

In 1994 and 1995 The Lizard was innovative, inspirational music guide that featured the absolute cream of music, from metal to ambient to jungle to post rock to techno to lo fi to experimental types

This is a sad day for me, as for the past 4 years Nick's editorship of Terrorizer has been influential in introducing me and many thousands others to many interesting artists that the likes of the conservative clueless and faddish popularity of NME and MM have ignored. (Indeed many of the journalists on these papers - are clueless, ignorant twerps that are completely incapable of recognising artistic talent and instead celebrate mediocracy and contstantly provide misguided analysis of contemporary music - from their misguided viewpoints of artists that they choose to high profile promote and more importantly the artists that they don't write about - due to ignorance - highlights their severe shortcomings)

Nick Terry was at Terrorizer for 57 issues and picks 57 key albums that reflects his time at Terrorizer. Many of these are my favourites as well including Anathema, Arcturus, Emperor, In the Woods, Katatonia, Neurosis, Satyricon, Sepultura, Tool and Ulver.

Akercocke 'Rape Of The Bastard Nazarene' 1999 [Goat Of Mendes]
Amen 'We Have Come For Your Children' 2000 [Virgin]
Anathema 'Alternative 4' 1998 [Peaceville]
Arcturus 'La Masquerade Infernale' 1997 [Misanthropy]
Atari Teenage Riot 'Future of War' 1996 [DHR]
Bethlehem 'Dictius Te Necare' 1996 [Red Stream]
Bloodlet 'The Seraphim Fall' 1998 [Victory]
Control Denied 'The Fragile Art of Existence' 1999 [Nuclear Blast]
Cradle of Filth 'Dusk And Her Embrace' 1996 [Music For Nations]
Cryptopsy 'None So Vile' 1996 [Wrong Again]
Dawn 'Slaughtersun (Crown of the Triarchy' 1998 [Necropolis]
Discordance Axis 'The Inalienable Dreamless' 2000 [Hydra Head]
Earth Crisis 'Gomorrah's Season Ends' 1996 [Victory]
Einst�rzende Neubauten 'Silence Is Sexy' 2000 [Mute]
Electric Wizard 'Supercoven' EP 1998 [Bad Acid/Southern Lord]
Emperor 'Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk' 1997 [Candlelight]
Esoteric 'Metamorphosis' 1999 [Eibon]
Fugazi 'End Hits' 1998 [Dischord]
Gal�s, Diamanda 'Malediction and Prayer' 1998 [Mute]
Gehenna 'Admirion Black' 1998 [Moonfog]
Godflesh 'Songs of Love And Hate' 1996 [Earache]
Haunted 'The Haunted' 1998 [Earache]
Iced Earth 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' 1998 [Century Media]
Immortal 'At The Heart Of Winter' 1999 [Osmose]
In Flames 'Colony' 1999 [Nuclear Blast]
In The Woods... 'Omnio' 1997 [Misanthropy]
Katatonia 'Brave Murder Day' 1996 [Avantgarde]
Keelhaul 'Keelhaul' 2000 [Escape Artist]
Machine Head 'The More Things Change...' 1997 [Roadrunner]
Mayhem 'Grand Declaration of War' 2000 [Season of Mist]
Mercyful Fate '9' 1999 [Metal Blade]
Neurosis 'Times of Grace' 1999 [Music For Nations]
Nevermore 'Dreaming Neon Black' 1999 [Century Media]
Nile 'Black Seeds of Vengeance' 2000 [Relapse]
Panasonic 'Kulma' 1996 [Blast First]
Rage Against The Machine 'Evil Empire' 1996 [Epic]
Refused 'The Shape of Punk To Come' 1998 [Burning Heart]
Rush 'Test For Echo' 1996 [Atlantic]
Satyricon 'Rebel Extravaganza' 2000 [Moonfog]
Septic Flesh 'DNA' 1999 [Holy]
Sepultura 'Roots' 1996 [Roadrunner]
16 'Drop Out' 1996 [Pessimiser/Theologian]
Skepticism 'Stormcrowfleet' 1996 [Red Stream]
Skinny Puppy 'The Process' 1996 [American]
Spirit Caravan 'Jug Fulla Sun' 1999 [Tolotta]
Suffocation 'Despise The Sun' EP 1998 [Vulture]
Sunn '00 Void' 2000 [Rise Above]
Swans 'Soundtracks For The Blind' 1996 [Young God]
Thorns vs Emperor 'Thorns vs Emperor' 1999 [Moonfog]
Today Is The Day 'Temple of the Morning Star' 1997 [Relapse]
Tool '�nima' 1996 [Zoo]
Turmoil 'From Bleeding Hands' 1996 [Century Media]
Type O Negative 'October Rust' 1996 [Roadrunner]
Ulver 'Themes from William Blake's 'The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell' ' 1999 [Jester]
Various Artists 'Moonfog 2000' [Moonfog]
Vision of Disorder 'Imprint' 1998 [Roadrunner]
Vital Remains 'Forever Underground' 1997 [Osmose]

Nick Terry = Respect - the finest British music critic since Simon Reynolds




# posted by DJ Martian 8:43 PM
 

Dymamic Rock alert us to another brilliant band Dredg who are from Los Gatos, California.

Dredg are "Dino Campanella (drums, piano), Mark Engles (guitars), Gavin Hayes (vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin) and Drew Roulette (bass)-dredg vividly paints a cultural picture within the music they create. Their musical abilities, desires and many influences allow them to cover all ends of the musical spectrum-everything from rock to jazz to ambient drum 'n' bass."

From the tracks I have heard they will appeal to Tool and Faith No More fans.

This is the official web site for Dredg


# posted by DJ Martian 8:08 PM
 

One of the finest albums yet to be released this year is "auspicious winds" by Yume Bitsu

This is what Southern Records their record distributor states:

"Yume Bitsu's swirling sound is a slow unfurling of their elements; floating guitars, flooded synth washes, sparse drum colorings, emotive vocal trajectories. Patiently revealed in alternate atmospheric steps are climactic peaks and periods of dramatic restraint, often at their most intense moments, only to fall back delicately into a pillowed heap, spent, depleted. Imagine the depth and complex tension of Mogwai, the foggy shimmer of Windy & Carl's delicate ebb-and-flow stratospheres, and the soundtrack themes of Roy Montgomery. Take it and saturate the textures of Isn't Anything-era My Bloody Valentine and you've got a reference point you can drift away in. But it's the advanced soundsmith skills which mesh expansive ambient horizons with intermittent vocal harmonies and excellent songcraft that elevates Yume Bitsu's high above their peers."

Yume Bitsu are:
Franz Prichard: Guitar
Adam Forkner: Guitar, Vocals
Jason Anderson: Drums
Alex Bundy: Keyboards, Electronics


Yume Bitsu a band from Oregon, USA will be releasing auspicious winds on November 6th via Southern.

Yume Bitsu = a band to look out for.


# posted by DJ Martian 7:21 PM
 

Piero Scaruffi reviews yet more albums released in 2000. Including Yume Bitsu, Trans Am and Laika.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:01 PM
 

Atrecordings.com "is an internet music site where you can explore, buy, read about and listen to a wealth of great music by some of the finest artists from all over the world.
The music you will find here covers many styles, ranging from obscure electronic works by Fennesz, Hazard and Scanner, to North African folk music, to cutting-edge Electronica by Amon Tobin, Coldcut and The Herbaliser, to baroque classics by Bach, Haydn and Telemann."

Also includes artists such as David Toop, Rothko and Norken.





# posted by DJ Martian 5:58 PM

Saturday, October 28, 2000

 

A Cave In MP3 track, jupiter - the lead title track from the Jupiter album is available to download at Lambgoat

Cave In "Jupiter" is one of the finest rock albums I have heard over the past 10 years. There are no excuses now - do yourself a big favour - download it now !

# posted by DJ Martian 2:31 AM
 

Simon Reynolds investigates the crossover success of the German progressive trancer Timo Maas in an article Energy Flash: Timo Maas Unites The Global Dance Massive

Timo calles his music "percussive wet funk" whatever next !

# posted by DJ Martian 1:51 AM
 

Decoded Feedback the dark electro-industrial band release their new album on October 30th called Mechanical Horizon, on Metropolis Records.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:02 AM

Friday, October 27, 2000

 

Dynamic Rock review the new album by Nothingface called violence on TVT. Nothingface are band in the vein of Orgy and Fear Factory - i.e incorporating electronic sound effects into rock music.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:05 AM

Thursday, October 26, 2000

 

New Zao tracks are available for download on In Strife they are absolutely awesome. Zao's new material takes a step in a more ethereal spatial heavy dynamic rock music direction, think Tool, Cave in, Deftones, Earthtone 9 - artists that favour epic, experimental, complex heavy emotional progressive music.

The production is brilliant on one of the tracks "Alive is dead" crisp, sharp - swirling layers of guitar, edgy buzzing bass, breakdowns into ethereal synth sounds excellent atmospheric rock music.

Their new album is set for release early 2001.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:14 PM
 

Yet Another new rock band to check out are Spiritfall who hail from California.

"Spiritfall's sound and style is best described as emotional-nu-metal or hardcore, influenced by such likewise bands as Far and the Deftones, yet retaining their own singular vibe and presence in which far-reaching
melodies glide and hammer their way into the inner recesses of the listener' soul, creating a medley of resonating echoes that will leave the listeners' gasping for more."

More information on Spiritfall @ MP3.com




# posted by DJ Martian 1:22 AM
 

Another band highly recommended by Dynamic Rock are the strangely titled 20 Dead Flower Children who are fast picking up a strong underground following, they has been namechecked on a several rock music websites as a band to check out.

"Combining elements of aggro, nu-metal, hardcore and groovecore infused with techno/industrial effects, 20 Dead�s sound will open your mind to new ideas as it expands your horizons beyond any known limits. "

More information available at the official band website:
20 Dead Flower Children

# posted by DJ Martian 1:10 AM
 

Really 2000 is shaping up to be one of the finest years for music over the past twenty years! another awesome new artist Drop Shadow who are featured over at Dynamic Rock as album of the week.

"An intense, emotional journey rife with plenty of unexpected twists & turns, a melange of artistic creativity that will re-instill the listener's faith in a band that is both, truly original and honest."

Drop Shadow combine industrial, techno, emo, hardcore, metalcore influences - there are some similarities with Deftones and Tool - with a more industrial sound.

Drop Shadow are from Cincinatti, Ohio the band describe themselves as an industrial hardcore band that combines melody and noise that is diverse and unique.

The bands line up is

Ben Petry - Bass and Vocals
Tim Kindberg - Guitar and Backing Vocals
Mike Gruber - Keyboards and Samples
Nick Wientge - Drums and Electronic Percussion

Drop Shadow @ MP3.com and you can check their mesmerising astonishing dynamic music, the whole album is available track by track.

I hereby declare that I am Drop Shadow's leading UK supporter. I predict a very bright future for this band!

The band have an official site: Drop Shadow that uses the latest technology effectively

Their debut album Blue is out now - I aim track it down! The perfect companion to Deftones White Pony

# posted by DJ Martian 12:39 AM

Wednesday, October 25, 2000

 

Another band that have totally amazed me this year are Cave in who are interviewed by Dimitri of Dillinger Escape Plan.

Cave in state that three artists that have most inspired them are Neurosis, Fugazi and Sonic Youth.

Once again - I believe that this a compulsory purchase for anyone that enjoys innovative dynamic rock music in the year 2000.

Remember - Cave in (the band) - Jupiter (album title) on Hydrahead (label) = total artistic brilliance = you must experience this band soon!

# posted by DJ Martian 11:54 PM
 

It is really refreshing one another person opinion mirrors your own, take PRP review of Earthtone 9 new album arc' tan' gent.

"This is the most intelligent, progressive, awe inspiring (and any other adjectives you'd care to throw in) metal album of the year."

"This is a very special album, perhaps only one of its kind comes around ever so often. Savor it."


This Nottingham based band really have delivered an exceptional rock sound, that I call 3D Metal - So few bands have managed this these include Jane's Addiction, Warrior Soul, Neurosis, Tool, In the Woods, Deftones - spring to mind.

Many more people should take note of the simple facts that Earthtone 9 - have produced one of the most innovative, passionate and dynamic rock album by a British band over the past twenty years!

and it is the finest since Killing Joke released Pandemonium 1994

Indeed this album would appeal to Radiohead fans would enjoyed the heavy guitars on Bends, through to Killing Joke fans.

it is a compulsory purchase for anyone awaiting the next Tool album, or someone looking for an album to play back to back with albums from A Perfect Circle and Deftones.

It is so dissapointing that a band this special and British are not being supported in NME and MM i.e front covers.

Once again that cigar smoking ignorant soundbite smug twerp of an editor Mark Sutherland delivers another pathetic Melody Maker front cover decision - this week it is the turn of "redneck white trash for morons" - Eminem & Limp Bizkit - boring showbiz schlock thats got fuck all to do with creative music. Two of the most dumb assed music twerps of 2000 ! These artists should at best be abused on the humour pages, and ignored elsewhere!


Mark Sutherland should be ashamed and shameful of himself for lowering the once mighty Maker to this levels. How does he sleep at night?

Why can't we have the talented likes of Trans Am, The Young Gods, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Earthtone 9, Capitol K, Dillinger Escape Plan - on the front cover?

Retire Mark Sutherland - deep down I am sure he knows he is an inadequate music loser - he should hand of the editorship role to someone who knows what they are doing.

Lets put artistic talent first, these are interesting music times we are living through at the present - music should be presented in a far more intelligent maner!

# posted by DJ Martian 11:09 PM
 

RED SNAPPER have a new album out, our aim is to satisy red snapper - reviwed by dot.music

# posted by DJ Martian 12:32 AM
 

J Mascis & the Fog new album, More Light is reviewed by Wall of Sound.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:17 AM

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

 

Velvet Acid Christ are one of the finest electro-industrial artists around - their music is hard, fast and dancefloor friendly. The last album was a sublime vortex of pulsating futuristic electronic mayhem, even my brother enjoyed it.

The new album: Twisted Thought Generator, is out November 13th in the UK, the cover art is very artistic and interesting too.

never heard Velvet Acid Christ - before? if you enjoy Prodigy, Man With no Name, or Skinny Puppy - then check them out. Highly recommended.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:43 PM
 

Yellow 6 new ep is finally out on Oct 30th. also news of a possible tour with San Diego's finest Tristeza - two firm favourites of mine this year - kindred spirits with good taste!

# posted by DJ Martian 11:23 PM
 

The Best Rock Albums of 2000 (so far) by Piero Scaruffi.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:09 PM
 

el hombre trajeado have redesigned their website intime to promote their new album Saccade, out on October 23rd on Human Condition records.

The cover art work for Saccadde is sublime too.

El Hombre Trajeado - Saccadde can be bought here.

Recommended for fans of Fridge, Tortoise, Mogwai and Appliance.

El Hombre Trajeado deserve a wider audience.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:22 PM
 

Tool the master of art rock sound - Maynard and co have commenced work on their much anticipated new album, set for release in April 2001.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:10 AM
 

Animated release their debut album tempting fate this week. Animated is the new project of Duncan Forbes who is interviewed about his new music direction.

Duncan Forbes was one half of Spooky who released one of the finest progressive house albums of the early 90s, "Gargantuan" -was a sublime release that ranked alongside Orbital Brown album. Totally tripped deep lush experimental epic dubby house music that is highly recommended.

If you Love Leftfield, Fluke, Underworld, The Chemical Brothers - then check out Spooky.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:52 AM
 

Jungle Voodoo provide stacks of reviews of jungle albums.

Including Klute's Fear of People, out this week ! Kosheen Resist and the long lost Decoder - Concussion - that still has not been released !

# posted by DJ Martian 12:36 AM
 


Beats & Breaks review Lemon Jelly whose album is released today it is a collection of their 3 eps to date.

More info available at the official site:
Lemon Jelly

# posted by DJ Martian 12:29 AM
 

John Kennedy Xfm Rough Trade Album of the Week this week it is Kid606 ps i love you.

This webpage also lists The Rough Trade Albums of the week throughout the year - on John Kennedys Xfm show.


# posted by DJ Martian 12:21 AM
 

Echoboy - Volume 2
is reviewed by bleedmusic.com

# posted by DJ Martian 12:10 AM

Monday, October 23, 2000

 

3WK Radio have a reviews section, that covers a multitude of alternative artists there are also links to artists websites.
Also note that 3WK radio can be listened to when you visit this webpage by just clicking on the 3WK icon at the bottom of the links.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:31 AM
 

HiM 'Our Point Of Departure' is the fourth full length album from HiM and is released in the UK on October 16th 2000 through Fat Cat Records.

"The album incorporates elements of jazz improvisation, dub punctuation and electronic soundscapes, relying heavily on the synthesis of the collected influences of this diverse combination of people. "





# posted by DJ Martian 1:09 AM
 

Clicks and Klangs monthly music ezine has an new edition online, this month Beefheart, Radiohead and Magazine amongst others are covered.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:51 AM
 

PRP is a fantastic music news site concentrating on Metal, Hardcore and Emo. PRP is continually updated with new information. There are also profiles of new underground bands and links to other music websites.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:37 AM
 

Don Caballero new album "American Don" is reviewed by Splendid.
In the past year or so America has given us awesome complex dynamic rock albums by Cave in, Dismemberment Plan, Trans Am, Botch, And you will know us by the trial of dead, and now Don Caballero.

Also check out Don Caballero @ Epitonic

# posted by DJ Martian 12:26 AM

Sunday, October 22, 2000

 

The Ectophiles' Guide to Good Music! is a new site to me, lots of independent music enthusiasts contribute to this database of album reviews.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:52 PM
 

Subterranean Hell Noise is a brand new club playing the best Death, Black Metal, Gothic, Industrial, 80's and bang-up-to-date metal.

The next date is 11th November, on Saturdays then fortnightly onwards.

The playlist is diverse and unpredictable - London has needed a music night like this covering
Depeche Mode to Emperor to Fear Factory to Smiths to Human League to Strapping Young Lad to Killing Joke to Deftones to Associates to Rosetta Stone to Tool to Dimmu Borgir to XTC to Fields Of The Nephilim to Apoptygma Berzerk to A Perfect Circle to visage to Rico to Machine Head.

The sort of sounds you will hear....
Playlist covers
Death & Black Metal
Industrial:
Goth & Gothic Metal
Punk, 80's & Electronica:
Metal



# posted by DJ Martian 11:36 PM

Friday, October 20, 2000

 

Sunna are a rock band from Bristol on Massive Attacks label, Melankolic. They are interviewed by Channefly.com. Their debut album One Minute Science is out soon.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:53 AM
 

New Wave Outpost has recently relaunched, "Where New Wave, Punk, Power Pop and 80's Alternative Live On!". Lots of information and links.






# posted by DJ Martian 1:36 AM

Thursday, October 19, 2000

 

Death to Dead Things is back, this zine has been updated with a new URL. Death to Dead Things specialises in the extreme side of rock music, i.e dark metal, hardcore, and other leftfield rock types such as Shellac and Godspeed You Black Emperor.

Death to Dead Things - Reviews loads of reviews! including Drowingman, Earthtone9, The Heads, Neurosis, Primordial, Queens of the Stone Age and Shellac.

Death to Dead Things - Interview Shellac get the low down on Shellac from Steve Albini.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:11 PM
 

And you will know us by the trail of dead are of the most exciting new artists to emerge this year in the rock scene.

Last weekend I finally got their album "Madonna", very experimental and dynamic - this band are going far out - just like Sonic Youth and The Pixies demonstrated in the late 80s.

America Underground Rock on the rise again?

With intersting artists as varied as Trail of Dead, Botch, Cave in, At the Drive in, Glassjaw, Trans Am,Sunny Day Real Estate, Drowingman, Dismemberment Plan, System of A Down, Shellac, The Fire Show, Libraness, Converge, Dillinger Escape Plan, Snapcase, Lamb of God, and the returning J Mascis & the Fog- the American rock Underground is on the rise again, some of the artists have been going for some time - but are now getting the respect they deserve.

However America - has it fair share of complete rock bollocks - most of it clogging dreary rock radio in America - the ones that market themselves as alternative when they are not - playing the dullest and lamest mix of
- crap rap metal, 3rd generation nu metal clones, naff ska rock, lightweight pop punkers, corporate retro rock muppets - matchbox20/ Vertical Horizon - being the two main dullards, and dull grunge hangers on like Creed.

Next April will see the retutrn of one of the few high profile American rock bands that matter - Tool - and lets hope they blow all the crap away. Maynard has hinted that this will be a multi dimensional album with a Rush influence. Yes!

# posted by DJ Martian 1:44 AM
 

Freshmusicfarm list all the albums out this week. The list is American based - and shows how out of sync and behind the UK on releases for albums from Faultline (last Autumn!), Doves, Laurent Garnier.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:38 AM
 

Dubok "An electro-industrial act from Columbus Ohio. Dancefloor-friendly beats accompany crushing breakbeatish noise, warm strings, tweaked basses, and other twisted elements of sound."

Dubok released an album called "Immersed" this year.

Dubok along with artists such as Assemblage 23, Flesh Field, Din_Fiv are part of a new wave of electro-industrial acts releasing interesting albums this year.

With artists such as The Chemical Brothers, Way Out West, Hybrid making similiar music to electro - industrial acts - when are UK radio stations going start covering these artists? and also more established artists such as VNV Nation and Covenant.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:05 AM

Wednesday, October 18, 2000

 

Syncromesh Internet Radio covers archived music playlists sets covering Goth, Industrial, Darkwave, Electro, EBM, Drum n Bass, Ambient, and the occasional Powernoise track.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:51 PM
 

NME.com new look is now operational.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:32 PM
 

The Fall release a new album on Nov 6th "The Unutterable". This web page gives the low down on the album and showcases the album cover art.

I remember being transfixed by hearing The Fall - for the first time on John Peel's shows circa summer 1985, those weird vocals, funny and dry northern humour lyrics, and that unique Fall brand of deep bass, twisted guitars, off kilter drums and other found sounds.

It is remarkable that in 2000 that Mark E Smith is still making valid, dynamic and interesting music.

A unique band - who follow their own sound path. Peel has been playing a few tracks and what I have heard so far I am very impressed. It reminds me abit like 1985's "This Nations Saving Grace" Incorporating modern electronic sounds.

This album should see The Fall back on top of the pack critically and also as one of Britain's leading alternative bands.

The music world needs Mavericks such as Mark E Smith. A Welcome return - The Fall reaching 4 decades! of music making - the late 70s, 80s, 90s and now the 00s - respect !

# posted by DJ Martian 1:29 AM
 

PJ Harvey new album "Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea" gets a positive 9/10 review by NME.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:57 AM
 

Wilt previously Kerbdog are from Ireland, they released an album earlier this year "Bastinado" this review agrees with my opinion that Sugar and Husker Du influences are very much at work in Wilt's sound.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:41 AM

Tuesday, October 17, 2000

 

Drowned in sound is, "an all new Music and Arts site which aims to submerse the reader in the cutting edge of contemporary culture. " This website was launched early October.

The music covered includes post-rock, experimental, metal, rock and dance.

Can anyone tell me why At the Drive-in - are listed under post- rock? surely they should be in the rock section.

Drowned in sound looks an excelent resource site for diverse music, and a direct competitor of Bleedmusic.com

# posted by DJ Martian 11:51 PM
 

Flesh Field are "An Elektro-Industrial project out of Columbus, Ohio that blends powerful electronic sequences with emotional symphonic chords to produce cold, yet melodic electronic mayhem. Majestic female vocals combined with harsh male vocals create an intense soundscape of beauty and violence."



# posted by DJ Martian 12:44 AM
 

The Azoic
are an industrial/gothic/darkwave electronic band based out of both Columbus, Ohio and Phoenix, Arizona.


"By incorporating the technology of the 90�s with emotional vocal arrangements, The Azoic compose an "atmospheric electronic landscape that creates a solemn, almost reverent atmosphere," according to Kim Leddy of the Columbus Alive.

"A majority of the songs have a distinct cold synthesized feel with mystical and apocalyptic overtones. Our music is either penetrating and intrusive, or retains a subtle esoteric feel. The vocals provide the irony of the pure and ethereal versus the dark and distorted. "

"Soaring synthesized sounds are processed through a computer with layers of vocals above. Samples from various movies are used throughout the music. Each song is a journey into a dark realm transitioning from ambient instrumental to a pulsating industrial feel."





# posted by DJ Martian 12:39 AM
 

Gossamer are an American band from Ohio that has been recommended to me by an interesting cyber female friend, from Wisconsin.

Gossamer have just released a new album "Closure" on Oct. 3, 2000.

"For the past five years, Gossamer has brought its unique blend of musical styles to a world jaded by the ordinary, intrigued with the mysterious, and fascinated with the unknown. Although their work is tinged with darkwave, industrial, trip-hop, and ethereal rock, gossamer has created an enigma of light and dark, both melodic and discordant. Their music contains an honesty, depth, and romanticism that is often downbeat yet quite dancable. No newcomers to the scene, Gossamer have shared the stage with the likes of Switchblade Symphony, Lycia, This Ascension, Faith and the Muse, Sunshine Blind, and many others. Their works currently consist of three EPs and many CD compilation appearances, with a full length album "Closure" to be released in Summer 2000 on Carpe Mortem Records."




# posted by DJ Martian 12:16 AM

Monday, October 16, 2000

 

The After Skool Klub is a new club that has just opened up in London, every saturday, with a diverse music policy.

Must check it out soon - anything from Primal Scream to Motorhead to Prince to The Smiths to Sonic Youth to Chemical Brothers to Pixies to Duran Duran to Blondie to The Stooges.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:52 PM

Sunday, October 15, 2000

 

Very sad news In the Woods who where one of the finest rock bands to emerge over the past 5 years have split up.

Their music created a big artistic impression on all those who have been privileged to hear their excellent music.

They leave a legacy of three albums, 1995 the Heart of Ages, 1997 Omnio and 1999 Strange in Stereo.

I become aware of In the Woods through Terrorizer indeed such was the brilliance of Omnio that it was a rated a top 5 album in the Terrorizer Album of the Year Poll 1997

To compare In the Woods directly to other contemporary artists is difficult as they were innovators that pushed music to new levels of deep atmospheric epic artistic sonics. Their music was deep, serious, very artistic, multi layered, passionate and personal.

However their mastery and grasp of hard powerful yet melodic epic rock music equals the highest peaks of artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Joy Division, Killing Joke, The Chameleons, Cactus World News, Jane's Addiction and Tool.

It is a shame that they were denied a wider audience due to the ghastly music and editorial policies of TV, Radio Stations and most music magazines.

Their music had such potential to reach a diverse wider audience indeed fans of The Cure through to Rush to Bowie to Bark Psychosis to Celtic Frost to Marillion to Trans Am to Bauhaus to The God Machine to Faith No More and even the heavier side of U2 e,g bullet the blue sky ..could have appreciated In the Woods.

The closest reference point in terms of a passionate approach and similiar full epic guitar sound to music are The Chameleons. Indeed playing Stange Times back to back with Strange in Stereo - these bands both share similiar sound aesthetics.

In the Woods were a very insular inward looking band, who even in Terrorizer were reluctant to talk about their influences, or have their pictures taken.

My music world has a lost personal favourite. If you have never heard In the Wood's music then I recommend you start with Omnio then Stange in Stereo.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:55 AM
 

Gwei Lo are signed to Bella Union they are creating a positive response to their self titled debut.

Their sound according to Rough Trade is a cross between Red House Painters and My Bloody Valentine.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:34 AM

Saturday, October 14, 2000

 

Isis are a Boston, USA band who released an innovative album called Celestial this year. Combining influences such as Neurosis and Godflesh, this is powerful multidimensional extreme rock music.

Isis join Dillinger Escape Plan, Botch and Drowingman - at the forefront of invigorating demanding contemporary rock music.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:43 PM
 

Darla Records provide excellent overviews of the latest new independent releases in the leftfield music scenes.
Including the excellent new release by LIBRANESS Yesterday...and Tomorrow's Shells. Out in the UK on Monday 16th October.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:15 PM
 

Another positive review of Cave in - jupiter I second every word, what Cave in have achieved with Jupiter is astonishing. Epic powerful space rock for a new millenium, they have developed a unique sonic identity.

You must hear this band soon, you can purchase it here

Cave in

# posted by DJ Martian 9:07 PM

Friday, October 13, 2000

 

Avrocar are a Birmimgham based band that I have been listening to alot recently, their superb debut album "Cinematography" . Their music is very dream like, deep atmospheric, arty, epic - spacerock electronica. If you enjoyed the new direction that Appliance took recently - then you need to check out Avrocar


"The album is an expansive, glistening, layered piece of electronica/guitar work consisting of nine new tracks. From the opening strains of Fega to the closing wonder of the ten minute bliss out that is Cathode & Cello'd, the overall feel of the album is one of beauty and darkness with occasional streams of light.

"The achingly beautiful piano ambience of Surface recalls old dusty music halls just before Amplify, the linchpin of the album, explodes in a cathedral of carousel sounds against a nervous shimmering beat. The closing few minutes of Amplify are simply divine, warm keyboards and a huge bass line mesh against a storm driven sky. Display is spacious and distant, evoking empty poplar lined roads that lead nowhere.... "

This album will feature high on my end of the year lists... and it will on yours .. but only if you hear it.


# posted by DJ Martian 1:20 AM
 

Boxman a european online music retailer has collapsed. Once again the mainstream business model fails in the net economy. The internet will succeed with small specialised stores, who know their music and are focused and enthusiastic. e.g Penny Black, Aquarius, Chunky, Normans, Rough Trade, Forced Exposure etc.

Boxman was a lifeless corporate bag of wind for the masses. It will not be missed.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:15 AM

Thursday, October 12, 2000

 

Sonicnet.com feature - 10 essential drum n bass albums.

What no Omni Trio, Arcon2, Panacea, Technical Itch, A Guy Called Gerald? Surely some mistake ! I demand a rethink! rewrite now!

and Jonny L - Magnetic was a far superior album to Sawtooth.

As for drum n bass this year: Matrix, Teebee, Kosheen and Bad Company are my faves. What has happend to Decoder's album - slipped into a void or what?

# posted by DJ Martian 11:07 PM
 

Revolution - Business and marketing in the digital economy report that NME.com is changing next week.

They give the low down on personalisation features and a new search engine to link to other music features.

Lets hope they give us an Add URL function.

Personalisation features

For instance there is going to be NME.metal - yes I want info on Emperor, Tool, Fear Factory, Neurosis, In the Woods, Strapping Young Lad, Dillinger Escape Plan, Anathema, Deftones, Paradise Lost etc - but total wankers like Fred Durst (redneck moron), Papa Roach, Kid Rock - no thanks.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:20 PM
 

Hefner release their album "We Love The City" on October 16th. Hefner are an increasingly popular alt rock band their quirky self styled brand of arty music will see them do rather well over the next few months in Britain.. especially in the absence of Pulp.

Hefner have strong support from Peel, John Kennedy(Xfm) and even MTV2.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:53 AM
 

Robots and Electronic Brains is one of the finest British based music sites on the web. Covering experimental leftfield electronic sounds.

Magn�tophone are interviewed.

Remember their much anticipated 4ad debut album is due out October 30th, "I Guess Sometimes I Need To Be Reminded Of How Much You Love Me" - Essential purchase !

# posted by DJ Martian 12:23 AM
 

Barcode Magazine provides alternatives in electronic music. October updates include new information on Orbital and Depeche Mode.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:09 AM
 

Skippy's Cage is a useful website for alternative and underground music resources in London.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:02 AM

Wednesday, October 11, 2000

 

Past Archives looking for intelligent music analysis?

Past archives "site is a repository for reviews written for the Mensa Rock Special Interest Group newsletter "Feedback" during the years 1994 to 2000." They have an archive of albums reviews, with an emphasis on alternative rock - everything from Mogwai to Grandaddy to The Young Gods to The The to Sonic Youth to Six by Seven to The Fall to Doves.

Intelligent stuff.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:53 PM
 

Komakino "is an italian fanzine/newsletter focusing on wave, punk, dark, noise, garage, dreampop, shoegaze, electro, psychedelic, lo-fi & frienz, do it your-self & indie music."

# posted by DJ Martian 11:42 PM
 

The annual CMJ MusicFest in New York is fast approaching. October 19th - 22nd.

"CMJ MusicFest presents the best of today�s new music. For four nights, 1,000 performers representing the worlds of rock, electronica, dance, hip-hop, experimental, metal, Americana, lounge, blues, jazz and more invade more than 50 clubs throughout New York City."

They list all the artists appearing, I must say scanning through the list there are alot of unfamiliar names. In 2001 and into the future some of these will go on to make interesting music. Lets hope amongst the average and/or bandwagon jumpers there are a new wave of interesting artists - innovating and twisting new sounds and influences into shape.

There are some artists at the CMJ MusicFest listed that I have supported such as Assemblage 23, Bardo Pond, Campag Velocet, Cave in, David Holmes. Di Lacuna, Dismemberment Plan, Drowingman, Glassjaw, Tristeza and Grandaddy to name a few.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:39 PM
 

As Divine Grace are a dark rock band from Finland, with a unique sound - their second album Supremature was released earlier this year in the UK.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:59 AM
 

NME review the new album from Godspeed You Black Emperor.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:45 AM
 

Miocene are a rock band from London, that have drawn comparisions with Faith No More and Tool. Their debut album is set for release in November 20th.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:43 AM

Tuesday, October 10, 2000

 

Di Lacuna a Sheffield based band are releasing a remix of the Emiliana Torrini track 'Summer Breeze' through FatCat records on 6th November.

Di Lacuna are at the forefront of avant rock in the UK. Their sound is complex stop start dynamics guitar with electronic samples. At times they rock hard like Mogwai and Slint, they also have some common sonics to Immense, a Bristol based band.

I tip a bright future for Di Lacuna in 2001. If any band is going to bridge the gap between the underground and higher profile post rock outfits such as Mogwai, Appliance, Fridge its Di Lacuna.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:23 PM
 

Libraness have a new album due out Oct 16th entitled "yesterday...and tomorrow's shells" - experimental alternative rock, the vocalist sounds abit like John Lydon - the music is a cross between Slint, The Pixies and Sonic Youth.

If you love off kilter, complex stop start guitar dynamics then Libraness are band you need to check out. I am impressed.

The man behind Libraness is Ash Bowie, formerly of POLVO and HELIUM fame.

More information is available on Tiger Style record label website
Libraness

# posted by DJ Martian 1:28 AM
 

Orgy release their new album Vapor Transmissions in the States today. Us Brits have to wait until 2001, or get it on import.

They seen to have gone all sci-fi, check the website out for yourself.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:09 AM
 

NME provide details of the forthcoming Ed Rush & Optical album, "The Creeps" once again it gets an LP release early November, then CD to follow in Feb 2001. Why do Drum N Bass artists do this ? Matrix did the same.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:33 AM

Monday, October 09, 2000

 

Chunky Records list the The Young Gods album, second nature is due out Oct 23rd.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:50 PM

Sunday, October 08, 2000

 

Eleventh Dream Day are a Chicago based band that have a new album out on The Thrill Jockey label.

I must confess my musical ignorance but I have never heard any Eleventh Dream Day tracks until recently when WOXY 97 X have been playing a track of their new album.

This is what Xfm in London should be playing instead we have so much rubbish, take a random tune in the other night and you have the ghastly Vertical Horizon - all plodding, stodgy, lame, tiresome, bland nothingness - it is grating and ghastly to listen to this- blank music for total clueless blanks. Why do station playlists - play this muck?

Going back to Eleventh Dream Day I am transfixed by their sound, that is very intense powerful distorted guitars. Indeed waves and waves of churning burning sounds that constantly build up, then repeat over again, and then just drive into complete stellar overdrive, your on an addictive sound journey into epic brilliance.

The track is drenched in guitar feedback, with hazy vocals - it oozes power, sensual power, it is sublime supreme - this track burns into you.

I will definately investigate their new album, "Stalled Parade" that was released in September.

Think of those rare moments when everything clicks right in noisy alt rock - Eleventh Dream Day, have joined supreme company

My Bloody Valentine - You made me realise - surely one of the greatest alt rock tracks of all time - this was peak intensity, or anything from Loveless.

Ride - and their early eps - when the guitars were turned up to 10 and they were are interesting band.

The Cure - on Pornography - the same sonic power

Whipping Boy - on both their LPS - when the guitars reach out at you

Slowdive - at their most powerful on their sublime 91 debut

Six by Seven - European me - a track the first time I heard it I knew the band has so much potential or the return to form with this years album the closer you get

Pixies - Debaser - a tornado of a track, that twists and leaves a sonic imprint of guitar sonic power.

The Jesus and Mary Chain - where do you start ? loads of great tracks I liked Sidewalkin, Some Candy Talkin, Reverance ep, Rollercoaster ep. I was also one of the few that loved Automatic as well

Arkane - on I -on a few of the powerful guitar tracksthat let go, and guitar sounds twist and burn out of control. How bands in 2000 could learn so much for Arkane

Husker Du - up in the air - when the guitars orchestrate and reach intense power levels

Do youself a favour investigate
Eleventh Dream Day
soon

# posted by DJ Martian 10:41 PM
 

Capitol K release an album tomorrow entitled "Island Row". This album combines innovative aspects of rock and electronic music. .

Reminder their record distributor SRD also has this to say:
"One of the most eagerly awaited albums of the year, electronics combined with guitars, live percusion and real songs. Think Chemical Brothers on hard drugs, Aphex, 23 Skidoo, Can, Prince"

Capitol K, "Island Row" is one of the most anticipated British alternative albums of the Autumn and indeed 2000.


# posted by DJ Martian 9:28 PM
 

Circulation released an album "Colours" that is a strong candidate for one of best electronic album of the year. This was also an album that made my take on the Technics Mercury Prize shortlist.

Nice to see a rare! and positive review from SonicNet, Circulation deserve a much higher profile with their futuristic tech-house sounds.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:52 PM
 

Spineshank release their new album on Monday October 9th in the UK, The Height of Callousness. Spineshank have gone for a harder more dynamic sound with this album, that will propel them alongside Deftones and Machine Head.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:33 AM
 

Rough Trade list the new releases for October 9th. This is a busy week with albums due out from GodspeedYBE, Capitol K, David Sylvian, Tim Hutton, Red Snapper, Roni Size, Regular Fries and David Toop.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:46 AM
 

Aquarius Records review the latest new releases. Radiohead and Tristeza are included.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:06 AM

Friday, October 06, 2000

 

Penny Black review all the up coming alternative albums across the soundspectrum in October including a new album by El Hombre Trajeado called Saccade, released Oct 23rd


"El Hombre Trajeado, whose name roughly translates as 'the man in the suit', formed just over two years ago as a three piece, which expanded with the arrival of keyboard player ben in early 98. A series of singles on glasgow's f&j records (moonunit manual plus split singles with lungleg & the karelia) brought them attention from the national press where they were described as being 'like a downbeat fugazi remixed by mo' wax' and radio, with no less than three John Peel sessions. They've toured extensively & played with the likes of Sebadoh, the Delgados, Nick Cave, Six By Seven, Plone, Bis, Ganger & Appliance. SACCADE is their second full length (following Skipafone on Guided Missile) and is 10 previously unreleased tracks recorded in a series of sessions over the last 6 months. It features a collaboration with Chris Mack (who is currently recording his debut album as the James Orr Complex for MOGWAI's Rock action label). Some recent press >>>" Though operating in a similar orbit to Mogwai, silvery, sculpted keyboard interventions, fazed guitars and DJ interplay elevate this beyond a post-rock guitar work-out" NME ..."Cool lo-fi suggesting early Happy Mondays or the skewered sketches of a Caledonian Tortoise....Bursts of melody are squeezed out like juice from an orange and are twice as refreshing" MELODY MAKER. "

Get in Line now!

# posted by DJ Martian 10:53 PM
 

An essay on the meaning of The Cure's Bloodflowers Album is provided by Davide Salsi. It is well written and is one author's opinions and analysis of the album.

Whilst the British music press overlooked or scoffed at Robert Smith for being out of fashion. I actually enjoyed most of the album. Smiths lyrics hit home hard about reaching a certain stage in life 40 and this combined with sonic textures of atmospheric rock.

Another artist that a working in similiar terrain of bleak reflective lyrics and emotional rock music are
Katatonia who came to my attention with their black gothic opus in 1996, Brave murder day. Since then they have released two further albums 1998 Discouraged Ones, and 1999 Tonight's Decision.

Their sound has moved on, and their heavy metal melancholic sound has shifted towards in sound to alternative rock Red House Painters, Jeff Buckley, Radiohead and The Cure or a downbeat version of A Perfect Circle.

Their Discouraged ones album was rated by myself as one of the finest rock records of 1998, and I have recently finally got around to buying their 1999 album Tonight's Decision.

Their music is full of twists and turns, waves of emotional guitar sounds arch their way - through passionate vocals and intelligent deep pensive lyrics.

There is a lot of space and texture in their music its very echoey, epic and arty indeed try thinking of combining Red House Painters in 1992 with The Cure of early 80s as reference points.

One of the issues with their ambitious wonderful music is that it is never heard, (in the UK they remain favourites of Terrorizer only) yet your typical rock fan that reads Melody Maker or NME or indeed their journalists doesn't know Katatonia exist, as for Radio forget it.

Next year sees the release of a new album, and then maybe this art rock band from Sweden will finally make a move to crossing over to a audience that would embrace them only if they knew they existed.

How I would love to pick up a copy of Melody Maker and see Katatonia on the front cover. Maybe in more enlightened times this would have been possible when in 1987/1988/89 the Maker featured innovative and interesting artists such as Throwing Muses, The Pixies, The Young Gods, Skinny Puppy, Eric B & Rakim, Front 242, Swans, My Bloody Valentine, The Replacements, Mary Margaret O'Hara Cocteau Twins, A.r.kane, Jane's Addiction, Faith No More, Spacemen 3.

Then the only consideration was talent.

Ever week was a journey into and through sound. These days you have to wade through pages of rubbish, and there are no long analytical overviews like Simon Reynolds and David Stubbs use to specialise in, instead we have sound bites, and stupid bands like the Dum Dums and No Doubt.

These days it is hype and commercial success. Melody Maker - are not willing to give writers the space to be passionate about music, to actually take risks and champion different genres or lower profile artists who are not household names but making excellent music. No wonder NME and MM have had a tough time of it in the past year, NME down 16% year on year, MM static at under 40, 000 copies per week.

One music magazine that is one the up is Uncut, 14% year on year upwards increase of sales, the new edition. November is on Sale today in the UK,

Simon Reynolds is back at his best analysing the state of rock music from brit pop and post britpop onwards, that has been lacking when it comes to innovation.

Reynolds states what has happened to nation that a strong tradition of innovation in the 70s and 8os with Roxy Music, Joy Division, The Fall, the Banshees, The Specials, Associates, The Human League, The Smiths, My Bloody Valentine.

In recent years Britain has been running on empty -(he is right the brit pop hangers on and dad rock/ mod rock bores from 1996 onwards have yawned us into boredom. We had to suffer retro spective runts such as Cast, Kula Shaker, Ocean Colour Scene, Reef, Bluetones, Oasis, Travis, Shed Seven - all these horrible bands have offered nothing to music - drab, grey colourless, monotone slab of nothingness - blank music for a blank generation.)

Reynolds goes on praise Radiohead's new experimental direction and this is a way of subverting the masses to experience music that takes an off beat approach to music construction. That does not rely on the trappings of conventional rock riffs, song construction and versus chorus versus.

Simon finishes his article " Saviours of Britrock? Don't know about that, but Kid A is a shining example and stinging reproach to the rest of the Britrock pack for their low horizons and unaderachievement."

It is this type of article which makes Uncut over taking NME, MM in terms of influence this year. The best writers,

Simon Reynolds, Ian Penman, Paul Morley, Neil Kulkarni, David Stubbs, Dave Simpson, Chris Roberts

long well written articles and where else can you get features/ articles/reviews on Magazine, Associates, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins, Cabaret Volataire, The The, Talk Talk, The Cure, New Order, etc over the past few years as well as covering the best of contemporary artists and a good reviews section

Reynolds has a valid piont indeed if you look at the British "alt rock" artists that I have purchased this year The The, The Cure, The Damage Manual, Six by Seven, Primal Scream, - all are over 30 some are over 40! and The Doves and Pitchshifter are late 20s/ early 30s. While last year Campag Velocet were 30+.

While next year The Chameleons, Depeche Mode, Massive Attack,New Order, Tricky,Suede, No Man, Paradise Lost, The Sisters of Mercy are all returning and all over 30. Just like me.

Where are the young late teens/ early Twenties British/ Irish artists ? JJ72, Mogwai, Hundred Reasons? Breed 77? Hybrid UK? Miocene? maybe Clearlake? My Vitriol - one of them is late 20s? how old are Clinic? or The Meads of Asphodel? I am running out of ideas!


Fridge, El Hombre Trajaedo, Appliance, Zan Lyons - are all young - but their excellent artistic music - are unfortunately not going to make an impact on sales charts, front covers and airplay.

Reynolds is right where is the young British talent? in 2000? Maybe they knew that Brit pop/ Dad rock was crap and got turned on by electronic music instead.

Maybe things will change in 2001?

Indeed over the past 5 years the leading country in innovative rock music have been Norway!, if you said this to me back in 1990 I would have laughed after all A-ha and Fra Lippo Lippi and a dodgy 80s hair metal band TNT and that was it.

Not only has the football improved, Norway are Kings of rock innovation on a global basis: Emperor, Solefald, Arcturus, In the Woods, The 3rd and the Mortal, Dimmu Borgir, Beyond Dawn, Dodheimsgard, Mayhem, Ulver etc

followed by Sweden, while Britain has slipped down the leagues.

A country the magnitude of American always has interesting pockets of obscure undeground bands covering lofi, post rock, new psychedelia, post rock, hardcore, industrial, darkwave, metal, as well as crossover heavy artistic types such as A Perfect Circle, Tool, Deftones, NIN, Fear Factory, System of A Down.

While Canada of course has Godspeed You Black Emperor, Do Make Say Think, and South Pacific. and Voivod (the veterans)

Maybe in 2001 the returning Mogwai can spearhead a new generation of British guitar bands? Time will tell.

Let the search for new talent commence NOW.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:32 AM

Thursday, October 05, 2000

 

Snapcase are a band that I must check out soon, their album Designs for Automation has picked up a lot of praise since its release earlier this year.

Snapcase are a metalic-hardcore band, that are working in a similiar innovative sound terrain to Fugazi and Refused.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:29 PM
 

Gazza Numan is back in fashion!, twenty years after his peak commecial success with Cars, and 22 years since his innovative Tubeway Army.

Numan's new sound is hard dark industrial music, darker than Depeche Mode heading towards NIN/ Fear Factory. Although hearing a track I would say it is very similiar to Orgy, on Candyass.

It has been picking up good reviews in the press both online and traditional, as his official site is proud to celebrate. October 9th is the release date in the UK, the Yanks have to wait longer.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:12 PM
 

Splendid review Tristeza, Dream Signals in Full Circles album.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:37 AM

Wednesday, October 04, 2000

 

Cocteau Twins have a special webpage section on the 4AD website, to celebrate the forthcoming retro 4AD compilation, Stars and Top Soil

"Updated weekly in the run-up to the album's release, it will form a musical history of the band, with audio highlights, rarely-seen video footage, artwork to download as wallpaper, a photo gallery and brand new biography. "



# posted by DJ Martian 11:38 PM
 

Steven Lindsay fronted a alternative pop band from 1985 onwards The Big Dish, they released an interesting debut album in 1986 called Swimmer that was intelligent pop ala contemporaries Lloyd Cole, Aztec Camera and China Crisis.

Well the lead singer is back, and there is an MP3 download available if your a fan of widescreen panoramic intelligent pop ala Blue Nile, and Indian sitar guitar, then investigate.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:29 PM
 

Chunky Records state that on October 16th an album will be released by LAPTOP, called Opening Credits. (Trust Me).

Many of us will remember Laptop for releasing an EP called End Credits that was an epic stylish melodramatic over the type synth pop rock music ala David Bowie.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:29 PM
 

Roni Size - Drum`n`Bass Arena provide an audio preview of Roni Size's album "In the Mode" up, the album will be released on October 9th.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:24 PM
 

Details of five interesting Albums to look out for in October. distributed through SRD in the UK

Capitol K - Island Row - Planet Mu
OCTOBER 9th
"One of the most eagerly awaited albums of the year, electronics combined with guitars, live percusion and real songs. Think Chemical Brothers on hard drugs, Aphex, 23 Skidoo, Can, Prince"

Jega - Geometry - Planet Mu
OCTOBER 16th
"Jega Returns to the dark and emotional sounds of the early Skam eps. Follow tup the highely acclaimed Spectrum Single. Complex and Beguiling, akin to Kid606/ Autechre/ Richard Devine or Arovane"

Kid 606 - PS I Love You - Mille Plateaux
OCTOBER 16th
"From the click techno puissance of ' where we left off' and ' twirl' to the easing resonance of 'sometimes' the cascading vehermence of 'strum' this album takes the foundation of minimalist composition and rekindles it Kid606 style"

Jeff Mills - Metropolis - Tresor
OCTOBER 16th
"New album from UR legend Jeff Mills. An extraordinary project which according to Mills has the intention to re-introduce and educate the theories and ideology of Fritz Lang's 1926 Masterpiece Metropolis to the cyber youth of today"

Klute - Fear of People - Certificate 18
OCTOBER 16th
"Follow up the critically acclaimed Casual Bodies album. The Album further highlights Klute's increased standing within the scene, showing a depth of emotion and willingness to move his music forward with vocal tracks and melancholic arrangements. album of the month in Wax"


# posted by DJ Martian 9:57 PM
 

Terrorizer 80s Poll are asking for viewpoints on the best 80s music,

"the decade that gave birth to thrash, death and black metal, not to mention hardcore, goth, doom, industrial, noise-rock and many a style more"

its an online form, so its get you heads together time - what are the ten most innovative albums of the 80s?

"that you feel were particularly IMPORTANT, INFLUENTIAL or just plain GREAT. "

I will list some candidates soon.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:01 AM
 


# posted by DJ Martian 1:40 AM

Monday, October 02, 2000

 

Spank Radio

"Come explore the sonic underground of radio, featuring an avant blend of spacerock, emo, indie, psychedelic jazz, dream-pop, fusion, prog-rock, dub, krautrock, trip-hop, punk, ambient, surf, industrial and anything else that defies explanation. We broadcast the newest innovative and underground music 24 hours a day..."

# posted by DJ Martian 12:51 AM
 

Roy Montgomery new album, The Allegory of Hearing is reviewed by Splendid, an all instrumental record on The Drunken Fish Records label must check it out soon.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:19 AM

Sunday, October 01, 2000

 

PLUS 8 CLASSICS is a retrospective compilation due out on Mute on October 9th 2000

"NovaMute are set to release Plus 8 Classics on October 9th. The album charts the rise of a great label and brings to a close the end of 'phase one'. The collection, which features the likes of Plastikman, Speedy J, Kenny Larkin and Cybersonik, chronicles the labels development from its awkward adolescence through to its celebrated maturity. A near perfect snapshot that highlights the label and its artists desire to progress far beyond the rigid confines of any given genre. "



# posted by DJ Martian 11:25 PM
 

Pelicanneck are an independent music mailorder company from Manchester that have a website, they also review this weeks new releases in electronica/ leftfield beats/ experimental/ abstract music. They review Radiohead, first Peel plays Radiohead, now Pelicanneck gives it the thumbs up.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:57 PM
 

Bloghop is a new "blog listing website. over 6,000 entries and growing. please feel free to add your own! "

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# posted by DJ Martian 12:52 AM
 

Spiral of Silence are a band from Belgium, who will be supporting The Chameleons on their forthcoming European dates. Spiral of Silence also have a forthcoming album which is described as a cross between Clan of Xymox and Joy Division that is due out in October.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:48 AM

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