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Friday, December 22, 2000

 

DJ Martian's Favourite Albums of the Year 2000 - that I have heard so far ..additional comments

starting with ...The Top 10 in Reverse Order - Some comments

10. Yellow 6 � Overtone (Enraptured) England

This was an outstanding spacerock release, that was soaked in atmosphere, arcs of droning guitars, ambient digital circuitry, experimental electronic noises that touched both krautrock and experimental industrial.

At times the sound is very laid back recalling La Bradford, while the spacious chiming guitar textures evoke the ghost like qualities haunting the music ala The Cocteau Twins or Bark Psychosis, on Hex, other times it merges into a more experimental electronic/ IDM direction of music.

Yellow 6 went way beyond the generic, to create something that was serene and astonishing in it�s ambitious approach to sound composition.

Rather than viewing the album as individual tracks, this was an album that worked as one phenomenal 70+ minutes of constantly flowing musical pleasure.

Stick a 4AD badge on this and it would be already acknowledged a masterpiece. Peel and John Kennedy (Xfm) were both on the case though but what were NME and MM doing most of the year, their heads buried in sand ?

A cult classic spacerock album, with a growing underground following � be smart join in soon.

9. Circulation � Colours (Circulation Records) London

A record that startles me with its hypnotic deep spiralling Instrumental tech house, totally intoxicating, addictive, funky, spiralling, tripped out beats par excellence spread of two discs named after different colours. What Circulation did like Two Lone Swordsmen this year, was to make intoxicating electronic music that you could listen to for hours, it just clicked, locked you in to the grove this was a kinetic force.

Tech -house in the UK remains an underground phenomena and one predominately centred on London, 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.

If Layo & Bushwacka lit up your tech house sounds musiclife in 1999, then Circulation continued the torch in 2000.

Highly recommended you get two full albums for the price of one. What more incentive do you need?
Lock into Circulation�s groove now. You will thank me.

8. Sunny Day Real Estate - The Rising Tide (Time Bomb recordings) USA

The surprise album of the year for me, I must confess my musical ignorance of SDRE sure I had seen the name in publications such as Alternative Press and CMJ. However I never heard their music, as they are not played on British radio. 3WK and Woxy 97X are two American stations that are big favourites of SDRE

SDRE, have a passionate sound that draws you in like a magnet, it is an album that I have returned to many times in the past month or so. Their sound is epic, northern glacial rock, confident, passionate, emotional and involving, the guitars and strong melodies twist and turn through a complex sound. When it comes to an end, you just need to play it again.

This was epic rock, and in way �Rising tide� was the American equivalent to the brilliant Doves Lost Souls album. Only better. Both shared many similar sound aesthetics.

Jeremy Enigk sounds remarkably like Peter Gabriel on various tracks on Rising Tide album, I also detect a similarity in sound to The Comsat Angels, Rush,U2, Dear Mr President - (later renamed for legal reasons to Flesh N Blood), Jane's Addiction and Whipping Boy.



7. Laurent Garnier - Unreasonable Behaviour (F communications) France

Garnier certainly made a mark in the global techno community with this very impressive, expressive, expansive album. To these ears this was the finest techno album since Carl Craig�s More Songs about food and revolutionary art. And that is very high praise indeed.

Garnier�s previous work has been abit too minimalist for my liking, however with this album he injects a variety of moods, textures, ideas into the sound mix.

Paying homepage to Detroit, Chicago and New York, Garnier�s European interpretation of techno/ tech house was sublime, arty and supreme. Garnier injects so made passion, emotion and personality into his music, if you buy one techno album this year � then you need to make it this one. This album has been greeted with uniformity of ecstatic reviews � you only need one spin to find out why.

This was music that worked in so many settings, travel, listening to late at night, and the track man with the red face � was acknowledged by a variety of DJ�s from different musical backgrounds as one of the big dancefloor tunes of the year.

The album takes you into a journey into electronic sound from the jazzy, to the ambient, to thumping techno, to the original house sounds � its all covered brilliantly her.

Trust me � this is a techno/ tech house masterpiece. Garnier you have arrived.

Sir Laurent Garnier, of France I crown thee King of European 21st Century techno

6. Primal Scream � Extrmntr (Creation) Scotland/England

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 Can to Neu to Joy Division to Cabaret Voltaire through to Spacemen 3 through to Bark Psychosis through to Chemical Brothers, it hit all the right dub buttons MESHING cultural highpoints to a new levels of SONIC INTENSITY.

And it was the first landmark album of the new millennium.

The intelligent people reading my weblog should know that this album is essential already, so just give it another play � you know you want to.

5. Trans Am � Red Lines (Thrill Jockey) USA

With this album Trans Am, came a live with a colourful approach to music composition. Trans am sounded forged epic rock soundscapes submerged with artistic electronics. Electro rock brilliance, in many ways this was America�s answer to Primal Scream Extrmntr, a similar fusion of sound, of putting an ambitious sound collage together.

Trans Am there was also tick sheet of influences this time, Suicide, DAF, Spacemen 3, Stooges and Rush spring to my mind. It is not often an album can be both experimental as well as a lot of fun, Trans Am = many thanks for a brilliant album, so many sounds that are in my head, successfully meshed together. Trans Am are cool. If you don�t get them, I pity you.

This album is so damn brilliant, just experience it soon. electro-rock does come much better than this ! ever never mind this year

This album could appeal to so many different audiences, industrial, darkwave, techno, progrock, electronica as well as spacerock could get so much from this album. Even Kerrang joined in the fun with a 5K review !

Join in with Trans Am�s artistic vision of Red Lines today.

4. Zan Lyons � Desolate (Foundry Recordings) London

That a young kid only 20 (now 21) could create an album this powerful and sonically supreme is encouraging London has someone this special and talented 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. It was Zan�s attention to detail that was awe inspiring, even at the peaks of sonic noise, listen closely and there were shards of ambient lighter touches working in the mix.

Zan Lyons made a bold artistic achievement taking up the baton from Richard D James as Britain�s Sonic Art Experimentor par excellence. Containing influences that range from contemporary classical, electronica, ambient, twisted beats, Zan was the first true talent of the 21st century in digital sound composition.

You realy need to experience Zan Lyon�s Desolate album soon.



3. A Perfect Circle � Mer De Noms (Virgin Records America) USA

Of all the albums I selected this sold the most copies. Once again another album with an epic sound production, that so many of the best albums in 2000 had. With Maynard in Tool involved in this project, it was easy to predict that this album would be enjoyable, aesthetically pleasing to my ears. After all Tool�s Aenima album had set such high standards in 1996, that we had to wait this long though was worth the wait. Mer de Noms taking influences from the genius of Jaz Coleman, Robert Smith, Perry Farrell but twisting these into new epic soundscapes. A Perfect Circle also made an album that U2 would dearly love to make in 2000, if they had any inspiration and creativity left.

In particularly on Magdalena � A Perfect Circle created the best rock track of 2001, with an intensity of build up, emotional brilliance this was a classic in the shape of Killing Joke �love like blood� , or Jane�s Addction �Ocean Size�. The track just takes off, waves of guitar blinding art rock brilliance, twists, overload, take off, let go � now � waves of guitar and waves of more guitar just cyclone out of orbit.

This was one of many highlights of album that seduced you with its warmth, atmospheric epic qualities and emotional vocals. This was also �A perfect tonic� to combat the ghastly rock music heard on the radio this year - horrible rubbish such as dull dad rock types ala OCS, Weller, Reef, Toploader etc, bores like Travis and Coldplay with their simplistic naffness, dumb pop punk and the stupidity of rap metal lite and a dumb crop of nu metal cash ins.

A Perfect Circle transcended all this nonsense and put the real passion back into art rock. Sublime.
Maynard more brilliance next year, with Tool � yes please.

2. Cave in - Jupiter (Hydrahead Recordings) Boston, USA

Cave in, with Jupiter certainly made a big artistic impression on me this year, initially I came across them reading Alternative Press, and noted them done as one to keep to very close tabs on.

It was Cave in�s sonic intensity, and dynamic epic stellar approach to their music that sucked you in time after time, an album that had a rollercoaster ride of emotions, constantly changing tempos, complexity and attention to detail, moods, from the reflective to all out rage, from the uptempo to the reserved.

Their music influences transcended genres, effects pedals galore twisting and turning new sounds, epic production, a crystal pristine sound, those jaw dropping passages of sublime stop start dynamics, guitars that floated violently like waves crashing in the sea.

In 2000, this was a close as we got to a new rock masterpiece, by a US band a la Marquee Moon by Television. One thing is for sure if Radiohead had decided to go in a rock direction like Jupiter this year, the critics and pundits would be lapping up this album.

That Cave in, a cult band with a small but growing following from Boston are still only aged around 21 is phenomenal. Radiohead try and match this next year, the benchmark has been set very high.


Over the best 4 months I have constantly raved about them, their only airplay that I am aware on British radio come as result of my constant recommendation to DJ John Kennedy on Xfm.

But they deserve far more coverage with the clueless dumb asses at NME and MM totally unaware of their existence. They have picked up some good reviews in Terrorizer and Kerrang gave them a strong review. I noticed in the individual end of year polls by writers in rock mag Kerrang a number of DJs noted them down as one of the albums of the year, including editor in chief Phil Alexander - at number 9. I salute all that recognise the genius of Cave in.

You can check out how others highly rate Cave in, e.g Lambgoat and Splendid for starters, then try a google search.

Cave in - thanks for an awesome, inventive, exciting rock masterpiece.

1. Red Harvest - Cold Dark Matter (Nocturnal Arts Production) Norway

Red Harvest � Cold Dark Matter � gets my album of the year of the award as it transcended genres, it when deeper and further into musical experimentation than any other rock artist this year.

Red Harvest have a unique sound that combines the feral blast power of dark metal, industrial, with darkwave, ambient, techstep jungle and techno music. The Young Gods � Only Heaven was my album of the 90s that fused and semtexed sound together, on Cold Dark Matter achieved similar peaks of intensity, connections of sound � it was far more than sum of parts, Red Harvest sound was an organic one, this was neither an electronic album with rock influences or a rock album with electronic influences. It was something far more that transcended and smashed genres into a cosmic vortex of innovative sound. The sounds were jaw dropping, the shredding guitar, the rolls of techstep jungle, the percussive elements, the post human vocals.

Red Harvest proved with Cold Dark Matter that once again Norway are innovators in rock music, following on from In the Woods, Ulver, Arcturus, Dodheimsgard and Solefald in recent years. This took Ulver's last album once step further..
Cold Dark Matter was compulsory listening in 2000.

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, The God Machine, 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.

Red Harvest � euphoric innovation at the cutting edge of contemporary sound. Supreme.

The most exciting and innovative rock record since The Young Gods � Only Heaven.
And
You must hear them at Red Harvest



# posted by DJ Martian 2:32 AM

Thursday, December 21, 2000

 

DJ Martian�s � Top 50 Favourite Albums of 2000 - that I have heard so far

(as of today � there are many more albums that I would like to hear but have not yet listened to)


First Top 10 Favourite albums in order

1. Red Harvest - Cold Dark Matter (Nocturnal Arts Production) Norway
2. Cave in - Jupiter (Hydrahead Recordings) Boston, USA
3. A Perfect Circle � Mer De Noms (Virgin Records America) USA
4. Zan Lyons � Desolate (Foundry Recordings) London
5. Trans Am � Red Lines (Thrill Jockey) USA
6. Primal Scream � Extrmntr (Creation) Scotland/England
7. Laurent Garnier - Unreasonable Behaviour (F communications) France
8. Sunny Day Real Estate - The Rising Tide (Time Bomb recordings) USA
9. Circulation � Colours (Circulation Records) London
10. Yellow 6 � Overtone (Enraptured) Leicester,England


The Next 40 (In Alpha order)

11. 7 Hurtz� Audiophiliac (Output) England
12. And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead � Madonna (Domino) Texas, USA
13. Avro Car � Cinematography (Earworm) Birmingham, England
14. Biosphere � Cirque (Touch) Norway
15. Capitol K � Island Row (Planet Mu Recordings) England
16. Covenant � United States of Mind (Dependent) Sweden
17. The Cure � Bloodflowers (Fiction) England
18. Deftones � White Pony (Maverick) USA
19. The Dirty Three � Whatever you love, you are (Bella Union) Australia
20. Doves � Lost Souls (Heavenly Recordings) Manchester, England
21. Drowningman � Rock and Roll Killing Machine (Revelation Records) Vermont, USA
22. earthtone 9 � arc�tan�gent (Copro) Nottingham, England
23. Echoboy � Volume One (Mute) Nottingham, England
24. The Fall � The Unutterable (Eagle) Manchester, England
25. The Gathering � if then else (Century Media) Netherlands
26. Godspeed You Black Emperor -Lift yr.Skinny Fists Like Atennas to Heaven (Kranky) Canada
27. Green Carnation � Journey to the end of the night (Prophecy Recordings) Norway
28. Oliver Ho � Listening to the Voice Inside (Meta Records) London
29. David Holmes � Bow Down to the Exit Sign (Go Beat) Northern Ireland
30. Isolee � Rest (Playhouse) Germany
31. Klute � Fear of People (Certificate 18) US origin, based in England
32. Laika � Good Looking Blues (Too Pure) US/UK based in London
33. Larmousse � Larmousse (City Slang) Glasgow, Scotland
34. Neurosis � Sovereign (Music For Nations) Oakland, USA
35. Ian Pooley �Since Then (V2) Germany
36. Photek � Solaris (Science) Ipswich, England
37. Radiohead - KidA (Parlophone) Oxford, England
38. Sigur Ros � Agaetis Byrjun (Fat Cat) Iceland
39. Six by Seven � The Closer You Get (Mantra recordings) Nottingham, England
40. South Pacific � Constance (Turnbuckle) Canada
41. Swayzak � Himawari (The Medicine Label) England
42. Tee Bee � Black Science Labs (Certificate 18) Norway
43. The The � Naked Self (Nothing) England,some Americans on album
44. Third Eye Foundation � Little Lost Souls (Domino) Bristol, England
45. Tipper � The Critical Path (Higher Ground) England
46. Tristeza � Dream Signals In Full Circles (Tigerstyle) San Diego, USA
47. Max Tundra - Some best friend you turned out to be (Domino) England
48. Two Lone Swordsmen -Tiny Reminders (Warp) England
49. Ultraspank � Progress (Epic) USA
50. The Young Gods� Second Nature (Intoxgene) Switzerland



# posted by DJ Martian 11:59 PM
 

Blogspot Problems - 3 days of Frustration !

Blogspot is back ! however my plans this week thrown into chaos, my initial idea was to publish my favourite albums that I have heard this year on Sunday, by 11.00pm there was no I was going to make it. So I stated that I would be delayed by 24 hours.

So I aimed to finish it off on Monday, then the ISP that deals with hosting of Blogspot hits the gremlings.

My plans are in tatters, and Tom at NYLPM has a dig at me for not delivering my list as when stated!

The full details of the Blogspot problems Blogger

Blame this company for messing my plans up First World it is now Thursday, and Blogspot has been out of action for 3 days/ over 72 hours ! I am not a happy person !

My revised plan was to come back from work on Monday and have it wrapped up on Monday evening, but logging on and finding blogspot unobtainable ! and checking Blogger continually, my enthusiasm waned throughout the evening, and my frustration continued to grow, unobtainable on Tuesday, then on Wednesday evening no estimated time of re availability ! and my frustration was getting worse by now! and (Thursday) I am now busy making travel plans for the festive period, and I don't have much spare time left.

Fear not I will initially list my favourite albums of 2000, and when I finally have more time, I WILL include a commentary on these albums.

I apologise for the delay !

In hindsight only if I had gotten up earlier on Sunday and was more focused in finishing my list as initially stated.

Little did I know what would happen this week! - circumstances way beyond my control.

By the way have a good festive period! wherever and whoever you are.

DJ Martian

# posted by DJ Martian 11:51 PM

Monday, December 18, 2000

 

Impact Press have a new stack of album reviews.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:17 AM

Sunday, December 17, 2000

 

Announcement- My end of the year albums list - still in preparation, postponed for another 24 hours. Sorry for the delay.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:52 PM
 

Well they have finally got around to it, Splendid review Cave in - Jupiter and of course it is a choice of the week award.

Splendid provide comparative references to Shudder to Think, Rush, A Perfect Circle and Radiohead.

How high up my end of year albums list will Cave in - Jupiter be? Check back soon to find out.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:31 PM
 

Very disappointing Splendid don't do a best albums of 2000. They go on to say look forward to music in 2001, explore new music and suggesting that its readers will be able to add a few new names, to their list next year. All well and good but thats 12 months away - to the next year wrap up.

But surely that does not stop the good writers at Splendid, to put their thoughts together and highlight some of their favourite albums of the year.

There seems to be a growing trend in the online world of not doing end of year lists, here are few

types a - I am not doing it this year, there have not been any groundbreaking interesting albums, or I get to about 15 and I run out of ideas. Translates - as I am out of touch with new music, I don't know what is going on, I have taken out/ (you might as well have taken out) - a subscription to Spin/Q/Rolling Stone.

types b - I am not doing it this year - I don't want the hassle of others analysing my/our choices and they are not prepared putting their reputation online e.g look at the fuss over Pitchfork - there will be endless people sticking their opinion in, why did they include that? Why did they miss out x, y, z? Why did they choose a bunch of obscure minorthings? Why were there so many predictable choices? Why is their list biased to a certain sound or genre?


I will be doing my end of year lists, this will be a personal list - the choices will be very individualistic - in reality it will be these are the best albums I have heard this year to date. There are many more that I am interested in hearing. I will also highlight about 50 of these later this week.

It is estimated covering all genres that 13, 000 - 15, 000 albums are released in a year. And lets face it most of them are rubbish, dull,uninspiring, unoriginal or average and mediocore rashes of a set formula

I have bought (discounting compilations, reissues, and albums released in previous years) approximately 80 new albums this year.

I remember one year music journalist John Mulvey stated that each year there are about 300 albums released in any particular, that are interesting and well worth hearing - you just need the patience to search hard enough. That works out at as approx 6 new albums a week.

In the year 2000, with the growth of the internet, MP3, more independent labels this 300 has increased upwards to maybe 400 -500, across genres. Clearly there are few people who could afford to spend this amount on music and find time to listen to it all.

John Peel has often said similiar things - be prepared to do a lot of searching and there are always interesting new sounds and artists - and often berates people who moan that nothing much is happening.

Year 2000 has been interesting a year for music, there has been more choice of the quantity of quality creative music this year than any year before.

My own end of the year list will reflect my opinions it is not meant to be a cosy concensus list, however if something has made an honest personal impact on me - that happens to reflect and agree with others then that is fine too.

The list will include albums that have sold millions of copies to artists that would be lucky in the UK to sell a few hundred copies even a few thousand copies worldwide. I have often stated over the years that the sales of an album - do not change the sound one jot- if the album has sold bucketloads or remains an obscure gem.

My list will include a diverse range of sounds, from the complex to the minimalist, from ambient to the noisey, from the serene to the aggressive, from electronic to guitar sounds, to hybrid approaches to sound.

If I can persuade and influence at least everyone who reads it to investigate at least one album listed then I will have achieved something. With the increasing diversity of genres, sub styles, and hybrid influences - there is a lot of interesting music that does not get the coverage it deserves.

Radio, TV, and so many music magazines have failed us with their constant and consistent approaches of celebrating a narrow spectrum of sounds and artists that make up the conformist establishment at the expense of creativity of new artists or artists with lower profiles that offer different approaches to sounds, styles, combined influences that fall outside niche genres.

I hope to have it ready by Midnight GMT (UK) tonight.

One thing if you disagree with the choices - then that is fine this is my list not yours. Don't moan, don't make excuses just do your own list.

Then maybe there will be something on your list, that will convince others to check out a particular album. Express your opinion and put forward your thoughts.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:19 PM
 

DJ Martian's Page has now been added to The Open Directory

# posted by DJ Martian 5:34 PM

Friday, December 15, 2000

 

Dynamic Rock alert us to Not Waving But Drowning

"Exploring the same realm as a Strapping Young Lad, The Dillinger Escape Plan, or a Drowningman, yet injecting their own theme, NWBD takes hardcore to new worlds of ingenuity. Riveting, intense song structures rife with layers, breakdowns, and tempo shifts; fuses hardcore, death metal, punk, and traces of melody into a meltingpot of cathartic destruction. Inventive, discordant guitar riffs & effects, meld with sonic bass and dynamic super-charged drumwork to create a collage of aggressively searing dissonance. And although NWBD�s music is extremely heavy & intense, the overall sound is very multi-dimensional, wavering with variety and experimentation"

Not Waving But Drowning"

The band are clearly fans of contemporary music with a diverse set of links to other Music Resources

including artists such as
Zao, Neurosis, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Portishead, Mesuggah, Tool, Radiohead, A Perfect Circle, At the Drive in, Botch, Will Haven, Isis, Snapcase, Glassjaw, Deftones and Sunny Day Real Estate.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:45 AM

Thursday, December 14, 2000

 

No more Melody Maker!
MELODY MAKER TO MERGE WITH NME



Look what the MM under Mark Sutherland - has achieved - I hope the ignorant smug slimey bastard is pleased with himself, for lowering the Maker into the gutter with the lowest common denominator rubbish "the tabloidisation" and "sound bites" and "trivialisation" of music

His stewardship of MM has been an utter sham, shameful and discraceful to music. Journalists such as Simon Price, and Jonathan Selzer - have been openly critical of what Mark Sutherland did to the magazine.

You could not criticise standard MM "house bands" such as Oasis - when they made some truly horrible bog standard meat and two veg laughable sub Beatles showbiz karoake muzak.

From the peaks in 1987/ 1988 with front covers for Skinny Puppy/ Jane's Addiction/ Front 242/ Faith No More/ Cocteau Twins/Swans/Arkane/ Pixies/ Throwing Muses/My Bloody Valentine etc - to the final lowest point of the last edition of the Maker next week- with the most horrible mainstream wanker in rock - Fred fucking Durst ! (as trailed in this week's edition) - a truly sad end to the Maker!


The "Maker" had sunk to an alltime low both culturally and sales wise, to 32, 000 copies a week.

the MM had totally lost its way, and the NME I find too scatter gun dull and predictable and lacking in quality control, risk taking and wisdom and style and tone and substance and interesting content.

I am sure that there are many people in the UK, from diverse backgrounds are not being satisfied with the weekly music press as it stands with NME only left: (the only other weekly publications are 7 - a poor mans Jockey Slut and Kerrang - which completely lacks quality control and celebrates about a dozen key big names a year on a rolling basis - that are average and boring, readers of Terrorizer demand more for extreme rock music and more than a once a month fix)

- industralists, goths, post rockers, fans of IDM/ electronica music, terrorizer types - hardcore, noisecore and extreme metal, Wire intellectuals, junglists, ambient heads, technoheads, tech housers, -all are neglected by NME

and NME's coverage of the following is totally inadequate - techno/ tech house/ electronica/ electro/progressive house. Relegated to one page !

NME coverage of industrial and darkwave is non existent.

What is needed in Britain is a radical weekly music magazine, with a High IQ agenda - to be our guide to modern sound exploration

There is room for a magazine with a radical, eclectic, knowledgable and challenging take on contemporary music
as well as having a solid appreciation and understanding of the best music of the past
"a coalition of underground and creative margins"


A weekly magazine that is a mixture of The Wire meets Terrorizer meets Wax meets Side Line meets Alternative Press

I am thinking of something as excellent as The Lizard magazine in 94/95 or Zigzag in the late 70s/ early 80s

covering


abstract sounds/ downtempo
ambient
dark ambient
dark metal
digital hardcore
dub
electro rock
electro/ breakbeats
epic rock
experimental electronica
gothic/darkwave/ethereal
hardcore/ emocore
industrial/electro industrial/ ebm
jungle
math rock
metalcore/noisecore
Noisey US Indie Rock
post hardcore rock
post rock/ spacerock/drone rock/ Lo fi
progressive house/trance
tech house
techno



i,e

With front covers from leading creative artists as diverse as

Zan Lyons
Dillinger Escape Plan
Ed Rush & Optical
No Man
Rico
Godspeed You Black Emperor
Two Lone Swordsmen
Beta Band
Asian Dub Foundation
Trans Am
The For Carnation
Einsturzende Neubaten
David Holmes
Fear Factory
Sunny Day Real Estate
The Dirty Three
Mouse on Mars
DJ Teebee
Carl Craig
Icon of Coil
The Movielife
Anthony Rother
Tool
Cave in
The Go Betweens
The Chameleons
Ian Pooley
Botch
VNV Nation
Boards of Canada
Peter Murphy
Neurosis
Depeche Mode
Covenant
Life Without Buildings
Laurent Garnier
Panacea
Tiamat
Wire
The Fall
Tricky
Paradise Lost
The Young Gods
ZAO
And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead
Max Tundra


# posted by DJ Martian 11:15 PM
 

Nought album reviewed. Yes this is a very interesting and unusually ambitious album for a British band. The reviewer does an excellent job in describing their varied influences.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:04 AM

Wednesday, December 13, 2000

 

New albums reviewed at Aquarius Records

# posted by DJ Martian 11:41 PM
 

Terrorizer writer Satpal Kalsi lists his top 30 albums of the year. Along with a host of other writers.

Music lists focuses on the dark side, metal, hardcore.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:56 AM
 

Freestyle review an album by Susumu Yokota ... that is gaining a growing fan club..His Sakura album contains a warm and fuzzy blend of ambient, jazz and electronica.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:48 AM
 

Scaruffi Best Trip- hop albums of all time don't be a dummy - you know what number 1 is already

Portishead: Dummy (Go Discs, 1994)

A TRIPhop back to 88

The earliest album listed is
A R Kane: 69 (Rough Trade, 1988) - a sublime album that formed part of the 88 holy trilogy of albums, Blue Bell Knoll and Spirit of Eden - pity "most"(not all) of my fresher University contemporaries in Halls of Residence in 1988 listened to such boring dull ordinary tosh as the Fine Young Cannibals, Rattle and Hum (a truly ghastly album - that virtually every plonker had or taped), Roachford and Deacon F***ing Blue! and a right boring prat who listened to Chris Rea.

oh and I lent someone my copy of 1988 MM Christmas Double issue -and the idiot lost it. I was not a happy pixie!

Melody Maker end of year polls

How come according to this list - Jane's Addiction - Nothings Shocking -
a landmark alternative rock album

was overlooked, especially as they had an early MM front cover,

MM Albums & Singles 1988

Surfer Rosa - The pixies
Life's to good - Sugercubes
Isn't anything - My bloody valentine
Green - REM
69 - AR Kane
Blue bell knoll - Cocteau twins
Hairway to Steven - Butthole surfers
All about eve - All about eve
Fisherman's blues - The waterboys
Bug - Dinosaur Jr.
The house of love - The house of love
Lovesexy - Prince
VIVIsectVI - Skinny puppy
Spirit of Eden - Talk talk
So far so good - Megadeath
The walking - Jane Siberry
Tender pray - Nick Cave
In the Spanish cave - Thin white rope
Live! You goddamned son of a bitch - Revolting cocks
House tornado - Throwing muses
Miss America - Mary Margaret O'Hara
Shiva Burlesque - Shiva Burlesque
Provision - Scritti Politti
Daydream nation - Sonic youth
Here come the snakes - Green on red
The eight legged groove machine - The wonder stuff
California - American music club
It takes a nation of millions.. - Public enemy
Dusted - Live skull
16 Lovers lane - The go betweens

MM Singles 1988
The mercy seat - Nick Cave
You made me realise - My bloody valentine
Freak scene - Dinosaur Jr.
Gigantic - Pixies
Destroy the heart - The house of love
L'amourir - The young gods
Christine - The house of love
Sidewalking - Jesus and Mary chain
Feed me with your kiss - My bloody valentine
Martha's harbour - All about eve
Follow the leader - Eric B & Rakim
Alphabet street - Prince
UP home EP - AR Kane
Crash - The primitives
Teardrops - Womack & womack
Collision EP - Loop
O Patti - Scritti Politti
The race - Yellow
Revolution - Spaceman
Headhunter - Front 242


I suppose in 2000 not much has changed now its Fun Loving Criminals (they may not have new stuff out - but have too much airplay and coverage, U2 dull again, Roachford with a stupid greatest hits package, Travis (Scottish and as dull as Deacon Blue) and Richard Ashcroft as the new Chris Rea - releasing inane aural drivel.

The masses and their music who needs em! not me




# posted by DJ Martian 12:29 AM

Tuesday, December 12, 2000

 

Scaruffi also lists Best punk-rock albums of all times

3 of my favourites are

rated at No 3 - Husker Du: Zen Arcade (SST, 1984)

rated at No 28 Rites Of Spring: self-titled (Dischord, 1985)

rated at No 31 Big Black: Atomizer (Homestead, 1986)

# posted by DJ Martian 11:34 PM
 

The best jungle/ drum n bass albums of all time by Piero Scaruffi

Number 1 choice is controversial, a record that came out in 2000, that has had poor / or at best average press - and yet Scaruffi rates this as not only the best jungle of all time, and the best album of the year.

Spring Heel Jack: Disappeared (Thirsty Ear, 2000) - I have not heard it so I can't make any further comments.

However if you polled 100 scene junglists plus diverse folks like myself that enthuse about jungle - I don't think Spring Heel Jack would get many mentions.

May be not an overall best album, but in terms of sheer rush of excitement and freshness - Omni Trio's 1995 debut - the deepest cuts volume 1 - is still an album that I rate highly. This is not featured on Scaruffi's chart.

Scaruffi also has broad defintion of jungle/ drum n bass - i,e I never viewed the sublime, Faultline - Colder Closer in this category, one of the most intoxicating head rush, complex, and arty electronic albums I have ever experienced.

I put Faultline and Zan Lyons - in the experimental electronics field. Zan Lyons will off course feature somewhere high up my end of year chart.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:19 PM
 

Both John Kennedy (Xfm) anf John Peel have been playing tracks from the new Cex album, role model. This is one of the more interesting IDM albums of the year. Out on Kid606's label - tigerbeat 6.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:40 PM
 

Thoughts on Pitchfork's Top 20 Records of the year

Pitchfork state "2000 was an exceptionally good year for music, possibly the best since I first started Pitchfork in 1995."

I would totally agree, infact I believe year 2000 is amongst the top 3 years for music in terms of quantity of creative music in the past 15 years.

Anyone who disagrees has had their head and ears buried in sand all year - like a dumb ostrich - ignorant, culturally unaware, i.e to busy reading rubbish in Q/ Rolling Stone/ Spin, listening to MTV and commercial radio.

However rather than cosy consensus year 2000 has been a diverse, interesting and divergent year for creative music - splintered into many genres and hybrid areas of music.

I will be presenting rather than a TOP 20 like Pitchfork, a TOP 40, and indeed 75% of Pitchfork's overall top 20 will not figure in my chart. So there.

There are some individual Pitchfork's writers chart choices that I will be including though, and there are also a fair number of albums that I previously highlighted on my recent Top 30 albums that I would like to check out list - that Pitchfork also mentioned. Hint shopping trip on Saturday!

However I will say at the moment my top 3 choices are not featured on any of the Pitchfork's writers album choices.

Remember check back on Sunday to find out.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:35 PM
 

Advancement in Websurfing (no not an obscure band) but a groovy new way to surf the web !

Not music related - but Google have done it again, not only the best search engine on the internet by a mile, they have introduced a Google Toolbar to download.

Includes

Google Search: Access Google's search technology from any web page.
Site Search: Search only the pages of the site you're visiting.
Word Find: Find your search terms wherever they appear on the page.
Highlight: Highlight your search terms as they appear on the page, each word in its own color.
PageRank: See Google's ranking of the current page.
Page Info: Access more information about a page including similar pages, pages that link back to that page, as well as a cached snapshot.

My page has a 5/ 10 Page ranking at the mo.

Advice - requires IE5, get the Google Toolbar - do it today ! - This is a major step forward in search technology.

Google are innovators ! Now how do I get a page ranking of 6? !

# posted by DJ Martian 1:15 AM
 

Claus an Irish based music ezine covering both electronic and rock music.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:50 AM
 

Into Obscurity "Welcome to Into Obscurity! A zine dedicated to metal, hardcore, punk and all forms of underground (and sometimes not so underground) music. "

Loads of reviews.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:24 AM
 

Something new to check out in IDM Yee-King - SuperUser

Yee-King - the facts!

"Awesome! Frenetic computer breakbeat melodies. Immediately reminiscent of Aphex Twin and Squarepusher. People are going to ask us if this is really Richard or Tom sneakily releasing music under a different alias? "No its not!" is the answer, but yes, it's a most unique record that stretches the boundaries of contemporary electronic music and Braindance as we know it."


# posted by DJ Martian 12:10 AM

Monday, December 11, 2000

 

Raven, an Australian DJ offers an interesting set of Links with comments covering range of experimental electronics, IDM, post rock and some alternative rock music.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:54 PM
 

Raven, (Peter Hollo) has Interesting music web log to check out Stumblings in the Dark from Australia.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:48 PM
 

SonicNet present the best 25 rock albums of all time. Its very predictable.

Good to see Husker Du - Zen arcade album listed though - made in 1984 and lets be honest they may be excellent for 2000 but, And We Know Us By the Trail of Dead - Madonna album - has borrowed heavily from both the Zen Arcade album and Sonic Youth album, Daydream Nation.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:27 AM
 

SonicNet presents the best 25 electronic albums of all time.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:23 AM

Sunday, December 10, 2000

 

Dotmusic review the new album by Moodyman Forevernevermore. Out on the Peacefrog label this album is picking up some excellent reviews.

Album of the month in Jockey Slut and Wax.

Maybe Ian Pooley's lush deep tech house album - Since Then album, has been eclipsed by Moodyman?.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:03 PM
 

Splendid review the new album by American Dark Metal artists Usurper and make comparisions to Swiss Avant Garde Metallers Celtic Frost.

Splendid pick this album as one of the top 3 choices of the week. The cover art is stunning also.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:51 PM
 

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# posted by DJ Martian 2:42 PM

Friday, December 08, 2000

 

Interested in finding out the best metal/hardcore/aggressive rock albums of the year Lambgoat readers give their opinions

good to see Cave in - jupiter, having a strong following, you must get this album (the 200th time).

Also the following artists get mentioned
Glassjaw, A Perfect Circle, Ultraspank, Deftones, Snapcase, Botch, At the Drive in, Isis, Neurosis, Drowingman, Sunny Day Real Estate, Lamb of God and good to see The Doves, Radiohead get mentioned.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:45 PM
 

Another music reviews website with a strange title Satan Stole My TeddyBear worth browsing through

"Welcome to Satan Stole My Teddybear, your online source for reviews on heavy metal, punk, industrial, progressive, ambient and other music guaranteed to upset your folks. SSMT currently features 1866 reviews of 875 artists. SSMT provides reviews of many current releases as well as an extensive look at many artists' back catalogues."




# posted by DJ Martian 1:49 AM
 

Esoterica, a dark metal ezine reviews the new album Green Carnation - Journey to the End of the Night - that includes members of Emperor and In the Woods! How did this pass me by until now!

They compare the sound to In the Woods Omnio album - excellent!

epic astral dark metal.

"Green Carnation, Esoterica salutes you for producing one of the top albums of the year and bringing hope to a jaded cynic."

# posted by DJ Martian 1:42 AM

Thursday, December 07, 2000

 

Announcement - I will be announcing my Top 40 albums of the year, late December 17th Sunday.

This is the ideal time, as any later this would run into the busy Christmas period, and I not interested in writing in Late December when I would be one of the last to post my thoughts on the best 2000 has to offer.

Uncut magazine published their Top 70 albums of the year, some interesting choices, some bizzare choices, and some very noteable albums that were left out!

Uncut Top 10

Lambchop - Nixon - (Uncut Album of the Year)
Primal Scream - Xtrmntr (sublime)
Radiohead - Kid A (predictable choice)
Badly Drawn Boy - The Hour of Bewilderbeast - (am i the only one that thinks this is like making something of Aztec Camera leftovers -very overrated)
Eminem - The Marshall Matters (God Help us)
Emmylou Harris - Red Dirt Girl (surprising grown up choice)
Outkast - Stankonia (has it fans in rap circles)
Ryan Adams - Heartbraker (who?)
Kid606 - Down with the scene (highest pure electronica album - discounting Radiohead)
Birth - Gotten Bold (never heard them)

other highlights

14. Leila - courtesty of choice
15. Godspeed You Black Emperor - Levez..
22. Amon Tobin - Supermodified
24. Doves - Lost Souls
25 The Go Betweens - The Friends of Rachel Worth
30. The For Carnation - The For Carnation
33. Goldfrapp - Felt Mountain
54. And You Will Know us By the Trail of Dead - Madonna
56. Asian Dub Foundation - Community music
58. Romanthony - R Hide in Plain Site
60. Max Tundra - Some Best Friend you Turned out to Be
67. David Holmes - Bow Down to the Exit Sign
70. PJ Harvey - Stories from the sea...

Without going into a long list of albums that were not listed, which would pre empt my best of year list...I am very surprised that albums by the likes of.. Laurent Garnier, At the Drive in, The Fall, Laika, Sigur Ros and Trans Am.. did not make the cut.

The biggest Americana act left out.. was Grandaddy, .. which I expected to feature high in The Uncut chart, as in previous years Mercury Rev and The Flaming Lips have done rather well, and the Uncut chart is heavily biased to americana authentic/ alt country/rootsy type stuff.- which is to be expected with ex MM editor Allan Jones at the helm.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:24 PM
 

Delusions of Adequacy alert us to a new album by Timonium dubbed the best slow-core album of the year, and recommended for fans of Low, Arab Strap and Mogwai.

Talking of Low - that Dinosaur Act single is one of the best sing a long indie rock tunes since The Pixies heyday. I predict a Top 10 position in John Peel's listeners Festive 50.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:01 AM
 

I am not the only one who thinks that Sunny Day Real Estate Jeremy Enigk sounds remarkably like Peter Gabriel on various tracks on Rising Tide album, I also detect a similarity in sound to The Comsat Angels, Rush,U2, Dear Mr President - (later renamed for legal reasons to Flesh N Blood), Jane's Addiction and Whipping Boy.

Also the music that SDRE are playing in 2000, shares some similarity with Boston's Cave in.

The album gets better with each play, it is his hard to put their music into one category - so I am going just say if you like epic rock music, then check the album out. The music is very dreamy, epic, atmospheric and will feature somewhere on my end of year poll.

I still have yet to hear SDRE on British radio this year, however on American alternative stations such as 3WK and Woxy 97X they are firm favourites.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:35 AM

Wednesday, December 06, 2000

 

So that is where Colin Dale has gone to Groovetech

"Groovetech's mission is to provide people with access to the best underground dance music the world has to offer by creating a centralized, truly global, on-line community that represents all aspects of underground dance music and culture "

Colin Dale is one of the most respected and knowledgeable electronic/ techno DJs in the world. Colin's shows on Kiss were always entertaining, passionate, informative and focusing on quality underground techno, tech house. In October left Kiss, and now does a show on Groovetech 10 -1 GMT on Thursday.

Respect - a living techno legend lives on.

More info at Colin Dale's Abstrakt Dance the website takes a while to load as it is built with flash, but worth waiting for lots of techno information and links.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:34 AM
 

New single by Boards of Canada - in a beautiful place out in the country, reviewed by Seven.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:14 AM
 

Something to check out an album released earlier this year by Graham Haynes - BPM mixing jazz, wagner, drum n bass and ambient influences, reviewed by Motion "Tempestuous, imaginative, triumphant - these are the true tones of the twenty-first century. "


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# posted by DJ Martian 2:09 AM
 

Barcode have a new albums review page, loads of interesting reviews including: Magnetaphone, The Young Gods, Red Snapper, Anjali, David Sylvian and Gary Numan.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:49 AM
 

A search engine/ portal for Techno music

# posted by DJ Martian 1:35 AM
 

One IDM album that aim to check out soon is Datach'i - We Are Always Well Thank You, compared to Aphex Twin, reviewed by Pitchfork.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:16 AM

Tuesday, December 05, 2000

 

Top 30 albums released in 2000, that I have yet to hear that I would most like to check out as of today are

1. Animated
2. Arco
3. Arovane
4. Bridge & Tunnel
5. Burn it Down
6. Bushwacka
7. Collide
8. Datach� i
9. Diary of Dreams
10. The Dirty Three
11. Einsturzende Neubaten
12. Empress
13. The For Carnation
14. Fuxa
15. Go Betweens
16. Goldfrapp
17. Grandaddy
18. Graham Haynes
19. Icon of Coil
20. Isis
21. Jega
22. Leila
23. Moodyman
24. Roy Montgomery
25. Primordial
26. Romanthony
27. Anthony Rother
28. Scorn
29. Sirius
30. Max Tundra

# posted by DJ Martian 11:46 PM
 

New issue of the The Brain includes The Fall and Magazine. They are also doing an end of year poll.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:55 AM
 

clicks and klangs music ezine "a bimonthly slice of all that crackles, beats, twangs, swings, samples or soothes", have a new edition out,

Includes interview with,

Adam Pierce of Mice Parade/ The Dylan Goup.


"Mice Parade�s Ramda album shows Pierce soaking up a world full of musical influences from New York to Nigeria to Tibet, from Steve Reich to Fela Kuti. It is very clear that he does so out of a base fascination with music, a desire to explore whatever forms of music may offer a challenge or exert a fresh influence"

Mice Parade released a brillant album, Ramda last year that is one of the most orginal and interesting ambient albums I have ever heard. The sound is very improvised, free flowing, dreamy, spatial and experimental, if you liked Tortoise circe Millions .. then check it out!

In years to come this album will be build a reputation as strong as My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, or Spirit of Eden, or Robert Leiner Visions of the past.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:40 AM

Sunday, December 03, 2000

 

Splendid review the new album by Microstoria

# posted by DJ Martian 1:41 PM
 

Interesting new band Gwenmars who have a new album, driving a million.

"The sound of Driving a Million traverses the boundaries of shoegazer drone, fuzz-drenched grunge, mod power-pop, punk rock and synth-pop gurgle. It is a sound that at times evokes a world wherein Gary Numan's icy hooks pierce the gut-wrenching eruptive energy of Nirvana. Elsewhere, the trio pits My Bloody Valentine's entrancing guitar strata and Siouxsie and the Banshee's chorus-drenched sonics into the classic melodies of the Psychedelic Furs and Echo and the Bunnymen. "

# posted by DJ Martian 1:06 PM
 

Looking for an interesting music reviews website check out Impact

# posted by DJ Martian 12:32 PM

Saturday, December 02, 2000

 

It has some time since I have written about new Norwegian black metal bands here are with two with very contrasting spirtual beliefs, but both innovating musically and picking up underground critical praise.

Lengsel
are a progressive Norweigan Black Metal band that wait for it - are Christains. Confused? I say if the music is interesting and innovative thats all that counts .

Lengsel:
"In their songwriting, which can best be
described as varied, complicated and at
times chaotic Progressive Black Metal, they
willingly turn to their roots and inspiration
through the late 80s and early 90s (Thrash,
Doom and Death Metal) but also to a wide
selection of certain non-metal acts, in this
way creating a more progressive &
experimental Black Metal sound than found
anywhere else today, crowning their music
with originality."


Lensel are interviewed by Highwire Daze Lengsel

Totally contrasting with Lengsel are Crest of Darkness who openly confess to be a satanic.

"I do feel that Crest of Darkness is a part of Norwegian black metal scene in many ways. However, I'd like to think that we incorporate new sounds that give us somekind of personality. Personally, I'd categorize Crest of Darkness as a satanic metal band with lot of inspiration from various metal styles."

Their complex and chaotic sound is described by their record company, listenable
Crest of Darkness have a new album out Project Regeneration.

With this album by accounts in Terrorizer, is a total complex dark vortex of sonic guitar blast beats inter dispersed with lush, sedate, orchestral moments, the overall core sound is electronic industrial Norweigan black metal. - "modernised digital horror metal."


A reminder once again....

The experimental Norweigan atmospheric progressive post black metal scene scene of recent years has been one of the most underated, or ignored, or misdunderstood genres - this secret treasure trove of a music scene is one of the most innovative and demanding in modern rock music over the past 5 years.

Mixing up a whole new hybrid of sounds these artists have sweeped deep ...some taking influences from music as varied as ...avant garde, classical, progressive, gothic, industrial, isolationism, metal, bauhaus and pink floyd, ambient, techno, trip hop and even drum n bass,

The key artists are 3rd & the Mortal, Solefald, In the Woods, Ulver, Dodheimsgard, Arcturus, Satryicon, Mayhem, Red Harvest.





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