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Wednesday, January 31, 2001


Depeche Mode - Update

2 Real Audio Feeds Samples available at Depeche Mode

Dream On" (RealAudio preview) - stream excerpt (49 seconds)
"The Sweetest Condition" (RealAudio preview) - stream excerpt (36 seconds)

# posted by DJ Martian 8:07 PM

Tool: Official News: Album Title Confirmed as: LATERALUS - and the sound is epic!

Official website for Tool

The new TOOL album, to be released on April 17th 2001, is entitled LATERALUS.

Well its official after much teasing, Tool have announced the official title for the most anticipated rock album of the year will be Lateralus.

"The songs are complex, most of them are over eight minutes long and feature numerous twists of mood which are unlike anything else in rock music at the moment. There are spacious and melodic moments, surprisingly aggressive elements and a real emphasis on rhythm, and with an almost tribal, African flavour on certain tracks." ( Source: Kerrang)

The one good thing is that us Brits will get the album a day earlier than the US.

I expect this album will be the benchmark standard in 2001 for innovation in rock music.

It will be interesting to see if Tool can exceed the standards the Norwegian's (Ulver and Red Harvest) have set in recent years, in mixing diverse sounds into an epic euphoric sound journey into expansive sonic complexity and art rock innovation..

EPIC is the sound for rock in 2001...A switch to epic, expansive atmospheric rock music in 2001...with Maynard Keenan, Jaz Coleman and Mark Burgess leading the way...

With epic albums due this year from...

Killing Joke
The Chameleons

and also ...
Beyond Dawn
Paradise Lost

# posted by DJ Martian 7:15 PM

The Music Messiah Returns: Jaz Coleman regroups Killing Joke

New Empire have the wonderful news, Killing Joke are back with a formidable new line up

Frontman Jaz Coleman and his companions Geordie and Paul Raven will be supported by Chris Vrenna (ex-NIN) and Ted Parsons (ex-Prong) on drums.

Lets hope this means a new album and tour soon. The line up of the core Joke clan: Coleman/ Geordie/ Raven with an ex NIN and one of the most powerful drummers in the rock world, Ted Parsons - suggests that this will a dark and noisey album, that will strike back to the powerful early Joke sound and 90s brutal and emotional Extremites album...

Official Killing Joke

Jaz Colerman stated this last year As the most senior member of the Joke, I take full responsibility for initiating our most violent opus yet + a world tour in 2001.

The world awaits. I know that Jaz & Killing Joke will deliver a startling album.

YES - Killing Joke are back !

# posted by DJ Martian 2:03 AM

Circulation - tech-house exponents - Follow up last years sublime Colours album release with new Compilation

- released 29th January, on Obsessive Records

Circulation presents Abstract Funk Theory

A new year dawns for the critically acclaimed and highly successful 'Abstract Funk Theory' series, and Circulation, two of the hottest producer/DJ outfits present 11 (13 on vinyl format) tracks of electro fuelled beats and tech-house grooves. Featuring tracks from the legendary Carl Craig 'Televised Green Smoke' to an exclusive and specially commissioned 'Circulation' track, from vocal electro excursions by Random Factor to the deliciously funky grooves of At Jazz's 'Bless The Funk'. The vibe of the 'Abstract Funk' lives on!

Source: Obsessive Records

# posted by DJ Martian 1:13 AM

Tuesday, January 30, 2001


Silo -Denmark's Answer to Trans Am? Forthcoming Album in March

Silo release new album in March on Colin Newman from Wire label Swim, called Alloy

"Silo are about low-slung, cyclical grooves - real headnod shit - a unique distillation of the best of rock and electronica."

# posted by DJ Martian 10:19 PM

John Tejada - Californian tech-house... it's not just a London sound

MR C has regularly played tracks from John Tejada over the past few years, I have been impressed by the inventive approach to forging sounds together.

Just noticed reading in Alternative Press that John Tejada, has a new album out The Matrix of US - released last November

Reviewed by Overload media

Tejada mixes techno, house, electro, ambient, funk and IDM sounds together.

Yet another added to the list..

# posted by DJ Martian 10:07 PM

23 Skidoo Reissues? What has happened?

Unofficial page 23 Skidoo

Last year seminal avant electro artists, 23 Skidoo said their back catalogue would be available, It is now nearly February and still no further news!

Having enjoyed the 23 Skidoo tracks on last years Andy Weatherall's 80s retro compilation ...
Nine 0'clock Drop

I would like to check out the following 23 Skidoo albums

7 Songs
The Culling is Coming
Urban Gamelan

Anyone know why the delay?

# posted by DJ Martian 9:25 PM

Shock NME goes Radical and Japanese with Album of the Month from ...Boredoms.. Vision Creation Newsun

Reviewed here by Pitchfork Boredoms - Vision Creation Newsun

Not heard it yet... but they do sound rather interesting and challenging to listen to.

Makes a change for NME to champion something so radical, .. as I am BORED of their usual patronage to wimpy NAM types, and dull brit types like Coldplay/ Starsailor and naff sports metal/ rap rock.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:01 PM

New Jungle Sounds... Remember Shere Khan?... no not that one .. Shere Khan AKA Matthew Chinery

Knowledge magazine profile the new album by Shere Khan Age

Two CD - one on the mellow ambient artcore direction ala LTJ Bukem the other on the hard side aimed at the dancefloor

# posted by DJ Martian 8:44 PM

Beta Band - News

Album on the way due early May.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:35 PM

Brainwashed Brain - V04I04 - 01282001 - The weekly new music review and sample downloads

In this weeks Brainwashed Brain

As usual with Brainwashed Brain there are sound samples to check out if your curious

This week includes albums from

modern classical, jazz, art-rock and electronic influences...


German electronic music

similiar to Muslimgauze inplaces..
"Their music comes from a wide range of world percussion (djemba, toas drum, african kettle, elephant bell, hand percussion, etc.), guitar, bass, trumpet (by David Chapman), synths, sequences and samples".

Hey I just mentioned Vlad - Finnish electronic music artist with multiple AKA

"Absolutely gorgeous. Pure genius. Yet another masterpiece. I wonder how many other slots Delay will fill in my best of 2001 list?" -by Mark Weddle

# posted by DJ Martian 8:30 PM

New Order - Update

The album will be more of a guitar direction, is it a switch back to Movement with updated influences?

Expect an Autumn release, preceded by two singles

# posted by DJ Martian 7:52 PM

New Magazines on the Block and New Talent for 2001

Today picked up the new editions of:

The Wire website not updated, are they still celebrating? as the writers have had a management buy out from the Namara publishing company

The new edition is out in the UK stores with Tortoise on the front cover.

and Alternative Press

March 2001 Alternative Press: 100 New Bands You Need to know in 2001

Well I was expecting something better than this, as new seems to be a strange and distorted definition, these bands may be interesting but are not new

Sigur Ros
2nd Gen
Godspeed You Black Emperor

While a fair percentage of the other artists mentioned on the list are already known to me ...the good, the bad and the ugly as for the rest ..that will require further investigation...

For now these are 5 artists to check out that are new to me... new to you?


Underground Psychedelic hip hop with My Bloody Valentine and Tricky influences apparently ! album due in September

Ubiquity records

"Unsigned space-rock quartet who have been creating a stir in the native LA with spectacular live shows"

Song of Zarathustra
"former members of dark-rockers Camera Obscura rethink their collective muse to embrace post punk and hardcore and other strange bedfellows like emo and goth to create an ambitious debut"

Album:The Birth of tradegy
Troubleman Unlimited

Shalabi Effect
I have seen the name before somewhere..
"Psychedelic sprawling enthno-rock jams that encompass the beauty, terror and structurally complexity of nature"
Label Alien 8

Vladislav Delay

"Finnish electronic music producer who also records as Luomo, Sistol, Conoco and Uusitalo""

Finnish electronic music - a master of Artcic ambience, deep house and methodical hypnotic techno

label Force Inc

# posted by DJ Martian 7:40 PM

Monday, January 29, 2001


Whilst waiting for Kevin Shields to make the next MBV album .. maybe this is worth exploring - Electro Group

Released February 19th

ELECTRO GROUP. A New Pacifica. (Omnibus) .."Beautifully melodic indie dream pop meets wall-of- noise sonic dissonance head on. Ethereal vocals woven into a blanket of distortion and catchy pop prowess. Reminiscent of 'Loveless' and 'You Made Me Realise' era MBV, this trio takes the late 80's shoegazer sound a step into the future with driving, off timed drumming (think recent Unwound), and an affinity for electronic loops, moog and samples mixed into the layers. Falsetto vocals and intermittent guitar jangle tips a hat towards the solo albums of Syd Barrett. ELECTRO GROUP are the Californian noise pop kings..."

Source Chunky Records

Music ezine Slide the Needle interview Electro Group

# posted by DJ Martian 10:30 PM

ambient/ electronica

An interesting music ezine Disquiet

"Reflections on ambient/electronic music, and interviews with the people who make it"

Best of the Year: Top 10 Albums
Album Reviews
Book Reviews

# posted by DJ Martian 10:14 PM

Jungle Sounds to Round the Week off with DJ Hype and a top Jungle/ Drum N Bass website

The way I normally round the week off, is by listening to Kiss100FM - the 2 hour jungle show, Midnight onwards the DJs alternate between Jumpin Jack Frost and DJ Hype.

This week its Hype, an excellent DJ who has a sense of humour but also a deep passion for his music. His style is unique, and the perfect way to round off the week.

I have just found this excellent webpage covering Drum N Bass/ Jungle/ Breakbeat by DJ Anna S, from Finland.

this page is dedicated to drum 'n' bass, jungle, breakbeat (whatever you want to call it) music - THE ONE AND ONLY - i've listed below some of my favourite artists and added some links to the pictures and texts. this page is all the time under heavy construction.

It provides links to key jungle artists, profiles, labels and information.

Including some info on DJ Hype

"DJ with style and attitude! In the DJ magazine Hype was ranked as eight best DJ in the world."

# posted by DJ Martian 12:39 AM

Xfm in an interesting new music show shock � Flo-Motion

As you maybe aware Capital radio took over Xfm London's alternative music radio station in August 1998, and changed the music direction of the station, gradually there have been some improvements over the 2 years since but still the station relies too much on a narrow playlist that is way too conservative and still ignores many areas of the alternative music spectrum.

Mark Percival, an academic, provides the background on the Xfm story if your interested XFM - London's first and last alternative music station?

However one of the improvements at Xfm recently has been the introduction of the Flo-Motion show by Nick Luscombe, on Sundays between 9pm - 12midnight GMT. If you are living in the US, or Canada then check it out sometime as Xfm can be picked up via the internet.

Covering a broad sweep of deep chill out electronic music, downtempo grooves, IDM, ambient, some deep house, chill out sounds on the more mellower tip.

Savath and Savalas to Laurent Garnier to Fizzarum to Klute to Isolee

Most of the music Luscombe plays is on small independent labels that you would not otherwise get to hear on the radio often.

What a difference this 3 hours makes especially as the previous time slot at Xfm was taken up by a prize wally comedian, Iain Lee who did a horrible phone in show that was another 3 hours wasted out of the prime weekend programming.

It is interesting to hear something different on the radio.

I want to increase my exposure to different music rather than be restricted by a narrow dull playlist fronted by an ego-maniac dull jerk like Iain Lee, acting like an irriating clown.

So Flo-Motion is a real improvement.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:19 AM

Sunday, January 28, 2001


50 Contenders for the Technics Mercury Music Prize 2001 � Half Term Look Back & Projection

We are now half way through the qualifying period for the next Technics Mercury Music Prize Shortlist & Award

So I thought it would be interesting to list some the artists that are possible contenders so far, and to look forward to the British artists that are due to release new albums over the next six months.

Qualifying Period Released from August 2000 Onwards

Some Contenders British Albums from these artists that I have heard in the qualifying period

1. AC Acoustics - Understanding Music
2. Anjali - Anjali
3. Capitol K - Island Row
4. The Damage Manual - The Damage Manual
5. Earthtone 9 - arc'tan'gent
6. The Fall -The Unutterable
7. Larmousse - Larmousse
8. Photek - Solaris
9. Radiohead - Kid A
10. Scorn - Greetings from Birmingham
11. Swayzak - Himawari
12. Two Lone Swordsmen -Tiny Reminders
13. Yellow 6 - Overtone

Some Contenders � Albums by these artists that I have Yet to Hear in the qualifying period

1. Arco
2. Blue States
3. Ed Rush & Optical
4. Empress
5. Goldfrapp
6. PJ Harvey
7. Jega
8. Leila
9. Mount Florida

Albums by British Artists due to be released over the next 6 months

Some albums to look forward to from:

1. 2nd Gen
2. Anathema
3. Appliance
4. Arab Strap
5. Beta Band
6. Bows
7. The Chameleons
8. Cranes
9. Depeche Mode
10. Dillinja
11. Faultline
12. Godflesh
13. Kosheen
14. Lemon D
15. Life Without Buildings
16. Lo Fidelity Allstars
17. Mogwai
18. My Vitriol
19. No Man
20. Obeah
21. Orbital
22. Paradise Lost
23. Radiohead (again)
24. South
25. Tricky
26. Twig
27. Violet Indiana
28. Way Out West

No doubt there will be others, maybe a few surprises from new artists releasing their debut.

Two following albums I am particularly looking forward to are, that could be strong candidates for the shortlist are

Life Without Buildings


And what about?


With Radiohead due to release a new album in June, will this year be the first for one artist to have two entries the same year?
As Kid A is already the type of arty album that the Technics panel are likely to shortlist.

Earthtone 9

One album that the shortlist panel will more than likely overlook, should their small record label enter them in the initial longlist is Earthtone 9 - Arc' Tan' Gent - which is a very interesting and artistic rock album.

With Arc' Tan' Gent - Earthtone 9 have released one of the finest British rock albums of the past decade.(This album just missed out on my Top 10 albums of 2000, covering many genres of music.)

Earthtone 9 album made a big artistic impression on myself and the underground rock scene. This the finest alternative art-metal album by a British band since Killing Joke's phenomeonal 1994 album Pandemonium. Earthtone 9 sound was massive, experimental, artistic taking a broad range of textures that would appeal to a cross section of rock fans from Radiohead to Neurosis to Tool to Killing Joke.

Earthtone 9 pushed rock into new shapes, there are moments on this album that remind me of early PIL, and other times the free flowing intensity of Jane�s Addiction is recalled. With this album earthtone 9 arrived pushing boundaries, fusing ideas, creating a new sonic blueprint for heavy emotional rock. Earthtone 9 incorporate beats, rhythms and textures into their music, this is 3D rock music and Earthtone 9 have truly come of age with this astonishing album.

Earthtone 9 the band are also annoyed with the lack of coverage in the British media. Their website includes MP3 sound samples, so if you still have not heard the band - please check them out.

Indeed the ignorant NME and their shameful music editorial direction, giving coverage to so much inferior yanky rock crap, and yet ignore a band as talented as Earthtone 9. They deserve front cover status by now !

Earthtone 9 - Arc' Tan' Gent - This album deserves to be shortlisted for the Technics Mercury Music Prize 2001.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:46 PM


I noticed that Downer opened up for the stellar Cave In, recently in LA.

Downer have "influences ranging between U2, Jane's Addiction and Fugazi",

"The Orange County based four-piece's Roadrunner debut is an eleven song tangle of emotion and gigantic riffmongery huge rock ambitions infused with hardcore intensity. From the appropriately-titled introductory burn of "Flex" to the last gasp of "Curbed", Downer is a non-stop groove down a melodic and darkened drain."

Any band that respects the sonic creativity of Cave In, deserves my attention as Downer have done on their official website Downer

Their official site includes free MP3 downloads, Flex sounds dynamic exciting churning and twisting powerful dark music that reminds me of the tribal power of early Warrior Soul and Killing Joke from their Expressed dirt and various emotions album.

Their self titled debut is released on April 10th.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:55 PM

The new Jane's Addiction Anyone?

Anyone have been creating much anticipation for their energetic art psychedelia rock sound that recalls the tripped out brilliance of Jane's Addiction

"The bomb-blast of energy and dynamic theatrical performance must be seen to be fully appreciated. Influences include Zepplin, Janes, Floyd, Hendrix & Rush molded into a style so unique one early interviewer described it as MAXIMUM ACID...the term stuck"

ANYONE is awaiting their debut release on Roadrunner Records entitled "IS YOU" in the Summer 2001.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:13 PM

Portuguese dark atmospheric rock band Moonspell are recording their new album, that will be released later this year.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:05 PM

More Forthcoming 2001 Albums

In the music news section Apostasia Magazine an online ezine covering dark metal, industrial and darkwave etc

Inform us that 2001 will see new albums for

Front Line Assembly



I am particularly looking forward to this as Ulver last album, Themes From William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is one of the most startling and innovative albums I have experienced in the past five years, released in 1999 an album that mixed trip hop, industrial, ambient, metal and techno into a sound couldron of complexity and stark emotion.

Reviewed by Stole Stole my Teddy Bear Ulver - Themes From William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

# posted by DJ Martian 2:54 PM


One of the most anticipated and creative extreme dark metal releases of the year, will be released by Thorns on the innovative Moonfog label, in early March

"The album is also starring Hellhammer of Mayhem on live-drums, Aldrahn of DHG on vox and Satyr from Satyricon on vox and as co-producer. A very diverse and original album which is going to demand a whole lot from the listener and competing bands. It should appeal as much to the hard-core Black Metal fan as the one generally interested in dark and innovative music. Thorns - The ultimate manifest! "

# posted by DJ Martian 2:31 PM

The new weekly Splendid album reviews includes Matthew Shipp and Velvet Acid Christ.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:05 PM

Splendid interview: Stephen Brodsky, the leader of one of the most talented artists in contemporary rock music Cave in

Cave In's latest, Jupiter, is a fantastic blast of guitar. Like an ocean of sound, wave after wave of infectious melody rolls over you, pulling you deeper and deeper into their hypnotic groove. Armed with mysterious lines like "Jupiter, you're seemingly so right", the band creates the sensation that something dangerous lurks just below the surface of their glossy melodies....

# posted by DJ Martian 1:59 PM

Saturday, January 27, 2001


A Quiet Revolution, That Petrol Emotion and ...Gang of Four's Entertainment !

Playlouder review the new album by A Quiet Revolution

this is the new sound project "of ex-Undertones and That Petrol Emotion dude Damian O'Neill"

That takes influences from Miles Davis to Tricky ! Different from the clever pop punk of Undertones or the unique alternative rock fusion sound of That Petrol Emotion.

That Petrol Emotion 1987's Babble album was one of the best alternative albums of the 80s, and one of the unfortunate bands ever , their Big Decison single reaching Number 42/ 41 - just outside the top 40.

Meant that like Magazine, That Petrol Emotion were confined as a cult band forever.

Babble was an album that a powerful production, that was sharp, epic, a fusion of so many different sound influences that the end result was an intoxicating brew of twisted bass guitars, hard guitar sounds, tribal drums, shredding beats and a wicked groove, with agit angry passionate vocals by their American fronted singer, Steve Mack.

That Petrol Emotion were difficult to compare with other contemporary artists but there was a clear Gang of Four influence to their sounds.

Gang of Four - Entertainment one of the finest post punk albums.

Check out the That Petrol Emotion - Story

I noticed in the Sister Ray music store advert in NME this week that Babble has been re released with 5 bonus tracks. Tempting as my tape copy was bought a long time ago.. May 7th 1987 (that was my 17th birthday.. so I remember it well) and has had numerous plays over the years.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:24 PM

Jane's Addiction inspired epic rockers Cyclefly to release a new album this year, to follow up their debut Generation Sap. The new album is Tales from the Fishbowl.

TALES FROM THE FISHBOWL (tentative title) is currently scheduled for an EARLY MAY RELEASE. A single will precede the full-length disc release by a month or so.

They are also inviting opinions on six possible versions of cover art for the new album.

They are all of a high standard, number 6 and 2 are the best IMHO.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:36 PM

Some news that will interest fans of Techstep Junglists, Technical Itch from Drum N Bass Arena

Marc Caro aka Technical Itch is about to follow up his 99 debut album "Diagnostics", as-yet-unamed this album will be dropping later on in the year.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:25 PM

electro industrialists Icon of Coil have a new website and some news

Icon Of Coil is currently working on their new MCD with working title "Seren EP", scheduled to be released March 2001.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:04 PM

Leonards Lair - The Best Albums 1980 - 1998

Jonathan Leonard has put together a very interesting list of his best albums covering, 1980 - 1998 Leonards Lair - The Best Albums 1980 - 1998

Using Leonard's choices ONLY I select my favourites of each year


Joy Division - Closer


Siouxsie And The Banshees - JuJu


Associates - Sulk


Cocteau Twins - Head Over Heels


U2 - The Unforgettable Fire


Killing Joke - Night Time


New Order - Brotherhood


Jesus And Mary Chain, The - Darklands


Talk Talk - Spirit Of Eden


A. R. Kane - 'i'


Depeche Mode - Violator


My Bloody Valentine - Loveless


Looking at the choices for this year there is little that personaly interests me however I have not heard The Comsat Angels album of that year. The Cure's wish album had its moments but did not compare to their 80s album, in particular Pornography, Disintegration and Head on the Door, Faith and 17 seconds.

However my strong personal opinion that as a whole 1992 was the worst year for music since 1975, both in quantity and quality of interesting music.

1992 was a year when creativity particularly in rock/ guitar music had run out of ideas. Instead we were overrun by sub grunge lumberjack bullshit, and British indie gigging vermin crusty scene low achievers no hopers - everyone from Mega City Four to The Levellers, and the fizzling out of a baggy scene that had nowhere to go. A really horrible year for (guitar based) music.

I switched my main interests in the growing electronic music scene Polygon Window / IDM scene to german techno harthouse scene through to progressive scene, and for once unusually for me a switch from artists albums to individual singles track focus and various artists compilations - particularly the underground progressive house dance scene.

Archive see bottom of page for best albums of 90s

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

The God Machine - The Scenes from the Second Storey (Fiction) 1992US/CZ - was my favourite album of the year for 1992.

Ned Raggett reviews this excellent album The God Machine - The Scenes from the Second Storey as the 63rd best album of the 90s.


Cocteau Twins - Four Calendar Cafe


Bark Psychosis - Hex


Whipping Boy - Heartworm


Aloof, The - Sinking


Labradford - Mi Media Naranja


Aloof, The - Seeking Pleasure

Having done a best of the 90s album run down, I must have a go of compiling my best albums of the 80s.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:23 PM

Cave In - update

Cave in open up for A Perfect Circle in MA.

I hope that opening up for a high profile band like A Perfect Circle, will create additional media interest in Cave in, as they are one of the most innovative and exciting artists in contemporary rock music. (Their recent album, Jupiter was my second favourite album of 2000.)

# posted by DJ Martian 1:27 AM

Death to Dead Things have some excellent news,

Futuristic extreme avant garde metal hyper trash merchants Voivod will be recording a new album with Steve Albini in Chicago, (and according to their official site Voivod commencing this in February.)

The results sould be interesting, Voivod were one of the very few metal artists of the late 80s that interested me as a 17/ 18 year old in 1988, due to the originality and innovative sound, indeed their Dimension Hatross album of 1988 is still an album that ranks alongside Metallica's Master of Puppets as one of the finest metal albums of 80s.

I am also a big fan of the albums Atomizer and Songs about F****** by Big Black - Steve Albini's - extreme hardcore band of the 80s.

Voivod and Steve Albini - a winning combination.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:06 AM

Burnt by the Sun to release self dated album on February 6, 2001

New Jersey's BURNT BY THE SUN is blazing a new trail for extreme music to follow well into the 21st Century. ...BURNT BY THE SUN flexes a futuristic quasi-metal/hardcore hybrid that sounds as unique and imposing as it does energetic on their Relapse debut CD-EP.

The songs are as cerebral as they are visceral: "Buffy" and "You Will Move" are equal parts guitar skronk and frenetic fret board gymnastics, vocal savagery and superhuman drumming. The band�s compositions are meticulously dynamic, paying as much attention to deft nuance and fluid transition as much as being high velocity displays of brute force. BURNT BY THE SUN is a relentless fusion of post-everything virtuosity, leaving behind the charred remains of convention and sterility for a scorched earth policy of progression, aggression and perpetual motion.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:48 AM

Red Harvest - Update

As regular readers will know Red Harvest took my esteemed album of the year award for 2000, see my blog in late December for further details

The good news for North American folk this album has now been released in America/ Canada by Relapse Records Red Harvest - Cold Dark Matter is out this week, January 23rd

This is the PR from Relapse
"Plug into the post-apocalyptic world of Red Harvest! If Cold Dark Matter, the band's fourth full-length, were a cinematic score (and it certainly is crafted like one), the movie would be a gritty fusion of Bladerunner, Matrix and Blair Witch Project. The Norwegian quintet churns and grinds elements of industrial and noisecore with cold, grim black metal, creating a unique soundscape that's suffocating and visceral yet atmospheric and introspective. Cold Dark Matter is an ultra-sonic journey through the dark rusted recesses of industrial-metal, where heavily contaminated guitars, vocals, drums and keyboards intersect on a damaged musical highway. Resistance is futile."

A highly recommend sound experience, if you are looking for something that is sonically challenging, fresh, exciting and supreme then buy the album.

This was the the most original hybrid rock album I have heard since The Young Gods - Only heaven album in 1995.

You can check out how Red Harvest sound on their official site.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:32 AM

Samoth from Emperor's label Noctural Arts have news of a new album by epic black metal band,


Album title: Spectral Transition - Dimension Sirius,

Due out 19th March

# posted by DJ Martian 12:18 AM

Friday, January 26, 2001


Lambgoat music ezine have discovered another top notch extreme metalcore band Narcissus

Newwave Techno Homicide,

A full review will appear on Monday.

having heard the audio sound clips this band combine the brutal incisive riffs of Metallica on Kill em all and the hyper speed and powerful dynamics of recent Drowningman.

Outstanding. A band to watch out for in the future.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:51 PM

Paradise Lost - Update

Paradise Lost Front cover artwork for Believe In Nothing.

Looks stunning, surrounded by bees.

Their new direction switches back to a harder sound, that reminds me of the crunching riffs with keyboards sound of Killing Joke circa Pandemonium.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:35 PM

The Chameleons - Update

Seminal British epic rock band The Chameleons have news of their plans for 2001

News from Mark Burgess

"I've had quite a bit of mail recently enquiring about the new record. "When will it be finished? What will it be like?" That kind of thing. I haven't really been able to say anything definite, which was always the case in this group. We are due to resume work on the record around the second week of February and hope to get it done within three straight weeks of recording. The time up until then should be taken up with preparing the ideas and arrangements that will comprise the songs. If things run smoothly then it should be delivered by the end of March and after that it will be up to the licensees to determine when the record will get released. The honest answer to the second question is, we really don't know what the record will be like until it is finished. This has always been the case. Not until the final stages of mixing and editing do our records seem to take shape. Obviously the depth of focus during the process is also a factor. But we all feel that the ideas we've begun are fresh, interesting and very much in vogue with the lasting spirit of the band and we're optimistic that they will evolve into a good album".

I know they will deliver something exceptional - the wait will be worth it.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:27 PM

Arthur Baker

A regular updated ezine dealing with electronic music etronik frontline issue 86 has some interesting news

Seminal electro and hip-hop producer Arthur Baker releases a collection of his best moments on Paul Oakenfold�s Perfecto label this year. The as yet untitled album will include the proto electro cut �Planet Rock� as well as other Baker produced classics like �Put The Needle To The Record� under the Criminal Element Orchestra guise, Rocker's Revenge's �Walking On Sunshine� and �Confusion� by New Order. The album also features Baker�s more recent remixes from the 80s and 90s.

Also one of the welcoming improvements at the much maligned Capital owned radio station Xfm 104.9 in London

This Friday night from 22:00 to 23:00, acclaimed producer Arthur Baker presents Baker's Dozen, where he mixes 13 tracks exclusively for Xfm

# posted by DJ Martian 6:35 PM

Monolake a German experimental electronica duo release a new album, gravity.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:26 AM

Thursday, January 25, 2001


Something that I listened to today from my tape collection the Ecstasy of St. Theresa - Free-D an album released in 1994 there so much going on in the music, multi layered intoxicating free flowing music combining: ambient, oceanic rock, techno, unusual instrumentation. I had forgotten what a brilliant and ambitious album this was.

References: Bark Psychosis, Laika, Slowdive, Insides, MBV.

Samples available at Hyperreal the Ecstasy of St. Theresa

# posted by DJ Martian 11:41 PM

Penny Black have a stack of forthcoming albums overviewed,

Peel has played some tracks from this artist, Twig that sounded interesting in an offbeat hard electronica direction, a new album is heading this way

Twig : I Sweat Tabasco

Rabid Badger NONGO2CD
Released On: 29 January 2001

TWIG is still a young chap called Steven Owens who appears at all the swankiest parties armed with a frightening array of noises emanating from his electronic toolbox. He lives in Tonteg, which is very near Cardiff. Back in January 2000 even the vibrantly eclectic rabid badger recordings managed to baffle the known universe with TWIG�s debut release, the �A Day In The Life Of A Production Operative� EP. A debut 12" which featured four tracks of uncompromising, head-fucking electronic terrorism, NME managed to tear their ears away from the speakers long enough to describe �A Day In The Life Of...� as "Unruly, virus-addled and unfailingly exciting" (Piers Martin) and "It goes BONK - tish - tish - BONK - thud - tish - bonk for hours and FUCKING hours and it�s absolutely brilliant!!" (Steven Wells). Precisely one year on, the correctly-titled �I SWEAT TABASCO� is the sound of a young man toying with his very own marbles. Seven tracks of bionic, beamingly exciting and sometimes downright brutal experimentation, �I SWEAT TABASCO� is the wholly unimmaculate soundtrack to that bug-eyed, teeth-grinding moment in the night when you want to tear off your skin and run outside to kick buses.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:31 PM

Dot music have some exclusive news regarding Mogwai

The new Mogwai album will be entitled 'Rock Action' and is to be released in the UK on April 23. There has been some confusion relating to the title of late.

By the way spot the mistake in the article C.O.D.Y was released in 1999 not 1998. Tut Tut.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:13 PM

Dark atmospheric metal band Lacuna Coil to release new album in in February, unleashed memories.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:32 PM

experimental techno blackmetal band from Finland AndOceans to release new album, with the most pretentious album title this year

andOceans is signed to Century Media,the new album "allotropic/metamophic - genesis of dimorphism" will be released in February.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:22 PM

Pitchfork alert us to Sigur Ros recording a new album, and the plans of
Kate Bush to release an new album this year.

As ever Del is engineering and already guest musicians are arriving to add their work...EMI are now hoping and planning for a release in Autumn 2001

I particular enjoyed 1985's The Hounds of Love album, both the brilliant conventional songs side and the weird epic progressive B side.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:15 PM

Extreme Music News is an interesting website that offers daily updated news, covers the more extreme/dark side of Metal. There are also interviews, reviews and links.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:49 PM

An interesting monthly ezine The Milk Factory has a February edition up to read, included in this months music reviews are Anjali, Arovane, SND and Gimmik.

I was most interested to read the comments on the Gimmik album, Slow Motion Process , as I commented on Gimmik
earlier this week after hearing a track on the Peel show

Gimmik - Slow Motion Process

making comparisions to Autechre and Boards of Canada

Challenging and beautifully crafted, Slow Motion Process is a most promising first release from Gimmik. Haidinger is already proving to be one of the most exiting talents of his generation, taking electronic music far beyond any existing boundaries.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:27 PM

Wednesday, January 24, 2001


The most informative artist website must be that of Depeche Mode

The following information can now be disclosed regarding the new Depeche Mode album, "Exciter":

Release Date - May 14th (UK / Mute)

May 15th (US / Reprise)
Catalog Number - STUMM 190 (UK / Mute), *not finalized yet* (US / Reprise)

Selected Track Listing - "The Sweetest Condition", "Dream On", "When The Body Speaks", "Breathe", "Goodnight Lovers", "Freelove", "I Am You"

First Single - "Dream On", to be released April 23rd by Mute (UK).

# posted by DJ Martian 10:10 PM

Read today that: Godflesh, the British avant garde industrial breakbeat rock act are to release a new album this year, called Disconnected, due in May - on an unspecified record label at the mo.

The official website last update was in December Godflesh confirming that they had left Earache records and had plans to record a new album in 2001.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:49 PM

Corridor of cells extreme/dark music magazine, have an update they alert me to the new album by Saints of Eden.

"An interesting blend of post-industrial, electronica, alternative with a touch of metal. Thick analogue drum machine beats are backed up by rich sounding synths that owe more to current electronica trends than the old tired techno industrial of the late 1980s.."

Saints of Eden who release their new Proteus CD album available on the 22nd January 2001, on Metech recordings.

Welcome to Metech recordings. The future is here.Hybrid Metal Techno, Goth Industrial, EBM...

# posted by DJ Martian 1:35 AM

If you want to laugh at that yelping talentless moronic crap rock rap in a backwards baseball cap then goto NYLPM POP-EYE 21/1/2001 - Durst gets a slagging and savaging the worst number one since..

# posted by DJ Martian 12:29 AM

On the progressive dance tip Bedrock release a compilation album Foundations.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:12 AM

Tuesday, January 23, 2001


John Peel plays a brilliant track from the Worm Interface label

From Gimmik a track called Sarah from the album slow motion process.

spacey IDM with brilliant tempo changes, this reminds me of the architectual brilliance of Autechre, chimes, pulses of sound, constantly involving as well as evolving, contrasting with slow then faster stabs of beats.

I just noticed that Stumblings in the Dark
also rate it
the lovely new album by Gimmik on Worm Interface (London label associated with the Berwick St, Soho shop Ambient Soho), called Slow Motion Process. It has 4 of the 6 tracks from his second EP (also on Worm Interface) including the beautiful track Sarah that people ask me about whenever I play it DJing.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:14 PM

Ian Pooley

I noticed that Skykicking has a detailed interesting review of Ian Pooley's Since Then album,
Since Then is entirely about a certain time and place, and its ability to evoke the feel of a tropical summer is, obviously, a strength as much as a weakness.

I commented about this album back in September and have listened to it a few times recently contrasting the atmosphere of the album with the cold British winter. Ian Pooley always does his own innovative thing. This new album has a different more lush fuller funky sound that was totally different to his album Meridan.

This is probably the most uptempo album that was listed in my Top 50 albums of 2000, released in late August this album should have been released in June (in the UK) as the music reflects the summer, a carnival of colour, bright, sun soaked deep lush house music with a latin vibe, this album would appeal to fans of Basement Jaxx or even those with long memories Dee Lite, World Clique.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:51 PM

The weekly update Brainwashed Brain includes album reviews with samples of


and also an outfit called
The year is young but this very well may be voted one of the best rock albums of 2001. - Jon Whitney

# posted by DJ Martian 9:30 PM

Just a quick link that follows up last Saturday's Radiohead interview on the BBC Mixing it show, they have put the interview on a real audio download feed - if your interested.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:10 PM

I was in two minds whether or not to get the latest edition of Mixmag, as over the past few years it has become rather tedious - you know a dumb assed front cover with the words Drugs each year, followed in June, July and August with the words Ibiza tagged everywhere but I reluctantly bought the magazine as it had a free CD on the front cover mixed by a twin combo known as the Plump DJs (interviewed by Knowledge) it is a sparky mix of uptempo, varied breakbeats, some acid, electro and funk thrown in, that as the Mixmag editorial states is complex and cheese free.

It is on a different tip, though it would appeal to fans of say Andy Weatherall through to DJ Hyper.

Maybe this uptempo breakbeat electro funk will be one of the dancefloor sounds of 2001 on this form, quite possibly yes.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:30 PM

Monotonik & Friends is a free real online.mp3. website providing IDM related downloads.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:05 PM

A very impressive website has been set up Celebrating 25 years of Rough Trade Shops

"Welcome to the official Rough Trade 25th site. That's 25 years as London's key independent record shop, plus a brief but massively influential foray as a label".

Released on March 5th is a compilation album '25 Years of Rough Trade Shops' : confirmed album tracklisting

To mark the quarter century, Rough Trade in association with Mute are releasing a bumper compilation album (on 5-vinyl and triple-CD formats). Featuring over 50 tracks � many rare and exclusive - from an astounding array of artists including Joy Division, Cabaret Volitaire, Lee Perry, Sugarcubes, Tackhead, Cornershop and The Chemical Brothers, the album brings us bang up to date featuring new outfits like Peaches, Boards Of Canada and Lemon Jelly.

Full track listing subject to change is at the mo

Buzzcocks �Boredom�
The Congos �Fisherman�
Subway Sect �Ambition�
The Go-Betweens �People Say�
Stiff Little Fingers �Suspect Device�
Cabaret Voltaire �Breath deep (or nag nag nag)�
The Normal �TVOD�
Throbbing Gristle �United�
Television Personalities �Part Time Punks�
Swell Maps �Lets Build A Car�
Joy Division �Transmission�
The Fall �How I Wrote Elastic Man�
Pere Ubu �30 Seconds Over Tokyo�
Birthday Party �Mr Clarinet�
Cocteau Twins �Sugar Hiccup�
Scritti Politti �Sweetest Girl�
Einst�rzende Neubauten �Krieg In Den Stadten�
The Smiths �Hand In Glove�
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds �Tupelo�
Lee Perry �Jungle�
Pixies �Bone Machine�
The Sugarcubes�Birthday�
Spacemen 3 �Revolution�
Mudhoney �Touch Me I'm Sick�
Coil �Further Back & Faster�
Stereolab �The Light That Will Cease To Fail�
Huggy Bear �Her Jazz�
Mazzy Star �Fade Into You�
Chills �Pink Frost�
Cornershop �6am Jullandar Shere�
Chemical Brothers �Song Of The Siren�
Studio Pressure �Presha 3�
Boards Of Canada �Hi Scores�
Gescom �Sciew Spoc�
Jeb Loy Nichols �As The Rain (Adrian Sherwood On-U Sound Remix)�
Clinic �Monkey On Your Back�
Le Tigre �Hot Topic�
Peaches �Fuck The Pain Away�
I Am Kloot �To You�
Lemon Jelly �In The Bath�
Ryan Adams �My Winding Wheel�
Tindersticks �Talk To Me (�91 remix)�
Young Marble Giants �Final Day�
Lambchop �Soaky In The Pooper�
Raincoats �Fairytale In The Supermarket�
Gak �Gak 4�
Echoboy �Flashlegs (Suite)�
Lemonheads �Different Drum�
Robert Wyatt �Shipbuilding�
Native Hipsters �Look There Goes Concorde Again�
Tackhead �The Game�
Crass �Reality Asylum�
Talking Heads �Road To Nowhere�

An interesting and diverse collection, however it is shame they could have made some more room for say an early Woodentops single circa 1985 such as Well, Well. Well or an a.r.kane track or Mark Stewart & the Mafia, or an early Wolfgang Press track.

This compilation should be played to every 15/16/17 year old who listens to dull lame rock such as Coldplay, Travis and Embrace to help them to understand the rich diversity of interesting alternative music past and present.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:54 PM

Monday, January 22, 2001


Organart overview the forthcoming album by My Vitriol - Finelines the writer is obviously a big fan of the band, by commenting "This is the first truely classic album of 2001"

# posted by DJ Martian 7:46 PM

Depeche Mode issue a press release relating to their plans for 2001.


# posted by DJ Martian 7:34 PM

As the year slowly speeds up with new releases Chunky Records outline the forthcoming alternative/ independent label releases over the next month or so. Always useful for tracking down release dates and background information, its been updated today.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:25 PM

Stumblings in the dark has an interesting update

"current listening/reading lists have been updated in the left-hand column".

Covers electronica/ IDM.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:18 PM

Monosyllabic have started reviewing the best albums of 2000 in alpha order

In lieu of a full-fledged redesign or writing about my fairly boring but somehow still angst-filled life, I have decided to spend a few weeks running down the list of albums released this past year that I've heard and writing a little bit about each one. To extend this ridiculous conceit, I'm even planning to do it in alphabetic order, although there are a few albums I still want to listen to and include here, so I hope you won't mind if I occasionally go out of order.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:05 PM

Sunday, January 21, 2001


Picked up the new copy of Big Take-over magazine this week. Includes long Interviews with The Chameleons, Whipping Boy, Howard Devoto and Wire and stacks of other interesting articles and album reviews.

Also interesting to note that SDRE mention that U2s Unforgetable fire album was a strong influence on the epic qualities of their recent Rising Tide album.

It is remarkable that this magazine/ fanzine has been going over 20 years, edited by Jack Rabid.

Talking of The Chameleons there are no updates of news about the band, lets hope they are in studio now producing a masterpiece. There are lot of fans waiting.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:07 PM

Techno Sounds

Listening to James Ruskin point 2 album at the mo, a very purist techno album, with strong detroit influences, amongst the sharp techno beats there are some warm ambient synth sounds, also I detect similarities to the Harthouse german techno sounds of 1992/1993.

Reading Overload that reviews a stack of underground techno and experimental electronics releases.

Overload Links provide links to some resources that are new to me

Etronik an excellent site that is updated frequently with news, comments, interviews, playlists.

Latest Etronik News

Also New to me 11th hour technology

11th hour technology is the number 1 stop on the net for the underground electronic music scene. We provide info and resources for all fans and exponents of electro, techno, deep house, and and experimental.
We currently contain 405 links to scene related web sites

# posted by DJ Martian 4:44 PM

As someone who started a music blog back in September I know that a new blog needs publicity in their early days.

Bleeding Ears came to my attention via NYLPM

# posted by DJ Martian 3:01 PM

New weekly album review edition of Splendid includes Brokeback, Suicide Commando,Wisdow of Harry and Gwenmars.

Gwenmars are compared to 80s alternative artists such as The Jesus and Mary Chain, PIL and Peter Murphy.

Two Real Audio and MP3 downloads available at See Thru Broadcasting

# posted by DJ Martian 2:36 PM

Leading US electro-industrial artist Assemblage 23 to release new album in March, called Failure, the follow up to the debut Contempt.

Source Side-Line January 16th.

Song titles so far include: Naked, Divide, House on Fire, Disappoint, Tried, and Longevity. So far it's shaping up to be rather varied with both uptempo danceable tracks, and slower, funkier tracks.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:02 AM

London based Cryonica have recently released a new Electro/Industrial compilation Cryonica Tanz v.1.

Full Tracklisting

included are artists such

Flesh Field
Assembalge 23
The Galan Pixs
The Nine
Razed in Black

# posted by DJ Martian 2:12 AM

UK band to look out for in the future Synthetic

Synthetic are an electronic music project based in the UK. Their sound fuses elements of techno, trance, EBM, industrial and darkwave.

Synthetic are currently recording material for two new releases - an 8 track CD-EP provisionally entitled S.E.T. (Simultaneous European Transmission) and their second album (12 track CD) scheduled for release in May 2001 and August 2001 respectively.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:05 AM

Saturday, January 20, 2001


A new music ezine to me Recycle your ears offers news and reviews in industrial, experimental electronics, and ebm music.

Recycle your ears includes coverage over the more obscure, experimental and radical artists in the industrial music scene.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:49 PM

One of my favourite music magazines Outburn has a new issue, that I managed to pick up a copy of this week from Tower.

Outburn describes itself as subversive and post alternative music

Einst�rzende Neubauten
DJ? Acucrack
Saint Etienne
Theatre of Tragedy
Marz (members of Ministry)
Juno Reactor
Violet Indiana (Cocteau Twins' Robin Guthrie)
I, Parasite
DJ Hyper

PLUS OVER 150 ESSENTIAL NEW MUSIC REVIEWS: Add N to (x), Amber Asylum, Attrition, Blink Twice, Coph Nia, Cradle of Filth, Cut.Rate.Box, The Damage Manual, Dead Voices On Air, Deep Dish, Delerium, Download, Echoboy, Elf Power, Faith & Disease, Flesh Field, Goldfrapp, David Holmes, Human Drama, Isis, The Living Jarboe, Magn�tophone, Rotting Christ, Skincage, Snog, The Tear Garden, Type O Negative, The Unquiet Void, Unto Ashes...and more!

It is a shame that Britain does not have a magazine that matches the diversity of Outburn that comes out about 3 times a year, Jan, May and September.

Highly recommended reading.

The album reviewers also are often spot on, with the analysis of judging interesting music.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:13 PM

More Album Release Dates


Dillinja - Dillinja presents Cybotron (FFRR)


Tha Avalanches - Since I Left you - XL


Orbital -The Altogether (FFRR)


Stereo MCs - Deep Down and Dirty LP


Adam F - Kaos (Chrysalis)

Dave Clarke - Compass (FFRR)

Kosheen - Resist (Moksha)

Lemon D (Valve)

Also albums later this year from the likes of

Massive Attack, New Order, Prodigy, Steve Lawler, Spirtualized.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:51 PM

New extreme metal artists Zyklon release the first benchmark extreme rock album of 2001 in February. Terrorizer have already given this album of the month. Zkylon include two members of the seminal black metal band Emperor.

Zyklon album "World Ov Worms" will be released through Candlelight Records on February the 5th, 2001.

Zyklon was brought to life by Emperor's founding member Zamoth with the intention of creating a whole new band, expressing a more aggressive attitude. Trym (also member of Emperor) was soon asked to join, and the two have actually been working sporadically on rehearsing ideas and writing material since mid-1998. The basic line-up of the band was completed only in the beginning of the year 2000, when Destructhor (also member of Myrkskog) joined forces with Zamoth and Trym

Zyklon The official website opens on 5th of February.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:35 PM

One of the the leading metalic hardcore bands Zao are developing a new official site. I have heard a few tracks of the new album, and its impressive and interesting music, there are elements of the music that share much with the depth and emotional brilliance of the recent album by earthtone 9 and a new band called Taken.

ZAO's new album "Self-Titled" will be released 27th February.

Another website for Zao

# posted by DJ Martian 10:19 PM

Metalic ethereal hardcore rock band Skycamefalling to reissue debut album

To Forever Embrace The Sun" MCD reissue w/updated and enhanced artwork (Onedaysavior Recordings) April 2001

also Two tracks from our full length are available via the link.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:00 PM

As Britain is hit with sub zero temperatures the best place to be tonight is staying in, listening to the BBC Radio 3 Mixing it - Radiohead special that kicks off at 22.15 GMT.

"Mark Russell and Robert Sandall are joined by Radiohead's Jonny and Colin Greenwood, who discuss their album `Kid A', one of the most talked-about records of 2000. Plus music by Alice Coltrane, Messiaen and Paul Lansky."

Playlist details of the 20th Jan Mixing it Show

# posted by DJ Martian 9:49 PM

Pitchfork review the new Pan Sonic
album, Aaltopiiri.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:40 AM

Icrunch have an interview with Depth Charge

# posted by DJ Martian 2:20 AM

Thursday, January 18, 2001


New edition of Aural Innovations The Global Source For SpaceRock Exploration.

Includes Flying Saucer Attack Profile

FSA last album Mirror was the last great album of the 20 th century, released in December 1999 with no publicity, in fact many magazines reviewed it in January 2000.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:56 PM

Brainwashed releases a listing of recent & upcoming electronic/experimental/etc. releases. The webpage has been updated stacks of forthcoming releases, dated Jan 17th.

Here are some key release dates that I have not mentioned before... as usual with record companies things can change week by week


South - From Here On In CD (Mo'Wax, UK)


Ikon - On the Edge of Forever CD (Metropolis, US)


Talvin Singh - Ha! CD (Island/Universal, UK)

MARCH 19th

Wagon Christ - Musipal CD/LP (Ninja Tune, UK/Canada/US)

MARCH 27th

Gridlock - Trace CD (Unit/Possessive Blindfold, US)


Haujobb - Polarity CD (Metropolis, US)

APRIL 10th

Mogwai - Pardon Our Dust as We Grow to Serve You Better CD/LP (Matador, US)

APRIL 17th

Third Eye Foundation - I Poo Poo on Your Juju CD/LP [remix album] (Merge, US)

# posted by DJ Martian 9:33 PM

A UK band to keep tabs on Sulphur

"Sulpher are the UK's last chance at Industrial salvation. Featuring assorted members of Curve and The Creatures, Sulpher utilise their past live experience to put on a performance that puts established bands in the shade. A startling combination of NIN's aggression, Curve's idiosyncrasies and Stabbing Westward's ability to create breathtaking textures makes Sulpher THE most exciting band of the moment"

# posted by DJ Martian 9:03 PM

Dancing About Architecture surprisingly have an interesting retro look back at New Model Army.

Two Decades of Hope and Passion, Stories and Protest Songs with New Model Army

I only have two New Model Army albums in my collection, my favourite being 1986's The Ghost of Cain. So I can't give a detailed overview of the band's music.

In many ways The Ghost of Cain, echoed similiar socio-political-economic ideas to The The's Infected album of the same year. The influence of America on the world and Britain and the effects of 80s Thatcherism on Britain's industrial regions.

On the Ghost of Cain, NMA emotional music incorporated interesting keyboard sound arrangements and harmonica, mixed in with powerful guitar sounds and tribal percussion topped off with memorable well written songs.

Music wise The Ghost of Cain - was similiar to other mid 80s acts such as.. The Chameleons, The Cult, even early U2 or early Big Country.

The profound lyrics of Ghost of Cain

New Model Army were a band of their own, creating self community and a passionate fan base that as the years rolled by isolated them from any particular music scene or other artists. In fact NMA concerts, often had the statement no support band.

New Model Army may be deemed unfashionable in certain music critic circles, but I can recommend that you check out The Ghost of Cain, nearly 15 years after its release it still has a direct impact.. and if you have the album in your collection, it is worth another play.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:21 AM

Wednesday, January 17, 2001


From Tull To Tortoise: Post-Rock's Proggy Past An article by CMJ that attempts to analyse a wide range of contemporary artists and the influence of artists from the past.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:37 PM

Depeche Mode confirm the new album title, Exciter.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:54 PM

Arab Strap release their new album 'The Red Thread', on February 26 via Chemikal Underground.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:21 AM

The best weekly independent label music update on the web Brainwashed Brain has a fresh look for 2001, includes news of new material from Windy & Carl, and Fridge.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:05 AM

Tuesday, January 16, 2001


All the junglists its time to show some respect Knowledge D&B Awards you can vote online.

Teebee deserves an award for best international producer and I am surprised the album is not shortlisted as well, Teebee's work was very innovative for creating a widescreen jungle sound , I also thought that Optical mixes that I heard on Mary Ann Hobbs Breezeblock are taking drum n bass into a new futuristic fast direction, Kosheen Hide U certainly was a memorable single that got respect from a wide range of electronic DJs.

The Awards are taking place at the lavish Hammersmith Palais, London on Thursday February 22 2001. This year we're opening up the whole event to the public - come along and witness the ceremony and live PAs from The Palais' massive balcony, then you can enjoy your favourite DJs at the after-party when the whole venue is opened up.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:51 PM

Blue Aeroplanes released a great album 11 years ago, Swagger. This interview looks back at this fine album.

The uniqueness of �Swagger� lay in the barrage of beautiful layered guitars, the perfect foil for Gerard�s passionate spoken poetry. The songs ranged from the jangly pop of �Careful Boy�, �Love Come Round� and the gentle acoustic breath of �Picture Frame� to the dense powerful clatter of �And Stones�.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:13 PM

A well written and detailed review of The Avalanches - Since I Left You by Tim Finney, published at Freaky Trigger.

I have yet to hear this band, but noticed their name cropping up in a number of music magazines, including the weekly music magazine 7 that gave this album of the week slot back sometime late last year.

The excellence of this album is confirmed by Rough Trade

"australian version of the album that will be released by rex next year.this will be one of the albums of next year(be warned)"

Still no news of an official release date in the UK.

In Tim Finney's review he makes this comment
It's difficult to think of many albums as consistently ambitious as this, but this album seems to me to be spiritually in tune with landmark efforts like A.R. Kane�s I..

This should immediately get your attention, as A.R. Kane's I album is one of the greatest albums I have ever experienced ! A record that came out in the Autumn of 1989, that featured more sound composition ideas crammed into an album in the history of music, from thrash rock to dub to techno house to electro pop to ethereal atmospheric. Remarkably it worked, a constant flow of sound collages that challenges the listener everytime you experience it.

Information on the seminal a.r.kane

it would seem that a.r.kane can do nothing that is not extraordinary. with its punning suggestion of something mysterious, a.r.kane's name succinctly indicates the elusive flavor of their music. sparse disjointed sound fractures, altered tempos and hazy feedback which goes from industrial to ethereal as easily as the drum sounds drop from a boom to a simple pattern. raw guitars layers rage overpoweringly at times and splash acoustically at others carousingly over buried melodies and chant-like vocals that wail and moan on one track to sound on the next as if they were recorded underwater. their visceral stabs of noise swarm around your head revealing a bizarre shimmering beauty. a.r.kane have created a soundtrack to all the dreams anyone could ever have. - rockpool

# posted by DJ Martian 10:54 PM

Another review of Jega - Geometry from website seven.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:07 PM

Roadrunner provide a free Fear Factory download track, - WHAT WILL BECOME.

from the upcoming DIGIMORTAL, due out April 24th.

Industrial Metal for the next generation, Fear Factory's "Demanufacture" was one of the innovative rock albums of the 90s released in 1995, crunching riffs and a sharp use of electronics the follow up Obsolete did not take the music further, infact Strapping Young Lad - City, stole Fear Factory's crown.

So this an important album for Fear Factory. I have also seen mentioned in interviews that 80s U2 guitar influences are evident on some of the tracks.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:39 PM

Pennyblack provide information on a new album by Kante called Zweilicht

Excellent album from the highly acclaimed Kitty Yo label. Kante's album is already kicking up a storm in the rest of Europe. Accompanied by a 14 piece string orchestra, Kante enrich the classical band set up by adding computer and electronics which opens up a sound ranging from jazz, minimal electronic, modern classic, blues and world. Taking 'post rock' as far out there as possible, think MARC HOLLIS/TALK TALK, ROBERT WYATT, ALICE COLTRANE, BOB DYLAN, STEVE REICH.

More information available at Kitty Yo website, including a free MP3 sample

Kante, -Zweilicht, released in the UK, January 22nd.

Beautiful, sweeping, spacy, and atmospheric post-rock-electronica-pop from Germany that defies even the longest hyphenated description. Kante will lure you close to your speakers with whispered half-promises and glimpses of enticing landscapes.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:27 PM

London art rock band Rothko

to release "In The Pulse Of An Artery" on Bella Union, release date 26th February.

Part of the Bella Union Series 7

Tracks are "Pulse Of An Artery" - "Moments Cracked Open" - "Smudges And Smears" - "Imprint Of Leaves" - "Time Out" -"Metatonic" - "Harold Budd".

# posted by DJ Martian 6:48 PM

Monday, January 15, 2001


Apparently this lot are the biggest "British white guitar rock hopes" for 2001Vex Red this is the first I have heard of them.

This download track won them a recording contract due to a contest with rock producer Ross Robinson and they now have a major deal with a Virgin offshoot label, signed last week.

Download the track Can't smile, and the vocalist has some similarities with Kurt Cobain, the music is in an art-metal terriority in the vein of Earthtone 9 mixed with Nirvana with a touch of Manic Street Preachers at their most angry. There are breakdowns, some interesting arrangements, but does this add up to something exceptional?, I remain unconvinced at the mo.

Can they can transcend these influences in the studio, and take their music on to the next level with a top producer? remains to be seen.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:09 PM

Top 10 Shoegazer Albums of Alltime includes MBV, Ride, Chaperhouse, Slowdive.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:45 PM

Sunday, January 14, 2001



are Dave, one half of the electronic
outfit MARINEVILLE (signed to
Universal Egg), and John
Southern. With their debut album
"Fat Space Acid" they virtually
destroy and reinvent the
drum'n'bass genre.

Broken beats, deconstructed live
drums and bass and bloody
minded sampladelia trample
devilishly over "Reefer Madness"
folk paranoia. Long overdue
release diverts d'n'b away from
the formulaic and onto journeys
through supersurreal filmscapes

A full length track, quarybeat can be downloaded from here Ashfelt

This music reminds me of early 80s avant garde artists 23 Skidoo.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:52 PM

Swedish dark art rock band Katatonia who have moved towards a Red House Painters/ Jeff Buckley/The Cure direction over the past two albums, Have a title for the forthcoming album Last Fair Deal Gone Down

11 new tracks are to be found and here's the tracklist:

1. Dispossession
2. Chrome
3. We Must Bury You
4. Teargas
5. I Transpire
6. Tonight's Music
7. Clean Today
8. The Future of Speech
9. Passing Bird
10. Sweet Nurse
11. Don't Tell a Soul

# posted by DJ Martian 11:26 PM

A new sound project APHELION

Iris Light Records is proud to
announce the signing of "APHELION"
(pronounced Ap-heel-e-on)
- the Electronic project from ex.
Stuart Anstis.

"Do not expect Black Metal, this is an
album of stunningly beautiful and
sophisticated electronic textures
with beats, cinematic samples and
female voices"

An MP3 download is available.

This project has now been scheduled for release in the middle of February 2001

The female vocalist reminds me of Ofra Haza circa 1987, and Liz Fraser.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:11 PM

Congratulations to Dredg who have got themselves a major label deal with Interscope. I have heard a few tracks and this band have the potential to be as innovative and artistically creative as Tool, Jane's Addiction and Killing Joke.

Dynamic Rock was the website that I first discovered information on Dredg.

Information on Dredg
"Comprised of 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"

A new album will be released later this year, remember the name Dredg.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:58 PM

Bardo Pond to release new album, Dilate, on 24th April

# posted by DJ Martian 5:20 PM

2nd Gen finally releases his debut album, Irony Is which will be one of the most sonically challenging albums of the year, on February 19th on the Mute label

Neither 'purely' Techno, Electro, Post Rock, Industrial or Hip Hop, 2nd Gen's Irony Is achieves a distillation of all these musical forms, and more, bending them out of shape to serve Yaseen's will.

His primary desire, as evinced within Irony Is, is to constantly challenge himself, and those who listen to his art. In the true sense of the word, this is soul music, delivered straight from the heart and the head. "It's a hybrid of sounds and sources, not purely done on computers, not purely done on conventional instruments", Yaseen eludiates, speaking of the creation of Irony Is. "I'm into tactile stuff, fingers on strings, hardwiring electronics. It's a lot of regenerated sound, twisting it back around so it almost collapses within itself."

# posted by DJ Martian 4:57 PM

Saturday, January 13, 2001


A spanish music magazine Rock De Lux lists their best albums of 2000. Good to see a diverse selection of music recognised on one list,

includes Isolee, Circulation, Sunny Day Real Estate, David Holmes, Two Lone Swordsmen, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Primal Scream

There are also best of lists for 1993 onwards. With artists as varied as Sepultura, Mogwai, Death in Vegas, Mercury Rev, Third Eye Foundation, Trans Am, Laika, Tortoise, Tricky, Disco Inferno, The Aloof, The Chemical Brothers, Flying Saucer Attack, Techo Animal, Labradford, Underworld and Bark Psychosis.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:48 PM

Uncle Fester/ Fast 'N' Bulbous provides a personal overview of 2000 music. Also lists Top 13 albums of the year. The usual celebrated names crop up.. Sigur Ros, Radiohead, PJ Harvey, Godspeed, Primal Scream, At the Drive in. There are also genre best of lists.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:28 PM

The most anticipated rock album of the year by Tool has been given a title Systema Encephale, music ezine Lambgoat also list the likely song titles.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:14 PM

Thursday, January 11, 2001


Online store Safety in Numbers have a host of new releases overviews in electronica/ IDM music.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:55 PM

New online electronic music magazine Igloo looks interesting.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:47 PM

Bows Luke Sutherland's sound project, release their second album in 2001 called Cassidy and tentatively scheduled for a March 26th, on Too Pure.

This is how Bows sounded on their first album, Blush.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:26 PM

Operating in a similiar sonic terriority to Faultline are Accelera Deck who first came to my attention on the brilliant album Narcotic Beats that mashed krautrock, MBV, jungle, warped extreme electronics ala Aphex Twin - into an astonishing sound mix.

Accelera Deck have a new album in April

12 brand new tracks on the beautiful label run by Metamatics
April 2001

# posted by DJ Martian 11:11 PM

One of the most exhilarating and exciting digital art electronica composers David Kosten/ Faultline has some news

"The second Faultline album is currently being recorded at David Kosten's studio in London England. Fourteen tracks have so far been recorded - the album and singles should appear from Spring 2001. "

This is one of the most anticipated albums of 2001.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:02 PM

Tom at NYLPM links to 20 criminally underappreciated bands of the last ten years
what a brilliant article!, and the type of journalism that NME should aspire to if it had its head screwed on.

Included spellbinding artists such as

BARK PSYCHOSIS - Hex - what a sublime album !

# posted by DJ Martian 1:53 AM

When I started this weblog back in September, I did not expect that artists official websites would link to my weblog.

Back in late 2000, I had commented on my weblog that both John Kennedy at Xfm and John Peel had played Cex, and I thought the music was amongst the best IDM/ electronica I have heard this year.

There was something extra and innovative about the music that latched onto to me, the music was varied and exciting, the rhythms made unpredictable patterns, the production techniques and musical composition dynamic and multi dimensional.

Well here is the first official artist to link to my weblog Cex

Cex (Ryan Kidwell) often does a Google search to find out what others are saying about his music.

Then Cex commented that he was excited by his music being played on British radio,

"Like, I found out that John Peel and some fellow named John Kennedy have or
had been playing tracks off Role Model on British radio. I found this out at
this website: Is it lame if
that really excites me? (The playing on the radio thing) I need to go to
Britain. I promise when I go I will play live shows that give 'em something
to talk about."

I then noticed the link appearing on my site stats.

I mentioned this to John Kennedy via email and asked if you could play another track from the album, around 12.20am on Thurdsay John Kennedy at Xfm 104.9 obliged and played a brilliant track off the Cex album.
That reminds me of artists such as Aphex Twin, Digital hardcore artists and Zan Lyons.

The music has a similiar confidence and approach to music composition as Zan Lyons, a 21 year old from London.
Zan Lyons

After playing two other tracks by other artists John Kennedy, mentioned the Cex website and the news story and generously gave me a plug as well. JK mentioned that the Cex album was definately a worthwhile and interesting album to check out.

Clearly things are going right for Cex as the current stocks of his album have sold out in the US.

and the brainwashed readers at Brain voted Cex number five best new artist of the year.

While Stumblings in the dark in Australia included Cex amongst the top amongst the top 10 singles of 2000

Background information on Cex is 19 year old musical prodigy, Ryan Kidwell aka Cex.

"Influenced by everything from Aphex Twin and Autechre to Universal Order of Armageddon and Ween, this record defies current electronic music trappings in the sheer force of its direct musical impact and the sheer honesty and emotion from which the tracks were inspired. This album places Cex alongside the best of the modern electronic musicians and IDM upstarts in the steadily (and speedily..) growing American electronic music scene like Hrvatski, Marumari, Lesser, Slicker, Kid 606, Jake Mandell, Matmos, Pthalo and Richard Devine"

Now I need to get the CD, I must admit that I had a look in a few stores recently and could not see it.

It is shame that NME does not give exposure to artists of high artistic innovation such as Cex and Zan Lyons.

You wonder what the hell they do all week at NME towers, for instances this week pathetic edition of 100 things to look forward to in 2001.

It as if 16 year old kid on work experience put together the magazine for a week, its crap, shodily put together and some of the artists mentioned are real reasons to believe that the weekly music press is dead from the neck up. Now that MM has gone NME has a monopoly of writing rubbish each week.

Where is the quality control, where are the critical and discerning articles? Where are the writers to inspire to us with a real passionate interest in music that matters? not in the NME

the NME in 2001 read New Mediocore Entrails. And next week it will be worse, no one with an interest in creative music is in the least bit interested in reading about having tea with Fred Durst in an LA mansion. How low can you sink to?

Respect to John Kennedy on the Xposure show for playing a Cex track off Role Model.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:33 AM

Wednesday, January 10, 2001


Two sublime artists Massive Attack remix A Perfect Circle details of a 3 Libras remix and forthcoming Massive Attack information.

Must try listening to Mezzanine then Mer De Noms.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:51 PM

Finnish extreme electronics band Pan Sonic new album Aaltopiiri out on Blast First!, January 16 2001.

Looking reflective and serious Pan Sonic in posing promo photo.

These Finnish sound terrorists started life Panasonic, until the electronics giants, threatened them with legal action. The cheeky chaps, dropped the a, to form Pan Sonic. Creative.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:19 PM

Top Junglists Ed Rush & Optical will finally release the CD version of Wormholes on February 5.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:50 PM

Tortoise "Standards" is the next full-length album, due out from Thrill Jockey in the USA and Warp in the UK on February 20th. Lets hope its a massive return to form, as TNT was a backwards move.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:47 PM

One of Britains leading creative heavy artrock bands Paradise Lost have three samples from their forthcoming album: "Believe In Nothing" released February 26th 2001.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:42 PM

New Labradford album fixed::contex, released February 19th. labradford are one of the most artistic and creative contemporary sound composers. The album Artwork is also stunning. And look who is producing Steve Albini!

Also on Kranky are Low, Low's new full length LP/CD, "Things We Lost in the Fire" has been postponed to February 6th.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:35 PM

Depeche Mode go into interactive PR, with a chance to win their new album in advance with a contest that requires good DM knowledge, and creative guess work.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:49 PM

Tuesday, January 09, 2001


Stumblings in the dark present Top 10 lists of 2000, some interesting choices including Mice Parade, Savath & Savalas, Cex, Tipper, Third Eye Foundation.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:34 PM

Over at NYLPM Tom is complaining of "I am forced to wear a coat which makes me look like a 1982 Echo And The Bunnymen fan".. due to the British cold weather.

Actually I think this style is still cool, better than mods (Jam fans) with their green parkers !

As Bunnymen fans will know there were no album released in 82, although as this Discography mentions The Back of love single was released May 21, 1982 the best Bunnymen album was released in 1983 (February 4, 1983) Porcupine and here are the lyrics to prove it.

Porcupine had an epic quality, it was confident, different, reflective, had a mysterious edge and brilliant atmospheric guitar sounds. And definately one of the best alternative rock albums of the 80s.

Track listing of Porcupine

The Cutter 3.50

The Back Of Love 3.13

My White Devil 4.32

Clay 4.07

Porcupine 5.55

Heads Will Roll 3.29

Ripeness 4.50

Higher Hell 4.59

Gods Will Be Gods 5.18

In Bluer Skies 4.26

Someone even thinks Porcupine was the greatest album of alltime !

The second best Bunnymen album was the debut Crocodiles - sparky enthusiastic yey moody psychedelic guitar music, while the third best album was 84's Ocean Rain - lush and panoramic sting driven big music with unsual yet sing along lyrics.

Which big mouth Mac suggested at the time tongue in check? this was the greatest album of alltime, and included this in the advertising for the album. It won the Melody Maker album of the year in 1984 though.

I never could get into the second album, Heaven up Here released in 81 - which I find too one dimensional, and minimalist. All though I have seen this album appear in best albums of all time lists.

These days Bunnymen are on some website, called Gimmie? and no one is interested, maybe the should not have reformed in the late 90s as their music in the past few years, is dull sub-Verve IMHO.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:19 PM

Jyoti Mishra on remembers the good old days of Snub TV a late eighties music programme on BBC 2 that featured the leftfield alternative / independent scene. i.e a.r.kane, Throwing Muses, My Bloody Valentine, Wolfgang Press, Dinosaur Jnr, The Young Gods, Spacemen 3, Happy Mondays etc

Indeed why can't say C4 say have a 1 hour challenging music programme each week, I could programme it :)

# posted by DJ Martian 10:31 PM

Passionate emotional art guitar music band Life Without Buildings new album details. Title : An other city.

I mentioned this band in my blog back in September, and they delayed the release of this album.

"The album has now been mastered and track order finalised. Any other city will be released February 26th 2001."

Track listing is as follows:

PS Exclusive
Let's Get Out
The Leanover
Young Offenders
14 Days
New Town

John Kennedy, on Xfm played a track juno, which demonstrates the brilliance of Life Without Buildings, there is an emotional intensity to this band that has not been heard since Throwing Muses, Real Ramona album nearly ten years ago.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:58 AM

The weekly music ezine The Brain part of the esteemed Brainwashed collective, have anounced their 2000 readers poll, great to see Primal Scream and Trans Am in the top 10.

godspeed you black emperor! pick up band of ther year.
and album of the year
godspeed you black emperor!, "Lift Yr Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven"

And totally agree with the worst band of the year, there was no shadow of doubt about that.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:22 AM

Monday, January 08, 2001


I agree Cabaret Voltaire were prototype drum n bass. In 1985 on "The Covenant, The Sword and the Arm of the Lord" one of the most underrated albums of all time. A sublime album that mixed electro, twisted funk, discordant beats and leftfield synth pop - the beats and rhythms definately shared a similiar texture to drum n bass.

If you enjoy drum n bass such as Matrix, Jonny L, Technical Itch or the electro of Two Lone Swordsmen - then check out Cabaret Voltaire on The Covenant, The Sword and the Arm of the Lord.

Cabaret Voltaire along with Mark Stewart & the Mafia, Colourbox and New Order were years ahead of the pack in the mid 80s.

In 2001 I am looking forward to new albums from these artists that will recapture the spirit of the innovative electro-synth sounds of the 80s mixed with modern influences, New Order, Gridlock, Mesh, Starecase, Hocico, Depeche Mode (LFO producing), Orbital, The Chemical Brothers, The Nine, Deadsy, Way Out West and the sublime VNV Nation.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:20 PM

Talking of Radio 1, something that I should have commented on by now John Peel Listeners Festive 50 some predictable choices, certain bands that seem to have an inflated importance, that outside the Peel show do not reflect the same popularity e.g quirky bands such as Halfman Halfbiscuit, Cuban Boys etc, and the bizarre popularity of the ordinaryness of David Gedge's Cinerama.

And there is an unwritten rule that every festive 50 should have at least one Fall track. I thought that year 2000 model of The Fall, was a massive return to form.

I Hate Scotland' - Ballboy - surely this Arab Strap recording under another name, very similiar in style

Some of the tracks that I enjoyed in the Festive 50

Dr Bucks Letter' - The Fall
The Light 3000' - Schneider TM KPT.michi.gan
Mistakes And Regrets' - And You Will Know Us By Trail Of Dead
'In a Beautiful Place' - Boards of Canada
'Brutal' - New Order
'Candyman' - Lab 4
'Svefn G Englar' - Sigur Ros

11 'Dinosaur Act' - Low - I also predicted that this would be a top 10 choice in this blog, I was wrong by 1 place. Surely one of the best American indie rock songs, since the The Pixies.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:39 PM

Jungle Voodoo review the latest jungle releases and also the new album by Steve Roach/Byron Metcalf "The Serpent's Lair" - Projekt (U.S.)
"This epic 2CD set epitomizes tribal ambient electronic music"

# posted by DJ Martian 7:20 PM

Radiohead attack Radio 1 I agree, most of Radio 1 output is too mainstream and does not interest me, they also exclude a lot of the music that I am interested in.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:07 PM

TOP 50 ALBUMS of 2000 .. that I Have Yet to Hear

2000 was an action packed year for interesting music, however there were many albums that I did not get around to hear, these are the Top 50 albums of 2000 ...that I would like to hear in full.

This list covers a variety of styles, progressive trance, lo-fi, IDM, electro-industrial, hardcore, Industrial black metal, noisecore, darkwave, dark metal, electro, spacerock, ambient, tech house.. i.e this was music from the creative margins - away from the high profile marketing money controlled mainstream - however these artists deserve a wider audience but were denied by the conformist established media channels, the rotten so called alternative radio e.g in London, Xfm that crush choice though enforced narrow playlists, the conservative British music press that blew up in 2000 for being too mainstream and safe Melody Maker, and Select and the laggard MTV2 etc.

1. Animated � Tempting Fate
2. Arco - Coming to Terms
3. Arovane - Tides
4. Assemblage 23 - Contempt
5. Blue States � Nothing Changes Under the Sun
6. Bogus Blimp � Cords.Wires
7. Bridge & Tunnel - Bridge & Tunnel
8. Broadcast � The Noise that People Make
9. Burn It Down � Let the Dead Bury the Dead
10. Bushwacka � Cellar Dwellas
11. CEX � Role Model
12. Circle - Prospekt
13. Collide � Chasing the Ghost
14. Crest Of Darkness � Project Regenarator
15. Datach� I � We Are Always Well Thank You
16. Diary of Dreams � One of 18
17. Einsturzende Neubaten � Silence is Sexy
18. Empress - Empress
19. Fuxa - Fuxa 2000
20. Gas - Pop
21. The Go Betweens - The Friends of Rachel Worth
22. Goldfrapp � Felt Mountain
23. Halo_Gen � Halo_gen
24. Graham Haynes � BPM
25. Icon Of Coil � Serenity to the Devil
26. Insides � Sweet Tip
27. Isis - Celestial
28. J Majesty � J Majesty
29. Jega � Geometry
30. Lackluster - Container
31. Laeto � Make us Mild
32. Leila � Courtesty of Choice
33. MDK - A Friend Is A Stranger You Haven't Met Yet ...
34. Roy Montgomery - The Allegory of Hearing Drunken Fish
35. Mount Florida � Phoenix
36. PAL - Release
37. Peaches � The Teaches of Peaches
38. Portal - Reprise
39. Primordial � Spirit the Earth Aflame
40. Romanthony - R.Hide In Plain Site
41. Anthony Rother - Simulationszeitalter
42. Saturnus - Martyre
43. Sculptured � Apollo Ends
44. Shock Of Reality � Shock of Reality
45. Shora - Shaping the Random
46. Sky came falling - To Forever Embrace The Sun
47. Taken - Finding Solace In Dissension
48. Turing Machine - A New Machine for Living
49. Susumu Yakota - Sakura
50. Yume Bitsu � Auspicious Winds

When I have some more time, I will add some comments and links. These artists deserve wider coverage and recognition.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:35 AM

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2009 Music RYM Top Albums 2009 - RYM 2009 New - users 2009 Lists
2009 Album Reviews: a2009 Music 2009: b2009 m2009 Release Info 2009: r2009

2010 Albums: 2010 Albums - DJ Martian - 2010 Music Lists
2010 Music RYM Top Albums 2010 - RYM 2010 New
2010 Album Reviews: a2010 Music 2010: b2010 m2010 Release Info 2010: r2010


Online Music Stores: Links: More UK Links:
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UK Online Music Stores: with e-commerce ordering: Specialists More links @ specialist
Action Records Banquet Records BLEEP bmsoho Boomkat Juno Records Key Mail Order Norman Records Phonica Piccadilly Records ReR resident Resurrection Music Rhythm Online Rise Music The Rock Box Rough Trade Second Layer Records Spillers Records, Cardiff Spin Supernal TouchShop volcanic tongue
UK Online Music Stores: with e-commerce ordering: Generalists More links @ cdstores ASDA Entertainment Tesco Townsend Records Wow HD


New & Forthcoming Music - Listings [More Links: bookmarks tagged: forthcoming
AOTY - Upcoming Album Releases Upcoming Releases | Consequence of Sound The 405 - Album Release Schedule Upcoming Album Releases - Metacritic This is Corrosion Upcoming Jazz Release Center
Metal: Metal Storm - Upcoming Releases

UK Music Distributors: Cargo Kudos Shellshock Southern
UK Online Music Stores: Coming Soon/ Pre-Orders Boomkat Norman Records: Pre-ordering
US Online Music Stores: Coming Soon/ Pre-Orders Darla Forced Exposure Insound Siren Disc Future Releases

New Releases/ This Week [UK Music Stores] Boomkat Juno Records The Norman Records Weekly Update Piccadilly Records Rough Trade
New Releases/ This Week [US Music Stores] Aquarius Records Darla - New This Week Dusty Groove EAR/ Rational Music Forced Exposure Insound Midheaven - New Releases Other Music Other Music - New Release Updates Stinkweeds

using 2014 Album Releases [Updated Regularly] This information is updated on a continual basis.


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Music Discussion: ILM Links: Tag: Music Discussion

Music Discussion: Diverse/Eclectic: ILM Rate Your Music - General UK Based General/Rock: MOJO Message Boards Rock Lists: Acclaimed Music Forums Ambient/ Berlin School of EM/ Space Music: Hypnos Forum Avant: Bagatellen Dubstep: Dubstep Forum Electronic: Dissensus We Are The Music Makers Forums Jazz: All About Jazz Bulletin Board Jungle/ Drum N Bass: DOA: Dogs on Acid Metal: .: Metal Storm - Forum Ultimate Metal Forum Progressive Rock: Progressive Ears * Progressive Rock Forum Shoegaze: shoegaze forum

BBC Music: BBC Music BBC Music - Listen BBC Introducing BBC Radio Radio 1 Radio 2 Radio 3 1Xtra 6 Music

Radio: UK: Radioplayer | UK radio in one place. Amazing Radio Chart « Amazing Radio Playlist « Amazing Radio Schedule « Amazing Radio DeadAir128 dirtyradio | music worth hearing Fluid Radio - Experimental Frequencies Jazz FM NTS RADIO Rinse FM Radio Magnetic Resonance104.4fm TotalRock Radio XFM London Ireland: RTÉ 2fm TX FM Radio Player Italy: Listen « PIG Radio USA: Cathedral 13 Links: Radionomy SHOUTcast Radio

Ambient Ambient Visions Star's End
Drum n Bass DOA: Dogs on Acid Drum&BassArena Kmag
Electro / House / Techno DJ Mag hyponik Mixmag RA Resident Advisor XLR8R
Electronic Igloo textura
Experimental: a closer listen | A home for instrumental and experimental music. Avant Music News Brainwashed Cyclic Defrost Freq Headphone Commute Heathen Harvest 2.1 | Illuminating the Post-Industrial Underground Paris Transatlantic Sound and Music | We are sound The Squid's Ear Terrascope Online The Wire
Gothic: net goth org UK
Industrial / Synth Pop: Release Music Magazine Side-Line
Jazz: All About Jazz: News All About Jazz Dalston Sound | A music blog Free Jazz The Jazz Mann JJA News » Insights and updates from the Jazz Journalists Association Jazzwise Magazine LondonJazz Polish-Jazz BBC Radio 3 - Jazz on 3 Jazz Music Archives Crazy Jazz
Metal: Apeshit Blabbermouth BW & BK Decibel Magazine INVISIBLE ORANGES - THE METAL BLOG: MetalBite Metal Hammer The Metal Observer Metal Storm MetalSucks Terrorizer
Music Reviews - Metal Chronicles of Chaos Metal Invader Metal Reviews Metal Storm - Reviews

Canada Based Music Websites Cokemachineglow .
Ireland The Last Mixed Tape Nialler9 State Magazine
Other European Based Music Websites: Chain D.L.K. Cool Music Central KindaMuzik Musique Machine
Scandinavian Music: It's a trap! Music Norway EN Nö MUSIC

London Centric: Delta 9 hyponik Prog rock and avant-garde gigs in London Promoters: Eat Your Own Ears ICA London Musicians Collective Lumin no.signal

UK Based Music Websites: The Afterword - Barcode - Bearded Magazine - Clash Music - CMU Daily - Music | Dazed - DIY - Drowned in Sound - Dummy - Echoes And Dust - FACT magazine: - GIGWISE - The Guardian - Music - Guardian blog - music - The Independent | Music - Kerrang! - themilkfactory - Louder Than War - MOJO - MusicOMH - Music Tank - Music Week - No Ripcord - Record of the Day - - SoundsXP - SUBBA CULTCHA - TLOBF.COM - Uncut - Xfm
NME.COM NME.COM NME Blogs NME New Music NME.COM - Magazine

US Based Music Websites The A.V. Club - Music * - Alternative Music * babysue * Billboard * brooklynvegan * | new music first * * Delusions of Adequacy * Drawer B * Dusted * dusted in exile * Evilsponge * Glide Magazine * Ink19 * Magnet Magazine * Pitchfork * Best New Music | Pitchfork * PopMatters * Prefix * * ReGen Magazine * Scene Point Blank * Silent Uproar * Spin * Sputnikmusic * Stereogum * Tiny Mix Tapes * Under the Radar * URB Magazine

Music Reference: All Music Discogs Fast 'n' Bulbous Metacritic Perfect Sound Forever Rockdetector Rocklist.Net RYM Satan Stole My Teddy Bear Scaruffi
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