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Friday, January 31, 2003

 

Digweed: Stark Raving Mad

BurnitBlue.com report that John Digweed is going Stark Raving Mad

This soundtrack album will be released this Spring.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:14 PM
 

Voivod

Undercover report that Voivod have a made a promo video. It will interesting to see how popular Voivod become in 2003, now that Jason Newstead is in the band. Expect the album in March.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:13 PM
 

Asian Dub Foundation - Enemy of the Enemy

The Independent review Asian Dub Foundation - Enemy of the Enemy

BBC Collective have a feature on Asian Dub Foundation.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:58 AM
 

The Soft Pink Truth - Do You Party?

Marcello Carlin @ The Church of Me enthuses over the new album by The Soft Pink Truth, Do You Party?

This is set for release February 17th, see Amazon.co.uk

# posted by DJ Martian 12:16 AM

Thursday, January 30, 2003

 

One World: Source Lab Showcase

Details of this week's One World show on Radio 1:

Source Lab Showcase

One of the labels responsible for the spark that ignited the new French revolution, has been Source.

Emerging with the celebrated 'Sourcelab' series which featured Daft Punk, Air, Motorbass, Etienne De Crecy, Alex Gopher and Telepopmuzik, long before they got snapped up by major labels.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:44 PM
 

Bang !

DrownedinSound report that Future Publishing [current publishers of Metal Hammer/Classic Rock] will launch a new music monthly magazine, on April 1st called Bang !

If you'd like to send them stuff to review, send it to: BANG, 99 Baker Street, London, W1U 6FP.

We hear the 1st issue is gonna cost �1, but the normal price will be just over �3


Ex Melody Maker writer Simon Price is features editor.

It looks like it will be a direct competitor to X-Ray magazine, the joint Xfm/Swinstead pulications mag (makers of Jockey Slut/Sleazenation)

# posted by DJ Martian 8:11 PM
 

Calla - Televise

DrownedinSound review Calla - Televise.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:48 PM
 

Radiohead

dotmusic provide a summary of the latest Radiohead news, expect the new album in June.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:43 PM
 

Brian Eno

BBCi Experimental music notify a Brian Eno special on Radio 2:

A Quantity of Stuff
From glamourpuss synth whizz to ambient guru and top producer; Stuart Maconie traces the career of Brian Eno.

Broadcast Date: Sat 1 Feb - 9.00pm Radio 2

Tip >>> Listen to it on BBC Radio on Demand after initial broadcast.

Also see BBCi Profile on Brian Eno

# posted by DJ Martian 6:20 PM
 

Massive Attack - Special Cases Video

dotmusic provide the opportunity to view the new Massive Attack - Special Cases video.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:14 PM
 

Keith Jarrett wins Polar prize

BBC report that Keith Jarrett wins Polar prize

# posted by DJ Martian 6:11 PM
 

Dave Douglas - Freak In

"a tireless pathfinder�s adventurous journey through the world of jazztronica."

Music weblog Nightclub Jitters alert us to a forthcoming Dave Douglas album

Dave Douglas - Freak In

Coming soon: Dave Douglas Freak In, a new electric recording for RCA Bluebird. Recorded from July to September 2002, the album presents 12 new compositions featuring
Marc Ribot, Karsh Kale, Joey Baron, Jamie Saft, Romero Lubambo, Brad Jones, Seamus Blake, Chris Speed, Ikue Mori, Craig Taborn, & Michael Sarin.


Freak In will be available in the U.S. on February 18, 2003. More info @ Bluebirdjazz

# posted by DJ Martian 3:52 PM
 

The 100 best Manchester musicians ever

Still time to vote for: The 100 best Manchester musicians ever

Pride Of Manchester, with help from you, are compiling the ultimate chart of Manchester music. The first 1300 votes have provided us with a popular Top 10 with the battle for the number one spot swapping regularly between The Smiths and The Stone Roses

# posted by DJ Martian 2:56 PM
 

The Wire on Resonance 104.4FM

Reminder that The Wire magazine are starting their weekly radio programme [a week later than initially mentioned] on Resonance104.4FM tonight [yes you can listen to it via the web]

21.30 The Wire presents adventures in Modern Music: Tony Herrington. New and unreleased music from the producers of The Wire magazine.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:46 PM
 

NewFrontEars

I found this interesting music weblog via my web stat referrals: NewFrontEars

A resource for artful and demanding music in many genres, especially contemporary and C20th classical, jazz, Baroque, global sounds, the outer fringes of rock... and a little Early Music too. Includes original reviews, listening posts, links and updates catalogued by a writer who is eclectically absorbed by creative music. All material here is (c) Simon Barrow 2002-2003

# posted by DJ Martian 12:59 PM
 

themilkfactory.co.uk - Feb 2003

themilkfactory.co.uk deliver another fine selection of reviews. [The summaries below are taken from a Milkfactory.co.uk e-mail, to see the full reviews go to the link above]


ALBUM OF THE MONTH
Echoboy - Giraffe

Two years after his compelling Volume 1 & 2 albums, the man who was
once courted by Noel Gallagher to join Oasis releases the heart-
warming yet edgy pop record he's threatened to release for years.


Asa-Chang & Junray - Tsu Gi Ne Pu

Follow-up to last year's amazing Jun Ray Song Chang, Tsu Gi Ne Pu
continues the sonic experimentations of the album, as the band
combine ancient and modern music forms.


Black Dice - Beaches & Canyons

Totally unexpectable and uncontrollably chaotic, Black Dice blur the
boundaries between hardcore, post rock and electronic. Beaches &
Canyons is a truly disturbing and beautiful record.


Sylvain Chauveau - Un Autre D�cembre

Stripped down to its bare essentials, the music of Sylvain Chauveau
is revealed here through minimalist piano pieces, sometimes supported
by quiet glitches. Released on Fat-Cat Record's avant-guard label
130701, Un Autre D�cembre is a powerful record built on silences
and emotions.


Clue To Kalo - Come Here When You Sleepwalk

With this first album released under his Clue To Kalo, Adelaid's
Mark Mitchell takes the counter-current of electronic music with
perfect little pop songs and instrumentals.


Mouse On Mars - Rost Pocks

Released just on time to celebrate ten years of services to society
from German techno pranksters Mouse On Mars, this album collects for
the first time the duo's early EPs.


Pet Shop Boys - Disco 3

Third installement in the Disco series, the Pet Shop Boys find
themselves at the heart of the electo revival and embrace once again
the most experimental side of their project.


Pram - Dark Island

Masters at the art of delicately crafted pop, Pram present with their
seventh studio album a darker, more twisted side of their world.


Tennis - Furlines

Two years after the release of their second album, Tennis, aka Benge
and Si-Cut.db, return with Furlines, on which they further develop
their minimal soundscapes. Accompanying this release is a collection
of remixes from tracks taken from Europe On Horseback.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:52 AM
 

If I were an editor of a weekly music magazine this week's front cover would feature: Super Numeri

This week's front cover choice is Super Numeri. On February 3rd, Super Numeri release an album, Great Aviaries on Ninja Tune.

Super Numeri specialise in journeys into music that recall Miles Davis' seventies experiments and the work of Can without seeming beholden to either. The results are langorous soundscapes, with a use of live instruments and spiky intelligence which take them a million miles from lazy "ambient" music.

Coming on like the best bits of Can, with a dash of Miles carefully seasoned with eccentricity that only the English can do properly. Beautiful, glorious and deep this album gets better and better.

Also reviewed @ Cmu Online

Available to pre-order @ 101CD for under 8 quid.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:15 AM

Wednesday, January 29, 2003

 

Zwan - Mary Star of the Sea

Musique Machine review Zwan - Mary Star of the Sea

# posted by DJ Martian 11:54 PM
 

Metacritic

Metacritic.com will not be updated this week, so that we may put the finishing touches on an all-new Metacritic Version 2.0, which will launch very soon (most likely by Friday, January 31) with up-to-date reviews and a host of new features. We apologize for any inconvenience this delay may cause you.

A new version of Metacritic is on the way. Also:

Best of 2002 sections for Music and Film, including top ten lists from dozens of critics, will appear on the new Metacritic Version 2.0 beginning next week

# posted by DJ Martian 11:52 PM
 

The Third And The Mortal

After a 5 year silence, at least outside their home of Trondheim, The Third And The Mortal released Memoirs. The album showed a more �urban� sound that was hinted at on In This Room but was not as obvious. Almost a year after the release The Third And The Mortal played in Mexico City and did a small tour in Europe. Guitarist Trond Engum answered a few questions about the activities and whereabouts of the band:

Musique Machine interview The Third And The Mortal

# posted by DJ Martian 11:48 PM
 

Clearlake - Cedars

"Fiona Fletcher" [Aka KatetheSaint] @ Drowned in Sound reviews Clearlake - Cedars

# posted by DJ Martian 11:44 PM
 

Asian Dub Foundation - Enemy of the Enemy

MusicOMH.com review Asian Dub Foundation - Enemy of the Enemy

# posted by DJ Martian 11:39 PM
 

Robin Guthrie

Latest info on Robin Guthrie @ Bella Union

Robin Guthrie, who has just mixed the new Ulan Bator album and is currently recording the next Violet Indiana album in his studio in France will release 'Imperial', (BELLACD48) his first ever instrumental available on Bella Union on March 17th 2003.

French art-rock band Ulan Bator

# posted by DJ Martian 5:32 PM
 

IXtra - Drum & Bass Week

Next week digital radio station 1Xtra are presenting a Drum & Bass Week

From Monday 3 February 1Xtra will be broadcasting live from Drum & Bass events across the country

# posted by DJ Martian 5:01 PM
 

Massive Attack - 100th Window

RollingStone.com review Massive Attack - 100th Window.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:55 PM
 

Gary Numan - Hybrid

MusicOMH.com review Gary Numan - Hybrid

# posted by DJ Martian 4:53 PM
 

Alan Vega

Ink 19 have an Alan Vega interview [part 1] - with [part 2] to follow later in the week.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:49 PM
 

Green Carnation

DigitalMetal.com provide the latest info on the next Green Carnation album.

Norwegian avant garde metallers Green Carnation, featuring ex-members of Emperor and ...In The Woods, are currently in the middle of recording the follow-up to last year's critically acclaimed Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness opus.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:25 PM
 

Black Dice - Beaches & Canyons

Musique Machine review

Black Dice - Beaches & Canyons

It is almost a relief to realize that this album is finished, since Black Dice's exploration into new worlds of sound textures is gruelling for the listener. But the same listener will also realize that we've just heard one of the most talented bands that emerged the last years, and certainly one of the most effective in experimenting with guitar rock. While other bands fail to put their pretentious music in a coherent package, Black Dice gently fits the sounds and tunes together, while maintaining an organic feeling. As an almost unreal reality, Beaches & Canyons is an impressive tour de force that will blow your mind. Yes, other more influential press reports said it already. But I say it again: Black Dice is f**king brilliant.

This album will be issued in the UK on FatCat records on February 17th.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:33 AM
 

Arcana

Musique Machine review Arcana - Inner Pale Sun

Available to buy @ Music Non Stop

Arcana - Inner Pale Sun

CD. Eagerly anticipated follow up to ''The Last Embrace'', Peter Pettersson returns with a new full length record ''Inner Pale Sun'' where the strings flow as gently as ever, and where the rolling drums and the sonority of chimes accentuate the various moods spelled out by the music. The added, haunting, heavenly female voices further transport the compositions to even more celestial spheres. This albums stands as magnificent proof that Arcana are back in a leading position among the host of bands within the romantic / ethereal fringe of the darkwave scene. Full Tracklisting : ''My cold sea'', ''Lovelorn'', ''Icons'', ''We rise above'', ''Innocent child'', ''Song of the dead sun'', ''Season of thought'', ''Closure''. Released 6th January 2003. CMI.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:27 AM

Tuesday, January 28, 2003

 

Cult of Luna - Beyond

Pinnacle provide info on the new Cult of Luna album:

Cult of Luna - Beyond

New Earache signing and currently one of the hottest underground names, Cult Of Luna, release their debut self titled album on February 12th. Already touted as the new name to watch out for in 2003 they originally hail from the political Swedish town of Umea, home of The Hives and International Noise Conspiracy. Cult of Luna are part of the growing noisecore and post-hardcore scene developed by labels such as Hydrahead and furthered by bands such as Isis, Old Man Gloom and Botch. Available on CD (catalogue number MOSH263CD). 75 minutes of solemn, expressive art-rock.

[It should be February 10th, which is a Monday not February 12th]

This will be one of the defining and ambitious rock albums of 2003.

More info @ Cult of Luna also Kerrang review the new album.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:36 PM
 

UK Radio Stations broadcasting on the Internet

Useful to bookmark: UK Radio Stations broadcasting on the Internet

*** The Internet's most up-to-date list of UK radio stations simultaneously broadcasting on the web ***

Welcome to the Internet's most comprehensive and up-to-date list of UK radio stations simultaneously webcasting live on the net.
This site is updated frequently, with notices of any broken links, address changes and new additions labelled beside each webcast entry.

It has been made as simple as possible for quick-loading and user-friendly purposes with one-click access to the "preset" stations.
This is an essential page for those of you who like to listen to different radio stations in the UK, so please bookmark this page.
You can currently listen live to over 150 streaming national and local radio stations, but there are frequently new stations that decide to webcast on the net, so stay tuned to this website for the latest updates on new additions and even stations returning to streaming.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:38 PM
 

Matthew Shipp - Equilibrium

Pitchfork review Matthew Shipp - Equilibrium

# posted by DJ Martian 3:20 PM
 

The Sea And Cake - One Bedroom

Playlouder review The Sea And Cake - One Bedroom

Splendid review The Sea And Cake - One Bedroom

# posted by DJ Martian 3:10 PM
 

Tower Records - To close remaining stores in UK

Soundgenerator report that Tower Records are to close their 2 remaining stores in London (High St Ken and Piccadilly Circus]. It is believed Virgin have bought both store locations for less than 5 Million.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:50 PM
 

The Durutti Column - Someone Else's Party

I just heard an astonishing new Durutti Column track, Spanish Lament on the John Kennedy X-Posure show on Xfm. Sonic cathedrals of sound, atmospherics - and Liz Fraser a-like vocals - but is it her though?, whatever this track was outstanding ! vocals of pure beauty, atmospheric electronics, plucked Vini Reilly glacial guitars.

A quick google search, reveals that this is off a new Durutti Column album:

*The new album 'Someone Else's Party' has been completed and will be released on the 03/03/03. Here's the Track listing;

1 Love Is A Friend
2 Spanish Lament
3 Somewhere
4 Somebody's Party
5 Requiem For My Mother
6 Remember
7 Vigil
8 Blue
9 No More Hurt
10 Spasmic Fairy
11 American View
12 Drinking Time
13 Woman
14 Goodbye

Advance orders available @ Townsend Records

# posted by DJ Martian 1:04 AM
 

The Brainwashed Brain V06I03 - 01262003

This week's The Brainwashed Brain includes reviews of:

Kinski - Airs Above Your Station
Sub Pop (CD) / Strange Attractors (2xLP)

Laika - Lost in Space: Volume One (1993-2002)
Too Pure

Brokeback - Looks at the Bird
Thrill Jockey

# posted by DJ Martian 12:39 AM
 

Serie Noire: Dark Pop And New Beat

A compilation that was released late last year on Eskimo Recordings [that I should have mentioned before] : Serie Noire: Dark Pop And New Beat

Serie Noire: Dark Pop + New Beat
(Eskimo)

With early 80s underground dance music unquestionably the key source of inspiration for today�s fast growing alternative new electro scene, Belgium compilation outfit Eskimo have chosen wisely on this, their latest and best yet mix CD.

Featuring a fantastic selection of underground gems from the pre-house club scenes of the early 80s, Serie Noire is a hugely listenable collection of funky, brooding, melodic dance music including John Carpenter�s cult movie soundtrack Assault on Precinct 13 and Vicious Pink�s 8:15 To Nowhere (Vicious Pink being the erstwhile backing singers on Soft Cell�s Sex Dwarf). Also adding quality are New Order frontman Bernard Summer, whose production of Section 25�s Looking From A Hilltop mixes machines with scary synths) and Sting, providing the lyrics to Will Power�s Adventure In Success life lesson.

Prog rock heroes The Alan Parsons Project also make an unexpected though welcome appearance, delivering a pure disco, electro groover (an instrumental of Mammagamma), paving the way for A Split Second�s original Ibiza anthem, Flesh which became a hit in 1987 after Balearic DJs started playing it at 33 instead of 45.

Serie Noire: Dark Pop + New Beat is a fine collection of superbly chosen underground disco records that�s both contemporary and easy on the ears. Release date is December 16.


Genre: Classic electro/disco

Track Listing:

1: LOGIC SYSTEM �UNIT�
2: THE POOL �JAMAICA RUNNING�
3: WILLPOWERS �ADVENTURES IN SUCCESS�
4: ALAN PARSONS PROJECT MAMMAGAMMA�
5: A SPLIT SECOND �FLESH�
6: SNOWY RED �EUROSHIMA / WARDANCE�
7: SECTION 25 �LOOKING FROM A HILLTOP�
8: JUMP �FUNKATARIUM�
9: METRO AREA �MIURA�
10: MY MINE �HYPNOTIC TANGO�
11: GRAUZONE �FILM2�
12: VICIOUS PINK 8:15 TO NOWHERE
13: EXCUTIVE SLACKS �THE BUS�:
14 JOHN CARPENTER �THE END� (FROM ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13)
15: KISSING THE PINK �BIG MAN RESTLESS�:
16: CARLOS PERON �NOTHING IS TRUE, EVERYTHING IS PERMITED�
17: C CAT TRANCE �SHAKE THE MIND�

Also Serie Noire: Dark Pop + New Beat -dotmusic.com review

Available to buy @ Amazon.co.uk

# posted by DJ Martian 12:07 AM

Monday, January 27, 2003

 

All About Jazz: Top 2002 Albums

All About Jazz: Publisher's Top Picks for 2002

# posted by DJ Martian 6:26 PM
 

Breezeblock

This week's Breezeblock show on Radio 1:

28/01/03

Bad Company and...
an exclusive track from Massive Attack's new album!

# posted by DJ Martian 6:12 PM
 

X-Posure Album Playbacks: ADF and Massive Attack

Details of two album playbacks coming up on John Kennedy's X-Posure show on Xfm.

Forthcoming Album Playbacks:

January 28: >>> Asian Dub Foundation - Enemy Of The Enemy
February 4: >>> Massive Attack - 100th Window

# posted by DJ Martian 5:23 PM
 

Joy Zipper - American Whip

Playlouder review Joy Zipper - American Whip

# posted by DJ Martian 4:29 PM
 

Gary Numan

The Independent have a Gary Numan interview.

He was the living embodiment of electronic music - pale, nerdy, fond of sci-fi jumpsuits and executive jets. By the mid-Eighties he'd lost everything but now, 25 years after his first hit, he's cooler than ever, a defining influence on a new generation of pop stars. How on earth did that happen?

'Hybrid', a compilation of re-worked Gary Numan hits, is out 10 February on Jagged Halo/Universal.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:23 PM
 

PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey talks to Radio 1

PJ Harvey has been telling Radio 1 about her new album, and she says we can expect something a bit different to her previous ones.

Expect a new album by the end of the year.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:18 PM
 

The Wire

Loud Reed is on the front cover of The Wire details of the current edition

# posted by DJ Martian 4:16 PM
 

Tiga

BurnitBlue.com fave an interview feature with Tiga: TIGA: A KICK IN THE INTELLECT

# posted by DJ Martian 4:14 PM
 

SPOTLIGHT...KEY NEW RELEASES THIS WEEK:

Key new album releases for January 27th [A more detailed release listing including other new releases, compilations and reissues - can be found further up this webpage.]

This Week: January 27th

Alejandra & Aeron - Bousha Blue Blazes (Orthlorng Musork)
Ry Cooder/Manuel Galban - Mambo Sinuendo (Nonesuch/Perro Verde)
Chris Cutler - Dust (ReR)
Szam Findlay - Die Hautfabrik (Resonant)
Yoshihiro Hanno - 9 Modules + (Progressive Form)
Majesticons - Beauty Party (Big Dada/Ninja Tune)
The Sea & the Cake - One Bedroom (Thrill Jockey)
Shuttle 358 - Understanding Wildlife (Mille Plateaux)
Sir Dupermann - Sir Dupermann (Smalltown Supersound)
Star of Ash - Iter.Viator (Jester)
Toktok vs Soffy O - Toktok vs Soffy O (Code Blue)
Venetian Snares - Winter in the Belly of a Snake (Planet mu)
Vessel - Dreaming In Pairs (Expanding)
Jah Wobble - Fly (30 Hertz)

For Reference:

Last Week: January 20th

Calla - Televise (Arena Rock Recording Co)
Dorine_Muraille - Mani (FatCat)
Kinski - Airs Above Your Station (Strange Attractors Audio House/ Sub Pop) Import
Pram - Dark Island (Domino)

# posted by DJ Martian 12:07 AM

Sunday, January 26, 2003

 

Laika - Volume One (1993-2002)

MusicOMH.com review Laika - Volume One (1993-2002) (Too Pure)

# posted by DJ Martian 8:01 PM
 

The Faint - Danse Macabre

MusicOMH.com review The Faint - Danse Macabre (City Slang)

# posted by DJ Martian 7:59 PM
 

BBCi Music Reviews

BBCi Music review EZ Rollers - Titles of the Unexpected

BBCi Music review Pram - Dark Island

# posted by DJ Martian 7:41 PM
 

Sir Dupermann

On the Norwegian Smalltown Supersound label, an album by Sir Dupermann is released tomorrow in the UK.

SIR DUPERMANN - SIR DUPERMANN (STS062CD) CD

This is the debut album by J�rgen Tr�en aka Sir Dupermann, Norwegian super producer (producer for among others Jaga Jazzist, Magnet and Sondre Lerche) and and the man behind the Duper Studio (home of R�yksopp, Kings of Convenience, Jaga Jazzist et. al.). After years with hard production work he deceided to finally concentrate on his own music, and finish the longtime work with his debut album.
Smalltown Supersound heard 2 tracks of his pre-production recordings, and was blown away! The label signed a deal right away. The last 6 months Tr�en has stayed in London where he has produced his selftiteled debut album. The album has become a masterpiece. Out of the wildest chaos of sounds and rythms, Tr�en has created a pop album. Very compromiseless pop though. But even though his soundworld may sound chaotic, it is also very structured, detailed and complex. Tr�en has managed to turn chaos into beauty. With his fantastic production skills and his arsenal of machines, he has created an organic and warm sound, and a soundworld all of his own. "Sir Dupermann" is a mastodon of an album; mindblowing, different, timeless and truly orginal.Tr�en`s rich and diverse sound is a result of his involvement with lots of different projects and scenes, both as a producer and as an artist. He has worked with everything from harsh noise, contemporary music and grim black metal to pure pop and electronic music.The album mixes elements from Cornelius`s and Plaid`s electropop, Fennesz` and Jim O`Rourke`s abstract electronics, the European free-jazz tradition of Derek Bailey and Evan Parker, sound effects from cartoons and movies, Aphex Twin, Lou Reed`s "Metal Machine Music", the avantgarde sound of Karlheinz Stockhausen and John Cage, Q-Berts turntableism, Luc Ferrari`s musique concrete, Kid 606s electronic punk, Merzbow`s digital noise and the micro/click-scene around Mille Plateaux. Everything performed with the unpretentious attitude of punk rock. "Sir Dupermann" is wild, beautiful and obsessive!


See Amazon.co.uk

# posted by DJ Martian 5:20 PM

Saturday, January 25, 2003

 

This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

This week's new releases @ BOOMKAT - A PELICANNECK ELECTRONIC MUSIC STORE include:

Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto - Vrioon - Raster Noton

Where to begin with this? Its not often that we�re left gasping for breath, desperate for an extended vocabulary to enable us to describe the sheer simplicity and loveliness of a piece of music, and the effect that it�s had on us, the listeners. �Vrioon�, quite simply, is a work overloaded with beauty. The blue, heartache solitary Piano of Sakamoto bleeding into the micro-constructions and nano-beats of Carsten Nicolai�s rewired machinery. "During his first live tour in Japan, Carsten Nicolai met Ryuichi Sakamoto in Tokyo. One year later Nicolai was asked to remix material from Sakamoto for the Japanese magazine Code Unfinished. '...The material that was given to me was already layered with digital effects. From one little clean piano piece I made the first track. I combined those simple piano chords with a clear rhythm constellation. Somehow Ryuichi was very surprised and really liked my work. Weeks later he sent me another piece recorded specifically for this project .� The result is an interwieve of tracks that is quite simply breathtaking, a melange of pure cathartic piano progressions and whispering beats, a re-definition of minimalism and intelectual application into something that is quite clearly open and exposed to a spectrum of emotion and daydream loveliness. Immense.

Venetian Snares - Winter In The Belly of a Snake - Planet Mu

The return of Mr Funk with his first assault on the masses for the new year, displaying quite a staggering versatility and way with the digital venom. Opening track �Dad� is excellent, the required syncopation of beats, discordant keys and tumbled out breaks is suddenly interrupted by the voice of the Snares singing, an expected dose of vitriol and sarcasm delivered in a way that�s somehow frightening and moving at the same time.....think of a dark variant of Windowlicker, Confield and Tom Waits rolled into one fabulously original beast of a track for an idea. �Gottrahmen� is more elongated : a layering of found sound sets the background to a cinematic chorus that�s interlaced with industrial distortion and ambient effects that never quite manage to detract from the widescreen, eerie feel at its core. �Cashew�, meanwhile, is a masterclass of beat construction and splicing, a slow mangle of percussion flowing through bass pad progressions and a crescendo of intense breaks and choral interjections that employ metallic effects and chilling mathematical processes that just cannot fail to move and jerk. Having been universally acknowledged by pretty much everyone on the scene as the new kid on the block, the natural successor to the dominant IDM elite, it seems that Venetian Snares has once again unleashed an album varied, spannered and original enough to merit him the adulation he is set to enjoy to ever more terrifying degrees of madness in the very near future. Large.

Hexstatic - Listen & Learn - Ninja Tune

Killer mix CD from Lord Ninja's in house graphic crew Hexstatic. Not just known for their massive light installations and image manipulations Hexstatic have in Robin one hell of a talented deejay. 'Listen & Learn' really only has Coldcut's Journeys By DJ for company, a doper 50+ minute mix utilising Man Parrish, Ike & Tina Turner, Young MC, Toots & The Maytals, Grandmaster Flash, Incredible Bongo Band, Boards Of Canada ('Aquarius' with funny seventies astrological voiceover) and Shirley Bassey, all mixed up into a seriously intoxicating blend. Wildly inventive and funky fresh from start to finish. Acquire, rapido style.

Norken - Blue Divide Remodelled - Hydrogen Dukebox

The second in the series which sees Lee Norris (this time operating as Norken) being reinterpreted by artists who have found him through the internet and turned out inspired and imaginative productions from studios as far afield as Russia, Croatia, Japan and America as well as the UK. �Blue Divide (Remodelled)� is a reworking of Norken's two classic albums ('Soul Static Bureau' and 'Spring Themes') which came about as a result of brief conversations of appreciation and inspiration that developed into friendships and have now become regular brainstorms via the Neo Ouija chat room. The end product is a fusion of Detroit-ian nuances, pulsing and sighing house, lush soundscapes and warm, blissful ambience, blending sounds that will please the ear and warm the heart. Remixes come courtesy of Tom Churchill, Alex Johnston, Aii, Rabbits and loads more. Very nice indeed.

Stakker - Eurotechno - Rephlex

Aphex�s Rephlex label has dabbled in early dance music before with their re-issue of 808 State�s classic Newbuild ep, now they turn their attention to the early Future Sound Of London incarnation, Stakker. This is an original soundtrack to Eurotechno, a multimedia project from 1989 and the music is pretty damn good to say its over 13 years old. There is a heavy dose of 303 acid across the tracks, the 909 also makes a few appearances, it�s almost like an old school mash up with Mr Fingers, Joey Beltram and DJ Pierre all tweaking their boxes. In between the acid and obligatory 4/4�s are mad inserts, vocals, sound effects and general all round madness that break the tracks up. Most of the tracks are very short, just acid loops and beats, and there is no tracklisting, as it�s all mixed in - making it hard to navigate for highlights. There are a few gems on here that will be well worthy of a replay, the acid lines getting themselves into your head, nostalgia for the heyday of raves setting in before you know it! Rephlex like to surprise and also to stimulate, and they have a bit of a coup on their hands with this. Both the vinyl and CD feature the same music, the CD splits it up into 21 tracks and runs for just over 25 minutes, whereas the vinyl splits up into two long tracks. A very tasty package from Rephlex and Stakker, and just a warm up for the ace �Humanoid Sesssions� due out very soon. Check!

The Stereonerds - HD Endless - Rather Intersting

Killer rude brand new Rather Interesting title and one of the best new additions to the catalogue in a long time. 'The Stereonerds' might be John Bryant and Tad Davis from Melbourne or they might be Uwe Schmidt in Santaigo, Chile if Atom's homour is anything to go by. So imagine the style of Atom Heart that flips your head up, with the most devasting beat splising and serious body rockin' electro twist up chao's. A continuation of 'Hard Disk Rock (Don't Stop)' and 'Space Boogie' from 'Real Intelligence IV'. Kicking off with 'F.U.N.K.' a manifesto cutting up old school electro samples with deadly sharp digital beats and the lyrics 'funk is what you don't play, it's the space between the event's' - imagine Atom Heart jamming with The Soft Pink Truth and Prince, 'Electronics' is deadly spacious digital electro funk, repeat buzzing noise, crisp keys, deep beats. 'Harddisk Rock' is a re-edit of the original, pitched down with a different flow to the mighty first cut. Still drop dead funky, with blitz keys and the classic vocal refrain. 'I Hear A New World' has full lyrics, over more spaced out crunch beats and Krartwerk synth drops. 'Transhuman Melody' is like early Sheffield industrial funk, you can almost hear Phil Oakey lurking in the background - dirty. 'Prazision' is equally as crushing and possibly my favourite track on this album, perfect downtempo hip hop structures and sinister vocals. Finally the truly wicked 'HD Endless' that clock's in at 15 mins - killer future Kraftwerk anthem. Mighty RI CD to file next to Brown, Erik Satin, Lisa Carbon, Senor Coconut and Roger Tubesound. Essential.

V/A Rough Trade Shops : Counter Culture - Mute

Rough Trade Shops launch a new series of releases, bringing together their personal selection of favourite tunes from 2002. Featuring over 40 tracks from the likes of Akufen, Electric Six, Melt Banana, Edan, Prefuse 73, Bis, Tom Waits, ESG, Cabaret Voltaire, Schneider TM and our very own Bitstream among many others.

V/A Wanna Buy a Craprak - Car Park

Wonderful label showcase compilation from New York's always nice Car Park records. With tracks from Kid 606, Hrvatski, Marumari, Greg Davis, Casino Versus Japan, Safety Scissors Vs Kit Clayton and Signer + more. Exclusive offerings start with those Californian sunshine click kids Freescha, So Takahashi's next up with warm metallic dronescape variations and then we have Takagi Masakatsu's wistful toytown drums and breezy melodics. Taken from forthcoming Car Park releases are Greg Davis's genius 'Brocade', an eloquent cycle of reflective acoustic guitar tones interspersed with analogue distortion and a nod to Steve Reich and Ogurusu Norihide's beautiful psych folk electronics a la Nagisa Ni Te. The exclusive Hrvatski track really makes this comp a winner, 'Equinox' showcases even more of Keith Fullerton Whitman's talents - a gentle ambient guitar loop sequence wooden block beating beats slowly unravels into bright blue post rock with the sweetest distortion imaginable. Superb. Plus they've added four exclusive Quicktime videos from Marumari, Takagi Masakatsu, Jake Mandell and 242 Pilots. One seriously good and eclectic compilation at a very nice price.

Alejandra & Aeron - Bousha Blue Blazes - Orthlorng Musork

The founders of Lucky Kitchen, Alejandra Salinas and Aeron Bergman release their first recording for Sue Costabile and Joshua 'Kit' Clayton's Orthlorng Musork imprint. Another special once only project based around family recordings in a similar way to that of the Diskono released 'Love Album'. For this their latest work, �Bousha Blue Blazes�, they branch into a more acoustic musical field with the help of Aeron�s grandmother Elaine Ruth Pope, or Bousha as her grandchildren know her. Being a singer all her life during a recent visit to Alejandra and Aeron at their home in Spain for Christmas 2001, the trio decided to play music together. The result is a peaceful haunting, yet respectful blending of voice, electronics, guitar, piano and recordings of the Spanish Christmas season. The optimism of old christmas blends with the optimism of new technology. This music is sometimes sad, sometimes romantic, but always alive -- two generations coming together to gently blaze sounds. Another fine album from the Lucky Kitchen axis brought to you by the ever fascinating Orthlorng Musork

Tiga - DJ Kicks - Studio K7

Following a parade of successful mix CDs (Mixed Emotions, American Gigolo), a top ten hit with �Sunglasses at Night� and soldout DJ dates worldwide, this latest DJ Kicks features tracks from Soft Cell, Martini Bros, Codec & Flexor, Le Tigre, Charles Manier, Sir Drew, 2Raumwohnung and many others.

The Majesticons - Beauty Party - Big Dada

The long awaited return of Mike Ladd's hip hop concepticians, now adapted as The Majesticon's the immortal rotobotic terrorising enemy of The Infesticons. Forget the concept, 'Beauty Party' is a remarkable album - future hip hop scenario's imagined by the mad genius visionary Mike Ladd. There's even a touch of N*E*R*D in the lyricism, pop and r'n'b glitches like the most spangly stuff on the last Antipop album. Def Jux allstars emcee's Vast Aire, El-P and Murs also feature bringing the critical hip hop elements. Bombs on first listen are 'Fader Party' with the dj skills of Fred Ones and 'Prom Night Party' killer party action that sounds like the sequel to 'Ghostlawns' by Antipop shacked up with The Sugarbabes. 'Majestwest Party' features Murs spitting dope dirt rhymes and 'Suburb Party' find El-P and Vast Aire 'jacking ho's in volvo's' - sick bomb. Killer no holds barred hip hop opera on crack. This album is the bomb.

Laika - Lost In Space (1993-2002) - Too Pure

Laika are not an �electronic� group in the usual sense of the word, yet they meld and twist samples with the best of them. The first CD features selected tracks from the bands three albums and a track from the deleted Volume / Warchild releases. The second CD features rareties from singles and compilation albums, remixes and radio sessions, along with an unreleased new recording. Check.

The Sea And Cake - One Bedroom - Thrill Jockey

The Sea and Cake 's sixth album, �One Bedroom� , is elegant pop. Membrane like layers of electronic tones, delicate synthesizers surround intricately woven guitars. Melodic bass lines punctuate these restrained and complex sounds. Songs are propelled by imaginative percussion lines and shaped by spare warm vocals. Sam Prekop�s lyrical style is poetic as opposed to narrative. Paradoxically, the resulting album of delicate precisely constructed songs sounds effortless. After Eight years, the Sea and Cake lineup remains the same: Sam Prekop (vocals and guitars), Erik Claridge (bass), John McEntire (drums), and Archer Prewitt (guitar). Their musical vocabulary is greatly expanded by their other artistic pursuits. Erik Claridge has been working on a solo album as well as his continuing painting/ illustration career, part of which is a regular insert in the Chicago Reader. Archer continues to create his Drawn and Quarterly produced Sof� Boy comics. Prewitt additionally released a solo album entitled �Three�. John has engineered numerous records in his own Soma Studio, while McEntire has also managed to make time to start recording a new Tortoise album as well as play a collaborative performance at the Thalia Theater with Ikue Mori and Zeena Parkins. Sam Prekop, with whom most songs originate, has had several painting shows including a solo show at Clementine Gallery in Chelsea. Prekop has also continued to pursue photography, it is his photo on the One Bedroom cover. The Sea and Cake is a group of active individuals whose experiences add to its vibrant palette of sounds, tones, and textures.

Windy & Carl / Landing - Split Album - Music Fellowship

The sublime Windy & Carl finally release their tour CD with fellow americans of driftsome post rock bent Landing. To say that Windy & Carl's 'Untitled' 15 min + track is epic is to do it a disservice. It's truly mind expanding without the acidic drug fuelled nonsense you'd associate from such a description plus it's heartbreakingly beautiful. For a headphone trip to take far away from the bust and rumble of modern life then I recommend this track on repeat play ad infinitum. After the immenseness of the Windy & Carl piece, Landing can only be described as a blissed out comedown. Three tracks to sooth the soul. Hand painted card sleeves by Windy Weber. Highly rated and very warmly recommended by ourselves and some of our fellow business buddies. Dive in.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:24 PM

Friday, January 24, 2003

 

Dusted Friday Feature

Norwegian singer, improviser, and composer Maja Ratkje has worked with such artists as Merzbow, Jazzkammer and Otomo Yoshihide. She plays electronics with the free improv group Spunk and has also worked with leading improvisers like Evan Parker, Rhodri Davies and Gino Robair. Ratkje�s most recent projects include Syklubb fra H�lvete by the noisy Spunk offshoot Fe-Mail, and Voice, a new solo CD on the Rune Grammofon label that finds her experimenting with processed vocal sounds.

Dusted find out what: Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje, has been listening to recently.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:16 PM
 

Toktok vs. Soffy O - Toktok vs. Soffy O

Playlouder review Toktok vs. Soffy O - Toktok vs. Soffy O

# posted by DJ Martian 2:11 PM
 

Asian Dub Foundation - Enemy of the Enemy

BurnitBlue.com review Asian Dub Foundation - Enemy of the Enemy this is released on February 3rd.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:41 AM
 

Mark-Anthony Turnage

This week's Jazzon3 programme, a Mark-Anthony Turnage special.

24th January 2003

Mark-Anthony Turnage

Recorded earlier in the week as part of the Barbican�s Turnage weekend, this evening's concert features the work of British contemporary composer Mark-Anthony Turnage.

A world-renowned contemporary classical composer, Turnage has frequently explored the relationship between jazz compositional techniques, tonalities and performers and the contemporary classical world, often incorporating jazz musicians and improvisation in his orchestral works.

This evening�s music is performed by the all star trio of UK pianist John Taylor, American bassist Dave Carpenter, and percussionist and composer Peter Erksine, who will be playing their own compositions, the music of Mark-Anthony Turnage and tunes by some of Turnages' musical heroes.

This evening�s programme will include an interview with the composer.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:26 AM
 

Deadbeat - Wild Life Documentaries

BBCi Music review Deadbeat - Wild Life Documentaries on the (~scape) label.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:24 AM
 

Supersilent - 6

New on the Rune Grammofon label, an album from Supersilent:

This is set to be one of the finest albums of the year. Rave reviews all over in the Norwegian press on the new Supersilent album.

Also in The Wire, [new February edition] there is a feature on Supersilent. In May, Supersilent will be performing in the UK.


Supersilent - 6

Supersilent have been a solid cornerstone in Rune Grammofon since the very beginning and are seen by many as the very essence of the label. From the monumental hardcore blizzard storms of "1-3" to the elegant electrojazz of "4" and the almost quiet soundscapes of "5", this new album is where the sum of all things Supersilent comes together in a shape of almost epic proportions. Like "1-3" and "Scorch Trio" it was recorded at Athletic Sound in Halden, Norway. More than ever it appears clear that their music lives in a no man�s land between the genres, somewhere between rock, electronica, jazz and modern composition. As with all their recordings and live performances, everything here is improvised. That most of the music on "6" appears to be written or at least arranged, is testament to the high, almost telepatic level they work at . Needless to say, there are no overdubs. Often being labelled jazz because of the improvising aspect of the music and the fact that three of the members come from a jazz background, with "6" they are just as likely to attract followers of bands such as Goodspeed You! Black Emperor, Sigur R�s, King Crimson, (late) Talk Talk or Popol Vuh.

This is released on February 10th in the UK, see Amazon.co.uk

Also on the next Mixing It show on Radio 3:

26th January 2003 - 23:00-24.05

Mark Russell and Robert Sandall trawl the outer
reaches of new music, including an interview with
Norwegian sound artist Deathprod about his
group Supersilent, which takes elements from
electronica, jazz, rock and contemporary composition.
.

The latest info on Supersilent

interview with helge on bbc radio:
'mixing it' - a radio program of bbc radio 3 will broadcast a supersilent special including an interview with helge.
the program on air: on sunday,

# posted by DJ Martian 12:50 AM

Thursday, January 23, 2003

 

Norway Part One - The Troms� Experience

Reminder: this week on One World on Radio 1:

Norway Part One - The Troms� Experience
Show broadcasts on Radio 1 on Thursday 23rd January

First stop 70 degrees North. There's snow, ice, 3 hours of daylight and a handful of very talented electronic beat makers. We're in Troms� one of the most northern arctic cities in the land of extreme...

Includes interviews with:

Doc L Junior 4:43 mins
KYD 3:41 mins
Biosphere 5:37 mins
Vidur of Beat Service Records 8:34 mins
R�yksopp 3:26 mins

Reminder, the whole show can also be listened to from tomorrow @ Oneworld for upto 7 days, i.e until the next One World show.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:31 PM
 

If I were an editor of a weekly music magazine this week's front cover would feature: Tok Tok

[Late with this feature this week !]

This week's front cover choice is German electro band, Tok Tok

From UKclubbing.com

Toktok release their debut album, Toktok vs Soffy O, on January 27, through eastwest/Code Blue Records. Toktok vs Soffy O extends Toktok�s electronic vocabulary - a digital soundscape of shifting moods made up of diverse material - and shows a different side to the band, with the Toks abandoning their Teutonic detachment for new fashioned rock and roll, an electroclash mash up of drums and synths. The album includes the collective�s infamous debut single, �Missy Queen�s Gonna Die� and the new single �Day Of Mine (Ludicrous Idiots)�, which will be released on February 17.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:26 PM
 

Hydrogen Dukebox in 2003

Forthcoming on Hydrogen Dukebox in 2003:

Various artists "Electronic Music For Heroes Vol2" special low price CD album out this week
10 tracks of new and and recent tracks from the label, �4.99 retail price in the UK. �4 on our online shop.

Norken "Blue Divide (Remodelled)". CD album and LP out 27/01
The second in a series of three remix album from the work of Lee Anthony Norris (aka Metamatics, Norken, Nacht Plank).. Brilliant collection of remixes done by remixers around the world.. More Detroitian styled music this time

Norken "Static", 12" out the 17/02
4 remixes from the Norken remix project all exclusive to this vinyl..

A1 People "The Reason EP" (incl. new tracks) out 24/02
12" and CD EP 4 new tracks plus New version of The Reason from "The Yellow Album"

Plumbline "Circles Number 1 EP" out 10/03
Lush vocals and floating beautiful music from thie NY based artist. New signing on Hydrogen Dukebox. EP will be avalable on 12" only, and leading up to the release of Plumbline's debut album.

The Lithium Project "Majik Kiosk" 12" out 17/03.
long awaited teaser to the follow up of Lithium's new album "Passo Fundo" Beautiful airy vocals and an overall indie jazzy feel to it.... this track has blown us away in the office!!!!

Nacht Plank "Lost and Damaged" CD album/LPout 24/03
The third album in the Lee Anthony Norris Remix series, this time it is the Nacht Plank-moniker, minmal ambient music that rounds of Norris' amazing talents as a producer

The Black Dog & Black Sifischi "Genetically Modified" CD album and LP out the 31/03
Remix album from last years Unsavoury Products album, remixes by Jimmy KLF Cauty, CJ Bolland, Technova, The Beloved, Laub, Mescalito, A1 People and many more

Also coming up:

Technova and Vaginal Davis "I Could Have Sex" (will also feature remix by Tommie Sunshine and A1 People)
New 12" and album.. Amazing record with Felix da House Cat's left hand man Tommie Sunshine on remix duties

James Hardway "Wish You Were There" CD album (compiled tracks from previous albums)
A Best of compilation featuring some new tracks and the highlights of his 6 studio albums.. Features all the classics like Illustrated Man etc etc

Further on in 2003

New Plumbline Album (out in April)
New Hardway Album...
New Chamber Album...
New A1 People Album...
New Globo 12" and album
Hydrogen Dukebox Chillout comp...
Hydrorgen Dukebox 10 years in the making compilation...

Please Note: These are UK release dates. Release Dates may vary from country to country.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:34 PM
 

Echoboy - Giraffe

MusicOMH.com review Echoboy - Giraffe

# posted by DJ Martian 10:34 AM
 

SPOTLIGHT...KEY NEW RELEASES THIS WEEK:

Key new album releases for January 20th [A more detailed release listing including other new releases, compilations and reissues - can be found further up this webpage.]

This Week: January 20th

Calla - Televise (Arena Rock Recording Co)
Dorine_Muraille - Mani (FatCat)
Kinski - Airs Above Your Station (Strange Attractors Audio House/ Sub Pop) Import
Pram - Dark Island (Domino)

For Reference:

Last Week: January 13th

Tadd Mullinix - Panes (Ghostly International)
Porcupine Tree - In Absentia (Atlantic/Lava) UK/European release with 3 bonus tracks
Sonna - Smile and the World Smiles With You (Temporary Residence)

# posted by DJ Martian 10:32 AM

Wednesday, January 22, 2003

 

Marcello Carlin on Resonance 104.4FM

Marcello Carlin of The Church of Me made an excellent and entertaining broadcasting debut last night. On his weblog, Marcello presents: By special request, here is the full original script of my broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM last night.

CLEAR SPOT: THE FEMINISATION OF NOISE
Resonance 104.4 FM - Tuesday 21 January 2003

An essential read !

# posted by DJ Martian 1:50 PM
 

StarVox 2002

StarVox is a monthly online zine dedicated to promoting music in the genres of goth, deathrock, psychobilly, gothabilly,ethereal, industrial, dark ambient, and doom/black metal.

StarVox have a 2002 Best of Year End special.

and some new reviews

# posted by DJ Martian 1:40 PM
 

Slam Mix CD for Fabric

BurnitBlue.com report SLAM TO DELIVER NEXT MIX FOR FABRIC

# posted by DJ Martian 1:32 PM
 

Zwan

For Billy Corgan fans, check this multimedia sound promotion website for audio and video clips from the new Zwan album. Found via Silent Uproar

# posted by DJ Martian 1:27 PM
 

Black Box Recorder

There is a new website for Black Box Recorder

The "Passionoia" album also has been put back to March 3rd.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:12 PM
 

The Sea and Cake - One Bedroom

Pitchfork review The Sea and Cake - One Bedroom

# posted by DJ Martian 1:08 PM

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

 

The Microphones - Mount Eerie

Back in 2001 The Microphones won the Pitchfork album of the year award, however in the UK they are complete unknowns with zilch radio play and hardly any press coverage in UK magazines:

Pitchfork review the new album: The Microphones - Mount Eerie

# posted by DJ Martian 2:31 PM
 

Angels of Light - Everything Is Good Here/Please Come Home

Third album from Michael Gira's post-Swans project, The Angels of Light, is easily their most stunning and accessible yet. That so many people remain oblivious to them is a complete injustice

Pitchfork review Angels of Light - Everything Is Good Here/Please Come Home

Also Pitchfork gets a new design look for 2003.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:24 PM
 

Nothingace

Nothingace have named their next album: Skeletons, expected on April 1st on TVT Records.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:15 PM
 

Dinky - Black Cabaret

Something that I mentioned earlier this month [5th January] after listening to a track on Xfm's Flo-Motion show, Dinky - Black Cabaret gets an approval from Simon Reynolds @ Blissblog

Dinky - Black Cabaret, Imminent (February) from Carpark [records]; imagine electroclash if it was sourced in Sulk, Hardcorps, Thomas Leer's Four Movements. Bewitching.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:17 AM
 

Music e-zines

5 music ezines that I have not previously linked to:

new Brit based alt music ezine: Dripfed/co/uk

a bit too ring-fenced typical alt/ indie for me, but magnet/ careless talk types might enjoy Do Something Pretty

music ezine that comes in online editions, both electronic and rock based music: earpollution

Impressive music ezine: both electronic and rock based: Evilsponge

Hello, i am Brendan Sponge. I would like to welcome you to EvilSponge, a cultural critique site. My minions have gathered together reviews of recorded music, live music, films, and television shows. Please feel free to peruse the site at your liesure. And check back regularly, as we post new reviews quite often.

British based, a bit too skewed to high profile NME/ Evening Session type trad alt-rock coverage: Miuzik however some interesting content:

e.g news on The Capital Stereo Conspiracy

The three tracks reviewed, alongside an additional two, are due for release as an EP mid-February time, through Press The Eject and Give Me The Tape recordings. This will coincide with a live session the band are due to be recording for Xfm

# posted by DJ Martian 12:58 AM
 

Pulseprogramming - Tulsa for one second

Matthew Wilson @ Drowned in Sound reviews Pulseprogramming - Tulsa for one second

# posted by DJ Martian 12:25 AM
 

THE 'WORST BAND NAMES EVER' VOTE, 2003

A bit of fun, Mark & Lard on their Radio 1 programme website are asking: THE 'WORST BAND NAMES EVER' VOTE, 2003

Have a look through some of the names from the 70s, 80s 90s and this decade, then vote.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:20 AM
 

The Brainwashed Brain

This week's The Brainwashed Brain includes reviews of:

The Sea and Cake - One Bedroom
Thrill Jockey

Sonna - Smile and the World Smiles With You
Temporary Residence

Masha Qrella - Luck
Monika Enterprise

Bill Laswell - Book of Exit (Dub Chamber 4)
ROIR

# posted by DJ Martian 12:04 AM

Monday, January 20, 2003

 

Dismemberment Plan

ILM yesterday broke the news that Dismemberment Plan are to split. Reading on Billboard.com I was surprised how few copies their albums sold, 22, 000 each for the last two albums in the US. I guess that Clear Channel controlled radio stations never played them.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:47 PM
 

TOK TOK

BurnitBlue.com have a feature on German electronic group: TOK TOK

# posted by DJ Martian 11:26 PM

Sunday, January 19, 2003

 

Super Numeri - Great Aviaries

Kudos records provide info on a forthcoming album on Ninja Tune from Super Numeri:

Super Numeri - Great Aviaries

At last, from Liverpool come a group who seem to owe absolutely nothing to the Beatles. Super Numeri specialise in long, intense journeys into music that recall Miles Davis' seventies experiments and the work of Can without seeming beholden to either. The product of a unique communal collective, the results are langorous soundscapes, with a use of live instruments and spiky intelligence which take them a million miles from lazy "ambient" music. Self-avowed avant garde traditionalists, the three core members of Super Numeri gathered together ten others for the making of a record which they describe in the following terms: "Sometimes it's ugly. Sometimes it's immensely beautiful. At all times it's high and glorious!" Listen to a new sound coming from an old place.

This album is released on February 3rd.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:19 PM
 

Clearlake - Cedars

I notice that Clearlake's new album Cedars is picking up some additional interest, partly due to the producer Simon Raymonde ex Cocteau Twins. I never listened to Clearlake's first album Lido released two years ago, as there was something about the vocal style that didn't appeal from the few tracks played on Xfm.

Clearlake - Cedars is released on February 3rd on Domino.

Press release Anglo Plugging

Their debut �Lido� was highly acclaimed (9/10 NME, Album Of the Month MOJO, ****Q) and won them fans as diverse as Jarvis Cocker, Stephen Malkmus, Mark & Lard and The Delgados. They played dates with Elliot Smith, appeared at Scott Walker�s Meltdown, broadcast live from Abbey Road and made a celebrated appearance on BBC�s Later.But that was then. Very little you thought you knew about Clearlake will have prepared you for the power and depth of Cedars, their second album for Dusty Company/Domino.

The thrilling Almost The Same, disturbed and witty Mind Is Evil, chilling I�d Like To Hurt You, uplifting Treat Yourself With Kindness, moving Trees In The City - and seven other songs of an equally high standard - each pay testament to the quality of this beautiful album, conceived by the band in France and Brighton and produced with former Cocteau Twin, Simon Raymonde.

Jason Pegg�s incisive songs explore subjects rarely visited articulately in pop since peak-period Smiths - madness, death, loss, self-loathing and self-healing among them. The outlook may occasionally be overcast but it�s offset by the tremendous therapeutic clout of gorgeous melody and forensically observed lyrics.

Clearlake also boast an expanding palette of raw and evocative sonics: guitars that describe small orchestras of feedback, woozily-arranged strings, chiming antique pianos and rich, layered vocal harmonies all recorded with a garagey bravado. �We�re constantly trying to find the exact mid-point between raw chaos and Tin Pan Alley,� says Jason. �We want to offer the opportunity within every song to go somewhere special. We always aim really high. Even if we occasionally miss our target, we always land somewhere interesting.�

Cedars has landed somewhere marvellous. Enjoy your stay there.


Review on Clearlake - Cedars @ Cmu online

# posted by DJ Martian 8:43 PM
 

Pram - Dark Island

Cmu online review Pram - Dark Island. This album is released in the UK, (January 20th ) tomorrow on Domino.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:23 PM
 

Hydrogen Dukebox

For fans of electronic music music, If your online now there is a Hydrogen Dukebox special on the London Xpress show on Xfm.

Doug Hart (Chamber) hosts an Electronic Music For Heroes session on the
London Xpress show, broadcast on XFM 19th Jan 2003


Listen @ Xfm for the next two hours 8pm - 10pm (GMT)

I can also highly recommend the Hydrogen Dukebox, 2 hour One World show on Radio 1 - Radio player on Demand it is available to listen to at anytime - until the next One World show, i.e next Thursday.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:12 PM
 

Compilation: Red & Blue Neither Norway

Details of a sampler compilation that gathers together some of the exceptional contemporary artists from Norway, mostly in avant jazz and electronic music scenes

Tracklisting:
CD 1:
01. Kaada - Volkswagen
02. Eivind Aarset - ffwd/Slowmotion
03. Kr�yt - Grown And Flown
04. Supersilent - C 3.1
05. Ring - Magic Waffle
06. Nils �kland - Bibersl�tt
07. Jaga Jazzist - Tri Star
08. School Days - Stonerow
09. Wunderkammer - Il Solo Coglione
10. Beatroute - Philosophical

CD 2:
01. Nils Petter Molv�r - Dead Indeed
02. Kim Hiorth�y - Doors Open Both Ways
03. Motorpsycho - Gerhard
04. Stian Carstensen - Untitled
05. Caf� Romantica - Memory Wheel
06. Folk & R�vere - Hengek�ye
07. Jazzkammer - Peepshop
08. Monopot - Survival Of The Unfittest
09. Phono - Yellow Drummachine
10. Wibutee - Nubounce
11. Scorch Trio - Kind Of Oval
12. Bugge Wesseltoft - GUBNUF

This album was released in Norway in 2002, but will be available in the UK on February 3rd. It can be ordered @ HMV.co.uk

# posted by DJ Martian 8:03 PM

Saturday, January 18, 2003

 

The Cocteau Twins - Head Over Heels

Leonard's Lair reviews one of the finest albums of the 80s: The Cocteau Twins - Head Over Heels

This album will be reissued in February on 4ad.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:25 PM
 

This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

This week's new releases @ BOOMKAT - A PELICANNECK ELECTRONIC MUSIC STORE include:

V/A - Ai Records : Estate - Ai

At last kids, the first sampler on the fabulous Ai imprint is finally back with us, bringing to an end the almost daily flow of emails sent our way asking when, why and if it�s made a re-appearance. ok ok ok...its back in , shut up now! Much has changed since �Estate� first dropped back in 2001, the label has gained a dedicated following and is fast setting itself as the most desirable, collectable and x-factored label following in the footsteps of Skam and Toytronic in delighting, surprising and frustrating the kids with limited editions, hand-printed sleeves and artists that are well and truly their own. The label has delivered two samplers to date � �Estate�, and �Produce�, each expanding on the philosophy of sound that has extended from tough electroid tweaks to the most delicate of soundscape constructions. The next few weeks will see the release of �Leisure� the third label sampler, and a tremendous extension of styles and attitudes that will set the label in good stead for a year which is pretty likely to be gigantic for one and all concerned. New and emerging artists on the label, like the simply superb Claro Intellecto, are already being spun and rotated by an ever-extending family of DJ�s from Skam to our overenthusiastic office spinners, and more is set to come. �Estate�, meanwhile, is a perfect introduction to the Ai sound, from Yellotone�s evocative blend of guitars, skittering percussion, muffled trumpets and widescreen marimba-esque patterns on �When We Danced�, to Aidsbot 2000�s awesome electroid decimations and rewired glitch hiccups on �Foreshadowing of Fallen Youth� , to Normal�s piano-laden tweaked electronic pulse on the sublime last track �Rain�. 12 tracks in total, take a deep breath and watch things go mental......

Juan Atkins - Timeless Mix - Metroplex

The living legend and Grandaddy of Detroit releases a mix worthy of his status. The Essential Metroplex mix contains tune after tune of homemade Detroit genius ranging from early gems such as Juans own �The Chase�? and X-Ray�s �Lock it down�? right through to the latest Model 600 �Update�. Also taking in classics such as the sublime �Celestial Highways�? by Drexciya�s Gerald Mitchell and the raw beats of Aaron Carl�s �Down� plus the club classic �Game One� by Orlando Voorn and Juan Atkins under the Infiniti name. What a way to finish a Detroit mix by ending with the outstanding �Jazz is the teacher� by Jaun and Maurizio from Basic Channel. There are 21 tracks in total, the mixing is spot on, with a couple of corrections throughout the CD giving an authentic and not too clinical feel to the whole mix, but with a list of tunes like this who cares! An outstanding testament of Detroit techno from one of the men and labels who changed the face of dance music forever, Genius.

V/A Electronic Music For Heroes 02 - Hydrogen Dukebox

Ludicrously cheap and rather good sampler compilation on the Hydrogen Dukebox label, featuring a selection of �old, new, borrowed and blue� tunes from the Black Dog, Metamatics, James Hardway, Norken, A1 People, Technova and more. Check.

Dorine Muraille - Mani - Fat Cat

Sweet French folk singing, double bass and piano melodies are cracked and refracted through laptop processing. Drawing on folk traditions, yet exploding these into fractured new forms, Dorine_Muraille exists alongside peers like Fennesz or Oval, whilst creating something genuinely new and distinctive, a kind of �ketamine laptop folk�. Despite being anchored by traditional song-forms, the listener�s perception of time and space becomes jarred and disrupted through the slurred chaos of collapsing details. From light and pretty melodics to sprawling, chrystalline soundscapes of constant change to fiercer squalls and storms, these chaotic, fractal tracks are mixed in with four ultra-sparse, barely-there piano sketches, each acting as a kind of brief decompression chamber, a calm space for reconditioning the ears. Dorine_Muraille has also collaborated with Japanese singer Noriko Tujiko (who records for Mego), and has planned a remix collaboration with Scott Heren (Prefuse 73) under Heren�s Savath+Savalas alias .

Muslimgauze - Uzbekistani Bizarre and Souk - Imprec

Something of a grail for hardcore 'gauze collectors, at last the music from this hitherto DAT only release is made available in a more usable format. Comfort care packaging, with imprinted letter press makes this a worthy addition for anyone concerned, not withstanding the fact that inside lies some of Bryn Jones' most extreme, challenging and arguably, best work. Not every Muslimgauze is essential, but this stands out as a particular highlight.

Pram - Dark Island - Domino

It�s Domino�s 10th anniversary this year and what better way than to kick it off than with a band that personify the little things that make Domino and it�s roster so special. Pram's �Dark Island� is a concept album steeped in the wonderful and weird and takes in the odd and solitary lives of a windswept seaside town in winter. Pervading all is a sleaziness, a dark underbelly captured by slinky guitar, drunken clarinet, brazen horn, sinister strings, heavy dub bass, mesmirised samples, hypnotising vocals & mournful trumpet. But the trademark breezy pop is still alive and well, the instrumental glamour of theramin opener �Track of the Cat� and the gorgeous �Paper Hats� will ease the darker edges. Check.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:20 PM
 

New Order

Playlouder have an interview with New Order

New Order's next album should be out late 2003.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:10 PM
 

Dusted: 2002 Top 10 Database

There are year end lists from over 150 musicians, labels and radio stations here: Dusted Magazine: 2002 Top 10 Database

# posted by DJ Martian 2:24 AM

Friday, January 17, 2003

 

Calla - Televise

BBC Collective review Calla - Televise

# posted by DJ Martian 7:26 PM
 

The Guardian: Friday Reviews

Two reviews from The Guardian:

The Majesticons - Beauty Party (Big Dada)
****

Tok Tok v Soffy O - Tok Tok v Soffy O (eastwest)
***

# posted by DJ Martian 2:19 PM
 

Sonna - Smile And The World Smiles With You

Almost Cool review Sonna - Smile And The World Smiles With You

# posted by DJ Martian 12:24 PM
 

NewsNow

NewsNow have redesigned their website:

NewsNow - Music News and NewsNow - Music Reviews

These newsfeeds are updated continuously 24/7 and are useful for tracking down breaking news/ new content, without the need to visit multiple websites.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:20 PM
 

Otis Hart: on 2002/ 2003 Music

Dusted Feature

Otis Hart offers his opinions on the second year of the 21st century, including 20 decent albums, some cool songs, and a few labels and albums to look for in 2003

# posted by DJ Martian 12:10 PM
 

The Faint - Danse Macabre

Playlouder review The Faint - Danse Macabre

This is being repromoted/reissued in the UK on City Slang.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:05 PM
 

Massive Attack - 100th Window

BurnitBlue.com review Massive Attack - 100th Window

# posted by DJ Martian 12:35 AM

Thursday, January 16, 2003

 

Answer: Junkmedia

I know Todd Burns of Stylus Magazine reads this weblog, so I can help him out with his question. The Domotic - Bye, Bye album was on the Junkmedia end of year list.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:55 PM
 

One World: Hydrogen Dukebox Label Special

Remider of this week's One World show on Radio 1: One World: Hydrogen Dukebox Label Special

# posted by DJ Martian 11:23 PM
 

Updated Music Weblogs

alex's Watchlist of updated music weblogs/websites is back up, after recent problems with the freshblogs server.

Alex's blog is @ Close your Eyes

# posted by DJ Martian 2:59 PM
 

THE WIRE MAGAZINE PRESENTS ADVENTURES IN MODERN MUSIC

e-mail from The Wire details of a new radio slot on Resonance104.4fm:

From 23 January 2003, The Wire will be hosting a new weekly radio show, Adventures In Modern Music, on the radical London station, Resonance 104.4 FM: 90 minutes of new music pulled from the magazine's elliptical orbit. New releases, latest reissues, advance previews of forthcoming albums, singles and more. Electronic music, avant rock, dub, HipHop, new jazz, noise, Improv, modern composition, traditional musics and beyond.

Adventures In Modern Music: Thursdays from 23 January, going out between 9:30-11pm GMT, broadcasting across central London on 104.4 FM, and streamed live at resonancefm.com

# posted by DJ Martian 1:05 PM
 

Goth Rock History Book

Mick Mercer reviews a new book:

DAVE THOMPSON
THE DARK REIGN OF GOTHIC ROCK (In The Reptile House with The Sisters Of Mercy, Bauhaus and The Cure)
Helter Skelter Publishing
1-900924-48-X
288pp 16pp photos
�14.99 $19.95

# posted by DJ Martian 12:37 PM
 

Bleedmusic: Albums of the Year 2002

Another list: Bleedmusic: Albums of the Year 2002

# posted by DJ Martian 12:28 PM
 

Out Hud - S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D.

At last Pitchfork review Out Hud - S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:53 AM

Wednesday, January 15, 2003

 

If I were an editor of a weekly music magazine this week's front cover would feature: Kinski

This week's front cover choice is Kinski who release their new album, Airs Above Your Station next week (at least in the US) on Sub-Pop.

Seattle's Kinski imbibe copious quantities of avant-rock's intoxicating brew, only to spit back with confidence a new brand of heady, forward-thinking music that defies any easy reference. After two full length releases (Spacelaunch for Frenchie and 2001's critically acclaimed Be Gentle With the Warm Turtle), the band caught the ear of Sub Pop and have become the label's latest signing. As luck would have it, Strange Attractors was asked to help bring the vinyl version to life. We are extremely proud to release the double LP format of Airs Above Your Station, Kinski's massive, genre-bending third album.

Airs Above Your Station is by far Kinski's grandest acheievement. Cresting a frothy wave marrying textured ambient drone, space-gaze sonic swells, death-defying volume dynamics and melodic, lysergic guitar riffs with balanced precision, Airs Above Your Station takes Kinski's own interpretation of psychedelic rock a giant leap farther into the outer reaches of orbit. Every song is dynamic, monumental, HUGE, composed to seemingly be their last. From the opening warm drones of "Steve's Basement", percolating gently towards a rendezvous with fat & heavy acid-punk chords, Airs Above Your Station makes an ecstatic trajectory across a variety of textures, alternating between pillowing sonic passages doused in effects and pummeling, bowel-wrenching volume. No other compositional rock band makes the leap between 70's cosmic like Cluster and Brian Eno, classic innovators like Loop and My Bloody Valentine, to today's crop of dynamos like Mogwai and Bardo Pond with such skill and originality.

Kinski have constructed an album of fantastic depth and detail, with material so utterly epic, it easily reaches far beyond anything this band has released to date.


The CD Version of the album is being released by Subpop

Official website for Kinski

The album is available to pre-order as an import from Play.com

# posted by DJ Martian 11:39 PM
 

allrecordlabels.com

allrecordlabels.com includes a Weblog: what's new in music on the web.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:40 PM
 

Goldfrapp - Black Cherry

NME.com report that Goldfrapp will release an album, entitled: Black Cherry on Mute on April 28th.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:19 PM
 

M�nus

There are unconfirmed reports that Iceland's experimental metalcore band M�nus will release a new album in May or June, this will be the follow up to the esteemed Jesus Christ Bobby album.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:01 PM
 

Will Haven

Respected US rock band Will Haven have split. Therefore there will be no third Will Haven album. However:

... the core of Will Haven (Jeff, Mike & Mitch) will continue playing music but under a different name. We have tons of new material and will hopefully record most of it in March. The new stuff is amazing and we are very excited about it. We do have an idea who will take over as singing duties but we will not release that until the time is right.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:05 PM
 

Chain D.L.K.com

The WWW never seizes to amaze me, how come until now i have not seen Chain D.L.K.com before ?

Gray Area is that term originally used to describe all those musical genres, including electronics, industrial, ambeint, experimental, synthpop, noise etc...

>>>>Reviews in:

Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Odd / Field Recording
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic

# posted by DJ Martian 1:49 PM
 

Dub Pistols - Six Million Ways to Live

BurnitBlue.com report that Dub Pistols - Six Million Ways to Live, will be released in late April.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:37 PM
 

Out Hud

A new Dusted interview feature with Out Hud

Michael Crumsho interviews Nic Offer and Molly Schnick of Brooklyn's Out Hud.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:22 PM
 

2002 Obscurities

Matt Cibula @ Ink 19: The Top 19 Obscure-Ass Records That I Loved in 2002

# posted by DJ Martian 1:19 PM
 

The Sea & the Cake

Junkmedia interview The Sea & the Cake

# posted by DJ Martian 1:18 PM

Tuesday, January 14, 2003

 

Jah Wobble - Fly

Pinnacle provide info on the new album by Jah Wobble - Fly, that is set for release January 27th.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:01 PM
 

BBC One World to broadcast from renowned Oslo club

More Music from Norway! Music Information Centre Norway

>>>>>>> BBC One World to broadcast from renowned Oslo club


14.01.2003

Oslo club Bl� is the focus of the BBC radio show One World this weekend. Tune in and listen to Nils Petter Molv�r, Sternklang, Oslo Athletico, Bj�rn Torske and much more.

Under the leadership of Guru Gilles Peterson, the BBC One World has gained status as a standard setting programme for new, eclectic, genre-pushing and innovative music. The same adjectives can be applied to much of the vibrant activity on the Norwegian music scene, and it is obvious that this development is about to reach a wider international audience. One World has a tradition of discovering thriving scenes that will make a future impact on the international scene and now it seems likely that Norwegian electronica performers and producers are in for more exposure.

Saturday 18/1 will see BBC recording the special edition of long standing club night Sunkissed. On stage we find some of the genre's top Norwegian performers:

Nils Petter Molv�r is undoubtedly one of Norway's best known jazz performers. His unique mix of beats and improvisation has proved to be standard setting.

Sternklang is a veteran on the Norwegian club scene. He has released three albums and toured domestically and internationally over the last six years.

Bj�rn Torske and Per Martinsen are veteran DJs from Troms�, and have been around since the conception of Norway's club culture in the late eighties. The two are still as vital as ever and will play an energetic mix of old and new.

Olav Brekke Mathisen is a renowned house producer which is rapidly gaining international status. International notabilities such as Doc Martin have taken Mathisen under his wing as a protege.

DJs Strangefruit, G-Ha and Olanskii represent the finest of Norwegian vinyl skills. They have been around for over a decade but still manage to renew themselves and play immaculate mixes of the latest stuff.

Oslo Athletico is quirky electronica from DJ gurus Hi-Fi Haavik and Tore Jazztobakk.

On/Off is Jazzland Records' latest signing which comprises Patrick Shaw-Iversen and Raymond C. Pellicer � Nils Petter Molv�r's DJ.

BBC One World producer Paul Thomas will record the Sunkissed session, and is also heading for Troms� and Bergen to interview key figures on the Norwegian scene, gather new music and capture the zeitgeist of Norway today.

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports the One World Bl� broadcast.

The recorded sessions will be aired on three two-hour programmes on One World in February


According to BBC One World the first show is:

January 23rd : Norwegian Underground Special Part 1

# posted by DJ Martian 8:38 PM
 

Norwegian Alarm awards

Those music mad Norwegians have another set of upcoming music awards Norwegian Alarm awards, most of the website is in Norwegian, however there are brief real audio clips. Categories: Pop, Rock, Metal, Hip Hop, Elecronica, and Jazz.

These awards are voted for by the public online and awarded on February 15th in Trondheim.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:29 PM
 

Mojo: Kate Bush front cover

Yes Kate Bush is on the front cover of the February edition of Mojo don't get too excited though it looks like the album will be released Autumn 2003 !

Kate is on the front cover as part of a Mojo English Eccentric Weirdfest special edition !

# posted by DJ Martian 7:52 PM
 

DJ Spooky Remixed with Help from Mad Professor

All About Jazz report DJ Spooky's DUBTOMETRY set for March 18, 2003

More than merely a remix album, �Dubtometry� sees DJ Spooky joining forces with dub legend Mad Professor to further the music and concepts introduced on Optometry, bringing new twists to an already twisted sound

# posted by DJ Martian 7:34 PM
 

The Cinematic Orchestra

Something for the UK readership: BurnitBlue.com alert us to the fact there is a Channel 4 Documentary for The Cinematic Orchestra on Wednesday January 15, at 1.30am on 4Music.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:26 PM
 

Johnny Walker (Black)'s Top 10 of 2002

@ Neumu Johnny Walker (Black)'s Top 10 of 2002. Peter Murphy's masterpiece Dust takes top spot.

Also a deserving attack on the retro agenda of rock in the media [that NME supports]

Annoying term of the year: The "New Rock Revolution," which translates into "Past-it Rock Scribes' Nostalgia Trip." Like it all you want, but exactly what is "new" or "revolutionary" about rehashed '60s garage-rock and/or '70s blues-rock?

# posted by DJ Martian 1:22 PM
 

Solo Albums from Dave Gahan and Martin Gore

Side-Line have the latest news of the upcoming solo albums from both Dave Gahan and Martin Gore

Some good news comes out of the mode camp as the official website announces that both the project from Martin Gore and Dave Gahan will be powered by a single release. Martin's solo yet untitled solo project will see a single release on April 14th (tbc), while an album should see the light of day on April 28th (tbc). The studio team behind this release consists of Paul Freegard and Andrew Phillpott. Dave's solo project from its end will see a single release on May 19th (tbc) and an album release on June 2nd (tbc).

see: Depeche Mode

Martin's solo project (untitled)
> Single to be released (tentative) - April 14th (UK)
> Album to be released (tentative) - April 28th (UK)
Studio team - Paul Freegard & Andrew Phillpott.

David's solo project (untitled)
> Single to be released (tentative) - May 19th (UK)
> Album to be released (tentative) - June 2nd (UK)
Studio team - Ken Thomas (of Sigur R�s) & Knox Chandler

# posted by DJ Martian 12:19 AM

Monday, January 13, 2003

 

The Brainwashed Brain

A slow start to the year, as The Brainwashed Brain is still reviewing albums from 2002.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:34 PM
 

Moving Hands

Moving Hands website for Industrial, Goth, EBM, Alternative Related music.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:17 PM
 

Year End Lists @ Chezlubacov

favorite rekkids
send me your favorite ten or fifteen records of 2002 and i will stick 'em online here @ chezlubacov. you can also tell me why they are your favorites [optional, in dutch, english or spanish].

Various year end best of lists @ Chezlubacov

# posted by DJ Martian 2:18 PM
 

SPOTLIGHT...KEY NEW RELEASES THIS WEEK:

Key new album releases for January 13th [A more detailed release listing including other new releases, compilations and reissues - can be found further up this webpage.]

This Week: January 13th

Tadd Mullinix - Panes (Ghostly International)
Porcupine Tree - In Absentia (Atlantic/Lava) UK/European release with 3 bonus tracks
Sonna - Smile and the World Smiles With You (Temporary Residence)

# posted by DJ Martian 12:11 AM

Sunday, January 12, 2003

 

aquarius records new arrivals list #153

Aquarius Records new arrivals list #153, includes:

IKEDA, RYOJ - op. (Touch)

We're used to hearing clinical clicks from Japanese electronic composer Ryoji Ikeda -- so what's this then? 21st century classical, all acoustic stringed instruments, no electronics at all?? Yes, and it's great. With help from Belgian chamber-prog group Art Zoyd, Ikeda has crafted a gorgeous soundtrack-like suite of droning string bliss, that's far from the chopped-up aesthetic of his earlier use of orchestral elements in the electronic realm.

Two years ago, Ikeda released "Matrix" -- an amazing double cd split between pure sinewave aggrevation on one disc and smooth, post-techno click 'n' grooves on the other. While that album was the conclusion of a trilogy of electronic works that also included "0 Degrees Celsius" and "+/-," it remains unclear if the arrival of "op." also marks a disavowal of electronics altogether (as good as this is, we hope not). While the German avant-garde ensemble Zeitkratzer have done very well for themselves in translating electronoise works by John Duncan and Merzbow into atonal orchestrations for classical instruments, Ikeda's "classical" debut bares little resemblance to anything he's done in the past. No cyclical pulses. No clinical precision. No irritants to speak of. Instead, Ikeda's compositions for strings (one piece for 9 strings and the rest for quartet) gracefully glide in and out of complex timbres, with plenty of breathing room in between all of the harmonic tones. Indeed, the closest resemblance to Ikeda's past work is how initial attack of bows on strings can sound uncannily like the electronically-generated tones on the sinewave half of "Matrix"... Soon they reveal themselves for the acoustic orchestra instruments they are, Ikeda apparently using them to tap into the emotions of sadness and majesty, which rock musicians also have appropriated from romantic composers. Yet, with its stoic simplicity and stately pacing, "op." also mirrors the fascination that fellow minimalist Bernhard Gunter holds for Morton Feldman and Luigi Nono, although Gunter's approach has remained within the scope of sampling and hasn't yet arrived at full blown orchestrations.

As beautiful and compelling as Ikeda's "op." is, Ikeda has to ask himself how he can build a language that not only reflects back upon successes of his previous electronic works but also understand the peculiarities intrinsic to this form of composition. He's already issued vague statements about his electronic works building "invisible patterns filling the listening space." Is this a strong enough bridge between Ikeda's electronic masterpieces and the possible future for other classical compositions? Only time will tell...



SONNA - Smile And The World Smiles With You (Temporary Residence Ltd.)

This is sadly the final album from the wonderful instrumental quartet from Baltimore. Sonna play the most complex quiet music we've heard in a long time. The drums and shimmering cymbals are forefront in the mix and are so tight, delicate, and careful. The two lead guitars quietly weave in and out of each other making melodies even more sweetly pretty by way of the resulting harmonies. The guitars sound frail but the combination of the two makes them strong as spider silk. And there are real dynamics here, carefully thought out shades of color and mood. A post rock band that delivers. Recommended. In fact, this is the first Sonna album that Allan has even admitted to liking!

# posted by DJ Martian 10:00 PM
 

Analog Roam

Music website Analog Roam has a new look.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:11 PM
 

The Majesticons - Beauty Party

CMU online review Mike Ladd's new project: The Majesticons - Beauty Party

# posted by DJ Martian 9:08 PM
 

Cave In

The tracklisting for Cave In's Antenna album is:

01 - "Stained Silver"
02 - "Inspire"
03 - "Joy Opposites"
04 - "Anchor"
05 - "Beautiful Son"
06 - "Seafrost"
07 - "Rubber And Glue"
08 - "Youth Overrided"
09 - "Breath Of Water"
10 - "Lost In The Air"
11 - "Penny Racer"
12 - "Woodwork"

Cave In - Antenna - will be released on March 17th in the UK on RCA. The first single from the album will be, Anchor.

Next week on John Kennedy's Xfm Xposure show, Cave In - will feature in the artist in residence slot ! i.e a recorded session.

The official Cave In website.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:29 PM
 

Into-Obscurity.com

Website for Metal and Hardcore music: into-obscurity.com

Welcome to into-obscurity.com v4.0. An online resource for all things metal and hardcore. Never any nu-metal, emo or indie. into-obscurity.com brings you up-to-the-minutes news, a plethora of album reviews, interviews with some of the best bands in the underground scene and plenty of opportunities for reader interaction.

WEBSITE UPDATES
1/4/2003 - The website is finally done... and only a year and a half behind schedule. Check it out and give me some feedback.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:17 PM
 

Helter Skelter

London's famous music books specialist store Helter Skelter has gone e-commerce.

Welcome to the re-vamped all-singing all-dancing Helter Skelter website!

We have entered the 21st century and now have a fully automated shopping trolley and checkout system complemented by a fully secure ordering and payment system with all payments processed by Worldpay.

We will continue to ship your books faster than anyone else around, with 90% of orders shipped on the same day as the order is placed.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:51 PM
 

The Veils

The Veils are signed to Blanco Y Negro, they are lead by Finn Andrews, the son of Barry " XTC and Shriekback" Andrews ! I listened to The Veils for the first time today, they are in the Doves/ Echo & the Bunnymen mold of epic rock.

BBC Staffordshire have a feature on The Veils

The Veils new single, "Leaver's Dance" is out early February. A debut album will follow later in the year.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:47 PM
 

Freestyle Grooves

The website with an open-minded perspective on true and honest music. From Deep-House to Funk, from Ambient to Electronica, from Broken-Beat to Future-Jazz and everything in between

Freestyle Grooves present Essentials for 2002

# posted by DJ Martian 5:29 PM

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Rock Music: art-rock/ avant-prog/ avant rock, electro-rock/ epic alt-rock, experimental rock, jazz-rock, kraut rock/ math rock/ post-hardcore/ post-rock/ space-rock, darkwave/ gothic/ ethereal, dark metal, hardcore/ metalcore/ noisecore, post punk and shoegazer/dream pop sounds.
Other Orbits: Kozmigroov, avant / free jazz, dub, modern composition, improvised music and many other hybrids and musical mutations.

Age: I entered this world in 1970. A British Blogger.

DJ Martian's Blog Archives
This music blog was started in September 2000 you can read previous months entries in the monthly archives.
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LINKS - DIVERSE MUSIC RESOURCES PORTAL
Links Menu: Internet Links Daily Music Links Album Release Date Info Music Blogs Music Genre Links Radio Links UK Music Stores

MUSIC OF THE 00S LINKS:

00s Decade:
More Best of Lists: 2000 Lists 2001 Lists 2002 Lists 2003 Lists 2004 Lists 2005 Lists 2006 Lists 2007 Lists 2008 Lists 2009 Lists
My Lists on rateyourmusic.com: 2000 Albums 2001 Albums 2002 Albums 2003 Albums 2004 Albums 2005 Albums 2006 Albums 2007 Albums 2008 Albums 2009 Albums
Top Rated Albums on rateyourmusic.com 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Decade: Fast 'n' Bulbous - The Best New Artists of the 00s Metacritic Scaruffi - The 2000s Top 1000 Albums -- 2000s on Rate Your Music Links: delicious/djmartian/m00s Charts: Albums by Year - Rate Your Music Fast 'n' Bulbous
Portal: DJ Martian: Music of the 00s Portal 00s Music Links

2005 Music: 2005 Albums - DJ Martian RYM 2005 New RYM Top 1000 Albums 2005 a2005 b2005 m2005 rateyourmusic.com users 2005 Lists
2006 Music: 2006 Albums - DJ Martian RYM 2006 New RYM Top 1000 Albums 2006 a2006 b2006 m2006 r2006 rateyourmusic.com users 2006 Lists
2007 Music: 2007 Albums - DJ Martian RYM 2007 New RYM Top 1000 Albums 2007 a2007 b2007 m2007 r2007 rateyourmusic.com users 2007 Lists
2008 Music: 2008 Albums - DJ Martian RYM 2008 New RYM Top 1000 Albums 2008 a2008 b2008 m2008 r2008 rateyourmusic.com users 2008 Lists
2009 Music: 2009 Albums - DJ Martian RYM 2009 New RYM Top 1000 Albums 2009 a2009 b2009 m2009 r2009 rateyourmusic.com users 2009 Lists

2006 Albums: 2006 Albums - DJ Martian 2006 Summer Albums 2006 Autumn Albums 2006 Music: a2006 b2006 m2006 r2006
2007 Albums: 2007 Albums - DJ Martian 2007 Summer Albums 2007 Autumn Albums
2007 Music RYM Top Albums 2007 RYM 2007 New rateyourmusic.com users 2007 Lists 2007 Album Reviews: a2007 Music 2007: b2007 m2007 Release Info 2007: r2007
2008 Albums: 2008 Albums - DJ Martian 2008 Additions 2008 Spring Albums 2008 Summer Albums
2008 Music RYM Top Albums 2008 RYM 2008 New rateyourmusic.com users 2008 Lists 2008 Album Reviews: a2008 Music 2008: b2008 m2008 Release Info 2008: r2008

2008 Best Music Links New 2008 Lists: updates: b2008 2008music_links Bookmarks Largehearted Boy: 2008 Year-End Online Music Lists Largehearted Boy: Updates 2008 Archives Fimoculous.com: 2008 Lists - Music More Lists: Acclaimed Music Forum Albums of the Year (2008) 2008's Top 10 Jazz Recordings Collated Rankings: Metacritic: Best Albums of 2008 2008 Most Popular Music Albums [Prog Archives] Top 1000 Albums of 2008 - Rate Your Music Top 1000 EPs of 2008 - Rate Your Music Esoteric 1000 Albums of 2008 - Rate Your Music [Highly rated by a small number of users] Meta Ranking Updates: BEST ALBUMS OF 2008: MEGA-CRITIC : Best Reviewed Albums Of 2008 Others: Basement Galaxy The Best Albums of 2008. Dusted Features [ End of the Year: 2008 ] fast 'n' bulbous Fester's Lucky 13: The Best Albums of 2008 Tom Hull - Music Year 2008 Top 10s for 2008: It's a Trap! Best of 2008: livejournal PopMatters Picks: The Best Music of 2008

2009 Albums: 2009 Albums - DJ Martian - 2009 Music Lists
2009 Music RYM Top Albums 2009 - RYM 2009 New - rateyourmusic.com 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

MUSIC SHOPPING

Online Music Stores: Links: More UK Links: del.icio.us/djmartian/ecommerce
Music Shopping:
CD Price Comparison: Dealtime.co.uk Kelkoo 123PriceCheck.com Pricerunner.com

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 recordstore.co.uk ReR Resurrection Music Rhythm Online 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
Amazon.co.uk ASDA Entertainment base.com eil.com HMV.co.uk Play.com Tesco Townsend Records Wow HD

ALBUM RELEASE DATE INFORMATION

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 Amazon.co.uk 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

2014 ALBUM RELEASES: 2014 FORTHCOMING ALBUMS
using rateyourmusic.com: 2014 Album Releases [Updated Regularly] This information is updated on a continual basis.

KEY MUSIC LINKS:

New: delicious/forcedexposure My Music Links: delicious/djmartian/music start_music Links populair.eu/music Record Labels: Updated: delicious/djmartian/labels

Music Discussion: ILM Links: Tag: Music Discussion

Music Discussion: Diverse/Eclectic: ILM Rate Your Music - General UK Based General/Rock: drownedinsound.com 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 * Progarchives.com 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 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: industrial.org musicfolio.com Release Music Magazine Side-Line
Jazz: All About Jazz: News All About Jazz eJazzNews.com Free Jazz Jazzwise Magazine LondonJazz Polish-Jazz BBC Radio 3 - Jazz on 3 Jazz Music Archives Crazy Jazz
Metal: Apeshit Avantgarde-Metal.com Blabbermouth BW & BK Decibel Magazine MetalBite Metal Hammer The Metal Observer Metal Storm thePRP.com Terrorizer UltimateMetal.com
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 - rock-a-rolla.com - 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 * About.com - Alternative Music * babysue * Billboard * brooklynvegan * cmj.com | new music first * DecoyMusic.com * Delusions of Adequacy * Drawer B * Dusted * dusted in exile * Evilsponge * Glide Magazine * Ink19 * Magnet Magazine * Pitchfork * Best New Music | Pitchfork * PopMatters * Prefix * Punknews.org * 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 JahSonic.com Metacritic Perfect Sound Forever RockCritics.com Rockdetector Rocklist.Net RYM Satan Stole My Teddy Bear Scaruffi
ILXOR: IlXor.com ilXor Group Page - Last.fm ILM Freaky Trigger

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