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Friday, February 28, 2003


Four Tet

Domino have an exclusive Four Tet MP3 download. review the EP: Four Tet - She Moves She

# posted by DJ Martian 8:21 PM

The Bug - Pressure

Kevin Martin (Ice, God, Techno Animal, Curse Of The Golden Vampire) returns as The Bug. review The Bug - Pressure

More details @ Rephlex

The Bug - Pressure

Rephlex CAT134 CD/2LP
Release Date - 7th April 2003

distributed in the uk by srd;
in japan by jvc;
in australia by inertia;

licensed for the US and Canada by Tigerbeat6 records
licensed for Europe by Klein records

# posted by DJ Martian 8:16 PM

The House of Love

I have been informed via the Blisscent yahoo mailing list, that: The House of Love have reformed. [looking at the website, the intention to reform was announced late last year, but i can't remember this news being circulated on the web]

The band have not started recording together, or even demoing, but are keen to play at least a dozen gigs together before deciding whether to try and record together.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:32 PM

A music review website that I have not previously linked to:

# posted by DJ Martian 2:12 PM

Black Box Recorder - Passionoia

The Guardian review Black Box Recorder - Passionoia

# posted by DJ Martian 2:06 PM

Echoboy - Giraffe

Junkmedia review Echoboy - Giraffe and more collated reviews available @ Metacritic

# posted by DJ Martian 2:02 PM

Dinky - Black Cabaret

Junkmedia review Dinky - Black Cabaret

# posted by DJ Martian 1:59 PM

Pulseprogramming - Tulsa for One Second

Pitchfork review Pulseprogramming - Tulsa for One Second

More collated reviews of this album @ Metacritic

[This album has already been released in the US, it is likely to be imported into the UK sometime in March]

# posted by DJ Martian 1:56 PM

Super Numeri - Great Aviaries

Splendid review Super Numeri - Great Aviaries

# posted by DJ Martian 1:50 PM


Experimental junglist Klute will release a new album on May 19th: Lie, Cheat & Steal on his own Commercial Suicide label.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:43 PM

Vidna Obmana - Spore

Something that escaped my radar, Vidna Obmana - Spore was released on Relapse on January 21st.

The second chapter in renowned ethno-ambient / electronic artist vidnaObmana's Dante trilogy, and follow-up to his critically acclaimed Tremor release, Spore is the apotheosis of vidna's fascination for Dante's Inferno poem. Whereas Tremor was a 'musical trip downwards', Spore is the actual under worldly dwelling place. References to vidna's 'industrial' past of the early 80's remain strongly present, while the fusion of his ambient soundscapes with bolder and less spatial combinations of harmonics, dynamics and experimentation is even more accentuated. Rhythmic, dense, eerie and pulsating, Spore continues where Tremor left off...vidnaObmana again utilizing his vast collection of instruments (like the Slovakian Fujara and the electric guitar) along with more industrial-like elements to score this much anticipated second chapter.

Release Entertainment profile for Vidna Obmana

Star's End profile of Vidna Obmana


STAR'S END, hosted by Chuck van Zyl, broadcasts live weekly beginning at 1:00am on Saturday night until 6:00am Sunday morning (USA Eastern Time Zone). Originating from WXPN, Non-commercial Radio from the University of Pennsylvania, STAR'S END has occupied this time slot since its inception back in 1976 making it one of the longest running radio programs of Space / Ambient music in the world.

Official website for: Vidna Obmana

Vidna Obmana - Spore is included on the latest listening playlist of Steve Wilson [of Porcupine Tree]

# posted by DJ Martian 1:05 AM


It's a trap relay the news that Zyklon are in the studio recording their second album, Aeon that is scheduled for worldwide release through Candlelight Records in September.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:09 AM

Norwegian Grammy Awards, Spellemannsprisen

MIC Norway: Winners of Spellemannsprisen announced

Last weekend saw the winners of the Norwegian Grammy Awards, Spellemannsprisen, unveiled. The nominated artists and the award-winners clearly demonstrate that a younger generation is taking over.

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Thursday, February 27, 2003


Mira Calix - Skimskitta review Mira Calix - Skimskitta with a 5/5 rating.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:50 PM

One World - Stereo Deluxe

Reminder this week's One World show on Radio 1:

One World celebrates and profiles German label Stereo Deluxe with mixes from four of its artists - Boozoo Bajou, The Bobby Hughes Experience, The Strike Boys and Megablast.

[I must confess I know absolutely ziltch about said artists, show this week's show will be edutainment for me]

# posted by DJ Martian 10:23 PM

Xiu Xiu - A Promise

Last year's debut, Knife Play, had people justifiably torn on what to make of this chaotic art-band. But while some found vocalist Jamie Stewart's overwrought wailing hard to take, no one disputed the band's originality. Their sophomore release, however, shows them far more deve-loped, and onto something much greater than anyone anticipated.

Pitchfork review Xiu Xiu - A Promise

# posted by DJ Martian 3:04 PM

The Cure

Australian music website Undercover report that The Cure have signed a 3 album record deal with I Am recordings/ARTISTdirect - the label associated with rock producer Ross Robinson. report the recording of a new album will begin in July.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:54 PM

Dave Gahan

Dave Gahan will release his debut solo album, Paper Monsters on Mute on June 2nd.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:48 PM

The Wire: April edition: Autechre

Advance notification of next edition of The Wire: Autechre on the front cover.

April 2003 - Autechre. Autechre cover, plus Magic Band, Tom Cora, Donna Summer, Califone.

Source: Siren Disc Future Releases section.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:09 AM

Acclaimed Music

I linked to Acclaimed Music, back in Jan 2002, since then it has moved to a new URL: Acclaimed Music Critics' best-of lists of albums and singles have been compiled to "ultimate lists" of the most critically acclaimed music.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2003



A new website for Manitoba including MP3 samples.


# posted by DJ Martian 11:59 PM

Fake - Issue 35

Another edition of Fake Jazz including reviews of:

Angels of Light - Everything is Good Here/Please Come Here
Steffen Basho-Junghans - Rivers and Bridges
Calla - Televise
Cul de Sac - Death of the Sun and a second opinion
Grand Ulena - Gateway to Dignity
Postal Service - Give Up
Shipping News - Three-Four

# posted by DJ Martian 11:41 PM

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

This week's front cover choice is Longwave. The Album, The Strangest Things was released February 24th on Hummer / EastWest Records, in the US the album is released on March 19th on RCA.

See weblog entry dated Saturday 1st February, for a massive amount of information on Longwave: DJ Martian's Page - February

# posted by DJ Martian 11:00 PM

Chris Clark

Silent Uproar report that Warp recording artist, Chris Clark is back with a new ep, Ceramics Is The Bomb in May. An album will follow later in the year.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:22 PM

The Go-Betweens - Bright Yellow Bright Orange

Playlouder review The Go-Betweens - Bright Yellow Bright Orange

# posted by DJ Martian 4:44 PM

Type O Negative - The Dream Is Dead report that Type O Negative, have pushed back their album, The Dream is Dead to a June release.

Josh Silver of Type O Negative discusses the album @ Roadrunner Records

# posted by DJ Martian 1:01 AM


Hot news, Icelandic rock band M�nus are now recording a new album. Just listened to a new track, Romantic Exorcism on Radio 1: very Cave In inspired !

A reminder of the astonishing praise for the last M�nus album, Jesus Christ Bobby.

M�nus have just been added to the Kerrang rock weekender in April, [a bit like ATP/ All Tomorrows Parties and Dedbeat] - but for rockers.

Romantic Exorcism will be released as a single in the UK in April.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:56 AM

Manitoba - Up In Flames

Posteverything provide an overview of the forthcoming and second album from Manitoba: Manitoba - Up In Flames

So early in the year, and we�re already blessed with what will surely be looked on as one of 2003�s most extraordinary, groundbreaking albums. Coming from the fringes of electronic music, as it does, its 21st century psychedlia is going to surprise a few people

....It sounds like a magnificent kaleidoscopic rough�n�tumble of starlight melodies, irresistibly catchy fatbeats and all manner of uplifting tooting, parping, plinking, riffing, tinkling, soaring and harping, the joyous mass gliding happily together within Manitoba�s masterful sense of space. Plus... handclaps, alarm clocks, crickets chirping and dogs barking. There�s a lot in there, but it�s never cluttered, it�s deft and wise and funny and gobsmackingly brilliant all at once.

The other point is that Dan writes actual songs, not just a bunch of sounds strung together in ProTools. In Dan�s words, he wanted to make an album of �wicked pop songs with textures, layers and weird instruments. I make music totally by ear, just by fucking around and experimenting. It couldn�t be less systematic and organised. When it�s sloppy and messy, that�s how I like it.� Well, that will happen if you spend enough time soaking in albums by My Bloody Valentine, Spaceman 3, Mercury Rev, The Beach Boys, Neutral Milk Hotel and psychedelic rockers like The Byrds and The End.

That�s also Dan singing on Up In Flames, though don�t be thinking he�s gone all singer/songwriter. �It�s more about the textures, adding something different. And more melodies.� Yep, you can never have enough melodies. He�s also managed to coax his mysterious homey Koushik out of hiding to contribute lead vocals on a couple of tracks. .....

More info: Earlier Press Release

Coming from the fringes of electronic music, as it does, the album's 21st century psychedelia might surprise a few people. Influenced by My Bloody Valentine, Spaceman 3, Mercury Rev, The Beach Boys, Neutral Milk Hotel and psychedelic rockers like The Byrds and The End, the album feature singing by both Dan Snaith and Koushik the boy wonder - last seen on Kieran Hebden's Text imprint.

...The album has been licensed to Domino Records for North America (where 'Start Breaking My Heart' was recently reissued).

a reminder a Manitoba ep, is released this week: Jacknuggeted

Also: Manitoba live in london: Manitoba's full live band show is set to make its debut appearance at London's 100 Club on Tuesday March 25.

Domino's Max Tundra (who weill play a one-off "rock" set) and The Leaf Label's Tony Morley will DJ at the show, with a further support to be confirmed.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:22 AM

Tuesday, February 25, 2003


Solefald - In Harmonia Universali

>>>> the return of one of my rock faves, Norway's Solefald.

Century Media will release the new Solefald album: In Harmonia Universali on March 24th in the UK and rest of Europe, no US release date is scheduled. It can be ordered @

Solefald are:
Cornelius - Vocals, Guitar & Bass
Lazare - Vocals, Synthesizers & Drums

Download, the MP3 Mont Blanc Providence Crow, [see the link towards the bottom right:] Century Media

Once again Solefald, are in a complete orbit of their own, a stunning unique inventive band, complex arrangements, cascading guitar riffs, tempo changes the sensational Solefald - one of the most dynamic artists in contemporary rock music have delivered AGAIN !. The production is stunning, experience it - the music flows.

Solefald: reference points: part avant-prog/art rock ala King Crimson,Van der Graaf Generator, part post-punk ala Teardrop Explodes [yes there is still a definate Julian Cope/ Teardrop Explodes uptempto twist to the music], part post-metal from Jane's Addiction to Isis and part progressive black metal. [Another reference point that sprung to my mind, Solefald share much in their approach to rock dynamics with Aereogramme - if you know their new track Wood .]

Fans of Tool: Lateralus and the last Emperor: Prometheus.. album: get to the download now.

Of course long term, Solefald fans know what to expect: utter off the wall brilliance as for the rest of you - I have lead you to the consume and experience Solefald !

# posted by DJ Martian 11:16 PM

Jeff Mills

Notice: on John Peel show on Radio 1: tomorrow night, techno legend Jeff Mills:

Wednesday 26 Febuary: Jeff Mills Live @ Maida Vale

# posted by DJ Martian 10:04 PM

The Brainwashed Brain V06I07 - 02232003

This week's The Brainwashed Brain includes reviews of:

Aereogramme - Sleep and Release
Matador (US) / Chemikal Underground (UK)

Mouse on Mars - Rost Pocks: the ep collection
Too Pure

Dirty Three - She has No Strings Apollo
Anchor & Hope (AU) / Bella Union (UK) / Touch & Go (US)

# posted by DJ Martian 9:53 PM

Tricky - Vulnerable

Expect a new Tricky album: Vulnerable on May 16th, see Musique Machine and Supernovapop for further info.

We can all only hope it's a return to form, as the last album [Blowback] was poorly received by critics - and from what I heard on the radio it was an awful hotpotch of bad rock music made with guest musicians.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:24 PM

Music and Visual Design

Valerie Michele Hoskins looks at the relationship between design and music in logos and album covers.

An interesting read: Music and Visual Design: Strive for a Perfect Union

# posted by DJ Martian 5:14 PM

Styrofoam - I'm What's There To Show That Something's Missing

Darla - Coming Soon provide an overview of the forthcoming Styrofoam album: I'm What's There To Show That Something's Missing on Morr Music, due for release in April.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:41 PM

Supersilent - 6

Junkmedia add to the growing praise for Supersilent - 6

# posted by DJ Martian 1:15 PM

Jeff Parker - Like-Coping

The first solo jazz record by AACM-trained Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker, featuring Chad Taylor on drums.

Junkmedia review Jeff Parker - Like-Coping

# posted by DJ Martian 1:11 PM

Lightning Bolt - Wonderful Rainbow

Dusted review Lightning Bolt - Wonderful Rainbow

# posted by DJ Martian 1:08 PM

Jan Jelinek avec The Exposures - La Nouvelle Pauvret�

One of Pitchfork's most acclaimed glitch artists (aka Farben, Gramm) expands his horizons on the third full-length recorded under his birthname.

Pitchfork review Jan Jelinek avec The Exposures - La Nouvelle Pauvret�

# posted by DJ Martian 1:05 PM


Key new album releases for February 24th [A more detailed release listing including other new releases, compilations and reissues - can be found further up this webpage.]

This Week: February 24th

Brokeback - Looks at Birds (Thrill Jockey)
King Crimson - The Power to Believe (Sanctuary)
Longwave - The Strangest Things (Hummer / EastWest Records)
Manitoba - Jacknuggeted (Leaf) EP
Meanwhile, Back In Communist Russia - My Elixir:My Poison (Truck)
Paik - The Orson Fader (Clairecords)
Red Snapper - Red Snapper (Lo Recordings)
Adrian Sherwood - Never Trust A Hippie (Real World)
The Shipping News - Three-Four (Quarterstick)
Nobukazu Takemura - 10th (Thrill Jockey)
Tosca - Dehli 9 (Studio k7)

For Reference:

Last Week: February 17th

Am-Boy - Floridian (Wobblyhead) US Import
Steffen Basho-Junghans - Rivers and Bridges (Strange Attractors Audio House) Import
Cul de Sac - Death To The Sun (Strange Attractors Audio House) Import
Delicate Awol - Heart Drops From The Great Space (Fire)
Dirty Three - She Has No Strings Apollo (Bella Union)
Fao Jesus - Tse Tse Fly Soul (FAOjesus)
Freaks - The Man Who Lived Underground (Music for Freaks)
The Go Betweens - Bright Yellow, Bright Orange (Circus)
The Haunted - One Kill Wonder (Earache)
Jan Jelinek Avec The Exposures - La Nouvelle Pauvrete (~Scape)
Christian McBride - Vertical Vision (Warner Brothers Records)
Ministry - Animositisomina (Sanctuary Records/ Mayan)
Momus - Oskar Tennis Champion (American Patchwork)
No-Man - All that You Are (Hidden Art) ep
Michael Nyman - Sangam (Warner UK)
The Postal Service - Give Up (Sub Pop)
The Soft Pink Truth - Do You Party (Soundslike)
Jimi Tenor - Higher Planes (Kitty Yo)
VS Price - Minette (Expanding)
W.I.T / Whatever it Takes (Mogul Electro)
Black Dice - Beaches & Canyons (FatCat) UK Release 2003

# posted by DJ Martian 12:07 PM

Ryoji Ikeda - Op.

Japanese minimalist electronic composer's latest full-length abandons electronics entirely, opting instead for string quartets.

Pitchfork review Ryoji Ikeda - Op.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:02 AM

Matt Elliott - The Mess We Made

Listening to John Kennedy's X-Posure on Xfm tonight, I heard a new track from ex Third Eye Foundation main man, Matt Elliott.

Matt Elliott will release a new album Matt Elliott - The Mess We Made on Domino on April 21st. [Just look at the stunning and strange front cover art !]

As for the music, going on the track - this is a complete change of direction for Matt, a sort of Contemporary Classical/ Ambient /Electronic direction, i look forward to listening to more.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:00 AM

Found Sound 02

Presented by the staff of Pitchfork

Found Sound 02

...In which the Pitchfork staff reveals their favorite non-2002 discoveries of last year. 45 albums, dating as far back as 1960, lovingly hand-picked and blurbed for your gentle perusal.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:44 AM

Dirty Three

Splendid have a interview with Dirty Three main man, Warren Ellis.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:39 AM

Capitol K

Expect a new Capitol K album in 2003, soon-ish?

The new as yet untitled L.p is in very final mixes and pre mastering stages 14 tracks about 65 minutes long and it rocks, it's a very collabaritive album lots of freinds have come into the studio........... plan is to release it ourself independently through our label .......'FAITH & INDUSTRY'........

# posted by DJ Martian 12:32 AM

Monday, February 24, 2003


UNKLE - Never, Neverland

According to product information @ the forthcoming UNKLE album, now has a name: Never, Neverland set for release Monday April 1st. I have tried confirming this on various search engines, but no further information.

fan driven website: UNKLE 77 has some additional info: regarding guests:

Guests include:
Tracey Thorn [Everything But The Girl]
Josh Hommes [Queens Of The Stone Age]
Brian Eno
Jarvis Cocker [Producing, not singing]

Tracks include:
Eye For An Eye
Panic Attack
No Pain, No Gain

# posted by DJ Martian 12:58 AM

Radiohead album = June 9th

Radiohead fans website relay the news that the Radiohead album is expected June 9th in the UK.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:28 AM


Silent Uproar report that both Danny Carey of Tool and cEvin Key of Skinny Puppy, make guest appearances on the forthcoming album from US darkwave band: Collide.

The album, entitled: Some Kind of Strange is set for an Aprill 22nd release. More Info @ Collide

# posted by DJ Martian 12:24 AM

Futureshock - Phantom Theory

Progressive-Sounds preview one of the most anticipated releases of 2003: Futureshock - Phantom Theory [set for release March 17th]

Futureshock look set to be this decade's Underworld/ Leftfield/ The Chemical Brothers - type crossover electronic band.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:09 AM

Sunday, February 23, 2003


The Vandermark 5 - Airports For Light

Atavistic will release an album by The Vandermark 5, entitled: Airports for Light in March. [March 17th in the UK, March 18th in the US]

The Vandermark 5�s first studio album in two years (and the first waxed with drummer Tim Daisy) further integrates and resolves the potent musical ideas & structural complexities that surfaced on their previous effort, 2001�s experimental Acoustic Machine.

Superbly saturated to 2� analog by Shellac�s Bob Weston (also at the helm on Spaceways Inc.�s recent Version Soul album), Airports For Light trades in a more palpable, effortless swing than past V5 efforts. Our favorite standard bearers� mastery over their own post-modern ballads has dramatically increased as well, providing a more confident command of the �quieter� moments & myriad compositional challenges. ...

# posted by DJ Martian 11:53 PM

Prefuse 73 - One Word Extinguisher report that Warp will release the second album by Prefuse 73, entitled: One Word Extinguisher on May 5th.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:48 PM

Opeth - Damnation review the forthcoming Damnation album from Opeth. [This is now set for a May release]

# posted by DJ Martian 10:52 PM

London Xpress - Brooks

I am looking forward to the next 2 hours of the London Xpress show on Xfm tonight, as Brooks is presenting the show, 8pm - 10pm [GMT] [It's available on the web if your reading this now, tune in]

Last year Brooks released his debut album

Brooks - You, Me & Us [Mantis Recordings]

The highly anticipated debut LP from Brooks finally arrives! Those lovely people at Mantis sent us a promo CD about six weeks before the release date, which hasn't been off the shop stereo since. Also, everytime it's been on, we've had loads of people asking what it is. Musically, it's a fantastic fusion of deep house, nu-jazz, electronica and soul with loads of funk. Deep, sexy, futuristic.
Source: Piccadilly Records [ top 9 album of 2002]

# posted by DJ Martian 8:05 PM

aquarius records new arrivals list #156

The latest aquarius records new arrivals list: #156, includes reviews of:

Aereogramme - Sleep and Release (Matador)

What we have here is a fantastic -- and to our ears widely appealing -- record which hopefully won't disappear underneath most folks' radar like their first one did. Aereogramme are a four-piece from Scotland, and even though this comparison might sound a wee bit too convenient, it is nonetheless true that they sound like the perfect distillation of fellow Scots Mogwai and the Delgados! They have the fragile delicacy and pure indie-rockness of Delgados (and Death Cab for Cutie, especially in the vocals), but you know how just when the sweetness is so sad and heartbreaking, you want something to scream, that's gonna mirror the despair and howl the pain? That's when Aereogramme lashes out with crashing metallic noisiness a la Mogwai -- although we think it sounds more authentically heavy like the Melvins or a Hydrahead metalcore band. And it *really* works as an album: the dynamic changes are not unpleasantly distracting; they're as skillfully executed as on Radiohead's "OK Computer", and the climaxes come exactly when you most need them too. There are also judiciously wielded violins and cello soaring above the warm guitars, some genuinely death metal, hoarse vocal roars, and guitar parts that could be from an authentic '70s prog or metal album. At one moment the tight discipline of Shellac, the next the delicate melodies of Sparklehorse, and then some sheer black metal Some might call their style a gimmick, though we can't when it's so satisfying and brilliantly executed!

So this record should appeal to fans of all of the bands mentioned above, plus to fans of bands that are doing similar dynamic genre blends like emo-metalcore outfits Poison the Well, From Autumn To Ashes, and Cave In. Indeed, Aerogramme's debut "A Story In White" -- a favorite around here -- made good use of the same dynamics, but rather than simply mixing up their indie-rock with some surprisingly metal moments as on that disc, Aereogramme here sound like a genuine maybe it's the other way around, they're a metalcore band toying with utterly gorgeous indie-pop songwriting.

Cul De Sac - Death of the Sun (Strange Attractors Audio House)

Despite the Emperor t-shirt Cul de Sac's Robin Amos wears so proudly on the inside cover of this new album, the Boston band has not gone black metal (although it's apparently much of what they listen to in the tour vehicle!) Still, this long awaited -- three years in the making -- record from one of our favorite groups is a stylistic breakthru for them, and a very successful one at that. Amos and new member Jake Trussell (electronics/turntables) first created a sonic foundation: samples contributed by each bandmember (everything from a gurgling Missouri River to Peruvian rainforest ambience, a scratchy Cajun 78rpm record, and a 1933 German a capella 5-part harmony group) were looped, treated and otherwise manipulated into electronic roadmaps over which the band then played acoustic bowed bass, warm gentle guitars, muted tickings, violin, sinister twanging sitar, hunting horns, melodica, and more. The electronically manipulated elements were meant to stand equally alongside the organic acoustic sounds -- something Amos points out is attempted often by other musicians but rarely happens successfully. It's really no surprise that if any band could do this well, it would be the always-amazing Cul de Sac.

This record is the hands-down best lull-you-to-sleep record of the year so far -- Reminiscent of lots of AQ faves (Phillip Jeck, No Neck Blues Band, Bohren, Jackie O Motherfucker, Birchville Cat Motel Band, Third Ear Band) but totally amazing and original as always!

Dirty Three - She Has No Strings Apollo (Drag City)

Perennial AQ favorite Dirty Three return with a proper follow-up to 2000's Whatever You Love You Are. While their singular sound has always been delicately gloomy, poignant instrumentals played out on guitar, simple drums, and achingly touching violin, each album applies the chiaroscuro in a slightly different way. On earlier albums such as Sad & Dangerous, for example, the violin delicately poured out passages so pretty they almost made up for the sadness of the compositions. On She Has No Strings Apollo, the interplay between the guitar/drums and the violin is more tension-filled and meditative -- less predictably heartwrenching, more meditative and stretched out. There's also autumnally bare piano adding an elegant stateliness to the whole affair. Very, very nice, if a touch more 'difficult' than their previous works. If you've never heard them before, we'd recommend you start with Whatever You Love but don't get me wrong, Apollo is a fine, dark record.

Kirkegaard, Jacob - 01.02 (Bottrop-Boy)

Another of the quartet of fine new Bottrop-Boy releases, "01.02" is the solo debut from Danish composer Jacob Kirkegaard, collecting material recorded over the past two years in Cologne (where he lives), Paris, and elsewhere. You might know Kirkegaard's name from his collaboration with AQ-fave turntable experimentalist Philip Jeck, the "Soaked" cd that came out last year on the Touch label. The sound of Jeck-style radioactive crackle from antique vinyl carries over to this release, along with gentle melodies, beats, drones, and vague samples. Recognizable, fragmented bits of guitar and piano surface occasionally, and field recordings or environmental sounds also are utilized. The disc as a whole is a very pretty n' abstract glitch-scape. True, you might feel that you already have a few albums like this in your collection -- but it's a slippery slope arguing that more lovely, glitchy, ambient, droney, dreamy electronic music is an unneccessary thing, and this one is certainly a nice listen, particularily if you're a Jeck fan!

Massive Attack - 100th Window (Virgin)

Our beloved customer and friend Jesse Zeifman loves this album more than any of the AQ staff did, so we asked him to say a li'l something about it:

It's been five years since Massive Attack's startlingly aggressive Mezzanine marked a turning point for the Bristol trio credited, by most, for creating trip-hop. In the interim, the band's lost two of its three founding members, leaving the reins in Robert "3D" Del Naja's hands.

From Blue Lines (1991), a debut that used hip-hop as an endoskeleton and had a body made of soul music, to the muted, austere, follow-up Protection (1994), no Massive Attack album has sounded alike. For their new release, Del Naja has managed to shape-shift the group once again, eschewing Mezzanine's guitars and static and grit for something closer to ambient electronica.
Beginning with "Future Proof" and its combination of galloping electronic blips, reverberating guitars and layers of feedback, Del Naja throws an unexpected curve when, rather than delivering his lyrics with his signature blunted raps, he sings. Sounding like Thom Yorke stoned might, he doesn't display a lot of range, but he phrases things accordingly, effectively, and where it could have felt soft and wrong it doesn't.

As with their previous efforts, the sound-system dynamic with which the group was built remains in place. While Del Naja helms four of the album's nine tracks, he calls upon two other vocalists, Sinead O'Connor and Horace Andy, to give voice to the rest. O'Connor is, unfortunately, underused, leaving her songs the album's least interesting, but Andy, especially on the lovely "Everywhen", fares better. "Small Time Shot Away" is the album's warmest song. If any tonal comparison is to be drawn, it would be with Boards of Canada's "Music Is Math" (from their latest, Geogaddi). "Antistar" closes 100th Window with a threatening guitar loop smashed against Middle Eastern-flavored strings and Del Naja at his most claustrophobic. Juxtapositions of the beautiful and the ominous betray this track's genetic lineage. It's the take-no-shit younger sibling of Mezzanine's, "Risingson."

The rigor of Massive Attack's production always sets their work apart and 100th Window is no different. It may feel, upon first pass, like a pleasant soundtrack to your next dinner party. Check again. Tracks upon tracks of percussive elements, of tingling, stuttering, noise, of lost guitar loops moving independently, churning in their subterranean canals, makes for an experience of uneasy listening.
Recommended for fans of the group -- if you're new to Massive Attack, please start with Mezzanine.

Postal Service - Give Up (Sub Pop)

Indie darlings Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello and Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie join forces in The Postal Service. Apparently these collaborations did indeed take shape via tapes mailed back and forth between the two. Each track is subtle variation of the following: bashfully boyish vocals, chiming music box melodies and soft jangly guitars that play off one another over a simple thumping or clicking programmed beat. Gibbard sings oh so sweetly in his melted ice cream voice while Tamborello delivers the delightfully pretty electronics and bounding rhythms. Just what you might expect from a project starring these two fellows. Plus there's an added aural delight here and there in the form of lovely vocals by Jen Wood and Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis. It's easy to draw comparisons to Kings Of Convenience vocalist Erlend Oye's new solo album which also sets a gentle male voice -- more familiarly heard with soft guitars and drums - singing atop light electronic dancey tracks. However unlike Oye's Unrest on which music and voice sound somewhat detached from each other, Postal Service's Give Up has a wonderful chemistry that swirls everything together perfectly. Recommended!

Sigmarsson, Sigtryggur Berg - A Little Lost (Bottrop-Boy)

Another marvelous album from Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson, one of the founding members of the Icelandic experimental / electronica ensemble Stilluppsteypa. Generally speaking, the themes of contradiction and tension that run through Stilluppsteypa's recordings also appear in the solo work of Sigmarsson, although he spends much more time allowing all of his ideas to unravel, slowly articulating each sound before offering semiotic and / or acoustical counterpoints. "A Little Lost" opens with a fluttering drone from a digitally enhanced church organ sounding quite similar to the sounds heard on "Ship" his sublime debut for Trente Oiseaux. Flicking in and out of audibility, these drone hamonics subtly couple with a quiet smoldering of static to offer an expanse of lulling sound. Throughout the album, Sigmarsson slowly dismantles the hypnotic atmosphere, first with pronounced lapses of the drones in favor of delicate textural sounds, then through a series of repeated chunks of elemental grit sliding backwards and forwards against the grain of the drone, and climaxing with a tumultous blast of digital noise shaped into offkilter metal riffs which abruptly cut to some drunk yokel barking the alarm call from a German U-boat. Sigmarsson's genius becomes apparant in how he has moved from the calm beginning of the album to this abrasive pinnacle with a self-contained intelligence and sly continuity in sound construction. The album returns to a sense of calm through the final track, a lengthy remix of mutant minimalism provided by Irr.App.Ext, the sorely under-represented project of Santa Cruz artist Matt Waldron. Very, very nice!

Takemura, Nobukazu - 10th (Thrill Jockey)

Longtime AQ fave Nobukazu Takemura -- ex-Mo'Wax-style club DJ, Steve Reich remixer, Tortoise collaborator, Powerbook maestro -- offers a new full length of bubbly electronica / pop with attention to texture, whether it is bass like a quiet heartbeat, or chiming bell-like electronic tones cavorting in the background like Raymond Scott gone minimalist techno, or glitchy clicks goodnaturedly jockeying for position.

On 10th, Takemura also really gets into the frankly-fake casio-filtered vocals that have made occasional appearances in his past work. This time the vocals, often sung in English, are cut up into delightful little snippets, sounding like a happily hiccupping big sister of the sad Mac guy on OK Computer. Fans of Mouse on Mars and other burbly bloopy fun electronica, take note!

Vainio, Mika - Sokeiden Maassa Yksisilmainen On Kuningas (Touch)

Best known as half of the minimalist techno duo Pan Sonic with Ilpo Vaisainen, Mika Vainio has crafted a variety of electro-acoustic techniques that bare little resemblance to his contemporaries in glitched electronica. Marked as much by his use of space as by the quality of his abstraction of sound, Vainio's recordings under his given name even stand apart from his solo projects such as �, Tekonivel, and Philus. As Vainio, he has shed all of the intertwining rhythmic assualts found elsewhere, but continues to pursue a crystalline frigidity in his investigations of sound. "Sokeiden Maassa Yksisilmainen On Kuningas" (which translated from the Finnish as "In the Land of the Blind One-Eyed Is King") opens with a harsh blast of digitized noise that settles down into a ominous soundscape punctuated by a flanging bass pulse and distant isolationist drones. Smatterings of prolonged silence take up a considerable amount of time within Vainio's album, and provide parallels to the French attitudes of musique concrete (i.e. Lionel Marchetti, Luc Ferrari, etc.) But it's drones that give Vainio's work such dynamism and expressivity, at times standing in as sustained chords from a grimy organ and others as creepy swells of "Forbidden Planet" style electronics.

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Saturday, February 22, 2003


This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

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

V/A Leisure - Ai Records

Ah yes kids, the one you�ve all been waiting for. We�ve been banging on about this lot for time, and by the looks of things so have a very large number of you. �Leisure� is the last in a series of releases on Ai, a final look at the amazing talent on display from 8 totally new and inspiring artists scattered across the globe, making up the roster of a label that in its short life has already been compared to the enticing early days of labels like Skam, Toytronic and Warp. This one final label round-up will pave the way for the start of their world-dominating campaign in earnest, with the release of full EP�s and albums from each of the artists on board scheduled for release in the coming months. �Leisure� opens up with what will perhaps end up being Ai�s ace in the pack � Claro Intellecto. �Populate� is a simply massive display of electro genius : moody, crisp, deep; a skipping bounce of man-machine dancefloor bound electro that�s produced with such a sheer scope of sound and movement that it�s hard to think of anyone in the arena making anything remotely as good. Those of us who have heard his forthcoming EP for the label have a bit of a feeling that everyone from the operators in the Hague to the masters of Detroit will be dialling his digits very soon. Kone-R�s �Crack Of Noon� deploys itself with a mesh of folded percussion and overlapping melancholy slivers of space, at times somewhat reminiscent of Autechre�s Peel session epic �Drain� with its organically positioned pads and hints of futuristic development. Flip onto Montag�s amazing �Morgane Lhote�, however, and you soon realise why this label will be as massive as it will inevitably become. With an analogue delivery and a big big smile, the track sounds like prime Stereolab, all feelgood synths and organs, sfx and sunshine production. Just amazing stuff. Normal�s �Slow Knit� is a gorgeous slice of brooding electronic loveliness : downtempo and self-reflective, crunchy beats and intuitive chord progressions, just lush. Michael Manning�s �Glass Chicken�, meanwhile, is a whispered float through lullaby electronics at their very best, skittering percussion and goosebump tones, another sub-genre and another first in execution, jeez! 8 tracks in total, hand-stamped sleeves and a limited edition run. Just for the have been warned! Killer.

Com.A - Shot Of Love - Tigerbeat 6

It�s two years since Age Yoshida dropped his seismic masterpiece �Dream & Hope� for his own Notek Rec label. It�s now 2003 and Mr Trost-Depedro does us all a favour and finally releases the sequel. �Shot Of Love� is fourteen tracks long, hyper fun from start to finish. To remind you his original demo tracks were dropped on the infamous Skam/Gescom radio show Disengage back in the day. All these fresh tracks have the same razor sharp groove intent but with added mischievousness the likes of which you�d find if Dat Politics ever jammed with Venetian Snares. Genius melodies, mental mind imagery and kick ass rhythms all play their role in Com.A�s music. Much like his brother (Planet Mu�s Joseph Nothing), Com.a�s fusion of technical brilliance and an innate understanding of the CRUNCH makes him a force to be reckoned with and one of the most enticing acts on Tigerbeat 6, alongside Kid 606 himself. �Shot Of Love� will fu*k with your head in the nicest way imaginable. Highly

Dwayne Sodahberk - The Partying Without Inhibition Or Dignity EP - Tigerbeat 6

Ahh, another month goes by, another Tigerbeat release slips out, and, as per usual, this one's definately for the kids. Blending the current batch of the " The... " bands, (such as The Rapture, The Libertines and the like) with streetwise electronics and hip-hop beats, Sodahberk comes up with a formula considerably more fulfilling than most other electroclash copyists. Standouts include the electro stomp of the title track of one of the CD bonus tracks 'Break Your Ugly Necks'. Ten tracks - 50% teenage angst, 50% indie-dancefloor stompers, this is spiked soul food for the dsp generation. Solid!

Luke Eargoggle - Audio Warriors - Bunker

A double vinyl and very limited cd release, containing what is unarguably Luke's best production work thus far. Revisiting Bunker after guest spots on his own Stileben label and the Catnip eps on which he collaborates with Legowelt, this is one amazing electro album. If you fetishize the imagined futures of darkstyle detroit music, or covet the kind of crazy, minimalistic robot sounds brother ron hardy kept down his trousers, then get this. Electro with a twitch then, eerie voices and a kind of twisted acidlined 'stiff white funk' - the mighty juan atkins would be rightfully proud. Bad-intentioned vocal fuels the paranoia nearly to breaking point and an all in apocalyptic nightmare setting threatens to take all present gleefully over the edge and into the void. 'Split personality' more than sums this up - cheery stuff!!. More future, more dark, more of everything than previous Bunkers, more Detroit, just give me more...

Manitoba - Jacknuggeted - Leaf

First single taken from Dan Manitoba�s long awaited second album �Up In Flames�. �Jacknuggeted� is power pop filtered through delays and effects. Sweet Sam Prkpop styled vocals mix with strings, acoustic guitars, percussion and dynamic playing�. �Ole� is fuelled from the same shining light - buzzed distorted drums, backwards guitar and Beach Boys harmonics. �Thistles and Felt� toughens the rhythms but is no less jaunty and this e.p�s final track �Seaweed� fries up jazz drones and husky breath with electronic folkrock, yowza. Great stuff.

N.O.I.A. - Unreleased Classics - Ersatz Audio

New on Ersatz Audio. Once in a great lifetime, a record label is allowed that rare opportunity to release a record that it never thought it would have a chance to. A record from a time period that has inspired the label greatly, but a record that was never released. That chance is here. It is with great pride that Ersatz Audio is able to announce the release of the Unreleased Classics '78-'82 from Italy's synth-pop masters N.O.I.A. Ten songs written between 1978 and 1982, but somehow never before released. Ersatz Audio would like to thank N.O.I.A. for the opportunity to release their latest (and yet oldest) album. Unreleased Classics '78-'82 features 10 songs available for the first time on CD and Double 12". Once again Ersatz Audio's 2000 compilation title and slogan seem fitting, The Forgotten Sounds of Tomorrow.

Nobukazu Takemura - 10th - Thrill Jockey

So it�s 10 years since Takemura first had an album released. Starting out as an acid jazz beat head in the early nineties things soon became interesting as his electronic bug took over. This new album builds on the previous album �Hoshi No Koe� and brilliant fusing off intricate beat arrangements, pop flourishes and cute but not grating pop speak and spell styled vocals. Nobukazu and Aki Tsuyuko sing in english then fire it through filters to create a weirdly wonderful new language. �10th� is made up from full length tracks, some touching 10 mins and some less than 2, a genius amalgamation of altered live instrumentation and glitchtronica. �Perch� starts off at a midtempo pace with Aki�s random number singing, a foggy drift of static, vibes and Steve Reich string samples. Superb. �Fallslake� downs the tempo to a pure electro balladry with Aki singing in full this time �wandering in the dark�. �Wandering� is fantastic, these are full songs full of emotion and longing � pure pop with a heart of gold. �Lost Treasure� and �Tadasu No Mori� are just the same, utterly gorgeous. Elsewhere and mostly on the numerous small vignettes Tak plays with convention a little mostly to a positive effect. For me the final track �At Lake Yogo� is this albums finest moment, a eerie downtempo gem with luscious melodies, background filtered noise, resonating keys and crisp minimal beats. Heart breaking. A little overlong at 80 mins maybe but this album delivers in so many ways that the time will fly by.

Red Snapper - Red Snapper - Lo Recordings

New studio album from the Snapper, coming to us housed in a lush limited edition hand stitched sleeve on both formats. Featuring 7 spanking new tunes plus some old favourites like the Sabres of Paradise mix of �Hot Flush� , a long deleted classic that fits nicely with the techno jazz mood of the album and two live tracks that make it clear just why Red Snapper had such a faithful following. The soundtrack vibe sits well with todays jazz noir stylings as worn by The Cinematic Orchestra, collection of warm grooves and jazz filled moves, perhaps a bit more mellow than their deranged jazz approach of yore but authentic Snapper for sure....

Roman - 5 Minutes To Match - Karaoke Kalk

Welcome to the world of Roman. A natural choice of act for Karaoke Kalk, known for their magical releases from Donna Regina and Wechsel Garland, to explore the setting of songs still further. Roman sings like Scott Walker hitting Jacques Brel on 'Grow An Idiot', or with the phrasing and impassioned nature of Bjork's ebb�s and flows on 'Friday Exorcism'. There's a starkness and honesty to the delivery which could recall perhaps Soft Cell without the camp, or the most tender moments of Michael Gira at his most direct and naked. A collection of eighties-slanted, heavily emotional songs then, backed by a crisp production, sumptuous even, an acoustic electronica backing, embellished with strings, deep rhodes, sax and backing vocals. A future, imprint then for the singer songwriter, newly imbued with an electronic balladry, perfect for the world weary and weak of heart. Strangely compelling. Roman's lyrics tell stories - beautiful, short, long, strange, funny and sometimes a little sad, and with his music he brings them to life for all of us.

The Hafler Trio - Whistling About Chickens - Fire Inc

Excellent new visions in dronesque atmospheres by the underground legends The Hafler Trio. This double disc release featuring unreleased Hafler Trio material which has been in the works for the last seven years. Comes in a deluxe embossed paperwalletcover with 24 page booklet. Seriously fine spooked music.

Sole - Selling Live Water - Anticon

Second solo album from Sole who is arguably Anticon's finest emcee talent. The previous (and now sadly deleted) album 'Bottle Of Humans' was the epitome of emcee urban paranoia and self realisation through rap lyrics. The power and quality of the lead off single �Salt On Everything� is held tight for the whole journey. The first track �Da Baddest Poet� is Sole staring through the mirror at himself questioning every move under mad eclectic production from The Restiform Bodies� Telephone Jim Jesus. �Respect Pt 3� is another classic Anticon track with beyond genius production from Jel and �The Priziest Horse� is equally as crushing. The eerie textures and hyper rhyme patterns drop next into the ace �Tokyo� >>> �I dream like a planet, and I sleep like a t.v. with the t.v on�. Other vocal subjects touch on hallucinogenic drug trips, propaganda dissections and commentary on the war on terrorism. Sole has dropped his second masterwork, tune in now. Essential.

Brokeback - Looks At The Bird - Thrill Jockey

Third album from Doug McComb�s Brokeback project. With Doug�s killer bass playing as the catalyst for everything around him he is ably supported by musicians such as John McEntire, Noel Kuppersmith, Aki Tsuyuko, Chad Taylor, Rob Mazurek and Stereolab�s sadly departed Mary Hansen and band leader Laetitia Sadier. From the first track the beautifully evocative, almost Morriconesque �From The Black Current� you know your in for a treat. �Lup� circles a similar orbit with the addition of brushed drums, static and a rustic marimba loop. The late Mary Hansen makes her first appearance on �Name�s Winston�� alongside Laetitia, their vocalising mixed up with the acoustic instruments and subtle digital trickery. The other six tracks keep to the same formula, a mixture of Four Tet�s rustic electro-folk and Tortoise at their most windswept. Highly recommended.

Lone Pigeon - Concubine Rice - Sketchbook

New album from LonePigeon, founder member of The Beta Band and an integral member of the Fence Collective, the microcosmical Fife musical family which also includes James Yorkston, King Creosote, Pip Dylan, The Abrahams, Gummi Bako and Immigrant. �Concubine Rice� comprimises an eclectic collection of both beautiful, homespun piano yarns and quirky , edgy pop interspersed and bookended by 13 brief musical segments. Marrying fractured monologues, harmonies like driven snow, a do it yourself spin on classic songwriting and touchingly arranged trickles of melody.

The Nick Luca Trio - Little Town - Loose

Nick Luca has engineered, produced and performed on sessions for a whole host of visiting bands including Rainer, Richard Buckner, Howe Gelb, Francoiz Breut, Steve Wynn and local Tucson heroes Giant Sand on career best �Chore Of Enchantment�. He also soon became a frequent collaborator with Calexico and a member of Giant Sand's touring band. A man of diverse influences, when it came to recording his debut with the Trio he was faced with the slight problem of how to bring Miles Davis, Anton Webern and Jimmy Page together. By placing them all in the Wavelab blender and filtering the results through the off kilter sensibilities of his adopted home he came up with the cinematic dreamscape of �Little Town�.

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Friday, February 21, 2003


Swayzak to compile Fabric compilation report that Swayzak are to compile a compilation as part of the Fabric mix compilation series, 'Fabric11', is due out July 7.

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Paik - The Orson Fader

Almost Cool review Paik - The Orson Fader

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The Independent: The Go-Betweens and Adrian Sherwood Albums Reviewed

The Independent review:

The Go-Betweens - Bright Yellow Bright Orange

Adrian Sherwood - Never Trust A Hippy

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Jimi Tenor

Playlouder interview Jimi Tenor

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Absorb Reviews

Two more reviews @ Absorb:

meam - meam (skam)

jan jelinek avec the exposures - la nouvelle pauvrete (~scape)

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Thursday, February 20, 2003


EMP Pop Conference in Seattle, April 10 - 13, 2003

Something for the analytical theory types:

Pop Music Studies Conference

April 10 - 13, 2003

Skip a Beat: Rewriting the Story of Popular Music

EMP�s annual Pop Music Studies Conference celebrates the diversity of ways one can talk about music, bringing together leading academics and writers, thoughtful musicians, and dedicated listeners for a jampacked long weekend of panels. This year�s conference theme, �Skip a Beat: Rewriting the Story of Popular Music,� has produced work on a range of topics, including politics and pop; rock�s avant-garde; Bob Dylan; African music; riot grrl; jazz fusion; and the Ego Trip collective spinning a wheel of topics that includes �Will the Real �New Tupac� Please Stand Up?�

About 100 papers or other presentations will be given at the conference, which begins with a welcome reception and keynote by Greil Marcus the evening of Thursday, April 10; continues all day Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12; and concludes with early panels and a wrap-up session the morning of Sunday, April 13.

Further details: EMP Pop Conference and Bios/ Abstracts

To read paper abstracts, click on the name of the panelist.

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Ed Rush & Optical - 'The Original Dr Shade'

Drum & Bass Arena have a multimedia interview with one of the leading Drum N Bass crews: Ed Rush & Optical. The good news their third album, The Original Dr Shade is set for release in April on Virus.

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Broadcast announce Pendulum ep [in May] and album [due August]

The latest news from Warp recording artists: Broadcast

Dear All
Broadcast's new EP - Pendulum will contain the following tracks:

1] Pendulum
2] Small Song IV
3] One Hour Empire
4] Still Feels Like Tears
5] Violent Playground
6] Minus Two

The CD and 12" should be available worldwide through Warp records on May 5th.

No more dates are going to be added to the May USA dates but we hope to make it back for a full US tour in September/October time. These will be followed by European and UK dates. The new LP will be out mid August via Warp

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One World: Norway Part Two - The Bergen Experience

Show broadcasts on Radio 1 on Thursday 20th February 2003:

Reminder: this week's One World show:

Norway Part Two - The Bergen Experience: Part 2 of our look at the Norwegian underground.

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The Durutti Column - Someone Else�s Party

Marcello at The Church of Me has a personal account of the forthcoming album from The Durutti Column, Someone Else�s Party.

and I find who the Liz Fraser alike vocals on the superb [Spanish Lament] track are by:

next track, �Spanish Lament,� however, is that of Rebekah Del Rio, taken from the extraordinary climactic sequence in Lynch�s Mulholland Drive in the nocturnal theatre of ghosts,

Marcello highly recommends the album: I would like every one of you to go and listen to it

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Alejandra and Aeron - Bousha Blue Blazes

Stylus review Alejandra and Aeron - Bousha Blue Blazes

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Cul De Sac - Death of the Sun

Junkmedia review Cul De Sac - Death of the Sun

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Meanwhile, Back In Communist Russia - My Elixir; My Poison

Playlouder review Meanwhile, Back In Communist Russia - My Elixir; My Poison

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Sales falling, tours cancelled. So why is our music industry in such dire straits?

The Independent: Sales falling, tours cancelled. So why is our music industry in such dire straits?

Sob stories from the majors ! if their sales are declining so be it ! their A & R policies are mostly rubbish - they have only themselves to blame ! - I have said it before and i will say it again - as each year goes by the 5 majors are becoming more irrelevant in terms of percentage of interesting albums released in a particular year.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003


If I were an editor of a weekly music magazine this week's front cover would feature: Meanwhile, Back in Communist Russia

This week's front cover features one of the most interesting and innovative band to emerge this decade from the UK, Oxford's Meanwhile, Back In Communist Russia

February 24th sees the release of:

Meanwhile, Back Incommunist Russia : My Elixir My Poison

Having spent much of the past year touring the uk (inc. Dates with pulp, smog, electrelane), recording sessions for john peel , xfm and playing live on radio 1.�my elixir; my poison� was recorded over the summer at truck�s very own studio�s.where music has to be overly-simplistic and unchallenging, a band like mbicr are more important than ever.their roots lie back in the late 70s / early 80s new wave to brian eno, steve albini, michael nyman and godspeed. They are capable of extreme noise without relying on hammering the listener into submission. There is a uk tour to promote the album in feb. times.quotes: " a satisfying moodscape of swooshing boards of canada electronica, intense sonic youth-like crashing, textured guitar work, and bitter spoken monologues" *** q "... Poetry for the post trainspotting, post-rock generation' mojo,''... A welcome challenge to the aural senses" kkkk kerrang!


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Jockey Slut

The March edition of Jockey Slut magazine, should be in the shops tomorrow. According to an advert in X-Ray magazine, Royksopp are on the front cover [as their single Eple is being re-promoted? Surely top 40 bound]

This edition of Jockey Slut will come with 2 free CDs including music from artists such: Royksopp, Joy Zipper, DJ Format, Fallacy, Dexter, International Pony, Audio Bullys, Freaks, Swag, Mr C, Manitoba & Others.

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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.

February edition of StarVox including latest CD Reviews

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Tosca - Dehli 9

BBCi Music review Tosca - Dehli 9

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Tears for Fears - Everyone Loves A Happy Ending

Lexicon Magazine links to the news of the forthcoming Tears for Fears album, Everyone Loves A Happy Ending on Arista in the Spring: BBC Wiltshire: Real Audio interview with Roland Orzabal of Tears for Fears

Roland Orzabal of recently reunited 80s art-rockers - Tears for Fears granted BBC Wiltshire an exclusive interview.

Listen in streaming Real Audio to BBC Wiltshire's Daniel Garrett in conversation with Roland Orzabal (56k)

He reveals what fans can expect from the new album, what led to the reunion, what he thinks of the current music scene and much more.

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On the John Peel Show tonight a session from Scottish Art-rockers: Aereogramme

Wednesday 19 Febuary - Aereogramme

Aereogramme are Craig B, Iain Cook, Campbell McNeil and Martin Scott. The band release their second full length LP 'Sleep and Release' on March 3rd 2003 on the Chemikal Underground label.

Details of the session @ Drowned in Sound

[Reminder, the John Peel show can be listened to again for upto 7 days after broadcast on BBC Radio Player on Demand]

Loads of links @ DrownedinSound Aereogramme profile page, including a mp3 track, Wood from the new album.

This track, Wood is stunning - prog punk brilliance, the way the track builds up and explodes - listen and find out !

Art/epic rock in the UK is going through a boom time in the 00s: Aereogramme, Anathema, Lapsus Linguae, Nought, Oceansize, Porcupine Tree, Sikth etc

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Pink Grease

New to me a band from Sheffield, Pink Grease

Apparently they sound like Joy Division mixed with Cabaret Voltaire with early Phil Oakey type vox.

Album due for release in March on Horse Glue Records

Pink Grease will be touring with Ladytron in March in the UK.

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Rune Grammofon: including Food and Supersilent

Yet more praise for the sensational music on Norway's Rune Grammofon label: Dusted Feature

Michael Crumsho takes a look at three of the newest releases from one of the world's leading experimental labels, Norway's Rune Grammofon.

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Jimi Tenor - Higher Planes

Playlouder review Jimi Tenor - Higher Planes

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Paik - The Orson Fader

Splendid review the space-rock sounds of Paik - The Orson Fader

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The Wire

The Wire website has been redesigned and the new March edition of The Wire [with Faust on the front cover] is now in the shops.

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No-Man - Together We're Stranger

The new No-Man album, called 'Together We're Stranger', is to be released on
March 31st through Porcupine Tree's former record label K-Scope/Snapper.

Coming two years after the critical and word of mouth cult success of 2001s
'Returning Jesus', 'Together We're Stranger' sees No-Man extending further
the reach of its panoramic soundscapes and cracked ballads.

Boasting impressive performances from Ben Castle (clarinets), Roger Eno
(harmonium) and Gramophone's David Picking (percussion, trumpet), amongst
others, the album lays claim to being No-Man's most powerful and emotionally
direct album in its long career.

Samples from three of the tracks can be found on No-Man.

The album is now available for pre-order from Burning shed for �12
inclusive of p&p.

Source: e-mail from Burning Shed

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X-Ray � Issue #2, on Sale: February 20 2003

Details of Issue 2 of X-Ray magazine:

[It looks a mixed bag to me, some good stuff [LCD Soundsystem and The Rapture], some lame stuff (Coral, The Datsuns)]

Issue 2 of X-Ray, Xfm�s New Music Monthly, hits the shelves on February 20. For �2.50 you not only get news, reviews and features from some of the best writers in the business but a CD packed with exclusive Xfm session tracks

In the Mag: The Coral give an exclusive interview, plus Interpol on personal grooming, rock gods The Datsuns on where they go next, DFA round up featuring The Faint, Radio 4, LCD Soundsystem and The Rapture plus Moby the world�s best drummers. The Kills, U2, The Raveonettes, Majesticons, Peaches and more.

On the CD: Exclusive session tracks from the Xfm studios, including Feeder�s acoustic version of �Come Back Around� � The Raveonettes� brooding �Attack Of The Ghost Riders�, �Radio 4 �Dance To the Underground� � Simian �Never Be Alone� � plus tracks from Interpol, Folk Implosion, Audio Bullys �and loads more�

# posted by DJ Martian 12:37 AM

Tuesday, February 18, 2003


Cul De Sac - Death to the Sun

Released in the US today on the Strange Attractors label: Cul De Sac - Death to the Sun

_Death of the Sun_ CD (SAAH011)

Personnel - Robin Amos: Sampler, Sequencer, Synthesizer - Glenn Jones:
Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Electric Sitar, Electric Bass, Field
Recordings - Jonathan LaMaster: Violin, Bowed Bass, Hunting Horn - Jon
Proudman: Drums - Jake Trussell: Sampler, Sequencer, Melodica, Toy Piano,

Nearly four years has elapsed since instrumental avant rock innovators Cul
de Sac released a studio album. Last year's sublime live radio performance
Immortality Lessons (SAAH007) notwithstanding, just what has the band been
up to? Cul de Sac went through a personnel shift, resulting in the arrival
of both bassist/violinist Jonathan LaMaster and electronics/turntabilist
Jake Trussell - a significant makeover signaling a change in sound was
immanent. The band was commissioned to compose the original score to the
Roger Corman produced film The Strangler's Wife (coming in 2003 on Strange
Attractors). More recently, legendary ex-Can vocalist Damo Suzuki invited
Cul de Sac to tour the US and Canada- as his band! All the while, Cul de
Sac's fifth studio album (seventh overall) was gestating in the laboratory,
meticulously taking shape. With the influx of new membership came a dramatic
shift in creative direction, and soon the project began spiraling
dramatically out of control, to the point that the album was almost aborted.
Thankfully the seams held together and the band hurdled their many
obstacles. Death of the Sun is the result, by far the most elaborate,
difficult, melancholic ...and heart-wrenchingly beautiful album of their

Death of the Sun is as much a musical and compositional departure in every
way for Cul de Sac as their otherworldly The Epiphany of Glenn Jones, the
infamous psychodrama in collaboration with the late John Fahey. Taking a cue
from two tape-based pieces from that album, the band set out on a new path
informed by their experience. By virtue of Trussell's modern electronics,
augmenting analog wizard Robin Amos' role, a new approach to creating the
music unfolded. Samples form the backbone of the album, the blueprint of the
tunes. As the foundation became increasingly electronic-oriented, Cul de Sac
responded with acoustic textures, and the juxtaposition works magically, a
seamless integration. A heady, introspective mood is established immediately
with the opening "Dust of the Butterflies", as swaying vocal samples whisper
through static electronics, sorrowful violin, and acoustic guitar yearnings.
And onward: electric sitar meanders through folding rainforest samples and
the mallet-massaged drums of "Bamboo Rockets"; incessant percussive mantras
exhume mystical vocal spirits in the trance-inducing "Tarok, Son of Stone";
Field recordings weave through Glenn Jones' signature crystalline electric
guitar, as "Bellevue Bridge" comes the closest to that familiar Cul de Sac
sound, while the title track "Death of the Sun" makes the most jarring
departure, melding tripped-put beats, dirge guitar, unsettling samples and
acoustic textures into one wildly hallucinogenic ride. The haunting closer,
"I Remember Nothing More", saunters morosely with acoustic guitar, sparse
drums, and a ghostly vocal sample flowing over and under the song's moody
current. Astonishingly, no two songs were created in the same way.

Death of the Sun is a challenging listen, pushing the Cul de Sac sound
forward into entirely new realms. Folk, avant rock, electronica,
turntablism, field recordings, percussive trance, ambient, Middle
Eastern...the points along the musical plane are vast, but in the hands of
Cul de Sac, the integration is spellbinding and atmospheric.

Six tunes: Dust of Butterflies - Bamboo Rockets, Half Lost in Nothingness,
Searching for an Inch of Sky - Turok, Son of Stone - Bellevue Bridge - Death
of the Sun - I Remember Nothing More

Download a mp3 track [I Remember Nothing More] @ Strange Attractors

# posted by DJ Martian 11:15 PM

The GrEEN DoLPHiN's PoLL 2002

The results of the 2002: The GrEEN DoLPHiN's PoLL have been published. Sigur R�s win band and album of the year.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:27 PM

The Go-Betweens

Playlouder interview The Go-Betweens

# posted by DJ Martian 5:10 PM

Throwing Muses and Kristin Hersh albums - delivery date March 17th in the UK

See 4AD news:

4AD have confirmed the release dates for the new Throwing Muses and Kristin Hersh albums. They will be in the shops on March 4th in the US and on March 17th in the rest of the world. "Throwing Muses" sees Kristin Hersh reunited in the studio with David Narcizo and Bernard Georges for the first time since "Limbo" was released in 1996. Tanya Donelly also made an appearance at the sessions - she sings backing vocals on several tracks.

In stark contrast to the raw, amped-up exhilaration of the Throwing Muses album comes Kristin's latest solo recording, released on the same day. "The Grotto" is slow-moving, introspective and totally spellbinding - with Kristin's voice and acoustic guitar fleshed out delicately by guests Howe Gelb (Giant Sand) and Andrew Bird (Bowl Of Fire) who provide piano and violin respectively.

Both albums come adorned with cover art by Shinro Otahke (who also provided the images for "House Tornado" and "Hips And Makers", amongst others). v23 have created beautiful packaging to make the most of the paintings - initial quantities of "Throwing Muses" will be available as a special six-panel digipack.

Throwing Muses will be touring Europe to coincide with the release of these albums.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:44 PM

BPI Back Campaign to Reduce VAT on CDs across the EU

the BPI report: Music Buyers Call For Level Playing Field on VAT Rates

British music lovers are calling on the EU to play fair and treat recorded music on a par with other cultural goods.

More details of VAT Coalition Give Music a Break

# posted by DJ Martian 4:27 PM

The Brainwashed Brain V06I06 - 02162003

This week's The Brainwashed Brain includes reviews of:

Ryoji Ikeda - Op

Charles Atlas - Worsted Weight

Cul De Sac - Death of the Sun
Strange Attractors

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Nocturama

Pram - Dark Island
Domino UK/ Merge US

Jah Wobble - Fly
30 Hertz

The Postal Service - Give Up
Sub Pop

Also last week's Brainwashed Brain

Con Dolore - Sailor's Warning

# posted by DJ Martian 12:53 AM


Key new album releases for February 17th [A more detailed release listing including other new releases, compilations and reissues - can be found further up this webpage.]

This Week: February 17th

Am-Boy - Floridian (Wobblyhead) US Import
Steffen Basho-Junghans - Rivers and Bridges (Strange Attractors Audio House) Import
Cul de Sac - Death To The Sun (Strange Attractors Audio House) Import
Delicate Awol - Heart Drops From The Great Space (Fire)
Dirty Three - She Has No Strings Apollo (Bella Union)
Fao Jesus - Tse Tse Fly Soul (FAOjesus)
Freaks - The Man Who Lived Underground (Music for Freaks)
The Go Betweens - Bright Yellow, Bright Orange (Circus)
The Haunted - One Kill Wonder (Earache)
Jan Jelinek Avec The Exposures - La Nouvelle Pauvrete (~Scape)
Christian McBride - Vertical Vision (Warner Brothers Records)
Ministry - Animositisomina (Sanctuary Records/ Mayan)
Momus - Oskar Tennis Champion (American Patchwork)
No-Man - All that You Are (Hidden Art) ep
Michael Nyman - Sangam (Warner UK)
The Postal Service - Give Up (Sub Pop)
The Soft Pink Truth - Do You Party (Soundslike)
Jimi Tenor - Higher Planes (Kitty Yo)
VS Price - Minette (Expanding)
W.I.T / Whatever it Takes (Mogul Electro)
Black Dice - Beaches & Canyons (FatCat) UK Release 2003

For Reference:

Last Week: February 10th

Asa-Chang & Junray - Tsu Gi Ne Pu (Leaf)
Cult of Luna - Beyond (Earache)
Vikter Duplaix - International Affair (Hollywood Records/ Warners)
Echoboy - Giraffe (Mute)
Massive Attack - 100th Window (Virgin)
Meam - Meam (Skam)
Mileece - Formations (Lo) Full UK Release
Old Mans Child - In Defiance Of Existence (Century Media)
Erlend Oye - Unrest (Source)
Maja Ratkje - Voice (Rune Grammofon)
Strapping Young Lad - SYL (Century Media)
Stylophonic - Man Music Technology (Prolifica)
Supersilent - 6 (Rune Grammofon)
Xela - For Frosty Mornings and Summer Nights (Neo Ouija)
Zwan - Mary Star of the Sea (Reprise) UK Release Date
Ruins - Tzomborgha (Ipecac) UK Release 2003
Shadows Fall - The Art of Balance (Century Media) UK Release 2003

# posted by DJ Martian 12:06 AM

Monday, February 17, 2003


Adrian Sherwood interview Adrian Sherwood

# posted by DJ Martian 6:04 PM

Sunday, February 16, 2003



BBC Collective interview Bent

Bent's second album: The Everlasting Blink, is released March 3rd.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:47 PM

Cave In

Anchor, the first single taken from the forthcoming Cave In album: Antenna, is now available to view as streaming video in either windows media media or real player.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:08 PM

Potentiam - Orka I Myrkri

At long last, Iceland's premier dark metal band: Potentiam have finished recording their album, Orka I Myrkri - coming soon on AvanteGarde music/ Wounded Love records. Check the MP3 download.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:58 PM

Hooky hooks up with Hybrid

Neworderonline report that Peter Hook is performing bass guitar duties on the forthcoming album from Swansea based progressive breakbeat combo: Hybrid

# posted by DJ Martian 7:30 PM

Dave Douglas - Freak In

All About Jazz review Dave Douglas - Freak In

# posted by DJ Martian 6:52 PM

2nd Gen

CMU Online have an interview with 2nd Gen. Expect a new 2nd Gen album in April on Quartermass.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:17 PM

Saturday, February 15, 2003


Martin L Gore - Counterfeit�

Depeche Mode's Martin L Gore has a new official website, the album: Counterfeit� will be released on April 29th.

Welcome to the launch of the official web site for Martin L. Gore's "Counterfeit�" project. Coming soon are audio samples, in-studio video clips, and much more.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:46 PM

This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

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

Jan Jelinek - La Nouvelle Pauvrete - Scape

Quite easily the best release to date on Pole�s Scape imprint, the return of Jan �Farben� Jelinek has been a massively popular album for us here in the office, a simply intensely original, deep and affecting collection of tracks that once again highlight just how talented and out there Mr Jelinek really is. �La Nouvelle Pauvrete� is one of those amazing albums that sounds astonishing the first time it�s heard, and just gets better and better with every listen. The opening �Introducing� arranges a dense display of found sounds, electric tinkles and velvet layering that end abruptly with a round of applause leading into the bubble bass microscopic house jazz essence of the unbeleiveably good second track �Music To Interrogate By�. The same �Loop-Finding� technique displayed on Jelinek�s last album is used, but the method is invisible and the production nothing short of fully realised. The static on the groove builds up the dusty atmosphere, the cascading Rhodes inspiring a million emotions, the bounce of the beats moving you limb by limb with pure exhiliration. Unbeleivable stuff. �Facelift� introduces Jan�s imagined vocal acompaniment �The Exposures� - a dark, processed, slowed down and layered vocal performance that takes the record into entirely new domain, rich with a thousand ideas, avoiding the temptation to clutter, ending up with an important and groundbreaking piece of work that works in its entirety, from beginning to end. Sublime.

Am Boy - Floridian - Wobblyhead

Brand new album from Wobblyhead, the label that brought us Casino Versus Japan�s mighty �Go Hawaii�. �Floridian� sticks with the sun soaked music of Casino and Freescha. A style of music that has as much to do with late seventies synth experimentalism as it has to do with the current IDM scene though a couple of tracks sound a little too close to a Boards demo for comfort. Floating keyboard lines that could be straight out of Walter Carlos� studio / atmospheres that are pure Eno, it�s only when the beats drop that you know this album is contemporary at all. Fresh and joyful uncluttered old school electronica.

Black Dice - Beaches & Canyons - Fat Cat

Luminaries of Tigerbeat 6 and DFA, Brooklyn�s Black Dice release their debut LP for FatCat Records. Recalling the kindred spirits of Can, My Bloody Valentine, Throbbing Gristle, Sonic Youth & early Pink Floyd, Black Dice infuse a blend of Godspeed You Black Emperor! and IDM .Thurston Moore has namedropped them endlessly, and with the Kid 606 further championing their sound this is very much set to be a good year for them. Check.

Humanoid Sessions - 84-88 - Rephlex

Aceeeed!! And one of the releases we have been most waiting for on Boomkat recently arrives, the infamous Humanoid Sessions from Future Sound of Londons Brian Dougans. With a history stretching back to the earliest days of Acid House, Brian Dougans has produced prolifically under various pseudonyms, one of the earliest being Stakker. Famous for the massive �Humanoid� hit, this release opens with the �Snowman Mix� of Humanoid, a subtler mix, not as full on but still harbouring all the ingredients that made the track such a winner. There are 23 tracks listed across the album, many being short interludes that work well in bridging the mayhem and syncing the tracks together with broken beats, dsp style noises and vocal chop ups that are quite similar to the interludes on the �Eurotechno� 12�. The essential cuts on the album, however, rest with the full tracks. Head for the deep acid of �Motion Static� with its low octave 303 creating a solid bassline backed by the 808 drums and secondary acid lines over the top, an ace old school winner that quite simply nothing short of absolute classic. Next up is �Jet Stream Tokyo� with its space zap breakdown, acid frenzy and superb beat programming that gets more spannered as it progresses containing shades of old Chicago acid shining through, ace. Next drop onto �Cry Baby� with its enticing female vocals and obligatory 303 lines flipping all over the place, close your eyes and your back in an illegal warehouse experiencing the acid heyday of the late 80�s, pure genius. There are so many points of reference and good moments on the album that I will leave with one more and let you discover the rest yourself, �Nano Plura� has no discernable acid line running through it, though has some amazing flanged drums echoing across the speakers with distorted guitar lines modulating around the beat, the percussion driving crazy and highly experimental (remember this is 84-88!!) and is well worth listening to loudly. An inspired release from Rephlex, and a fantastic archive of a bygone era that sets the scene perfectly for the long long awaited return of the Ceephax Acid Crew and his acid madness, due very soon! Awesome.

Mouse On Mars - Rost Pocks - The EP Collection - Too Pure

Hey Kids, we grew up with these tunes!! When the mighty Vulvaland album (terrible name) came out over ten years ago (blimey) it was pretty clear that something new was taking place in the world of electronic music. With its lush tones, quirkiness and dub stylings, Mouse on Mars followed close on the heels Warp�s Artificial Intelligence brigade in terms of sheer innovation and the expansion of aural boundries. �Rost Pocks� is an ace collection of tracks from MOM�s EP�s for too pure, bringing together much overlooked tracks from Frosch, Cache Coeur Naif, Saturday Night World Cup Fieber and Bib. The tracks have aged beautifully, from the opening eccentricity of the mighty �Frosch�, to DJ Fruit�s (killer DJ name), awesome world cup remake, to the bass heavy breakbeat shuffles of �Bib� and the Stereolab collaboration �Cache Coeur Naif�. Essential tunage.

The Soft Pink Truth - Do You Party? - Soundslike

Highly anticipated album from Matmos mainman Drew Daniel, aka The Soft Pink Truth, on Matthew Herbert�s Soundslike imprint. Effortlessly fusing the r�n�b suss of Timbaland with the glitch cut up dynamics of Akufen and the sexyness of classic 70�s disco. Made up from the two now classic 12��s �Soft Pink Missy� and �Promo Funk� alongside three additional tracks �Do You Party� is the essential album of this harsh winter. From the midtempo cut-up delight of �Everybody�s Soft� to the female tribute �Gender Studies�. The Blevin Blectum bomb �Make Up�. The John Carpenter down the disco delight �Promo Funk� then onto the dirty r�n�b booty house groover �Over You (No Love)�. The new tracks are �Satie (Grey Corduroy Suit)� which adds a dose of Matmos electronics to the cocktail - �Big Booty Bitches� is hyper glitched with many miami bass samples and a moody synth line. The album closes with the touchingly funny and heartfelt sample collage �I Want To Thank You�. Wicked from start to finish, add a splash of pink to your cd collection today. Ace.

V/A Brooklyn Keeps On Takin' It - Record Camp

Excellent label sampler on New York�s fine Record Camp imprint, sitting nicely alongside the wicked 12� from Sky Tucker listed above. Tricky electronic beats and chop-ups are the order of the day, an impressive collection of tracks from a largely unknown collection of new talent. The aforementioned Sky Tucker makes another excellent, dark and menacing appearance on the ace �Kronik�, while emerging talent Secret Agent Gel, , San Serac, Baloons, Satellite Beach, Sulako, Heat Sensor, Galvanized and more all implement deadly warfare on tricky beats, brooding melodies and total sound innovation. Record Camp will surely build themselves up nicely to rank alongside Schematic and Beta Bodega at the forefront of the US electronic scene, get in on them quick, before the hype spins out of control. Wicked.

Carla Kihlstedt - 2 Foot Yard - Tzadik

Carla Kihlstedt is one of the most versatile violinists in new music, is much at home performing Stravinsky's Histoire du Solidat on the concert stage, swinging jazz solos in the popular Tin Hat Trio, scraping noise improvisations with Derek Bailey, or rocking out at CBGBs with her SF based band Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. 2 Foot Yard, her first CD under her own name is a creative compendium of genre-breaking instrumentals and vocal miniatures, featuring some of the greatest performers out of the exciting SF/Bay Area scene.

Fransisco Lopez - Addy En l Paid De Las Frutas Y Los Chunches - Alien 8

One of the best Lopez CD's to date. Found sound processing with digital effects. Source material recorded during the rainy seasons at various locations in South America. At points the torrent of rain is overbearing and then the faintest droplet of rain on leaf glistens. A very impressive piece of work for fans of 12k and Trente Oiseaux.

John Zorn - Masada Guitars - Tzadik

In 1993, John Zorn began composing and performing his 208 tunes that now comprise what is known as the 'Masada' songbook. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of this, his most popular musical project, John Zorn has organized a series of CDs, featuring his most illustrious colleagues performing their own unique arrangements of these classics of modern Jewish music. This first release contains three guitarists whose styles are as varied as the compositions they perform. From the singular brilliance of Marc Ribot, the lush sonorities of Bill Frisell, to the orchestral virtuosity of Tim Sparks, Masada Guitars is a glittering tribute, lovingly executed by three of the most original guitarists in the world.

Painkiller - Talisman (Live In Nagoya) - Tzadik

Bringing together three of the most voracious and energetic musical minds in new music - John Zorn, Bill Laswell & Mick Harris, PainKiller was one of the most intense live bands ever. Here they are captured at their absolute peak. Culminating their legendary 1994 tour of Japan in a masterful set featuring one of their longest and most inspired improvisations, the thirty-five minute Batrachophrenoboocosmomachia. Beautifully recorded by the unsung fourth member of the group sound engineer Oz Frith and packaged in deliriously original artwork, Talisman is a long awaited new release by one of the most original and unique sax/bass/drum trios in musical history.

Ryoji Ikeda - Op - Touch

Brilliant new Ikeda CD, utilizing string quartet sounds (mostly recorded in France at the Art Zoyd studios), with no electronic sounds used. Some tracks include: "op. 1 [for 9 strings].", "op. 2 [for string quartet]", "op. 3 [for string quartet]". "This is Ryoji Ikeda's sixth solo CD and his fourth for Touch, following the highly acclaimed +/- [1996], 0*C [1998] and matrix [2001]. He previously released �1000 Fragments� on his own CCI recordings, and �Time and Space�, a double 3 inch CD, for Staalplaat. 'op.1' was originally commissioned by 'experience de vol #3'. One notable aspect fans of his previous work will highlight upon, is his declaration that 'no electronic sounds have been used on this recording'. This is not to say that Ikeda has in any way renounced the world of electronic music that he has done so much to shape over the past seven years. 'op. 1' is a brave and deliberate step that also lends a new dimension to his previous output, with the acoustic space created by his string arrangements being subject to the same forensic attention to detail as before. " Recommended.

Cuica - City To City - Ubiquity

Excellent debut album from Pete Herbert and Simone Serritella. A nine track album that digitizes the infectious rhythms of brazil into an old meeting new framework - Metro Area meeting 90's Azymuth . No noodle, strictly dancefloor blinders. Plus the final track �Slipping Away� is pure downtempo bliss. Very tasty. Vinyl soon.

Jimi Tenor - Higher Planes - Kitty Yo

Seventh album from Jimi Tenor and he shows no sign of resting on his laurels yet. �Higher Planes� strips back the insane psych jazz rock of �Out Of Nowhere� but keeps the big band jazz attack intact with his sexed up love poems and wired sonics that have been in every Jimi album post �Organanizm�. One of this albums� key successes is the incredible Finnish Big Band, The UMO Jazz Orchestra � sounding like classic early 70�s jazz rock ala Mike Gibbs and Mike Westbrook - don�t be afraid. Jimi�s compositions are ace, full of life and passion. Throughout Jimi�s vocals are backed by his life partner Nicole Willis. Check.

Karminsky Experience Inc - The Power Of Suggestion - Patterns Of Behaviour

Long awaited debut album from the reknowned easy listening compilers The Karminsky Experience. After two very limited 12" releases appeared about three years ago the time would have been right then to launch this album - but nothing happened. Now in 2003 with Lemon Jelly going top 40 massive they choose to release their album. Fourteen tracks, funkbeat exotica, sci-fi pop, bangra boom-bop, cinematic dash and sweepscapes plus the Aphex Twin recommended Mike Flowers. Plus the tune from the Fosters ad 'Feng Shui'. Cool and the gang.

Peanut Butter Wolf - Badmeaningood Vol 3 - Ultimate Dilemma

Oh my!! Peanut Butter Wolf drops this dope mix for UD. A collection of old school funk and jazz jams - old school hip hop (Grandmaster Flash, The B Beat Girls, Cold Crush Brothers) - mad surprises from Joe Jackson, The Human League (yes!!) onto >>> Iron Butterfly, Alicia Myers, Roy Ayers, Prince Far I and much more. Dope artwork from Banksy. Mad digipak design. Snap this up now.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:46 PM

Latest Audited Circulation Sales: UK Music Magazines report that latest circulation sales figures of some of the leading music magazines in the UK: Comedown continues for dance music titles


Mixmag loses a third of their readers in the past year, sells 60,070 copies
Muzik on sales of 36,089 copies
Uncut up 25 % year on year
NME sells 73,338 copies a week
Kerrang! sells 84,173

No real surprises, Kerrang widens it's grip on the youth rock market, by increasing it's sales compared to the NME - it now sells over 10, 000 more copies than NME.

Mixmag magazine continues to lose readers because it is a useless magazine, trying to escape the rut of cliched 90s mainstream club culture [drugs features, ibiza specials all late spring and summer, superclubs, big promoters, uber-trance/hard house, judge jules, corporate club adverts, dancefloor picture snapshots ...zzzzzzzzzzz naff and boring] However Mixmag is desperately trying to find it's niche in 2003 - I see this month has Hardcore slapped on the front?, a desperate attempt to kick start a rave revival?

I can only see one way for Mixmag, downward sales, the superclub dance generation faded away and there are simply better magazines such as Jockey Slut, Breakin Point, DJ and Knowledge Magazine to serve the music fans these days. Mixmag has become a redundant dance dinosaur magazine of the 90s.

Uncut increases it's sales, probably in the 20something market, as the NME predominately serves alterna-teen/student trad retro alt-rock market these days and most over 20s are not being served by the NME.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:14 AM

Friday, February 14, 2003


Adult - Anxiety Always report that Adult will release their forthcoming album: Anxiety Always on Ersatz Audio in Mid April.

Andy Kellman @ Dubscrape has already flagged this as a staggering album.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:28 PM

Ulrich Schnauss - A Strangely Isolated Place

News Alert >>>

One of the leading European electronic artists of recent times, Ulrich Schnauss will release a new album: A strangely isolated place on City Centre Offices in May.

this will be out in may on city centre offices, towerblock 013, dlp / cd.

ulrich schnauss
a strangely isolated place

* gone forever
* on my own
* a letter from home
* monday - paracetamol
* clear day
* blumenthal
* in all the wrong places
* a strangely isolated place

written & produced by ulrich schnauss at sch�neberger insel
vocals by judith beck
guitar on track six by paul davis

Source: IDM-M Yahoo Group

# posted by DJ Martian 5:49 PM

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2007 Music RYM Top Albums 2007 RYM 2007 New 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 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 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 - users 2009 Lists
2009 Album Reviews: a2009 Music 2009: b2009 m2009 Release Info 2009: r2009

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


Online Music Stores: Links: More UK Links:
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CD Price Comparison: Kelkoo

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


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

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

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

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


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Music Discussion: ILM Links: Tag: Music Discussion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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