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Saturday, May 31, 2003

 

Aspera - Oh Fantastica

The mind-expansive, dark, epic-pop masterpiece that sounds like nothing else.

Browsing through the weekly e-mail newsletter from Forced Exposure, my attention was immediately diverted to this:

ASPERA: Oh Fantastica CD (JAG 53). on jagjaguwar is released June 3 [US] and June 9 [UK]. Note: An MP3 download, of the first track off the album: Mountains will Give - download now it's futuristic synth pop bonkers from another planet, reminds me of The Associates and Cursor Minor. I can see this going down a storm with the pro-pop types on ILM - paging Marcello Carlin, Tom Ewing and Tim Finney.

"Oh Fantastica is full of minimal
yet memorable melodies driven by Drew Mills' most upfront and
un-effected vocal performance to date. The beats are intentionally
raw?composed of deep, 808 / 909 textures and laced with gated,
acoustic percussion takes and dirty synth bass lines. On Oh
Fantastica, Aspera ride a dream-like wave enjoying and sharing the
fruit of parallel universes -- where the epic '80s pop production (as
heard in early work of Simple Minds and Tears for Fears) exist side
by side with hip-hop's old school (Afrika Bambaataa) and new school
(Swizz Beats, Anti-Pop Consortium, Missy Elliott & Timbaland, and
producers the Neptunes), and, perhaps most-notably, electronic
music's contemporary experimentalists (Boards of Canada) as well as
its early trailblazers (such as the pop soundscapes of Another Green
World-era Brian Eno; Giorgio Moroder's militant electro; and the
early-80's tech-adventurism of musical veterans as manifested in
Herbie Hancock's Future Shock and Paul McCartney's McCartney II)."

# posted by DJ Martian 8:07 PM
 

Patrick Wolf - Lycanthropy

The debut album from Patrick Wolf, Lycanthropy will be released July 14th.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:25 PM
 

The Wire - July 2003 edition Michael Gira

Advance notification of the next edition of The Wire: Michael Gira will be on the front cover.

July 2003 - Michael Gira (Swans), MAGAZINE
Cover story featuring Swans founder Michael Gira, plus Offsite Tokyo, Arne Nordheim, Borbetomagus and more

Source: Siren Disc [Future Releases]

# posted by DJ Martian 12:28 PM
 

I notice that Pause & Play - On the CD Front have started to list forthcoming releases information by week order. This info is for the US and does include more mainstream artists/ and genres that i don't cover on my forthcoming releases list.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:11 AM
 

This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

This week's new releases @ Boomkat - a Pelicanneck Online Music Store include:

ALBUM OF THE WEEK!
Mu-Ziq - Bilious Paths
Planet Mu

It seems like forever since we last heard from Mr Paradinas (apart from the constant onslaught of devastating sevens, twelves and albums from an array of new talent on his Planet-Mu imprint and, erm, the odd remix), so it comes as a welcome addition to Mu's fine and fast-growing catalogue to at long last have a new full-lengther from the man better known as Mu-ziq ready for public consumption. "Bilious Paths" chronicles much that has happened in the world of electronic music over the few years since his last album, taking in elements of bezerkerist beat constructions, ragga, electro, breaks, mash-ups, DSP trickery, hardcore revivalisms and, of course, a smattering of killer-melody led emotive IDM. "Meinheld" sound much like Squarepusher's awesome Hadcore mashup on Mask 500, twisted spliced-up Amen breaks, hiccups, lilting melodies and bassbin decimating swivels of low-end..... killer. "Aec Merlin" is bluer in hue, gorgeous off-tune melodies and hissed-up shuffles, you'd have to go back a good few years to here playful, warm IDM produced with anywhere near us much character as this, classic stuff. "Mouse Bums", meanwhile, is a masterclass in DSP re-wiring, processed tones and distortions with the melody lurking somewhere in the fog of the filtering going on, like a cross between Lexaunculpt and Pita, though substantially warmer than both. "My Mengegus" is the perfect album closer, shimmering warmth and spacious pads, all evocative strings and progressings, bells and a growing layering of lullaby lines that can't help but move you in the nicest possible way. An all-round winner from Mu, classic electronic listening making for an essential purchase. Ace.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK!
Ulrich Schnauss - A Strangely Isolated Place
City Centre Offices

Since the release of his amazing debut album "Far Away Trains Passing By", Ulrich Schnauss has been overwhelmed by a viral spread of appreciation for his music. From the zeitgeist-crazed message boards and forums of cool record labels to the license-requesting teams working behind the scenes for trend-setting compilations, Ulrich's sound has managed to do that rarest of things and has crossed-over beyond the parameters of the electronic music club and has leaped into a wider public domain. Electronic music has rarely found itself a popular home. Switch on your TV set or go to the cinema, however, and you'll discover a world of vast and endless possibilities brought to life with instrumental textures designed to arouse an emotional response. Add some guitars, unforgettable tunes and even a sliver of voice here and there, and you have yourself a soundtrack with instant mass appeal and an emotional vocabulary that is enriched with every single listen. Ulrich's debut album followed these principles perfectly, and this, his long-awaited follow-up "a strangely isolated place" extends and expands on a formula which is uniquely and unforgettably his own. This is a record with an unashamed love of many forms of popular music, as well as a technologically inspired method of delivery, "...isolated place" starts off with timeless melodies and embroiders itself with pop stylings, some vocals and a euphoric, larger than life sound that betrays the loneliness of its highly evocative title. Moving away from the widespread fascination with all things "micro", the scope here is BIG, although every fragment of sound from the opening melancholy bliss of "Gone Forever" to the dusty detuned breakbeat of "A Letter From Home" has been carefully wrapped and labelled "Fragile". For this is music that has been assembled piece by piece, every fragment carefully chosen and given a sense of belonging, a home. Ulrich Schnauss has brought to life a place that you may have never visited, but it's a place that you have always known. Unmissable.

SINGLE OF THE WEEK!
Lali Puna - Left Handed
Morr Music

I'm sorry kids, but I'm just totally obsessed with this new Lali Puna single. To be more precise, the title track and 12" opener "Left Handed" has somehow managed to entrench itself deep in my mind and has refused to let go, digging it's claws deep into that part of the brain that holds on to things like melody and flavour and forces you to think of little else for days on end. This is just the perfect guitar pop song, the band giving their instruments a bit more of a shake and a rattle, flexing the drums and guitars into a wieve of noise, melody and beauty that's utterly compulsive and totally unforgettable. Like the Breeders at their Pod-era peak or a lesson in how to turn the lamest New York punk-induced spunk cut into a rock-out masterclass in brilliance, the Puna have returned with an absolute killer!! Also, just for good measure, the band have included a cover version of the Giorgio Moroder / Human League classic "Together In Electric Dreams" which sounds exactly as you wouldn't expect it to, the Lali's employing a stretch of electronic constructions and whispering percussion over Valerie's vulnerable, almost broken and exposed delivery, a bit of a weeper in fact kids. In short.... aweseome stuff, purchase immediately.

SINGLE OF THE WEEK!
Push Button Objects - Day In A Life
Skam

This is probably our joint favourite Skam release ever and one of our most played-out twelves since it came out in late 1998, at last re-issued by the boys next door and available once again on 12" vinyl (all 35 minutes!!) and for the first time on glorious CD. "Day In A Life" is Push Button Objects on a mission to define the beats rulebook, re-configuring the tunes, the strucfture and the transition into something entirely different, fresh and unbeleivably deep. When it first came out 5 years ago there was simply nothing that sounded anything like it and it still sounds deeper than the rest - from the metallic bit-crushed electronic hip hop punch-up of the title track to the madly intricate percussive arrangements on `Nocturnal Device' (Autechre, Mantronix and EL-P rolled into one!) to the late night twilight electroid crunch of "Apple Sauce", the piecing together of influences from Miami to Detroit through to Frankfurt and into the Northwest of England is nothing short of mesmerising. The best, though, comes with the almighty three-track edit of "Twisted" "Fm Science" and "The Hamocks", seriously one of the best stretches of music you'll hear for time if you ain't already heard it, from hip hop beats to stripped electro to Eno-ish strings and lilting Piano licks all processed with an originality of sound that could only be called genius, time changes and transitions to die for and, in the end, a rocking tune. Immense stuff, as essential as essential gets.

Esmerine - If Only A Sweet Surrender To The Nights To Come Be True
Resonant

Superb new album from members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and A Silver Mt Zion. This is the fourth album release of 2003 from Resonant, exploring new territory for the label but remaining within their broad remit in terms of agenda. This is a magnificent, expansive, sprawling release of sublime multi-instrumental arrangements, soundscapes and cinematic washes courtesy of Godspeed's Bruce Cawdron & Beckie Foon, their first release as Esmerine. Musically closer to Rachels or Clogs than any of the previous Godspeed splinter projects, Esmerine take the guitars out of the equation, and is based almost entirely around drums, melodic percussion and cello. Eight tracks clocking in at around 50 minutes - elaborately & beautifully packaged in the style you might expect on cd, gorgeous throughout.

!!! - Me and Guiliani Down By The Schoolyard
Warp

Huge buzz surrounding Warp's latest signings and their first foray into the New York Art / Punk scene which is the bastard child of electroclash and punk pop. !!! (pronounced Chk Chk Chk, of course) are a huge funk-punk live disco DFA style act, with `Me and Guiliani Down By the Schoolyard' giving up some live sounding drums and a disco-esque groove with that grindin' ESG bass bounce utilised to full effect. The flip features "Sunracapellectrohshit" a more experimental cut, chopped up vocals, distorted drums and pleanty of mad changes all thrown in for good measure. Featuring a member of The LCD Soundsystem for added, erm, appeal, this will be required listening for all you Hoxton jockeysluts out there. Check.

V/A / Raster Noton - Weltecho
Raster Noton

CD1: Robert and Ronald Lippok, William Basinski. CD2: Lumen, Errorsmith. At four exhibitions held at the Chemnitz gallery Voxxx between April and September 2002 musicians experimented with electronically generated tones in the context of an artistic space. So unsynchronised film projectors (Weltecho was also the name of a former cinema in Chemnitz) for example created rhythmic structures for sound oscillations. The curator of Weltecho, German artist and musician Carsten Nicolai, stands for many instances of interaction between music and the fine arts and is well established in both disciplines. Nicolai helped set the wheels in motion for Weltecho, in which, amongst other things, the ten-year history of the Voxxx project -- an amalgamation of film, music, theatre, the arts and communication -- is reflected upon. This is an engrossing CD, check out the mesmerisng collaboration between To Rococo Rot's Robert and Ronald Lippok, or Berlin's might Errorsmith for starters. Highly Recommended.

The Lonesome Organist - Form and Follies
Thrill Jockey
[Book and CD]

Now here's an awesome concept for a release : the latest album from one man band The Lonesome Organist comes together with a CD-Sized "Flip Book," a double-sided book that, when flipped, shows Jacobsen performing two songs. One song features the organist alone with just an accordion, the second with both an accordion and drum. As for the music, well, Jeremy Jacobsen (for he is the Lonesome one!) has always had a bit of a thing for unfolding a diverse flower of myriad styles before your very eyes - and this release takes that notion to the extreme. Everything from gypsy accordion to Hassidic-esque jazz to punk rock get thrown into the mix across 14 tracks of total mayhem. Lovable endearing stuff and, at times, a thoroughly engrossing listen. Strange...but true.

Moodymann - Silence In The Secret Garden
Peacefrog

Well, it's Kenny Dixon's finest moment - a simply astonishing collection of tracks that will crown a year in which Detroit and it's brightest cohorts have dominated the dancefloor yet again and have teased out a whole new legion of fans and followers for the likes of Kenny, Theo, Rick and the extended deep house fraternity. The opening "Entrance 2 The Garden" holds the door open to the Moody world, as perfect an intro to an album as it gets, tentative strings, live drums, droplets of piano and funk bass all converging into an atmospheric force de majeure worthy only of the magician himself. `People' is one of those genius slow funk, slink-drippin' heavy bass grooves that Kenny keeps pulling out, filled with beautiful rhodes keys and the bar crowd noises which give it that saturday night bumpin' vibe, the first glimpse of Kenny's long standing soulmate Norma Jean Bell arriving with the enticing breathy sax flowing like water over Kenny's beats to complete the picture. Back in 99 a one sided white label came outta Detroit with the simple lettering "JAN" emblazoned across its label. The track was a total KDJ classic and is re-worked here in breathtaking fashion under the new title "LIVEINLA 1998". The dirtiest, sleaziest bass bounce sets the dancefloor agenda, ill-fitting african sampling cuts in, handclaps rotate, the percussion stix upping the ante before...finally...a devastating Grand Piano tumble twists proceedings into something unfathomably tough, deep and totally Detroit in a way that just can't be messed with. Astonishing. "On My Way Home" is the real surprise on board, finding Kenny in a deep dive through Detroit's other fascination : dark, soulful Techno, a sort-of Basic Channel induced haze of a track that should be listened to late at night driving through a neon-strewn freeway, the windows wound wide open. Immense. No one else in the House can compete with Kenny when he's on form.....and boy is he on form here. Hands-down best house music album of the year.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:02 AM

Friday, May 30, 2003

 

Pitchfork review 1 Mile North - Minor Shadows with a high 9.0/ 10 rating.

Moody, apocalyptic post-rock duo set themselves apart from similarly minded bands by focusing as keenly on songwriting and gorgeous melodies as on the glowing, cinematic instrumentation. If only Godspeed You Black Emperor were still this inspired.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:40 PM
 

The Guardian review British Sea Power - The Decline of British Sea Power

# posted by DJ Martian 1:48 PM
 

RADIO 1 HOOKS UP WITH SONAR

Yes, the outstanding Barcelona festival is nearly upon us, from 11-14 June, and for the first three days R1 are again on board. They'll cover live shows and special events with shows from Gilles Peterson, John Peel, Chris Coco and Rob Da Bank's Blue Room, Annie Nightingale and Fabio. Gilles kicks off by presenting the star of the festival, Bjork, plus Matthew Herbert and Laurent Garnier, on June 11th at 11pm. Sonar is John Peel's favourite festival, by the way. Tune into R1 (97-99FM) for details, or visit the R1 website.

Source: Muzikweekly is the seven day internet news service generated by Muzik Magazine. Sign up for the weekly newsletter @ Muzik

# posted by DJ Martian 1:44 PM
 

The Independent interview Dave Gahan

'I'm lucky to be alive,' admits Dave Gahan, the Depeche Mode front man, who has lived the life of rock excess to the hilt. His solo album chronicles his return to normality, he tells Fiona Sturges

The Guardian review Dave Gahan - Paper Monsters

# posted by DJ Martian 1:39 PM
 

dotmusic report the initial line up of the Big Chill Festival at Eastnor Castle [in the Malvern Hills, England] on 1-3 August 2003.

Expect coverage of this festival on Radio 1. Official website for The Big Chill

# posted by DJ Martian 1:35 PM
 

Dusted: Friday Features: Enon and Vibracathedral Orchestra

This week's Dusted Friday Features

Every Friday, Dusted Magazine publishes a series of music-related lists determined by our favorite artists. This week: Catchy weirdrock supergroup Enon and Neil Campbell of the British avant folk collective Vibracathedral Orchestra

# posted by DJ Martian 1:22 PM
 

Love and Rockets - Best of

Next week Beggars Banquet release a Love and Rockets Best Of compilation.

During the first week of June Beggars Banquet release SORTED! The BEST of LOVE AND ROCKETS on both CD and DVD.

Back in the mid-Eighties, when the USA alternative scene was just that, Love And Rockets were on of the leading lights. They were a band that followed their own trajectory, from the legendary Bauhaus through Tones On Tail and solo work to the dance club success of their 1985 debut single, Ball Of Confusion. They released the darkly psychedelic �Seventh Dream Of Teenage heaven� album followed by �Express�, the album that bassist David J summed up in 3 letters - L.S.D.

As in the Sixties, the acid fallout led to a softer, more acoustic feel for their �Earth.Sun.Moon� album which again topped the alternative charts. The wider commercial breakthrough came with their eponymous fourth album and the hit single �So Alive�.

In the USA these first four albums are available in remastered, expanded versions which feature bonus tracks (and, in the case of Love And Rockets, a bonus CD of the previously unreleased �Swing� sessions.)

Following a five year hiatus the group returned with a near ambient album, �Hot Trip to Heaven�, mostly replacing the expected chain saw guitar sound with loops, textures and beats.

The 1996 album �Sweet F.A.� was a return to a more song based structure under the guidance of Rick Rubin and, after switching to a new label, Red Ant, they released their final album, �Lift� in 1998.

Following a successful USA tour at end of 1999, the band felt the itch for new challenges so split up for the second time to pursue solo careers.


SORTED! The BEST of LOVE AND ROCKETS - CD:

- 15 track compilation selected by Love And Rockets from across their entire career
- Some rare 7� single versions previously unavailable on album
- remastered from original tapes
- new sleeve notes by Love And Rockets

1. Kundalini Express
2. The Dog End Of a Day Gone By
3. Mirror People �88 - 7� version
4. Ball Of Confusion - 7� version
5. Yin And Yang - alternate 7� version
6. Holiday On The Moon
7. So Alive
8. Holy Fool
9. No New Tale To Tell
10. No Big Deal - 7� version
11. Haunted When The Minutes Drag
12. It Could Be Sunshine
13. Shelf Life
14. Sweet Lover Hangover
15. Saudade

# posted by DJ Martian 1:19 PM
 

The Guardian interview Robert Smith, who discusses how and what music has shaped his life.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:01 PM
 

Bark Psychosis

From The GrEEN DoLPHiN's PoLL a collated web resource on the legendary: Bark Psychosis

All historical and, of course, some new, including rumours or facts that on 3rd Stone Records will be released a compilation of live recordings this year. Studio album "Dustsucker" by Graham Sutton since 2001 is still waiting for its release in 2003...

Will that "new" Bark Psychosis album be released in 2003? [codenamed Dustsucker, or Smoke and Bone] if so when? on what label?

# posted by DJ Martian 1:56 AM
 

The Rapture - delayed Echoes

Reported earlier this week @ dotmusic RAPTURE ON 'ECHOES'

According to frontman Luke Jenner, 'Echoes' is scheduled to "drop towards the end of summer, early fall"

# posted by DJ Martian 12:38 AM
 

DigitalMetal.com review the Steve Albini produced instrumental rock sonicscapes from Philadelphia�s Dysrhythmia: Dysrhythmia - Pretest

Philadelphia�s instrumentalists Dysrhythmia bridge the gap between prog metal and avant jazz

Two full length tracks from this album available at MP3.com - Dysrhythmia

Dysrhythmia are band who would appeal to a diverse audience, including fans of Avant-Prog, Post-Rock and Math-Rock [e.g Turing Machine] , through to avant jazz and the tension of the guitar playing matched with a dubby beat has a touch of dark post punk textures of Joy Division/ Killing Joke.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:05 AM

Thursday, May 29, 2003

 

BurnitBlue.com review Ed Rush & Optical - The Original Doctor Shade

# posted by DJ Martian 11:36 PM
 

Phydos

I noticed this online music store [via easyvalue] recently: Phydos with FREE Shipping for UK and Republic of Ireland.

We specialise in back catalogue Music DVDs, CDs & CD singles of all genres.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:00 PM
 

Paul Van Dyk: trance transfer to Positiva

BurnitBlue.com report that Paul Van Dyk has signed to Positiva [for the UK, remaining on Mute in the US] expect an album titled: Reflections in September.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:51 PM
 

One World: Punk Funk Special

This week's One World Show on Radio 1, is a Punk Funk Special

# posted by DJ Martian 1:14 PM
 

Radiohead

dotmusic relay the news that Capitol Records have posted four Radiohead tracks from their forthcoming album 'Hail To The Thief' on the internet.

Dotmusic report: [these are]
completed versions of songs previously leaked on the internet, said to be incomplete, "stolen recordings".

# posted by DJ Martian 8:13 AM
 

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

This week's front cover choice is Ulrich Schnauss, who releases his second album, A Strangely Isolated Place on City Centre Offices, on June 2nd.

Reviewed @ Bigchill.net

# posted by DJ Martian 7:51 AM

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

 

Tinymixtapes report that the next Explosions in the Sky album, is scheduled for a November release.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:30 PM
 

BBCi Music review Paddy McAloon, I Trawl The Megahertz the whole album is available to listen for one week, @ this Album Exclusive feature.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:51 PM
 

Splendid review Innerstance Beatbox - All Little Boys Do Silly Little Dances

# posted by DJ Martian 2:31 PM

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

 

Fans of Laika will be interested in Kill Binary Kill who share a similar approach to music. Kill Binary Kill will release an ep: Maximum Market Penetration ft Future Pilot AKA on Psychiatric Records, in June or July

Kill Binary Kill make electroganic music.

They are musical monsters of sound, noise, beats, electronics and instruments.

Their engenuity brings the world closer to free musical structure, harnessing technology and all that it means within the musical mayhem and madness from beyond.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:01 PM
 

BurnitBlue.com review Maps and Diagrams - Free-Time due on June 9th on Pause 2

# posted by DJ Martian 4:31 PM
 

Junkmedia interview Kieran Hebden

# posted by DJ Martian 4:16 PM
 

Splendid review John Surman - Free and Equal

# posted by DJ Martian 4:14 PM
 

Junkmedia review Lali Puna - Left Handed [EP]

# posted by DJ Martian 4:12 PM
 

Music Non Stop - Coming Soon

Advance notification of some forthcoming releases listed @ Music Non Stop [info from a MNS e-mail]

Cevin Key - The Dragon Experience - Metropolis

Brand new solo album from ex-Skinny Puppy member cEvin Key. This solo release ( Part 3 in a trilogy ) represents archival material cEvin started recording during the Skinny Puppy "Bites" Era. The album was assembled and mixed by himself and Ken Marshall ( Skinny Puppy, Download ). Immense soundscapes, curious melodies, intriguing samples and trance including electronic loops transport the listener on a journey into schizophrenia, rehabilitation and hope.

Released 30th June 2003

Faith & Disease - Passport To Kunming - Projekt

Once heralded for their gothic and ethereally textured atmospheres and otherworldly chamber music, Faith & Disease have evolved into a band defining the best traits of the sadcore genre. Their music possesses slow, downcast melodies, eerily isolated guitar or bass complementing the unmistakably beautiful emotions dripping from Dara Rosenwasser's heart-broken vocals. Dara's sublime voice floats over the melodic, chorus-pedal rich basslines, droney guitars, synth and vintage organ layers,as well as the tasteful, understated percussion. This is compelling, classic ethereal-rock for those of a melancholy turn of mind.

Released June 30th 2003.

Faith & The Muse - The Burning Season - Out of Line

The Fifth album for FAITH AND THE MUSE : "The Burning Season" is a daring departure for the band, taking them well outside the realm of traditional 'goth' music. "The Burning Season" is released exactly 4 years after their last regular studio album "Evidence of Heaven", released in July 1999. The eagerly expected new studio album brings the celebrated bands diverse song experimentation to a new level : an explosive blend of old and new musics utilizing organic and electronic sounds, along with trance, tribal, early punk and futuristic cinematic atmospheres. A rich diversity in songwriting characteristic in their music, but with a sense of having evolved and matured in many ways. "The Burning Season" contains a number of new influences that permeate the different facets of this diverse album, providing a unique and eclectic mix of sounds and styles that is at once familiar, but will surprise many established fans while attracting a whole new mix of music fans to the fold ! In theme, "The Burning Season" finds FAITH AND THE MUSE approaching a broad array of topics, touching on personal and social issues in a very direct and confrontational fashion, far removed from the prosaic themes of their previous offerings. The album was mixed by Chad Blinman, co-producer / engineer of the bands second album "Annwyn Beneath the Waves!" from 1996. A bold new offering by a band with an eye for risk and a definite MUST HAVE for all fans of their previous albums, but also for those into the sonorities of Curve, Siouxsie And The Banshees or even Garbage !

Released 7th July 2003.

Steve Roach - Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces - Projekt 2CD

Abandoning all conventional notions of music as melody, harmony and rhythm, "Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces" allows the listener blissful hours on the high frontier between deep listening music and the spirituality of pure sound. Moving into the majestic realm of pure, non-rhythmic electro-acoustic soundworlds, "Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces" is a stunning 2CD release marking a new milestone in Roach's history as a true artist of sound.

Released 30th June 2003.

VNV Nation - Honour 2003 - Anachron Sounds [CDS]

Future pop giants VNV Nation return with their own brand new label and a 4 track CD single as a taster to their new album ( due in 2004 ) and "Past Perfect" their eagerly awaited double DVD release out in August 2003. Features the updated track "Honour 2003" ( originally found on the "Praise The Fallen" release ) plus 2 live tracks and the unreleased song "Second Skin". As a bonus the single also includes a CDROM trailer for the forthcoming "Pastperfect" DVD.
Full Tracklisting :
1."Honour 2003"
2."Fearless" ( "Live" )
3."Legion" ( Live )
4."Second Skin"


Released 10th June 2003. Anachron Sounds.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:35 AM
 

MusicOMH.com review John Foxx and Louis Gordon - Crash and Burn (Metamatic) [this album will now apparently be released July 23th]

# posted by DJ Martian 12:05 AM

Monday, May 26, 2003

 

Dusted Features: Alasdair Roberts & Subarachnoid Space

The current Dusted Features

Every Friday, Dusted Magazine publishes a series of music-related lists determined by our favorite artists. This week: Drag City singer-songwriter Alasdair Roberts (a.k.a. Appendix Out) and galactic psych rockers Subarachnoid Space.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:12 PM
 

The Brainwashed Brain V06I20 - 05252003

This week's The Brainwashed Brain includes reviews of:

Cabaret Voltaire - Methodology '74/'78 Attic tapes
Mute

Ralph Myerz & the Jack Herren Band - A Special Album
Emperor Norton

Ellen Allien - Berlinette
Bpitch Control

Monopot - Optipess
Smalltown Supersound

Via Tania - Under A Different Sky
Chocolate Industries

Richard h. Kirk - The War Against Terror (twat)
Intone

# posted by DJ Martian 12:07 PM
 

SPOTLIGHT...KEY NEW RELEASES THIS WEEK:

Key new album releases for May 26th [A more detailed release listing including other new releases, compilations and reissues - can be found further up this webpage. * note: when Blogger fixes the template server ! the template is not uptodate at the mo]

This Week: May 26th

A Grape Dope - Missing Dragons (Galaxia)
Codebase - Style Encoding (Force Inc)
Steve Coleman - On The Rising Of The 64 Paths (Label Bleu)
Holger Czukay - The New Millennium (Funfundvierzig)
Deltidseskapism - Dunklets Hogtid (U-Cover) [Aka Bauri] EP
Dog Fashion Disco - Committed to a Bright Future (Spitfire)
Dysrhythmia - Pretest (Relapse)
Tim Hecker - Radio Amor (Mille Plateaux)
In the Nursery - Praxis (ITN Corp)
Kuchen Meets Mapstation - Kuchen Meets Mapstation (Karaoke Kalk)
Lights Of Euphoria - Krieg Gegen Die Maschinen (Accession)
Love is Colder than Death - Eclipse (EFA) [available in the UK at Music Non Stop]
Matmos, People Like Us / Wobbly - Wide Open Spaces (Tigerbeat6)
Noxagt - Turning It Down Since (Load)
Party of One - Caught By The Blast (FatCat)
Pineapple Thief - Variations on a Dream (GFT)
Radioactive Man - Booby Trap (Rotters Golf Club)
Ed Rush & Optical - The Original Doctor Shade (Virus)
Yamamoto Seiichi - Nu Frequency (Tzadik)
Sixtoo - Antagonist Survival Kit Instrumentals (Vertical Form)
Alexi Tuomarila Quartet - O2 (Warner Brothers)

For Reference:

Last Week: May 19th

Akatombo - Trace Elements (Swim) [Available @ Posteverything.com]
Callenish Circle - My Passion Your Pain (Metal Blade)
Chris Clarke - Ceramics is the Bomb (Warp) EP
Deftones - Deftones (Maverick)
Deru - Pushing Air (Neo Ouija)
Desormais - iambrokenandremadeiambroken (Intr-Version)
Detalles - Shapes Of Summer (Traum)
Enslaved - Below the Lights (Osmose)
Ephel Duath - Painters Palette (Elitist Records)
Fat Truckers - Fat Truckers (Roadtrain)
Nick Forte - Pasted Lakes (Schematic)
The Matthew Herbert Big Band - Goodbye Swingtime (Accidental Records)
Klute - Lie, Cheat & Steal (Commercial Suicide)
Minus - Halldor Laxness (Smekkleysa)
Modernist - Kangmei (Wonder)
Push Button Objects - Ghetto Blaster (Chocolate Industries)
Rakoth - Tiny Deaths (Elitist)
Serart - Serart (Serjical Strike/Columbia)
Stateless - Art Of No State (Freerange)
David Sylvian - Blemish (Samadhisound) Available to pre-order @ David Sylvian
Ulver - Ulver 1993-2003 Decade In The Machines (Jester) Remixes
Void - Posthuman (Nocturnal Art Productions)

# posted by DJ Martian 11:37 AM
 

Creative Jazz from Cryptogramophone

Cryptogramophone offers state of the art recordings of creative jazz in beautifully designed digipaks. We present artists that are not afraid to make their music challenging or beautiful as they explore the far reaches of artistic vision and instrumental technique. Creative music is all about emotion and musicianship coming together in the moment...the moment at which composition and improvisation meet to create fine art. About: Cryptogramophone

One avant jazz record label that is realeasing some exceptional music in 2003, is Cryptogramophone each of the album profiles includes MP3 tracks to download.

Quake from.. Erik Friedlander [This is releaed in the US on May 27th]

The new CD by the incredible NY 'cellist is his most exciting and beautiful yet. Featuring Andy Laster on saxophones, Stomu Takeishi on bass and Satoshi Takeishi on percussion, this CD has many fine Friedlander compositions, taking you on an exciting journey from the popular music of India to the Downtown scene.

Active Vapor Recovery from.. Scot Ray Quintet [This is releaed in the US on May 27th]

The CD combines extreme Jazz, avant funk, liquid Americana and skronk blues. Think - James Brown meets Sun Ra on a front porch somewhere in rural Montana. Scot Ray (trombone), Nels Cline (e. guitars), Alex Cline (drums), Steuart Liebig (contrabassguitars) and Jeff Gauthier (electric violin).

Cry from.. the Scott Amendola Band

Featuring Bob Dylan's Masters of War with Carla Bozulich of the Geraldine Fibbers. Drummer Scott Amendola is best known for his work with The Charlie Hunter Quartet. Drawing from influences such as African music, jazz, blues, spirituals, rock, and the avant garde, Cry ranges from hard-hitting grooves to lush ballads.

Bone Structure - Bendian, Gauthier, Liebig, Stinson

Bone Structure combines detonated percussive devices, hack-sawed string-stretching, x-tech guitar torque, and basso-technoid tool-usage. Ambient old-age sewage treatment sludge, slides down the gaping maw of the godhead groove

# posted by DJ Martian 10:58 AM

Sunday, May 25, 2003

 

Update

If you have been accessing this blog [and others hosted at blogspot] over the past week you will know that server speed and reliability has been very poor, the folks at Blogger Status.blogger.com have acknowledged this. Hang on in there, hopefully things will improve soon.

BlogSpot has been especially sluggish recently and we are working hard to improve the situation. We sincerely apologize that the problem has taken longer to resolve than expected and for the frustration of having poor performance from the servers

A new version of Blogger is on the way. [Hopefully I will be able to update all my old monthly archive templates! to reflect the current changes]

Heads up. Over the next couple weeks, we will be moving people over to a new version of Blogger. It's basically the same as the old one but should work better. So if things look different one day, don't be too surprised. (FTP users: Be sure to read the release notes about passive FTP and the new IP.)

Also as mentioned on this Yahoo group: Blogger User Support the template server is down today, meaning I can't update the template at the mo.

However I have updated: Forthcoming Album Releases for 2003

DJ Martian's Archive Page now includes some of the links, that were on the main weblog page, e.g Music Magazines.

DJ Martian Tracking the Best Albums of 2003 has been updated, over the coming months I will gradually add in links relating to the artists/ albums. I will also continue to add in links to websites that have best of 2003 lists/resources.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:30 PM
 

Placard

Details of a one day Experimental Electronics music event happening in London on July 19th: Placard [See website for performers profiles and web links]

# posted by DJ Martian 8:51 AM

Saturday, May 24, 2003

 

Bang

Media watch >> I noticed that Bang Issue 3, is now on sale at your local newsagent [in the UK]. I find this magazine laughable, they claim to be in opposition to the NME, but cover EXACTLY the same bands as the NME. And what is with The Polyphonic Spree on the cover? - a band that realeased a ghastly sickly uptempto bland americana rock album in 2002, it's now 2003. Bang, a magazine that offers nothing new - how long will it last?

FEATURING The Polyphonic Spree in a gatefold cover extravaganza! Plus The White Stripes, Radiohead, Eels, Beck, The Mars Volta, Tricky, Cat Power, RZA, The Cooper Temple Clause, Massive Attack, The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Lee �Scratch� Perry, The Hidden Cameras, Death In Vegas, The Dandy Warhols, Grandaddy, Keith from The Office, Stephen Malkmus, Ian Curtis and Morrissey

# posted by DJ Martian 8:43 AM
 

This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

This week's new releases @ Boomkat - a Pelicanneck Online Music Store include:

ALBUM OF THE WEEK!
Matmos, People Like Us & Wobbly - Wide Open Spaces
Tigerbeat 6

Mighty new Tigerbeat release, possibly their finest release to date! Welcome to the superstar, celebrity, country & western electronic glitch hoedown to beat them all! The hour-long performance on this disc was captured live on October 5, 2002, when Matmos and People Like us with Wobbly in tow circled their wagons in the lecture hall of the San Francisco Art Institute. Having mutually agreed upon a country-and-western theme, Vicki Bennett, Jon Leidecker, Drew Daniel and M.C. Schmidt pored over their archives of honky tonk classics, chopping and dicing nashville's finest almost beyond recognition, and collectively restitched the mangled shreds in crazed digital quilting bee. Several tense rehearsals and strong pots of tea later, the foursome shuffled on stage and delivered the goods: from panoramic twangfests to off-kilter waltzes to barn-burning stompers. Flickering and tranquil one moment, and wildly slapstick the next, wide open spaces hits the sweet spot between song forms and improvisation, and showcases the qualities that all three collaborating artists share: absurdist humor, baroque sample manipulation, and stuttering rhythmic frameworks that lurch and sway. Composed via five samplers, four laptops, three CD players and a pedal steel guitar. Frankly unmissable

ALBUM OF THE WEEK!
Sixtoo - Antagonist Survival Kit Instrumentals
Vertical Form

Very special instrumentals set by Vaughn Robert Squire aka Sixtoo, taken from the awesome 'Antagonist Survival Kit' album. A set that helps us focus more deeply on the highly musical production genius of Sixtoo, the prime reason he's one of the most sought after artists by any number of forward thinking labels around at the moment. Needed simply because the vocals of Sixtoo are so up close, direct and personal that sometimes the music can somewhat bleed away into the background. As noted previously 'A To Zero' drops a melody like Augustus Pablo playing the Get Carter theme floating in before the tweaked dusted beats roll into place - an acoustic guitar straddles the midpoint, builds the tune then freestyles along to the close. 'Outremonet Mainline Runs Across The Sunset' is a deep downtempo reverberated hip hop beat track flowing underneath a beautifully melancholic vibraphone and reduced sheen hi-hats. The next-level, killer track 'Perfect Wednesday' is only on the CD edition, but can be found in alternate name alias on the 'Outremont...' 12". Stop-start drums flowing behind a delicate guitar melody and a descending rhodes piano motif, traffic passing by in the middle distance. Plus our wishes for an instrumental version of 'Funny Sticks' have been granted, a deadly crisp beat attack with the most deranged electronic bottom end bassline. Bonus track on both formats is 'Workhorse' a bleeped out trip, like a Raster-Noton trip into Sixtoo's universe with more deadly buzzed bass to bring the walls down. Remixed artwork with a shockout colour attack. As deep a set as 'Duration'. Six track vinyl and eight track CD. Essential music.


Radioactive Man - Booby Trap
Rotters Golf Club

Brilliant electrosizzlin' action from Two Lone Swordsmen's Keith Tenniswood, aka Radioactive Man. "Suddenly Projected" kicks off the set in reduced form, a slow percussive drive and vocal splice-up diversifying a familiar formula into a deep, squashed bass-heavy cut. "See You Next Tuesday" somehow manages to fuse Mantronix with a decidedly digital realm, wicked bassline making for quite a bounce while the vaguely dub-steeped reverberated stabs deepen proceedings. Ace. "Ruby Rage" is much fiercer, a ping pong of changing percussion veers from a dark metallic stab to an organic loop, menacing bass keeping company throughout. "Twistyboomklart", meanwhile, keeps on the organic percussion vibe but brings in a filthy ragga bass section that makes for devastating booty bizniss. With some hardcore action and a smattering of breaks scattered across the rest of the album, this is a wicked dancefloor selection from the dark masta. Ace.

A Grape Dope - Missing Dragons
Galaxia

A Grape Dope is the off shoot, beat oriented, slow-jam, and otherwise selector, brain damaged child of John Herndon of Tortoise. 'Missing Dragons' follows his ace but kinda lowkey vinyl EP for Hefty Records from a couple of years back and his recent production help for Dose and Jel in Themselves. This 30'ish minute mini album crushes into dust ace cracked acoustic/percussive electronica grooves with a large funk element. Dose One features on the low-end singalong madness of 'Red Hat Attack' with killer click beats, melodica harmonics and a bubbling rhythmic step. 'When You Crash Burn' features whispered vocals from Kathryn Frazier and Sally Timms lushly enveloped in the bassbeats, harmonic chimes and floating ambience - genius track. Six tracks that act as an excellent taster to the flavors of the brand new Tortoise album due sometime soon, we hope. Highly recommended.

Burnt Friedman And The Dub Players - Can't Cool
Nonplace

20 musicians from Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Copenhagen, Cape Town, Santiago de Chile and Cologne participated in making Can't Cool, an exotic afro-dub hybrid with more than a blend of soulful songs with the featured vocalists Abi, Patrice, Lovetta Pippin and Theo Altenberg. Mostly recorded under ozone layers this fascinating blend of styles and sounds always keeps you on the edge of your seat. Ever wondered what weed-smoking rasta martians listen to? Well, it's not this. Check.

Fujiya And Miyagi - Remixes
Massive Advance

A brilliant assembly of remixers lined up for this excellent set, featuring Two Lone Swordsmen, Cristian Vogel, Smyglyssna, Cassetteboy, Neotropic, Wevie Stonder and more. Messrs Fujiya and Miyagi have been enjoying much attention following the release of their debut album for the label last year, their unique blend of electronic mastery end a deep pop sensibility keeping them in good stead for mass underground appeal. This assembly of remakes works excellently, kicking off with Pilote's remix of "New Accounts Analysts", a shimmering chord sequence and a dust break seeping in a trickle of melancholy to glide alongside an otherwise upbeat lullaby. The Two Lone Swordsmen allow the motorik percussive drive of "Electro Karaoke" to remain intact, imbuing proceedings with a distinctly Krautish feel that could almost mark itself out as a Lali Puna or Stereolab backing track, the production inserting intricacies and synths with a wash of micro-electroid ideas that the TLS have become so perfect at constructing. The legendary Cassetteboy makes a rare appearance here, also tackling "Electro Karaoke" but this time allowing his insanely accurate, madly genius plunderphonic skill to shine through the vocal loops and beat edits, the opening vocal cut-up alone making the price of admission worthwhile. Wickedness assured, highly recommended.

The Matthew Herbert Big Band - Goodbye Swingtime
Accidental

Now available on luxurious double vinyl. Matthew Herbert's big band project has long been a dream of the man. A deliriously wonderful project that takes the ideas and compositional structures of his work as Herbert, Doctor Rockit and Radio Boy and transforms them into works for a big band jazz project. The lead off track 'Turning Pages' samples pages being turned of the book 'Rogue States' by Noam Chomsky, this breaks down into a modal bassline played by oldtime Brit Jazz legend Dave Green and the sumptuous and evocative horn chartings alongside drums and piano from Phil Parnell - amazing music. Jamie Lidell steps up next for the genius 'Everything's Changed', croonsome vocals with bite and purpose that has one of the most amazing middle sections that breaks down into brushed drums, piano and stripped atmospherics - beyond music. Arto Lindsey, key Brazilian vocalist who's part of the Caetano Veloso school of art rock bossa revisions contributes 'Fiction', the most chopped and scrambled track on this album with some amazing sections that take your breath away. 'The Three W's' makes mention of the website www.soar.org, the main sample being the sound of Matthew's dot-matrix printer printing pages out from the site alongside glitch beats and the band behind the beautiful vocals of Mara Carlyle. A more theatrical musical waltz leaning brings Dani and Shingai Shoniwa to the vocal booths on 'Chromoshop', enveloping you equally in magic and accident. 'The Battle' is purely instrumental but has added production touches from Mouse On Mars to wondrous effect. Dani's vocal solo spot on 'Simple Mind' is gorgeous and the final track 'Stationery' featuring Plaid is pure perfection. The arrangements by Pete Wraight are incredible as are the performances by all of the seventeen member strong orchestra. An album that would no doubt make legends like Gil Evans very proud. Amazing digipak artwork and cut up page progressions plus book reading recommendations from all involved artists and project contributors. Completely essential listening.

The Sea And Cake - Glass
Thrill Jockey

Bit of a surprise from Sam Prekop's excellent Sea and Cake, recorded shortly after completing their acclaimed last album "One Bedroom", "Glass" features 4 new tracks plus remixes from Stereolab, Broadcast and Carl Craig!! "To The Author" is a new track in two parts, both demonstrating a much more scuzzy, wired-up sound from the band, oscillating synth basslines effects feature in part one while part two even displays a crunchy electrofied beat. Unusual stuff for the band, but once Prekop's voice slides up the mix that distinct bellow rings with a sweet familiarity of tone that just never fails to work. "Traditional Wax Coin" is much better, a skipping jazz shuffle for late nights fills the track with a smoky haze complete with twilight piano strokes, an instrumental beauty. As for the remixes, well, straight to Carl Craig's "Hotel Tell" mix and what a juxtaposition! Prekop's vocal is kept high in the mix but the beats are just purest detroit, piercing hi-hats and thumping toms, synth city, with the last 5 minutes of the track removing the vocal entirely and digging way deep.... awesome stuff.

Dj Speedranch Vs Jansky Noise - Migrate
Planet Mu

Latest offering from DJ Speedranch and VVM's Jansky noise for Planet Mu, and it's another obliterating noisefest of a record. Piercing frequencies, distorted guitars, amplified feedback, metal screeching and pure, untarnished white noise are the order of the day across 15 tracks and 40 minutes of utter devastation. With suitably garish sleeve design by Rik Rawling and plenty of nastiness all-round its an oddly cathartic listen, especially at high volume. Wicked.

Gate - The Monolake
Table Of The Elements

Now available again, this monumental 1996 release from Michael Morley (Dead C). 'The Monolake' is a road trip across transcendental drones and detoured records that culminates in an unbelievably heavy, meta-literal cover of 'Jennifer' by kraut rock legends Faust

John Zorn - Chimeras
Tzadik

Composed throughout 2001 and previewed at the prestigious venue BargeMusic, Chimeras is a major new chamber work by John Zorn. Loosely inspired by Schoenberg's masterwork Pierrot Luniere, and scored for the same small ensemble (plus percussion), each of the twelve movements combine different permutations of the players, climaxing with a breathtaking tutti of all eight musicians. Dramatic and colorful, with a soprano vocal part that takes virtuosity to another level, Chimeras is a work bf beauty, truth and imagination. Premiere recording by a handpicked ensemble of the best musicians in contemporary music.


John Zorn - Voices In The Wilderness: Masada Anniversary Edition Vol 2
Tzadik

Featuring: Pharoah's Daughter, Zony Mash, Medeski Martin & Wood, Jewlia Eisenberg, Naftule's Dream, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Pachora, Mike Patton, Satlah, Perowsky/Caine Trio, Jamie Saft, Kramer, Steven Bernstein. As John Zorn's most popular project teaches its tenth year, Tzadik celebrates the Masada songbook with a series of all-star tributes. Following Masada Guitars, Volume 2 is an eclectic and powerful collection of eleven Masada classics artfully arranged by some of the downtown scene's most creative performers. Zorn's catchiest and most lyrical tunes performed by rock bands, klezmer groups, vocalists, jazz piano trios, electronica musicians and more: A fabulous celebration and a party for the ears. Over sixty minutes of Masada compositions as you've never heard them before.

Raz Mesinai - Resurrections For Goatskin
Tzadik

Raz Mesinai is one of the most exciting of the younger generation of electronica musicians. His newest project is an electro-acoustic journey, an entire album devoted to the exploration of goatskins. Subtle rhythmic modulations, a mysterious narrative of harmonics, knocks, bumps and howls in the night. A masterpiece of both minimalism and maximalism

Sachi Hayasaka - Minga
Tzadik

Sachi Hayasaka is one of Japan's most creative composer/performers, a bandleader, arranger and soloist of great passion and originality. Her beautiful sound and adventurous projects have made her, along with Kazutoki Umezu, one of the busiest and most respected saxophonists in Tokyo. For this latest project, she augments her regular ensemble with some of Japan's best world beat musicians and an exciting African drummer Wagane Ndiaye Rose in an eclectic blend of world music and jazz. Minga is Sachi's most dynamic and satisfying musical statement.

Swans - Children Of God / World Of Skin
Young God

Over 145 mins of beautiful and scary music from the Swans on their two breakthrough albums from 1987 and 1988. Now on this welcome re-issue, back to back. Essential revitalist material.

Swans - Swans Are Dead
Young God

Double jewelcase re-issue from the final Swans tours of 1995 and 1997. Exceedingly high quality, 24 track recordings mixed with live ambient microphones which comes as close as possible to the overwhelming sonic overload that was the Swans in their final period.

Tim Hecker - Presents Radio Amor
Mille Plateaux

Tim Hecker (aka JETONE) is considered one of the most talented and inventive of Canada's new breed of electronic musicians. If one were to draw a comparison, an apt description for `Radio Amor' would fall somewhere between Fennesz's `Endless Summer' and Oval's `Diskont 94'. Unlike its predecessors, this release abandons the coma-like ether of structured rhythms for a much more rewarding world of white noise, trade winds, and a miasmic mixture of saturated piano and guitar melody. Hecker is currently recording with Fly Pan Am andhas also collaborated with artists such as Martin Tetrault and Christof Migone. This is a beautifully layered glimpse of atmospheric ambience at its densest best. Recommended.

Yamamoto Seiichi - Nu Frequency
Tzadik

A driving force at the heart of the much-acclaimed Kansai rock scene since the late 1980s, Yamamoto's piercing guitar has energized some of Japan's finest bands. From the spiritual madness of the Boredoms, the psychedelic trance rock of Rovo to the quirky intensity of his own Omoide Hatoba, Yamamoto's tastes and talents are as eclectic as the bands he's played with. A new solo project from this elusive music matter is truly a cause for celebration, and this CD is his best yet.

Nms (Aka Big Jus Of Company Flow) - Woe
Big Dada

Insanely good but frigteningly realistic political-punch future hip hop from Big Jus and Cali underground legend Orko Elohiem on the Big Dada. The Jus'toleum will be known to you as the lyrical spar to El-P in the awesome Company Flow. If Mike Ladd recorded an album for Botanica Del Jibaro then it might sound like this >> one of the most vitriolic, whole-hearted attacks on the actions of George W and his cabal of lunatic henchmen and advisers that you,re likely to hear. Check the shocking 'Invisible Oblivion', darkened guitars, industrial deep spacious dub and hittin' abstract but sharp lyrical delivery, naming and shaming Bush and Blair. Much sampling of news footage dialogue filters through the dense hip hop sound frameworks. Rough like Co Flow's epic 'Funcrusher Plus'. 'Super Pretzel (Diplo Damage)' gives props to the salty biscuit that nearly choked Bush to death. 'Brave New World' even drops into deadly 2-step rap, though still stalked by clouds of acrid smoke. It could be compared to a 3rd millenium update of classic protest proto-rap groups like The Watts Prophets and The Last Poets. Though it's a heavy listen it's far from daunting and fun in a kinda sick way. It works perfectly on all fronts and should give a few blinkered fools some sleepness nights for months to come. Well until the sequel 'Imperial Letters Of Protection' drops - this is no quiet storm. Eight vocal tracks and nine instrumentals. A deeply rewarding listen - big recommendation. Vinyl edition next week (hopefully).

Odd Nosdam - No Wig For Ohio
Anticon

New on Anticon from the third member of Clouddead. The official follow up to 'Plan 9' issued on Mush in 2001. This album was first issued on a limited CDR edition at Anticon shows. It's a twenty four part hip hop inspired sound odyssey. Ace dusted hip hop breaks fuse with tv commercials, pop samples, crackly old records and a bit of wired menace. Limited copies

Captain Comatose - Going Out
Playhouse

Latest collection of dancefloor EP gems from the very talented Mr Khan and his Captain Comatose alias. As an authority in the international house, techno and electro scene, his productions are innumerable, as are his pseudonyms, but there's a leitmotif in all of Khan's work: no matter what style he happens to prefer at any given moment, it always has an irresistible groove to it, it has soul and it's sexy. Khan, born and bred in Frankfurt, until shortly living in New York, has now returned to Germany, choosing Berlin as his new domicile, armed with another new project: Captain Comatose. Khan shares the place at the helm with his music partner in crime, DJ Snax, who he met at a fashion show in Berlin back in 1996 -- only to find out they were virtually neighbours in New York. Three 12" releases on Playhouse in the last three years gave a hint of what to expect on the first Captain Comatose album: a sleazy mix consisting of disco, electro and house, a rhythm that gets your hips swinging and soulful vocals that hold you spellbound. Thanks to Captain Comatose, the world of electronic music has gained two more super heroes -- two artists who casually and sexily fuse the very best the different worlds of dance music have to offer: cool soul with funky techno and trashy disco meet pushy electro and housey beats. In Khan's own words: 'We're definitely a disco band in the true sense.' The journey has only just begun.


The Cinematic Orchestra - Man With A Movie Camera
Ninja Tune

Released at last the unbelievably good Cinematic Orchestra newly composed soundtrack to the 1929 experimental documentary silent film by Dziga Vertov 'Man With A Movie Camara'. The soundtrack finds Swinscoe and crew at their very best. As on the ten minute plus 'The Awakening Of A Woman (Burnout)' sweeping strings, beautiful melodies layed down by John Ellis on rhodes piano and hammond organ. Luke Flowers amazing modal drumming and the string arrangement progressions in the later stages of this track make it close to a masterpiece - one of the Cinematic's finest moments to date. 'Drunken Tune' has Phil France laying down basslines comparable to Paul Chambers work on Miles Davis' 'All Blues' with Kid Koalaesque scratching by P.C. and more killer keys from the man Ellis. Three wonderful arrangements on The Art Ensemble's classic 'Theme De Yoyo' kick as well. Seventeen tracks in total. Lush gatefold double vinyl and regular jewelcase CD. A massive release

Codebase - Style Encoding
Force Inc

Latest album from Force Inc. Part Drexciya, part Juan Atkins, part Global Communications, Tom Butcher, aka Codebase's melodies and electronics are at once starkly futuristic and gloriously timeless. "Seek and Destroy" employs an ace analogue synthline and beatbox, a house-ish beat in the finest Detroit sense sets the tempo while twilight keys sequence themselves perfectly. "Cascade View" is another standout, an epic synth structure once again dominates, an overflow of warmth and crunch perfect for the drexciyan heads out there. Fans of the analogue sound of Detroit should check this out without delay...Ace.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:44 AM

Friday, May 23, 2003

 

Luomo - The Present Lover

Force Tracks provide info on the forthcoming Luomo album, due June 9th: Luomo - The Present Lover

Amost two and a half years after his first album, "Vocalcity" (Force
Tracks), Vladislav Delay returns with Luomo to explore new dimensions in
upfront vocal house. "The Present Lover" is a self-confessed outsider's
perspective on the club scene, seamlessly blending pop and club elements
to deliver a cunningly original take on pop, house and R&B, replete with
meticulous arrangements and seductive vocals.

Driven by an ever-present inner restlessness, the 26-year-old recently
relocated to Berlin. He remains on the move, constantly performing at
countless clubs and festivals around the world. A man of many guises,
the tireless producer and remixer deconstructs techno as Uusitalo,
explores experimental sound design as Vladislav Delay, and has plans to
blunt hip hop with an as yet unnamed future project.

Always hungry for new experiences, this time around Delay delves
headfirst into what he describes as a fruitful love/hate relationship
with his surroundings. Deceivingly light and upbeat upon first listen,
flirting with dub and soul as much as minimal house influences,
consequent listens reveal "The Present Lover" as an album with hidden
depth. Seductively smooth and extremely well produced, improvisation
remains integral. With his uncanny talent for making the innermost
audible, Delay invites us to peel away the layers of producer's sheen,
to uncover well-concealed errors, carefully placed breaks and stutters
that bore their way into the listener's ears.

Following the extremely successful advance vinyl release of "Diskonize
Me/Body Speaking", which last year reached no. 1 on the Deutsch club
charts, the album capitalizes on the energy generated on "Vocalcity" by
mixing dub-worthy frequencies, ethereal whispers, and Delay's singular
take on epic, infectious grooves. This album harkens back to the early
days of disco without ever wavering in its responsibility to the future
of deep house.

Johanna Niemela and Watkinson, vocalists on the first Luomo album,
reprise their roles behind the mic, while the unmistakable voices of
Antye Greie-Fuchs (Laub) and Danish songwriting genius Raz O'Hara
deliver an as yet unforeseen edge to the production. "The Present Lover"
also contains a completely reworked version of "Tessio", which Mathias
Schaffh�user (Ware Records) called a "hymn for eternity". The track will
be released this spring, with devastatingly funky new mixes by
Moonbootica and Akufen.

Quietly intense yet intensely physical, this is distilled sensuality
with a twist, intelligent music that works above and below the belt.
From its icy exterior to its red-hot core, from its eclectic minimalism
to its disturbing funkiness, "The Present Lover" waltzes unabashedly
into your stereo, messes with the settings, and leaves you wondering if
you'll have to wait another two and half years for the next Luomo album.

On stage the ostensibly shy Finn turns into an extrovert performer
because "music still feels the best way to express myself, mirror myself
and lose myself in. I'd love to walk around Tokyo, listening to Jazz on
a personal stereo. The contrast between the hectic visual onslaught and
complex rhythm patterns would be amazingly inspirational

# posted by DJ Martian 11:26 PM
 

Colleen

PostEverything.com provide advance notification of a debut album from Colleen.

COLLEEN ALBUM ON LEAF DEBUT ALBUM BY PARISIAN ARTISTE

The Leaf Label's latest signing, Colleen (aka 26-year-old Paris resident Cecile Schott), releases her debut album in June 2003. 'Everyone Alive Wants Answers' contains some of the most timelessly exquisite music we've heard since we first set ears on Susumu Yokota's early Skintone releases. Her only previous releases was a bijou 7" single on the French Active Suspension label.

Colleen�s simple but effortlessly charming music is one of magical details - na�ve instrumentals filled with warmth, melody and soul, played on a broken music box, a glockenspiel or a guitar, phasing in and out, on the verge of collapse. Above all, this is wonderfully human...

The album will be released worldwide by The Leaf Label on June 30 2003 (with certian countries in Europe releasing it a little earlier). The album will be available on CD and vinyl LP, and will be available to preorder at PostEverything very soon.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:49 PM
 

BurnitBlue.com report that a new album from Decal is on the way:

Decal are to release a new album on Andrew Weatherall�s Rotters Golf Club label, entitled �Brightest Star�, on July 14.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:43 AM
 

Details of the next 3 Mixing It Shows on Radio 3, note on June 8th, studio session from New York avant-rock band Black Dice.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:39 AM
 

Details of the next 3 Jazz on 3 shows on Radio 3:

23rd May 2003 Jazz on 3 Live from the Bath Festival [ Nordic trumpet maverick Arve Henriksen solo set]
30th May 2003 Andrew Hill Big Band
6th June 2003 Peter Br�tzmann Session

# posted by DJ Martian 12:35 AM
 

BBCi Music review the microhouse sounds of Warmdesk - Guero Variations

Warmdesk includes MP3 tracks from this album.

warmdesk is the project of chicago-based producer william selman. selman is a freelance multimedia designer who is currently studying for a master's degree in computer science. the sound of warmdesk combines dense, noisey harmonics and dub-like bass with rhythmic patterns and samples from everyday life. the desire is to create a multi-faceted "spray" of sound grounded by a pulse of beats and concrete sounds--ideally, not too far from minimal techno and tech-house. formerly a drummer, selman's strategy is to allow rhythm to intuitively develop through repetition instead of the current obsession with changing its timbre and structure every measure.

More info @ Deluxe Records who released the album in March 2003.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:30 AM

Thursday, May 22, 2003

 

The Independent review the self titled new album from Serart

# posted by DJ Martian 10:47 PM
 

Tortoise

According to a news article @ Billboard.com the new Tortoise album will be released in 2004 ! [these Tortoise types are slow workers.]

# posted by DJ Martian 10:42 PM
 

Junkmedia review They Came From The Stars (I Saw Them) - What Are We Doing Here

# posted by DJ Martian 10:34 PM
 

New Jockey Slut Magazine, Trevor Jackson - Output Records and Sensational new band Colder !

New Edition of Jockey Slut magazine, is out NOW. Trevor Jackson of the Playgroup/ and the stylish Output Records label is on the front cover. The magazine comes with a free 60 Minutes CD including Ulrich Schnauss and a new band called Colder.

Album of the Month

COLDER - AGAIN
Output

Revolt through style is nothing new. When Marlon Brando was asked what he was rebelling against in 'The Wild One', his aloof, leather-jacketed demeanour spoke volumes. Half a century later and the fractious symbiosis between striking a pose and delivering a message may have shifted somewhat, but its power still resonates. Frenchman Marc (Colder) Nyugen is testament to its shock and awe; his debut album, 'Again', his electronic battle weapon of mass distraction.

'Again' is that rare beast; both cool as fuck and imbued with a sense of ferocious vitality. Yes, it may be on Trevor Jackson's achingly trendy Output, and yes, it may have one sneaker anchored in the punk-funk disco, but Colder's nightclub is a world removed from cosmopolitan, bright light decadence. 'Again' is belligerently monochrome; vivid, intense, modish, yes, but drenched in the paranoid underworld of outsiders and urban psychosis. If 'Again' was a film, it'd be a devastating clash between 'Drugstore Cowboy' and 'Donnie Darko'. A 45-minute lurid trip into black and white obliqueness, The Polyphonic Spree this most certainly ain't.

The opening track, 'Crazy Love', is a clear statement of intent, corrosive guitars and sinister yet simplistic lyrics battling with seedy electro in a den of iniquity. The lysergic, echo chamber of 'Confusion' and the Sabres Of Paradise meets Massive Attack 'One Night In Tokyo' do little to lighten the heady brew of suffocation; nor does the pent-up dubby frustration of 'Shiny Star'.

However, 'Again' isn't dry, gothic emotion. Cloaked in a very French elan, it's hip and accessible, brutal and sexy. The funereal, stark minimalism of 'Silicon' is a fascinating Depeche Mode meets Basic Channel alliance, and the icy, twitchy send off of 'Colder' ("No more places to go/No more memories to burn") - wherein Joy Division begin to morph into New Order - a more than fitting valediction.

In providing 2003's first really essential release, Colder has created a soundtrack for beautiful, idiotic misfits the world over. What's he rebelling against? What you got?
Jim Butler (9)

JUSTIN ROBERTSON
DJ
"This reminds me of early New Order. There's bits of Suicide in there too - that kind of sparse and brooding feel - and it's quite haunting in places. I really like the first track, 'Crazy Love' - you can hear those classic sounds in there, but it's not overly reverential. It definitely sounds contemporary."

MARK HEDONIZM
HEDONIZM RECORDS, BRIGHTON
"As soon as the distinctive Krautrock bassline and deadpan lyric of the opening cut 'Crazy Love' kick in, it becomes apparent that Colder's album isn't going to disappoint. Dubby effects, cut-up rhythms and haunting vocals drift in and out, binding it all together. Although the Krautrock theme is consistent throughout - tracks such as 'Shiny Star' making more than a passing reference to Can - the diversity and inventiveness make this an involving album."

LAUREN ZORIC
WARP RECORDS
"It's very measured, sparse and clean. I like the darker, more primitive electronics territory without the gloss, and the dubby tracks are a nice surprise. It's raw and sexy, not obvious and has that hint of violence, which is quite daring. His lyrics are good too. It takes you into this mysterious, filmic otherworld, which is what you want music to do."

# posted by DJ Martian 10:25 PM
 

One World: London Elektricty, Truby Trio and Jaga Jazzist

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

A break beat special with artists from London, Germany and Norway. One World: London Elektricty, Truby Trio and Jaga Jazzist

# posted by DJ Martian 10:20 PM
 

Fast n Bulbous has been updated, 86 albums released in 2003 have been ranked, with Radiohead - Hail To The Thief - holding the top slot at the mo.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:54 AM
 

BurnitBlue.com review Ulrich Schnauss - A STRANGELY ISOLATED PLACE

# posted by DJ Martian 12:42 AM
 

New edition of X-Ray magazine, hits the shops today [Thursday] - yet another useless and duplicated front cover choice, [the world does NOT need yet another The White Stripes interview ! zzzzzzz yawnsome...basic retro rawk rubbish.]

# posted by DJ Martian 12:17 AM

Wednesday, May 21, 2003

 

If I were an editor of a weekly music magazine this week's front cover would feature: Ed Rush & Optical


This week's front cover choice is the esteemed Junglist double act: Ed Rush & Optical

On May 26th, Ed Rush & Optical release their new album: The Original Dr Shade on Virus. This will be the follow up to The Creeps album [supreme futuristic tech step jungle with a fast rolling techno twist - a stunning production], which would have won the Mercury Music Prize in 2001 if I were handing out the top prize [it didn't make the shortlist, probably was not even entered !]

Ed Rush and Optical have long been two of the hardest working producers in drum'n'bass music. Even before they hooked up and launched the now legendary Virus label with their debut album 'Wormhole' in 1998, Optical was balancing production work with the likes of Goldie and Grooverider with a burgeoning solo career, while Ed Rush had a brace of widely acclaimed, cutting edge singles like 'Technology', 'Guncheck' and 'Killamanjaro' to his name.

2001 saw the release of the duo�s eagerly anticipated second album �The Creeps� following an extensive DJ tour of the globe. The usual steady flow of singles and remixes from Ed Rush and Optical may have slowed up in 2002, but rest assured the consistently touring and recording duo were doing anything but resting on their laurels.

This fine collection of innovative, mature yet constantly firing dancefloor bullets is testament to the high standards the Virus boys set themselves. The typically grimey, twisted, rolling, sci-fi sounds of �Hacksaw� and �Puerto Rico� are what we have come to expect from this prolific team and have been igniting dancefloors worldwide for some time on acetate, along with previously unreleased near classics, such as �Pod� and �32-8�.

In addition, though, there are a number of tracks gaining massive attention for their fresh new sounds and reinterpretation of a classic formula. For example, the hugely popular �Bullit� is an altogether more funky, sexy outing then the usual snarling Virus fare, �Get Ill� utilises the Scratch Perverts turntable skills and the full-on vocals of �Why� provide another interesting departure from the norm, while on �Hammerhead� and �Kinetic� we see a hugely effective and appealing marriage between funky and trance house styles with heavyweight Virus endorsed drum'n'bass.

But possibly the most talked-about and well-received track is the minimal roller, �Heads Will Roll� � devastatingly simple but outrageous on the floor, this one is really gaining a head of steam. Last but not least, �Smarty Pants� is a solid house cut of the Deep Dish/Fran�ois Kevorkian variety and has been getting big props from Seb Fontaine amongst others.

Taken as a collection, this is another legendary anthology of Virus works that will go down as a classic in years to come, reinforcing Ed Rush and Optical�s reputation even further as genuine league leaders�


Source: Godbrain

# posted by DJ Martian 11:23 PM
 

Esmerine - If Only A Sweet Surrender To The Nights To Come Be

Esmerine release an album on June 2nd on Resonant

We are thrilled to announce the release of ESMERINE 'If Only A Sweet Surrender To The Nights To Come Be True' (RESLP007 / RESCD007). This amazing album will be released in the UK / Europe on June 2nd 2003. Its available on lavishly packaged CD and a gatefold 2x10" set. There is a chance that the vinyl will be released slightly later than the CD version due to pressing delays. We'll keep you posted here when we have news. If you go to the releases page you can snap up a CD copy now from our advance copy allocation

Some info on ESMERINE and the album :

The fourth album release of 2003 from Resonant, exploring new territory for the label but remaining within their broad remit in terms of agenda. Magnificent, expansive, sprawling neo-classical compositions, the work of Bruce Cawdron & Beckie Foon; their first release as Esmerine, outside of their capacity within Godspeed You! Black Emperor & A Silver Mount Zion respectively (and Set Fire To Flames). Musically closer to Rachels or Clogs than any of the previous GY!BE splinter projects, Esmerine takes the guitars out of the equation, and is based around drums, percussion and cello /or drums, marimba and cello. Eight tracks clocking in at around 50 minutes - beautifully packaged in the style you might expect on cd, accompanied by a limited edition double 10" vinyl format

# posted by DJ Martian 10:37 PM
 

BBCi Music review Set Fire to Flames - Telegraphs in negative/mouths trapped in static

# posted by DJ Martian 9:55 PM
 

DigitalMetal.com review Solefald - In Harmonia Universali

# posted by DJ Martian 9:47 PM
 

Pitchfork review William Basinski - The River

# posted by DJ Martian 9:28 PM
 

Jaga Jazzist`s - The Stix

Spreading the good news on Jaga Jazzist via The Smallowtown Supersound, latest newsletter.

Jaga Jazzist`s new masterpiece The Stix is out now on Ninja Tune/Smalltown Supersound. The band is on a European tour right now, for tour-dates etc check out Smalltown Supersound Here`s what the press says about The Stix:


New Nordic Ninjas Jaga Jazzist` have been wowing audiences - The Stix carries on in this fine tradition. Jaga Jazzist manage to combine their influences together perfectly. They owe a lot to Mingus, Coleman, Coltrane, Aphex and Squarepusher. For that we should be extremely grateful. **** Pete Yak, iDJ

Schizoid Scandanavian free style. With a touch of jazz not jazz. Capiche. **** DJ

The Stix is challenging, but accessible, an inventive, playful thing which skitters across territories occupied by Chick Corea, Weather Report and Four Tet, avoiding definition as it goes. **** Sharon O�Connell, THE TIMES

Exhilarating, melodic, polyrhythmic post-rock amalgam. A breathless headlong plunge into a fusion thicket still sending out fertile shoots. Julian Cowley, THE WIRE

Futuristic, genre-busting fusion - but with only the good bits and a lot more besides. Stands out from the crowd. Mike Barnes, MOJO

Extraordinary instrumental band capture jazz and electronica. Go on, buy it, treat yourself. Hari Kunzru, WALLPAPER

� There are countless good things to be said about the complex and courageous Jaga Jazzist. Daring, infuriating, breathtakingly disorientating and menacing. Moments of awesome force and effect. Taylor Parkes, BANG

Daring and delightful, featuring panting dogs, cutting-edge digital filigree and much else besides. An exhilirating example of what man, brass and machine are capable of., Kitty Empire, THE OBSERVER

Delirious madness. At times it`s thrillingly anarchic at others dominated by asceticism. It`s pretty batty , Dan Cairns, SUNDAY TIMES

# posted by DJ Martian 9:22 PM
 

Experimental Music "Convergence Theory" Article

One of the finest articles on music i have read this year/decade: Between a Rock and an Experimental Place by Jason Gross presented @ the recent EMP, Seattle. [found via erg's jazz and other blog ]

Jason Gross is editor of www.perfect-sound.com. He was commissioned to write and present this paper at Experimental Music Project, "the Jimi Hendrix museum," in Seattle

# posted by DJ Martian 1:30 AM
 

Progressive Ears

An interesting music discussion/ portal for progressive/ art-rock music Progressive Ears - useful to get different perspectives on music and to discover the more obscure avant-prog artists.

Much broader in scope than just prog/ art rock spectrum [past and contemporary], also some Jazz, Metal, Post-Punk, Ambient and Post-Rock.

Artist directory: includes

Ambient Art-Rock Avant-Garde Canterbury Electronic Jazz-Fusion Krautrock Neo-Classical Neo-Prog Post-Rock Prog-Fusion Prog-Metal Progressive-Folk Psychedelic Rock In Opposition Space-Rock Symphonic-Prog World-Influence Zeuhl

# posted by DJ Martian 12:54 AM
 

Freq

I noticed that Freq has been updated and redesigned. [Similar coverage of music to The Wire - avant rock, experimental sounds and electronic music]

The main focus of Freq is on the bastardized forms of music which are polluting Millennial culture so nicely - the forms which offer innovation, eccentricity and unashamed noise. Resistance to the pervading pop culture may not be original, easy or successful in the long term - after all, how long before any `underground' musical form is assimilated into the service of advertising cars? - but it just feels like the right thing to do in the circumstances.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:42 AM

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

 

Biting Tongues

News of a Biting Tongues compilation on LTM

We are also rush-releasing out Biting Tongues retrospective After The Click (2371) in time for the London ICA show at the end of May (see below). Compiled by Graham Massey and Ken Hollings, the CD features tracks recorded between 1980 and 1989, including material from all five Tongues albums (Don't Heal, Live It, Libreville, Feverhouse and Recharge) as well as the Factory singles and rare tracks exclusive to this collection. The CD will not be formally released until September 2003, along with Compressed (their collected Factory recordings) and Recharge (the long-lost 1989 electro lp), but After The Click will be available by mail order from LTM after May 10th.


Biting Tongues : After The Click - Retrospective 1980-89
LTM

An extended 70-minute collection of remastered tracks from post-punk avant-funkers Biting Tongues, selected from their releases on Factory Records and the albus "Don't Heal", "Libreville", "Feverhouse" and "Recharge". The tracks were selected by Graham Massey, and the booklet includes full recording history and a detailed band history by Ken Hollings.

From: Piccadilly Records latest mailing list.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:02 PM
 

Pinneaple Thief

Released next week on Cyclops [via UK Distributor Pinnacle]: Pineapple Thief - Variations on a Dream

Pineapple Thief are a band from Somerset, England who have been compared to Porcupine Tree and Radiohead.

After the great success of the last album 137 (CYCL 106) her is a stunning set of new songs. The idea was to push the melody, arrangement and performance further so that this new album was a progression from the last.

Lush orchestral arrangements sit alongside the traditional sonic canvases of guitars, bass, vocals, Mellotrons, Hammonds, Prophet-5s and Fender Rhodes. Bruce Soord�s tell tale guitar work has never been so cutting with some strident soloing amongst the memorable songs, and especially on the epic.


More info @ the Official Pineapple Thief website.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:32 PM
 

Trash

Next month the Ministry of Sound and Cond� Nast launch a new magazine of popular culture and music. But can the market cope with yet another celebrity title? Merope Mills finds out what will make Trash different from all the rest

MediaGuardian.co.uk report on yet another music/ lifestyle magazine launch, Trash - and by the description it looks utterly hideous and aimless! [and they expect 100, 000 Brits will buy it ! Unbelievable !]

The picture Newsome paints is of a halfway house between Heat and The Face. "You could say that. Or a cross between a pop Vanity Fair and a grown-up Smash Hits," she says.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:03 PM
 

BBCi Music review the electro-jazz trumpet soundscapes of Erik Truffaz - The Walk Of The Giant Turtle

# posted by DJ Martian 1:43 PM
 

Pitchfork review Peter Br�tzmann - More Nipples

A stunning discovery: unreleased tracks from Brotzmann's legendary 1969 Nipple sessions, featuring Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Fred Van Hove, Buschi Niebergall and Han Bennink.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:58 PM
 

Stylus review Angus MacLise - Astral Collapse

# posted by DJ Martian 12:56 PM
 

Progressive Soundscapes Radio - Where artistic expression resonates

New web radio broadcasting 24/ 7 has just launched: Progressive Soundscapes Radio including art rock/ ambient / and some jazz.

At Progressive Soundscapes Radio we hope you will enjoy our eclectic mix of music generally associated with the "progressive" or "art rock" genre. Though you will hear some of the "classic prog" from decades ago, we specialize in bringing you some of the great new offerings from contemporary bands and artists including those who are either independent or signed to small labels.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:51 PM
 

Junkmedia review Chris Clark - Ceramics is the Bomb

# posted by DJ Martian 12:40 PM
 

Mogwai - Happy Songs for Happy People

On the John Kennedy show on Xfm on Tuesday 20th May, the playback album is Mogwai - Happy Songs for Happy People. 2 members of Mogwai will be in the studio to discuss the album.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:04 AM
 

Maudlin of the Well

DigitalMetal.com report on the latest info concerning one of America's most creative contemporary rock bands, Maudlin of the Well who have a new recording contract with John Zorn [Tzadik Records]. Also an update for the band, reported @: DigitalMetal.com

Despite what was previously reported, we have no intention whatsoever of ceasing to "compose music within the heavy metal spectrum", and in fact will continue our exploration of metal music. This is the same album we were working on for DS, we are not changing our music, rather we are simply changing the way we represent it."

Comment >> They longer wish to be musically positioned/promoted in the progressive, extreme metal market therefore are they trying to position themselves to say a Godspeed You Black Emperor audience? As Maudlin of The Well's music is heavy epic atmospheric rock music?

Update: More info @ the official Maudlin of the Well website.

Maudlin of the Well is pleased to announce that we've signed a deal with John Zorn's Tzadik Records to release our forthcoming, as-yet-untitled album. Tzadik has a long and respected history of releasing progressive and experimental music, and we feel that their label is a good place for the music of maudlin of the Well. The forthcoming album will be comprised of 5 songs, with a total running time of just under an hour. A release date for the album has yet to be determined, but we expect to finish production by mid-July, 2003.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:54 AM
 

7 Hurtz - Electroleum

Expect the new 7 Hurtz album, Electroleum to be released on June 9th on Output recordings.

Introducing 'Electroleum', the spectacular second album from London based electronic duo 7Hurtz (aka Lascelles Lascelle and Ben Cowan), set for release on Output recordings on [June 9th 2003]. The follow up to 2000's acclaimed 'Audiophiliac', sees the pair unleash a monumental pulsing epic that will establish them as one of the bright new talents in the world of electronica. From the Grandiose strings, "beautiful bleeping house" (� Arena Magazine) and dark pop aesthetic of 'Tension On Sight'' to the tripped out breaks, and sultry female vocals that haunt on 'Distance', via the pounding beat assault of 'Kaye'. As a whole 'Electroleum' is a complicated and interesting piece of work that lures, and lulls, charms and excites all with equal vigour.

'Electroleum' is a dark, pulsing, powerful and intensely beautiful affair. Tripping and glitching beats, pounding bass and multi layered sonic experimentalism that sits comfortably as the link between the lounging spaciousness of Royksopp's 'Melody AM' and stark primal pulsing of Boards Of Canada's 'Geogaddi'. Dysfunctional disco, dubbed out breaks, clattering electronic drum showers, all precision timed for your enjoyment.


Source: Press Release.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:43 AM
 

BBCi music review Sk/um - � p�gu fallsins

...will appeal to those whose ears are massaged into states of bliss by Boards of Canada, Telefon Tel Aviv or savaath + savalas...

# posted by DJ Martian 12:18 AM

Monday, May 19, 2003

 

Killing Joke - Implant

Just downloaded a forthcoming track [Implant] off the Killing Joke album, [via the Killing Joke The Gathering mailing list] and it's very futuristic, think Young Gods on the last 3 albums, synths mixed with bass guitar and laser guided guitar riffs - yes there are elements of previous Killing Joke eras - put they have taken the sound further with modern production and technology. There are guitar parts that sound abit like Motorhead - Aces of Spades fed through a powerful sampled loop that shudders with intensity and impact.

Ofcourse Jaz Coleman is still barking mad, from the the hushed atmospheric spoken vocal parts to the harsh brutal vocals ala extremities era that are reflected on this new Implant track.

I have often stated that I hoped artists would take the Young Gods futuristic rock template of the 90s and extend it, Killing Joke have taken the challenge and delivered, and what a contrast to the ghastly retro rock bullshit that the NME have championed in recent times.

Killing Joke are back better than ever ! You better believe it.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:29 PM
 

BurnitBlue.com report that Underworld will release the next Back to Mine compilation.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:50 PM
 

NME.com report that The Chemical Brothers will release a best of 'The Singles 1993-03' that is slated for a September release.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:42 PM
 

Jazz on 3 - May CD Roundup Part 2

BBC Jazz on 3 review the latest jazz albums including:

Alexi Tuomarila Quartet - O2 /Finlandia / Warner Jazz
Tord Gustavsen Trio - Changing Places /ECM
Bobby Previte and Bump - Counterclockwise /Palmetto Records
Roy Haynes - Love Letters /JEighty-Eights / Columbia
Nikki Iles - Veils /Symbol Records

Real Audio sound samples are included.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:39 PM
 

The Brainwashed Brain V06I19 - 05182003

This week's The Brainwashed Brain includes:

Venetian Snares - Winter In The Belly Of A Snake
Planet Mu

Natacha Atlas - Something Dangerous
Mantra

Pelican - Untitled EP
Hydra Head

Clue To Kalo - Come Here When You Sleepwalk
Mush

Supersilent - 6
Rune Grammofon

Lexaunculpt - The Blurring Of Trees
Planet Mu

Super Numeri - Great Aviaries
Ninja Tune

Loren Connors - The Departing Of A Dream Vol. II
Family Vineyard

# posted by DJ Martian 9:51 PM
 

The Notwist

Junkmedia interview The Notwist, who by the way are currently top of the collated critics faves list for 2003 @ Metacritic [as The Notwist: Neon Golden was released in 2003 in the US, a year after Europe]

# posted by DJ Martian 4:13 PM
 

Junkmedia review Tim Hecker - Presents Radio Amor and Dub Tractor - More or Less Mono

# posted by DJ Martian 4:09 PM
 

Dusted review Durutti Column - Someone Else's Party Vini Reilly's latest album is a tender, elegiac masterpiece

On Xfm last night Vini Reilly stated that his new album was the only album that he has recorded that he is thinks is good. Very modest.

Surely a serious candidate for the Mercury Music Prize shortlist [if entered]

# posted by DJ Martian 4:03 PM
 

Pitchfork review the Rhys Chatham box set:

Rhys Chatham - An Angel Moves Too Fast to See: Selected Works 1971-1989

# posted by DJ Martian 3:51 PM
 

Splendid interview Kinski

# posted by DJ Martian 3:46 PM
 

SPOTLIGHT...KEY NEW RELEASES THIS WEEK:

Key new album releases for May 19th [A more detailed release listing including other new releases, compilations and reissues - can be found further up this webpage.]

This Week: May 19th

Akatombo - Trace Elements (Swim) [Available @ Posteverything.com]
Callenish Circle - My Passion Your Pain (Metal Blade)
Chris Clarke - Ceramics is the Bomb (Warp) EP
Deftones - Deftones (Maverick)
Deru - Pushing Air (Neo Ouija)
Desormais - iambrokenandremadeiambroken (Intr-Version)
Detalles - Shapes Of Summer (Traum)
Enslaved - Below the Lights (Osmose)
Ephel Duath - Painters Palette (Elitist Records)
Fat Truckers - Fat Truckers (Roadtrain)
Nick Forte - Pasted Lakes (Schematic)
The Matthew Herbert Big Band - Goodbye Swingtime (Accidental Records)
Klute - Lie, Cheat & Steal (Commercial Suicide)
Minus - Halldor Laxness (Smekkleysa)
Modernist - Kangmei (Wonder)
Push Button Objects - Ghetto Blaster (Chocolate Industries)
Rakoth - Tiny Deaths (Elitist)
Serart - Serart (Serjical Strike/Columbia)
Stateless - Art Of No State (Freerange)
David Sylvian - Blemish (Samadhisound) Available to pre-order @ David Sylvian
Ulver - Ulver 1993-2003 Decade In The Machines (Jester) Remixes
Void - Posthuman (Nocturnal Art Productions)

For Reference:

Last Week: May 12th

The Blithe Sons - We Walk the Young Earth (Family Vineyard)
Broadcast - Pendulum (Warp) ep
Chimaira - The Impossibility Of Reason (Roadrunner)
Loren Connors - The Departing of a Dream Vol. II (Family Vineyard)
Early Day Miners - Jefferson at Rest (Secretly Canadian)
The Gasman - Remedial (Planet-mu)
Johannes Heil - 20,000 Leagues Under The Skin (Kanzleramt)
Keith Jarrett & Jack De Johnette, Gary Peacock - Up for It (ECM) Live Recordings
Joan Of Arc - In Rape Fantasy and Terror Sex We Trust (Perishable)
Adam Johnson - Chigliak (Merck) US Import
Llips - It All Ends Where It Begins (U-Cover) [Available via MNS in the UK]
Meanest Man Contest - Merit (Plug Research)
Bobby Previte and Bump - Counterclockwise (Palmetto Records)
Salvatore - Tempo (Racing Junior) UK Release 2003
Scan X - How To Make The Unpredictable Necessary? (F Comms)
Tomahawk - Mit Gas (Ipecac)

# posted by DJ Martian 12:20 AM
 

Manes - Vilosphere

Neovoid review the new album from Norwegian band Manes, Manes - Vilosphere

There's some trip hop here, there's some rock here, there's some jazz here, there's some jungle beats here, and I guess that there's even some metal left here as well. Somehow, this band took all these different influences (and a bit more) and made it sound like they've been playing this stuff all their life.

This album is released on the Code666 label, who in an advert in Terrorizer described the album as a mix of Katatonia, Radiohead and Aphex Twin. In the 90s Manes were a black metal band, but like fellow Norwegians Ulver have now radically changed with a new hybrid electro-rock sound.

Most stores in the UK don't seem to be stocking the album, however Supernal Records have it for order.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:06 AM

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Decade: Fast 'n' Bulbous - The Best New Artists of the 00s Metacritic Scaruffi - The 2000s Top 1000 Albums -- 2000s on Rate Your Music Links: delicious/djmartian/m00s Charts: Albums by Year - Rate Your Music Fast 'n' Bulbous
Portal: DJ Martian: Music of the 00s Portal

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

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

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

2009 Albums: 2009 Albums - DJ Martian - 2009 Music Lists
2009 Music RYM Top Albums 2009 - RYM 2009 New - rateyourmusic.com users 2009 Lists
2009 Album Reviews: a2009 Music 2009: b2009 m2009 Release Info 2009: r2009

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

MUSIC SHOPPING

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

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

ALBUM RELEASE DATE INFORMATION

New & Forthcoming Music - Listings [More Links: bookmarks tagged: forthcoming
Metacritic Upcoming Release Calendar This is Corrosion Upcoming Jazz Release Center
Metal: Metal Storm - Upcoming Releases

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

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

2014 ALBUM RELEASES: 2013 FORTHCOMING ALBUMS
using rateyourmusic.com: 2014 Album Releases [Updated Regularly] This information is updated on a continual basis.

KEY MUSIC LINKS:

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

Music Discussion: ILM Links: Tag: Music Discussion

Music Discussion: Diverse/Eclectic: ILM Rate Your Music - General UK Based General/Rock: drownedinsound.com MOJO Message Boards Rock Lists: Acclaimed Music Forum 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: dogsonacid.com Metal: .: Metal Storm - Forum Ultimate Metal Forum Progressive Rock: Progressive Ears Progarchives.com Progressive Rock Forum Shoegaze: shoegaze forum

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

Ambient Ambient Visions Star's End
Drum n Bass Drum&BassArena Knowledge Mag
Electro / House / Techno DJ Mag Hyponik Mixmag RA Resident Advisor XLR8R
Electronic Igloo textura
Experimental: Avant Music News Brainwashed Cyclic Defrost Freq Heathen Harvest Paris Transatlantic Sound and Music | We are sound The Squid's Ear Terrascope Online The Wire
Gothic: net goth org UK
Industrial / Synth Pop: industrial.org musicfolio.com Release Music Magazine Side-Line
Jazz: All About Jazz: News All About Jazz delicious/tag/jazz eJazzNews.com
Metal: Apeshit Avantgarde-Metal.com Blabbermouth BW & BK Decibel Magazine MetalBite Metal Hammer Metal Storm thePRP.com Terrorizer UltimateMetal.com
Music Reviews - Metal Chronicles of Chaos Metal Invader The Metal Observer Metal Reviews Metal Storm - Reviews Tartarean Desire

Canada Based Music Websites Cokemachineglow .
Ireland Nialler9 Music Blog State Magazine
Other European Based Music Websites: Chain D.L.K. Cool Music Central KindaMuzik Musique Machine
Scandinavian Music: It's a trap! MIC Norway 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: Barcode - Bearded Magazine - ClashMusic.com - CMU Daily - Dazed Digital - Music - Drowned in Sound - Dummy - FACT magazine: - GIGWISE.com - Guardian Music - The Guardian - Reviews - Guardian blog - music - The Independent | Music - Kerrang! - themilkfactory - MOJO - MusicOMH.Com - Music Tank - Music Week - No Ripcord - Record of the Day - rock-a-rolla.com - Rock Sound - SoundsXP - SUBBA CULTCHA - TLOBF.COM - This Is Fake DIY - Uncut - Word Magazine - Xfm - Yahoo Music UK
NME.COM NME.COM NME Blogs NME New Music NME.COM - Magazine

US Based Music Websites About.com - Alternative Music * babysue * Billboard * brooklynvegan * cmj.com | new music first * DecoyMusic.com * Delusions of Adequacy * Drawer B * Dusted * Evilsponge * Glide Magazine * Ink19 * Magnet Magazine * Pitchfork * Pitchfork: Best New Music * PopMatters * Prefix * Punknews.org * Regen Magazine * RollingStone.com * scenepointblank * Silent Uproar * Spin Magazine * Sputnikmusic * Stereogum: Music Blog * Tiny Mix Tapes * Under the Radar

Music Resources: Music News Headlines on the ArtistDirect Network RYM RockCritics.com

Music Reference: AMG Artist Direct Discogs Fast 'n' Bulbous JahSonic.com Metacritic Perfect Sound Forever Rockdetector Rocklist.Net Satan Stole My Teddy Bear Scaruffi
Radio: Pig Radio Radio Magnetic Resonance 104.4 FM Links: SHOUTcast Radio

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