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Sunday, November 30, 2003


New releases for the week ahead are reviewed @ Norman Records

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Avant Music News A source for news on music that is challenging, interesting, different, progressive, introspective, or just plain weird.

I noticed this music newsblog: Avant Music News is looking for contributors. Maybe there are readers of my blog, that are not interested in starting their own blog, but would find this interesting/ rewarding:

Avant Music News is looking for people to help with the site. If you're interested in posting 5-10 articles a week, drop us a line at the address above.

With the ever expanding amount of interesting new releases year-on-year - the more people sharing their informed sound knowledge the better.

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Saturday, November 29, 2003


This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

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

Stasis - Past Movements

For a piece of British electronic music history - look no further. Peacefrog need to be congratulated for finally delivering a definitive breakdown of the work of a true visionary : Steve Pickton, aka Stasis. Stasis re-configured British Techno and adapted the Detroit weltenschaung into something distinctly British, together with early B12 / Likemind cohorts Neuron, The Black Dog in their many incarnations and Kirk Digeorgio's phenomenal A.R.T stable. The breathtaking `From The Point Of No Return' was Pickton's first outing on the superb but short lived B12 label, an amazing, seminal techno cut that was conceived and realised to perfection. The opening drum pattern and string line immerse the listener in bubbling analog warmth, ethereal strings and a percussive huddle that converges and builds up making for something totally unforgetable. Also included are the Phenomyna releases taken from the A.R.T. 5.1 and 5.2 12"s, `Into The Other World' and `Got The Urge' - two tracks that to these ears stand out as classic techno blueprints: the sounds, subtlety, and atmosphere retaining an otherworldly texture that cant quite be fathomed in this digital age. The second half of this inspired compilation brings together a slew of previously unreleased material which make this, undeniably, a totally essential purchase. 20 tracks wide. Classic.

DJ 3000 - Electric Soul

The third CD from Detroit vendors Submerge this week comes from DJ 3000 and sticks to the ghetto side of things with plenty of Electrofunk action from Mr De and friends. As with the Electrofunk material you have to take it with a pinch of salt due to lyrics such as `Big Booty H**s and S**ts to', it s a romp through the sexier side of Detroits underground with big beats, basslines and chicks to the fore. There are 10 unreleased tracks from the Motech, Electrofunk and Los Hermanos labels mixed into the cd, also a couple of classics sit in the wings including the vintage Orlando Voorn track `Flash' by Fix which made its first appearance on the KMS label, and also the ace `Pow Wow' track from the Martian and his Red Planet. All the cuts are mixed up with Native Instruments ace Traktor DJ software and helped along by Mr De and DJ 3000, and a fine example of the real Detroit Underground, ace.

Suburban Knight - Nocturbulous Behaviour : The Mix

The Suburban Knight aka James Pennington polishes up his deck skills for a mix of UR and Red Planet madness, taking in most of the Suburban Knight back catalogue while throwing in some gems from other luminaries such as Mad Mike with the awesome and scary `Death Star', The Martian with cuts from Red Planet 6,7 and 8 including the classic `Particle Shower', and even the kick ass early Transmat classic `The Art Of Stalking'. Well mixed and chosen, its a class cd of techno from the vaults of Detroit and like most of the other mix cd's from Submerge runs superbly, check.

Chris Cunningham - The Work Of Director Chris Cunningham
Palm / Labels

Detailing the genius of one of the most provocative and visually disturbing directors. The ultimate Chris Cunningham document including all his music videos including Aphex Twin, Madonna, Autechre, Portishead, Leftfield Bjork and more. Many of which have never been made available on DVD prior to this release. Documentary footage featuring behind the scenes footage and interviews with Bjork and Chris Cunningham. Also includes Cunninghams other works including TV adverts : Sony Playstation, never before seen Levi's commercials, video installation works etc, plus a 52 page book with behind the scenes photographs, storyboards, sketchbooks, drawings, record cover art and interviews. Essential.

Circlesquare - Pre-Earthquake Anthem

CircleSquare's debut album on Trevor Jackson's Output label is a departure from the sleazed-up discoball obsession the label has perfected of late Mixing up a brooding and pounding melancholy, bass fuelled sensory exploration, and purest minimal electronic meltdown that draws on a wide range of influences including punk rock, hip-hop, skate parks, pipe bombs and adolescent suburban anarchy. Dense, considered stuff.

Lali Puna - Left Handed
Morr Music

Back in stock! 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.

Maurizio - Maurizio

Now re-released, after being remastered this year, in a svelte digipak. As above, the classic Maurizio/M-Series CD pretty well defined the middle nineties. The epochal pieces from 1992, 'Ploy' [M 01] and 'Lyot' [M 02], are both left out of this picture, which again suggests the overall spirit of the vinyl series, rather than exhaustively compiling it. Resembling more of a primetime club set, the disc opens with some aquatic steppers business, elegant club bangers for large sound systems, gradually working inwards and building upwards to the mighty 'Domina', a certified classic club tune and the centre piece of this wonderful collection. Originally released in 1997 and out of print for a long while now, the tracklisting features nine pieces drawn from six releases originated between 1993 and 1997, each number a world to itself. M7 appears twice, with a CD-exclusive mix fo its flip side, and this was always the key to the M series, where the dubs were often as good, if not better than the lead sides. As history, these tracks are indisputably influential, but there's something even more important; the fresh, rocking nature of this music still sounds like nothing else. More burning and up front than the Basic Channel compilation, but still perfectly compatible, watch your bassbins with these numbers, absolutely kicking! Buy or Die.

Tomcats In Tokyo - Sweet Gloomy Home
Static Caravan

Having featured right at the top of Isan's top 10 listening chart last year for their excellent debut 7", it's no surprise to discover the Tomcats in full-length mode bringing to life more of that Isan-ish analogue insistance and shimmering warmth. The flavour is distinctly reflective and beautifully childlike, as in the sublime opener "Fish and Butterflies" and its nostalgic padded beats and cinematic synths, or the piano-led lullaby tones of "Turbid Liquor". The album stretches into more scattered, beat-driven territory, the intricacy displayed best on the excellent "Singing Bathtub", with its broken Ae-ish beats and cascading vocal fragments. In all, solid, emotive electronica from one of the scene's more promising new acts. Lovely.

Various / Kompakt Pop ambient 2004

It's the time of year when Kompakt turn off their drum machines, and swathe us in pre christmas ambience. Pop ambient 2004 delivers in tried and tested fashion - this is the fourth such collection. A super collection of horizontal music in the Cologne style, all at source issuing from Mike Ink's mighty Gas. Usual suspects representing include Wolfgang Voigt, Markus Guentner, Klimek, Ulf Lohmann, the magnificent Donnacha Costello, Andrew Thomas and Triola. Familiar faces weaving dreams, no beats chill and the requisite amount of seasonal cheer. Times for momentary sadness too, as with all the most refined selections. The all encompassing Kompakt machine keeps on rolling. Excellent.

Anton Fier - Dreamspeed / Blindlight 1992-1994

Anton fier is well known in rock circles as the drummer for the Feelies, the orignal lounge lizards and the mastermind behind the Golden Palominos. These two cds, both long out of print are considered to be his best, most important work. Featuring Japanese vocalists Phew and Makino Kazu (Blonde Redhead), bass terrorist Bill Laswell, Bootsy Collins, Buckethead and many of Anton's longtime collaborators, Dreamspeed / Blindlight 1992-1994 is the definitive document of one of the downtown scene's most elusive musicians.

Chien-Yin Chien - Purr

A native of taiwan, Chien-Yin Chien is a marvelous young composer who spent ten years in Germany studying with Gyorgi Ligeti, and is now living in New York. Her work is remarkably inventive, honest and meticulously crafted. Purr, her debut album, features five different pieces showicasing her love of chinese traditional music, improvisation, and the western classical tradition, which she so effortlessly reinvents, creating an impressive original sound world. Includes two large ensemble pieces, one featuring Min Xiao-Fen, a bizarre duo for organ and bass, a trio for three guitars and more.

Cracow Klezmer Band - Bereshit

Another brilliant release by one of the most important bands in the new Jewish renaissance. Passionately blending tradition and modernity with impressive virtuosity, the Cracow Klezmer band continues to present some of the most breathtaking new Jewish music being made today. Featuring an exciting female vocalist and a dark, freeform track about the creation of the world, Bereshit is their greatest cd yet.

Hoahio - Peek-ara-boo

Hoahio's second cd is even more quirky and varied than the first. Joining Koto virtuoso Yagi Michiyo and Kansai vocalist Haco this time is Era Mari, a remarkable young percussionist from Tokyo. Her brilliant vibes and Marimba playing gives this release a bit of a Beefheart flavour, but of course theres much more on offer than that. Noisy improv, charming folksongs and romantic moods from this classic trio out of japan. Excellent stuff.

Kayo Dot - Choirs of the eye

Dark metal music on an orchestral scale, with powerful riffs, haunted vocals, violin, french horn, and much more. Formerly known as `Maudlin of the Wel', their newest recording, over a year in the making, takes them into an adventurous new world where heavy rock and classical music meet ritual. Magical and compelling music from a young band breaking new ground in the rock world.

Marc Ribot - Filmworks II

This second volume of Marc Ribot's Music for Films is one of the most eclectic and exciting cd's he's made to date. From 1930's swing to science fiction soundscapes, deep soul grooves to hypnotic moods for strings and guitar, Filmworks 2 is a fascinating program of miniature masterpieces from start to finish. Features the likes of Anthony Coleman, Frank London, Roberto Rodriguez, Mark Feldman and more.

Mark Applebaum - Catfish

A former student of Brian Ferneyhough, Mark Applebaum straddles the two worlds of modern classical complexity and improvisational insanity. As one would expect, this first cd devoted to his work is an eclectic compendium of homemade electro percussion, orchestral fireworks, virtuoso solo pieces and cartoon cut-ups. Intense, but always with a sick californian sense of humor, Catfish is a vexing and delightful listening experience.

Muna Zul - Muna Zul

Featuring three beautiful young women singing creative new latino music, muna zul is an exciting A Capella vocal trio from Mexico City. Seamlessly interweaving mexican folk themes with pop, rock and world beat, their music is charming and infectious - only on Tzadik!

Ted Reichman - �migr�

A veteran of countless Tzadik projects led by (among others) David Krakauer, Marc Ribot, Roberto Rodriguez and Anthony Coleman, accordianist Ted Reichman steps out on his own in this moody, hypnotic portrait of one of the 20th century's greatest photographers, Andre Kertesz. Beginning with his early life in the jewish community of Budapest, Ted eloquently tells the classic story of a man who leaves his jewish heritage behind only to find further alienation in attempted assimilation throughout france and the united states. A fascinating and touching musical journey by downtown New York's premiere accordionist.

Zakarya - Something Obvious

Another brilliant recording by Yves Weyh's virtuosic avant-klezmer ensemble Zakarya. Their second cd for Tzadik is a dynamic journey through eastern europe via witty waltzes, thrash accordian, balkan rock and moody doinas. combining a sense of humour with driving rhythms and a breathtaking ensemble sound. Crazyness assured.

Various / Wide Hive - Wide Hive Remixed
Wide Hive

Statement-of-the-union style compilation from the San Francisco progressive independent label that is emerging as one of the key imprints in an eclectic local scene with roots in many camps, including hip hop's direct beats, modern jazz's freedom of expression, classic funk's sheer dynamic (err...) funkiness, and the deeper impulses of the non-euphoric end of west coast house & offbeat. Think : Pete's, Ubiquity, Dis-joint, even Stones Throw... the mission here is to expose the label's quality back-cat in a new light, presenting new twists by respected (and soon-to-be) underground hip hop & electronic producers. The 16 tracks here range from hip hop & downtempo to electro & deep house, with original artists and remixers including Variable Unit, DJ Eli, Dissent, DJ Design, Ge-ology, DJ Zeph, Djinji Brown, Calvin Keys, Headnodic, Tommy Guerrero, 4AM, Azeem.... it's a grab bag brain food vibe, and one you'll still be digging in a year's time when the label has a firm hold on your dope-beat consciousness.

Dynasty - Dynasty
Tigerbeat 6

Welcome to Tigerbeat 6's most hyped-up recent signings. Immaculately attired, sporting hooks, looks, chops, and undeniable rockstar power, Dynasty are the complete package royale. This is their seven-song, multiple re-entry vehicular salvo from the heart and loin of the San Francisco dancewavepartypunk culture war. Fronted by the mercurial Jibz Cameron (roofies) on vox and keyboards, hips set rocking by the bomb-ass bass of Diana Hayes (mono pause), and jet-propelled by the undeniable beatz of Indra Dunis (Numbers), Dynasty is the soundtrack to your fever-dream night-on-the-town with Alexis carrington, Dorothy Parker, and Terri Nunn. In other words - thoroughly wrong party music, awash in sex, deadpan humor, and all-consuming uniform lust. One for fans of Chicks on Speed and Peaches.

Sami Koivikko - Salmiakki

A dinky album from Sami Koivikko, named after the national schnapps of his native Finland. Ten track cd and eight track double pack laden with determined club techno grooves. Sami courts a tracky, loopy kind of sound, spanning harder, the merest of dub elements. Unusually for the Berlin based Shitkatapult, there's also more tactile feelings at play on the latter part of this confident set, made for dancing. Good to hear Shitkatapult branching out ever further, and like his national brew this goes down smoothly and kicks ass.

John Carpenter - Assault on Precinct 13
Record Makers

John Carpenter's classic 1976 score is quite easily one of the most sought-after, sampled and inspirational soundtracks to have emerged from the independent cinema scene over the last 30 years. It's been sampled by everybody from Afrika Bambaataa to Bomb the Bass, I-F, Dead Prez and countless others and after years of being subjected to second-rate, badly-presses scuzzy bootlegs is now given an official re-issue pressing for the first time in absolutely years. The cd book includes interviews with Carpenter and stills from the film, first vinyl pressing (1000) on 180g, with gatefold sleeve and the same liner notes as the cd. High demand is expected from musical history buffs and breaks-seekers alike - be quick and stay happy.

Various / Blue Note - Untinted : Sources From Madlib's Shades Of Blue
Blue Note

The Madlib Loopdigga got the once in a lifetime offer to raid The Blue Note vaults for his 'Shades Of Blue' remix/re-edit/cover version project. So here, thank the lord, Blue Note release a compilation of the original tracks that Madlib got his mucky paws on. >From the opening salvo and heavy break of Gene Harris and the Three Sounds 'The Look of Slim' to the disco jazz-funk classic of Donald Byrd's 'Stepping Into Tomorrow' with its dirty low down rhodes and Byrd's classic horn work. Add some chilled out genius and sheer brilliance from Ronnie Foster's organ classic 'Mystic Brew' and then sample the pure jazz of Herbie Hancock's 'Dolphin Dance'. A superb way to sample the funkier side of the Blue Note catalogue, mixing up the classics with some utter rare gems and in the case of Andrew Hills' 'Illusion' a first time issue. Needless to say, excellent throughout.

Various / KMS - KMS Records Detroit : The Definitive Mix

A compilation of one of Detroit Techno's founding labels running almost the full length of releases and dropping some rare and timeless tunes. Opening with `Groovin' Without a Doubt' by Inter City, a classic and early production featuring both Reese and Derrick May on the mix, this starts a trawl through some classic Detroit house taking in such luminaries as Kenny Larkin, Chez Damier, D-Wynn and The R-Tyme Prods, Ron Trent, Kevin Saunderson's E-Dancer outfit, the amazing Esser `Forces' track and many more gems from the vaults of KMS. A trip through Detroit house history, ace.

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Friday, November 28, 2003


This week's Jazz on 3 show on Radio 3 features Tim Berne Live at the London Jazz Festival

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CMU daily report Morrissey will release an album on Sanctuary Records in late 2004.

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Radio 2 have a 2 part documentary: THE MUSIC BOX

Saturday 29th November - 6th December 21.00 - 22.00

MTV, founded in America in 1982 has now come of age and in Britain today there are currently twenty five non stop music channels. From The Box to MTV Base, Scuzz to VH1 Classic and Kerrang, Britain boasts more non stop music channels than anywhere else in the world.

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Digital Spy report 6Music launches new chart

Artists will only be eligible for entry into the chart if they've never been in the UK album chart before, in an effort to promote the work of new artists.

The presenter of the show, VIC MCGLYNN who is 25 - becomes 6 Music's youngest DJ.

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Nick @ Auspicious Fish is another person that can't wait till the end of year, as he publishes his: Top 20 albums and top 20 singles of 2003

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Thursday, November 27, 2003


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

This week's front cover choice features: The Glimmer Twins, Jahsonic have a detailed profile page.

In 2003 The Glimmer Twins have developed a European wide reputation as one of the leading freestyle DJ duos, mixing up a diverse set of post punk/ electro/ house/ techno/ synthpop/ industrial and mutant disco.

Belgium�s Glimmer Twins aka Mo & Benoelie, have compiled the second volume in Eskimo Records� �Serie Noire� compilation series, due out December 8.


1. Boytronic - Bryllyant
2. Savage Progress - My Heart Begins To Beat
3. Blancmange - The Game Above My head
4. The Nick Straker Band - Straight Ahead (Instr. Reprise)
5. Green Fridge Music - Da Best
6. Precious - Definition Of A Track
7. Adonis - No Way Back
8. Crash Course In Science - Flying Turns
9. Green Velvet - Coitus
10. Die Warzau - Strike To The Body (Lil Louis' Body Blow)
11. Mr. Fingers - I'm Strong (instr.)
12. Liaisons Dangereuses - Peut �tre...pas
13. Giorgio Moroder - Evolution
14. Easy Going - Fear
15. Bobby O - She Has A Way
16. Sandy Steel - Mind Your Own Business
17. P.I.L. - Death Disco (Megga Mix)
18. Rheingold - Dreiklangsdimensionen
19. The Passions - I'm In Love With A German Filmstar

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CMU Online have a media interview with Everett True: gill talks to everett true about careless talks cost lives and plan b

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Stylus review Boy Robot - Glamorizing Corporate Lifestyle

That Boy Robot�s Glamorizing Corporate Lifestyle recalls Michael Zorn�s The City�s Collapsing (But Not Tonight) shouldn�t surprise, as Boy Robot is a collaborative outing by Zorn and Hans M�ller.

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Some new dance/ electronic music singles are reviewed @ tufluv

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This week's One World Show on Radio 1 features: One World: 25 Years of Rough Trade >> Tonight: Midnight - 2am.

Rough Trade fouder Geoff Travis and business partner Jeanette Lee will be presenting us with 25 years of Rough two hours.
From old to new to obscure... including The Smiths, The Fall, Subway Sect, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Belle and Sebastian, The Libertines and...

>> One World

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The Chain with No Name a network of UK independent music retailers have recently launched a new website.

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Operating from Guernsey in the Channel Islands: with an extensive range of music CDs for sale.

Guernsey is an offshore independent island state [not part of United Kingdom] there is NO VAT on goods [therefore no additional 17.5%] to pay.

>>> Explained: Guernsey E-Commerce also offer free delivery to any UK address. Most recent releases - even from independent labels - seem to be around the �8.99 tag.

Other Channel Islands e-commerce retailers selling CDs in nearby Jersey [with NO VAT] are: and SplashDVD

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Wednesday, November 26, 2003


Vive La F�te

This week John Peel has been playing a track [Noir Desir] from a Belgian band: Vive La F�te

An astonishing vocal perforamance from the female single, the way she swoops and reaches out to a sublime crescendo - as remarkable as hearing Bjork or Liz Fraser or for John Peel 90s veterans: Bang Bang Machine: Geek Love for the first time.

2003: the next step�
Well, basically a new album, their fourth, called Nuit Blanche ( an expression the French use to describe a festive night without sleep). After an extensive tour in Belgium, France and Switzerland, Danny and Els holed up in their home studio once again, determined to prove their worth to their new-found fan base. Several months in the making, Nuit Blanche is easily their best release to date. Straightforward, booming and confident, the album has a true pop sensibility without it losing its darker edges. All the Vive La F�te trademarks are here (the couple's call-and-response singing, the simple yet highly effective - and revealing- lyrics by Els, the still unique mix of dancefloor electro, bass-heavy punk rock and Sixties-style chan�ons) but it's obvious the scope has widened. First single from the record is 'Touche Pas', a deliriously catchy pop song. Vive La F�te will be embarking on a small tour with their new live band in the months to come.

2003 - CD/2LP - Nuit Blanche
surprise 009

>>> Listen again to the John Peel show.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:52 PM

Phil Freeman argues with Christgau's review of The Mars Volta @ Lowercaseblog

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Kerrang magazine gets a complete new look this week, and there is a free Best of 2003 CD.

Featuring some good stuff...Killing Joke, Cave In, Lamb of God, Ephel Duath...and unfortunately there is some rubbish teenaged angst tripe on there: e.g InMe and Murderdolls

This week's: Kerrang

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The daily music news round up: CMU online is finally back at a new web location.

Also: CMU Weekly is published online on Monday afternoon.

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Today we reach the final part of Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the 90s:

[Once again there are far too many Magnet Magazine types in this top 100 poll - that I don't rate]

Pitchfork Top Albums of the 90s: 30 - 21
Pitchfork Top Albums of the 90s: 20 - 11
Pitchfork Top Albums of the 90s: 10 - 1

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Jess Harvell @ Technicolor has published his nominal year-end best-ofs lists for 2003 albums and singles.

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The Brainwashed Brain V06I46 - 11232003

This week's The Brainwashed Brain includes reviews of:

Usaisamonster - Tasheyana Compost

Plastikman - Closer

So - So
Thrill Jockey

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Tuesday, November 25, 2003


It's [unintentionally] comedy week at NME as they count down down their ludicrous annual cool list in a themed edition: This Week's NME and the preview news article: NME COOL LIST 2003

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The Independent report on music buying trends in the UK: Over-40s propping up CD sales as teenagers turn to Web

But there is what some retailers have called 'the fifty quid bloke' - the middle-aged man who has money, who maybe goes out for lunch, turns up in the music store with his tie slightly askew, browses around and before he knows it, has spent �50 on CDs. That's the type of person who is helping sales of CDs."

[That will be the so called over 40s "grey panthers" on ILM.]

# posted by DJ Martian 11:21 PM

Blabbermouth with more NIN news: TRENT REZNOR Talks About New NINE INCH NAILS CD

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BBC Music review Dave Clarke - Devil's Advocate

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Splendid review Sylvie Courvoisier - Abaton on ECM.

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Playlouder review the debut album from ex Add N to X member Ann Shenton: Large Number - Spray On Sound

# posted by DJ Martian 2:51 PM

Michaelangelo Matos has started a new music blog @ blogspot: Michaelangelo Matos

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New Releases @ Piccadilly Records

Some new releases listed in the weekly guide [via e-mail] from Manchester's music emporium: Piccadilly Records

Applecraft - The Happiest Man Alive

Applecraft are the duo Don Mandarin and Mike Mooney (Lupine Howl and ex-Spiritualized / Julian Cope). This is the follow up to the critically acclaimed Ochre album release 'The Shining City On The Hill'. Mooney for years was Julian Cope's guitarist and a highlight was the awesome guitar solo on Cope's 'Safe Surfer' track on the classic "Peggy Suicide" album. Mooney was also, along with Sean Cook and Damon Reece, one of three famously sacked members of Spiritualized who went on to form Lupine Howl. Don Mandarin meanwhile has had critical acclaim in his own right with the excellent "This Is Quo Country". The debut Applecraft album "The Shining City On The Hill" was described by NME as being 'a beautifully crafted album that can only be described as about life on the very outskirts of the city at night. "The Shining City.." is strictly outskirts music, The city gives way to open country and the landscape. If you are looking for an album to take yourself away from city life then this is it!'.

Blurt - The Best Of Blurt - Volume 1 - The Fish Needs A Bike

In 1980 Ted Milton threw down his gloves, picked up an alto sax, and formed the instantly famous psycho-funk, afro-punk, no-wave, pogo-jazz-trio Blurt. A lover of wordplay, Blurt lyrics are dada ga-ga woven around some kind of derailed spark. Behind that spark is a literate and educated sense of nonsense. You either love Blurt or hate them; there's plenty of validity to both views. Minimalist guitar spews out repeating patterns of stark chords that function almost like a backing samba against Ted's incoherently belching screams and squirming sax, although at other times Blurt is at their most accessible, featuring lyrics that are actually decipherable and even hooks (between saxophone tweetings) that are as catchy and memorable as any pop refrain.

Early Day Miners - The Sonograph EP

There aren't any explicit folk or countryisms but this does feel like a rural music, a Midwestern or Southwestern music, a music of the plains and the desert. Hushed, breathy vocals appear only occasionally, like soon-to-be ghost towns in the vast unpopulated spaces of the music. On this six songs exclusive release for Acuarela, Burton's vocals are still hushed, yet ever more confident. Song structures are more concrete, the arrangements, while sparse in comparison to past records, still feel lush, which shows the marks of a life-long appreciation of classic Red House Painters or American Music Club albums. An instant classic.

Gonga - Gonga

The mysterious Gonga are the next British four-piece after Jet and the Darkness to unashamedly shake up our post-ironic landscape. Forgoing headline-grabbing spandex and Def Leppard homages, these lot pursue an almost stoner-ish brand of old-school metal patented by Ozzy some three decades ago. Bringing to mind the likes of Sabbath and Deep Purple and latterly Mudhoney and the Melvins, Gonga make no concessions to the fashion brigade, serving up a monolithic slab of unadulterated rock.

The Great Depression - Unconscious Pilot

UK debut epic from Minneapolis five-piece The Great Depression. Recorded in the infamous Pachyderm Studios with the team behind such albums as Nirvana's "In Utero" and PJ Harvey's "Rid Of Me". Todd Casper, Brent Sigmeth and co. have been making their way as the house band as well as trying their multi talented hands at production and have worked with the likes of Luna, They Might Be Giants, Son Volt, Wilco, You Am I, The Breeders, Soul Asylum, Grant Hart, American Music Club, Frank Black, The Jayhawks, Elysian Fields, The Cows, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Throwing Muses.

The Innocence Mission - Befriended

Some records just hit. Connect. Straight from the heart. They arrive, out of the blue, no knowledge required by the listener, no pictures to be scrutinized, nothing infact, but the music. Because the music's so good. James Yorkston did it last year. This year it's The Innocence Mission. This weekend we've been asked, so many times by customers, who the beautiful, haunting, sweet/sad female vocal music was by. I can't remember the last time an unknown band provoked such curiosity. With their roots in folk and their shimmering, slow restraint, the immediate consensus has been that they sound like Mazzy Star. But every song here is superb. Karen Peris's voice also reminds me of Harriet from The Sundays: so clear, pure and unaffected. It's actually their sixth album, but it's their first for everyone here at Piccadilly. It's the surprise of the year. Some of the twists in melody will take your breath away.

Khanate - Things Viral

With "Things Viral", Khanate have managed to mix extremely advanced songwriting with a precise focus on extreme dynamics. The trademark Khanate production (clean but crushingly heavy) and the space between notes are particularly featured on this album. Essential for fans of Sunn O))), early Swans, Earth, Burning Witch etc.

Skandinavia - Dark Days
Global Warming

Skandinavia is the brainchild of Eliza Newman, former enigmatic front woman of Icelandic band Bellatrix. Produced and mixed by John Fryer whose previous exploits range from This Mortal Coil to Nine Inch Nails, the music is heavily influenced by their love of Led Zeppelin and all things rock.

The USA Is A Monster - Tasheyana Compost

The USA Is A Monster is a brilliantly fried two-piece guitar and drums band of sun spotters hailing from Brooklyn, NY. The band has roved the planet with instruments strapped to their backs playing the tops of mountains, skin-melting deserts, and rusted out America. The band has trekked across Europe, America (too many times to count), and Mexico. The sound of the record is a synapse firing melt of rock and other-wordly whisper. The rock goes from balls out to a gentle, massaging hand reaching into your cortex.

Papa M - Four
Drag City

The fourth single in a possibly never-ending series from sweet voiced singer/songwriter David Pajo. This time in, Pajo takes his experiences playing in Zwan, lets the gravity wash over him, and pours forth three new tracks of waltz-themed fifties balladry soaked in sentimental reverb, synth squiggles, acoustic pop, bitchy lyrical accusations, and undulating guitar leads and jams.

Charalambides - Unknown Spin

5 tracks of subtle droning electric guitars, pedal steel guitar and haunting wordless female vocals. Formed in Houston, Texas in 1991, this is their first proper release.

Parker / Drumm / Zerang - Out Trios Volume Two

The second installment in Atavistic's "Out Trios" series features three highly regarded Chicago-based artists: guitarist Jeff Parker (Tortoise / Isotope), electronics savant Kevin Drumm (Drag City solo / Vandermark Territory Band) and Chicago free jazz titan Michael Zerang (Solistice W / Hamid Drake).

Can - DVD

The 35th anniversary of the founding of the group is marked by the release of the Can DVD, containing access to everything you could ever want to know about the personalities and methodology of this groundbreaking and legendary German band. Extra features on this release are: Four new remixes in 5.1 surround sound - "Half Past One" by Irmin Schmidt, "Below This Level" by Jaki Liebezeit and "Get The Can" and "Smoke" by Holger Czukay and filmed studio footage of the remix process. A short film made by Brian Eno to mark Can's 'Echo Lifetime Achievement Award' and footage from the Echo Awards ceremony itself including Herbert Groenemeyer's introductory speech. Extensive photo gallery and a complete discography with tracklistings and release dates and a weblink to an exclusive Can site where photos and interviews can be downloaded and printed out. The classic Can documentary by Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher of Austrian program-maker DoRo Productions, covers the entire history of the band including classic and rarely seen TV performances. The film, "Can Free Concert", filmed by Robbie M�ller and directed by Peter Przygodda is the film of a show which took place in front of 10,000 spectators in Cologne in 1972. The film was previously included alongside the documentary in the longtime deleted Can Box 30th Anniversary VHS Limited Edition. "Can Note" is a new film compiled by Peter Przygodda, who edited most of Wim Wenders' films, and uses intimate, 'behind the scenes' footage including images from the 'Can Solo Projects Tour', taken by group manager Hildegard Schmidt from 1997 onwards. The audio CD is 13-tracks of Can Solo Recordings. Three tracks from Irmin Schmidt & Kumo's Masters of Confusion, one from the Jaki Liebezeit & Burnt Friedman album Secret Rhythms plus two from Liebezeit's Drums Off Chaos project as well as four exclusive tracks from Holger Czukay and three live recordings of Michael Karoli's Sofortkontakt!

Sonic Boom Six - Turbo EP
Moonska Europe

Sonic Boom Six first appeared on the Manchester punk scene in April 2002, quickly establishing a loyal local following after support slots with Capdown, Jesse James, Lightyear and Shootin Goon. Their genre bending sound is rather difficult to pin down, although it has been rather lazily characterised as 'Miss Dynamite fronting Capdown'; a heady Molotov cocktail of ragga, hip-hop, bhangra, jungle, dub and reggae passed through a highly politicised hardcore punk blender. No pissing about - this, their debut EP, is a furious, impassioned, clenched fist classic - you need it.

Various Artists / Four Seasons Of Ibadan - Mixed By DJ Yellow
Ibadan / Discograph

France's Yellow Productions' DJ Yellow mixes up a seasonal selection of Ibadan classics. Moving through Spring, Autumn, Winter and Summer (in that order!), he works his way through Vera Mara's Global sounding "Saudacao Aos Orixas", Next Evidence "The Body Theme", The Songstress's Nina Simone sampling "See Line Woman", The System "You're In My System", Dennis Ferrer "Jehlaz", and other classics from Ten City, Jerome Sydenham, Joe Claussell, Kerri Chandler etc.

Various Artists / Kenny Hawkes - Nite:Life 017

Kenny Hawkes should need no introduction to you lot, but if you've been asleep for a decade, here's a brief resume: He co-hosts London's deep house night, 'Space', with Luke Soloman (Freaks) at Bah Rumba, and also piped a similar selection of music over the airwaves on Girls FM in the early 90s, then there's his releases on Music For Freaks (esp. "Play The Game"). Here he mixes up some of his faves for your listening pleasure, inc. Cine City, Aril Brikka, Clyde, Brother Of Soul, Brett Johnson, Cherry Bomb etc.

Various Artists / KMS Records - The Definitive Mix Compilation
KMS Submerge

Kevin Saunderson worked under a myriad of psuedonyms during his illustrious career, defining the shape of house, garage and techno in the process. Inter City, Inner City, Reese & Santonio and E-Dancer all took important steps for the emerging Detroit scene. Later, Kenny Larkin would take his first steps, Chicago's Chez Damier and Ron Trent would release some of the first real deep house music on KMS before setting up the legendary Prescription label. This 20 track mix CD features some of the greatest moments from the life of one of Detroit's most important labels, classics in their field each and every one.

Lab Rat XL - Mice Or Cyborg

Ostensibly, this is the last will and testament of Drexciya, following the loss of James Stintson. Designed to be one of the 'storms' that they would unleash upon the world, Lab Rat XL was the project left behind by the mourning Drexciyans, a blast of classic Submerge sounds, extended into fully formed electronic odysseys. Never again will the world above the sea hear sounds such as these.

Midwest Product - World Series Of Love
Ghostly International

They have been best described by BBC Online as such...'Midwest Product manage that rare thing, a shimmeringly successful fusion of atmospheric high-end electronica and live instruments, without either sounding tacked on'.

Tomcats In Tokyo - Sweet Gloomy Home
Static Caravan

Warm electronica, imagine a mix of Boards Of Canada and Four Tet. A nice atmospheric mix of bleeps and ice cold beats.

Two Lone Swordsmen - Peppered With Spastic Magic
Rotters Golf Club

A collection of Two Lone Swordsmen's remixes of other artists, including Starsailor, Stereo MCs, St Etienne, Primal Scream, Luke Slater, Texas, Howie B, Calexico etc, all who have wanted to be touched by the insane electronics of Andrew Weatherall and Co.

Various Artists / DJ 3000 - Electric Soul

DJ 3000 and Mr De' produce this noisy 23 track blast from Detroit's techno-bass scene. Electrofunk faves like "Down", "Come On Baby" and Fix's "Flash" are spliced with moments from Los Hermanos and Red Planet for a jeep bouncin' ride.

Various Artists / Nocturbulous Behavior

Suburban Knight mixed Detroit techno set featuring over 20 classics from the Underground Resistance and Red Planet archives including rarities such as the World Power Alliance's "Seawolf" and favourites from Mad Mike, the Martian and plenty of Suburban Knight of course!

Various Artists / Nova Soul 2

Germany's Audiopharm label bring us what they tag-line as 'a collection of contemporary soul music', but which also includes nu-jazz gems too. Features tracks by Wax Poetic Feat. Norah Jones, Cinerex, Uschi Classen, Limp Twins, James Hardway, John Cutler, Nathan Haines, Mr Scruff & Quantic, Lenny Constanza, Heavenly Social etc.

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Monday, November 24, 2003


DJ Mingo-go & Mingo PR

DJ Mingo-go presents the Polarised radio show every Tuesday at 7pm until 9pm on Radio Magnetic. She also runs a Music PR company, Mingo PR

Mingo PR is an independently run UK press promotion company. That is, we provide information and music to journalists and editors in the United Kingdom who work in printed press. We do our best to also get information to webpress, student, regional and fanzine too, but our promotional time and music is earmarked for UK national print press.

Interesting to note DJ Mingo-go's faves of 2003:

No wonder I'm so exhausted!
I have starred my personal faves and double starred my fave.
In no order...

Susanne Brokesch "So Easy, Hard to Find" (Disko B)
*April March "Triggers" (Tricatel)
Mocky "In Mesopotamis" (Gomma)
The Chap "The Horse" (Lo Recordings)
Dinky "Black Caberet" (Carpark)
They Came from the Stars (I Saw THem) "What Are We Doing HEre" (Lo Recordings)
Hanin Elias "No Games No Fun" (Fatal Recordings)
Rework "Fall Right Now" (Playhouse)
*Adult. "Anxiety Always" (Ersatz Audio)
*Magas "Friends Forever" (Ersatz Audio)
Ellen Allien "Berlinette" (Bpitch Control)
*Electronicat "21st Century Toy" (Disko B)
*Captain Comatose "Going Out" (Playhouse)
Tejade & Leviste "Fairfax Sake" (Playhouse)
Angie Reed "Presents the Best of Barbara Brockhaus" (Chicks on Speed Records)
The Karminsky Experience "The Power of Suggestion" (Patterns of Behaviour)
Mu-Ziq "Bilious Paths" (Planet Mu)
**Zeigenbock Kopf "Nocturnal Submissions" (Tigerbeat6)
Louie Austen "Easy Love" (Kitty-yo)
Jimi Tenor "Higher Planes" (Kitty-yo)
Kevin Blechdom "Bitches Without Britches" (Chicks on Speed Records)
*Patrick Wolf "Lycanthropy" (Faith & Industry)
Leafcutter John "Housebound Spirit" (Planet Mu)
Knifehandchop "Rockstopper" (Tigerbeat6)
Spearmint "My MIssing Days" (hitBACK)
The Free French "It's Not Me, It's You" (hitBACK)
Ambulance "The Curse of Vale do Lobo" (Planet Mu)
Ricardo Villalobos "Alcachofa" (Playhouse)
Tobias Schmidt "Hooray for Everything" (Disko B)
*Dynasty (Tigerbeat6)
Wevie Stonder "The Kenyan Harry EP" (Skam)
Margo "The Catnap" (tsk! tsk!)
Various artists "Gommagang 2" (Gomma)
Chicks on Speed "99 Cents" (Chicks on Speed Records/Labels)
Venetian Snares "The CHocolate Wheelchair Album" (Planet Mu)
*Little Annie & The Legally Jammin' (italic)

Headman "It Rough" (Chicken Lips remix) (gomma)
Jimi Tenor "Black Hole" (Kitty-yo)
Munk "Androgyn" (Gomma)
*Captain Comatose "$100" (Playhouse)
Spektrum "Freakbox" remixes (Playhouse)
Matsa "Liberation Sugar" (Keys of Life)
kid606 "The Illness" (Tigerbeat6)
Mysterymen "Wide Apart" (Disko B)
Spearmint "Left Alone Among the Living" (hitBACK)
Munk feat. Princess Superstar "Mein Schatzi/Ah Uh" (Gomma)
Christian Kreuz "Koks + Prada" (Disko B)
*Venetian Snares "Einstein-Rosen Bridge" (Planet Mu)
Neulander "Sex, God + Money" (Disko B)
*Vive la Fete "Noir Desir" (Surprise)
Headman "So Now So then" (gomma)
*Various "Teutonik Disaster Vol. 2 EP 1" (gomma)
*Electronicat "Frisco Bay" (Disko B)

# posted by DJ Martian 10:32 PM

Playlouder report Duran Duran are set to win yet another Lifetime Achievement Award, this time at the Brit Awards next year.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:42 PM

Time Warner agree Warner Music sale to Bronfman Group

Reuters report Time Warner Sells Music Unit to Bronfman Group

>> Background: Who is behind the Bronfman Group? - headed by one: Edgar Bronfman Jr was a former Seagram chairman who bought Polygram [from Philips] and MCA Inc. (nee Universal Studios) from Matsushita Electric Industrial Company, Ltd in the 1990s, [Source: Seagram develops a taste for media and amusement]

..then rebranded these music interests into the worlds largest portfolio of major labels under the umbrella of the: Universal Music Group - then sold it on to the French media Group - Vivendi.

So this Warner Music deal signals a return to the music business for Edgar Bronfman.

Elsewhere, BBC News report What now for EMI?

There is speculation that EMI, that has lost out on Warner Music at this late hour - will be a takeover target itself - by Venture Capitalists, Blackstone.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:28 PM

New Releases @ Fopp for this week [week beginning: 24th November] with added press quotes.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:01 PM

Pitchfork - Top 100 Albums of the 90s [Revisited & Revised]

Pitchfork have decided to poll their staff for the Top 100 Albums of the 90s - once again, as their collective music interests have changed. Part 1 starts today, Part 2 Tuesday and the final countdown on Wednesday.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:27 PM

Other Music: Weekly new releases e-mail update

Other Music NYC's answer to Rough Trade shops, have recently switched from a text based e-mail update to a new super HTML style e-mail system.

I recommend you sign up for their weekly updates. They also archive them on their website, but it's best to go for the e-mail - direct to your inbox - so you will not forget.

The Other Music Update is a weekly e-mail list featuring staff reviews of new releases as well as sound clips, listings of OM events and special promotions. Sign up for the Update in the store at the counter or by e-mailing us at..

Other Music: Update - November 19, 2003

Other Music: Update - November 12, 2003

Dear Friends:
After several years of sending the Other Music Update as a simple text e-mail, we're excited to introduce a new look for our weekly newsletter. We hope you enjoy the changes!

# posted by DJ Martian 1:07 PM

Progressive Rock related music Taxonomy: Part 2

Essential read of the day, Simon Reynolds gathers together extensive feedback of his Progressive Music taxonomy that he published several weeks back: PROGMETHEUS UNBOUND: THE RETURN @ blissblog

Also >> For convenient reference Part 1: @ Blissblog

a provisional cartography of progward tendencies through the last 40 years of music; a prototype taxonomy of prog substyles, prog-adjacent musics, and post-1976 prog sprog genre

>>> To do things the Progressive way: surely a trilogy is on the cards? feedback on the feedback?

# posted by DJ Martian 10:04 AM

Some new album reviews @ Fast 'n' Bulbous Reviews: Quick Impressions

# posted by DJ Martian 12:42 AM


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

This Week: November 24th

The Album Leaf - Seal Beach (Acuarela)
Boy Robot - Glamorizing Corporate Lifestyle (City Centre Offices)
Charalambides - Unknown Spin (Kranky)
Erik Friedlander - Maldoror (Brassland) [UK Release Date]
Gimmik - Back To Basics (Toytronic)
Hans Joachim Irmler - Lifelike (Staubgold)
Khanate - Things Viral (Southern Lord) [Full UK Release]
The Mitgang Audio - The View From Your New Home (Suction)
Jeff Parker/ Kevin Drumm/ Michael Zerrang - Out Trios (Atavistic)
Place of Skulls - With Vision (Southern Lord) [Full UK Release]
Schlammpeitziger - Everything Without All Inclusive (Sonig)

For Reference:

Last Week: November 17th

Amduscia - Melodies For The Devil (Out of Line) [Available at Music Non Stop]
Jonas Bering - Sketches for the next season (Kompakt)
Cubic Space Division - Cubic Space Division (Undergroove)
Cul De Sac - The Strangler�s Wife (Strange Attractors Audio House)
Einoma - Milli Tonverka (Vertical Form)
Alastair Galbraith / Constantine Karlis - Radiant (Emperor Jones)
Growing - The Sky's Run into the Sea (Kranky) [Finally the CD gets a full UK release]
Gys - Art D'echo (Component)
Yoshihiro Hanno - ES (Sub Rosa)
Joy Zipper - Stereo & God (Mercury) EP
Lab Rat Xl -Mice Or Cyborg (Clone) [A Drexciya Project]
Lovely Midget - North Head (Family Vineyard)
Primordial Undermined - Thin Shells Of Revolution (Emperor Jones)
Punish The Atom - Let's Do The Don't Care (Gentle Electric)
Soundmurderer & Sk-1 - Rewind (Rephlex)
Spectac - Rabbid (Front End Synthetics)
Suv - Follow the Sun (Black Tambour) [French Import at]
Asmus Tietchens - Delta Menge (Ritornell)
Triosk Meets Jan Jelinek - 1+3 + 1 (Scape)
Troyer - Rose De Shiraz (Deluxe)
2 By Bukowski - Drink From My Bastard Grail (Poeta Negra) [Available at Norman Records]
RJ Valeo - September (Type)

# posted by DJ Martian 12:07 AM

Sunday, November 23, 2003 report Xfm chooses new head of music - yet another insider:

Nigel Harding, who will combine his current role as music producer with the head of music job.

>>> Xfm

Unfortunately most of the current Xfm playlist is conformist retro/trad songs rock that NME and Q feature: The Playlist

Apart from a couple of shows a week [e.g John Kennedy X-Posure and Nick Luscombe's Flo-Motion], the rest of the schedule is mostly filled up with this rigid rotation playlist = I don't tune in.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:53 PM

Saint Etienne come in to talk about their feature film Finisterre premiering at the Barbican this week on Monday afternoon on 6 Music - Andrew Collins

# posted by DJ Martian 10:47 PM

Blabbermouth report this about Nine Inch Nails:

NINE INCH NAILS are rumored to have set "Bleedthrough" as the title for their forthcoming album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Nothing/Interscope Records.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:36 PM

Radio 1 - Fabio & Grooverider: Mighty Rollers 2003

Your chance to vote for the top drum n bass tracks of 2003: Mighty Rollers 2003 - Vote

All the tracks listed below made it to Number One on Fabio and Grooverider's weekly 5 Mighty Rollers in 2003. Fill out the form at the bottom of the page with your three favourite tracks and we'll play the 5 most popular tunes on the end of year show.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:19 PM

This week's Breezeblock show on Radio 1 features: 24th Nov >> Seb Fontaine in for Mary Anne Hobbs.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:10 PM

Radio 1 - Annie Nightingale

Your chance to vote in: The 2003 Annual Nightingale Awards - with Muzik magazine now gone, this Awards show is a must for dance music fans.

The latest >>> Annie On One Tracklistings

# posted by DJ Martian 8:55 PM

BBC Music review the Talking Heads Box Set compilation: Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime

# posted by DJ Martian 8:26 PM

Advance notification: on The John Peel Show on Radio 1

26/11 [Wednesday] - The Workhouse In Session.

Not to be missed if you enjoy shoegazer/ atmospheric/ epic guitar music.

Official website for: The Workhouse

# posted by DJ Martian 5:51 PM

This week's 6 Mix on 6 Music features The Dub Pistols

# posted by DJ Martian 5:41 PM

Almost Cool review:

>> Explosions In The Sky - The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
>> Sascha Funke - Bravo
>> Eight Frozen Modules - The Abduction Of Barry

# posted by DJ Martian 5:32 PM

Nik @ Gutterbreakz writes about the personal importance of the music of Richard H. Kirk and Cabaret Voltaire to him.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:05 PM

Playlouder report on the winners of the Knowledge Drum'n'Bass awards for 2003.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:57 PM

Saturday, November 22, 2003


US online independent music retailer Insound present: Insound's 100 Best Sellers of 2003

# posted by DJ Martian 8:45 PM

This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

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

Gimmik - Back To Basics

Gimmik finally return with their long awaited new album for the Toytronic label, a rich, nostalgic look at warm IDM at its trickiest. The production harks back to the earlier Load : Error and Rhythmus Der Stadt EP's, sinking in with a definitive "Artificial Intelligence" slant that has gained them such an avid following over the last 5 or so years. The title's alusion to a return to basic principles serves the album well across it's well formed sequence of 11 tracks, developing a look at microscopic beat constructions and chopped-up percussive arrangements that fit in easily with the warm, melodic synths and tones that offer themselves up at the front. The result is another excellent collection - welcome back Gimmik, welcome back Toytronic. Limited vinyl copies, as always.

The Mitgang Audio - The View From Your New Home

Debut release by the Mitgang Audio, the solo project of Ray Sweeten, temporarily residing in a windowless room in Brooklyn, NYC. Ray sweeten is also known for his musical contributions to the Sesame Street program (seriously), and as a member of the NYC synthpop/multimedia-performance band, the Plantains. `The view from your new home' is a stunning collection of music as diverse as the Mitgang Audio's influences: Ultravox, Wendy Carlos, Alexander Robotnik, Thomas Tallis, Giorgio Moroder, The Slits,... and as such is something of a departure from the usual suction sound. First, there are the dance-floor pop anthems: glossy, throbbing disco sequences, and icy robotic vocals never sounded quite like this before, somehow foreign, yet irresitible, electropop perfection. But Mitgang also delivers surreal idm vocoder arias, introspective ambient composition, and Vince Clarke-ian disco. A great debut for all fans of melodic modern electro. 10 track full length cd and 6 track vinyl sampler ep.

2nd Gen - Flicknives

New album, following well-received releases on Novamute, from the Fun-Da-Mental bass player and noisemaker 2nd Gen. Critical acclaim for his work has sprung from many diverse sources, likely to be furthered with the release of this latest amalgamation of techno, hip hop and rock with a driving industrial noise mentality. 2nd gen's project is a distillation of genres, intertwining and contorting sound to serve his will. a constant challenge, for both creator and listener... what are we if we don't take risks?

Fanny - Revelry and decadence as the right of slaves

Dedicated to the spirit of oppressed unmoneyed people the world over since the invention of currency. Fraser Runciman (a.k.a. Fanny) has struck again with his second cd. 'Revelry and Decadence...' features all new material - another attack of ultra-fast break beat clashes mixed with odd samples and grinding bass power. Fanny's "take it or leave it" attitude is also visualized - if you can stand the inside cover then you won't have any problem with the sound. This record at the right volume feels like a kenworth truck running through your wide open mouth into your throat glory!!

Matmos - The West

Forget the rest, this is the definitive Matmos album, once again brought to fresh ears with a much-needed repress. The original version appeared on the Western Vinyl imprint and was available as a deadly limited vinyl-only run that disappeared within weeks. The CD edition features a bonus track and includes the likes of Dave Pajo, Jay Lesser and Steve Goodfriend lending a hand to the mid-western feel of the remarkable proceedings within. An absolute perfect gem of a record - those of you new to it will have just scored a find. Ace.

Two Lone Swordsmen - Peppered With Spastic Magic
Rotters Golf Club

The Two Lone Swordsmen have peppered spastic magic over a vast army of characters : Spiritualised, Death In Vegas, Paul Weller, Beth Orton, Primal Scream, Stereo Mc's, Texas, Luke Slater and many more, more than was realised in fact until a session in the Golf Club vaults. Blowing the dust off of some old chestnuts whilst getting a wedding reception together Mr Weatherall began to put aside an ever growing pile of Swordsmen remix vinyl. Over the following days the tracks were compiled onto CDs. After stringent road testing the first of these compilations is ready for release. And here it is....Check!!

Via Tania - Boltanski EP
Chocolate Industries

New on Chocolate Industries. Following up this year's impressive `Under a Different Sky' LP, Tania & company return with a new batch of genre-blurring treats. `Boltanski' is one of the album's highlights, produced by Casey Rice with John Herndon (Tortoise) on drums and Douglas Mccombs on Dobro. New tracks `march' and `dark music for dark times' are also produced by Casey rice, and finally there is an unbalancing remix of 'in the deep' retitled `on sawyer' by A Grape Dope (aka John Herndon). Limited vinyl version in clear pvc jacket.

Vitaminsforyou - I'm sorry for ever and for always

After the storming Ghislain Poirier a couple of weeks back, Mitchell Akiyama's ever excellent Montreal label returns. Vitaminsforyou stepped out of the Canadian prairies and into our hearts. Melodies lodged inside our heads for days, stopover style or was it perhaps the shy, enveloped voice? Crispy, sizzle beats mesh in trademark label style with rock-a-bye acoustic guitar bits. Comparisons to Telefon Tel-Aviv, Four Tet or The Notwist may prove spurious or wide of the mark, but these homespun tales of the mid north culminate in a marvellous sixteen minute escapade blending all the best elements of this charming piece. So let us say that Vitaminsforyou's debut is the kind of record you should play for the special someone you're trying to woo, for your parents when they're mad at you, or perhaps just for yourself. Quietly and at peace. Brilliant.

Jeff Parker / Kevin Drumm / Michael Zerang - Out Trios 2

The second installment in Atavistic's Out Trios series features three highly regarded Chicago-based artists: guitarist Jeff Parker (Tortoise / Isotope), electronics savant Kevin Drumm (drag city solo / vandermark territory band) and Chicago free jazz titan Michael Zerang (solistice w/hamid drake). Check.

DJ Vadim - Stereo Pictures Volume 3
MK2 Music

Vadim the workaholic, not content with re-shaping and shaking up UK Hip Hop drops a mix cd of superior taste and choice cuts, From the UK Hip Hop of Dark Circle and Blu Rum 13, to the excellent jungle of Photek's classic Ni Ten Ichi Ryu (The Two Sword Technique), a dash of Vadim feat Skinny Man, a bit of Mr Scruff, The Breaks by DJ Food, then to Prefuse 73, 4 Hero and Jill Scott, and the awesome first DJ Shadow cut `Zimbabwe Legit'. Smooth cuts, a class choice and the weighty influence of the man like Vadim makes this essential.

Bluebird - Sloppy Doctor

Third release on the halifax, nova scotia label that was also behind buck65's `synaesthesia' and stigg of the dump's self-titled EP. Bluebird's conversational honesty covers subjects like personal relationships, politics, materialsim and the decay of society's standards, with a sarcastic / sardonic slant that deconstructs as much as it attacks. This Florida MC has toured the USA and Europe extensively, playing dive venues and toilets, developing a narrative intensity and clarity of perspective to match the likes of Sage Francis, Buck65, Dose One, Aesop Rock and Josh Martinez. Sole puts in a guest appearance on `another super mario cart brothers drive by'. 20 tracks ranging in styles from rhyming to spoken word and even a little singing, with 10 different producers (including alias of anticon) adding to the diverse appeal of this great debut.

Diverse - One A.M.
Chocolate Industries

Lip-lickingly-awaited debut from Diverse, one of the sure shots of this year, with production from Madlib, Prefuse-73, and RJD2, guests Vast Aire, Jean Grae, Lyrics Born, Jeff Parker of Tortoise, and Chicago jazz stalwart Rob Mazurek, and a rare vocal cameo by Prefuse-73!! Dropping like a late-night wake-up call, `One A.M.' walks the line of black psych, hip-hop and tru school b-boying, and is quite simply something you have never heard before. An album that fuses amazing talents, perspectives and energies, with next level results. Brilliant.

Dm & Jemini - Twenty Six Inch

After the massive critical acclaim and the hooplah, Dangermouse and Jemini return with this ace 5-tracker, featuring : What U Sittin' On 26" Remix, starring Cee Lo & Tha Alkaholiks, Ghetto Pop Life remix, starring Sadat X, The Sh*t, Ghetto Pop Life II, Omega Supreme DM remix and Live on Both Sides. The falvour retains that distinct old skool vibe that has made these guys so indispensable, while the cinematic echo drenches proceedings with a mellower aroma, as showcased on the awesome "Ghetto Pop Life II mix'. "Live on Both Sides" ends things off with another anti-Bush tirade, bringing us full-circle and in sync with the album. Ace.

Mf Doom - Special Herbs Volumes 4, 5, 6
Metal Face

Ooooh yes baby, this is the one!! Mr doom is on a role, and here's a bit of a gem stored up for ya's :a cd and double vinyl edition of the 4th, 5th and 6th volumes in the mighty, super-heavyweight instrumental Special Herbs series. This is the dopest sh*t - including heavyweight vocal-free herbal jams like : Blood Root, Star Anis, Lemon Grass, Four Thieves Vinegar, Galangal Root, Spikenard, Cinquefoil, Hyssop, Pennyroyal, Lavender Buds, White Willow Bark, Orange Blossoms, Coffin Nails, Kava Kava Root and loads more - taken from the King Geedrah, Viktor Vaughn and assorted released and unreleased Doom archives. Awesome. You know how rare these get - snap `em up!!

Philosophy Major - Hypnerotomachia

Produced with Prince Charming, `hypnerotomachia' ("hypn-eroto-mak-ia") is philosophy major's answer to the subtly warped mirrors of prefabricated romance and politically-mandated homicide. Building upon a solid foundation of dub groove-science, weaving samples culled from 78s and archival wax cylinders with some of the heaviest drum-machine mayhem since big black's `earth, atomizer...' and punctuated throughout with analog explosions of pure, sorcerous sound. Check.

Rob Swift - Who Sampled This?
Day By Day

Latest installment in the Rob Swift cd series, the bulk revolving around his renowned taste in rare grooves, with mini turntable sessions under such self-evident titles as `2 minutes of soul', `shady beats', `some laid back cool sh*t' and `rob swift meets charlie parker'. Also includes exerpts from his spot on the halftime radio show with host Eclipse, with some cuts from his `sound event' album and a scratch routine performed live on air. Guest DJ Precision makes an appearance flexing his beat juggling skills, and finally Swift throws in a previously unreleased joint with rappers Eddegnz & Gudtyme.

Can - DVD

The Can saga continues with the 35th anniversary of the founding of the group, marked by the release of the Can DVD. Containing access to everything you could ever want to know about CAN with rare insights into the personalities and methodology of the groundbreaking and legendary German band : Can Documentary, Can Free Concert, Can Notes, Can Solo Recordings, New 5.1 Mixes of Classic Can Tracks, + Many Extra Features. Extra features on this release are: Four new remixes in 5.1 Surround Sound - 'Half Past One' by Irmin Schmidt, 'Below This Level' by Jaki Liebezeit and 'Get The Can' and 'Smoke' by Holger Czukay + filmed studio footage of the remix process. A short film made by Brian Eno to mark CAN's Echo Lifetime Achievement Award and footage from the Echo Awards ceremony itself including Herbert Groenemeyer's introductory speech and award presentation by The Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Extensive photo gallery and a complete discography with tracklistings and release dates and a weblink to an exclusive Can site where photos and interviews can be downloaded and printed out. The classic CAN DOCUMENTARY by Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher of Austrian program-maker DoRo Productions, covers the entire history of the band including classic and rarely seen TV performances. The film, CAN FREE CONCERT, filmed by Robbie M�ller and directed by Peter Przygodda is the film of a show which took place in front of 10,000 spectators in Cologne in 1972. The film was previously included alongside the CAN DOCUMENTARY in the longtime deleted CAN BOX 30th Anniversary VHS Limited Edition. CAN NOTES is a new film compiled by Peter Przygodda, who edited most of Wim Wenders' films. CAN NOTES uses intimate, `behind the scenes' footage including images from the CAN Solo Projects Tour, taken by group manager Hildegard Schmidt from 1997 onwards. The audio CD is 13-tracks of CAN Solo Recordings. 3 tracks from Irmin Schmidt & Kumo's Masters of Confusion, one from the Jaki Liebezeit & Burnt Friedman album Secret Rhythms plus two from Liebezeit's Drums Off Chaos project as well as four exclusive tracks from Holger Czukay and three live recordings of Michael Karoli's Sofortkontakt!

Charalimbides - Unknown Spin

First proper release for this highly sought after self-released album which was previously available on CD-R only. Charalambides are among the most beautiful and mysterious groups to have emerged from the American desert. Formed in 1991 in Houston, Texas, they have created a glowing template of humanist/mystical improvisation that had kneaded brain muscles from here to Kokomo". (Byron Coley/ The Wire). Five tracks of subtle droining electric guitars, pedal steel guitar and haunting wordless female vocals. Recommended.

Lawrence - The Absence Of Blight

The central figure in the Hamburg house label, Lawrence returns to homebase for this, his second full length offering in as many years. The blend is a scenic, forgiving journey, decently paced melodic house, clipped minimal beats and a commitment to rounded listening as well as grooving. Fuller than the last full length split for Ladomat, there's also an easier feel and a shade less melancholy. Friendly club joints for happier times.

Various / Brinkmann / Voigt - Unter Dem Pflaster

Possibly the most unpronouncable label out of germany, Scheinselbstandig, offer a convenient new double pack and cd, featuring moonlighting spots from Thomas Brinkmann, Reinhard Voigt, Brant and Matthias Schaffhauser, and unknown wonders and rave busters from Tommy, Carlo Peters, Polaroy, Slaves Of The Strandbox, Pal, Christian S. getting down and dirty with Stevie Wonder, and the dubiously named Lol-lee and Bum Khun Cha Youth. Only in germany.

The Innocence Mission - Befriended

The Innocence Mission have released five critically acclaimed albums. Their new album `Befriended' is a haunting collection of 10 songs that features the interplay of gorgeously warm and shimmering electric guitars and folk-inspired acoustic guitar with transcendently lovely vocals and moving lyrics. �On `Befriended', the influences of folk-legends like Simon and Garfunkel and Fairport Convention are evident, yet The Innocence Mission carve out a sound, at once melancholic and joyful, that is all their own. �In describing The Innocence Mission of recent years one writer suggested that we "think of an American Astrud Gilberto making a record with Buffalo Springfield". Their sound is somewhat unique to them and yet comfortingly familiar. Recommended.

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Rolling Stone - The 500 Greatest Albums of Alltime

Nate @ Hipster Detritus analyses the Rolling Stone published poll: The 500 Greatest Albums of Alltime - that is heavily overloaded with the now familiar releases between 1965-1975.

Start of >>> The List

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Friday, November 21, 2003


BBC Collective have an article on the future of independent labels.

I am shocked the article doesn't mention the 2 web collectives/ portals for independent labels that have emerged in recent years in the UK:

PostEverything and Sonomu

This business model centralizes PR, web marketing and sales via e-commerce for a number of members [record labels] of these collectives - that is in addition to, and compliments the traditional sales method such as independent distributors >> retail shops.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:08 PM

This week's Jazz on 3 on Radio 3 features E.S.T. Live at the London Jazz Festival

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BBC Collective review The F**king Champs - Greatest Hits

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Next week's releases are reviewed @ Norman Records

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Dusted review Ein�ma - Milli T�nverka

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Stylus review U.S. Maple - Purple on Time

# posted by DJ Martian 1:14 PM

BuzzToolBox is where you will find this useful Google related search tool: GooFresh

Google offers a date-based syntax, but you can only access it via the advanced search, which limits your time options, or the daterange: syntax, which uses Julian dates and is a bit difficult to use. Goofresh is a way to search for sites added today, yesterday, within the last seven days, or last 30 days.

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Splendid review Grails - The Burden of Hope

The Burden of Hope is the debut album from this geographically disparate group of musicians, who call San Francisco-based Neurot Recordings "home". Don't let their label's reputation confuse you: Grails is closer to the instrumental rock of Montreal-based Constellation Records or the flagship Quarterstick bands than the alt-industrial sound of Neurosis.

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Thursday, November 20, 2003


Leonard's Lair review Immense - Hidden Between Sleeves

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Another poor week @ Later...with Jools Holland .....the people that put these programmes together are clueless.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:18 PM

Reminder of this week's Mixing It show on Radio 3

21st November 2003
Mark Russell and Robert Sandall present a performance
from the London Jazz Festival by the Matthew Herbert Big
Band, which brings together live electronics and orchestral
jazz, with arrangements by Pete Wraight and vocals by Dani
Siciliano and Jamie Lidell.

>>> Mixing It

# posted by DJ Martian 10:55 PM

Phil Freeman's new music blog

news @ rockcriticsdaily The bad news is that Phil Freeman's Mostly Weird blog is down. Gone. Kaput.

However a new blog has started @ lowercaseblog

# posted by DJ Martian 10:34 PM

TTR... The Tune Review

[via the tech-house list] News of a new magazine covering tech-house and techno:

A new Dance Music Magazine is hitting the UK streets in January with
the sole purpose of reviewing new tracks.

Its called TTR (The Tune Review) and will be a monthly A5 freebie
with initial distribution of 10,000 copies to be available at all UK
record shops - as well as a website with lo-fi sound clips for all
tracks reviewed and links to record shops for purchase.

I will be soley responsible for compiling the reviews for tech house
and techno.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:27 PM

Jockey Slut: Top 10 Albums of 2003

Hardly comprehensive in scope, by only covering 10 choices - these were the top albums of 2003 as voted by the Jockey Slut staff and contributors.

1. Dizzee Rascal - Boy In Da Corner (XL)
2. The Rapture - Echoes (Vertigo)
3. Outkast - Speakerboxx/ The Love Below (BMG)
4. Four Tet - Rounds (Domino)
5. Richard X - Presents His X Factor Volume 1 (Virgin)
6. The Soulsavers - Tough Guys Don't Dance (San Quentin/ Heavenly)
7. Ulrich Schnauss - A Strangely Isolated Place (City Centre Offices)
8. Prefuse 73 - One Word Extinguisher (Warp)
9. Dave Clarke - Devils Advocate (Skint)
10. The Psychonauts - Songs for Creatures (International DeeJay Gigolos)

# posted by DJ Martian 10:24 PM

BlogRunner >>> Another useful blog/ news search tool: BlogRunner

What is BlogRunner
BLOGRUNNER is a portal for blog content. The site features an index of weblog entries from across the web. These entries are grouped together according to interest topics and news stories. BLOGRUNNER makes it easier to track stories and conversation threads that develop across blogspace. BLOGRUNNER also highlights the interdependency of mainstream media with the blogosphere by closely integrating weblog entries with the stories they track from traditional media.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:14 PM

MSN Newsbot: testing in beta

Microsoft have launched an automated news aggregator service to rival Google News in the UK: MSN Newsbot >> Zdnet have more info: Microsoft tests Web news service

This could be useful as a secondary source to research the latest news, including music news.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:00 PM

Playlouder review Minotaur Shock - Rinse

# posted by DJ Martian 5:29 PM

New December issue of The Wire is on sale today: Raster-Noton collective are on the front cover.

IN THE MAGAZINE: DECEMBER ISSUE [info from The Wire newsletter e-mail]

On The Cover: Raster Noton: Sound sculptor and electro-minimalist Carsten
tells Ben Borthwick about the art of number crunching.

Also featured:
Will Oldham's Invisible Jukebox; Wolf Eyes; Z'ev, Luigi Russolo; 'Blue' Gene Tyranny; Busdriver; Larsen; Ergo Phizmiz and more.

AGF, Jon Appleton, Tetuzi Akiyama, Akiyama/Francis/Kneale/Neville/Watkins,
Birchville Cat Motel & Bruce Russell, The Books, Buck 65, Harold Budd,
Charalambides, Devorah Day, Jad Fair & Bill Wells, The Fall, JB Floyd, Jonny
Greenwood, Guilty Connector Und Tabata, Lou Harrison, Kronos Quartet, Maher
Shalal Hash Baz, Ilhan Mimaroglu & Freddie Hubbard, Hans Joachim Irmler, I
Treni Inerti, Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, Khanate, Movietone, Nettle,
Nurse With Wound, Anthony Pateras & Robin Fox, Pei, Pluramon, Luctor Ponse,
Steve Roden, Steve Roden/Tu M', Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Martin
Siewert & Martin Brandlmayr, Gary Smith, Snawklor, Stars As Eyes, Cecil
Taylor, Tenjo Sajiki, Totonho & Os Cabra, Various: Amplify 2002: Balance,
Bill Wells Big Band, Bill Wells Octet, Robert Wyatt, Daijun Yao, Otomo
Yoshihide, Carlos Zingaro & Voicecrack and many more


Most - Most Most (P-Vine)
Trapist - Ballroom (Thrill Jockey)
Dean Roberts - Be Mine Tonight (Kranky)
Golden Cups - Album Vol 2 (Toshiba/EMI)
OOIOO - Kila Kile Kila (Thrill Jockey)
Mars - Complete Studio Recordings NYC 1977-1978 (G3G/Spooky Sound)
Negativland/Shame 69 - No Business 7" (Putout Recordings)
Various - Berlin Strings (Absinth)
Hans Joachim Irmler - Lifelike (Staubgold)
Movietone - The Sands And The Stars (Domino)

# posted by DJ Martian 5:06 PM

This week's One World show on Radio 1 features: One World: Richy Pitch & Sidewinder, Chris Tubbs, Reel People

>>> One World

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New December/ January issue of Jockey Slut is in the shops today - Dizzee Rascal is on the front cover.

Jockey Slut: Album of the month is MIDWEST PRODUCT - WORLD SERIES OF LOVE on Ghostly International.

Details of the issue from Jockey Slut e-mail newsletter:

This year he's released Jockey Slut's album of the year and beaten The Darkness to The Mercury Music Prize. On the set of 'Later With Jools Holland', we meet Dizzee Rascal.

Our charts of the year! Remember the people, tunes and movements to believe in. Some predictable, others less so.

An Audience With... Matthew Herbert. "Nowadays, I'm not just interested in using the sound of a car passing, I want it to be Tony Blair's or Michael Jackson's car, or Barry White's hearse."

The Scissor Sisters look and sound like no one else on earth. Jockey Slut welcomes the return of '80s-style flamboyance.

Is 'Danger! High Voltage' the new 'Let's Do The Timewarp'? Are !!! Big Country in disguise? Felix Buxton, Jo Jo de Freq, Kieran Hebden and Erol Alkan debate 2003's top singles.

Eleven ditties from Heaven...

John Matthias, John Cale, Phi-Life Cypher, Diverse, Jersey Street Allstars, Midwest Product, Francisco, Vector Lovers, Mysterymen, Richard Davis, Truby Trio.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:25 PM is to launch Sackbut Blues

In the next few weeks, is to launch Sackbut Blues, a sub-site devoted to interviews, views and reviews from the world of marginal, experimental and underground music.

Like the somehow sentient hand of a murderer that's been sewn onto the body of a priest, Sackbut Blues is part of Posteverything, and yet independent from it. It will cover everything that's fab and gear, whether it's made on a laptop or a banjo, and give a platform to artists usually condemned to either media indifference or dry treatises in jazz/improv magazines. It's like The Wire with jokes; the NME with content. It's Sackbut Blues, and you'll be feeling it in your soul very soon.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:48 AM

Blabbermouth report ANAAL NATHRAKH Record 'Peel Session'

British black metal act ANAAL NATHRAKH have recorded a session for BBC Radio 1's "John Peel" show. The session is due to be broadcast on December 16.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:35 AM

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

This week's front cover choice is Twine, their self titled album on Ghostly International will finally will be available in the UK on December 1st.

Press release on: Forced Exposure

Friends talk about nothing over the phone; a gentle guitar strum mutates into a gauzy substance; a swell of sub-bass and firework crackling ensues. Fuzzed-out scanners capture distant conversations, and otherworldly voices emerge through the noise, haunting like a recurring dream.
Twine's self-titled album, their debut release for Ann Arbor's Ghostly International, is a record about the difficulties of 21st-century communication and the universal threads that unite the physical and immaterial worlds. The experience of Twine is the static on telephone lines, the nighttime whispers, the sounds of the aether; a record of dizzying percussive glitch, eerie textures and vocals grated into a dense fog, a collective but coded dialogue.
Cleveland, Ohio's Greg Malcolm and Boulder, Colorado's Chad Mossholder comprise a unique musical entity. Twine is the culmination of their extended history, which includes their acclaimed 2002 LP Recorder for France's Bip-Hop and their distinguished catalogue for Chicago's Hefty Records and Sweden's Komplott. Their self-titled LP contains a mysterious and unresolved quality, the result of the musical relationship which the group's two main practitioners share. Making music together from across the country, their collaborations are exercises in postmodern abstraction. Songs become experimentations in the virtual realm, with files bounced back and forth across time zone and singular ideas becoming collaborative.
As much a noisy, ambient experience as any heard today, from Fennesz's Endless Summer to Black Dice's Beaches and Canyons, Twine also draws influence from the free-floating, sand-blasted vocals of Cocteau Twins. This is a story of the fuzzy lines that connect and distance humanity, and the spiritual in-between that emerges in the nighttime hours."

Some reviews of the new album: & Pitchfork & Absorb & Stylus

# posted by DJ Martian 12:17 AM

Wednesday, November 19, 2003


New Tyrant compilation and Fabric 2004 Schedule

Xpander report Fabric have just announced the release of a new Tyrant compilation due out in March 2004, mixed by Craig Richards.

Craig's taste for often undiscovered, experimental but refreshing music this 2CD release promises an impressive selection once again. Craig told us:

"It'll be a groovy electronic journey into the trippy and unknown. This is a supreme opportunity to record the sound of Tyrant; the album will represent the variety of music within my sets and also the sounds of the artists that play at Tyrant."

>>> Fabric compilations planned for 2004

Fabric are planning ahead for the new year with upcoming compilations from the likes of: Adam Freeland, Stacey Pullen, Eddie Richards, Aim, Akufen, DJ Spinbad, Nitin Sawhney, Peshay and of course the new Tyrant by Fabric resident Craig Richards

# posted by DJ Martian 11:14 PM

BBC Music review Icelandic dark IDM music on Ein�ma - Milli Tonverka

# posted by DJ Martian 6:05 PM

Rob Young praises the free spirit of the music blogosphere in an article in today's: The Guardian

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Stylus review the germanic minimal house/ techno sounds of Lawrence - The Absence of Blight

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Einst�rzende Neubauten - Perpetuum Mobil is a new double album set for release on Mute in February 2004, as mentioned on Brainwashed Releases

This goes back on EN policy of self release only material, as to tour and promote the album internationally, a decision was taken to re-sign with Mute.

More info on this LiveJournal website: about Einst�rzende Neubauten - Perpetuum Mobil

In order to maintain a kind of web only release, the band recorded more material in the past twelve months and split the material up between the official "Perpetuum Mobil" CD release and the web only available "Perpetuum Mobil" release which holds only a 30% overlap with the official release.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:03 AM

The Return of electro hip-hoppers Clouddead

The next Clouddead album: Ten will be released on March 8th, according to the listings @ Brainwashed Releases

# posted by DJ Martian 12:46 AM

Kate Bush: News Update

The latest news concerning the recording of the forthcoming Kate Bush album, includes collaborations on tracks with classical musicians

Known contributors to the new album include Mick Karn (he says he played bass on a track called 'How To Be Invisible'), Stuart Elliott and jazz percussionist Peter Erskine. Michael Kamen has written the string arrangements for two tracks which will appear on the new album - she recorded with him and the London Metropolitan Orchestra at Abbey Road on the 11th October. Classical musicians Emma Murphy and Susanna Pell have also recorded for the album. Del Palmer is said to be engineering.

Meanwhile, Peter Fitzgerald Morris of HomeGround magazine [a dedicated magazine about Kate Bush] suggests a possible Spring 2004 release:

"We had heard a few weeks ago that Kate would be doing her final recording work at Abbey Road, and did hear on the day she went in, but we were not able to break the news at that point. It was one of the reasons that we were still confident that work on the album is coming to an end as we stated in the last issue of HomeGround...a release date in Spring next still seems quite a reasonable target. But we'll see."

Update, I just found out about this shocking news: Michael Kamen who was 55, died of a heart attack - yesterday.

So the recordings for Kate's album last month - were one on the last things Michael did in a studio.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:34 AM

Tuesday, November 18, 2003


Century Media Records Germany announce that atmospheric rockers Flowing Tears will release a new album: Razorbliss due in March 2004 through Century Media Records.

This will be the first album to be recorded with new vocalist Helen Vogt, who replaced Stefanie Duch�ne earlier this year.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:19 PM

Blabbermouth report that Fear Factory are back with a new album: Archetype in April 2004.

It remains to be heard if they can match the incisive classic: Demanufacture

One thing is for sure if the offer up anything ordinary or running on auto-pilot - many fans will shun them - see the Blabbermouth website for comments/ debate.

Official website for Fear Factory

# posted by DJ Martian 10:49 PM

Ex Muzik editor Malik Meer: Appointed NME Features Editor

Ex readers of Muzik magazine note: NME APPOINTS MALIK MEER AS FEATURES EDITOR

So NME has two ex Muzik editors now !

also new deputy editor [Alex Needham] appointed last month NME APPOINTS DEPUTY EDITOR

One can only hope these changes mean a shift in direction from the awful trad rock tripe of NME in 2003 [Retro garage rock, Southern bar boogie, extremo and generic britrock chancers]

# posted by DJ Martian 10:13 PM

Squarepusher - Ultravisitor

Tipped off via Future of Music: According to this message on Warp 2004 releases on

The next Squarepusher album is named: Ultravisitor due February/March.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:17 PM

Playlouder @ ICA: 1st December - 5th December

As announced by Playlouder ICA Details

You will notice some funny scrolly funny things at the side. Rest on them to reveal more!

New promotional website for Playlouder @ ICA

After a top notch, week-long music festival in December 2002, the ICA and Playlouder are hopping back into bed with each other this winter to bring you a hearty second helping of sonic delights. Presenting five nights of eclectic contemporary music acts, from hip hop to folk, and electronica to rock, this year's acts are amongst the most creative and exploratory music makers in their respective fields, pushing their boundaries way beyond the mainstream.

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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Music Discussion: ILM Links: Tag: Music Discussion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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