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Wednesday, March 31, 2004


BW & BK report Metal Blade Sign The Red Chord

The Red Chord are one of the leading new wave of technical noisecore bands to arrive on the music scene this decade post-the-pioneers ala Botch/ Dillinger Escape Plan/ Converge

Context >> Their debut was released in 2002, review by Lambgoat: The Red Chord - Fused Together In Revolving Doors

# posted by DJ Martian 11:58 PM

6 Music select new Head of Programmes

This news some how slipped below my news radar earlier this month: BBC Press Office announce:

Ric Blaxill is to become Head of Programmes, BBC 6 Music.

Ric, currently Group Creative Director at Capital Radio, is to take on the role in the next few months.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:27 PM

Free Kurt's Choice CD with this week's NME

Shock ! an actual interesting freebie CD with NME. This week's NME comes with a CD that reflects Kurt Cobain's favourite artists.

Including tracks by Mudhoney, Rites of Spring, The Melvins, Butthole Surfers, Gang of Four, The Slits and Bad Brains and a few more artists..

>> This week's NME

# posted by DJ Martian 4:14 PM

Pitchfork report on the forthcoming PJ Harvey album

Uh Hu Her is slated for a May 31st release in the UK, with a Stateside street date to follow on June 8th via Island Records.

I found this Pitchork reporting by Ryan Schreiber amusing - on PJ Harvey's tour plans London's Glastonbury - oh dear, - you will find Glastonbury in Somerset - West of England - which is far from London. Someone fetch Ryan Pitchfork a map of the UK.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:54 PM

Madvillain - Madvillainy is currently rated the top album of the year so far @ Metacritic Music

# posted by DJ Martian 3:41 PM

EMI restructuring news announced today: as The Guardian report EMI to cut 1,500 jobs and to axe 20% of their artists.

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The Brainwashed Brain

This week's The Brainwashed Brain [V07I12 - 03282004] includes reviews of:

Guapo - Five Suns

Clouddead - Ten

Skullflower - Exquisite Fucking Boredom

Last week's The Brainwashed Brain [V07I11 - 03212004] includes a review of:

Nels Cline & Devin Sarno - Buried on Bunker Hill
Ground Fault

# posted by DJ Martian 1:23 PM

Pitchfork review Trapist - Ballroom

Thrill Jockey issues this new full-length from the Vienna-based trio Trapist, whose sound owes a debt to both composers like Morton Feldman and latter-day improv acts like The Necks.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:34 PM report Porcupine Tree are back in the studio working on a new album.

Sessions are scheduled to finish by early June, with a worldwide release date planned for September

# posted by DJ Martian 8:14 AM report Massive Attack Showcasing New Material, Summer '04

However we will have to wait till Spring 2005 for the next Massive Attack album.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:59 AM

BW & BK report STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Re-sign With Century Media, Devin Comments - work has commenced on a new album.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:54 AM

Tiny Mix Tapes review The Blithe Sons - Arm of the Starfish

# posted by DJ Martian 7:50 AM review The Waterboys - This Is The Sea (Remastered And Expanded Edition)

# posted by DJ Martian 7:47 AM

This week's John Peel shows are worth noting, I recommend you listen on demand online to last night's show as the 45 minutes Mogwai set was exhilarating.

Tues 30 Mar: ATP Special Part 1

Weds 31 Mar: Erase Errata & Lightning Bolt

Thurs 01 Apr: ATP Special Part 2

# posted by DJ Martian 7:43 AM

Tuesday, March 30, 2004


The Breezeblock Show on Radio 1

The latest Breezeblock show features an ATP special including Mogwai and Trans Am

Coming soon >> Breezeblock

5th April
Generation Dub with MCs
Mugison in session
ATP Preview

12th April
DJ Hell mix

26th April
Mum interview and mix

# posted by DJ Martian 3:47 PM

This week's flavorpill LONDON a weekly email magazine covering music, art, and cultural events

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BBC Music review Charlie Haden/John Taylor - Nightfall

Charlie Haden indulges his passion for duos once more by pairing up with renowned UK pianist John Taylor.

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Album of the Day @ 6 Music is XTC - English Settlement

Review >> XTC - English Settlement

# posted by DJ Martian 1:44 PM

Dusted review The Claudia Quintet - I, Claudia

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Stylus review Superpitcher - Here Comes Love

# posted by DJ Martian 10:47 AM

Brainwashed Releases has been updated.

a listing of recent & upcoming electronic/experimental/etc. releases brought to you by feedback monitor and brainwashed

# posted by DJ Martian 10:32 AM

Monday, March 29, 2004



Key new album releases for March 22nd [A more detailed release listing including other new releases, compilations and reissues - can be found further up this webpage.]

Julian Arguelles - As Above, So Below (Provocateur Records)
Ascoltare - Visceral Vendor (Tripei)
Audiac - Thank You For Not Discussing The Outside World (Klangbas)
Blithe Sons - Arm Of The Starfish (Family Vineyard) [Available At Rough Trade]
Blutengel - Demon Kiss (Out of Line)
Bochum Welt - Kissing A Robot Goodbye (Device)
Buffalo Daughter - Pshychic (V2)
Cocorosie - La Maison De Mon Reve (Touch & Go)
Deaf Center - Neon City (Type) EP
Detwiije - Six Is Better Than Eight (Detwiije)
Die Form - InHuman (Metropolis) [Available at Music Non Stop]
Flowing Tears - Razorbliss (Century Media)
Frog Pocket - Moon Mountain Of The Fords (Benbecula) EP
Ghost - Hypnotic Underworld (Drag City) [Full UK Release, previously an Import]
Mick Karn - More Better Different (Invisible Hands)
John Massoni - Stillborn Dreams (Space Age Recordings)
Mum - Nightly Cares (Fat Cat) 3" CD EP
Ozric Tentacles - Spirals in Hyperspace (Mascot/ Magna Carta Records)
Random Factor - Convergence (2020 Vision)
Elliot Sharp - Do the Don't (Red Flag) [US Release]
Solitary Experiments - Cause And Effect (Out Of Line) EP [Available at Music Non Stop]
The Sonar Yen - Slow Picture (Soviet Union)
Sticks and Stones - Shed Grace (Thrill Jockey)

# posted by DJ Martian 9:24 PM

Great Google Gets Fresh New Look plus 2 New Search Tools

As you have probably noticed today, Google has a revamped interface design, also the computer scientists at Google Labs have been experimenting with some new innovations.

Official Google Press Release: Google Introduces Personalized Search Services; Site Enhancements Emphasize Efficiency

Two new Google search tools @ Google Labs in beta mode where launched today.

>> Google Personalized Web Search Get personalized search results based on your interests

Lets you build up a "profile", [note the music section], the results include a sliding bar that focus in and match your personalised profile.

>> Google Web Alerts Find out about new web pages on a topic of interest

This could be used to monitor new info on record labels, or a specific artist, or even specific album reviews.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:28 PM

Jess Harvell @ NYLPM provides an initial assessment of the forthcoming Beta Band album: Heroes To Zeroes

# posted by DJ Martian 2:39 PM

Playlouder review two albums released today:

>> Adem - Homesongs
>> Blockhead - Music By Cavelight

# posted by DJ Martian 2:34 PM

Useful web search tool: Google - Yahoo Comparison Compare the Search Results [Requires JavaScript]

# posted by DJ Martian 12:55 PM

A comprehensive website for ambient music: Ambient Visions

# posted by DJ Martian 12:51 PM

Thirsty Ear provide info on a forthcoming Spring Heel Jack album:

Spring Heel Jack - The Sweetness of the Water

Release Date: May 18, 2004

Following on an amazingly well received UK tour with several Blue Series all-stars at the start of 2003, Spring Heel Jack headed into the studio to further explore the possibilities of a free-jazz vision that draws on the duo's prior experience producing drum 'n' bass and incorporates electro-acoustic sensibilities as well. 'The Sweetness of the Water' strongly reflects the experience of successfully translating a powerful studio concept into a dynamic live performance. The album is meditative and beautiful, with Wadada Leo Smith's trumpet shimmering throughout. (with Wadada Leo Smith, Evan Parker, John Edwards, and Mark Sanders)

# posted by DJ Martian 11:37 AM

Sunday, March 28, 2004


This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

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

Docnuke.Com (Otto Von Schirach) - Petroleum Peep Show
Rice & Beans

Full-length CD album that brings together Otto Von Schirach's work as the mentally malladjusted and politically determined - returning to terrify the complacent masses and wreak havock with a world already gone totally wrong. The Petroleum Peep Show brings together the Petroleum G-string 7", the Megadebt mini-album and this week's "Petroleum Peep Show" 12", this time round unleashing Otto's most demented, uncompromising and frustrated beats and voice edits to date. Doc.Nuke gives it some distorted human beatbox business, guerillacore mashups and some insanely dense noise cuts, culminating with Otto's legendary re-configuration of the theme tune to "Inspector Gadget" included here for all your messed-up pleasure. The breakcore psychosis stays strong, fusing bass, booty, jungle, and hip-hop to incendiary effect, making for music that should come to be seen as Otto's defining work...Protest and survive! Ace.

Lucien & Luciano - Blind Behaviour

Quite confidently striding past the deluge of style/fashion/zeitgesit hype thrown at him over the last few moths, Lucien Nicolet, aka Luciano, has delivered the first shimmering pop album for the summer to come. Luciano is the missing link between his fellow chillean operators Atom Heart and Ricardo Villalobos - "Blind Behaviour" perfectly realising his aspiration of approaching dance music through a complex, innovative but at all times openly warm and accesable route to perfection. The opening "Alain Brito" is perhaps the most overtly "pop" moment on this incredibly good album - a more disciplined variant on Atom Heart's long-perfected glitch-vocal-pop hybrid that's at once insanely catchy and hard to pin down. Tracks like "La Dance Des Enfants" and the stunning title track "Blind Behaviour" expose the underbelly of Luciano's glamorous weltanschauung, deeply engrossing downbeat explorations of electronic principles within House music structures - something that only Ricardo Villalobos and Claro Intelecto have managed to develop with similar supremacy. Only the over-ambitious collaboration with vocalist Cassy Britton "La Ondita" lets down this otherwise hugely endearing album with its over-produced vocal and meandering melody, but for the rest of this glorious piece of work Lucien Nicolet more than lives up to the hype. Lovely.

The Remote Viewer - You're Going To Love Our Defeatist Attitude
City Centre Offices

Somewhere in the Greater Manchester Area, on an average street, in an average attic of an average house, every now and again, time stands still. This is when Andrew Johnson and Craig Tattersal (former members of Hood) sit down and switch on their machines and gently assemble a delicate structure of electronic fragments with a myriad selection of home crafted acoustic instruments and toys. They invite their friend Nicola Hodgkinson (Empress, Hood) to whisper her song and from time to time sing with the most angelic, other-worldy accompaniment you can imagine. For their first release since their amazing album "Here I Go Again On My Own" for CCO a couple of years back, Andrew and Craig dig deeper, haunt some friendly ghosts in detuned pianos, introduce a vocoder to the band, polish their little rhythms and make them shine even brighter. Titled with typical irony "You're going to love our defeatist attitude" finds a hugely moving, organic, delicate point of eqilibrium between traditional songwriting and electronic innovation that have made the hairs on the back of our neck stand on end since the first time we heard these six life-affirming pieces of timeless music. If you're into the music of To Rococo Rot, Mum, Talk Talk or Hood, Make sure you check this out without further delay. Sublime music.

King Tubby - Dub Mix Up
Jamaican Recordings

Subtitled "Rare Dubs 1975-79" - this is the long awaited follow up to Jamaican Recordings 2001 compilation "Lost Treasures". Comprising of Tappa Zukie produced tunes dubbed either at King Tubbys or indeed by the King himself. Expect to hear rare, versions of Knowledge tracks "Population". "Words Sounds and Power", Prince Alla's "Slavemaster". Junior Ross and The Spears "You Can't Run". "Judgement Time", Alton Ellis's "Ain't That Loving You". Ronnie Davis's "No Weak Heart" and also a reworking of the "Shank I Sheck" rhythm. 12 track 180 gram vinyl LP and 14 track CD

Accelera Deck - Sunstrings EP

Accelera Deck (aka chris jeely) delivers this 30 minute EP of maximalist/minimalist guitar feedback sonorities. In much the same way a split speaker created a fascinating "new" guitar sound, jeely's digitally clipped guitar ponderings lend a unique character to his playing. At times the guitar oscillates freely, notes are bent and shaken, new clusters emerge, loops spiral out of control, and feedback overwhelms. file under: beautiful noise.

Funkstorung - Disconnected

Incredibly messy new album from Michael Fackesch and Chris De Luca, making that `difficult' transition to more adult-orientated acoustic electronica. It's a sanitised, sterile version of what fat studio executives imagine leftfield music must sound like. Vocal contributions come from Lamb's Louise Rhodes, Tes and some newcommers who give it their best shot, but the over-production and lack of new ideas is somehow hugely irritating and present throughout each of the 14 tracks on offer. The album veers from re-configuerd digi-hiphopisms, to "mature" and endlessly pretentious downtempo studio pieces giving it the acoustic treatment with all the raw emotion and integrity you could expect from someone like Seal or the aforementioned Finley Quaye. The cd comes with a glossy postcard for each of the tracks on board, shame that the extravagence didn't stretch to accommodate some new ideas or a desire to take music further out and into new terrain. "Disconnected" is the perfect album to grow old to, thrusting you into middle age with the safety of dull, famililiar surroundings while giving you the feeling that you're still somehow in the know. Excellent artwork though.

Horsepower Productions - To The Rescue

More dope dubstep action - Horsepower Productions finally dropping their debut album with a mixed bag of futuristic UK beats and bassline fusions. Spreading their wings and throwing everything from piano's to brass instruments onto the 2-step/underground cuts that they have perfected over time gives Horsepower a production edge. Check the killer vibes of `Synbad' with its eastern samples taking Timbaland for a ride into proper world grooves, or the heavy and clever break sampling of `Voodoo Spell' which takes the beats a little rougher with its low end sub bass rippling the woofers. Also the 8-bit vibe of `Galaxian' rides roughshod on the deck, and conjures up images relevant to the title. All in all a nice selection from HP, an album of dirty, bass-driven underground music, check.

Operator - Os 1.1

New from Benbecula! After making his debut on the compilation "Alba Absurdia", Operator continued to record electro-caustic musings and dance floor subversions for his first EP, "OS1.1". Here are the results - Operator's unique production techniques reveal themselves to be most eclectic and contemporary, managing to be both muso and funky at the same time. From the crackle of 'Streetlight Constellation' you could be in Keith Whitman / Fennesz guitar processing territory. 'Closed Circle' whops down a massive bassline on the table, then carves it up. 'Tisch' toys with detuned elements of the Boards/Christ axis, but adds a louche funkiness which goes down very well indeed. 'Das Boggon' broods a little more, but the clay pot percussive resonance translates well to an electronic context. 'For a whale' takes us someplace with Jonah we'd perhaps rather not have gone - detuned, inside the belly of the beast, this track appears to relish the claustrophobia of its sound. 'I want to go to host' departs radically on a twelve minute conclusion, with guitar and eccentric percussion. Individual and different, enter the world of Operator for a while, you should find something you like.

Stafrann Hakon - Astandi Rjupunnar

Much anticipated and really rather gorgeous second UK release from Stafrann Hakon, following the success of "Skvettir Edik A Ref" released last year . Though this is his second UK full-length, "I Astandi Rjpunnar" was actually recorded and self-released in Iceland before "Skvettir...", so this was originally his debut album. Musically, the two albums inhabit the same territory - glacial, widescreen post-rock soundscapes, at once emotive, engaging and affecting - but if anything the music herein is more organic and mellow than on "Skvettir Edik A Ref". An infusion of drifting acoustic instrumentation and electronic underlays, Stafrann's epic glides through textures and soundscaping emerge through hugely widescreen cinemascope and an emotive understanding that fans of Sigur Ros and Mogwai's recent work will adore. Highly Recommended.

Syndrone - Salmataxia

Merck's 25th CD release is the second album by their first ever artist, Syndrone, also sometimes known as Machine Drum. Developing an ice-cold digital arrangement of chopped-up percussion and myriad beat intricacies, Syndrone recalls the work of Lexaunculpt at his most programmed, and autechre at their most syncopated. While the stylistic quirks and mannerisms of his early material remains, the nearly-expired sounds of `triskaideka' have been traded in for much more uncompromising tendancies, while melodic structure and progressive complexity of arrangement make themselves felt throughout. Another fine release on Merck - in lovely cartridge-esque cd packaging

Throbbing Gristle / Carl Craig / Various - Mutant Throbbing Gristle

At last, I've been waiting for this LP to drop since the Twist compilation came out around 5 years ago. That was a Chris and Cosey remix LP, this one goes to the mainstay of their fame and to Throbbing Gristle's back catalogue. Featuring Genesis P Orridge, Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti, Throbbing Gristle ripped the rulebook up back in the day, and have influenced many of todays producers, mainly with their `Hot On The Heels Of Love' track, which gets the main treatment on this doublepack. First up man of the moment Carl Craig gets his priceless fingers on the track and delivers a stripped and clean re-version of the classic, nice bright synths and solid clean drums make for a different Craig workout. Also Two Lone Swordsmen get their electro machines out for a vocal and instrumental mix of `United','s Motor pull off the best mix with a dark and deep electronic groove and superb minimalism that takes the track to another level. Chris and Cosey's own version makes for top dancefloor action with its pounding drums and reversed bass notes. Quite varied stuff from Novamute, albeit a little short for an album, check.

Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake - Back Together Again
Thrill Jockey

Stunning new double cd on Thrill Jockey pairing up Fred Anderson with legendary Percussionist Hamid Drake. Sometimes the most obvious projects - the ones that are sure to work - are the ones that keep getting put off. Worst case scenario: they never happen. The notion of recording tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson and drummer Hamid Drake as a duo is something that has been kicked around for years, simply because they play so beautifully together. And of course they've recorded together many times, particularly in recent years, releasing CDs on Okka Disk, Eremite, Delmark, and elsewhere, but always in the company of others. The Anderson-Drake relationship always provides a nucleus for those ensembles. Here, then, for the first time, are Fred Anderson and Hamid Drake: pure, unadulterated nucleus."Back Together Aagin" is a totally mesmerising collage of Hamid Drake's incredibly textured percussion and Anderson soul-searching Saxophone playing, a developed, entrancing interpretation of traditional instrumentation within open-ended extremes of performance possibilities. Amazing.

Robert Lippok / Ronald Lippok / Errorsmith / Various - Weltecho
Raster Noton

Back in stock. CD1: Robert and Ronald Lippok, William Basinski. CD2: Lumen, Errorsmith. "The artistic emancipation of noise in the sense of organised sound effects was achieved as early as 1913. At least since the technological development of sampling once can not think of popular music without the notion of organised noise. 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. Recommended.

Konk - The Sound Of Konk
Soul Jazz

Soul Jazz now mining deep into the New York underground, Konk were a little known delight orbiting in the free jazz and no wave scenes - picking up on distinctly new yoik tastes such as afrobeat and classic funk, the band came up with a distinctive sound which proved prescient of many later developments. Think of a less self conscious A Certain Ratio line up, with more fluid, proficient percussive elements and you're most of the way there. Co-opting early members of Basquiat's Gray, even Sonic Youth - the band proved foresighted again in putting bonus beats on their twelves, primarily for deejays to knock about with the percussive elements, acapella features and deep bass frequencies. Soul Jazz have done the right thing again including these DJ mixer elements as well as all the big tunes, 'Love Attack', 'Konk Party' and a couple of wicked versions of 'Baby Dee'. Larry Levan loved them and so should you.

Blockhead - Music By Cavelight
Ninja Tune

The good lord Ninja has made some spot on A&R decisions over the last six months = Sixtoo, Diplo & now Blockhead. That takes some doing and a fresh pair or ears if you ask me. Blockhead's best known to the b-boys (& b-girls :) as THE producer for the man Aesop Rock, esp on his classic 'Float' and 'Labor Days' long players - 'Bazooka Tooth's failing's, though few, rest mostly on the fact that Blockhead took a back seat on that album. Anyway, onto his Ninja debut - as expected not a full hip hop odyssey but a deviously dope excursion into loosely based hip hop instrumentalism. Far from abstract, if Aesop was to rap to this it would be a new thing to perplex and delight. 12 tracks is the ticket, featuring a hardcore library of samples (mosty from dusty vinyl of which Mr Simon boasts of paying no more than $5 a pop for) and killer beats and textures. Guest turnable movements are performed by Omega One while on several other tracks live guitar and bass are utilised though such is the originality of the samples used it's hard to tell them apart - which is a good thing. Though hardly awash with originality this is a rock solid downtempo beats affair that'll will have a much longer shelf life than most downtempo dross we have to check these days. So yet another feather in Ninja Tunes's plushed up cap and a welcome talent showcase for one the most underappreciated hip hop producers operating today . Go treat yourself and add a def twist to your sunday afternoon battery re-charging sessions. These initial limited copies come with a bonus five track (LP/CD) of Block's productions for Aesop in purely instrumental fashion, reason enough to purchase on sight. Sleep ye not!

DJ Signify With Buck 65 And Sage Francis - Sleep No More

1200 Hobos / Anticon founding member DJ Signify finally makes his full-length debut following his recent 7" for Bully and his excellent "Winter's Going" 12" also for lex. Signify has been around for years, but his output has been mostly confined to a series of notorious mixtapes (`Teach The Children' among them) and some dope production work for his fellow 1200 Hobos operators which culminated with his excellent "Mixed Messages" compendium of beats and cuts. His blend of darkly atmospheric textures and soundscaping proudly reaches deep into a myriad of musical traditions, something that's made clear immediately with the opening of the album and a sample of John Cage asking "If God is good, why is there evil in the world?". The album unfolds like a more introverted, introspective DJ Shadow, unafraid to dig into all sorts of beguiling found sounds and unexpected twists. Buck 65 and Sage Francis offer up the rhymes for about half the tracks here, and it's Sage who packs the brightest verbal punch with his hoarse delivery and contemplative tales of woe. DJ Signify is a good addition to the fine Lex roster, fitting in perfectly as atmosphere-maker-in-residence, especially useful for those late late nights spent deep in thought. Mindblowing packaging, Recommended.

Eyedea & Abilities - E & A

New Rhymesayers people!! The second, official Eyedea & Abilities album is with us - boom! Show me a more gifted rapper and deejay duo operating in hip hop today - thought not. This thirteen track album is tune after tune, Atmosphere's recent acceleration has fuelled E&A into making a modern hip hop classic. Both killer tracks from the warmup 12" 'Now' and 'E&A Day' feature, still killing it in my world. New bomb's - 'Kept', funked fast rap with bubbling percussion, wicked lyrics and delivery plus an insane scratch feature - unreal. 'Star Destroyer' brings new Def Jux warrior Carnage to the mic - this cut is on some intergalactic funk tip, slow, low and deadly. 'Paradise' chills it out on a ill mellow modal jazz tip, nu style and none wack. 'One Twenty' updates that classic fun DJ/emcee cut style as first dropped way back in day by Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince. In fact there's not one track anything less than amazing. This is already in my top 3 hip hop albums of the year. Mighty recommendation. Next up, maybe, hopefully, for RS is 'MM Food', nuff!!!!

Madvillain - Madvillainy
Stones Throw / PIAS

This is it, the unbelievably anticipated collaboration between renegade beat/wordsmith MF Doom and the prolific hip hop entity known as Madlib. Featuring fellow luminaries like Quasimoto, Wildchild, and Viktor Vaughn makes the LP already unmissable, and the vibe is spread across 22 separate skits/tracks each produced by one or both heavyweight hip hoppers. Opening the Villainy is `The Illest Villains' a very Doom styled sample skit, lots of TV voiceovers and a superb storyline about Madvillain which is cut and spliced to perfection, similar to King Geedorah's `Monster Zero'. `Accordion' starts the fray proper, an accordion loop drops an almost laxadazical vibe over the beats, while MF styles liquidly over the top, namedropping all from Dastardly and Mutley to Joe Tex, but it's the bass line that holds the key, half way through it subtly arrives and makes the cut complete. Next up head to the first 12" track `America's Most Blunted', without a doubt one of the most perfect titles for self confessed tree smokers Lord Qwas and MF Doom. A classic psyche break with some genius samples lifted from what must be a goldmine Marijuana awareness record make the intro brilliant, but it's the rhymes in this track that make the grade, dope as hell and humorous it's the perfect mixture of bad rhymes and kick ass production, as Doom rhymes with the title: `Tear a Page Out the Good Book, Hear it How you Want it' genius stuff. Also the superb `Raid' has Madlib timestretching a piano loop for Doom to guest with M.E.D. aka Medaphoar, an unforgettable track once it gets in your head, Madlib has the knack of finding those phrases which just stick perfectly, and the MC'S rip the mic up, ace. There are too many tracks to head off on, but rest assured it's a collab between 2 of the finest people in hip hop, with some fly guests, it has all that you expected and more, including the 12" tracks `Money Folder' and `All Caps' and `Curls'. MAD STYLES.

Various / Def Jux - Definitive Jux presents III
Def Jux

Long awaited third label showcase for the Def Jux clan of artists shining their light through your face into an unpredictable hip hop future. This comp is HOTTTTT, first check - new emcee Carnage ripping ala early Canibal Ox, check 'Make News'. Mr.Lif returns and takes off fresh from the 'I Phantom' elpee with his new crew outing 'Medical Aid', bring on Fakts One and Akrobatik - joint. Rob Sonic (Sum) kills at will on 'Dylsexia', deep rude bass warbles, looking forward to the album - bring. Murs goes underground into the grime on 'You're Dead To Me' with Aesop on production adding to the sense of doom. Extra joints come from RJD2, Aesop Rock, Hangar 18, El-P & Camutao and w/ Cage, Despot, S.A. Smash, 4th Pyramid and C-Rays Walz - sixteen tracks in total. Def Jux are back, believe! Big recommendation.

Adem - Homesongs

Domino inevitably sign-up Kieran Hebden's Fridge bandmate Adem, here delivering his hotly tipped debut "Homesongs". Beautifully conceived and executed variations of folkish principles shape this excellent debut, steering clear of the more complex folktronic conceits employed so famously by his curly-haired, gifted compadre. The most striking thing about "Homesongs" is the ageless quality of the songwriting on offer, and the quietly confident fragile vocal delivery that works so well within this context. Largely arranged for acoustic guitars, harmonium and double-bass, the album is full of subtle flourishes like an autoharp twanging to the impact of a pencil, the click of a toy and the lone chiming of a glockenspiel. Its an album that grows with every listen, charming the listener with a myriad subtle production techniques and stylings, ultimately offering backdrop to a series of classic, soothing songs. Highly Recommended.

The Keys - From Tense To Loose To Slack
Too Pure

Blended with the straight out of a spaghetti western jingle-jangle and alt-country of the instrumental sound is frontman's Matth's almost sleazy vocals telling tales of the darker things in life - faded love, resentment, indifference - all building up to their trademark Duane Eddy styled infectious guitar solo mid song. · The B-sides offer a softer side with `I Believe My Eyes Are Over Exposed' a heart wrenchingly simplistic & enveloping track, followed by the quaint acoustic folk sound of `There's A Place' and `About Time'.

Vinny Miller - Breaking Out Of Your Arms

Now available on cd. Vinny Miller's debut single `Pigpen' - released as a limited edition 7" - was a dense, grindingly rhythmic explosion. Despite the low-key nature of the release, it attracted attention in discerning circles - but `Pigpen' only told half the story, or less - another piece to the puzzle is provided by `Breaking Out Of Your Arms'. Vinny's second single is a heartbreakingly fragile and disarmingly simple ballad, which features a fractured falsetto emerging from a haze of tape noise and bringing with it a gift for haunting, surreptitious melodic invention.

Paul Kalkbrenner - Self
Bpitch Control

Surprisingly good full-length excusrion from Paul Kalkbrenner for the Bpitch label, deploying a beautifully executed arrangement of Cologne-bound 4/4 that manages to steer clear of the cheese that seems to be so dominant in that part of the world right now. "Since 77" is the album's finest moment, a contemplative Detroit-bound burner that wouldn't have sounded out of place on Lawrence's excellent full-lengther "The Absence of Blight". The three interludes : Page One, Two and Three, offer up contemplative accordion baladeering a la Herbert's `Café De Flore' and offer stylistic structure for the album. "Marbles" is a downtempo late night groover, while "The Crouch" delivers the album's obligatory "Shaffel" winner. Nice work from Kalkbrenner and Bpitch. Check.

Various / Playhouse Famous When Dead III

Third compilation from the mighty Playhouse collective bringing together memorable tracks from Khan (the absolute killer dancefloor TUNE `Say Goodbye'), Isolee, Spektrum, Ricardo Villalobos, Losoul, Rework, John Tejada and lots more. Stripped spunk-funk and technoid avant-disco mingles with fuised and bruised electronics and sexed up soul. It is the atmosphere that forges the bond between these disperate tracks - killer dancefloor Playhouse styles. Check.

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The latest Jazz on 3 show on Radio 3 includes ECM's Tomasz Stanko recorded in concert.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:08 PM

The latest Mixing It show features The Bays

Recorded 5 March 2004 at the Wardrobe, Leeds, as part of the FuseLeeds04 Festival.

The Bays
For this gig, the Bays were their usual line-up of Andy Gangadeen (drums/electronic percussion); Chris Taylor (electric bass); Jamie Odell (keyboards); Simon Richmond (keyboards/digital effects) with additional Moog synthesiser and effects from Mark Pritchard (Reload/Global Communication).

Also: Mixing It

Coming soon >>>

2nd April 2004
Mark Russell and Robert Sandall introduce a
studio session by Japanese improviser and composer
Nobukazu Takemura who brought his Child's View
band to the UK in February for a Contemporary
Music Network tour.

16th April 2004
Mark Russell and Robert Sandall feature an interview with
Stereolab's Tim Gane.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:01 PM

This week's Freak Zone on 6 Music features an interview with Todd Rundgren

Broadcast [BST/ British Summer Time] 10pm - 1am Sunday March 28th, with on demand listening for a week after.

Marcello enthuses about the new Todd Rundgren album: Liars

# posted by DJ Martian 2:33 PM

Innerviews interview ECM recording artist Miroslav Vitous [found via Computers and Music]

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Saturday, March 27, 2004


Eternal Fusion with GaryFosster On SpydaRadio

Now available to listen to on demand @ SpydaRadio

Friday 26th March 2004

Ken Nordine - 'Reaching Into In'
In Gowan Ring - 'Vernal Rising'
Julian Cope - 'A Crack In The Clouds'
Tortoise - 'Stretch (You Are All Right)'
The Gurus - 'Let's Have A Change'
Bevis Frond - 'The Puller'
Deerhoof - 'Desapareceré'
OOIOO - 'On Mani'
Liars - 'We Fenced OthersGardens With The Bones Of Our Own'
Blonde Redhead - 'Anticipation'
Rachid Taha - 'Foqt Foqt'
Ozric Tentacles - 'Akasha'
ZubZub - 'Paprika'
Squarepusher - 'Andrei'
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - 'If Love Is The Drug Then I Want To O.D.'
Nico - 'The Fairest Of The Seasons'
Laura Veirs - 'The Cloud Room'
Kaada - 'Hungarian Kiss'
Korai Öröm - 'Untitled (Live Track)'
Scatter - 'Make The Time'
The Very Tiny Little Kids - 'Pervy'
Magma - 'Dondai (To An Eternal Love)'
C Goff III/Don Campau - 'Kill For Peace'
Simply Saucer - 'Nazi Apocalypse'
The Fall - 'Who Makes The Nazis'
Múm - 'Weeping Rock, Rock'
Vinny Miller - 'Bogeyeater'
Sluts Of Trust - 'The Continuing Struggle Between The Dirty & TheSmooth...'
Mr. Bungle - 'Carry Stress In The Jaw'
Kromlek - 'Kromlek'
Ici Maintenants - 'Shakalayah'
Porcupine Tree - 'Insignificance'
Tortoise - 'The Lithium Stiffs'

Next Sheduled Show: TBA

# posted by DJ Martian 11:25 AM

BBC Collective review Blockhead - Music by Cavelight

# posted by DJ Martian 9:56 AM

Microsoft plan MSN Blogbot Search

Some interesting web searching news, Microsoft is planning a dedicated search engine just for blogs: as PC World reports Microsoft Readies News, Blog Services

Microsoft is claiming a first with MSN Blogbot, a service that will let users search Web logs, or "blogs," personal-journal type Web pages that have become increasingly popular. Many consumers even use blogs as a news source, according to Microsoft.

MSN Blogbot will aggregate content from hundreds of thousands of Web logs and index that content based on which Web logs are most popular and credible, Redetzki said. The service should go into beta soon, and Microsoft plans to introduce MSN Blogbot worldwide, she said. has some further information: MSN shows 'Blogbot' and Microsoft sharpens tools

On a related note, what happened to Google's plans for a similar blog search service - that was touted around the time they acquired Blogger. Maybe this MSN news could kick start them into activating a dedicated blog search.

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Friday, March 26, 2004


Next week's releases are reviewed @ Norman Records

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Fast 'n' Bulbous has been updated with 55 Albums from 2004 rated and ranked.

A new Number 1: Mission Of Burma - ONoffOn (Matador) May 4

# posted by DJ Martian 12:40 PM

no.signal presents Sun/Oren Ambarchi concert

thursday 01 april 04
deluxe gallery
2 - 4 hoxton square [old st./shoreditch] London

# posted by DJ Martian 12:15 PM

Almost Cool review:

>> TV On The Radio - Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
>> Grails - The Burden Of Hope

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Thursday, March 25, 2004


Killing Joke compilation, album remasters and 5 CD box set planned

Exclusive breaking Killing Joke news!!

The latest Killing Joke news from Mike "Malicious Damage" Coles [via Killing Joke The Gathering e-mail list]

I had a meeting with the guy from EMI yesterday and he has plans to
re-master and re-issue the early KJ albums including a Firedances
re-mixed by Geordie.
They're also putting out an introduction to Killing Joke 16-track CD
packaged by yours truly.

They're letting me put Follow the Leaders on c4b too!
So now it's a 5cd set!!

# posted by DJ Martian 5:58 PM

Pitchfork have some more info on the forthcoming Neurosis album: The Eye of Every Storm

Pitchfork has worked out a little deal with Neurot in which we throw a joint-bash on May 1st, get shit-faced, and unveil an MP3 from the record, nearly two months before its release.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:58 PM

ECM's Tord Gustavsen Trio UK Tour report on a UK tour for Tord Gustavsen Trio

Downbeat writes of the trio's debut release Changing Places,
"Original music that is soulful, meditative and eccentric ... somewhere between folk music and modern chamber piano trio jazz.

Also The BBC will be recording the Purcell Room concert in London on the 8th.

[alerted via it's a trap]

# posted by DJ Martian 4:42 PM

Terrorizer - April 2004

New issue of Terrorizer magazine, features Norwegian black metal-ers Mayhem on the front cover.

Death Angel: Studio Report
Cannibal Corpse
Monster Magnet
God Forbid
Premonitions Of War
The Casualties
Frost: Hard Of Hearing
Deicide poster
The End
Every Time I Die
Inside Conflict

A big surprise Jon Selzer is back as editor of Terrorizer.

>> Terrorizer

# posted by DJ Martian 3:30 PM

Freedom of the City 2004

The line up for: freedom of the city 2004

>> a festival of radical & improvised music - London, Conway Hall - 2004 May 1-3

# posted by DJ Martian 2:32 PM

The latest releases are reviewed by NYC's Other Music: The Other Music Update

Iron & Wine
Lizzy Mercier Descloux (2 reissues)
Joanna Newsom
Hu Vibrational

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
Triple R
Broken Social Scene (B-sides)
MF Doom (Special Herbs 5 & 6)


# posted by DJ Martian 2:07 PM

Sónar 2004, Barcelona: 17th - 19th June

Breaking news the provisional line up for Sónar 2004 has been announced:


DJ 2D2


PHON.O live

LEX presenta

BEANS presenta
FRIA live

DOILY live

GHOSTLY presenta




JENKA MUSIC presenta

SPA.RK presenta
FIBLA live


KOMPLOTT presenta

GOMMA presenta
WHOMADEWHO + special guest live
MUNK- Leroy Hanghofer dj





ARKASHA (Deejedies/ Nuclear Losb) plays PORNOJAZZ REC


(music made fromother music)










Source: ILM thread Sonar 2004 Programme

Official website: Sónar 2004

# posted by DJ Martian 1:09 PM

Stylus review Xela - Tangled Wool

# posted by DJ Martian 12:43 PM

Barcode report Orbital have finished recording a new album that will be released in 2004. Sparks and Lisa Gerrard are guests on the album.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:37 PM

New Skinny Puppy Album: May 25th Release Date

SKINNY PUPPY - The Greater Wrong Of The Right - Synthetic Symphony

The long wait is over at last. Eight years after their last complete work ( "The Process" released in 1996 ) Skinny Puppy have kept their promise, returning with "The Greater Wrong Of The Right" - a comeback that could hardly have turned out more consistent or more convincing. "The Greater Wrong Of The Right" is a breathtaking continuation of the path that the band had embarked on with "The Process". The experiments of the past few years have not been forgotten or faded out : in their condensed, highly energetic form they influence an album that impresses first and foremost with its energy, power and stringency. Although all the elements of the Skinny Puppy history have been integrated into these ten new tracks, their complexity and divergence develop little by little in typical Skinny Puppy style. Demanding up-tempo tracks like "I'mmortal" and "Pro-test" with its brilliant and mesmerising rap elements face spread-out, intricate little masterpieces like " Ghostman", which continue to put the band's imitators in their place. Still, "The Greater Wrong Of The Right" is an album that fortunately lacks any kind of anachronism or supposed nostalgic flair : enlisting as it does the support of a new generation of musicians, like Tool's Danny Carey ( acoustic drums on "Use Less" ) or Wayne Static of Static-X ( vocals on "Use Less") it is, with all its dark brilliance, already one of the most outstanding and innovative albums of the year - and another milestone in the history of this exceptional band. There can be no doubt that Skinny Puppy with their complex soundscapes ( which have influenced whole generations of bands ) count among the spearheading representatives of the so-called 'electronic body music' movement of the mid-Eighties. They were one of the innovative new electro acts of that decade. If Front 242 were the genre's continental heroes, Skinny Puppy could possibly be contenders for industrial music icons on the other side of the Atlantic.

Full Tracklisting :
07.Past Present
08.Use Less

Skinny Puppy Line-Up 2004:
cEvin Key + nivek Ogre
With Guests:
Danny Carey ( TOOL ): Acoustic Drums on track 8
Wayne Static ( STATIC X ): Second vocal on track 8
Statik ( STATIK SOUND SYSTEM ): synthesis / programming on tracks 1/2/3/6/8
Omar Torres: synthesis / programming on tracks 2/5/7/ tail of 4
Otto Von Schirach: sound design on tracks 1 and 9, synthesis / programming tail of 5
Cyrus Rex: synthesis / programming tail of track 9 Dre Robinson: synthesis on track 10
Pat Sprawl: Guitar on tracks 1/2
Saki Kaskas: second guitar on track 8
Traz Damji: synthesis on track 1

Released 25th May 2004.

Source: e-mail alert from Music Non Stop

# posted by DJ Martian 12:18 PM

This month a new music magazine, Clash was launched in the UK: Clash

Music wise it's seems to be another not too adventurous contemporary music mag: ala Bang, X-Ray and Bullit. The music covered fits into the typical new playlisted music of say 6 Music/ Xfm. However there is some coverage of techno/ house and IDM.

Clash was formed out of a Dundee [Scotland] based magazine called Vibe.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:46 AM

Side-Line - Front 242 on Front Cover

Advance notification of the forthcoming April 2004 issue of Side-Line [via Side-Line e-mail message]

Side-Line #47 to be released in april 2004 will have Front 242 on cover and furthermore feature other interviews with Ministry, John Fryer, Fairlight Children, In Strict Confidence, Collide, Project Pitchfork, Die Form, DJ Hell, Haloblack, Alien Sex Fiend, Dismantled, Manufactura, Pal, Distain!, Epsilon Minus, HIV+, Agonoize, Mnemonic, Omnicore, Punto Omega, Schattenschlag, E.R.R.A., Inure, The Azoic, Restricted Area, Null Device, Stereoskop, Moon Rock, Tristraum, Bunker Soldier, Unitary, Dunkelwerk, Angel Theory, and tons of reviews & news

# posted by DJ Martian 11:00 AM

Technorati - Search the World Live Web

The best blog search tool: Technorati has a new look and improved search functions.

>> Technorati FAQ

Technorati provides search and notification services for active content on the World Live Web tm. We monitor over 1.8 million sources (weblogs, RSS) with over 10,000 new sources added each day, all with a median index update time of under 9 minutes.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:31 AM

Eternal Fusion Extra - ATP Special

Now online to listen @ SpydaRadio

A specially prepared show featuring bands appearing at the forthcoming All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Sussex.

“Träd Gräs Och Stenar - 'Sanningens Silverflod'('Djungeln's Lag' Tall 1971)
“Bardo Pond - 'LB' ('Dilate' Matador 2001)
“Sonic Youth - 'Disconnection Notice' ('Murray Street' Universal 2002)
“Explosions In The Sky - 'A Poor Man's Memory' ('Those Who Tell TheTruth...' Temporary Residence, 2001)
“Charalambides - 'Faze Her' ('Our Bed Is Green' Wholly Other 1995)
“Love - 'The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This' ('ForeverChanges' Elektra 1967)
“Cat Power - 'Cross Bones Style' ('Moon Pix' Matador 1998)
“The Notwist - 'Chemicals' ('Shrink' Zero Hour 1998)
“Tortoise - 'Monica' ('Standards' Thrill Jockey 2001)
“Mogwai - 'Star Wars' ('Rock Action Presents Vol.1' Rock Action 2004)
“Dead Meadow - 'Beyond The Fields We Know' ('Dead Meadow' Tolotta 2001)
“Fuck - 'Le Serpent' ('Pardon My French' Matador 1997)
“Polmo Polpo - 'Sky Histoire' ('Like Hearts Swelling' Constellation2003)
“Boredoms - 'Super Are' ('Super AE' Birdman 1998)
“Acid Mothers Temple - 'Sir Satanic Magic Bamboo Jerks Off' (St.Captain Freak Out And The Magic Bamboo Request Ektro 2002)
“Double Leopards - 'Meadow Phantasm' ('Soulless Dust, Speed &Strength' Heavy Conversation 2002)
“Vibracathedral Orchestra - 'Mystical Coughing' ('Dabbling With GravityAnd Who You Are' VHF 2003)
“Jackie O Motherfucker - 'Sun Ray Harvester' ('Change' Textile 2002)
“Black Dice - 'Cone Toaster' ('Cone Toaster' 12" DFA 2003)
“Lightning Bolt - '13 Monsters' ('Ride The Skies' Load 2001)

# posted by DJ Martian 10:17 AM

BBC Music review Glenn Branca - Lesson No 1

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Wednesday, March 24, 2004


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

This week's front cover choices features Blockhead, Music By Cavelight is released on March 29th in the Uk on Ninja Tune.

Blockhead's music is cinematic in scope and can be compared to instrumental trip-hop soundscapes of Deadly Avenger and DJ Shadow

Blockhead's incredible debut album 'Music by Cavelight' is out worldwide on Monday the 29th (its already in stores in North America). There's been a tendency in instrumental hip hop towards the epic, the bombastic and the plain tacky, which is why Blockhead is so refreshing. On 'Music By Cavelight' the downtown New Yorker comes through with some of the most sublime, understated, melancholic

# posted by DJ Martian 11:52 PM

Dusted review Cyann & Ben - Spring

# posted by DJ Martian 11:49 AM

BBC News report Prince signs Columbia record deal

Prince wrote "slave" on his face during a dispute with a former label
Music star Prince, who once complained he was a "slave" to a record label, has signed to Sony subsidiary Columbia.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:22 AM

New Releases @ Piccadilly Records

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

A Certain Ratio - To Each...
Universal Sound

Originally released on Factory Records in 1981, "To Each" was ACR's first full studio album and has the legendary Martin Hannett on production. Here they can be found mixing up funk, dub, percussion and electronics to create a truly unique sound - the album was instantly hailed a classic at the time. Included on this Universal Sound reissue are two bonus reggae tracks, "Abracadabra" and "Somnadub" which were originally released as a 12" single independently, a few months after this album under the pseudonym Sir Horatio (!) and have been a collectors item ever since.

Beauty Pill - The Unsustainable Lifestyle

Featuring programmed beats, softly delivered vocal lines, heavily effected instruments, twisted pop chorus lines, with only the faintest traces of distortion, this is possibly the least punk rock album on Dischord. For fans of Pavement, Breeders, Dismemberment Plan, Nina Nastasia etc.

Bocca - Madame Tinkertoy's Blues Factory

Superb debut album from this four piece. Slow, menacing, atmospheric tracks with occasional heavier fuzzed up outbursts, all played with a cool bluesy swagger. The use of electric violin, and plaintive keyboards add to the haunting noir-sh mood. Recommended.

CocoRosie - La Maison De Mon Reve
Touch And Go

CocoRosie is Bianca and Sierra Casady. Sierra sings and plays guitar and flute, Bianca sings and does percussion (rattles things, makes things squeak, shakes a gold chain belt). They write all the music together. This, their debut album, was written and recorded in a tiny apartment in the 18th district in Paris during the spring of 2003. Sierra is a trained opera singer who teamed up with her songwriting sister Bianca to create this debut, one of the hottest tipped new signings on Touch and Go. CocoRosie are from Brooklyn and exist in the same sqaut gig / acid folk scene as the likes of Devendra Banahart. "La Maison De Mon Reve" is deceptively innocent: enchanting and sweet yet eerie and twisted. An acoustic guitar paints melody through a haze of cryptic sounds and perversely angelic voices.

The Double - Palm Fronds
Catsup Plate

500 copies only in a jewel case, with offset printed inserts and silkscreened, individually decorated outer wraps. This is The Double as they didn't expect, formed by David Greenhill and Jeff Mcleod, originally meant to be math rock cum outre blues duo replete with intricate time signatures, multiple song sections etc..but they decided to focus on simpler musical structures and a more fleshed out instrumentation, so became a 4-piece. This debut is the result of their first recordings, laced with the echoes of a mid period Smog, Brian Eno, and an inquisitive / electronic dub approach to the new weird Americana.

Ghost - Hypnotic Underworld
Drag City

"Hypnotic Underworld" is the seventh Ghost album and the first since 1999's double-feature, "Snuffbox Immanence" and "Tune In, Turn On, Free Tibet".

Paul Haig - Then Again

"Then Again" collects together 15 rarities, remixes and unreleased tracks recorded between 1982 and 1998, by former Josef K front man Paul Haig. These include "The Executioner", his rare 1984 collaboration with Cabaret Voltaire; the extended Man Parrish remix of "The Only Truth"; a song written in 1987 for the late, great Billy Mackenzie, "Reach The Top", and two intriguing collaborations with Fini Tribe, one of which is a cover of cult dirge "The Electrician" by Scott Walker. Also includes remixes of the singles "Love Eternal", "Heaven Help You Now" and "Blue For You". "Then Again" runs for 74 minutes and contains a detailed artist biography in the booklet. The packaging incorporates original design work by Peter Saville and Benoit Hennebert.

The Meeting Places - Find Yourself Along The Way
Words On Music

The Meeting Places was founded in Los Angeles in 2001 by four guitarists, including Scott McDonald (Alison's Halo and Brad Laner's post-Medicine project, Amnesia), the architect of the quartet's signature reverberating washes. The Meeting Places' debut album presents ten songs brimming with wondrous guitar glazes and melodies to hum and holler, renovating the spellbinding landscapes first explored by Slowdive, early Ride, Spiritualized, and vintage Jesus and Mary Chain.

The Rum Diary - A Key To Slow Time EP

Ambient laden, dissonance driven atmospheric aggressive indie rock ala Mogwai and Death Cab For Cutie. Hypnotic and engaging and recommended for fans of Mogwai and Sunny Day Real Estate.

The Sonar Yen - Slow Picture
Soviet Union

The Sonar Yen, are one of Manchester's best up and coming young alt. guitar bands, and have already become part of the Chairsmissing generation (the scene that broke Oceansize, Amplifier, Fi-Lo Radio, Moco). "Slow Picture", is their debut album, and features 12 tracks recorded at Noisebox with Steve Lloyd (Doves / Elbow). Ref points Sonic Youth and Magazine.

Mum - Nightly Cares
Fat Cat

"Nightly Cares" is the first track to be taken from the Iclandic outfit's upcoming (Spring 2004) "Summer Make Good" LP, and comes backed with an exclusive-to-this-release track "Once A Shiny Morning Puddle". Fans of their previous work won't be disappointed, as these two tracks combine the delicate childlike vocals and post-rock rhythms / IDM electronics of "Finally We Are No One". Lovely.

The Land Of Nod - Reality Channel
Elephant Stone

15 track compilation album from the Land Of Nod highlighting the band's choice cuts since their inception in 1997. "Reality Channel" includes tracks from the group's four albums on the UK label Ochre Records, "Translucent", "Timeless point", "Archive:02" and the current UK album "Inducing The Sleep Sphere". This also includes the full three track session recorded for Slobodan Vujanovic's show on B-92 radio show in Serbia.

John Massoni - Stillborn Dreams
Space Age Recordings

John Massoni, after wowing us with the splendid "Sundowner Sessions" has returned with his new, full-length studio album "Stillborn Dreams". Once again Massoni shows his love for experimenting with sound and this more than shows in his work. His use of samples and their arrangement makes you believe he could almost be tweaking and looping as the music is being played, such is their spontaneity, yet the songs have such atmosphere and depth that there's no way this could be 'off the cuff' experimentation, could it?

Various Artists / Buzzin' Fly Volume 01
Buzzin' Fly

Ben Watt (Everything But The Girl) presents the first CD mix from Buzzin' Fly, the label follow up to his much-loved Lazy Dog deep house club. Mixing garage and deep house tunes from the label and beyond, including productions by Charles Webster, Sandy Rivera, Angel Moraes, Martin Solveig and Ben Watt himself.

Various Artists / Freerange Color Series - Yellow 01

One of the UK's finest labels compiles a load of it's best tunes on this CD, plus some tasty exclusives. Stirring broken beat and deep house from Solid Groove, Switch, Hanna, Trevor Lovey's, John Beltran, Only Freak, Stateless, Swell Sessions, Audiomontage, Landslide and more.

Random Factor - Convergence
2020 Vision

Carl Finlow celebrates recording 2020 Vision's 100th release by making a full length of his electronically-altered tech-house (sorry, I know they hate that term!). The most electro of all is the title track and single, while most of the rest sticks to a 4/4 format. And check the guest spot from Sonar Kollectiv's Georg Levin!

Various Artists / Detroit Soul

Subtitled 'real soul music from the motor city', this excellent compilation focuses on the rise and rise of Detroit's underground soul scene. Taking in influences from hip hop, broken beats, 2-step soul, jazz, house and funk, the Detroit sound has evolved organically and inventively, with many artists featuring on each others records. This collection (compiled by Freestyle's Adrian Gibson) brings us tracks from Dwele, Blue Eyez, John Arnold, Carl Craig's Detroit Experiment and Innerzone Orchestra, Platinum Pied Pipers, Anetria Wright (who co-wrote Amp's "I Believe In You"), Slum Village, Jaylib and more.

Various Artists / Forum West - Wewerka Archive 1962 - 1968
Sonar Kollektiv

After their splendid East German Jazz compilations "Formation 60" and "Polish Jazz" the Jazzanova boys bring us a selection from the other side of the wall, released on their Berlin-based label Sonar Kollektiv. For "Forum West" Stephan Steigleder and the JCR have dug into the archives of the influential music-publisher Hans Wewerka, unearthing unreleased gems from the years 1962-1968. These treasures feature a who's who of "Wessi-jazz" including Wolfgang Dauner, Hans Koller, the Kühns, Fritz Pauer and Joe Haider, all of whom obviously found some spare time to jam, although they were busy recording for the highly respected German jazz label SABA. 17 of the finest moments of German Jazz are documented here, from modal to atonal, studded with snappy latin swingers.

Various Artists / Freerange Color Series - Yellow 01

One of the UK's finest labels compiles a load of it's best tunes on this CD, plus some tasty exclusives. Stirring broken beat and deep house from Solid Groove, Switch, Hanna, Trevor Lovey's, John Beltran, Only Freak, Stateless, Swell Sessions, Audiomontage, Landslide and more.

Various Artists / Sakura Aural Bliss

DJ Nik Weston compiles this selection from Japan's electronic underground. Usually associated with more upbeat nu-jazz and nu-latin music from Japan (he's the bloke we get the Especial twelves through), here he adds downbeat styles - hip hop, ambient etc, all with a jazzy flavour, naturally - to the mix. Includes tracks by Calm, United Future Organization, Yukihiro Fukutomi, Watusi, Speedometer, Electric Sheep, Chari Chari etc. Jazzanova say; 'This is an essential album for the connoiseurs and lovers of current Japanese leftfield and breakbeats'

Various Artists / Remote

Roger Eno and the Miro duo present their collaborative album of nu Balearic beats and atmospheric downbeat moments, including the smashing single "Postcard".

Various Artists / Life:Styles - Coldcut

The UK's most eclectic and long-lived DJ duo, Matt Black and Jonathan Moore, release their first ever compilation of favourite tracks. Spanning everything from funk, soul and reggae to punk-funk, hip hop and disco, the Ninja Tune boss-men bring us a crate diggers dream of hard to find gems. Includes Esther Phillips, Bobby Shad, Chosen Few, Archie Bleyer, T La Rock & Jazzy Jay, Cornershop (on a wicked P-funk tip), Betty Harris, Barbara Randolph, Medium Medium, Otis Clay, La Formule Du Baron etc.

Various Artists / The Trip - Created By Tom Middleton
Family Recordings

Tom Middleton jumped at the chance to create a unique mix CD when given carte blanche to trawl through the archives of Universal and other labels. Following up his excellent "The Sound Of Cosmos" collection, he wanted to create a mix that would stand head and shoulders above the hundreds of machine-mixed, by-the-numbers house, and send-you-to-sleep chill-out CDs. Divided into two styles (party and post-party) on the CDs (with a selection of both on the LPs), he mixes up funk, soul, new wave, electro-pop, hip hop, drum and bass, reggae, punk-funk, jazz, fact, anything he fancied from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s! There's a disco mix of James Brown, Sherbert's rework of The Police's "Roxanne", the Bollywood Freaks' Michael Jackson cover unmasked as Usha Uthup's "Chhupke Kaun Aye", Ramsey Lewis, The Mohawks, Danny Breaks, Spanky Wilson, Ulrich Schnauss and (pleasingly showing his age - 37 / 38?) a whole load of telly and film themes (Pearl & Dean, Star Wars, Camberwick Green, Bod, The Clangers, that bit from the end of John Craven's Newsround, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind etc). Mr Middleton, we salute you, and your disco beard!

2xCD - 981 753-4 - limited cheap price
45 track double mix (?) CD. Extras include.... Tom Tom Club, Thomspon Twins, Pigbag, Quantic Soul Orchestra, Lenny Fontana, Mckay, Shirley Ellis, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Level 42, Faze-O, The Style Council, Dorothy Ashby, Stanley Clarke and obviously loads more (too many to type!).

Daedelus - Of Snowdonia
Plug Research

Magnificent new album by Daedelus Darling, continuing to remove himself from his hip hop beginnings to the outer limits of beat science. Like his previous experimensts with jazz and folk music, "Of Snowdonia" seems to come from another world, a sinister mixture of fairytale soundtracks, playground melodies, intricate compositions and unsettling atmosphere. The standout track (and shop favourite) "Something Bells" is a mad concoction of banging broken beats, kids TV themes and childish chanting! We love this!

Ascoltare - Visceral Vendor

Beautiful electronica ala Boards Of Canada or Plaid, mixed with cut up beats and glitches.

Hu Vibrational - Boonghee Music 1
Eastern Developments

The Hu Vibes collective recorded this for the debut release of Eastern Developments in 2002. The core duo of Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake are joined by Carlos Nino and Daedelus, together the cream of Los Angeles hiptronic movement. Hip hop, jazz and world music is thrown together to create 'boonghee', giving rise to releases on Soul Jazz and the formation of AmmonContact.

Longstone - L.I.F.E.SPAN
Blackbean And Placenta

"L.I.F.E.Span/" is Longstone's fifth album. It illustrates their obsession with multiple sound sources and blends their collection of analogue synths and electronic toys with found sounds, live recordings, samples and acoustic instruments.

Ahmad Szabo - This Book Is About Words
Eastern Developments

Atmospheric and thought-provoking sounds made with just a couple of guitars (acoutic and electric) and a laptop, sent top Scott Herren's Eastern Developments label and released as this mini album.

Richard Youngs - River Through Howling Sky

"River Through Howling Sky" is Youngs' latest full-length. It returns to the more meditative and drone-y side of his songcraft (circa "Sapphie" (1998) and "Making Paper" (2001)), although this is no true devolution: all of his recordings to date have some measure of these qualities.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2004


This week's flavorpill LONDON a weekly email magazine covering music, art, and cultural events

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Pitchfork review Art Bears - Art Box

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Pitchfork report 2xCD My Bloody Valentine Comp Due Next Month

Apparently titled Remastered EPs, the first disc compiles every track from the four EPs issued between 1988-1990 (You Made Me Realise, Feed Me With Your Kiss, Glider and Tremolo), while the second disc contains eight unreleased songs.

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Ananova relay the latest Tears for Fears news: Tears for Fears comeback album put back

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Stylus review The Sound - The BBC Recordings

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Tiny Mix Tapes review the forthcoming Sigur Rós EP: Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do

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Monday, March 22, 2004


BW & BK report Irish dark metal band PRIMORDIAL To Begin Recording This Summer

# posted by DJ Martian 5:24 PM report The Face magazine has been axed by EMAP, last issue to be published in April.

Emap acquired the title in 1999, but has seen its circulation fall in recent years to just 25,000 copies a month in the UK.

Granted this magazine is hardly aimed at my demographics/profile, but it did look rather aimless, mainstream, tame and bland sitting on the newsstand.

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Junkmedia interview Matthew Dear

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Nick Southall @ Stylus reviews Fennesz - Venice that is [Stylus Magazine's Album of the Week, 22-29 March 2004]

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Sunday, March 21, 2004


PostEverything provide info on a special event to mark 10 Years of the Swim label [set up by Colin Newman of Wire]

>> Swim Records

On Friday 16th April 2004, Colin Newman and Malka Spigel�s Swim label will be celebrating 10 years of erratic, cross-genre excellence with a live event at London�s ICA (on the Mall). The event will feature live performances from label stalwarts Lobe, Symptoms, Rhodes and Silo interspersed with video intermissions from Akatombo, Beatkitten, Immersion and S�ren Dahlgaard as well as in-bar ambience courtesy of dol-lop & DJ Morpheus. The night will also be the live debut of Githead, Colin and Malka�s new band with Robin Rimbaud (Scanner).

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This week's Freak Zone on 6 Music features an interview with:

Hans Joachim Roedelius has been making electronic music for more than thirty years. First with legendary German outfit, Cluster, then with Brian Eno, Roedelius talks to us about his new composing project, Lunz and playing the Royal Festival Hall in London. Justin Spear brings us one of two special interviews.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:26 PM

A new location for: Avant Music News

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

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Key new album releases for March 15th [A more detailed release listing including other new releases, compilations and reissues - can be found further up this webpage.]

Ativin - Night Mute (Secretly Canadian)
Blonde Redhead - Misery is a Butterfly (4ad)
David Byrne - Grown Backwards (Nonesuch)
Calliope - Sounds Like Circles Feel (Thick Records)
Enduser - From Zero (Mirex)
Espers - Espers (Locust)
Fairlight Children - 808 Bit (Spv)
Lutz Glandien - Lost In Rooms (ReR) [UK Distribution: Shellshock]
Grip Inc - Incorporated (SPV) [Digipack/ Enhanced]
Joy Zipper - American Whip (Mercury)
Viktor Krauss - Far From Enough (Nonesuch)
Left Hand - In To Light (Pequod Records) EP
Robert Lippok - Falling Into Kom?it (Monika / Lok)
Mole Harness - All Your Memories (Float Records)
Opus - Breathing Lessons (Mush) [UK Release 2004]
Jack Rose - Two Originals Of.... (Beautiful Happiness)
Savoy Grand - The Lost Horizon (Glitterhouse) EP
Elizabeth Anka Vajagic - Stand With The Stillness Of This Day (Constellation)
Vocokesh - Tenth Corner (Strange Attractors) [Full UK Release, Previously an Import]
Wumpscut - Bone Peeler (Europe: Beton Koft Media) (US: Metropolis: on March 24th) [Available @ Music Non Stop]
Xela - Tangled Wool (City Centre Offices)
Richard Youngs - River Through Howling Sky (Jagjaguwar)

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Saturday, March 20, 2004


This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

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

Bochum Welt - Kissing A Robot Goodbye

The return of analog legend Gianlugi Di Costanzo, longtime Rephlex affiliate and innovator of robotic arcade-system electro, at last re-assembling his gear and delivering a new mini-album for Datathief's Device Electronic Entertainment label. "Kissing a Robot Goodbye" is a beautifully textured collection of tracks that seems to draw a line beneath Bochum's hugely collectable catalogue to date, acting as a perfect companion piece to Aphex Twin's masterwork "Selected Ambient Works Volume Two". The tempo and atmosphere are notched down and deep below, expanding effervescent constructions of underwater ambience and sweeping gentle analog beats in a remorseful, reflective way. This is a sci-fi love story, peaking with the timeless, late-night artificial inteligence classic "Mannequin" before plunging even deeper toward the distorted ambient patter of "Telegame" and the sparkling "Home" - emerging into daylight with a shimmer of optimism and emotion. Beautifully simple in construction and design, you get the feeling that Bochum Welt has just delivered an album destined to be regarded with the same reverance as that handful of electronic albums universally acknowledged and referred to as classic. Perfect robotic ambient pop - essential.

Deaf Center - Neon City EP

Three releases into its catalogue, John Xela's "Type" imprint is fast becoming the perfect platform for new music that is daring, innovative and unspeakably warm. This sublime first release from Norway's Erik k.Skodvin and Otto A.Totland, is quite simply one of the finest debut's we've had the pleasure of stumbling across in the last few years. Its an entirely unpretentious, whole-hearted, honest foray into classic composition realised through predominantly acoustic instruments gently augmented by electronics and digital reconstruction. There have been a number of breathtaking releases in this mould recently - the gorgeous "Many Fingers" album for the Moteer label, Dictaphone's ongoing flirtation with re-calibrated smoky jazz traditions for City Centre Offices and Max Richter's heart-stopping Piano variations "Blue Notebooks" for Fat Cat. "Deaf Centre" touch on elements exposed by all three - but there is a balance between minimal principles and overflowing musicality that makes "Neon City" quite substantially more layered. Its one of those listens that sends you off into a haze of inspiration and catharsis, evoking wonder at how two people have managed to create something so timeless and accomplished for their first ever release. Touched by incredible beauty and charm, "Neon City" comes as highly recommended as they get. Beautiful music.

Mum - Nightly Cares
Fat Cat
3" CD

It's quite remarkable that despite the hugely testing vocal quality that Mum keep on pushing further and further upfront in the mix, their music still just seems to affect us in the most moving way possible. "Nightly Cares" could not under any circumstances be described as anything other than beautiful . A Haunting piano line, the feel of something lost and forgotten, simple dusty instrumentation and even the typically charmed icelandic lyrical construction and kindergarten delivery all working together in life affirming solidarity : fragile, flawed, sublime, breathtaking. The exclusive track on the flip `Once a Shiny Morning Puddle' is a more upfront, instrumental piece - guitars, horns, drums and electronics working to deliver a slightly baroque, post-rockish number that counterpoints the A-side beautifully with a lonely-hearts rub-off between a lonely melodica and a frustrated roll of the drums. Endlessly lovely music. Strictly limited edition copies only.

A Certain Ratio - To Each
Soul Jazz

A Certain Ratio's `To Each' was their first full studio album and was produced by the legendary Martin Hannett and originally released on Factory Records in 1981. Following on from last month's `The Graveyard and The Ballroom', Soul Jazz Records are releasing one of the seminal Post-Punk albums of all time. On `To Each' ACR mixed Funk, Dub, Percussion and Electronics to create a truly unique sound and the album was instantly hailed a classic. This album comes with two bonus tracks `Abracadabra' and `Somnadub'. Sounding like King Tubby meets Sun Ra, these tracks were originally released as a 12" single independently a few months after this album under the pseudonym Sir Horatio (!) and have been a collectors item ever since. Ace.

Ascoltare - Visceral Vendor

Ascoltare is the work of Dave Henson, previously with post-rockers Gwei-Lo[Bella Union]. Ascoltare's sound has evolved to include a diversity of influences from vintage and lo-fi electronica, digital noise and minimal glitch emission. Shifting hand-assembled beats are bound with fragile instrumental lines and natural digital textures to form a bridge between bitter sweet melodic warmth and gritty abstract precision. The sound at times edges towards a rough-edged display of coarse IDM structures but the tone shifts with each track to take in refined acoustic reverberations and well crafted experimental variations. Good debut - check.

Sticks And Stones - Shed Grace
Thrill Jockey

Jazz trio Sticks and Stones formed years ago when drummer Chad Taylor (Chicago Underground, Sam Prekop Band, Active Ingredients), bassist Josh Abrams (Town and Country, Sam Prekop Band, David Boykin Expanse, Nicole Mitchell Black Earth Ensemble, The Roots) and alto saxophonist Matana Roberts met each other at a performance space in Chicago. Roberts and Abrams had played extensively at open jam sessions at Fred Anderson's legendary Chicago club, The Velvet Lounge. Their second and newest release, `Shed Grace', is their first on Thrill Jockey. It was recorded at Semaphore Studios with Ken B. Brown (Directions in Music, Tortoise, Pullman). The album was recorded in two February sessions following their first ever US tour (February of 2003), and a third and final session in October. It was recorded live to tape using no edits or overdubs, preserving all of the spontaneous energy and raw excitement of their live shows. Shed Grace is largely original compositions (songwriting split equally among the three). The eclectic selection of covers includes songs by Fela Kuti, Thelonious Monk, and Billy Strayhorn.

Ghost - Hypnotic Underworld
Drag City

Long awaited new album from the hugely influential Japanese 5-piece band Ghost - as featured on the cover of this month's Wire magazine. Ghost have been writing and improvising music for 20 years since they formed in Tokyo during 1984. Featuring an array of instruments ranging from the hurdy gurdy through to Banjo, Recorder, flute, tabla, electric bass, oscilator, lute and the haunting vocal of Masaki Batoh, Ghost have always based their music primarily on the acoustic guitar and where it can lead them musically and spiritually. Having recorded much of their music in buddist temples, churches, ruins, metro, fields, woods and caves, it's hardly suprising to find that "Hypnotic Underworld" contains a hugely atmospheric quality that guides you through the myriad styles on offer - from the healing minimalism of "Kiseichukan" through to the folk romance of "Paradise" and the speedcore cacophony of "Leave the World" and beyond. Ghost have pieced together a hugely compelling and fascinating new work of post-modern psychedelic soundscaping that comes highly recommended.

John Beltran - In Full Color

This is John Beltran's second album for Ubiquity and considering he's left behind his techno routes it's best not to compare this music with his classic outings for R&S and Peacefrog. As it is it's a wonderful collection of comtemporary moves into the worlds of afro bossa jazz house broken beat.. etc..etc. Plenty of live instrumentation that doesn't sound forced is refreshing in this field of music. Different feelings and moods are conveyed to create an album for fan's of MAW, Jazzanova and Russ Gabriel (to name but three).

Various / Chocolate Industries - Urban Renewal Program Supplement 1.5
Chocolate Industries

It's been quite some time since this project first delivered the goods for Chocolate Industries and Ninja Tune. Now in 2004 an extra supplement is the reward for your patience in waiting Vol 2. A new track by Atmosphere called 'Fear' is pure quality as expected and a dusted remix of Diverse's 'Blindman' should lead you into investigating his 'One A.M.' album, now. Aesop Rock reworks his classic 'Train Buffer' track adding even more grime and oil plus check a lesser known version of Mos Def and Diverses' 'Wylin' Out' by Kutmaster Kurt. Final two new tracks are from Caural and Time out Drawer, both delicious offerings, one dubbed out hip hop melodics the other post drift rock with wobbly synth's. Usual nice artwork six tracks & two Prefuse 73 interludes.

Yak Ballz - My Claim
Eastern Conference

Debut album from the rapper Yak Ballz who has previously dropped sickness rap for labels such as Fondle Em'/Fruitmeat and Def Jux (we never gonna call them Definitive). Hardcore rhymes drop over tough futuristic production that takes today's digital technique and turns it inside out, respect to Mondee who handles the whole album. Guest rappers inc Cage, Tame One and Bobby Atlas - all rude ass and heavy heavy heavy. One for the jeep pumpers. Megakool.

Cocorosie - La Maison De Mon Reve
Touch & Go

Cocrosie is Bianca and Sierra casady. Sierra sings and plays guitar and flute, Bianca sings and provides percussion. This, their debut album, was written and recorded in a tiny apartment in the 18th district in paris during the spring of 2003. Cocorosie are from Brooklyn and exist in the same sqaut gig / acid folk scene as the likes of Devendra Banahart. "La maison de mon reve" is deceptively innocent: enchanting and sweet yet eerie and twisted. An acoustic guitar paints melody through a haze of cryptic sounds and perversely angelic voices. Unusual and deeply charming - check.

Richard Youngs - River Through Howling Sky

River Through Howling Sky is Youngs' latest full-length, returning to the more meditative and drone-y side of his songcraft (circa sapphie (1998) and making paper (2001)), although this is no true devolution : all of his recordings to date have some measure of these qualities. English born and bred, but residing in Glasgow, Scotland (where river through howling sky was recorded), Youngs has remained busy over the last three years. in addition to his recent jagjaguwar offerings, youngs has remained a very active collaborator. He has released wonderful albums with makoto kawabata (of acid mothers temple fame), simon wickham-smith, neil campbell, as well as with sunroof! & vibracathedral orchestra

Robert Hood - Caught in the Act

Available again in the uk for the first time in over a year - a relentless 27 track live mix from Robert Hood, featuring much of his own rare M-Plant tracks appearing on cd for the first time, plus Mark Broom, Pulsinger & Tunakan, Rhythm is Rhythm, John Thomas, Jay Denham, Recycled Loops, Bryan Zentz, and more. High-velocity, insistent, but never crazed or (god forbid) "euphoric", this is the sound of one of techno's professors in lecture mode. Ace.

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Friday, March 19, 2004


Finally launched: The all new

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The results of the The Green Dolphin's Poll for 2003. Including: Best Albums poll

King Crimson "The Power To Believe" (Sanctuary) (61)
Do Make Say Think "Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn" (Constellation) (43)
The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-la-la Band With Choir "This Is Our Punk-Rock," Thee Rusted Satellites Gather + Sing," (Constellation) (38)
Explosions In The Sky "The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place" (Temporary Residence/Bella Union) (36)
Mogwai "Happy Songs For Happy People" (Rock Action/Play It Again Sam/Matador) (31)
No-Man "Together We're Stranger" (KScope/Snapper Music) (28)
Dizzee Rascal "Boy In Da Corner" (XL) (25)
David Sylvian "Blemish" (Samadhi Sound) (22)
Mars Volta, The "De-Loused In The Comatorium" (Gold Standard Laboratories/Universal) (22)
Radiohead- Hail To The Theif" (Capitol) (19)
Four Tet "Rounds" (Spunk/Domino) (18)
Sin Ropas "Trickboxes On The Pony Line" (Sad Robot) (17)
Anekdoten "Gravity" (Virta) (16)
Giardini Di Miro "Punk... Not Diet!" (2.nd Rec/Homesleep/Sony) (16)
Jonny Greenwood "Bodysong" (EMI/Capitol) (15)
American Analog Set "Promise Of Love" (Tiger Style) (12)
Fog "Ether Teeth" (Ninja Tune) (12)
Meanwhile, Back In Communist Russia "My Elixir, My Poison" (Truck) (12)
The Postal Service "Give Up" (Sub Pop) (12)
The Darkness "Permission To Land" (Must Destroy Music/Atlantic) (11)
Jeff Beck "Jeff" (Epic) (11)
Molasses "A Slow Messe" (Fancy/Alien 8 Recordings) (11)

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BBC Collective review Matthew Dear - Leave Luck To Heaven

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Simon Reynolds informs that David Stubbs - the music critic ex of Melody Maker/ The Guardian/ Uncut/ The Wire [now current reviews editor] has a new website, with a blog section to be activated soon?

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Almost Cool review Daedelus - Of Snowdonia

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Next week's releases are reviewed @ Norman Records

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Issue 18 of earplug


Earplug is a biweekly email magazine, delivering a handpicked selection of news, sounds, videos, and original features for the international electronic music community.

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Thursday, March 18, 2004


John Peel just played a track by a New Radiohead clone band, The Boxer Rebellion. The Track played was like a Radiohead circa Bends Karaoke recital. Just an observation, whilst The Boxer Rebellion are hardly original - they are likely to make some impact in 2004.

According to BBC Cambridgeshire

The Boxer Rebellion release a brand new single,In Pursuit, on 29th March, which will be their second single for the Poptones label.

'Hypnotic, captivating, epic, raucous, stunning and inspiring...' are just a few of the words that critics described The Boxer Rebellion's debut sold out limited single Watermelon, released in Autumn last year.

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The Wire - New April Issue now on sale

The new April 2004 issue of The Wire features Japanese Psychedelic rock band Ghost on the front cover.

>> More details of the current issue

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The latest releases are reviewed by NYC's Other Music: The Other Music Update

Elektronische Musik Interkontinental 3
The Double
Sufjan Stevens
Glitterbest (Various)
Gluhen 4

Pantha Du Prince
Studio One Ska (Various)
Autechre & Hafler Trio
The Ponys
Steve Roden

Manual with Jess Kahr

# posted by DJ Martian 9:57 PM

The forthcoming Back to Mine - Richard X compilation album [April 5th: UK release], includes some art-pop gems from the 80s:

Animotion - Obsession
Pete Shelley - Homosapien (Dub)
Trans X - Living On Video

# posted by DJ Martian 2:31 PM

New Peter Hammill Album

Details of the new Peter Hammill album: Incoherence

...This is the fourth "long-form" which I have produced; after "Lighthousekeepers" with VdGG came the solo "Flight" and "A Headlong Stretch". Some would say that such pieces represent the closest the orbit of my work comes to the world of "Prog", although, as you'll know, I do my best to remove myself from any manner of categorisation. At the very least, these pieces are unified in sharing (complex) elements of a (complex) band sound. "Incoherence", too, is long and complex but does not quite fit with the other three. Though there are "song"-like passages these are in general much closer to the sung-through style of "Usher" than to anything else. Also like "Usher" (in its second incarnation) there are no percussion instruments involved. My original intention had been to add drums and percussion in certain places. However, as I progressed with the recording and dubbing I realised that the imposition of any rhythmic "One" would detract from, rather than enhance, the cross currents of many of the riffs.

I was left, then, with a mutant orchestra (rather than band): principally based around various electric pianos, with shadings of other keyboards, guitars various and an assortment of backing vocals in their traditional roles of agreement or dissent. The final colours were given by the violin(s) of Stuart Gordon and Saxes and flutes of Mr. Jaxon. This kind of instrumental set-up has been present on my albums for a number of years and I find it's still capable of springing some sonic surprises....

According to this gets a March 29th UK release.

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New Releases/ This Week [UK Music Stores] Boomkat Juno Records The Norman Records Weekly Update Piccadilly Records Rough Trade
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