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Tuesday, August 31, 2004


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

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music blog to check: musicircus

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Client - City

Mute provide info on the new Client album: Client - City due September 27th.

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The Brainwshed Brain: V07I34 - 08292004

This week's The Brainwashed Brain includes reviews of:

Martin Siewert - No Need To Be Lonesome

Coti - Lido Lato
Poeta Negra

Julian Fane - Special Forces
Planet µ

Blow Up Hollywood - Fake
Blow Up Hollywood

Delivery Room
Delivery Room is a bargain-priced sampler of new and upcoming releases from the Leaf Label, and reflects the eclectic, modern aesthetic of label boss Tony Morley.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:13 PM review Mouse on Mars - Radical Connector

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The Virgin Prunes Reissues


The Grey Area of Mute will reissue five albums by influential Dublin band, Virgin Prunes - "A New Form Of Beauty", "…If I Die, I Die", "Hérésie", "The Moon Looked Down And Laughed" and "Over The Rainbow" - on 4th October 2004.

The five albums, all originally released in the 1980s, have been remastered and repackaged with the involvement of Gavin Friday and include mixes of material available here for the first time. The reissues represent an overdue opportunity to rediscover the awesome creative power of the Virgin Prunes.......

All five reissues will be released on The Grey Area of Mute on 4th October 2004.

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Monday, August 30, 2004


The Scotsman interview The Blue Nile: Across the rooftops to High society

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The Independent on John Peel: The god of adolescence

Rockin' John Peel is 65. But after all these years, what do we know about him? That he loves his music, his family, his football. Above all we know that voice. But what else is there to this beloved 'cultural impresario'? DJ Taylor is granted access to the manicured lawns and gazebos of Peel Acres to uncover an uncomfortable truth

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Voivod Reissues

BW & BK report VOIVOD - European Reissues Due In September

Albums scheduled for reissue on September 20th on Blackend label include Kronik (1998), Phobos (1997) and Negatron (1995).

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This week's One World show on Radio 1 features The Egg + LTJ Bukem

Now available on listen again.

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6 Music: More Shows Added to Listen Again

Mentioned in the latest newsletter from BBC 6 Music news that 3 shows have been added to the listen again service via BBC Radio Player. As of this week shows by Gideon Coe 10am - 1pm slot, Vic McGlynn 1pm - 4pm slot, and Andrew Collins 4pm - 7pm slot are now included on the listen again service.

From next Monday, we’re adding the Gideon Coe, Vic McGlynn and Andrew
Collins shows to the BBC Radio Player. So, whether it’s a GREAT LOST
ALBUM with Gideon, a BADAASSSS TUNE with Vic or a round of FIGHT CLUB with
Andrew, you’ll be able to hear them when it suits you for up to seven
days after originally broadcast. You need never miss an interview,
session or magic moment again!

Lammo will be on the 1pm - 4pm weekday slot this week: STEVE LAMACQ for VIC MCGLYNN

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Simon Reynolds Post-Punk Book - Due April 2005 !

On this ILM thread: Simon's got a name for his Post-Punk book!

Simon clarified today:
"Barring a hitch of some sort, the UK/Commonwealth/Europe edition should be out in April 2005, on Faber & Faber. Pages? Not sure precisely, but it's.... substantial. Big period--seven years, 1978-84. Also has quite a lot of illustrations.
The US version, on Viking Penguin, looks likely to be significantly
shorter. It may also come out slightly later--that's still up in the air. "

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the stypod

Stylus have launched a mp3 music blog: the stypod

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Pitchfork review Björk - Medulla

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John Peel is 65 today.

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Justin Berkovi - Passion

epm provide a full press release for the new Justin Berkovi album: Justin Berkovi - Passion - MUSIC MAN - PRESS RELEASE

Artist - Justin Berkovi
Title - Passion
Format - CD / 2 X LP
Catalog No. - MMCD024 / MMLP024
Release Date - 06/09/2004

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New Releases @ Rough Trade

Some new releases listed in the latest weekly e-mail from Rough Trade Shops.

New Releases and Imports [mostly] for August 30th:

g plan - all roads lead to this
g plan are group of scottish musicians from chimaera, the wow kafe and degrassi. they play emotional mostly instrumental post rock with energy and bursts of noise. this meaningful and moving experience was produced by brendan o'hare. if you like explosions in the sky, mogwai or godspeed then check this out

tusk (pelican) - tree of no return
tusk feature 3 members of chicago's mighty pelican. this is their second album and relates the grim tale of a hapless drifter stranded in a nightmarish hinterland. unlike the slow and heavy peilcan this is more like an intense avant-grind version of the locust. on tortuga

axolotl - axolotl
the debut from this san francisco trio conjures comparisons to the dream syndicate work of john cale, magical power mako or taj mahal travellers, the elerctronic droneworks of the mego folks or phil niblock. they blend acoustic instruments with electronic processing creating harsh or soothing blasts and drones, free jazz clatter and a teutonik pulse. on psychopath.

knifehandchop - how i left you
an album of post break-up anthems via a sentimantal journey of shizoid stomping electro hardcore and dancefloor death marches that could only come from a shot to the heart, this is young billy's first proper album and demonstartes a new form of sonic aggression

communique - poison arrows
The album is a potent mix of punk, Bowie-era glam and the swagger and jangle of The Smiths; drenched in 80's era keyboards. A year's worth of touring has honed Communique nto a tight, sharp beast. 'Poison Arrows' balances the band's sophisticated instrumentation with a intensity that speaks all the way back to the underground punk that inspired these guys to pick up instruments in the first place. it is equal parts perfumed silk and whisky-breath kisses - in a way that few others do with their first album.

lazyboy - penguin rock
Lazyboy are Radio One's Rob da Bank and Kylie co-writer Dan Carey. 'penguin rock' is full of quintessential English eccentricity and eclectic influences. It's a chill-out album of sorts, full of cosmopolitan Balearic spirit and laidback dub grooves, but with so much more on offer. Collaborators on this album include Estelle, Roddy Frame, Earl 16, Cathy Battestessa and Lee 'Scratch' Perry. on sunday best

frisell, bill - unspeakable
On 'Unspeakable', guitarist Bill Frisell and producer Hal Willner take a freewheeling, idiosyncratic approach to the modern art of music sampling, in a groove and-soul based project. Frisell and Willner employ often obscure songs and sounds culled from vintage vinyl as the jumping off-point for their own sonic explorations, with choice fragments borrowed and integrated into original compositions. More often than not, the pair simply sample the ideas and/or moods of the various sides Willner has unearthed, then create something entirely new from this found-object inspiration

chance, james and the contortions - buy
a reissue of the first james chance album from 1979 on ze records. it was first and only studio album with the contortions. it's his most abrasive, jerky and glorious album featuring funky rhythms, tuneless guitars and a bleating saxophone. it's distrurbing, fun and danceable. this cd reissue includes a deluxe 20 page booklet and 3 bonus live tracks

chance, james and the contortions - live at the bains douches
A recording of a live performance on May 13, 1980, Live Aux Bain Douches is the single best James Chance live album available, eclipsing ROIR's 'White Cannibal' and 'Soul Exorcism' releases. The recording is far superior to any of the other live material I've heard, and the band seem to be fully engaged with the material, delivering an energetic set to a wildly appreciate audience. on ze records

dead combo - dead combo
Raw grease monkey electro punk from Finland via NYC on Output Recordings. dead combo are 2 guys, 2 guitars and a dirty old moog. they play stripped down, primitive thrash that could easily be mistaken for the classic 1977 era suicide or spaceman 3 at their height of their suicide infatuation. it features a mashed cover of bowie's 'let's dance' recorded live at cbgbs.

slam - year zero
Taking inspiration from bands such as Tom Tom Club, Prince, Mantronix and urban labels like Celluloid and Sugarhill, Slam's Orde Meikle and Stuart McMillan have produced their most accomplished album to date. Dot Allison and Tyrone Palmer return on vocals alongside Elbee Bad, Envoy and the legendary voices of Ann Saunderson and Billie Ray Martin. To reflect the warped and weird electro funk on which they were raised the duo dug out older synths and analogue equipment to work their magic. On 'Year Zero' they have made the album they always threatened to make, an album of fully realised songs and future classics. limited signed copies of the cd

jesu - heartache
Long awaited return by Justin Broadrick (GODFLESH / NAPALM DEATH / TECHNO ANIMAL) whose career spans almost 20 years of pioneering rock, drum/n/bass and hiphop. The new thing is JESU, a hybrid, free-form project - best described as a cousin of Godflesh - nearer in sound to them than any other project he has been involved in - the brooding bass and ominous guitar tonality are there, and yet Jesu takes flight in a way Godflesh never could - the sounds are ambient and electronic, crushing and monotone, gentle and foreboding, guitar driven and not.

the radio dept - lesser matters
finally a uk release for The debut album, 'Lesser Matters'. it is a beautiful record which uses delicate song writing and distorted white noise in equal measure to dramatic effect. Their classic indie-pop sound wouldn't be out of place filed next to the likes of Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, and the Boo Radleys (circa 'Everything's Alright Forever' and 'Giant Steps') yet they manage to sound as fresh and relevant as The Postal Service. Their fugged bedroom-production style gives them a discernible edge and helps to mark them out as more than mere contenders. on xl

kuti, fela - best of / music is the weapon 2cd/dvd
deluxe box set that includes his double cd best of plus the definitive iconic dvd 'music is the weapon'. shot in lagos in 1982, this documentary features live material and studio sessions.

rodriguez-lopez, omar a. - a manual dexterity - ost volume 1
rodriguez-lopez is one half of the songwriting duo at the core of mars volta. this is the soundtrack to an as yet unfinished film begun in 2001. predominantly instrumental this is a high volume coming together of a free form version of the volta, avant-garde musicians and boundary pushing ideas. on g.s.l.

das oath - das oath
Das Oath have been controversially tearing up the hardcore scene for years, making themselves to the 'enfants terrible' of their own scene! The band's inception in 2000 started with the selfreleased first single on Youth Attack Records, Gloom Records and Coalition Records. this 15 songs album is a steamroller of intensity mixing their love of negative approach, void and agnostic front. it holds a fine line between classic hardcore, structurized arty noise and 70's punk rock. on dim mak

taborn, craig - junk magic [UK Release Date]
the follow up to taborn's 2001 solo album 'light made lighter'. he explores the touchstone for his digital space jazz that embraces the same discipline used by sun ra or larry young. he creates complex arrangements that combine elements of electronica, trip hop and jazz fusion

homelife - guru man hubcap lady
at last, More from the Mancunian collective Homelife. 'Guru Man Hubcap Lady' is a spectacular mixture of musical ingredients, blending unique, beautiful melodies inspired by Eastern, Latin, Folk, Classical and Modern music. So, as you can see Homelife aren't interested in conforming to perceived norms, to genre, to standard recording techniques, to even having a proper line-up. What they do though is come together to make a kind of pop music for all those people who thought that somehow pop music was over. on ninja tunes

dj rels - theme for a broken soul
Debut electronic/broken beat/nu jazz album release on Stones Throw from talented newcomer DJ Rels. he was discovered and subsequently championed by Madlib. The album has been executive produced and recorded by Madlib whilst Peanut Butter Wolf shares co-executive producer credits. Rels musical style throws out sonic references such as Seiji and Bugz In The Attic and also the likes of Jazzanova. It is a hazy, funky mix of hip hop inspired futuristic instrumentals. cd only on stones throw

pritchard, david - nocturnal earthworm stew
a fascinating 1976 album from canadian musician pritchard. originally released on island this is a unique blend of acoustic instruments (violin, cello, dulcimer, guitar etc) with found sounds and random objects all integrated with the earlist portable synths (arp 2600 and ems aks). think eno, very early kraftwerk, pioneers like alvin curran, tim souster or ron geesin. remastered with bonus tracks.

spring heel jack - the sweetness of the water [UK Release Date]
spring heel jack mark another step in their evolution away from their jungle roots with their fourth contribution to the thirsty ear blue series. it's their most unabashedly beautiful yet, showcasing the elegant phrasing of wadada leo smith on trumpet and evan parker on saxophone, accompanied by john edwards' meaty and textural bass playing and the sensitive drumming of mark sanders

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Sunday, August 29, 2004


Leonard's Lair review Weevil - Drunk On Light

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Key new album releases for August 23rd [A more detailed release listing including other new releases, compilations and reissues - can be found further up this webpage.]

Blackfield - Blackfield (Snapper) [Featuring Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree]
Benjamin Brunn - Konig Und Drache (Bine)
Butch Cassidy Sound System - Butches Brew (Fenetik)
By The End Of Tonight - The Fireworks On Ice (Temporary Residence) EP
Nels Cline Singers - Giant Pin (Cryptogramophone) [US Import, Available at Rough Trade]
Clinic - Winchester Cathedral (Domino)
DKD - Future Rage - Album (Bitasweet / 2000 Black)
Douglas/Sclavis/Lee/Van der Schyff - Bow River Falls (Premonition)
Fucking Am - Gold (Dragcity)
Lars Horntveth - Pooka (Smalltown Supersound)
Little Wings - Magic Wand (K)
Old Man Gloom - Christmas (Tortuga)
Radian - Juxtaposition (Thrill Jockey)
Swod - Gehen (City Centre Offices)
Unearth - Oncoming Storm (Metalblade)

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Slang - More Talk About Tonight

Terminus Records have just released an album from Slang in the US.

Slang music is in the jazztronica / electronic/ post rock vein - think Nils Petter Molvaer, Supersilent, Jaga Jazzist, Spring Heel Jack - with a touch of Techno Animal circa Re-entry.

A free-form musical project by Dave Schools & Lang Martine III. Includes performances by: DJ LOGIC, VIC CHESNUTT, DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND, MATT ABTS, ERIC MCFADDEN, LORI CARSON and more...

Slang sets off on another sonic adventure with More Talk About Tonight the second release from the critically-acclaimed alliance, in stores August 17th (Terminus Records). Filled with sophisticated arrangements and free improvisations, the album is both indefinably modern and reassuringly classic at the same time, as if the duo in charge (Layng Martine III and Dave Schools) were equally as influenced by Herbie Hancock as Brian Eno. They pilfer freely from abstract rock, alternative jazz and electronica, and the result is nothing short of beautiful cacophony.

For More Talk About Tonight, Martine began by tracking the improvisational threads that developed out of the recording process when he gathered the "core band": bassist Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), drummer Matt Abts (Gov’t Mule), keyboardist Ray Packzkowski (Trey Anastasio, Viperhouse) and guitarist/special effects master Knox Chandler (The Golden Palominos). More Talk About Tonight plays like a night at a post-apocalyptic speakeasy, with friends like Vic Chesnutt, DJ Logic (Medski, Martin & Wood), Lori Carson (The Golden Palominos), Eric McFadden (George Clinton), Paul Pimsler, Jay Rodriguez (Groove Collective), and others occasionally stepping up onstage to join Martine and Schools for a song or two before disappearing back into the smoke-filled room. More Talk About Tonight weaves a brilliant soundscape brimming with abstract imagery and atmosphere

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Trivia fact: Get Ready by New Order is 3 years old tomorrow. It was released August Bank Holiday 2001 in the UK.

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Instal.04 - 16/17th Oct - The Arches, Glasgow

New website for Instal 04 the experimental music festival happening in Glasgow in October: Instal.04

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Riverside - Out of Myself

The Laser's Edge release an album from Polish art rockers Riverside

Out of Myself
Release: September 21, 2004

Riverside is a way of expressing reflections, dreams and fantasies through music. It is an idea for exposing emotions, for an escape from the grey or unnaturally overcoloured reality. It is music inspired by a time, a place, a thought and a word, a figment of their own and other people's imagination. It is joy and sadness, a whisper and a scream.

This young Polish band has created an emotional musical journey through dark and moody atmospheres that find kindred spirits in Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Anathema, and Pink Floyd. With a sound that encompasses prog, psychedelia, metal and even alternative rock, Riverside is poised to break through to a wider audience.

The gorgeous full color booklet, designed by award winning digital artist/graphic designer Travis Smith is the visual counterpart to Riverside's music, perfectly capturing the mystical spirit of "Out Of Myself".

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White Willow - Storm Season

The Laser's Edge release an album from Norwegian art rockers: White Willow

Storm Season
Release: September 21, 2004

White Willow has been named 'one of the most significant progressive groups of the current era' by The Billboard Guide to Progressive Music, and 'the Mazzy Star of prog' by College Music Journal. Their debut effort 'Ignis Fatuus', even garnered a stellar review from Burrn!, Japan's leading metal magazine. They have played world renowned festivals such as Progfest and NEARfest, and have headlined France's Crescendo Festival.
Over the course of four albums their music has evolved from a soft, pastoral sound based around female vocals, mellotron, woodwinds and acoustic guitars, to a more gothic-tinged electric and rock-based sound, with heavier guitars being especially prominent on the band's new offering, the turbulent 'Storm Season'.

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Signal to Noise - the journal of improvised & experimental music

The new Fall 2004 issue of Signal to Noise has now been published, a themed issue on The Artist's Role in Waging Peace

Overview of CD Reviews

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Saturday, August 28, 2004


Playlouder review Susanna and the Magical Orchestra - List Of Lights and Buoys

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Triosk - Moment Returns

Triosk release Moment Returns on the Leaf label on Monday 11th October 2004. review Triosk - Moment Returns

Also reviewed @ The Beat Surrender

Formed in 2001, Sydney's Triosk present their first proper full-length record, released internationally on The Leaf Label. Moment Returns sets a new standard for improvisational musicians working with electronics, as the band search for playful new ways to combine the sound and unity of purpose of the great jazz piano trios with new compositional forms and the textures and processes of minimalism and electronic music.

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Selected Autumn Album Releases

The latest e-mail newsletter from Forced Exposure publicity lists these forthcoming album releases [that I have not mentioned previously]:

[Release Dates are US]

9-14-04 THR 148CD ZEDEK, THALIA Trust Not Those in Whom Without Some Touch of Madness THRILL JOCKEY CD

9-21-04 TZ 7191 BERNSTEIN, STEVE Diaspora Hollywood TZADIK CD


9-28-04 PLAY 013CD LOSOUL Getting Even PLAYHOUSE CD




10-05-04 REPH 018CD µ-ZIQ Bluff Limbo REPHLEX 2CD

10-05-04 TO 64 CD JOHANNSSON, JOHANN Virthulegu Forsetar TOUCH CD/DVD

10-05-04 TO 63 CD Z'EV Headphone Musics, 1 To 6 TOUCH CD



11-02-04 STAUB 054CD ROBERTS, DEAN And the Black Moths Play the Grand Cinema STAUBGOLD CD

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RICARDO VILLALOBOS: thé au harem d'archimède

Details of a new mini album from RICARDO VILLALOBOS, due October 11th on Perlon.


Here are the details on the new Ricardo Villalobos mini LP on Perlon. Out October 11th, 2004 in Europe. Which is roundabout October 12th over here. When promos arrive I will let you know.

Ricardo Villalobos
thé au harem d'archimède

3x12" / CD



A1. hireklon
B1. serpentin
B2. forallseasons
C1. théorème d'archimède
C2. hello halo
D1. temenarc 1
D2. temenarc 2
E1. miami
E2. stereobox
F1. true to myself

tracklisting: CD

1. hireklon
2. serpentin
3. forallseasons
4. théorème d'archimède
5. hello halo
6. temenarc 2
7. temenarc 1
8. miami
9. true to myself

Archimedes' theorem defines the buoyant lift: Diving an object into a vessel full of water causes an increase of pressure inside the vessel. The displaced amount of water, i.e. the lifting force is equivalent to the object's body volume, i.e. its weight-force.

Transfering this theorem to the music of the overwhelming parallel universe of Ricardo Villalobos' new triple EP/album length CD, one will realize the following: Diving all of its notes into reality results in the displacement of the same to a high degree, since the music has an enormous volume by expanding airily. Which means nothing but the musical principle of psychedelics taking effect here. This time by using the method of reduction, Ricardo is closer to the tradition of the cultured jam sessions by the legendary German 70es musicians' collective Ash Ra Tempel around Manuel Goettsching (known from his Prototech solo production "E2-E4") than to the simply structured march through occasionally rather uninspired club metrics.

While experiencing this uniquely fascinating work the amazed listener is witnessing a musical terraforming, at the same time the colonization of the new planet: every single track creates a mystic space in which sound elements are able to spread out in all directions. Teeming, often melancholically coloured sound organisms awake on the field of free flows - among them Flamenco patterns ("Hireklon") or warming bass lines ("Miami"). Just as one is used to it concerning the tracks within Ricardo's DJ sets, which hardly can be marked by a simple definition of beginning and end any more. A confining grid is dissolved almost completely, physical laws are replaced by emotional ones - by the mathematics of intuition.

Ricardo's percussive talent is undisputed: the sophisticatedly elastic rhythm meanders of Latin American/Caribbean origin sound as if they have been introduced to the wild from the base of a cool, impeccably clean laboratory which is located somewhere in the Science Fiction vastness of the Chilean Atacama desert. The loss of sense of time appears in favour of the event of intensity. Frequently the tracks appear surprisingly volatile, despite the considerable playing times of several titles which are absolutely required for exhausting the free, rhythmic modulatons. One wishes them to last forever, like the whole production.

In the staggers of these animating blurrings of perception Archimedes' theorem transforms into the romantic image of "Tea in the harem of Archimedes". This synthetical mind expansion of bizarre beauty is highly addictive!

Source: Forced Exposure/FE Publicity e-mail

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Sisterray is a well known London independent record / music store. Their redesigned website includes e-commerce ordering.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:20 PM review Homelife - Guru Man Hubcap Lady

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musicalbear review Diplo - Florida

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Vibe interview Saul Williams

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Beans Album in October

WARP RECORDS will release a new album from Beans titled: Shock City Maverick on October 25th.

Beans is back with an all-new supercharged single and power-packed album.
The Down By Law single is released on 20th September, with the Shock City Maverick album to follow on 25th October. With red-hot production contributions from Mark Pritchard (Reload/Global Communication/Jedi Knights..) as well Beans' own Beats, the album takes up where Beans last record (the superb Now, Soon, Someday) left off, and moves restlessly onwards, melding raw electronics, futuristic soul, and mind-bending lyrical wordplay

Source: Warp Records e-mail newsletter.

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This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

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

Yunx - Snake in the Grass
Mini LP

This is the first in Ai's long awaited new EP series, featuring specially comissioned photographed sleeves by acclaimed fine arts photographer Dan Holdsworth. Manchester's Yunx have been delivering their carefully crafted blend of smooth electronic music and detroit techno variations for over 10 years now, having first come to public attention with their inclusion on skam's legendary `0161' compilation back in 1998. With a highly regarded series of EP's on their own eponymous label and releases for Isophlux and U-Cover under their belt, yunx have now been made part of Ai's lineup of core artists and proudly present their first release for the label - `Snake in the Grass'. Across these 6-tracks Yunx return to re-assess emotive electronic textures and uplifting melodies, the opening track here `Easyway' bringing to mind the melancholy euphoria the likes of ulrich schnauss or even boards of canada have streamed into popular consciousness since the late 90's. The sound here is soft and soothing, a million miles removed from the intricate digital processing and effects that have typified the electronica scene since it became known as `Idm'. With it, Ai have brought into focus a strain of electronic music that harks back to a time when analogue sounds and rich musicality where the primary tools at the disposal of aspiring bedroom musicians and knob twiddlers, and have done so in fine style. Each release in this series will be strictly limited to a one-time pressing of 1000 copies only, so get collecting!

Bjork - Medúlla
One Little Indian

**Limited edition multi-page Digipak edition** It's been three years since Bjork's last album landed on this planet but it seems just like yesterday. Such was and is the power of that album to remain in your subconscious, days, months, years after you first heard it. Going through another baffling pre-recording arrangement of ideas Bjork finally hit upon making 'Medúlla' (translated as marrow in latin) an album mostly stripped bare of acoustic and electronic instrumentation. Instead all the music had to come from the human voice (but not in a Bobby McFerrin way :), with this in mind she hooked up with Mike Patton, Rahzel, Robert Wyatt, Kelis, plus other lesser known artists and choirs from the UK and Iceland. Where music does creep in it's handled by Olivier Alary from Ensemble, Mark Bell, Matmos, Mark 'Spike' Stent (basically Bjork's backroom boys). Track highlights include the glacially electronic shimmer of 'Where Is The Line', 'Triumph Of A Heart' goes back to the 'Big Time Sensuality' vibe connected with 'Debut', with a dope human trombone accompaniment and dual beatbox attack. 'Mouth's Cradle' is about the wonder of breast feeding, an amazing cross pollination of choral voices, rapid tone chord changes and Bjork's voice driven by a kaos pad while a low riding human beatbox from Rahzel bumps this track along. 'Who Is It' is the poppiest track on this album and an absolute blast with Rahzel on amazing multi layered single take beatboxing form. 'Piano II' ventures into what Bjork calls emotional throat singing, wild sounds emit from the mysterious artist Tagaq who features on other tracks in a less confrontational manner - wild. My personal favourite is 'Submarine', a divine collaboration with the godlike Robert Wyatt, beautiful and beyond compare - mysterious and haunting, a musical equivalent of a foggy night by the docks watching the ships slowing swaying side to side. Bjork imparted to the Mixing It crew that this album was in part inspired by 911 and the experience of the birth of her second child Isadora. Maybe 'Medúlla' is not as instantly mind blowing as 'Vespertine' but with a few plays it'll lodge itself in your soul for months to come. The hardest part is choosing the formats, lush 180g double vinyl gatefold edition or lush super audio/standard cd format in a digipak with a 16 panel poster or a lush DVD edition, audio through your DVD player with an exclusive 45 minute documentary on the making of 'Medúlla', owwwch! Very essential.

Boyd Rice / Non - Terra Incognita : Ambient Works 1975-Present

This is a very welcome compilation of eerie ambience from pioneering artist Boyd Rice aka NON. With a mighty back catalogue behind him the artist selects this heavily spooked out visionary collection of music. Musically the material drifts over a diverse selection of moody industrial ambience part Aphex and part Philip Jeck to name just two points of reference. A killer introduction to what some people might consider a difficult artist. Highly recommended.

Christopher Willits - Pollen

Christopher willits' long-awaited release `pollen' finally sees the light of day. Initially a precursor, but now a follow up to his widely acclaimed release `foldingand the tea' on 12k, "Pollen" finds willits playing guitar and using a series of self-built signal processes that fold smooth guitar lines on top of and into each other, generating patterns within patterns, and an unbounded stream of similar yet different forms. A gradually drifting yet loosely interlocking geometry of melodic rhythms. Pollen' is characterised by continuous repetition and variation, emerging spontaneously from warm guitar harmonies. Lovely.

Homelife - Guru Man Hubcap Lady
Ninja Tune

Fifth album in and Paddy Steer's Homelife continue to amaze and fill us with joy and wonder at how a barrel load of influences and wild talent can equal musical magic rather than a horrible mess. Again featuring the dominant members Graham Massey and Seeming To (Seeming seeming! to take more of a group role here rather than upfront vocalist on 'Flying Wonders') alongside other core member Tony Burnside. Wayward throughout in it's most charming manner. The mixture of horns, loose drums and loopy melodies beguile and thrill. 'Roman Form' which starts this album off takes in Captain Beefheart, Art Ensemble Of Chicago and 70's cop show pimp funk with a barrage of firework's crackling. The multi vocalised title track is a tough ride into slug funk with an abstract rule disobeying aura / while still being pure fun. 'A Casa (The House)' calms things down into a classic piece of Homelife, cartoonlike musical themes (this time maybe 'Roobarb'), Graham's rasping baritone saxophone rasps next to Howard Jacobs free flowing melodic runs. In the midst of this is Maanila Santos' gorgeous vocal. Talking of killer vocals possibly my favourite track on 'G.M.H.L.' is 'Harder', simply the finest neo disco funk soul afro track in age's, with these references of course one man comes to mind = Arthur Russell. Tony Burnside's sweet and innocent vocal rings of Arthur Russells' style and delivery, focussed strongly on the recent Audika compilation - my top track of the year so far, no less - it leaves me breathless. Seeming makes her first vocal appearance on 'Heaven Knows', a swooning rapture of a song accompanied by boozy horn's, handclaps and Kubrick's 2001 style bleeps - quite amazing. The quite mad 'Banjo' is a delirious bag of tricks, like a midtempo batucada track with freeform poetics dropping science on the fantastic musical possibilities of this much ridiculed instrument. Those amazing bollywood on mars string arrangements appear on the lowriding jazzyfelakutijamming sweep of 'Lowdell Is Missing'. Flamenco funk get's a real shock on 'April Sunshine', again Tony Burnside's vocal aim straight at your soul. 'Windytreehouserollerdisco' is as you can imagine, whatever you want it to be - in my ears it's Tom Ze jamming to the theme tune of another seventies kids tv theme tune orchestrated by Lalo Schifrin. Finally we have the gorgeous backwater drift of 'Big Tree' blessed by Seeming's vocals and 'Strangers' equally calming and touched by something altogether wonderful. Enough warranted superlatives, in the year end shake up this will probably be one of my fave albums of 2004. Madwaltzley recommended.

Knifehandchop - How i left you
Very Friendly

And so Billy Pollard returns with what's touted as his first fully-fledged album, taking the narrative through all manner of mental excursions, gabba touches, pop flicks, dancehall ragga pop and whatever else comes into his messed-up mind. There's also a manic big-up to the hardcore djs and mix cassettes of his teen years with the albums vividly destructive closer "hardcore 94 - tearing away from the deviant heartbreak thread that runs through the rest of the album. Tres cool.

Lars Horntveth - Pooka
Smalltown Supersound

Lars is the brother of Martin, both members of Jaga Jazzist, the spiky end of the Cinematic Orchestra nu-jazz band explosion. Back on homebase label Smalltown Supersound after a brief fling with Ninja Tune, Jaga Jazzist will return shortly with a brand new album. For now sample Lars' saxophone, clarinet lead album, featuring incredibly lush and strong string arrangements that easily carry most of the tracks here. This eight track CD brings to mind recent 4 Hero projects and even further back the work of Alice Coltrane. Martin Horntveth lends an electronic edge to a number of tracks but for the most this is a more contemporary jazz based affair in comparison to the risk taking Jaga albums such is 'Stix' and less so the incredible 'A Livingroom Hush'. One for fan's of Bugge Wesseltoft and his Jazzland artists plus Chris Bowden and the Bruno E 'Lucky Arthur' CD on Trama. Lovely.

Movement 04 - Detroit Electronic Music Festival 04

A superb DVD featuring some of Detroit's most famous music exponents, live and in interview. With performances from heads such as Amp Fiddler, Kevin Saunderson and Kenny Larkin, Juan Atkins and Stacey Pullen, and interviews from such luminaries as Techno Godfather Derrick May, Kenny Larkin, Amp Fiddler, Darryl Wynn, Matthew Dear, soulman Vikter Duplaix, Delano Smith and 3 Chair Rick Wilhite. Also in this special edition there's an interview with ex Sun Ra drummer and musicologist Francisco Mora, and also documents the politics behind the struggle for control of the festival, (some of you may remember Carl Craig being sacked from Movement a couple of years back). All in all a very informative, and well documented film about the Detroit music scene and the now world famous DEMF festival. Recommended.

Neotropic - White Rabbits

After a string of successful releases for Ninja Tune's Ntone imprint, Neotropic (aka riz maslen) makes her Mush debut with her finest work to date. Utilizing collaborative live performances from a number of talented guest musicians on a bed of sparse programming, Riz has crafted a release that is a continuation of her migration toward warm, minimal, acoustically grounded composition. Her work combines ambient, dub, and electro with touches of folk and hip hop, appealing to fans of Manitoba, Fourtet, Colleen and Nobody. Very nice.

o9 - Church of the Ghetto P.C.

Finally available on vinyl. It's been a long time coming, but o9's debut album is finally complete and available on Schematic. Having first come to our attention with a sublime 7" for Planet Mu and the standout track on Schematic's "Lilly Of The Valley" compilation, "Church of The Ghetto P.C." is a much more dense, complex affair. At times treading on minimal eggshells, at others unleashing his programming skills with a chorus of complex structures and percussive uber-arrangements, it feels like a perfect release for a label that has made itself known for innovative electronic sound design coupled with a hidden love of harmonious warmth - somethingt that's also on display here in the slightest fashion. The overall message, though, is : innovate. Excellent.

Otto Von Schirach - Global Speaker Fisting

Deafening audiences and defying protocol, Otto Von Schirach returns with a freshly-lubed full-length to give mashed-up electronica and digital breaks another ghetto suppository. The follow up to 2002's Chopped Zombie Fungus, and following on from his demented exploits as Doc.Nuke, Global Speaker Fisting is from the underground's underground: it's the twenty-eyed electrified monstrosity living in the darkest, deepest sewers of the hardcore avant-garde. Moving from death metal send-ups to plagues and biotech disasters,to mashed up gipsy Hip Hop show-downs - Von Schirach's fourth album is easily his finest and most accomplished record to date. Check!

Poto & Cabengo - Poto & Cabengo
Karaoke Kalk

Finally the return of Jens Massel, aka Senking, aka Kandis, aka Fumble - presenting his new project together with michael cramm, who accompanied him on some of his Kandis releases. Listening to Poto & Cabengo for the first time will probably be a surprise - poto & cabengo's music is influenced primarily by americana and folk-blues, not without humour in fact. You search for the creaky crackly sounds of Jens Massel and eventually realise they are still there amidst this jaunty music, though taking a fundamentally different route. Instruments take centre stage again and combine with touches from their electronic gear to create an album so unique that it can hardly be described. Vibrant with electronic sub-structures and instruments frayed at the edges with glowing, quirky songwriting skill - this is one of the most original and endearing releases on the ever-wonderful Karaoke Kalk label in some time. Lovely.

Secret Frequency Crew - Forest Of The Echo Downs

This debut album from the Secret Frequency Crew is by far and away the most accessable and listenable album on Schematic for quite some time, taking a brief step aside from the mentally disjointed digital emissions the label has focused on of late. DJs Matthew Brown, Matt Friedman, and Adrian Michna have been operating under the Secret Frequency Crew banner for some time, taking in deep, atmospheric instrumental electronica with a love of 80's melodies and a crafted blend of guitars, trombones, bass and piano thrown in for widescreen listening. "Forest Of The Echo Downs" also at times delves into more complex, heavily percussive territory and reduced digital territory, sizzling into the twilight. Good stuff.

Si-Cut.Db - Offices at Night Vol.1 - Originals

`Offices at night', in common with Pimmon's `Assembler' (2000) features web-only audio components commissioned to accompany the audio released on cd. the final work will feature three volumes. Volume 1 consists of the original tracks by si-cut.db on cd. volumes ii and iii will feature freely available `versions' of the original tracks in mp3 format re-worked by various artists (volume ii) and by si-cut.db (volume iii). Confirmed volume ii artists include: stephan mathieu (ritornell, orthlorng musork, fällt), tu m' (aesova, fällt), mapstation (to rococo rot /kreidler), motion (12k, fat cat), sebastien roux (12k, apestaartje) and mitchell akiyama (raster-noton, substractif). Check.

The Bug (Featuring Warrior Queen) - Aktion Pak

Kevin Martin has been obsessed with ragga's glamorous gyrations for some years now, and here he brings to record one of his longer term accomplices in the dancehall. Four cuts wide here, showcasing some mighty sublow lines beyond bashment and into straight speaker ruffage. Yet as the twelve progresses, the realisation begins to sink in that Kevin has become a top flight raggamuffin producer along the way - World War 3 Version is simply brilliant, when the Queen busts the "Come test mi now" lyrics, you know she means it - probably the best release yet from this always scintillating project. Mash up the whole damn place, this is it - Buy!

Christopher Adler - Epilogue for a dark day

A remarkable young composer out of the Lou Harrison mold and a virtuoso on the khaen mouth organ, Christopher Adler splits his time between california and Thailand where he collaborates with many of the country's greatest classical musicians. For his first cd he has chosen a varied program of solo music and ensembles blending traditional thai classical instruments with those of the west. Featuring music for percussion ensemble, an evocative trio for khaen, violin and viola, a large ensemble work for thai classical instruments and a few virtuosic solos for mouth organ, this is beautiful cross cultural music with honesty, imagination and a deep sense of respect for tradition.

Luc Ferrari - Cycle Des Souvenirs
Blue Chopsticks

First ever release of a large scale electroacoustic piece five years in the making that revisits numerous periods from Ferrari's five decades of work. From the composer's liner notes: "I have been composing a new series of works under the general title Exploitation des Concepts. The point is to take concepts I have been experimenting with throughout my entire life as a composer, and to put them to use in every possible direction: in instrumental as well as electroacoustic music, in video, in multimedia installation, in new technologies as well as old ones.... These Exploitations go in all directions: the Tautology, superimposed cycles, the minimalism of the Presque Rien series, architectures of chance, anecdote, narrative, everyday sounds, arte povera . . . souvenirs . . . etc. -- all these concepts that have always preoccupied me but which until now I hadn't really exploited. So we find images of my childhood, my street, my subway; places I passed through and which struck me enough to record them, certain villages in Italy or the sea in Portugal; of my present, too: workplaces, my souvenirs, my house. The Cycle des Souvenirs also means that all the elements are structured in cycles which, when superimposed, produce chance encounters."

Luc Ferrari - Interrupteur / Tautologos 3
Blue Chopsticks

Debut release on Dave Grubbs's reissue-oriented label (moving forward from where Dexter's Cigar left off). "Ferrari - along with Pierre Schaeffer, Pierre Henry, François Bayle, and others - is one of the pioneers of the particular style of tape music known as 'musique concrète'. More significantly, he must be counted as one of the most complexly, most idiosyncratically compelling of post-War composers. Ferrari has time and again ranged far afield of musique concrète, and Interrupteur/Tautologos 3 is one such foray into instrumental music. These particular realizations came about through Ferrari's directed improvisations of Konstantin Simonovitch's ensemble, and the recordings were originally released in 1970 by EMI in their 'Perspectives Musicales' series. 'Interrupteur' is largely static music, a music of long tones periodically interrupted by aleatoric events. If it references musical minimalism (particularly Terry Riley, Steve Reich, and Robert Ashley), this surely counts as an intuitive, very personal result. 'Tautologos 3' pursues the idea of the superposition of cycles of different lengths that, once set into motion, will continually result in new events. Interrupteur" is from 1967 and features the following instrumentation: English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, French horn, trumpet, violin, viola, cello, two percussions, two electric organs. It is one of the most outright powerful and devastating recordings within the avant garde realm. "Tautologos 3" is form 1970 and features: flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, viola, cello, double bass, electric guitar, electric organ & vibraphone.

Merzbow Vs Nordvargr - Partikel
Cold Spring

In which the king of Japanese noise meets the lord of scandinavian power noise! housed in a beautiful matt foldout digipak, this album takes specially recorded source work by Merzbow, given the mighty Nordvargr treatment. Heavy loops, rhythms, pulses and noise, mixed with ambient moments - one of the most involving releases from Masami Akita to date. Check.

Raz Mesinai - Cyborg acoustics

Composer, DJ, engineer and producer Raz Mesinai was born in Jerusalem and raised in New York city. His compositions blend electronics, beats and dub effects with acoustic instruments in creating an esoteric musical tapestry filled with new sonorities and a haunting spirituality. Dramatic and mysterious, his third cd for tzadik features a host of downtown luminaries including violin virtuoso mark feldman and saxophone alchemist john zorn in some of the most complex and soulful electro-acoustic music around. The full lineup of guest musicians includes : Mark feldman, mark dresser, eyvind kang, ralph farris, tim barnes, okkyung lee, raz mesinai, john zorn and shelley hirsch.

Abdominal & Dj Fase - Flowtation Device
Tune Up

Abdominal is known as DJ Format's touring emcee - here he's joined by his own deejay and class funky beat maker Fase. Considering further background info to this album is none existent I'll tell it like it is. Twelve tracks of fairly bumpin' straight down the centre hip hop with semi aggressive lyrics and funked hard production from Fase with a mid period Tribe feel. Check the samples out and peep it..

Viktor Vaughn - Venomous Villain

To be brutally honest recently I've been feeling a little bit bloated with M.F. Doom's crazily productive output this year. Then when I heard about this rapidly put together sequel to Sound-Ink's Viktor Vaughn album I sighed. Relax, VV:2 is twelve tracks that bump in a crazy crisp thugged out manner, production handled byunknown talents System D-128, DiVINCI, Swamburger, Session 31, DJ I.N.C. and Dub L (Def Jux). Doom errrr Vaughn's lyrics are up there with his best, well his rudest, most direct and funny. Guest vocalists include Kool Keith, Manchild, Iz-Real, Carl Kavorkian and Poison Pen. This is Doom's most immediate hip hop album to date and very concise running at just over thirty minutes plus man of the mo' Diplo co-produces one track. Now just when are Rhymesayers going to drop 'MM Food', the answer = mid November preceded by the 'Hoecakes' 12" in October, me canna wait. Dope.

International Airport - Reunion Of Island Goose

After last week's superb single 'Association' here comes the second album from this ace 2/3 Scottish troupe. The linkup with Teenage Fanclub planted a seed of thought in my head that International Airport feel like a rougher edged version of the Fanclub's summary Byrd's vibe. Lyrically out in the cosmos but grounded with a plethora of interesting instrumentation, mixed down by John McEntire at Soma Chicago. If Tortoise jammed with Mum and sang songs of extra terrestrial love then they'd be close in spirit to International Airport. Give it a try.

Nagisa Ni Te - The Same As A Flower
Jag Jaguwar

'The Same As A Flower' is the sixth album to come from Japan's children of nature Nagisa Ni Te, aka Masaka Takeda and Shinji Shibayama. This being the third album that Jag Jaguwar have picked up while Geographic introduced them to the UK in 2001, a couple of other albums remain Japanese only imports. This new record was recorded between 2002 and the beginning of 2004 and like previous excursions the songs are about nature, about the singularity of two people immersed in nature together, and about experiencing life as 'being', not 'becoming' or 'recovering from'. Like their previous full-length record, 'Feel', 'The Same As A Flower' still brings to mind the very best of sixties' and seventies' psychedelic, progressive and folk rock (i.e. middle-era Roy Harper, Pink Floyd, 13th Floor Elevators and early Neil Young). Blissful.

The Fucking Am - Gold
Drag City

.. being a thoroughly unholy alliance between The Fucking Cramps and Trans Am. Ball's out rock 'n roll without any compromise. The gold glitter card packaging should indicate where this lies. Eight tracks, only for the brave or drunken.

Windsor For The Derby - We Fight Til Death
Secretly Canadian

5th full length release from the widely acclaimed Windsor For The Derby, finding core members Dan Matz and Jason Mcneely along with now long term members Timothy White and Ben Cissner recording with Dan Burton (early day miners / ativin) the controls at his (burtons) grotto home studio. Displaying a progression from previous works, "We Fight Til Death' exhibits a skewed pop sensibility as well as some new found dark refrains - making for their most realized work to date. Check.

Dead Combo - Dead Combo

After their Suicide inflected twelve last week, ver combo return and, no they haven't worked out any other patterns on their drum machine, still sound and look like Sisters of Mercy never happened, take Iggy far too seriously and to be quite honest with you make one of the best comedy albums of the last few years. This shit's so bleak, tongues surely are wedged firmly in cheeks - just check 'Lets Dance' and draw several pentagrams on your dancefloor. The new no wave

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The Brainwashed Brain V07I33 - 08222004

This week's The Brainwashed Brain includes reviews of:

Mouse on Mars - Radical Connector
Thrill Jockey (US) / Sonig (DE)

Radian - Juxtaposition
Thrill Jockey

Chris Watson - Weather Report

Patrick Wolf - Lycanthropy

David Grubbs - A Guess at the Riddle
Drag City

Venetian Snares - Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding
Planet µ

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Sleepytime Gorilla Museum: Announce New Album

Mimicry Records profile the forthcoming Sleepytime Gorilla Musuem album

Context: Firstly, Introducing Sleepytime Gorilla Museum: US West Coast Avant Prog Band:
For a band that owes as much to Meshuggah as they do to the Art Bears, Messiaen, and Einstürzende Neubauten, their skewed exhumation of Futurism in reverse strikes a broad nerve and fills a big void – in the process SGM’s music has become dear to many many hearts.

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - of Natural History
(WoM 019) - 2004

A landmark release in the tradition of absolutely no tradition, a destined classic. With this, their Mimicry debut, Sleepytime's musical method has evolved, as natural things will do, and delivers what can only be described as a complete and thoroughly devastating musical expression. With their dense harmonic compositions & and jagged, intricate rhythms (by FAR the best in the business on both counts) servicing the artistic equivalent of a Unabomber tract set to music, the music collected in the Museum of Natural History sets a serious high water mark for future generations to look back on in awe… assuming the existence of future generations, that is.

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Friday, August 27, 2004


All About Jazz review Jim Black/Alasnoaxis - Habyor

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This Month's All About Jazz newsletter: All About Jazz Highlights | August 2004

This month's update details some of the latest changes to All About Jazz, so please read on...


An interview with Nels Cline: Nels Cline: Intrepid Guitarist

An interview with Vandermark 5: A Fireside Chat with The Vandermark 5

An interview with John Medeski: A Fireside Chat With John Medeski

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BBC Collective interview The Radio Dept.

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Latest news from 4AD [via e-mail newsletter]

The 4AD release schedule for 2005 is already looking busy - the new records from 50 Foot Wave and Cass McCombs will be followed by a number of releases which are currently works-in-progress. 4AD artists in the studio at the moment or in the near future include Magnétophone, Mojave 3, Tanya Donelly, the Mountain Goats and Scott Walker...

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Teebee Album

Norwegian drum n bass artist Teebee is back with a new album on Subtitles Records, listen to tracks exclusively previewed at Drum'n'Bass Arena - Listen

No details of a release date or album title at the mo.

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BBC Collective review Björk - Medúlla

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fast 'n' bulbous has been updated, including the rankings for 2004 album releases.

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Eternal Fusion on SpydaRadio

The latest Eternal Fusion show is now available to listen online @ Eternal Fusion: SpydaRadio

:: Latest Show: Friday 27th August 2004 ::

Eternal Fusion

Intro: 'Bugle'
Landing - 'Gravitational 3'
Faun Fables - 'Train'
Clem Snide - 'Ballad Of David Icke'
Tabla Beat Science - 'Secret Channel'
Bill Wells - 'Family Sighs'
The Cranes - 'Particles & Waves'
The Beans - 'My Love Is A Rhinestone Infused Dodecahedron'
Mandarin - 'Eye On Time'
Greenland - 'Secret Rat And The Bag Of Happiness'
Psychatrone & Cotton - 'Several Species Of Alien Beings Gathered In Space Jamming With Cotton'
Guided By Voices - 'Sons Of Apollo'
sunn0))) - 'Bassaliens'
Sufjan Stevens - 'Demetrius'
Can - 'Spray'
Ozric Tentacles - 'Celtic Jam' (From Recent U.S. Tour)
Tarentel - 'Bell Jar'
Brian Eno - 'Everything Merges With The Night'
The Album Leaf - 'The Outer Banks'
The Ivytree - 'The Withering Year'
Tara Jane O'Neil - 'Take The Waking'
Gravenhurst - 'Bluebeard'
No Neck Blues Band - 'Raising The Low Road'
Jah Wobble - 'Elevator Music #11'
Igloo - 'A Ye Yo'
Tied & Tickled Trio - 'Memory Dub'
Homelife - 'Windytreehouserollerdisco'
Arovane - 'Windy Wish Trees'
Polmo Polpo - 'Dreaming (Again)'

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electronic music webzine: Tesselate

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Cure Day @ 6 Music

Next Thursday is Cure Day @ 6 Music

Thursday 02 September we will be celebrating the Cure's massive contribution to British Music with an exclusive interview, gallery comp and lots of great music:

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Next week's releases are reviewed @ Norman Records

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music blog to check: beatmixed

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Bob Harris no longer at 6 Music

Boring Bob Harris is at 6 Music no more, Mojo journalist/ ex Xfm DJ - Keith Cameron stands in on Sunday. Apparently changes are coming to 5pm-8pm slot on Sunday, although no details yet:


September A new show with new sounds ... stay tuned.

According to messages on BBC music messageboards, Bob Harris is increasing his Radio 2 output and has decided to longer continue at 6 Music. Personally speaking Bob was always out of place at 6 Music with his boring selection of singer songwriters, americana and conformist trad/ classic rock.

It will be interesting to see what the 6 Music executives decide to do with this 5pm - 8pm Sunday slot.

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Almost Cool review Mouse On Mars - Radical Connector

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A Perfect Circle get eMOTIVe - News report A Perfect Circle will release an album: eMOTIVe on the day before the US election. The album will be a combination of original songs and covers, on the themes of war, peace, love and greed.

Billboard have further info: APC Gets Political On 'eMOTIVe'

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The Guardian review Björk - Medulla

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The Guardian review Susanna and the Magical Orchestra - List of Lights and Buoys

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ARS Electronica FESTIVAL

An updated website for ARS Electronica FESTIVAL taking place in Linz, Austria Thursday 2nd September to 7th September.

Ars Electronica covers many intersection themes of Art, Design, Multimedia, Music/ Sonic Art, Technology and how they relate to changes in society.

Timeshift - The World in 25 Years

The 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Festival of Art, Technology and Society
"TIMESHIFT - The World in 25 Years" is the title of the 2004 festival; transformation, upheaval and the future are its programmatic concepts. The point of departure is reflection upon the past 25 years;
the aim is to identify the developments that promise to be the driving forces in art, technology and society over the next quarter century. The younger generation of media artists and theoreticians will meet Ars Electronica's founding generation and, together with an audience of wide-ranging backgrounds and diverse interests, confront the past and the future of phenomena at the interface of art, technology and society.

Full Press Release

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Mixing It - 27 August 2004

The tracklisting for this week's Mixing It show on Radio 3: Mixing It - 27 August 2004 includes:

Mark Russell and Robert Sandall feature a session with Los Angeles-based tuba player Tom Heasley, who creates ambient electro-acoustic music through digital processing and loops.

Plus music from latest CD releases, including Susanna and the Magical Orchestra and Mira Calix.

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Thursday, August 26, 2004


Converge multimedia mini-site

Noisecore rockers CONVERGE have launched a multimedia mini-site to promote their upcoming You Fail Me album. [Alerted via Silent Uproar]

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Slow Thrills

I must add this music blog to my blogger template: Slow Thrills

Also Slow Thrills Portal.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:25 PM

The Azoic - Illuminate

Nilaihah Records release The Azoic - Illuminate on September 20, 2004.

The follow-up to their successful 'Forward' and 'Conflict' releases, 'Illuminate' returns with a further cultivation of The Azoic's sound and style that will leave you wanting more! A solid blend of electronic dance that encompasses everything from trance to futurepop, industrial and synthpop. 12 passionate dance tracks, including a cover of Animotion's 80's hit "Obsession" featuring a guest appearance from Frank Spinath of Seabound!

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Found via a Google News Alert: The Blue Nile: Interview by Sarah Williams.

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Astronaut Artwork

arjanwrites has the front cover artwork for Duran Duran - Astronaut

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Toucaen album

PostEverything provide info on: Toucaen - He was Once Somebody's Baby Boy due on swim label [owned by Colin Newman of Wire] on October 4th.

Toucaen’s music is both simple and complex, electronic in construction rather than content it’s influences range from Eric Satie to Warpadelica – Steve Reich to drum n’ glitch yet all the while imbued with that illusory quality that makes it the soundtrack to his life, to my life, to your life. Triumph, tragedy, banality and beauty are all there.

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Junkmedia review Comets on Fire - Blue Cathedral

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Junkmedia review Signer - The New Face of Smiling

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Splendid review an avant jazz collaboration album: Big Satan - Souls Saved Hear

Big Satan is an avant-jazz project comprised of alto saxophonist Tim Berne, guitarist Marc Ducret and drummer Tom Rainey. Theirs is an occasional collaboration -- very occasional; the last Big Satan album was recorded back in 1997. Producer David Torn is an additional and important part of the equation on Souls Saved Hear, whose talent for fostering intricate sonic designs figures prominently

# posted by DJ Martian 12:18 PM review Diplo - Florida

Often stunning and never less than competent, this is an excellent, diverse collection of instrumental hip hop excursions, laid back grooves and whacked out rap tracks. This album triumphantly announces that there is a new kid on the beats block and he might just knock DJ Shadow’s b-boy cap off.

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Dusted review Bark Psychosis - ///Codename:Dustsucker

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Notification of a new issue of PLAN B MAGAZINE [via email newsletter]


The new issue of Plan B will be in shops on September 13. It features:
Joanna Newsom, Marine Girls, Shystie, Est’elle, Nick Cave, Can,
Benicassim Festival, Deerhoof, Jack Rose + VHF, Le Tigre, Comets On Fire,
Dizzee Rascal, David Cross, and much much more. It’s available in HMV,
Virgin, Borders and independent record shops nationwide, plus selected
outlets overseas.

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FatCat Demo Archive

FatCat records are one of the most progressive and adventurous British records labels have recently set up a FatCat Records : Demo Archive

With our current busy release schedule & ongoing commitments to a large roster of artists, FatCat are now finding fewer opportunities to release material from new artists. Whilst we are still receiving a high quantity of demos, we have decided to attempt to use the freedom of our website to showcase the best of these. These have been curated online (in alphabetical order) with downloadable audio and information & contact details for each artist. This section of the site will be continuously updated, with new artists being added to it as & when good material is recieved.

The choices of who we have asked to join this archive are selective, and we make no apologies for this. These are tracks we consider to be good quality material, tracks that (were it not for our workload) we would be happy to release on FatCat.

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benbecula have signed a new band Genaro to their publishing label, Benebecula music

Benbecula representatives to attend Manchester's In the City event in September. Genaro to play ITCu showcase, one of 58 bands picked from 2000 who entered this year.

24/10/04 benbecula showcase: christ., reverbaphon, prhizzm with special guest robin guthrie @ the arches - glasgow

Listen to Genaro fans of shoegazer music will need to investigate.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2004


FortDax album on the way

Latest FortDax news:

i've just completed the recording of a session for the john peel show, radio 1, which is due to be broadcast on wednesday august 25th (11 p.m. - 1 a.m.). for anyone who is interested but doesn't live in the u.k., you can listen to this live, or for a week or so after airing via: John Peel

i can also confirm that the next full length FortDax album (following the single on static caravan, details of which are still being finalised) will eventually be released on cargo distribution's 'very friendly' imprint. these are the folks responsible for the boredoms' reissues and kid 606's 'who still kill sound?' earlier this year and who also have future releases due from the likes of knifehandchop, textile ranch and mark van hoen.

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

Mouse on Mars
Annette Peacock
DJ Rels
B. Fleischmann & Herbert Weixelbaum
Morton Feldman

Wheedle's Groove (Various Artists)
Four Tet (Single & DVD)
Jackie McLean (Re-issue)
Bonnie "Prince" Billy (CD Single)

# posted by DJ Martian 11:42 PM

Kranky label Compilation

Latest email newsletter from Kranky mentions that a Kranky label sampler compilation will be released in the Autumn.

And finally, sometime this fall we will be releasing the second ever
kranky label compilation. Some of you old timers may remember
"kompilation", which came out in 1996 in Europe only. The new compilation
will be available at uber-cheap prices around the world (okay, maybe not in
North Korea or Guineau-Bissau) and is a 22 track double CD set featuring
album tracks and some exclusive contributions from Pan American, Stars of
the Lid and Keith Fullerton Whitman. Keep an eye on the website for

# posted by DJ Martian 11:22 PM

prefix review Diplo - Florida

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Codeseven name album: Dancing Echoes / Dead Sounds

The PRP report Codeseven have titled their forthcoming album: Dancing Echoes / Dead Sounds due on October 05th on Equal Vision.

The tracklisting:

01 - "La Memoire Reincarnee"
02 - "All The Best Dreams"
03 - "Pathetic Justice"
04 - "Nasty Little Revolution"
05 - "Quail's Dream"
06 - "Roped And Tied"
07 - "The Day That Doesn't End"
08 - "Shalo"
09 - "Alt. Wave"
10 - "The Devil's Interval"
11 - "Cherry Tree"
12 - "Sunflower"

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Sad news, it looks like electronic music webzine: absorb is going to close.

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Digitonal Live In London

Digitonal one of Britain's finest electronic artists will be playing in London on September 4th in support of their upcoming EP: The Centre Cannot Hold

4th September, 2004

Fresh from playing in one of the headline slots at The Big Chill, Digitonal return to London for a live show in anticipation of the release of their new EP, The Centre Cannot Hold in September featuring, live vocals from singer Kirsty Hawkshaw, (famous for providing the vocals on Orbital’s seminal Halcyon & On & On)

Support comes from the Rephlex camp with a live performance from Aleksi Perala (aka Astrobotnia, and Ovuca) and the Rephlex DJ’s, plus live electro & breaks with Kansas City Prophets, from Keith Tenniswood’s Control Tower imprint.

Live :

Digitonal (Seed / Toytronic)
Aleksi Perala (Astrobotnia / Ovuca) (Rephlex)
Kansas City Prophets (Control Tower)
Rephlex DJ’s


Spitz Venue,
109 Commercial St
London E1 6BG.

Source: Seed Records Newsletter e-mail

The Spitz

Sat 4 Sep
AbracaDada: Aleksi Perala (Astrobotnia/ Rephlex Records) + Digitonal featuring Kirsty Hawkshaw + Kansas City Prophets (Control Tower) + manyas + Rephlex & Seed Records DJs
Includes a rare appearance from Aphex Twin signing Aleksi Perala, performing new material. Kirsty Hawkshaw (Opus 3, Orbital) will accompany Digitonal's beautiful electronic soundscapes, KCP offer machine-driven future funk and manyas open with live electronics and percussion in quadraphonic sound

Also Digitonal plan to release another album:

In the meantime, we're going into a bit of a writing hibernation over the winter to put together our next album, although expect dates in Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Bristol and Sheffield to be announced soon.

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Dusted review Dillinger Escape Plan - Miss Machine

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K! Awards Nominees Announced!/ New Terrorizer

What are an awful set of nominations for: Kerrang Awards 2004

BBC News report Slipknot lead Kerrang! contenders

As I have said before forget Kerrang get Terrorizer instead.

New issue of Terrorizer on sale this week:


Exclusive Mastodon track plus new sounds from Cradle Of Filth, Darkthrone, Old Man Gloom & more!

What to expect, in the next issue [on sale end of September] Terrorizer



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Pitchfork review Mouse on Mars - Radical Connector

# posted by DJ Martian 10:59 AM review The Radio Dept - Lesser Matters

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Tuesday, August 24, 2004


Mastodon E-Card

As alerted via BW & BK MASTODON - E-card Unveiled

Relapse have a Mastodon E-card [this will load into a multimedia production]

Mastodon's Leviathan is one of the most anticipated rock albums of the year. Released next week in the US to be followed two weeks later in Europe/ UK.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:56 PM

Shortlist Music Prize 'Longlist' Nominees

Billboard report on an announcement of the nominees for this year's Shortlist prize: 70-Plus Artists Up For Shortlist Prize

BILLBOARD list the 73 longlist of nominees.

10 finalists will be selected by late September, with the winner decided at a ceremony on Nov. 1

The albums that have made the list are a very poor of representation of contemporary artists IMHO, indeed i can't even make 10 albums from the longlist, try eight:

Devendra Banhart, "Rejoicing In The Hands" (Young god)
Elbow, "Cast Of Thousands" (V2)
The Killers, "Hot Fuss" (Island)
Phil Kline, "Zippo Songs" (Cantaloupe)
Oceansize, "Efflorese" (Beggars Banquet)
The Secret Machines, "Now Here Is Nowhere" (Reprise)
TV On The Radio, "Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes" (Touch & Go)
Ty, "Upwards" (Big Dada)

# posted by DJ Martian 9:21 PM

BBC Music review Susanna and the Magical Orchestra - List of Lights and Buoys

# posted by DJ Martian 5:20 PM

Styrofoam - Nothing's Lost

Latest news from Morr Music [via e-mail] announcement of a new Styrofoam album in November

Styrofoam has just completed his new album for Morr Music. It is called
“Nothing’s Lost” and will be released in november. It features guest
appearances by Valerie Trebeljahr and Markus Acher (The Notwist/Lali Puna),
Alias (Anticon), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie/The Postal Service),
Andrew Kenny (American Analog Set), Bent Van Looy (Das Pop) and Miki
(Pitchtuner/Munk). Their contributions have been made possible by the
kind support of Brussels based music venue Ancienne Belgique
( as part of their 25th anniversary celebrations.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:10 PM

Gary Numan to start his own record label

Barcode report Gary Numan has left Artful records and plans to set up his own label Mortal Records. A new album: Jagged Halo is now expected in 2005.

More info @ the official Gary Numan website.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:58 PM

This week on the John Peel show on Radio 1

Tues 24th August: 1Xtra's Bailey
Weds 25th August: Deerhoof
Thurs 26th August: Fortdax

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Stylus review Mouse on Mars - Radical Connector

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

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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

Clinic - Winchester Cathedral

Third album from Liverpool's masked marvels, Clinic. More of their infectious, mutant pop complete with their trademark guitar rumble, and a whole host of odd instruments.

The Fucking AM - Gold
Drag City

The formula for "Gold": take the current lineup of the The Fucking Champs (Tim Green, Tim Soete and Phil Manley, in his sleeveless Fucking Champs T), then add Trans Am (Nathan Means, Sebastian Thompson and Phil Manley, wearing his Trans Am jumpsuit). Skin-banger Jon Theodore (Golden, Mars Volta, Royal Trux, Bonnie Prince Billy) was called in when the boys needed a drum-fill straight out of ZZ Top's "La Grange". "Gold" is the sound of heavy rock with the occasional totally kick-ass vocal track.

Jah Wobble - I Could Have Been A Contender - Anthology

"I Could Have Been A Contender" is the first true major retrospective of perhaps the only man who could safely assume the mantle of the UK's King Of Dub. This three CD box set covers his entire career from PIL's "Public Image" to the present day, and includes collaborations with Pharoah Sanders, Evan Parker and Brian Eno, to name but a few.

Little Wings - Magic Wand

Little Wings is a diverse musical palette Kyle Field uses to paint stories with sound. With this album Kyle worked with producer Calvin Johnson at Dub Narcotic Studios, recruiting a variety of other artists, musical and visual, Phil Elverum (Microphones) Bobby Birdman, Lee Baggett amongst others. This album fits in perfectly with the current new-folk scene that has taken the USA and world by storm. File alongside Devendra Banhart, Vetiver, Cocorosie, White Magic, Six Organs Of Admittance and Joanna Newsom.

Loose Lips Sink Ships / #03 Autumn 2004

Latest issue of this awesome quarterly, beautifully put together by Steve Gullick and Stevie Chick. This latest issue has features on Nick Cave, TV On The Radio, Est'elle, Josh T Pearson of Lift To Experience, The Prodigy, Entrance, Matmos, Comanechi, Monkey Island, Mint Chicks, Ed Harcourt, Secret Machines, Jack Rose, The Magic Band, Sunburned Hand Of The Man, Mark Lanegan, Skinnyman and Akashic Books. Great writing as usual and highly recommended.
Magazine - £4.00

The Places - Call It Sleep

Songwriter Amy Annelle has reunited with The Places to create a devastating, gorgeous wreck of an album. Annelle's two solo albums, and her first with The Places, won universal praise for their deceptive gentleness that gave way to darker, starker truths. On "Call It Sleep", this group of Portland Oregon eccentrics explore deeper palettes of improvisation, psychedelia and found sounds. "Call It Sleep" employs a jazz-inspired lineup (upright bass and violin, vibrophone, piano, brushed drums and trumpet), but The Places wander wide-eyed through 60s folk-rock, futuristic murder ballads and intuitively shifting time signatures, with Annelle's silky, almost in-your-head vocals. For fans of: Black Heart Procession, Cat Power, Dirty Three or Big Star's "Third/Sister Lovers" or Nick Drake's "Bryter Later".

The Prodigy - Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned

The Prodigy return with a monster new LP chock-full of in-yer-face electro-rock breaks and celebrity guests. All the tracks were programmed and recorded by Liam Howlett, who's obviously been influenced by the whole electroclash scene, as well as old school hip hop, rock (reworking Shocking Blue / Nirvana's "Love Buzz") and disco (reworking "Thriller"), which he fuses together here to create a stunning whole. Vocal guests include Juliette Lewis, Princess Superstar, Ping Pong Bitches (on the 80s electro-pop-disco influenced "Girls"), Kool Keith (that Ultramagnetic MCs "Poppa Large" sample anyway), Liam Gallagher (on the full throttle punk-breaks of "Shoot Down"), Twista etc.

Shearwater - Winged Life

Shearwater is frontman Jonathan Meiburg (also the keyboardist for Okkervil River), backed up by that band's lead singer Will Sheff (who contributes five of the songs on "Winged Life") as well as drummer Thor Harris (who also plays with Devendra Banhart) and upright-bassist Kim Burke. Meiburg's sweet, soaring vocals land him somewhere between Mark Hollis and Colin Blunstone, with a detectable touch of choirboy formality; his voice and Sheff's swim through a sea of instruments – guitars, violins, B-3 Hammond organ, pump organ, lap steel, vibes, Wurlitzer, sampler, glockenspiel, and piano.

Soulwax - Any Minute Now

Soulwax are back with their second studio album, following up their phenomenal "2 Many DJs" mash up CD, which went on to sell 148k copies in the UK, by word of mouth alone! "Any Minute Now" is a collision of fierce rock guitar riffing (Kerrang are big fans) and electro rhythms, with tracks swinging between the rock element and the electroclash element. Play loud!

Superqueens - Cheap Shots

"Cheap Shots" is a tour-de-force of oddball sentiment and penetrative melody - akin to a flat vowelled Bill Hicks narrating over a long lost Boards Of Canada album - it tells tales of long, lonely days and even longer, lonely nights. From the Stooges' sampling rancour of "I'm In The No-Showbiz" to the haunting cyclical beauty of album closer "State Hotel", "Cheap Shots" shines like a jewel in Manchester's grey skies.

Talking Heads - The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads

Available on CD for the first time, this landmark live album is now expanded to include 12 previously unreleased tracks.

Various Artists / Blue Balearic - Presented By Chris Coco And Rob Da Bank

Old Balearic heads, and presenters of BBC 1's early morning chill out session 'The Blue Room', Chris Coco and Rob Da Bank prove that Balearic is anything you want it it be on this ultra eclectic compilation. Over two CDs they bring us a whole load of mellowness, whether it's indie / Americana / avant-rock based (Devendra Banhardt, Piney Gir, The Earlies, The Bees, TV On The Radio, Adem, Adam Green, Lucky Jim etc), downbeat / electronica / hiptronica (Mylo, Bongmaster Inc, Nouvelle Vague, Madvillain, Schneider TM, The Album Leaf, Two Lone Swordsmen etc) or reggae (Althea & Donna, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Mikey Dread and Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers.)

By The End Of Tonight - The Fireworks On Ice EP
Temporary Residence

New signing to the Temporary Residence label, this young four piece are from a tiny town just south of Houston, Texas. This band came from literally nowhere, and brought with them the most mind bending combination of Don Caballero, Botch and The Police playing a hillbilly hoe down. This four track mini begins like a twisted prog rock Georgia stomp, and becomes equal parts hardcore, speed metal, jazz breaks, epic avant rock and sentimental 80s soundtracks.

Nagisa Ni Te - The Same As A Flower

This is the third in a series of Nagisa Ni Te releases on Jag Jaguwar. On the vanguard of the Japanese psych movement, they already appeal to fans of Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Naoki Zushi and Acid Mothers Temple. Nagisa Ni Te means on the beach, and this is indicative of the sound, like a more out there Crazy Horse.

Windsor For The Derby - We Fight Til Death
Secretly Canadian

"We Fight Til Death" finds core members Dan Matz and Jason Mcneely along with now long term members Timothy White and Ben Cissner recording with Dan Burton (Early Day Miners / Ativin) at the controls. Displaying a progression from previous works, but still exhibiting a skewed pop sensibility as well as some dark refrains. This is their most realized work to date.

Endicott - The Words In Ink Don't Lie
Equal Vision

Endicott formed around four years ago in upstate New York as a metal / hardcore outfit; they've since moved into screamo rock territory, and it's under this guise that they bring you "The Words In Ink Don't Lie", a concept LP based around a kidnapping, from the point of view of the abductee, abducter and the abductee's family. The drumming's crisp, choppy and powerful, there are some beautifully sinister guitar hooks and the vocals switch seamlessly between almost gently breathed to raging, doubled up screams...

Planes Mistaken For Stars - Up In Them Guts
No Idea

If anything their sound has hardened with this release, into a blistering, hardcore maelstrom. There is some melodic and rhythmic subtlety to be had; but this is essentially a howl of pain, characterized by ragged explosions of sound, unstable hardcore rhythms and raging vocals, underpinned by an unforgiving, emotionally agonising incest narrative. This, for the most part, is definitely NOT happy listening, but it's still deeply affecting, and that's as good a reason as any for getting your hands on it...

Espers - Espers

Prime movers in the 'new weird folk' movement, this is gorgeous acid-folk complete with fantastic psyche guitars. A superb album in the tradition of Pentangle, Incredible String Band, Ghost and John Fahey

Mark Rae - Into The Depths
Grand Central

Mark Rae's second solo album has him offering up a melting pot of soul, funk and beats, with vocals coming from longtime collaborator Veba, J Walk's Pete Simpson and Kwasi Asante. More focussed than "Rae Road" and with live instrumentation on most tracks, this is his best solo work to date.

DKD - Future Rage - Album
Bitasweet / 2000 Black

After months of salivating over a Japanese import CD and waiting with bated breath for news of a UK release, the mighty collaboration between Dego (4Hero), Kaidi Tatham (Agent K) and Daz-I-Kue (Bugz In The Attic) finally hits the streets. Straight from the off, it's clear that this is no 'ordinary' broken beat long player. Certain elements are drenched with soul characteristics, from the opener "Getaway" and particularly on "You Know It" and the sublime "Brighter Day" (which will become a basement anthem here in Manchester, if Jill Scott came up with a tune this strong everyone would be freakin out!). Add to this a bunch of primo breakin' joints such as "Super Amazing", following the "Fututre Rage" tradition and a Co-Op floorfiller by now, no doubt. Elsewhere, Kaidi shows off his synthesizer skills on the 70s-styled jazz-funk of "No Time" and there's the impeccable title track, which still ranks as one of the best things I've ever heard all year (especially when it was played at least three times at the MAW party in Miami). So now for the superlative round-up; A trimuph. A genius work. A modern classic.

Butch Cassidy Sound System - Butches Brew

A diverse and fascinating installment of reggae grooves from the talented Michael Hunter, AKA Butch Cassidy Sound System. This, his debut LP, was made using vintage instruments, compressors and effects, then recorded on two inch tape to create an authetic 70s sound. It fuses his obsession for rare breaks, hip hop, early 70s soul, and above all else, reggae, which comes to the fore on most of the tracks here, from deep dubs to upbeat dancehall styles. The LP includes previous Fenetik single "Hear What I Say", as well as tracks put out on his brother's Red Hook label, "Brothers And Sisters" (a house tempo rockers reggae track that became a bit of an anthem down at Body & Soul a few years back), "The Putney" and his brilliant Madlib / Yesterdays New Quintet one man band rework of The Meters' "Cissy Strut" as Pablo. I love this LP!

Boyd Rice / Non - Terra Incognita - Ambient Works 1975 - Present

A retrospective containing a selection of strangely serene minimalist and ambient works culled from Industrial pioneer Boyd's miscellaneous and mischievous output from 1975 to the present. For Boyd Rice (aka Non), whose real and alleged offences read like a litany of the woes of the 20th century, an album of new agey 'mood music' seems oddly way out of whack with the notorious image he has cultivated. But time and again, Boyd has defied and redefined expectations, confounding even the legions of misanthropes that adore him.

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Monday, August 23, 2004


All About Jazz review Bill Frisell - Unspeakable

# posted by DJ Martian 11:28 PM

Interpol are on the front cover of the new issue of filter magazine

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BBC Music review Associates - Singles

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BBC Music review Slam - Year Zero

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Metal music webzine: Uranium Music similar to Terrorizer/ BW & BK.

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Sonic Liberation Front - Ashé a Go-Go

Music Critic Tom Hull has updated his Music Year 2004 list.

Currently at Number 1: Sonic Liberation Front: Ashé a Go-Go (High Two)

Pitchfork review

Sonic Liberation Front
Ashé a Go-Go
[High Two; 2004]
Rating: 8.2

The Sonic Liberation Front are rarely seen or heard outside their native Philadelphia, and with a name that evokes a Fallujah breakdance corps and the line-up of a free jazz ensemble, you might assume the band plays fire music in the tradition of the 1960s. Their own description of the music is harder to digest: "Afro-Cuban Yoruba Roots meets Post Modern Free Jazz and Electronica." ...

More info @ High Two Recordings

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Enslaved - ISA

BW & BK report ENSLAVED Release Date Confirmed

The upcoming Enslaved album titled: ISA will be released by Tabu Recordings in Europe on November 8th. A US release date will follow in 2005 via Candlelight Records.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:41 PM

Pitchfork review The Vandermark Five - Elements of Style... Exercises in Surprise

# posted by DJ Martian 2:49 PM

Splendid interview Xiu Xiu

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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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