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Friday, December 31, 2004


Latest issue of Earplug


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

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Uncut magazine website has been redesigned.

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[Stumblings in the dark] - Top music for 2004 listed by Peter Hollo.

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

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6 Music have changed the URLs for their shows/ presenters on their website: BBC 6 Music - Shows

ex Xfm DJ Natasha joins 6 Music for a new Weekend Breakfast Show slot on Saturday & Sunday between 7 and 10 am.

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Leonard's Lair list Leonard's Lair - The Best Albums of 2004

# posted by DJ Martian 1:40 PM present Top Albums 2004 :

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Viewmag present

By Sean Palmerston

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Playlouder interview Julian Cope

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BBC News report Peel favourites top Festive list

One of late DJ John Peel's favourite bands, punk veterans The Fall, have come top of his annual listeners' vote to find the best songs of the year.

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Metacritic: Best Albums of 2004 - this is finally up.

The following table displays the highest-scoring albums for the year in Metacritic's database with a minimum of 7 reviews. Also listed at the bottom of the page are year-end top ten lists provided by various critics and publications.

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Virgin Radio - Music - The all time top 500 - as voted by listeners of the mainstream rock station in the UK. Final sections counting down today apparently.

dotmusic have a spoiler and publish the top 20. [Hint highlight the text below the top 20 header]

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Michaelangelo Matos - 2004 Rewind - another year end wrap up.

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top 50 2004 albums - by drexciyan - Rate Your Music
A list by rateyourmusic user drexciyan.

An interesting diverse list.

I am surprised bloggers aren't using rateyourmusic as a complementary web tool to present their favourite albums of the year lists.

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blissblog - Faves of 2004 - Simon Reynolds presents his year end review.

Listing alot of obscure pirate radio grime type music in the tracks..

A sound observation, Grime to me sounds like reheated/recycled early 90s bleep ala LFO and Unique 3.

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k-punk: END OF YEAR ROUND UP naturally done in the esoteric k-punk style.

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Philip Sherburne presents philip sherburne: The wrap-up - focusing on dance and electronic music.

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Tiny Mix Tapes - Top 25 Albums of 2004 - as voted by Tiny Mix Tape writers.

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Ambient music Broadcasting guru, Chuck van Zyl presents 2004 in Review

Significant Releases of 2004 (non-ranking order)

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Now completed: Drum 'n' Bass Arena - TOP 20 TUNES OF 2004

Top 20 dnb tunes of 2004, as voted for by you...

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What Spin magazine rated in 2004: Spin albums of the year 2004 -- Rate Your Music [A list by gsides78]

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Thursday, December 30, 2004


Mystery and Misery present Mystery and Misery's Best of 2004

# posted by DJ Martian 11:31 PM albums of the year 2004 -- Rate Your Music - now presented in list format/ with album covers on Rate Your Music.

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by Michaelangelo Matos: Seattle Weekly: Music: 2004: Year in Review: Triple Trouble

Triple Trouble
One year. 273 songs. 22 hours of 2004's best music.

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Seattle Weekly present Seattle Weekly: Music: 2004: Year in Review: 2004 in the Mix

2004 in the Mix
Seattle Weekly's music writers were asked to compile a CD-R of their favorite music from the year. Here's what they came up with.

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Blisscent Top 30 of 2004 - Nelson

Nelson of Blisscent Records and founder of Yahoo! Groups : Blisscent has published:

Blisscent Top 30 of 2004

ep of the year: park avenue music - for your home or office
reissues of the year: m83 & asobi seksu

01- the walkmen - bows & arrows
02- tv on the radio - desperate youth, blood thirsty babes
03- delays - faded seaside glamour
04- the legends - up against the legends
05- ambulance ltd - self titled

06- skywave - synthstatic
07- arcade fire - funeral
08- lali puna - faking the books
09- secret machines - now where is nowhere
10- boyracer - absence makes the heart grow harder

11- fennesz - venice
12- blonde redhead - misery is a butterfly
13- air - talkie walkie
14- french kicks - trial of the century
15- magnet - on your side

16- brother kite - self titled
17- xiu xiu - fabulous muscles
18- amusement parks on fire - self titled
19- efterklang - tripper
20- helio sequence - love and distance

21- color filter - silent way
22- lorna - this time, each year
23- monster movie - to the moon
24- lassie foundation - face your fun
25- the autumns - self titled

26- daydream nation - bella vendetta
27- architecture in helsinki - fingers crossed
28- dykehouse - midrange
29- drone dimension - faintly acquainted
30- engineers - folly

2004 releases that might appear on the 2005 list:
Supercilious & Boy In Static

2005 releases to watch out for:
The Raveonettes
The Doves
The Delays

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Reminder: BBC Radio 1 - John Peel - Festive Fifty 2004 - the final section is tonight.

Find out what tracks the listeners of the John Peel show rated in 2004.

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Almost Cool present Almost Cool - Top Albums Of 2004 - some interesting selections

This years list seems to be a little bit more varied than in past years. There's a little bit of experimental pop, a little bit of jazz, a lot of darker ambient, some modern classical, and even a touch of country (along with the indie rock). As always, there were some things that I thought I would love that did very little for me and some smaller releases that pretty much came out of nowhere and kicked my ass. Overall, it was a very solid year, and as always I'm sure there were some things that I didn't manage to even hear

Also you can send your reader list in: Top Albums of 2004 Reader List

Top Albums of 2004 Reader List (send yours in!)
Please follow the format below (if you know HTML and can send them in using the same source code, I'd be even more thankful) with between 10-15 picks when submitting your list. Thank you to everyone who has sent in a list thusfar!

so far:
(44 total / 14 countries representing)

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Stereogum present Stereogum's Top Catorce Of 2004

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the blank generation: The Noiseboy's Top 30 of 2004 long write ups, very much in the Plan B / Magnet Magazine music terrain.

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XLR8R - Best Albums of 2004

Listed in the December 2004 issue of US electronic music magazine, XLR8R.

Madvillian - Madvilliany
Air - Talkie Walkie
Moodyman - Black Mahogany
Diplo - Florida
Prince - Musicology
The Foreign Exchange - Connected
Colder - Again
Lyrics Born- Later That Day
808 State - Prebuild
Blockhead - Music By Cavelight
Otto Von Schirach - Global Speaker Fisting
Roy Davis Jr - Chicago Forever

[Thanks to blog reader, Arthit for sending the list via email]

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Monday, December 27, 2004


ILM has a Wire 2004 Rewind Thread - listing The Wire magazine's favourite albums of 2004.

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Basement Galaxy have completed their best albums of 2004 feature.

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Saturday, December 25, 2004


Stylus now have their Top 40 Albums of 2004 feature completed, including individual writers lists.

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Thursday, December 23, 2004


Dusted Features [ Some Favorites of 2004 ] Matt Wellins refreshes us on his favorite records of 2004

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Dusted Features [ Dropping The Pressure on 2004 ] David Day gets clinical on your ass with 25 albums & 25 singles from 2004.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2004


Reminder: Vitalic on Radio 1 tonight on Rob da Bank show

His first release was "Absolut" in 2001 (produced with Al Ferox) which was followed by the massive underground International DeeJay Gigolo "Poney Ep". Fanfares was his latest EP which was released on Pias. His debut album will be out sometime in 2005.

Apparently it's a 1 hour mix from Maida Vale studios.

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All That Jazz - The year's best records. By Fred Kaplan

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More awards: PLUG: Independent Music Awards including online voting.

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On ILM: Kerrang Albums Of The Year 2004

number 1 album: Mastodon - Leviathan.

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The latest newsletter from distributor, Southern Records: SOUTHERN | word:


* Quizmaster Butler's Stocking Filling Competition!
Win loads of CDs and show off your obscure musical knowledge in the

* Forthcoming and New Release Round-Up.
Information on all our fabulous current releases.

* Cat On Form Spotlight Review of their Last EP.
Read what it sounds like here first, in this thoughful retrospective.

* Latitudes by name - Latitudes by Nature.
Sneak preview of our Southern Sessions Series.

* Navigate This Empty Field.
Evens Feature / Interview with Ian MacKaye.

* Introductory Feature on TRIXIE DVD.
What exactly is a DVD label? Who cares when it's this good?

* Romancing the Norse.
Interview with John Kaada about his recent collaboration with Mike

* Hoover Live Review.
A critical analysis of the band's first performances in 12 years.

* Q And Not U Live Review.
A treatise on dance, or just a live review? You decide.

* Southern End of Year Review
A list of all our favourite...
i) Records of 2004
ii) Gigs of 2004
iii) Bands that could've been chocolate bars (oh yes! we get loads
done on a Friday afternoon believe me!)

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Pitchfork Top 50 Albums of 2004

Pitchfork present Pitchfork Top 50 Albums of 2004

Thanks to Scott P on ILM for this summary list:

50 Xiu Xiu: Fabulous Muscles [5RC
49 Max Richter: The Blue Notebooks [FatCat]
48 Loretta Lynn: Van Lear Rose [Interscope]
47 Comets on Fire: Blue Cathedral [Sub Pop]
46 Iron & Wine: Our Endless Numbered Days [Sub Pop]
45 The Concretes: The Concretes [Astralwerks]
44 Camera Obscura: Underachievers Please Try Harder [Merge]
43 Scissor Sisters: Scissor Sisters [Polydor]
42 DJ/Rupture: Special Gunpowder [Tigerbeat6]
41 Les Savy Fav: Inches [Frenchkiss]
40 The Walkmen: Bows and Arrows [Recordcollection]
39 Cee-Lo: Cee-Lo Green Is a Soul Machine [Arista]
38 Morrissey: You Are the Quarry [Attack]
37 Jóhann Jóhannsson: Virðulegu forsetar [Touch]
36 Excepter: KA [Fusetron]
35 Mirah: C'mon Miracle [K]
34 Espers: Espers [Locust]
33 The Futureheads: The Futureheads [679]
32 Califone: Heron King Blues [Perishable]
31 De La Soul: The Grind Date [Sanctuary Union]
30 William Basinski: The Disintegration Loops [2062]
29 A.C. Newman: The Slow Wonder [Matador]
28 Junior Boys: Last Exit [Kin/Domino]
27 Interpol: Antics [Matador]
26 Franz Ferdinand: Franz Ferdinand [Domino]
25 VA: DFA Compilation #2 [DFA]
24 TV on the Radio: Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes [Touch & Go]
23 Modest Mouse: Good News for People Who Love Bad News [Epic]
22 The Foreign Exchange: Connected [BBE]
21 Fennesz: Venice [Touch]
20 Air: Talkie Walkie [Astralwerks]
19 Björk: Medulla [Elektra]
18 Kanye West: The College Dropout [Rocafella]
17 Sufjan Stevens: Seven Swans [Asthmatic Kitty]
16 Dizzee Rascal: Showtime [XL]
15 Annie: Anniemal [679]
14 Erlend Øye: DJ-Kicks [!K7]
13 Dungen: Ta Det Lugnt [Subliminal]
12 M.I.A. / Diplo: Piracy Funds Terrorism, Vol. 1 [Hollertronix]
11 Sonic Youth: Sonic Nurse [Interscope]
10 Joanna Newsom: The Milk-Eyed Mender [Drag City]
09 Ghostface: The Pretty Toney Album [Def Jam]
08 The Go! Team: Thunder Lightning Strike [Memphis Industries]
07 Devendra Banhart: Rejoicing in the Hands [Young God]
06 Madvillain: Madvillainy [Stones Throw]
05 Brian Wilson: Smile [Nonesuch]
04 The Fiery Furnaces: Blueberry Boat [Rough Trade]
03 The Streets: A Grand Don't Come for Free [Vice]
02 Animal Collective: Sung Tongs [Fat Cat]
01 The Arcade Fire: Funeral [Merge]

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Dusted Features [ A Long March for Someone with Nothing to Chant - The Year in Fear ] - Alexander Provan offers highlights, lowlights - the year in Fear.

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Dusted Features [ Worlds of Sound, Lost and Found ] - Kevin Macneil Brown looks back at 2004

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Eternal Fusion on SpydaRadio

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

Streaming available on demand until replaced with new show.

22nd December 2004


Charles Goff III - 'Noisy Jingle Bells'
The Zodiac - 'Capricorn - The Uncapricious Climber'
Master Musicians Of Bukkake - 'Pipestone Octopus With Horseheart'
The Residents - 'Beyond The Valley Of A Day In The Life'
University Of Errors - 'Shooting At The Moon'
And The Lefthanded - 'Rocket Rock'
Farflung - 'Candied Electronic Atmospheres'
Sun City Girls - 'Nyne De Gris Sang'
John Berberian & The Rock East Ensemble - 'Flying Hye'
Badmarsh & Shri - 'Tribal'
Scorch Trio - 'Snækje Rojnd Nævinj'
Múm - 'The Land Between Solar Systems'
Wibutee - 'We Are In Space, So Are You'
Mice Parade - 'Organic Reproduction Attempt'
Univers Zero - 'Falling Rain Dance'
Delia Gonzalez And Gavin Russom - 'Relevee'
Nico - 'Winter Song'
L - 'Blues Trip #1'
Cerberus Shoal - 'Breakaway Cable Terminal'
John Zorn/Yamataka Eye - 'Kiri Taki'
Mono - '2 Candles, 1 Wish'
The Album Leaf - 'Glisten'
Tarentel - 'Bump Past, Cut Up Through Windows'
Hidria Spacefolk - 'Modus Operand Hermetik'
Okko - 'East Indian Traffic'
Handgjort - 'Over The Wall'
Elektrum - 'Opus 9'
The Boats - 'And There Are Stars That Fell From The Sky'
Igloo - 'To Be There'
Rainstick Orchestra - 'Waltz For Little Bird'
Matthew Shipp - 'New ID'
Stereolab - 'International Colouring Contest'
Harry Partch - 'The Waterfall'
Alice Coltrane - 'Translinear Light'

Source: for Playlist @ eternal FUSION: Latest Eternal Fusion On-Line NOW!

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Tuesday, December 21, 2004


Dusted Features [ Midwestward, Ho! - Joel Calahan ]

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Dusted Features [ The Year In Music ] by Derek Taylor

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Daedelus - Equisite Corpse

From ILM: Daedelus - Equisite Corpse

Daedelus's new album coming out on 3/14 on Ninjatune.


1. Dearly Departed
2. Impending DOOM (featuring MF Doom)
3. Just Briefly, Move on (with Sci)
4. Now & Sleep (starring Laura Darling)
5. The Crippled Hand
6. Welcome Home (Prefuse 73 Danse Macabre)
7. Cadavre Exquis (avec TTC)
8. Drops (CYNE Collaboration)
9. Fallen Love
10. Welcome Home (with Mike Ladd)
11. i Sent Off ii Sus Per Coil (Jogger Remix)
12. The Trains Are Now So Clean
13. Tanatopsis (featuring Hrishikesh Hirway)

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Playlouder present PLAYLOUDER | top50 singles 2004

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Playlouder present PLAYLOUDER | top50 albums 2004 some rather bizarre, medicore and erratic selections:

However good to see Mastodon crossover ! some highlights in bold

1 Morrissey
2 Franz Ferdinand
3 The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster
4 Danger Mouse
5 The Streets

6 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
7 Tom Waits
8 Interpol
9 Charlotte Hatherley
10 Scissor Sisters

11 Sonic Youth
12 The Go! Team
13 The Killers
14 The Libertines
15 Motorhead

16 Beastie Boys
17 Mothboy
18 Liars
19 Ghostface
20 Leonard Cohen

21 Pink Grease
23 The Beta Band
24 PJ Harvey
25 Weird War

26 Dizzee Rascal
27 Loretta Lynn
28 Von Bondies
29 Mclusky
30 !!!

31 Mark Lanegan
32 Bjork
33 Kanye West
34 The Dears
35 Green Day

36 Dogs Die In Hot Cars
37 Mastodon
38 Amplifier
39 Skinnyman
40 Biffy Clyro

41 The Broken Family Band
42 Chumbawumba
43 Evil Nine
44 Madvillain
45 Polysics

46 RTX
47 (The Real) Tuesday Weld
48 Todd Rundgren
49 Wolf Eyes
50 Auf Der Maur

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

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Acclaimed Music - The Top Albums from 2004 - this is currently being updated every few days.

How collectively [established] music magazines & other media [including Broadcasters, webzines] end of year polls view music in 2004

Collated by Henrik Franzon, using data from various end of year polls and Metacritic scores - then number crunched using algorithms.

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From RES Magazine : Favorite Albums of 2004 and More - RES Magazine

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Pitchfork: Top Reissues of 2004 [Now with a permanent URL]

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Pitchfork present Pitchfork: Top 50 Singles of 2004

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After server problems: I Love Music is back.

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New Releases @ Piccadilly Records - for Week of December 20th

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

The Court & Spark - Dead Diamond River

This release sees The Court & Spark in all their emotional, winsome, soaring glory. Five beautiful, diverting and wind-swept songs from the hills of San Francisco. "Dead Diamond River" features guest vocal appearances by folk legend Linda Thompson and up-and-coming talent M. Ward (Merge Records).

July Skies - The English Cold
Make Mine

July Skies is the musical project of Antony Harding, a member of the Birmingham based electronic band Avrocar who were cited as an influence by Radiohead during the recording their experimental album "Kid A". July Skies debut album "Dreaming Of Spires" is a pastoral departure from the dark skittery urban beats of Avrocar and treads the path of reflective dreamlike compositions that are heavily anchored in childhood memories and a lost 1950/60s English countryside. Musically, think The Durutti Column, the melancholy of Piano Magic, Maurice Deebank (Felt) or Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins).

Lee Ranaldo - Music For Stage And Screen

"Music For The Stage And Screen" features original music composed and constructed by Lee Ranaldo for theatre plays produced in Italy and the USA and movie soundtracks. Best known as a member of Sonic Youth, Lee Ranaldo has also worked with some of the most influential and important experimental musicians around, Glenn Branca, Jim O'Rourke to name but two. "Music For The Stage And Screen" is a collection of voluminous soundscapes constructed out of looped guitar fragments, a kind of improvised noise jam similar in spirit to Sonic Youth's recent trio of instrumental EPs.

La Dusseldorf - La Dusseldorf / Viva
Estrella Rockera

Two classic Krautrock albums on one CD!! And they're remastered!!! Featuring the talents of Neu!'s Klaus and Thomas Dinger, these were recorded in 1975 and 1978 and were more synth driven and slightly poppier than the Neu! output but they have remained high on Kraut collectors lists for a long time.

Thomas Fehlmann - Lowflow
Plug Research

Fehlmann's multi-faceted musical history has seen him work with the likes of the Orb, Maurizio, Tresor, Robert Fripp and Klaus Schulze to name but a few. This new venture on Plug Research takes him (and the listener) on yet another aural journey, taking in downtempo, hiptronica, minimal techno, jazz, dub and more over it's thirteen hetrogeneous tracks. These include three short interludes coproduced with Detroit's Dabrye.

Pita - Get Off

This is the fourth solo album from groundbreaking sound artist Pita (real name Peter Rehberg). His previous solo albums as Pita (all on the Mego label) have all been landmarks in electronic music. His sound ranges from furious to minimalistic, but always with the same uncompromising attitude. "Get Off" is his most varied album to date. Apart from his solo work, he is also a member of several groups, notably Mimeo (with Keith Rowe, Rafael Toral, Marcus Schmickler, Jerome Noetinger and others) and Fenn O'Berg (with Christian Fennesz and Jim O'Rourke). He is also one of the persons behind the influential Mego label.

Straight No Chaser / Winter 2004 - Vol 2, Issue 33

This quarter's Chaser includes interviews with SA-RA Creative Partners, Nicola Conte, Raphael Saadiq, Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 and Zap Mama. There's also features on London Elektricity and HVW8 artists collective, plus enough reviews (records, CDs, books, DVDs, objects), news and charts (Gilles, Osunlade, Nicola Conte, Dom Servini, Shrine Posse, Bugz In The Attic, Mark De Clive-Lowe, Rainer Truby, Volcov etc) to keep you busy through to the new year.

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Monday, December 20, 2004


New Releases @ Piccadilly Records - for Week of December 13th

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

Radio Dept - Ewan

Great shoegazery pop from this band from Malmo, Sweden. "Ewan" is taken from their debut album "Lesser Matters" and is backed with two new B sides, the instrumental "Slottet", and the spectacular "The Things That Went Wrong", which hints at the direction for the next Radio Dept album.

KT Tunstall - Eye To The Telescope

This is a lushly produced singer/songwriter guitar pop album and if the sweet, plaintive vocals initially set 'Dido' alarm bells ringing, it soon becomes clear that prime-time Fleetwood Mac or early Sinead O'Connor would be more accurate reference points. She's Scottish and has sung with Oi-Va-Voi, and though the sound is polished (in a very tasty way, mind, with Doves/New Order man Steve Osbourne twiddling the knobs) there's cool touchstones- Patti Smith, Joni Mitchell, Sixties girl groups- and clever words to keep you inspired. It's a lovely record.

Black Mayonnaise - Ttssattsr
Emperor Jones

A one man bedroom sludge attack, like early Sebadoh dismantling St Vitus albums, this is as gloopy as it gets, warped lunar sludge core for want of a better term, there's even a Butthole Surfers cover version hidden in the mire, remember the bedroom ambience stuff a few years back, this is the flip of that coin, nasty, dirty, downtuned, a one man psych sludge nightmare, the word sludge comes up a lot, basically, this is a damn fine recording of some lo-fi speaker melting!

David Carretta - Kill Your Radio
International DJ Gigolo

No doubt, there are a million reasons why everybody should kill their radio, but a far better way to show averseness is to present an elaborate and even subtle piece of music to the world, combining supreme electronic house music with metropolitan style. David Carretta does not disappoint. With artistic compassion, the know-how of a congenial producer, and his unique brand of charm, Carretta succeeds in conveying a wide range of emotions, from relaxed and harmonic to wild and ecstatic. His vocals are laconic and seductive, and his sounds are demanding and eccentric. The end product is a very fine example of the most unique David Carretta style; electroclash par excellence.

Cat On Form - A Blanket Over Your Eyes

Cat On Form got together in Brighton late 2001, and quickly became a powerful live force, making a distinct impression on their audience with their fierce and intelligent post-hardcore and passion by the arm load. "A Blanket Over Your Eyes" is their final album, a far more introspective effort than previous releases, the paradigm shifting from the political to the personal. Dark and apocalyptic, this album is more reflective of their intense live performances.

Various Artists / Runeology 2

Special low price 70 minute sampler including tracks from recent and current releases as well as tracks from forthcoming 2005 albums. Artists featured are Deathprod, Arve Henriksen, Phonophani, Strønen/Storløkken, Scorch Trio, Food, Nils Økland, Alog, Shining and Archetti/Wiget.

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New Releases @ Piccadilly Records - for Week of December 6th

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

65Daysofstatic - Retreat! Retreat!

The first single from the critically acclaimed debut album, "The Fall Of Math". Seamless guitar shapes with ferocious drum 'n' bass styled beats, live drums and c-c-c-computer g-g-g-g-glitch create a soundtrack to a new dimension - where rock, dance and electronica are equals. In addition to the album track "Retreat! Retreat!" there are two new tracks.

Amusement Parks On Fire - Venosa / Eighty Eight

Amusement Parks On Fire release their new double A-side single "Venosa" / "Eighty Eight" on Invada. The tracks are taken from their recently released self-titled debut album. Formed by 19 year old frontman Michael Feerick, Nottingham based Amusement Parks On Fire inhabit the world of God Speed You Black Emperor, The Pixies, My Bloody Valentine and Sigur Ros. This is a no frills indie rock record with all the parts in the right place, raw and untouched by the grubby hands of over egged production with the writing purity of a new young british talent.

Fiver - Let It All Fall Down
Devil In The Woods

Smashing all things before it and surpassing all expectation. Fiver delivers their 4th and most definitive record to date. Utilizing an amazing amalgamation of distorted guitars, intricate rhythms and keyboard swells. "Let It All Fall Down" is an amazing listen from start to finish. A small cast of Los Angeles indie rock super heroes (including former Grandaddy keyboardist Dan Lillie) play a part in the making of this record. For Fans of: TV on the Radio, Grandaddy & Pedro The Lion.

Henry Flynt & The Insurrections - I Don't Wanna

Our man Flynt shatters the categories once again with this surprise collection of his short lived basement rock protest band, The Insurrections, from 1966. Let there be no doubt in anyone's mind: Flynt's version of protest music isn't your cultural-commissar school of folk posturing. It's agro and Flynt is an unhinged showman on helium induced vox and electric guitar (his teacher was none other than Lou Reed). Imagine a mix of Sky Saxon (of Seeds fame) with a dash of Roky Erickson on vocals, a little bit of The Cramps' scary monster dramatics thrown in for good measure and the swamp chugalug laziness of vintage Pussy Galore and you get an idea what Flynt was up to at this phase in his non-career.

Henry Flynt - Back Porch Hillbilly Blues Volumes 1&2
Bo Weavil

Henry Flynt is a genuine one-off and his wildly varying releases are only now reaching a deserved, wider audience. This disc contains fiddle and ukelele instrumentals recorded in the early 1960s. They're full of a mad sort of boogaloo folk. The highlight is the zen meditation piece "Blue Sky, Highway and Tyme" it's a fifteen minute gem.

The Last Town Chorus - The Last Town Chorus
Blast First Petite

The Last Town Chorus, the Brooklyn-based duo of Nat Guy on guitar and Megan Hickey on lapsteel and vocals, play gentle, minimal and mesmerizing songs in the vein of Liz Fraser, Cat Power, Mary Lorson and Jesse Sykes. Their debut album is a hypnotic wonder - the seemingly ramdon strains and bursts of the lapsteel create a foggy dream-pop effect, soaring over Guy's simple strumming. The songs sparkle with warmth but are delicate enough to cause lethargy. Apparently they occasionally play live with drummers, pianists and violinists, but for the time being their strength is in being sparing; their haunting songs are uncluttered enough to suck in your energy and make you sleep. And that's a good thing...

Asja Auf Capri - Novi Ronde
Difficult Fun

Some of you will remember Asja Auf Capri from the wonderful Difficult Fun sampler 7". They're currently causing a stir from their East London base and comprise of David Panos and German singer Anja Kirschner who are both in another Difficult Fun band, Antifamily. Their sound harks back to the early 80s times of lo-fi DIY sounds, complete with cool (cold) Germanic vocals, punk-funk rhythms and warped avant electronics. A superb album!!!

Emery Reel - ... For And Acted Upon Through Diversions

Emery Reel proudly employ the tried & tested quiet / loud dynamic, with pensive moments turning into a gigantic wall of sound - and they also display a rare ability to utilise subtleties that give their work distinguishing features and inject much-needed freshness into an over-populated musical field. The real beauty herein lies with the mesmerizing, simplistic and beautiful arrangements - often subdued and understated, yet complexed and full of emotion, with the music going through movements in the same manner as classical compositions. While the obvious parallels (Mogwai / GYBE! / Explosions in the Sky / Tortoise / Scenic) undeniably apply, this is powerful, accomplished body of work that belies their position as debutants.

Souvaris - I Felt Nothing At All

Souvaris are a six piece instrumental band. They exploring tone, melody, rhythm and noise in vast and intricately constructed arrangements designed to envelop and overwhelm the audience - you don't so much listen to their music as feel it. The obvious reference points are gods of post-rock like Labradford, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Aerial M and Mogwai. In the presence of such big boys of the scene it's something of a feat in itself that Souvaris have managed to carve their initials into the playground post-rock tree. The CD comes in a rather fancy digipac. The cover and booklet are exclusive comic drawings by John Porcellino of "King Cat" fame.

Guru Guru - Guru Guru

Although the first three albums released by the experimental / fun krautrockers had met with mixed reactions, their fourth self-titled album won high praise from the critics. This album is one of Guru Guru's most important recordings, something which is also attributable to the fantastic "Der Elektrolurch", the electronic amphibian that was to become Mani Neumeier's trademark as well as his alter ego.

Harmonia - Musik Von Harmonia

Sublime Kraut rock album, and one of the best in my humble opinion!!, from the combined talents of Michael Rother from Neu! and Moebius and Roedelius of Cluster fame.

John Tejada - Logic Memory Center
Plug Research

One week he's doing post rock, the next he's back onto pure techno and this week sees the Los Angeles enigma recording a techno album for Plug Research that features guest vocalists with the likes Carl Finlow and glistening futuristic executions. At times minimal and abrasive, at others beguiling and gentle, John Tejada cuts another facet onto his flawless reputation

Minus 8 - Eclectica
Stereo Deluxe

After two great albums on Munich's Compost label ("Elysian Fields" in 2000 and "Minuit" in 2002), Minus 8's brand new LP "Eclectica"" is ready to go! Featuring guest vocalists Sitta Föhr, Sharon Harris, New York rappers Dread Event, Ras Charmer, Cali P, Ras Theo and Michael Morris, the album shows the massive versatility of Zürich based producer, remixer and DJ Robert Jan Meyer aka Minus 8. Where as "Minuit" was pretty much Brazil influenced, "Eclectica", as the name suggests, draws a wider bow from downbeat to hip-hop, from disco to ragga and techno-influenced grooves and back.

Sleepwalker - Sleepwalker

Japanese import release from Hajime Yoshizawa's Sleepwalker outfit on the highly collectable Especial imprint. Jazz, nu-jazz, soul-jazz,'s all here.

Various Artists / Who Shot Jacques Laverne?
Jacques Laverne

Danish label Jacques Laverne service us with a selection of their best vinyl releases to date, all fitted nicely onto this CD compilation. There's a healthy Nothern slant to proceedings, with tracks by 777 (aka Jon Kennedy) and Beatphreak looming large, as well as funky-breaky-beaty joints by Dr Rubberfunk, The Bass Snatchers, Monochrome, The Currymints and more.

Various Artists / Jazzie B Presents Soul II Soul At The Africa Centre
Casual / Soul II Soul

When Jazzie B and Daddae changed the name of their sound system from Jah Rico to Soul II Soul, and added funk and rare groove to the mix, little did they know what they'd set in motion, creating one of THE places to go on the late 80s London club scene. Included here are some hand picked favourites from their Africa centre parties, including The Naturals, Ripple, Lee Dorsey, Maceo & The Macks, James Brown, James Mason, Don Blackman, Gary Bartz, Roy Ayers etc, and some previously unreleased Soul II Soul 'specials' (tracks / mixes recorded especially for the night). Originally due for release on the now defunct Strut label, which shows in the attention to detail of the sleeve notes and liner photos etc.

A Guy Called Gerald - First Try EP

Since the late eighties, A Guy Called Gerald has produced groundbreaking music: Manc techno classic "Pacific State" with 808 State, the acid house anthem "Voodoo Ray", and early 'intelligent' drum and bass tracks. Produced in his new home base of Berlin, this EP demonstrates a return to form. The opening track "First Try" is a typical Gerald tune; mighty, epic sounds, a racy, forward pushing kick drum and minimal acid sounds. Track two, "Meaning", is a deep track attached to a breakbeat groove. The B side opens with "Pump", a minimal tech-house groover in which string accents and funky chords create an irresistible drive. Lastly Middle Eastern-tinged "Tajeen" glistens with a digital jazz feeling, instrumented by a double bass, live percussion, synth strings and 303 beats.

Vordul Mega - The Revolution Of Yung Havoks
Nature Sounds

The half of Cannibal Ox that isn't Vast Aire cuts his own solo path on Nature Sounds. More straight ahead without too much Def Jux leftfieldism, he and guests like Jean Grae, Karnage and C Rayz Walz, drop Bronx hip hop that is still below the radar of most. Includes the Cannibal Ox reunion track "Handle That".

# posted by DJ Martian 11:34 PM

Terrorizer Issue #126 - January 2005

What to expect in the [new] issue of Terrorizer magazine, on the front cover Norway Invades - featuring the artists appearing at the Inferno Festival happening in London in January 2005. Arcturus, Enslaved, Red Harvest, Madder Mortem and Grimfist.

[Regarding when this issue goes on sale I am not sure, one other website suggests Thursday 30th December. However with the holiday schedules it may turn up earlier than that - I recall one Christmas in the late 90s when the issue was on sale just before Christmas. So keep your eyes scanned at your local newsagents !]



However you will have to wait to the following issue for the end of year polls, I guess that means the end of January 2005.

Next Issue section @ Terrorizer



# posted by DJ Martian 7:46 PM

On Radio 1 Rob da Bank show there are sessions by:

Tues 21st December: Sunn 0)))

Weds 22nd December: Vitalic from (Maida Vale)

# posted by DJ Martian 7:21 PM

The Third Eye Foundation / Matt Elliott announce details of a new Matt Elliott album: Drinking Souls on ICI D'AILLEURS

Matt has finished his next album! It's called 'Drinking Songs' and is set for release in February 2005.
Moody and beautiful, it picks up the story where The Mess We Made left off.

The tracklist is as follows:
1. C.F. Bundy
2. Trying to Explain
3. The Guilty Party
4. Whats Wrong
5. The Kursk
6. What the Fuck am I Doing on this Battlefield?
7. A Waste of Blood
8. The Maid We Messed

If you can understand French, this is what ICI D'AILLEURS mentioned in their email today:

28/02/05 - distribution Discograph

écouter un titre : What's wrong ?

en même temps que son pseudo de The Third Eye Foundation, Matt a délaissé les aspects les plus electroniques de sa musique pour développer un folk tourmenté très personnel qui doit autant à son amour pour les musiques slaves et d'Europe de l'est qu'à ses racines drum' n bass.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:08 PM

Piero Scaruffi has updated Best rock albums of 2004

# posted by DJ Martian 4:30 PM

Cokemachineglow present - 2004 Year In Music: Top 50 Combined Ratings [screen resolution/ browser alert..the lists are [hidden] in the far right of the screen]

cokemachineglow also must get waffle of the year award, that intro is long winded reading !

# posted by DJ Martian 2:22 PM

Neumu feature individual writers favourite music of 2004 lists.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:41 PM

WZBC present WZBC - DJ Top 10s of 2004

# posted by DJ Martian 12:59 PM

Dusted Features [ End of the Year 2004 (Charlie Wilmoth) ]

# posted by DJ Martian 12:46 PM

Dusted Features [ Through the Past, Darkly ]

Ethan Covey flashes back a year's worth of psychedelia.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:45 PM

Pitchfork feature their Top Reissues of 2004

This list will be followed tomorrow (Tuesday) by a list of our Top 50 singles of the year, and on Wednesday, our Top 50 albums of the year.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:32 PM

All About Jazz Bulletin Board discuss Favourites of 2004

# posted by DJ Martian 12:28 PM

Stylus commence The Top 40 Albums of 2004 - Article - Stylus Magazine

Over 35 writers lists were turned in and more than 400 albums were tallied, and we’re left with 40 albums that spoke the most deeply to our collective taste this year. And each day this week we’ll be presenting ten of them, culminating in the unveiling of each writer’s individual list on Friday. So without further ado: Stylus Magazine’s Top 40 Albums of 2004:

# posted by DJ Martian 12:26 PM

Ammo City interview a guy called gerald

# posted by DJ Martian 12:16 AM

This week's The Breezeblock show features DJ Hype - one of drum n bass/ jungle's longest serving DJ.

Dec 20th
» DJ Hype Drum and bass from Ganja's main man

# posted by DJ Martian 12:13 AM

This week's One World show: Rebel Radio + DFA Records + LCD Soundsystem

» Show broadcast on Radio 1 on 20th December 2004 from 1 till 3am [and available on listen again after broadcast]

# posted by DJ Martian 12:07 AM

Sunday, December 19, 2004


Reminder: ORGAN MAGAZINE ON LINE new issue on line every Thursday afternoon

# posted by DJ Martian 11:53 PM

Magnetophone will release a new album: The Man Who Ate The Man on 4ad in 2005.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:43 PM

Derk Richardson on Best Of 2004 / The songs, CD and reissues that made the year in music

Best Of 2004
The songs, CD and reissues that made the year in music
by Derk Richardson, special to SF Gate

Thursday, December 16, 2004

# posted by DJ Martian 11:24 PM

Two releases early 2005 on important label

Piano Magic
Opencast Heart ep
Release date: January 2, 2005

Pianio Magic go for their most electronic oriented release to date.

Play (full length)
Release date: January 2, 2005

[Larsen previously released an album for Michael Gira's Young God Records record label.]

[Alerted via Eternal Fusion blog]

# posted by DJ Martian 11:12 PM

A new minimalist Modern Composition album by Matt Borghi has just been released:

Matt Borghi - Images

This recording realized some of the sounds that matt was working on with his KOSIK project, as well as fully incorporating his passion for Philip Glass and Claude Debussy into his music. Matt feels confident that this is one of his finest sonic statements, as well as his first true incorporation of minimalism in the vein of Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Lamonte Young, and Terry Riley; deep in texture, a great meditative fabric of sounds with an occasional rhythmic element ala Reich's Piano or Violin Phase this is matt's most accessible, finest audio quality release to date.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:03 PM

Tommy Allen - Remettez - Best of 2004

The prize for the end of the year list with the most diverse/ eclectic and extreme contrasts of sounds must go to Tommy Allen the founder of this discussion group:

Yahoo! Groups : Remettez

Remettez is a group for music fans to discuss innovative music, regardless of genre. Everyone is welcome here and encouraged to post messages. You don't have to be knowledgeable about multiple genres of music to contribute. Post messages about as few (or as many) artists that you want. The list’s focus will be whatever it’s membership decides it will be but I expect it will include music from every corner of the world.

[list originally posted at: Yahoo! Groups : electroambientdreampop ]

1. Enzo Avitabile & Bottari : Salvamm'o Munno (Wrasse)

2. Think Of One : Chuva Em Pò (LC)
3. Triosk : Moment Returns (Leaf)
4. Scorch Trio : Luggmut (Rune Grammofon)
5. Susie Ibarra : Folkloriko (Tzadik)
6. Hala Strana : These Villages (Soft Abuse)
7. Old Man Gloom : Christmas (Tortuga)
8. Bembeya Jazz National : Syliphone Years (Sterns)
9. Secret Chiefs 3 : Book Of Horizons (Mimicry)
10. Tinariwen : Amassakoul (World Village)

11. Phonophani : Oak Or Rock (Rune Grammofon)
12. Uri Caine : Live At The Village Vanguard (Winter & Winter)
13. Melvins & Lustmord : Pigs Of The Roman Empire (Ipecac)
14. Murcof : Utopia (Leaf)
15. Meshuggah : I (Nuclear Blast)
16. Madvillain : Madvillainy (Stones Throw)
17. Ross Daly : Microkosmos (Pan)
18. Majid Bekkas : Mogador (Igloo)
19. Noxagt : The Iron Point (Load)
20. Migala : Increible Aventura (Nois)

21. Trevor Dunn's Trio Convulsant : Sister Phantom Owl Fish
22. Lhasa : The Living Road
23. Henry Flynt & The Insurrections : I Don’t Wanna
24. Woven Hand : Consider The Birds
25. Flat Earth Society : Isms
26. Warsaw Village Band : Uprooting
27. Gorge Trio : Open Mouth
28. Boom Bip : Corymb
29. Mahmoud Fadl : Drummers of the Nile in Town: Cairosonic
30. Alice Coltrane : Translinear Light

31. Franco & Sam Mangwana : Cooperation, Volume 2
32. Fennesz : Venice
33. Keren Ann : Nolita
34. Mercan Dede : Sufi Traveler
35. Clutch : Blast Tyrant
36. PJ Harvey : Uh Huh Her
37. Battles : Tras
38. ESO Octet : ESO Octet
39. Devendra Banhart : Rejoicing In The Hands/Nino Rojo
40. Sufjan Stevens : Seven Swans

41. Bugge Wesseltoft : Filming
42. Antibalas : Who Is This America?
43. Mark Van Hoen : The Warmth Inside
44. The Hotel Alexis : The Shining Example Is Lying On The Floor
45. Home (Benjamin Biolay & Chiara Mastroianni) : Home
46. Sidsel Endressen : Merriwinkle
47. Burmese : Men
48. Ali Farka Toure : Red & Green
49. Raz Mesinai : Cyborg Acoustics
50. Thulsa Doom : And Then Take You…

51. Darko Rundek : Ruke
52. Daniel Humair : Baby Boom
53. Arto Lindsay : Salt
54. Rachid Taha : Tekitoi
55. Fantomas : Delirium Cordia
56. The Reverend Lester Knox of Tifton Georgia : Put Your Face In
57. Laua Veirs : Carbo Glacier
58. Chib : Moco
59. Gypsy Kings : Roots
60. Sun City Girls : Carnival Folklore Resurrection Radio

61. Mus : Divinia Lluz
62. Charlie Haden : Land of The Sun
63. Graham Coxon : Happiness In Magazines
64. Hood : The Lost You
65. Niobe : Voodooluba
66. Gotan Project : Inspiracion/Espiracion
67. Uri Caine : Dark Flame
68. Manuel “Guajiro” Mirabal : BVSC Presents
69. Aereogramme : Seclusion
70. Dave Alvin – Ashgrove

71. The Black Keys : Rubber Factory
72. Efterklang : Tripper
73. Johann Johannsson : Viroulegu Forsetar
74. David Darling & The Wulu Bunam : Mudanin Kata
75. Converge : You Fail Me (Epitaph)
76. Savath & Savalas : Manana
77. Arve Henriksen : Chiascuro
78. Dani Siciliano : Likes
79. Big Satan : Souls Saved Here
80. Amadou & Miriam : Dimanche a Bamako Mali

81. Non Phixion : The Green
82. Bill Frisell : Unspeakable
83. Malouma : Dunya
84. Issa Bagayogo : Tassoumakan
85. Guided By Voices : Half Smiles of the Decomposed
86. Paris Combo : Motifs
87. Susanna & the Magical Orchestra : List Of Lights And Buoys
88. Muslimgauze : No Human Rights For Arabs in Isreal
89. Lo Jo : Ce Soir Là...
90. MC Chris : Eating’s Not Cheating

91. Food : Last Supper
92. !!! : Louden Up Now
93. El P : Collecting The Kid
94. Wolf Eyes : Burned Mind
95. John Zorn : Magick
96. The Magnetic Fields : I
97. Isis : Panopticon
98. Wibutee : Playmachine
99. Art Of Fighting : Second Storey
100. Les Savy Fav : Inches

101. cLOUDDEAD : Ten
102. Shitmat : Killababylonkutz
103. Tim Hecker : Mirages
104. Bark Psychosis : Codename: Dustsucker
105. Anaal Nathrakh : Domine Non Es Dignus
106. Gange Brass Band : Whendo
107. Gary Wilson : Mary Had Brown Hair
108. Fiery Furnaces : Blueberry Boat
109. Ricardo Villalobos : Thé Au Harem d'Archimède

# posted by DJ Martian 10:32 PM

HP.STONJI - 'mélaina cholé' album

Forthcoming on Switzerland's esteemed record label: :: SPEZIALMATERIAL RECORDS :: an album from HP.STONJI


... Hans Platzgumer (A)/Estonji (D)

... hp.stonji are hans platzgumer and e.stonji, two melancholic souls producing artificial music, sharply cut high tek break beats and sinister ambient soundscapes. Two powerbooks floating online between their native Austria & Germany, constantly demanding the unexpected.
Debut 'metic EP' is out on Spezialmaterial (baked goods).
Full lenght interactive CD 'mélaina cholé' to follow in early 2005. ...

# posted by DJ Martian 10:13 PM

This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

This week's new releases @ Boomkat include:

Andrea Parker / Touchin' Bass - Nobody's Perfect
Touchin' Bass

£2.99? That's right kids - Andrea Parker spins through the finest moments of her Touchin Bass' imprint with this hour-long mix - from driving electro to booty, dark atmospherics, twisted tones and of course plenty of bass! The mix features Touchin' Bass classics and some forthcoming gems from the likes of : ADJ, Manasyt, Bass Junkie, DJ Godfather, Hydraulix, Chaotic State, Eggfooyoung, David Morley, DJ Assault, Sync 24 and, of course, Andrea Parker herself. Bargain!...

Album Of The Week!
Albert Ayler - Holy Ghost
9cd + Book

Its the Wire magazine's number 1 release of the year and has blown away anyone' who's seen it - here it is back in stock once again!!! The Revenant label follows up its triple grammy winning charley patton box with Holy Ghost, a career spanning collection of the music of the sax titan Albert Ayler (1936-1970) spread across 9 cd's, a book, lots of extra material and housed in an unbeleivable etched mock-ivory biscuit box. Albert Ayler became the catalytic force in defining the sound of the tenor in free jazz, and was a heavy influence on john coltrane's later work. The box comprises: 9 cds of rare and unissued recordings, extensive unpublished Ayler interview footage, 208 page full color hardbound book/ essays by amiri baraka, val wilmer, daniel caux, and ben young. essay by marc chaloin on ayler's key formative years (1958-62). unpublished photos by raymond ross, wilmer and many others. unpublished ayler family snapshots & cleveland memorabilia. Artist testimonials bearing witness to encounters with ayler's music. exhaustive chronology of ayler performance / recording activities. all of this housed in a lavish tabletop (9 " by 9" by 3") spirit box format, deluxe moulded "onyx" box carved from handcarved wooden original. Not cheap...but quite breathtaking. Buy....

Dvd Of The Week!
Specialten - Issue 7
Dvd / Magazine

Specialten is a bi-monthly collection of short films, music videos and exclusive interviews that aims its focus towards music, film, animation and design. The packaging is gatefold A4 bound heavy card in full colour and includes a 24 page book of artwork, reviews and stills together with a ltd print by a chosen artist in every issue. For your £5 you get a completely packed bundle of killer content, including : a documentary with Bjork on the making of Medulla, a special interview and live footage of the amazing Nouvelle Vague, an exclusive video clip from SSR for Subtle / Lex, the award winning video clip for Fat Cat's Mum, a special Bonnie Prince Billy video from the director of Gummo and writer of the cult movie Kids, an interview with Mark Craaste, the recent BAFTA winner for animated short film `Jojo in the stars', Jamie Hewlett, the Creator of Tank Girl, an award winning short film about Hells Kitchen created by Studio AKA, a brilliant documentary to celebrate 10 years of Beck's classic Mellow Gold, an Award winning commercial by Smith & Faulkes commissioned for Honda, previously unseen video from Output's DK7, Pete Fowler - Ltd. A4 artwork print by illustrator and creator of Monsterism. Plus material on Husky Rescue, Death from Above, The Earlies, The Knife, The Go Team and Chrome Hoof..... Total running time 2 hours approx - an absolute bargain and indispensible viewing. Buy!!...

Bill Laswell - City Of Light / Hashisheen
Sub Rosa

Two of Bill Laswell's masterpieces featuring a huge list of very special guests: Coil, Trilok Gurtu, Genesis P-Orridge, Techno Animal, Patti Smith, Tetsu Inoue, Lori Carson, Hakim Bey, Anton Fier, Jah Wobble, Iggy Pop, WS Burroughs. City of Light was recorded in Banaras, India, and mixed in Greenpoint, NY. Music composed by Bill Laswell, Coil, Trilok Gurtu, Tetsu Inoue, and features texts and vocals from Lori Carson. "City of Light is about Banaras, a city older then history, tradition, than legends. It is Shiva's land, founded at the dawn of creation. It is India's oldest and most fabled city. The Hindus call it Kashi, the luminous... The City of Light." Hashisheen is the result of two years of hard work and collaborations. This conceptual project guided and supervised by Bill Laswell is presenting through, voices and music, from artists such as: WS Burroughs, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Anne Clark, Jah Wobble, Paul Schutze, Techno Animal, Genesis P-Orridge, Jah Wobble.... The ancient (11th century) and mystic story of Hasan bin Sabbah, Alamut the 'Garden of Earthly Delights' and the rites of the Hashisheens (also called the 'Assassins')." Special double cd edition. ..

Pita - Get Off

This is the fourth solo album from Mego founder and infamous recording artist Peter Rehberg, aka Pita. His previous solo albums as Pita (all on the Mego label) have been landmarks in electronic music. His sound ranges from furious to minimalistic, but always with the same uncompromising attitude. "Get Off" is his most varied album to date and a bit of a revelation with its sporadic seepage into more delicate climes. Apart from his solo work, he is also a member of several groups, notably MIMEO (with Keith Rowe, Rafael Toral, Marcus Schmickler, Jerome Noetinger and others) and Fenn O'Berg (with Christian Fennesz and Jim O'Rourke). ..

# posted by DJ Martian 10:07 PM - Bret Saunders lists his 10 favorite jazz releases of 2004. [via Avant Music News]

# posted by DJ Martian 9:26 PM

Rune Grammofon outline their release schedule for 2005:

2004 has been a very busy and at times exhausting year with more releases than ever, but that doesn´t stop us from releasing another two albums in January. First out is the third and so far best album from Alog. ”Miniatures” is scheduled for release on January 17.One week later comes the new album from Shining, a progressive artrockmonsterjazz quartet counting two former Jaga Jazzist members and writers in their ranks. Before summer we should also see the debut album from In The Country, the young acoustic piano trio led by Morten Qvenild from Susanna and the Magical Orchestra, a second album from Archetti/Wiget as well as Supersilent 7 in the shape of a concert DVD.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:51 PM

Arve Henriksen on Radio 3

Now available online via Listen Again on BBC Radio Player: BBC - Radio 3 - Late Junction - 16 December 2004

Thursday 16 December 2004 22:15-0:00 (Radio 3)

Fiona Talkington presents a Christmas concert from Arve Henriksen, specially recorded for Late Junction.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:31 PM

As promised Boomkat add in end of year charts from many electronic music artists & record label owners.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:47 PM

Haunted Ink: Michael Heumann's Best Albums of 2004 - some interesting selections.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:35 PM

Brainwashed Releases a listing of recent & upcoming electronic/experimental/etc. releases - has been updated.


MARCH 15th, 2005
Scritti Politti - Early CD [collection of early singles] (Rough Trade America, US)

# posted by DJ Martian 5:57 PM

IF MUSIC... ONLINE - More Than A Record Store - the website for the London based record store.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:23 PM

music blog: eternal FUSION has been reactivated.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:26 AM

Dutch based music blog: Lowtones has started featuring their favourite albums of 2004.

By the way apart from US and UK, I seem to have a large readership [from my web stats referrals] from Netherlands & Belgium - so thanks for reading in 2004.

Plus there is an interesting all time list: Lowtones 100

Lowtones 100
1. Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
2. Radiohead – Kid A
3. Sigur Ros – Agaetis Byrjun
4. The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead
5. Talk Talk – Laughing Stock
6. Radiohead – OK Computer
7. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
8. Michael Jackson – Bad
9. Fennesz – Endless Summer
10. Slowdive – Souvlaki
11. GZA – Liquid Swords
12. Joy Division – Closer
13. Miles Davis – Sketches Of Spain
14. Can – Tago Mago
15. Cocteau Twins – Heaven Or Las Vegas
16. Talk Talk – Spirit Of Eden 17. Dr. Dre – The Chronic
18. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – I See A Darkness
19. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - F#A# (infinity)
20. Microphones – Mt. Eerie
21. Outkast – ATLiens
22. Raekwon – Only Built For Cuban Linx
23. Public Image Ltd. – Metal Box
24. M83 – Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts
25. The Smiths – The Smiths
26. Grandaddy – The Sophtware Slump
27. Jesus & Mary Chain – Psychocandy
28. My Bloody Valentine – Isn’t Anything
29. Bark Psychosis – Hex
30. Bardo Pond – On The Ellipse
31. Jeff Buckley –Grace
32. Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
33. John Coltrane – A Love Supreme
34. The Microphones – The Glow Pt. 2
35. Mercury Rev – All Is Dream
36. Wu Tang Clan – Enter The Wu Tang (36 Chambers)
37. Black Dice – Beaches & Canyons
38. Squarepusher – Music Is Rotted One Note
39. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists…
40. Charles Mingus – The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady
41. Metallica – Ride The Lightning
42. Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle
43. Pulp – This Is Hardcore
44. Bright Eyes – Lifted..Or The Story Is In The Soil
45. Low – Things We Lost In The Fire
46. The Cure – Disintegration
47. Radiohead – The Bends
48. David Bowie – Low
49. Fennesz – Venice
50. The Smiths – Strangeways Here We Come
51. A Silver Mt. Zion – He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corners of Our Rooms
52. Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights
53. Mogwai – Come On Die Young
54. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – B.R.M.C.
55. Metallica – Master Of Puppets
56. Slint – Spiderland
57. MC5 – Kick Out The Jams
58. Hood – Cold House
59. Mercury Rev – Deserter’s Songs
60. Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
61. Pink Floyd - Animals
62. Sigur Ros – ( )
63. Underworld – Everything, Everything
64. Grandaddy – Under The Western Freeway
65. Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue
66. Autechre – Confield
67. Alvin Lucier – I Am Sitting In A Room
68. Method Man – Tical
69. Pantera – Vulgar Display Of Power
70. Tindersticks - Curtains
71. Fushitsusha – Pathetique
72. Matmos – A Chance To Cut Is A Chance To Cure
73. Nick Drake – Bryter Layter
74. Boredoms – Super Ae
75. Spacemen 3 – Playing With Fire
76. Metallica – Black Album
77. Lightning Bolt – Wonderful Rainbow
78. Slayer – Seasons In The Abbyss
79. Radiohead – Amnesiac
80. Loveliescrushing – Xuvetyn
81. Portishead – Dummy
82. Morbid Angel – Blessed Are The Sick
83. Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
84. Labradford – Mi Media Naranja
85. Charalambides – Joy Shapes
86. Autechre – Tri Repetae ++
87. Popgroup – Y
88. Michael Jackson – Thriller
89. Scott Walker – Tilt
90. Sepultura - Chaos A.D.
91. Biohazard – Urban Discipline
92. Current 93 – All The Pretty Little Horses
93. Chapterhouse – Whirlpool
94. Tangerine Dream – Phaedra
95. Russel Haswell & Masami Akita – Satanstornade
96. Tim Hecker – Haunt Me, Haunt Me, Do It Again
97. Ride – Nowhere
98. Kaffe Matthews – cd eb + flo
99. Shalabi Effect – Trial Of St. Orange
100. Placebo - Without You I'm Nothing

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The front cover of the debut Bloc Party album Silent Alarm looks superb: Reviews and Ratings for Silent Alarm -- Bloc Party -- Rate Your Music

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Saturday, December 18, 2004


US Internet based radio station have launched a new website.

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Music blog: The Suburbs Are Killing Us has a feature on new Norwegian Jazz, primarily focused on the forthcoming Tord Gustavsen Trio album, including two mp3 tracks.

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Echo & the Bunnymen will be recording a new album with producer Hugh Jones for a 2005 release. [Source: BBC 6 Music]

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betterPropaganda present betterPropaganda 2004 Year in Review

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The music year of Nick Southall @ Auspicious Fish

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BW & BK (Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles) albums of the year 2004

66 albums of 2004 according to Canadian Metal music magazine BW & BK: BW & BK (Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles) albums of the year 2004 -- Rate Your Music

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Friday, December 17, 2004


Next week's releases are reviewed @ Norman Records - plus various personal best of 2004 lists.

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Boomkat Best of 2004

Breaking news: Manchester's Boomkat have unleashed their end of charts for 2004:

So.....a few things to tell you about this week. Firstly - you can now finally have a look at our top 50 albums and singles of the year on our Charts page - over the course of the next day or so we will be uploading almost 100 charts from all sorts of contributors and friends - keep your eyes peeled! Once these are all uploaded we'll compile them for you in one handy Newsletter, expect it in the next couple of days.

Boomkat - Top 50 albums of 2004 - the top 50 is packed with excellent choices.

Junior Boys - take the esteemed number 1 album of the year. Norwegians, Deathprod at number 2 and at number 3 Arve Henriksen.

Also: Boomkat - Top 50 Singles of 2004

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This week's Mixing It show: Mixing It - 17 December 2004

Broadcast: Friday 17 December 2004 22:15-23:30 (Radio 3)

Mark Russell and Robert Sandall present a unique mix of musical styles and influences

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Almost Cool review Lars Horntveth - Pooka

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Jess Harvell @ blackie lawless fanclub provides an extensive 2004 Rewind feature.

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The Best Ambient music of 2004 is discussed here: Hypnos Forum: Top Ten Ambient CD's of 2004 (so far)

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Today Marcello reaches the final part of MC'S TOP 50 NEW ALBUMS OF 2004: THE TOP TEN, WITH THE SEASON ACKNOWLEDGED

I approve of Boredoms at Number 1.

1. THE BOREDOMS Seadrum/House Of Sun

Some of other highlights

2. FENNESZ Venice
4. ANNIE Anniemal
13. ARTHUR RUSSELL Calling Out Of Context
17. CURSOR MINER Cursor Miner Plays God
19. THE NECKS Drive By
26. PETER HAMMILL Incoherence
39. THE EARLIES Those Were The Earlies
43. ED LAWES 14 Tracks/Pieces

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dirty underworld feature Underworld's list of recommended listening for December 2004

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Thursday, December 16, 2004


RTQE 15 of the Top Ten Recordings of 2004

RTQE is a weekly radio show:

Sunday evening program of electronic, experimental, classical, and improvised conduct for survivors or the 20th century hosted by Gregory Taylor which has aired since 1986 on Sunday evenings on WORT-FM in Madison, Wisconsin.

present: RTQE 15 of the Top Ten Recordings of 2004 - essential reading/ listening recommendations for fans of The Wire / Mixing It / BBC Music Experimental / Signal to Noise magazine etc.

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Geeta @ the original soundtrack blog profiles the forthcoming Justus Köhncke album Doppelleben - due in 2005 on Kompakt

# posted by DJ Martian 10:28 PM

The Wire interview LCD SOUNDSYSTEM

The Wire 251, January 2005
Unedited Transcript by Pete Shapiro

# posted by DJ Martian 10:16 PM

The Wire - January 2005 Issue

The new issue of THE WIRE: ADVENTURES IN MODERN MUSIC features James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem drenched in water on the front cover.

It looks like LCD Soundsystem's debut album will be one of the big impact releases of 2005.

Details of the current issue of: The Wire

This issue includes an extensive 2004 Rewind feature.

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Other Music present Other Music Year End Recap

Looking back over this past year, one thing was apparent to all of us at
Other Music. 2004 was a solid year for music. Our latest annual Year End
Recap reflects this, with more albums listed than in previous years. Culled
from earlier editions of the Update, many of these abbreviated reviews may
be familiar to you. But we've also included a lot of great releases that
we're featuring here for the first time. And while a few of the albums on
the list may be sold out, we will announce restocks in future Other Music

In the upcoming weeks we'll be sending out our annual staff top 10 picks and
a list of 2004's top sellers.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:28 PM

Keeping it Peel - Tribute for John Peel on Radio 1 Tonight

New microsite for Keeping It Peel on Radio 1 Tonight starting at 7pm GMT. You can listen to this live on the web, or on listen again after broadcast for a week.

Radio 1 pays tribute to the late John Peel through a night of live music at Maida Vale...

'Teenage Dreams So Hard To Beat' - Documentary

Featuring tributes from The Undertones, Orbital, The Cure, New Order, Supergrass, Robert Plant, Underworld, Siouxsie Sioux and The Buzzcocks.

Wedding Present
Stuart Murdoch
Graham Coxon
Damon Albarn
Nina Nastasia
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci
PJ Harvey

Dynamite MC
Dave Clarke
Jon E Cash
Alex Paterson

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NewOrderOnline report New Order's new album will be released on March 28th 2005

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Xfm report New Radiohead Material For 2005 @ The Ether Festival in London

Organisers have announced that new Radiohead compositions from Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood will make up a part of the programme for next year’s Ether Festival at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

New music from members of Radiohead will receive their debut performance as part of London’s Ether Festival in March 2005. The material is to be performed by the London Sinfonietta at the London Royal Festival Hall on March 27 and 28.

The Ether Festival breaks downs boundaries between classical and contemporary rock/ electronic/ pop music. "two evenings of experimentation, collaboration and cross-genre juxtaposition".

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The legendary Dead Can Dance have annnounced a 2005 European tour including London - Barbican on April 6th.

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Music blogs round up: MonkeyFilter | MONKEYFILTER MUSICBLOG LISTING 2.0

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An interesting overview: KRAUTROCKSAMPLER: Top 50 Albums compiled by writer Julian Cope

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New Tarwater Album

In the latest e-mail from Morr Music this is listed as a forthcoming release:

14.03.05 tarwater - the needle was travelling

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Kultureflash - Headlines from London [No. 106/ 15.12.04]

This week's Kultureflash

KultureFlash is a free, weekly newsletter covering contemporary culture in and around London. Each week we track down some of the more unusual and interesting events taking place in the Capital and deliver them straight to your inbox. Featuring art, gigs, films, talks, clubs and more -- we are committed to bringing you an eclectic mix of the most stimulating events in London.

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PopMatters present PopMatters - Best Music of 2004 - Top 100 Albums

a user @ rateyourmusic presents the Top 100 with album covers here: albums of the year 2004

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Wednesday, December 15, 2004


Top 100 Albums of 2004 @ Rate Your Music has been updated.

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Kate Bush News & Information - Confirmation that there will be a new Kate Bush album in 2005.

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Pitchfork review Arthur Russell - World of Echo

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The Jazz Journalists Association [JJA] are featuring their members end of year lists @ JJA Top Ten for '04

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NME.COM speak to Jimi Goodwin of Doves about the recording of their album: Some Cities. » Doves reveal all about new album

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The Mars Volta - Playlouder's Verdict on the New Opus

Playlouder highly endorse the forthcoming The Mars Volta album: Frances the Mute

# posted by DJ Martian 12:36 PM

prefixmag . best albums of 2004 and the number 1 slot goes to:

Madvillain - Madvilliany (Stones Throw)

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Splendid review The Muffins - Double Negative

After a near-twenty year break, instrumental prog quartet The Muffins returned to recording and performing in 2002. Double Negative is their second album since reforming, and their most inspired effort since their 1978 debut, Manna/Mirage, mixing elements of prog, avant jazz and psychedelic improv into a memorable musical brew.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:45 AM

Mojo Magazine - January 2005 Issue

Oh dear it's the new issue of MOJO Magazine

Why I hate British Music Magazines Part 1001 - what is the point of yet another Nirvana/ Kurt Cobain front cover? and Mojo's albums of the year selections are mostly dull and uninspiring.

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Out Hud - Let Us Never Speak of It Again - March 2005 Album

Kranky report that Out Hud have named their second album: Let Us Never Speak of It Again

There is some news stirring in the Out Hud camp. Their second full-length album, Let Us Never Speak of It Again is set for a worldwide release on March 21st, 2005. It will be released in Europe through K7 Recordings in Germany and will be preceeded with the single 'One Life to Leave' due for release on February 7th, 2005. The band plan to begin touring in April 2005 in the East Coast, South and Midwest portions of the United States.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2004


Dusted Features - End of the Year: 2004

Dusted now have a central webpage for their 2004 features: Dusted Features [ End of the Year: 2004 ]

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Reminder: Keep It Peel - John Peel Night on Radio 1 this Thursday 7pm - 1am.

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Ladytron sign to Island Records, New Album Spring 2005

Confirmed @ ::: :::

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Ladytron sign to Island Records. ( 7th December 2004 )
Ladytron are happy to confirm the rumours, that after extensive negotiations they have finally signed with Island/Universal records. It is with great pleasure they now join the likes of Roxy Music, Sparks, B52s, Pulp, PJ Harvey, and countless other acts they love on this label. They are currently in London mixing their new LP, working on the songs: 'international dateline', 'weekend', 'soft power', 'destroy everything you touch', 'sugar', and 'highrise'. A spring 2005 release for the yet untitled album is planned, accompanied by an extensive tour.

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Porcupine Tree name New Album: Deadwing

One of Britain's premier art rock bands: Porcupine Tree have announced the title of their forthcoming album: Deadwing

album Deadwing is scheduled for release on March 21st. A very special edition will be available to preorder a few weeks prior to this date.

In the meantime a microsite dedicated to the album will develop as the release date approaches, with audio, video and other media relating to the album added to the site on a regular basis.

Microsite: Deadwing

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

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Type records have a streaming radio show by Helios

December 2004

A genre hopping exercise in the sublime from Keith Kenniff, aka Helios and Goldmund. From folk to avant-classical to pop, just quality music from beginning to end.

Tracklisting :

One of the most exciting artists working in electronic music at the moment, Keith released the album 'Unomia' this year to great acclaim, and unsurprisingly it is making many of the end of year lists. Next year Type begins the year with Keith's next work, under the moniker 'Goldmund' this is a foray into cagean piano-based minimalism. This gives an insight into the influence he soaked up as he wrote these albums.

1. There's a Long Trail A Winding - Bill Carrothers

2. Idaho - Untitled Hidden Track

3. Ennio Morricone - Humbert On The Hillside

4. Michael Andrews - To The Lab

5. Morton Feldman - Rothko Chapel 5

6. Tom Recchion - The Little Green Thing

7. Suicide - Cheree (remix)

8. Nina Nastasia - The Body

9. Frou Frou - Let Go

10. David Holmes - Mother

11. Thomas Newman - The Farm

12. Tom Recchion - Enormous Horses

13. Sigridur Nielsdottir - Komdu Litla Barnid

14. Tin Hat Trio - Bill

15. Climax Golden Twins - Seculsion

16. P.G. Six - Introduction (letter to Lilli St. Cyr)

17. Wuttemberg Chamber Orchestra - Albinoni Adagio in G for Strings and Organ Continuo

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ireallylovemusic have exclusive news: That Petrol Emotion are trying to arrange a reunion tour.

If there is any further news, check back at this unofficial fansite: That Petrol Emotion

Trivia fact, That Petrol Emotion released their legendary Babble album on the same day as my 17th birthday in May 1987.

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Pause & Play's On The CD Front list Strapping Young Lad - Alien as a March 22nd release date.

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prefixmag present prefixmag best albums of 2004 - the countdown will continue through the week.

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Monday, December 13, 2004


Dälek - Absence is one of my most anticipated releases of 2005.

Ipecac will release this album in early February 2005.

Mary Anne Hobbs on Radio 1's Breezeblock played a track from this last week - powerful intense pummeling beats drenched in sonic feedback.

Think: Mark Stewart & the Mafia, Scorn, Techno Animal, MBV and Public Enemy - in a sonic blender.

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Ulver MP3 Track

Jester Records present a new mp3 clip from the forthcoming Ulver album.

Ulver - Blood Inside will be released in 2005.

I do believe the clip is a preview of the upcoming album "Blood inside", due out early next year. Kind of harkens back to the "Marriage of heaven and hell" album to my ears, for better or worse. alerted via [It's a trap]

I agree, also sounds a bit like Industrial Rock Depeche Mode circa 1993, The Young Gods, Scorn, Einstürzende Neubauten.

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This week Fopp list their favourites of the year.

Call my cynical though - it look likes a pre Christmas sales display campaign - it's full of the high profile releases of 2004.

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Junkmedia present Junkmedia, 2004: The Year in Music

Including: Junkmedia: Top 10 Albums of 2004 - Surprisingly, NYC epic rock band The Walkmen take top slot.

[By the way this is presented in a rather nice horizontal style webpage design]

on rateyourmusic
The Walkmen - Bows and Arrows is currently ranked Number 33 album of 2004.

I would rather webzines feature individual top lists rather than just publish the overall results. Also why only a Top 10, Junkmedia ?

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Dusted commence looking back on 2004:

Our Year In Review
Dusted is proud to begin our look back on '04. We'll be publishing two pieces a day by staff writers offering their own takes on what exactly happened this year. Batting leadoff: Bill Meyer and Ben Tausig

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Splendid review Tin Hat Trio - Book of Silk

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Splendid review Jesu - Self-Titled this album is due for a January 2005 release on HydraHead.

Since disbanding Godflesh more than two years ago, Justin Broadrick has undertaken many musical voyages -- most notably his violent hip-hop persona Techno Animal, and dissenting dub project Curse of the Golden Vampire. While fans greedily scarfed up those sojourns, all that the faithful really wanted was for Broadrick to return to the world from which he came...

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London's Phonica Records have launched their website.

The website is split into 2 sections: Online Shop and a virtual tour of the actual shop.

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Marcello Carlin has started to countdown his fave new albums of 2004: MC'S TOP 50 NEW ALBUMS OF 2004: PART I

Note, Last week Marcello on his blog dealt with Top 50 Reissues and Compilations.

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New Releases @ Piccadilly Records - for November 29th

[Releases for December 6th and 13th - to follow soon]

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

The Cure - Three Imaginary Boys Deluxe Edition

The Cure's debut album from 1979 has now been elevated to the Deluxe Edition series. Compiled by Robert Smith and digitally remastered by Chris Blair at Abbey Road, this two CD set is a must for all Cure fans. Contains six previously unreleased songs and 17 tracks on CD for the very first time! The 16-page booklet contains sleevenotes by Johnny Black plus rare and previously unseen photographs from Robert Smith's personal archive.

Headshoppe - All Manner Of Things
Monocle 78

This mini-album proves that by working with excellent producers (Edwyn Collins and Mr Liam Watson in this case!!), a band can really find their own sound, whilst paying homage to their musical loved ones. With the addition of a full time trumpet player, Headshoppe deliver a beautiful record. The tracks vary from gentle, love inspired, tunes about the loss of direction, to heavy blues / moog loaded psyche-outs (think Groundhogs), discussing the pain of modern married life.

Jarboe - Anhedoniac

A deluxe reissue of Jarboe's limited edition private press 1998 album, remastered, with three bonus tracks, presented in an oversized six colour, 16 page booklet, with exclusive Richard Kern photos, this is the third in the atavistic reissue series for the avant auteur / ex-Swans / chanteuse. Quite varied musically, some acoustic guitar based numbers, some harsh like early Swans, another fine addition to the catalogue.

Thurston Moore / My Cat Is An Alien - From The Earth To The Spheres Vol. 1
Very Friendly

CD version of the ridiculously limited opax vinyl release (100 only). Thurston Moore starts things off with a 21 minute piece called "American Coffin" engaging in improv piano action that recalls both Dave Burrell's genius on the legendary "Echo" album on Jazz Actuel and textures on some of Stockhausen's wildest masterpieces. The track is fragmented by splinters of sonic feedbacks, howling guitar and every sort of musical collage insert, all permeated by a cloud of dust and debris. My Cat Is An Alien's track is entitled "Brilliance In The Outer Space", - music made of space sounds flowing freely in both inner and outer dimensions; sound sculptors and audiovisual artists My Cat Is An Alien base most of their work and research on purely improvised compositions, erecting minimal textures created essentially by guitar space-drones influenced by early American minimalism and the conceptual and philosophical modus operandi of avant-pioneers such as John Cage and Sun Ra.

Performance - Love Life
Guilty Feet Recordings

Hailing from Manchester, Performance are best friends Joe Cross and Joe Stretch, and sisters Laura and Billie Marsden. Coming across like the Human League via New Order via the Velvet Underground, Performance are already masters of their hometown 'Manctronica' scene, and have packed out shows in London and Glasgow as well as headlining the acclaimed 'Non-Stop Electronic Cabaret' tour last year with Pink Grease and Chikinki.
The CD single also includes the tracks "Blasé" and "Live A Little".

Rebelski - Stickers On Keys
Twisted Nerve

Martin Roman Rebelski is a man keen to let his ear guide him, an approach that has served him well in the careful construction of this, his second solo album. Rebelski's acclaimed debut album on Heavenly saw electronic meanderings, whereas "Stickers on Keys" introduces guest vocals, strings and more 'conventional' songs into the fray, to wonderful effect. A keyboard player by trade, Rebelski's day job is to provide keys and sounds for Doves, and they return the favour by playing on a number of tracks on the album. Rebelski lists influences such as Steve Reich, Harold Budd, Brian Eno, Tom Waits and Aphex Twin, their influence yet more evident in the twinkling electronic starlight of opener "Alka Seltzer" and gentle, aquatic lullaby "As The Crow Flies". Elsewhere, Martin lets his ivories take centre stage, teasing out strands of melody like spinning silk through "Magic Calculator" and single "Play The School Piano".

Christina Rosenvinge - Foreign Land
Smells Like Records

Recorded in New York City at Echo Canyon and the Magic Shop, and again with the help of Steve Shelley, Lee Ranaldo, and Tim Foljahn with added guest help from Smokey Hormel and Jeremy Wilms, the album also features her first collaborations with the Soldier String Quartet, giving things a nouvelle vague flavour recalling pre-electronic German music or nordic pop, all tied together with some good old clanging New York experimentation. The songs come from a personal, mysterious world of concise romanticism peopled with kindred spirits such as Francoise Hardy, Stina Nordenstam and Nico.

Tokyo Explode - Tokyo Explode

Its been over 12 months since XFM's Jon Kennedy first played tracks from Tokyo Explodes self financed demo. Since then the band have been hard at work finishing this their debut album, writing tracks for Japanese video game giant Konami and piecing together a live band which will hit these shores in early 2005.

Trembling Blue Stars - The Seven Autumn Flowers

Trembling Blue Stars return with a fantastic new album for Elefant Records (home to Camera Obscura). This is TBS' first new material in three years, and moves into slightly new territory on some tracks (there's a dub vibe on "The Rhythm Of Your Breathing", and "All Eternal Things" shows TBS paying homage to their post-punk roots a la Cure and 80s synth pop). In all other respects, TBS' new album dives deep into self-confessed indie-pop with those ambient and chamber-pop electronic touches they are loved for. Bob Wratten's songs share the spirit of 70s songwriters such as Jackson Browne or Nick Drake's romanticism, along with a modern day focus on synth-pop elements and melodic 'wall of sound' indie-pop.

The Yellow Swans - Bring The Neon War Home

This is Yellow Swans' highly anticipated proper full length. They have been wowing audiences for a couple of years now with their unrelenting savage atack of artistically packaged CDRs and self released vinyl. Much in the same vein as Wolf Eyes, Nautical Lamanac, and Crack: We Are Rock, the unrelenting noise / destructo onslaught from this two piece has to be heard to be believed / understood.

Various Artists / Club AC30 #3
Club AC30

London shoegazing night Club AC30 releases its third limited edition CD. Strictly 500 copies, hand made, hand stamped and numbered, each CD features new tracks from the best in shimmery and noisy guitars. Televise - new project of ex-Inner Sleeve and Slowdive member Simon. Guitaro hail from Canada, their song "Rainbow Brain" definitely nods in the direction of Air and M83. Track three comes from The Meeting Places with a recording from their "Find Yourself Along The Way" album sessions.

Bloemfontein - The Longer Now
Label High Fidelity Recordings

Two full instrumental CDs from this Canadian band that mine a similar vein to Godspeed and Do Make Say Think, with added bits of Spiritualized and Sigur Ros. Excellent longer than life tracks that allow you to dream yourself off into another world!!!!

Autistic Daughters - Jealousy And Diamond

Autistic Daughters are a new ensemble formed by Dean Roberts as a vehicle for his collaboration with influential musicians Martin Brandlmayer and Werner Dafeldecker. "Jealously And Diamond" picks up where Robert's "Be Mine Tonight" album left off, pulling apart the threads that hold together the contemporary song, blending genres, musical approaches and traditions to create unique song structures and an inventive, emotionally potent form of contemporary.

Kaada / Patton - Romances

Eagerly anticipated follow up to Kaada's debut on Ipecac, in which he collaborates with Ipecac's very own El Presidente, Mike Patton himself. They play around with harmonies, melodies and forms inspired by composers Gustav Hahler, Chopin, Brahms and Liszt. The song titles were chosen from French songs of the 1800s. "Romances" is the perfect soundtrack to your latest haunted dream. Referencing fifties and sixties sci-fi sound effects, Kaada and Patton fill up the aural palette with sounds we haven't heard since John Cage was preparing pianos for unprepared audiences everywhere.

On Filmore - Sleeps With The Fishes
Drag City

On Fillmore is Darin Gray (Grand Ulena, Dazzling Killmen, Loren Mazzacane-Connors) and Glenn Kotche (Wilco, Barnes-Kotche Duo, Jim O'Rourke). Culled from over a hundred hours of collective intimacy as well as distance. On Fillmore's latest "Sleeps with Fishes" is a pixilated paean to lullabies, location, and liberation.

Silver Ray - Humans
Broken Horse

Following the release of the second Silver Ray album "New Love" to wide acclaim earlier this year, word has spread rapidly of the instrumental Melbourne-based trio. Whilst comparisons to the likes of Mogwai, Godspeed You Black Emperor and the Dirty Three are inevitable, the band's unique pallet of largely just guitar, piano and drums is a sound of their very own. For their third album "Humans", the band decided to record live with no overdubs. In the early hours of a March morning in Melbourne, the band did just that in less than four hours. The result is possibly their strongest statement to date.

Various Artists / Team Kitty-Yo 1994 - 2004
Kitty Yo

Celebrating Kitty-Yo's ten year anniversary, "Team Kitty-Yo" features exclusives from, amongst others, Gold Chains and Sue Cie, Maximilian Hecker, Jimi Tenor, Tarwater and Kante, plus a free bonus CD. The first disc of the CD version is a collection of unreleased material by both new and established Kitty-Yo artists, offering a thrilling view of Kitty-Yo's future releases. It includes exclusive tracks by Tarwater, Rechenzentrum, Raz Ohara, Taylor Savvy, Sex In Dallas, Rhythm King And Her Friends and Maximilian Hecker mingle with new input from Kitty-Yo freshmen Jay Haze, Richard Davis and Spyritual. The second, bonus CD was perceived as a 'Thank You' to those who have supported the label during the last decade. It features rare and unreleased tracks from Tarwater, Peaches and Gonzales, Kante, Louie Austen, Rhythm King And Her Friends, Sex In Dallas, To Rococo Rot, Raz Ohara, Rechenzentrum, Preed and more.

Alter Ego - Rocker - Erol Alkan Remix

This massive glitched up electro-tech monster, licenced from Playhouse's Klang offshoot, has been a favourite of every DJ worth their salt for a while now, and finally gets a wider release via Skint. As well as the original you now get a rework by Nag Nag Nag's Erol Alkan that tweaks the beats about a bit. Not to be missed.

Various Artists / Shibuya Jazz Clash! - No Wave In Jap Jazz & Funk '75 -'86

As with the late 70s to mid 80s in the UK and US, Japan also had it's own No Wave movement, with jazz and funk artists taking influences from electronic outfits like Kraftwerk, the world sweeping disco phenomenon and angular punk experiments to create their own fusion tracks. Minoru Wakasugi collects together some of the best sounds from the era for this Solid Records compilation, including EP-4, BGM, Fad, Honma Express, Genji Sawai & Material, Akira Ishikawa, Ichiko Hashimoto, RNA Organism, Coloured Music, Casiopea etc.

Fertile Ground - Black Is...

Led by the magisterial voice of astral soul goddess, Navasha Daya and overseen by bandleader / composer / keyboardist James Collins, Baltimore's Fertile Ground return with another fine LP. Their power lies not only in their rich blend of soul, jazz, funk, and African-inspired rhythms, but in their positive, progressive lyrics - truly spiritual, and delivered without any sort of hype - they are one of the few combos with a power to rival the most righteous groups of the 70s!

Various Artists / Shibuya Jazz Classics - Gilles Peterson Collection (Trio Issue)

Gilles Peterson gets a chance to pick out some of his favourite tracks from the Trio label's 1960s / 1970s output on this Solid Records compilation. As ever he chooses some great vocal tracks (Dee Dee Bridgewater, Helen Merrill, Irene Kral, Lorez Alexandria), fantastic jazz fusion (Richard Beirach, Kunihiko Sugano etc) and cool swingers (Ryo Fukui Trio) and cuts on more of an improv / free tip (Koichi Matsukaze, Eddie Gomez).

Bola - Gnayse

In the scheme of things there are a number of electronic artists who by releasing quality album after quality album, become modern-day classic electronic artists. Darrell Fitton (aka Bola) is one of these alongside Autechre, Boards Of Canada, Plaid and Aphex Twin.

Current 93 - Halo

The first of a comprehensive reissue series of the Durtro and United Dairies catalogue, "Halo" is a live album featuring the entire set performed by the expanded line-up of Current 93 at their sold-out concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at London's South Bank Center on October 9, 2003; it is David Tibet's personal favorite of all the live Current 93 albums. This 67-minute-long album is packaged in a beautiful full-color gatefold digipak. It was originally released by World Serpent in an edition of 1,000 copies which sold out immediately. This is the album's second pressing, making it one of the rarer of the recent Current 93 albums.

Yamataka Eye & John Zorn - Naninani II

Eye and Zorn first met in Tokyo back in 1986. Since then they have travelled, toured, performed, laughed, cried, recorded and collectively been responsible for some of the strangest music ever conceived. In 1995, nine years after their first meeting, they went into the studio to create one of the first releases in the Tzadik New Japan series; "Naninani". In 2003 they returned to the studio to create "Naninani II" a wild and crazy compendium of fragile screams and tender fire. After almost twenty years the telepathic rapport of these two kindred spirits is stronger than ever.

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