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Monday, February 28, 2005

 

Playlouder review The Mars Volta - Frances the Mute

# posted by DJ Martian 3:26 PM
 

Spellemannsprisen 2004 - Norwegian Music Awards

MIC Norway report Winners of Spellemannsprisen unveiled:

28.02.2005
This weekend saw the winners of the prestigious Spellemannspris - the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammy - unveiled.

Winners included: Annie, Enslaved and Lars Horntvedt. Some selected category winners of the Spellemannsprisen 2004:

Newcomer of the year:
Annie, "Anniemal"

Video of the year:
Margaret Berger, "Lifetime Guarantee"

Pop group:
The National Bank: The National Bank

Jazz:
Solveig Slettahjell, "Silver"

Electronica/Contemporary:
Lars Horntvedt, 'Pooka'

Rock:
We: Smugglers

Classical:
Grieg Trio, "Dvorak: complete piano trios"

Metal:
Enslaved, "Isa"

Open class:
Frode Fjellheim, "Aejlies gaaltije - the sacred source"

# posted by DJ Martian 2:59 PM
 

Pitchfork interview Patrick Wolf

# posted by DJ Martian 2:48 PM
 

This week's new releases @ Fopp

# posted by DJ Martian 2:38 PM
 

Audioscrobbler users US Vs UK comparison

Hublog presents a snapshot chart of US vs UK band popularity

A comparison of the most popular artists listened to by Audioscrobbler users from the US and the UK.

It's strange to be reminded that people in the UK haven't heard so much of the biggest indie bands from the US, like Modest Mouse, The Postal Service, Death Cab For Cutie, The Shins and Bright Eyes .

From a UK perspective all those bands are/ have been played on daytime & evening on 6 Music and Xfm and probably on the specialist new rock programmes of conformist trad songs rock station Virgin. None of those artists appeal to me, but I am hardly a typical UK music listener.

Naturally both sides of the Atlantic demonstrate that mediocre, mainstream and mostly boring trad songs rock is predominately listened to. With some artists on both lists that I would moan or switch the radio off if played.

This US list looks like a combo of Rolling Stone/Spin and the UK list looks like a combination of Q/NME/ Kerrang.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:27 AM

Sunday, February 27, 2005

 

Encompass London - April 29 - May 1, Bank Holiday weekend

More info on Encompass London is emerging. However the website is built using the ghastly and inappropriate Macromedia Flash !

Also background information @ Resident Advisor forums

Navigating the Business and Art of Cutting Edge Music and with 100 DJs and live bands playing across six London venues based around the day time location of the Old Truman Brewery, Encompass announces its first release of artists and labels playing from April 29 – May 1, Bank Holiday weekend. Expecting 1500 industry delegates and 6000 fans over 3 days and 3 nights, Encompass is an event that commands exploration.

During the daytime there will be eight hours of music on the main stage, whilst the night time venues of neighbouring clubs Cargo, 93 Feet East, Spitz, Vibe Bar and Herbal will host nightly label showcases bringing a further five hours of cutting edge music per day from around the world to the heart of London’s Brick Lane and vibrant Hoxton area.

With confirmed artists such as Goldie (UK), Speedy J (NL), Hacker live (FR), 20:20Soundsystem live (UK), Billy Nasty (UK), Vitalic live (FR), Cristian Vogel (UK), Ralph Lawson (UK), T.Raumschmiere (GER), Sons of Slough live (UK), The Electric Press Boogie Corporation live (UK), Maximilian Hecker live (GER), Tristan Da Cunha (UK), Kitty Yo DJs (GER), and Raconteur live (JP) to name but a few this is sure to be an annual event to rival Barcelona’s Sonar Festival. With more artists still to be announced RA is sure you’ll agree that’s already a mouth-watering proposition over 3 glorious days and nights of unrivalled musical excellence.

Reflecting the truly international and multi-cultural, genre-spanning nature of the event labels confirmed to play at Encompass so far already include some of the most revered labels in their respective fields. Goldie’s pioneering drum n bass imprint Metalheadz, the jazzier edged sounds of Jazzanova’s Sonar Kollektiv, Novamute’s futuristic techno, Kitty Yo’s live eclecticism, 20:20 Vision’s sublime house, Nasha’s Asian style breaks and even Lex’s alternative and progressive take on hip hop to name but a few lead the way in contemporary electronic music.

Sounds interesting? You can now register for tickets and stalls at
www.encompass-london.com.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:38 PM
 

LCD Soundsystem confirmed for tripTych Music Festival Scotland - full programme of events to be announced on March 1st

Tennent's Lager is delighted to announce that this year's most exciting and incendiary sonic trailblazers - LCD Soundsystem - are set to play Triptych 05, which runs from April 27 to May 1.

The full programme of events, spanning Edinburgh , Glasgow and Aberdeen, will be revealed on March 1 st 2005.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:17 PM
 

This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

This week's new releases @ Boomkat include:

ALBUM OF THE WEEK!
Hrvatski - Irrevocably Overdriven Break Freakout Megamix
Entschuldigen

One we've all been waiting for for an absolute age - Keith Fullerton Whitman returns with the first release on his brand new Entschuldigen imprint and an absolutely headmashin, genius-tinged megamix of classic Hrvatski material old and new. Widely known throughout sentient populations for ruthlessly eclectic music, Keith Fullerton Whitman and his alter ego have released on scores of tastemaking labels. He has collaborated with and/or remixed a who's who of contemporary music and sound production. His last two released albums were voted to the top of many year-end lists. Recorded live at San Francisco's RX Gallery (as part of the Jiffy Scutler series curated by Blevin Blectum, J. Lesser, Lance Grabmiller and Sean Rooney), this incredible set disfunctionally contains a wide selection of material from Hrvatski's vast repertoire, including a majority of otherwise unreleased tracks and reworkings of some of his now classic anthems. Rather than a neatly beat-matched piece, Hrvatski opts to tear his work apart in a depraved manner, eviscerating themes and passages with coatings of found sounds, instrumentals, layers of digital bleeps and coatings of additional breaks and beats. A more apt title you could not wish to find. For a decimated post-junglist deathcore ambient bezerkerist party for inspiration - look no further! Awesome....

ALBUM OF THE WEEK!
Masha Qrella - Unsolved Remained
Morr Music

First off we'll start by saying that Masha Qrella's debut album "Luck" from a couple of years back has been one of the most overlooked albums we've ever stocked - and yet every single time we play it in the office or the shop people stop to ask what on earth it is and how they go about getting their hands on it. Perhaps Masha qrella's unusual name goes some way to explain why her miraculous, addictive debut album didn't quite become the crossover hit so many tastemakers expected it to be, despite it being regarded by many as the most refined and timeless indie-pop albums of the last few years - a constant favourite with virtually anyone who's heard it including some of the bands that Masha Qrella has recently supported : sonic youth and calexico amongst others. For us, their new album "unsolved remained" is one of the most anticipated releases of the year - masha's songs remain more important than any obvious demonstration of (plentifully available) production skills. The key here is her incredible songwriting and perfectly judged delivery - distinctions between electronic and acoustic elements scarcely trouble the listener as you realise you've barely had a chance to absorb each of these songs before they become an entrenched part of the psyche. But some room on this record was handed over to other musical voices as well. The snapping and crackling rhythm track on "vertical destination" was programmed by Berlin sound/visual-collective Rechenzentrum. Similarly, the laconically dragged-out backing track of "I can't tell" was created in the laboratory of Swedish Henrik Johansson - better known as smyglyssna. Finally in the four-and-a-half minute long "C.Bones" a sample of ISO 68 finds itself respectfully integrated into the logic of Qrella's songwriting. "Unsolved Remained" individually and uniquely continues to formulate Masha Qrella`s world of sound, warmer, more confident and multi-layered than its predecessor, with a production that gives these 11 songs, written by one of the most interesting songwriters of her genre, proper density as well as space. We implore you all to check out this incredible album, melancholy yet feelgood in the most contagious sense, surely one of the records of the year. ..

Mental Overdrive - 083
Smalltown Supersound

Per Martinsen has been tweaking his icy norwegian knobs since his debut for the legendary R&S imprint all the way back in 1990. Since then he's had a plethora of releases on all manner of labels including a short spat with Virgin, although this is his first release since 1999. In sharp contrast to the heavy jazz and abstract leanings of most of his Norwegian compatriots, Per Martinsen's electronic tinkering takes him to a much more accesible plane, brandishing the kind of tweaked electronica that often dips into electroid and even broken house frames, bringing to mind a less glitter-strewn version of Lucien N Luciano. This makes for a refreshing listen on smalltown supersound, a label that often does its best to unhinge, with the closing track `Ases Tod' in particular pushing all the right spacious buttons. Well worth checking out....

Hp Stonji - Melaina Chloe
Spezialmaterial

Hans Platzgumer and E Stonji return as HP Stonji to deliver this mighty, complementary album to their well received 6-track EP for the SpezialMaterial collective. 14 tracks in all, and with ten exclusive to this release, this cd encompasses fully the collective's penchant for digital artistic and musical exploration, with some additional features for MAC & PC. Stonji are of course at home in the warehouse or arthouse, but the dirty fat breaks, whomping basslines and dark atmospheres align them most accurately with the former. 'Errorbeauty' lashes benign waves of melody to a tuff bass drum which guarantees devastation for the brave, and sounding more deadly than ever in digital format. 'Metic' operates from a giddy height, classic style eighties electro-funk drums, topped with the most dramatic, mind altering waves of sound, crazy noises set to dose digital block parties everywhere - it's just one of those massive sub-breaking cuts you just cannot mess with...at all. Awesome. 'Mith' again enjoys a crystalline production, synapse impulses cut to wax, rolling stuff to be sure - proper club tackle for biggest systems only. 'Hagry' harks back to a golden era - simplifying matters into a miami infused glide-out, then lulled into a complacent sense of security - proceeds to dismantle and fully decimate the whole thing, totally and utterly. Probably the definitive Spezialmaterial release so far....

Various / Bpitch Control - Camping
Bpitch Control

Budget-priced compilation from Ellen Allien's Bpitch imprint, celebrating the label's 100th release and featuring classics from Modeselektor, Apparat, Kiki, Ellen Allien, Sylvie Marks & Hal9000, Paul Kalkbrenner, Sascha Funke, Kiki & Silversurfer, Housemeister, Timtim, Feadz, Tomas Andersson, Smash TV, Sascha Funke and more. 20 tracks wide for £5.99 - nice!...

The Gasman - The Grand Electric Palace Of Variety
Planet Mu

Massive double-cd set from Portsmouth's Chris Reeves for Planet Mu, once again pairing his love of Aphex-style playful intricacies with a harrowing line in abandoned dancehall instrumentals. The opening of this album defies expectations with its dense splice-up of choral phrases and ghostly ice-rink vibes, seemingly influenced by VVM's Caretaker and Akira Rabelais' haunting choir re-arrangements. `Imodium' does this particularly well, you don't quite now what you're listening to as the dis-assembled choir start to sound like they're building themselves up for an Amen tumble that never arrives - brilliant stuff. Elsewhere the beautiful piano cascades and breaks of "Fridge" illustrate Gasman's lilting hardcore sensibilities at their best - some choice cuts across this album's mammoth 34 tracks. Recommended....

Busdriver - Fear Of A black Tangent
Big Dada

Avant rap is back in scorching effect! As previous noted we'd grown a little tired of indulgent leftfield hip hop these last few months but in only the last two weeks our heads and hearts have been retuned by the back on form Antipop alias Airborn Audio and Anticon as a whole. Now add to that list the Busdriver and Mush label who via this licensed album to Ninja Tune and the incredible Lab Waste CD (also out this week) complete the circle. Backed by an awesome array of beat smith's Busdriver turns down the insanity for a moment and turns on the originality humour in his unique rhyme style. The producers on serious form count Daedelus (whose unreal 'Exquisite Corpse' is due soon on Mush/Ninja), Paris Zax, Thavius Beck, Omid and even Danger Mouse. Daedelus's tracks steer clear of the leftfield freeform jumble that hung round 'The Weather' - proof, just listen to 'Wormholes' and feel the tweaking freshness. 'Map Your Psyche' samples cello/strings, Robert De Niro, killer beats and guest raps from Abstract Rude and Ellay Khule - a dope jam. 'Cool Band Buzz' dives into Bus' self depreciating ego over a wicked and new styled Danger Mouse production. His Project Blowed cousins Mikah 9 and 2-Mex guest on the world weary 808 beats, and guitar jam 'Sphinx's Coonery' and Daedelus returns on the dusted driftbeat lament with the best lyrics called 'Lofty's Lament'. As a bonus you get three semi hidden remixes from D-Styles (bruising cut n' paste digi scratch pimpin'), Nobody (psych hop beauty) and Prefuse 73 (chopped up hard beat waltzing with a serious bump). The best Busdriver album yet by quite a distance so if you've been a little wary before then drop your fear and check this out. Hopefully (distribution pending) the US vinyl 2LP and 12" on Mush will be here next week. Highly recommended. ..

Harris Newman - Accidents With Nature And Each Other
Strange Attractors

This beautiful album from Harris Newman experiments with the raw sounds of the naked steel string guitar and a wider palette of instrumentation augmented beautifully in his particular brand of guitar soundscaping . The result is a rather diverse array of sounds and structures, all centered on the acoustic guitar. languid, gorgeous melodies and hefty fingerpicking workouts bump up against ghostly harmonics and acoustic drones. The album is made vibrant by contributions from sandro perri (polmo polpo) and bruce cawdron (godspeed you black emperor), making for a record that acts both as an audio tribute to the great John Fahey and as a furthering of his legacy. Beautiful music....

Alex Smoke - Incommunicado
Soma

Already garnering much attention for a handful of releases on Soma and the Vakant imprint, Alex Smoke's debut album has been much anticipated by lovers of the dancefloor's deeper edges. Finding a point where electronic traditions intersect with Techno and House structures, "Incommunicado" veers from bass-heavy trawls through slow motion techno through to string-laden slivers of ambience, dubwise steppas and all-round microscopic house hiccups. Smoke cites his influences as Matthew Dear, Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano and Lawrence - if you're into their sound you'll no doubt find this a worthy addition to an ever growing cannon of solid glitched-up tools for the floor. Good stuff....

Mu - Out Of Breach
Output

The malladjusted pairing of Maurice Fulton and the bonkers Mutsumi Kanamori has always straddled the zeitgeist with ease, but it's at this juncture that their deliriously silly sounds will hit a wider cultural significance than followers might have previously imagined. Taking elements of smudged-mascara disco posturing and screeching punkfunk rebellion, Mutsumi's hillarious messed-up narration is both in awe of and in spite of a world of fashionistas and vacuous it-girls. You get the feeling that the brilliantly giddy `Paris Hilton' is in tribute to, rather than in spite of the girating heiress, while tracks like "Stop Bothering Michael Jackson" never make it too clear where their allegiances truly lie, although the overall presentation seems ironic from the outset. "Out Of Berach" is one of those deliciously hard to find albums - funny and fashionable without all the self-conscious accessories that are so often part of such endavours. Exceedingly good fun....

Various / Volga Select - So Young But So Cold - Underground French Music 1977-1983
Tigersushi

Compiled by the people behind the awesome Nouvelle Vague album, Black Strobe's Ivan Smagghe and Marc Colin have managed to unearth these intriguing gems of icy parisian proto-electronics from the late 70's / early 80's. In a time when French real-tv bores from "popstars" milk the nostalgia tip with `Taxi Girl' covers and whilst the audience is exposed, for good (Liquid, Liquid, Métal Urbain) or worse (Jean Luc Lahaie...) to the resurgence of all sort of forgotten haircuts from twenty years ago, well, in such time, it is only salutary and sound that what was first devised as a geeky musical indulgence, circumscribed to the acquired tastes of a few die-hard record zealots, is finally reaching out to a broader scope on a Tigersushi release. Very entertaining!...

# posted by DJ Martian 10:57 PM
 

musicOMH.com review Alex Smoke - Incommunicado

This is music for the head and the heart in all its simple/complex conundrums. It’s rare to find a techno album that can withstand the length of an album but with Incommunicado Alex Smoke has served up an album which will repay return visits

# posted by DJ Martian 10:18 PM
 

Roy Davis Jr presents 6 Mix on 6 Music today betwen 8-10pm - expect deep house.

Also:
Coming up: 06 03 05: Nick Luscombe

Double Dose of Luscombe !

So next Sunday between 8-10 Nick Luscombe will be 6 Music ! whilst his regularly Xfm Flo-Motion show broadcasts between 9-12. Obviously the 6 Mix is recorded in advance.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:22 PM
 

Om - Variations on a Theme

Julian Cope celebrates the new album from Om: Head Heritage | Unsung | Album of the Month | Om - Variations on a Theme

Chris Hakius and Al Cineros – two-thirds of San Jose’s legendary Sleep - are finally back from the dead after over half a decade.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:49 PM
 

Eternal Fusion - New Show Online [dated: Feb 27th]

Eternal Fusion Latest Show On-Line NOW!

Available on demand for a week. Also available to download as a Podcast for offline listening.

Playlist: Eternal Fusion - Latest Show On-Line NOW!

Latest Show: 27th February

Piano Magic - 'The Journal Of A Disappointed Man'
'The Opencast Heart' E.P., Important, 2005

Mogwai - 'Hunted By A Freak'
'Government Commissions', Pias, 2005

Beequeen - 'The Dream-O-Phone'
'The Bodyshop', Important, 2005

Aarktica - 'Bleeding Light'
'Bleeding Light', Darla, 2005

Bark Psychosis - 'Eyes & Smiles'
'Hex', Circa, 1994

Caribou - 'Barnowl'
12" Promo, The Leaf Label, 2005

Whens The Future - 'Sativaliva'
'Same Time Tomorrow', Stone Premonitions, 2004

Amon Tobin - 'Displaced'
'Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory', Ninja Tune, 2005

M83 - 'Let Men Burn Stars'
'Before The Dawn Heals Us', Labels, 2005

Hood - 'The Negatives'
'Outside Closer', Domino, 2005

Birdpen - 'Fake Kid'
Self Released CDR, 2005

Bogus Blimp - 'The Solitude Of Space'
'Rdtr', Jester Records, 2004

Greg Weeks - 'Dusted'
'Blood Is Trouble', Ba Da Bing, 2005

Cyann & Ben - 'Gone To Waste'
'Happy Like An Autumn Tree', Locust, 2004

Pinkie Maclure & John Wills - 'Lay Down Your Arms'
'Cat's Cradle', Trefingle, 2005

Jennifer Gentle - 'Universal Daughter'
'Valende', Sub Pop, 2005

Tunng - 'Code Breaker'
'Mother's Daughter & Other Songs', Static Caravan, 2005

Isotope 217 - 'La Jetee'
'The Unstable Molecule', Thrill Jockey, 2001

Thievery Corporation - 'Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram'
'The Cosmic Game', ESL, 2005

Phillip Jeck & Janek Schaefer - 'Taxim'
'Songs For Europe', Asphodel, 2004

Tussle - 'Tight Jeans'
'Kling Klang', Troubleman, 2004

Bola - 'Papnwea'
'Gnayse', Skam, 2004

Larsen - 'C'
'Play', Important, 2005

# posted by DJ Martian 5:02 PM

Saturday, February 26, 2005

 

PopMatters review The Mars Volta - Frances the Mute

The moment that the Mars Volta's new album Frances the Mute leaked, listeners began reacting strongly to it. PopMatters writers Justin Cober-Lake and Adrien Begrand responded in polarized ways, and their initial e-mail discussions became the basis for a joint review. After many listens, much thought, and careful discussion, they each think the other one is wrong

# posted by DJ Martian 7:45 PM
 

Next week's releases are reviewed @ Norman Records

# posted by DJ Martian 7:24 PM
 

musicOMH.com review Patrick Wolf - Wind In The Wires

# posted by DJ Martian 7:24 PM
 

BBC collective review Alex Smoke - Incommunicado

# posted by DJ Martian 7:23 PM
 

Van der Graaf Generator offer a double Present

Van der Graaf Generator have announced the release date of April 25th 2005 for their new double album: Present.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:08 PM
 

The Guardian review David Binney - Bastion of Sanity

# posted by DJ Martian 5:18 PM
 

BLABBERMOUTH.NET report on Burst: BURST To Enter Studio In May with a scheduled September release.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:10 PM
 

BLABBERMOUTH.NET report on Voivod: VOIVOD To Record This Summer

# posted by DJ Martian 5:02 PM
 

Almost Cool review Mikkel Metal - Close Selections

# posted by DJ Martian 4:53 PM
 

Fuse-in Detroit Electronic Music Festival

synthtopia.com report on Fuse-in Detroit Electronic Music Festival that is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend (May 28, 29, 30) at Hart Plaza in Detroit, Michigan

Official website: Fuse-in Detroit is organized by Kevin Saunderson.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:49 PM
 

Grungemodel's 2005 Recommendations -- Rate Your Music

Grungemodel is Not the most inspiring / interesting nickname, however this RYM user is tracking 2005 releases with summary reviews.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:35 PM

Friday, February 25, 2005

 

indieworkshop.com review Dälek - Absence

# posted by DJ Martian 11:57 AM
 

Dusted review Konono N°1 - Congotronics

# posted by DJ Martian 11:39 AM
 

The Guardian interview Doves: Moss Side story

The Manchester that Doves grew up in has disappeared. They take Dave Simpson on a guided tour of the city - and show him the changes that inspired their acclaimed new album

# posted by DJ Martian 11:25 AM

Thursday, February 24, 2005

 

Zero Tolerance - Issue 4

Details of the new issue of Zero Tolerance Magazine due on sale February 28th.

IN CIRCULATION
ISSUE #004 CONTENTS
ISSUE 004 - ONSALE 28-02-05
Cover price £3.00 - 80 Pages
Available from all good newsagents: Larger WHSmiths, Dawsons News, John Menzies and Independent retailers and online by clicking Enlist

FREE CD - ZTAUDIO001
This issue comes complete with a free compilation CD featuring 16 extreme tracks. Striking a balance between artists you know and those you could be soon hearing more of, the compilation ties in with many of this issue's featured bands, and makes a perfect and exclusive accompaniment to issue 004.

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, BLOOD RED THRONE, CROWBAR, SOILWORK, IMMOLATION, DEFEATED SANITY, KOREISCH, IMPALED, THUS DEFILED, DIAMANTHIAN, YYRKOON, CRUEL HUMANITY, DEATH DU JOUR, COMMUNIC, MAZE OF TORMENT, SEPIA DREAMER.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:44 PM
 

Fenriz of Darkthrone is interviewed @ Sound Of The Fury // Extreme Metal Radio

This is an interesting insight into what one of the leaders of black metal listens to:

Fenriz: In the last enquete that I took part in, I answered last years best electronica was M83 and SOLVENT. Also mix albums from Funk D’void and Steve Bug's BUGNOLOGY was fantastic. I buy a couple of hundred electronic releases every year. For beat madness and bass hell get SOUNDMURDERER “wired for sound” and DJ RUPTURES magnificent MINESWEEPER SUITE. I worship dj Sneak, Claude Young and Carl Craig to mention a few from your country..

This will shock and inform some of the rather narrow-minded Black Metal purists !

Another [via Lowtones] on a roll this week !

# posted by DJ Martian 12:22 AM

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

 

The Metal Observer interview WOODS OF YPRES

This Canadian dark metal band were awarded album of the year @ UNRESTRAINED! Magazine

1. Woods Of Ypres – Pursuit Of The Sun & Allure Of The Earth (Krankenhaus)

# posted by DJ Martian 11:26 PM
 

The Prague Post Online interview Jaz Coleman about his future plans including Killing Joke

Jaz Coleman takes his band to the battle lines

By Max Farr
For The Prague Post
Feb. 17, 2005

# posted by DJ Martian 9:41 PM
 

This week's NME: includes New Order track on NME Awards 2005 CD

NewOrderOnline.com relay that NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS CD CONTAINS NEW ORDER MATERIAL The track: I Told You So is included on a free NME Awards 2005: The Winners CD.

In the magazine, Next week's issue is previewed: New Order are featured with the strapline:

From Joy Division to Godlike Genius
Their astonishing secret history

It needs mentioning that NME's mostly teenager readership were not even born when New Order's Brotherhood album was released in 1986. So much for the words: "Secret history" more like history lesson.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:07 PM
 

indieworkshop.com interview Alexandre Vaudin the man behind (Supercilious)

# posted by DJ Martian 7:49 PM
 

Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 by Simon Reynolds

It's the most anticipated music book of the year/ decade/ century/ this millenium. Simon Reynolds post punk history book is now available for pre-ordering on various UK e-commerce websites.

Lowtones blog have the front cover of Simon Reynolds post punk history book: Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978 - 1984

Additional information from: Booktrust

Author: Simon Reynolds
Title: Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984
Publisher: Faber
Due: 01-04-2005
Notes: Following the fervour of punk, a new generation of bands took up the challenge that had been laid down, experimenting with electronics and absorbing the influence of reggae and disco into their music. Reynolds's book celebrates the bands (Cabaret Voltaire, Talking Heads, The Fall, Joy Division) and the independent labels (Rough Trade, Factory, Mute) that made it happen, setting the story in the turbulent political context of the time

However more update info on the web states a April 21st release date:

Further info and price comparison tool Best Book Price.co.uk:
Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984

Product Details
Paperback
Published: 21 April, 2005
Publisher: Faber and Faber Ltd
ISBN: 0571215696
RRP: £12.99
Average Rating:

The cheapest inclusive price [i.e including delivery] at the mo is £9.99 at play.com [includes free delivery to UK buyers]

# posted by DJ Martian 4:13 PM
 

Playlouder review Patrick Wolf - Wind in the Wires

# posted by DJ Martian 1:54 PM
 

Stylus review Konono No. 1 - Congotronics 1

# posted by DJ Martian 1:51 PM
 

Kultureflash - Headlines from London [No. 113/ 23.02.05]

This week's Kultureflash - Headlines from London

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.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:48 PM
 

The Metal Observer review Primordial - The Gathering Wilderness

# posted by DJ Martian 1:47 PM

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

 

Lammo Promoted to Weekday Afternoons on 6 Music

Steve Lamacq [Lammo] has been promoted to the weekday afternoon 4pm - 7pm slot on 6 Music: Steve Lamacq and Andrew Collins to present new shows on BBC 6 Music changes to be implemented early April:

Steve Lamacq is to front a brand new afternoon show on BBC 6 Music starting on Monday 4 April (weekdays 1600-1900) and Andrew Collins is to present a new Sunday show starting on the 10 April (1400-1700) and will also take over the 6 Music Chart show on Saturdays from 9 April (1600-1800).

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New Saturnus Track

scandinavianmetal.info alert to a new download mp3 track [Murky Waters] from Denmark's Saturnus: New Saturnus track!

Danish melodic doomsters Saturnus have made a track from the upcoming available to download at their site.
The song is called "Murky Waters" and may be downloaded from this link.

I found this song to be really atmospheric and beautiful, finally some new stuff from this band.
Saturnus last release was in 1999.


Saturnus are aiming to record the album with producer Flemming Rasmussen [ex Metallica producer] and are currently looking for the right label deal.

Saturnus have been compared to Denmark's answer to My Dying Bride, this new track also has that sublime churning atmospheric guitar sound of Katatonia or Opeth. Massive arcs of stretched out glacial guitar work, this A + material.

Official website: Saturnus

# posted by DJ Martian 8:59 PM
 

Domino Festival 05 - Belgium - April 6th - 14th

Details of a another European music festival: Domino Festival held in Brussels over 9 days in April.

Best looking line up yet for the wide-ranging Brussels festival that this year includes a 25th anniversary show by Einsturzende Neubauten, plus Prefuse 73, Jamie Lidell, Boom Bip, Subtle, Fog, Rhythm & Sound 45 Session with Paul St Hilaire, Sunn O))), Hood, Joanna Newsom, Six Organs Of Admittance, Alasdair Roberts, Jaga Jazzist and LCD Soundsystem as well as an alt.film programme and an exhibition of artwork drawn from the UK Touch label curated by the label's designer Jon Wozencroft. Brussels Anciennes Belgique, 6-14 April. [Source: The Wire]

More Info including day line up schedule:

06 avril : FEIST + HOOD .
07 avril : EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN (25th Anniversary Show !!)

08 avril : WARP VS LEX PRESENTS => PREFUSE 73 (with 5 piece band) + JAMIE LIDELL + BOOM BIP + SUBTLE + FOG + RHYTHM & SOUND 45 SESSION with PAUL ST. HILAIRE ON THE MIC.
08 avril : SUNN O))) + JOHN WIESE.

09avril : DRAG CITY LABEL NIGHT FEAT => JOANNA NEWSOM + SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE + ALASDAIR ROBERTS .
10 avril : JAGA JAZZIST + FRANCO SAINT DE BAKKER + SHINING + TRIOSK.
10 avril : THE BLOOD BROTHERS + WHITE CIRCLE CRIME CLUB.

11 avril : EFTERKLANG + TIMESBOLD + MONADE + PATRICK WOLF .
12 avril : MILLIONAIRE (date supplémentaire !!)
13 avril : MILLIONAIRE + THE LOVE SUBSTITUTES. (déjà complet !!)
13 avril : LEMON JELLY.
14 avril : LCD SOUNDSYSTEM + AIRBORN AUDIO (EX-ANTI POP CONSORTIUM).

Organized by AB25

# posted by DJ Martian 8:34 PM
 

Meat Beat Manifesto will release a new album on THIRSTY EAR

Meat Beat Manifesto is set to make his Blue Series debut with “At the Center” on May 24, 2005. Featuring tracks from Craig Taborn on keyboards, Bad Plus drummer Dave King and Peter Gordon on flute, this record offers a fresh take on Meat Beat Manifesto’s unique style.

[via Avant Music News]

# posted by DJ Martian 3:33 PM
 

Capitol K schedule forthcoming album: Nomad Junk

Capitol K announce a forthcoming Album scheduled for mid 2005 titled: Nomad Junk

16 tracks running time 1hr 7min
recorded over 2004 in london with sound samples
and location recordings collected from Malta, Barcelona,
Tokyo, Taipei and Hong Kong.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:23 PM
 

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

# posted by DJ Martian 3:15 PM
 

Terrorizer - March 2005 Issue

New issue of Terrorizer magazine on sale this Thursday, strangely Metallica are on the front cover.

Features:

BLACK METAL SPECIAL II:
A BRIEF HISTORY OF BM
GLOBAL BLACK METAL: SOUTH AMERICA
BLACK METAL LABELS & STRATEGIES
TOP TWENTY PROGRESSION ALBUMS
BLACK METAL NOW: THE OVERGROUND
GLOBAL BLACK METAL: NORTH AMERICA
STUDIO REPORT: OVERKILL
METALLICA / JOE BERLINGER
JUDAS PRIEST
PRIMORDIAL
CROWBAR
HIGH ON FIRE
SOILWORK
PENTAGRAM
HAMMERFALL
IMMOLATION
BENIGHTED LEAMS
GREEN CARNATION
HARD OF HEARING: JESU
EDEN MAINE

INCLUDES FREE COVERMOUNT CD 'FEAR CANDY' 13 - featuring TWO exclusive new tracks from Strapping Young Lad and High On Fire PLUS new tracks from Crowbar, Primordial, Six Feet Under, Soilwork, Jesu, Blood Red Throne and many more!!

# posted by DJ Martian 12:45 AM
 

Jackson Signs to Warp ?

You may remember in January I mentioned an artist from France named: Jackson

Jackson is a handsome 25-year-old producer from Paris who’ll be a household name this time next year. His debut album is already being described by those lucky enough to have heard it as the next step for electronic music. It’s a beautiful, soulful, fucked-up masterpiece that scrunches Aphex into Hendrix, Boards of Canada into Bowie and beyond, and is the freshest, heaviest long-player you can’t even begin to imagine.

According to insider sources Jackson has signed to Warp, as mentioned on ILM: jackson - the french guy that did that m83 remix...

# posted by DJ Martian 12:17 AM
 

Porcupine Tree - Deadwing: Release Dates

::: porcupine tree : the official site ::: announce the European release date for Deadwing has been put back one week to 28th March.

The album will be released in the US on April 26th via Atlantic Records

The album tracklisting: ‘Deadwing’, ‘Shallow’, ‘Lazarus’, ‘Halo’, ‘Arriving Somewhere But Not Here’, ‘Mellotron Scratch’, ‘Open Car’, ‘The Start Of Something Beautiful’, ‘Glass Arm Shattering’ and ‘She's Moved On’ (hidden track).

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Monday, February 21, 2005

 

Zyklon Next Album title: Disintegrate

BW & BK report ZYKLON Reveal Tentative Title For New Album

# posted by DJ Martian 11:52 PM
 

Stylus review Patrick Wolf - Wind in the Wires this is [STYLUSMAGAZINE.COM'S ALBUM OF THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 20 - FEBRUARY 26, 2005]

# posted by DJ Martian 11:32 PM
 

Primavera Sound 2005 Festival

Primavera Sound 2005 Festival in Barcelona, Spain on May 26/27/29 has been announced today......

Including: Isis, Jesu, M83, New Order, Vitalic and The Human League.

The Line Up:

Alter Ego · American Music Club · Antony & The Johnsons · Art Brut · Astrud · Bertrand Betsch · Brigitte Fontaine · Broken Social Scene · Christina Rosenvinge · Coralie Clément · Daniel Darc · David Thomas & Two Pale Boys · Destroyer · Dogs Die in Hot Cars · Dominique A · Don Nino · Erase Errata · Erlend Øye · Experience · Françoiz Breut · Gang of Four · Grabba Grabba Tape · Gravenhurst · Helena · Iggy & The Stooges · Isis · Jesu · Jr. · Kompakt Sound System · Kristin Hersh · Les Georges Leningrad · Los Planetas · M83 · Maximo Park · Mercury Rev · Micah P. Hinson · Nacho Vegas · New Order · Nouvelle Vague · Oslø Telescopic · Parker & Lily · Piano Magic · Polysics · Psychic TV · Radio 4 · Ron Sexsmith · Sammy Jo DJ · Sondre Lerche · Sonic Youth · Sons & Daughters · Sophia · Sr. Chinarro · Steve Earle & The Dukes · Television Personalities · The Arcade Fire · The Czars · The Dirtbombs · The Go! Team · The Human League · The Married Monk · The Wedding Present · They Might Be Giants · Tim Hecker · Tortoise · Vetiver · Vic Chesnutt · Vitalic · Whignomy Brothers · Whitey · Wiley

[Alerted via ILM]

# posted by DJ Martian 3:41 PM
 

Pitchfork interview Prefuse 73

# posted by DJ Martian 3:18 PM
 

This week's new releases @ Fopp

# posted by DJ Martian 2:12 PM
 

One World: Cosmosoncia with Tom Middleton

This week's One World show features: Tom Middleton

Show broadcast on Radio 1
Monday 21st February 2005: 0100-0300

# posted by DJ Martian 12:09 AM

Sunday, February 20, 2005

 

This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

This week's new releases @ Boomkat include:

ALBUM OF THE WEEK!
Goldmund - Corduroy Road
Type

Barely 6 weeks into the new year and already we've been graced with at least two life-changing albums - last week's incredible trip through dense classical structures offered up by Marsen Jules, and this week by the deeply moving solitary clarity of this Piano-based classic from Goldmund on the Type imprint. Boston-based multi instrumentalist Keith Kenniff has already released music under the Helios moniker - but this debut Goldmund album is little short of a magical experience - scarcely more than the sound of a piano, played softly and with immense passion, with restrained arrangements and accompaniment. This is a sound at once antique and very very modern, american civil war tunes, songsreminiscent of Ryuchi Sakamoto's piano work: even admirers of Mark Hollis, Keith Jarrett or Gonzales' amazing solo piano album from 2004 should pay direct attention - this is a record of rare and unusual beauty, Keith has scant concern for these matters - simply the sound of his fingers on the keys and the tread of his feet on the pedals is enough. As Goldmund, Kenniff has disregarded the electronic elements of his music almost entirely in favour of just a piano, a microphone and occasionally a guitar. `Corduroy Road' is thirteen tracks of pure recording, the sound of the piano being opened and the feet on the pedals, the sound of fingers pressing lovingly onto the keys. This is a record of rare and unusual beauty, so shocking and yet unpretentious in its simplicity. When the guitar does emerge from beside the delicately touched piano, it serves as a balancing point for the record. Weaving in and out of the melodies, it adds another layer to what is already incredibly moving music. It is no surprise that Kenniff's passion for cinema shines through so strongly. Even when the brush of a cymbal and the gentle thrum of standup bass is added to this spellbinding album, there remains no doubt - Goldmund has produced a keeper - rare, evocative music from beginning to end. An absolutely essential purchase..

ALBUM OF THE WEEK!
Gavouna - Stings & Dum Machines
Arable

Sublime follow-up to the immensely loved debut album from Psapp, also on Robin Isan's perfectly formed Arable imprint. Gavouna is the alias of Athens-born, London based Athanasios Argianas, who studied under a pupil of Xenakis and Berio. A fine artist and musician, Gavouna released his debut EP, `Warm Industry' on Manchester's Melodic label in 2003, the original homebase to Nine Black Alps, Pedro, Lucky Pierre and Minotaur shock. "Stings & Dum Machines" features 12 tracks of delicious honeycomb noise, pianos and strings - the sound of your favourite musical tastes thrown together and assembled into one gorgeous mess. For `Stings...', there's a far greater sense of organisation and an emphasis on song-based forms. In fact, some of the elements and riffs from the ep have been remade, revitalised and actually subjected to total metamorphosis. There's a cinematic swagger to this music for sure and ample evidence of Gavouna's progression as composer. Argianas has developed significantly on this debut LP - combining traditional instrumentation, built-up rhythms, heavy percussion and sparing, contemporary electronic influences. There's some parallels in the heart wrenching orchestral settings and blends of live and analogue instruments to the works of the Earlies, yet this album is completely instrumental and really takes flight on its beautifully measured yet profoudly emotional compositions. Lovely music. ..

Various / Progressive Form - Mix Form
Progressive Form

Asked to survey four years of cutting edge material from Japan's leading label for new electronic music, Haruomi Hasono once of "japan's Kraftwerk" the Yellow Magic Orchestra, now founder member of the equally innovative Sketch Show is the right man for the job. Perhaps the closest point of reference for this fabulous mix might be Scion's seminal "Arrange and Process Basic Channel" album, where Rene and Pete layered BC classics, with elements from as many as three, or sometimes four tunes running simultaneously. "Mix Form" is technological jockeying at its best - layering tunes from the likes of AOKI takamasa, Yoshihiro Hanno, Nao Tokui, Ryoichi Kurosawa and even special CCO guest, Static. Seventeen "tracks", but of course much more music is employed, pride of place going to Haruomi's two indented megamixes. Special sounds from the east - killer....

Lunz - Reinterpretations (Originals + Remixed)
Gronland

Double cd edition featuring originals and remixes for Hans Joachim Rodelius and Tim Story's Lunz project. The first cd features the 12-track original album, while the second cd collects remixes from Ulrich Schnauss, Alias, Faultline, Elbow, Adem, Half Cousin, Munk and more. Tim Story was nominated for a Grammy award and a NAIRD Album of the Year award while Hans-Joachim Roedelius is equally accomplished and perhaps most well-known for being a founder member of one of the most pioneering German bands of the 70s, Kluster. Nice pacakge - nice, cinematic music. Check....

Miss Kittin / Lfo / Marco Passarani / Michael Mayer - Happy Violentine - Remix EP
Novamute

Featuring the remixes from both vinyl EP's on one handy cd. Mark Bell deconstructs Kittin's yelping styles with a long track of warehouse ferocity, dipping into industrial looped mayhem for the floor. Marco Passarani delivers another jacking electro-house number while Michael Mayer unwrapps the floating kompakt presets in sweet style and, oddly enough, Mad Proffesor twiddles his knobs in a suitably heavy, dubwise styleee ee ee e e. Check....

Albert Ayler - Spirits
Get Back

After touring scandinavia with the cecil taylor jazz unit in 1962-1963, ayler began imposing his style - which was still considered odd and too innovative by the always conservative purists of jazz of the time - through a number of records of his own. one of the most interesting among them is `spirits', which was recorded in his then classic quintet line up at atlantic studios in new york city, february 1964. For the occasion, ayler recruited some of the finest jazz giants: the album, originally released on debut, features norman howard - a cleveland based trumpeter who ayler grew up with - and henry grimes and sunny murray as a potent rhythm section, with an appearance on bass by earle henderson, unknown at the time. ("if you don't dig the music on this album, you should maybe blame yourself as being behind the time" from the original liner notes by ole vestergaard jensen)....

Aesop Rock - Fast Cars, Danger, Fire And Knives
Def Jux
CD/BOOK //

Insane new mini album from Aes Rock clocking in at 30 mins and seven tracks offering his best work since 'Labor Days'. This is helped by the range of production talent on display - four of the seven tracks handled by Blockhead on ill form - three tracks from Aes himself and the one by Rob Sonic. Check the amped to the max title track with next level lyrics and then 'Number 9' - a sick track with wigged synth bass, chopped drums and Popol Vuh styled melodies, both are Blockhead bombs. 'Rickety Rack' is the most immediate of Aesop's productions a truly insane posse cut with El-P and Camo Tao rapid fire dropping lyrics in a freestyle fashion over some skittish beats and textures - you'll need a oxygen blast after hearing this. Another ill Blockhead production 'Holy Smokes' drops rustic african blues and pure poeticsl and Rob Sonic's track 'Winners Takes All' keeps the flow of his killer 2004 album 'Telicatesen'. This album also features an amazing 91 page book of every lyric Aesop and friends have dropped from his 'Float' album on Mush all the way to this CD. Def Jux continue their revival. Buy!...

Boom Bip - Blue Eyed In The Red Room
Lex

*** Special limited edition version, comes with an exclusive bonus 3" cd *** `Blue Eyed In The Red Room' is Boom Bip's second album for Lex after `Seed To Sun' from 2002. This is his first album that claims to use no samples at all, quite a leap forward in confidence if you recall the patchwork sample masterpiece that backed Dose One on `Circle'. The first two tracks `Cimple' and `The Move' feature extra lushed out Morr Music styled indietronic instrumentals with a hip hop production nack - piano's, guitars and synths can all be heard. The first of two vocal guest spots comes from Gruff Rhys - `Do's & Don'ts' is a blissful song with top lyrics atop Boom Bip's ambient tones and hand percussion, making for initially startling but ultimately mesmerising music `Girl Toy' is a nice Eno/Fripp inspired track while the slightly offkey `Dumb Day' develops an eye opening choral quality. `Eyelashings' uptempo movements cloak a fine sweetened MBV styled drone. The final track `Matter (Of Our Discussion)' features the beuatiful vocals of Nina Nastasia giving the album a perfect glistening finale. An advancement from `Seed To Sun', an album for summer evenings and autumn mornings. Oh, and if you thought that Lex's packaging has been luxurious so far.....you ain't seen nothing yet. Recommended....

Pedestrian - Vol.1 - Unindian Songs
Anticon

"Anticon are making power moves" was an early press quote lavished on the Anticon collective around the time of the release of their first three artist albums by Sole, Deep Puddle Dynamics and Them. Now in 2005 Anticon return with even stronger power moves, this album, the upcoming Sole and the 13+God album will ensure that 2005 is Anticon's finest year to date. Long time crouching in the background the Pedestrian's character is pure early school Anticon fully drenched in hip hop's history, highly intelligent but angry at the world. Very long awaited 'Unindian Songs Vol 1' is a cLOUDDEAD inspired raw symphonic patchwork of related themes and moods with blasts of focused experimentation, pure political hip hop poetics and fun with it. All Anticon crew collaborate on guest vocals and production. Launch at track 14, the amazing 'Blind Dates' then work backwards. Fourteen tracks, 42 mins - pretty much essential for Anticon heads both vintage and brand new. Killaslant surprise Anticon really loves hip hop!...

Airborn Audio - Good Fortune
Ninja Tune

The week of glorious returns (see Pedestrian on Anticon) continues with that other collective who last year fully fell off my axis - Antipop Consortium. In 2005 High Priest and M.Sayyid return with a fresh, uncluttered and directly dope album for Ninja Tune America. A massively welcome surprise, fifteen tracks that bring back all the hype buzz that surrounded APC's initial hard to obtain releases and lead to the still classic 'Tragic Epilogue'. The tongue twisting lyrics are still in effect, the sometimes worrying subject matter is on point but importantly it flows effortlessly. Equal to 'Tragic Epilogue' and the jap only 'Shopping Carts Crashing' CD. Weirdly wonderful and very highly recommended....

Loose Lips Sink Ships - Issue 05
Loose Lips
Mag // £ 3.99

Cover stars : comets on fire, and plush, features on: plush. comets on fire. part chimp. blood brothers. thalia zedek. hot snakes. diplo. conway savage. ken stringfellow. cee lo green. magic numbers. martyn ware. ...bender. eugene robinson. big joan. six organs of admittance. as well as reviews, columns lush photography and more....

AMP - US
Very Friendly

If you're fed up with the myriad US bands currently rallying against the Bush administration, led by the likes of Green Day with their faux-punk hissy fit, and would prefer an intelligent UK based response to Dubya's re-election then look no further than the new album, 'US', from British based AMP. Although not a political record in the traditional sense, 'US' has a seam of discontent running throughout that mixes their attitude towards the current occupier of the White House with issues of an individual nature, thereby rendering it searingly cathartic as well as gracefully belligerent. The album comes out of the blocks with 'Opening', a psychedelic driven fog of bass and dingy guitars that is beautifully nocturnal while 'Get Here' is a glorious blunderbuss of post-punk guitars and Karine Chraff's staccato vocals which resemble the Yeah Yeah Yeahs but minus the bleach enema, whilst 'Yousay' gives a glimpse of what Mum would sound like backed by the Mogwai boys. Proving that the 21st Century is quite able to produce its own crop of languid torch-songs, 'Implosion' in particular delivers a dreamy, acoustic strewn landscape of delicate instrumentation, with diet-strings and pulses of farfisa organ perfectly complimenting Charff's breathy, Badmarsh and Shri vocals. Gloriously discordant....

Patrick Wolf - Wind In The Wires
Tomlab

There's been much written in the press about how Patrick Wolf is more in keeping with what The Libertines are about than the actual rabble of smack urchins comprised of Doherty et al themselves. Don't believe a word of it. Wolf is in fact a purveyor of crisp and dry folktronica which wears its heart firmly on its sleeve and sees him more than willing to give a Marc Almond style vocal performance if the song dictates it. Wolf takes bubbling electronica then turns it into a stew of romanticised, impassioned journeys which dip and rise like a rollercoaster. Album opener and lead single 'The Libertine' (you see where they got the comparison from...) is a rollicking collision of strings, beats that crackle like a greasy spoon at capacity and Wolf's overblown vocals that are somewhere between a stadium rocker and The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon. The tethering of disparate auditory fragments continues on 'Teignmouth' where Telefon Tel Aviv strings and a stuttering digital beat allows Wolf to go all Soft Cell on us, but Soft Cell with Nick Cave impersonating Marc Almond, and somehow pull it off. Elsewhere Wolf samples birdsong on the clattering folk of 'Ghost Song', whilst on 'Tristan' he sticks on his leathers, downs a bottle of sour mash then gets down to a grunting performance worthy of The 80's Matchbox B-Line Disaster or florescent fetishist Julian Cope. The Libertines this ain't....

Mogwai - Government Comissions
Pias

Dedicated to the memory of John Peel, this collection of BBC recordings features eight tracks originally recorded by Mogwai at Maida Vale for the legendary Peel Sessions (bolstered by two further additions) with the man himself even popping up to introduce the band on the album's opening track. Representative of the kind of ethics Peel held dear, Mogwai are one of those bands which seem to effortlessly combine uncompromising, intellectually motivated intent with eminently listenable output that manages to be both blindingly raw and heart wrenchingly delicate all within the same song. Opening with the Quixotic and enigmatically arranged vocoder epic of 'Hunted', Mogwai consummately prove that having your music co-opted by advertisers (in this case the current FilmFour trailer) doesn't mean it has to lose any of it's force or potency. The song which elevated Mogwai to notoriety, 'King Herod', is here as presented as a blistering, ferocious nineteen minute Beowulf-saga and proves the quiet-loud-quiet-loud-quiet formulae with which they are often mocked does still have the ability to knock you clean out with both it's immutable rage and breathtaking simplicity. Just awesome. Elsewhere, 'New Paths to Helicon PT1' takes shimmering electronic daybreaks and tethers them to axe-wielding guitars and bass which prove Mogwai are still several thousand streets ahead of all immitators while 'Secret Pint' takes the electronica tinged original and bolsters the mournful stings and death-beetle knocks to icy effect. Absolutely killer music - buy without delay....

Ana Da Silva - The Lighthouse
Chicks On Speed

Ana Da Silva was once the lead singer in grunge frontrunners The Raincoats and saw herself getting referenced as inspiration by everyone from laughing boy Kurt Cobain through to Sonic Youth. Thankfully for us she's decided to leave her baggy jumper days behind her and instead focus the creative energies on a fusion of folk, elecro(nica) and multi instrumentation which is both digitally smooth and wonkily organic without any of the contradictions that should imply. 'The Lighthouse' opens with 'Friend', a beautifully choral combination of Da Silva's breathy, multi-tracked echoing vocals and rustic electronica which coalesces to create an ineluctable declaration that is further reinforced through the etiolated longuers of 'Two Windows Over the Wings'. With a vocal style that bears obvious comparisons with Björk ('Hospital Window') and The Concrete's Victoria Bergsman ('The Lighthouse'), Da Silva has a light and breezy voice which belies it's ability to soar when the subject matter requires or, as on 'In Awe of a Painting', take on a dead-pan urgency. The inclusion of the previously released 'In Awe of a Painting' shows that Da Silva has no intention of being lumped in with the folktronica movement, as a pulsing electronic rattle that could quite reasonably be from a Tigerbeat compilation pounds over her intonation of "all I want to do is dream" and, barring one near miss in terms of sounding like Enya ('Climbing Walls'), it would be a dream worth having....

Dublee - Echo Euphoria
Mule Electronic

Fine debut album from Dublee on this new japanese label, hot on the heels of a very accomplished single and bearing superior, minimal dub-techno the vibes are right, most definitely. Dublee is scarcely 24, and having attempted to sever links with external musical influence since 2000, the natural pull to the inviting warmth and open spaces of minimal dubbing proved irresistible. The music of Dublee retains all necessary killer beats with a feelgood sound, with space as the foundation. Having shared stages with Monolake, richard devine, kit clayton, pole, kid606, arovane, andy vaz and contributed to Traum's "elektronische musik interkontinental 2" , his work has also brought him under the umbrella of quality, Japan's finest electronic label, Progressive Form. Excellent. As ever you`ll find the beauty of Dublee in the details. Dub and techno are finally only tiny little memories floating in the background, the structures of deep house and minimal electronica simply deliver the skeleton for a genuine idea of emotional, soulful, modern and mature moments in music. Pure jewels....

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This week's 6 Mix on 6 Music features Bugz In The Attic

# posted by DJ Martian 7:58 PM
 

Gothic Metal, a complete guide. -- Rate Your Music [A list by tasaras]

This list traces the developments of Gothic Metal from the Mid 80s to 2004. Some interesting selections plus a few rather naff / rubbish albums as well.

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(K-RAA-K)3 FESTIVAL 2005 - psychedelic rock music festival happening in Hasselt, Belgium on March 12th.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:04 PM
 

Aversionline.com review Jesu - Jesu with a top 10/10 rating.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:02 PM
 

Keeping track of popular new 2005 albums from Norway: Norwegian albums in the national Top 40 for 2005 -- Rate Your Music

A list by erlend

This list charts Norwegian albums making it to the "VG lista", the national Top 40 album list of international releases ("VG" being the name of a Norwegian tabloid).

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Saturday, February 19, 2005

 

indieworkshop.com review Eluvium - Talk Amongst the Trees

# posted by DJ Martian 7:21 PM
 

Business Week on Amoeba: Amoeba Music's Simple Formula [via Avant Music News]

How US West Coast Independent music retailer Amoeba has achieved success from niche specialism, diverse choice of mostly independent music and motivated knowledgeable staff.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:13 PM
 

The latest Mixing It show on Radio 3: Mixing It - 18 February 2005 includes a Max de Wardener session.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:07 PM
 

The Wire - March 2005 Issue

The new issue of The Wire has MF Doom on the front cover.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:00 PM
 

BBC collective interview Boom Bip

# posted by DJ Martian 6:57 PM

Friday, February 18, 2005

 

Manual - Azure Vista

Darla provide info on the forthcoming album from Denmark's Manual: Manual - Azure Vista due for release May 3rd.

It has been three years since Jonas Munk's last solo album – 2002’s classic Ascend. Jonas has been quite busy during though; not only has he been occupied with perfecting the sound he gave birth to in his late teens - he has also released a number of collaborative efforts: the celestial Into Forever in 2002 with New York's Icebreaker International, the almost completely overlooked old school ambient masterpiece The North Shore with longtime friend and Limp bandmate Jess Kahr, and most recently the sublime psych-hip-hop-dream-pop epic Golden Sun with Syntaks aka Jakob Skøtt, also a friend and bandmate. While these collaborations can be considered explorations of the outer aspects of the Manual sound, Jonas now returns with an album that, in his own words "constitute the core of the Manual sound". In some way Azure Vista emerges from the same place as Ascend, where layers of cascading guitars, swirling synths and old school drum machine sounds rose adventurous compositions to dizzying heights. But with Azure Vista Jonas' music reaches new, almost religious, heights. As if it has come to it's logical conclusion - reaching it's full bloom. Azure Vista’s foundation is built on Jonas' trademark songwriting that, while being highly complex and always moving in surprising and unpredictable ways, still maintains a refreshing pop feel and an undeniable flow that makes it seem like the most natural thing in the world. But whereas Jonas' music has always been epic this new album is epic in a way that almost completely redefines the word. Jonas' songwriting has been taken to the extreme - but so has every other aspect of his music.


The sound on Azure Vista is BIG. Not just big like Cocteau Twins or Slowdive, but BIG like Van Halen, in scale, not sound, or Simple Minds, very much in both scale and sound. Numerous layers of dreamy guitars blaze back and forth in the mix like shimmering waves rolling in on Californian shores, and countless other sounds, both deriving from electronic and organic sources, saturates the enormous sonic picture: bells, female vocals, old school drum machine sounds, field recordings and majestic synths all play a part in the sonic palette Jonas used in constructing these six sonic tales of summer ambrosia. In Jonas' world there's no line between dream pop and stadium rock, between new romantic and ambient, between shoegazer and modern electronica. This is music that neither fits with any of the current trends, nor falls into category with the many retro-fetishist pranksters out there. These glorious pieces display a true love for the music Jonas grew up with while, most importantly, using those influences to create something distinctly new and timeless. Music this compositional, narrative, and explosive is unheard of in the world of electronic music where Manual resides. Fans of The Cure, Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, Simple Minds and Japan will love this. But there really are no clear reference points for music this unique. Essential summer listening.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:30 PM
 

Teebee - The Legacy

Norwegian drum n bass artist Teebee will finally release the CD version of his album: The Legacy in April 2005. Source: Godbrain Teebee - The Legacy

The vinyl version of the album was released in October, the CD version now due in April will include an additional 17 track bonus mix CD.

TEEBEE
'THE LEGACY'
SUBTITLES
4LP/2CD
(OCTOBER 2004; APRIL 2005)

Norwegian DJ/producer Teebee unleashes his third artist album ‘The Legacy’ on his own Subtitles label at long last.

This album will finally put Teebee (born Torgeir Byrknes) into the big league of producers, a coming of age as a producer and a definition of development to a point where he has his own distinct style. Teebee’s new album delivers the promise he has shown with his countless releases on Certificate 18, Moving Shadow, Photek Prods and his own Subtitles imprint – a deep, cinematic, tight beats and understanding of dancefloor dynamics, and shows a massive step on from his previous albums.

‘The Legacy’ features the most sought-after Teebee tune ever ‘Liquid Light’ and also includes the upfront future funk gems ‘Padwan’, ‘Vengeance’, ‘Sick’, and ‘Tsunami’.

Definitely Teebee’s most outstanding work to date, he manages to retain his trademark soundcape vibes whilst retaining a tough dancefloor cutting edge.

The album comes with a free bonus CD featuring a 17-track mix by Teebee to boot.

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NME Awards: New Order and John Peel

NME announced at their awards ceremony New Order win award for NME Godlike Genius

Apart from New Order winning that award, John Peel was was rightly recognised: The Special Award For Lifelong Service To New Music

The NME are hypocrites, before John Peel's passing away they didn't list his show in their weekly listings guide and ignored much of the music that John Peel supported.

The rest of the award winners are not worth a mention. However from a sociological viewpoint these awards do mark a mainstream acceptance of the NME. The media coverage/ profile of these awards is definately at a decade high point not seen since the ghastly days of britpop and Oasis in 1995.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:05 PM
 

Next week's releases reviewed @ Norman Records

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Thursday, February 17, 2005

 

Subcurrent Festival at CCA, Glasgow - 21-23 April

Partly organized by David Keenan @ volcanic tongue | events:

21-23 April 2005
Subcurrent Festival at CCA, Glasgow, Scotland
confirmed acts: Avarus, Tony Conrad, Cul De Sac, Decaer Pinga vs Smack Music 7, Double Leopards, Es, Family Underground, Fursaxa, Hototogisu, Kemialliset Ystävät, Kiila, Virgin Eye Blood Brothers, Wolf Eyes

# posted by DJ Martian 10:31 PM
 

UH Fest 2005 - Budapest - March 24-27

Hungary holds an experimental music festival: UH Fest 2005 in Budapest, March 24-27

24th - 27th March
UH FEST
TIM HECKER / JEROME NOETINGER/ERIK M / KAFFE MATTHEWS / SOPHIE RIMHEDEN / LOUIE AUSTEN / KEVIN BLECHDOM / SIGTRYGGUR BERG SIGMARSSON / PITA / RADBOUD MENS / BJ NILSEN / FENNESZ / RADIAN / THILGES3 AND ASIM AL CHALABI feat. ZOHREH JOOYA / FOLIE / ANDREAS TILLIANDER / MIKAEL STAVÖSTRAND / STAALPLAAT / HANS APPELQVIST / MINIMALISTIC SWEDEN / KHAN / VIOLET / JESU BOHREN UND DER CLUB OF GORE / PLURAMON WITH JULEE CRUISE / ANTONY PHILIPP QUEHENBERGER / JAN JELINEK / KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAS / INSTITUTE FÜR FEINMOTORIK / EKKEHARD EHLERS / FLYING LUTTENBACHERS / THIGHPAULSANDRA / LEAFCUTTER JOHN / NOXAGT / DALEK
@ Tilos Klub
IX.ker. Kinizsi u. 28
Budapest

from AURAL PRESSURE - EUROPEAN EVENTS 2004 / 2005 and the latest issue of The Wire

# posted by DJ Martian 10:22 PM
 

Killing Joke - The Agenda for 2005

Via Killing Joke mailing list "The Gathering": the latest Killing Joke news:

Paul Raven was interviewed tonight on Total Rock radio, below is the summary of the key points of the future Killing Joke agenda:

Album recording starting after London shows

Mixing in Cairo

Going to Far East/India

12 shows US

5 shows Canada

# posted by DJ Martian 10:04 PM
 

Pitchfork review Dälek - Absence

# posted by DJ Martian 9:04 PM
 

Blabbermouth.Net report OPETH To Enter Studio In March

Also mentioned an unnamed shortlist of 5 record companies are in contention to sign Opeth

Hardly surprising Opeth have 3 albums in Top 100 Albums @ Rate Your Music for this decade.

3: Opeth - Blackwater Park
16: Opeth - Damnation
33: Opeth - Deliverance

# posted by DJ Martian 8:49 PM
 

More Live Cocteau Twins ?

NME state Cocteau Twins announce touring plans

Cocteau Twins are hoping to play a series of festivals and other exclusive events beginning in June and running through in the autumn.

This is a development on a previous statement @ cocteau twins | news

Cocteau Twins have agreed to play only one live performance—30 April at Coachella.

There are no plans for a live tour or album following this reunion show.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:00 PM
 

Blabbermouth.net report ANATHEMA To Support PORCUPINE TREE In Europe

# posted by DJ Martian 3:46 PM

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

 

New Order tracks on One World show

The latest One World show on Radio 1 includes 4 tracks from the upcoming New Order album Waiting For The Sirens' Call

[Available to listen to on demand]

# posted by DJ Martian 8:16 PM
 

Kultureflash - Headlines from London [No. 112/ 016.02.05]

This week's Kultureflash - Headlines from London

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.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:35 AM

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

 

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

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Forthcoming Albums listed @ PROM-O-RAMA

Italy's equivalent of Forced Exposure promotions: PROM-O-RAMA. music promotion services lists forthcoming albums from Marc Leclair [Akufen], Deadbeat, The Remote Viewer, DJ Kose, Mugison, Cyne, Dntel, Pluramon, Bikini Atoll, Colleen and Porn Sword Tobacco and more...

TBA = [the Title of the album] To Be Announced

Highlighted:

March
21 - mar - MARC LECLAIR - MUSIQUE POUR 3 FEMMES ENCEINTES - MUTEK - CD

Other March
MARZO - DEADBEAT - NEW WORLD OBSERVER - SCAPE - 2LP/CD

April
18 - apr - REMOTE VIEWER - LET YOUR HEART DRAW A LINE - CITY CENTRE OFFICES - LP/CD
25 - apr - DJ KOZE - ALBUM - KOMPAKT - CD
25 - apr - MUGISON - MUGIMAMA IS THIS MONKEY MUSIC - ACCIDENTAL - CD

Other April
APRILE - CYNE - TBA - CITY CENTRE OFFICES - 2LP/CD
APRILE - DNTEL - TBA - PLUG RESEARCH - 2LP/CD
APRILE - PLURAMON - TBA - KARAOKE KALK - LP/CD

May
16 - mag - BIKINI ATOLL - LIAR'S EXIT - BELLA UNION - CD
23 - mag - COLLEEN - THE GOLDEN MORNING BREAKS - LEAF - LP/CD

Other May
MAGGIO - PORN SWORD TOBACCO - TBA - CITY CENTRE OFFICES - LP/CD

June
01 - giu - MATTHEW HERBERT - PLAT DU JOUR - ACCIDENTAL - CD
06 - giu - HANNE HUKKELBERG - LITTLE THINGS - LEAF - LP/CD
GIUGNO - BOY ROBOT - TBA - CITY CENTRE OFFICES - LP/CD

More info on Bikini Atoll

Last Friday Bikini Atoll performed @ wombatwombat in Norwich, England and in this copy it is stated that Steve Albini has produced the new album:

The guitar-, keyboard- and effects-driven full-on quartet are playing this as a one-off show ahead of a tour in May to promote Liar's Exit, their Steve Albini-produced second album for Bella Union . That means this wombatwombat’s where you can hear the new songs first! Undoubtedly, this will include the epic live favourite Eve’s Rib, which is destined to be the first single from the new album

# posted by DJ Martian 3:01 PM
 

The Young Gods to perform new music at a music festival in Geneva in April

First gig in 2005 at URBAN FESTIVAL , 21 - 22 - 23 April 2005.
TYG will play new songs in Geneva, Switzerland at 23th April 2005.


Urban Festival

I look forward to the next album from The Young Gods

# posted by DJ Martian 12:39 AM
 

My Computer are Back !

John Kennedy on London's Xfm 104.9 just played a new track from Manchester's My Computer an interesting longish psychedelic rock track. It is part of a new 5 track demo of new tracks.

My Computer are recording a new album and currently sorting out a new record label deal. John Kennedy mentioned that he has booked them in for an Xfm session.

My Computer released their debut album: Vulnerabilia in 2002 to a fair amount of critical acclaim.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:14 AM
 

Tom Hull has started an ambitious project: Year 2005 Record Releases

The goals here is to provide an aggregate list of records released in 2005 that have some tangible value for pop music critics, such as myself. In past years I have built more limited lists based upon how much hype I've seen, but in 2004 I needed a much more comprehensive list of jazz releases, and could have used something similar for reissues. This will be as big as I need, maybe bigger. But it will not be comprehensive: with something like 30,000 releases per year that would bite off more than I can chew. But this system should be able to accommodate 3,000 or so records.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:05 AM

Monday, February 14, 2005

 

Forthcoming on The Breezeblock on Radio 1

Reminder this week:
Feb 14th: Signer + a mix from Matmos
Next week:
Feb 21st: Oh No Madlib's brother

Plus news of:

Mar 7th
Berlin Special
Ewan Pearson, Plastikman and the Kompakt crew

# posted by DJ Martian 11:51 PM
 

WFMU radio now have a blog: WFMU's Beware of the Blog [via Eternal Fusion blog]

# posted by DJ Martian 11:44 PM
 

Uranium Music interview Kjetil Nordhus of Green Carnation

# posted by DJ Martian 11:39 PM
 

Bloc Party - Silent Alarm: The Verdict at Pitchfork & Stylus

The debut album from Bloc Party has received two positive reviews:

Pitchfork review Bloc Party - Silent Alarm

Stylus review Bloc Party - Silent Alarm

# posted by DJ Martian 11:33 PM
 

Four Tet - Everything Ecstatic

Reported last Friday @ Pitchfork: Daily Music News the title of the forthcoming Four Tet album: Everything Ecstatic

The fourth Four Tet album, Everything Ecstatic, comes out stateside on May 31 via Domino. The album will be let loose on May 23 in the UK, but the Domino USA website will have a 2-track 12" available for order in few weeks.

Kieran Hebden speaks to Pitchfork on a change in direction, including

Completed in two to three months in a burst of "mad energy," Ecstatic features "influences from everything from Detroit techno through hip-hop to prog." The tracklist:

01 A Joy
02 Smile Around the Face
03 Fuji Check
04 Sun Drums and Soil
05 Clouding
06 And Then Patterns
07 High Fives
08 Turtle Turtle Up
09 Sleep, Eat Food, Have Visions
10 You Were There With Me

# posted by DJ Martian 11:26 PM
 

BBC Music album of the week is E.S.T - Viaticum

# posted by DJ Martian 11:13 PM
 

Latest Eternal Fusion Show On-Line NOW! [February 11th]

Latest show available to listen on demand @ Eternal Fusion [Note: Eternal Fusion is now updated weekly.]

Eternal Fusion via SpydaRadio Broadcasting.
Playlist: eternal FUSION

Latest Show: Friday 11th February 2005

Sunburned Hand Of The Man - 'Stoneboat'
Master Musicians Of Bukkake - 'Bukkake Sunrise'
Liquid Visions - 'Pink Cloud'
Legendary Pink Dots - 'Window On The World'
Sharron Kraus - 'Outdoor Miner'
Matt Sweeney/Bonnie Prince Billy - 'Beast For Thee'
Jennifer Gentle - 'Liquid Coffee'
Espers - 'Travel Mountains'
Tower Recordings - 'Sunking Of The Occult World'
Fursaxa - 'Divine Whirl'
July Skies - 'Waiting To Land'
Tussle - 'Here It Comes'
Eyvind Kang & Tucker Martine - 'Bright Shadows Occulted'
Aspects Of Physics - 'Scene Of Changery'
Can - 'Gomorrha'
Bill Laswell - 'Space-Time Paradox'
The Spacious Mind - 'Upon Which Areas May The Circles Be Drawn?

# posted by DJ Martian 1:51 PM
 

This week's new releases @ Fopp

# posted by DJ Martian 1:40 PM
 

Plan B Magazine have relaunched their website with a new design.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:34 PM
 

rateyourmusic.com - 2005 Music

2005 Albums currently rated: Top 100 Albums -- Top rated albums of 2005

As rated by our users

Forthcoming releases collectively listed continuosly: Recently Added Albums with a release date of 2005 -- Rate Your Music

2005 Music Lists by rym users

As mentioned earlier, I am now using rateyourmusic as a content management system to list 2005 releases: 2005 Albums -- a list by djmartian

Another person [inventio13] is using rateyourmusic to track 2005 releases in an interesting way: This Was My 2005 [A list by inventio13]
Listed by release date as the year progresses.

2005 [A list by labedz] is using a 100 scoring system, this person does wade through a lot of rubbish looking at some of the low scores.

2005 [A list by Ollie] includes some selections that match mine but also some traditional songs structured rock music that doesn't interest me.

Forthcoming releases listed: Records of 2005 i'm waiting for [A list by joskim] this rym user is from Trondheim, Norway so there is an interesting Nordic element to the selections.

Forthcoming releases listed by release date:

2005 Release Dates [A list by bakinakwa]

Albums I'm looking forward to, listed by release date where available.

Releases in 2005 I'm eagerly awaiting [A list by zerb]

The albums will be removed from this list when they're released.

This list has similar coverage to Boomkat type music.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:22 AM

Sunday, February 13, 2005

 

Updated forthcoming releases @ Southern: SOUTHERN | upcoming releases including:

Feb 28th

Red Sparowes
At the Soundless Dawn CD Neurot Recordings NR035
7 trks, 63 mins. What do you get when you cross Neurosis, Isis and Halifax Pier? You already know - it says above! Red Sparowes. Slow-burning soundscapes and brooding atmospherics

March 7th

Guapo
Black Oni CD Ipecac Records IPC-59
5 trks, 45 mins. London trio, Guapo, compose highly unique songs which leap between the mesmeric and jarring, between a serene slumber and a dynamic viscerality. Circular psych!

April 18th

Hanged Up
Clatter For Control CD Constellation CST034-2
10 trks, 43 mins. 3rd album from the Montreal drums-n-viola powerhouse. Gen's bows out a vortex of jigs, reels and air raid drones into Eric's polyrhythmic beats. Beautiful racket

13 & God
13 & God LP | CD anticon. ABR0050V
10 trks,50 mins. Debut album from a supergroup collaboration between anticon's themselves and the Notwist. Gorgeous dubby glitch pop vs. toothy electro-rap psychology!

# posted by DJ Martian 11:43 PM
 

Forthcoming One World shows on Radio 1

Broadcast: Monday mornings :: 1 - 3am

13/02 New Order, Blak Twang and Lunz Project
20/02 Tom Middleton - runs through his latest collection of breaks and house
27/02 Teebee / Jem / Atomic Hooligan / Amon Tobin
07/03 Gomma Records - German breakbeat label showcase
14/03 Thievery Corporation
21/03 Sunkissed Live with Annie, Ralph Myerz, Turbonegro, Satyricon, Biosphere and Frost

# posted by DJ Martian 11:17 PM
 

Music 2004

I have taken down the highlighted menu of links related to 2004 music in my blogger template, so for reference a quick recap:

2004 Music Lists
2004 Lists
Almost Cool: Top Albums of 2004 Readers Lists
BBC Music - Album of The Year 2004
Boomkat 2004 Charts
Dusted 2004
Fast 'n' Bulbous: 2004 Year-End Summary
Metacritic: Best Albums of 2004
rym Top rated albums of 2004
Type records : Charts

# posted by DJ Martian 10:52 PM
 

This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

This week's new releases @ Boomkat include:

ALBUM OF THE WEEK!
Marsen Jules - Herbstlaub
City Centre Offices

Minimal orchestral layering that crackles with all the brightness and alluring comfort of a midnight campfire, with `Herbstlaub' Marsen Jules has created the most breathtaking debut of the year, a record we have been utterly immersed in for months, sinking into its other-worldly density and unmatched, stark beauty. Simply translated as "autumn leaves', herbstlaub effortlessly weaves samples and live instruments in a manner that's almost impossible to fathom : the recording of a string trio, a harp orchestra, a symphony in rehearsal - all pieced and unraveled alongside his own played instruments. Marsen sets out to paint a picture made up entirely of sounds, layer by layer you find yourself at first engulfed by a sparse shedding of leaves, (turning into a deep hue of rusty brown before your very eyes), the air starts to thicken, the atmosphere closes in as the leaves form a tapestry across the horizon and dusk turns the world into an intimate, impossibly romantic space. The soundtrack evolves without the interference of beats or unnecessary padding : it's an exposed, infinitely evocative study of emotion and space without a hint of academic intention or impenetrable experimentation. Everything around you starts to unfurl with endless strings and delicate loops that don't seem to have a beginning or an end - an autumnal symphony built with the greatest respect for tradition but that couldn't have been made at any other point in time except this. It's a symphony carefully constructed, designed to draw you into its sweet tasting, thick fog. Step inside and, like us, you won't want to come back out for a while. Breathtaking music....

ALBUM OF THE WEEK!
Lucky Pierre - Touchpool
Melodic

On hearing that Arab Strap's Tenants soaked front-man Aidan Moffat was intending to release a solo album a couple of years back, most people presumed it would be a dialect-drenched diatribe set to self-consciously lo-fi production. Most people were wrong. What he in fact released, under the name Lucky Pierre, was a gloriously downbeat collection of electronica that only hinted at his former incarnation on the corsucating 'Cunted Circus'. New album 'Touchpool' furthers itself even more from the Strap, consisting of 7 purely instrumental, sublime imaginary soundtrack pieces which positviely wallow in their brooding, late-night take on image-provoking soundscaping. Moffat seeks to dimsiss the claustrophobic, curtains drawn on a sunny day feel of his debut, instead bringing in live musicians to create a warmth that radiates simplicity and flawed beauty. "Touchpool" is a real revelation - one of the most enjoyable, moving releases of the year so far. Huge recommendation

Monoceros - When I Was A Child
Expanding

Now available on cd. Having undoubtedly spent a few nights down at Sonar over the years, Barcelona based Joan Male (Monoceros) delivers his debut album 'When I Was A Child I Wanted To Be An Astronaut' on Expanding Records. Having been making electronic music since the mid-90's, Monoceros' sound is heavily indebted to the likes of LFO and Skam, trading as he does in crisp diamond-cut electronica. Opening with 'Kaleidoscope Colors' Monoceros pours digital milk onto electronic Rice Crispies and in doing so produces a sound close to Bola or Christ. 'Cosmos (Carl Sagan)' displays his adeptness for collecting splintered beat patterns and combining them with chiming, machine melodies which convey a palpable warmth whilst 'Silicon Life' features clicks and cuts that could be watermark traced back to Black Dog productions. As more esoteric electronic headphone music enters its adulthood there is no escaping that much of what is on offer here has been done many times before. Yet, this isn't to say that 'When I Was a Child...' doesn't deliver a vet-sized dose of uncut electronica and where Monoceros succeeds is taking a clutch of used ideas and sounds but reinvigorating them enough to keep you coming back for more. And I assure you this isn't to damn with feint praise......

Rod - All My Love Ep
Frontend Synthetics

The title track on the 'All My Love' EP will undoubtedly be familiar to some through its inclusion on the Neo Ouija compilation 'Vestibule and Separate'. If you did hear it there, the good news is it's still as good as you remember. If you didn't, have you got a treat in store. Rob Morris began recording in his teens, favouring hard breakbeat but, as he discovered electronica and post-rock, his own music started to reflect this mellowing of taste and it is here that 'All My Love' currently finds him. A beautiful union of coldwater synths, axe-wielding bass, rustling beats and ethereal vocals, 'All My Love' is a stunning slice of downbeat electronica which displays a drifting proclivity that mirrors Sigur Ros in more electronic form. Backed up by 'All My Lovers', which belies his more rough hewn roots, and the analogue rumblings of 'Nova Scotia', Rod has produced a lovely EP which will hopefully indicate a rich creative seam has been struck ahead of his forthcoming debut album....

Aoki Takamasa - Simply Funk
Progressive Form

The master returns - Aoki's fourth album in and still innovating - this is simply the best underground new music out of Japan in years. Its taken us a few months to lay our hands on this latest treat from the ever scintillating Progressive Form camp, and boy is it worth the wait. Of course, Aoki's music is anything but Simple, or retro Funk - but it has funk and soul wired into its very fabric, and for our money puts him right up there with the modern masters .Snd. These are carefully fashioned sounds which echo other musics, but end up sounding like nothing else on earth. There's the passing influence of hip-hop and idm perhaps, the iconic ambient calm of the waves of sound or the bounce and euphoria of dance music on "Dancing queen" - the most overtly four-four track on this engrossing album, yet Aoki manages to remain always several steps ahead of the game. In the end, we centre on a preternatural gift for melody, as the single factor that can raise any amount of programming skills into a different league. `Walk on the ocean' is an amazing cover of a Toad the wet sprocket tune, actually the first time i've ever heard them, and its somewhat akin to hearing Fennesz save the Beach Boys, hugely emotional music salvaged from the bargain bins of forgotten prog rock and remade in a completely new world. "Simply funk" is fully worked over music, almost sculptural in its qualities, and one listen to the detailed "Elegant Universe" should go some way to explaining just how good this guy really is. Highly recommended....

AGF / Vladislav Delay - Explode
AGF Produucktion

AGF/Delay marks a further coming together of Finland's Abtye Greie and Vladsilav Delay, more or less shunning the respective styles and genres with which they are generally associated, AGF/Delay instead takes the day-to-day snippets of modern culture which we all unconsciously hoover up (glimpses of news stories, half-heard conversations on the bus etc.) and distils it through a musical filter which takes in dub, electronica, microscopic emissions and even chamber music. As they are dealing in recollections and memories the subject matter on show is quite hazy and often untethered, lending a frosted-glass atmosphere to proceedings. Greie's blunt but considered vocals drift lazily in and out of the mix throughout, evoking those of Michaela Melian's recent 'Baden-Baden' all the while complemented by Delay's sparse production which is just as happy to throw down industrial clicks as it is 80's power ballad atmospherics. All in all a discordantly bijou record that even finds at one point Mr Delay edging closer to the deep House glides of his Luomo project and AGF consenting to stop narrating and start singing. Well worth checking out....

Alva Noto - Transrapid
Raster Noton

**Part 1 of 3** This release is presented in three cds: Transrapid, Transvision and finally, Transspray. Across the 3 installments special emphasis is put on the rhythmic aspects of minimalism, utilising Carsten Nicolai's maverick minimal intricacies in brilliant white surroundings. There's a crisp clarity to Nicolai's construction's that's very hard to dissect - you know that you shouldn't be able to relate to this music's sparse trajectory emotionally, and yet, in between moments of microscopic dissection and malfunctioning arrangements - the material works on an incredibly moving level. Carsten Nicolai has been working on this material for over two years, these three releases also adhering to Raster Noton's strict aesthetic emphasis - housed in absolutely sublime booklet-sized die-cut packaging that visually reflects the contents to be found within. Incredible music.

Alva Noto - Transspray
Raster Noton

**Part 3 of 3** This release is presented in three cds: Transrapid, Transvision and finally, Transspray. Across the 3 installments special emphasis is put on the rhythmic aspects of minimalism, utilising Carsten Nicolai's maverick minimal intricacies in brilliant white surroundings. There's a crisp clarity to Nicolai's construction's that's very hard to dissect - you know that you shouldn't be able to relate to this music's sparse trajectory emotionally, and yet, in between moments of microscopic dissection and malfunctioning arrangements - the material works on an incredibly moving level. Carsten Nicolai has been working on this material for over two years, these three releases also adhering to Raster Noton's strict aesthetic emphasis - housed in absolutely sublime booklet-sized die-cut packaging that visually reflects the contents to be found within. Incredible music.

Alva Noto - Transvision
Raster Noton

**Part 2 of 3** This release is presented in three cds: Transrapid, Transvision and finally, Transspray. Across the 3 installments special emphasis is put on the rhythmic aspects of minimalism, utilising Carsten Nicolai's maverick minimal intricacies in brilliant white surroundings. There's a crisp clarity to Nicolai's construction's that's very hard to dissect - you know that you shouldn't be able to relate to this music's sparse trajectory emotionally, and yet, in between moments of microscopic dissection and malfunctioning arrangements - the material works on an incredibly moving level. Carsten Nicolai has been working on this material for over two years, these three releases also adhering to Raster Noton's strict aesthetic emphasis - housed in absolutely sublime booklet-sized die-cut packaging that visually reflects the contents to be found within. Incredible music

Various / Mille Plateaux - Clicks & Cuts 4
Mille Plateaux

Whilst previous installments in Mille Plateaux's Clicks & Cuts series have been mutiple disk affairs which often had their fair share of unnecessary fillers, this 4th edition has slimmed down to just 16 tracks and in doing so increased the hit-rate expotentially. Dealing in just about all genres which can have a click or glitch prefix, Clicks & Cuts 4 takes a broad perspective of what are effectively pretty disperate styles (clickhouse, clicktechno, glitchfunk, microhouse etc.) yet through intelligent seqeuncing makes it feel a cohesive whole. Ranging from the funky glitchtronica of Micronost's 'Got Mad Love', the Bola-esque 'Breaking through the Frequencies' of Ido Gouvrin and Tilman Ehrhorn's Jan Jelinek referencing 'Clear', Clicks & Cuts 4 is a comprehensive dissertation of the more esoteric electronic sub-genres currently doing the rounds. Whilst such a collection could potentially become overwhelming, Mille Platteaux have ensured a high quality-control that means it will appeal equally to those new to the genre as well as the more commited glitch-heads. Includes tracks from : Thomas Brinkmann, Ultra-Red, Eight Frozen Modules, Twerk, Jay Haze, Bizz Circuits, Electric Birds, Hakan Lidbo and lots more. Recommended....

Chevron - Everything's Exactly The Same
Planet Mu

What do you get if you take a fistful of Acid House, a smattering of Venetian Snares and a tablespoon of Jungle, stick it in the blender then garnish the results with a side-order of Aphex acid? Chevron, that's what! Jonathon Valentine (aka Chevron) has produced a Breakcore album that isn't afraid to make a mess then not bother cleaning it up afterwards, lobbing all manner of styles and genres into a coruscating cluster-fuck. 'Everything's Exactly the Same' opens with 'Swimming Lessons', a dirty face off between beats and synths with Romvelope refereeing and neither side willing to back down. Elsewhere 'Running Out of Time' has a beat that sounds like it's been on 60 full-fat Marlboro for the past twenty years, being thrown down the stairs in a metal dustbin, whilst 'Emails and Viruses' has snare-kicks ricocheting around a late-80's rave vocal, updating the classic formulae to a crushingly effective result. I can almost smell the Vicks Vapour and exhaust fumes from here! Valentine does understand that such full-on beat platters could become wearing and gives welcome relief in the shape of more downbeat tracks scattered throughout, most notably the Blade Runner inspired 'Optic Realisation' and shimmering beats of the Magnetophone infused 'Kingdom'....


Wax Poetics - Issue Number 11 : Winter 2005
Wax Poetics
Mag // £ 7.99

I can't believe it's nearly three years since we discovered Wax Poetics just prior to our rare time away from the office travelling to Sonar 2002 (my first ever plane trip was eased in by the delights of issue two). Issue Eleven of this guide to all that's great about music (predominantly soul, funk, hip hop, psych and all the sub movements in between the gaps) focuses on misunderstood saxophonist John Klemmer, organ grinder bar-none Jimmy McGriff, Charles Wright and a diggin' deep interview with the #1 publicist that brought to the masses the hip hop movement especially those close around the glory days of Def Jam in the late eighties, Mr Bill Adler. J5's Nu Mark picks out his favourite classics in this regular slot, the concluding part of the Wattstax story, Afrika Bambaataa gets interviewed (thankfully about the classic early days and not the last 15 years of his career), the sexed up righteous artwork of CTI get's showcased (rude) plus mucho more. Buy!.

Reigns - We Lowered A Microphone Into The Ground
Jonson Family

Having not known much about Reigns when a promo of this magnificent album turned up here some weeks back, we were set up for one of those all-too-rare moments of sheer euphoric discovery that are the undoubted perk of this sometimes deafening job. The music of Reigns seems tailor-made to these pages : beautifuly arranged cascading piano, layered strings, flute, harp, unusual wooden percussion, indecipherable voices, double basslines and an other-worldly quality that defies any attempts at mortal articulation. This is the sort of largely acoustic, subtly augmented home listening music that's full to bursting with originality, warmth and scope, carefully nurtured by a duo of brothers from the somerset/dorset borders, both with a rich, varied background playing and touring with the likes of rob ellis, pj harvey and spleen. Comparisons have been made to the music of yann tiersonn, steve reich, david grubbs and so on, but Reigns defy easy categorisation - if you want to unearth another obscure album full of all the glistening riches and warmth of our favourite albums - make sure to check this sublime release without delay. Beautiful music....

Plan B - Issue 4 - February / March 2005
Plan B
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Featuring: Lydia Lunch, Smoosh, Roots Manuva, Comets on Fire, M Ward, Dresden Dolls, Bright Eyes, Deerhoof, The Field Mice, DJ Mentat, Sons & Daughters, Tibi Lubin, The Long Blondes, Sufjan Stevens, Kanye West, The Research, Jeans Team, The Gin Palace, Losoul, Mars Volta, Patrick Wolf and much much more. plus an extended film and dvd section featuring the machinist, la nina santa, crazy love, sublime frequencies, plus the usual assortment of books, videogames, comics and art....

Sunn O))) - The Grimm Robe Demos
Southern Lord

Having become the stuff of eBay legend, Southern Lord have decided to officially re-release the first demo recordings from Sunn O, chucking in the previously unavailable 'Grimm & Bear It' for extra fortification. Sunn O describe 'The Grime Robe Demos' as "seventy-two minutes of bestial riffing and unholy drone" and who are we to disagree. Sunn O deal in wave after wave of oppressive guitars and bass which is dealt up in twenty-minute chunks that leave you shaken and disorientated. Imagine the loud, squally bits of Mogwai but without the rhythms or any hope of it all reducing down into melodious calm and you're almost there. Not for the faint hearted....

Greg Weeks - Blood Is Trouble
BA DA BING

Produced and recorded by himself over the summer of 2004, `Blood is Trouble' marks the investigation of new songwriting territory for Greg Weeks following on from his work as Espers - the admired acid-folk group that Weeks co-formed and continues to produce. More focused melodically, with richer harmonies, and a bolder folk / rock presentation, the album radiates an honesty of personal _expression that seems to come naturally. Whats with the sleeve design though?...

M83 - Don't Save Us From The Flames (Superpitcher / Boom Bip Remixes)
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Taken from their recent 'Before the Dawn Heals Us' album, 'Don't Save Us From the Flames' is a gleeful theramin wired dose of guitar pop that will convert the most ASBO-ridden of streets into epic, romance paved vista's. With walls of guitars and Anthony Gonzalez' Buckley-defying vocals bolstered by delirious hand-claps and what sounds like a whole regiment of drummers, 'Don't Save Us From the Flames' sounds huge. Backed up by 'Until the Night is Over', a bittersweet, multi-layered acoustic number from the Elliot Smith school of song writing and two remixes from Kompakt's Superpitcher and Boom Bip which turn the title track into a Glimmer Twins end of set stomper and a fractured, emotionally bare dose of electronica respectively, M83 continue their rapid accent....

Mobius Band - City Vs Country EP
Ghostly International

New on Ghostly! With two-thirds of the band having plunged into the urban sprawl of Brooklyn from pine scented serenity in rural Massachusetts, Mobius Band's first release on the superlative Ghostly International marks this collision in the EP's 'City 'vs.' Country' title. Occupying similar territory to The Midwest Project, Mobius Band are purveyors of glacial indie-tronica which is able to distil the portmanteau nature of the two parent genre's into freshly hewn nuggets of joyous pop. 'Start's of With A Bang' is a more upbeat take on the sensitive styling of The Go Find, with the song's repeated refrain of "sick of music" unlikely to be how you're felling once you've heard it, whilst 'Multiply' turns up the electronica and combines it with a glazed-eye vocal that brings to mind The Postal Service's Ben Gibbard. Closing with the Hammond coated 'I Had A Very Good Year', Mobius Band prove that classic pop sensibilities, post-rock influences and jittering electronica do have the right to co-exist and, on the basis of this EP, can live together quite happily in domestic bliss....

Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
Wichita

Part of the reaction to the influx of Strokes induced skinny-ties and Converse bands over the past two years, Brighton based Bloc Party are, along with The Futureheads and Franz Ferdinand, at the vanguard of a new British wave of intellectual guitar music. The choppy agitated-pop of former single 'Helicopter' is a master class in tight, formation group indie which reminds you that before the shoe-gazing early 90's, guitar music and dance were not mutually exclusive. Similarly 'She's Hearing Voices' combines a syncopated rhythm straight out of Gene Krupa's school of drumming with a cacophony of growling vocals and splintered guitar that is twice as exhilarating as a dose of smelling salts and could get even the most staid of lager soaked dancefloors pogoing. Proving they don't just deal in Anglo-DFA spiked guitars, 'So Here We Are' is a glittering, echo-chamber love song which sees Kele Okereke's vocals soaring whilst Gordon Moakes guitars gently throb to startling effect....

Scritti Politti - Early
Rough Trade

Soon after signing to Rough Trade in the late 1970's, Scritti Politti released a clutch of records which have long languished in the depths of hardcore fan's collections. That was until now... With the release of 'Early', singles such as 'The Sweetest Girl' and 'Skank Bloc Bologna' are being dusted down and blearily squinting into the digitised 21st Century as they make their debut on CD. The inevitable question then arises; why on Earth would I want a load of early Scritti Politti EP's? Well, on 'Early' we are afforded a snap-shot into the cultural crucible of 1970's Britain with reggae, punk and art-school rock all bubbling under the mainstream and making appearances. With the masters long destroyed all tracks have been salvaged from vinyl older than Britney Spears, but rather than detract from the music on offer it in fact bestows it with a wonderfully murky and musty quality which more faithfully represents the songs than any amount of re-mastering could have achieved. Coming from similar art-school backgrounds, parallels can be drawn between 'Is and Ought the Western World' and The Clash, whilst 'P.A.S' displays the link between what was happening in the UK and the post-funk scene emerging in New York amongst the likes of Liquid Liquid. Elsewhere, 'Hegemony' suggests that the feather-cut impresarios Razorlight have been studying their vintage Scritti Politti whilst 'The Sweetest Girls' predicts the synths and eye-shadow vanguard led by Sheffield's Human League which was just around the corner. A surprisingly fresh and unclad collection of songs which could well usurp your preconceptions....

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