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Saturday, April 30, 2005

 

Transmission - 6 Music Remembers Ian Curtis

Advance Notice: BBC 6 Music remembers Ian Curtis on May 18th 2005: Transmission

A special event in Manchester and on air to mark the 25th anniversary of the death of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:52 PM
 

themilkfactory.co.uk interview Minotaur Shock

Four years ago, David Edwards appeared from nowhere with a series of EPs and a debut album, released under his Minotaur Shock guise on Manchester-based label Melodic. Thanks to his beautifully crafted blend of electronica largely tainted with acoustic instrumentation, he rapidly gained recognition, and the release of an album compiling his first three EPs only served to reinforce his position. Having moved to legendary label 4AD, the Minotaur returns with a new, more mature, sound. We took the opportunity to get the man talking about his work, his influences… and FM rock!

# posted by DJ Martian 12:46 PM
 

themilkfactory.co.uk ISSUE #67 MAY 2005

themilkfactory.co.uk deliver another fine selection of reviews. [The summaries below are from themilkfactory.co.uk e-mail/website, to see the full reviews go to the link above]

ALBUM OF THE MONTH
FOUR TET - Everything Ecstatic
The last five years have been Four Tet’s. With his fourth album, he investigates the dance floor potential of his music while retaining the essence of his original sound.

REVIEWS
302 ACID - Even Calls
First album from 302 Acid, Even Calls follows a first EP released over a year ago and charts some superbly rich sonic territories.

KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN / GREG DAVIS - Yearlong
Yearlong documents for the first time a series of live collaborations between Keith Fullerton Whitman and Greg Davis recorded between 2001 and 2002 in the US and Europe.

JANE - Berserker
Jane is a collaboration between Animal Collective’s Panda Bear, AKA Noah Lennox, with Scott Mou. Berserker is, quite simply, a stunning record.

MINOTAUR SHOCK - Maritime
Over three years after his first album, Minotaur Shock returns, on a new label, and with a new sound.

NICOLETTE - Life Loves Us
Nicolette returns with the follow up to her seminal second album, Let No-One Live Rent Free In Your Head, almost nine years after it was released.

SEÁN QUINN - Skylines
Seán Quinn’s solo debut is rooted in mid seventies to mid eighties electronic music and provides a refreshing alternative to contemporary glitch.

STROMBA - Tales From The Living Room
The brainchild of James Dyer and Tom Tyler, Stromba started out as a sample-based project before the pair started incorporating real instruments. This debut album is infused with dub, funk and impeccable grooves.

LUKE VIBERT - Lover's Acid
The ever-grooving Luke Vibert sees his three acid EPs for Planet Mu collected on this extremely diverse and funky album.

VARIOUS ARTISTS / Spire Live At Geneval Cathedral Saint Pierre
Second fold of the Touch Tone Spire series of organ works for past, present and future, this album was recorded live and features works from Marcus Davidson, André Jolivet, Liana Alexandra, Henryk Gorecki, bJ Nilsen, Philip Jeck and Fennesz.

COLLECTED WORKS
VARIOUS ARTISTS Sampler 5.00 Ai Records 2000-2005
VARIOUS ARTISTS Progress - The Trieste - Vladivostok Ex. 04 Line

# posted by DJ Martian 12:38 PM

Friday, April 29, 2005

 

BBC collective interview Acoustic Ladyland

Punky jazz? Jazzy punk? Oh, who cares.

Acoustic Ladyland - Last Chance Disco, is released 02 May 05 on Babel Records

# posted by DJ Martian 5:24 PM
 

Radio 1 report Tribal Gathering festival is moving from Leeds to Luton

The event takes place on Saturday 16th July.

Full details @ Tribal Gathering

# posted by DJ Martian 5:18 PM
 

A new series of Later...with Jools Holland commences on May 13th on BBC 2.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:55 PM
 

This week's Mixing It show: Mixing It - 29 April 2005

29 April 2005
Friday 29 April 2005 22:15-23:30 (Radio 3)

Mark Russell and Robert Sandall introduce an exclusive session by Rothko, the project of bassist Mark Beazley, in collaboration with the English musician and composer Roger Eno.

Plus tracks from these Norwegian artists: Jaga Jazzist, The Shining and Hanne Hukkelberg.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:46 PM
 

Next week's releases reviewed @ Norman Records

# posted by DJ Martian 4:11 PM
 

All About Jazz review Keith Jarrett - Radiance

Radiance is not just a return to form; it’s an instant classic of solo improvisation that is destined to rank highly among Jarrett’s strongest work.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:11 PM
 

Playlouder review The Fall - The Complete BBC Sessions 1978-2004

# posted by DJ Martian 12:54 PM
 

Tonight on Radio 3: Jazz on 3 - From the Cheltenham Jazz Festival

From the Cheltenham Jazz Festival
Friday 29 April 2005 23:30-1:00 (Radio 3)

Jez Nelson presents a special live edition from the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Featured performers include New York drummer Bobby Previte and powerhouse saxophonist Ken Vandermark.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:45 PM
 

The Guardian review Christian Wallumrod Ensemble - A Year from Easter

# posted by DJ Martian 12:37 PM
 

The Guardian review Vitalic - OK Cowboy

# posted by DJ Martian 12:36 PM
 

Billboard report on DJ Shadow: DJ Shadow Expands 'Endtroducing'

A deluxe, expanded edition of Endtroducing will be released on June 7th by Island/UME.

DJ Shadow is also working on a new album which he hopes to release before the end of the year.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:35 AM
 

Blabbermouth.Net report on Deftones: DEFTONES: New Album To Surface In The Fall

# posted by DJ Martian 12:22 AM

Thursday, April 28, 2005

 

Issue 42 of Earplug

APRIL 28 - MAY 11

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

# posted by DJ Martian 6:57 PM
 

On ILM the 70s Albums Poll: ILX 70s album poll - results have now been published.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:51 PM
 

soundgenerator.com report on the Killing Joke agenda for 2005: Killing Joke: busy summer of re-issues, recording & touring

The band are currently working on a new studio album, due for release in August 2005

# posted by DJ Martian 3:44 PM
 

Pitchfork review Vitalic - OK Cowboy with a high 8.6 rating.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:33 PM
 

Junkmedia interview LCD Soundsystem

# posted by DJ Martian 2:51 PM
 

New Daniel Lanois album on the way: listed @ Pause & Play's On The CD Front

July 12th
Daniel Lanois "Belladonna" (instrumental album; guests: Brad Mehldau, Brian Blade)

(Anti-/Epitaph, July 12, 2005)

# posted by DJ Martian 2:08 PM
 

Stylus review Jaga Jazzist - What We Must

also reviewed by the BBC Music: Jaga Jazzist - What We Must

# posted by DJ Martian 1:17 PM
 

New Ram-Zet Album

Blabbermouth.Net report on Norwegian dark metal band Ram-Zet: RAM-ZET Sign With TABU, Prepare To Release New Album titled: Intra with a scheduled release date on May 30th.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:49 AM
 

BW & BK report on Fear Factory: FEAR FACTORY Begins Recording New Album Next Week for an Autumn 2005 expected release.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:35 AM

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

 

musicOMH.com review Jaga Jazzist - What We Must

# posted by DJ Martian 11:54 AM
 

Kultureflash - Headlines from London [No. 121/ 27.04.05]

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.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

 

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

# posted by DJ Martian 3:04 PM
 

Rock critic Chuck Eddy provides MP3 links: village voice > music > Eddytor's Dozen by Chuck Eddy

I recommend these artists:

CALLISTO
DARK TRANQUILLITY
FRANTIC BLEEP
NOVEMBERS DOOM

# posted by DJ Martian 1:29 PM
 

Dusted review Colleen - The Golden Morning Breaks

# posted by DJ Martian 1:22 PM
 

indieworkshop.com review Porcupine Tree - Deadwing

# posted by DJ Martian 1:20 PM
 

TotalRock! report Dredg to play in London

US rockers Dredg are to play the Highbury Garage in London on July 7. Get tickets via the Ticketmaster link at www.totalrock.com. The band's new album, 'Catch Without Arms', is released at the end of June.

Stream a new track by Dredg "Bug Eyes"

Closest reference points: A Perfect Circle meets Don Henley circa Boys of Summer.

It's over produced and slick, but Dredg do execute their modern rock sound rather well. I wonder will they pick up radio play in the UK on Xfm or 6 Music with this new album?

# posted by DJ Martian 1:04 PM
 

Xfm report Somerset House Gigs Confirmed! taking place in Somerset House, London in July.

Including these artists:

Doves (July 6)

The Mars Volta (July 9)

Sigur Ros (July 10)

Bloc Party (July 12)

# posted by DJ Martian 12:52 PM
 

GIGWISE.com report on the line up for TDK Cross Central festival in London.

Dates: August Bank Holiday Weekend (27-28).

# posted by DJ Martian 11:51 AM
 

The Independent: Preview: Cheltenham Jazz Festival

# posted by DJ Martian 11:48 AM
 

Vitalic Interview

The Observer jump on the Vitalic bandwagon early: Flash-forward

French techno whizz Vitalic has taken four years to make his first proper album. And now he's going to clean up, writes Kitty Empire

# posted by DJ Martian 11:45 AM
 

This week's The Breezeblock show on Radio 1 features two drum n bass sets:

*** KEATON & MC VERSE LIVE DJ SET***

***FUTURE PROPHECIES LIVE SET***

Also an exclusive track from Colder taken from the forthcoming album: Heat

Colder- 'On My Mind' (Output) (LP- Heat)

# posted by DJ Martian 11:24 AM
 

Record Label: Malicious Damage

The Guardian feature the return of the post-punk record label Malicious Damage: Damaged goods

Cult label Malicious Damage is back. Neil Perry talks to founder Mike Coles

# posted by DJ Martian 12:25 AM

Monday, April 25, 2005

 

Ladytron Announce New Album

Ladytron have titled their forthcoming album: Witching Hour - due for release August 19th on Island.

: NEWS :

'SUGAR' - FIRST SINGLE FROM NEW ALBUM 'WITCHING HOUR'
Ladytron have announced details of the release of a new single, Sugar, on June 13th, their debut on Island Records. The single, produced by Jim Abiss (Kasabian, DJ Shadow, Placebo) and available on three formats, CD, 7Inch and 12Inch Vinyl, will be followed by the release of their third album, 'Witching Hour' on August 29th. The single will feature exclusive new songs plus mixes from the likes of Jagz Kooner, Playgroup and Archigram.

CD 1. Sugar 2. Tender Talons 3. Sugar (Jagz Kooner mix)
7 Inch Vinyl 1. Sugar 2. Fighting in Built Up Areas
12 Inch Vinyl 1. Sugar 2. Sugar (Archigram mix) 3. Sugar (Playgroup vocal) 4. Sugar (Metronomy)

The band, whose last UK show was a sell out London Astoria show in 2004, have also announced some low key dates to coincide with the release of the single. A full UK tour will be announce shortly.

The upcoming dates are as follows: MAY 12th Glasgow Oran Mor 16th Manchester Academy 3 27th Brighton Concorde 2 (The Boutique) 28th Leeds The Faversham 29th Nottingham Liars Club JUNE 7th London ICA 30th London Wireless Festival


# posted by DJ Martian 10:54 PM
 

Terrorizer - Issue May 2005

New issue of Terrorizer magazine features Meshuggah on the front cover.

[New Issue on sale this Thursday]

STUDIO REPORT: SCUM
STUDIO REPORT: DEW-SCENTED
MESHUGGAH
CANDLEMASS
GEHENNA
BLACK WITCHERY
NECROPHAGIA
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
ABORTED
JARBOE
LYDIA LUNCH
KYLESA
ALEC EMPIRE
OCTAVIA
HARD OF HEARING: MELVINS
TAAKE
BELPHEGOR
SUICIDE WATCH + ANDRALLS
DWARVES
ILLDISPOSED


FEAR CANDY 15: COVERMOUNT CD

FEAR CANDY 15
Candlemass 'Black Dwarf'
Converge 'Forsaken'
Alec Empire 'Make 'Em Bleed'
Turbonegro 'All My Friends Are Dead'
Origin 'The Burner'
Audrey Horne 'Confessions And Alcohol'
Dam 'City Of Envy'
Candiria 'Remove Yourself'
Octavia 'Hunting Eye'
The Agony Scene 'Darkest Red'
Holy Moses 'End Of Time'
Interlock 'Rest'
Happy Face 'Propheties Des Fouines'
Hematovore 'Blasting Through The Back Nine'
Mendeed 'Perpetual Sin'
Slit 'Showcase'

# posted by DJ Martian 8:01 PM
 

BBC Music review Konono No. 1 - Congotronics

# posted by DJ Martian 7:51 PM
 

New VIVE la Fete! album: Grand Prix

The brand new and long awaited new Vive la Fête album "Grand Prix" is due out on May 9th

# posted by DJ Martian 1:20 PM
 

On ILM: Biggest Surprises of 2005 so far? and 2005 albums that were hotly anticipated AND delivered

# posted by DJ Martian 1:01 PM
 

Chronicles of Chaos - Extreme Music Webzine - similar to Terrorizer magazine.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:49 PM
 

Splendid review Daedelus - Exquisite Corpse

# posted by DJ Martian 12:30 PM

Sunday, April 24, 2005

 

Playlouder review Vitalic - OK Cowboy with a 4.5/5 rating.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:25 PM
 

Forthcoming The Breezeblock shows on Radio 1:

April 25th
Keaton vs Future Prophesies
D&B hardness!

May 2nd
Luke Vibert +
Drop The Lime in session

May 9th
ESG live
All girl, old skool funk from New York

Coming Soon:

Mike Patton
James Murphy

# posted by DJ Martian 11:22 PM
 

Tangerine Dream - London June 11th 2005

:::::: Tangerine Dream :::::: in concert in London:

PHAEDRA in Concert 2005

The future of music making started in 1974 with the album 'Phaedra' performed by Tangerine Dream in London. 31 years later TD will perform parts of Phaedra, Ricochet, Encore and many other highlights of their career in a Dream Night at Shepherds Bush Empire in London.

Some of their greatest tunes will be heard together with brandnew material made to show the timeless character of the band.


Date: Saturday, 11th June 2005, 7 pm.

Location: Shepherds Bush Empire, London.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:10 PM
 

New Orange Juice Compilation

NME.COM report Orange Juice rarities compilation for July release

This compilation titled: The Glasgow School includes the Postcard label era and will be released by Domino on July 4th.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:04 PM
 

musicOMH.com interview Extol - the Norwegian rock band.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:55 PM
 

Maetrik New Album

Coming soon on Treibstoff Recordings a new album from Maetrik

MAETRIK: Casi Profundo CD (TREIB 008): OUT 5/03/05

"And now, we proudly present Maetrik, probably the only master across all frequencies existing in our universe. Maetrik, actually the virtuoso of dodgy pumping tunes and a good old friend of the constantly expanding label Treibstoff, comes along in broadband LP format thus proving his eternal qualities. Highly recommended basslines spiced up with dinky sawtooth ornamentics are caressing melancholically abraded vocoder sounds that seem to come straight outta the andromeda fog. Like listenable Autechre tunes: abstract, bouncing, but at the same time deeply rooted in the current dance-floor world; earthily pushing and at the same time wallowing in sound planes. Basically, Maetrik is a real miracle and simply overthrows all the parameters of this narrow-minded century. Inherent in every single corner is a new gimmick, another surprise for the sacral understanding of rave. And underneath the elegantly hammering surface structures, the space is crawling with bizarre creatures avoiding any closer observation. Well, you'll never know where a journey into outta space will end."

[Via FE Publicity e-mail Newsletter]

# posted by DJ Martian 8:39 PM
 

This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

This week's new releases @ Boomkat include:

ALBUM OF THE WEEK!
Studio Pankow - Linienbusse
City Centre Offices

Studio Pankow is the collaborative venture of three musicians, two of which have been pivotal to the development of electronic music : David Moufang (Move D), Jamie Hodge (Born Under a Rhyming Planet) and Kai Kroker (Rawell). Between them the three have had releases on labels as influential and diverse as Warp, Ninja Tune, Plus 8, Rising High, Plug Research, Wmf, Fax, Reflective and, most importantly, David Moufag's seminal Source Records. Between moufang's deeply emotive emissions as Move D and Hodge's organic techno for Richie Hawtin's Plus 8 imprint, both artists created a new electronic variant that acted as a missing link between the groundbreaking constructions that typified Detroit techno and the indebted artificial intelligence movement pioneered by the Warp label here in the uk. Later on Hodge and Moufang started broadening the scope of their work to take in elements of jazz and improvisation - culminating in the formation of a new band that would feature legendary vibraphonist Karl Berger - a player who spent most of the sixties working with Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman and Lee Konitz. This new project was called `Conjoint' and spawned two massively important albums, at one point compared to Miles Davis` "In a silent way" by The Wire magazine's Rob Young. "Studio Pankow" finds Hodge and Moufang back in the studio, partnered by berlin's Kai Kroker whose studio provides the setting and the name for this inspired new work. The eleven tracks that feature on this album were recorded in 3 sessions over a time period of more than 4 years. The three artists, each residing at a different location, would converge at kai's studio pankow and start improvising. `Linienbusse', at times nods towards their familiar fascination with beats and hazy strings, at others developing the session into an effervescent glow of minimalism and velvet ambience that transforms conjoint's hazy jazz fascination into something much more unconscious. On the incredible title track, for instance, this sumptuous reduction takes in a solitary piano that acts as a sparkling, reflective counterweight to the celluloid ambience and fuzzy transmissions that lie beneath. With a title that roughly translates as "regular busses", you get the feeling that somewhere outside this space life carried on at regular pace, but for the duration of these amazing pieces everything very gently slowed down until each single detail and intonation of life became perfectly clear, captured here for posterity. One of the most important releases for us at CCO and a breathtaking document of a collaboration that goes right back to the heart of pioneering electronic music. A huge recommendation....

ALBUM OF THE WEEK!
Jose Gonzales - Veneer
Peacefrog

What do you mean, you haven't checked out Jose Gonzalez yet? What appears to be the problem here - have we not made it clear enough in our reviews of the ep's? This guy is one serious talent, a delicate open tuned guitarist in a style somewhere between brasilian song and classic period late sixties early seventies english folk. The voice simply melts any ill considered opposition, sotto voce and well balanced, you'd choose this guy to sing you to sleep any day of the year. Undoubtedly one of the defining records of this or most any year: we're not overstating things, when we suggest you get on this album now - positively unmissable and simply divine music. ...

Ryoichi Kurokawa - Copynature
Progressive Form

One of the ones that eluded us all first time, we finally managed to haul in a copies of this beauty from the excellent Progressive Form in Japan. Followers of the label will already be prepared, recordings of the utmost quality, care packaged beatifully and with an unrivalled sense of future in music. As you'd expect from a protégé of Aoki Takamasa, this is perfectly considered music - melding the sophisticated, delicate frequencies of a 12k or line release with the low end dynamics of the electronic masters. As counterpoint to the delerious brilliance of Studio Pankow this week, and for a decidedly more "difficult" listen, Kurokawa shows more than enough chops here to explain his subsequent adoption into Takemura's Daisyworld chain. Its sonic corruptions and devious tweaks are bedded down on a bottomless chasm of bass, which as you already know, makes us very happy indeed....

Semuin - Province
Audio Dregs

With it's FS Blumm cover art and Greg Davis mastering credit, I daresay you could take an informed stab at the sound of this record - but just in case we'll tell you anyway. Semuin (aka Berlin based Jochen Briesen) is a cognoscente of panegyrical instrumentronica that prefers thinly populated production that introduces the various elements in a relaxed and informal fashion as opposed to a grand-standing, cluttered approach. Opening with 'Uppland', Briesen presents a rinky-dink piano through a mid-afternoon heat haze that reluctantly offers up some gloriously wholesome, mealy-mouthed chimes before it breaks out in a bout of percussive spasms and settles back down through a calming acoustic guitar rinse-out. A multi chaptered composition, 'Uppland' is immediately contradicted on the cut&shut vocal splicing of 'Lktubii' where diced speech is liberally stirred through The Books-style backing. Undoubtedly the album's centrepiece is the eight minute epic of 'Lok' where Semuin assumes a position somewhere between a more overt Efterklang or avant-inclined Caribou, terminating the Ligeti influenced arrangement with a cheeky Stravinsky sample. With his stated love of Papua Nuigini music most apparent on the stilted acoustica of 'Ende', 'Province' is a beautifully realised album full of light and shade that'll have your ears utterly exultant....

Manual - Azure Vista
Darla

The hugely popular Jonas Munk returns with his long awaited new album under his Manual moniker. Seeped in a carefully coated love of 4AD (some of the drum programming and production here sounds like classic Cocteau Twins) and a sound that betrays his close personal and musical ties with Ulrich Schnauss, "Azure Vista" is Manual's most overtly ambitious collection of songs yet. Opening with the unashamedly grand 'Clear Skies above the Coastline Cathedral', Manual clealry exhibits a similar vista-expanding scope to that of Mr Schnauss, albeit rendered through an entirely different musical palate. 'Summer of Freedom' again demonstrates that Manual can combine potentially saturnine elements into a neck cricking whole before we are given a half-time break through the twinkly breath of 'Twilight'. Launching back in to the seven minute ambience of 'Tourmaline', Manual then follows on with the barn-storming 'Neon Reverie' which positively exudes hair-spray. A dirty habit made clean and an album that will no doubt be adored by anyone who's gotten into Ulrich Schnauss in the last couple of years. Recommended....

Freeform - Outside In
Skam

Although he's Skam's longest serving artist (a full-fat decade) this is only Freeform's second full length album release for the label. Following on from last summer's 'Wildcat' EP, 'Outside In' is a finely blended homebrew of folksy roots and avant/electro-nica sensibilities given extra pep through Simon Pyke's diffused vocals. As Theremins puncture the service and all manner of giddy electro noises somersault around you, it begins to sound not unlike a musical episode of Dr Who. Not limiting himself to just one sound, Pyke elsewhere looks to shuffling loungecore, Native American influences and pastoral electronica to achieve a vibrant patchwork which is in no way diminished through it's authors stylistically roaming eye. This album is a total curio - A Skam album released with home listening in mind, something which works here so well that you start to wonder what else this once unfathomably dark and uncompromising label might get up to. Lovely music - a big recommendation....

Jaga - What We Must
Ninja Tune

Limited edition double cd - bonus disc features : The Spydeberg Session, Mikado (Demo), All I Know Is Tonight (Demo), Stardust Hotel (Demo) and Swedenborgske Rom (Demo)* Yet another quality Norwegian musical export, Jaga (minus the Jazzist) are a ten piece collective who's combined passion for their art creates wonderful tension within the deeply textured compositions as each person clammers to make an overt impact on the whole. Rather than flap about like a bag of canaries, Jaga turn this conflict to their advantage allowing often contradictory influences to co-exist, making 'What We Must' all the more amblicated for its lack of predictability. Opening with the post-rock opera of 'All I Know is Tonight', Jaga conjure up the best James Bond soundtrack there has never been - but in a parallel universe that drops the tepid narrative in favour of bits shimmering and soaring as far as the eye can see. Similarly, 'Stardust Hotel' manages to embark on an ecclectic escapade with horn excursions whilst guitars and percussion Slowdive around them. The shoe-gazing influence is also apparent on 'For All You Happy People' where full-on choral action runs up against rock-driven instrumentation, whilst the closing 'I Have a Ghost Now What?' is a hair-swinging kaleidoscope of pop sensibilities and smart-bomb sharp instrumentation that builds and builds and builds... Multiple aural alchemy....

Various / Skam - Skam Cats
Skam

Now available again without the limited fur-packaging. Two cd's (split into "Play" and "Rest") feature tracks from 22 artists (mostly unknown artists, with the exception of Mira Calix and E.Stonji) given the simple brief - to write a track based in some way around the noises made by cats. The results, as you'd imagine, are suitably crunchy and wildly varied - making this another Skam oddity, one to snap up!...

Vitalic - Ok Cowboy
Pias

Currently the dance darling of choice for Evening Session listeners (replacing last years Mylo infatuation), Vitalic finally releases his debut LP after an apprenticeship served remixing the likes of Bjork, Slam and Basement Jaxx.'OK Cowboy' certainly has all the right constituents in place but does this make it classically informed machine music or electronica by numbers? Keep an eye on the chimney for white or black smoke... Opening with 'Polkamatic', Vitalic (aka Pascal Arbez-Nicolas) emerges with a squelch as a rubber coated beat bounces into view.'Poney Part 1' (culled from his International Deejay Gigolo EP), is a pounding slab of growling bass, ebbing ambient washes and succour punch rhythms that does just enough to keep its head above the water. If you've not heard the over-hyped 'My Friend Dario' we salute you, but here it is in all its glory; drifting far too close to the anaemic mid-90's indie-dance movement for our liking and clipping The Grid's 'Swamp Thing' as it does so. Leaving behind these sticky floored dalliances, 'Ok Cowboy' is far more successful when it avoids the blue Smarties and calms down a bit with 'The Past'. Check....

Stromba - Tales From The Sitting Room
Fat Cat

Coalescing around the core nucleus of Tim Tyler and James Dyer (DC Recordings), Stromba take a platter of live instrumentation (trumpet, cello, drums, bass etc.) then crack open a jar of programming acumen, mix, then bring to the boil. First off the hob is 'Camel Spit', opening with a glorious Sergio Leone homage that gives way to supine cocktail lounge, laid back instrumentation. A garnish of half-heard vocal samples underwire the bass-heavy dubwise thud on 'Septic Skank' whilst 'Blue Skin' is seared in heady trumpets and a serious Shadow-esque set of breaks. Elsewhere, the MANDY mastered Stromba give in to the lo-fi approach that saw them naming the album after its place of recording, with the Boom Bip indebted 'Perculator' of particular note. Finishing the meal with a good-time injected bowl of Liquid Liquid raucous funk ('Giddy Up') and the porcelain fragility of the string heavy 'Jewell', I daresay you might be leaving a tip....

Jackie-O Motherfucker / My Cat Is An Alien - From The Earth To The Spheres Volume 3
Very Friendly

The third volume of the "From The Earth To The Spheres" series. While the Torino-based My Cat Is An Alien focus their musical research on instantaneous composition, often combined in audiovisual installations, Jackie-O Motherf*cker, who formed in Portland, Oregon, exactly a decade ago, base their music on roots & american primitive blues, free jazz improv & psych folk-rock aesthetics. Releasing cd-r volumes as audio-documents, as well as setting up live improv installations through their own u-sound archive, JOMF created a platform of collaboration with other kindred spirits. Their piece "Breaking" begins with a kind of old gospel fragmented by beats, which moves throughout empty areas `till imploding into deconstructed sounds & voices over vinyl scratches, where silence breaks out loud & unexpected. MCIAA's "Blank View" is a psychic trip moving from the deep darkness towards the brightest light. this totally improvised track, made of interwoven sounds of cathartic guitar chords , percussions & xylophone, is permeated by wordless vocals, whose impressive and sad lyricism comes out from a streamline of sounds from outer space....

Ruins - Vrresto
Skin Graft

Buckle up; we're going in! Blasting out of Japan with earthquake ferocity, Ruins make chin dribblingly spastic music given the suitably bonkers twist of being all played on regular instruments. Having originally broken water in 1998, 'Vrresto' has now been remixed, remastered and rejigged to include a couple of new and previously unreleased tracks. Opening with what sounds like a malfunctioning Duracell Bunny wearing a one-man band suit, 'Snare' kicks off proceedings with an ear-bleeding clatter before morphing into a Mogwai-apeing slow build. The 100m pace is maintained on 'Warrido', this time through cascading instrumentation and staccato rhythms that invade the senses entirely whilst 'Ffenniko' deals in the type of time signature changes that SOAD seem to think they minted. Like Mad Capsule Markets sans the techno infatuation, Ruins take notions of speed metal, psych, hardcore, art rock and funk then cram it all into blistering goblets that'll leave your chest hurting. Call 999

Drowsy - Growing Green
Fat Cat

Folk has enjoyed a recent resurgence of fortunes thanks to the appearance of diverse artists ranging from Adem, and Will Oldham through to Smog and Devendra Banhart, all of whom took a love of classic folk and instilled it with an appreciation for other varied genres. To this list we can now add the Finland based Drowsy whose debut album 'Growing Green' has been 4 years in the making and follows on from the 'Careless Me' release, part of Fat Cat's esteemed 7" series. The opening track's liltingly sunny musical disposition may lull you into presuming that this is a fondent-centered reading of folk, but as soon as 'Some Cursing' introduces vocals you're left in no doubt of Drowsy's tone. Delivered in a gravel flecked five O'clock shadow of a voice, 'Some Cursing's' opening line of "You are a hoare, I hate you all" indicates we are firmly in Bert Jansch territory a tone that pervades into 'Harmless'. Here Drowsy cross-breed their folk perspective with The Flaming Lips' tarnished grandeur and vocal style, whilst the backing piano uncannily resembles Aphex Twin's 'Avril 14th' curio. Elsewhere the Devandra Banhart comparison is at its most pertinent on the Celtic 'Careless Me' whilst the album's closer 'Plim Plom Autumn Song' assumes a similar lo-fi ethic to early Damon Gough EP's. As queer as folk...and utterly lovely....

Yuichiro Fujimoto - Kinoe
Audio Dregs

Yuichiro Fujimoto seems to have a similar fascination (or fetish...) with everyday sounds as fellow Japanese audiophile Cornelius. Yet where Cornelius chose to indulge his aural collages through Wilson-esque Cartoontronica, Fujimoto prefers to incorporate the often contradictory audio snippets into gently swelling and highly textured instrumentation. Straddling the line between Frank Bretschneider style clicks & cuts and Mum lilting organic electronica, Fujimoto opens 'Kinoe' with a wave of unfocused static that is at once utterly alien and completely natural. This soon gives way to a thrumming, tapping, twinkling blanket of ebbing necromancy ('Drawing of Stars') that shares shelf space with both Marsen Jules and Jan Jelinek, creating a thoroughly submersive aural balm. Elsewhere 'After Rain' embarks on a marriage of the natural and the digital with a Deliverance-style music-box face off that slowly smudges into a water curtain of florid electronic twinkles whilst album closer 'Old Bird Tape' is a harmonica heavy, velvet hearted shuffle. Beguiling....

Enduser - Comparing Paths
Very Friendly

Tightrope walking over breakz, drum and bass, ragga and breakcore, Enduser is a jack of all trades who can thankfully cope with the potentially hazardous juggling act handling all these disperate genres at once could bring. 'Comparing Paths'is a relaxed, slow-mo take on breakcore that's heavily hip-hopped but won't slash your face on impact. A bit of a calm before the storm situation, 'Comparing Paths' then flows into the dot-matrix beats and subterranean bass of the ragga heavy 'F*ck up the System' that, although forcibly invading your body space, for some reason doesn't feel over-imposing. Enduser's junglist heritage is most pronounced on 'Tripset' and 'The Return', the obligatory Scott Herron reference comes on the shattered rhythms and EFX heavy vocals of 'Gun Temper' whilst 'Slammed in the Face...' does very much what it says on the tin; hard, fast and high-speed dubbed. Ace....

FAX - Collaborations & Remixes
STATIC

Fair stellar minimal lineup assembled here - and of course the reworkings from Murcof and Pepito run away with the honours Tijuana style. Head straight for these and fall in love all over again with Fernando Corona's amazing talent, almost unmatched these last few years. What else can we really say about Murcof music other than its worth price of admission alone. Pepito too offers a similar acoustic blend, awesomely powerful sound manipulation with a deceptively pop inflected vocal. Fax's original work is of course not to be confused with the wealth of Namlook&Moufang related projects, but is instead the brainchild of mexican Ruben Tamayo, who has been fleetingly glimpsed on some fine Traum recordings these last few years. Other usual suspects include: Portable who thunks it out in true slugger Sud style, Mike Shannon an evergreen member of the minimal grooving scene, ably complemented by Jonas Bering & Bern from the Cologne schools. Ultra - Red come with some welcome aggression, a crowd of dissent aiding an abrasive but addictive closing remix. Useful collection....

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Simon Reynolds in the Observer Music Monthly on post punk: Vision on

It is time to adjust history: the golden age of British pop lies in the late Seventies and early Eighties, not in the Sixties. From Adam Ant to ZTT, a bizarre assortment of radicals, artists, chancers and unclassifiable oddballs took over the mainstream, and for once we had the best of both worlds. Simon Reynolds, leading pop historian of the period, makes the case that we never had it so good

In a way this article is like an introductory overview for Simon's post punk history book: Rip It Up and Start Again: Post Punk 1978-1984 , Simon Reynolds. now on sale in the UK.

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Friday, April 22, 2005

 

Leonard's Lair review Whitey - The Light At The End Of A Tunnel Is A Train

# posted by DJ Martian 9:34 PM
 

BBC Music review Van Der Graaf Generator - Present

# posted by DJ Martian 9:15 PM
 

OPETH Close To Signing With ROADRUNNER RECORDS as reported by Blabbermouth.net earlier this week.

Further news via Total Rock radio suggests a possible August release for the next Opeth album.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:52 PM
 

mtv.com briefly interview Steven Wilson from Porcupine Tree

# posted by DJ Martian 8:44 PM
 

Creamfields UK 2005

DanceFrontDoor report on the line up of Creamfields 2005

Creamfields UK 2005
Saturday 27th August Bank Holiday Weekend
Old Liverpool Airfield, Speke Boulevard, Merseyside, 3pm – 6am

# posted by DJ Martian 8:36 PM
 

This week's Jazz on 3 show features:

Henri Texier Strada Sextet

Jez Nelson presents French bassist Henri Texier with his Strada Sextet. Widely acclaimed as both a composer and virtuoso bass player, Texier stands firmly rooted in the French jazz scene whilst engaging with his childhood influences of North African music.

He is joined by Francois Corneloup on saxophone, Guergui Karnazov on trombone and Manu Codjia on guitar to perform works from his new album Vivre.

Recorded at Gateshead Jazz Festival


Broadcast Friday 22 April 2005 23:30-1:00 (Radio 3)

# posted by DJ Martian 8:11 PM
 

Details of this week's Mixing It show: Mixing It - 22 April 2005 looks like an all CD show.

22 April 2005
Friday 22 April 2005 22:15-23:30 (Radio 3)

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

# posted by DJ Martian 8:07 PM
 

The Globe and Mail have a new Brian Eno interview [via angryrobot.net]

# posted by DJ Martian 8:03 PM
 

Next week's releases reviewed @ Norman Records

# posted by DJ Martian 7:38 PM
 

Dungen Sign UK label deal with Memphis Industries

Via Memphis Industries e-mail newsletter:

Please welcome Dungen to the Memphis fold. We will be releasing their
most astounding album Ta Det Lungt on 30 May in the UK. Its the third
release from talented Swedish multi-instrumentalist Gustav Ejstes aka
Dungen and showcases the greatest psychprogpopfolkrock fantasy..

Sung in Gustav's native tongue Ta Det Lungt kicks all other contemporary psyche wannabees into a cocked hat.


They will be visiting the UK very soon - here are the dates:

May 5 - UK London Astoria with The Dears

May 6 - UK Oxford, Zodiac with The Go! Team

May 8 - UK Birmingham, Academy 2 with The Go! Team

May 9 - UK Edinburgh, Liquid Room with The Go! Team

May 11 - UK Norwich, Waterfront with The Go! Team

May 12 - UK London - Electric Ballroom with The Go! Team

May 13 - UK London Camden Barfly Headlining

Listen to their track Gjort Bort Sig and find out more at Memphis Industries website: Dungen

# posted by DJ Martian 7:32 PM
 

Tiny Mix Tapes review The Residents - Animal Lover with a top 5/5 rating.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:05 PM
 

BBC Collective: Autechre q&a

Autechre on music, technology and egg custard.

In the midst of preparation for their first tour since 2002, and on the eve of the release of their eighth album, Untilted, Rob Brown from arch electro-experimentalists Autechre answers questions submitted to Collective by fans and sceptics alike…

# posted by DJ Martian 1:51 PM
 

MIC Norway on The Mars Volta + Jaga Jazzist connection.

Texas and Oslo unite as The Mars Volta invite Jaga Jazzist as special guests to the All Tomorrow's Parties festival

The date for this year's Jaga/Mars combo is set to the 3rd of December and the venue of the night is The Camber Sands Holiday Centre.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:39 PM
 

The Independent: on The sound barrier

When record companies insist that critics gather together to hear a new album, it's restrictive and insulting, says Andy Gill

# posted by DJ Martian 1:36 PM
 

Dusted Features [ Listed: Solvent + Marsen Jules ]

Every Friday, Dusted Magazine publishes a series of music-related lists compiled by our favorite artists. This week: Solvent and Marsen Jules.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:26 PM
 

Almost Cool review Balanescu Quartet - Maria T with a high 9/10 rating.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:23 PM
 

Almost Cool review Piano Magic - Disaffected

# posted by DJ Martian 1:21 PM
 

Stylus review The Remote Viewer - Let Your Heart Draw A Line

# posted by DJ Martian 1:20 PM
 

Stylus review Minamo - Shining

# posted by DJ Martian 1:19 PM
 

The Guardian review Van Der Graaf Generator - Present

# posted by DJ Martian 1:18 PM
 

Observer Music Monthly

Reminder, this Sunday in The Observer newspaper, this month's Observer Music Monthly

Front cover:

NEW GOLD DREAM
Forget the Sixties: we trace the musical turmoil that turned the years after 1978 into the golden age of British rock.

[Via OMM e-mail]

# posted by DJ Martian 12:34 PM

Thursday, April 21, 2005

 

The new .: VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR :. website is now launched.

You can listen to samples of the new album.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:59 PM
 

All About Jazz review DJ Spooky vs Dave Lombardo - Drums of Death

# posted by DJ Martian 5:04 PM
 

Stylus review Vitalic - OK Cowboy

# posted by DJ Martian 2:50 PM
 

Benicassim Festival

GIGWISE.com report Benicassim Line Up Revealed

Benicassim Festival takes place nr Valencia in Spain between August 4th-7th.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:41 PM
 

Pitchfork review Enduser - Run War [reviewed by Jess Harvell]

# posted by DJ Martian 2:31 PM
 

("Classical") composers born in the 20th century -- Rate Your Music

A useful starter list on modern composers.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:18 PM

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

 

Lawrence Album: The Night Will Last Forever

epm provide info on the forthcoming album from Lawrence: Lawrence - The Night Will Last Forever

Artist - Lawrence
Title - The Night Will Last Forever
Label - NOVAMUTE
Format - CD
Catalog No. - 860961 2 / Lado 2169-2
Release Date - 16/05/2005

Lawrence’s magnificent third album ‘The Night Will Last Forever’, seamlessly pulls together the mixture of house, minimal techno and deep ambient influences from his previous two albums and sees him continue the experimental narrative with emotive melodies and gorgeous electronic house grooves. ....

# posted by DJ Martian 6:15 PM
 

Kultureflash - Headlines from London [No. 120/ 20.04.05]

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 3:12 PM
 

Pitchfork review Caribou - The Milk of Human Kindness

# posted by DJ Martian 1:37 PM
 

Le Weekend Festival 05

Taking place in Stirling, Scotland - May 26th - 29th: Le Weekend 05

Norwegian band Deathprod will be appearing.

Welcome to this year's Le Weekend
Welcome to this year’s Le Weekend festival, which promises to be as defiantly underground as ever. We’ve a dozen bands from six different countries, five playing their first ever UK shows two of which performing for the first time outside their native countries. See them first at Scotland’s longest running experimental music festival.

Dredd Foole, an inspirational figure behind America’s vital free folk scene arrives to play his first gig outside the states. The outstanding Wally Shoup Trio and the Flaherty/Corsano duo provide a foray into free improv while Thurston Moore’s free noise supergroup The Dream Aktion Unit will have you gripping your seats.

European sound shapers will be here in the form of the Flirts and Deathprod pushing the boundaries of electronica. The Japanese Underground arrive in full force spearheaded by the legendary Kousokuya performing their last ever show at LW 05. Otomo Yoshihide closes this year’s festival with his exhilirating New Jazz Ensemble playing for the first time in Scotland.


Le Weekend is co-curated by David Keenan/Volcanic Tongue

# posted by DJ Martian 1:24 PM
 

The latest The Breezeblock show on Radio 1 is a Berlin special.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:26 AM

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

 

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

# posted by DJ Martian 4:29 PM
 

New Jon Hassell album

eleventhvolume.com review Jon Hassell - Maarifa Street (Magic Realism 2)

This album is released on April 25th in the UK, on Label Bleu

Additional US Press Release via Howlin' Wuelf Media.

Maarifa Street/Magic Realism 2 is the first new album from Jon Hassell since 1999’s Ry Cooder produced Fascinoma. Hassell is the visionary creator of a style of music he describes as “Fourth World,” a mysterious, unique hybrid of music both ancient and digital, composed and improvised, Eastern and Western. Maarifa Street/Magic Realism 2 is being released late Spring ’05 on NYEN, distributed by City Hall Records.

In the last two decades, Hassell has recorded 11 highly influential, category-defying solo albums which have, over the years, become so widely appropriated that many of their innovations have become woven into the texture of contemporary music high and low. His collaborators on these recordings have included like-minded innovators such as Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel and David Sylvian.

Of the new recording Hassell explains, “Beginning with three live concerts, each recorded in four instrumental layers, some performances (notably, trumpet) were kept intact, other layers were either re-performed or invented anew while some layers migrated from one performance to another. Some completely new tracks were made by cannibalizing parts from previous works and reshaping them. My hope is that, by weaving together the spontaneity and "imperfections" of a live concert with the "detailing" of a studio recording, something distinctive results.

“I almost subtitled this record "Improved Concerts", after Mati Klarwein's "Improved Paintings" series in which ordinary flea market paintings were miraculously transformed by painting into and out of the original. But one track—which exists only as a stereo recording—has been left untouched: the "encore" at the end, 'Open Secret (Milano)'.”


track listing:
1. Divine S.O.S. 7.15
2. Maarifa Street 7.09
3. Warm Shift 4.23
4. Open Secret (Paris) 11.47
5. New Gods 7.56
6. Darbari Bridge 11.42
7. Open Secret (Milano) 11.44

# posted by DJ Martian 12:54 PM
 

Christian Wallumød Ensemble - A Year From Easter

ECM release a new album from Christian Wallumød Ensemble on April 25th.

The album features Rune Grammofon artists Arve Henriksen and Nils Økland.

Artists:

Christian Wallumrød piano, harmonium, toy piano
Nils Økland violin, Hardanger fiddle, viola d'amore
Arve Henriksen trumpet
Per Oddvar Johansen drums

# posted by DJ Martian 12:33 PM
 

Kinski will release a new album: Alpine Static on Sub Pop on July 12th.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:22 PM
 

Githead – Profile

PostEverything announce an album from Githead titled: Profile due for release May 30th.

The official UK release date of Githead’s debut album, featuring entirely unreleased material (more information below), is May 30th (USA one month later) – However it will soon be available to PostEverything customers who will also be able to take advantage of an exclusive free gift in the shape of the wittily titled “Free Git” EP (CDFWM39). The EP contains a special remix by B*ST*RD of a brand new track This Is A Cause (These Are Effects), and two live recordings from Githead’s recent appearance at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on the 14th March 2005.

Githead – Profile (WM36)

TRACKLISTING

Alpha / My LCA (Little Box of Magic) / Cosmology for Beginners / Antiphon/ They Are / Option Paralysis / Wallpaper / Raining Down / Pylons

The appearance of Githead and the release of their debut EP Headgit in 2004 surprised many, not only with the unlikely “front line” of Wire’s Colin Newman (Gtr., Vox), Minimal Compact’s Malka Spigel (Bass, Vox) & Scanner’s Robin Rimbaud (Gtr.) but also with the cyclic, hypnotic funkiness not to mention the avant-pop sensibility the outfit produces.

"Unusually accessible, even funky..” wrote Andy Gill in the Independent. "When they're good, they're astonishingly good, both angular & polished" wrote James Snodgrass in the NME "Cult classic of tomorrow" wrote Q Magazine “Newman's on-the-side vitality hasn't dimmed a bit” wrote Joe Tangari in Pitchfork Media (for more press & complete reviews go to http://www.githead.co.uk

Their debut album “Profile” takes the story and sound-scape of Githead wider & deeper. With the addition of Max Franken (also of Minimal Compact) on drums the band has become “a small mobile unit” capable of delivering - emotional power, as on the opener “Alpha” and the epic “Raining Down” – driving grooves, as in “Option Paralysis” or the frenetic shouty bagginess of the snappily named “Cosmology for Beginners” – or indeed sublime pop lusciousness like “My LCA (Little Box of Magic)”.

With only a handful of live shows so far the band most recently secured a presence at London’s annual Ether Festival on the South Bank where in the words of one reviewer they were “Sleek, honed, calculated and sharp - and brilliant!” More of this finery will follow this year.


Label: SWIM~

# posted by DJ Martian 12:17 PM
 

Dusted review Jaga Jazzist - What We Must

# posted by DJ Martian 12:09 PM

Monday, April 18, 2005

 

Pitchfork interview Shining - the Norwegian jazz rock band.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:12 PM
 

Stylus review Caribou - The Milk of Human Kindness

# posted by DJ Martian 2:28 PM
 

GIGWISE.com report Radiohead Top Greatest Album Ever Poll - The British public are surveyed.

The full Top 100 list is available on this ILM thread.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:54 PM
 

This week's new releases @ Fopp

# posted by DJ Martian 1:35 PM
 

Elbow New Album in July

BBC 6 Music report Elbow finish album

# posted by DJ Martian 12:15 AM

Sunday, April 17, 2005

 

This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

This week's new releases @ Boomkat include:

ALBUM OF THE WEEK!
Autechre - Untilted
Warp

Those of you who've already read the NME's scathing 2 star review of Autechre's latest album (their 8th) will probably already have an idea of just how good this record is. (is it me or have the bloc chiefs been on the cover every week now for the last 37817 weeks?) So, pending an extended session on Zane Lowe's radio show and a personal invite to hang out with jools holland at the Beeb, Sean Booth and Rob Brown have assembled their gear with a typical lowkey swagger that always manages to hide the quietly revolutionary work being presented. Just remember - this is music for plouing LOUD, stick to this single principle and this album will mess with your mind, limbs and stomach in ways you'll have almost forgotten. "Untilted" is a gargantuan, banging beast - their finest material since the seminal LP5, and that really is saying something. Frighteningly good. ..

ALBUM OF THE WEEK!
The Remote Viewer - Let Your Heart Draw A Line
City Centre Offices

It's in bedroom studios, where the always present humming noise of a guitar amp is more important than the latest plugin, where you'll find The Remote Viewer quietly pieceing together their remarkable, effervescent take on minimal songwriting. Craig Tattersall and Andrew Johnson simply do what they are best at : writing incredible songs. Be it as members of Hood in the early days, be it as the "Famous Boyfriend" or in their current guise, these songs (deeply quiet, almost shy) are composed in a way that's so intimate you wonder how Andrew, Craig and Nicola (on loan here from her sublime Empress project) ever allowed them to leave the studio. "Let Your Heart Draw A Line" picks up where the band's last album left off, willing you through quiet negotiation to crawl into your speakers, just to make sure that you don't miss out on any whispered sounds or quiet declarations of love. There are cascading guitars, toy instruments, indecipherable twinkles and an other-worldly vocal that's caressed by miniature glitch erruptions and the crackle of a recording process that re-defines the concept of "organic". This is a band who have long since declared "quiet is the new loud", but "Let Your Heart Draw A Line" is by far their most moving and complete assertion to date - a glowing album that's impossible to contain within fixed superlatives or points of reference. This is where minimalism takes itself away from cold, clinical studios and academic realms and into a world drawn in brightest multicolour and a thousand shades of blue. Breathtaking music....

Michel Waisvisz - In Tune
Sonig

This 23 years in the making (you read right!) album marks the culmination of STEIM director Michel Waisvisz' decades of sonic experimentation, all culled from his rare appearances in semi-live studio recordings. Kicking off with the clumsy scratching and bargain-bin Casio beats of 'One for the Road', it soon becomes clear that Waisvisz is enthralled by the minutia of sound, a fact borne out by the fragmentary 'Dutch Hop (Ouverture)'. Seemingly taking cues from 1970's kids TV show theme-tunes, it may well begin in a land of whimsy but just when you presume you've got it bagged and tagged, Waisvisz contrasts it utterly with a latter half of baroque atmospherics and walls of chiming synth that trail some unsettling vocal manipulation. This disregard of preconceptions continues on 'A Cheval' where Waisvisz serves up a jaunty melody that is at once utterly familiar and totally evasive through a box of tools that you'll recognise, the difference here being that it was recorded in 1977! Strange and challenging; headmash stuff!...

Chris Brown - Rogue Wave
Tzadik

Chris Brown is a San Francisco based composer who stands firmly in the tradition of West Coast innovators like Terry Riley and James Tenney. Rogue Wave, his first CD in almost a decade, is one of his best --a startling retrospective spanning over twenty years of activity. Six dynamic pieces featuring a wide range of sound sources and compositional styles, from angelic choirs of electronically altered pianos, to hardcore hip-hop transmissions and polyphonic noise symphonies. This important new release places Brown at the forefront of new electronic composition, and finally sheds long overdue light on an important innovator whose work has been unjustly marginalized for years....

Rova - Orkestrova
Atavistic

A live recording of John Coltrane's 40 year-old 'Ascension', this interpretation sees an all-star ensemble that included a spectrum of artists from The Rova Saxophone Quartet and guitar ace Fred Frith through to Ikue Mori and turntablist Otomo Yoshihide. Performed live in 2003 with only one run through, Orkestrova's 'Ascension' is a multi-headed beast that revels in free-jazz and whilst often overbearing and confusing, never loses sight of Coltrane's original composition. Accompanied by extensive liner notes on the history and circumstances of the music contained within, 'Orkestrova plays Ascension' is a must for anyone remotely interested in any strain of jazz....

The Contemporary Jazz Quintet - Actions 1966-67
Unheard Music / Atavistic

For many free music fans outside Denmark, this disc will be a revelation. The Contemporary Jazz Quintet was an active part of the European free jazz movement, and trumpeter Hugh Steinmetz and alto saxophonist Franz Beckerlee were also visible in other parts of that international scene. The core of the ensemble, including bassist Steffen Andersen was formed as a quartet in `59, reportedly playing hard-bop in the Miles Davis/John Coltrane vein. When Ornette Coleman's first recordings appeared in Denmark, the band's direction was definitively changed, and they began playing Coleman's pieces, delving extensively into his songbook and beginning to experiment with freeplay. In `64, Bo Thrige Andersen took the drum chair; his cymbal playing was clearly influenced by Sonny Murray, with whom the band had recorded on ACTION, the first of its three LPs released on the Danish Debut label and Fona. In `65, the ensemble made a record, THIRD STREAM MUSIC(Fona), with classical composer/performer Niels Viggo Bentzon....

Toshinori Kondo - Fukyo
Tzadik

One of the most important musicians in Japan, who has collaborated with just about every major music maker in the avant garde since the early 1970's, Kondo has been splitting his time between Tokyo and Amsterdam for the past ten years. A master of trumpet electronics (best known for his incredible album collaboration with DJ Krush) this unique recording, created expressly for Tzadik, showcases his extreme trumpet techniques in a series of fascinating miniatures. The trumpet as you've never heard it before via the personal and intense vision of one of Japan's greatest international musical treasures. File Under: Avant Garde/Jazz....

Synapse - Raw
Tzadik

The talented singer from After Dinner, an environmental composer now living in New York, a legendary pioneer of laptop electronics and a multi-instrumentalist from Kansai come together to create a beautiful CD of experimental pop songs.Working together and separately back and forth from NY to Japan, these four legendary masters have fashioned a remarkable world of sound, lyric and rhythm. Creative and colorful music reaches across the world. File Under: Avant Garde/Rock....

Saul Williams - Saul Williams
Wichita

Not sure what album # this is from the new school hip hop's prime hip hop poet as previous work's have not quite hit with the required essentialness to get logged in my cluttered and mushy brain matta. Now well clear it seems of Rick Rubins American label, this album is on through Wichita for this UK license. Guests on this slice of post rap intelligencia include Thavius Beck (Mush), Isaiah Ikey Owens (Mars Volta), Zack De La Rocha (Rage Against The Machine, where's the DJ Shadow hook up joint?) and Plug Research's Mia Doi Todd. Some tracks feature the metal grinding style associated with his Rick Rubin production joints, vocals adapting standard spit rap one moment then half sung the next but always topically interesting as you'd expect from the man behind the classic 'Twice The First Time'. Pretty much as eclectic a hip hop as you can get in 2005, one for fan's of the last heavy, heavy Dalek CD on Ipecac for starters and any one else who likes grit mixed in with there daily nutrition program....

Caribou - The Milk Of Human Kindness
Leaf

Having lost his name in a frankly baffling legal escapade with ex-Dictator 'Handsome Dick Manitoba', Dan Snaith has shrugged off his former moniker, emerging from the cocoon as Caribou and, if 'The Milk of Human Kindness' is anything to go by, then a protracted legal blindside would seem to sharpen the musical senses considerably. Moving away from the smudged chalk mural sound that was 2003's 'Up in Flames', Snaith has tightened his production up considerably (taking it back to 'Dundas, Ontario' territory) whilst simultaneously moving his sound forward. Opening with the eulogistic sunshine pop of 'Yeti', Caribou assumes vocal duties as Brian Wilson washes and agitated metronome strings swell joyously, bringing to mind a vitamin C drenched re-reading of Kraut rock. Snaith's skill has always been in making variegated and structurally complex music that appears utterly unpremeditated, with the balls-out epic of 'A Final Warning' a perfect example, unfolding as it does in the most natural fashion imaginable. Elsewhere, 'Lord Leopard' is a bouncing B-Boy double-take of the Ski Sunday theme tune whilst album closer 'Barnowl' is a rimy and penetrating Four Tet-esque collision of heavy percussion and florid aural bursts that leaves you with a real sense of foreboding. Check!...

Matt Elliot - Drinking Songs
Ici D'ailleurs

Shedding his Third Eye Foundation moniker for the second time, Matt Elliot has retreated to France from his native Bristol and, on the basis of new album 'Drinking Songs', has struck up an acquaintance with the fabled wormwood. Moving into the deeper and darker territory hinted at by 'The Mess We Made', 'Drinking Songs' makes apparent its outlook from the tarnished Parisian artwork through to the swaying, bohemian folk contained within. Opening with 'C.F. Bundy', the listener is confronted by an individual's battle with demons (both real and imagined), set to an utterly mournful and bewitching set of strings and faintly glimmering piano. Curving away from this, 'Trying to Explain' approaches its subject through Burlesque accompaniment and deep-throat vocals whilst Eastern European folk is given a go on the caliginous 'What's Wrong'. Yet without a doubt the albums centrepiece is the awe-inspiring vocal tapestry of 'The Kursk' (featuring the breathtaking cello of Chris Cole, the mind behind the unbeleivable "Many Fingers" album), wherein Elliot's voice blends with haunting choral chasms and Proust punctured lyrics to produce a dizzyingly grand 9 minutes. Incredibly moving music and another quiet masterpiece - enough to make you an alcoholic......

The Zincs - Dimmer
Thrill Jockey

Led by the Chicago based UK ex-pat Jim Elkington, The Zincs are comprised of various leftfield luminaries (Nathaniel Braddock of Ancient Greeks, Butchershop Quartet and Nick Macri of Bobby Conn and Euphone amongst them) who came together formally after the release of their 'Ohio Gold' debut. Unafraid of a visible string section, album opener 'Breathe in the Disease' subscribes to all the prog-indie clichés (think Sparklehorse) with acoustic interludes and soaring orchestration, but rather than drown in syrup it somehow escapes the saccharine and becomes a touching ode to life's regrets ("I should have stayed at school..."). Undoubtldy influenced by 1960's transatlantic folk, 'Beautiful Lawyers' cranks up the tempo and introduces some unfamiliar electronics with a result that is comparable to both Belle and Sebastian and (hold your breath!) Snowpatrol... Elsewhere there is heavy-lidded pysch-folk on 'Bad Shepards', buoyant guitar pop on 'Moment is Now!' and shuffling acoustica on the sweet, but weighty, 'Passengers' all of which are elevated by Elkington's Cave/Cohen vocals....

Gang Gang Dance - God's Money
The Social Registry

Emerging from a year long gestation period at Junkyard Audio Salvage, the second album (God's Money) from Gang Gang Dance sees the band taking their familiar concoction of electronics, synths, guitars and assorted studio detrius, then blending them to the Colonols very own recipe. Opening with a nicotine stained Delta Blues riff, first song 'Nomad For Love' lays out the bands wares with a thumping rhythm and all manner of abstract vocals. Avant at heart, it is nonetheless an eminently listenable opening salvo that soon melts away into The Go! Team-esque rainbow blur of 'Ego War', wherein clotted rhythms and ear-piercing bollywood strings are wound around a startling vocal performance. Providing a bit of respite, the hushed tones of 'Before My Voice Fails' see some Kate Bush giddiness grafted onto gently swelling production that manages to incorporate some panpipes without evoking the demon spirit of Enigma! All in all 'God's Money' is like a less avant Asa Chang and Junray, but is no less vital because of it. Closing with the beatific 'Glory In Itself' (which, incidentally, is covered in Squarepusher's Iambic Five Poetry' fingerprints) Gang Gang Dance have conjured a thoroughly cohesive whole from a years worth of studio time. An aural narghile....

Quasimodo Jones - Robots & Rebels
Shitkatapult

This record should come with a free battered mirror-ball and bottle of 60% proof bourbon! Taking a rock&roll (in the most horrible sense) template then pouring sleazy electro and re-fried techno through it may sound like something from the heady days of 2001, but that's precisely what Quasimodo Jones has done on 'Robots and Rebels'. "Not another knowing electro-glam rock album" we hear you groan, and to that we'd say...erm, "yes". This Hakan Lidbo produced record instils its familiar appearance with a measure of wit that would work great in a highschool essay but, unfortunately, does nothing for these rebellious pair of ears....

# posted by DJ Martian 11:20 PM
 

Musique Machine review Meshuggah - Catch Thirtythree with a top 5/ 5 rating.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:35 PM
 

Blabbermouth.Net report on My Dying Bride: MY DYING BRIDE: Box Set Details Revealed

Snapper Music/Peaceville Records has set a May 23 release date for the MY DYING BRIDE box set, entitled "Anti-Diluvian Chronicles". The three-CD set contains a comprehensive collection of the band's work spanning their whole career. It features tracks from the band's 10 albums, including live tracks and three brand-new remixes of "The Wreckage of My Flesh", ""My Wine In Silence" and "The Raven and the Rose".

# posted by DJ Martian 6:30 PM
 

Venn Music Festival, Bristol - June 3rd to 5th

themilkfactory.co.uk report on news of the Venn Music Festival

For this second edition, the organisers have pushed the boat out and got on board an impressive selection of local and international artists, including Mark Stewart, original lead singer of the Pop Band and mastermind behind Mark Stewart & The Maffia, performing with Adrian Sherwood, as well as Acid Mother Temple, Gravenhurst, DJ/Rupture, Efterklang, Pierre Bastian, A Hawk & A Hacksaw, Matt Elliott, Devendra Banhart’s Vetiver, Minotaur Shock and many more. For more information on full line-up, location and tickets, check out the Venn Festival website

Official website: Venn Music Festival with news of the special guests:

MARK STEWART with
DOUG WIMBISH, KEITH LE BLANC and SKIP "Little Axe” McDONALD

Plus ADRIAN SHERWOOD
(Live mix and DJ set)

'Stewart is a figurehead for mutant musics'

That's Bristol's pivotal musical innovator and vocalist (POP GROUP and TRICKY collaborator) with the “Best Rhythm Section in the World”( the original MAFFIA, SUGARHILL GANG, TACKHEAD), and the maverick UK reggae producer/DJ (ON U-SOUND).

# posted by DJ Martian 6:11 PM
 

THE WHOLE SHEBANG - A music resource website:

Sessionographies / Gigographies / Discographies of William Parker, Cecil Taylor, David S. Ware, Sylvie Courvoisier, Matthew Shipp, Susie Ibarra, Henry Threadgill etc

# posted by DJ Martian 6:02 PM
 

Electronic music blog: Fail from the makers of Absorb.org

# posted by DJ Martian 6:00 PM
 

Bark Psychosis radio Broadcast

Via Dainis Bushmanis on post-rock yahoo group:

You can download the special radio show (2 hours!, in English)
about one of the most innovative post-rock bands and one of the best
bands ever - Bark Psychosis from UK, London.


popscenewithjalal.com

BARK PSYCHOSIS

Broadcast on 6th April 2005
OK Radio Bremen [Germany] [92.5 FM via antenna/101.85 FM via cable]

Murder City [edit]
All Different Things
400 Winters [edit]
I Know
Manman
Miss Abuse
A Street Scene
Eyes & Smiles
The Loom
INQB8TR
Scum
Blue
Absent Friend
Three Girl Rhumba
The Black Meat [edit]
Bloodrush
Soul Beat Runna [BOYMERANG]
Tooled Up
Rose

the direct: MP3 link

49MB

# posted by DJ Martian 5:57 PM
 

Just released on Ropeadope a new album by the Benevento/ Russo Duo

BENEVENTO/RUSSO DUO - BEST REASON TO BUY THE SUN

Two guys: Marco Benevento & Joe Russo two instruments: keys & drums HUGE SOUND - a kaleidascopically exploding wall of sound built on jazz, rock, beats and life. their ropeadope debut, "best reason to buy the sun", was produced in LA by Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M.) giving the instrumental DUO an all new partner (the recording studio) and an incredibly refined sound. you will be so very very happy to own this record, the love it brings is just not fair.

Official website:Benevento-Russo Duo

# posted by DJ Martian 5:51 PM
 

DPRP interview Riverside - the Polish art rock band that have been compared to Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd, Opeth, Green Carnation and Anathema.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:36 PM
 

A new .: VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR :. website is on the way.

You can also submit the band a question.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:32 PM
 

The Guardian interview Hans-Joachim Roedelius: An awfully big adventure

Hans-Joachim Roedelius, pioneer of Germany's experimental music scene, tells Dorian Lynskey about his extraordinary life

# posted by DJ Martian 5:30 PM
 

Leonard's Lair review Nosound - Sol29

Overall it's a quality offering which possesses a predominantly sombre outlook but a subtle and appealing texture that suggest Erra might just be Italy's answer to the Durutti Column

# posted by DJ Martian 5:13 PM

Friday, April 15, 2005

 

Norwegian music blog: norwegian eardrums

# posted by DJ Martian 7:49 PM
 

Kultureflash - Headlines from London [No. 119/ 13.04.05]

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.

Also other recent Kultureflash issues:

Kultureflash - Headlines from London [06.04.05]
Kultureflash - Headlines from London [24.03.05]

# posted by DJ Martian 5:26 PM
 

Issue 41 of Earplug

APRIL 14 - APRIL 27

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

# posted by DJ Martian 4:09 PM
 

The Guardian review Marcin Wasilewski - Trio on ECM

[These artists = Tomas Stanko's rhythm section]

# posted by DJ Martian 3:55 PM
 

The Guardian review The Go-Betweens - Oceans Apart with a top 5/5 rating.

[Also this album was marked a Mojo Instant Classic]

# posted by DJ Martian 3:52 PM
 

HypnosWiki: An Encyclopedia of Ambient, Space & Electronic Music

A music Wiki: HypnosWiki

# posted by DJ Martian 3:40 PM
 

lotusBlog a music blog run by ambient artists, connected with the lotuspike label.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:37 PM
 

Almost Cool review The Books - Lost And Safe with a high 9/ 10 rating.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:27 PM
 

Next week's releaeses reviewed @ Norman Records

# posted by DJ Martian 3:22 PM
 

Pitchfork review these Brian Eno reissues: Brian Eno - Music for Films / Apollo / Thursday Afternoon / More Music for Films

# posted by DJ Martian 3:10 PM

Thursday, April 14, 2005

 

All About Jazz review Alex Cline/Kaoru/Miya Masaoka/G.E. Stinson - Cloud Plate

Cloud Plate, by never being anything less than intrusive, is rarely an easy listen. Dissonance abounds; things are often so nebulous and tenuous as to provide few handles to grasp. And yet, with sensibilities that come from as far afield as free jazz, multi-ethnicity, electronically generated music concrete, and the avant garde, Cloud Plate manages to assert its own complexion. It's not for the faint of heart, but those with an open mind and unrestricted imagination will find Cloud Plate never less than completely compelling.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:15 PM
 

Minotaur Shock sign to 4AD

Via 4AD e-mail newsletter:

One of 4AD's newest signings - Minotaur Shock, aka David Edwards - has finished work on his debut releases for the label.

..David has now delivered an EP and an album to 4AD for release a little later in 2005.

...Release dates for the new Minotaur Shock records will be confirmed shortly


Also new look website: Minotaur Shock

# posted by DJ Martian 8:03 PM
 

Jester Records now announce that the Ulver album Blood Inside will be released on June 6th.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:54 PM
 

Blabbermouth.Net report on Madder Mortem: MADDER MORTEM: New Album Delayed By 'Paperwork And Contract' Negotiations

# posted by DJ Martian 5:17 PM
 

The Guardian on MP3 Blogs: The internet DJ

MP3 blogs are growing in popularity, attracting thousands of users daily. But while bloggers see their relationship with the industry as one of cooperation, it is a legally grey area. Chris Alden reports

# posted by DJ Martian 5:09 PM
 

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

# posted by DJ Martian 3:20 PM
 

Drowned in Sound report on Mogwai: Mogwai gear up for new album

# posted by DJ Martian 2:23 PM
 

Pitchfork report Kraftwerk to Release 2xCD Live Album

# posted by DJ Martian 12:11 AM

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

 

Brian Eno - New Album: Another Day on Earth

Metisse Music report Brian Eno has a new album on the way:

BRIAN ENO will have a vocal album out on Hanibal Records/Ryko due for UK release on June 13, 2005, which will be called “ANOTHER DAY ON EARTH".

[sourced via BBC Experimental Music]

# posted by DJ Martian 11:47 PM
 

Funprox report a new Killing Joke album is due in August.

Killing Joke are now signed to the Cooking Vinyl record label.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:27 PM
 

Top 100 Albums 2000-2004 @ Gnosis

GNOSIS

The Gnosis Project is basically a large repository of music data catering to the discerning, experimental/avant/progressive listener

I used the Gnosis database to search albums betweeen 2000 and 2004 with at least 10 review scores. The results:

1. Magma - K.A (Köhntarkösz Anteria) Fra 2004
2. Magma - Trilogie Theusz Hamtaahk Fra 2001
3. Thinking Plague - A History of Madness USA 2003
4. Kenso - Ken-Son-Gu-Su Jpn 2000
5. Azigza - Kriya USA 2003
6. Present - High Infidelity Bel 2001
7. Magic Carpathians Project (aka Karpaty Magiczne) - Ethnocore II: nytu Pol 2000
8. Species Being - Orgone Therapy USA 2000
9. Pascoal E Grupo, Hermeto - Mundo Verde Esperança Bra 2003
10. Koenji Hyakkei - Nivraym Jpn 2001
11. One Shot - Vendredi 13 Fra 2001
12. Kenso - Fabulis Mirabilibus De Bombycosi Scriptis (Birodosho-Kitan) Jpn 2002
13. Hidria Spacefolk - Balansia Fin 2004
14. Interférence Sardines - Zucchini Can 2001
15. Planet X - MoonBabies USA 2002
16. Thinking Plague - Upon Both Your Houses USA 2004
17. Värttina - Ilmatar Fin 2000
18. Yeti - Things to Come USA 2000
19. Aka Moon - Invisible Sun Bel 2000
20. Ahvak - Ahvak Isr 2004
21. Bendian / Gauthier / Liebig / Stinson - Bone Structure USA 2003
22. Cline, Nels - Destroy All Nels Cline USA 2001
23. Gunn Band, Trey - Live Encounter USA 2001
24. Thollot, Francois - Contact Fra 2002
25. 5uu's / Dave Kerman - Abandonship USA 2002
26. Miriodor - Mekano Can 2001
27. Absolute Zero - Crashing Icons USA 2002
28. Medeski, Martin and Wood - Uninvisible USA 2002
29. Berne, Tim / Science Friction - The Sublime And USA 2003
30. Cline Singers, The Nels - Instrumentals USA 2002
31. Berne, Tim Science - Friction USA 2002
32. Hellborg, Jonas / Shawn Lane / Jeff Sipe - Personae Var 2002
33. Mats / Morgan - Live Swe 2001
34. Zorn, John / Electric Masada - John Zorn 50th Birthday Celebration Vol. 4 / Electric Masada USA 2004
35. Uzva - Niittoaika Fin 2002
36. Volapuk - Polyglot Fra 2000
37. Ur Kaos Av Sprucket - Ut Är Valt Ett Inuti Swe 2000
38. Höstsonaten - Springsong Ita 2002
39. Tibbetts, Steve - A Man About a Horse USA 2002
40. Univers Zero - Rhythmix Bel 2002
41. Science Group, The - Spoors Var 2003
42. Banco del Mutuo Soccorso - No Palco Ita 2003
43. Hollmer's Global Home Project, Lars - Sola Swe 2002
44. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Of Natural History USA 2004
45. Threadgill, Henry & Make a Move - Everybody's Mouth's a Book USA 2001
46. Azigza - X To Y (EP) USA 2002
47. Bruford Levin Upper Extremities - B.L.U.E. Nights Var 2000
48. Remember Shakti - The Believer Var 2000
49. Wilson, Brian - Smile USA 2004
50. Douglas, Dave - Freak In USA 2003
51. Drake, Bob 13 - Songs and a Thing USA 2003
52. Green Carnation - Light of Day, Day of Darkness Nor 2001
53. KBB - Four Corner's Sky Jpn 2003
54. Muffins, The - Double Negative USA 2004
55. NeBeLNeST - Nova Express Fra 2002
56. Spring Heel Jack - Live Eng 2003
57. Krakatoa - We Are the Rowboats USA 2003
58. Mats / Morgan - On Air With Guests Swe 2002
59. Ozric Tentacles - The Pongmasters Ball Eng 2002
60. Aka Moon - Guitars Bel 2002
61. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Grand Opening And Closing USA 2001
62. Supersilent - 6 Nor 2003
63. Aka Moon - Invisible Moon Bel 2001
64. Berne, Tim - The Shell Game USA 2001
65. Circle - Prospekt Fin 2000
66. Happy the Man - The Muse Awakens USA 2004
67. Panzerpappa - Hulemysteriet (Cave Mystery) (CDR) Nor 2002
68. Uncle Moe's Space Ranch - Uncle Moe's Space Ranch Var 2001
69. Drake, Bob - The Skull Mailbox USA 2001
70. Threadgill's Zooid, Henry - Up Popped the Two Lips USA 2001
71. Univers Zero - Implosion Bel 2004
72. Akinetón Retard - Akranania Chl 2002
73. Artsruni - Cruzaid Arm 2002
74. Gjallarhorn - Sjofn Fin 2000
75. Volapuk - Where is Tamashii? Fra 2003
76. Alamaailman Vasarat - Vasaraasia Fin 2000
77. Hidria Spacefolk - Symbiosis Fin 2002
78. Machine and the Synergetic Nuts - Machine and the Synergetic Nuts Jpn 2003
79. Azigza - Azigza USA 2000
80. Hackett, Steve - Live Archive Eng 2001
81. Jet Lag - Delusione Ottica Ita 2001
82. Avant Garden - Maelstrom USA 2001
83. 5uu's / Dave Kerman - Regarding Purgatories USA 2000
84. Sotos - Platypus Fra 2002
85. Alamaailman Vasarat - Kaarmelautakunta Fin 2003
86. Pochakaite Malko - Pochakaite Malko Jpn 2001
87. Aka Moon - In Real Time Bel 2001
88. Panzerpappa - Farlig Vandring Nor 2004
89. Taal - Skymind Fra 2003
90. Hamster Theatre - Carnival Detournement USA 2000
91. Ohm (L.A.) - Ohm USA 2003
92. XL - Live Ballet Fin 2001
93. French TV - 7: The Case Against Art USA 2002
94. KBB - Lost and Found Jpn 2000
95. Kaiser, Henry / Wadada Leo Smith - Yo Miles! Sky Garden USA 2004
96. Kraan - Live 2001 Ger 2001
97. Medeski, Martin and Wood - The Dropper USA 2000
98. Rouge Ciel - Rouge Ciel Can 2002
99. Wyatt, Robert - Cuckooland Eng 2003
100. Cabezas de Cera - ...un Segundo Mex 2002

# posted by DJ Martian 10:42 PM
 

indieworkshop.com interview Tarentel

# posted by DJ Martian 4:50 PM
 

Stylus review Tarwater - The Needle Was Travelling

# posted by DJ Martian 4:30 PM

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

 

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

# posted by DJ Martian 3:40 PM
 

TrusttheDJ report that John Peel will be remembered at the Sónar Festival: SonarLab Tribute to John Peel

John Peel attended the Sónar Festival each year from 2001 to 2004.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:17 PM
 

TrusttheDJ report San Miguel presents A Taste Of Sónar 2005 at Fabric in London

Fabric Room 1 + visuals
09.00 pm Chris Coco (dj)
10.00 pm Durutti Column (live)
11.15 pm TBC
00.40 am The Beatiful People (live)
01.30 am Miss Kittin (dj)
02.30 am François K (live)

Fabric Room 2 + visuals
09.00 pm Simon Russell plays Rough Trade (dj)
10.30 pm Hot Chip (live)
00.00 am Jamie Lidell (live)
00.45 am Sólo Los Solo (live)
01.45 am Mark One + Virus Syndicate (live)

Fabric Room 3
09.00 pm Russell Haswell (dj)
10.00 pm Mental Overdrive (live)
10.50 am Circus Company presents: Sety dj + Nôze (live)
01.00 am Undo & Vicknoise four decks

A Taste Of Sónar 2005
Thursday 26 May
Opening: 09.00 pm
Ticket price: TBC

Fabric
77a Charterhouse St., London EC1M 3HN
Information: +44 20 7336 8898

# posted by DJ Martian 3:08 PM
 

Ai Records

A leading British electronic music record label: .::Ai Records::. have a new distributor SRD and plan to release new music in 2005 from a number of artists.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:34 PM
 

What Underworld played yesterday on their radio webcast:

1: John Tavener – trk 1 cd 2 – “Zodiacs”
2: Boom Bip -trk 10- (featuring Nina Nastasia)
“ The matter of our Discussion”–
3: Shining - trk 1 - “Goretex Weather Report”–
4: Jeans Team - trk 4 – “ Konigan” (Koonigan)–
5. Part Chimp - trk 1 - “B1”–
6. Prince- trk 1- “I wanna be your Lover” -
7. Venician Snares trk 2 “Szerencsetlen” –
8. Bloc Party - trk 6 “she’s Hearing Voices” –
9. Don Ellis (music from the French Connection) trk 18 –
10. Solex - trk 2 “A Round Figure” –
11. Bizzy B trk 3 “16 Track Relick” –
12. Oorutaichi trk 7 “Negro Shrine Jungle” –
13. Taximen trk 3 (Golden Afrique) “Amadou Balake” –
14. A Hawk and a Haksaw trk 2 “The Moon Under water” –
15. Random Number trk 4 “Leopold B” –
16. Herman Dune trk 2 “Not on Top” –
17. Bruchstuecke 18 trk a. - Butterfly e.p. “A Drug for Users” –
18. Jucy Lucy trk 2 “Who do You Love?” –
19. Suicidal Birds – trk 6 “me Animal” –
20. Comsat Angels – trk 3 “Independence Day” –
21. Nils Okland – trk 8 “Seil” –
22. Mice Parade – trk 1” Warm Hand in Farmland” –
23. Kowalski – trk 8 “Ultradeterminaten” –
24. Mathew Johnson – trk a. “Followed by Angels” –
25. Abdullah Ibrahim trk 2 “Damara Blue” –


Web Links to follow …….

# posted by DJ Martian 2:16 PM

Monday, April 11, 2005

 

BBC Music review The Cure, Seventeen Seconds, Faith, Pornography (Deluxe Editions)

# posted by DJ Martian 11:31 PM
 

BBC have launched their Glastonbury Festival 2005 website.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:26 PM
 

Junkmedia interview Out Hud

# posted by DJ Martian 11:18 PM
 

Top 100 rated albums of 2005 @ rateyourmusic.com has been updated.

Still at Number 1: The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute

I find it amusing that the excellent Irish dark metal band, Primordial are at 73, whilst the band that probably has one of the biggest marketing/ PR budgets of 2005: The Bravery are at 78 !

# posted by DJ Martian 10:16 PM
 

City Centre Offices outline their forthcoming releases for 2005:

May 2
Studio Pankow - Linienbusse (Towerblock 025, CD/DLP)
New project by Move D (Source Records), Jamie Hodge (Born under a rhyming planet) and Kai Kroker (Elektronische Wohlfahrt, Rawell)

May 16
Strand - Viet E.P. (Block 031, 12")
Strand is a leading member of the spanish community of electronic musicians. This 12" is his first release on CCO, an album will follow in 2006.

May 30
Cyne - Running Water (Block 033, 12")
This 12" is a teaser for the full-length "Evolution Fight", due on CCO on August 20. The 12" features exclusive remixes by Four Tet and Locsmif. US-tour in June/July, european dates will follow in the autumn

June 20
Boy Robot - Rotten Cocktails (Towerblock 028, CD/LP)
Follow-up album to 2003's "Glamorizing Corporate Lifestyle". Be prepared for serious dancefloor-business

July 11
Blastcorp - EP (Block 032, 12")
Another new signing, straight from Australia. Stay tuned for more details in this beautiful record

After the summer, we will continue with releases by Cyne, Porn Sword Tobacco, Miwon and Dub Tractor.

Main website: City Centre Offices

# posted by DJ Martian 9:18 PM
 

Bestival 2005

Tickets now on sale for Bestival 2005! - 9,10,11th September on the Isle of Wight.

Rob Da Bank [Radio 1 DJ, Sunday Best Reord Label] organizes the Bestival Festival on The Isle of Wight.

Bestival - Line Up: some of the artists have been announced:

Bestival 2005 will feature Soulwax, 2 Many DJs, The Magic Numbers, Ulrich Schnauss (only UK festival date), Adventures In The Beetroot Field presents British Sea Power, The Rakes and The Filthy Dukes, Tom Vek, Terry Hall (The Specials), Lee Scratch Perry, Tom Findlay (Groove Armada) feat. MC Madds, Jah Shaka, Two Lone Swordsmen, The Cuban Brothers, Emiliana Torrini, The Earlies, Grand National, Hot Chip, Dub Pistols, Eclectic Method plus many many more exciting bands and acts still to be announced...

# posted by DJ Martian 1:47 PM
 

Playlouder have the Glastonbury Festival line up: Glastonbury is GO!

# posted by DJ Martian 1:37 PM
 

Eternal Fusion - April 10th, 2005

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

weekly show & podcast

playlist:

April 10th 2005

Bird Show - 'All Afternoon Part 1'
'Green Inferno', Kranky, 2005

Avarus - 'Snoopysnoop Snooberson'
'Jättiläisrotta', Secret Eye, 2004

The Tower Recordings - 'Empress Of I-91'
'The Galaxies Incrediby Sensual Transmission Field...', Communion, 2004

Damon & Naomi - 'The Robot Speaks'
'The Earth Is Blue', 20/20/20, 2005

Hood - 'End Of One Train Working'
'Outside Closer', Domino, 2005

Tarentel - 'Golden State Overnight'
'Paper White' E.P., Temporary Residence, 2005

Nagisa Ni Te - 'Me, On The Beach'
'Dream Sounds', Jagjaguwar, 2005

Konono No. 1 - 'Masikulu'
'Congotronics', Crammed, 2005

Tabla Beat Science - 'Triangular Objects'
'Tala Matrix', Axion/Palm, 2000

Jaga Jazzist - 'Mikado'
'What We Must', Smalltown Supersound, 2005

Sound Tribe Sector 9 - 'Peoples'
'Artifact', System Recordings, 2005

urDog - 'Robur The Conqueror'
'Eyelid Of Moon', Secret Eye, 2005

Hall Of Fame - 'Hard Wired'
'Paradise Now', Social Registry, 2004

Cyann & Ben - 'A Moment Nowhere'
'Happy Like An Autumn Tree', Locust, 2004

Alasdair Roberts - 'Molly Bawn'
'No Earthly Man', Drag City, 2005

Grizzly Bear - 'Disappearing Act'
'Horn Of Plenty', Kanine, 2004

Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra La La Band - 'Horses In The Sky'
'Horses In The Sky', Constellation, 2005

Cul de Sac - 'Count Donut'
'I Don't Want To Go To Bed', Flying Nun, 1995

Mind Capsule - '25mg'
'Mind Capsule', Self Released, 2005

detwiije - ''Would You Rather be Followed by Forty Ducks for the Rest of Your Life?'
'Would You Rather be Followed by Forty Ducks for the Rest of Your Life?' E.P., Gizeh, 2005

The Bevis Frond - 'Alistair Jones'
'Bevis Through The Looking Glass' Reissue: Rubric, 2005

# posted by DJ Martian 1:29 PM

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