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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

 

Blabbermouth.Net report TOOL: Studio Update

I reckon this will be a 2006 release !

# posted by DJ Martian 11:11 PM
 

PopMatters interview Dungen

# posted by DJ Martian 12:39 PM
 

Kate Bush New Double Album - Aerial

CD Times report Kate Bush Album and Single Details Announced

EMI Records is proud to announce the release of the brand new studio album by Kate Bush.

The double album titled ‘Aerial’ will be released worldwide on November 7th (November 8th in USA).

A single: King Of The Mountain will be released on October 24th.

Yahoo / PRNewswire in the US also confirm KATE BUSH; New Single & Album

In the US, the album will be released by Columbia [owned by Sony]

# posted by DJ Martian 12:13 PM
 

Blabbermouth.Net confirm VOIVOD To Complete New Album As A Tribute To Fallen Guitarist

# posted by DJ Martian 12:16 AM
 

The Perfect Album, by Plastic users (the tally) - plastic an internet community website conduct a poll to find the perfect album. The winner: Radiohead - OK Computer

# posted by DJ Martian 12:06 AM
 

Benbecula Records, The Short Wave Set + Capitol K

The latest One World show features: Benbecula Records, The Short Wave Set + Capitol K

Show broadcast on Radio 1
Monday 29 August 2005: 0100-0300 [Now on Listen Again]

# posted by DJ Martian 12:02 AM

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

 

Riverside - Second Life Syndrome

Polish epic-rockers Riverside announce an October 31st release date for their new & [second] album: Second Life Syndrome

We'd like to inform you that the worldwide premiere of "Second Life Syndrome" has been scheduled for the 31st of October 2005. The album will be released on Inside Out label in the world and on Mystic Production in Poland. Both releases will have the same graphic layout designed by Travis Smith. Also, we hope you'll be pleased to hear that there are going to be 9 tracks on "SLS" and not 8, as we announced before:

Riverside - Second Life Syndrome

After
Volte-Face
Conceiving You
Second Life Syndrome
Artificial Smile
I Turned You Down
Reality Dream III
Dance With The Shadow
Before

# posted by DJ Martian 11:47 PM
 

New music ezine: Re:automation Digital Media Magazine

Re:automation Magazine is an online digital music zine for "strange music" started by me (Stanley Robinson, aka GunHed). The focus of the magazine is mainly on IDM, Noise, Dark Ambient, Post-Rock, Electronica and other forms of electronic music. I also do a radio show called "re:automation radio" which features established as well as fresh new artists each and every week . I will also be releasing free mp3 compilations soon.

My previous zine Wet-Works Electrozine ran from 1999-2005 and featured hundreds of interviews and reviews, some of which will be carried over to Re:automation. My hope is to expose people to more interesting and unique forms of electronic music through interviews, reviews, online radio and featured stories. In the future I hope to even release a dvd.
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# posted by DJ Martian 11:21 PM
 

Ground and Sky - Brandon's Top 10: 1997-2005 - top 10's for each year including some linked reviews.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:08 PM
 

Playlouder interview Jim Kerr of Simple Minds

# posted by DJ Martian 9:55 PM
 

music ezine: The Buried Cry Webzine includes a Porcupine Tree interview.

this music ezine covering post-punk to progressive rock to post-metal music.

Interviews include:

The Comsat Angels
Blackfield
Marillion
Mike Patton

# posted by DJ Martian 7:38 PM
 

This week's flavourpill LONDON [Issue 97 - 30 August-5 September, 2005]

flavourpill LONDON is an email magazine covering a hand-picked selection of music, art and cultural events — delivered each Tuesday afternoon.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:52 PM
 

Kate Bush News & Information following the Kate Bush information trail: Album rumours everywhere, but official date still not announced

Still waiting for EMI UK to make an announcement.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:34 PM
 

del.icio.us/forcedexposure - Forced Exposure US independent music publicity company use social bookmarks system: del.icio.us to track album reviews.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:34 PM
 

Stylus review Cyne - Evolution Fight

# posted by DJ Martian 1:20 PM
 

new noise spotlight a classic album from Juno

The Best Albums In The World Ever That Top 100 Lists Never Tell You To Buy
#1: Juno – ‘A Future Lived In Past Tense’
By Matt Hill

# posted by DJ Martian 12:42 PM
 

ReGen Magazine interview Conjure One

An interview with Rhys Fulber of Conjure One
By Ilker Yucel
Assistant Editor

# posted by DJ Martian 12:30 PM

Monday, August 29, 2005

 

ILM 80s Poll - Nominations

ILM are organizing a 1980s poll:

Official 80s NOMINATIONS THREAD

DEADLINE FOR NODS - 5:00 PM EST 26 SEPTEMBER 2005

you gets 15 nominations total, allocated as you wish with the caveat that you may nominate no more than 9 of one and no less than 6 of the other

80s my nominations:

ALBUMS:

a.r.kane - i
Cactus World News - Urban Beaches
Cocteau Twins - Head over Heels
The Cure - Pornography
Depeche Mode - Black Celebration
Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking
Rush - Moving Pictures
Siouxsie & the Banshees - Juju
David Sylvian - Gone to Earth

SINGLES:

The Blue Nile - Tinseltown in the Rain
The Bolshoi - Away
The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
Killing Joke - Love Like Blood
Simple Minds - The American
Time Zone - World Destruction

Once someone has nominated an album/ single then you need to nominate something else.

Also to lobby / make suggstions for singles or albums that have not been nominated yet: 1980s NOMINATIONS SUGGESTION THREAD

These albums have not been nominated yet:

The Associates - Sulk
Virginia Astley - From Gardens Where We Feel Secure
Blue Nile - A Walk Across the Rooftops
Blue Nile - Hats
The Bolshoi - Friends
Cabaret Voltaire - The Covenant, The Sword & The Arm of the Lord
Cabaret Voltaire - The Crackdown
Cabaret Voltaire - Micro-Phonies
Cabaret Voltaire - Red Mecca
Celtic Frost - Into the Pandemonium
China Crisis - Flaunt the Imperfection
Clan of Xymox - Medusa
Clan of Xymox - Clan of Xymox
Cocteau Twins - Garlands
Comsat Angels - Fiction
Comsat Angels - Waiting for a Miracle
Julian Cope - Fried
The Cult - Dreamtime
The Cult - Love
Dif Juz - Extractions
Durutti Column - The Guitar And Other Machines
Echo & the Bunnymen - Crocodiles
Echo & the Bunnymen - Ocean Rain
Echo & the Bunnymen - Porcupine
Eno/Byrne - My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
Peter Gabriel - 3
Peter Gabriel - 4
John Foxx - The Garden
John Foxx - Metamatic
Fred Frith - Gravity
Front 242 - Front By Front
The Go-Betweens - Tallulah
Jon Hassell - Fourth World Volume Two : Dream Theory in Malaya
Jon Hassell - Fourth World Volume One: Possible Musics (with Brian Eno)
Hugo Largo - Mettle
It's Immaterial - Life's Hard and then you Die
Japan - Tin Drum
Killing Joke - Killing Joke
Killing Joke - Revelations
Killing Joke - Whats THIS For...!
Killing Joke - Fire Dances
King Crimson - Discipline
Latin Quarter - Modern Times
Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares - Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares
Magazine - Correct Use of Soap
Marillion - Misplaced Childhood
Marillion - Clutching at Straws
Marillion - Seasons End
The Mission - God's Own Medicine
Peter Murphy - Should the World Fail to Fall Apart
Colin Newman - A-Z
Mary Margaret O'Hara - Miss America
Rites of Spring - Rites of Spring
Arthur Russell - World Of Echo
Scritti Politti - Cupid & Psyche '85
Shriekback - Oil & Gold
Jane Siberry - The Walking
Simple Minds - Empires and Dance
Simple Minds - New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
Simple Minds - Sons of Fascination/ Sister Feelings Call
Siouxsie and the Banshees - A Kiss In The Dream House
The Sound - Jeopardy
The Stranglers - Aural Sculpture
The Stranglers - Dreamtime
The Stranglers - La Folie
David Sylvian & Holger Czukay - Flux & Mutability
David Sylvian & Holger Czukay - Plight & Premonition
That Petrol Emotion - Babble
The The - Soul Mining
23 Skidoo - Seven Songs
Univers Zero - Ceux du Dehors
Virgin Prunes - ... If I Die, I Die
Voivod - Dimension Hatross
Scott Walker - Climate of Hunter
The Waterboys - This is the Sea
Wire - The Ideal Copy
The Woodentops - Giant

# posted by DJ Martian 7:14 PM

Sunday, August 28, 2005

 

Issue 7 of Zero Tolerance Magazine on sale this Tuesday, Opeth are on the front cover. Includes free CD with new release tracks from Opeth, Arcturus, Hypocrisy etc

ISSUE 007 SEPT/OCT - ONSALE 30-08-05
132 PAGE BIRTHDAY EDITION!
Cover price £3.20 - 132 Pages
Available from all good newsagents: Selected WHSmiths, Dawsons News, John Menzies and Independent retailers and online by clicking Enlist

FREE CD - ZTAUDIO004
16 tracks to caress your eardrums.
GRIMFIST HYPOCRISY IRONY OF CHRIST OPETH ARCTURUS SOTHIS BEECHER ZERO CIPHER CHIMAIRA DEATH IN BLOOD MIKSHA CATHEDRAL THE DROWNING FROSTHOLD 1349 MACHINOCHRIST

INTERROGATIONS
OPETH PSYCHIC TV CATHEDRAL ARCTURUS
BLACK METAL MAYHEM: Satanic Warmaster, Urgrund, Winter Of Apokalypse, Operation Winter Mist, Twilight, Rites Of Thy Degringolade
SCUM HYPOCRISY ARCH ENEMY EPHEL DUATH GRIMFIST BIOHAZARD NEVERMORE DETONATION SLOUGH FEG FEAR FACTORY SKINNY PUPPY GOJIRA PROSTITUTE DISFIGUREMENT GUTWORM SIEBENBURGEN CHIMAIRA VILE AMORAL THROWDOWN MUNICIPAL WASTE BESEECH NAILED.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:28 PM
 

This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat [Week Commencing August 29th]

This week's new releases @ Boomkat include:

ALBUM OF THE WEEK!
Cyne - Evolution Flight
City Centre Offices

Whilst the hip-hop mainstream continues to self detonate in a bullet-proof vest of utter banality, the leftfield scene is happy to embrace all those with the skills to pay the bills; enter stage left... Cyne. Ensconced on CCO you might be anticipating a blip-hop album in the vein of Beans et al, but rather than get all clinical Cyne are imbued with deep and warm tributaries of samples and instrumentation that has its roots strewn deep within American musical history. Formed around the bleached sunshine of Miami, Cyne's sound is a sweet and sour mix of soulful, party music and polemical rhymes that is as happy taking a verbose pop at Dubya ('Soap') as it is lamenting the loss of a mother ('Up Above'). With a spirit that recalls the production of Madlib or King Gedorrah, opening track 'Plight About Now' is a broiling hunk of horn-stabs and calypso rhythms that is beyond infectious. A stylistic neighbour to Common in terms of rhyming style, Akin and Cise Star are at turns fierce, reflective and grin inducinlgy happy, but never let the off-putting spectre of 'worthiness' rear its ugly head. With highlights too many to mention, if you aren't moved by 'Up Above' and 'Arrow of God'or on your feet grooving to the blitz samples of 'Automan' ("clever ring-tones define me..."), then you must be dead. Proving that hip-hop can be both forward looking and informed by the past, Cyne are the real deal. The bar has just been raised......

Dmx Krew - Wave
Rephlex

'Wave' is a well handy coming together of prime-cuts from the last 3 DMX Krew / Wave Function LP's, bolstered by not just exclusive vocal versions of previous instrumentals, but a whole full-fat second disc of 'Most Requested Records' that features material from EVERY DMX release on Rephlex in the past 9 years. You got all that? First disc first, with the likes of 'Tonight', 'The Pleasure Zone' and 'Maximillian' making welcome reappearances it's no wonder why the originals were snapped up so quick a while back. Taking an 80's sound then mixing in a healthy twist of Rephlex love has always stood Ed DMX in good stead, with the 'Wave Function' series stretching this remit into new territories. Whilst this could so easily have resulted in a nostalgic bout of electro tail-chasing, songs such as 'When The Going Get Weird' positively throb with barely contained disco goodness that makes sure not to bypass the brain as it gets intimate with your feet. Similarly, beatless excursions like 'Aurora' and the Drexciyan aquatic-funk of 'Heisenberg' are thrilling documents of a talent at full throttle, whilst old favourites like 'The Glass Room' and 'I'm All Alone' (which still sounds awfully like the incidental music from 80's cartoon 'The Racoons' to me...) lose none of their potency....

Mental Overdrive - The Phuture That Never Happened
Smalltown Supersound

Even though he commits the cardinal sin of replacing the letter 'F' with 'PH' (second only to a 'Z' instead of an 'S'), 'The Phuture That Never Happened' sees Per Martinsen (aka Mental Overdrive) further cementing his central role in the crowded music scene that has emerged from the northern Norway town of Tromso. With interest in Martinsen renewed following the more than agreeable '083' earlier this year, 'The Phuture That Never Happened' is a timely rummage through his work for the seminal R&S label issued between 1989-1993. With Martinsen asking "why on earth release a collection of 10-15 year old rave and techno tunes that weren't even anthems in their time?" in the liner-notes, he then goes onto answer this through a touching discourse on the way society has developed, but more importantly in the music contained therein. Far more in-your-face than his recent work, tracks like '12000 AD', 'Invasion' and 'Invasion 2' are pounding beat driven behemoths, replete with teasing breakdowns and all manner of vintage swoopy bits (one of which was later stolen by 2Unlimited...). The antithesis of white-gloves rave, 'The Phuture That Never Happened' is a rough and tumble set of 'dance' that undoubtedly shows its age whilst retaining an odd sense of timelessness......

Radioactive Lamb - The Memoirs Of Reverend Cowhead & Sheriff Lamb Boy
GPR

According to their label "well informed people have speculated only 20 copies or less" of this Radioactive Lamb album were originally pressed before GPR went under. As to who this band of 'well informed' intelligentsia were, we may never know, but at least you can now get access to the album they were on about. 'The Memoirs...' first appeared way back yonder in 1998 and was briefly described as 'ambient techno'; quite an apt tag. Mixing a bit of Aphex with a bit of Black Dog and a bit of Plaid with a bit of Metamatics, the Radioactive Lamb sound is In hindsight reassuringly familiar whilst straying far enough to stake a claim on its own. Opening with 'Bellevedere', the Lamb get 808's squirming and airy beats bouncing before downing tools to watch the electronic sunset on 'Heart of The Flame'. Elsewhere they indulge in some jazz variations on 'I'll Be All Yours', 'My Call' hijacks some Space Invaders and dukes it out in a hazy soundscape, whilst 'Low Raider' cracks open a fresh batch of oven-ready breaks. Well informed people think you might just like it......

Sovacusa - Centrepoint
Expanding

Recorded "a few years ago" then restructured and reprocessed in early 2005, 'Centrepoint' is the collaborative venture from Tim Martin (Maps+Diagrams) and Steve Davis (Broca or Snooker World Champion... You decide!). Just as a kid can look like both parents depending on who's there at the time, so Sovacusa sound just like the solo output of either protagonist depending on who you've recently been listening to/have in mind. Therefore as you proclaim that the waterlogged precision beats on 'Shibuya' are textbook Maps+Diagrams territory, your attention is then snagged by the distinctly Broca-esque brooding backwash. Regardless of parentage 'Centrepoint' is a lovely listen and would fit in snugly alongside the recent split 3" Martin put out on Awkward Silence. Combining the fidgety micro-sound beats with flowing Eno-enhanced Atmospherics and a consciously far-eastern lining, Sovacusa instil tracks like 'Urbic' and 'Ginza' with a towering sense of dignity and epic reach. Elsewhere, 'Fasio' is diamond-cut electronica that wouldn't look out of place at an Angelo Badalamenti convention, 'Scai' goes for a bit of intricate glory, whilst 'Ota' has a kick about with minimalism. Nice....

Vessel - Resist
Expanding

Last seen as part of Expanding's PVC-fetish 7" series, Vessel (aka Gavin Toomey) has found time in his busy EFX schedule (recent work includes Tim Burton's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory') to record the follow up to his gem-of-a-debut 'Dreaming in Pairs'. Similarly cinematic in its scope, 'Resist' opens with the gravelly clicks and cuts of its title track, gazing skywards somewhere between Jan Jelinek and William Basinski; utterly consuming stuff. Morphing into a dream-like take on electro for the menacing 'Turn', Toomey seems most at home marrying crumpled electronica beats to sunset atmospherics, with 'Ran', 'Shade' and 'Kerna' testament to this. Taking in influences that range from Bola to Stockhausen, Toomey has further developed his love for IDM, with a bit more of the intelligent, and a bit less of the dance....

Various / Tempa - Dubstep Allstars Vol.02
Tempa

The new hybrid is well and truly out of the bag. In his, as ever, fully informed sleeve notes, Martin of Keysound recordings notes the collision of "dread dub b-lines, dark jungle energy, funky reggae skanks and soaring Detroit melodies". Since Hatcha's awesome volume one in this series, which we still rotate regulalry, this music with a name has blown up big style, yet there's still tunes on dubplate, exclusive to that compilation which have yet to the see the light of day. There's five full unreleased dubs here, from Loefah & Skream's awesome "28 grams" which we gather may well see a full release sometime soon, through to further Digital Mystikz' mightiness. Youngsta loves his closest producers, drawing from a contained well of talent he can rely on - if you had Skream, Loefah, D1 and the Mystikz making slates specifically for you, how much other music would you really need! In addition he's pulled out forthcoming gems to drop in the hopefully near future on Soulja, DMZ and of course Tempa. At 20, Youngsta has already been jockeying for 8 years, making his debut on Freek Fm back in 1998, and clearly has the world at his feet, but as he'd no doubt agree, its really all about the music - and as we can all attest, its vital, sometimes brutal, but always life-affirming stuff. So the man say "powerful, enthralling, mystical margin music" - buy!...

William Basinski - Disintegration Loops I
2062

For all those wondering where the reissue of Basinski's first instalment of the 'Disintegration Loops' series was, your wait is over! Having been held back till last, the anticipation surrounding this release could cripple a lesser man; but Basinski more than matches the task. With the back story of their inception now well documented (detailed in the liner notes) Basinski seems to have captured a sound that would overtly suggest death (i.e.. the decay of archived sound files) in a way which precipitates a renewed interest in previously doomed material and thus signifies life... Or something. Either way it's a profoundly moving listen that delights in offering you shrouded mediations which are left for you to interpret accordingly and provides a fitting prologue to an astonishing series....

William Basinski - Melancholia
2062

For me this is the perfect Basinski release - 'Melancholia' marks yet another reissue of a long-gone set of aural gems. In stark contrast to his sprawling 'Disintegration Loops' compositions, 'Melancholia' is made up of 14 piano driven tape-loops dating from the early-80's that range in duration from one to seven minutes and have previously only seen the light of day on a limited-as-you-like CDR. As gob-smackingly sublime as your imagination will allow, the Trim-Pak CD is William Basinski at his most audacious and captivating; allowing friable piano parts to dominate one minute, before they are swept off in a miasma of indistinct (but thoroughly gratifying) noise. Whilst I could compare the music to Morton Feldman, Satie, Debussy, Stravinsky,Burden et al, it's a bit like trying to lash the wind... I cannot overstate the beauty of these pieces and pity the fool who does; buy immediately....

William Basinski - Water Music
2062

One of the Holy Grails amongst Basinski's unreleased catalogue, 'Water Music' is now available on a proper release, scuppering all the eBay extortionists peddling bad quality CDR's. Comprised of a single hour long composition, 'Water Music' (alongside the accompanying 'Water Music II') was recorded over a nine month period which spanned the millennium. Based on a foundation of indistinct hums, 'Water Music' amoralities towards fleeting peaks of diffused noise that remain tantalisingly out of reach throughout. Whilst technically ambient, 'Water Music' is not the clichéd set of synths and soundscapes, instead casting a web of smudged noise around a thrumming heart of musical genius. Whether you've dabbled before or not, 'Water Music' is classic Basinski that you won't want to pass by. Amazing music....

William Basinski - Water Music Ii
2062

The second part of William Basinski's superlative 'Water Music' series compounds even further the notion that this veteran American composer is a living legend. Seemingly touching on the idea of mathematical music (ciphers, durational ratios etc.) that surfaced on his 'Disintegration Loops' work, 'Water Music II' is more overtly active than the preceding tract. Spread over a single piece that tops an hour, 'Water Music II' has an undulating predilection that Basinski then goes on to obscure through diffused soundscapes of incremental intensity. Immersive in a way you won't realise possible until you let it submerge you fully, 'Water Music II' will thrill and awe in equal measure. Essential....

Greenhouse Effect - Columbus Or Bust
Weightless Recordings

Blueprint's duo with Manifest bring the dopeness back in the 05', this album completely produced by 'print on killer form following up on his Rhymesayers 2005 highpoint '1988'. Check 'Ground Zero' offering killer fluid rapping over a funked deep bassed out cinematica bomb track. 'Still Shook' reworks a Mobb Deep hook in a dope style, bug out on the delayed snare and swim in the vinyl crackle and pop. Guestage come correct with the men Murs and Jakki the Motormouth. A definate 2005 hip hop highlight that gives you same kind of rush that Def Jux delivered in their glorious early days. 'What's It All About?' announces the final track #15, dopeness be the answer!...

Alias & Ehren - Lillian
Anticon

Anyone naughty enough to have tried downloading the new BOC album in the past couple of weeks will likely be pretty familiar with 'Most Important Things' from Alias & Ehren's 'Lillian'. Why? Cos some scamp bunged it in alongside a pic'n'mix of turqoise-ish material and tried passing it off as 'The Campfire Headphase'! Yet whilst this association may get you presuming that 'Lillian' is all frosted vocals and bunker atmospherics, it is in fact the first album Alias and and his bruv Ehren have recorded together (named after their grandma...). 'Lillian' is not merely an Anticon field-trip, with the brothers ice-skating around thrumming lakes of frozen beats, surface shattering breaks and bewitching melodies. Opening with 'Eman Ruosis Iht', A&E coax you in with bleached electronica and an analogue knock about, waiting until you're up to your waste before dropping the full-fat set of breaks. With the ethereal choirs and expansive electronica of the title track juxtaposed with the mournful broken beats of 'Misc Stomp', or the Schnauss-like 'Ladder's going for full-on panoramictronica, 'Lillian' is eclectic in all the right ways....

Part 2 - Live From The Breadline
Big Dada

Now while I've been waiting patiently for New Flesh's third album I'll definetely scrub it from my 2005 wish list if this album from Part 2 cuts it even half as killa-styles as 'Understanding' did back in early 2002. Three and a half years later comes 'Live From The Breadline' a fifteen track bouncement ting update thing fusing Part 2's dope production knack with guest vocals taking the music into many areas of black street music uk 2005 proof. 'Will It Ever' sounds chart bound to my ears, Sandra Melody having a vocal style perfectly suited to crossing over. The rap grime dry tech boom jam 'One Of Dem Days' with Fallacy ticks all the right boxes if you like your stuff gimmik free. 'Rose Tinted Glasses' drops into a jamdown Roots Manuva vibe with the vocz of Lotek, LSK and Tomo. Juice Aleem brings the bad dapa rapshiz on the crazy uptempo steppin' 'Chasin', pimp the bassline. Toasty Taylor drops nuff tuffness on 'Sow Seeds' and on it goes. Maybe not as eye poppingly shockout as some of Part's prior adventures in sound, this album still stands tall and proud over near all the competition. Warmly recommended....

Library Tapes - Alone In The Bright Lights Of A Shattered Life
Resonant

2005 is looking likely to be remembered as the year of the piano. With countless artists tickling the ivoriesand Michael Nyman's back catalogue getting the attention it deserves, the piano has become the weapon of choice for the more mellow-headed leftfield. The latest to join the Liberace list is Swedish duo Library Tapes, whose debut album 'Alone In The Bright Lights Of A Shattered Life' lists Max Richter, Lunz and A Silver Mt. Zion as amongst their influences. Comprised of piano, acoustic/electric guitars, balalaika and the a trusty laptop, 'Alone In The Bright Lights...' seems to exist in a distant tundra, with the listener coaxed into embarking on a hugely rewarding journey. Whilst the stiff melodies of opening composition 'Broken Piano Pt.2' are draftily satisfying, it is '...in a safe place...somewhere near your heart...' that really establishes their sound. Not unlike a William Basinski piece, 'In a safe place...' takes an emotionally wrought piano and allows it to languidly meander over a stirring landscape of half-glimpsed sonic sturctures and soundscapes that can't help but make an emotional impact on this listener. Gorgeous....

Squares On Both Sides - Dunaj
Hausmusik

The second album from Daniel Buerkner sees yet more solipsism from the 23 year old Berlin resident under his Squares On Both Sides guise. Sharing a love of hushed Americana with the likes of Vincent Gallo, Buerkner isn't afraid to pepper his musical and lyrical rectitude with a dose of angular verbosity when required. At times almost post-rock in its stravaig layers of meandering bass and rimy guitars, 'Dunaj' will appeal equally to fans of Mogwai as it does American Analogue Set and Elliot Smith. With the hissed piano and acoustic guitar of 'Lungs' resembling Papa M and the droll Malkmus-esque vocals of 'Ladder-Telescopes' perfectly complimenting the wheezing accordion, Buerkner has a keen understanding of what goes together; the result being both fragile and quite beautiful. Closing through the bruised instrumentation and synthetic bird-song of 'CSAD', Buerkner has made an album of shimmering delights that can be enjoyed up close or from afar. Recommended....

Finn - The Ayes Will Have It
Sunday Service

Broadly speaking you could compare Finn (aka Patrick Zimmer) to artists such as The Go Find, Styrofoam or even Junior Boys, in that he combines an electronica blueprint and set of digital buttresses with traditional song writing. A significant leap from 2003's 'Expose Yourself To Lower Education', Zimmer seems more comfortable letting the live instrumentation take equal precedent with the assorted digitalis and analogue gubbins; and what a difference it makes. At turns epic, personal, upbeat and downbeat, 'The Ayes Will Have It' rattles along with a tacit sense of glee which can't help but recall 'Neon Golden'. Opening through the bleeping mass of Sigur Ross aural-swirls on 'To-and-Fro', Finn instils the likes of 'Electrify' and 'A Computer Au Palais' with a deep-seated pop sensibility that sees his voice staying the right side of the Wayne Cohen boundary. Bestowed with more than a smattering of grandstanding epics that would have you feeling utterly manipulated were they not so damn irresistible (see 'Hymn'), 'The Ayes Will Have It' proves Zimmer knows his onions......

Dominik Eulberg - Kreucht & Fleucht
Mischwald

Eulberg's the self-styled forest ranger who created a big name for himself last year with numerous releases through Cocoon, Traum, Raum and more, not to mention his remix work for DJ Hell, Tiefschwarz and Roman Flügel which all pretty well speaks for itself. Now the ooportunity presents itself to show on out with his skills as a dj, and its a 27 tune 2 disc extravaganza to all the flavours of this minimal tehno flavoured thing we love. There's Triola, Mayer's slow, Tejada's Paranoia, Jonson's massive Speicher, Trentemoller, Villalobos, Dub Kult, LoSoul, Robag Wruhme, James Holden's massive Safari remix for Andre Kraml, Metope's Libertango, Luciano's Vegetable Orchestra remix, Wighnomies' Pele Bloss - in short let us assure you, he's just gone and picked all the right tunes, mixed them and delivered them with aplomb. Rhymes with bomb, 2 rocking mixes for the price of one, get them bought! ..

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Last Week's New Releases @ Boomkat [Week Commencing: August 22nd 2005]

Last week's new releases @ Boomkat include:

ALBUM OF THE WEEK!
Alarm Will Sound - Perform The Music Of Aphex Twin
Cantaloupe Music

If you took a classical music ensemble that has been described by the New York Times as "The future of classical music" and gave them the works of Richard D.James to sink their teeth into you'd end up with two certain things : 1. An album of absolutely mouthwatering sonic possibilities and 2. A surefire hit of gargantuan collectable proportions. All of which makes it even more exciting to report that. A), this record actually exists and available now and B), that it's absolutely brilliant. To put this into context, Alarm Will Sound is a 20-member band based in New-York's creative hub who have already cut their teeth with an album re-arranging Steve Reich's impossibly difficult 'Tehillim / The Desert Music". As a sonic appetiser they don't get much more extreme - but the fact that this group of musicians manages to make some well known and some lesser known Aphex tracks seem so comfortable in the acoustic environment is a testament to their exceptional skill and willingness to inhabit drastically varied musical arenas, as well as to some of the bizarre instrumentation they use. So, for instance, expect to hear four separate drummers trying to keep up with Aphex Twin's ever-complex percussion, while treated voices, all manner of strings, woodwinds, brass instruments and even a Mouth Harp (!!!) work to re-create some of the most progressive music any of us have heard over the last decade in an entirely new yet strangely cohesive manner. This is just an absolute tease of a release - starting off with the delicious gimmickry of the concept and stretching all the way to the joyous execution of tracks from all of the twins' albums (yes, there's even a re-creation here of the memorable directive "come on you c*nts let's have some aphex acid!") - so it really leaves us with very little to say, except for - Buy!!...

Aoki Takamasa And Tujiko Noriko - 28
Fat Cat

Beguiling, filligrane electronic song-structures' seems a good (if not totally cack-mouthed) way of summing up the Aoki Takamasa & Tujiko Noriko sound. Delicate to the MAX, '28' is full of utterly charming, lilting electronica, augmented throughout by Noriko's delicate Japanese vocals; with a result that would fail to enrapture all but the most craggy hearted individuals. Takamasa and Noriko certainly know their onions; taking dreamy soundscapes and under wiring with a crisp formation of electronic buttresses that compliment each other like a Heston Blumenthal dish. Ranging from the 'Vespertine'-esque 'Vinyl Words' and poptastic styling of 'Alien', through to the juddering symphony of album closer 'Nolicom', this is a genuine treat which won't spoil your appetite. Lovely....

Kid 606 - Resilience
Wichita

Kid606? That'll be an album of splintered gabba-mentalist-beat-barrages then? WRONG! Recorded over 5 years whilst on tour around the world, 'Resilience' marks Miguel Depedro finally putting to rest the tiresome and wholly inaccurate preconception of his work consisting of nothing other than balls-to-the-walls digital mayhem. Opening with the revealingly titled 'Done With the Scene', Depredro lets an analogue bass melody roll out before sprinkling all manner of swooping digital detritus and mushy breaks over the result. Building to a climactic close, 'Done With The Scene' melts into 'Spanish Song' in which The Kid takes a healthy leaf out of Four Tet's book, garnishing his chunky-knit breaks with foggy-bottomed vocals and diffused soundscapes. Elsewhere, 'Phoenix Riddim' indulges in some Trojan frug, 'Cascadia' turns the paranoia drenched electro up to 11, whilst 'Xmas Funk' is an FX tweaked set of rotating beats. The Kid is dead; long live the Kid!..

Marc Hellner - Asleep On The Wing
Peacefrog

A thoroughly charming EP of juniper scented electronica, 'Asleep On The Wing' sees Pulseprogramming's Marc Hellner giving us a heads up on his forthcoming 'Marriages' long-player. Produced by Telefon Tel Aviv, Hellner's world is one of vista-expanding sunsets and streaked with vapour trails of melancholy. Or something. Opening with the title track, Hellner reveals a tender yet insistent vocal style that (whilst rubbed with a vocoder) adds a tacit human quality to the epic background wash. Watermarked with Telefon Tel Aviv's 'Map of What Is Effortless', 'Asleep On The Wing' also manages to make aural references to Mogwai's 'Hunted By The Freaks', Schneider TM, Sigur Ros and all manner of shoegazing luminaries without once coming across as crowded. Whilst 'Cloudless Exit' is really just a pink-hued ambient extension to the opening track, 'Envoi' pushes things on with brittle beats underwriting the billowing soundscapes. Similarly, the mournful 'Veytaux to Villeneuvfe' has more than a nod in Steve Reich's direction, whilst the HUGE Telefon Tel Aviv remix of the title track is a stunning epilogue that lends the EP a scope and grace not readily achieved in modern music. Also includes an excellent "A Grape Dope" remix. Recommended....

Yellow 6 - Melt Inside
Make Mine Music

Whilst some people take years to rustle up a single release, there are those for whom inspiration flows readily, pumping out record after record in a seemingly endless orgy of creative juices... Deep breath. Just a couple of catalogue numbers short of a half-century, Yellow6 are very much of the latter school; but seemingly not too old to try something new. Formally the lone-preserve of Jon Attwood, he is now joined by Amanda Stafford on vocals, lending veneer to his sparse guitar-led soundscapes. Opening with the arty 'Pacific Rough', Yellow6 shake off the 6th Form philosophising by 'Between Two' to create a twinkly environ of tarnished vocals and grandstanding slow-motion atmospherics. Continuing to hit far more than miss, 'As Seen From Above' recalls Psapp (or even Moloko) with its string diluted starkness, 'Long Saturday' sets about reimagining the Cave/Kylie duet as a dusty East-Midlands love song, whilst 'On Returning' flirts with PJ Harvey and Mogwai. It'll do me....

Wilderness - Wilderness
Jagjaguwar

The opening track of Wilderness' self-titled debut initially sounds like something off mid-90's sitcom 'Game On'... Thankfully it's all up hill from there. The culmination of three years work, Baltimore based four-piece Wilderness have created a shimmering album that seems to invest as much importance in the oft-derided genre of Baggy as it does in the obvious John Lydon indebted vocal style. Teetering now and again on the precipice of pretentiousness (with songs about "the beauty of beauty"), Wilderness nonetheless make a good fist at updating the early-90's for a new audience. Breezily touching on shoegazing ('Arkless') and the Sex Pistols-do-post-rock of 'It's All The Same', Wilderness are at their best when sounding like, well, themselves. With particular mention going to the underwater rock of 'Shepherd in Sheep's Clothing' and piano led 'Mirrored Palm', Wilderness require a bit of patience, but if given they repay heartily....

August Born - August Born
Drag City

The collaborative fruit of Benjamin Chasny (Comets on Fire, Six Organs of Admittance) and Hiroyuki Usui (Fushitsusha), 'August Born' is an intentionally rough sketch of fragmentary folk, Blues and arch-experimentalism. Following the muted, almost Yokoya-esque opening piece 'Blues to Begin', Chasny and Usui really begin to gel on the fluttering 'Dead Bird Blues', wherein Usui's vocals are buoyed by a bout of banjo. Just as Stevie Smith was able to make much out of nothing, so August Born seem able to conjure a grand expanse from a sheltered corner, with the exquisite 'A Thousand Butterflies' testament to this. Incorporating birdsong and wind chimes on the refracted melodies of 'More Dead Bird Blues' (think Ayuo) and addictive guitar musings on the sweaty 'A Lot Like You', 'August Born' is a lilting collection of songs that see a wholly successful juxtaposition of two distinct talents. Gorgeous....

Thrones - Day Late, Dollar Short
Southern Lord

Joe Preston (aka Thrones) is like the Forest Gump of Drone; he was bloody everywhere. Having played bass on Earth's 'Extra-Capsular Extraction', Preston then lent his talents to the Melvins, SUN O))), These Arms Are Snakes before assuming full-time axe wielding duties for Relapse's High On Fire. Somehow managing to squeeze some solo recording time into his schedule, 'Day Late, Dollar Short' is his lonesome debut. With a skull-crushing heaviness reminiscent of label mates Boris, Thrones opens with the epic 'The Suckling'. Over cast-iron bass, Preston literally roars with a primeval intensity that'll knock your fillings clean out. Toning it down a little for 'Young Savage' (sounding uncannily like a Muse song!), Preston maintains the throbbing over-exposed bass until it takes on an almost cathartic intensity, riddling the growls on 'Senex' with a vial of electronic goodness. Intense as you like, but in a awfully moreish way....

Jason Forrest - Lady Fantasy EP
Sonig

Previously known under the litigation-baiting Donna Summer moniker, Jason Forest seems to have been impatiently re-arranging the electronic margins for ages now. Graced by a 'Tales of the Unexpected'-style cover, 'Lady Fantasy' finds Forrest both plundering and wilfully ignoring his past glories. Opening with the David Grubbs guesting 'The Work Ahead Of US', Forrest confounds your expectations with a rimy slice of ambient drone that wouldn't look out of place on Southern. Just when you're thinking his spastcic-spandex days are behind him, he delivers the lurching title track. Held up by towering buttresses of prog-rock, Forrest then belligerently levels it all with sawn-off bursts of ruptured breakcore that plays knock-and-run with Hrvatski, ace material. Elsewhere, 'The Lure of You' is a seedy coalition of grooves, breaks, queasy riffs and Margareth Kamerers delta vocals, whilst 'Sperry and Foil' is a Neu! sampling buffet of Baker beats, jazz, harpsichord and manic breakdowns. Well worth exploring....

Picastro - Metal Cares
Monotreme Records

Resplendent in a hand-etched case that looks like a well-worn school desk, the second album from Toronto based Picastro slips comfortably into the slipstream created by their debut 'Red Your Blues'. Undoubtedly familiar to many through their recent appearance on The Wire's 'Tapper 13', Picastro share much with the elongated grandeur of God Speed You Black Emperor or a downtempo Masada, building wrath-like structures of cello, guitar and waterlogged rhythms around Liz Hysen's mournful voice. Weaved from a cornucopia of disparate musical styles and influences, 'Metal Cares' is belligerently eclectic in it's intent, borrowing post-rock structures one minute ('I Can't Fall Asleep') and Eastern European Folk the next ('Ah Nyeh Nyeh'). Yet whilst it casts a wide aural web, 'Metal Cares' can always rely on the hypnotic vocals of Hysen to provide the necessary cohesion, bringing a real sense of emotional burden to songs like 'Blonde Fires'. Also including a remix from Kid606 cohort Dwayne Sodahberk, 'Metal Cares' is experimental in the most pleasingly eclectic fashion imaginable....

Mobius Band - The Loving Sounds Of Static
Ghostly International

I dunno why, but I was expecting an album of ear-splitting goth-electro shenanigans from the Mobius Band... I think it's the name. Yet what I actually got instead was 45 minutes of folk/pop/indietronica that could happily get stacked alongside the likes of The American Analogue Set, Autolux, Postal Service and Grand National. Coming from Ghostly you know the standard will be suitably high and the Mobius Band make sure they don't let the gaffer down. More up-front with their indie-rock aspirations that label mates The Midwest Project, the Brooklyn based three-piece nonetheless share a sound, albeit informed by a greater sense of classic Americana isolation. At times brushing past The Magic Numbers (see 'Radio Coup'), the Mobius Band employ an undeniably infectious fusion of live drums and electronic detritus that help to add supportive structure to vocals that readily alternate between Devendra-esque whimsy and Sonic Youth style. With particular highlights being the Notwist referencing 'Twilight', the Teenage Fanclub aroma of 'I Just Turned 18' and the closing 'Doo Wop', Mobius Band have staked a legitimate claim to the increasingly crowed indie-tronica paddock with considerable aplomb....

Wax Poetics - Issue 13 : Summer 2005
Wax Poetics
Mag // £ 7.99

This magazine just get's better and better. Issue#13 put's those ill funk brothers The Meters on the cover - full appreciation revealed. Contents - a tribute to the recently departed Lyn Collins - the story behind the Zimbabwe Legit project that Hollywood slept on after Dave Funken-Klein sadly lost his fight against cancer - an interview with Wu-Tang elder Mathematics - Dooley-O on his discovery of uber breaks album, Skull Snaps - Dave Tompkins interviews JVC Force, a Wax P highlight to date - amazing photographs from Joe Conzo, capturing the South Bronx at the start of the 80's with some ace photos of Cold Crush - an interview/career overview with Gary McFarland - Dante Carfagna's depressing Left-Field Americana column, you just ain't never gonna own one of these albums he drops science on - Brian Coleman offers a sample from 'Rakim Told Me', what you ain't bought this ill book yet?? - daptone funk diva Sharon Jones gets interviewed - David Katz tells the King Jammy story, sleng teng niceness - plus much much more. Essential reading....

Various / The Kings Of House - The Kings Of House
BBE
2CD

Alongside Warp's killer 10th anniversary "Influences" and the recent Soul Jazz Acid compilation, this indispensable set from the Masters at Work is a veritable treasure trove of Chicago acid, Techno and House classics - split into one handy 2CD mix and a 2 separate vinyl volumes featuring many of these seminal cuts in remastered, unmixed form. The first Cd is mixed by Kenny Dope and features : Reese & Santonio `The Sound' (Smoothe Mix) Reese & Santonio `Rock To The Beat' Blake Baxter `Sexuality' Jungle Wonz `The Jungle' (Jungle Mix) Mr Fingers `Can You Feel It?' (Instrumental Version) Hercules `7 Ways To Jack' Sterling Void `It's All Right' The Endless Pokers `Poke!' The It `Donnie' Underground `It's U-ESP' Rhythm Is Rhythm `Strings Of Life' Rhythm Is Rhythm `It Is What It Is' Cassio Ware, Chip E & The Ogs `I Wanna See You Freak (Like Dis)' Mike Dunn `God Make Me Funky' KC Flight `Let's Get Jazzy' Maurice Joshua `I Gotta Hold On You' (Dub) Teulé `Drink On Me' Tyree `Video Crash'. The second cd is mixed by Louie Vega and features : Joe Smooth `Promised Land' (Club Mix) Robert Owens `Bring Down The Walls' Frankie Knuckles Ft Jamie Principle `Your Love' Frankie Knuckles Ft Jamie Principle `Baby Wants To Ride' Master C&J Ft Liz Torres `Face It' (Dub) Mr Fingers Inc `Never No More Lonely' Terry Hunter `We Can Make It' Cajmere Ft Dajae `Brighter Days' (Louie's Masters At Work Mix) Romanthony `Let Me Show You Love' (Quick Dub) Blaze `Whatcha Gonna Do' Blaze `If You Should Need A Friend' Robert Owens `I'll Be Your Friend' Mr Lee `I Can't Forget' Loni Clark `Rushing' Todd Terry `Swan Lake' Kerri Chandler `Rain' Kerri Chandler `Get It Off' Louie Vega Ft Mr V `V Gets Jazzy' Virgo 4 `In A Vision'. Genius music - a huge recommendation....

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Currently ranked Esoteric Top 100 Albums of 2005 -- Rate Your Music

Not esoteric literally, but rated well by a restricted number of rateyourmusic.com users.


"Of or relating to that which is known by a restricted number of people."

It's a list of albums which have the best balance of high ratings vs low number of ratings. There is no minimum or maximum number of ratings required for an album - it's all relative to the number of ratings that other albums have.
[from sharifi / rateyourmusic.com founder, as stated on the rym community ]

I am not precisely sure of the criteria / algorithm rateyourmusic.com use to work out the placings, but some of these albums are better placed on the rateyourmusic top 100 albums of 2005. However that list is weighted towards prolific / well established rateyourmusic.com users/ reviewers.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:45 PM
 

Denis "Piggy" D'Amour of Voivod has passed away

Just read the sad news on ILM: Piggy (Voivod) est mort

VOIVOD guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour passed away Friday night (August 26) at approximately 11:45 p.m. due to complications from advanced colon cancer...

This is sad news, I was aware that Denis D'Amour was seriously ill - as this was relayed on [Blabbermouth, BW & BK] a few days earlier.

Voivod released their masterpiece album Dimension Hatröss in 1988, it had a major impact on myself as an 18 year at the time. Complex, Cathartic, Experimental, Intense and completely Essential.

Voivod were even featured on the front cover of Sounds magazine in 1988, for an underground metal band this was recognition for high artistic achievement.

Dimension Hatröss album is recognised as a metal landmark album of the 80s to be ranked alongside Master of Puppets.

Blogosphere reaction to the death: IceRocket blog search: piggy voivod

BW & BK report VOIVOD - Denis "Piggy" D'Amour Passes Away

# posted by DJ Martian 1:31 AM

Saturday, August 27, 2005

 

useful mp3 music blogs rss portal: elbo.ws your mp3 blog dashboard

# posted by DJ Martian 8:20 PM
 

ARS Electronica FESTIVAL - Theme: Hybrid - Living in Paradox

This festival only has a minor music/ sound art element, however it should interest anyone into modern philosophy, technology, new media and society, postmodernism and cultural studies, experience design or systems thinking.

ARS Electronica FESTIVAL is a Festival for Art, Technology & Society.

Takes place in Linz, Austria between 1st - 6th September.

Since 1979 Ars Electronica Festival has established itself as the most important festival of digital art world wide.

Background: Ars Electronica - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Festival
Chronologically the festival was the starting point of Ars Electronica in 1979. It is the most important festival of digital art world wide. The festival is conducted under a different motto each year. The essence of the internationally renowned Ars Electronica Festival is interdisciplinarity and an open encounter of international experts from the arts and sciences with a broad audience of highly diverse backgrounds and interests. Annually since 1979, the Festival has featured a lineup of symposia, exhibitions, performances and events designed to further an artistic and scientific confrontation with the social and cultural phenomena that are the consequences of technological change.

This year's Program theme is Hybrid - Living in Paradox

Details @ ARS Electronica FESTIVAL

[: Statement ]

Hybrid–living in paradox
Read the programmatic statement on this year´s Festival by the artistic directors of Ars Electronica.

HYBRID—living in paradox, the theme of Ars Electronica 2005, examines the implosive tendencies that digital technologies impose on the world, bringing cultures on top of each other and flouting boundaries: national, material, technological and psychological. Hybrid creations and creatures, identities and cultures emerge from recombinations of our three basic codes: numeric, genetic and atomic.

Digital media art itself is a hybrid born from the connection of art and technology, accumulating diverse modes of expression and demanding a unique crossover of expertise and knowledge.


Hybrid—no other word is better able to signify this most characteristic conditions of our time.
- The Drivers and Patterns of Hybridization
- Hybrid Economies and Politics
- Hybrid Cultures and Identities
- Hybrid Creatures and Ecologies

These are the four main areas on which the festival will focus in symposia and artists’ lectures, exhibitions and installations, concerts and performances, workshops and seminars, and artistic interventions in public spaces all around the city.

Since 1979, Ars Electronica has been dedicated to the critical discussion of and reflection upon media culture. With its focal point situated at the intersection of art, technology and society, it is above all the endeavor to nurture up-close-and-personal encounters involving artists, designers, philosophers, sociologists, engineers and scientists from all over the world that endow the Festival with its very special character.

This is not solely a matter of the computer as an artistic medium but, above all, of testing how new ideas that are emerging from artistic practice can be applied to science and society in an effort to influence the way in which new technologies are developed, designed and utilized.



Gerfried Stocker, Christine Schöpf (Directors Ars Electronica)

HYBRID—no other term provides such a consummately appropriate and comprehensive description of the highly paradoxical current state of our world, one that is characterized by interrelationships that, among other things, are extraordinarily contradictory while at the same time displaying superb operative effectiveness:

- Annulments of boundaries, mergers, fusions and crossovers resulting in new economic and political coalitions and alliances, as well as interdisciplinary collaboration in the arts and sciences.
- Global cultural amalgamations as outgrowths of the worldwide circulation of people and products, as well as systems of signs and bodies of information.
- Symbolic as well as physical penetration of the human body by machinery ranging from bionic prostheses and neuro-implants to cyborgs and trans-genetic chimera.
- Sampling, collage and re-mix techniques, as well as consistent cross-compilation and re-contextualization of the means, forms and genres of artistic expression.
- Escalating battles to prevent contamination of the self by the other.

The hybrid is the signature of our age, emblematic of the casualness with which we have established ourselves in real, physical habitats as well as in digital, virtual domains, of the way that dealing with and reconfiguring cultural differences and antipodes has become a matter taken completely for granted, and of the disturbingly routine nature of the way we play with the building blocks of life.

The cultural history of hybridization, from the husbandry and cross-breeding of plants and animals, the mechanical, electrical and digital simulation and replication of nature, and now to the arrogance of modern genetic engineering, has also always been an expression of humanity’s age-old longings to rise above itself and to modify and correct nature.

And just as every organism mobilizes the forces of its immune system to fight off intruders and foreign bodies (even in the case of a life-saving organ transplant), every instance of cultural or social hybridization summons forth attitudes of resistance and defensive action: fundamentalist purism, efforts at exclusion resulting from the fear of assimilation, or a sense of skepticism that sees hidden behind these “new” forms of integration nothing but innovative elaborations of the same old divisive forces.

Hybridization as a cultural process can be calculated and controlled only in the rarest of cases. Its productive powers are mostly the outcome of happenstance or even in some cases the conscious wish to achieve differentiation; they are often byproducts of subversive action. This is especially evident in the successful culture jamming found in youth culture and pop music, but applies equally to numerous applications of digital technology. After all, nobody planned SMS or the dynamic, potent emergence of citizen journalism in the form of blogging, RSS-feeds and podcasting. Their emergence is also a hybrid that was most certainly foretold by visionary artists and cultural theoreticians, though not by the marketing gurus of the New Economy.

The fact that, ultimately, a way is always found to commercially exploit the derivatives that are engendered in this way does nothing to diminish the inclination, pleasure and energy to go on sampling, remixing, contaminating and abusing; at best, it provokes the redoubling of such efforts.

"The first hybrid is the human. And living in paradox. A mix of mind and matter, a translating device, a handshake from mind to matter and vice-versa, humankind is in a permanent state of hybridization, consciously and unconsciously.

Why then focus on such a pervasive condition? Because new drivers of hybridization have emerged that make the hybrid condition always more evident—and more uncomfortable for some. With globalization comes implosion, all cultures and time zones piling up upon each other. When imploding, things either integrate or break. Another driver is digitization, inviting an infinity of recombinations, all hybrids, carefully cultivated with software, like flowers.

We live in paradox, in a suspension of disbelief that will last until the dust settles and the contradictions between self and other, between nationalisms and globalism, between democracy and state control are resolved. And the contradictions between the power of media and that of the state. And the contradictions between science and the economy generating hybrids for all purposes with a clear bias towards profitability over service to humanity. And the contradictions …

Art is the food of hybridity. It is translating and transporting the modes of one culture into another, lifting bits of both and mixing. Sampling is not just one of the techniques of the digital, it has become a way of life. And we have DJs of culture, albeit operating at longer-term rhythms. What can people do but sample in an environment where everything is always available?"

Derrick de Kerckhove


Events: ARS Electronica FESTIVAL includes some avant music / sound art performers.

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Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival - November 17th - 27th

Advance notification: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Planning is now well underway for the 28th hcmf, which takes place from 17 – 27 November 2005. Latest news and detailed programme information will be added to the website over the coming weeks, so do keep checking.

Bold, daring, unique

hcmf is an internationally renowned annual celebration of cutting-edge orchestral, choral, ensemble and electro-acoustic performances; the programme also features talks, films, workshops, dance and dynamic education projects. Around 50 events are packed into 10 amazing days.

hcmf excels in presenting work that is intriguing, challenging and, frequently, boundary-busting, bringing internationally regarded figures together with the cream of emerging creativity and talent.

Performers and composers from around the world are drawn to Huddersfield each year by the magic of hcmf - and the audience gets to rub shoulders with them all.


Events: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Norwegian music feature (performers and composers), celebrating 100 years of Norway
Norway celebrates its 100th anniversary of nationhood in 2005, and hcmf marks this occasion with concerts by leading Norwegian ensembles, with world and UK premieres of music by Scandinavian composers. Norway's richness in musical culture does not just extend to classical ensembles, and hcmf hopes to showcase the vital Norwegian electronica scene, as well as folk/fusion ensembles.

Supersilent will be performing 19.11.05 huddersfield, uk:
[www.supersilence.net [an unofficial site of SUPERSILENT]]

# posted by DJ Martian 2:07 PM

Friday, August 26, 2005

 

Next week's releases reviewed @ Norman Records

# posted by DJ Martian 3:34 PM
 

Blabbermouth.Net report SYSTEM OF A DOWN: 'Hypnotize' Due In November

# posted by DJ Martian 2:31 PM
 

Almost Cool review The Kallikak Family - May 23rd 2007

# posted by DJ Martian 2:27 PM
 

Almost Cool review Barbez - Insignificance

# posted by DJ Martian 2:26 PM
 

musicOMH.com review Opeth - Ghost Reveries

# posted by DJ Martian 2:23 PM
 

The Guardian interview Sigur Ros

# posted by DJ Martian 2:17 PM

Thursday, August 25, 2005

 

6 Music report Kerrang! Awards announced - frankly most of the winners are laughable lame and rock mainstream mediocre. However:

Lifetime Achievement Award - Killing Joke

# posted by DJ Martian 11:49 PM
 

Face Down - Will to Power

BW & BK report FACE DOWN Set Release Date For The Will To Power; Artwork Revealed [This album will be released in November.]

# posted by DJ Martian 7:57 PM
 

BW & BK report SATURNUS Schedule Studio Time - targeting a Feb/ March 2006 new album release.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:54 PM
 

iBoogie an interesting MetaSearch engine with clustering of search results:

MetaSearch Document Clustering Engine and Personalized Search Engines Directory

You can also create your own search tabs:

e.g Blogs [Technorati, Daypop and Blogdigger] can be combined
e.g BBC

check: Add Custom Tabs

Select the templates (search engines) you want in your tab to be searched sumultaneously. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the add button. You can select up to 8 templates.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:54 PM
 

BBC Music review Goldfrapp - Supernature

# posted by DJ Martian 2:33 PM
 

soundgenerator.com report LCD Soundsystem eyes 21-date US tour

# posted by DJ Martian 2:28 PM
 

Talking Heads Albums Reissued & Remastered as Dual Discs

Billboard report Talking Heads Refurbish Catalog For DualDisc - 8 studio albums remastered with expanded extra tracks. Due for release October 4th via Rhino.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:27 PM
 

Forthcoming One World shows on Radio 1

# 28/08 - Benbecula Records profile / Capitol K / Fat Freddy's Drop album preview

# 05/09 - Notting Hill Carnival Round Up with 1Xtra

# 12/09 - Bestival 2005 Round Up

# 19/09 - 'The Edge of Reason' - Hermeet's Experimental Show

# 26/09 - Above All Others, A - Z of Omaha - Jimmy Devlin's staff show


via email from Benbecula Records

Benbecula Records Showcase on BBC Radio 1 - 28 August 2005

Radio 1 present a showcase and interview with Benbecula Records spanning its 6 year history. Presented exclusively by Benbecula, the 45 minute show will feature favourite tracks from the back catalogue plus some sneak previews of forthcoming material aired for the first time from. Please note that this is aired live at 1am and so is technically on Monday morning of the 29th. You can listen live via the Radio 1 website, www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/oneworld. Please note that you can listen back to the show if you miss it for a week afterwards, via the same web page.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:01 PM
 

a-ha - Analogues

a-ha have announced their new album is titled: Analogues it will be released on November 7th.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:42 PM
 

BW & BK report PARADISE LOST Album Pushed Back To October In The UK

# posted by DJ Martian 12:16 AM

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

 

The Breezeblock show on Radio 1 has some interesting shows lined up for September.

Also: Listen to this week's show with a mix from Manchester electronica label Modern Love [: Tracklistings - The Breezeblock]

Coming Soon
# No show on 30th August

Sept 6th
Isolee Mix
German producer and micro-house pioneer.

Sept 13th
Exile Mix
D Bridge

Sept 27th
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# posted by DJ Martian 7:37 PM
 

Top 100 Albums of 2005 @ rateyourmusic.com has been updated.

Still at number 1: Pitchfork approved Sufjan Stevens.

Some Non-Mainstream Artists still performing well:

13: Strapping Young Lad: Alien
15: Dark Tranquillity: Character
24: Red Sparowes: At The Soundless Dawn
32: Pelican: The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw
37: Jesu: Jesu
44: Jaga Jazzist: What we Must
49: Dälek: Absence
64: Ulver: Blood Inside

Not even released yet, but in the top 100:

8: Sigur Rós: Takk
30: Opeth: Ghost Reveries
85: Broadcast: Tender Buttons
94: Animal Collective: Feels

With nearly two thirds of the year so far gone, and with a heavy release schedule for September / October / November still to come - the albums below 66 are under threat of not being in the top 100 albums of 2005 by rateyourmusic.com users come the end of the year.

The wretched Coldplay are currently at number 59.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:02 PM
 

Kate Bush Album November Release?

RollingStone.com report this brief news on Kate Bush:

KATE BUSH will release the follow-up to The Red Shoes, her first studio album in twelve years, on November 8th

November 8th is a Tuesday - so American release date. UK therefore could be November 7th?

The best place to pick up the latest Kate Bush news / rumours: The Homeground + Kate Bush News & Info Forum

# posted by DJ Martian 10:18 AM
 

BW & BK report on Daylight Dies - a new album from this US Atmospheric Metal band is on the way.

Additionally, we are excited to announce that Jens Borden of Fascination Street Studios (OPETH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK, BLOODBATH) will be mixing the album in Örebro Sweden during the last week of September. Mastering will most likely be carried out at The Cutting Room and everything should be done by the first week of October.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:28 AM
 

This is Fake DIY interview My Computer

# posted by DJ Martian 12:09 AM
 

BW & BK report on MAYHEM

A new album will be released early 2006 through Season Of Mist titled Ordo Ab Cha

# posted by DJ Martian 12:00 AM

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

 

Digital Bricks - September 11th - London

m a c h i n e . r e c o r d s report:

Seed Records and The Brick Lane Festival Presents:

LET IT BLEEP : DIGITAL BRICKS

MIRA CALIX (WARP)
dDAMAGE (PLANET MU)
AKASHA (WALL OF SOUND)
LANGAGE COMPUTER
RA
SUPERIMPOZER
LIFTING GEAR ENGINEER
JETHRO BAGHUST
SEED DJ'S

When: September 11th 2005
Where: the Spitz, London

# posted by DJ Martian 3:17 PM
 

Music news portal: musicNerve.com

# posted by DJ Martian 2:51 PM
 

John Peel Day - October 13th

Gigwise report First John Peel Day Announced

Radio 1 have announced that the very first ‘John Peel Day’ will take place on October 13.

Radio 1: John Peel Day - October 13th

Personally I would like to see Radio 1 dedicate 24 hours of programming to diverse music in the spirit of John Peel past, present and future. One day when their playlist gets chucked out of the window, replaced with the esoteric / exotic / experimental / extravagant and extreme.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:49 PM
 

This week's flavourpill LONDON [Issue 96 - 23-29 August, 2005]

flavourpill LONDON is an email magazine covering a hand-picked selection of music, art and cultural events — delivered each Tuesday afternoon.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:35 PM

Monday, August 22, 2005

 

One World: Mad Professor + Ellen Allien

The latest One World show on Radio 1 features:

Mad Professor + Ellen Allien
Monday 15 August 2005: 0100-0300 [Now on Listen Again]

This week on One World we have a label showcase of Ariwa Records, started by legendary reggae producer The Mad Professor. Also Ellen Allien, founder of BPitch Control Records supplies us with a very special one hour mix.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:42 PM
 

Reminder: Brainwashed have launched their new look portal.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:14 PM
 

Simple Minds - Black And White 050505

According to Pause & Play On The CD Front the US release of the Simple Minds new album has been delayed till 2006.

.. delayed to accommodate U.S. tour plans early next year

The UK release of the album remains September 12th

The latest Simple Minds news @ Simple Minds - Dream Giver

# posted by DJ Martian 1:50 PM
 

musicOMH.com review Aoki Takamasa & Tujiko Noriko - 28

# posted by DJ Martian 1:28 PM
 

Searching the Blogosphere & Some RSS Tips

Technorati is a well known search engine for blogs. However there are many problems with Technorati.

Respected web guru, Jason Kottke is completely frustrated with Technorati: So long, Technorati (kottke.org)

I have to agree, Technorati has so many draw backs. I will be removing the Technorati search box from my main blog page - because they are just NOT indexing my blog posts !

I emailed them last month, they did a quick fix update, but still the problems re-occur and remain unsolved. [According to Technorati this blog has not been updated in 26 days. Even though I use blog pinging services that notify Technorati when my blog gets updated !]

My summary of what's wrong with Technorati:

Quality of Information: not indexing some new content, duplicating / confusing sidebar links as new content
Reliability of Tech Infrastructure: Can't cope with service demand, slowness of servers.
User Interface: is cluttered and Information design is poor compared with BlogPulse
Spam blogs: too many "splogs" - although they are addressing this problem.

Alternatives to Technorati:

BlogPulse indexes content on a day-by-day cycle, so it's not as fast as updating new content compared to some blog search tools [e.g IceRocket] or RSS search services [Blogdigger, Bloglines, Feedster etc]. However BlogPulse's information design is superb and the servers are reliable and fast.

IceRocket Blog search indexes new blog content fast.

Meta-Search Tools for Blog Search: Currently there are 2 services available:

brainespot.com™ Blog Search clusters results, removes duplicates. Searches a variety of blog search tools. Not comprehensive, however a useful tool.

A superior service: Clusty who also cluster search results.

Clusty Blogs combines Vivísimo's federated search and clustering capabilities to bring you the best blog search on the web. With one search box you can search and cluster these top blog search engines:

* Blogdigger
* Blogpulse
* Daypop
* Feedster
* Technorati

You may also search by URL to see which blogs are linking to a particular site and Clusty will automatically send your query to each search engine's link search.

How to get your blog content indexed faster ?

Each time you update your blog, quickly visit either of these services:

King Ping: ping your favorite services when updating your blog.

King Ping helps you to ping, to notify, blog search engines that your Blog was updated.

Ping-o-Matic!

Pinging lets dozens of services know you've updated your site and increases traffic to your blog.

There are a number of services designed specifically for tracking and connecting blogs. However it would be expensive for all the services to crawl all the blogs in the world all the time. By sending a small ping to each service you let them know you’ve updated so they can come check you out. They get the freshest data possible, you don’t get a thousand robots spidering your site all the time. Everybody wins.


There is also this service: [however there are less options]

PingMyBlog.com - ping a blog service

What are the Advantages of using RSS?

TIME Europe Magazine have just published this article: Let RSS Go Fetch

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Useful for advanced RSS users: PubSub

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The Music Blogosphere:

A reminder, that [The Music Blogosphere] updated 24/7 continues to monitor a vast range of music blogs. Why not add this link to your sidebar on your blog? so you / your readers can be connected direct to the music blogosphere.

Business, Technology & User Experience Blogs

On a related note, I have also developed another blo.gs list: blo.gs favorites for Martin [Business_Tech_UX] that maybe of interest to some of my readers.

i.e Business issues, technology topics & User Experience disciplines/ facets.

This includes subjects such as:

» Content Management
» Information Architecture, Information Design & Findability
» Information Management & Research, Knowledge Management
» Interaction Design / Interface Design
» Internet Culture [including blogging]
» Marketing & Branding, Business Strategy
» Search Engines, Search Engine Optimisation, Search Marketing
» Usability and HCI [Human Computer Interaction]

# posted by DJ Martian 12:22 AM

Sunday, August 21, 2005

 

updated: my Forthcoming 2005 Albums list using rateyourmusic.com

# posted by DJ Martian 8:20 PM
 

musicOMH.com review Goldfrapp - Supernature

# posted by DJ Martian 7:02 PM

Saturday, August 20, 2005

 

Electric

On August 29th, Warners release a double compilation titled: Electric



Some interesting selections....

Disc One

1. Blue Monday - New Order
2. Drop The Pressure - Mylo
3. Somebody Told Me - The Killers [Mylo Mix]
4. Smokebelch II - The Sabres Of Paradise [David Holmes Mix]
5. Papua New Guinea - The Future Sound Of London
6. A Forest - The Cure
7. Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
8. Blade Runner (End Titles) - Vangelis
9. I'm In Love With A German Film Star - The Passions
10. Are 'Friends' Electric? - Tubeway Army
11. Killer - Adamski & Seal
12. Chime - Orbital
13. Strict Machine - Goldfrapp
14. Oxygene 4 - Jean Michel Jarre
15. Age Of Love - Age Of Love [Jam & Spoon Watch Out For Stella Remix]
16. Joyenergizer - Joy Kitikonti [Mauro Picotto Personal Remix]
17. Barber's Adagio For Strings - William Orbit [Ferry Corsten Remix]
18. Verdi - Mauro Picotto [Megamind Remix]
19. Born Slippy (Nuxx) - Underworld
20. Digeridoo - Aphex Twin

Disc Two

1. Little Fluffy Clouds - The Orb
2. Wrote For Luck - Happy Mondays
3. Release The Pressure - Leftfield
4. Electromagnetic - Freeform Five
5. Obsession - Animotion
6. Living On The Ceiling - Blancmange
7. Devil Feel - Timo Maas
8. Sunglasses At Night - Tiga & Zyntherius
9. LFO - LFO
10. He Not In - Chicken Lips
11. Four To The Floor - Starsailor [Thin White Duke Mix]
12. Watching Cars Go By - Felix Da Housecat
13. Cars - Gary Numan
14. Right Here, Right Now - Fatboy Slim
15. Go - Moby
16. Kinda New - Spektrum [Tiefschwarz Dub Mix]
17. Getting Away With It - Electronic
18. NY Excuse - Soulwax
19. Sugar - Ladytron
20. Out Of Space - The Prodigy
21. Enola Gay - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

Available to pre-order @ Amazon.co.uk

# posted by DJ Martian 1:11 PM
 

C Cat Trance - Karadara - Best Of

Cherry Red Records release a retrospective compilation from C Cat Trance on August 29th.

C Cat Trance - Karadara - Best Of
CDMRED280

In the mid eighties, after the release of anthem 'Hungry, So Angry' and album 'The Glitterhouse', Rees Lewis, the distinctive element (voice and sax) of currently obscure but hip funksters Medium Medium, left and with drummer Nigel Stone started C-Cat Trance. They produced world and dance sounds ahead of their time and, with a floating membership varying between two and eight, they toured Europe, and released a series of records and CDs on Red Flame/Ink Records through the late eighties.

Evident influences range from Beefheart through Parliament and Can to a variety of traditional musics (most conspicuously middle Eastern); C-Cat Trance pre-figured bands like Jah Wobble’s Raiders, Enigma and a host of dance and world acts. They received consistent acclaim. Lewis’ sax playing was described in the press as "lung emptying sax", "striking sax", "sax bleats", "groaning sax", "skittering sax", screeching sax", "wild sax", "wailing sax", "powerful sax", cloudy night-time sax", "searing sax", "sax breaks that wail like a maitresse in nipple clamps", "sax explosions like splittering glass", "growling sax", "simmering, potent and seductive sax", "bad tempered sax", "stark sax", "vengeful, uncouth sax", "itchy aggressive sax". He is now probably one of the most sampled snake charmer players this side of Kandy – almost any dance tune with horn in the title.

The tracks on “Karadara: The Cream of …” are selected from the first E.P. and the albums Zouave, Khamu, Play Masenko Combo and Les Invisibles. The selection also includes five unreleased tracks recorded for an album which coincided with Red Flame’s demise, hence “Karadara”, which is Sinhalese for “Trouble”.


Some Day Soon / Dreams Of Leaving / Shake the Mind / Wind Howl / Air De Kayseri / Theme From The Film / Hawkline Monster / Orange Clawhammer Cold / Clawhammer Stomp / Let Me Sleep / Two Worlds / The Old Man / Miss Manners / If You Steal / Screaming To Be With You / 7/8

# posted by DJ Martian 12:36 PM

Friday, August 19, 2005

 

Leftfield - A Final Hit

NME.Com report Leftfield to release best of compilation

A Final Hit is released on October 3rd

# posted by DJ Martian 4:27 PM
 

Pitchfork review The Kallikak Family - May 23rd 2007

At times reminiscent of the Books, this outstanding cut/paste ambient collage is propelled by a continuous onslaught of fresh ideas.

This album is Pitchfork: Recommended

# posted by DJ Martian 4:16 PM
 

Next week's releases reviewed @ Norman Records

# posted by DJ Martian 3:52 PM
 

MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO EUROPEAN TOUR

Dates so far confirmed for Meat Beat Manifesto include:

Tuesday 20 September - Ireland - Dublin - Temple Bar Centre
Thursday 22 September Holland - Amsterdam - Paradiso
Wednesday 28 September Switzerland - Basel - Schiff
Friday 30 September UK - London - Cargo
Saturday 1 October Spain - Barcelona - Apollo

Jack would love to add more dates, so anyone with good connections please help out and contact us immediately!

also:

MORE US MEAT BEAT DATES

The second leg of the Meat Beat US tour is now being booked. Dates will run from October 31 to November 13 and will likely include Carrboro, NC, Atlanta, Jacksonville, FL, Orlando, FL, Tampa, FL, Houston, TX, Austin, TX, Dallas, TX, Albuquerque, NM, and Phoenix, AZ.

We will announce definitive dates as soon as possible.

[via email from Meat Beat Manifesto]

# posted by DJ Martian 1:04 AM
 

New issue of fortnighly DJ Magazine on sale [today] Friday August 19th.

It's a special preview issue to kick off DJ magazine's annual top 100 djs poll, plus a free mix CD.

OUT NOW: FREE Paul Woolford & Howie B 'Face Off' CD! Minimal music, Trentemoller, retiring DJs, Splitloop, plus loads more!

# posted by DJ Martian 12:14 AM

Thursday, August 18, 2005

 

Burst - Origo - Album Release Dates Confirmed

BW & BK report on Swedish rock/ art-metal band Burst: BURST Complete Work On New Album

Origo will see release dates of October 17th in the UK and October 24th in the rest of Europe. An early 2006 U.S. release date is expected.

Burst will be performing:

August

23 - Malmo, Sweden at Malmo Festival

Burst UK Tour Dates:

October

24 - Manchester, England at Star and Garter
25 - Glasgow, England at Barfly
26 - Birmingham, England at Bar Academy
27 - London, England at Barfly
28 - Exeter, England at TBA
29 - Nottingham, England at Rock City

Blabbermouth.Net also report BURST Complete Work On New Album


"Origo" sees BURST "plow headlong into their sophomore effort with flowing grace and force of conviction," according to a press release. "The album's lush layers of sound crush and caress in equal measure as fragile, melodic vocals intertwine with explosive screams, while waves of guitar weave complex, commanding music. For fans of OPETH, MASTODON, ISIS, NEUROSIS, PELICAN and the like, BURST's 'Origo' is a must-hear."


"Origo" track listing:

01. Where the Wave Broke
02. Sever
03. The Immateria
04. Slave Emotion
05. Flight´s End
06. Homebound
07. It Comes into View
08. Stormwielder
09. Mercy Liberation

Official website: Burst

# posted by DJ Martian 11:35 PM
 

BBC collective interview Matthew Herbert: matthew herbert's plat du jour challenge

# posted by DJ Martian 10:48 PM
 

40 COSMIC ROCK ALBUMS

Via Acclaimed Music Forum the 40 Cosmic Rock albums listed in the recent Q/ Mojo Prog rock special edition.

Taken from Pink Floyd & the story of Prog rock. An exclusive book from Q magazine (released July 15th 2005)

1) PINK FLOYD Dark side of the moon (1973)
2) GENESIS Foxtrot (1972)
3) YES Close to the edge (1972)
4) KING CRIMSON In the court of the Crimson King (1969)
5) EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER Brain salad surgery (1973)
6) RUSH A farwell to kings (1977)
7) JETHRO TULL Aqualung (1971)
8) HAWKWIND Space ritual (1973)
9) MIKE OLDFIELD Tubular Bells (1973)
10) RADIOHEAD OK computer (1997)

11) PINK FLOYD Wish you were here (1975)
12) YES The Yes album (1975)
13) FRANK ZAPPA Hot rats (1969)
14) GENESIS The lamb lies down on Broadway (1974)
15) VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR The least we can do is wave to each other (1970)
16) GENTLE GIANT Octopus (1973)
17) MARILLION Misplaced childhood (1985)
18) THE MARS VOLTA Frances the Mute (2005)
19) CARAVAN In the land of grey and pink (1971)
20) SOFT MACHINE Third (1970)

21) TOOL Lateralus (2001)
22) KING CRIMSON Lark's tongues in aspic (1973)
23) CAMEL Moonmadness (1976)
24) FOCUS Moving waves (1971)
25) QUEEN A night at the opera (1975)
26) PAVLOV'S DOG Pampered menial (1975)
27) SIGUR ROS Agaetis byrjun (1999)
28) STEVE HILLAGE L (1976)
29) THE NICE Five bridges (1970)
30) FAMILY Music in a doll's house (1968)

31) ROXY MUSIC Roxy Music (1972)
32) GOLDEN EARRING Moontan (1973)
33) ARGENT All together now (1973)
34) HATFIELD AND THE NORTH Hatfield and the north (1974)
35) GONG Flying teapot: Radio Gnome invisible part 1 (1973)
36) AMON DUUL II Tanz der Lemminge (1971)
37) THE MOODY BLUES In search of the lost chord (1968)
38) TANGERINE DREAM Phaedra (1974)
39) BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST Once again (1971)
40) APHRODITE'S CHILD 666 (1972)

# posted by DJ Martian 10:39 PM
 

Vitalic UK Tour in October with Soulwax

Vitalic will be supporting labelmate Soulwax (Soulwax and Vitalic are on Pias Label)
for their Radio Soulwax tour in October in the Uk.


# Oct. 03 @ Stealth and Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
# Oct. 05 @ The Old Firestation, Bournemouth
# Oct. 06 @ Event 2, Brighton
# Oct. 07 @ Warwick University, Coventry
# Oct. 08 @ Sankeys Soap, Manchester
# Oct. 11 @ The Waterfront, Norwich
# Oct. 12 @ Uni Union, Newcastle
# Oct. 13 @ City, Edinburgh
# Oct. 14 @ Barrowlands Ballroom, Glasgow
# Oct. 15 @ Shine, Belfast
# Oct. 16 @ The Leadmill, Sheffield

# posted by DJ Martian 10:30 PM
 

An interview with Pendulum by Gurn.net

Pendulum have been tipped by many as producing the drum n bass album of the year: Hold Your Colour

Pendulum have taken inspiration from producers such as Teebee and Ed Rush & Optical but have developed their own unique sound.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:18 PM
 

Guy Garvey presents the Rocket Science show on 6 Music:

Saturday 20 August 2005

Elbow's Guy Garvey stands in for Marc and brings you three hours of tunes, tutorials and top notch features

# posted by DJ Martian 9:48 PM
 

The recent A-Z selections on the Freak Zone show on 6 Music

Aphex Twin - Metapharistic
Captain Beefheart - Clear Spot
Can - Spray
Donovan - Mellow Yellow
Brian Eno - Manilla Envelope
The Fall - How I Wrote Elastic Man
Gentle Giant - His Last Voyage
High Llamas - Three Point Scrabble
Incredible String Band - A Very Celluar Song
Jethro Tull - Jeffrey Goes To Leicester Square
Kraftwerk - Europe Endless
Lee Scratch Perry - Vibrate On
M - Z:
Magma - Kohntarkosz pt 1
Neu - Isi
Mike Oldfield - Platinum Part 4 North Star
Pentangle - Travelling Song
Quintessence - Dance For The One
Residents - Jailhouse Rock
Sun Ra - Cosmic Chaos
Television - Little Johnny Jewel
United States Of America - The American Way Of Love
Vashti Bunyan - Rainbow River
White Noise - Your Hidden Dreams
XTC - Science Friction
Young Marble Giants - Radio Silents
Frank Zappa - Packard Goose

# posted by DJ Martian 9:46 PM
 

BBC Music review David Holland/Barre Phillips - Music From Two Basses

Even back in 1971 the idea of a set of improvised bass duos wasn't much of a commercial proposition. But that didn't stop Manfred Eicher from bringing two of the jazz scene's most creative bassists together for the 11th release on his ECM label.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:42 PM
 

The Breezeblock: Subfocus and Mathew Jonson

The latest The Breezeblock show has a suberb drum n bass set from Subfocus and microhouse mix from Mathew Jonson.

Highly recommended listening.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:40 PM
 

Reminder, next week numusic 2005 electronic music festival happens in Stavanger, Norway.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:29 PM
 

Issue 50 of Earplug

AUGUST 18 - AUGUST 31

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

# posted by DJ Martian 9:21 PM
 

Tip useful search tool: DoubleTrust the Compact Google - Yahoo combo

it fetches results from two leading authorities on web search and shows you what BOTH of them think are good results (the STARS). These are the most relevant results from their mutual agreement. It also shows you were they conflict (the ORPHANS). ORPHANS reveal the top sites which you would not have discovered using just one engine alone. It does all the dirty work for you. Try it !

You do not miss ANY results compared to just using one search engine.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:12 PM
 

musicOMH.com spotlight Can: Can - Remasters: Your Starter For Eight

# posted by DJ Martian 8:59 PM
 

Porcys top 100 albums from 2000-2004

Porcys, Poland's answer to Pitchfork publish their top 100 albums 2000-2004, [via Acclaimed Music Forum]

Top 20 [see link for the Top 100]

1. Radiohead – Kid A
2. Modest Mouse – The Moon and Antarctica
3. The Microphones – The Glow Pt. 2
4. Avey Tare and Panda Bear – Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished
5. Sigur Ros – Agaetis Byrjun
6. The Avalanches
7. ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
8. The Microphones – Mount Eerie
9. Radiohead – Amnesiac
10. Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People
11. Dungen – Ta Det Lungt
12. Je Suis France – Fantastic Area
13. Radiohead – Hail to the Thief
14. Circulatory System – Circulatory System
15. Of Montreal – Satanic Panic in the Attic
16. The Microphones – It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water
17. The New Pornographers – Mass Romantic
18. Pretty Girls Make Graves – Good Health
19. Les Savy Sav – Rome EP
20. The Rapture - Echoes

It's not just the music content that's similar, design wise they copy Pitchfork: check this Porcys top 100 albums from 2000-2004

Reverse counting order, in blocks of 10
same Information design/ typography elements
Individual lists

# posted by DJ Martian 8:46 PM
 

Junkmedia review Deadbeat - New World Observer

# posted by DJ Martian 8:33 PM
 

Ambient Visions is back.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:23 PM

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2008 Best Music Links New 2008 Lists: updates: b2008 2008music_links Bookmarks Largehearted Boy: 2008 Year-End Online Music Lists Largehearted Boy: Updates 2008 Archives Fimoculous.com: 2008 Lists - Music More Lists: Acclaimed Music Forum Albums of the Year (2008) 2008's Top 10 Jazz Recordings Collated Rankings: Metacritic: Best Albums of 2008 2008 Most Popular Music Albums [Prog Archives] Top 1000 Albums of 2008 - Rate Your Music Top 1000 EPs of 2008 - Rate Your Music Esoteric 1000 Albums of 2008 - Rate Your Music [Highly rated by a small number of users] Meta Ranking Updates: BEST ALBUMS OF 2008: MEGA-CRITIC : Best Reviewed Albums Of 2008 Others: Basement Galaxy The Best Albums of 2008. Dusted Features [ End of the Year: 2008 ] fast 'n' bulbous Fester's Lucky 13: The Best Albums of 2008 Tom Hull - Music Year 2008 Top 10s for 2008: It's a Trap! Best of 2008: livejournal PopMatters Picks: The Best Music of 2008

2009 Albums: 2009 Albums - DJ Martian - 2009 Music Lists
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New & Forthcoming Music - Listings [More Links: bookmarks tagged: forthcoming
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UK Music Distributors: Cargo CWNN Kudos Shellshock Southern Southern: Recent, New & Forthcoming Releases
UK Online Music Stores: Coming Soon/ Pre-Orders Amazon.co.uk Boomkat eil.com Norman Records: Pre-ordering
US Online Music Stores: Coming Soon/ Pre-Orders AB-CD Darla Forced Exposure Insound Siren Disc Future Releases

New Releases/ This Week [UK Music Stores] Boomkat Juno Records Norman Records Piccadilly Records Rough Trade Smallfish
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2013 ALBUM RELEASES: 2013 FORTHCOMING ALBUMS
using rateyourmusic.com: 2013 Album Releases [Updated Regularly] This information is updated on a continual basis.

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