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Wednesday, November 30, 2005


fast 'n' bulbous presents Top 200 Metal Albums [a personal all time faves list]

Also an overview article on Heavy Metal culture.

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AngryApe report Prefuse 73 Security Screenings

Prefuse 73 will release a new album in February 2006 titled Security Screenings on Warp.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:08 PM

Rip it Up...NME Book of the Year

Congratulations must go to Simon Reynolds his book Rip It Up and Start Again postpunk 1978-1984 has won the.. NME book of the year. [Announced in this week's NME issue]

I reckon Simon needs to contact his business agent/ publisher fast.

With Christmas coming up the book can now be marketed at NME's mostly teenage readership. The book sells more copies and the kids get a music history education [which they are not going to get from the NME].

Get an ad in the next available issue of the NME, with "NME book of the Year" slogan. Get the stickers on the books.

indicative blatant marketing blurb:
Discover the music era that inspired your NME faves Bloc Party & Franz Ferdinand

Also note:
The American edition will be published by Viking Penguin in February 2006.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:52 PM

Jazz on 3: 2005 Albums Special

Advance notification: Jazz on 3 - 2 December 2005

Definately a show not to be missed, format of the show - each critic selects 3 albums, they play tracks and have a discussion of what impressed them.

2 December 2005

Friday 2 December 2005 23:30-1:00 (Radio 3)
Jazz writer John Fordham and critic Steve Shepherd join Jez Nelson to discuss some of the best jazz releases of 2005.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:39 PM

Uncut - The Smiths - The Queen is Dead era

New issue of Uncut magazine on sale tomorrow. On the front cover The Smiths - Simon Goddard tells the story of how The Queen is Dead album was made 20 years ago.


FREE CD John Peel's Festive 15 - tracks associated with the late, great DJ and his annual Festive 50 countdowns. Featuring The Fall, Billy Bragg, The House Of Love, The Sugarcubes, The Wedding Present, The Mighty Wah! and more

you can also LISTEN to the FREE CD online.

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Blabbermouth.Net report DAYLIGHT DIES: 'Dismantling Devotion' Release Date Confirmed

Candlelight Records has confirmed a March 7, 2006 U.S. release date for the new DAYLIGHT DIES album

# posted by DJ Martian 4:01 PM

Katatonia - The Great Cold Distance

Blabbermouth.Net report KATATONIA: Complete New Album Details Revealed; Audio Sample Available

This is one of the most anticipated rock albums of 2006.

Sweden's KATATONIA have set "The Great Cold Distance" as the title of their seventh full-length album, due on March 13, 2006 via Peaceville Records.

"The Great Cold Distance" track listing:

01. Leaders
02. Deliberation
03. Soil's Song
04. My Twin
05. Consternation
06. Follower
07. Rusted
08. Increase
09. July
10. In The White
11. The Itch
12. Journey Through Pressure

Single: My Twin can be sampled online in an edit format. To me this sounds at times like Bob Mould's Sugar era plus Porcupine Tree and The Cure inspirations. However the band come from an Atmospheric Metal background when willl they cross-over to core alternative audiences that their obvious talent merits

Check sample @ Official KATATONIA web site |

# posted by DJ Martian 1:43 PM

Tuesday, November 29, 2005


Musique Machine review Brian Mcbride - When The Detail lost it's Freedom on Kranky

With out doubt the best ambient album that has floated past my ears in this or any other year. But really what can you expected when the album is created by on half of the sublime Stars of the Lid

# posted by DJ Martian 9:37 PM

New website for: Smalltown Superjazzz

The jazz music off-shoot label of Smalltown Supersound

# posted by DJ Martian 4:30 PM

This week's flavourpill LONDON [Issue 110 - 29 November - December 6, 2005]

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

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Monday, November 28, 2005


This week's One World show features:

LEAF Label Special :: Heights of Abraham
Show broadcast on Radio 1
Monday 28st November 2005: 0100-0300 [Now on Listen Again]

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New website for: Jackson and his Computer Band

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Voting starts: OFFICIAL ILM 2005 POLL You know you want to...

select upto 20 albums and 20 songs

Deadline for lists: December 31
Deadline for blurbs: January 5

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Via email from

Mouse on Mars headline The Electronic Winter Ball in London on Saturday 10th December @ a venue under Regents Street.


MOUSE ON MARS (Sonig / Too Pure) - Live
FREEFORM (Skam/ Warp) ? Live
EXILE (Planet-Mu) ? Live
+ More TBA

PORTABLE ( scape , sud , Spectral , context , karat , mutek , backround )
LIVE: LUMP ( Sud , substatic , Karloff , textone )
LIVE: MARK HENNING ( Freude Am Tanzen , Frankie , Milnormorden , Clever
LAKUTI ( sud )
MARCO SHUTTLE ( Guerilla Lime & soda)
JONATHON BURNIP (soul jazz/ microsolutions to megaproblems) (*Special
chicago set!!)

10 pm - very late
Secret catacomb venue under Regents Street.
Nearest tube Oxford Street.

Advanced tickets �13 at / 08700 600 100
�15 on the door.

Venue location announced on the 7th Dec.
its under regents street though
just along from the apple shop

# posted by DJ Martian 4:09 PM

Via ILM: What albums are you anticipating for in 2006?

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BW & BK report NOVEMBERS DOOM Begin Writing New Album - they plan to record the album in April 2006.

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Pet Shop Boys - New Album April 2006 report Pet Shop Boys Spring Return with an album produced by Trevor Horn.

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Sunday, November 27, 2005


2005 Music Lists

I have reorganized the information design of my 2005 Lists webpage: More Best of 2005 Music Links throughout December this will grow and grow.

New 2005 best of music links will be initially collected on my account:

Last year it worked rather well, I then did selective recaps every couple of days on the blog.

[if you use a RSS reader such as Bloglines there is an RSS Feed available for these links]

I will particularly look for lists covering these music styles:

Avant/Art-Rock [Post Rock to Avant Prog to Psychedelic Rock]
Experimental Electronic Music / Ambient / Space Music
Minimal House/ Tech-House/ Techno/ Electro/ Electronic Pop
Extreme/ Dark Metal

lists outside the dominant UK/ USA axis, e.g Scandinavian countries

I will NOT be listing & blogging every list.

In particular I can't see the point of blogging "Indie Rock Robots" lists [i.e readers of Magnet magazine/ Paste / Plan B / Pitchfork etc] i.e the same 10/20/30/40 albums from high profile American and Canadian songs based "Indie Rock" artists listed again and again. Why can't these people expand their limited music horizons and do some listening research of their own ?

I also will be avoiding awful mainstream rock sub-NME/Q type lists i.e anything that has White Stripes, Coldplay and Kaiser Chiefs etc. Although I want be able to resist laughing at the NME top 50 albums of 2005 that is due this coming week.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:54 PM

Friday, November 25, 2005


Next week's releases reviewed @ Norman Records

Also: New look homepage: Norman Records

# posted by DJ Martian 4:18 PM

Cerysmatic Factory notify Keep Breathing by The Durutti Column out today on eBay

# posted by DJ Martian 4:10 PM

This week's Mixing It - 25 November 2005

Friday 25 November 2005 22:15-23:30 (Radio 3)

Mark Russell and Robert Sandall introduce a session by the Italian improvising trio Zu, in collaboration with electronic musician Nobukazu Takemura.

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Norwegian Voices in London

MIC Norway spotlight Norwegian Voices

The mini-festival Norwegian Voices in London is the climax of a year that celebrates the Norwegian centenary of independence, exploring the rich vein of music that has emerged from this most surprising and individual of countries during the past 50 years

Norwegian Voices is the climax of a year that celebrates the Norwegian centenary of independence, exploring the rich vein of music that has emerged from this most surprising and individual of countries during the past 50 years. The event’s roster is impressive and diverse: Arild Andersen, Ketil Bjørnstad, Mari Boine, Brazz Brothers, Sidsel Endresen, Arve Henriksen, Terje Isungset, Berit Opheim, Terje Rypdal, Karl Seglem, Thomas Strønen and Supersilent are set to perform on the 8th of December.

Norwegian Voices is staged at London's Barbican Hall on Thursday 8 December from 7:30pm.

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almost cool music reviews Deaf Center - Pale Ravine

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The Guardian review Bill Nelson - Quit Dreaming ... and Get on the Beam - a reissued album, that was originally released in 1981.

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The Guardian review Bobo Stenson/ Anders Jormin/ Paul Motian - Goodbye on ECM

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Musique Machine review Sunn 0))) - Black One [top rated 5/5 review]

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Speakers Push the Air review Francisco - Music Business

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Speakers Push the Air interview Cut Copy

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Thursday, November 24, 2005


TrusttheDJ interview John Dahlback: John Dahlback: Sweden's teenage prodigy turns 20

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Marcello Carlin is back blogging: The Church Of Me

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New Aborym Album due February 2006

Blabbermouth.Net report ABORYM: New Song Available For Download

the track comes off the Italian black metallers' fourth album, "Generator", due on February 20, 2006 via Season of Mist.

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6 Music article Andrew Collins' Guide to 4AD

Playlouder article A Brief History of 4AD

# posted by DJ Martian 3:39 PM

Max Tundra - New Album on the Way

sonomu announce uncharted sessions 26/11 with max tundra

Also: "Max Tundra is currently writing his third album for the Domino label..."

# posted by DJ Martian 3:25 PM

fast 'n' bulbous has updated his best albums of 2005 list.

Opeth - Ghost Reveries still retains pole position.

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Blabbermouth.Net report STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Begin Writing Material For New Album

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005


Blabbermouth.Net report BURNT BY THE SUN Reunite To Write Final Album for Relapse Records in 2006.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:22 PM

Issue 57 of Earplug


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 5:59 PM

AngryApe report Liars Drum's Not Dead is due March 21st on Mute

# posted by DJ Martian 5:49 PM

Kultureflash - Headlines from London [No. 144 / 23.11.05]

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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Secret Machines Title New Album: Ten Silver Drops report Secret Machines Prep Comeback album: Ten Silver Drops that is scheduled for Mid March 2006.

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Ground and Sky review Indukti - S.U.S.A.R.

Tool circa Lateralus is indeed a good comparison in this manner, but Indukti's sound is a bit warmer ? always intense, but more mysterious than it is menacing.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005


This week's flavourpill LONDON [Issue 109 - 22- -28 November, 2005]

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

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BBC Music review The Claudia Quintet - Semi-Formal

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The Wire - December 2005 Issue

New issue of The Wire has Lightning Bolt on the front cover.

This issue comes with a free CD: The Wire Tapper 14

# posted by DJ Martian 3:37 PM

Tom Hull has updated his Music Year 2005 list.

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4AD - Various Artists - 1980 Forward - new lo-priced 4ad sampler compilation, released this week.

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Brainwashed announce The Brainwashed 2005 Readers' Poll - the process laid out.

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All About Jazz review The Vandermark 5 | The Color of Memory

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Via ILM: Mogwai - Mr. Beast - press release info for the new Mogwai album due in February 2006.

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Monday, November 21, 2005


Rough Trade Shops present The Rough Trade Shops Top 100 Albums for 2005

The Rough Trade Shops Top 100 Albums for 2005 - Based on shop sales and staff votes.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:27 PM - a netcasting music website for underground house.

...the home of underground house and eclectic broadcasting by DJ's from around the globe. With excellent daily shows featuring all things house in addition to regular eclectic shows, there's a show that'll suit your tastes.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:13 PM

Metal report Emperor Announce Two U.S. Shows

Emperor dates:

July 14 - New York, NY @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
July 16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club

# posted by DJ Martian 9:55 PM

Brainwashed attacks The Williamsburg iPod Awards

Article rant that correctly attacks the pre-selected nominations process for the online-based "PLUG Independent Music Awards" [see earlier blog post below]

# posted by DJ Martian 9:35 PM

Reminder: Cocteau Twins - Lullabies To Violaine limited edition de-luxe version is released this week.

Reminder of the details of this release: cocteau twins | news

4-disc Set Part of Label's 25th Anniversary Celebration

For the first time all the non-album tracks from across the Cocteau Twins' entire career have been compiled together and offer a unique view of their musical journey from the perspective of all their single / EP releases which incorporate most of their best known tracks.

This is an unusual de-luxe package containing all 4 CD's that will be available 21 November (Europe) and 22 November (USA) in a worldwide limited edition of 10,000. The discs are contained in a fold-out package made of a material that itself sounds like a Cocteau Twins title — 'Curious Soft Touch Milk.' It's all very tactile, minimal and v23.


DAD 2513CD and DAD 2514CD
These are the regular versions of the set which will be available early 2006. Each package is a digipak with 2 CD's. Volume One covers the 4AD era (1982 – 1990) and Volume Two the Mercury / Capitol years (1993 – 1996).

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Vote in: The 2005 Annual Nightingale Awards - connected with Radio 1's DJ Annie Nightingale.

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Reminder: 1980 Forward - 25 Years of 4AD special shows on 6 Music this week.

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This week's One World show on Radio 1 features:

Sigur Ros :: Heavy Deviance :: Jason Leech
Show broadcast on Radio 1
Monday 21st November 2005: 0100-0300 [Now on Listen Again]

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The Gathering plan Album for March 2006 Release

Blabbermouth.Net report THE GATHERING Enter Studio To Record Ninth Album

"We would hope to see the album get released sometime in March (on Psychonaut Records in Europe, The End Records in North America). We plan to start touring in March and come over to tour in South America and the U.S.A. once again."

# posted by DJ Martian 3:57 PM

Pitchfork report Exclusive: PLUG Awards Nominees Announced

The winners will be announced on February 2, 2006, at a ceremony at Webster Hall in New York City.

Voting form: PLUG: Independent Music Awards - your chance to vote.

Although the limited pre-set nominations [options] seems a rather restrictive exercise for awarding creativity.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:27 PM

New Book: Richard Cook's Jazz Encyclopedia - Richard Cook - Penguin UK

Penguin have just published a new Jazz Encyclopedia from the well known jazz critic Richard Cook.

Book: Hardback | 153 x 234mm | 704 pages | ISBN 0141006463 | 03 Nov 2005 | Penguin

# posted by DJ Martian 1:49 PM

All About Jazz review Steve Reid Ensemble | Spirit Walk an album just released on Soul Jazz records.

An uber-visceral, trance-centric celebration of Great Black Music ancient-to-modern—mixing up free improv, Afrobeat, the astral jazz of Pharoah Sanders and Alice Coltrane, North African Sufi music, early '70s electric Miles, chicken shack B3 grooves, Gil Scott Heron and the Last Poets, and more, all of it laced with real time electronica—Spirit Walk is serious mindbending business, as in free your ass and your mind will follow.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:30 PM

4AD - Official Website has relaunched with a new design.

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Sunday, November 20, 2005


The Observer | OMM | review Nine Horses - Snow Borne Sorrow [5 star review]

Snow Borne Sorrow probably won't triumph commercially, but musically, it is a contender for album of the year. Great to have you back on form, David.

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New book: Van der Graaf Generator - The Book

Van der Graaf Generator - THE BOOK
(and POSTER)
Jim Christopulos and Phil Smart
Published by "Phil and Jim" - November 14th 2005
ISBN 0 9551337 0 X

"It's been fascinating to find out so much that I didn't know about the band I'm in." - Guy Evans

A history of the band Van der Graaf Generator 1967 to 1978

# posted by DJ Martian 8:55 PM

mistahfuji presents The Ten Best Albums of 2005 [A Livejournal user selects 10 albums from 2005 with reviews]

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Stratosphere_Fanzine - a shoegazer music ezine run via yahoo groups.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:55 PM

Stuart Nicholson on New Jazz Talent for the 21st Century

OMM article by writer/jazz critic Stuart Nicholson who spotlights 6 new breed jazz artists: Welcome to our world

Jazz was the great American art form of the twentieth century. Now everyone else is muscling in. Stuart Nicholson picks six of the best of the new breed breaking free from the code.

Artists Featured:

Arve Henriksen: I have featured Arve many times on this blog, he is also a member of Supersilent - who are widely recognized as esteemed creative musicians.

Matthew Bourne: Another talented artist I have featured before. A british jazz artist from Leeds, who mixes piano with electronics on the album: The Electric Dr M(Sound)

Solveig Slettahjell: A new artist to me. This 34 year old Norwegian female jazz singer has three CDs out on the Oslo based Curling label. The album Pixiedust is slated for release in the UK next year on the ACT label.

Aron Ottignon: Another new artist for me. Apparently has a project called Culture Tunnels

Alexi Tuomarila A Finnish jazz artist has an album called 02 - released on Warner Brothers a couple of years ago.

The Bad Plus - Are a well known contemporary jazz group from the US.


Stuart Nicholson's new book, Is Jazz Dead (Or has it Moved to a new Address)? (Routledge, New York), is available NOW. []

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Ladytron are presenting the 6 Mix on 6 Music at 8pm GMT today.

[Also available on Listen Again after broadcast via BBC Radio Player]

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Saturday, November 19, 2005


Ground and Sky review Nil - Nil Novo Sub Sole

Mixing symphonic prog with metal, jazz, a slight hint of zeuhl and RIO, and an overall sound that is somehow very French is a formula for success for Nil. This style combined with an adept compositional touch, particularly when it comes to use of space and pace, guarantees a memorable album, which Nil Novo Sub Sole certainly is.

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AngryApe report Stellastarr - Harmonies For The Haunted will get a UK release in February 2006.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:12 PM report Pelican Join Cave In Bill for February/ March 2006 UK Tour.

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Pig Radio an electronic music / alternative rock/pop web radio station from Milan in Italy. [Listen with Winamp]

recent indicative playlist:

LCD Soundsystem - Tribulations (Lindstrom remix)
Royksopp - What Else Is There? (Trentemoeller Remix)
Freeform Five - Electromagnetic
A.R. Kane - A Love From Outer Space
Happy Mondays - Playground Superstar
Daft Punk - Human After All (Sebastian Remix)
Metric - Dead Disco
Windsor For The Derby - Praise
Eliot Lipp - Rap Tight
Electrocute - I Need A Freak

more info @ Pig Radio - Playlist

# posted by DJ Martian 4:03 PM

Shining Plan 2006 Album

Norwegian avant rockers Shining announce their future plans:

We're now working on a new album, and will be recording in studio in the very beginning on 2006.

We'll also do some selective touring in spring 2006, so stay tuned for info...

Hope to see you all again with a new Shining album!

# posted by DJ Martian 3:53 PM

Wilderness plan 2nd Album for April 2006

Pitchfork report on Wilderness: Wilderness Kick Off Tour, Work on Second LP

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Friday, November 18, 2005


Next week's releases reviewed @ Norman Records

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Details of Plan B Magazine new issue due December 5th.

Issue 9 of Plan B is in shops the week beginning 5th December, and
features: Cat Power, Animal Collective, Daniel Johnston, Shooting At
Unarmed Man, Panico, Baby Blue, Spoon, The Research, Instal, Ladyfest, Test
Icicles, Rise Above Records, Miss The Occupier, Why I love...Robyn,
alternative fashion, Bongwater, Oxes, Angie Reed, Final Fantasy, Smoosh,
AFX, and all the best in underground and cult film, comics, DVD, books,
videogames and art.

[Source: Plan B email]

# posted by DJ Martian 3:44 PM

Lords Of Metal interview Burst


It's in the air, I just feel it: Burst is gonna explode, I can tell you that! This band will be big, at least in extreme metal-context. Their new album 'Origo' is another step into exhilarating extreme metal perfection, whereby predecessor 'Prey On Life' was already a giant monster. Their mix from metalcore, death metal, hardcore and thrash metal gets more depth by inventive use of seventies prog and psychedelic music.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:35 PM

This Heat Reissues

via ILM: This Heat box set and reissues.


This is! This heat reissues

This is!

A new label set up by Charles Hayward and Charles Bullen through Chris Cutler's ReR Megacorp to reissue in definitive form all of this heat's published CDs, unavailable since the death of Gareth Williams in 2001,and to prepare and release unheard material from their substantial archive.

The series will start with the first album 'this heat' from 1978 (known as "the blue and yellow"), due out in December, fully re-mastered.

The box

To mark the 30th anniversary of the group's first concert on Friday the thirteenth of February, 1976, This is! will be issuing a limited edition BOX SET comprising all the official releases, newly re-mastered: This Heat, Deceit, Health and Efficiency, Made Available and Repeat, as well as a complete extra CD of previously unreleased material. This will come with a substantial and authoritative book of interviews, articles, rare photographs, memorabilia and documents tracing the history and the work of the group. All of these CDs will also be available singly, and further releases will follow later in the year. Everything will remain in print.

For more information on the label, the box and how to get the advance subscription edition please contact our distributor, ReR Megacorp at

# posted by DJ Martian 2:22 PM report The Cure Reveal New Album Details - targeting a Summer 2006 release.

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almost cool music reviews Brian McBride - When The Detail Lost It's Freedom

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almost cool music reviews The Dolls - The Dolls

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Blabbermouth.Net report YAKUZA: Release Date Set For 'Samsara' as March 7th 2006.

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Thursday, November 17, 2005


Metal Maniacs - TOP TEN ALBUMS OF 2005 voting instructions plus a Metal Maniacs - VOTE LIST a summary of important 2005 Metal releases.

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Metalrage review Akercocke - Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone

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Metalrage review Ephel Duath - Pain Necessary To Know

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BBC Collective review lindstrom & prins thomas - 'lindstrom & prins thomas'

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Blabbermouth.Net report DAYLIGHT DIES: 'Dismantling Devotion' Mastering Complete the album will be released in early 2006 through Candlelight Records.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:19 PM

CD Times report Mansun/Paul Draper solo news

New Mansun Best of Compilation on the way - Spring 2006

News of a Paul Draper solo album

# posted by DJ Martian 1:00 PM report More Morrissey Album Details Emerge

Ringleader of the Tormentors is due in March 2006

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DJ Magazine interview John Dählback catches up with the young Swedish dance music producer

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New Trespassers William Album for February 2006

trespassers william announce: Our new record, entitled 'having', will be out worldwide in February of 2006 on Nettwerk Records.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005


Kultureflash - Headlines from London [No. 143 / 16.11.05]

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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Harmonium review Burst - Origo

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Google Base

This should be of interest to many readers, a new free web publishing solution from Google.

Some content is better managed outside a blog format and Google today has launched Google Base that looks rather interesting.

Google Blogscoped provide an overview: Google Base Officially Live Now

You could use it for example:

To create end of year music lists/ reviews
A Profile / About Page for your blog [to promote and describe your blog]
Promote events e.g Create an online flyer
Looking to start a new band, create a wanted ad
Create articles [good for long "Simon Reynolds" type analytical articles]

Ofcourse when you create content using Google Base you can easily link to it from your existing blog.

A new web service from Google: Google Base

Help the world find your content.
Google Base is a place where you can add all types of information that we'll host and make searchable online.

You can describe any item you post with attributes, which will help people find it when they search Google Base. In fact, based on the relevance of your items, they may also be included in the main Google search index and other Google products like Froogle and Google Local.

About Google Base

You will see Google Base uses Labels [that are similar to the concept of tagging in social bookmark systems] and Attributes that further describe your content to improve web findability.

What are labels and attributes?

Google Base enables you to include detailed information about your Google Base items called labels and attributes, which will help users find your content more easily when they search on Google Base or other Google properties.

Labels are any keywords or phrases ? such as recipe, event, or product ? that can be used to classify or describe your item.

Attributes are words or phrases that help describe the characteristics and qualities of your items. You may enter multiple values for a particular attribute separated by commas.

This looks interesting:

Google Base will accept bulk uploads in TSV, RSS 1.0, RSS 2.0 and Atom 0.3 formats. This means that content providers who already have RSS feeds can easily submit their content to Google Base without requiring much additional work.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:01 PM

Junkmedia review Greg Davis and Sebastian Roux - Paquet Surprise [Album of the week]

# posted by DJ Martian 12:32 AM

Tuesday, November 15, 2005


JustAddNoise review Zu - The Way Of The Animal Powers

Rome-based Zu's explosive free jazz meets avant-rock sound.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:08 PM

One Louder Quick Takes: on Deaf Center - Pale Ravine

Electronic music from Norway on Type Records

Type records : Deaf Center : Pale Ravine

‘Pale Ravine’ is an album which again manages to blend elements of classical music with electronic music, yet there is something decidedly different which sets it apart from the competition. While there are elements that can be compared with contemporaries such as Max Richter, Marsen Jules or Ryan Teague – Deaf Center is altogether more other-worldly, darker and ultimately very rewarding.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:59 PM

This week's The Breezeblock show on Radio 1 features:

Live From Maida Vale: Errors

Ariel Pink live in session

[Now on Listen Again]

# posted by DJ Martian 9:50 PM

Elbow - US Release Date for Third Album confirmed

Billboard report New Elbow Album Hitting States In Feb. - February 7th on V2

[By the way, roughly 40 % of visitors to my blog are from United States, double that of UK Visitors. I get between 30 to 40 different countries visiting this blog each day. A global readership from every continent.]

Stats via Measure Map

# posted by DJ Martian 9:20 PM review Paradise Lost - Paradise Lost

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Blabbermouth.Net report BATTERED Begin Mixing Debut Album that is scheduled for release in Europe in February 2006 via the Norwegian label Tabu Recordings

Battered feature former member of EINHERJER

# posted by DJ Martian 9:01 PM report Editors UK Tour announced for February/ March 2006.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:21 PM

Klaus Schulze Interview

Muzici si Faze have an Interview with Klaus Schulze

# posted by DJ Martian 3:41 PM

Music webzine: Intuitive Music has relaunched with a new design.


* Intuitive Music is an independent web publication dedicated to the different styles and manifestations in alternative, creative, and experimental music of the 21st Century.

* Intuitive Music is managed under the editors approval of quality in the choosing of the content. The focus of this web site is a bid for those artists and music labels which we think are bringing creativity, originality and quality to contemporary music, further than the labels put on music styles.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:57 PM

New Durutti Column Album: Keep Breathing

Cerysmatic Factory report details of a new Durutti Column album: The Durutti Column - Keep Breathing

6 February 2006 [official release date]

28 November 2005 [available on eBay from this date; shipping from 13 December 2005]

The album features 12 brand new tracks, recorded and written by Vini Reilly and arranged by Ben Roberts.

Reilly famously, has criticised his previous recordings, claiming, "It's all rubbish". This album though has received his own critical acclaim. "It's a great album", he says "For the first time in 25 years, I'm pleased with my own album, I want it to succeed, and feel its good enough to do that".

# posted by DJ Martian 2:08 PM

This week's flavourpill LONDON [Issue 108 - 15-21 November, 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 1:53 PM update Best Albums of 2005

On November 9th there was a complete data update of album ranking at I have accessed the expanded data to list the top 1000 rated albums of 2005.

Within 2 days [1 day for the US] Kate Bush - Aerial was ranked @ 158, expect this album to rocket up when the next update comes.

Top 1000 Albums of 2005

Having looked at the top 1000 list, there are many average albums and some fine albums not even making the list.

I would say albums fall into these 3 categories:

1. High Profile/ Established Artists

These artists that have a larger enough fan base to make it to this list. However the lower the album ranks this may give an indication of the [lack of] qualities of the album.

2. Niche Genre Appeal / Cult of Community:

The bulk of the albums fall into this category.

Artists that are well known in a particular niche genre are more likely to be rated favourably.

As you slide down the 1000 list, obscure artists that are virtually complete unknowns outside of their niche community are likely to be ranked.

However an album that is performing well on the list by an obscure artist could give an indication to the positive qualities of an album.

3. Word of Mouth/ Crossover Appeal

Albums that are performing well due to positive reviews, word-of-mouth, media exposure etc. They have outgrown mere genre niche appeal but are not [yet] part of the mainstream. These albums can easily be spotted in the top 100 and to a lesser extent outside the 100.


A selective look at some of the albums outside the top 100:

106. High on Fire: Blessed Black Wings [Intense psychedelic heavy rock delivered with style]

125: Colleen: The Golden Morning Breaks [An album that is likely to do rather well on end of year polls.]

129 Sunn O))): Black One [Terrorizer front cover stars of art-metal]

134 Lightning Bolt: Hypermagic Mountain [I am surprised this isn't doing better]

135 New Order: Waiting for the Sirens' Call [a rather New Order by numbers album that hasn't delivered musically or on this poll]

148 Van Der Graaf Generator: Present [Progressive rock Veterans come back with a passionate & emotional album]

149 Elbow: Leaders of the Free World [Elbow remain cult faves on the fringes of the mainstream in terms of popularity]

152 Shining: In The Kingdom Of Kitsch You Will Be A Monster [A great challenging rock album on Rune Grammofon]

159 Editors: The Back Room [The Best pensive Joy Division clone ever to come out of the West Midlands]

160 Konono No. 1: Congotronics [From Congo delivering the rhythms - performing well]

164 Vitalic: Ok Cowboy [Dance fans probably find rateyourmusic too rockist to rate albums ;-) ]

165 Serena Maneesh: Serena-Maneesh [See what a positive review in Pitchfork can do for - Shoegazer types from Norway]

171 Wilderness: Wilderness [Another Pitchfork approved album, the best example of a band doing John Lydon karaoke heard all year]

188 Ladytron: Witching Hour [A shift in music direction but Ladytron remain niche faves]

193 Arcturus: Sideshow Symphonies [A change in direction to a more symphonic progressive metal direction has resulted in Arcturus not performing as well as expected]

213 Alog: Miniatures [Doing well for a obscure artist on Rune Grammofon]

215 Out Hud: Let Us Never Speak of It Again [This style of music has past it's critical zenith of a few years ago.]

232 The Fall: Fall Heads Roll [Always will remain cult faves]

252 Isolée: Wearemonster [You do realize that this is number 1 album on Metacritic best albums of 2005 at the mo, ahead of competition from Sufjan Stevens and Kate Bush. Obviously not enough dance / electronic music fans use]

256 Primordial: The Gathering Wilderness [A superb atmospheric metal album, a good example of a band performing very well on this poll comparative to their overall profile]

276 HRSTA: Stem Stem In Electro [One of the better avant-rock albums of 2005]

280 Moonsorrow: Verisäkeet [Viking Metal from Finland]

346 Guapo: Black Oni [Avant-Prog from Britain very psychedelic]

353 The Juan Maclean: Less Than Human [Big faves on]

355 Akercocke: Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone [Post Progressive Black Metal from England]

357 Taake:...Doedskvad [From Norway, this is the highest rated pure black metal album on the 1000 list. ]

376 Wobbler: Hinterland [Great bombastic progressive rock from Norway. Mellotrons played like it's the early 70s again]

383 Simple Minds: Black & White 050505 [Lack of airplay, hardly any media coverage sees Simple Minds cast into obscurity outside of the mainstream]

399 Mu [GBR]: Out Of Breach (Manchester's Revenge) [Not everyone listens to the Breezeblock show ?]

439 Asva: Futurists Against the Ocean [A great heavy psychedelic art-metal album, superb atmospherics]

446 Nine Horses: Snow Borne Sorrow [I am surprised this is not performing better, poor overseas distribution ? Definately a top tier album of 2005. Emotional and Evocative]

458 Riverside: Second Life Syndrome [Superb atmospheric rock from Poland, destined for cult appeal only. With more media coverage this album would easily be a lot higher]

480 Ion Dissonance: Solace [Touted as Canada's big hope for extreme tech-metal]

503 Novembers Doom: The Pale Haunt Departure [One of the better metal albums of 2005, very atmospheric]

522 Cage [rap]: Hell's Winter [Underground hip-hop on Def Jux]

540 Tunng: Mother's Daughter And Other Songs [Folktronica remains a restricted niche genre in terms of popularity]

588 Larsen: Play [esteemed Italian avant rock]

590 Ellen Allien: Thrills [Obviously all the dance fans are using discogs not ]

633 Swarm of the Lotus: The Sirens of Silence [Likely to appeal to Neurosis fans]

637 Drudkh: The Swan Road [Arty Black Metal with a strong cult following in the underground]

646 World's End Girlfriend: The Lie Lay Land [Impressive collage of styles]

667 Keith Fullerton Whitman: Multiples [not everyone reads]

698 Axis of Perdition: Deleted Scenes From the Transition Hospital [Industrial Black Metal is most likely to remain in relative obscurity]

699 Marsen Jules: Herbstlaub [Likely to place high in many electronic music end of year pols at Boomkat]

727 Murcof: Remembranza [Experimental electronic music from Mexico, likely to perform well in Boomkat end of year charts]

756 Jan Jelinek: Kosmischer Pitch [A change of musical style, I guess this album is likely to climb in the future once word-of-mouth spreads]

774 Bohren & Der Club of Gore: Geisterfaust [A challenging heavy rhythmic album]

778 Buried Inside: Chronoclast [This album picked up some considerably good reviews earlier in the year. One of many bands following in the post Neurosis sound]

781 Monolake: Polygon_Cities [Another album likely to do well in Boomkat end of year charts]

797 Miriodor: Parade [Avant Prog from Canada. Not as good as their classic Mekano album released earlier in the decade!]

815 Gojira: From Mars to Sirius [French Metal band picking up positive reviews]

833 Malory: The Third Face [Superb Shoegazer soundsmiths from Germany]

839 Frantic Bleep: The Sense Apparatus [One of the finest rock albums of the year, superb production, unfortunately destined for obscurity]

844 Hate Eternal: I, Monarch [Considered one of the best death metal albums of 2005]

856 Octavia Sperati: Winter Enclosure [Atmospheric metal from Norway]

882 Julien Neto: Le Fumeur de Ciel [an album likely to perform well on Boomkat end year of charts from the esteemed British based Type label]

959 Scar Symmetry: Symmetric In Design [Melodo death metal done rather well]

999 Urdog: Eyelid of Moon [Psychedelic spacey rock from the US]

# posted by DJ Martian 12:25 AM

Monday, November 14, 2005 report Mogwai Set To Unleash 'Mr Beast' on March 6th

# posted by DJ Martian 3:57 PM

6 Music announce 1980 Forward - 25 Years of 4AD

This November 4AD celebrates its 25th anniversary and BBC 6 Music will be showcasing some of the label's finest artists

6 Music On-Air Schedule for: 1980 Forward - 25 Years of 4AD


Gideon Coe (Weekdays 1000 - 1300)

Each day Gidoen will be welcoming guests from the 4AD roster to play live in the studio. They will include:

21 Nov - TV On The Radio
22 Nov - Kristin Hersh
23 Nov - The Mountain Goats
24 Nov - Mojave 3
25 Nov - Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters)

# posted by DJ Martian 3:22 PM

This week's One World features: Ed Rush & Optical :: Daby Balde :: Joakim

Show broadcast on Radio 1
Monday 14th November 2005: 0100-0300 [Now on Listen Again]

On One World this week we have three different guests.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:45 PM

Stylus review Hyatari - The Light Carriers

# posted by DJ Martian 2:41 PM

TrusttheDJ report Mixmag sold into 'Development Hell'

So EMAP have announced the sale of Mixmag to Development Hell [The company that owns the trad rock monthly: Word]

Who would have thought Ellen & Hepworth buying Mixmag?

Press Gazette report Development Hell pledges TLC for ex-Emap Mixmag

# posted by DJ Martian 2:34 PM

Sunday, November 13, 2005


The Guardian article on 4AD: For the records David Stubbs on how 4AD stamped their style on the age

# posted by DJ Martian 7:15 PM

Blabbermouth.Net report QUEENSRŸCHE Set Release Date For 'Operation: Mindcrime II' - March 14th 2006.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:25 PM

6 Music - Bruce Dickinson Rock Show has a Scandanavian special show.

[Now on Listen Again]

# posted by DJ Martian 6:07 PM

Saturday, November 12, 2005


Looks useful: - Live from the Web | Search & Read official Music News - Band Directory - Archive

" is a search engine keeping track of what is going on in the band scene. A bot collects the news from official band websites and magazines so you can read them on one page."

# posted by DJ Martian 6:31 PM review Serena Maneesh - Serena Maneesh

# posted by DJ Martian 6:20 PM

Friday, November 11, 2005


Next week's releases reviewed @ Norman Records

# posted by DJ Martian 5:54 PM

The Guardian review Lindstrom & Prins Thomas - Lindstrom & Prins Thomas

Norwegians Lindstrom and Prins Thomas, who marry synth-rich pulsing space disco and bass-propelled post-punk with the introspection of psychedelia.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:48 PM

Stylus review Matias Aguayo - Are You Really Lost on Kompakt

# posted by DJ Martian 1:36 PM

New Clearlake Album

Pitchfork report Clearlake will release an album: Amber in January on Domino.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:29 PM

almost cool music reviews: Landing - Brocade

# posted by DJ Martian 1:25 PM

almost cool music reviews: Tape - Rideau

# posted by DJ Martian 1:24 PM exclusively reveals the next 150 DJs that missed out on the Top 100 Poll 2005.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:23 PM

WOEBOT is back blogging.

[Attention, Mr Woebot: please turn on and pinging in Movable Type config. So people know when the blog is updated]

[Also Woebot has a RSS Feed]

# posted by DJ Martian 1:19 PM

Issue 56 of Earplug


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 12:21 AM

Thursday, November 10, 2005


Additions to The Music Blogosphere

I have found info on a Bookmarklet for: adding favorites on

So I have added the following music blogs to: favorites for [The Music Blogosphere]

Changed / New URLs:

Spoilt Victorian Child
Music Spectrum
Said the Gramophone

New Additions:

Athwart 666 Metal News
Perfect Sounds
The Hype Machine
Chemistry Class
Inuit Bikini Scarlet Carwash
Comfort Music
Revolution in the Head
Ear Fuzz

# posted by DJ Martian 11:53 PM

BBC collective have a leaf label profile also listen to Leaf Is Ten mix.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:19 PM favorites for [The Music Blogosphere] i.e music blogs updated 24/7 - Admin: DJ Martian

yahoo have automatically reinstated my post june 2005 blog additions back into the system, therefore music blogs/websites such as One Louder and It's A Trap are back !

However the search function is still not working, so I am unable to add new blogs. Hopefully this will be sorted soon.

Also it looks that any blog that hasn't been updated since yesterday evening circa 8pm [GMT] has been temporarily reset back to it's time stamp circa October 5th or earlier.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:18 PM

Later...Show 4: 11.35pm, BBC2, Friday 11th November 2005

I haven't bothered linking the 2 last shows as the line ups were so rubbish - nothing of interest whatsoever. However this week's show has Sigur Ros and John Cale.

This week's Later...with Jools Holland

[Advance Warning: turn the volume off when that awful trad rock wally Paul Weller comes on.]

# posted by DJ Martian 4:49 PM

Zao plan 2006 Album with Steve Albini

Lambgoat report Zao tap Steve Albini for new album

Look for the as-yet untitled new ZAO album to surface this spring through Ferret Music

# posted by DJ Martian 4:40 PM


They have resigned for Definitive Jux
New Album is currently untitled
New Album will be released in 2006.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:20 PM

Aereogramme New Album due Quarter 1 2006

In an interview in Rock Sound magazine with Aereogramme the title of their next album is reported as: My Heart Has a Wish That You Would Not Go. A release is targeted for Q1 [January - March] 2006.

Label: To be Announced.

Aereogramme were John Peel faves and several Aereogramme tracks have performed well in the festive 50.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:58 PM

Underworld - Lovely Broken Thing

Playlouder report Underworld have released a digital only download:

Available @ UnderworldLive

Official website: Underworld

none of this spells the end of traditional albums, remixes, tours, gigs it's just a way of getting music to you without the help of a multinational every time we feel inspired. expect too see underworld in the charts, on the radio, in the press and in your town again but in the meantime fill you're boots at

# posted by DJ Martian 1:47 PM report Gabriel Eyes Genesis

Original frontman says reunion talks are imminent

Confirmation of rumours circulating some message boards/ forums, re upcoming talks.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:41 PM

Wednesday, November 09, 2005


Moonspell recording new Album: Memorial in Germany


The band are currently recording their new album, entitled "Memorial", at the Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany with producer Waldemar Sorychta (TIAMAT, SAMAEL, SENTENCED),

BW & BK report MOONSPELL - 'Paying Homage' To The Wolfheart Era

Fernando Ribeiro, singer for Portuguese metallers MOONSPELL has posted the following message at their new official Blog

# posted by DJ Martian 8:25 PM

Whipping Boy

Stylus spotlight one of the finest rock albums of the 90s, Whipping Boy - Heartworm: Whipping Boy - On Second Thought

# posted by DJ Martian 5:32 PM

MIC Norway feature on a-ha: 'Analogue' - a-ha's latest out now [alerted via]

Three-and-a-half years since their latest album was released, Norway?s pop icons a-ha return with a new studio album. ?Analogue? bears witness of a revitalised and focused trio eager to recapture the throne of classic pop.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:18 PM

Kate Bush - Aerial is currently ranked Number 1 @ Metacritic: Best Albums of 2005

# posted by DJ Martian 5:12 PM

Kultureflash - Headlines from London [No. 142 / 09.11.05]

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 4:57 PM

This week's flavourpill LONDON [Issue 107 - 8-14 November, 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 4:54 PM

The latest monthly newsletter @ All About Jazz

# posted by DJ Martian 4:39 PM

BW & BK report MADDER MORTEM - Desiderata To Be Issued In March on Peaceville

# posted by DJ Martian 12:46 PM

Ultrasound 05

Ultrasound 05 website has been fully activated. Pan Sonic from Finland are performing.

Ultrasound 2005 / Mon 21 - Sat 26 Nov 2005 /

Huddersfield - West Yorkshire

Ultrasound 2005 presents a diverse programme of
live performances, installations, workshop and
talks by UK and international artists working
in new interdisciplinary ways across the
interrelated fields of new media, contemporary
electronic music, software production, new
technologies and audiovisual performance.

We are pleased to announce the 'Finnish
Partition' of the festival, programmed in
collaboration with Helsinki based artist,
organiser and curator Juha Huuskonen. The
'Finnish Partition' represents a cross-section of
the new and emerging creative talent practising
media arts in Finland today, supported by
established names such as Pan Sonic.

The festival takes place at The Media Centre and
Bates Mill, two contrasting venues. The Media
Centre is home to over 60 creative industries
enterprises, while Bates Mill is a traditional
Mill complex just outside Huddersfield town
centre. The performances at Bates Mill are
located in the old 'Blending Shed' a 5,000 sq ft
industrial space.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:36 PM

Tuesday, November 08, 2005


BBC Music review Arvo Part - Lamentate

# posted by DJ Martian 5:57 PM

BBC Music review Kate Bush - Aerial

# posted by DJ Martian 5:54 PM

sonomu review shriekback - cormorant [reviewed by mark e]

# posted by DJ Martian 4:23 PM

Terrorizer - Issue 138

New issue of Terrorizer magazine is due on sale this Thursday. Norwegian BM Legends Emperor are on the front cover.

It looks a mighty fine issue with Emperor, Burst, Solefald, Ephel Duath, The Young Gods, Lightning Bolt, Sigh and Old Man's Child.



Album Reviews
Bolt Thrower, Khold, Annihilator, Children Of Bodom, Dark Funeral, Dimmu Borgir, Ephel Duath, Helloween, Jello Biafra And Melvins and Sigh � power surge or poncy dirge?


BOLT THROWER 'Entrenched'
SIGH 'Pale Monument'
BURST 'The Immateria'
KHOLD 'Lysets Flukt'
THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD 'Two Inches From A Main Artery'
THE OCEAN 'Une Saison En Enfer'
CLAWFINGER 'Hate Yourself With Style'
HURTLOCKER 'Absolution'
JOHNNY TRUANT 'The Bloodening'
SCARS OF TOMORROW 'The Constant Horror Of Reality
THE SWARM 'Rising Up Through Your Chest'
STAND ASIDE 'And Oblivion Fell'
NAER MATARON 'Blast Furnace'
THE SEARING I 'The Gift/The Curse'
ALLERJEN 'The Courage Will Find You'
CROWFOOT 'Sawtooth'

# posted by DJ Martian 4:11 PM

Monday, November 07, 2005


BW & BK report DISILLUSION Issue Recording Update - a new album is planned for a May/June 2006 release date on Metal Blade.

Disillusion have been tagged as Germany's answer to Opeth

# posted by DJ Martian 5:57 PM

Experimental Music Documentary on One World

This week's One World show features:

Experimental Special :: Edge of Reason
Show broadcast on Radio 1
Monday 7th November 2005: 0100-0300 [Now on Listen Again]

This week on One World we take you to The Edge of Reason as your One World posse delve into the world of experimental music.

As we explore the realms of the experimental we talk to Brian Eno and Bono, Nick Luscombe of the ICA and XFM, Magz Hall from Resonance FM and Tony Herrington from The Wire.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:42 PM

BBC News report Zeppelin share Polar Music Prize

"The awards are likened to the Nobel Prize, with winners receiving one million kroner (�70,523) from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music."

# posted by DJ Martian 5:35 PM

The official Kate Bush website has been fully activated today.

Warning: It is built using Macromedia Flash. Therefore you can't use the back button on your browser to navigate within the website, use the navigation provided on the website instead.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:25 PM

Sunday, November 06, 2005


PostEverything profile 'Et In Arcadia Ego' by The Village Orchestra

Label: [Highpoint Lowlife]
Release Date: November 28th

The Village Orchestra is the solo project of Ruaridh Law, best known as one third of Glasgow electronic dunces, the Marcia Blaine School For Girls (Awkward Silence, Static Caravan, Benbecula, Dalriada).

For influences, think Philip Glass, Coil, Desormais, Speedy J, Ol? Dirty Bastard, Carl Craig, The Bug ? throw these inspirations in a blender and you are somewhere to understanding where this sound emanates from.

Released on: [ Highpoint Lowlife Records ]

The Village Orchestra - Et In Arcadia Ego

"Fair play to Highpoint Lowlife, they really are consistently coming up with supreme releases. The Village Orchestra (an offshoot of Marcia Blaine School for Girls) seems very influenced by Brian Eno, but then who isn't these days? The approach to ambient textures and the more gently beat-driven tracks sounds very much in his latter-day style, with maybe hints of Murcof and Shuttle 358. A very impressive album all round, highly recommended. " Smallfish Records

# posted by DJ Martian 10:37 PM


It is with a mixture of sadness and excitement that I am announcing that after six years, Grooves will no longer be a print publication, but will become an all-digital magazine effective with our next issue. There are a number of reasons for this decision, but I have determined this is the best way for Grooves to continue forward.

Sean Portnoy
Editor/Publisher--Grooves Magazine

# posted by DJ Martian 10:27 PM analyzes the Kate Bush comeback culture: Kate Bush: Mystery Maiden?

# posted by DJ Martian 10:05 PM review Kate Bush - Aerial

# posted by DJ Martian 5:17 PM

Pelican UK Tour in December

Lambgoat notify Pelican tour schedule (UK)

# posted by DJ Martian 5:11 PM

Saturday, November 05, 2005



What? SuprGlu is about bringing the pieces of your web content together into one central place for you, your friends, and maybe even your friends to-be.

It's a very smart idea: SuprGlu - Gluing your life together. [it works with any web based service that uses RSS or ATOM feeds]

Do you already use services like, flickr, blogger, typepad, etc? SuprGlu is a new way to gather all your content from those sites. In a nutshell, SuprGlu:

* gathers your content from popular webservices and publishes them in one convenient place.
* presents your content with simple, great looking templates which you can customize.
* is FREE to use!

Web 2.0 review guru Emily Chang reviews SuprGlu

It?s simple to select from available sources - add your username from 43 Places, 43 Things, All consuming, Blogger,, flickr,, LiveJournal, or Xanga - and pull in your latest posts, data or activity. Or, you can opt to add the URL of your RSS feeds.

SuprGlu acts as a meta-blog of your selected network - in my case, of my own blogs, writing, commenting, bookmarking, media sharing, and general web activity.

I reckon that SuprGlu is a very smart idea and the templates look ace. Must investigate soon.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:10 PM interview Magnetophone

Formed in Birmingham at the end of the nineties by John Hanson and Matt Saunders, Magnetophone presented, with their first EPs and album, a rather unusual and captivating musical vision, rooted as much in indie rock and obscure pop and it was in contemporary electronica. Five years on, the duo return a magnificent sophomore effort, just in time to take part in the festivities for 4AD?s twenty-fifth anniversary. As they gear up to a unique live performance in London, we catch up with, Matt Saunders, one half of Magnetophone.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:44 PM ISSUE #72 NOVEMBER 2005: Summary deliver another fine selection of reviews. [The summaries below are from e-mail/website, to see the full reviews go to the link above]


For this latest output, Supersilent were captured in their natural environment, at their rawest, most unpredictable and visceral, improvising live in front of a crowd.


AFX - Hangable Auto Bulb
Originally published as two extremely limited EPs then years ago, Hangable Auto Bulb part one and two have now been compiled onto one essential album.

The debut album from Christopher Bissonnette is a striking dark and dramatic piece of work that combines stark electronics and minimal orchestral structures.

VASHTI BUNYAN - Lookaftering
Thirty-five years in the making, Vashti Bunyan?s second album is the perfect follow up to the amazing Just Another Diamond Day.

Third in a collaborations released this year, Paquet Surprise sees Greg Davis team up with IRCAM composer Sebastien Roux for a stunning journey through sound and atmospheres.

VLADISLAV DELAY - The Four Quarters / THE DOLLS -The Dolls
On his latest solo project, Vladislav Delay offers a rather clinical vision of his usual sound, while his collaboration with AGF and Craig Armstrong, as The Dolls, often proves no more than a juxtaposition of characters.

MAGNETOPHONE - The Man Who Ate The Man
Over four years after they introduced their highly deconstructed form of electronica, Magn�phone return with their sophomore album on which their flirt with rock structures through a series of collaborations.

BRIAN MCBRIDE - When The Detail Lost Its Freedom
When The Detail Lost Its Freedom is the debut solo album from Stars Of The Lid?s Brian McBride on which he explore a wider sonic range than with his band.

THE ORB Orbsessions / Okie Dokie It's The Orb On Kompakt
While Orbsessions Vol. 1 collects some previously unreleased material spanning fifteen years, Okie Dokie? sees Alex Paterson and Thomas Felhmann produce The Orb?s most pertinent material to date.

SUTEKH - Born Again
Born Again offers an interesting retrospective of various remixes by Sutekh, spanning over six years and spread over two volumes.

Relief is the debut album from Mexican-based artist Edgar Medina, yet nothing here betrays the origin of this work. Instead, the music on this album is clearly the product of a global digital culture.

TUSSLE - Kling Klang
On this, their debut album, San Francisco?s Tussle get all groovy and offer an updated version of the Cabaret Voltaire and A Certain Ratio of the early eighties.

Best known for his involvement with Scottish electronic trio The Marcia Blaine School For Girls, Ruaridh Law presents his debut album as The Village Orchestra.


V/A Check The Water: Selections From The Leaf Label?s First Ten Years
V/A The Electric Institute
V/A Mercury Scales: A Boltfish Recordings Compilation
V/A SubVaritrax

# posted by DJ Martian 3:40 PM report Primal Scream Return with new album in February 2006.

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MetalReview of Solefald - Red For Fire - An Icelandic Odyssey Part I

the duo of Lazare (who also has served in Borknagar, Asmegin and Age of Silence) and Cornelius has delivered a stunning album that manages to combine the band’s unconventional black metal stylings with Viking austerity and grandiosity. The most fitting term I came up with was ‘eccentric Nordic majesty.’

.. Red For Fire comes with a warning tag due to its pretty non traditional take on metal and progressive tendencies that comes across like Enslaved meeting Arcturus at a Viking attire only poetry reading. But in my books that’s a pretty exclusive and brilliant club.

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Friday, November 04, 2005


AngryApe report a new B. Fleischmann album is on the way:

B. Fleischmann releases his next album on Morr on February 21st 2006.

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Jaga Jazzist inform about

If you want to listen to new, Norwegian and good music you can go to:

You'll find bands such as Magnet, Sondre Lerche, Real Ones, Cato Salsa Experience, Hanne Hukkelberg, Ulver, Jaga Jazzist and many, many others

# posted by DJ Martian 4:00 PM interview with Peter Gabriel - including discussion on a forthcoming album I/O

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Next week's releases reviewed @ Norman Records

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Textura selects Ten Favourite Labels (2005)

Ai Records / Background Records / City Centre Offices /
Ghostly International / Highpoint Lowlife / kranky /
Merck / Microcosm / Orac / Type

- Includes interviews with label owners
- discussion on 2005 music
- future release plans for 2006

Some albums due 2006 from:

Janek Schaefer
Donato Wharton
Marsen Jules
Fisk Industries
Marshall Watson
Like A Stuntman
Keith Fullerton Whitman
Stars of the Lid
Jessica Bailiff
RJ Valeo
Ryan Teague

# posted by DJ Martian 3:09 PM

BW & BK report MERCENARY - Due To Record New Album In Early 2006

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The Guardian review Kate Bush - Aerial a 5 star review by Alexis Petridis

The Independent review Kate Bush - Aerial a 5 star review by Andy Gill

Playlouder review Kate Bush - Aerial - another 5 star [heads] review.

[Also Aerial was a 5 star review in Mojo]

# posted by DJ Martian 3:01 PM

Thursday, November 03, 2005


Knut - Terraformer

Stream the new album by Knut: Terraformer


A masterpiece of ambient metal-noisecore-postrock-drone-doom-psychedelia-industrialized-dub-rock.

If any of the following interest you: Neurosis, Isis, Envy, Mogwai, Killing Joke, The Young Gods, Explosions in the Sky, Sonic Youth, The God Machine, PIL, Popul Vuh, Godspeed you Black Emperor, Cult of Luna, Minsk - then you should experience Knut.

This is a mighty impressive album, a strong candidate for the best [mostly] instrumental rock album of the year.

Knut on this album are proved as master exponents of atmospherics, from the slow to the hyper-fast, the detailed laced psychedelic guitar work, the pummeling rythmics, the incorporation of spoken word and sampled electronics, at times the drums pound with crushing intensity, the bass guitar flows like molten lava streaming down an erupting volcano. Mighty Impressive.

Albums as supreme as this don't come around that often, brilliance is recognized NOW experience it.

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Via ILM: Uncut Magazine already has their Top 50 for 2005 out

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Stylus review Jan Jelinek - Kosmischer Pitch

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AngryApe report Slowdive Reissue Souvlaki as a double CD on November 14th.

Also: Castle will be repressing a trio of Slowdive albums this month, which also includes Pygmalion and Just For A Day.

Official website: Slowdive. in web

# posted by DJ Martian 1:17 PM

Uncut - December 2005 Issue

New issue of Uncut magazine now on sale, has David Bowie on the front cover. [Circa Young Americans / Station to Station]

Plus a 10-Page Guide to the Year's Best Music

FREE CD The Best Music Of 2005. Featuring Arcade Fire, Devendra Banhart, Franz Ferdinand, Antony & The Johnsons, Bright Eyes, Ry Cooder, Sufjan Stevens and many more.

ha, not my idea of the best music of 2005 !

# posted by DJ Martian 1:09 PM

Igloo on The Definition of IDM?

Stefan Koopmanschap (Electronic Music World) attempts to assimilate the definition of "IDM," an acronym initially coined as a mailing list via in the early 90s.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:25 PM

New website for Steven Wilson of [Porcupine Tree]

Including Latest Playlist:

01 November 2005

1. Boards of Canada - Campfire Headphase
2. Boris / Merzbow - Sun Baked Snow Cave
3. Vladimir Cosma - Diva OST
4. Marissa Nadler - Ballads of Living and Dying
5. Steve Hackett - Spectral Mornings
6. Richard Devine - Cautella
7. Tod Dockstader - Aerial
8. Many Bright Things - Many Bright Friends
9. Magma - Ka
10. Mew - And The Glass Handed Kites
11. AFX - Hanagable Auto Bulb
12. Sunn O))) - Black One
13. Chicago - Live at Carnegie Hall
14. Arvo Part - Lamantete
15. Hafler Trio - If Take Then Take
16. Charlie Poole - You Ain't Talking to Me"

# posted by DJ Martian 12:10 AM

Wednesday, November 02, 2005


Top 100 Albums of 2005 @ has been updated.

A few minor updates: particularly

49: Boards of Canada [Sliding Down]
56: Depeche Mode [Climbing Up]
59: Between the Buried & Me [Still Climbing Up]

# posted by DJ Martian 7:32 PM

Mojo - December 2005 Issue

Details of the new issue of Mojo magazine, with Kate Bush on the front cover.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:28 PM

John Cale on BBC - 6 Music - Tom Robinson tonight:

On tonight's show you can hear John Cale's take on the Velvet Underground, The Stooges, Patti Smith and his latest solo album Black Acetate.

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Playlouder review 65daysofstatic - One Time For All Time

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Playlouder interview Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke [also review of recent London gig]

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Brain Damage note Kate Bush interview with David Gilmour comments, Mojo Dec 2005

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Kultureflash - Headlines from London [No. 141 / 02.11.05]

This week's Kultureflash - Headlines from London

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

# posted by DJ Martian 12:12 AM

Tuesday, November 01, 2005


AngryApe report Mogwai 2006 Live Dates

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On ILM: Vote For Your Top 3 albums OF 2005 HERE...

Why only 3, Bimble?

# posted by DJ Martian 4:36 PM

Stylus review Sunn O))) - Black One [STYLUSMAGAZINE.COM’S ALBUM OF THE WEEK: OCTOBER 31 – NOVEMBER 6, 2005]

# posted by DJ Martian 4:22 PM

Keep of Kalessin Album: Armada - Due March 2006

BW & BK report KEEP OF KALESSIN Firm Up Release Date For “Next Level Of Black Metal" - 27th March 2006.

Combining the atmosphere of EMPEROR's In The Nightside Eclipse with a great dynamic production

Official Website: Keep of Kalessin

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The Independent interview Brian Eno: The professor of pop

Brian Eno's reputation as the egghead of contemporary music precedes him. But while he can explain the links between architecture and doo-wop, he doesn't have a clue how to write a hit, he tells Fiona Sturges

# posted by DJ Martian 11:27 AM

Zero Tolerance Magazine - ISSUE 008 NOV/DEC

New Issue of Zero Tolerance Magazine

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

16 tracks to scare the spooks away.


HEATHEN SPECIAL - CHAPTER 1 Falkenbach, Obtest, The Meads Of Asphodel, Life Lessons: The Pagan Way, Thyrfing, The Viking Way: The Jarl Of The Jomsvikings - Philip Burthem, Solefald

BLACK METAL MAYHEM Woods Of Infinity, Macabre Omen, Thesyre, Anxiety, Nuit Noir, Charnel Valley, Catenatam Lucem

Paths Of Possession, Irony Of Christ, After The Last Sky, Crucifist, Ted Maul, To-Mera, Silent Winter, Most Precious Blood, The Holy Mountain, Disruption

FRANCE: ZT's Alex Fitzpatrick reports on the latest French Revolution: ????, Pitbulls In The Nursery, Kevorkia, Superstatic Revolution

DEREK RODDY: Hate Eternal's Derek Roddy is back in his drum seat to provide some well deserved words of wisdom.
TONY LAUREANO: Legendary drum tornado Tony Laureano answers your questions in this issue's drum Q&A.
MOYSES KOLESNE: Exclusive axe instructions and forbidden information from Krisiun's evil mastermind guitarist.
HOME RECORDING PART VIII: Following on from last issue's instalment, Calum Harvie talks through the touring process.
THE PRODUCERS: Talie Helene discusses rotten sounds with Sweden's Daniel Bergstrand.
LABEL FEATURE: Cold Spring Records.
DECORATED CAREERS: ZT's Alex de Moller crosses wires with Martin Walkyier and Andy Sneap to get to the bottom of the UK phenomenon that was Sabbat.
ARTIST FEATURE: Kris Verwimp takes a look at six Viking-esque album covers.
SHOCK OPERA: Simon Boswell - Part II.

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