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Thursday, August 31, 2006

  Earplug - Issue 76

Issue 76 of Earplug

August 31 - September 13

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 10:47 PM
  Top 1000 Albums of 2006: Update on

Top 1000 Albums of 2006 on has been updated.

[I would expect both the new Mastodon and Isis albums to gatecrash the top 20 by the end on September. Also Grizzly Bear should make the top 50.]

Statistically albums below 60 are under threat of not being in the top 100 on come the end of the year. [Due to the seasonal heavy autumn release schedule September - November.]

With [2/3] two thirds of the year gone, these are some selective positions within the top 1000:

2. Agalloch - Ashes Against the Grain
4. Tool - 10,000 Days
5. Drudkh - Blood in Our Wells
6. Scott Walker - The Drift
9. TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
11. The Mars Volta - Amputechture
12. Envy [JPN] - Insomniac Doze
14. Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
16. Kayo Dot - Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue
18. Mono [JPN] - You Are There
21. Katatonia - The Great Cold Distance
27. Devin Townsend - Synchestra
28. Ihsahn - The Adversary
29. Liars - Drum's Not Dead
30. Band of Horses - Everything All the Time
31. The Flaming Lips - At War With the Mystics
35. Tenhi - Maaäet
37. Green Carnation - Acoustic Verses
38. Espers - Espers II
41. Thom Yorke - The Eraser
42. Mogwai - Mr. Beast
45. Grandaddy - Just Like the Fambly Cat
52. Midlake - The Trials of Van Occupanther
55. Strapping Young Lad - The New Black
68. Enslaved - Ruun
75. Asobi Seksu - Citrus
77. Current 93 - Black Ships Ate the Sky
78. Nathan Fake - Drowning in a Sea of Love
80. M. Ward - Post-War
83. Celtic Frost - Monotheist
91. Matmos - The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast
94. Secret Machines - Ten Silver Drops
98. Ahleuchatistas - What You Will
99. The Knife - Silent Shout

101. The Gathering - Home
104. Hot Chip - The Warning
105. Herbert - Scale
107. Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
113. Cult of Luna - Somewhere Along the Highway
114. Decapitated - Organic Hallucinosis
116. Comets on Fire - Avatar
120. Pet Shop Boys - Fundamental
129. Wolves in the Throne Room - Diadem of 12 Stars
130. Summoning - Oath Bound
141. Mastodon - Blood Mountain
143. Mission of Burma - The Obliterati
144. Helios - Eingya
146. Scar Symmetry - Pitch Black Progress
150. Om - Conference of the Birds
153. Ellen Allien & Apparat - Orchestra of Bubbles
154. Twilight Singers - Powder Burns
161. Lebanon - Sunken City
162. Xiu Xiu - The Air Force
165. Lacuna Coil - Karmacode
166. Calexico - Garden Ruin
171. The Appleseed Cast - Peregrine
174. Magyar Posse - Random Avenger
177. Adem - Love and Other Planets
186. Gregor Samsa - 55:12
188. The Paper Chase - Now You Are One of Us
192. Head Control System - Murder Nature
195. Moonspell - Memorial
196. Killing Joke - Hosannas From the Basements of Hell

200. Lair of the Minotaur - The Ultimate Destroyer
202. Clogs - Lantern
211. La Maschera Di Cera - LuxAde
214. The Black Heart Procession - The Spell
229. Scritti Politti - White Bread, Black Beer
231. Novembre - Materia
234. William Basinski - The Garden of Brokenness
235. Té - If That Is What Is Being Thought, Liberated Sound Talks the Depth of [Musical] World.
237. Zaar - Zaar
238. Red Sparowes - Every Red Heart Shines Toward the Red Sun
240. The Radio Dept. - Pet Grief
247. Anouar Brahem - Le voyage de Sahar
248. Six Organs of Admittance - The Sun Awakens
249. Russian Circles - Enter
253. Delays - You See Colours
262. Keep of Kalessin - Armada
274. Sickoakes - Seawards
295. I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness - Fear Is on Our Side
296. Pure Reason Revolution - The Dark Third

302. Under Byen - Samme Stof som Stof
310. Charalambides - A Vintage Burden
311. Zyklon - Disintegrate
318. Prefuse 73 - Security Screenings
320. Loscil - Plume
321. Textures - Drawing Circles
333. Belong - October Language
334. Tunng - Comments of the Inner Chorus
335. Darkthrone - The Cult Is Alive
336. Burial [GBR] - Burial
337. The Durutti Column - Keep Breathing
338. Aborym - Generator
348. Howling Bells - Howling Bells
361. Bardo Pond - Ticket Crystals
362. Madder Mortem - Desiderata
363. Daylight Dies - Dismantling Devotion
365. Yakuza - Samsara
366. Wilderness - Vessel States
370. B. Fleischmann - The Humbucking Coil
384. Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid - The Exchange Session, Vol. 1
394. Chihei Hatakeyama - Minima Moralia

404. Isis - In the Absence of Truth
406. Don Caballero - World Class Listening Problem
409. Psapp - The Only Thing I Ever Wanted
410. Voivod - Katorz
417. Daedelus - Denies the Day's Demise
429. Peter Hammill - Veracious
434. Mr. Lif - Mo'Mega
438. Dysrhythmia - Barriers And Passages
443. Toumani Diabate - Boulevard De L'independance [as Toumani Diabate's Symmetric Orchestra]
452. Paatos - Silence of Another Kind
462. Mountains - Sewn
463. Grizzly Bear - Yellow House
466. Growing - Color Wheel
473. Monster Movie - All Lost
474. Dabrye - Two/Three
480. The Legendary Pink Dots - Your Children Placate You From Premature Graves
488. Booka Shade - Movements
489. Orbit Service - Songs Of Eta Carinae
494. Front Line Assembly - Artificial Soldier

507. Callisto - Noir
508. Anoice - Remmings
514. FortDax - Divers
519. Robin Guthrie - Continental
536. Lansing-Dreiden - The Dividing Island
552. The Necks - Chemist
557. Amusement Parks on Fire - Out of the Angeles
567. Charles Lloyd - Sangam
569. Mirrorthrone - Carriers of Dust
584. Khoma - The Second Wave
590. A Triggering Myth - The Remedy of Abstraction
596. Larsen - Seies
597. Fleeting Joys - Despondent Transponder

604. Boxcutter - Oneiric
613. Unearthly Trance - The Trident
621. Taylor Deupree - Northern
625. The Album Leaf - Into the Blue Again
648. Final - 3
656. The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble - The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble
663. Anata - The Conductor's Departure
673. Modern Institute - Excellent Swimmer
677. Jimmy Edgar - Color Strip
681. Chicago Underground Duo - In Praise of Shadows
688. Marc Romboy - Gemini
695. Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener

729. Tanakh - Ardent Fevers
732. Mercenary - The Hours That Remain
733. Isan - Plans Drawn in Pencil
738. Atomic - Happy New Ears!
757. Gorgoroth - Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam
767. Lanterna - Desert Ocean
783. M. Craft - Silver And Fire
787. Citay - Citay
797. Dub Tractor - Hideout
799. RF - Views of Distant Towns

813. Jessica Bailiff - Feels Like Home
819. Alex Smoke - Paradolia
821. Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebezeit - Secret Rhythms 2
827. DAT Politics - Wow Twist
837. Richard Butler - Richard Butler
851. Loren Mazzacane Connors - Sails
870. Pan•American - For Waiting, For Chasing
880. Saturnus - Veronika Decides to Die
895. Susanna and the Magical Orchestra - Melody Mountain

907. Bitcrush - In Distance
912. Fujiya & Miyagi - Transparent Things
922. Triosk - The Headlight Serenade
930. Uusitalo - Tulenkantaja
935. Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid - The Exchange Session Vol. 2
941. I'm Not a Gun - We Think as Instruments
943. Terrestrial Tones - Dead Drunk
959. Birchville Cat Motel - Curved Surface Destroyer

# posted by DJ Martian 1:22 AM

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

  CURRENT Top 100 Gnosis albums

Stats from Gnosis analysed by a member of progressivemusicsociety : NEW, OLD, OBSCURE. IT'S ALL HERE.

Well, after a long hiatus, I've decided to resume my periodic statistical comparisons of the top 100 positions at Gnosis. I have no fixed schedule for doing this, but it is kind of instructive... And I

Below is the data covering the period from September 22, 2004 to August 22, 2006, so for the last two years:

This is the CURRENT Top 100 Gnosis albums that have received at least 5 ratings (as of August 22, 2006). The FIRST number is the current ranking;

the SECOND is the rank at (September 22, 2004)

THIRD number is the difference between the two (a negative number means that the album has a lower ranking now than in 2004). When no second number is given, this is because the album had not yet been rated or released in 2004.

Please note that there are often more than one album with a given ranking, simply because they happen to have received the same average mean rating. So, for instance, there is no number 7 position as such because there are two ex aequo albums at the sixth position. That's why there is no 100th album as such, but 4 contenders for the 97th position!

Top rated albums of all-time on Gnosis:

1 3 2 Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Darwin!
2 1 -1 Genesis Selling England by the Pound
3 2 -1 National Health Of Queues and Cures
4 5 1 Änglagård Hybris
5 8 3 Yes Close To The Edge
6 3 -3 Hatfield and the North Rotter's Club
6 10 4 PFM Per Un Amico
8 7 -1 King Crimson Larks Tongues In Aspic
9 10 1 Coltrane, John The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard
9 20 11 King Crimson In The Court Of The Crimson King
11 6 -5 Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Io Sono Nato Libero
11 22 11 PFM Storia Di Un Minuto
13 16 3 Genesis Foxtrot
14 19 5 Jethro Tull Thick As a Brick
15 14 -1 Gentle Giant In A Glass House
16 21 5 Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Banco del Mutuo Soccorso
17 14 -3 Van der Graaf Generator Pawn Hearts
18 29 11 Davis, Miles Kind of Blue
19 34 15 Coltrane, John A Love Supreme
19 18 -1 Hatfield and the North Hatfield and the North
21 13 -8 Il Balletto Di Bronzo - Ys
21 9 -12 Magma - Hhai/Live
23 27 4 King Crimson The Great Deceiver Live 1973-1974
24 12 -12 Gong You
25 - Magma K.A. (Kohntarkosz Anteria)
26 28 2 Genesis Nursery Cryme
27 39 12 Eskaton Four Visions
27 24 -3 Univers Zero Ceux Du Dehors
29 30 1 Anglagard Epilog
30 17 -13 Area Arbeit Macht Frei
30 24 -6 Gentle Giant Octopus
30 40 10 King Crimson Red
33 57 24 Magma Trilogie Theusz Hamtaahk
34 31 -3 Caravan In the Land of Grey and Pink
35 36 1 Kultivator Barndomens Stigar
35 31 -4 Soft Machine Third
37 31 -6 Bubu Anabelas
38 69 31 Gentle Giant Giant on the Box (CD + DVD)
38 48 10 Mahavishnu Orchestra The Inner Mounting Flame
38 48 10 Wyatt, Robert Rock Bottom
41 35 -6 Gentle Giant Three Friends
42 48 6 Dun Eros
43 23 -20 Area Crac!
43 46 3 Yes Fragile
45 90 45 Art Zoyd Symphonie Pour Le Jour Ou Bruleront Les Cités
45 47 2 Zappa, Frank You Can't Do This On Stage Anymore, Vol. 2
47 51 4 Mahavishnu Orchestra Birds of Fire
48 44 -4 Magma Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh
48 70 22 National Health National Health
50 37 -13 Davis, Miles Bitches Brew
50 44 -6 Van der Graaf Generator Godbluff
52 54 2 Davis, Miles The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions
52 56 4 Davis, Miles In A Silent Way
52 24 -28 Locanda Delle Fate Forse Le Lucciole Non Si Amano Piu
52 41 -11 Osanna Palepoli
52 67 15 Picchio Dal Pozzo Picchio Dal Pozzo
52 61 9 Zappa, Frank Hot Rats
58 135 77 Coltrane, John The Other Village Vanguard Tapes
59 54 -5 Museo Rosenbach Zarathustra
59 - Zorn, John Electric Masada At the Mountains of Madness
61 37 -24 Supersister Present From Nancy
62 58 -4 King Crimson Lizard
62 41 -21 Moving Gelatine Plates The World of Genius Hans
64 67 3 Univers Zero UZED
65 64 -1 Khan Space Shanty
66 52 -14 Thinking Plague In Extremis
67 53 -14 Semiramis Dedicato a Frazz
68 77 9 Coltrane, John Ascension
68 48 -20 Gentle Giant Acquiring the Taste
70 163 93 Coltrane, John A Love Supreme (Deluxe Edition)
70 77 7 Le Orme Felona e Sorona
72 76 4 Magma BBC 1974 Londres
73 60 -13 Miles Davis Live at the Fillmore East (March 7, 1970)
73 70 -3 Magma Retrospektiw Vol. 1 and 2
73 104 31 Magma Theatre Du Taur - Concert 1975 Toulouse
76 125 49 Premiata Forneria Marconi L'Isola di Niente
77 41 -36 Zamla Mammaz Manna Familjesprickor
78 99 21 Camel Mirage
78 70 -8 Caravan If I Could Do It All Over AgainŠ
78 84 6 King Crimson Starless and Bible Black
78 65 -13 Soft Machine The Peel Sessions
82 70 -12 Arti e Mestieri Tilt
82 114 32 Coltrane, John Live at the Village Vanguard
84 58 -26 Crucis Crucis
85 70 -15 King Crimson The Nightwatch
85 90 5 Mezquita Recuerdos De Mi Tierra
87 107 20 Island Pictures
88 151 63 Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
88 65 -23 Gong Angel's Egg
88 94 6 Hendrix, Jimi Electric Ladyland
91 159 68 Ornette Coleman Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation
91 Davis, Miles The Cellar Door Sessions 1970
91 97 6 Samla Mammas Manna Klossa Knapitatet
94 163 69 Dolphy, Éric Out to Lunch
94 77 -17 Gentle Giant The Power and the Glory
96 61 -35 Happy The Man Happy The Man
97 77 -20 Agitation Free Malesch
97 Banco del Mutuo Soccorso Seguendo le Trace
97 153 56 Coltrane, John Giant Steps
97 130 33 Comus First Utterance

# posted by DJ Martian 1:22 PM
  NEUROSIS To Enter Studio In December

Blabbermouth.Net report NEUROSIS To Enter Studio In December

Long-running Oakland, California-based band NEUROSIS will enter the studio in December to record their next album. Once again they will be returning to Electrical Audio in Chicago with engineer Steve Albini

# posted by DJ Martian 12:55 PM
  BORKNAGAR: New Album: Origin

Blabbermouth.Net report BORKNAGAR: New Album Title, Release Date Announced

BORKNAGAR mainman Oystein G. Brun has issued the following message regarding the group's current activities:

"The new BORKNAGAR album will be called 'Origin', and is set to be released in Europe through Century Media/EMI on the 30th of October. A U.S. release date has not yet been set.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:47 AM
  Agalloch - Ashes Against the Grain

Pitchfork review Agalloch - Ashes Against the Grain with a high 8.0 rating.

Oregon metal band's latest record is their hugest, most artful collection to date.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:45 AM

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

  Top 100 favourite No. 1 albums ever

BBC News: Beatles' Pepper tops album poll apparently 220,000 people took part in this web survey.

Full details: BBC - Radio 2 - Music Club - Top 100 Albums results

This year sees the 50th anniversary of the UK Album Chart - and to celebrate, the Music Club teamed up with the Official UK Charts Company to discover your favourite No. 1 albums ever.

So the British masses have been polled, and these are the favourite number 1 chart albums of choice for a nation

have a laugh at some these selections: James Blunt, Maroon 5, Dido, Coldplay, Alanis Morissette - More like my idea of Room 101 - people are tone deaf !

This poll gives a snapshot of what is rated highly by a large survey of Brits:

100. Welcome To The Pleasuredome - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
99. I've Been Expecting You - Robbie Williams
=97. The Album - Abba
=97. Come On Over - Shania Twain
96. Love Over Gold - Dire Straits
95. Demon Days - Gorillaz
94. Innuendo - Queen
93. Voulez-Vous - Abba
92. Dangerous - Michael Jackson
91. Listen Without Prejudice Volume 1 - George Michael
90. Play - Moby
=88. The Division Bell - Pink Floyd
=88. Scary Monsters And Super Creeps - David Bowie
87. By The Way - Red Hot Chili Peppers
86. Songs About Jane - Maroon 5
85. The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan
84. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
83. Diva - Annie Lennox
82. All That You Can't Leave Behind - U2
81. So - Peter Gabriel
80. Back To Bedlam - James Blunt
79. Please Please Me - Beatles
78. Different Class - Pulp
77. Dare! - Human League
76. Spiceworld - Spice Girls
75. All Things Must Pass - George Harrison
=73. Super Trouper - Abba
=73. Let It Bleed - Rolling Stones
72. Swing When You're Winning - Robbie Williams
71. Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin
70. No Angel - Dido
=68. War - U2
=68. Life Thru A Lens - Robbie Williams
67. A Day At The Races - Queen
66. Music - Madonna
65. Sticky Fingers - Rolling Stones
64. True Blue - Madonna
63. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb - U2
62. Hot Fuss - The Killers
61. Rattle And Hum - U2
60. Parklife - Blur
59. Escapology - Robbie Williams
58. Diamond Dogs - David Bowie
57. Hopes And Fears - Keane
56. Let's Dance - David Bowie
55. Sing When You're Winning - Robbie Williams
54. Spice - Spice Girls
53. Urban Hymns - Verve
52. Led Zeppelin 3 - Led Zeppelin
51. Arrival - Abba
50. Help - Beatles
49. Imagine - John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band With The Flux Fiddlers
48. The Unforgettable Fire - U2
47. Like A Virgin - Madonna
46. Let It Be - Beatles
45. Back In Black - AC/DC
44. Fever - Kylie Minogue
43. Faith - George Michael
42. A Kind Of Magic - Queen
41. American Idiot - Green Day
40. Bad - Michael Jackson
39. Harvest - Neil Young
38. Parachutes - Coldplay
37. Confessions On A Dancefloor - Madonna
36. A Hard Day's Night - Beatles
35. Like A Prayer - Madonna
34. Born In The U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen
33. X & Y - Coldplay
32. Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters
31. A Rush Of Blood To The Head - Coldplay
30. Out Of Time - R.E.M.
29. Aladdin Sane - David Bowie
28. Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols - Sex Pistols
27. OK Computer - Radiohead
26. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
25. Who's Next - Who
24. Ray Of Light - Madonna
23. Graceland - Paul Simon
22. Definitely Maybe - Oasis
21. Hounds Of Love - Kate Bush
20. Band On The Run - Paul McCartney & Wings
19. Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin
18. Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield
17. Parallel Lines - Blondie
16. Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette
15. Led Zeppelin IV (Four Symbols) - Led Zeppelin
14. Automatic For The People - R.E.M.
13. (What's The Story) Morning Glory? - Oasis
12. Brothers In Arms - Dire Straits
11. Rubber Soul - Beatles
10. The Beatles (The White Album) - Beatles
9. A Night At The Opera - Queen
8. Abbey Road - Beatles
7. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
6. Revolver - Beatles
5. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
4. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
3. The Joshua Tree - U2
2. Thriller - Michael Jackson
No. 1: Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles

# posted by DJ Martian 5:13 PM
  Second John Peel day is announced

BBC NEWS: Second John Peel day is announced - October 12th

A second John Peel day will be held on 12 October to mark the anniversary of the late DJ's last BBC Radio 1 show.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:50 PM
  This Week's Breezeblock Show

Now on listen again this week's breezeblock show with Mary Anne Hobbs

info via: dubstep forum:

featuring... exclusive previews of new albums from SQUAREPUSHER, KODE9 & THE SPACEAPE and STEREOTYP...

plus exclusive 30 minute sets from A GUY CALLED GERALD and AARON LACRATE

# posted by DJ Martian 4:32 PM

Post-metal as a cultural genre description of music seems to be growing:

Post-metal - Wikipedia

Post-metal is a music genre best described as a mixture between the genres of post-rock and metal, with its roots in progressive rock and industrial music.

post-metal tag on

tagged post-metal artists on

Also refer to the related theme of Avant Garde Metal - Wikipedia

# posted by DJ Martian 12:09 AM

Monday, August 28, 2006

  Will Haven - New Label Deal

Blabbermouth.Net report WILL HAVEN Signs With BIELER BROS. RECORDS

Listen to a new Will Haven demo track on myspace

# posted by DJ Martian 11:21 PM

Sunday, August 27, 2006

  Portishead 2 New Tracks

via Drowned in Sound: Portishead 'release' first new tracks since '97

Portishead are currently streaming two brand-new tracks on their MySpace page.

Portishead @ myspace

# posted by DJ Martian 3:05 PM
  CULT OF LUNA Exclusive Song to Download

BLABBERMOUTH.NET: CULT OF LUNA To Release 'Special Song' This Weekend

Anders Teglund (keyboards and electronics) and Magnus Lindberg (drums) of Sweden's CULT OF LUNA will put a special song for streaming/downloading on the CULT OF LUNA MySpace profile. The track, which is described by the band as "'Marching to the Heartbeats' in a quite different form," will be uploaded on Sunday, August 27 at noon CET time (6:00 a.m. EST / 3:00 a.m. PST). It will stay up for exactly one week, and after that, "will never be given out again!"

Download @ Cult of Luna @ myspace

# posted by DJ Martian 3:01 PM
  Xiu Xiu - "Bishop, CA" (Video)

i guess i'm floating links to a new Xiu Xiu video: Xiu Xiu: "Bishop, CA" (Video)

# posted by DJ Martian 2:58 PM
  Frieze Music 2006 - London

Drowned in Sound notify Frieze Music 2006 - two great London gigs

Friday 13 October

Saturday 14 October

More info @ upset the rhythm

# posted by DJ Martian 2:56 PM
  The Knife New Single Details

GIGWISE The Knife Announce New Single Details ‘Like A Pen’ will be released on October 16th.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:50 PM
  Blog: Music Of The Moment

Music blog to check: Music Of The Moment

# posted by DJ Martian 2:46 PM

Friday, August 25, 2006


via Acclaimed Music Forum: UPDATE AUGUST 17TH : TOP 75 PRELIMINARY BEST OF 2006 compiled by Stefan


Currently the number 1 rated album of 2006: TV ON THE RADIO - Return to Cookie Mountain

With Chuck Eddy leaving Village Voice, will the Pazz & Jop Critics poll continue? If not, Stefan's Acclaimed Music Forum stats maybe is the closest model to measure what music critics rate.

[Particularly in November & December & into January each year Stefan collates numerous album of the year charts into a updating ranked list. This is a separate from the main Acclaimed Music list organized by Henrik @ Acclaimed Music that primarily focuses on print magazines worldwide and Metacritic scores. Stefan's lists include a wider range: including individual lists, music webzines, rateyourmusic etc ]

However as with most critics music polls / stats, high profile [mid tempo] rock based music is heavily represented. Electronic, Jazz and specialist rock genres such Metal are not adequately represented in the methodology. Maybe these need specialist niche collated lists to measure what albums are most highly rated?

# posted by DJ Martian 1:03 PM

Thursday, August 24, 2006

  Interviews: Asobi Seksu

2 new Asobi Seksu interviews:

Autopia Music: Interview: Asobi Seksu

Good Hodgkins: Interview: Asobi Seksu

If you've been following the site for the last few months, you're probably aware of the omnipresent Hodgkins-love for Brooklyn-based dream-pop quartet Asobi Seksu. Recently, first-time Good Hodgkins contributor Natasha Li Pickowicz sat down (via phone) with lead vocalist Yuki Chikudate to discuss, among other things, being pigeonholed, the response to their latest album, and life on the road. by Natasha Li Pickowicz

# posted by DJ Martian 2:16 PM
  The Wire - September 2006

New issue of The Wire features Kool Keith on the front cover.

Kool Keith
Primer: AMM
Merce Cunningham
Invisible Jukebox: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
Cross Platform: Ira Cohen
Digital Mystikz
Jason Lescalleet

# posted by DJ Martian 1:31 PM

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

  Resonant Label - 2006 Schedule Plans

Resonant Label report their future schedule plans:

Before the end of the year, expect to see new album releases from LIBRARY TAPES, PRINCE VALIUM, OLVIS, PORT-ROYAL, STAFRAENN HAKON, YELLOW6 and a few others!. Maybe some new names too, and perhaps the first in the run of limited vinyl releases n'all. All in all, there is a LOT planned and we're delighted to get back in the swing as they say.

You can check out new songs by Library Tapes, Yellow6 and Prince Valium on our myspace site: Resonant

Next 2 Scheduled Releases

artist: Library Tapes
title: Feelings For Something Lost
catalogue #: RESCD020
format: CD
label: resonant
barcode (upc): 0666017144320
release date: September 2006 (TBC)

Second album from the Swedish contemporary classical duo, a year on from the sold out debut "Alone In The Bright Lights Of A Shattered Life" (which will be repressed soon). Once more, sparse, bleak compositions take centre stage on "Feelings For Something Lost", with the piano more prominent and the overall sound more stripped down than was the case with its predecessor; dark atmospherics echoing the work of Rachels, Set Fire To Flames, Sylvain Chauveau et al.

Once again the album is the work of David Wenngren and Per Jardsell, with guest appearances from Cecile Schott (COLLEEN) on the stunning "Leaves Abstract In A Village Plunged Into Mourning" and Erik Skovdin (DEAF CENTER) on "Departures (Burning Saints For Your Own Sins)". The album features twelve tracks, recorded between November 2004 and January 2006, all of which have lengthy titles that convey the feeling of the music perfectly.

artist: Prince Valium
title: Andlaus
catalogue #: RESCD019
format: CD
label: resonant
barcode (upc): 0666017141121
release date: October 2006 (TBC)

Prince Valium is the alter-ego of Þorsteinn Ólafsson, a 30 years old Icelander. A former member of various bands, Þorsteinn soon put his mind to his solo creations, mainly ambient electronic music. In 2003 he teamed up with Skurken, a fellow Icelander and together they made the album "Í Þágu fallsins", released on Resonant records. Andlaus is a collection of Prince Valium´s most recent creations. Using only a guitar and his computer, the Prince made the album in his bedroom over a relative short period of time.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:09 PM
  Hyperdub: KODE9 + the SPACEAPE

Hyperdub provide info on an album from Kode 9 & the Spaceape


1. Glass
2. Victims
3. Backward
4. Nine
5. Curious
6. Portal
7. Addiction
8. Sine
9. Correction
10. Kingstown
11. 9 Samurai
12. Bodies
13. Lime
14. Quantum

# posted by DJ Martian 1:40 PM

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

  Subculture Magazine

Music webzine: Subculture Magazine - Always On The Edge

# posted by DJ Martian 3:16 PM
  Bat For Lashes - Fur And Gold

GIGWISE review Bat For Lashes - ‘Fur And Gold’ (She Bear/Echo) Released 11/09/06 [September 11th]

4.5 stars / out of 5 review

Introducing Bat for Lashes: writer/lead vocalist/instrumentalist (beautiful mentalist) Natasha Khan with happy clapping sisters of mercy collaborators Ginger Lee and Abi Fry. Personally invited by Devandra Banhart to perform on his All Tomorrows Parties’ stage in May 2006, Bat for Lashes, made themselves known to more of the world.

Contact Music: Bat For Lashes – ‘Fur And Gold’

Bat for Lashes should appeal to Comus, Kate Bush and Bjork fans.

Bat for Lashes on myspace

DiS report Bat For Lashes: September tour dates, October single

Eat Your Own Ears Album Launch promotion in London on Tuesday 12th September


BAT FOR LASHES create an intimate, cinematic world, reminiscent of the nocturnal wanderings of Kate Bush and the heartfelt prayers of Cat Power. Natasha composes songs that rise out of a dark, heartbreak wilderness and take you on a journey in to the light. Taking influence from 70's film soundtracks, weather phenomena, childhood Halloween parties and a David Lynchian vision of suburbia, they occupy the tenebrous space between innocence and a loss of innocence and come straight from the storyteller's heart.

Official website: Bat for Lashes

Maybe Bat for Lashes are a candidate to make next year's Mercury Music Prize shortlist?

# posted by DJ Martian 2:00 PM
  The Knife Announce London Show

GIGWISE notify The Knife Announce One Off UK Show - London’s Forum on November 14th

# posted by DJ Martian 1:40 PM
  TDK Cross Central 2006 : preview

TDK Cross Central 2006 : preview feature @

TDK Cross Central, boasting the most forward-thinking, least predictable of line-ups comprised of a melange of electronica, dance, hip-hop and alternative music, that'll still be pumping when the others have packed up for the night.

Now in its third year, Cross Central is the cheapest of the Bank Holiday festivals, at £40 for the weekend in Central London.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:37 PM
  Marc Riley's Brain Surgery on 6 Music

via BBC - Press Office - Network Radio Programme Information Week 36 7-Day Print Version confirmation of a schedule shake up at 6 Music including:

Marc Riley presents a new show for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights on BBC 6 Music.

BBC 6 MUSIC Wednesday 6 September 2006

Marc Riley's Brain Surgery
Wednesday 6 September
7.00-9.30pm BBC 6 MUSIC

A welcome change, as i disliked Tom Robinson whose voice was boring to listen to and the music selection too predictable and trad songs oriented.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:35 PM
  The Rapture : interview The Rapture : interview

New York City's favourite disco-punks The Rapture's breakthrough album Echoes, released back in 2003, won them critical acclaim and commercial success both in the UK and Stateside and has already proved to be a massively influential album of the noughties.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:27 PM
  Rock in Opposition Festival Next April in France

Via Avant Music News: Rock in Opposition Festival Next April in France

The impressive Line up of the three day festival includes:

Peter Blegvad Trio

Wikipedia on the philosophy of the Rock in Opposition movement.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:23 AM
  Donato Wharton - Body Isolations

City Centre Offices provide a press release for Body Isolations by Donato Wharton

CD / LP / 22.09.2006

Also, DOTSHOP.SE: Donato Wharton: Body Isolations

# posted by DJ Martian 12:13 AM
  Mahogany - Connectivity Album

Via Autopia Music Mahogany reveal "Supervitesse" video to download.

On this track, also produced by Robin Guthrie!, you can really hear the New Order influence mingling with Slowdive. Connectivity! is available for pre-order through Darla records but the release date has been set to mid-October with an Ulrich Shnauss remix coming soon for 'Supervitesse'.

Official website for US dreampop band: M A H O G A N Y

Mahogany is currently confirming dates in support of the upcoming “Connectivity! ” release.

Darla - Coming Soon announces a new release date for the album: October 9th.

Darla have a two minute mp3 sample of the Supervitesse track to download.

MAHOGANY - Connectivity! 2XCD (Darla: DRL173: 708527017326) $13.00


COMING 10/9/2006
Mahogany return with Connectivity!, embracing Factory Records' chill, the Cocteau Twins' radiance, and Brian Wilson's optimism. It is the group's most evocative and delicately complex work, employing every instrument, voice, and magic black box within Mahogany's new studio, the Civil Defense. Mahogany's massive, celestial, guitar-driven sound is ultimately unique. Track list: DISK ONE: 1. Tesselation, Formerly Plateau One 2. The View From the People Wall, 3. Supervitesse (Robin Guthrie mix), 4. One Plus One Equals Three or More, 5. Mantissa, 6. Neo-plastic Boogie-woogie, 7. Windmill International A, 8. Renovo, 9. Domino Ladder Beta, 10. My Bed is My Castle, 11. Springtime, Save Our Country. DISK TWO: 1. My Bed is My Castle (featuring Lucy Belle Guthrie), 2. Domino Ladder Beta (featuring Robin Guthrie), 3. Supervitesse (extended mix), 4. Supervitesse video, 5. Neo-plastic Boogie-woogie video, 6. One Plus One Equals Three or More video.

Also: Mahogany on myspace

# posted by DJ Martian 12:07 AM

Monday, August 21, 2006

  Xela Returns With The Dead Sea Album

AngryApe report Xela Returns With The Dead Sea Album on October 2nd

Type Records: Xela : The Dead Sea

Xela - The Dead Sea

# posted by DJ Martian 11:38 PM
  Nile River: Extreme Music Blog

Music blog to check: Nile River: Extreme Music Blog

Similar to Terrorizer or Decibel magazine.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:41 PM

CORRECTION ! [Tuesday 2pm] having scanned the mag in a newsagent the correct list is definitely, the one listed on: be-jazz

1 Miles Davis Kind Of Blue
2 John Coltrane Love Supreme
3 Ornette Coleman Shape of Jazz to come
4 Bill Evans Trio Sunday at the Village Vangaurd
5 Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus
6 Thelonious Monk Brillant Corners
7 Charles Mingus Ah Um
8 Charlie Parker Savoy Recordings
9 Miles Davis Bitches Brew
10 Keith Jarrett Köln Concert
11 Coltrane Giants Steps
12 Eric Dolphy Out To Lunch
13 Louis Armstrong Complete Hot 5 and 7
14 Duke Ellington Blanton-Webster Band
15 Mahavishnu Orchestra Inner Mounting Flame
16 Albert Ayler Spiritual Unity
17 Herbie Hancock Head Hunters
18 Dave Brubeck Time Out
19 Ornette Coleman Free Jazz
20 Weather Report Heavy Weather
21 Ahmad Jamal But Not For Me
22 Jerry Roll Morton Volume 1
23 Frank Sinatra Songs For Swingin' Lovers
24 Wes Montgomery The Incredible Jazz Guitar
25 Modern Jazz Quartet Fontessa
26 Bud Powell The Genius of Bud Powell
27 Cecil Taylor At The Café Montmartre
28 Art Blakey Moanin'
29 Herbie Hancock Maiden Voyage
30 Getz/Gilberto Getz/Gilberto
31 Pat Metheny Bright Size Life
32 Jimmy Smith A New Sound
33 Jan Garbarek Afric Pepperbird
34 Woody Herman Thundering herds
35 Duke Ellington At Newport
36 Ella Fitzgerald Sings The cole Porter Songbook
37 Charles Mingus The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
38 Cannonball Adderley Somethin' Else
39 Lifetime Emergency
40 Billie Holiday At JATP
41 Chick Corea Return To Forever
42 Stan Getz Focus
43 Miles Davis Sketches of Spain
44 George Russell Jazz Workshop
45 John Coltrane Impressions
46 Andrew Hill Point Of Departure
47 Sonny Rollins The Bridge
48 Sun Ra Heliocentric Worlds
49 Dizzy Gillepsie Shaw Nuff'
50 Lennie Tristano Tristano
51 John Zorn Naked City
52 John McLaughlin Extrapolation
53 Pharoah Sanders Karma
54 Lester young Lester Young/Buddy Rich Trio
55 John Coltrane Ascension
56 Art Ensemble 0f Chicago A Jackson In Your House
57 Horace silver Song For My Father
58 Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet
59 Coleman Hawkins Body And Soul
60 Peter Brötzmann octet Machine Gun
61 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool
62 Count Basie The Atomic Mr. Basie
63 Archie Shepp Four For Trane
64 Brad Meldhau Art Of The Trio vol.3
65 Gerry Mulligan Gerry Mulligan Quartet
66 Gil Evans The Individualism Of Gil Evans
67 John Handy Live At Monterrey
68 EST From Gargarin's Point Of View
69 Stan Tracey Jazz Suite Inspired By Dylan Thomas
70 Dollar Brand African Marketplace
71 Wayne Shorter Speak No Evil
72 Thelonious Monk Genius Of Modern Music vol.1
73 Roland Kirk Rip, Rig And Panic
74 Herbie Hancock New Standard
75 Oscar Peterson Night Train
76 Charles Lloyd Dream Weaver
77 Art Tatum The Genius Of Art Tatum No. 1
78 Betty carter An Audience With Betty Carter
79 Oliver Nelson Blues And The Abstract Truth
80 John Surnam Tales of Algonquin
81 Eberhard Weber Colours of Chloe
82 Steve Coleman and 5 elements Tao of Mad Phat
83 Diana Krall Love Scenes
84 Anthony Braxton For Alto
85 Kryztof Komeda Astigmatic
86 Steps Ahead Steps Ahead
87 Django Reinhardt Retrospective 34-53
88 Joe Harriot-John Mayer double Quintet Indo-Jazz Suite
89 Jackie McLean Let Freedom Ring
90 Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra
92 Sarah Vaughan Sarah Vaughan
93 Jan Johanssen Jazz Pa Svenska
94 Cassandra Wilson Blue Light Til Dawn
95 Wynton Marsalis Black Codes
96 Medeski,Martin and Wood Combustication
97 Tomasz Stanko Soul of Things
98 Courtney Pine Journey to the Urge Within
"...A pied piper who led British jazz out of the trough of despond after its brilliant flowering in the 1960s..."
99 The Bad Plus These Are The Vistas
100 Polar Bear Held On The Tips Of Fingers

maybe this link, below was a working draft, or with a different sub-set of voters:

100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World! compiled by UK's Jazzwise magazine.

Compiled from selections by Keith Shadwick, Jon Newey,
Stuart Nicholson, Kerstan Mackness and Giles Quinnell.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:38 PM
  Music News Round Up - August 21st

Another massive music news roundup: covering these artists: Art of Noise, Bolz Bolz, Deftones, Depeche Mode, Frequency, Insomnium, Adrian Klumpes, Mastodon, Minsk, My Dying Bride, Siouxsie, Susanna and the Magical Orchestra, Velvet Acid Christ, Trentemøller and Marshall Watson

Art of Noise

Boomakat are now selling the Art of Noise Box Set: art of noise - what have you done with my body, god?

Bolz Bolz

Return of the electro stars ! Bolz Bolz provide info on the new Bolz Bolz album: bolz bolz - data error

Long awaited, but finally Bolz Bolz's new album "Data Error" is out on World Electric!
11 Tunes of groundbreaking urban beats, influenced by the cities he has been producing in for the last 4 years: New York's Alphabet City and London's drum and bassy electro scene.
Check out this rare journey through Bolz Bolz's exceptional compositions varying from a heavy sub-bass title track "Data error" to tribal rhythms in "Pizza Electronica" and the teutonic beats of "Badge Bandits". A big variety of styles at highest quality - a must for every dj!


Via Deftones Post New Single

Listen to "Hole In The Earth" the new single from Deftones right here [Deftones on myspace]

Also front cover of new Deftones album: Saturday Night Wrist

Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist

Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode - Home provide info on yet another Depeche Mode compilation

Depeche Mode: "The Best Of Volume One" will be released on the 13th of November on Mute Records. Read on for all the details.

Released 13th November on Mute

The complete tracklisting for the Best Of is as follows, with original album bracketed:

Personal Jesus ('Violator', 1990)
Just Can't Get Enough ('Speak And Spell', 1981)
Everything Counts ('Construction Time Again, 1983)
Enjoy The Silence ('Violator', 1990)
Shake The Disease ('The Singles 81-85', 1985)
See You ('A Broken Frame', 1982)
It's No Good ('Ultra', 1997)
Strangelove ('Music For The Masses', 1987)
Suffer Well ('Playing The Angel', 2005)
Dream On ('Exciter', 2001)
People Are People ('Some Great Reward', 1984)
Martyr (Best Of)
Walking In My Shoes ('Songs of Faith and Devotion', 1993)
I Feel You ('Songs Of Faith And Devotion', 1993)
Precious ('Playing The Angel', 2005)
Master And Servant ('Some Great Reward', 1984)
New Life ('Speak And Spell', 1981)
Never Let Me Down Again ('Music For The Masses', 1987)


Thrill Jockey Records release a self titled debut album from Frequency this week.

"Frequency is a new quartet showcasing the improvisational talents of four longtime members of Chicago’s storied underground jazz scene"



Finnish melodic death metallers INSOMNIUM have posted a new song, entitled "The Killjoy", at their MySpace page. The track comes off the band's new album, "Above the Weeping World", due on October 17 via Candlelight Records.

Insomnium on myspace

Adrian Klumpes

AngryApe report Adrian Klumpes Goes Solo With Be Still Album

Adrian Klumpes is the latest addition to the brilliant The Leaf Label and his first record is out at the end of October.

Klumpes is perhaps best know as being a member of the group Triosk..



A new MASTODON e-card, featuring live performances of 'Crystal Skull', 'Capillarian Crest' and 'Blood and Thunder' (recorded on the recently completed Unholy Alliance Tour), can be accessed at this location.: Mastodon - ecard


Lambgoat: Minsk finishing up new album

The as-yet-untitled Relapse Records debut is scheduled for an early 2007 release.

My Dying Bride

BLABBERMOUTH.NET: MY DYING BRIDE: 'A Line Of Deathless Kings' Artwork Posted Online

The cover artwork for the new MY DYING BRIDE album, "A Line of Deathless Kings", has been posted online at this location. Due later in the year via Peaceville/Snapper, the follow-up to 2004's "Songs of Darkness, Words of Light" was recorded at Academy Studios and was mixed at Chapel Studios.

My Dying Bride - A Line Of Deathless Kings


The Creatures - Siouxsie Sioux - Official Website report:

Siouxsie has signed a new deal with Universal and will release a new album on the brand new imprint, W14, next year. Siouxsie is now busy writing new material for the new record and will go into the studio later this year to begin recording.

Susanna and the Magical Orchestra

MIC Norway profile Susanna and the Magical Orchestra

What do Leonard Cohen, AC/DC, Matt Burt, Prince, Joy Division, Kiss, Bob Dylan, Scott Walker, Depeche Mode and Sandy Denny have in common? They’re all being covered by critically acclaimed duo Susanna and the Magical Orchestra on their latest stunningly beautiful outing ‘Melody Mountain’.


RA: Resident Advisor have more info on the upcoming Trentemøller album: Trentemøller to release debut album

Velvet Acid Christ

Metropolis Records will release a new album from Velvet Acid Christ titled: Lust for Blood on September 26th

Possibly the most complete and diverse Velvet Acid Christ album in the past ten years, Lust For Blood is an aggressive return for one of electronic music’s most prolific artists. Angry and other times haunting vocals are forged to incessant beats, permeating melodies, and relentless bass lines. As an omage to early electronic music, guitars are once again introduced into the mix of patches, pads and circuits. Fans of The Cure will fall in love with “Crushed,” while experienced VAC listeners will appreciate the intensity of “Wound” and “Lust,” at the same time discovering a slightly different vocal approach in “Parasite.” Lust For Blood proves that Velvet Acid Christ has not even begun to tap into the innovations they are capable of even with a decade of musical experience under their belt. VAC is an unstoppable force and one to be reckoned with for decades to come."

Marshall Watson

PostEverything provide info on the upcoming Marshall Watson album: Math And Other Word Problems' by Marshall Watson [Highpoint Lowlife] due for release October 23rd

# posted by DJ Martian 12:08 AM

Sunday, August 20, 2006

  6 Mix - Jose Padilla

This week's 6 Mix on 6 Music features Jose Padilla

Broadcast: 8pm - 10pm BST Sunday August 20th [and Listen Again after Broadcast]

Mr Cafe Del Mar himself Jose Padilla, appears on this week's 6 mix.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:16 PM
  New Isis mp3 Track Dulcinea

Via: - Isis of Truth

The first track from the album "Dulcinea" can be downloaded at the Ipecac - Isis website.

The Album cover art is also displayed. Update now on

Isis - In the Absence of Truth

This track is very Godspeed you Black Emperor at times, the vocals at the start remind me a bit of Brendan Perry [Dead Can Dance]

Other sections in the track recall: Warrior Soul, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, Dif Juz, Neurosis

Also at the start of the track i detect an early REM type sound.

Reminder, album:
Isis - In The Absence Of Truth will be released October 30th.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:27 PM

Friday, August 18, 2006

  Julian Cope Article

Julian Cope writes an article for The Guardian: Bassoons, flamenco, monks' cowls ... welcome to the new rock underground

Julian Cope explains why heavy metal, so often maligned, is at the heart of today's rock avant-garde

# posted by DJ Martian 12:44 PM

Thursday, August 17, 2006

  Supervillain Outcast by DHG / Dødheimsgard

DHG / Dødheimsgard - Supervillain Outcast album will be released in October on Moonfog Records.

This is one of the most anticipated extreme metal albums of the year. The long awaited follow up to the 1999 release: 666 International - that is widely acknowledged as a landmark experimental metal album.

Front cover for Supervillain Outcast

Dødheimsgard - Supervillain Outcast

Terrorizer news article on DHG

DHG's Kvohst spoke to Terrorizer about the forthcoming album SUPERVILLAIN OUTCAST in the September issue of the magazine - ISSUE 148.

See scanned interview on Dødheimsgard Blog on Myspace

DHG / Dødheimsgard on myspace

Line Up:

A NEW DRUMMER IS ON TRIAL [according to Terrorizer article effects programer Mort]

Dødheimsgard on wikipedia

Dødheimsgard (now known as DHG) was originally a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1994, but with their last release changed into post-black avant-garde industrial metal band.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:48 PM
  Earplug - Issue 75

Issue 75 of Earplug

August 17 - 30

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 5:50 PM
  UK Music Magazines: Uncut Magazine Suffers Sales Slump

Brand Republic report on the audited sales of UK music magazines: Uncut takes a big hit as music monthlies continue to slip

IPC's Uncut is the heaviest casualty in the ABC figures for January to June 2006, sliding 19.4% to 88,756

Uncut magazine did lose it's way earlier this year, that ghastly Paul Weller on the front cover was the low point. I actually thought the recent Spring redesign was an improvement, less Americana, better magazine design, more reviews etc. I expect that in 6 months time, Uncut will recover some of the lost sales.

From ABC stats - Mojo now have a massive sales lead on Uncut ! Mojo - 121,746

Also the Battle of the weeklies: Kerrang on Top | Special reports: Kerrang! rocks NME's world

NME down 3.4% to 74,206 [Compared to 6 Months Ago]

Kerrang rising 5.3% to 80,186, [24.2% year-on-year rise.]

Press Gazette: Mag ABCs: Rock titles make a noise in the music sector

# posted by DJ Martian 1:51 PM
  numusic festival

Norway's numusic festival has a new look website. Includes profiles of artists appearing at the festival. [See list below]

The Wire magazine is a media sponsor.

New music festival, supported by The Wire. Featured acts include Pierre Henry, Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid, Wolf Eyes, DJ Spooky, Kid606, Stereo Total, Murcof, Hanne Hukkelberg, Jason Forrest aka Donna Summer, Whitehouse, Belgrade Yard Soundsystem, Noxagt & DJ Scotch Egg and others. Stavanger various venues, 6-9 September [The Wire]

ABOUT [from Numusic website]

West Coast Festival of Numusic: 06-09 September. Stavanger Norway.

Scandinavia's leading club based festival dedicated to the advancement of new, alternative & electronic music. Featuring record label showcases, over 70 club / dj events & live concerts, workshops, discussions, installations, exhibitions and artistic showcases from a diverse range of independent artists.

This year also sees the expansion of Nuart into a truly international affair with renowned artists from the US, UK & New Zealand joining in the action. A new addition to this years event is Nuphilosophy, an attempt to clarify both numusic's and others take on what music was , is and could be. The series will be presented by several national & international contemporary philosophers.

The event is situated in Stavanger on the West coast of Norway and takes place in various venues throughout the city.

Expect: friendly crowds, unique concerts & great club nights covering all aspects of progressive, alternative & electronic music and art.


120 DAYS / ex Beautiful People (N)
KID 606 (US)

# posted by DJ Martian 12:30 PM
  Music Reviews: Agalloch, The Mars Volta, Mastodon, The Necks and Ryan Teague

Some highlighted music reviews:

Agalloch - Ashes Against the Grain

Agalloch - Ashes Against the Grain - looks likely to feature in many Metal / Rock reviewers end of year charts, 3 reviewers highly praise the new album:

Decibel Magazine review Agalloch - Ashes Against the Grain reviewed by ilxor regular Scott Seward who goes into overdrive on the brilliance of this album.

CoC review Agalloch - Ashes Against the Grain by: Pedro Azevedo (9 out of 10)

THE METAL OBSERVER review AGALLOCH - Ashes Against The Grain 10/10 rated

The Mars Volta - Amputechture

The Observer | OMM review The Mars Volta - Amputechture with a top 5/5 review.

Tracks that are almost terse and not in a made-up language? Fantastic, smiles Ben Thompson: the prog-punk pair have matured

Mastodon - Blood Mountain

Metalrage review Mastodon - Blood Mountain with a top rating.

Metal Storm review Mastodon - Blood Mountain

The Necks - Chemist

The Guardian review The Necks - Chemist

BBC Music review The Necks - Chemist

A better title for this CD would be Alchemist, because The Necks have yet again succeeded in turning base metals (i.e. standard musical ingredients) into gold.

Ryan Teague - Coins And Crosses

Musique Machine review Ryan Teague - Coins And Crosses [Type - 2006] top rated 5/5 review.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:33 AM

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

  Thavius Beck: Thru

DOTSHOP.SE profile Thavius Beck: Thru

Thavius Beck returns with his signature blend of mind-bending experimental hip-hop and dark synth-driven industrial electronics.

Mush (MH247CD)
October 9th, 2006

# posted by DJ Martian 11:42 PM
  Derek Bailey: To Play (The Blemish Sessions)

DOTSHOP.SE profile Derek Bailey: To Play (The Blemish Sessions)

Legendary free-jazz guitarist Derek Bailey's last studio recording, commissioned by David Sylvian before Bailey's death in 2005.

Samadhi Sound (SS008CD)
September 11th, 2006

# posted by DJ Martian 11:40 PM
  Stereogum @ Norway's Øya 2006 Festival

Stereogum reviews his trip to Oslo's Øya festival: Nor-wave Goodbye To Oslo: Stereogum @ Øya 2006

Includes reviews of bands from The Knife to Enslaved to Jaga Jazzist to Hot Chip. Plus photos galore.

Last year Pitchfork's then Nick Sylvester went to Øya festival, this year Stereogum - who next year... Avi @ it's a trap ?

Official Öya Festival website: Thanks for 2006 - We're looking forward to 2007

This year's Öya Festival was, as we see it, one of the wickedest Norwegian rock festivals ever. The festival was a giant success, both from our, the audience's, and the artists' perspective. The response from the audience, volunteers, band members, biz people, and others indicates that this has been an amazing experience for everybody that's been involved.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:36 PM
  New Grouper Album: Wide

DOTSHOP.SE profile Grouper - Wide

Dazzling unsettling ambience, epic space swirls, haunting drones, beefed up etheral hiss, sputtering static electrics.

Free Porcupine Society (FPS17CD)
August 28th, 2006

# posted by DJ Martian 11:23 PM
  Music News Roundup

Quick music news roundup involving Animal Collective, Basement Jaxx, Deftones, Don Caballero, Four Tet, Interpol, Mercury Rev, Peel Sessions, Pelican and TV on the Radio

Animal Collective

FatCat Records report Animal Collective New London Show Announced

Animal Collective have fixed up a replacement show, with the band headlining at a warehouse venue in East London on Saturday 26th August.

Basement Jaxx Basement Jaxx Announce Huge Arena Tour


NME.COM: Deftones plan 'diverse' new album - Saturday Night Wrist to be released on October 30th

Don Caballero

Drowned in Sound report Don Cab announce European tour

Four Tet report Four Tet Announces Intimate UK Show October 5 at Plastic People

Also: Four Tet releases his album ‘Remixes’ on September 25th.

Interpol report Interpol Move Home; From Matador To Capitol

They are now expected to go into the studio in the autumn to record the new material which has the projected release date of mid-2007.

Mercury Rev

AngryApe report on Mercury Rev compilation: The Essential Mercury Rev - Stillness Breathes Compilation Details -

The Essential Mercury Rev - Stillness Breathes (1991-2006) collection will be released on October 2 and sees 32 tracks spread across two CDs.

Peel Sessions More Peel Sessions Set For Release

Peel sessions released in new compilations this autumn: Pulp, Gene, The House Of Love and Siouxsie And The Banshees

Pelican report Pelican To Prep New Songs On Daughters Dates

This fall, Pelican will unveil new material from their third, as-yet-untitled release on a North American tour.

TV on the Radio report TV On The Radio Tour ‘Cookie Mountain’ in the US

# posted by DJ Martian 11:09 PM

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

  Max Richter - Songs From Before

New Max Richter album Songs From Before will be released October 16th

Max Richter - Songs From Before

Obscure Sound has some info: Max Richter and “Post-Classical”

# posted by DJ Martian 5:26 PM
  Terrorizer - Issue 148

New issue of Terrorizer magazine on sale this week. Deicide are on the front cover as part of an introductory Death Metal Special.





Album Reviews
Deicide, Mastodon, Grave, MotOrhead, 5ive, Birds Of Prey, Daughters, Jazkamer, Spektr and Unearth play Russian Roulette with numbers.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:07 PM
  Buzz Band: 120 Days

I was the first blogger on planet earth to rave over Norway's 120 Days earlier this summer, with their monumental electro-rock track: Come Out (Come Down, Fade Out, Be Gone). Now the bandwagon has started to roll:

stereogum: Band To Watch: 120 Days - includes a link to the mp3 track: Come Out (Come Down, Fade Out, Be Gone).

Also includes some photos from the recent appearance at the Oya festival in Oslo.

Pitchfork highly rated the track yesterday: Pitchfork: 120 Days: "Come Out (Come Down, Fade Out, Be Gone)" [Track Review]

Norwegian blogger: for the eardrums last week: 120 days (ex. the beautiful people)

The debut self titled 120 Days album will be released October 10th in the US on Vice Records, and October 2nd in Norway on Smalltown Supersound.

Will Smalltown Supersound release this in the UK?, or are they still looking for a pan European deal outside Norway. A label such as Mute would be a good match.

120 Days were previously known as The Beautiful People - I tipped them as a band to watch out for last year !

# posted by DJ Martian 1:58 PM
  Top 1000 Rated Albums of 2006

As part of the recent design upgrade there is a new navigation structure for the top charts by year / decade.

Updated: New url for Top 1000 rated albums of 2006 on

with not many significant summer releases since the last update, nothing much has changed in the top section i.e top 100.


7: Drudkh - Blood in Our Wells [Ukranian atmospheric black metal in the top 10 !] A high climber

19. Envy [JPN] - Insomniac Doze [Mogwai endorsed Japanese heavy post-rockers]

40. Guillemots - Through the Windowpane [Mercury Prize has raised their international profile]

Strange that Bruce Springsteen, Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 is back included as a 2006 release and is the top rated album of 2006. I thought it previously got kicked out of the 2006 list for being a retrospective release.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:42 PM
  MERCENARY: 'The Hours That Remain' E-Card

Blabbermouth.Net report MERCENARY: 'The Hours That Remain' E-Card Available

Denmark's Mercenary once again showcase their unique style with an epic orchestral production. I don't normally listen to or rate so called "power metal", but Mercenary have that something extra special.

Listen to Century Media e-card for Mercenary

# posted by DJ Martian 1:23 PM

Monday, August 14, 2006

  Blackdown: Interviews Mary Anne Hobbs

Blackdown interviews Radio 1 DJ Mary Anne Hobbs

Mary Anne Hobbs’ Dubstep Warz show early this January left an unmistakable impression on the dubstep scene, bringing the bubbling scene to the boil and serving it up to a hungry audience. Ten months on, Mary Anne here exclusively unveils the logical extension of her show, a compilation of her own recipe. Check the tracklist and an in depth interview below.

Reminder, the Breezeblock show returns this week: :: View topic - Breezeblock is BACK Monday 1am

Monday nite 1am...
BBC Radio1
exclusive mixes from
plus sick new beatz from...

DJ Shadow
Sterotyp, Al Haca & Ras B
Chris Clarke
Artic Hospital
Ceasare & Disorder
Ensemble & Cat Power
Skream vs JME

and more..

# posted by DJ Martian 3:01 PM
  One World - The Big Chill

This week's One World show features a review of The Big Chill [Now on listen again]

This week One World brings you all the highlights from The Big Chill Festival 2006, presented by festival founder Pete Lawrence.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:48 PM
  6 Mix - Coldcut

Now on listen again, Coldcut present the 6 Mix on 6 Music

# posted by DJ Martian 2:46 PM
  ECM: Label Interviews

OMM spotlight the esteemed ECM label: Groove is in their hearts

In the corporate world of modern music, some niche labels still thrive through their passion and commitment. As jazz pioneer ECM reaches its 1,000th release and World Circuit celebrates its 20th anniversary, Mark Hudson meets the men behind three distinctive and successful labels

# posted by DJ Martian 2:20 PM
  Converge - New Album: No Heroes

Lambgoat report Converge album details No Heroes will be released October 24th on Epitaph Records

# posted by DJ Martian 2:17 PM
  Jack DeJohnette: Interview

All About Jazz interview Jack DeJohnette: Jack DeJohnette: Colors, Grooves, Golden Beams

When you hear Jack DeJohnette’s playing, you know it’s him. No living jazz drummer is more accomplished, better-known or more technically equipped than the 64-year-old, Chicago-born DeJohnette, and no other drummer plays with his particular blend of unerring time, power and groove.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:14 PM

Friday, August 11, 2006

  Summer Sundae 2006 Festival

6 Music will be broadcasting from the Summer Sundae Weekender 2006 festival in Leicester this weekend.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:20 PM
  Kayo Dot US Tour

For American readers: Kayo Dot have announced an extensive US tour schedule.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:03 PM
  Isis Album Title - In The Absence Of Truth

via Isis Album Title

Isis will release their new album, In The Absence Of Truth on October 31st via Ipecac

# posted by DJ Martian 3:09 PM
  Plus Minus Signs to Absolutely Kosher report Plus Minus Signs to Absolutely Kosher

New York's +/- {Plus/Minus}has inked a deal with Absolutely Kosher Records.

Their new album Let's Build a Fire will be released on October 24th.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:04 PM
  Music webzine: Mammoth Press

Music webzine: Mammoth Press includes a music news section with RSS feed.

Mission Statement:
Mammoth Press is a unique music news site that offers real time news updates , album reviews , show reviews , and interviews with some of the best independent and major label artists around. Our focus is independent rock, but we never limit ourselves. With staff all over the United States and even in Europe, a visit to Mammoth Press will give you all the current news on your favorite bands, and expose you to artists you should know by now. Before anything else, we at Mammoth Press are music fans. Music is a lifestyle we have chosen, and we understand the intense role music plays in the actualizing that lust for life. Our goal is to satisfy a wide range of music tastes with interviews, reviews, and news about everything that's out there without bias or obligation to popular standards.

ISSN Numbers:
News: ISSN 1556-1208
Album Reviews: ISSN 1556-1216
Interviews: ISSN 1556-1224

Album Reviews

# posted by DJ Martian 3:01 PM
  Prog's progeny - Rick Wakeman's Verdict on Modern Prog

In The Guardian Rick Wakeman's verdict on modern prog related bands: Prog's progeny

"But are the new proggies the true heirs to the thrones of Yes, Genesis and King Crimson? Who better to ask than the man who once put together a concept rock show about King Arthur, with 50 men on horseback and a replica castle - and then performed the whole thing on ice? We compiled a list of the new wave for Rick Wakeman, once of Yes, and asked for his verdicts:"

The 4 Bands:

Secret Machines
Pure Reason Revolution

# posted by DJ Martian 2:53 PM

Thursday, August 10, 2006


Blabbermouth.Net report EPHEL DUATH: U.K. Tour Dates Announced

EPHEL DUATH tour dates:

Oct. 15 - Manchester, UK @ Jilly's Rockworld Damnation Festival
Oct. 16 - Wolverhampton, UK @ Little Civic
Oct. 17 - London, UK @ Underworld
Oct. 20 - Bolton, UK @ No. Fifteen
Oct. 21 - Rushden, UK @ Attik
Oct. 22 - Bournemouth, UK @ Opera House
Oct. 23 - Exeter, UK @ Cavern
Oct. 24 - Southampton, UK @ Unit 22
Oct. 26 - Middlesbrough, UK @ The Crown

# posted by DJ Martian 4:11 PM
  Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye

Pitchfork review Junior Boys: So This Is Goodbye Rating: 9.0

Junior Boys - So This is Goodbye

# posted by DJ Martian 3:59 PM
  Music Blog: The Daily Growl

Music blog to check: The Daily Growl

# posted by DJ Martian 3:52 PM

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

  The Great Depression - Preaching to the Fire

The Great Depression - Preaching to the Fire was finally released this week on Fire Records. [The same label that released the last Bark Psychosis album]

The Great Depression - Preaching to the Fire

Boomkat: The Great Depression - Preaching to the Fire

# posted by DJ Martian 11:44 PM
  FREESCHA - Head Warlock Double Stare

Darla profile the forthcoming Freescha album: FREESCHA - Head Warlock Double Stare due for release on Attacknine Records on September 18th

Attacknine Records is proud to present Freescha’s long awaited follow up to “What’s Come Inside of You”. Somewhere deep inside the tape machine, when we think we're finally asleep, the amusement park becomes a rock 'n' roll fright mare, and the barbarian rules the bailiwick. Will you be able to yoke the scepter of your glam-box in order to save the opera from Sawlord? Or will the nether-realm be forever engulfed by the shadow-cast, leaving only a bloody slub in its wake? The answer will be found in the runes. And the wizard crystals. And your lube. "HEAD WARLOCK DOUBLE STARE. Twenty four tracks that take you deeper into the darkness of Freeschaland, dripping with fuzzy Phantom pop, bent pianos, and warping synths. There’s someone staring at you in the dark. For fans of; lasers, roller skates, cob webs, magic, armor, dance machines, wizard crystals, lube, Tones on Tail, slasher films, jet cycles, and Yor. Track List: 1. Testing The Jammer, 2. Old Age For Duke of Slade, 3. Galacticus, 4. Moving, 5. Where All Good Squishes Go, 6. Chasm Night, 7. Gory Gums, 8. Phantom, Strike The Disco Down!, 9. Death Battle 2: Call of the Haunted (Return of Sawlord – Baby Tiger), 10. Killer on the Ride, 11. Humping for Dummies, 12. The Pageant of Smote Thine Beard, 13. Glitter Gun For Glue, 14. King Dracula, 15. Nothing To Say But Magic, 16. Candelabra, 17. Shiver Me Timbers, 18. Scandalous, 19. Frozen Stiff, 20. Speaker Eater, 21. Secret Admirer, 22. Phantas Me On The Opera, 23. Bring Me The Boogie, 24. The Strange Disappearance of Jebodiah Sloak, Journeyman Freescha (Pronounced freesha). is the creative pairing & friendship of the San Fernando Valley born Nick Huntington and Michael McGroarty. Their California-brand of organic electronic songs are observed and enjoyed by fans the world over, as well as by other music figures such as; Two Lone Swordsmen, Casino Versus Japan, Manual, Hermann & Klein, and Marumari. Freescha recently completed a cover of the song “Spiders” for Moby. They are scoring the music for the art-house horror film “Zero Dark Thirty”, for a 2007 Theatrical release. Freescha was asked to cowrite a song with the synth-pop band Stefy, whose debut album on Wind Up Records will be released in August 2006. And finally, Freescha was asked to collaborate with the very talented pop-songstress Sia for her next record. "A ghostly, timeless, parallell, otherworldlyness pervades every track taking it way beyond mere zeros and ones. File under church music from distant galaxies" -Andrew Weatherall (Two Lones Swordsmen, WARP) "I swear I've listened to those Freescha cd's more than any other cd's in the last 6 months. They're so great. I love them." -Moby "... misters Huntington and McGroarty lost the map a while ago, but they've since killed the headlights and let go of the wheel, letting the logic of the lost highway guide them, at least until daybreak." -viet-nambla

Front Cover:

Freescha - Head Warlock Double Stare

# posted by DJ Martian 11:36 PM
  Paper Thin Walls

new collaborative music blog: Paper Thin Walls

via ILM: Plug your Blog

Paper Thin Walls features contributions from:

Featuring my ilXor pals Chuck Eddy, Frank Kogan, Geeta Dayal, Sterling Clover, Nate Patrin, Andy Beta, Don Allred, Phil Freeman, and so many more!

-- Whiney G. Weingarten

# posted by DJ Martian 3:45 PM
  The Nightingales Return With Out Of True Album

AngryApe report The Nightingales Return With Out Of True Album

The Nightingales have announced their return, with their first album in twenty years!

The Nightingales - Out Of True, will be released by Iron Man Records on October 2nd

# posted by DJ Martian 2:56 PM

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

  Bonobo - Days To Come

DOTSHOP.SE profile the upcoming Bonobo album: Bonobo - Days To Come

Ninja Tune (ZENCD119)
Release Date: October 2nd, 2006

# posted by DJ Martian 2:46 PM
  Field Music - New Album for 2007

Pitchfork notify Field Music Prep New Album; Exclusive MP3

This second Field Music album: Tones of Town was planned for Autumn 2006, but is now scheduled for a January 2007 UK release.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:43 PM
  Kompakt Total 7

Pitchfork have details of the new Kompakt compilation Total 7: Kompakt Preps Total 7; Exclusive mp3 including tracklisting:


01 Kontrast - "Grey Skies to Blue"
02 Triola - "Polarzipper (Wighnomy Bros remix)"
03 Gui Boratto - "Arquipelago"
04 Justus Köhncke - "Love and Dancing"
05 Thomas/Mayer - "Sweet Harmony"
06 The Modernist - "Pearly Spencer"
07 SCSI-9 - "When She Said Goodbye"
08 Superpitcher - "Tonite"
09 DJ Koze - "Getreidephunk"
10 Wighnomy Bros - "Wombat"
11 Mikkel Metal - "Ulyt"
12 The Rice Twins - "For Penny and Alexis"


01 Gui Boratto - "Like You (Supermayer remix)"
02 Wassermann - "In Tyrannis 2006"
03 Robert Babicz - "Sonntag"
04 Steadycam - "Knock-Kneed"
05 Jürgen Paape - "Take That"
06 Hug - "The Happy Monster"
07 Axel Bartsch - "Redlight"
08 Reinhard Voigt - "Tranceformation"
09 Thomas Fehlmann - "Saft"
10 The Field - "Over the Ice"
11 Oxia - "Domino"
12 Jonas Bering - "Melanie"

Vinyl (exclusive tracks only):

01 Jürgen Paape - "Take That"
02 Justus Köhncke - "Love and Dancing"
03 Gui Boratto - "Chromophobia"
04 Thomas Fehlmann - "Saft"
05 DJ Koze - "Getreidephunk"
06 Reinhard Voigt - "Tranceformation"
07 Kontrast - "Grey Skies to Blue"
08 SCSI-9 - "When She Said Goodbye"
09 Wassermann - "In Tyrannis 2006"
10 Thomas/Mayer - "Sweet Harmony"
11 The Modernist - "Pearly Spencer"
12 Superpitcher - "Tonite"

# posted by DJ Martian 2:39 PM
  mick mercer reviews early Ultravox era reissues

mick mercer reviews the recently reissued Ultravox albums:


# posted by DJ Martian 2:37 PM

Blabbermouth.Net report PORCUPINE TREE Signs With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

Roadrunner Records U.K. has announced the signing of epic rockers PORCUPINE TREE.

PORCUPINE TREE is unquestionably one of the most difficult-to-categorise and innovative bands out there. The music is breathtaking, ranging from psychedelic trip-hop to progressive metal, and a compendium of other sounds in between.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:22 PM
  WOEBOT: A Pre-History of British Electronic Music

WOEBOT presents a A Pre-History of British Electronic Music

# posted by DJ Martian 2:19 PM
  Radio 1 Kraftwerk Documentary

Now on listen again: Radio 1 - Documentaries - Kraftwerk - Franz Ferdinand's Alex Karpronos presents a documentary on Kraftwerk

# posted by DJ Martian 2:11 PM
  the NEW website has a radical new design upgrade.

Changes overviewed: What's new at RYM - Rate Your Music

# posted by DJ Martian 2:06 PM

Monday, August 07, 2006

  6 Mix - Cut Copy

The latest 6 Mix on 6 Music features Cut Copy [Now on listen again]

# posted by DJ Martian 10:26 PM
  DJ Shadow UK Tour

AngryApe notify DJ Shadow Announces Winter Tour Dates in the UK.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:32 PM

Friday, August 04, 2006

  2006 Autumn Albums

2006 Autumn Albums - A selective sequential list of Autumn [September, October, November] 2006 albums.

Release dates are subject to change ! and primarily refer to the UK.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:47 AM

Thursday, August 03, 2006

  Gojira UK October Tour

Drowned in Sound notify Gojira will tour the UK in October.

3 Birmingham Barfly
4 London Underworld
5 Stoke Sugarmill
6 Glasgow King Tut's
7 Manchester Academy 2
9 Newport TJ's
10 Oxford Zodiac
11 Liverpool Academy 2
13 Newcastle Academy 2

Gojira last album: From Mars to Sirius

Gojira - From Mars to Sirius

# posted by DJ Martian 10:12 PM
  Earplug - Issue 74

Issue 74 of Earplug

August 3 - August 16

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 9:43 PM
  Metal Hammer - Latest Issue

Mastodon are featured on the front cover of the new issue of Metal Hammer magazine.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:13 PM
  Uncut - September 2006 Issue

As expected Syd Barrett is featured on the front cover of the new issue of Uncut magazine.

The Playlist September 2006 Our free Playlist CD has tracks from Lambchop, Pulp, Captain Beefheart, Mica P Hinson, Chris Difford, Slade, Comets On Fire, Nazz

# posted by DJ Martian 2:52 PM

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

  Stream: Agalloch - Ashes Against the Grain

Now streaming the entire album [Agalloch - Ashes Against the Grain]: Agalloch on

Stream: Windows Media Player Required.

Reminder this is still the number 1 rated album of 2006 on

Agalloch - Ashes Against the Grain

# posted by DJ Martian 6:08 PM
  Ved Buens Ende - interview with Carl-Michael Eide

Guts Of Darkness interview Carl-Michael Eide from the legendary Norwegian experimental metal band Ved Buens Ende: Ved Buens Ende - interview with Carl-Michael Eide (guitars / vocals)

# posted by DJ Martian 3:14 PM

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

  Tortoise - A Lazarus Taxon

Reminder, Thrill Jockey Records will release a Tortoise box set: A Lazarus Taxon on August 22nd

The deluxe 3xCD, 1xDVD set will be housed in a deluxe box with a full booklet. It is scheduled to be released August 22nd 2006

See link for full tracklist info and press release.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:08 PM
  The Breezeblock - Stacs Of Stamina / Otto Von Schirach

Now on listen again, this week's breezeblock show with Mary Anne Hobbs

A party set from Stacs Of Stamina and live tracks recorded at Otto Von Schirach's first ever UK gig.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:25 PM

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