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Saturday, June 30, 2007

  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 30th

Some links of interest:

Music Journalist, David Hepworth on Fopp: And Another Thing: Fopp - what does it all mean? - with additional comments from readers.

K-punk on the theme of hauntology: MUSIC IS DEAD! LONG LIVE HAUNTOLOGY!: Fact Magazine

blogger, Sid Smith mentions the recent Prog Rock special themed magazine from Classic Rock magazine, and also offers a list of his favourite progressive rock albums: Sid Smith's Postcards From The Yellow Room: The Return Of Giant Prog List...

Classic Rock magazine have a prog rock special out this month. It covers the usual ground that we’ve come to expect from such overviews, but credit to them for including a good section of the progish strands of folk and jazz. Inevitably there’s the usual list of essential prog rock albums, and inevitably one is always left scratching one’s noggin at what’s in and what’s out.

Björk is on the front cover of Plan B Magazine:

Plan B July issue in shops July 2nd, for sale online now! Features Björk, Bonde Do Role, Riot Grrrl, Taken By Trees, Gogol Bordello...

Another rather daft list from Q magazine: The Q Daily / Features / The 20 Loudest Albums Of All Time - Obviously Q magazine writers / editors don't read Terrorizer magazine !


Band of Horses relay the news: New Band of Horses due in October

Nik Bärtsch

Avant Swiss jazz artist Nik Bärtsch profiled: Nik Bärtsch: The Road To Stoa

Nik Bärtsch on myspace:

Ornette Coleman

Interview: Free radical | | Guardian Unlimited Arts

Ornette Coleman didn't just move jazz on - he took it on a wild journey some will never forgive him for. He talks to Andrew Purcell about liberating sound, his theory of 'harmolodics', and being beaten up for playing his sax out of tune


At last this album will be released !DOTSHOP.SE - Murcof: Cosmos

Cosmos is Murcof's best album yet - a monumental collection of 6 long pieces that drives his pioneering work to new heights ***

September 17th

The Opium Cartel

More music from Norway ! Jacob Holm-Lupo's new project:

The Opium Cartel is Jacob Holm-Lupo's project away from White Willow. We are currently working on our debut album, tentatively titled Helps you feel better. TOC is a collaborative project. Some of the collaborators are No-Man's Tim Bowness, Rachel Haden (The Rentals, Weezer), Änglagård's Mattias Olsson, Lars Fredrik Frøislie of White Willow and Wobbler, Ketil Einarsen (ex-Jaga Jazzist, White Willow, Okasa). More will be announced. TOC is folksy excursions tainted by electronics, power pop and very friendly prog. So far all you'll find here are rough demos - proper versions will be posted as the sessions move along. The singer on Three Sleepers is Sylvia Skjellestad.

Roxy Music

Update: Ferry Eyeing More Roxy Recording In 2008

The Shocking Pinks

Pitchfork: Shocking Pinks Sign to DFA:

On September 25, the label(s) will release the self-titled Shocking Pinks, a compilation of remastered tunes from Shocking Pinks' two 2005 albums for NZ label Flying Nun, both of which were follow-ups to SP's debut, Dance the Dance Electric.

Max Tundra


Max Tundra will commence a weekly radio show on Resonance FM on July 7th, also:

For the last few years, Max Tundra has been working on his third album for Domino. The work continues to this day, with a possible completion date of late 2007. As well as this he is busy with various side-projects and remixes, and continues to play concerts in a wide variety of venues around the world.

The Voices

The Runout Groove: Newish Band Alert: The Voices

Shoegazer music from Wales, The Voices:

# posted by DJ Martian 12:01 AM

Friday, June 29, 2007

  Fopp Update: Ernst & Young appointed as Administrators & Receivers

Ernst & Young have confirmed the following about Fopp: Fopp Ltd (in Receivership) & Music Zone 2007 Ltd (In Administration)

Tom Burton and Colin Dempster from Ernst & Young LLP have been appointed Joint Receivers of Fopp Limited and Joint Administrators to Music Zone 2007 Ltd.

Context: basic info about Administration and administrative receivership: Administration and administrative receivership | Business Link

The Times report that Fopp were in talks with Virgin Megastores, but a last minute rescue deal could not be agreed: Virgin Megastores fails to rescue rival Fopp - Times Online

The Fopp music chain has closed all stores after a plan to merge with Virgin Megastores failed to win supplier support

The Times Online has learnt that rival Virgin Megastores, controlled by Sir Richard's Virgin Group, had attempted to merge with Fopp, injecting a big rescue loan and taking a 10 per cent stake in a new entity.

It is interesting that The Times have constantly led this breaking news story, meanwhile the BBC can't even get to grips with the basics, incorrectly stating the number of stores closing down: Fopp closes down its 105 stores [not 105, but actually 81 - the current combined number of Fopp stores plus the acquired Music Zone stores that are still remaining!]

# posted by DJ Martian 7:56 PM

Thursday, June 28, 2007

  Fopp to go into Administration?

Sad news about UK music, film & books chain Fopp, The Times are reporting that Fopp are ready to appoint administrators: Music chain in talks with administrators - Times Online

Fopp, one of Britain's biggest music retailers, is readying to appoint Ernst & Young amid crisis talks with bankers

update: dated June 29th by The Times:

Fopp in talks with bankers after music stores close - Times Online

Fopp, one the country’s biggest music store groups, is preparing to appoint Colin Dempster of Ernst & Young as administrator as it warned some staff not to expect their monthly pay.

Context: Administration (insolvency) - Wikipedia

Administration is a procedure under the insolvency laws of a number of common law jurisdictions which functions as a rescue mechanism for insolvent companies and allows them to carry on running their business. The process — an alternative to liquidation — is often known as going into administration.

The chain of ruin..context:

Woolworths sell MVC stores to a new private company who run into cashflow problems and go into administration, who then sell the stores onto to Music Zone who run into cashflow problems and enter administration, company is wound up, after this Fopp agree to acquire 67 Music Zone stores in February and now in June 2007 it seems Fopp have called in the administrators.

Classic case of expanding too fast without the necessary finance.

Fopp's problems stem from the acquisition of 67 Music Stores earlier this year. They financially over stretched themselves, and apparently had arguments with suppliers regarding previous Music Zone debts. This in-counjunction with a difficult trading environment for music & books has led to significant cash flow problems.

Since last Saturday, Fopp stores have gone cash only.

Retail analyst Nick Bubb, from Pali International,

"When even someone like Tesco is saying that entertainment sales are weak, it's a sign of the times of how the music and book retail market is performing." Source: The Bookseller

Meanwhile: BBC NEWS | Business | HMV struggles in 'severe' market

Profits at music and book retailer HMV have more than halved as the firm battles against competition from supermarkets and online retailers.

No doubt further information will be unveiled about Fopp tomorrow, including a press release from the administrators, Ernst & Young.

The administrator when appointed will now try to find a private equity company or another company to buy Fopp as a going concern - if this cannot be achieved the company will be wound up.

I believe Fopp is a strong brand and hopefully new owners can be found.


Fopp (retailer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

# posted by DJ Martian 10:37 PM
  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 28th

Some links of interest:

ILM poll & discussion on drum n bass albums: Best Drum & Bass LP

Pitchfork Feature: The Month In: Grime / Dubstep - by Martin Clark

4ad profiled: Drowned in Sound - Features - Label Focus #7: 4AD

Gigwise are blogging from the Hove festival in Norway: GIGWISE - Hove Festival blog

Set in the woodland of Arendel, Norway Hove is a festival with a difference and is about more than the music being played.

reviewed: * Dusted Reviews - V/A - Box of Dub: Dubstep and Future Dub

New Kompakt compilation announced: RA: Total 8 on Kompakt. Music News

This year’s ‘Total’ compilation features twenty-two Kompakt cuts. Watch out for the big Total 8 party in Cologne this August, too."

Total 8’ will be released on double CD and triple vinyl on August 13th, 2007.

math rock: Summer Temperature: Infinite at motel de moka


Animal Alpha

Norwegian esoteric alt-rock band provide an update: Animal Alpha:

We`re in the studio these days, recording our upcoming album! This time we decided to work with Mike Hartung and Propeller Music Division, and we’re now 4 weeks into recording. We’re just finishing up the basic tracking, and it sounds VERY good... hard hitting, diverse and intense. Mike’s wide musical background and engineering skills has earned him the trust of the band, and he’s helping us develop our sound even further.

The new, still untitled album, will have an early 08 release.


Canon Blue

New Album details: DOTSHOP.SE - Canon Blue: Colonies

From Nashville comes Canon Blue - excentric electroish pop. Produced by Chris from Grizzly Bear. Mastered by Cristian Vogel

Rumraket (RUM010CD)
September 24th, 2007

Dave Gahan

New album announcement: Dave Gahan - Hourglass


The Vision Bleak


After nearly six months in the studio, German gothic metal band THE VISION BLEAK has finished recording its third album, "The Wolves Go Hunt Their Prey".

# posted by DJ Martian 12:42 AM

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

  STILLE OPPRØR - Track: Meanwhile

Listen to the track from: STILLE OPPRØR - Meanwhile:

STILLE OPPRØR is Christer André Cederberg's (ANIMAL ALPHA, DRAWN, IN THE WOODS among others) one man project. hard to describe but impossible to ignore, STILLE OPPRØR manages to give the listener both comfort and discomfort at the same time. The second album is in the making and will be released this autumn. Songs will be added soon!

atmospheric moody electronic-rock at it's finest ! similar to Beyond Dawn [Circa 1999], Manes, Tiamat, The The, Radiohead, Dredg

outstanding vocals and the music just flows sublimely

Christer André Cederberg was a member of the legendary 1990s avant-garde atmospheric metal band In the Woods:

# posted by DJ Martian 11:57 PM

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 26th

Some links of interest:

so far this year * Dusted Features [ Dusted Mid-Year Roundup 2007 ] *

Dusted's staff take a look at some of their favorite records to come out in 2007. These picks are in no particular order.

New column: RA: Month to Month: The M word - Feature / Interview

In the first edition of his new monthly column on RA, Irish scribe Ronan Fitzgerald charts the rise of minimal.

RA: Soma Coma. Music News

Latest release from Scottish house and techno stable Soma is a downtempo label retrospective. 'Soma Coma' arrives in July.

Greek metal: Hellenic metal | Mystic dark music


Edwyn Collins

New album Drowned in Sound - News - Edwyn Collins to release new LP

Pop star, producer and now happily convalesced man, Edwyn Collins, is to release a new album, Home Again, through Heavenly Recordings on September 17 2007.


via 06.26.2007 | ..: it's a trap!

Danish post-rock act Efterklang has confirmed their new album 'Parades' for release on October 15.




German black metal band ENDSTILLE has inked a deal with Sweden's Regain Records.

The Foreshadowing




The group's new album will be recorded in July at their own Studio Apocalypse for a January 2008 release.


RA: Samim's flow. Music News

Flow’ by Samim will be released on Get Physical on September 7th, 2007.

Valgeir Sigurdsson

DOTSHOP.SE - Valgeir Sigurdsson: Ekvilibrium

A graceful, effortless genre-free debut from Björk's and CocoRosie's producer Valgeir Sigurdsson - feat. Bonnie Prince Billy

Bedroom Community (HVALUR3CD) September 10th, 2007



SVARTSOT, one of Denmark's most promising bands, has inked a deal with Napalm Records.




More info on the new album: Tunng Good Arrows Album Details Revealed — News — AngryApe

The album is their third so far and will be available in the UK from August 20th on Full Time Hobby, while US fans will get the release in October on the duo's new US home, Thrill Jockey.


BLABBERMOUTH.NET - WINDS: 'Prominence and Demise' Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

The artwork and tracklisting for the upcoming album from Norway's classical/progressive metal supergroup WINDS, titled 'Prominence and Demise' (out September 4, 2007 on The End Records), has been revealed.


interview: Audiversity: Interversity: Zelienople

Chicago psyche-folk outfit Zelienople step up to the mic for this week's Interversity. Their fifth-full length album, His/Hers, was recently released on the always interesting Type label and is the prime musical accompaniment for the both unnerving, magnificent and mysterious appearance of the cicadas this spring

# posted by DJ Martian 8:45 PM

Sunday, June 24, 2007

  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 24 th

some links of interest:

4 music blogs to check:
Bang! Bang! - electronic music blog
The More You Think About It...

New book on gothic culture from Duke University Press:

Goth: Undead Subculture
Lauren M. E. Goodlad, Michael Bibby

Since it first emerged from Britain’s punk-rock scene in the late 1970s, goth subculture has haunted postmodern culture and society, reinventing itself inside and against the mainstream. Goth: Undead Subculture is the first collection of scholarly essays devoted to this enduring yet little examined cultural phenomenon. Twenty-three essays from various disciplines explore the music, cinema, television, fashion, literature, aesthetics, and fandoms associated with the subculture.

Pitchfork Feature: Column: Show No Mercy

Column by Brandon Stosuy [Metal]

Forum for doom metal: The Doomed Forum :: Index

most anticipated albums for the rest of 2007 - Rate Your Music A list by monty_sejtan

Rocketsurgeon's Music 2.0 Directory -

The Music 2.0 Directory is a comprehensive listing of all the companies and tools that are participating in the new music revolution. Directory categories and companies are listed on the sidebar. Subscribe to the RSS feed to keep up current with the latest submissions. Have a suggestion for a listing? Contact us.


Across Tundras

US post-metal band Across Tundras: View // News // Lambgoat: Across Tundras news and notes:

Denver's Across Tundras has finished writing their second full-length, titled 'Western Sky Ride.' The record will clock in at 65 plus minutes and, according to the band

Bad Brains

New Bad Brains album streaming on myspace:


Drowned in Sound - News - New Beirut album coming in October

Aril Brikha

Swedish techno artist Aril Brikha has 3 superb sample tracks of his new album on myspace:

Ex-Machina will be released on Peacefrog on July 30th

Aril Brikha's first newborn to the Peacefrog label will be a double whammy! As he is set to release two 12's on the 11th June in preparation for the grand debut of his new album 'Ex-Machina' due out on the 30th July.

More info on the album, including the front cover: Aril Brihka to release “Ex Machina” on Peacefrog Recs. mK iArticles



British/Norwegian black metal project CODE, featuring new vocalist Simen Hestnaes (a.k.a. ICS Vortex; DIMMU BORGIR, ex-ARCTURUS), has signed to Tabu Recordings.

The Cure

The Cure Prepare New US Tour Dates — News — AngryApe

This September, The Cure will embark on a new tour around the US and in the meantime, they are continuing work on their next album.

Matthew Dear

TUNETOURIST: Interview: Matthew Dear


iLiKETRAiNS Name Album, Single And Tour Dates — News — AngryApe

Elegies to Lessons Learnt is the album's title and it is set to be released on 1st October in the UK/ Europe and 9th October in the U.S through Beggars Banquet. A single named The Deception will also be preceding the LP on 10th September


mp3 track: stereogum: New Maserati - "The World Outside"


2 new tracks from US progressive art-rock band Phideaux

The male vocalist sings in a similar style to Trevor Tanner from 80s band The Bolshoi ! on the track MICRODEATH SOFTSTAR with the music in a similar vintage prog style of Anekdoten

The other track: FORMALDEHYDE the female vocalist reminds me of 1970s era Annie Haslam of Renaissance

Phideaux explain the two tracks:

And so, within days the Doomsday Afternoon glow will be upon us. The album is being mass produced and will shortly be making its way to your favourite music distributor and mail order consortium.

And in preparation for this black day, we have uploaded two tracks from the album. Of course, because the songs are so damn long we had to compress them into nasty tiny MP3s that are somewhat like tinfoil.


First up: MICRODEATH SOFTSTAR (edit and truncated) - this is the finale of the album and was written as the instrumental "freakout". Of course, later on Formaldehyde took that honour. On this most devilish track you can hear the fantastic guitar work of Joel Weinstein (from Time As Wine) as well as Myspace's very own Johnny Unicorn on super keyboards. The ultimate wizard Matthew Parmenter has doused us with terrifying violin and voice as well. You might even hear Arjen Lucassen saying seven secret words at 7:50 into the track... I promise you the sound quality is better when listened to at greater than MP3 VBR 96/128!

Second Track: FORMALDEHYDE (complete) -- This is the track that Martin Orford kindly contributed a synthesizer solo. I am a great fan of his solo work as well as his keyboard stylings with IQ. This is a bit of a duet between Valerie Gracious and myself (although Matthew Parmenter can be heard on violin and voice as well). The second half of this song is a keyboard extravaganza. Listen also to the faaantastic flute of Steve Dindin (or is that dumdum?). Oh, no it's Steve Dundon of Molly Bloom (Spright Night anyone?)


more info on the new album: DOTSHOP.SE - Slam: Human Response

Soma (SOMACD059)
July 2nd, 2007

THE TUSS [AKA Richard D James]

New album released June 25th: THE TUSS - Rushup Edge

Listen on myspace:


BLABBERMOUTH.NET - YAKUZA: 'Transmutations' Artwork Revealed, New Music Available

Yndi Halda

interview: Drowned in Sound - Features - Yndi Halda: acerbic introspection, home and abroad

Young Marble Giants

reissue reviewed: Young Marble Giants, Colossal Youth | | Guardian Unlimited Arts

# posted by DJ Martian 8:00 PM

Friday, June 22, 2007

  Radio 1 - Mary Anne Hobbs - Sonar Special

Now on Listen Again: BBC - Radio 1 - Mary Anne Hobbs:

This week we're back from Barcelona with the live sets that smashed Sonar, including Skream, White, Oris Jay, Nettle & Kode 9 & the Space Ape. Speech comes from the likes of Beastie Boys, Jeff Mills & Modeselektor.

More: Radio 1 - Sónar Festival

Also, Sonar reviewed by JUNE 2007: SUNSTROKE: Fact Magazine

# posted by DJ Martian 3:34 PM

Thursday, June 21, 2007

  Earplug - Issue 97

Issue 97 of Earplug

June 21 - July 4

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 5:09 PM
  The Wire - New Issue

New issue of The Wire now on sale in the UK. Throbbing Gristle are on the front cover.

Throbbing Gristle
Robin Williamson
Invisible Jukebox: Peter Rehberg
Daniel AIU Higgs
Skull Disco
Cross Platform: Mathieu Brand

# posted by DJ Martian 3:32 PM

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 20th

Some links of interest:

Music blogs to check:
Clean Feed [Jazz]
Extreme Music Videos
Super Avant Garde Postmodernism Counterculture

A second coming | Pop | Guardian Unlimited Music

Once the most dynamic live partnership in British music, the lives of William and Jim Reid - of the Jesus and Mary Chain - were a world apart. Former bandmate John Moore tracks the brothers down to see what brought them back together again

Mojo Honours List 2007

MOJO4MUSIC - The Music Magazine - Mojo Honours List 2007 and Mojo pays tribute to the grandfathers of rock'n'roll - Independent Online Edition > News:

The awards

Best Live Act: Arcade Fire

Breakthrough Act: Seasick Steve

Cult Hero: The Only Ones

Mojo Maverick: Echo & The Bunnymen

Compilation Of The Year: White Bicycles: Making Music In The 1960s - The Joe Boyd Story (Fledgling)

Mojo Hero: Alice Cooper

Song Of The Year: Amy Winehouse, 'Rehab'

Classic Album: Exodus, Bob Marley (The Marley family collected award)

Mojo Medal: Jac Holzman

Mojo Vision Award: Slade, Slade In Flame (Union Square Music)

Mojo Catalogue Release of the Year: The Complete Motown Singles Vol 6, 1966 (Universal)

Mojo Innovation in Sound: Suicide

Best Album: The Good, The Bad And The Queen by Simon Tong, Tony Allen, Paul Simonon and Damon Albarn

Mojo Outstanding Contribution To Music: Joy Division

Mojo Inspiration Award: Bjork

Les Paul Award: Peter Green

Hall of Fame: The Doors

Mojo Icon: Ozzy Osbourne

Mojo Legend: Ike Turner

Lifetime Achievement Award: The Stooges

Artists news:

Anaal Nathrakh


Paul Bley

New Paul Bley album to be released June 25th on ECM: ECM 1786: Paul Bley - Solo in Mondsee:

Paul Bley, master improviser, alone at a Bösendorfer Imperial piano in Mondsee, Austria. Kaleidoscopically-splintered melodies, distant memories of standards, abstractions of the blues and spontaneous free playing are some of the subjects of the Canadian pianist’s “Mondsee Variations”. This is a resolutely creative and characteristically profound performance from one of the most influential pianists in the entire history of jazz, and Bley’s first solo recording on ECM since the crucial “Open, To Love” album of 1972.

Blood Red Throne


Coalesce | Coalesce plans new release, tour this summer

Ephel Duath

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - EPHEL DUATH: Sample Of Upcoming Remix Album Available

Go! Team

New Go! Team Video: stereogum: New Go! Team Video - "Grip Like A Vice"

The Old Dead Tree


French goth metal act THE OLD DEAD TREE has set "The Water Fields" as the title of its third album, due before the end of the year via Season of Mist.

Matthew Shipp

New Matthew Shipp album: THIRSTY EAR RECORDINGS:

Matthew Shipp : Piano Vortex
[ the blue series ]
Release Date: August 28th, 2007 CD


Listen to 2 samples from the forthcoming Swod - Sekunden album: City Centre Offices [minimal piano music]

# posted by DJ Martian 12:08 AM

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

  New Underworld Album - Oblivion With Bells

Just seen this come up in my RSS reader, [via the RSS for Recently Added Albums with a release date of 2007]:

The title of the new Underworld album: Oblivion With Bells due in October: Oblivion With Bells by Underworld : Reviews and Ratings - Rate Your Music

Front Cover:

Underworld - Oblivion With Bells

First blogger to break the news: Underworld To Release New Album OCT. 2007 has the press release, including:

True to form Underworld tread their own path through modern electronic music tipping a nod to current sounds, styles and
production techniques but never afraid to let their song writing and musicianship shine out in this digital world.

"Oblivion with Bells" draws heavily on Rick and Karls’ vast array of musical influences (Nick Drake, Def Mix, Ricardo
Villalobos, Can, James Holden, Eno) and experiences performing worldwide to create a truly unique Underworld journey.
The album kicks off like Saturday night with Sven Väth, Simian Mobile Disco and Frankie Knuckles all fighting to get on
the decks, then takes you over the flat fields of rural Essex, through Kings Cross with its olympic dreams and piss stained
alleys, ending blissed out in a hidden cove in Ibiza. Epic techno nestles next to frail acoustics, beatific prose next to sharp
urban observation, amazing sound texturing mixed with mobile phone recordings, rarely has the Underworld palette been
so rich.

Official Underworld new album thread on Oblivion with Bells

Also UK tour dates: Underworld Announce New Winter Tour — News — AngryApe

October Tour Dates:

8th - Southampton Guildhall
9th - Birmingham Academy
10th - Norwich UEA
12th - Northumbria University
13th - Glasgow Carling Academy
14th - Nottingham Rock City
16th - Manchester Apollo
17th - London Roundhouse

# posted by DJ Martian 11:11 PM
  New Mystic Forest Album for 2007!

Album news update from: Mystic Forest - Avant Progressive Black metal from France

The 8 main tracks of the new album are recorded, arranged, mixed... I have hard time to find the good feeling for the vocals recording, damn this album is so complicated to record yet it will be so, so… So what in fact?... So Mystic Forest'ic... Yes, for all the ones who really wait for this record you won't be disappointed! I promise that this will be the true representation of what Mystic Forest was destined to be!

Mystic Forest on Myspace:

Mystic Forest is a romantic black metal band with classical and folk influences. The band hails from France, and was formed in 1997.

Recommended listening the 2 tracks [from the 2004 Romances album] out of 4 on their myspace profile. They would appeal to open-minded fans of post-rock, psychedelic rock, shoegazer, gothic rock and RIO [Rock-In-Opposition] / Avant Progressive Rock as well as Black Metal.

Just listen to the sublime celestial psychedelic atmospherics of these tracks:

Cette Rose que tend la Mort
Si le bois pouvait parler...

One of the finest albums of the decade so far:

Mystic Forest - Romances

the 2004 album: MYSTIC FOREST (France) "Romances" CD

Grim, yet high-calibre continental Black Metal with neo-classical influences and technically active guitar recitals. Dark and dreamy atmosphere supported by uniquely French instrumentation contributing greatly to the intoxicating density and Francophilic flavor!

A predominantly mid-tempo approach occasionally punctuated by periodic bursts of hyperspeed blastbeat and consistently grim vocals throughout (similar to ABIGOR and early EMPEROR); utterly blackened in a subliminal attack! MYSTIC FOREST's totally hallucinogenic "Romances" album features dynamic songs which are panoramic and cinematic in their evocative quality. There is no other Black Metal band, French or otherwise, that sounds like MYSTIC FOREST; truly distinctive, outstanding cult Underground horde that must be heard to be appreciated!aka EIKENSKADEN (on Tumult and Oaken Shield Records)

# posted by DJ Martian 2:03 PM

Monday, June 18, 2007

  Terrorizer - New Issue

New issue of Terrorizer magazine on sale this Thursday June 21st.

Job for a Cowboy are on the front cover, which is surprising as they are more of a Kerrang/ Metal Hammer band.



#159 - Fear Candy Track Listing

1 -- Behemoth -- Prometherion --3.04
2 -- Candlemass -- Devil Seed --4.58
3 -- Anglecorpse -- Credo Decimatus --1.30
4 -- Job For A Cowboy -- Embedded --3.38
5 -- Municipal Waste -- Headbanger Face Rip --1.53
6 -- Samael -- Slavocracy --3.32
7 -- Korpiklaani -- Lets Drink --2.46
8 -- Sarpantium -- Ascending The Divine --5.30
9 -- Dead Beyond Buried -- Condemned To Misery --5.23
10 -- Melencolia Estatica -- Meditatio IV --10.27
11 -- 66Crusher -- Mindtrapped --6.04
12 -- Wykked Wytch -- Sweet Dreams --4.22
13 -- Poltergeist -- Beggar --4.57
14 -- Man Of The Hour -- Red Nails --4.46
15 -- Profane -- Porcelain --3.55
16 -- Justonefix -- Listen If You Dare --4.38
17 -- Sanzen -- The Reflections Of Knives In Green W --3.33

# posted by DJ Martian 8:33 PM

Sunday, June 17, 2007

  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 17th

Some links of interest:

Now on listen again: Skream on BBC - Radio 1 - Essential Mix - This week's mix We present the young UK ambassador for dubstep, Skream

10 years on: Guardian Unlimited: Arts blog - music: Ten years of OK Computer and what have we got?

:: Hubsterblog :: - metal music blog

2 Metal music webzines:


The Arcane Order

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - THE ARCANE ORDER: Songwriting Process 'Is Running Along Just Smoothly'


interview: CoC : Dodheimsgard : Interview

Experimental Musical Outcasts
CoC talks to Vicotnik of Dodheimsgard
by: Yiannis Stefanis


At last a name for the album: The Go! Team Join Sub Pop: The Go! Team News on This Is Fake DIY

"The band will release new album 'Proof Of Youth' via the label Stateside on 11th September, with singles 'Grip Like A Vice' and 'Doing It Right' will be out through Memphis Industries as in the UK on 2nd July and 3rd September."


New album: DOTSHOP.SE - Helios: Ayres

A slow burning epic, an effortless dream-pop masterpiece of crushing songwriting, and intimate gorgeous vocals
Type (TYPE028CD)
August 27th, 2007

In Vain

Interview: Imhotep: IN VAIN – RIDING WITH THE WIND

The Norwegian metal band, whose intriguing creations are bound to raise some stir in your mind, impressed Imhotep reporter Asaf Karagila. He did an interview with the band in connection with the “Wounds” EP, and now the band unleash “The Latter Rain”. J. Haaland informs us about the album, inspirations and Apache Indians.

Listen on myspace: In Vain


The Silent Ballet >: Jatun Interview

The Silent Ballet's Brett Spaceman talks to Scott Worley of Jatun, the Portland based electronic duo.

The Mars Volta

The Mars Volta new album "The Bedlam In Goliath" - Sound Opinions Message Board




New album: DOTSHOP.SE - Seabear: The Ghost That Carried Us Away

Morr Music (MM076CD)
August 20th, 2007


atmospheric post-metal/rock music from Shels

Listen on myspace:

debut album [Sea of the Dying Dhow] released June 18th: Shellshock | Independent Music Distribution: Shels: Sea Of The Dying Dhow:

Formed by vocalist Medi Safa of Mahumodo (his old band mates now play in Devil Sold His Soul), *Shels combines the soundscapes of God Speed You! Black Emperor and the musical genius of Tool coupled with the raw brutality of Will Haven and the emotion of Isis.
Features members of Mahumodo (Shelsmusic), Fireapple Red (Visible Noise) and Eden Maine (Undergroove)

Shels - Sea of the Dying Dhow


New album: DOTSHOP.SE - Skallander: Skallander

Like an invitingly mysterious book, Skallander will have you trapped in its hazy beauty for many months to come
Type (TYPE023CD)
August 27th, 2007


new Swayzak album: XLR8R - Swayzak Rocks Some Other Country

Some Other Country is out August 28, 2007 on !K7.


Pitchfork: Tunng Sign to Thrill Jockey, Plan New LP, Tour

London folk collective Tunng have signed to Thrill Jockey in order to release their follow-up to last year's Comments of the Inner Chorus in the fall. The deal is for North America only; the band remains on Full Time Hobby in the UK


BLABBERMOUTH.NET - WINDS: New Album Release Date Announced:

The End Records has set a September 4 release date of for the new album from Norway's WINDS, entitled 'Prominence and Demise'.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:59 PM
  Outstanding new band alert: Ne Obliviscaris

listen to Ne Obliviscaris on myspace:

in particular the track: Tapestry Of The Starless Abstract - is over 11 minutes long, an epic track consisting of many elements.

A 6 piece metal band consisting of violin, 2 guitars, bass, drums, clean and extreme vocals; Ne Obliviscaris hail from Melbourne, Australia, and include a vast array of influences within their sound from progressive to black, thrash, death and melodic metal, and even western art music, jazz and flamenco. Creating music of many extremes, and with compositions often exceeding ten minutes in length, Ne Obliviscaris is at times very technical and complex and at others simple and subtle, creating an extremely original brand of metal that defies normal categorisation.

avant progressive black metal with jazz-fusion

possible reference points:
Maudlin of the Well, Enslaved, Ephel Duath, Opeth, Arcturus, Solefald, KBB [legendary Japanese progressive jazz-fusion rock], Jean-Luc Ponty, Mike Patton and Faith No More [the Clean Vocals]

review: Ne Obliviscaris - The Aurora Veil

# posted by DJ Martian 4:50 PM

Friday, June 15, 2007

  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 15th

Some links of interest:

New blog dealing with post-metal: Metalgazing

Radio 1 at the Sonar festival: BBC - Radio 1 - Events: Sónar Festival

Event details

Event: Sónar Festival
Date: 14 - 16 June
Venue: Barcelona

Mary Anne Hobbs, Friday 15 June, 2-4am
A pre-Sónar special, previewing some of the artists on the line up.

Rob da Bank - Monday 18 June, 12-2am
Sónar special.

Pete Tong's In New Music We Trust, Thursday 21st June, 9-10pm
Sónar highlights.

Mary Anne Hobbs, Friday 22 June, 2-4am
Music highlights from the festival.

Pitchfork Feature: The Month In: Techno by Philip Sherburne

dubstep mix to download: Forensics: Dubsteppers Delight > 09/06/07

Mutek links: MUTEK 07 & XLR8R - -- - -- . .- - . .- - -- tobias c. van Veen - -- - -

Woebot on the latest promos: WOEBOT: Promos

Sgt Pepper must die! | | Guardian Unlimited arts

Ever get the feeling you've been cheated? It's meant to be a classic album, but all you can hear is a load of boring tripe ... we've all felt that way. And so have the musicians we asked to nominate the supposedly great records they'd gladly never hear again

Interviews by Paul Lester

10/ 10 review: Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation: Deluxe Edition: Pitchfork Record Review

Life Without Buildings remembered: Life Without Buildings – Juno - Seconds - Stylus Magazine


Between the Buried and Me

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME: New Album Title, Release Date Revealed - The record will be released on September 18th through Victory Records.


Check out 'King Of The Grey Islands' album in its entirety: Candlemass


UK release date confirmed: Drowned in Sound - News - Caribou: moving to Andorra in August

Caribou's new LP, Andorra, will be released on August 20 through City Slang.


BBC - collective - digitalism interview plus full tracks



Long slowly unfurling whorls of steel string tangle, slow burning electric guitar shimmers, glistening sonic cobwebs ***
Neurot (NR049CD)
June 18th, 2007

MGR, short for Mustard Gas and Roses, is Isis guitarist Mike Gallagher's solo vehicle for ambient instrumental experimentation.


Listen to a new Múm track: Pitchfork: Forkcast: New Music: Múm: "Dancing Behind My Eyelids" [Stream]


Expect a new: Radiohead album this autumn -

The Shocking Pinks

Newly signed to the DFA label, listen to tracks:

David Sylvian

World Tour just announced: { } the world is everything tour:

7th Sept: Stockholm, China Theatre

8th Sept: Oslo, Sentrum Centre

9th Sept: Copenhagen, Royal Theatre

12th Sept: Dublin, Vicar Street

14th Sept: Manchester, Bridgewater Hall

15th Sept: Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall

17th Sept London, Royal Festival Hall

18th Sept: Birmingham, Symphony Hall

20th Sept: Brussels, AB

21st Sept: Paris, La Cigale

23rd Sept: Milan, Conservatorio Sala Verdi

24th Sept: Reggio, Emilia Teatro Valli

26th Sept: Conegliano Veneto, Teatro Accademia

27th Sept: Rome, Auditorium Della Conciliasione

29th Sept: Torino, Teatro Colosseo

# posted by DJ Martian 12:31 AM

Thursday, June 14, 2007

  2007 Music Lists Update

Top 1000 Albums of 2007 @ has been updated once again.

My 2007 Albums A - Z tracking list on has been updated. Now featuring 1082 releases.

2007 A - Z Albums Tracking List - a starting guide to new & forthcoming album releases

Also updated: 2007 Summer Albums [192 Albums]

Yet to be announced: 2007 Expected list [237 artists]

Artists that are expected to release new albums in 2007 - awaiting announcements of album titles and release dates. [No doubt some will be delayed till 2008 !]

# posted by DJ Martian 6:12 PM

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 13th

Some links of interest

2 music blogs to check out:
art snob solutions.
Shameless Complacency

This Week's NME comes with a Free CD: NME.COM | Magazine

Free CD compiled by Muse including tracks from Bjork, Flaming Lips, Clor, Lightning Bolt + loads more

The best post-rock albums: top 40 post-rock albums, as per THE LIST - Rate Your Music

part of this: THE LIST [updated 04.12.07] - Rate Your Music

the 400 greatest albums, as rated by those on my favorite users list. updated monthly to reflect evolving tastes as we journey together.

context: THE LIST


Mutek festival reviewed: Igloo Magazine :: Features :: MUTEK 2007 :: The wired electronic heart of Montreal

Igloo abroad; a report of the events that took place at the 8th installment of Mutek (Electronic Music and Digital Creativity Festival) in Montreal, Canada written by roving reporter TJ Norris from May 30 - June 3, 2007.


Animal Collective

2 New tracks to listen to [direct via an embedded player] Obscure Sound - Indie Music Blog - Two New Tracks From… Animal Collective


interview: Ansur - Fresh Blood and Old Crazy Bands - Ultimate Metal Forum

Ansur is a new name in the world of aggressive and progressive metal, but they have all the makings of a band that could eventually leave their mark for a long time. Their mixture of modern black metal (Enslaved and Emperor) with their knowlegeable use of 70's prog is exciting, and few bands can do it this well. UM had the opportunity to talk with the band about what it's like to be young and ambitious."

Matthew Dear as False

RA: False album 2007 arrives on Minus. Music News

Matthew Dear revives his False moniker for a second album. '2007' is due for release in mid-July.

Happy Mondays

New album details: Cerysmatic Factory > Happy Mondays > Discography > Uncle Dysfunktional

Listen to new tracks on myspace: Happy Mondays

No Age

FatCat Records : News: No Age Album Released Today In Europe [released this week, i.e Monday]

The Race

Good to see 2 positive reviews: The Race: Ice Station - PopMatters Music Review and The Race: Ice Station: Pitchfork Record Review


More info on this highly anticipated release: - Rosetta Complete New Record:

Rosetta has completed their upcoming new album Wake/Lift. The new effort was co-engineered by Colin Marston of Dysrhythmia/Behold the Arctopus and Matt Weed of Rosetta.

Wake/Lift will see a fall release via Translation Loss.

More info: Anchor States

"Supposedly there is a blurb in the new Decibel magazine that comes out this weekend about the record, and an apocryphal quote from me saying something about Pink Floyd, Mogwai, and Coalesce on a space station."

Here is the track listing for the new record, which is titled "Wake/Lift":

1. Red in Tooth and Claw
2. Lift (part 1)
3. Lift (part 2)
4. Lift (part 3)
5. Wake
6. (Temet Nosce)
7. Monument


No 119: Studio | Music | Guardian Unlimited Music

Paul Lester's daily search for the best of today's music finds him at the forefront of electronica in the form of Scandinavian duo Studio

myspace: Studio

The Woodentops

For this year the first piece of news is that we are finally releasing the Woodies "BBC sessions". It will include material from 3 John Peel sessions and others from 84 to 88. Theres about 8 complete sessions to choose from. Its is to be released September 2007 on the Renascant Label. We are beginning work towards recording 3 or 4 new songs we are currently including in the set. As you can see above, the chance to perform is multiplying. Its not often bands vanish for a decade and reappear. But this is a magic band. You could say, the orginal anitque body is the same, beautifully maintained, but the engine is spanking new. It is a little like that. Are you ready? We are coming.

The Woodentops Are touring at the mo:

13 Jun 2007 20:00
w.cobbitt Farnham

15 Jun 2007 8:00
King Tuts wah wah hut Glasgow, Scotland

15 Jun 2007 23:00
Box club Aftershow Party Glasgow, Northwest

16 Jun 2007 0:00
Picnic Gazeta Wyborcza Warsaw

8 Jul 2007 20:00
Norwich arts center Norwich

25 Jul 2007 20:00
Proud Gallery London, South

10 Aug 2007 20:00
Felipop festival Limodre, Fene - A Coruña.


BLABBERMOUTH.NET - YAKUZA Schedules Release Date For 'Transmutations'

Chicago's forward-thinking YAKUZA will release its new full-length album, "Transmutations", on August 7 through Prosthetic Records.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:25 AM

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 12th

Some links of interest:

3 music blogs to check:
Minimal Land
Shake Your Fist

Latest metal column: [from last month] PopMatters | Columns | Adrien Begrand | Blood and Thunder | Dreams, Nightmares, and Sonata Arctica

New issue of Textura:


including this interview feature: textura: Matthew Dear

Aus grauer Städte Mauern - German Post-Punk and New Wave 1979 - 83

Independent labels find a way to hang on to talent - Independent Online Edition > Business News:

The Go! Team, a band on the cusp of widespread success, has spurned the financial security of a major music label and stuck with its independent backers to take it to the next level by using Integral's expertise

Ulrich Schnauss

What Ulrich Schnauss is listening to at the mo [via email newsletter for June]

*a sunny day in glasgow: scribble mural comic journal
*fleeting joys: extra sensory/don´t go downloads
*mahogany: connectivity! (uk release on track&field)
*auburn lull: new album demos
*johannes schmoelling: images & memory anthology
*twelve: 03 part one
*causa sui: free ride
*engineers: new album
*siobhan donaghy: ghosts
*stars of the lid: and their refinement of the decline
*fields: everything last winter
*sarabeth tucek: sarabeth tucek
*keren ann: keren ann
*experimental aircraft: third transmission
*all in the golden afternoon: all in the golden afternoon
*rachel goldstar: introducing... 2001-2005
*marissa nadler: songs 3
*onetwo: instead
*svarte greiner: knive
*robin guthrie & harold budd: before the day breaks/after the night

there´s some great re-issues out at the moment as well:
*prefab sprout: steve mcqueen
*black dog: book of dogma
*chapterhouse: the best of
*and seefeel´s monumental "quique" has been re-released as well!!

Artists Update:

Shirley Bassey

New album, listen to the recent single on myspace:

Get The Party Started - Dame Shirley's New Album

The incredible new album from Dame Shirley is released June 25th, the day after she performs at this year's Glastonbury.

The album combines new recordings, new vocals plus remixes of some well known DSB favourites. You'll notice some great people have worked on it - check out their Spaces too and if you like what you hear, why not add them as a friend.

01. Get The Party Started (Produced by Catherine & Nikki of Never The Bride)
02. Big Spender (NorthxNWest Mix)
03. I Who Have Nothing (NorthxNWest Mix)
04. This Is My Life (Cagedbaby Mix)
05. Slave To The Rhythm (The Glimmers Mix)
06. Can I Touch You There (Mungolian Jetset Mix)
07. What Now My Love (Bugz In The Attic Mix)
08. Kiss Me Honey Honey (Restless Soul Mix)
09. Hello (Dobie Mix)
10. You Only Live Twice (Mark De Clive Lowe Mix)
11. Where Is The Love (Bruno E Urubu Jazz Remix)
12. The Living Tree (Written/Produced by Catherine & Nikki of Never The Bride)
13. I Will Survive (NorthxNWest Mix)

Gui Boratti

Interview: Gui Boratto - Hi! - Stylus Magazine

Darkest Hour

New Darkest Hour track titled: Demons to listen to:

Durutti Column

New Album out next month: :::::DARLA.COM v3.0.... DURUTTI COLUMN - Idiot Savants CD (Artful (UK)

Lights out Asia

Coming next month on the n5MD label the debut album from Lights out Asia: :::::DARLA.COM v3.0....LIGHTS OUT ASIA - Tanks and Recognizers:

Wisconsin post-celestial-shoegazer trio Lights Out Asia delivers their sophomore full length and debut for n5MD titled Tanks and Recognizers. This follow-up to their critic and fan favorite Garmonia (sun sea sky) pushes their sound far forward with a palpable intensity by giving a seemingly subliminal nod to some of the more electronically minded ethereal bands of the mid 80s to early 90s like Breathless, Chapterhouse, My Bloody Valentine or even the more emotionally rich moments of Colourbox. Lights Out Asia who is actually influenced more by a more current crop of like-minded artists such as Mogwai, Massive Attack, and Robin Guthrie’s various works, blend them all, the erstwhile and contemporary, with an updated style, feel and modern expansiveness. Tanks and Recognizers is a cinematic and ambitiously crafted album which could easily fit into any indie rock or electronic music collection. Soaring, floating, and moving forward as it pulls you in to its hopeful heart consuming ebb and flow of electronics, guitars and lofty vocal yearning. Tanks and Recognizers is that perfect album for those days when the horizon and sky are of the same hue and for those moments where every perspective is so gorgeously blurred.

Listen on myspace:

# posted by DJ Martian 12:24 AM

Monday, June 11, 2007

  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 11th

Some links of interest:

Feature: - Retconning / X: Prog (Avant-rock, R.I.O.)

Academic online journal: Radical Musicology

Radical Musicology is a peer-reviewed online journal produced in the International Centre for Music Studies at Newcastle University (UK). It was established to provide a forum for progressive thinking across the whole field of musical studies, and encourages work that draws on any and all relevant disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Issue 1: Radical Musicology

2 music blogs to check:

The World in Perforated Lines featuring:

avant folk * psych folk * post core * etno folk * noise * lo-fi * chamber folk * indie * wave * postrock * avant pop * glitch-pop * elettroacustica * dark folk * lo-fi folk * neo-folk * free rock * art rock * neo-country * contemporanea * guitar music * free * sound-art * electric drones

Music 2007: Raven Sings The Blues - Best of 2007 So Far

Music 2007: Sputnikmusic - Charts: Highest Rated Albums: 2007 some rather average albums on this community user generated list.

Pelican are on the front cover of the new issue of Decibel Magazine also latest album reviews: Decibel Magazine: July Reviews



Dungen - Interview - Stylus Magazine

Killing Joke

Decibel Magazine: Killing Joke:

Killing Joke frontman kills own jokes, loves it when Mötley Crüe gives him money.


NILE: 'Ithyphallic' E-Card Available: Nile e-card - audio preview of one of the most anticipated metal albums of 2007.


listen to Rosetta on myspace:

One of the leading post-metal bands provide a news update:

News on new full-length

Some new info on our second full-length:

I (Matt) just finished mixing it, and Colin Marston of Dysrhythmia/Behold the Arctopus will be mastering it next week. It will be released in September on Translation Loss, with a CD and 2xLP out at the same time. Paul Romano (, who has done all the Mastodon covers, is doing the art and layout.

One disc this time, not two. We'd rather not repeat ourselves.


BLABBERMOUTH.NET - SAHG To Release New Album In October

Bjørn Torske

MIC Norway: Bjørn Torske pushing wrong-right buttons.:

The release of disco sage Bjørn Torske’s new record is imminent. “Feil Knapp” (wrong button) hits the streets on Monday June 11th, and expectations are higher than ever, for Torske is no less than the weird chieftain of his musical clan.

Vulture Industries

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - VULTURE INDUSTRIES Completes Work On New Album - Norwegian Industrial metal

Myspace: Vulture Industries

# posted by DJ Martian 12:27 AM

Saturday, June 09, 2007

  HTRK - track Fascinator

Listen to this outstanding track: Fascinator by HTRK on myspace:

[from a forthcoming album: Marry Me Tonight]

The female vocalist [Jonnine Davis] has a slight Germanic esoteric lilt that reminds me of X-Mal Deutschland or Claudia Brucken [of Propaganda] the closest British reference points would be Jayne Casey from Liverpool 80s band Pink Industry and the fractured slow paced glacial dubby music has a similar sound texture to Insides on the sublime Indides - Euphoria album from the early 90s.

Playlouder recently reviewed a HTRK album: HTRK: Nostalgia (2007) review PLAYLOUDER

Their aesthetic is one of brutal reductionism. Their moniker: HTRK; a diminutive of HATE ROCK TRIO.

Nostalgia' is the official re-release of their self recorded DIY debut, snapped up by the seminal Fire Records

Throughout 'Nostalgia' fractured analogue synths stab like panes of glass falling from their frames in a bombed-out post-apocalyptic warzone. Impassive vocals struggling to be heard through swathes of feedback and bludgeoning drums; dehumanised… another instrument fighting for survival against its' formidable aural adversaries.

Album to buy @ Rough Trade: HTRK - Nostalgia

HTRK are signed to Fire Records the same label as Bark Psychosis

Fire Records: HTRK - Nostalgia

HTRK - Nostalgia
HTRK (formed 2003) are a mysterious three-piece from Melbourne who reside in Berlin and London. Inspired by the sounds and images of David Lynch, The Birthday Party and electronic artist Pita, HTRK effortlessly create music of sublime tension and beauty. Heavily processed and bathed in reverb, 'Nostalgia' is a collection of 7 live recordings from 2004. It was after 'Nostalgia' that Rowland S. Howard became interested in HTRK, eventually going on to produce their forthcoming debut album 'Marry Me Tonight', which will be released later this year.

Nostalgia was recorded with two microphones and an old tape deck, prior to their first tour of Sydney in 2004. Says Nigel, "We ran through our set and the performance was uncanny... we called it Nostalgia because of our hatred of bands and fans who suck the past dry, as well as our own guilty nostalgia for the nihilistic energies rampant in the 80s underground, and the strange role that the Tarkovsky film Nostalghia played in the earliest days of the band's creation up in the Macedon hills. It is in many ways our definitive introductory statement."

'...what those in the know call the Glamourous Neu Underground ...''

''Ominous collusions of downtown basslines and ricochet beats (in bullet-time). Sound like, y'know, a motel room, a tyreprint curve in the rain, an alibi.''
(Plan B)

Slinky, sexy deep bass and synth throb with goth drippings from Berlin (by way of Melbourne). Like The Kills on the shit that killed Billie Holiday.

HTRK will be performing in London:

Saturday 16th June 2007


Chalk Farm Road, Camden - London

£? (max 7)

# posted by DJ Martian 2:48 PM

Friday, June 08, 2007

  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 8th

Some links of interest:

Drowned in Sound - Features - The Weekly DiScussion: our albums of the year, so far

metal music blog to check: Supernal Music's Journal

Drowned in Sound - Features - Primavera Sound 2007: the DiS Review

Latest artist additions re Oslo's Øyafestivalen

The Medieval Park bill is complete
The Jesus And Mary Chain, Devendra Banhart, Woven Hand, Real Ones, Battles, Håkon Kornstad, Salvatore, The Goo Men, Monomen, Killing Butterflies and H

Earplug - Issue 96 June 7 - 20

Earplug - Issue 95 May 24 - June 6

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



Profiled: PopMatters Music Feature | Magazine: A Band from Under the Floorboards

Mental Overdrive

new 2007 track:

The brand new Euro-Electro track 'Europa' is up for preview in the player above. More info on a release will follow as soon as such details are available.

Minus the Bear

stereogum: New Minus The Bear - "Throwin' Shapes"

Robert Wyatt

New album: Drowned in Sound - News - Robert Wyatt confirms new album details

Robert Wyatt is to release a new album in October.

Comicopera will meet the dank light of specialist record stores on the 8th of October, and is being released through Domino.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:20 AM

Thursday, June 07, 2007

  New Kim Hiorthøy Track: Beats Mistake

Smalltown Supersound announce:

Kim Hiorthøy`s longawaited album "My Last Day" is now finished recorded. It will contain 11 tracks. Releasedate TBA. You can now check out a brand new track from the album titled "Beats Mistake" on the Smalltown Supersound MySpace site here:

More details on this album soon.

The track [Beats Mistake] has an up-tempo electronic rhythmic bounce similar to Transglobal Underground: Temple head, Go-Team and Four Tet. Perfect listening for the summer. This is one of my fav tracks of 2007 so far.

Kim Hiorthøy - Wikipedia:

His musical style is difficult to classify; the Smalltown Supersound website includes the following description: 'On his records Kim Hiorthøy combines weird beats, lo-fi/leftfield electronics, field recordings, electro-acoustic sounds and samples, resulting in a sound all his own.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:15 PM
  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 7th

Some links of interest:

Latest experimental music column: Pitchfork Feature: Column: Out Music #5 Column by Dominique Leone


With the release of Soul Jazz's 'Box of Dub' compilation, K-Punk finds the current dubstep sounds intermittingly engaging but oestrogen deficient...

Current thoughts on music blogs: WOEBOT: Thoughts on Blogging and gutterbreakz: MORE THOUGHTS ON BLOGGING

Latest music reviews: New Releases: June 2007


Hovefestivalen - Norwegian based music festival sells overs 30,000 tickets !

Drowned in Sound - News - Hove Festival 2007: final line-up confirmed

TDK |Cross Central Festival 2007

TDK |Cross Central Festival in London. Tickets now on sale.

2 day Line Up details

* Finally UK commercial radio catches up with the BBC radio "Listen Again" concept !

Gcap launches catch-up service

Gcap Media has added a seven day catch-up service to its Xfm website, to be followed in the coming months by Capital Radio and Classic FM.

I am unsure if this service is just restricted to the UK? or is it available globally?

check: Xfm "The UK's New Music Radio Station" - unfortunately most of the station's output is confined to awful conformist songs based NME / Q magazine approved [mainstream] guitar rock or shoddy local British post-libertines-arctic monkeys-kasabian-the coral-razorlight clones - dreadful and ghastly.

However there are a few specialist shows including the John Kennedy X-Posure show.

Ex BBC 6 Music DJ Andrew Collins correctly attacks Xfm for their hideous new daytime concept - listeners selecting tracks from a predetermined playlist ! Where Did It All Go Right? Andrew Collins - Xfm Launch Xu: Radio To The Power Of U, Apparently



Interview: Drowned in Sound - Features - Sensuous Talks: Cornelius chats to DiS about his music

The Gathering and ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN go in different directions


Happy Mondays

Happy Mondays Announce Their Next Tour — News — AngryApe

Tickets for all shows go on sale this Friday (June 8th) and 10am.

September Tour Dates:

27th - Nottingham Rock City
28th - Glasgow Carling Academy

October Tour Dates:

1st - Sheffield Octagon
2nd - Newcastle Carling Academy
3rd - Bristol Carling Academy
5th - Oxford Zodiac
6th - London Brixton Carling Academy
8th - Norwich UEA
9th - Southampton Guildhall
10th - Leeds University
12th - Birmingham Carling Academy
13th - Liverpool Carling Academy


Thom Yorke's electronic music faves to release new album in September:

Happy Birthday by Modeselektor : Reviews and Ratings - Rate Your Music


The Project Hate

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - THE PROJECT HATE: New Album Title, Track Listing Revealed:

has set 'In Hora Mortis Nostræ' as the title of its new album, due late summer/early fall via StormVox Records

Marcus Schmickler with Hayden Chisholm

Marcus Schmickler [of Pluramon] releases new 2007 album: Marcus Schmickler with Hayden Chisholm / Amazing Daze:

Hapna H.32, CD
2 tracks, 45 minutes

Klaus Schulze

New Album: Klaus Schulze - Kontinuum:


Tuxedomoon's new album "Vapour Trails" happens to come out in the year of the band's 30th anniversary. To mark this occasion, Tuxedomoon & Crammed will also be releasing a limited-edition boxed set entitled "77o7 tm"

Patrick Wolf

GIGWISE, Patrick Wolf Working On New Album

# posted by DJ Martian 12:38 AM

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

  2007 Music Lists

My 2007 Albums A - Z tracking list on has been updated. Now featuring 1053 releases.

2007 A - Z Albums Tracking List - a starting guide to new & forthcoming album releases

Also updated: 2007 Summer Albums [175 Albums]

Yet to be announced: 2007 Expected list [240 artists]

Artists that are expected to release new albums in 2007 - awaiting announcements of album titles and release dates. [No doubt some will be delayed till 2008 !]

Other 2007 lists:

bloggers, music webzines and discussion forums will be publishing "Mid Year" lists at the end of this month, however in the meantime:

Metacritic: Best Albums of 2007 including the top 2:

1 From Here We Go Sublime by The Field
2 Mirrored by Battles

Also: Acclaimed Music Forum: Henrik's updates [based on Metacritic and therefore biased towards those sources]

Stefan's stats: Acclaimed Music Forum: 31/05/2007 : BEST REVIEWED ALBUMS OF 2007 SO FAR number 1 slot:


Metal Storm - Top 20 albums of 2007 TOP 100 2007 Progressive Rock Music Albums number 1 slot: PORCUPINE TREE - Fear Of A Blank Planet

Top 1000 Albums of 2007 - Rate Your Music selected positions in the top 100

2 Porcupine Tree - Fear of a Blank Planet
6 Panda Bear - Person Pitch
7 Neurosis - Given to the Rising
8 Dark Tranquillity - Fiction
11 Moonsorrow - Viides Luku - Hävitetty
12 Swallow the Sun - Hope
15 Gazpacho - Night
16 Stars of the Lid - Stars of the Lid and Their Refinement of the Decline
18 Caspian - The Four Trees
19 LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
22 The National - Boxer
26 Blonde Redhead - 23
27 Dødheimsgard - Supervillain Outcast
30 Rush - Snakes & Arrows
34 Explosions in the Sky - All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone
42 Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - In Glorious Times
45 Shining - V - Halmstad
48 Battles - Mirrored
51 Jesu - Conqueror
53 Antimatter - Leaving Eden
55 Lunar Aurora - Andacht
56 Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position
57 World's End Girlfriend - Hurtbreak Wonderland
60 Do Make Say Think - You, You're a History in Rust
64 65 Days of Static - The Destruction of Small Ideas
67 Björk - Volta
71 The Field - From Here We Go Sublime
75 Port-Royal - Afraid to Dance
77 Gui Boratto - Chromophobia
83 Shining - Grindstone
84 Watain - Sworn to the Dark
91 Deerhunter - Cryptograms
97 !!! - Myth Takes
98 Hacride - Amoeba

"esoteric" collated stats from Esoteric Albums of 2007 - Rate Your Music [highly rated by a small number of raters]

Top EPs of 2007 - Rate Your Music


fast 'n' bulbous: 2007 Albums S/FJ: BEST OF 2007

Tom Hull - Music Year 2007

Piero Scaruffi: History of Rock Music: Best rock albums of 2007

More 2007 lists

Collection of links: 2007 lists from users

# posted by DJ Martian 1:30 PM

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

  Numusic - West Coast festival of Numusic 2007 - Stavanger, Norway

What: Numusic 2007 - one of the leading annual electronic / experimental music festivals in Europe.

The event features record label showcases, club/dj events, live concerts, workshops, discussions, installations, exhibitions and unique artistic showcases from some of the worlds leading artists

Where: Stavanger, Norway

You can reach Stavanger from almost anywhere in the world by Scandinavian Airlines directly through Copenhagen, KLM through Amsterdam or Lufthansa through Frankfurt. There are also direct connections to Aberdeen (SAS), London Heathrow (SAS), London Stansted (Norwegian Air), Newcastle (Wideroe), Alicante (Norwegian and Sterling), Malaga (Sterling), Billund (Danish Air) and Esbjerg (Danish Air)

Fjord line also operates a regular ferry service from Newcastle.

When: September 5th-8th.

Official website: Numusic

just announced:


YES ! you read that correctly. Detroit techno legends UR will be taking over room 1 at Tou Scene for a full frontal "assault" on all your senses. Underground Resistance is a label for a movement. A movement that wants change by sonic revolution. Join us on Saturday 06 Sept for a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the future.



West Coast Festival of Numusic: 05-08 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 years theme is "Back to Basics" and features a diverse range of artists who are not affraid to strip things back to their basic elements. Artists such as the ground breaking old school rave outfit Altern8, inject a solid dose of soul into the current "trend" for all things nu rave, whilst legendary french composer Jean Jacques Perrey shows us what happens when the ethos of "pop" is married to the usually funless world of classical modernism.

This year also sees the expansion of Nuart into a truly international affair with renowned artists from around the world invited to create one off pieces in the city's main museum of fine arts as well as the city's streets.

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.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:22 AM

Monday, June 04, 2007

  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 4th

Some links of interest:

Latest update for David Jennings music / tech / culture/ psychology book: Net, Blogs and Rock'n'Roll: Book cover

Music blog to check: Metal Injection :: BLOG Injection

Thoughts? - The 250 Greatest Jazz Albums of All Time - Jazz Bulletin Board

New website: Stormy Records, Dearborn Michigan

Drowned in Sound - Features - A Month In Records: May 2007

The best Scandinavian music in 2007 so far: Listmania! 2007 so far | ..: it's a trap!:

"An ever-increasing glut of new releases and an always-shrinking attention span means that it's harder than ever to keep track of all the music that is able to withstand the test of time. We can help! Yes, it's time once again for the feature that everyone loves to hate - the top 10 list. Okay, top 3s. We're only halfway through 2007, after all. So what has the collective contributing force of It's A Trap! been listening to the most these past six months? Read on!
- Avi Roig, Editor-in-Chief


Animal Collective

First preview thoughts: stereogum: Premature Evaluation: Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam

Bat for Lashes

New Video: - Bat for Lashes Post New Video

Ketil Bjørnstad

New 2007 album: .: Emarcy Records : Ketil Bjørnstad - Devotions.

May 14th, 2007

Where pianist Ketil Bjørnstad gets his energy is anybody's guess. Dubbed Norway's Renaissance Man for his critically acclaimed work in music and literature, the 55 year-old pianist is currently celebrating the release of Devotions. It's the latest in a series of elegantly crafted tone poems that include Grace, Before the Light, The Nest, Seafarer's Tale, Floating and the epic three volume solo piano set Rainbow Sessions for Universal's EmArcy label that have brought him an international audience for his haunting, moving and melodically intense music."

The Cult

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - THE CULT: New Album Title Announced

THE CULT has set "Born Into This" as the title of its new album, tentatively due on September 25 via Roadrunner Records in conjunction with THE CULT's imprint label, New Wilderness.


Now available to pre-order: Supernal Music: DRUDKH (Ukr) Estrangement CD

After their Neo-Folk opus, 'Songs of Grief and Solitude', with this latest effort DRUDKH returns to their Black Metal roots, with five long compositions in the epic and melancholic vein of 'Forgotten Legends', although with better sound, organic drums, and brilliant bass playing, in sum displaying the sophistication of 'Blood in Our Wells'. This DeLuxe edition will come in the oversize Super Jewelcase Plus format used in the previous album's own DeLuxe version, with a 16-page illustrated booklet, lyrics both in Ukrainian and in professional English translation, metallic green lettering, special paper, and disc pressed onto green polycarbonate. It will also be limited to 1000 hand-numbered copies, be out at least six weeks before the normal edition, and will be available to Supernal Music customers only. The normal edition, in comparison, will be unlimited and available everywhere, and come in a normal jewelcase, with a 12-page booklet printed on normal stock, lyrics in Ukrainian only, and an ordinary silver disc. If you pre-order now you will be able to take advantage of the lower pre-order price.


Profiled: MIC Norway: Food to tour the UK

Early June sees renowned Norwegian/UK jazz outfit Food touring the UK.

Fronted by British saxophonist Iain Ballamy, Food consists of highly renowned Norwegian improvisers; Thomas Strønen (drums, electronics), Mats Eilertsen (bass) and Arve Henriksen (trumpet, voice).

The Jesus and Mary Chain

Jesus and Mary Chain Plan New Album -

Manes interview Manes

Transglobal Underground

New 2007 Transglobal Underground album titled Moonshout released this week in the UK, preview some tracks on myspace:

# posted by DJ Martian 11:55 PM

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