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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

  Dieter Schöön - LaBlaza: A Significant New Discovery for 2007

Introducing, a significant new discovery for 2007 Dieter Schöön from Gothenburg, Sweden

DOTSHOP.SE - Dieter Schöön: LaBlaza

apparently: HEAR YE! This is the best Swedish pop album of 2007 for you. Simple as that.

Headspin Recordings (HEAD006CD)
August 27th, 2007

There's lots of material fatigue in the concept of "true originality". And still dear brethren, one can't do nothing but surrender at the mighty dead cool feet of Swedish starborn Dieter Schöön. His debut album "LaBlaza" is a pure fresh embodiment of that very concept. He sings like a god. With a dead calm not heard since god knows. An alienated working class hero waving from his LaBlaza balcony over the harbour. A king of Sunday morning empires, a testimony of frustration, outsiderism, inner strength and true raw soulful talent. If anything in this world is worth raving about, then dear citizens, we bid you to pay homage and respect to this truly worthy nova!

Unique? Original? Most people associate true originality in the world of music with sounds and ideas they've met before, but, so as not to lose at least some handle of familiarity, rearranged in a new way of sorts.

Dieter Schöön's reference points on "LaBlaza" are endless. After a while different textures appear; a sudden Cohenesque deviation; an early days Bowiesque sound coupled with sudden eruptions of Jens Lekman, or a pasted minute of breathless freeform DFA or a forlorn damaged Hot Chip with tales to tell.

On top of it all, floating EFFORTLESSLY, Dieter Schöön's melancholic, slackery voice, binding it all together. A voice filled with seemingly dead easy confidence, a character trait that all in all is the foundation of the whole record.

To all appearances a late debut at 37years of age, but Dieter has been around since the mid-eighties. Playing occasional drums in Punk Funk Union, Silverbullit or Goldmine; creating alter egos like Zeke Schöön, a much more electro/club orientated personality, that'd rather create deep beats on 12"s; or the mind-boggling project Svenson, who played Hultsfred in 2002 as a giant vanillacream-squirting rubberfoam phallos. Dieter's been there, living and breathing music all through the 90's up until today.

"LaBlaza" stands forth as an exceptionally convincing debut album of the year.


on myspace 4 tracks from the album: www.myspace.com/dieterschoon

the music reminds me of Max Tundra, Beck and Wire from the late 80s / early 90s and Norwegian artist When - interesting weird psychedelic art-pop-rock with some electronics.

I reckon music webzines such as Pitchfork, Dusted and Stylus will be all over this album !

I listen to hundreds of artists each year and this is definitely strong A grade material !

# posted by DJ Martian 12:22 AM

Monday, July 30, 2007

  Music Links Roundup - Update - July 30th

Some links of interest:

Music blog: Abba to Zappa - Observer Music Monthly | Guardian Unlimited

Netimperative - Social networks influence music buying habits- study

Social networks are changing the accessibility of music, and are playing an increasingly influential role on UK consumers’ discovery and purchase of music, according to a new study.

and David Jennings provides further analysis: Net, Blogs and Rock'n'Roll: Social networks steam ahead as sources of discovery

This week on Stylus: Stylus Magazine’s 50 Greatest Rock Drummers - Article - Stylus Magazine

Netimperative - Virgin Megastores revamps website

Website: Virgin Megastores UK : DVD, Music, Games & Books with Free Delivery!

Interesting overview: Gridface: An Electronic Dance Music Timeline - Milestones in the early days of reggae, disco, hip-hop, electro, techno, and house.

All About Jazz on African music: Salif Keita, Mory Kante, Bembeya Jazz: Africa for the Africans

New music webzine: Wounds of the Earth :: The webZine for Forward Thinking Industrial Musick

webzine dedicated to promoting progressive/forward-thinking underground bands which to some extent fall within the genres of Terror EBM, Post-Industrial, Dark Ambient and related

Uncut magazine gets even more irrelevant ! last month I refused to buy that ghastly retro-rock 10th anniversary edition, now they have that disgusting paul weller, trad dad-rocker on the front cover again: Uncut - Sack the editor NOW !

Artists

Alchemist

Metal News - Alchemist Readies New Album, Previews Songs ( Metal Underground . com )

ALCHEMIST, one of Australia’s most acclaimed, popular and unique metal acts; continue to push musical boundaries with their innovative blend of death metal, prog rock and psychedelic elements. September 2007 sees the release of Alchemist’s 6th and most anticipated full length album, ‘Tripsis’. "Tripsis further develops the heavy and profoundly emotive Alchemical style, while featuring a faster, more aggressive hard-hitting feel" according to a release.

Vashti Bunyan

Vashti Bunyan Rarities Album And Single Due Soon — News — AngryApe

Deep Chord

DOTSHOP.SE - Deep Chord Presents: The Coldest Season

Modern Love (LOVE033CD)
August 13th, 2007

Deepchord is the pseudonym of Detroit’s Rod Modell - one of the most noted producers operating in the dub-infused aftermath of the Basic Channel axis and all its myriad offshoots.

Deinonychus

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - DEINONYCHUS To Release New Album In October:

Warfare Machines is the new title of the forthcoming DEINONYCHUS album which will be released on My Kingdom Music on the 12th of October 2007.

Irfan

Side-Line: Irfan finally back with second album titled: Seraphim due on October 22nd on Prikosnovenie

Irfan brings ethereal and oriental voices, Balkanic folklore, sacred music in a style that is close to Dead can Dance especially due to Denitza Seraphimova excellent female vocals.

streaming mp3s at: Irfan - superb music similar to Arcana, Dead Can Dance and Vas

Kailash

Kailash - [a Ved Buens Ende influenced avant dark metal band from Italy] on myspace: www.myspace.com/kailashofficial

New Order

it's getting nasty: GIGWISE, Peter Hook Threatens To Sue Rest Of New Order

Ewan Pearson

New Compilation: RA: Ewan Pearson’s piece work. Music News

British gun for hire Ewan Pearson compiles a 2CD set of remixes on ‘Piece Work’, out in late September.

'Piece Work' by Ewan Pearson will be released on !K7 on September 24th, 2007.

Raintime

Raintime, Italy's answer to Mercenary: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - RAINTIME: 'Rolling Chances' Video Posted Online

Signal Aout 42

Side:Line: Signal Aout 42 returns with first new album in 10 years

myspace: www.myspace.com/SignalAout42

Alan Vega

Listen to a new 2007 track from Alan Vega [of Suicide] on myspace: www.myspace.com/revega - station station

Very interesting, sounds like Cabaret Voltaire and Mark Stewart and the Mafia - dub heavy arty industrial music !

Alan Vega

Alan's new album "Station" is released in America on 31st July on Mute USA (mute.com)

Vicotnik

2nd part of an interview: Avant-garde Metal - Stories: Vicotnik (DøDHEIMSGARD, Ved Buens Ende) - Part 2: A Dance Between Chaos And Order

# posted by DJ Martian 11:42 PM

Saturday, July 28, 2007

  Music Links Roundup - Update - July 28th

Some links of interest:

2007 DECIBEL FESTIVAL

Initial line up announced: 2007 DB PRESS RELEASE

2007 DECIBEL FESTIVAL INFO The 4th Annual Decibel International Festival of Electronic Music Performance, Visual Art and New Media will be happening September 20th through the 23rd in Seattle.

The 4th Annual Decibel International Festival of Electronic Music Performance, Visual Art and New Media will be happening September 20th through the 23rd in Seattle. This year..'s program will be featuring artists from 9 countries in 14 showcases across 7 venues, each of which will be outfitted with custom sound and video. In keeping with the tradition of the festival, you can expect to experience a broad range of cutting-edge electronic music based performances, featuring international talent of the highest caliber.

with artist myspace links: blog.myspace.com/decibelfestival

website: Decibel Festival 2007: International Festival of Electronic Music, Art and New Media

Summer Sundae: Leicester based music festival, update Drowned in Sound - News - Summer Sundae: Full line-up DiS does the Fringe!

DUTCH DOOM DAYS VI: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - OFFICIUM TRISTE, ESOTERIC, MIRROR OF DECEPTION Confirmed For DUTCH DOOM DAYS VI

OFFICIUM TRISTE, ESOTERIC and MIRROR OF DECEPTION are among the confirmed bands for the Dutch Doom Days VI festival, set to take place November 3-4, 2007 at Baroeg in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Shoegazing music

Jude Rogers talks to the pioneers of nu-gazing. | Rock | Guardian Unlimited Music

'Shoegazing' is back - and has shaken off its old image of being about bands who just stare at the ground while they play. Jude Rogers talks to the pioneers of nu-gazing

motel de moka has a new shoegazing showcase of tracks to listen to: Shoegazing Part III at motel de moka

Jazz music history

Ethan Anderson's "Jazz: 1973-1990" - Rate Your Music:

Dave Douglas asked recently, 'Is there a writer who can take on the project of an unbiased overview of [jazz] music since the end of the Vietnam war?'

I offer up a list of records that I copied off my shelves last week when The Bad Plus was taking a break. I’m going to cheat a little bit: instead of the end of ‘Nam, I’m going to start in 1973 (the year of my birth) in order to sneak in a few more records...'


deep house column by Ronan Fitzgerald: RA: Month to Month: Germany goes deep - Feature / Interview

They might not sound exactly like their American forefathers, but a new breed of deep house producers are shaking up Europe, writes Ronan Fitzgerald.

More on Rough Trade East shop: Drowned in Sound - Features - Rough Trade East: duelling with the downloaders

latest metal albums reviewed by Decibel magazine: Decibel Magazine: August Reviews

ctulhubris: Ladies Of Metal - female vocalists by genre style.

Music webzine: Highlands Webzine - Metal/Folk/Progressive/Avantgarde Music 2007

Artists

The Amenta

Australian extreme metal band The Amenta interviewed: Avant-garde Metal - Stories: The Amenta - A Virus For Dissidents

myspace: www.myspace.com/theamenta

Caribou

stereogum: New Caribou Video - "Melody Day" (And Andorra LP Stream)

Code

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - CODE Joined by Former CRADLE OF FILTH Drummer

British/Norwegian black metal project CODE, featuring new vocalist Simen Hestnaes (a.k.a. ICS Vortex; DIMMU BORGIR, ex-ARCTURUS), bassist/backing vocalist Viper (a.k.a. Vicotnik from DHG) and guitarist/songwriter Aort, has recruited a new drummer — Adrian Erlandsson (AT THE GATES, CRADLE OF FILTH) will feature on the band's next album and will also perform live with the band.

Depeche Mode

Side-Line: New Depeche Mode album in the pipeline for 2008

Mob Research

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - WARRIOR SOUL Frontman, KILLING JOKE Bassist Join Forces In MOB RESEARCH

Myspace: www.myspace.com/mobresearch69

Mob Research [WARRIOR SOUL frontman Kory Clarke has teamed up with legendary bassist Paul Raven (KILLING JOKE, PRONG, MINISTRY) to launch a new project called MOB RESEARCH.]

Prong

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - PRONG: New Album Title, Release Date Revealed

PRONG has set 'Power of the Damager' as the title of its new album, due on October 2 via MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgenson's 13th Planet Records label.

Today is the Day

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - TODAY IS THE DAY Completes Eighth Studio Album

TODAY IS THE DAY has completed work on 'Axis Of Eden', the band's eighth studio album.

and BLABBERMOUTH.NET - TODAY IS THE DAY Frontman Hopes His Band's Day Has Arrived

Ricardo Villalobos

new mix cd: Ricardo Villalobos: Putting Something Of Yourself Into Your Mix CD - Idolator

# posted by DJ Martian 6:14 PM

Thursday, July 26, 2007

  ROCK-A-ROLLA MAGAZINE: Issue 10

New issue of ROCK-A-ROLLA MAGAZINE features SUNNO))) on the front cover.

ROCK-A-ROLLA, a bi-monthly UK magazine covering the best in avant-rock, metal, noise and experimental sounds.

ISSUE 10 OUT NOW! FEATURING:

SUNNO))), TOMAHAWK, KTL, LIARS, PELICAN, NEUROT, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM plus loads of album reviews, live action, news and much more.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:11 PM
  Music Links Roundup - Update - July 26th

Some links of interest:

Getty Images acquires music portal Paper Thin Walls for $850,000 !

The Daily Swarm - Getty Images is listening through Paper Thin Walls

Coolfer.com Getty Images and Paper Thin Walls

Link: Paper Thin Walls :: Independent Music Community


music video blog: 120 Minutes - Aggregation of music videos (mostly youtube) that appeared on 120 Minutes durings its heyday.

artists that are taking their time in making a new album: Drowned in Sound - Features - The Weekly DiScussion: What the hell happened to Tom Vek? (And others artists we're missing...)

missing from the list: Cannibal Ox

Another old list from The Wire magazine: The Wire's "100 Most Important Records Ever Made" - Rate Your Music [This article appeared in The Wire issue 100, June 1992]

best post-punk albums as selected by rym user, Atheist: Best Post-Punk - Rate Your Music

Pitchfork Feature: The Month In: Techno: by Philip Sherburne

a review with images of the new Rough Trade East shop in London from blogger, The Daily Growl: The Daily Growl: Rough Trade East is open!

Miosis

From Sweden, Miosis: www.myspace.com/miosisband [alerted via: ..: it's a trap!]

Influences: Tool, Isis, Katatonia, Radiohead, Porcupine tree, Massive Attack, Carlos Castaneda.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:30 AM

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

  Music Links Roundup - Update - July 25th

Some links of interest:

3 music blogs that I spotted on the Hype Machine that I have previously not linked to:

GET WEIRD TURN PRO
WWW.MISSINGTOOF.COM
Rock Sellout

2 old lists from The Wire now in a rateyourmusic.com list format:

The Wire's "Top 50 Rhythms of All Time" - Rate Your Music

As backbeat to the interview in our Rhythm Issue we proudly present The Wire's TOP 50 RHYTHMS OF ALL TIME as chosen for reasons profound, perverse, personal or provocative by Richard Cook, Hopey Glass, Ian Penman, Richard Scott and Ben Watson.

(This article first appeared in The Wire Issue 98, April 1992)

The Wire's "150 Sonic Essentials and Aural Obscurities" - Rate Your Music

To celebrate our 150th issue, we fired off an alternative sonic canon, an A - Z of some of the obscure objects of musical desire, past and present, that lie just behind The Wire.

(This chart first appeared in The Wire Issue 150, August 1996)

Rough Trade the label moves to the Beggars Group: Rough Trade acquired by Beggars

Music webzine: The MetalList Webzine - metal music zine

Pitchfork Feature: Column: Resonant Frequency #48 - Wolfgang Voigt’s Gas project in the spotlight.

Artists

Abigail's Ghost

New progressive art rock band from the US, Abigail's Ghost interviewed: Interviews: Abigail's Ghost Talk About Their Hot Debut Selling Insincerity - Sea of Tranquility:

Listen on myspace: www.myspace.com/abigailsghost - similar to Porcupine Tree and King Crimson

Abigail's Ghost is an art rock band comprised of five people committed to a well-tempered musical aesthetic deeply rooted in groove, polyrhythms, lush harmonies, haunting ambience, and thinking man's lyrics. More fundamental is their commitment to creating multi-format material, resulting in a convergence of musical thought that extends beyond hybrid genres but maintains a certain distance from concepts of the avante-garde.

Burnt Friedman

New album: Nonplace - 22 - First Night Forever

Press release via FE

FRIEDMAN, BURNT: First Night Forever CD (NON 022CD) : OUT 09/25/2007 This is Burnt Friedman's fourth studio full-length for the Nonplace label. Navigating an atypical musical expedition, Burnt Friedman's unusual trajectory curved its way through an adolescent obsession with percussion and a singular dedication to amassing a self-recorded audio library dating from1978. What followed in the late '80s was a period of art academia, performance and video art, then immersion in the first flurry of collaborative music projects. Since 1993, he released records under various names, and began working as Flanger with Uwe Schmidt aka Atom TM. As a result of annual travels to Australia and New Zealand, The Nu Dub Players took shape in 1997. In the year 2000, Friedman founded his own label, Nonplace, to ensure continuity for diverse musical adventures. Then there was the first collaborative effort in 2001 with Jaki Liebezeit and Joseph Suchy, which successfully combined odd meter rhythms, improvisation between electronic and acoustic instruments and a global view on music. Burnt Friedman's sound-sculpting signature has fully developed intuitively with true emotional maximalism. Guest contributors also include Hayden Chisholm (composer and reed player), singers Steve Spacek, Barbara Panther, Theo Altenberg, Daniel Dodd-Ellis and Enik as well as guitarist Joseph Suchy. Although First Night Forever houses the complete spectrum of 7 years' psychedelic audio wizardry, the record's aim is to reach a wide audience. Burnt's earlier solo productions, Con Ritmo (2000), Plays Love Songs (2001) and Can't Cool (2003) might have confused with their stylistic freedom and intricate perfectionism, but First Night Forever will simply enthrall everyone with a sense of eroticism.

Havoc Unit

Havoc Unit avant-garde industrial metal from Finland, previously known as ...and Oceans. Havoc Unit's debut album is due later in the year. Listen to some music on myspace: www.myspace.com/havocunit

The Most Serene Republic

new album: Population - to be released on October 2nd, alerted via the sky was candy - Blog Archive - The Most Serene Republic

myspace: The Most Serene Republic

Penumbra

Gothic Metal from France, listen to 3 forthcoming Penumbra album tracks on myspace: www.myspace.com/penumbraofficial

Roam the Hello Clouds

Listen on myspace: www.myspace.com/roamthehelloclouds

Press release via FE

ROAM THE HELLO CLOUDS: Near Misses CD (SCAPE 045CD) : OUT 08/21/2007 This is the debut recording by Australia's Roam The Hello Clouds, a group made up of members Laurence Pike (of Triosk), Dave Miller and Phil Slater. Near Misses is a rare combination that will make many lovers of jazz and/or electronic music delirious. At a glance, some might mistakenly classify it as jazz/electronica mainly due to Slater's soaring trumpet (reminiscent of Miles Davis circa Bitches Brew) in combination with Miller's subtle electronics and Pike's untethered drumming. The musicians used chance and error as their modus operandi, inviting the unknown and then manipulating it into something cool and free, from abstract to electronic. In October 2003, Sydney-based drummer Laurence Pike was paired up with Perth laptop artist Dave Miller in a musical blind date for a performance at the Sydney Opera House. It turned out to be the meeting of kindred spirits. Pike called upon trumpeter Phil Slater to complete what he thought would be an ideal musical partnership for a one-off collaboration. And he was right -- about the partnership, but fortunately not about it being a one-off thing. The following year, a second performance was scheduled, and with only two gigs under their belts, the band set about trying to capture the intuitive nature of their exciting live performances in a studio situation. The result is this album of unrehearsed group improvisation recorded in a single day. What you hear is a live band; playing and processing and recording in takes, much the way they used to do in the '60s. Even Dave Miller's sound sources came almost exclusively from live on-the-fly sampling from the band's previous gigs. They fuse together with a breathtaking musical rapport, yet always retain their individual characteristics.


Susanna

Press Release via FE

SUSANNA: Sonata Mix Dwarf Cosmos CD (RCD 2066CD) : OUT 08/21/2007 This is the debut solo album from Norway's Susanna Karolina Wallumrød, who is most known for two sublime albums and a number of quietly powerful concerts with Susanna and the Magical Orchestra, a duo which includes member Morten Qvenild (Jaga Jazzist, Shining, In The Country). This time she is simply "Susanna," and she has written twelve highly personal songs that make up this beautiful and quite extraordinary album. She plays piano and guitar and guests include brother and ECM recording artist Christian Wallumrød (piano), Magical Orchestra partner Morten Qvenild (piano, synth), Big Bang leader Øystein Greni (guitar), The White Birch leader Ola Fløttum (guitar), In The Country drummer Pål Hausken, Helge Sten (guitar, mellotron) and Giovanna Pessi (harp). As Rune Grammofon label head Rune Kristoffersen makes clear: "In these fast and restless times of instant entertainment and shortways to possible success, it's a rare treat to witness a young and genuinely talented singer and writer that operates to such a degree outside trends and fashions. Much in the same way as a young Tim Buckley, Nico or Scott Walker without making too much of those comparisons. We are delighted with this lovely addition to the catalog, a work of uncompromising dedication inviting us to reflect and to listen." Sonata Mix Dwarf Cosmos is produced by Deathprod (Helge Sten).

Available to pre-order at Norman Records: Sonata Mix Dwarf Cosmos, by Susanna (Rune Grammofon)

Uphill Racer

Listen on myspace: www.myspace.com/uphillracer - similar to The Notwist and Beck

Press release via FE

UPHILL RACER: You Will Understand CD (NORM 027CD) : OUT 08/21/2007 This is the second full-length release from singer/songwriter, Uphill Racer (Oliver Lichtl). Uphill Racer is a multi instrumentalist, a one-man chamber orchestra brimming with harmonies, elegies and gifted with the knack of effortlessly pouring his emotions into fantastic songs that immediately move and touch. He has been compared quite justifiably to artists such as Beck, Badly Drawn Boy, The Notwist and Thom Yorke. One year has passed since his debut No Need To Laugh was released and since then, Uphill Racer has embraced the will and courage to experiment. You Will Understand is permeated with space sounds which were prevalent though hard to place on the first album and which now contribute to the spherical and inimitability of the latest release. Flora, fauna and film are once again welcome guests in the idiosyncratic structures built out of acoustic guitar, bass, sleigh bells, drums and beats, piano, synthesizer and the voice -- the voice which effortlessly blends into the instrumentation and textually as well as melodically bears a beacon in the night. Lichtl once again plays all the instruments himself and sings every word on the album. You Will Understand is a fortress, a refuge, a shield of protection from the world. The pathos of the first album gives way to a more confident and versatile emotionality. The music is a perfect companion for a train trip on a sunny day and nevertheless as sentimental as a nosedive onto soft cushions.

Uusitalo

Press release via FE

UUSITALO: Karhunainen CD (HUUME 014CD) : OUT 10/09/2007 Berlin-based Vladislav Delay (aka Sasu Ripatti, Luomo) releases a third techno album under his Uusitalo disguise. Influenced by and named after his late father's well-known theatre play, Karhunainen (Bear Woman) Delay continues to search for his rhythmic roots. With his groove offerings from the past he often resembled an undertaker at a disco. This new album might change some of those impressions, with more up-front beats than he has ever created before. In spite of being noted for experimental sounds and compositions not yet heard, some of his warmest feelings are reserved for the drum beat. This deep-rooted loyalty to rhythms, even though hidden and strangled in most of his productions, is about to come to the surface again. And above all else, he is a rhythm passionista, a drum collector, a cymbal maker -- a true percussion freak. The new album consists of 10 songs, 8 of which are dedicated to the infamous bass drum. In an act of conspicuous non-consumption, he chose to only use analog equipment on this album and leave all digital sound processing out, which explains the warm and full sound of the album. His rhythmic fortune is used to great effect on Karhunainen -- he quite wonderfully replaces the drum machines on more than a few tracks with a drum stick and anything else he could hit, be it random metal surfaces or his young daughter's toys. To complete the album, there's hauntingly beautiful tracks with cinematic beginnings and endings. This is a mix of traditionalism and futurism, coming through in the song titles, artwork and design. The artwork is by Kaisa Kemikoski, but the booklet also introduces another aspect of the producer himself; he's a keen photographer and his private collection captures the world around him, making up the raw material for the 16-page booklet.

Listen to new Uusitalo tracks on myspace: Uusitalo

# posted by DJ Martian 12:58 AM

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

  Almuadem - Nimrodel

4 tracks on myspace plus free album download ! from this Portuguese progressive experimental band, Almuadem: www.myspace.com/almuadem

Almuadem are a Portuguese progressive experimental band by Andre Pousadas, Gustavo Marques and Thomas Belpalme that is earning recognition as pioneers of Hyper-sensibility music. Almuadem are known for the philosophical terms, keyboards, guitars and drums experimentation, pos-caos music and innovative cover art.
Andre Pousadas, once commented: "You can label us as you want ... but be aware of a thing in the right of Father there are two chairs, one mine and another one of Gustavo. We do not "use" anything. We "create" everything"


Some of the music fits in with the ethos of Space music - Wikipedia and the 70s Kosmische Musik of Cluster and Harmonia.

on rateyourmusic.com: Almuadem - Nimrodel - released in 2007.

Almuadem - Nimrodel

# posted by DJ Martian 6:07 PM

Sunday, July 22, 2007

  Music Links Roundup - Update - July 22nd

Some links of interest:

3 blogs:
Core News — Breakcore - Jungle - Drum and Bass - Dubstep - and other sweet music styles
DubbedUp A look into the Belgian world of dubstep and grime.
kosmische

From Barcode: Release Schedule - Forthcoming electronic-related releases - updated daily. Dates may be subject to change.

The List has been updated THE LIST [07.18.07] - Rate Your Music - A list organized by mulletguy16

this edition of THE LIST contains the top 400 albums, as rated by those on my favorite users list. updated bi-monthly (or so) to reflect evolving tastes as we journey together.

the point of the list is to grasp the intangible - that is, the best musical releases, including LPs, EPs and live albums, according to those whose opinions i respect, and to thereby provide a serious reference for those who are fortunate enough to have a similar musical worldview. the point of THE LIST is not to state what is and what is not a great album. THE LIST is for reference and comparison and discussion.


Music: The persistence of METAL by Philip Matthews | New Zealand Listener You can relax – it’s okay to like heavy metal again

SeeqPod - New Search Tool

finds playable music over the web: SeeqPod Music beta - Playable Search - Find. Discover. Watch. Listen. Share.

music webzine: Reflections of Darkness - a dark music webzine - Home

Artists

Anubis Gate

Jacob Hansen's band Anubis Gate, [Jakob Hansen is one of the best contemporary metal producers, the man responsible for the last two Mercenary albums.]

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - ANUBIS GATE: 'Andromeda Unchained' Release Date Confirmed

Danish melodic progressive power metal band ANUBIS GATE will release its new album, 'Andromeda Unchained', in Europe on August 17 via Locomotive Music.

ANUBIS GATE Official Homepage and on myspace: Anubius Gate

Band of Horses

Pitchfork: Band of Horses Reveal New Album Title - Cease to Begin - It's out October 9th on Sub Pop.

Basquiat Strings

The Herald : Features: MAIN FEATURES: "Basquiat Strings"

The classically trained quintet, formed in 2003, are on the shortlist for the Mercury Music Prize for their jazz-influenced album Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford.

Bat for Lashes

'Bat for Lashes are beyond a trend ... she has an ancient power; like Bjork or Patti Smith, she is in part shamanic ...' | Pop | Guardian Unlimited Music

Citay

Pitchfork: Citay Sign to Dead Oceans

Citay-- aka former Piano Magic drummer Ezra Feinberg and several of his closest friends-- have become the latest signees to the Jagjaguwar/Secretly Canadian offshoot Dead Oceans.

Esoteric

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - ESOTERIC Prepares To Record New Album

British doomsters ESOTERIC have completed writing and arranging material for their fifth album and are preparing to enter the studio to record the CD.

The Grid

New album from electronic music veterans, The Grid: MusicNonStop.co.uk: The Grid - The Doppelganger

The Grid are Dave Ball ( Soft Cell ) and Richard Norris - they formed in 1988 at the height of Acid House...

Record Label: Some Bizarre
Release date: 17th Sep 2007

myspace The Grid

Les Savy Fav

Drowned in Sound - News - Exclusive: Wichita sign Les Savy Fav [For the UK]

Michael Mayer and Superpitcher

RA: Supermayer save the world. Music News:

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Michael Mayer and Superpitcher collaborating on a concept album.

Supermayer Save The World’ arrives on Kompakt on September 17th, 2007.

Modeselektor

stereogum: New Modeselektor (Feat. Thom Yorke) - "The White Flash"

New Model Army

A new album titled: High is due on August 20th.

New Model Army

HIGHlights - there is now a 4 minute sampler of the new album posted on the New Model Army Myspace site. If you want to hear clips from the new album check it out.

myspace: www.myspace.com/newmodelarmymyspace

Richard Pinhas

I found this via Avant Music News blog, a recent live sound art performance from Richard Pinhas - this man is an electronic sound art genius !



YouTube url link: YouTube - Richard Pinhas at Highways

The father of French electronica and founder of the band Heldon, guitarist Richard Pinhas, performs at Highways in Santa Monica, California. Jérôme Schmidt provides the computer augmentation. My camera, unfortunately, ran out of memory approximately 25 minutes into a 40 minute piece.

Ulrich Schnauss

interview: somewherecold.com :: Ulrich Schnauss

Secret Shine

Delusions of Adequacy: "Interview with Secret Shine"

Secret Shine formed in the U.K. in the early 1990s, creating high-flying songs that change like quicksilver from blissful calm to soaring sonics, blending glorious, stratospheric guitars, dynamic drum tempos, and ethereal male and angelic female vocals.

Sybreed

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - SYBREED: New Song Posted Online

Switzerland's futuristic metal band SYBREED has posted a new song, entitled 'Permafrost', on its MySpace page.

They Fade In Silence

MusicNonStop.co.uk: They Fade In Silence - Apologies Are Hard To Find !

Founded in Düsseldorf in 1984, They Fade In Silence drew influences from British acts such as Joy Division, Chameleons, Ultravox and Echo&The Bunnymen.

myspace: They Fade In Silence

Vedera

Decoymusic.com - Epic cashes in on the girl fronted band trend

US atmospheric rock band Vedera has inked a deal with Epic Records.

The music is similar to Paatos

Patrick Wolf

i guess i'm floating: Patrick Wolf Reveals Fourth Album Details

# posted by DJ Martian 11:46 PM
  Dubstep Webradio Stations

The most popular dubstep web-radio station, Dubstep.FM: Dubstep Radio - Live DJ's - Podcast - Downloads - Dubstep.fm

Based in Seattle, US, Dubstep.fm was launched on April 10th, 2007. With an astounding media content management system as well as a high and low bitrate internet radio stream, you can't go wrong.

A place to keep in touch with the latest news, videos, mixes, and tunes from your favorite Dubstep producers and DJ's. A place where new and established producers and DJ's can submit their tracks and mixes to be viewed by the masses and be considered for play on Dubstep.fm Radio, a 24/7 Dubstep internet radio stream.


Been listening to this web-radio station this weekend, Reload Radio: Reload-Radio online DUBSTEP radio/stream - Home

Other dubstep web-radio stations:

SUB FM - Where bass matters!!! - "The Best Dubstep Radio Station - Mixmag"

We at SubFM.com are committed to giving you the best in online pirate soundz, playing: Dubstep, Grime, Dub, Garage and Breaks!!!!

Shedbass : Online D&B | Dubstep Internet Radio Station

These stations can be listened to via Winamp, streaming urls can be found on their respective websites or via the Shoutcast website: SHOUTcast | Free internet radio!

Some streaming links also listed @ Dubstep Radio Stations

Dubstep on Wikipedia: Dubstep - Wikipedia

Dubstep Forum: dubstepforum.com :: Index

Links: The DUBSTEP DIRECTORY

Article about dubstep in Chicago: NEWCITYCHICAGO.COM: Street Smart Chicago

Does dubstep stand a chance in America? A small, devoted group of fans and producers are eager to find out, as they attempt to bring the largely British genre to the Windy City.

Dubstep is something of a musical mutt, with roots in the British electronic scenes of garage, drum ‘n’ bass, jungle, techno and trace amounts of several other genres that never quite made it across the pond. Its sound is just as diverse as its lineage with one feature carrying through all its strains: teeth-rattling bass

# posted by DJ Martian 10:02 PM

Friday, July 20, 2007

  Music Links Roundup - Update - July 20th

Some links of interest:

Music blogs to check:
Depressive Blood
WeHate GoodMusic

interviews:

Interview: Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna) | ..: it's a trap!

Satoko Fujii: Defying Expectations

JD Twitch interviewed: JD TWITCH: OPTIMO MUTANTES: Fact Magazine

Top Music Blogs on The Hype Machine

Updated: MP3 Blog Top List / The Hype Machine

Inspired by Alf Eaton's MP3 Blog TopList, this is a list of all the blogs listed on
the Hype Machine sorted by the number of incoming links.

The final score is the product of the number of users that bookmarked a blog
on del.icio.us and the number of blogs that link to it as reported by Technorati.


HMV possibly after a few Fopp shop locations: Scotsman.com Business - Media & Leisure - Music giant HMV eyes handful of Fopp stores

More on Rough Trade Shops new London shop:

BBC NEWS | Business | Music retailer fights CD downturn

It used to be the loading bay of a brewery in London's East End. But by the time you read this, it should have been transformed into the UK's newest and bravest - or some might say, most foolhardy - record shop.

This Rough plan makes sense - Telegraph

The independent music shop Rough Trade is to open a superstore just off Brick Lane. Tim Burrows looks at how the opening might provide a template for others to copy

Music history: Post-punk pantheon - Music - The Phoenix

Daydream Nation tops our list of 10 landmark albums that made indie rock

also discussion on: brooklynvegan: '10 landmark albums that made indie rock'

Silent Ballet reviews the best instrumental releases of 2003:

The Silent Ballet > Home: The Top 50 Instrumental Releases of 2003 and The Silent Ballet > Home: : The Top 50 Instrumental Releases of 2003 (Part II) and The Silent Ballet > Home: The Top 50 Instrumental Releases of 2003 (Part III)

A superior Mercury Music Prize shortlist suggested: In League With Paton: An Alternative Mercury Shortlist

SuperSonic festival reviewed: Silent Words Speak Loudest: SWSL Supersonic 2007 Diary

Christopher Monsen on Molde Jazz Festival in Norway: Perfect Sounds: Molde Jazz, 2007

New Order: GIGWISE, New Order Celebrate 25 Years Of The Hacienda At photo exhibition in Manchester…

# posted by DJ Martian 8:21 PM
  Video: The Mist of Avalon - Helpless Little Friend

Sweden's electronic goth-rockers The Mist of Avalon have a new promo video. The music is similar to Depeche Mode and late 90s Paradise Lost

Alerted via: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - THE MIST OF AVALON: 'Helpless Little Friend' Video Posted Online



YouTube link: YouTube - The Mist of Avalon - Helpless Little Friend

Myspace: The Mist of Avalon

Official website: T h e - M i s t - o f - A v a l o n

# posted by DJ Martian 5:48 PM

Thursday, July 19, 2007

  Earplug - Issue 99

Issue 99 of Earplug

July 19 - August 1

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 8:54 PM
  Music Links Roundup - Update - July 19th

Some links of interest

Underworld's culture / music forum dirty.org has moved to a new URL: www.darktrain.org/dirty/forums/ forums - Powered by vBulletin

An alternative opinion of what should have been selected: Drowned in Sound - Features - The Weekly DiScussion: our alternative Mercury list...

2007 Albums: Pitchfork: Overlooked Records 2007: Pitchfork Record Review

Latest electronic reviews: T A P E: In The Box

I haven't done one of these for absolutely ages (I guess you'll have to wait til this year's 100 for the full rundown), but here's a quick and by no means comprehensive look at a few of the records that I'm getting some good play out of at the moment.

Dubstep mix: Blackdown: 07/2007 - 08/2007: This is not your normal dubstep mix...

Artists

Bat For Lashes

Parlophone Seals Bat For Lashes Deal

EMI and Capitol labels will carry forthcoming Bat For Lashes' forthcoming releases internationally, while Astralwerks will issue the artist's critically-acclaimed debut 'Fur and Gold' in the U.S. on July 31.

Blut Aus Nord

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - BLUT AUS NORD: 'Odinist' Artwork Revealed:

French extremists BLUT AUS NORD have posted the cover artwork for their new album, 'Odinist', at this location. According to the group's record label, Candlelight Records, 'this opus is considered by the band as a return to the feeling of their first creations. More epic, melodic and powerful!' A few demo samples will be available very soon on the group's official MySpace page.

Ephel Duath

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - EPHEL DUATH Begins Work On New Album

Italian experimental jazz metallers EPHEL DUATH have begun work on a new album to be released in 2008.

The Old Dead Tree

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - THE OLD DEAD TREE: New Album Track Listing, Cover Artwork Revealed

Due on September 17 via Season of Mist, 'The Water Fields' will contain the following track listing:

Pet Shop Boys

Side-Line: Pet Shop Boys Sign a new Deal with Parlophone

Prinzhorn Dance School

Prinzhorn Dance School Prepare Debut Album — News — AngryApe

Max Tundra

The White Noise Revisited: If It Doesn’t Come Bursting Out of You including this news:

Max Tundra's third album is due in Spring 2008.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:09 AM

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

  New Siouxsie Video: Into a Swan

The video for Siouxsie's new single: Into a Swan



YouTube: YouTube - Janet ;-)

Darkwave is back !

Background on video: Digital Arts: Golden Square glams Siouxsie music video

There are also official album track clips on a pop-up player on Siouxsie and the Banshees - The Creatures - Steven Severin - www.untiedundone.com

Reminder, Siouxsie's album Mantaray is released on September 10th in the UK.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:44 PM
  The Wire - New Issue

New issue of The Wire features Ricardo Villalobos on the front cover. On sale in the UK tomorrow.

Ricardo Villalobos
Primer: British Psych-Folk
Whitehouse
Cross Platform: Laurie Anderson
Invisible Jukebox: Jonathan Harvey
Matthew Dear
Axolotl

# posted by DJ Martian 4:40 PM

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

  Mercury Music Prize 2007 Shortlist Announced

These are the 12 that have made the shortlist:

* Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
* Basquiat Strings featuring Seb Rochford - Basquiat Strings
* Bat for Lashes - Fur & Gold
* Dizzee Rascal - Maths & English
* Jamie T - Panic Prevention
* Klaxons - Myths of the Near Future
* Maps - We Can Create
* New Young Pony Club - Fantastic Playroom
* Fionn Regan - The End of History [Who?: Drowned in Sound - Listings - Artists - Fionn Regan]
* The View - Hats Off to the Buskers
* Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
* The Young Knives - Voices of Animals and Men

Mostly predictable, the only who? is Fionn Regan. The Young Knives are mediocre and unremarkable.

Seb Rochford got the token jazz nomination, he is also a member of Polar Bear who were nominated previously for the Mercuries. [Review: Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford, Basquiat Strings | | Guardian Unlimited Arts]

The Ghastly The View got nominated, having heard their risible album on an Xfm radio playback earlier this year - I am shocked how they have achieved this nomination.

Manchester Evening News provide profiles of the nominees: Mercury Music Prize: The nominees - Rock and pop - Music - Entertainment - Manchester Evening News

BBC report BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Arctics make Mercury list again

The Guardian are blogging live: Guardian Unlimited: Arts blog - music: Live from the Mercury Prize: the nominations are announced and Arctic Monkeys, Amy Winehouse make shortlist for Mercury Prize | News | Guardian Unlimited Music

NME report Two former winners on Nationwide Mercury Prize shortlist | News | NME.COM

DiS with discussion: Drowned in Sound - News - Mercury Prize nominations announced and Drowned in Sound - Community - Music forum - Mercury Nominations

# posted by DJ Martian 12:10 PM
  Mercury Music Prize 2007 - Shortlist Predictions

The Nationwide Mercury Prize shortlist nominations [AKA Mercury Music Prize] are announced at 11.30am on Tuesday 17th July [Today]. [Official Website: Nationwide Mercury Prize]


I have created a list; Some Eligible Albums for the Mercury Music Prize 2007. i.e British or Irish Artists who released an album between July 18th 2006 and July 9th 2007.

LIST: Mercury Music Prize 2007 Eligibility - Rate Your Music [182 Albums]

Updated: July 17th

Note: I am not endorsing all these albums ! This list is just an indication of some albums that are eligible. I have omitted some higher profile artists that I particularly don't rate. I have dealt with these on this blog post.

Unfortunately, I don't know which albums have entered the competition.


Suggestions / Predictions for the Shortlist:

I will have a shot of the predictions, going on media hype, and the type and mix of artists that typically make up the Mercury Shortlist of 12

Bat for Lashes (Debut Album, deserves to be nominated.)

Cherry Ghost (Debut Album, serious newcomers the type of music the Word / Mojo / Uncut magazine gets excited about)

Jarvis Cocker (Token Established Male Artist]

Julie Fowlis (Folk Artist, as seen on Jools Holland Later show)

Fraud (Debut Album) (token jazz)

Gallows (The rock choice, tons of hype from NME, Rock Sound and Kerrang)

Klaxons (Debut Album, much hyped)

Long Blondes (Debut Album, added bonus with female singer - the Mercury judges will surely include this?)

Simian Mobile Disco (another electronic choice to go with the Klaxons)

The Soulsavers (seems to be Mercury type album, a mix of styles)

Amy Winehouse (The media seem to love this album. Everyone is tipping this to be on the shortlist)

Patrick Wolf (Surely now that he is on a major label, the record company have paid the entrance fee? Loads of positive publicity, deserves to make it.)

Another 20 that could make the shortlist:

Acoustic Ladyland (this album certainly sounded unique and different)

Tom Arthurs (possible jazz selection)

Captain (if they go for a well crafted melodic pop-rock album)

The Chemical Brothers (Will they make the Mercury Prize shortlist again?)

Crippled Black Phoenix (maybe too leftfield / obscure for the shortlist?)

Dizzee Rascal (Will he make a return to the Shortlist, possibly?)

Siobhan Donaghy (the Mercury Music prize likes to a have few female singers in the shortlist)

Electrelane [If Plan B magazine had there way it would be in)

Fields (Does having an Icelandic member rule them out?)

Field Music (Their media profile has improved, could be outsiders for their melodic quirky pop-rock album)

The Good, The Bad & the Queen (This project had loads of media coverage)

Calvin Harris (Radio 1 love it, the new Mylo - could make the shortlist)

Maps (Too leftfield for the Mercury Music Prize?)

James Holden (The album got good reviews)

New Young Pony Club (the Nu-Rave hyped merchants, if the Mercury music want to be trendy it may be selected)

Pop Levi (T-Rex type retro pop-rock, could possibly make it.)

Gruff Rhys (Could the Welsh get represented on the Shortlist this year?)

Skream (Was it entered?)

Tracey Thorn (Could get the established female singer vote)

Wiley (Could get the Urban selection)

Some other artists who released eligible albums that I don't rate from a personal perspective, but could be on the Mercury radar:

Beware, the horrible mainstream !

The Arctic Monkeys (More generic guitar tripe from the NME darlings)
The Cribs (Lammo: Steve Lamacq / NME approved guitar rubbish)
The Enemy (One dimensional retro rubbish for teenagers)
The Fratellis (The Second worst band in Scotland 06/07 Season. NME backed guitar drivel)
Jamie T (More over hyped indie drivel aimed at students)
Beverley Knight (Boring Soul music, heard it all before)
Kasabian (Retro Baggy Lad Rock with no originality.)
Manic Street Preachers (Their new sound is even more bland than before.)
Paul McCartney (Could get the established male token section)
Candie Payne (adult oriented pop-rock music a slightly better Texas with more of a soul singer vibe, been hyped by certain sections of the media. Hyped but boring.)
The Rakes (Xfm / NME approved wordy drivel)
Razorlight (The Kings of Moronic Singalong Rock. Ghastly, music for morons.)
The Twang (Sounding like a 3rd rate baggy band circa 90/91)
The View (The Worst guitar band in Scotland and the United Kingdom 06/07, chav-indie for gormless teenagers.)

Most of these were also mentioned by the NME: Nationwide Mercury Prize shortlist set to be announced | News | NME.COM

Blogger, In League With Paton: In League With Paton: The Usual Pointless Predicting... and On the NME's suggested list of what might make the shortlist: In League With Paton: I'm One Step Ahead Of The Game...

Discussion on ILM: mercury music prize: 2007

By the way, my personal shortlist suggestions:

My Mercury Prize Selections 2007 - Rate Your Music plus another 10 honorable mentions.

These are my 12:

1. Bat for Lashes - Fur and Gold

2. James Blackshaw - The Cloud of Unknowing

3. Clark - Body Riddle

4. Crippled Black Phoenix - A Love of Shared Disasters

5. Fraud - Fraud

6. Jesu - Conqueror

7. The Mirimar Disaster - The Mirimar Disaster

8. Paradise Lost - In Requiem

9. Ryan Teague - Coins & Crosses

10. To-mera - Transcendental

11. The Treecreepers - At the Mill

12. Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position

Congratulations to all 12 artists plus the 10 artists that got honorable mentions.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:15 AM

Monday, July 16, 2007

  Terrorizer - New Issue

New issue of Terrorizer magazine features Nile & Behemoth on the front cover. On sale Thursday July 19th.

#160 - FEATURES

STUDIO REPORT: NIGHTWISH
NILE + BEHEMOTH
CANDLEMASS
MUNICIPAL WASTE
MISTRESS
CEPHALIC CARNAGE
CHARGER
ANGELCORPSE
PIG DESTROYER
SCENE REPORT: CYPRUS
3 INCHES OF BLOOD

#160 - Fear Candy Track Listing

1 -- Nile -- Papyrus Containing The Spell To Preserve Its Possessor From He Who Is In The Water --
2 -- Entombed -- Amok --
3 -- Pig Destroyer -- Loathesome --
4 -- Orange Goblin -- They Come Back (Harvest Of Skulls) --
5 -- Arkhon Infaustus -- Annunciation To The Holy Ghost --
6 -- Gorefest -- Revolt --
7 -- Conquest Of Steel -- I Am Legend --
8 -- Symphony X -- Seven --
9 -- Blood Duster -- Rocknrolljihad --
10 -- The Senseless -- Promise --
11 -- Obliteration -- Sepulchral Entity --
12 -- Architects -- Buried At Sea --
13 -- Whitechapel -- The Somatic Defilement --
14 -- Spectral Mortuary -- Necrotic Flesh Cravings --
15 -- Cambian Dawn -- The Words Are Not The World --
16 -- Malefice -- Bringer Of War --
17 -- Hellfire -- Deceiver Of The Damned --
18 -- Machinochrist -- Torment --
19 -- Lahannya -- Silent Victim --


# posted by DJ Martian 9:52 PM

Sunday, July 15, 2007

  Music Links Roundup - Update - July 15th

Some links of interest:

Music blogs to check:

Augenmusik
puchaca - obscure prog and jazz.

Music webzine: SonicFrontiers.net

Music, Media and the Internet:

Dave Jennings alerts to: Net, Blogs and Rock'n'Roll: Music critics and MySpace battle to be prime source of discovery:

BBC Radio 4 has a 30-minute programme on the history of the UK music press from the 1970s and '80s through to the present day. The last ten minutes looks at the future prospects for press and the critics in the age of MySpace. [Now on Listen Again]

Possible new developments re: Fopp: Scotland on Sunday - Business - Fopp founder in buy-back talks to keep music alive

GORDON Montgomery, the founder of the failed national music chain Fopp, is attempting an ambitious comeback with a renewed bid for part of the company, according to industry sources.

The new Rough Trade Shop in East London:

The record shop's last spin | Business | Money | Telegraph

Conventional wisdom maintains that technology has changed the music retailing industry forever. But James Hall hears that the high street itself is to blame from a man who intends to prove it.

Hole in the Sky Festival

Detail's of this year's Hole in the Sky festival in Bergen, Norway: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - SHINING, MONOLITHIC Confirmed For HOLE IN THE SKY Kick-Off Party

SHINING (Norwegian jazz/metal/fusion/avantgarde group; not to be confused with the Swedish black metal band), MONOLITHIC and LASSE MARHAUG have been confirmed for the Hole in the Sky festival kick-off party on Tuesday, August 21 at Garage in Bergen, Norway.

Hole In The Sky - Bergen Metal Fest VIII


Artists update:

The Amenta

Metal News - The Amenta Recording New Album Entitled "n0n" ( Metal Underground . com )

Cobalt

Profound Lore Records - COBALT - MP3 Posted, Cover Art/Tracklisting Revealed

In what will stand as a monument in the North American extreme (black) metal scene, “Eater Of Birds” is a massive and epic scourge of shamanistic blackened war metal that combines the cinematic colossal soundscape(s) of Neurosis and the bloodletting vibes of Swans and Angels Of Light. And to even further the band’s Swans connection, “Eater Of Birds” features a guest vocal appearance by none other than JARBOE on the tracks ‘Invincible Sun’ and ‘Androids, Automatons, and Nihilists’, the siren’s first official plunge into the world of extreme black metal.

Howard Devoto

Album reissue now available: HOWARD DEVOTO - Jerky Visions Of The Dream

Jerky versions Of The Dream" was Ex-Buzzcocks and Magazine man Howard Devoto's debut solo album, recorded in 1983

Distorted

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - Israel's DISTORTED Signs With CANDLELIGHT RECORDS

Myspace: Distorted

Dredg

Decoymusic.com - New Dredg album, tour in the works - therefore the next album is likely 2008.

PJ Harvey

More details of the forthcoming Album: White Chalk [due September 24th] PJ Harvey Unveils Song Titles - Aversion.com

High on Fire

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - HIGH ON FIRE: New Song Posted Online

HIGH ON FIRE has posted the first preview track from its long-awaited new full-length album, 'Death Is This Communion"

High on Fire

Intronaut

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - INTRONAUT To Release 'The Challenger' EP

Leprous

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - EMPEROR Keyboardist Discusses LEPROUS Project

Pieter Nooten & Michael Brook

2008: New Pieter Nooten & Michael Brook collaboration - Beggars Group Forums

PIETER NOOTEN & MICHAEL BROOK

Yep.... you’re probably reading it here first and it’s true. We will be seeing a re-newed collaboration between Pieter Nooten and Michael Brook. This is of course GREAT news, for us at i-rain, and for those of you familiar with Pieter’s ‘Sleeps With the Fishes’. Pieter and Michael are planning to go into the studio beginning of 2008!!"

David Torn

interview: Kevin Daoust (dot) Com Blog Archive - Great interview with David Torn

# posted by DJ Martian 11:39 PM
  10 Forthcoming Album Covers

10 Forthcoming Album covers:

Airiel - The Battle of Sealand

Airiel - The Battle of Sealand

August 21st
Highwheel Records

Shoegazer Music from Chicago: Ariel

Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam

Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam

September
FatCat

Animal Collective

Les Savy Fav - Let's Stay Friends

unusual:

Les Savy Fav - Let's Stay Friends

September 19th
Frenchkiss

Pitchfork Forkcast: Premiere: Les Savy Fav: "What Would Wolves Do" [Stream]

Les Savy Fav

The Mars Volta - The Bedlam in Goliath

Another strange front cover:

The Mars Volta - The Bedlam in Goliath

To Be Confirmed

The Project Hate MCMXCIX - In Hora Mortis Nostræ

The Project Hate MCMXCIX - In Hora Mortis Nostræ

September
StormVox

The Project Hate

Siouxsie - Mantaray

A 50 year old Siouxsie upside-down

Siouxsie - Mantaray

September 10th

Siouxsie

Swayzak - Some Other Country

Swayzak - Some Other Country

August 28th
k7

Swayzak

Tunng - Good Arrows

Tunng - Good Arrows

August 20th
Full Time Hobby / Thrill Jockey

Tunng

Winds - Prominence and Demise

Designed by Travis Smith: Seempieces | Illustration and Design

Winds - Prominence and Demise

September 4th
The End Records

Winds

Yakuza - Transmutations

Yakuza - Transmutations

August 7th
Prosthetic

Yakuza

# posted by DJ Martian 9:47 PM

Saturday, July 14, 2007

  Music Links Roundup - Update - July 14th

Some links of interest:

Music blogs to check:
Acute Records Blog
Norman Records weblog thing

Alexis Petridis questions the methodology of the Mercury Music Prize: Guardian Unlimited: Arts blog - music: Raising the Mercury's temperature

It's been blamed for being too left-field and too mainstream - in fact for the collapse of the entire music industry. So, can the Mercury prize rise again?

Cerysmatic Factory :: on a forthcoming book:

CONFUSION: JOY DIVISION, ELECTRONIC AND NEW ORDER VERSUS THE WORLD
By David Nolan

PUBLISHED BY INDEPENDENT MUSIC PRESS ON 30 AUGUST 2007
ISBN:0-9552822-6-8 and 978-0-9552822-6-3 234mm x 156mm Paperback 240 pages
50 rare and unpublished photographs including 1 x 8 pp glossy b/w plates + 32 integrated pics 12.99 GBP

Extreme Metal Book review: Book Review: Keith Kahn-Harris - Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge at Metal Injection :: BLOG Injection

Richard Russel of XL Recordings: Still kicking after all these years | Pop | Guardian Unlimited Music

Record labels discussion: Drowned in Sound - Features - The Weekly DiScussion: just who can you trust?

Music webzine: Maelstrom Zine :: covering the world's metal and independent music scenes ::

Post-2000 most influential experimental electronica releases - Rate Your Music - A list by technoidd

More on Fopp: GIGWISE, Gigwise Words: The Sad Death Of FOPP

Rough Trade East open's next week: Welcome to Rough Trade Shops

Located in The Old Truman Brewery, off Brick Lane (London E1) Rough Trade East opens it’s doors on Friday July 20th.

Norway's recent Hove festival reviewed: Drowned in Sound - Features - Hove Festival 2007: the DiS review

Canada's version of Mercury Music Prize: THE FLY - online - news :: POLARIS PRIZE NOMINEES

Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse
The Dears - Gang of Losers
Julie Doiron - Woke Myself Up
Feist - The Reminder
Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
Miracle Fortress - Five Roses
Joel Plaskett Emergency - Ashtray Rock
Chan VanGaalen - Skelliconnection
Patrick Watson - Close to Paradise

Artists

John Coltrane

Jazz critic John Fordham on John Coltrane: 'He took it further than anyone' | Jazz and blues | Guardian Unlimited Music

It's 40 years since John Coltrane's untimely death. John Fordham celebrates a jazz legend, while below saxophonists young and old chart his unrivalled legacy

Fujiya & Miyagi

Interview: FUJIYA & MIYAGI: Fact Magazine

# posted by DJ Martian 8:01 PM

Friday, July 13, 2007

  Radio 1 - Mary Anne Hobbs: This Week's Show

Now on listen again: BBC - Radio 1 - Mary Anne Hobbs

Exclusive brand new music from Skream, Claro Intelecto & Plaid vs. Vex'd, as well as Al Haca's BBC Family Business Crunch Time Set.

Forthcoming shows:

Al Haca's Ghetto Session
Ceephax Acid Live
Miss Bratt vs Envy Live
Xperimental Xtremes w/ KTL & Ade Fenton
Burial Album Preview
Tempa Showcase

# posted by DJ Martian 4:47 PM

Thursday, July 12, 2007

  New Music Website: Avantgarde-Metal.com

Just launched a new web portal for avant-garde metal: Avantgarde-Metal.com

Beyond the walls of mainstream there is a sparkling realm of courageous bands and artists that break with trends and old fashions. This site is dedicated exclusively to those pioneers and outriders that keep metal alive by reinventing it.

Every Sunday we will update this site to present treasures of avant-garde metal. Anyway avantgarde-metal.com can only remain fresh and vivid if you take part. Therefore we'd like to encourage you to use our forum and send us emails excessively. All new impulses and ideas are warmly welcome. And of course we will be pleased if you sign our guestbook on myspace.

Let's get surprised!


Also on myspace: www.myspace.com/avantgardemetalcom

Context: Avant-garde metal - Wikipedia

# posted by DJ Martian 5:21 PM
  ULVER To Release 'Shadows Of The Sun' In The Fall

Superb news on Ulver: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - ULVER To Release 'Shadows Of The Sun' In The Fall

Ulver on myspace

Ulver

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# posted by DJ Martian 5:14 PM

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

  Music Links Roundup - Update - July 11th

Some links of interest:

SuperSonic 2007 festival previewed: Drowned in Sound - Features - Supersonic 2007: the DiS preview

Discussion: The Boomkat Monthly Roundup Vol.2: June Retrospective

Back, despite popular demand, for a second helping of poorly-informed opinions and gushing praise for some of the past month’s hidden gems and under-appreciated releases, Boomkat review-monkeys John Twells and David Roocroft cast a critical eye over the month of June.

2007 Mid year discussion: Halfway Through 2007 - Your Favorite Albums?, posted by Iamthegamer - Rate Your Music

Guardian Unlimited: Arts blog - music: We won the indie wars - but at what price? - the backlash against NME / Q approved mainstream guitar music.

Although some of the debate is lost in a semantic jungle, there can be no doubt the moronic [mostly] Brit guitar tripe promoted by the NME and the blando-rock agenda of Q magazine has resulted in the ghastly stagnation of mainstream music as represented / presented / controlled by the media.

This music is so inconsequential however it's media saturation is so overbearing.

The problem is the mainstream media be it print, radio, TV - doesn't highlight the numerous alternative options available, it deliberately restricts choice.

I still think if NME had a weekly competitor ala Sounds or Melody Maker [done in the style of MM 1987/88] things would improve. A high profile weekly music magazine promoting completely different music agendas to the ghastly moronic NME.


New look website for Burning Shed: Burning Shed: Specialist online music label and shop

Artists

Crescent

FatCat Records : News: New Crescent Album Released Today in UK/Europe

The Cult

New single: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - THE CULT: 'Dirty Little Rock Star' Single Due Next Month

The Cure

Robert Smith talks to Billboard: The Cure Seeing Double On 13th Studio Album

Gojira frontman plus Max and Igor Cavalera

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - GOJIRA Frontman: Playing With MAX And IGOR CAVALERA Is 'Like Living A Dream'

Guitarist/vocalist Joe Duplantier of the French progressive death metallers GOJIRA will play bass on the debut CD from the new project featuring SEPULTURA founding members Max and Igor Cavalera

Les Savy Fav

More info: Pitchfork: Les Savy Fav Reveal New Album Details!

Due out September 18 via Frenchkiss, the album is called Let's Stay Friends

Modeselektor

More info: RA: Happy birthday Modeselektor. Music News:

Happy Birthday!' by Modeselektor will be released on Bpitch Control on September 11, 2007"

Nile

Album streaming: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - NILE: Entire New Album Available For Streaming

Octopus Project

CMJ News Story: Octopus Project Ink Album, Tour

The theremin-touting experimental pop trio known as the Octopus Project have announced that their third full-length will slither into stores on October 9, courtesy of Peek-a-Boo.

Pluramon

Via Boomkat, the title of the forthcoming Pluramon album : PLURAMON - The Monstrous Surplus

PLURAMON - The Monstrous Surplus
Karaoke Kalk

# posted by DJ Martian 12:15 AM

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

  Top 1000 Albums of 2007 @ rateyourmusic.com

Top 1000 Albums of 2007 has been updated on rateyourmusic.com

Selected positions in the top 100:

2 Porcupine Tree - Fear of a Blank Planet
5 Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
6 Swallow the Sun - Hope
7 Panda Bear - Person Pitch
9 Alcest - Souvenirs d'un autre Monde
10 Neurosis - Given to the Rising
15 Dark Tranquillity - Fiction
17 Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - In Glorious Times
18 Rotting Christ - Theogonia
19 The National -Boxer
21 Gazpacho - Night
22 Shining - V - Halmstad
23 LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
25 Stars of the Lid - Stars of the Lid and Their Refinement of the Decline
29 Caspian - The Four Trees
30 Elend -A World in Their Screams
36 Rush -Snakes & Arrows
40 Dødheimsgard - Supervillain Outcast
43 Explosions in the Sky - All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone
59 Battles - Mirrored
61 Amon Tobin - Foley Room
62 World's End Girlfriend - Hurtbreak Wonderland
64 Jesu -Conqueror
69 Akercocke - Antichrist
70 Do Make Say Think - You, You're a History in Rust
73 Caribou - Andorra
74 Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position
76 The Field - From Here We Go Sublime
77 Watain - Sworn to the Dark
78 65 Days of Static - The Destruction of Small Ideas
81 Sigh - Hangman's Hymn
84 Anekdoten - A Time of Day
85 Paradise Lost - In Requiem
88 Antimatter - Leaving Eden
89 Lunar Aurora - Andacht
94 Dälek - Abandoned Language

# posted by DJ Martian 5:51 PM

Sunday, July 08, 2007

  Music Links Roundup - Update - July 8th

Some links of interest

2007 music:
Cokemachineglow.com - The 2007 CMG Halfstravaganza!

2007 Math-Rock Releases. on ILM

...and the best math rock albums of all time:
Best "math-rock" albums - Rate Your Music - A list by Gauss

More UK Music Business analysis: The vinyl frontier | | Guardian Unlimited Arts

Fopp's gone bankrupt. Prince is bypassing the stores completely to give away his new CD. But Adam Webb finds that the future of the record shop might not be as gloomy as the past week's headlines suggest

Interesting List: Female Fronted Metal bands – Anne13’s Journal – Users at Last.fm

New updated website for this Leicester based specialist music shop: ULTIMA THULE - Prog, Psych, Krautrock, Experimental

Swedish progressive rock list: SUEDE - Rate Your Music - A list by asturias

Reminder, this jazz history book was published earlier this year: A History of Jazz Music a book written by Piero Scaruffi.

Dubstep mix: Forensics: Dubsteppers Delight > 05/07/07

Artists appearing at this year's Big Chill festival: bigchill.net - Line Up A - Z

Music webzine: VIRUS! Magazine Gothic, EBM, Electro, Industrial, Metal, Alternative, Dark Wave, Pop etc

Gothic rock webshop: STROBELIGHT RECORDS Mailorder & Shop

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David Brewis

New solo project: Field Music's David Brewis Starts School Of Language — News — AngryApe

Daylight Dies

Update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - DAYLIGHT DIES: 'Forging Past The Halfway Mark Of The New Album'

Deadsoul Tribe

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - DEADSOUL TRIBE: New Album Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

A Lullaby for the Devil' will be released on September 11 via InsideOut Music.

Matthew Dear

Interview: TUNETOURIST: Interview: Matthew Dear pt. 2

Draconian

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - DRACONIAN To Enter Studio In September - therefore probably a 2008 release

Duran Duran

New album Announced: Duran Duran Plan On Laying Out Red Carpet Massacre This Fall

Duran Duran have announced that their new studio album will be titled Red Carpet Massacre and be released this fall through Epic Records.

The Duskfall

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - THE DUSKFALL: 'The Dying Wonders Of The World' Track Listing Revealed

Swedish metallers THE DUSKFALL have finalized the track listing for their fourth CD, "The Dying Wonders of the World", due later in the year via Nuclear Blast Records.

Efterklang

Interview: Rant Magazine - Articles - Efterklang

Eyes of Eden

With The Gathering minus a female singer, will Eyes of Eden fill the niche for female fronted atmospheric rock in 2007?

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - WALDEMAR SORYCHTA's EYES OF EDEN Signs With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

Century Media Records has announced the signing of Waldemar Sorychta's new band EYES OF EDEN.


Official website: http://www.eyesofeden.de/

Myspace, listen to 3 Eyes of Eden tracks: www.myspace.com/eyesofedenband

The Great Depression

Listen to a new track: www.myspace.com/wearethegreatdepression:

Announced: New LP 'Forever Altered' available September 12th 2007

Jesu

News update: Pitchfork: Jesu's Broadrick Does a Whole Bunch of Stuff

Mental Overdrive

A new Mental Overdrive track on myspace: My blurry window: NEW TRACK ON MYSPACE

The brand new Mental Overdrive track 'Mysterio' has beeen put up for exclusive preview on the MoD MySpace profile

Savage Republic

New SR press release for "1938"

Post-Punk legends, Savage Republic return with a new album on Neurot: blog.myspace.com/savagerepublic:

Los Angeles art-punk pioneers Savage Republic have come roaring out of osbcurity with '1938', their first full-length album of new material in 18 years, hot on the heels of this spring's powerful 'Siam' EP, both on Neurot Records. The new album will be available in November, 2007.

Listen on myspace: www.myspace.com/savagerepublic

listening to the music, reference points: Pil, Mogwai, Wire, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Dif Juz, Television

Sybreed

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - SYBREED Signs With LISTENABLE RECORDS

Switzerland's futuristic metal band SYBREED has inked a deal with Listenable Records. The group will release its new album, "Antares", in early October.

Myspace: www.myspace.com/sybreed

Underworld

Underworld New Album Track Listing Surfaces — News — AngryApe

Oblivion With Bells Track Listing:

Crocodile
Beautiful Burnout
Holding the Moth
To Heal
Ring Road
Glam Bucket
Boy, Boy, Boy
Cuddle Bunny vs. The Celtic Villages
Faxed Invitation
Good Morning Cockerel
Best Mamgu Ever

Tara Vanflower

Listen to a new track: www.myspace.com/taravanflowermusic

Tara Vanflower has teamed up with her husband and ex Lycia member Mike VanPortfleet to create an outstanding ethereal track: The Soil is Dead - reminds me a bit of Ofra Haza, Dead Can Dance and those FSOL tracks in the early 1990s.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:43 PM

Friday, July 06, 2007

  Zero Tolerance Magazine - New Issue

New issue of Zero Tolerance Magazine on sale tomorrow in the UK. King Diamond is on the front cover.

Details: Zero Tolerance Magazine including free CD with tracks from Alcest, Candlemass, Behemoth, Entombed and Nile.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:34 PM

Thursday, July 05, 2007

  David Galas - The Cataclysm

David Galas previously a member of darkwave legends, Lycia released an album last year [The Cataclysm] that somehow slipped under the buzz radar.

Listen on myspace: www.myspace.com/davidgalas

I have tagged this music post-gothic rock [dark, serious, sombre, atmospheric music of the highest order, that recalls Swans in the 1990s and Beyond Dawn]

I notice the one and only Ned Raggett in an AMG review rightly calls this album a masterpiece: The Cataclysm: Information from Answers.com

and Galas's long-brewing work proves itself to be a masterpiece. ~ Ned Raggett, All Music Guide

Heathen Harvest review of 'The Cataclysm'. rated it the best album of 2006: Heathen Harvest - Reviews: David Galas - The Cataclysm

"I cannot think of a way to describe how this masterpiece made me feel other than it gave me a 75-minute long orgasm fueled by gothic lust. It truely amazes me that my top album of 2006 would come in at the very last minute." -Lord Lycan

David Galas - The Cataclysm - Ultimate Metal Forum:

If you are looking for a out of mind and out of body listening experience, David Galas’ The Cataclysm may be the record you are looking for.

even on rateyourmusic.com the album is in obscurity at the mo:

David Galas - The Cataclysm


# posted by DJ Martian 11:07 PM

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