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Friday, February 29, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - February 29th

Some links of interest:

An article on Teo Macero who recently died: WFIU: Night Lights | Classic Jazz Radio Program and Jazz Blog - Blog Archive - Teo Macero, Man Behind Electric Miles and More: RIP

Teo Macero, a saxophonist, composer, and record producer who helped craft many of Miles Davis’ late-1960s and early-1970s electric-jazz records, has passed away at the age of 82.

Guy Hands at EMI has a recipe for disaster...Leave talent spotting to the suits, says EMI boss | News | Music

· Music label's A&R men 'lazy and profligate'
· Industry experts voice disbelief and derision

the wacky world of radio: Radio Today with United Radio..: Jazz FM set to return

GMG Radio has submitted plans to Ofcom to re-launch the online stream of as a digital DAB station broadcasting to London and the North West.

so they ditch, change it to smooth and now want it back in on DAB. !

More UK radio news: PR man Gordon Beattie part of consortium bidding for Xfm stations | Media |

interesting article: Social Networks and Music Discovery: What It Means for Music Businesses | Listening Post from

analytical article on post-rock...Drowned in Sound - Features - The Weekly DiScussion: when did post-rock jump the shark?

Radio Exile - Shawn M. Smith - some interesting reviews of the artists at by:larm

new issue of XLR8R: Dubstep Special | XLR8R

Poster boys Skream and Benga, Caspa & Rusko, and Cluekid and Cotti are just a few of the many names we feature in this definitive look at the scene.

Blå in Oslo: MIC Norway: Ten blue years

Tonight Oslo’s renowned club venue Blå (blue) starts the celebration of its ten-year anniversary.

Mike Patton is in Bergen, Norway this week: MIC Norway: Borealis: Patton & Carstensen

Tuesday night saw the world premiere of what must easily be one of the fieriest musical constellations imaginable: American vocalist extraordinaire Mike Patton and the Norwegian multi instrumentalist and tonal wizard Stian Carstensen.

Goldfrapp discuss music: Pitchfork Feature: Guest List: Goldfrapp

new electronic dance music...T A P E: In The Box - February


Animal Collctive

EP: GIGWISE, Animal Collective To Release New EP In May

Animal Collective have announced details of a new EP which will be released on May 5.


BLABBERMOUTH.NET - ANSUR: New Song Posted Online

Stefano Bollani

Italian jazz artist interviewed at AAJ: Stefano Bollani


new album: DOTSHOP.SE - CAFENEON: Cafeneon

Angular industrial disco + pop aesthetics. Produced by Cristian Vogel.

Station 55 (S55005CD)
April 14th, 2008


introducing Elephant9..that features Mr Storløkken from Supersilent...Elephant9 - expect a new album on Rune Grammofon in May

The trio Elephant9 was originally named Storløkken/Eilertsen/Lofthus, the surnames of the three members. Now the trio is ready for the Øya Festival, and anyone who loves jazz rock should start looking forward to their performance. The album ‘DoDoVoodoo’ will be out in May, and on it you’ll find obvious traces of rock, prog, jazz, psychedelia, and fusion. Elephant9 is an energetic live act whose appeal reaches far beyond the jazz audience. The lucky few who’ve seen the band play live, points to Weather Report and Miles Davis as references. The band’s strong points are their musical interaction, striking precision, and obvious love of playing.


via FatCat Records : Newsletter

Following succesful recent tours of Japan (with Colleen) and the USA (with Múm), we are pleased to announce Hauschka's first European shows of the year.

More dates will be added ion the near future, and with a new album in the pipeline for later this year, the Dusseldorf-based pianist will be playing at the following venues:

08 Mar - Beaconsfield Gallery, London, UK
28 Mar - Pauluskirche, Dortmund, Germany (w/ Marissa Nadler)
03 Apr - Theaterbar, Berlin, Germany
03 May - Skan Mezs or Klangwald Festival, Riga, Latvia
09 may - Schumann Festival, Tonhalle , Düsseldorf, Germany
07 Jun - Venn Festival, The Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UK
28 Jun - "Faster Than Sound Festival" , Bentwaters Airbase, Aldeburgh, UK (Click on link on this newsletter) w/ Plaid, Vladislav Delay, Mira Calix + Quayola, Johan Johannsson, Tim Exile, Stefan Schneider, etc.
24 Jul - Expo 2008, Zaragozza, Spain

Junior Boys

interview...JUNIOR BOYS: LANGUAGE LESSONS: Fact Magazine


new record deal: - MELECHESH Sign With Nuclear Blast


The new Meshuggah album is streaming on myspace


BLABBERMOUTH.NET - SAHG: New Album Track Listing Revealed

Scar Symmetry

2008 album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - SCAR SYMMETRY: New Album Track Listing Revealed

Sigur Rós

new 2008 album planned: eighteen seconds before sunrise - sigur rós news

sigur rós have returned from new york’s sear sound studio with foundations for 11 songs which will appear on their next lp. the band will continue recording the album with producer flood in their sundlaugin studio over the next couple of weeks, with a tentative release date of late spring / early summer. except for the crowd at the tiny sirkus concert last month, no one has heard any of these songs before.


new video: New Underworld Video - Boy Boy Boy - Video - Stereogum

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

  Costa Music - Lighter Subjects

Joseph Costa ex of L'Altra has a new project: Costa Music, listen to tracks @ - Costa Music - New York/Chicago - Melodramatic Popular Song / Electronica / Indie -

Costa Music - Lighter Subjects

Stilll Records

Release Date: May 6, 2008


1 As I Go Beneath
2 Feathers
3 Canary Landscape
4 Sounds Like A Sigh
5 Snows
6 Lack Of Lights
7 Somewhere Listening
8 The Long Passing.
9 Southern States

RIYL: L'altra, M83, Notwist, Postal Service, Radiohead, Telefon Tel Aviv

press release [via email]

After the uncertainty and eventual dissolution (maybe) of his former band, L'Altra, Joseph Costa picks up the pieces as Costa Music with the release of his first solo album, Lighter Subjects.

Lighter Subjects is a seamless fusion of electronic, folk and chamber elements. While the album is rich with multi-layered acoustics and complex electronic arrangements, its subject matter remains explicitly clear: life, love, loss and letting go. But just as these seemingly simple concepts are often the most misunderstood, Costa's album contradicts the levity of its title. Lighter Subjects is a melodic blend of deeply personal lyrics and intricately woven instrumentals. The hypnotic soundscapes, weaving melodies and tangled beats are the house within which Costa sings of snow, sinking ships, broken furniture and broken hearts.

Costa enlisted the writing partnership and production skills of Marc Hellner (Pulseprogramming), the mixing chops of Joshua Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv) and an array of other collaborators including avant cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm (Terminal 4, Flying Luttenbachers), Kevin Duneman (The Race), and up-and-coming vocalist Aleksandra Tomaszweska (Aleks and the Drummer).

Previously, Costa has released albums with L'Altra for Aesthetics Records and Hefty Records, and has performed throughout Europe, North and South America and Japan. His work also includes a prior Hellner collaboration, in which the two composed the score of the feature film, PLAY, which claimed Best Picture honors at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2005.

Costa Music's much-anticipated debut album follows its introduction to audiences -- coupled with a month-long tour -- in Japan last (MONTH). Lighter Subjects is being released by Stilll Records in North America and Europe, and by Is Collage Collective in Japan.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:03 PM
  Earplug - Issue 115

Issue 115 of Earplug

February 28 - March 12

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

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  Killing Joke - New Album to Be Recorded this Summer with Big Paul and Youth !

The original line up is back ! Big Paul Ferguson and Youth will join Jaz and Geordie to record a new Killing Joke album this summer ! Blogs - UPDATE FROM JAZ: 29TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GATHERING - Killing Joke MySpace Blog:

At last a ray of sunlight to illuminate these dark days. It is indeed my deepest pleasure to announce the dates of the 29th anniversary of the gathering. As usual we are never content sitting on the laurels of past Glories, a new Killing Joke recording is scheduled this summer!. Both Geordie and myself are thrilled as we hope you are with the line up, such anticipation comes as no surprise considering we have not played together since the Brighton Top Rank in 1982. We always knew this day would come after all it was inevitable. We hope all gatherers will join us in warmly welcoming back to active service our brothers Big Paul and Youth. The mysterious chemistry of the original line up is back, let their be gladness in your hearts.'


Godfathers of post-punk, Killing Joke return with their eagerly anticipated new album to coincide with their world tour. Album release date TBC.

13 - (JP) Tokyo
14 - (JP) Tokyo
16 - (ES) Madrid
17 - (ES) Barcelona
19 - (IT) Milan
20 - (IT) Milan
22 - (CH) Geneva TBC
24 - (DE) Berlin
25 - (DE) Berlin
26 - (FR) Paris
27 - (FR) Paris
29 - (BE) Brussels
30 - (BE) Brussels
02 - (UK) London
03 - (UK) London
TBC - (US) New York
TBC - (US) New York

# posted by DJ Martian 3:00 PM
  The Notwist - New Album in May

It's been a rather long wait for a new The Notwist album...but it's on the way in May...: the notwist - - a blog about: the notwist - Blog Archive - new record, release date, track list and more…

some news are public now. last week berlin-pop-journalist walter wacht had the chance to listen to notwist’s new record, which is still untitled and will be released on cityslang on Mai 2, 2008. the new record was mastered at the famous abbey road studios in london, uk (notwist’s 2002 record “neon golden” got also it’s mastering there). the record has 11 tracks, a total playtime of only 42 minutes and the to be confirmed tracklist is looking like that:

The Notwist - “untitled“:

01. Good Lies
02. Where In This World
03. Gloomy Planets
04. Alphabet
05. The Devil, You & Me
06. Gravity
07. Sleep
08. On Planet Off
09. Boneless
10. Hands On Us
11. Gone Gone Gone

The above link also contains the first review of the new Notwist album !

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - pacific! - from - Gothenburg

alerted via itsatrap, Swedish band pacific! are streaming all tracks from their new album Reveries [released this week]: - pacific! - Gothenburg - Electro / Surf -

an unusual mixture of styles, some tracks have hushed Beach Boys style vocals over an arty euro-electronic-pop backdrop. I can see this album doing rather well if word-of-mouth buzz is generated across the internet. The tracks benefit from a nice flowing bouncy and pulsating crystal clear production.

Pacific! - Reveries

Pacific! - Reveries

Suggested references: San Serac and Phoenix crossed with a more electronic Kings of Convenience circa 2004. Other references: Air, Junior Boys, LCD Soundsystem, O.M.D, Hot Chip and Thomas Dolby

An enthusiastic review at The Lemur Blog: Second album of the week, week 8: Pacific! - Reveries

# posted by DJ Martian 11:03 PM
  MIC Norway on By:Larm 2008

MIC Norway: By:Larm 2008 = success

A local audience of more than 25 000 and an international contingent of 400 music industry execs and media reps experienced the most successful by:Larm ever.’s by:Larm delegate managed to catch quite a few bands over the weekend and here’s the official MIC Norway’s by:Larm 2008 Top 10 list:

1- Alog with Sheriffs of Nothingness
2- Truls and the Trees
3- Det är jag som är döden
4- Shining
5- Kiruna
6- Sigh & Explode
7- The Thing
8- Pirate Love
9- Rumble in Rhodos
10- Next Life

# posted by DJ Martian 1:01 PM

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - February 26th

Some links of interest:

Norwegian based music blog: ROBERT WYATT AND STUFF

Worst media analysis article I have seen so far in 2008, The Independent on BBC 6 Music: The joy of 6: Who says digital radio is dead? - Features, Film & TV -

distorted article ...trying to spin a positive story - when the truth 6 Music is constantly under fire from it's core listeners !

Resonance magazine

After 14 years US music mag Resonance has decided to cease it's print format.

by:Larm reports: MIC Norway: by:Larm 2008: A look at some afterthoughts

and another...EYE WEEKLY - Ring the by:Larm

Today on the Scroll: A special report from Oslo on a music conference that’s really north-by-northeast

Rock-A-Rolla Magazine

New issue features Earth on the front cover: Rock-A-Rolla Magazine: Issue 13 out now!

Featuring: Earth, Skullflower, Stars Of The Lid, Atlas Sound, Important Records, Burial Hex, plus massive live reviews: SunnO)))&Boris, Jello Biafra, Jesu, Qui, and much, much more!
Get it now from

Botch: We Are the Romans - PopMatters Music Review - Agree one of the finest rock albums of the past 10 years


Cult of Luna

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - CULT OF LUNA Begins Recording New Album

Swedish art-rock behemoth CULT OF LUNA has entered Tonteknik Studios in its hometown of Umeå, Sweden, to record its fifth full-length album.

CULT OF LUNA's new album is scheduled for a June release.

John Dahlbäck

new album: RA: John Dahlbäck preps Winners & Fools. Music News

John Dahlbäck's 'Winners & Fools' is released on Pickadoll on March 26, 2008.


Future plans: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - DEADLOCK Extends Contract With LIFEFORCE RECORDS - expect a new album in November 2008.





Ida Marie

interview: Ida Maria interview - Times Online

She sees colours in music and ends gigs covered in blood, but says Ida Maria is a breath of fresh air for pop


SCULPTURED: Featured Artist Interview |

Anatomy of a prog-metal mastermind
by Assaf Vestin


more on the new album: DOTSHOP.SE - Skyphone: Avellaneda

A seamless blend of acoustic and electronic elements, rich in detail and sonic refinement

Rune Grammofon (RCD2071)
March 3rd, 2008

# posted by DJ Martian 10:23 PM
  Sónar 2008 | Line Up announcement

alerted via...RA: First names confirmed for Sonar. Music News

Official website: Sónar 2008 | Line Up announcement


BC vs JC featuring DARREN EMERSON (UK)
M.I.A. (UK)
X-102 discovers THE RINGS OF SATURN (US)


BBC Radio 1 presents:
MALA (UK) DJ set
Programmed by Mary Anne Hobbs


BUSY P. (FR) DJ set



OVE NAXX (JP) live

# posted by DJ Martian 9:23 PM

Monday, February 25, 2008

  Terrorizer - New Issue

New issue of Terrorizer features Diamanda Galás on the front cover. On sale this Thursday in the UK.

Terrorizer #168 February 2008

Feature Highlights:

Double CD edition!

Disc 1 -- Fear Candy 52: 17 Tracks!

#168 - Fear Candy Track Listing

1 -- Meshuggah -- Combustion --4.10
2 -- Cavalera Conspiracy -- Inflikted --4.32
3 -- Hate -- Threnody --5.54
4 -- Trigger The Bloodshed -- Laceration --3.15
5 -- Stigma -- I Am Dracula --3.58
6 -- Thorium -- Epidemic Skeleton --3.40
7 -- Toxocara -- U48 --4.37
8 -- Draconian -- Seasons Apart --6.30
9 -- Rotten Sound -- The Effects --1.58
10 -- Anal Vomit -- Prevail The Cult --2.47
11 -- Asesino -- Y Tu Mama Tambien --3.30
12 -- Boltdown -- Blind Faith --4.28
13 -- Jarboe And Justin K Broadrick -- Romp --13
14 -- Romeo Must Die -- Who Died And Made You God? --3.19
15 -- Augustine -- The Impossible --6.36
16 -- Sworn Amongst -- And So It Begins --5.18
17 -- Gallileous -- ...Et Mors --10.13

DISC 2 -- Fear Candy Unsigned: 20 Tracks!

# posted by DJ Martian 10:50 PM
  by:larm in Oslo - More Reports

by:larm happened in Oslo between February 21st - 23rd. Norway's answer to SWXSW.

It was the first time by:larm was held in Oslo, it was the biggest by:larm in terms of artists performing and visiting delegates / journalists etc.

another report from Adrien Begrand @ by:larm in Oslo: Superfamily proved too OTT for Adrien: Sure, it’s fun and all, but dude…male dancers? - PopMatters | Blogs | Notes from the Road

But to Super Family and their obviously strong cadre of followers, they couldn’t care less. It’s goofy, but it’s theirs, a perfect encapsulation of the likeable insularity of this part of the world, and to hell with the rest of the world if they don’t get it. In all honesty, you couldn’t ask for a more fitting end to easily the most well-run, enjoyable musical event yours truly has ever seen.

Nancy Baym provides feedback via Festival report: by:Larm 2008 | ARTICLE | IT'S A TRAP! Scandinavian Music Journal

Final analysis: Well planned, well organized, well run, and wonderful festival. If the best band is to be judged by who leaves you happily humming their songs and ready to buy their complete collection, the festival belongs to Miss Li, someone I'd never given a second thought beforehand and could easily have missed entirely (thank goodness my friend who'd seen her told me otherwise!). Oslo's a great city. 23 bands in 3 nights and only a few of them disappointing. It's one of the best weekends of my life.

Even NME were at by:larm: final report: by:Larm 2008 - last night and the highlights

the NME tips:
1) Lykke Li [Swedish]
2) Wildbirds & Peacedrums [Swedish]
3) Truls And The Trees [Norwegian]
4) Harrys Gym [Norwegian]
5) Det Ar Jag Som Ar Doden [Norwegian] - features ex members of Bogus Blimp - [who once featured in Terrorizer magazine end of year best albums of the year]

# posted by DJ Martian 1:47 PM

Saturday, February 23, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - February 23rd

Some links of interest:

ILM thread for best albums of 2008 so far: So we're f-all of the way through 2008; what records are worth attention?

Adrien Begrand is blogging from by:larm in Oslo for PopMatters: Deliriously trying to keep up with by:Larm’s staggering variety… - PopMatters | Blogs | Notes from the Road and 12 bucks for beer?! Are you nuts? - PopMatters | Blogs | Notes from the Road

Young Marble Giants news: Pitchfork: Reunited Young Marble Giants to Play Primavera Sound


Asobi Seksu

interview: - Music - Interviews - Asobi Seksu

Dark Fortress

e-card: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - DARK FORTRESS: Eidolon E-Card Available

Dark Suns

Dark Suns - Two Songs And New Video Online - Metal Storm

A new video from German Progressive Death Metal band Dark Suns has been posted on YouTube. The song is called "The Chamaleon Conflict" and comes off the band's new upcoming album "Grave Human Genuine".

Hercules and Love Affair

Feature interview: Groove is in the art | Electronic | Music

Take Antony minus his Johnsons, some New York club kids and a Greek God. Remix together and sign to electro disco factory, DFA records. Are you dancing? 'Cos Hercules and Love Affair are asking, says Peter Robinson


2008 album planned: Plaid Homepage We're putting the finishing touches to our new album 'Scintilli'.

Rachel Unthank & The Winterset

Paul Morley loves this band, Rachel Unthank & The Winterset who are spotlighted on the BigChill website: - Rachel Unthank & The Winterset

# posted by DJ Martian 8:59 PM

Friday, February 22, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - February 22nd

Some links of interest:

dubstep roundup: FEBRUARY 2008: HOW THE WEST WAS WON: Fact Magazine

My Bloody Valentine at Bestival in September: Bestival Line-Up Announced - My Bloody Valentine news on Clickmusic

The event takes place in Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight over 5th-7th September


Bat For Lashes

2nd album planned: Bat For Lashes To Start Work On New Album - Bat For Lashes news on Clickmusic


interview: Why would you want to do anything else? | Jazz and blues | Music

Meet the sharp dressers bringing a sense of style back to jazz. John Fordham talks to Empirical


New album reviewed: CD of the week: Goldfrapp, Seventh Tree | Pop | Music

Ne Obliviscaris

profiled: Ne Obliviscaris: Hear It First |

Every once in a while there comes a band who takes a completely new approach to metal, boasting a sound so unique that to restrict it to genre classifications would be almost insulting. Bands like Opeth, Cynic, or Meshuggah are classic examples, having achieved a near-legendary status in the metal world by putting their own unique spin on the music of their peers.

It may be too early to judge, but Australia’s Ne Obliviscaris seem destined to become one such band.


Pivot [new Warp signing] | xltronic messageboard

The Psyke Project



more on the new 2008 album: Pitchfork: New Spiritualized Album: Song's in A&E

# posted by DJ Martian 1:59 PM

Thursday, February 21, 2008

  Top Albums of 2008 - Rate Your Music

just updated: Top 1000 Albums of 2008 @

Meshuggah currently at number 1.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - February 20th

Some links of interest:

Smart new design: IT'S A TRAP! Scandinavian Music Journal

interesting list on Icelandic music: The Best Icelandic Albums of the 20th Century - Rate Your Music

This list was made in 2001 over the 100 best Icelandic albums as voted by music writers, critics, radio dj's and the general public.

poor Grooverider: RA: Grooverider jailed for four years in Dubai. International News



Autechre Live Internet Radio Show Planned — News — AngryApe

The influential electronica duo will broadcast live at 8pm onwards this Saturday 23rd February, direct through their official website -


DOTSHOP.SE - Capsule: Blue

A confounding conglomeration of blasting time-signatures, galloping punk spirit, ghostly choruses, mountains of guitar & bass

Robotic Empire (ROBO073CD)
March 31st, 2008

Claro Intelecto

more info on the upcoming album: DOTSHOP.SE - Claro Intelecto: Metanarrative

Massive techno soul, melancholic beautiful synth washes, modern elegance, sweet padded robot melodies, late night propulsion

Modern Love (LOVE038CD)
March 14th, 2008


BLABBERMOUTH.NET - CRYPTOPSY Forced To Cancel South American Tour; New Album Title Announced

CRYPTOPSY is currently putting the finishing touches on its sixth full-length, "The Unspoken King", which will surface through Century Media this summer.


BLABBERMOUTH.NET - DRACONIAN: New Album To Be Streamed Online Prior To Release

Swedish doom metal band DRACONIAN will make its new album, "Turning Season Within", available for streaming in its entirety on the group's MySpace page between February 21 (at midnight) and February 29.



French avantgarde metallers ETHERSENS have signed a deal with Scarlet Records.

Jori Hulkkonen

new 2008 album: Jori Hulkkonen

Due to forces beyond our control there has been a slight delay with the releaschedule but we are happy to announce that the new Jori Hulkkonen album ERRARE MACHINALE EST will be released on F communications worldwide on DIGITAL and VINYL (DLP) formats. A very limited CD will be released in Finland only.

The release date has now been finalized for MARCH 24th.

The first single off the album NEVER BEEN HERE BEFORE feat JOHN FOXX will be out on VINYL (featuring Jori Hulkkonen dubmix and Sasse dubmix) and DIGITAL (Jori Hulkkonen dub mix, Sasse vocal and dubmix, Jeff Bennett remix) on MARCH 3rd.

Anders Ilar

new album: RA: Anders Ilar releases Sworn. Music News

Anders Ilar 'Sworn' is released on Level Records in April 2008.


Expect a new Stoa album this year: sToa | news


new 2008 album announced: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - TÝR Announces New Album Title, Release Date

Faroe Islands metallers TÝR have set "Land" as the title of their fourth full-length album, due on May 8 via Napalm Records.


hype or the real deal? U2 Hits The Studio In Dublin

"We're going to try and break new sonic ground and deliver a masterpiece," Lanois tells

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - February 19th

Some links of interest:

music blog to check: Down With Tractors



new 2008 album: DOTSHOP.SE - Borko: Celebrating Life

Morr Music (MM080CD) March 3rd, 2008


Drowned in Sound - News - Poached: Caribou cancels UK tour



Meat Beat Manifesto

new album: MOVEMENT NEWS & UPDATES: MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO Readies Its Tenth Album, AUTOIMMUNE for 4/8!

San Francisco, CA - Seminal electronic band MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO (MBM) is gearing up for the release of its new album Autoimmune on Metropolis Records on April 8, 2008. Led by sound sculptor and producer extraordinaire Jack Dangers, MBM is continually evolving, staying three steps ahead of the music scene. Its tenth album pushes musical boundaries further than it has before, creating a masterpiece of dubstep and electronica. "I feel closest to the Dubstep trend," says Jack. "I feel like Dub has always been part of my sound".





Cheshire, UK-based extremeepic metallers ONSETCOLD will release their self-titled album on March 7 via the Italian label WormHoleDeath/Aural Music. The CD was recorded in August 2007 with producers Leonardo Magnolfi and ONSETCOLD, and was engineered/recorded by Leonardo Magnolfi, mixed by Andrea Secchi at Zeta Factory, and mastered by Riccardo Pasini at Studio 73 in Italy.


the Observer Music Monthly interview: Light in the west | Rock | Music

It has been 10 years since the world last heard from Portishead, when TV producers 'turned our sounds into a fondue set'. A stunning new album could even herald the rebirth of the Bristol scene. An exclusive interview by Ben Thompson

Red Harvest

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - RED HARVEST To Release 'The Red Line Archives' In April

Norway's RED HARVEST will release "The Red Line Archives" on April 14 via Indie Recordings. The CD contains "something new, something old, something borrowed, something cold," according to the band.

"The Red Line Archives" track listing:

01. Move Or Be Moved (Full Version Mix 2008)
02. Dead (Sick Transit Gloria Mundi - 2002 :: ReFactor 2008)
03. Last Call (Cold Dark Matter - 2000)
04. Abstract Moral - Junction Mix (Internal Punishment Programs - 2004, Remix 2008)
05. Synthesize My DNA (Internal Punishment Programs - 2004)
06. Bleed (1996/2008)
07. 4418 (Internal Punishment Programs - 2004)
08. Desolation (Sick Transit Gloria Mundi - 2002)
09. Technocrate (Dunkelheit Version 2008 Mix)
10. Cyborg Era / Dead End (Remix 2008)
11. The Central Sun - Part 1 (1996)


interview: Orange County Weekly - Deep Sea Diva: Going solo, Siouxsie artfully diversifies with Mantaray By NED RAGGETT



Unearthly Trance


New York's UNEARTHLY TRANCE will release its new album, "Electrocution", on March 18 via Relapse Records (March 24 internationally).

The Whip

The Whip May Tour Dates Just Announced — News — AngryApe

Xiu Xiu

Xiu Xiu Announce UK Dates - Xiu Xiu news on Clickmusic

# posted by DJ Martian 12:22 AM

Monday, February 18, 2008

  2008 Music Update - February 18th

I have updated my 2008 Albums tracking list: 2008 Albums @ [527 Releases] - have a browse through !

2008 A - Z Albums Tracking List - a starting guide to new & forthcoming album releases

Updated: February 18th

Also updated: 2008 Expected - Rate Your Music [528 Artists]

Artists that are expected to release new albums in 2008 - awaiting announcements of album titles and release dates. [No doubt some will be delayed till 2009]

# posted by DJ Martian 11:50 PM

Saturday, February 16, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - February 16th

Some links of interest:

music blogs to check:
BuryWhatYouHeard - esoteric and obscure goth / post-punk / darkwave
room40 | blog

NME sales down 12% year-on-year

Magazine ABCs: Classic Rock muscles out NME | Media |

Music weekly NME has been overtaken by Classic Rock for the first time after the IPC title lost 12% of its circulation in a year.

The NME strategy of blatantly targeting teenagers continues on a downwards circulation spiral. When a magazine promotes utter dreck such as "The Wombats" and "The View" what do they expect ? !

Norwegian independent music labels: Looop - e-commerce website.

3 lists on

* My ECM Catalog - Rate Your Music - A list by grandwazir

* The Eighth Edition Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (2006) 4* Rating (in progress) - Rate Your Music - over 1000 jazz albums listed.

* rym finds - Rate Your Music - A list by russtopher

experimental music event in Liverpool: Hive: New Electronic Music for Liverpool

Hive Twilight City 2008

Industry versioned
Leaf Warehouse / Static Gallery
Friday 7 March 2008
8pm – 3am

Jah Wobble / Jaki Liebezeit / Philip Jeck

The Bug feat. Warrior Queen
Kling Klang

Djs Furness / Venom / Dreadnought
Dj Alextronic
Hive visual artists



RA: Benga unveils Diary of an Afro Warrior. Music News

'Diary of an Afro Warrior' by Benga is out on Tempa on March 3rd, 2008.


BLABBERMOUTH.NET - BLOODBATH: Unblessing The Purity Samples Available

Carl Craig

interview: CARL CRAIG: Fact Magazine

Kaizers Orchestra

MIC Norway: Myspace ”Maskineri”

Kaizers Orchestra have made their new album “Maskineri” (machinery) available in its entirety on their myspace site. - Kaizers Orchestra - NO - Alternativt / Rock -

Kelley Polar

Info on the new album: DOTSHOP.SE - Kelley Polar: I Need You To Hold On While The Sky Is Falling

Melodic, beautiful and strange electronic pop. Stunning ace album. RIYL Lindström, Diskjokke & Junior Boys
Environ (ENVCD006)

March 3rd, 2008

Preston Swirnoff - preston swirnoff - San Diego, California - - - new 2008 album:

Maariv is a collection of electroacoustic solo works composed and produced by San Diego-based musician Preston Swirnoff. This collection was recorded at his studio, The Habitat, in 2004-2005. Swirnoff also collaborates with Ilya Monosov in primal rock unit The Shining Path and as Monosov Swirnoff, as well as producing heavy analog dub music as Habitat Sound System.

Taking 20th century minimalism, ritual drone music, and early electronic and tape experiments as launching points, Swirnoff uses a variety of instruments (piano, tone generators, organs, guitar, tape machines) to create absorbing sound worlds that thrive on repetition, melody, noise, and a sense of the otherworldly.

Swirnoff has cited Gyorgy Ligeti, La Monte Young, the SF Tape Music Center of the 60's, the haunting solo work of Angus MacLise, and old Jewish liturgical melodies as inspirations that inform the four pieces on Maariv. Each piece, though based on a simple premise and instrument setup, weaves a complex aural tapestry rich in both texture and emotion.

Dan Swanö

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - DAN SWANÖ Working On New Solo Project


Drowned in Sound - News - Cream discharge: Tussle release new record with Hot Chip hotshot

San Francisco-dwelling Kosmische-aspiring noiseniks Tussle have announced details regarding their forthcoming record. Following Kling-Klang and 2006’s Telescope Mind, the Californian quartet return with Cream Cuts, released through Smalltown Supersound this Spring (exact date TBC).

# posted by DJ Martian 5:04 PM

Friday, February 15, 2008

  by:Larm in Oslo: February 21st-23rd.

MIC Norway spotlights some of the artists appearing at by:Larm - MIC Norway: by:Larm in Oslo: February 21st-23rd.

by:Larm kicks off next Thursday, Feb. 21st, with the spin-off club:Larm starting one day in advance. We bring you some recommendations prior to “Scandinavia’s most important music festival and convention” coming to Oslo.

by:Larm ABOUT

By:Larm is Scandinavia’s largest music conference. Every year it moves from one Norwegian city to another. By:Larm consists of two parts: a festival and a conference. The conference is a meeting place for the Norwegian and foreign music industries. A series of lectures, seminars and debates are held during the day. The festival concerts take place at night and are open to the public.

Official by:Larm website: by:Larm - News

by:Larm: The Seminar Schedule

# posted by DJ Martian 12:40 PM
  The Observer Music Monthly - Portishead

Reminder, this coming Sunday The Observer Music Monthly will feature an interview with Portishead

It’s been ten years since the world last heard from Portishead, when TV producers ‘turned our sounds into a fondue set’. In their first and only interview with a British journalist; Beth, Adrian and Geoff tell all about the real reason behind their disappearance, the revival of the Bristol scene and the creative renaissance behind their stunning new album ‘Third’. Exclusive interview and portraits by OMM.

Update: Portishead Third Track Listing Unveiled — News — AngryApe

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Third Track Listing:

01. Silence
02. Hunter
03. Nylon Smile
04. The Rip
05. Plastic
06. We Carry On
07. Deep Water
08. Machine Gun
09. Small
10. Magic Doors
11. Threads

# posted by DJ Martian 12:16 PM

Thursday, February 14, 2008

  Earplug - Issue 114

Issue 114 of Earplug

February 14 - 27

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 11:11 PM
  18 Norwegian acts confirmed for SXSW

Norwegian artists at SXSW 2008: MIC Norway: 18 Norwegian acts confirmed for SXSW

The strong Norwegian profile at Austin’s South By Southwest festival continues. In March, no less than 18 Norwegian acts are set to play showcases at the important music industry event.

This is the complete list over Norwegian artists at South By Southwest 2008(subject to change):




Goat the Head

Kate Havnevik

Kim Hiortøy

Hanne Hukkelberg


Ida Maria

Ralph Myers and the Jack Herren Band

Silje Nes


Sissy Wish



Bjørn Torske


Lars Vaular

# posted by DJ Martian 12:25 PM
  Massive Attack To Curate Meltdown Festival

Just announced: Southbank Centre: Meltdown 2008

Massive Attack's Meltdown

Saturday 14 - Sunday 22 June 2008

Massive Attack have been announced as Artistic Directors of the 15th Meltdown festival at Southbank Centre.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:18 PM

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - February 13th

Some links of interest:

The Guardian: Guardian Unlimited: Arts blog - music: Music magazine covers no longer grab me

Music magazine covers no longer grab me

In the 1970s, NME front pages were often arrestingly bold and playful. But has the art of the classic magazine cover now been lost forever?

Gothtronic | News: New Signings for My Kingdom Music



The Black Dog

DOTSHOP.SE - The Black Dog: Radio Scarecrow

Techno pioneer's The Black Dog returns wid throbbing big bass in a big sound system tekkno style ***

Soma (SOMACD067)
March 31st, 2008


Matmos Return With Balloon Supreme Album — News — AngryApe

Matmos are back with the album Balloon Supreme - released on May 5th (UK) / May 6th (US).


more info on the upcoming Salbum: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - SAHG Prepares To Release New Album

The new masters of doom, Norway's SAHG, are set to unveil their latest masterpiece, the simply named "Sahg II", on March 18 on Regain Records.


BLABBERMOUTH.NET - TIAMAT: New Album Track Listing Revealed

"Amanethes" track listing:

01. The Temple Of The Crescent Moon
02. Equinox Of The Gods
03. Until The Hellhounds Sleep Again
04. Will They Come?
05. Lucienne
06. Summertime Is Gone
07. Katarraktis Apo Aima
08. Raining Dead Angels
09. Misantropolis
10. Amanitis
11. Meliae
12. Via Dolorosa
13. Circles
14. Amanes

David Torn

now on listen again: BBC - Radio 3 - Jazz on 3 - David Torn's Prezens

Jez Nelson presents a live performance from guitarist David Torn's Presenz, featuring longtime collaborators Tim Berne, Craig taborn and Tom Rainey.

Robert Wyatt

Robert Wyatt Album Reissues On The Way — News — AngryApe

Set to be re-released are: Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard (1975), Old Rottenhat (1985), Shleep (1997), Dondestan (Reissued) (1998), and Cuckooland (2003)



interview: Drowned in Sound - Features - Yeasayer: from nothing to somewhere, quick sharp

# posted by DJ Martian 11:20 PM
  The Wire - March 2008 Issue

New issue of The Wire features John Butcher on the front cover.

Due on Sale tomorrow [Thursday April 14th]. [The Wire has switched their publishing to be on sale a week earlier in the month.]

On The Cover: John Butcher. This key player in the second wave of British Improv reinvents the saxophone via digital transformation, acoustic science and a heightened sense of space.

Plus interviews with Michael Hurley, Autechre, Valet, Brendan Murray, Baby Dee, with Andrew WK's Invisible Jukebox and Stephen Malkmus's Inner Sleeve. Jed Speare features in Cross Platform while Jon Dale heads to Queensland for Global Ear. And more!

# posted by DJ Martian 4:40 PM

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - February 12th

Some links of interest from the past few days:

3 music blogs to check:
another night on earth
Talking in Stereo

2 interesting lists on
Berlin School - Rate Your Music - A list by Pitti and The Definitive RYM Krautrock List (Compiled in February 2008) - Rate Your Music

An academic study: Archive@NYU: Does Chatter Matter? The Impact of User-Generated Content on Music Sales

Bit of a shock: BBC NEWS | Business | Two GCap digital stations closed

GCap Media, the UK's biggest commercial radio broadcaster and owner of Classic FM, is to close two digital radio stations, as it focuses on key outlets.



Ellen Allien

new mix compilation: RA: Ellen Allien mixes Boogybytes Vol. 4. Music News

'Boogybytes Vol.4' is released on BPitch Control on March 31, 2008


news update: Anathema - News About Two New Albums - Metal Storm


2008 album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - ANSUR: New Album Title Announced

Norwegian progressive extreme metallers ANSUR have set "Warring Factions" as the title of their follow-up to 2006's "Axiom", due later in the year via Nocturnal Art Productions/Candlelight Records.

Balaam & The Angel

reissues: Gothtronic | News: Balaam & The Angel Reforms and Rereleases Classic Albums on Anagram Records

Also, their debut album ''The Greatest Story Ever Told'', has been beautifully re-mastered and includes several of the band’s most memorable singles; ‘She Knows’, ‘Slow Down’, ‘Light Of The World’ – as well as the spectacular 12-inch version of the latter song. In addition, the release includes bonus tracks selected from the accompanying single releases.

Blut Aus Nord

news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - BLUT AUS NORD Begins Work On New Album

The Durutti Column

2008 album: Cerysmatic Factory - The Durutti Column - Sunlight to Blue... Blue to Blackness Spring 2008

Eyeless in Gaza

reissues: Gothtronic | News: Eyeless in Gaza Rereleases on Cherry Red

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

clarification: Pitchfork: Godspeed Still on Hiatus, Not Completely Broken Up

The Helio Sequence

interview Glide Magazine Features - The Helio Sequence: Eyes Forward:

Hercules and Love Affair

interview from last month: Dusted Features [ Destined: Hercules and Love Affair ]

Steve Hillage

interview: Interview: Steve Hillage (System 7).


Gothtronic | News: New Iris Album Hydra Out Soon !

Iris is back with a brand-new release for 2008, called "Hydra".


Isis - New Single Update - Metal Storm


new 2008 album: Ladytron Finish Work On Velocifero Album — News — AngryApe

Madder Mortem

news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - MADDER MORTEM Is Highly Alive And Kicking


new track: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - MESHUGGAH: New Song Bleed Available On MySpace

Oblique Rain



album review: - Portishead - Diggin the crates

The wait is over! The new Portishead-album »Third« is coming out on April 25th, and all our expectations are being exceeded. Mark Stewart, founding member of The Pop Group and these days back with a new The Maffia-album, listened to the new Portishead as one of the first people worldwide – and he wrote down his impressions of »Third« exclusively for SPEX Magazine

Port Royal

remix album: Port-Royal To Finally Release Flared Up Remix Album — News — AngryApe


Radiohead not happy with corporate EMI: GIGWISE, EMI To Release Radiohead Greatest Hits Album


the second album from Danish shoegazers: Blogs - New Record! - RUMSKIB MySpace Blog

We have begun writing a new record and are off to an interesting start.
We hope to release it around september.

Mark Stewart

Legend returns: Neues Album und DVD von Mark Stewart! - Crippled Dick Hot Wax!

new mark stewart album!
April 2008

Mark Stewart: New studio album Edit


new 2008 album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - TEXTURES: New Album Title, Track Listing Revealed

Dutch progressive metallers TEXTURES have set "Silhouettes" as the title of their third album, due on April 21 via Listenable Records.


new 2008 album: | Alternative Tentacles signs Triclops!

# posted by DJ Martian 12:21 AM

Monday, February 11, 2008

  2008 Music Update - February 11th

I have updated my 2008 Albums tracking list: 2008 Albums @ [505 Releases] - have a browse through !

2008 A - Z Albums Tracking List - a starting guide to new & forthcoming album releases

Updated: February 11th

Also updated: 2008 Expected - Rate Your Music [500 Artists]

Artists that are expected to release new albums in 2008 - awaiting announcements of album titles and release dates. [No doubt some will be delayed till 2009]

# posted by DJ Martian 12:28 AM

Friday, February 08, 2008

  BBC - Radio 2 - Spellbound: The Story of John McGeoch

must listen to this on listen again before 7 days are up: BBC - Radio 2 - Spellbound: The Story of John McGeoch

The story of John McGeoch, one of the most innovative and influential guitarists of the past thirty years.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:31 PM
  The comeback of Balearic | The Guardian

Interesting article on the comeback on the hybrid Balearic spirit in music: Justin Quirk on the comeback of Balearic | | Guardian Unlimited Arts

Balearic - a club scene from the 1980s spinning everything from folk-rock to disco - is flourishing again. Justin Quirk on why the conditions are perfect for a third summer of love

discussion on ILM started last year: this is a thread for the BALEARIC REVIVAL

on a related theme, a band that I have just discovered that fits the Balearic spirit: The Flir - according to their profile [incredibly] unsigned. - The FLIR - Riverside, California - Trip Hop / Gothic / Shoegaze -

Inspired by the varied backgrounds and wide range of influences of each of its members, the FLIR strives to create music that is not afraid to blend electronic, experimental, alternative, and rock elements into unique songs. The FLIR is currently writing and rehearsing original material, and hopes to release a full-length album soon.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:52 PM

Thursday, February 07, 2008

  mick mercer - proposed new book

mick mercer is working on a new music reference book:


I am doing a new book on Goth, this time concentrating solely on bands, in the Goth genre itself, and in overlapping scenes of Deathrock, Punk Noire, Post-Punk, Ethereal, Heavenly Voices, Faery, Ambient, Dark electronics/folk/country, Atmospheric Industrial, Neo-classical, Horror Rock, Gothabilly and all the rest. (I am not interested in Neo-folk, club-style electronics/electro, Art-Noise which I see as Indie, or mainstream Industrial which is decorated Rock.)

I am going through all the lists I have assembled to send out info requests but if you see this first and beat me to it then hurrah! Also, for any new bands I may not be aware of you, but once you see this please join in. If you are not in a band but wish to recommend some likely urls please feel free

"The book will be out in the Summer of this year" ! - this seems a rather ambitious deadline.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:33 PM
  Top Albums of 2008 @

just updated: Top Albums of 2008 @ - 827 releases ranked.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:39 PM

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - February 6th

Some links of interest from the past 7 days:

New issue of Plan B Magazine features Earth on the ront cover.

Earth, Foals, Dan Sartain,Kluster, Cluster and Harmonia, John Maus, Matt And Kim, Neon Neon, T2, Dan Deacon, Lovvers, Ray Rumours, New Age Steppers, St Vincent, Oslo DIY, Malcom Middleton, Hot Chip, Helen Love, Los Campesinos!, Pete And The Pirates, Baby Dee, Fuck Buttons…

New issue of Rock Sound magazine: New Rock Sound - Out Now!: Rock Sound



news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - ANSUR Completes Work On New Album


current listening of Arp: Dusted Features [ Listed: Arp Caroline ]

Every Friday, Dusted Magazine publishes a series of music-related lists compiled by our favorite artists. This week: Kosmiche producer Arp and electro-pop songstress Caroline.


New album: Chandeen - Teenage Poetry

After a break of nearly five years, Chandeen are now back with a Brand New studio album ! "Teenage Poetry" remains faithful to Chandeen's history of ethereal and blissful sounds... but also steps out onto a new path. The music is an emotional passage through dark and surreal worlds, coloured with haunting and melancholic landscapes. With its epic soundscapes and the breathtaking, heavenly voice of new vocalist, Julia Beyer, "Teenage Poetry" is deeply moving and yet exciting exploration of the human soul.

Record Label: Kalinkaland
Release date: 28th Mar 2008

Chandeen Website

Cut Copy

New album:Drowned in Sound - News - Cut Copy return to the UK ahead of new album due in April

Death in June

New album: Gothtronic | News: New Death in June Album The Rule of Thirds


New album: news - Announcing a new album

We have finally finished and delivered the new Digitonal album which will be released on Just Music in Summer 2008.


Norwegian artist diskJokke profiled: No 266: diskJokke | Music | Guardian Unlimited Music

Staying In is released by Smalltown Supersound on March 31.


New album: RA: Headman: Catch me if you can. Music News

Headman's 'Catch Me' arrives on Gomma on March 31, 2008.

Robert Hood

RA: Robert Hood mixes Fabric 39. Music News

Fabric 39' mixed by Robert Hood arrives for FabricFirst members on March 3rd, 2008. It arrives in stores worldwide on March 17th, 2008 save for those in the U.S who have to hold out until April 14th, 2008.

Keep of Kalessin

news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - KEEP OF KALESSIN Putting Finishing Touches On New Album

The Orb

new album: The Orb Return With The Dream Album — News — AngryApe


new album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - ORIGIN To Release Antithesis In April - due on April 1 via Relapse Records.

Max Richter

new video: FatCat Records : News: New Max Richter 'Fragment' Video Online


debut album: Gothtronic | News: Memento Materia Welcomes Sadman

The debut album "Cold in the State of Me" will be released in April 2008.

Sadman [music inspired by acts such as Depeche Mode, Recoil and Radiohead.] - Sadman - SE - Electro / Alternative / Pop -

Sally Shapiro

remixes: Pitchfork: Sally Shapiro Reveals Remix Romance Details - April 15 via Paper Bag Records.


e-card to listen to: To-Mera - New Album E-Card Available - Metal Storm


new album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - TORCHE To Release Meanderthal In April

Miami, Florida's TORCHE will release its second full-length CD, "Meanderthal", on April 8 through the Hydra Head imprint


GIGWISE, Underworld Confirmed For Rock Ness Festival

Underworld have become the latest act to be confirmed for this year’s Rockness festival in Scotland.

Void of Silence


Rome, Italy-based doom metallers VOID OF SILENCE have reformed and inked a new deal with Code666. The band will release its brand new album in the spring, featuring a guest appearance by PRIMORDIAL singer Alan Nemtheanga.


For the UK: Yeasayer New Single & All Hour Cymbals Reissue On The Way — News — AngryApe

Yeasayer are to reissue their acclaimed album All Hour Cymbals next month, as well as releasing a new single to coincide with their UK mini tour.

March 24th - All Hour Cymbals

# posted by DJ Martian 12:32 AM

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

  OPETH: New Album Title: Watershed

Just announced: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - OPETH: New Album Title, Track Listing Revealed

Swedish progressive metal titans OPETH have set "Watershed" as the title of their forthcoming album, due out on June 3 via Roadrunner Records (one day earlier internationally).

"Watershed" track listing:

01. Coil
02. Heir Apparent
03. The Lotus Eater
04. Burden
05. Porcelain Heart
06. Hessian Peel
07. Hex Omega

# posted by DJ Martian 10:38 AM

Monday, February 04, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - February 4th

Some links of interest:

two music blogs to check:
Last Train To Cool
Worship and Tribute

last month: Drowned in Sound - Features - A Month In Records: January 2008

round up on electronic dance music: T A P E: In The Box - January

Krautrock albums list: Krautrock Top 50 - Rate Your Music - A list by gojira2012

links portal on women in metal: blood sisters: women in heavy music

interesting feature at prefix: Metal for Non-Metalheads

Drew Daniel interviewed re Throbbing Gristle book: Brainwashed - Drew Daniel: In Praise of Vagueness

Continuum's excellent 33 1/3 series with a slim volume memorializing and analyzing Throbbing Gristle's 20 Jazz Funk Greats. Drew took time out of his crazy schedule to talk to me about the book, the legacy of TG, the notion of a "rock canon," and the virtues of vagueness and multiplicity.

New retrospective compilation on Sub Rosa: Brainwashed - An Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music/Fifth, A Chronology 1920-2007

DJ mag switches from a fortnighly to a monthly publishing cycle: Monthly Massive

Our first monthly issue has hit the streets, and there’s no doubt it’s one of our best yet. With an in-depth cover feature on Miss Kittin’s new album, our countdown of the Top 50 Remixers of All Time, and a free mix CD courtesy of French house king David Guetta, it’s a monster! Go cop an issue now…

Claro Intelecto interview: Test: Clear Sound and Vision

Note: Next round up will be a music news update.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:17 PM
  New Skyphone Album Avellaneda

New Skyphone album on Rune Grammofon: Rune Grammofon RCD 2071 - Skyphone: Avellaneda

Skyphone belong to a new generation of Danish musicians that also include bands like Under Byen and Efterklang. Musically it´s possible to place them somewhere between Efterklang, Sigur Ros and Swedish group Tape. In the Rune Grammofon catalogue Skyphone is probably closest in spirit and musical ideology to Svalastog and the more melodic sides of Alog. With ”Avellaneda” they have further developed the ideas of their acclaimed ”Fabula” debut into a seamless blend of acoustic and electronic elements, rich in detail and sonic refinement, with the occasional touch of Scandinavian folk music providing a strong melodic base.

Release: 18.02.08 :: danish electronica

# posted by DJ Martian 12:56 PM
  The Return of Gang Of Four

Interesting news: GIGWISE: Gang Of Four Releasing New Material

Gang Of Four have announced they are to release their first new material for 15 years.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:52 PM
  New issue of MOJO 172 / MARCH 2008

New issue of Mojo features The Smiths on the front cover: MOJO 172 / MARCH 2008 - Issue - Mojo

Free CD! BELOVED: a treasury of classic British indie rock. 15 tracks including Orange Juice, The La’s, The Teardrop Explodes, The House Of Love, Felt, The Loft, Half Man Half Biscuit and more.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:45 PM
  2008 Music Update - February 4th

I have updated my 2008 Albums tracking list: 2008 Albums @ [447 Releases] - have a browse through !

2008 A - Z Albums Tracking List - a starting guide to new & forthcoming album releases

Updated: February 4th

Also updated: 2008 Expected - Rate Your Music [472 Artists]

Artists that are expected to release new albums in 2008 - awaiting announcements of album titles and release dates. [No doubt some will be delayed till 2009]

# posted by DJ Martian 12:23 AM

Sunday, February 03, 2008

  Spellemannprisen 2007 Winners

Winners of Norway's Spelllmannprisen awards were announced in Oslo last night: Spellemannprisen 2007

Susanne Sundfør - Susanne Sundfør (Your Favourite Music)

Magnet - The Simple Life (Sony BMG)

Superfamily - Warszawa (Propeller Rec.)

Salvatore - Days Of Rage (Racing Junior)

Kari Rønnekleiv - Ole-Henrik Moe: Ciaccona/3 Persephone Perceptions (Rune Grammofon)

My Midnight Creeps - Histamin (MMC Records)

Grande - Uppers, Downers, Screamers & Howlers (Fabuloso Records)

Hellbillies - Spissrotgang (EMI Music Norway)

Mayhem - Ordo Ad Chao (Season Of Mist)

Madcon - So Dark The Con Of Man (Bonnier Amigo)

Sigrid Moldestad - Taus (Heilo)

Anne Nørdsti - Livli’ På Låven (Tylden & Co)

Petter Wettre - Fountain Of Youth (Household Records)

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra - Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet (Bis Records AB)

Henning Kvitnes - Stemmer I Gresset (Bonnier Amigo/Scandicana)

Live Maria Roggen - Circuit Songs (Jazzland)

Rasmus Og Verdens Beste Band - Kyssing E Hæsli… (MBN)

Dimmu Borgir - The Serpentine Offering (Nuclear Blast) Regi: Patrick Ullaeus

Tine Thing Helseth - Haydn/Hummel/Albinoni/Neruda (Simax Classics)

Madcon - “Beggin’” (Bonnier Music)


Dum Dum Boys

Rolv Løvland

update: MIC Norway: Spellemannspris winners announced

# posted by DJ Martian 7:04 PM

Friday, February 01, 2008

  Earplug - Issue 113

Issue 113 of Earplug

January 31 - February 13

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

Also the previous issue now as permanent URL:

Issue 112 of Earplug

January 17 - January 30

# posted by DJ Martian 5:37 PM
  Reminder: ILM 2007 Music Poll Closes at the end of February 1st

Reminder ILM 2007 poll closes today: *****THEY SEE ME POLLIN, THEY HATIN: 2007 ILX ALBUMS &; TRAX POLL VOTING THREAD***** (Ballots due February 1)

Poll closes: Midnight Pacific Standard Time - February 1st

# posted by DJ Martian 5:24 PM
  Metal Storm Awards 2007

A comprehensive set of nominations [including reviews] @ Metal Storm Awards 2007 - Metal Storm - voting now open for registered members.

Best albums by genre

Alternative Metal

Atmospheric/Symphonic Metal

Avantgarde Metal

Black Metal

Death Metal

Doom Metal

Extreme Doom Metal

Folk/Pagan/Viking Metal

Gothic Metal


Heavy Metal

Industrial Metal




Power Metal

Progressive Metal

Stoner/Sludge Metal

Thrash Metal

Other awards

The Best Cover Song

The Best Debut Album

The Best DVD

The Best Video

The Biggest Letdown

The Biggest Surprise

Special awards

The Best Drama

# posted by DJ Martian 5:10 PM
  Terrorizer - New Issue

New issue of Terrorizer features a themed issue of "Lost classics and follies..." that strangely includes Talk Talk and a.r.kane !

Feature Highlights:









Fear Candy 51:

#167 - Fear Candy Track Listing

1 -- Hate Eternal -- Bringer Of Storms --5.20
2 -- Dismember -- Europa Burns --3.33
3 -- Vicious Art -- Tombstone Grind --4.01
4 -- Facebreaker -- The Awakening --2.53
5 -- Biomechanical -- Fallen In Fear --4.32
6 -- Drudkh -- Skies At Our Feet --10.42
7 -- Sylosis -- Manipulation Through Idols --4.58
8 -- To-Mera -- Inside The Hourglass --8.18
9 -- Walking Corpse -- Can’t Be Arsed --1.32
10 -- Alestorm -- Captain Morgan’s Revenge --6.42
11 -- Before The Rain -- Paragraph --3.33
12 -- Utlagr -- Rébellion --5:39
13 -- Isole -- From Clouded Sky --6.15
14 -- Widow -- Beauty Queen --4.57
15 -- Mandrake -- Forgiven --3:58

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