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Monday, June 30, 2008

  Mojo - New Issue

New issue of Mojo features 20 Years on...Sub Pop and the Rise of Nirvana. Nirvana again ! zzzzzzzzzzz

FREE CD! SUB POP 300! MOJO celebrates 20 years of America’s most iconic label with 15 killer tracks from the likes of Mudhoney, Green River, Tad, The Shins, No Age and many, many more

# posted by DJ Martian 1:23 PM

Sunday, June 29, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 29th

Some links of interest:

metal music blog: .::SCRATCHtheSurface Webzine::.

2008 music: Drowned in Sound - Features - 2008 to date: DiS's tracks of the year so far

Jazz FM brand is bought: Radio Today...Wheatley to relaunch Jazz FM

The Local Radio Company has signed a three-year licensing deal with GMG Radio to re-launch Jazz FM in the UK.

Free David Bowie CD with Mail on Sunday newspaper: iSelect [The Mail on Sunday] by David Bowie : Reviews and Ratings - Rate Your Music



BLABBERMOUTH.NET - ANATHEMA: Hindsight Audio Samples, Free MP3 Available

UK atmospheric rock band ANATHEMA will release its new album, "Hindsight", on CD on August 25 via on Kscope. It will be available to download from August 11.


news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - CYNIC Wraps Up Work On New Studio Album, Announces European Tour Dates

Daylight Dies

news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - DAYLIGHT DIES: Lost To The Living European Release Delayed

"Due to unforeseen difficulties with the printing of the new DAYLIGHT DIES album 'Lost To The Living', Candlelight Records have regretfully had to postpone its UK and European release date until 14th July 2008. This difficult decision has been taken in order to ensure that the band's vision for their stunning new album is preserved, and to make sure it looks as good as it sounds!

Deer Tracks

new 2008 album: DOTSHOP.SE - Deer Tracks: Aurora

Despotz (DZCD4)
August 11th, 2008

Lutz Glandien

interview: Udi Koomran: Lutz Glandien Interview by Udi Koomran

Hercules & Love Affair

interview: RA: Cher chez la herc: Hercules & Love Affair - Feature / Interview


new 2008 album: Electronic Voice Phenomenon: News: Lustmord is an Other


new 2008 album: DOTSHOP.SE - Milosh: iii

Deeply soulful electro-RnB, unconventional in it's way of expressing pop and electronics *****
K7 (K7228CD)
August 25th, 2008

DOTSHOP FAVOURITE. RECOMMENDED **** Introspective, sensual electro-folk steeped in weightless melancholy: The third Milosh album ‘iii’ takes the listener on an emotional journey through an exquisitely beautiful musical landscape.

A classically trained cellist, Toronto-based Michael Milosh does not fit conventional pop categories - and neither does his music which combines beats, samples, guitars, strings and the most silken falsetto voice.

Signed to the renowned Plug Research label (John Tejada, Flying Lotus etc), Milosh's previous two albums made it into the Top 10 Electronic Music albums on iTunes and earned warm reviews that likened his different musical shadings to Radiohead, Cocteau Twins, and Brian Eno. During the past years, Milosh shared the stage with artists like Imogen Heap (a big supporter of his music), Flying Lotus, Daedelus, Dntel, Psapp and others.

The tracks on ‘iii’ combine the best of both Milosh’s cerebral electronica and soulful singer-songwriter sides, stirring deep emotions with lush arrangements, honeyed vocals and delicately deconstructed beats. Mixed and mastered by Josh Eustis from Telefon Tel Aviv (who also mixed Apparat´s last record), it's his richest album yet. Music to nourish the mind, stimulate the body and soothe the spirit.


e-card: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - NEURAXIS: The Thin Line Betweenn E-Card Available

Ulrich Schnauss

new ep: Ulrich Schnauss Releases New Remix EP — News — AngryApe

The Sea and Cake

new 2008 album: The Sea And Cake To Release Car Alarm Album — News — AngryApe due October 21st on Thrill Jockey.


news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - SILENTIUM Begins Recording New Album

Finnish atmospheric doom metallers SILENTIUM have issued the following update:

"After a while of silence, the band has retired to a studio in central Finland. At this point the drums, the bass and most of the guitars [for the next SILENTIUM album] have been recorded. Some of the vocals have been recorded as well, although Riina [Rinkinen; female vocals] and Matti [Aikio; bass, vocals] are due to return to the studio in July. The band has some major surprises reserved for their loyal fans, who have been more than patient in the wait for the new album. All the Silentians agree that the new material is the most impressive up to date! Prepare yourselves for a massive music experience. This fall, SILENTIUM will be back, more powerful than ever!"

SILENTIUM's new album, which is scheduled for release on October 29, is being produced by the multi-talented mainman of WALTARI, Kärtsy Hatakka.


new 2008 album: DOTSHOP.SE - Volcano!: Paperwork

Leaf (BAY63CD)
September 1st, 2008

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  New Morgan Geist Album: Double Night Time

Morgan Geist returns with a new album !

Due September 18th: DOTSHOP.SE - Morgan Geist: Double Night Time

Environ (ENVCD007)
September 15th, 2008


"Double Night Time" is the new album from Morgan Geist and his first solo artist album in over a decade. released on his own Environ imprint - home to loveables such as Kelley Polar.

After turning the dance music world on its head with his Metro Area project (alongside collaborator Darshan Jesrani) and mining rare disco gems with the seminal obscure disco DJ mix Unclassics (2004), Geist decided it was time to turn his attention to a solo album that would indulge his own early influences and guilty pleasures: techno-pop, prog rock and pure electronic music.

While "Double Night Time" is very much a solo flight, made during a challenging period in which dark personal themes inflected the compositions, Geist collaborated with friend and fellow new wave traveler Jeremy Greenspan for the vocal tracks on the album. An ardent fan of Jeremy’s band Junior Boys, Geist knew the vocalist would be perfect as a sympathetic collaborator; indeed, having remixed Junior Boys “The Equalizer” in 2006, he already knew what it was like working with Greenspan’s voice in the studio. Greenspan also co-wrote one of the tracks on the album, “City of Smoke and Flame.”

Instrumentally, the orchestra Geist employs is decidedly more Yellow Magic than philharmonic: unlike his Metro Area project or the disco music he DJs all over the world, a conscious decision was made to design an album that was almost purely electronic outside of human vocals, with classic synthetic sound design and arrangements. Geist wanted Double Night Time to be the sound of one person making music in a studio, programming a private world, recapturing the lonely and romantic sentiments associated with his formative music-making experiences. And while the conceit of a producer-as-one-man-band is well-worn in today’s digital world, Geist felt he could do it differently, aiming for the compositional richness, subtlety and dynamics of an era when artists took their time, had bigger studio budgets and a more attentive listening public.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:58 PM
  Nick Luscombe's Flo-Motion show on NMERadio 8pm - 11pm every Sunday

Reminder that Nick Luscombe's Flo-Motion show is on NMERadio every Sunday, starting from today: NMERadio - Flo:Motion

20:00:00 to 23:00:00 on Sunday

Nick Luscombe delivers modern electronic music, from deep house to dubstep plus guest interviews, club and live music updates.

Tip, you can listen to NMERadio using Winamp, go to Shoutcast and search for NME Radio - then listen on Winamp and add it your bookmarks !

It's good to have Nick Luscombe's Flo-Motion show back for 3 hours on a Sunday night, after those corporate muppets on Xfm axed the Flo-Motion show in December 2006.

In the UK you can also listen to NMERadio on Sky 0184 and Virgin Media 975

# posted by DJ Martian 12:54 PM

Friday, June 27, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 27th

Some links of interest:

music blog: O Bom Garfo

2008 music: Drowned in Sound - Features - 2008 to date: our favourites on their favourites

part 3: Drowned in Sound - Features - Hove Festival 2008: DiS diary, day three

UK music press: Inky Fingers: Maggoty Lamb picks over the flyblown carcass of this month's music press | Music |

compilation: RA: Daniele Baldelli gets Cosmic. Music News


The Amenta

news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - THE AMENTA Begins Mixing New Album

Australia's extreme industrial metal collective THE AMENTA will enter The Vault Studios in Sydney, Australia this week to mix its latest release, "n0n", with longtime engineer Lachlan Mitchell (NAZXUL).

Felix Da Housecat

interview: RA: Under the gun: Felix Da Housecat - Feature / Interview

Christian Rose-Day gets involved in a chat with an animated cat called Felix, just days before he slinks off to Ibiza.

The Jesus and Mary Chain

box set: Jesus & Mary Chain Reveal Boxed Set Details due September 30th via Rhino.


Tim Bowness interview: - Your Progressive Rock One-Stop - Interview with Tim Bowness – The Voice of NO-MAN


news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - OBSCURA Putting Finishing Touches On New Album Recordings

# posted by DJ Martian 1:57 PM

Thursday, June 26, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 26th

Some links of interest:

music blog to check: Decisions, Decisions

part 3: Drowned in Sound - Features - An Essential Dozen: 2008's best albums, so far

DiS are at Norway's Hove Festival: Drowned in Sound - Features - Hove Festival 2008: DiS diary, day one and Drowned in Sound - Features - Hove Festival 2008: DiS diary, day two

Monthly Metal column: Pitchfork Feature: Column: Show No Mercy

The 12 Best New Artists Of This Decade - dk presents… - I don't take these type of articles that seriously, however it's interesting to note what is over-hyped in Indie Rock circles.

Myspace links to artists nominated for Canada's Polaris Music Awards: Sandro Perri: Polaris Music Prize Nominee - ●●● Sixeyes MP3 Blog ●●●

Festival: Drowned in Sound - News - Green Man 2008: full line-up and running order here


High Places

2008 album: Pitchfork: High Places Reveal Debut Album Details

High Places have revealed the details of their debut full-length, which comes out September 23 on their new home, Thrill Jockey.

Jean on Jean

2008 album: Pitchfork: Molly Schnick (ex-Out Hud) Drops Jean on Jean LP

Jean on Jean is available now exclusively from eMusic, with a physical release to follow September 2 via Kanine Records.

Lacrimas Profundere

album stream: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE: Entire New Album To Be Made Available For Streaming Tomorrow


interview with superb art-rockers Mothlite: After Hours: Mothlite |TLOBF.COM

Simple Minds

news update: GIGWISE: Simple Minds To Release Two New Albums - early 2009 release.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:24 AM

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

  Top Albums of 2008 @ - Updated

Top 1000 Albums of 2008 @ has been updated.

Top 3:
1. Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale
2. Opeth - Watershed
3. Portishead - Third


highly rated by a small number of users: Esoteric 1000 Albums of 2008 @

Top Compilations of 2008 - Rate Your Music

# posted by DJ Martian 11:58 PM

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 24th

Some links of interest:

Part 1: Drowned in Sound - Features - An Essential Dozen: 2008's best albums so far and Part 2: Drowned in Sound - Features - An Essential Dozen: 2008's best albums, so far

Mid year 2008 list: Raven Sings The Blues - Best of 2008 so Far

launched: NME Radio launches today (June 24) | News | NME.COM

label profile: Drowned in Sound - Features - Label Focus #18: Southern Records


The Chemical Brothers

compilation: Drowned in Sound - News - The Chemical Brothers get the greatest hits treatment, September - The Chemical Brothers will release a best-of record on September 1, Brotherhood.


UK tour: Drowned in Sound - News - Elbow announce October tour

Hercules & Love Affair

interview: Pitchfork Feature: Interview: Hercules & Love Affair

Ragga Twins

compilation: Pitchfork: Jungle Legends Ragga Twins Compiled


2008 album: Many Of Them Seriously by Spork @ Cargo Records

drummer ed lush and bass player matt chilton formed spork after discovering they were both in fact closet guitarists with a liking for atmospheric space rock.

neither of them sing but there’s nothing missing here amongst the venus-bound guitars, glacial rhythms and echoes of early ‘70’s tangerine dream. what’s more the music was recorded without the help of loops or computer editing - for the listener this means all the invisible threads are still intact. spork have effectively created their own kind of man-made machine music. live the line-up is extended to a five-piece band with projected visuals playing a key role. recently they performed a rousing live soundtrack to new russian film ‘a sister’s kiss’ as part of the east end film festival - as a result they have been asked to repeat the performance at the big chill later this summer. this album also marks the first in a new series of releases from scratchy records including a new album from lo-fi acoustic singer-songwriter bromide (produced by ed and matt spork) and the debut later in the year from troubadour songster matthew neel.

Tenniscoats & Secai

2008 album: DOTSHOP.SE - Tenniscoats & Secai - Tenniscoats & Secai

Innocent voice, magical melody, and deep lyrics. Welcome to the alternative fluffy reality of Tenniscoats and friends ***** Noble Records (CXCA1232) August 8th, 2008

# posted by DJ Martian 11:58 PM

Sunday, June 22, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 22nd

Some links of interest:

Esbjörn Svensson tribute show: BBC - Radio 3 - Jazz on 3 - Esbjörn Svensson Tribute

Jez Nelson presents a tribute to the late Swedish pianist Esbjorn Svensson, who died on Saturday in a diving accident, at the age of 44.

2008 albums discussion: Drowned in Sound - Features - The Weekly DiScussion: 2008's greatest albums, so far

mid year 2008: Pop Tarts Suck Toasted: Best Albums of the Year (so far...): #11 - #25

On Monday I'm gonna start posting my ten favorite albums of the year so far, so I thought I'd precede that with what would be taking the places from #11 - #25. I'm sticking them in alphabetical order because there's very little keeping these from being at either end of this list.

Forthcoming albums marketed / distributed by Cargo: Cargo Records UK: Cargo Collective: August 2008

taxonomy of musical genres is being developed at Music Genre - Rate Your Music

price comparison tool: Metal Price Watch : Heavy Metal Source

Metal Price Watch is the first massive internet database of constantly updating price information for underground metal, hard rock, and related genres



latest news: GIGWISE, Doves Reveal Latest On Fourth Album - finish recording new album this Summer.


interview: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - GOJIRA Frontman: I'm So Pissed Off With The Situation On Earth Right Now

Chris Harris of MTV's Metal File recently spoke to GOJIRA frontman Joe Duplantier about the French progressive-extreme metal outfit's upcoming fourth LP, "The Way of All Flesh",

Zach Hill

Album from Hella drummer: Ipecac Recordings - Zach Hill - Astrological Straits on Ipecac on August 12th

Peter Hook

interview: Pitchfork: Peter Hook Talks New Order Split, DVD, Joy Division


new 2008 album on the way from experimental rockers Kekal: K E K A L Website

We are pleased to announce the title of our upcoming album: Audible Minority

This title is based to the fact that the music on the album has mapped itself into the extreme minority status; something beyond recognition of the musical norms. "Audible Minority" is a stateless, nameless, and label-less manifesto made from all the bitterness and pain. The album that is entirely bleak, gloom and dark.

Almost 2 years in the making, "Audible Minority" has been constructed during various personal events in life. It all began in September 2006, before the release of "The Habit of Fire", and continued to shape itself up until May 2008.

Massive Attack

latest news: Blogs - I don’t want any trouble - Massive Attack MySpace Blog

Massive Attack... it's not going to see the light of day until January 2009 at the earliest.

Midnight Juggernauts

interview: THE SKY REPORT: MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS An Interview with Vincent Vendetta

My Bloody Valentine

the on-going wait for a new album: GIGWISE, My Bloody Valentine Ready To Record New Album

Gwilym Simcock

interview: Gwilym Simcock: The prodigious pianist reveals the music that gets his fingers twitching - Features, Music - The Independent

# posted by DJ Martian 11:57 PM

Friday, June 20, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 20th

Some links of interest:

feature: The Italians are Coming | XLR8R

France has distorted house, Brazil has baile funk, England has dubstep, and Baltimore has club. Italy has all of these things smashed together, chopped, rewound, sped up, and run through a washing machine–with some Pecorino Romano sprinkled on top. A growing number of Italian DJs and producers are putting their home turf on the international dance map, so we checked in with six of the country’s top party rockers to see what’s cooking.

Jazz music awards: Jazz News: The Jazz Journalists Association Announces 2008 Jazz Award Winners

compilation: DOTSHOP.SE - Mary Anne Hobbs: Evangeline

Allout recommended. Essential compilation of tough nu-techno and dubstep, all with dark fat undercarriage ****** Planet Mu (ZIQ209CD) June 23rd, 2008



new 2008 album on Anticon: Blogs - Resurgam - Available August 28th!!!! - Alias MySpace Blog


2008 album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - AUGURY Announces New Album Title

"Fragmentary Evidence" as the title of their second album, due later in the year.


Release dates announced: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - BURST: Lazarus Bird Release Dates Revealed

Sweden's BURST will release its new album, "Lazarus Bird", via Relapse Records on the following dates:

USA: September 16
Germany: September 19
Rest of Europe: September 22


news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - DEFTONES Bassist: New Album Will Be Well Worth The Wait

Don Caballero

new track: Pitchfork Forkcast: New Music: Don Caballero: "Bulkeye" [MP3/Stream]

Dusk & Blackdown

2008 album: DOTSHOP.SE - Dusk & Blackdown: Margins Music

Dusk & Blackdawn is pioneering Dubstep taking it beyond the whole genre. If you liked Burial then this is your game *****

Keysound (LDN006CD) June 23rd, 2008


interview: FactMagazine - Farah - Farah is currently working with Johnny Jewel on her debut album

Florence And The Machine

spotlight on: Ones to Watch: Florence And The Machine - Music Magazine Features, Music Magazine - The Independent

David Holmes

David Holmes returns with Holy new album | News | NME.COM

Album titled: The Holy Pictures due on September 8th

Mercury Rev

album announced: Drowned in Sound - News - Mercury rising: the Rev return in September, tour in November

Mercury Rev are to release their new nine-song LP Snowflake Midnight on September 29, via V2/Cooperative.

Nightmares on Wax

2008 album: The Stuff That Dreams Are Made On!

Nightmares on Wax's long-awaited sixth studio album 'Thought So' is released through Warp on 25th August and it's set to be a Balearic beauty.


interview: It's not wonderful at all - it's horrible | | Arts

Don't let the smiles fool you - after an 11-year hiatus, Portishead are back with a tour de force third album, yet they're more miserable than ever. Dorian Lynskey meets them in Paris

SUNN 0)))

news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - SUNN 0))): New Studio CD, Live Album On the Way


2008 album: Pitchfork: Hot Chip, Vetiver Folks Help Tussle Craft Cream Cuts

Krautrock-indebted San Fran set Tussle are gearing up to issue their third LP, Cream Cuts, on August 26 via the Smalltown Supersound imprint.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

  Earplug - Issue 123

Issue 123 of Earplug

June 19 - July 2

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 11:43 PM

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 18th

Some links of interest:

Two blogs by music critic Chuck Eddy: Play | The Rhapsody Editorial Music Blog: Chuck Eddy's Chuck It All In and next little things - Idolator

new URL for Ear Farm blog / music portal: EAR FARM :: music information helps grow ears

Dublin based music blog: Musical Rooms

late 80s / 90s esoterica: Talking about The Lost Generation - Rate Your Music - A list by echoinggrove

London based music festival: Drowned in Sound - News - Field Day: final line-up confirmed

2008 music:

FRICTION NYC - A Mid-Year Mixtape

Stark Online: Matt's Top 20 CDs of 2008... So Far.

The Critical Mainstream consensus for 2008 albums: Acclaimed Music Forum: UPDATE : 01/06/08 : MEGA-CRITIC : Best Reviewed Albums Of 2008 So Far - Portishead at number 1.

Canada's annual Polaris Prize: Polaris Prize long list announced |TLOBF.COM


Circle takes the Square

latest news: CIRCLE TAKES THE SQUARE is in the studio | Metal Injection

Exit Calm

news update: Drowned in Sound - News - Before the storm: Exit Calm tour, single and album imminent for Barnsley shoegazers

Fear Factory

2009 album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - FEAR FACTORY To Release New Album, Hit The Road Next Year

F*cked Up

new record deal: F*cked Up signs with Matador Records // News // Lambgoat


2008 album from Spanish avant-garde metal band: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - HYBRID To Release The 8th Plague In August

Madrid, Spain-based avant-garde extreme metal band HYBRID will release its full-length debut, "The 8th Plague", on August 8.

Formed in 2004, HYBRID "mixes brutal death metal, black metal, doom, crust, grindcore and even Latin, bossa nova and crazy free jazz," according to a press release. "The 8th Plague" is features eight songs linked by an apocalyptic conceptual thread that represents human self destruction told through the stages of an insect's metamorphosis

myspace: Hybrid

Jaga Jazzist

A new album is planned: Jaga Jazzist

This week we've been rehearsing in a beautiful place called Fredros in Sweden. This is the first step towards a new album!

The Lord Dog Bird

Wilderness guitarist Colin McCann has new project: THE LORD DOG BIRD

debut album due in August: JAG118 The Lord Dog Bird - The Lord Dog Bird

The Lord Dog Bird CD / LP (JAG118, released: 08/05/08)


interview: RA: Interrogating Martyn - Feature / Interview

Does Martyn play drum n bass? Techno? House? Dubstep? Or all of the above? Dave Rinehart investigates.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:58 PM
  Ulver - Cover Prince - Thieves In The Temple

Ulver - Prince Cover Online - Metal Storm

Norwegian metallers Ulver have posted a cover version of Prince's "Thieves In The Temple" on their official MySpace page.

The song "Thieves In The Temple" was originally released on Prince's 1990 "Graffiti Bridge" album, with the song hitting 6 on the US charts.

myspace: Ulver

# posted by DJ Martian 12:09 AM
  Cortney Tidwell - New Track: Palace

New Cortney Tidwell track Palace to listen to: - cortney tidwell - NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Experimental / Big Beat / Country -

atmospheric dream pop / ethereal music - very promising for the forthcoming album

# posted by DJ Martian 12:04 AM

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

  Natasha Khan, aka Bat for Lashes Interview

Natasha Khan interview This is a sad, scary time | Pop | Music

Natasha Khan, aka Bat for Lashes, is finally making it big. Why isn't she happy? The singer tells Maddy Costa why becoming famous is like 'opening your dressing gown' in public"

# posted by DJ Martian 11:58 PM
  Ólafur Arnalds - Interview

interesting Ólafur Arnalds interview: themilkfactory - INTERVIEW: ÓLAFUR ARNALDS Opening Up Spaces

Twenty one year old Icelandic musician Ólafur Arnalds first appeared last year with his debut album, Eulogy For Evolution, released in the UK on the excellent Erased Tapes imprint, and instantly gathered some impressive critical praises for his widescreen contemporary classical music tinted with discreet electronics and hints of indie. Earlier this year, Arnalds returned with a more minimal EP, Variations Of Static, on which he let electronics texture his work more prominently. With an opening slot for Sigur Rós during the summer and a major tour already in full swing, Ólafur took a few moments to talk about his musical background, the elitism in modern classical music and the challenges of taking the genre to a young audience, and being the next big thing to come out of Iceland

# posted by DJ Martian 11:55 PM

Monday, June 16, 2008

  Radio 1 - Rob da Bank & Friends - Sonic Cathedral 'Shoegazing Special'

Now on listen again: BBC - Radio 1 - Rob da Bank

2am-4am Rob da Bank and Friends - Shoegazing Special

A 2 hour extravaganza with Nat from the Sonic Cathedral label and club night. He'll be playing you everything from the likes of Chapterhouse to Spiritualized, Ride to Boards of Canada and everything in-between.

Monday 16th June 2008

Rob da Bank & Friends - 'Shoegazing Special'


My Bloody Valentine - 'Only Shallow' (Sire)
Japan Cakes - 'Touched' Ricardo Tobar Mix (Sonic Cathedral)
Ulrich Schnauss - 'A Letter From Home' (City Centre Offices)
Dinosaur Junior - 'Freak Scene' (Blast First)
Slowdive - 'Catch The Breeze' (Creation)
Manual - 'Blue Skied An' Clear' (Morr Music)
Cocteau Twins - 'Cherry Coloured Funk' Seefeel Mix (4AD)
Chapterhouse - 'Pearl' (Dedicated)
Nathan Fake - 'The Sky Was Pink' (Border Community)
Maps - 'To The Sky' M83 Mix (Sonic Cathedral)
Ariel - 'Sugar Crystals ' (Highwheel)


Ride - 'Vapour Trail' (Creation)
Jesus & The Mary Chain - 'Just The Honey' (Blanco Y Negro)
Velvet Underground - 'I Heard Her Call My Name' (Verve)
Boards Of Canada - 'Zoetrope' (Warp)
M83 - 'Teen Angst' (Mute)
Lush - 'Sweetness & Light' Orange Squash Mix (Astralwerks)
Pale Saints - 'Sight Of You' (4AD)
Engineers - '3 Fact Fader' (Echo)
School Of Seven Bells - 'My Cable' Robin Guthrie Mix (Sonic Cathedral)
Spiritualized - 'If I Were With Her Now' (Dedicated)

# posted by DJ Martian 9:44 PM
  Terrorizer - New Issue

New issue of Terrorizer magazine features Nachtmystium on the front cover.

More info: Issue 172

Terrorizer #172 June 2008

Feature Highlights:

Fear Candy 56: 19 Tracks!

#172 - Fear Candy Track Listing

1 -- Nachtmystium -- Ghosts Of Grace --4.53
2 -- Cryptopsy -- Worship Your Demons --2.12
3 -- Kataklysm -- Taking The World By Storm --4.01
4 -- The Rotted -- Nothin’ But A Nosebleed --2.54
5 -- Belphegor -- Shred For Sathan --3.50
6 -- Paradise Lost -- As I Die (Live) --4.01
7 -- Lair Of The Minotaur -- War Metal Battle Master --3.29
8 -- Flesh -- Feast On The Soul --4.57
9 -- The Gates Of Slumber -- Trapped In The Web --4.57
10 -- Gama Bomb -- Hammer Slammer --3.18
11 -- Bonded By Blood -- Feed The Beast --4.52
12 -- Arnocorps -- Predator --3.26
13 -- Siebenburgen -- Rebirth Of The Nameless --5.21
14 -- Headhunter -- Silverskull --4.33
15 -- Scar Symmetry -- Artificial Sun Projection --4.00
16 -- Bleed The Sky -- Sullivan --3.54
17 -- Soundshok -- Rebirth --4.11
18 -- Many Things Untold -- That’s The Beauty Of It, I Guess --3.30
19 -- History Of Guns -- Born, Brutalised, Bought Then Buried --5.35

# posted by DJ Martian 3:16 PM
  Swedish Jazz musician Esbjörn Svensson has died

tragic news: BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Jazz champion Svensson dies at 44

The Swedish jazz pianist and composer Esbjorn Svensson has died in a scuba diving accident near the Swedish capital Stockholm. He was 44.

The Guardian: Jazz pianist Esbjörn Svensson killed in scuba accident | News | Music

According to the Guardian's jazz critic John Fordham, Svensson was a rare phenomenon in the jazz world: "A hero to the hardline critics, and a bankable international star."

A string of 13 albums won critical acclaim and commercial success for his blend of contemporary jazz crossed with rock, pop and electronica.

Esbjörn Svensson was a long term favourite of BBC's Jazz on 3 radio programme. I would expect a significant tribute mention on Friday's show.

Esbjörn Svensson was one of the most significant European jazz musicians of his generation. There have been many tributes in the global blogopshere: Esbjörn Svensson

biography: Esbjörn Svensson

music: - e.s.t. - SE -

e.s.t. is a phenomenon: A jazz trio, which sees itself as a pop band that plays jazz, which broke with the tradition of leader and sidemen in favour of equality within its members, which not only plays jazz-venues but also venues usually reserved for rock bands, which uses light effects and fog-machines in their live shows, which gets a whole audience to sing-a-long with jazz-standards as eg. Thelonious Monk's Bemsha Swing, is a trio that goes beyond the scope of the usual classic jazz trio. Their music can be found in the pop-charts and their videos are playing on MTV Scandinavia. With their unique sound scape, combining jazz with drum 'n' bass, electronic elements, funk rhythm, and pop and rock as well as European Classical music, e.s.t. won an audience spanning from the classic jazz-fans to the youngest Hip Hop fans. Critics and audiences world-wide agree: e.s.t. is definitely one of the most innovative jazz bands of today.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:08 AM

Sunday, June 15, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 15th

Some links of interest:

Myspace is getting a significant makeover: MySpace is a Good Website and You Should Stop Complaining About It - ReadWriteWeb

the good news, one of the most respected User Experience Design companies in the US is involved, Adaptive Path:
adaptive path - blog - Ryan Freitas - MySpace and Adaptive Path

mid year 2008 lists:

CoS Mid-Year Report: Our Top Ten
Dethroned Emperor #5: Ten Amazing Metal Albums of 2008 so far: Column |

Techno compilation: DOTSHOP.SE - Marcel Dettmann: Berghain 02


Ablaze in Hatred

news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - ABLAZE IN HATRED Recording New Album

Atmospheric and melodic death/doom metal band ABLAZE IN HATRED is currently recording its second album, "The Quietude Plains", at Noisecamp Studios with producer Kari Nieminen. The follow-up to 2006's "Deceptive Awareness" will be released this fall through Firedoom Music.


new 2008 album: DOTSHOP.SE - Aufgehoben: Khora

Massively blown-out and beautifully recorded, "Khora" is the fifth full-length by Aufgehoben - a noise rock hall of fame LP ****
Holy Mountain (HOLY196180CD)


new video: Way Too Loud! Isis Post Video


new 2008 album: Transduction Records — LITE - Phantasia

The second full-length from the Japanese instrumentalists is darker and more varied that its predecessor and runs the gamut from Crimson-esque jazz-rock to full-scale guitar assault. With “Phantasia”, LITE is set to cement its reputation as one of the most exciting bands to have emerged from Japan in recent years.

Odd Nosdam

new 2008 album: DOTSHOP.SE - Odd Nosdam: Pretty Swell Explode on Anticon

The Search

new 2008 album: RED SUN RECORDS: The Search - Saturnine Songs

Saturnine Songs is the 4th album of Swedish band nu-wave band The Search. Ever since their debut album The Search wrap their catchy pop melodies into a gloomy cloak, creating escaping the daily grey routines. When the press is talking about The Search, they speak of a beautiful retro-mix of wave and rock in the vein of The Cure and Joy Division. The band does not deny their roots, but take pleasure in paraphrasing them in their own slightly deranged and atmospheric way. In order to achieve a wider musical range on their 4th album, Saturnine Songs, they hooked up two different producers. Kristofer Jönson from the band Jeniferever was hired to conjure up the melancholic, darker part of the album with songs like Yes-Man and Swimmer and Elof Loelv, producer and musician, was engaged to invoke the electronical parts in songs like Distant and Other People, where he created a catchy, yet dreamy sound. The album is mastered at Studio Tonteknik by Magnus Lindberg, a well-known mastering engineer.

Red Sun Records offers a free promo CD-single with the first orders of this album. Stock is very limited!

Influences / Similar Artists:
The Cure, Sad Lovers & Giants, The Essence, The Chameleons, The Cure

Travis & Fripp

new 2008 album: travis and fripp - thread

Recorded at DGM Soundworld by David Singleton, with subsequent editing, mixing and mastering by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree/No-Man), Thread comprises nine improvised pieces by Theo Travis (alto flute, soprano sax) and Robert Fripp (guitar, soundscapes).

This unique and almost inevitable collaboration has yielded a beautiful sequence of recordings that artfully avoids the clichés routinely associated with “ambient” and “improv”, while wholly encompassing the core elements of both forms of music.

The strength of the duo as players and listeners never allows the improvisational base to sound insular or indulgent; the overall sound is expansive and accessible, with the passion and commitment of the players audible from the first moments.

Unfashionably, perhaps, in an era where music is often portrayed as ephemeral or disposable, it is an album that rewards repeated listening, revealing new depths with each play.

A free track from the album (now titled 'Land Beyond The Forest' is available

Released July 14th

Wolf Parade

album streaming: FILTER : Stream New Wolf Parade On MySpace

# posted by DJ Martian 11:55 PM

Thursday, June 12, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 12th

Some links of interest:

The Sonic Mine Field - looks an excellent UK based music blog.

2008 albums: IGN: Ten 08 Albums You Should Have Bought By Now



new album, more info: Beck Sets Date, Track List For Modern Guilt

The Danger Mouse-produced "Modern Guilt" is due July 8 via DGC in North America and a day earlier via XL Recordings in Europe.


profile of new UK band: FactMagazine - Detachments

SJ Esau

2008 album: DOTSHOP.SE - SJ Esau: Small Vessel

Anticon (ABR0085CD)
June 16th, 2008

Late Of The Pier

new album info: Late Of The Pier Album Details - Late Of The Pier news on Clickmusic - Fantasy Black Channel is to be released on August 11th on Zarcorp

Lord Belial

track: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - LORD BELIAL: New Song Posted Online

Machinefabriek & Stephen Vitiello

2008 album: DOTSHOP.SE - Machinefabriek & Stephen Vitiello: Box Music

12K (12K1048CD)
June 23rd, 2008


top album of the year on ! Opeth: Watershed (2008): Reviews

Scar Symmetry

album streaming: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - SCAR SYMMETRY: Entire New Album Available For Streaming

"Holographic Universe", the third CD from Swedish metallers SCAR SYMMETRY, is being streamed in its entirety on the band's MySpace page.

Benjamin Wetherill

2008 album: DOTSHOP.SE - Benjamin Wetherill: Laura

Produced by A Hawk & A Hacksaw, and featuring special guests the Hun Hangar Ensemble choir *****

Ba Da Bing! (BING058CD)
June 16th, 2008

# posted by DJ Martian 11:51 PM
  The Wire: New Issue - 293 | Mark Stewart | July 2008

New issue of The Wire features Mark Stewart on the front cover.

On The Cover: Mark Stewart - The former Pop Group and Maffi a godfather talks up his new outernationalist album and warns against being absorbed into a consumerist ‘flatpack reality’. Plus: Trumpeter Bill Dixon, improv trio The Necks, .snd's Invisible Jukebox, Pianist Vijay Iyer's Epiphany, Rustie, Franz Hautzinger, Materials Library in Cross Platform and more

# posted by DJ Martian 11:04 AM
  2008 Summer Albums

I have started a tracking list for 2008 Summer Albums on

A selective sequential list of Summer [June, July, August] 2008 albums. UK releases are Monday, US releases are Tuesday for simplicity these are grouped together as the same day. Release Dates are subject to change ! and primarily refer to the UK.


I have updated my 2008 Albums tracking list: 2008 Albums @ [1001 Releases] - have a browse through !

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

2008 Spring Albums on [398 releases]

Also updated: 2008 Expected - Rate Your Music [553 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 12:14 AM

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 11th

Some links of interest:

2008 music: albums of 2008 (so far)

As we near the year's halfway point, I thought it'd be cool to ask some of my favorite artists what their favorite records have been so far in '08, regardless of release date. And surprisingly enough, some of them actually replied. I'll probably roll out my own list tomorrow, but first, and far more notably, here are their picks (much thanks to everyone who contributed):

philip sherburne: May 2008 Chart

Pitchfork Feature: The Month In: Techno by Philip Sherburne

changes at Re-design: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly - ReadWriteWeb

New issue of SIGNAL TO NOISE

issue #50 | summer 2008

available 6.13.2008
featuring ...
Instal 08 in Scotland
i&e festival in Ireland
Sonic Youth in Australia
Neon Neon in Los Angeles
Keith Jarrett Trio in Los Angeles
reviews of over 250 of the season's key releases and reissues in CD / DVD / LP / MP3 format

compilation: RA: Alfredo and Paul Woolford love Space. Music News

'We Love Space Sundays' mixed by Paul Woolford and Alfredo arrives on Ministry of Sound in July 2008.


Fujiya & Miyagi

new 2008 album: Pitchfork: Fujiya & Miyagi Turn on Lightbulbs on New Album

Fujiya & Miyagi have just announced the details of their sophomore set, Lightbulbs. Due September 1 in the UK from Full Time Hobby and September 16 in the U.S. from Deaf Dumb & Blind

In Vain

news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - IN VAIN To Enter Studio Next Month


interview: Talk To Me: An inteview with Yeasayer’s Anand Wilder | No Dessert For You

# posted by DJ Martian 11:55 PM

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 10th

Some links of interest:

press release: BBC - Press Office - Radio 2's Dance Music Season [I have never understood why documentaries such as this aren't on 6 Music not Radio 2]

details: BBC - Radio 2 - Dance Season

Make a date for these programmes:
The Definitive History Of UK Dance Music (three-parts)
Saturday 21 June at 1900
Zoe Ball traces the evolution of the musical genre, from the early days of Northern Soul to the present day, in a three-part series.

Acid House The Next Generation
Tuesday 24 June at 2230
DJ Chris Coco speaks to ravers young and old, from the promoters and DJs kickstarting a cultural revolution in 1988, to the new kids on the block (including Klaxons - the Mercury Music Prize-winning poster boys of "Nu Rave").

Don't Start Me Talking About…Dance Music
Friday 27 June at 1900

The Greatest Dance Records Of All Time (three-parts)
From Tuesday 1 July at 2330

Listen To The Band – Dance Music special
Friday 18 July at 2130

Behind The Velvet Rope: Studio 54 Uncovered (repeat)
Saturday 19 July at 1900

Saturday Night Chill (repeat)
Saturday 26 July at 1900

new website for BBC - Radio 6 Music

reviewed: RA: Movement 2008: DEMF in review - Feature / Interview

Norway's numusic festival has just announced some artists that will performing at this year's festival:



feature: Drowned in Sound - Features - My Bloody Valentine: peer pressure from five potential successors

electronic / pop oriented mid year report: #1 Hits From Another Planet - 2008 Mid-Year Report: - The 10 Albums You Must Own!



Cosmo Lee highly endorses the new Brave album: INVISIBLE ORANGES - Brave - Monuments

Top notch atmospheric progressive rock / metal - that would appeal to The Gathering, To-Mera and White Willow fans.

Cosmo Lee:

Metal hasn't had such an appealingly accessible female presence since The Gathering's Anneke van Giersbergen.

Monuments has more hooks than a UFC fight card, and will make my Top 20 this year.

[From listening to the new Brave tracks on myspace, the sound production, the engaging vocal style and diverse flowing complexity and atmospheric dynamics are stunning with a similar sound aesthetic to White Willow's landmark atmospheric rock album of 2004: White Willow - Storm Season]

myspace: - Brave (New Songs Posted!!) - Washington DC - Progressive / Rock / Metal -

CD Baby: BRAVE: Monuments

The Organ

The Organ Snatches Lost Songs from Obscurity -

# posted by DJ Martian 11:57 PM

Monday, June 09, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 9th

Some links of interest:

music blog to check: Norskmusikk - Norwegian Music Blog

Sammy Jacob interview: My Life In Media: Sammy Jacob - Media, News - The Independent

Sammy Jacob, 44, is managing director of NME Radio, which launches later this month, though you can listen to a pre-launch show presented by Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington from today. Jacob worked on a series of pirate radio stations before founding Xfm from his bedroom in Hackney, east London, in 1992.

Xfm microsite for UK music festivals: Festivals | Latest Music Festival News, Listings & Tickets - Xfm

Oxegen festival in Ireland: State Magazine | Oxegen full line-up and additions including Sugababes, White Denim, Ida Maria, Yeasayer & more

Radio 1 are going to Sonar: BBC - Radio 1 - Events - Sonar 2008

Mary Anne Hobbs will be hosting a stage at this year's Sonar festival. It's the fifteenth year of the event, and takes place on 19, 20 and 21 June in sunny Barcelona, Spain.

Watch Mary Anne's video to find out what's in store for this year's festival and listen to her rundown of this year's highlights...



Album delayed ! Annie ‘Don’t Stop’ Tracklist, Cover Art Revealed - Norskmusikk - Norwegian Music Blog - second album Don’t Stop, due for release in September

Thomas Dolby

interview: PopMatters | 20 Questions | Thomas Dolby

Ephel Duath

news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - EPHEL DUATH To Enter Studio In July

Italian experimental jazz metallers EPHEL DUATH will enter Outer Sound Studios in Rome on July 14 with producer Giuseppe Orlando (NOVEMBRE, KLIMT 1918) to complete the recording sessions for their new album, "Through My Dog's Eyes".


2008 album due in the Autumn: Moha! bring their unique sound to the UK (Norway - the official site in the UK)

The Norwegian alternative rock/ jazz / electronic band Moha! are touring the UK in June. The band will be releasing a new album in the autumn of 2008.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:53 PM
  Music Links Roundup - Extra Update

Some links of interest from the past few days:

take a trip back to 1977: The Allmusic Blog - AllMusic Loves 1977

Feature centred on The July Skies: A sonic postcard from the past | Rock | Music

Jude Rogers on the ghost sounds of psychogeographic rock

an overview feature on some of the best 2008 music: The Age Blogs: Noise Pollution

Techno documentary: RA: We Call it Techno!: Germany's early techno scene. Music News

Primavera Sound Festival reviewed: Drowned in Sound - Features - Primavera Sound 2008: DiS's festival highlights

Norway: MIC Norway: Festival summer coming up

Next week sees the commencement of the Norwegian festival summer. First of the majors is Oslo’s now traditional Norwegian Wood; the family festival which always manages to attract some of the happening big shots and established high rollers of rock. Norwegian wood is no indie event; this is solid, well proven rock.

The Rise of Hovefestivalen and the Fall of the Quart Festival

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - Norway's QUART Festival Cancelled Due To Poor Ticket Sales

Quart had a lacklustre 2007, as the nearby Hovefestivalen had a superior line up for it's first year. It dethroned Quart as Norway's largest rock festival at the first attempt. Quart first started in 1991.

In 2008 the fortunes of the two festivals couldn't be greater Hovefestivalen has apparently sold 40, 000 tickets so far, whilst Quart has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales.

Quart festival and official website: Quart 08

Hove Festival

Official website: Hove Festival

Hove Festival - Artist Profiles - in terms of diversity there is nothing comparable to this festival in the UK !

# posted by DJ Martian 12:26 AM

Sunday, June 08, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - Artists News - June 8th

Some links of interest:

Artists News


2008 album announced: Pitchfork: Calexico Plan New LP, Tour, Send Tune to Outer Space Titled Carried to Dust

The disc is due September 9th from Touch and Go sister imprint Quarterstick.

Richard Chartier

new 2008 album: Smallfish Records - RICHARD CHARTIER - FURTHER MATERIALS

Scott Herren

various projects for Scott Herren: Pitchfork: Scott Herren Preps Prefuse, Savath & Savalas, Risil LPs

Risil - album due 2008 on Warp

Savath & Savalas - album coming soon B-Music/Finders Keepers/Twisted Nerve imprints.

Prefuse 73 - album due 2009 on Warp

Lights Out Asia

new 2008 album announced: Lights Out Asia Ready To Unleash New Record — News — AngryApe - Eyes Like Brontide on n5MD expect a late summer / early autumn release date


new 2008 album announced: “Home Is Where Your Heart Was” - Plej (Exceptional) [ALBUM] - Rocketscience Media

TITLE: Home Is Where Your Heart Was / ARTIST: Plej / LABEL: Exceptional / RELEASE DATE: 25th August 2008 / CAT NO: EXLPCD0801


new 2008 album announced: “Perfect Timing” - Recloose (Sonar Kollektiv) [ALBUM] - Rocketscience Media

TITLE: Perfect Timing / ARTIST: Recloose / LABEL: Sonar Kollektiv / RELEASE DATE: 16th June 2008 / CAT NO: SK191CD

Sigur Ros

album stream: listen to the new Sigur Ros album


the much delayed Twine album will be released this month: Twine presents Violets - Ghostly International

The Walkmen

new 2008 album announced: The Walkmen New Album on JamBase

The Walkmen To Release Fourth Album You & Me Out This Fall

# posted by DJ Martian 11:12 PM
  Metal News Roundup - June 8th

Some links of interest

recent update: brooklynvegan: This Week In METAL (06/03/08)

Opeth are currently at number 1: Top 20 albums of 2008 - Metal Storm



shock news: Black Metal UK - Forums - Black Metal - General Black Metal Discussions - Amesoeurs Split Up

Fear my Thoughts

2008 Album announced: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - FEAR MY THOUGHTS: New Album Details Revealed as Isolation

German modern melodic death hopefuls FEAR MY THOUGHTS are scheduled to release their new album in Europe on July 21 via Century Media Records (July 18 in Germany).

Harvey Milk

Album stream: - Harvey Milk Release and Stream New Album


new 2008 album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - INTRONAUT Announces New Album Title

Southern California's INTRONAUT is currently tracking drums for its new album, "Prehistoricisms", at Opera Studios in North Hollywood and recording guitars and bass at Castle Oaks Studios in Calabasas. Vocals are being completed at Clearlake Audio in North Hollywood, and the whole process is being engineered by Josh Newell (JANE'S ADDICTION). A late 2008 release via Century Media Records is expected.

Keep of Kalessin

profiled: MIC Norway: Keep of Kalessin: Kolossus

Two years ago Keep of Kalessin stunned us with their album Armada. It was clear that a new major force had entered the stage of extreme and black metal. Now this band from the Norwegian city of Trondheim is back with the sequel. Entitled Kolossus the album will be released Friday this week, the sixth of June.

Red Sparowes

news update: Red Sparowes records new EP // News // Lambgoat


album release date: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - SOTHIS: New Album Release Date Confirmed

Candlelight Records has set a September 2 North American release date for "De Oppresso Liber", the full-length debut from Los Angeles-based black metal band SOTHIS. Recorded in Los Angeles and mixed in Sweden by Andy La Rocque (KING DIAMOND) the album includes nine new original songs. The band is Candlelight's latest American acquisition, a strong focus of artist development for the London-based label.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:09 PM

Friday, June 06, 2008

  Ex Beta Band Leader Steve Mason to release new album on July 14th

via: Teletext Planet Sound News: It's a pleasure for Mason

His new alias is Black Affair - the album is titled Pleasure Pressure Point due July 14th

Music on myspace: Black Affair

The track You and Me sounds addictive with great Electro and Kraftwerk melodies vibes !

# posted by DJ Martian 2:16 PM
  GOJIRA: New Album Title: The Way of All Flesh, Release Date Announced: October 13th

One of the most anticipated metal releases of 2008 has been announced: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - GOJIRA: New Album Title, Release Date Announced

French progressive extreme metallers GOJIRA have set 'The Way Of All Flesh' as the title of their new album, due on October 13 in Europe via Listenable Records and October 14 in North America through Prosthetic Records."

# posted by DJ Martian 2:03 PM
  New Cortney Tidwell Album Will be Titled: Son and Moon

via myspace: Blogs - SON AND MOON - cortney tidwell MySpace Blog

dated: May 21st

oh yeah. im MIXING THE RECORD !!!!!!!! ONLY DAYS AWAY FROM COMPLETION! i say this loudly because its only taken me nearly two years or something absurd.
the new record is called
i still dont have a release date (u know how record labels are)

# posted by DJ Martian 2:00 PM
  Custom charts @ Rate Your Music - Demonstrated: What are the top rated albums of the 00s? have just introduced customized charts: Custom chart - Rate Your Music

if your a user of these custom charts are fascinating, e.g I have a private network of friends on of circa 200 people. Using this user base that I have built up over the past few years I can now churn out charts that should be more relevant and interesting compared to the whole user base on

by selecting "as rated by friends" option you can get yearly charts, decade charts and alltime charts for albums, and eps, singles and compilations.

e.g I can get a list of the Top 1000 albums of the 00s "as rated by friends", below are the top 100 albums of the 00s so far as rated by my friends & favourites network on

Using this customized user base gives a more accurate snapshot of the decade so far, as it overcomes problems of rating the end of the decade more than the beginning that is common in one off polls.

1: Radiohead
Kid A (2000)

2: Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven (2000)

3: Maudlin of the Well
Bath (2001)

4: Opeth
Blackwater Park (2001)

5: Neurosis
A Sun That Never Sets (2001)

6: Neurosis
The Eye of Every Storm (2004)

7: Bohren & der Club of Gore
Black Earth (2002)

8: Agalloch
The Mantle (2002)

9: Ulver
Perdition City (2000)

10: Isis
Oceanic (2002)

11: Isis
Panopticon (2004)

12: Maudlin of the Well
Leaving Your Body Map (2001)

13: Murcof
Martes (2002)

14: At the Drive-In
Relationship of Command (2000)

15: Tenhi
Maaäet (2006)

16: Ephel Duath
The Painter's Palette (2003)

17: Unwound
Leaves Turn Inside You (2001)

18: Amon Tobin
Supermodified (2000)

19: Agalloch
Ashes Against the Grain (2006)

20: Opeth
Deliverance (2002)

21: Ulver
Blood Inside (2005)

22: Porcupine Tree
In Absentia (2002)

23: Yo La Tengo
And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out (2000)

24: Opeth
Damnation (2003)

25: Kayo Dot
Choirs of the Eye (2003)

26: Arcade Fire
Funeral (2004)

27: The Notwist
Neon Golden (2002)

28: Weakling
Dead as Dreams (2000)

29: Kamelot
The Black Halo (2005)

30: Fennesz
Endless Summer (2001)

31: Björk
Vespertine (2001)

32: The Gathering
Souvenirs (2003)

33: Interpol
Turn On the Bright Lights (2002)

34: Coil
The Ape of Naples (2005)

35: Boards of Canada
Geogaddi (2002)

36: Birchville Cat Motel
Beautiful Speck Triumph (2004)

37: 16 Horsepower
Secret South (2000)

38: Solefald
In Harmonia Universali (2003)

39: Arcturus
The Sham Mirrors (2002)

40: Dredg
El Cielo (2002)

41: Supersilent
5 (2001)

42: The Microphones
The Glow Pt. 2 (2001)

43: Porcupine Tree
Lightbulb Sun (2000)

44: Riverside
Second Life Syndrome (2005)

45: Drudkh
Blood in Our Wells (2006)

46: Sigur Rós
( ) (2002)

47: Disillusion
Back to Times of Splendor (2004)

48: Stars of the Lid
The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid (2001)

49: Tenhi
Väre (2002)

50: A Silver Mt. Zion
He Has Left Us Alone but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms... (2000)

51: Jesu
Jesu (2005)

52: Joanna Newsom
The Milk-Eyed Mender (2004)

53: Dälek
Absence (2005)

54: Devin Townsend
Terria (2001)

55: Tool
Lateralus (2001)

56: Moonsorrow
Verisäkeet (2005)

57: Radiohead
Amnesiac (2001)

58: Enslaved
Below the Lights (2003)

59: Burial
Untrue (2007)

60: Green Carnation
Light of Day, Day of Darkness (2001)

61: Broken Social Scene
You Forgot It in People (2002)

62: Wilco
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)

63: Ephel Duath
Pain Necessary to Know (2005)

64: Flotation Toy Warning
Bluffer's Guide to the Flight Deck (2004)

65: Pain of Salvation
Remedy Lane (2002)

66: Converge
Jane Doe (2001)

67: Subterranean Masquerade
Suspended Animation Dreams (2005)

68: Múm
Finally We Are No One (2002)

69: Indukti
S.U.S.A.R. (2004)

70: Opeth
Ghost Reveries (2005)

71: Madvillain
Madvillainy (2004)

72: The Postman Syndrome
Terraforming (2002)

73: Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Of Natural History (2004)

74: Esoteric
The Maniacal Vale (2008)

75: Neurosis
Given to the Rising (2007)

76: Venetian Snares
Rossz csillag alatt született (2005)

77: Deaf Center
Pale Ravine (2005)

78: Four Tet
Rounds (2003)

79: Drudkh
Autumn Aurora (2004)

80: Enslaved
Ruun (2006)

81: Supersilent
6 (2003)

82: Kayo Dot
Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue (2006)

83: Cannibal Ox
The Cold Vein (2001)

84: Porcupine Tree
Deadwing (2005)

85: Low
Things We Lost in the Fire (2001)

86: Jaga Jazzist
A Livingroom Hush (2001)

87: Murcof
Remembranza (2005)

88: Orphaned Land
Mabool: The Story of the Three Sons of Seven

89: Neurosis & Jarboe
Neurosis & Jarboe (2003)

90: Nile
In Their Darkened Shrines (2002)

91: Pain of Salvation
The Perfect Element I (2000)

92: Primordial
To the Nameless Dead (2007)

93: Rjd2
Deadringer (2002)

94: Gas
Pop (2000)

95: Noxagt
Turning It Down Since 2001 (2003)

96: Johnny Cash
American IV: The Man Comes Around (2002)

97: Bark Psychosis
///Codename: Dustsucker (2004)

98: Converge
You Fail Me (2004)

99: Sufjan Stevens
Illinois (2005)

100: A Silver Mt. Zion
"Born Into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward." (2001)

# posted by DJ Martian 12:17 AM

Thursday, June 05, 2008

  Top 1000 Albums of 2008 at

Top 1000 Albums of 2008 @ has been updated today.

Top 3:
1. Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale
2. Portishead - Third
3. Opeth - Watershed


highly rated by a small number of users: Esoteric 1000 Albums of 2008 @

Top Compilations of 2008 - Rate Your Music

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  Earplug - Issue 122

Issue 122 of Earplug

June 5 - 18

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 11:05 PM
  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 5th

Some links of interest:

Online Fandom - 10 Best Practices of Online Music Promotion by American academic Nancy Baym

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

Peter Gabriel launches a new customized culture portal: Peter Gabriel hails The Filter as digital life jockey | Media |

website: The Filter

1990s alt-rock music history re-written: The 25 Best Alternative Rock Bands Of The 1990s - List Of The Day

This month's festivals: RA: Top 10 June festivals - Feature / Interview

Norway's annual experimental festival Safe as Milk: ROBERT WYATT AND STUFF: Safe As Milk 2008


New issue of Clash magazine unfortunately features Coldplay on the front cover: Coldplay-Lou Reed-The Zutons-Clash Magazine | Clash Music Free CD and Free Summer Festivals Guide. There is an exclusive Tricky interview.

New issue of Plan B Magazine features Sparks on the front cover

Iggy Pop is on the front cover of Ireland's State Magazine: State Magazine | State Magazine Issue 04


Appleblim: (dubstep artist) FactMagazine - Appleblim

James Blackshaw: Pitchfork Feature: Interview: James Blackshaw

Mark Potter of Elbow answers questions: Drowned in Sound - Features - Readers' questions: Elbow answer your posers

High Contrast: 60 seconds with… High Contrast

Late of The Pier: FactMagazine - Late of The Pier's Warehouse Ball

Mastodon: Mastodon Stretches Out On Creepy New Album

Portishead: PopMatters Music Feature | Against the Grain: An Interview With Portishead

Satyricon: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - SATYRICON Frontman: The New Album Isn't Just Another Album, It's A Milestone

Note: the next roundup will focus on artist news.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:14 PM

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - June 3rd

Some links of interest:

4 music blogs to check:

Bill's Prog Blog - progressive rock related

Chain Of Flowers info on The Cure

Downbeast - music blog - jazz music blog is a blog for musicians and people who care about music. Our focus is jazz, creative music, composition, improvisation, and experimentation. We will be discussing recordings, performances, and the changing world of music.

Udi Koomran - respected avant progressive rock musician and producer

new June 2008 issue of textura now on line - experimental / electronic music

Italian Experimental/ Electronic music festival reviewed: RA: Dissonanze in review - Feature / Interview

HMV owned Fopp may open new stores in the future: Fopp shops sing the praises of a digital rebirth - Scotland on Sunday

NME are launching their radio station later this month: NME Radio announces DJ line-up | News | NME.COM

the good news: the return of ex Xfm dj Nick Luscombe ! for a weekend slot !

interesting discussion on music classification research: Open Research - Research Goals - Duke Listens!

Academic conference on Metal music culture: Music, Metal and Politics - Project Call for Papers

Monday 3rd November - Wednesday 5th November 2008
Salzburg, Austria

It is about time, that with a growing critical interest in the music and culture of heavy metal, a conference be held to explore, critique and bang heads on what this long standing movement is about, where it is going and what it has to offer, politically socially and philosophically. Characterised by extremes, it is a music movement that has a range of lifestyles attached to it, comprising of quite disparate and radically different views amongst both fans and its progenitors. Recent publications such as Bill Irwin’s edited Metallica and Philosophy: A Crash Course in Brain Surgery (2007), documentary films and past texts such as Deena Weinstein’s 1991 Sociological study Heavy Metal The Music and its Culture and Keith Kahn Harris’ Metal Studies site indicate a continuous, serious interest in Heavy Metal.

Submissions are welcome on any of the following themes: Heavy metal and:

- Origins, Definition and History
- Genres and classification. Classical music/Opera
- Culture - Subculture - Underground - Popular Culture - Fans
- Religion - anti religion - Evil - Satanism
- Politics - Nationalism - the apolitical - Fascism
- Imagery - Iconography - Aesthetics
- Art - Design - Fashion - Performance - Theatre - Sleeve Art
- Gender Issues - Misogyny - Homo sociality - Masculinities - Deviant Sexualities
- Monsters - Madness
- Philosophical themes: Existentialism - Nihilism - Hedonism - Ethics
- Literature - Cinema - Documentaries - Soundtracks - Horror - Gothic - Anime - Cartoons
- Fashion


Cor Scorpii: Cor Scorpii | Interview | Lords Of Metal metal E-zine - Issue 82: June 2008

Nadja: Nadja | Interview | Lords Of Metal metal E-zine - Issue 82: June 2008

Scar Symmetry: Scar Symmetry | Interview | Lords Of Metal metal E-zine - Issue 82: June 2008

Stille Opprör: Stille Oppror | Interview | Lords Of Metal metal E-zine - Issue 82: June 2008

Stille Opprör is the project of ex-In The Woods guitarist Christer André Cederberg.



news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - CODE Continuing Work On Sophomore Album


new 2008 album: Hauschka Ferndorf Album Due In September — News — AngryApe

Hauschka's next album is due in September, again being released by FatCat's 130701 imprint

Okkervil River

new 2008 album: Drowned in Sound - News - Okkervil River to release new album in October

October 13th sees Okkervil River’s new full-length album released.

Entitled The Stand Ins, the record will be available in the UK via Jagjaguwar

Omnium Gatherum

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

Original Silence

new album announced: Pitchfork: Thurston, Jim O'Rourke Ready New Original Silence LP

The Red Masque

new 2008 album: Bill's Prog Blog: The Red Masque signs to ReR USA

The Red Masque have signed with progressive label RER USA ( and will be releasing their new album, Fossil Eyes, in late June 2008 through RER USA's own label Ad Hoc Records.

RER USA was founded in 2003 by David Kerman as the exclusive North American distributor of the English label, ReR Megacorp, a twenty five year old company that defines the vanguard of experimental, progressive, interesting and genre-defying music

official website: The Red Masque - an original avant rock / progressive rock / psychedelic rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Rudimentary Peni

new 2008 album: SOUTHERN | rudimentary peni - album titled: No More Pain

Rudimentary Peni, one of the best and most mysterious bands of the English punk scene return with an album of completely new material. Welcome to No More Pain.


new 2008 album: Projekt: Tearwave - Different Shade of Beauty due July 29th

new track on myspace: Tearwave

# posted by DJ Martian 12:35 AM

Monday, June 02, 2008

  2008 Music Lists Updated

I have updated my 2008 Albums tracking list: 2008 Albums @ [985 Releases] - have a browse through !

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

Updated: June 2nd

I am currently compiling a 2008 Summer Albums list that will be published later this week.

I have also updated: 2008 Spring Albums [366 Releases]

A selective sequential list of Spring [March, April, May] 2008 albums. UK releases are Monday, US releases are Tuesday for simplicity these are grouped together as the same day. Release Dates are subject to change ! and primarily refer to the UK

Also updated: 2008 Expected - Rate Your Music [560 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 11:30 PM

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