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Thursday, July 31, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - July 31st

Some links of interest:

London based specialist music shop: Sound 323 have an new ecommerce webshop.

Browse music by genre: Drone Electronic Ethnic / World Field Recordings Folk & Blues Free Jazz Improvisation Minimalist Modern Composition Musique Concrete New York School Noise Post Rock Sound Art Text / Voice

Independent record labels e-commerce portal PostEverything has unfortunately closed.

London's famous Sister Ray record shop is in administration: Drowned in Sound - News - Sister Ray goes into administration

Find out the awful music the BBC regularly play: BBC - Music - Beta

Welcome to a new BBC Music beta site, enabling you to explore artists played on BBC Radio music programmes.

The return of jazz-rock: Is jazz-rock back? | Music | guardian.co.uk

Two events - a Gary Burton/Pat Metheny concert and an award for the Blessing's debut album - have brought thoughts of the term's history to mind

Take a music trip back to 1984: The Allmusic Blog - AllMusic Loves 1984

July recap: Drowned in Sound - Features - A Month In Records: July 2008

the new issue of Plan B features Roots Manuva on the front cover.

Kate Bush turned 50 yesterday [Wednesday]: BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Behind the enigma of Kate Bush and GIGWISE, Kate Bush Turns 50: Gigwise Reflects On Her Illustrious Career

DiS Pluto Prize is an alternative competition to the Mercury Prize: Drowned in Sound - Features - DiS's Pluto Prize: get voting now! - 12 albums overlooked are:

The Bug – London Zoo (Ninja Tune)
Foals – Antidotes (Transgressive)
Fuck Buttons – Street Horrrsing (ATP)
Future of the Left – Curses (Too Pure)
PJ Harvey – White Chalk (Island)
Johnny Foreigner – Waited Up ‘Til It Was Light (Best Before)
M.I.A. – Kala (XL)
Mystery Jets – Twenty One (sixsevennine)
Portishead – Third (Island)
These New Puritans – Beat Pyramid (Angular)
Wild Beasts – Limbo, Panto (Domino)
Robert Wyatt – Comicopera (Domino)

NME reckon American Music is cool again, so they do a wacky top 25 countdown: Top 25 Bands Making America Cool Again - Sound Opinions Message Board

25 Grace Jones
24 The Death Set
23 Girl Talk
22 Chester French
21 Iglu and Hartly
20 Telepathe
19 White Denim
18 Yo Majesty
17 Black Lips
16 The Cool Kids
15 Health
14 Jay Reatard
13 Amazing Baby
12 Fleet Foxes
11 The Hold Steady
10 Holy Ghost Revival
09 Black Kids
08 Boy Crisis
07 TV On The Radio
06 Spank Rock
05 MGMT
04 Kings of Leon
03 Glass Candy
02 Lil Wayne
01 Vampire Weekend

Shoegaze music history article: Exclaim! Canada's Music Authority

Sound of Confusion

How Shoegaze Defied Critics and Influenced A Generation
By Cam Lindsay

Note: next update will focus on artist news.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:54 PM
  Earplug - Issue 126

Issue 126 of Earplug

July 31 - August 13

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

# posted by DJ Martian 5:36 PM

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - July 29th

Some links of interest:

Artists

Steve Bug

compilation: RA: Steve Bug compiles Bugnology 3. Music News

Tracklist
01. Anton Zap - Captain Storm
02. Federico Molinari - Enerverende
03. Tigerskin - Peter's Secret Weapon
04. Moodymanc - Preacher (Bum Bum Drum Dub)
05. Santiago Salazar - Materia Obscura
06. Two Armadillos - Hamlin
07. George Kagais - The Beginning
08. Manuel Tur - Vabanque (Stimming Remix)
09. Pigon - Helios
10. Peace Division - Get Over It
11. Lee Jones - Weisses Kaninchen
12. The Per Eckbo Orchestra - Kodo Verano
13. Daso & Pawas - Det (Schatrax Remix)
14. Sven U.K. & Andomat 3000 - O Moresi
15. Ripperton & Alex Attias - The Last Hour
16. Damian Schwartz - 1568 Drexel Ave
17. Ben Klock - Steady Plus
18. Adultnapper - Madeleine
19. Matthias Meyer - Tout Va Bien
20. Kink & Neville Watson - Inside Out
21. October - Invitation

Steve Bug will release Bugnology 3 on Poker Flat in September 2008.

Hauschka

more info on new album: FatCat Records : News: : News: Hauschka New Album / Live Dates Confirmed

Lindstrøm

interview: Dusted Features [ Where He Goes We Go Too: An Interview with Lindstrøm ]

Dusted's Patrick Masterson chews the fat with Norwegian producer Hans-Peter Lindstrøm about his upcoming album Where You Go I Go Too, life after the 12", and the current surplus of good music.

M83

new video: New M83 Video - Kim & Jessie - Video - Stereogum

Octogen

2008 album: RA: Octogen returns to Soma. Music News - Octogen's Gindofask will be released on September 1st 2008 by Soma.

Orphaned Land

news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - ORPHANED LAND Vocalist Issues New Album Update

The Sound Of Animals Fighting

new track on myspace: The New Sound Of Animals Fighting - News Article - AbsolutePunk.net

# posted by DJ Martian 11:58 PM

Monday, July 28, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - July 28th

Some links of interest:

Mojo and Uncut are in competition this month with the most utterly useless front cover selections

Unfortunately the boring Beatles are on the front cover of Mojo magazine

Unfortunately the ghastly retro Oasis are on the front cover of Uncut magazine

Burial: Why Burial Has To Win The Mercury - It’s The New Thing

2008 Icelandic music: I - Icelandic Music: Icelandic Music Releases in 2008 - And what to expect ?


Artists

Asphx

news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - Reformed ASPHYX To Record New Full-Length Album - We expect the unexpected release of a new album in 2009 at Century Media Records!

Atheist

news update: Atheist writing new material // News // Lambgoat

David Byrne and Brian Eno

the long awaited album: Tiny Mix Tapes NEWS: David Byrne and Brian Eno Self-Release New LP in August, Details Revealed (By Strategy) - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

Flowing Tears

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - FLOWING TEARS: New Album Title Announced - Thy Kingdom Gone as the title of their new album, tentatively due in October via Ascendance Records

Kekal

news update: Kekal - New Album Update - Metal Storm - Audible Minority

The main concept of "Audible Minority" is all about perseverance and facing the life itself. Musically, it turned out to be a very dark, low-key and introspective album ever made under the name of Kekal. Be forwarned: Don't expect yourself to bang your head while listening to "Audible Minority". There are traces of extreme-metal at some points, but they collide with extreme electronic elements (with the use of multilayered power electronics, Moog synths and theremin) as well as dark, stripped-down emotional jazz and blues. I don't want to call this album 'experimental' or 'progressive', I prefer to call this 'expressional'.

Killing Joke

Killing Joke Ready Two New Albums

retro releases: remix album and peel sessions album

Luna Mortis

confirmation: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - LUNA MORTIS Comments On CENTURY MEDIA Deal

Rex The Dog

2008 album: RA: Rex The Dog welcomes you to the show. Music News

Rex The Dog will release The Rex The Dog Show on September 1, 2008 on Hundehaus.

Shelleyan Orphan

more info on the comeback album: One Little Indian • [artist_name] • pre-order: Shelleyan Orphan - We Have Everything We Need

Shelleyan Orphan - ‘We Have Everything We Need’

First new album in 16 years out October 13th on One Little Indian, available to pre-order now!

# posted by DJ Martian 11:56 PM

Saturday, July 26, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - July 26th

Some links of interest:

Metal roundup: brooklynvegan: This Week In METAL (07/24/08)

metal webzine: Global Domination

the Hype Machine: Hype machine: Gatekeeper of the MP3 blogosphere - Jul. 23, 2008 - Can the aptly named Hype Machine find investors and avoid a major label showdown?


Artists

The Amenta

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - THE AMENTA: n0n Audio Teaser Available

Cellador

new album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - CELLADOR: New Album Title Revealed

Nebraska-based extreme power metal band CELLADOR has set "For All or Nothing" as the title of its sophomore album, tentatively due in late 2008/early 2009 via Metal Blade Records.

Clock DVA

news update: Gothtronic | News: CLOCK DVA Ready For A Comeback! - box set reissue package, individual album reissues and plans for a new album in 2009.

Cynic

new 2088 album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - CYNIC: New Album Title, Release Date Revealed - Traced in Air

Reunited progressive metallers CYNIC — whose 1993 album "Focus" is regarded as a landmark release in the field of technical/progressive metal — have set "Traced In Air" as the title of their new album, due on October 27 via Season of Mist Records.

Gojira

news update: Metal News - Gojira Reveals New Album Tracklisting, Cover Art ( Metal Underground . com )

Informatik

Side-line report Informatik returns with Beyond - new album "Beyond" out on Metropolis by September 9th 2008.

Isis

news update: Isis working on new album // News // Lambgoat - We do know that it should be released early 2009.

Late of the Pier

a fantastic review of the new album: Drowned in Sound - Reviews - Albums - Late Of The Pier - Fantasy Black Channel

Lindstrøm

track to listen to: Paper Thin Walls :: Single Reviews :: LINDSTRØM - The Long Way Home [Prins Thomas Edit]

Mastodon

interview: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - MASTODON: New CD Is By Far The Biggest Departure From Record To Record That We've Done

Superfamily

via: Thursday, July 24th, 2008 | IT'S A TRAP! Scandinavian Music Journal

Superfamily will be going back into the studio with producer Espen Berg in October to begin work on album #3.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:58 PM

Thursday, July 24, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - July 24th

Some links of interest:

updated: Top 1000 Albums of 2008 @ rateyourmusic.com

[Mercury] Judge Jude Rogers chimes in: Mercury Prize 2008: Judge me not, conspiracy theorists | Music | guardian.co.uk - the debate is intense on the comments !

review: Drowned in Sound - Features - Benicassim 2008: the DiS review

2008 albums: Overlooked Records 2008 | Pitchfork

Feature on the NME brand: NME: From magazine to website to radio station - Press Gazette

Record Labels: Labels We Love 2008: Part 1 | XLR8R

interesting genre list: Genre: Electro-Acoustic Improvisation - Rate Your Music - A list by pabanks


Artists

Digitonal

Digitonal.com news - Save Your Light for Darker Days

The new studio album by Digitonal, Save Your Light for Darker Days, will be released by Just Music on the 1st of September.

Disillusion

3rd album planned: Bravewords.com News: DISILLUSION - New Line-Up Writing Upcoming Album

Fujiya & Miyagi

news update: Fujiya & Miyagi Map Tour, Announce New Album Details — News — AngryApe

Into Eternity

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - INTO ETERNITY: Five Songs From 'The Incurable Tragedy' Available For Streaming

Omnium Gatherum

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - OMNIUM GATHERUM: New Song Posted Online

Rex The Dog

video: Popjustice - Rex The Dog presents the most amazing video of July 2008

Here's the video for 'I See You, Can You See Me?', which is out next month followed by Rex The Dog's debut album 'The Rex The Dog Show',

# posted by DJ Martian 12:33 AM

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

  2008 Mercury Prize Shortlist

The 2008 Mercury Prize Shortlist has been announced...

Adele - 19
British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
Burial - Untrue
Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
Estelle - Shine
Laura Marling - Alas I Cannot Swim
Neon Neon - Stainless Style
Portico Quartet - Knee-Deep In The North Sea
Rachel Unthank & The Winterset - The Bairns
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age Of The Understatement

12 Nominations profiled: BBC - Music - Mercury Prize

Xfm: The Mercurys: And The Nominees Are...

discussion: Mercury Prize 2008 nominations: have they got it right? | Music | guardian.co.uk

# posted by DJ Martian 11:55 AM
  Mercury Prize Shortlist 2008 Predictions & Discussion

The shortlist for the 2008 Mercury Prize will be announced today (July 22nd) at 11.30am.

A look at albums that are eligible: Mercury Prize 2008 Eligibility - Rate Your Music

Some Eligible Albums for the Mercury Music Prize 2008. i.e British or Irish Artists who released an album between July 16th 2007 and July 21st 2008.

Updated: July 21st 2008

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

I don't know which albums entered the competition.


DiS started the debate last week: Drowned in Sound - Community - Music forum - Mercury music prize predictions and then:

Drowned in Sound - Features - The Weekly DiScussion: who should make the Mercury shortlist? - their editor selected these:

M.I.A., Kala (XL, read review here)
Future of the Left, Curses (Too Pure, read review here)
Burial, Untrue (Hyperdub, read review here)
British Sea Power, Do You Like Rock Music (Rough Trade, read review here)
Foals, Antidotes (Transgressive, read review here)
Elbow, The Seldom Seen Kid (Fiction, read review here)
Fuck Buttons, Street Horrrsing (ATP, read review here)
Johnny Foreigner, Waited Up ‘Til It Was Light (Best Before, read review here)
Mystery Jets, Twenty One (sixsevennine, read review here)
Portishead, Third (Island, read review here)
Frightened Rabbit, The Midnight Organ Fight (Fat Cat, read review here)
Wild Beasts, Limbo, Panto (Domino, read review here)

NME chime in with some rather daft suggestions: Mercury Music Prize shortlist - have your say | News | NME.COM

and 6 Music ask: BBC - 6 Music - The Agenda

Discussion on ILM: Mercury Music Prize 2008 tittle-tattle aggregator

rateyourmusic.com

If the Mercury Prize was selected by rateyourmusic.com ratings this would be the shortlist: [only including studio albums, not live albums]

6 from the qualifying period of 2007

Radiohead
Primordial
PJ Harvey
Oceansize
Burial
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

6 from the qualifying period of 2008

Portishead
Esoteric
Elbow
No-Man
The Fall
James


Media

Mercury rising: Who will make this year's shortlist? - Features, Music - The Independent

The shortlist for the Mercury Prize is announced today. But with a year's worth of British albums to choose from, who'll be on it? Andy Gill makes a guess - and nominates his own favourites

Andy Gill's albums of the year

James Hunter: 'The Hard Way'

M.I.A.: 'Kala'

Laura Marling: 'Alas, I Cannot Swim'

Merz: 'Moi Et Mon Camion'

The Mitchell Brothers: 'Dressed For The Occasion'

Jim Noir: 'Jim Noir'

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss: 'Raising Sand'

Radiohead: 'In Rainbows'

Spiritualized: 'Songs In A&E'

Linda Thompson: 'Versatile Heart'

The Ting Tings: 'We Started Nothing'

Paul Weller: '22 Dreams'

Blogger Opinions:

Daniel @ In League With Paton: The Mercury Rises Yet Again

Some albums I wouldn’t object to seeing nominated:

Outhouse – Outhouse (have Loop paid the entry fee?)
Finn Peters – Butterflies
James Blackshaw – Litany of Echoes
Portishead – Third
Radiohead – In Rainbows
Neon Neon – Stainless Style
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss (this and the above are one half British!)
Hot Chip – Made In The Dark
Burial – Untrue
Leila – Blood, Looms and Blooms
The Bug – London Zoo
Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
Polar Bear – Polar Bear (not released until 28th July so possibly ineligible)
Django Bates – Spring is Here, Shall We Dance (he’s based in Copenhagen, but still British!)
Wild Beasts – Limbo, Panto
Alexander Tucker – Portal
Gwilym Simcock – Perception
Chris T-T – Capital
Neil Cowley Trio – Loud…Louder…Stop!
Robert Wyatt – Comicopera (I think this was too late for last year….)
Sylvie Lewis – Translations
Boxcutter – Glyphic
Empirical – Empirical
Paris Motel – In The Salpetriere
Kevin Ayers – The Unfairground
PJ Harvey – White Chalk
Voice of the Seven Woods – Voice of the Seven Woods
Acoustic Triangle – 3 Dimensions


Sweeping The Nation: Weekender : via the magic of scheduled posting

the Mercury Music Prize nominees will be issued on Tuesday. We have a regular half-right-or-so record with predicting the twelve names put forward, so here goes: British Sea Power, Burial, Duffy, Edwyn Collins, Elbow, Foals, The Imagined Village, MIA, Mystery Jets, Portishead, Radiohead, Robert Wyatt. Let's see, shall we.

Mercury Prize. - Interstellar Overdrive.

Dipping for Mercury Bearded Magazine: The home of independent music


My analysis of What will Make the 2008 Mercury Prize Shortlist


Burial - Untrue - Did Kode9/ Hyperdub enter this album tough?

Radiohead - In Rainbows - They have never won the Mercury Prize, maybe this time?

Portishead - Third - previous Mercury winners return to the shortlist.

Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid - certainly deserves to make the shortlist, their debut made the Mercury shortlist in 2001, but their last 2 albums were overlooked.

Duffy - Rockferry - too boring for me, but likely to be in, as the Mercury Prize like to nominate debut albums and have a geographic representation beyond just English nominations.

The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age Of The Understatement - no my thang, but the type of album that is likely to be nominated

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - will this album qualify? well received by the serious rock critics

Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree - their last 2 albums failed to make the shortlist, better luck this time?

Laura Marling - Alas I Cannot Swim - a debut album and the Mercury Prize likes to have some female artists on the shortlist.

Rachel Unthank & the Winterset - The Bairns - widely tipped as the folk entrant

Empirical - Empirical - always difficult to select the jazz album, but this album was widely and correctly acclaimed by jazz critics

Plus a Classical Nomination


What Else Could make the shortlist?

Debut Albums: Mercury Prize Judges like to include debut albums: maybe these

Nancy Elizabeth - Battle and Victory

Errors - It’s Not Something But It Is Like Whatever

Foals - Antidotes

Quiet Village - Silent Movie

Swimmer One - The Regional Variations

Voice of the Seven Woods - Voice of the Seven Woods - could be a surprise nomination?

Wild Beasts - Limbo, Panto

Others

Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Fight
Hot Chip - Made in the Dark
Jamie Lidell - Jim
Sennen - Where the Light Gets In
The Shortwave Set - Replica Sun Machine

Established Artists

Edwyn Collins - Home Again
The Fall - Imperial Wax Solvent
PJ Harvey - White Chalk
James - Hey Ma
Ladytron - Velocifero
Underworld - Oblivion With Bells
Robert Wyatt - Comicopera

Jazz Albums

The Blessing - All Is Yes
The Neil Cowley Trio - Loud Louder Stop
DSQ - The House Always Wins
Outhouse - Outhouse
Finn Peters - Butterflies
Gwilym Simcock - Perception


Artists That Don't Deserve to Make the Shortlist: Include

Adele - too boring
Coldplay - too bland
Kate Nash - too rubbish
Ting Tings - too shoddy
Paul Weller - I dislike Weller !
The Wombats - too awful



Find out my personal selections: My Mercury Prize Selections 2008 - Rate Your Music

# posted by DJ Martian 12:39 AM

Monday, July 21, 2008

  TV on the Radio album: Dear Science - September 22nd

A new TV on the Radio album : 4AD - News - Dear Science Arrives September 22nd

First there was Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, then there was Return To Cookie Mountain and soon there will be Dear Science,.

That’s right, as just announced on Pitchfork, TV On The Radio are indeed returning with their “long-awaited” ™ new album this Autumn. Entitled Dear Science, we will be releasing it on Monday September 22nd to the world outside North America. This is exciting news! We’ll update you with more as we get it.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:00 PM

Sunday, July 20, 2008

  IoS Article: Does the world need another indie band? - an attack on Generic Blando Brit-indie-Guitar Bands

The Independent on Sunday article that attacks the gormless generic trad-Brit-indie-guitar scene of the 00s: Does the world need another indie band? - Features, Music - The Independent

Does the world need another indie band?

It's the height of the festival season, and across Britain Identikit groups of tight-trousered, floppy-haired boys with guitars are taking to the stage, to thrash out a homogenous jangle. Critics have dubbed their sound 'indie landfill'. Is it the death knell of a once-vibrant underground scene?


Who are the chief culprits for this musical malaise? - step forward: NME and Q magazine, Xfm and Virgin Radio.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:09 PM
  Numusic Festival 2008 - Stavanger, Norway

Numusic 2008

From 03/09/08 to 07/09/08

Five days of music and urban art sponsored by The Wire in the intimate venues of Stavanger. Performances from The Fall, Harmonia, Shackleton, A Certain Ratio, Black Dice, Kaada, Goodiepal, David Toop, DJ Pinch & MC Dread, Black Devil Disco Club, Blectum From Blechdom, Hudson Mohawke, Khan Of Finland, Plastician and more. Stavanger various venues, 3–7 September
[The Wire is a media sponsor]

Numusic 2008

West Coast Festival of Numusic is fast becoming one of Europe’s leading club based festivals dedicated to promoting new music and urban art.

Numusic is based on the west coast of Norway in Stavanger, home to some of the world’s most beautiful fjords, mountains and coastal scenery. A small but culturally dynamic city, that is currently sharing European Capital of Culture alongside Liverpool.


Artist profiles with myspace links now available on numusic [navigation Numusic Festival > Artists]

2652 (NL)
A CERTAIN RATIO (UK)
ANDREA SARTORI (IT)
BARNWAVE (US)
BENJI B (UK)
BINARPILOT (NO)
BLACK DEVIL DISCO CLUB (FR)
BLACK DICE (US)
BLADED (NO)
BLECTUM FROM BLECHDOM (US)
BONANZA (AT)
CUCKOO (NO)
DATAROCK (NO)
DAVID TOOP (UK)
DIMLITE (CH)
DINNER AT THE THOMPSONS (FR)
DINOSAU (NO)
DJ PINCH & MC DREAD (UK)
DORIAN CONCEPT (AU)
DR KATAZTROFA (NO)
DSL (FR)
ELEKTROVOLT (NL)
FOOD FOR ANIMALS (US)
FRU FRU (AT)
GAY AGAINST YOU
GOODIEPAL (DK)
HARMONIA (DE)
HUDSON MOHAWKE (UK)
JAZKAMMER (NO)
KAADA (NO)
KATZENJAMMER (NO)
KHAN OF FINLAND (DE)
KING KNUT (NO)
KISS ME I´M ELECTRIC DJ´S (NO)
KRAZY BALDHEAD (FR)
LINDSTRØM (NO)
LUCY LOVE (DK)
NATASHA BARRET (NO)
NEXT LIFE (NO)
NOUVELLE VAGUE (FR)
OTTO VON SCHIRACH and BLOWFLY (US)
PIVOT (AUS)
PLANNINGTOROCK (UK)
PLASTICIAN (UK)
PUSSEH PUSSEW (LAT)
SELFISH CUNT (UK)
SHACKELTON (DE)
SIDABITBALL (FR)
SON OF DAVE (UK)
STEVE (UK)
STU (CH)
THE BANK HOLIDAYS (AU)
THE FALL (UK)
VOICES OF THE SEVEN WOODS (UK)
XPLODING PLASTIX (NO)
ZOMBIE ZOMBIE (FR)

# posted by DJ Martian 1:45 PM

Saturday, July 19, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - July 19th

Some links of interest:

music blog: Conspiracy Records

Till deaf us do part | Electronic | guardian.co.uk Music

Have your earplugs at the ready as Stevie Chick traces the parallel lives of two furious, noisy and inspirational musicians: Justin Broadrick and Kevin Martin - aka Jesu and the Bug


3 albums: Vendlus Records - Archive - Vendlus Records present new albums from three International Masters of Dark Ambient

Atomine Elektrine - The Deep Invisible - Lustmord meets Autechre

Sten Ove Toft - Lit De Parade – a perfect cross between Lasse Marhaug and
Deathprod

Swarms - Silver Hour - Swan’s Soundtracks for the Blind has a dream about
Coil


reviewed: Kongsberg Jazzfestival: Music from the Hall of the Mountain King



Artists

The Cure

news update: Gothtronic | News: New Album THE CURE Postponed - till October.

Ephrat

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - PAIN OF SALVATION Frontman Featured On EPHRAT Debut

Israeli progressive rock/metal band EPHRAT will release its debut album, "No One's Words", on August 25 via Inside Out Music.

Gregory & the Hawk

2008 album: FatCat Records : News: - Gregory & the Hawk sign to FatCat

Brooklyn-based Gregory and the Hawk will release their FatCat debut album Moenie and Kitchi on October 7th in North America and October 13th in the UK and Europe. Driven by Meredith Godreau’s beguiling and beautiful voice, and filled with a mix of bedroom acoustic guitar, lush instrumentation and sonic experimentation, the album was recorded together with Mice Parade's Adam Pierce in his upstate NY studio.

Mogwai

interview: Drowned in Sound - Features - Young Team remembered: Stuart Braithwaite on Mogwai's debut

Simple Minds

news update: On A Clear Day You Can See Nebraska: Simple Minds return to Wales to record new album

Transitional

2008 album recently released: Conspiracy Records: Transitional - Nothing Real Nothing Absent

Transitional is the new project of musician producer Kevin Laska ( Novatron ) and long time Justin K Broadrick and Kevin Martin collaborator Dave Cochrane (Jesu, Grey Machine, …)

# posted by DJ Martian 9:04 PM
  Metal News Roundup - Update - July 19th

Some links of interest:

New issue of Zero Tolerance Magazine features a Brazilian themed front cover.

roundup @ brooklynvegan: This Week In METAL (07/15/08)


Artists

Amon Amarth

2008 album: Amon Amarth completes new album // News // Lambgoat

Swedish metal powerhouse Amon Amarth has completed work on its long-awaited new studio album. The full-length release, titled Twilight of the Thunder God, will see a September 30 North American release date via Metal Blade Records.

Becoming The Archetype

news update: Becoming The Archetype recording new album // News // Lambgoat

Bloodbath

2008 album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - BLOODBATH: New Album Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

Swedish death metal "supergroup" BLOODBATH will release its new studio album, "The Fathomless Mastery", on October 6 via Peaceville Records.

Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH) - Vocals
Martin "Axe" Axenrot (OPETH) - Drums
Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström (KATATONIA) - Guitar
Jonas Renkse (KATATONIA) - Bass
Per "Sodomizer" Eriksson (ex-21 LUCIFERS, GENOCRUSH FEROX) – Guitar

Din Brad

announcement: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - NEGURA BUNGET Drummer Launches DIN BRAD

DIN BRAD recently inked a deal with German label Prophecy Productions and is scheduled to release its full-length debut in early 2009.

Into Eternity

2008 album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - INTO ETERNITY: New Album Track Listing, Artwork Unveiled

Canadian progressive metal titans INTO ETERNITY have have finalized the track listing for their first conceptual offering, "The Incurable Tragedy", which will be released in North America on September 2 via Century Media Records (August 25 in Europe).

Intronaut

2008 album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - INTRONAUT: Prehistoricisms Track Listing, Cover Art, Release Date Revealed

Southern California's INTRONAUT will release its new album, "Prehistoricisms", on September 16 via Century Media Records.

Kampfar

2008 album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - KAMPFAR: New Album Details Revealed

"Heimgang" (said to be "the connection between the underworld and our own") as the title of their new album, due on September 26 via Napalm Records.

Kylesa

news update: Kylesa set to enter studio // News // Lambgoat - album will be released on Prosthetic Records in early 2009.

Oceans of Sadness

2008 album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - OCEANS OF SADNESS: The Arrogance Of Ignorance Artwork Unveiled

Belgian progressive metallers OCEANS OF SADNESS have revealed the artwork of their forthcoming fifth album, "The Arrogance of Ignorance"

Psycroptic

2008 album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - PSYCROPTIC: New Album Title, Artwork Revealed

Tasmanian tech-death masters PSYCROPTIC have set "Ob(Servant)" as the title of their fourth album, due in the fall via the group's new label, Nuclear Blast Records.

Satyricon

news update: Satyricon - Upcoming Album Update - Metal Storm - On the next update, the album title will be revealed.

Unsun

2008 album: Bravewords.com News: Century Media Sign UNSUN To Worldwide Deal; New Songs Online - On September 22nd our debut album entitled The End Of Life will be released by CM worldwide

myspace: Unsun

# posted by DJ Martian 7:59 PM

Thursday, July 17, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - July 17th

Some links of interest:

the critical consensus of 2008 so far: Acclaimed Music Forum: UPDATE : 30/06/08 : MEGA-CRITIC : Best Reviewed Albums Of 2008 So Far

music 2008 so far: TLOBF Best of 2008: Jan - Jun | TLOBF.COM

reviewed: Drowned in Sound - Features - Supersonic 2008: the DiS review

Techno | Pitchfork - The Month In by Philip Sherburne

Everything feels fucked up. The environment, the economy, war, terrorism, an unraveling Constitution, obesity, reality shows, the coming 2012 apocalypse meme-- it's hard to be optimistic about much these days.

the latest in electronic dance music: Electric Zoo - Anti Matta

Decibel Festival in Seattle

RA: Decibel's preliminary lineup announced. International News

Carl Craig, Deadmau5, Audion, Dixon and more will play at Seattle's Decibel Festival in September.

music festivals: BBC - Radio 1 - Annie Nightingale

Annie Nightingale investigates the picture postcard must-destinations for music festivals in 2008.

feature on French synth-wave music: FRICTION NYC - Trackback: French Synth-Wave

Domino Records: Domino Records annouce their Diamond anniversary gigs | TLOBF.COM

Sat 4 October 7.30pm
Liquid Liquid + Junior Boys
Tickets £15/20/25
Produced by the Barbican

Sun 5 October at LSO St Luke’s 7.30pm
Juana Molina + Max Tundra
Tickets £15/17.50
Produced by the Barbican

Mon 6 October 8.00pm
Tricky + Wild Beasts + Skream
Tickets £15/20/25
Produced by the Barbican in association with Metropolis


Artists

Art of Infinity

2008 album: Gothtronic | News: ART OF INFINITY Presents Endless Future

The new album ''Endless Future'' of the ambient project Art of Infinity , featuring members of The Scorpions, Rammstein and Roedelius will see its release on September 19th 2008 by Prudence/Rough Trade.

The Beauty of Gemina

2008 album: Gothtronic | News: A Stranger to Tears is the New Album from THE BEAUTY OF GEMINA

The new album is titled ''A Stranger to Tears'' and will be released at 29.08.

The Black Seeds

press release: “Solid Ground” - The Black Seeds (Sonar Kollektiv) [ALBUM] - Rocketscience Media

TITLE: Solid Ground / ARTIST: The Black Seeds / LABEL: Sonar Kollektiv / RELEASE DATE: 22nd September 2008 / CAT NO: SBCD0010

The Black Seeds truly find their feet on solid ground with these twelve tracks of dub, funk, afro beat and soul, closely chased with a vintage reggae base.

Caina

2008 album: Bravewords.com News: CAINA Complete New Album, New MP3 Available, New Website Launched


Eclectic UK phenomenon CAINA, comprised of sole mastermind Andrew Curtis Brignell, have completed work on the next anticipated full-length album for Profound Lore Records.

Entitled Temporary Antennae, the new album sees Brignell stretch his musical oeuvre to new unheard levels culminating in a maturity which presents more depth and substance to the unique sound he conjured by combining the likes of raw black metal, 4AD post-rock, and folk/singer-songwriter music


Fields Of The Nephilim

review of recent gig in London: Fields Of The Nephilim: Ceremonies 2008 - Metal Storm

Hilde Marie Kjersem

2008 album: Rune Grammofon RCD 2077 - Hilde Marie Kjersem: A Killer For That Ache

We are happy to introduce the excellent young singer and songwriter Hilde Marie Kjersem with her first solo album. Neither a jazz album nor your typical melancholy Nordic singer songwriter album, let´s say it´s pop music with a twist, quite a few twists come to think of it, inviting the listener to a dramatic, beautiful, mysterious, seductive, dark, intricate and quite simply different sounding and fascinating musical ride.

Late of the Pier

spotlight on Obscure Sound - Indie Music Blog - Late of the Pier

pacific UV

interview: Ink 19 :: pacific UV

Portishead

interview: themilkfactory - INTERVIEW: PORTISHEAD The Wild West

Stereo Image

debut album: gorillavsbear.net: pack moves

Stereo Image is San Serac and Johnny Dark (formerly of Junior Boys)

# posted by DJ Martian 10:42 PM
  BURST: Two New Songs Available For Streaming on myspace

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - BURST: Two New Songs Available For Streaming

listen: MySpace.com - BURST - Gothenburg, Sweden, SE - Metal / Progressive / Experimental - www.myspace.com/burstrelapse

Burst have posted "(We watched) The Silver Rain" and "Cripple God", two songs of different character from our forthcoming album Lazarus Bird (released mid-September) through our Myspace-thing.

I love the versatility of this band, their sense of individuality by combining numerous music styles and tempos, the full on production, dynamic musical ideas and ambitious arrangements.

BURST will release their new album, Lazarus Bird, via Relapse Records in Mid September.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:10 PM
  Earplug - Issue 125

Issue 125 of Earplug

July 17 - July 30

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

# posted by DJ Martian 7:00 PM

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

  The Wire - New Issue: #294 | Tricky | August 2008

New issue of The Wire features Tricky on the front cover. On sale in the UK on Thursday July 17th.



On The Cover: Tricky - Knowle West Council, strong women and Jesus Christ: Bristol's self-described 'Mr. Darkness' explains his return to form to Mark Fisher. Plus: Michel Chion, avant jazz saxophonist Joe McPhee, Sick Llama/Fag Tapes, Asva, the fluorescent Atsuhiro Ito, Reiko Kudo and The Primer explicates Digital Dancehall.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:03 PM

Monday, July 14, 2008

  Enslaved Announce New Album: Vertebrae

Enslaved announce new album: Vertebrae due in September on Indie Recordings

Indie Recordings are extremely proud to announce the signing of Norway’s finest - Enslaved - 14/07/08 11:05

Having worked with Enslaved before it is an honour to again being allowed to work with one of the absolute top acts in metal today. Their new album “Vertebrae” will be released September 2008, marking a quantum leap for Extreme Metal. “Vertebrae” is Enslaved’s most important achievement to date, and will convince through haunting songs, the most powerful production and unmatched integrity. More details on the album itself will be revealed shortly. Enslaved is also widely acclaimed as one of the best live acts on the scene today - following the release, Enslaved will commence on an extensive European Tour, being supported by fellow Norwegians Stonegard and Krakow. See the Events section for complete tour-list.

In a statement the band comments the signing:

“We’ve known the people behind the label for years, and have first-hand knowledge of their dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism. This signing makes perfect and utter sense to us; and we are proud to start off this cooperation with our strongest album ever”

-Indie Recordings

# posted by DJ Martian 1:54 PM
  Terrorizer - New Issue

New issue of Terrorizer magazine features Carcass on the front cover. On sale Thursday July 17th in the UK.

Terrorizer #173

Feature Highlights:
THE ROTTED + WITHERED + CAPRICORNS + ABORTED + HARVEY MILK + ASCEND + CULT OF LUNA + GRAVE + MADE OUT OF BABIES + THE HEADS + HOLE IN THE SKY PREVIEW + AT THE GATES + TOXIC HOLOCAUST + ASPHYX + EXODUS + BRUTAL TRUTH + CARCASS + KEEP OF KALESSIN + EXCLUSIVE AMON AMARTH



Free CD

#173 - Fear Candy Track Listing

1 -- Aborted -- I35 --3.45
2 -- Sotajumala -- Kuolinjulistus --4.08
3 -- Deception -- Praying To Liar --1.34
4 -- Arkangel -- Slow But Heavy --3.41
5 -- Whitechapel -- This Is Exile --3.40
6 -- Insidious -- Charges Of Disgust --2.57
7 -- Soulfly -- Unleash --5.10
8 -- Daylight Dies -- A Subtle Violence --5.41
9 -- Withered -- ...The Fated Breath --4.54
10 -- Brown Jenkins -- Dagonite --5.41
11 -- Repugnant Inebriation -- Dead Soul --4.01
12 -- Algazanth -- The Phosphorescent --5.42
13 -- Kalmah -- For The Revolution --5.07
14 -- Waylander -- Walk With Honour --5.00
15 -- Capricorns -- November Suicides --5.38
16 -- Klimt 1918 -- Suspense Music --4.07
17 -- Ogre -- Drive (edit) --3.52
18 -- Blood Farmers -- Orgy Of The Rats (Edit) --5.00

# posted by DJ Martian 1:14 PM

Sunday, July 13, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - July 13th

Some links of interest:

music blogs to check:
KUMO
Made Men Tell No Tales
Urlaubshits

Avant-garde Metal overview article: Avant-garde Metal - Stories: Avant-garde Metal - A Brief And Incomplete History Of An Ongoing Experiment

available to buy: Guide to the Music Press 2008

The Allmusic Blog - Q2 Report: We Pick the Best of April, May and June 2008 - very predictable selection of mostly high profile artists.

FatCat Records : News: Exclusive Fatcat Sampler Free With Plan B Magazine

1. Vashti Bunyan – I Want To Be Alone
2. David Karsten Daniels – Martha Ann
3. Gregory And The Hawk – Ghost exclusive
4. Nina Nastasia – Your Red Nose
5. Vetiver – To Baby
6. Tom Brosseau – True To You exclusive
7. Silje Nes – Dizzy Street
8. Ten Kens – Y’All Come Back Now
9. Charlottefield – Snakes
10. The Rank Deluxe – Tightrope
11. We Were Promised Jetpacks – Quiet Little Voices exclusive
12. Frightened Rabbit – I Feel Better
13. The Twilight Sad – Here, It Never Snowed. Afterwards It Did
14. Max Richter – Return To Prague exclusive
15. Our Brother The Native – Augural Wraith exclusive
16. Hauschka – Blue Bicycle exclusive



Artists

The Amenta

2008 album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - THE AMENTA: n0n Album Details Revealed - due October 20th

THE AMENTA describes the new album's sound as a fusion of extreme metal, electronic noise and dub.

Ashes You Leave

new track from Croatian Atmospheric metal band: Ashes You Leave from their upcoming album: MySpace.com - Ashes You Leave - Rijeka - Metal / Gothic / Down-tempo - www.myspace.com/ashesyouleaveband

Black Meteoric Star

interview, [from last month that I missed]: FactMagazine - Black Meteoric Star

This autumn, Gavin Russom - producer, musician, synth technician, sculptor and general polymath - will unveil Black Meteoric Star, his new acid house project for DFA Records

Jacopo Carreras

2008 album: RA: Jacopo Carreras moves from his bed to his couch. Music News

Jacopo Carreras's From Bed to Couch will be released by Lan Muzic on September 8, 2008.

Goldmund

Due for release July 28th: available to buy @ GOLDMUND - The Malady Of Elegance - Boomkat

Invisible Conga People

interview: FactMagazine - Invisible Conga People

Invisible Conga People’s ‘Cable Dazed’ is surely one of the most serene and sensuous records to be cut to vinyl this year. It was released through Mike Simonetti’s Italians Do It Better imprint,

IQ

news update: IQ - Official Website - THE NEW IQ ALBUM - AN UPDATE FROM MIKE AND PETER

Grace Jones

Grace Jones is back to scare the mainstream with a brilliant new single - and a new album in October !

Gothtronic | News: New GRACE JONES Videoclip Corporate Cannibal Online

On 25 august the new Grace Jones single ''Corporate Cannibal'' gets released. It is the first single of the new album ''Hurricane'', which is slated for a October 27th release.

Stunning video: YouTube - Grace Jones - Corporate Cannibal - dark industrial trip-hop pop !

Luna Mortis

introducing...BLABBERMOUTH.NET - LUNA MORTIS Signs With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

myspace: Luna Mortis

Peverelist

Bristolian dubstep producer, interview: FactMagazine - Peverelist

Prins Thomas

interview: RA: Prins Thomas: Adult oriented disco - Feature / Interview

Deep cuts, deep digging, deep passion: Norwegian DJ/producer Prins Thomas is very much a self-made man. RA caught up with him on the eve of his label's first compilation release to talk hip-hop, Wham and adult oriented disco.

Throwing Muses

expect a new album in 2009: Ceci N'est Pas un Blog: SUPER-exciting news from the Throwing Muses camp!

Tricky

interview: No one sprinkled superstar dust on me | Electronic | guardian.co.uk Music

Scowling, paranoid and up for a fight ... That's the image Tricky has been saddled with. Dorian Lynskey finds out if the rumours are true

up-c down-c left-c right-c abc start

post-rockers delay album: up-c down-c left-c right-c abc start | - Embers will be released on October 6th.

The Wounded

news update from Dutch atmospheric rock band, The Wounded: [highly recommended for fans of The Cure and Katatonia]

Official The-Wounded Website

We are very happy to inform you that we have warmly welcomed keyboard player Harald de Haan (Kevin´s Crew).
He will join and help the band with working on the new album.
And he will be in control of the keys when The Wounded go live on stages again in the near future.
Ed Dresscher also will be helping to get the album done as soon as possible.
In the last few years Ed became a very important factor within the band.
We thank you for the days on the road and for never letting the band down.
And we wish you all the best!


Zao

news update: Comments // News // Lambgoat: Zao prepares new album

# posted by DJ Martian 11:55 PM

Thursday, July 10, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - July 10th

Some links of interest

From Uncut magazine: Uncut.co.uk | Wild Mercury Sound - Post details: The Best Of 2008 Thus Far: Results Just In


Artists

Department Of Eagles

new 2008 album: Drowned in Sound - News - Department Of Eagles sign to 4AD album: In Ear Park due on October 6th.

Friendly Fires

debut album: Drowned in Sound - News - Friendly Fires announce debut album details - self-titled debut album will be released on September 1st on XL

Katatonia

news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - KATATONIA: New Interview, Performance Footage Available

Lukestar

New video from Norway's answer to Mew, Lukestar: Lukestar - Lake Toba | Pitchfork

Mirimar Disaster

Mini album: Room Thirteen - Mirimar Disaster Mini Album & Tour
in September

Nightmares on Wax

More info on upcoming album: CWNN News: NIGHTWARES ON WAX is back!

Secret Machines

Secret Machines To Release Self-Titled Album — News — AngryApe

Sourvein

new record deal: Teeth of the Divine - News - Sourvein Signs to Candlelight Records

# posted by DJ Martian 1:58 PM

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - July 8th

Some links of interest:

Shock Converge are on the front cover of Kerrang this week: Kerrang! Kerrang! Magazine 09/07/2008

Gothtronic | News: Some Bizzare Compilations Out Soon


Artists

All Shall Perish

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - ALL SHALL PERISH: Awaken The Dreamers Artwork Revealed

The cover artwork for "Awaken The Dreamers", the new album from the Oakland extreme metal outfit ALL SHALL PERISH, can be viewed below. Due on September 5 via Nuclear Blast Records

Bloc Party

new video: YouTube - Bloc Party - Mercury

Dungen

2008 album: Dungen Announce New Album | Pitchfork - forthcoming fourth studio album 4 and plan to release it this fall on Kemado.

Stephen Hitchell

interview: Gridface: Stephen Hitchell

Chicago-area producer Stephen Hitchell is a man of many projects. As Soultek, he recently released 12-inches on soundshift [detroit] and Lee Purkis’ Fortune8. He collaborates with Rod Modell as cv313 and Echospace.

Juana Molina

New 2008 album: brooklynvegan: Juana Molina - new Domino album, 2008 Tour Dates (Feist) - Un Dia, the fourth release on Domino Records from Argentinean artist Juana Molina is set to be released on October 7th, 2008

Portishead

news update: Portishead Planning Fourth Album — News — AngryApe

Ten Kens

2008 album: Ten Kens self-titled album to be released by Fat Cat

Fat Cat Records will be releasing the debut album from Toronto foursome Ten Kens. .....

The album will be released on September 23, 2008.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:55 PM

Monday, July 07, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - July 7th

Some links of interest:

2 music blogs to check:
Headphone Commute
Stop Us Not - Swedish music

roundup: brooklynvegan: This Week In METAL (07/07/08)

Supersonic festival preview: Drowned in Sound - Features - Supersonic 2008: the DiS preview

Black Metal overview: The Believer - A Blaze in the North American Sky

AMERICAN BLACK METAL BANDS SPECIALIZE IN A UNIQUELY BRUTAL, HOMEGROWN SOUND, BUT THEY DON’T ACTUALLY KILL PEOPLE. SO WHY SHOULD THEY BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY?

Mid year 2008: Headphone Commute: Best of 2008 [so far...]

Stop Us Not: Best 10 Swedish albums of the first half of 2008!


take a musical trip back to 2002: just published: The Silent Ballet | The Top 50 Releases of 2002


compilation: RA: The Märtini Brös mix themselves. Music News - Poker Flat will release The MB Factor on August 11, 2008.

Sasha releases new mix album Invol2ver on September 8th: GIGWISE, Radiohead's Thom Yorke To Feature On New Sasha Album


Artists

Black Kids

Find out how average this album is: My Old Kentucky Blog: Full Album Stream : Black Kids

Goldmund

2008 album: Goldmund : The Malady of Elegance

The sophomore album from Type Records' very own Keith Kenniff, this time under his Goldmund moniker. Simply stunning.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:55 PM

Sunday, July 06, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - July 6th

Some links of interest:

3 music blogs to check:
Cool Music Central
Improvised Communications
Requiem Of Madness

The Month In: Grime / Dubstep, by Martin Clark: Grime / Dubstep | Pitchfork

Details of Issue 5 of Ireland's State magazine that features Interpol on the front cover: State Magazine | State Issue 05, Muxtape, Listings & PDFs


Artists

Annie

interview: North star | Pop | guardian.co.uk Music

Norwegian pop singer Annie's first album won her a devoted internet following. Now she's relocated to Berlin, recruited Girls Aloud and is bidding to conquer the charts proper, writes Alex Macpherson

Colosseum

news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - COLOSSEUM: New Album Details Revealed

Finnish "funeral doom" band COLOSSEUM has signed a deal with Firebox Records/Firedoom Music for the release of its sophomore album.

Early Man

new record deal: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - EARLY MAN Signs With THE END RECORDS

The End Records has announced the signing of the Brooklyn-based trio EARLY MAN.

Grizzly Bear

Expect a new album in 2009: Grizzly Bear Gets Busy On Sunnier New Album

MGMT

Expect a new album in Summer 2009: MGMT Eager To Start Work On Second Album — News — AngryApe

Mogwai

mp3: New Mogwai - The Sun Smells Too Loud - MP3 - Stereogum

Mount Sims

news update: Gothtronic | News: New Releases from Mt Sims

Even more importantly, Mt Sims wasted no time finishing up the third album "Happily Ever After" slated for an October US release on Hungry Eye Records, produced by none other than Thomas Stern of Crime and the City Solution,

Shroud of Bereavement

2nd album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - SHROUD OF BEREAVEMENT Begins Recording New Album

We are looking to finish in the studio by fall '08 and have the album soon thereafter.

The Week That Was

The Week That Was - comparisons to Kate Bush / Talk Talk / Tortoise / XTC / Prefab Sprout / Frazier Chorus - debut album due on Memphis Industries on August 18th

myspace The Week that Was

Wild Beasts

UK tour info: Wild Beasts To Tour Their New Album — News — AngryApe

# posted by DJ Martian 11:45 PM

Friday, July 04, 2008

  New Minotaur Shock Album - Amateur Dramatics

Drowned in Sound - News - Minotaur Shock: album three forthcoming

The new album by Minotaur Shock is titled Amateur Dramatics due August 11th on 4ad

It was influenced by many things, notably Fleetwood Mac, Detroit techno, Frank Zappa, Cluster, Andrew Poppy, Bowie, Italo house, Glass/Reich, Gentle Giant and Todd Rundgren. Each track has it’s own artwork and the tracklisting is pretty fluid.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:47 PM
  The Pitchfork Guide to Upcoming Releases: Summer '08

More info on upcoming releases: The Pitchfork Guide to Upcoming Releases: Summer 08 | Pitchfork

this installment covers a wide swath of the crucial cuts you'll be jamming on through the summer and into the fall, from LPs and EPs to singles and music-related DVDs of note.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:38 PM
  Rune Grammofon - 2008 Release Plans

news update @ Rune Grammofon News:

In mid August we will release 'A Killer For That Ache' by brilliant singer and songwriter Hilde Marie Kjersem, to be followed later in the year by new releases from MoHa!, Huntsville (with some very special guests), Susanna (solo) and Humcrush (live). We also plan to finally release 'Money Will Ruin Everything 2'.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:30 PM
  HTRK - Marry Me Tonight

experimental ambient dub noise-pop band HTRK will finally release their much anticipated album: Marry Me Tonight on September 1st on BlastFirstPetite

HTRK - Marry Me Tonight

listen to tracks via Hype Machine - HTRK

# posted by DJ Martian 1:26 PM
  Earplug - Issue 124

Issue 124 of Earplug

July 3 - 16

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

# posted by DJ Martian 1:09 PM

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - July 2nd

Some links of interest:

New issue of Rock-A-Rolla magazines features Nurse with Wound on the front cover: ISSUE 15 OUT NOW!!!

Forthcoming 2008 albums discussion: Drowned in Sound - Features - The Weekly DiScussion: the best of 2008's forthcoming albums

Norway's Øya Festival: Myspace.com Blogs - The Club Night program is complete - The Øya Festival MySpace Blog

Club Night 2008 is comprised of about 90 bands playing at 25 different venues. As we see it, this year's bill is the grooviest ever and contains for example summer pop, Balkan rhythms, indie rock, psychedelia, hardcore, rock'n'roll, prog, punk, garage rock, country, electronica, blues, and a whole lot more. A music event of this magnitude doesn't happen in downtown Oslo too often. As usual, the bill is dominated by up-and-coming Norwegian acts, but there are also a few well-known names to be found. The program is now more or less complete, but a couple of names may be added during the next few weeks. Artist info will be made available under ARTISTS in the weeks to come.

Øya Festival: Artist Profiles

Iceland Airwaves 2008 festival: Iceland Airwaves 2008: First acts announced. | TLOBF.COM

John Mulvey at Uncut magazine: Uncut.co.uk | Wild Mercury Sound - Post details: The Best Albums Of 2008: Halftime Report

mix compilation: RA: Kompakt prepares Total 9. Music News - Total 9 will be released on Kompakt on 18th August 2008.



Artists

Annie

more info: Annie Don't Stop Album Details Emerge — News — AngryApe - due October 6th

Calexico

UK release date: Drowned in Sound - News - Calexico return in September with Carried To Dust - on September 8th.

Tour info:

10 Dublin Tripod
11 Edinburgh Queens Hall
12 Oxford Academy
13 Sheffield Leadmill
14 Dorset End of the Road Festival

October
11 London Forum

The Notwist

interview: The Notwist | Pitchfork

Red Sparowes

CMJ News Story: Red Sparowes Announce New EP, Post Single On Myspace

# posted by DJ Martian 11:57 PM

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

  Music Links Roundup - Update - July 1st

Some links of interest:

K-Punk on dubstep and techno: FactMagazine - Rebellious Jukebox (06/08)

New issue of Uncut features George Harrison on the front cover. Another dullard / boring uninspiring choice by Uncut.

Part 4: Drowned in Sound - Features - Hove Festival 2008: DiS diary, day four

London record store Pure Groove spotlighted The Daily Growl: London record shops 1: Pure Groove

Some 2008 albums reviewed: In League With Paton: All The Fun of the Fair

June recap: Drowned in Sound - Features - A Month In Records: June 2008

2008 recap: marathonpacks: not one to sit and spin: marathonpacks 2008 Mid-Term Mix, Vol. II

Mid year 2008 report: Faronheit - Mid-2008 Roundup: 10 Surprising Albums

Sweeping The Nation: Advance notice - anticipated 2008 forthcoming albums.

Ian Camfield leaves Xfm for Kerrang radio: Radio Today: Kerrang! hires former Xfm DJ

Metal recap: brooklynvegan: This Week In METAL (06/30/08)



interviews:

Coalesce: Coalesce | Interview | Lords Of Metal metal E-zine - Issue 83: July/August 2008

Daylight Dies: Daylight Dies | Interview | Lords Of Metal metal E-zine - Issue 83: July/August 2008

Equilibrium: Equilibrium | Interview | Lords Of Metal metal E-zine - Issue 83: July/August 2008

Esoteric: Esoteric | Interview | Lords Of Metal metal E-zine - Issue 83: July/August 2008

Gojira: Gojira | Interview | Lords Of Metal metal E-zine - Issue 83: July/August 2008

Mar De Grises : Mar De Grises | Interview | Lords Of Metal metal E-zine - Issue 83: July/August 2008

Mourning Beloveth: Mourning Beloveth | Interview | Lords Of Metal metal E-zine - Issue 83: July/August 2008

Trinacria: Trinacria | Interview | Lords Of Metal metal E-zine - Issue 83: July/August 2008

Withered: Withered | Interview | Lords Of Metal metal E-zine - Issue 83: July/August 2008



Artists

Anata

news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - ANATA Checks In From The Studio

Bloodbath

2008 album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - BLOODBATH: New Album Title, Release Date Revealed

Swedish death metal "supergroup" BLOODBATH will release its new studio album, "The Fathomless Mastery", on October 6 via Peaceville Records.

The Bug

interview: FactMagazine - The Bug

Exmortem

2008 album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - EXMORTEM Completes Work On New Album

Danish death metallers EXMORTEM have completed work on their fifth album, 'Funeral Phantom', for an October 20 release via Mighty Music.

Intronaut

new blog from US post-metal band Intronaut: Introblog

Rose Kemp

2008 album: Rose Kemp Preps Unholy Majesty Album — News — AngryApe due September 1st on One Little Indian

According to the press release, Kemp is influenced by classic Black Metal, Doom and 70's prog, right through to timeless songwriters like Kate Bush and Tom Waits.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:56 PM
  textura - New Issue

New issue of electronic / experimental music webzine: textura

JULY 2008, NO. 46

Articles
Mlle Caro & Franck Garcia: Two Voices Create a Third
The Fun Years: The Fine Art of Audio Magma, or Putting Women To Sleep Since 2003
James Blackshaw's Top 10 Recent Favourite Records
Lullatone's Top 10 Sounds Around the House

Albums
@c: Up, Down, Charm, Strange, Top, Bottom (Cronica)
Antenne: #3 (Helmet Room)
The Antripodean Collective: The Massacre of the Egos (Extreme)
Rudi Arapahoe: Echoes From One To Another (Symbolic Interaction)
Black Gold 360: Suite 17 (Beluga)
Brael / Tokyo Bloodworm: Living Language (Moteer)
Richard Chartier: Further Materials (Line)
Jack Dangers: Music For Planetarium (Brainwashed)
Rae Davis: Positive Thinking! (Exponential)
Depth Affect: Hero Crisis (Autres Directions in Music)
Taylor Deupree: Northern (12k)
Engine7: Me, But Perfect (Herb)
Emanuele Errante: Humus (Somnia)
Force of Nature: III (Mule Musiq)
Gel-Sol: IZ (Psychonavigation/ Upstairs Recordings)
Glissando: With Our Arms Wide Open We March Towards the Burning Sea (Gizeh)
Hardfloor: The Life We Choose (Hardfloor)
He Can Jog: Middlemarch (Audiobulb)
Hulk: Rise of a Mystery Tide (Osaka)
Adam Hurst: Dwelling (Ash)
Adam Hurst: Ruin (Ash)
Kenny Larkin: Keys, Strings, Tambourines (Planet E)
Loco Dice: 7 Dunham Place (Desolat)
Mad EP: Bass.hed (Ad Noiseam)
Maju: Maju-5 (Extreme)
Evan Marc + Steve Hillage: Dreamtime Submersible (Somnia)
Izumi Misawa: Speaking Behind the Raindrops (Symbolic Interaction)
Nico Muhly: Mothertongue (Brassland)
Toshimaru Nakamura: Dance Music (Bottrop-Boy)
Organum: Omega (Die Stadt)
Maja S.K. Ratkje: River Mouth Echoes (Tzadik)
Nicola Ratti: From the Desert Came Saltwater (Anticipate)
Recue: All the Wrong Places (Rednetic)
Renfro: Mathematics (Meltwater)
Sawako: Bitter Sweet (12k)
Seawalker: Every Love Unwinds (Lathelight Ltd)
Raoul Sinier: Brain Kitchen (Ad Noiseam)
Spyweirdos, John Morjopoulos and Floros Floridis: Epistrophy at Utopia (Ad Noiseam)
Svartbag: Svartbag (Rump)
Tape: Milieu Plus (Minority Records)
John Tejada: Where (Palette)
Asmus Tietchens + Richard Chartier: Fabrication (Die Stadt)
Transitional: Nothing Real Nothing Absent (Conspiracy)

Compilations / Mixes
Nicolas Matar & Willie Graff: Cielo-Cinco (Tommy Boy)
VA: Ai022LP (Ai Records)
VA: Buzzin' Fly 5 Golden Years In The Wilderness (Buzzin' Fly)
VA: Deconstructive Music (More Mars)
VA: Om: Miami 2008 (Om)
VA: Sounds of Om Vol. 6 (Om)
VA: Traum 100 (Traum)
VA: Underscan Now (Underscan)

EPs
Claro Intelecto: Warehouse Sessions Volume 5 (Modern Love)
Funckarma: Dubstoned EP (Highpoint Lowlife)
Tanaka Hideyuki: Think Zero (Microcosm)
Jona: Antiplano (Planet E)
Alton Miller: Late Night Fantasy (Yore)
Move D: Drøne (Modern Love)
saidsound: Singing Laundry (Microcosm)
Sebastian San: Rising Sun (Planet E)
Patrice Scott vs. Andy Vaz: Split EP (Yore)
Philip Sherburne: Salt & Vinegar EP (Lan Muzic)
Vakula: Hohol (Uzuri)

# posted by DJ Martian 1:59 PM

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