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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

  Music Links Roundup - Update - March 31st

Some links of interest:

new URL for music blog Ground and Sky - a highly recommended read.

New sponsor for the Mercury Prize: Barclaycard to sponsor Mercury Prize

ILM on 2009 music so far: So we're... blah blah blah... of the way through 2009; what records are worth listening to so far?

monthly recap: A Month in Records: March 2009 / In Depth // Drowned In Sound

Global Gathering festival: RA: Global Gathering announce full line-up. International News

Radiohead are performing @ BBC - Reading and Leeds Festivals 2008 - Reading Festival Line up - unfortunately as expected with Reading / Leeds most of the artists selected are very poor.

Also discussion @ Has the Reading and Leeds festival forgotten how to rock? | Music |

2009 album listings:
April 2009 Album Release Dates | DOA
2009 Second Quarter Music Preview

Technical Metal: Metal News - Too Much Is Never Enough: Technical Metal in 2009 Metal


Bat for Lashes

Listen to the album tracks: Two Suns – Bat for Lashes – Listen free and discover music at

and streaming @ MySpace Bat for Lashes

interview: BBC - Newsbeat - Music - Bat For Lashes' glittering return


news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - CODE: New Album Delayed - Resplendent Grotesque until June 1st.

Mathias Eick

UK tour: MIC Norway: UK tour for Mathias Eick

Award-winning trumpeter, composer and multi-instrumentalist Mathias Eick heads out on UK tour.

Fever Ray

interview: Pitchfork: Fever Ray


2009 album: Forte Music Distribution: PIMMON - 'SMUDGE ANOTHER YESTERDAY'

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Monday, March 30, 2009

  Music Links Roundup - Update - March 30th

Some links of interest:


Fortcoming releases listed @ A Few Forthcoming Releases (April 2009) - Music Musings and Miscellany

Ornette Coleman's Meltdown Neil Spencer speaks to Ornette Coleman, curator of this year's Meltdown | Music | The Observer

Jazz genius Ornette Coleman will curate this year's Meltdown Festival, and it's set to be even more eclectic than usual. Neil Spencer spoke to him

new series of BBC's Later music show: Teletext Planet Sound News - Later unveils line-up including Depeche Mode

new book by David Stubbs on avant garde and experimental music: Running The Voodoo Down: I'M GONNA READ THIS; YOU SHOULD, TOO

Fear of Music David Stubbs 978-1-84694-179-5 Price: $19.99 / £9.99 Date of publication: 24 April 2009

artists @ SXSW selected by Nialler9 The 12 best bands I loved @ SXSW 2009 | Nialler9 Music Blog | MP3s | Videos | Reviews

Mutek: Montreal's Mutek Festival has just revealed the second wave of performers that will grace its stages for its 10th anniversary. RA: Villalobos to play Mutek. International News

ATP: ATP Week - A Beginners Guide | Clash Music


Black Sun Aeon

Album streaming: > News > BLACK SUN AEON - Entire New Album Available For Streaming


news update: HEALTH - Progress Report - Stereogum

Little Boots

2009 album: Little Boots preps debut album Hands - State Magazine | Music | News | Reviews | Live - her debut album Hands is released on June 8t

Cortney Tidwell

2009 album confirmed: Cityslang - Cortney Tidwell signs to City Slang - releases BOYS

New label, New album Title: Boys and Release Date Confirmed: May 29th


Tombs interviews [] Mike Hill (Interview)

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

  2009 Music Lists

Started compiling a collection of 2009 Music Lists

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Friday, March 27, 2009

  Music Links Roundup - Update - March 27th

Some links of interest:

new issue of Mojo magazine John & Yoko on the front cover ...yawn !

FREE CD! ALL THE YOUNG DUDES: 15 tracks of seriously street tough ‘70s British rock’n’roll bovver. Starring Mott The Hoople, Slade, Roy Wood, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, T.Rex, Motörhead and many more.

new issue of Uncut magazine features Madness on the front cover - a novelty pop band twenty five years plus past their peak ...yawn ! - why not put Depeche Mode on the front cover?

April Festivals: RA: Top 10 April Festivals - Feature / Interview - RA picks the April festival highlights from across the globe.

Festivals Guide: TLOBF 2009 Festival Guide | The Line Of Best Fit

MySpace toolbar: MySpace Rolls Out its Official Toolbar

music blogs: BBC NEWS | Technology | The net helps music sing new songs

Brian Eno and David Byrne interviewed: Edward Helmore talks to Brian Eno and David Byrne | Music | The Guardian

Even after a 27-year break, the music of Brian Eno and David Byrne is umbilically linked. They talk to Edward Helmore about punk rock, paranoia and the power of singalongs



UK Tour: Side-Line: A-Ha announce arena tour


news: Pitchfork: News: New Annie Single Coming in May

Blood Red Throne

2009 album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - BLOOD RED THRONE: New Album Artwork, Track Listing Revealed - Souls of Damnation is due to be released by Earache Records on June 1st in Europe and June 30th in the USA.

Claro Intelecto

interview: RA: Claro Intelecto: When the time is right - Feature / Interview

The dubbier side of techno hasn't always been as popular as it is today, but Claro Intelecto's dedication to the sound has been unquestioned since his production career began in 2003. In advance of his appearance at the Communikey Festival, RA's Carl Ritger chats to the Modern Lover about the importance of timing.

Donnacha Costello

new label: RA: Donnacha Costello launches new label. Music News

Dinosaur Jr

2009 album: Dinosaur Jr Reveal Farm Album — News — AngryApe - Dinosaur Jr. are to release their new album Farm on June 23rd

Bob Drake

news update: Bob Drake News | Avant Music News

The Emperor Machine

2009 album: FACT magazine – - The Emperor Machine explores the Space Beyond The Egg - Space Beyond The Egg - due June 1st

The latest artist to invoke the yoke, so to speak, is The Emperor Machine, AKA Andy Meecham. The former Chicken Lip returns on June 1st with his third album for DC Recordings as the 'Machine, and it's called, yes, Space Beyond The Egg.

Kayo Dot

news update: Kayo Dot prepares new album // News // Lambgoat


2009 album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - LAETHORA Completes Recording Second Album titled: The Light In Which We All Burn

LAETHORA, the Swedish death/grind band featuring DARK TRANQUILLITY guitarist Niklas Sundin, has finished recording its second album, "The Light In Which We All Burn", for a late spring/early summer release.

The Mars Volta

2009 album: The Mars Volta to release new album, Octahedron in June, side-project album in May | onethirtybpm titled: Octahedron


FACT magazine – - Smalltown Supersound get set 'On Fire'; Meanderthals prep album Desire Lines due May 11th

Meanderthals full-length album, Desire Lines. Meanderthals is a collaboration between London disco-not-disco veterans the Idjut Boys (Dan Tyler and Conrad McConnell) and Rune Lindbaek, who's left his mark on various Norwegian dance scenes since the eighties, and has worked in the past with Drum Island, Lindstrom and Moonflowers (and Royksopp, but don't hold that against him) and remixed Annie and The Knife. Desire Lines is out May 11.

Alexander Nut

compilation: RA: Alexander Nut mixes up Rinse: 08. Music News - Rinse will release Alexander Nut's Rinse: 08 on March 30th, 2009.

Nils Økland

profiled: MIC Norway: Nils Økland: Monograph


new 2009 album: Placebo Reveal Album Tracklisting - Placebo news on Clickmusic - 'Battle For The Sun' is released on 8th June


reviews: MIC Norway: Favourable ’Junior’ reviews

Röyksopp’s much anticipated third outing, ‘Junior’ is out and the first reviews have begun to emerge.

Secret Chiefs 3

interview: Hail to the Chiefs


2009 album: Rune Grammofon RCD 2085 - Spunk: Kantarell due April 20th on Rune Grammafon


2009 album: Pitchfork: News: Tortoise Announce New Album Details - On June 23, Thrill Jockey will release Beacons of Ancestorship

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

  Planet Mu Presents: FILTH: Friday April 3rd - London

details of an interesting upcoming Planet µ Records all-nighter special in London: PLANET MU PRESENTS: FILTH

TIMES: 9:30PM - 6:00AM



Planet Mu breakcore veteran returns to Corsica for his only London show promoting his new album "Filth" (Planet Mu ZIQ222).


Master of the techno / bass scene, Neil's live set will blast you away, expect more analogue kit than you can shake a stick at.


Blasting space-age funk and dub from his new album "Arecibo Message" (Planet Mu ZIQ225)


Special DJ set


Jumping the pond for a few days especially for this gig expect expect BASS BASS BASS. Ahead of the forthcoming Planet Mu ZIQ235 "Creature / Miracles (Jamie Vexd Remix)" 12"


Bristol Bass and G-funk illness from the hottest producer of the moment


Bass and bleeps pressure from Hyperdub's first lady.


More Brizzle bass funk ahead of his forthcoming album on Planet Mu (ZIQ230)


Compressed Hip Hop action from the Stuff / Ramp Recordings wonder boy.


Irish electronic/dub/industrial duo ("Neo gothic"...Quote Mary Anne Hobbs) bring you live drums and bass action ahead of their forthcoming album "Riffs" on Planet Mu (ZIQ234)


Full on Jungle rinse out from the Mu veteran playing all the best bits from his new "One Foot in The Rave" album (Planet Mu ZIQ224)


Silky sub bass promoting his new E.P (Planet Mu ZIQ228)


Basscore madness from the mashup master. Promoting the "Wobble Horror!" 12" (Planet Mu ZIQ237)


Lovely electronica from the wonder girl


80s inspired synth madness from the album "R-Tracks" (Planet Mu ZIQ227)


Special Oldskool set to start the night

Planet Mu Records merchandise stall all night selling vinyl CD's as well as the now SOLD OUT Highrise / Planet Mu T'S
Corsica Studios. Elephant Road, London (Elephant and Castle tube)
Tickets £15 in advance from Here

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

  New Look: BBC Music

The BBC Music website has been revamped.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

  FACT magazine - 20 best albums Jan - Mar

Best 20 albums of 2009 so far according to London's FACT magazine: FACT magazine – - First Quarter Report: 20 best albums Jan - Mar

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  Music Links Roundup - Update - March 24th

Some links of interest:

Latitude Festival announced: Latitude Festival 2009 :: Home and line up details: Latitude Festival 2009 :: Line up including headliners Nick Cave, the Pet Shop Boys and Grace Jones.

Supersonic festival additions: New additions to Supersonic line-up | The Line Of Best Fit Skullflower, Atomized, Scorn

Lollapalooza festival: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - TOOL To Co-Headline LOLLAPALOOZA

Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune reports that TOOL and THE KILLERS are expected to fill out the headlining slots for the fifth annual Lollapalooza festival, set to take place August 7-9 at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois.



news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - AHAB: New Album Track Listing Revealed

Beneva vs. Clark Nova

2009 album: Fenêtre Records teams up with multiple labels for new releases | NEWS | ITSATRAP2009

Fenêtre Records and How Is Annie are teaming up to release Beneva vs. Clark Nova's second album "Dramatic dada" in May/June.

Depeche Mode

UK Tour: Depeche Mode Announce December Tour

10 Dublin O2 The Point
12 Glasgow SECC
13 Birmingham LG Arena
15 London O2 Arena
18 Manchester MEN Arena

Duran Duran

news update: Duran Duran Recording New Album with Mark Ronson | Spin Magazine Online

The Field

more info: The Field confirms new album details and release date | The Line Of Best Fit

it will be released on 18th May and will proceed an international tour in May/June beginning in the US and Canada


mp3 download: Way Too Loud! - Isis Post new Song for Download

Junior Boys

interview: FACT magazine - Interview: Junior Boys

The Mary Onettes

new tracks: New music from The Mary Onettes | NEWS | ITSATRAP2009

Tom Middleton

mix compilation: RA: Tom Middleton asks for One More Tune. Music News

Renaissance will release Tom Middleton's One More Tune on April 27, 2009.

The Week That Was

UK tour: The Week That Was

March 27 - Tapestry Club, St Aloysius Church, London
May 14 - Uncut Stage,Great Escape, Brighton
May 15 - Wood Festival, Oxfordshire
May 16 - Chameleon Cafe, Nottingham

Patrick Wolf

UK Tour: Patrick Wolf For May Tour - Patrick Wolf news on Clickmusic

15 Northampton Roadmender
18 Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
19 Oxford O2 Academy
20 Leeds Cockpit
22 Liverpool Stanley Theatre
25 Birmingham O2 Academy
27 Norwich Waterfront
28 Sheffield Leadmill
29 Glasgow Classic Grand
31 Manchester Ritz

1 London Electric Ballroom

Bertine Zetlitz

news update: Bertine Zetlitz is a mom, working on new album | NEWS | ITSATRAP2009

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Monday, March 23, 2009

  Terrorizer - New Issue - 182 - April 2009

New issue of Terrorizer magazine features Mastodon on the front cover: Terrorizer #182 April 2009 |

Feature Highlights:

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

  Music Links Roundup - Update - March 22nd

Some links of interest:

This Month's Mixmag magazine: Twitter / Mixmag: The Aeroplane mix CD, free ...

The Aeroplane mix CD, free with the April issue is the best we've had in absolutely ages. Yes, we would say that. But it really is. Heroes.

Colin Murray is leaving Radio 1: Colin Murray leaves BBC Radio 1 | Media |

Radio 1's weekend breakfast host Nick Grimshaw will take over Murray's Radio 1 late evening show, which airs between 10pm and midnight, Monday to Thursday.

Forthcoming releases listed @ Upcoming Music Releases, April - June, 2009 @ MBV

reviewed BLOC Weekend: Igloo Magazine :: Features :: BLOC WEEKEND :: March 13-15, 2009

Detroit's Movement 2009: Movement 2009, Detroit's Electronic Music Festival, unveiled its initial lineup for the May 23-25 event: DANCEBLOGGA: dance music news: movement unveils lineup

RICHARD BROPHY on what record labels really think of blogs: Bloggers vs floggers - The Irish Times - Fri, Mar 13, 2009

More Cultural / Communications Studies analysis from Nancy Baym: Online Fandom - Music Fandom vs. Narrative Fandom

Take a music trip back to 1984: Sweeping The Nation: All those years ago - the top 40 from this day twenty five years ago.


Depeche Mode

a lighthearted interview feature: Peter Robinson picks soundtracks with Depeche Mode | Music | The Guardian

Basildon's dark lords of kinky synth-goth are back. But which one of their new songs would Dave Gahan and Depeche Mode pick for a trip to B&Q? Quizmaster Peter Robinson finds out


news update: > News > DETONATION To Hit The Studio Next Month


interview: Entering the Kingdom Of Rust: DiS meets Doves / In Depth // Drowned In Sound

Exercise One

2009 album: RA: Exercise One prepare debut album. Music News

Mobilee and Lan Muzic favourites Exercise One are set to release their debut album later this year.

The duo of former !K7 employees Marco Freivogel and Ingo Gansera have been turning heads with their Teutonic minimal techno since 2004, but they're set to surprise even their own fans with their first full album, which is entitled In Cars We Rust.

Mobilee are set to release In Cars We Rust on May 25, 2009.

Fujiya & Miyagi

interview: Fujiya & Miyagi - We are not Japanese lawyers - Features, Music - The Independent

The sound has changed over the years, but the name has stayed. Fujiya & Miyagi tell Andy Gill about techno and body parts

Get the Blessing

They were known as The Blessing, but now known as Get the Blessing: Flomotion Radio Presents: Get The Blessing | Flomotion Radio

Get The Blessing launch their incredible new album, Bugs In Amber, at Cargo on the 28th May, in conjunction with Flomotion Radio.


interview: FACT magazine – - Interview: Kode 9

Lindstrøm and Prins Thomas

2009 album: RA: Lindstrøm and Prins Thomas take II

Eskimo will release Lindstrøm and Prins Thomas' II on May 26, 2009.

Pet Shop Boys

another interview: The Quietus | Features | A Quietus Interview | Pet Shop Boys: Our Back Catalogue Is 25 Years Of Social Commentary

The 39Steps

introducing: 17 SECONDS - Presenting…the 39 Steps

The 39Steps [David Holmes / Massive Attack / Portishead / Tricky / DJ Shadow type music]: The 39Steps on MySpace Music - Down-tempo / Minimalist / Electronica

Patrick Wolf

news update: Progress Report: Patrick Wolf - Progress Report - Stereogum

new video: Patrick Wolf - Vulture — Media — AngryApe

Holger Zilske

2009 album: RA: Holger Zilske preps new album. Music News

Playhouse will release Holger Zilske's Holz on May 25, 2009.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

  Futuresonic 2009 | Urban Festival of Art, Music & Ideas

Details of this year's Futuresonic 2009 festival in Manchester. [The Futuresonic website also has a superb user experience and interesting information design]

13-16 May 2009
Urban Festival of Art, Music & Ideas
Manchester, UK

Futuresonic 2009 and the Social Technologies Summit will take place 13-16 May 2009, featuring world premieres of astonishing artworks, an explosive city-wide music programme, and visionary thinkers from around the world. The festival has four strands - Art, Music, Ideas and EVNTS - and occupies the orbits of art, performance, music, design and digital culture. Now in its 14th year, Futuresonic is the UK's leading festival for digital culture, and this year was nominated for the prestigious Lever Arts Prize. An urban festival experience, it is anticipated that over 50,000 festival visitors will engage with 300 artists and 100 events across 30 venues.

Music: Futuresonic | Music

The best, most explosive, most all-encompassing Futuresonic music lineup to date, covering genres as diverse as dubstep, contemporary classical, lo-fi indie, electronica, deep house, math rock, leftfield hip-hop and italo disco.

A breathtaking AV show by Mexican electronic pioneer Murcof, a highly anticipated UK performance from Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson, and the legendary NYC based hip-hop crew Anti-Pop Consortium. Plus Kode 9, for many the UK's hottest DJ, headlining a showcase of UK bass music, and the finger-picking prowess of guitarist Marnie Stern, hailed as 2009's most exciting rock act by New York Times.

Social Technologies Summit: Social Technology Summit | Social Technologies Summit

The Social Technologies Summit is the leading international conference that brings together 500 opinion formers, futurologists, artists, researchers and technologists to explore the latest upgrade affecting today's digital culture.

Pioneering ideas will be presented, which will transform the way you and your organisation operate, innovate and interact. Combining keynotes, critical debates, demonstrations and experiences with open space and participatory sessions, it is an engaging, critical and essential event to attend.

The themes for the conference this year include Environment 2.0, Digital Futures, Identity and Trust, Mobile and Semantic Web: Cultural Algorithms.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

  Top 1000 Albums of 2009 -

Top 1000 Albums of 2009 @ has been updated. Worth a browse through to see which albums are being rated highly.

selected positions in the top 100:

1 Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
2 Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
4 Blut aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta II: Dialogue With the Stars
6 Mono - Hymn to the Immortal Wind
7 Tim Hecker - An Imaginary Country
8 Kalisia - Cybion
9 Mastodon - Crack the Skye

11 Absu - Absu
16 Obscura - Cosmogenesis
18 Sólstafir - Köld

20 Amesoeurs - Amesoeurs
22 Funeral Mist - Maranatha
26 Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

38 Zu - Carboniferous

41 Greg Malcolm - Leather and Lacy
45 Wolves in the Throne Room - Black Cascade

50 Bat for Lashes - Two Suns
51 Mournful Congregation - The June Frost

61 Dälek - Gutter Tactics
64 Junior Boys - Begone Dull Care
69 Intrusion [electronic] - The Seduction of Silence

70 Fen - The Malediction Fields
73 Gui Boratto - Take My Breath Away
75 Colosseum - Chapter 2: Numquam
78 Buried Inside - Spoils of Failure

84 Yagya - Rigning
88 Fever Ray - Fever Ray

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  2009 Albums Tracking List and Expected List: Update 5

Have a browse through...2009 Albums [1000 Albums] - 2009 A - Z Albums Tracking List - a starting guide to new & forthcoming album releases.

also: 2009 Expected [752 artists] - Artists that are expected to release new albums in 2009 - awaiting announcements of album titles and release dates.

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  Rock-A-Rolla Magazine - New Issue Featuring Isis

New issue of Rock-A-Rolla - Issue 19 out now! featuring Isis on the front cover.


Isis! Mono! Nadja! Fennesz! Black Dice! Cobalt! Editions Mego! The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble! Wolves In The Throne Room! Stinking Lizaveta! Crippled Black Phoenix! And lots more!

Plus: over 100 releases reviewed, including the latest, possibly greatest SunnO))) album Monoliths & Dimensions!

Plus live action: SunnO))), Animal Collective, Parts & Labor, Pain Jerk & Emeralds!

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

  Music Links Roundup - Update - March 17th

Some links of interest:

30 years ago in a musical time warp: New Wave Time Warp

music webzine: Kevchino

metal at SXSW: the 2009 guide to Metal @ SXSW (with lots of MP3's) - BrooklynVegan

Rock In Opposition festival: - Line Up For Rock In Opposition France Event 2009 Finalized

The programming of the Rock In Opposition France Event 2009 [to be held September 18 - 20, 2009] is now finalized: Electric Epic (France), Magma (France), Charles Hayward (UK), Aranis (Belgium), Combat Astronomy (USA), Koenji Hiakkei (Japan), Yolk (France), The Muffins (USA), Present (Belgium/USA/France/Israel), Univers Zero (Belgium), and Grand Final Univers Zero-Present (Belgium/USA/France/Israel).



2 albums announced at Norway's Beatservice Records:

The Electones

Not quite new though, the guys behind The Electones are Jens Petter Nilssen and Hallvard Wennersberg Hagen, which you may know as Xploding Plastix. But The Electones is something quite different. They have been working on this side project since 2002, with two 12"-releases on the British label Inertia in 2002 and 2003. Since then, they have steadily been working on the debut album up until autumn 2008. In the meantime, Inertia has closed down, and Beatservice Records is very happy to release The Electones' debut album "If You'll Be Null, I'll Be Void". An album that can be described as 60's folk meets early electronica with a dose of Lanois...

Release date: 23rd of March (Norway/digital, a bit later on export).
BS113 The Electones: If You'll Be Null, I'll Be Void


Later in the spring, it is finally time for a new album from Flunk.

Anja, Jo and Ulf have this time left the pop format from the two previous albums. You still get the familiar bitter-sweet pop songs, but the album is darker and more electronic, and rougher beats, a step to the left, with hints back to the debut album. "This Is What You Get" is the title, a quote from the cover song that they have a nice tradition of including.
Release date: 11th of May (world wide & digital)

BS116 Flunk: This Is What You Get


Paul Brtschitsch

2009 album: RA: Paul Brtschitsch is me, myself and live. Music News.

Rootknox will release Paul Brtschitsch's Me, Myself & Live on May 11, 2009.


interview: MIC Norway: Kaada: Polish romances and a Weltmeister Basset

Paradise Lost


British gothic metal pioneers PARADISE LOST have enlisted Adrian Erlandsson (CRADLE OF FILTH, THE HAUNTED, AT THE GATES) as their new full-time drummer.

Pet Shop Boys

interview: Johnny Marr meets the Pet Shop Boys | Music | The Observer

It's a British pop powwow: turning interviewer, Johnny Marr asks his friends and former rivals the Pet Shop Boys about their inspirations, idols and the perils of too much Pernod ...

Secrets of the Moon

news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - SECRETS OF THE MOON Completes Recording New Album

German progressive black metallers SECRETS OF THE MOON have finished recording new album, entitled "Privilegivm".

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  Mastodon new album Crack the Skye - Streaming on MySpace

Listen: Mastodon on MySpace Music

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Monday, March 16, 2009

  Mutek Festival: Initial Line Up Announced

Mutek - International Festival of Electronic Music and Digital Creativity
May 27th to May 31st - Montreal

The initial line up of Montreal's Mutek: Festival has been announced:

including: gas, akufen, applebim, mathew johnson vs. dandy jack, mike shannon, raster noton showcase


dOP (FR)
tobias. (DE)


As always, the ideal of presenting the most forward-thinking and uncompromised talents from around the world is our guiding motivation, and in this respect MUTEK_10 already promises to be as global and ambitious as ever, with these first 28 performers hailing from ten countries. As has become the expectation, MUTEK pays homage to the ideal of internationalism by bringing pioneering practitioners from around the globe to Montreal.

Wolfgang Voigt brings his seminal GAS project to Montreal for what is certain to be an exceptional North American premiere. Not to be outdone, for this year’s edition Japan’s Ryoji Ikeda and Germany’s Carsten Nicolai will also present the North American premiere of their legendary and rare CYCLO collaboration, which will headline a special Raster-Noton showcase. Germany’s Burnt Friedman and Jaki Liebezeit (ex-Can) return to Montreal for a rare North American performance, while fellow Germans Apparat and Modeselektor pair up as the mighty analog trio of MODERAT.

Meanwhile, MUTEK is extremely pleased to be collaborating with RESIDENT ADVISOR in assembling an exciting two-room, all-night event to be headlined by none other than Detroit’s Carl Craig, who will be sharing the stage with France’s dOP and Germany’s tobias. Otherwise, Latin Americans by birth or choice are represented in spades, with names such as AtomTM, Dandy Jack, and Original Hamster from Chile; Nego Moçambique from Brazil; and Nortec Collective’s Bostich and Fussible leading five traditional Mexican musicians through a rousing showcase that exemplifies the bridges between tradition and experimentation at the roots of MUTEK.

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  Zero Tolerance Magazine: New Issue

My Dying Bride are on the front cover of the new issue of Zero Tolerance Magazine

My Dying Bride (Official) on MySpace Music

# posted by DJ Martian 4:03 PM
  Metal Storm Awards 2008

Staff picks for 20008 @ Metal Storm website: Metal Storm Awards - Staff Picks For 2008 - Metal Storm

Alternative Metal - Textures - Silhouettes
Atmospheric/Symphonic Metal - Haggard - Tales Of Ithiria
Avantgarde Metal - Transcending Bizarre? - The Serpent's Manifolds
Black Metal - Darkspace - III
Death Metal - Hail Of Bullets - ...Of Frost And War
Doom Metal - Mar De Grises - Draining The Waterheart
Extreme Doom Metal - Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale
Gothic Metal - The Eternal - Kartika
Grindcore - Misery Index - Traitors
Hard Rock - AC/DC - Black Ice
Heavy Metal - Enforcer - Into The Night
Melodeath/Gothenburg Metal - Hollenthon - Opus Magnum
Metalcore - Heaven Shall Burn - Iconoclast
Pagan/Viking/Folk Metal - Thyrfing - Hels Vite
Post-Metal - Cult Of Luna - Eternal Kingdom
Power Metal - Helstar - The King Of Hell
Progressive Metal - Enslaved - Vertebrae
Sludge/Stoner Metal - Ufomammut - Idolum
Thrash Metal - Hexen - State Of Insurgency

Best Cover - Heaven Shall Burn - Black Tears [Edge Of Sanity cover]
Best Debut - Hail Of Bullets - ...Of Frost And War
Best Video - Dark Suns - The Chameleon Conflict

community / readers : Metal Storm Awards 2008 - Metal Storm see site for more info on the individual categories.

Best albums by genre

Alternative Metal
Meshuggah - ObZen

Atmospheric/Symphonic Metal
Haggard - Tales Of Ithiria

Avantgarde Metal
Oceans Of Sadness - The Arrogance Of Ignorance

Black Metal
Darkthrone - Dark Thrones and Black Flags

Death Metal
Septicflesh - Communion

Doom Metal
Virgin Black - Requiem - Fortissimo

Extreme Doom Metal
Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale

Gothic Metal
Moonspell - Night Eternal

Misery Index - Traitors

Hard Rock
AC/DC - Black Ice

Heavy Metal
Metallica - Death Magnetic

Melodeath/Gothenburg Metal
Amon Amarth - Twilight Of The Thunder God

Heaven Shall Burn - Iconoclast

Pagan/Viking/Folk Metal
Eluveitie - Slania

Cult Of Luna - Eternal Kingdom

Power Metal
Avantasia - The Scarecrow

Progressive Metal
Opeth - Watershed

Sludge/Stoner Metal
Ufomammut - Idolum

Thrash Metal
Testament - The Formation Of Damnation

Other awards

The Best Cover Song
Opeth - Would? (Alice In Chains cover)

The Best Debut Album
Warbringer - War Without End

The Best DVD
Opeth - The Roundhouse Tapes

The Best Video
Arkona - Slavsya Rus

The Biggest Letdown
In Flames - A Sense Of Purpose

The Biggest Surprise
Metallica - Death Magnetic

Special awards

The Best Drama
Metal Storm vs. Wikipedia

# posted by DJ Martian 3:46 PM

Sunday, March 15, 2009

  IQ Announce New Album: Frequency

at last news from IQ: IQ-HQ : The Official Website

March 10th

Now The Work Is Done'
I've finally, finally finished the mix of the new album - 2 minutes ago - after far too many late nights in the studio and not enough sleep...

'Frequency' weighs in at 62 minutes and 2 seconds - our longest single album to date.

Track listing:

1. Frequency (8:29)
2. Life support (6:28)
3. Stronger than friction (10:32)
4. One fatal mistake (4:54)
5. Ryker skies (9:45)
6. The province (13:43)
7. Closer (8:11)

# posted by DJ Martian 11:58 PM
  Music Links Roundup - Update - March 15th

Some links of interest:

a look at the process of how playlists are formulated at 6 Music: Interview with Jon Myer of BBC 6 Music - BBC 6 Music Manager Interview - Jon Myer, music manager at BBC 6 Music. I strongly disagree with this methodology with the concentration of decisions made by unknown back-office management types with no accountability to the listeners.

Mike Atkinson on the rise and fall of the record shop Selectadisc | Music | The Guardian - Mike Atkinson on the rise and fall of Selectadisc, a much-loved institution in Nottingham since 1966

The Guardian: 1000 songs everyone must hear | Music |

This month's update: Music Alliance Pact - March 2009 | | All Scandinavian Music

March 15 is upon us (or over depending on where you are) and it’s time for the latest installment of Music Alliance Pact, the first with a contribution from ALL SCANDINAVIAN. From the Americas to Singapore 24 blogs have joined forces to present the greatest soundtrack on the planet, which you can download in one file by following the link at the very bottom. Enjoy!

Danish artists: Denmark at SXSW | | All Scandinavian Music

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
The Breakers
Choir of Young Believers
18th Dye
Oh Land
The River Phoenix
Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band
Song Island Revue
The Wong Boys
Tina Dico



tour dates: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - ANATHEMA: New Tour Dates Announced

Apr. 04 - Acropolium of Carthage - Cathage - Tunisia
Apr. 29 - Palace Hal - Bucarest - Romania
May 05 - Incrivel Almadense - Lisbon - Portugal
May 06 - Teatro Sá da Bandeira - Porto - Portugal
May 07 - Santana 27 - Bilbao - Spain
May 08 - Penelope - Madrid - Spain
May 09 - El Tren - Granada - Spain
May 10 - Nave 8 - Alicante - Spain
May 11 - Salamandra 1 - Barcelona - Spain
May 27 - Hard Rock Live - Mexico City DF - Mexico
May 28 - La Bunga - Quito - Ecuador
May 31 - ND Ateneo - Buenos Aries - Argentina
Jun. 02 - Teatreo Caupolican - Santiago - Chile
Jul. 04 - Fonofest - Cesis (near Riga), Latvia
Jul. 05 - With Full Force Festival - Leipzig - Germany

Aphex Twin

news update: BBC - 6 Music - Aphex Twin album

Warp Records reveals Electronic pioneer's new record is on the way


news update: Metal News - Atargatis Beings Writing Material for New Album ( Metal Underground . com )

Ava Inferi

news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - AVA INFERI To Release Blood Of Bacchus In May


2009 album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - BEHERIT To Release 'Engram' In April

Finnish black metal pioneers BEHERIT will release their new album, "Engram", on April 9 via Spinefarm Records.


track on myspace: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - BELIEVER: Another New Song Posted Online


spotlight on: First sight: Casiokids | Music | The Guardian


news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - COALESCE Announces New Album Details, First-Ever European Tour Dates

"Ox" will be relased on CD and LP on June 9 in North America and June 15 internationally via Relapse Records.


track: Way Too Loud! > Code Post new Song


2009 album on the way: Devo: New Material On The Way! - News - Mojo

The Gathering

release date confirmed: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - THE GATHERING To Release 'The West Pole' In May

Dutch rock outfit THE GATHERING will release its long-awaited new album, "The West Pole", on May 4 via the band's own label, Psychonaut Records.


news update: Hella prepares new album // News // Lambgoat


2009 album: > News > NAHEMAH - New Album Title Revealed

A New Constellation is set for late May release in Europe and July in North America.


news update: Om complete new album with the record expected on September 8th via new home Drag City.

Orphaned Land

news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - ORPHANED LAND Launches Studio Diary

Pet Shop Boys

interview: Alex Petridis on The Pet Shop Boys | Music | The Guardian

The Pet Shop Boys, that unlikely pop duo with a penchant for sharp suits and lairy sportswear, are back in vogue, says Alexis Petridis. They're writing hits for Girls Aloud, being feted by the Killers and have a new album on the way. Just don't call them a national institution ...

The Project Hate

news update: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - THE PROJECT HATE Putting Finishing Touches On New Album


interview: Röyksopp - A chilled duo find warmth - Features, Music - The Independent

Röyksopp are known for their eerie and atmospheric instrumentals. The Norwegians tell James McNair why their latest album is full of pop songs

Wolves in the Throne Room

interview: INVISIBLE ORANGES - Interview: Wolves in the Throne Room

# posted by DJ Martian 11:47 PM

Friday, March 13, 2009

  New David Sylvian Album announced: Manafon

Announced: { } the official SamadhiSound website

13.03.09: David Sylvian ‘Manafon’

We’re preparing for the release of David’s new album ‘Manafon’. It’s a powerfully bold, uncompromising work featuring contributions from Evan Parker, John Tilbury, Keith Rowe, Christian Fennesz, Otomo Yoshihide, and many more. We’ll be sharing more information on the release shortly.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:08 PM
  The Guardian / Observer - 1000 Songs You Must Hear:: 7 part series

starts tomorrow: Link | Music |

Seven special supplements, lovingly compiled by, debated, written about and sung along to by the Guardian and Observer music critics and guest panellists.

Starting Saturday 14 March with Love, the series continues with Heartbreak, People & Places, Sex, Protest, Life & Death, and Party songs.

Saturday 14 – Love
Sunday 15 – Heartbreak
Monday 16 – People and Places
Tuesday 17 – Sex
Wednesday 18 – Protest
Thursday 19 – Life and Death
Friday 20 – Party

# posted by DJ Martian 3:56 PM
  Music Links Roundup - Update - March 13th

Some links of interest:

This Must Be... POP! - This is the blog formerly known as Dirrrty Pop.

new look Pitchfork website, note the RSS feeds have changed !

Music webzine DOA has also recently redesigned

In 2009 DOA celebrates 10 years of album, mp3, and concert reviews as well as interviews, features, and more. Isn’t 10 years in internet time something like 50 human years? We felt a redesigned site powered by Wordpress was only fitting for our 10 year anniversary. The new platform allows more flexibility in design, navigation, and search. We hope you’ll find your way around with ease!

Warp: Warp Records celebrate 20 years / ask for compilation votes - State Magazine

Faith No More are on the front cover of Kerrang this week: Kerrang! Kerrang! Magazine 11/03/2009

First review of the Doves album: The Quietus | Features | Track-by-track: | Doves - Kingdom Of Rust. The First Review Of The New Album

mashable article: 16 Great Music Add-Ons for Firefox

More info on Mick Mercer's new book: Cherry Red Books - Music To Die For

review of Belgium's experimental music festival: Kraak KID SHIRT: KRAAK ROAD-TRIP

Jazz music portal: Jazz Studies Online

Jazz Studies Online aims to broaden thinking about jazz. We have selected a wide range of digital resources - journal articles, book chapters, magazines, teaching materials, talks, internet links, and performances - to represent the diversity and innovation in jazz studies. Some of the themes explored here are the impact of jazz on modern art, on cultural and social struggles, and on any field of human interaction that may involve improvisation.

Techcrunch on the future intentions of major labels: Big Music Will Surrender, But Not Until At Least 2011

academic Nancy Baym: Online Fandom - What will happen to the music industry?

tracking Pitchfork's best rated albums of 2009: Pitchfork Media's Highest Rated Albums of 2009 - Rate Your Music

2 Norway jazz music festivals: MIC Norway: Kongsberg and Molde festivals announce programme details

Two of Norway’s foremost jazz festivals; Kongsberg and Molde, announce programme details for this summer’s events.

Kongsberg jazz festival: Kongsberg Jazzfestival

Molde jazz festival: MOLDEJAZZ 2009

Norwegian music coming to Brighton: BETA - NoMusic - Norwegian acts for Great Escape festival - Casiokids, Harrys Gym, The New Wine and Shining

More music festivals: DiS Festival Guide '09: Part #5: Seaside Boutiques / Music News // Drowned In Sound

Global Gathering Festival: Global Gathering Headliners Announced!

The Prodigy, Orbital and Pendulum have been confirmed to headline this year's Global Gathering taking place on the weekend of 24th-25th July 2009!


Bat for Lashes: FACT magazine – - Interview: Bat for Lashes

Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve: FACT magazine – Interview: Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve

Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve is the alter ego of Erol Alkan and Richard Norris. It was supposed to be an anonymous project, an outlet for their interest in psychedelia which would enjoy an entirely separate life to their own solo enterprises, but some idiot gave the game away early on and the affable duo decided there was no choice but to 'fess up.

Mungolian Jet Set: MIC Norway: Mungolian Jet Set: journeys and stories and mastered confusion

Mungolian Jet Set has become the main musical vehicle of Norwegian DJ legend Pål ”Strangefruit” Nyhus. Along with partner Knut Sævik he is out to find the philosophers stone of dance music, leaving behind all normative concepts and delving audaciously into music’s inexplicable essence. Mungolian Jet Set is duo on a quest, perhaps a little like the mystic Gurdjieff who roamed in the vicinity of Mongolia and joined in competitions to make the mountains sing.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:31 AM

Thursday, March 12, 2009

  SPOT festival - Denmark

Festival for upcoming Danish and Nordic artists: SPOT festival in Aarhaus, Denmark

May 21st-23rd

about: SPOT

The SPOT festival is supported and sustained by a very large section of Danish music in rock, pop and related genres.

The SPOT festival has 4 main goals:

* To focus primarily on the newer Danish and Nordic music production
* To bridge the gap between artistic ambitions and the commercial potential of the music
* To support and further the cultural qualities of the music
* To contribute in developing international networks through exchange of concerts and cultural and commercial experience.

The ambition of the SPOT festival is to create a promotion platform for the Danish and Nordic music. The festival’s repertoire is dictated chiefly by the will to support new bands and artists that are of a quality to succeed internationally.

The line-up comprises both debutants as well as more established artists who are recognized as being of interest to either national or international music promoters, cultural institutions or media.

More acts announced for SPOT 2009

The line-up for SPOT 2009

A Kid Hereafter Special Edition
As We Fight
Alloy Alloy
Negash Ali
Are We Brothers
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
Ave m. Odense Symfoniorkester og Herning Kirkes Drengekor
Baden/Peder/Struck meets Louise Alenius
Baskery (SE)
Jarle Bernhoft (NO)
Beta Satan
Birk Storm
Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard Band
The Broken Beats
Carpark North
Tim Christensen
Chin and the Ragga Pack
Choir of Young Believers
Death By Kite
Den Sorte Skole
Dísa (ISL)
Emily and the Orgasm Addicts
Er De Sjældne
Jacob Eriksen
Fagget Fairys
For A Minor Reflection (ISL)
Green Lives
Hanne Hukkelberg (NO)
I Got You On Tape
I Was A King (NO)

Joensuu 1685 (FI)
Kira & The Ghost Riders
Kiss Kiss Kiss
Mads Langer
Høgni (FO)
Lucy Love
Magtens Korridorer
Marybell Katastrophy
Wendy McNeill (SE)
Messy Shelters
Music For Modern Man
Must Go Radio
Oh Land
Oh No Ono
Orka (FO)
Prins Nitram
Hannah Schneider
Sha La Las
Mike Sheridan
Shining (NO)
The State, The Market and the DJ
Taxi Taxi!(SE)
Maria Timm
Ufo Yepha
von Daler & Low Pressure
Waking Life
White Pony
The William Blakes

# posted by DJ Martian 11:54 PM
  Loop Festival Brighton: Initial Line Up Announced

Experimental music festival in Brighton: Loop Brighton - New Music, New Ideas

10th-12th July 2009

Where: Victoria Gardens, Brighton

Squarepusher, The Matthew Herbert Big Band, The Field, Esser, Tunng, Portico Quartet, The Invisible, Casiokids, The XX, Emiliana Torrini, James Yuill, We Have Band, Sian Alice Group, Plugs, Samim, and The Glimmers.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:36 PM
  THE GATHERING Announces New Singer: Silje Wergeland (from Octavia Sperati) 3 Tracks on myspace

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - THE GATHERING Announces New Singer; Audio Samples Available

Dutch rock outfit THE GATHERING has recruited Silje Wergeland from the Norwegian band OCTAVIA SPERATI as its new lead vocalist.

3 new tracks on myspace: The Gathering

# posted by DJ Martian 11:17 PM
  Röyksopp Album Streaming on MySpace

New Röyksopp album Junior streaming on Röyksopp on MySpace Music

[alerted via New Röyksopp now streaming]

# posted by DJ Martian 8:45 PM
  The Wire - #302 | Sunn 0))) | April 2009

New issue of The Wire features Sunn O))) on the front cover.

On The Cover: Sunn O))): Stephen O'Malley & Greg Anderson's drone project opens Heavy Metal to the realms of cosmic jazz, experimental rock and spectral music. Joseph Stannard meets the meta-Metal masters.

Stuck To The Cover: Free 21 track CD - Tony Bevan/Chris Corsano/Dominic Lash; Barbara Morgenstern; Felix Kubin; Sheik Anorak & Weasel Walter; Sweet Billy Pilgrim and more.

Features: Sudden Infant, Magma, Adrian Utley's Invisible Jukebox, Susanna, White, El-B, Jeff Keen, Ian Penman on Nick Cave, Sunny Murray on film, Simon Fisher Turner on cassette memories

# posted by DJ Martian 8:41 PM

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

  Music Links Roundup - Update - Artist News Special - March 10th

Some links of interest:



2009 album: Be'lakor - First New Album Details - Metal Storm titled: Stone's Reach

Bronnt Industries Kapital

2009 album: RA: Bronnt Industries Kapital get physical. Music News

Guy Bartell's cinematic motorik project will release their latest album on Get Physical later this year.

Get Physical will release Hard For Justice on April 6th, 2009.

Justin Broadrick

news update: scenepointblank: Justin Broadrick Staying Busy With New Releases

Justin Broadrick continues to stay busy with new releases for Jesu, GreyMachine, Final, and various other collaboration/remix projects in the works.

Buried Inside

album streaming on myspace: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - BURIED INSIDE: Entire New Album Available For Streaming

"Spoils Of Failure", the new album from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada's BURIED INSIDE, is being streamed in its entirety at this location.


compilation: Mute to release 'Das Beste Von DAF – 20 Lieder der Deutsch Amerikanischen Freundschaft'

Darkest Hour

2009 album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - DARKEST HOUR: New Album Title Announced

Washington, D.C.'s DARKEST HOUR has entered Baltimore, Maryland's Salad Days Studio with producer Brian McTernan to begin recording the band's new album, "The Eternal Return", for a summer release via Victory Records.

The Emperor Machine

news update: pHinnWeb: The Emperor Machine: 'Black Ken' 12"

New material from The Emperor Machine a.k.a. Andy Meecham, the analogue Kraut-disco master of Staffordshire, UK; with a album coming in summer!

The Fall

news update: The Quietus | News | The Fall Sign To Domino?

John Foxx & Robin Guthrie

2009 album, listen to a track: John Foxx & Robin Guthrie - Estrellita | John Foxx - The Quiet Man

You can listen to a clip from Estrellita, a track off the forthcoming John Foxx & Robin Guthrie album, Mirrorball (due out May 4)

Anneke Van Giersbergen

interview: [] Anneke Van Giersbergen (Interview)


2009 album news update: Hacride - Album Artwork And Tracklist Revealed - Metal Storm

Hearts of Black Science

news update: Four new Hearts of Black Science tracks, album soon | NEWS | ITSATRAP2009


news update: Interpol Check In From The Studio - Stereogum


2009 album: Lacrimosa announces new album Sehnsucht

The new Lacrimosa album "Sehnsucht" will be released on Hall Of Sermon on the 8th of May 2009.


interview: MIC Norway: Lindstrøm: Alone down the open road

Prefab Sprout

news update: Prefab Sprout - The Unoffical Homepage

what appears to be a legitimate tracklist for the new Prefab Sprout album, which if you've not been keeping up to date, will be called 'Let's Change the World With Music: The Blueprint,' and should be with us in the summer.

This provisional tracklist was provided by Michele Cappelli, and she found it on this reputable looking spanish music site.

1. Let There Be Music
2. God Watch Over You
3. The Last Of The Great Romantics
4. Let's Change The World With Music
5. Angel of Love
6. Earth: The Story So Far
7. Falling In Love
8. I Love Music
9. Meet The New Mozart
10. Music Is a Princess
11. Ride Home To Jesus
12. Sweet Gospel Music


2009 album on the way: Shining to release new album in October, offer Friday the 13th preview | NEWS | ITSATRAP2009

Jesse Somfay

2009 album: RA: Jesse Somfay has a catch in the voice. Music News

Fans of Border Community-style electronica rejoice: Canadian producer Jesse Somfay will release a double disc collection of new material later this month.

Archipel will release Jesse Somfay's A Catch in the Voice on March 31, 2009.

TV on the Radio

European tour: TV On the Radio announce single and European tour News - SoundsXP


news update: Progress Report: Yeasayer - Progress Report - Stereogum

# posted by DJ Martian 11:58 PM

Friday, March 06, 2009

  Music Links Roundup - Update - March 6th

Some links of interest:

Norwegian music blog No Way Norway!

Plan B features Dan Deacon on the front cover of the new issue: Mailing List | Plan B magazine - music, media, other

note: this issue comes with Smalltown Supersound label sampler

PLUS! Free with this month's issue is a cd from the Norwegian imprint dedicated to uncovering new forms of rock, jazz and electronica and features 11 of their favourite bands:
DRIVAN: Let your heart thaw before the party with chiming guitars fuzzy horns and lazy beats.
ARP Being in the company of Arp is always best to watch the sky and sea melt together after the thaw.
MEANDERTHALS: The ideal Fourth World soundtrack to the tropical beach party of yr dreams.
MUNGOLIAN JET SET Vs MARI BOINE: Rev it up a bit, starting slowly then beats working up with a swirl of ghostly voices.
LINDSTRÖM AND CHRISTABELLE: Keep it cranked up with this horned beast of a number that'll smash that spinning glitter ball.
DISKJOKKE: A little like Neu! If they had gone digital dancefloor...
TUSSLE: They soundtrack every move whilst you prowl the darkened streets of the fashionable districts.
NISSENENMONDAI: No-wave Japanese three-piece soaring with a garage take on Krautrock.
KXP: Are what Primal Scream wish they sounded like but whilst echoing through a howling void.
SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN: Jangle and rattle to the spirit of campfire improv off into the distance.
TOY: A final fanfare from this UK/Norwegian duo to worm into your brain in a fanfare of radiophonics.

another disappointing issue of Uncut, this time the Stone Roses on the front cover: Uncut - Magazine

February releases recapped:
The Silent Ballet: Release of the Month: February 2009
A Month in Records: February 2009 / In Depth // Drowned In Sound

Release dates: A Few Forthcoming Releases (March 2009) - Music Musings and Miscellany

latest releases promoted by Cargo Distribution: Cargo Records Distribution UK: Cargo Collective: April 09

fastnbulbous lists 15 albums that impacted on him: fastnbulbous - 15 Albums That Changed Your Life

The Hut Group have acquired Zavvi’s brand, rights and 1 million-strong customer database this week: News: The Hut Group seeks agency for brand awareness work - Marketing Week

Norwegian label Strømland Records profiled: MIC Norway: Strømland Records

If you combine the names of Lindstrøm and Haugland you get Strømland. And if you know anything about Hans-Peter Lindstrøm and Joakim Haugland you will acknowledge that a record label run by this duo sounds promising.

NME wrongly lump many artists under the goth tag. however does the increasing NME interest in dark rock / post-punk signify a cultural switch from trad boring britpop / landfill indie: Release The Bats - It's The 20 Greatest Goth Tracks - In The NME Office - NME.COM - the NME endorsing Killing Joke, Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Cult, Bauhaus, The Cure, Sisters of Mercy and The Birthday Party.

a trip back to 1988: The Allmusic Blog - AllMusic Loves 1988

reminder of the Norwegian artists at SXSW: Music Export Norway : 14 Norwegian acts to perform at SXSW

14 Norwegian bands and artists will take to the stage at this year’s South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

Norwegian artists announced at Øya festival: Blogs - Norwegian power package! - The Øya Festival MySpace Blog

We really enjoyed ourselves at the by:Larm music convention in Oslo this year, and now we’re sitting here with a looong list of talented acts we’re going to pay close attention to in the months leading up to the festival. A few were so great that we simply couldn’t hold off on booking them. Read about them here, check them out on MySpace and by all means go and see them if they ever play a gig at a venue near you!






melodic death metal feature: Teeth of the Divine › Blog › DESERT ISLAND DISCS - MELODIC DEATH METAL EDITION

Danish music awards announced: Danish Music Awards 2009 decided | | All Scandinavian Music

new albel Feraltone: CWNN News: [PIAS] UK are pleased to introduce a new label to their roster ...FERALTONE

The Feraltone label is the brainchild of Ren Renner, formerly of Gronland, and aims to deliver eclectic but carefully selected releases. With his experience of working on acts such as NEU!, Harmonia, Merz, Sol Seppy, and in Europe with Metric, Emily Haines, The Earlies, Psapp etc, this new project is an exciting prospect.

Website for London's Field Day Festival

Juana Molina is coming to London: EYOE / Eat Your Own Ears - EVENTS - MON 27TH, APRIL - JUANA MOLINA

Drowned in Sound profile some forthcoming 2009 music festivals:

DiS Festival Guide '09, Part #1: Overseas / In Depth // Drowned In Sound

DiS Festival Guide Part #2: Inland Boutiques / Music News // Drowned In Sound

DiS Festival Guide '09: Part #3: City, Town and Island Takeovers / In Depth // Drowned In Sound

SXSW, The Camden Crawl, The Great Escape, Benicassim and Bestival.

DiS Festival Guide '09: Part #4: Jumbo Fests / In Depth // Drowned In Sound

The penultimate part of our 2009 Festival Guide deals with some of the summer's behemoths: Roskilde, Lollapalooza, Reading and Leeds, Bonnaroo and Glastonbury.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:52 PM

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

  Music Links Roundup - Update - Artist News Special - March 4th

Some links of interest:


A Place to Bury Strangers

new label deal: A Place to Bury Strangers Sign to Mute | Pitchfork

Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore

interview: Interview: Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore | Plan B magazine - music, media, other


2009 album: FactMagazine - Boxcutter spreads the Arecibo Message It'll be released on Planet Mu in April.


have signed to a major label, Columbia: Chairlift Set April Release - Chairlift News @

Jarvis Cocker

expect a new album in 2009: Cocker unveils UK tour

Former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker is to tour Britain over this year, around the time his new solo album is released.

Diablo Swing Orchestra


Ascendance Records has announced the signing of the Swedish avant-garde rock band DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA to a worldwide deal. The group's new album, "Sing-Along Songs for the Damned & Delirious", is tentatively due in September

Dirty Projectors

i should have mentioned this by now, a new 2009 album: Dirty Projectors bite back | Plan B magazine - music, media, other

Dirty Projectors are to release their fifth album Bitte Orca through Domino Records on June 8th.


90s rock band return: | Far signs to Vagrant


news update: Gothtronic | News: IKON Presents New Single Amongst the Runes

IKON are about to release a first single (actually a 6-tracks EP) from the band’s forthcoming album ‘Love, Hate and Sorrow’. The EP contains an ‘IKONized’ version of Pink Floyd’s ‘Set the Controls..’, which is one of a dozen songs, that will be featured on a (download only) ‘cover versions-album’ in the US.


Album Review: Martyn - Great Lengths (3024) - Watarimono / 渡り者

"The first noteworthy dubstep full length of 2009 has finally arrived. Martyn unleashes his album “Great Lengths” ‘pon the dubstep masses. Here is a review of the CD version of the album (the 2×12″ has less content !)

Passion Pit

2009 album: Passion Pit Debut Album Details - Passion Pit news on Clickmusic

The Massachusetts band will follow the recent 'Chunk Of Change' EP with the full-length 'Manners' on 18th May


2009 album: JAGBR013 Pterodactyl - Worldwild

Worldwild CD / LP (JAGBR013, released: 04/21/09)


news update: Phoenix's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix Album Art - Album Art - Stereogum

Jacek Sienkiewicz

mix CD: RA: Jacek Sienkiewicz gets Modern. Music News

Cocoon will release Jacek Sienkiewicz's Modern Dance in March 2009.



Union Black Records has announced the signing of SEROTONAL. The Liverpool, U.K.-based band is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on its debut album, "Monumental", for a mid-summer release.

Formed in 2004 by Darren White (ex-ANATHEMA, THE BLOOD DIVINE), SEROTONAL

Sonic Youth

album preview: Matador Records | Matablog


Norway's Superfamily - expect a new album in August.


news update: Supersilent now a drum-less trio | NEWS | ITSATRAP2009



Portuguese avant-garde maniacs THANATOSCHIZO have inked a deal with Major Label Industries for the release of a semi-acoustic CD, due later in the year.

Trail of Tears

2009 album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - TRAIL OF TEARS: New Album Artwork, Release Dates Revealed

Norway's TRAIL OF TEARS will release its sixth album, "Bloodstained Endurance", this spring via Napalm Records. The CD was recorded and mixed over a six-week period at Sound Suite Studio in Marseille, France with producer Terje Refsnes. Mastering duties were handled by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios in Finland.

"Bloodstained Endurance" release dates:

May 27 - Finland, Spain
May 29 - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, France, Italy, Sweden
Jun. 01 - Rest of Europe
Jun. 02 - USA, Canada

The cover artwork for the album, which was designed by acclaimed artist Travis Smith


new album streaming on myspace: BETA - No Music - Ungdomskulen streams Bisexual

White Hills

new signing to Thrill Jockey: Electronic Voice Phenomenon: News: White Hills sign to Thrill Jockey


2009 album: Gizeh Records — (GZH21) worriedaboutsatan - Arrivals (pre-order)

Ambient, minimalistic and down-right captivating. worriedaboutsatan have created a masterpiece of an album as they take you through the depths of electronica, immersed in weaving, beautiful beats and rhythms. Arrivals is an aural treat that will resonate in the heart and mind.

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Monday, March 02, 2009

  Cobalt - Gin

Press Release via Profound Lore Records email: new album: COBALT - Gin

Prior to its official March 17th St. Patrick's Day release date, we are now selling the new highly-anticipated monumental album by Colorado duo COBALT exclusively through our website.

The soundtrack to the strong inheriting the earth, “Gin” is a dark, eerie, and violent outburst that takes Cobalt’s surreal avant-war/left-field black metal approach and tears it into new epic and ritualistic proportions. A sonic fist fuck like no other, going more for the throat and plunging further into the depths, “Gin” is a study of torment, violence, strong excess, hard sex, and despair through a harsh and very real terrain the duo of Sergeant Phil McSorley and Erik Wunder have wandered within upon in recent times. This is reality.

Like an epic diseased black metal interpretation of NEUROSIS, SWANS, HIGH ON FIRE, TOOL, and KILLING JOKE, “Gin” sees Cobalt shifting their sound in a sense where more substance and depth becomes layered through the ritualistic and tribal rhythms found within the music, all while maintaining the violent and harsh nature that Cobalt’s music has always been characterized by.

Being hailed as one of the most unique and distinct entities that has spawned out of the U.S. black metal underground, with “Gin”, Cobalt have proven once again that no extreme metal band within the U.S. have come close to capturing an aesthetic and power that McSorley and Wunder have conjured.

Dedicated to literary vanguards Ernest Hemingway and Hunter S. Thompson, “Gin” also remains one of the first, and few extreme metal albums to introduce classic American literature and tearing into the heart of American culture. Overall, “Gin” is the springboard to fuck the universe.

Tracklisting for “Gin” goes as follows:

1. Gin
2. Dry Body
3. Arsonry
4. Throat
5. Stomach
6. A Clean, Well Lighted Place
7. Pregnant Insect
8. Two Thumbed Fist
9. The Old Man Who Lied For His Entre Life
10. A Starved Horror

listen to some Cobalt tracks: COBALT official on MySpace Music

Record label: Profound Lore

# posted by DJ Martian 10:04 PM
  Mick Mercer's New Book: Music to Die For

Mick Mercer's new music reference book is published this week: Music to Die For: Mick Mercer: Books

Mick Mercer's brilliant new book Music to Die For on the 00s international underground music scenes covering ambient, cabaret noir, deathrock, goth, gothic metal, horror punk, melodramatic song, post-punk and psychobilly.

The ultimate resource for readers struggling to cope with the bewildering variety of alternative sub-genres, covering: ambient, cabaret noir, deathrock, goth, gothic metal, horror punk, melodramatic song, post-punk and psychobilly. Packed with discographical information, web addresses, line-ups and often contributions from the bands themselves, this is the first edition of a book that will be turned to again and again. Fully illustrated with over 130 pages of band photos.

Paperback: 700 pages
Publisher: CHERRY RED BOOKS (5 Mar 2009)

# posted by DJ Martian 7:52 PM
  2009 Albums Tracking List and Expected List: Update 4

Have a browse through...2009 Albums [900 Albums] - 2009 A - Z Albums Tracking List - a starting guide to new & forthcoming album releases.

also: 2009 Expected - Artists that are expected to release new albums in 2009 - awaiting announcements of album titles and release dates.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:11 PM
  Alert: Depeche Mode interview on BBC 6 Music Tomorrow

Depeche Mode are special guests tomorrow on the Steve Lamacq show on 6 Music: BBC - BBC 6 Music Programmes - Steve Lamacq, 03/03/2009

Steve is joined by Depeche Mode for an epic interview about their career and new album Sounds of the Universe.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:13 PM
  Music Links Roundup - Update - Artists News - March 2nd

Some links of interest:

Alex Cline and Nels Cline interviewed: Mirror Twins: Conversations with Nels and Alex Cline Music | PopMatters

Artists news:


more info on the upcoming album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - AGATHODAIMON: Phoenix Track Listing Revealed


album front cover: Blogs - code MySpace Blog: ALBUM COVER ARTWORK UNVEILED!

We are proud to unveil an advance preview of the beautiful and decadent album cover artwork for Resplendent Grotesque.


San Francisco Bay area progressive extreme metallers, CORMORANT, have unveiled a new song off their upcoming full-length, "Metazoa,": Metal News - Cormorant Posts New Song Online ( Metal Underground . com )


2009 album: Dredg Album Title, Release Date - News Article -

Dredg will release The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion on May 19th.

Jessie Evans

2009 album: Gothtronic | News: JESSIE EVANS Presents Solo Album Is It Fire?

Jessie Evans’ first solo album "IS IT FIRE?” was recorded between Berlin and Mexico. The songs feature live drums and percussion by Toby Dammit (Iggy Pop, Swans) and guest musicians Budgie (The Creatures, Siouxsie and The Banshees), Martin Wenk (Calexico), and Namosh. Recorded in part by Thomas Stern (Einstürzenden Neubauten, Crime and The City Solution) and mixed/ co-produced in Tijuana by Pepe Mogt (Nortec Collective).


Although Jessie spent the past decade playing in bands built from the blood of previous generations in the 70/ 80s punk rock new wave vein, such as San Francisco’s The Vanishing, Autonervous (with Bettina Koster of Malaria!) and the all girl garage goth quartet Subtonix, as well as collaborating with numerous artist such as Glass Candy, Hanin Elias (Atari Teenage Riot), it wasn’t until she got her taste of a drum machine that she truly discovered a unique sound.

The Field

2009 album: The Field Battles = exciting forthcoming album news / Music News // Drowned In Sound

New album Yesterday And Today is due May 25th via Kompakt.


More info on the album: Fischerspooner Unveil Entertainment Tracks, Cover -


2009 album: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - FOSCOR: New Album Details Revealed

FOSCOR, one of the very few black metal bands hailing from the Catalan region of Spain, has set "Groans To The Guilty" as the title of its third album, due this summer via Temple of Darkness Records.

Ben Frost

2009 album on the way: Ben Frost: Spaghetti bolognese and a brand new album!

Ben Frost’s new album has now been officially finished and mastered after two years of fruitful labor!

From last Autumn, this briliant live studio performance: YouTube - Ben Frost performs 'Black' at the Greenhouse Studios

Harmonious Bec

new artist to me, highly recommended trippy downtempo music ala DJ Shadow from Japan expect an album titled: Her Strange Dreams on Monotreme Records later in the Spring: Harmonious bec on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Videos


album stream: BLABBERMOUTH.NET - OBSCURA: Entire New Album Available For Streaming

"Cosmogenesis", the second full-length album from German death metallers OBSCURA, is available for streaming in its entirety at

Pendle Coven

techno album reviewed @ PENDLE COVEN - Self Assessment - Boomkat

Swallow the Sun

news update: Swallow The Sun - Band Update - Metal Storm

# posted by DJ Martian 12:35 AM

Sunday, March 01, 2009

  Music Links Roundup - Update - March 1st

Some links of interest:

British jazz legend Ian Carr died earlier this week: In League With Paton: Ian Carr 1933 - 2009: A Personal Tribute

new Spotify oriented music blog: On The Spot - Recommended albums on Spotify - by Eardrums

Music blogs from Yahoo Music UK: Yahoo! Music is the source of great editorial content from our music bloggers

2009 music: Don’t miss : First 2 Months | undomondo

Guest Column: Armchair Dancefloor 002 / In Depth // Drowned In Sound

some 2009 album reviews: In League With Paton: Wordless Thoughts

Mountains - Choral (Thrill Jockey, 2009)
Lars Horntveth - Kaleidoscopic (Smalltown Supersound, 2009)
Joshua Redman - Compass (Nonesuch, 2009)
Enrico Rava - New York Days (ECM, 2009)

new signings at Alfa Matrix label: ALFA-MATRIX LABEL GROUP: Alfa Matrix signs no less than 5 new bands

new artists profiled by Spin: SPIN Picks More Undiscovered Bands Worth a Listen | Spin Magazine Online

British Fanzines: BBC NEWS | Scotland | Fanzines enter pages of history

They were invented by fans of trashy science fiction novels in the 1930s before their hand-written Xeroxed pages chronicled the birth of punk.

record label Lomidhigh profiled RA: Label of the month: Lomidhigh - Feature / Interview

Daniel Lyons is a self-professed slacker, yet he runs three quirky imprints that span house, techno and beyond in their limitless scope. RA's Todd L. Burns calls up Copenhagen to get to the bottom of things.

Simon Reynolds: What is your sampling epiphany? | Music |

Simon Reynolds: FactMagazine - ;Cession musicians?

Because I've written a book on post-punk - actually two books now, with Totally Wired, the new collection of interviews - every so often someone will ask me, "Simon, now that the economy's up the shitter like it was in the late Seventies and early Eighties, d'ya reckon there'll be a massive upsurge of radical music on a par with post-punk then?"

Mojo ask: How To Buy...US Hardcore! - Blog - Mojo

Simple Minds: New Gold Dream Fades - The Rise and Fall of Simple Minds | Sound Affects | PopMatters

Killing Joke will be performing at ATP fans strike back festival: ATP: Fans Strike back swells line-up, looks even more awesome | The Line Of Best Fit

Benicassim festival: Benicassim announces latest line up for 2009 | The Line Of Best Fit including The Psychedelic Furs

Underworld will be performing at the Glade Festival 2009

German based music festival: Melt: Melt! Festival @ Ferropolis - Stadt aus Eisen

Oya festival showcase @ SXSW SXSW 09 Lineup: 0ya Showcase, Chairlift, School of Seven Bells, and more | MVRemix


Bat for Lashes interview: Bat for Lashes: off the wall - Telegraph

Natasha Khan, aka Bat for Lashes, makes quirky, attention-grabbing music, counts Scott Walker, Björk and Thom Yorke as fans, designs her own sets and costumes and has collaborated with Alexander McQueen on clothing. Yet she still feels childlike and 'quite silly', she tells Tim Burrows.

Manuel Göttsching interview: Manuel Göttsching -

Renowned German guitarist and composer Manuel Göttsching will be making a rare live appearance in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 8, at The Silent Movie Theater. In fact, according to Göttsching, it is not only his first and only time he has appeared in Los Angeles, but also only his second visit in the United States ever, having performed E2-E4 at the Lincoln Center, in New York in August last year (and two other concerts).

Howling Bells interview: Howling Bells - Heartbreak and a primal howl - Features, Music - The Independent

# posted by DJ Martian 11:58 PM

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