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V03I34 - 09242000

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MUSIC
IN BRIEF

GOLDFRAPP, "FELT MOUNTAIN"
Well, add this to the list of things I just happened to miss at Sonar and get really pissed off about after. Alison Goldfrapp has graced albums from Tricky, Orbital and Add N to (x), now teamed up with Will Gregory (a young film score enthusiast), John Parish (PJ Harvey) and Adrian Utley (Portishead), a debut CD has been released through Mute. With the above roster it's hard to get away from Portishead or film score comparisons, but Goldfrapp owes more inspiration from 40s jazz singers combined with a film noir enthusiasm. Open the CD and images strike up Twin Peaks eeriness mixed with breathtaking natural beauty. The music can be described somewhat like that, deep rich sounds with Alison's tender voice (and whistling) gently layered on the top, echoing voices from beyond the final resting points of some of the mid-20th Century's best loved jazz singers. Gothic-jazz? Portis-Peaks? Franken-Sushi? Now I'm getting giddy. - Jon Whitney

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PRAM, "THE MUSEUM OF IMAGINARY ANIMALS"
Rosie and company return with a brilliant new disc of ten of the best Pram songs since 1995's "Sargasso Sea" LP. Each track as catchy and slightly off center as the next, all of them single worthy or better. I had heard the song "The Mermaids Hotel" a few weeks back on a local college radio station and have been humming the tune ever since, after only hearing it once. Now after scoring the full record, i'm about as happy as a kid at Christmas that the whole album is as good, or better (I'll admit, some of their past records have been hit and miss). Even better yet, they're touring the states, fulfilling my wish to see them before i die. It's the simple things in life, you know. - Christopher Anderson

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CALE/CONRAD/MACLISE/YOUNG/ZAZEELA "INSIDE THE DREAM SYNDICATE VOLUME I: DAY OF NIAGRA (1965)"
In the early to mid 1960's the New York City based collective of John Cale, Tony Conrad, Angus Maclise, La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela invented a "dream music" of precise pitched drones for extreme duration. This music was essentially the foundation of American minimalism (and influential upon the subsequently influential Velvet Underground) and has until now gone largely unheard and unreleased due to credit/ownership conflicts. Recorded live at Young and Zazeela's NYC loft on April 25th, 1965, "Day of Niagra" is a single 31 minute piece that is unfortunately presented here in poor sound quality due to it being derived from a multi-generation tape. This is one reason Young was opposed to it's release by Table of the Elements. Cale and Conrad dominate with the continuos dueling drones of their respective viola and violin, so much so that Maclise's hand percussion and Young and Zazeela's vocals are inaudible or inconsequential. The sound is tinny, dissonant and grating with a few recorder drop outs and it all comes to a mysteriously but mercifully abrupt end. The result, at least on this disc, is neither dreamy or mesmerizing or even very interesting. The insert offers only a very brief group bio and a few quotes from Cale and Conrad, which is very disappointing considering all that could and should be said. Despite the intriguing and pioneering concepts being explored and the welcome attempt to document a bit of musical history, one has to wonder if releasing inferior quality packages such as this one does anyone any good. Hopefully Young will present better quality recordings for future release so myself and others may make a more informed judgment on this music ... - Mark Weddle

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HOLGER CZUKAY "LA LUNA"
Holger Czukay is a founding member of the legendary 'krautrock' band Can. The 60+ year old Czukay has been busy as of late with a 2 disc live collaboration with Dr. Walker of Air Liquide and 2 solo studio albums, all for the U.S. based Tone Casualties label. "La Luna" (The Moon, subtitled 'an electronic night ceremony') is a single 47 minute piece recorded live in the studio in 1996. Czukay uses his extensive cut-up skills to lay down a murky, Ovel-esque loop foundation to which he adds a metronome like beat and sporadic fills, sonic textures, voices and the like. 18 minutes later most everything drops out then it slowly rebuilds with glass bottle like percussion and waves of ambient sound and we're back on track by the 23rd minute. By the 30th minute it all drops off again and the vocals / spoken words of U-She debut with lines such as "la luna ... goddess of the moon". The 38th to 42nd minutes are the most active with percussion and noise stuff and the final few minutes bring it all to a close in a beat absent cloud. That's a long 47 minutes. I'm thoroughly unimpressed and utterly disappointed, especially considering Czukay's background. Most of the sounds are generic and dull and while the piece as a whole does change over time, it fails to progress or develop much and remains lifeless. The lunar themes just seem silly here unlike, say, those of recent Coil records. "La Luna" simply doesn't have the magic. And Tone Casualties - please, I'm begging you - hire someone with a sense of design to handle the artwork for future inserts ... - Mark Weddle

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LUSTMORD, "PURIFYING FIRE"
"That's what he's been doing for years," says Jessica regarding my comments of the latest collection from Brian Williams, a.k.a. Lustmord. "It sounds like a film score," I claim, but it's really more than just a film score. It sounds like the bits of the film score which never make it onto the record. (Those bits and pieces of sound effects sans dialogue, coupled with underlying noises and aural effects.) These noises sometimes are the best parts of the film's score but for some reason only the played-out orchestral repetitive themes ever make it onto a "score" disc (if one's ever made in the first place). All too often there's scabs of hits from hip alterna-major label starlets littering a movie CD, with a couple instrumental tracks tossed in for good karma. On Purifying Fire, Lustmord has collected recordings from 1995-1999 and pieced them together much like a film score of his own. Add some dialogue and Instant Hollywood! The disc is pleasant, sounds are great but in my opinion the themes are rather weak. Sounds like a true Hollyweird professional! - Jon Whitney

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CHRIS CONNELLY AND THE BELLS "THE ULTIMATE SEASIDE COMPANION (REVISITED)"
Chris Connelly is a Scottish born, Chicago based singer/songwriter with a decade long solo career that has produced five albums thus far under his own name and The Bells band name. Recorded between 1995 and 1997, "The Ultimate.." was originally released as The Bells debut in '97 by Chicago indy HitIt! Recordings and is now being revisited courtesy of another Chicago indy Invisible Records. It looks and sounds better than ever as it's digitally remastered with 4 bonus tracks and has a lovely new insert with all the lyrics. With this album Connelly moved away from the more rock oriented moments of '94's "Shipwreck" and further honed his poetic pop songwriting craft with a collection of mellow and lush fragments and songs about love, life, death, travel and the waters of the rivers and the seas. These songs are brought to fruition with the aid of long time collaborators Chris Bruce (Prince, Seal) and William Rieflin (Ministry, Revolting Cocks) as well as Jim O'Rourke (Gastr Del Sol). Waves of acoustic and electric guitars, bass, banjo, lapsteel, harmonica, piano, kalimba, keyboards, organ and simple programmed rhythms flood all of the spaces beneath and between Connelly's emotive vocals to give the album a bit of an Americana roots sound and feel throughout. The two bonus studio outtakes from the Seaside sessions "Chorus of Eyes" and "Thunderland Reel" are just Chris on guitar and vocals. The two bonus live tracks are '98 live band renditions of Seaside songs, both with additional/differing arrangements. "The Ultimate Seaside Companion" is ultimately just that ... a beautiful, soulful album that's part open diary and part travel companion on the open waters. It's certainly a landmark in Connelly's much underrated songwriting career and deserved of this improved rerelease. The new Chris Connelly and The Bells album "Blonde Exodus" is due later this year on Invisible and "Largo" by Connelly/Rieflin is due early next year on First World Records ... - Mark Weddle

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We know that sometimes these CDs are somewhat challenging to find, which is why we have a RECOMMENDED STORES section which can be used to obtain nearly everything available on the site.

NEW
RELEASES

MONDAY
Delerium - Silence 12"/two CDEPs (Nettwerk, UK)
Erasure - Freedom 12"/two CDEPs (Mute, UK)
Flanger [Bernd Friedmann & Atom Heart] - Midnight Sound CD/LP (N-Tone/Ninja Tune, UK/Canada/US)
Magic Mike - Journey (Era Of Bass Pt 2) CD/2xLP (Mo Wax, UK)
Mice Parade/V/Vm/Mm - E-RMX 2 7" (Fat Cat, UK)
Roni Size & Reprazent - Who Told You 12"/CDEP (Talkin' Loud, UK)
Slum - Keys For Frobisher 7" (Warp, UK)

TUESDAY
Cassandra Complex - Wetware CD (Metropolis, US)
Faith & Disease - Beneath The Trees CD (Projekt, US)
Ravenous - Phoenix CD (Metropolis, US)
Steve Roach & Byron Metcalf - Serpent's Lair 2xCD (Projekt, US)
Ravenous - Phoenix CD (Metropolis, US)
Sensational - Beat Rhymes 12" (Matador, US)
Snog - Relax Into the Abyss CD (Metropolis, US)
Various - Electropolis II CD (Metropolis, US)
Xorcist - Insects and Angels CD (Metropolis, US)

WEDNESDAY
Metamatics - Midnight Sun Pig CD/2xLP (Dot, Sweden)

For a more comprehensive release schedule stretching far into the future, please check out the NEW RELEASES brought to you by Greg and Feedback Monitor.

CONCERT
REPORT

THE NEW YEAR
Comparisons between Bedhead and The New Year are going to be inevitable, so it might as well be here that someone presents the first one. In some ways the songs are much different from anything Bedhead ever did, in others, you'd think they picked up right where they left off. I don't think any similarity to Bedhead could be a bad thing. Matt and Bubba Kadane still write thoughtful songs, often in odd time signatures, and the guitars still ring out like bells and are easily listenable. Some Bedhead fans might miss the mighty crescendos; others, the slow, orchestral gems, but that's not to say the songs are unadventurous or unchallenging. They still manage to find the line between conventional listenability and new ground in that familiar way. You listen to these songs and realize no one else writes (or perhaps could write) this kind of music, and then you're happy these guys are back in a band making that music. The set opened with a straightforward rock song, moved to a familiar syncopated march, intertwining the guitars and then on to deliberate songs that still manage to come out of left field. The set finished with two songs you wouldn't expect—the first, a near jam with the bass and lead guitar virtually doubling one another, and the last, an airy, rolling number with just the right amount of organ. They graced us with an encore from the Macha Loved Bedhead EP, "Hey Goodbye." Matt admonished the unusually respectful Dallas crowd that the band was "really out of songs." Hopefully, that's just for now. - Jonathan Hooker

DRUMS AND TUBA
What's most impressive about this band is their presentation. As though it were a lesson in multi-tasking, guitar player Neal McKeeby plays sometimes two Stratocasters at once—one's slung around his neck for the rhythm, and another in a stand, so he can either fret or slide the leads on the neck with only his hand strength. These aren't the easiest leads and rhythms to play either. The crowd was agape at his dexterity. The tuba player, Brian Wolff, plays the bass-line on his tuba, obviously, while sampling McKeeby and the drummer, Tony Nozero.
They played much more mellow songs than the shows of theirs I'd seen in the past. Guitar lines ranged from plain funk to tumbleweed-style honky tonk. They'd meet with samples and noises from your favorite space rock band, but that turned out to be a nice touch. They can play in mellow grooves and then launch into complete freak-outs. Much of the set was newer and mellower material. The first time I saw them, Wolff used an old typewriter for chromatic percussion. Somehow, he'd time it so that the bell and return would meet at the end of a certain measure. He was sampling this and playing tuba at the time. This time around, they were less focused on experimentating with non-instruments than trying to manage a bit of musical genre at one time. - Jonathan Hooker

LINK
OF THE
WEEK

DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL
I can't explain it - www.nosepilot.com. Thanks to John Beck for this one!

FEEDBACK
IS THERE A NOAH IN THE HOUSE?
To: noah
Subject: best guess

i figure this is your email....

so lee has a staple gun, but we have to buy the rounded staples if we go that route. also we probably need some plastic ties. looks like a trip to home depot is in order.

btw--what os will the server be running? linux, bsd, other flavor?

You indeed figured wrong, there's no noah here


Subject: Order

Please let me know when the album "Brain in the Wire" will be out so I can order one.

It probably won't be available until next March as the deluxe edition. Keep tuned to here for the latest details.


Subject: Godspeed You Black Emperor on Tour!?

A friend recently told me that GYBE! was going to be touring with Pan American here in the US and would be playing in Chicago on October the 7th or 8th. Any truth in this? I didn't find anything on the website...

They're not touring with Pan American. They are scheduled to play the Chicago date however. All the latest concert dates should still be at the kranky website.


Subject: doug mccombs error

As I am sure you are aware, Doug McCombs does NOT play bass for Isotope 217, which you listed as one of his other projects in your review of the new Eleventh Day Dream album. Matt Lux is Isotope's bassist, but you probably know that already. While McCombs has participated in Brokeback, Pullman, Toe 2000, Stereolab, the original Boxhead Ensemble, etc., please give credit where it is due. The players (McCombs and Lux) have quite different styles, so this error surprises me. Better luck next time.

irritated isotope enlistee

Isotope fans are so easily irritable. My error was corrected the following morning, sorry to offend anybody but it was a late night working on the brain that week.


Subject: meat beaters

I was checking out the Meat Beat Manifesto web page as well as the brainwashed release dates page and I couldn't find any release info on the upcoming Tino Corp release Eccentric Objects EP and the Brainwashed 4th anniversary "Sonic Structures" CD. Also, when and what's the deal on Tino's Dub Breaks (#5)...I gotta beat somebody with a garden hose to get my hands on that...

I would really appreciate your feedback and help,

Thanks

When all the information's in and ready to be publicized, it'll appear, right now there's still some details being worked out...


Subject: output

Hi Brainwashed,

Wondering if you had contact info for the good folks at Output Recordings? Couldn't find any on their site on Brainwashed... I'm doing a piece on them for XLR8R, so a few choice words from them would be helpful...

Many thanks

Output's one of those labels that if you own any of their records, you can tell all their contact info (including direct phone number) are printed.


Subject: i love your site!!

Hey ,

Your Tortoise site is cool. How long have you been up? Would you be interested in trading links in order for your site to reach a broader audience?

I run a site that's dedicated to collecting the best ideas and links to help keep Napster alive as well. I am currently getting over 5,000 hits per day.

Check out my site, register, and post a link to your site - you can actually do it yourself while at the site.

Also, make sure to tell all your friends about it. The links on my site are ranked by the audience, so the more people that vote for your link, the higher the rank, and the more exposure your site will get.

Please write back and let me know what you think of the site! And I'd really appreciate if you gave me a link too.

Thanks

No thanks, we don't do link exchanges, and we don't really need to "reach a broader audience." Those goals are for commercial sites who are in the biz to make money and sell shit. As for saving Napster, let me state once again that we're not pro-Napster but anti-RIAA.


Subject: (no subject)

Why did you print the Coil Marketing letter again ???

brain fart


Subject: TG

No corrections or amendments to your TG discography.

Just to let you know I was a BIG fan of TG when I was younger. I was 17 or so at the time, and I still haven't recovered....

My favourite TG track, has to be Walls of Sound from DOA. The way that the preceding track (Death Threats) is just cut off by this incredible, er, wall of sound. Superb. Still sounds very good today.

Indeed, one of the best albums of the 20th Century...

WHAT'S IN
YOUR CD
PLAYER?

HABITS OF A STOKE NEWINGTONITE
Masami Akita - "The Prosperity Of Vice, The Misfortune Of Virtue"
Einsturzende Neubauten - "Funf Auf Der Nach Oben Offenen Richterscala"
Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel - "Nail"
Cranes - "Loved"
Psychic TV - "Electronic Newspaper Vol.1"
Nurse With Wound - "A Sucked Orange"
Coil - "How To Destroy Angels"
Convertor - "Shock Front"
Imminent Starvation - "Human Dislocation"
Einsturzende Neubauten - "Silence Is Sexy"
- Edward Eastwood

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