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V04I31 - 08122001
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CURRENT NINETY THREE, as David Tibet and Maja Elliott, will be performing material from SOFT BLACK STARS and other songs at JOE'S PUB in New York City on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September 2001. Also performing will be BABY DEE, whose album, LITTLE WINDOW, has been released on David Tibet's DURTRO label. Special guests will also be appearing. This is CURRENT NINETY THREE's first shows outside of England since 1999, and their first shows since two sell-out concerts at The Bloomsbury Theatre in London earlier this year. A limited edition Current 93/Baby Dee CD will be available at the show.
Capacity is about 130 people. Tickets are available:

  1. In person only from Other Music, 15 East 4th Street, between Broadway and Lafayette, New York 10003. Tickets are $25, with a service charge of $1, making a total of $26. Telephone: (212).477.8150. If the ticket is bought at the store, the buyer will receive the ticket.
  2. Through the Other Music website, by credit card only. Tickets are $25, with a service charge of $1.50, making a total of $26.50. The Other Music website is at: If the tickets are bought via the website, the tickets may be picked up at Other Music, except for the day of the show, when the tickets must be picked up at Joe's Pub.
Joe's Pub at the Public Theater: 425 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place and East 4th Street, New York City.
Thanks so much, and best wishes to you all.... Love TIBET X

v/vm august update
The August Hatter is now available at the web site. Included are notices of available and soon to be released new items as well as the mention of an upcoming live gig at Victoria & Albert. Also, an update on the Help Aphex Twin campaign with some reflection from Ricky James, himself.

jessica bailiff august update
Jessica Bailiff will be performing with Northern Song Dynasty in Chicago at the Empty Bottle later this month and have also announced their appearance at Elegy. In new releases, a new magazine with CD is available with an exclusive song as well as a 7" with some outtakes from 'Hour of the Trace'.

rock 'n roll station
A brand new streaming station of all Nurse With Wound all the time is now broadcasting at Live 365. Links to the station can be found in both the NWW website and Brainwashed Radio.

coil drop lsd
Ten years after its original release, Coil's Love's Secret Domain is finally back in print. The album is possibly one of the band's most popular releases ever and has been well-sought over the last seven or so years it hasn't been in print. Torso, who released it in Europe went out of business and WaxTrax! who released it in the USA collapsed into TVT, who Coil didn't choose to maintain the album's availability through. It should be surfacing in stores through World Serpent in the upcoming weeks. Also look out for Coil making appearances on COH's upcoming EP, "Love Uncut" due out in September through Mego.

new tino corp stuff out & on the way
'Sizing Things Up' is the debut full-length release from Bo Square, a project fronted by Tino's Breaks co-producer and former MBM sideman, Mike Powell. The album expands on the jazzy electronic sound scapes of his recent 'Outer Space Suite' 12"(Tino Corp.) featuring Sun Ra Arkestra legend, Marshall Allen. Next to be released is DHS's first set of new material in years. "Mind Control" materializes as a 5-track EP on August 14th. Following that, the "Tape Music" 10" single releases from Jack Dangers are due early October.


squarepusher backs out of US tour
From Warp and Billions:

    Tom Jenkinson, a.k.a. Squarepusher, is still ill and will not be coming to the USA or Canada for any of the remaining tour dates. This is incredibly disappointing for everyone concerned but it is out of our control.

    We have been sweating the phones to make sure Plaid and Mira Calix can still play some more dates and we have managed to organise a scaled-down version of the tour. It was not possible to carry on with the full tour as previously planned because (understandably) many of the promoters either pulled the show or severely reduced their fee offers on hearing the news that Tom had cancelled, making it impossible for the tour party to continue without incurring huge financial losses.

    Plaid and Mira Calix have been rocking the joints they have played so far and they have been complete "soldiers" to decide to carry on and still make it happen,...

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kitchen motors presents "motorlab"
In 2000, the Reykjavik-based Kitchen Motors began a series of monthly events, featuring collaborations with various musicians and artists who would most often not be collaborating together outside of the live venues. The goals were to be somewhat improvisational, yet somewhat tied into each artist's discipline, while most importantly having fun. The curators documented these events and have compiled various moments onto two CDs now available through a combined release effort through Bad Taste. While it's not nearly like being there, these discs provide a good window into what is going on in Reykjavik. Abridged to anywhere from 9 minute to 27 minute excerpts, 'Motorlab #1' features four collaborations. The first up is a piece with music by Stilluppsteypa combined with text of Magnús Pálsson, pulled from a 2½ hour meditation on drugs, religion, folklore and banking to name a few things. Over the course of this track, the music varies from low-volume drones to broken electronics while the spoken voices are all in Icelandic. Next is a collaboration between the CAPUT Ensemble, Hilmar Jensson and Jóhan Jóhansson where a ten-piece wind and string ensemble was matched with electronics and processed guitar. The end result is a wonderful sound which could never be recreated by electronic laptop dronesters alone. The third track, "Junkyard Alchemy", from the Hispurlsausi Sextet was created through a somewhat orchestrated improvisation of sounds created from various items found in a junkyard. While the ideas sound interesting on paper, the recording isn't quite clear. Thankfully cut to under 9-minutes, you hear enough to get the picture that you really just "had to be there." Closing the disc is "Telefonia," a piece which was performed (or broadcast, rather) once every month at a Kitchen Motors event. Here, members in the audience were given a phone number to dial with their mobile phones and leave a message on a voice mail system, which would in turn send the audio through a computer, get processed and sent through the speakers. The loop effects created were interesting but as with the rest of the material on the disc here, the live experience was most certainly more entertaining than a ten minute excerpt. The audio was orchestrated by Curver and the software was written by Andrew Mckenzie of Hafler Trio fame.


On 'Motorlab #2', the first collaboration takes shape of a miniature opera, based in "lullaby electronics" as described in the booklet. "Kasa" (translated as "Kitty") is scored and performed by Múm, with text written by Sjón and featuring a mezzo soprano and an actress who perform the roles of the outer and inner personna of a housewife in her thirties. The twenty minutes shared between them on the disc are undoubtedly the prettiest music on both discs, where the signature electronic tones Múm are known for combine blissfully with strings, sounds effects, the operatic vocals and spoken monologue. Next up is 26 minutes with music by the Apparat Organ Quartet combined with the shortwaves, morse code, radio buzz and other noise by TF3IRA. Each entity uses outdated technology, whether it's the music creators with old organs or the noise creators with the obsolete communication devices. The collaboration is well-organized and the elements of the live band crossed with low-fi electronicians can be somewhat remeniscent of various post-rock bands and instrumental Throbbing Gristle tracks. The last 15½ minutes come from Big Band Brútal, whose tracks were improvised live to Hugleikur Dagsson's "splatter cartoons" which were being projected for the band and audience to see. The first track is a rough one with screamy Yamasaka Eye like vocals while the other two are rather calm and sedated. Like the last outfit, the music is created of more conventional rock instruments, and would most likely appeal more to the instrumental and experimental post-rockers. Look out for a Pan Sonic/Barry Adamson collaboration for Kitchen Motors, scheduled for this month. - Jon Whitney


cex, "oops, i did it again" 12"
Childhood, adolescence, adulthood. As humans, some of the most noticable maturation into adulthood comes in the late teenage years into the early twenties. It's not so different when you observe the works of an artist - whether it be a musician, writer, painter, etc,... Most musicians aren't good enough to be picked up and noticed from a young age, but a person both as talented and fortunate as Baltimore's Rjyan Kidwell has achieved quite a bit of notariety for somebody his age. With only four new songs on side A, this 12" single is already showing an incredible amount of development as there's more focus on varied instrumentation, melodic structure, song development and sound processing. Samples are intertwined with well-defined beats without being comical nor cliche, guitars are used to drive the tunes without being fucked beyond recognition or oppressive. Landing in one of the four locked grooves on side a, the beats are bottom-heavy and the length is perfectly timed to not miss a beat. The B-side is a bit of a look back, with remixes from the last year's 'Role Model' by Electric Company and Team Doyobi. In addition, there's an edited excerpt of a concert at the Knitting Factory in NY last year, tossed in to maintain the fun characteristics of Cex music. Once again, four locked grooves grace this side, this time with less beats and more noises. Cex is becoming a charming young man. - Jon Whitney


Antony of the Johnsons served as a liaison between Baby Dee and David Tibet of Current 93 and now Tibet has brought Dee (as well as Antony) to the world through his own World Serpent distributed Durto label. "Little Window" is the debut and it focuses on dramatic voice and precious piano much like Antony's work and c93's "Soft Black Stars". Dee's voice, possessed of a husky lisp and some operatic tendencies, was an acquired taste for me the first few listens but the lyrics (included in the insert) immediately struck me as wonderful poetry. Prior to some online research, I assumed Dee is an effeminate male like Antony, but she is actually a post-op transsexual. Her life story is also otherwise fascinating having been music director of a Catholic church, a member of the Coney Island Sideshow and a performer on the streets of New York City and Europe in a bear costume on a giant tricycle with a harp mounted on the back! Somehow it all makes perfect sense. Dee's piano playing is simply elegant as she sings of beauty and hope with a gospel virtue. "Calvary" in particular takes me back to the Sunday mornings of my own childhood. "The Robin's Tiny Throat" is a clever conversation with nature while "Waiting" personifies the very nature of nature. A favored line in the former - "that same hand that flies a million dawns formed my tiny throat and wrote my songs. How could I not sing?" "The Price of a Sparrow" seems to shed light on Dee's relationship with her father and is further reflected upon in the extended lullaby of "What About My Father?" The disc begins and ends with solo accordion pieces accompanied by bird song and giggling children. Stunning. The more I listen to "Little Window" the deeper I fall in love with it. A launch party for "Little Window" will take place September 29-30 at Joe's Pub in NYC with performances by Dee and Current 93. And oh how I wish I could be there,... - Mark Weddle


prefuse 73, "vocal studies + uprock narratives"
Early in 2000, Scott Herren delivered a fine serving of organic multi-instrument post-Tortoise rock on his Hefty debut, "Folk Songs for Trains, Trees and Honey" as Savath + Savalas. Less than a year later, he surfaced with mayhem electronics as Delarosa and Asora for the "Blacksome" EP and "Agony" LP on Schematic. 'Vocal Studies' is the introduction of his hip hop persona, Prefuse 73, something he's been touring the country with and releasing limited runs of 12" singles. Here, Herren flexes his muscles as a one-man wrecking crew, pulling in deep grooves, broken beats, melodic samples and just enough electronic glitchery to make it listenable. It's a mishmosh of influences however as elements of smooth low-end grooves, sneak in between the bombastic beats The disc opens with a bit of hip hop radio scanning and the cut up collage madness begins. Guest appearances are made from rappers Mikah 9, Rec Center, MF Doom & Aesop Rock and even Sam Prekop. If you were a fan of the Deltron 3030 Instrumentals but wanted a little something more but not an all-out guest fest, this one's for you. Once notable producer/musician types like U.N.K.L.E., Bomb the Bass and Khan have destroyed their street cred by flooding albums with a different guest on every stinking track, and in turn minimalizing the quality and importance of the music itself. Herren's not only got a proven talent as a musician and producer, but is smart enough to know at which point is enough to make it great without overkill. The disc is just over 50 minutes and is truly a fabulous trip, well-equipped for those summer drives with the windows down and the music loud. - Jon Whitney


"tigerbeat6 inc."
Gosh, it only seems like last year the 19 yr old kid from San Diego was peddling his compilation with his friends. Hey, it was the beginning of last year! _Almost_ two years later, Tigerbeat6 offices have moved to San Francisco, racked up about 20 releases (and a good amount of press) through various old friends and vicious young upstarts. Taking form of a double CD release, 'Tigerbea6 Inc.' celebrates the incorporation of his booming young enterprise with 44 fresh new hits from a couple old cronies like Lesser, Pisstank, Pimmon, Electric Company, Goodiepal, Twerk, Steward, DAT Politics and Blectum from Bledom along with some fresh new faces like Stars as Eyes, Geoff White, Joseph Nothing, Com.A, Gold Chains, and many others. While Kid's music has taken a recent turn for the serious, with the last couple releases on the chin-scratchy Mille Plateaux, he's not lost his feverent energy for fun stuff. This collection never drops the ball and jumps quickly from the cordial opener from London's Gamers in Exile to entertaining bits like Cex's staged award show antics, Joseph Nothing's blatent disregard for copyright, the rockin proto-pop mastery of Sonic Dragolgo, the too-cute Japanese singer Noriko Tujiko, the funky retro of Gold Chains, hypnotic pulses and loops of Languis, answering machine message by Max Tundra, or Frankie-sampline Steward,... And that's just the beginning! Skip out on tennis camp today and go demand this at yr local record store. Get one for your younger sister who likes terrible music too. - Jon Whitney


This is the final installment of the Hushush 'Threesome Series' involving Ambre (members of Snog and Imminent Starvation among others), Mark Spybey (Dead Voices on Air) and Mick Harris (Scorn). "Dys" pairs Ambre and Harris with Harris in the driver's seat weaving together the samples from Ambre into 5 tracks over 48 minutes. The sound is similar to the textured, ambient headphone mindfuck of Harris' Lull project and the more sinister surrealist moments of Nurse With Wound. The moans and groans of minimal drone are peppered with stereophonic sound events and effects, often in sudden outbursts. It's all very atmospheric, if not dark and cinematic, devoid of discernible voices, beats or easily identifiable samples and often seemingly without structure. A few of the more uniquely interesting bits are in "Ome" with its brief sub bass loops and electronic leaf rustling and in the dense beginning of "Algie" with what resembles roller skates on a rain slicked sidewalk. Unfortunately, I find "Dys" emotionally ineffectual. Plenty of interesting sounds and changes, but it more or less goes in one ear and out the other. It's just not staying with me like so many other similar works have. But despite going out with a bit of a whimper, the Threesome series was overall a varied success. I just prefer Ambre/Spybey "Sfumato" and Spybey/Harris "Bad Roads, Young Drivers" over this one. - Mark Weddle


Do some noise makers seem to have everything but the kitchen sink? Manchester's noisiest CD-R label has spewed a disc over the grubby tiles that has not only the sink but all the other utensils and fittings slamming and clattering away and mixed down to hard drives. Inspired by Banana Yoshimitsu's book 'Kitchen', four noise-smiths each deliver lengthy constructions made from quite likely the most ominous sounds to emanate from cookery ever recorded. Anaphalaxis chase a bee swarm stuck in the drain whilst hot fat gets poured down the plughole. Then the poor old bees get mashed in a liquidizer, and things get bubbly for a bit (warning: do not drink). This leads to a cleaner, more efficient kitchenette after the white noise whoosh repairman calls. The housewife's bleach isn't enough to shift Drozophyll from the drains, where they lurk rattling manholes and teapots and hammering on the metal piping, in what might be mistaken for homage to early Neubauten. This might be made on a computer, but the primitive rhythms sound as corrosive if comparatively clipped. Can they really be playing the spoons? Ominous stereo panning occurs latterly. 13th Hour make like Digital Hardcore beats stuck in winter molasses, taking a slow morning to drip onto cold porridge. They do not like their porridge cold, hence the malicious atmosphere and the tortured shards of breaking glass in slo mo that rumble over the massive doom beat. Something crawls across the kitchen tiles... With all the windows shattered and the wind howling in, Phroq is left to flutter about in the breeze trying to make a nice cup of tea. But its no use because by the end of it the metal teapot's been hammered to hell and all the cups are broken, so he just leaves the taps running and floods the feedback scream beast out of hiding and fries it on the stove which is thankfully still working even if it makes a bit of a squeal. - Graeme Rowland


Phroq has his own release on the same label, featuring another three long looping post-industrial noise collages, which are slightly more carefully composed than his chaotic onslaught that closes the 'Kitchen' compilation. The most amusing is the closing soundtrack to an experimental Japanese sex film 'Pudding, Pudding' with much echoing orgasmic cooing and sing song speech samples set to slow murky beats with occasional tastefully judged appearances from our old friend white noise. The one in the middle mixes up painful sine tones with monochrome clicks and deep drones and isn't funny at all, especially when it speeds up and drops a big old lump of raging noise on the carpet. The epic opening shot is so deadly serious that it calls itself 'Music for Photoperformance'. My racist moron neighbour downstairs could howl 'Dat's not music' til his cow comes home but music is only music to a receptive mind, and to have a receptive mind you need to have a mind in the first place. Anyway initially the photo performance music has some simple piano motiffs underpinning the scissor bag rustle and incessant throb, and field recordings cut in and out before the one fingered piano of doom holds sway yet again. The repetitious sound of a camera shutter recurs and some French shouting echoes before it all gets mashed into a monotone chug that stops abruptly to let little birdies sing in the distance. Then everything builds to a camera rewind piano slam finale. I suppose it's quite likely Phroq has heard Nurse With Wound and Ryoji Ikeda at some point. - Graeme Rowland


dianogah, "Old Material, New Format," "As Seen From Above," and "Battle Champions"
This week I am spotlighting two bands that are currently in the studio working on their new releases by looking back on their back catalogs. I finally rounded up dianogah's first proper album, "As Seen From Above," recently, thus completing my dianogah CD collection (they have a few 7" singles I've yet to collect, but soon...). dianogah, named after the trash compactor beast in Star Wars - but with an "h" added to avoid copyright issues, I imagine - are a three-piece rock band comprised of two bass players Jason Harvey and Jay Ryan, and drummer Kip McCabe. This makes for an interestingly melodic sound for primarily low-end instruments. Yes, kids, this is instrumental indie rock, but with a far more impressive range then you might expect from such limited instrumentation. The name is certainly fitting, as the music pulls you in seductively, but has a punch to it that you'd never expect. My first exposure to dianogah was their track on the fantastic "Reach The Rock" soundtrack, "Dreams Of Being King." Having also seen the film (worth it only to see how the soundtrack is used, mind you), the song is perfectly placed, underscoring the sole "moment" in the whole piece.
I immediately had to hear more from this band, so I purchased their first CD release, actually a compilation of their first singles called "Old Material, New Format" on My Pal God. I slipped it into my CD player, and waited for that melodic glory to come out of my speakers. Sure, it was there -- for the first few seconds of the first track, "One Hundred Percent Tree." Then: vocals. Not very good ones, either. Drowned in the mix, and more spoken than sung, the vocals by Jay Ryan seemed awkward when paired with the music. Or they would, if the music was on the same level of "Dreams Of Being King." This was dianogah at their early stages, and it showed. After repeated listens, though, now the songs have a certain charm to them. It's like enjoying Mogwai now for what they are and do, then listening to the awkward loud/soft missteps of "Ten Rapid." It's got its moments. Next in order of release is the proper album "As Seen From Above." This was certainly closer to what I expected to hear. Driving, intertwining basslines, stable and firm drumming, and little variations that build and strive to a stunning climax. Yet another band that appreciates that the silence and breaks in the song are just as important as the moments where all cylinders are firing. "What Is Your Landmass?" thumps right along, before settling into the cymbal-crashing tirade of a finale. Still there were vocals, but they seemed to have improved over the first release (go figure). Jay becomes more confident with his voice, reaching a delivery half They Might Be Giants/half The Inbreds.
Then there is their second full-length, released after the "Reach The Rock" soundtrack, "Battle Champions." My god. The dream is fully realized on this release. dianogah occasionally record with other musicians, releasing the results as "Team Dianogah" releases. This time, they add to their own sound, augmenting it with guitar and piano. From the second track, "At The Mercy Of The Mustang," I was hooked. Steve Albini just lets the boys rock out, and doesn't affect the release at all, leaving us with the driving rhythms and gorgeous melodies that make "Dreams Of Being King" pale as Willem Dafoe in "Shadow Of The Vampire." The album's centerpiece, "Indie Rock Spock Ears," is playful and poignant, starting off slower than most dianogah, but building on right into an accomplished groove and great interplay between the bassists. Lovely. There are still vocals on a few songs, but they're no longer as jarring, and actually complement the music well. I would recommend "Battle Champions" to anyone who likes great instrumental indie rock. If you like that, move your way back. Also look for a new album next year. There's a lot to be discovered under the surface... - Rob Devlin


Wheat, "Hope & Adams" and "Medeiros"
Amazing what can be found from just surfing around on occasion. A friend who is a huge Beulah fan once asked me to look at their label Sugar Free's website, and see what other bands recorded for the label. "Any label that would sign Beulah has to have other good bands," he said. He couldn't have been more right. We listened to a few samples from Wheat's second album, "Hope & Adams," and we were hooked. It doesn't hurt to have the involvement of Dave Fridmann, mind you. The Frid-mann has the ability to bring out the best in every band. A great fan of his work with The Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev already, I knew this would be a great release and ordered it immediately. What I got blew me away. It's crafty pop with a primary message of loss, whether of love or youth or what have you, with the standard bass/drums/guitar/vocal formula. Thanks to Fridmann, however, the band plays nicely with electronics, bringing out a fuller sound with the beeps and whistles. Well-placed piano lines on "Don't I Hold You" and "Body Talk (Part 1)" bring more strengths to the table. Wheat will never have to worry about becoming tired: there's so much they can do to throw you a curveball.
Being fond of this CD, I decided to give their first, "Medeiros," a run. Missing is the Fridmann influence, but the songs are still there, along with a healthy dose of nerves. Scott Levesque's vocals are more echoey and subdued, bringing to mind the feeling that he's still not comfortable with that role in the band. Songs like "Summer" and "Girl Singer" impress with their picturesque lyrics and directness (sample lyric from "Girl Singer": "I believe I'm touching you, 'specially when I'm fuckin' you, but you're a little on the tenative side"). Some keyboard appear now and then, but the album works best without them, as opposed to "Hope & Adams." Both good releases, and well worth trying out. Look for their latest, "Per Second Per Second Per Second Every Second," also with the Fridmann influence, this fall. - Rob Devlin


the mad capsule markets, "pulse"
There's been quite a little bit of hype about this Filipino trio going around in certain hardcore and 'alternative' circles lately and it's only going to get worse in the months to come, so before you start throwing your hard earned pennies out the window, listen to the short sample below and you'll get the gist of their entire sound ? Atari Teenage Riot? Meet Green Rage Against the Blink-182 Korn Day. Pure crap for the now generation. - Maurice Underwood


nic endo, "cold metal perfection"
As part of the burgeoning Fatale movement which is ""a force against the male-driven music industry and its great heroes" Nic Endo has released an electronic work of great scope here. I'm not really certain how political / feminist messages are contained in the bleeps, squiggles and beats of this instrumental work but I'll leave that to the armchair pundits to squabble over. A far cry from the Massona/ Haters scree of her first EP 'White Heat' and more a continuation of the spacey, removed feeling of the eponymous EP as She Satellites here Endo takes off from that platform and adds 80's electro-styled keyboards, casio drums and a variety of samplings from pop culture staples. The disc's highlights are many ? from the Bauhaus beginning off 'Man Eater' which quickly changes into a poppy, Kraftwerkian number to the lost in the ether feeling that 'The Program and the Brides' gives off, this discs pleasures are many. The structures run the gamut - your usual music concrete, free jazz improvisations and tribal rhythms all processed through Endo's sensibilities and lo-fi equipment. Also included is a video for 'White Heat' which is the first time I've seen pure noise feedback being marketed as pop music ? hot chick in leather bra and fishnets and everything. Easily worth the price of admission. - Maurice Underwood


stereolab, "captain easychord" ep
The 'Lab are back and boy do they love The Beatles (well, they're really ripping off George Harrison's "When We Was Fab" from the 1980s, which is much lower on the cool-meter). Actually, it's rather nice that they're song-based again as opposed to the overtly wanky qualities of their last few releases. The faux-country acoustic guitar noodling and pedal-steel solos kill all enjoyment of this song started in the first minute. Track two, "Long Life Love" might as well be a stoned out version of the first track: it's slower and almost twice as long and melodically and structurally begins almost identically. There is a prettiness factor but it's not enough to make it a good song, plus Pram do it ten times better these days. The third track, "Canned Candies" sounds like a nod to an unreleased Mamas and Papas Christmas outtake combined with chiming vibes, flute and la-las from 'Dots and Loops' while the last track picks up the energy but doesn't provide anything catchy to leave me with. Sadly I feel the group's seriously got themselves in a rut, using the same producers for the umpteenth time in a row, coupled with the strong feeling they have inhaled so much pot they can't write a good song any more. On the other hand, I might be a bit too critical on an EP of songs which didn't make it to the album. (Or perhaps too grouchy about spending $10 on four crappy songs.) There was a time and place where I thought this band could do no wrong: a minimal amount of instruments wasn't a hinderance to their abilities to make something magical and catchy. Their current sound may have a lot of shiny ornaments, but at the roots are rather empty songs. The band has become what they were seemingly anti in their beginning days: they've traded in low-fi for high fidelity low-distortion recordings. They once were trying to say they weren't 'adult oriented' or 'M.O.R.' but they're now primed for elevators in shopping malls. I haven't heard horns like this since Chicago's "If You Leave Me Now". This EP is out now through Duophonic in the UK and preceeds the full-lengther due next month. Start twirling your finger. - Jon Whitney


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


* Blue States - Nothing Changes Under The Sun CD [reissue with two extra tracks] (Memphis Industries, UK)
FS Blumm - Mondkuchen CD/LP (Morr Music, Germany)
Depeche Mode - I Feel Loved (parts 2/3/4) three 12"s (Mute, UK)
Dr. P. Li Khan - Live in China 7" (Klanggalerie, Austria)
New Order - Crystal two CDEPs/DVD (London, UK)
Roedelius - Die verlassene Stadt 7" (Klanggalerie, Austria)
Roots Manuva - Run Come Save Me CD/2xLP (Big Dada/Ninja Tune, UK/Canada/US)
Sonar - Parallel Friction 7" picture disc (Klanggalerie, Austria)

cEvin Key - The Ghost of Each Room CD (Metropolis, US)
Q-Burns Abstract Message - Shame 12" (Astralwerks, US)
Various - Critical Mass 2 CD (Metropolis, US)


This is simply this week's highlights from the NEW RELEASES provided by Greg and Feedback Monitor.
For a more detailed schedule stretching into the future, please check out the site,
since release dates can and will often change.

"hello badness" (the coil bit)
A good five minutes or so devoted to Coil. Some of it was for them to help explain Crowley, but presenter Matthew Collings did talk about their records and activities/interests. They were pictured playing with their modular synths on jagged rocks by the sea (!! I kid you not) and had footage from the Octoberish show I saw, when they released the _Constant Shallowness_ CD. Also had "How To Destroy Angels" as incidental music at an earlier point in the programme (talking about Crowley I think). The interview took place in their house.
The tone of the programme is very light-hearted and educational, and Coil seemed happy to be interviewed talking very broadly about bad guys in art, without going into too much depth about it. "Coil" in this incarnation was Sleazy, Balance, and (I think) Thighpaulsandra. TPS didn't say much.
I felt Coil didn't get much opportunity to speak articulately about their own ideas, but they were portrayed positively, and got a lot of screen time. Regardless of my own feelings about how good they are, I thought that, from an outsider's perspective, they did very well for themselves getting a significant mention on a programme otherwise only about Byron, Burroughs, Crowley, the Marquis de Sade, Manson (Charles and Marilyn [they had more time than CM and MM]), Jerry Lee Lewis, and Mick Jagger. I mean, _we_ may know they are culturally significant but you don't normally see them mentioned in the same breath as those people! - Andrew Shires


rat race
The Zucker Brothers have some of the funniest comedies of the last 20 years, including the Airplane movies, Top Secret and the Naked Gun trilogy. Although the story of Rat Race has been done before, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, the overall idea is fresh and new. The story involves 7 strangers who receive these mysterious coins while gambling at this casino in Las Vegas. The coins read that they are winners and are instructed to go to this conference room. There the owner of the hotel, John Cleese, one of the richest men in the world, tells them of a game that he made. It's a simple game, there are $2 million in a train station locker in Silver City, New Mexico, and the first person there wins. It seems that those who receive this coins are the oddest people in Vegas that day. The cast is superb, Seth Green, Cuba Gooding, Whoopi Goldberg and the scene stealing Rowan Atkinson and Jon Lovitz. This is the funniest film i've seen in a long time. Nothing but slapstick physical comedy. Everyone in the theatre was laughing throughout the whole film. At first i thought this would be one of those films where the funniest parts are in the trailers, but i had no idea that it could ever be this funny. As of now, this gets my pick as the best film of the year. Even if it is just a stupid comedy. - John Beck


Alan Sparhawk

  1. Do you snowboard?
  2. Did you ever snowboard?
    tried it once. nearly died, but had a good time. maybe try again sometime.
  3. Do you have long hair?
  4. Did you ever have long hair?
    yes, after my freshman year in college, i had hair that went to my shoulders, and then later in '92 i had quite a mess of dreadlocks. i cut them of right after we started low.

Alan is the lead singer for the Duluth, MN-based trio, Low. One of his other bands, the Black Eyed Snakes will be touring around the USA in September. He's also curating a 25 hour-long drone benefit called Elegy, for more information check out For more information on Low, check out If you want to see Black Eyed Snakes on tour, there's tour dates at
Thanks again to Fakejazz.


darwin's waiting room
Now you don't have to ruin your microwave or zap yourself with radiation! Everything you always wanted to throw in a microwave but were afraid to ask can be found at this person's page.


let's just avoid this
Things to avoid on band email lists (cos everybody has an opinion and everybody's such a goddamned expert and the only people who ask these things are newbies who haven't waded through this crap a billion times before):

  1. Religion
  2. Politics
  3. Internet technology
  4. Trent Reznor
  5. Vinyl vs. CD
  6. Radiohead
  7. Email petitions
  8. Maurice Underwood's past/present/future drug habits or porn career
  9. What's your favorite album/concert?


blink and you might miss something

Subject: Propergol

I go out of town for ten days, and, boom, upon my return, I see a review of Propergol's "United States..." This disc, a triumph of modern-day Power Electronics, has not left my CD player since I purchased it in early July. Thank you so much for printing the review. Yes, there are Brain readers (many, I bet!) that listen to Power Electronics.

PS: Many of the movie samples woven through "United States..." are taken from "Seven" and "Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer," and are used to startling effect. "United States..." is a great starting point for the PE novice. Then it's off to Whitehouse. "Great White Death" anybody?

I'll bet there are many more into power electronics, but sadly not enough who want to write about them.

Subject: Rock 'n Roll Station

Has anyone visited the new Nurse With Wound radio station, which I accessed via Durtro? If so, are you too suffering the sound blanking out for a second every three or four seconds?

Stream using WinAmp and all should be well.

Subject: brainwashed

hey there, i really enjoy your site. l visit it daily.

i wanted to see if you have any volunteer postions.

i work in boston, so im right down the street. im not a tech savvy webhead.

let me know ok. keep up the good work.

Uhm, we can try and teach you a few positions here.

Subject: Niels' funky sax

I have recently seen the dots for the first time. I believe they may have changed my life. The sax player was playing an unusual (looked homebuilt) instrument. It was a rectangular black box he blew into like a sax, and the sounds were being controlled with a box on the belt with knobs. Does anyone know about this? What it is (exactly)? I'm wondering if there is a reed inside the box? And what do the knobs do? Maybe someone can direct me to an interview or blueprints? Thanx.

Popular vote is that Niels is actually playing a Steiner Wind Synthesizer, also known as an EVI, designed and built by Nyle Steiner.


killing time
Kate Bush, "Never For Ever"
Blonde Redhead, "Ballad of Damaged Lemons"
Tindersticks, "Second Album"
Chopin, "Nocturnes"
Tindersticks, "Curtain"
Siouxie and the Banshees, "Through the Looking Glass"
Iannis Xenakis, "Piano Works"

David Bruno, San Francisco, aching to go back to school in London and be with his baby.

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