9 May 2009, 00:10 by mjdsawtell

    My first and last journal entry. Just noting that I've left for, a service that respects my autonomy. It's still early days for, but everyone on should consider making the switch to a free-as-in-freedom network service as well.
  • DJ sets from Opening Nite of The BigElectroAlternativeDanceNite @ The Chamber…

    14 Apr 2009, 14:58 by onetruetextbeak

    Textbeak playlist

    Can - MOTHER SKY (Pilooski EDIT)
    The Horrors - SEA WITHIN A SEA
    Public Image Limited - MEMORIES
    vive la fete - MACHINE SUBLIME
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs - ZERO
    Editors - ORANGE CRUSH

    Echo And The Bunnymen - LIPS LIKE SUGAR (Way Out West REMIX)
    Gorillaz - FEEL GOOD INC.
    Prince VS Kraftwerk VS The Pet Shop Boys - WHEN RADIOACTIVE DOVES CRY (Apollo Zero RECONSTRUCT)
    Mount Sims - HOW WE DO

    Blondie - HEART OF GLASS
    Crystal Castles - AIR WAR (Joe and Will Ask? REMIX)
    Red Blooded Women - ENJOY THE SILENCE (Heads We Dance REMIX)
    Trash Yourself AND The Toxic Avenger - SONG 2
    Smash TV - QUEEN OF MAN

    Heartsrevolution - ULTRAVIOLENCE (Vitalic REMIX)
    AutoKratz - REACTOR
    Cabaret Voltaire - SENSORIA (The Bloody BeetrootS VS SIR BILLY EXPERIENCE REMIX)
    Nine Inch Nails - ONLY (Richard X REMIX)
    Q Lazarus - GOODBYE HORSES (Krikor EDIT)
    The Presets - GIRL AND THE SEA (Cut Copy REMIX)

    Ladyhawke - DUSK TIL DAWN
    Girl Talk - TOUCH 2 FEEL
    Warren Suicide - TRASH TECHNOLOGY
    Patrick Wolf - VULTURE
    The Chap - THEY HAVE A NAME

    VERUCA ASSAULT playlist

    Sigue Sigue Sputnik - LOVE MISSILE F-1 11
    Chris Isaak - BABY DID A BAD THING
    These Are Powers - LIFE OF BIRDS
    Hedwig And The Angry Inch - RANDOM NUMBER GENERATION

    vive la fete - NOIR DESIR
    Handsome Furs - IM CONFUSED
    Nico Vega - BURN BURN
    Danielle Dax - THE ID PARADE
    Courtney Love - HELLO

    Telepath - SO FINE
    Junior Boys - BITS AND PIECES
    Nina Simone - TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS (Pilooski EDIT)

    Lords Of The New Church - RUSSIAN ROULETTE
    Talking Heads - PSYCHO KILLER
    Specimen - KISS KISS BANG BANG
    Love And Rockets - SO ALIVE
    Brian Eno AND David Byrne - STRANGE OVERTONES
    Le Tigre - VIZ
  • Dada Dumdums - MUSIC TO DIE FOR

    22 Mar 2009, 16:48 by Sirprice

    DADA DUMDUMS is similar to classic dark wave, post-punk and gothic bands such as SIOUXSIE, BAUHAUS, THE CURE.

    They are definatetely worth to be checked out!

    Here's the link:

    Dada Dumdums
  • Top 8 Albums of 2008

    4 Jan 2009, 06:03 by foetusized

  • Top Album Picks for 2008

    18 Dec 2008, 05:52 by MoogleFan

    Original post at my blog A Future in Noise is READABLE HERE


    There are still so many more albums from 2008 I have yet to hear, as Ian's post and many of the other end-of-year roundups I've been noticing have made me realize. It was hard just narrowing it down to a top ten!

    1. You Are Here - thenewno2 I've raved about Dhani Harrison's group since I first heard them in August. The newest sounding album of the year, by far; this could not have been made any year other than 2008. They have remained fairly under the radar, playing some shows in Los Angeles (and broadcasting them live via Stickam in September) and releasing their album first as an iTunes exclusive, and then on one of those new-fangled, extremely tiny SlotMusic cards. Read more about thenewno2 in my original post.

    2. Imperial Wax Solvent - The Fall Ah, the mighty Fall! I have been a fan since, by chance, someone posted an mp3 of "Dead Beat Descendant" on The Killers Network in 2005. After I realized that they had a boatload of albums, I settled on the excellent 2-disc compilation 50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong...and ended up obtaining most of the studio albums anyway. So, here we have Imperial Wax Solvent which is not only the best Fall album of the 2000s, but one of the strangest Fall albums. Ever. Seriously, it's a classic.

    3. Midnight Boom - The Kills Reaction on this album has been fairly mixed. The production is a lot cleaner, perhaps less "raw" or live sounding than the first two. This album actually happens to be my favourite of theirs so far, and shows that they still have quite a lot of room to grow.

    4. Sixes & Sevens - Adam Green While not my top favourite of his (mine is Jacket Full of Danger), this album runs more like a mix tape than an ordinary LP. Adam Green is the man.

    5. Box of Secrets - Blood Red Shoes I think I may have found their music when I was looking up related artists for The Kills on They have not yet reached their full potential, but this album shows a band so promising that I just had to put it in my top ten.

    6. In Ear Park - Department of Eagles Did I say thenewno2's You Are Here was the new-est sounding release of the year? There is a contender in Department of Eagles. Something Beatle-esque about this group for sure.

    7. Plutonium Blonde - The Legendary Pink Dots
    Like the Fall, they have a massive discography, though they are lesser known. And, comparable the Fall's 2008 release Imperial Wax Solvent, this is a contender for "most strangely enjoyable" in their entire catalog. The eerie album art offers a clue to the sounds inside.

    8. Just Pretend You're a Pegasus - Panda steps in chocolate Found by pure chance of typing in "chocolate" in's tag radio... Read my full review

    9. A Burial In Seven Births - Mt. Moon Epic release from a summer-long band... Read my full review

    10. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles A lot of people...well, they hate Crystal Castles. They are frequently reduced to being just another "chiptune" group, and are probably known best for their Creative Commons issues and Madonna image-use controversy. I luckily heard their album before uncovering all of the hullabaloo, and I love it. Atari bits and sampling and all.

    I, too, will be posting a list of '08's best singles soon; and, I'd love to hear your top ten album + singles picks as well!
  • HELP FIND THE STOOGES' STOLEN GEAR!! Please re-post and forward.....

    5 Aug 2008, 00:01 by MamboSun

    Thieves are vile at the best of times, but it's Iggy and the Stooges..... the creators and saviours of dirty rock 'n' roll as we know it!

    Please re-post and forward.
    = = =


    all equipment was in a rented penske 15 foot yellow truck
    with U.S. (Michigan) license plate number AC46493, and the theft had to have happened in the morning, between 6:30 and 7:30 am

    There's a web page at:

    That will soon have pictures and updates to more stuff found missing

    Item Country of Origin Serial Number

    Red roadcase containing: USA No serial number
    Red Gibson 1963 EB-3 bass (this is mike watt's bass!) USA
    No serial number

    Black roadcase containing: USA No serial number
    Reverend Flying V guitar - Volcano black USA #08001

    Black roadcase containing: USA No serial number
    Reverend Orange guitar USA 03416 ZSL7

    Black fibre case containg: USA No serial number
    Gibson red SG short scale bass USA No serial number

    Black roadcase containing: USA No serial number
    Marshall Vintage/Modern Amplifier UK M-2007-07-0926-2 RoHS

    Black roadcase containing: USA No serial number
    Marshall Vintage/Modern Amplifier UK M-2007-07-0927-2 RoHS

    4x Marshall 4x12 Cabinets (with Tuki cover) UK #1 Slant:

    4x Marshall 4x12 Cabinets (with Tuki cover) UK #2 Straight:

    4x Marshall 4x12 Cabinets (with Tuki cover) UK #3 Slant:

    4x Marshall 4x12 Cabinets (with Tuki cover) UK #4 Straight:

    Orange Calzone road case containing:
    Guitar pedal board and pedals USA/Japan No serial number
    Assorted leads USA/UK No serial number
    2x mic stands Germany No serial number
    Assorted strings and spares USA No serial number
    2x Boss TU2 Chromatic Tuner
    Boss CH1 Super Chorus
    Fulltone OCD Overdrive
    Crybaby Wah
    Peterson Strobo-Stomp Tuner Pedal
    Whirlwind A/B Boxes
    Whirlwind Cable Tester
    and many many istrument cables
    various tools ( screwdrivers, soldering iron, pliers, etc... )
    tambourine and maracas

    Cardboard box containing:
    Assorted replacement drum heads USA No serial number

    Gretsch Silver Sparkle Catalina drum kit USA No serial number
    26" Kick Drum No serial number
    13" Rack Tom No serial number
    18" Floor Tom No serial number
    4x Cymbal Stands No serial number
    1x Snare Stand No serial number
    1x Hi Hat Stand No serial number
    1x Drum Throne No serial number

    Eden D810 Bass cabinet USA D810RP4 0703E5001

    Eden D810 Bass cabinet USA D810RP4 0703E5002

    Cardboard box containg:
    Eden VT300 Bass amplifier USA 0601E5115

    Cardboard box containg:
    Eden VT300 Bass amplifier USA 0507E5033

    Floor Fan CHINA No serial number

    Floor Fan CHINA No serial number

    Green clamshell suitcase containing:
    Yamaha snare drum JAPAN No serial number
    Yahama kick pedal JAPAN No serial number
    Zildjian Mega Bell cymbal USA No serial number
    Zildjian 15" Hi-Hats USA No serial number
    3x Zildjian 18" 19" 20" crash medium cymbals USA No serial number

    Brown Epiphone guitar case:
    Black Epiphone EB3 short scale bass KOREA F300503


    if anyone has information, ANY INFORMATION!
    please, please, PLEASE as soon as possible contact
    Eric Fischer at:
    cell phone: +1 646 932 1907

    The Stooges
    Iggy Pop

    The Velvet Underground
    New York Dolls
    T. Rex
    David Bowie
    The Damned
    The Clash
    Sex Pistols
    The White Stripes
    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
    Primal Scream

    RadioheadThe BeatlesColdplayRed Hot Chili Peppers
  • April 19, 2008 is Record Store Day - Show Your Support!

    5 Apr 2008, 17:33 by browland

    Many of you might not be aware of this, but Saturday, April 19, has been dubbed “Record Store Day”, with many stores across North America participating in an event to raise awareness of independent record stores and to celebrate their impact on their communities and the music industry as a whole.

    Ah yes, the independent record store. It’s like a kid being bullied and then kicked while he’s down. The big box retailers (Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart) are slowly edging them out, and the dwindling CD sales are not helping matters. Living in Toronto, I have seen the impact full force. In 2007, two Canadian-born music store icons have gone bankrupt – Sam The Record Man’s flagship store and Music World. The only national chain exclusively dedicated to music and movies is Sunrise Records, and it feels like they are living on borrowed time. Several small independent music stores have gone out of business, and soon it will only be the big-box retailers who offer CDs, and their selection is very limited for people who are not fans of the Top 40. Hell, even finding someone who knows anything about music is an endurance trial. At the independent stores, the staff know their music, and they are not afraid to recommend something to you. The atmosphere, culture, and personality are the three things I will miss most if these trends continue.

    Here is my appeal to everyone: No matter what part of the world you live in or what your taste in music is, head down to your local independent music store on April 19 and buy something. Haven’t bought a CD in years? This is a great opportunity to re-discover the pleasure of actually taking the time and investing in your music. Perhaps there is an album that you’ve had your eye on for a while, or there is an import or special edition that strikes your fancy – why not treat yourself? This is not about supporting the music industry, it’s about supporting the independent retailers. These are the privately-owned and operated shops that are run by music fans, for music fans, and are probably the places where you bought your favorite albums, or discovered that amazing band that would have otherwise passed you by. Show your support for their continued existence, for yourself and for generations of music fans to come.

    Many stores in both the US and Canada are participating in this event, and many will be offering prizes, free stuff, and even some band performances. Check out the website if you want more information on that: Record Store Day homepage

    As for myself, I have a list of CDs that I want to buy on that day, and I will visit the few remaining indie stores in Toronto to pick them up.
  • 2007 in records

    27 Jan 2008, 22:40 by tom_dissonance

    i figured since we were now a month away from 2007, now would be a suitable time to drop my reflections on a year's music on the people.

    Warning: may contain opinions.
    "Anti-bashing" pussies might find it more productive to go somewhere else.

    Top 10
    El-PI'll Sleep When You're Dead: The most deliberate, forceful, sincere and fucking heartfelt record of the year, when you listen you begin to understand the five-year gap between this and Fantastic Damage. Is it better than the latter? It's a moot point. They're both different and both essential. ISWYD is a ferocious unrelenting broadside against "infected money slobbing pesticrats" where every beat's a banger and every emotion is raw enough to wring hot angry tears. From the adrenalising Mars Volta-starring opener "Tasmanian Pain Coaster", it doesn't let up. Every Weatherman (bar Breeze Brewin') turns up for a guest shot. By the time El and gorgeous Chan "Cat Power" Marshall (who incidentally would make a great couple) close it with strung-out duet "poisenville kids no wins" you pretty much just want to hit play again. Indispensable shit.

    Rufus WainwrightRelease The Stars: as another review somewhere else put it, this makes pretty much all other pop music release this year sound rather bloodless. Rufus – or Rufus! as it should be spelt – returns to sprinkle his wonderful melodic gay stardust over everything. Unexpected actress cameos, Phantom of the Opera steals, kitchen-sink+ orchestration and melody after glorious melody. i sort of wish i was gay so i could be this stylish.

    Aesop RockNone Shall Pass: Aes delivers what might be his most straight-ahead, yet still fantastic album yet, cutting through some of the harder-edged or more 'difficult' stuff from his earlier works in favour of the loved-up title track, swaggering "The Harbor Is Yours" and double-time banger "Coffee", with The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle. Blockhead's beats, making up half the album, are a key part, but Aes' own production is improving all the time, with beats like "39 Thieves" and "Five Fingers" among the best of his oeuvre, let alone among stuff he's produced himself.

    WeakerthansReunion Tour: One of those albums that a band releases that makes you remember exactly why you love them so much and also wonder why you forgot to keep listening to them. This is very possibly the best Weakerthans album yet - there is at most one skippable track, the lyrics are diversely-concerned (another one sung by Virtute the cat from Reconstruction Site,curling, medical oddities, a man who saw Bigfoot...), funny and poignant, the tunes are acely memorable, but most of all it all just seems to cohere so well.

    BattlesMirrored: Everybody seemingly shat themselves when this came out that an amazing album with progressive rock overtones had appeared. Ummm... that's not exactly unique, slowpokes. Put down whatever shitty NME-aping indie shitrag is pimping itself around as the New Incredible Tastemaker of the Month, proffering the same 5 identikit shitty garage/punk-funk/British-indie-with-novelty-lyrics bands, and you'll see that innovative, prog-inspired masterpieces come out literally every year. OMG teh Mars Volta?!?!?! anyway, Mirrored combined prime technicality with sly humour and, most importantly, boss danceable tunes to cement its place in the year's CD players.

    Rob SonicSabotage Gigante: Second Sonzarelli album comes ridiculously correct with both beats and rhymes. A lot of heads say it's loads better than Telicatessen, i liked Telicatessen too so i dunno about the "loads" part. It's lean as well – about 35 minutes i seem to remember – which is a refreshing change with a lot of hip-hop records. Rob and Aesop Rock seem to be forming a steady collaborative partnership, which can only be good (see also "Bobby from the Bronx"'s hilarious appearances with Aes and Blockhead on that MTV2 "advice column" show they did this summer. And even Busdriver isn't *that* annoying after a few listens.

    Wu-Tang Clan8 Diagrams: i couldn't give a shit what the haters have to say about this, frankly it's a New Wu-Tang Clan Album and it is The First New Wu-Tang Clan Album for six long years and therefore naysaying is fucking IRRELEVANT. It may have some problems (too much singing; not enough Ghost, especially noticeable on the ODB tribute) but RZA turns in a sterling collection of beats and the Clan sound energized and on-point. The end result is about three skippable tunes on a 16-track album. Who else from the class of '93 is still hitting that rate? And at the end of the day it's a New Wu-Tang Album and you don't get that every year.

    Frank TurnerSleep Is For the Week: Almost forgot this was 2007, but on remembering it had to go in the Top 10. Former Million Dead frontman Frank has taken to the road in a seemingly interminable tour which must have seen him play every town in the UK at least once, armed with his acoustic guitar and his trusty sense of inquisitive vulnerability. The songs on this range from knowing wit ("The Real Damage") to searing honesty ("Father's Day") and there are tunes in spades.

    Buck 65Situation: Holy shit, this is good. Nearly passed me by as well, as i only really started listening to it while writing this list. After the sideways diversion that was Secret House Against the World, this record returns to more solidly hip-hop-based ground. The beats are tight as hell, the rhymes are always good and sometimes stupendous (from the awesome kick-off Alan Ginsberg quote to "Kill kill pussycat, faster and more often / Lay down in your coffin, get harder or soften / Sensation more often, I'm lost in Penn Station / I can resist anything except temptation" from "Cop Shades", or perhaps "Shutter Buggin'"'s defiantly self-justifying porn impresario: "Under attack, being tested and investigated. Juvenile delinquency my ass! What is this shit?! Fought by some of the same men that I do business with. They focus on the negative, treating us like common crooks. I’m an artist goddammit! They said the same thing about comic books. Who could have guessed it? Created a mob scene. The demand is undeniable, but they say its obscene. Spread eagle, American beauty: Stranger and splendid. Major offended. Naked as nature intended. Leaves a bad taste in some peoples mouths, maybe bitter. Don’t want your manure, I’m an entrepreneur not a babysitter..." wow.) Weirdest of all, there's apparently some kind of "what hip-hop would be like in 1957" concept that i haven't fully clocked onto yet. More replays for this one.

    ShellacExcellent Italian Greyhound: It's always a privilege to have Messrs. Albini, Weston and Trainer inject some uncooked Dadaist hardcore into your year, and this one was a fine example. Beginning in excellently characteristic style with the long, free-flowing acocalypticomedy of "The End of Radio", wherein the last DJ in the world realises it's highly likely no-one's listening any more, and ending with the bizarre pop outburst of "Spoke", it passes on the way through one of their weirdest tracks ever, "Genuine Lulabelle", whose nine minutes take in sex, greyhounds, ersatz advertising, and cameo vocal tracks from voice-over legends Hal Douglas and Ken Nordine. Food for.... thought?

    Unordered remainder
    Saul WilliamsThe Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!: Yeh, it may have been masterminded and produced by Saul's new musical daddy, Trent Reznor aka Trent "i don't have any snares in my drum library" Reznor, but don't let that put you off. El Williams still comes correct with his melodies, voice and amazing lyrics even if the production at times fails pretty badly. Word of advice to Saul: ditch the goth grandad and hook up with the Def Jux set! You over a full of set of El-P beats would make an awesome album.

    Lily AllenAlright, Still: Because fun is good too.

    GhostfaceThe Big Doe Rehab: Not as good as either Fishscale, More Fish or (contrary to received opinion) 8 Diagrams, this nonetheless had its share of great moments befitting Ghost's talent as an MC and ludicrous flights of imagination. Try lines like "they say my projects should undergo therapy / We never voted, we votin' for Oprah, Obama and Eric B" or cuts like the ridiculously soulful bonus track "Slow Down" with Chrisette Michele (q.v.), for instance. Slightly weaker-than-normal Ghost still knocks most other rappers into a cocked hat.

    Sage FrancisHuman The Death Dance: Even though it wasn't actually *that* good, it had some great moments. "Heard her chemical romance was a medical slow dance, said my advance was sexual, held my genitals with cold hands" indeed.

    Amy WinehouseBack to Black: This was 2007? Hm, it seems earlier. Anyway. Great voice, sexy crack habit. Jazz singers aren't meant to be role models. Otherwise we'd all be listening to suicidally dull Wynton Marsalis shite.

    DJ ShadowBay Area Ep: i've said it before and i'll say it again, his hyphy material kicks the shit out of his soporific fanboy-pleasing trip-hop retreads, which is why The Outsider is a much better album than the awesomely tedious Private Press, for instance. This release is no exception to the rule. Limited to 2000 copies worldwide, it takes three of the Outsider bangers, remixes another and adds two exclusive tacks.

    NadjaCorrasion: Aidan Baker's incredibly prolific drone/doom-bient outfit re-release a limited CD-R package from a couple of years ago with a couple of added tracks. But! The old ones are re-recorded too. So effectively it's pretty much a new album in the incredibly-slow-fuzzy-melodoom sort of way, and as such comes recommended.

    • Nadja – Guilted by the Sun: This one is divided into four tracks, each bearing the name of one of the words in the album title, and continues to add to the group's compositional envelope, adding among other things drums and an almost death-y fast bit to the dronesome madness.

    BattlesTonto+ EP / Joanna NewsomJoanna Newsom And The Ys Street Band / Jenny Owen YoungsThe Take Off All Your Clothes EP: Three stop-gap/curio EP releases here, with covers, mutations and oddities galore. Battles' Tonto+ perhaps understandably takes "Tonto" from Mirrored and subjects it to all manner of remix skewings. Best of all is the mix of "Leyendecker" by dj emz (whoever that is (?)) and featuring Joell Ortiz on the vocal. "i smack the king of the jungle in his face, i'm a Lion-decker", as he puts it (WIN!). Joanna's punningly-titled release arranges two Ys songs for a live group including Ryan Francesconi (aka RF, also in the chart with his own record) and adds up-beat new minor-key folk number "Colleen". Jenny Owen Youngs, meanwhile, maintains her healthy sense of absurdity with a hilarious and oddly sexual cover of "Hot In Herre" by Nelly in her agreeable indie/folk style. There are some remixes and alternates too, but the Nelly cover is the one you will put on compilations.

    Blue ScholarsThe Long March EP: Only discovered this Seattle producer/MC duo this year and they appear to have released a couple, as well as some back catalogue... this EP is the only one i've managed to really listen to but it was a neat surprise. Conscious goodness proving that while the new Rawkus might still be a bunch of devious pirate scumbags they nonetheless still have a great ear for A&R.

    Venetian SnaresMy Downfall: sequel to 2005's Rossz Csillag..., title apparently not referring to a real soundtrack but "the soundtrack to Aaron Funk's own personal downfall". Cheer up, emo! Anyway, Rossz Csillag is still better, but then again this one has "Integraation", which could feasibly be retitled "Motherfucking Integraation, Bitches".

    William BasinskiShortwavemusic: More of a re-release, really, but it came out on CD for the first time last year so i reckon it deserves a mention. The ideal soundtrack to slowly drifting down a mountainside trapped inside a glacier.

    Christy & EmilyGueen's Head: Self-taught indie-rocker/conservatory-trained classical pianist duo. Pleasant but not overly diverting. Also, why "Gueen"? Weird.

    Desert Island DicksBring Me the Head of Miles Davis and Other Jazz Luminaries: "Ironically guidelined free jazz" made by compressing the albums of Miles Davis until each track was only 90 seconds. Equally as listenable and valid as any other jazz? Discuss.

    God's Temple Of Family DeliveranceGod's Temple Of Family Deliverance: Awesomely promising young Texan stoner/doom heavies seemingly played SXSW 2006, released this early in 2007 and then split up. A waste if you ask me. If only someone had told them, as Meatloaf reminds us, that "Two out of Three Ain't Bad".

    ApecisWhale EP: Awesome Brazilian piano ambience/noise, as released for free by the generally brilliant Australian-based noise/8-bit/chipcore etc. netlabel Glitch City.

    Degenerate Art EnsembleCuckoo Crow: Still no real idea who these are, but their latest record sounds like kind of like Charalambides and Gang Gang Dance and eX-Girl and some psychedelia and also about a hundred others, all at the same time.

    ClutchFrom Beale Street to Oblivion: i only heard this once, in Jimmy's car, but i am definitely in favour of it. Cheers, Jimmy!

    Dr SyntaxSelf-Taught: Brighton's finest drops his debut and it's a beast.

    Nessie & Her BeardBOLD/HARD: Weird yet intriguing indie/noise hybrid.

    Dirty ProjectorsRise Above: wherein NY weirdo Dave Longstreth attempts to cover the whole of Black Flag's Damaged from memory. Strange and beguiling. Probably would've helped if i'd known Damaged better.

    Cutting Pink With KnivesPopuluxxe: London synth-grind three-piece get, if anything, quite slick on their third effort and first for London's Holy Roar. Tunes remain cracking, mind.

    RF & Lili De La MoraEleven Continents: Very pleasant and relaxing kind of singer-songwriter stuff, RF plays guitar and some other things, Lili sings breathy Cocteau-y shoegazy sweet nothings. The best bits are when Joanna Newsom turns up to play her harp, but i may only be saying that because i'm shamelessly in love with her.

    PausalPausal EP: Free one from Highpoint Lowlife, this is a triumvirate of lovely drones and works especially well when coupled with the more melodic modern jazz, Bill Wells Trio for instance.

    CraddCunt Punch EP: Despite the painful name this isn't particularly harsh music at all: more like "ambient plunderphonica", if i may coin a ridiculous phrase.

    Yoko, Oh No!Steve Machine: One half of Gay Against You on the solo EP tip. This delivered eight prime chunks of childlike spazz-tronica with optimal melodies and Silverlink joining Yoko to sing about going for a swim in a castle full of milk. Sounds good, no?

    *shelsSea Of The Dying Dhow: Mehdi Safa from Mahumodo expands on his previous band's work with prog-metal LP that succeeds where the likes of Isis fail in actually remembering to include proper tunes.

    NeurosisGiven to the Rising: Woh, this is the "back to basics" hardcore Neurosis we've been hearing about, then. To be honest i tend to find whatever they do fascinating anyway. Some of the stuff on this is really, savagely heavy, but then again some is even more spaced-out and discombobulated than before. Instead of being strictly "back to heavy" it's more of a simultaneous branch-out in both directions.

    HellaThere's No 666 In Outer Space: Hella get a full-time full-blown vocalist for the first time, and we spent a car journey discussing whether he sounds most like Axl Rose, Jim Morrison or Mike Patton, or indeed none of these. The band behind has expanded as well, with synths and guitars and basses all over the place. The vocals work a lot better on some of the songs than others but this is a mostly successful experiment. Special marks as always for Zach Hill and his 15 incredible limbs.

    The FallReformation Post TLC: A year without Mark E. Smith is like a year without sunshine.

    LoneLady – "Army / Intuition": OK, a single, but i wouldn't be happy not including LoneLady material in any given yearly chart. More please Julie <3

    • v/a – Definitive Swim
    • v/a – Wu-Tang vs. Mr. Oizo – Shaolin Worms Attack
    • v/a – Glitch Village, Vol. 1

    Stuff i forgot to listen to...

    1. Stuff i didn't know existed till year end.
    Art BrutIt's a Bit Complicated: Always a giggle.

    LiarsLiars: Always a weirdness.

    Animal CollectiveStrawberry Jam: One of those bands i keep meaning, and mostly failing, to get up-to-speed with.

    GhostIn Stormy Nights: i liked a previous one, i think.

    Manu ChaoLa Radiolina

    Robert WyattComicopera: Found this one while checking what albums came out in '07.

    High on FireDeath Is This Communion: Found this one while checking what albums came out in '07.

    Marissa NadlerSongs III: Bird On The Water: Found this one while checking what albums came out in '07.

    CocoRosieThe Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn: Another band i keep meaning to get up-to-speed with

    PraxisTennessee 2004: Found this one while checking what albums came out in '07. Free jazz is ftw

    Behold... the ArctopusSkullgrid: Only really just discovered the first one quite late in the year, to be honest. Great wanky prog-metal stuff.

    Von SüdenfedTromatic Reflexxions: Whaaat? Mark E Smith did a collaborative LP with Mouse on Mars and i didn't know? i must be on a pipe. (Also i want to know if their name is a reference to Sudafed)

    Boris with MerzbowRock Dream: Whaaat? Boris did a collaborative LP with Merzbow etc.

    Bad ReligionNew Maps of Hell: i make a rule of keeping up with BR, but evidently not as much as i thought.

    Holy FuckHoly Fuck / LP: The 2005 release was pretty odd. Always love the idea of an analogue dance band tho.

    UlverShadows of the Sun: Another band i keep meaning to get up-to-speed with.

    Yndi HaldaEnjoy Eternal Bliss: Debut release from post-rock combo, i've been wanting to hear that for a while... still missed it tho!

    Black DiceLoad Blown: Wondered where this lot were.

    JesuConqueror / Sun Down/Sun Rise / Pale Sketches: Woh! Over-abundance of Jesu releases this year. i didn't listen to any of them :-s

    OmPilgrimage: Found this one while checking what albums came out in '07.


    Parts & LaborMapmaker: Found out about the band while checking what albums came out in '07.

    • Charalambides – Likeness: Have enjoyed some of their earlier stuff, but to be honest they seem to put so much out it's hard to keep track of anyway.

    Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz OrchestraLive Vols 1&2: Japanese jazz = win

    Sir Richard BishopWhile My Guitar Violently Bleeds / Polytheistic Fragments: The Sun City Girls' demise and his solo career had thus far escaped me, till i learned he was going to be supporting Earth in Manny in February.

    C-Rayz Walz & Parallel Thought – Chorus Rhyme: Walz is always doing LPs without any warning whatsoever.

    Sun RaDisco 3000: Don't even know what this is, but Sun Ra is a (Sun) God and i found it in another list.

    • Gaudi & Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Dub Qawwali: That title sounds very promising.

    PenpushersPoltergeeks: Seemingly an Edinburgh-based hip-hop crew something to do with David Jack, whose previous works get much love round these parts. Definitely demand further investigation from what little i've heard so far.

    2. Stuff i meant to check out but ran out of leisure time, or bumped for stuff i wanted to listen to more.
    DälekAbandoned Language
    DeerhoofFriend Opportunity
    Stars of the Lid...And Their Refinement Of The Decline
    Rufus WainwrightRufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall
    RZAAfro Samurai OST
    Black MilkPopular Demand
    Chrisette MicheleI am Chrisette Michele
    Danny!Danny Is Dead
    BlockheadUncle Tony's Coloring Book
    Blue ScholarsBayani
    Hangar 18Sweep The Leg
    Tori AmosAmerican Doll Posse
    The WildheartsThe Wildhearts
    Percee PPerseverance
    Bright EyesCassadaga
    Black Moth Super RainbowDandelion Gum
    Pharoahe MonchDesire
    WisemenWisemen Approaching
    Shape of Broad MindsCraft of the Lost Art
    NadjaRadiance of Shadows / Thaumogenesis
    The God-Damn WhoresWe Are the Lucky Thirteen
    The StyrenesCity Of Women

    Hmmm: records i wanted to like but somehow couldn't
    Laura VeirsSaltbreakers: couldn't really get into this at all.
    LowDrums and Guns: oh dear. i love Low, but this is frankly sub-par. maybe it needs more listens to fully sink in or something. i hope so.
    C-Rayz Walz & SharkeyMonster Maker: a bit so-so, really. although C-Rayz singing Eddy Grant's "Electric Avenue" has to be heard to be believed, admittedly.
    CilvaringzI: this promised to be ace, with an old-skool Wu flavour and guest shots from all the surviving Wu Core Eight. it turned out to feature pretty flaccid beats under a combination of conservative Islamic dogma and a completely unironic hagiography to Michael Jackson.

    Who Cares?
    RadioheadIn Rainbows: Another album heavy on tune-free, miserable schmindie rock and pointless bleepy bits. Most interesting thing about this one: the method by which it was sold. Says it all, really.

    Arcade FireThe Neon Bible: Totally yawnsome.

    Manic Street PreachersSend Away the Tigers: They used to be the best band in the world, now they could easily pass for one of its most mediocre.

    Arctic Monkeys/Kaiser Chiefs/Little Man Tate: Wow, are people still confusing "having a regional accent and including some British cultural references" for incisive or worthwhile lyricism? Back to the dole queue, the lot of you.

    Kate NashMade of Bricks: If i hear one more bastard compare her to Regina Spektor, Jenny Lewis, or even Lily A, i am sure a small part of me will die. In fact, do not compare her to anyone who can write proper lyrics or sing without sounding like a squawking schmindie contrivance as she can do neither. Or, in the immortal words of John Brainlove, "Kate Gash more like"

    Enter ShikariTake To The Skies: Hey guys, buying a cheap synthesiser doesn't make you the innovative pioneers of "trancecore", it makes you a generic Kerrang! band with a cheap synthesiser.

    Dan Deacon: This guy actually studied composition at SUNY Purchase under Joel Thome, a bona fide Grammy-winning composer and conductor who's put on orchestral programmes of Frank Zappa and Edgard Varèse music among others. Having seen what use he's put this training to, i can confidently say he should be fully ashamed of himself. Oh, and Deacon, if you don't want to hear people talking during your concert, how about playing on the stage like a normal artist, you pretentious fuck?

    White StripesIcky Thump: I think you'll find the phrase is "Ecky Thump", actually. Changing a letter makes you seem a bit stupid, not witty/original/whatever. You may have noticed i've not mentioned the actual album itself yet. That's because easily the best 'Stripes release of the year was Meg's sex tape.

    Annie LennoxSongs of Mass Destruction: Haven't heard it, but worst of the year on title alone.

    Nostalgia 77 OctetWeapons of Jazz Destruction: cf. Lennox.

    Hayseed DixieWeapons Of Grass Destruction: cf. previous two entries.

    The Tuss – Is it Aphex Twin? Isn't it? Fortunately, with exciting questions such as these we didn't have to consider the staleness of the music.

    Newton Faulkner – HAVE A BATH, you disgusting Swampy-looking man.

    Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & Lydia Lunch – i haven't heard this collaboration but it sounds like just about the worst thing ever, so i'm sticking it in anyway.

    KlaxonsMyths of the Near Future: see also Enter Shikari (replace "Kerrang!" with "NME")

    Biffy ClyroPuzzle: wow, are these ginger tossers still going?

    The Good, the Bad & the QueenThe Good, the Bad & the Queen: having a member of The Clash on board: hella cool. Having a Fela Kuti sessioneer: still pretty cool. Having an ex-member of The Verve: crap. Having Damon Albarn: you might as well stab yourself.

    BurialUntrue: Dubstep: grime for white people.

    Joni MitchellShine: Couldn't care less about the music, though i felt the need to diss her for being a money-grubbing ex-hippie capitalist now releasing music through $hitbuck$' own label. Leaves a worse taste in the mouth than the godawful coffee.

    Jamie TPanic Prevention: PLEASE stop trying to rap, you are TERRIBLE.

    BjörkVolta: Y'know, no-one'd think any less of you if you wrote an actual melody, love. Another hideous cover as well. This time, Björk appears to be dressed as the bastard offspring of a circus clown and one of the Blue Man Group.

    Nine Inch NailsYear Zero: party like it's 1994! or ummmmmm don't.

    Worst band names of the year
    The Berg Sans Nipple: say that without physically cringing, i challenge you.
    Grizzly Bear/Panda Bear/Minus the Bear: fuck off with all the generic "bear" names already.

    Other stuff i spent ages listening to in '07
    Bat for LashesFur and Gold: Great album i didn't get onto in '06.
    The Fall – cuz you have to, really, don't you.
    Muslimgauze – ]new discovery + incredibly prolific = many listens.
    • Other Rufus Wainwright albums
    Martha Wainwright
    Ornette Coleman: i heard him interviewed on Radio 4 about how he's still touring at 78 or whatever and it made me feel really compelled to listen to all his stuff again (plus Sound Grammar). Especially when the interviewer asked him about the time Miles Davis said his music was "sick and could only be made by a disturbed man" or whatever it was, and Ornette said something like, "Ah well, some people are just a bit unadventurous, aren't they" or something like that. TAKE THAT, mindless "Miles is teh best!" bandwagon!
    • The comforting voice of John Peel on old Festive Fifty broadcasts
    Plone. Their fuck-over by Warp Records/second album non-release is an outrageous travesty.
    Cheer-Accident/John Zorn/Anthony Braxton/Art Ensemble Of Chicago/loads more free jazz: fanspazztic.
    Yungun & Mr Thing/Foreign Beggars/Braintax: some UK rap.
    Spank Rock: Only found this this year. Squeaky pervert. Brilliant.
    Ava Leigh: Don't sleep, she'll warm up your world.
    • The collected works of David Pajo: underrated guitar god.
    The Gits. Anyone seen the documentary yet?
    • Million Dead. Seeing Frank T live --> nostalgia.

    and that's it! thanks for reading, if you did.
  • Peter Hook gets knickers in twist

    31 Jul 2007, 16:01 by tom_dissonance

    Former New Order bassist Peter Hook has threatened to sue his ex-bandmates after they decided to keep the group going without him.

    Writing on MySpace, Hook said: "This group has split up. You are no more New Order than I am... see you in court."

    Hook said in May the band had broken up. But Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris recently said the group had not split and they would carry on.

    New Order released their last album, Waiting for the Sirens' Call, in 2005.

    [ full stizz-ory ]


    "You are no more New Order than I am"... hmmm... actually, Pete, i think you'll find they're precisely twice as much New Order as you are!

    his bass playing's a lot better than his maths. anyway, what with Gillian Gilbert having left to raise her and Morris' kids (thus making her a combination of not-in-the-band-any-more and heroically biased) and the new guy (Phil Cunningham? i can't remember) not really counting, it looks like we have a stalemate. maybe interesting to see what develops. drama is supposed to fuel creativity an' that as well, so hopefully whatever the outcome here, it should also lead to the players in question making some decent stuff again.

    meanwhile, while discussing New Order, it seemed an opportune time to ask if anyone knows of a good telling of that story about how Stephen Morris once got picked up by Yorkshire's finest who had mistaken him for the Yorkshire Ripper. links, please...

    edit > lolz, i said "hopefully" twice
  • Random Sheffield Pop Fact

    7 May 2007, 15:27 by Dr_Jon

    ROSS ORTON, musician and producer, one part of the legendary Fat Truckers, plays the drums on Jarvis, the latest album from Jarvis Cocker, which includes a track called Disney Time, the title of which differs only in spelling from that of the track Disneytime on the magnificent Bear album also called Disneytime, on which the drums are played by Ross Orton, musician and producer, one part of the legendary Fat Truckers.


    Disney Time
    Disneytime (free download)