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V/VM, "SICK LOVE"

 If it's sick and it'slove, then it's undoubtedly V/Vm. The latest CD release from thisStockport pig farmer includes no less than 21 violations ofInternational Copyright Law. 'Sick Love' includes V/Vm's latest singlerelease, "The Lady In Red (is dancing with meat)," first premiered inBarcelona at Sonar. Other timeless classics include "Take My BeefAway," "Blue Thighs (Baby's got)," and "I Need Lard." This is thecurrent direction of V/Vm—a reaction to the mainstream pork—turningmundane pop shit into golden moments of pure chewing satisfaction. WhenI think of all the painful times I've walked through the aisles ofvarious shopping environments, subjected to Celine, Whitney, and AlanParsons, I'm thankful I always have some V/Vm recordings waiting for mein the car, in my walkman or at home. Thank you, pig.
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I AM SPOONBENDER, "TELETWIN"

\It's been nearly a yearsince the first issue of this, I Am Spoonbender's second CD. The vinyledition of this extended-play single comes in a 3-sided 2x12" set. Boththat and the first-edition CD are limited to numbers under 1,000. Now,Vancouver-based Mint Records brings us these 6 tracks to keep ourbreath sparkling fresh. I've become truly addicted to this CD. Theproduction brilliantly combines toyful electronic and driving rocksounds into a heavenly rhythmic mishmosh. Clever melodies and lyricsare all too remeniscent of a time in the 80s when pop music was createdfor the sake of making something sound good, long before wanky guitarsolos, macho vocals and tired chord progressions took over. A surprisegem on the disc is a parody of Berlin's "The Metro" where the singerbellows "Where do all the words go?" Pop is good, pop is fun, and thisis the real sugar - there's no saccharin here, baby.
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KID 606, "P.S. I LOVE YOU"

The wait is over, the NEWfull-lengther from Kid 606 gets released from Mille-Plateaux in Germanythis week to thousands of waiting fans. So it's not the onlyfull-length new release from Kid this year, so what! On this disc, Kidprobes into deep rhythms, microdissecting sounds at shrillingfrequencies. Gone are the bombastic dubbastyle gabber techno noiseassault tunes on this album. Concept? Perhaps not, but conceptualindeed. Much like the Soccergirl E.P. release earlier this year, thefeeling on this record is love. Perhaps it's a statement on irony asthese songs sound more mechanical and less freestyle. Either way thesounds are charming and the beats change enough to make you wonder howon earth Mille Plateaux released this gem!
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EA

All too often something will arrive in the post with next to no information, the CD will be home made and the music will sound horrible. Occasionally something shows up with nearly no information but it sounds great. EA are from Poland and the disc that arrived is indeed difficult to decipher titles or record label. Thankfully, a plop into the computer brings up the CDDB entry. Although the entries of the database can be completely wrong, I'm gonna trust it this time.

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TOMAS JIRKU, "SEQUINS"

Finally released fromForce-Inc. is the promised second full-lengther from youngster TomasJirku. From the big fuck up on the front cover (the album is named"Requins" on the cover) I'm somewhat leery of this despite myappreciation for his first release, earlier this year on Alien8. On'Sequins,' Jirku walks a thin tightrope between blonky Euro laptopglitch dub and gay designer lounge beats. Although I would appreciatePole sounding as interesting as this, the sound treatment is relativelyflat, lacking a depth or soul I'm more fond of. The disc feels long andrather tiresome if it's providing foreground music, however it wouldfit quite well providing background to a social evening indoors. Therepetitiveness contained herein could very well cause hypnosis orinduce sleep while all alone. It's not advisable to listen to thiseither in the car or at work!
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COIL, "CONSTANT SHALLOWNESS LEADS TO EVIL"

Coil may very well be oneof my favorite bands, but they do have a few problems with whatsomebody in the film industry would consider 'continuity.' Hence thelatest release. While this clearly is marked as Coil, 'ConstantShallowness' (along with 'Queens of the Circulating Library' and thelive CD that came along with 'Musick volume 2') it would probably bestbe noted as a release from Time Machines. The sound sources are kept toa bare minimum (making it minimal music?) while the structure mirrorsmovements of sound waves, other than form conceptual songs. 'ConstantShallowness' also falters in the continuity scheme of things by sharingthe same Eskaton catalogue number as 'Astral Disaster,' so am I beingpicky? Perhaps the music I'm most fond of I'll bitch about the most...The sounds here are much more varied than any previous release in thisvein, 6 songs (spanning 23 tracks) stretch the senses to wonderfulsonically high and low pitches, adding pulses and lyrics in spots.Noisy and abrasive in parts, this CD comes with the warning not tooperate heavy machinery while listening. Disregarding the warning, myfirst listen was inside the car. I'm still okay but people wanderingthe streets outside who could hear the stuff were perplexed. I hopethey're okay.
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CURRENT NINETY THREE, "FAUST"

By comparing this to anyother Current 93 release would be pointless, the concept here is muchdifferent than nearly everything David Tibet has released so far in his20 year career. Count Eric Stenbock, a nineteenth-century suicidalmelancholy writer is honored here with a booklet featuring his prose,"Faust". Tibet spared us from his own vocalization of "Faust" howeverand provided us, the consumers with the choice to read it ourselves,silent or out loud, creating our own album. The accompaniment takes theform of one instrumental 36-minute track, and while it's not dull ordrab, it rarely changes. Almost entirely electronic, sparse and eerie,it is clear to me this is background ambience and should not be takenout of context. Out of context, many fans will be in for adisappointment. Over the last two years, Tibet's output has stayedintentionally consistent with each release ('Soft Black Stars,' 'I Havea Special Plan for This World,' and 'Sleep Has His House'). While everyrelease has impressed me to some extent, hopes of a Current 93 album tocompile all these concepts with new material in a variety of sorts willtruly be one of his finer and most regarded works to date.
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Broadcast, "Extended Play Two"

I've reached the decision that Broadcast shine much brighter on their single and EP releases than their full-length albums. This year's The Sound Made By People has been overshadowed by the group's release of the four extended-play singles that have surrounded the release.

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RUBY FALLS, "FOR THE NEW CROP"

Possibly the mostoverlooked of the brainwashed artists, Ruby Falls have released theirsecond full-length CD. Collected from studio recordings which arenearly two years old now, this 12-song disc features the NYC-based rockquartet exploring more directions in songwriting, time signature andkey changes. I'm partial to "The Brave Ones" as it was given to memonths ago for release on the compilation set to appear in THE WIREmagazine. I hope that it represents the band well, as many people don'tseem to listen to much good rock music any more these days. Ruby Falls'melodies are charming and their lyrics are strong and poetic, the bandis tight and the playing is wonderful. Fans of Ida, Retsin and TaraJane O'Neil who don't have anything by Ruby Falls should damned well beashamed of themselves.
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DISORDER 2ND GEN

Once upon a dark Germanapocalyptic drum-and-bass era, there was an outfit known as Disorder,which featured Panacea along with Problem Child. Years later, asomewhat full-length CD and 2x12" set has been released by PositionChrome as the second generation of Disorder. Problem (who has droppedthe Child from his name) is only featured on 2 of 8 tracks containedherein in this release which explores a more simpler, retrospectivestyle of accessible drum-and-bass. One reliable trademark of Panacea'smusic are the intros: on this release they're still here but muchshorter and not nearly as developed. Panacea fans might find this CDsomewhat clean and thin compared to his former work, while DJs mightfind this much more accessible for the dance floor.
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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.
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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.
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CALE/CONRAD/MACLISE/YOUNG/ZAZEELA "INSIDE THE DREAM SYNDICATE VOLUME I: DAY OF NIAGRA (1965)"

In the early to mid1960's the New York City based collective of John Cale, Tony Conrad,Angus Maclise, La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela invented a "dreammusic" of precise pitched drones for extreme duration.
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LUSTMORD, "PURIFYING FIRE"

"That's what he's beendoing for years," says Jessica regarding my comments of the latestcollection from Brian Williams, a.k.a. Lustmord.
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CHRIS CONNELLY AND THE BELLS "THE ULTIMATE SEASIDE COMPANION (REVISITED)"

Chris Connelly is aScottish born, Chicago based singer/songwriter with a decade long solocareer that has produced five albums thus far under his own name andThe Bells band name.
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MERZBOW/CHRISTOPH HEEMANN, "SLEEPER AWAKES AT THE EDGE OF ABYSS"

In 1987 Masami Akita (akaMerzbow) mailed a cassette of sound material to Christoph Heemann(H.N.A.S., Current 93, Mirror, Mimir, etc.) which the latter thenworked on for the next 6 years.
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VLADISLAV DELAY, "MULTILA"

The more I hear from Helsinki's Vladislav Delay, the more I'm convinced he's a genius.
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ILLUSION OF SAFETY, "THE NATURE OF SAND"

This CD documents twolive performances from 1995 featuring Illusion of Safety with membersof Life Garden (in Phoenix) and Illusion of Safety with Voice of Eye(Houston).
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ELEVENTH DREAM DAY, "STALLED PARADE"

In the course of thirteen years, the face and styles of independent rock has gone through a number of changes.
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"RISE/CONVERGENCE"

Kurt Gluck explains inthe rather impressive booklet for this CD that he wanted to arrange acollection of various artists that could be listened to together in onelisten.
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