Other Music New Release Update
August 22, 2001

In Week's Update:

Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel) live
Sun Ra
Circulatory System (ex-Olivia Tremor Control)
Shock City Shockers remix OOIOO
Smoke City
His Name is Alive
Mink Lungs
Schlammpeitziger collection
"Kompakt Total 3" comp.
Psyco on da Bus (Tony Allen, Doctor L, others)
Quasi (2 titles)
(The Real) Tuesday Weld
The Clean
Mira Calix single
Arab on Radar
Superchunk single
Pram remixes EP


Fischerspooner (new lower price w/bonus video track)
Outsiders "CQ"
Ellen Allien mix CD

Featured New Releases:

JEFF MANGUM "Live at Jittery Joe's" (Orange Twin) CD $12.99
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The long-rumored, much-anticipated live Jeff Mangum album has
arrived. Mangum, a central figure in Neutral Milk Hotel, could
well become the most distinctive songwriter in a generation. And
as we patiently wait for the follow-up to the monumental "In The
Aeroplane Over The Sea," this live document gives us a glimpse at
the persona making such a resounding work. Recorded in 1997 just
before "Aeroplane"'s release, Mangum's voice sticks notes, bleeds
empathy and captivates. Live, Mangum's rapt delivery holds the
audience in a delicate trance, captured fine and fuzzy by NMH
producer (and Apples member) Robert Schneider. The casual
atmosphere of Athens' Jittery Joe's coffeeshop leads to banter and
requests, girls giggling and babies squealing in time, but nothing
that gets too distracting. The set list culls songs from "On Avery
Island" ('Naomi', 'Gardenhead') and "Aeroplane" ('2 Headed Boy
pts. 1 and 2' and a resplendent finish in 'Oh, Comely'). 12 tracks
in all, including a cover of the Mann/Kolber/Spector-penned 'I
Love How You Love Me,' and two songs I don't think I've heard
before. The disc also includes the entire concert in QuickTime
video directed by Pavement/Belle & Sebastian video director Lance
Bangs. The video doesn't do much (Mangum is mostly shrouded in
darkness), although the children prancing and applauding in the
twinkly Christmas lights is pretty damn precious. All in all, a
well-documented moment in Athens' lengthy musical history and a
nice morsel to calm our ever-rumbling Mangum appetite. [DD]

SUN RA "Nuclear War" (Unheard Music Series) CD $13.99
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The sticker copy for this one is quite concise and
compelling: "SUN RA'S ESSENTIAL LP OF THE 80'S!
most notorious album of the '80s  (recorded in 1982) was also
one of his most diverse. Another one of those more-heard-of
than actually-heard gems that plague the prodigious Arkestra
catalogue, "Nuclear War" was initially personally earmarked by
Sun Ra for release on Columbia. When (surprise, surprise) the
soon-to-be label of Wynton Marsalis passed on the sessions,
the title track sprang to life as a 12" single on the far cooler
Y Records (home to The Slits & The Pop Group!) under the
auspices of Steve Beresford and Dick O'Dell. The song itself
is one of those memorably vampy Ra tracks a la "Space Is
The Place", with call and response lyrical touches like "Nuclear
War?/It's a motherf*cker, don't you know,/when they push that
button, you ass has gotta go!" -- memory ceases to be an
issue! Backed by June Tyson's delicious vocal twirl 'Sometimes
I'm Happy', the 12" paved the way for an LP release in 1984.
Only it never quite happened. Pressed up for release via Y
Records Italy (?!), distribution fell apart and the few copies that
trickled out changed hands for exorbitant collector lucre. Yet
another UMS no-brainer. Highest recommendation! [JG]

CIRCULATORY SYSTEM "s/t" (Cloud) CD $11.99
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With the unmistakable artwork and distinctive handwritten text,
the Circulatory System album looks suspiciously similar to
releases from Olivia Tremor Control. This comes as no surprise,
since Circulatory System is the new project of Will Hart, half of
OTCs songwriting team. Augmenting Hart are the other members of
Olivia Tremor Control, except for Bill Doss (who now records as
The Sunshine Fix), plus assorted musicians from Neutral Milk Hotel
and Elf Power.  Hart always wrote the darker, more psychedelic
songs on the OTC albums, and his songwriting here is an extension
of this tradition. Full of dense textures, the Circulatory System
relies less on bubblegum hooks intertwined with experimental
soundscapes, instead depicting a deeply psychedelic mood that is
more cohesive than the OTC recordings: the interludes here are
subtler and the focus is definitely more song-oriented. If the
Circulatory System album is perceived as the follow-up to "Black
Foliage," then it definitely will not disappoint, and listened to
on its own terms, it is a dark and beautiful album of sublime
psychedelic sounds. [PW]

[V/A] "Shock City Shockers 2: OOIOO Remixed" (Shock City, Japan) CD  $24.99
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Shock City Shockers is a collection of Japanese producers, visual
artists and DJs. Here, the various artists involved pool their
talents to remix OOIOO. Familiar names come into focus (from
chaotic cover art): Nobukazu Takemura, EYE, Kiyoshi Izumi, Moodman
and OOIOO themselves. To describe the different tracks and artists
is a daunting task, as they range from jungle to experimental to
ambient (but never completely beatless). The highlights that make
this a must-have album: the Takemura remix -- airy, tinkly
electronics, sparse beats, breathy vocal samples from Assembler.
But the original is far from mellow. This comes halfway into the
seven-minute excursion, where Takemura drops the innocent facade
and shifts to funky casio plops and faster beats to let through
the noise of one of the most punk OOIOO songs. Popcorn melodies
spin and skip along the cuts, buoyed by lyrical chants and
cacophonous scrapes. The 'Be Sure To Loop' remix by Masuko (RA
above), also worth drooling over, plays in the same schizophrenic
manner. Crystalline electronics with birds, chimes and flute
eventually give way to dubbed out vocals and bass thumps--all
filled in by the fast breakout of the original drum track and
guitar melodies. Beautifully chaotic. So before I go on forever
about this album, best get one of your own. [LG]

SMOKE CITY "Heroes of Nature" (Jive, UK) CD $21.99
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When Smoke City's "Flying Away" was released in 1997, they threw a
curveball at the world of trip-hop. The formula as perfected by
Massive Attack and Portishead featured shimmering vocals over a
moody mix of hip-hop, jazz, dub and soul, mixing live
instrumentation with electronica. Smoke City lightened the load a
bit, using all the same elements, but adding bubbly Brazilian
samba and bossa nova grooves to the mix. Without being entirely
lightweight, and Nina Miranda's lush and sexy vocals expressed
both melancholy and joy. Four years later, the band returns
with "Heroes Of Nature", a new album in very similar vein, even as
the musical landscape around them has shifted in their direction.
The phenomenal success of Bebel Gilberto and Amon Tobin and the
general upswing of international interest in Brazilian music has
made the palette from which Smoke City paints that much more
accessible. But their sound is no less fresh or satisfying. With
more live instruments this time, the band supplements gentle
guitars with subtle horn and string arrangements, and layers of
percussion fleshing out the snap of the drum machine and keyboard
sequencing. I've heard these songs of love (and lost love)
referred to as "white wine music", and perhaps that is not too far
from the mark. This is light and dreamy music for candlelit
dinners, lazy afternoons by the pool, or whatever other diversions
get you through the last gasp of this hot summer. [JM]

HIS NAME IS ALIVE "Someday My Blues Will Cover The Earth" (Beggars Banquet/4AD) CD $13.99
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It's not necessarily a requirement, but in order to make good
music, it certainly helps to have good taste. And at times, it's
very clear when an artist has a refined ear. That said, I'd like
to flip through Warn Defever's vinyl sometime. Defever's long-
running His Name Is Alive project releases its, let's say, '10th'
album -- another stunner. Orbiting Detroit in his Time Stereo
capsule, Defever draws from his myriad of influences to produce
many CD-Rs, mail-order rarities and, occasionally, a big-time full-
length album. Here, he leaves all vocal duties to the aching,
beautiful voice of Lovetta Pippen, herself a Detroit castaway.
Like Spacek's "Curvatia" or Herbert's "Bodily Functions",
"Someday" is a modern, soulful cabaret record. Its intimacy
is guarded by pulsing digital beats, while its sincerity is
stressed by live strings, piano, guitar and more. All of these
elements are delicately separated in the mix by Steve King, who
(no coincidence) has worked with both Aretha Franklin and
Funkadelic (Michigan royalty, all). HNIA once again turns what
could be traditional lyrics into just-twisted verse, from the
simple: "I've been down so long / Blues don't worry me," to the
simply genius: "If you had a year to live / Do you know who you'd
like to spend it with? / Would you like to be alone?" All words
driven home through the deceptively delicate delivery of Ms.
Pippen. "Someday" is another special record from this Livonia
collective. One that's so overfilled with talent and taste, it's
almost wrong. [DD]

MINK LUNGS "The Better Button" (Arena Rock) CD $13.99
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Mink Lungs' first real album! The group's singsong indie rock
has a thin layer of fuzzy love guitar (which sometimes burns up
into cinders) and clarion keyboard. Not unlike Fly Ashtray or
Uncle Wiggly, this quartet like to throw the unexpected about
(a lot of sped-up and slowed-down samples become rhythm
accentuators or rhythm-busters). It's catchy, but signs point to
'rock' rather than power-pop or twee postures. An unusual
aspect to "The Better Button" is that it masks a marvelous
sense of literary/storytelling beneath a veneer of indie
sloppiness -- there's much to dive for inside a song, which
makes their approach all the more unusual, like having
dinner with a hyper monkey who happens to have perfect
manners. [RE]

SCHLAMMPEITZIGER "Collected Simplesongs of My Temporary Past" (Sonig, Germany) CD $13.99
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Haven't seen too many 'greatest hits' albums from modern
electronic musicians! Schlammpeitziger's "Collected
Simplesongs..." contains 13 tracks covering Jo Zimmerman's
solo career (so far), from his debut cassette from 1993 to last
year's "Augenwischwaldmoppgeflote". And, surprisingly, with all
of his eras juxtaposed, there's not a vast difference in styles --
which reveals that Zimmerman's either ahead of his time, behind
it, or, more tellingly, a bit adrift from the realm of trend to
begin with. Though he's a Cologne mainstay, his work doesn't
follow the clicking and cutting trends erupting from that area --
his work had beat and melody all along, for instance. And the
rest of the world is just now catching up to his meekly fun electro-
sound fetish--as he came to it not as part of a wave, his vision
is all the more solitary and underivative. If you've never heard
Schlammpeitziger before, and like any of the following: Boards
of Canada, Morr Records, Tomlab Records--there's a very good
chance you'll like him too. [RE]

[V/A] "Kompakt Total 3" (Kompakt, Germany) CD $15.99
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"Another stone-cold killer" says Tim Haslett up in OM
Cambridge.....Kompakt's stuff has been gradually edging away
from the "Clicks and Cuts" aesthetic and now takes a giant step
into new territory. This stuff is kicking and dance-driven, beats
formed from mush nearly into the new face of disco. New artists
Lawrence and Closer Music steal the show, but mainstays Dettinger,
Reinhard Voigt and Jurgen Paape turn in some brilliant work. So
far this is my favorite in the series. A few of the songs here
have come out on 12" (but most haven't) and, weirdly but as-usual
for Kompakt, when the vinyl comes out it will overlap but not
intersect w/the CD. [RE]

DOCTOR L, TONY ALLEN, JEAN PHI DARY, JEFF KELLNER, CESAR ANOT "Psyco On Da Bus" (Platform Recordings) CD/LP $15.99/$17.99
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Doctor L is the glue for this CD, appearing on every track and
producing it, and the rest of the musicians involved rotate in and
out of the lineup. Phi Dary, Allen and Anot are the vocalists,
each with a growl (Allen, most likely) or a croon. The whole CD
sounds a bit like an Afro-funk version of the Shaft soundtrack
(right down to the leadoff track, 'Afropusherman') or even the
Police covering Fela (the concept which is awfuller than the
reality). Elevating it above ordinary, cheeseball, or both is the
magnificent percussion--assorted charged squeaks and rolls,
difficult and uneven drums that require you to actually think to
keep up with them. Doctor L's electronic antics provide a nice
counterpoint and leapfrog the record out of the '70s. Their 15-
minute 'Time To Take A Rest Suite', near the end, is an
exceptional piece of politically-charged African jazz. [RE]
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QUASI "The Sword of God" (Touch & Go) CD/LP $13.99/$13.99 QUASI "Early Recordings" (Touch & Go) CD $11.99
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Quasi has a lot going on. Not only were they the original divorced
duo [ref. White Stripes], but they sometimes back up Elliott Smith
on tour, Sam Coomes plays with Built To Spill among others and
Janet Weiss, along with a number of side-projects, joined Sleater-
Kinney before laying down the now-classic "Dig Me Out". On "The
Sword Of God," the couple re-groups and produces their most
diverse sound to date. Coomes' rock prowess comes through more
this time, as his penchant for topical pop lies in harmonic hooks,
philosophic phrases and fuzzy keyboard arrangements. There are
shakers, bubbly wow and flutter and Coomes' sometimes off-key
warble on top of a more present guitar. At times the duo may rock
out a little too hard. It's indicative of this newish sound that
the best song is Weiss' 'The Curse Of Having It All' a lilting pop
parable. The duo's first release for Touch & Go, "The Sword Of
God" will surely satisfy Quasi fans who are looking for more oomph
in their irony.

"Early Recordings" is just that. Originally released on the
microlabel Key Op in 1996, we have 19 snapshots of a band in
its formative years--in fact all these tracks were recorded before
Quasi divorced in 1995. Many instrumentals, mostly home
recordings, and the best parts are when the couple collaborates.
The tracks are not quite lo-fi, but definitely have that homemade
charm. An engaging prologue to their busy musical partnership. [DD]
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(THE REAL) TUESDAY WELD "When Psyche Meets Cupid" (Kindercore) CD $12.99
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Londoner Stephen Coates' project is like a cross between Momus
(Like him, Coates often sings in a loud whisper) and Optigonally
Yours, with samples made into beats a la Land of the Loops. What
sets (TR)TW apart is his use of samples: all raw materials seem to
be pre-1955--early easy listening, prebop jazz, '20s ukelele pop.
One song, an exception, notably marries samba guitar and skipping
CDs. And as the music is so antique, the whole effect is like
laying modern loop-pop into the powder at the bottom of a box of
cereal or fake snow. He has a very mannered voice, and sings of
myth and person (his person): "When Psyche Meets Cupid" is a
song-cycle tracking a relationship through ecstasy and
disillusionment. For all its homespun quality, its homespun by-way
of 4AD, with a simple romanticism permeating the songs -- tales
of stars and rain. Just the same, he can drown in his own
'cleverness' (evident in song titles: 'Terminally Ambivalent over
You', 'L'Amour et la Morte'). Creative and not-quite breathtaking.

THE CLEAN "Getaway" (Merge) CD $13.99
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It's been 11(!) years since the last album, "Vehicle", by the
Clean, the trio of David & Hamish Kilgour with Robert Scott. Since
then, they've each had their own projects: Robert Scott in the
Bats (somewhat concurrent), Hamish K. in the Mad Scene and David
K. on his own. And now that they're back, at least for one album,
they've shed their NZ guitar-spangly sound for that like the low-
key stuff by Velvet Underground, or, well, themselves, only a long
time ago. Where "Vehicle" was sandswept, oceanic and
relentless, "Getaway" is tangled and cluttered, set in
tempestuous, treetop winds rather than the constant blow of the
beach. Even so, they've lost a bit of their hypnotic effect, as
songs take different directions rather than grasping one and
driving it home. They might bring in horns, twisted string sounds,
dulcimer-ish sound, or electronic rhythmic patterns and textures
(but nothing that screams 'trendy'). Guests include Ira Kaplan and
Georgia Hubley (Yo La Tengo). [RE]

MIRA CALIX "Prickle" (Warp, UK) CD EP/12" $5.99/$5.99
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A 25-minute EP with one 18-minute track (the four-part 'Prickle'),
in which Calix's granular static gives way to crystal-clear piano
and synthesized strings, and singing in a tiny, crabbed voice. It
moves to beats, electronic swamp sounds, whistling. Like Bjork
placed in Special-Ed. Plus a remix by Andrea Parker. What a
fascinating mind Ms. Calix has....  [RE]
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ARAB ON RADAR "Yahweh or the Highway" (Skin Graft) CD $13.99
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Incendiary, oblique sleaze from this Providence, RI band (same
scene as Lightning Bolt, Black Dice, Load Records, etc.). Their
fourth (?) record, it's jagged-edge, Thinking-Fellers-ish punk
with nearly-surreal, coolly-delivered vocals of absurdist story
and controlled seediness, seesaw guitars clash with wonderfully
haphazard rhythms. Songs written over the last 3 years. 8 tracks,
25 minutes, recorded by Weasel Walter of the Flying Luttenbachers.

SUPERCHUNK "Late Century Dream" (Merge) CD single $5.99
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A 4-song single w/dual personality -- two typical Superchunk
falsetto rockers, two quieter numbers with sparkling guitar and
pondering mood. (One of the latter is a lovely acoustic demo
of 'Florida's on Fire', the regular version of which will come out
on their album "Here's to Shutting Up" in September.) Two of these
songs are exclusive to this release. [RE]

PRAM "Somniloquy" (Merge) CD $8.99
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A Pram EP that really functions as a single from their last album--
admittedly a quite elaborate one. The song from "Museum of
Imaginary Animals" is the exquisite 'Mother of Pearl (above), with
three new tracks, and five remixes. Pram's music more and more
strikes its own tent -- one sheltering jazz, British folk, Stereolab-
ish electronics and odd instrumentation -- unlike anyone else.
The remixes, unfortunately, are mostly unremarkable, but Plone
infuse theirs with a neat '70s fusion sound. [RE]


FISCHERSPOONER "s/t" (International DJ Gigolo, UK) CD $15.99
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It really comes as no surprise that the jet-set turntable
technician DJ Hell would take an interest in the New York
performance group Fischerspooner, whose first self-released
record has been immensely popular (even cult-gathering!)
since its release in early 2000. The shiny new vinyl and CD
version on Gigolo grafts their video and a digipak onto the
original. Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner are but two of
the troupe of dancers, DJs (including NY electro-fiend John
Selway), and even an attendant. Their (anti) aesthetic
manifesto concludes: "Fischerspooner is a reflective portrait
of entertainment itself: admiring in public  what is considered
frivolous in private." Their hyper self-reflexivity goes so deep
into infotainment kitsch as to reveal the ghostly photographic
negative that lies beneath. What can be seen there is that
Fischerspooner predict and perform a listener's/viewer's
cynicism in advance, freeing the audience up to plunge into
unconstrained pleasure. And the pleasure is intense. Electro-funk
never sounded so clean, so cold, so warm and so hard. This is
music that will always be both ahead and behind its time. The
term "classical" is normally reserved for 19th century European
composers. But it is records such as Fischerspooner's debut
album that will come to inherit that term. [TH]

THE OUTSIDERS "CQ" (Pseudonym, Netherlands) CD $14.99
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The Outsiders were without question THE best rock'n'roll band
Holland ever produced (Group 1850 were every bit as mighty but
more on the Psych tip), and in our opinion, one of the best Garage
Rock bands ever. The Outsiders played scuzzy, amphetamine-fueled
R&B that had the gritty snarl of The Stones, the propulsive
rhythmic firepower of The Who, and the primitive minimal precision
of Music Machine. "CQ" was released in 1968 and was their insanely
ambitious attempt to do the Concept Album Thing ala "S.F.
Sorrow", "Sgt. Pepper's", and the like, only a lot darker and way
heavier. Outsider frontman Wally Tax and Love's Arthur Lee were
perhaps the only songwriters of their day who could absorb the
disparate strengths of The Kinks and The Byrds and radiate back
something entirely original: introspection with cryptic lyrics
that SWUNG. In "CQ", we also hear the origins of sounds that would
much later characterize post-punk icons like Swell Maps and
Television Personalities. A truly visionary album that absolutely
explodes from your speakers. Welcome, dear friends, to the next
level. Highest recommendation! [DH/JG]

ELLEN ALLIEN "Flieg Mit Ellen Allien Mix" (Bpitch Control, Germany) CD $15.99
Ellen Allien's summer mix CD. Allien, who runs hard-ass
electro/dance label Bpitch Control, selects some of her recent
favorite tunes, mostly (if not all) from Germany. Great modern
new-wavish pop techno with a lot of retro sounds but no retro
imitations--I think of it as Neue NDW, to be redundant. Standouts
include the poppier numbers by Meinrad Jungblut, Paula (mixed by
NDW stalwart Andreas Dorau!), Aeric mixed by Miss Kittin & the
Hacker. This is as fun to me as I-F's "Mixed Up in the Hague" CD
was last year around this time. Excellent. [RE]

This week's contributors: David Day [DD], Robin Edgerton [RE],
Lisa Garrett [LG], Jeff Gibson [JG], Tim Haslett [TH], Josh Madell
[JM], Phil Waldorf [PW].

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