Other Music New Release Update
November 13, 2002

In This Week's Update:

Featured New Releases:

Triple R Friends (Kompakt Mix CD)
Devendra Banhart
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
DJ Broken Window
Wild Bunch (Mixed by DJ Milo)
MF Doom
Black Dice (CD Single)
Famous When Dead 2 (Various)
Liars EP
Roni Size
Smokey and Miho
Tyondai Braxton
Valvola / DJ Spectra
Neil and Iraiza
Trash Companion 1 (Various)
Nicola Conte
Gilles Peterson
Wackies (Jamaica Super Dub Session)


[V.A.] "Triple R Friends" (Kompakt) CD $15.99
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Traum kingpin, Riley Reinhold (a.k.a. Triple-R) has been an essential
part of the German electronic music scene since the days before
Kompakt even existed as a label. His curatorial skills have exposed
us to the likes of artists like Philipe Cam, Process, Miss Dinky,
M.I.A., etc., each release focusing on the melodic possibilities in new
minimal dance music. In the spirit of the Traum label, the "Friends"
mix moves through a set of tracks that ride the line between new
minimal house and sweet minimal dance pop. (Complete with minimal
vocals here and there.) Amazing tracks offered by Process (O. Hacke
rmx.), J. Samuel (Trapez), Oxtongue and Psychick Warriors ov Gaia(!!)
(M.Mayer rmx.) Beautiful and fresh. Though the mixing is smooth and
effective, the magic of this mix is not in the buildup between tracks.
The beauty lies rather, in the way the mix weaves through melodic
variations that reveal themselves within the main body of each track.
Like the recent T. Fehlman release, the subtleties are easily missed
with casual listening. Unless you have the privilege of experiencing his
mix live, you will best experience this mix on headphones. There you
can fully appreciate the subliminal sounds, sparkling melodies and
pro-level programming. Not a "slamming" mix, it's beautiful though,
distinctive, and dare I say: "Recommended..." [SM]

DEVENDRA BANHART "Oh Me Oh My?" (Young God) CD $14.99
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Devendra Banhart's "Oh Me Oh My..." is the best debut record I've
heard all year, sure to make my top ten. At the tender age of
twenty-one, Banhart has released an amazing collection of songs that
seem to have sprung from well beyond his short number of years.
These twenty-two songs were apparently recorded on various friend's
four-track recorders over the last couple of years. Astonishingly, he's
managed to make a lo-fi record that doesn't seem lo-fi. There is plenty
of hiss, but somehow you don't really notice it. It is almost as if it were
part of the songs intrinsic quality. While his influences are apparent
(Tyrannosaurus Rex in particular), and periodically you'll notice a quote
here or there (for instance a Karen Dalton line or some percussion I
recognize from an Incredible String Band record), you never get the
feeling that the songs aren't totally of him. The lyrics are particularly
brilliant, vaguely surrealistic and idiosyncratic with sinister moments,
yet tender ones as well that seem personal and affecting. It's nice to
see a young person perform what is ostensibly "folk" music and not
use the Palace Brothers as a reference whatsoever. In a way what makes
the record so great is that its charms are somewhat elusive and
mystifying. I don't doubt that this record could possibly herald the arrival
of a major new talent. [MK]

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"As the rockets fall on Rocket Falls..." Godspeed You! Black
Emperor have constructed their own arsenal of exquisite cinematic
crescendos and sheets of sound in burning-teared-defiance of the
evil, the "isms," the guilt that bleeds through their own resistance,
the continuous destruction of a possible peace. Always political, in
lieu of current world events it's almost strange that the band would
move their explanation point behind the word "You!" and then
suddenly go quiet, the pieces of spoken word noticeably absent,
leaving only liner-notes and song titles to divulge where we were are
headed. Produced by Steve Albini, Godspeed's new less-is-more
approach doesn't weaken their dynamics, it only emphasizes, leading
the listener down an even more emotional path, the sweeping string
builds more mesmerizing than ever. The seventy-five minutes of
"Yanqui U.X.O." is GY!BE at their most political and most poignant.
The band urges, "Hope still a little resistance always maybe stubborn
tiny lights vs. clustering darkness forever, ok?" [GH/JO]
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DJ BROKENWINDOW "Parallel Universe Number 1" (Violent Turd) CD $9.99
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With mash-up being the biggest craze in England and throughout
Europe, it was only a matter of time before the Americans got in
on it. Violent Turd, Kid 606's limited edition releases label, has put
out a CD by an unknown who calls himself DJ Brokenwindow. (In
typical Tigerbeat6 fashion it could even be the Kid himself). Here
DJ Brokenwindow takes tracks by New Order and mixes it with
Heavy D., Trans X's "living on video" mixed with Vanilla Ice, Boards
of Canada mixed with Yes, DAF and Cookie Monster (yes, he of
Sesame Street fame). All 23-tracks are done tastefully, and
Brokenwindow is actually trying to find songs that fit and aren't
just thrown in for the kitsch factor. Watch out 2 many DJ's, there
is a new KID on the block and he is gunning for your title. Once
again in Violent Turd fashion, these won't be around for long.

[V.A.] "Wild Bunch/Mix by DJ Milo" (Strut) CD $16.99
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The Wild Bunch were Bristol, England's premier soundsystem in the
'80s, breaking new ground and whose members would go on to create
some of the most influential music of the '90s. Its original members
Mushroom, Milo, Nellee, and 3D took American hip hop and B-Boy
fashion, and incorporated their own style influenced by British soul.
They threw legendary parties in clubs, on the streets and any place
that they could fit their huge soundsystem. These parties drew many
people who would then shape and create the Bristol sound.
Legendary names such as a young Tricky, Shara Nelson, Roni Size,
Krust and Geoff Barrow (of Portishead) all looked up to the Wild Bunch
whose members in their own right became the groundbreaking Massive
Attack and Soul II Soul as well as getting an early record contract as
Wild Bunch. Wild Bunch released one 12" which incorporated their
soulful take of hip hop with vocals by a young Shara Nelson who later
became the lead vocalist for Massive Attack. This was the blueprint for
the Bristol sound and trip hop as we know it today. The only member
of the Wild Bunch who never "made it big" was the legendary DJ Milo
who started the whole thing in the first place. Here Milo takes us
through a journey of the sights and sounds of these legendary parties
as well as throwing in some Wild Bunch exclusives. Tracks range from
early hip hop from artists like T La Rock and Spoonie Gee, to early
electro from Newcleus and Micronawts, to disco gems from Evelyn
"Champagne" King and Thelma Houston, then to legendary house by
Larry Heard, as well as throwing in the rare Wild Bunch track "The Look
of Love." Hats off to Strut who grace us with this amazing document of a
legendary time in music and one that will go down in the history books.
Absolutely Essential! [JS]

MF DOOM "2 Special Herbs" (High Times) CD $12.99
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MF Doom and the newly established, High Times Records offer you
a choice selection of "Special Herbs." Doom, best known from his
cult inspiring KMD albums, gives us a tasty collection of
instrumentals taken from the "Operation Doomsday" album, various
one-off 12"s from the now defunct Fondle'em label, as well as tons
of new tracks. With images of Marvel comic villains, his own graffiti
throw-ups, and a sense for a good break, Doom makes beats that
rival, if not at times crush, RJD2, Shadow, and El-P. Tracks are
based and built on simple soul, disco, jazz, and funk breaks with
layered sampled strings, horns, guitar, and sound effects. He flips
the break, deconstructing it to snare, bass hit, cymbal, then
replays the parts creating looping pieces that remind me of early
soulful RZA, an animated Prince Paul, or a raw DJ Premier.
Definitely one for the heads, backpackers, breakers, sideliners,
cipher rockers, or hip hop enthusiast. Seventeen-tracks each
named after a different herb, including their definition and usage.
Tasty indeed. [DG]

BLACK DICE "Lost Valley" (Tigerbeat6) CD $6.99
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Another installment culled from what I believe was the exact same
session as their (recording-wise) turning-point 'Peace in the
Valley/Ball' 7", and yet here again they've managed to concoct an
eerily familiar sound from what had been standard elements of their
arsenal (guitar through effects, live drums) plus wildcard organics
(bongos, I'm not sure what else etc.). This era in Black Dice was
exuberant and protean and they were truly breaking the chains, so
to speak, in many, many ways. At least one the best bands in the
world now, they have the sort of 'fuck-you talent' most others
involved with this label Tigerbeat6 can only yet aspire to.

[V.A.] "Famous When Dead 2" (Playhouse) CD $14.99
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Playhouse were one of the first German electronic labels to fuse
experimental electronics with elements of pop music and vocal
house. After putting out amazing albums from Isolee and Losoul
and releasing numerous limited 12"s, they released their first
compilation entitled "Famous When Dead" containing some of the
best tracks from these rare singles. This was a stunning album
taking house music to new heights, with tracks from Isolee, Blaze,
Random Factor, Ricardo Villalobos and many more. A long time in
the works, but well worth the wait is the sequel, "Famous When
Dead 2." The second volume gives us tracks by Playgroup,
Swayzak, Soft Pink Truth (one-half of Matmos), E-Troneek Funk,
Hans Platzgumer, Shalark, Shake, Mille & Mr. Hirsch, Hi-Lo,
Weekender, and Brooks. Eleven-tracks that run the gamut of
styles, from the '80s influences of Playgroup to the electro tinged
styles of Swayzak, to the cut-up house of Soft Pink Truth, and the
jazzy house of Mille & Mr. Hirsch. Essential for anyone who bought
Superlongevity, the Kompakt Total series, or the Digital Disco
compilation. [JS]

LIARS "Fins to Make Us More Fish-like" (Mute) CD/10" $6.99/$6.99
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More tunes of political disco punk like Gang of Four meets Cabaret
Voltaire from this Brooklyn trio. "Fins to Make Us More Fish-like"
jerks the dirty funk with harsh electronic sounds much like the first
album, "They Threw Us In a Trench and Stuck a Monument On Top."
More subtly comes through on this three-song EP -- with no track
listing! But, fans will note that the third song is a different version of
"Grown Men Don't Fall in The River, Just Like That," (track one on
their first album). Energetic, spastic music only tamed by Angus
Andrew's whispers, and the tinkle-mumble percussion of the intro.
Here's to punk that makes you dance, and think. What only
comes in doses on record crashes through live, so I can't wait to
hear a full-length! [LG]
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RONI SIZE "Touching Down" (Full Cycle) CD $16.99
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Back in '95, I went to my first jungle/drum 'n' bass party. It was the
quickest thing I'd heard. It was Jamaican bass-lines, jazz-fusion
keyboard washes, hard rock energy, the thundering drums, techno
sci-fi sounds and breakbeats. I could take it apart but it didn't make
sense together. I kept thinking that it would be better if it was slower.
By the end of the night though, I was hooked. Years later, I saw
Roni Size/Reprazent live and it all made sense. The vibe was all
about taking it higher -- the rush of adrenaline that runs through you
when you're moving a fast as you can. This being Roni Size's first
solo outing, aside from years of 12"s under various aliases,
"Touching Down" is pure drum 'n' bass, gone are the divas, the
MC's and the guests. What's left is Roni running through 16-tracks
that will give you a mental and/or physical workout. Snappy snares
keep the rolling drums in time, flowing like a mix CD; the tracks cut,
slide and melt into one another. Bangin' beats, bubbling bass,
darting keyboards, not overtly jazzy or hip-hop fusion like the
Reprazent albums, these are leaner, tougher dancefloor
orientated tracks. [DG]

SMOKEY AND MIHO "Tempo de Amor" (Afro Sambas) CD $7.99
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Since their formation two years ago, Smokey Hormel and Miho Hatori
(from Cibo Matto) have been more than outspoken for their love of
Brazilian guitarist Baden Powell and poet Vinicius Moraes (best
known for penning the lyrics to "The Girl from Ipanema"). Particularly
inspired by the classic and now impossible to find LP "Os Afro
Sambas," the duo cite a common love for this record as one of their
uniting factors. In 1966, Powell had returned from a trip in Bahia
where he was inspired by the musical tradition coming from the
ancient rituals of candomble and umbanda. In the liner notes
guitarist Smokey (who has also backed Beck and Tom Waits)
writes, "The music is neither bossa nova, straight samba, nor
tropicalia. The songs are cantos (chants) for the orixas (gods.)
Their rhythms and melodies are based on the folksongs of Bahia."
This style was soon dubbed "Afro-sambas," a name which
Smokey and Miho adopted for their record label. Their new EP,
"Temo de Amor" features five gorgeous renditions of Baden Powell
and Vinicius Moraes' songs, and the duo's love for the music shows.
In the upbeat title track, the small ensemble's performance is light
and restrained supporting Miho's wispy yet soulful voice. Each song
is wonderfully intimate; the overall feeling that the group is playing
right in front of you only cements this music's timeless beauty. [GH]

ROB "Satyred Love" (Source) CD $21.99
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"King Lover"? "Mermaid Deluxe"? Between these two song titles and
the album title (and cover art), you can get a good idea of the
thematics on hand. Medieval magical ones refracted through a
somewhat '70s lens (sort of like '80s Victorian only less gauche, or
maybe more). The palette is intentionally diluted like watercolor,
and in a way the roots-fetishizing rock and folk and blues revivalists
we can't seem to get rid of these days will not care for... but that's
at least why I like it. [DHo]

TYONDAI BRAXTON "History That Has No Effect" (JMZ) CD $10.99
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This is some amazing, unpredictable, and jarring music that explores
many different faces of noise. You might recognize that last name?
Yes, Tyondai is the son of Anthony Braxton. I can only wonder what
life was like growing up as the son of a jazz icon, but one thing I can
assume is that he was exposed to a lot of experimental music,
because it shows. The younger Braxton's instrument of choice is a
series of guitar pedals that he uses to generate repetitive patterns of
noise. At times drone-y, the sounds are given the time to seek their
own level. The first few tracks are the sound of his voice manipulated
by the pedals. Several tracks in, with the addition of other instruments,
things take on a Gastr Del Sol-improvised feel. On track eight, he
could easily be compared to Avey Tare; fans of the Animal Collective
and Black Dice will enjoy a lot of what Braxton is creating here. A great
album, definitely a new talent that the world should know and hopefully
someone whom we will be hearing more from soon. [AG]

VALVOLA & DJ SPECTRA "Venus 69" (S.H.A.D.O.) CD $14.99
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Italy's S.H.A.D.O. Records is quickly joining the ranks of labels like
Emperor Norton, Siesta and Crippled Dick for their quality releases
of "international pop." They're also the label behind the excellent
"Prospettiva 21" series. (These two volumes, "Harpsichord 2000"
and the recently released "Men from Organ," compile an A-list of
performers from the High Llamas to Louis Philippe to Gonzales &
Peaches utilizing the installment's featured instrument.) S.H.A.D.O.
is run by the band Valvola whose brand of retro-future pop which
includes Kraftwerk-synth minimalism, Morricone inspired
arrangements and '70s soul is far from cookie-cutter. More than just a
band, this team of designers, DJs, and musicians are receiving high
praise for their conceptual vision of popular music, last year being
named one of Italy's best groups in the NME. For Valvola's latest release,
"Venus 69," the collective (along with DJ Spectra) get a re-working by
an assorted group of contemporary Japanese artists, the result being
a fresh blend of J-pop and Euro-pop. Tracks like "Flashback to the
Future" (featuring vocals by Michi) and "Warp Warp" (with Mac
Donald Duck Eclair) are an unlikely combination of detached robotic
electro production and innocent feel-good melodies; strangely it works
and infectiously so. For "Plug in City," Cubismo Grafico sprinkles
lounge-y textures over house beats and, along with Tech Squeeze
Box's kitschy sci-fi treatment to "Spray Plastic Muzik" (which is as
playful as anything off of Cornelius' "Fantasma" LP), are among
many highlights. Classic European pop culture obviously plays a
heavy influence in Shibuya-Kei, but here Valvola have turned the
tables recognizing and respecting the importance of Japan's
ever-growing role in pop music's future. The result is a super fun
compilation and every track's a winner. [GH]

NEIL & IRAIZA "New School" (Escalator) CD $25.99
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Speaking of Shibuya, Other Music just received a shipment of new
titles from Tokyo's Escalator label including Neil and Iraiza's
latest LP, "New School." Comprised of Hiorhisa Horie (who has
also worked with Cornelius and Kahimi Karie) and Gakuj Matsuda,
the duo run through an entire spectrum of pop music that, unlike
Matsuda's other project Cubismo Grafico, is more straightforward --
save for some occasional weird electronics. This traditional and
often Bacharach-ian take on pop is definitely their charm. At times
delicate vocals are reminiscent of Belle and Sebastian, especially
"This is Not a Love Song," but there's an even more playful side to
the group. "Wasted Time" is upbeat with sugary hooks pushed
along by bouncy piano and organ melodies while the hyper-tempo
stomp beats and harpsichord melody in the instrumental track "Fez"
could have appeared on Fantastic Plastic Machine's "Luxury"
album. "Our Housing" features a very recognizable piano/horn
refrain lifted from the Madness hit "Our House," but the sample is
reconstructed in a way so that aside from the title, the
song quickly floats past parody. For the still curious and uninitiated,
"New School" is a wonderful introduction into the whimsical pop
world of Neil and Iraiza as well as the Escalator label. [GH]

DUMBWAITERS "Titles" (Screw Music Forever) CD $13.99
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If there weren't any vocals on their record, I might have guessed that
the Dumbwaiters were from Dusseldorf instead of Tampa. The band,
which some have hailed as "the best unsigned band in Florida,"
combines hypnotic, repetitive Krautrock beats with noisy guitars,
synthesizers, and the catchy pop sensibility of their former
label-mates (and fellow Floridians) Home. They don't quite wear
their influences on their sleeves, but you can still hear a bit of
Neu!, Eno, and New Order on a lot of these songs. "Titles," their
second and long overdue full-length, is now available from the
band's own Screw Music Forever record label after floating
around on CD-R for nearly two years. Thank god the Dumbwaiters
have finally gotten their act together and officially released this
once hard-to-find indie rock classic. Highly recommended. [RH]

[V.A.] "Trash Companion 1" (End) CD $17.99
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Destined to be another overused moniker for a style of music culture
(see Electroclash), Trash is a long-running club night in London.
Ironically, this Monday night party, hosted by Erol Alkan and Rory
Phillips, heralds its eclectic tastes, defying any solid music types.
Akin to New York's raucous Motherfucker before-holiday parties,
Trash features edgy live acts and different rooms/styles of music to
get down in/to. The "Trash Companion" not only gives you a sample
of what is typically spun, but breaks out live tracks like the Yeah
Yeah Yeahs' garage rock grime "Our Time," Stereo Total's Dio meets
the Valkyries "Wir Tanzen Im 4-Eck," and Peaches' dirty electro-rawk
anthem "Rockshow" among others. It's fun, riotous, and definitely not
for the uninitiated. Part Two, "The Club Classics," slings the slippery
genre-bending stuff. From Kylie Minogue's moody "Confide in Me" to
the Slits' reggae-punk cover of "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," this
is the area where you could stomp one minute and sway the next.
Worth it alone for the Duran Duran B-side remix of "My Own Way"
and Huggybear's "Her Jazz." [LG]

NICOLA CONTE "Jet Sounds Revisited" (ESL) CD $14.99
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Schema A&R Nicola Conte has mastered the classic sound of late-'60s
Italian soundtracks, supplying bossa nova, jazz and psychedelic
sketches with club culture appeal. This latest release, "Jet Sounds
Revisited" is interpretations of the "Jet Sounds" album, released in 2000
by Thievery Corporation, Koop, and Kyoto Jazz Massive, to name a few.
From the smooth vocal rework of "Arabesque" by Micatone, to the
broken-beat title track by Nuspirit Helsinki, this album is cooooool.
The collaborations between Conte and Gianluca, previously only
available on vinyl, offer the most traditional sound on the album, yet
still tend to deviate from the norm. A nice addition to anyone's
collection. [JD]

GILLES PETERSON "Desert Island Mix" (Journeys By DJ) CD $15.99
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Another Season, another Gilles Peterson mix CD collecting his favorite
tracks. The usual suspects appear: Rotary Connection, Roni Size,
Letta Mbutu, Mark Murphy, Blaze, Jazzanova. This set taken from '97
for "Journeys by DJ" shows Peterson at his eclectic best. From spoken
word to '60s soul, jazz, hip hop, salsa, house and drum 'n' bass, all things
grooving and always in good taste. Standout tracks from Peven Everett and
Roy Davis, Priest of Antipop Consortium, Ballistic Brothers, and Kevin Yost.
Seventy-five minutes in all. [DG]

WACKIES "Jamaica Super Dub" (Wackies) CD $13.99
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By now, many of you are probably familiar with the high standards
that the Bronx based Wackies' label set in the '70s and '80s for
reggae and dub. "Jamaica Super Dub" captures the grittiness of '80s
NY with the tropical vibe of Jamaica. The rhythms are slow and heavy,
the effects are prominent, and the overall tone is weighty, raw and thick.

This week's contributors: Geoff Albores [GA], J Dennis [JD], Lisa Garrett
[LG], Andy Giles [AG], Daniel Givens [DG], Gerald Hammill [GH], Rob
Hatch-Miller [RH], Dan Hougland [DHo], Michael Klausman [MK], Scott
Mou [SM], Jennifer Orozco [JO] and Jeremy Sponder [JS].


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