Other Music New Release Update
October 18, 2000

In This Week's Update:

Nightmares on Wax "DJ Kicks" mix
Deltron 3030 (Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Dan the Automator, Kid Koala)
Uusitalo (Vladislav Delay)
Kid 606
Elf Power
David Mancuso presents The Loft Vol. 2 comp.
World Standard
Chix 52 (Chicks on Speed do B-52s covers) EP
Boredoms remixed by U.N.K.L.E.
Latin Beats: a tribute to Tito Puente comp
Between or Beyond the Black Forest Vol. 2
John Cage and Kenneth Patchen
Electric Prunes reissue
Death Cab for Cutie EP
Mark Robinson

The Conet Project repressed
Faultline, domestic
Le Tigre

Featured New Releases:

HAUSMEISTER "s/t" (Karaoke Kalk, Germany) CD/LP $16.99/$11.99
The Karaoke Kalk label releases another stunner of an album. Instead of
coming at you with loops and repititions, Christian Przygodda's (a.k.a.
Hausmeister) bedroom electronics contain some of the most dulcet, childlike
melodies this year. This is pure instrumental pop music, a futuristic music
box, soundtrack to your favorite computer game. Electronic xylophone sounds
keep the beat, gorgeous keyboard melodies float through the tracks, and
various bleeps and blips appear randomly as if you were racking up points
on Mario Bros. or Sonic the Hedgehog. An extremely beautiful and fun
record; a must for fans of B. Fleischmann, Isan, Sack and Blumm, Dim Dim,
Fantastic Plastic Machine, and pop music in general. [JS]
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NIGHTMARES ON WAX "DJ Kicks" (Studio K7) CD/LP $15.99/$15.99
I think Nightmares On Wax's "DJ Kicks" is the best yet in the series. Even
though they included a number of tracks from not only themselves but even a
good soundalike (DJ Trax), this foregoes their laid-back world of dub and
trip-hop for the upbeat one of parent hip-hop. Even as it slips out of that
genre here and there, it's one of the very best hip-hop mixes I've ever
heard. With wonderful new and old selections, from the jaw-dropping 'Ay Ay
Studder' by Saukrates (RA above) to Tribe Called Quest and Freddy Fresh on
the MC front to producers Kenny Dope, DITC, etc. Latin and jazz edges, deep
dub undertones, frantic, pulsing beats, shimmering sound effects, all
thwacked together. 76 minutes; 23 tracks. Very sly. [RE]
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DELTRON 3030 "s/t" (75 Ark) CD/LP $15.99/$13.99
I had a hell of a time just choosing two tracks to sample above!
Deltron 3030 is the supergroup of Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Dan the
Automator, and Kid Koala, with guests galore: Prince Paul, Sean Lennon,
Peanut Butter Wolf, Damon Alborn, Beans from Anti-Pop, Paul Barman, more.
And who is their secret weapon? Undoubtably the Kid, who can find hooks in
the most unlikely places: he makes pedal steel sounds by changing speeds on
a turntable, gets funkiness out of early lute and organ music and huge
orchestra sweeps. The Automator's beats slam in like a bunch of shopping
carts falling over at once, and Del's chatter coalesces with, and sometimes
around, the beats. Spasmodically funky, I wish it was actually mixed
louder -- some of these tracks could give Britney's pap a run for its money
on pop radio, given the chance. And they're at least the equal to Wu-Tang,
minus the cussin'. The theme is mad urban futurism, in cartoon (or comic
book) style: like _Transmetropolitan_ or _Judge Dredd_ in sci-fi concept,
cynical projections of commercialism descending on every niche like a fog.
Another new sound in hip-hop. Can I get an instrumental version, too,
please? One hour; 21 tracks. [RE]
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UUSITALO "Vapaa Muurari Live" (Force Inc., Germany) CD $15.99
UUSITALO "Vapaa Muurari" (Force Inc., Germany) LP $14.99
Vladislav Delay's last CD under the 'Delay' name ("Entain") was, at the
moment, the pinnacle of his form, a smooth puree of textures and
ridiculously deep and drawn-out dub, echoed murmured voices. And his newest
is supposed to be an extension of "Entain", only placed onto a different,
more beat-heavy form. Above the slowed-down static/geiger counter tics, the
synth tone platform padding, and beats that rotate in shifts of 15-30
seconds, flows a knockaround tributary of glitch, minimalism, house, and
ambient music. He comes so close to just plunging into a big house anthem,
and restrains himself, barely, embedding just echoes and murmurs of vocals
instead of a diva in the mix. Many sounds thread through or across the CD
-- like the same keyboard part, sometimes running slower, sometimes
faster -- and, in fact, the clicks and beats are what change the most. Now
what Delay did in making this set of records (for the CD and LP are
different) is that he took tracks that were an offshoot of "Entain", and
mixed them for the LP. Then he took the LP tracks and re-cut them for the
CD. So, if you're really obsessive, get them both and hear the evolution of
one to the other. His label calls it "Imaginary club lifestyle music." I'd
replace "imaginary" with "imaginative", after all, even as it's hard to pin
down, it's definitely concrete, rhythmic and funkily graspable in
character. 70 minutes. [RE]
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KID 606 "P.S. I Love You" (Mille Plateaux, Germany) CD $15.99
How cryptic electronic artists have been! How they cling to the absence of
personality, to the negation of warmth, to the avoidance of connection. For
a while, Kid 606 went against this trend -- wore his heart on his sleeve,
threw himself into an eager-to-please frenzy -- and his music never
solidified into one thing. He moved from fragmented hip-hop twists to
flighty new-age digressions to gabber affections. This record is his
'adult' record, a crisply cultivated amalgamation of contemporary
electronic personalities: Mike Ink's synth mattresses, Vladislav Delay's
deep-sea textures, and beats like his compadres on Carpark or Chain
Reaction. His sweetness, cohesion, and pleasant selection and manipulation
of samples is unpredictable but not not pointedly so -- he wants to take you
somewhere, but not destabilize, disorient you. With classical guitar,
sounds of steam, printing presses, scissors, the sounds of malfunctioning
equipment, "PS I Love You" is a placid version of Matmos, or a low-key
verson of himself. [RE]

ELF POWER "Winter is Coming" (Sugar Free) CD $12.99
Elf Power have elevated themselves to greatness with "Winter is Coming".
Taking a darker approach than previous releases, they capture a droning,
fuzzed out psychedelia that owes more to the Velvets or early Tyrannosaurus
Rex than summertime Beatles pop. Elf Power spent months recording "Winter
is Coming", taking time to make every sound precise. Rather than
overdubbing the to the point of excess, their result is well-layered and
exact. "Winter is Coming" is easily the finest writing from the band yet.
They still tread areas of Tolkienesque mysticism, but instead of sounding
silly or absurd, they twist allegory and complex metaphors without a trite
moment. Whether the beautiful folk laments ('Sun is Forever', 'Green Sea
Days', 'Birds are in the Backyard'), psychedelia ('100,000 Telescopes',
'Albatross'), or bouncier pop moments ('Winter is Coming', 'Naughty
Villain') Elf Power have created a masterful, psychedelic gem that plays
carefully with language and sound. [PW]

[V/A] "David Mancuso presents The Loft Vol. 2" (Nuphonic, UK) 2xCD $24.99
Mancuso and Co. dig even deeper into the milkcrates to give you a second
volume of crowd-movers. And it boasts as many B-sides and deep album cuts
as it does rare, famous, influential and impossible-to-find 12" tracks.
Mancuso's presentation of the classics was an eclectic, groundbreaking
approach to dance music, and as he tried to be as non-formulaic as
possible, he actually spun out not one but four formula-types: The funky
rock tunes, represented here by the Steve Miller Band's expansive 16-minute
funk and rapped(!) groove; early dubby disco electro, like Jah Wobble or
Dinosaur L; pre-disco dancefloor soul sung by Tamiko Jones and Eddie
Kendricks; and even lush deep house/early techno by Nuyorican Soul and The
Orb. Now, where the first "Loft" collection relied on Paradise-Garage-ish
NYC early dancefloor fillers, this one is better. And that's because the
deeper digging yielded those tracks you've heard but never knew the names
of, extremely hard to get mystery classics, like Willie Colon's 'Set Fire
to Me', appearing on CD for the first time. Set staples; we'll hopefully
have the vinyl (4xLP!) soon. [DH]

WORLD STANDARD "Le Train Musical" (Polystar, Japan) 2xCD $31.99
On World Standard's CD, "Country Gazette", this group (who is mostly
Sohichiro Suzuki with the production hand of Haruomi Hosono) undertook the
integration of American traditional music (western, country, bluegrass,
etc.) with electronics, and succeeded brilliantly. This release, the second
since then (I missed "Mountain Ballads" from last year, their 'Hawaiian'
disc) attempts another merging of sorts, but this one has a lot more
components. They knit together traditional European (French musette, French
'50s soundtracks, Italian folk) traditions with a very late '70s/early '80s
synth sound (a la early Windham Hill), Japanese folk melodies, and a
certain amount of lounge exotica. It's a light and pretty work, each song
breezing through on bird tweets, light keyboards, wordless vocals. Yet
there's weight in the seriousness of combinations of sounds--it has a very
refined, Japanese sense of poignant melancholy within the fun mechanisms,
sound effects, and chunky rhythms. Disc two of the set is called "Youthful
Standard", alternate takes and lower-fi versions of work from not just this
record, but past ones as well. More like "Country Gazette", the strings are
prominent in gentle acoustic guitar form, and these tracks aren't as glossy
or soundtracky, have more teeth. Members of Pizzicato 5 sit in. Over
100 minutes of material, priced like a single (Japanese import) CD. [RE]

CHIX 52 "s/t" (Chicks on Speed, Germany) CD $9.99
Since Chicks on Speed are at their best when pressing out pop, this should
be their best single yet: three cracked and sandpapered versions of the
B-52s ecstatic new wave kitsch. Only one song carries over from their last
album ('Give Me Back My Man'), and it's mixed a bit clearer, sharper. The
other covers are shredded, lyrically and musically, through the Chicks'
deconstructing fashion lens, and sung/spoken a little off-key/off-center.
The trio collaborates with Gerard Potuznik (who sings here) and Ramon
Bauer, as they have on most so far. Four songs, including one chopped
noise-disco original which, sadly, has no pop. 17 minutes. [RE]

BOREDOMS remixed by UNKLE "Re-Bore Vol. 1" (Warner, Japan) CD $31.99
James Lavelle (UNKLE) turns his peripherally hip-hop ear to an unlikely
source: the psychedelic, electronic maelstrom that is today's Boredoms.
Taking material from the last two albums and fragments of earlier work,
Lavelle doesn't so much improve as mess around with what's already there.
He thumbtacks beats across a few spreads, and swirls the Boredoms' swirly
parts more, re-shaping their massive mass by creating new growths and
fades, tampering with pitch and squish, and generally making a remix of
what they've already done that changes more often, uses their spectacular
sounds but instead of an endless mind-altering grind, he makes a
mind-altering groove out of it. 46 continuous minutes. A second volume is
already in the pipeline. Very limited quantities at the moment. [RE]

MANSFIELD "It's a Man's Man's Field" (Readymade, Japan) CD $22.99
The second release from Mansfield (aka Masanori Ikeda) is a mini-album (34
minutes) following the debut EP "6 Complexions of Mansfield". That disk,
like this one, demonstrates Ikeda's amazing versatility in crafting
energetic and engaging Japanese clubpop. Here Mansfield does hyped-up,
high-strung exotica on 'Short Trip to Bali'; lays down futuristic,
downtempo grooves on '2010.12.25'; and blasts big-beat flavored pop on a
remix of his version of Beck's 'New Pollution' which incorporates the best
use of a Jacques Dutronc guitar riff since 'Good Morning World'. Over the
disc's eight tracks, Ikeda deftly patches and layers sample upon sample
over classic breaks and thudding 4/4 beats. In Ikeda's hands it's done with
such ease that it makes you wonder "why isn't more dance music this
interesting and fun?" Highly recommended. [TC]

[V/A] "Latin Beats: a tribute to Tito Puente" (Mr. Bongo, UK)
CD/2xLP  $15.99/$18.99

Usually, 'tribute album' means 'hipster dweebs murdering classics by their
betters'. Not here. Imagine a serious Latin fan, with a real understanding
of the music's history, hearing of El Rey's death and deciding to put
together a desert-island disc to honor him and his vast influence. Six of
these 18 tracks are by the man himself (including the inevitable 'Oye Como
Va'--the 'Bongo Mix', whatever that is), and the rest are by contemporaries
from every decade of his 50-year reign, starting with Beny More and Jack
Costanzo and Gerry Woo, moving through the jazz of the sadly-underrated
Sabu Martinez and Sahib Shibab, through the boogaloo era with Louie
Ramirez, Al Escobar and Ray Barretto's incomparable 'Soul Drummers', and
continuing to the present day, with Juan Pablo Torres, 2 by Los Van Van,
and even Nuyorican Soul's 'Nervous Track'. The direct connections to Puente
remain a mystery, as there are no liner notes (although there's a cool
photo of Marlon Brando playing a conga), but the direct connection to the
dancefloor is unstoppable. You'd have to be a pretty serious addict to have
all this music; to have it all in one place, and sounding so good is a
blessing, and an appropriate tribute to a sublime, sadly-missed musician.
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[V/A] "Between or Beyond the Black Forest Vol. 2" (Crippled Dick Hot Wax,
Germany) CD $15.99
One of the pleasures of the 'diggin'-in-the-crates' era is the discovery of
so much previously-overlooked jazz from the '60s and '70s, the stuff that
purists laughed away to the dollar bins, where it was scooped up by the DJs
who were smart enough to ignore the labels and just listen to the music.
Thus MPS, (a label that began as a home-studio project to record music for
a brand of car tape player) without ever leaving its hometown of Villingen,
Germany, grew to release over 700 albums of original, often bizarre, and
wildly eclectic music by everyone from George Duke to Duke Ellington
between the late '60s and the early '80s, has now become the focus of
intense rediscovery and reissues galore. Crippled Dick did the vast range
of this material proud with the first disc in this series, and doesn't
disappoint with the followup. It's pretty much a fusion fest, but played by
musicians with chops, so if most of the 11 tracks settle into grooves, they
also spin away from them in ways that avoid the expected cliches of the
genre. Dave Pike, the greatest benificiary of the MPS renaissance (a fresh
listen to his 'Mahar' made him into a superstar/elder statesman) is here,
with a short but delightful track built around a fuzz-pedal freakout by his
terrific guitarist, Volker Kriegel. There's also solid work by label
standbys Dieter Reith, Jasper Van't Hof, Peter Herbolzheimer, and, of
course, George Duke, a seriously funky workout by Nelson Riddle(!), and an
intense scat number, based on Bulgarian and Middle-Eastern rhythms, by
vocalist/pianist Rimona Francis (RealAudio above). A solid overview that'll
whet your appetite for more. Volume 3, please! [PN]

JOHN CAGE/KENNETH PATCHEN "The City Wears a Slouch Hat" (Cortical
Foundation) CD $16.99

1942 was a long, long time ago. And then, radio plays were the norm.
Between the mysteries, westerns and comedies fell this evocative 'story' of
a city. Before Kenneth Patchen earned any recognition, and when Cage's his
ideas about sound were just beginning to blossom, they recorded this radio
broadcast. Patchen speaks rather than reads his texts, Cage backs him up
with an eerie, noir-ish dense orchestra of effects and instruments: dreamy
voices, fog, creaks, drips, mesmerizing sonic wonderment, and a lot of
Chinese opera motifs and percussion. "The City" gains from the addition of
two other, contemporaneous pieces-- 'Credo in Us', and the original 1939
recording of Cage's 'Imaginary Landscape', the first sound collage,
performed on radios (though not 'on the radio'). [GF]

LEILA "Courtesy of Choice" (XL, UK) CD $22.99
Leila sits in the no-man's land between indie-rock, trip-hop, and
electronic music. Following her first album she toured as Bjork's keyboard
player, then went back to the mixing board for a lovely 6-song EP
("Sodastream") and this. As the vocals and melodic lines fade in and out,
they overlap, dreamlike, conflicting but also in confluence. With a number
of singers at her disposal, she disperses them into finely-crafted
settings; they're the gems in her filigree. 1/2 vocals, half instrumental.
Her songs also change quite gradually over time, each turn, addition and
subtraction noteworthy. Half of the tracks here are instrumentals,
incorporating the influences of '50s soundtracks, Terry Riley, handbell
choirs, and soul. [RE]

ELECTRIC PRUNES "Mass in F Minor" (Collector's Choice) CD $14.99
Calling all David Axelrod addicts. This album, though not produced by
Axelrod, was composed and arranged by him. So it's not as funky nor as
laid-back as "Release of an Oath" (which we're still waiting for). His
dissonant string arrangements are there, matched by psychedelic, rocking
and wailing heavy guitar work: gregorian garage. Lush strings for decadance
fans, good for the Axelrod completist, plus it's neat to hear him do his
thing in a rock setting. [DH]

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE "Forbidden Love" (Barsuk) CD EP $8.99
Five-song EP from Death Cab, on the same lovely and modest track they've
been on. Extra, ringy guitar parts imply a string section; one song is an
alternate of a song on the last album, the wistful and wonderful 'Company
Calls'. It's now dawning on me how similar the Death Cab's singer's voice
is to that of Matthew Sweet, only used differently -- they're shedding the
Elliot Smith comparisons, starting now. Rock charges forth here and there,
with some big drums and an increase of barometric pressure. [RE]

MARK ROBINSON "Tiger Banana" (Teenbeat) CD $12.99
On what is, more or less, his first solo album under his own name (rather
than with Air Miami, Flin Flon, or Unrest), Robinson's new songs travel
like a clock that runs a little slow, ticking and tocking via just voice
and guitar (no drums!), plus some tiny electronics for the majority of the
CD. Even though he's got the assistance of Versus for the whole album, he
draws on their talents sparingly -- a few background vocals, etc. More veiled
sensualities, clipped syllables, and those Unrest guitar patterns (minus
any sparkly fuzz) makes this a little closer to the solo work of Stuart
Moxham, or Versus themselves with only a member and a half. Even with all
his minimal music-making, he can't restrain himself the whole way, and two
tracks erupt into big, smashing, full-group pop songs. In reducing his
energy for most of the album, these charges become all the more exaggerated
in comparison. [RE]


"THE CONET PROJECT: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations"
(Irdial, UK)  4xCD  $59.99

A mysterious CD, that's garnered an incredible amount of attention!
Whoda thunk that a four-CD set documenting espionage radio broadcasts
would become a hit, and go into a second pressing? Not me, but I also think
the CD is as opaquely interesting as the information it was transmitting:
lists of numbers and code words read in different languages, and picked
up through radio surveillance! Eerie and almost otherworldly -- men, women,
and children mechanically reciting cryptic code to an invisible army! Get the
whole story and sound samples here:
http://www.ibmpcug.co.uk/~irdial/conet.htm [RE]
"The Conet Project" 4xCD

FAULTLINE "Closer Colder" (Beggars Banquet) CD $14.99
Marrying clods of digital static (pulling-the-cord-in-and-out-of-the-wall
noises) with your nerves strung on a cello and violin and bowed, deeply,
Faultline (David Kosten, former classical clarinetist) pulls together an
indefinable yet viscerally satisfying set of music for his first full CD.
Laughter fragments sit next to wildly twittering flute, covered by shells
of beats. Simple piano notes roll past blurts of static and bassoon, buried
by crashing spasms of industrial gabber. For some reason, this CD has an
ephemeral character -- it's a frightfully enjoyable listen, yet is really
difficult to recount or even remember once it has moved through your ears.
Built on extremes, slippery and highly recommended. [RE]

LE TIGRE "s/t" (Mr. Lady) CD $10.99
The new project of Julie Ruin a.k.a. Kathleen Hanna, now, as part of Le
Tigre, she's joined by famous Pixelvision filmmaker Sadie Benning and
gallery worker/artist Johanna Fateman. Thematically, the priorities are
shifted, as is the geography: loves that NYC Metrocard, hates mayor Rudy
Giuliani and Workfare. Shouts galore over moderne spackled beats. The word
"subtle" does NOT exist in their dictionaries. Wildly popular, especially
the song 'Hot Topic' a bit of preaching to the converted on women's places
in herstory. [RE]

This week's writers: Tom Capodanno [TC], Robin Edgerton [RE], Gian Carlo
Feleppa [GF], Duane Harriott [DH], Penelope Namiki [PN], Philip Waldorf

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