Year: 2001

  • Nebula and Pluxus

    Been raiding the racks at Soundclash and found: Nebula – Charged (Sweet Nothing SNCD008) As soon as the first track, ‘Do It Now’, kicked in, I knew I’d buy this CD. What can I say, I’m a hopeless sucker for Zepptastic rock rifferama. Nebula skirt round stoner rock and, strangely, end up somewhere a lot…

  • Real Music?

    (This is a reply I did to a post on an online webforum that was criticising modern electronic dance music as being based on presets and lacking any real musical skill or worth. Well, I had to wade in, didn’t I?) This thread is a philosophical minefield! But first… the Ariston ad was either a…

  • Xploding Plastix – Amateur Girlfriends Go Proskirt Agents

    (Beatservice BSCD038) From: Jyoti Mishra Newsgroups: uk.music.alternative Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2001 17:04:14 +0100 I won’t do a potted biog as you can find that done excellently here and this is the official site. This is the first XP record I’ve heard and I’d most compare it to some of the Pork Records stuff but…

  • Blueline Medic – The Apology Wars

    (Fueled By Ramen FBR043) From: Jyoti Mishra Newsgroups: uk.music.alternative Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2001 17:04:14 +0100 Hmmm… what label do I hang on this CD? BM are Aussies, this, their debut album, is released on Fueled By Ramen and you can find out more about them here Reading the bio there, this album was produced…

  • Capdown – Pound For The Sound

    (Household Name Records HAUS043) From: Jyoti Mishra Newsgroups: uk.music.alternative Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2001 17:04:14 +0100 Now, I’m not really big into ska-punk cos I’m far too old and fat to dance to it. That being said, I gave this a quick listen and I had to buy it cos of its energy. As soon…

  • August 2001 Norwich

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  • AOpen AW744 Pro

    My favourite ever PC soundcard was the Yamaha SW60 XG. I bought one in 1995 and was immediately seduced by the hardware XG synth built into the slim darling. I loved the crispness of the XG sounds. Back then, they were the cleanest synth sounds I had access to. I even did a whole track…

  • The New Pornographers – Mass Romantic

    (Mint Records MRD 043) Newsgroups: uk.music.alternative Date: Sun, 04 Mar 2001 18:51:31 +0000 Organization: Bzangy Groink Again, this was a total impulse buy based on a quick listen in Soundclash. The first track, ‘Mass Romantic’, hooked me right away. A fast, shuffly beat coupled with clipped rhythm guitar and then Neko Case‘s wonderful warbling comes…

  • Dead Prez – Let’s Get Free

    Well, I’ve had this album for about a month so I think I’ve lived with it enough to post a full review. I bought it after seeing stuff about them in The Source. I was a wee bit wary cos there’s plenty of crews who pretend to conscious rap but very few who deliver. Dead…

  • Daniel Miller Interview

    Daniel Miller has been a personal hero of mine since 1981, when I first bought ‘Speak & Spell.’ Mute Records was the first independent record label I loved, before I even understood the difference between majors and indies. When I look through my record collection it’s filled with bands either on Mute or one of…

  • Nowt As Queer As…

    (This is a reply I did to a post on an online webforum that was debating the relative worth of punk vs. folk/Irish music.) As to folk vs. punk – I liked your argument, but don’t agree with it 🙂 Yep, there’s definitely a strand of punk that’s manufactured and a triumph of ephemeral style…

  • Never Trust An A&R

    A hopeful young musician at their first A&R lunch Being a fat, one-hit wonder, I often get emails asking for my advice on the music biz. I find this strange – why ask someone who hasnt even been signed since 1997? Would you ask a nun the going rate for half-and-half? But hell, I’ve never…

  • The Last Post – Love Lost

    (Via Dolorosa/Bright Star BSR9) This album was actually released at the end of last year so forgive me for being a bit tardy – I only bought it a couple of weeks ago. The reason I’ve left it so long is that in that fortnight or so, the damn record’s been growing on me to…

  • Bruce Haack (& Miss Nelson) – Listen, Compute, Rock Home : The Best Of Dimension 5

    I have to thank the other weirdos on Amazon for helping me discover this, as it came up as one of those ‘people also bought’ when I was ordering Raymond Scott, who was actually a mate and collaborator of Haack’s. His famous contemporary fans include Luke Vibert and Add N To X. Bruce Haack was…

  • Sludgefeast – Rock’n’Roll

    (Fuzzbox FZBX005) Sixteen tracks, nineteen minutes? Yes! Shouty, incohately peeved vocals? Yes! Nasty, fucked-up guitars? Yes! Never heard of these buggers before but after a quick listen in Soundclash, I was hooked. The opener, ‘Rock’n’Roll’ sets out their stall. Great (barrier) riff, stupid vocals, it’s come and gone in 1.05. Mind you, that’s long compared…

  • Songs In The Key Of Z : The Curious Universe of Outsider Music

    (Which Records WHI 2367) I’ve had this for a while but wanted to live with it before reviewing it. It’s a compilation of what the compiler (Irwin Chusid) calls ‘Outsider Music.’ Check out the official website. Now, the first problem is what does that mean? Does it mean loonies? Well, there’s certainly some people on…