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all the usual:

Peace,
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October 23, 2004 at 2:59 am Leave a comment

Murphy’s Law

Quick history of Murphy’s Law

http://www.improbable.com/airchives/paperair/volume9/v9i5/murphy/murphy0.html

Also, Hunter S. Thompson claims George Bush burned ppl in college

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/_/id/6562575?&rnd=1098394261180&has-player=true

October 22, 2004 at 3:23 am Leave a comment

Hype – 3 Days of Maurice Fulton

Maurice Fulton’s name is one of those
unexpected
recurrences in dance music, I mean still knowing
almost nothing about him he never seemed to merit
mention along with Frankie Knuckles/Bones/Whoever nor
in the Detroit pack of May, Carter, Atkins, and of course the master
Craig or early euro-stirrers like Kirk Degiorgio and others.
But none of that really matters, much like early hip-hop or the
days of disco, house music wasn’t created with the intention of
lasting, crates of 12″s siphoned off the press with none of rock’s
bravado of “making it” either financially or into history. It was still
somewhat naive.

Fulton went a different route
than many of his contemporaries. His work appeared on
left leaning house label Warp records right alongside
deep house classics like Nightmares on Wax and Warp’s
founding artist The Sweet Exorcist (did this guy ever make
another record?). His music is more complex than Craig’s
or Knuckles, breezing through an mp3 can present you
with 4 very different compositions in on track, yet on listen
your only aware of one central conversation holding the
entire thing together. Feel The Same from aTigersushi comp
starts out with a distorted sub-harmony that eventual stutters into
a slap-bass work out builds up into some fine eighties-disco juxtaposed
to movie minimalism using the sub-harmony to hold all this together.
It’s better than it sounds when it happens, Maurice has consciously
mixed 3 very different textures and they become counterpoints in
a very odd way, as if he’s planned this confusion from the start.

It’s arty disco at heart. Caressingly
sincere yet catatonicized by mechna-funk, Fulton is frustrating
because he won’t just be one thing. He’s not gonna be Autechere
or for that matter Model 500 (think Psychosomatic), but he’s gonna
play with their sound, he’s gonna distort things so their
no longer pleasant, but he won’t give us the satisfaction of
taking it to it’s breaking point, of brutalizing sound, of giving
up on music. He avoids catharsis and makes a whipping boy of
virtuosity. He sits a little left of the middle and like a good host
let’s all his companions mingle by their own wits. It’s a frustrating
exercise, but sometimes the results are more than appear to be.

p.s. sorry about no mp3s, but I don’t have an mp3 hosting
service right now i.e. some place I can stash files for ya.

October 16, 2004 at 9:47 pm Leave a comment

Ghedalia Tazartes and David’s Demosarus Label

David F strikes again posting another good musical schwag on his blog
here

http://www.livejournal.com/users/david_f/95770.html

Ghedalia Tazartes, the french man who managed to overcome the
Algamarghen label’s strictly conceptual credo by sheer sonic alienation
returns. Employing keyboards, un-trained and trained vocals, with
hustles of influences as varied as Jaques Brel, Henri Chopin, Soweto
pop, Serialism, and new wave. If you have to pin an artist to a
forefather than Tazartes contemporaries lay strictly in the future: The
Talking Heads, Animal Collective, and really that’s about it. Tazartes
never made a theory of his music, instead it’s brazen aesthetics
breathe out an identity that accepts fracture as it’s starting point,
equally at home with retro-synthetic squalls as he is playing what
sounds like paper instruments & a fabricated african tribe chanting
over it. Amazing stuff, perhaps not as good as previous material, but I
haven’t heard the full album yet.



http://demosaurus.free.fr/mp3/
Voyage%20a%20l%27ombre%20%28part%206%29.mp3

October 16, 2004 at 9:44 pm Leave a comment

Geoff White on Ghostly or mo minimalism

And so the latest Ghostly e-mail came out today
with links to Geoff White’s new one for Ghostly

Geoff is the man behind Aeroc and also the dude who did
an unbelievably good album of processed guitar and house
with Stewart Walker on Force Inc. He also lives in Ohio.
It’s a shame no one really promoted minimalism or tech
electronica in it’s hey-days in the u.s. living in a world
far separate from electronic stuff at the time I completely
missed the entire Herbert thing, the Kompakt thing,
and others in their birth and instead am just now
picking up on a music, that I’m told, is already
over in Europe.

October 12, 2004 at 7:48 pm Leave a comment

Akufen, Rip Off Artist, others tackle the blues

Gotta admit that everything Akufen does is good,
but in this case The Rip Off Artist’s fine spewing of the
blues in digital stutter speak takes the cake with Akufen’s
mixes of the 12 bar standard coming in second.

Clips up at:
http://www.inflatabl.com/cataframes/FLAT06.html

October 11, 2004 at 4:32 pm 1 comment

New Global Goon, the music of Shugo Tokumaru

2 good electronica tracks for today

First and foremost, the new Global Goon rocks

Essentially electro-funk made down to it’s essential bounce.
Favorite electro track so far this year. Formerly on Rephlex
this is their stateside debut on Audio Dregs Records.
http://www.globalgoon.com/

+++++++++++++
Secondly this one off from Shugo Tokumaru
has a beautiful ending to a rampant near breakcore tune:

http://shugo_t.at.infoseek.co.jp/

October 7, 2004 at 2:38 pm 1 comment

Manitoba Forced To Change Name

STOP PRESS!

MANITOBA TO BECOME CARIBOU

Dan Snaith, who released the albums Up In Flames (2003) and Start Breaking My Heart (2001) under the name Manitoba, has changed his name to Caribou following a lawsuit in the US. Frontman for punk band The Dictators, Handsome Dick Manitoba, sued Snaith for trademark infringement, despite never having released music under the names ‘Manitoba’ or ‘Handsome ‘Dick’ Manitoba’.

“My immediate reaction was total disbelief,” says Snaith. “Most of the people I’ve talked to about it see this case as being utterly nonsensical. Unfortunately, US legal precedent didn’t agree and faced with a court case that I couldn’t afford to lose, I had no choice but to change the name.”

Having spent the last year touring Up in Flames throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Australia with bands such as Stereolab, Four Tet, Broadcast and Prefuse 73, Dan is back in the studio working on the first Caribou album, tentatively entitled The Milk of Human Kindness.

“This whole thing is an irritating distraction at a time when I’m more excited about the music I’m working on than ever before. I’m half way through finishing this new album and I can already tell that it’s the best and most focused music I’ve ever made.

“I’m of the opinion that every second I spend talking about this Dick guy is a waste of my time.”

Asked about why he chose Caribou (a large reindeer native to northern North America) as the new name, Canadian Snaith offers “We were just about to start a Canadian tour when we found out about this and it made sense to look there for the new name. We’d heard hippy friends of ours going on ‘vision quests’. I’m not sure we really understood the idea correctly but by the time we’d soaked our proverbial bandanas in the brown-acid dunk-tank and strapped ourselves to crucifixes on the back of a flatbed truck for a few weeks it became painfully obvious that the new name had to be Caribou. Talking caribou were central to our hallucinations.” Ironically, news of the lawsuit came just before Snaith performed his first concert in Manitoba – the Canadian province from whence he took the name.

Snaith’s previous albums will be re-released worldwide under the new name. The Special Edition version of Up In Flames will be withdrawn, with the original single CD version taking its place. So catch that one while you can!

The new album will be released worldwide under the name Caribou, through Domino in North America and The Leaf Label for the rest of the world.

“At the end of the day, nothing’s going to change other than the name. I’m still attacking making music with the same fanatical vigour that I was before, and the music’s only getting better.”

http://www.caribou.fm

http://www.theleaflabel.com

Protest Thread on Their Board:
http://thedictators.proboards24.com/index.cgi?board=general&action=display&num=1097170900

Dictator’s E-Mail:
Dictators7@aol.com

October 7, 2004 at 2:13 pm 2 comments

Yuichiro Fujimoto

French blogger David F pointed this one out
(http://www.livejournal.com/users/david_f/93017.html). New guy on
Smalltown Supersound. Bares a resemblance to the old 360 Degrees
releases of old (which unfortunately no longer seems to be in
operation). Child like hymns of piano, occidental noise, and various
globe trotting instruments that make reflective and very sincere pop
music. Contains all the fractures of talent and embraces of music that
a stammering hand studiously avoiding perfection can handle. A little
underwhelming considering many of 360’s older releases, but like it’s
forebears makes you wonder why music needs to be sound better than
this:

http://www.yuichirofujimoto.com/

Mp3s in the music section

October 7, 2004 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

Manitoba Forced to Change His Name

>>> STOP PRESS!
>>>
>>> MANITOBA TO BECOME CARIBOU
>>>
>>> Dan Snaith, who released the albums Up In Flames (2003) and Start
>>> Breaking My Heart (2001) under the name Manitoba, has changed his
>>> name to Caribou following a lawsuit in the US. Frontman for punk
>>> band The Dictators, Handsome Dick Manitoba, sued Snaith for
>>> trademark infringement, despite never having released music under
>>> the names ‘Manitoba’ or ‘Handsome ‘Dick’ Manitoba’.
>>>
>>> “My immediate reaction was total disbelief,â€? says Snaith. “Most of
>>> the people I’ve talked to about it see this case as being utterly
>>> nonsensical. Unfortunately, US legal precedent didn’t agree and
>>> faced with a court case that I couldn’t afford to lose, I had no
>>> choice but to change the name.�
>>>
>>> Having spent the last year touring Up in Flames throughout North
>>> America, Europe, Japan and Australia with bands such as Stereolab,
>>> Four Tet, Broadcast and Prefuse 73, Dan is back in the studio
>>> working on the first Caribou album, tentatively entitled The Milk of
>>> Human Kindness.
>>>
>>> “This whole thing is an irritating distraction at a time when I’m
>>> more excited about the music I’m working on than ever before. I’m
>>> half way through finishing this new album and I can already tell
>>> that it’s the best and most focused music I’ve ever made.
>>>
>>> “I’m of the opinion that every second I spend talking about this
>>> Dick guy is a waste of my time.�
>>>
>>> Asked about why he chose Caribou (a large reindeer native to
>>> northern North America) as the new name, Canadian Snaith offers “We
>>> were just about to start a Canadian tour when we found out about
>>> this and it made sense to look there for the new name. We’d heard
>>> hippy friends of ours going on ‘vision quests’. I’m not sure we
>>> really understood the idea correctly but by the time we’d soaked our
>>> proverbial bandanas in the brown-acid dunk-tank and strapped
>>> ourselves to crucifixes on the back of a flatbed truck for a few
>>> weeks it became painfully obvious that the new name had to be
>>> Caribou. Talking caribou were central to our hallucinations.�
>>> Ironically, news of the lawsuit came just before Snaith performed
>>> his first concert in Manitoba – the Canadian province from whence he
>>> took the name.
>>>
>>> Snaith’s previous albums will be re-released worldwide under the new
>>> name. The Special Edition version of Up In Flames will be withdrawn,
>>> with the original single CD version taking its place. So catch that
>>> one while you can!
>>>
>>> The new album will be released worldwide under the name Caribou,
>>> through Domino in North America and The Leaf Label for the rest of
>>> the world.
>>>
>>> “At the end of the day, nothing’s going to change other than the
>>> name. I’m still attacking making music with the same fanatical
>>> vigour that I was before, and the music’s only getting better.â€?
>>>
>>> http://www.caribou.fm
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> http://www.theleaflabel.com

Protest Thread on Their Board:
http://thedictators.proboards24.com/index.cgi?
board=general&action=display&num=1097170900

Dictator’s E-Mail:
Dictators7@aol.com

October 7, 2004 at 10:50 am 4 comments

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