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Monthly Archives: March 2002

Japanese Noise Meets Japanese Hip-Hop

DJ Krush remixes the harsh Japanese punk rock of the Boredoms on the import-only Rebore Vol. 3 (Warner Music Japan). Disarmingly, the abstract remixes feature little of the band’s famous muscle, but much of its coarse timbres are still evident, upgraded with computerized sound effects that lend the album a dub flavor. Previous volumes in the series: Vol. 1 featured mixes by UNKLE, Vol. 2 by Ken Ishii and “Vol. 0” by Boredoms member and John Zorn collaborator Yamatsuka Eye.

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American Soundscapist Records Live

Steve Roach remains one of America’s premiere ambient-soundscape musicians. His Streams & Currents (Projekt) is a unique solo effort, recorded entirely live (with no overdubs) in the studio on a variety of guitars and effects.

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Highlight of Ninja Tune Download Fest

Bonobo‘s song “Gypsy” is one of eight tracks that the Ninja Tune label recently posted for free download and streaming (MP3, Real Audio, Windows Media). Off the Animal Magic album, it’s a relatively downtempo electronic track, with some glistening sounds laid over a steady beat. Of the eight tracks, it’s the most highly recommended.

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New CD of Orchestral Grace

David Lang produced one of the finest ambient albums of 2001 with The Passing Measures, released on Cantaloupe, a small record label founded recently by the New York area composers group called Bang on a Can. The record features an “amplified” orchestra, a women’s chorus and the deep-toned bass clarinet of Marty Ehrlich. This is near-silent music produced by a substantial battery of musicians, and all the richer for their considerable group restraint. For context, it’s worth keeping in mind that Lang was among the composers who produced instrumental transcriptions of Brian Eno’s landmark Music for Airports for a 1998 tribute album; he also arranged the strings on Clint Mansell’s expert electronic-fied chamber-music score for the film Requiem for a Dream, which featured the Kronos Quartet.

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NOLA Tradition Adds DJ

By no means an “electronic” album, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band‘s forthcoming Medicated Music (Ropeadope Records), due out April 23, features the New Orleans-based horn ensemble with a host of guests, including, on two tracks, DJ Logic. Logic (born Jason Kibler) may be the most in-demand session DJ around, especially in the jazz- and jam-band arena(s). He’s toured and/or recorded with such acts as Ratdog, Medeski Martin & Wood, Karl Denson and Chris Whitley. Though only a small portion of the Dirty Dozen’s diverse album, his contributions should be of interest to anyone intrigued by the inclusion of turntables in live, improvisationally oriented performance. (On a related note, check out the Flyin’ the Koop, the Blue Thumb/Verve solo debut from drummer Stanton Moore of the New Orleans-based band Galactic; released in late February, it’s largely a groove-based jazz album, but a few of the tracks feature Moore triggering loops.)

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