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V02I18 - 05021999

Labradford presents the Second Festival of Drifting. This year's fest will span the course of 9 days in the end of May/beginning of June 1999 and take place in Sheffield, London , Edinburgh and Paris. Bands slated to appear include Chris + Cosey, Pole, Bruce Gilbert, Oval, Pan American, Durutti Column, Matmos, Silo, Dean Roberts, Aerial M, and of course, Labradford. All the latest details are posted on th e Labradford web page in "news", so check those listings as often as possible!


Kiln create epic widescreen pictures for your stereo. The three members of Kiln (who have in the past operated under the guises of Fibreforms, Waterwheel, or Owl Eye) stitch together a world of standard rock trio line-up, heady atmospherics, and a wise use of noise, echo, and space. Tribal beats propel ancient drum machines riding on their backs, static and bubbling synths float around the room, and a repetitive guitar riff is plucked somewhere off on the horizon. This, and more, is the 3d soundworld Kiln conjure up on "Holo". "Kekker" bears quite a lot of resemblance to latter-day Bark Psychosis, but doesn't imitate them outright. Instead, it takes their shuffling, jazzy drum/bass/guitar interplay and turns it into a laid-back swagger. And on "Squarewave Colorwheel", a subtle motorik pulse provides the timekeeping for layers and layers of crunchy static and dusty oscillators, painting a picture of a rusted future-primitive Can. I haven't heard an album so completely immersive, so utterly beautiful, in quite a while. Released a few months ago, "Holo" has received little press and attention, possibly due to Kiln's reluctance towards media interaction. Next time your room feels a little too empty, pick up this Cd and let the sound fill every void. - Jason Olariu

This is the third full-lengther from former duo, now trio The Dylan Group out on Bubble Core Records. Vibrophones are the dominant instrument for the Dylan Group and all the tunes are allegedly recorded live t o tape in the studio. This time around, the former duo is joined in the studio with guitars, bass and keyboards on different tracks here and there. The songs can get quite lengthy but time passes quickly. The beats are never boring or dull and the brig htness of the vibrophone is a wonderful sound. The slower paced songs have a dub feeling when the delayed echoes kick in. The album even features a live on stage recording from the Knitting Factory. Overall, this would be a great introduction to anybo dy interested in getting into the Dylan Group. A perfect soundtrack to cramming for an exam. - Jon Whitney


4/27, godspeed you black emperor!
Finally after over a year of listening to this phenomenal band, I get to see them live. In London no-less (they live 4 hours from Boston and have yet to play there...). It was louder and heavier and harder than their records, there was a lack of the tape-loop stuff and experimentation, but it was no less phenomenal. I hope they come back for a full-on US tour again soon... - Jon Whitney

Once again, a band I have been fascinated with for a long time but had yet to see them live, Fridge opened this show and blew me away. While their albums are getting more mature and refined (look for a review of the new one soon) their live set was tight and forceful. They really know how to rock in the end. To Rococo Rot were good, polite, expressionless professional German musicians. People were there to hear the music which didn't sound too much different than one of their CDs which you could take home. It was also a very nice set and I'm looking forward to hopefully seeing each of these bands on tour in the USA. - Jon Whitney


Cassius - Feeling For You 12"/CDEP (Virgin, UK)
Lamb - Fear of Fours CD (Mercury/Universal, UK)
Pram - Telemetric Melodies CD/LP (Domino, UK)
Jimi Tenor - Total Devastation 12"/CDEP (Warp, UK)

Cassius - Feeling For You 12"/CDEP (Astralwerks, US)
Cul de Sac - Crashes to Light, Minutes to its Fall CD (Thirsty Ear, US)
Freeform - Me Shape CD (Sprawl/Dutch East India, US)
Khan - 1-900-GET-KHAN CD (Matador, US/Canada)
* Daniel Menche - Incineration CD [mid-price reissue] (Soleilmoon, US)
* Pan sonic - B 12" (Mute, US)
* Red Snapper - Making Bones CD (Matador, US)
Shadowbug 4 - Tiny Voices of Love and Fear CD (Soleilmoon, US)
Matthew Shipp Duo - DNA CD (Thirsty Ear, US)
Various - A Cat Shaped Hole in my Heart CD (Projekt, US)
Various - Time : Space CD (Transmat, US)

Cooldown - Ether CD (Map, Canada)

In light of an absence of an editor this week, this listing might be slightly inaccurate. For a more comprehensive release schedule stretching far into the future, please check out the NEW RELEASES brought to you by Greg and Feedback Monitor.


Make sure you pay attention when you watch this one, I didn't have a problem but I know there are many people out there who have a short attention span. The story follows Nick Santorro (Nicholas Cage) at a big boxing match. It's so big there happens to be some big time senator there. After a very delightful and entertaining opening sequence, the fight begins, towards the end of the first round and a few out of place fans in the arena, shots are heard, chaos begins. Nick teams up with buddy, Gary Sinise, to find out who the bad guy is. Nick then realizes, there may have been a conspiracy, it seems a few people there were all in on it, or were there more? You better watch it to find out. Directed by Brian DePalma, who also did such classics as Scarface and Carlitos Way brings you another on the edge of your seat thriller. - John "Star Traveler" Beck

kranky kumquats!
Subject: Did something happen to that site?

Fear not, I know it's a muffin company and all that, but I checked it again today just for kicks and got an empty page and the header 'Welcome to the finest Organizations on the Net!' -- *shrug* Might that mean the domain name is up for grabs again, assuming this wasn't a temporary shutdown?

Oh, if this is gone for good, we're gonna go after it! Yeeeha... Although the muffin munching indie rockers might have some sad moments, this will soon come to pass. Fear not, if we get - we'll be sure to have a section for our finest recipes!

Subject: Simply the best

I just had to drop you a note of thanks this is simply the best site ive ever been to. Excelent blend of choices here thanks

Did you want something? I'm waiting for a request for a band to get signed or someone wanting me to service them with promos!


For all you rat lovers out there, here's a complete joy for you. For the rest of us, what a pretentious waste of hard disk space and bandwidth for this stupid kitchy site devoted to everybody's cute furry pet r ats. needs to be fed to the snakes. Aren't you cute you fishy Brits!


Was it Running Scared or Fast Times at Ridgemont High which gave Mr. Reinhold his biggest break? Either way, after the most recent Beverly Hills Cop sequel, Judge appeared in tiny roles in various box office bo mbs. Never a starring role for this guy, sadly enough. Now appearing in car adverstisements on TV, somebody needs to give him first billing on the silver screen...


Old School Vs. New School (various artists)
welcome to my dream (mc 900 ft. jesus)
Into the Mix (various artists)
Unnatural History III (coil)
prime audio soup (meat beat manifesto)
emporer tomato ketchup (stereolab)
- Liam Brucker, Denver CO

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