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Mick Harris, Bill Laswell & John Zorn live at Cite de la musique in Paris, June 23.2008


Under Certain Things

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"Under Certain Things" from SJ Esau's Small Vessel, out now on Anticon. Directed by David Petch.

Dark Art

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Second video from Hella's, Zach Hill,
"Dark Art" on his forthcoming album, "Astrological Straits' 8/12/08

Zach Hill - Dark Art


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AT TWO DRUMMER LINE UP Featuring Pikachu (Afrirampo) & Tabata Mitsuru (Zeni Geva)

“Thus, on this the tenth anniversary of the founding of Acid Mothers Temple, I announce the birth of the hellchild, Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno”
Kawabata Makoto

Kawabata Makoto returns to Dublin with another incarnation of AMT, Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno. Cosmic Inferno performances are the best that Acid Mothers have ever done, a full on double drummer psychedelic onslaught.
This will be a two hour performance with no support act.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. was formed in 1995, so this year 2005 marks our tenth anniversary. Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O was originally intended as just one part of the Acid Mothers Temple Soul Collective, but over the past ten years it seems that most of our fans have taken them to mean pretty much the same thing. Of course, many of you will have been aware of the various other groups that have come out of the Soul Collective. But it is also true to say that Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. was the core of the collective. But I have never seen Acid Mothers Temple as the collective name for any particular unit or group - rather it is a description of the souls of all those who have gathered together under our slogan, and it is an attitude to life. Acid Mothers Temple is a place of refuge, a hometown for all those excluded by mainstream society who find some resonance in our slogan, "Do Whatever You Want, Don't Do Whatever You Don't Want!!"

At the end of our European tour in the fall of 2004, Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. decided that this was the last time that we would play such a long tour. Over the years we have tried to play wherever there are people who want to hear us, and we have tried to make our music easily accessible by releasing albums on labels from many countries. We believed that was the best way to reach the fans around the world who have found something to love in our music. However, the repeated lengthy tours (often with no break between them) and the raging torrent of releases have finally begun to wear us down. And if you look back at rock history, even the greatest bands found that their peak lasted for just a few years before they were exhausted by the grind of touring and recording.

Even before the fall 2004 tour I had begun to feel the same warning signs with Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. that I had previously experienced in other groups. By the end of the tour, just as I expected, we were physically and mentally exhausted, like a group of dinosaurs on the brink of extinction. That was why we decided not to undertake any more extended tours. We need to take some time out to recharge our reservoirs of cosmic energy, which is just about run out. It feels like I have been slicing off parts of my soul, in compensation for which the group has been granted a modicum of success over the past couple of years. But I no longer feel the need to continue with the group if it means that Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. will become just one more ordinary rock band. At the beginning Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. did not even exist as a normal group. And to this date we have never had an 'official' lineup - the group has only ever existed as temporary assemblies of likeminded musicians, a miniature soul collective. But through constant touring and recording, I feel that the lineup has fossilized, and the free communion of souls we enjoyed at the beginning has been virtually lost.

Just before setting off on the fall 2004 European tour I accepted a booking for my solo unit, Mothers of Invasion, in Osaka for January 2005. At the time I imagined that we would just play the gig as Mothers of Invasion with a new lineup. But later I began to feel the need for some powerful, new force that could stand against the virtually extinct dinosaur of Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O., a worthy rival who could read the last rites to the corpse. Perhaps I felt this need because I had nothing to replace the declining power of Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. Everything that exists in this universe consists of two elements. Just as ancient Chinese yin-yang five-element philosophy states, in everything there are two opposing forces - a front and a back, a yin and a yang. Without the balance between these two forces, the motion of the universe would cease.

With that thought in mind, I chose to mount an attack Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. myself. Of course, if this attack were to succeed I would need musicians just as powerful, if not more powerful, than Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.

The first person who voiced their agreement for my ideas was my old friend and partner in Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O., Higashi Hiroshi. He and I are like two sides of the same coin, yin and yang, and without any explanation from me he immediately grasped my intentions. We decided to take the members of Mothers of Invasion and shift them to the new group, giving birth to a new Acid Mothers Temple. Just then I received a transmission from my own cosmos - the group should be named Cosmic Inferno. It was utterly fitting for this is truly a battle between heaven and hell, between The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. and The Cosmic Inferno.

Though we shall henceforth be Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno, the new group will also be known in short as Acid Mothers Temple and this will no doubt sow confusion in the minds of many. But the true manifestations of Acid Mothers Temple are many - Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O., Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno, Acid Mothers Temple SWR. The future may see yet other groups bearing similar names. But each and all of them will be true manifestations of Acid Mothers Temple.

Thus, on this the tenth anniversary of the founding of Acid Mothers Temple, I announce the birth of the hellchild, Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno.

Kawabata Makoto (13th Jan. 05)

graba graba tape

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This hairy pink-skinned duo from Madrid formed around 2004 and are a mixture of RJD2 trying to sing Daft Punk songs and the greasiest The Residents stuff.

Too pop to be noise and too noise to be yummy. Keyboards and drums mixed with a vocoder.

Gbeti Madjro

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Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou Dahomey - Gbeti Madjro

"Gbeti Madjro" from the compilation "African Scream Contest" released on Analog Africa Records

House Jam

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New remix of Gang Gang Dance done by Spank Rock producer XXXchange. have good memories seeing Gang Gang Dance in the Hub last year , they played a blinder and Lizzi Bougatsos was very nice to myself and cletus_buckley giving us some free beer and a lot of tequila, good times.

MP3>Gang Gang Dance - House Jam (xxxchange remix)

(really good quality video of gang gang dance live in the read more)


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"Birdstatic" from Telephone Jim Jesus' Anywhere Out Of The Everything LP out now on anticon records. Video directed by 1stAveMachine.

bit of a mouth full

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Marnie Stern, as anounced the title of her new Album due out in October and its called (deep breath) This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That
It was recorded in Sacramento and features Zach Hill once again.

01 Prime
02 Transformer
03 Shea Stadium
04 Ruler
05 The Crippled Jazzer
06 Steely
07 The Package Is Wrapped
08 Simon Says
09 Vault
10 Clone Cycle
11 Roads? Where We're Going We Don't Need Roads
12 The Devil's in the Details
(video in the read more)

Rob Crow's ten-point guide to writing the perfect indie-pop song

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1. Haircut
No one is gonna take you serious unless you have that ‘indie’ look, so I suggest not washing your hair for a bit and then putting some weird jelly-type product in it and then scruffing it up a bit. IMPORTANT: make sure that yours eyes are obscured just enough so that you look ‘mysterious’. Eyeliner is welcome, just don't put on so much as to look Goth/Black Metal.
(9 other tips in the read more)

2. Start a band with likewise enthusiasts
I suggest Hot Topic, or the food court. Just pick out the most attractive kids with makeup that are trying to be noticed acting like they aren't trying to be noticed. Maybe pick up a Crass sticker while you are there (you don't need to know who they are).

3. Band name
This is easy. Just copy these names: "Charles Bukowski, Kurt Vonnegut, and Chuck Palahniuk". Now paste them into Google and pick the name of one of their books (they are authors) at random. If you are feeling like doing a little more research (NOT RECOMMENDED), there is this weird reclusive author (all you need to know) named J.D. Salinger and you can use one of his character's names. I'm sure you can find these on Wikipedia. IMPORTANT: avoid reading these guys! It could accidentally start a downward spiral into sincerity (it usually doesn't, but still...).

4. Stickers
The second you've chosen a name, before you even have your parents buy you instruments, make copious amounts of stickers and put them up on every club bathroom, street sign, and record store window (make sure they are next to impossible to peel off of glass conveniently).

5. What is everyone else doing?
Look, making up your own distinct voice is JUST TO HARD and no one will understand you anyway. There will never be a Bob Graettinger Edition of Guitar Hero. Nobody likes a snob, so just turn on the radio and find a song you like and then just write a more boring version of it. REMEMBER: when singing, actually caring or having a sense of humour will get you nowhere, but ACTING like you do will be just transparent enough to let people know you are just as vapid as they are. Choose a character from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and pretend you are them. Or maybe some one from a Wes Anderson movie (and you can rip off one of the songs in there while your at it).

6. Spam
Endless announcements on MySpace, Facebook, and especially other band's chatrooms, websites and fan pages. These are the things that get you noticed. Be sure to hand out flyers at inappropriate events.

7. Send band photos to major label record companies.
This is what REALLY gets you signed, and nothing says ‘indie’ like being on a major label. Be sure to stress how much you sound like Modest Mouse (Epic Records) meets Radiohead (previously EMI) with a Death Cab For Cutie (Atlantic) vibe (or words to that effect). This apparently does some Jedi mind-trick on them and it doesn't seem like they care, so they might not check.

8. Record Producer
The quality of the song is negligible compared to sound of the recording. Even if you record it yourself, the record label can hire a hit-maker to recreate a perfect radio-friendly single.

9. Video
C'mon, you just can't take a song seriously if it doesn't have a video! Remember to stare out of as many windows as possible and keep that "Why are we standing in a field / abandoned building / empty theatre?" look off of your face.

10. Publicists
These are the people who get your song on a Hummer commercial and THAT'S WHERE THE MONEY IS.


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The tracklisting for the new The Sound Of Animals Fighting record called THE OCEAN AND THE SUN thats the art works above.


The Ocean And The Sun
I, The Swan
Another Leather Lung
The Heraldic Beak of the Manufacturer's Medallion
Blessings Be Yours Mister V.

On the Occasion Of Wet Snow

New York Magazine Interviews Joshua Allen Harris

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The Star-Spangled Banner

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To any Americans out there happy independence day from the Melvins


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Videohippos are Kevin O’Meara and Jim Triplett and their various machines. They belong to the Baltimore Wham City collective, known for artists such as Dan Deacon, Ponytail, Lizz King, and many others. O’Meara was born in Maryland and enjoys tree-climbing, playing the electric bass and vibraphone, deathwish-biking, smile-faking, and copyright-infringing, among other hobbies. Their live performances feature O’Meara’s video projections from his drumset and singer Triplett’s awkwardly motionless stage presence. Their debut album, Unbeast the Leash, was released in 2007 to positive reviews, including a 7.7 from Pitchfork, which compared them to My Bloody Valentine by noting their ability to sound “a part of scene and completely contrary to it.”

Videohippos - Narwhals

Mondo Cane - Holland Festival, Amsterdam 12/6/08

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Watch the show here

Genghis Tron remix series

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Genghis Tron is set to release very special, five-volume Board Up The House remix series. Each record will feature a select number of Genghis Tron songs taken from Board Up The House, remixed by a variety of artists. Some of the participating artists include BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW, ULVER, DNTEL, TELEFON TEL AVIV, STEVE MOORE, JESU/JUSTIN BROADRICK, DANNY LOHNER, ROB CROW, SUBTLE, ODD NOSDAM, CIRCLE, TIM HECKER, and many more to be announced soon.
(more in the read more)

Genghis Tron commented on the series: "We are very excited to announce a series of special GT releases which we've been scheming for quite some time now. Those who have been following us for a while know that we've always been interested in remixes, but to date we've only released a few GT remixes on a few tour-only CDs. We've wanted to do something grander and more "official" for a long time, so we're proud to say that we've finally assembled a very massive, very official remix project. We reached out to lots of musicians who we admire and overall we've been completely overwhelmed at their willingness to participate in this massive, awesome project. More importantly, the remixes are sounding pretty mind-blowing so far...we're excited to share them with you."

The pre-order and artwork can be found at:

The artists included are: Jesu, Rob Crow (Pinback), Eluvium, and Steve Moore (Zombi)!

hers a track off it, a remix by Rob Crow of the track Things Don't Look Good, its fucking great never heard Rob Crow do a remix before its fucking good , on a side note about Rob Crow it looks like he has another band together , and it look like his son is singing , check out the myspace here RRCIII myspace

Things Don't Look Good (Rob Crow Remix)

Genghis Tron live

genghis tron myspace with sone fucking really really nice t shirts