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January 31, 2001 - NEWS (reposted)

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from Metropolis :

Haujobb:
Haujobb is finishing up their next album "Polarity." This will be released sometime in May, with a possible tour coming...Daniel Myer will be doing some djing around the US, check out dates below. Listen to some clips off the new album: Haujobb

Project Pitchfork:
Metropolis will be releasing PP's new album "Daimonion." No date is set for release.

Velvet Acid Christ:
VAC's "Dial 8" will be the first single of their new cd "Twisted Thought Generator." There will be 3 remixes by bands such as Din_Fiv.

Ikon:
Ikon's new release "On the Edge of Forever" will be released on February 27th.


New Websites :
ICON OF COIL
SOPHYA

 

TOUR DATES:
APOPTYGMA BERZERK - Winter 2001 Mini-Tour
DJ MYER (Daniel Myer of Haujobb/Cleaner)
AND ONE and COVENANT - Spring 2001 North American

PLEASE GO TO THE TOUR PAGE FOR MORE DETAILS!!--> TOURS

New Releases:
Apoptygma Berzerk
Kathy's Song RELEASED ON TUESDAY, Claire Voyant, Mentallo & the Fixer, Funker Vogt, Velvet Acid Christ, and Haujobb

PLEASE CHECK OUT THE NEW RELEASES PAGE FOR MORE UPCOMING RELEASES +DETAILS!!--> NEW RELEASES


~clearstatik np: Kirlian Camera

 

January 29, 2001 - NEWS

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from LoveSpirals Newsletter:

LoveSpirals:
Formely known as Love Spirals Downward, LoveSpirals has added band members. Check out their new material (I think it's new):

LoveSpirals

Love Spirals Downward:
There is also material released at their old mp3 site:

Love Spirals Downward


from Acumen newsletter:

Acumen:
Acumen will be returning to their "old school" style of Industrial Rock! They will be back in the studios in Spring to work on a new album!

DJ? Acucrack:
SHOW:
Courtyard Cafe in Champaign Ill (1401 w Green st.) February 3, 10PM with A New January and Sans Everything, 18+, doors at 7, $5

*note: a relaunch of their site will be up February 1st: ACUMEN


from E-Magine newsletter:

TOUR DATES:

ICP w/ Marz (members of Ministry. I would check out some mp3's first):

Jan. 29th - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
Jan. 30th - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Feb. 1st - St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
Feb. 2nd - Boyton Beach, FL @ Orbit
Feb. 4th - Nashville, TN @ 328 Performance Hall
Feb. 5th - Birmingham, AL @ Five Points Music Hall
Feb. 7th - Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
Feb. 9th - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's
Feb. 10th - Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Live
Feb. 12th - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Feb. 13th - Tempe, AZ @ Club Rio
Feb. 15th - Las Vegas, NV @ Huntridge Theatre
Feb. 17th - San Diego, CA @ Canes
Feb. 18th - Anaheim, CA @ The Sun Theatre
Feb. 21st - San Francisco, CA @ Maritime Hall
Feb. 20th - Ventura, CA @ Majestic Theatre
Feb. 23rd - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Feb. 26th - Salt Lake City, UT @ Brick's Club
March 1st - Kansas City, KS @ Memorial Hall
March 3rd - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

 

January 25, 2001 - The Lords Are Here!

...well almost.

I've been a big fan of the Lords of Acid ever since my virgin ears first heard the kinky moans of I Sit On Acid. (We're talking over a decade ago). The string of "hits" (on alternative and club charts, anyway) did little to disuade my interest, and though the ensuing albums didn't please everyone (including I assume, American Recordings, who dropped them quick, like a used condom) they were excellent CDs in my books. (In fact I challenge anyone to find me another band that can deliver the unique sound and energy found on Voodoo-U!)

Well the countdown has started. LOA's next release is one month from now. The new album entitled Farstucker, is scheduled for release February 27th, with a whopping 19 tracks (ok, we have yet to know if these are all full-length). Judging by the titles of the tracks, it looks like we can expect another sexy, fast and rough ear-fucking that the Lords have become famous for. A quick listen to the four brief song samples downloadable from their official website confirms this.

While I don't doubt I'll personally be pleased by this new release, one thing concerns me: Some of the tracks I listened to have something of a KMFDM sound to them. ...at least that's the impression I get... Go have a listen, and tell me I'm not losing all sense of reality here!

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January 20, 2001 - MP3s and CD Sales

Do you download MP3s? OK that's a stupid question. Well then let me ask, do you buy CDs? Only a few years ago that question would seem ridiculous, but is it so ridiculous now? My personal CD purchasing is influenced by two major factors: 1. What is recommended by respected sources (certain DJs, or our very own reviewer, Darklight) and 2. What I hear in clubs and radio. The latter is limited by the fact that "radio" to me is mainly limited to Real Synthetic Audio and a handful of short specialty programs on university radio stations.

This leaves one last option, MP3s. Yet, to hear new songs or new bands via MP3s, one must seek them out (find their site) which implies that, unlike radio, you have to have heard of them from somewhere first. How then does MP3 help an artist gain exposure? (Or does it?)

A quick glance at my small MP3 collection reveals that 95% of the songs I downloaded and kept, are songs that were already known to me. The pattern usually goes like this: I'm at a club, I hear a song I am familiar with and like, so I find out what it's called and who it's by. OR I'm listening to radio and again, something strikes a chord and I take note of who it's by. So then, thanks to Napster, I acquire the tune in question, and usually a few others by the same artist. Lastly, I eventually buy the CD(s).

The remaining 5% of MP3s in my collection come from sources like MP3.com, and yet despite the low cost of an MP3.com "DAM" CD, I've never even considered buying one.

In the above scenario, it appears to me that MP3s only serve in an interim role, satisfying my need to hear certain music until I can get my hands on the better quality (and portable) audio CD. Only 5% of my collection have introduced me to bands I had never heard of, but none of that 5% ever led to a CD purchase.

I'd be interested to know if my experiences are shared by others. It would seem, from my perspective, that the old music industry model is still working and needed in some form or other. Music is still a consumer product, and as with anything one wants to have reach a mass audience, standard business practices apply.

-Rabies

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January 19, 2001 - Wrapped IN Wire Radio

We're proud to present to you, Wrapped IN Wire Radio phase 1! What is that, you ask? It's an MP3 stream of songs handpicked by your humble WIW webmaster. Because it runs off of MP3.com, it doesn't have as many of my favorites as I'd like (ie: zero Metropolis releases), but there's some cool shit lined up for ya anyways.

Check it out here: http://www.mp3.com/stations/wrappedinwire

January 16, 2001 - Site Happenings...

Renovations to this site continue. Tweaking this, tweaking that. The banner ads are long gone. It was hoped that we could at least cover our monthly hosting fee with income from banners, but alas, we're A. Not popular enough and B. Our visitors are too smart to be clicking idiotic banners anyways. So away they went, and in their place something MUCH more useful: A site menu on every page! We've also added some links in the footer, expanded the sidebar menu and editted our news archive. We are all but dead, so keep visiting.

January 14, 2001 - Welcome to 2001

Wow. Even I'm surprised at how little has gone on at our site. That whole Xmas thing went by and we didn't even wish you all good times and other clichés. Well Happy 2001. Here we are headed to our 4th year online. Amazing! Let's see, what did 2000 hold for us...?

- October: We had our [still ongoing] Photo Contest with some winners posted in the Night Gallery now (redesign still pending).

- January 2000: We signed up with, got ass-raped by, and then waved goodbye to a network affiliation with Bla-Bla, who defy the laws of dotcom physics by remaining in business. How?! All these other dotcoms, many with better busioness models than Bla, are croaking left and right.

- December: We adopted a theme song of our very own called Barbed Wire. We considered making it play automatically every time you come to this page, but then decided against it as it would just drive you all crazy, despite the fact that it's a kick-ass song.

- We added lots of reviews to the Music Exile. In fact, a huge backlog of CDs sent to us in 2000 will be reviewed shortly. Apologies to all labels and bands who were kind enough to let us listen to their wares

- September: Hyphen One Studios was kind enough to let us post some great photographs of Skinny Puppy in concert at the Doomsday Festival in Dresden Germany.

- Personally, as my musical tastes veer off towards finely crafted synthpop, 2000 brought me some great albums from VNV Nation, Apoptygma Berzerk, Covenant, Wolfsheim, Icon of Coil, and more. 2000 was also the year we thought would bring us a new album from Leaether Strip. but alas all we got wa a single.

-Rabies

 

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