Dusted Reviews

From Dusted:

Artist: John Wiese
Album: Circle Snare
Label: No Fun
Review date: Jul. 28, 2009

Artist: Headdress
Album: Lunes
Label: No Quarter
Review date: Jul. 28, 2009

Artist: Ekkehard Ehlers & Paul Wirkus
Album: Ballads
Label: Staubgold
Review date: Jul. 27, 2009

Artist: Polwechsel & John Tilbury
Album: Field
Label: Hatology
Review date: Jul. 24, 2009

Artist: Talibam!
Album: Boogie in the Breeze Blocks
Label: ESP-Disk
Review date: Jul. 24, 2009

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Dusted Reviews

From Dusted:

Artist: Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso U.F.O
Album: Lord of the Underground: Vishnu and the Magic Elixir
Label: Alien8
Review date: Jun. 19, 2009

Artist: Wrekmeister Harmonies
Album: Recordings Made in Public Spaces, Vol. 1
Label: Atavistic
Review date: Jun. 19, 2009

Artist: The People Band
Album: 69-70
Label: Emanem
Review date: Jun. 18, 2009

Artist: Blue Sabbath Black Cheer
Album: Crows Eat the Eyes From the Leviathans Carcass
Label: Release The Bats
Review date: Jun. 17, 2009

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Dusted Reviews

From Dusted:

Artist: Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone
Album: Thin Air
Label: Thirsty Ear
Review date: Mar. 18, 2009
Artist: Tetuzi Akiyama Kevin Corcoran Christian Kiefer
Album: Low Cloud Means Death
Label: Digitalis
Review date: Mar. 17, 2009

Artist: Loren Connors & Jim O’Rourke
Album: Two Nice Catholic Boys
Label: Family Vineyard
Review date: Mar. 12, 2009

Artist: Six Organs of Admittance
Album: RTZ
Label: Drag City
Review date: Mar. 11, 2009

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Dusted Reviews

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt in Christchurch Ca...
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From From Dusted:

Artist: Keith Rowe / Keith Rowe & Taku Unami
Album: Keith Rowe and Taku Unami / Keith Rowe
Label: Erstwhile
Review date: Mar. 4, 2009

Artist: Faust
Album: C’est Com…Com…Complique
Label: Bureau B
Review date: Mar. 3, 2009

Artist: Arvo Pärt
Album: In Principio
Label: ECM
Review date: Feb. 27, 2009

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Univers Zero News

From Univers Zero:

Andy Kirk is back and Univers Zéro will be performing as a two-keyboard band from now on. We are planning to start to record our new CD, Clivages, in May.

March 2009 Concert Dates (some to be confirmed, yet)
Würzburg / Germany (CAFE CAIRO) March 17th
Linz/ Austria (POSTHOF) March 19th
Praha/ Czec Republic (PALAC AKROPOLIS) March 20 th Tickets: http://web.ticketstream.cz/czts/presentation.event.jsp?event=30020
Dresden/ Germany (JAZZWELTEN) March 21th
Wroclaw/ Poland March 22, Gothic Hall – 1 Purkyniego Street in Wroclaw. (4th Energy and Sound festival, 21-25 March)

April 2009 Univers Zéro in Mexico
Puebla Baroque Fringe Festival the 18 in Puebla (outdoors)
Teatro de la Ciudad Mexico City the 19
Ecatepec (festival) 24

June –
Les Tritonales, Le Triton, les Lilas, France
12 and 13 June, 2009
http://www.letriton.com
11 bis, rue du Coq Français – 93260 LES LILAS (Métro Mairie des Lilas)
tél : 01 49 72 83 13 – fax : 01 49 72 83 11 – email : contact@letriton.com
September

Univers Zéro will also be playing at RIO Festival 2009, September 20
http://www.rocktime.org/rio/
We are planning to play with Present at the end of the festival as a single band.
We hope it works out!

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Dusted Reviews

From Dusted:

Artist: Mountains
Album: Choral
Label: Thrill Jockey
Review date: Feb. 19, 2009

Artist: Wilkinson / Edwards / Noble
Album: Live at Cafe Oto
Label: Bo’Weavil
Review date: Feb. 19, 2009

Artist: Fennesz / Dafeldecker / Brandlmayr
Album: Till the old world’s blown up and a new one is created
Label: Mosz
Review date: Feb. 18, 2009

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The Music Industry isn’t Dead – It Just Changed Its Address

Rock Band
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If you haven’t played Guitar Hero or Rock Band yet, you should stop reading this, and head out to invest in one of these game systems. Why? They allow a relatively talentless guy (like me) make, or pretend to make, real music.

Sure, right now the selections are mostly classic and modern rock. There’s no jazz, free jazz, classical or electronic compositions, and the instrumentation is limited. But aside from being a lot of fun, these games demonstrate the power of participation.

From the New York Times:

Both Rock Band and Guitar Hero have helped the ailing music industry by licensing songs and using online networks to sell additional tracks for gamers to play along with. Those tracks, which usually sell for around $2 each, are more profitable for record companies and musicians than iTunes sales.

MTV, which has focused more than Activision on selling additional songs online, recently announced that it had sold 15 million tracks, and sales are especially impressive for hard-rock bands. During the week in June when Motley Crue released Saints of Los Angeles,the first single from its new album, the song sold 14,000 copies on iTunes and 48,000 on Rock Band through Microsoft‘s Xbox Live network, said Allen Kovac, founder of the group’s management company and record label.

Perhaps more important, Rock Band is introducing young listeners to older bands they might not know. Mr. Kovac said that Motley Crue‘s exposure in the game helped it sell more albums because gamers spend significant time with the band’s music. “I credit Rock Band for bringing in the younger audience,” Mr. Kovac said. “The people who downloaded that song aren’tt just listening to it, they’re interacting with it.”

If this is where the music industry is heading, perhaps that’s a good thing. Now that the new or next generations of Rock Band and Guitar Hero allow gamers to compose their own music and share with others, how long will it be before bands release the unmixed tracks of their songs for these games? Players would then use their favorite artist’s songs as a basis for creating new music, and thus completely blurring the distinction between artist and listener.

Oh, and apparently the artists can make some money in the process.

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