^^^^UNDERGROUND SOUND^^^^

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June 27, 1997
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Editor: Camille Juliana
for best results, contact by Email: Mars Cat@aol.com

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Hello....

This is the LIGHTENING BUGS R CEWL Issue!!!!!

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Send your Demos/Promos (Tapes or CDs) to:

Underground Reviewer
c/o 13707 Rossburn Ave.
Hawthorne, CA  90250

(DO include bio. and contact info.).

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Article 1.  Indie DIY

WHATS UP?
I'M CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR ARTISTS BOTH INDIE LABEL AND UNSIGNED
TO FEATURE ON "UNDERGROUND HIP HOP" VOL. 3.
IF U HAVE ANY ARTISTS, CONTACT ME OR SEND MATERIAL TO:

UNDERGROUND SPOTLIGHT
C/O PAUL STONE
43 LINCOLN RD.
SUTTON, MASS.  01590

(508) 865-5007

MATERIAL SUCH AS... lp, ep, single, promo, demo, basement tape, freestyle or
beatbox sessions, live material, or even dj mixes..on tape, c.d., or vinyl
formats.

Sender: rocski@aol.com
Newsgroups: rec.music.hip-hop

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Article 2.  Bands on the Run-Unsigned Bands Uncovered

Hello music fans!!
If you like hard rock/rock/alternative music- You will love our home
page!!!!

Bands on the Run-Unsigned Bands Uncovered has now updated our page,
and it is better than ever!  Lots of exciting things to come in 1997!
If you have never been to our page, we review up and coming talent,
either unsigned or on indie labels.

If you are in a band or know someone who is, please forward them to
our page.  If you are interested in advertising on our page, or would
like to exchange links with us, please write us!

Plus, now we have teamed up with The Web magazine, and are giving you,
our readers, 2 FREE issues of this magazine!  All you have to do is go
to our homepage, click on the banner, and fill out the form with your
mailing address and they will be on their way to your home!  Come visit
us soon!

Bands on the Run- Unsigned Bands Uncovered
http://www.mindspring.com/~music4m/gina/bands.html

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Article 3.  CM

I apologize to anyone who has received this before.  It circulates so wide
I cannot always prevent repeats!

Howzit?

Since you are into underground music, I just wanted to let you know that
The Crass Menagerie is now an e-mail zine.  After three years and 23 issues
on paper, this popular and respected underground music newsletter is now
available through e-mail.

Simply send the message "subscribe" to jeb.branin@snow.edu and you will be
added to the mailing list.  Each week you will receive approximately one or
two e-mails with news, reviews,interviews, contests, and contacts from the
underground music scene.  Specialties are punk, hardcore, grind, metal,
power violence, death, noise,sludge, electronic, ambient, and pop.

If you are interested in having something reviewed in The Crass Menagerie
or want to be included in news releases, send the appropriate press
packages to The Crass Menagerie Route Box 23-3, Ephraim, UT 84627 USA.  If
you send something for review but don't want to subscribe be sure to let me
know that you would prefer tear sheets and whether you would like them sent
e-mail or real mail.

Hope to hear from you soon.  Support the underground and up with free zines!

Jeb
jeb.branin@snow.edu

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Article 4.  {{{{   MUSIC INDUSTRY CONFERENCE    }}}}

For those interested in music business, music and the Internet,
interactive multimedia and new technology plus legalities and commercial
realities, you won't want to miss our National Entertainment Industry
Conference held every two years in Sydney.

This year we are at the ABC Radio Centre August 1-2 and you can catch
details at our website on www.immedia.com.au/neic.

Or if you like paper via snail mail, we have a four page brochure we can
send you with registration and full details on speakers and topics.

PHONE: (02) 9557 7766

EMAIL  pr@immedia.com.au

FAX: (02) 9557 7788

...will get you whatever you need.

Cheers

PHIL TRIPP

       PHIL TRIPP           IMMEDIA!        SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA        

Email: tripp@immedia.com.au    Home Page  http://www.immedia.com.au  
     Mail address: 20 Hordern Street Newtown NSW 2042 AUSTRALIA      
    Phone (02) 9557 7766   FAX:(02) 9557 7788   Mobile (041) 226667  

      Creators of the Australasian Music Industry Directories and    
      Australian Sports Industry Directory. Home of IMMEDIA! PR      

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Article 5.  NEWS FROM WORLD DOMINATION

We here at World Domination are pleased to announce that we have entered
into an agreement with the UK label Swim. Based in London, Swim is owned
and run by original Wire member Colin Newman and ex-Minimal Compact bassist
Malka Spigel. The roster includes the jazzy break beats of Ronnie and
Clyde, the hard floor/techno of former LFO member Gez Varley operating as
G-Man, Cusp featuring Mark Gage/DJ Vapourspace, Japanese groovemeister
dol-lop, as well as Colin and Malka's outfit Immersion and their own solo
output.

The first USA domestic release from Swim on July 8th is the double cd (for
the price of one) Water Communication, a compilation featuring all the Swim
acts.  July 29th sees the release of Colin Newman's solo album Bastard,
followed Aug 12th by Malka Spigel's mini album Hide.  There will be more,
much more.......!

Under the same deal we will be releasing WMO a label that releases all
things Wire.  In August we will release domestically for the first time E
Graham Lewis' H.A.L.O. Immanent and the new He Said Omala, Catch Supposes
cds.  In October expect Wire Coatings, the first collection of unreleased
Wire circa 1985-90.  Also due is Dugga Dugga Dugga with an eclectic
selection of artists covering Wire's Drill - please send your versions for
consideration!!

In other news, Loop Guru release the first single form their current album
Amrita.  Entitled Sheik it includes four previously unreleased tracks.  Look
for their new video which will be aired on MTV's AMP any day now, plus we
will announce tour dates very soon.  As a reminder Loop Guru's cd Catalogue
of Desires is still available direct from the web,
http://imusic.com/features/loopguru and is not available in stores except
at import prices!!  For $10 you get the cd in a special box along with
photos, stickers and a cassette......a bargain.  You can also order it by
calling free 800 818 6377.  The new album Loop Eats Dog comes in October!!

Perfume Tree are in the studio working on the follow up to their current
album A Lifetime Away and on Sept 9th will release an ep entitled Tide's
Out.

Sugar Plant are back in Japan after a very successful 6 week jaunt around
the USA and are beginning work on the follow up to After After Hours.  In
the fall we will release their very groovy Trance Mellow ep.

Kristeen Young continues to tour in support of her World Domination debut
Meet Miss Young and her All Boy Band.

And on July 29th we release the debut cd Cascade from Richmond, VA's
Malacoda.  Cascade is a fabulous musical excursion and was recorded and
mixed by Ian Caple who recorded Tricky's Pre-Millenium Tension, to mention
one of the many cool albums that Ian's recorded!

And for you Europeans... look out for Penthouse and their debut WD release
Gutter Erotica... it rocks, we kid you not!!

World Domination Publicity
Dominate@netvoyage.net
http://imusic.com/worlddom

Check out our special offer... http://imusic.com/features/loopguru

World Domination featuring IPR, Swim, WMO, AE and Butcher's Wig fine
recordings!

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Article 6.  FREE WEB-BASED RESOURCE FOR MUSICIANS & REPS

                        The Wild Beet announces
                           G I G T R A D E R
                  A nation-wide musicians' resource
                       Available FREE on the web

Greetings, musicians and talent agents!  Joe Nickell here.  I am the web
editor for the Wild Beet, a live music & dinner club in Bloomington, IN.
This week, the Wild Beet premiered a new site on the web, called
GigTrader.  GigTrader is an on-line bulletin board where musicians, booking
agents, and venues around the country can post and respond to messages
regarding available performance opportunities and talent.

GigTrader is the only place on the web to build your fan base the
old-fashioned way: by getting GIGS.

WHO can use GigTrader?

        Anyone!  Wherever you are in the United States.  Musicians &
        Bands who need opening acts for scheduled performances; or who
        are looking for gigs to fill up their tour schedules.  Agents who
        need performers to pair with their own talent.  Booking Managers
        for venues, who need acts to fill their schedules.  GigTrader is
        your place to make that connection!

HOW MUCH does it cost?

        Not one thin dime.  GigTrader is a goodwill offering of the Wild
        Beet (http://beet.bloomington.com/), a venue that is dedicated
        to supporting the growth of live, original music.

WHAT do I do to sign up?

        Simply visit (http://beet.bloomington.com/webboards/wwwboard/
        wwwboard.html).  There you'll find more information about using
        GigTrader; and you can post your message... making your band or
        venue information instantly available to musicians and
        representatives across the country!

Happy Gigging!


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Article 7.  FUTUREWEAR by Daniel Eder

The first t-shirt from FUTUREWEAR is out.
click on this URL:

http://www.futurewear.com/tshirt.htm

check it out and leave a comment or two.
The picture is small on the front and
big on the back with FUTUREWEAR.

thanx to everybody who initially showed interest
in my clothing designs.

Daniel Eder

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Article 8.  Thanks...

Dear Friends:

I want to thank you for your support of the Rhythm Crew Web site.
Please keep passing the word to friends about our site.

Continue adding your charts to the top ten charts site at:
http://rcdj.com/djcharts.html
or just preview the basement at
http://rcdj.com/basement.html/

If you are looking for a Compact disc DJ for your club (anywhere),
just call me in the USA toll free (800) 773-7235, outside of the US at
(818) 999-2809.

Crash

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Article 9.  SKYDIGGERS - Desmond's Hip City


                    For Immediate Release

DROG is pleased to announce that the new Skydigger's CD, Desmond's
Hip City, will be released on July 2nd.  This is a co-venture between
the Skydiggers new label, Hip City City Records and DROG.  Canadian
distribution through Outside Music.  Bobby Gale will be handling the
radio promotion and publicity.  The first single "Only A Fool" is
at radio now.

The Skydiggers have a long history in an around Guelph that's starts
with their first ever "gig out of town" at the Albion.  Somewhere between
the Save The Rails benefit and Hillside Music Festival they met with
Lewis Melville (pedal steel) who along with his brother Tom (piano)
joined in on their first self titled GOLD record.  Lewis went on to tour
and played with the band for several years.  As well, the Skydiggers
have on occasion stopped by our recording studio to cut demos and
eat Lew's famous soups.

For more information Contact:

Bobby Gale  416-591-4762  * Radio Promotion and Publicity *

Jeff Maize 705-835-5491 * Manager *


Or contact me, Dave
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      DROG, P.0. #24062 Bullfrog, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, N1E 6V9
   Phone # (519)821-3551 fax (519)763-1332 Web - http://www.drog.com/drog
                         Email - dave@drog.com

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Article 10.

Review: Keep Surfin, Boyz!
Band: Insect Surfers
CD: "Death Valley Coastline" (1996)
F 6/27/97 by Camille Juliana (Mars Cat@aol.com)

I saw the Insect Surfers in D.C. way back in 1982, on a bill with
the Slickee Boys, an excellent D.C.-area surf punk band (which
still does annual reunions, BTW).  Then again at the closing of
the old 9:30 Club in D.C. on the last Friday the ol' club was
open: Dec. 29, 1995 (with a more than a few shows in-between that
13 year span, of course).  One of my treasured relics from the
old 9:30, in fact, is a cocktail napkin with a surfing mantis
that David Arnson, the lead singer, made out to me.  Very nifty.
In the old days, the Insect Surfers, who hailed, I believe from
Arlington, VA, were a singing band.  Now, they are part of what
is a fairly new genre to me: "Instro".  In other words, they
don't sing-- except for an occasional 'Whooooo!' or sampled vocal
bit.  I ran into David in L.A. recently.  I was surprised to
learn that the Insect Surfers moved out to L.A. about 10 years
ago.  We reminisced about the "old days", and he gave me his new
CD to review, which I am very happy to do.  It is very cewl to
have Insect Surfers in L.A., let me tell you.  And somehow, a
surf punk band is more appropriate out here.  (The Beach Boys
were from here, for cryin out loud).  Now, on to the present
review: as I mentioned, this CD is nearly purely instrumental.  
While the "instro" genre for me is not quite as "meaty" as vocal
music, (I like to sing along in my car, what can I say: something
has to get you through the L.A. traffic!), this stuff is wonderful.  
Surf punk has always been the perfect party music: reliably
upbeat and eternally fun.  Endless summer, indeed!  It is also the
ideal music for many other situations that require nice background
music, in which vocals could be interfering.  Such as a meeting
or a social gathering with people conversing.  Or, when you are
writing/studying/ruminating and need a less-invasive CD in order
to concentrate.  Musically, this CD is world class: the players
play well and artfully.  The instrumentation is comfortable and
confident.  The cuts are multi-layered and musically complex
enough to keep your interest.  With the absence of vocals, the
instruments take the place of voices, and the lead guitar is a
fine substitute for lead vocal.  Or, in one cut, a nice fat-
sounding sexy sax.  Oh, yeah.  The last track combines a lead
guitar and sax in a very fine harmony, ending in a baby-saxes-
gone-wild bit which sounds like several lil pterodactyls breaking
out of the shell and taking off in flight for the first time.
(Well, what can I say--this genre is more conducive to visual
imagery than more obvious in-your-face styles of music).  Song
structure differs from the standard Verse Chorus Verse format,
with themes evolving and following a natural progression rather
than using repetition as a device.  A few effects
(reverb/flanging/phasing/echo) and odd instruments are thrown in
for variety, including mandolin, sax, and something called a
bouzouki.  This CD will round out your musical collection nicely.
The Insect Surfers are: David Arnson & Dan Sullivan on guitar,
Dan Valentie (bass), and Jeff Utterback on drums.  A couple of
other contributors on individual tracks: Davie Allan, Mike
O'Neil, and Steve Bidrowski.  (Someone named Biz is credited with
playing rattlesnake on the cut "Diamondback", I think this is one
of those shaky percussion thing-a-majigs.  Did I mention I ate
rattlesnake road kill once?  We used to scoot the live ones off
the road.  Those timber rattlers are pretty mean-spirited
suckers.  Little did they know we were trying to save their thin
hides).  The Insect Surfers do shows in the L.A. area, and
occasionally I believe, elsewhere.  A very fun live band, take it
from an I.S. vet!  Contact/order information: Insect Surfers,
P.O. Box 661441, Los Angeles, CA  90066.  Their label is: Marlin
Records, run by David, same addy.  Nice cover art, also David--
organ pipes, if I am not mistaken, very psychedelic, Dude!

(By the way, Dear Readers, if you ever visited the old 9:30 Club
in D.C., write and tell me your story.  Let me know if you were a
one-timer, a "regular", what years you attended the 9:30, what
bands you saw, people you knew, any stories at all.  I am
particularly interested in how formative the 9:30 Club was for you
and for music in the region).

CJ=Mars Cat@aol.com

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Article 11.

Review: Tasty Drum 'n Bass!
Band:  KPAKPO (DJ)
Tape: Hard Factor 4: Rebuilt (1997?)
M 6/30/97 by Camille Juliana (Mars Cat@aol.com)

One of the pleasures of receiving demos to review is the unknown
element: you have no idea what you are going to get musically.
Occasionally, you get to hear music you are not totally familiar
with, or new styles and trends as they are developing.  I
received this tape to review, and was very pleasantly surprised.
This is a new genre for me: Drum 'n Bass.  I have heard of it, of
course, having some familiarity with most of the permutations of
techno: from jungle to gabber.  The trick with this type of
music, as with techno in general, is to use repetition to grab
the listener but simultaneously change and evolve the music
interestingly in one fluid development.  This tape treads that
thin line beautifully.  This stuff is probably closest to the
jungle genre of techno, but obviously, with a minimum of
instruments.  Prior to actually hearing this, I wondered if
merely a drum and a bass could fill the "song space"
sufficiently.  Well, if this tape is reflective of the genre in
general, it is not strictly drum 'n bass-- first of all, the
"bass" does not mean a bass guitar, it is actually what is
probably best described as "bass effects".  Secondly, there is a
nice layering of sampled bits, including vocals.  Don't forget,
also, that drums are multi-tiered, with kick drum, snares, and
many other percussion sounds.  The sound result is smooth and
sleek like a black panther.  That imagery is somewhat
intentional: there is a definite afro-American-element to the
music: sometimes jazzy, sometimes reggae, sometimes hip-hop, but
whichever way the breeze blows the sound produced is pleasantly
warm/cool or cool/warm like night in a steamy jungle.  More
instrumentation would seem excessive.  Drum n' bass as a style
ranges from high energy madness to calm and easy.  This
particular tape is fairly intermediate, but definitely leans
towards the easy groove.  Energized easy, you could say.  I tried
this tape with my headset and definitely recommend that method of
listening to it.  Also, though, this is the perfect tape for--
uh, romance.  Great late night music.

The 'Newsletter' that accompanied the tape was somewhat
confusing: there is a tape listed called Hard Factor 4: Wardance-
- KPAKPO.  I was able to gather that KPAKPO is the DJ.  But I am
not sure if this tape is the same as the one in the flyer because
the subtitle is different.  I am going try to call to clear up
the question before this goes to press-- but I am sure you can
wing it yourselves if you are interested.  The production company
is called "Substitution", a team of international DJs and MCs.
The company is out of Philadelphia, PA.  (Sorry, no addy or FAX
listed).  They can be contacted at (215) 618-1501.

CJ=Mars Cat@aol.com

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