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ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION, LUNZ, EZ3KIEL, DJ SPOOKY

it was only a matter of time before the record industry decided to get serious about copyright infringement on mp3 blogs. i believe – and hopefully you do too – that mp3 blogs provide a gateway to music for their readers. by downloading 1-2 tracks from an artist from an mp3 blog, you’re encouraged to find out more and perhaps buy an album. if the volume of email i receive from independent labels and bands is any indication, then this would appear to be a service in ...

CARLOS LIBEDINSKY, NOVALIMA, CALAMALKA, JENS LEKMAN

it’s hard getting back into the groove after new year, especially when sydney has just exploded with touring bands, festivals, film events and so much more. january in sydney is when most of the year’s major cultural events happen, both high brow and low brow. last week i caught the wonderful philip glass and his orchestra playing a live simultaneous score to the classic ‘koyanasqatsi’, plus the opening international program in the flickerfest short film festival. ...

ANCIENT MITH, PETER BJORN & JOHN, HALF COUSIN, UNCUT

happy new year to y’all. the start of a year is always a good time to blow out the cobwebs, tear down the walls, kick out the jams (or the chairs) – hope you can find some space to do at least one of those things this week… ANCIENT MITH [US: COLORADO] bloody flags (remix feat. demune & the mole) mp3 kicking off 2005 with a whole roster of artists to get your bandwidth crackling over at motionrecordings.com. i was lead there by the excellent album from mattr and ...

Can, Airborn Audio, Ming, Boom Bip, Tiefschwarz, Coppe, Autechre

for today’s mp3 smorgasbord, i’m rounding up some of the links that have been sitting brooding, quietly at the back, and have yet to make it onto the blog. before that though, a heads up to irmin schmidt from can (pictured top left) who i interviewed on today’s show… CAN [GERMANY] oh yeah (from ‘tago mago’) mp3 pinch (from ‘ege bamyasi’) mp3 when introducing the irmin schmidt interview today, i went so far as to say that anyone making music ...

Konono No.1, DJ Rupture, Magneta Lane, Pitch Black, Sitjn

monday morning (yawn) … up with the worm-catchers to bring you some mp3s from yesterday’s show. next sunday, if you’re a sydney-sider, then get close to yr li’l radio box as i’ll be ending the year with a special treat – fat planet meets IRMIN SCHMIDT, founding member of the legendary german krautrock pioneers CAN. tune in from 3pm on sunday 19th for this rare interview and tracks from newly re-issued CAN albums. KONONO NO.1 [CONGO] (pictured) ditshe ...

Shank, Singapore Sling, Miss Kittin & The Hacker, Cobra Killer

mp3s from artists (or their associates…) who featured on this week’s show >> SHANK [GERMANY] oust mp3 my guest today was germany’s burnt friedman (pictured) – an artist whose experiments in genres range from dub, jazz and latin to techno, ambient and more. two of his projects stand out – burnt friedman and the nu dub players and his collaboration with uwe schmidt (aka atom heart / senor coconut) on flanger, released through ninja tune. unfortunately for ...

Shithouse

this sunday, i’m DJing at the inaugral night of ‘shithouse’ – a new club / gathering curated by fbi’s jack shit. also in attendance will be a few other good folk from fbi – dj soup aka john blake, emily from roundabout, dubmeister tim ritchie and curly dan zilber in his dj debut. JJJ’s robbie buck will be along to give the radio theme a national sarong. from 5pm til late at spectrum, oxford street, darlinghurst, sydney.

Akira Rabelais, Harold Budd

a good opportunity to place catch up with two people that have stumbled through the fat planet dimension of late… AKIRA RABELAIS [US: TEXAS] (pictured) pleure de le voir gai comme un oiseau des bois mp3 + HAROLD BUDD [US: CALIFORNIA] pantomime [with zeitgeist] mp3 a large thanks to david sylvian‘s samadhi sound for sending fat planet copies of their two new releases – akira rabelais‘ ‘spellewauerynsherde’ and harold budd‘s ‘avalon ...

Hexes & Ohs, Styrofoam, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Balun, White Hole, The MFA

here we are again, another week in international music-land. playlist for yesterday’s radio show can be found right here and what follows is a slew of likely contenders who muddled their way on-air during our 120 minute round-the-world excursion >> HEXES AND OHS [CANADA] (pictured) alive until saturday night mp3 thanks to mystery and misery for turning me onto these guys, a rare fusion that takes the all the most electrifying parts of the electro-rock-post-punk boom, and mixes ...

Gonzales, Adam, Bang Gang, Kiiiiiii!, Mui

we’re going for a more pared back, less electronic post today. if you download one tune from this post, don’t look past the japanese. it’s a joy to behold. GONZALES feat FEIST [CANADA] lovertits mp3 i played a track today (‘mushaboom’) from leslie feist‘s album, ‘let it die’ – the album was co-produced by gonzales, which seems a little uncharacteristic. we’re talking alt.folk from the man who spent a great deal of the last few ...

Sex In Dallas, Phonique, Apparat, Electric Eel Shock

after a little break in proceedings, the blog is back on the regular mp3 hunt. this week – a trio with a german electronic flavour, rounded off with great rock n roll, japanese style. all of these artists appeared on today’s fat planet radio show – click here for playlist. SEX IN DALLAS [FRANCE] berlin rocks (manix remix) mp3 sex in dallas are a three piece from france who, according to their bio, set out to make music that avoided the by-now over familiar french sound of ...

MP3 Spring Cleaning – Part Two

and in the continuing spirit of ‘spring cleaning’ (see last post for the full rites of spring clearout…), here some other bits & pieces from emails received that i would have liked to editorialise, but didn’t find the time. IT’S A TRAP VOL.1 top quality scandanavian indie compilation STRANGELY FAMILIAR music production collective PSYCHEDELIC AVENGERS german psych-pop artist site THE HARVEY GIRLS new music from a band featured in a previous post THE ...

MP3 Spring Cleaning

it’s spring cleaning time at fat planet HQ… which means that i’ve finally got to reconcile myself to the fact that i am never going to get through the huge list of bookmarks i have accumulated and turn them into worthwhile posts. as much as i’d like to, it’s just not going to happen. which means, it’s time to hammer your bandwidth. below is a long list of mp3s, artist pages, label below is a long list of mp3s, artist pages, label sites and portals – ...

Kim Hiorthoy, Jens Lekman, Annie

first up, thanks to a couple of people who helped make this week’s show a cut above the norm – namely fbi’s emily farrell for her interview with sigmatropic (see last post for more info and mp3). catch’s emily’s show roundabout every monday at 10pm. and double-thanks to another fbi trooper, jules thomas, for calling in with a live report from the icelandic airwaves festival in reykjavík. currently making her way round europe, she called at 5am her time, so i ...

Gutevolk, Sigmatropic, Nitin Sawney

GUTEVOLK [JAPAN] (pictured) sora mp3 a beautfiul piece of scattered alt.folk-pop from japan, seemingly borrowing rythyms from jazz / electronica (in places reminiscent of norway’s jaga jazzist) but all played ‘organically’. gutevolk is a solo project from vocalist hirono nishiyama, one time collaborator with famed japanese electronic / experimental producer nobukazu takemura. gutevolk hails from a japanese label called happy (introduced to me by swen’s weblog), who ...

Meeting The Neighbours – Fat Planet Interview at The Tofu Hut

Huge thanks to New Jersey’s Tofu Hut for tracking me down for an interview for their blog. Check it out at tofuhut.blogspot.com and reposted below: Fat Planet is another in the Radio Babylon school of linking to “artists’ sites, labels or other legitimate sources” but F.P. is a bit more aspirant: offering itself as a de facto aggregator/taste filter of all manner of international music and then indexing the tracks by country. Recent offerings include songs ...

Fat Planet – Year One Mixtape

To celebrate the first anniversary of the Fat Planet radio show on FBi 94.5FM, I’ve pulled together some of my favourite free downloads from the last year and compiled them into this mixtape. Underneath the track listing, there’s a quote taken from the blog. I still regularly return to the closer – the Sixtoo track featuring Damo Suzuki – a sensational piece of both respectful and revisionist kosmiche rock from hip hop boy Vaughn Squires. Burn a little silver disc ...

Machinedrum, Omzo, Slam Revolution, Cyne

MACHINEDRUM [U.S.] $$legs mp3 mltply mp3 i’m new to these guys, but the ever-helpful (and wallet-loosening) bleep.com describes their last album (‘now you know’) as a release “that helped define the digital/cutup hip hop sound”. and there’s infinite shades of early funkstorung in there – i adore the germans’ ‘additional productions’ release from way back, it was a genuine eye-opener for me, in that i’d never heard anything ...

Slowly Minute, Eedl, Gotan Project

SLOWLY MINUTE [JAPAN] a constellation and shooting stars mp3 produced by japanese electronic artist nobukazu takemura, slowly minute might seem like it drifts into territory once occupied by air and their ilk. thankfully, there’s no “lounge beats” here, this is much more wayward + haphazard and all the more interesting for it. often the beats, the ideas and the instrumentation don’t match – creating what should be a aural disaster, but instead blends together ...

Juana Molina, Think Twice, Ulrich Schnauss

JUANA MOLINA [ARGENTINA] tres cosas mp3 yet another tune from folktronica artist, juana molina – this is the title track from her album ‘tres cosas’. i’ve almost completly emptied the cupboard of juana’s free downloads here on this site and played probably more tracks of hers that many other artists on the show. perhaps this posting brings the juana fan club to a close for the time being. check out the new issue of the wire for an interview. [site] THINK ...

New Radio Show – The Prototype

fellow fbi comrade, dan zilber, and i kick off a new radio show tonight on australia’s comradsat at 7pm called the prototype. comradsat is a satellite network and digital delivery system which allows independent radio stations across the country to select and playback programs to broadcast in their own regions. programs can either be played live, or recorded for later playback. so now you know. the premise of the show is essentially ‘new releases in dance, electronica and hip ...