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Information: Even living in the wastelands of the United States, I found electronic music. I got into it in the mid 90s, first hooked on Dorsetshire, The Prodigy and an odd variety of more aggressive sounds, then I found Moonshine's Happy 2b Hardcore (thanks to the packaging) and Scooter. After that, I found Black Dog's album Spanners, and and Coldcut's Let Us Play!. I took it all in, and now I've found my way into drum'n'bass, noise, ambient, and a whole slew of other things. Then I found discogs, and lost track of the days. Yes, electronic music is good.



SinFest is good, too.

Some folk seemed to think I have the sense and time to spend criticizing submissions, so I'm a moderator of both Electronic and Rock, though I'm still in a minor state of flux, and don't mote nearly often enough.

Notes on Wanted Records:
I'm a cheap blighter, so I most likely will ignore your offers. I consider my wantlist more of a reminder of music I like but haven't found yet. My key method of acquiring music is via used bins and some eBaying (it's like speculating in a gold rush .. without the grimy conditions and fears of starvation, but retaining some of that maddened rush for a possibly limited good of unknown value).

If you have an eBay auction : make sure it's something I actually want, and that it's cheap ($3 for a single, $5-7 for an album, more for epic pieces - convert currencies here if you don't know how stingy I am =)

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Discogs users who I bought from:
gumonthepants: bought 1 CDsingle, it was shipped quickly and well-packaged - he's a good chap in my book.

Discogs users I sold to:
John Rocco bought a live CDr from me, was prompt to pay and was quite polite. I approve of this user.
Recent Activity
posted a review of Buck 65 - Square. over 9 years ago
Though in Buck 65's own review of this album he says that you should "(i)gnore the first five and a half minutes of this record," it's a good introduction to "new" sound of Mr. Terfry. Here is his first album that includes human accompaniment on real ... See full review
posted a review of DJ Pleasure (2) - In The Dark / The Cube. over 9 years ago
There really isn't much to say about this. Maybe I'm stuck in the older veins of DnB, but this sounds like repetitive, dark, tekkie stuff. The Cube has some movie samples from the 2007 Transformers movie - "Before time began, there was the cube. But all ... See full review
posted a review of Girl Talk. over 9 years ago
Gregg Gillis makes music that makes you think. Not in the sense that classical music is supposed to make you smarter, but in the sheer speed and fragmentation of his music. He is a purveyor of Plunder-phonics to the highest level, with the utmost craft. ... See full review
posted a review of Burial (2). over 9 years ago
Not to be confused with the dubstep artist, this Burial is a mysterious creator of dark lo-fi drone/ambient music. Nothing fantastic, but nothing terrible. Mid-quality drone, with a vaguely industrial edge.

At first I thought this Burial might be ... See full review
posted a review of Muscles - Guns Babes Lemonade. over 9 years ago
Ridiculously poppy, upbeat music with layered vocals (often vocoded) over synths and electro and beats. Sometimes sounding like 80s electro revival, sometimes like something you should hear in a sweaty club full of trendy kids, and sometimes you just ... See full review
posted a review of S3RL - Neon Genesis. over 9 years ago
Part of me wants to love this, but I'm really not a hard house/ hardcore fan. But I am easily sold on samples, like the ones from the 1990s anime series "Neon Genesis Evangelion," which add a lot to this track. It starts off pounding, with some sampled ... See full review
posted a review of Stardust / 88.3 - Music Sounds Better With You / Wishing On A Star. over 9 years ago
While you could consider this to be more on the pop end of the drum'n'bass spectrum, I wouldn't necessarily say that's a bad thing. Stardust is, well, Stardust, and the track feels mostly like a fairly solid DnB remix of "Music Sounds Better With You." ... See full review
posted a review of Blu Mar Ten - Everglades. over 10 years ago
After listening to this EP like a fiend, I have a more mixed review of it. True, the tracks are mostly great, but as the duo stated themselves, they're still new at their craft.

Everglades evokes just that - exotic sounds woven into dense drum'n'bass, ... See full review
posted a review of Robert Miles - Children. over 10 years ago
"If all the children of the world held each others hands, they'll be giving off such a strength that all the walls of hate, war, and racism. Children know, understand, and believe, that there will be more, love and peace, for eternity, love and peace, ... See full review
posted a review of Diddy* & Felix Da Housecat - Jack U vs. I'll House You. over 10 years ago
If you've just picked this up, or are thinking of listening to it, play the Hell mix first. It's a serious piece of work, very much in DJ Hell's vein of work. Deep beats, lighter electronics overlaid (sounding very much like Kraftwerk at moments), and of ... See full review
posted a review of Frank Black Francis - Frank Black Francis. over 11 years ago
This is a very keen set, contrasting the lone Black Francis and his guitar with Frank Black and weird production. The demo CD features The Pixies known tracks in singer/songwriter format, with Black Francis alone on guitar, in an echoing room. I can ... See full review
posted a review of Opius - Dog Tired / Midnight Hour. over 11 years ago
This is a decend set of dark, heavy drum'n'bass tunes with vocal samples playing heavily into the tracks. While they sound quite similar, I prefer the b-side, perhaps for Vincent Price, or the track features better production. If you the creepier side of ... See full review
posted a review of Spectrum (5) - Paradise. over 11 years ago
This is some beautiful oldskool atmospheric drum'n'bass. "Paradise" samples Future Sound Of London's "Papua New Guinea," nearly a decade before the slew of remixes in 2003 by High Contrast and the like. This vision of it is a lot more minimal than the ... See full review
posted a review of Andy Votel - Styles Of The Unexpected. over 11 years ago
This is one of the most pleasant half hours of music I have stumbled upon. While primarily a downtempo album, influences of hip-hop (tracks 1 & 4), brit pop (tracks 3 & 7), 1960s twee pop (track 2), and even blues (track 4) seep through, accompanied by ... See full review
posted a review of The Joe Beats Experiment* - Presents Indie Rock Blues. over 11 years ago
This is a really impressive and fun mixset. Apparently, the tunes were selected by C.W. Roelle and Joey Beats, accordin. I see C.W. is something of a poor college-radio indie-rock dork who went to a lot of shows and didn't eat enough (he chose buying ... See full review
posted a review of The Rapture - Mirror. over 11 years ago
I first heard The Rapture with their second mini-album, "Out Of The Races And Onto The Tracks" (Subpop, SPCD 505), enjoying it in passing. I didn't know much of the bands roots, until I found this, their first mini-album. It's rough, but the basis of the ... See full review
posted a review of P-Love - All Up In Your Mind. over 11 years ago
I picked this up on a whim, not knowing much of P-love's sound on albums. I saw him live with Kid Koala on tour, so thought he might fit in that realm, with some of the Bully-sound hip-hoppery influence. I wasn't exactly off, but there's ... See full review
posted a review of Ben Sage. over 11 years ago
Call me a lover of pop music, but I really like Ben Sage's work. Sure, in some lights he might be making Drum'n'Bass more "accessible" with soft female vocals, some trance-like melodies wafting through, but there are still ominous, growling basslines and ... See full review
posted a review of Blu Cantrell / Daft Punk - Breathe / One More Time (Remixes). over 11 years ago
This is a lovely little record, but it's all about the A-side. Wildchild & Damage make the R&B tune into something wicked from the very start. Everything works - the build-up, the break-downs, the vocals meshed with new beats. Everything. Blu Cantrell's ... See full review
posted a review of Hawke - Love Won Another. over 11 years ago
I really wanted to like this album, but I couldn't get past the feeling this is a pop "world-beat" album. True, it's better than so many mediocre world-beat productions I've heard (guitars, vaguely tribal/ African/ Latin percussion sounds, possibly some ... See full review
posted a review of Daedelus - The Household EP. over 11 years ago
Part of this EP started as the 2002 theme to the Los Angeles radio show Spaceways on KPFK 90.7FM, which was comprised of a medely of Daedelus songs, including "Busy Signal." Scott Herren (aka Prefuse 73) heard it, and told the show host and Eastern Dev. ... See full review
posted a review of Tim 'Love' Lee* - Confessions Of A Selector. over 11 years ago
This album is a great collection of funky breaks, semi-dated house sounds, some downtempo tunes, retro electro-funk, and odd samples. At times I'm reminded of reworked disco classics, then other times older Chemical Brothers tunes come to mind. The album ... See full review
posted a review of Squarepusher - Budakhan Mindphone. over 11 years ago
There are some albums to buy for one song, and this could be one of those. It's not that the rest lack beauty, but that Iambic 5 Poetry is brilliant. This is a rare song which I can enjoy after hearing repeated for hours - the blend of drums, bass, ... See full review
posted a review of µ-Ziq - Ease Up. over 11 years ago
Knowing the past works of Mike Paradinas, you can't really say this is an odd record, just not what you'd generally think when you hear "µ-Ziq." The title track is pure oldschool drum'n'bass, full of breakdowns and backspins, and some very well known ... See full review
posted a review of Nine Inch Nails - The Hand That Feeds (DFA Remixes). over 11 years ago
The recent round of remixes for Nine Inch Nails have been odd, and this might be the capstone. Photek's remixes were more fitting of the pop-industrial image of NIN than these disco-house reworkings, but I am getting rather hooked on these. If you don't ... See full review
posted a review of Frankie Bones - Inside The Silverbox EP. over 11 years ago
Perhaps not totally my cup of tea, but I'd consider this EP half really good, half a bit flat and poorly aged a decade later. The poor half are the first two tracks, which are rather flat and the repetition is dull. Maybe my attention span has gone down ... See full review
posted a review of Play Paul - Love Song. over 11 years ago
There's something infectious about this song - the structure is simple, the vocals could be by a mate of yours, but it really makes me bounce. The overall grungy, acidic texture to the song and rough quality to the vocals work really together well. I've ... See full review
posted a review of Audio Bullys Featuring Nancy Sinatra - Shot You Down. over 11 years ago
I wasn't nearly as impressed as I wanted to be. The original Nancy Sinatra song was more interesting, though the vocals are well spliced with the new beats. Lee Cabrera's remix adds more stutter and an almost broken beat tech-house feel to the original, ... See full review
posted a review of Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth. over 12 years ago
Perhaps Trent is getting older (when wearing a black sweater in past photo shoots, he has looked rather like a soccer mom), or perhaps the substance abuse has caught up with him. Or perhaps he just listened to the radio a bit too much and his brain's ... See full review
posted a review of Marilyn Manson / Nine Inch Nails - New Shit / Closer (Remixes). over 12 years ago
Two mediocre-to-decent remixes from John B - neither really grabbed me. The Marilyn Mansion track started off like it would be a dark dnb tune, then the original song came into view and I got bored. The Nine Inch Nails remix lacks the same level of ... See full review
posted a review of The Dresden Dolls - A Is For Accident. over 12 years ago
This falls just shy of absolutely great on a few points. First, some tracks are poorly mastered - the vocals are fairly muted or the levels are a bit wonky. Then there are some weaker songs, which I think were wisely cut from the debut studio album. ... See full review
posted a review of Luke Slater - Alright On Top. over 12 years ago
My first taste of Slater was from his video for All Exhale. I bought that album, and it was awesome - techno and breaks and brilliance. So I was excited to hear that he had a new album out. I got it and I was confused.

After returning to this album ... See full review
posted a review of The Sandpipers (2) - Mighty Mouse. over 12 years ago
This is a rather odd promotional item, supposedly sent out to hype up the Andy Kaufman movie "Man On The Moon," and somehow found its way to many US college radio stations (where I first heard about it).

The A side is the original cartoon theme song, ... See full review
posted a review of IQU - Sun Q. over 12 years ago
This album is a let-down for me. I first saw IQU live in 2000, and I thought they were AMAZING. I bought Chotto Matte A Moment! on the spot, and I really like that album. Then there was a rather long hiatus, with a remix single and the promise of a new ... See full review
posted a review of The Postal Service - We Will Become Silhouettes. over 12 years ago
For me, this is the least impressive of the three singles from "Give Up." I'll start and say that Silhouettes wasn't my favorite track from the album, but it is by no means bad.

From here, Be Still My Heart is a happy little "I just fell in love" ... See full review
posted a review of Rhygin / Tester - Destroy Dem / Anytime. over 12 years ago
These are two wicked tunes, but the prime cut is most definitely Destroy Dem. Stutter-quick drums and a dark mood mesh quite well with the vicious ragga-style vocalist. The only weak point is the ending, which just peters out.

The flip-side is just a ... See full review
posted a review of . over 12 years ago
I first heard of RJD2 as the producer for Deadringer, but followed him ahead to future works for himself and others. At first I thought he was a great instrumental producer, but "Since We Last Spoke" really expanded upon the first set of sounds. I can't ...
posted a review of DJBrain + Fee.nix-z - Tear-Red / Woody. over 12 years ago
This is a really solid single. The A-side is a tech-step piece, and my favorite of the two. Jump in a about two minutes, and it takes off, with some nice vocals, though a bit too fragmentary to sing along with.

The AA side is a bit thin. It's in the ... See full review
posted a review of Depeche Mode - Dream On. over 12 years ago
The only points of real interest on this promo single are the exclusive Pink Noise remixes. They are the most "club friendly" mixes of Dream On, but otherwise not too exciting. The rest of the remixes have better availability.
posted a review of Anabolic Frolic - Happy 2b Hardcore. over 12 years ago
This was my introduction to Happy Hardcore, and I picked it up on a whim, my eye caught by the neon yellow-tinted package. The sheer non-stop, giddy energy in this CD, along the great song selection and mixing, have made this one of the few mix CDs I am ... See full review
posted a review of Death In Vegas - Dead Elvis. over 13 years ago
This is a pretty good album, with rather a good bit of variety. <b>Dirt</b> was the mainstream US radio hit, featuring some odd live show samples (<i>"It's a free concert from now on</i>..") and generally pretty rockin'. The rest of the album ranges from ... See full review
posted a review of Wagon Christ - London Is A Country (The Remixes). over 13 years ago
The glowing single was released on Electro Bunker Cologne, and featured an untitled b-side. I don't believe this release was OK'd by Luke Vibert unfortunately, but the music is still quite nice.
posted a review of Radiohead - There There. over 13 years ago
The a-side is the usual unusual Radiohead, but the b-side is the gem. Play this for anyone who doesn't know Thom Yorke's distinct vocals, and they wouldn't guess it was Radiohead. The song starts off a bit like a spooky <a ... See full review
posted a review of Wolfsheim. over 13 years ago
Not sure about "pop," but the old Wolfsheim was more moody gothic synth than straight electronic. Recently they've gone more towards electronics. Their latest album (Casting Shadows) and following tour had a lot more electronics, and not just synth. ... See full review
posted a review of Blockhead - Music By Cavelight. over 13 years ago
When I saw Blockhead live, I picked up this 2CD set, and was quite happy after the fact. To be honest, I hadn't heard of this chap before his set. I was a bit confused why he played a couple Aesop Rock tracks during his show, and now I know why ... See full review
posted a review of Basement Jaxx - Kish Kash. over 13 years ago
This album, while full of dance tunes, seems to be aimed at the home audience. There aren't any really long tracks, and you can listen to the album straight through, and it flows, versus albums which seem to be cobbled together from singles.

In ... See full review
posted a review of The Postal Service - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight. over 13 years ago
With their second single, T.P.S. get remixed, and take their turn covering someone else.

<i>DJ Downfall</i> strips the song down, then adds a beat and new electronics, but keeps to the original feel. <i>John Tejada</i> was the reason I picked this ... See full review
posted a review of The Postal Service - Such Great Heights. over 13 years ago
Odd that the first release of The Postal Service featured covers from a not-yet-out album, but that's what they did. <b>Such Great Heights</b> is from their debut album . <b>There's Never Enough Time</b> is a nice quiet song, very much in the vein of ... See full review
posted a review of Falcon - Roller Coaster (Album Sampler). over 13 years ago
While it's true that the <b>Macros VIP</b> is a beaut, the original is a true gem. Originally a very mellow jazzy roller, the VIP adds additional techy overlays and what seem like unnecessary beats. The Sharon Apple/Akino Arai vocals are still intact, ... See full review
posted a review of Cleveland Lounge - Drowning. over 13 years ago
This is a great single, if mainly for the drum'n'bass remixes. The remixes by Micro and Joshua Ryan are decent, but when the collection starts off with Dave Audé's furious drums, the mood is set. Both Audé and AK1200 set frantic yet melancholy tones, ... See full review