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Dour Festival 2003

The Belgian alternative event - 10 to 13 July

Dour Festival takes place in the south of Belgium, near the French border. This year will mark its 15th edition and confirm its vocation to showcase the talent of as much quality independent artists as possible, in as much genres as possible over the course of 4 days.

Since we think Dour is a great festival, we are going to be there and try bringing you as much interviews as possible from the artists scheduled. To stimulate your imagination, we also decided to do this little special highlighting some of the bands that are going to play at the fest and that we, at musiquemachine, happen to appreciate a lot.

Thursday 10/07Venus, Miss Kittin, The Hacker, DJ Vadim & Russian Percussion, Herbaliser, Sofa Surfers (DJ set), Alec Empire (Gameboy Project), Andrew Weatherhall, Jamie Liddel, DJ Marky, Fabio, Peshay

Friday 11/07Clawfinger, King Crimson, Prong, Fishbone, Jaga Jazzist, Andy Fletcher (DJ set), Black Heart Procession, Daniel Johnston, M83, Mad Professor

Saturday 12/07The Melvins, Tomahawk, Femi Kuti, Black Dice, Bob Log 3, Maximilian Hecker, Trevor Jackson, Woven Hand, TTC, Kaspar Brotzmann & FM Einheit, Oxbow, The Ex

Sunday 13/07Stereo MC’s, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Rollins Band, Sparklehorse, Therapy?, 2 Many DJ’s, LCD Soundsystem, Yo La Tengo, Common, Beans, Cannibal Ox, dälek
Previous years have seen bands and artists such as Noir Désir, De la Soul, Young Gods, Therapy?, Blur, dEUS, Pulp, Rollins Band, Tool, Paradise Lost, Public Enemy, The Ramones, Asian Dub Foundation, Iggy Pop, Messhuggah, Ministry, Flaming Lips, Sisters of Mercy, Type O Negative, 16 Horsepower, Slayer, QOTSA, Einsturzende Neubauten, Fantômas, Alec Empire, Coil and George Clinton.

Many of them before they reached the height of their fame, proving that the people behind the event know how to spot the great bands of tomorrow. Scroll down to see what we think are the highlits of this year’s program.

Official website: http://www.dourfestival.be

All Reviews
- - In Tenebris Scriptus - A dark aural tribute to H
The name of Howard Phillips Lovecraft is firmly inscribed in the mass culture. The works of the great writer, the inventor of the Necronomicon and the Cthulhu Mythos, inspire filmmakers, artists, and musicians. It is difficult to say how many musical groups appealed to the work of Lovecraft and how many tributes have been made.

- Theory Of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents
Here we have the DVD/Blue-ray release of Theory of Obscurity- the rather wonderful & justifiable praised/ celebrated documentary about the mysterious sound & art collective known as The Residents. And just to clarify I’m reviewing the DVD version of the release- so I’ll be discussing the extras etc of this version of the release.

- For Bunita Marcus
I have never enjoyed the music of Morton Feldman.  His insistence on total emptiness and dissociated non-structures has never compelled me to attempt to find the meaning some would insist exists in his work.  This recording of pianist Lenio Liatsou playing one of Feldman's particularly obscure later works, "For Bunita Marcus", is the first music of Feldman's I have put the time in to carefully examine.

- Whatever Happened to Vileness Fats?/The Census Tak
Here we have a 2014 reissue of two soundtracks from  those mysterious sonic eccentrics & quirky genre mixers The Residents. The release takes in two OST from 1984, and they come in the form of Whatever Happened To Vilness Fats? (an edited version of the bands sprawling & never fully released film), and The Census Taker (a low grade black comedy/crime caper).

- Die Infektion Der Geburt
Einleitungszeit make dense & overloaded, but always atmospheric and nightmarish mix of; death industrial, noise, power electronics with grim cinematic undertones. This is this Slovakia five piece 24th releases in their 14 year career

- Suicide In Winters Moonlight
I’ve had a soft spot for Ensepulchred Mix of keyboard heavy almost  guitar stripped Black Metal, Horror film synth  grimness & electro noise since their excellent debut album in 06- So it’s a really treat to have another hit from them so soon.

- Descension
Descension is Aluk Todolo debut full length after a highly praised 7 inch and what a debut this is. For 37 minutes you tumbled through, get hypnotised and brutalised by this nightmarish, lo-fi , head-ripping and psychedelic black mind fuck.

- Submerged
Submerged is Phaenon (one Szymon Tankiewicz) opening shot of deep, heavy, and expansive dark ambience that as the title suggests is akin to being  submerged into an vast underground space or falling  down an endless tunnel.

- Outre'
Outre is a death metal nightmare with very gothic, Grand Guignol like & darkly theatrical surreal tendencies that bob like a headless corpse to the top of the audio water ever so often.

- Astral Orange Sunshine
Astral Orange Sunshine brings together four spacey and swirling electronic unfolds with a Merzbow favourite the EMS Synthi as the main sound generator here, but this for the most part stays noise free- with only the last track  diving into noise matter towards it’s middle.

- A History Of Time to come
Following on from the reissue of Sabbat’s second album, this their debut album gets similar treatment. With an extended booklet featuring old flyers/artwork and interviews ect,and extra tracks coming in the form of live version of four tracks from the album.

- Collection
Collection brings together a 7inch split between Wiese and wolf eyes, along with the tow very ltd American tapes cdr from 2003/04. All digitally re-mastered by Wiese in colour inlay from the original artwork. More than just a fan curiosity, this stands as some of both parties best work as collaborators and solo entities.

- Super Roots 3
Super roots 3 is the next in the series of reissues of The Boredoms experimental ep’s from 1994 to 1999 on the Very Friendly label. This like the others in the series was a experiment in different sound, that didn’t really fit in with things they were doing at the time.

- Human Animal
Human animal sees Wolf eyes taking  a more atmospheric and dread filled take on their sound; making an album that’s  full of shadowy shades and tints of  blood  reds. Where their last full length release on Sub pop Burned mind, felt like a brutal and crazed audio hammer attack with slight breathers. Human Animal feels like been caught in some hellish dungeon unsure what lies in wait for you or possible awaking  tied to a table unsure how you got here and all you can smell is  blood and decay.

- Recorder out of tune
Recorder out of tune is a collection of shudder inducing  nightmarish audio hiccups, gruelling stretches of bile inducing sound and sour tones. Which will have you teetering on the edge of sanity and sickness; this is prime noise  for unhinging minds.

- Turmeric
This is harsh, even by Merzbow standards. All the safety nets like beats, melody and structure, staying in one places for anytime, have all but gone and we are left with a black encrusted  grimy beast of an album.That from it’s first attack doesn’t , let go of your head and throat until near on 4 hours later.

Therapy? - Never Apologise Never Explain
With their tenth album Ireland's Therapy? are maybe even stronger now than they were a couple of years ago. Every album released has been compared to their intitial succes Troublegum from 1994. And honestly, none of them had the same impact on me as that one.

Black Dice - Creature Comforts
When they released their debut full-length two years ago, Black Dice emerged as one of the most talented bands around. Their subsequent tours made for mesmerizing performances, and they somehow found the time to record a few ep’s or 12”. Now, they are back with a new album, Creature Comforts.

M83 - DeadCities, RedSeas and LostGhosts
This galaxy is sometimes called the "Southern Pinwheel". It forms a small physical group with the peculiar radio galaxy Centaurus A (NGC 5128) and the unusual galaxy NGC 5253 in Centaurus. R. Brent Tully also lists the following smaller and fainter presumable (or possible) members of this group: NGC 4945, NGC 5102, NGC 5164, NGC 5408, ESO 381-20 (MCG-6-28-017; 1243-33), ESO 324-24 (MCG-6-30-003; 1324-41), ESO 444-84 (MCG-5-32-000; 1334-27), ESO 325-11 (1342-41), and ESO 383-87 (MCG-6-30-025; 1346-35).

Tomahawk - Mit Gas
The attention Tomahawk got after the release of their self-titled debut album (reviewed here) was amazing. I went to see them live in Amsterdam and the place was packed.

Therapy? - High Anxiety
A couple of years ago I sold my old Therapy? albums, the classics Troublegum and Infernal Love. I still don't really know what I was thinking, I didn't need the money and the albums certainly weren't bad. Actually, over the years I've been thinking a lot about them.

King Crimson - The Power To Believe
King Crimson has been around, on and off, since 1969. They represent ‘prog-rock’, something which makes many serious (punk)-rockers shudder. Which is fine by me, they go shudder and listen to the White Stripes while I enjoy the second full length album by King Crimson ‘level five’.

Beans - Tomorrow Right Now
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the wonderful world of BEANS, aka Mr. Ballbeam. Hip-hop rebel. Wordsmith extraordinaire. Sonic architect. Fashion renegade. Published poet. Culture star.

Black Dice - Beaches & Canyons
Black Dice's Beaches And Canyons has been released already some months ago in the U.S. by DFA Records and if I just followed the enormous press response there, this album is bound to receive a high score. But I don't intend to follow Rolling Stone, The Wire, Pitchfork or the New York Times without an in-depth analysis of this disc.

Dälek - From filthy tongue of gods and griots

Discovered on a February night, Dälek brought some happiness in what had been a very bad 24 hours for me. Opening for Tomahawk, they caught me off-guard with a very heavy set and then revealed themselves as being very nice, down-to-earth blokes, deserving everybody’s attention.


Melvins + Fantômas - Millennium Monsterwork
For an experimental band as Fantômas, they sure are popular these days. After the cult soundtrack cover album "The Director's Cut" the band toured a lot and gained popularity.

Jaga Jazzist - A Livingroom Hush
Electronic jazz, future jazz, fusion jazz, nu-jazz, post-jazz, post-rock, pop, lounge, avant-garde, drum 'n' bass... Call it what you like. Norwegian 10 piece big band Jaga Jazzist uses all these styles without losing a grip on the music itself.

Tomahawk - s/t
After the very succesful Fantômas album, 'The Director's Cut', Mike Patton returns with his new project Tomahawk.

King Crimson - VROOOM VROOOM
"Energetic, impracticable, a nightmare of possibilities & opportunities and a logistical horror of complexity". Fripp's words about the double trio version of King Crimson display the mixed feelings this line-up evokes.

Fantômas - The Directors Cut
After the really hard to swallow first Fantômas album "Amenaza Al Mundo", the band with Dave Lombardo (Grip Inc, ex-Slayer), Mike Patton (Mr Bungle, ex-Faith No More), Buzz Osborne (Melvins) and Trevor Dunn (Mr Bungle) release "The Directors Cut".

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Sorted Articles
Jaga Jazzist - North is the place
In the matter of a couple of years, Jaga Jazzist have become one of the hottest upcoming acts in European independent music. Now signed on Ninja Tune, the ten piece, renowned for their fabulous live performances, seem ready for great things worldwide with releases in the States and rumours of live dates in Japan.

Black Dice - Between Faust and Justin Timberlake?
Black Dice released one of the most interesting albums of 2003 in Beaches and Canyons (review here). Quite known for their thrilling live shows, I made my way to their gig in Belgium in early May and had a few words with Aaron Warren (vocals & electronics).

dälek - From the filthy tongue of dälek...
Now signed on Ipecac, dälek have just released their second full-length, From filthy tongue of gods and griots an album full of mind-blowing, unique hiphop songs, certainly one of the albums of the year.

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