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Bill Laswell’s Method Of Defiance returns with “Dub Arcanium Arcandrum”

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Method Of Defiance returns with
“Dub Arcanium Arcandrum”

Remix and dub style versions of tracks culled from the Method Of Defiance albums “Jahbulon” & “Incunabula” featuring remixes from Scientist, Prefuse 73, Mad Professor, SubCode, Dr. Israel, MRC Riddims (the production/DJ team of Oktopus (dalek) & MRC (from Ifwhen & All Natural Lemon & Lime Flavors), Perdurabo 6 and Bill Laswell
Method Of Defiance
“Dub Arcanium Arcandrum”

October 11, 2011
MOD Technologies
File under: Rock, Dub, Roots, Reggae,
Dancehall, Drum and Bass, Electronica
MOD Technologies

On October 11, Bill Laswell’s MOD Technologies presents the brand new Method Of Defiance release, “Dub Arcanium Arcandrum.” This new album offers remix and dub style versions of tracks that originally appeared on the 2010 Method Of Defiance albums “Jahbulon” & “Incunabula” and features remixes from Scientist, Prefuse 73, Mad Professor, SubCode, Dr. Israel, MRC Riddims (the production/DJ team of Oktopus (dalek) & MRC (from Ifwhen & All Natural Lemon & Lime Flavors), Perdurabo 6 and Bill Laswell.

In October 2010, Bill Laswell launched his brand new M.O.D. Technologies label with “Jahbulon” the first in a series of three releases from the group Methods Of Defiance – the collaborative project featuring vocalists Dr. Israel and Hawkman, legendary bassist/producer, Bill Laswell, keyboardist / Funkadelic – icon, Bernie Worrell, post-modern / futurist drummer Guy Licata, Toshinori Kondo and DJ Krush. The music is a blend of Rock, Dub, Roots, Reggae, Dancehall, Drum and Bass, Electronica and reflects the eclectic words from which each Methods Of Defiance artist floats in.

The second of three releases came in the way of “Incunabula” (instrumental versions of “Jahbulon”) while the series closes out with radical new interpretations of the tracks on “Dub Arcanium Arcandrum.” Scientist starts it off with a retouching of the single “One World” and later reenters with a ganja smoked up “Herb is Burnin”(dub style, of course), & he tosses a disordered ordered mix at the end to make it all fair. Prefuse 73 pushes his space-age hip hop way in, via the future, with his take on a piece from “Incunabula” (and you thought the original was out). Mad professor stumbles in dubbin’ his ass off. SubCode, a Moroccan remixer we have been chasing for a while, remixes as if his life depended on it, the Hawk track “Do or Die”.

Dr Israel remixes two tracks, one of his and one of Hawk’s and this is something we wish he would do more of, the man can remix, damn it. MRC Riddims, the production/DJ team of Oktopus (dalek) & MRC (from Ifwhen & All Natural Lemon & Lime Flavors) join in with a reshaping of “Elijah’s Lament” done all Krooklyn style. Bill Laswell not to be upstaged, contributes two mixes from Incunabula, a dub out and an ambient version of “Quantum Echo”. Perdurabo 6, via the Basque speaking part of Spain, gives his almost 6 minute take on “One World” quite pleasant, really.


01 One World Dub – Scientist
02 Encode Armour Feed Version 1 – Prefuse 73
03 Elijah’s Lament Mad Professor Mix – Mad Professor
04 Do or Die Remix – SubCode
05 Elijah’s Lament Remix – MRC Riddims
06 Taykeovah Version – Dr Israel
07 Herb 4 – Scientist
08 Quantum Echo Apparition – Bill Laswell
09 No Salvation Version – Dr Israel
10 Quantum Echo Entombment Dub – Bill Laswell
11 One World First Claim Version – Perdurabo 6
12 One World Disorder Dub – Scientist

Free Download:Dr Israel-Live at Dub Mission SF

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Dr Israel has been busy as a member of Bill Laswell’s Method of Defiance, as well as working hard on his upcoming fall 2011 full length studio album ‘Love in a Time of Violence’. The new album will be mixed by Bill Laswell and includes collaborations with the likes of Gigi, Mad Professor, Killah Priest, and more. In the meantime, check out the free live album to hold you over!


Mercury Rev Announces “Deserter’​s Songs” Reissue, May 16th via Co-Op+Free Download Classic Song Opus 40

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Mercury Rev Announce Reissue of   Their Seminal Album Deserter’s Songs on May 16 via Co-Op Music

“…thoroughly, hauntingly beautiful…”– The A.V. Club
“Deserter’s Songs, feels like a watershed, the point where their heady mix of

orchestral pop, roots rock, psychedelia, prog, choral, and chamber music finally crystallizes into something special and damn near ineffable… let’s just call Deserter’s Songs the art-rock album of the year.” – Entertainment Weekly
“A modern classic.”

On May 16, Mercury Rev will return with a deluxe double CD reissue of their classic 1998 album, Deserter’s Songs via Co-Op Music. The release comes complete with a 13-track bonus disc of demos, b-sides, rarities and outtakes. And In honor of the album’s re-release, Mercury Rev have made their classic song “Opus 40” available for free download.

Click HERE to listen to the song.

Even for Mercury Rev, who had become know for their arty, left-field pop, Deserter’s Songs was something of a revelation. Tweaking their reputation for harsh noisy freakouts, the album was a lush, orchestral counterpoint to the band’s catalogue at that point. Incorporating elements of folk, jazz, ’60s rock, and even Disney soundtrack fantasia, Deserter’s Songs was like nothing that had come before it. Tracks like “The Funny Bird,” “Holes,” and “Opus 40” were cosmic epics, whose arrangements were simultaneously grandiose and tender.
A paradoxical, unconventional record, the album turned heads and ended up an unexpected, worldwide hit. The album was named “Album of the Year” by NME, MOJO and many other publications.  It was the record that broke Mercury Rev into the mainstream in the U.K. and Europe, with the album scoring three Top 40 singles in the U.K. for “Goddess on a Highway”, “Holes” and “Opus 40.” And in the U.S., the album remains a cult-classic, ready to be reintroduced to the next generation.
1. Holes
2. Tonite It Shows
3. Endlessly
4. Collect Coins
5. Opus 40
6.  Hudson Line
7.  The Happy End (The Drunk Room)
8.  Goddess on a Highway
9.  The Funny Bird
10. Pick Up If You’re There
11. Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp
Bonus Disc:
1) Piano vs. Telephone (Cassette Tape Player Demo)
2) Holes (Bill Laswell 1998 Remix)
3) Pick Up If You’re There (DJ Nickel 1998 Remix)
4) Endlessly (Tascam 8-Track Reel to Reel Demo)
5) A Soft Kiss (for waking up) (Cassette Tape Player Demo)
6) Tonite It Shows (Tascam 8-Track Reel to Reel Demo)
7) Looking Back Now, I Can See (Unreleased Mix)
8) Opus 40 (Early Rough Version)
9) Hudson Line (Early Rough Version)
10) Judging By The Moon (Cassette Tape Player Demo)
11) Goddess On A Hiway (1989 Cassette Tape Player Demo)
12) Night On Panther Mountain (Unreleased Mix)
13) Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp (Early Rough Version)

Lee Scratch Perry, Bill Laswell and All-star performers team up on “Rise Again”out May 10

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Lee Scratch Perry, Bill Laswell and
All-star performers team up on RISE AGAIN

Eleven all-new songs, mixed in the dub style by Bill Laswell
and featuring:

Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio)
Ejigayehu “Gigi” Shibabaw (Ethiopian superstar)
Hawkman (Methods Of Defiance, Tricky)
Jahdan Blakkamoore
Bernie Worrell (P-Funk legend)
Josh Werner (Matisyahu, Wu-Tang)
Sly Dunbar (Sly and Robbie)
Hamid Drake (master drummer/percussionist)
Aiyb Dieng (Senegalese percussionist)
Dominick James (Angelique Kidjo, Shakira)
+ More

Lee Scratch Perry
“Rise Again”
May 10, 2011
MOD Technologies
File under: crucial dub reggae

1 Higher Level
2 Scratch Message
3 Orthodox
4 Wake the Dead
5 Rise Again
6 African Revolution
7 Dancehall Kung Fu
8 E.T.
9 House of God
10 Butterfly
11 Inakaya (Japanese Food)

Featured musicians
Bernie Worrell (organ, clavinet, synths)
Peter Apfelbaum (tenor sax, flute)
Steven Bernstein (trumpet)
Josh Werner (bass)
Hamid Drake (drums)


I rise again
I rise again to victory
with history, mystery and prophecy…
Lee “Scratch” Perry

As one of the most prolific, influential and irretrievably eccentric record producers ever, Lee “Scratch” Perry continues to reshape and refine an adventurous style all his own with his latest studio outing, Rise Again. A long-awaited collaboration with New York-based producer Bill Laswell (and a team of talented musicians), the album marks a milestone in the careers of both artists, arriving as it does on the heels of Perry’s 75th birthday, and as a flagship release on Laswell’s own M.O.D. Technologies imprint.

To mark the occasion, Laswell has recruited an A-list of talented musicians who each adds their own unique flavor to the project. This diverse line-up includes vocalists Tunde Adebimpe (frontman for Brooklyn art punks TV On The Radio), Gigi Shibabaw (whose Mesgana Ethiopia was released last year) and Hawkman (co-lead throat for the Laswell-founded group Method Of Defiance); P-Funk legend Bernie Worrell (keyboards); Peter Apfelbaum (tenor sax & flute); Steven Bernstein (trumpet); Josh Werner (bass); and Hamid Drake (drums). It’s a killer studio ensemble that could give Perry’s original Upsetters band (with the Wailers’ Family Man and Carly Barrett) a serious battle for the backbeat.

“I really should have connected with Scratch a long time ago,” Laswell told Bass Player magazine last December. “A lot of it is just about a contact. [Matisyahu bassist] Josh Werner was playing in Scratch’s band, and I had worked with Josh. He suggested trying to create something with Scratch, and I was certain no record company in their right mind would touch it, which is why we’re doing it ourselves. It’s a real production, and really conscious of bringing out Lee Perry. It’s his presence that keeps this thing moving. Is the whole idea crazy? That’s part of what makes it worth doing.”

On Rise Again, Perry still sounds strangely at home on a microphone—a move he first made on the 1978 classic Roast Fish, Collie Weed & Corn Bread, even though he’d produced countless classic records in Jamaica for more than ten years before that. But Scratch is a natural storyteller, a soothsayer, a space-time traveler and a truth revealer—all aspects of a complex persona he has cultivated over the years, shrouded in Rasta mysticism and church catechism, but completely original and unbeholden to any rules or customs. Scratch does his own thing, on his own time, and if songs like “Scratch Message” and “Wake the Dead” and the title track “Rise Again” are any indication, the quickest way to the center of Scratch’s ethos is to give up trying to understand him and just let his lyrics wash over you.

Meanwhile, Laswell’s tripped-out soundscapes recall the vintage dub sound Perry himself perfected in the ’70s, but with the stereo thickness, clarity and warmth of a true state-of-the-art recording. It’s still amazing to consider that some of Perry’s best dub mixes, like the indispensable Heart Of The Congos album from 1977, were created using a 4-track tape machine, and yet there’s a distinctly analog flavor to much of Rise Again, evident in Bernie Worrell’s organ lines on “Japanese Food,” in the echo-kissed horns and Minimoog belches on “Dancehall Kung Fu,” or in the chimes, flute and found sounds that weave their way through the opening track “Higher Level.”

In the 1990s, Perry became a mentor figure for the Beastie Boys and enjoyed a renaissance with American fans. Since then, he has toured the globe relentlessly as a solo performer, selling out shows from San Francisco to Sydney, New York to Nice. In 2003, he won the Grammy Award® for Best Reggae Album, an honor he was nominated for again in 2008. No doubt he’ll be so recognized this year for Rise Again.

Lee Perry’s documentary portrait The Upsetter, narrated by Benicio Del Toro, will be released in theaters and on DVD in 2011. David Katz’s definitive biography People Funny Boy is currently available worldwide.

Praxis New Album Profanation: Preparation for a Coming Darkness(Feat. Iggy Pop, Serj Tankian, Mike Patton and More!)February 8th (Stream ‘Furies’ Ft. Iggy Pop

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Praxis to Release New Album February 8th

on M.O.D. Technologies

Bill Laswell (Bass)+ Buckethead (Guitar)+ Brain (Drums)

Guests Include Iggy Pop, Serj Tankian, Mike Patton, Bernie Worrell,

DJ Disk and More!

listen  “Furies” (Feat. Iggy Pop)

  Furies (feat. Iggy Pop) by MethodofDefiance

On February 8th, the eclectic, experimental hard rock project Praxis will release the latest creation, a bone-crunching new album titled Profanation: Preparation for a Coming Darkness.  The new album finds the trio once again collaborating with various musicians, this time with the spotlight clearly on lead vocalists.  Among them are Iggy Pop, System Of A Downs Serj Tankian, Mike Patton, RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ, Doctor Israel, Wu-Tang protégé Killah Priest and Jamaica-born toaster Hawk

The US release of Profanation comes with two live bonus tracks not included in the rare, Japan-only import.  The album is also one of the last recordings to feature the gothic futurist RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ, an incredibly multi-talented visual artist, hip hop icon, performance artist, and one of the most unique humans to patrol this planet.

Click HERE to listen to the new track “Furies” (Feat. Iggy Pop) for a taste
Since 1992, the core members of Praxis – Buckethead (guitars), Bill Laswell (bass), and Brain (drums) – has churned out an eclectic series of albums rooted in aggressive avant-rock improv with slabs of hip-hop, psychedelic, funk thrown in.  On top of that, a constantly morphing army of innovators including John Zorn, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Yamantaka Eye(Boredoms), Grandmixer DXT, and scores more have contributed to past Praxis live and studio projects – each one a unique musical experiment. 

This record features what Laswell and M.O.D. Technologies describe as the sequence of doom…

RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ starts it off with a digital metal notice of things to come.  He steps aside (for a few tracks) for Hawk to voice his opinion.  Dr Israel enters the hardcore fray with advice for the weary.  The leader Iggy offers a more mythical based solution.  Killah Priest, as always, looks to the distance stars for answers.  The mighty Serj Tanikan gives advice for the weak.  Mike Patton jumps to attention with a vocal assault to the brain.  The return of RAMM and the book of revelations follows.  Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins) makes small pieces of big rocks.  RAMM:ΣLL appears again, but a new style.  The project goes back to space courtesy of Yoshihide Otomo (Ground Zero) and wrapped up at the end of times Buckethead style. This completes your journey started 48 minutes ago.

Method of Defiance Play Rare NYC Show; Release MP3 of “One World”

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Method of Defiance To Play New York’s 
Santos Party House, November 6th

More on Method of Defiance HERE +Free Download “One World”

Bjork, Chuck D, Ani DiFranco, Bela Fleck Reveal Innermost Thoughts In New Book

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Innerviews Book Now Shipping Through Abstract Logix Books at
New Innerviews iPhone/iPad App Now Available at Apple’s App Store

 Björk, Ani DiFranco, Chuck D, Béla Fleck, John McLaughlin, and 19 more pop, jazz and rock legends tell stories they’ve never told before about their music and careers in Innerviews: Music Without Borders, the first book by renowned music journalist Anil Prasad (Abstract Logix Books), released worldwide on October 19. Other artists featured include Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Martin Carthy, Stanley Clarke, Michael Hedges, Jonas Hellborg, Zakir Hussain, Leo Kottke, Bill Laswell, Noa, David Sylvian, Tangerine Dream, David Torn, Ralph Towner, McCoy Tyner, Eberhard Weber, Chris Whitley, Victor Wooten, and Joe Zawinul. Due to popular demand, Abstract Logix is shipping books ahead of release date at

The Innerviews book is receiving rave reviews from media and musicians alike:

  • Innerviews is a remarkable read, full of illuminating facts and insights from some of the music world’s most compelling characters. Recommended to serious music fans.” — The Weekender
  • “Prasad has a reputation among readers and artists for incisive and substantive journalism. Essential reading for thinking fans.” — Guitar Player
  • “One of the great things about what Prasad does is that he’s interested in all different types of music, so that jazz musicians mix it up with rock, folk, world, composition-oriented and other unclassifiable un-genres.” — NPR Music
  • “Anyone interested in the art and mind of musical genius will find fascinating revelations here. Faced with an interviewer who delves beneath the surface, the musicians respond with a candor seldom found on the pages of typical music magazines.” — Jazz Police
  • “Prasad has crafted a book to be proud of, and one jazz readers will immediately find a home for in their libraries. Highly recommended. It reveals what artists really care about, feel, and openly wish to share with fans.” — JazzReview
  • “Prasad does splendid interviews with an amazing mix of musicians in Innerviews: Music Without Borders. He takes the artists’ work seriously and meets it on its own terms, which is a sign of true generosity on his part.” — Vijay Iyer
  • “If you enjoy reading great interviews with some of the most fascinating contemporary musicians working today, I recommend this book to you.” — Michael Shrieve

Some of the evocative topics explored include:

  • Björk on the chaos of her creative process
  • Stanley Clarke on saying no to Miles Davis
  • Chuck D on what’s wrong with hip-hop today
  • Ani DiFranco on propelling democracy through music
  • Béla Fleck on journeying to Africa to discover the roots of the banjo
  • John McLaughlin on turning the tables on the jazz police

Prasad established Innerviews (, the Internet’s first and longest-running music magazine, in 1994. The Innerviews website offers more than 185 of his uncompromising interviews that feature artists speaking at length about topics that matter to them. Prasad is celebrated for his special ability to get his subjects to confide and reflect in ways they rarely do with other interviewers. Innerviews is also now available as a state-of-the-art free iPhone/iPad app at Apple’s App store at Launched in August, it debuted as a top-40 free music app worldwide.