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Los Angeles duo to perform at Experience Music Project New Year's Eve gig.

Los Angeles breakbeat duo the Crystal Method will perform at a New Year's Eve celebration at Seattle's Experience Music Project museum of popular music. The duo of Scott Kirkland and Ken Jordan have been at work on the follow-up to their acclaimed 1997 debut, Vegas, which is expected to be released in 2001. The New Year's show, which will take place in the museum's Sky Church and under the city's Space Needle, launches EMP's All Ages concert series, which will feature emerging artists and be directed at fans under 21. ...

The next releases from the experimental Miami techno label Schematic will be debut albums by Richard Devine and Delarosa and Asora, both of which are due January 16. Devine, who is based in Atlanta, mixes broken breakbeats with noises in his abstract compositions. Agony, the debut full-length by Atlanta producer Scott Herren's Delarosa and Asora project (he released the LP Folk Songs for Trains: Trees and Honey in March under the name Savath + Savalas), adds elements of warm ambient music to ethereal pop-song constructions. ...

Christopher Lawrence, one of the most popular American trance DJs, will release the 12-track mix-CD United States of Trance on January 23. His fifth mix since 1997's Rise, United States features one of Lawrence's own tracks, "Cruise Control," alongside fellow American producers such as the duo Manhattan and Silk. ...

A double-disc collection of tracks by the influential and innovative London electronic-fusion outfit Renegade Soundwave is due January 16 on Mute Records. Titled RSW: 1987-1995, which was originally released in Britain in 1996, the compilation contains 28 songs that span the career of the band, from the success of their 1989 debut, Soundclash (with its hit singles "Biting My Nails" [RealAudio excerpt] and "Probably a Robbery" [RealAudio excerpt]), and 1990 double album In Dub, which featured reworked versions of earlier tracks plus new songs, to the experimentation of 1994's Howyoudoin'? and their finale, '95's The Next Chapter of Dub. Underappreciated pioneers in the realms of electronic dub and punk-influenced industrial techno, the group formed in 1987 as the trio of Gary Asquith, Danny Briottet and Karl Bonnie, eventually evolving into just the former duo before disbanding in 1995. ...

John Hughes, the son of the well-known film director who also records under the alias Slicker, has produced the score and original music for "Scarlet Diva," a new film starring and directed by Italian beauty Asia Argento. The soundtrack's 16 tracks of short abstract ambient-electronic and pop textures include 11 collaborations with trombonist Phil Ranelin, cofounder of the 1970s Detroit soul-jazz label Tribe Records, as well as assistance from Tortoise's John McEntire. Daughter of the idiosyncratic horror-film director Dario Argento, Asia made her acting debut at the age of nine and starred in several of her father's films, including his version of "Phantom of the Opera." ...

The dance-music Web site Raveworld.net is holding a contest for the best fan remix of Groove Armada's hit single "I See You Baby." After downloading the original track from the site, fans can use the production method of their choice to rework it before submitting it to the contest judges, Groove Armada's Tom Findlay and Andy Cato along with an employee of the duo's label, Jive Electro. The winner will receive a Korg MS200 Sampler Keyboard, with runner-ups awarded a Harmon Kardon speaker system and copies of Groove Armada's recent The Remixes collection, which includes tracks by DJ Dan & Terry Mullan and Tim "Love" Lee. ...

"Naïve Song" has just been released as the second single from French producer Mirwais' (born Mirwais Ahmadzai) solo debut, Production, which is only available as an import in the U.S. The single contains remixes by English techno veteran Dave Clarke and Les Rythmes Digitales, and the CD format features the track's controversial video. Mirwais produced six of the 10 songs on Madonna's Music. ...

Bay Area hard-house DJ/producer DJ Dan's latest single is "The Base," which follows his summer club hit "Put That Record Back On." Released on the German label Affix, the single features a remix by German trance producer T.T. Hacky. ...

Leading Chicago post-rock quintet Tortoise have completed their fourth album, Standards, which is set for a February 20 U.S. release. Its ten songs reveal a shift away from the heavy electronic production and studio effects that characterized the band's previous two albums, 1998's TNT and '96's Millions Now Living Will Never Die, and a renewed emphasis on abstract jazz composition and craftsmanship. Recorded in Tortoise member and influential producer (Stereolab, The Sea & Cake, High Llamas) John McEntire's Soma Electronic Music Studios, Standards finds the group's prolific core — Jeff Parker, Douglas McCombs, Dan Bitney and John Herndon — all returning to the fold after a slew of solo and side projects that followed TNT and its subsequent world tour. ...

Experimental composer, visual artist and experimental turntablist Christian Marclay will present an intriguing art installation and musical program of Christmas music at New York's New Museum for Contemporary Art beginning December 14. For "The Sounds of Christmas," which also took place last year, Marclay collected and archived more than 1,000 Christmas records, then catalogued them for public access on a computer database that also includes the records' covers. In addition, at four free performances this month, DJs will spin sets at the museum using only the records in the collection. The lineup for the events, which begin at 6 p.m., is as follows: Thurs., Dec. 14, Christian Marclay, Darryl Hell (formerly of EBN), Toshio Kajiwara; Sat., Dec. 16, Hahn Rowe (a.k.a. Somatic), DJ Singe, Justin Boyd; Sat., Dec. 23, DJ Olive, Marina Rosenfeld, Chris Sattinger); Sat., Dec. 30, turntablist DJ crew the Fifth Platoon's Roli Rho, Kuttin Kandi, Daddy Dog and Neil Armstrong. ...

Following the release Tuesday of "One More Time," their first new music since their Grammy-nominated March 1997 debut, Homework, Daft Punk has set March 2001 for the release of their second LP, according to their U.S. spokesperson. Aside from its title, Discovery, information about the album is scarce, in typical Daft Punk style. "One More Time" (RealAudio excerpt), which features New Jersey house producer/singer Romanthony on vocals, has been a staple in house-DJ sets around the globe. Since Homework was released, both members of the Paris duo, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, have launched record labels — Bangalter's Roulé and Homem-Christo's Crydamoure — that have gained respect of fans and artists worldwide. Each has released tracks, under pseudonyms, on his own label. ...

— sonicnet.com staff report