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Mr. Quintron; Miss Pussycat (live)

The Dublin Castle, London 17th April 1999

Hailing from New Orleans, Louisiana, Mr. Quintron is a genuine musical eccentric – but more on him in a moment. First up was partner Miss Pussycat and her amazing puppet show. Presented from inside a pink and glittery puppet booth, Springtime In Yeahsville follows other such masterpieces of performance puppet Electronica as her Flossie And The Unicorns album and show. Resplendent in a bizzare mauve and gingham catsuit and Southern-style straight-legged suit respectively, Miss P. and Mr. Q. dived into the booth to present the everyday story of the life of bees in a small archetypal puppet town, where the cars are futuristic, the mountains prone to volcanic explosion and a band has the problem of both the scarey monster and the wicked witch Crispy Cornflake to contend with. Still, the monster was vanquished, its cardboard box head falling off in a spectactular

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Daniel Miller’s Mini-Meltdown Festival

Irregular #5 The South Bank Centre, London 8th-10th April 1999

The last five to ten years have seen an exponential rise in the number of intriguing events at London’s premier Arts Council-funded cultural centre on the South Bank of the River Thames, thanks to an innovative booking policy and the success of the events themselves, expanding the venue beyond its associations with Radio 3 “serious” music concerts and other more traditionally high-culture performances into the staging of events such as the London Musician’s Collective’s Annual Festival of Experimental Music and the recent Atari Teenage Riot gig which resulting in the closure of the venue due to crowd over-enthusiasm. Following on from the Meltdown series of festivals held each year, with past guest directors including Laurie Anderson and John Peel (this year’s is Nick Cave), Daniel Miller, founder and head of Mute Records, was invited to draw up his wish-list for

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Oh. – Ecu

Label: MDZ Format: CD,LP

Oh. - EcuOh. are a band from Germany who like to combine Electronica, Dub and Ambience; while there is a steady stream of such movers and shakers coming from that country at the moment (and have been for the last four-five years), Oh are among the most pleasantly gentle of them, streaming with warm basslines, head-down complex drumming and wilted, washed out and occasionally bubbling synths, effects and general computer processing.

Ecu, their debut album, counts as one of the more refreshing electronic breezes to waft across Europe this year; the opening “Freightliner” moves with the same sinuous grace wich Mouse On Mars or Kreidler have deployed, but with the emphasis firmly on enjoyment of the spliffed-out kind. Circling loops bleep with insistent, accreting intensity over upbeat rhythms and

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