As FNN noted last week with regard to Lightning Bolt, the drawback to having one's first exposure to a band be stratospheric is that everything else that band has done or will do may fail to measure up. Dead Machines, the duo of Wolf Eyes' John Olson and spouse Tovah Olson, are a case in point. Futures (Troubleman, 2005) brought the delirium-tremors musique-contrete ruckus a mite too hard - going for a sort of busted-fuse power electronics, if you like - that even decent efforts like The Last Pallbearer and Afternoon Electronics have registered as anticlimatic.So it is, too, with "Live at No Fun Fest 9-18-09," a 20-minute set from the pair's set in Sweden that can't quite match that malfunctioning doomsday-device ambiance. We mean, it's nice, you know? The rusty ratchet-clicks and scrapes. The meager industrial squeals. The vocals (I think) crudely uber-compressed into rubbery shortwave a la Nautical Almanac. The coiled wavelength thrummmmm. The pregnant pauses. But when Dead Machines go improv, as they do here, the underlying sense of world-wrecking purpose - what FNN so adored about Futures - is missing in action, and peals of audience applause serve to break the spells being cast. The integration of John Olson's saxophone adds an intriguing dimension, though. Will FNN delete from his iTunes? Nah. By the by, you can find an mp3 of Dead Machines' performance - plus sets by the likes of Wolf Eyes, Sewer Election, Emeralds and Prurient - here. In other news: remember how Yellow Swans broke up last year? Remember how they had a ton of recordings due for supposed release in 2009? Well, the posthumous cavalcade continues into 2010, with a final, big-deal studio album dropping on Type Records early next year. In the meantime, erstwhile Swan Pete Swanson has compiled a free, wide-ranging mix that you can - and should - grab here. Got some hot Texas noise tips - or, hell, any noise tips - for FNN? Hit us up with MP3s or Web site links - but not MySpace links, seriously, because we can't access those at work and at home every spare moment is spoken for - at [email protected].