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the interference patterns, the final reel and.. and... and....
Fiercely meretricious? Oh no Fiercely something or other, more sound bites and links and bridges and this week we’ve been – well never mind where we’ve been, trying to catch that hare or something. It really is just like they tell you in church, or the Italian deli on the corner and not everyone is comfortable with the idea that music is a guilty addiction.... No time for introductions this week, we’ve been busy and what with getting stuck on tube trains in tunnels and.... 

Pull up your mercy seat, grab a firm hold of your mouse and fight like apes for everything that needs to be fought for... the interference patterns, the final reel and.. and... and.... 

These are the things that have been in our ears this week, please explore and if it sounds interesting then just hit the links and make your own minds up, our reviews and thoughts are mere signposts designed to guide you to the things you might like to feast on yourselves... don’t you just love the instant hit of the www. 

IS THIS WHY YOU BOOKMARKED ME?
Well now from what I can work out for down here, CRY PARROT are a Glasgow based DIY music collective who seem to be in collaboration with the WINNING SPERM PARTY people who first brought the excellent Plaaydoh to our attention – Cry Parrot have an excellent 14 track compilation of what they say are Scotland’s best independent, alternative left field indie alternative bands - Cry Parrot Compilation 1 – can be download for free right now  from www.winningspermparty.com/cryparrot - Bands include: Copy Haho, Eagleowl, the rather recommended Household, Boyfriend/Girlfriend, Dirty Summer, Hyena, Plaaydoh and more... 

SILVERY’s new single Horrors was single of the week here last week, the single is now not coming out until March 10th, you can catch the video on ORGAN TV next week and the band have a release party single launch gig on 15th March over at Nambucca , Holloway Road, London. links: blowuprecords.com/artists/silvery or myspace.com/silverytheband
 

THINGS TO GET SHOUTING  ABOUT? 
PREPRE have been added to the bill for GOSSIP’s London show at the Shepherd’s Empire on 21st  March – probably the last chance to see them before they head back for more gigs in American basements and garages. Who are PRE you ask (unless the word of mouth has reached you already). PRE were born in basement. They’re based in London. Their first outing as PRE, so legend has it, saw the entire audience locked outside, watching through barred windows from the street above. “To the assemblage up top, it was clear that these five noise nu-wavers had already figured it out - sound moves quicker in high pressure". A batch of split 7”ers led them to an album that we can’t stop on our radio show – here’s the album review we put on-line last year just in case it it slipped passed you... 
         PRE – Epic Fits (Skingraft) – London’s Pre coming at us via Skin (the best label in the world) - love it! They found their perfect home. is a hissy fit of high pitched screeching hardboiled pronkoid song noise, is awkwardly difficult listening and pointy stabby twitches of new wave paint on pale flesh. Screaming yelling yelping relentless girl voice and all errata and have Karen O make the tea before they bring on a Cardiac - yes in capitals, we were namedropping and going off and things! The bird catches the worm and that’s the way we all go, more vile vile locust noise, love it! love it! Epic fits indeed, meticulously slicing shriek shriek – clever tight crafted razor sharp noise tantrums and is just so right – beautifully unawkward and very easy to listen to. Pre do make the noise jump – Scratching Crawling Scrawling Gibber and www.myspace.com/prepreprepre  or www.skingraftrecords.com
 
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ORGAN TV?

ORGAN TV  is on your screens in the UK right now. Every Wednesday evening, NOW AT THE NEW TIME OF 9.30pm on the OPEN ACCESS 2 Channel on SKY160. And now due to the fine response, repeated every Sunday on SKY883 at 9.30pm.

This coming Sunday we have the following videos...

EFTERKLANG - Mirador 
IMPERIAL LEISURE - In A Letter 
HERZOGA - Nice Car 
TO THE BONES - Tycho 
SLIPKNOT - The Heretic 
TITS OF DEATH - Iron Nipples 
GALLHAMMER - World To Be Ashes 

Next Wednesday and Sunday we have...

AMON TOBIN - Verbal 
BEE STINGS - pressure (Running Away) 
SILVERY - Horrors 
DRESDEN DOLLS - Backstabber 
HERZOGA - Nice Car
SPIRITWO - Sometimes
YIP YIP - Candy Dinner
TANGAROA - Vietnamese Killing Queens

What's it all about? Simple, just good music, and the art of good video making...  Same musical policy as we've always had with Organ - the labels are just handy signposts, as long as the music and video making has that X factor - expect a healthy eye/earboiling mix of metal, punk, prog, beats, post rock, post punk, post man pat, hardcore, indie, alternative, pronk, whatever..... music and creativity for the open minded
 


Want to get your video on? Well all you need to do is make us aware of what you have, send us a link to your video on MySpace or You Tube or wherever, or a VHS or a DVD and if you have something that we want to broadcast then we'll chase you for a master broadcast format and wallop, sorted 
  DEMO TIME
We're just going to tell you about the very very best once a week, no more time for the average, only the most exciting - we're very very selective, when we tell you it's good then it really is goooooooood

DEMO OF THE WEEK
This week's beautiful big pile didn't reveal anything we felt inspired enough to shout about, I'm sure there's something waiting there though, it is indeed a rare week when we don't at least hear one.... 

Last week's demo of the week - THE HAROLD WARTOOTH / COSMIC MICROWAVE BACKGROUND

Previous demo's of the week - EATEN BY TIGERS / MOLLOY / THE ATROCITY EXHIBIT / 2 OUT OF 3 RULE / THE JACKPOT GOLDEN BOYS / FANTAPLASTIC / YONATAN NIV / INNER RAGE / NAVEL / FILTHY HABITS / LITTLE TROPHY / THE ORIENTALISTS

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NEW ALBUMS WE’RE LISTENING TO THIS WEEK
This week the best new things we’ve been listening to were... 

ALBUM OF THE WEEK
VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR - Trisector (Virgin) – When Van Der Graaf made that comeback a couple of years ago with those unexpected shows and the Present album people refused to believe it was going to happen until they were actually stood there in front of us singing of black days at the bottom of the blackest sea.The euphoria, the disbelief and the celebration is behind us now, one of the finest bands ever are properly back and the second album from this new period of Van Der Graaf life is here.  Stripped down to a trio of original 1968 members now – Hugh Banton, Peter Hammill and Guy Evans - the first thing to say about Trisector is that there is material on here to stand up next the best from any period of the band’s many lives. Peter Hammill is on top form with his extremely personal lyrics - inward looking, unflinching as ever as age takes hold; the melancholy, that wonderfully distinctive voice, that clock that’s always ticking and a lifetime spent unlearning all that he knows. The twelve and a half minutes of Over The Hill is classic Van Der Graaf Generator with all those breathtaking rollercoaster rides and stabs of jarring drama that lead us to that euphoric grandness. We Are Not Now is seriously progressively challenging rock – Van Der Graff are not the kind of band who you expect to just rehash things, they don’t here! There are moments on Trisector that are genuinely pushing at musical edges – and if you want emotion that Peter Hammill is still the (emo? This is the real stuff). The best moments more than make up for the risks that don’t really pay off – the album opens with a rather uneventful four minute instrumental that really did lower my expectations and had me fearing the worst.  Start your first listen with the opening moments of Interference Patterns lose yourself in more ceremonial quicksand... Another very fine album from probably the greatest English band ever.
    Trisector is out March 17th – you can catch them on tour in early April – taste some classic VdGG downloads at www.vandergraafgenerator.co.uk
 
 
ALSO CHECK OUT

YOU SLUT! - Critical Meat (Stressed Sumo) - Tight-as-you-like mathyness that's clear, big and well on the rockout side of things, from a band with a name that is either ridiculous or inspired, depending on how compulsively you stroke your chin.  Yep, You Slut don't mess about, doing agile heaviness with a deft, easy touch. They're fat and chunky yet bright and breezy, plonked in some happy intersection of the effing Champs and Don Caballero, leaning more to the former.  Quoting Oxes as an influence, they're more accessible because they're more focused; if they sound like anyone, it's a fatter Rumah Sakit. If you want to talk purist math rock, this is as good an example as any: lots of gratuitous time-changes and pointed unexpectedness, but overall tempo and volume staying the same.  You Slut! do complex - but not too complex - chugging upbeat rock with neat imaginative flourishes and a sly sense of fun – www.stressedsumorecords.co.uk or www.myspace.com/youslut1
 

LAST HARBOUR – Dead Flies & The Lonely Spark (Little Red Rabbit) – Rather impressive third album from the Manchester band – think dark moody melancholic piano and string-driven rich noir-voiced Nick Cave tenderness, think Tindersticks drama, think Ennui, Willard Grant Conspiracy and drunkenly waltzing at a stranger’s wedding. Lives torn, dark compelling confrontations laced with gentle pedal steel guitar and rich restrained string arrangements and the occasional dramatic eruption – www.lastharbour.co.uk  or www.littleredrabbit.co.uk

HATE ETERNAL – Fury And Flames (Metal Blade) – in which the (very) extreme metal band grow and froth through a preposterous insect plague of a hell storm and some kind of relentless proclamation of the damned.  Speed metal cod-classical guitar riffs, jackhammer rhythms, pounding thrash-head drummer, more cookie monster vocals and pissed off angry bees and wasps caught in the devil’s own screw top jam jar. Subtle is not a word to use here... www.metalblade.de

JENNY HOYSTON - Isle Of (Southern) - A solo album from Erase Errata's singer and writer Jenny Hoyston, Isle Of is a collection of varied songs - some with drums from friends Colin Dupuis and Christina Files, some just Jenny playing everything. The results are somewhat straightforward compared with the angular and more avant Erase Errata, ranging from electronic Residents-like sparseness, to relaxed Americana folk.  Hoyston has a rich, unforced and very accessible voice that pulls the disparate sonic elements into a likeable whole.  An acoustic guitar-based song sits happily next to the quirky electronic percussion of Everyone's Alone' and the Deerhoof guitar crunch of Novelist. An album goes down very easily – www.southern.net
 
Last week's album of the week - SON LUX

Previous album's of the week - SURROUNDED / ALEC K REDFEARN & THE EYESORES / CHRIS SCHLARB / DANAVA / NADA SURF / HARLOTS / TIME OF ORCHIDS / DIEBOLD / HOLLER, WILD ROSE! / BLACK MOUNTAIN
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ALBUM REVIEW ARCHIVES

  LIVE 
DR SLAGGLEBERRY - Cross Kings, 08 (Organart)DR SLAGGLEBERRY - Cross Kings, London, 15th Feb - Cracking venue - once a notorious Aussie riot ball of a boozer, now a relatively civilised, welcoming ground floor pub with a decent sized stage and fear not if you walk in and it looks like nothing is actually happening, don’t think you’ve turned up on the wrong night - through the almost secret door you’ll find a great big scuzzy pit of a cellar bar. And only an (increasingly gentrified) five minute walk down the side of King's Cross station, it's one of the best venues in town. 
              Down in the cellar, there are masked madmen lurking in the gloom. There's a fuzzy huh? from the assembled other bands' friends, but we and a few others kind of know what's coming. Anyone familiar with Fantomas, The Locust or Mr Bungle is about to be made deliriously happy - if Dr Slaggleberry are anywhere near as accomplished as their four track demo.  Ah yes... A proper drums/guitars/vocals four-piece, they're as ridiculously tight playing live as they are on those rough-and-ready recordings. They're young; the vocalist's cut-down mask somehow makes him look even younger, as he hunches over some kind of Star Trek prop that makes his voice do unnatural things. There may be about a million post rock bands in the UK at the moment, but full-on weirdass avant-prog outfits are still pretty thin on the ground. Dr Slaggleberry are at the very least Rolo Tomassi's equals when it comes to demented math-metal. They don't mind the odd slab of straightforward rocking out, though it remains a precursor to some precision insanity. The unprepared elements of the crowd don't know what's hit them, and for a few it's a revelatory moment.  Dr Slaggleberry may have a daft name - a relic of the band's less serious early line-up – it is a rather memorable one though.  By the end of the set they've acquired a reasonable chunk of new Slaggleberry converts willing to follow them around the south of England. Yes, something good evolving here – www.myspace.com/drslaggleberry
 
AIRBOURNE - London Borderline 2008 (Organart)AIRBOURNE -  Borderline, London, 18th Feb  - Think of it as nothing more than damage and the obvious fact that whole world is now divided into two distinct types of people. Debates were breaking out in pubs leading up to gig, in offices, churches, on street corners, in dark Parliament recesses - Al Fayed called one of them a crocodile or a smiling vampire or some such thing, MI5 are reported to have come out strongly in terms of having no opinion, they clearly do. Why? What’s to debate? No sane person should have any reason not to love this band. There are those who stand about moaning about Airbourne being nothing but a set of AC/DC wannabes - complaining about how it has all been done already, and then there’s those of us who’ve been waiting far long for the coming of a band like this to do it all properly once more. 
               The whole thing is right there waiting, juiced up and the clearest statement of musical intent ever. “All right people/Welcome the show/Are you ready to rock?/Are you to go?/Now we’ve got what you want/And we’ve got what you need/So get your ass down here/And let your ears bleed. Nothing to stroke chins about here, just jump fist in the air right into pit and rejoice in the beer soaked fact that there’s a new band in town – there on stage giving absolutely everydamnthing - a band who are full on Bon Scott good! Walls of Marshalls in the packed-to-bursting this is what we want! How good was that! Yeeeees!! Dirty deeds done right - they came, and the four of them rocked (like we knew they would, worn out three copies of the album already). They rocked and we want more! If you can’t get pumped-up excited at the front of an Airbourne show then get hell out of here and go play bingo or something! The place was rammed - hair and riffs flying everywhere – no time to mess about – Stand up, for Rock ‘n Roll! OK, so they sound pretty much exactly like primetime raw early AC/DC (with just a hint of Angry Anderson attitude). So damn what!!? What hell do you want? Blood!? You got it. AC/DC haven’t got out of their accountant’s office make a decent record in years. Music this good is for blistering live nights this, music like this is for the street, for packed back room bars, music like is this is meant to be raw, loud and right there in your face, not for over-produced albums and school uniform wearing old men in giant stadiums. The place is sweating - everyone down the front is beer soaked and smiling great big shit-eating grins at each other - fists punching, lyrics chanted – Too Much Too Young Too Fast... Fat City... Girls In Black  - The four of them up there, full on real deal open road Aussie bar-room rock via the teachings of The Easybeats, Rose Tattoo, The Angels and the whole damn lot. Relentless frontman O’Keeffe must have spent years dreaming of this night: he’s beaming as he “all the way from Warrnambool to London” as they hit the encore (that’s where they’re from you see, Warrnambool – they told us before the gig what a big deal it had been making it to the big city of Melbourne for a gig). Hey look, it ain’t noodle doodle chin stroking indie-schmindie rocket science  - they came, we saw, they rocked, it was loud, it was we want more! 
   Airbourne’s debut album Running Wild has just come out on Roadrunner, the band are expected back in the UK for summer – www.airbournerock.com
Live previously - SPIT LIKE THIS / MOUSE / GRANTURA / TO THE BONES /DäLEK / DESTRUCTO STORMBOTS / GUAPO / MOLLOY / CREEDLE / GOBSAUSAGE / THE BRIAN JACKET LETDOWN

LIVE REVIEW ARCHIVES

  SINGLES
Single time...

SINGLE OF THE WEEK
CAVALERA CONSPIRACY – Sanctuary (Roadrunner) -  The return of the flying Cavalera brothers and some full on hostile, heavy as heavy can be, pounding, bomb-throwing, explosive thrash metal brutality. Max and Igor from Sepultura back together and combusting like you knew they would do if they were ever to do this again! No time for boundary pushing or anything like that, just the Slayer speed brutal thrash metalcore that’s rightly demanded on such an momentous metal occasion as the return of the Cavaleras  -  www.cavaleraconspiracy.com

Last week's single of the week - SILVERY

Previously - PICTURES / STE McCABE / THE DEATH SET / KUNK / DR SLAGGLEBERRY / HERZOGA / THE DROPKICK MURPHYS / ONE MORE GRAIN / PLAAYDOH / HELLO WEMBLEY / UNDERWORLD

SINGLE REVIEW ARCHIVES

'RE-ISSUE/best of OF THE WEEK
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PREVIOUSLY - CANDLEMASS / MORVISCOUS / CURRENT 93 / TYPE O NEGATIVE / N.W.A  / STRIBORG / THE WEIRDOS / THE MOB / ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS / THE VERVE / KHAYA / GREASY TRUCKERS PARTY / HERE AND NOW

  MEDIA, VIDEO, PRINT AND....
SPIRITWO videoeyesCan you give us another moment here? comeback later today
 

PREVIOUSLY -  PELICAN / GIANT PAW / AURAL INNOVATIONS  / PARALLEL WORLDS, PARALLEL LIVES TV documentary / NEVER MIND THE SEX PISTOLS: AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY – DVD / THE ZINE DIRECTORY / BATH BOMB / NEMESIS TO GO #4 / DVD: MIGHTY ROBOT: SLEEP WHEN YOU ARE DEAD

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