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Do you want to partake in the slaughter of machines?
PREThe song came in and fell out of my brain again, where were we? What phone call? Why not? A vicarious sense of punching and collaboration with the enemy and too much music, too much good music 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?
Scrap Club is happening this Saturday 

Do you want to partake in the slaughter of machines?  Swing a sledgehammer and release the trapped creative energy that was put into the making of computers, fridges, pianos, washing machines and other everyday objects -> That’s a holistic way of saying smash them up baaad. Its taking place this Saturday the 15th March 5pm - 11pm in Area10 which is right behind Peckham Library in Peckham Square London SE15 5JT. [Peckham Rye is 5min on the train from London Bridge]. It will cost you £7 in advance and slightly more on the door. www.scrapclub.co.uk / www.area10.info

WET SOUNDS is the UK’s first underwater sound festival is open to proposals for audio work. Go to www.newtoy.org/wetsounds.swf for more details.  Deadline is 12th May so enough time to create something people will be immersed in literally, will hear through their bones floating around.  Guidelines, application form and criteria are on the website, they say they are open to surprises. www.newtoy.org is responsible for this (no! Not that New Toy, this is a new New Toy)

SPAX  is playing a live classical music mash up at NonClassical. Different kinds of classical music mashed up and glitched on the 2nd April at the Macbeth Pub on Hoxton Street (London) with Elysian Quartet. Its free to get in!! “Elysian Quartet The UKs leading alternative, contemporary string Quartets ’Feisty boundary pushers, four supremely talented classical musicians’” - www.myspace.com/nonclassicalmusic

And a link for online stimulation www.greylodge.org
 

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MESSAGE FROM H.M GOVERNMENT...

Motorhead - epetition reply 11 March 2008

We received a petition asking: "We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Nominate Lemmy from Motorhead for a knighthood."

“Lemmy's achievements in music are well known and respected. It is easy to see why so many people want to see his record formally recognised. This is underlined by the hundreds of people who have signed the e-petition on the No 10 website calling for him to be granted a knighthood. Your support has been carefully noted".

Members of the public can nominate individuals for honours by visiting the UK Honours System - www.honours.gov.uk.
 
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  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
KONTAKTE – Instrumental three piece from London, a fine blend of drones and positively repetitive post-rock textures that build in to anthemic relish. Transient beats and delicate hints of warm distortion. Pleasant, easy bits of restrained refined Sigur Ros and Spiritualized that uncoil in their own way in their own time and relaxing uncluttered space – www.myspace.com/kontakteuk

Last week's demo of the week - ATLAS

Previous demo's of the week -THE HAROLD WARTOOTH / COSMIC MICROWAVE BACKGROUND / EATEN BY TIGERS / MOLLOY / THE ATROCITY EXHIBIT / 2 OUT OF 3 RULE / THE JACKPOT GOLDEN BOYS / FANTAPLASTIC / YONATAN NIV

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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
BURMESE / CADAVER EYES – split CD (Heart And Crossbone) - Hardboiled noise, extreme beyone extreme, bathing in fuzz and barbed wire and violent feedback and grunting and screaming and somewhere in there there just might be some conventional musical instruments (maybe?). A split album, “demented twins in musical crime”, just where one band ends and the next begins is beyond my ears – does it matter anyway? Apparently there are three vocalists in Burmese, who knows? Could just be a herd of wild boars loose in a studio stomping on equipment and making some kind of artistic sense as the half eaten engineer screams for his life – glorious stuff, love it! Grindcore, slices of doom, electronics and “agonizing mechanism”. Extreme noise terror for disciples of Lustmord and endless short circuit buzz and electo shock treatment that ascends to a higher level of cognitive surge. Manic artistry and the sound of your crumbling life being tortured by leach women and love it, love it, love it! Yes!  - www.myspace.com/cadavereyes or www.myspace.com/burmeseisdead or www.hcrecords.com
 
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F*CK BUTTONS – Street Horrrsing (ATP/R) – Debut six track album, debut album proper from Bristol’s finely named F*** Buttons. Comforting drones and tingling circuits of progressive hard-wired buzz – a lazy person would talk of a post post-rock sound built of a love of Krautism and tribal beats and Neu (and maybe Oroonies?). We’re never lazy though and those refined restrained screams and things that bubble up from underneath can’t be ignored for long. Fuck Buttons are both gorgeously relaxing and disturbingly harrowing both at the same time – takes a special band to combine the two, gorgeously harrowing and disturbingly relaxing, a sound to really wash in, a sound that wraps around you and cocoons you in a strangling claustrophobic instrumental beauty. Ribs Out is wonderfully tribal and alive like the woods with the smell of his coming, electronically pagan and caught in the shadow of an iron age. OK, Let’s Talk About Magic, for that is what the duo have conjured up here (that was lazy of me), hey look, dancing and architecture yet again. Fuck Buttons are challengingly unique, rewarding musical scapegrace and wireless fiery pyres and just when you’re thinking you have them worked out they swipe you off your feet and demand you go somewhere else with them and their sweet love for planet earth and their transmissions of confrontation and their violent contradictions and their racing spirit rise... fine fine album... www.fuckbuttons.co.uk
 


NO NO ZERO – Rough Stuff (Signed By Force) - Some kind of self mutilating Dead Kens jumping on Turbonegro and Pere Ubo at the same time punk rawk from Canada. A concert album about sex and penetrating jerkisms for Stooges/Germs/X fans everywhere – we all like to jerk and don’t ask how those carpet burns got there. They got power to please (and Eurosleaze). www.signedbyforce.com

ADRENICIDE – Raging Full One (Thrashard) – Proper old school crossover hardcore thrash metal of an early Suicidal Tendancies/D.R.I/Stupids/Broken Bones/Exodus nature. The real moshing up-turned bassball cap rip-crunching Overkill loving full on DIY deal. Chant-along bits, circle jerks and bouncing off the walls of Hammersmith Clarrendon - all train-wrecked and skate skate skate like f**k im to the side of a ten ton truck. They got it nailed down and they got it nailed down real good. They’re from Slough (someone has to be). It fair does your heart good to hear it done properly don’t it Crunch. Mosh ‘n thrash in to a time machine back to 1986 and go buy this from a man called Kelv Hellrazer down in the basement of Shades  www.myspace.com/adrenicide1

LUNAR DUNES – From Above (Lunar Dunes Recordings) – Pleasant flowing pleasing soothing mellow space/prog flavoured instrumental rock that would have fitted in well during the glory days of Club Dog over at the Robey (that’s the second mention of a much missed old London venue this week, sounds equal places). Think classic Ozric Tentacles, Ullulators, O’Roonies, Hawkwind, Gong style riffing and floating and locked on Master Builder grooving... Lunar Dunes are from London, they play classic mellow space-psych-prog and if you like any of the bands mentioned you’ll love this well recorded well played gentle album. Neat artwork as well. www.myspace.com/lunardunes 

MINISTRY AND CO-CONSPIRATORS  - Cover Up (13th Planet) – Parting shot from the Ministry team. Currently on a farewell tour (yeah, sure, expect the surviving members to announce a comeback tour in ooooohhhh, about three years then – does anyone believe any band who say they’re on a farewell tour these days?). Al Jourgenson and Ministry with all kinds of guests people from Prong, Fear Factory and such laying industrial waste to a load of rock classics. Recordings that have been kicking around here and there during the band’s lifetime all pulled together on one handy CD. Worth the price of the album just for that legendary 1000 Homo DJs mutilation of Sabbath’s Supernaut. Caused one hell of rumpus when it first came out back in the 90’s. And hey, at least they’ve got Space Truckin’ on here (see Deep Purple review further down, come on! Come on...!). That’s seriously heavy version of Black Betty! Hard to mess up Mountain’s Mississippi Queen, Ministry didn’t. There’s rather tasty Motorhead-paced ram-raiding industrial speed-metal version of Roadhouse Blues (the old Doors tune). All ends nicely with a respectfully restrained version of Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World  – is that Al himself on vocals? A fitting end to things. You know, we shouldn’t let Ministry pass on by without taking a moment to remember and acknowledge just what a great big deal and indeed influence they were back at their creative height of the 90’s. Ministry really were one of those bands that shaped the alternative musical landscape, I guess to fully appreciate them you had to be there at the time. I kind of hope this is the end, it is a fitting way to bring the curtain down. An excellent compilation from a very fine band indeed. www.ministrymusic.org

BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE – My Bloody Underground (A Recordings) – Who knows who is Anton’s band this time around? Dr. Anton A Newcombe is the leader/dictator and this “is the first Brian Jonestown Massacre album in four years, recorded with select members from the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Icelandic musicians and Mark Gardener (Ride)” – No actual band members credited, Gardener (an old hero of Anton’s) gets a song writing credit on one track. Released on Anton’s own label A (guess no other label could put up with him anymore? Been there, done that, certainly ‘interesting’). “This album offers a mix of the traditional Brian Jonestown Massacre sound with a more experimental avant-guard (sic) approach”  - what that actually means is some of it sounds like old BJM - and yes there are hints of those familiar trademarks that can make the Brian Jonestown Massacre sound so damn good - and then some of it (a lot of it, most of it...) sounds like Anton’s got away with far too many dodgy narcotics and anyone who pointed out that the emperor had no clothes on probably got fired (or shot at, or both...).  Lot of what sounds like half-formed drugged-crazed psychedelic self indulgent nonsense here. And a song called Automatic Faggot For The People appears to be a little dubious – can’t make out what the lyrics are, sounds like a bunch of completely out of it Hawkwind fans having a jam session at Stonehenge at 4.00am... Four years ago And This Is Our Music was a classic album, maybe Anton’s best, we rightly raved about it... this one? Well let us politely say he’s made far better albums, and besides the rather excellent and slightly paranoid seventh track – Golden Frost (I think that’s what its called, not the greatest/most legable album cover either) – we’ll pass, leave him in his cloud, say this is a little disappointing and move on – www.brianjonestownmassacre.com
 
Last week's album of the week - B FOR BANG

Previous album's of the week - VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR / SON LUX / 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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  LIVE 
Ahhhhh, so many good gigs, so little time  - Monade, Das Wanderlust, You Slut, Truckers Of Husk - the words will all come out in the wash later on... 
Live previously - DR SLAGGLEBERRY / AIRBOURNE / SPIT LIKE THIS / MOUSE / GRANTURA / TO THE BONES /DäLEK / DESTRUCTO STORMBOTS / GUAPO / MOLLOY / CREEDLE

LIVE REVIEW ARCHIVES

  SINGLES
Single time...

SINGLE OF THE WEEK
CATNAP - I Am Pied Piper (Snakes & Ladders) - Wow, it's hard to put a finger on what makes Catnap. An urgent male voice over stripped down guitarbassdrums, calling it 'quirky' and 'angular' doesn't do it - the angles are chunky, the quirk factor is a tough eccentricity that means business too much to be remotely tweely annoying.  Straight outta Indietown (Brighton to most) Catnap share an outlook, if not an actual conscious movement, with the other scattered bands around the UK currently doing worked-out, imaginative, fairly complex song-based rock - amongst others, Catsncatsncats, The Furious Sleep, The Seigfried Sassoon, Maths Class, Rolotomassi - some grinding their way to recognition, some carving lonely furrows. All that avant-adventurousness will mean nothing, in the long run, without a distinctive personality at each core, and Catnap join the fray with a voice of their own. The lyrics are intriguing, the voice suggesting a potentially mad frontman - an English-sounding, Mark E Smith ranter type rather than an American screamer. That voice is kind of easy(er) on the ears than many: no peer-pressured cookie-monstering, just a manic intelligence.  The combination of straighforward tunes and skewed narrative suggesting a weird cult to buy into as much as a band. Catnap don't go mad for OTT math showing off, using stops and starts and twists to tell some kind of musical story in the way of Cardiacs and Pavement and Deerhoof and the Fall and Lapsus Linguae. This three-track single is a nice intro to Catnap, though opener I Am The Pied Piper isn't the best of the trio: that award goes to Ex-moralist with that heavy, fat riffage, precision-targeting drums, great tune chunks and the declaration there's no structure to this song .  Catnap have delivered on the promise of Have You Seen Larry - including pleasing artwork to go on the front of this pleasing 7" single (once more). You can order this online at www.snakesandladders.org.uk

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EIGHT PAGE PULLOUT – Stand Up (Lockjaw) – Wonderfully uplifting melodic harmonized punk-pop that stands up and stands out from the crowd. Five track EP and they have a stylish construction to their uplifting positive pop, a hopeful anthemic edge, they just make you feel good. Eight Page Pullout are from Scotland, they probably appeal to those who like Jimmy Eat Taking Back Sunday, they have an edge of their own though and yes they do have a slight Runrig/Idlewild/Big Country edge – a fine band from Scotland with something a little extra, something that stands out from the crowd, something to believe in. Yes, one person can make a difference – positive hopeful punk-pop. . www.myspace.com/eightpagepullout or www.lockjawrecords.co.uk

HELLO WEMBLEY/THE TROUBLE WITH ME split 7” (Josaka) – More bratty scenester baiting and pin-up bites and swagger from Hello Wembley – you’ll either love ‘em or hate ‘em, for now we love them. Think a gang of Happy Mondays from Reading on a ram-raid mission to Hoxton to mess up your skinny fit jeans. The Trouble With Me are on the other side with a tedious half-paced indie shuffling about song about smoking or something – who listens to b-sides anyway? www.myspace.com/hellowembley or www.josaka.com

NFD – When The Sun Dies (Jungle) – Goth orientated darkwave hard rock killing jokes from the band who evolved out of the ashes of those Fields of The Nephilim. First taste of their forthcoming Deeper Visions album. Brooding dramatic industrial goth-driven heaviness from one of the best bands the black hordes have right now... www.nfd.web

Last week's single of the week - WHAT WOULD JESUS DRIVE? / FRIGHTENED RABBIT

Previously - CAVALERA CONSPIRACY / SILVERY / 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
DEEP PURPLE – Best Of (EMI) – How many Best Of/greatest hits cash ins have there been from Purple now? (well from Purple’s label, not clear how much the band were involved in this latest compilation). Released to tie in with their classic Hush being used in a television advert. Classic stuff though, from one of England’s finest hard rock bands ever – I guess the car advert introduces them to new ears. Not sure if any of the material they’re recorded since they reformed back in the mid 80’s really cuts it enough to make a  best of collection, I’d have ended this with the brilliance of Burn. Not sure how When A Blind Man Cries makes it on to a best of either, a track rightly left off the classic Machine Head album because Blackmore insisted it wasn’t good enough (he was right). Nasty fade out on Woman From Tokyo as well – the whole thing, including the artwork, feels a little thrown together in a rush. Still, you’ve got some classic tracks here – Hush, Child In Time - one of the most beautiful songs ever, although there are better live (or Ian Gillan Band) recordings and once again what an annoying butchered fade out!!! You’ve got Black Night, Highway Star, the iconic Smoke On The Water (no Space Truckin or...) , you have some classic 70’s hard rock here from one of the finest bands ever and if you don’t know Deep Purple this is decent enough – got and listen to an un-butchered version of Child In Time first though. Great band, some classic tracks, I just wish they were treated with the reverence this fine legacy deserves – you wouldn’t get Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin thrown together like this would you? 

Hush is re-issued as a download only single this month,

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CARPATHIAN FOREST – Through Chasm, Caves and Titan Wood (Peaceville) – Re-issue of the 1995 debut and some intensely challenging primal black metal that still sounds good thirteen years on. Dark doomy, pushing at the boundaries and still sounding relevant when most underground black/death/extreme metal really doesn’t pass the test of time. A scene and sound that’s ever evolving, this is one of the classics of the genre – www.peaceville.com

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

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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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ORGAN 247 - ATLAS, FRIGHTENED RABBIT, WHAT WOULD JESUS DRIVE?, B FOR BANG., THE MONO GALAXY, NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS, BLACK CROWES, TANK 86, FOOT VILLAGE, SINE STAR PROJECT, SAHG, HEADCHARGER, GRENOUER, THE ERUPTORS, MINUS, THE NOTORIOUS HI-FI KILLERS, ETERNAL DEFORMITY, OCTOBER ALL OVER, FROM PLAN TO PROGRESS, I CONCUR, THE KISSAWAY TRAIL...

ORGAN 246 - Out in print right now, March  2008 edition

ORGAN 245 - VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR, YOU SLUT!, LAST HARBOUR, JENNY HUYSTON, HATE ETERNAL DR SLAGGLEBERRY, AIRBOURNE, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, CRY PARROT, PRE ...

ORGAN 244 - SON LUX, TALK, THE HIGH WIRE , SPIT LIKE THIS, DENNIS HOPPER CHOPPERS , SILVERY, MOUSE, BIRDBATH, FUNERAL CRASHERS, THE HAROLD WARTOOTH, COSMIC MICROWAVE BACKGROUND, KIDNAPPER BELL, THE DIVINE BAZE ORCHESTRA , GRAND ARCHIVES, PITCHBLEND, ACHENAR, FAMILY MACHINE, TO-MERA, CITIZEN KEYNE, OPEN THE SKIES, FAVEZ, HELP GEORGE TABB, DON AIREY, STATE RADIO,  MAGNUM. STIGMA, ANDRE MATOS, LES SAVY FAV, MENOMENA, CANDLEMASS...

ORGAN 243 - SURROUNDED, BALTIC FLEET, PICTURES, LIGHT PUPIL DILATE, RAFTER, RICHARD SWIFT, EFTERKLANG, STE McCABE, EATEN BY TIGERS, AUTOCOIL, SEEDS OF DOUBT, STAGECOACH, ALEC K REDFEARN, CHANGING MODES, JUNKBOY, THE ALPS, FLESH EATING FOUNDATION, EBONY ARK, PORCUPINE TREE, SUICIDAL WINDS, THE CROW CLUB, GRANTURA, THE DeRELLAS, ALICE AND THE MAJESTY, MORVISCOUS...

ORGAN 242 - CHRIS SCHLARB, DANAVA, BAUHAUS, THE DEAL WAS FOR THE DIAMOND, FIGHTING WITH WIRE, THE DICKIES, TUSK. PELICAN, ORCHARD TRIP, COBWEB, THE LOVED ONES, AVERSE SEFIRA, ATLANTIS, THE HUGUENOTS, FACEBREAKER, ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS, THE DEATH SET. KUNK, THE BLAKES, YOUNG HOLLYWOOD, CURRENT 93... 

ORGAN 241 - Out in print right now, FEB 2008 edition 

ORGAN 240 - NADA SURF, HARLOTS, THIS IS HELL, DYNAMITE 8, TO THE BONES, HERZOGA, LOS, DR SLAGGLEBERRY, THE $HIT, MOLLOY, CHALOU SAINT JUDE, FABONACCI, AGES OF STONES, THE SOUND OF THE CATACOMBS, TYPE O NEGATIVE...

ORGAN 239 - TIME OF ORCHIDS, ATLAS SOUND, PLASTIC TOYS, EVANGELICALS, DRIVE BY TRUCKERS, ROTTEN SOUND, LOS SALVADORES, THE ATROCITY EXHIBIT, THE HYENAS, ENDORPHINS, BEYOND THE VOID, DäLEK, DESTRUCTO STORMBOTS, GUAPO, THE DROPKICK MURPHYS, INTERVURT....
 

 
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