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PREEditorials, introductions, time, space, repeat – there is no time, moon pulls and Equinox and what makes you think there’s time for introductions, dive straight in, read the reviews, hit the links, go explore, tied up in all kinds of things and blood everywhere... 

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?
SF Bay Area combo (and Organ favourites) THE MASS say they “proudly release limited CD-R EP Holocene now boasting 4-string assault skills of Andrew Lund (Lower Forty-Eight, Sons Oswald). Once again utilizing producer Tim Green of The F**king Champs, four tunes showcasing blasphemous sonic headf**kery, raw death guitar flesh, thrashing scream throat hate, warped unjazz Coleman saxophone too-distorted fuckyou bass chugs, neck-snapping too-fast frantic drum thudding plodding stop-on-a dime, fast/slow unorthodox approach to composition, answering to no trend, caring for no approval, leaving all know this disc chock full of Fuck-off old-school punk Coltrane End game, we do not care any more about popularity contests online friend-orgies, we just wanted to say f**k it all and make gnarliest shit of our careers, and we did, and you are holding it now here your hands, f**king crank it sucker". www.themass.us / www.myspace.com/themass

Labrador say they are “proud to present THE SOUND OF ARROWS - the band that will lead Swedish pop into the next decade. With the deepest love possible they gather sounds and samples from all over and turn them into lush pop songs with exquisitely beautiful melodies”. There’s a free download here and you can explore at - www.labrador.se

THINGS TO GET SHOUTING  ABOUT? 
MUSIC STARS WARN IRISH AGAINST BNP - Billy Bragg, Carl Barat and Pete Doherty are amongst those who have signed an open letter to London's Irish community urging them not to vote for the BNP in the upcoming Mayoral election. You might wonder why they should aim it at the Irish in particular - well, apparently the BNP have been targeting the Irish community in London with a leaflet which claims that the BNP "is the only party who care about the Irish. Our jobs are under threat from economic migrants and only the BNP will stop this. The BNP value [sic] the Irish community and will defend their interests." The letter, issued by Rock Against Racism and signed by MPs, union types and sportsmen as well as musicians, was published yesterday – St Patrick's Day - and says "We believe that the BNP remains an inherently racist organisation; their past and present is based not on nationalism or patriotism, but fascism. The Irish community in Britain and especially in London has a long history of involvement in anti-fascist and anti-racist activities. Everyone who rejects the BNP's politics of hate has the duty to do everything they can to stop them. We urge the Irish community and all communities in London to reject the politics of division and hate in May."

CITIZEN FISH are joined by AOS3, HEADJAM, PRESSURE DROP, KERBFACE at the Maze in Nottingham on March 26th, now that’s what we call a bill! More from www.myspace.com/skavillepromotions or www.myspace.com/aos3
 
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Here's what went down last week (now that's what we call a radio show!)

1: TRANSISTOR SIX – Back Yard Rocketship (Blackbean & Placenta)
2: VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR – Interference Patterns (Virgin)
3: WHAT WOULD JESUS DRIVE? – I Think We Rushed Into This (Split)
4: LOS CONIOS – Johnny Denime (download)
5: A.P.A.T.T – Avajier (Pickled Egg)
6: B FOR BANG – Helter Skelter (KML)
7: UNCLE PEDRO – Cats (self release)
8: BILGE PUMP – There’s No Rules To Love (Gringo)
9: THE DIVINE BAZE ORCHESTRA – Dance (Record Heaven/Transubstans)
10: HERZOGA -  Nice Car (We Like Danger)
11: EPIDEME – Ex-Crown (Silver Rocket)
12: CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY ALONE – Nashville Parthenon (Tomlab)
13: BURMESE – No Blood No Cum (Heart And Crossbone)
14: FOOT VILLAGE – Urination (Tome)
15: PRE -  Ace Cock (Skingraft)
16: F**K BUTTONS – Sweet Love For Planet Earth (ATP/R)
17: BLACK BONZO –  Thorns Upon A Crown (Laser’s Edge)
18: THEY CAME FROM THE STARS I SAW THEM – Monkey Typewriter (Thisisnotanexit)
19: TIME.SPACE.REPEAT – Joy (download)
 

 

  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
BOMB FACTORY – positively angry band rebelling against whatever you have for them to rebel against – boredom, bosses, TV remote controls, the power tripping Police death squads, Pot Noodle, Ford Cortinas, household pets... A refusal to sit back and just accept defeat on the sofa watching twenty four hour television or drinking crap larger at the bar to forget. Walk don’t run - angry, wired, stressed out agit punk rock tension and bluster and why accept what they throw at you? Here’s a chord, here’s another, your guitar is your weapon, get off your arse, step away from that TV, stop consuming, form a band (or start a zine, or put a gig on or...) – urgent wired angry punk rock from somewhere in England www.myspace.com/burncambridgeburn

Last week's demo of the week - KONTAKTE

Previous demo's of the week - ATLAS / 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
SSM – Break Your Arm For Evolution (Alive) - Take Detroit garage punk rock ‘n roll and add a fine touch of that same city’s soul as a starting point then throw the whole thing right out the window and when the dust has settled and your mind has focussed a little, go back out and get it all back, brush it down then fizz it up and you have one hell of a three piece band. Deja Vu all over again and horizons are expanded. Sounds and flavours morphed in to some kind of post-new wave that you never really heard before. There’s moments here that really are right out beyond, no deja vu, this is not all over again. Detroit rock and soul and bits of kraut rock keys and transforming synth pop crashing in to the MC5 and hell, the Motor City threw up another one! And all of it drenched in the kind of cool as f soul Sly and The Family dished out at Woodstock - along with quirky Devo synths and so much musical guts and bits from here and there and sit back you got a tag. This is garage punk rock like you never heard it before. Clever energy that doesn’t get too clever, a band soaked in their heritage and their fizzing synths and their reconstruction of deconstructed popular music and what you have is one highly original sound from one very original band. The whole thing regenerating in your face without every losing sight of the simply constructed convention of the rock song . Brilliant album, inspired and inspiring – The SSM Othership! The SS Mothership - www.ssmothership.tk   / www.myspace.com/ssmwww.aliveenergy.com – find it in the UK via www.cargorecords.co.uk
 
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TALL FIRS – Too Old to Die Young (Ecstatic Peace) – It really is lazy to say they sound like Sonic Youth because they really don’t, they have that feel though, that attitude, the phrasing – scrap that, they sound absolutely nothing like Sonic Youth or Pavement or Shellac or Neil Young. Brooklyn’s Tall Firs are a classic American alternative band. They’re mellow, refined, clever, warm, intelligent, rewarding. Gently paced, slowing unwrapping songs and loose guitar textures that amble in their own light, words that take their own time. Tall Firs are rather unique and rather different in a very North American alt.folk rock kind of way, they have the mellow otherness of classic Creedence, they touch on a laid back Mudhoney or Thurston Moore, they have a country rock feel without ever coming near being a country rock band. Tall Firs know about space and time and the power of not using power and how silence and the space between notes can say so much more. Electric-folk, Alt country, Sonic Youth style indie noise-pop – Tall Firs are none of these, they taste a little of them all. A shimmering drift, an all-the-time-in-the-world feel. Strong songs, positive emotions, invitations to drift with them. A fine album, a feel good glow, a mellow beauty, a heartily recommended release – www.tallfirs.org or www.myspace.com/tallfirs
 


TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED – Purgation (Rising) – The sounds of extremity or maybe some great big drain-cleaning brain-sucking machine and a relentless munching babbling cookie monster vocalist aided by a tantrum throwing Tasmanian devil and a gang of pissed off wasps flying right at your face.  Relentless grindcore flavoured extreme heavy metal, one dimensional in a positive way, gunning and gurning and churning and somewhere in that never ending whirlwind of intensity there is a sense of melody and indeed some light and shade. They’re from Bath, they like to scream and tell and grinding bloody babbling fore and musical laceration is good for you. They do it better than most, X marks the spot, bring a shotgun. www.myspace.com/triggerthebloodshed

a.P.A.t.T  - Black And White Mass (Pickled Egg) - Cheese munching weird shit alert, this time they sound like they fell through a timehole back in to 1927 with their Mr Bungle records safely under their arm and went looking at swans and stretching the envelope once more. Actually, they may be sounding even more warped and out there than ever but this is actually the Liverpool crew’s most accessible release yet. Mad hatters tea party for avant-rock heads. You know, a.P.A.t.T really are truly unique, you really can’t say that about many bands. Bits of Bungle bump in to cut up bits of Freaky Funkin Weirdos and cut up twists and 20’s jazz and repetitive sound bite samples and twisted pronk and Coloured Beads like the ones Zag has and Crowmen falling down the stairs backwards wearing horses heads and twisted stabs of fluid techno. Mighty Boosh chaos and strange keyboard attacks and Zappa and more Wizards Of Twidly and Poisoned Electric Heads – must be the scouse water. There is no way you can pin down Apehat, you get close to catching their tail and no, they’re already off somewhere else. Twitching punk and contradictions in several thousand motels  – thing is though, this time there’s no violent confrontation, this time is all flows and in that uniquely quirky way they have, this is all very very weirdly good to listen to, all bizarrely enjoyable - a.P.A.t.T in pleasant album shock. Right now they’re in to some strange lo-fi orchestral polka... and now some Dickensian musical with a twist that makes it nothing like really. And now strings and klezmer and more off-hinge chaos that’s always in control, oh hang on it just got violent! Took them eighteen tracks to boil it up though! The therapy has been working. They sound like bee keepers, and they believe in the Holy Toad, don’t ask who the Holy Toad is, there’s no way you’ll get a straight answer, Cut up speeding bits, and cheese munching weird shit – www.apatt.com or www.pickled-egg.co.uk

THE DEATHSET – Worldwide (Counter) – The muthafuggin Deathset have an album to go with all the hype that’s flying around everywhere (yes I know we’re as guilty as everyone, playing them on the goddamn radio and such). Stretched out over the length of an album it isn’t quite the ram-raiding rush it was when the single arrived. Still, fizzing nihilism and beat-driven dance fused shouty lo-fi punk rock abandon from deepest Baltimore and if they cut down the eighteen tracks on here to maybe ten this would be a killer album. Sometimes less is more. For every fine buzzing biting screaming slice of goodness here, there’s another that just demands the fast forward button is jumped on. When they’re good then The Deathset are a fizzed up fuzzed up beat box abusing lo-fi ball of fractured chaos – when they’re good Tiger Force good or Gobsausage good, they’re tangled confrontation and a twinkled toe glass in your face, they’re a lighter lo-fi take on Pre and those synths and drum machines sound like hey might not actually make it to the end of the song. Abrasive scream-pop – most of the time they are good – and those songs are short so I guess we can live with eighteen, hang on while I hit the repeat button again, believe the hype and let them smash you with their blast beat punk rock confrontation. www.thedeathset.com

MY UNCLE THE WOLF – My Uncle The Wolf (Cargo) – Out of Brooklyn so it seems, armed with big riffs and bigger attitude. Healthy mix of stoner rock, edgy blues and Zeppelin flavoured alternative adventure. The album opens up with a powerful slice of driving galloping stoner metal that’s pushing in to the Kyuss clouds and you’re thinking yep, got this lot pinned – no, far more than just another regulation stoner rock band here.... Massive sound that isn’t afraid to explore delicate alternative corners – kind of like England’s Sea On Fire (or that band Pipedream) or when they mellow out a little, the more creative moments of Pearl Jam. Impressive album, impressive band... Recommended.
www.myspace.com/myunclethewolf or www.cargorecords.co.uk

NEX –  A Clockwork Heart (Rising) – Ambitious melodic metal. Complex, solid, the English band certainly are trying to push the envelope. Some of its dangerously in to those areas of so called progressive technical metal that excite the kind of seriously looking people who like bands such as Queensryche and Dragonforce, some of it is melodic enough to sound a little like an English Styx, some of it is rather impressive if you’re in the right state of (metal driven) mind. Ambitious complex melodic technical metal and if that sounds like your cup of tea then Nex have a rather original (and some might say impressive) edge of their own. Go smell their poisoned flowers and let them take you to the ball... www.myspace.com/nexmusic

NO USE FOR A NAME – Feel Good Record Of The Year (Fat Wreck) – Does exactly what it says on the tin, that slick/harmless uplifting feel good American radio friendly melodic punk-pop thing (not sure where the punk element actually is these days but hey...). Nice friendly pop hooks and complaining about something so inoffensive and harmlessly pleasant at this would be like kicking a cute little puppy dog – www.fatwreck.com

MAHJONGG – Kontpab (K Records) – harmonic rhythms and other rock and a kind of Talking Head warning going off in my head and the telephone keeps ringing is that my mother on the phone? An eclectic sound, tribal rhythms, tribal polyrhythm and jittery treble-happy bites on montage that flows in an awkwardly easy and very fluid kind of way. There’s a lot of Talking Heads flavour here and maybe a touch of Devo and are with in 1982? All kinds off minimal off-kilter rhythms and sparse space and abstract pop, it really does sound like 1982. – www.krecs.com available in the UK via www.cargorecords.co.uk

SWORN AMONGST – And So It Begins (Rising) – Self-assured power metal with a stomping thrash edge from the young British band. They sound like they’ve been doing for ages, sounds like the fourth album from some big name 90’s metal band rather than a opening declaration in intent.  Actually this is the band’s second album and the follow up to last year’s self-produced/self released Derision of Conformity. And so it really begins with some seriously bruising metal for those who like their metal on the Pantera, Exodus, Testament side of life... www.swornamongst.co.uk

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY – Infliketed (Roadrunner) – The return of the re-united Cavalera brothers with some snarling old school Slayer/Pantera style thrashing metalcore. No messing metal that will keep all you Sepultura heads more than satisfied. Whatever you want they’re against it, feel the agony and the ultraviolence etc etc... www.cavaleraconspiracy.com
 
Last week's album of the week - BURMESE / CADAVER EYES

Previous album's of the week - B FOR BANG / 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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ALBUM REVIEW ARCHIVES

  LIVE 
DAS WANDERLUST, YOU SLUT!, TRUCKERS OF HUSK, THE BOBBY McGEE’S - The Social, London – 10th March - This is a ridiculous, preposterous venue to try and squeeze a bunch of bands into - can't help enjoying the results tonight though. The Social is a great basement club close to Oxford Circus; I like the atmosphere of the place, shame those chunky concrete tables by the dance floor are such permanent fixtures. Five bands are shoehorned into a tiny tiny space, partially surrounded by all their equipment, their drummers periodically leaning forward to allow people to get past and go to the toilet. The Bobby McGee’s are coming to the end of their set when I arrive; a disparate bunch of eccentric souls, Scottish male voice (Jimmy), delicate/frantic girl voice (Tallulah), they’re from Brighton, they have ukuleles and xylophones and all kinds of things, they're purveyors of wonky, ascorbic anti-folk cabaret, and irresistible. They're so odd that I wonder if I nodded off and dreamt them.  I make myself comfy for a while in the world's Laziest Moshpit (one of the tables, situated where most gigs have the front of stage and an audience space) and then come back from a trip to the bar to find drums everywhere – really no room for an audience in here! Cardiff’s Truckers Of Husk have commenced with the guitarist driving a double-percussion meltdown, surrounded by appreciative audience. Ben (late of the frankly wonderful avant rock outfit FTSE100) moves on to guitar, the band proper being comprised of cello, bass, lead and a (superb) stand-in drummer (who has had one rehearsal, not that you'd know).  Their sound is graceful and compelling, a softer, more pastoral take on Don Caballero: carefully constructed contemplative repetition, lots of odd-time tweaks and twists, loping rhythms. It's instrumental apart from the appearance of two mysterious male singers, making a sung/chanted refrain over a haunting bassline. All the rhythmic complexity - and there's a fair bit - comes subservient to melody. Truckers Of Husk have some gorgeous tunes. It's heartfelt, warm, English-sounding (ok, I know they're Welsh) instrumental rock, masquerading as mere math rock when there's a sweet bubbling spring of emotion underneath.  Really don’t think any of their peers have such an innocent, wistful element running through the music; would it hurt them if we were to drop hints about them sounding a little like early Genesis here? Probably not, in these confusingly prog-fashionable times.  Anyway, all that matters, when it comes to Truckers Of Husk, is that they have something... they give something, risk a bit of themselves, something moving; a little bit more than a time change, know what I mean? 
  Though You Slut! don't go so deep, they're also a cut above the general slew of instrumental avant-mathers.  They're gleefully upfront about their complex dynamics, cheerily heavy and righteously chunky. They like slabs of riffage and rocking-out, they like laying them out in big contrasts and they really like playing it.  They're having fun, and don't mind bringing you along too.  A straight-up two-guitar, bass and drum outfit from the East Midlands of England, four strapping young blokes with tons of energy, You Slut! have a proper rock sound and a cracking, solid drummer, they pepper the whole shebang with neat, deceptively subtle excursions. There's a sly wit too, and a shocking lack of pretension.  Mainly, though, they just rock.
        Das Wanderlust top the night in a neat symmetrical way by being at least as eccentric as the Bobby McGee's.  Singer Laura is kind of unique, and very likeable even when she does that screeching thing of hers, and It's her birthday, too.  They really are unique, they’re innocent they’re imaginative, they’re wonderfully different in an edgy wrong pop way and they’re the icing on the cake of a top evening with their need to put the cat out and waking up to watch TV at three in the morning with their lo-fi off-hinge new wave keyboards and songs that make it anything but Wrong Pop. I wonder if the absent Huw Stephens (he of Radio One) - who's night this night apparently is - got to hear anything as good in SXSW tonight (or go to the Austin Texas orange shop to buy some bits and bobs?). It really is all there right under your nose if you want to look... 

www.myspace.com/thebobbymcgees
www.myspace.com/truckersofhusk
www.myspace.com/youslut1
www.myspace.com/daswanderlust
 

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
MAPS / M83 – To The Sky/We Own The Sky (Sonic Cathedral) – Now this is something special, two bands re-mixing each other’s tracks and a split single on the excellent Sonic Cathedral label. What a little piece of musical treasure. Two beautiful tracks, and it really is difficult not to use terms like sky-touching and indeed talk of majestic glowing cathedrals or the sound of shafts of gloriously dusty sunlight through stained glass windows so no apologies for doing just that. Two bands and two tracks that compliment each other perfectly. Two excellent remixes and no, we haven’t been here before. Sing it all to the sky with all the mournful melancholia of this Maps remix – this really is all you could possibly want. And the glowing electrogaze of M83 is just so right, a fragile Pet Shop Boys for Spiritualized disciples – the whole thing is just so perfect and so right. www.soniccathedral.co.uk

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BATDAN – Maths & Chemistry (Splinkle) – Now that is an apt label, Batdan do indeed splinkle. No real idea who he/she/they are, from Leeds I do believe. A debut five track EP and some sparse and rather impressive, dark-edged splinkling glitchy instrumental electronica. Rewardingly sinister, rhythmically obtuse, sounds like a dark smoldering John Carpenter movie. I guess he’s a he called Dan? This is good, lot of people playing around with glitch and keyboards and drum ‘n bass and a lot of it really isn’t that good – this is, this splinkles - www.myspace.com/iambatdan  / www.splinklerecords.com

KILL HANNAH – Lips Like Morphine (Roadrunner) – That slightly glammy slightly gothy super-slick love metal pop thing that HIM do so well, looks like the Chicago band are well on their way to world domination - www.myspace.com/killhannah

INDIGO MOSS – Start Over Again (Butterfly) – Breezy sunny country-good Americana from the open fields and barns of London town. Female voiced goodness and folky picking and light-on-those-feet fiddles and just right -  www.myspace.com/indigomoss

CHEAP ANTIQUES – Mystery Is History - A whole bag of telescopes and cameras, truth and magic tricks from the North East of England. All kinds of wizards of twiddliness and strange coloured beads and saxophones and brushed rhythms. Two girls, two boys, strange Englishness and voices to entice you in to their mysteriously exotic tent and gongs and a slight 1920’s feel. One of them is called Scott Walker – that kind of fits! All with a spoon full of sugar and a who done it mystery. Comes with a make your own CD cover with all sorts of magpie enticing bits of silver foil and maybe just a hint of Zutons and oh look go find out – www.myspace.com/cheapantiques

MY FEDERATION – Don’t Want To Die (Eye Industry) – Neat little harmonised analogue squelcher of a stompy pop song, infectious alt.pop that should be on daytime radio playlists. Pulsating indie pop that falls (for want of a lazy reference point) somewhere between Supergrass and those Super Furry Animals – www.myfederation.co.uk

Last week's single of the week - CATNAP

Previously - WHAT WOULD JESUS DRIVE? / FRIGHTENED RABBIT / CAVALERA CONSPIRACY / SILVERY / PICTURES / STE McCABE / THE DEATH SET / KUNK / DR SLAGGLEBERRY / HERZOGA / THE DROPKICK MURPHYS

SINGLE REVIEW ARCHIVES

'RE-ISSUE/best of OF THE WEEK
WIZARDS OF TWIDDLY are back in action and they’ve just made two of their albums available as download releases (actually they’ve probably made their classic 90’s albums available as well). You can catch a rare London date alongside those other love-by-lots/unknown to most underground heroes of the last century Zag And The Coloured Beads at the Bull & Gate on May 10th where they’ll no doubt regale you with tales of tuna fish and sardines on toast and all they wanted was a wreck somewhere. 

The two downloadable albums, both we assume still available in physical form seeing as they released both in the last couple of years on their own Fractured For Pleasure label, are Live At The Zanzibar - a live album recorded at two of their re-union show on home ground in Liverpool in 2004/06 and The Upendium Volume Three – a collection or rarities, demos and unreleased versions of old favourites. 

Wizards of Twiddly were (and indeed are seeing as they appear to be back in some kind of full working/playing live order now) a band who got a lot of coverage (and space on Organ bills) around these parts in the 90’s – that period of English musical history when strange quirkiness was not the acceptable norm it is today. Eccentrically  English, some might say dangerously wacky and a little bit twee, others might say laced with devious humour and thrilling progressive jazz/art rock otherness. A band in the grand tradition of Gong or Super Furry Animals or Zappa or Sleepy People or The Blockheads. They were/are regular collaborators with Kevin Ayres, they’re armed with songs of cardboard banjos and falling of bikes and large geographical features...

And unlike back in those 90’s when the evil people at selective blinker-bound places like the NME held all the media power and the only place you could ever find out about bands like Wizards Of Twiddly (or Zag And The Coloured Beads) was via word of mouth and handmade fanzines like Organ or Freakbeat or Facelift or Earzone, all you need to do now is hit the links and hear instantly for yourself. The live album is just that, live and unmessed with, excellent introduction, actually both the albums are excellent. Heavily flavoured in all things Canterbury Scene, Wizards of Twiddly are ultimately plain different – go explore for yourself over at www.myspace.com/wizardsoftwiddly – you don’t need our words, you just need us pointing the way, there they are over there... go find out. 

PREVIOUSLY - DEEP PURPLE / 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

  MEDIA, VIDEO, PRINT AND....
SPIRITWO videoeyesLESS THAN JAKE – Loser, Kings and Things We Don’t Understand / Pezcore / Goodbye Blue And White (Cooking Vinyl) – The Less The Jake back catalogue is being re-issued by their new label Cooking Vinyl ahead of new material. These are the first three re-issues, each album comes in new artwork/packaging and with an additional DVD - the new studio album will be out this Summer. Not sure about this garish new artwork, I rather liked the old stuff – especially the old Blue And White cover and their tribute to their long serving tour van. You have to like Less Than Jake though, classic no messing good time cut-to-the-chase proper get in the van and go do it punk attitude, raw American ska-pop energy. They’ve been at it sixteen years now, seems like only yesterday their demo tapes were landing here – you always knew they were going to be a band who’d stick to their guns, the real integrity laced full on passionate punk rock deal. The DVD that comes with each album is packed with pretty basic live D.I.Y bootleg style footage, some really good documentation of early days, festival circle pits, Twisted Sister covers (and was that A Styx song being sung in the tour van?). Yep. you have to have respect for Less Than Jake, their sound maybe a little one dimensional at times and you have to be a pretty dedicated fan to want to sit through hours of bootleg video footage (and yeah, we’ve been spoilt by Imperial Leisure bootleg videos which really do make bands like Less Than Jake seem a little flat) – if you’re a fan this bootleg lo-fi footage is great – awful album artwork, great DVDs, great documents and a great way to re-issue their material -  www.cookingvinyl.com

THE WEDDING PRESENT – DVD: An Evening With... (Secret)  Now as much as I really like Gedge and co., the idea of a Wedding Present DVD really didn’t fill me with unbridled excitement. Sure they’re up there with the Fall and The Smiths in terms of English 80’s indie greatness. Songs, structure, Northern life, who really wants to sit and watch a straight forward Wedding Present live DVD though? Listen to them while you’re getting on with life, really not the most exciting band to watch are they? Not going to be that much pyro or circle pit action – actually this is very watchable, just the four of them on a basic stage, three normal looking blokes and a girl in short black dress playing some classic songs and looking and sounding like it really does matter to them. Recorded in London at the Shepherds Bush Empire (easily the best of London’s larger venues), this is a well shot, well edited, no messing (I detest too much fancy editing and show slickness from people who think we’re more interesting in their film cutting skills that watching the actual band). A rather decent record of what looks to have been a more than decent gig. Good set list, good everything. And as with all live music DVDs, this is something for the already committed fan only, all you fans need to know is yes, the quality is good and yes it is worth your money...  The DVD is released on April 14th. Get all your latest Wedding Present info from www.scopitones.co.uk

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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