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The Midnight Organ Fight? 
Vanilla? Strawberry? Lime? Life is still peachy and using up all nine of your lives twice and crime and he proposes that there are four types of control. Direct: by which punishment is threatened or applied for wrongful behaviour, and compliance. Control through needs satisfaction, i.e. if all an individual's needs are met, there is no point in criminal activity. I'm so very happy that you didn't need prompting to remember your Friday assignment, you know you should always be here on a Friday to explore. Perhaps I am reading into it, perhaps not, how many leaves left? Five.  The bigger the hope, the bigger the trap and don’t ask us about the Giraffe and prepare for more Bright Ambassadors and Plagues of Lighthouse Keepers and why don’t people commit crime is the real question? Not why do they? Why don’t people commit more art? Why don’t people explore the music crime out there? Why are they happy with the pap they are force fed? The constant question. Travis Hirschi and paradigm turned on a head and why and who and where and wear that and do as you’re told and Pretty in Pink – the new Dresden Dolls album just landed with their Pretty in Pink. Fine to have a wish list, just do as you’re told and say thank you. This week’s Organ then and more spanners thrown in to more works... 

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?
PURE REASON REVOLUTION are starting to reveal plans in terms of their much anticipated new album.  The new single and the first fruits of this new period of activity will be a limited edition CD single here with us on ORG. Victorious Cupid is out on April 14th as part 37 of the on going ORG-AN-ISED SINGLES SERIES. The band play a one off low-key gig to tie in with the release on April 12th at London’s Water Rats (aka Metro) in King’s Cross (with support from the excellent post-rock outfit from Leeds you know as Vessels). Both the single and tickets for the gig are selling fast. Advice is book your tickets now, last time we checked the gig was about 80% sold out and we’re not expecting the band to play again until the album is ready to go. Pure Reason Revolution have now joined Oceansize and And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead on rather good looking new alternative German label Superball Music.  The new album is in the final stages of recording now 
We like Pure Reason Revolution, they’re not a band you can easily pin down, they're certainly not a band to play things safe, if they are a prog rock band then they're are progressive in the realest sense of the term - the new single Victorious Cupid is the stepping stone that will lead you in to this new period - the bridge if you will. The lead track itself is a sugar sweet harmonised bite that marries their now established melodic progressive Beach Boys flavoured West Coast sound and their ever rising English ambition. The lead track is coupled with an intriguing remix version from CEDO SIMPLEX as well as two beautiful acoustic re-workings of old favourites The Intention Craft and Nimos & Tambos – hear a taste over at www.myspace.com/purereasonrevolution or mailorder the single from us here

FREE RADIOHEAD DOWNLOAD  - The BBC is making a free Radiohead download available - of their performance of 'Videotape' from Steve Lamacq's 6 Music show, which is great news for Radiohead fans who like their music for free, which is lots of people if some of the rumours around the band's 'pay what you want' download promotion  are true. You can get the download at www.bbc.co.uk/radiohead but it's there for a limited time, so go do it now. The Lamacq session was just one of various Radiohead guest spots across BBC radio earlier this week, which included a special concert in the Beeb's Radio Theatre aired on the Mark Radcliffe show..

THINGS TO GET SHOUTING  ABOUT? 
The new IMPERIAL LEISURE single, Man On The Street, the second release from the band with us here at ORG, is out this week. In theory you should be able to find the beautiful three track CD is any decent independent record shop, the reality is that you may find it in some of the more aware shops but you probably won’t find it in too many – Maybe Normans, or Rough Trade, Punker Bunker down in Brighton, the ever excellent Spillers over in Cardiff (is Spillers still alive, hanging on last time I checked – hang on, yes! They’re still hanging in there, good to see those Manic Street Preachers fighting for Spillers!), Cob in Bangor (they better have some in Cob, I spent every school lunch hour and all my dinner money in there - I was a skinny kid, damn impressive record collection though), Probe in Liverpool, Vinyl Tap (actually I see Vinyl Tap are selling old ORG releases at silly collectors prices, twenty seven quid for that one, you can get it for a quid direct from us!). Yes indeed, the reality is that you’ll maybe find the new Imperial Leisure single in some places where they’re actually on the case and aware and care. Where they think the risk of buying the stock is worth the gamble when the release in question is from a band most haven’t actually heard of yet – go check out those cool shops where people want to talk about music and share the experience rather than just sell you sanitized marketed product (if you’re lucky enough to have such a shop in your town).  You’ll find the new CD in some shops and you may not in others. If you really want this single right now then mailorder (or off the band at gigs) is the reality of the way it happens right now. Won’t be in most shops until there’s a great big well-oiled machine bankrolling a release and backing it with advertising campaigns and tours and pretty much giving away the stock to the HMV type shops for free. That’s how it is (yes, sure we’ll stock your record if you sell us a hundred for the price of ten and you pay the costs of our HMV advert in the music press and the band will do an in-store for nothing and you sacrifice a goat before we open the doors and...). Who can blame the little shops – tough running a real independent record shop with millions of bands no one really cares about being hyped and advertised all over the NME and places like The Fly (“we like your releases but you don’t have a marketing budget for advertising do you” said Mr Fly outside The Monarch the other day). Poor record shop owners are clogged up with the latest hypes that no one actually wants – almost as tough running a shop as it is running a real independent label these days. So the reality is if you want this CD now before it gets re-issued by some big label (or fake indie label backed by a major) and hyped all over the place - and quite frankly were not here for all that “marketing” and “product” and all that soul sucking stuff, we’re here because we love music and we do things our way because we don’t want what we do polluted and watered down by the evils and the back stabbing of the music industry – no doubt in six months time Imperial Leisure will be on some kind of label that does things the conventional way and in six months time NME will be telling you about how they’ve discovered this hot new band and Zane b***dy Lowe will be on the radio with his “hey The Zipper here, taste-maker for the nation with the hottest new band in the world - hey kids, I’ve been on this one since day one baby, does my shit smell of roses or what” The Fly will run a new band feature in conjunction with some mobile phone shampoo company who want you to drink their crap larger, Rocksound will finally bother turning up to a gig and everyone will congratulate themselves on how on the case they are when it comes to covering new bands. So if you want the single now then mailorder is the way – don’t think of staring a record label and supporting new bands now, you’d have to be sucker these days to want to try and run a REAL independent record label and do things the right way... 
 
John on the phone...
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This week we're armed with new Dresden Dolls, Tribute To Nothing and who knows what.. 

Talking of RESONANCE... THIS LOOKS (AND SOUNDS) rather good

Exhumed and Defrosted New Musical Explorations. Resonance104.4fm is proud to present a unique concert of new music featuring Australia's foremost improviser JON ROSE

Friday 11th April 2008, St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Road, Kings Cross. Doors open at 8pm and concert starts at 8.30pm. Entrance £8 and £5 concs. There will be a bar. This is a unique (for British audiences probably the very last) opportunity to hear the music of Jon Rose and two of his own very favourite acoustic settings:

The Kryonics - Jon Rose, violins (including the Stroh cello); Aleks Kolkowski, violin (including the Stroh violin); Joe Williamson, contrabass violin + Temperament - Jon Rose, violins; Veryan Weston, resident Brindley & Foster wind organ with tracker action

“At last audiences in London can find out what this euro-star-music is all about as the wind organ at the oldest church in Britain - St. Pancras, London (founded 314 AD) - has been confirmed for a Weston-Rose concert on 11th April with Aleks Kolkowski's Kryonics Stroh Violin project on the same bill. 
     Not since the gothic horror of H P Lovecraft in his 'Music of Erich Zahn' has the art of music offered such an evening of candlelit weirdness and intrigue. The combination of Tenor violin, half stopped organ, Stroh violin, bass violin, and bowed saw will set the spine erect and tingling. The setting? None other than London's home of spook - St Pancras Old Church. Equipped with the notable stiffs of Johann Christian Bach, Mary Shelley, and Thomas Hardy to name but a few, the graveyard offers little comfort for those who would entertain an evening on the hard pew contemplating mortality and the ancient and modern of music. The crow awaits you at the door. Dress code: Black. Makeup: Black.” - www.jonroseweb.com (Go explore his Australian fence music!) 
 

 
  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
Don't believe we heard anything worthy enough this week, we did listen to lots, still a big pile here though and you know how picky we are...

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SHADOW ARMY – Hey look, they sent it in, they do their thing well, nothing here that has us that excited but then the American sounding emo-voiced alternative pop of bands like Hundred Reasons or Finch or maybe those Foo Fighters or the way Reuben or InMe went doesn’t do that much for us either. This is a well recorded set of songs, songs that are put together well enough, this is a demo that deserves a mention, a band from Reading with their thing together. Musically all very conservative and no real identity and another band content to sound like their record collection rather than feeling the need to add a little extra – we need a little extra, if you don’t then go explore –  apparently the singer Alex grew up in America, hence the vocal style, go explore, there’s the link, our work is done here -  www.myspace.com/shadowarmy

Last week's demo of the week - DIE DIE DENEUVE

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

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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
MATTHEW RYAN – Matthew Ryan vs. The Silver State (One Little Indian) – He’ll quietly get in to your head if you let him, very easy to dismiss Matthew Ryan as just another American singer/songwriter and let him pass by. He’s quietly released eleven albums now (apparently) and it would be very easy to just say yeah, great, another singer/songwriter, all very nice, thank you very much and politely pass it on. Yes I confess I nearly did – anchors away, I made myself stay while he quietly got in to my head and made me want to say something. You see we don’t write about everything that comes our way, we don’t see the point, we could spend days and days being negative or telling you about the uninspiring and the average – we choose to only tell you about the things that a actually worth writing about. Matthew Ryan has this understated soul, this whispered alt.American voice; gorgeous, vulnerable, bold, and to reject it is to cover up your fear and hide in noise and punk rock and things like, well...  well anyone can cover it all up in anger and energy “and listening to the Clash”. This album has so much spirit, so much heart and conscience and one more thing – you’ll have to let go. An album that really does have enough to pull you through all the disappointment with the strength of those words and the precise sounds, the warm instumentation and the spot on production and mostly with the honest soul. Be patient, be persistent, let his songs in, take your time to discover Matthew Ryan’s craft and you’ll find it worth your time. www.myspace.com/matthewryan or www.indian.co.uk/matthewryan
 
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HEADQUARTERS – Booker one Time (Unlabel) – A brooding set of alt.math equations, Jesus Lizard/Big Black textures, smoldering twists, pointed darts of noise – jagged, fluid, abrasive, atmospheric, claustrophobic, experimental. Always easy to go with, hardboiled when they want to be, never uncomfortably so – well maybe a little uncomfortable when they want to suffocate a little and let this be warring to you, don’t get caught with your hand up again.  What is it with Gingerbread men? Take a couple if you wish, they’re on the dish - claustrophobic paranoia and slamming awkward twisted doors on hands and how long does it take before it becomes rude to not reply to one’s message? Cardiac arrests and ... They’re from Kent and they’re for those who appreciate the musical adventures of bands such as Cove and Charlottefield. There’s a twelve minute whisper toward the end of this rather fine album that gives you an idea of the ambition. Released on heavyweight vinyl as a limited edition of 200 and well worth you grabbing while you can (I guess they’ve released this somewhere on CD as well?) - www.unlabel.com or www.myspace.com/unreliabledropoutdossers
 


FRIGHTENED RABBIT – The Midnight Organ Fight (Fat Cat) – Don’t leave them at arms length or steer clear of any disease, they’re an intriguing outfit. Folky in a precise alt.rock/refined pop kind of way. So very very Glasgow and to call them lo-fi does their finely textured crafted sound a disservice, they have a lo-fi vibe, an edgy attitude, this is a finely crafted hi-fi album though perfectly produced; raw edges and jagged words left out there to catch your skin and graze your flesh. A distinctive Caledonian singing voice and a lyrical bite that grabs and twists with clever sarcastic wit. In all the hurt and the down at heel bitterness there’s an uplifting heartwarming spirit and a defiance and turn off the TV, the thing is killing us, we never speak or listen. This is an album to listen to. A soft spoken wordy work and redemption for the old fashioned and something that’s just about words and songs and tunes and back to how things used to be so you don’t have to rely on memories. Just fine songs and a fine fine album that now and again has the power to really grab you and take you with it. www.myspace.com/frightenedrabbit or www.fat-cat.co.uk

MAN MAN – Rabbit Habits (Anti) – Are this band incredibly good or just a little too irritating and wacky for their own good with their Ballad Of Butter Beans and such? They’re from Philadelphia and they’re certainly very clever with their percussion and their multi-instrumental glockenspiel and milk bottle blues style. There’s no real obvious reference point, there’s hints of avantness (well loads of real avant adventure really), a sense of Tom Waite, maybe a far more analogue and far less pretentious Talking Heads... Yes, healthy Captain Beefheart flavours, nothing anywhere near enough to pin down as an obvious reference or influence though (and these days when everyone sounds like everyone else that has to be a breath of fresh air). Maybe the musical/lyrical humour of Zappa (yes, I know most people love the humour of Zappa, irritates the hell out of me...). I guess we could talk of vaudeville and jazz and Gypsy blues and there’s all kinds of Clavinet sounds and saxophones and Fender-jazz bass lines and that Rhodes piano that flows through the album the further you take the time to get in to it... unless the aren’t-we-wacky factor has you reaching for the eject button like it has me doing right now. I don’t know, this is going to take a little more time - www.wearemanman.com or www.myspace.com/wearemanman

4ft FINGERS – New Beginnings Of Old Stories (Not On Your Radio) -  Melodic gallop-along anthemic punk pop is how things start off here, surprisingly slick this time around, kind of how you expect a new album from England’s 4ft Fingers to kick in though – we know what they’re about don’t we? Hang on! Hang on, things are a little more tuneful here, things are a little more considered. A little more mature? Dare we say polite? Getting old? Are 4ft Fingers growing old as gracefully as punks approaching middle age possibly can? Where did all those legends go anyway and why don’t bands quite sounds so good anymore – that what they’re asking (no us). Burning out? Does everything eventually have to be a let down? 4ft Fingers then – always thought they were OK, good honest hard-working committed type of no messing punk-pop band. A no messing band of the people, nothing revolutionary, always worth seeing when they come to your town (and there probably isn’t a town they haven’t been to). Be very easy to throw their new album on and just think ah yes, another decent enough punk-pop album from a decent enough band, be very easy to pack them on the back, say well done and politely move on – hang on though, hang in there and let it breathe a little, give them the attention and the time this new album deserves and you’ll find they’ve gone and made a surprisingly accomplished album. 4ft Fingers are growing old as disgracefully as they should be, they’re doing it with grace, there’s a new maturity; a melodic reflective maturity . This really is life in England, this is about the reality of growing up and approaching middle age, wondering what there is left and was that it? About sharing, about the unity of music, or the catalyst of real street-level punk rock music and the friendships that form around it  – songs of hope, 21st century English folk music. 4ft Fingers have made an intelligent album, an album of substance, an album that fits comfortably alongside the more recent output of other ‘mature’ road-wise punk bands – bands like Against All or Bad Religion - not a mere copy of those Americans though, 4ft Fingers are very much from England and this is an album that’s as English as The Levellers at their best, as English as Snuff or Carter or Leatherface, not just another set of American wannabes. An album with a defiant beating heart, and they’re in too deep now to just walk away - so more new beginnings to old stories then, and you can’t teach an old dog too many new tricks – or can you? 4ft Fingers have just made their finest album by miles... don’t dismiss it or then as just another punk-pop band – www.myspace.com/4ftfingers or www.notonyourradio.com

LIQUID SKY – Identity (Insomnia-Media) – Great big bold female fronted epic ambitious symphonic gothic/pomp metal – somewhere between the feminine drama of Evanescence and the progressive metal of Threshold. If you like the idea of something that’s somewhere between those two then Liquid Sky do their thing impressive well, they stand out from the vast crowd and you’ll no doubt be far more impressed then those of us who really don’t get that excited by this kind of over-dramatic operatic Euro metal, they're good at their thing and they stand out  - www.liquid-sky.co.uk

PG.LOST – Yes I Am (Black Star Foundation) – Instrumental post rock epicness from Sweden, Pg.Lost let their melodic atmospheres flow in that now familiar refined caressing sky touching manner. A beautiful shivering warming relaxing sound of epic proportions - delightfully played, boldly paced restraint and if we didn’t already have Mono, Explosions In The Sky, Godspeed YBE and all the others then this album would be something to recommend. Thing is we already have all those bands and they’re already done all this.  As pleasant as this is, there’s not a thing on here that goes anywhere near a hint of identity or touch of real progression. What we have here is a nice enough album from a band who’s melodic approach to post-rock adds up to little more that just a very pleasant summary of the average post rock record collection – enjoyable, serene, beautifully played, epic - but why just sound like all the others when you’re obviously capable of so much more? www.myspace.com/pglost or www.blackstarfoundation.com

AKAHUM – Electwistery (Worldvenue) – instrumental electronic free-festi prog-psych that falls somewhere in that gap between Eat Static and Ozric Tentacles. Kind of thing you might have found on a Better Days tape back in the daze of Club Dog, the free festival spirit of Oroonies/Ullulators/Magic Mushroom Band and the Monkey Piloted times or yore. Akahum are from Wales, they make for a pleasant bubbling easy-on-the-ear psychedelic space-prog sound, not really adding that much but hey, enjoyable enough when you need the head space and there aren’t too many bands around who sound like this anymore – www.akhum.com or www.worldvenue.com

JENX – Fuseless (Massacre) – French band with a debut album that’s loaded with killing jokes and abrasive slabs of industrial-edged metalcore from the darkest fields of nephelim – www.myspace.com/jenxnoise
 
Last week's album of the week - LADYHAWK

Previous album's of the week - SSM / BURMESE / CADAVER EYES / B FOR BANG / VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR / SON LUX / SURROUNDED / ALEC K REDFEARN & THE EYESORES / CHRIS SCHLARB / DANAVA / NADA SURF / HARLOTS
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ALBUM REVIEW ARCHIVES

  LIVE 
FOUNDINGS – Bull & Gate, London, 28th March – Fine band, mellow band, took their own sweet sparse time with their locked on narrative and their refined blend of gentle progressive kraut rock. Nothing but a name to us, we were here for the excellent headliners Little Trophy, heard Foundlings briefly on My Space – but then who has time to listen to bands on My Space properly?  A fine blend of pin-point almost spoken word vocals and tails of journeys along England’s psychotic autobahns - the spirit of the age. Man in the middle behind music stand flicking at his papers, Neu shirt, man on Rickenbacker twelve string adding a contradictory jingle that makes their inspired sound rather unique – a kind of My Bloody Valentine for Motorway City times and One More Grain disciples. Girl on bass holding things down (or were they swapping instruments?). Chin up, chin up, replace the indignity and a rolling sound that will succeed – they will succeed. I really was prepared for them not to be very good tonight, shit week ending on a shit Friday and if it hadn’t been for the thought of Little Trophy I could have easily opted for staying at home tonight. I want them to be average so I can slip back to the bar and find oblivion, I can’t though. Eyes flicker, rapid movement, please, please, consume us all, why be angry? “Hey, this band are rather good, who are they?” say the Trophy fan next to me. He’s right, I rally like this band, I  don’t want to, I want a drink, I don’t want any more music, release, release, I want more music. Robert Calvert, Mark E. Smith, Boards of Canada, Tortoise, can’t leave, must watch, and all the time that contradictory jangle of that Rickenbacker – so obvious a combination, why hasn’t anyone else done this? Maybe they have? Stone Roses for Neu heads? The dye was cast, endure, endure, genocide, create, fragmented, we’re on the same side, cease to resist - this is not a sound to resist, inherent, all over, spit it out, too late to resist now – sinister, intent, you made it so lie in it, goodbye, goodbye... fine band, fine fine band... Foundlings... must go and see them again  www.myspace.com/foundlingsband
Live previously - UNCLE PEDRO / EPIDEME / THE ENABLERS / IMPERIAL LEISURE / DAS WANDERLUST / YOU SLUT! / TRUCKERS OF HUSK / THE BOBBY McGEE’S / DR SLAGGLEBERRY / AIRBOURNE / SPIT LIKE THIS / MOUSE / GRANTURA / TO THE BONES /DäLEK / DESTRUCTO STORMBOTS / GUAPO

LIVE REVIEW ARCHIVES

  SINGLES
Single time...

SINGLE OF THE WEEK
EFTERKLANG – Caravan (The Leaf Label) – We’ve almost said too much about them now, we sense you becoming a little desensitised to our ravings and droolings and talk of majestic parades that go on for ever (or at least until they reach the sky). Single off last year’s Organ album of the year and backed with the glorious ripples (that should be a capital R and a reference to an unmentionable shimmering prog moment that those who know will get) of The Romance On Mammoth Hill – a new piece to us and something alive with shimmering anticipation, not a milling miles away from that buzz of excitement when a full orchestra is warming up an stretching out before a performance.  Two wonderfully delicate glowing remixes of Caravan and the adorable Mirador and all out a limited edition 72 or digital thing that you really do need in your life – this must be how a magpie feels when that glint of treasure is spied. www.efterklang.net or www.theleaflabel.com

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GRAMMATICS – D.I.L.E.M.M.A (Dance To The Radio) – They have this warm glow and this intelligent depth that matches the obvious ambition, an intense flow and creative charm – a band who want a little more, a band who want to challenge themselves and a single that suggests that, given the chance then there’s a lot more to come. Warm orchestral beautifully voiced ambitious indie rock – www.dancetotheradio.com / www.myspace.com/grammatics

RORY McVICAR – No More Do I Cry (Series 8) – Norwich singer songwriter with no name to defend and not a care – he really does sound like he doesn’t have a care, actually he sounds like carefree sunny easy Morrissey with time well spent – Smith’s flavoured, not a mere copy through, just a feel, well worth checking out – www.rorymcvicar.com

THE AUTHOR – Dannie (Weekender) - Fizzing synth pop for fans of The Bravery, Bloc Party and such. Kind of galloping, kind of spiky in an indie pop kind of way, kind of. Kind of like it in a very current indie synth pop nu-something or other kind of way. Using up all nine of your lives twice.. kind of... www.myspace.com/theauthormusic

COMPUTER CLUB – Electrons & Particles (Split) - Another one of those slightly epic, slightly heroic indie rock bands that taste of things like Bloc Party, Editors and such. B-side is far better than the a-side, a-side isn’t bad, b-side has us checking to see if it isn’t Leave The Capital back under yet another name. Computer Club have a little edge and in that second song a little bit of a finger print. Nothing that radically life changing, you’re not going to catch us leaping off tall buildings to tell you you must check them out or anything like that – they sound like one of those bands you catch every night of your lives on late night Channel Four music programs, one of those bands that the NME declare the best band in the world ever and then write off the week after as crap really.  I kind of like the b-side - These Bones – the b-side hints at good things to maybe come.... www.myspace.com/iheartcc

Last week's single of the week - NAVVY

Previously - MAPS / M83 / CATNAP / 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
AHLEUCHATISTAS - The Same and the Other (Tzadik) - A welcome re-release of the Ahleuchatistas' second album, appropriately enough as part of Tzadik's impressive Fullforce Composer series.  This is unfettered, pure musical telepathy: guitar, bass and drums galloping and weaving through an intricate maze of riffs and rhythms. Little studio trickery gets in the way of a very as-it-comes sound, leaving the nearly tactile pleasure of their complex dynamics.  Ahleuchatistas glory in all the different shapes a stripped-down rock setup can make; luxuriate in the joy of putting contrasting shapes and colours against each other in time.  It's pure (that word again) composing - these guys have the skills to play anything they like, have so got over showing off this fact, and are just into the joy of it.  It's not easy listening, and yet it's likeable in a way that's hard to define.
   The three musicians have tastes overlapping US hardcore rock, avant and progressive, with a healthy dose of jazz.   A piece like Good Question is archetypal Ahleuchatistas - dozens of changes, ranging from incredibly tight unison stabs of sound to a guitar solo that starts off seriously skilled, ends up having a lunatic conversation with itself, blinks and pulls itself together for a perfectly sane rock-out finale with the rhythm section. It's a delight: studded with brilliant ideas, and fun - but then, pretty much every track is. The aptly named Joyous Disruptions starts with guitar revving up like a motorbike, ends with it sounding like jungle birds... and so it goes on, with imagination at every turn.  It's easy to hear why this became such a sought-after album before this re-release.  In comparison to more recent albums - What You Will and Even In The Midst - the Ahleuchatistas sound is extremely similar, but The Same and the Other may be a little heavier, meatier sounding, with a more hints of sonic humour, a touch of the Carl Stalling in places. 'Recorded fresh from a tour, in a blistering hot basement'  - bands are never better then when they're just done thirty tiny venues in as many days, and Ahleuchatistas sound stunning here. This music fizzes with life and energy. Well, well worth re-releasing. More info - www.ahleuchatistas.com or www.tzadik.com

PREVIOUSLY - WIZARDS OF TWIDDLY / 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

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ORGAN 250 - THE ENABLERS, LADYHAWK, DIE DIE DENEUVE, JUNKYARD CHOIR, YOUNG HEART ATTACK, IMPERIAL LEISURE, UNCLE PEDRO, EPIDEME, FLU.ID, AYIN ALEPH, LEFT LANE CRUISER, BEATUNDERCONTROL, VOODOO SIX, NAVVY, SILVER ROCKET, LIGHTS GO OUT ZINE... 

ORGAN 249 - SSM, TALL FIRS, TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED, a.P.A.t.T, THE DEATHSET, NEX, MY UNCLE THE WOLF, NO USE FOR A NAME, MAHJONGG, SWORN AMONGST, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, LESS THAN JAKE, DAS WANDERLUST, YOU SLUT!, TRUCKERS OF HUSK, THE BOBBY McGEE’S, BOMB FACTORY, MAPS, M83, BATDAN, CHEAP ANTIQUES, INDIGO MOSS, KILL HANNAH, MY FEDERATION, THE MASS, WEDDING PRESENT, AOS3, WIZARDS OF TWIDDLY, THE SOUND OF ARROWS...

ORGAN 248 - BURMESE, CADAVER EYES, CATNAP, KONTAKTE, F*CK BUTTONS, NO NO ZERO, ADRENICIDE, LUNAR DUNES, MINISTRY, BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE, EIGHT PAGE PULLOUT, HELLO WEMBLEY, NFD, DEEP PURPLE, CARPATHIAN FOREST.. 

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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