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A Musical life centre? Filthy, gross, time for a lot of loose ends to be tied up painfully tight. Do you? Well do you?  Now where were we? A blood red letter and the taste of revenge and keep things close to your chest. Worship the taste of the gates and would you like some more water? Underneath your screamsaver lies a frank remainder and burnt toast and still here, all still here melting in the sun and this is what we did this week. Lashings of something and grab it all while you can... 

This week's Organ is in celebration of Matt Kinnison and some great Bunty Chunks times... 

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?

I might have written this week's Organ ~ no, I wouldn't presume that, but take what you want if it helps. Art and life are both very messy, and art is just life strung together to propose an alternate reality that was there all the time.

FREE FESTIVAL, BACK TO THE PLANET..... I blame the...

> > Hi Organ...

> > Hope you're well and good and all that.
> > Back to the Planet are playing Paradise Gardens free festy in Victoria Park London E3 on Sunday 25th May. Nostalgia, beer and sunshine are all optional. We're warming up for a handful of  festival dates in the summer (Endorse-It, Shambala, maybe Solfest  too) before we go back into hibernation. Hope to see you there: if you can find it in your hearts to plug  this in the Organ or on the web site that'd be sterling.

Cheers, and all the best,
Frags BTTP

> Brilliant! Argghhh, hang on, damn! We're on the radio on Sundays, what time are you on? > Yes, we'll get a plug up on line in a bit and you've given me an excuse to play you on the radio (we have an Organ shows on Resonance 104.4 FM on Sunday nights) Is there a BTTP website or anything to link up a new story to - we'll get all the dates up 

Sean O

Hi Sean,
Bloody good to hear from you - long time no see and all that...

The BTTP web site is www.backtotheplanet.com. It's always out of date because we are truly slackers. Paradise Gardens web site is www.paradisegardens.org.uk.

We're also due to play Shambala (www.shambalafestival.org), Endorse-It-In-Dorset (www.lgofestivals.com) and Solfest (www.solwayfestival.co.uk) this summer, before we wheel ourselves back to the old folks' home. It's really nice just to be playing: it's come as a bit of a surprise that anyone remembers us at all :)

Cheers feller, 
Frags

Back To The Planet, on stage 6.45, May 25th, Victoria Park, London E3 - Paradise Gardens web site is www.paradisegardens.org.uk. Oh look, Katy Carr, Alabama 3, 
 

THINGS TO GET SHOUTING  ABOUT?
This week we're not shouting, we're celebrating the life of a guy we knew far too little about, who came and played and was part of one of the finest London bands back there... 
 
John on the phone...
“Hi Sean, Marina and Organ team, just thought I'd let you know that Matt, bass player with Bunty Chunks, died on the 7th May. He was 42 years old and had lung cancer. I know that Matt would have wanted me to pass on his thanks for supporting us. Kind regards”  Mohsin (Bunty Chunks)

Damn, that's not right! Sometimes an e.mail turns up and stops everything. 

Not sure how well many of you will know of Bunty Chunks now, one of those treasures from Organ days past that you’ll have to search out, one of those special bands who are around and doing things and then suddenly gone. They were and still are genuinely one of our favourite bands around here. Their demos and singles from the early 90’s are still regularly played on Marina’s Other Rock show and some of those Organ gigs with bands like Map and The Monsoon Bassoon and Huge Baby and Panixphere and that time as part of the Eight Day Itch and such are amongst the most treasured of times. 42 years, that’s nothing – no, that’s wrong, if you really want to you can do so much in 42 days or weeks or 42 years and every moment is there, grab it like Matt clearly did, create, contact, go and really switch the other... 

I just read something that Rhodri from Gag posted. I'm sure we must have put both bands on together on the same Organ bills, or at least they would have been in the audience for each other’s hard-boiled edgy bands... Must dig out some flyers, must write that book...

“Just got a call to say that Matt Kinnison died yesterday. In around 93/94 I watched him play with Bunty Chunks dozens of times. More people have probably heard of Cindytalk, the other band he was in, but Bunty Chunks were staggeringly good. Matt would stand very still, with a slight snarl on his face, hacking out these monstrous but beautifully honed bass guitar riffs. I didn't know him other than to say hello to, but I've just listened to this ludicrous tune of theirs very loudly and sighed, as you tend to do in these situations. He must only have been 40 or so. Very...”  (Rhodri)

Long-time Cindytalk friend and collaborator, Matt Kinnison, died on Wednesday 7th of May. Matt who had been part of the Cindytalk family since 1982 (having co-written "Under Glass" from the Camouflage Heart album) had been ill with cancer for some time. He died peacefully at around 11am after deciding he had endured enough. I saw him a few hours earlier and let him know that his spirit would continue to shine through all of our future work. And whilst it was very difficult to see him so close to death, he had almost never looked more beautiful. It was an absolute privilege to spend that time with him. He told me he was 16 when he came to audition for Cindytalk (when David Clancy and I lived up in East Finchley in 1982) but we subsequently discovered he'd lied and was only 15. I thought he was too young to be considered as our bass-player at that time but had a strong feeling that here was somebody very very special, somebody that would get better and more interesting through time. He proved me right and more. He wasn't always the easiest person to work with, he didn't just have foibles he had FOIBLES... but he was more than worth any effort made and he showed that time and time again, especially with his bass-playing and tape manipulations on "The Wind Is Strong" & "Wappinschaw". We had been in rehearsal to play live when he had to stop due to a shoulder problem which was later diagnosed as lung cancer. We had also been working together on new material over the last two years, notably, "For The Benefit Of All" and "Silver Shoals Of Light", both of which were written by myself and Matt. A new Cindytalk album, again written between Matt and I ("Hold Everything Dear") had just been completed before Matt's condition worsened, rendering him unable to create any new sounds. Cindytalk label touched RAW had been planning to release Matt's stunning album of yayli tambur pieces "Evenings Of Ordinary Sand" but had been held up due to the petty deception of our back catalogue being stolen. But we will endeavour to bring that plan to fruition as soon as possible. Matt always worked very hard with his music and he did so right up to the end.He will be sadly missed by all those he came in contact with. Rest in Peace Matt, seek out those corners, wherever you are. You will always be with us. We love you. - Gordon Sharp/Cindytalk

Thanks Matt...
 

ORGAN ON YOUR RADIO - WEEKLY on SUNDAYS AT 9.00pm via RESONANCE 104.4FM in London and worldwide via www.resonancefm.com   more details here

Last week’s ORGAN radio show on London’s finest radio station, RESONANCE 104.4FM featured the following pieces of music (Sunday, 9.00pm, FM in London, worldwide on line)

Last week on the OTHER ROCK SHOW with Marina Organ on Resonance 104.F.M in London or worldwide via www.resonancefm.com

11th May 2008 – 9.00pm

INTRO: PHANTOMSMASHER - Bishop Hopping (Ipecac)
1:  KOENJIHYAKKEI - Loss (Skin Graft)
2:  THEY CAME FROM THE STARS I SAW THEM - It's Time (This Is Not An Exit)
3:  DON CABALLERO - In The Absence Of Strong Evidence To...
4:  TIME OF ORCHIDS "Meant Hush-Hush)” (Cuneiform)
5:  BEHOLD... THE ARCTOPUS - Alcoholocaust (Metalblade)
6:  ZAG & THE COLOURED BEADS - Sweaty Thing  (self release)
7:  FTSE 100 - Unnamed track from demo
8:  KOE – Quan  (self-release)
9:  1-0 (DOMINIQUE LEONE)  - Kaine  (download
10: MIOCENE – Sympathy For Gordon Comstock (Corporate Risk) 
11: KOENJIHYAKKEI - Sunna Zarioki (Skin Graft)
12: OXBOW  - ...The Stick  (Neurot)
13/OUTRO:  DETWIIJE - Would You Rather Be Followed By Forty Ducks For The Rest Of Your Life? (demo)

For full details of tracks played, along with descriptions, links, news and such so that you listeners can find out more, see the playlist pages here

 
  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
DEAD LEAF ECHO – Pale Fire – refined intelligent indie pop rock, sublime and dreamy, crafted post-romantic indie pop mellow dream shoegazing melancholic goodness from New York City -  www.deadleafechonyc.com

ALSO CHECK OUT
KELMAN – Warm indie rock, quiet, delicate, more dreamy melancholic slowcore and an impressive three piece from London with ambitious Galaxy 500 meets Tindersticks flavours and ideas – www.kelmanband.com

Last week's demo of the week - I-DEF-I / DANGER INVITES RESCUE

Previous demo's of the week - A CUP OF TEA / NARRATION / HOT DAMN / KOPEK / DIE DIE DENEUVE / BOMB FACTORY / KONTAKTE /ATLAS / THE HAROLD WARTOOTH / COSMIC MICROWAVE BACKGROUND / EATEN BY TIGERS

DEMO REVIEW ARCHIVES

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

ALBUM OF THE WEEK
EXPERIMENTAL DENTAL SCHOOL – Jane Doe Loves Me (Cochon) – Ah yes, more microscope lab voices and obscene back porch floating from the most experimental dental school of them all, we were looking forward to this one. They moved from Oakland to Portland and they did again. Bendy -  seriously bendy pointy pronky jazzy new wave and complex Devo shapes and Casiotones and machines that are programmed for questions and get away from that door people mover. Deerhoofs and striking discordance and broken machines being hit by guitar riffs and all going off and things. Things that never stand still, an ever evolving revolving sound. Here a honk, there a clang and a guitar-o-bass (a custom built low tuned guitar with bass strings) and ice creams and machines and different coloured animals and giraffes that probably run oh so very fast if you want to catch one you had better take a net. Shoko Horikawa sings like a bird and all the joined up bits are wonderfully disjointed in such an unobvious way – and it is all so obvious although only they could have thought of it and yes they do keep going off and things and they’re all over the place and ghosts may hide in corners and sing inside them but none of it would work if the songs weren’t so good, are we making sense here? Uh huh, na hu, think the alt-rock roller-coaster quirk of Melt Banana or Deerhoof or Devo or Mr Bungle and you'll’be someway near a bus that might just take you near there and you know what, this is 2008, you don’t need anymore words from us, here’s the link, here’s the stars and a saucer to drink from and pinchy and precarious and upbeat and colourful and smiles ever wider than the most friendly of crocodiles and plant plenty, and they did it again – I think we love even more than last time – www.experimentaldental.com or find it in the UK via www.cargorecords.co.uk - and you can treat yourself to some 2006 live You Tube footage here
 
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A HUMAN – Third Hand Prophecy (Wall of Sound) - Ah yes the album reveals it all, brilliant album, I see what people are on about now, third hand prophecies indeed. Clever wordplay and streams of fraudulent truths and post post modern anxiety blues and let us be lazy – yes, let us be lazy. Here comes the lazy bit – Heaven 17 Human League brilliant constructively kicked in to post everything carbon copy screen savers of 2008 in the very best way, a frank remainder of the truth and all things good and a very human thing. I’m loving this album from the off and so will you. Take kindly to this robbery and their reputation goes before them, excellent songs, story telling, clever words that demand your ears and heats and hearts full of goodness trading soul for all - more p.c with their crimes. Be ready to get very very hooked on these songs and following Pacey Singer and their infectious electo-androgyny and Being Boiled and good good (while half the world is threatening to blow each other up). Do we know too much about our idols? Do we read it all in Heat? I though I knew those words, I’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name before – their own songs are better. www.myspace.com/theahuman
 

PAUL HANDYSIDE – Future’s Dream (Malady) – The debut solo album from singer songwriter with 80’s indie band Hurrah! Delicate songs and beautiful warmth, sensitive intelligent erudite goodness. Gentle songs, hints of Americana, timeless and personal and lines full of good intent. A master of his craft, impressive and enjoyable, a river of fine song and rather recommended... www.paulhandyside.com or www.myspace.com/paulhandyside

SENNEN – When The Light Gets In (Hungry Audio) – Kind of wondering where Sennen are actually coming from here, hard to get an angle on what it is they’re trying to do, to get a fix on what they’re about – maybe they key is not to try and instead just accept that the Norfolk band are a rather decent, rather dramatic, rather refined English indie rock band and just enjoy the album. Right now Everybody’s Loss is sounding like a mellow reflective relaxed and all together rather good Joy Division  - excellent song actually. Elsewhere they’re dreamy, they’re moody, they’re delicate, they’re wired and expansive, they have edgy instrumental passages that take on Mogwai, Godspeed proportions. Just Wanted To Know sounds remarkably like the ever excellent Suns Of The Tundra or maybe a darker heavier Spacemen 3.  Didn’t Sennen once deal in the Pixies style loud/quiet/discordant way of doing things? Swapped it for a touch of the post rock flavoured epic now, that and giant walls of guitar haze and bits of Teenage Fanclub and Sonic Youth and then they take you back to the delicate quiet harmonies and more refined beauty... It does work, it does flow as one body of work, one coherent whole and I guess the key is to not try and work out where they’re coming from or to search for the finger print and that bit of x factor and instead just enjoy a good album and a decent band who are clearly evolving and find themselves and promising lots – a rather good rather refined rather pleasant album that’s well worth your time.  www.sennen.org.uk or www.hungryaudio.co.uk

MAINLINE – From Obivion To Salvation (Glasstone) – Rather decent frontline metalcore from Italy. Delivered with positive rage when it needs to be, with colourful light and shade that does more than enough to hold attention. Thrashing melody, not afraid to get all complex along the way and what we have here is a healthy slice of good solid modern metal intent. Good stuff, if Suzi was still swimming with her sharks then Mainline would be more than welcome in the goddamn pool to smack her gorilla heads off – www.glasstonerecords.com or www.myspace.com/mainlinemusic

THE EXPLORERS CLUB – Freedom Wind (Dead Oceans) – How much more Beach Boys could it be? The answer is none, none more Beach Boys. I guess they’re written an album of good songs and they seem rather committed and passionate about their thing, extremely well crafted, spot on harmonies, spot on artwork, spot on everything – but isn’t just a little too Beach Boys? www.deadoceans.com

MOONSPELL – Night Eternal (SPV) - More of their dramatic brooding epic goth metal - and if that dramatic/melodic (rather busy) Euro goth metal thing does it for you then the Portuguese outfit are on the best of form. Probably their finest album yet – www.moonspell.com

PLANET OF ZEUS – Eleven The Hard Way (Casket) – Well, we were thinking got to be Athens Georgia right? Wrong! Quite why a band from Athens Greece sounds so monstrously Southern American I don’t know – guess we live in a global village and all that. Seriously good Down/Clutch flavoured groove metal, big riffs, big voices and are you sure there’s only three of them? If you like your Southern grooved stoner doom metal then here’s another good one for yer – www.myspace.com/planetofzeusgr or www.coprorecords.co.uk

ANIMAL ALPHA – You’ll Pay For The Whole Seat, But You’ll Only Need The Edge (Racing Junior) - Exotic, dramatic, metallic and she wants to put her hands around your neck and watch your face turn blue – one of the beautiful people and some ambitious big-rock for disciples of Marilyn Manson and pornorphans everywhere. All extravagant lipstick and alpha girl demanding you lick it all up – she’s in control of this jack-in-the-box four piece and things are all riffed up and bitingly frenetic for people who like it the way of Otep or Skunk Anansie with a little Daisy Chainsaw on the side of the fractured plate - they're from norway, they do it rather impressively well.  www.animalalpha.com

BEEHOOVER – Heavy Zoo (Exile On Mainstream) – They don’t sound like any kind of bee hoover now, some other weird kind of animalia rolling in to town this time around. Still something to ogle, still that strange band and some kind of curiosity and setting aside of the sunbeams and shinny chrome. Some kind of strange heavy rock and doomy groove for disciples of the Bungle who like their metal with a hint of old school heavy psychedelia around the edges. Channeled creativity and heavy rock that has a certain different style to it. www.beehover.com or www.myspace.com/beehoover

MAX SHIRE – Love Lost Again (Minerva Road) - Jeff Buckley flavoured English indie pop singer songwriter type, here’s the link, I guess if you like this kind of thing then he does it well enough I guess. You know us prog loving violence-demanding punk-headed people, we like it complex and awkward and Jeff Buckley didn’t ever do that much for us, we’re more your Max Webster types – www.myspace.com/maxshire

SKINLAB – Alive (BCD) The born again reformed refried San Francisco metal crew back in action and with a live album recorded last year. Sounding a little dated now and you’re only as good as you’re latest moves – if this was a live demo from a new band we’d probably say it was alright but haven’t we heard it a million times already. Some kind of aggressive mix of lowest common denominator brutal groove and nu and whatever the hell and if you’re going to come back we need a little more -  www.myspace.com/skinlab

IHSAHN – Angl (Candlelight) – Second solo album from the Emporer’s new clothing man. Moody death gothness and silly cod-classical darkness and preposterous lyrics and comedy singing and someone said something about a complex enticing tapestry and the cycle of existence – excuse me sir, why has the emperor got no clothes on? Here come the dark piano cords and the sun returns from the shades of night. More toast to save us from our own corruption? Do’nt burn it this time - 104 for 5 now -  www.ihsahn.com

EARLY GRAVE – Tomorrow I Am You (Rising) - Buzzing grinding old school death metal violence and same as you’ve heard already so so so many times. Teenagers from Peterborough, when the harmonies kick in over the old school buzzing and riffing and deathing they threaten to push it somewhere different – most of it is a hell noise of pissed demon bees and broken glass, oh here come the ‘nice’ emo harmonies again next to the yelling about death and turning blue and putrid decay and infested minds and I think I’ll go make some toast and a hot cup of tea – what do yer think? Strawberry jam? Peanut butter and gore and extra sugar? Was that a wicket? – www.myspace.com/earlygraveuk. Look at that! Toast burnt carcinogenic bible black and starless, tea stewed and Sidebottom’s got another one and no, it was Broad... burnt up death metal bands, extreme toast and no jam left, all the same kettle of fish... Anderson comes in from the covers and there is no run, a wicket maiden and summer is here... 
 
Last week's album of the week - JO GABRIEL

Previous album's of the week - PROJECT SERENDIPITY / QUEEN ELEPHANTINE / C.R AVERY / THE INDELICATES / KAREN DALTON / PAS CHIC CHIC / MATTHEW RYAN / LADYHAWK / SSM / BURMESE / CADAVER EYES / B FOR BANG / VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR / SON LUX / SURROUNDED
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ALBUM REVIEW ARCHIVES

  LIVE 
 No time this week, what with the Reds and the gates and hey look we'll write live reviews when we want to....
Live previously - VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR / FOUNDINGS / 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

LIVE REVIEW ARCHIVES

  SINGLES
Single time...

SINGLE OF THE WEEK
BLACK MOUNTAIN – Stormy High (Jagjaguwar) – The latest album is a classic, we’ve been playing it lots on (and off) the radio, this four and a half minute plus single will give you more than a hint, goes nowhere near explaining it all though, you need the latest album! You damn well need this band! Think Neil Young fronting Deep Zeppelin or Led Purple with extra helpings of Mellotron and a bit of post Sonic Youth alt-rock blues stomp in there with the Hammond action and the smell of raw overdriven Lesley and cool as f heavy fuggin’ rock!  You’ll be up for so long, all very 1974 and not very 1974 all at the same time – they just rock I tell yer! www.blackmountainarmy.com

SINGLE OF THE WEEK 2
CARIBOU – Eli (City Slang) – Deliciously dense and creamy, slowly swirling spiraling and sunny psychedelic indie pop that’s both then and now in all the very best ways – just right, nothing more needs to be said – www.myspace.com/cariboumanitoba

ALSO CHECK OUT
FRIGHTENED RABBIT – Fast Blood (Fat Cat) - Another single, coming thick and fast now these frightened rabbits. More Scottish black humour and lets get paralyzed down both sides and more midnight organ fights. Just excellent songs and euphoric goodness and cleaver heartfelt uplifting hope and beauty in the middle of human despair and hurricanes and spilt everything and warm hearts soon going cold and they really are one of the best new bands out there. www.frightenedrabbit.com

A NEW DAY – Perfect Passion (Lockjaw) - Melodic rough-edged (post) hardcore and a healthy energetic attitude from the coast of South Wales. Tributes to nothing and bites of everything, Unsane drive and rising against everything and Alexisonfire. They got drive, desire and yes a (perfect) passion, nothing ground breaking or that different, but then it doesn’t always have to be when it comes with this kind of commitment – www.myspace.com/anewdayuk or www.lockjawrecords.co.uk

NADA SURF – See These Bones (City Slang) – Second single from the New York alt-pop band’s excellent fifth album, their best yet if you ask us, you didn’t I know but we’re telling you anyway – Nada Surf are making their best recordings ever – www.nadasurf.com

KELLEY STOUT – Birmingham Eccentric / Let’s Go Out Tonight (Sub Pop) - Is it us or can you sing the words to that Wurzels song about a Combine Harvester along to this second song, or that Mungo Jerry In The Summertime song? Or that upbeat Black Crowes version of that Otis Reading song Hard To Handle? Kind of infectious and short summer dress good I guess. Been sitting on the fence with this one for days, keep playing it again and again, still not sure which way we’re going to go, lead song sounds a little Zutons right now... the whole thing shuffles around in a breezy left-field indie skiffle shuffle singer songwriter kind of way. I guess, for the worth of it all we’ll give it a thumbs up. Infectious breezy fun, guess it would sound good on a summertime daytime uptime radio and smiles as wide as crocodiles and maybe a hint of mellow Kings of Leon  - www.kelleystoltz.com or www.myspace.com/kelleystoltz or www.subpop.com

Last week's single of the week - KILL THE CAPTAINS

Previously - THE KINGSIZE FIVE / THE OUTSIDE ROYALTY / DEAD OR AMERICAN / PULLOVER / HAYMAN, WATKINS, TROUT & LEE / EFTERKLANG / NAVVY / MAPS / M83 / CATNAP / WHAT WOULD JESUS DRIVE? / FRIGHTENED RABBIT / CAVALERA CONSPIRACY / SILVERY / PICTURES / STE McCABE / THE DEATH SET

SINGLE REVIEW ARCHIVES

'THIS WEEK’S FREE DOWNLOAD...
BUTTHOLE SURFERS are back the UK this summer. Yes indeed! Time to climb that Hairway. That’s right, for the first time in over 10 years, the UK welcomes cult Texan avant-garde-ists the Butthole Surfers, (plus Paul Green School of  Rock). The dates are: 4th July at the ABC, Glasgow then 5 July Academy  2, Manchester, 6 July Wulfrun  Hall, Wolverhampton, and then The Forum, London on Sat 26 July . The band are also doing some US shows and for these shows, Jeff Pinkus will be on bass and Teresa Taylor (along with King Coffey) on drums. This is the rhythm section the band had for most of the 80s and marks the first time this line up has played together since 1989. Paul Leary has prior commitments and unfortunately can't play the European dates (he will be on stage for the New York City show and possibly more stateside). “However, fear not, our European friends. Joining the band onstage for all shows in the US and Europe will be The Paul Green School of Rock All-Stars. This mob of teenage geniuses will blow your mind, forming a virtual Butthole Surfers Orchestra when they play with Gibby and company Find out more at www.buttholesurfers.com or cut to the chase and let the music do the talking, they have a page of free downloads on their website, go grab them here

PREVIOUSLY - CARDIACS / STUMP, KEV HOPPER / PUSSYCAT TRASH

'RE-ISSUE/best of OF THE WEEK
THE FLYING LUTTENBACHERS – Trauma (ugExplore) - Even by the gloriously hardboiled standards of the wonderful Luttenbachers this is serious awkward stuff – seriously hardboiled noise-jazz and free form no-wave sonic rides of experimental noise-rock, a harboiled hardcore delight. The Flying Luttenbachers are an exceptional band, they’re a difficult band – no they’re not, there’s nothing difficult here, just everyone else making such damn conventional music. The Flying Luttenbachers are a delight and Trauma is an excellent album. Trauma would be a traumatic starting point though, unless serious experimental avant free-form jazz noise is where your head is at – if that’s the case than this flows beautifully. No, I’d maybe start with the recent Skingraft re-issue of the seminal Destroy All Music album and then when you’ve discovered just how exceptional that album is then go hoover up Revenge and then everything you can find. I put this band right up there at the very top of the premier league alongside the very best (Cardiacs, Van Der Graaf, Motorhead’s best moments...)
 Trauma then, “first time ever on CD for this ass-kicking 2001 release by the “free jazz” trio formation of the Luttenbachers. This remastered digital version features almost seventy minutes of crisply recorded studio madness. A must have for Brotzmann and Ayler fans! Trauma is one of the most brutally powerful albums in the entire Flying Luttenbachers catalogue...” so says the press release that came from lead Luttenbacher Weasel Walter. Originally released as a vert limited slice of coloured double vinyl and finally put on CD at last them. This is a gloriously relentless outpouring on jazz-noise energy delivered with crafted attitude and an extremely high standard of musicianship, you really do have to know what you’re doing to make something like this work so well. A hardboiled fury of abstraction and frenetic lightspeed high-art density. Screeching sax, progressive jazz drums, gutteral bass. This is actually really enjoyable, this flows, it jutters and stabs, it slows right down, them we’re off and rolling down the other side at breakneck speed again. This album really does capture that particular line up and phase perfectly, distinctive improvisation and they really do connect here in a really magical way. Rigorous free-jazz instrumental sax screaming hardboiled punk rock art of noise of the highest order. Bright, focused and highly highly recomended. 
 The Flying Luttenbachers were formed in 1991 by Weasel Walter, they’ve been around in one form or another right up until last year when Weasel retired the name. A constantly shifting line up and a constantly challenging rewarding sound. The list of names the band has featured reads like a who’s who of avant other rock and experimental free jazz – Ken Vandermark, Mick Barr (Orthrelm, Octis, Ocrilim), Fred Lonberg-Holm (Peter Brotzmann Tentet and such), Kurt Johnson (Lozenge), Hal Russell (NRG Ensamble), Ed Radriguez (Deerhoof), Alex Perkolup (Cheer Accident), Mike Green (Burmese), Jonathan Hischke (Hella) amongst others.... If you already know the Luttenbachers you’ll be delighted to know you can now get your hands on Trauma, if you don’t know then lucky you, you have some treats in store... you need this band. 

Find out more about Trauma here - www.nowave.pair.com/ugexplode
Find some classic downloads here on the Skin Graft page that will serve as an introduction (you'll find loads of other good stuff on there as well - Pre, Cheer Accident, everything on Skin Graft is worth your ear and a slice of your heart...) 

Meanwhile, here's a re-run of a review we posted up a couple of weeks ago

MARY HALVORSON and WEASEL WALTER – Opulence (ugExplode) – Now let’s nail some colours up here, Weasel Walter is always worth checking out, his band The Flying Luttenbachers are (or were) a consistently vital slice of seriously hard-boiled hardcore other noise post rock high-art sonic violence, probably of the very best bands ever. Right, colours nailed, you know we stand. Recorded live at John Zorn’s club, The Stone, in New York, in 2007; “A first time meeting between East Coast guitar diva Mary Halvorson and West Coast drumming iconoclast Weasel Walter! Eight tracks of totally telepathic improvisation you might swear was written and rehearsed. This is the sound of a higher form of musical communication – profound, rocking and funny all at the same time!” – not sure about the funny bit, this is seriously good telepathic improvisation, spontaneous free form hardboiled avant guitar and drum instrumental hyperactive split-second pin-point goodness. Hardboiled and precise and challenging but the key here is that this is really really enjoyable - this may be difficult and clever, but this is easy to listen to, to enjoy, to flow with, this is just very enjoyable. Jazz, prog, no-wave freeform colour and brilliant interaction between the two of them – fast moving, varied and every bit as good as we now expecting anything involving Weasel Walter to be – recommended - www.nowave.pair.com/ugexplode
 

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