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Let the blood run red...
MISS ROBERTS (Rude Mechanicals)Forget your perfect offering, there’s a crack in everything, welcome to disaster’s gravitational pull. Magna Carta? Nah, just lock everyone up, CCTV, ID cards, free speech? Are you sure we have a Labour party in government? Socialism? Does it really have to take a card carrying Tory to put this on the front pages?  And what of Marie Vesco?

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?
Would you like some more water? The ever excellent SONIC CATHERDRAL team will be co-hosting a show this weekend on BBC Radio 1 –“It's a one-off shoegaze special on Rob Da Bank & Friends and, as we've pre-recorded it, we can safely say that it's a great show and the tracklisting is very impressive! It goes out at the listener-friendly time of 2am-4am on Sunday night/Monday morning, but you will also be able to listen online for a week afterwards". This is the link: www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/robdabank/
                  Sonic Catherdral would also like to remind you that their new single by Japancakes - featuring covers of My Bloody Valentine's 'Soon' and 'Touched' expertly remixed by James Rutledge and Ricardo Tobar - is out on June 23. You can pre-order your copy here. And "We've got quite a few Sonic Cathedral events coming up over the next few weeks” More details over at www.soniccathedral.co.uk
THINGS TO GET SHOUTING  ABOUT?
Marie Vesco RIP  - Marie Vesco, a French activist involved with the London direct action groups Whitechapel Food Not Bombs and Brixton Reclaim Our Food (amongst others) was killed whilst cycling to the Carnival Against the Arms Trade last Week. 

Marie was part of a group of twelve cyclists who left Brixton in the early hours of the morning to join the Smash EDO demo. They were on the A23 by Burgess Hill when an impatient gas guzzling imbecile swerved across two lanes straight into Marie, then another car hit her. She died instantly, there was nothing her friends could have done. The driver of the second car got straight on his phone as soon as he came to a halt - not for an ambulance but to call his lawyer. He then started pushing Marie's mates around. One driver was nicked. 

Marie was just a few days away from her 20th birthday, and a massively popular figure on the London activist scene. She was a warm, loud, fun, vivacious figure with an infectious laugh that was always ready to help others. Until recently she lived at the Ramparts social centre, where she was always on hand help with skipping for food, cooking and helping out. Her friends also said that she loved to flirt - everyone asked for her number. She had suggested doing the last part of the bike ride naked. 

Part of the Food Not Bombs group, just the day before she died, they'd been outside McDonalds in Brixton with a sound system and a load of free vegan burgers for the Climate Day of Action (see A La Dust Carte in this issue). She had plans to start a social centre of her own. 

When the news of her death was broken to the crowd that had just escaped the clutches of the police on Brighton's Level there was a minute's silence for her. 

Her friends, as well as the wider activist community, are devastated by the news of her death. She had done so much for other people in her life in such a small time, we will never know what else she could have achieved. Her friends have said that they take some consolation in the knowing that her life will inspire them and others to carry on the causes that she left behind. 

Her death brings it home just how dangerous it can be to do the right thing. Although the A23 is supposedly OK for cyclists, there are no cycle lanes, and bikes are expected to compete for space with caffeine addled truckers and wankers in 4x4s. The cost of a proper cycle network wouldn't exactly break the bank of the world's 5th richest country, but the government is in bed with the car and oil industries. 

This isn't gonna stay like this though, as cyclists are a notoriously tight bunch, and are prepared to fight tooth and cog for road space. Critical Mass bike rides are held at the end of the month all over the world, and their pedal power is a fun way of imparting a serious message. The London Critical Mass makes a point of stopping at the site of fatal crashes involving cyclists. Make sure you're there at next Critical Mass; whatever town you're in make it massive. (SchNews)

www.critical-mass.info
www.criticalmasslondon.org.uk
Indy Media article on Marie - www.indymedia.org.uk
Indy Media article on the Smash Edo protest Marie was gonig to - indymedia

Marie's Campaigns: 
Whitechapel Food Not Bombs -  www.londonfnb.org/whitechapel/home.html
Brixton Reclaim Your Food - http://wordpress.com/tag/reclaim-your-food
 
John on the phone...
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Well not this week, we're not on this week, this week we've been in 1998..

Party Like Its 1998! - RESONANCE FM IS TEN! On the 9th of June 1998, at the behest of John Peel, Resonance FM first started broadcasting in London. At this embryonic stage Resonance FM occupied the 107.3FM frequency. From the 9th until the 15th of June all Resonance FM broadcasting is culled exclusively from this brief but fertile experiment. Tune into the original broadcasts of Resonance 107.3 FM for one week of archive celebration on Resonance 104.4 FM.

            Resonance was originally launched as part of the John Peel curated Meltdown, a then new music festival held in London. “a radio art project using FM airwaves will begin in June. Phil England, organizer of the project as well as  staff member of England's much respected LMC (London Musicians Collective) and an editor at Resonance magazine, explains what radio in the U.K. has become and how the project came to be here
               Resonance FM is wonderful, never mind the fact that we have a weekly Organ show (alternating with the Organ Other Rock Show) where we get to play all kinds of experimentally challenging music that comes in here to us at Organ – demos, cutting edge weird slices of awkward punk and lumps of twisted prog and slicing death metal and pointy new wave and art rock and things we’d never expect to hear (let along get away with playing! – the only thing we can’t get away with is radio friendly blandness!) on an FM radio in London, never mind our show, a total privilege that constantly has us leaving the studio with big did we just get to do that grins on our faces... never mind that though, Resonance is wonderful for many many (many) reasons. You can discover all kinds of things, only last week I discovered all this wonderful Persian hip-hop and a girl from Manchester called Persia on the Six Pillars From Persia show – there’s always good music to discover, and all kinds of discussion and art and field sound and found art and creature comforts and protesting pensioners and the real art of noise and sound and sculpted thought and art that matters – celebrate, Resonance is ten and while things like Resonance FM exist and creativity is a twist of a dial away there is always hope, we love Resonance FM and we are honoured to contribute a small part to it... 
            And with that, we shall load up our bags with CDs and head down to the river and London Bridge, for that is where the Resonance Studio is and tonight is Sunday. We have a ahow at 9.00pm. this week we have the Other Rock Show and the exploration of rock music on ‘other’ times – more on that here...  RESONANCE IS TEN! CELEBRATE!

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  DEMO TIME
We're just going to tell you about the very very best once a week, no more time for the average, only the most exciting - we're very very selective, when we tell you it's good then it really is goooooooood

DEMO OF THE WEEK
BLACKLANDS – Acoustic baroque flavoured dark noir tastes of chamber rock and scratchy violin and contradictory keyboards. Two rather decent songs and Blacklands are trying to do something just a little bit different here – a baroque Tindersticks, a chamber Birthday Party, something well worth investigating here, wonder what else they have for us? No other songs besides these two on their My Space page (see if there’s an interesting band we do go have a look). A moth to their flame and we always take the blame, this one grows better with every play – a goth Neil Young? Fine song writing, and really nothing like any of those names we dropped, ignore the argument line by line and go find out for yourself - as always with good original music, you can’t pin it down with mere words – this is a rich delight; both sharp and textured, searing in a beautifully understated way - wormholes and evocative strings, go enjoy, give it a little time though, deserves a few plays, don’t make the mistake of dismissing it if it doesn’t grab you first time, it will after five or so  – www.myspace.com/blacklandsmusic

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STRAY DOG CAFE – The Experiment Requires You To Continue – edge cutting toe cutters and a whole album’s worth of Northern English sounding things to say and angular pointy paranoia and catch twenty two situations. Wired and stringy and angular and awkward in a Fall kind of way, in a Wrong Pop Herzoga kind of way. “Florida man shot by puppy” shouts the voice, lots of shouting about all kinds of things, literate bites of something, positive bass line repetition and a very solid sound. Fine nine tracks, I guess this is just a demo right now? Just came on a CDr with the name of the band scribbled on it in blue felt tip, no contact details or anything like that, there’s a scruffy piece of paper shoved in to the plastic wallet that says “promo copy” and Ubik on it, maybe they’ve released it? Good band, challenging intelligent sound, well worth checking out – www.myspace.com/ubikrecords

HIGHTOWN CROWS – Way Down South – An album’s worth of authentic of 60’s sounding rhythm and blues, laced with a touch of Americana there, a hint of country rock here, a touch of the swampy southern delta, some stand up bass rock and roll, some fine harmonica playing... and there they all go with their London sound and early Stones, Long John Baldry flavours, off they go down to the Wardour Street Marquee in 1963 (on a long black train that ain’t never coming back). I really don’t know if these are their own songs or covers of old classics/standards, they certainly have an authentic sound, they do their thing extremely well, here’s the link, use it if you want to – www.myspace.com/hightowncrows

WE THE FACELESS – “We The Faceless are London’s new grunge sensations” so says the press release that comes with this demo (what the hell are bands doing getting PR companies to send out demos anyway?). If there is such a notion and some kind of new grunge thing is actually happening (there isn’t, these kind of bands have been ten a penny around the London toilets since the grunge-soaked mid 90’s) then this band are not the sensations of said new movement. At best We The Faceless are yet another bunch of young Nirvana fans making their first moves and still finding themselves and press releases from PR companies making these kind of claims on their behalf are really not helping them in any way –  well I hope they’re a bunch of young kids, if they are then things should develop. We The Faceless right now are like hundreds of bands you can hear and see any day of the week in any number of Camden toilets (or indeed encounter in even bigger numbers via My Space pages). They do have hints of potential moments though, they may just evolve in to something some time in the future, there’s little moments of hope here and there, hints that something may emerge somewhere along the line and it may well be that we’ll be championing this band sometime soon – there again, we may not. Right now they’d probably be a lot better off ditching the (no doubt over-priced) PR company and the stupid claims that come with their hyped filled press release and focus on the music, it is worth focusing on, there is something here and we rather like a bit of good quality grunge, maybe next time around the ideas will be a little more together and their sound a little more... ahem.. faceless - need something that sounds like it has a little more consider and something that matches their obvious ambition. Wouldn’t have bothered reviewing them if we didn’t think there was a little hint of a maybe here.. Getting PR companies to ask us to send in interview requests is really taking the piss just a little right now, come on you bands, wise up! www.myspace.com/wethefaceless

Last week's demo of the week - THE SANS PAREIL

Previous demo's of the week - THE HUNGRY I / DEAD LEAF ECHO / I-DEF-I / DANGER INVITES RESCUE / A CUP OF TEA / NARRATION / HOT DAMN / KOPEK / DIE DIE DENEUVE / BOMB FACTORY / KONTAKTE /ATLAS / THE HAROLD WARTOOTH

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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
HEAR, O ISRAEL – A PRAYER CEREMONY IN JAZZ (Trunk) – Forty years ago a Friday night Jewish prayer ceremony was set to jazz. Nothing too unusual about that, except the composer was a 17 year old and the players were the cream of New York jazz men including Herbie Hancock, Jerome Richardson, Thad Jones, Ron Carter, Grady Tate, Jonathan Klein. And now, forty years later the event has been released on CD worldwide for the first time...
 Now I’m not Jewish, I don’t understand Hebrew, I don’t line up with any kind of organised religion – and the point in telling you that is that it really doesn’t matter with this album. Yes, sure, I imagine those of the Jewish persuasion will get even more out of Hear O Israel, doesn’t matter though.  This album, only every released on a small New York based private label and apparently impossible to find until now, is wonderful. Beautiful modal jazz, some of the most soothing beautiful modern jazz these ears have ever heard (does it sound like a slightly more mellow Magma?), beautiful voices, blissful, spiritual, beautiful everything. Make every effort to hear it, it really is one of the most beautiful recordings we have ever heard as well....
Here’s what Johnny Trunk says about it, he explains the beauty himself rather well....
             “Funny one this. And it all came about by accident. Well sort of. I’d been this album about five years ago by John Cooper, the legendary underground music dealer. Last year I was discussing the album with him again, and we were under the impression that this privately pressed album, called Hear O Israel, was no longer owned by anyone. So I put my detective hat and mac on set about trying to find the owners. And eventually I did, and they are a large organisation called the URJ based in NYC. I went to see them in fact, and suggested that it would be a smashing idea to get this lost and very unique recording back into circulation. They asked me “why?” and I told them that it one of the most beautiful recordings I have ever heard and it needed to be heard again, because bugger all people heard it the first time round. And they said yes. Enthusiastically yes. So, I am thrilled, and it is one of the most beautiful recordings I have ever heard. I can think of nothing quite like it.
Little is really known about it, so here is what we do know. The album was commissioned by Rabbi David Davis, recorded and then pressed in 1968, includes the following musicians: Herbie Hancock – piano, Jerome Richardson - flute, tenor and alto sax, Grady Tate -drums, Thad Jones - trumpet and flugelhorn, Ron Carter – bass,  Jonathan Klein - composer, French horn and baritone. Rabbi David Davis – reader, Antonia Lavannne – soprano, Phyllis Bryn-Julson - contralto
The recording is a concert in jazz and prayer, and is one of the most spiritual recordings I have ever had the joy of listening too. Adding to the jazz is the occasional traditional Jewish prayer, sung by a female soprano and contralto, or narrated briefly by the Rabbi. This most unusual, dare I say, unique recording has never been commercially issued. We believe the recording was only available through the URJ, and was commercially released. It is now...”

More info @ Trunk Records
 
ALBUM OF THE WEEK 2

GRAND MAGUS – Iron Will (Rise Above) – Top quality old school hard rock from deepest Sweden  Melodic/epic hard rock/metal of a darker Rainbow/Dio nature, there’s bits of Candlemass doom still hanging around in there with all kinds of good hard rock things – far more old school metal that the doom beast they were now though.. Sometimes you just don’t need to say much, sometimes the whole thing is just there waiting - classic proper epic metal and there’s no sun in the shadow of the wizard – although this is more Scandinavian mythology than Rainbow chasing whips and chains sorcery. Iron Will is all guitar as slaying sword and beyond good and evil and laced with the grandeur of the NWOBHM and yes mostly a classic Rainbow kind of thing. Iron Will is by far their finest album to date – www.riseaboverecords.com / www.myspace.com/grandmagusrocks
 

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Q WITHOUT U – Shut Up! I Invented You (self release) – “Four skinny indie pop chancers from Glasgow” is how these four skinny indie pop chancers from Glasgow describe themselves – that sounds just about right. First rate top quality indie pop, well crafted songs, fine details – breezy, infectious, intelligent, full of fine character, rewarding thought and just charming breezy simple/clever song writing that you’ll want to go back to. One for fans of intelligent indie pop that comes with a little bit more ambition than most. One for fans of classic C-86, Wedding Present and such.  You can go grab hand made physical copies at their gigs or download the whole album for free on line – www.qwithoutu.com

FREE KITTEN – Inherit (Ecstatic Peace) - Now what would anyone make of Inherit if it were to be nothing more than a self-released first album from a new band nobody had yet heard of? If it were to be a demo from some art school teenagers from Hoxton or Oakland that had landed hoping for those first bits of attention? Would anyone give it that much time? First album in eleven years from Free Kitten then... Free Kitten are mostly Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, Pussy Galore’s Julie Cafritz and Yoshimi from The Boredoms on drums and so, because it is them, we go back and try it again (and again). And it takes a little time before that monkey swings right through and kind of demands yet another chance (and another). A decade and one year on from their third album and quite what they’re trying to do or say here isn’t really that clear... or is it? A minimal album, a lo-fi album, at times a meandering psychedelic album, an album that sometimes rather sounds like you expected it to be eleven years ago - only with added psychedelic bits – not sure about those hippy dippy psychedelic Sonic Youthy bits (really not sure about anything recent from Sonic Youth, never thought I’d say that) ...And it feels like they know far too much to be yelling in such a messy way about being stuck in their car – get me out, get me out, get me out of here and you know they’re far too wise and far too far too old to get away with yelling for help and asking to be set free in this innocent lo-fi basic “badly” recorded we’ve got no budget kind of way. Can they really get away with this “badly” played sound you ask and you’re secret hoping their ship will actually sink and you hope they get what they want but then again, you hope that they don’t because it isn’t really them is it? Oh I don’t know! And you’re wanting to stop and reach for some 16 Bitch Pile Up or something like a good Tribe 8 album and girls don’t only run do they? And these Sonic Oldsters aren’t quite convincing now are they? They can’t play it like they’re thrift store punks with chips on shoulders now can they. You really want them to be in to recent Scott Walker territory by now (or at least pulling it off like Neil Young still does), they can’t rehash their 90’s riot girl art-punk angst and anger, not at their age and with all the comfortable doors they have open for them now. Monkey see, money do, hello monkey, how do you do, and they keep having these moments of fuzzy messy clarity and it starts to be convincing again and all is well once more. And then they go off in to some alt.rock psychedelic meandering again, the kind of thing that would have got them thrown off some free festival stage in 1986 for being too unfocussed and far out hippy-dippy, Kim Gordon meandering that no one quite had the nerve to say no to. You find yourself eleven minutes in to the last meander and you hit the back button and go back to getting stuck in that car with Julie Cafritz driving again – driving and yelling for someone to get her out of there, help me, help me, help me please – and that’s the key here isn’t it?  She wants out, we want out, or maybe that isn’t the key after all and I think we’ve maybe given it far far more time and attention than we would that new demo over there and I don’t know, if there was a point to this album I’ve long since forgotten it. I’ll cut them raw blistering Julie moments out in a bit and make a homemade EP with a handmade cover and hello monkey hello ape... get me out of here, scratch that itch, swing right through...
OK, here’s the proper review; most of Inherit is self indulgent art-arse meandering something or other and not very convincing self indulgent art-arse meandering at that, moments that try far too hard to convince. And then there are one or two moments, I suspect they’re Julie Cafritz moments, that take you right over there near the halcyon days of Seven Year Bitch and Pussy Galore and Olympia and all that was good about there and that back then. But this isn’t back there and these are comfortably-off middle age people and some of them can’t convincingly pull this off anymore and maybe they should have moved on musically now and left this to the sonic youth  - the Julie Cafritz EP that can be made out of this album is a good one though. www.ecstaticpeace.com

MAMBO MANTIS – On A High Note (W.O.O) – It is indeed a fine fine (and in this particular case a very colourful) dividing line that keeps avant jazz noise style freeform improvised creativity from falling over the edge and becoming little more than a messy out of shape car crash of uncoordinated self indulgent noise and broken fender pretentious nonsense. Is this challenging art or have Mambo Mantis fallen over that fine line? They do have some rather hardcore rhythmic jazzy calm in the many shapes of impressive drummer Ray Sage (aka Race Age), he’s anchoring them while the multiple saxophones, flutes and such dash all over the place in some kind of frantic no-wave flock of chickens fashion. Now Mambo Mantis don’t have that incredible structure and control of say Flying Luttenbachers, they are touching similar free-form noise-art bases though, similar textures - looser and nowhere near as tightly suffocating or wonderfully thrilling, probably an all together more art-based set of questions where the Luttenbachers are more of a rock band pushing way past the boundaries. Those drums are anchoring all kinds of hardboiled free form noise and duel saxophone contradictions, the whole thing is oh so very very live and full of combustible energy and a multitude of half formed angles and complex honks, yelps, discordant screams, clucks and you know, some days when the wind isn’t right and you just don’t need free form art noise messing with your head, you’d be hurling this in the corner and dismissing it as pretentious nonsense. Right now though, this is a rather enjoyable noise. Not sure which side of the line we are but hey, experimental avant free form jazz noise from one side of the edge or the other. Well worth your time and further exploration if you can take an onslaught of relentlessly busy hardboiled sound coming at you in a ball of challenging questioning line dividing noise and sometimes only half-formed riot of colour  – www.wooweb.com

GUNSLINGER – Earthquake in E Minor (Earthquake) – Alan Davey’s Gunslinger and an album that apparently started life at the end of the Seventies before he shelved it and became a significant part of the 80’s/90’s Hawkwind line-up. Seems Mr Davey has dusted off the masters, finished off the recordings and finally put the album together. And yes, it sounds like classic ’79 Hawkhead overkill and thundering Rickenbacker leads from the “Bass Assassin Number Two” (so named by Bass Assassin Number One Lemmy). Earthquake is about seventy-five per cent classic late 70’s Motorhead – On Parole/Overkill period - the vocals and bass lines are very very Lemmy - the other twenty-five percent is early 80’s Hawkwind. You probably could just about be fooled in to thinking these actually were lost Motorhead recordings from those early Ladbrook Grove West London days. This is a decent enough album, rather good in a not quite so good very Lemmy sounding almost Motorhead kind of way – alright, it may just be a little too much of a Motorhead thing and you’re wondering if Alan Davey could be just a little less of a Lemmy clone and really there can only be one and no one can do it better – decent enough shot at it though.  www.myspace.com/alandaveygunslinger

RUSSIAN CIRCLES – Station (Suicide Squeeze) - There's a standout track on this album: the sweeping luciousness of Verses, simple in structure but all very eighties-prog arrangements: stripped-down early Genesis meet Don Caballero (no big lead synths, though - its all in the guitar). Deeply soothing, warmly bleak, spacious and analogue-organic. Trouble with Chicago-based duo Russian Circles is that the compositions really are very, very simple and very, very repetitive.  Everything likable about them is in mood and sound and expressive playing.  Relax into that, and its fine - easy-going background music, darkly upbeat and moody looking-out-the-train-window soundtracks.  Listen hard, or expect Upsilon Acrux, and you're going to be grinding your teeth and begging them to change key or play a different sodding riff. That would be a shame, because Russian Circles can be exceptionally warm in the actual playing, slowly unwinding the most tender guitar, gracefully building up. It all works beautifully in the more ambient, less rocking pieces, like delightful opener Campaign, but they're a different band when they bring the drums and riffage in. The moment the volume goes up, all you can hear is a motif being repeated four times, then another four times, then another a bit louder then... sensitively played, mind you, with great drums and production, but your ears soon know exactly what's going to happen next.  Yet the quieter tracks are peppered with real sparks of originality, slightly broader melodies.  It's kind of odd - it really does sound like two different bands. Still, as examples of post rock, I prefer Russian Circles' rich 70s/80s sounds and depth of feeling to the contemporary cliches of Explosions In The Sky. - www.suicidesqueeze.net/russiancircles or www.myspace.com/russiancircles

BLACK LIGHT BURNS – Cruel Melody (Edel) – Wes Borland from Limp Bizkit with a new band and whole load of decent enough slick throwaway radio friendly modern rock/nu metal/industrial goth pop. Some of it bounds like a polite Nine Inch Nails, some of it is rather like Depeche Mode, some of it is moody in a kind of A Perfect Circle kind of way, none of it is going to harm anyone, some of it is rather pleasant – no sign of any website address anywhere on the cover or press release, I guess you can go find it (or read about it in the glossy music comics) if you’re that bothered 

CALABRESE – The Traveling Vampire Show (Abstract) – One of them there Misfits meet Ramones type bands – all slicked back blackness and b-movie vampires and Saturday night coffin parties for Goths who like Johnny Cash and Danzig and garish cartoon ghouls.... Nothing here that adds much or excites these ears but then the Misfits never meant that much to these ears either, find out more via www.calabreserock.com and make your own mind up... 

SIX REASONS TO KILL – Another Horizon (Bastardized) – They’re some kind of death metal/hardcore/thrash hybrid from Germany, they’ve been around for a little while now, so why make another album that sounds like so many a brutal thrashy deathy hardcoreish thing without having any real identity or adding anything you haven’t already heard and got bored with by now? So many of these bands about and all making albums and noises that we’ve all heard before and why is that? Answers on a post card to Rip Cruncher someone up a giant windmill on the edge of a moor or something. Nope, can’t fine one single reason, let along six, if you want to know then www.myspace.com/sixreasonstokill or www.bastardized.net
 
Last week's album of the week - RUDE MECHANICALS / OPETH

Previous album's of the week - TORCHE / HAIL OF BULLETS / THE NOTWIST / EXPERIMENTAL DENTAL SCHOOL / JO GABRIEL / PROJECT SERENDIPITY / QUEEN ELEPHANTINE / C.R AVERY / THE INDELICATES / KAREN DALTON / PAS CHIC CHIC / MATTHEW RYAN / LADYHAWK / SSM / BURMESE
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ALBUM REVIEW ARCHIVES

  LIVE 
yeah, I know, we've been off here there and everywhere and we haven't writen about any of them this week.. What you going to do? 
Live previously - ZAG AND THE COLOURED BEADS / WIZARDS OF TWIDDLY / 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
GIANT PAW – ART CARD SERIES 1, ISSUE 4 (Feral Arts) - scroll on down..

SINGLE OF THE WEEK 2
DARK CAPTAIN LIGHT CAPTAIN – Circled EP (Loaf) - This is beautiful as well; delicate, clever, refreshing, softly soothing, strong. Sweet harmonies, refined textures, sunny glowing circles and gentle weaving of words and textures - fine details, beautiful honest depth and musical hope in a shallow world where image is everything. Gentle pulsing sound that includes the beats of Chin Keeler from Quickspace and yes the songs (this is very much about songs), the songs do feel like a sunny day Can (or that fleetingly good band Kid Galahad from a few years back). Refreshing is the word here, simple, clever refreshing breezy, beautifully mesmeric, time-stopping uplifting liquid songs lovingly crafted and catching the light just right. Experimental mellow, folky post rock songs, bit of a Vessels feel, kind of what I thought the Beta Band were going to be but never were – beautiful, intelligent, flowing songs  mellow beats, acoustic glow  – www.myspace.com/darkcaptain or www.l-o-a-f.com

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CROCUS – The Worst Kind Of Joy Is Hope (We Heart Records) – Relentlessly intense screamo beano emo hardcore metal that, when the four piece do stop for a breath or two, hints at some kind of depth and maybe of things to come – most of the time they’re just screaming and yelping away and playing as intense and fast and relentless as they can. Five committed tracks and it looks like We Heart Records have a rather decent underground alternative DIY operation and some well packaged good quality releases. Emo screamo isn’t really out thing but Crocus and We Heart are doing it rather well   – www.myspace.com/crocusband  or www.weheartrecords.co.uk

HADDONFIELD – Bar Brawls & Downfalls (Seven Inch) – A re-issued release from last year now that they have a new label behind them. Poppy punchy melodic hardcore punk with a healthy energetic bite for those who like it that way – these four Welsh boys do it well, nothing that you won’t have heard before but they do do it well, they have a new seven inch out at the end of the month with Panic from this EP and new exclusive b-sides, none of these tracks will be on the forthcoming album  – www.seveninchrecords.com / www.myspace.com/haddonfieldaction

Last week's single of the week - AIRBOURNE

Previously - THE MASS / GRANTURA / BLACK MOUNTAIN / CARIBOU / KILL THE CAPTAINS / THE KINGSIZE FIVE / THE OUTSIDE ROYALTY / DEAD OR AMERICAN / PULLOVER / HAYMAN, WATKINS, TROUT & LEE / EFTERKLANG / NAVVY

SINGLE REVIEW ARCHIVES

'THIS WEEK’S FREE DOWNLOAD...
ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES have posted an MP3 of their version of the John Denver classic Countryroads as a taster to their upcoming Have Another Ball album that’s out July 4th – a load more country rock classics done the Me First punk pop way, of course they have the old words and the proper words are to be heard here... Actually there’s a whole treasure chest of things Fat Wreck to go legally raid and download for free over at www.fatwreck.com/audioSICK OF IT ALL, STRUNG OUT, SNUFF, SUBHUMANS, SWINGIN’ UTTERS, SCREECHING WEASEL and hell, they’ve even got some bands that start with the letter S... 

PREVIOUSLY - THE DANDY WARHOLS  / SKIN GRAFT RECORDS / WIRE / BUTTHOLE SURFERS  / CARDIACS / STUMP, KEV HOPPER / PUSSYCAT TRASH

'RE-ISSUE/best of OF THE WEEK
THOR – Live in Detroit (Ektro) – A re-issue of a 1995 live album from the Canadian god of blown-up-to-bursting-point hot water bottles, of bare-fisted twisted rods of cold hard steel (and broken ribs when roadies got the smashing the concrete slab on the stomach stunt wrong). Let the blood run red, let them all be dead, all those who oppose this metal avenger! Now if you weren’t there during the comic book metal glory days of Thor then you probably won’t get the utter cruncher stomping ridiculous genius of the ex Mr Canada champion body building prize-winning poodle trainer turned metal avenger  – and if you weren’t there with the thunder on the tundra and all those giants across the land and racing down the road with your metal chariot and you never got to scream through the thunder and you middle name was never anger and.... Dragonforce? Dragonfarce! One swing of a Canadian Viking axe and get them out of here, this is serious real deal god-smashing lightning bolt throwing battle metal – although we don’t quiet recall Thor ever playing to screaming enormodome crowds as big as the one gaffa taped in to the back ground of this “live” album, the half empty yells on the previously unreleased bonus tracks from half empty St. Albans City Hall sound rather more convincing, that and the Great Yarmouth holiday camp Festival (along side Dumpy and Twelfth Night well before the coolsters of ATP thought of it). Ah look the is preposterously bad/good, the live versions are rather ropey (and that’s being polite), but hey, this is Thor. Let the blood run red, let them all be dead, all those who question the metal avenger - www.myspace.com/thorrockwarrior

PREVIOUSLY - STUMP / KOENJIHYAKKEI / SEBADOH / THE FLYING LUTTENBACHERS  / SUN EATS HOURS / LEGION OF PARASITES / ALABAMA 3 / AHLEUCHATISTAS / WIZARDS OF TWIDDLY / DEEP PURPLE / CANDLEMASS / MORVISCOUS / CURRENT 93 / TYPE O NEGATIVE / N.W.A  / STRIBORG

  MEDIA, VIDEO, PRINT AND....
SPIRITWO videoeyesSINGLE OF THE WEEK
GIANT PAW – ART CARD SERIES 1, ISSUE 4 (Feral Arts) -  I like that we never know if these releases are a single with a card or a card with a single – an exquisitely produced hand printed art card with a CD inside or a CD single in elaborate package – of course it is in fact both and it doesn't really matter which and mostly I always like that they sound and look so good. Blue and grey with black stylised slightly sinister giant heads with arms things, the kind that would throw clocks at your head if you were stuck in a river and you wanted those hands to get you out. This time Giant Paw have a two track CD inside the numbered limited edition art card, ours is number 21 of 200. It has been raining for almost five weeks now and we’re in the water. Or at least he is. Some kind of flowing spoken word forward moving slightly Krautish thing with the spoken voice of Andy Heintz. There’s a great woodcut inside, circa 1607, pages inside the card as well you see, all so tactilely good, card art and music, all satisfying... Six minutes in the water, kind of mellow drowning and not much calling for help or waving not drowning and being dragged under – you’re going down in the relaxed paranoia and the long black hair and lo-fi running across the rooftops looking so debonair in a tea-total Mark E Smith kind of way - Giant can't be nailed down ...
       Who are Giant Paw? Do they all have giant cats heads (white ones)? They’re some kind of ever growing London music/art collective with a growing reputation and explosive live shows and both their music and visual art is rather different and rather impressive, grab all the cards/CDs while you can, all four have looked and sounded so good – www.giantpaw.co.uk or www.myspace.com/giantpaw

PREVIOUSLY - L. GABRIELLE PENABAZ @ FIERCE / ZINE: LIGHTS GO OUT #1 / LESS THAN JAKE / THE WEDDING PRESENT / 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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