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Short demure steps, slowly, don’t walk too fast, those steps are too big
MISS ROBERTS (Rude Mechanicals)An arc of motion, a single sphere, partake of counter motions, math is everything and Copernicus said nah, spheres to that and Keppler and no, cycles not spheres and circles and I never think of the future, it comes soon enough. Summer Solstice, hit the 303 and make the Organ late. Your chances are only marginally improved by actually buying a ticket. Is this a time when thinking is prohibited? Blood and lash marks? Where did all that come from? What is the plan? Storms descending, no safety net in place? Short demure steps, slowly, don’t walk too fast, those steps are too big, don’t you ever listen, sip your wine out in the open and hey you, get some grace...  No I don’t want to vote for your band, no I haven’t got a spare two minutes to go register and vote, I don’t even know who you are. What do you mean you’re on our Face Space friends list? When did that even mean anything. It means nothing, when are you bands going to work it out? You don’t even have flyers when we come to your gigs, barking out your My Space address on stage will not do! I promised not to rant, I promised to behave, this is this week’s Organ, same as last week’s, maybe we’ll do it all again next week.... 

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?
IRVINE WELSH PRESENTS THE BOOK SLAM SUMMER BARBECUE with Irvine Welsh, Alabama 3, Adam Buxton, Sophie Woolley, DJ Roual Galloway (Faith Fanzine) on 8th July (6.30pm till late) @ 93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, London E1. Tickets and details from www.bookslam.com

              To launch his latest novel Crime, Irvine Welsh has teamed up with Book Slam at 93 Feet East to present an evening of words, music and comedy, bringing together some of his favourite performers. - "Alabama 3 are the first band I could ever dance to in the daytime hours without chemical assistance...and that says a lot." 

             Alabama 3 make “Sweet Muthaf**kin Country Acid House Music”.  They’re not from Alabama they’re from Brixton and they did that Soprano's theme tune.  They’ve been called degenerates, corrupters of morals, too political, too contrived, too ugly. They’ve been in and out of the charts, in and out of fashion and in and out of rehab. Their new album, released in September, is a tribute to the glorious tradition of bloated, paranoid and beautifully deluded over indulgence in music.  “They swing like the devil’s own dick. Alabama 3 beat a righteous drum and party like bastards.” Time Out

Adam Buxton is best known as half of the Adam & Joe double act.

About Book Slam - Book Slam was conceived by Patrick Neate and Ben Watt. The idea was simple: to come up with a 'live literature' format that was as far removed from the rarefied 'book reading' as it was possible to be. Two years on, Book Slam has become a monthly West London staple, always attracting a packed and enthusiastic audience (400 people) to its eclectic mixture of words and music.  So far, Book Slam has attracted a wide range of storytellers from all disciplines ... novelists including Will Self, DBC Pierre, Kiran Desai, Irvine Welsh, Nick Hornby, Monica Ali, Hari Kunzru, Zadie Smith, Jonathan Safran-Foer, David Eggers, Gautam Malkani, Niall Griffiths and Jake Arnott; spoken word artists such as Luke Wright, Zena Edwards, Lemn Sissay, Polar Bear and Floetry; musical talent like Adele, Ty, Mr Hudson, Plan B, Mike Ladd, Kate Nash, Soweto Kinch, Mpho Skeef and Netsayi, performing alongside featured DJs like Charlie Dark (Blacktronica) and Scratch Professor. The audience is similarly diverse: the next generation of media players rubbing shoulders with students, street politicos and the intellectually intrigued: it’s an exclusive club where everyone is welcome. For further information go to www.bookslam.com or www.93feeteast.co.uk
 

THINGS TO GET SHOUTING  ABOUT?
Too busy to shout, learning how to walk properly should be the priority this week.  We can't fight all your battles for you you bands, your appathy is killing us

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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
PERHAPS CONTRAPTION – Sludge and Tribe - Now this is coming on nicely, seriously good band here. We featured their last demo heavily on our radio shows. This is work in progress in terms of their first ‘official’ releases, debut single and album in rather wonderful construction, thanks to the sun and giant sandcastle lobsters rising from the Thames and twisted crowman Ring tribes flavoured avant-rock adventures. Seriously original other rock and mathy bendy prong prog punk adventure (and talk of car boot drumming) that’s always easy on the ear, never too thrashy or shouty. More of a twisted scratchy jazzy rock thing that bounces in such a fluid flowing complex easy kind of way.  Five rewarding shifting itchy scratchy things, that do bring to mind glorious underground treasures like Ring or Zag And The Beads, - yes indeed, one of those classic word of mouth bands who’s recordings are destined to be truly loved by a select few who take the time to hunt down hardboiled musical treasures like this. Strange fairground horses with internal human operated skeletons and monsoon bassoons and I guess this CD that turned up here is just a taster of work in progress - walking on egg shells and things to come, the stench of bluebells and what you gonna say? What you gonna do? Stay tuned, watch the skies, a horse attached to come sort of device – “pop-pronk offle” they say... www.myspace.com/perhapscontraption oh, and go check out the video and the visual side of their adventure over at www.perhapscontraption.co.uk

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DOUBLE HANDSOME DRAGONS – A Musical Study Of Vicious Flying Insects – Three instrumental tracks of a post rock/Glitch 65Daysofstatic, they’re pretty good at it, all very nice and enjoyably pleasant, especially on a nice sunny summer day like today (nice artwork, wasp on the disc and such). Now I don’t want to be down on new bands starting out and I do rather like this CD, indeed there’s potentially something really good here with their heroic/epic instrumental post rock and electro-glitch but but but, sounds very very (very!) 65daydofstatic right now and it has to be said; there’s a fine line between being inspired by another band and being a clone of another band. Now I like this demo a lot and if 65Days didn’t exist we’d be telling you how wonderful Double Handsome Dragons are, so let us see what happens, first Rush album is pretty much a Led Zep tribute, let us see where Double Handsome Dragons go with all this, let’s see if they build on it, they certainly have the potential  - www.myspace.com/doublehandsomedragons

KANEDA – Monarchs And Heretics - More epic post rock, see above only exchange the reference to 65Days and their glitch for any one of the Godspeed your Explosions in The Mono Sky type bands.  Six nice pleasant instrumental post rock tracks that you already heard loads of times already in the last couple of years. Played well, recorded well, a decent enough set of pieces that build and peak and kick in and climax and touch the sky and all the other cliches just when you expect them to. Oh look, they d oit well enough, they don’t have anything original to offer and just copying your record collection is not good enough when you’re obviously capable of doing so much more – www.myspace.com/soundsofkaneda

WAVES UNDER WATER – Lush 80’s sounding dark wave female voiced silky creamy electro goth from Sweden. All very pleasant and seductive and soothing and professional and packaged up in gloss and very lush lush lush and something like multiple dark chocolate Magnum ice cream eating after dark – www.myspace.com/wavesunderwater

SOSUMI - Grungy crunchy crusty indie guitar rock and tales of Eskimos and astronauts and well... um... Sosumi are kind of raw and looking for an identity and some kind of direction right now, they have an energy and there is something in here somewhere. Right now they sound more like a hobby band bit of uncommitted fin that should be down the local pub playing to their mates and I guess these are early days and there really isn’t anything here that’s really anywhere near good enough to be sending out to labels and magazines yet. Come on you bands, wise up, get your sound and style or attitude or bite together, get something together! Being average is not an option, if you’re happy just playing to your mates and having fun then fine, if you’re going ot start sending out demos and you want more then come on, we need a little more than this. And right now it looks like Sosumi are being suckered in to all those vote for us and battle of the bands things we’ve been raging about elsewhere. You see, if you’re a good band then you really don’t need to spend your money on all those pay to play battle of the band ticket buy vote for us rip-off band abusing gigs (those gigs really do suck in every kind of way, why do you bands fall for them?) If your music is good enough then your music will get you there. Right now Sosumi don’t have the music to do the talking, their music simply isn’t good enough yet. There are little glimpses though (or we wouldn’t have bothered giving them time and space). Look, you bands need to stop getting sucked in to all this Emergenza Surface Unsigned battle of the bands crap, the winners are always the ones who’s who have the most drinking mates and who make the promoters most money, nothing to do with your music. Instead of falling for all that, why not spend your time and effort (and money) getting your sound and style together - go create art that really matters, go make music that’s going to touch people, that’s going to matter to people, challenge yourselves, push yourselves, challenge us, send us music that will makes us shout about how people need to hear and see you straight away. Sosumi are not very good, they possible maybe could be if they really wanted to be, maybe? Who knows, really all up to them. yeah yeah, I know, we have this policy of only reviewing things when we have something really positive today, but you bands really do need to wise up a little here. Sosumi are not the worst band we’ve heard today, far from it, some of the stuff that comes in here really has us wondering what goes on in people’s heads. Sosumi just need to have a think about it and then, if they really want to, come swaggering back here with another demo and make us eat our words in six months – I hope they do because we really don’t want average unexciting demos like this, we don’t want bad youth club pub rock versions of bands and things we’ve already heard - we want passionate exciting risk taking musical danger! We do not want average messy grungy indie rock that’s nothing more than a not very good approximate of something we’ve heard a million times already, come on Sosimi, you can do better can’t you? Go make me eat my words please, sending our shoddy demos like this is not good enough  - www.myspace.com/sosumi

Last week's demo of the week - BLACKLANDS

Previous demo's of the week -  THE SANS PAREIL / 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
LAYMAR – In Strange Lines And Distances (TV) – Alright look, I’m going to be honest with you here and leave this review as it originally was, I was just about to bin the original review and start again now that Swords has brought the whole thing in to some kind of mind-blowing focus and enabled the beauty and more importantly the unique personality of things like the fifth track here Juvenile Whole Life have revealed themselves properly. 
               Here’s where the original review started: More of that moody post rock stuff, there’s a tidal wave of it slowly swamping over us now, more of it weekly – more dark moody instrumental epicness and Godspeed your Russian Circles in The Sky. All very beautifully soothing and yes, sky-touching once more, darker clouds in the sky this time but hey, this is just epic instrumental post rock again. It isn’t really until the strange spoken word undercurrent of the final nineteen minute track Swords turns your head and brings things in to focus that Leymar start to really establish a musical personality of their own. Swords is exhilarating, Swords is dark and brooding and suffocating in an understated minimal experimental way – Swords saved it all and just as I was thinking about yelling about no more post rock and pass me that Sammy Hagar album about fast sports cars and hitch-hiking women in short red dresses.... Swords is thrilling, Swords is one of the best pieces of instrumental atmospheric mood music in ages, 28 Days good and beyond the cliches of mere post rock. Throbbing brooding organic instrumental darkness and building drama – an amazing piece of shape shifting music and just when you think they can’t take you any higher the brilliant drama of the drums slowly kick in, brilliant brilliant brilliant! Subtle mood shifting brilliance (I’d tell you it was like the first time you heard Wish You Were Here, I’d tell you it was that good but you’d accuse me of going completely over the top). This will teach me to not half-finish a half-arsed review before getting to the last track  - whoooooooosh, just reaching the eighteenth minute and the quiet come down, whooooooooooosh again! 
          See that was where I got to with the original review. I was going to delete it and start again, but no, and now I’m listening to the album on repeat, besides Swords, I’m not ready for Swords again yet, I’m saving that for later, I just turned Swords off three minutes in, I need that rush again later when I’m really ready to let it in again – it really was that good and less is always more and those first three minutes of it just confirmed that, can’t listen to all nineteen minutes of Swords right now, need to ration the rush... This is an excellent debut album from the Manchester three piece, it took a couple of listens to really grab, the whole album is good, there’s personality here, an original take on instrumental post tock and yes, you do need this album in there with your post rock classics. 
       And now, three days later here I am finally listening to Swords again - only the second time - I was right about it the first... whooooooooooooosh. – www.laymar.co.uk or www.myspace.com/laymarmusic
 
ALBUM OF THE WEEK 2

WIRE – Object 47 (Pink Flag) - It would be stating the obvious to say it would far too obvious for Wire to come back in an obvious way, while everyone else is busy playing at being angular new wave Wire here come Wire – one step ahead of the same again. “That’s the Wire way I guess” said the Surgeon General. This is very smooth, kind of locked on, almost (very unobvious) kraut rock on the autobahn in that smoothness of the gliding engine-quiet sleek new silver post-modern automobiles way – resolution, evolution, disaffection, resurrection, premonition, motivation, inspiration, intoxication.... None of the wired up Wire now, this is an elegantly smooth eleventh studio album (five years on from their last). “Wire have expounded, reviewed, contracted, lain dormant, recovered, expanded and through all have shed an old skin and grown a new one. Wire is not the same as it was before, but then Wire is never the same as it was before” – it came like a change in the weather, our currency is change, no, not everyone is made the same. Still very much Wire, still that “idiosyncratic mix of avant-garde mindset and classic pop timing” Not willing to draw a line in the sand, searching for some that’s not hard to understand – part of the plan, not the problem, part of the future, not living off their past. Wire have made a smooth pop album that still sounds like a new wave Wire challenge without being like anything you might have expected, and I guess that’s the perfect way for Wire to be in 2008 and are they doomed to succeed? They always are. Another fine Wire album, another subtle future shift. Recommended and a little unexpected (just like you’d expect it to be) – www.pinkflag.com
 

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THE ROTTED – Get Dead Or Die Trying (Metalblade) – A new album and more extreme bleeding gorerotted death/black/whatever metal that takes a little time to reveal itself. The London band are maturing nicely (no not putrefying), they’ve changed the name from Gorerotted for this, their forth album – they’ve been known as The Rotted by their hardcore following here in London for ages anyway, natural progression end evolution and yeah, a band growing up. Get Dead is not a change of direction or a band selling out or anything like that, just a band naturally evolving and outgrowing a previous skin. They’re still raw and blistering and they deliver with a London hardcore punk edge along with a degree of old school thrash, they’re sounding as good as ever, plenty of fear and loathing in old London town and 28 Days of plague and zombies and in things like A Return To Insolence a genuine rotting evolution - www.myspace.com/therotted or www.metalblade.de

COLDPLAY – Viva La Vida (EMI) – Well Chris Martin says their new album is them off the leash and their garden a little out of control and growing a little unkempt – well yes, relatively so, they maybe haven’t cut the grass for a couple of days and is that a fallen leaf over there? Does seem a little bit more adventurous, mostly Viva La Vida is doing just what you want Coldplay to do - once again doing it extremely well and once again Coldplay have made a very fine album. Yeah, I know it isn’t cool to say anything positive about Coldplay, when the hell did we ever worry about that? Viva La Vida has finely detailed pleasant tunes, clever enough songs, do you need a big-ass Coldplay review from us? They made another pleasant breezy euphoric feel good anthemic album, sounds just like you want Coldplay to sound without ever being just another Coldplay album. I don’t feel a need to delve deeply or hang on every lyric line or anything like, they’re just pleasantly making enjoyably crafted uplifting noise that helps the day flow in a sunny way - there’s a bit that sounds a little Velvety Underground, sounded a bit Brian Jonestown Massacre just then, gone a little U2 now, most of the time they sound like good quality Coldplay, all very pleasant and lush and big and yes a little different and  harming no one, I like Coldplay, have a nice day now, watch out for that out of control dandelion over there... 

VERJNUARMU – Ruatokansan Uamunkoetto (DAR) – War drums and intense dark metal from Finland, now this is good. No idea what they’re singing about, I assume this is in their own country’s dialect, all sounds rather intriguing and I trust there’s nothing dodgy in what they’re on about. Ah, the dialect is Savo (whatever that is?), there’s a press release here that goes on about dark forests and the gloomy demonic black moonlight Grueling churning anthemic sometimes orchestral heavy metal drama and dark chugging riffery and some unholy homage to the dark lord of something or other. www.verjnuarmu.net or www.dynamicartsrecords.com

THE COKE DARES – Feelin’ Up (Essay/Reibenbach) - Thirty rounds of short sharp jabbing flicking punching slacker garage punk rock blows to your head (when your guard is down) or your body (when your guard in up), they’re gonna get you whatever. Thirty punches, short sharp and they’re gone and out of there before you’ve worked out who hit you  – buying shit, closing your fuggin window, track twenty is called I Wish I Could Get As High As Neil Young Does. Thirty slices of garage punk rawk and we have it on good authority they drive an erratic old Chevy – old Chevys are cool. The songs are all short, we told you that already right? Yes we did, short sharp punches, they’re from the American Mid West and they damn well sound like it – slacker garage punks and I kind of got a little bored and numb to is all somewhere around track twelve. One minute songs (82% of them are under a minute it says here), basic, punky, shouty, full of good old fashion cussin’ and slackin and www.thecokedares.com

STONE GODS – Silver Spoons & Broken Bones (Integral) - The Darkness without Justin Hawkins and sounding like a leaner less tongue in cheek Darkness really. There’s bits that sound like a clean cut hard edged AC/DC, there’s softer poppy bits that sound a bit like ELO or Status Quo or Queen, there’s bits that are kind of hard rock in a Free kind of way. All very slick radio friendly hard rock/pop and the Darkness declaring they’re not ready for that pension plan yet, hardly the new dawn of British rock music that the press release proclaims, harmless enough, one or two decent moments  – www.stonegods.co.uk

URN – Soul Destroyer (DAR) - This band have been death metalling away like demented hell wasps stuck in a vicar’s jam jar for a couple of hours now, I’ve dealt with emails, made a cup of tea. had a cheese and ketchup sandwich – too much ketchup, all over the carpet now. No idea who this band is, just threw it on without looking, like to do it that way, avoid knowing who it it, let the music do the talking – hang on, kettle’s boiling again... and all the time this band here are babbling and frothing and riffing and growling and demented hell-wasping away. They’re not that bad, standard issue death/speed/thrash metal, all harmless stuff. Hang on, no sugar in my coffee, don’t you hate it when you forget the sugar? So they’re still babbling and riffing like the vicar’s pet wasp and singer man is growling about something or other in the usual tedious cookie monster extreme metal way and I don’t know, whoever they are they haven’t done anything that’s grabbed my attention yet. I imagine we’ll find they have some kind of silly logo that can’t be read, and there’s probably a very serious band photo where they’re probably all in line, no one smiling, all wearing obscure extreme metal band t-shirts just to show how much a serious part of the “scene” they are, besides the one in the Radiohead t-shirt just to show how open minded they are, oh and the one in the old faded Praying Mantis t-shirt just to show how old school real metal they are. Urn aren’t bad, we’ve looked and checked who they are now, Urn aren’t bad at doing something we’ve all heard a million times before – professional sounding, well recorded, they can play well enough, hard to fault in terms of musical competence, quality – all very competent and  ‘proper’ sounding and everything, obeying all the extreme metal rules but hey, what the hell is the point? Apparently they’re from Finland (they could be from anywhere), they’ve been about since 1994 (so no excusing then for being teenage kids getting their first album out and politely saying “good start, let’s see what develops” then), oh look, same old same old, heard it before far too any time, we’re up for a good bit of extreme death metal, you know that, come on, be a little tiny bit challenging and just an incy wincy tiny little bit original and just weeny bit different! Why are so many extreme metal bands so damn conservative and so scared of being the smallest bit challenging and different? What the hell is the point? – www.dynamicartsrecords.com
 
Last week's album of the week - HEAR, O ISRAEL / GRAND MAGUS

Previous album's of the week - RUDE MECHANICALS / OPETH / 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 got laods ot tel lyou about as well, Vile Imbeciles, Fight Like Apes...
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

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  SINGLES
Single time...

SINGLE OF THE WEEK
VILE IMBECILES – Bad Ideas (Tea Vee Eye) - Vile Imbeciles make perfect sense, well no, they don’t make perfect sense but that’s why they’re so good and why it makes such perfect sense – why are they the only ones doing it? It is such a good idea. The “Brighton based international superstars” are awkward, they’re hard boiled, they’re challenging, you have to let it breath and let it question you, question your ways of listening pop music (or alternative indie whatever you want to call it music - it is all pop isn’t it?). They’ve always been good, it really did all come together rather nicely the other night over in Kilburn at the Luminaire – all that awkward jarring and timing and alright let’s get lazy about it – they’ve got this blues edge to their hard boiled noise and their awkwardly soothing jagged rusty bits, a touch of Liars, (a health feeling of Liars), a sniff of Tom Waits and a whole load of contradictory musical freedom – at last, a band really trying to be different and keeping that difference in focus. Vile Imbeciles sound like no one and while most bands sound like all the other bands (and spend their days begging for support and votes on My Space) Vile Imbeciles are doing something exciting and vital and you get the idea that they really don’t care what anyone thinks, they look and sound like they don’t need your opinion and if you like what they do then good for you. This is real, this is the antidote to so so any things. Their sound isn’t complex and cluttered, it really is a simple sound, it just sounds complex because it really is something refreshingly different. Deliciously uneasy and yeah yeeh, avant again (really got to stop using that word) Disassembling alternative pop and putting it back together so it fits a different way and works just as well as it ever did. An excellent single, single of the week by miles and bring on the new album - www.myspace.com/vileimbeciles

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ROYAL TREATMENT PLANT –  Undercurrent (Light) - Another jaunty piece of alt.pop and strident (squeaky) voice infectious pointy springy goodness, you see, you see, you see...  hooky punky poppy girly goodness and you know how low our minds can go, we like Royal Treatment Plant – www.myspace.com/royaltreatmentplant

JESSE MALIN – Russian Roulette (One Little Indian) – A rather harmlessly polite cover of one of the best songs from one of the best rock bands of the 80’s. Difficult to improve on the original Lords of The New Church classic, Jesse Malin hasn’t, hasn’t really done anything that different with this rather pedestrian version either, hard to really see what the point is? Same goes for the cover of Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots over on the b-side, I guess you Lords fans will be curious, I was, here it is – www.jessemalin.com

Last week's single of the week - GIANT PAW / DARK CAPTAIN LIGHT CAPTAIN

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

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'THIS WEEK’S FREE DOWNLOAD...
Whoooo, give me a moment, been a little tied up in things this week

PREVIOUSLY - FAT WRECK, ME FIRST... / THE DANDY WARHOLS  / SKIN GRAFT RECORDS / WIRE / BUTTHOLE SURFERS  / CARDIACS / STUMP, KEV HOPPER / PUSSYCAT TRASH

'RE-ISSUE/best of OF THE WEEK
AMEBIX – No Sanctuary: The Spiderleg Recordings (Alternative Tentacles) – Legendary underground anarcho punk band who were back there crossing over well before everything really started to crossover. Amebix were fused with the anarcho spirit and the question throwing of the very best of the seriously real anarcho punk bands of the early 80’s, bands like Crass, Subhumans, Rudimentary Peni. Amebix were also laced with some of the darker more violent sides of things, a meeting of that paranoid confrontational aggression, skip diving survival instinct and the free festival spirit of the age. And these early recordings are where you’ll find all that suffocation and dark paranoia and everything that came with the walking it and not just talking anarcho activism/survival instinct that was the reality of life in Thatcher’s oppressive 80’s. Amebix really do sound like the soundtrack to things like the Battle of The Beanfield and riding with the Convoy trying to out run the other side, the sound of before the dawn squat busts and constantly looking over your shoulder and not trusting anyone or anything you didn’t intimately know. The sound of British anarcho punk rock with the heavy edge of Killing Joke and a hint of that raw primal Motorhead gutter-grime metal that was to emerge late on with classic album to come – these early tracks are thin on guitars and drenched in the Crass style dark atmospheric sludge and brooding twisted echo chamber doom. This release is straight from the original masters that have been locked away and out of reach of the band and anyone else pretty much since they were made – they’ve been bootlegged and tape-traded to hell, the recordings for this release, now that the tapes are finally back in the band’s hands, have been re-mastered with care and fine attention to detail by Jello Biafra and George Horn. Comes with artwork that looks and feels just right, excellent telling it like it really was sleeve notes – no punches pulled - good everything. If you were there then you know and you’ll want this album, if you weren’t and you don’t know, then go explore one of the most vital bands from a brilliant/dark/brutal period of cultural social defiance. Seems like a million years away now (especially this Solstice week), feels like it really did make some kind of difference, feels like there is some kind of evidence of some kind of legacy... Amebix were a punk rock band you could really believe in/fear/relate to/run from and this album will tell you why, a vital slice of 80’s British alternative underground culture – www.alternativetentacles.com. Available in the UK via www.cargorecords.co.uk

BLONDIE – Parallel Lines (Capitol) – Expanded 30th anniversary edition and this is where we get to use words like seminal, classic, perfect pop and timeless and influential and legendary and iconic and packed with familiar hits and you know all about this already don’t you? Just good pop music, real proper genuine pop music, pop depth with real depth and not the devalued manufactured sanitised X factor vote idol boyband thing that pop is today  – Heart Of Glass, Sunday Girl, Hanging On The Telephone, One Way Or Another.... The release comes with four remix bonus tracks and more importantly a DVD disc with three promo videos and a previously unreleased Top Of The Pops performance. Still all sounds good – www.myspace.com/blondie

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BITTER PIE and the SF ZINE FAIR: “Hello... In celebration of ten years of listless adventures, the newest issue of BITTER PIE COMIX #19 is out now and will be available at this year's SF ZINE FEST! Viva la independent small press! b i t t e r p i e c o m i x” 

Those Bitter Pie people always come up with stimulating zine art, punk ethos, riot grrl flavoured thought, sticker art, underwear with bombs on, mostly comic book art, oh and all kinds of interesting music, the art of noise and electro sculpture, oh and that Not Your Bitch stuff and those t-shirts and.... 

Meanwhile, the San Francisco zine fest is an annual two day event that does exactly what you’d expect it to, and they’re a lot more friendly, inclusive and a lot less elitist than that snobby London zine police fest thing. The SF zine fest revolves around DIY press and takes in all kinds of DIY life and alternative creativity – this year it happens on July 19-20, go check the website, these days the web is a gateway so you don’t have to be there to be there do you... 

- www.bitterpiecomix.com / www.sfzinefest.com

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