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Will the view from inside the bathtub ever be the same again? 
Oh the look of delight from down here underneath. Will an inch becomes a mile, divided we all stand, each destroying all, something like that anyway? Anyway what? And aren’t these exciting times to be looking at shoes? Red red, can’t be red? One day the word will have to be red won’t it? There must always be a point to find... or a least a search for Honour or the Spiders From Mars sounding better tha never or the finding of grace and pleasing the entire human race and Fight Like Apes are still ‘it’ this week and like everything with all the taste and outskirts of nowhere on the ring road to somewhere and too much good music, too much I tell you, no Pedro, no more! Yellow! No, take it, fifteen more for... 

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?
MISS ROBERTS (Rude Mechanicals)NOCTILUCENT CLOUDS: Summer is the season for noctilucent clouds and the other morning, right on cue, a wave of bright NLCs rolled over the British Isles.  Observers in Scotland and Northern Ireland reported luminous tendrils of electric blue bright enough to attract the attention of casual passers by.  These glow-in-the-dark clouds are a 100+ year old mystery under investigation now by NASA's AIM spacecraft. Originally confined to arctic latitudes, NLCs have spread in recent years with sightings in the United States as far south as Utah and Colorado. Check today's edition of www.spaceweather.com for observing tips and the latest photos. 
THINGS TO GET SHOUTING  ABOUT?
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Here's who fot played last weekend...

1/Intro: TRANSISTOR SIX – Back Yard Rocketship (Blackbean & Placenta)
2:  LE GALAXIE – We Bleed The Blood Of Androids (demo)
3: FIGHT LIKE APES – Jake Simmers (Cool For Cats)
4: RUDE MECHANICALS –  Strange Times (RIM)
5: WIRE – All Fours (Pink Flag)
6: GUNSLINGER - If The Bombs Don’t Get Ya, The Bullets Will (Earthquake)
7: ALBERT KUVEZIN and YAT KHA – Orgasmatron (Yat Kha)
8: RUDE MECHANICALS – Rude Mechanicals (RIM)
9: INDIAN JEWELRY – Temporary Famine Ship (We Are Free)
10: VILE IMBECILES – Blind Truth (Tea Vee Eye)
11: AMEBIX – Battery Humans (Alternative Tentacles)
12: THE SANS PAREIL – No Joy (demo)
13: EXPERIMENTAL DENTAL SCHOOL – Jane Doe Loves Me (Cochon)
14: THOR – Let The Blood Run Red – live (Ektro)
15: FREE KITTEN – Help Me (Ecstatic Peace)
16: BUTT TRUMPET – Flannel To Seattle (download)
17: LAYMAR – Swords (TV)
 

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ORGAN FORUM  - we've gone back and added an old school back to basics Organ forum this week for general Organ talk, interaction and for you to post your news and generally get involved and nake of i what you will, we'll trial it and see and if it proves to be a healthy forum then we'll expand it and see, we had enough of Social network Face Space sites own by big corporations removing our words and taking down our blogs and controlling what we say or what you say. A forum is only as good as you make it.- join 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
Now it isn't that we didn't hear any good ones this week, no no no - Sweet Jane, The Stripper Project, The Joy Of Sex...lots of good demos waiting here, just that, it's 4.00am now and even we have to sleep and there's been lashes of things to distract this week and oh, come on, give me a break here.. 

Last week's demo of the week -  PERHAPS CONTRAPTION

Previous demo's of the week - BLACKLANDS / 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
CAPILLARY ACTION - So Embarrassing (Pangaea) - Thrilling maximalism that has me rubbing my hands with glee straight away. A whole album's worth of perversely complex, er, pop... that has chunks of different genres popping up unexpectedly like the good bits in a stew made of gourmet leftovers.  Capillary Action revel in juxtaposition, in smacking contrasting sections of feel and orchestration together... cut-up, but flowing because it sounds so one-take live despite the complex instrumentation. They've been around for getting on to four years, been gigging like crazy all over America. It's the brainchild of one Jonathan Pfeffer, surrounding a core live band of bass, drums and keyboards with horn, string and classical percussionist.  Avant rock then, and straight away up there with the small circle of current exemplaries: Ahleuchatistas, Cheer-Accident, Upsilon Acrux, Time Of Orchids, Tera Melos, Koenjihyakkei, Behold..The Arctopus etc - and Mr Bungle and Cardiacs.  And the really nice thing about this is - they're a new voice, real one-offs whilst hinting at the other pioneers.
       Hearing So Embarrassing for the first time promises hours of listening pleasure, squillions of replays catching those brilliant angular tunes and rich textures and brilliant riffs flying past, hearing something new every time. The album's not some technical showing-off exercise, mind you - it's way past all that nonsense, its about imagination and energy and relish. Frank Zappa is a massive reference point of course, particularly his narrative and satirical work, but Pferrer's voice -  honeyed, proper singing a la Mike Patton - and words are all gritted teeth and angst, subtler.  Actually, Capillary Action have everything: amazing dynamics, glorious arrangements, superb production (courtesy of Colin Marston, who's worked with Orthrelm and Behold The Arctopus) and big, bold tunes to hold it all together. There's surely a bit of a Time Of Orchids influence in the way the melodies shift and twist harmonically, but less extreme and way easier to listen to. Pocket Protection Is Essential and the Latin excursions in Badlands sound like classic Mr Bungle... but better. The Chaperone sounds like Cardiacs with added jazz and classical and a touch of Hella. Several tracks are the nearest anyone else has sounded to Darling Freakhead. Oh yes, if only Mr Bungle were still around, and maybe their new album would be as good as this..  By now, I guess that if you're familiar with some of the bands listed earlier, whatever you want to call them (avant, Other Rock, the New Weirdass, make it up) you're either going oh yeah, really? or you're dribbling and prodding your Google Toolbar, in which case let's save you a bit of time and point you towards  www.capillaryaction.net or www.pangaearecordings.com or www.myspace.com/pangaearecordings - meanwhile this mad earfood with its seamless transitions from lounge jazz to thrash fusion to dainty prog to avant classical is churning away in its own world, flashing diamond tunes as it goes. Sorted out? Right, leave me alone, I'm listening....

ALBUM OF THE WEEK 2
THE PSYKE PROJECT – Apnea (Lifeforce) – Now this one is intense; intensely colourful and taking us all over the place with that boiling brooding heavy intensity that leads to outbursts of clever considered musical violence. Everything here is intense – the brutal noise, the brooding quiet, the stirring contradictions, the progressive texture and the calm before the next storm – this is excellent. We were expecting good – this really is excellent. The Psyke Project are from Copenhagen and this latest album is colossal. The album came out in Denmark last year, out everywhere else this very week. Great big churning slices of monolithic beauty, tense violent creativity and the heaviest of heavy mountain moving metal. Think Neurosis, shades of the earlier days of Isis, a touch of Will Haven and just when you think you have it worked out a rather accessible slice of Radiohead progression in the shape of the last eight minute track Not In My Time – well far easier on the ear than Radiohead actually, until things slowly boil up and you’re ready for another eruption – will it come? Not In My Name is massive. The Psyke Project have all the necessary epic ambition now, they have everything to match that ambition, all the intense light and shade - all the cathartic beauty and so so much more. This is a highly recommended album, a truly progressive album, a different album - scorching your ground, forget your resistance, let them toy with your neurosis – www.thepsykeproject.com or www.myspace.com/thepsykeproject or www.lifeforcerecords.com

ALBUM OF THE WEEK 3
PEDRO – You, Me & Everyone (Mush) – Well this is unique as well, so much inspiring new music around right now, these are rich times. Free-jazz based electronica and all kinds of colour and dance and Pedro pushing himself and your idea of what he’s been about so far. Kind of electric eclectic folk/world flavoured journeys that are very much pushing in to the future – sublime electronic organic and the broadening of horizons, slices of glowing instrumental hip-hop and clever compositional structure –  real avantness and experiments that never lose focus, a crafted sound, intelligent rewarding gliding glowing warmth from deepest London. Jazzy, glitchy, flowing, intriguing, rewarding, delightful – different! Pedro is alter ego of beatsmith/producer James Rutledge and yeah yeah, I know we tell you to check out a million things every week but you really really really should make an effort to check out this one. Bold, bright, instrumental music that really is something assertively new, hyper-different and uniquely good – hope is a happiness – brilliant. Find out more via www.dirtyloop.com or www.pedromusic.net
 
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SERPENTONE – Spiraling (self release) – A healthy bit of defiantly classic scratchy 90’s North American home-made punk rock reality waiting for you here – a three piece led by the raw emotion and powerful voice of one Erika Meyer, Serpentone are a powerful Babies In Toyland flavoured angry angsty set of adventures, statements, observations and explorations. Relationships, gender politics, S&M hints, Minivan moms – Erika in on the front cover, bent over her guitar, lost in a frail of hair, the cover photo gives you more than a healthy clue. They’re from Portland Oregon and they damn well sound like it. Raw throated do-not-mess-with-me goodness – some of it is very obvious and maybe even a little naive, that’s kind of good though, that honesty is why this album works and bites and demands your ears so much more than the new Free Kitten album – real pearls that’ll tie you up. Dirty old school sound, raw grunge and riot grrl flavoured bite, the real honest deal, you can’t fake a sound like this, you can’t fake lo-fi raw energy – it either happens naturally or it sounds wrong. Spiraling is a very real, very honest, very direct album, a naked album and no one’s going to put her in a line and tell her what to do, no swallowing sugar coated lies – even when she rather convincingly reaching deep inside and tells us she’s a little crazy and messed up - we love it when things are good. Would you? Serpentone blister, Serpentone bite, the band are good, raw live sound and basic production but the band carry it all – yep, this is basic striped down punk rock and there ready for yer, go grab it – www.serpentone.com

MOTORPSYCHO – Little Lucid Moments (Rune Gramophone) – Norway’s Motorpsycho seem to have been around for what seems like forever, they’ve actually been about since 1989. They kick off this, their who know what number it is album, with an ambitious twenty one minute number... which of course is just how you’d expect then to do it. Ambitious psychedelic West Coast flavoured prog-outs from the off. Clearly no need to ease people in now, no flirting with pop structures this time, hit them with the stoner edged progressive fusion and hints of krautness, with the minimalism and tight structured improv and the big bits and let it all swim together – swim with the tide, against the tide and let everyone leave on the sunship for year zero with the alchemyst at the controls. Classic Motorpsycho goodness and right there focused, yes you can be focused through twenty minute tracks – focused and just right. Up there with their very best - www.motorpsycho.fix.no

SLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB – Cipher (Alternative Tentacles) – “The country band who play at the bar at the end of the world” so says Jello Biafra. Slim Cessna keep their American county music pure and true, no re-inventing it for alternative cow-punks, no sir, the Auto Club keep it earnest raucous and oh brother where art thou. Traditional instruments, intricate playing but this doesn’t sound like some retro tribute to days gone. The cruel jokes and tied feet are very much for now – they sound modern with their banjo playing and the double bass and the mandolin and guitar. Dark-edged country gospel and I bet Johnny Cash would love this album and they’re the ones with all the songs – yeap, the American way sounding good and yet another album we think you should check out and we here by renounce our full fidelity – www.alternativetentacles.com

ALLA – Es Tiempo (Crammed Discs) – A kind of traditional Mexican trio playing French flavoured, Latino edged, creamy  60’s tasting retro futurist pop. They’re based in Chicago and they bring their very own style to something that’s somewhere near Saint Etienne or maybe Stereolab with a touch of tropicana and a sprinkling of something near sunny post-rock.  Bilingual sunshine and maybe eve na hint of Motown in there – intriguing and delightfully good – www.myspace.com/estiempo

HARVEY MILK – Life... The Best Game in Town ( Hydra Head) - The band they wouldn’t let go away and nothing is cancelled due to lack of interest quite yet. Fifth album from the Athens (GA) outfit Harvey Milk and some more lactating boundary pushing noise for people who like their noise with a little more of a thoughtful challenge. Some of this is a gloriously powerful dirge, but not the dirge of so many others, this is no obvious stoner sludge beast - some of this flies right at the vulnerable part of the back of your head, not in obvious flying at the back of your head kind of way though, no sir, this ain’t no obvious band and that’s why word of mouth kicked in a wouldn’t let them go away. Some front line resonation – we like resonance and we like the punky garage storm of feverish metal piss that they’re kicking up right now. Burly and angelic, thought out and thoughtless, cleverly destructive and basically complex, old school riffs and new ideas, a distinctive step in a different direction – www.hydrahead.com or www.myspace.com/harveymilk – catch them in the UK with OXBOW in July 

ZENITHAL – Vendetta (Casket) – Now this sounds like something rather crunching and wholesomely good for yer. Sounds like something that we probably traded a messy handmade Organ zine and some Flotsam demo tapes for with some crazed thrash head in a cut off Larz Rocket shirt outside the Hammersmith Odeon during a flyer trading zine swapping riotball of bear and skateboards up front of that Metallica/Anthrax double headline onslaught the other day – what d’ya mean, that was far too many years ago to even remember and proper moshing thrashing smiling metal bands like this don’t exist anymore.  We’ve fallen through a time hole again?  Ah damn, metal is so seriously dreary these days. This a good in a mid 80’s Bay Area thrash pit of rip crunching mosh and tight stripy jeans kind of way – Anthrax, Exodus, Slammer, Skate Muties From the Fifth Dimension, proper stuff, nice one – you can probably get it down at Shades (or maybe try Copro), they’re from Margate, raw and moshed up good – www.coprorecords.co.uk or www.myspace.com/zenithal1

THE 1900’S – Cold & Kind (Parasol) – breezy vocalharmonies and rich country flavoured sunny alt.rock from Chicago. Overflowing with lush melody and feeling rather analogue-live in a non-retro timeless very much now kind of way. Some of the vocals are male, others female, well I think they are, all the voices are rather rich and sweet and warm and inviting and they sound spot on. Political or personal, utopia or apocalypse, it all sounds so sunny-ripe and carefree sweet – overflowing with rich melodies and breezy folk Americana and even when they sing that their songs of love sound like lies it sounds of so very nice and we’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony  ...  www.parasol.com

HONKEYFINGER – Invocation Of The Demon Other (Hoarse) - Another one of them there one man lo-fi scratch and slide blues bands, lot of them about at the moment, can’t move for the fear of tripping over one, you’ve got to really stand out from the one man band crowd these days. Honkeyfinger is alright at it, good without really hitting the sweet spot that some others can hit, I don’t know, maybe the lack of dimension when it comes to fuzzy texture and basic stomp that runs pretty much all the way through, that same scratchy slide guitar sound and lo-fi percussion. His voice that lacks the soul of Black Daimond Heavies or the real grit of Seasick Steve, the slightly bizarre edge that others have, nothing really unhinged enough here. Honkeyfinger is based in the UK, I’m guessing he’s British, whatever it is, the album lacks something – maybe you really have to be from the deep Southern swamps of the USA to pull this off with convincing soul, maybe it really does have to be in your blood – you can’t ride English freight trains for days on end can you? Maybe he is from the USA and maybe he still don’t quite have that there vibe or edge. Honkeyfiger’s album is OK, sounds like a lot of the half decent one man band broken down blues buskers you can catch down the London tube or a Soho street corner late at night with a battered paint scratched guitar and a tin can  – his blues isn’t quite moving this body – oh, he comes from Bethnal Green, there you go, you can’t go sell your soul at an East London crossroads (maybe if he had a London accent rather than then the Southern belle Mick Jagger style approximation?). Ah, look, this is alright, but nothing more than that - you can go investigate for yourself over at www.myspace.com/honkeyfinger

TV SMITH – In The Arms Of My Enemy (Boss Tuneage) – How do we approach this one? TV Smith one time leader of one of the finest English bands ever, the finest of all 70’s punk bands, The Adverts – I want this to be brilliant, I want to tell you all kinds of things – truth is if it wasn’t TV Smith we’d probably just politely pass by and not mention it. But hey, TV Smith, he, like Paul Weller, earned our respect years ago, not that keen on Paul Weller solo material either, this isn’t a million miles away from the middle age singer songwriter stuff Weller does, well no, it is, but oh look... you get what I’m saying here, TV Smith, one time leader of The Adverts has a new album out, doesn’t honestly do much for us, go find out yourselves if you’re curious and you do give a dame, the wonders always care, good to see he’s still out there – www.tvsmith.com

SOUNDSHOK – The Bringers Of Bloodshed (Rising) -  In which the extreme thrash/death/black/whatever metal band blast and blister and bother their way through a rather one dimensional onslaught on regurgitation and come over rather like that industrial waste clearer that was sucking up scum from the drain on our street corner this morning. They’re from a small town in Scotland, and if your head is in the right place for a pounding then Soundshok’s basic guttural blastcore punk-edge cookie monster onslaught is alright for a while... www.myspace.com/soundshokuk

DAYLIGHT DIES – Lest To The Living (Candlelight) Now if only he wasn’t ‘singing’ in that tediously silly death metal way because this is really rather good – the instrumental passages and the progressiveness of it all, the lush variety and the colourful expanse. A musical richness and desire to expand and if only that damn tedious growling and demands of us to look at the passing sky. Thankfully the instrumental passages are expansively epic and rich in organic character and yes they may get a little oh I don’t know after a while – www.myspace.com/daylightdies

LA GUNS – Hellraisers Ball Caught In The Act (Secret) – a 2003 live album from the very bluesy Anglo American 80’s hair metal band fronted by one Girl singer Phil Lewis. LA Guns were never as good as Girl, Hollywood Tease isn’t on here, the whole thing sounds a little laboured and lacking any kind of energy or spark, one for the dedicated fan only -  www.myspace.com/losangelesguns or www.secretrecordslimited.com

RICHARD LLOYD – The Radiant Monkey (Parasol) – The one time Television guitarist with some polite mild pub rock flavoured blues for those who want that kind of thing – www.parasol.com or www.cargorecords.co.uk
 
Last week's album of the week - LAYMAR / WIRE

Previous album's of the week - HEAR, O ISRAEL / GRAND MAGUS / 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
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ALBUM REVIEW ARCHIVES

  LIVE 
FIGHT LIKE APES - London Metro, June 08FIGHT LIKE APES / LE GALAXIE – Metro, Oxford Street, London, June 19th 

– There’s some kind of five way Irish band thing going down tonight  We were elsewhere checking out other things in other Soho places for most of the evening, (even we can’t be in two places at once now can we? Tied up exploring elsewhere is where we were, sorry other bands – tied up or something like that, none of your business really). You see the intention always was to arrive from wherever we were just in time to see Fight Like Apes. Metro is really not that decent a drinking/socialising place and overpriced cans of Red Stripe are about the only option, so we opt for the option of arriving as late as possible and getting the hell out again and back to a decent bar the second the band ends. Things are running late, plans are shot to hell and Class Of 1984 are on doing their alt.rock flavoured solid mix of indie-edged hard rock when we get there. Nothing really grabbing massive amounts of instant attention – impressive big hair, songs that have their moments, we really didn’t have that much time to focus before they were off so we’ll wait and see next time, they sounded like they might be worth a next time - song on the free CD that was being given away isn’t bad.... There was a free eighteen track “Music From Ireland” compilation being handed out you see...

       We’re expecting Fight Like Apes to take the stage next, surely things can’t be running that late can they? Some geeky looking guys start setting up primitive looking synths? Are they Fight Like Apes roadies? Are they the band without feisty front woman MayKay? Doesn’t look like the Fight Like Apes boys does it? Are they starting off with an instrumental opener? Who are they? Hey these guys are good. Three songs in now, can’t be The Apes, hey these geeky looking guys are rocking – instrumental synths and guitars that are way far too high up under arms, stretched out of shape washed out Star Trek Wrath Of Khan shirt, big geeky classes, this band are cool! And for an instrumental synth band triggering sound bites about machines taking over they certainly can rock out. Guitars and synths that cascade and hey, surely techno geeknerds don’t rock out like this do they? Well not since the mighty Timeshard last rocked out anyway – bubbling and synthing and jumping about and crowd participation amd alive like the heart of your nearest star. That was good, that got the crowd cheering... Large slices of John Carpenter, a touch of Zombie, a seasoning of New Order, shades of 65Days post rock and did that bass player look like an 80’s Mike Holmes from IQ? They were good, they just do ‘it’ we’ll be back for more...

        Now we already know Fight Like Apes are vengefully butter would melt brilliant, we’ve been in awe of their sweet screaming charm and don’t you dare mess chaotic synth sound from day one. From that very first time we heard them scream about getting some grace and robot sluts and being like Kentucky Fired Chicken but without the taste. They have this sound that really does well up tears of joy. Jake Summers was single of last year by a geese-stupefying million trillion miles. I’m really genuinely excited to be in here waiting for them to come on. I don’t get excited about being in places like here that much, done it all far too many times, takes something extra special, Fight Like Apes excite. They start with Karate and there she is, centre stage with her big black Siouxsie hair and that don’t fuck with me Dublin attitude and wanting you to lend her your face so she can bust it up and replace it and those fizzing swirling synths and bass-lines and bang bang bang – and yes they do look like misfits, we like misfits – misfits, hissyfits, screaming shouting yellingfits and then she’s all sweetness and coy again while Pockets bounces off her on the other synth and his other vocals. This is really coming together now, they’re looking and feeling road-worked and gig-lean now, they still look like they don’t really fit anywhere though – good.  She’s all sweet and coy and then she screams fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuckkkkkkk again and it all comes out with love and vile loathing and your nightmare bungee breaking whore and no kind of fear and look, Jake Summers is just about the best thing ever and I catch myself leaping around like an idiot screaming along to the getting of some grace and some f’ing disappointment to the human race. She’ll cut you with glass and you won’t have such a pretty ass then will you? They rip apart McLusky’s Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues and make it their own and you still believe her when she says she’s innocent – are you coming? She sold us to wanderlust and a whole new can of worms and kung fu b-movies – look look look it, it really was that good and I haven’t been able to stop playing and singing Jake Summers for a whole year and Fight Like Apes are the band right now and hey I’m well past getting some grace when it comes to this band. I’m a frothing fan, they damn well rule and everybody should know it – 

www.myspace.com/fightlikeapesmusic or www.fightlikeapesmusic.com or www.myspace.com/lemusicgalaxie or www.musicfromireland.org
 

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
VESSELS – A Hundred Times In Every Direction (Cuckundoo) – First taste of the debut album following on from their handful of warmly received demos and singles, things are looking and sounding rather good for the Leeds. Vessels are pushing on, Vessels are pushing themselves, not content to just be another pleasant prog flavoured post-rock fifteen megabites of fame band. Vessels are starting to hint at long-term possibilities. Sensitive strokes, A Hundred Times offers a warm quiet confidence that erupts in an understated less obvious way – delicate vocal intrigue. The single comes with some more expansive re-workings of previous releases Yuki and The Beast, seems the temptations of bigger studios during the album recording sessions were too much to resist along with a more glitchy electronic bubbling treat of a fourth track Descent that we’re told is exclusive to this release. www.vesselsband.com

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THE DODOS – Red And Purple (Wichita) – The Dodos are San Franciscan duo Marc Long and Logan Kroeber with a single off their second album and a rather different sound that certainly stands out Different textures, different alternatives, refreshing, all kinds of red and purple invites and chimes and chings and shuffles and bright shinny notes and finger picking rhythms and like being in a clock menders and the top of the hour and they pulled it all together in such a simple way. Alternative North American indie pop like you never really heard before – fresh ephemeral, slightly psychedelic in a positively modern way, finely tuned, delicately constructed, robust, strident, good  - www.dodosmusic.net

JAPANCAKES – Soon/Touched (Sonic Cathedral) – Ninth single release from the ever consistent Sonic Cathedral team, this time two remixes of My Bloody Valentine covers from Athens George based instrumental post-rock outfit Japancakes – remixes from James Rutledge and Ricardo Tobar and I guess some will see this as messing with things that should not be messed with – sounds rather tingly and pin-prick beautiful to these ears, a crafted set of interpretations and reconstructions that come rather recommended – www.soniccathedral.co.uk

SOULFLY – Unleashed (Roadrunner) – Another solid set of blows from Soulfly, a crunching brutal blend of modern thrash flavoured metal that, as you’d expect and indeed demand from Soulfly, comes with that little extra class – www.roadrunnerrecords.co.uk

GLORIA CYCLES – Vegas (Windy Bike) – Rather fine sunny uplifting positive indie pop goodness and sugar and spice and all kinds of nice and free wheeling and flying down the Downs. Fine song craft and just a little edge of their own – a debut that promises much – www.myspace.com/gloriacycles

LESS THAN JAKE – Does The Lion City Still Roar (Sleep It Off) – in which Less Than Jake go back to sounding like the Less Than Jake ska/punk/pop band of old and make a semi polite semi energetic ska pop thing. Thing is things have moved on a little and there’s things out there with a leaner meaner hungrier set of attitudes and things now. Harmless standard issue decent enough Less Than Jake like you’ve heard them do may times before, which is really all we need and should reasonably expect, always have time for Less Than Jake.... 

Last week's single of the week - VILE IMBECILES

Previously - GIANT PAW / DARK CAPTAIN LIGHT CAPTAIN / AIRBOURNE / THE MASS / GRANTURA / BLACK MOUNTAIN / CARIBOU / KILL THE CAPTAINS / THE KINGSIZE FIVE / THE OUTSIDE ROYALTY / DEAD OR AMERICAN / PULLOVER

SINGLE REVIEW ARCHIVES

'THIS WEEK’S FREE DOWNLOAD...
THE GUARDIAN have made a fifteen track compilation featuring some of what they say are best new acts appearing at this year's Glastonbury available to download for free, who are we to argue about who the best new bands are? 15 free tracks from MICACHU, FOALS, WHITE DENIM, YEASAYER, NEON NEON and more, get it all here.

SIGOR ROS – You can download a legal slice of free Gobbledigook from the album "Med sud I eyrum vid spilum endalaust right here. The fine fine Icelandic texture-pop outfit don’t really need any words from us now, here you go, have it if you want it, aren't we good to you

Of course what you really need is some VASECTOMY EGGS NAILER is what you really need blistering in to your lives and delicate ears, here you go . 

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DAVID BOWIE – Live Santa Monica ’72 (EMI) –  “I can tell that I’m totally into being Ziggy by this stage of our touring, It’s no longer an act, I an him...” Clear to see why this live recording has been regarded by diehard fans and respected critics as the bootleg to have if you’re anywhere near a serious devotee. So the album that has been circulating as a bootleg for years has been taken and officially released for the first time. No more searching the sales of oblivion to find it, no more searching behind the door and what have you.... Eighteen tracks recorded some ten dates in to the American Spiders From Mars tour and originally broadcast live by a radio station in LA. Inspired version of Jacquel Brel’s “My Death” and a great ten minute version of The Width Of A Circle complete with all the ’72 style guitar solo self indulgence that was the law back then. This is quite possibly the best Bowie live album – no, it is the best Bowie live album full stop. The set list is mostly from Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust, there’s an impressive version of Waiting For The Man, a taste of Aladdin Sane to come in the shape of The Jean Genie and an excellent Life On Mars. The live recording is released on heavy duty gatefold double vinyl and a rather neat box CD that comes with reproductions of promo photos and posters from the time, a must have for any self respecting Bowie fans and indeed for those of us who tend to sit on the fence – highly recommended (and I wouldn’t really consider myself much of a fan). www.davidbowie.com

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STUPIDS – Retard Picnic / Complete Peel Sessions / Violent Nun / Perunian Vacation (Boss Tuneage) – Four albums and millions of tracks, the first four releases of a six series set. Stupids dealt in fast no messing basic skate punk tunes, it was always straight ahead no messing with the cult UK hardcore skate-pop band, they did it with an attitude and a smile. They delivered it with some kind of US influence and a good underground hardcore DIY outlook for a while back there. They were from Southern England, they seemed to be forever there somewhere towards the top of ten band skate-fest hardcore bills at places like the Hammersmith Clarendon, or doing John Peel sessions or in the pages of a thousand handmade zines (yes they featured Organ more than once back there) or the pages of NME or the far superior Sounds. Not sure if they were as influential as the press release here claims, they certainly were a healthy part of those times and these maybe not that necessary re-issues come with a whole load of bonus tracks and such should you feel the need. Sounds a little dated and what have you now, but hey, who cares what we think, the discs come with bonus tracks, sleeve notes and who knows what else (only for the CDr things here so don’t ask us), some people out there will be excited – hey, here’s the info, here’s the link, go find out if you want to, they were a good part of it back there – www.bosstunage.com

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