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“""Sorry sir, you can’t sit on the fence”
The peach is almost ripe, everything is turning pink and there’s an elephant in the room and and and...  What a week, worry in the pond and this is Organ, here it is....How good were Oxbow this week? More on that soon, and Harvery Milk and there's only so many hours in the day and late late late, running down the Strand, lend me your face and assume the position again, you know what it is by now... 

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?
July 19th is Bonkersfest - A day long festival celebrating being bonkers - with two stages and other entertainment and events. Put on by Mad Pride and others. 12 noon-9pm, at Camberwell Green, London SE5 

And looks who’s playing! GERTRUDE, NOUGHT, POWERSTEPPERS (Colin from Zion Train), LUKE BARLOW BAND (with Alex Ward so that has to be worth checking out), oh and F**K OFF BATMAN – the genius monosynbolic bat-manic free rock outfit who only have the same one line to all their songs, can you guess what it is yet?  Oh there’s load of good people/bands/things/performance, this looks like the festival of the year

The Camberwell Green Fair appears to have first happened in 1279 with its range of stalls, dancing and general merry-making, and a motto "Mad Doings in Camberwell". As one historical source puts it, "For these three days the residents of Camberwell were compelled to witness disgusting & demoralising scenes which they were powerless to prevent". In 1855 recently arrived, wealthy residents of the town (normals) clubbed together to buy the Green, ending the fair and turning Camberwell Green into a public park. And now more 'Mad Doings in Camberwell' one that retains the merry-making, joy and celebratory aspects of the original event. "Bonkersfest!", which this year takes place on July 19, celebrates madness, creativity and eccentricity. A day of bonkers celebrations for everyone on their local village green featuring live music, poetry, drama, art and sound installations.

www.madpride.org.uk or www.bonkersfest.org

THINGS TO GET SHOUTING  ABOUT?
THE HEREFORD HECKLER have their third issue out! This newsheet is produced by Hereford Solidarity League, an anti-fascist community action group, and covers other social and environmental issues in the area. Not online - they're keepin' it real with paper copies going into the houses, chip shops, and pubs that a website couldn't reach. For a copy email kay.bulstreet at hotmail.co.uk
 
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ORGAN ON YOUR RADIO - WEEKLY on SUNDAYS AT 9.00pm via RESONANCE 104.4FM in London and worldwide via www.resonancefm.com   more details here

CRAP ARREST OF THE WEEK

FOR BEING AN ARTIST... Paul in Belfast was recently stopped on the way to a mate’s house at 2am by bored coppers. Claiming that he 'looked a bit suspicious', they searched Paul and found a bag of paint markers. They then arrested him for 'the possession of articles for the use in criminal damage with possible intent' - eg despite absolutely no evidence they thought he was a graffiti artist. He was held for five hours, after which they let him go saying that they'd 'run out of interview tapes'. (SchNews)
 
Ron Athey says “I'm excited to announce:Julie Tolentino and I have programmed and produced an evening of performance, primarily to showcase our new works, and to benefit our upcoming high desert performance bootcamp, Praxis Mohave.

Why self-produce a showcase? Because 99% of arts presenters are wimpy and/or shit-for-brains. Because it is hugely inspiring to work with Julie again. She co-directed and performed in most of my work through the 90s, and our chemistry is ramped up higher than ever. Because Juliana, my Judas Cradle collaborator, is making incredible experimental vocal works singing directly into water, pushing the voice/body experience beyond belief. And last but not least, we're fortunate enough to have a visitation from UK/Italy-based artist Franko B. in Los Angeles, my brotherly alliance that goes back to early 90s ICA days. Somehow he has never performed in the U.S., and will be showing new work. Then comes the Newschool afterparty: RADIATE/INTOXICATE, hosted by Wu Ingrid Tsang and Zackary Drucker, our Praxis scholarship artists, who are organizing an evening of hi-NRG performance, video, and disco dancing.

Why a desert workshop in the heat of the summer? Because making extreme work in academia is problematic, because immersion, endurance, bodywork, bonding, survival, can spur insane revelations and productivity. Because who else is going to encourage you to sing opera, perform a live sex show, while buried in a sand dune for 12 hours? All "teachers" will be participants making work as well: facilitated by Ron Athey and Julie Tolentino, vocal training and sound composition with Juliana Snapper, proper bootcamp training with Heather Cassils, thematic hikes led by Marcia McLain, field biologist.

If you are in town we hope to see you on July 24th for these events. Warmest regards, Ron Athey”

click on the flyer, for it is also a link, or just go here
 

ORGAN FORUM - CONTACT AND SWITCH THE OTHER
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 make of it 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
ARCS OF RED – Neat little two tracker, two fine songs that’ll grab you straight away. They’re from Dorking in Surrey and they plain and simple rock. That vocalist, Paul Colto, reminds me of someone, really bugging me! Love Comes in a born to be wild thing, they’ve got this swaggering indie attitude, they just lock on, run up through the gears and rawk! Shaun Ryder mainlining Red Bull rather than bad drugs?  Bugging me! Tow galloping tracks, bit of a 90’s Manchester vibe, but of a Charlatans meets Interpol feel maybe? Whatever it is, they rock big time and if they’ve got a few more songs like these two then....www.myspace.com/arcsofred

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EPIPHANY – Apart From Here – A whole album’s worth of melodic folk flavoured hard rock/metal with a bit of a Jethro Tull meets Iron Maiden flavour. The vocal delivery is a little one dimensional, same textures all the way through, indeed the whole thing is a little flat in terms of production and dimension. Sounds like a work in progress and something that needs to be taken in to a studio with a producer who can inject some life in to some potentially good ideas. The songs are all here, the basis of a potentially good album is here. They seem to be talking about this in terms of the finished article though, their debut album ready to go (all we have here is a rather blank looking CDr – bands, it might me an idea to at least actually put your name on your CDr before you send it out). Yes, seems they are viewing this as a finished album – sounds like good working demos from a potentially interesting band who maybe have something different to offer the metal world, that’s about all this is right now though – www.myspace.com/rockepiphany

Last week's demo of the week - LE GALAXIE

Previous demo's of the week - PERHAPS CONTRAPTION / 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

DEMO REVIEW ARCHIVES

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

ALBUM OF THE WEEK
SAY BOK GWAI – Chink In The Armor (Edgetone) – CantoCore? That’s what they said, “the only CantoCore band in existence” is what they actually say, who are we to argue? They’re from San Francisco (of course), they sing in both Cantonese and English, they mix up fast American hardcore, slices of old school thrash metal, some straight down the line US punk, and now again a healthy experimental edge. They sound like they should be on Alternative Tentacles and touring with Jello’s latest band (no disrespect to Edgetone of course). They say they’re coming at it with a Chinese American perspective unique to San Francisco – they certainly sound like they could be from nowhere else but the Bay Area, this is classic front line top quality San Francisco punk rock. Thirty one short sharp right on the ball tracks played with colour and imagination. Lyrics that bait, lyrics that bite, slices of humour, slices of frozen pizza, slices of clever comment, anger, situation switching and don’t get all hung up just because you’re a whitey, its only a colour! We’re talking a more than healthy mix of Minor Threat, Dead Kens, DRI, a touch of Slayer, a heathy math-core bite and that occasional experimental edge and that extra thing that could only come from, well, could only come from a Chinese punk band slamming out of San Francisco. Thry seem to be a drum and guitar two piece, there older stuff appears to come from a more of an avant area, seems we have a lot of exploring to do, isn't music great, is that a music stand on stage? Don't you just love You Tube   - highly recommended.- www.myspace.com/sbg or www.edgetonerecords.com  or www.monkeykingrecords.com and those You Tube things can be found via www.youtube.com/monkeykingrecords
 
ALBUM OF THE WEEK 2
THE KINGSIZE FIVE – White Line Fever (Little Genius) – Let them waste some time on you, let them refresh your feet, let them make you jump, impossible to sit still, they’ll give you a lot more reason, not a moment is wasted here... They’re not your average indie band, fast becoming the talk of the London indie scene though, what with their soothing swing and their jumping jive, their jazzy 50’s big band flavoured rock ‘n roll and their good time shock and awe to send you reeling in delight. There’s usually about nine or ten of them; ex indie scenesters on the run from time spent in outfits like The Fratelli’s, Blur, King Kurt and who knows who - ex stand-up comedians, burlesque dancers - once polite girls and boys who now see the wood and all the trees. And this debut album hits the nail right on the head with that caustic bite wrapped in the soothing tunes and lines that will swing around your head for ever. Despite being the talk of the town The Five aren’t to be mistaken for some frivolous London bee-hive hair and trilby hat fashionista thing – no no no, they more than cut it live and they’ve backed it all up with this much anticipated debut. White Light Fever is clearly a crafted real-deal labour of love and more importantly a hell of lot of soothing jump-jiving rewarding fun - general anaesthetic not needed, nothing apathetic, belligerently skilled, wise and ready and enough is never going to be enough. More to life than skinny white boy indie guitar rock and here’s your ticket to refreshment, rehabilitation and countless musical acts beyond any kind of treason. A fine celebration of human weakness set to fine thrilling refreshing music you can dance to – swinging jumping jiving big band blues, somewhere near jazz and just beyond rock ‘n roll - go enjoy it, we weren’t sure they’d pull it off over the length of a whole album, they more than did – www.myspace.com/thekingsizefive

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SOULFLY – Conquer (Roadrunner) – Desolate times and an aggressive set of lash-outs delivered with the depth and quality you’d rightly expect from Soulfly. This is an angry album, an album born of frustration? Not sure if there’s any hope here? As far as modern metal goes, Soulfly and the Cavalera/Sepultura axis have pretty much been setting the standards for some time now in terms of mainstream metal, and there’s no stepping back from that front line here. Conquer is once again a little more brutally straightforward than previous releases, where 2005’ Dark Ages dealt with personal tragedy, there’s a lot more thrashing spitting anger and lashing out at the general state of the planet and those who inhabit the global village. There is some of the musical texture of Dark Ages, far more of a straight ahead and relentless experience this time though - this is a blistering album, an angry aggressive album, a stormy thrashing thunderous album. And yes they still do sound like a band who originally came from Brazil, there are those hints of South American rhythms, world-music flavours, most of all this is Soulfly at their angry aggressive best. Not sure where all the aggression gets us? Too late isn’t it? Sounds cathartically good blasting out of these speakers here today, Save? Conquer? Blood, fire, war, hate? Damn fine brutal metal album with that little extra you’d expect - www.soulflyweb.com

SCUL HAZZARDS – Let The Sink (Self Release) – The Australian outfit have relocated to sunny London now and they’ve brought their very abrasive sound with them. A brooding  noise, a jagged edgy rusty noise that feels like a lot of positive London things from a little while back – Homage Freaks, Scissormen, Red Eye Express and that whole abrasive post-hardcore Big Black flavoured noise thing. Some intricately violent things going on here and like we said last time around; relentlessly dense. Twelve fine tracks, twelve slices of healthy abrasive raw wired violent creative intelligent noise for you people who love your Jesus Lizard and your Albini style and proper angle-grinding noise and relentless shortcuts through a needle’s eye – good good good – www.myspace.com/sculhazzards

SHADE EMPIRE – Zero Nexus (DAR) – Extreme metal guitar weaving around melodic walls of atmospheric synth in a way that gives Shade Empire something just a little different. Sometimes brutal, occasional progressive, always dramatic – clever arrangements and a healthy amount of colourful light and shade when it comes to vocal delivery/style. Impressive Melotron flavoured synth atmosphere and epic stabs of sometimes bombastic over the top melodic death/goth metal drama. The band from Finland have dropped a good one, they stand out a little from the extreme metal crowd – www.shadeempire.com

YETI RAIN – Nest of Storms (Crimsonic) – An experimental two piece with some rather fine spontaneously composed instrumental mellowness and warmth. William Kopecky play a rather experimental meditative bass, Roger Ebner plays a rather expressive wind synth and saxophone. Nest of Storms is a gracefully ambient haunting and occasionally beautifully disturbing album. Quiet, considered, restrained, sometimes powerful and if experimental instrumental music does it for you, then worth checking out – www.yetirain.com / www.crimsonic.com

SCHIZO FUN ADDICT – Imperial Quasar (Self Release) - That was then and this is now. You see, back then, in 2002, according to this here press release that accompanies this disc, we said Chakra Tease was like listening to a completely different radio station on a dial you hadn’t noticed before... back then in 2002 it may well have been, here 2008 that track is still the stand out on an album that gathers together a kind of “best of”. All sounds rather dated and retro and almost nostalgic already. Since then we’ve been through a million flavours of hybrid glitch and post this that and the other. Schizo Fun Addict with their cut up beets and fizzing synths and voices sound like something from the last century. Ten tracks, ten slices of fizz and swizz and songs lines and sound-bites. A mellower Prodigy? A not some spaced Orb? A hint of things like Interstella? Satellite beats that have lost their shine and their swagger now and what was good back then well, that was then and this is now and somethings aren't timeless....  www.schizofunaddict.com

FAITH – Blessed? (Transubstans) – Epic old school melodic doom and proper hard rock from deepest Southern Sweden. We’re talking giant slabs of moody Candlemass via classic Dio period Rainbow/Sabbath and all laced with a more than healthy undercurrent of prog and a glint or two of folk and fiddles along with the symphonic epicness. Everything about this album is good, the doom laden jigs, the epic riffage, the melodic vocal delivery, the fiddles that occasionally lead, the proper taste of prog rock. The one element above all others that really make Faith work is the folk - the diverse use of folk and folk timing and the pure metallic adventure of it all. Faith have always had a healthy underground reputation, they’ve been about since the mid 80’s (took them almost twenty years to get a debut album out! Doom paced in every way!). This is their third full album, it comes highly recommended. An album for those who like their doom delivered with old school progressive hard rock flavoured melody rather than laced with the compromise of extreme metal growl and thrash. www.myspace.com/faith2ya or www.myspace.com/transubstans

SOFIA – Search & Destory: A Punk Lounge Experience (Wild Kingdom) – Quite how these ‘interesting’ covers of Zeppelin’s Dazed And Confused and Thin Lizzy’s Boys Are Back In Town make it as part of a “punk lounge experience” is a little beyond me, Zeppelin were a lot of things, nut a punk band? Ours is not to split hairs though; twelve covers of things like Search & Destroy, London Calling, Heart Shaped Box, Pretty Vacant, Chinese Rocks, Devo’s Mongoloid and such – all done by a saccharine sweet voiced girl called Sofia in a laid back trip-hop paced lounge style stripped down Portishead kind of way. I’m a sucker for a left field cover or two, this isn’t doing much though, bit of a throwaway novelty, alright if you’re in the mood. Hear tracks for yourself over at www.myspace.com/sofiaallard

LAVONDYSS – Nibiru (Wolf At The Door) – They’re from Rugby, they’re doing the loud/quiet emo/screamo Enter Shikari yelping-screaming-cram-everything-in technical metal screamo band thing and I guess if you like this stuff then they do it all rather well. If you like that Enter Thingy Alexisonfire stuff served up with a hint of bombastic classical throw the kitchen sink in widdle diddle (not quite prog) metal then here you go, they’re good at it... www.wolfatyourdoor.com or www.myspace.com/lavondyss

ROSE HILL DRIVE – Moon Is The New Earth (Megaforce) – pleasant enough mild American stadium rock. Harmless stuff, too polite to really offend and they’re clearly passionate about it. hey, the sun is out, it looks like it might be a nice day, Blues flavoured mellow American stadium pop rock and 12 Bar blues and hippy shit about “getting high man” never did much for me. I guess the better moments point towards Tom Petty, I guess they rock out a little here and there, I imagine they sell tie-eye tour shirts and maps of the American dream, I guess they’re harming no one, I guess I’ll leave you with a link and get the hell out of here – www.rosehilldrive.com
 
Last week's album of the week - SCORCH TRIO / THE REAL McKENZIES

Previous album's of the week - VILE IMBECILES / THE LAST PEOPLE ON EARTH /CAPILLARY ACTION / THE PSYKE PROJECT / PEDRO / LAYMAR / WIRE / HEAR, O ISRAEL / GRAND MAGUS / RUDE MECHANICALS / OPETH / TORCHE / HAIL OF BULLETS / THE NOTWIST / EXPERIMENTAL DENTAL SCHOOL / JO GABRIEL
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ALBUM REVIEW ARCHIVES

  LIVE 
WE ARE SCIENTISTS - Somerset House 08FIGHT LIKE APES / WE ARE SCIENTISTS – Somerset House, London, July 15th - 

“Sorry sir, you can’t sit on the fence” said the polite orange-shirted official. Things are very Top Shop in here, all awfully well behaved and polite and We Are Scientists are greeted like the third band on on a sunny afternoon at Reading  - what’s going on? Aren’t they the headliners? Why so muted and polite? Shouldn’t people be going wild? Why is everything so damn polite? No sir, we don’t want to be sitting on the fence. The Scientists have been on ten minutes or so now, I guess the crowd recognise this one, there’s a bigger murmur of reaction and a few more hands in the air down front. Why is it all so damn polite? 

There’s big banners each side of the stage, something to do with rebellion being the only thing that can keep us alive. Oh my, look at that ugly building over there, really upsetting the aesthetics and leering over this rather beautiful courtyard like some ghastly 60’s offense, yep, we’re reduced to checking out the skyline and the two front Scientists up there really are a little annoying with their between song wacky nausea. Biff biff go the drums and the predictable guitar lines and you can see where old Prince Charles is coming from when you look at the skyline violations beyond the beauty of Somerset House. 

This is a great place for a gig actually, don’t the lights look pretty, reflecting off the stately buildings as the sun goes down. We Are Scientists are blanding their way through another one that’s paced exactly the same as the last one (and the one before that). There’s a sudden cheer of recognition as they head in to an ‘old hit’, one of their better moments - a not so good Bauhaus Xerox and at last there’s a spark of atmosphere and a hint of crowd participation - until now everyone has been politely standing there in their Top Shop Primark best politely being polite and clapping in such a polite way. Rock and roll is a well behaved politely sanitized business these days – “Rebellion is the only thing that keeps you alive” is actually what the big corporate product placement stage-side banners proclaim - no sitting on any fences here then, let’s overthrow everything from the inside, Somerset House is ours for the taking if only the band weren’t politely sending us to sleep. 

And on they go, blanding on and on, people politely cheer, down the front some even have their rebellious hands in the air again, time for a stroll around the grounds before things get too dangerous... Don’t the lights look even prettier from the back here now the sun has left us and night has fallen, don’t the walls look wonderful bathed in pink, and then purple, blue next please. And on they go, politely pleasantly doing their polite thing, harmless enough when they’re not talking, harmless polite santitised New York new wave indie pop for people who find Franz just a little too dangerous, think we’ll head out and enjoy the building a little more, head for the exit before the rebellion starts, do want to be caught up in that do we...

FIGHT LIKE APES - Somerset House '08We Are Scientists aren’t the reason for being here though. Oh no, the mad rush from the tube station and down the Strand is for a far more exciting rewarding peach of a band (Bakerloo line not working properly again, stuck in a tunnel overheating once more). The dash along the Strand is for Fight Like Apes, and if you’ve been paying attention then you’ll know that some of us around here think they’re more than worth sprinting down big London streets in the summer heat for. The four of them are already in to their opening song, demanding attention with their infectious sugar sweet butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth screaming synth driven pop. 

MayKay has her silver glittery hot pants back (or did she have to get new ones?), Pockets is there looking manic, does he maybe look a little too crazed to even be a roadie let along an actual glorious tune-making musician jumping all over his keyboard and wresting MayKay to the floor without her ever missing a word or a beat... that and his cart wheels. And don’t they just have it balanced so well? The whole ying yang and the new wave screaming and the beautiful pop and the hey you get some grace you’re a fukin’ disappointment to the human race thing. Damn there’s going to be some gushing again and I’m as stupefied as a goose out in the sun once more. Oh yes, butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth and she’s innocent innocent innocent innocent.... and at the risk of repeating things around here (yet again), Fight Like Apes are just about the best thing out there right now. They’re gig fit now, they pulled it off a couple of weeks ago in a small London club, they’re pulling it off even more here as they win more friends on the big stage. They rip through Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues with such raw explosive style, they let Jake Summers well up in that perfect way it does, Lend Me Your Face slashes pretty asses once more and all the time you can feel those around getting more and more absorbed in to it, something genuinely happening here  – “Who are they?” “She’s cool” as the Dublin band’s perfect synth driven bass-throbbing  heart-swelling indie pop is wins more of us. No sir, no sitting on the fence here, they pulled it off again, Fight Like Apes are just about the best band around and if they keep this up then I’m going to be aching from cheering too much...  (Sean)
www.myspace.com/fightlikeapesmusic
 

Brian JonesTHE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE – Cockpit, Leeds, 11th July 

– Back in 1997, I lived in Los Angeles and lead a double life: Scientist woman by day, rock n’ roll chick by night. I’d heard whispers, whispers that quickly turned to shouts, about a new band from San Francisco called the Brian Jonestown Massacre.  Although the name upset me (I had, after all, organised the ten year memorial service for those slain in Jonestown), I couldn’t ignore the call, and had to find out about the band. The next time they played LA, I bought a ticket.  The price was not only my hard earn cash, but my innocence too. Nothing was every gonna be the same again.

BJM’s music and the scene that spawned around it and its members, became a major part of my last four years in Los Angeles.  I don’t think I realised how much until I saw them at the Cockpit in Leeds last night.  Yea, yea, LA to Leeds - I know…It’s a decade later and I’m once again a Scientist woman by day, and when I found out that the BJM were going to be here-how could I not put on the dog for that and be rock chick by night again?

Those of you that are attached to the drama that can accompany a Brian Jonestown Massacre show, wouldn’t have been satisfied last night.  Anton was polite and kept his cool despite all the technical problems and broken guitars that the gig presented.  Those of you who love the band’s amazing music, might have been a little disappointed too, but only because the cumulative set time was somewhat shortened due to the aforementioned guitar problems.  Those of you who like Eastern space rock jams (think Ozric Tentacles) would have really loved the drum, bass, and guitar jam that we were treated to during one ‘guitar-fixing’ break.  All in all, despite the obvious problems, the gig was impressive.  The band sounded tight and more than able to weave that spell and mesmerise the crowd.  Me, standing in the middle of that crowd was overwhelmed by the love and joy being beamed towards the stage.  I was disoriented and lost, was I back in LA? Had I been transported to some far off heaven where my soul was being caressed by a glorious wall of sound?

So many things about the show were intensely personal for me - it’s hard to just write about the music.  I’m sorry.  If you want a blow by blow account of the gig and a set list, I’m sure you can find them somewhere. I’m not sure how important those are, when really all you need to know is that the BJM (even when not at their finest) do it better than anyone else – great songs, that alternative American psychedelic rock, those songs with such energy and personality, Joel up there in the middle leading the proceedings with his tambourine    .  I think I’ll leave you with my formerly BJM-naïve techno/trance loving friend’s post-gig comment: “wow!  Now, that was some damn fine music!” ‘nuff said. (Shaari Sue)
 

Live previously - FIGHT LIKE APES / LE GALAXIE / 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
SON VER & ELEPHANT LEAF – 3 Songs (Line Out) – Now this is something rather special, came out back at the end of May, a three track seventeen and a half minute collaboration between the usually instrumental sound art/post rock band from the UK called Son Ver and the glowing minimalist experimental outfit from Belgium known as Elephant Leaf. Three extremely beautiful, minimal, simple yet deliciously complex pieces that glow in to life via Lucie Dehli’s vivid vibrant voice. Lucie really does bring it all to life, her voice is radiant, a lazy comparison would be somewhere near a far more soothing silky Bjork. The three tracks and the sounds therein fit together so so well; pulsing ambience, quiet minimal strength, glowing tension, wondering resonance, beautifully precise detail, hypnotic warmth, radiant colour – a comforting dramatic, quiet, soothing and powerfully naked experimental masterpiece, safety in the rewarding drama of the numbness, beautiful -  www.lineoutrecords.com / www.sonver.co.uk / www.myspace.com/elephantleaf 

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DAVID CRONENBERG’S WIFE – Runaway Pram (Blang) -  A Second single from the now London based Manchester band’s forthcoming debut album. They sound like their roots are in the North with those slightly twisted slightly angular Fall flavoured new wave moves and those Joy Division hints. No Manc clone though, just occurring naturally, something in their DNA. A krautish psychedelic keyboard, an articulate delivery and a menacing undercurrent and those versions in German and Russian add to it all. www.davidcronenbergswife.com or www.blang.co.uk

TRIPWIRES – Just So You Know (Josaka/Alibi) - Only one track here, I guess this is their most radio friendly face, decent enough atmospheric English indie rock of a Bloc Party nature, well constructed chemistry, obvious to all  – www.myspace.com/tripwires

DRAGONFORCE – Heroes Of Our Time (Roadrunner) – In which they gallop through even bigger wastelands of bombastic keyboard and widdly guitar infested euro power-battle metal. Star-chasing and saving the universe as well as the whole idea of power metal as a force for good, cramming a whole Europe album in to every song and sounding like they’ve more than followed their previous inhuman rampage. www.dragonforce.com

Last week's single of the week - FIGHT LIKE APES

Previously - THE BRUTE CHORUS / PORT O’BRIEN / VESSELS / VILE IMBECILES / GIANT PAW / DARK CAPTAIN LIGHT CAPTAIN / AIRBOURNE / THE MASS / GRANTURA / BLACK MOUNTAIN / CARIBOU / KILL THE CAPTAINS

SINGLE REVIEW ARCHIVES

'THIS WEEK’S FREE DOWNLOAD...
This week’s free legal download is a slice from last week’s album of the week from THE REAL McKENZIES, a track from Off The Leash (Fat Wreck) and their excellent Scottish folk flavoured bagpipe driven punk pop – go download from here

PREVIOUSLY - VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR / SIGOR ROS / VASECTOMY EGGS NAILER / 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
LIFE OF AGONY – Ugly /. Soul Searching Sun (Roadrunner) – Part of Roadrunner’s reasonably priced two for one series, two classic CDs packaged together (in a rather neat box) for just 9.99. This time around the double set is from Life of Agony and you get 1995’s Ugly and ‘97’s Soul Searching Sun from Brooklyn’s rather influential Life of Agony. Gritty melodic American hard rock delivered with a lean hardcore edge and an inward looking emotion (no not commodified emo, real soul searching emotion). Two albums that saw LOA growing up and evolving. I’d forgotten how good that version of Simple Mind’s Don’t You Forget About Me was. Ugly was inward looking and searching for a new depth, Soul Searching Sun was their attempt at commercial crossover that still retained that gritty melodic bite throughout. And yes, both albums are still sounding good and fresh some ten years and a bit on, Life Of Agony back then were probably a band who deserved a little more than they actually got, two albums still well worth your time... www.roadrunnerrecords.co.uk / www.lifeofagony.com

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