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OXBOW, CAMDEN UNDERWORLD '08 (organart)Up becomes down, black become white, should it be red or black licorice and what we need right now is the longest piece of bootlace ever and if a six turned out to be nine and put all out of mind with gin and coffee and lewdness, not like feet in green and pleasant times or Apollo’s golden shafts of light tiger tiger burning bright and stars throwing down spears. Another week and what with Elliott Carter’s birthday and The Beads and the power of my bones and piercing ribs and eyes and do you remember when there were no sounds at all? These are muddled times, the pond is all muddy and we don’t know when the water will clear and lend me your face, lend me your face, lend me your face....

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. 

THINGS TO GET SHOUTING  ABOUT?
There's really no need to shout again this week, the Proms are here, the sun is out, so are the blackberries, kick off is drawing ever closer, there's an eclipse, the licorice possibilities are endless. Just how good is Elliott Carter, more of him next week, and the 5th’s two-hundredth birthday last Monday.... 

SHEARWATER have added another UK date to their European tour and will now also be playing Oxford's Zodiac (or Academy, if that's how you roll) on 14th September. So the tour now looks like this: 10 September - Paradiso, Amsterdam (NL), 12 September - La Maroquinerie, Paris (FR), 13 September - End Of The Road Festival, Dorset (GB), 14 September - Zodiac, Oxford (GB), 15 September - Captain’s Rest, Glasgow (GB), 16 September - The Roadhouse, Manchester (GB), 17 September - Bush Hall, London (GB), 18 September - Rough Trade East, London (GB) *Free in-store performance*, 19 September - Whelans, Dublin (IE), 20 September - Speakeasy, Belfast (GB), 21 September - Roisin Dubh, Galway (IE) - see, here amd download the beauty that is Shearwater from - www.matadorrecords.com/shearwater.
 
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KAYO DOT have some UK and Irish dates is September, the dates are with PELICAN and the rather fine  TORCHE and here they are now: 12th  Brighton, Engine Room, 13th  Sheffield, Corporation, 14th Glasgow, Oran Mor, 15th Belfast, The Limelight, 16th Dublin, Whelans, 17th Birmingham, Medicine Bar, 18th London, Underworld, 19th Bristol, Croft. The Kayo Dot album is Organ album of the week this week, read the review here, meanwhile here's where you find the Torche Organ album of the week review from back in May, or go explore the obligatory My Space pages here: www.myspace.com/torche or www.myspace.com/kayodot or www.myspace.com/pelican
 
VESSELS have announced tour dates to promote the release of their debut album, 'White Fields And Open Devices', out on 18 Aug via Cuckundoo Records. Those of you who have been paying close attention to things around here will have heard tracks from the album on our radio show, they’ve done the business, we all knew they would though, review here next week. Here are the dates: 3 Sep: London, Buffalo Bar, 6 Sep: Bestival, 13 Sep: Leeds, Brundenell Social Club, 10 Oct: Cambridge, Portland Arms, 11 Oct: Chichester, The Chichester Inn, 12 Oct: Reading, Oakford Social Club, 15 Oct: Newcastle, The End, 16 Oct: Glasgow, The Captain's Rest, 19 Oct: Brainwash Festival, 23 Oct: Brighton, The Freebutt, 25 Oct: London, Brixton Windmill, 26 Oct: Bristol, The Croft - www.myspace.com/vesselsband

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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 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
THE LAZY DARLINGS – This is good, four easy tracks, four gentle easy glowing simple tracks – and smiles and sunny delight and wholesomely good mellow indie alt.pop delivered with depth, crafted warmth and just a hint of Wilco style Americana. Four impressive intelligent sun-kissed songs, four slices of life and standing in the rain and sometimes the simple things are best and less is more. The Lazy Darlings are a collective of relaxed musicians - some from other Leeds bands such as I Concur, The Lodger, The Broken Record Players – a collective of musicians just kicking back and enjoying making some very fine mellow refined uplifting breezy, like is easy, songs that will make you smile – especially if you give them time and space to unwind and reach you, might take a few plays before you realise just how good the songs are, I seem to have been playing it on and off all day now... www.myspace.com/lazydarlings

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THRACIA – Rise Of The Discosapiens – Furiously energetic metal flavoured punky screamo ball of relentless tunes and things. Fronted by a voice called Gen, alternatively sweet and then throat-raw growling and snarling, she’s clearly not to be messed with. Well recorded well delivered shouty nu-metal flavoured punkish rock from Northampton, she once fronted Defenestration, guess they’ve gone out the window now then, her new band aren’t a million miles away from her old one – www.myspace.com/thraciatowers

Last week's demo of the week - DEBUTANT

Previous demo's of the week - ARCS OF RED / LE GALAXIE / 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

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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
DOSH – Wolves And Wishes (Anticon) – Martin Dosh’s forth official album and a whole fresh can of clean cut free flowing tunes, a refreshing wonderment of an album. “re-imagined drums, Rhodes and everything but the kitchen sink”. Delicate tinkling glistening constructions that glide and then skip and then float – sometimes tribal, sometimes from the city, sometimes from some other semi-secret place of solitude. Gentle glitch, golden post-rock and breezy sunny brightness, crystal clear instrumental prettiness – no, it isn’t as simple as just calling it post rock, or electonica or anything else that easy or obvious – Wolves And Wishes just feels different. Apparently no drum machines anywhere near the album, ‘real’ drums looped and “re-imagined” and all organically electronic, Things that lean towards My Bloody Valentine, a far more delicately considered 65Daysofstatic, bits of violin, pedal steel guitar, sparking percussion, contributions from and collaborations fwith Bonnie Prince Billy, Andrew Bird, Fog, Odd Nosdam, Bad Plus drummer David King - cathedral quiet dust in watery sunlight, compact loops that jangle, anthemic arpeggios, brushed beats, milk bottle clinks and all, for all Wolves And Wishes’ breadth, one beautiful cohesive spiritual flowing rewarding beautiful tingling whole.  A rather special, rather different, very uplifting positive, rather beautiful album.  www.anticon.com, available on the UK via www.cargorecords.co.uk
 
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THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE – Just Like Kicking Jesus (12 Tonar/A Records) – You know, I thought the last album - My Bloody Underground - was a load of shelf indulgent evidence of Anton finally losing the plot completely. There’s history here as some of you know, lot of bad blood and some of you devoted disciples of the BJM responded with a bag load of vitriolic pleasantries when you read that last review.  We’ve always called it as we see it around here though and as much as we have a rather fractured love hate relationship with Mr Newcombe, we’ll call it good when we hear it good – this one is good. Five track mini album that comes out on the other side of that cloud we thought he was lost on last time. Far more out there and I guess he/they went so far out they came back in again. Twenty seven minutes recorded in Reykjavik, Iceland; opens with a classic/typical lo-fi psychedelic BJM riff and a track called Amazing Electronic Talking Cave that features the adorable lead vocals of Icelandic artist and film maker Unnur Andrea Einarsdottir (apparently this is the !”learn to speak Icelandic you smug shit” version), that first version locks in perfectly with the repeat performance that is the second track and second version of Talking Cave – this time Anton’s English vocals and words in his head and I don’t know, this time around his psychedelic paranoia and waves of sweat noise works. And that is the unpredictable beauty of the BJM, you just never quite know. This time things get genuinely experimental and those are almost dance beats in there with the haunting acoustic drone and the spoken word loop that’s probably subliminally telling me to shoot someone or something. You know, I really didn’t think much of the last album, this mini album grabbed me straight away. Damn, when this band get it all lined up they can be impressively good! – www.brianjonestownmassacre.com, available on the UK via www.cargorecords.co.uk

HEAVY HEAVY LOW LOW – Turtle Nipple And The Toxic Shock (New Weathermen) - Bad case of daydreams, I don’t mind, they’re not mine... heavy heavy low low, nothing like the smell of toxic shock on a hot summer Monday morning over on the edge of someone else’s space. Nothing natural here but I do understand your logic. They call it “spazz core”, I don’t know, I find that both throwaway and a little offensive and “wacky” bands are on the whole very punchable and annoying. Thankfully Heavy Heavy Low Low’s “wackiness”, on the whole, is lost in the storm of twitching jerking screaming metal intensity and hey, this is rather good. Tales of on the road drunken chaos and pizza and an intense all over the dial explosion of awkwardly good hardcore metal splatter and punky Bungle tantrums from San Jose. www.myspace.com/heavyheavylowlow

SILVERY – Thunderer & Excelsior (Blow Up) – Silvery are a whirl of bright fairground rides and sparks flying and the devil in the detail and heroism in the orders (and warships that are really diesel trains with faulty heating systems...). Silvery are hobby horses and carousels and HG Wells and Penny Dreadful tales and very very English pop and yes, stretched out over a whole length of a debut album it may just seem like a never ending ride that you can’t get off.  It may feel like you’re on a thunderer of a brightly painted Victorian carousel ride that’s never going to end - around and around and around with that fairground organ, until you stumble, almost dizzy, on to that ghostly sailing ship at the end. Silvery are time machines and fairground rides and steam trains and halls of mirrors and roll up roll up see the amazing strong man and his action force – and around and around and around again  New ways of stealing what’s already theirs and if you want after those good days of Blur and Supergrass flavoured things that fed off new wave Sparks (or XTC) in such a gloriously English way back at the end of the last century then Silvery are very much a treat waiting for you.  Meltdowns at holiday camps, rides along parallel lines getting there and la la la, la la, la...roll up roll up, the devil really is in the detail of their energetic English theatrical music hall pop rides (fast and slow – and maybe you won’t ever want to get off?). A fine debut album from the London band, just as they promised it would be  - www.blowuprecords.com or www.myspace.com/silverytheband

FANTASY BAR – Friday Afternoon Car (Acuarela) – Four people who were once in “probably the best Spanish independent band ever” – Migala were once part of the Sub Pop empire, now they’ve evolved in to Fantasy Bar with Scottish bass player Kieran Stephen handling the rather compassionately beautiful careworn vocal duties. Beautiful slow-paced gentle reflective rock songs – harsh, tender, quiet, warm. The band also feature Chris Bathgate, one time of Arab Strap, that will give you more than an idea – reflective songs that allow you to feel, beautiful quiet songs that have body and soul to them along with a rewarding amount of musical and physical depth. Enchanting simple cleverly refined songs for followers of American Music Club, Nick Drake, Arab Strap – www.acuareladiscos.com

SOUTH – You Are Here (Genepool) – Forth album already, they’ve been around since 2001 and back then they promised so so much more this rather polite well behaved coffee table album. This is a pleasant album and it really isn’t until ninth track Lonely Highs that a hint of something that excited so much back at the start breaks through. You Are Here is like meeting an old mate you once got up to all kinds of things with only to find he’s become very polite and old and cut all his hair off and bought some sensible shoes and  a mortgage and he looks down his nose at you for still being what he was back them. There’s some nice moments here – Every Light Has Blown is an anthemic torch for something or other, gets almost Keanish... Ultimately You Are Here is an album sitting outside an expensive London gastro pub, this is the polite gentrification of South if that’s what you want. www.south.uk.net

ISOR – The Zebra Theory (Copro) – What’s that then? All Zebras must look and sound the same? Do not stand out from the herd for fear of being pointed at or something? Decent enough modern sounding UK metalcore, doing it as well as anyone out there right now – brutal muscle and angry bite, hints of colour and that’s the frustrating thing with Isor; they clearly could do so much more if they didn’t just want to conform and be zebras – they could be a polka dot zebra or a zebra with tiger stripes...  still, if you want some streaming brutal well played violently-edged UK metalcore conformity then Isor are your band and they do it very very well. Oh, just a little something we haven’t heard already please, a little dinner with a vulture or something – damn fine brutal metalcore like you’ve heard many times before, they’re very good at it....  www.isor.net

BLACK FLAME – Imperium (Regain) – in which the extreme black metal band from Italy growl and blast and buster and puster through a relentless hell storm of good enough standard issue extreme growing blistering boiling brutal metal – www.black-flame.net or www.regainrecords.com

LATE OF THE PIER – Fantasy Black Channel (Zarcorp) - They try to push so much of it down our throats, and the gag reflex always kicks in, none of it ever really satisfies even when you do try your very best to swallow - the reflex is almost there before it gets anywhere near your lips now, let along your throat - No! You know long before you’ve heard any of these best new essential must see/hear/suck bands they try to force down your throats that you’re not going to want to swallow. Didn’t like the taste last time or the time before that, why even bother this time? Not even going to try sucking on it this time! You tried to force Franz down our throats, Bloc Party, We Are Scientists, that lot who were flavour of the year last year or the year before, the ones who went to the cashmachine who’s name we can’t even remember now. Futureheads didn’t ever impress, The Enemy turned out not to be the future and all the others that you fanfare on your glossy front covers and tell us will change our lives, they never ever do, gag reflex is kicking in again long before the album hits the speakers. 
                 Late Of The Pier then? They’re just another one that they’re trying to force on us aren’t they? Another they tell us we need, pineapple pieces in brine and none of these bands ever back any of it up do they? None of them are going to touch you like Joy Division or The Smiths or Stone Roses or any of those bands who really did deserve their front covers and all their words and who you didn’t need to proclaim and force on us because they really were that good and they were really life changing. Sure, the Futureheads and the Bloc Parties all have their moments, throwaway indie pop and straightened out angular new wave with a safety net. And if you can get past that involuntary gag reflex with Late Of The Pier then they have their good moments - a little more than just an echo in the crowd if you know what I mean. So we sucked on the Fantasy Black Channel, and you know what, some of it really isn’t that bad. Rather like some of it, sure some of it really is annoyingly irritating, their little bits of scratchy funk that can leave you with an itch you didn’t want and then there are the bits that really hit the spot and you think, hang on, for once there really is something here. Yes, some of it really is quite good, some of it is almost great, some of it is oh so fine and I want to be a friend and those crunchy synthy bites that almost trip themsleves up and just when you’re thinking yes, they hit a cheesy bit again - or they attempt a little more skinny English indie boy humour and where’s the fast forward button? There’s a rather good instrumental called VW, Focker drives forward and takes you with it easily, Space And The Woods satisfies for a bit until you think why am I listening to this when I could be listening to Gary Numan and chop it chop it all down so it fits on a download and soundbites and they played this track at least seven times in the Barfly bar last night and arrghhhh, why do they force it and spit it out, I don’t want to swallow. 
            Late Of The Pier are not going to change lives, they are not essential, they are not the new hope, this is not a “remarkable debut album” or “mind blowing brilliance” and Late of The Pier are not “making most other British bands seem like primitive drooling luddites by comparison”. Late Of The Pier are not “setting a challenge for everyone else “, at best they’ve made a half decent album that borrows bits from here and takes bits from there and come up with something that now and again satisfies – that bit sounds like Flock Of Seagulls, that bit a bit like....  oh you can’t avoid them, you can suck it and see, had enough now..  www.lateofthepier.com
 
Last week's album of the week - KAYO DOT

Previous album's of the week - SAY BOK GWAI / THE KINGSIZE FIVE / SCORCH TRIO / THE REAL McKENZIES / VILE IMBECILES / THE LAST PEOPLE ON EARTH /CAPILLARY ACTION / THE PSYKE PROJECT / PEDRO / LAYMAR / WIRE / HEAR, O ISRAEL / GRAND MAGUS / RUDE MECHANICALS / OPETH / TORCHE
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ALBUM REVIEW ARCHIVES

  LIVE 
QUEEN ADREENA, KILBURN 2008 (Marina, Organart)VILE IMBECILES / QUEEN ADREENA – The Luminaire, Kilburn, London, June 2008 – One of the better places in London to see a band, Kilburn is neither Hoxton nor Camden, the Luminaire is a decent friendly venue with a good sound, a half decent pint and an all round good attitude. The Luminaire is a pleasant place to go enjoy seeing a band (and don’t you love the way bands on early still catch the daylight through that dome). Vile Imbeciles are easing us in to their new album with that jarring uneasy hardboiled way of theirs. The person I’ve dragged along to night knows nothing about them, she turns to me three songs in and declares she can’t decide if they’re dreadful or wonderful, couple of songs later and she’s down the front with a big approving smile of her face. You see, it isn’t that the Brighton band are awkward or difficult, more that they’re just so damn different with their unsettlingly good sound. They’ve somehow found a way of deconstructing new wave indie rock and put all the pieces back together in a slightly different way so that it sounds just a little foreign and a little awkwardly different to our ears. All pointy shoes and jabbing riffs and jarring a proper angular (no not angular like all those bands who heard a Wire album once and though no one will notice if they borrow a riff). This is really angular and pointy and some kind of jarring death-jazz new wave big hair and point shoe goth goodness – lord of some new church or other. Volatile, compelling and tonight sounding better than ever... 

            Queen Daisy and her Chainsaw gang are always off-hinge good, quite where they’re going or where they’ve been or where they actually want to go is of no concern, they are in their own here and now with Katie Jane Garside in the saddle and Crispin is holding on to those reins while she tried ot gallop. Old friends greeting each other and getting ready to dance and jump and yelp and preen, the ritual of it all, a one off “secret” low-key gig before mainland European dates or something like that. Queen Adreena are thankfully never anywhere near being Katie-Jane and a backing band, Crispin is there with that attitude and those sharp-edged low-slung punkish riffs and there’s a mean rhythm section gluing those whisper-screams of songs together now. Impressive drums anchoring things and Queen Adeena may just be sounding better than ever. She’s doing that coo-ing thing again as they lash out with that snarling garage punk of theirs, all those things from under their floorboard world and pretty like the air and the faded flowers and that relentless Pretty Like stomping chug and she’s almost lost in a frenzied trance of hair and who is that drummer? That’s one hell of a drummer! Queen Adreena’s here and now is sounding rather healthy in that off-hinge here and now pretty like pretty beautifully unhealthy way only a Queen Adreena visceral thrill could be... 

www.myspace.com/vileimbeciles
www.queenadreena.net
 

PURE REASON REVOLUTION - Camden Barfly London, 30th July – A low key gig ahead of the much anticipated new album and more European touring - and with their fresh, soaring harmonies and layers of careful detail, you'd expect Pure Reason Revolution to dissolve into noise when subjected to the Camden Barfly's notorious sound. But they're not bad on the ears here at the back of the packed, heaving, sold-out sweatbox - the acoustics usually do improve when it's full in this venue, and those songs are beautifully crafted. There's that crossover with dance and club remixing in there with the prog/psyche outlook - and both the dance and the progressive elements could be from the bright-eyed early days of each. Man Parrish meets Jefferson Airplane!  Who knows how that happens - they're young, they started out, in previous bands as one of those Nirvana-generation indie things with a blank slate of influences, and when they discovered those good things from years ago I guess they skipped the watered down tenth iteration and went straight back to the bubbling source.  It took me a while to appreciate how good PRR really were: they're simple and complex, making big tunes with good bone structure.  'This is ...really easy to listen to!' someone yells in their mate's ear, astonished.  The audience is their weird split personality demographic of neo-proggers and skinny indie kids, but that's down to the bands they've been supporting: their followers could come from anywhere. Those massively hypnotic songs build and sweep but never get bogged down; pop with rich layers, and sneakily memorable riffs all combine to hook you in. The band don't go in for a huge amount of between-song, crowd working, but connect in a modest, friendly way, and do the rest with the music.  They have their animated projections again tonight, meshing with the music (although Un Chien D'Andalou fills in for one of the numbers... I suppose it might be new for some of the audience.. )   The West Coast girl/boy harmonies cut right through the distortions of live volume, Intention Craft winding up its euphoric tension to that big heavy lift - the acceptable and rather likeable face of stadium rock.  Jon Courtney (singer/composer/producer) pulls off something unique and surprising with Pure Reason Revolution - it's enormously accessible, but satisfies on more levels, has its own depth. Nobody bats an eyelid when they move towards their more oldschool hip hop/club side - its delivered with the same optimism and energy and hint of otherness, its peppered with the same pleasurable cleverness. It all lives in its own space, a much needed place between the pop and avant garde, somewhere hopeful and spririted and outward-looking, with a bright hard edge in its dream... and surprisingly, getting that feel over in a skanky little venue.   They could, of course, make millions of people happy. 

www.myspace.com/purereasonrevolution
 

Live previously - HARVEY MILK / OXBOW  / WE ARE SCIENTISTS / FIGHT LIKE APES / THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE / 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

LIVE REVIEW ARCHIVES

  SINGLES
SINGLE OF THE WEEK
MOGWAI – Batcave (Wall of Sound) - Whooo, that is how to come back punching some good fuggin’ prog shit! Glasgow quartet Mogwai have a new EP out in September called Batcave, we’ve only got the lead track here (advance radio promo thing on account of us being on your airwaves and they think we’re only interested in the a-side you see). A great big meaty instrumental prog-out alive with attention grabbing Hammond-esque bite and dirty filthy edgy riffs. Batcave is off the forthcoming album The Hawk Is Howling, Mogwai are sounding meaty good! www.mogwai.co.uk
 
SINGLE OF THE WEEK 2
Zs – The Hard EP (Three One G) - This is seriously  hard-boiled, no-wave artrock jazz noise and a fifteen minute one track single (or EP as they would have it) that fall somewhere in to the cracks between, in the band’s own words, “DIY punk and academic experimental music”. A raw monolitic musical polemic and hard-boiled dare you to stick it out to the end discordant noise – honking Flying Luttenbacher style honking-swan sax, random sounding constructed controlled freeform avant piano and one whole holy cacophony of flowing jarring instrumental noise – gloriously awkward!  Love it! www.threeoneg.com
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DDD – EP (Hansard) - Prodding slabs of enigmatic melodic poppy industrial new wave angular noise for those who like their Einstuerzende Neubauten to come Sonic Youth shaped. Guitars and drum machines (and a trumpet) but it really isn’t that easy and obvious to pin down down down down. Limited to just 300 10” singles in hand silk screened hand numbered covers. Three tracks, Drown is the relatively melodic one before Concentration gets all stretched out and stressed and rushing around before we head down the downward Spiral – www.myspace.com/hansardrecords

THE VERVE - Love Is Noise (Parlophone) – The Verve are still making great records, still putting in impressive live performances, this is another slice of class, you don’t need us using up space telling you about it, we will anyway though, we will, we will we will, just a little though... www.theverve.co.uk

Last week's single of the week - ONE DAY AS A LION

Previously - SON VER & ELEPHANT LEAF / FIGHT LIKE APES / 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...
HERZOGA are Talking to Satan, would you like them to do that in your house? Things to say again? What to say? The Stoke on Trent outfit have a new track available as a free download, the track is called Satanic Verses and it will have adventures in your head. Herzoga at their most poppy and maybe at their most accessible and easy yet. Following on from their split single with To The Bones and their fully fledged Nice Car, their self proclaimed Wrong Pop is sounding a little more refined this time. You can download it for free via www.myspace.com/herzogaband or you can e.mail them and bug them to send you a higher quality version. 

HERZOGA are touring with WHO OWNS DEATH TV, a new band put together by some Million Dead people I do believe, double headline, I guess they sort out the running order on the night or something like that. Tour starts on Wednesday 6th August at the Retro Bar in Manchester, then 7th Little Civic, Wolverhampton, 8th Wrong Pop @ The Glebe, Stoke On Trent, 13th Buffalo Cardiff, 14th Hector’s House, Brighton, 15th Silver Rocket @ The Buffalo Bar, London, 16th The Railway, Southend On Sea. – find out more via www.myspace.com/herzogaband or indeed www.myspace.com/whoownsdeathtv

PREVIOUSLY - THE MELVIS / SHEARWATER / THE REAL McKENZIES / 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
 Didn't ecounter anything worthy of the time and space this week, we are very picky...

PREVIOUSLY - DOOM / LIFE OF AGONY / DEAD HEAD / DAVID BOWIE / STUPIDS / AMEBIX / BLONDIE / THOR / STUMP / KOENJIHYAKKEI / SEBADOH / THE FLYING LUTTENBACHERS  / SUN EATS HOURS / LEGION OF PARASITES / ALABAMA 3 / AHLEUCHATISTAS / WIZARDS OF TWIDDLY / DEEP PURPLE / CANDLEMASS

  MEDIA, VIDEO, PRINT AND....
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BOOK: THE STOOGES – A JOURNEY THROUGH THE MICHIGAN UNDERWORLD (Brett Callwood/IMP Books) – Now a book about the legends that make up The Stooges should be alive with tales of this that and the other, Michigan must be alive with stories and... I mean Michigan back then is ther stuff of legends, MC5 and the White Panthers and Stooges following in with a whole different art-fuelled nihilistic bent. I mean Iggy Pop, the Ashton Brothers, there must be so much here. When Callwood casually mentions that by the time a young Stooges returned to one local venue they were heavily in to using Heroin and then moves on like he’s telling us nothing more than that they were now heavily in to salt and vinegar crisps you want to scream out at him – why? How? Who? What? Don’t leave it at one throwaway sentence, this is a vital...  Brett Callwood got a lot of praise for his recent MC5 book, I haven’t read it. This at best is a workman like catalogue of who joined which band and I don’t know, a book about a band like The Stooges should be alive, the words should be jumping off the page, I shouldn’t be able to put it down. I hate to say I got kind of bored. To Callwood’s credit he’s tried to put a book together that’s about all the Stooges, Iggy has had more than enough attention, the band themselves are still a little bit of a mystery, there is some light cast here, nowhere near enough though  – www.impbooks.co.uk

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...And Finally...- FIGHT LIKE APES - you thought we weren’t going to mention them this week didn’t you! This week’s excuse to break out the silvery glitter hotpants comes is the form of news of a cook off next Friday 8th August between keyboard cart-wheeler Pockets and Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq at The Summer Sundae Festival in Leicester! Fight Like Crepes will be broadcast on the day on Steve's show from 4pm. The band will also record two tracks at the festival for broadcast on a later show. Meanwhile the band have some more dates next week as they carry on with the getting of grace - catch them on the following days at the following places - 7th August - Hoxton Bar & Kitchen (supporting Black Cherry), 8th August - Summer Sundae Festival, Leicester – mainstage, 9th August - The Charlotte, Leicester - Summer Sundae aftershow party – and you really should try and catch them, they are rather special with their uniquely Dublin flavoured contradictions that are so so many things. The essential thing is their songs, nothing else would matter if they didn’t have such powerfully strong songs laced with such strident personality. Fight Like Apes are as essential as goodness me. Let me see; silver glitter hot pants, fish, chips and cans of pop, low budget kung fu b-movies - www.mysapce.com/fightlikeapesmusic

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