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“"RED GLOVES AND RED ISSUES AND ALL OVER THE WORLD...
QUEEN ADREENA, KILBURN 2008 (Marina, Organart)Would it be coincidence if we had an editorial about coincidence this week or would it be something more? Art is what you need and today has been a red day, a very red day, red gloves and red issues. I love the smell of fresh Motorhead in the morning, landed on the doorstep demanding I get up and fire the machine in to life – oh yes, it’s a no messing straight down the line rock ‘n roll rumble of a record, that’s for next week though, we don’t want to be getting ahead of ourselves, that’s for next week. This week we’ve have filthy overdriven progressive jazz rock from Norway, the hush of classical music at the Proms, Southern rock from Atlanta down in Camden, old school squelching acid house from Scotland, unifying African delight, fresh hip-hop from Baltimore, post-rock pleasure from Leeds, death metal from Sweden on a label from Singapore, kitchen appliance rock from Norway, Celtic harps, indie-glam high heels from Hastings, pink ribbons and liquorice knots from Boston, new wave funk from New York, lo-fi street-corner Delta blues from Canada, metallic adventure from Australia, Americana from Manchester and golden medallions from Dublin – globe trotting or what! No sleep till Thursday! And then it starts all over again. Lend me your face, lend me your face... no coincidence, grab those paints, here we go....  Lots of good music out there if you’re willing to go fine it... 

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. 

LIVE
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS - Camden 08 (Organart)DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS – Camden Electric Ballroom, Aug 4th - Monday night in festering Camden again, Ye friggin’ ha! What a desolate soulsucking place it can be on an empty rainy Monday night, even the whispering skunk dealers are looking for salvation tonight, feels like winter in the middle of summer. The streets are almost deserted, but we know where that salvation is tonight, leave those black and white creatures alone and come with us for it is time to partake is some secret worship at the church of the Drive-By Truckers. How come this place is full, I mean, you never hear about this band, (or see them on TV or...), they’ve been quietly building it one day at a time on the road like proper rock bands once did before they all become nothing more than corporate marketing operations... 

          Drive-By Truckers look good, they look like the people you see in the better documentaries about classic 60s and 70s albums, longhairs being shockingly young and cool and sexy in Super8 rare footage.  They're half the age of a big proportion of tonight's audience.  But there's nothing retro about Drive-By Truckers - they're absolutely in the moment, more so than many an indieschmindie band, making living breathing music. It's the coolest form of country rock, the righteous, uplifting, uncheesy form, and the lyrics and genuine hard-times edge lets you know that while part of their collective soul just stepped off the time machine from supporting Little Feat or the Allman Brothers in 1972 the other was dragged through the broken glass of Reaganomics.  Stylistically, its 100% natural Southern American country flavoured hard Rock, its also music for the jilted generation... First and foremost the Drive-By Truckers write songs that hit the spot every single time. I guess a lot of people don't know how good this kind of music can be, or even how underground and cool, and certainly not how dark and achingly melancholic that sound can become.  Those tried and tested chords and licks are there for a new set of souls to pour themselves into, and in the right, respectful and loving hands become instruments of magic. Sharing vocals between the slightly husky bearded guy – Patterson Head - the lean hard-looking black-haired clean shaven guy - Mike Cooley, and the cool blond-haired Southern girl with the bass guitar – Shonna Tucker, they take turns with lead vocals and different stories and you know what? It's so fresh from these people its as if nobody ever before told that one about driving endless roads, or the one about drinking too much, or about losing a friend. Actually, I don't think anyone else has stood up and told a room of strangers so poignantly and so triumphantly as Patterson Hood did, dedicating a song to the musician who lived life to the full, to the end, and inspired him to form his band.  Drive-By Truckers say its good to be alive with the fervour of people who have been through some life endangering event and lived to tell the tale 

            By the end of their two hour set I’m wondering what this audience in Camden has done to deserve such generosity. Drive-By truckers take it right up, they rock out, they bring it right down, one minute we’re with the best stadium band around, the next in an intimate back bar room and they’re singling just to us. Brad Morgan is a charismatic drummer, John Neff plays some beautiful steel pedal guitar  when he’s not adding a third layer of electric. Drive-By Truckers are part sweet Southern country Rock, part Neil Young North American honest blue collar soul, they’re very much a band of now, mostly they’re just Drive-By Truckers – a proper rock band as natural as the day is long. They were clearly born for this, something in their blood, their DNA – Patterson Hood is son of legendary bass player David Hood of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. The place is packed and applauding wildly right to the back. Strangers are beaming at each other, the encore is a genuine thing, not some staged piece of on-off pantomime, we’re at gigs more nights than we’re not, non of us will be treated to a better live band this year. A special night in soul-drenched beautiful Camden town....

www.drivebytruckers.com or www.myspace.com/drivebytruckers
 
Live previously - VILE IMBECILES / QUEEN ADREENA / PURE REASON REVOLUTION /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

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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

Who got played this week? How do you find our more? Here come the details... 

1/intro: TRANSISTOR SIX – Back Yard Rocketship (Blackbean & Placenta)
2: MOGWAI – Batcat (Wall Of Sound)
3: DOSH -  Don’t Wait For The Needle To Drop (Anticon)
4: SAY BOK GWAI – Trick Duck (Edgetone) 
5: SCUL HAZZARDS – Last Few Bucks (self release) 
6: HEAVY HEAVY LOW LOW – Giant Mantis Vs Turtle Nip (New Weathermen) 
7: ARCS OF RED –  Tombs (demo)
8: Z’s – The Hard EP (Three.One.G) - 
9: FIGHT LIKE APES -  Accidental Wrong Hole (Fifa) 
10: Z’s – The Hard EP part 2 (Three.One.G) 
11: SHEARWATER –  On The Death Of The Water (Matador) 
12: Z’s – The Hard EP part 3 (Three.One.G) 
13: ZOMBIE ZOMBIE –  I’m Afraid Of What’s There (Versatile) 
14:  ONE DAY AS A LION – If You Fear Dying (Anti) 
15: SAY BOK GWAI – Chow Fun Chow Not Be Fun (Edgetone) 
16: TORCHE –  Pirana (Hydrahead) 
17: VILE IMBECILES –  Blind Truth (Tea Vee Eye)
18: SQUAREPUSHER – Cronecker King (Warp) 
19: Unknown New Orleans busker – Stairway To Heaven (download)
20: BE YOUR OWN PET – Stairway To Heaven (Beggars Banquet)
21: DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS – Two Daughters And A Beautiful Wife (New West) - 
22: SAY BOK GWAI – Not All Chinese Are Good At Math (Edgetone) - 
23: HERZOGA – Satanic Verses (download) 
24: VESSELS -  Altered Beast (Cuckundoo) 

more details 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 time then, what have we this week? Oooooooo, I hate it when someone goes to all the effort of some good looking handmade artwork and a really nice friendly personal letter, listened to this demo ten or eleven times now desperately trying to find something positive in the music, alas no, sorry. See we do listen to everything that comes in here and we especially listen to demos. We throw them on full of hope and listen and listening again (while ignoring and deleting hundreds of “hey dude, check out demo on My Space, thanks for your support and being a fan, now that you’re a fan please go register here and get loads of e.mail spam and while you’re there vote for us to win a chance to give the drummer out of Motley Crue a blow job”  Is My Space sucking the brains out of you bands and turning you all in to clueless Tila Tequila wannabes? 
 
DEMO OF THE WEEK
WILD DOGS IN WINTER – This looks good, satisfying hand made cover with a stencil silhouette of a a wild dog, worth having just for the art of the tactile cover and the stitched together card that makes that cover. You kind of know when something like this turns up with so much simple crafted care that the music inside is going to be equally as good, equally as considered and cared about. And it is. Three simple, clever, complex, quiet tracks. Three whispered pieces of fine art, three pieces of sleepy languid thoughtful beauty. Wild Dogs In Winter are from Maidstone, Southern England, their letter came with a line drawing of a stag. The opening track hums in a delicate post-rock way, very much a song though, a beautifully textured whispered structured unassumingly delicately beautiful song called Good ‘ol Burnt Eyes...  Can’t quite get that title but everything else makes perfectly beautiful sense. Every sound considered, every brush stroke, every pen mark, every delicate glitch and string plucked... everything. Simple art, simple music, beautifully clever. www.myspace.com/wilddogsinwinter

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DISSENTIENT REVOLT – A Thousand Honey Voices - Intense thrashing brutal mean violent in-your-face muscle-bound hardcore industrial metal from the South of England. All blast beats and thrash riffs and grinders and sparks and people who have more than done their time and learnt their craft. Eight brutally relentless dark violent growling global noise attacks. And all coming in good looking professional artwork and when does a demo become a finished album? The lines are blurred these days. They don’t say anywhere that this is out as a finished album, and it isn’t packaged as such, I guess they’re wanting someone to pick it up and put it out. Well worth investigating – colourful brutal confrontational violent hardcore industrial metal delivered with attitude and impressive style – www.myspace.com/dissentientrevolt

TONAL OAK – Future-Tron Space-Thousand  - All kinds of cut up psyche and electronic space glitch and who knows what kind of futuretron going on here. Like Hal loose in futuristic Hawkwind’s lab of computers in 1978 (or is it those Cuban Boys again?). Who know where Tonal Oak is from or who they/he/she is? There’s bit of funk and lots of glitch and magic moments at twilight time and home-made drum n’ bass switch hitting and The Orb in some kind of frantic rush to who knows where and frantic frantic jump cut paste bite glitch rush rush.... www.myspace.com/tonaloak

THE STRIPPER PROJECT – Five tracks, five punches of something that flew in from the Hastings seaside. Indie pop and Manic Street bite and why why X, Y? Melodic indie guitar rock and the body you were born with. Honesty and pride and fake designed label high heel shoes and kind of polite indie glam bite and small town junk and strutting like a kiss blowing indie glam rock.... www.myspace.com/thestripperproject

Last week's demo of the week - THE LAZY DARLINGS

Previous demo's of the week - DEBUTANT / 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
VESSELS – White Fields And Open Devices (Cuckundoo) – So here is it then, one of the most anticipated debut albums of the year. Word of mouth demos, DIY singles and a growing live reputation have all been leading to this point and the Leeds band’s debut album. Have they done it? Of course they have – White Fields is a refined crafted set of whispered songs and delicately strong post-rock instrumentals as beautiful as anything this ‘post’ thing has thrown up so far. Far less frantic than 65Days, the explosions that Vessels let of (in the sky) are the sort that you have to stand out at night and patiently look for – cleverly understated and a knowing that less is far far more. Their drama is on slow boil, all the time in the world and something that allows you to enjoy every single moment, not the getting there that matters, more the enjoyment of the whole journey.  Not that they meander, no, Vessels are always focussed, always to a point. The delicateness of Don Cabellero, the euphoric hope of 65Daysofstatic, the expanse of Godspeed, the restraint, the joy, the craft and just that little something extra that all of their own... White Fields is an album that doesn’t need too many words, just something that’s thankfully there – the right band, in the right place at the right time and doing it in the beautifully considered tingling right way you want it to be done. Simple really. www.vesselsband.com or www.myspace.com/vesselsband
 
ALBUM OF THE WEEK 2
ELEPHANT 9 – DodoVoodoo (Rune Grammofon) - Whoooooooo, prog on that! That is one filthy dirty overdriven Hammond, you can smell the overheating Lesley cabinets and the analogue warmth from here. Seriously self indulgent monster slabs of progressive jazz rock. What we have here is full on hard boiled gloriously good instrumental progressive Seventies jazz rock. Now when I say hard-boiled don’t go running with the idea of Flying Luttenbachers and violent discordant progressive jazz noise, no, this is more like throbbing pulsing atmospheric tuneful Emerson Lake And Palmer without the embarrassing cheese and those awfully naff vocals - this is all the cool bits of ELP delivered with uncompromising King Crimson meets Sonic Youth attitude. Drenched in the lead lines of that late 60’s early 70’s Hammond organ and electric piano and laced with the moves of a really versatile drummer and nailed down bass player, Elephant 9 are a really powerful trio. There’s a pure joy here in the playing (and listening) - some imaginative playing, the occasional journey in to dark psychedelic side rooms, never ever does it get anywhere near losing attention or direction though, even the mind expanding slices are focussed and forward moving. This is a full on old school prog rock treat, proper prog. We’ve come to expect a certain challenging standard from the excellent Rune Grammofon label now, they’ve done it again this time. Highly recommended delight of an album. www.myspace.com/elephant9theband or www.runegrammofon.com

 
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GUTZ – Gutz (BNS Sessions) – They’re from the Brooklyn/Queens area of New York and they’re dishing out a soul-drenched slice of slightly geeky goodness in the shape of this rather good ten track album. They sound like US new wave geeks with a bit of a lo-fi Stones gone all Motown and Soul and funk on us. They’ve got horns and Moogs and Wurlitzers and it sounds like a set of lost gems from various parts of the 70’s (that was a compliment). Soulful hook-laden geek pop mixed up with equal amounts of John Cale, the brilliant Detroit Emeralds, just a bit of Talking Heads along with a smaller bit of Gap Band and some tightly crafted bounce. Hell, they’ve even got a bit of Wigan Casino Northern goodness in there with Stevie Wonder and Beck and yes, it does sound like they recorded it on an eight track analogue desk, excellent production. This is one cool album, crafted with love; they don’t sound like they’re trying to ape things and make a look at us aren’t we cool fashion statement – they have made that statement, they’re clearly not trying to though, this is one cool as f album dripping with real authentic righteous soul and all delivered with an alt.rock undercurrent that’s loaded with great songs that will get in your head and more than move your feet. Recommended – www.gutzgutz.com or www.myspace.com/gutz
 
31KNOTS - 'Worried Well (Polyvinyl) - Oh dear. This is a nightmare. I've tried to shove this in a nice neat pigeonhole so that I can go to bed, (it is 3.00am afterall!) it just... won't... fit. Stubborn 31Knots have been tormenting music reviewers this way for six albums now. They're consistently good, and 'Worried Well' is really good, so no getting out of it that way.  They're a rock band, gigging and building as they roam the American live underground, straddling indie and heaviness, strongly song-based and easy to grasp but filled with subtle twists.  Singer/guitarist Joe Haege builds it all around lyrics of clear-cut strangeness, balanced between straightforward, square rhymes and imaginative twists. Everything about them is contradiction, a balancing of opposites - big sound, big spaces, a drummer and a bassist (Jay Pellici and Jay Winebrenner) who strip it to the bone one moment and take it to progressive intensity at the next. Despite their avant-guard flourishes and hints, those songs have impact that would take them into the realms of the rather big and successful.  Intelligent, slightly strange song based rock that doesn't sound like Radiohead... now that's novel. Reluctantly distracting from the distinctiveness of Haege's voice and delivery... there's a little bit of the Police, a comparison with Muse, surprising reminders of Sparks; previous albums have had occasional Yes moments. 
         Worried Well has all the distinctive personal feel of previous 31Knots albums, the band seem to have poured even more into the songs though - more creative production, new sounds, more adventures. There's a storytelling sweep to it, possible threads of a theme.  Their tempered, grown-up kind of angst (i.e. real rather than emo histrionics) that gets expressed with a bit of theatre, Haege revealing his preacher side on the impressive Compass Commands, help of female chorus and sudden juxtaposition of simple chorus and pocket-sized prog riffage. 31Knots are easy to describe after all - straightforward and complex, playground rhymes for complicated adults.   And... really really good. Their finest album yet? www.polyvinylrecords.com or www.myspace.com/31knots
 

INDIAN JEWELRY – Free Gold! (We Are Free) – Second album, second serving of way out there Eastern psychedelia and what sounds like acid drenched shoegazing and more invasive exotics. Mushrooms and Brian Jonestown Massacres and Syd Barrett fronting a mellow Jesus And Mary Chain. They’re from Texas, they sound a little on edge and that mellow hippy (no other word for it) freedom has an undercurrent to it. Hooks and alternative pop buried in drifts of fuzz and psychedelia and hazy think smoky atmospheres and many-headed coincidental hugging gurus and or dog cults and you kind of wonder what they’ve been doing while holed up in that compound of theirs. This is either beautifully fluid and annoyingly disturbing depending on your state of mind and the colour of your shirt and just when you’re thinking maybe they’ve gone too far this time they drag it all back with a stunning slice of thrillingly wired modern psychedelic pop and too much honkytonking – you know, we’ve told you about far too much good music this week, sorry, this recommended as well though .. www.nowwearefree.com or www.myspace.com/indianjewelry        

KASAI ALLSTARS - In The 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into A Swimming Fish And Ate The Head Of His Enemy By Magic (Crammed) -  Well now we could bluff it and tell you about Kasai Allstars being a collective of around twenty-five musicians from six of so bands from the Kasai region of Africa, that they’re made up of five different ethnic groups and that those different parties and groups were considered incompatible and that hundred of years of conflict and each ethic group having their own culture and no one thought they could ever come together until these musicians remarkably decided to pool their resources and did just that. We could tell you that their rhythm sounds like some kind of embryonic rock group and they lock on and flow like Magma do, we could tell you lots of things but really we don’t know what we’re talking about when it comes to African music – all we can tell you is this sounds wonderfully good. I mean African music usually does sound good when you catch some of the radio or at a festival, and oh, if only I had the time to absorb all that as well as all this other stuff. Kasai Allstars sound particularly refreshing and.... I could start namedropping and telling you what it says on the press release and pretend I know, truth is I really don’t know how original or how different this is, all I can really tell you is, this is really hitting a good spot today, it feels like something magical, something special and I suspect others who know far far more than me would tell you the same.   It seems effortless, it feels magical, mesmerising, that circling jingling guitar and those spiralling rhythms and that flow and...  - www.crammed.be

NEW MECANICA – Love & Hate (Casket) – A decently healthy mix of traditional/modern/melodic/commercial metal with maybe just a touch goth metal in there with all the nu metal and the other metal and the this metal and that metal and how much more modern metal could it be? The Answer in none, none more. They sound like every band on the current Roadrunner roster all at once. They were Slipknot when I went out to the kitchen, now I’m back they’re Type O Negative. Instant metal collection all on one album then, all they need is now is some X factor. Not really sure what the point here is, seems they’ve been through three name changes already as well, little bit of an identity crisis then... There’s a decent metal album somewhere in here waiting to break out once they work out who they really want to be. I guess they’re doing well back on their home turf of Portugal (lyrics are in English by the way), they’ll need a little more to break out anywhere else in any kind of serious way though – sounding very Breed 77 right now, like a game of spot the band...  -  www.newmecanica.com

LONELY GHOSTS – Don’t Get Lost Or Hurt (OIB) – Lonely Ghosts is the brainchild of Brighton based Tom Denney, guitarist and co-vocalist with indie-alt guitar band Help She Can’t Swim. This is a stew of bedroom guitars, laptops, drum machines, keyboards and samples. All kinds electro, acoustic indie pop ideas and songs and it really is a bit of a dogs dinnet. Not without ambition though and there are moments that shine through. Does sound rather like a lot of these indie guitar player from bands do when they take to solo projects, bedrooms and the technology that allows these things to evolve in hit and miss ways – www.oibrecords.com

AGNOSTIC MOUNTAIN GOSPEL CHOIR – Ten Thousand (Balling The Jack) – One them there stripped back lo-fi blues bands who sound like they’re from some delta mountain backwater of some Southern part of the USA or something - well actually they’re from Canada so it seems – I guess one North American freight train route is as good as another? Stripped down scratchy slide guitar and whisky drenched vocals, tea chest drum sounds, Beefheart, Tom Waits, those fine qualities that make Seasick Steve so damn good. There’s some dark edges in there, dark edges that come with their own kind of gospel and skiffle and rambunctious banjos and... They sound like a lot of those lo-fi striped down real deal delta blues bands who’ve been unnoticed on street corners playing on broken three string guitars and things, they got something a little different in there though and what ever that little thing is, it sure does taste good... Mighty fine blues album – www.agnostics.com

THOSE WHO BRING THE TORTURE – Tank Gasmask Ammo (Pulverised) – Well they’re on a label from Singapore now, that’s the impressive nature of global metal village for yet - doesn’t really matter where the band are from, they could be from anywhere with this sound of theirs (for the record they’re from Sweden). As far a grindcore flavoured death metal goes Those Who Bring are good. We’re talking low end rumbles and relentless churning forward moving extreme metal that has a little something extra – a little bit of character, a finger print. An extreme metal band with some meaty substance, it isn’t that they’re doing anything radically different – they’re doing nothing different actually - no, just a brutally good extreme metal band letting off heavy bomb after brutal heavy bomb. Pounding thumping almost tribal rhythm, guttural low-end vocals, constantly locked-on ramming speed metal that, without any pretension to anything more, just hits the spot right. They have hints of melody without ever compromising, that groove-grind thing, that smell of Carcass and hint of Slayer, that putrid taste of Gore and bands like Aborted... Whatever it is they just have that little something extra that allows them to stand out from the extreme metal crowd. Recommended – www.myspace.com/twbtt or www.myspace.com/pulverisedrecords

RE-RENAISSANCE OF THE CELTIC HARP – Various (High Quality Recordings) – here’s what the label say, they tell us in a rather succinct way:  “Alan Stivell's 'Renaissance De La Harpe Celtique', released in 1971, was responsible for a phenomenal worldwide surge of interest in the Celtic harp, a small to medium-sized instrument usually designed for traditional music and prominent in Welsh, Bretton, Irish, Scottish and other Celtic cultures. Some of the artists on 'Rerenaissance Of The Celtic Harp' share a love of Stivell's original album, having either grown up listening to it or picked it up while digging charity shop crates for sample material. Others had never heard of it until a dusty CDR was thrust in their direction one day. The result is fourteen weird and wonderful tracks stretching and reshaping elements of Stivell's masterpiece. This album is meant to be experienced as a coherent whole - this is not a 'compilation'. Individual tracks have purposely not been attributed to specific artists, and none of the tracks have titles. The artists involved in the project are: The Foul Papers, High Quality Recordings, Listen With Sarah, Mank, Operator, Orcop, Pappy and Recall”
             Well we certainly discovered Alan Stivell via charity shops and word of mouth, and yes Renaissance is a masterpiece. Re-Renaissance meanwhile is a fine interpretation via the mediums of electronic warmth and sampled texture. Refined delicate samples and mellow electronic loops, clever additions that blend rather than blur the original – and yes it does work as one beautifully coherent whole   .  Download it all for free from www.highqualityrecordings.co.uk

BEN MARWOOD – This Is Not What You Had Planned (Broken Tail/Josaka) - One of those bedroom acoustic stripped down wordy emo-folk things that you people love far more than I do. Get Cape Wear Cape and all that stuff, broken relationships and melted hearts and all angst ridden and you’ve got so cold and I still love you and inward friction and moans and making dens and nothing that grabs us like Frank Turner sometimes can. If Get Cape or Mr Turner wet your fringe and make you grin from ear to ear then here’s some scratchy-sting middle class middle England angst ‘n emo pus for you. A makeshift noose and time for me to take my truce, I’m out of here before more than hearts are broken – All done very well, and with the right intent and just not doing much for this cold heart.   www.myspace.com/brokentailrecords

VALKYR – The Mirror Has Two Faces (Casket) – Well if you’re going to attempted instrumental metal you need to have a little bit more going on to make up for the naked lack of vocals (and you really need to sort out your drum sound and production a little bit more!). This sounds like a decent enough run of the mill melodic metal band jamming in a sound check while waiting for the singer to show up. Some kind of leaning towards a mix of more recent Metallica and a neo-prog metal Dream Theatre flavoured thing, if you’re going to attempt this then your instrumental metal is going to need to be a little more interesting and adventurous really... www.valkyrband.com
 
Last week's album of the week - DOSH

Previous album's of the week - KAYO DOT / 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

   THINGS TO GET SHOUTING  ABOUT?
WILL BONO PISS OFF FOR CHARITY? An online petition has been set up, asking people to pledge money to The Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria if Bono agrees to retire from public life, "so he'll stop leading misguided counter-productive philanthropy efforts". The petition's organisers say: "[Bono's] RED campaign has managed to spend $40 million more on marketing that it has raised from RED product sales, while sending consumers a dangerous message. [Those] involved in the global fight against AIDS worry that RED will make it harder to raise funds, and [about] the oversimplified & disempowered image of Africa that Bono perpetuates. The grassroots leaders of the global fight against AIDS didn't ask for Bono to be their frontman. It's time for Bono to step down. We'll all pledge donations to the Global Fund, but no pledges are collected until Bono retires from public life. If he wants to moan bland melodies he'll have to do it quietly in his bedroom. If he wants to fight AIDS he can make a direct donation instead of buying a sweatshop GAP T-shirt. As the pledges grow, Bono will have to decide what matters more, fighting AIDS effectively, or him being the movement's frontman". Make your pledge here if you'd like to
MOTORHEAD are to release their new album Motorizer On 1st September, the new album will be out on the SPV label again. Here’s what the press release says: “Led by legendary rock animal, Lemmy Kilmister, Motörhead’s latest offering is full of surprises while still remaining true to their metal roots.  ‘Motörizer’ delivers 11 brand new and varied tracks, ready to rock the house and has been succinctly described by drummer, Mikkey Dee as, “A kick-ass motherf***ing record – definitely one of the wider ranging Motörhead records ever released”, while Lemmy said “This is yet another great album from me and the chaps. I think you should get 3 copies each.  Buy it and avoid embarrassment later'.” Don’t know about these “metal roots”, Motorhead were never a mere metal band in my book no no no, they've always been a hell of a lot more than a metal band! Want the track listing? Motorhead tittles never mean that much, what’s in them songs is what counts, looks like the usual war, religion, sex, drugs and loud rock ‘n roll to me. And we wouldn’t want it any other way, last thing we want is the lawn living should they move in next door.
     The album was produced by Cameron Webb (who also produced Motörhead’s Kiss of Death and Inferno).  In addition to the CD release, “Motörizer” is also available as a Limited First Edition DigiPak as well as a Gatefold LP with printed inner sleeves, track listings are the same for each format. Motörhead remain Lemmy Kilmister (vocals & bass); Phil Campbell (guitar) & Mikkey Dee (drums). They have been uncompromisingly rocking for the last 33 years, with Lemmy at the helm for the duration. In November, Motorhead will hit the road with Saxon (oh dear, not Biff again!) and Danko Jones for a 15-date UK tour. 
  SINGLES
SINGLE OF THE WEEK
ART IN EXILE – Art In Exile (Casket) - Whoooooo, who’s she!? Whoever she is she sure runs the whole field of emotion! An extreme gut-ripping screamathon of threat and confrontation and all kinds of ripped apart power. To call it some kind of mere goth screamo this or that would be to insult it. Mel Bullian is her name and she’s fronting a very colourful very compact rather epic metal band from Adelaide Australia. I mean, it is some kind of packed screaming goth metal opera, but to say that doesn’t do it any kind justice, there’s so much packed in to these four tracks. Those moves are never that obvious, there’s some serious thought and challenge – and you know us, screamo beano emo is not our thing, most of it goes straight to the bin without passing go and not collecting those two hundred notes. This is impressive – epic gothic metal drama and bag loads of light, shade, colour and emotion both in her voice and their dramatic music. Demonic shrieks, raw anger, powerful emotion, moody quietness. One rather impressive, original, colourful, complex modern metal band here, we look forward to more, they’re promising an album later in the year. Love everything besides the name. Go grab some, don’t just take our word for it – www.artinexile.net or www.myspace.com/artinexile

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RYE RYE – Shake It To The Ground (White label) - She’s got this bonkers electro dance hip-hop bratty brat sugar-sweet thing going down, no messing with her, fly as a pie or something near. Electro jam US hip-hop (from Baltimore), seems she’s just seventeen and the toast of the damn interweb and faceTube and you’ve got to keep it moving – and why not, this is damn good! She has her own style, her on take on it all, bit of a M.I.A. vibe in there, this is innovation and as zinging as stewed blackberries with no sugar – www.myspace.com/therealryerye   or YouTube action here

LAST HARBOUR – My Knowen Foe (Little Red Rabbit) – A follow on from the rather fine album that the Manchester band put out back in March and some more warm organic inviting noir tinted Americana. Three brand new songs and more of that gorgeously delicate unwinding of stories that may just be true. All brooding and candlelit and Bad Seed good and hey sinner come listen. Eloquent, inviting, candle-lit warmth and the best kind of  ark mellow alt.rock and 16 Horsepower, Michael J Sheehy swoons - songs of desire and caution and the lifting up of their building reputation – www.lastharbour.co.uk

EGEBAMYASI – I’ve Lost Control My Space remixes (Mac Acid) - Well I have to admit to not being able to stand still and to waving my arms around like an idiot in here and this is strangely good and is that as Osmonds sample and I’ve lost control and I’ve lost control and I’ve lost control – no! They said exit 13 you mupppppppet, sort it out! We’ll be driving around here all night looking for it! Is it 1989 again? Acid House, larging it, blinding mate! There’s a smiley on the front, and yes this is nostalgically good slice of classic Acid House from one of the originals. I guess the press release will tell us there’s a revival going on, not sure about that, but this does sound refreshingly good, even if the original is now over twenty years old now. 303 flowand the Sound Of Music and squelch squelch squelch – www.egebamyasi.com

Last week's single of the week - MOGWAI / Z's

Previously - ONE DAY AS A LION / 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

SINGLE REVIEW ARCHIVES

'THIS WEEK’S FREE DOWNLOAD...
THE CLOUD ROOM – There’s a couple of rather fine (and legal) downloads to be found here - a rather inspired and not too obvious version of New Order’s Blue Monday and an even better song called Sticks And Stones - well not a better song, originals are always more intersting that covers though aren't they . New York’s The Cloud Room are a kind of Arcade Fire and if you like the downloads you can go explore more over at www.thecloudroom.com – they like their covers, over on their website you’ll find what they’ve done with Huggy Bear’s February 14 and Leonard Cohen’s Memories 

PREVIOUSLY - HERZOGA / THE MELVINS / 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 hear anything again this week, must be the summer or maybe the big pile over there is hiding something or maybe.....

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

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HURRA TORPEDO, OLE, FOOTBALL AND KITCHEN APPLIANCE BANGING AND MR PENALTY - "Hurra Torpedo are the world's leading kitchen appliance rock group". It happened like this, they were talking about Norway's finest music on Radio 5 during a report on the 20LEgend's testimonial over at Old Trafford, seems the baby face assassin had chosen the pre match music so the sports reporters were talking about A-HA and such and one of those sports monkeys said they have jsut googled Norway’s best bands and Hurra Torpedo, the world's leading kitchen appliance band came up top...” - WhAt's that we thought, wallop, we'll have some of that! Fire up the search engline. AND LOOK AT THIS! Manic or what!? Watch the way he brings that down on the cooker juSt right, cheesecake trucks all of 'em! A total utter eclipse or what!  The 20 legend of course is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and the season is almost here and not much longer of this making do with preseason friendlies and any scraps of transfer news  – and oh how good is it to watch the 50 or so different views of this you can find on You Tube every day...

PREVIOUSLY - BOOK: THE STOOGES – A JOURNEY / JUNK SALES:SLAVES OF NEW YORK / BITTER PIE / SF ZINE FAIR / GIANT PAW – ART CARD SERIES / L. GABRIELLE PENABAZ @ FIERCE / ZINE: LIGHTS GO OUT #1 / LESS THAN JAKE / THE WEDDING PRESENT / PELICAN / GIANT PAW / AURAL INNOVATIONS  / PARALLEL WORLDS, PARALLEL LIVES TV documentary / NEVER MIND THE SEX PISTOLS: AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY – DVD

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...And Finally.. FIGHT LIKE APES ANNOUNCE DUBLIN SHOW, CONFIRM ALBUM TITLE, REVEAL TRACKLISTING AND MAKE FREE ALBUM TRACK AVAILABLE -  Yes indeed fight fans, Fight Like Apes have the title and release date for their forthcoming debut album. 'Fight Like Apes And The Mystery Of The Golden Medallion' will be released in Ireland on Model Citizen Records on Friday 26th September. To celebrate the event, Fight Like Apes will play a headline show at Whelan's in Dublin on the day of release. No news on UK release yet...
             The album tracklisting is: Something Global, Jake Summers,Tie Me Up With Jackets, Digifucker, Lend Me Your Face, Battlestations, Do You Karate?, Megameanie, I'm Beginning To Think You Prefer Beverley Hills 90210 To Me, Lumpy Dough, .Recyclable Ass and Snore Bore Whore 
        All the tracks are brand new recordings, produced by John Goodmanson in Seattle earlier this year. Fight Like Apes singer MayKay says – "It wouldn't have been right to leave those early songs off the but it wouldn't have been right to put the same recordings on. They were rushed jobs before, but this time we had the chance to make them sound we always thought they should".FLA cohort Pockets adds – "We're the same band, just with a stronger, faster, more unstoppable sound". The album will be released on Digipak CD, vinyl and download. The vinyl version will include a bonus track – You  Are The Hat' which will not be released on any other format. Fight Like Apes fans will be able to download an album track – 'Lumpy Dough' – from Tuesday 5th August from the band's website – www.fightlikeapesmusic.com

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