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DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS - Camden 08 (Organart)Is it like snap, crackle and pop all rounded up in one big box? That and a heart the size of a split pea? And the magic of pouring everything into something that no one can see besides you? Or is it just a week late, tied up in something or other that doesn’t concern you? Or does it? Are you concerned? What concerned you today? The position is what should be concerning and that boat trip and the need to use double exclamation points to whip the point home and.... 

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. 

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YEASAYER, HOLY F*CK, WARLOCKS and more for free. Yes, that’s right, free in-store gigs at Rough Trade East, Brick Lane, London E1, loads of free gigs, it looks like this: Thu 21st –  The Warlocks, 7pm, Fri  22nd –  Smoke Fairies, 6.30pm, Fri  22nd – Gaslight Anthem, 8pm, Sat  23rd  - Adam Green, 12 noon,  Sat  23rd  - Yeasayer, 1.30pm, Sat  23rd –  Holy Fuck, 4pm, Sat 23rd - 1st Birthday closing party - Old Blue Last – 38 Great Eastern Street, E1 (Free entry – 8pm-1.30 am), Tue 26th – The Mummers, 7pm, Thu 28th – Mystery Jets, 7pm Fri 29th – BLK JSK, 7pm.... All in-stores are free, WRISTBAND COLLECTION 1 HOUR PRIOR TO GIG, FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS - ONE PER PERSON. For more information visit – www.roughtrade.com
 
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1/intro: TRANSISTOR SIX – Back Yard Rocketship (Blackbean & Placenta)
2: LUSTMORD – Dark Awakening (Hydra Head)
3: HEY COLOSSUS – War Crows (Riot Season)
4: THE LOWER ANIMALS – Newt Trowelling  (demo)
5: VESSELS – A Hundred Times In Every Direction (Cuckundoo)
6: F*CKED UP – Magic Word (Matador)
7: COP ON THE EDGE – Summer Games 11 (demo)
8: DEERHUNTER – Activa (4AD)
9: ELEPHANT 9 –  Skink (Rune Grammofon)
10: SAY BOK GWAI – Not All Chinese People Are Good At Maths (Edgetone)
11: DREDD FOOLE – The Jug Is Glowing (Family Vineyard)
12: ROSE KEMP – Dirt Glow (One Little Indian)
13: STELLA DAWES – Investment Intercourse (demo)
14: SUSAN GEORGE BOOTH – Boston Triffic (demo)
15: THE LOWER ANIMALS – Help I’m Strangling Myself  (demo)
16: SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM – Puppet Show (The End)
17: KASAI ALLSTARS – Mukuba (Crammed)
 

MISS ROBERTS (Rude Mechanicals)RUDE MECHANICALS and body fluids and...   “Hello, yes, we, the Rude Mechanicals, will be headlining at the Fiddlers Elbow, 1 Malden Road, Camden, London, NW5 this Friday, 22nd August. £5. No longer do you need to be lost and lonely, no longer do your socks have to sink in existential angst , for I, Miss Roberts, will be taking love slaves this Friday. Lessons will include instructions in Ettiquette, Taxidermy, a Rotten Tango, and perhaps a meditation on Bodily Fluids, if your lucky! Love  Miss R”. Go admire Rude Mechanicals over at - www.myspace.com/flyingcaberet or www.rudemechanicals.org.uk
  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

COP ON THE EDGE - They’re from New Cross, South London, they have their very own pointy bouncy wrong pop angles and infectious old school new wave that we instantly liked and so will you children of the bio-metric age.  Falling around in that controlled way that makes Herzoga so good, four instantly infections songs and point staccato new wave analogue anachronisms and Devo shapes, if Devo were to be very English. This is the part of the game that we love, imagine... imagine and snappy scratchy things to say. Just my instinct but still... And oh look, band with their thing together, putting on their own gigs in South London – they should talk to those Wrong Pop people in Stoke and trade some shows with their musical cousins Herzoga. Never been late and I’m eager to please, fine home made new wave pop full of uplifting character and infectious synth lines...  www.myspace.com/copontheedgemusic
 

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GNOMES OF ZURICH are clearly not from Zurich and they’re probably not gnomes. They sound like a full on electric band, apparently they’re actually two (sometimes angry) men with a minimal drum kit and a acoustic guitar they put through a whole pile of fractured peddles. Two guys holed up on a warehouse in south London where by day they pack and move fine art and by night they make scratchy shouty feisty angry music – well they say angry, they certainly have frantic energy and there’s lots of shouting and clanking and banging going on and it clearly is cathartic – it clearly isn’t just cathartic noise and a blustery anger though - there’s restrain and craft and considered space here as well. GOZ have something rather different and something rather good. They get in to moody wired restrained shoegazing space now and again – in a delicately fragile lo-fi kind of way - especially with a fine reflective piece of beauty called Again. Five tracks, five challenging rewarding tracks, five different tracks and something well worth checking out – www.myspace.com/thegnomesofzurich

JOY OF SEX – Is it something in the air, is scratchy wrong pop week? More things to say? “We agree on several things” they say, “short songs, rhythm, repetition, noise, form meeting function...” and yes they have all that nailed down and in place along with their scrape and bang and their joy of sex. A threesome, two boy one girl action and a fresh perspective, don’t got expecting any kind of mere novelty – “equality, newness...” and tunes of plenty buried underneath the furs, put of the lights tonight is it December already? I guess we should talk of Art Brut and The Fall and Wire and jagged smiles and thought we had all worked out... everything is good, nothing ruined, a fine fine demo. www.myspace.com/joyofsex

Last week's demo of the week - WILD DOGS IN WINTER

Previous demo's of the week - THE LAZY DARLINGS / 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

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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
HEY COLOSSUS – Happy Birthday (Riot Season) - One great big beautiful shit-storm of glorious noise and feedback-drenched wholesomely good goodness. Violence can be a wonderful thing and this is as raw and abrasive as the London band have ever been, total overkill.  Now if Motörhead were to make a new album that sounded anything like this then everything would be perfect with the world. Like we said last time, Hey Colossus long since blew way past their intended aim of just making something that sounded somewhere like a place where Fudge Tunnel meet Can - compared to this, that place would be a paradise of mellow peace and ambient relaxation. This is the pure art of violent noise, corrosive hate-filled hardcore and hardboiled resonance, this is a serious heavy metal challenge, can you take it? Think a bleak and black Hawkwind in a cement mixer churning up enough sludge to crush all and then double it and add some more. This is like that time Psychic TV set out with the deliberate intention of driving the entire audience out of the Wardour Street Marquee and almost succeeded – this is a beautiful shit-storm of glorious noise. And in there somewhere under the rust and the jagged bits there’s a primal sophistication waiting to be harvested, it wouldn’t work if the art wasn’t clever, if they weren’t in some kind of structured control, if they weren’t such good musicians. This is clearly an album that you’ll never ever get bored with - static violence, piercing delights and clever art waiting underneath all the multiple layers of fuzz guitars that fuse together to sound like a badly recorded Inner City Unit bootleg where some weird wired tribe has taken over half the stage and set fire to the PA  – brilliant! Absolutely brilliant! Only way to feel the noise is when it’s good and loud, so good you can’t believe it, screaming with the crowd, don’t sweat it, get it back to you. Ah yes, this is indeed the full-on shit - shake your head, you must be dead if it don’t make you fly! - www.riotseason.com
 
ALBUM OF THE WEEK 2

ROSE KEMP – Unholy Majesty (One Little Indian) - We played the opening track from Rose Kemp’s new album last week on the Organ radio show here in London and this came in straight away (we do like a listener/reader reaction)...
             “I really really really liked Rose Kemp a lot!! I hardly ever use double exclamation points, but I had to right there. I hadn’t heard her before, what an amazing voice. She should be, really ought to be, genetically related to Maddy Prior or June Tabor. I love the way her voice slides around notes, much like Maddy Prior did. Or June, for that matter. And just like both of them, you can tell that if Rose hits a note that sounds a quarter note off, she meant to hit it that way, and she meant to work back around to the main note via some Eastern raga swirl. That track had all My favorite elements: an Eastern/very Indian sound, minor keys, marvelous lyrics like 'deserve My flesh' and 'demise of the day' and serious passion. Oh go ahead and cut and paste this into a review, you know you want to, sign my name for me. She's the best voice out there, bar none. Rose Kemp has blown away this listener” (Lilith Payne, Boston, USA)
                Rose is actually the daughter of Steeleye Span’s Maddy Prior and Rick Kemp, you can hear it right there in her DNA and in the warmth of this rather fine new album of hers. Unholy Majesty is an accomplished impressive body of work, songs that take in her British folk heritage and blend that legacy effortlessly with a more than healthy and gloriously ambitious 70’s hard/prog rock outlook. Backed by an impressive band and laced with old synths, organs, organic mountains of guitars and flavours of classic early Stargazer style Rainbow, moody Black Sabbath, grandiose Cathedral - she isn’t afraid of an epic. Proper English prog (and word is she does a fine live accapella version of Cardiacs’ Fairy Mary Mag, alas not on here). Unholy Majesty is an album that sits you under a tree and slowly uncoils you a whole sky of personal emotion – burning analogue organs that weave around that fine fine voice and that compelling mystery she conjures up. Big riffs that take all the time they need to doom out and at times almost drone in the finest of Earth/early Candlemass ways. An intoxicating blend of heady hard progressive folk rock and a voice that could lead you down her path and keep you spellbound in her wholeness forever.  A sound and style all of her own, born of folk and schooled in the finest traditions of English hard edged prog rock. A sensual, powerful, highly recommended album – www.myspace.com/rosekemp or www.indian.co.uk/rosekemp

And you can tune in to a stream the entire album here -  http://www.indian.co.uk/rosekemp/player/player.html
 

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MOTORHEAD – Motörizer (SPV) - Another Motörhead album then - fire in the hole, nothing to mess with - here comes a new one, same as the last one? Yeah well, what did you expect? That it’d be a beauty? Another secret fox with a message for your favourite box? That your lawn was going to be in danger once more? Mentioned in dispatches, call them devils or give them medals? Let me put this in to some kind of context; when it comes to Motörhead then around here things are personal, I’ve seen this band more than any other, I grew up on this band, in the cow crap at the barn dance in Bingley Hall, on the pitch at Port Vale, the Roundhouse that time when the Angels were let in the back door to deal with the gobbing punks... Not telling you this to score points or make any claim about being more of a Motör head than you, just telling you that this band have seriously mattered around these parts. A little more than just a t-shirt out of top shop and I love that “Ace Of Hearts” song about a bomber and isn’t Lemmy so rock ‘n roll cool and... A Motörhead album landing is a day-stopping event, been living with this one for about two weeks now and... well.. um... 
          Well we know there will never be anything to touch Overkill - that was the right album by the right band in the right place at the prefect time. There probably won’t ever be anything as artistically risky as Another Perfect Day (one of the finest rock albums ever without ever being a classic Motörhead album – too far out there to be a classic Motörhead album, just a classic rock album).  This is good though, Motörizer is good - Motörhead on some kind of autopilot, but it is good – this is tail-chasing Motörhead good. Opens with a rocking thing called Runaround Man, something that clearly reaches back to Lemmy’s well documented love of those early rock ‘n roll days (he was there after all), that familiar bass chug, that distinctive vocal - going too fast, never gonna stop - got a bit of a Please Don’t Touch feel - a damn fine song, nailed down straight away and that carries on through to Teach You How To Sing The Blues. When The Eagle Screams is more of an old-school Motörmetal thing, could be off Iron Fist; Lemmy off to war and the certainty that he was right and everyone else was wrong (again). Phil Campbell is a decent enough blues-edged hard rock guitarist, he does what he needs to without aver putting any kind of real fingerprint of his own in there, a good honest doing-the-job-well-enough sidekick rather than being up there alongside the main man like those two larger than life seven foot gunslingers that Lemmy and Fast Eddie were back there, I wish he’d bring a little more... Rock Out is Motörhead on autopilot and oh dear Lemmy, did you just sing “rock out with your cock out”!? You’re better than that dumb line and you damn well know it. One Short Life is Motörhead doing the blues, Burried Alive would have been a good track on Bomber and on we go... And that’s the thing here - we need something that’s a little more than just another decent set of album tracks that sound like tracks off previous albums. And what are they realistically suppose to do about that? No win situation? How can they improve on what has already been? That iconic stuff from the last century, and how can they deviate? We expect Motörhead to always sound like they do on this album right? They were shot to pieces for Perfect Day...
         So the three of them have made another more than decent Motörhead album that sounds like a lot of other recent decent Motörhead albums and I guess that’s all we can really expect from Motörhead these days. Kind of good enough, kind of satisfying and then there again it isn’t – and when we next go to see them we’ll still be more interested in hearing Metropolis or Step Down or Capricorn or.... But, hey, even Motörhead just making another decent Motörhead album is better than most things and this will more than do for now won’t it? - www.imotorhead.com
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GNAW THEIR TONGUES – An Epiphanic Vomiting of Blood (Crucial Blast) – Well now, I guess gnawing and vomiting and tongues of blood isn’t that far off what we’re dealing with here, hang on though, this is never that obvious and rather rewarding in a left-field avant classical storm of a way. Not an obvious storm though - no, storm is wrong, more an ominous orchestral brewing of truly avant instrumental experimental classical nihilism and restrained pain and brutally reigned orchestral doom. Sounds like full on pits of orchestras and blackened choirs. No, nothing is obvious here – the operatic voices, the cries, the soundbites, the epic filmoid sense of widescreen foreboding. Symphonic heaviness, Lustmord, Neurosis heavy. Whispered tongues hissing and frothing over sinister keyboards and orchestral stabs, ambitious scapes, grandiose falling of strings and towers of wind, a fetid sewer of avant reward... www.crucialblast.net

GEOFF SOULE – A Dialogue Between Feminine Wisdom And Masculine Uncertainty (The Supermegacorporation) – Second album from Geoff Soule, best known as a member of “San Francisco pop darlings” F*ck. And some low-key electronic/acoustic melancholic minimalism. Lo-fi keyboards, acoustic guitars, a post-rock touch, the barest of open-hearted intimate voices and lyrics. Easy ear seduction and whispered warmth, laments, declarations – simple sweet. Even the day at the race track is sweet. And yes, he does have an album that backs up the tittle, he’d have to have depth to do so... Nothing uncertain in what Geoff Soule is doing as he beautifully delicately explores that wisdom and uncertainty. www.supermegacorporation.com

UNDERGROUND RAILROAD – Sticks And Stones (One Little Indian) – Second album from the London based band from Paris? Lost touch after the demos and early gigs we covered, this is the second album isn’t it? Rather accomplished intelligent alternative rock with substance and bite when they need to bite.  For those with a taste for something that falls somewhere near the gap between the alt.rock of The Pixies or Sebadoh and pop swirl of Jesus And Mary Chain. They sound like a classic American band of the 90’s more than anything, they have the songs to pull it off, you have to have the songs...  www.indian.co.uk or www.myspace.com/urailroad

JAGUAR LOVE – Take Me To The Sea (Matador) - Well not exactly on the fence, is this good or just annoying? Does he sound like a South Park brat in need of a slap or is there something beguiling and every reach towards the reject button is halted by a biting rhythm or two. They got a bit of Gossip about them, that same electricity that occasionally strikes. People who’ve spent time in the now disbanded rather missed Blood Brothers and the not so missed Pretty Girls Makes Graves. For every thrilling Bats Over The Pacific Ocean with that running Northern Soul/Motown beat there’s an irritating Jaguar Pirates where his voice really does dance of your nerve ends – shut up Cartmann! Someone pop his helium balloon. It certainly sounds very ‘now’, this year’s acceptable front-cover indie rock car crash of a sound. When the new wave-ish tunes aren’t hitting the target then his voice is far too annoying, now and again they do though and who can resist sitting on a fence and a good car crash? www.matadorrecords.com/jaguar_love - There's a Jaguar Love You Tube here

HELLFIRE – Bleed For The Cause (Casket) - Violent blistering low-end extreme hardcore metal yelp and down in the gutter scream, ten relentless tracks of an intense brutal medulla Nocte, Iron Monkey nature. Mayhem and bleeding and yap yap yelp for whatever the cause is. They’re from Staffordshire, they’re relentlessly intense  – www.myspace.com/hellfiremusic

CRUISER – Happyrobots:smilingpeople (KFM) – Some rather pleasant, rather fluid, rather good synth pop of an alternative indie nature this time around. Lush tunes, beams of guitars, warm intelligent pop with structure, depth and an edge of considered euphoria. The Scottish outfit have collaborated with the always good Dutch band Persil as well as Tokyo singer Mayuko as well as Minnesota’s Tiger Tiger to give the album a diverse rewarding spectrum, plenty of innocent synth pop colour  - www.kfmrecords.com

THE CHAIR – The Chair (Transubstans) - Classic 70’s hard rock for those who get their kicks with that old  Sammy Hagar, Montrose, Ted Nugent, Never Say Die period Sabbath, Uriah Heep stuff. Classic sounds from a time when all this was just heavy rock. All seasoned with a little groove, a touch of the blues, galloping riffs, melodic harmonies, strong vocals – the wholesome real old school authentic deal. They’re from Sweden, fronted by an American vocalist. Find out more and ride their waves via www.myspace.com/thechair1

GORGOROTH – Live In Grieghallen (Regain) - Dog has shit shocker - extra, extra - read all about it!!!! Some extreme metal band or other, yes indeed, yet another one (I haven’t looked at the name of the cover yet) pummeling and pounding their way through yet another load of Germanic sounding Viking bothering thrashing Norwegian style black death metal. Riffing and pounding and thudding away, singer man is yapping and growling and bothering like a pack of rabid dogs, something about being possessed by the screaming blood boiling devils of the revelation, that or falling over and hurting his knee and needing his mummy...  Old school metal riffs, thrashing death metal ‘n crunching and stuff, a throwback to the good days of Venom and early Slayer, Exodus, Hellhammer, Hellbastard, Hellbuzzard, Helldogs, Hellthesameastheothers, - doesn’t really matter what he’s singing about, all just violent relentless texture – hits some kind of faceless could be any one of a thousand bands primal primeval spot, may just leave it on and turned to the max for a few days. As hellstorms of extreme death metal go, this is one of the more satisfying ones (they are from Norway so it seems), but hey, just what the hell is the hellish point here? www.regainrecords.com

SONNY – The Spirit Of Elegy (Minimal-Escent) – Radiant plaintive minimal blend of considered simple rich vocals and ambient romanticism. Indeed a spiritual elegy – refined, crafted, restrained orchestral electronica with a slowly moving dark moody edge that gets somewhere near a gothy black cloud or two in a rather positive way. All rather beautiful and relaxing and bathed in “cathedral splendour” - slowly swirling goodness for Cocteau Twin fans who find Sigur Ros just a little too bright. Splendidly exquisite and warmly recommended. www.minimal-escentmusic.com

REGURGITATOR – Love And Paranoia (Valve) – Australia’s electro pop rockers with another album. They’ve added a bit of Dandy Warhols sound to some of their radio friendly electro pop songs this time around. All very nice and pleasantly polite and harmlessly formulaic should you want it. That cereal killer guy in American Psycho who thinks Phil Collins is an f’ing genius would love ‘em to bits, crisp clean clinical and all rather faceless, every track sounds like a different band - www.myspace.com/regurgitators

MILLENNIA – The Hour Of Despair (Casket) – Standard issue unrelenting thrash metal grind and huff ‘n growl ‘nd puff from Finland – www.myspace.com/millenniaband

LAGWAGON – I Think My Older Brother Used To Listen To Lagwagon (Fat Wreck) - Now let us be polite and respectful here, they at least deserve respect. This is the slick radio friendly sound of aging punk poppers sedately playing their way in to middle age rocking chairs on the porch where they can swap tales about the time back there when they we’re in a shit kicking punk rock band and have you seen the way the kids dress these days they should all be put in the army, a slice of discipline would do them kids good, look at that one, he’s got spiky blue hair, I blame the schools and we knew how to behave when we were kids.... This is an album for you one time angry punks who are growing old at the same pace as Lagwagon and who find the idea of a Dire Straits album a little more inviting than you once did. They’ve pretty much said it with the tongue in cheek album title, Lagwagon have made a polite mid-paced rock record that still has some of their punk-pop finger print in there – well what else is an aging punk band to do? Play tacky nostalgia shows on the Blackpool beach front? A dignified album -  www.fatwreck.com

TZUN TZU – Kunoichi (Dissent) – Last week we had Swedish death metal on a label from Singapore, this week we Oriental death metal from Australia – that’s right a blend of Oriental metal laced with sometimes brutal sometimes more considered 90’s sounding stripped to the bone death metal. It does work, the switch from cookie monster vocals, pretty much standard issue old school thrash/death metal riffing and atmospheric Oriental plink twink dink. It does work, kind of – they don’t really marry the opposites together as one whole, more a switch between the two and both elements kept apart, nice attempt at something just a little different – www.tzuntzu.com

UNBUNNY – Snow Tires (Affairs Of The Heart) – Originally released back in 2004 in their United States homelands and now released for the first time over here in Europe. Jarid Del Deo and a core of evolving musicians with some sharp simple breezy warm American low key acoustic indie alt.rock. Seems you can catch Unbunny in small venues, coffee houses, laundromats, art galleries and in corners of rooms waiting for you to discover them. Intimate - feelings conveyed, timeless warmth, simple mellow quiet alt.rock – www.myspace.com/unbunny

SUPENIK – Econ (Kuntz) – Four piece from Devon, acid driven fuzz and high-octane blues-blasting superfuzz driven energetic garage rock. A Sonics/Fu Manchu/Blues Explosion/Datsuns thing built on never ending onslaught of burning riffs and an undercurrent of vintage Farfisa organ laced with plenty of wah/fuzz peddle jumping rock’n roll. They’re riding a bit of a one trick pony and you’ve seen and heard this pony plenty of times before, eighteen tracks many be one or two tracks too many, they sure ride the thing good though... Aren’t they supposed to be Morris dancing and hitting each other with big Pagan sticks in Devon? www.supenik.com

ZEBRAHEAD – Phoenix (SPV)  - The Orange County (California) band never seem to quite know where they want to go – another album and yet another well recorded well presented patchwork of current (commercial modern) rock fashion. A decent enough blend of melodic nu-metal bluster, punk-pop energy, shades of emo rock, things that hint at a radio friendly rapcore flavour, a touch of energetic ska, bits of more conventional hard rock – all thrown together and blended as reasonable well as you’d expect by now, blended in their slick well produced pot - all with that same follows-rather-than-innovators feel that Zebrahead have always had. They’ve no doubt got all the right clothes and hairstyles over more – they’ve always looked the part - they’re harming no one, I’m sure their mothers are proud of them, they’re almost certainly very kind and considerate to small animals and I expect they’re still that entertaining ball of energy live – and once the eject button is hit, and this review is all done with, then there will be no real reason to ever listen to Phoenix again – www.spv.de

MOURNING RISE – Five Ways To Illuminate Silence (SCR) – A rather decent stab at a Faith No More thing – all twisted fairground horror trails and savage prog rock pastures of broken melody and hard rock guitar solos over keyboard atmospheres and counterpoints constructed on piles of black humour. Bits of death metal, funk, Middle Eastern acoustic flavours, bits that sound like melodic Marillion or dangerously like Jadis or Pendragon...   www.myspace.com/mrise666

SINISTER – The Silent Howling (Massacre) Death metal from Holland that sounds like lots of other death metal from lots of other places, their 8th album so it seems, highly respected so it says here on the press release – oh well.... www.massacre-records.com

THE BIKINI BEACH BAND – Sour Cream For The Soul (Mad Village) – Some kind of gimmicky surf meets Hank Marvin’s Shadows instrumental guitar lounge pop in grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts if you want it. Bits of Amy’s Rehab, Pink Floyd’s wall, and OK, we’ve been polite enough, time to get it out of here - put up with it for about thirty minutes now without breaking anything, enough as enough, nice clothes there emperor, got away with it for three albums now, apparently great fun live, we’ll leave you to go find out – www.bikinibeach.co.uk
 
Last week's album of the week - VESSELS / ELEPHANT 9

Previous album's of the week - DOSH / 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

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ZAG AND THE COLOURED BEADS – Islington Hope & Anchor, London – 29th July – One of those mid-week gigs where it seems like any four bands are thrown together by the promoter with no thought for cross pollination of audiences, followings, bands and sounds and the little idea of value for money for those paying to get in . So we sample the other bands before retiring to the bar upstairs and await the arrival of the last on Beads, the people there for the other bands have left by the time by the time Zag And The Beads come on, safe no doubt in the knowledge that there would be no kind of crossover and the sure that the option of the last tube is a far more inviting one – you promoters who don’t appear to care that much are turning us all in to cynics, we come to see our own bands and leave again.  Come on you gig promoters, bands deserve better than this, so do us paying customers, we want more than just the band we’re coming to see for our money and so do the bands themselves, they want to play to new people, to the audience of others, to build on things. 
               The Beads come on to an enthusiastic small pond of those who already know, crammed on to a small stage, keyboards in the middle, man who appears to be painted head to foot green behind them. And there once more are the legendary Beads, one of the best kept secrets out there on a stage again. You see Zag And The Coloured Beads were a big part of the not so big prog/festi underground in the late 80’s, part of them eventually evolved in to Levitation, all that has been well documented already around these parts and this is the now... Zag and the Beads are a nailed-tight English prog rock outfit - clever, intricate and with that uniquely slippery glide of theirs. There’s about two dozen of us all with great big smiles on our faces, little man and flower t-shirts abound, hardcore pond dwellers for you see, Zag are considered part of that family of Cardiacs friends. And tonight once more we’re sharing those treasures we thought we’d not get to hear live again. And for once a returning band is sounding leaner and tighter and more relevant than ever, I really don’t like going to see old reformed bands trying to re-capture previous glories, were Zag And The Beads ever this good? Those instrumental passages that are part Gong, part classic Genesis, part punky free festival avant flow (and Club Dog spirit), bits of Beefheart and Zappa, Duritti Column, Chidren’s TV themes, and that extra fluidy slippy slidey thing that only The Coloured Beads do – along with Ring they were that original pronk band with their seven beat bite and sweaty things. Go grab some truly progressive adventures for Zag And The Coloured Beads are sound as fine as they ever did, they were way ahead of their time back there, time may just be moving in to line with them now, their geese moments may only just be here, go see them, The Beads were a wonderful treat tonight... www.zatcb.co.uk
Live previously - DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS / 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

LIVE REVIEW ARCHIVES

   THINGS TO GET SHOUTING  ABOUT?
WHIMWISE, the classically progressive band put together by one time Enid/Jadis/Dagaband/Tamarisk guitarist Nick May, have a number of European festival dates set up before heading back to the UK for dates in the Autumn. For those of you who don’t know who don’t know Whimwise, they’re a refined blend of old school melodic traditional prog rock and classical warmth. Nick May originally emerged as part of the British prog movement of the early 80’s as part of much admired and still highly regarded Tamarisk and then as part of the cult prog powerhouse that was the rather ELP flavoured Dagaband. Whimwise is a far more relaxed and expansive experience, a bold classically inspired instrumental band - progressive in the finest sense, a band that combines some of the better elements of The Enid - a band that May played guitar in and indeed breathed new life into (and some might say held together while others were lost is a sea of over inflated ego) for a number of years back in the early/mid 90’s – and the orchestral electronic adventure of Tangerine Dream or Wendy Carlos – explore the band’s latest recordings and dates or check what they’re up to with full live performances that feature harp players, violins and electric guitar and a whole manner of things via www.myspace.com/whimwise
SUSAN GEORGE BOOTH say “Hello, Just a quick email to say thanks for listening to and reviewing our demo. Really appreciate it! The demo is a little rough around the edges I know! We've had quite a good gigs recently at the Dublin Castle and The Good Ship and I think it's all coming together more. Our next gig is at The Devonshire Arms (that's Camden, London) on 24th August if you fancy checking us out. Keep up the good work with everything, your show on Resonance is the only time I bother turning on the radio. Will probably check out Scul Hazzards on Wednesday so might see you there. Cheers” Miguel - www.myspace.com/susangeorgebooth. if you missed our SGB demo review go find it here
- one day soon we'll ask why they're called Susan George Booth.
  SINGLES
LITTLE JACKIESINGLE OF THE WEEK
LITTLE JACKIE – The World Should Revolve Around Me (Parlophone) – Poppy sassy old school proper soulful R&B from Brookyn New York. They’ve got an old Motown, Jackson 5 retro feel without ever being just a retro thing, they have the charm of The Go Team and bits of witty poppy sunny hip-hop. Little Jackie are singer songwriter Imani Coppola and programmer Adam Pallin, Imani already has a colourful past, last spotted as part of Mike Patton’s Peeping Tom, she has a voice made for this kind of soulful pop. She may well be the Brooklyn Lilly Allen with a bit of Lauren Hill, this is just want you want from a single, if only the great British summertime hadn’t got lost, this could have been the soundtrack to it. Perfectly produced slightly anthemic catchy hooky poppy sassy soul with a witty bite and the perfect introduction to the rather good album that’s on the way in about a month. Proper Brooklyn pop - www.myspace.com/littlejackiemusic

SINGLE OF THE WEEK 2
MARY EPWORTH AND THE JUBILEE BAND – The Saddle Song/Sweet Boy (Hand Of Glory) – Well they talk of pub shanties and phantom Morris dancers, of drunken Sea Shanties, spectral horses and haunted wood and yes, all that and more can be found here with the ragged glory and clamorous voices and the rousing words (and the absolute beauty of Sweet Boy). Folk yes but never folk whimsy, this has bite and guts and teeth and there is no way you can’t join in a ride with her to Rome or to that London pub where you sway and sing and rouse and the truth that will stick you in the tooth and you’ll get what you want and this is more than enough, far far more, another round, play it again and you need to know the truth, knuckle down and buckle up (and then there’s absolute beauty of Sweet Boy), and you won’t find anything as good as this, not in any town in any street. Special, special before we got to the absolute beauty of Sweet Boy... www.myspace.com/maryepworth or www.myspace.com/handofglory7

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SERGEANT BUZFUZ – Here Come The Popes/Dentist To The Stars (Blang) – Quirky little English slice of poppy goodness and a bizarre string-driven song about those popes of the middle ages that’s kind of XTCish. Cellos, Dulcimers and priests wives sold in to slavery and tales of whores and the banning of bibles and.... Meanwhile in the dentist chair things are mellow and darkly folkish and come with Madeline and her novocaine and shaken baby dolls – this band are a little different with their secrets of the dentist to the stars and the tales of temptation when they’re helpless in that chair... Well worth checking out, a limited edition on seven inch purple vinyl – www.sergeantbuzfuz.com or www.blang.co.uk

FOUR DEAD IN OHIO – Jesus Won’t Dance In My High Heels (Yoyo Acapulco) – Potential front line thinking person’s indie rock band with a healthy debut, an alternative psychedelic feel and a classic Stone Roses/Echo And The Bunnymen touch – they appear, on the strength of these two tracks, to have  the depth to pull it all off. A four piece from somewhere in the UK and a band with something that just may turn in to something a little more than all the other potential Roses that didn’t stick around long enough to bloom – www.myspace.com/fourdeadinohioband

POPE JOAN – No TV (O.I.B) – Pointy new wave poppy post-punk sharpness from Brighton and a taste of the album coming up next month. More wrong pop? Is there no way back now? Good intentions and poppy collisions and infectious acerbic lo-fi immediacy, urgent pop for Fall days and Fugazi moments – www.myspace.com/popejoan

THE INCONSOLABLES – Hoverfly (Jealous Tony) – Another slice of fizzing lo-fi synth pop buzz attack from the ever good Inconsolables. A kind of Dick Dale meets the B52s out for a day in England’s great and pleasant inner city land and la la la la la.... Hoverflies are cool (and so are Cravats) and the way they dart around then hover and then dart again (Devo are cool as well, so were Pulp), and they get such a hard time from people who don't get how good wasps really are. Fizzing Wasp type synths and 60’s psyche Gerry Anderson puppets on a rampage of pop and fast fiery fun – www.theinconsolables.com

THE VIEW FROM BELOW – This City Struggle (self release) - One of them there super slick super auto-tuned modern indie/emo anthemic (slightly epic in a polite way) pop rock bands should you want it  Debut six track EP, I’m guessing they’re from the UK, they could be from anywhere really, www.myspace.com/theviewfrombelow is where you go if you’re curious  They do their chosen thing as well as anyone, those lyrics don’t stand up to too much attention, and those chords sound a little like something Keane might come up with on a My Chemical Valentine kind of day and this is where we leave it with you.... 

Last week's single of the week - ART IN EXILE

Previously - MOGWAI / Z's / 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

SINGLE REVIEW ARCHIVES

'THIS WEEK’S FREE DOWNLOAD...
LIZ PHAIR is where we want to send you today, much overlooked and lost in the mainstream when really she should be loved by the alternative underground and those who talk of Breeders or Kimya Dawson or Mary Lou Lord or Courtney Love and sassy brassy North American alt.rock singer/songwriter cool. Her classic 1993 album Exile in Guyville is rightly being re-issued on Dave Matthews' ATO label. The album was well received around these Organic parts back when it first came out (yes, we’ve been doing this Organ thing long enough to have been covering these things first time around). You can grab a free (and legal) taste and a track called 'F**k And Run' right here.

And just for the curious here are the latest moves from a band we once gave a half decent demo review to back when they started. Here’s some new OASIS remixed by those CHEMICAL BROTHERS in the rather surprisingly interesting shape of Falling Down. See were not about the obscure just for the sake of it, we’re not one of those publications who say a band have lost it when more than twenty people turn up to see them 

PREVIOUSLY - THE CLOUD ROOM / 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
THE SAVAGE RESURRECTION – Savage Resurrection (Mod Lang) - Apparently we should be very excited to see this re-issue, some classic late 60’s US psyche rocking acid blues so we’re told. Comes with bonus tracks (previously unreleased rehearsal tapes, really raw version of River Deep, Mountain High) and extensive sleeve notes from Nick Salomon (AKA The Bevis Frond). A ravaging psychedelic rock gem so they say. Part Blue Cheer acid rock, part mystical Middle Eastern psychedelia, one part the English progressive blues of The Who, Yardbirds, Cream. A thick duel guitar sound, fuzzy yet mellow, not as heavy or metallic as the aforementioned Blue Cheer, an album of that time and place for you 60’s psychedelic fuzz heads to get excited about then – www.modlang.com, available in the UK via www.cargorecords.co.uk

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB – B.R.M.C/Take Them On, On Your Own (Virgin) – First couple of albums re-issued with bonus tracks and the usual whistles, bells and such. The Los Angeles outfit got a lot of attention from us here at Organ back in their very early demo days (their first UK press and such was via these messy pages when they were a little known LA band with a demo). The band came to us demo in hand sometime during in those well documented Dandy Warhols/Brian Jonestown Massacre days back in the late 90’s. They were on the run from the BJM experience at the time and we had just involved ourselves in all that Dandy Jonestown stuff. Now it may be something unfairly leveled at bands far too many times by those who like to say I was in to them before you were, but I always thought their “official” releases were a little compromised and disappointing. The early demos had far more electric bite and the way they changed the lyrics (Spread Your Love Like Jesus is how it originally was...) kind of smacked a little of watering it down for the man. Wonder what the good Dr over at the committee for keeping music evil thought of it all? Still, these two albums – B.R.M.C and Take Them on – were, and still are, a decent mix of their slow-paced West Coast alt.rock driven radio-friendly psychedelia and that Shoegazer meets Oasis/Stone Roses/Rolling Stones Englishness that could only come from LA. Not sure if they’re worthy of the full on re-issue retrospectives already or indeed if they’ll ever did/will evolve in to a band worthy of the back catalogue re-issue fanfare, but then Virgin Records and the band did part company on what was said to be not so healthy terms after these two albums and the label probably would like to recoup a little bit of their financial investment they invested – all that hype don’t come cheap, guess they want to grab some back while the band are still functioning (and who can blame them). These are two decent albums and those who have discovered them through Howl and especially Baby 81 will no-doubt more than welcome the re-issue with bonus tracks (old b-sides) and hopefully all at a decent love spreading mid-price... www.blackrebelmotorcycleclub.com

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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PREVIOUSLY - HURRA TORPEDO / 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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