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Many is the week that starts out well, anyone can start a week out easy, the ending is what counts, happy endings? Lost in the desert? This week we’ve had Death Valley rescues (no, really, ten performance artists lost in the 110 degrees desert and Marcia X to the rescue, walking out, we wouldn’t make that one up), we’ve had carnival dancing on our door step, until it turned in to a riot again, just like the 70’s it was, where were The Clash? That and the dancing in the gates of hell that really is not that hellish, and figs on trees and where are the peaches and does any of this ever make any sense? Write it out one hundred times and then paint it whatever colour you want, all to do with some kind of worship or a fire in the hole and we will burn your cities down and weirdness predating Kafta and prostrating before a hotchpotch of thoughts from the golden ass – see we can write anything here, you just cut to chase and the reviews and the links and skip this bit right, i could get away with anything here, you’re not reading... 

These are the things that have been in our ears this week, please explore and if it sounds interesting then just hit the links and make your own minds up, our reviews and thoughts are mere signposts designed to guide you to the things you might like to feast on yourselves... don’t you just love the instant hit of the www. 

IS THIS WHY YOU BOOKMARKED ME?
LOVELY LITTLE GIRLS started in August of 2001 as a one-off performance piece by artist/performer Gregory Jacobsen. The performance was an attempt to convert his sound and noise based absurdist performance group Ritualistic School Of Errors into a dissonant minimalist rock band of synths and drums that would leave a wide open space for his syllable-stuffed cut-and-paste prose and confrontational contortionist interpretive dancing.

Since then the group has gone through many changes with Jacobsen providing the aesthetic thread that runs through all stages of the group's history. Using Jacobsen's grotesque paintings as a basis for ideas, Lovely Little Girls craft songs of ridiculous simplicity that morph into nose-fornicating forays of dissonance and odd stumble-down-the-stairs-timing. Performance and concept has always been a large part of the group- either by staging horrendous fanfares or writing musical parts that depend on a theatrical playing.

The current incarnation of Lovely Little Girls features Mike Kendrick (Rope), Monika Bukowksa (Brilliant Pebbles), Doug Abram (Black Bear Combo), Zack Weil and Alex Perkolup (Flying Luttenbachers, Cheer-Accident, Bobby Conn). The line-up culls many influences from No-Wave, Rock-In-Opposition, Zeuhl, 80s Thrash Metal, Childrens' Music, Punk, Kurt Weill, 20th Century Classical and the art-damaged theatrics of The Residents.

www.myspace.com/lovelylittlegirls
 
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Organ OTHER ROCK SHOW with Marina, Resonance 104.4FM, 9.00PM Sunday August 24th 2008

Intro: PHANTOMSMASHER - Bishop Hopping (Ipecac)
1:  (ICS, ORIGIN LODGE) MATT LEBOFSKY - Another Soundcheck (download) 
2:  CHEER-ACCIDENT - Dismantling The Berlin Waltz (Skin Graft)
3:  TERA MELOS  - When Worms Learn To Fly (Temporary Residence)
4:  ENABLERS  - Tundra (Lancashire and Somerset)
5: (ICS, INCREDULODGE) AMBROSE NORTNESS - Session4, Trk 1 (download)
6:  (ICS, WIG LODGE) STEVE LEW - Why I Didn't Go To Public School (download)
7:  (ICS, ORIGIN LODGE) MATT LEBOFSKY - Monkey Puzzle (download)
8:  (ICS, ORIGIN LODGE) DARLING FREAKHEAD - Not That Hard (download)
9:  MIASMA AND THE CAROUSEL OF HEADLESS HORSES - Manticore (Southern)
10: DARLING FREAKHEAD - Not Forgotten (download)
11: LOWER ANIMALS - Newt Trowelling (download)
12: LOVELY LITTLE GIRLS - Grotesque Fleet Of Garbage (download)
13: UPSILON ACRUX - Boa Vs Crab (Cuneiform)
14: YOU SLUT! - 1s, 2ns (The Original Door) (Stressed Sumo)
15:  LOVELY LITTLE GIRLS - A Faint Pungency (download)
16:  (ICS, ORIGIN LODGE) DAN RATHBURN - The Apothecary (download)
17: OUTRO:  CHEER ACCIDENT - Learning How To Fly (download)

This week's Other Rock Show was an IMMERSION COMPOSITION SOCIETY special!

It started like this: two rather good, but easily distracted musicians got fed up with hearing each other bellyaching about writers block or promising to finish the magnum opus next week, and challenged each other to a duel. They challenged each other to write twenty songs in one day. The results were so invigorating, and curiously productive that they decided to do it again, and then to bring a friend or two into the process.  Their (also rather good) musical friends were so taken by the idea that they started doing it too. The two original composers, Nicholas Dobson and Michael Mellender, gave the group a name: The Immersion Composition Society, and suddenly lots of other talented music makers (and this was in Oakland, California, home to a preposterous amount of talent) wanted to do it.  When groups started to bud off the main one, the ICS broke into Lodges.  Soon there was Origin Lodge, New Lodge, the very productive Wig Lodge. A web site was made, explaining the idea, and putting up mp3s of the best compositions - now www.ics-hub.org . Others tried it and were fired up: Bullet Lodge in Minnisota, the Black Lodge in Texas.  Yes, it's Fight Club for composers!

The (basic) idea is that you get up in the morning, start composing new stuff (recording or writing down, but not random improvisation: it has to be a constructed piece as much as possible) and try to make twenty songs before you meet up with all the other people in your Lodge that have been doing the same thing on the same day.  You get together in one of the members house, bring snacks (double snacks if you don't come up with anything) and listen to each other's music.  You can wear Lodge colours and Hats if you want.   The whole point is that the combination of friendly peer pressure and need for speed stops you faffing around and making excuses or being scared to create - somehow fires up the synapses... Lodges play other games too, including 48hr marathon sessions (those attempting this report hallucinations and sleep-composing)...

There are now around twenty ICS lodges across the USA and a handful recently formed in Europe - Incredulodge in Seattle, Sauna Lodge in Finland, Cremorne 13 Lodge in France,  a new on in Holland, and three in the UK, the busiest being Limey Lodge in South London.  Founder Nicholas Dobson has co-written a book called 'The Frustrated Songwriter's Handbook" based on his ICS experiences.  Each Lodge has its own collective personality according to the make-up of its members, who can range from professional soundtrack composers to bedroom guitarists. There is no central organisation running this, and the rules are there to be bent (but work best for you as they are!)... a very very organic, living thing.  They are fun and they do things to your brain. 

And yes, the ICS tracks played were all composed and recorded from scratch within hours during day sessions - even MATT LEBOFSKY's six minute prog epic (he's become rather good at this - loads more good stuff on his web site). And DARLING FREAKHEAD was what led me to the original ICS site back in 2002 - I found him on mp3.com (when mp3.com was still good), thought he was great and the only other reference to him was on this, where he was one of the first Origin Lodge members.  This was from his current site  darlingfreakhead.com

This thursday - 28th August 08 - there is a the first ICS concert in the UK, at the Green Dragon pub in Croydon www.myspace.com/greendragonpub organised by Limey Lodge and attended by founders Nicholas Dobson and Michael Mellender who are flying over for the event! FREE entry - pub is near East Croydon station.

This CHEER ACCIDENT track was happily downloaded from www.progday.com - which has a bunch of other band samples on their site.  Cheer Accident are a hard-to-pin-down very underground legend from Chicago; more samples at www.skingraftrecords.com

TERA MELOS are from Sacramento (hometown of Hella) and this was from a split album with By The End Of Tonight which came out last year - not heard much more from them, but what high standards...

A new ENABLERS album is on the way - soon to be released on small UK indie label Lancashire And Somerset: www.lancashireandsomerset.co.uk  - and there's a UK tour at the start of September WOOOO! Dates over at www.myspace.com/enablers or on our news pages 

MIASMA AND THE CAROUSEL OF HEADLESS HORSES have people from Guapo and Chrome Hoof and this was from the 2006 limited edition Latitudes imprint EP 'Manfauna'. www.southern.net .. 

LOWER ANIMALS is Mr Mellender's band - www.myspace.com/theloweranimals - and he's also in Sleepytime Gorilla Museum 

This UPSILON ACRUX number was from their 2007 album 'Galapagos Momentum' out on Cuneiform Records www.cuneiformrecords.com

LOVELY LITTLE GIRLS are an avant theatrical band from Chicago - we just found them a day ago on www.myspace.com/lovelylittlegirls ...if you like SGM...

Great UK easy-on-the-ears mathtastic YOU SLUT! play more from  a show at 229, Great Portland Street, London on September 2nd  - more info from www.stressedsumorecords.co.uk or www.myspace.com/youslut1

PHEW ...have fun, M x

  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

Somehow this week we've not heard a demo that made us want to shout and jump and spin and fight like apes. We did feed you some good ones last week though, you can't deny that fact, and you do have those Lovely Little Girls up there and you have checked out Lower Animals right? We hae a big pile ot work through, we'll get in to the mountain this week, we will, we will...
 

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Go check out those Darling Freakhead thing while we fight through this mountain of good looking demos we have here....

Last week's demo of the week - COP ON THE EDGE

Previous demo's of the week - WILD DOGS IN WINTER / 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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HATE TO SAY I TOLD YOU SO...
Now as much as we hate to say told you so six months ago yet again, but we did though, so we are going to say told you so... 

This just in from last Night’s Manchester Evening News - “Tonight's show is just further evidence that To The Bones could well be the most ferocious band in Britain, and if you miss how powerful Queens Of The Stone Age used to be before they lost it, they could well be the band you've been waiting for. Prepare to be eaten alive”. 

TO THE BONES are at the OFFSET festival this weekend, then you can then catch them on the 5th Sept at the West Coast Rock Cafe, Blackpool, then 10th Sept at Death Disco, Notting Hill Arts Centre, London, 19th Sept The Matrix Club, Grimsby, 3rd Oct Kico club Bolton. I do believe the band are planing a new version of Rex as a single and their debut album is ready to go, now with us though, been there done that, you'll be wanting to grab that ORG single while you still can, over on our mailorder page  - check them Bones out via www.myspace.com/tothebones

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

ALBUM OF THE WEEK
LUSTMORD – Other (Hydra Head) – In which Lustmord creeps and broods his way through vast chambers of dark sinister atmosphere in much the same way that he’s been creeping about for getting on for thirty years now.  Moody, dark, bleak - Lustmord at his most despairingly brooding. Slow breathing in deep dark dank bottomless tanks of menacing blackness. Slow brooding foreboding atmospheric noise, monstrous shapes out there somewhere in the dark, things around the corner, are those voices in the distance? All very one dimensional and relentlessly foreboding in a rather perversely positive and rewardingly inviting way. Almost menacing, yet reassuring - strangely welcoming invites in to the vast solitude – the art of minimalism and not so much riffs as giant ambient collisions of guitar string and electricity – contributions from Adam Jones (Tool), Buzz Osbourne (Melvins), Aeron Turner (Isis) add to that electricity. Other is a monstrous sounding exercise in brooding minimalism and dark foreboding welcoming filmoid ambience, a vast album that really does sound like it has once more maybe been recorded in caves, crypts, catacombs, and around cosmological activity. Without really shifting that much Lustmord has done it again, another inspiring rewarding accessible set of slowly shifting shadowy shapes of monstrously brooding goodness -  www.myspace.com/lustmord  or www.hydrahead.com
 
ALBUM OF THE WEEK 2

SLIPKNOT – All Hope Is Gone (Roadrunner) - It appears that we have reached the edge; now that is how to boil up the tension and kick off the start of a wreckord! That’s like the very best opening moment of a great big gig all compacted and pounded on to studio vinyl (oh alright CD then), that’s a blistering boiling way to start an album – this is M-E-T-A-L!! Ripping and crunching and stomping and pounding and any idea that they might be past their sell-by date is well and truly blasted to the back within a half minute of the first song proper. What if god doesn’t care? Slipknot, here to burn down your stage, your city and whatever else you damn well got. It appears that we have really reached the edge – execute the metal virus, feed the bones and the shit and the political contempt and the smell of sulfur. ... Do you really need a Slipknot review from us scumbags? Do we really need to use up our time and space telling you what you already know? Yes actually, you don’t always know where you stand and it needs to be said – they rightly are one of the biggest bands on the planet right now and sometimes big really is best. Slipknot have evolved when they could so easily have slipped away with all the other latest things from back there. This is stomping fist-pumping frontline adrenaline junkie I-want-you-to-break-my-ears metal. And when you think you’ve got them nailed and you know the full-time score and where things are going they go and hit you with the shock and awe that is restrained melody and ‘nice’ vocal lines (and the rain that will kill us all). No you don’t need a longass Slipknot review from us, all we need to say, is that (with the possible exception of Machine Head) as far as mainstream pounding blood-pumping big bad over-the-top full-on metal goes, there’s no one anywhere near them right now. This latest album is everything you though it might not be and a hell of a lot more besides - Melody, tunes, progressions, theatre and all without a second of compromise. Slipknot really do rule and we have absolutely no problem with shouting that.. www.slipknot1.com
 

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PICTURES PAINT WORDS – Sinking Ships And Tallest Towers (self release) – One of them there post-hardcore indie emo bands from somewhere or other in the UK, a familiar sound, there’s been lots of them like this in the last ten years or so – that solid scratchy angsty throaty indie/emo thing born of an obvious love of things like Fugazi, Sunny Day Real Estate, Bob Tilton, Spy Versus Spy - that off-key shouty duel vocal yelp, those more restrained moments, those hints from somewhere almost mathy. We’ve all heard it many times before and quite why a band is content to sound like their record collection has always been a little beyond me. Hey they do it well enough, and if you like this kind of stuff then you’ll be impressed with their energy, their obvious commitment and passion, and you'll be impressed with their edge. Thankfully they don’t polish it up and water it down and make it far too slick (far too many do these days). Clearly a band enjoying what they’re doing and doing it for the right reasons, not massively exciting to these ears but hey, if you like this stuff then they do it better than most we’ve heard recently  – www.picturespaintwords.com or www.myspace.com/picturespaintwords
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LITTLE JACKIELITTLE JACKIE – The Stoop (Parlophone) – Poppy sassy old school proper soulful R&B from Brooklyn New York. And just like we said last week with that The World Should Revolve Around Me single of the week review, they’ve got a sassy cool old school Motown meets 70’s 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, they got lyrics so nail-on-the-head clever they can’t have been the first to sing them? That and text messages to wrong numbers and woman are from Mars men are from Venus, we think with our brains, they don’t think we’re serious... 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. Perfectly produced slightly anthemic catchy hooky poppy sassy soul with a witty bite and the perfect sound of proper sunny sassy girl-in-control infectious and recommended sexy Brooklyn pop - www.myspace.com/littlejackiemusic

RUBY THROAT – The Ventriloquist (Sleep Like Wolves) – Ruby Throat is Katie Jane Garside and Chris Whittingham. Seems they met on a dark and rainy night on the London underground, Katie Jane bewitched by the sound of Chris’s Lapsteel slide guitar, they decided to share worlds and forged Ruby Throat. The Ventriloquist is twelve very fragile almost whispered songs, twelve pieces of minimal warmth and hushed words, a whole set of colliding realities and naked whimsical dreamstates. Twelve pieces of quiet gothic folk and little things that matter so much. Quietly snarling black cats, swans, rain, tension – delicate fragile tension, beautifully whispered words and delicately fragile jagged edges, brushed guitar strings that do indeed bewitch, easy to see why Katie stopped in that underground tunnel. They make a beautiful sound together – beguiling, melancholic and that cooing dove of a voice that could only be Katie Jane. Delicate pin-drops and one careful foot in front of the other under dark skies past quiet streams and secret worlds - hushed blues, other-folk. The Ventriloquist has been out for a little while now as an underground mailorder word of mouth thing, September 1st sees the official worldwide go-buy-it-in-a-record-shop style release.- www.rubythoat.co.uk

THE MIRIMAR DISASTER – Volumes (Undergroove) - Flying by in a blur of modern metal, all intense moods and thick progressive atmosphere, angst ridden shouting here, considered and restrained there. Feeling like a lot of things without ever really locking down a fingerprint and saying “hey this is us, pay full attention”. Nothing here that really says “hey, you need us”. Bits that sound a little like this band or that band, Neurosis, Tool, Will Haven, Mastodon, bits of vitriolic groove, pile-driving riffs, all those modern metal moves, relentless (until it relents), potentially lethal, strong, confident, intense, moody, dark... the Sheffield band are doing everything besides lashing in with that oh so vital bit of affirming X factor and thus they’re kind of flying by in a blur and in these daze of overcrowded metal playgrounds and far too many merely good bands that isn't quite enough.  www.myspace.com/themirimardisaster

TOY GUN COWBOY – Big Blue (Gutter Groove) – Refined sunny beats and loops all woven in to some fine alternative indie pop/rock and a kind of Cake, Bran Van 3000, Kid Galahad set of upbeat shiny feel good songs from Lakewood California. The songs are why this works, finely constructed simple alternative pop songs and jump on his bumper and roll on down that road and...  Jazzy beats, cross-cutting uplifting easy pop and some words that do a little more than just decorate the music. Kind of laid back Beck, bits of The Eels and Lightning Seeds and telescopes and chromosomes and even root canals sound like good times, a really enjoyable really clever pop album, simple as that – www.myspace.com/toyguncowboy

AGRYPNIE – Exit (SCR) –  Intensely moody slightly gothic left-field black metal from Germany. One of those drummers who runs a marathon through every song, and a band who want to do the epic black metal thing just a little differently. Plenty of light and shade, restraint and an idea that less is sometimes so much more and that quiet passages do make the violence more intense and more musically rewarding. Atmospheric, artistic – no idea what they’re singing about, they’re doing it in German - good looking artwork and nothing to suggest anything that needs to be avoided.. Impressive sounding album. www.agrypnie.de or www.myspace.com/agrypnieband

CITY 13 – Better Late Than Never Again (City 13) - Oh now, bit of a dilemma here, a band clearly doing things the right way and not just sitting around waiting for a break, a band putting out an album themselves - a well recorded, well packaged album, a band with their collective shit together. They’ve got themselves a professional operation and they’re getting on with it all, only problem is the little matter of the music really doing nothing for us. Some kind of slick indie rock/metal/alternative amalgamation of well played well produced and polished radio friendly rock/metal that has absolutely no identity or musical personality. Don’t want to give them a hard time about it, really not sure why a band would want to play it so safe in terms of sound though, why? Why paint with the same colours? Why why why. Each to their own, good luck to ‘em and arrghhhhhhhhhhhh, not doing anything for us I’m genuinely sorry to say – hey, hit the link, maybe you’ll like their thing?  www.city13.co.uk

LORDS OF BASTARD – Lords of Bastard (SL) - Some kind of stoner old school wooly mammoth alt.rock Sabbath meets Kyuss or maybe early Queens Of The Stoneage thing. Nice enough standard issue stoner rock riffs, hints of dark psychedelia and maybe a mild dose of Melvins but we’ve kind of heard it lots (and lots) of times before and that production is awfully flat when it really should be jumping at us. Decent enough sludge ‘n doom but the riffs should be alive and fizzing rather than the flat stale dandelion and burdock that the album is. If this was a home made demo we might be saying not bad, and suggesting that if they get it recorded with a bit of life and some more attitude and if they were a little less obvious then it could be something potentially good. There’s clearly a good band here somewhere, there is potential, this isn’t ready for an album release though – either they’re too stoned and their ears are numb or... good band, they need to do it properly though - www.lordsofbastard.com

THE DONKEYS – Living On The Other Side (Dead Oceans) – Breerzy sunny mellow alt.country rock from California. A healthy Californian take on alt-country, a move to a slightly different state of uplifting mind – even their blues and their love isn’t nothing but a human disease is uplifting and sunny. 60’s/70’s flavoured breezy feel good North American alt.rock acoustic laid-back harmonised mellowness. Just really good songs kicking back, sipping beer, watching the surf, riding ‘nice’ trains without a care, another simple as that kind of album then... www.deadoceans.com

GOLDBLADE – Mutiny (Captain Oi) – Rabble rousing singalong pirate pub rock and roll and Sex Pistols and Tenpole Tudor and well... um...  Is it just harmless heard it all a million times before fun or is it sad middle age men who really should know better? Strange album, the press release talks of frontman John Robb’s “searing caustic commentary” (The Guardian) and his clever wordplay – and yes that is what you associate with a man who’s been one of the few music journalists worth going out of the way to read for the last couple of decades. Not hearing too much of that searing caustic commentary or clever wordplay here though. Are they taking the piss? Are they cynically laughing at the state of English punk and the daytrip to Blackpool nostagia circuit?  Just grabbing the filthy lucre as Johnny would say? I don’t know, here it is, new Goldblade album, heard far better from them, here it is should you feel like more of that same old same old Pistols style unadventurous singalong poppy punky rock ‘n roll parody - we’ll politely leave it with you – www.goldblade.com or www.captainoi.com

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE PRESENTS: BRENDAN CANNING – Something For Us All (Ars & Crafts) – I guess there is something for most of us, pleasant enough alt.rock solo album that takes in a bit of whimsical disco here, some pleasant West Coast folk there, some ‘nice’ enough Broken Social Scene moments with Canning stepping out front and pulling it off – light, pretty, harmless, pleasant, sometimes delightful, sometimes a little unfocussed, mostly an enjoyable enough easy album that doesn’t demand too much – www.arts-crafts.ca/brendancanning

BLAND BLADEN – I Grevns Tid (Transubstans) – Instrumental blend of easy on the ear mellow prog fusion, Ozrics style festi-space atmosphere and middle earth psychedelia for those who want it. They’re from somewhere in Scandinavia, they didn’t say where, the name means ‘among the leaves’. They talk of “kosmic trips in to deep space”  One for Mighty Boosh fans, Weather Report heads, disciples of those Ozric Tentacles –  www.myspace.com/blandbladen

EUREKA MACHINES – Do Or Die (Wrath) – Chris Catalyst, one time Goddamn Whore, Sister Of Mercy and who knows who else leading a band laced with some very catch poppy glam rock tunes that do rather sound like a slightly more polite and straight forward (dare we say not so good) take of Jon Poole’s Goddamn Whores. An album that should keep the legions of Wildhearts/Anti-Product fans more than happy. You fact fiends might like to note that the band also features Steve Morricone from Scaramanga Six. The Story Of my Life sounds like it wants to be a Who epic before it heads down that rather familiar harmonised Wildhearts yellow brick road, Red Wine Smile sounds like 70's glamsters Sailor with a bit of ELO pop in there - and on it all goes in a nice enough poppy glammy catchy happy-clappy indie pop kind of way and you know what, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they were suddenly the darlings of the NME and the rest. And good on ‘em if it were to be the case, there’s far worse bands cluttering up front covers and airtime. Some of this is very very Goddamn Whores though, and if others had had their shit together then eureka... guess that’s karma or something, do or die indeed. These are fine moments of infectious new wave harmonised glam pop for Wildhearts fans everywhere - or for indie kids everywhere who don’t know that this good shit in the same shit as the other shit only with new hair and white ties (hang on haven’t we seen bands with new hair and big white ties already as well?). And yes indeed, didn’t I read somewhere that Eureka Machines are the latest hot new thing from Leeds? Damn me, strange world, it all comes around - goddamn whores the lot of ‘em, someone predict a riot or something, I’m out of here - www.eurekamachines.com

BRIAN WILSON – That Lucky Old Sun (Capitol) – Well we all know he’s a legend and we all know how good those Beach Boys were back there – Smile and Pet Sounds and the genius in the sand pit and.... I was kind of looking forward to this - distinctively Brian Wilson and we're rather sorry to say it sounds like little more than not very good Beach Boys and someone who’s lost that edge and can't quite recall former greatness. Others will tell you this is another work of genius though, the press release is full of hyper praise for it, the Sunday coffee table glossy supplements and the culture shows will no doubt offer reverence...  if you’re curious then there’s tracks over at www.myspace.com/officialbrianwilson
 
Last week's album of the week - HEY COLOSSUS / ROSE KEMP

Previous album's of the week - VESSELS / ELEPHANT 9 / 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
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ALBUM REVIEW ARCHIVES

LIVE
FIGHT LIKE APES – Hoxton Bar & Grill, London, 7th August 

- Hold up, stay fresh, it really is all about the four personalities and the chemistry that jumps between each of them as well as between them and us down in the audience. Middle on in Hoxton, missed the first band, we were somewhere else (sorry first band), there’s a buzz in here tonight and a healthy audience, most clearly here, judging by the glow of anticipation and the instant reaction, for the Irish foursome rather than tonight’s headline band. 
        FLApes arrive on stage is some sort of smiling ball of semi chaos and orchestrated confusion, they know what they’re doing though, nothing accidental here. We were expecting Pockets to be on crutches behind his synth following the reports of the injured ankle and that ghost-hunting incident – he seems to be in one piece, no cartwheels tonight but then there’s not really the space anyway. There again that doesn’t stop MayKay clambering all over everything on her way to the middle and her own centre-stage mic ‘n synth in time for regular set opener and the dropping of their first ace that is Karate. See the thing here is that they have all this personality and all this interaction and energy going on, and you can’t help but love them for it, you certainly can’t stop watching the four of them, but none of it would mean a damn thing without the songs they have. Oh and they certainly have some songs already, they can afford to drop Karate first when a lesser band would hang on to it for a set climax. Tonight feels like a band growing in knowing confidence, a band who know they're going places. They got all these euphoric undercurrents in there with the sweet ‘n sour bite and threats to cut you up, a sense of disbelieve contradicting that look at us we know we’re great buzz they can’t but radiate. All stormy and shouty and synth poppy and attitude and sweet and Jake Summers is the man again and hey you get some grace! The audience is a mix of those already in the know (and ready to joust with MayKay over dropped microphones and glares down the front) and those who have only just caught the rapidly spreading word and come to loiter in a curious corner for a first taste. The set is short, every song a winner, every interaction with a confrontation and a devilish set of smiles – and those bass lines that allows there to be no regular guitar, solid bass and drums anchoring them down to the black Hoxton stage so well. Never did a threat to put you in a cast sound so innocent, you clearly wouldn’t mess though, you know she’ll take off like a jet and scream about your stupidity if you tried. Hooks are for whips or whimps? Hooks are cool and FLAps have loads of them, and do you like my look, enough for all the boys to drool. Lightsabre screams past again with a whole new can of opened worms, are you coming? Battlestations is a massive ending, genuine cheers for more and they get better every time. Hold up, stay fresh, let this pop beast consume you, wear your Sunday best dress and they’re like all the best TV shows you waste time watching when you know you shouldn’t. Flying is right to be fearful of them, let them sell you to wonderlust – it really is down to that now and there is nothing much better than a live in your face confrontation with Fight Like Apes, when’s their next gig!? 
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Live previously - ZAG AND THE COLOURED BEADS / 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

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   THINGS TO GET SHOUTING  ABOUT?
WHALE'S TALE - This just in from SchNews: 

Three hardy shipmates of a Sea Shepherd anti-whaling ship have found themselves placed on an international wanted list by Japan. Why these minor crew members have been singled out is a mystery, but Sea Shepherd captain Paul Watson sees it as desperation after recent successes in obstructing illegal Japanese mammal-murdering activities. The last whaling season saw 550 minke whales killed out of a planned 850 (see SchNEWS 636).

The outlaws include one Briton, believed to be Daniel Bebawi, from Nottingham, and two Americans, all sought for their involvement in actions against the Kaiko Maru whaling ship in 2007.

Despite forensic proof, no admission is being made that the Kaiko Maru repeatedly rammed the activists' vessel, but police have at least dropped claims (widely and sensationally reported at the time of course) that Sea Shepherd crew tossed "acid" onto the deck. What was tossed was rotten butter - chemically defined as butyric acid in the same way orange juice is defined as citric acid. It is non-toxic, non harmful but very slippery and it stinks to high heaven. Although taking no legal action, the Japanese don't like a smelly boat – in 2008 they retaliated to these tactics with live bullets and concussion grenades. Captain Watson was struck in the chest with a bullet and was saved only by his Kevlar vest.

Meanwhile, preparations continue for this year's campaign, Sea Shepherd's fifth in Antarctic waters. The goal is to send two fast ships to the Southern Ocean with the purpose of continuously keeping the Japanese whaling fleet on the run.

"We intend to sink the Japanese fleet economically," said Captain Watson. "Our strategy is to prevent whales from being killed, to force Japan to spend money on fuel without killing whales. My crew and I will not watch whales die; we will not bear witness to the cruel slaughter of a single whale without risking our lives to prevent its unlawful and cruel murder..."

Battle on the high seas looks set to recommence from November - whether or not Interpol are on their tail. See www.seashepherd.org and www.whalewatch.org

 go see - www.schnews.org.uk

  SINGLES
SINGLE OF THE WEEK
PETALS ON A WET BLACK BOUGH – Turn The Car Around (Everyone) – “combining intricate guitars with a twisted, widescreen aesthetic this debut will no doubt resonate with fans of Radiohead’s in Rainbow” says the press release, and yes, why not, if you have a taste for happy uplifting Radiohead (do they do happy sunshine) and delicate post rock flavoured intelligent restrained indie electro-acoustic rock.  All very nice and wholesome and quietly epic in a refined mellow breezy emotional way, rather beautiful actually – www.everyonelabel.co.uk or www.myspace.com/wetblackbough

ALSO CHECK OUT 
NARRATION – Not Alone (Sound Of Pen) – Follow up to those we received demos and a rather fine debut single. Anthemic expansive ambitious indie rock that touches the edge of planet neo-prog – lush, bold, an accomplished slice of souring grandiose ambition for those Editors, Mew, Pure Reason Revolution moments – www.narrationmusic.com

KISSING KALINA – Here She Comes (Honey Buzz) – Some kind of fuzzy garage punk and a boy girl duo from London. Loops and machines and riffs and pulled hair and they’re kind of like the Gobsausage that you can take home for Sunday tea. Stooges and stomps and sonic howling and Mary Chain feedback... www.myspace.com/kissingkalina

Last week's single of the week - LITTLE JACKIE / MARY EPWORTH AND THE JUBILEE BAND

Previously - ART IN EXILE / 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

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'THIS WEEK’S FREE DOWNLOAD...
THE REVELLIONS are the newest signing to London’s Dirty Water Records, The Revellions are a rather raw and 60’s sounding Dublin garage band, if that sounds interesting then you can go get a FREE download as a taster from their forthcoming album by going to this link here. Or just go find out more via www.myspace.com/therevellions

PREVIOUSLY - LIZ PHAIR / OASIS / 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
KILLING JOKE – The Peel Sessions ‘79-81 (EMI) – There’s bands and then there’s BANDS, Killing Joke are one of THE essential bands and this stuff still sounds vital some quarter of a century on from the creation.  A collection of BBC radio sessions, mostly recorded for the still much missed and still not replaced John Peel. Each session recorded and mix in a day and pretty much live, these sessions are quite often where you find bands at their early best – this may not be the case here, Killing Joke nailed their early albums more than most. These versions are beautifully raw, edgy, wired and vital companions to the album versions you should know already. Maybe those early Joke days sound just a little naive now? But then hindsight is a wonderful thing and back then Killing Joke were bursting with ambition and vision to take them beyond most   Wonderful stuff and such a distinctive iconic sound, that hypnotic locked out sound, those rolling bass lines, those powerful angles and Jaz with his not so much of a madman as some would have you believe requiems. Essential recordings from an essential band and a vital collection of recordings even if you do already have these tracks on the studio albums – www.killingjoke.com

Previously: THE SAVAGE RESURRECTION / BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB / 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....
Had we had the time and hey, this week we did.... 

Now there a lot of time wasting spam on My Space, dumb bands clogging up the day with “hey dude vote for us and thanks for your support and for being a fan” when you have no clue who the hell they are, that and stupid “models” wanting attention and depressing the hell out of you as they suck the will to surf away. Once in a while though someone says hello and you click on their page and hey, this is good! 

AARON KRATEN is a painter, I guess you’d call it pop art – well pop art in that post-computer, back to the tactile media, just get out there on the street and do it kind of way. He’s from Costa Mesa, California, he paints on wood, he paints with mixed media on wood, he paints on skateboards, on old unwanted Volkswagen doors - comic book imagery, graffiti, the enjoyment of paint and the exploration of marks - a distinctive style and hey, you don’t need our words, there’s one of his pieces right there, here’s the links, go explore, he’s good... www.myspace.com/aaronkraten or www.aaronkratenart.com

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

THE END BIT...
...And Finally.. “Hey Organ! Wanted to let you know that we have a myspace page under dev for our old band Pepperman.. A few of us have got together recently to remeniss the old days. We have some songs that we recorded that never saw the light of day just before we split which we plan to upload. - www.myspace.com/peppermanband - Thanks for your support back in the day!”

Schhhhhneeeeews? What's that? - go see - www.schnews.org.uk

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