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All I wanted was breakfast, a good cup of coffee at least, maybe a little more? Chipped nail polish? black roots? The world is flat, the man on the radio station said that, he also said that Walmart was just a gun store, and cheap as well, is chipped pink nail varnish such a bad thing? How’s the beach today? Where is that Indian summer we were promised along with the jetpacks and the moving pavements? Whatever happened to the Great British Summertime anyway? That was a glorious flop, should have been buzzzzzzzzzzzzzing big time, lost in the rain and the wind and the red shadows of the cracked crucible and. Where were we? Next please cried the waitress, no good coffee here. Go take two hundred steps said the nurse and learn to walk properly, assume the position and wish on the next red truck, wish for red gloves and an editorial that just for one week makes some kind of sense. And I am writing quickly again, the power is faltering tonight for some reason, hadron collisions and the anticipation of pink packages and black onslaughts and the pains of being pure at heart and rudely mechanical and to the bone. This week has been Rudely unmechanical and all kinds of red dresses and gloves and what would Francis Bacon say... 

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?
Rude Mechanicals should be why this week that and the fact that Perhaps Contraption are playing Collision next Friday here in London, but hey I know London London London and you're in Boston Mass or Boston Lincs or Derby or Inverness or Holyhead, you can still go here there and over where and surf and hear and you need Perhaps Contraption

"Collision is an annual festival of moving image, music, art and performance. It brings together artists from different disciplines and presents their work under one enormous roof over three nights. It is an immersion into many forms of creative expression. New and surprising encounters occur as diverse pieces exist, and occasionally travel, in the same space at the same time. Collision is an experience that becomes more than a sum of its parts" More details at  www.collision.org.uk

www.myspace.com/perhapscontraption
 
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AMANDA PALMER will be on WNYC this weekend – Amanda, she of Dresden Dolls, will be featured on an hour-long program, Spinning On Air, this coming Sunday (Sept. 14th) from 7-8PM New York time. It'll be on WNYC-FM 93.9 (in the New York City area), and also streamed world-wide for everyone else on www.wnyc.org. In addition to five songs (not sure if that the album versions or she’s performing specially for the station), there will be an interview and such, Amanda Palmer’s solo album, Who Killed Amanda Palmer, is out this coming week, find the Organ album of the week here. WNYC 93.9 FM is New York's flagship public radio station, broadcasting the finest programs from National Public Radio and Public Radio International, as well as a wide range of award-winning local programming, bit of a Resonance FM vibe by the looks of it all (We’ve been playing Amanda’s new album on our Resonance show of course). These days you can listen to stations all over the globe like they were on your own doorstep... off you go, www.wnyc.org, but do come back and do go explore London’s own resonance 104.4fm
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  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

MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN – Mellow reflective quiet Casiotone flavoured electronic pop and melancholic melodica and walks by rivers and dancing around pleasing sunsets and lovely notes and just three friends enjoying making hand-crafted alternative flavoured uplifting restrained refined indie music – ww.mysideofthemountain.co.uk
 

Here are some of the other things that are worth mentioning and investigation and maybe and....

DESTINATION:OBLIVION – The Bridge To Nowhere – One of those modern industrial metal bands, another global noise attack, this time from Portland Oregon, all shouting and banging and riffing and Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson and Skinny Puppy alternative edge and black clothes and electronic percussion fighting with slicing riffs of metal  and all the usual alternative industrial goth metal bites and lashes and collars and black cancers of destruction and payment made in flesh. Not really hearing anything here that we haven’t heard before, but hey, if you want new sins the same as the old ones or something like that, seems like they have quite a back catalogue of self released albums and such – www.destinationoblivion.net

BYE BYE CANDY – Life Is Plastic – four slices of super slick glammy electro indie pop from Paris France. I guess you could call them sexy if you were of a mind, if you found Garbage sexy – think a poppy Garbage with a bit of LCD Soundsystem, well a few more guitars than LCD and a singer who seems to spend all her time in nothing but her lacy underwear and very red lipstick, I think you get the idea – www.myspace.com/byebyecandy

OF THE I – Well now they’re certainly slick, London based alternative rock band for you fans of big sounding things like Incubus, Mars Volta, A Perfect Circle and such. Lacking in an real personality of their own and I can’t say this kind of thing does much for any of the ears around here. If you’re curious then they do their thing rather well - they’ve got a biog that talks of updating prog rock, certainly not my idea of progressive in any sense of the term – slick, well played, intelligent and ultimately rather safe and you could say somewhat unprogressive. They are good at it though, extremely slick and note-perfect professional, if it sounds like your thing then well worth your time, seems they have an album finished and read to go – www.myspace.com/ofthei

Last week's demo of the week - GRASSCUT

Previous demo's of the week - COP ON THE EDGE / 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 /

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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
CONSTANTINES – Kensington Heights (Arts & Crafts) – A moody blend of edgy feisty North American rock that somehow manages to take in both the furore of Bruce Springsteen and the alternative art-edge of Fugazi. Wordy calls and you are not your generation and a common beginning and they wilt not sing a hateful song. A little more to hang on to that your average band, words you want to focus on, North American dreams and from a place where good men get lost in that trench. No kissing up to the great misgiver. Oh and great packaging/artwork as well, it will bite you if you trespass, this is a mighty fine set of real songs and feverously good words put together with their bodies and their will. North American rock and share the faces, gather around, there’s a new king coming round, bound together as it is bound to be. An album that get you up with life, something a little bit more than your average band. www.constantines.ca
 
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WOODBOX GANG – Drunk As Dragons (Alternative Tentacles) - Tales that tell of the lack matching socks and doors without locks ‘cause there’s no doors on a cardboard box, that and blood banks that won’t pay you for your blood no more when your veins go bad and what are we gonna do now for a drink? Down at heal genuine send for a mail-order bride Jim Beam drenched American alt-country blues and freight train-riding that’s still sharp fit and “stellar” enough to be on the glorious record label with the fine fine bat on it.  We’re told the Woodbox Gang are from a place called Vulture Valley in Southern Illinois – no really, I just checked, it really does exist. Lot of alien abductions and strange holes and festivals celebrating vultures in Makanda, Illinois. Woodbox Gang have this caustic Americana and clever wordsmithery and they tell of how he had never kissed a boy until he went to prison – tales of termites and devils and how you can make more than a brain surgeon by selling crystal meth and amphetamine. Wholesome American folk and bluegrass and banjos, mandolins and steel guitars and that punk rock undercurrent. They say they do their own thing and they’re as equally influenced by the sound of a symphony orchestra as they are the sound of a push rod knockin’ in an old 350 engine. Dysfunctional family goodness and rides on the godbox wagon and souls full of holes and the mystery mistress who will lash you to a wheel. Jug band American goodness that could only be from a place called Vulture Valley Southern Illinois. A most excellent dosage of songs and must-listen tales from the festering religious bit of conservatism that’s cradled by the Mississippi and Ohio rivers and the long distance crawls and a tractor driving devil and god don’t care he just lives in a tree and watches on... oh yes, pass the bottle....  www.woodboxgang.com or www.alternativetentacles.com – find the album in the UK via www.cargorecords.co.uk
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RA RA RIOT – The Rhumb Line (Cooperative) – From Syracuse, New York with some deceptively simple sounding alternative indie pop that’s been turning heads is a rather uplifting way for a couple of years now. These songs may sound simple, that’s the clever bit though, making it all sound this easy. Arriving with this debut album could not been easy, the tragic loss of “dear friend” and drummer John Pike at the start of last summer and the fact that they pulled these songs together in a studio at the end of that difficult summer is a testament - “the process was simultaneously a memorial to Pike. A grieving process and also a re-engagement with the enjoyment of making music together”. That engagement with the pure innocent uncluttered enjoyment of making music together is something that really does come out, the joy radiates, the pure creative pleasure. These ten songs really are about the simple enjoyment - to understand and to laugh until it all ends. Clever alternative indie pop, laced with the grace and elegance of those chamber strings, those dramatic brush strokes that enhance the delightfully catchy poppy melodies and the exhuberant arcade fires. Just really enjoyable, sometimes that’s more than enough  - www.rarariot.com or www.myspace.com/rarariot

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DREAM MACHINE – The Castle Of A Thousand Universes (Self Release) – Well they’ve got it seriously together this time, last time around the rather raw production exposed a few things, this time around Dream Machine have made an album that flows, an album that feels right. We’re talking classic days of bands like Ozric Tentacles, O’Roonies, Ullulators, the authentic taste and smell of Club Dog, Stonehenge and such – indeed Dream Machine feature a number of people from those bands from back there; Ozrics, Damage, Here & Now, Thunderdogs, including Jumping John, he of the front flute. Mellow instrumental space rock, festi-glide, Gong-funk and flowing prog-fusion and while The Castle isn’t doing anything you haven’t heard before, this time around they have it nailed properly and if you’re in to that classic Ozrics/Gong sound then this is highly recommended - www.myspace.com/dreammachinespacerock

ICED EARTH – The Crucible Of Man (SPV) – Ambitiously classical, adventurously epic flying over the cliffs at the end of time heavy metal. Bombastic conceptual epic epic epic, I guess you Iron Maiden fans will be more than impressed. www.icedearth.com

BLOOD CEREMONY – Blood Ceremony (Rise Above) - Witchy female-voiced Canadian Black Sabbaths dancing around a cauldron of 70’s Italian Prog and bits of PFM and a blasted oak just beyond Jethro Tull in the mystical forest where fuzz peddles wait for you to tread and flutes guide you to Pagan alters and a whole black universe of prog-laden old school heavy rock and jigging devilment and galloping riffs and more flutes and organs and flares and beards and without warning a wizard walks by. Black Sabbath, Focus, Tull, Pentagram, PFM and Witchfynde and Witchfinder General and Witchcraft and the Witch Of Berkley and all kinds of other heavy rock witches and master magicians who only look behind them for musical inspiration (and where the little people dance to the pipes of pan at Stonehenge where the cats meow and...) Psychedelic folk driven heavy progressive rock, cool as f - a little more than just an imitation laid upon tomorrow’s stone  – www.myspace.com/bloodceremony or www.riseaboverecords.com

TONAL OAK – Man Trouble (On The Quercusp) - Now this is difficult, strange lo-fi one man Beach Boys that veers between the sublime and some kind of rage inducing oft-kilter get it off the CD player annoyance. It keeps pulling me back though, and I thought the grass would be greener when really it was an unnatural shade. Certainly experimental, all kinds of slightly off-note keyboards and acoustic guitars that sound like they’re going through some kind of alternative electronic state. I like it... no... I don’t like it, no hang on, I do... this is certainly a personal album, idiosyncratic, brave new waves. Focussed digital noodlings and some kind of electric art-pop. He, for Tonal Oak is a he, references The Russian Futurists, Max Tundra and Aphex Twin alongside bands like My Bloody Valentine, The Beach Boys and The Lilys. Impossible harmonies filtered through strange lo-fi machines and when he hits the spot then its can be wonderful, trouble is he doesn’t instantly and Man Trouble can be rather hard work with that torrent of found sound, harmonised Beach Boys vocals and improvised electronica – worth it though, I think so, maybe? Yes, worth sticking with, it flows in the end once you get your mind in the right space and let it in you’ll like it, at least I think you will. Neat artwork – www.myspace.com/tonaloak

FALLEN – A Rare Camouflage (Cookanegg) – Delicate textured electronic and delicate instrumental textures, clever warmth, glowing ambience, considered, tactile, radiant - wet grass, gentle glitch, the occasional voices, whispered vocals, coats over heads, lost in the branches – reassuring, caressing, inviting clarity. And all wrapped up in good looking hand made artwork, all rather refreshing and recommended . – www.myspace.com/cookanegg

PURE INC – Parasites & Worms (Dockyard1) - Big metal that sometimes sounds like Skid Row or Whitesnake’s American period and then again sometimes sounds a little alternative and 90’s in an an even bigger Alice In Chains, Black Label Society, Soundgarden kind of way – you can do with that bit of information whatever ever you wish, if the idea appeals then they do it well and here you go, hit the link, if it doesn’t then move along  - www.pureinc.net

SOULS – Simple Terms and Conditions (Lockjaw) – Second album from the alternative guitar band from Bristol. They cite Cave-In, Queens Of The Stone Age, Nirvana, Serafin and a whole load more as influences - their influences will give you an idea and the link will let you make your own mind up, we don’t have a whole lot more to say here – www.myspace.com/soulsarmy

BULLET – Bite The Bullet (Black Lodge) - None more metal, she’s a mean machine, they fall somewhere between a slightly more big haired version of Raven and Brian’s Johnson AC/DC (and Starfighters and Lautrec and More if you want to get all obscure nwobhm about it all – oh yes, burning burning mean gasoline! Always time for a slice of Lautrec around here). You could pretty much sing AC/DC lines to their riffs and they’re very much the Beano Johnson version rather than the far more vital Airbourne Bon Scott version. They’re from Sweden, and they’re nowhere near as right as Airbourne are, far more 80’s hair than 70’s barroom waiting around to me a millionaire, and they’re getting a little one dimensional now - honey, what do you do for money? And I think we’ve heard enough for today, small doses of their on high raging around town in blue jeans and leather is enough and has it all gone a little Accept around the edges? -  www.bullet.nu
 
Last week's album of the week - YOUNG WIDOWS / AMANDA PALMER

Previous album's of the week - LUSTMORD / SLIPKNOT / HEY COLOSSUS / ROSE KEMP / 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
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LIVE
RUDE MECHANICALSANARCHISTWOOD / RUDE MECHANICALS – Inn On The Green, Ladbrook Grove, London, 10th Sept 

 There were no red trucks in Ladbrook Grove and nothing was wished on, we missed the Portobello film festival bit of the night but there was Punkvert film-bites running through most of the evening and well where do we start with this tale? There was already some kind of vibe at 8.30pm, and well before the first band things were feeling good, something happening here. Now I need to urgently get tonight out on (virtual) paper and try and explain at least some of it before the details  – need to explain why I found myself out front on the phone telling others they needed to get down here mid way through. We’re at a Punkvert/Subterfuge night called A Fete Worse Than Death that’s part of the Portobello Film Festival and also something called an Ex-Gratia Recordings launch party night – I thing that’s what we were at. 

We’re under the Westway anyway, Clash-land, West London and just along from the Earl Percy where that wanted a riot of their own back there. There’s always different feel under the Westway in Ladbrook Grove, this is Hawkwind/Killing Joke territory, that whiff of head-punk counter-culture still hangs in the air and half the people in here look like they were either Clash roadies or groupies back in ’79 – we are not in Hoxton and this certainly isn’t Camden.... There’s healthy dub and the sounds of Sly and The Family, James Brown and Public Enemy spinning while we wait for the first band, and did we get a bit of the Battle of Britain soundtrack, the bit that sounds like Stench Of Honey?  We certainly got the classical strains of Holst and Mars over the PA and who is this man dancing around chaotically ballet-like is an orange boiler suit? Is he some official part of the night or just a passer by “enthusiastically” joining in? What’s he shouting about? Mars? Bringer of War? - “Can we please have a f**king band on stage” he eventually yells and goes and straps on a guitar and starts ranting about Auntie Mary having a cannery before the rhythm section shuts him up and ANARCHISTWOOD quite literally kick off. Four of them, two orange boiler suits, drummer in white vest and pint sized short-cut blond-haired ball of energy in jeans and basque in control of it all – “we’re a punk rock band” she declares as they launch in to a song called Stumpf**ker and a rant about Tipper Gore while the girl in the box dances around the audience  - oh yes, the girl in the “feel-me” box - I think that’s what she called it - she’s wearing it around her top half, long legs and high heels, the box is painted silver, two holes cut in the front, you can guess the rest. Anarchistwood are ripping through some rather fractured, rather messy new wave proto-punk rock, they abort half way through a number of songs, they have one about Snorting Whisky that wasn’t the Pat Travers song (unless they really prank-rocked it up while they drank cocaine). They sing about Rivers of Shit (I think that’s what they were singing about) while animated films of pigs and sheep in sunglasses go past, and tales of caution and seeing things in another light. Singer girl – she maybe called Sistah Kist – certainly had an energetic limit-pushing personality, born to shout at the front of a punk band, and when she wants to, she really can sing. The band thrash on here, bite and turn there and hey twisted mister you’re a total wreck and agents of thee great cosmic joker and proud of it. She’s good, they’re good, they’ve got this raged art-punk thing going down, they’re messy, they walk a musical tightrope and you’re never sure if they’ll make to the end, they’ve got a bit of Crass, some Patti Smith a touch of Butthole Surfers and some kind of hint of situationist chaos and a gloriously good punk rock mess... 

 So this is it then, the stories on other people’s shoes, RUDE MECHANICALS have to be seen, no they really do have to be seen - they all look so intriguingly good, they demand your full attention, your fascination. Lynda Beast is with them tonight, mostly with her violin, sometimes a trumpet kind of thing, long olive green dress, bow between her legs, how was she playing it just then?. Kitty Kat is over there with blue hair and red heels (that somehow later on end up on the dance floor and have to be handed back) behind her keyboard and her oboe, Guy Avern weaving in the middle of it all and mostly driving the bass. Dapper man called Cos would be centre of attention in most bands with his refined guitar, there’s so many centres of attention here though – both visually and musically. Tommy G is at the back with his colourful jazz-stroked drums gluing it all together – there’s some seriously good musicians up there and it all seems to flow so so easily, so effortlessly when it should be so uncomfortably awkward. How to explain it? How! In an ordered alphabetical way while alien mice take over the tube lines, or feeding Derek lots of pies and then there’s the escalators that are to be considered nothing more than stair impersonators. 

And there in the middle, looking radiant in her long red dress and big white hair and in finger-pointing control of everything is Miss Roberts. Telling us how to dance in such a charmingly refreshing (and wonderfully plummy) way – and we can’t help but respond to her elegant demands that really do manifest in to your deepest reality while her band of symbiotic slaves decorate the walls of your insides with their questions concerning time and the invention of the calendar and a later a Rotten Tango. Order up some Champaign and drink the golden outrageousness of it all, the twitching behind curtains and the life in carrier bags and looking though letter boxes. Oh it makes such bizarrely good sense and all the thoughts on video taken from inside of your head and strange noir and the sweet sweet smell of back bar-room art rock and strange other-jazz  - and the smiling encroachment of my dancing neighbours for the frantic finale of Disco Dancer where they take on funk in a deliciously eccentrically English way and teach us all the routine. We’ve been though all kinds of genuinely avante across-the-line jumping with art rock and performance cabaret jazz and new-wave no-wave bites of blues and Zappa and Beefheart and before the disco there was another routine – oh yes, 1-2-3 hoorah!!! Most seem to already know that was required, there’s a cult following and a genuine word of mouth thing going on, Miss Roberts has clearly instructed them before – all seriously hard boiled art rock performance and all such fascinating fun and we were expecting good on the strength of the Glass Eye album, really wasn’t expecting it this good though. Yes, such fun and watching you from the other side... oh yes, love the existential angst and it doesn’t have to be that way for Miss Roberts will take control. Rude Mechanicals are wonderfully good They leave the stage to wild applauds and the sound of the Dead Kennedys and then, after some more inspired choices from the spot-on DJ, all kinds of ranting and filthy spoken word and audience-baiting performance and removal of clothes from a man called Handsum Pete - some writhing semi-naked boy-nuns and guitars and you really had to be there, following Rude Machanicals was tough Hansum Pete and his friends took it a whole different naked way  .. 

Anarchistwood: www.myspace.com/didtheypayyoutosleepwiththosepolarbears
Rude Mechanicals: www.myspace.com/flyingcaberet or www.rudemechanicals.org.uk
www.punkvert.tv

A Post Script from Funkcutter because Zoe deserves a proper name check: “It was wonderful and top totty! we had a last minute addition of our beautiful silver cake box girl Zoe Snelgrove - yum yum - and of course the fabulous DJ Mr Johnny southside + KodeK VJ filling in the large holes between live bands and all hail Handsum Pete, he surely is the worm of christ...”
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GIRLSCHOOL – 100 Club, London, 4th Sept – Remarkable the way the 100 Club still manages to feel like authentically run-down ‘79 however many decor updates they try - there’s still a cloud of stale cigarette smoke hovering next the framed photos of days gone by and you’re kind of expecting a pint of Double Diamond to be the only choice of offer (it almost is!). Yes, it will always be a small part of 1979 down here in this dingy Oxford Street basement. Things are running late as well, thought we’d time it late enough to avoid Tokyo Dragons doing their last ever show, we manage to catch their whole set. 
A slicing version of C’mon Let’s Go kicks it all off, quickly followed by the original Riot Grrl anthem Not For Sale - well before the idea of course -  you see Girlschool always were just four people in no messing t-shirts and jeans up there doing it and here they are in a packed out venue in their home town still just doing it. Yeah sure, it went astray somewhere around Play Dirty but they’ve been back to what they were for some time now. These days Girlschool are three of the four originals Enid, Kim and Denise along with longstanding guitarist Jackie Chambers   Hit And Run is the third song before the first piece of new material, something called I Spy (apparently Ronnie Dio handles the vocals on the forthcoming album version), the girls do it themselves tonight, the previously unheard new material is enthusiastically received by the healthy mix of old punks and metalheads – barmy army chant here and there (the original barmy army). The in-between band DJs have been spot on with the NWOBHM sounds and most of us are down here for the stuff off the first Girlschool albums from those days back when they were Motorhead’s cutting-edge sisters in crime.  They deliver it all, they remember Kelly, Kim’s got all her London banter and her “Cheers You Lot” grins – Yeah Right, Screaming Blue Murder. Race With The Devil, rousing version of Emergency. Girlschool back to their early no messing shoutalong not for sale c’mon let’s go heavy metal early 80’s best. 
 
Live previously - BONKERSFEST ‘08 - NOUGHT / GERTRUDE / BLUEZZ INTOXICATED / FIGHT LIKE APES / 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

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   THINGS TO GET SHOUTING  ABOUT?
PARK(ING) LIFE - In 2005, artists in San Francisco reclaimed an ordinary car parking space and turned it into a miniature park for the day. Since then a growing movement has adopted a Park(ing) Day where cities around the world appropriate parking spaces for public use. This year it's on 19th September. In Leeds meet outside Leeds City Museum, Cookridge Street at 3.30pm. To start park(ing) in your town see www.parkingday.org for inspiration... (Schnews)
  SINGLES
SINGLE OF THE WEEK
THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART – Come Saturday (Fortuna Pop) – A deft painterly touch, iridescent energy and just so right (besides that silly band name). A classic piece of indie pop rock from New York that tastes all kinds of good bits of Smiths and Wedding Present and My Bloody Valentine and House Of Love without ever sounding like you don’t need have in your day (and on repeat). I mean you hear lots of bands who sound like lots of other bands and who needs ‘em? We can just go listen to some Smiths or some Jesus And Mary Chain if that’s what we want right? Well yes and while The Pains aren’t doing anything radically different and they’ve clearly set out to be like all their favourite bands and just be a classic British sounding indie dreamy noise pop band, you really do need this single – they just have something. Boy/girl vocals, blissful melodies and blistering energy and the first track from the debut album that’s due early in the new year. Oh look, classic indie pop and every single thing about it is just about right – www.myspace.com/thepainsofbeingpureatheart or www.thepainsofbeingpureatheart.com or www.fortunapop.com

SINGLE OF THE WEEK 2
DARK CAPTAIN LIGHT CAPTAIN – Jealous Enemies (Loaf) – More of that glowing delicate warmth and that sparse simple psychedelia, that quietly breathing slightly glitchy 21st century folk and calm before the storm. Cleverly crafted circling acoustic guitars, weaving atmosphere and those gentle harmonies that fit together to be part of the same thing in such a perfectly understated and gloriously beautiful way. Anther very fine single from Dark Captain – www.darkcaptainlightcaptain.com or www.l-o-a-f.com

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THE TAMBORINES – 31st Floor / Come Together (Beat Mo) – London based Brazilian threesome with a growing reputation and a classic Brian Jonestown/Dandy Warhols feel. They’ve got that locked on forward moving psychedelic drone-pop organ thing going on. Poppy fuzz ‘n buzz and colourfully monochrome in a stylish focussed to the point Velvet Underground My Bloody Valentine kind of way. This actually came out last month, only just landed here though and too good to let go by – www.myspace.com/thetamborines

Last week's single of the week - PRINTS

Previously - PETALS ON A WET BLACK BOUGH / LITTLE JACKIE / MARY EPWORTH AND THE JUBILEE BAND / 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...
OK, no messing about this week, slice of nice healthy EX-GIRL action for you, straight from Japan with some seriously bendy other rock post something or other. No this isn’t a new track and  if you already know Ex-Girl then fine, but if you don’t then this delightful slice of avant-Jrock-noise-pop with Hoppy Kamiyama’s fingerprint all over it is just what you need today, go download it, all legal, and then come back and thank us – HERE it is, go treat yourself....

or alternatively, you could go and explore the delights of electronic pioneer DELIA DERBYSHIRE of here, all kinds of treasures to be found.. 

PREVIOUSLY - F**KED UP / THE REVELLIONS / 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
Not this week, we need more days I tell you, no sleep till Thursday and then we're late..

Previously: CLIFF / KILLING JOKE / 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

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JOE MEEK DOCUMENTARY FILM UK screenings: “Greetings! We are spreading the word about our 2 very exciting UK screenings of our documentary fil, A LIFE IN THE DEATH OF JOE MEEK. The first is at The Cambridge Film Festival - Tuesday, Sept.23, 8:30pm at The Junction - Ricky Winter from Heinz and the Wild Boys and Pete Holder from The Tornados/Saxons will be appearing with me for Q&A! Next up will be The Raindance Film Festival in London! Saturday, October 4 at 5pm at Cineworld. Susan and I will be there for Q&A as well! Check our MySpace blog for updates” - www.myspace.com/meekmovie

PREVIOUSLY - IMPROV EVERYWHERE / AARON KRATEN / 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

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ORGAN 272 - YOUNG WIDOWS, AMANDA PALMER, EHNAHRE, GRASSCUT, PRINTS, THE FRENCH QUARTER, POPE JOAN, THE VERVE, BUFFALO KILLERS, MISERATION, DRAGONFORCE, THE MONO EFFECT, BONKERSFEST ‘08, NOUGHT, GERTUDE, TO THE BONES, ROLLINS, BOBBY BARKER, ONE TRUE DOG, BLUEZZ INTOXICATED, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, F*CKED UP, IMPROV EVERYWHERE, CLIFF... 

ORGAN 271 - LUSTMORD, SLIPKNOT, LOVELY LITTLE GIRLS, AARON KRATEN, FIGHT LIKE APES, TOY GUN COWBOY, IMMERSION COMPOSITION SOCIETY, PICTURES PAINT WORDS, LITTLE JACKIE, RUBY THROAT, TO THE BONES, THE MIRIMAR DISASTER, AGRYPNIE, CITY 13, LORDS OF BASTARD, THE DONKEYS, GOLDBLADE, BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE PRESENTS: BRENDAN CANNING, BLAND BLADEN, EUREKA MACHINES, BRIAN WILSON, PETALS ON A WET BLACK BOUGH, NARRATION, KISSING KALINA, THE REVELLIONS, KILLING JOKE... 

ORGAN 270 - HEY COLOSSUS, ROSE KEMP, MOTORHEAD, COP ON THE EDGE, GNOMES OF ZURICH, LITTLE JACKIE, JOY OF SEX, GNAW THEIR TONGUES, GEOFF SOULE, UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, JAGUAR LOVE, HELLFIRE, CRUISER, THE CHAIR, GORGOROTH, SONNY, REGURGITATOR, LAGWAGON, MILLENNIA, UNBUNNY, TZUN TZU, SUPENIK, ZEBRAHEAD, MOURNING RISE, SINISTER, THE BIKINI BEACH BAND, ZAG AND THE COLOURED BEADS, WHIMWISE, SUSAN GEORGE BOOTH, SERGEANT BUZFUZ, POPE JOAN, FOUR DEAD IN OHIO, THE VIEW FROM BELOW, THE INCONSOLABLES, THE SAVAGE RESURRECTION, LIZ PHAIR, BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB... 

ORGAN 269 - VESSELS, DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS, ELEPHANT 9, ART IN EXILE, WILD DOGS IN WINTER, DISSENTIENT REVOLT, TONAL OAK, THE STRIPPER PROJECT, GUTZ, 31KNOTS, INDIAN JEWELRY, KASAI ALLSTARS, NEW MECANICA, LONELY GHOSTS, AGNOSTIC MOUNTAIN GOSPEL CHOIR, RYE, RYE, LAST HARBOUR, THOSE WHO BRING THE TORTURE, RE-RENAISSANCE OF THE CELTIC HARP, BEN MARWOOD, VALKYR, EGEBAMYASI, THE CLOUD ROOM, HURRA TORPEDO, FIGHT LIKE APES...

ORGAN 268 - DOSH, VILE IMBECILES, QUEEN ADREENA, Z's, MOGWAI, DDD, ISOR, PURE REASON REVOLUTION, BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE, HEAVY HEAVY LOW LOW, SOUTH, SILVERY, THE LAZY DARLINGS, THRACIA, LATE OF THE PIER, FANTASY BAR, BLACK FLAME, THE VERVE, HERZOGA, THE STOOGES, FIGHT LIKE APES...

ORGAN 267 - KAYO DOT, SHEARWATER, OXBOW, HARVEY MILK, ONE DAY AS A LION, KONG, DEBUTANT, IDIOT SAVANT, THE JET BOYS, NADJA, THOMAS FUNCTION, SEBASTIAN BACH, ORGHIA, SANCTORUM, GROUND MOWER, DISARM, RON FRANKLIN, BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME, SABATRON, KAROSHI BROS, THE VIVIANS, THE HAIR, UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, THE EMERGENCY, DOOM. BIFFY CLYRO... 

ORGAN 266 - FIGHT LIKE APES, WE ARE SCIENTISTS, SAY BOK GWAI, THE KINGSIZE FIVE, THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE, SON VER & ELEPHANT LEAF, DAVID CRONENBERG’S WIFE, TRIPWIRES, DRAGONFORCE, LIFE OF AGONY, SCUL HAZZARDS, SOULFLY, RON ATHEY, ARCS OF RED. EPIPHANY, SHADE EMPIRE, YETI RAIN, SCHIZO FUN ADDICT, FAITH, SOFIA, LAVONDYSS, ROSE HILL DRIVE...

ORGAN 265 - LE GALAXIE, FIGHT LIKE APES, SCORCH TRIO, SUSAN GEORGE BOOTH, THE REAL McKENZIES, THE MARCHES, 28 DEGREES TAURUS, GHOSTED, PHANTOM FLOAT, ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMIES, Marie Vesco, Bonkersfest.. 

ORGAN 264 - VILE IMBECILES, THE LAST PEOPLE ON EARTH, BODIES OF WATER, ALGHAZANTH, TEASING LULU, THIS IS RADIO FREEDOM, BLAZE BAYLEY, EMPYROS, PLASTIC HEROES, THE BRUTE CHORUS, PORT O’BRIEN, VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR, DEAD HEAD, junk stalls, bath bombs... 

ORGAN 263 - FIGHT LIKE APES, LE GALAXIE, CAPILLARY ACTION, PEDRO, THE PSYKE PROJECT, SERPENTONE, MOTORPSYCHO, SLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB, ALLA, HARVEY MILK, ZENITHAL, L.A. GUNS, VESSELS, LESS THAN JAKE, DAVID BOWIE, STUPIDS, NOCTILUCENT CLOUDS, THE 1990'S, HONKEYFINGER, SOUNDSHOK, TV SMITH, RICHARD LLOYD, THE DODOS, JAPANCAKES, SOULFLY, GLORIA CYCLES, VASECTOMY EGGS NAILER, SIGOR ROS...

ORGAN 262 - LAYMAR, WIRE. THE ROTTED, COLDPLAY, VERJNUARMU, THE COKE DARES, STONE GODS, URN, VILE IMBECILES, ROYAL TREATMENT PLANT, JESSE MALIN, AMEBIX, BLONDIE, PERHAPS CONTRAPTION, DOUBLE HANDSOME DRAGONS, KANEDA, WAVES UNDER WATER, SOSUMI, IRVINE WELSH PRESENTS THE BOOK SLAM, BITTER PIE and the SF ZINE FAIR

ORGAN 261 - MARIE VESCO, RESONANCE FM IS TEN, BLACKLANDS, STRAY DOG CAFE, HIGHTOWN CROWS, WE THE FACELESS, HEAR O ISRAEL – A PRAYER CEREMONY IN JAZZ, GRAND MAGUS, Q WITHOUT U, FREE KITTEN, MAMBO MANTIS, RUSSIAN CIRCLES, GUNSLINGER, BLACK LIGHT BURNS, CALABRESE, SIX REASONS TO KILL, GIANT PAW, DARK CAPTAIN LIGHT CAPTAIN, THOR, CROCUS, HADDONFIELD, ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES, FAT WRECK.....

ORGAN 260 - RUDE MECHANICALS, OPETH, BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES, THE SANS PAREIL, RABBIT SEASON, LITHURGY, TASHA FIGHTS TIGERS, RING, MOSS, ZERO HOUR, TREES, MOCKINGBIRD, AKPHAEZYA, THE MORE I SEE, HISTORY OF GUNS, AMBERIAN DAWN, NUESTROS DERECHOS, ZAG AND THE COLOURED BEADS,  WIZARDS OF TWIDDLY, STUMP, THE DANDY WARHOLS, THE HYENAS, AIRBOURNE, NO 2 PAY 2 PLAY.... 
 

 
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