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F*cked Up, Barfly, London, 2008 (Organart)This is Organ issue two hundred and eighty one, right now we're weekly and electronic, treat this as your weekly magazine, SCROLL DOWN AND READ AWAY...

Sugar or lemon or something else completely? One hundred foot of nice new rope and where were we? Pink crossbones somewhere in amongst all-night elections from the other side of the globe and Glasgow away days and  instructionless Tuesdays and paint abound in every corner yes, things left on the floor once more. All connected and all out of control in some kind of controlled way. Too much good music!

"Everything they say about Fucked up is wrong. Everything I am about to say about Fucked Up is wrong. I will not do them justice...." 

Too much good music! So much good music, these are rich musical times and yes we have said that so many times but it really is the case right now, you’ve never had it so musically good. Chemists inventing all kinds of musical potions and still the need for handmade and tightly bound. Asking questions and who orders desecration, mutilation, verbal smog at the end of the constitution of the walkway? This has been a busy week, sleep is no longer a realistic option and did you want sugar or lemon with your tea?  And next week is even busier, gates of where? 

Sugar or lemon or something else completely? 

That is still the question and these are, once again the things that have been in our ears this week. So much good music around at the moment, almost too much. 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. This thing will not blow over, Contact and switch the other..

IS THIS WHY YOU BOOKMARKED ME?
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HANDMADE & BOUND - LONDON HANDMADE ZINE AND BOOK FAIR – Handmade & Bound is an independent fair where you’ll find affordable, handmade artists’ books, comics and zines. It was conceived partly in response to the fact that there will be no London Artists book fair at the ICA in 2008, and further in response to the changes to the nature of that event when it returns in 2009 at the Whitechapel Art Gallery. “So we decided to make our own” they say on their website blog thing. “The event we want to have will be based on handmade but affordable books and zines. We want to achieve a good balance between artists books and zines (in the DIY punk tradition)”. What can you expect to find there? Hand made creations (whatever format or materials used), things of a very limited edition hand made nature, not the big glossy printed zines and such, not the ‘professional’ things that come in as a professionally or semi professionally produced magazine, comic, newspaper, book with a print run of thousands, this is the real handmade DIY spirit. Generally speaking, not the kind of thing where you send your artwork to a printer rather than stitching it together and hand printing it and making it yourselves. Go check it out, get involved, get inspired, then go create your own, you never know what it can lead to... All happens on November 8th at St Aloysius Club, Phoenix Road, London NW1 (near Euston station). The fair is free to get in to and it runs from Midday until 6pm  - www.handmadeandbound.com
  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
Really nothing quite grabed us enough to want to call it demo of the week this week, these came nearest and I'm sure there's somrthing in that pile over there

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GHOSTFIRE – Drunk Lullabies – They’re calling themselves a Steampunk band, are they the first ones to adopt it here in England? Not sure if they really are? Everything we’ve seen of this Steampunk thing points at Little Trophy or maybe Silvery and their Victorian H.G Wells top hats and tales of silvery little trophies. Not that it matters, Ghostfire are good. Torch songs for something or other, folk-edge dark indie-goth that does have a touch of the New Model Army defiance to it. I guess there is a touch of the Victorian fairground gone a little bit wrong about them, all kinds of follies and vaudevillian jauntiness. Rattling and spinning and wretched tales of the power and glory... Okay, we’ll go with it then, rousing steampunk and bits of Nick Cave drama and the whole idea of Steampunk and smoke-stack wide-gauge adventures in hot air balloons and romantic technology -  www.myspace.com/ghostfire

HECTOR’S NECTAR – All the way from Asheville, North Carolina with some cool kind of lounge lizard songery and some kind of strange pop-dance for Ben Folds fans who wonder if Bobby Conn has washed his coat yet. Yes, Hector Nectar says he’s a lounge singer and damn proud of it. There seems to be two Hector Nectars, both sharp dressing groovatudes and disco dancing prisoners to the 70’s beat – www.myspace.com/hectorsnectarband

11:59 – Hiding - There was a great London hip-hop band called 11:59, this isn’t them, this particular 11:59 are a feisty girl-fronted splatter punk of a pop band. They’re full of messy energy and things are all a little feral and a little off the leash right now – no bad thing of course. They are a bit of a mixed bag though, both in terms of where they’re coming from – guitarist from Greece, drummer from Sicily, bass player from Australia, singer who says she’s half Norwegian, half Mancunian  - and in terms of the sound they’re making – feisty spiky passionate and kind of determined. And this four track demo does keep turning up here, so  I guess they’ll keep on until we say something about it. The Pricillas apparently said that “they’re a band you don’t mess with, power pop with a dangerously punky edge packed in a sandwich of angst and drama” , I guess we’ll leave it to the good taste of the Pricillas and politely say we like their energy and their attitude but their music isn’t really grabbing us that much yet – www.myspace.com/strikerm

Last week's demo of the week - RIOTGOD

Previous demo's of the week - CUTTHROAT CONVENTION / INERTIA BLOOMS / SID SINGS / GIRO JUNKIE / THE ATROCITY EXHIBIT / SEA SICK / COUNTRYSIDE / MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN / GRASSCUT / COP ON THE EDGE / WILD DOGS IN WINTER / THE LAZY DARLINGS / DEBUTANT / ARCS OF RED / LE GALAXIE

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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
MOHA! – One Way Ticket To Candyland (Rune Gramophone) - Oh this is good, we were expecting good after last time but you never quite know, there have been some let downs and some backward steps in recent times from certain not as out there as they’d like us to think they were bands. This is early Hella good, this is gibbering and twitching and going off and things good, this is the new album from Norway’s excellently named MoHa! Some kind on in control hybrid improv attack of refined and very enjoyable instrumental extreme noise and scuzzy gutter electronics arcing at your dizzy head. This is extreme avant noise, never difficult though, more of a hard-boiled pleasure than an outright challenge to the listener. Hyperactive shape-shifting and gear changing, these people were obviously forced to listen to Ornette Coleman at an early age, that and the might of SPK or Throbbing Gristle with their Cardiac Arrests.  They have a track called Prog-o-rama, another called The Shitman, another called Oh My God, It’s A Rave. A palette of effects peddles and obsolete electronic weapons, a relentless thrashing of them all, there’s obviously some magical musical chemistry flowing here, beautifully constructed (real) progressive precision and really this is where we had hoped Hella would go next, MoHa are doing it so no need to focus on the disappointment of Hella anymore – and I do kind of keep half expecting the voice of Cardiacs’ Tim Smith to pop up and scream something like hello little doggy over the top of it all. There’s no voice though, just the two of them sounding like a creative army of seven or eight and another forward moving boundary pushing extreme progressive treat of an album from the mighty MoHa! – www.myspace.com/themoha or www.runegrammofon.com
 
ALBUM OF THE WEEK 2

SEMAPHORE - Semaphore  (Global Net) – Are you sure this guy is only 23? The son of who returned in lights? We’re talking some seriously good alt.something or other here, this is something special – Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, Michael J Sheehy and the new great hope meeting the great white lie and one, two, three, four, the people all say give us more. 
          There’s three of them here, London band via Rome and Dublin so it seems, more of that catholic guilt then? Crafted intensity and one of those genuinely original bands that you’ll want to go share with people as soon as you hear or see them, no way will you be able to resist sharing this with your friends, one of those bands you just have to tell people about. Held together by Louis Brennan’s deep dark knowing baritone voice and his songs of life and no way is he only 23! He sounds like he’s packed in a whole life in already with his drinking, his bible, the road and women and everyday disillusion and where those rivers run and his so-tell-me-what-happens-next... More than cementing their growing North London reputation here then, broke down words and the things you take for a little comfort and things to reconcile in the morning – so tell me what happens next? Not like we’re lovers, not like we only just met? Spines in back and needles in haystacks and all kind of tears in eyes and faded things – we get lots of music here, we see a lot of bands, we listen to a lot of demos, we spend all our days throwing things in to the CD player then hauling them out again just as quickly, we don’t very often get stopped in out steps by something unexpected as this – www.myspace.com/semaphore2007
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CHICKENHAWK – Chickenhawk (Sound Devastation) – There’s so much good music being made at the moment, it is getting close to being overwhelming. We’ve been waiting for this one to drop though and we’re pleased to say they haven’t let us down. Urgent schizophrenic discordant alt.metal from the North of England that’s kind of near planet Melvins or maybe the lands of Harvey Milk, Oxes, or Jesus Lizard - extra English grit in there with their sometimes locked-on groove though, something different that you get from absorbing from over here rather than over there. Nice meaty opening there and off the four of them go from the start – raw riffs, jarring angles, surging, relentless, on your toes and in your face. Sabbath riffs, Black Flag rawness, metal dropped with a raw punkified attitude. Loose production, real feeling, dangerous edge, gritty – and you just have to move with their abrasive groove.  A band who aren’t afraid to take a risk and make a mistake along the way, sounds almost improvised, whatever they’re doing they’re doing it right. There’s a lot of adventurous detail in here, more revealed with every repeat play. Chickenhawk are far too unobvious and far too unconventional to be just a metal band, but then again this just might be the British metal album of the year. Oh yes, that good, a therapeutic scrape across your mind that’ll trip you up and skin you knees - www.myspace.com/chickenhawk / www.sounddevasstation.co.uk
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TROST – Trust Me (Bronzerat) – Featuring the voice and creativity of Annika Line Trost, half of acclaimed electro-pop duo Cobra Killer, Trust Me is a seductively mesmerising left-field set of bewitchments. There’s fluid otherness going down, bending fluidity and some kind of other jazzness that’s in the wrong night club in the wrong shoes and the wrong lipstick. She really does pull you in to her mysterious world and her behaviour maybe wrong but you’ll still want to go there with her and you want to go back and experience it again. This is all very Berlin after dark - she was born there, she gave up her piano for drums and punk rock in her early years and by the age of thirteen she was playing drums in several Berlin retro-garage bands before trading that in for digital hardcore and atari teenage riots. Trust Me is Annika’s second solo album and she’s moved on in such an intriguing way yet again. This is really different, it isn’t difficult or awkward, not that kind of different – this is seductively different, something that will bond you, intrigue you, bewitch you. Originally released in Germany in 2006 and re-issued now by the rather good Bronzerat label, fast becoming one of those labels you need to pay close attention to, you never quite know what you’re going to get from them but you know it will be something well worth checking out. Sung in three languages – German, English and French - featuring some rather excellent musicianship (including Bad Seed Thomas Wydler). Bits of noir, bits of experimental jazz-pop, bits of sublime electonica, bits of delightful otherness and things you just won’t get anywhere near tying down, all of it soothing and seductive and yes, utterly mesmerising – www.myspace.com/trostcity or www.bronzerat.co.uk

MAGNOLIA – Flaska Vagar (Transubstans) – Heavy “progressive” blues, although “progressive” really is a contradiction, this is what would have passed for progressive in the days of Cream or Mountain, when Jack Bruce was at the cutting edge. If you like that old Cream blues stuff then this is for you. Oh yes, lyrics are all in Swedish, that kind of adds to it, adds a little edge of weirdness to these non Swedish ears. Fine blues, retro goodness, none more retro, sounds like it was made back then rather than now – www.myspace.com/magnoliarock / www.recordheaven.net
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LEFT TO VANISH – Versus The Throne (Lifeforce) - Another one of them there twitching jerking thrashing metal bands with one of them there hissy snake from hell voiced singers. Squealing guitars, pounding double base peddle drum action, yelp yelp yelp hiss hiss growl, cookie cookie cookie over the thick cut riffs and I think you know the score here. They do keep catching the ear though, when they lay off with the throwing in of the kitchen sink and add a little bit of imagination and an angular riff or a discordant twitch, a gibber as it were. I don’t know, there’s a good band in here somewhere trying to break out and fight through the clichés, something potentially good in there with their discordant metal and their awkwardness. Every now and again they hit the spot with their intricate weaving and their chopping and changing, ultimately you just want to yell at the ‘singers’ to shut the hell up and go suck on some throat lozenges or yell at the musicians to stop being so spinelessly obvious when they clearly, if they had the guts, could do so much more... Maybe next time, there is something in here, maybe next time the killer album will break out through their soup and their clichés and their need to conform and obey the metalcore rules, there is something in here though... www.lifeforcerecords.com or www.myspace.com/lefttovanish
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FREDRICK STANLEY STAR – Heaviside Layer (Shape) – Cardiff based and here with something rather intriguingly different. Refined alt.folk and shanty blues that go to similar places and make sublime and slightly experimental (not too experimental) noises not far away from Akron Family or maybe Devendra Banhart. Foot stamps and wooden spoons, percussive acoustic organic goodness, delicate textures, quiet songs, songs that smell so good – the smell of open space and creaking gates and field noise, typewriter bells and keys, experimental folk and clever details that add to the simple rewarding uplifting positive nature of the songs. Sometimes it really is the simple things – www.myspace.com/fredrickstanleystarmusic or www.shaperecords.co.uk

HEADLESS HEROES – The Silence Of Love (Names) – A beautifully theme collection of songs dreamed up by Eddie Bezalet along with a great bunch of musicians and most importantly the voice of Alela Diana. She has a most wonderful voice – an emerging new-folk star from Nevada City. Music for music’s same so they say, something to be enjoyed simply and on its own terms. A collection of simple songs, classic songs, great songs – quite gentle love songs, simple uncluttered interpretations of things originally recorded by Daniel Johnson, Nick Cave, The Gentle Soul amongst others. Best of all the glorious version of The Jesus & Mary Chain classic Just Like Honey, worth tracking the album down just for that piece of beauty. All kinds of bittersweet  enjoy. – www.namesrecords.com / www.myspace.com/denofheroes shades and gems and lost treasures of songs and dreamy things to just go with and

TORTUGA – Kings of Albany (In At The Deep End) - One of those relentless bands with one of those relentless singers who sounds like he’s been eating razor blades for breakfast and now he’s ripping his straining throat apart, sounds like is voice won’t make the end of the album. They’re from Norwich, they’ve risen out of the ashes of November Coming Fire and yes, a violently moody landslide of aggressive discordant hardcore post-metal is somewhere near right. Riffs that come with edgy adventure and barbed sharpness, sideswipes in to sludge and doom before they set of galloping and rasping and screaming again – none of it is really obvious though, they’re not just another bunch of discordant metal screamers aspiring to the blueprint, going for a little more than the obvious here. It is hard-boiled and you really have to be in the right state of mind to put up with the grim life and the doom and gloom and the screaming tortured throat - on days when you want some despairing nothingness then...  www.iatde.com
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THE BOAT PEOPLE – Chandeliers (Self Release) – Breezy alt.indie pop feel good songs and uplifting tales of life and a band from Australia who really can’t be pushed in to any convenient little box. This really is just all about the art of good song writing and tale telling and life and loves and rabbits in hats. Some have mentioned an amped-up Elliot Smith or maybe Brendan Benson, it really isn’t that easy though. Just really good really enjoyable collection of clever, easy, rewarding, flawless jangly alternative indie pop songs – www.theboatpeople.com.au

XPLODING PLASTIX – Treated Timber Resists Rot (Beatservice) – The rather left-field Norwegian underground electronic/avant dance outfit are back home with Beatservice after a not so fruitful flirtation with The Man. Last heard of working on film soundtracks and TV/radio music as well as Collaborating with the Kronos Quartet and releasing a number of well received side projects. This is Xploding Plastix exploring a floating set of organic glitch-scapes and slices of refined twitching that revolves around positively quirky electronica. Melidic and intricate, busy yet uncluttered and more amateur girlfriends going proskirt agents with austere faultlines and bulldozer butterflies – www.explodingplastix.com or www.beatservice.no

BARR – Skogsbo Is The Place (Transubstans) – A rather sublime acoustic orchestra from Scandinavia (who seem to be busy playing with bands like Iron And Wind or Calexico right now), mellow folky lullabies and strings and flutes and acoustic guitars and all very dreamy and slighty retro. In the spirit of bands like Pentangle or Fairport Convention they say – and yes, the very mellow floaty dreamy sunny side though – www.myspace.com/barrmusic or www.myspace.com/transubstans

SAMMY HAGAR – Cosmic Universe Fashion (Loud & Proud) - Took the mighty H four tracks to get to the first of his dumbass driving songs - that’s just what you want from Mr H isn’t? Great big dumbass driving songs are good things aren’t they? Arm out of the window, Trans-Am? Mustang? Firebird? What’s that standing in the road ahead...? And songs about girls making too much noise when they get nailed by Sammy... Loud like a dirty dream. This is what we want from Sammy Hagar right? He is tongue in cheek right? Loud like a trash can cherry bomb? Moving up to Space Station Number Five? Painting everything red? Electric Church pushing it all. There is, after all, Only One Way To Rock is there not? We’ll forgive him the mistake of the Van Halen years, he was always too big a personality to get side-tracked trying to step in to Diamond Dave’s impossibly shaped shoes. Party metal, Californian sun-kissed driving rock, you know what Sammy Hagar is about right? Or is he? Not sure how many people really appreciate Sammy Hagar’s part in hard rock and American metal history and the ground-breaking band that was Montrose, or those late 70’s early 80’s solo albums, especially that Live Loud And Clear album that has to be one of the all time classic live rock albums – there’s a little more to Sammy Hagar’s classic American rock. He’s up there with Ted Nugent, and, yes, sure, like Nugent, it probably isn’t that wise to look too closely at his stars ‘n stripes kissing bomb the hell out of everyone who doesn’t agree with Uncle Sam style politics. Hang on though, what all this cosmic universal vision stuff on here? Has Sammy turned in to one of them there goddamn hippie-dipped communists? One world, one love, sunshine superman? The world’s got a long way to go? Has he turned in to some kind of hard rock all American speed limit violating John Lennon? Has he got over the embarrassing VOA period now? Can we forget that yet? And his version of Fight For Your Right To Party is on here are well – lot of different sides of Sammy Hagar on here actually – the driving hard rock cars and girls Sammy, the born again hippy-dipped Sammy, the funk rock edged modern Beastie Boy James Brown lovin’ Sammy... Yeah, he’s been doing his brash hard rock version of Fight For Your Right live for a few years now, pretty much sounds like they recorded it live with big smiles and Jack in hand here on this new record. Not as good as that version on the Wabos live DVD that came out a couple of years back but then that whole live gig was pretty electric and live is where Sammy Hagar really does come to life. This version isn’t bad though, as is most of the album... Cosmic Universal Fashion isn’t some great ground breaking musical revolution, it is a lot more cutting edge than you might have expected a new Sammy Hagar solo album in 2008 to be. Classic American tail-gate hard rock and some fighting for the right to party some more - that and some cosmic Californian tie-dyed colour, a touch of blues rock and bites of funk rock and lots of things painted as red as ever. This album probably won’t win any new friends and I don’t for one second imagine that was the point, but hey, if Sammy Hagar albums are one of your secret guilty pleasures, then he’s managed to combine some of his best pre Van Halen era rock with something fresh here - he ain’t sounding bad at 60 years old is he? This fits in nicely next to Nine On A Ten Scale or Standing Hampton or Loud & Clear and yeah, there is only one way to rock, some of those lyrics over the years have not really been something to pay close attention to, always had time for Sammy Hagar though, this is another good album from the red rocker...  www.redrocker.com

BORN FROM PAIN – Survival (Metalblade) – Latest album from the aggressive hardcore metal-bound muscled-up Dutch band has just dropped. They’ve been about for over ten years now and there’s no sign of them making any kind of compromise yet. More of their brutal hardcore metal crossover that welds something vaguely Slayer to something vaguely Agnostic Front shaped. They’re burning on hate and panic and black clouds and the warning that we need to think about the need to survive in these times of do or die – or something like that. Growling and crunching about a dying world and corrupted ways and you know the score. They do it rather well – tight aggressive playing, tough production, slick aggressive brutal hardcore metal and once again nothing that really strays from the blueprint... Here come the links should you want to go investigate more of the same done very well – www.metalblade.de or www.myspace.com/bornfrompain
 
Last week's album of the week - AIDS WOLF / THE PROCESS

Previous album's of the week - DEERHOOF / MARTIN ORFORD / ORIGINAL SILENCE / RELIGIOUS KNIVES / F*CKED UP / NISENNENMONDAI / HILDE MARIE KJERSEM / GRAILS / BEATGLIDER / UNIVERS ZERO / CONSTANTINES / YOUNG WIDOWS / AMANDA PALMER / LUSTMORD / SLIPKNOT / HEY COLOSSUS / ROSE KEMP
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ALBUM REVIEW ARCHIVES

LIVE
F**ked Up, Camden Barfly, 2008 (Organart)F*CKED UP/ ROLO TOMASSI - Camden Barfly, 6th Nov 
         Everything they say about Fucked up is wrong. Everything I am about to say about Fucked Up is wrong. I will not do them justice.  But hell, they're just a band, anyway - they rock, fine, but its not life or death, is it?
         Except that this rock thing, this noise that drives us to come together and pummel our ears - well, it has its moments, doesn't it? With a capital fucking M. I hope you've been there.  I hope you know what I'm talking about. Its that zero point energy that comes from nowhere, infinitely more the sum of its parts. It's the moment you go to twenty, a hundred gigs hoping to catch it again. Its what got you going to gigs in the first place.  I went to see Fucked Up because I thought they might be quite good, considering the latest album completely blew us away and all.  Well, guess what?
            Pink Eyes is this wild and beautiful Big Man, a colossus striding the stage and leaping into the pit to scoop up moshers in his streaming arms.  He is without doubt one of the finest frontmen to helm a band. He's a giant figurehead at the prow of a stupendous badass of a rhythm section, a drummer and (sadly near invisible in the Barfly's stage left gloom) bassist of transcendental powers.  Three more guitarists turbocharge the motorik juggernaut, riding grooves from the early alliances of Hawkwind and Motorhead with the attitude of proper punk  The result is inevitable, even in the Barfly: the surprisingly sparse, deeply grateful audience (its a secret gig, and the meeja hordes are safely out of the way at the Pete Docherty gig a few yards down the road) go apeshit. How can you not?  And yet, in the middle of utter mayhem, the moment that burns is when I look up and catch an expression on the face of one of the guitarists, the one known as 10,000 Marbles maybe, driving and driven by that rhythm, eyes wide - I guess right there he was as alive as he's ever going to be. I guess everyone in that pit was. 
           There’s more: Fucked Up, righteous possessors of that name above any other band (for reasons too subtle and mysterious to describe) don't expend this glorious energy in a welter of empty ego and rock cliche blah. Their lyrics hint at a striving for meaning beyond flesh and death, their anthems are laced with references to rough magic, to just-out-of-reach epiphanies. And when suddenly the last song ends they immediately start dismantling their gear quicker than an F1 pit team, almost before you even know that its over and while Pink Eyes administers bear hugs to each and every one of us wandering dazed and grinning in the aftermath.
ROLOTOMASSI - Camden Barfly, 2008 (Organart)             Now, before all that palaver: Rolo Tomassi. They’re up there with the finest avant rock bands in existence now, and they're from the UK (Sheffield).  They look about seventeen years old (this is because they are, pretty much, seventeen years old) and play gleefully complex heaviness studded throughout with contrast and detail.  Their sylph-like, smiling, delicate blonde singer roars in the manner of Napalm Death. There are, indeed, many different time signatures in use. Songs are delivered with blistering fury and the precision of The Locust or Dillinger Escape Plan, and maybe a tad more imagination and variety.  This whole caboodle makes me very happy indeed. Live, and in a venue notorious for muddy sound, they fulfil all the promise of their recent recordings, tight and with keyboards cutting through. You can hardly imagine what's to come from them and from the night.
 What a gig! 
  (Marina)
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Live previously - TO THE BONES / SHEARWATER / 12 DIRTY BULLETS / TO THE BONES/THE BOBBY McGEES / ROSE KEMP / ANARCHISTWOOD / RUDE MECHANICALS / GIRLSCHOOL/ 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 

LIVE REVIEW ARCHIVES

   THINGS TO GET SHOUTING  ABOUT?
WORCESTER SOURCE - A squatted social centre in Worcester survived a threatened illegal eviction on Wednesday October 22nd. Wet Paint, an art squat run along the lines of the TAA squats, was given a notice this week by a bailiff for the owners, Keather Properties, who said they would forcibly remove the squatters as was their right under Common Law, set out in Halsburys law of England. A phone call to the Advisory Service for Squatters confirmed that this was not lawful, and preparations were made for a violent confrontation with bailiffs, and doors were barricaded. With numbers inside, and outside the building, they were met late Wednesday morning by a group of men who surveyed the entrances to the building. They were given a notice saying that their planned eviction was unlawful, and that they needed to go through proper legal channels. So for the time being Wet Paint is back on, Worcester’s oasis of autonomousness is still creating art, music, food, and more. The crew are adamant that even if this building gets evicted, they will occupy somewhere else. Check it out at 13-17 Carden Street (off City Walls Road), Worcester WR1 email wetpaint at riseup.net
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  SINGLES
SINGLE OF THE WEEK
THE MINIONS – Six Chords / Have You Got A Knife? (Yola) – More right to the bone energy from Bolton, and a classic contradiction of a double A side. Six Chords is energetic punk-pop with a gang of trumpets and saxophones and don’t go thinking ah, ska punk again, no no on! They got brass but they’re not down that ska road. Bit of a Blaggers ITA vibe actually, touch of King Prawn maybe, all very Northern and not to be messed with, bit of raw poppy Stiff Little Fingers/early Jam and solitude going against the grain. Raw infectious punk pop energy and speed, bit of backs against the wall Northern soul in there, this is good – right got them nailed then with all their unfashionable energy and drive. Hang on! What’s this? Have You Got A Knife is off on a completely different train, still very obviously the same band/gang and a riff that kicks off and the brass driving and you think right, until the rough gruff voice starts telling a tale of stress on a railway station in a kind of frantic spoken word John Cooper Clark in a bad rush to get in a fight with Detective Inspector Gene Hunt kind of way. I like this band,  fine fine double A-sided single, proper Northern gang of punks – www.myspace.com/minionsofjeffrey or www.myspace.com/yolarecords

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ROB HIMSELF – Armchair Historian EP (Wide Of The Mark) – Another one of the growing English band of one (emotional) man and a lo-fi guitar and tales of loves lost and last trains missed, another of the growing band of Frank Turners  - and we say that without a single negative slant, we like Frank and we like these loyal troopers and their words and their clarity and their just sleeping side by side. Just a kiss, that’s all. Healthy no thrill DIY approach here and all done just right – terms like lo-fi and DIY don’t have to mean shoddy sound or packaging, no no no, this is done just right. No regrets and lives lived to the full and the bus to the next town. Just good songs and fine words and real simple clever honest emotion – www.myspace.com/iamrobhimself

THE DeRELLAS – She’s A Pistol (Crush World) – More of the English gang’s Ramone-isms and yeah yeah yeah style Pistols moves and old school high energy punk pop rock, neat version of You’re So Vain with all those clouds in their coffee and such... All leather jackets and black sunglasses and they all called Timmy DeRella or Robbie DeRella or such, I thinks you get the picture, hey ho, here you go -  www.myspace.com/thederellas1

THE RACE – I Get It Wrong (Shifty Disco) –  Another single from The Race, they do seem to just glide along semi-lost in their own lush indie rock world and now and again pop up with something that reminds you that they’re out there and has you wondering why they aren’t far bigger news and all over things like the NME. I think this maybe the first the fruits of a new album, then again I may be wrong, someone will correct me when I get it wrong. Lush indie rock, tiny epics and an ambitious sound that really does sound like it should be coming from a big stage or a daytime alternative radio station on the same playlist as The Cure and bands like Snow Patrol, Arcade Fire. Three more fine hopeful ambitious alternative indie songs, three more impressive tracks from a band who really deserve to be doing more than just gliding along in their own lost world.  – www.inmyheaditworks.com / www.shiftydisco.co.uk

CONOR OBERST – I Don’t Want To Die In The Hospital (Wichita) – A single off his first solo album in some thirteen years (he of Bright Eyes and such) and a uplifting alt-country I don’t want to die in the hospital, I can’t even drink in here – www.conoroberst.com

And back in November 2007 we wrote this review of this very lmiited red vinyl single: 
DEPARTMENT S / TERRY EDWARDS & THE SCAPEGOATS – My Coo Ca Choo/Cat People (Sartorial) – Department S back and reformed - quick, rush and tell Vic! Is he there? Stripped down and Ant-beat infected cover of the black leather clad contortionist Alvin Stardust’s classic debut single that kind of sounds more like a lo-fi Shane Fenton and the Fentones thing than the original slice of 70’s cooler than cool glam rock’n roll – brilliant! Single of the week already - and on Romany blood red 7”vinyl as well! Single of the week well before we flipped it over for the even better slice of outrageous Bowieness in the shape a smouldering gasoline on the fire saxophone-drenched ska version of Cat People – Bowie never sounded so good! Brilliant, both sides of it! Outrageously brilliant!
           And now the Department S side is out again remixed and slightyl electro-popped and stomping a little more, remixed by Micko Westmoreland and still with that wild sax all over it, not  sure if we like this mix as much as the original, no we don't, go explore it all yourself, the remix and the exceelent original version of  My Coo Ca Choo are out again now as a digital thing - www.myspace.com/sartorialrecords or www.myspace.com/departments

Last week's single of the week - LOYAL TROOPER / ALISON O’DONNELL with HEAD SOUTH BY WEAVING

Previously - SPEECH DEBELLE / OVER THE WALL / THE RAYOGRAPHS / THE KABEEDIES / VOICEsVOICEs / THE QUARRY / F**K BUTTONS / THE ALL NEW ADVENTURES OF US / FRIGHTENED RABBIT / THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART / DARK CAPTAIN LIGHT CAPTAIN / PRINTS

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PREVIOUSLY - MADE IN MEXICO / THE BUG / TEMPORARY RESIDENCE / WOODBOX GANG / ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES / EX-GIRL / DELIA DERBYSHIREF**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

'RE-ISSUE/best of OF THE WEEK
MARILLION – Early Stages: The Official Bootleg Box Set 1982-1987 (EMI) – A six CD set of one hundred percent previously unreleased material so says the press release – well maybe not officially but any self respecting member of the Marquee Choral Society surely has all this already. A collection of live recordings that have mostly been available via unofficial bootlegs made from the original radio broadcasts the day after they originally went out on air. Are Marillion another one of those keep it secret guilty pleasures and something not to be mentioned these days? Are we shooting ourselves in the foot again by even mentioning any of this? The wise thing to do would be to keep this to ourselves and stick with whoever’s on the cool list this week right?  Do people have any idea how good Marillion actually were back there when Fish was skinny and bounced with spiky hair and green face paint? That early period, the first three albums that took them from underground tape trading zine powered word of mouth band to one of the biggest things in the land and all despite the sniping of the sneering prog rock hating media of the time. No instant listen on My Space back then, all photocopied information and tapes traded third generation demo tapes (besides Tommy Vance on a Friday night of course). True, they’re a totally different animal of a band these days and totally unrecognisable from the band we loved back then (more akin to Coldplay or Radiohead these days actually) - back then at places like the Curved Lounge in Bangor or touring as support to Pallas or taking stages and stealing thunder at Reading with twenty minute open shots of Grendel that took the whole crowd with them and left headliners in a panic – does any of this magic actually come over to anyone who wasn’t there at the time? Is that magic still here on these recordings? Back there they were one of those rare bands that really could move people – move people rather than just rock people – real emo band before anyone had thought to come up with it. All those edgy eggs three boats down from the market square heroes rudely wakened from their slumbers. Ah yes, some of the in-between song stage talk maybe a little oh dear Fish but this is still magical and back there for a time they really were a very special band indeed (and here I am once more in the playground of the....). Loads of early live material here, things in construction, early versions of Misplace Childhood and things on sacrificial alters to success with a sniper, a viper... ... Is there anything better than that version of Forgotten Sons at Reading that time? Cool as f. 

 Previously: KUNG FU SUPER SOUNDS / VOORHEES / EXODUS / DEATHROW/ THE GATHERING / BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES / CLIFF / KILLING JOKE / THE SAVAGE RESURRECTION / BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB / DOOM / LIFE OF AGONY / DEAD HEAD / DAVID BOWIE / STUPIDS / AMEBIX

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Act Art, is getting closer, so close now that it'is indeed actually here - explore Act Art over at www.actart.co.uk explore, yeah yeah, I know we told you about it last week...

Space Weather News for Nov. 6, 2008

TAURID METEOR SHOWER: The annual Taurid meteor shower is underway and it could be a good show. 2008 is a "swarm year" for the Taurids. Between Nov. 5th and 12th, Earth is due to pass through an unusually dense swarm of gritty debris from parent comet 2P/Encke. When a similar encounter happened in 2005, sky watchers observed a slow drizzle of midnight fireballs for nearly two weeks.  Whether 2008 will be as good as 2005, however, remains to be seen. In 2005, the swarm encounter was more central; Earth passed through the middle of the cloud.  In 2008, forecasters believe we are closer to the outskirts.  How much this will affect the shower, no one knows. The best time to look is during the hours around midnight when the constellation Taurus is high in the sky.

Visit http://spaceweather.com for sky maps and photos of the ongoing shower.

 PREVIOUSLY - BLACK'N'READ ALL OVER  / MAXWELL DAVIES ON DUMBING DOWN / ACT ART 6 - DYING FOR IT! / DAMIEN HURST / JOE MEEK / 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

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