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ORGAN #282> NOV 13th '08 - new issue here every Thursday afternoon
“"Many were thrown in to the jaws of the player...
F**ked Up, Camden Barfly, 2008 (Organart)And we do want you to treat this as a weekly magazine for that is what it is, scroll down and find the reviews and such... 

That scatter gun time of the week again, evolving as a tool of persuasion or communication? Can a rabbit crack a nut with her teeth? Heels put away, no steps taken and golden people drinking golden liquid over golden ice cubes and all floating together in a beautiful pea green boat? Let’s make this clear, we are very picky here, we do listen to a lot of things, everything is listened to properly, we don’t review everything, nowhere near everything, we do listen to everything properly though, yes Ma’am, we do we do we do, which is why Thursday can sometimes become the early hours of Friday morning... Still Thursday in Boston isn't? Still Thursday somewhere we're still on time and this is an earthquake drill, those bats are overhead, drill your own hole...

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?
Is it? For lemon or sugar or nothing that makes any sense? For links that open electronic doors to fresh exciting music? New ideas? Creativity and the art of doing it yourself? Still contacting and switching the other... 
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John on the phone...
ORGAN ON YOUR RADIO - WEEKLY on SUNDAYS AT 9.00pm via RESONANCE 104.4FM in London and worldwide via www.resonancefm.com THE DETAILS, THE FACTS, THE LINKS.... Who got played this week? How do you find our more? More details herex

1/intro: TRANSISTOR SIX – Back Yard Rocketship (Blackbean & Placenta)
2: ORIGINAL SILENCE – Crepuscular Refractions – Mystery Eye  (Smalltown Superjazz)
3: BLACK ELK – Stab (Crucial Blast)
4: MOHA! – Prog-o-rama (Rune Grammofon)
5: FIGHT LIKE APES – Jake Summers (Fifa)
6: ELEPHANT vs LEOPARD – We Are Alive (Genin)
7: FRANK ZAPPA feat JIMMY CARL BLACK – Lonesome Cowboy Burt (Ryko)
8: SAY BOK GUAI – Not All Chinese People Are Good At Maths (Edgetown/Monkey King)
9: ORIGINAL SILENCE – High Tree’s And A Few Bricks (Smalltown Superjazz)
10: CHICKENHAWK – NASA vs ESA (Sound Devastation)
11: TIME.SPACE.REPEAT -  The Fear (Samu)
12: THE PROCESS – Thee Chymical Wedding Ov Thee Process (Violent Change)
13: LOYAL TROOPER – Division Street Blues (self release)
14: TITANARUM – Ageing Quickly (Self Release)
15: MARVINS REVOLT – Deliberate Deeds (The Richter Collective)
16: THE COMPUTERS – S.O.S (Fierce Panda)
17: SAY BOK GWAI – BasSick (Edgetown/Monkey King)
18: F*CKED UP – Royal Swan (Matador)

More details and links to all these bands and explinations as to why we chose to play them and news of what they're all up to  herex

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

ALBUM OF THE WEEK
AU – Verbs (Aagoo) – Oh, now there’s all kinds of fertile things going on here; soothing things, blissful things, things to tingle the imagination. Book-ended perfectly at one end by the soothing bombast of a twenty plus person vocal chorus and the other some forty minutes later by the hushed strains of wistful lullaby. Au are from Portland Oregon and here on Verbs they stretch out in a deliciously inviting, expensive and rather different way. They at times taste of Sigur Ros at their creative best, they touch on Steve Reich or Terry Riley, they’re never ever anything obvious though, Au are rather unique. A wonderful understanding of the power of space and quiet and how less is often so much more. At times they sound like they’re taking us drifting on clouds, and then you find them sounding like one of those slow New Orleans funeral jazz bands celebrating something or someone everyone loved. Right now very soothing voices are easing us through a minimal piece of gorgeously soothing indie pop – yes, blissful once more, everything about this fine album is blissful. Lots of collaborations and all kinds of guests from the ever creative Portland alternative scene, all makes for a quietly evolving snapshot as different voices come and go. Elation, meditation, mass hand claps and tingling tunes, bits that sound like the prelude to an epic John Adams piece – orchestral textures, expansive brightness – something rather unique happening here, something rather special, rather organic and extremely beautiful – www.au-au-au.com or www.aagoo.com
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ALBUM OF THE WEEK 2

BLACK ELK – Always A Six, Never A Nine (Crucial Blast) - Dissonant metal wrecking and right there in your pretty face with their complex mathy noise-baths. Portland’s Black Elk have done it again and done it even more so this time around. Crushing noise-rock and unhinged intense goodness of a Melvins, Black Flag, Jesus Lizard nature and all through the awkward choppy math blender with your last shred of decency and some crazed charging bull. Second album and a follow up to 2006’s self-titled debut. Seething off-hinge goodness, good band here. It isn’t all Melvins/AmRep revisited though, they’re building on it all with details and colours of their own, details that are very now. Bits that feel like Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, moments of bleak guitar ambience, was that a piano? There’s a depth and a healthy detailed variety to Black Elk’s mostly ferocious sound and this is an instantly impressive second album. Oh yes, we’ve got another good one here... www.myspace.com/blackelk or www.crucialblast.net
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MARVINS REVOLT - Killec (The Richter Collective) - Exceptional, instantly dazzling bright-eyed math rock with a light, shimmering quality and glorious tunes. There's a pretty obscure band in the US called Tera Melos who are near sonic soulmates, but aside from them, nobody else does complex time shifts and gleeful playing in fives and sevens with such ease and listenability. A three-piece from Copenhagen, Marvins Revolt stand out from the stew of avant/math and so-called post rock by way of their outstanding musicianship and some deliciously easy on the ear vocals. 
          Originally released to some acclaim in their native Denmark, 'Killec' is now re-issued by Richter Collective in the UK, where the band have been touring energetically.  Shifting, changing songs are sewn together by tight, liquid-silk close harmonies - you could say they're the polar opposite of that bloody annoying emo whinge affectation that way too many UK vocalists assume is compulsory. Marvins Revolt's voices are more flavoured by underground American avant indie like Rob Crow's Pinback, by Husker Du and even hints of both the Byrds ...and Slint.  The production is a great balance between edge and warmth, the multi-layered arrangements retaining crystal-clear depth; the tunes are anthemic and uplifting.  If there's a fault, it's that they tend to drive along with a similar hopeful, breezy tone right the way through the album: still, each song is jam-packed with detail and micro-songs and variations on that theme, and comes up with odd little surprises of texture, a pastoral interlude or two.  Easy to picture them wow an audience of indie teens with their zing and bounce and completely floor an audience of prog-heads with their throwaway stop-on-a-dime virtuosity. 
Appreciation from many quarters is already winging Marvins Revolt's way, including an endorsement from Japanese avant-prog outfit Lite, who are releasing 'Killec' in Japan – www.myspace.com/marvinsrevolt

GEISHA – Die Verbrechen der Liebe (Crucial Blast) - This is damn abrasive, a storm of white noise and blown-out barbed blackness. Raw feral noise all the way from Bristol. Somewhere in there are the noises a rock band should be making, along with the vocals that sound lost in the magnetic shard-filled wastelands. A ferocious noise, a sea of distortion and sludge-metal than now and then gives way to rest and a moment of musical reflection before it all comes to the boil again. Kind of like My Bloody Valentine without any of the ‘pleasant’ bits, that doesn’t mean things are bad here. Just challenging in a hard-boiled abrasive head messing metallic kind of way. And then there’s the ‘song’ titles like Stop Talking, Let’s F*** or Cocktown And The G-Boys or Sportsfister or...  All that droning and the sharp bits and the conspiracy theory that bubbles underneath the skin of the music and the corrosive skree and the percussive pummel and we’re way up the river in to places the war hasn’t reached yet, way past the DMZ with that last thirty minute track that has you lost up there (or down there) with them. An immense sound, a shit-storm of a sound, an edgy barbed skin-ripping sound, a disturbing sound, kind of like you’d imagine what happens when good Melvins go bad – recommended – www.crucialblast.net or www.myspace.com/geishanoiseresearchgroup

LORDI – Deadache (Sony) – The Finnish monster-rockers are back with more of their melodic bombastic over the top comic book horror film larger than life tongue in cheek Euro metal. All Rob Zombie white faced monsters and 80’s metal over the topness. Nothing that quite touches on the glories of the Arockalypse this time around though and pretty much what you’d expect another Lordi album to sound like really – www.lordi.org

FUZZY LIGHTS – A Distant Voice (Little Red Rabbit) – Warm textured mellow easy Americana and folk that drifts in a delightfully lazy way in to a foggy field somewhere near post-rock purity. Fine creativity that heads in to different areas, blissful textures, floating notes, inviting warmth, mostly instrumental, dreamy, vocals that occasionally appear through the haze and the mist and the slowly evolving soundscapes, reverb soaked gentleness, mournful guitars and violins, nothing is rushed, everything is deliciously crafted and always inviting – www.fuzzylights.com / www.littleredrabbit.co.uk

THE NOTORIOUS HI-FI KILLERS – New Spirituals (Noisestar) – Authentically faithful 60’s/70’s none more retro English blues rock, heavy blues rock from South London. Recorded live is a studio for a radio session and released as a limited edition vinyl only release of 500. A mix of live favourites, new tracks and cover versions including the 13th Floor Elevators’ Reverberation and Freddie King’s classic Going Down. All blue cheer and righteously uncompromising – www.noisestar.co.uk

NORTH SEA RADIO ORCHESTRA – Birds (Oof!) - It needs to be said, because no one ever does, the North Sea Radio Orchestra are very influenced by that delicate, much loved Cardiacs offshoot known as the Sea Nymphs (and indeed even more so by Sea Nymphs' early eighties' incarnation, Mr & Mrs Smith and Mr Drake). No accident of course, for North Sea Radio Orchestra leader Craig Fortnam was part of the camp following back then and, via his part in Lake Of Puppies (and later Shrubbies) with one William D.Drake, pretty much part of the extended Cardiacs family – not as “wholly unique” as some would have you believe, then, (there are dues to be paid, things to be acknowledged). That said, North Sea Radio Orchestra are blossoming in a rather fine way now with their inviting mix of delicate English prog and 20th Century classical pastoral folk. Harmonically rich and fluid in a Henry Cow, Art Bears, Incredible String Band kind of way (quite a bit of Stars In Battledress in here as well). Recorded at (Peter Gabriel's) Real World studios and Tim Smith's Apollo 8 in the depths of Wiltshire by ex Cardiac Mark Cawthra with additional production from Tim Smith (leader of said Cardiacs and indeed Sea Nymphs). A fine mix of delicate English folk and something that has evolved out of fine traditions of chamber music. Acoustic tunes, woodwind, violins, clarinets, bassoon, oboe, solo voices and ambitious choral pieces. 'Personent Hodie' is a highlight: their version of a fourteenth century canticle, arranged quite delightfully... you may know it as a hymn called God Is Love, His The Care, and their version carries on the tradition of evolving hymns in a rather moving way.  'Move Eastward, Happy Earth' is quite uncannily like Mr &Mrs Smith and Mr Drake, to the point it wouldn't surprise to hear the aforementioned Drake had a writing hand in it (no detailed notes on this promo copy, so it may well be another early music arrangement). 
                  'Birds' is an album pulling gently in two distinct ways.  One direction; nice, simple, sitting in a sunny field, female-voiced acoustic folk, the other towards a rarer thing, this fusion of English medieval progressive classical, chamber orchestral music, via Vaughn Williams, Cardiacs, Vernon Elliot, Henry Cow. In the end, it all works as a melodic spirited integral classical whole. Always more than just decorating modern music with classical instrumentation, at its core a real orchestra, this is something that’s both timeless and enchantingly beautiful  – a very fine, very enjoyable rather magical album.  www.nsro.co.uk
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TIME. SPACE. REPEAT – Lost Transmissions (Samu) – Last transmissions from the London band? Who really knows? What we do know is that they’ve been one of London’s best kept secrets for a couple of years now with their mellow space rock expanse and their sense of dramatic quiet. Their blend is a refined glow of shoegazing slowcore space rock and moody Radioheadedness, and yes they do so hate the Radiohead comparison, it really can’t be avoided though, and we’re not talking clones here, no no, just that expansive epic feel, and the delicate Englishness, the restrained mood. An album’s worth of sometimes inward looking reflective slowly uncoiling delicate epicness. Titles like Disaster Song or End Of The World or Who Will Save Us Now will give you a few clues about that sense of late night emptiness under the glow of orange lights and the whispers. If this is to be their last transmission then don’t let it pass you by as it all comes tumbling down – a recommended treasure from underground London. www.myspace.com/timespacerepeat
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PARTS & LABOR – Receivers (Jagjaguwar) – From Brooklyn New York with an American alt.rock experimental (not too experimental) sound that’s evolving rather nicely with this their latest album. Yes they do have their roots in those melodies of Husker Du or Minutemen, it really is those details though, those bits of electric that arc in the sunlight, those bits of prog flavoured alternative noise-pop and the bits that sound like My Bloody Valentine might have done if they too had been from Brooklyn. The details and the experiments never hinder the tunes though, the songs are where it is, songs that grab from the off, especially the subtle rush of that opening track Satellites, songs that allow the strange experimental moments and the distractions down sidestreets and at those wasteland weddings to work. Parts & Labor have a euphoric sound, a bit of a musical cloudburst and a rather recommended, rather clever album – www.jagjaguwar.com  or www.myspace.com/partsandlabor

ELEPHANT vs LEOPARD – Safariland (Genin) – A sonic rumble of a band, in your face, on your toes. Raw and confrontational in a No Means No fronted by Henry Rollins kind of way - if Rollins was to be some shifty character from the wastelands of Southern England and his band recorded their choppy punk rock out in the back cow shed of some farm they broke in to that is. Beautifully violent and confrontational, a dense rolling bone-shaking sound, chopping and changing in that awkward way that fluid bands of a No Means No, Monkey Boy, Muy Feo nature do (or did, this sounds almost nostalgic! In the best of ways of course). Punching you in the throat, dropping your jaw, tell me more, chlamydia in the post? And the fires of hell as a summer’s retreat? Say my name he screams. Faith? No more, and bleeding down your chin, one more straw? This is good, no camel’s back breaking here, you won’t have seen this coming, you never do see it. One more straw, this is very good. They’re a wired up three piece from Peterborough and they formed in what they say was the particularly horrible summer of 2006 in the back room of a shed on a farm and this is an excellent debut album. We are alive, look me right in the eye, all the kings horses and all the kings men, run for the hills, we’re going nowhere, they are alive. Yes. – www.myspace.com/elephantvsleopard

ATTACK! VIPERS! / ASTPA – split album (We Heart/Laserlife) – Split album, Attack Vipers from England with some raw blustery throat ripping screamo beano modern hardcore blasting and Astra from Austria with some raw blustery throat ripping meano beano old school clank-along gruff tuneful punk rock. Four tracks each, they compliment each other well – www.weheartrecords.co.uk

CATAMENIA – VIII:The Tim Unchained (Massacre) – Powerful black metal from deepest Finland, more of their colourfully aggressive extremities. You get a little more depth from Catamenia, nothing that revolutionary, decent enough extreme metal that comes with a little bit of character – www.massacre-records.com

ARTABAN – Landscapes  - An album’s worth of mellow electronic flow-scapes and easy on the ear glow all the way from Luxembourg. Kind of slightly more “now” kind of take on Tangerine Dream via Kraftwerk with bits of refined glitch and squelch. All very pleasant, simple, and rather nice should you be in the mood – www.artaban.lu
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KARL BLAU – Nature’s Got Away (K) – Mellow U.S alt.folk and simple lo-fi songs about the diets of Mockingbirds and their eating of black widow spiders. The scratching on strings, the grain of the wood and all recorded at the Dub Narcotic studio – it feels like something that would be birthed via Dub Narcotic. Rough and raw and gentle and simple and nature taking it out there – www.krecs.com or www.myspace.com/karlblau or find it in the UK via www.cargorecords.co.uk

THURSDAY / ENVY – split (Temporary Residence) – Three tracks from Envy and four from Thursday. Envy do the epic/glitchy/slowly building the dramatic sky touching big climax thing that now is really far to familiar while Thursday do the pretty much the same thing only from a different starting point and with loads of that whiny-voiced indie emoness thrown in. Both bands sound like followers rather than the innovators they may once have been here, all harmless stuff if you don’t mind the telegraphed moves that you know are coming and you can put up with some of those dreadful Thursday lyrics – we hold our hopes like cigarettes? I really do hope I heard that lyric wrong and I really don’t want to have to go back there again, I already went back twice, nah, surely not? No one could come up with a line that bad? The usually rather good Temp Res label dropped their standards this time around, Envy have their moments... www.temporaryresidence.com

ORESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE – Oresund Space Collective (Transubstance) – Mellow flowing progressive space rock of a relaxed Ozric Tentacles nature, but of a jazz-fusion undercurrent, fluid synth lines and space jams that flow with ease – www.oresundspacecollective.com

PARAGON – Screenslave (Massacre) – Typical Germanic Accept/Iron Maiden sounding metal should you want it - solar winds blowing in their hearts, bloodfeasts and such – www.massacre-records.com

FIFTYWATTHEAD – Fogcutter (Signed By Force) – Seething locked on stoner-edged metal mountain moving from Canada. A Melvins/90’s AmRep no messing kind of vintage amp fuelled beast of a metal band, iron clad fog cutting neurosis and good for your head heaviosity - www.signedbyforce.com or www.myspace.com/fiftywatthead

CLOSER – A Darker Kind Of Salvation (Pulverised) – Extreme goth flavoured death black whatever the hell metal, relentless cram everything in with bombastic keyboards and the forever riffing technical metal guitars weaving in and out of the cookie monster vocals once more – same as we’ve heard and heard and heard again. Same old extreme clean cut mix of technical death and thrash and black goth bombasticness and I really do fail to see why so many of these extreme metal bands just want to conform like this. Professional enough, well played, decent production, kind of wonder what the point is though? www.pulverised.net

ADRENALINE – Castrum Dolores (Casket) - Oh, what is the point? Why are there so many metal bands just content to churn it out, hundreds of them every week releasing the same damn album. This lot are from the West Midlands of England, they could be from anywhere in the world – same old second division aggressive “brutal” modern thrash metal. Adrenaline are as good at it as any of them, professional, decently enough in terms of production and not a hint of any musical personality – just more heavy metal rule obeying uniform wearing gutless conformity and no hint whatsoever that they night stay from the blueprint, what the hell is the point? Why do these labels churn this stuff out? More heavy metal baked beans same as all the other heavy metal baked beans - www.myspace.com/adrenalinerock

X-VISION – So Close, So Far (Dirty 8) – See above, more modern heavy metal conformity and standard issue “precision” and “brutality”. X-Vision are from Metz, North West France, they could be from the West Midlands of England, or South California or Buttf*ck Arizona or pretty much anywhere yet again. Their “intense” metal does occasionally threaten to try and break a rule, never quite does though. More “professional” “well produced” modern brutal same as all the others metalcore and I’m getting a little bored with it... www.myspace.com/xvision
 
Last week's album of the week - MOHA! / SEMAPHORE

Previous album's of the week - AIDS WOLF / THE PROCESS / DEERHOOF / MARTIN ORFORD / ORIGINAL SILENCE / RELIGIOUS KNIVES / F*CKED UP / NISENNENMONDAI / HILDE MARIE KJERSEM / GRAILS / BEATGLIDER / UNIVERS ZERO / CONSTANTINES / YOUNG WIDOWS / AMANDA PALMER
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LIVE
GUNPOWDER, CLASS WAR & PLOD - The bonfire bit of the Class War Bonfire Party at London Fields last Wednesday night didn’t exactly happen this year, but that’s not to say that sparks didn’t fly. 200 people or so turned up at the park and in the nearby pub to ‘remember, remember, the fifth of November...’ They were met by up-for-it cops – as well as a few blatant undercover plod too.

After one van of firewood was confiscated, a second appeared, only to be searched and warned off from entering – so no bonfire. A few beers later, revellers sent police in all directions as they left the pub in two columns to reach the park for the fire-show. Someone let off a firework - only to be jumped on by police - but after a scuffle they managed to de-arrest her.

The next bout of trouble kicked off when sparklers were handed out and lit up, and police waded in trying to seize them. A brawl erupted, leading to more arrests, which were quickly de-arrested. While this was going on, others let off a few small rockets near another group of police, but avoided arrest after a chase.

The undercover police were easy to spot: they were the ones with radios which kept going ‘Crrrrkkk - charlie tango oscar moonbeam four, over, crrrkk’. The old bill said that they were enforcing a Hackney parks by-law forbidding the use of fireworks in London Fields. In response, people moved further out into the park, letting off their explosives with hilarious consequences. In total two were arrested, with many more de-arrested. Another fine evening of local park by-law enforcement and squiffy scuffling. Meanwhile elsewhere in Hackney there were quite probably a number of beatings, robberies, burglaries, maybe some rapes and muggings. (SchNews)x

Live previously - F*CKED UP / ROLO TOMASSI / 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 

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   THINGS TO GET SHOUTING  ABOUT?
We never ever shout about anything much, others are shouting about pay to play and thing over on the Organ FORUM though, some people are even talking about music and shouting about the things they're doing, listing gigs, telling us about their zines and what they're enjoying this week.. 
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  SINGLES
SINGLE OF THE WEEK
THE DEIRDRES – Milk Is Politics / Sir Michael Of Aspel (Cherryade) - All eggy worry and sky falling in on culture and lips touching lips and sit with me, listen to this, and they promise the sky won’t fall in and all politics will be good and no balloons will be tied down. I am, he is, they are, she is, he, she, it, is...An enchantingly shambolic seven piece shouty indie-pop riot from Derby. The soundtrack for when it all goes wrong on Sesame Street and vile vile creatures invade those Bobby McGees. Nothing vile here though, happy happy creatures with flying paint to colour the insides of your very best dreams. And you can’t count your chickens what with eggs with double yokes an’ all. All kinds of hedonistic DIY pop goodness and strange instruments and joyous tunes that do sound dangerously addictive, and full of all the best verbs and balloons and home made DIY goodness. They’re fun like the Go Team are fun, or the way The Bobby McGees are fun. Spontaneous fun fun fun and shouty musical interludes to soothe the fevered brow, love it love it love it... www.thedeirdres.com or www.myspace.com/thedeirdres or www.cherryademusic.co.uk

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DR. SLAGGLEBERRY – Tuc Into The Tar EP (Crash) - Something missing this time around? What is it, ah yes, where’s the frontman with his yelping and his box of glitching electronic tricks? Still good mind you, this time around we get three frantic instrumental tracks – math-metal twitching and switching, a kind of F**king Champs, Orthrelm progressive beast that now and again glides before galloping off again (anyone remember Anvil’s March Of The Crabs?). Galloping with their jazz-maths and all their energy. Still really good, one of the best bands in England right now, lost that little something this time around though – www.myspace.com/drslaggleberry

TITANARUM – Spastis Progressivus Aggressiorum (self release) – A blasting stinking bloom of a six track seven incher from San Diego, California. Alive with the flowery smell of rotting corpses and the swarms of circling flies that are attracted to these kind of things. Six slices of no messing fast old school proper thrashing blistering fast fast fast hardcore punk fuggin rock (and not a clothing company endorsement anywhere to be seen). Spawned from the fallout of bands like The Neighbors, Life Crisis and RMSD. Six short sharp explosive punk rock strikes – loud, blistering, charged and these people obviously think some things in life should never change and have no intention of mellowing out or slowing down anytime yet. Nice one, proper blistering splattering hardcore punk rock – www.titanarum.net

CLINIC – Tomorrow (Domino) – Pie charts that’s become a little more clear and Clinic get a little bit further out there with their rather unique, rather refined, sublime and slightly scratchy slightly spaced lo-fi new wave Kraut rock blues. Comes with one of those long funky remixes that DFA like to do and a slightly sinister third track called Hijack, good to discover Clinic are still challenging themselves and doing it well – www.clinicvoot.org

TODD RUNDGREN – Strike (Cooking Vinyl) – Todd Rundgren does modern sounding Brian rather than Bon style AC/DC and does is well, not really what you want from Todd though is it? www.cookingvinyl.com / www.tr-i.com

THE AMSTERDAMS – Automatic EP (One Music) - From Romania with some clean cut indie pop of a Young Knives nature – www.myspace.com/theamsterdams

BETTY & THE ID – Neutron World (self release) – One of those organ driven lo-fi psychedelic garage bands, kind of Fuzztones via bits of very early (The) Pink Floyd. There were lots of bands like this around in the 80’s doing a kind of 60’s thing down at places like Alice In Wonderland or TheCrypt, wonder where they all went? Betty say they have a 66/79 tension and yes, that’s not far off (or far out), although they really don’t look that “far out” and it really isn’t that tense. They sound like one of those Mood Six bands with a bit of Hawkwind in there, they’re pretty good at it. Four tracks, limited edition of 200, they’re from the midlands, busy playing Birmingham and such – www.bettyandtheid.com

Last week's single of the week - THE MINIONS

Previously - LOYAL TROOPER / ALISON O’DONNELL / 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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  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
Many were thrown in to the jaws of the player, some were rejected outright, some made it back on to the pile to be given another go tomorrow or the next day, we do listen to every single one... we are picky though...

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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'THIS WEEK’S FREE DOWNLOAD...
Oh look, we can't point you at one every week, you'd just take it all for granted, and it is late and.... hang on, chew on some BLACK ELK, they've got a couple of downloads from that album of the week up there right now on the Crucial Blast news page. Delightfully at your throat noise-math-metal goodness from Portland 

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
BBC RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP - A Retrospective (Mute) -  Listening to this immaculately compiled double album straight through is nothing less than hearing evolution in action. It starts with tiny, lonely, blobby sounds, the first amoebas of existence, way back in 1958 and the dawn of time - a fragment of Daphne Oram's composition for a television comedy.  By 1960 these sonic critters have evolved to the sea-squirt stage: a little more complex, more like creatures we recognise, still strange and hauntingly simple. Then comes a veritable Burgess Shoals of creativity (yeah, I know, but I'm having far too much fun with this metaphor to stop now) as different composers dived into this pond: women and men with backgrounds in avant jazz and classical composition and steeped in the energy of the pop culture of the times, people who really knew how to construct a tune or, equally, rich musique concrete.  A unique place and time: the publicly funded resources of our beloved BBC making an enlightened space for true creativity, not for some obscure arthouse clique, but for the varied ears of an entire nation.  With a brief "to produce imaginative sound for radio productions" it seemed that nothing was put in the way of the talents of these people - no focus groups, no weight of music history, nothing but a blank canvas of a bright future and a ready-supplied stream of stimulating challenges.  Oh, and some magnetic tape, and soldering irons, and ...after over a decade... eventually... a synthesiser! (No mere Moog, but a monstrous EMS VCS3). (Ooh, and it says here then they got a Yamaha CS80 - the Organs got given one of those things, but it completely occupied every inch of the lounge in our shared house and had to go...).
   A good proportion of us reading this will have been exposed to the finest music of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, burning its way into the aural centres of our brains in our formative years.  It sounded futuristic and puzzling and thrilling and often inexplicably terrifying then, and still does now. 
   Between the tape-slicing era and the arrival of the digital synths, there came the analogue-synth theme tunes and idents that appeal to those of us with a dirty love of proggy things... or should it be the other way round?  An analogue synth (and valve amps and tape-loop echo) has appeal on two levels: some will hear a certain era, others just a pleasure in the fractal detail, organic randomness and sheer oomph that's intrinsically part of the sound. 
         This retrospective carries through to the final days of the Radiophonic Workshop in 1997, the point at which the BBC decided that hiring freelance musicians was cheaper than having an in-house stable. When the output of the BRW was being created using standard synths and computers, you ended up with talented arrangers such as Elizabeth Parker then moving into very decent but not that groundbreaking orchestral soundtrack work... and certain other composers  instantly dated by unpleasantly overused digital preset sounds, the introduction of soft porn saxophones and not terribly imaginative writing (you need that avant-jazz/classically trained background to pull off that). 
  So is the Radiophonic Workshop dead? Of course not. Aside from a huddle of very dedicated and loving individuals who have been looking after the legacy of the old and magical machinery, and the massive archive, there is a legacy of a generation who grew up exposed to its experimentation and sonic freedom.  That true spirit can be heard seven days a week across London broadcast on Resonance 104.4, a radio station born out of the UK's very active improvised electronica avant garde scene: sound for sound sake, and not a focus group in earshot. – www.mute.com

Previously: MARILLION / 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

  MEDIA, VIDEO, PRINT AND....
TATTOO SOUP: A COMPENDIUM OF THE GLOBE’S MOST UNIQUE TATTOOS (IMP) 

Now don’t be asking us about tatoos, you’re not seeing where mine is, go ask these people: 
           “Tattoo Soup will be recognised as an important book that we’ll look through over and over again, for years to come? ... Phil Kyle of London Ink
          It’s nigh on impossible not to fall in love with the simplicity of Tattoo Soup? Upon occasion, simplicity needs no justification, only admiration? ... Skin Deep Magazine
What is Tattoo Soup?
        Tattoo Soup is the first book of it’s kind, a completely self-generated collection of some of the world’s most unique tattoos
           What do you mean by self-generated?
   All of the tattoo photos in the book were collated via social networking sites, chat rooms, message boards and viral word of mouth. The self-generated nature of the book means it is a world first in publishing and, by definition, guarantees the final book is stamped with absolute authenticity. Members of the public have submitted work by such world-renowned international tattoo artists as Phil Kyle, Louis Molloy and Nikole Lowe of London Ink, Jo Harrison, Mo Coppoletta, Chad Koeplinger, Hannah Aitchison of LA Ink, Bob Tyrrell, Steve Byrne, Tim Kern and Nikko Hurtado. A selection of over 200 images stretches from the cities of London and Manchester to the leafy countryside of Great Britain, from the cultural melting pot of Europe to the bustling streets of Beijing, from the skyscrapers of NYC to the colourful diversity of South America.

           The idea of a book compiled in the way this one has been isn’t new, the process does fit in with the subject matter perfectly though, getting people to send in thier imagery from all over the planet. A snap shot of tattoo culture and people from all over the world sending in pictures of their tattoos – from anonymous “home-made” looking creations that you really do wonder about, to wonderfully impressive looking Western high art and back again. Why would anyone want a London Underground sign for the Bakerloo Line on the back of their neck? Apparently some of the finest tattoo artists have contributed. This is a classic coffee table book, it works like some of those graffiti art books do, or those album cover books do, you dip in and explore and find something new each time. you just flick through and now and again stop – and yes, in years to come this will be seen as a fine record of now as far as the art of tattooing goes. Well worth your time if the subject interests you, highly recommended of tattoo art is your thing. A fine book, well compiled, authoritative and recommended - 

Youtube book trailer: youtube
www.myspace.com/tattoosoup
www.impbooks.com
 

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