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ORGAN #283> NOV 20th '08 - new issue here every Thursday afternoon
“"Welcome to the welcome wagon... 
Bite the feeding hand, Organ time, bite something, feed something, bite the feed, feed your head, a bag load of something to feed to your eyes and ears (with lemon or sugar), this is your welcome wagon and praise be and no, you can’t leave a damn annoying comment after every review, what is it with every music site clogged up with comments and arguments these days...? So we’re sitting here and the phone rings, “hey, does anyone from Organ want to come over to the record company office and listen to the new Guns n’ Roses album? There will be sandwiches and things?” Jezzzzzzzzzz on a bike! What the egg on toast would we want to be doing that for? Take a hell of a lot more than a plate of sandwiches, you’ll be asking us to be nice and polite about Funeral For a Friend next! Sandwiches? The bloated pigs of rock want to buy us off with a plate of sandwiches. Hey you get some grace, and no, this will not do and if you’ve got five seconds, I’ll tell you the story of something or other, hey you, get some grace, sixteen clumsy and shy, I like it here, can I stay? Do you have a vacancy for a back scrubber and five seconds to spare? And thing with an e and lemon in tea and... 

These are, once again, the things that have been in our ears this week. Please do 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 way this web thing works when things fall right and the doors open....

Did you ever receive that package of red? Will it ever be here?

IS THIS WHY YOU BOOKMARKED ME?
FIGHT LIKE APES - London Metro, June 08THE ORGAN INTERVIEW: FIGHT LIKE APES -

GHOST HUNTING, RIDER POLITICS, SPARKLY PANTS, HOXTON, VODKA and HOW MARY MET JAMIE... 

So we’re in Hoxton square with another bottle of vodka that isn’t quite as full as it was quarter of an hour ago, we Organs and MayKay (Mary) sitting on the grass in the square as Hoxton goes on all around us. 

MayKay is the feisty do-not-mess glitter pants wearing front-woman of Dublin’s Fight Like Apes and they’ve just come off stage after an extremely well received... READ ON
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WILLIAM D. DRAKE goes all Dukes Of Hazard on us! Straightening the curves and flattening the hills, William D.Drake (sometimes we call him Bill), has a new previously unreleased track called One Armed Bandits available via Canadian label Peppermill Records, hang on! Just playing it while I type, Dukes Of Hazard Bill Drake style! Genius! Just a good old boy! There's loads of interesting stuff on here, three albums worth of things to explore via something called The Box - looks like these Peppermill people are up to good things, looks like they got a load of people ot mess around with TV themes, L ROK's take on the Rockford Files is good, SATANICPORNOCULTSHOP's French take on the Mash theme is worth checking out, oh this is good, download the whole thing for free via www.peppermillrecords.com/pm010/ and brighten up your Monday morning
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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

Intro: PHANTOMSMASHER - Bishop Hopping (Ipecac)
1:  SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM - The Salt Crown (End)
2:  VOLCANO! - Performance Evaluation Shuffle (Leaf)
3:  NISENNENMONDAI - Kyaaaaaaa (Smalltown Supersound)
4:  ROLO TOMASSI - Film Noir (Holy Roar)
5:  DEERHOOF - Eaguru Guru (ATP)
6:  THUMPERMONKEY LIVES! - The Drill (demo) 
7:  MARVINS REVOLT - Folks Ain't Sleeping  (Richter Collective)
8:  KOENJIHYAKKEI - Gepek (Skin Graft)
9:  BLACK ELK - My Last Shred Of Decency (Crucial Blast)
10: AU – Waltz (Aagoo) 
11:  TERA MELOS - Party With Tina (Temporary Residence)
12:  VOLCANO! - '78 Oil Crisis (Leaf)
13:  CARDIACS - R.E.S (Alphabet)
14: OUTRO: ROLO TOMASSI - C Is For Calculus (Holy Roar)

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

THE WELCOME WAGON – Welcome To The Welcome Wagon (Asthmatic Kitty) – A beautifully modest understated duo from Brooklyn, a Presbyterian Pastor, the Rev. Vito Aiuto and his wife Monique... Yes I know what you’re thinking already - them there Organs have been bitten by religion, hit by a thunderclap, the lord has a taken them! No, no, we’re just enjoying the music here, just enjoying the uplifting beauty of it all - an all good sing-a-long enterprise and some beautiful Americana, gospel, blues, hymns and folk and hang on, I know those lyrics, sixteen clumsy and shy...? Later though, I like it here, can I stay? Do you have a vacancy for a back scrubber and five seconds to spare? First we shall skip around like calves and this is such a wonderful album, a beautifully uplifting album. You see I almost don't want to get side-trapped with talk about the inspired brilliance of their Smiths cover or indeed the fact that this album has been perfectly recorded, produced and arranged by Sufjan Stevens, those details almost distract from the pure breath of beautiful fresh air that this debut album is. Yes they are singing hymns and praising Jesus and if that’s where your head is then you’ll love this, then again if it isn’t, you‘ll still love this – you really can’t help but love this album. Instinctive American folk music, popular culture and that church tradition, unflinchingly gorgeous, a spiritual brew, an uplifting whole - glokenspiel, choral bits and everything. A celebration of Old Testament psalms, Presbyterian Psalters and alternative pop moments that you won’t notice at first – Velvet underground, The Smiths. There’s a touch of the Polyphonic Spree about them, some of the fine spiritual folk traditions of The Carter Family, some of the simple beauty of Nick Drake (and yes Sufjan Stevens), even a little touch of The White Stripes in there with all their American beauty – this is a gorgeous album. The Welcome Wagon are a gospel duo and so so much more, and they really don’t impose with their religious pitch either, they do things just right, they invite you in and let you enjoy whatever you want to enjoy, as Sufjan points out; “it merely conveys the deepest of convictions”. This is just so good, serendipitously so, so natural, so warm, alive and just right. A breath of fresh air, go on, give it a go... 
            Right now you’ll only fine one song on their My Space and the same song on the label’s website, a good song but it won’t really tell you about this fine album – www.myspace.com/welcometothewelcomewagon or www.asthmatickitty.com
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THE LAKE SITUATION – The Lake Situation (And Then) – Debut album from a band/project put together by Tim Ineson, once of The Seals and, before that, far more importantly, as far as we’re concerned around these here parts anyway, Nub. If you were around London in the mid 90’s (and the days of Homage Freaks or Scissormen or...), then mention of Nub will bring a knowing smile to your face. Nub were good, Nub were very good – that was then though, and this is very much about now. The Lake Situation’s debut album is a crafted bit of musical strength – twelve strong songs/tracks that never get too difficult, and more importantly never get too obvious. That trademark vocal restraint is there, gliding over the comfortably jarring instrumentation, flowing over the subtly shifting time signatures and the jumps that cleverly don’t impose any awkwardness. Long tracks, tiny epics punctuated by shorter instrumentals, cohesively rewarding, soothing... everything flows with a clever restrained ease, every note placed with subtle restraint, twelve slices of jagged smoothness, flowing beauty - rewarding twists that you can hang so much on, inviting tension. Gleaming tunes, things that shudder to think, an album that’s just a refined sublime pleasure to spend time and space with. www.andthenrecords.com / www.myspace.com/thelakesituation
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VOLCANO! – Paperwork (The Leaf Label) – Well they’re certainly interesting and they clearly have no intention of following any pack, Volcano are different! All kinds of little things in here, bits of Queen, some of the feel of Ultrasound, experimental prog (in the realest of senses), jazzy bits, electronic detail, bits of glitch, bits of T-Rex. Touches of Radiohead or the less bombastic bits of House of The Holy Zeppelin and where did you get that jacket from? Has anyone seen that confounded bridge? Deerhoof being extra eccentric? They’re from Chicago and they really are experimentally different – always songs though, very much things that can be clearly identified as songs. Flavoured with African blues, free jazz, Deep In The Motherlode Genesis rhythm via Radiohead, none of it as obvious as anything here may lead you to think. Razor sharp style and no straight lines, nothing obvious, ambiguous drama. They originally arrived in 2005 and that debut album had an instant impact, Paperwork builds massively on that reputation. The baroque drama of (and vocal tones of) Muse put through the laptop and polyrhythmic jarrulator – confusingly catchy, feverishly inventive and almost hyperactive in a calming kind of way... and forever searching for that confounded bridge. Let’s strip this melodrama from this tragic comedy and if Stevie Wonder was to get all post-prog and Deerhoof on your ass and oh no, that’s not what it sounds like. Can you feel it? And Sparks and Yes and Dominic Leonie - they’re certainly interesting and they have no intention of following any pack, Volcano are different, certainly an interesting album – www.myspace.com/volcanoisaband / www.theleaflabel.com

BURNING PILOT – Cold Caller (Transgressive) – Accelerate through the case history to the automatic text generator and this is your entertainment correspondent with some French frankness or Northern Germanicness. They sound like Mark E.Smith fronting a Kraftwerk obsessed 80’s New Romantic synth band, that’s not necessarily a bad thing if you’re in a fizzy synthy retro Franz Ferdinandish kind of mood. Kind of like it, nothing revolutionary, they do it with a certain style and a bit of new wave class – www.burningpilot.com or www.myspace.com/burningpilot

THE JOHN HENRYS – Sweet As Grain (9LB/True North) - Fine enough mellow alt.country rock from Canada for fans of The Flying Burrito Brothers and that Sweethearts Of The Rodeo stuff. Nice rootsy electric guitar smoldering away next to the traditional steel and a hint or two of 60’s R&B.  All done authentically well, and all just right if Alt country rock and Americana should be yoir thing – www.thejohnhenrys.com
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GLOBO – This Nation’s Saving Grace (Comuse) – Well you can’t say Globo don’t keep things interesting, “less a group, more an experiment” is how they’ve described themselves in the past, they’ve been releasing stimulating things since somewhere around 1995, mostly via Hydrogen Dukebox (actually we did quite an extensive interview with them back when they originally started out, they certainly came through with some of the things they threatened back then, we’ll have to dig it out and put in up on line sometime, makes for interesting retrospective reading). 
                  This time around the dance orientated outfit have chosen to record their version of The Fall’s 1985 album - This Nation’s Saving Grace - the whole of it! Seen by some as the Fall’s finest moment, the original version was certainly graced with some of The Fall’s strongest and most instantly recognisable songs - and this is what you need (we are obsessed with what you need)... These kind of things can be hit and miss though, tribute albums and such – fear not, Globo have done things well here, this works, this is good. What the dance outfit have done is brought in guest musicians and vocalists, all with strong personalities of their own – Bearsuit, F*ck Dress, The Neutrinos, Mia Vigar and such – and given the whole idea a strong identity. Scatchy punky fizzy fuzzy left-field alternative bands adding rockness to Globo’s alternative electro-based take on things. Mirrors don’t need to hide, nothing is spoilt and the good is all there in the gut of the quantifier (with the barmy bomblast). I really don’t know if this should work, it does though, maybe because of the strength of the starting point and the unique sound of The Fall in the first place. Radical yet respectful, this works perfectly. Play it in your new house, do the paintwork, this is what you need, I am Damo Suzuki. (awful artwork though) – www.globo.org.uk or www.comuse.co.uk
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DEAD OR AMERICAN – Thaumaturgy (Predestination) – Edgy grungy alt.rock causticness that isn’t afraid of a delicate moment or two. They’re from Scotland, they’re focussed on different things, they have a certain sense of ambition in here with their post-hardcore colour – www.myspace.com/predestinationrecords

GUILLOTINE – Blood Money (Pulverised) – Decent enough old school thrash metal although I’m really not sure they back up the press release claim that they’re “taking the benchmark of intense thrash metal to new heights”. Sound like one of those Kreator type bands from 1988 and oh well, whatever, here's the link, they do it well enough  - www.pulverised.net
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SEVERAL UNION – A Look In The Mirror (Casket) – Ambitious modern alternative metal slickness of a melodic Alter Bridge, Stone Sour nature. They’re from Italy, decent enough without really setting much on fire – www.severalunion.it

JE SUIS ANIMAL – Self-Taught Magic From A Book (Angular) - “Norwegian band, French name, very Broadcast, a hint of Galaxie 500, big in Australia!” said the chase-up e.mail, and yes, a line that tells you lots. A mix of late 80’s indie with a healthy psychedelic undercurrent and some enchanting female-voiced harmonies that gently drive their dreamy effortless melodic pop... – www.jesuisanimal.com

SLICK’S KITCHEN – Half Evil – Half Album (self release) -  A “punk ‘n roll” three piece from Germany, well that’s how they describe themselves. One of those slightly punky, slightly glammy, slightly poppy Social Distortion meets early Goo Goo Dolls type bands who right now on this fifth of six tracks are sounding a little too INXS for our ears. They’re heading out on a full UK tour with The Damned in the December so it seems, they’re not really doing much for us, a little polite and predictable and maybe just a little too obvious, but hey, find out for yourselves, what the hell do we know about anything? www.myspace.com/slickskitchen or www.slickskitchen.com

BITCHES SIN – Uduvudu (Bitches Sin) – First album in twenty years, and really far better than we anticipated it would be. Decent enough old school NWOBHM for people who like that old 80’s metal stuff... Were they as good as this back in the day? www.bitchessin.co.uk

USELESS ID – The Last Broken Bones (Rude) – That slick generic radio friendly polite emo punk pop thing that we’ve all heard a million times already. Pleasant, enjoyable and harmless if you like this kind of I guess, but really what is the point of sounding exactly like all the others? Dynamic, well produced, really struggling to find anything good to say here, songs as good as any of the other slick faceless hot topic emo pop style American bands from all over the world. Polite review over, now get it out of here please... www.myspace.com/uselessid or www.ruderecordz.com

SIX FEET UNDER – Death Ritual (Metalblade) - Boiling hissing spitting thrashing pounding death metal, screaming guitars, cookie monster vocals, heavy, intense, relentless.... www.metalblade.de

CRISIS NEVER ENDS – Kill Or Cure (Prevision) – Some kind of new school modern metal hardcore metalcore conformocore thing from Germany (really could be from anywhere) that babbled and roared and metalcored away in the corner without really doing anything that inspired or excited us that much. I mean what is it with all these so called new school hardcore metalcore copycore bands and their need to just conform and get in line and I guess if you like they’re as good as all the others and goodness me, fish and chips and what about some punctuation around here? Don’t we say the same thing every week about all these metal bands? We get hundreds of albums like this, they arrive on the hour, every hour, bus loads of ‘em, can’t get out of the front door for them, here’s this lot's My Space if you’re curious – www.myspace.com/crisisneverends
 
Last week's album of the week - AU / BLACK ELK

Previous album's of the week - MOHA! / SEMAPHORE / 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
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ALBUM REVIEW ARCHIVES

LIVE
Got a load of things to tell you, next week though, we got things to deal with and things with an e to celebrate and so he has a fascinating chart, a stellium in Scorpio, and all in the 12th house and...
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 

LIVE REVIEW ARCHIVES

   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
TIM AND SAM’S TIM AND SAM BAND WITH TIM AND SAM – Put Your Slippers On (Full Of Joy) – A joyous crafting of uplifting post-rock spirit, flowing glowing tunes, delicate instrumentals with a twist of folk and a cup of sunshine. Glokenspiels and flutes and harmoniums and delicate tinkling guitars. Crisp and fresh, uplifting joyous instrumentals crafted with warmth and a touch of Bon Iver, Sigur Ros brightness. Lovely indie-flavoured light delicate simple clever post-rock and gorgeous drops of fresh rain in the sun and jumping over stepping stones and badger sets and all warm and organic and wholesome and good – www.timandsam.com

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THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART - Everything With You (Fortuna Pop) - More of the New York band’s very fine (almost perfect), deliciously lush, 80’s sounding Smiths/Wedding Present flavoured creamy swirly silky C86 indie pop... Joyous noise-pop and done just right (again) – www.thepainsofbeingpureatheart.com

DISCOVERY ZONE – Machine (Something In Construction) – Some kind of weirdass Zappaness and Rundgren fuel from a bunch of North Hollywood teenagers who say someone or something will trample on your chickens and mess with your Russian bride - and via some kind of Bobby Conn plays heavy metal with machines and Krispy Kreme doughnuts and more of those damn clowns at work and Bungling around with bleep and boost differentness and faith no more - www.myspace.com/discoveryzoneband

THE VERVE – Rather Be  (Parlophone) – You don’t really need reviews of Verve singles from us I know, but hey, it turned up in the post and the latest album is classic Verve and this is a decent enough single from said album – we’ve always got a litle time for The Verve around here – www.theverve.tv

PREGO – Answers (Pronoia) - Had to check it wasn’t Leave The Capital back yet again with yet another name. One of those Editors meet Hope Of The States type bands that come and go with all their edgy indie rock drama. They flirt with the epic, all Death Cab and Elbow and all very slick and primed and not bad if this kind of thing is where your head’s at – www.pregomusic.com or www.pronoia-records.com

I LIKE TRAINS – The Christmas Tree EP (Fantastic Plastic) – Instrumental piece, twenty two minutes of it, sounds like moody slow moving I Like Trains drama without the vocals and the homage to the mystery of chess players or laments to Deltics or searching through the atrocities of Beeching - no other-worldly large voice. And the result is a nice enough slow moving piece of dramatic moody post rock pleasantry. Apparently the piece started life as the soundtrack to a now abandoned film, something else has now been made as a visual accompaniment, comes with some kind of choreographed dance, more from their website, needs those vocals, the lyrics are their strength – www.iliketrains.co.uk

Last week's single of the week - THE DEIRDRES

Previously - THE MINIONS / 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

SINGLE REVIEW ARCHIVES

  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
JARMEAN? – Mind The Gap – Good looking demo, nice artwork/package, excellent looking package actually, DVD size packaging with some instantly inviting artwork... And inside you'll find skanking rag time and 20’s jazz and do yer know what I mean? That’s what their name means, jahr-mean, do you know what I mean? Rag time jazz entertainers with ukuleles and tubas and upbeat bitter sweet rag-tag tunes and a bit of London folk-pop in there with all the rag and bone and vaudeville anarchy and mind the gap between what you hope for and what you get. Bit of an Ian Drury geezer on vocals, or that bloke with the hat who’s always in the news, that and encounters with transvestites and betting your house on a horse and becoming a nun and learning tricks with a crucifix and what you our’ta bloody get. Great songs,  and ‘orrorscopes and Charleston to the profits or the prophets of some kind of doom or other and they surely would make you dance like daft until Nostradamus finally gets things right .  A little bit of anarchism from each of us would make a big difference to everyone and three very fine tracks, very fine indeed  - www.myspace.com/jarmean

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...
This week’s free download comes from the rather essential KAYO DOT. For goodness sake check this band out, if only to make some people around here shut up about them for five minutes! Here’s a bit of what was said during the recent Organ review of their latest album Blue Lambency Downward - “This is not fast food. This is a banquet of rare ingredients and exquisite constructions, to be digested over days, not minutes.  It's sweet and beautiful and not for the faint-hearted, dripping with opiate languor in one place, curling into unsettling, chilling landscapes (landscapes out of the films of Jan Svankmeyer and Brothers Quay) in another, building slowly slowly to a peak.... A good deal of Blue Lambency Downward can be compared to the more abstract passages of A Plague Of Lighthouse Keepers, the legendary twenty-minute masterwork of Van Der Graaf Generator.  Kayo Dot are that avant, psychedelic sensibility concentrated and amplified; lusher, more sensual....” 

You can taste bits of Kayo Dot and explore here or listen to a full stream of the new album here or grab these free and legal downloads direct from here, here, here and here...

PREVIOUSLY - BLACK ELK / 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
Couple of old school slices of proper punk for you this week, things from the days before marketing plans...

SUBHUMANS – Death Was Too Kind (Alternative Tentacles) – Canadian Subhumans, not the ones in Ford Cortinas full of household pets from over here. A whole load of early re-issued material from the band who were first active between 1978 and ’82.  Early North American fast loud shouty tuneful street punk that comes full of energy and a moment or two that lifts them a little from the crowd. Sounds a little dated now, feverish moment or two though. Angry energy and of course the dumb piece of often covered wholesome goodness known as (We don’t care what you say) Fuck You is on here. Classic punk from the days of The Dead Kens and D.O.A and pulled together with love and tender care, from the original master tapes, by Jello. I imagine you can hear something over at the ever good AT site, go ask the bat for the bat will know  - www.alternativetentacles.com

RUBELLA BALLET – Anarchy in The UV (Overground) – A cult band from the whole late 70’s/early 80’s daze of Crass and dayglo UV punk and such, not sure if we need this in 2008 though do we? Their sound is a sound very much from then, and the quality of some of the recordings here really is pushing the edges in terms of what you can pass off as DIY lo-fi punk rock attitude rather than just low quality inferior recording quality. They did (and do) have their moments though and I guess this is some kind of document of what when down and who they were and what was happening - there’s certainly some value in that. Rubella Ballet figured in a number of early editions of Organs actually – interviews and such, they certainly made sense back there in our rain and grime of handmade zines and lung-clogging spray paint... High-pitched Poison Girls style Siouxsie-yelps and girl-voiced scratchy lo-fi punk and the colourful proto-goth sound of Zillah Minx. They certainly were a bomb of colour in a drab land, they put a smile of the face of unemployment in the Thatcher-bashed working class ghettos of early 80’s London, they were a positive stroke of day-glo energy and a creative hope in a world that was more about survival that anything else. So much of what went on there in the anarcho punk playgrounds ended in confrontation, a punk gig then was often a negative battle ground rather than some kind positive interaction, Rubella Ballet gigs brought a smile and some positive colour . Scratchy guitars and rattling drums, strange cut up transmissions from outer-space and a whole lots of UV rays to usher in another wave of guitar attack. Tribal rhythms and shouting shouting shouting and space rock that almost fell in to that gap between Flux of Pink Indians and bands like Inner City Unit or some of the things you’d encounter back at the first Club Dogs or a side stage at Stonehenge  – and actually once your ears adjust a little and you tune in the sound really isn’t that bad (improves massively as we get in to the later material). Yes, this is good, and yes, we do need this in 2008, we maybe need it more than ever? A whole lot of tracks from tape only releases, long lost singles, their debut album At Last Its Time To Play and all put together with a 12 page booklet compiled by Sid Ation and Zillah Minx – ah yes, they still lift the gloom and it is so hard to be negative about the reality of life when Rubella Ballet are throwing their positive bombs of colour at you, I can see the light, we’re on the see saw, going up (and down with you), oh yes, it is good to have this here in 2008. Proper punk rock and the positive games of life - www.myspace.com/rubellaballet or www.overgroundrecords.co.uk

Previously: BBC RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP / 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

  MEDIA, VIDEO, PRINT AND....
DVD: NASHVILLE PUSSY – Live In Hollywood (SPV) – Recorded live and in blisteringly raw form at Hollywood’s Key Club, not entirely sure when but it looks to be a rather recent show. Nineteen songs and a no messing, good looking gig - all the decadent Southern fried punky blues-flavoured metalic hard rock, biker scuzz and righteous attitude you’d expect from Nashville Pussy. Good looking footage, well shot, a well edited no frills video shoot, no messing about with too many cuts, edit wankery or tedious cameras on swinging booms, whoever edited this did it well. Simple stuff, never boring, gives you time to get your eye focused in before the next well timed on-the-beat cut. Band looking good, Blain Cartwright giving it all the f*** you you’d rightly expect out front, Ruyter Suys once again showing what a great hard rock guitarist she is, rhythm section of Karen Cuda and Jeremy Thompson driving it all on powerful bass and drums – as strong a sounding/looking line up as they’ve ever had  And lots of good extras to be found here besides the main gig action - extra bonus bits of bootleg quality footage, bits of interviews, including Lemmy as interviewer at one point. You’ve got some of those “Pussy Home Videos”, you’ve got a great version of Rock ‘n Roll Outlaw with a rather naked looking Pete Wells from Rose Tattoo joining them on stage – shot from the pit footage, classic bootleg material - hang on though Blain, what ya singing there? I don’t need no longhaired lady... all I need is a rock ‘n roll band....? Isn’t that your longhaired lady-wife right there next to you in your rock and roll band being far more rock ‘n roll than anyone else? 
          These kind of DVD releases are never for anyone beside the already committed fan, and even if you are a committed fan then they’re often really not that good. This is a decent, no messing, no frills document that captures exactly what Nashville Pussy are about. Captures a working road band in all their raw scuzzy in your face larger that life Jack Daniels abusing trailer trash glory, a DVD with all the attitude you expect from the always rewarding Nashville Pussy – good stuff (and all packaged in such a tasteful way) 

See a You Tube trailer here, find out more from www.nashvillepussy.com and win yourself a copy here

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ORGAN 281 - F**KED UP, ROLO TOMASSI, MoHa!, SEMAPHORE, THE MINIONS, CHICKENHAWK  TROST, MAGNOLIA, LEFT TO VANISH, FREDRICK STANLEY STAR, HEADLESS HEROES, TORTUGA, THE BOAT PEOPLE, BARR, SAMMY HAGAR, BORN FROM, ROB HIMSELF, THE DeRELLAS, THE RACE, CONOR OBERST, DEPARTMENT S, MARILLION, 11:59, GHOSTFIRE, HANDMADE & BOUND...

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ORGAN 276 - Oh go have a look, do we have to list it everyweek, we had loads of great stuff last week, classic week for new music... 

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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... 

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