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ORGAN #288> JAN 1st '09 - new issue here every Thursday afternoon
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FIRST METEORS OF 2009: drafted precisely as kidney love and permission asked for... Last year was packed from start to finish with inspiring exciting music, with great releases, with bands needing to be just a little bit different, bands challenging themselves. A whole year packed with inspiring bands, bands that made us want to shout about their creativity all the way from the first week of January to the last day of December, bands that made us want to do this Organ thing that we do. A year packed and bound and there standing on the rails and raining down with such creative warmth, hitting right there on bare skin, golden... 2009 is already off to a positive start, a positive truck load of new albums to start the new year with already, Shrag, Axis Of Perdition, Enablers, Women, Knife Fight, Anathallo... 2009 is already feeling good, poetry is flowing, paint is spilling, new stocks of Montana Gold and dive in... Here we go, ape shall not fight ape, lend me your face... the year is feeling good already, love your kidneys, kiss the big ugly shark, still contact and switch the other, this thing still hasn't blown over...

These are, once again, the things that have been in our ears this first week of the new year. Please do explore and if it sounds interesting then just hit the link and make your own minds up, make contact, go switch the other - don't let this thing blow over, we've done with undercover - 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 way this web thing works when things fall right and the doors flip open and the touch of a key....
 

ORGANS vs ORGAN READERS.... 
Yes, that’s right, us versus you time. The votes are in, the arguing is all done and dusted. Did your list agree with our list? 

Who was best in 2008? The answers are all here with the Organ 50 albums of the year, the Organ readers poll and the best singles... 

Why are all those other end of year lists so damn predictable? So many good releases ignored by so many! don't ask us why the others don't cover them, the music media in this country is a mystery to us,  so many boring corporate wannabe websites all sounding so bored with it all when there’s so much out there to be alive about, maybe they all want to just work at the tired old NME and the music by-pass that is Kerrang these days or something... why don’t these things excite them? Do they not go out and find these things? Do they not get excited by things like Experimental Dental School or Rude Mechanicals? 
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Back this week after the Christmas/New Yearbreak.  More details of the weekly alternating Organ hour and Organ Other Rockshow herexThis we may just start the year with a show that features nothing but things coming out in 2009

MOLLOY kick off the new year with a new EP and launch gig, here’s what they said: “Hello! Dirty-minded angular electro-pop-rockers Molloy celebrate the release of their Thursday Electric EP. With live sets from Molloy and Organ favourites Semaphore, and glam metal/trashy rock DJs Hellbent & Leather! It’s ONLY £5 entry and you get a free limited edition EP! Saturday 10th January 2009, 8.30pm, The Wilmington Arms, 69 Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, London EC1 - the review of Molloy' new EP can be found further down this very page...

NEW ALBUMS WE’RE LISTENING TO THIS WEEK
ALBUM OF THE WEEK

FIGHT LIKE APES – Fight Like Apes And The Mystery Of The Golden Medallion (Model Citizen) - It can't wait any longer, here we go, can’t be put off any longer, time to write the Fight Like Apes album review, hold on tight now, give me that hook, toasting things that taste like fine... I love this band, I can’t pretend I don’t, I can’t be all professional and proper about this, in far far too deep already - impossible to write a review without sounding like the gushing fan I have been since that very first encounter. I keep waiting for them to let me down, to disappoint with their new record, play a bad gig, get all tied up with coats and no, not a chance of doing this with any kind of grace now. Lovely noise and can’t complete with all she talks about, just a lout and they make such a lovely noise, such lovely noise.... Fight Like Apes were hands-down the band of 2008 (alright, F*cked Up made the best album, the Apes were the band though). Whole Organ years are defined by those very special bands, rare bands that make a year - there was the year of Mint 400 back there, that year that was all Huge Baby and split heads and getting the injured to A&E, there was that Webcore year where things contacted and switched the other... Oh these Apes aren’t going to let us down here either, from that first euphoric bite of Something Global we know things are going to be OK. We like to toast things like this, something to make all the boys (and girls) drool, no black bits and no cheese on it, just toast and did you? And did she love it? There no way this can be a ‘proper’ review now, not a chance – give me my hook and just a gushing goose feeding bread-fight frenzy all busted up beyond replacement, something global, something real. The album title is a reference to Mr T’s post A-Team cartoon series so it seems - that’s their world you see, the four of them fighting over junk television over there in Dublin, fighting over control of the remote and goodness me, chips for tea again. And any band with a line that goes something like Hey you get some grace, You’re like Kentucky Fried Chicken but without the taste have got to be worth everything you have and loads more besides haven’t they? Driving Miss Daisy all over the place! And there she goes screaming again, your nightmare bungee breaking whore with a pocket full of fists for your stupid face ... Song songs songs, the four of them have line after line that jumps out and you can’t talk of Yo La Tango like your selling nothing more than perfume, this isn’t ‘product’, this is music and I’ve loved this band since that first note of Jake Summers took a chunk out and refused to give it back – no, you’re not going to get any kind of sense here. Songs and tunes and synth pop fireworks and short-fuse bits that fit just right in the toaster and samples that sound so good you want them to play them again and again - and I want to heat it again and again and I’m beginning to think I prefer them to Beverly Hills 9021 and hey you get some grace... Look! Fight Like Apes have an album loaded with brilliant pop songs – that’s the bottom line here, take the focus off, take off your clothes, it really is all about their songs, about the bite within the songs, about the craft, the wit, the sheer cock-sure butter wouldn’t melt nerve of it all. Produced by John Goodmanson, recorded over in Seattle and they got it just right - it sounds like a first album should, it isn’t perfect – good! We don’t want them perfect, perfect would not be right, last thing we need from Fight Like Apes is perfection, we want their faults and the off-target cartwheels  – we want broken instruments and we want the four of them to fall off their high-wire now and again. Crash and burn again you goddamn apes, we’re here to watch it all, look at the mess you’ve made now, told you so – eye pokes and that lack of moral standards, so informed, it will all end in tears. Oh look, nearly perfect fractured cracked synth pop songs and words all the best junk TV and let them stick it up yer, let them digifuckyer. More toast and all the time, we did love it, we knew we would - pro-profanity synth-taser good good good and full of hooks and time to go now, told it would be gushing – just go get your own helping then go back for more, I love this band, I love this, I love it! Bands like this is what Organ is about, this is why we bother and if you don’t like the way we gush then go make your own damn toast and leave ours alone. Happy new year, the album is out already in Ireland, out here in the UK on January 26th. Gushing over for today....  www.fightlikeapesmusic.com
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ALBUM OF THE WEEK 2

ANATHALLO – Canopy Glow (Anticon) -  Oh now this is refreshing - lush songs bursting with euphoric light, alive with the glow that fireflies make, beautifully delicate constellations – they may close eyes and sing of death, they do it with such glowing graceful beauty though, with such a warm positive flourish. Delicate Pet Sounds harmonies, tight vocal textures that touch of the more fragile moments of Yes, on the gloriously uplifting parades of Efterklang, the inviting flights of Shearwater. Sounds full of inspiring energy, songs that make you feel good to be alive, that celebrate skies and fireflies and accidental constellations. Put your hands up, wake up, the textures and temperament, the gorgeous lush richness of it all. Such beautifully delicate interlocking harmonies, such strong pieces of musical warmth – oh look, we’re gushing again, but this really is heart-crushing good and if you can’t allow us to gush about the strength to be found in the quiet fragile beauty of this wonderful music then what are you doing here in the first place? Anathallo are from Chicago, their headspace is a place of such refined beauty, you really should treat yourself to it, go bask in the glow of their virtuosity... www.anathallo.com or www.myspace.com/anathallo Released in the UK on January 12th, find it in the UK via www.cargorecords.co.uk
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SHRAG – Shrag (Where It’s At Is Where You Are) – Seems like we’ve been waiting for an age and a half for Shrag’s first album to arrive (so we can play it over and over). The Brighton five piece have put out a string of great singles over the last two years or so, we haven’t got tired of them yelling about Mark E Smith coming to town – I don’t care what you say, we like them anyway, brilliant 45’s that we always want to listen to again. This isn’t really a new album, more a collection of the first chapter of singles and a line under part one - a kind of greatest hits volume one affair. Would it all work on an album, they are a classic singles band, a whole album of it though, would it work? Twelve slices of their feisty new wave slightly lo-fi (perfectly produced) electro punk flavoured just right pop and a sound that’s instantly recognisable as no one but them. Three girls, two boys and all positively spiky and indie-punk-pop and wearing a frown and coming to town. Shrag have great songs – that’s the whole key, they just keep dropping these great songs that stick inside your head. Songs that take you there without the running commentary, brilliant bouncy feisty pop songs and all put together with different glue that says so much about you.  if you’ve heard the singles then you’ve heard most of what can be found on here. It does all work as one whole on an album though, all those sugar sweet electro punk pop new wave synth ‘ n guitar rushes with the caustic bite and lyrics that jump right out of the shop and demand to leave with you in such an intelligently uncluttered way. The sweet bits, the aggressive bits, the angry bits that demand an answer (or at least another question), the we’re-the-ones-in-control riot grrl flavoured bits, the bits that are a bit like bits of Bis or Bikini Kill or The Fall and we’ll have to chuck you out if you question these words and if Mark E Smith was coming to town would you dare to dance like the animated boy of the shelf? From that opening bite of Pregnancy Scene right the way through, clinging to your insides making you sing and dance and a,b,c, 1,2,3.. proper long term get a crush that will last and last pop music... www.wiaiwya.com / www.myspace.com/shrag

RED EYED LEGENDS – Wake Up, Legend (File Thirteen) – That singer doesn’t sound like he’s from Chicago does he? He sounds like he’s in some London-fuelled late 70’s new wave garage post-punk band who once got caught up in Johnny Rotten’s spit or something – not saying that’s a bad thing, far from it, just making an observation. They’re actually four vets (as in veterans, not people who messs with cats and dogs) from the Chicago/D.C/Omaha punk, post punk and garage scenes (aren’t these press releases that come with these albums useful things when you need to bluff and make like you know). Singer/guitarist Chris Thomson was vocalist in Dischord band Circus Lupus and then The Monochild and Skull Kontrol, and you’ve also got people from The Dishes, Submarine Races, Cinco De Gatos here – see, vets who’s done their time and cured more that a few sick pets. Don’t matter who they’ve been in though does it, this here review is all about this ‘ere new album... All driving punk/post-punk rock ‘n roll energy, beat-up organs, crocodile tears, scares from where they’re missing vital parts  and primitive wall-punching garage guitars, agitated vocals and I know there’s something you wanted to say. No one ever talks, they just want to fight, fumes from tunes and scratching at your throat, things that you can believe in  - www.redeyedlegends.com / www.myspace.com/file13records
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IRON FIRE – To The Grave (Napalm) – From Copenhagen with their thunder roar and their marching with the immortals, shouting out a hail to Odin... they got a song called Kill For Metal, another called The Battlefield... they’re very melodic and they really don’t sound like they could actually fight The Beast From The Blackness if they really had to. Melodic power metal and their fifth album is pretty much the same as their other four – Iron Fire are not an experimental band! That Hammerfall, Testament thing, a touch of Maiden and they’re warriors to the grave... Is killing for metal a good thing though? Maybe wash your hair for metal or embroider your denim jacket with a big Saxon S for metal would be a little bit better than yer actual going out and killing for it? “Metal man I am” sings yer singer man, “metal, metal...”. Oh look, you’ll either, quite reasonably, think this to be preposterously silly nonsense or you’ll raise your flag and thunder will stand back, you’ll feel a return of steel to the glory days, you’ll feel it from the mountain side to the seven seas and you’ll secretly think this is rather good old school melodic tuneful power metal nonsense. Oh yes brothers and sisters, when the valiant day comes we will stand up straight on the battlefield, stand up straight for metal. They got a song called Frozen In Time as well... “tear of blood in the battlefield, stand in the heat” sings yer man... To The Grave is damn fine power metal battle metal nonsense - www.napalmrecords.com or www.myspace.com/officialironfire
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Last week's album of the week - THE JELAS

Previous albums of the week - HUNTSVILLE / GALLON DRUNK / SLEEPS IN OYSTERS / THE WELCOME WAGON / AU / BLACK ELK / MOHA! / SEMAPHORE / AIDS WOLF / THE PROCESS / DEERHOOF / MARTIN ORFORD / ORIGINAL SILENCE / RELIGIOUS KNIVES / F*CKED UP / NISENNENMONDAI
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ALBUM REVIEW ARCHIVES

LIVE
THREE AGES OF ELVISTHE THREE AGES OF ELVIS / ORPHANS - Yorkshire House, Lancaster – 21st Dec 

I’ve been going to gigs for a long time.  I grew up in Los Angeles and later lived in London.  As I’ve always shunned the mainstream, I’ve seen many, many alternative (in the true sense of the word) bands.  A lot of them have been good, a lot of them have been horrible, some of them were great and there are those that really caught my attention.  It’s those gems that always keep me coming back for more. 

I live in Lancaster (northern England) now, and believe me when I tell you this was the last place I thought I’d find not one, but two (!) bands that would spark my fire.  But you know what?  I did!  The Three Ages of Elvis and Orphans — two Lancaster grown bands I had the pleasure and honour of seeing on the 21 of Dec at the Yorkshire House. 

Now imagine, if you possibly can, what would happen if Gang of Four and Sonic Youth met up and tried to play ‘Bleach’-era Nirvana.  Oh, throw in a really charismatic/wacky bass-player, who plays the bass like the lead instrument it ought be, a guitarist with a penchant for rockabilly riffs and a great singing voice and a drummer that does more than just keep steady 4/4 time.  If you can do this, and I couldn’t really until I actually saw The Three Ages of Elvis perform.  I think that thing I liked best about this band is that even though they were obviously heavily influenced by a bunch of other bands - they still had this certain something that moved it beyond that.  I’ve been struggling with a better way to say this - but I can’t quite find it: I can only say that if The Three Ages of Elvis had been around in LA in the late 70s/early 80s, it would be them that all their favourite bands would be citing as their major influence.  These guys managed to synthesise a whole bunch of sounds and produce something that sounds almost like the prequel to what actually came before them.

Headliners (by technicality only) Orphans, provided the second helping of ear-candy for the night.  They played quite the appetising blend of ska, indie, rockabilly and surf. Lead singer Chris Watkins comes off as a tougher version of the Decemberist’s Colin Meloy with an even better stage presence.  The lead guitarist is one of the best guitarists I have had the pleasure of hearing in simply ages.  He doesn’t just play his instrument, he magically coaxes it to produce divine and unusual sounds (I don’t mean unusual in a weirdy, synthesised, electronica way, more as in guitar sounds that others just haven’t thought to bring out of a guitar).  Surf-guitar Northern England style is another thing I never in my life imagined.  However, the Orphans delivered it in a way the evoked not only the sunny shores of California but the grey and rainy danger-filled oceans of the North as well.  Any band that can make me feel like I’m on opposite sides of the pond at once makes a believer out of me. 

Run, don’t walk, to your nearest venue and demand they book these bands! 
(Shaari Sue Ginsburg)

www.myspace.com/thethreeagesofelvis
www.myspace.com/angryorphans
 

Live previously - ZACH HILL / THE PRESENT / TRENCHER / EVERYTHING EVERYTHING / THE PRODIGY / FIGHT LIKE APES / SOUTH CENTRAL / ROSE KEMP / HANDS ON HEADS / PLUG / MOTORHEAD / THE JESSIE ROSE TRIP / PURE REASON REVOLUTION / 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

LIVE REVIEW ARCHIVES

   THINGS TO GET SHOUTING  ABOUT?
FIRST METEORS OF 2009:  The annual Quadrantid meteor shower peaks on Jan. 3rd when Earth enters a stream of debris from shattered comet 2003 EH1. The timing of the encounter favors observers in western North America and across the Pacific Ocean who could see dozens to hundreds of meteors during the dark hours before sunrise this Saturday morning. Visit www.spaceweather.com for a sky map and more information.

SOMETHING NEW: For the new year, Spaceweather.com is pleased to announce a new service: Space Weather Radio, broadcasting live "sounds from space" around the clock.  Today you can listen to the Air Force Space Surveillance Radar in Texas.  When a meteor passes over the facility - ping! - there is an audible echo. (Activity should be high during the Quadrantid meteor shower this weekend.)  In the near future we'll be adding broadcasts of solar radio bursts and VLF signals from the ionosphere. The streams are punctuated by Daily Space Weather Updates from Dr. Tony Phillips.  Click here to begin listening: www.SpaceweatherRadio.com
 

  SINGLES
SINGLE OF THE WEEK
CUDDLY SHARK – Woody Woodpecker / Bowl Of Cherries (Armellodie) – Kiss that big cuddly shark, no scratch that, we can’t get away with saying that! This is shark kissing good though - Bowl Of Cherries is a rush of alt.poppy post-punk aggression, they talk of being “Dischord-inspired”, whatever it is that inspired them, they’re full of wired up musical goodness. Raucous - a sonic fit of standing on your toes and singing right in to your face is what Bowl Of Cherries is. Woody Woodpecker meanwhile is fifteen seconds short of two minutes, Woody Woodpecker is alt/rock wrong pop shouty angular goodness coming in to the room and peck peck peck pecking at you – like those people who peck at your head and never let up – this is good pecking though, peck peck peck. They’ve got all kinds of hints of Shellac and Fugazi and Ween and Husker Du and all without really being obvious about any of those influences - healthy influences and a clear love, no copy cats, no aping their record collection - mean bass line, standing in the kitchen going peck peck peck peck peck peck, screaming out in constant pain, another bombshell coming your way. Cuddly Shark are from Glasgow, they’re a whole brew of healthy arguments and “idiosyncratic lyrics” and falling up stairs and Things To Say. We like this. And there’s a great third unlisted song with mouth organs and picking neat holes in Weezer’s sweater and some torn up artwork - ecellent third song, ripped bit by bit. Cuddly Shark are right there on your toes, in your face, right between the eyes, and it all happened so fast and you’ll want all their songs and to see then a hundred times... – www.cuddlyshark.co.uk or www.myspace.com/cuddlyshark

ALSO CHECK OUT
MOLLOY – Thursday Electric EP (Silverstation) – More of the London (sometimes Paris) band’s living room freak, more of their dirty filthy crunchy analogue-electro pop to tie you up and make you go faster. Gather Round Girls is far too good of a pop song to be second on here! Thursday Electric is too good to be anything but first though... Flirty filthy horny tied-up tied-down electro glam pop laced with massive hooks, vintage chic and their Commodore 64 retro bite... Actually all their songs are too good to be second, they’re all lead tracks with their angular bites of Devo and their slices of Ant music and all their orange and green legwarmer fetish and their telephone calls. Molloy make dirty fithy electro glam pop, they’re one of the best pop bands out there playing the London toilets right now, and they do have this delightful habbit of release great singles... their website URL tells you how it is – www.thisisf*ckingbrilliant.com or www.myspace.com/silverstationrecords

THE HIGH WIRE – Rope Walking / All The Simple Things (Grandpa Stan) – Blissful dreamy indie pop, soft-focus languid chilled winter goodness. A track off the recent album and a new one called All The Simple Things that suggests things are shaping up well in terms of that difficult second album – a very mellow hazy, very indie Mercury Rev, Primal Scream, Galaxie 500 wistful feel, the simple things... www.myspace.com/thehighwire
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Last week's single of the week - RED PAINTED RED

Previously - RALPH BAND / RAW POO / RUDE MECHANICALS / THE BRUTE CHORUS / TIM AND SAM’S TIM AND SAM BAND... / THE DEIRDRES / THE MINIONS / LOYAL TROOPER / ALISON O’DONNELL / SPEECH DEBELLE / OVER THE WALL / THE RAYOGRAPHS / THE KABEEDIES / VOICEsVOICEs / THE QUARRY / F**K BUTTONS

SINGLE REVIEW ARCHIVES

  DEMO TIME
DEMO OF THE WEEK
The first great demo of 2009 hasn't landed here yet, well maybe it has and we haven't got to it yet? Maybe? There's a big pile there waiting... here's a few that are worth a mention as we kick in and chase away hangovers. No demo of the week this week, few things you might want to check out though.. 

ALSO CHECK OUT

SHOCK ELEVATOR FAMILY - Whole load of tracks from an English band who’ve been around developing things for quite some time now – started out when they were ridiculously young, probably still teenagers or may early twenty somethings. Lo-fi alt.rock of a Guided By Voices Pavement nature, got to say they sound like they might just be a little too preoccupied with that North American 90’s lo-fi alt.rock sound and being like the bands they clearly admire without really adding much of a finger print of their own, sound more like a band from Portland Oregon then a band from Birmingham Warwickshire. They have their moments, some decent ideas to be found in semi-decent songs here, lines that catch ears now and again. I guess, from what I can work out via their sparse MySpace page that this is demo/working in progress versions of a forthcoming album called The Luge Vol 1. Need something a little more adventurous in there before we get shouting about them - use you’re influences as a springboard, really need to add a little something more of your own rather than just being a reasonable interpretation of their North American lo-fi alt.rock record collection though – there’s a potentially good band in here if they really feel like challenging themselves (as well as challenging us listeners) right now they seen a little reluctant to really do that – www.myspace.com/shockedelevator

LADYDOLL – Honneybunny/Generics – Couple of very (very) slick alternative indie pop tracks from Ireland’s Ladydoll. They’re from Cork, male vocals, looks like only a quarter of them actually are ladies here in these Ladydolls. All rather too slick and bouncy and upbeat and happy smiley emo pop empty bottle rattle and is that one of those damn auto-tune vocal things? All kind of Weezer and Placebo and My Chemical thingy and this really is not our thing - rather cut off my own face says singer man – too right singer man! Oh look, if you like your slick commercial indie pop and your emo poop and keeping your fingernails nice and clean and never going out without a safety harness on then... Second track is by far the best, first one had already alienated us though and the kettle was boiling and I guess they do their chosen thing very well and I’m sure they’re kind to animals, always see old ladies safely across busy roads and always wash their hands before tea..    www.myspace.com/ladydollband

IVAN CAMPO – Super Seven – More from Ivan Campo, I guess they’re not going to give up on trying to win us over, they’re kind of wasting time and stamps, they’ll never win us over with these kind of plasterscene dreams and nice polite acoustic tunes – give up waiting and procrastinating. They’re all acoustic Zutons, The Coral and Space and that North West of England laid-back radio-friendly indie pop thing - they sound more Liverpool than Manchester, that band name hints at Bolton though (big hair and homesick for Real Madrid). Seven tracks, none of them sounding that super to us discordant noise loving scumbags in shirts without ties. This really isn’t out thing, I can’t stand The Zutons, I’d rather eat my own ears that have to listen to any of them there Coral type bands and yeah, we could just ignore it but hey, they took the time to send it in and  fact of the matter is that the three of them do their chosen thing very well – just a million miles away from being our thing - www.ivancampo.net

Last week's demo of the week - THE MAXIMUM DANGER PROJECT

Previous demo's of the week - CHARLIE BARNES / THE CURSORS / THE WINTER LEAGUE / JARMEAN? / RIOTGOD / CUTTHROAT CONVENTION / INERTIA BLOOMS / SID SINGS / GIRO JUNKIE / THE ATROCITY EXHIBIT / SEA SICK / COUNTRYSIDE / MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN / GRASSCUT / COP ON THE EDGE

DEMO REVIEW ARCHIVES

'THIS WEEK’S FREE DOWNLOAD...
Two recent bits of download news from our daily news pages and two regulars from Organ pages and Organ gigs of the past, grab them while you can, both are goodies... 

VESSELS post a free download demo track....  “Hey everyone. Hope your all having fun. As a pressie from us to you for giving us such a good 2008, we've uploaded a bonus demo, a version of the mid-section from "Wave Those Arms, Airmen" from the night we first jammed it. We recorded over an hour of it, but here is the best 18 minutes. Rough and ready, but it has it's charms. . You can go to sleep to this one, we promise it won't wake you up at the end Find it HERE. We'll still be holed up writing new songs until April and May, when we'll be touring the UK, Ireland, and mainland Europe, hopefully with a few more constructions for your ears, head, heart and belly. Happy new year! XXx”

COLT make new track available for free download... “Seasons Greetings and a very Happy New Year! A brand new song 'Sticky Lies' is now online at all the following places as a free Christmas  download... hurry while stocks last - only joking, it won't run out... :) All our Love Andrea & Jared” – Get the new track from their Reverb Nation page, it isn’t a Christmas track, it is Colt at their most beautifully delicate and you know that's something special - www.reverbnation.com/colt

PREVIOUSLY - LIARS / SLARAFFENKLANG / 4AD / PHANTOM LIMBS  / THE PRODIGY / KAYO DOT / 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

'RE-ISSUE/best of OF THE WEEK
THE NERVES – One Way Ticket (Alive) – Apparently this is their first official album, a collection of tracks originally released on singles, alongside some raw live recordings and demos. Seems this is the first time the three members of the semi legendary 70’s Los Angeles garage band have agreed to their material all being pulled together like this on one disc. Seems they weren’t together that long and the chances are you’ve never heard of them – you’ve certainly heard some of their songs though. Blondie covered one of their early songs, a thing you may have heard called Hanging On The Telephone, Paul Young has a massive hit with his cover of Come Back And Stay. There’s twenty tracks here, including various bits from post Nerves projects. “Musical differences” means the three of them didn’t stay together for too long or indeed last long enough to make an actual album. One of the more obscure mid 70’s LA garage/punk/pop bands then, and one of the more influential. They have a bit of a 60’s English Mod feel actually – Dave Clark Five, early Beatles – a striped down raw, bare, sparse sound that makes every energetic riff and every beat seem rather crucial. They toured with the Ramones and shared stages with bands like The Zeros, The Avengers and such – seems there’s quite a story here – shame the sleeve notes are some minimal. Still, you got the music and that’s what counts. A collection or raw edgy garage punk tracks from the mid 70’s and plenty of evidence here to suggest that had they stuck around a little longer and made some actual albums they’d maybe have become household names or at least household names in those homes that know about bands like X, The Knack and such – www.myspace.com/thenerves or www.alive-totalenergy.com

Previously:THE THING / THE ERGS / DAMON & NAOMI / MR. BROWN / SUBHUMANS / RUBELLA BALLET / BBC RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP / MARILLION / KUNG FU SUPER SOUNDS / VOORHEES / EXODUS / DEATHROW / THE GATHERING / BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES / CLIFF / KILLING JOKE / THE SAVAGE RESURRECTION

  MEDIA, VIDEO, PRINT AND....
Actually we have a lot to tell you about, that new gallery from the I AM JOY team in Chichester, loads of inspiring stufff going on there, we honrst didn;t expect the art hung there to be so good. Here's a short news piece that we ran a couple of weeks ago before we'd seen it ourselves. more next week 

The I AM JOY team bring some art to South Street... The I Am Joy team, who are all connected up to post rock outfit FLIES ARE SPIES FROM HELLsay:  “We are opening an art gallery in Chichester! You can find us on South street, Chichester - number 18, next to Argus. To all artists in the local area, if you are interested in having your work hung in and sold over the Christmas period please come to the shop with your work. “ www.iamjoy.co.uk

WARHORSE at the National, how much emotion do those horses demand you invest? 

PROG ROCK BRITANNIA: An Observation In Three Movements....  Prog Rock Britannia is the first comprehensive, feature-length documentary about progressive music and the generation of bands that made it - from the international success stories of Yes, Genesis, ELP, King Crimson and Jethro Tull, to the trials and tribulations of lesser-known bands such as Caravan and Egg. Narrated by Nigel Planer, the film is structured in three parts - charting the birth, rise and decline of a movement famed for complex musical structures, weird time signatures, technical virtuosity and strange, quintessentially English, literary influences. It looks at the psychedelic pop scene that gave birth to progressive rock in the late Sixties, the golden age of progressive music in the early Seventies, complete with drum solos and gatefold record sleeves, and the over-ambition, commercialisation and eventual fall from grace of this rarefied musical experiment at the hands of punk in 1977. The documentary is a provocative, humorous but affectionate re-appraisal of a music that was the value system of an all-too-brief period in British popular music. Contributors include Robert Wyatt, Mike Oldfield, Pete Sinfield, Rick Wakeman, Phil Collins, Arthur Brown, Carl Palmer and Ian Anderson. It all happens on Friday 2 January 10.00-11.30pm BBC FOUR - the BBC always repeat these things lots though, so if you're reading this after Friday then check the schedules...

PREVIOUSLY - INDYMEDIA / FRESHWHIP / ANDY WARHOL'S SCREEN TESTS DVD / DVD: NASHVILLE PUSSY / BOOK: TATTOO SOUP / TAURID METEOR SHOWER / 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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