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ORGAN #289> JAN 8th '09 - new issue here every Thursday afternoon
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Thursday bloody Thursday, that time of the week again, stamping high-heeled feet at passing red trucks or sharks or flying teapots full of best Earl Grey and all with red ribbons in place should they be needed...  Do any of these things ever need to make any sense to anyone? Who needs introductions and editorials? Skip right on to this week’s bag of reviews, go hit the links if it sounds like it might be something for your eyes and ears then dive right over to their space and take part in it all, couldn’t be any more simple could it? Well could it? Woe betide the boredom creeping in, knee deep in exciting new wreckords and sugar mice already and we’re only eight days in to this new year. And enough of people claiming 2008 wasn’t a good year for music, it was a brilliant year for music! It was only bad for you if you weren’t paying proper attention! Enough of that, and enough of apathy and hit the ground running right in to another year of red trucks, black tea, vintage pale peachiness and flowing paint. Life is peachy, life is fresh cans of Montana Gold Raspberry Red and exciting music and the  things that flow around it, the creativity that revolves around it... 

These are, once again, the things that have been in our ears this second 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 - like we say every week, 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....
 

Is this why you bookmarked us...? 
WOMEN will be returning to these shores to play some shows, the Canadian band have their self-titled album out on Jagjaguwar on January 19th – you may have heard tracks on rsent Organ shows over at Resonance FM. Here come the shows: Feb 13th - Birmingham, House & Hare, 14th - Glasgow, Captain's Rest, 15th - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club, 16th  Manchester, Night & Day Café, 17th - London, White Heat @ Madame Jo Jo's, the Canadians also join Deerhunter on March 3  at the London, Scala. The album review is further down this week's page...
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MACHINE MUSIC, CIRCUIT BUILDING, FREE PERFORMANCE... What links the Indian Mutiny, Leon Theremin, Donna Summer and the alluring whiff of WD-40? Find out in a live concert of machine-music curated by Resonance FM's Ed Baxter. Featuring Sarah Angliss, Dan Wilson, Ben Barwise, Xper.Xr and special guests. Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street, London SE11 5RH â?“ just by Oval cricket ground west gate (Oval tube, Vauxhall rail). Part of the exhibition “Felixâ Machinesâ” - Friday 9 January at 8pm. Free

         The Resonance Radio Orchestra live in concert; plus a live coding vs.live circuit building competition with Nick Collins (Sussex University) versus Nicolas Collins (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), vying for the annual award of the "Nic(k) Collins Cup," an exquisite ceramic vessel commissioned from Devon potter Nic Collins (no relation). Gasworks once more and part of Part of the “Felixâ Machinesâ” exhibition - Friday 16 January at 8pm. Free - - www.gasworks.org.uk

AND CIRCUIT BENDING... Resonance FM presents a Circuit-Bending Workshop. Professor Nicolas Collins, author of Handmade Electronic Music, leads an all-day workshop in customised electronics: learn how to modify a radio, create a basic synthesiser and much more. The workshop takes place on Saturday the 17th of January in central London, from 10am til 5pm. The cost is thirty pounds. Spaces are strictly limited.  For full details email workshop at resonancefm.com
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Who got played THIS week? 

1/intro: TRANSISTOR SIX – Back Yard Rocketship (Blackbean & Placenta)
2: CHRIS CORSANO – What Movement Helps You When... (Co Op)
3: CUDDLY SHARK –  Woody Woodpecker (Armellodie)
4: SHRAG -  Mark E. Smith – (Where Its At Is Where You Are)
5: ANATHALLO – Bells (Anticon)
6: THE SHITTY LIMITS –  Here Are The Limits (Co Op)
7: SLARRENKLANG –  You Win (download)
8: BLOOD MOON –  Weakended By Nostalgia (Womb)
9: MOLLOY – Thursday Electric (Silverstation)
10: 2562 – Kameleon (Co Op)
11: MAEGASHIRA – Hi From Jersey (Spare Change)
12: DEPARTMENT OF EAGLES – Classical Records (Co Op)
13: WOMEN – Lawncare (Jagjaguwar)
14: AXIS OF PERDITION –  The Great Unwashed Part 2 (Code666)
15: DIPLO – 200 (Big Dada)
16: EXPERIMENTAL DENTAL SCHOOL – Microscope Lab Voices (Cochon)
17: JACK SHIRT – Happy Prog Nightmare (Scratch My Back)

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

WOMEN – Women (Jagjaguwar) – Canada’s Women hint at so many things, they’re delightfully impossible to pin down here on electronic paper in any kind of easy obvious way – good, that’s the way it should be. Their debut album is ten slices of differentness, different things that hint at those slightly lo-fi (experimental more then low budget) ideas played with along the way by those who sail close to the sounds and ideas of The Velvet Underground, Pavement, Swell Maps and all without really sounding like any of them. Women are positively unique, experimental without ever losing sight of the songs or the structures. Recorded over a period of four months in a basement (by Chad VanGaslen) with old ghetto blasters, tape recorders and with all kinds of bits of what sound like ‘broken’ instruments and imaginative percussion. These are pop songs – cleverly structured pop songs put together by different minds and other imaginations. There’s bits of white noise, bits of psychedelia, bits of real prog – progressive art as it were - always accessible though and never ever obvious. Women is a beautiful album, a thrilling album, a light album, a glowing album that’s alive with the art of noise – the experiments are simple, gentle, inviting, nothing difficult or hardboiled. They hits at bits of 60’s experimentalism, West Coast art, East Coast Warhol and always leaving the impression that it was all effortlessly easy, natural and immediately infectious. Women have achieved something rather special here, things this easy and enjoyable really shouldn’t be that obviously different should they? Surely everything has been done already? Light, spacious, uncluttered, rich in texture, buzzing bits of fuzz, static noise, other pop and just a whole other alternative North American breezy enjoyment. Kind of like sitting out on the pavement painting when no one is watching...  A sunny hopeful album, alive with colour and imagination, something you really should explore – www.jagjaguwar.com or www.myspace.com/womenmusic
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MAEGASHIRA – The Stark Arctic (Spare Change) – This is the f***in’ shit (as someone once said), discontent so pure, it’s gotta be from Jersey (as someone else once said). There’s a monster slab of very very big metal right there in the middle of this mighty hour-long six tracker, a six minute all out assault laced with so much stoner sludge, attitude, spilt beer, distorted feedback, broken guitars and defiant fists in the air goodness – the slab is called Hi From Jersey and it just asserts itself and rips everything you’ve got right up. Big guitars, bigger attitude – Eyehategod, Sleep, High On Fire, Melvins - riffs, screams, torn up vocal-cords, the biggest slice of righteous stoner heavy-as-mud sludge-punk you will have heard in an age and a half – perfect confrontation and in your face stoned-out defiance. It precedes a twenty two minute bare-foot wade through black treacle and broken glass that is the closing track. These people aren’t messing around here, this band are not just another retro stoner band who learnt a few Sabbath riffs and thought that’s all it took, a little more than just another Orange Goblin support band. Hard winds blowing through frozen riffs, avalanches of cathartic blackness, pillars of psychedelic sludge-motion and all with a raw fuck-you we know best edge. And most importantly, just when you think you have them sussed, they throw in a mighty curveball like Baggage Claim/Skin Slip. We get a lot of stoner rock and this and that, most of it pretty much does as you expect it to - goes in, does the job, very nice, thank you very much, another pint of the same please – Maegashira are a hell of a lot more than just another damn stoner rock band, this really is the righteous f***in’ shit – actual proper metal – proper swamping doom and crushing goodness that really does feel like it came from New Jersey – www.myspace.com/maegashira or www.sparechangerecords.com
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DANKO JONES – Never Too Loud (Bad Taste) – Latest album from the Canadian band with the same name as their frontman. Finally out in the UK this week, been out everywhere else from some time now. This fourth album from the three piece is their slickest yet, slick is no bad thing here. Danko Jones have their influences right there on their, bold and bright right there on their sleeves, they’re not trying to pull any wool over anyone’s eyes. This is just classic old school hard rock music, album music - some of it really radio friendly, some of it delivered with a harder edge. The alternative punky bite of earlier times is pretty much gone now, that lack of edge might catch a few out, this time around this is nothing more than unashamed old school hard rock. We’re talking the melodic harmonic hardness of Thin Lizzy’s pioneering days, we’re talking slick AC/DC, late Seventies Kiss, Montrose, Cheap Trick – all supercharged, superslick bold as can be code of the road hard rock music. City Streets is almost a tribute to that classic Thin Lizzy sound, Danko Jones was more than happy to tell us that himself in a recent interview, Code Of The Road itself is street wise road rock, Still In High School is radio friendly bubble gum, Take Me Home is unashamed sunny Californian pop rock, Let’s Get Undressed has a tongue in cheek smile to it, and on it goes, track of track  – yeah sure, some of those words might not be that deep, Danko Jones aren’t hiding anything though, this is (sometimes very radio friendly) hard rock, and beside the occasional line of lyrics, done just right. Sometimes a slice or two of slick crafted radio-freindly hard rock is just what's needed  - www.dankojones.com or www.myspace.com/dankojones
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JACK SHIRT – Silent Beef (Scratch My Back) – Second impressive album from self proclaimed “DIY home recordist/song writer” Jack Shirt (aka Christos Fanaras). A whole bag of songs and tunes and vocals - not too many lyrics though... And how do we pin down the rather beautifully nonchalant somewhat translucent Jack Shirt? Silent Beef is a set of subtly shape-shifting pieces, sometimes sinister, always soothing, transitional invitations to enter some kind of sinister (once you really allow yourself to be pulled in) corner of music that you really hadn’t noticed before. No, that’s wrong, it really isn’t that sinister (is it?). Vocal drones, filmic dips, cheap Casio orchestrations (that really don’t sound that cheap), slightly strange keyboard harmonies that catch the corner of your eye - things that hint at some of those very early Pink Floyd moments that you really don’t want to listen to in the dark. Some of it maybe improvised, some of it may just be rather cleverly mapped out and thoughtfully constructed? Nothing is really that clear or obvious, all it is rather invitingly intriguing (in a come in to this dark room, nothing bad is going to happen kind of way). Curious bits of b-movie tunes that never ever get that awkward or hardboiled - Silent Beef is a rather beautiful mellow relaxing experience, mood music, soundscapes that push slightly different buttons, delicate tunes that really do invite you in. Brushed glokenspiel, delicate acoustics, refined space and so much time to breathe – Ligeti, early Pink Floyd, Captain Beefheart, David Lynch – clocks, electronics, chimes, vocal drones, happy prog nightmares that aren’t really nightmares... www.thejackshirt.com or www.myspace.com/jackshirt

FEN – The Malediction Fields (Code 666) – Fen’s creative strength is in their atmosphere and in what would seem to be awkward contradictions that on the face of it do not make for stimulating bedfellows. Almost ambient post-rock, misty fragile beauty, gentle soundscapes, sometimes pin-drop wind-swept acoustic quiet. Quiet that shares space, often the same time and space, with raging black metal fury, nihilistic bleakness touching on despair – a musical journey of quite some depth, anger and beauty, delicate textures, heavy restraint, the esoteric landscapes of their Eastern English Fenlands. It does work, there really is beauty to be found in their cathartic isolation and their churning despair - and yes it is really quite listenable. Kind of extreme black metal Radiohead with lots of (sometime rather delicately beautiful) post-rock if we want to really strip this review down to a basic clear-cut signpost. Rather recommended in a rather bleak and beautiful way – www.myspace.com/fenband

LOW BUDGET ORCHESTRA – The Second Best (Low Budget Music) - Pleasant sounding instrumental neo-prog with a bit of an 80’s sounding melodic synth-guitar metal edge to it. A one man band from Finland and not to be confused with the rather large Italian Zappa covers band of the same name.  Instrumental prog of an 80’s nature, layered orchestration, nothing too complex or difficult, touching on AOR actually, that kind of Jump period Eddie Van Halen sound, a hint of Rush or that 80’s synthy 90135 Yes sound, Stevie Vai... His name is Mikko Muranen, he does it pretty well, played with heart and imagination, pleasantly enjoyable should you be in the mood – www.lowbudgetmusic.com
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MEN OF UNITUS – Gland Of Hope And Glory (No Lite) – Psychotic noise rock and slashing out at all you have for them to slash and hack at. Slashing until you’re knee deep in the wreckage and the discordant limbs. This then is the scathing debut that England’s mighty Men Of Unitus threatened – they’re released it, there’s no avoiding it, no turning back, no running, no escaping the knee deep violent goodness of it all. Awkward and edgy, screaming bloody discordance, wire-cutting good and nothing left to stew in the bottom of the cup. Here to make very rich men and women of you all, nothing lest to chance, no lottery ticket needed – this is scathing violent left field metallic noise rock steaming right at you just like you want and indeed need it to. Slash, hack, slash, bang and the caving in of every fragile head they could find. Relentless, “a tinnitisual glory” they said. And they are right, only a few will know how to handle it – glorious, there to make you happy and you know it, go grab some, they dropped a scathingly good one... www.myspace.com/menofunitus

GRAHAM REYNOLDS AND THE GOLDEN ARM TRIO – Cult Of Colour (Shamrock) -  A score to the ‘groundbreaking’ ballet Cult Of Color: Cult To Color from composer Graham Reynolds and his band The Golden Arm Trio. A weave of dense classical instrumental warmth, his signature big beat experimental jazz and something more avant and progressive – something touching on the musical adventure of John Zorn, Henry Cow, John Adams, Charlie Mingus, Radiohead. Polymath movement, lush orchestration, vibrant wide-ranging cinematic soundscape symphonies and all delivered with such forward looking classical elegance. Darkly avant prog rock to classical klezmer, jazz, and just a hint of an alt.rock undertone or two in a work that really is rather unique and rather recommended. www.grahamreynolds.com
 

Last week's album of the week - FIGHT LIKE APES

Previous albums of the week - THE JELAS / 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
No live review this week, things have been far too quiet this past week...
Live previously - THE THREE AGES OF ELVIS / ORPHANS / 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

LIVE REVIEW ARCHIVES

   THINGS TO GET SHOUTING  ABOUT?
Not so much shouting this week, more just not letting this issue and this week pass without a word about Ron Asheton. The guitarist and bassist with The Stooges was sadly found dead last Tuesday (January 6). He was 60. Asheton was found at his home in Ann Arbor on Tuesday morning, according to police. A cause of death is yet to be confirmed, although initial reports suggest that Asheton died of a heart attack. Detective Sgt Jim Stephenson told local paper Ann Arbor News that foul play is not suspected. He added that Asheton's body was found on a living-room sofa, and that he appeared to have been dead for at least several days. Autopsy and toxicology results are pending. 
             Asheton was a founder member of groundbreaking system challenging Stooges. Along with his brother (and drummer) Scott Asheton, Dave Alexander (bass) and frontman Iggy Pop he played in one of the most important bands in rock’s rich history, his riffs are iconic – the news is sad, far too early to be checking out, his life and his legacy should be, and will be, celebrated.  Thank you Ron, you contributed a hell of a lot, you influenced pretty much every single one of us... 
  SINGLES
SINGLE OF THE WEEK
OH, ATOMS – Sugar Mouse (Lucky Motel) - Cherry menthol sweet and barley sugar good, sunny breezy sweet-shop wishes, a pop song full of happy hope and all the good things. Folky undertones, is that a banjo with the strings?  Simple and restrained, sherbet rockets, cola bottles, a quarter of this is better than all the shiny empty wrappers – sugar-sweat peachy-good soft-spoken dreamy bliss-out sweet-shop pop. When things are done this well then we love them as much as any bag of violent discordant punk rock noise you expect us to love. This is a perfect pop single, a classic play it again and again single, a single with big bight uplifting smile – www.myspace.com/ohatoms

SINGLE OF THE WEEK 2
DENNIS HOPPER CHOPPERS – Smart Ones Always Lose (D Wink) – First single from his forthcoming second album, this first sign suggest he’s going to pull off following that rather fine debut. He is Ben Nichols, a rather refined one man band who really does make it feel a little like riding Dennis Hopper’s Chopper through all that soft focus and sun-flare camera haze. Guitar, high hat, vox organ, bass drum and a 1969 Fender Duel Showman amplifier originally designed for Dick Dale. Refined mellow thoughtful psychedelia is his starting point, that and songs that take you with them down that gentle road – songs that lay down low ‘till all has cleared. Another fine single from the most excellently named Dennis Hopper Choppers – www.myspace.com/dennishopperchoppers

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THE WOE BETIDES – Play Dead EP (Songs In The Dark) – Two lost souls so they say, two singer songwriters who up to now say they never quite found a slipper that felt right – Grundy Le Zimbra and Simon Mastrantone. They say grunge was the starting whistle, and yes from what we’ve known of them in the past, that could well be true. Not much evidence of that past to be found here in their rather left field English alt/folk flavoured pop – not as obvious as that makes it sound though, lazy wordsmithery – me not them, they’re far from lazy, and their wordplay far from lazy. Two listens and the quality becomes more than obvious, the two of them found a foil in each other and crafted some rather strong songs together. Songs In The Dark is the label and the name of the club they’ve been running (along with Jeremy Warmsley) in celebration of all that’s good in art, music, poetry and such – feast following feast as it were.  Too much time to look in the mirror, tales of urban gang fights and English boredom, the washing done, the cooker on. Songs that touch on the social commentary and the craft of The Kinks, four strong songs coming up behind you.. Songs of heart. Strong songs. – www.thewoebetides.co.uk or www.myspace.com/thewoebetides

DEVOTCHKA – How It Ends (Anti) – Released again in some kind of X-Box Gears Of War tie-in and all the emotion and desperation of humanities last stand (or something like that). All that fusing of American emotion with those Romani/Greek/Slavic/Bolero strokes and probably just about to be a massive hit now that the TV Gears of War adverts have been using it... and why not indeed – www.devotchka.net

THE SOCIAL – A Call To Arms EP (Divided London) – Well it is all very very Smiths isn’t it? The phrasing, the lyrics, the voice, the 80’s indie guitar... all very very Smiths, a little too much? Yes, probably... www.myspace.com/thesocialuk or www.dividedlondonrecords.co.uk
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Last week's single of the week - CUDDLY SHARK

Previously - RED PAINTED RED / 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

SINGLE REVIEW ARCHIVES

  DEMO TIME
DEMO OF THE WEEK
AWESOME WELLS – The Highs And Lows Of De Witt A Stanton – Thirty three minutes of refined experimental lo-fi bedroom pop, just one piece or track - a simmering set of feelings laced with found sound, cleverly worked in samples, field recordings, uplifting bird songs, sunshine, euphoric instrumentation and all revolving around song parts and never losing focus or the grip of the evolving tune. This really in wonderfully different – drifting easily through playgrounds, past pianos, squeeze boxes, passing Eastern sounds, delicate percussion, seagulls, and all without ever losing the focus, the melody, the purpose. Looped vocals, different instruments moving in an out without you really noticing the subtle shifts and changes, distant brass bands in a park – it all feels like a beautifully sunny day in an English park. Gentle acoustic guitars, quiet electric guitars, gentle textures, delicate accordions, wind in trees, and all so soothing...  Awesome Wells is mostly Jonathan Palmer, in his bedroom with an eight track recorder, laptop and creating something rather beautifully refined and rather rewarding – an endlessly glowing ear-painting of a piece to just get lost in and simply enjoy – www.myspace.com/awsomewels

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LITHURGY – An ambitious stew of raw thrashy growly technical metal from Brighton. They’ve been around since 2004, clearly ready to break out now, ready to step up and move on, hampered by budget and low quality recordings right now though – this is very much a raw three track demo and a work in progress situation. Complex, ambitious, touching on areas inhabited by Meshuggah, Devin Townsend, Pantera. Healthy blend of melody, aggression and ambition and like we’ve already said in previous reviews, this band have something potentially decent going on, now if only they could get it recorded in some kind of decent way – www.myspace.com/lithurgy

SUNDAY SCHOOL – This Swan Will Break Your Arm – They point out that they think they’re doing something different, they qualify this by point out the lack of a ‘the’ prefix or a regional accent. I guess that tell you where they’re at and where they’re coming from and yes, if you world in that of The Arctic Monkeys and The Northern voiced Cockney Whatnots then they might have a point. Three middle aged twenty somethings from East/West London, they say they are alive with lethargy, energy, hope, cynicism... oh look, clean cut mid-paced indie-rock, straight ahead guitar sound, none of your angular discordance, all naked and rather stripped down to a minimal – I guess that’s the way they like it, i guess they’re aiming at some kind of moody naked English take on something near Smashing Pumpkins, not really doing much for us, if you're curious then here's the link - www.myspace.com/welovesundayschool

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...
This week’s place to explore for your free downloads is over there on the JAGJAGUWAR Records webpages. Lots of good things to be found and legally downloaded for free over there. As well as tasting a slice or two of that WOMEN album that’s reviewed here this week, you can find tracks from the highly recommended prog monsters BLACK MOUNTAIN, the much talked of BON IVER, some LADYHAWK, ONEIDIA, OKKERVIL RIVER, PARTS & LABOR, WILDERNESS, PINKMOUNTAINTOPS (who’ve just been added to the Fans vs ATP even at Minehead this Summer) and lots lots more... Jagjaguwar has been quietly evolving in to a label to really take notice of over the last couple of years, you don’t really notice how many good albums they’ve released until you look at that page of downloads with the thumbnails of album covers and remind yourself ... Jagjaguwar download page

PREVIOUSLY - VESSELS / COLT / 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 year is still too fresh for the re-issues and best ofs to start really flowing, nothing we want to really mention this week... THE BOXER REBELLION are re-issueing Exits this week, how about that for this issue? Four years after the release of their debut album, 'Exits', The Boxer Rebellion return with the follow-up, 'Union'. The band, you may remember, were tipped for big things following the release of 'Exits', but during a tour with The Killers, frontman Nathan Nicholson became seriously ill and had to be put on a life support machine, leaving the band on hiatus. Now they're back, they're being tipped highly once again, not least by iTunes, who have made new single, 'Evacuate', the first ever global Single Of The Week, which will see it made available for free in every iTunes store worldwide next week. 'Union' will be released digitally via iTunes on Sunday, with a physical release set to follow at a later date (although that later date has not yet been announced). 'Exits' will be re-released with new artwork on the same day. You can stream 'Union' in full on the band's MySpace page now – www.myspace.com/theboxerrebellion

Previously: THE NERVES / THE THING / THE ERGS / DAMON & NAOMI / MR. BROWN / SUBHUMANS / RUBELLA BALLET / BBC RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP / MARILLION / KUNG FU SUPER SOUNDS / VOORHEES / EXODUS / DEATHROW

  MEDIA, VIDEO, PRINT AND....
Ah yes, time moving on, we still need to tell you about I AM JOY.. We will next week, time to get this issue up and go deal with other things... 

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

PREVIOUSLY - PROG ROCK BRITANNIA / 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

THE END BIT...
...And Finally..

Japanese post-rock prog outfit MONO have announced details of their new album Hymn To The Immortal Wind as well as making a rather grandiose eleven minute track called Ashes available to download from their website.  “Now we can officially announce the release of our 5th album, Hymn to the Immortal Wind. It has been 3 years since the release of our last album and we are truly grateful to still be able to create our music today. Being together as a band for 10 years has brought forth some changes and has hopefully allowed us to grow. We have created a special site to give you a preview of what to expect from Hymn To The immortal Wind. Please check it out” The band have also announced a European tour that includes a number of British dates in late March, half a dozen or so dates in different states of confirmation on their website right now - www.mono-jpn.com

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ORGAN 288 - FIGHT LIKE APES, ANATHALLO, SHRAG, THE THREE AGES OF ELVIS, ORPHANS, CUDDLY SHARKS, MOLLOY, IRON FIRE, RED EYED LEGENDS, THE HIGH WIRE, SHOCK ELEVATOR FAMILY, LADYDOLL, IVAN CAMPO, VESSELS, COLT, THE NERVES...

ORGAN 287 - THE JELAS, ZACH HILL, THE PRESENT, TRENCHER, EVERYTHING EVERYTHING, FIGHT LIKE APES, THE PRODIFY, INDYMEDIA, RED PAINTED RED, THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN SPEAKING, HOWL GRIFF, WHITE SHOES BLACK HEART, LOST ROBOTS, COCONUT, GRAVE DIGGER, PERFECT AS CATS: A TRIBUTE TO THE CURE, THE RETAIL SECTORS, THE CAPITOL YEARS, LITTLE WOMEN, ...AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD, THE MAXIMUM DANGER PROJECT, MISS COSMOS, FIRESUITE, FAIRYTALE, THE YALLA YALLAS, SLARAFFENKLANG, LIARS... 

ORGAN 286 - HUNTSVILLE, SOUTH CENTRAL, THE THING, ROSE KEMP, HANDS ON HEADS, PLUG, SPECIALISATION IS FOR INSECTS, BEFORE THE DAWN, ELECTRIC MUD GENERATOR, THE TRUTH ABOUT FRANK, CHARLIE BARNES, THE PINE HILL HAINTS, SONIC RONDEZVOUS BAND, AGATHOCLES, THE TROUBADORS, THE WICKED SOUNDTRACK by AL JOURGENSEN, WEDNESDAY 13, LOSS LEADER, CARRY ON LOVIN’, A VERY CHERRY CHRISTMAS VOL 4,  RALFE BAND, RAW POO, SILVERY, LOS, KONG, THE FM FLASH, SEELAND, I AM IMMUNE, BROKEN ARM, MORIARTY, DUMB INSTRUMENT, LOUIS BARABBAS AND THE BLACK VELVET BAND, BLACK CHANNELS, ANTHEMS, SPOOKBOY, LONG HAT PINS, LOS CONIOS, BOY OUTSIDE, LOCI, THE DO OR DIES, The FRESHWHIP art collective, that 696 form and more...

ORGAN 285 - GALLON DRUNK, SONVAR, MATT ELLIOTT, PSYCHIC TV, SUSPYRE, PAPIER TIGRE, RUDE MECHANICALS THE CURSORS, more on AMANDA PALMER'S beautiful belly, THURSTON MOORE's new cassette only fetish flavoured release... oh lots of stuff, DAMON & NAOMI, THE ERGS, ANARCHISTWOOD, ABE VIGODA and more, go read and see...

ORGAN 284 - Do we need to go type out a list? Just go have a look...

ORGAN 283 - THE WELCOME WAGON, TIM AND SAM'S TIM AND SAM BAND WITH TIM AND SAM, JARMEAN? NASHVILLE PUSSY, RUBELLA BALLET, VOLCANO!, THE LAKE SITUATION, SUBHUMANS, GLOBO, KAYO DOT, I LIKE TRAINS, PREGO, THE VERVE, THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART, CRISIS NEVER ENDS, SIX FEET UNDER, USELESS ID, BITCHES SIN, SLICK'S KITCHEN, JE SUIS ANIMAL, SEVERAL UNION, GUILLOTINE, DEAD OR AMERICAN, THE JOHN HENRYS, BURNING PILOT and more... 

ORGAN 282 - Oh loads of stuff, go see....

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...

ORGAN 280 - AIDS WOLF, THE PROCESS, RIOTGOD, SLITVEIN, TO THE BONES, LOYAL TROOPER, ALISON O’DONNELL, THREATMANTICS, DARK CAPTAIN LIGHT CAPTAIN, EARTHLESS, CROWPATH, THE COMPUTERS, MIA VIGAR, BRIMSTONE HOWL, SATYRICON, THE ESTRANGED, MERCURY REV, AS EDEN BURNS, SUPERSUCKERS, CARNAL DECAY, PSAPP, DANKO JONES, JOHNNY COLA & THE A-GRADES, UNFOLD PRESENTS: TRU THOUGHTS HIP HOP, KUNG FU SUPER SOUNDS, MADE IN MEXICO, KOSMISCHE, DESERT MUSIC SCHOOL BENEFIT....

ORGAN 279 - DEERHOOF, MARTIN ORFORD, CUTTHROAT CONVENTION, SPEECH DEBELLE, OVER THE WALL, SOUTH CENTRAL, MAYORS OF MIYAZAKI, DIAGONAL, CONSOLATION PRIZEFIGHTER, DAN BAIRD & HOMEMADE SIN, THE RAMPTON RELEASE DATE, NANAS REVENGE, DISTANCE TO FAULT, MARSHALL LAW, SPEED THEORY, JUD, SOLITARY, FAILSAFE, EASTER, THE ACORN, FROM MONUMENT TO MASSES, STONE GODS, VOO, EDO BRIGHTON PROTESTS... 

ORGAN 278 - ORIGINAL SILENCE, INERTIA BLOOMS, TRANSMISSION, REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES, THE RAYOGRAPHS, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, THE BEDROOM PROJECT, MISPELT (TWOPOINTZERO), MONKEY FIGHTERS, EXODUS, BONNIE PRINCE BILLY, PAUL J.ABBOTT, DEERHUNTER, KILL THE CLIENT, RAY, HELGRIND, MARTUTA, ROBIN TAYLOR, INCASSUM, FLOWING TEARS, DANIEL LAND & THE MODERN PAINTERS, THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE, I HATE KATE, AIRBOURNE, EXIT CALM, THE PADDINGTONS, SILVERY, MAYBESHEWILL, HER NAME IS CALLA, WE ROCK LIKE GIRLS DON’T, HAYMAN WATKINS TROUT & LEE, MAXWELL DAVIES... 

ORGAN 277 - yeah yeah, a non stop operation....

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... 

ORGAN 275 - GRAILS, BEATGLIDER, THE ATROCITY EXHIBIT, TO THE BONES, SEA SICK, F**K BUTTONS, STE McCABE, THE BARDO, GENTLE GIANT, THE ALL NEW ADVENTURES OF US, HANSON BOTHERS, RUMORS OF GEHENNA, ACID MOTHER TEMPLE & THE COSMIC INFERNO, JMC, P.G.LOST, UGLY STICK, A TEXTBOOK TRAGEDY, NO RETURN, TRIVIUM,  AMANDA PALMER, THE DeBRETTS,  TEMPORARY RESIDENCE...

ORGAN 274 - UNIVERS ZERO, HAUSCHKA, COUNTRYSIDE, MANIQUI LAZER, MAB, MILK ROAR, HYDRA, MAGICIAN, KIMYA DAWSON, STRIBORG, ROSE KEMP, VOLBEAT, THE BOBBY McGEES,  THE MAY FIRE, MOOSE FACTORY, PRO-PAIN, TRIP LAVA, A POETIC YESTERDAY, LORD BELIEL, FRIGHTENED RABBIT, FROM PLAN TO PROGRESS, BOWERBIRDS, BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES, DAMIEN HURST, CLIFF'S SINGLE, ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES... 

ORGAN 273 - CONSTANTINES, WOODBOX GANG, RA RA RIOT, MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN, PERHAPS CONTRAPTION, AMANDA PALMER, BYE BYE CANDY, OF THE I, RUDE MECHANICALS, ANARCHISTWOOD, GIRLSCHOOL, ICED EARTH, ICED EARTH, BLOOD CEREMONY, TONAL OAK, SOULS, FALLEN, PURE INC, BULLET, THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART, DARK CAPTAIN LIGHT CAPTAIN, THE TAMBORINES, EX-GIRL, DESTINATION:OBLIVION, JOE MEEK....

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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