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ORGAN #291> JAN 22nd '09 - new issue here every Thursday afternoon
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No white lies, only black ones and Rain Emperors and time for another editorial start and an opening shot and hold on tight while we make something up to fill this opening bit and consider black tea and full stops and how we know it to be best on most occasions and how would you like yours? Burning candles at both ends and hot wax all over the English castle where we consider the Boston tea party and hope and red ribbons and blue letters that mark things that must be marked and these are, once again....

and these are, once again....

and these are, once again, the things that have been in our ears and on our minds this week. Please do explore and if it sounds or looks interesting then just hit the link and go make your own minds up, make contact, go switch the other, go explore, we're just here to point the way - 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...? 
ANARCHISTWOOD are an awkward band to pin down, and things, so it seems, just got a little bit more awkward. Awkward is good - well in this case it is, awkwardly good creative anarchy is what we want. Seems the London band just added a stand up drummer and some kind of new wave tribal swampbeat to their scuzzy punk/prank rock goodness. There's a new track, Don’t Bulshit The Artist – War Is Menstural Envy Mix that you can grab for free right now. The track sounds like some kind of fuzzed out tribal Melvins meets a broken-glass Plasmatics with all the distorted fuzz, edgy crunch and those dark sinister menacing vocals from Sister Kist. Rockin’ Jerry is the new heart-beater and this download only track is the first fruit.  The track can be downloaded free via www.punkvert.tv/anarchistwood.

Meanwhile you can catch the new ANARCHISTWOOD line up on 31st January at the Inn On The Green in Ladbrook Grove, West London, where they’re joined for a Punkvert night by RUDE MECHANICALS, THE ELECTRIC BRAINS, HANDSUM PETE, BELLA BLUE and all kinds of people and art and boxes and.... The night is the second Specialisation Is For Insects launch night and yes, proper London underground punk rock creativity is alive and well and in the hands of the Anarchistwood, Ex-Gratia, punkvert team of musicians, film-makers and record label runners... 
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1/intro: TRANSISTOR SIX – Back Yard Rocketship (Blackbean & Placenta)
2: ANIMAL COLLECTIVE – In The Flowers (Domino)
3: LOST ROBOTS – Stop Train (Orchestra Pit)
4: RUDE MECHANICALS – Body Fluids (Ex Gratia)
5: ENABLERS – Kosovo (Exile on Mainstream)
6: AWESOME SWELLS – Maplethorpe (Red Dear Club)
7: YOUNG WIDOWS – Lucky And Hardheaded (Temporary Residence)
8: THE REAL McKENZIES – Chip (Fat Wreck)
9: AWESOME WELLS – The Bearophone (Red Dear Club)
10: BONNIE PRINCE BILLY – Minor Place (Domino)
11: THE JELAS – GCI In French (Ingue)
12: PERHAPS CONTRAPTION – Bluebells (self release)
13: FILTH – The List (Alternative Tentacles)
14: BLATZ – Homemade Speed (Alternative Tentacles)
15: CHRIS SQUIRE – Hold Out Your Hand (Atlantic)
16:  THE CURSORS – 9/4 (demo)
17: FIGHT LIKE APES – Telephone The Real Ham Jackson (Model Citizen)
18: IMAGINATION SCHOOL – Winter Constellations (Sonic Junction)

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

LARS HORNTVETH – Kaleidoscopic (Smalltown Supersound) – The follow up to his rather acclaimed debut album Pooka. Lars Horntveth is Jaga Jazzist leader by day, this is the second album under his own name. Kaleidoscopic is one delicately refreshing thirty-seven minute composition recorded with forty-one members of the Latvian National Orchestra (34 string players, 3 percussionists, clarinet, flute, bass trombone and one harp) with Lars himself playing piano, horns and clarinets. The orchestra was lead by Terje Mikkelson, who now conducts the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Moscow Radio Orchestra. 
Kaleidoscopic is a flowing piece, ever shifting in the most subtle of ways, evolving quietly without you really noticing the flowing change of dynamic or the increase/decrease of instrumentation. Always smooth, always soothing, never difficult, always inviting – an accomplished curve as it were. A journey via orchestrated sound that musically feels somewhere near Steve Reich, a more subtle flavour akin to Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells, specks of John Adams and his avant vastness here and there - nothing obvious, just hints, flavours (and we are skating around architecture here using mere words on electronic paper to try and convey this creative beauty once more). There’s a delicate playfulness to the orchestration and the way if flows and takes you with it, indeed if Kaleidoscopic was to be summed up in just one word than that word would have to be lovely.  “This is Lars Horntveth’s largest and most challenging project yet” we’re told by the press release, sound like he accomplished rather a lot - this is a beautiful piece of work, a flowing, refreshing, graceful, soothing piece of classical experimentation, a meticulous journey to take yourself on again and again. Highly recommended – More info from www.smalltownsupersound.com or www.myspace.com/larshorntveth
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WINTERSLEEP – Welcome To The Night Sky (One Four Seven) – Heroic, robust, delicate... Considered alternative indie rock from Halifax Nova Scotia (Canada). Wintersleep aren’t really doing anything radically different, they touch on lots of contemporary catchy considered thoughtful, slightly dark, North American alternative indie rock – bit a R.E.M feel, Eric’s Trip, Snow Patrol and such, a touch of Mogwai maybe... The thing is, they do it with an certain refined sense of being, an ambitious good that puts them a little further up there than so many others. Melodic brightness and really. just good songs –  well produced songs that feel just... Time and space and stitched together right, and yes, a touch of the stars and the night sky in there with the musical rush of the Miasmal Smoke. There’s a soul to this third album, a hopeful glow that’s perfectly taken home with that last eight minutes of stand out track Miasmal Smoke – an infinite yes you might say. Heart-warming, echoing, Weighty Ghost – elegant verse lengths, pushing those dynamics. Wintersleep’s warm beauty may not be immediately apparent, it is there though, look a little deeper into the dark of the night sky and their stars are there  Weighty Ghost probably is the highlight, body floating away, so much to say, lots of highlights actually, a fine album - www.myspace.com/wintersleep
 


VAKA – Kappa Delta Phi (Murkhouse) – Atmospheric, sometimes brooding, always ambitiously epic,  post-rock/metal that stands out a little. Vaka have an edge of their own, their post-whatever adventures aren’t the usual ones, this is fresh air. Mostly instrumental, always intense, always powerful, monumental – when the vocals do arrive they’re heavy - not too domineering though, vocals lines that add in a the same way the Mellotron or that extra drum does, just another layer of imaginative forthright instrumentation. Kappa Delta Phi appears to be a rather ambitious studio project recorded at a number of studios throughout Sweden and Finland and featuring members of A Swarm Of The Sun, Come Sleep, Dozer, I Are Droid, Ghost Parade and Paatos alongside main-man Karl Daniel Liden. It isn’t all slab-heavy, there is a considered delicate touch, a crafted set of colours in there with the strings, the slide guitars and organic keyboards, in there with the gloom and foreboding doom, with the inventive drumming and the strident piano, the delicately brushed piano.... So much of what passes for post-rock/metal these days is far too obvious and sign-posted. Mapped out so you know where you’re going long before the music actually takes you there. Vaka, whoever they are, are making music that’s just a little different - something intense, adventurous, rewarding and very very heavy. One for followers of Isis, Neurosis, Godspeed, Opeth and such... rather recommended – www.myspace.com/vakamusic or www.murkhouserecordings.com
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WET PAINT – It Rots (Trial & Error) – They sound like a lot of those 90’s North American grungy slacker bands – Dinosaur Jr meets Pavement kind of thing, they do have the quality and energy to get away with it all though. They’re kind of bold about it, just right in there sticking fingers in holes and doing what they want to. Being what they want to be and clearly not bothered what anyone says or thinks – and that honest energy and forthright drive carries the London band through (and yes, they do sound like a London band and not just some slacker obsessives from over here who want to be from over there). Wrapped in tight sharp rawness and crashing straight in, delivered with a smile and some variety, not the most original thing you’ll hear this month but hey, they’ll make you skip a little...  - www.myspace.com/wetpaintwetpaint or www.trialanderrorrecordings.com

SAM KILLS TWO – Sam Kills Two (Rocket Girl) – Easy on the ear indie/alt rock pleasantry from London town and a debut album that rolls in in a very easy laid back calming kind of way.  Soothing songs, singer songwriter flavours, hazy songs, simple and unobtrusively exquisite – kind of breezier Red House Painters, a more refined, together and English Elliott Smith feel... folky, emotive, simple, enjoyable... www.myspace.com/samkillstwo / www.rocketgirl.co.uk

GRAVANZIA – Doom To The Doom Men (self Release) – More of your underground experimental space rock direct from a planet somewhere near London town. Gravanzia have been making demos and kind of doing their thing in their own old school underground way for a few years now. This full album is a whole step up in to a bigger league for the band. We’re talking theatrical space rock and saucers that fly near the goodship Hawkwind, the dark prog-space of Gong or Amon Duul II, the hypnobeat of Neu, the Om-riffing flavours of Ozric Tentacles. Twisting space riffs, dark theatrics, flying teapot taxis, touch of menace under the surface. Paranoia? Claustrophobia? Lush sound this time, full sound, they pushed the boat out (or maybe the spaceship), dark edge to it, the doom men and such, sinister spacerock, dark operatic spaceprog – www.myspace.com/gravanzia

STUART TURNER – File Under Carnal Knowledge (Sun Pier) – Well he can’t get past here without a comment about that dreadful album tittle and the fact that Van Halen already tried that really not very good album title pun out on us a few years back... He’s from Rochester, Kent, although he sounds like he’s from the swamplands of Southern USA. Solo blues and Tom Waits, Seasick Steve, John Lee Hooker, Howling Wolf... He’s really not bad at it, kind of hard to get past the fact that he’s from the very unSouthern not very U.S county of Kent (in the South of England) and you kind of wonder where he got that accent and shouldn't he really be a bit more Billy Childish or Billy Bragg or just a little bit less American about it all or something? If you can get past that, then not bad stripped back freight train riding back bar room down at heel blues – awful album title though and I really can’t get past the fact that it doesn’t quite sound like things are grounded in reality, need a sense of place with music like this - www.myspace.com/stuartjamesturner

MAEVEN – Maeven (Lockjaw) - Energetic punky metal bluster and bite, four South Yorkshire teenagers with enough drive and attitude to take on whoever you got for ‘em to take on. Think early days no messing straight-ahead street metal of Girlschool, touch of Backyard Babies scuzz... They can play, they know it – confident, strident, right on your toes and in your face scuzz rock, a tribute to whatever you want, four girls just doing it and doing it right... nice one. www.myspace.com/maevenmusic

PAUL GOODWIN – Scars (BFF) – One of those reflective inward looking English emo singer-songwriter types, one of those life-assessing Frank Turner types. Hard not to like them – hard not to like the naive innocence, the bare-naked honesty. Paul Goodwin is taking it in to a quiet accomplished Blue Nile area without losing that vocalised innocence, the slight raw edge and that hopeful glow – www.paulgoodwin.com
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Last week's album of the week - ENABLERS / IMAGINATION SCHOOL

Previous albums of the week - WOMEN / FIGHT LIKE APES / THE JELAS / HUNTSVILLE / GALLON DRUNK / SLEEPS IN OYSTERS / THE WELCOME WAGON / AU / BLACK ELK / MOHA! / SEMAPHORE / AIDS WOLF / THE PROCESS / DEERHOOF / MARTIN ORFORD
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LIVE
No live reviews this week, deadlines, animation needing animated, deadlines deadlines, England People Very Nice, no time to write live reviews this week, art to make, it is still create.... Open night is 4th Feb, no time to be here listing to your new album!
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

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FOLLOW US DEEPER IN TO THE STORM....

The Rain Emperor: New concept performance promises a night of multi-sensory flight in East London - 26th, 27th, 28th February 2009

Here’s the blurb, looks and sounds good to us so...

Visual arts company Beggars Velvet introduces rare scores from renowned composer Robert Jacob to form a multi-sensory live music, theatre and visual arts performance event. Fusing music, performance and visuals arts, The Rain Emperor leads the audience into a world full of obsession with the elements. With secret chambers, unexpected appearances and haunting music the performance will transcend the boundaries between audience, artists, sound and light. Stirring with mystery, the performance is played out in stages, with characters leading guests further into the storm. Set in a restored Victorian warehouse in Shoreditch, The Rain Emperor defies conventional expectations of theatre and music experiences. The performance was conceived by Robert Jacob’s daughter, Judy Jacob, and is set to be a highlight for the arts calendar when its takes place in February 2009. 

The Rain Emperor

The Rain Emperor is a concept based performance event, created to offer a fully immersive and unique experience for each member of the audience. Using Robert Jacob’s music as a backdrop and an inspiration for the other artists who are involved; the show explores Jacob’s music in every form, slowly guiding visitors through a series of vaults, passageways and atriums using sound, movement, light, film and performance. Shoreditch’s Village Underground makes the perfect home to this atmospheric art piece and will be transformed into a dark, mysterious world for the performance. The Rain Emperor promises to awaken a truly genuine sense of emotion; from vulnerability to excitement and exhilaration. It blurs the boundaries between the arts and invites the audience to experience chamber music and an entirely unexpected way.

Robert Jacob - Musician and Composer (19th July 1952 – 11th April 2005)

Contemporary composer Robert Jacob was inspired greatly by his love of the rain and its rhythms and became known as ‘The Rain Emperor’ as a result. Born in London in 1952, Robert Jacob became a professional musician in 1973. He played throughout Europe with a succession of soul, rock, blues and jazz bands on guitar, including self composed material. He worked on numerous studio and recording projects as a session musician, arranged music for various bands and ensembles and provided music for video and film.Robert was an spnm shortlisted composer and composed music for many different combinations of instruments from Symphony Orchestra to percussion ensemble. He also had a keen interest in composing for dance and theatre. Robert’s most recent commissions include a computer generated piece and a suite of pieces for solo Spanish Guitar, Three Dances for String Quartet and arrangements for The Dillington International Guitar Festival and providing music for two short contemporary films. His ingenuity was never more apparent than in his work “Aquamass” (2000). Commissioned under the Year of the Artist scheme, he worked with a variety of community groups and the pupils of Bishop David Brown School to compose and perform a work in a swimming pool using the acoustic properties above and below the water, in collaboration with choreographer Vicki Balaam. In June 2002, he conducted a research week at the Rhoda McGraw Theatre to develop a system using medical and musical technology to enhance the capacity of performers to expressively perform with music/sounds from a digital source in real-time, with dancer Caroline Lofthouse. In 2003 Robert was commissioned by Dilliington Festival to write piece for Guitar Orchestra and Electric Motor premiered there in August 2003. His innovative approach to composition will be remembered by all who attended. He was the founder member and MD of Naked Sunday Collective, a group combining elements of jazz, funk, hip hop, Drum and Bass and turntablism with improvisation. ‘The Rain Emperor’ is a celebration of his music and his memory. Artists involved The performance is a collaboration by some of the UK’s most highly acclaimed and upcoming artists who have worked together using Robert Jacob’s music as their inspiration to create an engaging, experimental and emotive event. They will produce music, film, dance and physical performance to create a two hour immersion into the elements..

The Rain Emperor is the creation of Judy Jacob, daughter of Robert Jacob. Judy has unearthed many scores from her father’s repertoire and is keen that through this event, his works can be experienced in their best light, by a wide audience. She said, “My father was a very talented musician and composer, his music is inspiring. Rather than simply release the scores, I wanted to create a performance based around them in order to fully exhibit the music’s emotion. “This event will be my first independent piece of this scale as a director and I hope for it to set the grounds for further collaborations within the industry. The artists involved in The Rain Emperor have created

The Rain Emperor happens at Village Underground, 54 Hollwell Lane, London EC2 on 26th, 27th, 28th February 2009

www.therainemperor.com

  SINGLES
SINGLE OF THE WEEK

LIME HEADED DOG – Kfum & Kfuf (Volcano Attack) – Lime Headed Dog is the bed that Joel Cox (ex of Good Shoes) has made for himself so he better lie in it and lie in it no matter who Lorenzo is. Two tracks, and never mind how many bitches and glitches and gameshow chainsaws there are in there, get in to bed and hands above the covers. Microwaved and unlike anything that you can instantly put your finger on, he’ll run you out of here son, put up your wanted posters... Some kind of sophisticated lo-fi D.I.Y otherness with bangs and clanks and kfums and klufs and who knows what or where... Oh look, the beauty of being here on line rather than on paper is we don’t have to describe it, we can just tell you how good it is and how it made people run in to ask what it was and give you the link so you can go run yourselves. Go listen and find out, go make your own bed and lie in it, they need your love, I need a big hug, we’re late, you go find out, good dog, woof woof, bark bark bark, single of the week, wonder if he knows the Lime Spider?... www.myspace.com/limeheadeddog

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SERGEANT BUZZFUZ – God To Holloway (Blang) – Whimsical breezy English pop with a touch of folk in there. Uplifting unpretentious simple, bright, clever, crafted Soft Boys, XTC pop. Distinctive dulicmer hooks and pigeons needing e.numbers and pies and really uplifting - rather timeless English sounding pop tunes and another good single from Sgt Buzzfuz... www.sergeantbuzfuz.com

OUTRAZE – Take One For The Scene (Holier Than Thou) - Well they’re certainly mouthy f**kers, annoying and rather punchable, then again so are their obvious heroes from the North. Never walk in anyone’s shadow sings yer man with his nasally Manc voice and all his swagger (they’re from Oxfordshire, not Moss Side or Burnage), and as annoying as they are, I kind of like ‘em. Best new Oasis single for ages, first two tracks are killers, third’s a bit of a turd mind you, fourth gets them back on track though. And those lyrics are straight out of Noel and Liam’s best feel the sun on the back of your eyes book of mean-nothing cliches. Total utter Oasis clones, they got the swagger and the attitude to pull it off, well here in recorded form at least. They’re a pain in the arse with their annoying MySpace spam and their clueless arrogance, and they are little more than utter gobshite Oasis wannabes but I do kind of like this. They got the spark and that backbeat and that fire that went out of those Gallagher brother eyes ages ago, guess it may just be  something to do with hunger and attitude of  small band or something like that. Problem is they clearly think they’re original and better than anyone else - they're not.... Best Oasis single in ages though, now get the f out here you mouthy tossers, last thing we need is another Oasis, haven't you got some burgers that need flipping or something? – www.myspace.com/outraze

REMEDY – Strange Fast Now (self release) – Blues based female fronted melodic old-school hard rock. Big-voiced and confident, 70’s flavoured poppy hard rock, Black Crowes, Guns ‘N Roses, Bad Company, Skunk Anansie, bit of a Janis Joplin voice. Pretty standard issue stuff if we’re truthful - harmless enough hard rock and there waiting if you fancy a slice or two... www.remedyrock.co.uk
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Last week's single of the week - FIGHT LIKE APES

Previously - OH, ATOMS / DENNIS HOPPER CHOPPERS / CUDDLY SHARK / 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

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  DEMO TIME
DEMO OF THE WEEK

WHOLE SCHEBANG – Stranger Than Weather - Now this is good, three rather impressive tracks, three rather different songs. English folk pop and an alternative set of musical colours. Whole Schebang are from London, they’re alive with strings, accordions, flugelhorns, banjos, flutes, cornet and most importantly of all, really colourful infectious songs. And all in good looking handmade packaging as well. Alternative indie/folk goodness that’s alive and wandering wherever they want to. Rousing reeling stuff, hearty songs, tales of singing in the rain and something new to hold a candle to, clever harmonies and turning everyone in anything but strangers, friendly kind of souls, they’d never go on a killing spree... www.myspace.com/wholeschebang
 

DEMO OF THE WEEK 2

THE BUMBLEBEES - Fluffy clouds of joy and happy songs (although we don’t really want to know what happened to the lambs) and don’t jump too early for the fence and.... The Bumblebees are three girls and boys from Bristol, they all sing, they play infectious new wave kaleidoscope synths, scratchy busy flitty guitars and clever bass. Infectious pop songs and they sound like a band that’s called The Bumblebees should sound – all flowers and sunshine and black and gold stripes and buzz buzz honey-good. Why is he doing this? Why is he doing this? Why is he doing this? Why is he doing this? Why is he doing this? Why is he doing this?  And their very existence is all part of the plan to pollinate your ears with the joy of their other-pop and their clever simplicity and innocent goodness. Kind of sharp-cut lo-fi new wave pop clarity and Vision On creativity and X and Y enjoyment and musical chemicals that will tell you that you chromosomes are happy. Four catchy songs for your brain and how it works, and nothing that will ever let you down, we like these Bumblebees – www.myspace.com/thebumblebeesinfestya

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FLUTATIOUS – Relaxed vibe, mellow flute-led Ozricsness, all jazzy and mellow Gong-like instrumentals. Three tracks - opener called Spacechick that maybe gives you an idea or two as to where the North West London band are coming from. Flutes, fiddles, jazzy space rock and free-festi mellowness, healthy hint of folk, bits of forward moving progressive groove. Kind of fluid band you’d have found at places like Club Dog in the early 90’s. One for followers of things on the mellow side of Ozric Tentacles, Gong, Ullulators and such, rather good if you like this kind of thing. Seems they have a whole album that they’ve been selling at gigs and such, good stuff – www.myspace.com/flutatiousuk

Last week's demo of the week - KIJU

Previous demo's of the week - AWESOME WELLS / THE MAXIMUM DANGER PROJECT / CHARLIE BARNES / THE CURSORS / THE WINTER LEAGUE / JARMEAN? / RIOTGOD / CUTTHROAT CONVENTION / INERTIA BLOOMS / SID SINGS / GIRO JUNKIE / THE ATROCITY EXHIBIT / SEA SICK / COUNTRYSIDE

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'THIS WEEK’S FREE DOWNLOAD...
Let me see, what can we find for you this week, how about some REAL McKENZIES for you to explore while we head out to see the pipe throwing punks down the Underworld. There’s some free and legal downloads to be found on the FAT WRECK MP3 page. Loads of good things to be found on there – SWINGIN’ UTTERS, DILLINGER FOUR, ANTI-FLAG, AGAINST ME, AVAIL and oh work your way down the alphabet – www.fatwreck.com/audio is where you find it all... 

PREVIOUSLY - DOMINIQUE LEONE / JAGJAGUWAR / 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
BLATZ / FILTH – Shit Split (Alternative Tentacles) – Originally released on Lookout back in 1991, the split was and still is a vital slice of that ever exploding East Bay San Francisco underground ‘real’ hardcore punk scene that revolved and still evolves around the legendary home of 924 Gilman Street. 924 was, back then, the home of bands like Operation Ivy, Rancid, Green Day, Jawbreaker and a whole lot more and this really does carry that spirit. The re-issue features the original eight songs from Blatz, including their signature Fuk Shit Up and a cover of Fear’s I Don’t Care Bout You and the original seven songs from Filth including Scarred For Life and their version of the Peter And The Test Tube Babies classic Banned From The Pubs. This re-issue is expanded though, double disc set that contains pretty much everything both bands ever did in a recorded state. And the two bands compliment each other so well with their destructive power - really a lot more than just the drunk punks they’re kind of accused of being. There’s a touch of nihilistic Crass to those Blatz tracks, all those stars in eyes that are just shattered glass and such. Classic raw screaming hard fast proper hardcore punk rock and a more than welcome re-issue done the right way you’d expect a label like AT to do it. That unique East Bay spirit you can still find today if you go looking. Redefined roots and time for more changes, this is a timely reminder and touching on twenty year on, a fresh blast of rancid punk rock air... everything must indeed still go. www.alternativetentacles.com

Previously: EYEHATEGOD / THE BOXER REBELLION / 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, ART AND....

Picture your own grace and fear and take a hold of whatever we wre gonig to put here in this section for time has run out and we have deadlines and deadlines and when we hit the ground again we'll write more

PREVIOUSLY - BERNADETTE LOUISE & NATALIE SWAIN / I AM JOY / 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

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

Only a couple of week's ago he said this - "I'm telling you there's an enemy that would like to attack America, Americans, again. There just is. That's the reality of the world. And I wish him all the very best." -- George W. Bush, January 12, 2009.  (from Slate.com via Jello and the Bat). He’s gone at last, phew says a whole world...

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PAST ISSUES...

ORGAN 290 - ENABLERS, IMAGINATION SCHOOL, BLOOD MOON, ANIMAL COLLECTIVE, HYATARI, SILENTIUM, AWESOME WELLS, HOLMES, THE WHORE MOANS, GATHIENS, DIPLO, SEANCE, FIGHT LIKE APES, THEO, FRANKLIN, SHIRLEY LEE, KIJU, CRYOGENICA, CASTALIA, THE HARD LUCK SAINTS, DOMINIQUE LEONE, EYEHATEGOD, I AM JOY, BERNADETTE LOUISE & NATALIE SWAIN, SONIC YOUTH, TO ARMS ETC.

ORGAN 289 - WOMEN, MAEGASHIRA, DANKO JONES, JACK SHIRT, FEN, LOW BUDGET ORCHESTRA, MEN OF UNITUS, GRAHAM REYNOLDS AND THE GOLDEN ARM TRIO, OH ATOMS, DENNIS HOPPER CHOPPERS, THE WOE BETIDES, DEVOTCHKA, THE SOCIAL, AWESOME WELLS, LITHURGY, SUNDAY SCHOOL, RON ASHETON, JAGJAGUWAR....

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... 
 

 
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