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ORGAN #292> JAN 29th '09 - new issue here every Thursday afternoon
“"Scroll down, read this week's issue, couldn't be easier could it?
It started off a red day, things went purple, always controlled... Now if it wasn’t for the music this really would some kind of hellish helldog helldriver bad beekeeper of a place to be, this music industry really is full of all the soul-sucking they tell you it is. So many people who seem to not care two hoots for the actual music or for driving around curves in the road with any kind of care for the people coming the other way, for the people who pour so much in to making that music. Soulless lizard people who only live for the game that is the industry, the games within that industry. The games they can play that mess with people’s art, that mess with the people they think they can got one over on as their twisted egos inflate and they climb their industry ladder. People who think they’re far more important that the bands or the music they claim to care about, the bands they’re paid to work for and publicise and not to just leech off for their Friday night hanging out with Pete and Amy powder money - the agents, the PR companies, the writers who forgot what it was they loved in the first place, bad beekeepers the lot of ‘em and their helldog place is about everything but the art of music... 

      I was reading only the other day, on one of those oh so slick but where’s the content type alternative music websites about how they felt they were too important now and how they’d been going far too long to be bothered with reviewing new albums (or heaven forbid, demos from unsigned bands) that no one was ever going to hear anyway - and how they were only going to review the ‘important’ releases, the releases from the bands the industry and the establishment were already talking about – this week’s Animal Collective and such. If it isn’t on Pitchfork then we’re not going to cover it either kind of attitude... And that’s how it works really, the alternative establishment, the radio DJs and such who don’t ever want to take a risk and who will only play or talk or review or champion your music if you already have that ‘industry buzz’ - no time to review demos or those little albums they said, no one wants to read about them anymore do they? We’re the established media now they said, we’ve got our own record label and everything now, too busy going off to meet our important industry mates at the next South By South West In The City Aren't We All Important convention to be seen to be reviewing little bands, who wants little bands and demos and hanging out at the Bull&Gate anyway? This is no time for risk taking or championing things that may not get anywhere, play it safe, show how important we are and how we only cover the winners, no going out on a limb or anything like that, no time for bad beekeeping or stepping out of line, no time to care, or to ask if you would like lemon with that?  Why did you start working with music and bands in the first place? Surely not to be like you are now? 

These are this week's corner cutting rides in our oil-soaked '55 Chevy, jump in, no beekeeping here... 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, go get involved 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...? 
HAWKLORDS TO PERFORM SPACE RITUAL... A version of Hawklords are to play an event called SUNDAY IMPLOSION at The Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, London, in memory of the late, great creative genius Barney Bubbles.
          The Hawklords (Harvey Bainbridge, Alan Davey, Martin Griffin, Terry Ollis, Jerry Richards, Adrian Shaw, Steve Swindells, Ron Tree, Nik Turner) will perform the ‘Space Ritual 2009’ show, a presentation inspired by Barney’s creative art and stage design of his and Bob Calvert’s original ‘Space Ritual ‘73 rock opera & with a nod to Barney's concept for the “Hawklords: 25 Years On” production.
             Other music will be provided by an incredibly rare performance from Quintessence, and a set from Tracey Curtis there are other acts still to be confirmed - as well as “Mothership Control” from DJ Andy Dunkley (The Living Jukebox), otherworld gyrations from the gorgeous New Bubblettes, lighting by the ever-amazing Liquid Len and The Lensmen, and Mutoid Waste Co.’s weird and wonderful sculptures and happenings will be very much in evidence.
         There will also be a performance of Bob Calvert’s play, The Stars That Play With Laughing Sam’s Dice (the stage set of which was designed by Barney), performed by the Pentameters Theatre Group.
          SUNDAY IMPLOSION takes place from 3pm to 11pm on MARCH 8th, 2009 at CHALK FARM ROUNDHOUSE Tickets: £30 in advance (subject to booking fee), details from www.roundhouse.org.uk (how much Nik!!!?). More from www.myspace.com/hawklordsinmyspace / www.hawklords.com
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See ZAG AND THE COLOURED BEADS with NOUGHT for free... Paul from The Coloured Beads says “we've got a gig in Croydon with NOUGHT on Wed 4th Feb at The Dragon's Ball, held at The Green Dragon, 58-60 High St, Croydon, , 8pm onwards, FREE ADMISSION. Should be a interesting evening - I'm keen to hear Nought! Hope to see you there, it'd be great if you could give it a mention - I'm going to stick it in your forum news now. All the best, Paul" - www.myspace.com/nought / www.myspace.com/zagandthecolouredbeads
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British singer/songwriter JOHN MARTYN has died aged 60. The news about the musician, who received an OBE in the last new year's honours list, was announced today (January 29) on Martyn's official website, Johnmartyn.com . The cause of his death was not revealed, with a short message reading: "With heavy heart and an unbearable sense of loss we must announce that John died this morning."
     Surrey-born Martyn was born in 1948 and released 20 studio albums throughout his career. He became known for his folk/blues guitar style, and released his first album, London Conversation, in 1968, later in his career releasing the acclaimed 'Solid Air' album in 1973. The title track was a tribute to his friend, cult musician Nick Drake. Sad news indeed....

BERMAN DISBANDS SILVER JEWS TO FIGHT DAD - The frontman of cult indie band Silver Jews, David Berman, has announced that he has split up the band, which he originally formed with Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich of Pavement in 1989, canceling all forthcoming tour dates, so that he can devote his time to telling the world how much he hates his dad.
       This is not just teenage rebellion (not least because Berman is 42). His father is Washington-based lobbyist Richard Berman, described by US TV documentary series '60 Minutes' as "Dr Evil", and who has fought against consumer, animal welfare and environmental groups in the interests of his clients in the food, alcohol and tobacco markets. 
       Writing on the Silver Jews message board, Berman Jr said: "Now that the Joos are over I can tell you my gravest secret. Worse than suicide, worse than crack addiction: My father. You might be surprised to know he is famous, for terrible reasons. My father is a despicable man. My father is a sort of human molester. An exploiter. A scoundrel. A world historical motherf**king son of a bitch (sorry Grandma)". He continued: "A couple of years ago I demanded he stop his work. Close down his company or I would sever our relationship. He refused. He has just gotten worse. More evil. More powerful. We've been 'estranged' for over three years. ... He props up fast food/soda/factory farming/childhood obesity and diabetes/drunk driving/second hand smoke. He attacks animal lovers, ecologists, civil action attorneys, scientists, dieticians, doctors, teachers. His clients include everyone from the makers of Agent Orange to the Tanning Salon Owners of America. He helped ensure the minimum wage did not move a penny from 1997-2007!"
            Speaking about his decision to change his career, the musician said: "This winter I decided that the SJs were too small of a force to ever come close to undoing a millionth of all the harm he has caused. To you and everyone you know. Literally, if you eat food or have a job, he is reaching you. ... Previously I thought, through songs and poems and drawings I could find and build a refuge away from his world. But there is the matter of justice. ... The desire for it actually burns. It hurts. There needs to be something more. I'll see what that might be". You can read more about Richard Berman via www.bermanexposed.org

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

SERGEANT BUZFUZ – High Slang (Blang) - English folk songs and fifteen rounds with the cockney rebel, inner city London folk music, tales of cab driving and the depraved ways of the power-mad popes, of the swearing on the bones of the Ramones. Dogfoxes, rats, roaches and lice... Joe Strummer, XTC, John Cooper Clark, The Kinks, Syd Barrett, Pogues,  tales of Camden and Holloway and traffic and life in the gutters and seed-planting while out cab driving and on the lash with the devil again. Celtic folk, mandolins, psychedelia, violins, England’s dreaming, dulcimer, cash machines at festivals? Would you like fries with you your rebellion? Life’s dreams and all those places you were going to go and see one day, and how you thought your paintings would let you be free and when you were older you’d live by the sea and why do English people wear baseball gear? Even John Lennon turned in to Ringo in the end... Moments of wit, moments of beauty – soothing Kisses From The Sickbed, songs that will make you smile, lines that will catch you ear again and again... Popes in bling, popes and whores, flesh eating babies, the popes and their mistresses, and the daughters of their mistresses and on and on and on and on, here come the popes...  God To Holloway has a touch of The Baby Lemonades about it, songs full of spirit, an album full of them – storytelling songs, lyrics, beautiful moments of clarity, of delicate warmth, an album alive with string-driven colour, give a few spins and you’ll go with it all – www.blang.co.uk / www.sergeantbuzfuz.com
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FIRST AID KIT – Drunken Trees (Wichita) – They’re a Swedish teenage duo, two sisters who’s worldly sound seems innocently-wise and way beyond their years. Seven tracks, a mini album? An EP? Who knows? Drunken Trees is a breezy treat, a warm happy set of songs, simple songs, a wholesomely full to the brim album, a kind of alternative folk feel, that Cat Power, Fleet Foxes, Devendra Banhart, Bright Eyes look at life and all done in their own pretty way. Simple happy alt.folk songs that smell of smiles and tangerines, playful narratives, natural and full of hopeful promise. Oh this was their debut release back in Sweden back in the middle of last year, Wichita are releasing it over here in the UK on Feb 23rd with a bonus cover of the Fleet Foxes song Tiger Mountain Peasant Song that’s been checked out lots and lots via You Tube, a full album follows later this year, all the first aid and soothing your ears could possible need, alt.folk with a sunny soul - www.myspace.com/thisisfirstaidkit

The First Aid Kit You Tube Fleet Foxes thing
 


POINT JUNCTURE, WA – Heart To Elk (Mt Fuji) – They’re actually from Portland, OR and I guess they kind of sound like it, they have that intelligent Portland beauty to them – a sublime understated progressive beauty that embraces a Common North West United States D.I.Y Ethos. Not that this is some kind of lo-fi grunge-out, far from it – Point Juncture have the Portland/North West alternative feel, they have the vibe but this sounds meticulously crafted, cleverly thought out, every note considered, this sounds fresh and pin-sharp good.  Innovative, colourfully diverse, always focussed, always with a purpose. Artistic instrumentation – vibrophones, tingling melodies... Without really being that obvious about anything there’s little bits of Stereolab, bits of Yo La Tengo, Animal Collective – fuzzy, warm, always focused. Gorgeous sounds, delicate songs inviting vocal lines, organic, pure, engaging, recommended – www.myspace.com/ptjuncturewa or www.mtfujirecords.com

DOWNDIME – Knowing Too Much (Squirrel) – Four friends from Leeds clearly taking great pleasure in crafting well constructed North American influenced easy on the ear alternative indie pop. If you like your Pavement, Mercury Rev, Sebadoh and your Wedding Present then this is for you. Well played, well recorded, good songs, good sounds, all good, sometimes it really is that simple. Rather recommended in an unassuming uplifting way  – www.myspace.com/downdime or www.squirrelrecords.co.uk

EYELASH – Recession (Eversholt) - Feisty female voiced energetic pop rock and polished bubblegum metal from deepest London town... “fourteen slices of neon-lit sleaze-rock” says the press release, here the link should you feel the need, they do their chosen thing well – www.eyelashband.com – good looking artwork.... 

BISHOP ALLEN – Grrr... (Dead Oceans) – What do raisin oatmeal cookies sound like anyway?  Or calico cloth or pictures out of the pile? From Brooklyn, New York with all your the best shells that you collected all sewn together with silver thread. Running down the hill until you can’t catch your breath, smells of cinnamon and all different coloured marigolds and breezy, some might say twee, North American indie pop, ribbons wrapped around butterflies flying out of old gramophone horns.... The clothes pegs that hold your clothes on the line, the cork that keeps in all your wine inside and all the ancien common sense of things. Put your coat on the floor, leave your shoes by the door and go enjoy some breezy happy simple and rather different, rather unique, rather charming indie pop that would never make your head thunder with hurt or anything like that... La la la, la la la, an endless filibuster of goodness and you’d never have to smash their records to get away from their sounds, no hiding away, no nothing. Lots to eat in this kitchen, I should write you letters everyday about it, I’d really like you to hear this don’t you know....  www.bishopallen.com
 

LAMB OF GOD – Wrath (Roadrunner) – Well Wrath isn’t the most original title for a metal album is it? Then again this is Lamb Of God and subtle slices of original thought are not what we want are they? Wrath is the perfect title for this latest slice of sledgehammered brutality from the American heavyweights. Opens up with deceptively atmospheric instrumental, all dark and moody, sounds like a smoke-drenched curtain raising live show intro tape, easing us in before the bombs go off. Fifth album and Lamb Of God are doing pretty much as you’d expect them to once more – brutal modern metal, technical, aggressive, slick, relentless, nothing that’s going to shock anyone, just Lamb Of God doing everything you’d expect them to (again). Wrath isn’t about ground breaking musical innovation, things are brutally conservative, Lamb Of God are no Meshuggah, they do have their moments of colour though, little details and slices of quality that put them at the head of the pack, right there leading the pack of modern middle ground metal bands. There’s really nothing to fault here, everything to nothing as it were - pounding brutal modern metal, if this is what you want then Lamb Of God make the very best orange baked bean metal money can buy right now - straight down the line, no messing, brutal, me? I prefer my metal with a little more danger, a little less slickness and a touch more boundary pushing and rule bending... www.lamb-of-god.com / www.roadrunnerrecords.co.uk
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HARPOON – Double Gnarly/Triple Suicide (Interloper) - Now I do wish this band were as good as their song titles, I mean, any punk’d-up extreme grindcore metal band with a song called Bad Beekeeping have got to be worth your biggest bag of salt haven’t they? And as metal song tittles go, Frogs, Boils, Locusts promises almost as much as the prospect of a song about bad beekeeping don’t you think?  No raw grinding metal band, however good they are, are going to live up to the promise of a song title like Bad Beekeeping are they? The Midget And The Duchess? Sloth-Ass? They almost pull off these inspiring titles, and this is a violently good album. Such a raw blistering relief after the conservative slickness of that new Lamb of God album that’s been playing here in the Organ basement all day. Yep, ‘raw’ and ‘blistering’ are two of the more essential words we’re going to need for this here Harpoon review and come to think of it, we once got a lift from a complete helldriver with a bee or two in his bonnet about apiculture (apiculture, smart ass word for a beekeeper – hang on wasn’t there a techno DJ called Beekeeper? Wasn’t he the one with the garden shed on stage with a light show inside? Now we’re getting a little distracted... There we were, freezing at 6.00am in the middle of nowhere hitching back from selling copies of Organ at a Sabbat gig out in the middle of nowhere (that Sabbat failed to show up for!). Going to it seemed to be a good idea at the time, it was the middle of summer and we were on the road taking in a few free festivals at the time. So there we were, post-Sabbat gig, morning sun trying to come up through the rain - freezing, pissed-off and not a hint of car or a hitch in sight. Desperate for a ride we were, just get us out of yokel-land and back to some kind of civilisation. Said helldriver was a polite looking man of about 60, polite conservative car, no hint of any danger here - get in, result, take us to warmth, take is to freshly made tea and toast. We’d been hitching all night and he looked safe enough after the insane lorry driver who claimed to be ex SAS and who insanely ranted on about killing anybody he even suspected might agree with the beliefs of the IRA and “isn’t Sean an Irish name? And isn’t your hair a little too long and are you sure you’re not an Irish faggot...?”. Anyway, turns out polite looking man in conservative beige car was an utter helldriver and Mr Helldriver was on his way to judge at a beekeeper convention in Shropshire. Said he had special powers that allowed him to see around corners so he could treat the road like a race track and not worry about oncoming traffic... So, 90mph on the wrong side of country lanes around blind corners while he raved and frothed about the horror of bad beekeeping and how it made him very very angry and how it was a far bigger problem than anyone realised. Not a hope in hell of avoiding anything that should be coming the other way and going on and on about how bad beekeeping would bring the country down and how only he could save us all.... I’d forgotten most of that until a minute ago, blanked it out. That was the last time we went anywhere near the country lanes of Worcester for a slice of witch-metal only to find no Sabbat and nothing but that dreadful German metal band Rage (or were they Swiss) in the building. The only English they knew was “food” and “you feed me now”, we didn’t stick around. Hitch out and get home before midnight we thought, only forty miles to where we were staying that summer and what with insane ex army lorry drivers, a car full of bitter West Brom fans taking us the wrong way and then helldriving beekeeping vengeance judge with his special power to see around corners and drive like he’s James Taylor in Two Lane Blacktop - you should be thankful we lived to tell the tale and indeed tell you about this fine album...
           Anyway, Harpoon very nearly live up to all the promise of a song called Bad Beekeeping, and that really is far more than anyone can reasonable expect don’t yer think? They’re from Chicago and the top line of this press release tells us the album is for fans of Pig Destroyer, Carcass, Godflesh and face-melting... Well yes, maybe not so much Godflesh Street Cleaning and more your raw blistering punky grindcore trash metal onslaught. Visceral goodness, beekeeping done the right way, and yes you pig destroying Carcass heads will indeed love it like the sloth-ass grindminds that you are – they have an ede of their own, you need a double slice of this gnarly intensity. Old school rawness, proper thrash metal laced with that punk rock attitude that kicked metal back in to play back there during the bad days of big hair. Not that we’re just on some retro trip to the good days on underground hardcore thrash and grind, no – this is very much an album of and for now - raw rough edges, hardcore attitude, relentless musical violence, spot on production, nothing polished and precise here – blistering, raw, in your face, screaming and bloody, rusty edge to those riffs, and yes, that last of twelve tracks, The Difficulty In Listening To The Elderly does have a bit of a locked of Godflesh sense of menace about it now you come to mention it.... Tense musical violence, uncompromising blastbeats, raw feedback, screaming bloody gore, beautiful stuff, oh yes, a band who live up too all the promise on their inspired song tittles. Remember now, never accept lifts from strangers, stay away from bad beekeeping, the best metal comes from the underground, when it gets all polished up for mass consumption then it loses the edge that Harpoon have here - real lambs of god, serious agoraphobic nosebleeds, go suck on it all, gnarly indeed...    - www.myspace.com/harpoonrockin4u / www.interloperrecords.net  and for all you beekeeping disease insurance needs we recommend www.britishbee.org.uk

THE COAST – Expatriate (Aporia) – Refined alternative psych-pop from Toronto, Canada, this is the impressive debut album from The Coast.  Lush melodies, warm indie pop, positive energy, arcade fires and flaming lips, mercury revs and swirling refinement, lush imaginative indie pop - www.thecoastmusic.com / www.aporia-records.com
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Last week's album of the week - ENABLERS / IMAGINATION SCHOOL

Previous albums of the week - ENABLERS / IMAGINATION SCHOOL / 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, art is what we really do.... Open night is 4th Feb, down on the river band at the National Theatre no time to be at gigs this week, or at least no time ot tel lyou about the ones we were at

Here you go, some WILDHEARTS, go enjoy this, the hand of Tim Smith all over it, Tim Smith is the boss, TOO MANY BUBBLES...
 

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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   THINGS TO GO CHECK OUT?
THE SUBWAY GALLERY presents New works from GAIL OLDING, these works consist of images and objects which explore the limitations of the body and address the notion of working outside of the field of language. www.gailolding.com  The exhibition takes place from 6th Feb to 28th February  The Subway Gallery is open Monday to Saturday 11am - 7pm at Kiosk 1, Pedestrian Subway  Edgware Rd / Harrow Rd  London W2 1DX, that’s in zone one, right by Edgeware Road tube and a whole load of bus routes - www.subwaygallery.com

Issue 9 of Blank Media's e-zine, BLANKPAGES is out now  “As usual, we bring you art, poetry, prose and - yes, more art! Check it out at our website, where you'll find links  to download your free copy... and remember to tell all your family and friends. This month's edition includes work from: Scott Carruthers / Myrtle Underwood / David Gaffney / Aaron Murdoch / Charlie Phillips and the next installment of Joe Booker's picture diary. This month's feature looks forward to the opening of Temporary Art Space, a new contemporary artist run space in Halifax. We would love to hear from you - let us know what you think of this month's issue by taking part in our online forums or emailing us at editor at blankmediacollective.org. If you are interested in showing your work and getting your voice heard please visit blankmediacollective.org for blankpages' submission guidelines”. - www.blankmediacollective.org

SCRAP CLUB is a public destructivist event. A healthy amount of household objects are collected for each Scrap Club. Objects such as computers, fridges, washing machines, pianos, anything smashable pretty much even cars. The audience is then invited to enter the Scrap Pit and proceed to smash it all up with sledgehammers or crowbars. We also have a micro-smashing table where one can apply extreme dentistry skills to circuit boards and small machines using pliers and small hammers. Some of the debris created through the cathartic destruction is placed on plinths and presented for its own beauty.
       Scrap Club are looking for proposals from artists who use destructivism in their work and music/sound making. We are mainly after durational pieces which will take place throughout the event, but also take proposals for a data base of artists for future events. We might have a small budget for materials.
        The next Scrap Club takes place on Saturday 14th Feb 09 at Area 10 over in South London - www.scrapclub.co.uk

MICHAEL J SHEEHY’S new album... Here’s what Michael has to say: “The new album is almost finished. It will be called With These Hands - The Rise And Fall Of Francis Delaney. It's about a boxer. There will be kazoos, toy pianos and beat-boxing. There will be special guests. It will be released in the spring. just like every other cocksucker with a guitar I will say it's the best album I've ever done. The world holds it's breath. Track listing and artwork coming soon. The Undertaker...” - www.myspace.com/michaeljsheehy

GUAPO are joined by Chrome Hoof and DJs: Andrew Weatherall, Nick Stroud (JazznotJazz) and Muscleheads at the ICA in London on 6th Feb...  Here’s the blurb: Pump House Gallery and Implicasphere present a unique happening around the theme of smoke, with live bands, DJs, esoteric smoky film projections, smoked cheese and, of course, plenty of billowing smoke machines. Expect epic sonic and visual spectaculars from one of the hottest bands of the moment - Chrome Hoof - a 12+ piece glam clad death disco outfit as well psychedelic compositions by the genius of Guapo. Among those spinning smoke infused records will be DJ/Producer Andrew Weatherall and Nick Stroud from JazznotJazz. Tickets and Information from www.ica.org.uk
 

  SINGLES
SINGLE OF THE WEEK

JENIFEREVER - Nanguala EP (Naim) – The three track CD version of the Nanguala EP is officially slated for an April release here in the UK, the label tell us you can buy it from them right now, so no need for us to wait really. Three more delicate tracks ahead of their Spring Tides album and the Swedish band are sounding very mellow, very much as ease. Fragile and epic, restrained and reflective, warm alternatives. The vinyl version has been available for some time now if you know where to look, their releases always do seem to drift out like this don’t they – one of those word of mouth bands who jump from one small label to another. The three tracks here are rather beautifully restrained and refined, atmospheric drifting, alive with warm considered carefully placed whispered emotion, their finest, fullest moments yet. More details from www.jeniferever.com or www.thenaimlabel.co.uk
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Last week's single of the week - LIME HEADED DOG

Previously - FIGHT LIKE APES / 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

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  DEMO TIME
DEMO OF THE WEEK

ONE TRUE DOG – Demo 2 – Ah, we’ve been wanting to get our hands of some of this for a long time -  “One True Dog perform some rather impressively way out there laptop driven cut-up percussive beats, jazzy no-wave bass and rather compelling semi spoken word wired up buzz and noise and living without skin, further investigation very much needed, compelling indeed” is what we said last summer when we first encountered them at that very Klinker Club flavoured stage at the Bonkers Fest over in Camberwell (See Organ #272 for full review). Three new tracks just landed, three track that declare socks to be warm places and heads of army and heads of state and heads of religion and heads of persuasion all know this... Living without skin is, so they tell us, a difficult thing. There’s people here from Brain Of Morbius, Foul Geese, Chicken Sidecar, Leven Signs and such, performance poet Zolan Quobble fronts everything and everything is happening – rain is in the clouds, oil is in the tank, you’re living with your foot on the detonator, standing on a disintegrating crust, you’re living in an explosion, everything is happening, awake with a sleep depth, talking heads and mothers of invention and Cajon cut ups, funk and groove and oh put on your best socks and go and explore for yourself. It was worth the wait, three rather unique tracks from South London, one, called Locust, based on a Madagascan folksong, take our inky spittle and go see, you’ll thank us, no, you really will... www.myspace.com/onetruedog
 

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WELFARE MOTHERS - Rather intelligent, rather good alternative English indie rock, touches of Stone Roses in there with their falling Autumn leaves, touches of lots of things actually, mostly about good songs and refined sounds, a band with a little more depth and a touch of indie rock class to them, lot of body and soul to their guitar rock. They’re from Brighton and this early shot is well worth your time, sounds like someone should put this out as a single, they’re a little bit more than a demo band already, Saving Up is particularly good in a brooding broken hearted tearing up Elbow kind of way  – www.myspace.com/wearewelfaremothers

Last week's demo of the week - WHOLE SCHEBANG / THE BUMBLEBEES

Previous demo's of the week - KIJU / 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...
IMAGINATION SCHOOL have a new album out, album of the week around here a couple of weeks back, if you missed the review then here it is again.... 

IMAGINATION SCHOOL – To The Level Of Light (Sonic Junction) - Shimmering treats, glowing treasures, encompassing atmospheres, the new Imagination School album is something rather special. Washes of warmth and such delightful detail... Lazy reference points would put this somewhere near the Affection Friends side of relaxed Cardiacs/Sea Nymphs and the goodness of early Mike Oldfield. Spring-like and winter-full all at the same time, seeds pushing up through the warmth of the ground, those first brave shoots in to the light, magical boxes and trinkets that catch the first rays of sunlight to reveal themselves. All instrumental save for the beautifully voiced Temporal – now that really is Sea Nymphs heaven born and ever bright good.  Lawrence Harwood, for he is Imagination School, would be the first to admit to a love for all things Cardiacs, he lets that influence flow in such a gracefully positive way on this, his finest release yet. To The Level Of Light is a wondrous album, an album that invites you in and reveals a little more with every must-come-back listen, an album you can leave on repeat for hours and hours and let it soothe with such radiant beauty. Look, I know we enthuse about so much around here, but this really is pond-vital shiver-up-the-spine good, glorious glowing clever simplicity, Cardiac-good, absolutely beautiful, if you touch it you will believe it, heart-lifting beauty... www.imaginationschool.com

Imagination School have made a single from the new album available as a free download, it comes with an exclusive b-side and artwork, just take yourself over to the Imagination School website and there's the link for the highly recommended free single - www.imaginationschool.com

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Former Stone Roses guitarist JOHN SQUIRE launched a new exhibition of his art in London last night (January 28). The show takes place at the Front Room Galler* at the St Martins Hotel in Covent Garden, and is entitled Heavy Metal Semantics. Speaking to the NME, Squire explained the show is made up from his very latest work. "There's a few from this year and the rest were done the tail end of last year," he said. "I've been working with lead, which is a heavy metal, and words which are open to interpretation as to their meaning. I'm still a big kid at heart, I like playing with things. I was playing with cardboard boxes, and I was fascinated by the shape of them when they're opened up and turned back into card. I like working with different materials, and I had access to steel and lead." Squire added that the show marks the beginning of a busy year as an artist, with several more shows planned for 2009. "I've got a big show in Oldham and one in Austria and one at the end of the year in Tokyo," he said. "The Oldham show is in a major public gallery, so it's a lot of work. It's the biggest show I've done." Heavy Metal runs until February 18. - www.johnsquire.com

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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... 

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