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ORGAN #295> FEB 19th '09 - new issue here every Thursday afternoon
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Amanda Palmer, Cmden Ballroom (organart)Blame seeking missiles?  No straw-nested bullet? Passed that sell by date? No good reason to demolish? A crocodile of leeches sucking the life out of our music?  Everyone turning to lilies? Giant furballs stalking the land? Can I have fries with that massive portion of bulshit you just served up Mr record label man? 

Why is it that the majority of people working in the London music business think they’re more important that the bands they continually mess about while their ego flies around? Did we tell you the one about the radio plugger who doesn’t want us to play his bands on the radio because he says we have a bad attitude and we didn’t show him any respect? Seems we have a bad attitude when it comes to most of the London music business, that's what they keep telling us. Seems we don’t show any of them any of respect they think they deserve.  Too damn right we don’t, we show them the same amount of respect most of them show the bands they’re paid to work for and who they leech off while they tell us how important they are and we can't play their music because we have an attitude. Aren’t you supposed to be getting them coverage and radio play Mr Ego? It isn’t about you is it? Surely it should be about them and their music? They’re the ones who pay your white powder bills aren’t they? We’ll play whatever the hell we want, whenever we want thank you very much, we’ll write about whatever the hell we want to write about and you’ll get the response your ego deserves. I really do detest almost everything I encounter in the festering pit that is the London music business, shallow uncaring people who really don’t seem to give two hoots for the people who actually make the music... 

"I'm nihilistic, antagonistic, violent, horrible—but not obliterated, yet."  said Lydia Lunch, we know how she feels, still, the one thing that can’t ever be destroyed is the music that feeds, and this week has been particularly rich and rewarding.... 

Jump in then, no beekeeping here, feed feed feed on all this.... And lillies are such well behaved things, handcuffs aren't really needed are they? Marks in place... 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...? 
SUPERSONIC FESTIVAL details announced.... This year’s Supersonic Festival will take place 24th - 26th July at its usual venue, The Custard Factory, Birmingham, UK. This year’s line-up is shaping up to be the best yet, the first confirmed act is none other than Head Of David, Justin K Broadrick’s influential industrial metal outfit performing for the first time in 23 years! Other acts on the bill are Zu, former Swans legend Jarboe, psych-rock troupe Earthless, the Flower/Corsano Duo, Genghis Tron, Growing, Master Musicians Of Bukkake (featuring members of Sun City Girls, Asva and Earth), 65daysofstatic, PRE, Pontiak, Venetian Snares and we’re told many more acts are to be announced!!  For more festival info see www.capsule.org.uk

THROBBING GRISTLE head to heaven...  Post/pre punk industrialists Genesis P-Orridge (bass, violin, vocals), Cosey Fanni Tutti (guitars, cornet), Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson (tapes, found sounds, horns), and Chris Carter (synthesizer) follow their first US dates in 28 years with an exclusive UK show at Heaven. Find out if they still seethe with the desire to destroy! Throbbing Gristle and S.C.U.M at Heaven, Central London, 21st June....

THE TUBES have announced a London show... June 2nd Islington Academy, London, is the date and the place, here’s the link - www.thetubes.com/shows.htm This has been a short sharp news piece...

Lots more of this everyday on our news pages

John on the phone...
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Who got played this week? 
 

1/intro: TRANSISTOR SIX – Back Yard Rocketship (Blackbean & Placenta)
2: THE HARDY TREE  - Long Gone (unreleased)
3: NIGHTINGALES – Old Fruit (Klangbad)
4: RUDE MECHANICALS – Etiquette (Ex Gratia)
5: THE MILK & HONEY BAND – Maryfaith Autumn (Ape)
6: LOST ROBOTS – Safety From Numbers (Orchestra Pit)
7: PERHAPS CONTRAPTION – Bluebells (self release)
8: WOMEN – Lawncare (Jagjaguwar)
9: WE ROCK LIKE GIRLS DON’T – I Just Want To Stick My Head In The Bass Drum (Distort)
10: SUIDAKRA – Scathback (Wacken)
11: THE ANTIKAROSHI – Downtown (Exile On Mainstream)
12: PARTS & LABOR – Satellites (Jagjaguwar)
13: RABID RABBIT – Spider (Interloper)
14: EMMY THE GREAT – First Love (Close Harbour)

THE DETAILS, THE FACTS, THE LINKS.... More details of the weekly alternating Organ hour and Organ Other Rockshow, all the tracks and where you go to find out more about the bands and things we played this week herex

NEW ALBUMS WE’RE LISTENING TO THIS WEEK
We’ve only got time for the albums worth hearing, now and again we may take a bite out of something, mostly this album section is about the good things we’ve encountered durning this last (busy) week... why fill up our time and pages with negative thoughts? Why fill it with the average, with the things that did nothing for us... these are the things that did do things...

ALBUM OF THE WEEK

GIANT PAW - The Stars Are Ours (Feral) - Compelling weirdness that could only come from the true underground underbelly of London town. It's hard to put a finger on what that is: it's a spirit of anarchy and creativity that bubbled away largely unsung in the 80s early 90s, the intelligent, dirty, truthful experimentation with roots in things like Psychic TV and Crass and your neighbour's dub sound system. It's the sound of Homerton and New Cross and Finsbury Park and squat parties where afterwards nobody can work out how they got there, or what part of London it was in, or how they escaped, or why the papers never mentioned the 300 riot police ... its the essence of the Deptford Free Festival. In short, a spirit of place, and a wild word-of-mouth mix of pariah influences that knew it would never get on sodding Top Of The Pops so didn't sodding obsess about it. Not a genre, but an attitude - one I thought long erased/absorbed by a decade of crushing, brain-melting music hypercommercialism.
              Well, in these strange times, where every last certainty of every little bit of that big happy music business party is crashing around everybody's ears, and the bits still functioning are dead and don't know it, suddenly we can hear the strange stuff again. The blackbirds singing through our tinnitus as we walk to the night bus. 

           Giant Paw are one time members of bands like Creaming Jesus, people who cut their creative teeth on serious gigging and general notoriety in the feisty early 90s. The core three/foursome of Andy Heintz, Chris Mowforth, Tony Fisher and Tom Augsburger are joined by a rotating collective of musicians including violins, clarinetists and flute.  It's a seething stew of beautiful female voices and blurry, head-dissolving psychedelia, strange electronica, positively repetitive kraut flavoured synths, scuzzy GBOA (yes, them) guitar, bit of film noir, robots, animated cats, paranoia, Jan Svenkmajer, sonic out-thereness with Creaming Jesus Andy's laconic or unhinged vox. It sounds, in places, like the legendary uber-weirdass consumers of entire dope harvests Terminal Cheesecake, or the charming electro-naivety of Transistor Six. It starts with a haunting dub narrative track called 'Flood' that is pure JG Ballard. They go all over the place with ideas and instruments but it's all held together by a warm and slightly fuzzy sound like a well made tape demo, and a laid-back warmth to the weirdness, . 'Tea On The Lawn' stays with you, a deeply strange if not unique piece of music that frankly defies description... 'Alarm Clock' sounds like Mark E Smith ordering you out of bed. Meanwhile, peruse the CD booklet, full of art - Giant Paw are well into seeking out good artists to illustrate each track.  They are alleged to wear giant cat heads onstage, they are different, they sound like no one, a furball stalking the land, Giant Paw are not a ‘traditional’ band, everything they do is a little bit different, go explore their delights, the real sound of London – www.myspace.com/giantpaw or www.giantpaw.co.uk

OK, the alternative lazy shortcut review, Giant Paw are London's Liars only nothing like that...
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ALBUM OF THE WEEK 2

MI AMI – Watersports (Touch And Go/Quarterstick) – This is frantic, hyper-percussion, music as a transformative experience so they say. They claim authenticity as their mission, they’re clearly succeeding. Comprised of two key members of Dischord’s Black Eyes – Daniel Martin McCorick on vocals and guitar, Jacob Long on bass - as well as Damon Palermo on drums. They’re frenetically volatile, those high pitch banshee yells are more like her from Pre than anything – are you sure Daniel is handling those vocals? They’re a constant electric freak-out from deepest San Francisco via D.C and the whole wide world. Wailing yelps, wired new wave, American paranoia, claustrophobic musical energy. New wave punk rock that’s laced with thrilliant bites (yes, thrilliant, we can make words up if we want) – thrilliant bites of frantic free jazz, dub, controlled feedback, African drum patterns. Harnessed energy, focused, laser driven rhythms.... Siouxsie’s Creatures, exhilarating distortion, messy energy and somewhere underneath it all there’s this funk edge that’s full of havoc and bite and repetitive no wave drive. They succeed in their mission, this is authentic, frantic new wave and authentically good  Cranked, tribal, complex, evolving, rolling... highly recommended – www.myspace.com/miamiamiami
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THE NIGHTINGALES – Insult To Injury (Klangbad) - Would it be adding insult to punk-fuelled injury to call them Birmingham’s version of The Fall? By that I mean, they’ve been around for as long, they really should be as legendary (to some they are, Mr Peel included I suspect), they’re as equally unpredictable and after all these years, still as uncompromising as The Fall have ever been. They have an ever fluctuating line up that revolves around Robert Lloyd and they as distinctively different, they are like The Fall, they sound like The Fall and of course they sound nothing like The Fall and they’re like no one but themselves and to compare them to anyone is to add insult so we won’t. 
           Insult To Injury is The Nightingales' fourth album in the space of the last couple of years - they sound wired, edgy, boozy, they sound as dangerous as ever. They sound like a new band full of that energy that comes with those first moves and not a band who’ve been doing this since the start of punk... Age indeed has not mellowed Robert Lloyd’s wrath and this latest album is maybe as good as anything they’ve ever done. Wired English working class city blues, punky new wave razor edges, rusty bleakness and all the h-a-p-p-y domestic bliss of a former florist to the queen. Fact fiends might like to note those driving bass lines are being played by Faust’s  Andreas Schmid – a Faustian pact indeed. Robert Lloyd really shouldn’t be this good after all these years should he? Pigs on purpose? Hard work and worth it all – you have to make the effort though, this is not easy listing, safety is not an option. Re-ignited post punk mavericks then, you’ve got to love the self-obsessed awkwardness of The Nightingales – www.myspace.com/nightingalesmusic

PETER DOHERTY – Grace /Wastelands (Parlophone) – Fe, fi, fo, fum, the smell of the songs of a fine English man. Be he alive or be he dead, filling in the cracks is what he said... or the cracks in the head of John The Baptist on a tabloid plate, or maybe Isadora Duncan? Songs from behind enemy lines, or fire enough to warm your bones, or for that matter the head of any bastard on a plate. Or the ruthless rain that can’t be contained? Charming bees knees off the bees...  In for a shilling, who is that funny guy? All he does his hang his head down and cry... All the hype and the tales and the busts and the words and all the fighting that gets you nowhere - in the end, when everything is stripped away and the hangers on have gone, it is all just about the songs – these are fine fine songs. Songs covered in scars, a sheepskin tearaway writing songs that open hearts, songs that come alive, treading carefully in 2009, this is an album that deserves to matter. 
           The words rather than the tunes are the things that catch ears, just clever lines, all words strung together, bits of wit, tongues in cheek, lines in check, (not too much) rinky dinky London pubs and winding down those snake roads with the lotions and potions and who’s picking who’s pocket or two?  See how twisted it all quickly becomes, cat gut binding ankles and the last of the English something or other, new love grows on trees... Last Of The English Roses is just a great song, a classic English song - Kinks-good and timeless. Love Grows On Trees with those pretty rhymes and perfect crimes, the broken love stories and all the perfect non sense and the price of being free and the wordsmithery and dapper in that old green scarf. Are we caught behind enemy lines? Dancing with his head on a plate, under the Westway (of The Clash) and not every single thing can be alright and the line about the scares and heroin? Most every bit will be remembered and new things do grow and when you free him up from all the crap, and the hangers on in the same old hats, he’s really rather decent isn’t he? Well he is on this new solo album, give it a chance, leave your hat at the door, swerve past all the crap and let his songs do all the talking ... This is good. 

Peter Doherty's official website can be found @ www.frenchdogblues.com
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THE FACELESS – Planetary Quality (Lifeforce) -  Staccato metal tantrums, drummer sounds like a gang of manic mutant woodpeckers drilling away, guitarist sounds like a thousand wasps trapped in a jar, singer is doing the usual cookie monster growl ‘n churn thing, I can’t read the logo on the front, no idea who they are – oh, hang on, worked it out by looking at the small print on the back and figuring it out from their website address. The Faceless! Faceless by name, faceless by logo. This is relentlessly extreme, those wasps sound like they’ve got their hands on some jack hammers now. Extreme technical metal and throw everything in at high speed, no time for breath or light or shade, relentless technical metal – these people can certainly play... no no, hang on, track seven has this weird bit of keyboard and some clowns gone wrong Faith No More type light and shade, they stopped for breath at last! And they follow it up with a track full of paranoid spoken word undercurrents and... hang on the manic woodpeckers and the tooled-up wasps and the cookie monsters are back and pecking at our heads again...  They’re certainly not subtle these boys from Los Angeles, they do have some colour in there with their kitchen sink and their millions of riffs and relentless rhythms. If you’re in to your extreme technical metal and your Cynics and your bands like Nile, Cannibal Corpse, and you’re prepared to stick around until the details reveal themselves then this is for you. Well played extreme technical death metal with some clever bits of colour underneath the relentless surface...  www.myspace.com/thefaceless

MORIARTY – Gee Whiz But This Is A Lonesome Town (Kartel) – Delicately voiced Americana, country music, acoustic folk cabaret (apparently they have a tendency to dress like 1930’s prohibition outlaws). Think Billie Holiday fronting Calexico and a whole range of banjos, thumb pianos, xylophones, harmonicas, Jew’s harp and lots more, gee whiz, there’s a lot of good music about...  www.myspace.com/moriartylands

THE ERUPTORS – Microwave Massacre (Fixing A Hole) - Skate fast! Die hard! That’s what they yell - more from The Eruptors then, more of the trio’s fast furious sonic scuzzy street punk rock ‘n roll. A full frontal assault (from Middlesbrough), think foot flat to floor New York Dolls, Sonic Boom Boys, Everything Must Go, Stooges... Think fast, loud, heads down, race you to the end no messing garage punk rock. They ain’t about to re-write music history, they ain’t doing anything you haven’t heard before, sometimes all you want is cheap and nasty rock and roll, these Eruptors do it right, they got hi-octane style, they got attitude, they rock, go grab a slice...  www.myspace.com/eruptors
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RED SQUARE – Thirty Three (FMR) – Improvised left-field instrumental free jazz (from Southend). Not quite as out there and on the edges as the Flying Luttenbachers of this world, still electrifying enough in a relaxed restrained kind of noisy way should your head be in the right place. Focused free jazz, amplified bass clarinets, soprano saxophones, electric guitar, violin and drums played impressively by the three of them. Restrained improv where others would be galloping off in to the challenge of almost violent noise. Thing is, we hear a lot of this kind of thing and as skillful as the Southend trio are, they’re not really taking us anywhere we haven’t already been... 
            But then this is 2009 and these only just released Red Square recordings actually date from sometime in the early 70’s. They are experimental, they are challenging, it isn’t really until the sixth track – Circuitry 3 – that they get anywhere truly avant by today’s standards.  By that time they’ve got to track six they’ve kind of lost our attention a little and we’re thinking of reaching for some Thing or some Original Silence or indeed a slice of those mighty Luttenbachers... Circuitry 3 is pulling us back in though, were they taking it easy for the first half of the album? Easing us in? They did form in ’72, they probably were doing this back before any of those we just namedropped ever picked up instruments, this probably was seriously out there bending minds back then. Seems they split in ’78 and were pretty much forgotten about for thirty years. Seems back then, they were bridging the worlds of psychedelic proto-metal and avant-jazz and seriously challenging audiences (often resulting in the need for a quick back door exit!), seems they had a “fierce ideological commitment to total improvisation delivered through very big speakers”. Apparently this music and these recordings were considered too extreme to release back then... and now, ironically, to these extreme noise loving ears, it seems maybe just a little tame and restrained in terms of challenging experimental noise – nothing here that we haven’t already encountered and others have taken it a lot lot further. 
           Red Square have reformed now though, inspired by these original recordings, they’re threatening some fresh “genre defying abstract noise terror” And yes, they were holding our hands and easing us in, or easing in the audience who politely clap at the end of each live piece - the three of them are slowly ramping things up as we venture further in to the set and the album, slowly pushing and without totally letting go, nearly but not quite nailing our heads to the back wall. Still, sometimes you don’t want to be nailed to a wall, and this is rewarding improvised avant free jazz for those times when you want your challenging noise to be savage enough yet with a little restraint. Wonder what they’ll do next? www.myspace.com/redsquarealbum

THE REVELLIONS – The Revellions (Dirty Water) - Dublin band with some sharply dressed 60’s garage mod rock psychedelic surfed-up energy. Moody organs, pounding rhythms, even sharper riffs, all very very 60’s, all very Dick Dale, all very Ventures, all raw garage energy ready to launch headfirst in to a psychedelic pigeon toed orange peel kind of scene with their surf guitar monster mash rock ‘n roll.... Rather good should you want some authentic sounding 60’s psychedelic garage rock ‘n roll energy – www.dirtywaterclub.com or www.myspace.com/therevellions

TORTURE KILLER – Sewers (Dynamic Arts) – Death metal from Finland, third low-end buzz sawing album from the relentless outfit. Old school extremity, babbling bubbling demonic cookie monster vocals, I guess he isn’t singing in celebration of the coming daffodils of spring or the delicate flight of a fresh-winged butterfly, probably something more to do with the art of impalement and bathing in their blood if the song tittles are any kind of indication. As locked-on galloping old school extreme death metal goes, this is one of the better albums of recent times – www.myspace.com/torturekiller

HEAT FROM A DEADSTAR – Seven Rays Of The Sun (Ace Of Heart) - Slackers, loose messy grungy, sometimes energetic, sometimes moody, London slackers. Searching for their nirvana out there in the grungy space or something like that – www.myspace.com/heatfromadeadstar or www.aceofheartsrecords.com

SANDSTONE – Purging The Past (Casket) – Northern Irish band who actually seem to be about three bands in one. There’s the melodic metal-edged big hair 80’s hard rock version, the almost cheesy power ballad version, and there’s the politely epic neo-prog band who touch on Marillion, Floyd, Pendragon and such. They do sound like three different bands as they switch tracks, and never the three shall meet on one song, what a strange band. They do it all reasonably well, apparently they have a big following in the pubs and clubs over there in Ireland. They’re certainly powerfully confident, night be something good if they could pull it all together and sort out who or what they actually want to be. Right now this sounds kind of like a decent enough melodic hard rock compilation album – www.myspace.com/sanstonerocks
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THRONE OF KATARSIS – Helvete Det Iskalde Market (Candlelight) - They open up with an almost  ten minute long hellstorm of a track called The Winds Of Blasphemy Have Returned and that kind of gives you a more than good idea as to where we are going here. This is extreme metal is a wind tunnel with you, fair listener, holding on to the sides for dear life as he yells from the top of some giant tor and they buzz away in a white noise wall of metal guitar. More unholy Norwegian black metal then, and a stew of positively primitive atmospheric satanic  relentlessness. Intense infernal sub-level rituals, the sabbats and the screams of the ancient ones and a cauldron of extreme musical goodness. An opus of evil, ancient black metal spirits flying high once more, and a black metal album worthy of some attention, now when did we last say that? An album divided in to five epic slices and if you’re going to do it then do it properly, there are none more demonically diabolically black metal and this will fly you away on the wings of their blackness (or something like that). I have no idea how serious they are about their black arts, you never quite know with some of these potential church burning Norwegian black metal bands, they do make a damn fine hellstorm of a noise though, and there is a lot of musical colour in their dark black stew and their relentless wall of evil sound - and yes, good will come to all, what a delightfully enjoyable album... Most black metal these days is tedious, this however is rather recommended - www.myspace.com/throneofkatarsis / www.candlelightrecords.co.uk
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HUMCRUSH – Rest At Worlds End (Rune Grammofon) – Their third very unique album and some serious high level musicianship. Humcrush deal in challenging musical otherness, in seriously adventurous exploration of somewhat minimal abstract grooves, colourful percussion and atmospheric experimental electronics. Thomas Stronen is a noted member of bands such as Food, Maria Kannegaard Trio and Parish, while Stale Storlokken is a member of Supersilent, the excellent Elephant 9, Terje Rypsal’s Skywards and Bol. What we have here is some really different, subtly out-there electro-acoustic experimentation that really is just so soothingly right. Challenging, hard-boiled, complex, genuinely avant garde (a term used far too much to describe music these days), yet so so easy to listen to, so easy to enjoy and lose yourself in. Delicate, fragile, strong, refined, soothing, just rewardingly different, very much touching on something classical kind of album... And when you think they have you all blissed out, a frantic glitch or two that will keep you more than on your toes... Rest At Worlds End is very highly recommended, extremely different and highly rewarding... Rune Grammofon deliver yet again, surely one of the best record labels out there right now? www.myspace.com/humcrush or www.runegrammofon.com
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LADYFINGER (NE) – Dusk (Saddle Creek) – The follow up to 2006’s Heavy Hands debut and a rather full sound from the feisty Omaha band. One foot in the big hard US rock camp, the other in the land of hard hitting late 70’s/early 80's post punk/tuneful hardcore. Grounded, firm, propelling, busy from start to finish, this is how Foo Fighters would sound if those Foos actually walked it like they talk it. There’s a melodic aggression in there with the shifting light and shade and the unbridled energy. A statement of dynamic intent, feral goodness, and tunes that hook in, bursting with all the things you need – www.myspace.com/ladyfinger or www.saddle-creek.com

GAMAGES MODEL TRAIN CLUB – The Loss Of Gamages Model Train Club (Tiger’s Head) – The telling of tales, stories and the revival of a model train club that was lost somewhere then found again via an old badge in a junk shop. The train club is now a Brighton based story club and they tell their tales, laced in fact or pulled from fiction, with the help of acoustic guitars, gentle electric guitars, various organs. A touch of English folk, a turn of blues, a sprinkling of The Kinks via a helping of Willard Grant Conspiracy, a hint of Nick Cave – if Nick Cave has been the kind of Englishman who roots around in junks shops and finds fascination in an old badge and double o gauge enlightenment. I like trains... www.myspace.com/gamagesmodeltrainclub

SUSUMU YOKOTA – Mother (Lo Recordings) – Susumu Yokota with an engagingly easy on the ear almost easy listening album of songs that utilizes the vocal talent of a whole host of people. Casper Clausen (Efterklang), Anne Bronsted (Our Broken Garden), Claire Hope (The Chap) Nancy Elizabeth, Caroline Ross and Kaori all take turns with lead vocals as Yokota glides us through subtle fields of silky songs. Gentle rhythms, soft bossa vibes, Twin Peeks beauty, delicate experimental textured, rich voices... www.lorecordings.com or www.myspace.com/yokotasusumu

And thems were thr albums for this week, lot of good music around...
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Last week's album of the week - WE ROCK LIKE GIRLS DON’T

Previous albums of the week - RABID RABBIT / SERGEANT BUZFUZ / LARS HORNTVETH / 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
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ALBUM REVIEW ARCHIVES

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Amanda Palmer, Cmden Ballroom (organart)AMANDA PALMER AND THE DANGER ENSEMBLE - Camden Electric Ballroom, London, Feb 6th 

– Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer in town with her Danger Ensemble and her ever evolving Brechtian punk cabaret, goes without saying that the place is packed. Amanda leading things like never before, up there under a stark spotlight with her Marlene Detrich meets Siouxsie Sue flights of embracing decadence... The front rows adore it all of course, the rest of us listen and she tries out new things, as her band interchange, as she pulls us in with her music and their performance, if she is for a cult audience only then that cult is growing and growing. Apparently this was a rather different sounding set to her rather electric Koko show of some four months ago. This time we get more of her behind electric piano and minimal accompaniment from various musicians and dancers. 

The Danger Ensemble start the evening as living statues in the audience, kind of sets the tone for what was to be a whirlwind of a stop start night  Things aren’t always slick, good, last thing we need from someone like Amanda Palmer is a slick over rehearsed rock concert. We want her performances to be on the edge and in danger of falling apart, we don’t mind if things sometimes don’t quite work, when they do then all the better. She does hammer that electric piano with relentless ferocity, her belly looks wonderful of course, her whole band/dance troupe look intriguing – Lyndon Chester and his violin adding lots of colour... Stabbing at pianos, burlesque whirls, most of the songs are new live arrangements plucked from her recent Who Killed Amanda Palmer solo album, there are a few Dolls numbers though – a rather forceful Backstabber, Coin Operated Boy - was that a touch of Muse just there? 

Oasis is modified and tongue in cheek minor key downbeat, a slice at the radio stations who think she deals with date-rape and abortion in too much of an upbeat throwaway manner, the BBC is booed, Steve Lamacq berated, he's standing just over there - she can’t keep it downbeat for long.  She jokes about how we handle a little bit of London snow, well she is from Boston. She sings Leeds United for an encounter, I got my own red issues with that one, a song that’s really about jumpers, boyfriends and other lost things so it seems. There’s a mid gig art auction, bringing art in to things is always worthy, the auction is to pay for the band’s expenses, which kind of has you wondering what the ticket price was all about? Hey, it was fun, did kind of hold the flow of things up a little though, maybe after the support band and before the main event would have been more the right time and place. 

There’s a cover of Tegan and Sara’s Like O, Like H that she explains she’s never ever performed before, earlier a touch on Momus in the shape of I Want You But I don’t Need You. There’s a lot of talking and all kinds of things going on between songs, a little too much for some, but Amanda Palmer does really seem to be about interaction and the invite is there to all... When she get in to her stride, she engrossing, she’s a little eccentric, if William D. Drake was to be a strident a girl from Boston? (Yes she does kiss ugly sharks, she confirmed that the next day in an Organ interview), Trout Heart Replica is a nice twist of words (and ice creaming for crows). There’s a bit that toys with “Katy Perry” -  I Kissed A Girl - and her not very sincere playing with her sexuality, a passionate kiss once Katy is down to her black underwear, that and the posing for pictures while Duran Duran’s Girls On Film plays over the PA, there’s Sound Of Music’s Favourite Things, There’s an onstage gay marriage proposal that hangs in the air for a second or two that seems like an age, before mass hugs. He said yes. The night is an edgy triumph, Amanda Palmer and her dangerous assembly of ideas, her thoughts, her songs and her rather unique style, who would want her any other way. A Boston tea party all over again, would you like lemon with your tea today? The show, stop starts and all, a triumph... (S)

Oh look, You Tubed ....
The Katy Perry moment
The minor key Oasis moment
The Tegan and Sara moment

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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 GO CHECK OUT?
See how bands waste time in studios, making tea, reading problem pages, anything but cutting to the bone and making that damn record that we demand thay make - bite one, bite two... get on with it you damn slackers!
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ANEKDOTEN and mellodrama and... “Mellodrama! Dear folks! I just wanted to recommend a new documentary by Dianna Dilworth about our favorite instrument. Mellodrama will give you the history on the Mellotron. Please check the trailer here. It has been a little bit silent from the Anekdoten camp lately but believe me we are working hard and big news are coming soon! Stay tuned! Nicklas” - www.myspace.com/anekdoten

ISIS have announced details of their fifth album, 'Wavering Radiant', the album will be released on 4 May via Conspiracy Records. Word is that the epic metallers have explored some new routes on this record, but you chin-stroking fans will still be pleased to learn that the cryptic lyrics that are such a feature of the band's songs will be there to tie the whole thing together, as ever.x

  SINGLES
SINGLE OF THE WEEK
FRAN RODGERS – The Green Room EP (Daisy Lane) – More of her beautifully calming crafted folk warmth. Five songs all worthy of your attention – both strong and fragile, graceful, pure, Fran's songs and voice are special . There’s a quote from an old Organ review here on her press release, it reads “simple, glowing, beautiful, strong, angelic, enticing, seductive... perfect”, more of the same then – it really is that simple and that good. Classic timeless English leafy folk, good enough for us to mention names like Sandy Denny, Nick Drake... Personal, emotional, beautiful. I See Horses features Tom Fleming of Wild Beasts...   just beautiful English folk warmth and a place to lay your head and everthing just right, go discover her, you won't regret it – www.myspace.com/francesrodgers

SINGLE OF THE WEEK 2
COMMANDER KEEN – Extended Player II (Only Pretend) – Scottish Trio Commander Keen with what they say is their own D.I.Y effort. Extremely classy do it yourself, all the recording budget in the world, you suspect, wouldn’t make that much difference, hard to see what they could improve. Recorded entirely at home, featuring cellos (provided by Stacey Seivright – The Moth & The Mirror, Arab Strap, The Reindeer Section), reed organs, thumb pianos, grand pianos, as well as what they describe as “a healthy dose of electronics and noise” – well if there is ‘noise’ then the noise is refined, soothing, delicately crafted, finely tuned and very easy on the ear. Inviting instrumental pieces, rich strings, dark edges, yet another set of beautiful pieces of music, vibrant ear-paintings, original creative thought for people who like the kind of things bands like Boards Of Canada do – www.myspace.com/commanderkeenmusic or www.onlypretend.co.uk
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ALSO CHECK OUT

FEVER RAY - If I Had A Heart (Rabid) – A glowing glow of glowing drone pop darkness and warm analogue sounding mystery. Hushed layers of dark honeyed voices, throbbing keyboards, this really does glow in a wonderfully slowly resonating inviting wrapping us in warmth kind of way.  Great remixes from Familjen and F**k Buttons  - www.myspace.com/feverray

THE LONG LOST – Amiss (Ninja) - Is it me or do they sound like those brilliant Bobby McGee’s? Alfred and Laura Darlington, aka The Long Lost and another of their gently energetic acoustic love songs. A gentle “Brasilo-Californian tune” so we’re told, breezy stuff and a subtle bit of turntabalistic polyrhythm sweetness -  www.myspace.com/findthelonglost

Last week's single of the week - EMMY THE GREAT

Previously - SONNY / JENIFEREVER / LIME HEADED DOG / 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

SINGLE REVIEW ARCHIVES

  DEMO TIME
DEMO OF THE WEEK

INTO FLIGHT –  Heart And Head - A blissfully delicate ambitiously good alternative rock band from Norwich with a refined quietly epic sound that’s bursting with uplifting creative positive hope. Four glowing tracks that whisper their way in with a quietly euphoric Explosions In The Sky, Sigur Ros touch. Fine tunes, glowing melodies, quietly building vocals, everything here waiting for you, those walks eighteen seconds before sunrise and touches of fragile Radiohead, those heads back arms out moments where you lose yourself in music . Impressively beautiful band – www.myspace.com/intoflightband

ALSO CHECK OUT

THE ANDROID ANGEL – Bless – The Android Angel is a 26 year old man from Surrey, he apparently had an album out called Bless, and these it seems, are four of the tracks (seems they’ve been swimming around the Royal mail for some time and the album is already out, better late than never). Emotional refinement and crafted songs that hint at Cornelius or Fleet Foxes, a sense of Spiritualized or Mercury Rev. Songs that have arrived despite temperamental bedroom equipment, fragile songs, full bodied songs, gorgeous melodies, different things, unobtrusive invites in to his world, invites well worth taking up – www.myspace.com/theandroidangel

LOUNGE FLY – Feisty female fronted melodic pop rock/metal from Cheltenham, not really doing much for us, but hey, there’s the link, they’ve got seven well recorded well packaged professional sounding tracks ready to go, they deserved a mention – www.myspace.com/loungeflymusic
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Last week's demo of the week - LUCY DAY

Previous demo's of the week - ONE TRUE DOG / WHOLE SCHEBANG / THE BUMBLEBEES / KIJU / AWESOME WELLS / THE MAXIMUM DANGER PROJECT / CHARLIE BARNES / THE CURSORS / THE WINTER LEAGUE / JARMEAN? / RIOTGOD / CUTTHROAT CONVENTION / INERTIA BLOOMS / SID SINGS / GIRO JUNKIE

DEMO REVIEW ARCHIVES

'THIS WEEK’S FREE DOWNLOAD...
oh, where shall we point you this week? How about some Sigur Ros? They'll always have a way to make you feel good, they've got a whole treasure chest of free downloads of their webpages, you can't go wrong there can you? All that sky touching euphoria will put everything right won't it... 

PREVIOUSLY - IMAGINATION SCHOOL  / REAL McKENZIES / FAT WRECK / 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

'RE-ISSUE/best of OF THE WEEK
Done and gone and run out of time, this week, have you seen how many good albums we're reviewed this week, no time for the old, we're full of the new this week....

Previously: DEEP PURPLE / GRENOUER / BLATZ / FILTH / 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....
ANDREA JABLONSKI:  And once we'd explored that Rabid Rabbit that lives over there in Chicago (see Organ #293) and those incy wincy spiders and all that glorious noise, we found bass player (and sometime vocalist) Andrea Jablonski has a whole set of other webs to dangle in front of your face. She paints walls with respected designer Diane Dauer (love the orange stripes in the hotel), she has a whole load of rather compelling personal work to explore, like this one here that explains how she is wired and how 'a' maybe for evil.. .   www.andreajablonski.com

OK, then, just in case you missed it, it was album of the week here two weeks ago and that rabbit took us to Andrea's art...

RABID RABBIT – Rabid Rabbit (Interloper) -  Suffocating left-field stoner sludge and noise. Filthy feedback drenched raw ambiance from deepest Chicago. Most of this delightful noise is instrumental although Andrea Jablonski does add some colour with her low in the mix vocals now and again. They’re a two bass, one unrelenting drummer and a really edgy guitarist kind of band, they go to places that bands like Isis, Harvey Milk or Earth go to, but but but, far more loose colour thrown around here, they paint with far more freedom and imagination... and those itsy bitsy spider vocals running around give them so much character, Not afraid to take on an avant edge, touch on dark psychedelic freekouts with their cerebral bottom end soothing. They weave around doom and stoner sludge, they take it in to prog-jazz, they do it all with a subtle touch, a clever twist and turn, you can either sink right in to it, or just float on their surface and bang your head, both options are good, this is good, all is good. Good. – www.myspace.com/rabidrabbitlives or www.interloperrecords.net

PREVIOUSLY - AMANDA PALMER / JOHN SQUIRE / 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

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PAST ISSUES...

ORGAN 294 - WE ROCK LIKE GIRLS DON’T, SHIRLEY LEE, THE MILK AND HONEY BAND, THE ANTIKAROSHI, PHOSPHORESCENT, REVOLTING COCKS, NICKEL EYE, THE LOVED ONES, THE PROPHECY, WOODPIGEON, SPIDER AND THE FLIES, SONIC YOUTH, EMMY THE GREAT, ZZZ, DAVID GIBB, THREATMANTICS, LUCY DAY, DESTINATION: OBLIVION, DEEP PURPLE.... 

ORGAN 293 - oh hit the link, go see what we had last week, I'm too fried now, need sunlight and no more computer screens....

ORGAN 292 - BISHOP ALLEN, BLANKPAGES, THE COAST, DAVID BERMAN, SILVER JEWS, DOWNDIME, EYELASH, FIRST AID KIT, GAIL OLDING, GUAPO, HARPOON, HAWKLORDS, IMAGINATION SCHOOL, JENIFEREVER, JOHN MARTYN, JOHN SQUIRE, LAMB OF GOD, MICHAEL J SHEEHY, ONE TRUE DOG, POINT JUNCTURE WA, SCRAP CLUB, SERGEANT BUZFUZ, WELFARE MOTHERS...

ORGAN 291 - LARS HORNTVETH, WINTERSLEEP, ANARCHISTWOOD, VAKA, THE BUMBLEBEES, WET PAINT, SAM KILLS TWO, GRAVANZIA, STUART TURNER, MAEVEN, WHOLE SCHEBANG, PAUL GOODWIN, THE RAIN EMPEROR, LIME HEADED DOG, SERGEANT BUZZFUZ, OUTRAZE, REMEDY, FLUTATIOUS, BLATZ, FILTH... 

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....

 

 
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