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ORGAN #297> MAR 5th '09 - new issue here every Thursday afternoon
“"Scroll down, read this week's issue, couldn't be easier could it?
Priorities all out shape from eating cake that you don’t even have yet? "Are you racking up even more infractions?" This week’s Organ then, and Welsh cups of Earl Grey.... 

And lillies are still such well behaved things and it is spring and the daffodils are 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...? 
F**KED UP are playing a 'secret' low key gig thing this Saturday in London, support from  MOB RULES, MALE BONDING and THE SCEPTRES all happening at Corsica Studios, Unit 5, Farrell Court, Elephant Rd., SE17 - Secret low key gig thing with the forward looking Canadian punk rock outfit headlining, they're one of the best bands out there right now, their album was the Organ album of the year last year... Shame it clashes with that thing in Deptford... Psssst, keep this one under yer hat,  INNER TERRESTRIALS / BABAR LUCK BAND and loads more tbc, Restarts, Autonomads... OKUPATIONAL HAZARD!!!!!!!!! London’s best squat venue is being evicted! this will be the last party. It's going to be outside festie style,  best do of the year so far!!!!! 7th March at The Vic, Grove St, Deptford, all dayer, come early... so said someone, you didn’t read it here officer...

GONG ANNOUNCE 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR - Gong are celebrating forty years of touring by, erm, touring.. Founding member Daevid Allen will be joined by Gong members Steve Hillage, Gilli Smyth, Mike Howlett, Miquette Giraudy, Chris Taylor, Theo Travis and John McKenzie on the tour. The tour will follow the release of a new album, out in September. Dates are as follows, tickets are on sale now, press info from Noble. 19 Nov: Bristol O2 Academy, 20 Nov: Exeter Lemon Tree, 21 Nov: Manchester Academy 2, 22 Nov: Edinburgh Picturehouse, 23 Nov: Sheffield Leadmill, 25 Nov: Leamington Spa Assembly, 26 Nov: Cambridge Corn Exchange, 27 Nov: London Forum, 28 Nov: Oxford Regal Theatre, 29 Nov: Brighton Corn Exchange

Lots more of this everyday on our news pages and forum pages..

John on the phone...
ORGAN ON YOUR RADIO - WEEKLY on SUNDAYS AT 9.00pm via RESONANCE 104.4FM in London and worldwide via www.resonancefm.com

Who got played this week? 

1/intro: TRANSISTOR SIX – Back Yard Rocketship (Blackbean & Placenta)
2: JULIE DOIRON – The Life Of Times (Jagjaguwar)
3: FUN MACHINE – Blok People (BNS Sessions)
4: THE JESUS LIZARD - Thumper (Capitol)
5: CHEER ACCIDENT – Blue Cheadle (Cuniform)
6: TWO FINGERS feat. SWAY – Jewels And Gems (Big Dada)
7: UNLEARN – Still Life With Actress (Noise/Order)
8: VLADIMIR BOZAR ‘n ZE SHERAF ORKESTRA – Super Mythoman (Imago)
9: DM STITH – Issac’s Song (Asthmatic Kitty)
10: RAVEN BEATS CROW – Raven Beats Crow (Demo)
11: PERHAPS CONTRAPTION –  Hard Cutlery (unreleased)
12: Y DIWYGIAD feat LEWIS TEWWS – All Mouth (Dockran)
13: INNER TERRESTRIALS – Burning Bridges (Katie B)
14: Y DIWYGIAD - Paineifiwen (Dockran)
15: COMMANDER KEEN –  Lying In The Dark (Only Pretend)
16: MI AMI – Freed From Sin (Touch And Go/Quarterstick)
17: ROBERT JACOBS – Marie Langlois

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, we say this every week, if you've read it already, then just cut to the chase. 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, what make you think we have the time anyway... these are the things that did do things, these are this week's album signposts...
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ALBUM OF THE WEEK 

CHEER-ACCIDENT - Fear Draws Misfortune (Cuneiform) - If, in twelve months time, this isn't in the Organ's top three of our 100 best albums of 2009, then we'll be looking back at a pretty extraordinary year. 
           Bit of a tall claim, then - for a start, who the hell are Cheer-Accident? 
                    This album opens with a striding, angular rhythm with a defiant Gentle Giant pedigree, like an uncanny simulacrum of 'Just The Same'  but coloured by the tension and energy of right now.  That beat lopes like a seven-legged wolf with one foot dragging a trap, and it gets overlaid with female vocals in tight harmony, only its the kind of devils-interval harmonies Univers Zero and Cardiacs revel in, while the bass stays down there simple and threatening, making the whole kind of hard-edged King Crimson (or in other words, Stravinsky) but emotional; finally, it takes off, the clouds open, soars. And that's just the five minute opening track, the warm-up.
          Cheer-Accident are a Chicago underground phenomena, a band who way outdo even Cardiacs for hiding their talents under a bushel. Dogged by obscurity, unlucky breaks, and self-hamstrung by a propensity to entertaining situationist gestures, they're something people stumble across. If your radar's finely tuned, you catch that sparkle of slippery brilliance, and you're hooked chasing it forever.  'Fear Draws Misfortune' however, doesn't hide anything: it dazzles effortlessly from the start, working on a dozen levels. Its as cool as Shellac and Pavement and F*cked Up and any number of out there alt.indie bands, whilst simultaneously being one of the greatest progressive rock albums, ever. It's way more dense and detailed and complex than The Mars Volta, and way easier to listen to courtesy of a seemingly  endless supply of richly varied melody.
        Cheer-Accident have been making music - and a few other things, including a legendary weekly surrealist TV cable TV show - since some point in 1981, around core members Thymme Jones (drums, vocals and loads of other stuff) and Jeff Libersher (guitar, loads of other stuff).  Like other truly great underground bands, they started off releasing tape albums, selling them at gigs; they can now count around 15 albums in their back catalogue, some self-released, some on Chicago's Skin Graft Records.  The Organ's first encounter was via 'Dumb Ask', possibly Cheer-Accident's most straightforward 'rock' output and duly released in the UK by metal label Neat and naturally marketed as such, ensuring they'd be a touch too rough and indie weird for Kerrang etc and ignored by the (then guttering, feeble, pariah) UK prog scene. We're talking 1991 here fergoodnessake, another world. 'Dumb Ask' rocked in an angular, quality way but parts of it made us blink and go, waaaait a minute, what was that? That wasn't exactly four beats to the bar, was it? The only thing really comparable at the time was Voivod's Nothingface (aka: the birth of math metal).  'Dumb Ask' got our attention, but it's only a small, metalized part of them; it was a shame we didn't get our hands on more of their output for some time.  Eventually, a few lone tracks that came our way, on compilations and downloads, and I found myself listening to them repeatedly, trying to pick out just why they were so addictive and compelling, why they went so deep.
            'Fear Draws Misfortune' is a coming-of-age, a perfect maturation point with years of creativity behind it. The core members of Thymme and Libersher, and current bassist Alex Perkolup have gathered together a flexible orchestra of friends from the burgeoning American avant/rock/jazz/classical underground, including Carla Kihlstedt from Sleepytime Gorilla Museum on violin and vocals. With all this willing and respectful talent out there to help, Cheer-Accident have been able to sweep in strings and brass and woodwind.  They've kept their puckish, contrary humour under control, though it bubbles up to good effect in a menacing quacking trumpet in The Carnal Garish City.  Thymme Jones holds it all together on a legendarily knackered kit, apparently a 'rattletrap' bucket of bolts; he may well be one of the finest drummers of our time, as distinctive and personalised as Zach Hill. Effortlessly rolling along these astonishing Fripp-style cyclic multi-time-signature loops, yet always beautifully expressive, not unlike Guy Evans of Van Der Graaf Generator.  They kick off into proper Zappa type complexity, and a chunk of Koenjihyakkei flies past...the influences go by in blurred, subliminal hints, within those bleakly beautiful King Crimsonish lopes: Morricone, earlyGenesis, UK, (loads of) Stravinsky, (loads of) Yes, Lalo Schifrin.... Bacharach? Is that what that is, at the end?  They even sound like early, Dumb Ask Cheer-Accident at one point: in fact, they always sound like Cheer-Accident, whatever myriad fragments of their collective musical memories pop up in the stew (Stereolab? Henry Cow?).  Above all, they will always arrive at a tense, haunted, mysterious place, whether exploring with minimalist drones and sparse drums or, as in 'Fear Draws Misfortune', going for all-out maximalism.
         A breathtaking, essential album for anyone into post or math or real progressive rock, or just the different and beautiful beyond classification. 
               More from www.cuneiformrecords.com or www.myspace.com/cheeraccident or www.cheer-accident.com
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PURE REASON REVOLUTION – Amor Vincit Omnia (Superball) – The next move is finally here, been a lot of people waiting for this, the English band are a genuinely growing worldwide underground cult outfit these days and this latest album seems to have been in the making for quite some time... Amor Vincit Omnia is a bold brave album, Pure Reason Revolution could very easily have pleased everyone by just going down that far too safe neo-prog Porcupine Tree route they’ve been invited down. Thankfully they resisted that easy option and instead they’ve continued along this far more risky side route of their own. Not that the hoards of neo-prog followers they’ve amassed out there won’t be happy, this is still very much a Pure Reason Revolution album, they will drag you under again. That mix of Englishness prog, that bright West Coast American pop that tastes of finest Beach Boys or prime Fleetwood Mac, those trademark bits of delicious boy/girl harmony are still here, those rounds and that melody that could only be PRR, and this time far far more electro bite then ever before... Man Parrish for IQ fans, Justice for Yes fans – fizzing arcing electro-prog, and something all of their own, euphoric and still those bright ambassadors. That authentic irresistible machine driven groove they’ve been kicking up live is here as well – they got it all nailed without ever getting too far from their original blueprint. A brave album that could have so easily have gone wrong, they pulled it off with impressive melodic style - real musical progression, proper prog rock and so much more rewarding than all those conservative Porcupine Trees out there boring the hell out of us.  Laced with all those euphoric harmonies, flowing with easy adventure, alive with real progression, with electro bite, the bright ambassadors have indeed made their finest album yet, pure reason a little bit of musical revolution, something that’s sure to be loved and loathed in equal numbers, a brave uplifting triumph as far as we’re concerned – www.myspace.com/purereasonrevolution
 

TO ARMS ETC. – Corner Games (Bronzerat) – New band and a fine fine debut album from an outfit fronted by UK-based Australian epic multi-instrumentalist Charles Campbell-Jones. His solo album was well and truly championed around here a year or so ago, played it lots on the radio, touched the sky with it again and again – epic prog with something all of his own and really something very special. This first To Arms album has a lot of the feel of that fine solo album, same qualities, indeed some of the same songs, more of an indie poppy feel though, effortlessly poppy prog rock flavoured goodness.... Charles and his band glide easily from melodramatic minimal mellowness to things deliciously epic. Crafted, subtle, very much about the art of songs, effortless songs that glide with so much ease. There’s a kind of easy timeless Englishness to all this, a glow, a gentle choral euphoria that takes off (while still remaining calmly in control) when it needs to. It isn’t self-indulgence, it is colourful imagination and an honest need to do things this way.  Hints of 60’s baroque pop, Scott Walker, Lou Reed, a touch of Elbow or Keane (well Keane’s better moments on that first album). Cohesive, uplifting, and yes sky touching again when songs like Most Mathematicians (and others take you there again. Flocks of indignant geese, concentric rhythms, piano melodies, touches of 70’s glam – the grandeur of Mott, a relaxed at ease Roxy Music, all laughing down by the lake, gently infectious, sun on your back, taking you with it - all is well, hands on your head, parting clouds... They got their band name from Serge Gainbourg’s Aux Armes Et Caetera. If pop wasn’t such a devalued term we’d talk of richly layered timeless pop, splashes of water to open your eyes, ‘indie-prog’ doesn’t do this justice either, To Arms Etc are in their own space, they’re different. The mid-album instrumental Super Radiance is breath-taking joy, melodiously good, the whole thing is a joy – not quite as good as that solo album, very nearly though, very nearly... Don’t let people tell your they’re just another slightly prog flavoured indie bands, lot more than that to be enjoyed here – www.myspace.com/toarmsetc or www.bronzerat.com

MICHAEL GRAVES – Illusions live: Viretta Park (Screaming Crows) - He of the Misfits with an acoustic guitar getting all “deep and meaningful” as he sits on a bar stool and strums away like a broken down goth Bruce Springsteen or something. I guess if you like this kind of thing (and you love those Misfits) then he has the raw-edged death rock voice to pull it off... And you can catch the lyrics and she won’t stop screaming and the voice tells him that he’s dying but he tells the voice he feels fine... www.screamingcrow.com

FRANK ROTHKAMM – Frank Genius Is Star Struck (Flux) - A whole load of cut up pieces of music, sound bites, collaged together with electronic stitching – spoken word bites, slices from radio shows, riffs, cut ups, beats, we’ve heard this many times before (dare we ask if anyone remembers those Organ radio tapes of the late 80’s with the collaged bits between the bands that we laced together using cassette decks and bites from this and that?). Conceptual sound art and a million samples from the respected LA based German composer – “nu skool mash up, old school classic”... Been there, heard that - re-synthesised cut up sound art that’s pleasant enough on the ears, dialectic poptronics, not as revolutionary as all the trumpet blowing blurb that came with it would like is to tell you it is...  www.fluxrecords.com / www.rothkamm.com

THE LONG LOST – The Long Lost (Ninja Tune) - This is gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous, especially ‘Cat Fancy’. The whole thing is gorgeous. Whispered silk and stroked strings, thistle-soft tunes, brushed toy pianos, an omnichord, clarinets, alto-flute, paws on piano strings. The Long Lost are a duo from Los Angeles (although they van number anything up to five live). A treasure chest of delicate trinkets and lucky charms, gorgeous gorgeous whisper china-delicate beauty. Alfred and Laura Darlington and their fragile acoustic project, a collection of porcelain love songs, careful tunes, crafted vocals, perfect in every way. Playing with delicate polyrhythms and turntable delicateness that you almost don’t notice. Genuine, sweet, just perfect cliché-free love songs, perfection – www.myspace.com/findthelonglost
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LIONS SHARE – Dark Hours (Blistering) - What we have here is a decent enough traditional power metal band, touches of Dio, hints of Accept, Judas Priest or Y&T, all screaming light and demons hiding behind fences, voices calling again. Galloping metal, melodic stuff, mountains of angelic keyboards, big riffs, in the driving rain (with whips and chains) and all very very Dio... Lion Share do it well enough, they’ve probably seen the tiger’s stripes and know it to be free. Metal, none more metal, traditional old school melodic power metal and rumours in the air about the blood on the rocks, the voices of a thousand dreams to break a blindman’s law on judgement day, it is indeed a heavy cross to bare. Chains remain unbroken, they’re from Sweden, totally unoriginal but hey, kind of good at it should you want them to lead you to their promised land. Excellent slice or two or preposterous beyond the frozen rainbow old school heavy metal actually. Gone very very Accept now in their bottomless pit and their cradle of madness with their chain reaction dance of the chainsaw and their lair or heathens and fortress illusions - love it! Welcome to forever in the bottomless pit... “Die for the road to disaster” What does that mean? There’s some deep and meaningful lyrics to explore here, “face the shadows tonight”, I want a lion’s share and I do not care what it takes (as Vardis would say).... Metal!  - www.myspace.com/lionsshare or www.blisteringrecords.se

THE TEA CLUB – General Winter’s Secret Museum (self release) – We’re somewhere near something akin to the adventures of Mars Volta or maybe Rush, only somewhere near a place near to a combination of the two though, The Tea Club have something of their own to offer. Alive with a considered dynamic of their own, The Tea Club just might be a tad more enjoyable that Mars Volta’s more recent excesses - less of the histrionics, far more subtle, more rewarding, a cleverer approach, progressively good and a little more refined, a little less obvious – this is good. Clever bits of progressive construction, fluid songs, strong vocals. No reinventing the wheel or anything, just really good melodic considered refined dynamic prog flavoured accomplished intelligent alternative rock from a young four piece from New Jersey. A colourful band, a considered band and a band with a flavour of their own – refined melodic prog adventure and now and again a breath-taking dynamic. An album that’s rather recommended and an impressive band who could well be making a few serious waves in the near future - www.myspace.com/theteaclub
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ISOLE – Silent Ruins (Napalm) – Epic doom metal is what it says on the tin, all dark clouds and hallow shrines again. The forth album from the Swedish band. Double bass peddle pounding, grandiose chords, choirs of monks handling vocals, all soulscarred before nightfall.  Very much an epic/vintage Candlemass sound and packed with giant doom laden riffage and doom doom epic epic Candlemass Candlemass – www.myspace.com/isole

MEMORIAL – In The Absence Of All Things Sacred (Casket) – Brutal pounding thrash metal intensity from Denmark, they’ve got a raw edge, a threatening old school no messing punch or two – www.myspace.com/memorialonline

DAVE ARCARI – Got Me Electric (Buzz) - One of those one man lo-fi hobo freight-train riding broken old electric guitar seasick alt.blues men. This time from somewhereville UK rather than New Orleans or Alabama. Trash country, delta blues, lo-fi stuff, you know the score, not a lot different to the others like this we’ve already heard quite a few times, others do it with a bit more soul – www.davearcari.com or www.thebuzzgroup.co.uk
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Y DIWYGIAD – Hymn 808 (Dockrad) – Y Diwygiad’s first album (their name means The Reformation in English), yep, we’re talking Welsh rap – well no, we’re talking multilingual rap, you don’t really need to know what they’re saying in the Welsh bits to get in to this. This is fine fine... OK so it maybe helps a little to know about the cups of tea and which window and semi skimmed milk and who shouldn’t mess with who... No, you don’t need to know, this works on so many levels and there’s more than enough of it in English if you don’t know your Welsh (and hip hop is a universal language isn't it?). The music is front line beat driven electronica, the rap is as good as anything you’ve heard in recent times – and it is such a good language to rap in, Welsh I mean.... Excellent music, fine front line tunes, fine fine lyrics – they don’t rap about guns, they rap about fields and fighting dragons (and the Llannech-Y-Medd front line, don’t laugh, I got in far more situations there than I ever did here in NW10!). Oh look, this is tasty kicking rule bending imaginative hip hop (and you might like to note that when we played some of it on the radio last week most of the positive feedback and the requests for more came from America). And some of it was recorded in LA with Daedelus, this is not small town messing around, this is some serious stuff, a breath of hip-hop fresh air from deepest Wales, who’d have thought it... Recommended – www.myspace.com/ydiwygiad  or www.dockrad.com
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BONNIE PRINCE BILLY – Beware (Domino) – He seems even more sublime with his refined melancholic downbeat bottom of the empty bottle alt.country this time around. All eye shut and one more night, all down and not quite dark but hell, you got to be in the right headspace to want to lose yourself in all this maudlin violin and broken-hearted slowness. No doubt beautiful if you are in that right head space but hell...  it isn’t that far from a Slim Whitman record and I’d rather be in Charlie Pride’s Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town with that mangy old hound just walking up and down. “Every night when the sun descends, I start downhill again...” Right Will, pass that bottle will you, there must be a little drop in there... www.dominorecordco.com

WILLIAM ELLIOTT WHITMORE – Animals In The Dark (Anti) – He’s from rural Iowa, he has such a rich voice, soul, passion, and this latest album is more of his poetic delta blues and more of his romantic populism. Yes he is re-connecting the early Southern American blues to the ideals and working class contemporary world of hardcore punk rock. Yes you could compare him to Billy Bragg or to Bruce Springsteen as much as you could compare him to the Blind Willie McTells or the Jaybird Colemans... Just one man, one guitar and a rich rich golden American baritone delta alt.blues voice, he’s the authentic real gospel-touching deal, pointing his finger and demonic politicians and the old devils who are at it again, the authentic real gospel-touching deal – www.myspace.com/williamewhitmore

DEAD MAN’S HAND – The Combination (Agonia) - They appearing to be growling like drain-suckers about some dead body they found in a barrel.... Hang on, singing about sucking at the decayed holes in a rancid Polo mint now, and wanting justice for said brand of minty sugary sweets,  at least that’s what I deciphered from the guttural bubblings -  you will surrender, there will be justice for confectionery when the black lord and his flies take over.... Who we got here then? Dead Man’s Hand? Did he have a polo clutched in that there dead hand? Did you find it in a barrel? Did you wash your own hands afterwards? Eating minty sweets with dirty hands is not big or clever even if they do freshen up your deathly breath. Oh no! Track five, “Bloodstained hands”, they didn’t wash!! Dirty dirty dirty...  Dirty handed thrashing growling putrefaction and more puss-filled extreme metal then. Guess they do it as well as all the others, I’m sure there’s a good reason for making a record that we’ve heard nearly six hundred and sixty five times from other bands over the last twenty years already, they do it as well as any of them, anyone got any mouth wash? – www.dmh-metal.com or www.agoniarecords.com
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Last week's album of the week - VLADIMIR BOZAR ‘n ZE SHERAF ORKESTAR / JULIE DOIRON

Previous albums of the week - GIANT PAW  / MI AMI / WE ROCK LIKE GIRLS DON’T / RABID RABBIT / SERGEANT BUZFUZ / LARS HORNTVETH / ENABLERS / IMAGINATION SCHOOL / WOMEN / FIGHT LIKE APES / THE JELAS / HUNTSVILLE / GALLON DRUNK / SLEEPS IN OYSTERS / THE WELCOME WAGON
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LIVE
Tell you what, we'll get around to typing out a whole bag of live reviews for next week's issue, been too busy at gigs to be here typing about them.... 
Live previously - THE RAIN EMPEROR / AMANDA PALMER AND THE DANGER ENSEMBLE / 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

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   THINGS TO GO CHECK OUT?
£2000 is the price new bands are expected to pay to get a slot on the Guilfest new band unsigned band stage this year (and there was you thinking you got on the stage because you were making the most exciting new music they could find) 

Pay to play, the evil practice is spreading again... 

JUST READ THIS SOMEWHERE...GUILFEST are doing it again!  PRICES UP AGAIN THEN, PROMISED US (AND THE MUSICIANS UNION) THEY'D NEVER DO IT AGAIN two years ago, increased it from 1500.00 to 1750.00 last year, up to 2000.00 this year, all to play in an empty tent somewhere on the edge of the festival with only your mates who you emotionally blackmailed in to buying a ticket (or more likely gave away a ticket to becasue no one would buy them) watching 

"This may have already been covered, but... I just rung the lovely people at Guilfest to enquire about their artists submissions policy for 2009. I got to speak to a lovely man named Mal, who asked me lots of questions. He then told me that all unsigned bands are expected to purchase 50 day tickets up front....at £40 each. Anyone got a spare £2000 kicking around?"

Pay to play, forced ticket buys, and convincing new bands who really don't know any better that this is the only way to get anywhere is well out of order and these promoters all know it.. Legally Guilfest are doing nothing wrong, but morally...? They have no morals do they... 

What happened to that promise you made to me on the phone and to the Musicians Union two years ago Tony? (Tony is your head man at GuilFest)

And the practice is spreading in London as well, bands are reporting more and more pay to play, forced tickets buys and such at places the Water Rats and Purple Turtle. 

Pay to play is an evil, a morally bankrupt practice, lazy ‘promoters’ who think nothing of exploiting the hopes and dreams of new bands by telling them this is the only way to get anywhere in the music industry, not only is it wrong, they’re lying to you, you DO NOT HAVE TO PAY TO PLAY to get anywhere, you should never ever hand over money to play a show, you should never be forced to pay a ‘deposit’ or be forced to buy tickets, any promoter who does this isn’t going to be putting on any kind of good show that any of us are going to turn up to, you’ll be just be playing to your mates, the mates of the other  bands will stay in the bar or leave as soon as their and have played... everyone knows the score besides you new bands that these scumbags are leaching off. Don’t fall for it, never ever pay to play, just a waste of your time and money 

Back in the late 80’s it was pretty much impossible to get a gig anywhere in London for a new band without paying to play, until a load of right-thinking promoters, zines, labels, people like the TLF, the Musicians Union (who these days are pretty useless we’re sorry to say) made a stand in London and for a while anyone who tried it was treated like they had the plague. The problem is spreading again, time for everyone to shout once more, these things matter to bands new and old and us, the people who pay to get in to gigs – loads more about all this on the Organ forum....FORUM
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  SINGLES
SINGLE OF THE WEEK
KING OF CONSPIRACY – Youth Against The Empire (Catcutter) – Parisian art-punk trio with a bag load of fizzing guitar driven fractured slicing energy and kicking against just about everything franticness. Primitive yet artful, dodging bite and scathing fractiousness – new wave dance floor drum patterns driven by wired messy guitars that’ll have you ending up on your knees, lips moving faster. McKlusky’s awkward energy, a load of uncompromising intelligence and touch my skin ‘cause I’m on fire...   – www.myspace.com/kingofconspiracy or www.catcutter.co.uk
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BABY GRAVY – Did It Again (STW) - Feisty jagged girl-fronted bite, fizzing edgy nervy synths and primal drums, post-punk pop urgency and  Slits for Human League fans. Only one track here, we need more, this makes us want more, one track is never enough to tell, this is good, we want more. They’re from Oxford, fidget-pop that will agitate your ears, we like our ears agitated... www.myspace.com/babygravymusic or www.stwrecords.co.uk

SAD DAY FOR PUPPETS – Marble Gods / Big Waves (Sonic Cathedral) – From Sweden with their debut UK single and it sounds like a whole load of wholesome alt.pop rock things from the 80’s and 90’s – Dinosaur Jnr, Teenage Fanclub, Lush, The Church, Big Star, little waves of soothing fuzz and gentle feedback and a bright breezy female voiced trio... www.soniccathedral.co.uk

TELEPATHE – So Fine (V2) – Creamy electro pop laced with fine melodies from Brooklyn’s rather soothing Telepathe, warmed bodied 80’s synth lines – www.myspace.com/telepathe

Last week's single of the week - SPEECH DEBELLE

Previously - FRAN RODGERS / COMMANDER KEEN / EMMY THE GREAT / 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...

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  DEMO TIME
DEMO OF THE WEEK
THE TRUTH ABOUT FRANK – Another four tracks from the rather experimental Leeds based thing called The Truth About Frank. And as Franks said, this is going to be dancing around architecture once more. Four very experimental pieces of fluid sound art. The piece of not very clear paper says something about a piece of work that revolves and evolves around something called 14 Versions Of The Same EP volume 11. All we can tell you is that we have here four pieces of rather soothing repetitive machine music, warm resonance and that good feeling when something like a printing press or  a bass-heavy washing machine (n a great big storage tank) gets in to some kind of soothing groove. All kinds of glitching and dub narcotic sound systems. Powerful use of silence, the constructions are subtle, never invasive, complex and big, never overpowering (despite the obvious power). Magnetic, hypnotic, several rhythms competing for your ear. Soothing metal machine music. Investigate via www.myspace.com/truthaboutfrank

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MOUNT – Three tracks from a Leeds band who’ve been around for about a year or so. Three decent tracks that fall somewhere between a Kyuss, Blue Cheer blues thing and a Sonic Youth kind of attitude. They grabbed ears from the start with that rumbling introduction to ‘Hassle’ and that righteous slow moving guitar sound they have, that and the thing about tying their own laces. Slow moving expansive alt.blues that takes off when it need to. A sense of light and shade, a dark moody set of sonic adventures, filtered through an alternative edge and well worth checking out – www.myspace.com/wearemount

THE WELCOME COMMITTEE – They’re a blustery two piece from Southend, one of those slightly alt.folky kind of punky indie things, positive kind of Frank Turner, Billy Bragg style with those personal emotions and experiences and tales and such – www.myspace.com/thewelcomecommittee

SUPER SONIC HERO - Glam-tinged energetic Brit-rock from Sheffield. No messing, straight down the line rock-outs, little toooooo straight forward for fussy these ears, they’ve got a ballsy attitude, I guess if you like hard edged pop rock and those Stereophonics and Three Colours Red kind of bands – www.myspace.com/thesupersonichero
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Last week's demo of the week - INTO FLIGHT

Previous demo's of the week - LUCY DAY / 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

DEMO REVIEW ARCHIVES

'THIS WEEK’S FREE DOWNLOAD...
This week’s free and legal download can be found via the link on the ALESSI’S ARK Myspace page, there you’ll find a glorious piece of glowing uplifting alt.folk-pop from the West London teenage singer (she can’t really be a teenager can she?). A slice of string-rich golden sophisticate pop, a lush glowing song called Magic Weather from the highest shelf where you find the nouns and verbs and similes and poetry that really could be the start of something very very good, blindfold your brain, feel your way, follow her twists and turns and follow her like a feather with her magic weather and sophisticated colour – go enjoy her musical beauty, new Kate Bush anyone? You need to follow the link, sign up, don’t worry though, they haven’t spammed us with loads of junkmail and you’ll want to know more after this one fine song pulls you in, you’ll want them to mail you and tell you more –  wonderful, and sleep with your umbrella and we keep telling you about wonderful music but this really is a special treat -  www.myspace.com/alessisark

PREVIOUSLY - TEN CITY NATION / SIGUR ROS / 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

'RE-ISSUE/best of OF THE WEEK
BIRDSONGS OF THE MESOZOIC - Dawn Of The Cycads (Cuneiform) - Another of Cuneiform's superb re-issues: this time, it's a lovingly collected and presented double CD retrospective covering Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic's early career.  Covering all three of their recordings for the Ace Of Hearts label, plus bonus tracks, 'Dawn Of The Cycads' would be worth having for their splendid interpretation of Stravinsky's 'Rite Of Spring' alone.  Originally a contemporary/avant classical, keyboard driven side project of Boston post-punk outfit Mission Of Burma, Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic were making very listenable, likeable avant rock back in the early eighties that still sounds fresh and vital at the core.  Many of their pieces are constructed around early-sounding drum machines and analogue keyboards, simultaneously recalling late night John Peel oddities and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop's better title themes.  Influenced by the minimalist movement (but far more flexible) this is experimental music at its most playful and tuneful, full of fluid, delicious piano explorations; occasionally the Mission Of Burma roots will pop its head up in the form of a garage guitar riff and rub along nicely with a tape loop or a treated sax or whatever it is. There's a touch of Thinking Plague about them, Mike Oldfield’s more experimental moments (yes, he had them) - and of course, there's a track on here called 'Terry Riley's House' (its very good). There's more than a dusting of angularity, darkness and tension, but it won't flatten your cat's ears to her head with noise and harshness (although 'Rite Of Spring' comes close). For a band that can be genuinely termed 'experimental' its surprisingly warm, often mellow, as well as rocking out in a refined, organic way.  There's nothing pretentious or self-conscious about these compositions - the considerable playing skills of pianist Roger Miller and keyboardists Erik Lindgren and Rick Scott are in the service of rich tunes and innocent energy. The quartet was made up by Martin Swope on guitar duty. Rather than gravitate towards the avant-prog scene, BOTM found themselves sharing stages with the likes of Einsturzende Neubauten, They Might Be Giants, Siouxsie & the Banshees and Psychic TV.  "We were always the square peg in a world of round holes. Our instruments weren't bass, guitar and drums but guitar, three keyboards and drum machine  (with turntable, water can, washboard and clarinet thrown in for good measure!). We shared the stage with three-chord rockers, but played music from Brian Eno and Stravinsky, and covered the theme from 'Rocky And Bullwinkle'. It boggles the mind how we got away with it" - keyboardist Rick Scott. 
           'Dawn Of The Cycads' includes extensive sleeve notes and a nice folder on the second CD full of interesting band gubbins that includes posters, sheet music pdfs, set lists and the fanzine-like 'Misinformation' sheets they used to give out at gigs (nice idea). Not to mention over half an hour of unreleased studio and live material.  Definitely not a 'for fans only' release, this double album is a perfect introduction to a band who are both adventurous and extremely enjoyable, and still gigging/creating 20 years on. – www.cuneiformrecords.com or www.myspace.com/birdsongsofthemesozoic
 

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....
SHELLY WYN-DE-BANK, WHO'S SHE? Well she has a new show opening up this weekend, 6 Day Riot took us there, well checking up on what they were up to took us to Shelly's work.. and rather good it is, there's al lthe links you need ot go explore, here's some details.... 

"Supine Studios are hosting an art show of work by Shelly Wyn-De-Bank. There will be lots of amazing music, a bbq and a bar and its all free so come down and get involved! Music starts at 5.00pm, bands playing acoustically, doing two or three songs each, appearing in no particular order."  Bands and such playing include 6 DAY RIOT / LAIL ARAD / A-HUMAN / JOSH WELLER / JAMES GREEN / THE BICYCLE THIEVES / LOFTY HEIGHTS / LAURA AND THE CLOCK / OLIVIA CHANEY / CARPET BANG BANG / HONEYTRAP / ROBIN GREY / QUIST / ORPHEUS KNOXX / MAGIC LANTERN / JOSH EXTRAVAGANZA / ALMA NOFEAR / SAM - all happening over at Supine Studios in Dalston, deepest underground London.. 

PREVIOUSLY - ANDREA JABLONSKI / 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

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ORGAN 296 - VLADIMIR BOZAR ‘n ZE SHERAF ORKESTAR, JULIE DOIRON, DM STITH, THE RAIN EMPEROR, FAITH NO MORE, BLUT AUS NORD, THE SOUNDSCAPES, UNLEARN, PESTILENCE, LIGHT SYNDICATE, INSTANT FLIGHT, MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND, CRIMFALL, ARTHEMIS, THIN LIZZY, FUN MACHINE,  SPEECH DEBELLE, WINTERSLEEP, MORTON VALENCE, SHORTWAVE FADE, LE RENO AMPS, THE WOO!WORTHS, TEN CITY NATION, IGGY'S INSURANCE... 

ORGAN 295 - GIANT PAW, MI AMI, COMMANDER KEEN, AMANDA PALMER AND THE DANGER ENSEMBLE, THE NIGHTINGALES, PETER DOHERTY, INTO FLIGHT, FEVER RAY, FRAN RODGERS, ANDREA JABLONSKI, RABID RABBIT, THE FACELESS, MORIARTY, THE ERUPTORS, RED SQUARE, THE REVELLIONS, TORTURE KILLER, HEAT FROM A DEADSTAR, SANDSTONE, THRONE OF KATARSIS, HUMCRUSH, LADYFINGER (NE), GAMAGES MODEL TRAIN CLUB, SUSUMU YOKOTA, ANEKDOTEN, THE LONG LOST, THE ANDROID ANGEL, LOUNGE FLY, SIGUR ROS

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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