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PRE28th OCT '09: Fiercely meretricious? Oh no Fiercely something or other, more sound bites and links and bridges and now on longwave the daily service, Obey, virus meltdown, thermo nuclear thrash? Henry Heston’s baseball hat? Crash crash crash. Why are most ‘alternative’ music websites here in oh so great Britain so damn boring and cluttered up with such conservative content? All slickness and win this and suck up to that, all repeating the same line and reviewing the same things with nothing to say about any of them? Hasn’t all this slickness and PR pap made it all rather tedious? Still Jack White has a pop up shop in Shoreditch and aren’t we cooler than you they tell us and Russian Circles are ground breaking, I just read it on one of those slick we want to be the NME sites, what do we know eh? Is the internet broken? Or was it just us last night? 

Some of these people name-dropping John Peel this week could do with taking a few leaf like things from his tree, a little more that putting up a Spotify playlist with Teenage Kicks and a token Fall track while you tell us you're too important to listen to demos. 

That'll do for this page, shall we start another now? What ever happened to Henry Heston anyway? Saint Silas Intercession reformed? 

ORGAN RECOMMENDS: THURSDAY 28th CANNIBAL CORPSE, ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY, DYING FETUS, TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED @ Koko, Camden, London – Serious frontline extreme metal with the rather tasty Trigger The Bloodshed opening up things in style: “The sounds of extremity or maybe some great big drain-cleaning brain-sucking machine and a relentless munching babbling  cookie monster vocalist aided by a tantrum throwing Tasmanian devil and a gang of pissed off wasps flying right at your face.  Relentless grindcore flavoured extreme heavy metal...”  (Trigger The Bloodshed – Organ album review, March ’08). The band have a new single, THE INFLECTION OF TOPHET, out on November 16th, more from www.myspace.com/triggerthebloodshed

More “Organ Recommends” via the rather fine Londongigs.net, at last an alternative London gig guide worth pointing your mouse at 
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SPRAY HEAD (Organart 2009)27th OCT '09: NEWS: ELECTRIC SIX have just announced a UK tour for December and are releasing their new album, Kill, in the same month. Here comes the hype... “With the album opener Body Shot, Electric Six say to the listener ‘We are still Electric Six. We can still effortlessly combine hip-hop and R&B sensibilities with loud guitars and real drums. We can alternate the falsetto and bellowing vocal styles. We are still Electric Six. And we can reach into you and eat your soul’ But Kill doesn’t rest on any laurels. Kill seeks to boldly and bloodily go where it can go where no go before. Tell everyone that guitars will be used and stories will be told. Stories of betrayal and despair and the good times that can only come from betrayal and despair”.
            Watch the video for Body Shot here
Tour dates: 4th Glasgow ABC, 5th Dublin Academy, 7th Liverpool Academy, 8th Sheffield Academy, 9th York Duchess, 10th Manchester Academy, 11th Newcastle Academy, 12th Birmingham Academy , 14th Hastings Crypt, 15th Brighton Concorde 2, 16th Bristol Academy, 17th London Islington Academy, 19th Oxford Academy - www.electricsix.com or www.myspace.com/electricsixmusic

NEWS: COLD IN BERLIN... “Hi, would it be possible to get something up about the name change of Death Cigarettes to Cold In Berlin....?” said the message.... Indeed we could, never liked that old name anyway, the stupidly named Death Cigarettes now go by the far better name of Cold In Berlin. The rather impressive delightfully abrasive new wave shouty punk band headline a rather good looking Halloween bill at the The Victoria, Mile End, East London on October 31st (Organ favourites Cutthroat Convention are on that packed bill as well). Playing loads of gigs around London in November actually, see www.myspace.com/coldinberlin

ALBUM REVIEW:  WHITE OUT with JIM O ROURKE and THURSTON MOORE – Senso (Ecstatic Peace!) – Double CD set, two rather long pieces of evolving experimental music on two discs. A live recording from 2004 when both O‘Rourke and Moore joined the White Out duo of Lin Cullberton and Tom Surgal on stage at the Tonic Club in New York City. Experimental avant improvisation that’s been droning and quietly screeching and scraping and jazzing and no waving and buzzing away here for what seems like days. Just two tracks over the two discs, two forty minute pieces. Not so freeform that it feels out of control or without some kind of vague structure or framework, do wonder how much of this is a case of the emperor’s clothing though. This is good, as improv sound art/no wave goes it kind of feels like a lot of things that have flowed through here many times before. Nothing too abrasive or hardboiled, just controlled, pleasant, decent, slightly jagged, No Wave contemporary improvised jazz that’s challenging and rather enjoyable without really pulling up any new trees or opening any new wounds or doing any of those abrasive thing you kind of expect from things like this. Soothing noise that breathes with elegant restraint  – www.whiteoutinc.com or  www.ecstaticpeace.com

NEWS: JAGA JAZZIST - Norwegian experimental jazz types Jaga Jazzist have announced that they will release their fourth album, 'One-Armed Bandit', the long awaited follow-up to 2005's 'What We Must', on 25 Jan. Main man Lars Hortveth has described it as "Wag ner meets Fela Kuti". You can catch the band supporting Efterklang at the Barbican in London on Wednesday night, where they'll presumably play some new stuff and well... .The single just landed here, maybe we’ll play on this week’s Resonance show? 

NEWS: CHICKENHAWK, this Saturday, October 31st, in a carpark in East London. Hewett Street Car Park (indoors in a warehouse – when is a carpark not a carpark? Make your mind up Chickenhawk) 16 Hewett Street, London, EC2. Caught in the Crossfire people doing their thing with DJs and skateboards and bands and things 

GUERILLA SIGNS, always obey the signs... Talking of obey, Obey..
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NEWS: SHEPARD FAIREY AND THE COURTNEY SPIDER LILY...  Artist Shepard Fairley, the man behind the Obey Giant art as well as that iconic Obama painting that became one of the symbols of the US election, is auctioning a painting on ebay as a benefit for Rock Hill:  “My parents grew up in Rock Hill S.C. which is a beautiful town in a mostly rural part of upstate S.C. I worked with my Uncle Wade Fairey to create this art to benefit Historic Rock Hill preservation. The story of the Courtney Spider Lily art is that it is a rare flower thriving in the Courtney Island section of the Catawba river. The art is designed to promote water quality on the Catawba River which has been greatly affected by “run off from urban development”, bird – wildlife habitation and “availability of movement along the Catawba”, which has resulted in a 100’ buffer on either side of the river. There are many individuals and groups interested in seeing the Catawba remain a lovely river.”
            Shepard Fairey is the man behind Obey Giant, the graphics that have changed the way people see art and the urban landscape. What started with an absurd sticker he created in 1989 while a student at the Rhode Island School of Design has since evolved into a worldwide street art campaign, as well as an acclaimed body of fine art. In 2003, Shepard founded Studio Number One, a creative design firm dedicated to applying his ethos at the intersection of art and enterprise. Shepard’s art reached a new height of prominence in 2008, when his “HOPE” portrait of Barack Obama became the iconic image of the presidential campaign and helped inspire an unprecedented political movement. For more information, visit www.OBEYGIANT.com
     The piece is Spider Lily, a stencil and mixed media collage, see it (or indeed bid) here, last time we looked bidding was over three thousand dollars with three days to go
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26th OCT '09: ALBUM REVIEW:  ANCESTORS – Of Sound Mind (TeePee) – One great big swirling maelstrom of 70’s Pink Floyd keyboard monsters, a bold Mountain riff or two (you know those Mountain riffs, take 20 minute before the song even starts, saw them once, did a forty minute set and only played one song!). Add some Neurosis style dense darkness that comes laced with a slice or two of stoner rock and a touch of retro prog, throw in some metal-edged blues and you’ll be getting somewhere near the idea. The L.A quintet are mostly an instrumental thing, although those vocals, when they do come in, add so much to the power of it all. This isn’t an instant album, this is an experience that seeps inside, a progressive ambition that doesn’t reveal itself straight away, a brooding passionate challenge. An eight part opus and some real artistic expression, an album that reveals something new with each listen, forward looking retro bath of epic riffs, big keyboards, driving intent that revolves, as all good prog does, around a concept – the quandaries of human psychology, modern society.... A great big moody retro-epic of an album that’s alive with ambition  -  www.teepeerecords.com or www.myspace.com/ancestorsband

NEWS: SWORD HEAVEN hula hoop world record.... And the most important news of all, Aaron Hibbs from Columbus Ohio challenging experimental noise makers SWORD HEAVEN is now the Guinness world record holder for hula hooping!! 72 hours and last time we looked he was still going!  - www.myspace.com/swordheaven

Sean - ghetto blaster, mixed media on canvasOrgan OTHER ROCK SHOW on Resonance 104.4FM, 9.00PM Sunday 25th Oct went something like this...

Intro: PHANTOMSMASHER - Bishop Hopping (Ipecac)
1:  DOMINIQUE LEONE - Nellie Mckay  (Important)
2:  CHEER-ACCIDENT - Filet Of Nod (Neat)
3:  DEAD DAYS BEYOND HELP - Coward's Wriggle (Copepod)
4:  THE FUTURE KINGS OF ENGLAND - Time Flies Like An Arrow (Backwater)
5:  SEA NYMPHS - Sea Snake Beware (John Peel Session)
6:  YOUNG COMPOSERS' COLLECTIVE - Circle Dance/Robot Maria Vs Workers 
7:  UPSILON ACRUX - Keeping Rice Evil (Cuneiform)
8:  NOUGHT - Goddess Awakes (Shifty Disco)
9:  NITKOWSKI  - The Taste And Stink of Old Coins (Function)
10: MIRIODOR  - Avanti!  (Cuneiform)
11: 10-20 - Athens (Highpoint Lowlife)
12: DEAD DAYS BEYOND HELP - Nightbus Tourettes (Copepod)

Full links, details, notes and such up on the radio page in a bit, busy right now, gardens to dig, paint to sling, things to bark at... 
          Sea Nymphs and Nought were played for John Peel last night, five years since he passed away. Nought were regulars on his show and indeed featured on an album he put together. The day Sea Nymphs recorded a session for Peel and we got to go along and watch it all happen was one of the best days in the long long history of Organ, Tim, Sarah, Bill and company in the Maida Vale BBC studio with the help of the BBC Radiophonic workshop. And all the time trying not to mention they were Cardiacs for it was rumoured that Mr Peel did not like Cardiacs and as much as he loved the Sea Nymphs single that we had just put out here on ORG, we were all trying to avoid the C word all day... Turns out it was all just rumour and he liked Cardiacs, just his producer John Walters who didn’t. We miss you John, seems like a hell of a lot longer than five years already, seems like a world away... I’ll even give you the pleasure of yesterday’s result (through gritted teeth). John Peel was one of the good guys. a man who gave a shit about bands, music and the people in the bands making the music as well as those putting it out..  There's a few who could take a leaf or two... 

NEWS: FIELD MUSIC NEW TRACKS AND DATES.... Field Music are back after a three year hiatus, with a new album. Spanning two discs and featuring 20 tracks, it will be released on 15 Feb. Oh so very much sooner than that, though, the band are playing some gigs: 19 Nov: Manchester, The Deaf Institute, 21 Nov: Glasgow, Captain's Rest, 22 Nov: Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete's, 27 Nov: Newcastle, The Cluny, 28 Nov: Newcastle, The Cluny, 7 Jan: London, Hoxton Bar & Grill. While you're waiting, you can also download two new tracks from the band's website: www.field-music.co.uk

ALBUM REVIEW:  TERRATHORN – Acquire, Dominate, Destroy (Casket) – Debut album from the old school thrash metal outfit from Southampton. They’re not as retro and 80’s about it as bands like SSS or Municiple Waste, more of a healthy crunching mix of old school thrash and slightly more contemporary metallic things, bands like Killswitch Engage and such.... Nothing groundbreaking here, just a rather decent slice or two of thrash favoured heavy metal and a rather good album from a metal band worth checking out – www.myspace.com/terrathorn
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ALBUM REVIEW:  THE JIM JONES REVUE – Here To Save Your Soul (Punk Rock Blues) – Doing exactly what it says on the front.. You know how it is when you dig out an old rock ‘n roll record and it sounds flat and slow and kind of polite fifty years on? Is that it you ask in disappointed fashion...  Well The Jim Jones Revue kick all those old records right in to the here and now with some filthy dirty blues-drenched attitude-fuelled back to basics rock and rock. All Jerry Lee Lewis and no smoke without fire and filthy organs and enough to burn your house down along with anything else you got that needs a burning... this is explosive old fashioned rock ‘n roll. The London outfit are absolutely electric and shoving everything in your face when you see them live, and here on this collection of singles all gathered together in one convenient place, their equally as raw, blistering and vital. We’re talking natural born beehives filled with punk rock’n roll honey right to the very top.... Mostly their own material, they have got a raging version of Good Golly Miss Molly along with their version of Big Hunk  O’Love on here - their own songs are classic 50’s rock ‘n roll, the guitar riffs are filthy, the keyboard sounds outrageously raw, the rhythm section driving. Think James Brown fronting the MC5 with Jerry Lee and Little Richard unleashing a maelstrom of old school filthy rock ‘n roll energy... Soul saving indeed. The word of mouth on this band ain’t no hype, go see ‘em, go hear them, save everything, the church of Jim Jones is where you get your soul saved  - www.jimjonesrevue.com or www.punkrockblues.co.uk

NEWS: THEM CROOKED VULTURES, you know, that supergroup dinosaur band made up of big rock stars like Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones, have announced that they will release their eponymous debut album on 16 Nov, don’t know why we bothered telling you that, we did, move along now, this kind of stuff is for them glossy corporate we only cover big bands because we're very important websites, not us scumbags down here..
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NEWS: JOE LALLY ANNOUNCES TOUR.. Fugazi bassist Joe Lally has announced two weeks of tour dates in the UK and Ireland, where he'll be playing tracks from his two solo albums 2006's 'There To Here' and 2007's 'Nothing Is Underrated', as well as some new material. Shame he’s playing for those notorious pay to play types at the Water Rats. Tour dates: 15 Nov: Leeds, Brudenell Social, 16 Nov: Birmingham, Hare and Hounds, 17 Nov: Manchester, The Roadhouse, 19 Nov: Belfast, Black Box, 20 Nov: Dublin, Crawdaddy, 21 Nov: Galway, Roisin Dubh, 22 Nov: Cork, Crane Lane Theatre, 24 Nov: Plymouth, White Rabbit, 25 Nov: London, Monto Water Rats, 26 Nov: Sheffield, Penelope's, 27 Nov: Colchester, Arts Centre, 28 Nov: Canterbury, The Farmhouse, 29 Nov: London, The Fighting Cocks

SINGLE REVIEW: SEELAND – Captured (LoAF) – Second single from Birmingham band Sealand’s rather refined debut album Tomorrow Today. The lead track is a warm slice of gentle uptempo relaxed soothing psychotropic pop. Seeland wash over with a delicate glow and this is some kind of aural massage with their hints of Neu and their harmonies and traces, and here with the lead track, they’re at their most 80’s sounding with their indie-pop jangly guitars and quiet fairground organs, their Edwin Collins flavours and their hints of Orange Juice or the Postcard era.  The real interest here for those who already have the album, is the delicate remixes, especially the work of ‘hauntologists’ The Advisory Circle and their ghostly treatment of a delicate folk gem called Call The Incredible, or Danish composer Thomas Knack’s soft-handed touch.  www.myspace.com/seelanduk

25th OCT '09:  Today is Sunday and Sunday, as you know, is radio day around here, this week THE OTHER ROCK SHOW on London’s finest radio station, RESONANCE 104.4FM. The Other Rock show is Marina’s exploration of rock music played beyond the convention of 4/4, that’ll be strange time signatures - proper prog, post, clever hardcore, rock music that’s delivered with a little more challenge... The show is on at 9.00pm UK time, you can here via 104.4FM in London or worldwide via www.resonancefm.com

And talking of radio and Resonance FM, one of the people behind the early moves of the station was JOHN PEEL. Today marks the fifth Anniversary of John’s passing. Five years ago today the great man died, and don’t you miss him... 
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24th OCT '09: NEWS:  CRAZY ARM are playing a last minute free London show tonight at Kink Bar, Caledonian Road, Islington. Also playing: TORN OUT and TYRANNOSAURUS ALAN. The tuneful English punk/alt.rock band released their debut album earlier this year, Born To Ruin, is one of the (secret) treasures of the year as far as we’re concerned, here’s a slice of the Organ review that you’ll find in full a few pages back. Those of you who go futher back with us here may recall The Once Over Twice, this is where you find frontman/guitarist Darren Johns now...
         "...quality songs, all good, no hint of anything near filler, timeless depth, serious alternative, punk-edged, alt.rock intelligent quality - born to find reason, each building on the last – boring looking front cover but don’t let that stop you going in – just get out and give this a little more than just the once over, there’s a seriously good band with some seriously good sentiment and some very serious songs here. If that start to Kith And Kingdom don’t grab your heart first time then I fear you’re already dead to music..."   - www.myspace.com/crazyarm

ALBUM REVIEW:   HUSH ARBORS – Yankee Reality (Ecstatic Peace) – Now this is rather fine and deceptively deep when it really has you thinking it really isn’t going to be.  Seems amongst other things, Keith Wood,  the now London based Virginian has secured himself a place playing guitar for strange dark (sometimes disturbing) English death-folk band Current 93. Nothing dark and disturbing here though, just sunny American alt.country/folk tunes that lead you to words that fire imaginations.  A kind of mellow at ease breezy (slightly lo-fi in just the right way) Neil Young feel – both in the playing and the voice (no clone though, don’t be getting that idea). Well, mellow and breezy yes, but you have got songs like album closer Devil Made You High with that raw garage rock under-texture so don’t be getting too comfortable there in the sun and  the breeze... Country rock and alt.folk for Dinosaur Jnr followers (J Marcus is in the producers chair, hadn’t noticed that when I mentioned Dinosaur just then). Some of it is gracefully languid, some of it breezy, some of it kind of haunting, some of it lightly drenched in feedback, all of it good, all of it standing out – Neil Young, Tom Petty, McGuinn, touch of his Hillbilly roots, and edgy enough to be opening for Sonic Youth here in the UK right now (fitting in nicely with the Ecstatic Peace outlook that’s throwing up so many fine things right now...)   Timeless, classic alt.American country folk rock feel with an edge of its own and enough bite to only be from right now... All good... www.ecstaticpeace.com
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23rd OCT '09: ALBUM REVIEW:   THAVIUS BECK – Dialogue (Big Dada) - Painting pictures like weapons for your ears / This is real hardcore / This is real hardcore...  Just here to speak his mind so it would seem... Several minutes at a time / This is real hardcore / This is real hardcore... Sunshine for your mind, sequential sounds, another function for self preservation, with the power to express the experience... Live your life with some purpose / Otherwise this shit is worthless...  Electro/rap/hip-hop creativity and a Los Angeles M.C with some positive Phlowtations, words that flow with colour and imagination - dry satirical. It all works in a positive kind of way when you have it coming at you and rap is meant to be heard not read.... Challenging rap-hop call it what you will electro front line thinking, earfood that pushes buttons, boundaries and lots more – Serving aces, putting the trophy in the cabinet...  www.myspace.com/thavius or www.ninjatune.net

NEWS: ROLO TOMASSI have announced that they are recording the follow-up to their debut album, 'Hysterics', in LA with producer Diplo. An artist in his own right, of course, Diplo has previously produced artists including MIA and Santogold, and was behind Major Lazer with Switch. 

NEWS: More PAVEMENT... “Due to huge public demand ATP Concerts are happy to announce a second London headline show from the legendary Pavement at Brixton Academy, as well as the previously announced show on Tuesday 11th May they will also play Wednesday 12th May.

NEWS: The 100SQFT show is on, the hundred pieces/artists have now been gathered together and the organisers have announced the exhibition is booked and the private view and launch party will take place on 22nd November at 6pm. The Exhibition will then run from Monday till Friday of the following week over at the Boleyn's Boys Club, London N16, full details and. more soon...www.100sqft.co.uk

NEWS: CRAZY FOOLS - The Bristol-based contemporary street art gallery Crazy Fools have a weekend exhibition on here in London at the Library Bar, Upper Street, Islington – a whole load of urban art, street art, whatever you want to call it art. The Crazy Fools gallery sells work by such graffiti luminaries as Paul Insect, Sick Boy, Blek Le Rat, Antony Micalef and more.... Show opens at 2pm this Saturday, runs until 10pm, and then again on Sunday. More details and lots of imagery over at - www.crazyfools.net

NEWS: MuTATEhas now been extended by one week, the show now runs, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until the first week of November, under the Westway in Ladbrook Grove, West London – www.mutatebritain.com
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MuTATE 2009, (Organart)

22nd OCT '09: NEWS: PORTOBELLO FILM FESTIVAL MUTATE BRITAIN MIX – More from MuTate and things draw towards the final weekend (see further dwon for more, see that MuToid beast phone right there..).  “Come check out Mutate this Friday as the Portobello Film Festival will be coming along for a special film screening. Kicking off at 5:30pm through ‘til 9:30pm under the Westway… The Portobello Film Festival presents a special mix of winners and near winners from this years Festival, sci fi, graffiti films, and animation plus historic footage of the Mutoid Waste Company from Festival Director, Jonathan Barnett, who’s work can be seen here on YouTube

ALBUM REVIEW:  COWBOY PROSTITUTES – Let Me Have Your Heart (Sunny Bastards) – Trailer trash sleaze and some kind of in your face throwaway punk/glam/metal hybrid of cornball words and even cornier riffs. It ain’t big, it ain’t clever, you’ve heard every note and every word somewhere before and turn the beautiful bleeder up right up and blast it like your favourite Supershit666 wreckord. They’re from Sweden (aren’t they all?), they’re as dumb as music gets, they’re even dumber than their name...  Love it to bits (or love it until we get bored with it, I suspect that won’t take too long, love it for now, fifteen minutes tick tick...) – www.myspace.com/cowboyprostitutes

ALBUM REVIEW:  DEAD DAYS BEYOND HELP - Access Denied! (Copepod) - We like lyrics you can get your teeth into, and these (of the three tracks that have them) are intense, the man sounds like a pressure-cooker about to explode... 
       'But he seemed such a nice, polite chap' say eyewitness after London-based musician Alex Ward goes postal with an Uzi on the High Street. 'It was so unexpected' says neighbour (identity withheld). "He was always so cheerful". 
       With so many avant rock bands choosing to be completely instrumental it's a real pleasure to have blasts of human emotion giving this music life and purpose. Ward sounds and writes like a gutsy and much more stressed out Peter Hammill: My nerves are not really all that bad, it's just they / Feel like they've been ripped out of flesh and dipped in salt / And left out twitching in the air... 
           A natural, warm, live sound, where the interplay between the drums and guitar matters the most - Access Denied sounds like it should be out on a label like Skin Graft Records, sounds like those early 90s American gritty Steve Albini-produced underground bands (Slint, Shellac, Collossamite, Sicbay etc kind of bands, even Arab On Radar at times).  And homegrown: good news for those of us casting envious eyes at the rich avant-prog wealth across the Atlantic and wondering where all the UK talent is. And there's a kind of particular London dirt in there, a satisfying lost and insular roughness that smells of damp rehearsal rooms and overheated amps and paying three quid to see a brilliant band in a venue that has  no corporate lager sponsorship. It sounds like patched and crumbling East London streets, of pressure and frustrations, sparks of beauty and catharsis. There's a lot of those twisted Voivod chords that make Nought distinctive, and lest we forget, Alex was a very large part of the late and missed Camp Blackfoot. Dead Days Beyond Help are easier on the ear than Nought (what isn't?) by being packed with moody, varied dynamics rather than being so unrelentingly unrelenting. It's reminding me of why Camp Blackfoot was thought of so highly - ahead of their time in many ways... although I think I'm liking DDBH more. There's input from violin and cello on a couple of tracks; it's nicely mathy, in all the right ways, textured, and subtle enough to bear lots of listening.  Uplifting at the end, on instrumental final trackDoomed Forestaller - days without help, but maybe hope. - www.copepod.co.uk or www.myspace.com/deaddaysbeyondhelp
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MuTate poster (Sean - Organart.com)21st OCT '09: NEWS: MORE AT MuTATE... The Mutate street art and Mutoid Waste Company scrap-sculpture show - giant beasts made out of old jet fighter planes, giant pieces of graffiti, the Organ review if the open is here on our art page – the massive show enters the last weekend under the Westway, over there in Portobello Road, West London this coming weekend. We’re told there’s a whole lot of new work gone up this week ready for the final weekend... More from us here on Friday morning when we’ve been to see what’s new. This really is something not to be missed, if you’re anywhere near then do go take it in while you still can... Real underground counter culture alive and well under the Westway 

NEWS: FLOWERED UP FRONTMAN DIES... The frontman of 90’s London-based baggy band Flowered Up, Liam Maher, has died. Formed in 1990, Flowered Up worked with both Heavenly and London Records, the latter releasing their one and only album, the former their highest charting single, the thirteen minute long 'Weekender'. Notable perhaps as one of the few London bands to have a distinctly Manchester sound, the band released their album, 'A Life With Brian', in 1991. They rightly enjoyed some critical acclaim around the time of the release. London records was never the greatest label for a band in the early 90’s (ask us about the Atom Seed experience some time) and Flowered Up never really moved on from that excellent Weekender single back  there. The band split up in 1994 and while keyboardist Tim Dorney went off to form Republica, Maher dabbled with a solo career, signing to Alan McGee's Poptones label in 2001. However nothing was ever released. The band attempted a reunion in 2007, but it failed to get off the ground because Dorney refused to participate. One of the great lost bands of the 90’s. Details of Maher's death are not yet known, our thoughts are with Liam’s family and friends.

NEWS: FIGHT LIKE APES will re-release their debut album next month with a bonus disc of b-sides, remixes and rarities, coinciding with their headline London show at The Borderline on November 24th. Following a warm reception for the original album, the band had a hectic summer of festivals in the UK and overseas. The album will be now released with an extra disc on Monday 23rd November; rounding up other tracks recorded with John Goodmanson in Seattle, plus two remixes.
      The tracklisting for the bonus disc is: Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues -  Mclusky cover version originally on b-side of 'Lend Me Your Face', Knucklehead – originally b-side of the Irish CD single of 'Something Global', Telephone The Real Ham Jackson – original b-side of 'Tie Me Up With Jackets' 7”, Canhead – from the US 'You Filled His Head With Fluffy Clouds...' EP, This Is Like The Time Jody Didn't Know What Cunnilingus Was – original b-side of 'Something Global' UK 7”, Snore Bore Whore (spherical mix) – original b-side of CD single of 'Jake Summers', Battlestations (Jape remix) – previously unreleased. The deluxe edition of Fight Like Apes And The Mystery Of The Golden Medallion is released on 2CD and a download bundle on Model Citizen Records. FLA fans who have already purchased the album will be able to buy the bonus disc only direct from www.fightlikeapesmusic.com
          The ever brilliant Fight Like Apes will headline at London's Borderline on Tuesday 24th November.

ALBUM REVIEW: SAMARA LUBELSKI – Future Slip (Ecstatic Peace) – More of delicately swirling slightly creamy experimental New York psychedelic folk beauty from Samara Lubelski. She has such a soothingly reassuring voice, the instrumentation has just the right slightly lo-fi feel, all soft focus and slightly 60’s French feeling and all kaleidoscope good. Glowing, soothing, easy, mellow, sunny... www.myspace.com/samaralubelski

NEWS: NO MORE SOAP DODGING... Looks like hunt sabs are gonna be cleaning up this winter. Cosmetics manufacturer Lush have released a new soap called Fabulous Mrs Fox - on sale from now 'til Boxing Day. Every penny of the profits is set to be spent on funding sab groups up and down the country as they disrupt bloodsports. Of course the Countryside Alliance types have got themselves into a lather (copyright - all newspapers) claiming that Lush are out to support 'dirty fighters' and claiming that Lush will 'pay for its politics'. But Lush maintain, 'We're on the side of the foxes!' (and perhaps they think the anti market is a big dollar right now). To capture the full thrill of a day's sabbing in the comfort of yer own bath, the Lush aromaologists have concocted 'a blend of citronella, engine oil and organic special brew'. Well, what are you waiting for? (SchNews)

ALBUM REVIEW: PESTILENTIAL SHADOWS – In Memorian, Ill Omen (Pulverised) – A plague of pissed-off black metal wasps stuck in Satan’s jam jar again, more of that hissy “anti-human plague metal”.  This apparently is the Australian outfit’s third album. An early 90’s hissy-pissy pissed-off swarm of wasps and a black metal wall of noise for people who like a touch of Mayhem with their (burnt) morning toast and cornflakes.. “Stunning old-school artwork” says the press release, for that read the usual cheapskate black and white cover, the usual unreadable logo and more of the usual winged beasts and demonic cherubs. The bleak relentless onslaught of it all is growing on me actually, the sorrow-drenched riffs and all the mournful resentment and burnt toast is living on the dark edges of life don’t yer think. They have a bit of (dark) colour in there, a sense of drama, a touch of light and shade, and their dark moody slow bits where once again less is more add to the proceedings. A rather fine sense of loss and suffering inherit or something like that – www.myspace.com/pestilentialshadows

NEWS: F*CKED UP TO RELEASE SINGLES COMPILATION... F*cked Up have released a lot of singles. A lot. Some of them were collected on the band's 2004 compilation, 'Epics In Minutes' and now some more (but by no means all) of them have found their way on to its sequel, 'Couple Tracks: 2002-2009', which will be released by the not very friendly Matador on 25 Jan. Shame a band like the mighty F’ed Up are on such corporate-thinking same old music industry type of label these days. What is it with this so called independents that just operate like small versions on majors? Spanning two CDs, the band have categorised the songs into 'hard stuff' and 'fun stuff' with a whole load of rare stuff, including five previously unreleased tracks... I guess if you want to know more then you know what to do....

ALBUM REVIEW: ABOVE THEM – Blueprint For A Better Time (Inhaler) – One of them there Hundred Biffy Reasons indie emo guitar bands who signpost all their riffs well before we get anywhere near to them. There’s been years and years of these bands now, all of ‘em on those Deep Elm Emo Diary compilations that kind of ran out of steam quite a few volumes ago now (are they still going?). Above Them do their poppy indie emo guitar rock thing politely well enough and as earnestly well intentioned and positively uplifting as it is, they kind of desperately need a little more danger and adventure in there, a little less of the slavish following on the emo guitar pop rule book. Don’t see that this is any kind of blueprint that’s going to bringing any kind of better time, sounds like the same old blueprint to us. Hey look, we’re trying to be as polite as they are here, they’re not harming anyone, they’re putting in the time and effort, they’re out there doing it, and if you like this kind of thing then I guess they’re as good as any of ‘em..  Oh, enough of this being polite, we really don’t need another album like this do we? We’ve heard enough of them already haven’t we? Hey, I don’t know, maybe you haven’t, here’s the link, I’m sure their friendly hard working people and they’re deserving of you’re attention... ...www.myspace.com/inhalerrecords or www.myspace.com/abovethem
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20th OCT '09: Today we have our best Raincoats on....

“I really don’t know much about The Raincoats except that they recorded some music that has affected me so much that whenever I hear it I’m reminded of a particular time in my life when I was (shall we say) extremely unhappy,  lonely and bored. If it weren’t for the luxury of putting on that scratchy copy of The Raincoats’ first record, I would have had very few moments of  peace.”   (Kurt Cobain, Nirvana, June 1993)

Why are we going on about The Raincoats today? Because that first album is all that’s been playing here today in the Organ studio and we'd almost forgotten just how good it is. Why did we play two tracks from their seminal 1979 album on the radio show last Sunday?  Because We ThRee have just announced the reissue of the ‘The Raincoats’ the legendary first album by The Raincoats originally released on Rough Trade Records in 1979. “Widely acclaimed as one of the musical highlights of the post punk period  and a breakthrough moment for women in music, ‘The Raincoats’ has been commercially  unavailable for the past 10 years. We ThRee is The Raincoats' own label and will release the album on vinyl on 19 October and a special   edition digipak enhanced cd with live footage from 1979, on 9 November 2009. Kill Rock Stars will release the album on vinyl simultaneously in the USA. 
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NANCY SPEROPickled cows, diamond skulls, cheap essential scenery, off to the Zoo? Capital Z, the art of something or other? 

“It was The Raincoats I related to most. They seemed like ordinary people  playing extraordinary music. Music that was natural that made room for cohesion of personalities. They had enough confidence to be vulnerable and to be themselves without having to take on the mantle of male rock/punk rock aggresion... ...or the typical female as sex symbol avec irony or sensationalism.” (Kim Gordon, Sonic Youth,1993) 

NEWS: NANCY SPERO, 1926–2009 - Groundbreaking feminist artist Nancy Spero died in New York on Sunday, aged 83 so reports the New York Times. Nancy Spero was a politically charged painter, known for her engaging challenging work and it is a shame that we only write about these things when someone like Nancy Spero dies, really am sorry about that, something we should put right around here. Further exploration here

NEWS: PAVEMENT LONDON SHOW:  ATP Concerts say they are very excited to present a London headline show from the legendary Fall tribute band called Pavement at Brixton Academy on Tuesday 11th May 2010 blah blah blah... I guess some of you are excited tooooooooo, though I just don’t get what’s so damn exciting about Pavement reforming, they were never that good were they? - www.atpfestival.com

NEWS: More last minute NO AGE gig tonight say Upset The Rhythm: “ Total thanks to everyone who came to see NO AGE play with Gentle Friendly and Trash Kit last night, so many new songs! To cut a short story shorter, No Age are trapped in London doing interviews and press today so we've made the most of their detainment and set up a last minute party in a scouting hut / youth club just off Dalston Junction. It's going to be really fun in small lively room, bouncing off the walls party style! PENS and THE HUMAN RACE have gladly signed up to play too, so it is ON, information away....

NO AGE. PENS, THE HUMAN RACE. Tuesday 20 October @ The Trinity Centre, Beechwood Road, Dalston Junction, London, E8 - 8pm. More information from www.upsettherhythm.co.uk
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chaka (organart.com)“We just really loved what The Raincoats were doing, they were a really exciting band. I think the thing that was good about The Raincoats simply wasthat the tradition that they were playing in was their own and so they had an original voice. You couldn’t ignore them - they were undeniably fascinating - the interplay between the two voices and the sound of the group was something original and that was what was exciting about them.” (Geoff Travis, Rough Trade Records, February 2009) 

19th OCT '09: DEMO REVIEW: SUBGENERATES - Those riffs are pure early 80’s Cardiacs scratchy going off and things, on the less complicated punky Seaside side of things rather that the big wall of sound that came along later. These Subgenerates with their spiky riffs are from Taunton, Somerset and this is very very Cardiacs indeed... Tasty four tracker actually, four busy songs, they may just be pushing it in terms of the liberties taken with those ‘borrowed’ riffs and rather familiar song constructions, do rather like this though. Bit a Subhumans edge? Quite a big punky edge in there with the positive energy actually – Subhumans, Crass, old school punk... Hang on there’s another disc in here as well (main disc was all packaged up in full colour and cellophane and ready to sell and such, second is just a CDr with hand written song titles). Bit more of a band starting to push themselves with this second disc, is this them evolving? If it is then looks like they could be taking their influences and doing something a little different with them, touch of Dead Kens, touch of Amebix, sounds like things are moving on rather nicely, squalor is alive... All sounds very well produced D.I.Y  and this set of songs on this second disc are still very very Cardiacs but... And all rather nostalgic in a positive 80’s underground days of zines and broken photocopiers kind of way - giving us a warm glow actually, kind of miss bands and sounds and attitudes like these...  Is it too Cardiacs? Well it is very very Cardiacs - nah, who cares, the scratchy punky edge and the fact that they get that it isn’t about being annoyingly wacky makes this work – good one you Subgenerates, keep it coming, keep it evolving, more please – www.myspace.com/subgenerates
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SINGLE REVIEW: THE DEAD SHORES – Modern Men (Just Good) – They’re from Wigan, they talk of wholesome things like Half Man Half Biscuit, Magazine, Wedding Present and a whole load of classic 80’s bands. The Dead Shores make positive scratchy northern wordy new-wave post-punk, they have their own angle on life and things, this is good... They look like they’re going to be some kind of Oasis/Farm type terrace culture band, these people clearly do not have a monthly direct debit with a First Fitness gym, they do not read GQ or hang out on sun-beds with their well groomed mates, these fine people do not have a WKD side (I bet they’ve got a Dukla Prague away kit though). Real slice of real life lyrics, working-class wit in there with their spiky urgency and their Jam-like Arctic Monkeys energy and this is good, this is very good, lot of Half Man in there, lot of good things in there and they could go to hell and they’re sick and tired of modern life and My Space friends requests and skinny fit jeans on the next big thing and they wish they could fly... invite them to your next barbecue, bet Peel would have been playing this over and over, where are the decent radio DJs when you need ‘em eh? Go send the Dead Shores a modern life friends request and become their new best mates via www.myspace.com/thedeadshores

ALBUM REVIEW: SWITCH OPENS – Switch Open (GMR) - A rather decent, rather different blend of alternative imaginative metal flavoured rock from Stockholm, Sweden. Touches of folk in there, real taste progressive adventure, cathartic riffs, rather impressively decent, rather adventurous heavy alternative rock, a band with a blend of colour all of their own, a band who clearly need to be a little different. The results are well worth your time - www.myspace.com/theswitchopens or www.gmrmusic.se
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MuTate poster (Sean - Organart.com)19th OCT '09: NEWS: ANTI-POP CONSORTIUM will be in the UK for tour dates in support of their rather fine new album, 'Florescent Black' next month (reviewed further down the page and you might just have heard them on our Resonance FM show last night). The New York band also promise not to "fall for the classic rap template of shit shows and shouting", by completely rebuilding their tracks from scratch every single night. Be there or be at something not nearly as good. Tour dates: 4 Nov: Brighton, Audio, 5 Nov: London, The Scala, 6 Nov: Leeds, Wire, 7 Nov: Bristol, Croft – www.myspace.com/antipopny

ALBUM REVIEW: RUSSIAN CIRCLES – Geneva (Suicide Squeeze) – According to the press release they’ve “crafted a moment, a Rite of Spring” -  In your f*&^ing dreams you have! Crafted a Rite Of Spring my arse! There’s very very few ever come anywhere near! What you’ve crafted is a boringly turgid set of tedious post rock sleeping pill clichés and as pretentiously creative as you’d like to think you are, this is little more than some post-rock/bad instrumental heavy metal rehash of other people’s already second-hand ideas. You are without an original moment, you are devoid of musical personality, you have no hint of a finger print or a musical idea anything near something of your own. Others have done this with far more colour, ambition, guts and normally (having listened to it several times over the last couple of weeks trying to find something positive – the first thirty seconds When The Mountain Comes... lifts ears and spirits before we fall back in to the turgidly bad instrumental heavy metal post-rock heard it all before mire), normally we’d just sling it in the corner and ignore it, we’d not waste anyone’s time or indeed our space - you know the policy here, if we haven’t got something positive to say don’t bother blah blah.... Claiming some kind of Rite Of Spring moment really is taking the piss though! An insult to one of the greatest pieces of music ever written (Stravinsky’s masterpiece if you don’t know). Instrumental Post Rock really has gone down a blind alley somewhere just left of Up Its Own Arse road and this has to be the death nail waiting for you at the end dear reader, just don’t go there. Russian Circles, you had us falling off our fence in fits of disbelieving laughter there for a moment or two with your silly Stavinsky claims (as for the rest of the press release, beautiful piece of post-modern irony, what a set of deluded self-important boring pretentious aren't-we-the-clever-ones toss pots!). Flip me, this album makes that recent effort from Venom seem like a groundbreaking event, it makes recent Porcupine Tree seem like an exciting prospect! This is worse than any one of a million spotty chin-stroking post rock 20-something student indie boys in badly fitting brown t-shirts attempting to grow beards while they’re third on the bill on a Wednesday night over at the Buffalo Bar. This is what Vessels would sound like if they had no ideas, no personality, no imagination, no nothing, this is about as far away from a riot-inducing Rite Of Spring moment as you could possibly imagine... “How should we handle such vast arms-lengths-of transcendence when we can barely wrap our heads around this?” concludes the press release... (do the band seriously believe all this stuff, are they saying this with a straight face, they must be having a laugh, done it for a bet?). This is at best a one dimensional ambition-free Godspeed on a very boring let’s repeat the exercise again no one will notice that they’ve heard it all before kind of day, this is Ulver without the adventure, this is beyond turgid why bother boredom. Rite Of Spring my f***ing arse! Has to be a piss take? Surely?

NEWS: PRE-ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR SPECIAL. R.A.G. Issue Launch & Colin Ward film screening on at Housmans bookshop. 
            Ahead of this year’s Anarchist Bookfair, Housmans welcome the Revolutionary Anarcha-feminist Group from Dublin, who will be launching the latest issue of their magazine, whilst downstairs we will be screening a new documentary of ‘Colin Ward in Conversation with Roger Deakin’.
          The RAG (Revolutionary Anarcha-feminist Group) is a magazine produced by a diverse group of anarcha-feminist women in Dublin. The members of the group are united in their recognition that women's subordination exists, and in the belief for the need to create alternatives to what they recognise as a capitalistic, patriarchal society wherein all are dominated and exploited. This evening guests from the group will be launching the fourth issue of this important publication.
          Colin Ward was an editor of the British anarchist newspaper Freedom from 1947 to 1960, and the founder and editor of the monthly libertarian journal Anarchy from 1961 to 1970. Colin has written a number of books, which brought a fresh anarchist perspective on subjects such as housing and education. One of his most well-known book, ‘Anarchy In Action’, was an attempt to show "that an anarchist society, a society which organises itself without authority, is always in existence, like a seed beneath the snow, buried under the state and its bureaucracy, capitalism and its waste. . . "
        The event happens on Friday 23rd October 7pm till late, free entry. Housmans Bookshop is at, 5 Caledonian Road, King's Cross, London N1. www.housmans.com
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Sean - ghetto blaster, mixed media on canvasLast night's ORGAN show on London's Resonance 104.4FM went like this..

1/intro: TRANSISTOR SIX – Back Yard Rocketship (Blackbean & Placenta)
2: THE RAINCOATS –  No Side Fall In (We Three) 
3: CUDDLY SHARK – Woody Woodpacker (Armellodie)
4: RAT ATTACK –  This Is Art (Lockjaw)
5: KUNK –  No Way (Plastic Sun)
6: MOS DEF –  Quiet Dog (Downtown)
7: ATTACK! VIPERS! – D-Rail Me (Rat Patrol)
8: ANTI-POP CONSORTIUM – Lay Me Down (Big Dada)
9: VOIVOD –  Psychic Vacuum (Noise)
10: VOWELS – Two Wires (LaAF)
11: THESE FURROWS – Anybodies (Robot Needs Home)
12: BIG SEXY NOISE – Gospel Singer (Sartorial)
13: CHICKENHAWK – Scorpieau (Dance To The Radio)
14: I LIKE TRAINS – Sea Of Regrets (self release)
15: THE RAINCOATS – Adventures Close To Home (We Three)
16: TRICLOPS – Iraqi Curator (Alternative Tentacles)
17: WILLIAM D.DRAKE – One Armed Bandit, Dukes Of Hazard Theme (download)
18: WILLIAM D DRAKE – Fiery Pyre (ORG)
19: CARDIACS –  Plane Plane Against The Grain (Alphabet)
20: JON HOPKINS -  Light Through The Veins (Double Six)

Links, details, news of all the bands and more up on the radio page in a bit, we got places to be right now... 

18th OCT '09:  SUNDAY IS RADIO DAY HERE AT ORGAN, this is your weekly reminder cut and paste from last time's weekly reminder, ORGAN on air tonight at 9.00pm on what is by far London's finest radio station, RESONANCE 104.4FM, hear it on FM all over London or on line via www.resonancefm.com worldwide. This week me, Sean, with a whole bag load of the left field other rock, prog, punk, prog-punk, challenging metal, new wave other wave post rock, post hardcore, postman pat, black and white cats and an hour's worth of the bands no one else much seems to play on proper FM radio anymore... some of the more left-field musical things we talk of here on the Organ pages...

17th OCT '09: More dirty deeds...signposts, links.... "We don't understand Organ" said the man from the record company, "what kind of music do you cover? it keeps changing! We don't know if you're a metal magazine or an indie thing and what's with all the art and is it prog or punk? How can you like both? Can you explain it so we know what to send you" said Mr Confused... 

SINGLE REVIEW: VOWELS – Two Wires /On Up (LoAF) – James Rutledge and Chris Walmsley and a two track single off the back of the recent rather impressive Pattern Prism album. Bit of a Battles feel, different construction methods, (vaguely) similar results, they talk of “joining the dots between Acid Mothers Temple and Tangerine Dream”. Avant other-pop, dense rhythmic drums and a little something of their own. Vowels are good  - www.myspace.com/vowelsvowelsvowels

ALBUM REVIEW: KELPE – Cambio Weschel (DC Recordings) – Kelpe, aka Kel McKeown, with some neat enough squelchy electronic flow that nods in the direction of hip-hop, smiles over at post-rock and caresses everything with a sub bass flow. Rewarding instrumental electronic mellow beat-driven experimentation that comes with colourful details, touched of analogue warmth, some nice drums and well, here you go, well worth your time with those low frequency fumbles and that gone train dreaming – www.myspace.com/kelpemusic or www.dcrecordings.com

NEWS: SONIC YOUTH ON GOSSIP GIRL (whatever that is?) “As far as I can work out this episode will be aired in the UK on 4th November ITV2 at 8pm!”
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SNUB23's paint, MuTate09 (Sean - Organart)16th OCT '09: Gloriously sunny Friday, what we got kicking around here today then? 

ALBUM REVIEW: RACHEL GRIMES – Book Of Leaves; For Solo Piano (Ruminance) – Rachel Grimes, composer and pianist from Rachel’s with some gentle spacious leas-is-more pastoral piano warmth. Gentle soothing piano chamber music, gentle sound sculpture, found-sound backdrops, all very soothing. Beautiful impressionist piano pieces that will leave the listener relaxed, uncluttered and feeling good in the Autumn-sun and the red-leaf glow – www.rachelgrimespiano.com

ALBUM REVIEW: EASTSTRIKEWEST – Wolves (Thirty Days Of Nights) – Another one of those bright bold epic post-rock flavoured indie guitar bands that are as much about big songs as they are about sky touching atmospheres.  All those ‘epic’ ‘cinematic’ moments that you’ve heard quite a few times already in recent years – Editors, Leave The Capital, Explosions In The Sky, Our Lives and and and... All that lush grandiose ambition and pool-clear ‘perfection’, Wolves has a very clean, very definite sound, this is a strident confident knowing album. All that swirling bigness and the orchestral edge, all that ambition and another singer with all that falsetto drama – and that’s the thing here, we’ve heard it all before, maybe a few too many times now, have to admit the London band are rather good at it though, if you want more of this them they'll impress you... If you like your sky-touching epic indie rock drama, your orchestrated string-like sounds and being safe in the knowledge that all will be OK by the end of the film, that the hero will come good and the world will once again be saved then here you go, I think I need it to be laced with something just a tiny bit different, been here a few too many times already now, need a little more danger, some dirt, a little more challenge – www.myspace.com/eaststrikewestband
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CHROME HOOFLIVE:MAGMA / CHROME HOOF / JP MASSIERA  @ The Barbican, London, 6th Oct - 

           Chrome Hoof are actually from outer space. I longed for a band like this when I was a kid, obsessed equally with sci-fi and music, but after decades of unconvincing costumes and not exactly cosmic rock (yes, I'm talking about you, eighties Hawkwind, with your fat Elric) I can't believe someone's actually gone and fulfilled the dream.  It's that sleek and shiny pre-'77sci-fi of Space 1999 and Barbarella and Silent Running, not the dirt of Mos Eisley and the Nostromo, and it's done with hallucinatory purity and authenticity. 
On come at least ten cowled figures, robed in flowing mirror silver, heading for numerous instruments including an actual harp. Let's see... two guitarists, bassist, keyboards, violin, sax, trumpet, percussion, two backing vocalists, glittering in stark blue light. And then this magnificent gleaming bronze Amazon stalks onstage, ceremonial staff and all, and the whole madness makes absolute sense, even before she opens her mouth. When the whole thing takes off, driven by the furious disco hi-hat   Of course, everyone knows it's supposed to be high camp, but it's actually just an excuse to be glorious. 
             When bands play these big, sit-down arts concert halls the space and formality can make them look like a fish out of water.  Not the Hoof.  They've have embraced the space with pleasure, spread their glittering presence right across the stage, bookending the whole shebang of extraterrestrial violins, brass, keyboards and spectacular dancing goddess woman with two more great dancers. In skin tight silver body suits. And not one bit of it is extraneous. 
              Chrome Hoof's music has been described, several times, as disco-prog, and there's little reason to contradict that - save that the results are more muscular and powerful than you might think. Whilst there are signifigant mathy moments, the core of the band is rhythm section and brothers Leo and Milo Smee, who turn that disco hi-hat groove, normally associated with 70s chart cheesiness, into a pummeling, driving thing. Add Lola Olafisoye's presence and vocals, and a collection of accompanying players with personalities and massive talents of their own, and this monster of a band miraculously gels into a coherent beast that makes absurd sense.   I'm astonished by the sheer success of their vision.
Then Chrome Hoof are transmuted into the backing band of this revered middle act, one J. P. Massiera.  It's hard to distinguish what is a Chrome Hoof composition and what's Massiera's without prior knowledge - good on them for such a thorough acknowledgement of their influence. So thorough, in fact, that the man himself is literally force-marched on stage by silver-clad sirens. Producer-genius/musician Massiera was creating unutterably bizarre records from the late sixties. I wish I'd heard more before the gig - I've since wrapped my ears around Phantasmes (one of the tamer of his canon, apparently... thank you prognotfrog ). It's hugely unhinged but surprisingly imaginative and technically accomplished, veering from pop hypercheese to mad fusion, White Noise meets George Clinton and just... oh, words fail. Just look at the cover, for a start  It explains Chrome Hoof instantly.  Of course, Massiera is getting on in years, and almost certainly engaged with the psychotropic culture of the time during his peak, so his performance is a little uncoordinated, but his guttural French demonic possession routine hinted at an extremely interesting past and a massive personality. He seemed to be enjoying himself hugely - the story is that Chrome Hoof had a week's intensive rehearsal with him and I wonder if the whole process of finding their hero and getting him to appear is an epic and moving tale in itself. When you start to delve into his work, having him there makes perfect sense.
             On which note: all praise to the brain behind this event. DJ Andy Votel champions this kind of esoteric music, and truly deserves the title of curator tonight - this is inspired bill, with Massiera neatly linking Chrome Hoof and Magma in many ways.
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MAGMA 2008               Magma open with a composition I don't know, but I have an almost overwhelming need to hear again, now. It was as good as anything in their long-evolved repertoire. Turns out it's (probably) called Slag Tanz (Fire Dance in Kobaian?) and get this, it's new. Let's think about that a moment. New. Performed to perfection, the band immaculately lit (by someone who really knows the music) in shifting, apocalyptic supervolcano red, it's Magma at their most menacing, revolving over an impossibly ominous, restrained riff, full of tension and beauty. It's equally classic, unmistakable Magma, and indefinably contemporary.  On form like this, Magma really are a force of nature; it's impossible to resist those geological metaphors describing a piece of such restrained, implacable power. 
          Magma are ruled by extraordinary drummer and composer Christian Vander, the inventor of the Kobaian language and the whole complex mythology recounted in the band's lyrics.  There's nobody quite like them, not even the camp-followers of the Zeuhl movement the band have spawned, not even Ruins and Koenjihyakkei (Japanese bands who sing in their own off dialect of Kobaian).  Magma's power comes directly from Stravinsky and Carl Orff and 20th Century composers as much as rock; Vander also harnesses the energy of choral singing, contributing his own powerful and distinctive voice to a chorus consisting of a second male voice (in the shape of the imposing Herve Aknin) and three female (including Stella Vander).  They move to different parts of the stage in magisterial operatic fashion as each song progresses and the dynamics change, and when it's Christian Vander's turn a disembodied overhead mike is brought out of the dark from behind him, and Vander gesticulates passionately and a couple of times stands up behind his kit.  His drumming is immense - both extremely expressive and fierce, capable of delicacy and relentless driving movement. Meanwhile, there's the most astonishing bass lines you'll ever hear going on. Jannik Top is no longer in the band (though he does make occasional appearances) and bass duty is now performed by Philippe Bussonnet, taking on the technique and compositions of the remarkable Top; if you can't see the guy's fingers, your ears won't believe that that rippling growl is the bass guitar being played by real fingers at sequencer speed, locked-in to Vander. Naturally, there's a full contingent of world-class musicians here - guitar, classic electric piano (eg Wurlitzer or Rhodes) but there has to be a special mention for the extremely watchable vibraphone player, Benoit Alziary.
        After a lyrical and gentler piece, heavy on the choral element and Fender Rhodes, comes an absolute monster. Called Emehntehett- Re, it's from their forthcoming new album of that name, out in early November. I hear chunks of old works embedded in it, but I believe it's largely new, and proper Magma, all forty-minutes plus of it, ebbing and flowing. When Stella comes up front to sing it's one of many highlights. Once again - new!!!
         People will tell you that Magma are experimental, avant, weird - all that stuff about alien languages and epic science fiction. But that's beside the point. What they are above all is uplifting and euphoric. They have as much in common with raw gospel and spiritual choral music, and the elements of danger and harshness thread through their work only to intensify the revelatory lift of it.  Whatever the complex stories Vander has constructed, using Kobaian can also be a kind of scat singing that frees the music from meaning and leaves all the emotion. 
         Visceral, beautiful, utterly unique, even danceable in places; a genuine space opera, complete with alien grammar and mythology of Dune-like complexity, Magma are an astonishing creative force. And they finish the show with a performance of Magma's first composition, introduced by Stella. It's their single Kobaia, an initially-normal cheerful sixties' pop song that goes off somewhere most pop doesn't, and hints at things to come. They play it because it's Kobaia's fortieth anniversary this month. 
Astonishing.   (M)

www.myspace.com/magmaofficial
www.myspace.com/chromehoof
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15th OCT '09: ALBUM REVIEW: LATITUDES – Agonist (Shels) - Now why is it only on track six that we get a real change in atmosphere and some rather piercing, almost angelic, vocal lines? This is a mostly instrumental album, they refer to themselves as a UK metal crew, not sure about that, this is mostly some kind of dark moody atmospheric mathy post rock exercise. Starts off interesting enough, ears prick up to take in the crushingly heavy Voivod hints and the edgy King Crimson flavours, the touches of Ulver and such... Doesn’t take long before we’re crying out for a change of atmosphere, of tone, of texture, of speed. Where they can be all encompassing with their live power right there in front of you, especially on a small stage, eye to eye, on record they’re kind of lacking in any real dimension or depth, bit of a one trick pony as it were. Yes they have the crushing power and the sound is very big, alas Agonist is an album that sets out full of powerful promise only to sink in a mire of its own creating (and ultimately become a tad boring). Now if only there were more of those vocals (Adam Symonds, one time of Eden Maine) or more of that space that the keyboards afford half way through the final (title) track, if only Latitudes some kind of understanding of the idea that less is sometimes so so much more... if only they would toy with a few more dimensions, a change of shape, a different idea....London’s Latitudes are a band full of promise and a band who could really make an important contribution. Right now, as powerful as they are, Latitudes are only pushing at the door of possibility, let’s hope they stick around a little more than most promising UK metal bands do these days and build on these hopeful foundations, add a few more dimensions, take a few risks and make the album they’re clearly capable of. A promising debut... www.myspace.com/latitudesmusic or www.shelsmusic.com
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NEWS: Indymedia report that the RampART, the long running London alternative communal art and social centre was evicted at 5:30am this morning by 45 police, bailiffs and a priest...”After over 5 years and many eviction scares it has finally happened... 3 people and a dog were inside when police attempted to chanisaw the door. They also had climbers going up to the roof conjuring up memories of the raid during the G20 in April. Police are blocking the entrance to all three roads leading to the social centre with vans and their bodies. They are handing out a piece of paper with a telephone number to call to get belongings out of the building”. More details and updates via Indymedia

ALBUM REVIEW:  NICK PYNN – The Colours Of The Night (Roundhill) -  "Nick Pynn performs solo, but displays the bizarre and wonderful talent of becoming an entire orchestra” so reads the press release for his recent lie shows. The multi-instrumentalist serves a rather fine, very English sounding, set of rather delicate contemporary classical folk tunes: Dense layers of looped samples dance with very organic strings, violins, medieval richness, orchestral refinement, light-footed delights, classical twists. Typewriters for rhythm and a self made ukele crafted from a coconut, but this does sound delightfully traditional and almost other-worldly. All rather relaxing and indeed classically beautiful in a relaxed sunny orchestral folk kind of way. www.myspace.com/nickpynn

ALBUM REVIEW: PORT O’BRIEN – Threadbare (City Slang) – They seem a little more restrained and not so out there as they were last time with the previous rather excellent album All We Could Do Was Sing. A little disappointing this time around, some nice enough delicate alternative North American alt.folky flavoured songs, slightly disappointing, still rather pleasant even if they have lost some of the energy and the stomp of last time, actually, no, really disappointing after the standard they set last time around...  – www.cityslang.com or www.myspace.com/portobrien
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NEWS: SEX PISTOLS GET IT WRONG OVER ICE CREAM - The Sex Pistols are threatening to sue an ice cream maker who are selling an ice cream cocktail called The Sex Pistol, and who are using the strapline 'God Save The Cream', often displayed over a picture of the queen so to sort of mimic the cover to the punk outfit's 'God Save The Queen' single. 
        The company, Icecreamists, have set up a stall in Selfridges, and describe their ice cream based products as being "more Sid & Nancy than Ben & Jerry". The Sex Pistol ice cream includes a shot of absinthe. The 'God Save The Cream' slogan is used on the stall as well as on ads and the company's website. They also use a snippet of the national anthem played on an electric guitar.
      According to the Guardian, lawyers representing the surviving Sex Pistols have sent a letter to Icecreamists demanding they stop using the Pistols-related strapline and imagery. They are also requesting damages to compensate the band for the "passing off and copyright infringement" they allege the ice cream firm have committed, based on the sorts of money the band could demand for an official licensing deal. 
          Commenting on the legal action, Icecreamists founder Matt O'Connor told reporters: "We are a bit dumbfounded that a group that made its reputation for being banned is trying to ban one of our ice creams and claim copyright over the national anthem and the Queen".

NEWS: RUBY THROAT gig and things... Alt-folk duo Ruby Throat, featuring the multifaceted talents of KatieJane Garside (Queenadreena, Daisy Chainsaw), and Chris Whittingham,announce a rare London performance to precede the imminent special edition release of their debut album ‘The Ventriloquist’ – the show happens on 12th Nov at Madam JoJo’s, in Soho, deepest London. Not sure what’s ‘special’ about this special release but you can find our original album review from August last year last on this page – “The Ventriloquist is twelve very fragile almost whispered songs, twelve pieces of minimal warmth and hushed words, a whole set of colliding realities and naked whimsical dreamstates. Twelve pieces of quiet gothic folk and little things that matter so much. Quietly snarling black cats, swans, rain, tension  - delicate fragile tension, beautifully whispered words and....” (Organ #271 - Aug 2008) - www.rubythoat.co.uk
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14th OCT '09: Not so gloriously sunny day, what we got kicking around here today then?

NEWS: LIGHTNING BOLT have a new album out next week, the album is called Earthly Delights, and now they’ve announced a set of UK dates for December, here come the dates: Dec 3rd Leeds Brudenell Social Club, 4th  Bristol Fleece & Firkin, 5th  Minehead All Tomorrows Parties festival, 6th Minehead All Tomorrows Parties festival, 7th Minehead All Tomorrows Parties midweek, 8th Brimingham Capsule’s 10th Birthday @ Vivid, 9th Manchester Islington Mill, 10th London The Dome, 11th Brighton Audio, Brighton, 12th Minehead All Tomorrows Parties festival, 13th Minehead All Tomorrows Parties festival

NEWS: ANTI-POP CONSORTIUM, the NY hip hop (or hip hope) outfit who we’ve been featuring on the radio show and who’s album was reviewed rather positivelyaround here last week, are on their way over for a European Tour. Here comes the record label hype: “In a few short weeks, Anti-Pop Consortium, will cement their status as one of hip hop's most progressive act by coming to Europe to promote their acclaimed new album, "Fluorescent Black". Never ones to fall for the classic rap template of sh*t shows and shouting, APC offer a genuine live experience, re-building tracks from scratch across an array of computers and MPCs, spitting lyrics like they care and improvising passages of real urgency and beauty. If you've never seen them you really should and if you've ever seen them you should see them again.” Here come the UK dates...Thu 4th Nov Brighton Audio, Fri 5th Nov London The Scala, Sat 6th Nov Leeds Wire, Sat 7th Nov Bristol Croft - www.myspace.com/antipopny

ALBUM REVIEW:  THE FAUNS – The Fauns (Laser Ghost) - Unashamedly influenced by the classic shoegaze sound of the 90’s so they say, citing My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive and Ride as influences, Bristol’s The Fauns have it all just right. Gorgeous songs, delicious sounds, glowing textures and a perfect shoegazing delight of a debut album. Warm, glowing, gently swirling, delicate distortions and smudged vocals, dreamy creamy textures... A melancholic edge, beautifully uplifting though, touching on the epic, fronted by the soothing voice of Alison Garner. All quietly flowing and glowing in a Sundays kind of way, relaxed Lush, spot-on production and they may have done it on DIY budgets, in bedrooms and tiny studios, but all the money in the world wouldn’t have made it sound any richer than it already already is. A glorious celebration of the scene that continues to celebrate itself and a debut album from a band to really celebrate. Oh and a ‘secret’ remix track from Loop’s Robert Hampson. Unashamedly influenced and all very early 90’s and cloudy stagesets on Snub TV it may well be, but this comes highly recommended. Out this week –  www.myspace.com/thefauns

NEWS: I LIKE TRAINS begin their UK tour today in Liverpool in support of the new single 'Sea of Regrets' which was released on Monday (and reviewed here rather favourably, scroll down this very page and see for yourself).The dates: . 14th October - Liverpool Barfly, 15th - Manchester Deaf Institute, 16th - Leeds Cockpit, 17th - Glasgow King Tuts, 19th - Nottingham Rescue Rooms, 20th - Bristol Cooler, 21st - Oxford Bullingdon Arms, 22nd - London Garage, 23rd - Birmingham Hare and Hounds, 24th - Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms  – www.myspace.com/iliketrains

ALBUM REVIEW:  HATEBREED – Hatebreed (Roadrunner) - Be ignited with burning conviction, fresh Hatebreed just landed, somewhere between hell and a hard place so they say. Hatebreed on something near top form once more. Full on in your face hardcore metal crossover confrontation, we don’t need to say that much here Do we? The album’s already out, came out last week, who needs a late review (blame the post strikes, it only just got here). If you’re already aware of the long-standing stalwarts of the underground crossover hardcore metal scene, all you really need to know is that this is Hatebreed on destructively good form. Some of it maybe a little tool slick for the real hardcore heads out there and you can’t really claim they’re breaking any new musical ground or really challenging anyone or anything that much these days,  this is just very good aggressive relentless crossover hardcore crunching metal, that’s enough isn’t it? This is what we want from Hatebreed isn’t it? Yes it damn well is - www.hatebreed.com

NEWS:AVENELL REJOINS WILL HAVEN - Grady Avenell has rejoined US metallers Will Haven, the band have announced. However, his replacement, former Red Tape frontman Jeff Jarworski, will also remain in the band.  Avenell left Will Haven in 2007 as it became increasingly difficult to perform with the band and provide financial support for his family. However, he recently joined his former bandmates on stage at a series of benefit shows for Deftones bassist Chi Cheng who, as previously reported, has been in a coma since he was involved in a car crash last November.
             An official statement from the band reads: "[We are] very happy to say that we are currently working on a new record with Grady handling the vocal duties. Jeff Jaworski will still be a big part of the band and helping with the writing process on the new record. So we are more than excited to be all working together on making an amazing record. ... We are more than excited to have Grady back with us, the time away has done him good because he is back with more rage than ever".  (CMU)
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AIRBOURNE - London Borderline 2008 (Organart)13th OCT '09: Gloriously sunny Tuesday, what we got kicking around here today then?

NEWS: New AIRBOURNE tune... recorded live in New Zealand on Oct 7...”awesome stuff!” so said someone else. We make a point of never saying anything is awesome, we have told you many times that Airbourne are rather good though, well we did in their earlier days, we really don’t need to anymore do we? Airbourne rule, here’s a new song, played live last week, the quality of the footage isn’t great, but their classic Aussie metal is and you have to agree that they’re are rather awesome don’t you, here's the YouTube of that new song

SINGLE REVIEW: KUNK – No Way/Game Over (Plastic Sun) – Feisty new single from the spiky band from Norfolk. Released on their own label and well worth your time (again). Pointy indie guitar alt rock energy and spunky punky Pixies verve – yeah, I know that’s a cop out, mentioning Pixies is always the lazy easy option but I got places to be and it is only a signpost, just a vague idea! Quit yer damn complaining, hit the link and find out for yourselves, you don’t need reviews, you just need signposts, go use your own ears, mine are needed elsewhere. Kunk are good, we’ve told you this before, urgent energy, barbed riffs, demented buzz stomping at you, boy/girl vocals, Pixies, McLusky. Spiky, feisty, edgy, lurching goodness, we like Kunk, we played their last single on the radio, we’ll play this one too, got to go, game over, for now... – www.myspace.com/kunk or www.plasticsunrecords.co.uk
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ART:WHAT IS 100sqft? A rather intriguing art project/exhibition that will consist of 100 pieces of art each one foot square to be exhibited in a 10x10 grid at a gallery in North London is what it is. The organisers tell us that all work will be exactly 1ft square (or 30.48cm for you metricheads out there) and that the exhibition will be at the Boleyn's Boys Club, London N16 with a launch party on the opening night with DJ's 'our friends eclectic' and Bar. We’re guessing event dates will be announced once the 100 contributing artists and such have been gathered up, looks like they’re looking for people to get involved right now should you feel like getting involved, more from www.100sqft.co.uk

NEWS: FOOT VILLAGE are on their way over here with their thrilliant noise and their drum ‘n scream glories, the dates are in November and go like this: 6th - London, @ Barden's Boudoir, 7th - Brighton, @ Freebutt, 8th - Cardiff, @ Buffalo Bar, 9th – Manchester, @ Trof, 10th - Glasgow, @ CCA, 11th - Newcastle, @ Head Of Steam, 12th - Leeds, @ British Wildlife, 13th - Liverpool, @ St Luke's, 14th - London, @ secret show. Check out their My Space and find out for yourself just why they are so thrilliant, and do check out Foot Villager Brian Miller's cat's new dating blog, thank you Rose Quartz for bringing that cat business to our attention

NEWS: THE FRENCH QUARTER record with MOGWAI man... That rather fine Scottish atmospheric post rock band who we could swear announced they had split a few months ago, say “We recently recorded a new song with Barry Bunrs of Mogwai on production duties. If Winter's The Same is available as part of the Tolbooth Sessions. A ten track release by the Tolbooth music and arts theatre. Copies of this CD are free...” Anyone interested should go read the band’s recent My Space blog - www.myspace.com/thefrenchquarter
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12th OCT '09: Gloriously sunny Monday, what we got kicking around here today then?

NEWS: BATTLES played three new songs At Warp's big 20th anniversary bash in New York City last month. Luckily, someone filmed these songs and then put them on YouTube, so we can watch and listen over and over while waiting for their new LP due next year. The video is not great (unless you're really into standing behind two tall dudes so say Pitchfork, for it is they who brought this to our attention, well via someone at the Rough Trade shop via Twitter), but the audio is decent, so enjoy here

ALBUM REVIEW: STEVEN WILSON – NSRGNTS RMXS (K Scope) – Set of interesting enough dark moody remixes of Steven Wilson’s recent solo work – he of Porcupine Tree and such... Well mildly interesting, the Dalek mix is the stand out track here but that doesn’t really get moving like a Dalek often thing can, The Danse Macabre mix of Abandoner  is rather richly textured and indeed you might say darkly cinematic . ‘Poetry of the melancholy’ so we’re told, most of it is of a moody sub Massive Attack nature and if you really want to go floating in dark ambient experimentation there’s better things out there to lose yourself in. www.insurgentes.org or www.kscopemusic.com

ALBUM REVIEW: RENO DIVORCE – Tears Before Breakfast (I Scream) – The now Denver based band with some impressively solid blue collar North American melodic punk rock energy. They have the songs, the attitude, and indeed they already have the reputation. If you like your melodic punk delivered with a touch of no-messing attitude and a bit more class than most, if the recent Green Day output has disappointed you, if you like it with an anthemic edge and a touch of early Social Distortion then this is damn fine – www.renodivorceonline.com

ALBUM REVIEW: PYTHIA – Beneath The Veiled Embrace (Golden Axe) – One of those histrionic cod-classical technical metal bands with one of those angelically gothy girl singers, this time Mediaeval Babe member Emily Alice Ovenden takes on the role of siren. They do it as well as any of the others, if you like this kind of thing then they probably do it far far better than most we’ve heard, a little more colour and craft in there, done with a little more imagination than most. Really not our thing though, let us politely get out of here before we tell you what we really think of this classical goth nonsense and those silly lyrics and the eternal darkness and oh dear.....  – www.pythiamusic.com

NEWS: BUFFALO KILLERS, those mellow US retro/classic alt.country rockers are giving away an MP3 of a new track called Huma Bird for free  Get it here and find out more via their label Alive over at www.alivenergy.com
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Sean - ghetto blaster, mixed media on canvasALBUM REVIEW: F*CK BUTTONS – TAROT SPORT (ATP/R) – Another set of fizzing frothing synth driven Kraut flavoured splurrghing, crunching flowing instrumental slices of goodness. Not convinced by the arguments that would have believe this is the greatest record ever made, most of the mainstream alt.rock media seems to be telling us it is, heard a lot of things like this over the life time of Organ, maybe too many? We do like F. Buttons though, they do make rather fine records, their solar surf ride is a good one. Meaty keyboard driven space rock constructed with the time, craft and thought that has gone in to this is always a good thing www.myspace.com/fuckbuttons

NEWS: FOOT VILLAGE NEW VIDEO – The drum ‘n scream band, much loved around these parts, say “we are too happy about our new video not to seek out new viewers”, and right they are, prepare to have your eyes boiled, the video is up on the Pitchfork pages

SINGLE REVIEW: AMAZING BABY – Kankra (V2) – Bright and breezy single that’s part Animal Collective flavoured folktronica, part alt.pop balladry and part MGMT disco-glam thump, the Brooklyn band are probably booked to be mainstream music media big news any moment now – www.myspace.com/amazingbaby

SINGLE REVIEW: DEVIL DRIVER – Back With A Vengeance (Roadrunner) – Single from the rather tasty Pray For Villains album, the US band continue to hit the spot with their blend of polished modern crunch and old school growling pit-churning heavy metal aggression – www.devildriver.com

Organ OTHER ROCK SHOW on Resonance 104.4FM, 9.00PM Sunday 11th Oct 2009, here’s who got played this week...

Intro: PHANTOMSMASHER - Bishop Hopping (Ipecac)
1:  DOMINIQUE LEONE - Happy New Year (Important)
2:  CATS AND CATS AND CATS - Boy With A Beak (Robot Needs Home)
3:  DEAD DAYS BEYOND HELP - (Copepod)
4:  ENABLERS - Output Negative Space (Neurot)
5:  UPSILON ACRUX - Cherry Pi (Cuneiform)
6:  KNIFEWORLD - Singled Out For Battery (Believer's Roast)
7:  INCOMING CEREBRAL OVERDRIVE - Magic (Supernatural Cat)
8:  DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN - 43% Burnt (Relapse)
9:  COMUS - Drip Drip
10: VESSELS - Walking Through Walls (Cuckundoo)
11: SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM - Pthisis
12:  DOMINIQUE LEONE - Nellie Mckay  (Important)

Full details, links and more, as well as those holes filled, later on today...

11th OCT '09: Couple of beautiful records to end the week (and start a new page) with...

SINGLE REVIEW: I LIKE TRAINS  - Sea Of Regrets (self release)  - First fruits of the next album and now they’re out of their depth in a sea of regret and they hate to say they told you so.... a sea of regret that’s everything they hoped it would be. More slow moving miserable beauty and all the elegance of a melancholic Shepherd painting of one of those dying steam beasts in rays of sun reaching in through the broken roof of Willesden shed. Just about everything is right here (again), the graceful flow, the out of our depth emotion, the warmth in that sea of regret and all their glowing hate to say I told you so darkness that really is so full of uplifting light... Epic flow, building and building (and building) and the first fruits are everything we hoped they would be, everything running fine here, no sign of Dr Beeching, no cuts or anything else here, guitars and words and violins and cellos all soaring to a glorious finale and an ‘anthem to a hopeless  future for humanity”, I Like Trains sounding as inspiring and vital as ever – www.myspace.com/iliketrains

ALBUM REVIEW:  BLACK FEATHER – Silhouette (Other Electricities) - Quietly sneaks up on you does this rather fine album, caught us out at first, really didn’t expect a solo project from Jaga Jazzist guitarist Harald Freland to sound like this... At first there really didn’t appear to be that much here, but then there was something about it that just demanded it didn’t get taken off, some kind of slowly revealing magnetic glow and hang on, this is really rather good.... hang on, this is actually rather wonderful... Maybe the fact that he was once a Jaga Jazzist threw us for a bit there at the start, we were geared up for something along those lines when really this is something completely different. Silhouette is a wonderful album dripping in gentle atmospheres, glorious melodies, quietly epic crescendos, contemplative lyrics, beautiful details, a constant glow, songs that slowly come to life with so much depth, songs that take you to places all of their own once you let them – this is the only CD that’s been anywhere near the player in the last two days, nothing gets to occupy the Organ player for that long! This isn’t an album that will grab you straight away, give it the time and space it deserves and let all the character flow, all the warm beauty, the clever twists, the orchestral details, the unassuming spine-shivering emotion, joyous prog and what would you do to hear something new? Some of those glorious qualities of Efterklang only Black Feather wrap them around excellent songs.  An absolutely brilliant album that you really should allow to radiate your soul (and I almost didn’t get in to it, glad I gave it time...)       - www.other-electricities.com or www.myspace.com/haraldf
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