Organ show with Sean O on RESONANCE 104.4FM, Sunday November 9th 2008, 9.00pm – On your FM dial all over London and worldwide via

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1/intro: TRANSISTOR SIX – Back Yard Rocketship (Blackbean & Placenta)
2: ORIGINAL SILENCE – Crepuscular Refractions – Mystery Eye  (Smalltown Superjazz)
3: BLACK ELK – Stab (Crucial Blast)
4: MOHA! – Prog-o-rama (Rune Grammofon)
5: FIGHT LIKE APES – Jake Summers (Fifa)
6: ELEPHANT vs LEOPARD – We Are Alive (Genin)
7: FRANK ZAPPA feat JIMMY CARL BLACK – Lonesome Cowboy Burt (Ryko)
8: SAY BOK GUAI – Not All Chinese People Are Good At Maths (Edgetown/Monkey King)
9: ORIGINAL SILENCE – High Tree’s And A Few Bricks (Smalltown Superjazz)
10: CHICKENHAWK – NASA vs ESA (Sound Devastation)
11: TIME.SPACE.REPEAT -  The Fear (Samu)
12: THE PROCESS – Thee Chymical Wedding Ov Thee Process (Violent Change)
13: LOYAL TROOPER – Division Street Blues (self release)
14: TITANARUM – Ageing Quickly (Self Release)
15: MARVINS REVOLT – Deliberate Deeds (The Richter Collective)
16: THE COMPUTERS – S.O.S (Fierce Panda)
17: SAY BOK GWAI – BasSick (Edgetown/Monkey King)
18: F*CKED UP – Royal Swan (Matador)


1/intro: TRANSISTOR SIX – Back Yard Rocketship (Blackbean & Placenta) - our adopted theme tune so you know where you are. Transistor Six is Frances Castle, there’s lots of her fine art and creativity to explore from Francis so please please do. You can now get the whole tune downloaded for yourselves and find links to her artwork, albums and lots more over at

2: ORIGINAL SILENCE – Crepuscular Refractions – Mystery Eye  (Smalltown Superjazz) – A hard-boiled slice of a very long track from the new album just to ease you gently in to tonight’s show. “The Second Original Silence” album is here, out a couple of weeks ago now and worth a little more attention (well if we don’t play them on Resonance then no one will!) and more of their hardboiled jazz noise  or free-jazz or pre-punk or Ornette Coleman for Black Flag fans. Original Silence are Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Terrie Ex (The Ex), Jim O’Rourke, Mats Gustafsson (The Thing), Paal Nilssen-Love (The Thing, Atomic), Massimo Pupillo (Zu)  - or

3: BLACK ELK – Stab (Crucial Blast) – A track from the Portland Oregon band’s challenging new album of malevolent prog-noise and bottom heavy undertow and math-damaged hardcore AmRep style noise rock. The album is called Always A Six, Never A Nine, it landed here yesterday and grabbed us by the throat straight away -

4: MOHA! – Prog-o-rama (Rune Grammofon) – A track from the new album One Way Ticket To Candyland, this week’s Organ album of the week, here’s the review again: Oh this is good, we were expecting good after last time but you never quite know, there have been some let downs and some backward steps in recent times from certain not as out there as they’d like us to think they were bands. This is early Hella good, this is gibbering and twitching and going off and things good, this is the new album from Norway’s excellently named MoHa! Some kind on in control hybrid improv attack of refined and very enjoyable instrumental extreme noise and scuzzy gutter electronics arcing at your dizzy head. This is extreme avant noise, never difficult though, more of a hard-boiled pleasure than an outright challenge to the listener. Hyperactive shape-shifting and gear changing, these people were obviously forced to listen to Ornette Coleman at an early age, that and the might of SPK or Throbbing Gristle with their Cardiac Arrests.  They have a track called Prog-o-rama, another called The Shitman, another called Oh My God, It’s A Rave. A palette of effects peddles and obsolete electronic weapons, a relentless thrashing of them all, there’s obviously some magical musical chemistry flowing here, beautifully constructed (real) progressive precision and really this is where we had hoped Hella would go next, MoHa are doing it so no need to focus on the disappointment of Hella anymore – and I do kind of keep half expecting the voice of Cardiacs’ Tim Smith to pop up and scream something like hello little doggy over the top of it all. There’s no voice though, just the two of them sounding like a creative army of seven or eight and another forward moving boundary pushing extreme progressive treat of an album from the mighty MoHa! – or

5: FIGHT LIKE APES – Jake Summers (Fifa) – One last last final visit to a single and a band we’ve championed lots, Organ single of the year last year and no re-recorded and re-issued ahead of the Irish band’s debut album. This was one more play of the original hey you get some grace, you’re like Kentucky Fried Chicken but without the taste version. The spiky junk TV fast food obsessed new wave synth punk-pop band head out on a UK tour this month, including a date at the Camden Barfly on November 20th –

6: ELEPHANT vs LEOPARD – We Are Alive (Genin) - They’re from Peterborough, this is a track from their forthcoming rather violently direct and ferocious bone-rattling album Safariland – kind of No Means No/Rollins Band feel with an extra something of their own. They play a free gig to launch the album down at the CroBar, Manette Street, Soho (London) on November 24th (at 8pm – says here they’re on stage at 8pm but there can’t be any room for a stage in the CroBar can there? Sure to be intimate!)  -

7: FRANK ZAPPA feat JIMMY CARL BLACK – Lonesome Cowboy Burt (Ryko) – Yeah, we broke the only rule of the radio station and played some Zappa on Resonance FM, far too obvious I know but we had more than good reason this week.  Long time Mothers drummer and sometime singer Jimmy Carl Black died. His website just says “Jimmy passed away peacefully on Saturday night (Nov 1st), Jimmy says hi to everybody and he doesn’t  want anybody to be sad”. Seems he had been battling cancer for some time, Jimmy was 70,  he was know for his Cheyanne heritage (and his drooping moustache) and was often introduced as “the Indian” of Frank Zappa’s band. Probably best know for his appearance in  the 200 Motels movie where he sang Lonesome Cowboy Burt and that’s why we broke the rule and played this tonight, just a little celebration of a life - or

8: SAY BOK GUAI – Not All Chinese People Are Good At Maths (Edgetown/Monkey King) – A revisit due to listener demand, seems You like their Cantoncore as much as we do. Cantonese hardcore from San Francisco, the only Cantoncore band in the world so they say – a mix of old school hardcore punk/metal and avant post-prog-math whatever. This track is just over a minute long, an epic by their standards, they have a thirty-one track album out now called Chink In The Armor –

9: ORIGINAL SILENCE – High Tree’s And A Few Bricks – The Doll’s Reflection (Smalltown Superjazz) – Another very hard-boiled slice of another very long track from the fine new album, see track two..

10: CHICKENHAWK – NASA vs ESA (Sound Devastation) -  There’s so much good music being made at the moment, it is getting close to being overwhelming. We’ve been waiting for this album to drop though and we’re pleased to say they haven’t let us down. Urgent  schizophrenic discordant alt.metal from the North of England that’s kind of near planet Melvins or maybe the lands of Harvey Milk, Oxes, or Jesus Lizard - extra English grit in there with their sometimes locked-on groove though, something different that you get from absorbing from over here rather than over there. Nice meaty opening there and off the four of them go from the start – raw riffs, jarring angles, surging, relentless, on your toes and in your face. Sabbath riffs, Black Flag rawness, metal dropped with a raw punkified attitude. Loose production, real feeling, dangerous edge, gritty – and you just have to move with their abrasive groove.  A band who aren’t afraid to take a risk and make a mistake along the way, sounds almost improvised, whatever they’re doing they’re doing it right. There’s a lot of adventurous detail in here, more revealed with every repeat play. Chickenhawk are far too unobvious and far too unconventional to be just a metal band, but then again this just might be the British metal album of the year. Oh yes, that good, a therapeutic scrape across your mind that’ll trip you up and skin you knees - /

11: TIME.SPACE.REPEAT -  The Fear (Samu) – The lush London post-rock shoegazing band have their debut album out this week and they take their ambitious epicness to Barden’s Boudoir, Stoke Newington, London on Nov 12th – might be their last ever gig if I read it right. To really get them you need to hear the whole album in your own time and space and on repeat, a bit of a post whatever classic actually -

12: THE PROCESS – Thee Chymical Wedding Ov Thee Process – The Process Of The Chemical Wedding (Violent Change) – intelligent hardcore punk metal and a nine minute track that somehow welds classic English crust-punk and Celtic Frost flavoured foreboding metal adventure with those dark trombones and the Rozengreutz exploration. The Northern English band’s debut album has just come out and they really are taking it back from those who see hardcore as just another shallow genre to market with a new t-shirt. Classic English hardcore punk rock and then some, something a little extra that demands a little more - or

13: LOYAL TROOPER – Division Street Blues (self release) - A track from his debut EP One Day All This Will Work Out. Loyal Trooper is Andy Walker and to take from our own single of the week review from last week, a quick fix short-cut explanation would be something along the lines of saying he’s a bit like Frank Turner. That would be a quick lazy convenient short cut though, nothing more, and there are rather a lot fledgling Frank Turners around at the moment, none of them with the natural instinctive magic that Frank has. It would be easy to just dismiss Loyal Trooper as yet another if he doesn’t catch you in the right frame of mind and you’re not in the mood to really take it (or him) in properly – yes I’m guilty, dismissed this twice already and only now am I realising how good these songs and sentiments actually are. He’s like Frank Turner in the same way Metallica are like Slayer – nothing like each other when it really comes down to it. These are songs full of personal emotion, diary pages and life and counting on your fingers just who give an f and stuck in mid twenties no man’s land. Frustrations, emotions, searches - and all sung with such simple emotion over an expressive acoustic guitar that all flows over the cleaver details so easily. Beds of expressive background keyboards, friends helping out with additional vocals and production that’s all just so perfectly simply right. Simple acoustic sounds and songs and sentiments brought to life and all with a sense of camaraderie somewhere in the disconnection and all the identical coffee-chain shops where the friends he cares for dearly don’t go anymore. A beacon on individuality in the middle of the identikit sound the same bands who may as well be musical equivalent of the Starbucks experience – that and to hell and back on the Old Street social scene or looking for old friends in Sheffield or growing up and going to gigs and sleeping rough afterwards. Oh look, six really good songs, six really strong recordings, they’ve been playing on repeat for hours now, I’d happily hit repeat again if that pile over there wasn’t demand attention. Everything has clearly been put in to this and yes I know you could argue that that’s the case with every piece of music ever, but it really has here, six fine songs, give them songs a chance or two, they deserve it – or

14: TITANARUM – Ageing Quickly (Self Release) – San Diego’s Titanarum with a classic self-released 7” six track EP that also comes as a CDr in hand screen printed cover. Proper old school hardcore punk rock and a giant smelly flower of a track - fast no messing short sharp blasts and a debut release from a band made up of people from The Neighbors, Life Crisis, and RMSD –

15: MARVINS REVOLT – Deliberate Deeds (The Richter Collective) – From an album called Killec - math-pop is how the Copenhagen three piece describe it and sweet flowing math-pop is what it is. The album, originally released by the band themselves in 2007, enjoys a full UK release on November 17th – or

16: THE COMPUTERS – S.O.S (Fierce Panda) - Nothing like you’d expect a band called The Computers to sound like, The Rip Crunchers maybe?  The Screaming Yelping In Your Face New Wave Bastards? Seven track mini album from the Exeter crew, think Gallows stamping on Black Flag’s toes with their snotty punk rock ‘n roll attitude and their Rocket From The Crypt/Hives undertones, another band in Hives suites.  Hectic pretty boy Gallows yelping energy, there’s a little more that just the hectic energy though, there’s a little bit of depth here, some musical substance amidst the inviting bluster, the attitude and the edge. A track from their new seven track mini album that goes some way to back up all the word of mouth buzz that’s surrounding them right now - or

17: SAY BOK GWAI – BasSick (Edgetown/Monkey King) – See track eight, well seeing as we had the album out, nothing wrong with another minute from them..

18: F*CKED UP – Royal Swan (Matador) – ‘Ucked Up or Flipped Up or F’ed Up as we like to call them on air and they really are just about the very best thing out there waiting for you right now. Another track from The Chemistry Of Common Life to end tonight’s show – a sure fire odds on album of the year and really creative forward looking real progressive punk creativity – they’re back on tour in the UK now, do everything you can to see them, right now the live experience (as documented with this week’s edition of Organ magazine) is something vitally significant -

– thank you for listening, hope you heard something that makes you want to get involved... it is an absolute pleasure to play these tracks on the radio for you, even on days when we get soaked to the skin in a rainstorm and a half on the way in! Same time same place next week with Marina’s Other Rock show and the exploration of rock music that adventures beyond the conventions of 4/4.. 

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