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ORGAN #284> NOV 27th '08 - new issue here every Thursday afternoon
“"Scroll down, read this week's issue, couldn't be easier could it?
Sideways? Up and down? A ractured fractured Thursday afternoon became the early hours of a cold London Friday morning, night became day, Datura was rescued from outdoor frost (vespertine flowering plant belonging to the family solanaceae...) But it is still Thursday where You are and Tuesday's instructions fell in to Wednesday. Floors were cleaned, cases packed, Friday's clothes were put on as ordered and all to do with no sleep before or after Hammersmith and Airbourne being in town earlier tonight and Pure Reason Revolution last night and something else the night before and the need to paint and The Devil in Fitzrovia tomorrow 9or is that today now?) and the price of coal and the need for order in these messy times and what ya gonna do? Clean those heels, do as you're told, this is Organ and we write rock ‘n roll and only way to feel the noise and screaming a thousand miles over the black tantalising sea and feel it in your guts and don’t sweat it, devil's hand, the iron fist, get it back to us... and nothing is ever late and we can all skip the intro bit and overkill and don't sweat it and I hope you are sitting down for this part... are you sitting down? I am not typing the next sentence till I am sure you are sitting, as I don't want you injured from falling, you must not make a mess now. Never ever messy and this is this week’s Organ and who needs editorials or anthing to make any sense? I'm sure it does make sense to You and it is all about the music and the rope that binds us all to that next CD, that next gig - make poetry, lashing of it, take control, you really didn't expect us to make Thursday this week did you?

Friday November 28, 2008 is the 17th annual Buy Nothing Day!

These are, once again, the things that have been in our ears this week. Please do explore and if it sounds interesting then just hit the link and make your own minds up, make contact and switch the other, don't let this thing blow over, we've done we've undercover - our reviews and thoughts are mere signposts designed to guide you to the things you might like to feast on yourselves... don’t you just love the instant way this web thing works when things fall right and the doors flip open and the touch of a key....

You read this while we go type out this Danko Jones interview and make sense of this Murcof album and....
 

IS THIS WHY YOU BOOKMARKED ME?
ORGANS vs ORGAN READERS.... 
Yes, that’s right, us versus you time. We’re almost ready for those end of year lists and arguments and top this and best of that and such.... 

Now you know we like to publish a top fifty albums of the year at the end of every year. Last year the top three albums, in the opinion of the Organ team, were from EFTERKLANG, followed closely by UPSILON ACRUX and TOMAHAWK. You seamed pretty much in agreement with the choice last year. Although some of you said things like “no!” and felt sure the best album of the year came from William D Drake or Of Montreal or Animal Collective or Battles or Future Of The Left or Sleepytime Gorilla Museum or 65Days... actually, now, I might agree about Sleepytime, we only had it as fifth best last year. 

So anyway, pass the cake, and more jam this time please, 2008 has been another great year, loads of great albums, some possible classics. We’ve had a great album of the week every single week, all the way through the year, here at Organ. Flick through some back issues and remind yourselves, it is almost too much... We’re not going to list them all right here and now and we’re certainly not going to pick a random number of albums for you to pick from - no pre-selected hands tied behind your back shortlist and us dictating what you can vote for a shortlist list we give you! The Organ People’s vote is open to every single album that has come out in the year, every single one that has come out already (or indeed still coming out in what is left of) 2008. Go ahead, make a list, check it twice, then fire your top ten albums of the year right on at us and we’ll compile a definite Organ readers end of year poll to go along side the Organ team’s own top fifty. 

Wonder if your list will agree with ours? Bet it won’t. We’ll keep it open until the last minute of December 31st, get your list in and have a look sometime around new year’s day. 

Oh yes, and we’ll put the names of everyone who sends something in to a hat and draw out one of you, one lucky person will win copies of the top five albums from our list... send your top ten albums in here along with anything else you see fit...X

John on the phone...
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NEW ALBUMS WE’RE LISTENING TO THIS WEEK
This week the best new album things we’ve been listening to and chewing on were... 

ALBUM OF THE WEEK

SLEEPS IN OYSTERS - We Keep The Memories Locked Away (Seed) – Radiant glitch and delicate electronica, a refined treasure chest of sunshine and birds in trees and glowing arcs of light and most of all glorious songs. Beautiful musical rainbows and all in such inviting artwork and packaging – hand-stitched buttoned-closed covers, tied up in string and brown paper, sealed with old fashioned wax - almost don’t want to open it. Insects and coloured lights, found sound, delicate songs, the buzz of bees, songs of crickets, words that keep catching ears, patching you up. Musical things they say they did on purpose, musical things they say just happened. The sound of clocks and the buzz of bees and things that really don’t ask a lot of you, things they don’t need to swear they’ll make up for later. The buzz of bees and printed dresses you’ll love to wear and the tiny lives of flies and sparks and the tidy ends of days, small and bright and in your head and never was the garden so glorious... There’s two of them, Lisa Busby is the beautifully whispered voice, John Harries makes the music with her, not clear who does what beside the voices. Their releases are beautiful hand-made creations, limited editions, created with so much love. Folktronica? Can we say that? Delicate crafted treats, some of the uplifting delights of the wonderful Efterklang, some of the fragile delicate vulnerable feel of Colt or the crafted refinement of Aphex Twin relaxing and content in the sun and the dust in the rays and the treasures of a dusty loft not explored for years – boxes to open, mysteries, old wind-up toys, exquisite musical boxes, pieces of coloured string, all kinds of mellow goodness. Animal Collective, Psapp, Devendra Banhart and maybe just a touch of that Sea Nymphs innocence in there with all the uplifting beauty... Actually the two of them share vocals as well, and never was the blackbird in the garden treated so well. So much musical treasure, songs and experiments and so much delicate colour to be found here, a beautiful treat of an album, a wonderful album  - www.myspace.com/sleepsinoysters or www.seedrecords.co.uk
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CRAZY MAN MICHAEL – The Green Light (Little Red Rabbit) – He’s clearly not crazy, he’s very at ease with himself if this new album is telling us how things really are in Michael’s world. Who is he anyway, this self confessed crazy man? Well seems he’s named after the Fairport Convention song, “Crazy Man Michael takes such classic English narrative songwriting as a touchstone and adds a literate, romantic edge that encompasses folk traditions from Bert Jansch to Iron & Wine...” and we couldn’t have explained it any better ourselves. Using almost entirely acoustic instrumentation, The Green Light loosely takes F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby as its emotional inspiration so we’re told. Emotional, sensitive, warm, weather-beaten, yet always hopeful. Delicate, strong, refined passionate simple clever English folk. Once again a Nick Drake feel, a beautiful Nick Drake feel in there with the lush strings, mandolin lines and the ambitious arrangements (and Nick Drake is a special name, not to be thrown around lightly). The details, little unobtrusive details, details that really bring these fine songs to life – the cleverly applied colours, the stitch work, the subtle strokes of string or key that bring the voice and words to life in such a fine way. Cautious hope in uncertain English times, ideals alive in the madness of a modern landscape – see, no crazy man here, focused and alive with glowing hope, an optimistic heart and songs that really do welcome you in with open arms. Glowing songs, beautiful songs, delicate heartwarming Northern English folk songs, wise songs, emotional songs, this is a very special album – “It eluded us then, but that’s no matter – tomorrow we will run faster. Stretch out our arms farther... And one fine morning – so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly in to the past” – F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby) - www.crazymanmichael.co.uk or www.myspace.com/crazymanmichael or www.littleredrabbit.co.uk
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NEBULA – Peel Sessions (Sweet Nothing) - Sideways? Up and down? It is, so we’re told, all the same when you’re lying on the ground... A collection of Nebula tracks recorded for John Peel sessions. A whole bag load of their righteous psychedelic stone rock riffage and everything caught alive and just right. These almost instant session versions are almost always better than the ‘proper’ album versions, might just be the case here as well. Featuring the line up that recorded the first two ‘classic’ Nebula albums, what you get is eleven slices of frontline stoner rock and psychedelic riff churning for your money... Charged and right in there heading for the centre... www.nebulamusic.com – get the CD or slab of wholesome coloured vinyl here in the UK via www.cargorecords.co.uk

MIRROR MIRROR – The Society For The Advancement Of inflammatory Consciouisne (Cochon) – A band from Brooklyn, New York, with a refined relaxed kind of  “cosmic erotic ecstasy” of a sound -  well that’s how they described their rather lush cerebral thing anyway. Sparkling, choral, slightly progressive in a silky, almost folky early Mercury Rev, touch psychedelic Beatles kind of  way. Maybe Mew meets a more in control and maybe softer Syd Barrett with modern synths and such – maybe? Maybe hints of orchestral things and maybe Wendy Carlos and mystical bits of goth and prog and lullabies and Diamanda Galas and maybe a lot of things... maybe. .. Rather good, whatever it is. www.myspace.com/mirrormirrornyc

THE ETTES – Look At Life Again Soon (Take Root) - From NYC via LA (and London’s legendary Toe Rag studios) with some low slung girl-fronted nailed down bluesy garage punk. They talk of Beat Punk and point at the White Stripes, the Rolling Stones and Amy Winehouse as inspirations – that kind of makes sense. The sound is raw and sparse, basic in a positive simple stripped back kind of way, 60’s garage four-track sounds – www.theettes.com or find it in the UK via www.cargorecords.co.uk

PHOBIA – 22 Random Acts Of Violence (Candlelight) – Ah yes, some decent grindcore metal that does exactly what it says on the tin. Twenty two slices of yapping slicing acts of colourfully violent grindcore metal, everyone of them a raging speedhorn of a track. They’re from Orange County California (and have been for getting on for nearly twenty years now). At last, some decent extreme metal worth bothering with, nihilistic yapping and thrashing and more of their savage uncompromising hardcore grindcore attitude – www.phobiagrind.com
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THE DAMNED – So Who’s Paranoid? (The English Channel) - First album since 2001’s Grave Disorder, heartbeat of Vanian and Sensible still there... Let’s fire it up (we’ve been crying out for much too long...). Rather positive opening track that sounds a little like The Stranglers (rather than The Damned) doing The Kinks in a psychedelic jingle-pop kind of way... Second track Under The Wheels sounds and feels more like that slightly epic slightly gothic Damned of the late 70’s/arly 80’s and all that waiting for the blackout and Eloise and such... Dr Wofenstein sounds like classic English pop (and dare we say a little Cardiacs when they hit that uplifting chorus bit). Wasn’t sure what to expect from The Damned this time around, walked out of the last gig five or six years ago (loved them back in the Smash It Up day). Sounding good so far.... And on it goes, various shades of Damned popness and Englishness and psychedelicness and garage rockness and 60’s sounding bluesness and... Maid For Pleasure has a certain stylish jagged satire around the edges, a little bit of a whiplash to it, Perfect Sunday rushes by with a roast and an afternoon of Two Way Family Favourites, fetish games followed by Sunday lunch, how very English...  They’re sounding more English than they ever did actually (Country Life butter on their hot muffins no doubt). 
        The Damned still making decent records then - their time’s not past, they’ve still got class (unlike whoever it was they were just singing about having no class and their time being passed). All finishes up with a fourteen minute psychedelic space-prog instrumental which you’d love to get in to a time machine with and fly back to 1977 just to see what they’d say about it when you played it to them – “That’s us in 2008? Get out of here now!” More than decent Damned album then, shame about the cover art though – www.officialdamned.com
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THE THINGS – Some Kind Of Kick (Nicotine) - Scudding 60’s flavoured organ driven garage rock. Fast, direct, riff driven, taste of rockabilly around the edges. Rocket From the Crypt and getting their highs in the shape of pill , cranked up rock 'n roll, overheating keyboards, scuzzy psychotic swampy rock from Dublin. Bit of The Damned in there, bit of batcave action, bit of this, bit of that, bit of 60’s and maybe just a hint of Modness in there with the bits of Cramps and Gun Club and Misfits...  - www.myspace.com/thethings or www.nicotinerecords.com

THE RED SHORE – Unconsecrated (Siege Of Amida) – Frothing metal, extreme stuff, death, black, technical  - call it what you will... Cutting, slicing, chopping all over the place. They’re from Australia, they’re cookie monstering away in the usual fashion. Technically very good I guess, and if you want extreme growling technical metal then I guess they’re worth your time and maybe a click of a link. Fast, relentless, caustic, I’m no fan of these technical metal bands, nothing worse than widdle-diddle look how clever I am guitar playing. Not really hearing any real adventure or personality here either. They do do their chose extreme metal thing well enough I guess, little too much conforming to the blueprint for these ears though and we’re getting a little tired of asking why so many of these extreme metal bands are happy to just obey the rules of sound like all the others  - there’s the links, off you go if it sounds interesting to you, live and let live, we told you about it, we could have ignored it, we didn't, make your own minds up if you feel you need to... oh yes, it comes with a second DVD disc as well – www.myspace.com/theredshore or www.siegeofamida.net
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TWISTED SISTER – Live At The Astoria (DVE) – A live album (and DVD) recorded in London backin 2004, the born again back for more shock rockers trying to recapture their 80’s glories. Thankfully this is Teisted Sister going way back to the early trashy New York men in make up glamy punkish Under The Blade trash rock days rather than the rather embarrassing glossy MTV pop rock Muppet metal period. You’ve got most of your early favourites on here and you’ve got Dee Snider at his live pantomime best. Nothing that touches on those (hilarious) live b-sides from those 80’s twelve inchers that were recorded at the Marquee back there, or some of those very early bootlegs that some of us still treasure. Twisted Sister were always at their best when battling other people’s audiences and calling on the SMF to back them up at places like Donnington and such. This is a decent enough set of raw live Sisterness, twisted enough to keep the old fans happy (and probably good enough to explain to a few who don’t know what it was all about for a while back there). The DVD disc that comes with the audio album isn’t really up to that much, a badly shot, badly lit show and a few angles that really don’t do the starting to go to seed slightly overweight middle age men in glam rock make up any favours. Dee Snider still gets away with it, rest of his band aren’t looking too camera friendly these days - best stick to the decent enough audio disc that fits in there nicely while you wait for someone to put those Marquee tapes together on one disc (unless someone did already and I missed it, not being paying that much attention really) – www.twistedsister.com
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Last week's album of the week - THE WELCOME WAGON

Previous albums of the week - AU / BLACK ELK / MOHA! / SEMAPHORE / AIDS WOLF / THE PROCESS / DEERHOOF / MARTIN ORFORD / ORIGINAL SILENCE / RELIGIOUS KNIVES / F*CKED UP / NISENNENMONDAI / HILDE MARIE KJERSEM / GRAILS / BEATGLIDER / UNIVERS ZERO / CONSTANTINES / YOUNG WIDOWS
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ALBUM REVIEW ARCHIVES

LIVE
MOTORHEAD – Hammy O – 22nd Nov – Yes it is the Hammy O, no other name will do for the place, especially when Motorhead are back in town and on West London home turf. Another year, another tour, another round of no sleeping ‘till Hammersmith then. Was it just another Motorhead show? Can it ever be just another Motorhead show? Hey, Motorhead mean more than most bands, they’re the band I’ve seen more than any other, and no, they don’t ever do just another show. This isn’t blind fandom though, no no... You never quite know if Motorhead are going to really touch the heights, nothing is taken for granted. Actually they do do shows that maybe do feel a little like just another show, times that leave you feeling a little like, ah well I guess I’ve seen everything they have to offer already, I mean thirty three years of it, surely they do switch on to automatic pilot now and again and just cruse through a night? They must have gigs that don’t quite fall in to place for them? Certainly has felt like that now and again from the audience, but then there’s been more brilliant Motorhead nights that average Motorhead nights and they are a band who really do still matter more than most... 

         There’s an electric atmosphere as we wait, the place is charged, old faces you only ever see once a year when Motorhead come to town are standing next to people excitedly experiencing the Motorbuzz for the first time, a group of people next to me have traveled in from New Zealand, they’ve waited years to catch Motorhead at their Hammersmith home. This is the place of Motorlegend, this is standing on the Stretford End, this is the sunrise at the Stonehenge Free Festival with Hawkwind, this is promming at the Royal Albert Hall, this is Motorhead and they play rock ‘n roll.... 

             Both Danko Jones and Saxon have been on and done their thing and now we’re ready for the main course...  “Hello boys and girls, we are Motorhead and we play rock n’ roll” rumbles the man in black from centre stage, and without any kind of fuss, no real fanfare, we’re off and galloping with Iron Fist. Stripped back stage show this time around, no Bomber lighting rig - simple lights, video screens firing out gig footage, album covers that correspond with whatever the three of ‘em are playing and such. This stage belongs to Lemmy, he is Motorhead, Phil Campbell does still feel like the new guy standing at the side of Lemmy’s stage, he’s been in the band for over twenty years now! We’re off galloping with Iron Fist and Stay Clean, and there’s no other choice that to head right in to the storm of flying hair and (friendly) fists that is the pit, breakout breakout, you must dance, divide and fall... There’s a good mix of material tonight, few unexpected things to keep it fresh, not too much off the latest decent enough album Motorizer, unfortunately they see fit to deliver one of the weaker tracks in the shape of Rock Out early on in the set - still can’t forgive that line in that song, come on Lemmy, you’re better than lines like rock out with your cock out! They follow it with the twin swipes of old favourites Metropolis and wasted as just a b-side live favourite that is Over The Top. Couple of slices from Another Perfect Day is the shape of I Got Mine and the title track off that fine album, Phil Campbell keeping it simple and doing Brian Robertson’s parts just right – nothing flash, knows he doesn’t need to.... They’re hitting the spot tonight, this is good one... The Thousand Names Of God, one of the highlights off the new album with all that bad man’s luck and bad man dreams and doomsday birds flying everywhere, is followed by that damn awful version of God Save The Queen they keep insisting on, even that doesn’t seem too bad tonight though... This is Motorhead on ten, this really is a good one, this is hitting the spot, bringing pennies from heaven and raining their bombs all over everywhere – mostly raining beer in the pit, beer, elbows, flying hair and bruises. There’s suddenly a troop of fire breathing girls up on stage heating things up even more, things are hot enough already! Drum solo still there, In The Name Of Tragedy, what the hell, Lemmy is sixty two years old now, he needs the solo break, give him one, Mickey Dee keeps it short enough and he is one of the better rock drummers out there. Likewise Phil Campbell, he knows he doesn’t need to show off, damn good guitarist with just the right amount of blues in there with the attitude, he doesn’t need to solo away and such, he keeps his moments to just the right length, less is more, turn it up...  They turn in a tasty Killed By Death, Wurzel suddenly on stage living it once more (and looking far older than Mr Kilminster), Bomber finishes things off in style, no night fighter stopping anyone getting through here, not a hope in hell and in a flash we’re off in to encore time, the whole place five miles off the ground. Back on stage for the now traditional Whorehouse Blues and the three of them sitting around and getting all acoustic on us before things take off again with Ace Of Spades and the only possible way they can finish things - Overkill... there’s always a classic that they don’t do, there will always be someone moaning on the way out that they didn’t do this or that, they’ve got so many classics now, there’s at least one whole other set you could write that would be equally as strong as tonight’s, Overkill is the only thing we’d really miss though, Overkill is storming tonight, the three of them at full power, screaming with crowd, taking the Hammy O once more, feel it in your guts, don’t sweat it, get it back to us... 
     “Don’t Forget us , We are Motorhead” growls a departing Lemmy as the lights come up and a slice of Zappa eases on to the PA, how could anyone ever forgot a Motorhead gig when they’re hitting the spot like they did tonight? No, Motorhead never do just another gig, this was an extra good one tonight... 
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THE JESSIE ROSE TRIP – Barfly, London, Oct 2008 – Well something a little different going on here and the festering cattle market that is the Camden Barfly on nights like this isn’t blunting Jessie Rose’s different touch too much. Tonight is a best of the “new” bands that have been “discovered” at the Manchester In The City music industry backslapping wankothon, the “new” brought to London and paraded for the “wise”. The place is wall to wall in “important” people, all looking for faces more important than you to talk to as they look over your shoulder to see who just came in. We Organs are here for the industry’s latest “hot new discovery”, some band called To The Bones. Hot new band indeed, some ever on the case A&R Man in the bar asks us if we’ve heard To The Bones yet? Apparently he thinks we might just like them – no flies on these A&R men, don’t miss a trick do they? So The Jessie Rose Trip are down in London, they’re from Manchester as well, first on of four with their sweet sweet musical goodness – a whole bag of subtle edgy slightly angular funk and indie-reggae tunes jousting with guitars and trumpety keyboard bits and hints of Nina Simone, Lily Allen or maybe even Amy Winehouse – that should be taken as a compliment and a testament to Jessie Rose and her rather impressive voice rather than us being lazy. Idiosyncratic goodness, jazzy alt.soul, and good pop songs that are simply different – the ukulele does help give it that different feel, that and the rather jarring percussive feel (along with the ‘interesting’ dress sense). Anyway, powerful singer, good band, different, good sense of now, Northern soul, they were good in the difficult atmosphere of a first on in front of a folded arms and the here-to-judge-the-fuck-out-of-you London audience (© MayKay Fight Like Ape) and worth a mention while we’re passing and waiting for “hot new band” To The Bones to take to the stage, rip shit up and do that swallowing hair and throwing guitars around thing that we’re told we might just like – wonder if that A&R man wants a copy of that first Bones single?  - www.myspace.com/thejessierosetrip
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PURE REASON REVOLUTION - Cargo, London, 26th November 

Support tonight was from The Domino State, in a live framework they make undeniably stadium and radio-friendly, U2-ish big-hearted rock; pretty straightforward polite stuff, they're honest about it and their bit of stage presence and personality should help them connect with that Coldplay audience they'll be playing in front of in a few weeks time, they seem to leave a positive impression with most of the responsive Pure Reason audience, tonight...  . 
          Pure Reason Revolution are such a strange band.  Writing this down just looks weird: right now, they're a mating of angelic prog rock harmony in the style of Yes, and old school Man Parrish hip hop style stripped down Justice electro funk.  This actually works.  The hip hop side has an authentic, irresistible groove, and the proggy side soars and uplifts and spins off into ecstatic twists and flourishes.  Pure Reason Revolution always seem to be able to pull off decent sound live, and tonight is no exception; they start with a new one, sounding sparse and electro – we’ve hardly got going when it becomes obvious that there’s something wrong and there should be a lot more guitar, so the band reluctantly come to a halt. Their guitar amp has blown, terminally. Frantic phoning ensues backstage; soon Chloe, Pure Reason vocalist/bassist, tells us that Domino State's guitarist had already rushed off home to see his new-born son, and was right now turned around and racing back to deliver a rescue amp. Note to all bands, everywhere: think up something to do in these circumstances!  A brilliant acoustic version of something, to be bootlegged and treasured, it  wil lhappen to you one day, prepare yourselves... IQ had their Wiggle Song, Cardiacs had an endless variety of routines and rehearsed (and unrehearsed) madness, and just the other day To The Bones had an impressive existential riff-driven rant during an unscheduled guitar change.... Still, an appreciative crowd were rewarded after a ten minute break by a revived and relieved Pure Reason Revolution - guitarist Jamie obviously frustrated with unfamiliar equipment, but their big, ambitious sound is fine now. There's the promised mix of new work with what are now old favourites from the previous album, and the new material is rather compelling  - lots of dance groove in there, constructed by someone who really knows their stuff, mixed with that imagination and adventure that comes from those progressive influences. Yes, PRR do have a few weak spots - there are passages that are just too repetitive - but when those close West Coast harmonies kick in they're like nothing else.

          One thing really missing from tonight (besides the violin) was their animated backdrop; although they look good, the band really are too involved in creating some pretty complex music to do much of the rock showboating thing, and their collection of visuals were particularly good, clicking in with the music. Tonight they have a more basic animated logo endlessly cycling, which is a little bit of a pity.  More annoying was a peculiar camera person filming something for a forthcoming DVD who seemed to be unable to use a zoom function, or indeed understand the basics of shooting a live band, spending a lot of his time with his camera actually touching the faces of his subject, minorthings though and despite the hiccups, not a bad gig, with a happy and appreciative crowd in a surprisingly friendly venue. 
          We all wanted that new album in our hands, of course, but it's not three-chord punk rock, is it? The man's a perfectionist and we must trust him and his band, we’re told the creative work is done now and the wait is almost over, tonight promises the wait will be worth it. When Pure Reason Revolution get in to their own unique groove then they’re a special band, a brave band who constantly want to challenge themselves and their loyal and ever growing word of mouth audience. Tonight was not the perfect gig, there’s a feeling that they maybe got away with some of it, there was enough to send us all away more than happy though, and 2009 promises lots, now about that album... 

Footnote: PRR have put a little preview of the new album up on their My Space page and a tour is booked for March, dates to be announced soon – www.myspace.com/purereasonrevolution
 

Live previously - F*CKED UP / ROLO TOMASSI / TO THE BONES / SHEARWATER / 12 DIRTY BULLETS / TO THE BONES / THE BOBBY McGEES / ROSE KEMP / ANARCHISTWOOD / RUDE MECHANICALS / GIRLSCHOOL/ BONKERSFEST ‘08 - NOUGHT / GERTRUDE / BLUEZZ INTOXICATED / FIGHT LIKE APES / ZAG AND THE COLOURED BEADS / DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS / VILE IMBECILES / QUEEN ADREENA / PURE REASON REVOLUTION / HARVEY MILK / OXBOW 

LIVE REVIEW ARCHIVES

   THINGS TO GET SHOUTING  ABOUT?
We never ever shout do we? 

"It has just been confirmed that TROST will be supporting Boss Hog at The Luminaire in London on December 8th" said a man in an e.mail (although he didn't shout either). The review of her latest album Trust Me (on Bronzerat) can be found here. Annika Line Trost is half of acclaimed electro-pop duo Cobra Killer... "Trust Me is a seductively mesmerising left-field set of bewitchments. There’s fluid otherness going down, bending fluidity and some kind of other jazzness that’s in the wrong night club in the wrong shoes and the wrong lipstick. She really does pull you in to her mysterious world and...." – www.myspace.com/trostcity or www.bronzerat.co.ukx

Manchester’s KONG have a new single out on the 15th December as limited CD and download on Brew Records. Listen and order via www.myspace.com/brewrecords. The CD version will also include two versions of "Count Too Nine" featuring guest vocals from Matt Caughthran (The Bronx) and Andrew Falkous (Future of The Left). “Kong will be touring the UK throughout December but to celebrate this release and Brew's 1st birthday and the fact it's Christmas we'll be having a release party at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds (on December 12th) with support from That Fucking Tank, Humanfly & the mighty Chickenhawk. All this and possibly some cake for £5.” Said someone from Brew.  All dates are over at www.myspace.com/kongdom

  SINGLES
SINGLE OF THE WEEK
THE BRUTE CHORUS – She  Was Always Cool / Artmissia (white label) – All bound at the wrist from the first day we saw them, not telling you how we met them though, you’ll have to wonder for weeks and wonder without your sail lost inside the sea inside a killer whale and wearing sunglasses inside and secrets that have to be kept.... And what the lord giveth, the lord taketh away and this review is almost done already and just let us say, before we go, yet another fine single from The Brute Chorus. And the b-side is even better, that’s the thing about The Brute Chorus - they’ve just got great songs. Songs so good that they can almost get away with murderous shots at sparrows to prove their love, shots with shiny bullets and names on them, almost as good as that song you heard from the brown speckled sparrow. They’re part of that Camden Hawley Arms scene and Amy and Pete and all that, but don’t let any of that put you off, these people know how to craft songs. Slightly scratchy songs with handclaps and skiffle and scratched London alt.folk pop and all with an edge and words you’ll want to catch on to – all that and a personality that deserves at least a little slice of the fuss the others get... fine band, fine songs, another fine single – www.myspace.com/thebrutechorus

Last week's single of the week - TIM AND SAM’S TIM AND SAM BAND WITH TIM AND SAM

Previously - THE DEIRDRES / THE MINIONS / LOYAL TROOPER / ALISON O’DONNELL / SPEECH DEBELLE / OVER THE WALL / THE RAYOGRAPHS / THE KABEEDIES / VOICEsVOICEs / THE QUARRY / F**K BUTTONS / THE ALL NEW ADVENTURES OF US / FRIGHTENED RABBIT / THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART

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  DEMO TIME
We're just going to tell you about the very very best demo recording once a week, no more time for the average, only the most exciting - we're very very selective, when we tell you it's good then it really is goooooooood...

DEMO OF THE WEEK
THE WINTER LEAGUE – An archive of music (and film) that documents a fading world in ecological collapse is what they tell us this is. Coastal defenses slipping in to the sea, wind farms grinding to a halt and mountains of landfill towering on the horizon. The I Like Trains of the ecology front where a million Dr Beechings are messing up and changing the climate and soon everything will be gone... The Winter League are five people (and their friends), five people who think about the end and hope it never comes, they don’t give away much about who they are – their music is exquisite. Their music is full of uplifting hope and quiet beauty, hope despite the mountains of dead fridges and the shivering and the falling leaves and the quiet seagulls searching in the wreckage – in from the cold with glowing beauty, cast off your heavy coat and free your happy heart. Romantic, heroic - gentle, slow building beauty, refined choral moments and whispered waiting for the light to come our way. Hymns to the forgotten coastal guard, hope in the fading light, quiet gentle hope. Four beautiful songs that are a pleasure to unwrap and explore, sometimes this Organ thing can be such a pleasure, music like this is our hope-fuel. www.myspace.com/thewinterleague

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Well...

We got a whole stack of things here that keep going back on the pile for one more chance, things that have something, things that we may not feel like shouting too loudly about, but hey, you know, worth a mention and a word or two and out of little acorns who knows what will maybe one day grow... 

AN ACHIEVER – Four moody down-tempo scratchy indie rock tracks, four dark brooding alt.rock things from a London band making their first ambitious moves. Potentially epic in a bit of an I Like Trains way (again), strangely different vocal style that gives them a little character of their own, might just be something here that may develop, could be worth keeping an eye on just in case, nothing to really shout about yet, maybe next time, there is something positive here – www.myspace.com/anachiever

THE BLACK KNIGHTS - Scratchy two tracker from a two piece band from Salford (over the river from Manchester). Bit of an energetic lo-fi alt.blues Black Keys, White Stripes vibe going down. Primal and raw and sounding a little too much like a rough demo to really grab hold of anything that concrete yet.  They sound like they’d kick up a storm live though, and if they can get some of the attitude they clearly have nailed down in a recorded state then who knows? Not quite doing ‘it’ yet - www.myspace.com/theblackknightsuk

LITTLE FIELDS - Liverpool band doing that slightly funk flavoured, slightly angular Futurheads, Q And Not U, Late Of The Pier, Forward Russia thing. An all very ‘now’ kind of thing - high-pitched indie-boy vocals, frantic delivery, busy songs, if you have a taste for those bands we just name-dropped then here you go, we'll leave it with you – www.myspace.com/wearelittlefields

WILD YOUTH – Blustery glammy punky energy bomb of a band, all hairspray, sunglasses and no one likes us ‘cause we don’t fit kind of band. Towers Of London attitude meets 80's hair metal and a bit of Backyard Babies (or maybe even Skid Row) in there with their high-energy Drugdealer Chearleader English punkiness. Cocky confident f**kers who come crashing through the door with a bit of a swagger. Touch of a Clash thing going on with their rather decent acoustic cover of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song. A half decent throwaway band from the Midlands of England, energetic glammy punk rock youth gone wild should you want it... and their My Spage hints at them exploring that Clash flavoured reggae side a little more – www.myspace.com/wildyouthpunkrock

Last week's demo of the week - JARMEAN?

Previous demo's of the week - RIOTGOD / CUTTHROAT CONVENTION / INERTIA BLOOMS / SID SINGS / GIRO JUNKIE / THE ATROCITY EXHIBIT / SEA SICK / COUNTRYSIDE / MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN / GRASSCUT / COP ON THE EDGE / WILD DOGS IN WINTER / THE LAZY DARLINGS / DEBUTANT / ARCS OF RED

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'THIS WEEK’S FREE DOWNLOAD...
THE PRODIGY have made the title track of their forthcoming new album, 'Invaders Must Die', available to download free from their website, www.theprodigy.com. The song will be available to download for just one week until 7:30am next Wednesday (December 3). The album is set for release on March 2nd next year. The Prodigy will play a whole load of Arena dates in April to follow their already sold out December UK dates. We just downloaded it, sounds like The Prodigy back on machine driven good form to us - and they have got the good grace to be taking Fight Like Apes out with then on the December tour that's just coming up so .... 

PREVIOUSLY - KAYO DOT / BLACK ELK / MADE IN MEXICO / THE BUG / TEMPORARY RESIDENCE / WOODBOX GANG / ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES / EX-GIRL / DELIA DERBYSHIREF**KED UP / THE REVELLIONS / LIZ PHAIR / OASIS / THE CLOUD ROOM / HERZOGA / THE MELVINS / SHEARWATER / THE REAL McKENZIES / VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR

'RE-ISSUE/best of OF THE WEEK
MR. BROWN – Mellan Tre Ogon (Transsubstans) – A lost piece of inviting melodic Swedish symphonic prog from the haze of the mid 70’s. Their one and only album that was originally released in 1977 - not a good year to be releasing your debut slice of ambitiously melodic easy on the ear prog rock. Mellow Genesis, Focus, Jethro Tull, Camel, Kaipa flavours - flutes and keyboards, piano passages, atmospheric Mellotron, gentle Hammonds and such rather than the heavy progressive guitars that apparently dominated the Scandinavian prog scene back then. Mostly instrumental, long flowing instrumental passages, now and again they add words, both in English and Swedish. All very easy and pleasant and yes, progressive in all the senses of the term – a little dated now of course and maybe all the better for it. The heart and soul that today’s neo-prog bands just don’t have. A certain sense of drama, a twist here, a piano driven turn there  Bright, uplifting and all very proggy. Sould very 70’s melodic, quietly dramatic, piano flavoured, and if mostly instrumental symphonic prog be your thing then this is a bit of an enjoyable lost treasure that’s well worth you time – www.recordheaven.net/transsubstans

Previously: SUBHUMANS / RUBELLA BALLET / BBC RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP / MARILLION / KUNG FU SUPER SOUNDS / VOORHEES / EXODUS / DEATHROW / THE GATHERING / BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES / CLIFF / KILLING JOKE / THE SAVAGE RESURRECTION / BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB / DOOM

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PREVIOUSLY - DVD: NASHVILLE PUSSY / BOOK: TATTOO SOUP / TAURID METEOR SHOWER / BLACK'N'READ ALL OVER  / MAXWELL DAVIES ON DUMBING DOWN / ACT ART 6 - DYING FOR IT! / DAMIEN HURST / JOE MEEK / IMPROV EVERYWHERE / AARON KRATEN / HURRA TORPEDO / BOOK: THE STOOGES – A JOURNEY / JUNK SALES:SLAVES OF NEW YORK / BITTER PIE / SF ZINE FAIR / GIANT PAW – ART CARD SERIES

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ORGAN 283 - THE WELCOME WAGON, TIM AND SAM'S TIM AND SAM BAND WITH TIM AND SAM, JARMEAN? NASHVILLE PUSSY, RUBELLA BALLET, VOLCANO!, THE LAKE SITUATION, SUBHUMANS, GLOBO, KAYO DOT, I LIKE TRAINS, PREGO, THE VERVE, THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART, CRISIS NEVER ENDS, SIX FEET UNDER, USELESS ID, BITCHES SIN, SLICK'S KITCHEN, JE SUIS ANIMAL, SEVERAL UNION, GUILLOTINE, DEAD OR AMERICAN, THE JOHN HENRYS, BURNING PILOT and more... 

ORGAN 282 - Oh loads of stuff, go see....

ORGAN 281 - F**KED UP, ROLO TOMASSI, MoHa!, SEMAPHORE, THE MINIONS, CHICKENHAWK  TROST, MAGNOLIA, LEFT TO VANISH, FREDRICK STANLEY STAR, HEADLESS HEROES, TORTUGA, THE BOAT PEOPLE, BARR, SAMMY HAGAR, BORN FROM, ROB HIMSELF, THE DeRELLAS, THE RACE, CONOR OBERST, DEPARTMENT S, MARILLION, 11:59, GHOSTFIRE, HANDMADE & BOUND...

ORGAN 280 - AIDS WOLF, THE PROCESS, RIOTGOD, SLITVEIN, TO THE BONES, LOYAL TROOPER, ALISON O’DONNELL, THREATMANTICS, DARK CAPTAIN LIGHT CAPTAIN, EARTHLESS, CROWPATH, THE COMPUTERS, MIA VIGAR, BRIMSTONE HOWL, SATYRICON, THE ESTRANGED, MERCURY REV, AS EDEN BURNS, SUPERSUCKERS, CARNAL DECAY, PSAPP, DANKO JONES, JOHNNY COLA & THE A-GRADES, UNFOLD PRESENTS: TRU THOUGHTS HIP HOP, KUNG FU SUPER SOUNDS, MADE IN MEXICO, KOSMISCHE, DESERT MUSIC SCHOOL BENEFIT....

ORGAN 279 - DEERHOOF, MARTIN ORFORD, CUTTHROAT CONVENTION, SPEECH DEBELLE, OVER THE WALL, SOUTH CENTRAL, MAYORS OF MIYAZAKI, DIAGONAL, CONSOLATION PRIZEFIGHTER, DAN BAIRD & HOMEMADE SIN, THE RAMPTON RELEASE DATE, NANAS REVENGE, DISTANCE TO FAULT, MARSHALL LAW, SPEED THEORY, JUD, SOLITARY, FAILSAFE, EASTER, THE ACORN, FROM MONUMENT TO MASSES, STONE GODS, VOO, EDO BRIGHTON PROTESTS... 

ORGAN 278 - ORIGINAL SILENCE, INERTIA BLOOMS, TRANSMISSION, REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES, THE RAYOGRAPHS, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, THE BEDROOM PROJECT, MISPELT (TWOPOINTZERO), MONKEY FIGHTERS, EXODUS, BONNIE PRINCE BILLY, PAUL J.ABBOTT, DEERHUNTER, KILL THE CLIENT, RAY, HELGRIND, MARTUTA, ROBIN TAYLOR, INCASSUM, FLOWING TEARS, DANIEL LAND & THE MODERN PAINTERS, THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE, I HATE KATE, AIRBOURNE, EXIT CALM, THE PADDINGTONS, SILVERY, MAYBESHEWILL, HER NAME IS CALLA, WE ROCK LIKE GIRLS DON’T, HAYMAN WATKINS TROUT & LEE, MAXWELL DAVIES... 

ORGAN 277 - yeah yeah, a non stop operation....

ORGAN 276 - Oh go have a look, do we have to list it everyweek, we had loads of great stuff last week, classic week for new music... 

ORGAN 275 - GRAILS, BEATGLIDER, THE ATROCITY EXHIBIT, TO THE BONES, SEA SICK, F**K BUTTONS, STE McCABE, THE BARDO, GENTLE GIANT, THE ALL NEW ADVENTURES OF US, HANSON BOTHERS, RUMORS OF GEHENNA, ACID MOTHER TEMPLE & THE COSMIC INFERNO, JMC, P.G.LOST, UGLY STICK, A TEXTBOOK TRAGEDY, NO RETURN, TRIVIUM,  AMANDA PALMER, THE DeBRETTS,  TEMPORARY RESIDENCE...

ORGAN 274 - UNIVERS ZERO, HAUSCHKA, COUNTRYSIDE, MANIQUI LAZER, MAB, MILK ROAR, HYDRA, MAGICIAN, KIMYA DAWSON, STRIBORG, ROSE KEMP, VOLBEAT, THE BOBBY McGEES,  THE MAY FIRE, MOOSE FACTORY, PRO-PAIN, TRIP LAVA, A POETIC YESTERDAY, LORD BELIEL, FRIGHTENED RABBIT, FROM PLAN TO PROGRESS, BOWERBIRDS, BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES, DAMIEN HURST, CLIFF'S SINGLE, ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES... 

ORGAN 273 - CONSTANTINES, WOODBOX GANG, RA RA RIOT, MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN, PERHAPS CONTRAPTION, AMANDA PALMER, BYE BYE CANDY, OF THE I, RUDE MECHANICALS, ANARCHISTWOOD, GIRLSCHOOL, ICED EARTH, ICED EARTH, BLOOD CEREMONY, TONAL OAK, SOULS, FALLEN, PURE INC, BULLET, THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART, DARK CAPTAIN LIGHT CAPTAIN, THE TAMBORINES, EX-GIRL, DESTINATION:OBLIVION, JOE MEEK....

ORGAN 272 - YOUNG WIDOWS, AMANDA PALMER, EHNAHRE, GRASSCUT, PRINTS, THE FRENCH QUARTER, POPE JOAN, THE VERVE, BUFFALO KILLERS, MISERATION, DRAGONFORCE, THE MONO EFFECT, BONKERSFEST ‘08, NOUGHT, GERTUDE, TO THE BONES, ROLLINS, BOBBY BARKER, ONE TRUE DOG, BLUEZZ INTOXICATED, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, F*CKED UP, IMPROV EVERYWHERE, CLIFF... 

ORGAN 271 - LUSTMORD, SLIPKNOT, LOVELY LITTLE GIRLS, AARON KRATEN, FIGHT LIKE APES, TOY GUN COWBOY, IMMERSION COMPOSITION SOCIETY, PICTURES PAINT WORDS, LITTLE JACKIE, RUBY THROAT, TO THE BONES, THE MIRIMAR DISASTER, AGRYPNIE, CITY 13, LORDS OF BASTARD, THE DONKEYS, GOLDBLADE, BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE PRESENTS: BRENDAN CANNING, BLAND BLADEN, EUREKA MACHINES, BRIAN WILSON, PETALS ON A WET BLACK BOUGH, NARRATION, KISSING KALINA, THE REVELLIONS, KILLING JOKE... 

ORGAN 270 - HEY COLOSSUS, ROSE KEMP, MOTORHEAD, COP ON THE EDGE, GNOMES OF ZURICH, LITTLE JACKIE, JOY OF SEX, GNAW THEIR TONGUES, GEOFF SOULE, UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, JAGUAR LOVE, HELLFIRE, CRUISER, THE CHAIR, GORGOROTH, SONNY, REGURGITATOR, LAGWAGON, MILLENNIA, UNBUNNY, TZUN TZU, SUPENIK, ZEBRAHEAD, MOURNING RISE, SINISTER, THE BIKINI BEACH BAND, ZAG AND THE COLOURED BEADS, WHIMWISE, SUSAN GEORGE BOOTH, SERGEANT BUZFUZ, POPE JOAN, FOUR DEAD IN OHIO, THE VIEW FROM BELOW, THE INCONSOLABLES, THE SAVAGE RESURRECTION, LIZ PHAIR, BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB... 

ORGAN 269 - VESSELS, DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS, ELEPHANT 9, ART IN EXILE, WILD DOGS IN WINTER, DISSENTIENT REVOLT, TONAL OAK, THE STRIPPER PROJECT, GUTZ, 31KNOTS, INDIAN JEWELRY, KASAI ALLSTARS, NEW MECANICA, LONELY GHOSTS, AGNOSTIC MOUNTAIN GOSPEL CHOIR, RYE, RYE, LAST HARBOUR, THOSE WHO BRING THE TORTURE, RE-RENAISSANCE OF THE CELTIC HARP, BEN MARWOOD, VALKYR, EGEBAMYASI, THE CLOUD ROOM, HURRA TORPEDO, FIGHT LIKE APES...

ORGAN 268 - DOSH, VILE IMBECILES, QUEEN ADREENA, Z's, MOGWAI, DDD, ISOR, PURE REASON REVOLUTION, BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE, HEAVY HEAVY LOW LOW, SOUTH, SILVERY, THE LAZY DARLINGS, THRACIA, LATE OF THE PIER, FANTASY BAR, BLACK FLAME, THE VERVE, HERZOGA, THE STOOGES, FIGHT LIKE APES...

ORGAN 267 - KAYO DOT, SHEARWATER, OXBOW, HARVEY MILK, ONE DAY AS A LION, KONG, DEBUTANT, IDIOT SAVANT, THE JET BOYS, NADJA, THOMAS FUNCTION, SEBASTIAN BACH, ORGHIA, SANCTORUM, GROUND MOWER, DISARM, RON FRANKLIN, BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME, SABATRON, KAROSHI BROS, THE VIVIANS, THE HAIR, UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, THE EMERGENCY, DOOM. BIFFY CLYRO... 
 

 

 
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