Thing of the Day 

Some goings off and things we found in the flower garden…

GilliamFebruary 18th 2011

all the fishes in the sea and Lotus Flowers and such…. First, Gilliam:

GILLIAM  - Now this is what we want for a Friday Thing Of The Day, a rather beautifully awkward band from Tel Aviv, who do rather sound like they’re from Tel Aviv if you listen to those details and the touch of klesmer; love their track Schizofriend that they have on MySpace, especially the live version - fine blend of slightly quirky, Gentle Giant-flavoured prog adventure. 

Actually it was The Consultant who pointed them out to us when we visited his flower garden earlier today. There they were, a band called Gilliam performing a rather fine version of Cardiacs' R.E.S and off that set us on a search to find out more... http://www.myspace.com/gilliamusic
 

    And talking of fishes in the sea and Flower Gardens and such, we once put out a split CD single featuring tracks from Cardiacs and and a band called Camp Blackfoot, - hmm, wonder if there’s anything online? It was back in the last century and the atmosphere was choked with human hair and bats wings and it then it hit us like a frying pan, hang on, here it is on YouTube, all red clouds hanging over the town an all the birds flying upside down again, damn, we put out some rather good music on ORG, didn’t w, - hmm, wonder if there’s anything online? It was back in the last century and the atmosphere was choked with human hair and bats wings and it then it hit us like a frying pan, hang on, here it is on YouTube, all red clouds hanging over the town an all the birds flying upside down again, damn, we put out some rather good music on ORG, didn’t we..? 


www.youtube.com/watch

We mention this today because Alex Ward was once part of Camp Blackfoot... See, today’s collection of Things are all coming together rather nicely, and just like she said, the pieces fit but the picture’s all wrong… No no, the picture is perfectly right and onward with the flowers and fishes and Gilliam and the Consultant and Lotus Flowers and slightly quirky jazz flavoured prog adventures - and one of the many (many) strings to (one time inhabitant of Camp Blackfoot) Alex Ward’s multi stringed bow, his band The Dead Ends

    Alex says Dead Ends is his song-based band, and in a neat twist of something near fate, the Dead Ends play this very Saturday, bit of a last minute affair, here’s the details…

Alex WardALEX WARD & THE DEAD ENDS  - Featuring James Sedwards (Nought, Guapo, The Devil) on guitar, Joe Williamson (Trapist, Kletka Red) on bass, Jem Doulton (Dead Days Beyond Help, Ron Jetson) on drums, and Alex Ward on guitar and vocals. Ward might be best known in certain circles as an improviser on clarinet and guitar, having worked with the likes of Derek Bailey and Eugene Chadbourne, and is frequently to be found performing around London with fellow improvisers such as Lol Coxhill and Steve Noble. But songwriting has played an equally important role in his music since the early 2000s. The Dead Ends were originally formed to play songs from his solo album Hapless Days, and have since developed an extensive repertoire of originals (and the occasional unexpected cover), comprising equal parts country-inflected melodicism, brutal noise-rock aggression, and dual-guitar fuelled flights of improvisational abandon. With their bass player resident in Sweden, opportunities to see them in London are comparatively rare, so this show is not to be missed.
http://www.myspace.com/alexwardandthedeadends

Supporting The Dead Ends tomorrow night are Shake Rag and Joe Williamson, on first at 8.30pm. Mr Ward tells us that

   “Shake Rag are Julia Dagger (vocals), John MacMillan (guitar), Mike Freer (guitar), Santiago Horro (bass) and Kev Morpurgo (drums). Their music manages to combine rock energy with swampy eeriness, hints of blues and punk melded into an altogether less classifiable sound, hooks and dissonance expertly married”, and that Joe Williamson was “born in Canada and now resident in Stockholm, Dead Ends bassist Joe Williamson will open the evening with a solo guitar/vocals set. He will be performing songs about love, war, alien abduction, pet ownership, misguided samaritanism and Norwegian black metal, from his 2009 album Everything Should Have Been Just Fine and new releases Crackpot and Waterboarder - www.joewilliamson.klingt.org

The Alex Ward and the Dead Ends gig happens at The Others, Stoke Newington, London, tomorrow, Saturday, first band on 8.30, Alex and company on at 10pm, strange venue above a snooker hall, broken synths chained to the walls and such… http://www.theothers.uk.com

   And to almost complete the synchronicity, this turned up in today’s post. See what a neat and orderly set of Friday things we’re feeding you here? No squalor, everything tidy, nothing left on the floor today…

 EUREKA MACHINES – These Are The People Who Live In My House (Wrath) – Eureka Machines in the studio with Tim SmithLeeds band Eureka Machines have just released a new (digital) single, more of their very poppy, very uplifting breezy wildhearted beach boy poprock… and they’re growing on us. Good pop rock, English cheap tricks and yes indeed all very pop side of Wildhearts and take off your shoes at the door… And over on the b-side is the recent Eureka Machines contribution to the Tim Smith tribute album celebration of his songs type collection of Cardiacs covers -  a very poppy version of Arnald. One of the more poppy Cardiacs moments anyway and made even more poppy here, and all the fishes in the sea, and I suspect this version would leave Tim Smith an even bigger smile then usual. He was forever telling us how all he ever wanted to do was write pop songs and however hard he tried “it always came out sounding like the same old shit”.  He would never listen when we argued he was achieving everything he wanted - there you go Tim, told you they were pop songs!  This version has a very Jon Poole feel to it actually, punchy poppy rocky, all cake on top and real inside, a fine fine spade to build a moat…  And the A-Side is Eureka Machines' best moment yet, fine piece of pop rock and a man with a plan and an early taste on their excellently titled new album Champion The Underdog – more from www.eurekamachines.com
Find out about the Tim Smith tribute album here… www.organart.com/organthing015.html   
Eureka Machines video -

 

And finally, nothing to do with anything in the (Lotus) Flower Garden (although the first time we saw Radiohead they were opening for Cardiacs and professing their love for the leader of the starry skies). We’re rather enjoying this new King of Limbs Radiohead stuff, kind of ‘nice’ yet still with that strange experimental edge all of their own, and you don’t need us covering it here though, do you? I expect you’ll find it all over the media by now. The album came out today, the album is called King of Limbs, here’s a track called Lotus Flower…  

www.youtube.com/watch



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