ORGAN THING OF THE DAY: MELVINS announce a new studio album… Free download from LARK’s new album…

melvins48MELVINS HOLD IT IN and announce a new studio album…..

THIS JUST IN FROM IPECAC RECORDS….

LOS ANGELES, July 29, 2014 -The Melvins return with Hold It In, their first studio album as a quartet since 2010’s The Bride Screams Murder, on Oct. 14.

Joining Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover for the 12-song outing are Butthole Surfers’ guitar player Paul Leary and bass player JD Pinkus. Hold It In was recorded in both Los Angeles and Austin earlier this year.

“Hold It In is a refreshing piece of fiction in a boring world of fact and bullsh*t,” said Osborne. “Paul is one of the best guitar players I have ever heard and Pinkus has an outside the box type of approach to both guitar and bass that you just have to let it ride. I can’t believe this actually happened. I’m thrilled.”

“It’s very rare you get a chance to work with three folks from the ‘Break A Wish’ foundation, all at the same time,” said Pinkus. “I believe they’ll remember their experience with me forever (or until they finally all lose their fight with S.I.D.S).”

The Melvins kick off a round of U.S. tour dates on Oct. 15 in Sacramento at Assembly, which also includes a performance at this year’s Voodoo Experience in New Orleans. Osborne, Crover and Pinkus will be the touring roster for this run of dates.

Meanwhile, Lark have made a track off their new album available as a free download

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And here’s some Melvins covering Venom (animated) action

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A 2014 Animation by Katy Unger  ‘Don’t’ is taken from Lark’s acclaimed first album ‘Shop’
Released by Care in the Community Records on Vinyl, CD and via download in September 2009.

 

ORGAN THING OF THE DAY: Haitian Rail, brashly charting the common spaces between creative noise rock and the jazz avant-garde…

ORGAN THING OF THE DAY…. For we really must have a thing of the day every single day, but only if it really is a thing worth sharing….

 

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Overburden by Haitian Rail, from the album Solarists on New Atlantis Records 2014. Video directed by Dylan Pecora. There’s a whole lot about the band who are now known as Haitian Rail here  or chew on some of the blatantly cut ‘n paste press release bit….

hait_rail_coverBrashly charting the common spaces between creative noise rock and the jazz avant-garde, while shattering the restrictive barriers between them, and formerly dubbed Ricart/Millevoi Quartet (with a stellar debut LP via Gaffer Records), this new lineup features guitarist Nick Millevoi (Many Arms, Deveykus), bassist Edward Ricart (Hyrrokkin, William Hooker Trio), trombonist Dan Blacksberg (Deveykus, Anthony Braxton), and drummer Kevin Shea (Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Talibam!). This revamped iteration of the group raises the high watermark set by their debut, offering a set of roiling new compositions, buoyed by virtuosic technique and unbounded kinetic energy.

The pace is set at the outset with the thunderous, electrifying opening of ‘Trembler.’ The frontline dizzyingly navigates the serpentine head in unison before collectively arcing into raucous, high-octane energy music. An unaccompanied drum solo at the center of the piece deftly manages to sound skittish and menacing all at once. ‘Overburden’ is essentially through-composed, with a section of ominous trombone-driven improvisation, buttressed by serialist melodies. ‘Flare Star,’ at just under seventeen minutes, is the record’s longest piece, boasting a minimalist introduction, and curvilineal head bookending an extended trombone/bass/drum trio romp, and a feedback-laden drum/guitar duo. ‘Seven Wastes’ is a fitting closer, with passing, chromatic drones soaring over pummeling, relentless percussion”.

And here’s part of where they evolved from….

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ORGAN THING: New Blind Thorns, two thirds of them are Ahleuchatistas. A last taste of Big Mix 6 and the Hysteria launch night…

DANNY POCKETSMonday morning, a Thing of the Day? There is no time, one hundred things to find and paint on before the Hackney WickED this coming weekend

More from Blind Thorns, like we said the other day, Two thirds of them are Ahleuchatistas, now that has to be worth investigating surely? The band guitarist Shane Perlowin and drummer Ryan Oslance of Asheville, NC avant-rock exciters Ahleuchatistas and vocalist Antoine Läng, from Geneva, Switzerland, so far it appears to a clever blend of tribal rhythms, noise and if only Club Dog was still around). Check out the just posted video for a  track called ‘Gambling With The Wrong Dice Part I.

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More Organ coverage of Blind Thorns here –   ORGAN THING: Cheap Satanism, Blind Thorns, and what those Ahleuchatistas are doing

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Meanwhile, the expansive Big Deal 6 art show, put together by Vanya Balogh and Danny Pockets ended a triumphant month of art over at that big warehouse somewhere in estate agent wastelands of London SW6. Last week ended with a whole load of performance and the launch of the third issue of Hysteria Magazine on Thursday evening. Performances by HELENA WALSH, I, AMA JOSEPHINE BUDGE and the always challenging ANDIE MACARIO., and Friday evening with more performance, readings (from Paul Sakoilsky amongst others)  and the close of what has been a rather rewarding exciting diverse and dare we say rather important art show.. There’s a a whole load of photos from the opening night via this link , Big Deal.   This final set of photos are just a final taste from Thursday’s performances and the sun going down on the show on Friday evening.

ORGAN THINGS OF… New Girl Band single, new Lark album and some Unstoppable Achievers

Organ Things of whatever day it is…. Dublin’s ever impressive Girl Band have unveiled another new song ahead of their highly-anticipated dates with Slint. Details of how you get your filthy mitts on a seven inch vinyl version of the new Girl Band single here.

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Hang on , here comes an old school album review, like we did back in the days when it was all about printed words and waiting for John Peel to play it….

lark_bleedingsongsLARK  – Bleeding Songs (Standard Lamp Records) –  A forth album from the band led by Karl Bielik, something about Mickey mouse or Mickey Most and feeding what to who? Straight in to us, there’s a menace here, a undercurrent, a tainted air, a stomp, a pisscoat of a smell, a drugtank of a womb, take your medicine without fail, actually, the smell, is it a smell, whatever it is is a positive menace, a smell of good times paid for with hangovers well earned … It wouldn’t work without the rope ladder of the words – most use words as noise, as sound – no gifts beneath any trees, this is as album that talks to you, that demands you listen, words that toy with matches, weaver eggs, dam built by who? Seems familiar, was it on the BBC? Or was it ITV? An old school sound, a glorious throwback to the killing jokes and birthday parties of those fine days – he’ll be the punch, you’ll be the bruise, he the artist, you the muse, he’ll make things wrong, you’ll put things right. An East London based sextet, almost a throwback, a proper band, an old school menace, a swagger, a gun club of a swagger, old school swamp rawk from East London, old school East London, not the gentrified coffee-drinking version we growl at now. A strutting album, struggling for balance, high heels on, bodies or whatever buried over yonder, a hint of a threat, a sawn-off shotgun of an album, an impolite album, drinking for when you need to drink far too much in the afternoon, an album that sounds like a lot of swaggering menacing guitar bands from back there without ever crossing the line and getting too close for comfort to any of them. Late night bars, sleaze that may just lead you to that Hackney mortuary if you don’t take care, an album that demands volume, a set or taunts, a tease, a well dressed attitude that demands you listen (or else), claustrophobic, rumbling, low-slung bass to the front, words to the front, drums to the front, attitude to the front, everything to the front, the worlds of Nick Cave, of Miraculous Mule, Tom Waits, Killing Joke, all frayed around the edges and with a burning in the back of your throat, hey pissboy, you spunked all your money…. but you don’t need all these words, you’ve got links, you’ve got ears…. here you go, here’s the album

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And while we’re here, Unstoppable Achievers, effortless easypeeeeeesy….

 

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ORGAN THING: A Fete Worse Than Death, “I was at the original. I remember a guy from The Flying Medallions fell from a quite high stage on to…”

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A FETE… – 2014

A cup of tea and a slice of life…..That’s Nice!… Here’s three gnarly old videos and things, faded old videos, a slice of life from 1994, and three great bands who played the original Fete Worse than Death thing that we were happily (triumphantly?) celebrating or marking or commemorating or whatever you want to call what we were happily (positively) doing in the streets of Shoreditch and the glorious sunshine of Saturday.

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A FETE… – 2014

Saturday did feel gloriously good, a celebration of a legacy, a glorious day alive with creativity, with the glorious art of doing things, of engaging, a brilliant day shared with good people and a sense of things still just about being possible (Darren Coffield, Alice Herrick, Sam Walker and their teams deserve a big thanks, they put in lots of work to make it all happen, these things don’t just happen).

A FETE... - 2014

A FETE… – 2014

The original event probably felt a little more spontaneously dangerous (a lot more dangerous?), East London is not really a dangerous place now, not in terms of putting on an art event in a street, an art event has almost become the comfortable norm now, a good norm in many many ways, a better woolworths maybe? Not really a climate that fosters artistic danger though, we’ve got coffee shops and cliched conformist street art everywhere now, an artistic safety net on every corner, you kind of expect to encounter a naked man covered in shaving foam and paint when you go out in East London now, that probably is a good thing isn’t it? Don’t ask me, what do I know? You seem to like those Basquiet copies churned out on a production line, you seem content with East End street art and street artists and their “managers” and “agents” . not brave enough to go any further than another one like the one they already made last week, another Star Wars stencil (yes but look at the technique, so clean, perfect!) that and the 47th Geisha girl he painted this year (when the train lines were far more exciting and alive), the cynical business of street art, of walking tours, £30 quid a go and another new book to buy at the end of it all, no, going off on another tangent.  I was only here today for a flying medallion and a cup of tea, a slice of life, a hole in the sky, sunglasses worn on head, that’s nice…Four bedroom house, that’s nice… somewhere to hang your new… no, stop, pass me the explosives Joshua… and ues, casting on the street outside the old Foundary was dangerously good….

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East London is a (far too) comfortable place in terms of art now, almost taken for granted –  art abound on every corner, music going off and things, but there is the creep of coffee houses, coffee shops – more a complete take over of coffee shops, a rash of coffee shops for the professional talkers to sit outside and discuss house prices and holidays and have you seen what Thomas is doing darling, isn’t he simply wonderful. The coffee might be out of pocket range of most real locals, the few that haven’t been gentrified out alongside the retreating artists who lived here when no one else wanted to,  at least the art is free to explore and this is not the time and place for a stream of angry consciousness and the spewtum of reptile smegfridge urbanists with their fake hippy smiles and their failure to grasp how the real people survive around here as they push them out and explain how their seven pound a shot sandwiches are for the locals and the workers and how they really are all about community and not about forcing the real creativity and the real pubs and spaces that breathed the life in to the place that they now gravitate to with their cold-hearted tech hubs and their fancy “me me me I curated this” press-released words. No! going off on another tangent and things, Joshua’s stick of dynamite would have come in handy…. I was only here for a bit of Flying Medallions, We Love Everybody & Everything’s Great

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A FETE… – 2014

We’ve  had twenty years since the original Fete, we’ll probably look back at these past twenty years as some sort of golden age of artists, bands, people, zine makers, performers being able to find space and do it ourselves – our creative building are being closed now, our squats and art spaces are now expensive rich-kid tech hubs and coffee shops, our venues gastro pubs… Now and again, East London is still a very exciting place to be dreating though, we’re having quite made our last stand yet and this is no time for a cynical smile or to go off on tangents and things, we need to enjoy our slice of life and a cup of tea, that’s nice. We Love Everybody & Everything’s Great.

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A FETE… – 2014

Got in to several conversations about the bands who played the original event at A Fete of Saturday, most of it went along the lines of aren’t you the person (or mouthy bastard and one smiling face put it)  who did that Organ thing, do you remember Flying medallions playing? Whatever happened to Huge Baby or Cay or the East London mouths that were Gog Magog or Cardiacs or, Gog Magog were our finest moment, if there was an East London fight to start they were there, didn’t play at the Fete, were delighted to get a gig at a Shed 7 fan club meeting once, they really did kick off there, Orient in the the house! Only booked the gig so they could have a fight – painted on most of their old 7″ers now, sold the last of them last Saturday, two quid a go. … .

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Twenty years ago we were busy with our aircraft carrier called Organ, it sank without trace a few years later you might say we somewhat foolishly set sail again in another called Cultivate) . Organ was almost a “proper” thing back there, we were almost always busy hand-painting Huge Baby 10″ single covers or thousands of hand painted Organ zine covers, or throwing pink enamel on dayglo Angel Interceptor gatefolds, it was good to encounter a few who remembered yesterday – you might have enjoyed encountering Minty, but some of us had to clean up the glorious mess on stage afterwards! .

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A FETE… – 2014

“In 1993 Leigh Bowery formed the band Minty with friend and former 1980s knitwear designer Richard Torry, Nicola Bateman and Matthew Glammore. Their single “Useless Man” “Boot licking, tit tweaking useless man…” which was remixed by The Grid along with their twisted onstage scatological performances caused The Sun to describe them as the “sickest band in the world”, of which Bowery was very proud”

Yesterday was a great day, yesterday in Rivington Street was good, we may be awash with coffee shops and rents none of us can afford now, and if somebody did make Hoxton hip then it might partly be his fault! Although tales told last weekend of how he wanted to blow a few galleries and statues and such up almost as much as we wanted to blow up the Barfly at the time, no, I was only here to post an old Flying Medallion video, enough of this….

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A FETE… – 2014

East London may not foster real artistic danger now but there are a lot of good things here and art (some good, some bad) is everywhere,  the climate is different, we’re worlds away from the almost artless desperation of 1994, they were almost bleak times where we were forced ot make it happen. times when nothing much was really happening and you could get away with making spin paintings without people laughing at them, they were great times, there was lots of fights, the streets were almost vicious, people were forced to do things themselves, make things happen, squat gigs, festivals. buildings taken over for last minute art shows. it wasn’t all handed to you on plate with a latte and a cupcake … enough of this nonsense, all I wanted to say is Saturday was great and it was good to talk with good people about the aircraft carrier that was (and sometimes still is) Organ.   I don’t think I ever met Joshua, might have done, don’t think I did, not sure. Anyway, just wanted to celebrate a few of the bands who played back there ’94 while were were celebrating what Joshua Compston did for us all directly or indirectly…. Saturday was good, Saturday was great, there were many good things about Saturday, no ques lining up for a slice of street art for a start, it wasn’t about making  money yesterday, it was just about doing and being and coming together, a celebration, and no need for any cynical smiles from anyone, didn’t mean to write all this, I was just here for a bit of the Medallions, a Raincoat in the sunshine and a cup of Minty tea, it was nice yesterday, “that’s nice” said the woman buying Julia Maddison sweets with the fuck off label tied to them….

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“I was at the original. I remember a guy from The Flying Medallions fell from a quite high stage on to the concrete below and get up as if nothing had happened. I remember Leigh Bowery “giving birth” to a bloodied Nicola – and in storage I have my own tape recording of the band that headlined which somehow have been omitted from this write-up – The Raincoats. I also bought a T-Shirt as I was leaving – price cut to £1.99 as they were trying to shift them. I still have it somewhere” Lee McFadden.

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A FETE… – 2014

“Compston is perhaps best remembered for his collaborative street events, the first of which was ‘The Fête Worse than Death’, an anarchic swipe at the notion of a traditional village fête staged in Hoxton in the summer of 1993. Several artists, including Gavin Turk, Gillian Wearing, Matt Collishaw, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas and Gary Hume manned stalls selling art and providing entertainment. The fête included some of the biggest, yet still then unknown, stars of the art world, including Damien Hirst and Angus Fairhurst, who famously dressed as clowns producing the first spin paintings at the fête (for sale at the princely sum of £1). In 1994, his second ‘Fête Worse Than Death’ featured performances that included Gavin Turk’s ‘Killers and Cannibals’, Cerith Wyn Evans’ ‘People should beg God to stop’ and Leigh Bowery’s neo punk band Minty.

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A FETE… – 2014

The Hanging Picnic’, Compston’s third and final summer event, was an art exhibition and picnic. Compston selected objects by 25 artists, including Iain Forysthe, Jane Pollard, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, to hang on the railings of Hoxton Square. The cover of the flyer had an image of Gary Hume’s feet coated in strawberry jam, a fitting image for a curated picnic”.

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A whole load of photos from last Saturday’s Fete, here

ORGAN THING OF THE DAY: Wilderness Hymnal, apocalyptic piano rock from beneath the Manchester smog…

ORGAN THING OF THE DAY: Some “apocalyptic piano rock from beneath the Manchester smog”.

“An ambiguous swirl of discord and melody, Wilderness Hymnal is the brain-and-body child of GHR Leeming, a channel for the sound of unearthly wonder mixed with a barely-contained rage, like Ulver and Neurosis jamming with Tori Amos in a collision of pianos, drums, synthesizers, found sounds/field recordings and ominous vocals”.

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ORGAN THING(s) OF THE DAY: More GUERILLA TOSS, TOASTERS, DAS FLUFF and new food from THE BOB LAZAR STORY

toasters_einhoven2Monday things from the fractured pit of a sunken aircraft carrier that is the thing that was once Organ. Today we are mostly cleaning up the mess left after the weekend. No time for Organgrinding today, no time for toasting toast or toasters of fluff or Guerilla Toss or exclaiming or self-indulgent prog rock or anything else.

Here’s some more new DAS FLUFF wanting to get inside your brain, how much? “Berlin based dark-electro pop outfit Das Fluff will be releasing their new AA single ‘One Cent Plus Postage / Shut The F**k Up’ on Metal Postcard Records” on July 28th, they just posted this new video.

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Meanwhile “Boston freaks GUERILLA TOSS have been making frightening noise-funk jams for the past two years. The band’s newest material, a tape entitled 367 Equalizer, comes to us as the second addition of a series curated by Diarrhea Planet’s Casey Weissbuch in collaboration with Infinity Cat. The new tape features dense grooves with elaborate, exactlingly peformed arrangements. As resistent as the band is towards ever featuring conventional melodies, their songs consisently tap into a viscerally infectious vibe, crafting hooks from strange noises and yelps”.

367 Equalizer is out today on cassette via Infinity Cat. You can stream the tape below.

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Them TOASTERS have been busy in Eindhoven

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New from The BOB LAZAR STORY, Prog Rock from Christchurch, New Zealand and a new rather mellow EP that will do something for your instrumental wind and wuthering

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ORGAN THING OF DAY: Exclaiming at A Fete Worse Than Death, A better Woolworths, celebrating the life and legacy of Joshua Compston and…

ORGAN THING OF DAY:   Exclaiming at A Fete Worse Than Death, A better Woolworths, celebrating the life and legacy of Joshua Compston, East London and the act of doing, connecting, the art of community and the day in photos as seen from behind and around the Cultivate stall in Rivington Street, Shoreditch…. (click on a photo to enlarge or for the slide show), the words come later….

photos – SW / Marina

ORGAN THING OF THE DAY: New GUM TAKES TOOTH single and video

gumtakestoothartORGAN THING OF THE DAY- New GUM TAKES TOOTH….

No time for Organgrinding today, here’s the words blantantly cut ‘n paste record company press release:

London experimental duo Gum Takes Tooth announce the release of a new single, ‘Buried Fires’, via Endtyme Records on Monday 4th August, backed with a remix by Cut Hands.

Issued on limited edition 7” vinyl with screenprinted sleeves, the a A-side sees Gum Takes Tooth delve deeper into powerfully propulsive West African-influenced drum polyrhythms, floorboard rippling electronics and whispering psychedelia.

For side B ‘Buried Fires’ is remixed by William Bennett, formerly of seminal Power Electronics outfit Whitehouse, under his Afro futurist moniker Cut Hands. The tempo is slowed to a vicious and menacing crawl, spraying spumes of acrid venom with each earth-shaking step in an entranced ritual of demonic summons.

Visual art & video editing by Rebecca Salvadori.  Released on Endtyme Records

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Live footage of a collaboration between Gum Takes Tooth and Jaxson Payne at Corsica Studios, London UK. Video by Ethan Race.