ORGAN PREVIEW: Gryphon – crumhorn-wielding at the Union Chapel

gryphon_unionchapel_flyeGryphon are on tour, this is a very very good thing, Gryphon are gloriously beautiful, they’re like Bagpuss or strawberry jam on toast, they’re like every good thing from back there when all was good, pipe organs and tank engines and crumhorn-wielding and jousting and as cool as f. And tomorrow is the final night of their rather unexpected current tour – It has been a long time coming and so it is with enormous pleasure that we announce the Gryphon “None the Wiser” tour. – Gryphon bring their unique blend of English prog, refined folk and mediaeval warmth to London’s Union Chappel

Gryphon is the oldest and the newest thing – a legendary British band that’s as exhilarating, energetic, unpredictable and addictive now as it was when the band last toured, in the 1970s. At that time, no-one could pigeonhole Gryphon. The band appeared on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3 and 4, all in the same week. They appeared with Yes at Madison Square Garden and Houston Astrodome, played festivals, folk clubs and cathedrals. They wrote the music for Sir Peter Hall’s National Theatre production of The Tempest at the Old Vic and subsequently became the first Band to ever play in this prestigious venue. Now Gryphon is back, reinvented and mixing old and new material. The virtuoso musicianship and composing flair that marked the band out in the ‘70s has been pushed even further.

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Members of Gryphon have worked with Musica Reservata, Paul McCartney The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Kate Bush, John Williams and the other John Williams, Elvis Costello, Home Service, Hans Zimmer, Desmond Dekker, David Byrne, The Albion Band, the Royal Choral Society to name but a few. New recruit and old friend Graham Preskett has played with everyone from Van Morrison to Cher, arranged the strings for Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street, and contributed mandolin to Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, tango violin to Moulin Rouge and harmonica to Thelma and Louise.

Individually or in combination, the members of Gryphon have been involved in mediaeval mummers plays and the Cambridge Footlights, led the pit orchestra for West End theatre hits like Anything Goes and performed at events ranging from Glastonbury, Cambridge and Cropredy to major cultural festivals in Europe. They have written concertos for guitar, viola and recorder and scored countless films and television series. Guitarist Graeme Taylor is currently M.D for the smash-hit West End production of War Horse, and was also M.D for The National Theatre’s revival of The Mysteries. Brian Gulland – the wild-eyed, wild-haired, crumhorn-wielding warrior-wizard whose iconic presence seemed to define the band – moved to France for a stint with Malicorne before returning to his UK roots as a member of the much-loved New Scorpion Band.

Gryphon’s music? It’s just as it always was – odd, different, good-humouredly dazzling and acoustic, with crumhorns and bassoon alongside guitars, keyboards and imaginative percussion, played by singer Dave Oberle. Every gig involves roughly 40 instruments, so the textures can be pretty varied and unfamiliar.

Gryphon, as ever, is the antidote to genres. Whatever you expect, you’ll get something different, surprising, and exciting. Whatever you get, it’ll make you wonder why these guys have left it so late to crank up the engines and get out on the road again. But, believe me, it’ll always be worth the wait.

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– See more via the Union Chapel site

 

ORGAN THING: A new video from William D Drake’s fine new album…

videograbbwebOrgan Thing Of The Day; William D Drake has a new video  “William D.Drake proudly presents ‘Distant Buzzing’ – the official video, directed and produced by Ashley Jones. ‘Distant Buzzing’ is the opening track on ‘Revere Reach’, the new William D.Drake album, a hearty, joyous tune with lyrics penned by Mr Drake’s great friend Mr James Kelsey-Fry. The video is a merry romp with William D.Drake and his band of affectionate friends – fleeting moments invoke memories of Mr Drake’s days in Cardiacs long ago…..

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The Organ review of the new William D. Drake album is here. “Revere Reach” is available from 15th June 2015 on Onomatopoeia Records.

‘Distant Buzzing’ Video Credits: William D. Drake: Voice box and keyboards, Andrea Parker: Voice box, James Larcombe: Keyboards and voice box, Richard Larcombe: Guitars and voice box, Nicola Baigent: Saxophones and flute, Jon Bastable: Bass, Stephen Gilchrist: Drums, Chris Powell: Percussion, The Consultant: Encouragement, Jamie Kelsey-Fry: The Lyric Wrangler, Anita: Donkey Sarah: Mr Drake’s glamorous assistant Dandy: Herself Music by William D. Drake Lyrics by Jamie Kelsey-Fry

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Here’s some live TROJAN HORSE, filmed  ive at Westminster Kingsway College, London
23 May 2013

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Jurapsyche Park is from the album World Turned Upside Down

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And here’s something from a few years back from The Books, for no other reason than we like it and it passed our way the other day and we wondered if it hadever passed your way? “Musique tirée de l’album Thought for Food de The Books“.

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More of this later, maybe….

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ORGAN THING: Here To Be Heard, The Story of the Slits…

slits_squareWhere were we? Falling off the edge? Close to the edge? Over the edge? Sitting in a hedge? The Slits? One of the finest bands ever and for more than one reason.They were one of those bands that just stopped you the first time you heard them (probably via John Peel).

“Here to be Heard: The Story of The Slits” is a feature length documentary film about first wave British Punks, first all girl punk band, and the godmother’s of Punky Reggae The Slits, to be released Fall 2015. The film chronicles the life, art, struggle, and passion of the women involved from the bands birth in 1976 to the death of lead singer Ari Up in 2010 and beyond.

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The film began as the vision of Slits lead vocalist Ari Up who wanted to see the struggle and passion of herself and the beautifully strong women around her brought to the masses. After Ari’s passing, Jennifer Shagawat enlisted the help of her longtime friend William Badgley to help her finish the film.

Now they are nearly done! The interviews are shot. The film is over half edited and now they are just seeking the final funds they need to clear the archival for the film, with great deals that are already in place”.  More from facebook.com/slitsdoc

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And here’s something fresh from Brooklyn’s Clean Girls….

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More of this tomorrow, maybe…..

 

 

ORGAN THING: Hanging art at the scene of the Battle of Broadway Market, film-maker Emily James and something new from Synthetic Organs…

play_warehouse01ORGAN: THING OF DAY Ten years on from the Battle of Broadway Market and a film by Hackney-based film maker Emily James.

Bit of cross pollination today, and a bit on the #365ArtDrops thing (see the whole piece as it stands so far via the #365ArtDropsTumblr feed)  This piece, part 90, was deliberately left hanging by the front of the boarded up one time much-loved community cafe in the middle of Broadway, Hackney, East London. The boards are used for “officially sanctioned” public art now, wonder if any of the artists, or indeed the gallery who have their logo painted on those boards, know what went on there. How long has in been boarded up now? Really wanted an excuse to post this film (by ) up on-line. “in late November of 2005, a small café in the East End of London was due to be demolished to make way for a block of flats. On the eve of the demolition, a handful of local residents occupied the café to stop the demolition. I started filming on the first day of the protest, following them through the long cold winter of their occupation”. Ten years on from the “battle” and East London is being pulled apart. The pubs, the cafes, the music venues, the creative spaces, the art spaces…

as someone who’s been in this neighborhood a long time, I’m very pleased that I was able to document that critical moment of turn and resistance. Can’t believe it’s been nearly a decade since then, and how much further the gentrification has gone then we even dreamed back then!” (Emily James)

#365ArtDrops Part 90

#365ArtDrops Part 90

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#365ArtDrops Part 90

#365ArtDrops Part 90

xxx More from film maker Emily James, a  feature-length documentary about UK climate activism called Just Do It… ‘a smart, funny, adrenalised portrait of 21st-century activism’ Danny Leigh – The Guardian

“Just Do It lifts the lid on climate activism and the daring troublemakers who have crossed the line to become modern-day outlaws. Documented over a year, Emily James’ film follows these activists as they blockade factories, attack coal power stations and glue themselves to the trading floors of international banks despite the very real threat of arrest”. justdoitfilm.com

And before we go some good looking eye food and some rather fine electronic ear candy from Synthetic Organs. A remix of ‘Worshore’ the opening track on ‘A Roar From A Northern Shore’ by Synthetic Organs. ( Vocal from a bastardized poem by Robert Montgomery on the back page of a Strike Magazine. Strike is a bi-monthly newspaper, “we deal in politics, philosophy, art, subversion and sedition”)

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More of this tomorrow, maybe….

 

ORGAN: The artist line up for 2015 Art Car Boot Fair has been announced…..

The Artists line up for the 2015 Annual Brick Lane Art Car Boot Fair has been announced. Now in an eleventh year, one of the highlights of the London art year happens in that car park just off Brick Lane, this year on Sunday 15th June.  A day when art lets its hair down for a day, people hang out in a car park, and, should you wish it, lots of very reasonably priced art to buy

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THE LONDON LINE-UP
Gavin Turk · Sir Peter Blake · Tracey Emin · Bob & Roberta Smith · Rachel Howard & True Rocks · Polly Morgan · Jessica Voorsanger · Pure Evil  · Turps Banana with Marcus Harvey ·Trolley Books · Oisin Byrne · Jake Chapman · Matt Small ·  Ben Eine ·  Emin International  · Jessica Albarn · Lisa Milroy · Eleanor Bedlow · Anna Smithson · Kristjana S Williams · Richard Strange & The Daylight Cabaret · Pam Hogg · Dolores de Sade ·Paul Kindersley · Ian Dawson · Marty Thornton · Carla Borel · Boo Saville · Simon Bill ·Simon Linke · David David · The Bethnal Green Working Mens Club  · Galerie Simpson · Geoff Towns & Dylan Thomas Mobile Book Store · Jealous Gallery  · Ellie Popp · Outline Editions  · James Unsworth · James Birch & Theatre of Dolls · Nina Fowler ·Nina Saunders and Red · Tracey Neuls · Bumble & Earwig   · Herrick Gallery with Maria Teresa Gavazzi, Jeffrey Disasternaut · Keeler Tornero · Mark Jones · Darren Coffield · Wilma ‘Surfmama’ Johnson · Paul Sakoilsky · The Idler Academy · Nick Reynolds · Kim Wagner · Silvia Ziranek · Schoony · Core Arts and The Bethlehem Boys Club · Cliff Pearcey · Moniker Projects with  Ben Eine ·  Andrew Cunningham ·  Barley Massey · David J Batchelor ·Jake Clarke · Ivan Black · Lily Rose Thomas · The Binnie Sisters · WildCat Will · Poppy Allen ·Cloud Nine Marshmallows ·X-Ray Fog · Simon ‘Fork-out’ Thomas · Outside World Allstars· Rick Blackshaw and Scrawl Collective · Swifty · Carolyn Gowdy · Matt Rowe · Folkestone Fringe · Kate Knight · Joseph Gibson · Cultivate . Sean Worrall – Emma Harvey  . Quiet British Accent · Julia Maddison . Twinkle Troughton · The Juncture · Misha Milovanovich · FRAME London · Carrie Reichardt · Alteria Art · Baron Magazine · Sadie Hennessey · Smithson Gallery ·Soho Art Society ·Hepatitis C Trust · Mrs Jones

Plus! Electric Dog · Nude Espresso · Bar de Cru · St John Bread & Wine · Bean About Town And NEW for 2015! Richard Strange’s Cabaret Futura presents the Daylight Cabaret featuring: Sarah Jane Morris! Tim Etchells! The Band of Holy Joy! Oh Standfast! Kria! and Silvia Ziranek! Plus ASTONISHING CHARITY AUCTION to boot…more details coming soon!

Some photos from the Cultivate 2014 boot… click on an image to enlarge or run the slide show

ORGAN THING: Upsilon Acrux, Auxiliary Mammals, Chastity Belt….

#365Art Drop part 114

#365Art Drop part 114

ORGAN THING OF THE DAY? A bag load of things for Monday, ‘ere, have a slice of the rather impressive new video made to accompany another fine moment from Upsilon AcruxSmells Kline is a prog as flip track from the L.A band’s excellent new album, Upsilon Acrux are a band who are more about prog rock as an attitude, as a feeling, a celebration, a band challenging themselves rather than trying to show us how well they can play, nothing more tedious than a clinical math rock band, Upsilon Acrux are the antidote to all that look how well well can play tedium, nothing ruins music more than musicians. Upsilon Acrux are one of the very best bands out there right now…

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Auxiliary Mammals just said, “Hey , Auxiliary Mammals is a noise-rock band based in Baltimore, MD (USA). Our main influences are: Daughters, Arab on Radar, and The Jesus Lizard. Here’s a Bandcamp link to our demo which we released in October 2014″, I guess they want a review or something? Like we said before, no need to review things these days, if we think it worth bothering with then all we need to throw at you is the music and the link, Auxiliary Mammals are certainly worth bothering with…

 

Chastity Belt, have just announced a London date, not that we’re wishing the summer away already you understand, it happens on October 16th at White heat, here’s the Facebook event page should you feel the need, here some previous Organ coverage

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ORGAN THING: Guitars at the Dentist, Call The Cops, Piss on Authority, a good old D.I.Y hardcore punk rock fest this weekend in North London, and some Bill Drake gigs…

dentist33_mayORGAN THING OF THE DAY..  One week on, let’s not mention the damn election, off to the Dentist instead, that or some defiantly D.I.Y old school hardcore beer-spilling punk rock noise, that or some William D. Drake sunshine. Bill has some more live dates to go with that fine new album (reviewed here a couple of weeks back)  Mr Drake pretty much has his perfect band together now, these dates could be something special, more down the page, first the dentists and the old school crust attack….

Saturday at the Dentist.  The Dentist? Well an old corner shop that once housed a dentist and now is home to a stripped-back-to-the-basics intimate music and art venue. You find the space at 33 Chatsworth Road, London E5  Really like the Dentist space, it has a real old-school feel, no gentrification here, just good people using a old East London corner shop as a welcoming creative space  

This weekend at the Dentist is all revolves around guitars and three guitarist each releasing an album. 

dentist_front“Marking the vinyl release of three hefty solo guitar statements by three of the form’s most expansive proponents, the Dentist presents a Saturday night survey of the contemporary guitar scene in 3 flavours”  The Facebook event page and full details of the line up is here  The gig features DEAN McPHEE on Fender Telecaster, valve amplifier and effects pedals, .playing “mind manifesting, melodic, echo-laden selections from his forthcoming Hood Faire LP release Fatima’s Hand” alongside NICK JONAH DAVIS on 6 string Martin acoustic and Weissenborn guitars, apparently Nick “spins wordless tales, natural processes and weather systems from his new Lancashire & Somerset LP The House Of Dragons.  And n Harmony Stratophone & 1959 Watkins Westminster 14w you have C JOYNES playing “well travelled tunes from his impeccably named Alt-Vinyl release 33 Chatsworth Road (Recorded here in the kitchen at the Dentist by Cam Deas)”

 


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And the visit to the dentist all sounds a little too peaceful and relaxed for you then our friends from the Minesweeper Colelctive will screen print on your panties and things over at Bambos Fest this weekend….

A WORLD WE NEVER MADE & MADE IN THE METH LAB PRESENT: THE ONE & ONLY. NEVER TO BE REPEATED. BAMBOS BIRTHDAY BASH BONANZA!!!!!

This year, Amandine, Aleksya & Campos will be celebrating the year of the Bambos together and you’re all invited!! Not only is this a birthday celebration for a few very special Bambi but also a bit of a festival with a bunch of bands playing from A World We Never Made & Made In The Meth Lab and maybe even a few surprises in store for the lucky Bambi!!

bambofest_flyerDAY ONE: FRIDAY 15th MAY

A WORLD WE NEVER MADE STAGE (MAIN ROOM): – 2 SICK MONKEYS – 12:30pm / THE DOMESTICS – 11:30pm, RAW (ITA) – 10:30 pm ZIPLOCK – 9:30pm, ILL GOTTEN GAINS – 8:30pm, SHITHOUSE – 7:30pm,

MADE IN THE METH LAB STAGE (FRONT BAR):  CALL THE COPS (ITA) – 1:00am, SEWER TRENCH – 12:00, THIS ENDS HERE – 11:00pm, ACID SHARK – 10:00pm, THE MIGRAINES – 9:00pm, THE DUB RIGHTERS – 8:00pm, CULT SYNDROME – 7.00pm

DAY TWO: SATURDAY 16TH MAY

AWWNM STAGE (MAIN ROOM) ABSOLUTIST – 01:30am, HUMAN CULL – 12:30am, PISS ON AUTHORITY -11:30pm, SICKPIG – 10:30pm, SHOT! – 9:30pm, CRIMINAL MIND – 8:30pm, BUTCHER BABY – 7:30

MITML STAGE (FRONT BAR) – RASH DECISION – 1:00am, NOISE COMPLAINT – 12:00, MONOLITHIAN – 11:00pm, BLEACH – 10:00pm, PINTS – 9:00pm, NUKE ON ROUTE – 8:00pm,  VOLATILE IDEA – 7:00pm

A two day punk rock fest then, a bag load of politely named bands, all happening at T.Chances, 389 Tottenham High Road, London, N17 6QN, Two stages, two days, distro and info stalls, cheap bar and food, £8 entry each day, £15 two day ticket, more on the Facebook page… And  “bring your own t-shirt/jacket or panties to be printed with the logo of the bands during the night by The Minesweeper Collective

And before we go, following on from that WILLIAM D DRAKE album review a few days back, “fresh from a supreme, rapturously received performance at the Alphabet Business Convention the band will be delighted to entertain you live in coming months. Accordingly, there will be a number of shows and events in celebration of the album including”:

May 22nd at Schott Music Shop. London. “Pawformance’** – this is an especially intimate piano only show – tickets essential so we’re told. 18th June  Marc Riley BBC Radio 6 Music – Live Session** 5th July more seaside treats at Komedia. Brighton and 14th July  Lexington. London*. Read the Organ review of Bill’s new album here 

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Some days all it needs is a decent no messing Stoner Rock band…

Cavalli_coverSome days all it needs is a decent no-messing bang-on-the-nail riffed-to-the-gills old school jump in the red shark and ride through the desert Stoner Rock band.  Cavalli are a London based trio who’ve been around since the end of 2014, a classic guitar, drums, bass three piece and a glorious sound we’ve all heard before. Here’s their debut release, recorded over in Deptford, South London, excellent opening statement of intent..

 

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More of this tomorrow….. maybe

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R.I.P Chris Burden, L.A.-based conceptual artist Chris Burden…

R.I.P Chris Burden, L.A.-based conceptual artist Chris Burden, 69, has died.

Chris Burden was extremely funny” (Gregory Jacobsen) .‘He was every inch an artist, as tough and uncompromising as any I have ever met,’ (art dealer Larry Gagosian)

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CHRIS BURDEN - Time Kills

CHRIS BURDEN – Time Kills

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“James Kalm picked up a copy of ARTFORUM Magazine and was transfixed. It was the early 1970s and the featured artist was Chris Burden. Reading about his extreme performance works, your correspondent was held in a state somewhere between repulsion and admiration. This retrospective, the artist’s first appearance in New York in several years, presents a selection of works from his forty year career spanning a wide breadth of media and conceptual approaches. Chris Burden is considered universally as one of the most innovative performance artists, and his sculptural works push his audacious investigations of physicality into the realm of monuments.

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Chris Burden

Further reading:  Chris Burden, sculptor and performance artist, dies aged 69 at home in California

Further reading:  Chris Burden: “My God, are they going to leave me here to die?

Further reading: Chris Burden dies at 69: artist’s light sculpture at LACMA is symbol of L.A.

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ORGAN THING: New abstract experimentalism from Bristol’s LTO, the video work of Helen Plumb and more delicate things from C. Duncan…

Organ Thing Of The Day…. that’s what this evolved stripped down version of Organ is about, one thing, one thing left here for you to simply drop by and check out. Today we have this rather good looking video, the work of video maker Helen Plumb, a video that flow s so well with a piece of music called  Trabajar, a track taken from LTO‘s No Pasa Nada EP, something that came out on Injazero Records back on March 30th.

The full EP can be explore (and indeed bought) via the LTO Bandcamp page

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“A solo electronic producer based in Bristol, LTO first garnered attention and praise in 2011 as part of the Old Apparatus collective with their abstract experimental bass-driven music, submerged in swirls and fragments of otherworldly static and interference.

lto_coverNow working on solo music as well as with the collective, LTO’s first release under his own name is the characteristically mysterious No Pasa Nada EP, a heady cloud of greyscale sound design, ghostly timbres and deep sonics. It is at once challenging and mesmerizing, crafted in part from found sound and field recordings, treated and disguised beyond their origins. The result is a production neither fully organic nor mechanic, reminiscent of the fertile UK grime and dubstep scenes (delays, claps, 808 sounds are all present here) but with a nocturnal miasma and a fierce intellect. The influence of post-rock and modern classical music can also be heard throughout the record in its harmonic progressions, compositional structures and in its division between artist and output.The No Pasa Nada name and track titles – common Spanish verbs – are informed by LTO’s backpacking travels through South America, as much a field recording excursion as a cultural tour”.

More of Helen Plumb‘s recent impressive video making, this time a video made for something new from C Duncan.
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Here To There is a track from the forthcoming C Duncan LP ‘Architect’, due for release by FatCat Records in July 2015. Previous C.Duncan coverage here.
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And that’s it, today’s Thing of The Day..  and here’s one of the artists heading to Play at the start of June
Meiko Kikuta

Meiko Kikuta

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