Organ thing of the Day. Monday things, music? Art? Paint? A thing? Left some things hanging on the street this weekend, sculpted some leaves that were there for that moment before the wind blew them away. Dominique Leone has a new album out, this of course is a very good thing….
Good to see this piece in the Guardian, well no, sad to see it, and very sad to hear of the passing away of Dickie Hammond, but you know what I mean…. “The death of guitarist Dickie Hammond last week could result in the demise of the greatest British punk band of the modern era…”
After a long period of poor health, Richard “Dickie” Hammond died last weekend, aged 50, in Sunderland. The news has been shattering to many – his friends raised thousands to pay for his funeral. Fifty is too young, even for a man who lived a life that was big and fast. But also because it most likely spells the true death for Leatherface, the greatest British punk band of the modern era, for whom Hammond played guitar. To fans of punk rock worldwide, this is heartbreaking… more here via the Guardian Rather think James McMahon has it right.
The #365ArtDrops piece is a year-long piece of work, 365 paintings on things found on the street and hung back out on the street for people to take for free should they wish. 315 of the parts have gone out now, it goes on, mostly in London, until December 31st. Part 313 was painted on a found piece of triangular off-cut wood found in a skip outside a woodwork yard in Hackney. Painted and hung on a wall just off Redchurch Street, East London last Sunday. Taken off the wall by a man called Jim who used the hashtag and tweeted about his find this morning.
The feedback, the social media feedback, the tweets and the photographs in an important part of this piece of work, news of where the pieces have got to , who has them, where they are hanging, which country they have tuned up in and such. I expect some have ended up in landfill.
Nice piece on the website of the East London arts newspaper East End Review about the drops – “Artist plans to leave 365 paintings on the streets during a year” reads the headline… “Public encouraged to spot, take home and tweet about paintings as part of guerilla art project” so reports Russell Parton “For painter Sean Worrall, the streets are the biggest gallery space of them all”. “Each artwork is hung on the street in a carefully chosen location and labelled with the hashtag #365ArtDrops. Those who take the paintings are encouraged to use social media to document the project as it evolves…. more here via East End Review
Album review: DOMINIQUE LEONE – San Francisco – Dominique Leone has a new album out this week, this of course is a very good thing, we pretty much know it wIll be good and that first collection of notes and the different way that he fits his musical jigsaw together confirms Clearly we are in for another set of musical treats, the San Franciscan makes sunshine, he makes insanely delightful avant pop, and yes, let’s get it out of the way upfront, it does taste of Cardiacs, it tastes of Cardiacs in the most positively brilliant of ways, never that obvious, the beauty in in there, it tastes of the less frantic frenetic side of Cardiacs if Cardiacs were to be from the sunshine and ice cream of San Francisco rather than squalor is alive of surburban Surbiton. San Francisco is a delightful album, a brilliant album, a bright album, a challenging full-bodied alive album, bold, clever, complex yet so so easy to get along with. There’s no one else quite like Dominique Leone and to talk of Cardiacs or Beach Boys or Zappa or Eels or Carpenters or Bobby Conn or Elton John anyone else really is just lazy.
These new songs are infectious, had them flowing here for a couple of days now, still five or six plays in an San Francisco is still sounding as fine as that first listen – the subtle glam-pop stomp of 40:60, the epic schmaltz of November… Mostly Dominique Leone is a song writer, a glorious song writer, the details he adds would be nothing without the skeleton of songs to wrap them around and pin the glorious details to Dominique tags his album “alternative avant pop, experimental pop, indie, electronica, prog pop”, that just about vaguely tell it as it is, this is some of the finest avant pop you are likely to hear, you don’t really need our words, go listen for yourselves (and don’t forget, artists can only make art as fine as this is we support them, do buy the album, those studios and that recording time and such, it all still costs money).
Freedom Rock is a parade of goodness with those jazzy bits of the insects scuttling, 40:60 is infectiously Beach Boys with a side serving of Efterklang, Princess is piano-good, none of it is ever as obvious as it might appear and songs, it really is all about songs, did he sound a little bit like Gilbert O’Sullivan gone a little bit William D Drake for a moment there? And because Dominique has is Bandcamp page set so we can only listen to the album a handful of times before we’re stopped and an annoying “it is time to support the artist and buy the download” message comes up… ” the half-formed review ends here… glorious album, I was just getting in to stride with the review…. it really is rather recommended (sw)
We’d love to buy every album we review or play on the radio (we don’t get paid for any of this, we might have listeners all over the globe and Resonance FM may have a big profile but no one gets paid, indeed we spend money getting there every week, we spend time putting it together). We’d really love ot but every piece of music we review and play, especially when the music is made by an independent artist, we’d really love to buy the music and we encourage others to do so. Frankly we can’t afford to buy it all, we’re well aware of the costs involved in making music, in making art, in making radio shows, in keeping something like Organ flowing year after year, we’re aware of the commitment, the sacrifice, the hardship that goes with the need to make music, to make art. Dominique’s new album would have been played on the radio last night if we had a spare $7 kicking around to buy the download, there’s quite a few things we’d like to play or cover or write about in one form or another, simple fact of the matter is that there just isn’t the budget to do so.. Do support the artists, the music makers. We understand Dominique’s frustration, but you musicians, bands, labels (readers, listeners) need to support the media who expose your creativity, your art, your art shows, the people who spend hours putting gig guides or webzines or the print zines together, those who write about your art or your opening or your new print or your new album or your next gig, the ones who tell people about the music, the art, the creativity, the things the mainstream media choose to almost always ignore.. (sw)
Enough of not eating because there’s more important things like paint to buy, onward with things…
And before we go, “A full recording of the Flipper/David Yow set! Good video/decent audio. Need more of that f**ked up guitar in the mix” –