Five time, five slices for Monday, five piece of music or bands or people making music or bits of birdsong or the who knows what? Five things that have come this way in the past week, five pieces of music you might like to take the time to check out? Five pieces we think you might think it worth clicking on and thinking about? D’ya think? That or just some music worth sucking up without thinking too much before you get on with whatever you need to be doing today, exploring a little, you’re five a day as advised by your caring sharing government health department, we are here for your good health. . What are you doing today anyway? How are you? You never say, silently sneaking around these pages without even as much as a good morning, how are you? Here’s your five, five a day is the government advise and we care a lot….
1; JOANNA WANG – Don’t ask who Joanna Wang is, we have absolutely no idea, we mentioned her last week with those Drakes, here she is again, we could go do some research but hey, why should we do it all? You go do the research then come back and tell us or maybe go tell someone else, go tell someone you heard about her here along with those Drakes and Mr Sterile Assembly and the glories of Brooklyn’s Big neck Police and….
“Joanna Wang (Chinese: 王若琳; pinyin: Wáng Ruòlín) is a Taiwanese-American singer-songwriter, daughter of renowned music producer Wang Zhi-ping (王治平) Born in Taipei but raised in Los Angeles, California, Wang dropped out from Gabrielino High School when she was 16. Her debut album, Start From Here, was released in January 2008 as a double-disc set, one in English and the other in Chinese. The album reached No.1 in Taiwan and has been popular throughout Southeast Asia. In June 2008, it was released in Japan. Her second album, Joanna & 王若琳, which includes her all-original endeavor, The Adult Storybook, was released in January 2009. As she was raised in the United States, Wang was exposed to many classic pop music acts, including but not limited to: The Beatles, Queen, and Oingo Boingo. Among her major influences are Danny Elfman, Yoeko Kurahashi (倉橋ヨエコ), Paul McCartney, and video game soundtracks, most notably those from the Castlevania, Zelda, and Mario series. She has stated in her YouTube videos and in interviews that she dislikes her debut and rejects it as her own work. Wang is a left-handed guitarist. She has performed some of her own work and has covered various popular songs in English and in Chinese on Taiwanese television programs. Starting in 2013, Joanna began occasionally performing with a band under the name Alferd Packer & The Weird Uncles. In March 2016, Joanna performed in a production of the musical Turn Left, Turn Right, based on the illustrated book of the same name, sometimes known as A Chance of Sunshine in English”
Joanna Wang 王若琳《Isn’t It Exciting? 這不是很令人興奮嗎?》
And then there’s this one, stick with out now, takes a couple of minutes to kick in, and what’s with that dog?Woodedn dog on wheels?
Joanna Wang 王若琳《The Rightful Heir 正當繼承人》
2: BIG NECK POLICE – Yes more, have another ten tracks, we might just feature them every Monday for the rest of the year. They’re from Brooklyn, check out last week’s five, we don’t need to repeat the words again do we? This apparently is a song called A Gringo Like Me, you can find it on their tape/LP called Don’t Eat My Friends, we posted that last week, we’ll probably post something again next week
Here, have some more…..
3: DARK MOON – Some kind of 70’s psychedelic soft rock and all Fleetwood Mac, but hey, kind of maybe like it, then I think excellent, yes, really like it, then I think well maybe not? And well, maybe? I do like the space that exists in the recording, that feel of it floating through the air on to the tape rather than being made on some soulless digital machine, they do sound like a proper band in a proper space making a proper record together, sounds like it needs to be on vinyl, preferably gatefold, they sound like they might just be the real deal? I think I like it (never did like Fleetwood Mac much)
“On November 25th, London-based psych-blues quartet Dark Moon release their epic debut album, ‘Lost in Love & Fear’. This multi-layered production marvel spans across 11 spacious, psychedelic soundscapes with ethereal vocals, vintage guitars and pounding drums, whilst exploring new territory with instruments of meditation and sound therapy” so says the hype that landed. There’s a track off it there, there’s some kind of launch party at London Fields Brewery, Hackney, East London on November 30th
London Fields Brewery? Not the most gig friendly place, not the most friendly place anyway, I could probably hit the damn place with a rock from our front door here, decent enough brew, but hey, London Fields Brewery? Bit like one of those coffee roasters that have imposed themselves rather than engaged with the community, bit like the pub over the street, well ex friendly local pub now being gentrified into some kind of fake retro gin palace for the beard-growers, mocking the people who thought Hackney home with the fake bits of we’ve been here since 1763 bulshit they;re carefully painting on the front of the soon to be opened ex local pub now to be some kind of fake retro gin palace – the place is setting off large alarm bells, and Dark Moon are setting off small alarm bells with their retro look and their tie-dyed sound and are they the real genuine honest deal or are they, rather like that already annoying soon to be open gin palace next to London Fields Brewery, are they trying just a little bit too hard to be the real vintage retro 70’s rock band deal? Cynical? Me? Surely not? We’ll sit up here in the fence, kind of like them, I think I do?
4: VERMONT have a second album ready to go early next year, here’s an early taste from Marcus Worgull & Danilo Plessow as they prepare to deliver the follow-up to their well received debut album. The new album “II” is out on February 10, 2017
Here some of the cut’n pasted hype from the record label, I never read this stuff, you might want to? Do like the album artwork…
“Following their much-acclaimed surprise debut album VERMONT from 2014, Motor City Drum Ensemble’s Danilo Plessow and Innervisions’ Marcus Worgull reunite for more synth daydreaming on the suitably titled “II”. The new outing continues where the first full-length left off, strolling further down the luminous and undulating path that the duo turned into, influenced in equal measures by kosmische, krautrock, minimal wave and synth soundtracks…” that link you just past will give you more if you need it.
5: STARSHA LEE – There they are all drenched in red and here’s some footage from a couple of gigs that happened recently, the band are all over London right now doing their postmodern thing. About time we caught up with them again – ORGAN: Starsha Lee, Deadcuts and a whole load of art, performance, smoke and red light at the Ritter-Zamet gallery, East London – they do need you to be in the actual room feeding off their raw energy and in your face and standing on your toes and sharing fluids rather than all detached and watching-on in comfort via youtube, here’s some footage from last Friday and some advance warning of the fact that Starsha Lee are at proud in Camden next, 10th December….
Five for this Monday, shall we do it all again next week or aren’t you that concerned? Do you need these musical prompts? Same time same place tomorrow? Maybe later today? Next Monday? The first ever Organ happened on fracture photocopied paper wrapped in a hand screen-printed cover back at the start of December 1986, surely we should have packed all this in by now? it was only ever going to be a one off thing, a one off handmade zine just for the hell of it, now a life-eating monster? Would I do it all again? Hell no, the damn thing ruined my life! If I remember rightly we had a big two day party to celebrate ten years, Cardiacs headlined it, at the Astoria, Porcupine Tree headlined the second day (sorry about that), a whole load of bands played. Did we celebrate twenty years or was it twenty one? An all night eleven hour non stop broadcast on Resonance FM all through the night until 11.00am. The very first Organ hits the streets on December 4th 1986, it was a fractured affair, messy, lo-fi, defiantly DIY, alive with exciting music, black and white collage and wrapped in spray-painted colour, bits of thrash metal and punk rock, bits of going off and things, some of it was fun, have a nice Monday… (sw)