Organ Thing of The Day? Did we say there would be one every day? We did? Way way too busy today digging up old estate agent boards and such for a thing of the day. Here, have some J.K Flesh for yer man from Godflesh and such is in town this Friday at London’s ever good Cafe Oto. Here’s a video and a whole load of stolen words “borrowed” off the Cafe Oto website. The gig is this Friday January 27th, that link to Cafe Oto you just passed will take you the page with all the details of the who when where and why.Digging out those boards took over the entire day today, that was the real thing…
“Justin K. Broadrick’s output is an intimidating one. Not because it is so incredibly raucous and dirty-sounding, for the most part. It’s just that there is so much of it. His earliest venture began, aged 15, with the recording of his first—and last—record with Napalm Death. From there he formed pioneering industrial metal group Godflesh, who released a slew of seminal albums on Earache throughout the ’90s. In the meantime he’d met Kevin Martin, AKA The Bug, and began experimenting with everything from dub and techno to hip-hop, breakbeat and rowdy ambience as Techno Animal. Together they produced four albums under the moniker, plus a collaboration with Porter Ricks, ultimately bowing out on the monolithic ‘The Brotherhood Of The Bomb’ for Matador in 2001.
In 1999 Broadrick founded Avalanche Recordings, which would serve as an outlet for some of his more expansive millennial work, namely as Final, Jesu and JK Flesh. Jesu was born from the ashes of Godflesh, a deeply genuine and emotional project that channeled all the raw anguish of his former band into more contemplative post-industrial and shoe-gazing song-structures. Final, a minimal ambient-guitar project—which actually pre-dates Godflesh—was recently picked up by Downwards, who put out the seven-track double vinyl ‘Black Dollars’ at the start of 2016. They backed ‘Nothing Is Free’ next, complete with Surgeon remix, credited this time to Broadrick’s JK Flesh guise. There’s also the somber and ethereal Pale Sketcher alias, which grew out of a remix album of Jesu material on Ghostly International.
JK Flesh debuted proper in 2012 with the album ‘Posthuman’ on 3BY3, but it’s lineage can be traced right back to Kevin“K-Mart” Martin and the pair’s psychedelic industrial techno project, The Sidewinder, which was picked up by Mille Plateaux in 1996. The studio pet-name would later become his surly alter-ego, as Broadrick explained to Resident Advisor in a 2012 interview: “Any remix I would do which had beats that were hard and involved any form of noise or sense of foreboding or threat, I would use the JK Flesh moniker. JK Flesh is the angry, hateful, disenchanted side of what I do with electronic beat-driven, bass-driven music. It’s got a lot more to boot.” And it does. There’s been the stinging ‘Worship Is The Cleansing Of The Imagination’ since, a split with Dominick Fernow as Prurient, and this year’s ‘Suicide Estate’ EP on Fernow’s own Hospital Productions. Now Electric Deluxe has the honour of bringing the next unrelenting JK Flesh album kicking and screaming into the world. Batten down the hatches and prepare for a perilous ride.
As we sit here on the other side of the water horrified, artist Shepard Fairey has said (via his Obey Giant website) that he “was incredibly inspired by the positivity and creativity” at the Women’s Marches. We covered the hope of his We The People thing a couple of days back. Likewise over here as artists marched with hundreds of thousands of others marched in London (and other cities), the feeling of creative unity and people coming together was (and is) strong)
WE THE PEOPLE – RISE ABOVE!
“The turnout for the Women’s marches all over the globe Sat. was absolutely phenomenal. I was blown away by the numbers, but mostly I was incredibly inspired by the positivity and creativity! There were lot’s of home-made WE THE PEOPLE signs as well as so many hand drawn signs with witty copy writing and great concepts. I was blown away by this picture my friend Bill McRight’s mom took in Florida. These women who painted themselves like two of the WE THE PEOPLE images went all out! There were zero arrests at the two largest marches in LA and DC!… proof that civility and respect are possible on a large scale. RISE ABOVE!” –Shepard
Meanwhile Courtney Love has been poking fun (via her Twitter feed) at Donald Trump and the “alternative facts” controversy by rewriting her bio using a series of unlikely claims. In a series of tweets, the Hole singer claims it was indeed fact that she was born in 1992 and that she has “never done drugs in my life” and “went to Yale and majored in Japanese history”, she’s the fact is “I have perfect pitch and the general consensus is that my vocals sound like an opera trained singer”
See, we really were digging out old estate agents boards, check out the 01 London dialing code at that one, these damn things do not decompose! Why were we digging out old estate agent boards and clearing a space? None of your business…