ORGAN: Five musical things, Sudden Infant, some new L7, solo stuff from Wolfhounds foundling Andrew Golding, French composer Quentin Sirjacq, Afro-fusion 8-piece band K.O.G & the Zongo Brigade…

Five musical things, really don’t want to be dancing on the head of a pin over this. Where were we? Bags of musical things cluttering up the in-box again, here’s five, here’s five pulled out from the many many things listened to that are worth our time and hopefully yours while we ponder why we are forced to have walk past that thing over there every day. Now why do so called street artists think it to be okay to impose their “art” on us all, what makes them think we want to be exposed to their bad bad stencils of dead pop stars everyday? We can choose to go into a gallery, we’re not forced to, we make the choice, we have no choice in terms of some of this really bad aft that blights the street, how many more bad Bowie paintings do we need imposing on our day? And what the hell is that other stuff on the street around the corner and why do they need to paint their name or their Twitter handle every time, is it all just an exercise in marketing ahead on the next print release? And don’t get us started on the price of Bikini Kill tickets again. Where were we? Who cares? Webspinners? Herbivores? Skinny little woodlice? Five pieces of music? Who cares about any of it, what would Turner say? And how disappointing were those Warhol show drawings in the flesh? More Gina Birch shoe paintings is what we need, that and bands who don’t just see us as cash cows or pension plans…

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Gina Birch

Five musical things then, five alive, five things….

1: Dragon Welding – The “debut solo release by Andrew Golding, founding member of C86 pioneers The Wolfhounds. “The Builders” is a hypnotic journey à la Moonshake about the gentrification of our cities. Under the moniker (aka anagram) of Dragon Welding, Andy releases a full self-titled album on Mar 15th 2019 with different styles nodding to Indie-Folk, The Notwist or (obviously) The Wolfhounds”. More details via the Bandcamp page, that second track he has up there sounds rather like New Model Army in a positive kind of way…

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2: Sudden Infant can be caught at London’s Cafe Oto next Monday March 4th

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“After 25 years of extensive solo works and collaborations throughout the Noise, Industrial and Experimental scene, Sudden Infant is now operating as a three-piece band with Joke Lanz on electronics & vocals, Christian Weber on bass and Alexandre Babel on drums. The international acclaimed noise project has transformed into a Dada-Punk-Noise-Rock trio. Their first band-album „Wölfli’s Nightmare“ in 2014 was produced by Roli Mosimann (Swans, Wiseblood). In the past Sudden Infant toured with Sleaford Mods and played alongside Wolf Eyes, Ben Frost, Merzbow, Derek Bailey, Jim O’Rourke, Thurston Moore, Steve Ignorant, just to name a few. The brand new 2018 album „Buddhist Nihilism“ was just released by Harbinger Sound UK. It was mixed and mastered by Martin Siewert (Radian) in his Vienna studio and very well received by critics and audiences”. Here’s a track taken from the recent Sudden Infant LP/CD Buddhist Nihilism n Harbinger Sound, released in 2018.

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3: L7 have announced their first studio album in 20 years. The new album, titled Scatter the Rats, is due out on May 3 on Joan Jett’s Blackhearts records. The title is said ot be a reference to producer Norm Block telling the group to rock out in order to “scatter the rats” holed up in the recording studio’s basement. With the announcement comes the release of the new album’s lead single “Burn Baby,”, the single will be released as a special Record Store Day 7” with b-side “Fighting The Crave.”

“When we decided to make a new record, Joan was there for us as the good friend she has always been,” singer/guitarist Donita Sparks said in a statement. “So great to stomp into Blackheart Records with her at the helm. We’re very excited to work with Joan and the entire Blackheart family. Just imagine the family dinners!” L7’s last proper album was 1999’s Slap-Happy, but the band released the singles “Dispatches from Mar-a-Lago” and “I Came Back to Bitch” in 2017 and 2018 respectively..

And well we’re here….

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4:: Afro-fusion 8-piece band K.O.G & the Zongo Brigade are pleased to announce the release of their debut album ‘Wahala Wahala’, released 8th March via Heavenly Sweetness, here’s a taste

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“Under the guidance of the outrageously talented Ghanaian force of nature Kweku Sackey, aka K.O.G, and the whirlwind of energy that is Jamaican rapper Franz Von, the Zongo Brigade deliver infectious, high-energy West African grooves via Sheffield, drawing on afrobeat, soul, funk, rock, hip hop and reggae which has fast gained recognition in London and all over the UK. K.O.G’s signature mix of high-energy songs, raps, operatic vocal effects, along with the hard-hitting patois raps from the spirited Franz Von and a dedicated band of serious musical badmen, has led the band to perform on some of the biggest stages. With a backdrop of unmistakeable African rhythms that include electric brass, thunderous percussion and sharp-edge guitar, ‘Wahala Wahala’ takes possession of the body as the words excite the mind. Racism, rejection, inequality, exile – the subject matter is always serious but the delivery irresistibly upbeat and rhythmic, guaranteed to get the feet moving because in every pain, there is also joy…” .

5: Quentin Sirjacq – “Hello” said someone via e.mail,”New music video by French composer Quentin Sirjacq “Companion”, Would you like to share it or review/feature the album?” Apparently the album came out on on February 22 on Japanese label Schole records. Here’s the video for the track “Variations” directed by Shin Kikuchi (public link, please do not hesitate to share): “Wish you a good day, Romain”. Here it is then, and here’s where you to find out more

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Here;s the full album via Bandcamp

Someone said the other day, that they had never heard of The Tubes, now surely that’s a situation that can’t be allowed to go on?

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130: YASMINE ROBINSON – I’ll Be Seeing You – Multimedia painting on roofing felt. 255cm x 205cm

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