ORGAN: Five Music Things – Axebreaker, an overdue catch up with Bratakus, Van Der Graaf Generator, Greg Nieuwsma does Terry Riley, Onetwothree, Maid of Ace and…

Five more musical things we found while poking aroud looking for other completely unrelated things, Five? The five music things thing again? Already? Five more? Again? Do we need a new editorial yet? Is there a point? Is there ever any point? What do points make? Shall we slip a word or two in for a change? Again and again and again (and again). Five more, same as last time (and the time before) five more musical things to explore, another five? Already? Alright already? Where’s did we put the plot? Dive? Five? Dave? Five more pieces of earfood? Back to back to back being back to the five musical things thing and the fractured music portal yet again (and again and again) and yeah, we did say all this last week and the weeks before and blah blah blah while the whole world window and no, we never do and the proof of the pudding and all that proof reading. It doesn’t really matter if it was a television fizzing and going off and things back then when we first heard of the Window going off and things. and like we did ask last time, does anyone bother reading the editorial? Does anyone ever actually look down the rabbit hole or is it all just method acting? Cut to the chase, we could just cut ‘n paste the editorial from the last time, there’s loads of music JUST down the page, well five or so pieces of music, cut to the damn chase, who needs an editorial? Who needs any of this? Who needs it, who needs it, just cut to the chase, who really needs any of this? Cynical who? Same what every day? Here’s your five, this is no ship of fools…

1: Van Der Graaf Generator – The fresh mixes continue to flow, here’s another piece of glorious beauty just let loose on line ahead of that much talked of (around here as much as anywhere else) box set… ORGAN THING: Van Der Graaf Generator, The Charisma Years – I mean, catch hold of that BBC session version of Killer from 1970 and tell me it isn’t laced with punk rock danger… It is important to do more than preach to the already converted…

Okay, I confess, the distractions were cleared as soon as the postman handed it over, straight to Plague of Lighthouse Keepers, and of course it sounds wonderful, how could it not? It could have been any number of tracks really but that was the one that originally pulled me in. It is slightly strange without the crackles and all shining and bright, like someone fresh from the dentist with a new set of teeth or a painting just back from the restorers with so much colourful detail revealed, bits you maybe knew were there and weren’t sure if you could see them before or you just maybe imagined them? But is is too clean? This is going to take a little getting to know, and yes, if I am still here this time next year will I reach for these new mixes or the original piece of well played much loved vinyl? It is like seeing and hearing a “better” (almost flawless) version of yourself in the mirror, or meeting your better other self, the one that isn’t cracked and busting… read on

2: Axebreaker, new Axebreaker, Axebreaker from Baltimore, “Anti-Fascist Power Electronics” is the deal here, Actually, the Axebreaker Bandcamp page is the place t ogo explore akthiugh this release wer’re sharing here can be found cia Kentucky’s Humanhood Recordings. We could write more, do it all properly, but hey, you and your hungry mouse ca ndo the work, I;ve got things ot paint and the cricket is on and well if we didn;t think Axebreaker to be worth yout time then Axbreaker would not be featuring here (again) . One day you’ll eventually thank us all for this non-stop operation.

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Actually, Humanhood Recordings look rather interesting…

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3: Greg Nieuwsma – Hang on, this is rather fine – “It’s really happening! Terry Riley’s “In C” performed on flea market instruments” Just how jsut right is this? It jsut is. Greg Nieuwsma: acoustic 6 and 12-string guitars, glockenspiel, melodica, suitcase harmonium, toy piano, zither, electric guitar by Bud Nieuwsma and everything from the junk market, perfect.

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“Flea markets are magical places. Places where you can watch inanimate reincarnation in action. Objects deemed as useless – discarded, on their way to landfills or incinerators – are given an opportunity to start anew. Old doll heads (plastic or ceramic), brass door hinges, books. Light fixtures. Cassette tapes.

And the dramatis personae for this theatrical spectacle! Between the sellers and the people wandering browsing and occasionally buying a curiosity, flea markets provide an opportunity for a wide swathe of different demographics to come together and interact – from drunken down-and-outs, to working and middle class browsing the wares, to upscale antique re-sellers, from kids to elderly, you can find them all here.

This broad demographic also applies to the goods on offer: old electronics and rusty valves on the junk side of things up to rare ceramics and unique art pieces which are highly valuable. In one famous instance, a businessman bought an old painting at a flea market in Adamstown Pennsylvania for $4, only later to discover an original copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence hidden between the canvas and wooden backing. Flea markets are fertile ground for treasure hunters”.

Bratakus

4: Bratakus came up when we were doing something or oter, can’t really what we were doing now? Bratakus are (or were? are they still about?) a twio piece Vegan, Riot Grrrl Punk band from the North of Scotland. They are sisters Onnagh Cuinn (Bass/Vocals), Breagha Cuinn (Guitar/Vocals) and a drum machine. They have been described as making ‘distortion-driven break-neck riot grrrl sounds’. This is a split EP they put out with Gay Defence League back in 2018. yeah, I know, way too late with the coverage but hey, better late than never.

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Hang on, using all of our collective detective-like skills, well okay, by just taking a look on their Bandcamp page, we can see they were still active back in April of this most fractured year. They haven’t mellowed. And hey look, what an epic fail on our part, they were in London last month with Made of Ace.

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5: Maid Of Ace – and yes, we really should mention them here and now, we have done so before but it would be rude not to again.

And here’s their most recent album….

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Did that really count as five? Every one’s poison? Ship of Fools, one more?

5: ONETWOTHREE are releasing their self-titled debut album on 15th October on Kill Rock Stars.  The new band features three bassists of the late-’70s/early-’80s Swiss punk scene; Klaudia Schifferle of Kleenex / LiLiPUT,  Madlaina Peer of the Noknows and Sara Schär, who was singer for TNT and Souldawn, and bassist for The Kick.  The Bandcamp apges with all the details is here

Q: What happens when you combine three women bassist singers from 70s/80s Swiss bands?

A: a trio-full of sinuous music which reclaims the minimalist sound of the post-punk that they first created themselves. In September 2018, after decades of friendship, three women decided to finally combine forces for a show of strength. They sport an impressive heritage but they’re also creating something that’s unique and proudly their own – spooky, danceable, subtle, compelling music for a post-pandemic world.
ONETWOTHREE’s first album doesn’t have a name but that’s just as it should be for a band that’s deceptively simple, mysterious and yet somehow familiar. Three women bassists/singers from classic Swiss post-punk bands dot their insistent, minimal music with drum patterns, synths, chants, commands and joyous wordplay with their sometimes cynical, sometimes sensual take on leisure and consumer culture.  The group is appropriately DIY, self-contained and self-produced – their debut was written and played almost entirely by themselves.  

In September 2018, after years of toying with the idea, Peer, Schär and Schifferle decided to pool their resources and hatched the audacious idea for a band made up of three bassists, and thus ONETWOTHREE was born. The child-like name of the band reflects the lively spirit and exuberance of the group, whose triple-bass approach creates sinuous grooves and a minimal, potent sound, using drum patterns and bits of synth and guitar. 

ONETWOTHREE’s songs blend into a whole, creating a momentum and their own mysterious world.  All of their songs are of a piece yet come from their own unique corners and byways.  The sound somehow reflects the isolation that we lived in the COVID world of 2020 but also shows the bold determination to come out the other end of the pandemic and thrive.  No doubt that we need their spirit right now and in the years to come”.

Time to go….. one more?

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