ORGAN: Five Music Things – Something tasty from Mark Stewart, new Pole, a threat of more from Cellular Chaos, more of Junior Brother’s take on very Irish folk, Sonic Boom is back, this time with Panda Bear, more Peter Hammill and…

The editorial bit again again again (sung in a Crows kind of way), the introduction and the Five Music Things thing for whatever it is all about. Five? There’s something rather compelling about five. Cross-pollination? Five more? Do we need to do the editorial bit again? Is there another way? A cure for pulling cats out of hats? Is there a rhyme? Is there a reason? Was there ever? What do reasons make? Five more, everything must go and same as last time (and the time before) five, and no, we never do and the proof of the pudding is in that proof reading. When we started this thing, oh never mind, it doesn’t matter and like we asked last time, does anyone bother reading the editorial? Does anyone ever actually look down the rabbit hole or is it all just method acting? We do listen to everything that comes in, we do it so you don’t have to, we are very (very) very very picky about what we actually post on these fractured pages or what gets played on the radio or what we hang in a gallery. Cut to the chase, never mind the editorial there’s loads of music further down the page, well five or so pieces of music that have come our way in the last few days and cut cut slash and cut to the damn chase, who needs an editorial or words in general? Just facts and links then, here you go, grab your five, eat your greens, go eat some art, go eat some dirt or…

1: Junior Brother – “This Is My Body” is another treat of a track taken from Junior Brother’s much anticipated upcoming album “The Great Irish Famine”, Out 2nd September on Strange Brew. So far everything we’ve heard from the new album has been excellent. Great video as well, directed by Ellius Grace, a namecheck is very much in order. Links and such for the album and the whatchamacallit as my good old Granny would say.

Previously on these pages – Five music things – Fiona Brice has a new album, David Jackson’s celebratory Theme One, inimitable Irish Alt-Folk artist Junior Brother returns, Andy Clockwise’s new single, new Kill Your Boyfriend and…

2: Pole – ‘Grauer Sand’ by Pole, a track taken from the new album ‘Tempus’. Available on vinyl, limited edition pink vinyl and CD from 18th November. “Pole is Düsseldorf-native musician, producer and mastering engineer Stefan Betke, and is known for his unique musical language oscillating between melody and avant-garde in electronic music, with audible influences from Dub and Jazz music”. More via Bandcamp should you feel the need, where would we be without cut ‘n paste and bits of Pritt and photocopiers, we’d never be able to bring you any of this good stuff.

3: Cellular Chaos are currently out on the road in their native USA and threatening (and it is very much a threat) new material, here’s some raw live footage from Chicago, if you want more go ask KK Rampage and well, maybe ask Weasel Walter as well, he’ll know what the sketch is…

4: Mark Stewart, he of The pop Group and such, has something for you via eMERGENCY heARTS, you can find it here. Loads of good stuff to be dound (or found!, was that an actual bit of proof reading just then?), loads of good stuff to be found via the eMERGENCY heARTS Bandcamp page (I think we’ve mentioned Emergency Hearts before? Surely we have?).

“eMERGENCY heARTS (Austin, TX) is an anarchist-run indie collaborative music media project feat. postpunk, electronic,darkwave, industrial, EBM, noise, ambient, trance, techno-hiphop, minimalism, techno, no-wave, goth, experimental, punk and whatever else floats our fancy
from the past until to today” And now that has sent us down a Consolidated rabbit hole from the 1990’s…


5: Panda Bear and Sonic Boom – “Hey, Sonic Boom is back” so shouted somebody just now, we hadn’t been paying that much attention if the truth be told, we were busy listening to Consolidated. Sonic Boom and Panda Bear officially doing something together so it seems/ It appears the two are sharing equal billing for the first time, appears longtime collaborators Noah Lennox and Peter Kember are armed and (not too) dangerous, they’re united with a rather delightful cocktail of intoxicating brightness, tunes and songs dancing over a take on the good side of (60’s) pop music infectiousness. There’s an album out on Domino this week, well last week now, so far things are sounding rather delightful, heavy on the sampled sounds and things forever at the push of a button and very very 60’s and Everyday and Buddy and go Buddy go and….

“Although Panda Bear and Sonic Boom are no strangers to each other’s music, Reset marks their first collaborative release. When SB pitched an idea to take their working relationship to the next level, he reckoned PB might reject the proposition outright—in the nine gloriously, feverishly hook-bound tracks of Reset, though, you can hear exactly how much he loved the prospect”.

Find the whole album, Everly Brothers-sampling and the rest of it right there waiting to be listened to on Bandcamp, they probably don’t need too much coverage or anything else from us, do rather like it though, surely worth a mention on these fractured pages, three steps to heaven and all that… More details

And while we’re here, I guess he should sit down he probably needs the rest, there can never be too much Peter Hammill on these pages…. it was only yesterday, just before the rain finally arrived that something new landed here with very little warning – ORGAN THING: The Joke, says Peter Hammill, is about the rain, a new Saro Cosentino single featuring those instantly recognisable vocals of the Van Der Graaf Generator frontman…– these old bits of found treasure are what he’s really about though.

Footage of Peter Hammill performing tracks from his (then) latest album “Chameleon in the Shadow of the Night”, live in the studio. Two tracks were performed – In The End on grand piano, and German Overalls on guitar. This show remained in the vaults until very recently… well until 2011 when someone posted it on YouTube and well, you know how these things pop back up and how you can’t resist them when they do….


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