Never mind the editorial bit at the top or what we said yesterday or last week, exact same thing again today. Another five slices of music things and however you slice it and of course it was the price of fish and here comes the introduction that heralds the latest Five Music Things feature thing. 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 better way? A cure for pulling flying pigeons out of the clouds? Is there a rhyme? Is there a reason? Was there ever a reason? What do reasons make? Five more? Snake foil? Everything must go and same as last time (and the time before that) 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 why we started this thing 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 really try to 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 about what gets played on the radio or indeed 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 it, who needs an editorial or words or worms in general? What’s Wordsworth? Just facts and links and sounds then. Here you go, play the music, grab your five, eat your greens, go eat some art, go eat some fresh flowers and don’t forget whatever it was we said last time,
1: THX1312 – Rather get the idea that someone might not be a fan of Sting or his old band, wonder what The Police have done to upset people? Now this is the real art of noise, plunderphonics, hardcore, you know the score, there’s all kind of bites of this and slashes of that, bits and bites of cut up rap, hip hop, collage, cool cuts. there’s a track called Gabber Assassin (extended) that will add to you stress levels in the way good Gabber should, there’s lumps of Bodycount style metal edited in there with those jump cuts straight outta Compton (or the Public Enemy frontline). In terms of art, in terms of the art or relentless noise, this is glorious, brilliant, love it, in terms of what is being said, well I don’t live in the U.S, I;m not out of the streets, yes I do see the beatings, the shootings, I do see knees on necks, we all see that on our social media feeds, on the mainstream news, I’m pretty happy to not be part of the US underclasses – we see (and experience) enough here in Hackney. This is a hardboiled third album album from THX1312, this is hard, this is cops trying to shoot dogs and shooting themselves instead, there goes a bit of NWA, there goes a bit of Nirvana, I haven’t heard Sting yet, the Aceface would be the type to smile at you then stab you in the back. Yes this is about (redacted), and there goes a bit of Crazy Train, pretty much everything is off the rails here. Yeah yeah yeah, back the flip up, the World Famous, well the World Famous aren’t here but that straight off the street vibe is and what would Harrison off The Archers make of it all? Or should we ask Jack Regan? The line between us and them was always rather blurred, Jack always knew that, he always knew he was trapped in it all what ever the buzz was, “bleedin’ ‘ell Guv, he’s got a shooter!” Call the cops, you’re twisting something or other, but no, no no on, this THX1312 thing is very very North American, the Flying Squad or indeed the Ambridge village bobby or those Happy Mondays are a million miles away from this excellent art attack… Find it on Bandcamp
“THX1312 returns for his 3rd album on Deathbomb Arc. Light your computer on fire as you stream it. Statistics have indicated the stress of being a police officer leads to higher risk of suicide. Statistics have also indicated that an alarming percentage of families of cops experience domestic violence. So anyway, shouldn’t there be a patron saint for police who die this way? Stats for that are not yet available at the time of this mixtape’s publication.
But here it is, more FTP from the 513 straight (yet queer) outta Realicide, the second body of trax by THX1312 that were created and heard at many parties 2021-22 into 23. Many of these are actually remixes of a pending 12″ LP entitled “Humiliate Your Local Punk Rock Gatekeeper” so watch for that wherever you normally find crime. Shout-out to the comeback of my dawg Bomb20, legend in plunderphonics meets hardcore, and mad respect for #STOPCOPCITY which began during the production of these trax.
I know this music sounds like Itchy & Scratchy, but the fight it refers to is real, and sooner or later no one can hide from that. Beyond the problem of racist police are the global corporations perpetuating human slaughter and destruction of the only planet we have available for life. Maybe you’ve heard it before, “Earth isn’t dying, it’s being killed, and the people killing it have names and addresses.” Cops are what is between us and those exact people”.
Never mind the Heddlu, here come the Super Furry Das Koolies
2: Das Koolies – Been meaning to mention this, “Hit-writing anti-icons, Das Koolies emerge to explode three decades of digression as Super Furry Animals with the electronic depth-charge debut EP: The Condemned Huw Bunford, Cian Ciarán, Dafydd Ieuan and Guto Pryce restore original Furry vision with techno-inspired, heavy-tech sound inspired by illegal rave roots.
3: Le Grand Sbam – Did we share this already? Can’t be shared too many times if we did, they jsut get better and better and better. A Teaser capté au Théâtre de la Renaissance à Oullins. A teaser for something new. We can never have too much Le Grand Sbam
previously on these pages….
ORGAN: That best albums of 2020 list (at last), Cheer Accident, Michael J Sheehy, Le Grand Sbam, Odessey & Oracle, Penny Rimbaud, Terms, Allegra Krieger, Tairrie B, Deerhoof and…
ORGAN THING: This time we were kind of expecting it, this time we were expecting something special, Le Grand Sbam’s new album Furvent hasn’t let us down…
ORGAN THING: Qu’est-ce que le Grand Sbam ? Un groupe de bonne ambiance? A group of good atmosphere?
ORGAN THING: Today the love for all things Le Grand Sbam flows on, un poème surréaliste? A new video, more from the new album…
ORGAN THING: The best albums of 2019? Le Grand Sbam, Poil, Peter Hammill & Isildurs Bane, Helium Horse Fly, Child Abuse, Throwaway, Flying Luttenbachers, John Ghost and…
4: Only Fools and Corpses – Thought they were called Pissant at first, that’s a far better name, is there a band called Pissant?. Find the Only Fools and Corpses album on Bandcamp – one day some band or other will say something like “hey Organ, thanks for sharing our Bandcamp”. Bandcamp must have made a fortune out of all our sharing and playing and plugging on the radio, hey Bandcamp, enough of the union bashing, we thought you were better than that? this rather abrassive Only Fools album is out on Glasgow’s GoldMold Records, a glorious good DIT tape label and gig promoting operation (which is what we did for ages so we’re more than happy to support them, especially when they come up with the goods). You can only hear two of the seven tracks on Bandcamp, who knows what the other five sound like, I’m guessing pretty much the same? Who knows though, the closing track might sound like Emerson Lake and Palmer for all we know?
5: Lovely Ladies – More DIY goodness from GoldMold (see Only Fools up there), this one does sound like it comes from Glasgow, rather like when music feels like it comes from somewhere, this is excellent in a lo-fi kind of Teenage Fanclub kind of way (kind of). There’s loads to check out on the GoldMold Bandcamp page, blasting some Piss Bath now, some kind of dirty stinking early Motorhead flavoured street punk hoodrat thing, this is goooooooood! Looks like the quality control is good at GoldMold (they could do with telling us a little more about the bands who’s material they’re releasing though)
“When myself and Camy started GoldMold 10 years ago I didn’t know anyone in any decent bands who I’d want to work with. So Camy was basically forced to start an emo band. We put out the wonderfully weird Gnome EP all the way back in 2013 to absolutely no fanfair and it was great. My dream was achieved.
When it came to following it up we knew we couldn’t let down our non-existent fanbase so we invested wisely in studio time and got hundreds of records pressed of the LL/KA Split (Lovely Ladies and KingsArms who would soon become Grand Pricks immediately after the record was released). Unfortunately the massive success got to the head of Ladies’ singer Sean Kelly who, after being overwhelmed by the screaming masses, vowed never to sing again. At all.
As a result My Denim Heart sat unfinished for some time until AI voice generators could replicate Kelly’s strained tones. Here it is at long last. A full EP from Lovely Ladies, the most elusive (read: unorganized) band in Glasgow.
And while we’re here, one more slice of Das Koolies….
And from five years ago….