ORGAN: Five music things – Manchester’s Slap Rash, Oakland’s Poppy Patica, another taste of the forthcoming African Head Charge album, fresh Girlschool, new PJ Harvey and…

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Never mind the editorial bit at the top or what we said the other or last time, you’ve read all this already, just jump down to the music. Exact same thing again today. Another five slices of musical things that can do all the talking themselves and however you slice it and of course it was the price of fish and here comes the introduction to 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 dogs 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 damn 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 music and don’t forget whatever it was we said last time,

A #43Leaves leaf left hanging…

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Your government recommended five slices of music for today then…

1: Slap Rash have just been announced as the support on the forthcoming Mandy, Indiana tour. The stylishly slef-described “check check one, two-piece” from Manchester are sound rather unlike anything you’d find inthe bottom of a bottle of wine, never leave your voice, she does have words that demand you listen to, rather compelling, she certainly shows her teeth….

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2: Poppy PaticaAwful Sound, well really, obviously, a far from awful sound, a rather delightful sound, they’re from Oakland, California, they sound rather sunny, uplifting, inviting, breezy we’ll just park it here for you to make your mind up about yourself, give a moment now, first we’ve heard from them, a lead track from an album due out this coming Friday May5th, here’s the Bandcamp link, we ca nolny hear a couple of tracks right now, more when we’ve heard more (if there’s enough hours in the day)

Here’s some more, It’s not electric rhythm, it’s just a second thought Is it not?

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And here’s there rather delightfully raw previous album, hadn’t heard of Poppy Patica until last week, music is a wonderful thing, there’s always more waiting….

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3: African Head Charge – Fresh Head Charge, always a good thing (and thankfully never a predictable thing). This is from the new album A Trip To Bolgatanga, due out in July on On-U Sound. Bad Attitude is a second taste of the new album…

A Bad Attitude features one of Ghana’s foremost kologo players King Ayisoba, who provides the distinctive sound of the West African lute, as well as his unique vocals, leading the griot groove and group shouts. African Head Charge return to On-U Sound with their first new album in twelve years. Titled A Trip To Bolgatanga, the recordings are led by founder member Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah, with close friend and co-conspirator Adrian Sherwood once again at the controls. A Trip to Bolgatanga is a stunning return, bringing together the talents of two masters who, after a hiatus, have created a rich album brimming with ideas and executed with finesse.

They’re sounding as warmly rewarding as ever, we’d expect nothing less….

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“African Head Charge return to On-U Sound with their first new album in twelve years. Titled A Trip To Bolgatanga, the recordings are led by founder member Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah, with close friend and co-conspirator Adrian Sherwood once again at the controls. A Trip to Bolgatanga is a stunning return, bringing together the talents of two masters who, after a hiatus, have created a rich album brimming with ideas and executed with finesse”.

Artwork by Peter Harris, animation by Llyr Williams in terms of both videos, the artists hould always get a mention-

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4: PJ Harvey hardly needs our attention these days (did she ever?), this latest song is rather beautiful and well worth us just parking here though, it is rather tender, it has a glow to it, tenderlove. ‘A Child’s Question, August’ is taken from the new album ‘I Inside the Old Year Dying’, out July 7th on Partisan Records . Rather decent film by Steve Gullick to go with the delicately strong piece of beauty… More details if you need them…

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5: Gitlschool – Art you ready? Well the musical statement is basic and rather straight forward, no messing, they’re still rocking – “Forty-five years young, British hard rock royalty Girlschool come out swinging with their 14th studio album WTFortyfive?, a deliciously dirty declaration that age is a number that shows how much real raw attitude you have when it really counts. Kim McAuliffe (guitar/vocals), Denise Dufort (drums), Jackie Chambers (guitar/backing vocals) and Tracey Lamb (bass) leave the grit under their finger nails and the scuzz on their crusty leather boots as they riff and stomp their way through 12 statements of intent showing major attitude, some great melodies, and a consistent crunch to every guitar”. Well that’s what the hype sheet said.

The video is awful, the band are sounding good though, Girlschool were always a no messing kind of band, they did like to tells us they were just here to rock and roll, to bringon the demolition and such, they’d just get up there i n their jeans and t-shirts and give headliners Motorhead a good run for their money. There was always a bit more underneath though, songs like Not For Sale, Babydoll, they may not have been Riot Grrrls but they were doing just that way before Riot Grrrl becane a thing, I’m guessing Kim and co are in their sixth decade now, they certainly don’t sound like they’re ready to hang up theit instruments yet if this taste of the new album is anything to go by. They always had a massive following, they’re a band who should have enjoyed a lot more respect over their now 45 year lifetime….

And while we’re here….

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And 43 years on, here’s Kelly’s guitar. an essential part of the entire 45 years….

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And as we’ve entered a new month, a new evolving playlist thing,,,,

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