Trip to Norway photo blog 21-27th September 2008

September 30, 2008

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ironmanrecords/sets/72157605126110912/

I don’t have time to write a blog so i just take pictures in the hope that somehow I’ll find the time to write the story to go with them. I’ve just added all the pictures from my recent trip to Norway and back working with Seasick Steve.

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Life in a Blender 29th September 2008 to play a 30-minute acoustic set at 9 pm

September 29, 2008

Barbes (9th St. and 6th Ave. Brooklyn) is having a fundraiser for Obama on Monday, Sept 29. All funds are going to get the vote out in the crucial swing states.

Life in a Blender will play a 30-minute acoustic set at 9 pm with Don, Al, and the original bass stallion, Dave Moody. Original Blender Charlie Shaw will dazzle you with his interpretive beat keeping.

Joan Grossman will show a short film about the Iraq War at 8 pm.

Michael Hearst is playing after her.

Chicha Libre plays at 10 pm

Suggested donation is 25 dollars but you can give what you can.

you can call me if you want at 206 295 6024.

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Police Bastard " Cursed earth e.p. 7"

September 26, 2008

New release on Twisted Chords
 
tc023 Police Bastard „ Cursed earth e.p.“

Birmingham Deathpunk strikes back! The English Anarcho-Punk
heroes are back! Back with their powerful hardcore-punk and a lot of anger and
energy. 5 well produced songs will blow your mind. This record comes with
beautiful silver printed sleeve. “This world disgusts me/shit spreads around
me/makes you proud?/ makes me fucking sick” (Police Bastard “Mental
slave”)
 
Twisted Chords
Reutweg 1a
76327
Pfinztal
Fon 0049-7240-36205
Web: www.twisted-chords.de

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Love Music Hate Racism gig in Coventry THIS SATURDAY 27th Sept – Neville Staple, Bashy, MistaJam + more!

September 26, 2008

From: Love Music Hate Racism
 
Saturday 27th September 2008
Kasbah Club, Primrose Hill Street,
Coventry.
 
NEVILLE STAPLE (ex-The Specials, with his amazing
live ska band)
 
BASHY (Mobo-nominated rapper)
 
MISTAJAM (Radio 1 – top hip-hop/urban music
DJ)
 
+ LOADS OF TOP LOCAL BANDS inc Ripps/King
Hermit/7th Wave/The Strikes/Shadowplay/Senses
 
+ SPEAKERS, WORKSHOPS + LOADS MORE!
 
2-6pm: Local bands, workshops, etc (Ticket for this
bit only = £5)
6-10pm: The Main Room event (£10 ticket for
evening/all day)
 
Following the election of two fascist BNP
councillors in nearby Nuneaton & Bedworth, Coventry LMHR & UAF are
staging a massive event to encourage more people to unite and actively oppose
the BNP in Warwickshire.
 
Tickets: www.seetickets.com or direct from
Kasbah
Info: lmhrcoventry@hotmail.com / www.lovemusichateracism.com

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Birmingham gigs coming up

September 26, 2008

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Fri. Oct 3rd: JOHN COOPER CLARKE + BOB LOG III(Fat Possum) + The Birmingham Monologues part1 + Nadeem Rangzeb.  Advance tickets £10: Ticketweb , also Swordfish, Jibbering Records and The Polar Bear  Door: £12:

 
Fri.Oct 10th: The Reverend Ted Chippington + The Birmingham Monologues (part2) + Nadeem Rangzeb
Advance tickets £5: Ticketweb , also Swordfish, Jibbering Records and The Polar Bear

Door: £7:
 
Sun. OCT 19th THE CREEPING NOBODIES (Toronto)+ WANDER PHANTOM (Nottm) + THE COURTESY GROUP ( Galaxy of Brum). Pay £5 on the Door only
www.myspace.com/thecreepingnobodies
www.myspace.com/wanderphantom
www.myspace.com/thecourtesygroup
 
Fri. Dec 5th: DAMO SUZUKI with Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple) & Charles Hayward (This Heat, Quiet Sun, Clear Frame) playing sets with PRAM, The COURTESY GROUP & one other act TBC. Tickets onsale soon
 
www.myspace.com/thecuratesegg
Birmingham shows from
CAPSULE

 
Wednesday 17th September
PELICAN + TORCHE

@ The Factory Club . Birmingham
Doors 8pm
Advanced Tickets: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk
Polar Bear – Kings Heath
Swordfish Records – Birmingham city centre

“Thunder Pop.” is the way the band describe themselves, ex members of Floor and Cavity, Torche mix the classic harmonies of the Beach Boys with the heaviness of the Melvins. Chicago instro-sorcerers Pelican create cinematic melody upon glacial heaviness, they achieve the sort of inevitability usually reserved for weather systems and natural disasters.
MORE INFO
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Tuesday 23rd September
KEMIALLISET YSTÄVÄT & AXOLOTL
ES & FURSAXA
ISLAJA, BLEVIN BLECTUM & SAMARA LUBELSKI

DREAM TRIANGLE (TOMUTONTTU & SKATERS)
@ The Hare & Hounds . Kings Heath
Doors 8pm
Advanced Tickets: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk
Polar Bear – Kings Heath
Swordfish Records – Birmingham city centre

Each performance a unique and brand new collaboration, each of the acts features a combination of Finnish artists from FONAL, who have invited a US counterpart to collaborate on a composition, highlighting the parallels in strands of the recent evolving trend of ‘weird/avant folk’ between the US West coast and Finland’s northern communities.
MORE INFO
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Friday 24th October 2008
OXES
BEESTUNG LIPS
BILGE PUMP

@ The Hare & Hounds . Kings Heath
Doors 8pm
Advanced Tickets: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk
Polar Bear – Kings Heath
Swordfish Records – Birmingham city centre

The OXES are back, and in grand style, taking a turning point in their songwriting as they dabble in more straight forward rock numbers, and more, well mental rock numbers. Playing with time signatures, guitar leads/solos, off kilter rhythms, and even remixing a song, the OXES have taken a step into a slightly new direction.
MORE INFO
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Saturday 1st November 2008
‘Release The Bats’ ATP Halloween Party
SHELLAC
LIGHTNING BOLT
PISSED JEANS
OM
WOODEN SHJIPS
+ DJ ANDY WEATHERALL

@ Space 2 . Custard Factory . Birmingham
Doors 7pm
Advanced Tickets: www.seetickets.com
www.wegottickets.com
www.gigantic.com

And from the following shops from next week
Polar Bear – Kings Heath
Swordfish Records – Birmingham city centre
Ideal Skate Shop – Custard Factory

FANCY DRESS PARTY
Ticketholders are advised that as Lightning Bolt will be playing on the floor of the venue and not on the stage, people wishing to see their performances – which will be the first on every night – should arrive early to be able to see them.
LONDON SHOW HAS SOLD OUT SO DON’T MISS OUT!
MORE INFO
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Sunday 16th November 2008
MURCOF with live strings
+ OREN MARSHALL

@ The Hare & Hounds . Kings Heath
Doors 8pm
Advanced Tickets: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk
Polar Bear – Kings Heath
Swordfish Records – Birmingham city centre

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28th sept 2008 cannabis memorial day birmingham

September 26, 2008

From: Colin Preece 

National Green Day

80 years of the blessed herbs prohibition.

80 years of victimization, incarceration and religious discrimination.

80 years of lies.

28th September

Cannon Hill Park.

Beside the Golden Lion Of Jah.
BIRMINGHAM
ENGLAND

1PM onwards, forward, forever and forever, into ghanja for
the healing of all nations.

hemp4shed
sustainable human environmental development

My Jah bless us with the healing of the nations in the name of THC.

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Sunday Xpress open mic session is this Sunday at the Adam & Eve

September 20, 2008

The Sunday Xpress open mic session is this Sunday at the Adam & Eve,
Bradford Street, Digbeth. Free entry, free roast potatoes, free arts &
crafts, free junk stall, free entertainment, They’ll even give you some free
advice if you ask for it.

Kicks off at 3pm, goes on however long they
want but definitely til 7pm.

Whatever you feel like sharing with an
audience, get down there and give it
some air! There’ll also be comedy,
poetry, stories, electronica, violins, bearded ladies, ace costumes and
more.

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Life in a Blender – Bring-a-Friend, Make-a-Friend, Take-a-Friend, Leave-a-Friend

September 18, 2008

Say you there! Deep in the crater of economic ruin as Old Grin and Twinkle just shrugs. Slide on over. I’m here to join you and offer you some entertainment.

It’s Life in a Blender’s
Bring-a-Friend, Make-a-Friend
Take-a-Friend, Leave-a-Friend
Night of the Friendlies
Who Touch so Much
And Love Without Boundaries
Friendzy Frenzy
N I G H T !
featuring HORNS
at
THE LIVING ROOM
(Glamorous Ludlow St. near Plain Old Stanton St.)
Friday, September 26, 10 pm
with
SuRPrisE AcT at 11 pm
and
Jesus H. Christ and the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse
at 12 midnight

Call 206 295 6024

Just read the reviews:
“They said Cher could never be tamed and thunder never shared?well Life in a Blender does both.”
The Wall Street Journal

“A depraved caterwauling that makes grown men wet their pants on impact.” The New York Times

“If the paisley police come to arrest me, tell them I’ve taken a trip down miniskirt lane via Peace Pike with two fingers in the air and a song of freedom written across my proud chest somewhere underneath all the hair and a bunch of crap. ” The Herald World Tribune

“A Life in a Blender show runs like this: grey to black to beige to toenail red to pale yellow to cusp-of-puberty orange to dingo brown to white with some dots to puce and back.” The Gazette for Contemporary Modern Business Thought

“Ink up my Seal of Approval because I’ll be using it all night long to stamp each song ‘Approved!Fist in the air!’ Can’t wait to give it–my approval! Woah!” The Royal Canadian Intelligencer

“A night tailor-made for fun-niks.” The Chronicle of Industry and Righteous Behavior

“Their three-hour encores are legendary single-note guitar wallows during which the lead singer barks like a tommygun and the rest of the band acts as if they are applying the Heimlich maneuvre to their long-dead instruments.”
The World Capitol Globe Microchip News Implant

“I felt like Hamlet’s uncle was pouring hot poison in my ear. But that would me make me Hamlet’s father and a pretty awesome ghost. ” Mao’s Little Red Book

Hear Life in a Blender’s music in Dane Cook’s new hit movie “The Cuddly Jackass.”

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Dufus – Port Chester, NYC recording, Hoboken

September 18, 2008

Dufus are playing some shows and doing a recording in NYC and surrounding areas this week, let us know if you’d like to join in for the recording…

Saturday, September 20 10PM $15
> House of Love
> 274 S. Water St.
> Greenwich, CT
> w/Ching Chong Song
> Huggabroomstik
> and more…
>
> Saturday, September 27 9PM $9
> Maxwell’s
> 1039 Washington St.
> Hoboken, New Jersey
> w/Jeffrey Lewis
> Pregnant Barrakuda McMurder
> Jettison Sister
> maxwellsnj.com
>
> Saturday, October 11 9PM
> Chapter House
> Stewart Ave.
> Ithaca, New York
> w/USAISAMONSTER
> —————————-
> Plus, dufus willl be recording an album this next week in Brooklyn.

> The dates are September 24/25 and the band invite you to be a part > of the large group vocal/soundmaking parts… if you’re interested, > please email quankmeyer@hotmail.com
> —————————-
> www.dufus.tv
> www.myspace.com/dufus

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Stoke-on-Trent Jamm It/LMHR Festival, 20th September, Sway + Skinnyman + much more in Hanley Central Forest Park

September 15, 2008



This is a free event aimed at
young people and everyone in Stoke and surrounding areas who want to celebrate
diversity and banish racism from our communities.  If you can help staff
the LMHR stall on the day, please email  stoke@lovemusichateracism.com“>stoke at
lovemusichateracism.com
 

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Police Bastard looking for Tour Dates Dec 2008

September 12, 2008

Do you know anyone who
would be in a position to help with a few dates for Police Bastard at the start
of December 2008?
 
The band are looking at UK tour dates
 
December –
wed 3, thur 4,
fri 5, sat 6,
 
and
then
 
Possible French / Belgian / German Tour Dates
December – wed 11th, thurs 12th, fri 13th, sat 14th
 
with
 
Possible 6 day
European Tour April 2009
offers invited for dates
in any of the following:
Holland /
Belgium / France / Germany / Czech / Poland
Band would need euros to
cover ferry tickets, road tolls, van hire and diesel per show but open to any
ideas you may have. If the driving distance between each show is relatively
short then the band would not need as much money. Band would bring a full
backline but would need food and a place to stay after each show
 
Direct band email
address is
policebastard@hotmail.co.uk
mce_href=”mailto:policebastard@hotmail.co.uk“>policebastard at hotmail .co.uk
 
“Keep an Active Mind”
Police Bastard 2007-2008
A film by Iron Man Records
 
Police Bastard Discography
 

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The NIGHTINGALES Biography Updated September 2008

September 12, 2008

The Nightingales was formed by former
members of Birmingham, England’s original punk group The
Prefects.
 
With an ever fluctuating line up, based around
lyricist/singer Robert Lloyd, the band recorded a bunch of critically acclaimed
singles and three albums, plus many radio sessions for John Peel. They
also regularly toured the UK and Northern Europe, as headliners and
supporting acts as diverse as Bo Diddley and Nico, before splitting up in
the late ’80s.

The Nightingales reformed infrequently before kicking
off again in earnest in Spring 2004, with Lloyd being joined by original
Prefect Alan Apperley and after fucking about with various wastrels, precious
sorts and mercenaries (plus teen guitar sensation Matt Wood and
Volcano The Bear’s Aaron Moore) the group’s current line up features Lloyd,
Apperley, ex Pram drummer Daren Garratt, guitarist Christine Edwards (from
Christy & Emily) and Andreas Schmid (from Faust Studio) on
bass.
 
Since reforming the group have been more productive than
ever – releasing five 7′ vinyl singles and three albums, touring the UK,
mainland Europe and USA several times and recording numerous radio sessions in
England and America.
 
In March 08 the group recorded a new album
‘Insult To Injury’ (the final one to feature Matt Wood on guitar) with
Jochen Irmler of Faust. This record, the ’Gales best yet, will be
released in October on the Klangbad label and will be their fourth album in
the last two years.
 
The band will be touring Germany, Austria and
Switzerland in November
08.

PRESS

The Nightingales –
they’re back and they’re marvellous – MARC RILEY/BBC 6
MUSIC
 
Nightingales are unreal. The level of playing and songwriting
after their post-punk hiatus is unparalled by any of their generational comeback
cohorts – TERRE T/WFMU
 
With The Fall getting Lifetime Achievement
awards and Gang Of Four canonised it is long past time the wayward genius of
Robert Lloyd and his cohorts was recognised – RECORD
COLLECTOR
 
Songs tumble past, pasty faced and brimming with mother’s
pride, as fresh and corruptible now as when they started twenty years back. Age
has neither dimmed their rage or diminished their satire – PLAN
B
 
The Nightingales in Southend on Friday (May 06) jetted in to
my top ten gigs of all time – PHILL JUPITUS/BBC 6 MUSIC
 
Forget all
these NME Band of the Week types, who make out they don’t care, they won’t
compromise, etc, whilst wearing the same indie uniform and churning out the same
tired old riffs. They don’t need your attention. The Nightingales do. Because
rock ‘n’ roll rarely gets as uncompromising as this. –
PLASTELIN
  
The Nightingales are morally sound, cynically
sweet, disturbingly comedic. All carelessly and unconsciously cool, Nightingales
are grown men with something to say and sparse, post-punk soundtracks to back
them. So, back them – UNPEELED
 
Not especially prolific but
consistently excellent, the Nightingales are back, as ferociously sardonic as
ever. Nice to see them still mad, still funny, still wrecking the furniture
after all these years. – DUSTED
 
Brilliantly awkward Brummie
buggers, the most fabulous melange of indie, punk, rockabilly, country and
(weirdly) British folk you could imagine – WHISPERIN’ AND
HOLLERIN’
 
Trebly guitar scrubs and busy
drumming, both at a hyper pace, support Robert Lloyd’s snide, self-mocking,
self- pitying, annoyed, despairing, sarcastically scathing and generally
intelligent (if not always intelligible) tirades in the Nightingales. Dry wit,
too. This boy from Birmingham has a lot of mind to give the world a piece of. –
TROUSER PRESS

 
The Nightingales turned in a performance of
the type that will serve to confirm their excellence when other infinitely
better known bands stand revealed as Charlatans – JOHN PEEL
 
Lloyd
is the most underestimated songwriter of his generation – THE
INDEPENDENT

Live
 
The Nightingales revisited their
past and offered up the future. Still stunningly relevant – LONDON EVENING
STANDARD 
 
The Nightingales subjugate a rapt and breathless
Spitz with a performance of sinewy magnificence. Sagacious frontman Robert Lloyd
bellows his astute and witty lyrics about ‘the dark satanic call-centres of
England’s green and pleasant land’ with the priapic intensity of a rutting stag.
– DAILY TELEGRAPH
 
Tuesday night at the Cake Shop in NYC. One of the
best shows I’ve seen in years. Jangly, angsty, angular, punk, post-punk, just
rock and roll, whatever, they destroyed. They played Which Hi-Fi?, one of my
favorites, and it made the recorded version sound like easy listening. Original
Prefects guitarist Alan Apperly is joined by teenage guitar sensation Matt Wood
for the ultimate guitar attack, like the Magic Band, the Fire Engines and
Television in a danelectro blender. Bassist Steve Lowe and drummer Daren Garrett
ex of Pram just kill, and Robert Lloyd, well Robert is Robert. He ran into the
audience, scared people, went out for a smoke while the band was still playing,
performed Eno’s Hear Come the Warm Jets on a kazoo… predictable as always! –
DAN SELZER/ILXOR 
 
Two nights earlier I’d seen Morrissey,
resplendent in tux and dickie, at the home of British Light Entertainment that
is The London Palladium. He and his band stood at the front of the stage soaking
up the crowd’s adulation like a load of old luvvies. And this wasn’t any old
adulation – this was adulation of giant proportions. Two nights later, The
Nightingales play a small, seedy, basement club in Liverpool in front of a small
hardcore following. It’s hard to believe now that when I first heard The Smiths
debut single, Hand In Glove, all those years ago that I tipped Morrissey and his
former cohorts to be ‘The new Nightingales’! But whilst even the firmest Moz
basher would probably concede that he has achieved fame (and adulation!) on his
own terms, The Nightingales have taken the word ‘uncompromising’ to another
level.
From the very start, this set was about Lloyd spouting his
border-line surrealism over intricate little riffs playing against each other,
just as the old Don used to do. They ended with a rollicking rendition of their
excellent new rockabilly styled single, Let’s Think About Living, which in an
ideal world would be troubling the charts as we speak. Indeed, if they persisted
with this more Nightingale-lite style they’d no doubt be playing bigger venues,
but then they wouldn’t be half as interesting. Forget all these NME Band of the
Week types, who make out they don’t care, they won’t compromise, etc, whilst
wearing the same indie uniform and churning out the same tired old riffs. They
don’t need your attention. The Nightingales do. Because rock’n’roll rarely gets
as uncompromising as this. – PLASTELIN
   
Last time
I saw the Nightingales — in 2005 — their set was looser and full of
interruptions. This time, they worked a Ramones model: one cut lead directly
into another, the intensity never let up, and the drummer never stopped. It was
blistering, confrontational, and threatening. It wasn’t quite out of control—you
could tell from the look in Lloyd’s eye that he was still very much running the
show—but it felt a little bit dangerous, and you don’t see that at rock shows
much anymore. – POP MATTERS
 
The show in Brooklyn two weeks ago
at Death by Audio was pure fireworks of rhythm, rhyme and frantic melodies,
swirling around the serenading, barking, burping, howling Lloyd. The band has
been touring extensively and is vehemently tight – captivating from the first
manic beats to the last stroke – ROMAN GAMES BLOG
 
I’d been warned
that Nightingales leader Robert Lloyd could be incredibly mercurial, and I was
more than a little worried we’d be catching the band on an off night. (This
after hearing that their NYC-area shows had been consistently incendiary.) Well,
I needn’t have bothered, because from the moment Lloyd stepped in to the
spotlight on that tiny stage, there was no let-up. Thankfully the band was more
than up to the task of keeping up with his funny, self-deprecating, always
splenetic brand of rat-at-at talk-rant (stylistically more cohesive than Mark E
Smith’s, but with the same level of lacerating bile). They alternated easily
between locked-groove jangle and more caustic guitar workouts. Drummer and
percussionist Daren Garatt (ex of Pram) was amazing to watch —when he came
offstage I was surprised to see that he didn’t, in fact, have eight arms.
– WARPED REALITY

The Nightingales turn out to be bleedin’
mesmerising. Theirs is a driving force of sound full of threatening rumbles and
fearsome glints, it feels intense and unstoppable. Robert Lloyd cuts a
commanding dash, looming across the squiddly stage, growling out the words,
staring out the room. They show up today’s runty excuses of art rockers for
the soiled bags of old washing that they are. – KITTEN PAINTING
 
The
Nightingales best material is delivered with a driving, manic intensity, that
makes them sound like The Fall covering Captain Beefheart. Their execution is
sharper now but they haven’t lost their nervy edge – CHICAGO
READER
  
What’s Not To
Love?
 
What’s Not to Love takes all the elements
that powered Out of True – the furious drumming, the lyrical vitriol, the
chaotic, post-everything guitar work – up a notch. The six songs are so
clamorous, so headlong, so brutal that the record seems like a milestone. You
can tell that the band’s been playing together for a while by the way it
continually skirts the edge of chaos and continually fails to fall in. Opening
cut ‘Plenty of Spare’ emerges out of a rapid-fire maelstrom of a-melodic guitar
notes and furious drum skitters, an almost free-jazz ooze that somehow births a
song. Or, sort of a song. It’s too complicated to be punk, too hard and fast to
be anything else…maybe it’s time for the Nightingales to invent their own
genre. After all, it’s not like they ever fit very well into the existing ones.
– DUSTED
 
Robert Lloyd, the Black Country Captain Beefheart,
steamrolls his unwitting inheritors. Lesser talents plough the comeback trail,
but the Nightingales press onwards – scratchy guitars scribbling furiously over
exploratory drumming – the group reaching new heights in its third decade. –
SUNDAY TIMES
 
It’s hard to warm to an album when the first track
opens with almost an entire minute of out-of-tune guitar noise. ‘Plenty Of
Spare’ gives us this, and sadly, more. This is a deeply un-enjoyable song,
having no regard to rhythm, melody, or indeed any sense of cohesion. – THIS IS
FAKE DIY
 
The 80’s John Peel icons still stand tall as an
alternative art rock giants. A krautrock/post-punk/rockabilly/avant-garde
attack is iced with the machine gun literary license of Robert Lloyd. 
Furious, twisted, grand prix guitars leave the power pop pretenders in the lay
by. What’s not to Love? about The Nightingales? Nowt!!! –
INDEPENDENT
 
The Nightingales remain as splendidly difficult as
ever with new mini album What’s Not To Love?
Plenty of Spare opening in full
on Captain Beefheart mode with Robert Lloyd intoning in oblique spoken word
about his ideal woman (‘maybe not too keen on mushrooms or bananas’) over
discordant jazz n rockabilly guitar and skittering drums.
Things remain
defiantly individual with the clattering punky surge of Eleven Fingers. Lloyd’s
monotone sounding positively breathless. Bang Out Of Order is a
rattling dose of train rhythm rockabilly punk pop that itches the soles of your
feet, then it’s into a marvellously deconstructed drunk in the desert cover of
Nancy Sinatra ‘hit’ Drummer Man with guest vocalist Sabina Shah, a riff pumping
ramshackle Overreactor and, finally, the splendidly off its head Wot No Blog?
which begins with Egyptian snake-dance swaying tones before crashing into
scratchy punk and a mid-section that sees Lloyd’s voice possessed by some
howling Armenian or similarly eastern European shaman. What’s not to love,
indeed – TASTY

Out Of
True
 
#1 Record Of The Year 2006 – TERRE
T/WFMU
 
#1 September 06 Playlist Chart – WNYU
 
5/5 –
ROCK MIDGETS
 
****1/2 – BIRMINGHAM POST
 
**** –
MOJO
 
**** – UNCUT
 
**** – SUNDAY
TIMES
 
This is that rarest of achievements: a comeback album that
actually adds to an already illustrious reputation. Out of True finds the
Nightingales not merely back to their best, but actually improved. – DAILY
TELEGRAPH
 
This is a record that manages to sound more youthful and
vibrant and packed with genuine humour and vitriol that any band currently
pedalling themselves as post-punk, or anything near it, will no doubt be left
feeling deflated – TASTY
 
After 20 years off, the Nightingales made
a comeback with the outstanding album of the year for sheer brilliance of
writing and originality. It’s eclectic and awkward, the lyrics from punk
original Robert Lloyd are both profound and obtuse. Whilst guitar melodies are
hurled around like sweaters in a playground scrap, songs with titles like ‘UK
Randy Mom Epidemic’ and ‘Taking Away the Stigma of Free School Dinners’ worm
their way into that itchy bit of the brain that so seldom gets scratched. –
GUARDIAN UNLIMITED: ARTS BLOG
 
The first Nightingales LP for 20
years is their most cohesive work to date. A top album of this or any year, ’Out
Of Tue’ is out of this world. – INDEPENDENT
 
Wonderful
stuff! Out Of True is yet another superior release from Birmingham’s
finest. Indeed, you won’t hear many better albums this year. – BIRMINGHAM
POST

The best of the many British ensembles that have attempted to
anglicise Beefheart’s highly evolved primitivism, and helped make this venerable
West Midlands outfit’s current album, ‘Out of True’, the finest of their career.
– SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

Out Of True is a tremendously refreshing listen. If a
band can pull off Captain Beefheart-like riffs and not alienate the listener,
they have achieved a delicate balance that will intrigue the listener to
discover more of their music. Needless to say, this album is a success in my
book. The polyrhythmic nature of ‘Born in Birmingham’ and the mysterious lyrics
all drive me to want to listen to everything they ever recorded. It is truly
wonderful stuff. – COVALENT BOND

The band do not seem to have even begun
to mellow with age. In fact this record sounds as if it could almost be a debut
album such is the freshness and the attitude. I really hope that people take
this release on face value as a new record and don’t try to compare it to
anything because this really is worthy of a place in anyones CD player. –
LIFE
   
One of the UK’s greatest maverick rock acts has
with Out of True dropped a true bombshell of an album. So cynically cool
throughout, these are 14 tracks of alternative, glam, indie, blues rock… Just
how many different genre boxes do they want to check?
Uniquely weird but
never pretentious, it is music that inspires and makes you think, and this album
just inspires wonderment and confusion, do you dance or do you light up a joint
and let the oddness wash over you? It’s dedicated to John Peel, a man who knew
innovative and fresh music when he heard it. Let his legacy be your guide – I
think he would have approved. – ROCK MIDGETS
 
The Nightingales’
first new album for twenty years shows they are still as difficult, original and
wonderful as ever. – BRUM BEAT
 
If Don Van Vliet had not come
out of the Mojave, but off a slip from justdown from Spaghetti Junction, this is
the record he may well have made. It’s brilliant stuff. Songs on ‘Out Of True’
sound cynical and weather-beaten, sure, but there is a kick in the legs, a
distinct grit and canter that shows they’ve come back at the right time. No
half-arsed comeback this, it is the sound of a voice rediscovered. – VANITY
PROJECT 
 
Singles

LET’S THINK ABOUT
LIVING
 
Track Of The Month (May 06) – OBSERVER MUSIC MONTHLY

 
Single Of The Week – BBC 6 MUSIC
 
#1 Single Of The
Year – TERRE T/WFMU
 
Formed from the ashes of the awesome Prefects
way back in the ‘80’s, Nightingales were a post-punk band with great songs and
sense of humour to boot. Now back touring again we have the first new single
from them and it shows they’ve lost none of their verve and direction. ‘Let’s
Think About Living’ is a rockabilly tinged pop single but it is B-side ‘Seconds’
that is the highlight here. Sounding far closer to their post-punk beginnings
its all repetitive bass and great rhythms. It’s a choppy, angled song that
really shows just how poor these skinny jeaned little shits currently doing the
rounds really are. – TASTY
 
DEVIL IN THE
DETAIL

 
*****
Devil In The Detail, one of the many highlights
of the Nightingales gig I caught last year, is now the latest 7′ single from
this fine re-formed band.And what a single! In fact, I’d go as far as saying
that this is their best since they got back together a couple of years back,
which – amazingly – makes it evenbetter than last year’s wonderful Workshy
Wunderkind.Anyone expecting a simple re-tread of their classic early singles
like Paraffin Brain or Urban Ospreys, however, is going to be disappointed
because this is a long way removed from their early 80s roots, but then who –
your average Quo fan apart – wants a band to just re-live their former glories?
This is The Nightingales flexing their muscles, indulging in incessant riffing
over a ferocious, yet toe-tapping beat – it’s almost as if Cook and Jones, that
steamrolling Pistols duo, joined your favourite Krautrock band for an extended
run through Paranoid – complete with searing feedback.There’s also a driving,
yet melodic bass line underpinning the excitement, whilst singer Robert Lloyd
adopts an almost Iggy-like drawl on top of itall. And as for that almost
eastern-like bit (maaaan!) at the end, well . . . it’s just the aural icing on
the vinyl cake.OK, so the competition’s not been great so far, but this six and
a half minutes of pure bliss is undoubtedly my single of the year so far. Get
your copy now.
 
Reissues/Other
Records

IN THE GOOD OLD COUNTRY
WAY
 
***** – BIRMINGHAM POST
 
**** – RECORD
COLLECTOR
 
**** – MOJO
 
**** – UNCUT
 
In
the Good Old Country Way wisely isn’t an attempt to make a straightforward
country album. Many bands lacking a real identity might make such an error, but
the ‘Gales are able to embellish their own sound with country and bluegrass
elements. Lyrics are more smart-ass than ever (see ‘Part Time Moral England’ and
‘I Spit in Your Gravy’); the playing gets downright hot on ‘The Headache
Collector.’ Highly recommended, even — or maybe especially — for those who hate
country- western. – TROUSER PRESS

This is rock n roll, like punk was/is
and it’s more blues than country based and kicks ass but weirdness abounds
– I know that ‘Down In The Dumps’ would get them tearing up the joint
whether the joint was the 100 Club or the Opry.
The Nightingales are a
grown-up band who have mellowed as much as they’ve compromised, not at all. So
it feels right that this is a record that covers the punk, the country, the
noo-wave and the alt-rock books of the rock bible. As they say, ‘Let’s Surf’. –
UNPEELED 
 
On hearing back after almost twenty years, The
Nightingales prove to have predated Pulp and Inspiral Carpets in a way neither
of them would admit to. – PENNY
BLACK

HYSTERICS
 
There’s plenty of drive and power on
these tracks. Highly recommended. – TROUSER PRESS
 
PIGS ON
PURPOSE

 
***** Reissue Of The Year 2004 & Top Ten Albums Of
The Year 2004 – SUNDAY TIMES
 
Pigs on Purpose, The Nightingales 1982
debut, is the CD reissue of the year. The ‘Gales evolved from Birmingham’s
proto-punks The Prefects, becoming John Peel favorites without achieving the
blanket approval of latterly lionised near-contemporaries like Gang Of Four or
Wire, perhaps because their deceptively difficult music was too complex to
assimilate easily. Aspects of the period’s signature sound remain, scratchy
guitars and pummelling rhythms, but The Nightingales’ circuitous, uplifting
songs had more in common with the bargain basement bohemia of Captain Beefheart
than they did with the post-punk polemicists, and Robert Lloyd’s elegantly
hilarious, deadpan lyrics make Sistine Chapel shapes of mundane provincial
minutiae – SUNDAY TIMES
 
COMMERCIALLY UNFRIENDLY: THE BEST OF THE
BRITISH UNDERGROUND 1983-1989 (Various artists, including The Fall, The
Membranes, The Ex, The Nightingales, etc)

 
Standing out head and
shoulders above the rest, though, is ‘Urban Ospreys’ by The Nightingales, whose
in-your-face skat-punk is at the totally opposite end of the spectrum to The
Smiths. It still sounds more future-friendly than The Futureheads and lays its
roots in Maximo’s Park. – DROWNED IN SOUND

www.thenightingales.org.uk
www.myspace.com/nightingalesmusic

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SHINY NEW TOUR SHOW COMEDY COMING SOON. GLEE CLUB BIRMINGHAM

September 12, 2008

THE GLEE CLUB, BIRMINGHAM
THE MIDLANDS’ PREMIER COMEDY VENUE

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COMEDY TOUR SHOW HEAVEN THIS AUTUMN AT THE GLEE CLUB, BIRMINGHAM

7TH BIRMINGHAM COMEDY FESTIVAL Fri 3 – Sun 12 Oct 2008 www.bhamcomfest.co.uk
>> In assoc. with www.wyevalleybrewery.co.uk

FRI 03 OCT (studio)
DAVID O’DOHERTY: IT’S DAVID O’DOHERTY TIME!
Prepare to have yer world rocked (in quite a gentle way) as the Irish viscount of rumpled whimsy, the marble fawn of tiny keyboard based musical comedy, embarks on his first ever UK tour. Join the winner of this year’s If.comedy Award for a night of comedy that will leave you moonwalking home on air. (Part of the Bham Comedy Festival).
MORE STUFF >> / www.myspace.com/phlaimeaux

WED 8 OCT
MARK STEEL: UK TOUR 2008
A vital lynchpin of the UK comedy scene for over 20 years. Subversive, witty, informed stand-up that’ll make you grin and keep you thinking. Essential comedy for the politically minded but just as easily accessible for the not so politically minded. Mark’s a BAFTA nominee who has written and performed 4 series for BBC Radio 4 and 3 series for BBC3. Check his weekly column in The Independent and his new book ‘What’s Going On?’ to get a taster of the man and his fine comedy. (Part of the Bham Comedy Festival).
MORE STUFF >> www.marksteelinfo.com

THU 9 OCT (studio)
RICHARD HERRING: THE HEADMASTER’S SON
What’s worse than being a podgy, swotty, virginal schoolboy? What if your Dad’s the headmaster too! Join Richard as he relives his childhood embarrassments and works out the psychological scarring inflicted by schooldays filled with suspicions and mistrust. One of the most stupidly talented stand-ups currently working live. Be sure to book early. (Part of the Bham Comedy Festival).
MORE STUFF >> www.richardherring.com

WED 22 OCT
JUSTIN MOORHOUSE: JUSTIN MOORHOUSE’S EVER DECREASING SOCIAL CIRCLE
>From ‘Phoenix Nights’, ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’ and ‘Shameless’. In his brand new >show Justin’s on a mission to discover his 5 true friends. In this shame >digital age he’s decided he doesn’t want any new friends. He’s got enough. >In fact, he needs to drop a few. Warm, great value Northern comedy from a >firm (and underrated) glee favourite. “Easily my favourite comedian” Jimmy >Carr
MORE STUFF >> www.justinmoorhouse.com

WED 29 OCT
RHOD GILBERT: RHOD GILBERT AND THE AWARD-WINNING MINCE PIE.
Star of ‘Mock The Week’, ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ and BBC Radio Wales. The multi-award winning Welsh Misery is back with his story of how one mince pie broke the camels back. Ridiculous, certainly. One of the best shows at this year’s Edinburgh Festival? Definitely. Can’t recommend this one highly enough.
MORE STUFF >> www.theworldstandsup.com/Comics-A-Z/Gilbert.aspx

FRI 31 OCT (studio)
PETE FIRMAN: FLIMFLAM
+ support from Carl Donnelly
Star of ‘Dirty Tricks’ (Ch 4) and ‘Monkey Magic’ (Five) brings his unique brand of anarchic magic and off-beat comedy to The Glee fresh from Montreal’s prestigious ‘Just For Laughs’ international festival, ITV1’s ‘Saturday Live Again’. You might have already seen his at the Candy Box Burlesque nights. One to watch! “The b*stard son of Jack*ss and Paul Daniels” Metro. “The MySpace generation’s Tommy Cooper” Scotsman
MORE STUFF >> www.petefirman.co.uk

SUN 2 NOV
CHRIS ADDISON: UK TOUR 2008
Star of BAFTA-winning comedy ‘The Thick of It’ and his own new-for-2008 BBC2 sitcom ‘Lab Rats’. Pacy, energetic, faultless delivery, he has charmed the undercrackers off audiences and critics alike and got two Perrier Award nominations for his trouble. A top class purveyor of smarmy daftness, whimsy, perspiration, lies and jokes. Hard to find a reason not to really. Does a really good Brummie accent too.
MORE STUFF >> www.chrisaddison.com

WED 12 NOV – SOLD OUT
WED 26 NOV – ***EXTRA DATE ON SALE NOW***
ED BYRNE: DIFFERENT CLASS
One of the comedy world’s best observational comics swings into The Glee. A blisteringly funny new show about marriage, class, the youth of today and anything else that strikes him as humorous. He might end up doing an hour about going to the Opera for all I know. Oh, no he’s done that. Catch him while you can, seriously.
MORE STUFF >> www.edbyrne.com

WED 19 NOV
TIM MINCHIN: READY FOR THIS?
The man with the sparkling ivories is back with a blistering new show. Featuring a hefty dollop of fresh material and a spoonful of the classics combined in a manner specifically designed to make you want to go to the lavatory. “The best musical comedian since Bill Bailey”. Time Out. If you’ve seen him we don’t need to explain, if you haven’t don’t hesitate.
MORE STUFF >> www.timminchin.com

SUN 23 NOV
JEFF GREEN: LIFEACHE
Razor-sharp observations thrown into the mixer with buckets of natural charm have left Jeff swimming around in the cream of the comedy world. Never has the phrase ‘crowd pleaser’ been more appropriate. Sit back and enjoy one of the most accessible comics working in the UK. “Cheekier and franker than a barrow-load of schoolboys dressed as monkeys!” The Herald. “The funniest stand-up in Britain” The Sun
MORE STUFF >> www.myspace.com/comedianjeffgreen

THU 27, FRI 28, SAT 29 NOV
ADAM HILLS
Special extended sets from the 3 x Perrier Award nominee. Vibrant life affirming laughs. Adam will be joined by hot tips Dan nightingale and Russell Kane. Usual weekend prices apply.
MORE STUFF >> www.adamhills.com

SUN 30 NOV
SIMON DAY: WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES
Simon Day will attempt to explain what it is like to be a clown, hero, genius, loser and true artist all in one show! Popping his stand-up cherry in 1990, winning the Time Out ‘New Act’ award in ’91 he then rose to legend status in ‘The Fast Show’ whilst touring extensively performing his many characters. And we’ve bagged him on his debut stand-up tour. No wigs, no hats, no comedy glasses, just him on stage doing funny stuff live.

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Stop the Fascist BNP-Peace and Unity Vigil-Stoke on Trent City Centre on 20th Sept 2008. Assembling 10am, venue TBC

September 12, 2008

Here’s a message from: Love Music Hate Racism
Friday, September 12, 2008 1:13 PM

Please
see info below regarding a very important protest in Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday
20th September.  The BNP must not be allowed to hold public
rallies which whip up racist violence, and portray this fascist organisation as
a respectable political party.   The BNP have been  unable to
rally publicly in a major city for many years – the last time they did led to
racist violence and riots.

 

LMHR,
NorScarf and UAF along with other local organisations will be holding a peace
and unity vigil in the city on the day
to
show the depth of opposition to the BNP’s politics of hate both in Stoke and the
wider area.

 

We
would like to ask all LMHR local groups to try to organise groups of people
along with transport to come where possible

We realise this is short notice but the BNP’s intentions to go beyond a small
local event have only become clear in the last few days
.  Groups should
try to publicise the Stoke protest in local workplaces, colleges & schools,
universities (many student union freshers’ fairs are taking place next week, and
both national and West Mids NUS are backing the protest), town centres, shops
& takeaways, and so on. Why not try to get an article or write in to your
local paper or get on local radio to let people know what is happening? 

Hard
copies of the protest leaflet are available from the UAF office (see below),
alternatively please print out and copy the attached leaflet.  Leaflets
can also be picked up from UAF supporters and at the NASUWT stall at the TUC
Women Chainmakers’ Festival in Dudley this weekend
(see http://www.tuc.org.uk/the_tuc/tuc-15340-f0.cfm
)

Please make every effort to attend on the 20th if you possibly can, but
if you’re unable to attend please sign and circulate widely the  Stoke
Unity Statement (below), spread the word about the protest, and make your
feelings known to the authorities in Stoke (details available from the UAF or
LMHR offices). 

 

Love
Music Hate Racism
info@lovemusichateracism.com 

www.lovemusichateracism.com

1st Floor, 231 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EH
Tel 020 7801
2781/2782  // Fax: 020 7801 2782 // mobile: 07838
156052

  

Please print & circulate the
attached 
 leaflet/ petition (pdf
below)
  

 

Stop
the Fascist BNP

 

Peace
and Unity Vigil

 

Stoke on
Trent City Centre  

20th Sept
2008

Assembling 10am,
venue TBC 

 

Called
by NORSCARF 
( North
Staffordshire

Campaign Against Racism and Fascism )
, Unite
Against Fascism, Love Music Hate Racism and Race
equality and community
organisations in
Stoke
 

 

 

 

The fascist
British National
Party have called a rally in Stoke on 20th September,
which their leader Nick Griffin will attend.  The BNP is not a
“respectable” political party it is a fascist organisation that thrives in an
atmosphere of racism and bigotry – and they plan to create that climate in the
city.  

 

Everyone opposed to
the BNP must stand together against them.
 

 

The BNP is trying to
present British National Party (BNP) activist Keith Brown as a “white martyr”
and a “victim of Islamic jihad against Great Britain”.
  But Brown and his son
Ashley Barker subjected their neighbour Habib Khan, and his family to years of
racist harassment and violent abuse.  

 

The judge, Simon
Tonking, noted that “despite denials to the contrary, both Mr Brown and his son
Ashley Barker were involved in acts of racial aggression towards members of Mr.
Khan’s family”. 

 

The Khan family was
called “pakis” and their windows were smashed nearly every other day. They
had a panic button installed after one particularly vicious incident in which
Barker – who is also an active member of the BNP—beat Habib Khan to
unconsciousness.  

 

Barker was convicted
of assault last year. 

 

The BNP’s attempts to
portray Brown as a victim should be seen for what they are – a transparent ploy
to stir up race hatred and violence. 

 

Mr Khan has been
convicted and sentenced following a court trial.  

 

Having an essentially
political rally in Stoke is not about the BNP seeking “justice” for Keith Brown
a longstanding fascist BNP member. This is about the BNP pushing a racist agenda
in Stoke in preparation for next year’s mayoral
elections.  

 

North Staffordshire
Campaign Against Racism and Fascism, Unite Against Fascism and Love Music Hate
Racism have launched a unity statement in the city against the
BNP  (below) over 200 delegates at
the
TUC Congress this week signed this
statement
.

 

We
are organising a peace and unity vigil in Stoke City Centre against
the BNP. Please do your best to join us.

 

Transport details are
being arranged and will be advised shortly.

 

 For further
information/ or to let us know you are bringing your union /
organisations banners please call Unite Against Fascism 020 7833 4916
/
unite@ucu.org.uk 

 

 

SIGN
THE STOKE UNITY STATEMENT- oppose a BNP rally in Stoke on September 20th

Please add your name to the
statement below-


* We want peace and harmony in
Stoke. We want a city for everyone where we can live
together.

* We
understand that the British National Party (BNP) are planning a “rally” in
Stoke-on-Trent on September 20th, which party leader Nick Griffin will
attend. 
* We believe that the BNP’s intention, whatever they may say
publicly, is to whip up racism and division in Stoke.
* We are saddened
and horrified that such an organisation is targeting Stoke.  The BNP is a
fascist organisation, as exposed in TV documentaries such as Panorama and
Dispatches. 
* BNP leader Nick Griffin was convicted in 1998 of
incitement to racial hatred after denying that the Holocaust – the murder of 6
million Jews and millions of others – took place.
* We appeal to the
police and authorities to prevent the BNP from dividing our city.
* As
organisations and individuals we pledge to work tirelessly together to oppose
groups who seek to divide our
community.


Signatories include-
Brendan
Barber
TUC General
Secretary,
Derek
Simpson
Joint General
Secretary Unite,
Billy
Hayes
General Secretary
CWU,
Bob
Crow
General Secretary
RMT,
Mark
Serwotka
General Secretary
PCS,
Jeremy
Dear
General Secretary
NUJ,
Paul
Kenny
General Secretary
GMB,
Christine
Blower
General Secretary,
Wes
Streeting
National President
NUS,
Joe
Marino
General Secretary
BFAWU, 
Michael Meacher
MP
,
Glyn Ford
MEP
,
John McDonnell MP
and National Union of Students.
  

Stoke signatories:
Stoke LMHR, NorScarf,
Staffs University Students Union, Stoke Trades Council, Fire Brigades Union
stoke, National Union of Teachers Stoke, PCS Stoke, CWU Stoke, North Staffs Afro
Caribbean Association, North Staffs Pensioners, Church of God Stoke, Unity young
peoples’ project Stoke,

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September 7, 2008

At bestival and knee deep in mud. Parked up by dada stage and chris tofu from continental drifts is at the helm. The van is surrounded by chris’ entourage of dangerous lunatics and the engineers on the main stage are sniffing helium from the balloons.chaos.done properly. Excellent.

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