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Gothtronic review The Amber Sessions~

Posted in Music Reviews, The Amber Sessions with tags , on July 12, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

The Clockwork Cabaret~playlist 5.08.08 Sway

Posted in Radio play, The Amber Sessions with tags , , on May 8, 2008 by Sister Cleophas


Playlist:May 08, 2008

Fad Gadget – Collapsing New People

Combustible Edison – Vertigogo

Adam Ant – Strip

Wolfgang Press – Mama Told Me Not To Come

Django Reinhardt with Stephan Grapelli – Swing Guitars

Squirrel Nut Zippers – Got My Own Thing Now

Vernian Process – Her Clockwork Heart

Dinah Washington – Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby? (Rae and Christina Remix)

Two Man Gentlemen Band – Let’s Make A Sandwich

Smothers Brothers – Laredo

Squeeze – Take Me I’m Yours

The Jam – A Town Called Malice

Beat Circus – The Ghost of Emma Jean

Leon Redbone – Lulu’s Back In Town

Voices of McDowell – All Quiet Along the Potomac Tonight

Pogues – If I Should Fall From Grace With God

New Model Army – What A Wonderful Way To Go

Slick Pelts – Hell from the Hills

Tom Waits – Metropolitan Glide

Eddie Izzard – Bees and Wasps

Johnny Cash – Personal Jesus

T Bone Burnett – Shake, Rattled and Rolled

Phranc – Mrs Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter

Andrew Sisters – Coffee Song

The Slow Poisoners – Curtains!

Siouxsie and the Banshees – Something Wicked This Way Comes

The Decemberists – We Both Go Down Together

Jo Gabriel – Sway

Jay Munly – Spill The Wine

Le Mystere de Voix Bulgares – Shope Shope


Mick Mercer has entered the room…

Posted in Music Reviews, The Amber Sessions, The Last Drive In with tags , , , , , , on April 24, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

Mick Mercer granted me the honor of reviewing both The Amber Sessions and The Last Drive In~ And in his inimitable writing style, he graced my work with a very complimentary testimonial indeed~

I am feeling very grateful these days for the incredible praise that both these albums are attracting from various people who I greatly respect. A thousand kisses and sunflowers cast their way!

Mick tells that a review of Fools and Orphans is immanent…

I think I’ll go buy myself an ice cream now.

Here are his reviews of Amber and Drive In:


Rather than answer Mick’s query’s directly since he’s most likely busy writing some fantastic review for some particular artist~ I thought i’d post a little explanation for a few of the things he mentioned amidst his covering both The Amber Sessions and The Last Drive In~ first he wondered if goats dance and if I had some knowledge of that! Well yes they do, and I did! In fact my publishing company Dancing Goat Music, is named after these magically lyrical creatures who inadvertently discovered that lovely nectar of the gods Coffee! Here is the link and the legend as it goes:

The Legend of the Dancing Goats®

Coffee was first discovered in what is now called Ethiopia. According to legend, the area’s remote highlands were home to a goatherd named Kaldi. One day he noticed his goats dancing and prancing after eating the small, red fruit of a nearby shrub. Not wishing to be left out of the fun, Kaldi ate the coffee cherries and soon he was dancing with his goats!

Now concerning the following pondering:

“in the bump of night”, which is a lovely phrase I haven’t heard before. I have no idea how this ties in with the cover imagery; perhaps not at all, perhaps with blistering clarity for those who understood.

My love of horror films and the lost art of the genre is getting to be pretty well known amongst my fans~and how I long for that past time that once gloriously showcased some of the more off the beaten path style films, the cult, the b movie, etc~ The Last Drive In is my homage to that nostalgic time when we piled into our cars, dressed in our pajamas and watched all things gruesome and unreal jump off the big screen at us while we cowered in the back seat of dad’s chevy!
I liked the idea of saying The Bump of Night instead of a bump in the night! And I am so thrilled Mick liked it too!

‘There’s A Crack In The Wall’ is giddy and light-headed, with the spectre of Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds circling, which I accept must be accidental. A scrawny beauty, this is like an eerie breeze commanding the piano with its lid left open”

Yes, the essence of that Lucy effect came quite naturally to the piece as the entire album felt channeled to me~ It struck me the same once it was done, but i really liked it’s attitude and felt that it should remain as is~ Again, I am thrilled that Mick sensed it’s spontaneous appearance in the song~ and i love his term
Scrawny beauty! he does know how to turn a phrase~

thank you again Mick~ i hope this clears up a few of the scratching one’s head moments~

Cheers all~ Joey

Posted by Jo Gabriel on Saturday, May 03, 2008 at 8:20 PM

Jo Gabriel featured/ORGAN SHOW playlists

Posted in Radio play, The Amber Sessions, The Last Drive In with tags , , , on April 21, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

Organ show with Sean O on RESONANCE 104.4FM, Sunday APRIL 6th 2008, 9.00pm – On your FM dial all over London and worldwide via 

2: JO GABRIEL – Masque Of The Red Death (Dancing Goat) – She from New York, she recorded these two stunningly beautiful albums of four track in an empty theatre, both of them radiate with colourful warmth. Piano led instrumentals laced with wonderful textures and delicious detail – or

11: JO GABRIEL – The Sun King (Dancing Goat) – See track two, this time a track from her Amber Sessions album… both the albums are reviewed in more detail with this week’s Organ

18/Outro: JO GABRIEL – Passing/Arriving (Dancing Goat) – See track two, another track from her Amber Sessions album, this time just a final taste to leave you with….

My beloved Organ ~reviews of The Amber Sessions & Last Drive In!

Posted in Music Reviews, The Amber Sessions, The Last Drive In with tags , , on April 20, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

I have been honored by two incredible reviews by Sean at Organ Magazine! I apologize for having disturbed Biddy the Cat whilst he was trying to jot down his impressions of the music!

But cat’s are resilient creatures and tonight Biddy shall pick several songs to play on RESONANCE 104.4 FM London every sunday night at 9pm world wide

Here they are~ bless you Sean and Biddy~!


Moments Like Drops~ SepiaChord playlist 4.13.08

Posted in Radio play, The Amber Sessions with tags , on April 13, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

Apr 13 2008 1:51 PM   

Playlist for the Week Ending 4.13.08

Zoe Boekbinder – Vermillion: Little Johnny 
Paul Mercer: Ballet Mecanique
Festival: Return
Black Heart Procession: The Waiter #4
The Other Flesh: (Bring Down the) Summer Rain
Kronos Quartet: They Are There!
The Magnificent Seven: Los Chants de Maldoror
David Thomas: Dan Dan
Huxley Vertical Cabaret Nouveau: Acquiesce
Baby Gramps & the Back Swamp Potioners: Goblin Fruit
Seelenblut: The Need for Less Sex in the World
Jill Tracy: The Water Flows so Slow
The Scarring Party: Anywhere
Ex Reverie: The Crowning
Naevus & Rose McDowall: Restraining Order/Fish Heads and Olives Medley 
John C Reilly: My Son John
Bill Campbell & the Bittersuite: The Sea
The Tossers: The Crowning
Robin Holcomb: Dead Horse
Jo Gabriel: Moments Like Drops
Ethel Mermaid: I Was a Fool in Love
ECPE: Sunrise
Kim Vermillion: The Day We Met
Fern Knight: Magpie Suite, Part III
Spiritual Front: There is no Mud in Joyville
Attica! Attica!: Motion Sickness
Nick Cave: Fire Down Below
Violent Femmes: Good Feeling
Martin Carthy & the UK Group: The Mermaid
Decemberists: The Legionnaire’s Lament
Oval Portraits: Crying Windows
Lloyd James: Little Sap and Varicose
Thomas Nola et son Orchestre: Gloomy Sunday
The Kinks: Gloomy Sunday
Ilya Monosov: Winter Lullaby
Bob Neuwirth: Haul on the Bowline

Ninthspace review of The Amber Sessions

Posted in Music Reviews, The Amber Sessions with tags , on April 7, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

I am feeling very honored by this extremely eloquent,substantive and flattering review of my Amber Sessions!

Hail to Ninthspace for lavishing me with their attentions~