Archive for esoteric pop and Orphans by Craig Gidney

Posted in Fools & Orphans, Music Reviews with tags , , on February 2, 2009 by Sister Cleophas


Bulldozer~SepiaChord playlist 7.05.08

Posted in Fools & Orphans, Radio play with tags , on July 5, 2008 by Sister Cleophas



Playlist for the Week Ending 7/5

Cassandra Speaks: I Don’t Think You Know
Christian Williams: Let’s Step Outside
Leonard Cohen: Who by Fire
Juan Prophet Organization: Clown 
Sixteen Horsepower: Phyllis Ruth (live)
Desar: Another Stitch 
127: Man Kiam?
Festival: Come Outside!
Sterilize Stereo: Berzerk Mazurka
Curtis Eller’s American Circus: Plea of the Aerialst’s Wife
Club Foot Orchestra: Motorcycle Chase
Marie MacGillis & the Model Millionaires: Honey Suckle Rose
Esmerelda Strange: Ask the 2 Headed Cow
Jo Gabriel: Bulldozer
Kokusyoku Sumire: Tomodachi Polka
Nathan Wade & the Dark Pioneers: Sweat Through
Be Good Tanyas: Up Against the Wall
Princeton: Eminent Victorians
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Your Funeral, My Trial
Mohlavyr: Whatever
The Dead Science: Cuz She’s Me
Tiger Lillies: Manure (live)

Vacant Little Stare~SepiaChord Playlist 5.04.08

Posted in Fools & Orphans, Radio play with tags , , , on May 4, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

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May 4 2008 2:49 AM 

Playlist for the Week Ending 5/4

Huxley Vertical Cabaret Nouveau: Engine No 9
Juan Prophet Organization: Factory
Big Fish Ensemble: I am Woman
Nap Hayes & Matthew Prater: Prater Blues
Festival: Hold off the Earth
Andrew & Jim Baxter: The Moore Girl 
Demonika and the Darklings: Everyday is Halloween 
Make a Rising: Sneffels Yokul
ECPE: Sunrise
Princeton: Leonard Woolf
Painted Saints: Paladin Whine
Jo Gabriel: Vacant Little Stare
Taylor’s Kentucky Boys: Soldier Joy
Alabama Sheiks: Sittin’ on Top of the World
Fern Knight: Loch Na Fooey
Paul Mercer: L’Etoile de Mer
Walter Sickert & THe ARmy of BRoken TOys: Crowns make Pigs
Sterilize Stereo: Mary’s Doll
The Other Flesh: Waltzing Down the Road to Hell
Kim Vermillion: Organ Donor’s March
Bauhaus: Who Killed Mr Moonlight?
Grey DeLisle: Bohemian Rhapsody
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club: An Introduction to the Power of Braces: Faith
Ex Reverie: Clouds? or Smoke?
Susan Voelz: Ode to Billy Joe
Kansas City Strummers: Broken Bed Blues
Ditty Bops: Sister Kate
Isobell Campbell & Mark Lanegan: Deus Ibi Est
Voodoo Organist: Ain’t Dead Yet
Vic Chesnutt: The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia

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

Of Love and Ether ~ Ninthspace review of track off Fools&Orphans

Posted in Fools & Orphans, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

Jo Gabriel’s forthcoming Fools and Orphans could well turn out to be her signature album. Whilst it bears elements from her previous releases and may be open to inevitable musical comparisons, what’s exhibited in these new songs is fiercely individual and nothing short of staggering: musically inventive and lyrically impressive.

Like all of the tracks, Of Love and Ether has this paradox of richness and sparsity – in this instance bringing together a duo of string instruments (and birdsong) to join Jo’s piano and unique voice in a delicate yet powerfully emotive poem.

Fools and Orphans has an artist’s limited release from 7 May through Ephemera and will also be released in Winter 2008 through Kalinkaland.

God Grant She Lye Still ~SepiaChord playlist ending 4.20.08

Posted in Fools & Orphans, Radio play with tags , , , on April 20, 2008 by Sister Cleophas
Sepiachord    Apr 20 2008 9:56 AM      

Playlist for the Week Ending 4.20.08

juan Prophet Organization: Factory
Miss Moonshine: It’s Only a Paper Moon
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club: Boom Magalina Hagalina Boom 
Ex Reverie: Second Son
Make a Rising: Peaceful Paths
Voltaire: Anastasia
Huxley Vertical Cabaret Nouveau: The Ballad of Lettice Finding & Oscar Cutlet
Priscilla Hernandez: Fairy Tale
ECPE: All Tomorrow’s Parties
Mad Tea Party: Do You Have What it Takes?
One-Eyed Doll: Suicidal Again
Walter Sickert & THe ARmy of BRoken TOys: Safe Hospital Bed (Sweet Toothless Smile)
The Other Flesh: Waltzing Down the Road to Hell
Sterilize Stereo: The Great Division
Jo Gabriel: God Grant She Lye Still
Alessandro Moreschi: Ave Maria
Jill Tracy: Sell My Soul
Ilya Monosov: The Beauty that You Are
Festival: Zebulon
Vermillion Lies: Global Warming
Fern Knight: Magpie Suite, Part III
Paul Mercer: L’Etoile de Mer
Kim Vermillion: The Day We Met 
Oval Portraits: Crying Windows
Demonika and the Darklings: Cry Me a River
Tom Waits: Bone Chain


Ninthspace review of “Island”

Posted in Island, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 22, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

MARCH 22 2008

Island, Jo Gabriel’s fourth full-length album (released in 2005) is probably an ideal introduction to her work because it holds new songs and others from earlier releases. Jo takes the indulgences of This Mortal Coil and weaves them inside traditional and otherworldly piano pieces, accompanied by strings, fretless bass, guitar, her sometimes unusual vocals and Linda Mackley’s perfectly balanced percussion. Whilst the results are obviously off-centre, they remains deliciously melodic and listenable even if the lyrics travel to other places.