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Wonderful Wooden Reasons ~ Featured Reviews Fools & Orphans, The Amber Sessions and The Last Drive In

Posted in Fools & Orphans, Music Reviews, The Amber Sessions, The Last Drive In with tags , , on August 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


The Unreachable Sky re-issue 2008 thru Ephemera!

Posted in projects in progress, The Unreachable Sky with tags , , , on May 2, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

I will be reissuing The Unreachable Sky through Ephemera Records Summer 2008, as an exclusively instrumental album with 2 NEW! added tracks as a bonus~!

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

Masque of The Red Death~ninthspace review of track off The Last Drive In

Posted in Music Reviews, The Last Drive In with tags , on April 10, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

Jo Gabriel: Masque of the Red Death, Ninthspace review off The Last Drive In

Filmmakers looking for a spooky but engaging soundtrack to accompany their Times New Roman opening credits (complete with sweeping shots of barren landscapes only broken by highway) need look no further than Masque of the Red Death. Taken from Jo Gabriel’s album The Last Drive In, this instrumental appropriates its title from the film of the same name. The key to its success is that it doesn’t attempt to ratchet up tension, or reach any conclusion – any tension that exists is created solely by the listener. Instead it drives onwards, quietly, mercilessly, the piano riding over macabre synth drones which hint at what might happen if you choose to deviate from the given path. And of course we always do.

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~

Amber~SepiaChord Playlist 4.06.08

Posted in Radio play, The Amber Sessions with tags , on April 6, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

Apr 6 2008 11:57 AM    

Painted Saints: The Lament
Black Heart Procession: Outside the Glass
Miss Moonshine: It’s Only a Paper Moon
Festival: Valentine
Alessandro Moreschi: Ave Maria
Life Toward Twilight: The Mirror
Ex Reverie: Wooden Sword
Kim Vermillion: Organ Donor’s March
Velvet Underground: The Murder Mystery
Eric Dahlman: Geysti Hiche Gesank Buchleyn
Huxley Vertical Cabaret Nouveau: The Ballad of Lettice Finding & Oscar Cutlet
Fern Knight: Loch Na Fooey
Scarring Party: Leslie Ann Merrimac
Nichols Family Gospel Hour: The Angel’s Would Have Wept
ECPE: Oh Suannah
Jo Gabriel: Amber
Make a Rising: How’s ’bout a Love Supreme
Jill Tracy: Petrified

Ninthspace review of The Last Drive In…

Posted in The Last Drive In with tags , on April 2, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Jo Gabriel: Waking The Dark NinthSpace review April 1st-

Waking The Dark sets the scene on Jo Gabriel’s album The Last Drive In – nine tracks of solitary terror. I think that’s the plan, but to my ears, using the piano as a centerpiece for such evocative ambience results in something rather beautiful although this doesn’t manifest itself until many hours after that first listen. Subsequent listens are more welcoming.

This opening piece, like all its companions, appears to pair structure with improvisation. The repeated phrases which shift key are emphasised by a subtle organ drone which follows them around, sometimes joined by strings. These movements turn incredibly pretty at times. Upsetting and unsettling this balance are occasional flourishes of keys and synth pads which draw the music back to its primary intentions.

Amber~SepiaChord playlist for 3.30.08

Posted in Radio play, The Amber Sessions with tags , on March 30, 2008 by Sister Cleophas


Playlist for the Week Ending 3.30.08

Orion Rigel Dommisse: A Giver
Make a Rising: Bradfords’s Big Boat Ride [Beyond (The Dawn)]
Kim Vermillion: First the Bees…
Nichols Family Gospel Hour: From Mourning to Morning
They Might Be Giants: Lady is a Tramp
12 Rounds: Where Fools Go
David J: Antarctica Starts Here
Ilya E Monosov: I Open My Arms
ECPE: Farther Along
Orchards: Bless Me Moon
Jo Gabriel: Amber
Ex Reverie: The Crowning
Vermillion Lies: Shark Serenade
Life Toward Twilight: The Mirror
Combustible Edison: Pink Victim
Ugly Cassanova: Diamonds on the Face of Evil
Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys: Dark Anne
Luna Tart: Put Down Roots
Tiny Hat Orchestra: Epilogue
Scarring Party: Eye
Those Darned Accordions: Hamsterman
Fire on Fire: Amnesia
Grey DeLisle: Turtle Dove
The New Dress: Where Our Failures Are

Mistress Of Time~ SepiaChord playlist 3.23.08

Posted in Radio play, The Amber Sessions with tags , on March 23, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

Mar 23, 2008 11:41 AM

Playlist for the Week Ending 3.23.08

Be Good Tanyas: Only in the Past
Regina Spektor: Fidelity
Make a Rising: Peaceful Paths
Ex Reverie: Second Son
Alessandro Moreshi: Ave Maria
Ilya E Monosov: Happy Song
Barry Black: The Horrible Truth about Plankton
Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash: Long Black Veil
Kim Vermillion: The Day We Met
Blanche: Do You Trust Me?
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: John Finn’s Wife
Oval Portraits: Crying Windows
Vermillion Lies: Found Myself
Nicolas Krassik w/ Beth Carvalho: Luz Negra
Orion Rigel Dommisse: Drink Yourself (to Death)
The Dead Science: Cuz She’s Me
Strawfoot: Achilles Heel
ECPE: Sunrise
Spone: Untitled Theme #63
Jo Gabriel: Mistress of Time
Life Toward Twilight: The Mirror
Dash Rip Rock: Man of Constant Sorrow
Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper: Lincoln Logs
Erik Dahlman: Gey Stitliche Gesank Bochlyen
Fern Knight: Bemused
Orchards: The Star’s Advice
Tom Waits: If I Have to Go
Tiger Lillies: Sailors
Thomas Nola et Son Orchestre: Gloomy Sunday
Nicholas Family Gospel Hour: The Angels would have Wept
PJ Harvey: Daddy
Stares: Forget the Souvenirs
Miss Moonshine: It’s Only a Paper Moon
Palodine: How to Use

Yorga’s Songs of Hunting~SepiaChord Playlist 3.16.08

Posted in Radio play, The Amber Sessions with tags , , on March 16, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

Mar 16, 2008 5:17 AM

Playlist for the Week Ending 3.16.08

Voltaire: Dead
Swans: Animus
Nichols Family Gospel Hour: The Faithless Man
ECPE: Don’t this Road Look Rough and Rocky
They Might Be Giants: Dinner Bell
Golden Robot Army: The Hi-Life
Split Lip Rayfield: Tennessee
Nicki Jaine: Amsterdam
Tallyman’s Dark OMNIBUS: The Children Playing in the Cemetary
Kim Vermillion: Hurts Like Hell
Ex Reverie: Clouds? or Smoke?
Jo Gabriel: Yorga’s Songs of Hunting
Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans: Can’t Sit Down
Fern Knight: Hawk Mountain
Orion Rigel Dommisse: A Faceless Death
White Stripes: Prickly Thorn, but Sweetly Worn
Squirrel Nut Zippers: It Ain’t You
Brownie McGhee: Betty and Dupree
Magnificent Seven: The Last Waltz
Quiltman: Weendigo Myth
DeVotchka: I Cried Like a Silly Boy
The Choir Practice: I See Things
Vermillion Lies: Long Red Hair
Make a Rising: Transmutation
Black Heart Procession: Tropics of Love
Damon Albarn & Michael Nyman: Trek to the Cave
Orchards: My Song, My Spell (My Prayer, My Pen)
Ilya E Monosov: Ms Desolate
Camper Van Beethoven: Light from a Cake
Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys: feather
16 Horsepower: Sinnerman


Masque Of The Red Death~3.11.08 The Clockwork Cabaret 103.5FM

Posted in Radio play, The Last Drive In with tags , on March 11, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

Those lovely Davenport sisters played Masque Of The Red Death on their fabulous radio show!

The Clockwork Cabaret 103.5 LP FM Carrboro and Chapel Hill NC

Playlist 3.11.08

Magnetic Fields – Born On a Train
Gogol Bordello – Start Wearing Purple
Kraftwork – Europe Endless
Switchblade Symphony – Sheep
New Model Army – Aimless Desire
New Model Army – I Love the World
Siouxsie and the Banshees – Little Johnny Jewel
Tom Waits – What’s He Building?
Unextraordinary Gentlemen – Open Arms Empty Air
Theme from Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines
The Smiths – Cemetery Gates
Einsturzende Neubauten – Sand
Nick Drake – Pink Moon
Thomas Dolby – One of Our Submarines
The Tuna Helpers – Blueberry Head
They Might Be Giants – Seven
Jo Gabriel – Masque of the Red Death
The Decemberists – Chimbly Sweep
Ethel Merman – I’m an Indian Too
Alarm Will Sound – Prep Gwarlek 38
Puppini Sisters – Walk Like an Egyptian
Scott Joplin – Something Doing
Tiger Lillies – Never Marry a Man
Dolly Parton – Silver Dagger
Rasputina – If Your Kisses Can’t Hold The Man You Love
Man Man – Skin Tension
Reverend Glasseye – God Help you Dumb Boy

Fade To Black~SepiaChord playlist 3.03.08

Posted in Radio play, The Last Drive In with tags , on March 3, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

Mar 3, 2008 9:54 AM

Playlist for the Week Ending 3.3.08

Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys: The Negative Heart Society
Jay Munly: The Denver Boot
Ilya E. Monosov: Winter Lullaby
Clare Fader: Wedding Day Lament
Voodoo Organist: Worship Hymn
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club: Jesus is in My Body
Nichols Family Gospel Hour: The Angels Would Have Wept
Firewater: Knock ’em Down
Flatfoot 56: Knuckles Up
Midnight Serenaders: Everybody Loves My Baby
Flaming Stars: The Last Picture Show
Magnificent 7: The Last Waltz
16 Horsepower: American Wheeze
Orion Rigel Dommisse: A Giver
Der Bekannte Post-Industrielle Trumpeter: Gift
Ex Reverie: Days Away
Denver Gentlemen: Blue Parrot
Stranglers: Golden Brown
Jo Gabriel: Fade to Black
Joe Black: The Tragic Tale of Peter Scarecrow
Testing Vault: Charlotte’s Glass Eye
Soul Merchants: Joanna
Orchards: Each Night a Pilgrimage
Lisps: Compromise
Jerri Rossi: I Left My Heart but I Don’t Know Where
Split Lip Rayfield: Promise Not to Tell
A Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band: Built then Burnt (Hurrah! Hurrah!)
This Bike is a Pipe Bomb: Trains and Cops
Unwoman: Witch-Wife

DeadofNight reviews~ The Amber Sessions and The Last Drive In

Posted in Music Reviews, Radio play, The Amber Sessions, The Last Drive In with tags , on January 9, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

Neo classical/Goth pianist and vocalist extrodinare Jo Gabriel has TWO releases out this month that you’ll be hearing a lot of during my broadcasts of The Dead OF Night.


“THE AMBER SESSIONS” are both available through her website at

The Last Drive In is a collection of instrumentals that invokes the feeling and atmospere of those late night horror movie matinees, bringing to mind that other worldly sense of being one step beyond the imagined borders of our reality. Jo seamlessly interweaves both accoustic piano and synth sounds, mounting both tension and drama within the context of every composition to really transport the listener. Where so many artists merely try to achieve that balance of atmosphere and driving sense of movement Jo succeedes and creates and audio soundscape that is above and beyond what you’d ever expect.Track four “There’s A Crack In The Wall” will be featured during my next broadcast, tune in and hear it for yourself.

The Amber Sessions…
Within the context of this body of work the listener is treated to a myriad number of explorative textural movements in sound and composition, at times stark and dissonant, other numbers will simply floor you with a haunting melodic touch seldom heard in so far as it’s vulnerability and artistic scope. Each track on this EP (It’s actually 13 tracks in length)has a unique perspective unto its own. There’s an underlying sense of restless exploration where no definitive is settled on and happily so. This CD is a place you’ll want to get lost in for a while, not caring if you ever find your way back.

I’m not big on rating systems and I don’t think there’s a definitve number of stars you can award work like this, each CD is a truth unto itself and worth owning however, you don’t have to take my word on it, go to Jo’s MySpace page and give her work a listen…


Wind and Wire review~ The Unreachable Sky 2003

Posted in The Unreachable Sky with tags , , on May 7, 2003 by Sister Cleophas
Wind and Wire

Review by Bill Binkelman

Full review:

Review of The Unreachable Sky (2003)

“… Here’s an intriguing album comprised of both instrumental and a few vocal tracks. Jo Gabriel plays piano, electric guitar, and keyboard samples and is possessed of a singing voice that reminds me of a combination of Joni Mitchell and Tori Amos; she has that combination of raw human emotion and a multi-octave range that either appeals to a person or doesn’t. I doubt that anyone who hears her on the several vocal tracks will have a neutral reaction. Myself, I found her style intensely intimate and well-suited for integration with the somber and minimal piano-driven instrumental songs …”

“… While some songs feature prominent use of sampled instruments, Gabriel’s piano is far and away the main attraction here, and she has the chops to make it worthwhile listening. If you usually find “new age” music piano to be too sweet and undemanding, you won’t have that reaction here, trust me. Yet, seldom is The Unreachable Sky inaccessible or abrasive. Unconventional, yes, but not overly formidable …”

“… On the whole, though, The Unreachable Sky is worthwhile if you enjoy moody piano music, along with some sampled keyboards (mostly strings) and a few vocal tracks here and there. I don’t know that you could classify this as ambient music, and it sure isn’t new age or adult contemporary. In some ways, it cleaves closer to neo-classical, especially with how Gabriel plays her piano (her technique really is quite good). There are also some avant garde elements and a bit of Projekt-type goth/shoegazer mixed in there as well …”