If it's of interest to anyone, I've got a new band on the go. Having just been doing recordings on my own for a few years (it had been ages since I played with others) I was invited into something a friend was putting together back in March and it's developed into Vanity Pages! We did our first gig a few weeks ago and are planning to do more in the new year. Here's a bit of footage I've edited together of the gig:
If you would like to keep up with us for gig news etc (and we'd be delighted if you did), we're on www.facebook.com/vanitypages and Twitter @vanity_pages
I got an email from an old friend last night (and I'm sure I'm not the only one). For those who were not so honoured, you may be interested to know that - maybe in time for Christmas! - a new book will be hitting the world's bookstores.
Spoils of War (Everything has a price...) by Tim Earnshaw and Michael Lockwood. I may upload the picture tonight but it's got a rugged soldier with a big fuck-off gun on it.
I'm imagining an Andy McNabb potboiler, but written by someone who really knows how to write (and someone else as well).
Go out and buy it!
A work colleague has managed to double book his social life so he has two spare tickets for Leisure Society gig at Greenham Arts in Newbury 7th Dec. He's happy for face value (£12 each) or an equivalent donation to a charity.
PM me if you are interested.
Here is a video of Songs from the Blue House performing Not That Kind of Girl, which a nice man called Darran asked us to do before he'd give us any money for our last album. It was performed completely live out at The Recording Booth, and then Anthony James Shevlin moved the camera around a bit, made us do it again and then mixed the bits together.
Speaking of songwriting, Helen sings "White gold anklets", not "...ants" or "...antlers" in the line after "You can build me bridges", although the latter would have made a nice ad-lib if we were doing a gig over christmas anywhere. It'll make sense when you hear it.
Enjoy, contemplate, share. It's as much a mantra as anyone else lives by.
Originally posted at http://skirky.blogspot.com
It has become a seasonal tradition that the Primevals have a hometown show - and here we all are again.
Support from our friends The Brutes and Los Tentakills, this is an early show and will be all over by 10:30. There is an aftershow across the road for those who want to make a night of it, with the bands all contributing to the DJ-ing.
If you are coming along, please try to say hello!
My award winning* book has now become a blog where I intend to bang on about music I like and the music industry more generally.
Here it is:
You can still buy the book there of course.
* It hasn't won any awards
Alex Gold and David Hepworth are putting on another of their wonderful "A Word in Your Ear" gigs. In their own words:
"On Sunday December 1st Word In Your Ear opens its Advent calendar with a very special "Do they know it's nearly Christmas" show at the Lexington. It stars Word favourites Pugwash.
Fresh from their triumphs as part of the Duckworth Lewis Method, Thomas Walsh and company return to the scene of their earlier WIYE triumphs with a show which they promise will have a special Christmas flavour. If you've seen Pugwash before you'll know that they have a broad repertoire, so some of your seasonal favourites are bound to be included."
You can get your ticket for a super discount by going here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/word-in-your-ear-presents-pugwash-dream-th...
and entering the code XMASPRESENT.
We love a Christmas single. We especially love one when we made it.
This song is called A Pretty Good Christmas. It's particularly special to us because it was the first song we ever did as The Disappointment Choir, back when we didn't even know if the band was going to continue, or whether it would just be a one-shot thing. Luckily, it wasn't, and we're currently two songs away from completing our first album.
We're still really proud of A Pretty Good Christmas, and this is the re-recorded new single version. We're obviously trying to get as much exposure as we can: we're an unsigned, self-producing, self-everything band: two friends doing everything from one kitchen. Please help us out. If you like the song, please hassle radio stations to play it; tweet DJs; tweet music journalists. We need your help to get a piece of work that we're really proud of, out there.
Click below for the stream of the song, or to buy it on Bandcamp:
And here it is on Spotify.
Thanks for any help you can give us. Obviously, we'd love you to buy the single, but right now exposure and sharing is more important to us than the money. We're just proud of it, and we want it heard.
Turtleface and TripF make various noises in the above mentioned combo and will be playing up at The Good Ship in Kilburn this Friday night. We play a kinda jingly jangly countrified rock 'n' roll and the other acts on the bill are of a generally bluesy/Americana type bent. Anyway, Mr Waring suggested we make use of the noticeboard, so we have. If you do come, please say say hello.
As part of our Kickstarter campaign for the last album (we made it, thanks) we put together a collection of some outtakes, demos and radio sessions which you can now download as a stand-alone compilation. I know - the idea of unreleased material by a group whose released material barely troubled the scorers doesn't really make any sense, does it? Still, there's some stuff you might like - that radio session where we did Breakin' The Law was a hoot, for a start. Here's our reworking of the HJH's eleventh (I checked) single. http://songsfromthebluehouse.bandcamp.com/track/paperback-writer
I'm reliably informed that there is a wee get together starting at 2pm and going on to 7pm (I won't be there till 4, at earliest, I want to see the band) in the Solid Rock Cafe (doonstairs).
Folks are coming over from Amerikee for this, so there will be sandwiches. :=)
Solid Rock do a guid purvey.
Full Mottle Soundtrack and MTHeads.
Then up to the Armadillo for rock non-stop!
I've got two tickets available for The National at Ally Pally on November 13th. £30 each. Get in touch if you're interested.
Everyone's welcome for a drink, a slice of cake and conversations about music and nonsense.
We're meeting upstairs at the King and Queen, Foley Street, London. Come along any time from 6pm (tends to get busy from 7.30pm).
If you're thinking of coming along, do drop me a line so I can give you more info and save you some cake!
I run an open mic night at Polesworth Sports & Social club, North Warwickshire (Near Tamworth).
it's usually the first friday of every month but this month it's moved to Saturday the 2nd.
All musicians welcome from beginners who've never played in front of anyone before to seasoned professionals, jamming highly encouraged, either play your own stuff or covers. cheap drinks, good people and brilliant tunes.
hope some of y'all can make it!
End row Balcony 22/23 F for £22.50 each. Not sure how the PM thing works but if you're interested & you don't either, post under here & we'll sort out contact details.
I've got two spare tickets for Bryan Ferry's gig at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Tuesday 12th November. I'm selling them for face value (£45 each). The seats are for section D, which is 'side on' to the stage.
Just get in touch if you're interested.
If you're in any doubt that Ferry is in great form at the moment, check this review:
For those that Dime, you may be interested to know that Roy Harper's recent RFH gig is up there.
UPDATE: MINGLE CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST
RIP THE TV MINGLE
I’ve published a second novel on Amazon for the Kindle.
It’s free to download worldwide from today until Tuesday 29/10/13.
The download will work on computers, mobile phones and iPads with a Kindle app.
I Travel Inn
An exiled biker washes ashore on the banks of the I Travel Inn.
She soon finds herself ensnared in a plot to find and capture a wayward soul.
Before the situation is resolved she will experience nudity, mass murder, self-mutilation, time travel and a possible orgy.
Enthusiasts of surrealist films by David Lynch (Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Wild at Heart, Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive), Luis Buñuel (The Exterminating Angel, Diary of a Chambermaid, Belle de Jour and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie) and Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo, The Holy Mountain and Santa Sangre) should find a lot to enjoy in this novel.
Also two previous novellas are free for the same length of time.