Year: 2003

  • Bless Playlist 29/12/2003

    The festive season is still packing them in to the Bless. When I first went in, it took me a few minutes just to get to the DJ booth, it was so packed! Again, a lot of requests for stuff that I’ve played before. This is both good and bad: good because it means people…

  • Screamadelica 23/12/2003

    The night started off slowly but soon picked up and turned out pretty brilliantly in the end. No trouble, good music and loads of people shaking their asses. Yes! Click here for the piccies!

  • George & Gertrude – Why British Gas Was Right To Murder Them

    “The discovery of two pensioners who died weeks after their gas supply was cut off because of an unpaid bill of ?140 led a coroner to call for a review of the law yesterday. George Bates, 89, and his wife Gertrude, 86, were found on 18 October in the living room of the house they…

  • Why You Should Be A Laptop DJ (and how to do it)

    UPDATE! Screen grab from 24/9/08, please see end of post! (This article was originally written in 2003, update at the end!) It’s 3.33am. I should be asleep, tucked up and dreaming of Crimbo pressies. But I’m still up and wired from DJing, which I got back from three hours ago. Like most DJs, I started…

  • Gaddafi – Courageous Statesman or the new Saddam?

    The good news is that, as is apparent from every lowbrow comedy show, Saddam Hussein has been caught and will hopefully be tried for the atrocities he committed. Perhaps then the gassed Kurds, murdered Shiite rebels and other victims of his tyrannical regime will receive some posthumous justice. The bad news is that posthumous justice…

  • Bless Playlist 22/12/2003

    My god! It’s the fullest I’ve seen the Bless in a long time. It was absolutely rammed. Hence, I had to play a lot of requests. In fact, I didn’t manage to play all the requests, there were that many. I had some very lovely people come up asking what I was playing, and requests…

  • Komeda – Kokomemedada (Sonet / Universal 038 499-2)

    What makes a great pop band? Is it an ease with catchy riffs, a lyrical dexterity, an innate understanding of rhythm? Or an effortless blending of all that? Whatever it is, Komeda have got it. They’ve got so much of it, they should start lending the surplus to more disadvantaged groups. The first time I…

  • Terrashima

    First time I’ve seen them in ages and it was a storming gig. Good thing I had my ear plugs in. Click here for the pics!

  • Reveal Xmas Party + Screamadelica

    Bit of a hectic night, trying to see two different gigs in different venues before heading off to Screamadelica. Malc was providing some sterling DJing upstairs at Susumi but I had to leave because it was so bastard smoky. That room is like being shut in a baked bean can with Dot Cotton and 400…

  • Bless Playlist 15/12/2003

    Woah! A very busy night tonight and therefore loads of requests of bands/tracks I’ve played before. But I still managed to fit in a lot of recent new releases. I think this’ll be more of a problem next week when everyone will be in a very Christmassy mood – I don’t want to appear too…

  • Blue Note, Ian DJ’s Last Monday

    Quite a few peeps out tonight, no signs of any pre-Christmas lull here! Click here for the photos!

  • Plans And Apologies at the Rescue Rooms, 12/12/2003

    After a rather impromptu journey, I managed to get to Notingham in time to see Plans play one of the best gigs I’ve ever seen them do. They were relaxed (but not completely pissed out of their heads) and the sound, as always in the Rescue Rooms, was brilliant. I could actually hear lyrics! Yay!…

  • Ele’s Cali Pics

    Click here for pics of sunny San Fran!

  • The Razing Of The Dial

    There’s some building work going on in Derby City Centre. When I say some, I should probably say shitloads. As in enough to continually disrupt the area around Bold Lane/Park Safe Car Park and cause varied outbursts of profanity from drivers and pedestrians. At the corner of all the disruption, lies this: It doesn’t look…

  • First Published Photos

    I’m very chuffed that I’ve had my first commissioned photos published in the January 2004 Sound On Sound. The photos are for the Readerzone feature, they’re of a home studio near Dudley. The next step is to get more commercial photographic work…though how I go about that, I’m not too sure!

  • Flargle

    Just some pics from town today, no big deal. Taken with my little Canon A60. Click here for Full English!

  • Screamadelica 9/12/2003

    Tonight was quiet because of the same pre-Crimbo lull that affected last night. But it was still great. Even though Matt nearly became an amputee thanks to Dan Terrashima. Dave Plans was moaning so I drove him, Mandy and Steve to Burton. I had to pick a night with freezing fog and icy roads, didn’t…

  • Bless Playlist 8/12/2003

    It was a bit emptier than usual tonight – I think it’s the pre-Crimbo lull. But there was still a good amount of people and I had many, many lovely requests. People are asking for stuff that isn’t the standard fare, which is the entire point of the night. I think I’ll have to stop…

  • Oakwood Winter

    Popped out today and made the most of the winter sunshine. Some of the colours out there are wonderful (but very difficult to capture). Click here for the pics!

  • Screamadelica 2/12/2003

    Well, another excellent night! Sian was stressing about it, as usual, but I told her it’s easily the best indie/alternative night out in Derby at the moment. It reminds me of how the Blue Note used to be before loads of meatheads started slamdancing to every fucking record, no matter what it is. The vibe…