Month: August 2007

  • Dan Johnson – Jazzzz

    On Tuesday, the HV20 I recently bought finally arrived and I used it to make some vids of my mate Dan Johnson doing some fancy guitar-twiddling. Click here to see the vids!

  • RIP Daniel Hansson

    I just found out about Daniel’s death. I never met Daniel but we exchanged emails about MIDI, quantisation, timing – the usual geeky stuff that electronic music types love to talk about. He was always unfailingly polite, helpful and friendly. He even offered to give me a tour of the Elektron facility the next time…

  • Bearsuit And The Deirdres

    On Friday I went to see The Deirdres supporting Bearsuit. Despite some of the worst live sound it’s ever been my misfortune to experience (thank god I had earplugs in), The Deirdres managed to overcome the obstacles set in their path and deliver us amazing, tickly fun. It takes (hard)core brilliance to battle through and…

  • How Capitalism Is Shit Part 34,723

    I love video podcasts. I’m watching one now, Robert Scoble chatting with Cali Lewis. Just finished watching Cranky Geeks. I think it would be accurate to say that I’ve replaced a lot of TV I used to watch with podcasts. However, there’s one annoying thing. Most of these vidcasts are American. And, inevitably, they reflect…

  • Polarised Light Experiments

    Click the pic for the polarised gallery! Tonight, I took some experimental pics mucking about with the effect of polarised light on transparent objects. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while but I only realised tonight that I had a readily available source of polarised light. We actually spend a lot of our…

  • Mr. Elephant

    A late but very welcome birthday present. Click him to see more pics!

  • Keepon Dancing To Spoon!

    I love Keepon, the funky little dancing robot. I try to model my real-life dancing on his slick moves. I also love Spoon. Look, they got best new track here. Keepon first became famous on the cyberwent as he was filmed bopping to Spoon’s ‘I Turn My Camera On.’ Well, someone has been thinking lovely…

  • Big Blue Playlist 11/8/07

    Tonight’s best new song was the wonderful ‘Scapegoat’ by Canadian ska-punks Keepin’ 6. Their debut album was released, as you can see above, on June 12 and I think it’s going to be in my top albums of ’07. It’s a deftly arranged and beautifully played collection of songs that vary from pop punk through…

  • Cowtown, Mascot Fight, Horowitz, Live At Susumi

    On Tuesday I went to the above ace gig at Susumi. Cowtown headlined and supporting were Mascot Fight and Horowitz. And I took some vids! Horowitz vids here! Mascot Fight vids here! Cowtown vids here! Mmmm…. compression artifacts…

  • Suburban Kids With Biblical Names On 120 Minutes

    I’m sooo happy! I taped 120 Minutes and the video for ‘Loop Duplicate My Heart’ turned up amidst all the post-Bright Eyes / Bobcat Goldthwait yodelling bands and “challenging” soundscapes. Yes, as a fantastic pop song, it stuck out like a sore bastard thumb. The vid is on telly now because their amazing album, ‘3,’…

  • Big Blue Playlist 4/8/07

    Tonight’s best new track was ‘The World Is Theirs’ by The IRS. It’s the title track from their stunning debut album, out next month. This is prime hip hop, great beats coupled with killer lyrics about the real world (think Braintax rather than party rap). And they’re being themselves, South London lads, not pretending to…

  • Birthday Pathos And Bathos

    You see – I have achieved advanced maturiosity! Pheweeee! Well, last Monday was my 41st birthday. I’ve only got round to writing about that now as the previous few days were consumed with practising, gigging, festival-going and trying to sleep through wheezy nights. It’s been a hectic time for an old bloke! I guess the…

  • The Besties / A Smile And A Ribbon / The Deirdres

    Last night (was it only last night…?), I went to see three more indie bands, as if the weekend hadn’t zonked me out enough already. The Deirdres I thought I might be a little jaded but luckily The Deirdres blew the cobwebs out of my ears with a marvellous set of simple (i.e., good) tunes,…

  • Indietracks Festival 2007

    The gorgeous Swanwick Junction One of the reasons I haven’t done a post for a while is that I spent the weekend at the Indietracks Festival. And it was ace! Cats On Fire I saw loads of bands, varying from the twee-est twee through Mod to Krautrock synthpop. A few peeps I know have been…