Mushrooms For Kaypea

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While I was on the phone to Kaypea, I spotted these little fellers in my garden. She demanded pics, click to see them! ๐Ÿ™‚


Kaypea sez:

entoloma? meshableh, apparently that’s a massive genus. i only have hundreds of mushroom species to run through!
oh no wait i vote marasmius oreades!!!! fairy mushrooms ๐Ÿ˜€
next time snap its belly open and take a picture :D. perhaps not quite as naturalistic, but, mutilation for scientific purposes is always fun, er, right?
thanks for taking the photos and uploading them for me jyoti :).


Hangover Lounge Gig, 22/8/10

Hangover Lounge
On Sunday, I got to play a strangely wonderful gig. I played a totally acoustic gig at The Hangover Lounge and… it was soo special in so many ways.

Firstly, I got to play on the same bill as Elizabeth Morris (allo darlin’) and Amor de Dias, both of whom were absolutely fantastic. I hadn’t heard any Amor de Dios before but I’m going to search their stuff out now, very flowing and… surreal is the only other word I can think of? They were last on and it was a great way to finish off the day.

I went on first and looked out at a room of expectant faces. It’s quite a big room, too, so I was worried about projecting. But it was liberating! No worrying about mic or sound or pedals or backing tracks. It was just me and my guitar, singing my heart out. I loved it. And the audience all kept soo quiet, they made the gig work.

The highpoint of my set for me was when Elizabeth joined me for ‘Your Woman’ so all I did was play guitar while she sang it. That won’t ever happen again and I love those kind of unique moments. It’s why I make music, to meet people like her and have lovely collisions like those.

Then I got to see her play. I was sat in between my friends Vanessa and Nat and, I have to admit, she did make me cry at least twice. I blinked the tears back but it was difficult to keep it in, particularly after playing myself. When Elizabeth performs, she’s just there, I can’t really explain what I mean. She was sitting about two feet in front of me, singing these songs she’s written that I love, full of love and lust, despair and insecurity. Perfect.

It was a wonderful day. Days like those make me feel so lucky and happy to be a musician!

Hangover Lounge DJing Playlist, 22/8/10


Only a teeny-weeny playlist, this one as it was just in between bands playing:

The Hidden Cameras – A Miracle
Boards of Canada – 03 Olson (Version 3)
John Barry – The Ipcress File
The Sweptaways – Kalla Mig
de Montevert – The Ghost
The Orchids – Long Drawn Sunday Night
my little airport – My Little Fish
Holopaw – igloo glass
Shearwater – WhippingBoy
Allo Darlin’ – Woody Allen

London With Nat

Oh, Wow!

Last weekend, I was lucky enough to DJ (twice) in London and also do a gig at the Hangover Lounge. I went down with my ace mate, Nat and we managed to get some sightseeing crammed in too!

Vanessa @ Hangover Lounge, Scoffing Chicken

Even better, later on we got to meet up with Vanessa and Kaypea and then we all ended up dancing at HDIF before going back to the hotel for a deranged late-night chat. Really, what better way to spend a weekend than singing, dancing and talking shit with such amazing people?

That weekend is going to be hard to beat! ๐Ÿ™‚

(Click both pics, they go to separate galleries!)

HDIF DJing Playlist 21/8/10

Pic by Ian Watson

Thanks again to Ian HDIF for inviting me to DJ at his lovely, lovely club night. I had a blast and it was nice to slip in a bit of Nas and Set Your Goals in amongst the indiepopness! ๐Ÿ™‚

This is what I played:

Allo Darlin’ – Kiss Your Lips
The Lucksmiths – Self-Preservation
The Wake – Crush The Flowers
Jens Lekman – You Are the Light
Echo and the Bunnymen – Rescue
The Like – He’s Not A Boy
My Bloody Valentine – Thorn
Spearmint – sweeping the nation
James Brown – The Boss
Nas – Get Down
Cats on Fire – Higher Grounds (new)
sarandon – Searching For The Now
Chromeo – Call Me Up
Cure – In Between Days
The Velvelettes – He Was Really Saying Something
Suburban Kids with Biblical Names – Parakit
Stevie Wonder – I Wish
Talulah Gosh – i can’t get no satisfaction (thank god)
Cuba Cuba – Golden Grounds
The Field Mice – Sensitive
Pulp – Stacks
The Sylvers – High School Dance
La Casa Azul – Cambia tu vida
Billie the Vision & The Dancers – I’m Pablo
Pavement – Cut Your Hair
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – 103
Wedding Present – Nobodys Twisting Your Arm
Depeche Mode – New Life
Set Your Goals – Summer Jam

Bzangy Groink Playlist 18/8/10

Allo Darlin'

Umm… how can I say this? I deleted the playlist before saving it when I was DJing at HDIF this weekend… ๐Ÿ™

Ah well, I’m sure the world can miss one of my playlists in a fortnight without crumbling. What I can tell you is this: the top new song I played tonight was ‘Silver Dollars’ by allo darlin.’ Just a beautiful pop song from one of my fave current songwriters. It’s taken from the debut album and I recommend you go and buy it now. Don’t even listen, just buy it!

As for the rest… I’ve no idea! ๐Ÿ™‚

Cosy Den Festival 2010 & General Swedieness


Woah. On the 4th of August, Robbie and I travelled over to Sweden to do a bit of travelling but, most importantly, play the Cosy Den 2010 festival, a multi-day extravaganza of amazing music.

We also travelled to Gothenburg as we both missed it. And, boy, do I miss it more now. It’s such a beautiful city. I’m not knocking Stockholm but Geeburg will always have a bit of my heart.

On Sunday the 8th, I played at Cosy Den. It was a strange gig, I was very on edge. I’ve not been that good mentally lately so singing a setload of intense love songs was always going to be slightly daunting. But the Cosy audience is the best you could ask for – they were warm and accepting of my dodginess.

Playing A Song On The Djurgarden Ferry - 3

And then, on Monday, I played ‘Death In Kettering’ on a ferry! Really, what could be better?

I realise that it’s now five years since Mattias invited me over for the first time to play Cosy Den. In the past five years, I can’t explain how much going over there to play has changed me, changed my music and changed the way I interact with the world musically. Certainly, I wouldn’t have been playing Indietracks or London Popfest or HDIF without the initial reaching out from Mattias.

Who knows what one small act can snowball into? A fanzine interview can turn into a gig, the people you meet there can put out your records or become your fellow travellers or simply, your friends.

I would like to thank Mattias and all the Cosy Den Crew for everything they’ve given me the past five years. Here’s to the best alternative music night in the world! ๐Ÿ™‚

Indietracks 2010

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(for more general pics of the festival, click the pic)

On the 24th of July, I was lucky enough to play Indietracks 2010. And I had a whale of a time!

I played in the church which, for me, is the best stage of all. It’s the right size for the intimacy I want in a gig. It was a bit nerve-wracking as I was doing two very new songs, one only around three weeks old. And both of them are still too raw, singing them is perhaps too much catharsis as opposed to performance.

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(This is the audience in the church, filling up just before I played!)

But the gig went well and I met loaaads of lovely people afterwards who said they’d loved it. Bless em! That’s the best thing about gigging: the connections you make that would never have been possible otherwise. It’s one of the times that I, as a nutter, can try to break down the walls between me and other people without getting carted away to a loony bin. So, let’s hear it for socially-sanctioned temporary transgression of normal mores!

And on that note, a big thank you to Martha and Blair! ๐Ÿ˜‰