Archive for August, 2010
No, not Joni…
August 30th, 2010

I love photos of the abstract expressionists. Here’s Joan Mitchell.
Because they didn’t depict anything specifically recognisable, the portraits became important signifiers of what the paintings might be about. Here’s an untitled pastel from 1978 to brighten up your computer screen.


August 26th, 2010

Morning all, sorry to be a pest but there are tickets now on sale for some shows i’m putting on. Click here for tickets: don’t be shy and snap ’em up!

I’ve tried to keep the prices down in these lean times but the Sage and Bush Hall venues cost a little extra to hire out hence them being a couple of quid extra.

See you at the venues,


So, it comes to pass that I test the Wayne’s World 2 theory of ‘book the shows and they will come’. If you’d like to see me play the songs from Margins then have a look at the tour dates below. Tickets go on sale Thursday 26th August at 9am.


26th – Bodega, Nottingham (TICKETS)

27th – Brudenell, Leeds (TICKETS)

28th – Glee Club, Birmingham (TICKETS)

29th – Thekla, Bristol (TICKETS)


01st – Bush Hall, London (TICKETS)

2nd – Deaf Institute, Manchester (TICKETS)

3rd – Classic Grand, Glasgow (TICKETS)

4th – Sage 2, Gateshead (TICKETS)

I’ve been waiting to play these songs live for a while now so that should ensure an excitable performance although the songs will require a different execution to those of Maximo Park; less frenetic movement but no less emotion or commitment. You have been warned!

To drum up support for the tour I’m going to dip my solo toes into the world of the single and put out Our Lady Of Lourdes on November 1st, a toe-tapper and a grower, I’m told by my pals. On the 7inch vinyl, there’s a new song based on a guitar loop, called, cunningly, Loop For Becca. Digital customers will get my version of the Arthur Russell classic, A Little Lost, which consists of just my voice and the first recorded example of my inexpert bass-playing. You can pre-order the album here from Amazon

Spread the word, people – I’m coming to a town near (ish) you!


Through A Glass, Darkly
August 23rd, 2010

Untitled (Portrait of Emmanuelle Huynh) by Isabelle Waternaux, 1996

A Touch of Glass
August 23rd, 2010

At the Pompidou Centre in Paris yesterday, I saw a whole bunch of art made by female artists collated from the museum’s permanent collection. I suspect there’ll be a few more posts to come of the more fine-art-oriented material involved but, for a start, here’s some beautiful glassware from the 1975 Vignelli collection.
I’m not sure at what point in my life I began to appreciate the serenity of a casserole dish, but there we are.

Purely Cosmetic
August 17th, 2010

Captured Tracks seem to be releasing lots of murky, motley-pop at the moment and Cosmetics are currently amongst the cream of that crop. This cross-legged image is a real peach but it wouldn’t be as perfect were it not for the type and its careful positioning. Just so.


August 16th, 2010

Saw this film in Berlin last night, with German subtitles running across the bottom of the screen and rodents making noises underfoot. The main character is an aimless oddball in a world full of people who make him look sane. He’s a drifter in a film that drifts along to the strains of John Lurie’s saxophone…


So Long, Marianne
August 12th, 2010

Annemarie Schwarzenbach by Marianne Breslauer, 1931

The Berlinische Galerie is showing a retrospective of Marianne Breslauer and the timeless woman on the poster has been haunting me as I walk around the city. Having just returned from the exhibition, postcards in bag, I would recommend it highly. A vision of a time when (admittedly weatlthy) androgynous women were depicted as feeling comfortable with themselves and their role in a changing world. Truly striking.

Wild At Heart
August 10th, 2010

Wild Nothing – “Bored Games” from Ian Perlman on Vimeo.

I saw this band in a Berlin club called Bang Bang last night. The sound was perfect and chiming and nostalgic.

Surreally Good
August 2nd, 2010

It’s appropriate to see a photograph of Maya Deren asleep, since her images fuel the dreams of others.


Fuzzy Owl
August 2nd, 2010

To celebrate the official launch of my website, here’s a painting by Brendan Lancaster.


Frankie & Arthur
August 2nd, 2010

I’ve got a bass-accompanied ¬†Arthur Russell cover up my sleeve and so has Frankie Rose (and The Outs). Further testament to the great man’s power of simplicity.