Here’s a chap called Mark McGuire (from the band Emeralds) playing his clipped guitar and doing the loop pedal thing that I like. If you have eleven minutes to spare and require some form of meditative medicine, then press play and drift away.
I’m glad to say that ticket sales have been ticking over quite nicely for my UK tour. With that in mind, as well as the Twitter-badgering that people have been doing (!), I’d like to announce two extra shows in the UK. One in leafy Oxford and another on the south coast in Southampton. Please come along if you can, and tell your pals, too.
As you can see from this site, I’m interested in the visual almost as much as the musical. So maybe it comes as no surprise that I’ve decided to release a book of my Polaroid photographs, called ‘Thinking In Pictures’ on October 11th, alongside Margins.
I’ve taken thousands of Polaroids over the last five or six years and selected a bunch of them for your viewing pleasure. All the books include a copy of Margins in the back, and a thousand copies have bookmarks that I’ve signed (only available through Amazon). More information about getting hold of a copy of ‘Thinking In Pictures’ can be found here…
It’s a bit of a lucky dip organising a short tour and trying to connect the towns and cities like a dot-to-dot puzzle. Have a look at the ‘Live’ section for the dates.
Unfortunately, Spain, Ireland and Austria, all places I love visiting, wouldn’t fit into the itinerary, but if there’s any chance of a future date in these countries, I will try and do it. Hopefully, this message will spread to my European neighbours and the shows will be as good as I want them to be.
How does he do it? The carefree air of the debonair…
I’m enjoying the warped colours of this video, by the way.
Kid (cover by Peter Clayton); Making Cocoa… (cover by Ed Kluz); The Whitsun Weddings (cover by Michael Kirkman); Dart (cover by Jonathan Gibbs); Nil, Nil (cover by Charles Shearer); Ariel (cover by Sarah Young)
A beautiful set of Faber & Faber poetry book with covers adapted from artist’s prints. I saw them in a Paris bookshop recently and it made my day. I got back to England and sniffed them out.
The release of Margins gets ever closer, and I always like to play on home turf when such an occasion arises. As a proud North-Easterner, born in Billingham, no less, it gives me great pleasure to announce that my first official concert under my own name will take place at Uncle Albert’s in Middlesbrough. Although it’s been years since I lived on Teesside, I can often be found trotting down the steps of Boro train station on my way to the match or to the modern art gallery, MIMA. Opposite that flight of concrete stair is Uncle Albert’s, where I would look at the listings of bands and realise how many good new acts were playing in the streets where I once roamed. Now, I’m one of those new acts, so please come down and check me and my new band out. Some bits will be very quiet and other bits will be very loud. On Sale Now! Snap ‘em up.
This album cover has been staring at me tonight, propped up against the blue cupboard that my record player stands upon. The Boss, as he is known, looks hungry and sullen. The blue B-Movie font leads you to believe there are pulpy tales to be told within the record, and you need look no further than the title track for confirmation. A tale of two young lovers whose dream turns sour during an economic downturn , it chillingly concludes, “Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true/or is it something worse”. Superb.
There’s been quite a few of you asking about whether I’ll be playing across Europe and the answer is yes. Some countries are proving difficult in terms of the right venue on the right night as I wend my way across the continent. More details will appear as and when they are confirmed.
However, I can now announce that I’m definitely coming to Germany and here are the dates:
5th November – Hamburg – Mondial Club
6th November – Berlin – Beck’s Music Experience 2010 (free show, click here for more information)
8th November – Munich – 59:01:00
9th November – Heidelburg – Karlstorbahnhof
10th November – Cologne – Gebaude 9
I’ve just returned from a holiday to Berlin, where I hung out with some mates and fed myself culture on an every-other-day basis. The rest of the time I was filling my tummy with Currywurst and Wiener Schnitzel. At any rate, for whatever reason, Deutschland and me get along just fine, so it’s going to be a bit of a thrill, I suspect. I’ll also be showing my new band-mates how badly I can speak German thanks to the classes I’ve recently taken (“Ich lerne Deutsch”).
Well, rehearsals with my new band start on Friday, so let me go and tune up…
Stay tuned for more news and views.
Check out the rude Richard Thompson-style guitar playing from Pierre Brewski. Amoeba Records is the place to be, LA or San Fran.
Lordy! My new single, ‘Our Lady of Lourdes’ is going to be Zanes hottest song in the world RIGHT NOW TONIGHT YES SIR!!! Listen to our banter from 7.30 on the nation’s favourite, Radio 1.
Saw the latest Harmony Korine film, Trash Humpers on Thursday night. It’s ‘about’ a trio of perverted geriatric vagrants and the title is as literal as it gets.
Here’s the trailer for this twisted film which I thought was questionably hilarious…
Don’t watch it if you are easily disturbed or offended! You’ve been warned.
‘Reality’ by the group Black Merda is a 1970 blend of Curtis Mayfield at his grooviest and Jimi Hendrix at his mellowest. I was tipped off (indirectly, I might add) by D’Angelo, who appears in the previous post – he’s working on a new album and he’s a modern-day soul legend to a sucker like me.
If there was an audio-visual dictionary then those in charge of appointing the definition of funk might consider the following footage as its entry: