Monday, 10 February 2014

Hula Boy

We went to The Wet Spot burlesque on the weekend. There were lots of talented ladies artistically removing their garments but the only photo I took in the venue was of Craig The Incredible Hula Boy. He was indeed incredible- very amusing act, well worth seeing if you get the chance. I wore my Old Town fully lined Harris tweed trousers and while they look nice they are hellish warm to jive in.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Studio

I love going to the studio especially when I'm getting paid to go. Hours spent driving, tweaking knobs, moving cars, trying to find cashpoints, eating and drinking, with the occasional song played in between. Actually those were the things that got in the way of an otherwise quite productive day. My advice- never try do anything in one take unless you want to play the same song a hundred times.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Homemade Cider

I know it works cos I can't see straight.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Dr Q

Got another Dr Q pedal cos why wouldn't you love something called a Dr Q? I sold my last one cos I didn't 'get it'. Now I've got another one. I hope I 'get it' this time or there'll be another super cheap Dr Q going on eBay.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Internal bleeding

In my finger end from playing double bass. One week later and it's still not healed. Three gigs this weekend- it's going to be painful.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Same as it ever was

I don't know how it happened but I'm playing a Christmas season. Playing to fat drunk people who have no interest in music. We are trying to keep it real... in between the Christmas songs that is.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Energy

What energy is stored within an object when it is changed from its base material into a defined form?

From the electrical spark that jumps neural pathways and generates ideas to the calorific furnace of muscle action, the human body is an engine of great physical and chemical reactions with the potential to imagine concepts and then bring them into existence. Energy itself cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed or transferred and I feel that things wrought by hand must carry some of the energy of their own creation within them.

Such is it with this creation (now sadly sold out). As I carefully extracted it from its swaddling of bubble wrap and Subsculptures t-shirt I felt, in my hand, what I can only describe as a low hum of energy. Sure I was excited to get it but this was beyond that, some esoteric shit was going down. You don't have to believe it because I don't either but that's what I felt. My friend made a tiki mug. You don't get to say that sort of thing every day. I love tiki stuff, not least because it involves drinking exotic cocktails while listening to lounge jazz. This new artifact of mine is beautifully cast with its deep earth tones just visible beneath a subtle blue/green glaze, it is primitive yet delicate, it is earthly yet Divine. Beg him to make some more, it'll only make mine more valuable. Thanks Jonny, I feel a Tropical Storm coming on.