[Young Archie approaches me, holding a toy truck.] Archie: Where is this? Me: Where is that? In your hand? Archie: It’s a truck! Happy Wednesday, I’m on holiday!
A few weeks back my band spent the day in Studio 284, Brighton’s number one seafront-based DIY punx recording studio. I figured I’d write a little diary-style piece to celebrate our first crack at proper recording. Why were we there? We wanted to record a three-track demo for two reasons: firstly, so that we could [...]
An advert for an Israeli mobile phone service provider which purports to show how the segregation wall can be good fun: The less light-hearted results of an attempt to reproduce the advert: Both videos originally found via the Tomb (one and two).
There’s a good discussion in the comments thread of a post in Nick Mamatas’s livejournal. (If you’ve not figured this fact out already, Nick’s blog is equal parts funny and intelligent – both the posts and the comments.) I figured out when I was in my mid teens that ‘getting’ music was about familiarisation, or [...]
London’s LR Rockets play new wave-inspired electro-indie in a style that’s pretty popular right now. As always this is a hit and miss situation; they have a lot of potential fans out there, but they’ll have to clamour to get themselves noticed amongst hordes of all-too-derivative bands. In fairness to this quintet, however, they’ve got [...]
Steven Deighan has been plugging away in the indie horror scene for almost a decade now, and published his first collection in 2006 (which I reviewed for now-defunct site Yet Another Book Review). It was a promising if unpolished set of stories and I felt it was worth keeping an eye on Deighan’s work. Now, [...]
[There was a totally hilarious picture of a boxer dog right here, but I was getting too much dumb traffic from people googling "lol", so I deleted it.] If you’ve not been following, which is sensible, but want to get clued up, which is not, I’d recommend going here and sniggering at the fail on [...]
I’ve never been particularly fond of following award ceremonies or prize schemes, usually happy to instead meander along my own exploratory routes through culture old and new. By which I mean I tend to have rarely read more than one book on any given shortlist before voting season rolls up, and thus don’t feel particularly [...]
Yup, I reviewed a DVD collection of one of Adult Swim’s dumbest comedies. Because I love it. It is deeply silly and a great deal of fun, and it was very strange to write a review of the show that treated it seriously. Still, I managed it, and you can read my review here. I [...]
But you shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth.