FULL MOON Compilation CD Vol I, Available from Hogs Head, Avalanche, Ripping Records & Bannermans
WELCOME TO APRIL 2005
MARCH 2005 began and ended with this same thought.. but it's worth hammering home:
BRING BACK COUNTERCULTURE
1 Apr 2005 Fri MGCK Music Whatever happened to..... hitch-hiking? and the open road?
http://www.bruceeisner.com/new_culture/current_affairs/ Very cool, very interesting and VERY telling website devoted to discussions on/literature about 'hey... whatever happened to the counterculture?' It became the consumer culture. Read on. Scroll down and check out the list of archive articles.. there's mucho interesting stuff there. Actually, too much. Too much to read and take in. You'd need three heads and several brains. Maybe they'll work that out in a lab somewherever, some day soon.
|Tonight: 7:30pm 'The History of Yoga' w/ Clare Evitt @ The Salsbury Centre, Edinburgh. Notes on the event: Amazing... The spiritual and mystical history of India.. incantative and evocative story after story.. gave me an idea for a pre-taped radio show for LeithFM and, of course, the music is incredible.|
2/3 Apr 2005 Sat/Sun MGCK Music Goin for a little jam...
Tonight maybe with MELA... Tomorrow Leith FM meeting at the Village:
Piranha' Poetry - Monday April 4th, open mic night
Pirhana Poetry/GazDeath site: http://earwigmusic93-1996.moonfruit.com
5 Apr 2005 Tues MGCK Music Kinda like the Newcastle/Aston Villa match punch-up mid-pitch:
Jam w/ MELA on Saturday night turned into a... well.. .. really.. it BEGAN.. as. . well.. I picked up Jim and Robbie and Chris & Laurence (LGW) in a pub in the Cowgate around 6.. they'd been pub-hopping since noon, but Chris & Larry had done a gig in Paisley night before and probably hadn't shut their eyes since. Anyway.. we got to Coloursound.. and it all just kind of went downside up. Steve's only comment after an hour of introductive mayhem was 'they can go gatecrash someone else's rehearsal next time.' Very stalwart and cool considering the mic almost went through the bass drum. As to the jam itself.. the purpose was mixing my vocals with Kev's vocal and guitar. The stress of the first hour bled into the second and when Kev said.. 'sing'.. I was just lost. We've shared a gig before, so they know I can, but it just wasn't happening.. no firing on all six or any six at this particular meeting.. and by the time we came out the usual suspects had disappeared into the night.. to be found later at the Filmhouse on Lothian Road, where, it appeared, they'd calmed down or finally just got tired.
LEITHFM Sunday Meeting at The Village was smooth and organised and I outlined my show proposal. Have another idea in mind for a couple of pre-recorded hours.
Last night Pirhana Poetry.. good fun, not as political as usual, Jenny Lindsay did an incredibly emotional piece about being in love with an artist/musician/writer/POET, etc... and I felt sorry for her. I've never made those mistakes. They're kind of the mistakes you leave to someone else to commit, but it makes great heart-torn-to-bloody- shreds-and- kicked-to- the-curb verse. Gaz Death did 'FEAR' and "Just Another Kitchen Party For Me", which could be a new favourite. But the best was Jonathan Muirhead's poem entitled, 'The Only Glaswegian Dominatrix in Amsterdam.' No time to tell the tales.
7 Apr 2005 Thurs MGCK Music "If it has more than 3 chords it's Jazz" - Lou Reed
FULL MOON CLUB @ BANNERMANS: 9PM kick-off: Electra, Rosie Bell, The CITY, SHOCK n AWE, and POETS!!! plus singer/songwriters: Olga and some other guy... I think it will be a bit of a stroll tonight.. just want to relax and enjoy myself. Andy G came back to me with details of Dundee DOGHOUSE gig next Friday night. ISIS will be topping the bill.. Frontwoman and songwriter, ZARA, can belt it out. He also wants the Chlorophorm Hookers... anybody know where they reside? they were so cooool last month at the Full Moon.
More than three chords and a few sour notes on Last night @7am the next morning: "When I say 'SIT' ye sit! When I say 'CUM' ye cum, ye Bam!" From Jonathan Muirhead's 'The Only Glaswegian Dominatrix in Amsterdam' -: The spoken word saved us from what would have been a 'funny' Full Moon.. not in the funny sense.. just kinda dead vibe.. you get these dead nights.. dead audience.. dead eyes. Bands just sittin' it out, waiting to go on and take their turn, gearing up for their own show, not into anything else. Bands and their followers are the worst audience, unless their from Dundee. Dundee audiences are the best (apart from audiences in the West, by that I mean Salt Lake City, Vegas, LA, San Francisco and Seattle). And what's wrong with that guy from Shock 'N Awe... I guess, as my boyfriend suggested, 'he must never get laid' or spends all his time, as his own song suggests, "dancin' with myself". Right hand must get tired. But I liked the balaclavas and the new drummer from Liverpool was tight and hot. No pun intended even though the lead singer did say "We're feminists.. We've sucked cock!" Equal opportunity punks. I wonder if he gets 'the-dick-sucking-makes-my-jaw-ache blues' too.
Anyway.. this night was only livened by the above mentioned Jonathan Muirhead and one of my new favourites: Richard Allen (yet another lightning-witted Liverpudlian). Oh he of the 'Cliff Richard is the Anti-Christ!' rhyme. Jim bought him and Jenny Lindsay a pint and Richard gave us two of his poetical collections, one entitled "John Lennon Never Lived in Our House' and the other "Rhythm of The Night". Back at home, Jim read to me from the tomes in 'scouse'. Hysterically funny and yes, thank you Richard, the best part of the last 12 hours is owed to you. (Richard Allen & Jenny Lindsay (maybe even Jonathan Muirhead) and others will be plying their trade: BIG WORD @ THE TRON, Edinburgh, Thurs 14 April.)
FRIDAY 8 APRIL NEW MOON IN ARIES (no, it's not a music club, just astrology): This is the New Moon to let go of constriction and relearn how to go with the flow. We are so busy controlling our lives that we forget to recognize and value synchronicity and serendipity. Learn to let go and trust that everything is as it should be. It makes for a more peaceful and contented life. Though few of us like to admit it, the truth is that security is an illusion because everything is in a constant state of change.
SAT 9th APRIL @ Bannerman's, Cowgate, Edinburgh: LAST GREAT WILDERNESS & SANS TRAUMA + Dead Fly Buchowski (did I spell that right?)
10 Apr 2005 Sun MGCK Music "why not dress up as a wood louse instead?"!
Complaints, complaints... All I ever get is complaints.. people who want me to LIE.. to say they're GREAT all of the time! Sorry, it's not gonna happen. Look, I'm SHIT 70% of the time.. so how the heck are you going to be GREAT all of the time?? I speak with straight not forked nor ass-licking tongue and try my very best not to be vicious, even when they're gaggin' for it. (wellllll... sometimes. I couldn't control myself with that 'Snag & Mullet Open Mic' thing last month. But that WAS the depths. Squid shit drifting to the bottom of the Mariannus Trench...
Anyway.... My suggestions to 'some' bands to keep their shows lively: dress up as wood beetles (plastic carapaces and mandibles would do) and slap each other's bare bottoms with wet lettuce between numbers. That'll keep it fresh and invite audience participation. (PS, don't lose the balaclavas.. I really like that bit.)
Sans Trauma and Last Great Wilderness last night @ Bannermans: worth the door money, every time.
14 Apr 2005 Thurs MGCK Music ..Ok.. so DON'T boycott the joint!
Notes on a previous piece: There's two sides to the 'Opposite the Right Bank' story now.. so I must delete my previous message. The afore-mentioned 'Jamie' has kinda cleared his name and reputation on this one.. so we won't bang the gong about it. My 'little bird' said it was the worst treatment they've ever received at any gig at any times in their lives and as I said, they were a band with a deal , a famous manager and another name not that long ago. BUT, Jamie has stated numerous reasons for the misunderstanding.. all of which sound good to someone who wasn't there.. Shall we call Johnny Cochrane back from the grave to defend this one? As it is, I'll let 'Jamie' off. Maybe he had PMS on the night.
YESTERDAY:... my first visit to Chamber Studios, Granton.. what a f*cking beautiful place. Great mics.. great .. great sound possibilities.. Thanks Stephen.
TONIGHT: Thurs 14 Apr: BIG WORD @ The Tron.. see the above mentioned Jenny Lindsay, Richard Allen and others spin their magic with their mouths!
ON RADIO ONE @ 11pm: Rob Da Bank (touted as 'the new John Peel') will be hosting pre-recorded LIVE 'Jeggsy Dodds' session. Jeggsy Dodds is the currently VERY hot Mersey-side wordsmith. Our pal Rob wrote the music and our pal Andy Gibson plays guitar.. listen in.
TOMORROW: Goin' to the Dogs!! Fri 15th Apr @ Dundee's DOGHOUSE: ISIS, Electra, Rosie Bell and Rachel....
16/17 Apr 2005 Sat/Sun MGCK Music .. Not 'jute and jam' any more..
To the LEITH FM CD arrivals: Actually.. not yet.. first to other news:
NOW To the CD Arrivals: of which there's been a serious number (my condolences to the postman) of all genres.. there's even some accordion music in there.. I might give that a little spin for the hell of it. Jim's been opening them when I'm not looking and giving me his take. I write notes on the packages they came in; SO FAR I am impressed with not a lot, but the following individuals stand out from the pack (not in alphabetical order): Lee Graham: track 1. Underbelly: 'not bad, tracks 3 & 4 best'. The Sengen: 'already quantified as upper edge of good-to-very-good and reviewed on Listening To page'. FREEVIEW: 'favourite so far.. good -to really good to GREAT! Nirvana-esque'. Impossible Songs: 'love the CD presentation, listen for that reason alone.. found ONE really good song 'Dancing'. THE LEAGUE: 'from Muir of Ord, sound very young AC/DC -esque, Play Track 2: worst lead guitar ever but heart's in the right place and can't beat the hook: 'A Hard Night's Work'. no website.. just a phone number." SHOCK AND AWE: 'DEFIN-ATE-LY play a couple of these 'one minute songs'. Love the look of the CD's. The attitude, the titles, "For Promotional Abuse Only" and "The Banana Peel Sessions". The blurb on the back by Bobby Awe has sold me completely:
""Someone asked me if I thought I could get away with having a song that had a title that was the same as the chorus and no verses. I said 'YES'. People get hung up on padding songs out to try and improve them and end up ruining the simplicity. If you've said everything you need to say in the first verse, it's better to repeat it than to write a poor second verse!"" Thank you Bobby Awe. I AGREE! (as long as the song is one minute long!)
I gave them a rough ride for their sexually transmitted frustrations on the Full Moon night above, but they've won my heart with their 'fuck-it-for-fun' stance. I'm a sucker for humour in music. Frank Zappa where are you??????
Re the Rest: There's loads of CD's left to listen to. The JANES look good. WEIRD 'One More Solo' has intrigued me BUT, we've gone through and put to one side (i.e. a box) many which I will not mention here.. The saminess of a lot of stuff kills you and bad production values (of which I myself am raucously guilty.. not really caring as long as they can hear me). If this is what happens in record label offices around the land, you KNOW you're not gonna get heard. There's a tidal wave of stuff that has no redeeming feature. No individuality. No spark, no specialness.. nothing. Too much easy access to recording gear and home produced demos (I stand guilty as charged). Then again.. maybe someone else would like it. But my first and foremost suggestion: get your stuff well-recorded or recorded precisely the way you want to hear it. Sometimes that means live and edgy.. and think about what it's going to look like when they open the package. This is not a publishing house. We are not listening for song-craft that another artist could sing. We're looking for something that is unique in itself. Can stand alone. OK? So read the blurb below.
LAST GREAT WILDERNESS, SANS TRAUMA, RIESER, MY ELECTRIC LOVE AFFAIR, THE SENGEN, GRAYSTAR, ALTRES, HENNISI, ISIS (if I can get a studio recording), TRANSAUDIO, LEE GRAHAM, KREL and that Accordion music guy are already definites for play.
Wierdest story so far this month: A woman lost part of her finger to a leopard she kept at home in Novato, California. In the Emergency Room, they told her they could not re-attach the finger part she'd obviously pried from the leopard's mouth. Last she saw of the finger it was in a plastic bag on the table by the bed where the surgeon had been looking at her. A few days later a finger tip shows up in a bowl of chilli at Denny's. The woman reads the story and calls the police to ask to identify the finger and see if it's hers. It turns out to be the wrong length to be hers. Apparently nobody asked any questions pertinent to me! i.e, the story seems to take it for granted that your leopard might bite your finger off and/or a finger part might show up in a bowl of chilli at Denny's. So this leads me to: CALIFORNIA ON MY MIND: US-bound very soon... none of my acquaintances keep a leopard, so, fingers crossed, I will return with all my digits intact.
22 Apr 2005 Fri MGCK Music .. ...if the name 'dickhead' fits.. wear it...
Just a note here about the nature of people: You can think you're doing them a favour and they always come back either wanting more or view it as a weakness and try to bite you on the ass. I thought I was doing all those people who sent music for the radio show a good turn by letting them know I'd received their CD's. As an artist, you live in anticipation when you send off material and even just a little note is all it takes. Apparently, one or two individuals didn't think it was enough that I'd typed a couple hundred email addresses. They wanted to be notified BEFORE the show if I was going to play their music so they could figure out whether or not to bother listening in. Well.. just give me the name of your band and you won't have to worry about listening in, at all, ever.
NB: For those of you who fear you may be out of broadcast range in June here's a solution. Get in your car and drive to Academy Street, Edinburgh.. double park anywhere along the street and put your radio on 87.7FM. The benefits outweigh the cost of petrol and the cost to the environment in that 1) you may actually hear your music being played and 2) you may get to meet other musicians who are parked there. It's not the most ecologically sound solution, but in the short term.. workable.
In another league: Got an email yesterday from The Skullies in Georgia. They found their review on the Listening_to page and said, 'yeah.. that's about right.' Confident lads. They're sending new music for the LeithFM broadcast, which Stewart tells me now will begin on 1 June.
End Apr 2005 MGCK Music .. ..."Goin' to California...."
Ocean Beach here we come. But before I go: this Thursday 28 April @ The DOGHOUSE, Dundee: ALTRES, ISIS and STOOR kick up a fuss. Be there and bye til later....
Always an eyeful: The Universe Today
MELA's new 7" release 18th April: "Infinite Mass / (So) I'm Alone" on Static Caravan
UNDERBELLY play Caledonian BackPackers Sat 23 April.. I think.. have to look again.
ALTRES, ISIS, and STOOR @ the DOGHOUSE, Dundee Thurs 28th April
IN MAY: Saturday 14th MY ELECTRIC LOVE AFFAIR, Cafe Royale, Edinburgh
BE THERE...... or BE SOMEWHERE ELSE! But BE COUNTERCULTURAL!!!!!!!! If you don't know how.. take lessons.
Looking for a keyboard player. Anybody out there? Anybody home? If you are technically skilled, Inventive and un-tied to aspirations to 'sound like', please apply.
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