I went to two gigs this week, there couldn’t have been more of a contrast.
On Sunday I went to a gig that my friend Toby was playing. It was an acoustic affair in a student house, they’d decked out their basement with a big old mattress and cushions, and pinned some fairy lights on the wall with a white sheet for projections. The first act was a guy with a spanish guitar and a guy with a xylophone. They sang about board games and giant robot cats, and they had a shadow puppet show of a tragic love story between an octopus and a squirrel. Then there was Toby’s band, who are usually a straight up punk band, this being the only time they’ve ever played acoustically. The singer had to be stopped from performing a Take That song. Then there was a Boards of Canada type guy (also in Toby’s band) with animated projections, and an american guy called Brook something whose name I didn’t catch who did Herman Dune type songs with funny stories about living in New York inbetween. Someone had a go at crowdsurfing across the seated people on the mattress, and it was the most sedate crowdsurfing ever. The whole thing was charming and fun, cost nothing but a donation for the bands and the drink you brought with you, and was entertaining throughout. (Though going in the kitchen gave me a shudder of students days ..)
I got this late 70s/early 80s book from a charity shop a while ago. A lot of families in the UK had it when I was a kid I think. I got it out because I promised to make my friend a really ludicrous birthday cake from inside. The recipes are fine, various flavoured sponge cakes with buttercream icing (albeit with gratuitous Cadbury’s product placement in every recipe). It’s the choice of cake themes in the book that’s a bit odd …
Earlier today me & Vicky planned to go to an Alice Tea Party that was advertised in a vintage clothes shop. We dressed up Alice style, her in a grey dress with a bow and white tights with black ballet shoes, and me with a chequred skirt, silver and black stripy jumper, and silver ballet shoes. We got there and the “tea party” turned out to be a shop assistant on a small table with some styrofoam cups of tea. Very disappointing.
We tried to go to Metro Deco, a teashop in Kemptown which uses 1920/30s furniture, which is also for sale, but we spent so long waiting for a free table that we went elsewhere. We tried to go to the Kemptown Bookshop cafe, but the shop was closed, so we ended up going to the Mock Turtle, where we should’ve gone first of all, with the name and all. The Mock Turtle is a Brighton institution. It hasn’t been decorated since the 70s, cork floors and all, they have delicious cakes, and it’s really cheap. A pot of lapsang souchong tea and a carrot cake cost me the same as just a cake elsewhere.
24 page full colour zine- 10cm/4″ square pages
This time I’ve concentrated on pictures.
Longing for spring
Pic n mix sweets
$2 USD + postage
I’ve got a new print for sale on Etsy $15-$30 depending on the size.
A couple of weeks ago I took my cheesy 70s kaleidoscope filter to the pier. I didn’t really get the shots I wanted, and I dropped my lens cap between the slats, but I managed to get a few ok shots.
Some stickers I had printed of my photographs.
Fanzine Ynfytyn 10
This one’s about my road/rail/boat trip to Co Cork in Ireland in the September of 2009 with a 11 piece country band called Dolly & the Clothespegs. Features midnight ferry rides, colcannon and wonky Dolly Parton covers. 24 pages 1/4 size b&w.
It’s $2/£1 on Etsy, plus postage to wherever you live (I’m in the UK). I love trading, but at the moment I can only afford to do trades within the UK, so international people, I’m afraid you international lovelies will have to order instead.
I’ve done a free mini issue of Fanzine Ynfytyn about the fine city of Canterbury. It’s free if you order any other of my zines, because charging international postage for such a small zine is a bit pointless. 14 pages, 3″ x 4″. I’ll also be at the Alt Press Fair on Saturday in London.
My Etsy Shop