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post-rehab: a silly story and some vague hints

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Been a while, but not been idle – here’s a link to a short story of mine in Agony Magazine…  Musically, am gearing up for a London gig at the end of March courtesy of The Animal Farm, and whatever else I can scrounge – new songs on the way, too.  Wait and see x


LILITH – Oct 30th – new single out today

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My 2nd single released on The Animal Farm comes out today.  It can be found on Amazon, iTunes, my Bandcamp site & others.  I’ll also have a few promo CDs on hand at the Halloween gig I’m playing.


Halloween GIG of inspired madness

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be afraid

Got no idea what to expect – here’s a link.

It’s At The Coach House, and therefore will be mental & beyond… Also ties in neatly as a celebration of Lilith coming out.
…And as an exaltation of the evil spirits of the unclean dead rising to destroy the living, of course. All good wholesome fun.


Kind words from Shindig Magazine, radio play & GIG

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recommendation indeed

Shindig Magazine had some good words for Lilith – see above.

Doing a free gig in Brighton tonight at Molly Malone’s for StrungOut Music.  Onstage early, 8:30ish, which means I’ll probably still be sober.

You can hear Lilith on RoundSound Radio – looks like a good show, all kindsa stuff going on.  That’s from 8pm this eve.

Finally… got a nice (brief) write-up from SupaJam, complete with Soundcloud link.

So that’s 3 different ways you can check out the song for yourself, since I’ll also be playing it live: have a reckon.


Brighton Unsigned interview, Sept ’15

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shiny shiny, shiny printed paper…

Here’s a link to an interview in the new issue of Brighton Unsigned (page 9).  If you’re local, an old-skool print version can be picked up in various venues… although they tend to go quick.

Pleased with how it turned out – it’s nice to be asked – and amusingly enough, they spelled my name wrong on the cover and above the article, but not in the text.  Hmmmmm


Phantom Hound III – Sept 9th

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o sweet lord it’s happening again… EVENT LINK

As you can see, this gig happens on Wed 9 Sept At The Coach House… If you don’t know about this venue, you should.  Same goes for the performers – I’m not playing this time, am just the door-bitch, but in ascending order we have:

Shonalika – one of the best singer-songwriters in a town full of ’em

Crysi di Milo – excoriating spoken word mayhem

& headliners Broken Ears – so tight and heavy it’s frankly SCARY

Music from 8pm, no messing.  The hound of pleasure calls! x


…but before that (Good for What Ails You, 5th July)

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Before Phantom Hound on 8th July, I’m playing at Good For What Ails You, at the Bee’s Mouth.  It’s eclectic, it’s cheap to get in, it starts at 5pm on Sunday 5th.  The last one (I went as a punter) was mental.  Check it out:

“This month’s eruditional jamboree steps up to the pulpit to present you WORDS of POWER, TALES of WISDOM, JAPES of WRATH, TASSELS of RIGHTEOUSNESS with Jimmy Bullet, Johnny Wardlow, Muffy Hunter, Matt Finucane, Fraser Geesin Leisure Centre and MC Dan Belton”


GIG, 8th July, Brighton – PHANTOM HOUND presents…

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cute, isn’t he

 EVENT page

This is going to be a very interesting gig.

It features super-powerful performance poet Gary Goodman, renowned multi-instrumental improviser Alistair Strachan, some attention-whore with an Irish surname that’s hard to pronounce, and devastatingly dark new talent Rochelle McLean.

And it happens in one of the – if not thecoolest venues in Brighton.  Wed 8 July, folks.  It may be Summer, but BRING BACK DARKNESS.


gig, LDN, 25 May + DIY album recording

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 amazing what you can do with £0.00

 Am playing a free all-day gig in London – Smile Acoustic @ RichMix, E1 – this Monday (25th).  On 4pm-ish, I think.  There’s loads of musicians involved – here’s the event page.  Looks fun.

Also, been recording another full-length effort lately…  Self-produced, micro-budget, with assists here and there from talented friends.  It already sounds exciting, might even end up as the best thing I’ve done so far.

Anyway, come to the gig and hear some of the songs that’ll be on it.


SINGLE RELEASE & LAUNCH GIG

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In The Evil Empire is released today by The Animal Farm – it can be bought on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon and all the others.  I even have some CDs, but those are for sale at gigs.

Speaking of gigs, there’s a launch event in 2 days here in Brighton – Phantom Hound #1 in Kemptown.  The venue (At The Coach House) is unusual and the lineup’s great.  Also, it’s free.

Here’s the single’s artwork in all its splendid ugliness:

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airplay! “Evil Empire” on The Seance

 

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In The Evil Empire is being played on ace radio show The Séance – “phantom seaside radio”, as it says.
It’ll probably be on next week’s show, broadcast at 6pm on Radio Reverb on 97.2FM Saturday and throughout the week, then archived on The Séance site (and at totallyradio) the following Friday.
EDIT: the show’s now archived on The Séance site here…  check out that playlist.

words/music/more words – a dish of news, July ’14

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this, but on the radio

I’ve got an hour of spoken word and live music coming out on Radio Reverb, hopefully on Sun 27 July at 11pm (then repeated three times the following week).  A preview of the first two and a half minutes can be heard here.  That’s 97.2FM kids.*

It was a buzz to put together – kind of nerve-wracking too… if I manage to hold yr attention, unsettle you a bit: good.

Otherwise, got some gigs coming – including a London leg of Waterghosts.

UPDATE:

*& it’s now going out on Sun 24th August.  Not sure what happened there, but it’s confirmed for broadcast on this date.


…& now it’s gone. Waterghosts, plus gig news

Waterghosts was a success; both on its own terms and going by audience reaction.  Jamie Sturrock, awkward visionary, I salute you (many people can talk a good game about stuff like this, very few actually risk doing it).

It was exciting to read out my writing in the pulpit, and to work with so many talented musicians and performers; sitting in the engine room and feeling all that improvised sonic deviltry strafing the church was wonderful.

Now I’ve got some gigs, first one Sunday 1 June.

a few Waterghosts pics – more on my Facebook page:


Waterghosts is here: 23 – 25 May

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Waterghosts @ Brighton Fringe, May 2014

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It’s finally happening: at the Brighton Fringe in May at St Mary’s Church, and should be wonderfully mental.

Won’t say more at present – largely because I don’t know much more myself – but I’ll be performing a spoken word piece, and there’ll be music / sound, dancers, sculpture, and a certain amount of the kind of thing you see in the photo above.  (That’s not me up there btw but Jamie Sturrock, whose brainchild all of this holy madness is.)

Full listing in the Brighton Fringe programme, here.


Lou Reed tribute gig, Sat 7th Dec, Kemptown

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visitation of an American Poet

I’m playing at a Lou Reed tribute night in Kemptown, (At The) Coach House.  It starts at 7pm, on Sat 7th Dec.  Here’s the address:

22 Walpole Road
Brighton BN2

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There’ll be loads of people playing songs from all across his incredible body of work.  I’m doing… Actually, no.  If you want to find out, you’ll have to come along.  Anyway, it promises to be a fantastic celebration.


on the radio, muttering – Sunday 28 July (& Tue, Wed, Fri…)

preliminary notes

I’m on Radio Reverb this Sunday as part of an hour-long programme of spoken word and improvised music – that’s 28 July at 11pm, on 97.2FM.  The programme’s repeated at the following times:

Tue 30 July 7am

Wed 31 July 11am, &

Fri 2 Aug 5am

Prog’s Tales from a Coldean Woodsheddetails here.  It features a load of readings from me, abstract performances by David Moscovich and improvised guitar interludes from Jamie Sturrock.
The show’s been recorded already and sounds absolutely superb – if you like that kind of thing.  If you don’t, why the fuck are you reading this?

Leland Poet published/on sale today

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dark (reading) matter

Following last week’s readings on BHCR, my novel Leland Poet is available today on Kindle (here).

Magic, mystery and murder haunt a strange, brutal city…
Some things are too
grotesque, even for a world of supernatural nightmare. The eccentric,
untrustworthy Leland Poet investigates: who is the killer, and what awakening
evil is behind this reign of terror?
When he becomes entangled with a woman
at the heart of the horror… then becomes a suspect… Leland is forced to flee not
only the city – but his own dimension…
Social breakdown follows: martial law,
savagery, an epidemic of violence and bizarre disease.
Leland must find a way
back to his reality, through eerie netherworlds, to confront fears
half-forgotten – but far from dead.

…So goes the blurb.  A little background here for the curious; basically it’s a vanity project, but I hope not an uninteresting one.


coming soon: more radio & a novel

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sneak preview: live readings

Something different…  In a week’s time I’m back on Nigel Staley’s programme Under The Table on Brighton & Hove Community Radio, Thursday 27th June, 6 – 7pm.  (Not bad going, considering the last occasion was only a couple of months back.)  This time I’ll be performing eight spoken word pieces, with ambient interludes from Susumu Yokota’s album The Boy and the Tree.  The pieces will include three extracts from this novel, Leland Poet – which I’m re-releasing onto Kindle the following week, on Monday 1st July.

It’s quite a step away from strumming guitar, but there’s many hooks to grip you with.


Container Drivers/gig/BHCR 13th – 25th April

A track of mine can be heard on Container Drivers Radio, Fri April 13th:

Playlist – Part 1

  1. The Beat – Stand Down Margaret
  2. Edwyn Collins – Carry On,  Carry On
  3. Matt Finucane – Degenerate Son
  4. Rollor – Minority of the Opulent
  5. Spacemen 3 – Take Me To The Other Side
  6. Jaguar Love – Up All Night
  7. King Khan and The Shrines – Land of the Freak
  8. Flies on You – Spain
  9. Woodpecker Wooliams – Sparrow
  10. The John Knox Sex Club – The Devil’s in Your Hands
  11. Monoganon – Eternal See You Soon
  12. Pokey LaFarge – Mr. Nobody
  13. 3th Floor Elevators – Levitation
  14. The Fall – Spinetrak

Playlist – Part 2

  1. Dengue Fever – Glass of Wine
  2. Young Marble Giants – N.I.T.A.
  3. Netarine No 9 – Found Things
  4. The Donkeys – Lower The Heavens
  5. True Widow – Duelist
  6. Trapped Mice – Arthur’s Seat
  7. Battery Face – Pugsley
  8. The Monochrome Set – Ici Les Enfants
  9. King Tuff – Wild Desire
  10. Holograms – Apostate
  11. Cowboy 78 – The Wiseguys
  12. Richard Swift – Dracula (Hey Man !)
  13. Roberta Flack – I Told Jesus

…The programme’s up on their site for a while, so give it a listen.  Apart from my song (a live acoustic track & B-side to Nemesis), there’s loads of cool stuff on the playlist – as you can see.

Sadly the Edinburgh gig, Tuesday 16th with Rollor, isn’t happening.  Such is life…

However, I’m still doing a live session on BHCR on Thur 25th April @ 6pm – such is… death???  The last time was a lot of fun, pretty freeform and relaxed – this one’ll be even better.


Water Ghost whispers

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the logbook…

It’s been a while, but then this time of year’s rarely very dramatic.

Lately, the focus is on improvising, found sounds and field recordings – for instance, a spoken word piece I just did with a sound artist named Jamie Sturrock.

He’d produced a very eerie soundscape called water ghosts, based on noises obtained by dangling a mic into an underground cavern in Scotland.  I wrote a response after sitting in the dark with it, then recorded this with him.  The results, when finished, may be released at some point – but that’s out of my hands, and part of a larger ongoing project.  More news on this if/when I have it.

Anyway, it’s very exciting so far; Jamie’s website (with water ghosts toward the bottom of the page) can be found here.


Another story published by Ether Books (and it’s FILTH)

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Internet short fiction publisher Ether Books has just published another story of mine as a free download.  This one’s called Lucky Bleeder, and was performed in London by White Rabbit at one of their Are You Sitting Comfortably events in 2012.  It’s about sex – of an unpleasantly strenuous kind – and it’s 666 words long, which was pure coincidence.

It can also be found in my recent Kindle compilation, The Gift of Fear.

The Ether app can be downloaded from iTunes here.


GIFT OF FEAR: PUBLISHED TODAY

Gift of Fearhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00AMSU73U

20 tales of terror, the supernatural and the super-real: a richly-varied journey from the horrors of the human mind to the depths of space.

You’ll meet people in these pages whose fearful struggles will grab you hard, and some you’ll wish you’d never met at all…  But either way, you won’t forget them.

Evil beings, experiments gone hideously wrong, psychopaths, erotic maniacs in league with the outer gods, sinister corporations and ghosts from the future.  If you get nightmares, just remember: it’s THE GIFT OF FEAR.

available on Kindle not for free, but very reasonably priced (here’s a little background info, if you’re interested).

A lucky 13 days from Xmas, too.


short story (re)published by Ether Books

Internet short fiction publisher Ether Books has just re-issued a story of mine as a free download.  It’s called Complaint from the Other World, was originally published in (print magazine) New Horizons; later performed in Brighton by White Rabbit at one of their Are You Sitting Comfortably events in 2010 – more on them in the previous post…

The Ether app can be downloaded here.  This enables you to read all kinds of stuff on the shiny modern appliance of your choice, and is therefore great.  (More writing-related news soon.)