Monday, 29 November 2010

Lidwine - Micro Interview

Goosebumps, tingles and bass in your rib cage - This is without doubt total class. It has been our policy over the years to focus on the positive things about the artists, musicians and authors we review or comment on - I have tried so hard to find something I don't like about Lidwine but - tingle, goosebumps and bass in the rid cage... I have been totally seduced!

How would you describe your music? - Some people say it's Folktronica

Have you any releases coming out soon?
  • Oct 18th 2010 first EP entitled Lw
  • Dec 7th a cover of the Christmas song on Ocean Music 7 Wishes for Christmas
What is your favourite networking site and why? - Facebook, it's easy to handle and more interactive than Myspace

Friday, 26 November 2010

CyLeW - A glimps of sanity(?)

It has been a long day and I've had enough. There is a rat in the garden that refuses to either die or piss off. It is past midnight and I am still keeping an eye open for him. As any cop would tell you - you can't  keep up surveillance with out rest or relaxation - The TV is crap so back to my old faithful 'iMac' and webwards I go.....

There is so much crap out there - pure drivel! But...I found CyLeW.

This is what is said:
CyLeW is one of those hard to label, hard to classify artists, somewhere between romanticism and gothique darkness yet free from the usual cliches. Her universe is dark and somewhat intangible. Her lyrics often deal with serious and difficult subjects with a very touching decency and poetry. Human emotions being at the heart of the subjects. The expression and description of our wounds and deepest fears as well as our acts of bravery or surrender is what inspires her most. Somewhere between acoustic and electric, between gentleness and violence, between imprisonment and liberty, between good and evil, CyLeW plays with antonyms. 

It took me a while to remember what the word antonym means....but opposites is good enough. I have watched a few of the videos and have really enjoyed them. The tracks sound even better live. (I also laughed when I read the file name of the image below - it is very late here!)

CyLeW is from Paris so here is some more of the biog:

Aprés plusieurs démos, l'enregistrement du premier album 'Not so sleeping, not so beauty' commence en décembre 2007. Sur l'album on retrouve Arnaud Bascunana (Deportivo, Luke, Rhesus, No one is Innocent....)prises, mixes et réalisation ainsi que les arrangements, Tass (ex-Karma Sutra, Black Strobe, Darwin Bay) aux guitares puis Nicolas Tinel à la batterie. Le tout masterisé par Raphael Jonin ( Indochine, Rita Mitsoukos...).
En live, CyLeW est entourée de Tass, Arnaud Bascunana et Kriss Kilong (nouveau batteur).

Enough of this sanity I have a rat to catch!

Thursday, 25 November 2010

@monievans - Monika Urszula Evans

This is a great sounding product, with crisp vocals, perfect, and confident nestling snugly over a beautifully controlled, well written and played music soundscape.

What is written on her ReverbNation page:

Monika was born in Krakow, Poland and began her music career playing violin and piano at the age of ten. She has been singing and composing music since the age of sixteen.

Monika is a finalist of the prestigious OPPA 2009, ISSA, semi - finalist of UK Songwriting Contest and a first musician who reached the target of 25.000 zloty on Polish music portal - Over 250 people helped her to collect the money to record her CD in a professional studio, DB studio in Jarocin.

Currently Monika lives and performs in the UK.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Tweetie Pie - 140 ways To Say I Love You

It's Valentine's Day and you don't know where to start - should you go with a self-penned ode to my love munchkin,' a handwritten Shakespearean sonnet, or a dirty limerick? Tweetie Pie brings together 140 creative ways to tell your special someone how much you love them. All short enough to tweet yet more than long enough to say I love you' (twelve times over, in fact). From the poignant and affectionate to the quirky and amusing to the flirtatious and titillating for your lover's eyes only, every shade of love is here. Beautifully designed and bound, this is the perfect Valentine - or any time- gift for the person you love.

Tweetie Pie: 140 ways To Say I Love You

Alms #music – @almsmusic


"They really caught my attention, I've been obsessed with their myspace all week...a real taste for melody, something more than just traditional folk." - BBC Introducing

"...their music creates a rich atmosphere, where every pluck of a banjo or double bass string adds a little more to the mix, each song possessing a kind of gentle lilt that carries you through but refuses to rush...Alms are defined by their honesty – honestly emotional, honestly human and, honestly, they’re wonderful." - Music From A Green Window

"If you cross-bred Mumford & Sons with Fleet Foxes, I imagine that Alms is what you'd get...certainly one of the most interesting bands I've heard of late." - The Blue Walrus

"great lyrics and all round a great vibe" - Fresh Meat Friday on The Meatysauce Review

"Such a great find...all I want to do is listen on loop this evening" - Come Pick Me Up

"I’m such a sucker for songs with pretty lyrics and I just have to say, oh-my-gosh—I am in love with this new track from Alms. The lyrics, everything about the instrumentals...just lovely! " - The Most Music

Friday, 19 November 2010

A personal plea (?)

I really do have to create some space in our storage units – so if anybody wants the paintings below – make me an offer or they will go on the bonfire.
‘Another Fish’
Oil, Acrylic, Computer cut vinyl on canvas
Another Fish
‘Unlearning old skills and employing new strategies are a constant preoccupation…….questioning about how (and in how many ways) we can read the resulting work itself. His stance has been courageous – he has been prepared to let go; take risks and this is beginning to pay dividends.’…..Quote
Exhibited Jan - Feb 05 Broomhill Sculpture Park
‘Self Portrait’ Oil, Acrylic, Computer cut vinyl on canvas 2003/05

I have been accused of being extremely arrogant. I prefer to call it confident. My paintings have become Schizophrenic, I can switch from one ‘style’ of painting to another. Why is it frowned upon to switch from style to style? What is the point of pursuing a singular line of practice?

'Using tape has been a central preoccupation and that in many works has been linked to a professional skill of computer cut imagery.

Picking the next step will require care. Experimentation and novelty have their attractions and there is an aspect to some of the work that revels in the new – the new material; new cut; new size; new interpretation.

I keep thinking about George Braque who learnt artificial wood graining from his time as a decorator; the story goes that he taught Picasso and these painted renderings of wood surface became a staple of cubism.

Computer cut religious imagery; why look any further?'…..Quote

Thursday, 18 November 2010

@TheMerricks - The Merricks

This is very fab!

marc ackermann
The Merricks have seen The Green Kobold at 

The Merricks on MySpace

Everything and anything can appear in these mixes - relaxing soundscapes and beats, the spoken word and electronic magic. These tracks could be Soundtracks or Film music but are definitely Experimental and possibly Electronica. Backwards or forwards these are well crafted pieces. (Listen on MySpace)

Julie Peel - “Living In A Movie”

An email mentioning this track dropped into my inbox ages ago and I listened to it - forgot about it and then I suddenly found myself humming it - I like it.

Julie Peel's “Living In A Movie” is her first single from “Near The Sun” It was recorded in Stockholm with Andreas Dahlbäck, (producer and drummer for Anna Ternheim, Nina Kinert and Jona Lee) and Cyrille Catois, a famous bass player from the Jazz scene. 

The Music video for the single was directed by Audrey Culver from MTV, and shot in New York. The album was mixed at Gary Smith’s (producer for The Pixies, Natalie Merchant, Juliana Hatfield…).


ATTRITION - Celebrating 30 years

 A T T R I T I O N : Dreamtime Collectors. 1980 - 2010

Regular visitors to this blog will be well aware of my  view on Attrition.......Thumbs up. Recommend you get this release.

"Forever there will be the speculation that the exploration of darkness as a beautiful place will lessen our fear of it all, ease the pain a little..."

December 8th this year is the 30th anniversary of the first ever ATTRITION show..
Celebrating 30 years with an all new best of collection..."Dreamtime Collectors" - a 16 track CD album compiled by Martin, featuring many rare versions of ATTRITION classics and a cover designed by Russian artist and film maker Edward 209 ...

The album will be released worldwide by US label Metropolis records on November 9th...

Acid Tongue
Cosmetic Citizen (Stromkern remix)
Two Gods
Lip Sync
The Mercy Machine (97)
A girl called harmony
A'dam & eva
I am (eternity)
Beast of burden (2005 remix)
Monkey in a bin
To the devil!
Into the waves (2005 remix)
What shall i sing?
Fate is smiling
Advance copies available to buy now - direct from their website

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Finish The Story - Twitter Links

Finish The Story Archive Links: Je viens de voir qu’ils avaient affiché un lien vers nous, c’est sympa ! http://...

Sunday, 7 November 2010

The New Jesus and Mary

Hosted by North Devon Web  - DesignMaterials: Acrylic and Oil Paint with commercial vinyl.

This image was created on a computer running Windows 98, manipulated and edited using Signlab. The finished version was cut out in vinyl with a Camm-1 Plotter and stuck onto board.

'Mass Production and The New Jesus and Mary' Memorial design is now almost completely originated on the computer. Standard designs can be purchased from catalogs. My work as a memorial designer has involved producing bespoke designs for commercial clients who reproduce images over and over again. Read more...

Capitalism = Terrorism

exhibited @ "Gallery Night & Day, October 24th & 25th, 2003 - Kunzelmann-Esser Lofts, Milwaukee, Wisconsin"

Conclusion: The impression that Peter has/enjoys choice may be illusory. Computer cut religious imagery could be the way forward. It fits with Peter’s established skills and his commercial practice. The heads of Christ are probably the most complete work so far; but working in this vein may well entail a reappraisal about the possibilities of art – and what next is available to Peter. The work is poised for the next stage.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Audio Interviews with Artists, Musicians and Poets

What’s it really like living with creativity? Look back over the years at the tortured artists, drunken writers and drug-crazed musicians who litter our heritage and you might start to ask the question: is creativity a blessing or a curse? How do people hell-bent on finding their muse cope? Is it the quest for creative fulfillment that causes mental anguish, or is there an imbalance in the first place? Can a creative person ever be truly happy as they constantly strive for perfection in their chosen art? And what is it like living with these two-headed beasts – can they be tamed, or should they be allowed free rein? Peter Bright asks all these questions and more in this soul searching series of interviews with artists, musicians, writers and poets.

Listen to Archive
I did an interview with Jake Bright about the difference between playing bass for ‘The Dastards’ and double bass with The North Devon Sinfonia. This interview took place in-between rehearsals for the Sinfonia’s performance at the Landmark Theatre (Ilfracombe) which was on April 18th 2009. The programme included: Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the soprano Naomi Harvey from the Welsh National Opera and finally Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, op.64. The disciplines require for both instruments influences Jake’s own compositions.
There is also an interview with Dave and Sadie Green. Dave is a photographer and Sadie has spent the last few years in the funding side of the Arts. This interview discusses the demise of ‘ArtsCulture’ in Devon and the vacuum left behind by this organisations disappearance.

Juggling with creativity, trying to make it fit into your daily life is a logistical nightmare. In an interview I did with Claire Barker, an artist, illustrator, author, mother, wife, farmer, she explained to me how she talked to the solicitor of the estate of Ted Hughes (UK poet) to get their permission to use one of his poems and still managed to deliver lambs.

Can a creative person ever be truly happy as they constantly strive for perfection in their chosen art? Listen to an interview with Garry Smout, who talks about the problems of using early portable black and white video cameras in the 1970’s, pioneering literary review website the Barcelona Review, early synths and how to kill your babies. The problem with being creative is that everything has to be pushed to the limits.

Creativity is something we are all born with to greater or lesser degrees. It is a vital part of our physiological make up and development. We learn to play and fantasize as children, skills we carry forward into our adulthood. However, if creativity takes hold of your entire existence then it becomes a disease that is parasitic, eating away at your whole world. It might sound melodramatic but creativity can become a cancer of the body or the trigger for psychotic episodes.

Listen to Alisha, a doctor, a GP who is also a poet. I try to find out if creativity is a madness, a disease, an anesthetic or a poison but find out that maybe it could be a ‘Zebra’. Does she use creativity in diagnosis and consultation?