Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Creeping Death From The Stars

Here's a fairly swiftish poster for a gig that is occurring this Saturday - the return of Ultramouse (er, you remember that, right?), and featuring Glasgow's Insect Heroes playing alongside Death By Raygun (over from Tokyo), and GGGHOST TOWNNN (up from Bournemouth). A night of noisy psycho garage and reach-for-the-stars banjotronica - should be a lot of fun! Here's the Facebook thingy:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

DJ Dream Caravan Club Country Update

I haven't posted much on here recently. I haven't been around. This is basically because I have spent the better part of the last year trying to source an affordable copy of the Teen Wolf soundtrack, to play at the Lost Map & Irregular Owl Movements Hallowe'en party, happening in Edinburgh tonight.

Although I have failed in this apparently simple goal, I did manage to get the Gremlins soundtrack quite cheap, and also a Laura Branigan 7", so you should definitely come along if you want to hear those (as well as a load of other DJs, and live sets from Tuff Love, Archie Bronson Outfit, Our Ladies of Sorrow, Operator, Insect Heroes, River Of Slime, and CARBS).

Aside from the '80s cheese, I'll also be heading down the cold wave/italo/booty bass route, going hard into a world of darkness. Please join me.

Info & Tickets.
Facebook event.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Indie-Pup Invaders

Ride with us on the bone-UFO to the Cocktail Planet, where an out-of-this-world line-up of indie-pop songmanauts (?) awaits, care of restless intersonic promoter/explorers The Gentle Invasion!

Face Books event:

(No spirits allowed on premises, right of admittance for dogs reserved.)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Dimensional Radiation

Electro, the only music that will survive the nuclear apocalypse, when all other sounds have long turned to radioactive dust... life after mutation. Out in the street, only fallout...

But we're getting ahead of ourselves. It's only 2054, and DJ Stingray, although now an old man, is still touring the world, hobbling patiently from one grimy basement club to another, pulling his records along in a tartan-fabric wheely-basket. All of the vinyl he played in his younger days is long out of print, and even well-worn copies of Drexciya's records now sell for trillions of poscreds.

His hearing eroded by years of headphone and PA abuse, Stingray now barely notices the hiss and crackle that blooms from his cherished vinyl like a complex coral. Neither does anyone else; as someone once said, life has surface noise. And some will know that other, stranger forms of noise flourish deep beneath the surface too, in those darker, less explored places, many leagues down. For the octogenarians nodding their heads to his sets, it's simply the birth of a new sound, the birth of new life.

Tilbage Til Havet

I designed a sleeve for a new Goodiepal cassette for Reckno, called Tilbage Til Havet. It's number 36 in his Audio Svar series, and is really quite amazing. The sleeve is a three-panel fold-out, you can see some pictures of it here, and check out the other new releases by AyGeeTee and Biographs too.

I had a lot of fun with this, what with the plasma ferns, and the crystallised pineapple drive, and the flaming teapot etc. I did a quick little Reckno/Havet logo for it too, which you can see bigger below.

= = = = = = = = = U P D A T E = = = = = = = = =
This has now sold out from Reckno, but you might still find a copy over at Boomkat.

= = = = = = = = = H U O M ! ! ! = = = = = = = = =
On the tape, the Goodiepal mentions Snappidagg GaruNDz 2953... which it seems does not yet exist. However, he did send through some materials to Reckno, for possible use with this release. I included some of this on the sleeve - the text inside the spaceship, a photo of him appearing on DR2. For the spine, I used part of a score where he mentions Tilbage Til Havet, although I think only to point out that this score is not part of Audio Svar 36. However, this does actually seem like it might be the score which he is referring to when discussing the Snappidagg, and I think he does also refer to something in another of the scores which he sent, earlier in the tape, so I'm going to upload them here, and hope I don't get in trouble. I edited these together from six separate images (and also "EQed" them a bit), so there is some fuzziness around the joins.

Flower-Corsano Duo

Here's a poster I gone and done for Braw Gigs' upcoming show with Flower-Corsano Duo, Ashley Paul, and Acrid Lactations in Edinburgh - really looking forward to this one!

Some of the colours seem to be a bit too hot for the internet to handle, despite some tweaking in that respect. Maybe I need to recalibrate my monitor, or my eyes; probably both.

Here are all the event details on Facebook...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Braw Pigs

Here's a quick poster I did for a recent Braw Gigs show. Pigs.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Ice Cold In Anster

The Anstruther Improvements Association have asked a bunch of folk (including some non-locally famous!) to decorate postcards, which will be auctioned this Friday, as part of the Dreel Halls inaugural celebrations. Mine is dedicated to the many rough-and-ready ice-cream-licking bikers that haunt the Anster seafront. The money raised will go towards Phase II of the AIA's ambitious project to renovate and repurpose the newly-christened Dreel Halls.

You can have a look at (and even make remote bids for) postcards here, and there's a Facebook thing here detailing the whole weekend of events!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Yorkston ☠ Thorne ☠ Khan

James Yorkston is about to head off on the road in an uncompromising power trio, accompanied by the formidable talents of Jon Thorne and Suhail Yusuf Khan. Luckily, I got to do the poster, which you can see above!

I was quite into this swan lady version, but after some thought it was decided that since there was no certainty of any swan ladies, much less haunted brackish pools, at any of the tour dates (Cambo perhaps excepted), a more literal poster design might be required. This led to the second design, below.

James was quite keen to add some flames at this stage, an opportunity which I politely declined. Not one to have his vision stifled quite so easily, he then passed the design to a nice chap called Struan at the Cambo estate, who made this gnarly version for their Hallowe'en installment this week.

If you're lucky enough to have heard the recent collaborative "Dewar's Experimental Batch Number 26" album (which this tour is an extension of), then you'll know that these shows promise to be a real treat. And support on all dates from Lisa O'Neill too. Maybe see some folk at the Edinburgh show this Friday (featuring added Cairn String Quartet).

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Havet \ Prunes Home Movie

Here's a little home movie commercial for the Goodiepal/Flower Farmer split tape on Reckno, made on a hot, foggy day last week. The audio is a small excerpt of a Flower Farmer tune made with random samples of Goodiepal's Havet. Which is not on the tape. But you can still buy that anyway, either direct from Reckno, or from Boomkat (who also have the download of the FF side), or Norman.

You can hear a track from the FF side in the post below, and here's a video of the whole of Goodiepal's 1990 ambient opus Havet (which sounds super lush on cassette)!

Friday, July 5, 2013

The Flower Farmer Prunes...

This week finally sees the release of Flower Farmer's "Prunes". The good folk at Reckno have waited almost three years whilst Florian tried to carefully prune the original improvisations down to a listenable length, without damaging the essential character of the original floral arrangements, or the essential character of his brain.

The result is over 40 minutes of relentless electronic foam, suitable for late night f-zero drives and midday sun-touched ferry rides.

By magical serendipity, the album is presented as a split cassette release, with the other side taken up by Goodiepal's early '90s ambient opus "Havet". Incroyable! I handled the artwork for both sides (reversible sleeve!), and had a lot of fun with it.

You can hear the whole thing and order the cassette over at the Reckno bandcamp page. They've also released a new tape by Campbell Kneale's Our Love Will Destroy The World this week, just in time for the summer. It makes me want to go to the beach - highly recommended.

Here's the final track from Prunes...

Florian is occasionally sending in tunes from his current Miniatures project, so fans can expect to hear that completed c. 2016.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Trekstock Spanish Ants Tee

Youth cancer charity Trekstock have made a lush t-shirt of my logo design for James Yorkston's Spanish Ants single. I think they made them to sell at the Field Day festival, alongside designs by the likes of Django Django, Animal Collective and Purity Ring, but you can buy one NOW from their site!!!

It was the Scottish Fisheries Museum's annual open day last weekend, so I paged my official photographer, Vicky Brown, and headed over for an impromptu photoshoot. (The amazing life-sized inflatable sea beasties were made by a chap called Andy Peters, you can have a look at his website here.)

The t-shirts come up quite big, size-wise - US sizes, perhaps? I'm wearing the large, which is nicely billowy and voluminous. The colours have come up really great (although I suspect a few new mines may have needed to be sunk to source the rare minerals required to render the lurid colour scheme).

Buy a JY Trekstock t-shirt here, and help young people with cancer whilst looking really really fashionable looking at the same time!!