Thursday, March 12, 2015

Braw As A(n octopus's) Craw

So, it seems that Record Store Day is once more just around the corner. And I'd just like to suggest that you might wish to add James Yorkston's "The Demonstrations of the Craws" to your panic-list.
I know exactly what you're thinking: "But Pual, you know I can't even begin to think about buying that, or anything else, not even the "Shirley Inspired" Shirley Collins tribute album, not when all of my mental energy for this next month will be expended purely on worry over how I will get my hands on a copy of the original Graeme Miller & Steve Shill "Moomins" theme music on 7" from Finders Keepers with fuzzy felt cover."

And I understand, completely. But this JY 12" contains demo versions of songs from one of last year's best albums, and I did the artwork, and it has a sort-of Shaking Stevens octopus on it, and there are only 500 copies being pressed, so just take a deep breath and scratch it onto your list, as I'm sure it will only bring you relief once you've done so.

And if you find you're still hyperventilating, perhaps trying watching a few episodes of the original Moomins animation on this wonderful archival site; should calm you down in no time.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Fossil Records

Whilst going through my flat and burning old clothes, I happened upon a hole leading into 2007, climbing through which I was surprised to at once discover Hardsparrow's long thought lost OLO Radio mix! Although the waves of time have naturally acted to erode this artefact, degrading it to a mere 96kbps, it still contains recognisable objects and forms which I hope will bring delight to both the amateur and semi-retired researcher.

Hardsparrow - While My Stylus Gently Weeps (OLO Radio G32) by Peanut Snake on Mixcloud

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Grey Waves ~ Faith/Void

I contributed some one-off hand-drawn sleeves for the limited artist version of a really nice 7" put out by People In A Position To Know. Two killer tunes from Grey Waves (Jesse Hughey and Eric Judy of Modest Mouse)! You can see the mixed results of my doodlings below. All ink on pastel. Do not rub on your face (only joking, I fixed them with some ancient, foul-smelling spray I found in a chest in the attic*).

One or two of these will have gone to other contributing artists, but PIAPTK have three of them for sale here, and the band are also selling through their bandcamp - perhaps they got one too? I dunno, but you could ask them...

Big thanks to Mike at PIAPTK for organising such a great project! I think there was an exhibition of the sleeves in Seattle too - top stuff.

* But perhaps don't rub them on your face anyway, just to be on the safe side.

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).