Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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.
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.
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... http://www.facebook.com/events/1454452968105844/
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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!
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Monday, October 28, 2013
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
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
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
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!!!
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!!
Friday, May 31, 2013
DJ Dream Caravan has just done a big load, in preparation for spinning some tunes at a Fence Records showcase at Glasgow's Oran Mor next weekend, as part of the West End Festival. There's an amazing line-up; Fence, as usual, filling the machine beyond the manufacturer's recommended capacity. Where other labels might spread the load across two washes or more, to prevent potential damage to the machine, they always have to try to squeeze in just one more musical towel.
Anyway, it's a biggie, 5pm until midnight, with Randolph's Leap, Kid Canaveral, eagleowl, Pip Dylan, Monoganon and The Pictish Trail all playing. Dream Caravan will be the renegade pink sock let loose in the mix... going to try to play mostly appropriate records, and not turn anyone's sets a lurid shade of flamingo, but... as fellow travellers of the myth-dimensional vinyl spin cycle will know, when the cosmic flamingo awakens, its call can be hard to ignore.
There are still tickets left! You can find all the info here, and there's a Facebook event here.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Excited to say that, as well as spinning some tunes at next month's Fence showcase at Glasgow's West End Festival, DJ Dream Caravan will also be channelling the raw cosmic bacon energy of the mighty Black Mountains into the interim beer-run music for a Fence-curated evening in the Cinema Tent at this year's Green Man Festival.
The Friday evening takeover will feature sets from Monoganon, Randolph's Leap, Kid Canaveral and The Pictish Trail, and visuals from Forest of Black - read all about it here! From Dream Caravan, you can naturally expect a phoenix-winged soundtrack to an uplifting wooden-mooned age-of-dream mind ascension (and probably some UNPOC).
Preliminary camping checklist: tent x 1 (need to buy), new psychedelic poncho x 1 (need to buy), 6-pack supermarket own-brand cheese & onion rolls x 5 (need to buy, possibly nearer the time).
#Picture above depicts individuals astonished by the sort of sound which one might anticipate seeing floating around the Green Man site.
Monday, April 29, 2013
A.S.N.A. Disco System (tafka Bird Balls, for anyone with a memory that stretchy), the current Peanut Snake house-band, have contributed to an fabulous 24-hour-album project. The album was created by Frances Animal Magic Tricks, mostly yesterday, and a bit of this morning.
Lots of folk recorded little bits within a 24-hour time window, then opened the window and chucked them through to Frances to be mangled and assimilated. The results are compelling. She recommends best listening by manner of headphones.
You'll know you're listening to the A.S.N.A. bit when you hit the sloths, of course. Personally, I'd say don't stop at headphones, perhaps listen to it on headphones and in the bath. And listen to her previous 24-hour-album at the same time.