Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Mail Art One

Two of my drawings have been published in the recent issue of Mail Art One. Other members of the FreeBirds work is also in the magazine.

For more information and a downloadable copy click here

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Up by the Roots

I have recently made a music video for D_rradio. The track is from their excellent new album Parts, which was released on Distraction Records at the beginning of August.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Obscene Baby Auction

A full history of Obscene Baby Auction Records, including gig posters, band profiles and most importantly: free digital downloads of most of the back catalogue, has been put online. Interesting reading and some excellent music, especially Kill Yourself.

The label was run by members of That Fucking Tank and friends in Leeds, putting on gigs and releasing records with a DIY ethic.

Drummond's First Time

Bill Drummond was the guest on BBC 6 Music's "the First Time." He discussed and played important records from his career and his lifetime. A good introduction if you don't know much about him and an opportunity to listen to "Doctorin' the Tardis" on the Radio.

Listen to the show on BBC iplayer

His work continues to be an inspiration to me. I recently read his new book "For Sale: £20,000" which is about what he decides to do with a Richard Long photograph he bought. The story behind the book is really interesting but I would only recommend reading it after you have read"45". It is a much better book and more accessible. If you are only going to read one book by Drummond (or anyone else) I would go for "17." One of the most enjoyable reads I have ever had.

Bill Drummond's Website

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

New Camera

I have recently bought a second hand Hasselblad medium format camera and am looking forward to taking some photographs.

Friday, 20 August 2010

Listening Habits

I recently discovered Noveller's music after listening to David Sims's (Bass player from Jesus Lizard) new solo project unFact. They are both ambient/drone/soundscape type deals, made with guitar (bass in David's case), loop station and other pedals.

It's not music to jump around your bedroom to, but really lush when you're spending a lot of time at home, in front of the computer writing proposals like I am at the moment.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

I have been saving my vinyl copy of Down for a couple months now and decided to play it in full after returning from town. I was blown away.

Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action

I recently visited White Cube, Hoxton Square and really enjoyed their current exhibition of drawings of unrealised and works in progress. There is some excellent stuff in the show by people I have never heard of and some of my favorite artists.

More information here

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Exhibition at Made In Newcastle

The FreeBirds have an exhibition at the Made In Newcastle Shop on Nun Street (a couple of doors down from Wilkinsons, Click here for Map), featuring work by:

James Adair
Abigail Barlow
Tricia Green
Toby Lloyd
Susan Mortimer
Paul Raymond
Carlo Viglianisi
Meinir Wyn Jones

The Preview is on Thursday 19th August, 6 - 9pm

I will be making a new drawing in the space for the show. You can see my work from the last show and examples of the other FreeBirds work here. This show will have new work and more artists exhibiting than the last.

Hope to see you there.

More information about Made In Newcastle can be found here