Archive for September, 2004

Thou shalt not….

Thursday, September 30th, 2004

…. covet thy neighbours coin-op machines:

Defender Arcade Machine

Spotted this morning, the office across the street from me has a working Williams Defender cabinet with original artwork.

In other new office related news, I managed to spend about £60 on CDs yesterday lunch time. Damn you Selectadisc! Selections from the new purchases: Bad Brains, Fantomas and The Faint.

Violin Violating Clown Punks of E5

Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

Very much enjoyed seeing Murder Mile’s last concert on Friday at the Eye in Stoke Newington. Shame I only found them as they were breaking up, but they went out with a loud bang. Their music is like a mix of the Dead Kennedys and Mr Bungle performed by semi-naked, face-painted, musical savants.

Murder Mile @ The Eye

Two EPs are available via Paypal from www.class-a-audio.co.uk for a couple of pounds each. I picked up “Where Dogs Go To Die” after the show and have been listening to it repeatedly at work. The fantastic EP art and stage backdrop were drawn by Gurdish, an old friend of Ant and Karen from their illustration course at Middlesex.

Office move complete

Monday, September 27th, 2004

The office move is complete and GT are fully installed in Great Titchfield Street. Here is the view from my window.

The view from my desk

The view out of our fire escape looks like something from an M. C. Escher print. I hope I don’t ever have to scrabble around this in a hurry.

Escher fire escape madness

Goodbye Ladbroke Grove

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004

We’re packing up the Good Technology office in Ladbroke Grove and moving it to Great Titchfield Street over the next couple of days. It’s going to shave about half an hour off my commute in the morning and there is a lot of new stuff to explore around the new office, but I’m feeling a little melancholy about leaving Ladbroke Grove. A couple of days ago I took these pictures of the evening walk down from 332b to the station, something I’ve been doing most days for the last 6 years - tomorrow I’ll be doing it for the last time.

Grand Union Centre - units to let 332b Ladbroke Grove Rail bridge Yum Yum Caribbean Take Away

A blurry 23 bus Flower baskets left over from the carnival Jesus! Dub Vendor

If you look at the roof of the Westbound tube platform you can just make out the lone shoe that’s been up there as long as I can remember. It’s strange that something that so transient and silly will be staying here longer than we did.

Ladbroke Grove station Platform roof, with lonely shoe Platform roof again, shoe may be slightly more visible Tube sign

Update: From my very last Ladbroke Grove commute, here is a better shot of the now famous shoe.

A better view of the famous shoe.

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EOTN @ Bull & Gate

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

Even more “Blurry pictures taken at End Of The New gigs”

#10: You can almost see the band
Bull & Gate stage

# 11: Oooooh! Pretty Lights!
Nice lights

A good set last Saturday with a fancy synth introduction that we didn’t hear from the bar. In pic #11 I didn’t spot that the lights were different colours on the night - red / green colourblindness strikes again.

Anathema @ Mean Fiddler

Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

Danny & Vinny Danny & the string quartet Vinny

Had a great time with Karen, Ant and Dave at Friday’s Anathema acoustic show, which was actually a lengthy support set for Porcupine Tree side project Blackfield. We pretty much ignored Blackfield and were lucky enough to get about an hour of Anathema songs reworked for acoustic guitar, drums and accompanying string quartet.

Mondo Generator @ Islington N1 Shopping Centre

Friday, September 10th, 2004

So, here are the pics from Mondo Generator playing the Carling Academy Islington, a small venue with really bad beer (Carling and Grolsch… yuk). The Academy is right next to Wagamamas in the Islington N1 shopping centre - it didn’t add much for gritty, punk rock, credibility but was convenient for picking up tasty overpriced noodles before the show.

These two red skinned hell spawn accompanied me:

Heckboy! Kaz

There was a new band line up, with the all star cast of Dave Catching and Brant Bjork missing this time around. This line up had four rehearsals before the show we saw, but they were already playing fairly well. Unfortunately they weren’t as great as the last time we saw them in the Astoria 2, and there were no Kyuss covers this time.

Mondo Generator

Unfortunately, four rehearsals wasn’t enough to learn all the songs they needed, so five songs in the middle of the show were acoustic numbers performed by Nick Olivieri on his own:

Nick O: Uh…. this is a song about dyin’

Uh.... this is a song about dyin'

Nick O: this is another song about dyin’

This is another song about dyin'

and so on, until the rest of the band appeared to play a pretty rocking end section:

Finally! Rock!

It’s Ugly, Perverted and Sick

Friday, September 10th, 2004

Apologies for the missing site this week, a BT line fault knocked my ADSL out. I have vague plans to move to a more sensible hosting location, but I perversely enjoy hosting my site from my house on the oldest computer I own. I’ll get around to an upgrade at some point, but lets face it - you hardly need a 24/7 service level agreement to read this crap…

Watched The Doom Generation last night, which turned out to be extremely entertaining by trying so very hard to shock. Plot summary: imagine Y tu mamá también remade as a Nine Inch Nails music video with dialog by a French Kevin Smith fan and directed by a teenage David Lynch . A filthy, nihilist, pornographic road movie…. to a mid nineties industrial soundtrack…. wooo!

I have some pics from the Mondo Generator gig a few weeks ago, so I’ll post those later on today. Off to see an Anathema acoustic gig tonight, should be good.