All Smiles

27th February 2010
All smiles at the Quality Chop House, progressive working class caterer up there in Farringdon. A simple night out, enjoying riding the buses and trains, crossing the river, in the thick of it, at the heart of the grime and the glamour, tiny dots, tracked by satellite, snaking through the city.

Living daylights

21st February 2010

City Reverb, back in live action with the three piece music unit. Playing a clvilised lunchtime gig at Union Chapel in London.

Gig time…

21st February 2010

For the record we played these tunes in this order:

1 Swimming 2 Roll On 3 Backwards 4 All You Need 5 Morning 6 Corner

And it sounded great and we played well and Micky said it was the best gig we have done. And even though my fingers felt like sausages I enjoyed playing the bass in such a beautiful space.

The stamp of approval

20th February 2010
Anthony came round with his A.B. stamp of approval. We signed 50 FEEL FREE LIVE GOOD posters, ate pasta pesto and opened the inevitable bottle of Nero D’Avola. This is simple. art. living.

Back in the game

19th February 2010

For the album launch party for the Mavis album, Ashley Beedle’s new project coming out on K7 records, featuring Kurt Wagner, Candi Staton, Ed Harcourt, Danielle Moore from Crazy P and Chris Coco.

I provide the spoken vocal on a track called Dreamers. It’s based on a blog I did here about a day trip to Manchester when I was making a documentary about acid house for BBC Radio 2.

Last night I DJed and recited lyrics from the album.

Also watched wonderful performances of songs from the album by John Turrell, Danielle, Ed Harcourt and Edwyn Collins. The last time I saw him perform was many years ago when I was a kid and he was the lead singer of Orange Juice. Despite his problems, a major stroke, he still has a lovely presence, a great voice and a wonderful simple way with words.

I’m actually really proud to be involved with this project, to be on an album with so many artists I admire. Nice.