Saturday 28 March 2015

In The Studio with Panter, Westmoreland, Eldon, and Scabies!

On Thursday the 26th of March I had a really great day watching a brand new Specialized track being recorded in Milk Studios in Limehouse. Horace Panter played bass, Rat Scabies (a founder member of The Damned) played drums, young(ish) upstart Micko Westmoreland played lead guitar and Comedian (and punk fan) Kevin Eldon sang his little heart out.
Above: Horace and Micko
Above: Kevin goes through the lyrics one more time.
Above: Rat and Kevin
Above: The wonderful Tom Aitkenhead who runs Milk Studios (in Cable Street) and has previously recorded and mixed Robert Smith, Babyshambles, Orbital, and Bloc Party.
Above: "Sitting on my Sofa"
Above: "The vain man"
Above: "Support specialized"

Tuesday 24 March 2015

Police Dog Hogan AND Neil Innes play The Jazz Cafe 26/4/15

For a piffling £15.75 you can book a ticket to see Police Dog Hogan and extra special guest Neil Innes perform at The Jazz Cafe on Sunday 26th of April. Police Dog Hogan are a high-energy and eclectic seven-piece, combining fiddle, banjo, mandolin, bass, drums and guitars with four-part harmonies in a mix of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass. Their songs range from the wistful and poetic to out-and-out, foot-stomping tales of doomed barbecues, French mustard and falling in love on a Tennessee highway. '...a really good, fun time' (DJ Johnnie Walker)
Acclaimed surrealist, songwriter and beaming stand-up lighthouse; Beatles parodist with The Rutles, Rutland Weekend Television; the 'Seventh' Monty Python member; Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band originator, Away With Words presenter and all-round Urban Spaceman - Mr Neil Innes...
Jazz Café Camden is one of London's must iconic live music venues, and has played host to the likes of Cameo, Faithless, Bobby Womack, Grandmaster Flash and Alton Ellis to name but a few. With a capacity of 420 it is London's Premier intimate venue.
Address: 5 Parkway Camden Town London NW1 7PG You can buy tickets from this website:

Wednesday 18 March 2015

Photos from Demolition Derby p.v. at Fold

Demolition Derby’, the inaugural group exhibition at Fold in Fitzrovia opened on Friday the 13th of March. The works in the exhibition all share the common experience of being put through their paces. Over time they have been scolded, ignored, battered, slapped about and worked to breaking point in order to arrive at the finished article. Almost wasn't good enough and adequate didn't cut it. They have been taken to pieces and put back together in an effort to transcend the satisfactory, enduring rights of passage that have imbued them with character and resilience.
Laura Bygrave has been reworking a set of drawings over the last three years through sculpture, painting and most recently collage. The original images come from her book 'The God of Number Zero' which describes a parallel universe with its own mythologies, cultures and laws of physics. Each reworking goes through a process of addition and subtraction, honing forms through the experience of making in an effort to get closer to their essence.
In the past few years Luke Gottelier has returned to a group of failed paintings he made a decade earlier. In order to revitalise and push the paintings towards success he has subjected them to various physical and transformative trials. Recently works have been brutally augmented to become pinball machines, ashtrays and remote-controlled cars.
Kes Richardson works on a number of series at once, revisiting motifs with assaults of discordant imagery and attitude. Previous incarnations are obliterated and smothered, sections are sacrificed and transplanted. For this exhibition he is returning to his Gardener series, working from a painting of the same title by Van Gogh, together with works that play with chaos and chance.
Rose Wylie is showing paintings that were started in the 1990s and lay unresolved and redundant for over two decades. A diptych addresses the first Iraq war whilst a large unstretched painting is of a solitary female figure. In 2014 she returned to both works, expunging their shortfalls with courageous and assured passages of paint and collage.
Above: Darren and his lovely beard.
Above: Will Daniels with a flu ridden Dom Kennedy
Young Mac Gottelier with his dad's gold painting.
Above: Sinead Wheeler
Above: Marcus Cope
Above: Derek Jordan with a Bob Smith badge FOLD Gallery London 158 New Cavendish Street, W1W 6YW The show runs until the 18th of April!