Leeds 2017.12.13

contents • Under-summarised concerns • Review of the drum kit at Howard Assembly Rooms • Tiger Lillies stories related to this show • Short description of show experience • Experience of going out for Adrian Stouts birthday and memories of Leeds   Under-summarised concerns Net neutrality’s destruction by the new FFC vote might potentially change…

London 2017.10.27

Apocalypse Jazz Unit played at One Hundred Years Gallery on October 23 2017 with Rick Jensen, Jordan Muscatello, Simon Paton, Paul Shearsmith, Hywel Jones, Thomas Tronich, David O’Connor, Gardyloo Spew and Jonas Golland And when Spew and I went along to play with this manic band who listen well and leave space for others mind…

Angoulême, France 2017.10.17 – 2017.10.20

Tangents When will this night drive end? The journey leaves the motorway with signs for Angoulême but suddenly furrows sharply into countryside. Amidst great fog and no street lights, the driver, a man of no English, once turns around and heads back the other way. After an hour and a half of not knowing how…

Santiago de Chile, 2017.10.8 – 2017.10.14

At a cafe near Tobalaba street an opera singer is singing professionally in modern Santiago clothes, looking at his phone for lyrics. I have ‘writer’s block’. C’est a Bon Cafe, far from the centre of town, by the Mapocho chocolate river (not quite as chocoatey as it was in January 2015), is a special unique…

Buenos Aires 2017.10.1 – 2017.10.8

Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, consists of some of the most warm and approachable people I’ve met who are generous in hard times, and I highly recommend going there and contributing or sharing. To take the presumption out of what I say is not possible as a musician in a self-contained team, during times…

2017.8.19 Having the Algorithms Round for Tea, London

Having the Algorithms Round for Tea was an event of discussion followed by live music, with the theme of the belief systems of artificial intelligence. It took place in London and will forever be remembered in silicon clouds, but more genuinely in the memory of the people… we couldn’t have done it without us (transcription…

Melbourne, Australia 2017.6.18 – 2017.6.20

Saint Kilda by the beach, south Melbourne, the long wooden roller coaster and ferris wheel of Luna amusement park, who have their Spiegeltent. The artists’ events were all cancelled over new health and safety regulations about wind resistance. They were asking for Tiger Lillies to fill in the gap before all being cancelled. Lucky for…

Adelaide, Australia 2017.6.14 – 2017.6.19

Adelaide, “The place where people come to die”… said by street paraders for whom expectation may form a large part of experience. If you want a city to spoil you a little more, Melbourne isn’t far, though down there they’re giving tax breaks to people if they move to the bush, because Melbourne has too…

Bergen, Norway, 2017.6.4 – 2017.6.8

don’t be late I didn’t realise Gatwick Airport from Kings Cross takes over one hour. The stress and dread as I missed the check in, became a mental cooling process. This catastrophe today felt creative, seeing the world through eyes of failure. I spent the day with Spew, and had a chance to look at…

Sète, France 2017.5.21 – 2017.6.1

gull zone The gulls sit on the roof most nights and sleep standing up. Maybe more often, if I was not walking onto the roof patio made for humans, with take-away pizza. Not twenty feet away, turning their heads to see, they might wake up and *bawk*, *bawk*, *bawk*…*bawk*, *bawk*, *bawk*, *bawk*. Others are high…

Istanbul 2017.5.19-21

(Advertising: my new UK election comedy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGy2xo1LNw8) Listening to gulls singing and other birds growling like dogs, from the 6th floor of Dedeman Hotel. It’s about a half-hour walk south to Beshiktash at the Bosphorous river, so I walked all the way down. Why do taxis keep honking horns when they pass me and there…

London 2017.5.16

Welcome to WordPress in London. My last post was written from the smartphone using the Swiftkey app keyboard, in random finger movements. I did a lot of patterns with my finger again and again, like square, circle or triangle, crossing, and just had fun in rhythm to music. It was not completely random words, because the…