Monday, February 28, 2005


Taken from the Teenage Fanclub website:

'It gives us great pleasure to announce that our new album Man-Made, will be released on the 2nd of May. Twelve new songs for your delectation. Released on our own PeMa label, with the catalogue number PeMa002. We'll also be playing a couple of shows to celebrate our return. The first is in London at the Scala on the 29th March followed on the 31st with a show at the Mitchell theatre in Glasgow. Support on both shows will be Green Peppers. We'll be announcing a fuller touring schedule very soon.'

The artwork looks fantastic and I have it on some authority that the album was recorded at SOMA studios in Chicago (courtesy of Tortoise's John McEntire) so there's a lot to look forward to with this record!

all in one go....

so, there I was not really thinking about holidays or the like and suddenly two conversations later I find myself invited to a holiday in St Ives, Cornwall and one in France (somewhere between La Rochelle and Bordeaux). May and September. The great thing is that they are both trips that I would like to do this year and very suitable now we have a little boy.

strange how things just happen. without you really trying!

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

gonzo gone

Hunter S Thompson shot himself on 20th February 2005 at his ranch. He was 67. Below is a link to The Guardian's story on this news. Personally, I recently read The Rum Diaries by Hunter, and found it to be a great read with just as much going on as Fear & Loathing (with slightly fewer drugs and heady moments). Recommended. I also read an interview recently on his view of the current presidential situation in America. Highly entertaining.

He will be sadly missed.

Hunter S Thompson

Monday, February 21, 2005

"Daddy, my name's on the pier..."

Decided recently to get plaque put up on the pier in Clevedon, to celebrate Lucas' birth. We liked the idea of him being able to go and see it in years to come. There are loads on there, for marriages, deaths and births etc. Anyway, here is the picture of the plaque we had made up.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Non-Format and The Wire

One of my favourite design companies Non-Format has been working with The Wire magazine for some time now, and to my eyes has been constantly coming up with great ideas and layouts for a magazine who's content can be seen as very specialist. Personally, I find that the aesthetics helps this and tends to make me want to read it!

I first found out about them through Leaf Records who I have always like the packaging and artwork for. This months Wire design is something special and I thought was worth posting. Check out their site for more interesting design work!

Non-Format website

Thursday, February 17, 2005

the state of gardens these days...

Garden State - A new movie by Zach Braff (of US 'hospital comedy' Scrubs fame!)

Now any movie that can boast bands like The Shins, Iron & Wine, Nick Drake and Simon & Garfunkel on its soundtrack is bound to get my attention. But a movie that has Natalie Portman saying that she is listening to this new great band called The Shins in its dialogue, well that's me pretty much bowled over right there.

The film is great (the trailer hints at its cinematic style) and it seems pretty photographic to me. Like all the shots were really thought out and artistically set up. Obviously a labour of love. Highly recommended anyway.

Watch the Garden State trailer (you will need Quicktime for this!)

Oh and here is the cover and tracklisting of the Soundtrack in full. Worth a look I'd say!

1. Don't Panic - Coldplay
2. Caring Is Creepy - The Shins
3. In The Waiting Line - Zero 7
4. New Slang - The Shins
5. I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You - Colin Hay
6. Blue Eyes - Cary Brothers
7. Fair - Remy Zero
8. One Of These Things First - Nick Drake
9. Lebanese Blonde - Thievery Corporation
10. The Only Living Boy In New York - Simon & Garfunkel
11. Such Great Heights - Iron and Wine
12. Let Go - Frou Frou
13. Winding Road - Bonnie Somerville

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

a. newman

This guy has got to be one of the best Portrait photographers I have ever come across. Really need to get a book on this guy. He specialized in 'environmental portraiture'. Here is a link to more of his photos!

Arnold Newman

I am robot and proud

The site 3hive is just great. I have found this electronica guy called 'I am robot and proud'. A bit like 'mouse on mars' to my ears. Below is a link with a few MP3s and a link to his website etc.

i am robot and proud (3hive link)

lucas at one month

here is a pic of my little boy lucas at one month. he is a star.

Are We Recording?

This is my first blog. It has come at a time that it seems to make sense to do one, having a baby, people moving away. A good way of getting info to lots of people in a new way.

So I think I may be a bit rusty for a while and its a bit of an experiment for me, but expect good design links, photography, rants about bands and songs. plenty of stuff to either mull over or just have a giggle at.

John x