Archive for May 2010

Live chicken feed.   Leave a comment

That hack is voodoo with a difference. What’s that all about?

Posted May 24, 2010 by peteum2013 in Uncategorized

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Join the queue.   2 comments


I would be more forthcoming about this but I’m worried about getting me or someone else into trouble so I’m just going to say I’m chuffed 19 people are queued.

Posted May 20, 2010 by peteum2013 in Uncategorized

Oh God, Oh dear…   Leave a comment

My son is using his sunny Sunday afternoon to shoot guns on the PS2. At one point the low-level hubbub of continued automatic weapon firing gave way to an increased intensity of the sound of explosions and an approching helicopter and I heard him say “Oh God” with a kind of resigned weariness.

Jo was on the train this morning and a normal-looking woman in typically middle-class garb suddenly announces to the guy in the seat to her rear that the best kind of text you can receive is one that tells you that Jesus loves you. Then when the chap gets off the train she suddenly bellows “HA HA HA HA!” and then when no-one responds she says “Oh dear.” in a quiet voice.

Posted May 16, 2010 by peteum2013 in Uncategorized

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The Cowboy & The Bear   Leave a comment

Not the greatest of Um gigs on Friday. Not going to do that live looping thing again in hurry. I practiced it about 5 times with varying results but the performance version was at least 500% worse than the worst of the run-throughs. Also I was actually going to just use a sports whistle as a sound source, rather than vocals, but some reason, possibly beer, I threw that idea out the window. The other fuck-up, and this is a mistake I’ve made several times, was that I had a kind of prepared joke intro and the trouble with prepared texts is that they often rely on certain prerequisites such as an audience and so on. I remember I was asked to compere for a Broken Family Band (remember them?) gig once and I wrote this loose spurt of improvised mind jazz on the train on the way down and then in the context of a very big and empty Cargo it just did not work at all. I think I got up and sang “Like a Rhinestone Cowboy… touched for a the very first time…” and a few souls just stared blankly back at me. But yeah, seeing Jo and Bobby and Dave looking at me empathically the other night just made my stupid prepared joke about the size of the bosom of my community seem stupid so I dived into the loop section without my mojo and boy it showed/sounded. And then of course for the rest of the gig I was stuck in that fucked frame of mind. Still, it’s possible that that’s the kind of gig that feels awful on the inside and then looks kind of intense on video because a couple of random strangers said nice things. The first was this well-preserved dude who asked if the songs were seperate entities or discrete parts of a complex whole, and when I informed him that they were the former he enquired whether they might be expanded, perhaps? The the second guy was a nice American who seemed shocked to discover that I was a Cambridge resident as he had lived here for five years and had never heard of me. Indeed his unknowingly squandered chances of catching the staggeringly local Pete Um phenomenon were now sadly all but at an end as his wife’s Phd was now finished and they were off back to the States in the next few weeks.

Volcano The Bear were very good though, as tends to be the case. They have a knack (it’s not really a knack) of doing very simple yet effective things that make most acts look like they haven’t got any imagination. They can be dry as in lacking heat and then imperceptibly shift into being dry as in obliquely funny. At one point Aaron made us laugh by simply moving slightly closer to Daniel at the end of a tune. You can’t Google how to do that kind of thing.

I Googled Rhinestone Cowboy just to check the spelling. Didn’t realise what the song was about.

Song history

Weiss wrote and recorded “Rhinestone Cowboy” in 1974, and it appeared on his 20th Century Records album Black and Blue Suite. Neither that version, nor a cover by Neil Diamond made much of an impression on audiences (although Diamond’s version did garner adult contemporary airplay).[citation needed] In late 1974, Campbell heard the song on the radio and, during a tour of Australia decided to learn the song. Soon after his return to the United States, Campbell went to Al Coury’s office at Capitol Records, where he was approached about “a great new song” — “Rhinestone Cowboy.”[1]

Several music writers noted that Campbell identified with the subject matter of “Rhinestone Cowboy” — survival and making it, particularly when the chips are down — very strongly. As Steven Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic put it, the song is about a veteran artist “who’s aware that he’s more than paid his dues during his career … but is still surviving, and someday, he’ll shine just like a rhinestone cowboy.”[2]

Bad Timing Nights and Eyjafjallajökull.   Leave a comment

Playing at Bad Timing on Friday, just to be different. In fact I was just looking at this list of gigs they’ve put on:

bad timing: 8 years, 90 nights, 10 venues and 1 world record since 21/11/01

courtis/moore // local radio // gary war // les adventures sous la mer // um // volcano the bear // sculpture // um // hair police // family battlesnake // temperatures // team brick // circuit breaker // local radio // part wild horses mane on both sides // motherfucking // prurient // cold cave // circuit breaker // mi ami // gyratory system // rock with electronics // dj nochexxx // damo suzuki // drum eyes // the resistance // future islands // jellica // max tundra // ben butler and mouse pad // um // rock with electronics // um // canaveral // dj scotch egg // ove-naxx // bogulta // maruosa // melt-banana // bearsuit // ian helliwell // cockland // man from uranus/jellica // moha! // elapse-o // sunshine republic // gay against you // kevin blechdom/barnwave // dj solid gold // felix kubin // um // man from uranus/jellica // a-musik dj // fuck buttons // alexander tucker // atp djs // latahs // john maus // um // cockland // pram // xylitol // man from uranus // the chap // agaskodo teliverek // um // cockland // white mice // pleasurehorse // duracell // sunshine republic // jellica // gay against you // house mouse // jellica // death sentence: panda! // aotea // man from uranus // disinformation vs strange attractor // bugbrand audio // andrew coleman // // wolf eyes // consumer electronics // birds of delay // trencher // dj scotch egg // transitional // max tundra // um // jellica // white label music:large number // man from uranus // sunset people // the resistance // bugbrand audio // haeti // andrew coleman // the chap // man from uranus // um // pita vs z’ev // disinformation vs strange attractor // pda // volt // destructo swarmbots // k.laska/dave cochrane // men of unitus // noxagt // hunting lodge // fuck buttons // esquilax // cutting pink with knives // gay against you // ariel pink // belong // man from uranus // venetian snares // dj scotch egg // animals on wheels // chav and dave // dj damo // agaskodo teliverek // ommm // um // um // the vichy government // usedtobecool // dÿse // ommm // aotea // dj scotch egg // ove-naxx // doddodo // germlin // gulpepsh // maruosa // kosmische djs // romvelope // man from uranus // sculpture // um // dj scotch egg // chav and dave // um // kevin blechdom // planningtorock // um // noxagt // volt // def metal machine music // keith fullerton whitman // keith fullerton whitman // andrew coleman // haeti // ommm // the accountant // man from uranus // um // ariel pink // john maus // um // gary war // the chap // man from uranus // the resistance // panda bear // ariel pink // signer // um // dj/rupture // ove-naxx // ascoltare // printed circuit // random number // um // venetian snares // datach’i // accelra // john callaghan // man from uranus // leafcutter john // goodiepal // ascoltare // pda // greg davis // andrew coleman // bad timing djs // dat politics // kevin blechdom // um // ergo phizmiz // um // vert // animals on wheels // bad timing djs // bogdan raczynski // astrobotnia // cylob dj // steveseviltwin // janek schaefer (world record) // dale berning // pda // bad timing djs // felix kubin // um // man from uranus // a-musik dj // venetian snares // steveseviltwin // damo // man from uranus electrical music show // um // dj cos // // kid606 // dj/rupture // random number // ulrich schnauss // animals on wheels // damo // chris clark // mira calix // ascoltare // knifehandchop // steveseviltwin // dj boom blast // eu // animals on wheels // ascoltare // the chap // um // man from uranus // isan // man from uranus // ascoltare // charlie don’t surf/bad timing djs // marlowe/coleman // man from uranus // dj zero // v/vm // um // dj chuck schuldiner // kirk leatham // um // philip joseph/cos // ascoltare/zooplankton // kirk leatham // venetian snares // fanny // steveseviltwin // kid606 // dwayne sodahberk // um // ascoltare // um // andrew coleman // ascoltare // charlottefield // lien // the chap // richard thomas // al brooker playback // john callaghan // um // jon tye/dj spykid (invisible college djs) // man from uranus // neil suddes dj // n.e.d. ( pleasure // um dj // cos dj // philip joseph (gentleman’s radio hour) // dj kirk leatham // djs // dans mon salon // cocktail waitress // bad timing djs // andrew coleman // um // mouse finding the key // bad timing djs //

Looking forward to playing with Volcano The Bear again. Last time we played it was with Sculpture and to me it felt like a perfectly seasoned dish, if I may say so myself. I hope irony itself does not require that Aaron Moore can’t make it because of Eyjafjallajökull. Probably there’ll be some band called Eyjafjallajökull second on the bill at some gig soon. Maybe Daniel should perform as Eyjafjallajökull if Aaron can’t make it.

Posted May 10, 2010 by peteum2013 in Uncategorized

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Johnny & The Vole.   Leave a comment

The other day my Jo got a text from her old pal Johnny, who despite having quite a bit of the professional Northern carnivorous rugger-bugger about him, is a fantastic chap and also has a bit of a soft spot for animals in the non-livestock sense. Anyway the text said:

You know, one of the best things that ever happened to me has just happened – saw a little vole on my way home, and offered him a bit of crisp, which he took, and seemed to smile at me. Maybe I’m just drunk…

Love it.

Posted May 6, 2010 by peteum2013 in Uncategorized

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Bugger.   Leave a comment

My girlfriend is in therapy (pause for chuckles) as part of her course as a trainee arts psychotherapist (we’re a right pair). Anyway, the other day she was telling her chappie about her disatisfaction with the world in general, like you do, and she said something like this:

“I just can’t believe that this is it. That humans are capable of of such greatness, compassion and such creativity and we’ve settled for this nonsense. That his is all we have amounted to, this dull, monotonous brutal existence and everyone seems OK with it.”

And her therapist goes:

“Yes, it’s a bugger isn’t it…”

Posted May 6, 2010 by peteum2013 in Uncategorized

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