It was a shame to miss Supernormal this year. Being cash-strapped is a shitter. However, the wonderful festival of music, arts and other assorted delights is well worth checking out. As is this zine, which was compiled over the weekend by some of the Supernormal team and festival-goers. A 48 hour zine for your pleasure:
I appear to be consistently checking my ears for pre-rolls when considering smoking one these days. I wonder if I am one of the few who share in this sometimes startling turn of events?
Dozens killed across Iraq - Telegraph
A string of car bombings and other attacks has killed at least 32 people across Iraq, as the country gears up for local elections.
This small commentary piece was initially shared earlier this evening on Facebook. Anyway, I thought I might share my thoughts on these matters here as well.
I don’t usually enter into such matters on Facebook - for multiple reasons - but this also happened today. In case you were wondering, this is no competition but how many of you noticed this before what has tragically occurred in Boston today? It’s a rhetorical question in case you were not already aware. I just find it saddening that such matters are swept away and similar instances in more ‘familiar’ areas become today’s ‘hot topic’. I fully realise many of us will near automatically centre in on matters close to home, it’s just saddening sometimes. I won’t pretend to be someone that is on the pulse of current affairs - I am not. However, when witnessing such an overwhelming precedence of ‘loss’ directed in such a manner…well, perhaps I am mistaken but it just seems wrong. Anyway, back to mocking a dead woman and her state funeral.
A friend of mine responded to this with ‘closer to home? barely (i just checked google maps). I believe the phrase you wanted was ‘closer to tone”, to which I concurred. My writing skills are OK but they are far from what they could be.
THE PALM AT THE END OF THE MIND, by COUSINS
9 track album
Cousins are a band I discovered tonight. I like them a lot. They’re a real odd mix of stomping rock, grunge, garage rock ‘n’ roll, lo-fi and, well, something a bit different overall. It’s a tad tiresome to list genres and possible comparisons but it helps some people to access things. Elements of Roky Eirksson, The Gun Club and Jonathan Richman collide with wired elements of bands such as Thee Oh Sees and The Pixies to some extent. Genuinely impressed and already fond. Sorry for the overly comparatative overtures but do give them a listen.
Skullduggery Exhibition at The Gold Room
More excellent goings on in Portsmouth (UK). Be sure to check this out. The Gold Room is an utterly fantastic independent gallery located underneath The Shining reference a go-go comic shop Room 237 on Elm Grove. Well worth your time.
So, this is a gig night I co-organise in Southsea. Champagne Justice! is all about promoting a combination of alternative local acts and touring bands from across the UK and beyond. We’ve been going for nigh-on nine months now. I’m pretty proud of that. It’s not always easy - and it’s a constant learning curve - but it’s a labour of love and we’ve had the fortuity to meet some truly wonderful and talented folk thus far.
Strong Island is a local community bringing together the greatness that resides and is spawned from our fair city of Portsmouth. Please get involved with both if you’re at all interested in the arts…and partying. A big shout out to Charlie Thompson for the article, indeed to the whole Strong Island crew for being bloody brilliant.
If you happen to follow my scribing and reblogging on this here Tumblr but are from an unattainable distance, then please do befriend us on Facebook anyway. We put on a lot of fantastic acts and I reckon you may well like them, so have a goosey gander. If were previously unaware what that means then you’ve just learned a new phrase. Lucky you!
Bikers Against Child Abuse
Great story from last year. Heart warming.