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dancefloorlandmine: Me pointing at camera (Kitchener)
Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 11:33 pm
"Filling out your Harrison Ford Aircraft Incident Report"

"History suggests that no changes in weather, terrain, obstacles or any other contributing factors would have prevented Harrison Ford from suddenly and inexplicably plunging into your immediate vicinity. Or from it happening again."
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dancefloorlandmine: (MonkeyBoy)
Sunday, February 26th, 2017 04:30 pm
So, what are you up to on Friday 3rd?

Club 80s is an option.

DJs - Reza (Inertia, Killing Joke), Ben (Elegant Decadence, Tanz Macabre, Planet Earth, Don't You Want Me Baby), and ... DJ Landmine ... wait, that's me! Woohoo!

So, yeah, Urban Bar, 176 Whitechapel Road, E1 1BJ, from 9pm to 2:30am, Friday 3rd March, for an evening of dark and light 80s. Like a Viennetta. Possibly.
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dancefloorlandmine: Me hiding behind camera (CameraEOS)
Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 04:43 pm
Elegant Decadence's second event of the year

La Chanson Noire - A three-piece together on stage for the first time, with the Portuguese singer and pianist joined by a drummer and guitarist, playing what has been described as chamber goth, although they might have benefited slightly from a darker and more intimate venue for their sound.

Rhombus - The first time back in London for a while for the Yorkshire-based five-piece playing in the classic gothic rock vein, combining male and female vocals with danceable tunes and catchy choruses.

As usual, photos free to use please credit Simon Landmine.


La Chanson Noire
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Rhombus
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All La Chanson Noire photos

All Rhombus photos
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dancefloorlandmine: Me hiding behind camera (CameraEOS)
Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 10:51 am
Popped down to the Oval Tavern on a Saturday evening, as some friends had said they were heading over to see at act that they'd seen elsewhere (and the Oval tends to be a nice place to be, anyway). Took the camera along, just because (although the Oval can be challenging for photography!)

The Silver Darlings - A folk-ish act, performing the songs of their lead singer/songwriter (who also performs solo).

Sieben - A violinist performing live looping of violin, vocals, and various percussive noises created on the violin, a style reminiscent of Jordan Reyne or Jo Quail. His most recent album, The Old Magic also raised faint comparisons to Wardruna. (As an additional bonus, he gave out copies of some of his earlier CDs, too.)

As usual, photos free to use please credit Simon Landmine.


The Silver Darlings
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Sieben
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All The Silver Darlings photos

All Sieben photos
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dancefloorlandmine: Me hiding behind camera (CameraEOS)
Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 09:27 am
The first Elegant Decadence event of 2017, at Nambucca.

Nine Day Decline - post-punk goth three-piece.

The Ghost of Lemora - the long-running alternative act have had a bit of a change of line-up since their last album, with new a drummer, keyboardist, and bassist, and slightly heavier sound than before.

Manuskript - scene stalwarts, Manuskript attracted a number of their dedicated fans to this, their first London gig for a while, for their particular brand of energetic goth.

As usual, photos free to use please credit Simon Landmine.


Nine Day Decline
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The Ghost of Lemora
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Manuskript
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All Nine Day Decline photos

All The Ghost of Lemora photos

All Manuskript photos
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dancefloorlandmine: (Art)
Saturday, February 18th, 2017 02:53 pm
Photographer Josh Smith's aerial photographs of the patterns made by Australian agriculture are rather striking.

And here they are.
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dancefloorlandmine: (Dice)
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 11:46 am
The first hundred issues of White Dwarf (and some of the specials) are now available on t'internet as an archive.

White Dwarf Archive

(These were the days when WD wasn't an in-house advert for expensive miniatures, but a wide-ranging gaming magazine that covered games by a number of manufacturers. Somewhere I've got my old copies in a box - which started with number 71.)
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dancefloorlandmine: (DamnedTown)
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 07:11 pm
Quite a good review of Croydon, mentioning a few pubs that I rate, and a very fine restaurant.

'Croydon for a pretty girl ...'

(Title from an 18th Century rhyme, included for free in the review. Be warned, review may contain language.)
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dancefloorlandmine: (Dice)
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 05:44 pm
For personal reference, a couple of sites with advice on running one-on-one RPGs.

Gaming For Two
Solo Roleplaying

(Links originally scrobbled from the Bundle Of Holding offer on two-player games.)
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dancefloorlandmine: (Books)
Sunday, February 12th, 2017 07:21 pm
One reason why I like buying books from The Book Depository is that each is delivered with a bookmark, ready to mark where you've paused.

I find that this encourages the practice of reading in odd moments - even if it does also encourage the tendency to have several books 'on the go' at any one time.
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dancefloorlandmine: (Architecture)
Sunday, February 12th, 2017 06:05 pm
A tale of an award-winning design for a seminary, its construction at the wrong time (from the point of view of changing church priorities), and a proposal for giving the listed shell a new purpose ...

BBC News In Pictures
dancefloorlandmine: Photo of shelves of CDs (Music)
Monday, February 6th, 2017 06:17 pm
If you find background noise useful for helping you relax, or concentrate, then this site could be useful. It has several shedloads of dynamically configurable noise generators, of a whole load of types.

myNoise - also available as Apps.
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dancefloorlandmine: Me pointing at camera (Kitchener)
Friday, January 20th, 2017 04:24 pm
This may be somewhat sensationalised, but it's an impressive tale of an impressive woman ...

Nancy Wake

(And here's the Wikipedia version.)

(Some might suggest that it was what any Australian woman would do in the circumstances, possibly due to watching lots of Miss Fisher Mysteries/)
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dancefloorlandmine: Me hiding behind camera (CameraEOS)
Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 11:16 am
Less than a month after Friday night's photos!

Saturday night at Whitby Goth Weekend November 2016 featured Chasing Dragons, Children On Stun, Skeletal Family, and The Mission, all of whom have played WGW before - although for some, it's been quite a while! The Mission, notably, played substantially extended sets to mark their return after so many years, with Evi Vine on additional vocals.


Sample photos under cut )

Gallery links for more photos

Chasing Dragons

Children On Stun

Skeletal Family

The Mission

(As usual, feel free to share these images with the bands, and they're welcome to use any of them (please credit as Simon Landmine).)
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dancefloorlandmine: (Architecture)
Friday, January 13th, 2017 03:21 pm
An interesting, if fairly short, BBC article on changes in Antarctic building design. These days, they mostly look like James Bond sets, but there's some really impressive work going into them - whether from the viewpoint of energy efficiency or consideration for the needs of the occupants for various sense cues that are otherwise in short supply in the environment.

LINKY MCLINKFACE
dancefloorlandmine: DJing at B-Movie Nov 04 (DJ)
Sunday, January 8th, 2017 04:23 pm
First set of the New Year, this time for a community event with secondary elements of birthday celebration. The Cavendish Arms in Stockwell is a short stroll from public transport, and features a comfortable, sofa-filled, main bar area, with a back room that is properly set up for comedy, bands, cabaret, and the like, with a small stage, PA, XLR patch-bay and so on - so we set up a pair of trestles on the stage and got to it. The evening's music was split between me and DJ Frabjous (aka Katy and Lucy) who have also DJ'd for BiCon previously. The first part of the evening was quiet(ish) music to entertain while people arrived and ate (the pub serves rather good pizzas), steadily building up to music to dance to.

Setlists below (with links to a couple of the tracks) )

It seemed to go pretty well, and there are faint thoughts of doing it again as a public event ...
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dancefloorlandmine: Me pointing at camera (Kitchener)
Saturday, December 31st, 2016 07:49 pm
Heading out shortly, so here's wishing everyone a good evening, whatever you're doing. And hope that 2017 is better than 2016 (whatever your 2016 has been like).

Keep creating, keep doing, keep living, keep loving. Because we're going to need that.

So, yeah, here's to 2017.
dancefloorlandmine: Me hiding behind camera (CameraEOS)
Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 06:39 pm
Yes, it's less than two months since the event, and I've got the first night's photos up. And all before April's bands have been announced.

Anyhow, without vast amounts of further ado, Friday night at Whitby Goth Weekend November 2016 featured Kitty In A Casket, Manuskript, Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic, and Heaven 17 - all of whom seemed very happy to be performing for the crowd, which has a great effect on the atmosphere. There was also an outbreak of levitation among the opening two acts ...

The only first-time Whitby act this time around, Kitty In A Casket are a bouncy, enthusiastic, rock-n-roll-influenced act from Vienna, in a similar musical vein to Zombina & The Skeletones, but more upbeat and with the dial turned slightly more rock than goth. They describe themselves as 'punk'n'roll'. Long-time Whitby stalwarts Manuskript (who, I believe, still hold the record for most appearances at the festival) are a traditional keyboards-backed-by-guitars goth band, with special guests for their finale. Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic are a pretty unique hi-energy live experience, and now mostly electronic in name only, with live guitar and bass joining the keyboards. (It was also keyboardist Johann's birthday, resulting in a gleeful receiving of a cake at the end of the set.) And, finally, Heaven 17 should be familiar to everyone - they may not be 'goth', but quite a bit of their discography is 'goth-adjacent', and they know how to put on a great show.

Sample photos under cut )

Gallery links for more photos

Kitty In A Casket

Manuskript

Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic

Heaven 17

(As usual, feel free to share these images with the bands, and they're welcome to use any of them (please credit as Simon Landmine).)
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dancefloorlandmine: DJing at B-Movie Nov 04 (DJ)
Monday, December 5th, 2016 02:58 pm
Behind the decks at Tufnell Park Dome again for the Alternative Bring & Buy. The last time I DJed here, a few years ago, it was the middle of August, and stiflingly hot. This time around, it was actually warmer out amongst the stalls than in the DJ booth. DJing with Jonny Hall ("DJ Terminates Here") and Scott McMahon (aka "DJ The Scot"), it gave us an opportunity to play some tracks that tend to be underplayed due to being less dancefloor-friendly. As well as just some random songs to keep up the mood of (or generally entertain) the stallholders and the shoppers, ending with the traditional end-of-sale tag-team, and then a few extra tracks while everything was being tidied away while Scott and Jonny went across the road to set up for the after-party at Aces & Eights.

Setlists below )
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