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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 )
dancefloorlandmine: DJing at B-Movie Nov 04 (DJ)
Monday, December 5th, 2016 02:35 pm
A gig without photos! In this case because I was acting as one of the interval-and-after DJs, along with The Dandy Demondaz.

The evening's acts were Redhead (a classic guitar-rock four-piece), The Wimmin's Institute (perky pop-punk feminist four-piece playing wry wittiness such as their latest 'Nandos', with added trumpet), and the headliners, playing another of their justly renowned anniversary gigs, The Memepunks.

(Normally, when DJing for a band who play covers, I like to check in advance what they'll play, to ensure that I don't end up playing half their set before they go on stage. When you do that for The Memepunks, you end up with a list of about twenty-five tracks for a ten-song set - considerably more if one of those songs is Slimelight 2000.)

Setlists below )
dancefloorlandmine: Me hiding behind camera (CameraEOS)
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 03:02 pm
Another event promoted by Elegant Decadence at Nambucca - with more apparently being planned for the future.

Anniversary Circle, the opening act, are a three-piece that have been playing intermittently for a while, featuring the time-honoured combination of guitar, bass, female vocals, and a recalcitrant drum machine, and a sound that reminded me at least of Siouxsie and the Banshees.

The Faces of Sarah (site has embedded autoplayer) are a band I first saw a while ago (at Electrowerkz, I vaguely think), again with an intermittent gig schedule. A full four-piece, with a human (possibly) drummer, and powerful male vocals.

Pretentious Moi?, the headliners, started life as the solo project of Tim Chandler from Manuskript, but has been busy acquiring guitarists (three, so far), and, with this gig, a bassist too, in the shape of Mike Uwins from Manuskript. And a drum machine, as fitting another person on stage could have been challenging.

So, three good bands, all mining the deep dark seam of guitar-based goth rock, in slightly differing directions ... see them!

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

Anniversary Circle
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The Faces of Sarah
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Pretentious Moi?
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All Anniversary Circle photos

All The Faces of Sarah photos

All Pretentious Moi? photos
dancefloorlandmine: DJing at B-Movie Nov 04 (DJ)
Monday, November 28th, 2016 06:12 pm
Two in quick succession ...

On the evening Sat 3rd December, I will be DJing in support of The Memepunks for their 5th anniversary gig at Nambucca (also featuring DJ Demondaz, and the bands The Wimmins Institute and Redhead).

Link for ticket link

On the afternoon of Sun 4th December, I will be helping provide background sounds for The Alternative Bring And Buy Sale at Tufnell Park Dome.

Link for more info
dancefloorlandmine: (Art)
Thursday, November 24th, 2016 11:07 pm
Holland's MOTI museum is hosting a modernised and updated version of Bosch's 'The Garden of Early Delights' as an animated piece.
dancefloorlandmine: Me pointing at camera (Kitchener)
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 04:45 pm
The winners of the 2016 IF Comp have been a) announced and b) made available for play or download on their site, here. Some of them look rather interesting.
dancefloorlandmine: DJing at B-Movie Nov 04 (DJ)
Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 02:31 pm
This weekend I headed up to Darlington, to help Lisa and Greig celebrate their wedding anniversary, by playing an assortment of music at their guests until they went away. I was warned that this could take some time (especially if I played their requests), and so it proved ...

The venue, Voodoo, was a pretty cool (and surprisingly extensive) bar in town - a single shop-front bar at street level, opening up by way of a decorated staircase to a labyrinthine series of bar and restaurant rooms, ending up at a large function room. Unfortunately, being so soon after Whitby, the dreaded Whurgy¹ took its toll on the guest list, but a number of people (and an inflatable tyrannosaur) managed to struggle through and make it to the field of balloons on the dancefloor.

The owner being a friend of Lisa and Greig's, the night went on for some time - from half eight until three in the morning - by which time all of the balloons had been burst, the inflatable tyrannosaur had been disassembled into separate body parts (some of which were disconcertingly used for guitar mime), and then reconfigured several times (watching the head drift across the ceiling with a single arm hanging below it was ... odd), and the amplifier had overheated, cut out, and been restarted with the aid of a large portable fan.

Setlist (it's a long one!) )

¹ Whitby Lurgy - a notably infectious plague that cuts through the alternative community twice a year
² And they did
³ There was a birthday, too
dancefloorlandmine: DJing at B-Movie Nov 04 (DJ)
Monday, November 14th, 2016 01:13 pm
In the Wellington again for The 80s Night at Whitby. DJing solo this time, for a number of reasons, although Kat lent me her CD collection and acted as a voice-activated index for it. Despite the absence of a number of familiar faces who were away from town, we managed more people through the door than last time.

Now sorting out options for April, but, in the meantime, here's what got played ...

Setlist )
dancefloorlandmine: (Gigs)
Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 01:04 am
Apparently there is more than one pub called The Islington in Islington, which seems somewhat thoughtless. This event, however, was at the one on Tolpuddle Street, which has a decent-sized event room, and also appealed to the headline act for social history reasons.

Martha Makes Mistakes is a rather good bluesy singer-songwriter, B-Movie Romance are a very good rockabilly-influenced two-piece, who were very tight for what turned out to be their first live gig, and the headliners, Before Victoria, whose album launch this technically was, are the side project of Marc Burrows (also known as the bass-player for Victorian-era punks, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing). They play what Marc describes as "lo-fi indiepunk/grungepop with an occasional 19th century twist" - which means a slightly different sound to The Men, and a slightly earlier historical era, the album being "Carry On Up The Chartists". In this case, the live band did feature two other members of his other band ...

As usual, photos free to use with credit.

Martha Makes Mistakes
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B-Movie Romance
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Before Victoria
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All Martha Makes Mistakes photos

All B-Movie Romance photos

All Before Victoria photos

Before Victoria have, as mentioned, an album available through Bandcamp (as well as a number of e.p.s, and B-Movie Romance have a track there too. Martha Makes Mistakes has been urged to go to a studio by Marc, but currently busks, and can be found on YouTube as well.
dancefloorlandmine: (Digital Art)
Monday, October 24th, 2016 01:08 pm
Success! Printed flyers delivered today! Coming to a pub table in a seaside town far from you soon!

(I was a bit nervous about these - other than sending photos to photo-print services, this was the first time I'd sent a design direct to printer - especially one requiring the fun and games of converting to CMYK colour-space and designing-in bleed and exclusion margins.)

Two event flyers.
dancefloorlandmine: Me hiding behind camera (CameraEOS)
Friday, October 14th, 2016 07:15 pm
(That sudden realisation that you had not, as you believed, posted up the links to one set of festival photos.)

Saturday night at Whitby Goth Weekend April 2016, featuring She Made Me Do It, Rhombus, Fuzzbox, and Wayne Hussey.

She Made Me Do It are a New Wave Electronica two-piece (who have let their website registration lapse) featuring members of Rachel Stamp (and, in Will Crewdson's case, pretty much everyone else - Adam Ant, Bow Wow Wow, Flesh For Lulu, Johnette Napolitano ...). Rhombus are a Leeds based act playing classic goth rock, now featuring Alixandrea from Last July on vocals, and a tendency to acquire additional members for big gigs, like Whitby. If you haven't heard of Fuzzbox, then you're missing out on an authentic slice of mid-80s bouncy pop. Wayne Hussey was the guitarist of the Sisters Of Mercy before splitting off with The Mission, and then moving on to play solo, as at this gig.

Not too long now until the second WGW of 2016 ...

Sample photos under cut )

Gallery Links

She Made Me Do It



Wayne Hussey

(As usual, feel free to share these images with the bands, and they're welcome to use any of them (with credit given).)
dancefloorlandmine: (Gigs)
Monday, October 10th, 2016 02:55 pm
On Friday evening promoter Elegant Decadence put on their second event at Nambucca in Islington. A long-term stop on the alternative gig scene, Nambucca had a refurb some time ago which not only freed up a lot of space in the main bar area, but opened up the venue part of the building, shifting the stage around and improving sight-lines. Definitely an improvement.

On the day of the gig, Carl from Elegant Decadence was contacted by a couple of acts whose gig that evening had fallen through, so he added them to the bill, resulting in a five-act bill.

Hathors (a grunge-influenced three-piece) and The Graphic (guitar-and-drums two-piece) were the new acts, while Zeitgeist Zero (goth-industrial-pop), Last July (electronic goth duo with additional guitar and bass), and Skeletal Family (goth/punk rock) were the line-up from the original plan. All the bands experienced intermittent sound problems, especially with the vocal and monitor lines, but managed to fight on through to acclaim from the crowd.

(Appropriate between-band music was provided by DJ Psyche.)

As usual, photos free to use with credit.

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The Graphic
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Zeitgeist Zero
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Last July
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Skeletal Family
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All Hathors photos

All The Graphic photos

All Zeitgeist Zero photos

All Last July photos

All Skeletal Family photos

Hathors and The Graphic are still on tour at the moment. Skeletal Family have a number of dates lined up, including Whitby Goth Weekend, while Zeitgeist Zero will be appearing at the Bram Stoker Film Festival. Elegant Decadence are putting on another gig at Nambucca in November, headlined by Pretentious Moi?
dancefloorlandmine: Me hiding behind camera (CameraEOS)
Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 05:26 pm
And the other photos from August's shoot. Some shots for Blu's band's website ('The 58 Shakes'), and quite a few just for fun. Getting more confident with the post-processing, and used a new, larger, black backdrop for the first time, although I didn't have my new striplight softbox with me (the first use was in the next shoot, of which, more soon). Some plans for a follow-up shoot are being vaguely made, too.

Photographic gear, mine - wardrobe and microphone, model's own.

(Some images may be considered mild NSFW.)

Some samples behind cut )

Full gallery
dancefloorlandmine: (Gigs)
Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 10:57 pm
Just got back from CaBiRet (or CaBIret, depending on preferred capitalisation), an evening at the Cavendish Arms in Stockwell, organised by Marcus (aka Magic Marcus) fund-raising for a number of bi groups.

The evening started with an introduction from Marcus, and then Jacq A reading a number of their poems, some magic (with additional contextual metaphor) from Marcus, and a last-minute substitution of a reader for a poem from 'Bi Any Other Name', Libby, editor of Biscuit. After the interval, there was comedy from Sally Wyatt, image and card mind-reading from Marcus, and the evening's acts were closed by Lucy, playing two covers, two original songs, and one reworked, rapidly recognisable tune, which caused enough laughter to pretty much drown out most of the song.

A good evening combining entertainment and thought-provoking content - congratulations to all involved. (Another one is already being discussed, although it may be next year.)

(As a footnote, the venue is rather good - nice front room with comfy seats and a couple of extra tables, serving a range of pretty good pizzas and snacks as well as drinks, with a back room with stage - and apparently fairly simple to get to.)
dancefloorlandmine: Me hiding behind camera (CameraEOS)
Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 05:21 pm
While down in Bexhill for the last weekend of August, I happened to be down the road from the Bexhill Classic & Custom Car Show, organised by the Bexhill 100 Motoring Club. As some may know, Bexhill-on-Sea is the birthplace of British motor racing, dating from 1902 (the first race was won by a Frenchman in a steam car). Being only a short walk from the park hosting the event, I took a camera along to get some shots, while the sun played hide-and-seek behind the clouds.

And, in turn, here are some samples (with a link to the full gallery at the foot of the post, for people who really like old cars - and one shot of a BMW i8). I may have concentrated slightly on the American imports and customs, rather than the European cars which are more often seen on the road. (I didn't bother with the early 2000s BMW 3-series, for example.)

Sample photos behind cut )

Link to full gallery
dancefloorlandmine: Me hiding behind camera (CameraEOS)
Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 05:04 pm
Last month, I did a photoshoot with a friend (whose band's album came out recently), as she needed some new shots for their website, so that it could be updated. In addition to the main set of shots (currently being approved by the subject, so they should come up in a while), I took some tattoo shots as an experiment, including using the snoot for the first time. I quite like how they came out - happy to do more, if anyone's interested.

Back tattoo featuring different versions of Spiderman head

dancefloorlandmine: Me hiding behind camera (CameraEOS)
Monday, September 19th, 2016 10:04 pm
On Saturday night, the Near Dark Over Europe tour reached London, on the penultimate date. Three bands and one DJ visiting a range of venues - The Last Dance, The Last Cry, and Strap On Halo, with DJ Martin Oldgoth. Stylistically, all bands share the classic guitar-goth approach - guitar, bass, and vocals (with a live drummer for The Last Dance, and the traditional drum machine for the other two).

It had been a while since I'd seen The Last Dance and The Last Cry, and I'd not seen Strap On Halo before, so I ordered a ticket and headed up. Definitely a good decision - three good bands playing three good sets - I'd recommend catching them again.

Being me, I took cameras as well - so here are some sample photos (links to the main gallery are at the bottom) - as usual, feel free to use them with credit ...

Strap On Halo
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The Last Cry
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The Last Dance
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Other photos
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All Strap On Halo photos

All The Last Cry photos

All The Last Dance photos
dancefloorlandmine: (Constantine)
Thursday, July 21st, 2016 09:32 pm
The six-person crew of a long-tour medical/rescue ship receive a distress signal from a distant mining operation. So, responding to such things being their raison-d'etre, they respond. Needless to say, in the interest of drama, it doesn't go entirely smoothly. (For more details, watch the film.)

For a ship with a crew of six, they did pretty well on the high-Charisma-rolls bell curve - James Spader, Angela Bassett, Lou Diamond Philips, and Robin Tunney are all aboard ...

And the ship itself, Nightingale 229, is an interesting design - it appears logically modular, with a spinning section in the middle, presumably to provide artificial gravity, but the non-spinning bridge does not appear to be in zero-gravity. The shuttle, meanwhile, has an odd steampunk look to it. And I did find myself wishing that they'd just turn some proper white lights on, rather than relying on LED blue for the bulk of the interior lighting - surely, on a medical vessel, that would make finding a vein a challenge ...

Overall, a pretty good SF horror (not as horrific as Event Horizon, but few are ...) with a small crew facing a greater-than-expected challenge.
dancefloorlandmine: Me hiding behind camera (CameraEOS)
Thursday, June 30th, 2016 06:15 pm
Friday night at Whitby Goth Weekend April 2016, featuring Hands Off Gretel, Lene Lovich, The Red Paintings, and Therapy?.

Hands Off Gretel are reminiscent of L7, Hole, Daisy Chainsaw, and the other early 90s acts of that ilk. Lene Lovich is a stalwart of the post-punk genre, with a few hits under her belt, and definite enthusiasm on stage. The Red Paintings were re-visiting Whitby, and were fundraising to complete their next album. Therapy? are a hard-playing three-piece with several alternative club hits to their name.

Samples behind cut )

Gallery Links

Hands Off Gretel

Lene Lovich

The Red Paintings


(As usual, feel free to share these images with the bands, and they're welcome to use any of them (with credit given).)
dancefloorlandmine: Me hiding behind camera (CameraEOS)
Sunday, June 26th, 2016 07:01 pm
As per the previous entry, last week I ended up DJing for the Midsummer Masquerade at the Royal Victoria Hotel (Holiday Inn) in Sheffield, to entertain the guests after a three course meal accompanied by performances of burlesque (Pansy Cheung and Nenedhel Absynthium), dance (Hype Dance), and sideshow (Preacher Muad'dib), followed by a performance by The Memepunks. I also took my camera along to get some photos, in addition to those that would be captured by the professional 'togs for the event - there will, in time, be a full gallery available on the event website, but, in the meantime, I've put mine up. Many impressive masks and dramatic masks were on display in the fine wood-panelled ballroom of the hotel ...

Photos under cut )

Full gallery of photos