Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Up a tree again

August 24, 2011

Here’s another new Cupboard Music poster, for a gig by English band Singing Adams. Obviously the concept behind this poster was to do with singing, though I could also claim it ties in with the title of the group’s current album ‘Everybody Friends Now’, or I could say the birds are all called Adam.

Singing Adams

I felt like drawing something less cluttered after my junkyard poster, but it then took a while to do all those twigs and branches… You can see a larger version here.

Posters on my wall

August 24, 2011

It was a great gig by Jeffrey Lewis and the Junkyard to a sold-out crowd in Brighton, and I was pleased that afterwards I was asked to sign a few copies of my poster! I also got my own signed:

I think it’s the sixth time I’ve seen Jeff after catching various gigs over the last nine years or so at the Adelphi Club in Hull, Brixton Windmill and previously in Brighton at Concorde2.  There were no ‘low-budget music videos’ today (look them up if you’ve not seen them) but in the low-ceilinged venue it would have been difficult for most of the crowd to see Jeff’s sketchpad. Also it allows the rest of the band to play a bit more, and they’ve certainly become a tighter unit over ages of touring. They had just come from a visit to China and Korea, which allowed an excuse to sing some songs half in Korean which Jeff had written years before, which I remember reading about in one of his comic-strip journals. The set also included a cover of ‘White Riot’, and more reflective moments including a song of encouragement to make the most of your time because time will make its mark on you. Jeff is older and hairier but as entertaining as ever.

Here’s a snap of Jeffrey drawing on the bar afterwards:

You can read one of my old gig reviews here if you like.

Junkyard demon

July 25, 2011

Here’s a poster I put together for a new Cupboard Music gig with Jeffrey Lewis & the Junkyard, awesome cartooning singer and band from New York.

Jeffrey Lewis Brighton poster

The pink colour scheme was decided by happy accident on seeing a test print from a machine low on toner.

The Knoxville Boy

February 15, 2011

Hey here’s some work I did a while back for an album now available, it’s a collaboration between Knox of the punk band the Vibrators and top country-punk band the Trailer Trash Orchestra. As you can see they are quite an orchestra with fiddle, mandolin, double bass, double guitar and drums… pedal-steel not pictured. You can see a larger version of the cover here on my website, even bigger than the real thing.

Songs include some countrified Vibrators classics, new songs and of course an old standard murder ballad.

The album is available from Rough Trade and from online stores including the TTO’s home of Trashville.


November 1, 2010

Hey look, it’s top indie-electro-noise-pop-girl-boy-band Bearsuit all dressed as animals for a gig at the Buffalo Bar. Unfortunately Ian had to abandon his costume after their first song and five minutes beforehand struggling to put his guitar on atop a rather cumbersome jellyfish outfit (made of bubble wrap and empty bottles), but they played a great gig to launch new single ‘Please Don’t take Him Back’ out now on the Fortuna Pop label.

Star Wars

October 31, 2010

And here’s Darth Vader and a hippy Luke playing Guitar Wars, drawn as the cover for a mixtape  on a Star Wars theme, a rather good mix I thought including the likes of Urusei Yatsura, Chicks, Bellatrix and ‘Kidnapped by Spacemen’ by the Otters. Why not join in the tape trade group here.

Work and Non-Work

June 21, 2010

The daily blog is taking a break just now while I work on other things and don’t work on some other things.  Here’s an illustration I did recently for electro-acoustic singer-songwriter and 6music favourite James Yuill.  It’s for the inner sleeve of his album ‘Movement in a Storm’ out this week on the Moshi Moshi label.  James asked to be drawn in Victorian garb.. not sure why.

And here’s one I did earlier, showing James in more modern clothing!

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The Secret of the Unicon

April 27, 2010

I was intrigued and excited to hear about the Unicomics event. A comics festival at the University of Hertfordshire, just a short train ride from my own town!

I did wonder what it would be like, though. While London events attract a wide number of visitors from across the metropolis and beyond, this was a small fair at a campus on the edge of a satellite town. Who would be there? Students, I supposed…

Unicon took place in a covered area known as The Street, with the stalls conveniently located for traffic, though somewhat oddly positioned in wide gaps along its length. Decorated with international flags and large portraits of university staff, this corridor played host to talent from the UK comic scene large and small – from X-Men to Beano to DIY small press. I met some local comics enthusiasts, a number of families (brought to the event by a Ben 10 cartoon showing and a comic-making workshop courtesy of Sarah McIntyre), some visitors on a faculty open day and a random old man… and a few students. Not sure where everyone else was.

Though not a very busy day, it was a pleasant time. Give me free cups of tea and I’ll always be happy. It was good to catch up with the comics folk, including my regular table buddy Joe Decie, and I even attended an interesting panel discussion, which I rarely take the time for when manning a table. In this case, I may not have missed much table action even if I’d been at all the talks, but hey, I’m not complaining. The topic of Comics & Music was one which the panellists – writers Kieron Phonogram and Matt Sheret, and comic creator Sean Azzopardi – admitted was too broad to tackle entirely successfully, but they did cover some of the links between the two forms, the crucial difference in these media (time in reading dictated by the reader), and their attempts to capture music in their art (e.g. each page of Phonogram #2.7 choreographed to ‘Wolf Like Me’ by TV on the Radio, and Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound influencing a dense panel grid). And not once did they resort to the cross-culture cliché of ‘dancing about architecture’.

The panel ended with inspiring talk of how one subculture can influence another, with mention of Kieron’s DJing at Thought Bubble, Sean’s prior involvement in the late London Underground Comics market stall and Matt’s We Are Words & Pictures group’s touring small-press table, and how these regular meetings encourage each other to produce new and better work (with Tom Humberstone’s Solipsistic Pop anthology an excellent and up-to-date example, launching this week). Certainly makes me want to be more ambitious with my own comics.

I also picked up today a copy of Striptacular 2 by Francesca Cassavetti (an entertaining account of the appearance at the French comic festival Angouleme by Francesca, Sean, Oliver Lambden and Dan Lester, under the name B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S); Sarah’s hilarious Dear Diary mini-comic illustrating her teen journal entries; Many Happy Returns by Jan Wheatley, the effective first part of a serious comic set around a family in the 1970s… and I also bought a second-hand Chris Ware book from Douglas Noble.

After fun at the pub I watched Watchmen (the Director’s Cut, which was good, but very long) before going the short distance home. Although when my friend dropped me at a station I just missed a train, and had to wait an hour for the next one. At least I had plenty to read.

I hope this was just the first of many UniComics festivals; they have the enthusiasm, facilities and location, they just need more promotion. Keep an eye on their activities by clicking here or joining the Facebook group.

My next fair will be the London Zine Symposium in Shoreditch on May 29th!

A Rooster on a Ghetto-Blaster

March 6, 2010

A gig to wake you up!

A great line-up of epic/noise/post-post/post-emo, and all for charity too.

Sadly it’s also the last Live Circuit gig.  Oh well, I was running out of farm animals anyway.

But thanks for organising a bunch of good nights and for inspiring this selection of pics.

Incidentally, I will have some of these on postcards for sale at the Thing later this month..

Emo Moment

February 11, 2010