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Archive for January, 2012

Glorious, beautiful and haunting….

…Three adjectives that could be used to describe the singing, the music, the piano, the setting and of course the musician in question. Here’s Annie Drury performing “Tattoos and Brass Shoes” live at Paxton House in November 2011.


Jason Kyrone / Live at Paxton House : Stampede

Here’s Jason Kyrone giving it everything at last years Paxton House gig with Annie Drury. This has got everything – a great song, a great performance, a great location and last, but definitely not least, a Vivienne Westwood shirt.

JK : Stampede

The stampede, is all:

If that has whetted your appetite then you can catch Jason playing at Electric circus in Edinburgh on the 10th of February.

Adolescent Remedies + Be careful with that guitar

Paul / TWA

So, we’re just in the middle of doing a little promo DVD for those shy and retiring fellows in The Warehouse Announcement. One of the elements of which is a little slideshow set to ‘Adolescent Remedies’, which is one of the fab tracks from the bands ‘Pick up the Pieces’ album. Anyway, this wasn’t originally destined for the digital cornucopia of YouTube but it turned out quite nice, so here it is:

Also, demon bass player Steven Walker is currently on holiday and foolishly left his guitar in the hands of his band mates. Being trustworthy types, they’re taking very good care of it:

Final, final, final, final NYC shot

No really, I promise. But this has got everything…A yellow cab, the stars and stripes, a cool rock star, oh, and er, NASDAQ coming up as ASDA. As the man from Sony Records said, ‘you have what it takes’

Ropes and Mascara

Are a perfectly fine combination I’ve always found. Especially in the context of an epic video featuring a rather fine and different band from the Scottish Borders : Easter Street. Featuring Canadians, school teachers, tall people and er, perfectly normal height people, it’s a band full of surprise and wonder. The video is now in pre-production and in addition to ropes (+knots) and mascara, is also going include such delights as tilt and shift (don’t worry I’m a photographer), iPhones, epic lighting and a pair of chefs trousers. No, really. Checkers are the new black. The band have a freshly minted album which you find out all about here.

In the meantime check the band out : http://youtu.be/Gk1xSYv5Leo

Get down to Electric Circus tonight // Matt Wilson

At a loose end? Tired of the TV grind? Bored with your usual Saturday night? Or simply want to hear some fine, acoustic songs in a great Edinburgh venue? Then head down to Electric Circus tonight and catch Matt Wilson playing live.

Make sure you shout ‘Breathless’ at him.

Final shot from NYC : Stars, stripes and lead singers

Here’s the final shot from a fabulous trip to New York City. Joe Hendry from Lost In Audio in front of the Stars and Stripes. It’s a funny thing – it’s very easy to be cynical about America, but there’s something about New York and the fact it’s the living embodiment of opportunity and empowerment that makes such cynicism melt away. It’s a city that has every right to be proud of itself. Those little town blues? Oh yes…

For the love of vinyl and a bit fluff on the needle

We’ve been banging on about vinyl here on the 80:8 blog for sometime now…The sheer joy of ownership, the tactile nature of it and the space it allows for stunning artwork…And also that it could  perhaps be considered as a rather fine way of marketing a band and getting them noticed. Well, it seems we’re not alone. There was an excellent article in The Times yesterday extolling the virtues of vinyl and the fact that some bands have found it to be a very good way of getting themselves noticed and unbelievingly, in this age of digital – actually getting people to pay for it. Interestingly the article observed that it’s the younger generation driving the trend not just old grey-hairs like me looking to replace a scratched copy of ‘In the court of the crimson king’. Vinyl sales were up 40% last year with over 240,000 albums sold. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but given A) They were sold at £20 and above and that B) Most big artists struggle to sell 200,00 complete albums these days, it’s really quite something.

It’s and old cliche that vinyl has superior sound quality – perhaps it has, maybe it’s to do with the analogue nature of most vinyl recordings or perhaps it’s entirely to do with a little crackle and a little scratch, which actually makes your copy of the recording absolutely unique. And of course, the joy of blowing the fluff of the needle.

If anyone is selling a Rega Planar-2…Let me know.

Lost In Audio / Joe Hendry in NYC -2

And here’s Joe taken from the 86th floor of the Empire State building. Quite the most glorious art-deco building in the world, a great view of a wonderful city and a rather cool rock-star photo. As an aside, the Empire State building has some of the shiniest floors I’ve ever seen and hundreds of people wearing plum coloured uniforms floating around opening doors. It must have been wild in the 30’s.

New York in B&W / Cliche perhaps, but what a good one.

Yeah, I know it’s a bit/lot of a cliche, but it’s a rather good one…So here’s an aerial shot of New York, taken from, yes, you guessed it, The Empire State building. In order to complete the 360 cliche, immediately after this shot I scoffed a cinnamon pretzel, shouted ‘Yo’, took the subway to 34th Street, had a root beer and decided to join stage school and become a dancer. Fame! OK, not quite, but it’s a city that does do strange things to you.