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Daring to step out of the comfort zone…

..Can take some considerable bottle. Especially when that step is one that plays with image and (stereo)type. Good then, that Jason Kyrone had no qualms or inhibitions. This photo is in the tradition of many a rock photo, edgy, playing with image and twisting it a little. More to come from Mr.Kyrone in the next post. And I love my £50 Canon 50mm 1.8! Lit with a 50W bulb!

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Jason Kyrone : New video or two coming soon.

It’s all a bit top secret at the moment, but the ever prolific Jason Kyrone paid a visit at the weekend armed with a can of Irn Bru, six apple pies and two lovely new songs. Saturday night was a bit rock ‘n’ roll as we were recording and filming until about 3am, however, we got some really nice stuff – all filmed in our new top secret session location. The sound files are with Mr. Kyrone for a bit of tweaking so…Watch this space! And if anyone would like an apple pie – let me know.

Here’s a quick still (yes, I’ve gone a bit Llewyn Davis)

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“Last December” / Tasha Blackmore – Only a few days to wait!

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The video for “Last December”, Tasha Blackmores latest single is finished, saved, uploaded and is a bit alright really. It’s the first video we’ve done that has been entirely shot on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, so there has been a bit of a learning curve, mainly around me being able to force myself to expose to the right – but aside from that, it’s been a joy to use and the ProRes footage is about a million times more forgiving than that from a DSLR. Once the full video is released on the 25th November, full production notes will be posted here, but in the meantime here’s a little sneak preview.


Exit stage left (for a change of dress) / Electric Penelope

Another shot from the Electric Penelope gig held last weekend at The Maltings in Berwick. During the concert, when the sense of mellowness had enveloped the entire audience like a perfumed fog of luxury gorgeousness, I felt the need to wear a cravat and have a small dose of Laudanum to relax me even further. Such is the transport that music can induce. Here is Ms P about to change into another frock.

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Glamour & romance in Berwick-upon-Tweed // @elec_penelope

Reality suspended and held in amber: For a moment, I could imagine going to the bar and ordering a Martini, then expecting to see a yellow cab upon leaving the speakeasy. But, no, it was Berwick-upon-Tweed, The Maltings and instead I lost my footing on a chip.

Electric Penelope, The Scottish Romance Orchestra and the evocation of a place that most definitely wasn’t the northernmost town in England. Here’s a glimpse.

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Then I found you / @JasonKyrone / Musical Oxygen

We picked up the wandering troubadour of Edinburgh and Leith from the station, then exactly one hour later had him installed in a slightly draughty castle, mic’d up and ready to go. “What are you gonna play?” said I. And Mr Kyrone replied, “Well, I’ve got a new one you might like”. Then. He went and did this. Might like? Erm, this is quite possibly one of the most gorgeous songs I’ve heard. And I heard it first hand, watched it happen and now need to listen to it each day, as though it were musical oxygen to ward off imminent asphyxiation. If there’s a crowd-funding kinda dude out there – if this song isn’t worth £1000 of recording time, a few string players and some mastering….Then I don’t what is. Somebody, somewhere, needs to get behind this.

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Anyway. Here is Jason Kyrone and “Then I found you”


Time for some colour and loudness

It’s been a bit pastoral recently. Waterfalls, rivers and the lush green grass of a damp English countryside. It’s all very nice. But sometimes a bit of rock is needed. Here’s Altered Sky:

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OMG: It’s @DeanFriedman in Edinburgh!

Dean Friedman! Yes, through the medium of Twitter and via an alignment of several lesser known planets and a couple of moons, we found ourselves in the presence of the man who penned ‘Lydia’, ‘Ariel’ and of course….’Lucky Stars’! Now…If you haven’t wept adolescent tears of pure pathos and longing to the refrain of ‘Lydia’, then I’m afraid you need to leave this blog immediately. Me? I still weep when I hear it. In fact, I howl.  I must admit I’m not quite sure why I’m weeping, but there you have it. This is the power of Dean. All I can say is….I know where I keep my toothbrush.

So, it was a very great pleasure to meet up with Dean and many thanks to him for sparing us some time to take a few shots. Dean is currently in Edinburgh until the 25th August playing a set at Sweet in Grassmarket, while after that, he’s up and down the UK – more details here. Reviews from his shows suggest a brilliant time is had by all. Go!

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TWA Back, live & kicking @ordinaryson / @thewareannounce

The months seemed to roll back and there we were, watching and listening to some of Berwick’s best musicians & bands. Some things never change though, such as a stage in virtual darkness which meant video having to be shot in infra-red. Which upon playback looks utter sh*te 🙂 In other words it’s been consigned to the bin. Still, the memory of seeing the audience waltz (yes waltz) to The Warehouse Announcement is not something I’m going to forget soon.

So, a great night, good music and a most excellent bar laid on by the band. And of course being on the guest, absolutely made my day!

Here’s Ian Thompson / Ordinary son – check them out here.

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TWA back in the groove / @thewareannounce

It’s been a long time without The Warehouse Announcement. Things have gotten a little quiet. The stage diving has stopped, incidents of electrocution via beer soaked guitars have markedly declined and funked-up dirty rock riffs and grooves have been few and far between. Still, all that’s changed now, because, yes, The Warehouse Announcement are back with a load of new songs. Rumours that they had gone calypso are misplaced. So forget about the return of Daft Punk, get yer ears around a bit of TWA : Gigging soon! And here they are – one shot from a sneaky little photoshoot a few days ago.

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