Constantly shifting experimental act Negativland has been making pointed noises over the course of three decades. Though members have shifted in and out over the years, the band has maintained its penchant for absurdist looks at modern society, and with the forthcoming release of It’s All In Your He
This is a fascinating story. That one Disney fan put so much care into curating those CDRs for Negativland, and the results are brilliant. So tense, weird, humorous. Love it. For any of you who haven’t heard this one, check out their The Letter U and the Number 2 / U2’s lost song / parody featuring irate radio disc jockey, Casey Kasem, absolutely losing his nut. Also a great story about copyright / intellectual property rights. Amazing group, Negativland.
My first release on my new label Bad Boyd. You can own your own copy for just £1.79 by clicking here.
I’d like to thank everyone for the support and encouragement, especially Denise Mangiardi, Niall Acott and Ray Staff at AIR Studios, to Eva Slusarek for photography and Lauren Kinley for the cover illustration. BBC Radio 6 Music Tom Robinson and Cian O Ciobhain at An Taobh Tuathail for the airplay. To my writing / musicking mentor from afar, Chilly Gonzales.
And the family, bf CH, and friends who partly inspired the music. A special shout out to the swarm of Associates from Tate Modern around the world. Thanks to you for listening.
If you like it, spread the word. I will be thinking about gigging soon, and looking for collaborators. Reach out, don’t be shy.
Reproduced with kind permission from Martin James Burton Photography, Check out the rest of his work - there are some really great portraits. This image was taken at University College Cork Alumni Gala Dinner event, November 2013: Meadhbh Boyd (fiddle), Neil O’Loghlen (flute).
Portrait photography in London
Eva is a star. Simple as that.
Jim Lang wrote the music for Hey Arnold, I love it.
Watching cartoons in bed due to being knocked off my bike yesterday by a double decker bus two minutes from home. The ‘designated’ Cycle Lane - a false security measure - was obstructed by parked cars. I pulled out in front of the bus. I indicated right for a long time, looked back, and before I know it the bus is right up close on my right side. Bus wasn’t travelling too fast. Everyone was well annoyed because the traffic stopped for a few minutes - I hate this about London - often zero compassion, or perverse onlooking. I saw that guy at Camberwell a few weeks ago. Everyone standing around looking, or complaining. Where I come from (Rep of Ireland) almost everyone would go out of their way for you, make you tea, give you water, comfort and reassure you. Instead I got tens of people looking on, not acting or doing anything meaningful. No one comforted me when I was hyperventilating and in shock, except the ambulance chaps who said “alright, now, get yourself together, nice slow breaths”
My left arm is very sore and there are bruises all over my legs. I’m very thankful worse didn’t happen but, pissed that I’m missing a day and a half of work with the E17 Puppet Project and it affects my being able to play piano /violin. Boo! What can self-employed people do when this happens, does insurance cover this kind of thing? Loss of earnings? Arrgh… What a dose.
Painkillers, Minstrels, pots of rooibos and cartoons are helping, though. I’m more than likely not going to cycle in London again, not worth the risk, particularly if drivers have blind spots or choose to ignore the fact that there are more vulnerable road users sharing main carriageways.
The one thing you could be sure about in childhood was that every fairy tale would end with a…
fat arse from eating McDonalds?