Monday, 31 December 2012

Live! Punk into post-punk new year's eve

Inclination and drink consumption allowing, going to write up the punk into post-punk songs that get played tonight. Also the film for tonight is of course 200 Cigarettes

As I type, Marquee Moon by Television plays as by genuine coincidence there is the most wonderful hazy cloud covered moon.

1. Plastic Bertrand - Ca Plane Pour Moi
2. Blondie - 11:59
3. BUzzcocks - Fiction romance
4. X-Ray Spex - cigarettes
5. Wire - Outdoor Miner
6. Television - marquee moon
7. The Fall - rowche rumble
8. Ramones - blitzkrieg bop
10. Clash - Charlie don't surf (live in Amsterdam)
11. Sex pistols - anarchy in the UK
12. UK Subs - stranglehold
13. Members - sound of the suburbs
14. Dead Kennedys - kill the poor
15. The Cure - three imaginary boys
16. Only Ones - another girl, another planet
17. Siouxsee and the bashers [I like that typo and I'm keeping it in!) - Hong Kong garden
18. Stiff little fingers - alternative Ulster
19. No Dice - bad man
20. PIL - this is not a love song
21. Squeeze - cool for cats
22. Teardrop explodes - reward
23. Blondie - hanging in the telephone
24. XTC - making plans for Nigel
25. XTC - sergeant rock
26. Sham 69 - Hersham boys
Followed by fireworks and Buggles and Propaganda and Human League and Bow Wow Wow and Pet Shop Boys
A stack of tonnes of ace post punk stuff remains unplayed - bah! Edit: On New Year's Day, made up for lack of post-punk records with a slew of Chameleons songs. Had stuff by Siglo XX, Josef K, Sad Lovers and Giants etc etc lined up to play but fun 80s pop won in the end. The soundtrack to 200 Cigarettes is also really new wave and ace.

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Christmas music

Best musical gift this Christmas - I got this album from a friend who tends to be pretty good at buying me new music. I had heard the name, but not the band. I was very pleasantly surprised to hear very 90s sounding dreamy fuzzy guitar pop, reminiscent of Cranes, whom I happen to be enjoying immensely lately.

Monday, 17 December 2012

All Thrills No Frills Music Bill Christmas mix

This comes from a fluey me, so it's not as thorough in theme/mood as I might usually like. Mostly a pick from what's already on the PC, with a few newly (tonight) ripped songs including additions to my collection/highlights from this calendar year. I thought I'd offer explanations for most rather than just paste a bland list:

1/ Last Christmas: Pullover (simply an apt cover version, and an apt name with it. First heard by me on a Fierce Panda compilation in the 90s, by one of my most beloved 7 inch single bands/indie pop bands of the 90s)
2/ Ice and Snow: Sambassadeur
3/ Doe: Breeders (been having a Breeders phase this year - and now they're reforming to gig. I seem to have psychic powers about that sort of stuff. Anyway, doe, as in deer, as in Christmassy animals. Splendid ones in Richmond park)
4/ Shopping: Pet Shop Boys
5/ Lamina Christus: Isolation Ward (I dug out a Belgian cold wave compilation that I hadn't given the best time of day a couple of years ago, and now which I really adore.)
6/ Whole Wide World: Wreckless Eric (there is a theme linking this song and the next two songs - if you get it, you have good taste, and let me know with a comment your answer! This coincidence happened by accident with song selecting, but placing them together made so much sense)
7/ Turn the Radio Off: Love is All
8/ Shining Road: Cranes
9/ Bill Drummond Said: Julian Cope (for the line about the Christmas treem, of course)
10/ Pink Frost: The Chills
11/ You are the Generation that Bought More Shoes and You get What you Deserve: Johnny Boy
12/ Be My Baby: The Ronettes
13/ Euphoria Take my Hand: Glasvegas
14/ Individuality: Siglo XX
15/ Right Here: Go Betweens (just because)
16/ A Hazy Shade of Winter: Simon and Garfunkel
17/ Northern Lights: Allo Darlin'
18/ Rainy Night in Soho: The Pogues (so much more Christmassy lovely than the obvious one. I love the Pogues, and they are so underrated still)
19/ The Only Place: Best Coast (see #15)
20/ Footprints in Snow: Disco Inferno (always a wintry song for me - plus it always ends mix CDs to perfection with its brilliant ending, which I shan't spoil here)

I'm not feeling like overtly Christmassy songs whatsoever. So this is more of a winter mix this year. If I get chance to dig out any old compilations from previous years, I will post on here....
My mum is using a poster of Liam Gallagher as a bird scarer.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

New interim issue - December

December's issue was slightly delayed as my local library has printing problems!

But here it is, ready to be photocopied up. Gig reviews therein include Seamonsters recently performed by The Wedding Present (in fact, a David Gedge interview will follow in issue #2 of the main fanzine, which is still coming along, I promise!).

I have also included a little tribute to two musicians who inspire me constantly and greatly: Wiz from Mega City Four, and Joe Strummer from the Clash - both of whom passed on in the month of December -in 2006, and 2002, respectively.
I'm having a Mega City Four vinyl singles session as I make fanzines and type this evening. I seem to realise more and more just how preciously honest and heartfelt Wiz's lyrics are, and that it's a rare talent to be able to compose such unadorned lyrics yet be so frank and direct and moving and true. I am working on an article about Mega City Four for issue #2 of The All Thrills No Frills Music Bill. In tribute to Joe Strummer, I have similar writing plans, and will soon get together with a friend for a day of positive action too.
Please email if interested in the new 'zine, though I shall be distributing this particular free mini issue round and about, after tomorrow....

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Recent music-related birthday gifts:

I had wanted the Soft Boys live LP (on the left) for some time. By chance, spotted it in a record shop for the fairly high sum you'd expect - was told it had been brought in that week by a former band member, and I instantly recommended a loved one buy me it as a gift, and it was bought (lucky me!). And I personally bought Globe of Frogs, by Robyn Hitchcock which I was just as glad to have (Balloon Man and Flesh Number One (Beatle Dennis) are on repeat - Can you name any better song title than the latter? Can you name any other song than the former that merrily slips in a lyric about hoummous and chickpeas?

The live LP is the Soft Boys at Cambridge Portland Arms. It took place a couple of years before I was on this earth. It's as raucously joyous and off-kilter as you please, as one would expect. Plenty of jokey direct interaction with the audience, surreal stories spun, in-between-song banter, fond moments breaking into traditional acapella folk, and even a spot of ghastly mellow saxophone. The size of the venue lends the LP a cosiness; Soft Boys in your living room. In fact, the Portland Arms pub has recently undergone transformation and had building works in order for the gig room to be extended. I haven't seen it yet, but I can't help feel sad. Such a historical building, and its charm was how extremely tiny the back room was, and that you were crammed right in, right up against audience and band. I used to live there and it was a second home, one of my most treasured tiny snug venues for bands starting out. Anyway, imagine you were there in 1978, etc !

The Yann Tiersen LP (top right) was an album I'd wanted a while too. This LP comes with a CD version. This is the thoughtful, melancholy yet uplifting music I crave for autumnal times.

A friend got me up to speed on his recent music obsessions, giving me the albums by Wu Lyf, Crocodiles, and Dead Skeletons. By turns, holy, fuzzy, droney.

And I'm embarking on obtaining Edwyn Collins albums. I need to hear the most recent one, but here was Gorgeous George. I would not have appreciated this album in 1994, but now the slower songs and the tenderness, and the variety, and his more adult-orientated song-crafting are just great. I liked the pop of Orange Juice when I was a teenager - they hadn't been re-assessed as cool or directly ripped off much at that point.

The Last Stop Standing film was bought from Borderline Records in Brighton when I was there. The book was a fascinating journey in record shops/shopping. Even though I well knew it, I still got a genuine set of tears when the screen flashed up how there used to be over thousands of record shops in the UK, now the number scrapes a couple of hundred. Worth watching by any music fan. It makes you want to support any and all independent record shops even more (as if that were possible with me).

More pop star dreams

I'm still trying to work out why I dreamt about Mick Hucknell as a tramp in a donkey jacket, going through the bins in search of food.
Another of my CD racks has collapsed. I had to smile to see that the Chris Morris album landed face up and was looking up at me (from the stack of stuff that was balanced on top of the shelf). It's not really amusing though - I wish I knew a carpenter. I wish I knew carpentry! I seriously want to learn. I want to be able to build my own super-shelf. The age of flimsy, shitty flat-pack furniture. I can't even afford that at the moment.

Best thing I have turned into a CD shelf - a wooden vintage wine box that some fool was throwing away. I also rescued this huge white shelf with all different compartments to it that someone has left up for grabs in the street - it's perfectly sized for LPs, then DVDs underneath. I'm very John Peel about my music collection. One day I want a special room just for it. I'm also a geek for filing, and keeping things nice, neat, ordered. It actually fills me with huge lament that my collection has to lie strewn in an out of order mess, all chaotic and unloved, until I can sort out a better shelving arrangement. I did see a lovely handpainted wooden shelf in a junk shop in Greenwich - but I didn't dare attempt to wield it on any train.
Anyway, points for shouting out the albums you can recognise. More points for recommending affordable decent shelving. Even more points for volunteering your carpentry skills...
Currently listening to a handmade compilation tape that I bought for a few pence. And it turns out I like This Mortal Coil. Or at least, I like the song 16 Days. Also enjoying hearing the full version of Is This the Life by Cardiacs. You know, I had bought the single on 12 inch vinyl, from someone's front garden sale in Hampstead (bizarrely came across it one afternoon a few years ago), only I left it at someone's place and their cleaner has thrown it out - or is a secret fan, hmm.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

David Gedge interview

Happy to announce that I interviewed David Gedge of The Wedding Present, before their Seamonsters gig last night. To be featured in #2 of the main issue of The All Thrills No Frills Music Bill fanzine, very soon! As well as on
Many thanks to David Gedge for his time and talk - discussing Seamonsters, Steve Albini, underrated albums, lyric-writing, pedals, and all sorts! Please look out for this issue, and support this little independent 'zine which makes no profit, and buy it via Etsy, or email, or from one of the many supportive independent music and books shops as listed in older posts here...! It will be great. This issue shall also feature a great interview with Amelia Fletcher of Tender Trap / Marine Research / Heavenly / Tallulah Gosh, amongst a myriad of other musical things!

And the performance of Seamonsters album was astonishing. Review of this has been drafted up today in my notebook, as I travelled up to Nottingham!

Dreaming of bands again

More bizarre dreams about bands. This time, I was personally exposed to the latest hip new young band according to the NME: half a dozen 10 year olds dressed up to the nines in circus outfits, including a clown with a ruff round his neck, and one of those pointy hats with a bobble atop. A sea lion featured on keyboards. I met them in a pub in Brighton.

Would be a great improvement on things...

Friday, 16 November 2012

Dreaming of pop stars

The Killers have clearly been advertised a lot in my face recently as they made it into my dreams the other night.
There was a gig in a field - with a wooden bar with beer pumps set up where the stage should be. After I stole a handful of badges from their merch stall - which was housed inside a red phone box - I made my way to the very front. There was a fight to be as close to the band as possible.
The bar remained where the stage was - suddenly the members of The Killers who arent Brandon Flowers (Well, can you name them? I consider myself a fair bit of a fan but I'm jiggered if I can! ) appeared dutifully to pull pints of ale.
My friends gave me their requests - suddenly I was faced with the prospect of relaying the order to Brandon Flowers -
'I'll have a Guinness, a whisky, and a gherkin, please.'

Now stocked in Housmans book shop, Kings Cross

The amazing radical, independent book shop Housmans now has stock of The All Thrills No Frills Music Bill, main issue #1 !

Such friendly, supportive staff, who were so glad to stock my fanzines.

It's a wonderful resource, completely unique - primarily political/social history books, but also covering many other topics. I was impressed by a brilliant stock of writing about London (I picked up Iain Sinclair's excellent psychogeography novel, Ghost Milk, which celebrates a vanishing London - the lay of the land, the architecture, the shift in how it is as a city since the swathes of dramatic, disgusting gentrification), and there are all sorts of off-kilter magazines, pamphlets, and posters/flyers, badges, DVDs, hand-made greetings cards, and so on, in too.

The £1 book sale / bargain basement are also a joy for those with modest incomes. I bought a book that evokes George Orwell's Road to Wigan Pier, only it covers 1980s life for the underclasses.

Go to Housmans, support independent book shops!

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Cops and Robyn Hitchcock

I was virtually running round the house last night when I read about this gig:

November 17, 2012 – Kensal Green, London, at the Lexi Cinema. Robyn Hitchcock plays a one-off show, co-starring with the 1973 Clint Eastwood movie Magnum Force. The film – depicting an epic duel of personalities between ‘Dirty Harry’ (Eastwood) and his nemesis, Briggs (Hal Holbrook) – will stop at various points and Robyn will sing a song triggered by whatever has just happened in the story.

This is the gig of a life-time, and I have not been this excited about a gig in years! Robyn Hitchcock is a genius in the greyest of times, but he'll be bonkers brilliant joy for this. I wish I had the means to be a bootlegger!
I'm now set to wondering if the perfect, magical acoustic gig RH did last Autumn ever did make it onto DVD?

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

New stockist + SE London Zine Fair this Sunday!

I'm preparing for this Sunday's 'zine fair at the Amersham Arms in New Cross. Photocopying frenzy! Copies of The All Thrills No Frills Music Bill shall be on sale.

I'm attempting to make issue #2  of the main fanzine ready in time - featuring in depth articles on and interview with the splendid Tender Trap, as well as a host of articles, reviews, all sorts of adventures in music, and funny tidbits about a variety of bands/artists.

Issue one is still available via Paypal, Etsy, and in various record shops! Email me for more info. Or visit one of the following record shops:

Rough Trade West - had one copy left at last check! Or try online
Banquet Records, Kingston
Collectors' Records, Kingston
People Independent Music, Guildford

If you are a record shop and would like to stock copies, please do get in touch, I'd love to be stocked anywhere in the UK - or abroad! Thank you to the record shops I have been approaching so far - no knockbacks yet, I just need to get more organised and approach more stores! I'm really heartened at how supportive/enthusiastic so many people have been. Keith in Collectors' Records gets a big thumbs up for being kind, and for always having a good music chat with me. He also started reading my fanzine right away on the counter - now that's a true music fan! It's living breathing music fans and embodiments of music history/fandom that make music shops so vital to visit and support - you can't get the same help/chat/interesting insight from a download store!

I'm doing a deal with the three mini 'zines I have made so far this year - 50p for all three!! If you can get to SE London Zine Fest this Sunday 11th November! If not, email,or drop a comment, and we'll work something out. As long as I can cover photocopying costs/postage, I am happy. I have not made a penny from this zine so far, and do not expect/intend to, I just want to enjoy doing it, and hope others will.

Current listening: Jnr Murvin - Police and Thieves LP. I need to listen to reggae in this weather, to keep warm and happy!

Sunny pop

Make it feel like a pretty summer's day on holiday on this freezing cold November night! -

I've just been enjoying bopping to this whilst watching fireworks from my window!

I still miss Kenickie, and there's still not been anyone quite like them.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Brighton graffiti

Enjoyed this pretty cassette tape themed graffiti whilst wandering round Brighton recently. There was plenty of it, all around the city. This was on the downward walk from the train station to the sea front.

Had heard that Rounder Records was rumoured to be closing down, and spent a while trying to find the store - it was always a little tricky to find. Sadly, when we found the square where it was based, was faced with this mural tribute:

Resident Records survives, as do a large number of great little second hand shops, but it is sad to see this loss. Memories of one particular day trip, on a scorching hot day, when I bought Rattlesnakes by Lloyd Cole and The Commotions, plus a Royskopp album, and sat on the beach and walked all along the cliff tops, listening to both discs on my CD Walkman...

This visit, I had a good browse about the many music shops, and I bought The Last Shop Standing, the DVD about the closure of hundreds of independent record shops in the last couple of decades - the film is worth any music fan's time, as is the book. When the film flashes up that once there were over 2,000 shops, and now we are down to a little over 200, I must admit, I got a bit tearful. I love Borderline Records in the Laines. In fact the guy from this place was featured in the aforementioned DVD, and he's a very helpful, nice bloke. The carrier bags given with our purchases that day were outstanding, and I shall scan in a photo soon. I could buy a lot from here - it specialises in 60s/70s stuff, particularly psychedelic/garage/rock, and all kinds of specialist genres. My last purchases here was a sound recording of Jack Kerouac's poetry with live jazz music. My companion bought a compilation of 60s French female singer-songwriters, plus something by Brigitte Bardot.

Brighton was fantastic, as ever. I enjoyed the way that as soon as I got into Brighton, music played wherever I seemed to turn. The first cafe we happened to step into featured a Belle and Sebastian album playing, whilst cafe staff sung cheerfully along. Then wandering around the lanes, I smiled to hear one of my favourite Best Coast songs playing loudly into the street - from, not any kind of overtly music type store or hangout, but a bag/jewellery shop. On one of my last visits, I loved stumbling across a pub that was in the middle of a folk sing-a-long, and I had great fun sitting round the live musicians in the cosy, snug pub setting.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Wimbledon book exchange

I smiled when passing the book exchange in the waiting room on platform 5 of Wimbledon train station - a fanzine was placed on the window sill inside! I have been thinking of leaving my mini zines there for a while but every time I pass, I've forgotten and am empty handed. Not so today - today I could leave a lovely handful of the latest mini issue of The All Thrills No Frills Music Bill.

The zine I picked up in return was a railway walkers' enthusiasts magazine - excellent! not what I'd ever usually read so I enjoyed that little peek into this world - of lists of railway bridges, reports on disused railway line walks, and updates on minutiae changes to stations all round the UK. A strange breed of people - but I am the music fan equivalent so I identify, frankly.

I've thought of at least three people I could pass this little magazine onto and no doubt will. It feels good leaving your zine in random places. I finally had my first feedback from a stranger via a comment on here, and it felt good to have that communication, to know that someone gets what I'm doing and enjoys it.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Mix tape heaven - literally!

I've just been poring over stacks and stacks of somebody's old compilation tapes! They were in the bargain box outside a shop. Yellowing pen ink, italic handwriting, themes, puns, and me unable to contain myself from proclaiming: Mega City Four! See See Rider! Ride! The Cure! Julian Cope! Birdland! Also umming curiously - Young Gods, Tim Pope, Fuzztones, Therapy?, Pet Shop Boys. Never Enough by The Cure seems a favourite. I love the perfect tryptich of - Now They'll Sleep by Belly / Leave them All Behind by Ride / Treason by Teardrop Explodes! I am an absolute romantic about this sort of thing. So ecstatic to unearth and have access to such stuff - it's personal. Somehow I knew it was a male who had made the tapes, and I proved right. I can't wait to listen to all this and write more on this topic! I am also curious about the Pixies mix versus what Pixies mix someone made me about eleven years ago. I love music fandom!

October/November interim issue out now!

I'm pleased to have finished the latest mini issue of The All Thrills No Frills Music Bill, for October/November!

I dropped off the first batch in a couple of pubs/bars and at the Stuart Hall library yesterday. I suddenly realised I had not changed the date on the front cover to 'October/November', though, so the first batch will be oddities, and I shall edit and reprint my next batch! So if you've got one of these wonky ones, lucky you - who knows, a future collectors' item?

Indie pop fans will recognise that Neil Armstrong is on the cover this issue - as doctored lovingly by Allo Darlin' on the inner sleeve of their last album, Europe! I thought it apt, given the inclusion of an Allo Darlin' review, plus a nice tribute to the space man. When I was about 8 years old, I wanted to grow up to be an astronaut, you know.

I am going to do a deal for anyone who has not got all three of the mini issues, and you can get them for flat rate cost: £1.10 which covers copying and postage. Get in touch if interested as I still haven't figured out a way to link to Paypal yet! I keep forgetting to ask people's advice...

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Town Bike

Town Bike are my new favourite band!


I saw them playing on the same bill as Tender Trap, at the Buffalo Bar, recently, and they were fab! Seeing them play live, and hearing their lovely Merseyside tones, I really want to go and have some more musical adventures in Liverpool, as it's been years since I went there!

There shall be a gig write up about Town Bike (and Tender Trap!) in the new mini issue of the paper version of The All Thrills No Frills Music Bill. I am literally just putting the finishing touches to it all! More news on here soon!

Back to Town Bike. They are wonderful punk pop, of the sort that I used to sing along to in 90s indie radio/bedroom/homework land. I love that the singer has a professional pop sounding voice that is also sugary fun and rides atop frantic indie punk guitar rock.

They have a song with an addictive chorus about how 'you fucking broke my bastard heart!' - it's sung with such sweetness and light, innocent as well as sweary, I love how it sounds. You can still download it for free.

Shamefully, I have only just woken up to the neatness of Band Camp. On one page, you can find a new band and listen to and/or download their discography (usually for a small cost), and you've got photos of the band, and upcoming gig listings on there too. So useful! Myspace didn't quite do it as well, I like this kind of site a lot. I will mainly be listening, then buying the physical music, as I don't rely on downloaded music very much and prefer records in my house!

Anyway, once again, I love Town Bike! Come back to London again very bloody bastard soon (as they say!).

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Tilly and the Wall return !!

I've never felt the absence of a band quite as I have felt Tilly and the Wall's the last three years or so.

I've been craving new music or gigs from them ever since; have sadly missed the lively brightness they instantly instigate whenever they're around. No bands have taken their place in my heart. I emailed their label earlier this year, in fact, fearing that the band had split. I remembered that one of the band had become a mother in the last few years, and I wondered if it meant the band were no longer active.

In the summer, I had a surprisingly hard task trying to find a record shop that stocked or could order in a copy of their debut album, Wild Like Children. It was the perfect birthday present for a friend, music to bolster the mood, with inspired female vocals, and incredible energy. A couple of record shops told me the album had been deleted. I since tracked it down (though after the friend's birthday, which is a shame), in a second hand record shop. The thought of this album being unavailable for ever more fills me with a certain amount of despair - my own copy is scratched to heck due to it being such a life-saver/life-enriching for many years. It will always make me smile and feel glad again. I don't exaggerate when I declare it one of my all-time favourite albums. From start to finish, I am in head over heels in love with this album.

If I hadn't have picked up a copy of Stool Pigeon magazine today from Flashback Records, I would probably remain oblivious for quite some time to the fact that, actually, the band have just last week released a new album, and two limited edition singles!

I'm so excited to hear this news, and I can't wait to get hold of a copy of the album!

I found this recent interview here.

They're currently touring the US, and I wonder if early next year they may make it over to Europe/the UK?! I will be all of a fever at such news. They're the only band that can get me dancing and feeling truly free, with abandon.

There are several tracks up and about the internet to sample, including the single Defenders, which is really growing on me, and has many typical Tilly trademarks, but with a new sound and mood to it as well. I love the children's backing vocals.

It's the first single from the new album, Heavy Moods. It carries on where they left off with experimenting with a more dance-based and electric guitar sound, with elements of hip hop.

Now I am sitting on the edge of my proverbial seat, awaiting Tilly and the Wall fever anew - a visit to the UK, tour dates, interviews, and plenty of smiling, clapping, tapping, and dancing.... I hope it's soon!

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Tender Trap, Buffalo Bar, Islington, 28th September 2012

Issue #2 of the paper issue of The All Thrill No Frills Music Bill will feature an in depth article and interview with Tender Trap! I'm currently working on issue #2, so will post when there's more news. Amelia Fletcher and band were as wonderfully nice as you would expect, and it was a fantastic and enlightening interview.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

September - interim issue

Latest mini issue features live reviews, including the amazing event that was Thomas Truax in Croydon (!), and Peter Doherty in Kingston.

Currently being distributed for free (so long as we can make it), at various gig venues, bars, etc, around London/Surrey.

I am currently working on issue #2 of the main fanzine, which is more substantial, with interviews, in depth articles, etc, and will be for sale (as cheap as we can make it) in the next month or two.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Thomas Truax in Croydon!

Thomas Truax played a small gig in Croydon, unbelievably, and a small crowd of faithful music fans were so grateful to Joyzine for putting such an event on there. Scream Lounge has so much potential for more good names to follow.

Thomas Truax was as off-kilter as expected. He cavorted around a great deal. His home-made instruments were things of pure beauty.

I have reviewed the gig for the September interim issue, which is out tomorrow, fingers crossed. For now, some rubbish photos! The night was very blue, and Thomas musically forewarned us of a blue moon due tomorrow night!


Thursday, 23 August 2012

Interim issue - August. Now printed

Interim issue for August is out now - a mini 'zine that is free as long as I can make it so. I will make these mini zines in between the bigger, more in depth issues, as and when I fancy until next main issue is ready. I will drop off batches at gig venues and the like. If you'd like to stock issues, please get in touch.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Issue one of paper 'zine now available!

The first issue of The All Thrills No Frills Music Bill is out now!

It includes:

  • Interview with Robyn Hitchcock
  • Articles on Record Store Day, vinyl, record reviews, mix CD tracklistings, also lots of incidental music fan stuff, humour. etc.
Bands featured include:
  • Allo Darlin'
  • Lawrence / Go Kart Mozart / Denim / Felt
  • Brix Smith
  • Bow Wow Wow
  • Belly
  • Paul Haig
  • lots more
The All Thrills No Frills Music Bill is a black and white, pocked sized 'zine with some photos, it is over 40 pages.

I hope to make Paypal available on here soon, but for now, please just email - details to the right (on profile page).

I write about whatever takes my fancy as a music fan, not overly conscious of paying strict attention to timeliness / current / new bands, trends/genres, etc, that's the fun of being a music fan so that's how I write. The idea is to focus on the writing, so there is no 'style' to the look of the thing, it's all in the content.

I am currently writing the interim issue for August/September. Watch this space!