“I would sum up my fear about the future in one word: boring. And that’s my one fear: that everything has happened; nothing exciting or new or interesting is ever going to happen again… the future is just going to be a vast, conforming suburb of the soul.”—J. G. Ballard, R.I.P
with a great guy called david who runs a great label called hansei records in glasgow. we’ve got together the raddest group of bands and i’m on the verge of crying over how awesome it’s gonna be.
+ street smart cyclist
+ teenage cool kids
+ for serious this time
+ little lungs
+ football, etc.
+ james dean
+ lion of the north
+ he was animated
+ deer friends
+ by surprise
+ daniel striped tiger
and a whole bunch more. i feel kinda bad as it seems most of the bands so far have been the ones i’ve suggested and david has rolled with, but he’s been speaking to some more emo celebs so hopefully it’ll get even BETTER. but yeah, if we had the money to do like, a double vinyl or something, man, it would be like the best comp ever. people would forget about that direction lp and just drool over this instead. just now it’s gonna be a nice cd-r with some hopefully rad packaging and inserts. maybe some sort of zine? i’m not sure. jacquelyn from little lungs does some pretty sweet art, so she’s gonna work on something when we come up with some ideas. there’s also markus from tar feathers that draws some pretty crazy rad stuff. i think we’re in good hands.
very excited. i wish everything else bad would just go away and i could roll with this for a while.
i went to berlin at the start of the week for 3 days - man, what a city! i was staying in the charlottenburg area, so i was pretty central (the longest train journey i took was 30 mins, and that was back to the airport). i carried my pentax k1000 and vivitar with me everywhere. some of my pictures are below, the rest on my flickr thing (still waiting on my cross processed slide from the viv). it’s such a photogenic city, either in the more tourist’y areas of the reichstag or out south east to Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. the pavements are wide and clean, but the place is covered with graffiti - it seems almost every inch of accessable (and in some cases inaccessible!) wall has been sprayed/drawn upon. some is just phrases and tags while others are extraordinary pieces of art. i could have ploughed through a few more films, i’m sure of it. i’m definitely going to go back in summer, maybe for a bit longer. i only spent part of a day in the south east which on reflection wasn’t enough. while karl marx allel houses some pretty soviet architecture, Kreuzberg is full of artist squats, make shift galleries and some pretty rad cafes/clubs. i walked around for a few hours, but maaaan, i need to go back and reallllly soak it up. it just felt so different! it’s obvious that a lot of ‘radicals’ still own some areas which oozes into the general atmosphere, but everyone was very friendly. anyway, i could go on for ages. some of my pictures below.
yeah, they were meant to be coming over in the autumn with Damezumari, but that was cancelled a few weeks ago. Eric told me it had something to do with the drummer not being able to travel…but i suppose this is the bigger picture. sucks mega.