Sunday, November 28, 2004

last night i dreamt that somebody set fire to my face

I went to see Kiska last night. Kiska are a Bristol band that have been around since 1998/99, have always been brilliant and have never recorded anything and have averaged two gigs a year. Setbacks aside (having all their equipment stolen, careers interfering), it's unclear why. They make soaring instrumental Kraut/space rock. They are distinguished from their peers by a remarkable ear for melody and melancholy, a dimension often lacking in instrumental music. Now our Dave Collingwood of Gravenhurst drums for them. Next time they play i'm going to record it off the desk whether they like it or not. It's possible they may make an album soon. It's possible.

I have been writing a silly and obscene comic. Once it's finished i'll distribute it.

Recently I have read:

Garth Ennis - Punisher 1,2,3,4, Born
Volume three is particularly noteworthy as Frank Castle runs over Wolverine in a steamroller. Good. Volume four sinks to new depths of depravity, featuring a sick freak who lives under a mile-high corpse-mountain of homeless people. Well done Mr. Ennis. 'Born' is serious and harder edged. Published in the adult Max imprint, it features the word 'cunt'. Ennis said in an interview that the harsh language in his Hitman series was not an attempt to shock; rather it was necessary for realism, being set in London. In the US, 'cunt' is a powerful word, whereas in England it's practically punctuation, he said.

Garth Ennis - John Constantine: Hell Blazer

John Wagner - Judge Dredd: The Complete America
This is very good. If you thought a Mega City One love story was incongruous, think again.

Alan Moore - Promethea
Headache-inducing high concept mythology. Funny too. Our heroine Sophie researches a mythological figure called Promothea for her term paper and then becomes her. Features a reinterpretation of the Tarot consistent with the Big Bang and evolution. Predicts that in 2017 humankind's understanding will hit saturation point and the world as we know it will end. The Apocalypse is interpreted as an epistemological and metaphysical step forward for human understanding. There's also a twelve-page tantric sex scene. Mr. Moore, you've done it again.


Alan Moore - Tom Strong

Alan Moore - The Courtyard and the Courtyard Companion
Violent, Lovecraftian Cthulhu mythos tale. Dope.

Alan Moore - Batman: A Killing Joke
Classic reinvention of the Joker's beginnings.

Matt Wagner - Batman: Faces

Frank Miller - Batman: Year One
Cool Gotham noir. I prefer David Mazucchelli's artwork to Miller's own in The Dark Knight Returns.


Warren Ellis - Transmetropolitan
Fantastic. Spider Jerusalem is a gonzo journalist in a demented future-shock metropolis.

I've just picked up a copy of Herman Hesse's The Glass Bead Game which i've been meaning to read for a long time.

Blogging often veers towards the overfamiliar. In a subconscious attempt to make the internet a smaller place, people refer to friends as though everyone knows them personally. Shall I tell you what I had on my toast this morning?


As of monday we'll be in Toybox Studios recording the next album.



7 comments:

Adrian said...

If you do record their next gig, can I have a copy? Only 1 song released in five years really is poor. It's only 1 more than I've managed, & I can't even get a full line-up together for long enough to book a rehearsal room.

horace goes skiing said...

Ooooh comics!

If you liked "America" you may also enjoy "Chopper, song of the surfer" which is Wagner and McNeils previous collaboration.

I've just finished Promethea book 3 and Tom Strong book 2. Tom Strong is fast becoming my favourite title in the ABC lineup, not sure whether it'll keep that place now that Alan Moore has given up primary writing duties on the character though. I have a comic which is a transcription of a talk Alan Moore gave about his ideas of creation and magic and so on which forms the basis for the plot of Promethea book 2, Eddie 'from hell' Cambell is on illustration duties and it's a nice companion piece to the Promethea story, kind of like an apendix.

Not such a fan of Warren Ellis myself, can't really explain why, there's something to selfconciously cutting edge/counter culture about it for me but that's not the whole of it.

horace goes skiing said...

Ooooh comics!

If you liked "America" you may also enjoy "Chopper, song of the surfer" which is Wagner and McNeils previous collaboration.

I've just finished Promethea book 3 and Tom Strong book 2. Tom Strong is fast becoming my favourite title in the ABC lineup, not sure whether it'll keep that place now that Alan Moore has given up primary writing duties on the character though. I have a comic which is a transcription of a talk Alan Moore gave about his ideas of creation and magic and so on which forms the basis for the plot of Promethea book 2, Eddie 'from hell' Cambell is on illustration duties and it's a nice companion piece to the Promethea story, kind of like an apendix.

Not such a fan of Warren Ellis myself, can't really explain why, there's something to selfconciously cutting edge/counter culture about it for me but that's not the whole of it.

Tom

notchy said...

hello, just discovered gravenhurst and you guys sound amazing! am very sore about the fact that have just missed your bristol gig... when you playing bristol again? next year?

dorian said...

hello mr nick talbot,
i'm sorry to post it here, but i didnt find your e mail on silent age records website. We met eachother at your last time in paris, cafe de la danse. i interviewed you with a friend (i'm the asiastic one;)
the interview is online on my website : www.liabilitywebzine.com (translated in french.)
i write this to you, because i have a band called "MAI" who will record his first album for september/october 2005 on a cool french label. we play a mix of electronica music and folk. we are three, and the three of us ar fans of your music, and your voice. so we thinked that we really would like to invite you to sing on a track with our singer Johanna(sweden in paris, 24 years old). theodore (26 greek from london) and me (dorian,22 from paris) are the others elements of the band.

I imagine you are very busy, and maybe not interested at all by these kind of propositions, but you seemed very avalaible and nice when i met you for the interview.. so i just want to ask you that. if you want to listen samples of the band : www.ilovemai.com
and if you want a sampler cd, i can send you one..
my e mail is : dorian@liabilitywebzine.com

so, the show was really good in paris..and i'd like to see you on stage very soon :)


so, many thanks :)

bye bye

dorian

dorian said...

hi mr nick talbot.
I met you in Paris, at the café de la danse for your last show in Fr, i interview you, dont know if you remember. actually i would like to tell you that the interview is onlibe on my personal webzine : www.liabilitywebzine.com

anyway, i would like to talk to you about something else. I have a band, and we're about to sign a deal with a good french indie label. We play folk / electronica and the three of us really likes gravenhurst music. We are :

* theodore , a greek based in london
* Johanna, a swedish in paris, FR
* and me (dorian) based in paris too

you can listen to our band here : www.ilovemai.com

and i would like to invite you to sing on our first album, to be normally release in October 2005. I don't know if you accept this kind of propositions, but you seemed really cool when i met you, and i just want to ask you honestly if it could interest you.. it will be maybe for a duo with the singer Johanna.. she has a beautiful voice :)...

so, here is my e mail adress : dorian@liabilitywebzine.com

i wrote this to you here because i didnt find your personal em ail on the silent records website..

so, thank you for the interview one more time, and maybe 'later..


dorian.d

Nick Talbot said...

TOM - Mastodon Infantry

I'm totally with you on Ellis. I found Spider Jerusalem to be completely obnoxious and unsympathetic to start with. It got better though. It's not something i'll make a special effort to seek out though.