23 February 2005
Current listening: Lambchop - Is A Woman
on saturday we did an instore at Rough Trade in Covent Garden. it was a really nice thing to do. a big thank you to everyone who turned up and everyone in the shop for letting us play there. i was really surprised at how good it sounded down there. and it was nice meeting everyone that came up and spoke to us afterwards. that's the sort of place i'd always like to play. i'm still not really interested in playing live too much, but saturday was really special. i drank too much wine afterwards in the Carlisle Arms. always a danger when you come offstage at three in the afternoon.
and then on sunday and monday i didn't really do too much. i worked on the artwork for the next single with tim, who does all the drawings. it's a drawing of a tiny creature on a big stage surrounded by amps and equipment. a bit of a sad image, but it makes me laugh at the same time. and the background is green. for apples. and then on monday we finished off the rest of the filming for the I'm Glad I Hitched My Apple Wagon To Your Star video in some woods near Coleshill. some good footage of bobby. and of Amanda juggling. i just hope it all comes out okay.
played last night at the Spitz with Hood and Half Cousin. it went okay. i think we sounded better the other day when we played in Rough Trade. i prefer it when we use less equipment. it seems to give everything more space. you can hear the fiddles and the keyboards and the banjo better. i think i'd like to try the next gig we do with just a snare drum again and acoustic guitars. i stayed around to see Half Cousin afterwards. i kind of liked them.
and today i was reading through an old book of my lyrics and i found this quote from American Dream by Norman Mailer so i thought i'd put it in.
"Once, in a rainstorm, i witnessed the creation of a rivulet. The water had come down, the stream had begun in a hollow of earth the size of a leaf. Then it filled and began to flow. The rivulet rolled down the hill between some stalks of grass and weed, it moved in spurts, down the fall of a ledge, down to a brook. It did not know it was not a river."
i like that. i'm not really sure why it seems so pertinent to me right now, but it does. i'll write again soon x
16 February 2005
Current listening: Bonnie Prince Billy - Ease Down the Road
so. the photo shoot for the sunday times style magazine went well i think. i was up a tree again. no yellow birds, but we managed to squeeze a red one in. and no daffodils either. just winter trees. the polaroids looked good. funny. i cut my hands up hanging upside down from a tree. i'm not sure why photographers always want to put me up a tree. but i am looking forward to a photo shoot where i can stay on solid ground. and maybe indoors would be better. just until summer.
on tuesday, Amanda walked into a coffee shop near where she lives and Fur Soft As Fur was playing on the radio. she was pretty excited about the whole thing. i'm not sure the waitress really understood. i wish i'd been there to hear it. i've never stumbled across a Boy Least Likely To song being played somewhere unexpectedly. it was nice to hear Wogan play Hugging My Grudge on monday though. but even then it wasn't unexpected. Amanda had to ring me to tell me it was on, and someone else had had to ring her, so by the time i got to a radio all that was left was the hand claps and the outro. still, it was funny to hear Wogan say the name at the end.
and then on thursday night we played at the Cobden Club in West London. i couldn't really hear much onstage so i don't really know how well it went, but everyone i spoke to about it afterwards said that it had sounded okay and so i guess i'll just have to trust them and be happy with it. i'm not really sure i want to play live that often though. i always wanted The Boy Least Likely To to be different. it is more important to me to put out records and have fantastic record sleeves and make videos and all those other things that all the bands i like do. playing live was never meant to be a big part of it. and when we do play live i want it to be special. i've never heard a song on the radio and wondered what that band sounds like live. it doesn't matter to me. i just want to buy all their records and read about them in magazines and buy a badge with their name on. i guess that's just the way i am. i like pop music as product.
saying that, we are supporting Clayhill on thursday night at Conway Hall, and then we're doing an instore at Rough Trade in Covent Garden on Saturday afternoon. so we spent last night rehearsing for that. the instore is going to be quite a stripped down performance. just acoustic guitars, banjo, and one snare drum. it sounded okay in reahearsal though so hopefully it'll sound good in the shop. still, a bit nervous.
apart from that, i haven't had much on. i'm still trying to get some lyrics together for new songs. and i'm working my way through the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series 7 dvd boxset. i'm about halfway through, watching two to three episodes at a time. i hope it doesn't cross over with Angel too much though, cos i haven't got the Angel boxset that aired at the same time. if ever i break up with someone i always find myself watching a lot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. i like the analogies and the metaphors and the subtexts. it helps me make sense of more complicated things. x
06 February 2005
current listening: the pogues - red roses for me reissue
today is sunday. we practiced all day for the concerts coming up. i think it's starting to sound really good. and i wouldn't usually think that. we have added a fiddle player, so now we can do Fur Soft As Fur and I'm Glad I Hitched My Apple Wagon To Your Star properly and we've added a fiddle part to Every Grubby Little Memory, even though there isn't one on the record. also today, i remembered the song You Can't Keep A Horse In A Lighthouse, which i used to sing at school. an odd song. i can't remember all the words, but i'm wondering what the problem was with keeping a horse in a lighthouse. it seems like quite a good place to keep a horse to me. i'll have to find the rest of the words and come back to it.
yesterday the new issue of plan b came through the post. the advert looks bright and yellow and there's a really nice review of the album written by Alistair Fitchett, which means even more to me because i thought his book, Young And Foolish was fantastic. and he obviously knows so much about music and things that i don't know anything about, and so for him to be so nice about the album is really great. plus i'm really excited just to have the new copy of plan b a few days early, which i will spend the next month reading from cover to cover. i've already decided i need to hear Smoosh, and to listen to all my Field Mice records again. which i haven't done for ages. favourite song, Between Hello And Goodbye. always was, still is.
so. tomorrow we are doing a photo shoot in wendover for the sunday times style magazine article. i'm thinking daffodils, glockenspiels, and maybe a tiny yellow bird. but it'll probably turn out differently.
oh well, that's pretty much it. it's been a funny week. but not funny in a funny way. funny in an odd confusing way. funny sad x