04 May 2007
i photograph the things i will forget
current listening: manic street preachers – send away the tigers
i'm just sitting in the studio at the moment with pete and jamie, our engineer, listening to a mix of 'i box up all the butterflies'. pete is busy importing a set of twenty bbc sound effects cds into his itunes library, which includes weird sound effects like "main railway station with indiscernible pa announcement and arriving train" and "forty children outside on wet gravel", as well as more familiar everyday sounds like "iberian marsh frog" and "zeppelin bomb drop mechanism". the one i'm most looking forward to though is "alien pod lands, sprouts four legs, walks off". i think it'll be quite useful. pete and jamie have been in here for the last couple of months recording and i've been here some of the time and when i haven’t i've been at home trying to finish off writing the words. i think they're mostly finished now. so hopefully i'll be able to spend more time in here now and maybe i'll find some time to write the weblog more frequently too.
we played a couple of shows in the last couple of months. one in london at dingwalls, which went okay i think and i got to finally see absentee because they were on just before us so that was exciting. and there was a good second hand book shop opposite the venue. and i bought these books.
i've read a few of them since then but i'm not going to start doing book reviews. and then last week or the week before we played a show in manchester at the academy two. it was a bit of a weird one because we were meant to go on at about half past nine but then archie bronson outift, who were meant to be on before us, broke down at the motorway services so they were running late and so we swapped places with them on the bill. i didn't mind swapping at all, i just wasn't quite ready to go on. not that i need a lot of time to prepare for a show. we don't have any blonde ambition tour style group prayers before we go on or anything like that. it's just that when our tour manager came up and told us we were on in fifteen minutes i was in the middle of stuffing my face with a burger and a big bag of chips and i think that may have had an affect on my performance. i had fun anyway. and we played a new song, 'a balloon on a broken string'. and i liked the way that sounded. we've got one more show in glasgow next thursday, and then that's it for a while.
this is a book that someone sent me. it's a copy of i, robot by isaac asimov with a much nicer cover than the one that i bought with will smith on the cover. i've lost the envelope that it got sent to me in and i can't remember the name of the person who sent it to me. sorry, but thank you so much whoever sent it to me.
and i went to brick lane a couple of sundays ago and i bought this weird doll made by this company called bobby dazzler. it has a little tag tied around its wrist that reads "one day i'm going to make it. just you wait."
and that's it really. for the moment. more soon.
oh, and i bought a new camera too.