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friday night cinema shenanigans

Well I finally bit the bullet and got some real info on my show on Friday night at the Curzon Soho. The underneath comes straight from the horse’s mouth, as it were. Hope to see some of you down there.

CURZON SOHO, 99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1
http://www.curzoncinemas.com/
Box office: 020 7734 2255

FRI 7 OCT

7PM ’96 free entry

Curzon Bar live event: SPEND AN EVENING WITH SADDLE CREEK

A bar screening of the Saddle Creek Records story told through interviews, home movies, rare live performances and never-before-seen archival footage with Bright Eyes, The Faint, Cursive and many others; the story of the record label as told by the people who made it happen. In 1993, a group of childhood friends in Omaha, Nebraska released 100 copies of a cassette tape by a 13 year-old singer-songwriter / little brother, Conor Oberst. Two years later, the name Saddle Creek Records was etched in vinyl and what began as a collective local music scene would soon gain attention as a center of independent music in America. Tonight’92s event will not only include the screening but will also welcome guest DJs from the Saddle Creek family. Also we’92ll see a solo live performance from ex-Million Dead frontman Frank Turner, at 10.30pm before the late show screening below.

11PM – Tickets ‘a38.50 / ‘a35.50 concessions

Dave Markey late night double-bill

1991 THE YEAR PUNK BROKE ’96 ON TOUR WITH SONIC YOUTH & NIRVANA

Director: Dave Markey. US 1993.

In Dave’92s words ’93Take a trip with Sonic Youth and Nirvana as they stumble through their 1991 European club festival tour! Let filmmaker Dave Markey put you on stage, off stage and backstage! Witness the boredom! The cynicism! And rock harder than you may have ever rocked before! Featuring Dinosaur Jr., Babes In Toyland, Gumball, The Ramones and more. A surging wave of punk rock fanatics!’94

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THE SLOG MOVIE ’96 L.A HARDCORE ARCHIVES 81 ’96 82

Director: Dave Markey. US 1982.

See the LA hardcore scene explode, and in retrospect connect the dots from 1981 to 1991, The Year Punk Broke. David Markey’s 1981 homespun documentation is like a fanzine on film featuring Circle Jerks, Henry Rollins, Circle One, Symbol 6, Wasted Youth, Redd Cross, TSOL, The Chiefs, Sin34, Fear and more.

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news update

An addition on the gigging front – I’ve been booked in to play at the Music Industry Seminar at Plymouth University on Saturday October 29th. The event is free (more info at www.dartingtonplus.org.uk) and will feature me not only playing a set, but also sitting on a panel discussing music industry stuff. Which personally I find unstoppably hilarious. I’m also going to be on the Reuben tour doing the T-shirts and maybe playing a set or two here and there… see their website (www.wordsfromreuben.com) for more info.

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Changeover

Transitional… Yesterday my band Million Dead came to an end, for those that didn’t know. We did our last ever gig in Southampton. It wasn’t the best show, to be honest, as the redecorating of the venue (Southampton Joiners) didn’t include any consideration of ventilation, so we had to cut a few numbers as I was about to faint. Nevertheless an emotional evening, and a good party was had by all afterwards. Now recovering. All of a sudden, the cliche about today being the first day of the rest of your life is actually true. Cripes.

I’ve been really pleasantly surprised (overwhelmed?) by the number of people asking about demo cds. I’m doing a big mailout on Monday morning, for anyone waiting. I have been sending them out for free, but funds are such that I’m asking for SAE’s now, but as ever, email me. And bear in mind also that these are the first four songs I finished. I’ve finished another three and have loads more on their way, and, though I say so myself, quality is improving, so keep your ears peeled. I’ve got lots of exciting scary meetings up ahead to figure out exactly how I’m going to visit my noise on the world more comprehensively in the future. Oh, and I’m also labouring under an obsession with that Kelly Clarkson song “Since U Been Gone”. I had no idea who she was, the spelling is reprehensible, and her record sales probably fund child slavery in South America, but it just ROCKS. Fight me.

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Hi there

Well, here we are. Today was the day that the news became public that my old band, Million Dead, are splitting up. We have one more tour to do before we’re finished, but then it’s well and truly done. It’s a real shame. The reasons why are not really to be discussed here, but I think everyone’s talking about them on the MD site if you’re interested.

So I decided to go it alone. Which is pretty scary, actually. As many people know I’ve done a handful of shows on my own in the last year or two, a few radio sessions, that kind of thing. I’ve always really enjoyed doing that – it seemed like an extension of playing guitar with your friends at a party, except people are genuinely paying attention, and (hopefully) you’re getting paid by the promoter too. Cushty. I’ve been laying down some songs here and there too, I’ve got a little demo that I did myself, studio time booked for next month, that kind of thing. So i reckoned I’d have a shot at this whole “solo” thing (I do hate that word). Who knows, maybe in 6 months time I’ll be back in a band with Ben laughing about my hubris, but I’ll never know unless I give it a shot.

There’s loads of official stuff on the main website, but this bit is supposed to serve as a kind of news section, blog, diary, sounding-off board, whatever. Welcome.

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