Archive for March, 2009

Silence At Sea’s Welsh Museum song

March 31, 2009

As some of you know, in my spare time I play bass in a band called Silence at Sea. Said band has just contributed a song to a project to collect ‘musical responses’ to items in the National Museum of Wales.

It’s a song about Vincent Van Gogh. He was a famous artist.

You can download it from here.

Here’s a picture of us:

Laura (on the left) who sings lead vocals in S@S and David (on the right) who plays violin also appear on my album. You may recognise Gareth (middle) and Nicola (right) from the ‘Tree of Knowledge’ video. We’re just one big, happy, musically incestuous family.

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Aberystwyth

March 30, 2009

Had a quick trip back to Aberystwyth at the weekend. Decided to track down the gravestone which gave this song its title. Here it is:

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And here’s the view off the top of Constitution Hill.

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I’d like my ashes scattering there when I die please.

‘Anger Management’ video

March 27, 2009

Latest video:


Vimeo link
15 Films Website

This one was hard going. Filming your own face in a public place for two uninterrupted 25 minute takes can make you feel pretty weird. Seemingly only person actually noticed what I was doing. Still that’s London for you. Maybe I’ll post the raw footage on YouTube to appease any really bored stalkers I may have.

Anyone spot themselves in the background? I was hoping to catch someone engaged in nefarious activity, in a google street view stylee…

The 15 Films thing got a mention by Bearded this week. Rapidly becoming my favourite magazine. Their new issue is out now. Sadly it doesn’t feature me but it does feature my friend and fellow Isopod enthusiast Paul Hawkins.

Also another music site has done a review of the album. Other exciting things are happening but I’ll save them for another time.

Until then…

Barcelo

March 23, 2009

I drew this a while ago, I just found it.
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Two Videos for ‘Knots’

March 22, 2009

Quick post before I go off to watch Animal Collective in Bristol. Here’s a video I made for ‘Knots’.


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And here’s one the Guilt Mirrors made:

Which is your favourite?

15 Films website

Spotify Playlist

March 16, 2009

So I’ve been trying this new Spotify thing cos someone told me my songs were on there. It’s pretty good. Basically like iTunes but free. I think free music is pretty much how things are going to be from now on. People who aren’t willing to advertise cereal bars, sun cream, and gobstoppers won’t be able to make a living from music. So it goes.

That aside here is a playlist of other people’s music which you can listen to for free using Spotify.

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I won’t tell you what’s on it. It’ll be a nice surprise for you.

15 Films #4 – ‘2.0///The Bridge of Sighs’

March 15, 2009

Another late blog – I was on HOLIDAY alright? I deserve a holiday don’t I? You people make me sick…

Anyway here’s the video for ‘Bridge of Sighs’ which I made myself. There may or may not be a ‘proper’ video for this when it’s released as a single but for now here’s one I made at home using nothing but my own intuition. It’s a poignant satire on the nature of life in the post-internet world, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry….


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15 Films website

Please share this around. ‘Like’ it, send it to friends. Put it on your own blogs and things. Such acts of patronage do not go unnoticed.

I also welcome anyone who wants to contribute a video themselves. A couple of people have already chipped in so there’s no reason why you can’t. Get in touch. If you can’t work out how to get in touch then I pity you.

Exclusive Download EP from Bearded Magazine

March 9, 2009

Bearded Magazine, who recently became the Most Visionary Music Publication In Britain by featuring an interview with me, also run an awesome subscription service called BeardAid. Basically you pay £2 a month and receive copies of Bearded delivered to your door when it comes out, discount entry to their gigs, plus a monthly exclusive download record once a month.

This month that record will be by none other than… me!

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I’ve put together an 8 track EP of pre-Brainlove songs from my lo(wer)-fi days back in Aberystwyth. I’ve called it ‘Make Archive (2001-2005)’ and this is the tracklist.

1.My Victor
2.Make a mediocre dinner
3.Hypersanity (Kiss & Refrain)
4.Matthew/Mark
5.The Lord Geraint
6.”Headaches” Girl
7. J.L.B. Smith
8.Brecon Beacons

If you want to get hold of it then you’ll need to sign up for BeardAid before the 14th March by going here:
http://www.beardaid.co.uk/

A word that rhymes with Pavement

March 8, 2009

When I started this blog I did a little spam around about it (as is my wont) and promised that there would be free mp3s. Then I promptly discovered the server I’d been hosting stuff on was now just a bunch of dead links. So it goes.

I’ve now got a new hosting thing so here is the first of what will hopefully be a regular run of songs old and new which I decide to whimsically post on an irregular basis to reward people who bother to read this.

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Partly inspired by yesterday’s purchase of the deluxe edition of Brighten The Corners I present a song from the days when I tried to rip off Pavement quite a lot:

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This is from my album ‘Build Library Here (or else!)’ which is the only pre-Brainlove cd I’m currently selling in the web shop.

Enjoy!

15 Films – #3 ‘Pockets in Shrouds’

March 5, 2009

This week’s video is online now. It’s a live version of new song ‘Pockets in Shrouds’ featuring Laura and David from the Volunteers. Shot last saturday at Tinkinswood Burial Chamber in Cowbridge.


Vimeo Link (better quality)

I hope you’re all sharing these videos by the way. I don’t make them just so you can keep them all to yourselves. Re-link, trackback, download them onto your twitter and bebo them all over spotify until you can no longer last.fm your facebook. You know… the internet.

In further news I chalked up two appearances on Sweeping the Nation this week. On Monday they reviewed ‘Fight My Battles For Me’ – I think this is the first review that’s appeared, I could be wrong. Then they asked me a few jolly questions about my record buying life.

I’m also featured in this week’s Artrocker with some kind words from their Cardiff correspondent. You’ll find it on page 10. It’s much better than my last mention in Artrocker, which consisted of three question marks between some parentheses.

Onwards and upwards. Next week there might be two videos to choose from for the same song.