Archive for the ‘Videos’ Category

‘Ten Cities…’ video/Internet Forever

April 6, 2009

This is a video for ‘Ten Cities is not a european tour’. It’s a live version from a gig in February. Kind of murky visually, perhaps one to have playing in the background so you can listen to my awesome drumpad shenanigans and imagine what they might have looked like had the ambient lighting been better…

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In London-finding news I went there this weekend (hence late blog) for some exciting collaborative recordings which will emerge in due course.

In possibly-related news my New Favourite Band are Internet Forever who I saw live at RoTa. Featuring my old buddy Chris ‘Used to be in Junkplanet’ Alcxxk they do the kind of unadorned pop magic that reminds you why you started liking music in the first place, before the demons of cynicism set in and started gnawing on your brain’s pleasure centres, forever numbing you to the simple magic of a tuneful refrain joyfully sung…

Anyway they’re great. I predict they’re going to write a summer pop hit so unwittingly awesome and chart-bustingly huge that they’ll all be able to buy a yacht with a swimming pool onboard containing another smaller yacht made of gold… each.

You can listen to me playing one of their songs (and getting the lyrics wrong) here.

Anyway I’m playing with them at the Lexington in Big London on the 17th of April, so why not come? (Other gigs are available).


‘Anger Management’ video

March 27, 2009

Latest video:

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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…

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

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….

vimeo link
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.

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 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.

15 Films – #2 ‘Good Christian/Bad Christian’

February 28, 2009

After a short delay caused by the Internet. Here is this week’s video. The aim is going to be to get them online each friday to get you in the weekend mood.

This one was made by Cardiff’s bienjamu – a shadowy figure sometimes seen fronting Hornby Pylons and playing stylophone in Little My.

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In other news very sad to hear that the Point – Cardiff’s beautiful converted church venue down the bay has had to close down. Apparently financial reasons brought about by all the money they were forced to spend soundproofing are to blame. I think ultimately the blame lies with Cardiff council’s decision to green light yet more new flats by greedy property developers – despite half the flats down the bay being empty.

Surely it would’ve made sense to have an office building instead? No one’s going to be bothered by bands playing when they’ve gone home at 5.30. You can’t really blame the people who lived there. Although it was pretty stoopid to move into a flat next door to a live music venue then complain about it. I used to live opposite the Castle pub in Aberystwyth. Now that was loud. No soundproofing there let me tell you.

In the same flat I lived next door to a man who sat up all night with Ceefax on and the test tone/light jazz playing at full volume. That was annoying too.

2.0-xplosion – 15 films in 15 weeks

February 21, 2009

So the internet is the future, right? No. Actually the internet is the present, and exciting though it is, it’s pretty much part of the furniture now. The only people who think it’s the future are the people who never really got it to start with. People like me.

Anyway as an attempt to make peace with the omniscient spiderweb of doom, as its fractal tentacles tighten their grip around our very perception of reality, I’ve decided to make a video to go with every song on my album. I’ll upload them one per week for the next 15 weeks. These aren’t going to be ‘proper’ videos as such, just something to point your eyes at whilst you listen to the songs. Seeing as I’ve never made a video before in my life I might get some people to help me. You might even like to make one? Why not e-mail me?

I’ve spent most of this morning making an hilariously bad attempt at a ‘real’ video in iMovie (surely the Songsmith of video editing software). I’ll upload that at some point but for now here’s the first one…

Vimeo link (better quality)

It’s a live in the studio acoustic version of ‘Stop Traveller! Stop and Read!’.

The inimitable John Brainlove has made a web page Fight My Battles For Me – 15 Films which will host them all. There’ll also be other bits of trivia and at the moment there are some nice drawings up there to gawp at.


I’ve also started a Twitter account. So if you want to be privy to every inane thought which goes through my head for the rest of my life feel free to sign up.

while you’re at it why not join the newly-renamed Facebook Group, join my mailing list, or have a look at my bank account?


In other news Bearded Magazine’s excellent ‘BeardAid‘ subscription service is going to be releasing an 8-track download only EP of early Pagan Wanderer Lu stuff in March. You’ll have to sign up for £2 a month for which you get a copy of each new edition of the magazine and a monthly exclusive download record from a band who’ve you’ve never heard but are probably awesome. It’s like one of those things where you give a man a fish and he milks it every day for life, but for indie music…

Mine will be out on the 14th March so make sure you sign up by then or you’ll have missed it. Don’t worry, I’ll remind you.