Bat for Lashes in Pitchfork Magazine

Pitchfork Magazine have these amazing feature articles. This is perhaps one of the simplest, but also my favourite. The Pitchfork design is eminently readable online. The choice of font/size etc make reading long articles very easy. The gentle manual movements in the photography/illustrations really enhance the whole experience of reading these articles.

This article is a couple of years old, but still one of my favourite designed pages on the web.

http://pitchfork.com/features/cover-story/reader/bat-for-lashes/

Hive Bar & Restaurant website live!!!

Hive Bar & Restaurant is Brixton’s liveliest food and drink joint. They have live DJs every weekend, a regular monthly line up and special guests throughout.

The site features a sumptuous intimate and friendly vibe of the restaurant itself. The homepage has special features on a slideshow, and right below, shows their regular music nights, Brixton Academy gigs on a live feed (they have special pre and post gig deals for band nights!)

There is a monthly lineup night page, and an upcoming events calendar. The site also has the latest menus updated directly from their work computer without the need to remember to put it on the site!

The site has advanced SEO management and automatically assists in making key words and other visibility features automatically.

The site is designed to be informative for the user, as well as quick and easy to update in the busy restaurant environment.

Oh yes, did I mention? The home page also features the latest sidetraked mix, which works on your computer, or via iPad/iPhone – and can even be connected via Airplay to your wireless speakers!

You can visit the site at:

www.hivebar.net

misssapphira.com now live!!!

Sapphira - Tease

So, hot on the heels of the recent design we made for australianburlesquefest.com, we continue the burlesque theme, we are delighted to present Sapphira’s new website!

Sapphira wanted a distinct site to replace the site she’d made in iWeb. She’d done a great job with it, but anyone who has used iWeb knows that beyond a few basic design tweaks, it really is the Fisher Price toy of web design, so…

We looked at a lot of sites together. Well, over Skype as Sapphira is in Melbourne and I am in London – and narrowed down a list of site features that she wanted.

Sapphira wanted razzmatazz, red curtains, butterflies, (Callithea Sapphira, of course!).

So, with the operative word being razzmatazz, I decided to see if I could put all those elements together, and still keep the look showy, but elegant and easy to navigate.

We came up with the ‘postcard header’ idea. Sapphira has some really great photos that show off her personality. Each page features a different photograph and a different aspect of her persona.

We also put in the butterflies AND covered them in glitter!

The site features some lovely if subtly and slightly geeky other features, but the main points are that it is easy to manage and update. Homepage news can be updated in moments, there is a form builder for Sapphira’s showgirl classes, so she can make her own online enrolment forms.

Sapphira runs her own burlesque academy called Sapphira’s Showgirls. She also co-promotes the Australian Burlesque Festival (27th May–12th June, see australianburlesquefest.com for details)… She is also a damn fine singer. You can see and hear more of her on the new website:

misssapphira.com

 

 

Car Wreck Chicken at Chalkwell Park Festival!!!

Captain Car Wreck played in the Sundown Teepee at Chalkwell Park festival on the 25th of September.

The festival was huge! The atmosphere was very relaxed and happy. The music was great on the main stage as well as in the satellites dotted around the Park. I met some great people on the day and the set – a brand new set list from Car Wreck Chicken seemed to go down well.

It was Captain Car Wrecks inaugural yodelling session and that passed without too many people putting fingers in ears.

Despite the Captain being from the Deep South of London, Battersea, and American family insisted that I was from Tennessee.

I had my song jokes quoted back to me by festival-goers as I perambulated the grounds, so they heard me. Many thanks to sound man Gary for that.

Thanks to for Sundown Arts, Jo and Ray for inviting me.

You can check out more Sundown Arts events at: www.sundownarts.org

There will be a Car Wreck Chicken mini album soon. Let me know if you’d like a copy and I’ll holler you when it is fully fried.

Set list:

  • Bad Jokes
  • Whoop ti i yo
  • In the Jailhouse
  • Car Wreck Chicken
  • Scarlett the Harlot
  • She’s Fine
  • Arnold Blockhead Simpson
  • Where Have you Gone?
  • Little Boy
  • Hotel Yorba

In the mix…

We have Written, Co-Written and produced music with many bands and artists. Frank’s Party Has produced theme music for the BBC and movies. We are for hire for your film, or show tunes too!

In the mix…

I am passionate about music. I have worked almost continuously in the music industry since I was 15 because of this – including working as the Editor of one of Europe’s most popular music video websites, www.video-c.co.uk

I have worked as a sound engineer, roadie, groupie, manager, photographer and designer for many bands.

I currently play with two bands and have a whole host of ‘side’ projects.

Monkey in Space

Monkey in Spacemonkey in space is a rather ad hoc project. it is a long term experimental venture of lars gabel and sometimes myself. the music, like frank’s party, has an electronic base to it. many of the loops and effects were recorded during intense jam sessions, and then chopped down mercilessly into funky monkey beats. having originally met on enrolment day for the same art course in liverpool, lars and i have applied the same dada sensibilities and notions to our music making. we have used many incidental sounds, including a scanner (these used to be clunky noisy devices that could shake themselves off a desk), that decided to warm up its lamps and purr during a separate recording. this purring mechanical noise became a whole break section for one of our songs. the monkey project continues today. it began pre internet over the geographical distance of liverpool and london. these days, lars is in new zealand, but good music software and the internet keep things together much better than royail mail and a compact cassette in a jiffy bag.

Artists:

Lars Gabel
Nathan Jones

www.myspace.com/monkeyinspacemusic

Neon Vibes

Neon Vibes

neon vibes was a lo fi compact cassette 4 track project. a noisy, dirty paranoid project that was all recorded in about three weeks of a particularly tumultuous time in liverpool 8. i am proud to have recorded this with ged lynn of the stairs, living brain and privileged few. ged is one of the most ferocious guitar players/singers/drummers i have ever heard.

Artists:

Ged Lynn
Nathan Jones

www.myspace.com/neonvibes

iLike Neon Vibes

Music artist web sites

Video-C is one of Europe’s most popular music video web sites. We work with Apple Quicktime and provide most of the content for the quicktime what’s on page in europe. We are also an iTunes partner, and the site is now closely affiliated with the iTunes music store and iTunes music festivals, now in its second year in the uk. We won the DMA Awards 2004 and 2005 (we were doing this stuff before Youtube!) for our innovative approach to digital music presentation.

I edited content, as well as designed microsites and feature sites for a huge and diverse range of bands.

A selection of my mailout designs. In utterly random order…

Space Cadence

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Space Cadence is a Quicksand Beach Party track and features a train ride between Liverpool and London on a winter’s day. I am very flattered by mentioned allusions to Michel Gondry’s famous Chemical Brothers video, but I made my one first 😉