Sunday, May 18, 2008


Ice Bird Spiral will be playing The Thekla, Bristol, (which, for those of you who've never been there, is an old ship moored on the quayside) on Sunday, 8th June, as part of the excellent annual Venn Festival.

I don't know all the details yet (tho I'll post 'em when we do), but it's an after-lunch show and I think we'll be playing as part of the "Spend the Afternoon with Sunburned" event wh/ runs from 3-6 pm...while the mighty Sunburned Hand of The Man will be rounding the day's festivities off with a late evening show. Expect much, er, muchness.

The Venn Fest. boasts an extremely cool and diverse line-up over three days - as well as Sunburned, our old pal producer/DJ/Punch Drunk Records honcho Peverelist will be playing a special festival set at The Tunnel, Bristol, on the previous saturday night alongside Minimal/Dub-Techno legend Moritz Von Oswald. I expect Nick Gutta'll be peeing himself w/ excitement over that one lol.

Which kinda reminds me: there's a new dub-wise single imminent on Punch Drunk from RSD (aka Rob from Smith & Mighty) and one of the sides - "SpeekaBox" - has been pretty much on repeat-play round our house for the last couple weeks...

Oh, and the new Soul Jazz Records' "Steppa's Delight" Dubstep comp. features the excellent "Shade Darker" by Gatekeeper & Grilza, a tune that I mentioned on this blog a couple months back. Kode 9's seminal "9 Samurai" is also on board, along with Peverelist's "Roll with the Punches" which has prob. sold out on twelve, tho Rooted might still have some copies if you ask nicely...


Okay, so after much deliberation, the Classwar Karaoke netlabel-kollectiv have spruuuunng into action (actually, a few days ago, to be honest; but I've been uber-busy this week with a bunch of projekts, so apologies for not posting on this quicker...):

The 001-Survey various/artists album (wh/ includes a noo track by Ice Bird Spiral) is now available for full download (rather than in play-mode only) at Last.FM here.

There's also a *eeep* CK Facebook account here. Socialist Social-Networking, anyone? And also there will soon be something on the excellent Internet Archive Net, if all goes to plan. Please go check out/link to the label in its various forms - it's meant as a refuge for ill-fitting refusniks and outsiders - and if you are an artist/musician/writer, please hook-up and make yrself's all about making linkages/connections/collaborations...I understand that there will be forther surveys, possibly on a quarterly schedule - like a sort of musical anthology - so, if you're interested in contributing in some way, get in contact via one of the links about...CK is a horizontal, non-hierarchical network of like-minded individuals, not a rigid, vertical, patriarchal control-based organisation...I don't run it and have no say/control beyond just being one of a handful of contributors; it's intended, as I understand it, to be a node-point or launch-pad for collaboration and cooperation between dissparate artists, rather than a label in the trad sense of the word.

As Murmurists (who formulated the initial idea) says of CK: "Like any venture, there has to be a level of active engagement...To be clear, I'm just another contributor - as I said from the off. There's no central CK office. It is about all of us pulling together by pushing in different but complimentary directions, bringing it all together by sharing information. That's an economy; and that's what's needed. It's an economy based on a different idea from the mainstream, though: the name is meant literally.

What I don't want is to just repeat the same twelve-strong exercise every four months. It has to be meaningful and connected..."

Spot on. So help spread the word, folks, but also please do get involved if you're so inclined.

Over to you people.