Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

I love this time of the year! Skulls, Day of the Dead, blood splattered windows. Or is that just my house fully decorated.

Here's some fantastic pictures to celebrate as shown on the wonderful photographique vintage blog
Susi a
Ed Wood's leading lady!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Now that it's too cold to leave the house, it's gig season. At least I don't have to put the heating on when I'm at a gig (bahhh humbug). And the first one for me is Goldfrapp at the Colston Hall. She was all 'hey nony noo' and aran jumpers, with this album. And the audience certainly represented this with very few people being under the age of 45! The backdrop was fencing and school fete bunting.
On a style note, her accessories were pom poms - very similar ethos to Bjork earlier in the year. So I will be getting my wool out and doning some fluffy balls soon.

UpFest at the Baccy Factory

I'll be posting more images soon

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Opening of Gallery 8 - Friend & Co

We've been to about 5 street art events this month, and as I've mentioned before, I'm quite behind on uploading my blog pix, so here's one we went to last week.

It was a cold dark autumnal evening, and the gallery is big enough to hold around 3 people at a push. It's a possibly the smallest gallery ever, but it's quite adorable. It's on the site of an old shop that used to sell garden pots on a Sunday morning and has been empty for many years. Geoff Barrow (he of Portishead) told us he bought the shop 2 1/2 years ago, and didn't really know what to do with it. Rather interestingly he told us he's not a very 'visual' sort of person, which is interesting as he part owns a gallery! It's the facade to a new venture selling prints

Friday, October 17, 2008

And here's.........Grace!

I have seen some truly fantastic shows this year and one of the highlights was Grace Jones. (I’m so behind on my blogging pictures that I’m just going to have to drip feed them in the wrong order).

What has prompted this particular piece is the purchase of Grace Jones tickets at the Colston Hall (front row!). I can’t tell you how excited I am about seeing her again. We saw her at the
Massive Attack Meltdown experience in the enormous symphonic hall they have, and I thought it was going to be a dull affair as we were up in the gods of the balcony, but she truly rocked the place. She managed to connect to every aspect of the audience, with her many many hat changes, and some signature John-Paul Goude style backgrounds. She also treated the front rows to some very scary leaping into the audience moments with very little on.

The introduction of the show was the very dark ‘corporate cannibal’ video (which I urge you to watch), where you were forced into the darkness she can turn herself into. A black and white simplified morph of an image, with a Massive Attack style backbone. And when she finally appeared onstage she chatted to the audience as if we were long lost friends and you couldn’t help but wonder why she hasn’t been doing this for the last decade.

The last time I saw her was at the Brixton Academy while I was at college, where she appeared over an hour late, and then sang to backing tapes. She kept her traditional changing of outfits and walking down an over exaggerated staircase, but the show lacked something. But her presence is something you never forget.

Roll on January!

Corporate Cannibal