I don't normally do this, but I saw the new SimpleBits today, and I just had to show people how pretty it is. It might just be my mood, but for some reason this is the most inspiring piece of new web design I have seen in a very long time. Clean, elegant, classic, but playful at the same time. I absolutely love it. And if you like that sort of thing, the content is great too.

Black Tape 2

Black Tape 2

Thanks to everyone that came down to Black Tape 2 at Ego. It was a good night, everyone who came down seemed to have fun. Hope to see you all down at Ego for our Xmas party extravaganza on 14th December.

More pics here.

Tapas n Tapas


Tapes n Tapes – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh – Monday 6th November 2006

The rest of the fotos here.

I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness


Went to see ILYBICD at King Tut’s a week past friday. I had been waiting to see them since I got tickets months ago. They were really good. Not incredible, but really good. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood. Supporting were Catfish Haven and Audrey, who were also both good. A pleasant surprise was the addition of How To Swim as the first support band. Great as always. More fotos here. A wee video to come at some point too.


…Chosen Darkness – at their myspace

Catfish Haven – Too Hungover To Headbang

Audrey – at their website


To the girl in front of me at the Flaming Lips gig last night: thank you so much for trying to hit one of the balloons but actually just ripping my glasses off my face and sending them flying forward never to be seen again. Thank you for then acting like you didn’t know you had done it, then a few minutes later moving to a space a bit behind me so as to not feel as bad any more. Thank you for setting you idiot male friend on my girlfriend to shout all up in her face. Thanks for hiding behind your pal. Thanks.

To the Flaming Lips, however, thank you sincerely for puttin on one of the best gigs i have ever seen, and putting a massive smile on my face regardless of anything else.

QotD: Total Transformation

What's the most drastic change you've ever made to your appearance?
Submitted by Laurie.

although when i was in my late teens my friends and i experimanted with some trully weird clothing, the most drastic change i suppose was one of my possibly ill-advisd but much-cherished haircuts. the two that stick out are the mohawk and the afro.

the mohawk, of which i had a few was when i was about 17-18, in a band, and i thought i was punk rock. i wasnt. i wanted to look a bit different, and we wore stupid clothes and did stupid things cos we wre 17/18 and we thought we were oh so original and cool. we werent. and to go with that i decided a short mohawk was the way to go. so really short hair on the sides, with a thin strip of longer hair over the top. not a proper 70s punk mohawk. i couldnt have grown one (thank god) because of the way my hair grows (see afro, below), and i went to a conservative private school where i would have recieved a trip to see someone important to be shouted at for my efforts anyway. so i had this sort of half mohawk thing, which would look ok for a few weeks (this was pre-emo btw), and then i would be lazy and not get it trimmed, so it would just grow into a weird mess. also, it would almost always be cut by my friends while consuming vast amounts of booze, before a gig, or late at night, which meant it was almost always a bit wonky. i didn't care. i wore a rupert the bear jumper.

the other style was the afro. my hair grows really wiry and curly when it gets any longer than an inch. so i decided (or quite possibly was persuaded by friends) to let it grow. i did this 3 times between the ages of 16 and 20 i think. each time i added to the fun by bleaching my hair almost platinum blonde. so at 3 different periods in my late teens and early twenties i has a peroxide blonde afro. a pasty white boy with an afro. and it was kinda big too. big enough for my head not to fit into my hats anymore. i'll never forget walking into my first uni class after summer and having the hole class double over in laughter. they already thought i was weird. this just took the biscuit.

Black Tape 1 Photos

In anticipation of the second Black Tape club tonight (9th Nov), here are the photos from the first ever Black Tape.

The rest are here.

Gogs On The Escalator

Gogs on the escalator at Ocean Terminal, summer 2005.

NYPC – Free Download

New Young Pony Club are ace. Their single Ice Cream is ace. It was in an Intel ad, but that’s not the point. Get it free here –

QotD: They Play My Jams

What's your favorite radio station, past or present?

im not a huge radio fan to be honest. i listen to xfm scotland all day at work, which is not bad, probably better than any other daytime radio in terms of music. radio 1 has better chat, but xfm has the best music. its pretty much just background noise though. i mostly listen to the radio for pleasure is weekday evenings, and at this time radio 1 is my favourite and always has been. it plays the best and most varied selection of the type of music i like (mostly indie/rock stuff with a bit of hip hop and electronica), from the sorely missed john peel, to steve lamaq when i was growing up, to todays zane lowe and colin murray. there just isn't anything to beat it. i'm sure there would be if i lived in london, but i dont.

More Journal