Yo Zushi interview on Miso Ramen!

Yo Zushi interview on Miso Ramen!

The title above makes it sound like I talked to people about buckwheat noodles. To clarify: I did a video interview with the cool Japanese/UK culture blog Miso-Ramen.com – it’s subtitled in Japanese, which I think is great. I play a song called “Send Your Love to Me”, from my next album, It Never Entered My Mind… not Smalltime.

Alumni in action

It’s been a good (if Arctic) year for Board of Fun collaborators so far. Come and say hello when we next convene at the BoF zine fair and music night, now confirmed for 4 May 2013 at the Dentist, 33 Chatsworth Road, Hackney, London. More news of that to follow. Meanwhile, I thought I’d point you in the direction of some of the extra-curricular work we’ve been up to.

This image was Zoë Taylor‘s first commission for the New York Times Book Review:

Image: copyright Zoë Taylor, 2013

Image: copyright Zoë Taylor, 2013

It’s a mysterious and subtly odd drawing that does a lot without giving too much away. See more of Zoë’s work at her website.

Meanwhile, Ross Palmer (who produced my next album, Smalltime, and has long been a writer for this blog) has started his own music site called SongsFromSoDeep. Lots of great writing from a practitioner’s perspective, as well as wider socio-political ruminations…

And here’s an article from the beginning of the month that I wrote for the New Statesman magazine about the demise of the Lorelei in Soho. It was a small, independent restaurant that had fed Londoners since the late-1960s and somehow managed to maintain an unfussy, family atmosphere till its closing night. Mr Bravin and Faye, you (and your Diavola pizzas) are missed.

Oh, and this is a picture of our friend and BoF veteran Tim Street, taken that evening:

Yes, that's Tim.

Pizza dude’s got 30 seconds.

That’s all for now (as it’s dinner).

– Yo Zushi

Board of Fun Download Singles Club #003: “One Last Dance” by Sean King (download here)

Sean King's artwork for "One Last Dance": P-p-p-pick it up.

“One Last Dance”: P-p-p-pick it up.

Here, belatedly, is the third instalment of the Board of Fun download club: a great two-song set from Sean King, co-founder of the soon to be resurrected 1990s/2000s noise label Eidola Records and lo-fi songsmith in his own right. Recorded one summer’s day using a single microphone, these songs come unadorned and bullshit-free – they’re what they are, and what they are are small gems.
Listen/download the A-side, “One Last Dance”, here.
The B-side, “A Bottle of Whiskey at the End of the World”, can be found here.
Artwork by Sean King. Recorded by Yo Zushi.

Board of Fun Download Singles Club #002: “December”, “Merry Christmas” and “Silent Night” triple-A

Image by Zoë Taylor

Image by Zoë Taylor

Merry Christmas from Board of Fun! For our second instalment of the free Download Singles Club, we’ve gone for a Christmas set with new recordings by Hana Zushi, me (Yo Zushi), Dan McKean, Oliver Talkes and others. The cover art is by Zoe Taylor (zoetaylor.co.uk).

A-side: “December” – Hana and Yo Zushi
Written by Yo Zushi
Debut song from Hana Zushi, here backed by her brother Yo Zushi. More info about Yo at yozushi.net

AA-side: “Merry Christmas” – Yo Zushi and Dan McKean
Written by Yo Zushi and Dan McKean
Yo sings; Dan plays all the rest. More info about Dan at theatrain.co.uk.

AAA-side: “Silent Night” by Oliver Talkes, Adam Beattie, Sean King and Yo Zushi
Traditional
The brilliant Oliver Talkes, former singer of the Southern Tenant Folk Union, performs the traditional standard “Silent Night” with Adam Beattie on piano and bass vocal, Yo Zushi on guitar and mid-harmony and Sean King on Richard-Manuel-channeling falsetto. More info about Oli at uk.myspace.com/olivertalkes

In pictures: the Board of Fun zine launch, 30 November 2012

Thanks to all those who made it out to the Dentist in Hackney, London, to celebrate the launch of the Board of Fun zine, the James McKean download (see post below) and also zines by Zoe Taylor and Sean King. It was a great night, full of music and photocopied bits of paper. We had songs from Jerry DeCicca of the Black Swans, me (Yo Zushi) and James McKean, with assorted backing from Phil Brunner, Ned Crowther, Ross Palmer and Dan “Robbie Robertson” McKean. Information about the zines (and where to get them, if you missed out) will be in a later post.

Are you in these pictures? Let us know.

Zines from Board of Fun, Zoe Taylor and Sean King!

Zines from Board of Fun, Zoe Taylor and Sean King!

The stairs, bar and entrance... all in one!

The stairs, bar and entrance… all in one

No heating

No heating

Vitamin C

Vitamin C

Not Gael

Not Gael

Jerry DeCicca

Jerry DeCicca

Comedy/tragedy

Comedy/tragedy

Yo Zushi

Yo Zushi

Dan McKean (not Gael Garcia Bernal)

Dan McKean (not Gael Garcia Bernal)

Contemplation

Contemplation (“Is that Gael Garcia Bernal?”)

In cider knowledge

In cider knowledge

Mak Murtic

Mak Murtic

Standing in the doorway

Standing in the doorway

James McKean

James McKean

Ralph and Amy

Ralph and Amy

Backroom bar

Backroom bar

Ross Palmer

Ross Palmer

Zoe Taylor and Sasha Ilyukevich

Zoe Taylor and Sasha Ilyukevich

Phil Brunner

Phil Brunner

Let there be light

Let there be light

Timothy Street

Timothy Street

Images by Hana Zushi, (c) 2012.