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
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:
Zines from Board of Fun, Zoe Taylor and Sean King!
Hello there. So… zine fair number 2! Early April! TBC!
If you came to the last zine fair and music night at the Dentist in Hackney, you’ll know what to expect – we’re going to have stalls selling the best zines we’ve come across (or have stapled together ourselves), capping it off with live music from members of our loose collective. Only this time, we’ll (try to) make it even better.
If you’d like to get involved (send us your zines, offer to play on the night, etc), please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
See entries below for pics of zine launch 1.
Meanwhile, we’re putting the final touches to Ross Palmer’s instalment of the Board of Fun singles club, “Little Differences” – it’s a sparkly slice (if that’s edible?) of 1970s West Coast pop that will be available for free download in the next couple of weeks. Check back here soon.
Finally, I (as in, Yo Zushi) will be releasing a minimum of three albums this year; the first of which, Smalltime, is almost done and will be let loose at the zine fair. Zoe Taylor and I did a quick video for one of the songs from it yesterday (“Something New”); a link will make its way here in a day or two.
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.