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.

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Board of Fun Singles Club #001: “Wave Upon Wave” by James McKean and the Blueberry Moon

Here’s the YouTube stream for James’s new song, which will be available to download for free from Friday 30 November (URL to come). See previous post for details about the launch event at the Dentist on 33 Chatsworth Road, Hackney, London.

Coming soon: Board of Fun zine and free download singles club

We’ve been away for a short time but we haven’t just been sitting around in a circle, talking about cars that run entirely on water.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be putting out a zine featuring original artwork by Oliver Talkes, Zoe Taylor, Sean King, Yo Zushi and others; new writing from Ross Palmer; as well as interviews with a few musicians/artists you’ll want to read about – find out who, soon!

Also, on 29 October, we’re going to launch our new download singles club with “Wave Upon Wave”, the debut solo single from the London-based James McKean & the Blueberry Moon.

Return of the Mac: James McKean

“Wave Upon Wave” comes with the previously unreleased new song “The Brave Old Boat”.

The A-side features the deft touch of James’s brother Daniel on lap steel and electric guitar, as well as backing vocals from Laura Gimson of Letters to the Front.

The Blueberry Moon was originally started as a studio collaboration between James – best known as lead singer of The ‘A’ Train (‘A lovely, organic, earthy sound’ – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music) – and producer/multi-instrumentalist Ross Palmer (Yo Zushi, Great Days of Sail). The project has now developed into a six-piece live band, which has started to play regularly around London.

Find details about their shows at: myspace.com/theatrainmusic

Praise for James’s day-job band, the ‘A’ Train:

“A lovely, organic, earthy sound” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

“Black And White Memories is a sublime debut single” – The Fly

“Timeless pop/rock that connects as deeply as you could dare to dream– The Mag

“A melodic and soft wall of sound like a low-key Arcade Fire” – 7 out of 10, The Digital Fix

“They’ve created something that sounds so new . . . [The 2011 song] ‘Moon Water’ is so fantastically catchy, it damn well deserves to be an immediate hit!” – Hitsmith.com

“Outwardly working through a variety of styles, there’s an underlying air of melancholy which seems to pervade all of these songs . . . A thumbs up” – 7 out of 10, Tasty Fanzine

More news to come. Stay tuned!