Better late than never… Here’s my video for “Something New”, taken from the zine album Smalltime, which launched in May. By “zine album”, I mean an album of songs that is accompanied by a zine. For some reason, I did it as a cassette, too. You can download mp3s of it at yozushi.bandcamp.com. The video was my attempt to do a John Lennon / “Mind Games” sort of thing, but it came out more Elliott Smith / “Coming Up Roses” (minus paranoia). I shot it at my local launderette on Blackstock Road, which is in Finsbury Park! By the way, the zine album is in low supply – most have been sold or given away!
Yo Zushi returns from a three-year hiatus with his new zine and album Smalltime.
Hailed by Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC Radio 1) as “the spirit of Bob Dylan for the 21st century”, Zushi has released two albums on Pointy Records and a cassette on Italy’s Best Kept Secret Tape Label.
Of Songs from a Dazzling Drift (2005), Q Magazine said: **** – “This could be the start of something major”; Dazed & Confused called it “a masterclass in storytelling”. Steve Lamacq of BBC Radio 2 praised Notes for Holy Larceny (2008) for its “raw and intriguing singer-songwriter talent”; Q compared it to “Richard Hawley with knowing winks”. Amelia’s Magazine gave it a five star review and wrote: “All the credentials to be the under-sung musical hero that we just don’t get any more… Excellent.”
Zushi will release three albums this year; Smalltime is the first.
Stream it here:
Details of the launch show on Saturday 4 May:
Board of Fun presents
Mat Riviere + Yo Zushi + Ross Palmer
at The Dentist, 33 Chatsworth Road, Clapton, London E5 0LH
Saturday 4 May 2013
Entry: £4 on the door.
Board of Fun and Stars and Flowers present the first Clapton Zine and Print Fair at the Dentist!
33 Chatsworth Road, Clapton, London E5 0LH
Mat Riviere http://matriviere.bandcamp.com/
Bolt Editions http://www.bolteditions.co.uk/
Mark Pawson http://www.mpawson.demon.co.uk/
Limner Journal http://www.limner-journal.eu/
SW London and Surrey Zines Collective http://swzinecollective.weebly.com
Yo Zushi www.yozushi.net
Zoe Taylor http://www.zoetaylor.co.uk
Stephen Fowler http://stephenfowler72.blogspot.co.uk/
Natalie Kay Thatcher http://nataliekaythatcher.com/
Jennifer Crouch http://www.jennifercrouch.com/
Nick White http://www.thisisnickwhite.com/
Rosanna Thompson http://rosannamarythompson.blogspot.co.uk/
Board of Fun https://boardoffun.wordpress.com/
The launch night on Saturday 4 May will feature a selection of zines and live music from:
“Genius bleak pop” – NME
“Simply fantastic” – Artrocker
“A masterclass in storytelling” – Dazed & Confused
“This could be the start of something major” – Q Magazine
Yo Zushi will be launching his new album/zine “Smalltime“.
And live poetry from the south London legend and our compere Jazzman John!
On the launch night, doors open at 7pm. Entry is £3 advance/£4 on the door.
The main fair on Sunday 5 May will be open between 11am and 5pm. ENTRY TO THE ZINE FAIR IS FREE. The venue will turn into an indoor market selling zines, prints, cassettes, poetry books and badges from London’s most exciting DIY artists and publishers (see above list for some of the highlights).
See you there!
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:
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:
That’s all for now (as it’s dinner).
– Yo Zushi