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!
Viva Quinto! – a zine about Quinto Bookshop on Charing Cross Road and London’s second-hand bookshops in general – launched on Saturday 22 June at… Quinto, as part of the second annual Charing Cross Road Festival, organised by Foyles. Alongside weird and wonderful book covers chosen by Zoe Taylor, the zine features “Small Plays” by Emily Cleaver, photographs by Sasha Ilyukevich, writing from me (Yo Zushi) and an obituary for the book collector Jimmy Kanga, who died in autumn last year. The first batch sold out! But we’ll make up some more this weekend (29/30 June), after which it can be bought at Quinto Bookshop, 72 Charing Cross Road, London. (Ask at the counter).
Ross Palmer’s new single “Little Differences” b/w “Can You Explain” is available now from here as part of the Board of Fun Download Singles Club. It’s a breezy West Coast pop song recorded entirely by the multi-instrumentalist Ross. We launched it on Saturday 4 May, as part of Board of Fun’s Clapton Zine and Print Fair. The video was directed by me, Yo Zushi.
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!
Email us at email@example.com if you’d like to get hold of a copy of the zine, or come to one of our events (check back here).
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.
“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!