?

Log in

Recent Entries Friends Archive Profile Tags My wildlife photography
 
 
 
 
 
 
Studio Killers have a Kickstarter running! Only a fortnight long, though, and it's quite ambitious, with a £50k target, to permit them to play live gigs. =:D (Kicktraq) It's also worth noting the updates - they've revised the rewards, so higher tiers do indeed receive all the digital goodies of lower levels.

And, they also have a new EP out, "Grand Finale", which you can find at all the usual venues, eg iTunes. ^_^ And if you're somehow unfamiliar with their work, here are their two music videos so far: Eros & Apollo and Ode to the Bouncer.

The other night, I had the tremendous privilege of enjoying most of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - which may ring no bells with many of you, but will with some, I know. ^_^ I shan't critique the show - suffice to say, they're much less sensible than you might expect - but I wanted to note one of the CDs they were selling, a spread of the 1920s jazz originals they went on to add their distinctive style to. One in particular caught my eye, "Masculine Women and Feminine Men", by the Savoy Havana Band, released on February 26 1926. "This track wins our vote for the most rock and roll lyric of the 1920s. Almost pre-empting the gender bender glam rock of the 1970s, this nugget features the lines 'Girls were girls and boys were boys when I was a tot, now we don't know who is who or even what's what. Knickers and trousers baggy and wide, nobody knows who's walking inside, those masculine women and feminine men.'"

The UK apparently now has its first pinball museum, located in Ramsgate. =:D Don't suppose anyone knows of some machines in London? There must be some lurking there somewhere.

I noticed TashiroYu's produced a guide to making your own fursuit, starting on that page, and proceeding for another twenty or so pages - just keep navigating "newer" for subsequent pages. It'll be a handy refresher for me, as it's been way too long since I last attempted a 'suit - and then, it was (as with Red) a foam carved head, whereas I feel that wouldn't be quite appropriate for bringing my SL self into RL, as that's better for larger, more toony heads.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Bonzos playing without Viv Stanshall or Neil Innes? Sorry, I just can't.
It'll never be what it was - but, let's be honest, even if Viv especially were still with us (and it was made clear they miss him dearly), it still wouldn't be the same band as then, just as Queen of 1989 was a long way from Queen of 1974. (ETA: and by that, I absolutely don't mean inferior! Simply, not the same)

Instead, they've continued with some new creations, including some poking fun at their advancing seniority, and their own takes on numbers like Jollity Farm. Which, per one of the three CDs I picked up, was actually a cover of a 1920s number - hence how well Viv's voice slotted into that role, of course. (Two of the CDs are their own recent work, whilst one was simply tracks that had inspired the band over the years, with all the original versions)

I do wish they'd performed The Intro and the Outro, but I suppose that doesn't really lend itself well to a live performance. On the other paw, they did have the Monster Mash, including Sam Spoons, and "Holey Cheeses", a quite superb C&W number entirely befitting the Bonzos. ^_^

Give them a try. It's a new band, but still very much the old as well, just as Doctor Who is and isn't the same as it once was. Don't insist it's the same, and you might actually find yourself quite liking it.. !



Edited at 2014-06-02 07:56 pm (UTC)
Looks like the UK Pinball League holds some of its meets at this place in London:

http://www.thepipelinebar.co.uk
Ooo.. ! And Liverpool Street's easy for me to get to, too. Looks like a place worth a visit regardless, moreso if they've perhaps been able to lure the owner into a permanent machine or two. I'll have to let the roomie know, as well, as he's perhaps even more keen on pinball than I - FSM knows, we'd both happily have machines here, but there just isn't the space, short of spending tens of thousands on an extension.

Not that I won't suggest that. ^_^
Their site says they have six tables. I'm surprised pinball is so hard to come by over there. I didn't realize how lucky I was. It's awfully common here for a bar to have one or two tables and the one near my house, where my league meets, has expanded its collection over the last six months from four to eight.
Ah! Sadly, from all I can see, pinball's virtually non-existent in the UK at the moment. It certainly wasn't always thus. I will, nonetheless, see if I can have a word with the owners of a couple good local pubs, to see if they might be amenable to the idea of giving a good home to a table, or maybe even more than one. It'd be so much fun to see them really being used, and reawakening the possibilities in people's consciousness. ^_^

At least emulations now are pretty damned good. Not the same as a real table, certainly, but the iPad options are rather good. Some concepts genuinely withstand the test of time, ne?


Edited at 2014-06-03 12:46 am (UTC)
Someday I hope ta ketch ya on that there SL :D