Just spotted what I thought must be Crispin Hellion Glover’s older brother in Kojak s04e02. Turns out it was his father Bruce Herbert Glover!

Sylvester Stallone on Kojak (s03e03). Who loves ya baby?

There is no good / bad year for music

I really believe that. If someone feels that a particular year isn’t very ‘good’ for music — I’d say they have issues clouding their exposure and or appreciation of what’s out there.

In the back of my mind I’ve had this niggle: Why do albums from 2001 keep popping into my head and flooding my noggin with happy feelings? What happened to the other years? Why did 2001 stand out? Doesn’t this break my theory?

This week whilst thinking about my year-in-a-month challenge, I stumbled onto an answer, which in retrospect seems blindingly obvious: 2001 was my first full year in London after having lived my entire life in the musically starved and physically isolated tip of Africa.

In London I could actually see the bands I adored play live! In London I could hear and buy pretty much any album I was interested in. In London they had this thing called broadband — unlimited and uncapped access to the Internet. And let’s not kid ourselves — In London I had Napster (shut down in July 2001) and Audiogalaxy (a vastly superior service IMO)…

In 2001 I gobbled up and digested or spat out vast amounts of music. I had the thirst. 2001 wasn’t any greater or worse than others. I was just super focussed, fresh faced and eager to consume the entire world.

THAT’s why it still stands out for me today. Perhaps at the end of this exercise I’ll have further (albeit subjective) data to support my theory… But until then I’ll stop with the rambling and take more photos!

OXES ON BOXES!!! The legendary Oxes live at The Spitz (R.I.P.) back in June 2001. After repeated listens to a handful of MP3s a few days before the show, I threw away my ticket for a Samiam show the same night on a hunch it would be a good one. Oxes blew my mind! They’re touring the UK in December - so excited!

P.S. A decade a go I shot this on a film SLR I got for my 21st. I never learnt to use film properly and was always disappointed at having to use a flash… Live music was what originally inspired me about photography, but without any training nor funds to play around with, I didn’t get round to it properly until MUCH later

2010 was another excellent year for me. I shot more gigs than a 3 year old can count. I went to Cape Town, Berlin, Paris and India. I met and made many friends and even found new love… Looking forward, 2011 holds all sorts of promises - some fleeting, some firm, but all exciting.

Photography: An exhibition in Florence? Financial compensation beyond a photo pass? An innovative way of getting my broken kit replaced without spending a cent? Perhaps. I have a few projects and ideas ruminating…

Music: I exhibited a sound piece in East London last year - my second piece in about a decade! 2011: Moscow? Florence? London? Venice? Who can say? But I certainly am fired up about it all and have a couple thing brewing. Here’s to me not cocking it up!

And here’s to more music, photography, art, friends and travel!

(P.S. This is my 1000th post on tumblr!)

A photo tribute to one of London’s greatest venues: The Luminaire - may she rest in peace. More on flickriver

I was embraced by Andy, Frid and The Luminaire as an honorary staff photographer this past year. But my memories of this fantastic venue go much further back. They have consistently and continuously hosted many of the finest bands of the last decade - right from the very beginning. The news of it’s impending closure is very sad… So many good memories! Let’s give her an amazing send off March 2011!

Neshamah (2000) The Grass Withers, and it’s Flower Falls… It’s been 10 years since I was involved in this release as both the drummer and designer. Check it out on Bandcamp

<a href="http://neshamah.bandcamp.com/" target="_blank">The Grass Withers, and it&#8217;s Flower Falls&#8230; by Neshamah</a>

Installing the Elephant, 1961, Elephant & Castle, London

"Guinness is good for you"

Space Invader Couch by Igor Chak. Pretty awesome if not a tad bachelor: “An old friend that kept trying to take over earth but retired and became a couch”

How amazing was 2009 for live music in London? Boduf Songs, Coalesce, Christian Marclay, Otomo Yoshihide, Miike Snow, DM Stith, Hjaltalin, Antlers, The Dø, The Books, Tiny Vipers, Cymbals Eats Guitar, Tallest Man on Earth, Wildbird & Peacedrums, Sam Amidon, DJ Krush, DJ Kentaro, Kings of Convenience, Kakkmaddafukka, Hanne Hukkleberg, Grizzly Bear, St. Vincent, Taxi Taxi, Tom Brosseau, Sun Ra Arkestra, Anti-Pop Consortium, ApSci, Oorutaichi, Yo La Tengo, Andrew Bird, Vijay Iyer, Fink, Cœur de Pirate, The Clientele, Joe Lally, Chali 2na, Brightback Morning Light, Slaraffenland, Edan the Dee Jay and 10 Years of ATP to name a few!

The cover of the first issue of Mighty Mouse by Timely Comics (1946)

2009 has seen the world economy crumble due to the unethical practices of businessmen and corporate oligarchy. The current administration with the assistance of Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the United States Federal Reserve, has reached out to the Frodus Conglomerate International for aid. Calls were made, doors were closed and numbers adjusted.  After weeks of vicious negotiation both parties agreed on a proper course of action.The Frodus Conglomerate International will address the public for the first time in 10 years on Saturday March 21st, 2009 at  4:35 pm in Austin, Texas.  Austin will be the first of several public forums to address current global conditions forewarned by the FCI in years past. The Conglomerate has employed Liam Wilson of the Dillinger Escape Plan to supply bass guitar for this address while Nathan Burke organizes his North-West Contingency. We are the economic police.

2009 has seen the world economy crumble due to the unethical practices of businessmen and corporate oligarchy. The current administration with the assistance of Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the United States Federal Reserve, has reached out to the Frodus Conglomerate International for aid. Calls were made, doors were closed and numbers adjusted.  After weeks of vicious negotiation both parties agreed on a proper course of action.

The Frodus Conglomerate International will address the public for the first time in 10 years on Saturday March 21st, 2009 at  4:35 pm in Austin, Texas.  Austin will be the first of several public forums to address current global conditions forewarned by the FCI in years past. The Conglomerate has employed Liam Wilson of the Dillinger Escape Plan to supply bass guitar for this address while Nathan Burke organizes his North-West Contingency. We are the economic police.

THE STICK THE STICK! A friend mentioned cheese fondues earlier today and this image sprang to mind&#8230; Good old Asterix &amp; Obelix!

THE STICK THE STICK! A friend mentioned cheese fondues earlier today and this image sprang to mind… Good old Asterix & Obelix!

Why do I get a strong sense of nostalgia from this image? I used to play with some magnetic toys that looked like these little yellow balls… Ignore everything else in the picture… I recall having a bunch of plastic yellow balls (they might’ve had black smiley faces on them) that once forcefully cracked open (aka broken), revealed a coveted cylindrical magnet… I think they might’ve been some sort of play jewelry - linking them up together to form a bangle or necklace? Fuzzy… Anyone have a clue?

EDIT: Thanks Ryan! They were called clickets …here’s a picture of one: