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"With Coaldust Lungs & Diesel Hands..."

Hello, I live in the Scottish Borders and I've spent most of my adult life involved in various creative pursuits: zines, bands, running a record label, writing and making videos & machinima. Here's some more info about My Life In Projects...

COME VISIT MY NINGSPACE: SHARK BATTER DIY Indie Creators & Alt-Culture

LABEL
I co-run Scottish label Shark Batter Records along with my brother Stone Ghost Mike and some friends. Our acts are singer/violinist Kono Michi (based in Brooklyn, NY), my band The Stark Palace, Mike's band The Stone Ghost Collective and our friends' band Vacuum Spasm Babies. We released a bunch of EPs in 2008 and got quite a bit of radio play in the UK - including Radio 3, Radio 1 In Scotland and BBC 6Music.

BANDS
I'm on the left in that pic. My compadriate with the tie is Cameron Jack

As well as The Stark Palace I'm guitarist with Dawn Of The Replicants (fronted by Paul Vickers). We've released 5-ish albums on a major and several indies since 1998, recorded 4 John Peel sessions and played festivals like Glastonbury, Reading & T In The Park in the UK + Austin, TX's SxSW festival.

ZINES
I didn't do that Fall article but it was my Mum who painted the band's portraits. Heehee.

My friends and I ran the Scottish underground magazine Sun Zoom Spark (named after a Beefheart song) in the mid '90s. This became a nationally distributed monthly in the UK. We got loads of great interviews but folded after a couple of years 'cause of rising paper prices and the difficulty of convincing advertisers to invest in a mag based so far outside of London.

Since SZS I've sporadically done my own trashy photocopied zine dumb/SULK trigg-er, largely inspired by discovering Lisa "Suckdog" Carver's Rollerderby.

VIDEO & MACHINIMA
For years I've been messing around with video - making music vids & documentaries for our bands. I've also started making Machinima, using Lionhead's TheMovies game and SecondLife.com. Hopefully MovieStorm soon, too. Find my vids on YouTube and TMUnderground.com.

The portrait of me with the crow up there is by Edinburgh-based artist, Mary Trodden, who also does Dawn Of The Replicants sleeve art + the cover of a recent Shark Batter Records compilation CD.

rS
=o)~

Shark Batter DIY Indie Creators & Alt-Culture

VACUUM SPASM BLOG September 2010

BLOGGER: charles s bravo
LOCATION: scottish borders
BAND WEBSITE: vacuum spasm babies
BAND MYSPACE: vsb myspace
BLOG: vsb blog
LABEL: shark batter records



Hats off to Hans Moretti

The summer is over and Vacuum Spasm Babies are back to work on what will at some time be a new record. Although dust sheets were thrown over the 'equipment', the plants watered, mail re-directed and VSB HQ decommissioned and locked up for the chaps annual summer sabbatical, it's not been just another long lazy summer of potentially fatal experimental cocktails. Charles S. Bravo curated a little music festival of sorts that saw Sharkbatter label mates The Stone Ghost Collective, Sarahjane Swan and The Stark Palace playing to packed venues, and Malcolm Spasm spend some time scratching his head and looking at stuff to do with computers, which eventually resulted in someone sending him another bit of paper to say how clever he is.

There has been some VSB activity over the summer months. Andrew Morrison featured three exclusive tracks on his superb show on Dandelion Radio, the internet station inspired by John Peel. Live version of MHz and Whipping Clowns recorded at Henrys in Edinburgh were played out on his show along with a brand new track 'Song for Jack'. Also, unknown to the band, the live version of MHz also appeared on YouTube with the contributor (who we think lives in Spain) tagging the video as a "Live version of the soon-to-be-classic instrumental, with photos I took out of my kitchen window. On Monday morning."

Other new songs that are in various stages of completion include a tribute to the German conjurer Hans Moretti, a sad tale about a boy called Joe who likes to rob banks dressed as a cowboy, and a re-recording of a very old song that the chaps used to play in their old band 'Hoopster' in the 1990s.

THE BIRD & THE MONKEY (Sarahjane Swan & Roger Simian) single & videos

BLOGGER: shark batter records

LOCATION: scottish borders & brooklyn, new york

WEBSITE: sharkbatter.com

MYSPACE: myspace.com/sharkbatterrecords







BAND: The Bird And The Monkey (Sarahjane Swan & Roger Simian)

LOCATION: Scotland

SINGLE: If Love's A Cure

RELEASE DATE: mon 26th july



IF LOVE'S A CURE free MP3 download

http://www.sharkbatter.com/thebirdandthemonkey/MP3SJSIfLovesACure.mp3



WEBSITE

http://www.sharkbatter.com/thebirdandthemonkey



SLEEVE ART

http://www.sharkbatter.com/thebirdandthemonkey/images/LoveSkulls04.jpg



Sarahjane Swan: vocals, bouzouki, melodica


Roger Simian: detuned guitar (d/g/d/a/a/e), bass, juno-6 synth



Sleeve art by Roger Simian and Sarahjane Swan. Skulls sculpted by Sarahjane.
Recorded, produced and mixed (with Mike Small) by The Bird And The Monkey on Garageband at Nockolaus Studios. Copyright Shark Batter Records, 2010.



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Named by The Devil himself, The Bird And The Monkey are Shark Batter label-mates, Sarahjane Swan and Roger Simian.



Dunbar's Sarahjane Swan graduated from Gray's School Of Art in Aberdeen as a sculptor before learning guitar and becoming a songwriter. Her songs have been aired on Radio 1 by Vic Galloway, BBC 6Music by Don Letts and on New York's East Village Radio.



Edinburgh-raised Roger Simian, of The Stark Palace, writes occasional arts reviews for the Scottish edition of the homeless magazine, The Big Issue. He's been Paul Vickers' right-hand man in Dawn Of The Replicants since the start and was one of the founders of the '90s underground music mag, Sun Zoom Spark.





IF LOVE'S A CURE (Swan) - single









STIRRING IT UP (Swan) - from the forthcoming "Ossie Dean" LP…



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THE STARK PALACE The Werewolf Song video

BLOGGER: shark batter records
LOCATION: scottish borders & brooklyn, new york
WEBSITE: sharkbatter.com
MYSPACE: myspace.com/sharkbatterrecords

SHARK BATTER evening: Border Telegraph write up

BLOGGER: shark batter records
LOCATION: scottish borders & brooklyn, new york
WEBSITE: sharkbatter.com
MYSPACE: myspace.com/sharkbatterrecords

SHARK BATTER evening @ Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, wed 19th may

BLOGGER: shark batter records
LOCATION: scottish borders & brooklyn, new york
WEBSITE: sharkbatter.com
MYSPACE: myspace.com/sharkbatterrecords



SHARK BATTER RECORDS presents...
VOODOO ROOMS, SPEAKEASY, EDINBURGH,
WED 19th MAY


For one shiny pound of your stirling, Shark Batter Records presents a night of rampant frivolity, mild confusion and ebullient joy courtesy of The Stark Palace, Sarahjane Swan, Vacuum Spasm Babies DJ set, Sorensen Small & Brendan McAndrew + standup from Dawn Of The Replicants frontman Paul Vickers + the premier of the Shark Batter Videos compilation. It all kicks off at 7pm and like we said, ADMISSION PRICE ONLY £1!.

[7 - 8pm]

PREMIER OF SHARK BATTER
VIDEOS COMPILATION




Featuring videos from Kono Michi, Sarahjane Swan, The Stark Palace, Sorensen Small & Brendan McAndrew (Stone Ghost Collective) and Vacuum Spasm Babies.

shark batter videos

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[8 - 8.45]

VACUUM SPASM BABIES DJ SET




Vacuum Spasm Babies are a couple of like-minded blood-relatives with a love of guerilla recording, shouting and recorders. Malcolm Spasm (notoriously unemployable) fiddles with computer innards in his plush apartment on the edges of a rough Edinburgh housing scheme, where he hopes that one day his experiments will lead to the perfect wrong sound. Charles S. Bravo lives in a hammock in the Scottish Borders. He likes to watch the grass grow until the gin haze becomes too thick, then he writes songs.

vacuum spasm babies website


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[9 - 9.30]

PAUL VICKERS STANDUP




Heartwarming Dadaesque standup comedy from the Dawn Of The Replicants frontman in advance of his Edinburgh Fringe show.

paul vickers youtube


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[9.30 - 11]

* Shark Batter Unplugged Sets *


THE STARK PALACE



The self-titled debut album by The Stark Palace featured ex-psychiatric nurse, Roger Simian (Dawn Of The Replicants), and grave-digging paint-splasher, Cameron Jack, in cordial sonorous collaboration with various feel-good type alien individuals. The LP has already received great reviews, including 4/5 stars in The List, The Skinny & The Scotsman. Simian & Jack live in the Scottish Borders and greedily consume the produce of New York Punk, decadent Glam, Prog-era outsider Kevin Ayers, nasty-Funk screamer Betty Davis, dirty French hipster Serge Gainsbourg, plus a sackload of whackjob experimentalists including Beefheart, Eno, Wire and TV On The Radio. The pair have been joined for recent gigs by Dawn Of The Replicants veterans: drummer-turned 12-string strummer, Grant Pringle, and double bassist, Davy Coyle.

the stark palace myspace


SARAHJANE SWAN



Dunbar's Sarahjane Swan graduated from Gray's School Of Art in Aberdeen as a sculptor before learning guitar and becoming a songwriter. She has released two singles on Scottish indie label, Shark Batter Records, and has a forthcoming EP collaboration with Roger Simian (The Stark Palace, Dawn Of The Replicants). Her songs have been aired on Radio 1 by Vic Galloway, BBC 6Music by Don Letts and on New York's East Village Radio.

sarahjane swan website


SORENSEN SMALL & BRENDAN MCANDREW



A fine set by songwriters Mike Sorensen Small (Dawn Of The Replicants) and Brendan McAndrew who have been collaborating for many years on dark yet melodic love, death and metaphysics ballads as The Stone Ghost Collective. Their songs have been played on Radio 1 (Vic Galloway), Radio 3 (Lopa Kothari) and BBC 6 Music (Tom Robinson).

stone ghost collective myspace


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[11-12]

SHARK BATTER RECORDS DJ SET




www.sharkbatter.com

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Helen Mirren review + the new dumb/SULK trigg-er microzine

Posted on July 1, 2009 at 11:28am 0 Comments

I wrote another review last week for the Big Issue (a British newspaper sold by homeless vendors, with them keeping 80p of the £1.50 cover price).



It was for a live High Definition broadcast at our local cinema of a National Theatre production of 'Phedre', starring Helen Mirren (who played the Queen) and some dood out of that 'Mamma Mia!' movie:



http://www.bigissuescotland.com/reviews/view/11



I'm getting paid again for this, which helps a lot in these times of… Continue

My first bit of writing in a mainstream mag

Posted on June 18, 2009 at 4:30am 0 Comments

I've just had a live review published in a mainstream publication. A friend contacted me on tuesday. She used to write for our zine, Sun Zoom Spark, and it turns out she's now the deputy editor of the Scottish edition of The Big Issue (the weekly magazine sold by homeless vendors - they get 80p out of the £1.50 cost per issue). She wondered if I'd review the Franz Ferdinand / RoAR (Rock Against Racism)… Continue

Sun Zoom Spark zine - issue 1 sampler online

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In the mid 90s a few pals and I ran a zine from where we lived in the Scottish Borders, named Sun Zoom Spark (after a Captain Beefheart song). We ended up getting it distributed throughout the uk. It was full of absurdist humour, trashy artwork and photography, bizarre stories, stuff about female sexuality + interviews with old time punkers like The Ramones & Jonathan Richman, the up 'n' coming Brit… Continue

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We invite you to take part in the First International Exhibition "ZINESHOW" in Ukraine. Participation is free. Any technique. Any theme and format. No return. Deadline: 15/04/2013. Exhibition on the blog http://zineshow.blogspot.com All works will be exhibited also in the gallery "tymutopiyapres" http://tymutopiyapres.blogspot.com is not a commercial gallery. Welcomed but not "necessarily" summary of your zine or about you or your creative work (this is necessary for further elucidation of the project and possible documentation). Zines for the exhibition please send air mail: "Zineshow" A/C 9875, Sadivnycha 19/1, 79038, Lviv, Ukraine.

At 8:07pm on July 21, 2009, Adrian Fynch said…
Hey, thanks for the add. Your various projects seem cool..looking forward to checking them out!
At 2:03pm on June 30, 2009, lauramarie said…
Pleased to meet you!
At 6:48pm on June 17, 2009, Miss Lucy said…
You seem to be leading a very interesting life. Congrats on that.
At 11:29am on June 14, 2009, Monstress Zine said…
thanks for adding me as a friend. i listened to the death haiku tracks at kono michi's myspace page. really nice.
At 3:23pm on June 10, 2009, monique said…
Can't wait to read through your page more. word
At 8:03am on December 16, 2008, Katie said…
Hello, sir! Good to see you on here. I'll be checking out your new ning posthaste. Let's do a project together soon, want to?
 
 
 

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