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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...


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.

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.

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.

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.


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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:


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

Posted on June 8, 2009 at 7:06pm 0 Comments

Hullo, We Make Zines.

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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At 5:19am on January 7, 2013, Lubomyr Tymkiv said…

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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