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2016 Summary - Preaching to NO ONE!

So it seems to be a trend at the moment in these end of year round ups to really moan and complain how bad 2016 was, I don't want to do this. Personally for me it was just like 2015, and probably the last few years... Constantly overworked, not creating physically enough time to concentrate on recording new records, oh and I got to travel around a little more than I previously did. A personal highlight for me was continuing my learning of the Spanish language, the culture, and visiting twice / exploring the country; this is something that will continue into 2017.

Yes a lot has changed in the world during 2016, there's been some horrible tragedies globally, deaths, bad political changes, and it's really yet to be seen what impact they will have on the world. But I'm an eternal optimist, I think you have to keep on going, keep on fighting. There's either this, burying your head in the sand, divorcing your self from reality, or worse becoming apathetic which can be very unhealthy.

Posting this feels like preaching to the converted (or to no one!!), and I know this is possibly not the reason why you came to this blog.

Live

So... 2016 didn't see many BBBlood (or billed as Paul Watson) shows, but those that I did play were enjoyed. Out of it there should be a BBBlood / Claus Poulson split cassette which is a live recording from my performance in February. I've found a good home for this recording now, so if all goes well I'll be posting more details here.

No gigs outside London this year,  hope to change this.

November straight after the excellent Colour Out of Space festival I supported Evil Moisture, Wall & Durgan at New River Studios. This was a fun night with some great sets, thanks again Aimmar.

The December last show at Electric Knife was emotional, drunken, and ended with a great set by the golden boy of North London Kostis Kilymis. Lovely day! It's the end of an era in Kentish Town, and I wish T all the best in Plymouth.

Going forwards I hope to announce a couple of shows for 2017 soon.

New releases (haha)

2017 another three way split CD should surface, I'm not going to say any more but it's a split with two other artists who have had in my opinion a great 2016 and it's a honor to work with them both. Again more details in due course. Watch this space!

The split box with Duncan Harrison is still happening, it's just taking me forever to get things moving. My own fault, maybe I should do a fundraising page to get the £££ to release the record. If I have the customers breathing down my neck it will get released in 2017!

Also a short C10 split with Child Friendly will come out, another project that I'm self-releasing just not getting finished.

Otherwise there are two other projects I'm working on but it's too early to give more details, things are drifting all over the place.

Best of 2016

Tough question, I was struggling to remember a lot of the records that stood out last year, how ever this always becomes a long list. But in no order these are some records I listened to and enjoyed...

Gerritt Wittmer - "Unknowns" C20 [No Rent]
Louie Rice - "33/45" 7" [Organized Music from Thessaloniki]
Richard Kamerman - "Music for glassblower's studio and broken toy piano" C31 [Organized Music from Thessaloniki]
Joe Colley “No Way In” LP (as mp3) [Glistening Examples]
MAAAA - "Abhorrence And Dismay" CD [Triangle Records]
Placid Tracktor - "The Great British Shopper" C30 [Bogged Down]
Aaron Dilloway & Dylan Nyoukis ‎- CS / CDR "Dropout Elements"[Chocolate Monk]
Marc Baron - "Un Salon Au Fond D'Un Lac" CD [Potlatch]
Anxiety ‎– "Self Titled" LP [La Vida Es Un Mus]
Wanda Group - "Central Heating" LP [Opal Tapes]
Stuart Chalmers / Z. Zsigo - "Untitled" C30 [Strange Rules]
Aqua Dentata - "An Equine Red" C30 [Strange Rules]
Posset ‎- "Double Jupiter" Cassette [Vitrine]
Tourette - "Proximité Du Murmure" C40 [Triangle Records]
Croatian Amor ‎- "Love Means Taking Action" CD [Alter]
The Pheromoans ‎- "I'm On Nights" LP [Alter]
Dale Cornish And Phil Julian ‎- "Laughing Out" 7" [The Wormhole]

Non 

Colour out of Space 2016, especially Kent Tankred + the Fylkingen Records curated night, superb festival overall.
This Heat @ Cafe Oto,
Pigs Ear 2016,
Digging up all my Prince tapes,
Duncan Harrison Live,
Madrid in August, Melque, Gijon,
Friends / loved ones,

Last day of Electric Knife,
Black Velvet,
La Pirata Black Bock BA

OK that's enough..

 
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