Saturday, December 22, 2007

early shots
i haven't shot any gigs in december - and as i prepare to leave for achill, ireland for the festive season - it looks like i won't be shooting any in leeds this month. although who knows what tonight will bring!

today, however, i did discover my first ever web-space for music photos that i had long since forgotten about.

some good memories/gigs in there - early forward russia gigs, interpol in nyc, and a few gigs at the vine from back in the day including the ace rocks+barbs gig which was on my mum's birthday none-the-less! all the photos on the site are from 2004 and ends with an intimate monte carlo gig at the royal park cellars, who by the way have got an ace new rendition of 'broken heart attack' on their myspace. check it out!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

november - my favourite month?
november was good. i don't ever remember november being my favourite month ever before. i seemed happy for a lot of it. maybe that's because there were lots of good gigs on. maybe it was because i had my first holiday abroad this year. or maybe it was just cos i was . . . umm . . . happy.
gigwise: there were noisy gigs, and quiet gigs, and gigs at home and away, and bands from home, and from away (scandinavian bands featured highly towards the end it would seem).
it started off good and noisy - with the russians/this et al in bradford. then nastyfest was my favourite ever. next it was my favourite gig of the year (beirut).

then my favourite holiday of the year to zurich to see edith/chris and to see iliketrains. that's when the music started to get quieter i suppose . . . and then the next weekend i was introduced to the music of simon joyner (from the 'last day of kodachrome' film).

and finally came lay low and adjagas (wow), then efterklang (not so wow, but still good) and finishing with the wonderful jens lekman. i'd wanted to see him play all year - and had hoped to get to norway to see him at one point - but in the end i didn't have to travel as far, thanks to jethro getting him to come and play in a church. more photos will be added to my flickr soon.

for now, i must go pack my life up. enough reminiscing about november. onwards with december! x
adjagas @ the brudenell, leeds
this gig was amazing. peaceful, hypnotic, enchanting. . .

i went along not knowling what to expect. and it turned out to be something special. at times haunting, at times gutteral. i took some photos to remind me of the experience (more here). i had put my camera away by the time sara came down into the audience, mid-yoik, without a mic - wow, that was quite something. made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. . .
with this and the beirut gig earlier in the month - both very different gigs of course - i was pleased with how the photos came out. i think more than any other gigs i've shot, the photo sets as a whole seem to capture the essence of the gigs - i hope so anyway. x