Saturday, 29 January 2011

DC's: Bobby Orlando Day

I'm very proud to announce that today I guest-host a Bobby Orlando Day on Dennis Cooper's blog: LINK

Friday, 28 January 2011

Generator Projects Members' Show 2011

To the Generator today for a look at their annual members' show. I took a few photos, and here they are:

Eddie Summerton, The First Utterance

Catrin Jeans, News In Briefs

Adrian Murray, Spinning Top

Hannah Champion, Dumb Blonde

Raluca Iancu, Untitled

Mairi Lafferty, Betwix Thick Stixs

Sarah Gittins, Orangutan

August Krogan-Roley, Descending Mega Spleen

Katie Morrison, Gunshow

Rachel Walker, Invite / Kink Card 1. Liquid Gold

Greg Fullerton, Hey Joe

Michelle Souter, Sweetheart, I Don't Love You Anymore

Allan Davies, Electric Eden

Mickey Mallet, Bloody Double Helix

Fraser MacDonald, Plan for a Commemorative Plate Depicting Dundee FC's Administrator for Season 10-11, Bryan Jackson

Judith Burbidge, Hybrid Idoim; Verdant

Cheryl-Diane Thomas, Untitled

Thursday, 27 January 2011

ready to wear

With reference to yesterday's post, I've been doing a bit of work on potential designs for T-shirts. Here's what I have so far, but do stay tuned for further updates in the coming days.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

JLAC @ AGK 18.09.10

On 18th September 2010, Yuck 'n Yum held its inaugural AGK event at the City Chambers in Dundee. For this Annual General Karaoke I performed a track by the legendary noise act Whitehouse called Just Like A Cunt. I did my routine in front of a video made up of scenes from the PETA animal rights documentary Meet Your Meat. In the accompanying booklet I described this performance as "the body imagined as an abattoir":

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Members' Show after-party @ Drouthy's 20.01.11

To Drouthy's last night for the Generator Projects Members' Show after-party. I missed the opening as I felt my attendance would compromise the meaning of my artwork. I went to the party though, and took a few photos. Here they are:

Ladies from the Generator committee rock the house

assorted revellers

the staff


Your correspondent (note silk forget-me-nots in lapel)

Friday, 21 January 2011

Maquette for a Memorial (Silk Forget-Me-Nots with Comme des Garçons 2 Man Eau de Toilette)

My submission for the 2011 members' show at Generator Projects in Dundee. The flowers were sprayed with perfume and stuck to the fence outside the gallery with duct tape.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011


Over at the Whitehouse-affiliated Susan Lawly forum, a message pasted by hOU that lays into The Wire in amusing fashion. I don't agree with much of it, but that's hardly the point:

Hardly worth starting a new one, so I'll spam this thread instead.

What w/ WB's Love/Hate relationship w/ the magazine, I thought you would find it as ammusing as I to read this panning of the mag (trawled from nowhere particularly important on the web). Enjoy.

I blame part of the piss-poor state of The Wire on Biba Kopf (aka Chris Bohn) taking over as Editor. I mean there's a guy who's idealism is as frozen in 1981 post-punk pan-cultural righteousness (it's noise! it's dahkness! look there's a bad afrikan rhythm, tackle it dahling!) as Dave Tompkins is in his it's forever 1991 and we be buggin out (can't wait for his long-awaited tome on Harvard Press, A Pop Lock is as Good as a Body Rock to a Blind Horse or It was Never as Sweet as when the Native Tongues Sang: The Dark Side of the Bass 1975-93) take on hip hop. That's not even to mention paucity of barely passable writing by the likes of ex-fanzine hacks and uber-hepster noise boys (would former Crank Automotive propreitor and Dead C bag-toter, Marc Masters please stand up), Steve Barker (shite mate I've got interesting taste but they insist I review these same culturally irrelevant dub albums every month), Anne Hilde Neset (*chortles* i married the old editor, that's how i got the job), Dave Mandl (Biba mk.2 replace London with NYC, 1983 MBA in Rock In Opposition studies).
This is not even taking into account the atrocious David Keenan effect on the Wire. If there's ever been a guy who's the atypical cart before the horse hepster he's it. Norman Mailer's white nigger come to technicolor life with a double emphasis on the WHITE. This guy has bought every tall tale and pound of bullshit Forced Exposure has sold since the mid eighties and turned it into the gospel for hairy guys (and gals) with no sense of melody. He'd have you believe the way into future is on the backs of dusty old folk records with a pinch of half-arsed ethnic drone.
For some reason that reminds me of a story I heard or read once about two brothers. One brother, dropped out of high school at 15 and just layed off from the oil refinery sits on his porch drinking beer at 6 in the morning. Watching Mexicans being loaded into the back of flatbed trucks to work on the new highway up the way. Half tempted to sneak amongst their midst even if only to work for free- to feel a sense of purpose.
That afternoon a greyhound bus stops in front of his house and his younger brother who he's not seen for 6 years or more steps off the bus. Unshaven, unkempt and long of hair. He rises. They greet each other. Try to catch up on old times. The older brother tries to explain how hard, just how tight, how rough times have been but before he can finish a sentence the younger brother is in the throes of a great discourse on the exalted state of his learning since he'd left this pathetic little town six years ago. Late night rituals, advanced learning. Concepts so grandiose the common man like his brother could never grasp it's import.
Blood drains from the face of the older brother, a nervous twitch develops in the right eyebrow. Increasing in intensity as his younger brother builds up steam.
We studied with a Russian professor. There was only three of us in the class. It wasn't sanctioned by the university so the professor taught the course in the large hole dug beneath his house. It was then the great light of the knowledge of the ages dawned on me. I knew then the only thing seperating me from Dostoevsky's Underground Man was merely more time.
Finally having his fill of bullshit the older brother smacks the younger hard in the temple with the side of his hand and snorts, "the only thing stopping me from being the next John Holmes is a 12 inch dick" and heads off up the road to leave his brother to contemplate the agony of his genius.
The moral of that story? pick one. My particular favorite is the theorem that the distance from the ivory tower to the street corner is never so great as when they both refuse to acknowledge the other exists. Oh wait, that was the moral of another story i was thinking of. oh well, the Wire still is as mediocre as it's been since it's day's as a jazz-only mag.
Suppose I could start a blog, but I tried that and realized computer programming aint for me and i might give you a hint of the gospel on here but if you want' the full sermon somebody better fucking pay me.

Back in Black,


Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Mick Wills @ Efir Club St. Petersburg, Russia 01.01.11

Just been listening to this Mick Wills DJ set and it does rock so unreasonably hard: LINK

Resident Advisor biography:
mick wills starts his dj-career in 1986 at the tender age of 14, playing at small private parties in his hometown in the south of germany. he plays anything from new wave to hi nrg, and when he discovers techno, acid, and new beat in the late 80’s, there is no more stopping him. he can recite the mailorder hotline number from the hardwax record store in his sleep, but also finds old disco and funk records on fleamarkets and on record fairs.

in 1994, one night he spins together with dj hell. hell is impressed: he gives wills the chance to spin in the legendary ultraschall in munich, also based on the mixtapes that wills keeps handing over to hell.
around the same time he starts organizing parties in and around the city of stuttgart with his friend isabella venis. under the moniker of ‘mb presents’ the duo bring artists like klangstabil, keith tucker, hell, anthony “shake” shakir, jonzon, claus bachor, roland casper, miss kittin and the hacker, john selway, trike, terence fixmer, jay denham, electric indigo, inform3r, legowelt, tlr, orgue electronique, i-f, rude 66 and gitano d.j. (member of the polygamy boys) to their city.

in 1996 he collaborates with klangstabil’s maurizio blanco in the studio and he knows from that moment that he wants to produce records as well as play them. as wills doesn’t like to do things half, it takes him several years to get a studio together and learn all the tricks of the trade, so on each of his following records you can hear wills’ progress in the studio.

he records his first tracks in 2001, and hell’s gigolo label immediately bites. the atomic ep that also includes a remake of bobby orlando’s “calling all the boys” by the kinky lovers (mick wills & isabella venis) is a success and two other mick wills releases and one track on the cd nine follow.

while signed to gigolo, his dj-career takes off. with germany not big enough anymore, ‘the gigolo from porschetown’, spins blistering sets in places as diverse as mayday in dortmund 2005, barcelona’s loft, and clubs in valencia, moscow, london, athens, budapest, bukarest, etc. his sets are described as ‘universal, global and neo-retrolectro’. they mix the best of over 25 years of dance music in a way that few dj’s can, effortlessly switching between the cutting edge of today’s sounds and vintage chicago, detroit, italo, hi nrg, wave, acid and electro. wills is a true music freak, an avid record collector and really does play like every night is his last. again and again and again...

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Ross Hamilton Frew

During 2011, each of the four Yuck 'n Yum zine covers will be produced by the Glasgow-based artist Ross Hamilton Frew.

"I use sequences, patterns and applied rules to create work through mediums such as painting, printing, drawing, writing and collecting. Each of these ‘investigations’ are informed by, and compliment my previous attempts, and this constant re-examining of my work, my motivations and my decisions gradually constructs a framework for my practice, advising me of my next move. The quality of line I use and the marks I create are very subtle and I use this technique to emphasize the intricate simplicity of form, with human error inevitably intercepting and shaping the outcome of individual pieces."

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Yuck 'n Yum spring 2011 deadline, reminder

The well-oiled Yuck 'n Yum publicity machine is already in gear, so get used to it.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

black_acrylic @ eBay 10-Feb-10 21:31 > 12-Jan-11 21:28

What follows is a list of all my eBay transactions over the past 12 months. I trade as black_acrylic and I have a feedback score of 375, giving me a Teal star icon. The icon shows I have a feedback score between 100 to 499. My rating is 100%.

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Member since: 01-Aug-03 in United Kingdom

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Monday, 10 January 2011


An assortment of items that I bought over the Christmas period, many of which are still in the post:

Marx and Spencer - Stay (12"), $4.00

Geneva Jacuzzi - Lamaze (LP), £18.99

Gary Lee Boas - New York Sex, 1979-1985, £33.88

Lionel Shriver - We Need To Talk About Kevin, £0.01

Theophile Gautier - My Fantoms (NYRB Classics), £2.99

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Arsenal 1 - Leeds United 1

To the Phoenix pub on Dundee's Nethergate this afternoon, for the FA Cup Third Round tie between Arsenal and Leeds United. I was there with my friend Harry. We were supporting Leeds, of course. A most enjoyable game and it really looked like being another shock Leeds victory to go along with last year's famous win over Man United. Everything went down to a frenzied last few minutes when Arsenal got an equaliser, deservedly so being honest. They could easily have won it at the death too. Leeds held out, and the replay at Elland Road will be on Tuesday the 18th: LINK

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Boddika - Boddika's House

My good friend Ryan, he of the like boys phenomenon, has created this 'ere YouTube video. As he describes it on one popular social networking website, "my first video on youtube and yes, it's crap but sehr gutes lied". Eagle-eyed viewers will spot my good self at 02.53 during the seminal AGK performance.

Monday, 3 January 2011


A selection of music videos that I've posted to my Facebook page in the latter half of 2010: