Microblog 2010-01-31

January 31, 2010

  • Spy drones will monitor U.K. citizens http://ur1.ca/kkzf #
  • Police Bastard European Tour Dates January 9th to 6th February 2010 http://hub.tm/FpSJb #punk #birmingham #music #tour pass it on #
  • Stumpf 30.01 Police Bastard, Last Legion Alive http://hub.tm/TKzTx #punk #
  • Police Bastard European Tour Dates January 9th to 6th February 2010 http://hub.tm/FpSJb #punk #birmingham #music #tour #
  • Sat in traffic on Hadley road on way to musoplex to pick up seano and Pete #
  • Sat in traffic on Hagley road on way to musoplex to pick up seano and Pete #
  • And so the slaveship is leaving Birmingham. Antwerp here we come. #
  • Wish you we here. The slaveship orbits London on m25 on way to Dover http://twitpic.com/zqp5v #
  • On the boat, on the way to Calais at last. Just had the best cheese sandwich ever thanks to simons kitchen. http://twitpic.com/zrbrm #
  • Just arrived in Calais, on to Antwerp now #
  • Got to Freds in Antwerp. His place is an old monastry, amazing place. There's a woodburning stove in the sleeping place too #
  • Florence and The Machine will play two gigs at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Monday 10th May + Tuesday 11th May 2010 #
  • Last night was coldest sleeping place so far.woodburner went out, we all froze in our sleeping bags.But we're alive and have coffee now #
  • Setting up the gear in subzero conditions. I think i might nip outside to warm up #
  • Pid and pip have just arrived. Soundcheck next #
  • On tonights menu was spaghetti with ragu. Eaten by fork, no spoons. Gig next #
  • Also on the menu…..ice cream. Delicious. They don't do warm at this place, obviously for political reasons. Back to the gig now #
  • Trip to van required.Somewhere pete has pack of Jaffa cakes.Fire going out. Need to find wood.Fridgefreezer to climb over first #
  • Result. The squat chef has brought us a sack of coal, the band are not going to freeze to death now. Jaffa cakes have made everything good #
  • Seano has got the fire going so it's almost safe to get up. The crusty hammer of kybosh has dealt us another night at this place #
  • Off to gig in liege later but first, defrost time….looks like trip to cafe required #
  • Seano is stoking the fire so there's still warmth when we get back from cafe #
  • Ten Executions That Defined The 2000s http://bit.ly/dsfegb #
  • on the menu in liege tonight is spaghetti ragu with walnut bread. Brazilian crust band soundchecking in background. #
  • Something is going on in liege, when we arrived we passed tv crews filming what looked like a collapsed building that was also on fire #
  • Snow falling mixed with rain, hope the roads are ok later, may be a comic journey to get back to Antwerp later #
  • War Criminals: Arrest Warrants Requested http://ur1.ca/ku5w #
  • Why Europe doesn't want an invasion of body scanners http://ur1.ca/ktyk #
  • Police Beating Of Honor Student Draws Attention In Pittsburgh http://ur1.ca/ktwp #
  • North and South Korea Exchange Gunfire http://ur1.ca/ktu8 #
  • Report: Bush order allowing murder of US citizens abroad still in effect http://ur1.ca/ktii #
  • Stopped at services on way back from liege. Seano has Supplied the food and drinks for 8 of us. St St ste stea….. #
  • We had a hitchhiker but she's left her coat and run away. I think seano has frightened her away #
  • Seano has made two trips into the services…think it's time to leave. Our hitchhiker is sat in another car but we've still got her jacket #
  • Off to Leipzig now, 7 hours….. #
  • Clare Edwards will be leading the music network meeting at tee, millennium point, Birmingham today 4pm-6pm. All musicians and music peop … #
  • On the way to Leipzig listening to inner terrestrials escape from new cross / enter the dragon. loud #
  • Clare Edwards will be leading the music network meeting at tee, millennium point, Birmingham today 4pm-6pm. All invited #
  • http://twitpic.com/105clw – Punk vs. Metal night @ The Old Wharf, Digbeth tomorrow ft. SLAB, Meat Hook, Ram Man,etc #
  • Two hours to leipzig and stuck in a jam stuck in a jam I am I am #
  • 'Catcher in the Rye' Author J.D. Salinger Dies http://bit.ly/djnbbB #
  • Made it to Leipzig at last, support bands still playing so food then gig. All good. #
  • Authorities Quietly Reverse Underwear Bomber Official Story – http://tiny.cc/mzKjo #
  • Motorist fined for blowing nose http://ur1.ca/ky10 #
  • Gig at liwi Leipzig last night was good. Sat at adriannas place drinking tea now, Berlin kopi next #
  • Home Office spawns new unit to expand internet surveillance http://ur1.ca/ky6p #
  • WHO Scientist: Swine Flu Pandemic Was "Completely Exaggerated" http://ur1.ca/ky0e #
  • Just arrived at Kopi in Berlin and all good despite the snow and ice. Looks like we might get a warm place to sleep tonight at last #
  • Police bastard gig at Kopi was brilliant. Loads of people showed up too. Back at sleeping place and it's warm and dry! #
  • Managed to find a shower for the first time on tour so I don't smell as bad as before now. Hannover later if the others ever get out of bed #
  • Full speed to hannover #
  • Arrived at stumpf in hannover. Birthe has Organised food drink and the place is warm. All good. Gig starts after 11pm #
  • last legion alive have just fired up and there's plenty of people here to watch. The stumpf is a great venue in hannover. Crust is alive … #
  • Last legion alive are from Belgium. Great band. #
  • The Sharp Dressed Man Who Aided Mutallab Onto Flight 253 Was U.S. Government Agent http://ur1.ca/l3tp #
  • China suspends military ties with US http://ur1.ca/l3gw #
  • The 6 Weirdest Things Women Do to Their Vaginas: http://is.gd/7muld #
  • Council snoopers question five-year-olds on home life http://ur1.ca/l3cn #
  • I'm deaf. Last legion alive were great. If you like crust, seek them out. Police bastard on next #
  • Brilliant gig in hannover tonight. good turn out and the place went nuts when the bands fired up. All good #
  • U.S. steps up arms sales to Persian Gulf allies http://ur1.ca/l51y #
  • Thousands protest in Tokyo against U.S. military presence in Japan http://ur1.ca/l52p #
  • In hannover at birthe's place. Looks like breakfast time and a chance for a shower before hamburg #

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Microblog 2010-01-24

January 24, 2010

  • In Glasgow with Police Bastard. Load in time at Rockers. #
  • Man arrested under Terrorism Act for Doncaster airport Twitter joke http://ur1.ca/k3xn #
  • Police rake in PS400 million from middle-class fines http://ur1.ca/k400 #
  • In Edinburgh with police bastard. tonights menu Vegan stew with pitta bread. Off to henrys cellar bar for soundcheck next #
  • poster on way into edinburgh. On latest conservative campaign poster someone has sprayed "Nazis. End London rule" #
  • http://twitpic.com/yoz91 enjoying Scotland. #punk #Edinburgh #
  • Seano from police bastard demonstrates what the support band happy spastics sound like http://twitpic.com/ype1g #punk #Edinburgh #
  • March 6th 2009 the Jamm Brixton London benefit for Skinny: Dread Messiah,Masscoma,Restarts,P.A.I.N,Fleas & Lice,Cold War & Coitus #punk #
  • "10 Questions for Birminghams Independent Music Industry" http://hub.tm/NGRAV #
  • "Police Bastard Tour Dates January 9th to 6th February 2010" http://hub.tm/Tbpjd #
  • Obama Administration Shuts Down Oldest Gun Show in Central Texas http://ur1.ca/k7fx #
  • US accused of 'occupying' Haiti as troops flood in http://ur1.ca/k7p6 #
  • Last Under The Sun has a show coming up on 2010-01-22 at 20:00 @ Punk on Earth … in Birmingham http://www.reverbnation.com/c./poni/8010192 #
  • On way to London to return gear van and collect splitter then back to Birmingham. Police bastard play sawyers in Kettering tonight #punk #
  • Collecting seano and si from misoplex then going to get Simon then off to Kettering #
  • Police Bastard are at sawyers Kettering tonight with Ram-man and thracia #punk #
  • "You are invited to answer 10 Questions for Birminghams Independent Music Industry." http://hub.tm/pxwsZ #
  • In the Kitchen Garden Cafe Kings Heath working against the clock to fix everything I should have sorted weeks ago. All in a days work though #
  • "Wholesale / Trade list for Iron Man Records. CDs and Vinyl available for wholesale or trade." http://hub.tm/vZqXQ #punk #birmingham #shop #
  • Last under the sun will not be playing swinging sporran tonight. Neil farringtons funeral was this afternoon.The band decided not to play #
  • Average Age of Churchgoers Now 61, Church of England Report Finds http://bit.ly/6qMXuh #
  • Moscow's Stray Dogs Evolving Greater Intelligence, Including a Mastery of the Subway http://bit.ly/7qbGOZ #
  • COITUS,COLDWAR,RESTARTS,P.A.I.N,DREAD MESSIAH,FLEAS & LICE,MASS COMA,The Jamm,261 Brixton Rd,
    London SW9 6LH
    £10 http://twitpic.com/zag1t #
  • URBAN HAPHAZARD TAKEOVER III anti-valentines extravaganza 13.02.10 #punk http://twitpic.com/zaguc #
  • Police bastard play swinging sporran Birmingham today at 5.30pm #punk #
  • Anthrax Outbreak Cases Reach 15 http://bit.ly/8EKFRr #
  • http://twitpic.com/zjesz – Line-up times for Apocalypse Now, Sunday, Swinging Sporran, Birmingham #punk #

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Microblog 2010-01-17

January 17, 2010

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January 16, 2010

  • Jimmy Lee Lindsey, Jr. died in his sleep on Wednesday morning. He was 29 years old.

    He is survived by his mother Devonna May, his father Jimmy Lindsey, and his sisters Leslie Lindsey, Stephanie Duncan and Gara May. He’ll be missed by music fans all over the world.

    With 22 full-length albums and over 100 releases, Jay dedicated his life to music. He played nearly one thousand shows in over 20 countries around the world. He was incredibly grateful for all the support his fans gave him over the years.

    I drove Jay and his band on two tours of Europe in 2008 and again in 2009. Jay wrote good music, had a good band, played from the heart and took no prisoners. A tragic end to someone who worked so hard to make music.

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January 15, 2010

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January 14, 2010

  • The Music Network has been contacted by a group drawn from Birmingham City Council and the Arts Council England to begin to determine an overview of the current state, needs and potential of the “independent music industry” in Birmingham.

    To this end, The Music Network would like you to send us any comments, links, articles or opinions that may be useful to pass on to these people on your behalf. If you don’t voice your opinion a decision will be made on your behalf without any reference to you and you may not benefit from any strategy that gets agreed and put into action.

    Here are 10 open questions. If you wish to get involved, please send your completed responses by January 24th 2010 by email to: info at birminghammusicnetwork.com – Thank You.

Microblog 2010-01-10

January 10, 2010

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January 9, 2010

  • Here are the confirmed dates for Police Bastard

    Police Bastard Tour January / February 2010

    * 9 Jan The Fawcett Inn, Portsmouth, England
    * 10 Jan The Grosvenor, London, England
    * 16 Jan The Snooty Fox, Wakefield, England
    * 17 Jan Rockers, Glasgow, Scotland
    * 18 Jan Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland
    * 21 Jan Sawyers, Kettering, Northants, Midlands
    * 23 Jan The Swinging Sporran, Birmingham, Midlands, England
    * 26 Jan De Koevoet, Antwerp, Belgium
    * 27 Jan Le Carlo Levi, Liege, Belgium
    * 28 Jan Liwi, Leipzig, Germany
    * 29 Jan Kopi, Berlin, Germany
    * 30 Jan Stumpf, Welfengarten 2c Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany
    * 31 Jan Hafenklang, Hamburg, Germany
    * 3 Feb Friese, Bremen, Germany
    * 4 Feb AK44, Giessen, Germany
    * 5 Feb Sonic Ballroom, Cologne, Germany
    * 6 Feb Crowbar, Groningen, Netherlands (Birthday Party Show)

Life in a Blender, an amazing band you haven't heard of….yet.

January 6, 2010

An Absurdist sensibility and oddball, prop-laden spectacle…..Small bows and duelling scars…. set to music from Brooklyn, New York.

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The critics rave with insanity bordering on dementia:
“Rich and complex, wry and witty, done with a great deal of astonishing stylistic panache and consummate musicianship, this album sparkles with a verve and melodicism that’s a true startling wonder to hear. The incredible howled anguished vocals, the wickedly funny bitter humor of the pungent lyrics, the sprightly tunefulness of the gorgeously intricate harmonic arrangements, the inspired use of stirring weeping strings, the sense of underlying resigned humanity lurking behind the prevalent sardonic sensibility – all are 100% on the money excellent and impressive. A terrifically dark and despairing work of beautifully bleak and burnt-out oddball art.” — Joe Wawyrzniak, Jersey Beat

Like the Cyclone, Life In A Blender is a long-time Brooklyn institution that has been exhilarating–and possibly nauseating–audiences for years. Singer Don Ralph belts out his off-kilter musings backed by cellist Dave Moody, guitarist Al Houghton, bassist Mark Lerner, violinist Rebecca Weiner, drummer Ken Meyer, and horn player Mel Melon.

Having toured from Toronto to Berlin to Chicago to Seattle and back to New York, Life In A Blender has developed a devout fan base that is as broad and fat as the underbelly of the U.S. and Europe combined. Over the course of four albums, this orchestra of the bizarre and melodic has collaborated with the likes of John Linnell (They Might Be Giants), Ralph Carney (Tom Waits band), James Mastro (The Bongos), and sitarist Chris Rael (Church of Betty). Life In A Blender has played on bills with NRBQ, Camper Van Beethoven, the Buzzcocks, Scrawl, and even Billy Idol, who sucks.

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Microblog 2010-01-03

January 3, 2010

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Police Bastard Tour Dates January 9th to 6th February 2010

January 2, 2010

Justice for Ian Tomlinson - Police Bastard Artwork European Tour 2009 Large

Here are the confirmed dates for Police Bastard

Police Bastard Tour January / February 2010

  • 9 Jan The Fawcett Inn, Portsmouth, England
  • 10 Jan The Grosvenor, London, England
  • 16 Jan The Snooty Fox, Wakefield, England
  • 17 Jan Rockers, Glasgow, Scotland
  • 18 Jan Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 21 Jan Sawyers, Kettering, Northants, Midlands
  • 23 Jan The Swinging Sporran, Birmingham, Midlands, England
  • 26 Jan De Koevoet, Antwerp, Belgium
  • 27 Jan Le Carlo Levi, Liege, Belgium
  • 28 Jan Liwi, Leipzig, Germany
  • 29 Jan Kopi, Berlin, Germany
  • 30 Jan Stumpf, Welfengarten 2c Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany
  • 31 Jan Hafenklang, Hamburg, Germany
  • 3 Feb Friese, Bremen, Germany
  • 4 Feb AK44, Giessen, Germany
  • 5 Feb Sonic Ballroom, Cologne, Germany
  • 6 Feb Crowbar, Groningen, Netherlands (Birthday Party Show)

Police Bastard have recorded 7 new songs.

The Lie, God off, Erosion, Born to Die, I Wish (The Mob), Blasphemy Squad (Rudimentary Peni) and Handful of Dust (Rudimentary Peni).

Listen here: http://www.myspace.com/policebastard1994to2003 and http://www.last.fm/music/Police+Bastard

A Release will follow on Iron Man Records including a DVD containing “Keep an Active Mind” and “Live at AU 2008.” There will also be a split release in USA and the details of this will follow.

The recordings were engineered, mixed, mastered and produced by Simon Reeves at Framework Recording studios, Musoplex near Birmingham between February and December 2009.

Members of Police Bastard on the recordings are:

Pid – Vocals, John Doom – Vocals, Chris Crass – Bass, Seano Porno – Guitar, Mark Badger – Guitar, Simon James – Drums.

Police Bastard has been influenced by many different bands ranging from the likes of Discharge/Chaos UK to Amebix, Rudimentary Peni, Celtic Frost, Black Sabbath, The Cardiacs, Killing Joke. This makes up a dark, agressive hardcore sound without losing power or focus. Risen from the ashes of Britian’s largest hardcore thrash bands: Doom, Sore Throat, Filthkick, Sensa Yuma, Contempt, Police Bastard was born in May of 1994. In a year and a half they stacked up a staggering number of gigs and a large following. The current line-up of the band include members of Last Under The Sun, Damn Dirty Apes and Rivers Edge.

Police Bastard – Keep an Active Mind (Police Bastard 2007-2008 a Film by Iron Man Records)

http://www.myspace.com/policebastard1994to2003

http://www.last.fm/music/Police+Bastard

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http://www.ironmanrecords.co.uk

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Police Bastard Font 2007