Tuesday, 23 October 2012

UNdane Postcards:- A Couple of Cities I Don't Live In

Here are some new post cards in my so-big-I-can't-get-the-lid-on-the-box postcard collection, picked up on recent visits to Lancaster and Paris. 

I need to start sending these out to people, as soon there won't be any room left in the entire house, due to postcard build-up. 

Mixtape Wednesday:- Looped Lyrics

You don't need a lot of lyrics to make a great song. Here is a playlist of GREAT songs chosen by me and my friends with lyrics that, in whole or part, loop over and over until fade out. 

1.) Tommy James & The Shondells - Crimson and Clover (1968)

Perfect, cute, simple little love song. 

And the music it inspired...

2.) Jimmy Eat World - A Praise Chorus (2002)

...with Crimson & Clover looping through the middle, the song also pays homage to several other songs, a list of which can be found here (click).

3.) Therapy? - Screamager (1994)

A perfect, short un-love song with a simple, looping chorus.

4.) Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name (1992)

For everyone who's ever jumped about to this at a rock club as a teenager (or an adult!). The chorus, especially the last one, lulls you into a sort of hypnotic state. 

5.) Cypress Hill - I Wanna Get High (1993)

A track about wanting to get stoned with a chorus that sounds alarmingly like it came out of your brain when you were already so mashed that you couldn't see straight. A pretty creepy song. See also: the film Shrooms. 

6.) LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great (2007)

A song about a ghost, in some sense anyway. 

The real goose-pimply bit comes at the end, with the repeat of the line 'When someone great is gone'. 

7.) Elbow - Grace Under Pressure (2003)

Beautiful, amazing song. Don't want to ruin it with words, so just watch this video. 

Tracklisting in full:- 

1.) Tommy James & The Shondells - Crimson & Clover
2.) Jimmy Eat World - A Praise Chorus
3.) Therapy? - Screamager
4.) Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name
5.) Cypress Hill - I Wanna Get High
6.) LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great
7.) Elbow - Grace Under Pressure

Non-Scary Post.

There is no Urban Dictionary entry for 'Non-Scary Post' and this is sad. There should be. I will now create my own, here, for you:-

Non-Scary Post [nuhn skair-ee pohst]
Adj. Noun? Erm...

1. Post you receive that is not a bill, statement or other post that when picked up off the doormat prompts the response 'argh!' because you know it's going to tell you that you owe money or have no money or are otherwise poor and rubbish. 

2. Correspondence that your friends and family send you, often a letter or postcard but sometimes picture or small gift

3. Post that makes you smile and say 'hooray'. 

4. Post that comes in bright, glittery packaging.

Yesterday I was feeling grey, because it was a grey day. I opened the front door and sitting on the mat was some very happy non-scary post.

A beautifully giftwrapped bespoke necklace I had ordered from handmade jewellery company Stars n Scars  accompanied by little sweets. 

The little, out of the ordinary things can put a big grin on your face. 

As I type this, I'm chewing on a raspberry flavoured Maoam that I didn't expect to receive. 

And the necklace is awesome too, proudly displaying the town where I grew up. 

Next time you send something through the post, bung a chewy sweet in there. You'll probably make someone's day. 

Thursday, 18 October 2012

UNdane Photographs:- Paris in Colour

On a Ryanair flight to Stockholm in February this year, I got to reading the inflight magazine. I don't know why. It was there. I was probably looking for the drinks menu. Whatever. But it turned out, there were some really interesting features. Including one about a photographer who was releasing a book called Paris in Color. The idea was so simple and the pages so lovely that I had to tear them out and keep them:-

There was also a blue one, which my friend Tim has.

I went to Paris this week, armed with camera, Metrocard and feet, and decided to try my own Paris colour collage. Paris in the autumn turned out to be absolutely FULL of colour, and despite the weather forecast showing rain, rain rain, the sun came out.

I've started off with blue, seeing as that's the page I'm missing...

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Scrapbooking Odd Business Cards.

I would like to start my own business, but only so I could have an awesome business card. 

Here are some of the most colourful and some of the most odd I've picked up recently, at tattoo shops, Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair and The London Tattoo Convention.

Monday, 8 October 2012

UNdane Monday: Photographs of People in Front of Walls.

I'm no good at portrait photography, although my friend Giada is so you should have a look at her photos here (click).

However, I have learned, or maybe just decided, that putting a person in front of a wall, with some natural light and a pose, is simple and brilliant.

Some of my favourite ones:- 

1 - Becky Black, Trafalgar Square Oct 2012
2 - Dave Owen, at home, 2009
3 - Sheldon K Goodman, City of London, Jan 2010
4 - Sarah Jarrett, Penge (London), Aug 2008
5 - Giada Garofalo, South Bank (London), July 2009
6 - Hatty Ashdown, North London, April 2010
7 - David Davis, Shoreditch (London), August 2010

Photographs by Iris Jones 

Thursday, 4 October 2012

UNdane Postcards:- Tattoos, Pop Art & Forestry

I'm finding it hard to fit my postcard collection in the box I keep it in. It might be time to start sending some out to my unsuspecting friends. Want a postcard? Let me know!

Here are some postcards I've picked up over the past couple of weeks from Dulwich Picture Gallery in south London, the London Tattoo Convention and Bedgebury Forest in Kent, England.

1 - The Andy Warhol Portfolios, Dulwich Picture Gallery
2 - The Andy Warhol Portfolios, Dulwich Picture Gallery
3 - IntoYou Tattoo London
4 - 'Tomas 108'
5 - Bedgebury Forest

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Mixtape Wednesday: Mundane Lovely

A midweek mixtape made up of songs that are all about mundane things.

The Divine Comedy - National Express:- it's now impossible to get on a coach without singing this song.

Stereophonics - Too Many Sandwiches:- from their 1998 debut Word Gets Around, about life in a small Welsh town. This is about a wedding, without the romance. With awesome guitars.

The National - Apartment Story:- released in November 2007. I guess this song is open to interpretation, but I've always sort of thought it was about a couple getting used to one another and growing old together. One of the most romantic songs I know, actually.

Grandaddy - AM 180:- from 1998. A song that perfectly encapsulates, in my mind anyway, how life doesn't have to be exciting in order to be exciting. When you're with the right people.

'We'll sit for days

And talk about things

Important to us like whatever

We'll defuse bombs

Walk marathons

And take home whatever together'

Green Day - Church on Sunday:- from Warning (2000). My favourite song on the album. There's a good interpretation of the song here:- 'If you live with me I'll die for you' (click me).

Radiohead - Meeting in the Aisle:- it's quite difficult to determine this as a song about something mundane given that it's entirely instrumental. But because of the title, I always think of two people meeting in the supermarket at midnight. Or peeping at each other from between the shelves in a record shop.

The Strokes - Ask Me Anything :- a song literally about saying nothing. And total nonsense. And it's utterly brilliant.

Paolo Nutini - New Shoes:- A song about shoes. And how something as simple as shoes can cheer you up.

Run DMC - My Adidas:- A rap about shoes. Even better. Awesome video too. Slight product placement. If you look carefully.

Gogol Bordello - Start Wearing Purple:- My friend Leon introduced me to this song a few years ago.

'So...it's a song about....wearing purple?'

Tracklisting in full:-

1. The Divine Comedy - National Express
2. Stereophonics - Too Many Sandwiches
3. The National - Apartment Story
4. Grandaddy - AM 180
5. Green Day - Church on Sunday
6. Radiohead - Meeting in the Aisle
7. The Strokes - Ask Me Anything
8. Paolo Nutini - New Shoes
9. Run DMC - My Adidas
10. Gogol Bordello - Start Wearing Purple

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this mistape by suggesting songs.

Photograph by Iris Jones Photography

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Tattoo Stories:- Geek Tattoos at the London Tattoo Convention

This past weekend I was at the London Tattoo Convention, getting lost and drinking bourbon. As the owner of a couple of awesome geeky tattoos, I was on the lookout for more geek ink. Here's what I found:-

And lastly, Godzilla. Because - Godzilla rules.

I don't know the names of the artists or the nice people that agreed to pose for me. If you see yourself or your work, let me know so I can credit you here.