Rob and I will be DJing at Ikon Eastside’s closing party this Friday. Entitled A Blonde Farewell, it takes inspiration from the gallery’s fInal exhibition of 2010, AVPD’s Hitchcock Hallway. Alfred Hitchcock is renowned for films featuring blonde leading women such as Grace Kelly, Kim Novak and Tippi Hedren. Music, light and atmosphere will all play with notions of mistaken identity and voyeurism.
Optional dress code: blonde / white wigs
Friday 3 December, 8pm–Late – Free entry // Ikon Eastside, 183 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5
Colour updates coming soon – apologies for the lack of new posts of late.
We’re sad to announce that the Fuzzy Lights & My Autumn Empire show that was due to take place on 2 November at The Victoria will not go ahead due to unforseen circumstances. Massive apologies for any inconvenience caused.
We’ll post an update about the future of Colour’s live shows closer to the new year, but meanwhile, the blog will be updated as usual and we hope to see you at the VIVID’s Nightmare Before Christmas party in December.
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Taken together, these songs show that the post-punk pop normally tagged as ‘twee’ or seen as fey shoegaze was pretty barbed beneath the sugar-coated exterior. Enjoy, but don’t break a tooth.
The Shop Assistants – I Don’t Wanna Be Friends With You // Beat Happening – Knick Knack // Galaxie 500 – Pictures // Josef K – Sorry For Laughing // The Wedding Present – Gone // Mojave 3 – Bluebird Of Happiness // The Field Mice – Sensitive // Slowdive – Alison // Gang Of Four – Natural’s Not In It // Another Sunny Day – You Should All Be Murdered
I usually like to pretend Christmas isn’t happening till we’re well into those twelve hallowed days but I’m rather excited that we’ve been asked to DJ at VIVID’s Nightmare Before Christmas party on Saturday 18 December. The party closes VIVID’s LANGUAGE season which ends with work and performance by artist Aura Satz, whose work explores ghostly presence and illusions through performance and sound and is often focused on unusual sonic devices, early musical instruments and automata.
We’ll be putting together a set that will send a shiver down your spine and put a spring in your step – expect a hauntological journey filled with unnerving electronica, dark beats and spectral pop. The night will also feature sets by John Napier from Jugend Klub and Dan Le Trap from Speech Fewapy Records.
VIVID is located in a converted warehouse space in Digbeth and provides a resource for artists and curators in the form of commissions, residencies, exhibitions, publications, research, talks and touring activities.
8:30pm – Late // £5 – Tickets available here.
VIVID, 140 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR
As you may know, we’ll be hosting a performance by My Autumn Empire on 2 November, in support of new record The Village Compass. My Autumn Empire is the nom de plume of Benjamin Holton of epic45, who has been writing and recording under the name for over 8 years. Along the way, only a handful of songs have been released into the world – this album represents the first focused collection of material, penned between 2005 and 2008.
The record is themed around the concept of living an isolated existence in a remote village, but approached as “a dreamlike state of self imposed isolation” rather than with a feeling of alienated introspection. We have ‘The Approach Of The City’ to give you a brief glimpse into the album. Featuring intricate loops of fingerpicked guitar and hushed vocals, it details the encroachment of the unstoppable urban sprawl on the English countryside. Sensitive production and subtle use of field recordings and samplers augment Ben’s playing, drawing you further into the record’s pastoral world.
MP3: The Approach Of The City
The Village Compass is released on Wayside & Woodland Records. You can order it from Norman Records.
worriedaboutsatan played a stunning set for us in the depths of last Winter at ON/OFF, the Ikon Eastside closing party, playing a continuous fifty minute set of dramatic, state-altering ambient techno. Their 2009 debut Arrivals stands as one of my favourite British electronic records of recent years, so it’s great to hear All This Is For You Vol. 1 (.zip here), a free collection of b-sides, rarities and remixes from 2006 – 2010 which documents how they got to where they’re at.
We hope to have them back at Colour at some point soon.