Thursday, February 25, 2010

And speaking of last November's gig, the next installment of the GoodnightLondon in association with Pennyblackmusic will be at the Half Moon Herne Hill in south London.

Television Personalities (album launch)
The Pony Collaboration
Of Arrowe Hill (album launch)
The Rebel
and compère Spencer Robertshaw
Preview of bands here

Plus DJs till late and record stalls

Saturday March 20th 2010
Doors 8pm
First act on 8:15
£5 in advance from
£7 on door
The Half Moon Herne Hill
10 Herne Hill Lane, London, SE24
Nearest Overground: Herne Hill (and 10 minutes walk from Brixton Underground)
Bus services and map are here

Be there or be square

Monday, February 22, 2010

After his performance at the Pennyblackmusic (in conjunction with Goodnight London) gig night last November at the Brixton Windmill, The European returns...

According to TFL's website, on the Underground this weekend no less than eight lines were either at least partially suspended or completely closed, leaving only three lines with a fully running, non-interrupted service. Those tourists eager to visit Camden Town and those dreadful, never-ending shops selling “I Went to London and Got Ripped Off for this Crap T-Shirt” or somesuch would have been perturbed to find that the Camden Town station wasn’t in action at all this weekend. The result must have led to Mornington Crescent station nearby resembling the gates of Hades. Likewise Brick Lane, now a tourist mecca and affected by the Circle Line (even if other lines serve Liverpool Street, and Aldgate East and Bethnal Green stations are relatively nearby).
There’s no doubt that modernising needs to take place on the oldest system in the world, given that the Underground infrastructure appears to be as riddled with holes as French Gruyère cheese. But when it does so, it means that people are forking out money to use a non-existent service. The Bus Replacement Services may be fine for travelling short distances; but long ones can be excruciating experiences, involving much gnashing of teeth and mounting feelings of dread as said bus trundles through never-ending weekend traffic, your eventual destination ever further off.
Yet at the same time, we endure tube fairs rising, which makes a mockery of the idea that the most expensive transport system in the world* should only charge what it does if it’s able to provide an equitable and appropriate service. And with only two years to go towards the Olympics, the prolonged closure of the Victoria line every other weekend means that visitors will find it difficult to see other parts of the city when 2012 rolls on - this on top of all the other line's closures.

*yes I know that link is three years out of date, but it still stands as far as I know...

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A short message to say that if anyone fancies coming down tomorrow night (Sunday 14th), I'll be playing analogue synth in 'The Synth-Off' at the Foundry, 86 Great Eastern Street, EC2, alongside members of NOW, The Stella Marris Drone Orchestra, The Rude Mechanicals, and others. Free, 8pm.