Just as the year started kicking off work-wise, I was stricken with the flu. Highlights included four solid days of migraines and a false dawn a couple of days ago whereupon I delivered a guitar for sale to the city centre and just about ended myself. Symptoms have now died down to a mere wracking cough and occasional back wrenching sneeze, so it’s back to business.
I’m happy to tell you that the new Dog Moon Howl EP is called These Days and will be released (CD/download) during the month of March, which this year follows hot on the heels of February. The actual date is not yet set, but we’re planning an end-of-the-month launch gig in Glasgow, so, you know, expect it around the end of the month. Ish. More news on this soon, including a teaser track to be brought to you via the magic of YouTube.
Once that’s all sorted, The Craig Hughes Two will be releasing our mini-album, Off the Cuff, culled from a live-in-the-studio session we recorded late last year. With a running time just shy of a half hour, the tracks are a mixture of live regulars from m’back catalogue, now performed with significantly different duo-arrangements, and a couple of cover versions. We’re just waiting to get the licensing sorted out for the covers so we can decide on a release date – it will be available on CD and download; tape release TBC. A further update will follow once everything’s in place.
Things to have fallen significantly behind during this past near-fortnight of influenza induced inertia include blog updates and gig bookings, so I’ll be on those again properly as of later today. Expect some updates over at Ritual Objects of Sight and Sound and to the gig pages of www.craighughes.net and www.dogmoonhowl.com presently.
Well then, that’s another month by. Currently, I’m trying to restructure/streamline Channel Nowhere (as a businessman, I make a pretty decent guitarist and I’m afraid the whole thing has become rather onerous, not to mention messy).
There was supposed to be a whole big release for the re-master of Pennies On My Eyes but after months of dragging on it now seems more prudent to just get it out there. Physical copies will be available online in the next few days and from the next Craig Hughes Two gig which is at The Vestry in Dundee on Saturday July 2nd as part of the Almost Blue festival (8pm start).
In about a fortnight I’ll have some concrete news regarding more live work and a recording/release schedule for the rest of this year into 2017. Until then look for an update or two at the Ritual Objects … blog. Unless I decide to bin it, right enough.
So, 2016 currently looks like this:
My newish album Pennies On My Eyes is due to be released at the end of February. A completely new “solo” album is planned for the end of year. Other than that …
The Craig Hughes Two
We kicked off 2016 with a Glasgow gig at The Howlin’ Wolf earlier this month. We’re looking at recording an EP for release later in the year and hopefully a lot more live work.
Dog Moon Howl
We’re fresh from our first rehearsal of the year which turned into more of a songwriting session. The new stuff’s sounding promising, lots of AC/DC, Rush and Sabbath nods. We’re working up some covers as well. We’re planning on releasing two EPs in 2016, mid-year and end-of-year respectively.
Tapes For My Walkman and Tapes For My VCR continue to keep it analogue with a piece on Lemmy, Motörhead and No Sleep ’til Hammersmith HERE and one on Bowie’s Love You Till Tuesday HERE (I hadn’t noticed until just now that both of these “tribute” choices feature the word “till”. Or that Motörhead had misspelled it) and updates will be more frequent from February onwards. This here Channel Nowhere blog will also be updated a lot more regularly, largely because of the amount of stuff going on with the label etc.
I’ve got my work cut out with the completion of at least one large scale writing project and a documentary thingmy in the planning stages. There could potentially be a couple of other releases on Channel Nowhere throughout the year. Watch this space.