There’s been a fair amount of Channel Nowhere activity recently, what with a run of solo/duo Glasgow gigs at The Howlin’ Wolf and Dog Moon Howl gigs at The 13th Note and Ivory Black’s, while music and movie blogs Tapes For My Walkman and Tapes For My VCR have been increasingly finding their feet. Here’s what’s coming up.
There will be one more Dog Moon Howl appearance (with Jim Dead & The Doubters at their album launch at The 13th Note on December 4th) which unfortunately will be your last opportunity to see the band live this year. Bassist Bryan Campbell is having a knee operation which will put him out of commission for a while. I’m a bit fuzzy on the details but essentially I believe he’s having his existing, faulty, knees replaced with cloned gorilla elbows which will be fitted backwards so that he can walk like a mantis. Exciting stuff, but he will need some recuperation time afterwards, during which he hopes to complete the scale model of Tokyo he is building in his garage for destruction at a later date with his mutant mantis powers.
In the meantime, DMH drummer Ally Tennick and myself will be kicking the arse out of the live thing in our alt.roots/blues identity The Craig Hughes Two, including a turn for our friends at The Vagabond Social Club on September 27th at Nice’N’Sleazies, Glasgow. For other dates, watch this space, or head over to www.craighughes.net.
Mastering is the key word for this month. Work is underway on the remastering of Pennies On My Eyes which was originally a mini-album I put out about five years ago as part of the split CD (with Sleepy Eyes Nelson) Graveyard Full of Blues. I was never happy with the original master/mixes and, due to running-time constraints and release deadlines – not to mention my rank incompetence – there were a few tracks recorded at the time which were never completed and therefore left off of the finished product. Well, limited availability or not, Pennies went on to gain a bit of a life of its own. A ‘fan favourite’, it picked up good reviews, an award nomination, was a Bandcamp staff pick and so on. As a result, I’ve gone back to the original recordings and completed work on the unfinished tracks while properly mastering the whole project, now full album length. This will be released in October or November (the original having been unavailable for a while now).
Before that, though, I’ll be working on the mastering of that new album from Jim Dead & The Doubters which is due for a December release. I’ve heard the mixes and it’s good stuff – grungey, country-tinged rock.
Last time I did one of these news updates, I mentioned regular YouTube updates which have yet to start appearing. They will though. Honest. Also, towards the end of the year I’ll be laying the groundwork for a documentary project. More of that closer to the time.