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Block 9

My friend Steve is half of the London based duo called Block 9. Together with Gideon, he is the creative, production and logistical brains behind the jaw dropping venues ‘The NYC Downlow” and ‘The London Underground’.

2010 saw them take on a whole field at Glastonbury festival for the first time and create the most ambitious and best realised sets on the whole festival site.

Block9 Glastonbury 2010 from HAM on Vimeo.

Having helped with a few bits of graphics (the gnarly billboard included), I was lucky enough to go along to the sun drenched Glastonbury 2010 and see their creation in the flesh.

The disbelief on the faces of festival-goers as they entered the field to find not only a derelict 70’s New York side street, but also a ‘life size’ six story towerblock with a tube train crashed through the fourth floor was a total treat.

Bravo Steve and Gideon for your ambition, vision and attention to detail – and of course the team of hardcore grafting creatives that helped to pull off these amazing structures.

Roll on June!

March 2, 2011   No Comments


Beautifully shot short film from Oakland California. Scrapertown a mini movement keeping young ones out of of mischief based around decorating their bicycles.

Scrapertown from California is a place. on Vimeo.

” In order to become a member of the Original Scraper Bike Team, you must: Be a resident of Oakland, CA. Be at least 7y/o or older. Retain A 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA), Create your own Scraper Bike…(It Has To Be Amazing, Or Else You Can’t Ride.) A single-file line when riding. After 10 rides The Scraper Bike King and his Captains will decide if your bike is up to standards and if you can follow simple guidelines. After your evaluation we will consider you a member and honor you with an Original Scraper Bike Team Shirt.”

October 16, 2010   No Comments


I love this…

My talented friend and bandmate Lawrence (Log) Roper has just created this odd beauty.

Created for the Decked project by combining two of his passions skateboarding and music into a bespoke and playable Skuitar.

Bonkers brilliant!! I look forward to having a shred! ;)

August 19, 2010   No Comments

Health & Efficiency…

…is the band I play in.

Earlier in the year we recorded three tracks with our talented friend Matt Beckett. We now have them available to listen to on our H&E facebook page.

(You can listen without signing in if you’re not a facebook user.)
I’d love to know what you think of them…

Lee made the image for us.

July 23, 2010   No Comments

Supersonic 2009

What a weekend! A proper post soon but in the meantime check this amazing movie made from 1200 of Pete Ashton’s awesome TTV photos taken over the weekend.

Well done Pete for a) your ace pictures and b) the speed at which you’re sharing them with the world. :)

Also another massive Hooray for those lovely Capsule ladies. You rock!!

Lots more pics will appear here too. Tis good this t’internet thingymejig…

July 27, 2009   No Comments

Out of Babel

The Destroyers release their debut single today.

‘Out of Babel’ and ‘Where has the money gone?’ are available to buy from iTunes and the push to sell as many as possible during the first week of release, could edge this crazy band of maestros towards chart success. :)

Anyone who’s seen them live knows that this band mean business – armed with virtuoso playing and solid infectious rhythms they can render even the most static of audiences helpless to the urge to dance.

Recorded at Magic Garden studios with Gavin Monaghan, the single comes from their forthcoming debut LP,  due for release later in the year.

So, go on… for less than two english pounds, grab yourself an mp3 now and help this band toward the wider recognition they deserve.

We were fortunate enough to have an early line up of the Destroyers play our wedding… you’ve never seen a conga like it!! ;)

- so, here we go oh oohh… Out of Babel!

ps. the slightly unhinged looking chap with the white hair?…  yep, that’s my Pa! ;)

June 16, 2009   No Comments

Good books

I love this flickr set ‘Cover Versions’ by UK based designer Huw Gwilliams.

set overview

He’s taken lots of LP covers and treated them to look like Pelican book covers of yesteryear… very nice indeed.

Definitely worth a browse.

It’s a similar idea to the ‘I can read movies’ set  by Spacesick, that I first saw a while back. Classic films presented as 60s/70s style book covers. Brilliant stuff too.

June 13, 2009   1 Comment

If you don’t like city life, why choose city living?

Here’s a great little film made by ‘Project X‘ about some of the issues faced by landlords/licensees in Digbeth and Moseley regarding complaints about noise in their venues…

I remember when the complaint against the Spotted Dog was made someone (who I don’t remember off hand) made the point that it was like buying a canalside apartment and then complaining about the water being a hazard…

Choose city living cause you like City life?! (purleease!!) –
and as Mr T might say… shuddupfool!

May 18, 2009   2 Comments


Previously I blogged about this brilliant large scale painting – today Matt sent me the link to the lovely film he made of Lucy creating her gallery piece at Walsall New Art Gallery at the end of last year.

Beat13 / Lucy McLauchlan “Tacit” from Beat13 on Vimeo.

The film previewed at the brilliant Flatpack festival earlier this month on the big screen and now it’s on Vimeo for all to enjoy…

Also turn up the speakers cause the soundtracks ace!!

March 27, 2009   No Comments

Pull up your Keyboard…

and lets make some freakin Electro Boogie…

I like this Drum Set from Director Ron Winter.

Turn it up!!

NB: Each sample loops when the key is held down…

March 2, 2009   No Comments