Delighted to announce that the work I did for The McManus last year has been pressed to vinyl.Read More
Jamie and I have made another CARBS album.
Well, it's an ep, but I feel like an album's worth of work went into it...
It's called YouTubular Bells.
We talked it through, track by track, with The Skinny, if you'd like to read our foremost thoughts about it's creation.
And we'll be celebrating the release with a couple of live shows.
Fri 8th June @ The Glad Cafe, Glasgow
Sat 9th June @ Henry's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh
Come along and embed yourself in the comments section.
Some of you may remember my song about Die Hard from last Christmas, when it came out on Song, by Toad Records in the lesser employed industry format of Lego John McClane housed in a snowglobe tree bauble.
Some of you may not.
Either way, the wonderful comedian Bec Hill has breathed new life into the song by creating one of her incredible pop-up books for it.
You can experience her first rate paper-sorcery below.
Since she posted it on Thursday, it has been retweeted by the actual freaking screenwriter of Die Hard who said, and I quote "THIS IS AMAZING". His caps, not mine. Unreal.
Anyway, if you're into Christmas, I hope you have a lovely one.
Many thanks for your support this year. Hugely appreciated. It was a total belter.
See you in 2018 x
Been having the time of my life working on a commission for The McManus Galleries in Dundee.
I'll be performing some of it from the top of their external steps on Nov 25th, bathed in beautiful projections by Biome Collective.
Can. Not. Wait.
Had a chat with The Skinny about it, which you can read HERE
My soundtrack to Missing Episode is now available from my bandcamp.
Working on Missing Episode was an absolute joy.
Ross sent me the featured Eastenders episode earlier this year and while he was combing it for poetic significance, I was combing it for sound.
I went through the episode scene by scene and made a little musical sketch for each, using the sounds and rhythms therein.
As a result, there is a lot of material that didn't end up being used in the final piece or developed further, but we thought it'd be fun to put it out there and illustrate part of the process.
I ran out of some sizes way too quickly on the Restless tour so, as promised, here's a chance to get your hands on one.
Available in Grey or White, S / M / L / XL. Illustration by the wonderful David Galletly.
Pre-orders will close as soon as they reach the minimum viable number, so you may want to act quickly, and then turnaround time is approx 2 weeks.
Good luck and Ta very much!
ps. If anyone outside the UK is interested, give me a shout and I'll get you a p&p quote.
EDIT: Pre-orders are now closed but the rest of the run are available below. When they gone, they gone.
If you pre-ordered one, thaaaaanks!
Missing Episode, an amazing piece of theatre by Ross Sutherland for which I made the music, is now available to watch on the iPlayer.
It is very much the kind of work that rewards repeat viewings, so I suggest you rinse it while it's up there.
Delighted to share the video for my new single 'Restless' (out on Song, by Toad Records 6/10/17) by Mario Cruzado. Had a pure lovely time making this. Huuuge thanks to Mario, Jo, Greg and Bridget.
You can pre-order the single HERE
Single launch shows, October 2017: 5th: EDINBURGH, Voodoo Rooms / 6th: STIRLING, Tolbooth / 7th: GLASGOW, Hug & Pint / 9th: LONDON, Servant Jazz Quarters
Tickets available HERE
Very happy to announce that I'll be playing a few shows in October which will coincide with the release of a single and something happening on your telly - but more news on that later.
Tickets on sale from 10am Friday 28th July. Links to follow shortly.
photo in the poster by the wonderful Andy Catlin : www.andycatlin.com
At the end of every year, I do a mix of some of my favourite tracks over the previous 12 months. I became a dad in 2016. At a few days old, my son was the colour of a hotdog and his skin was so soft, it was like touching a bin bag.
Featuring: Paddy Steer / Glamour Muscle / Glamour Muscle / Grimes / Luke Abbott / Jon Hopkins / Concrete Antenna / Radiohead / Anderson .Paak / Romare / Machinedrum / Bill Ryder-Jones / Vinyl Williams / BADBADNOTGOOD / Lomond Campbell / Monster Rally / Adam Beattie / Kaytranada / The Shacks / Jay Rolex & MC Almond Milk.
A few bits of Christmas-related biz.
FIRSTLY, I have a track coming out on a split Christmas single with eagleowl. We have both written (very different but equally festive) songs about the film Die Hard and Song, by Toad is releasing them via Lego-John-McLean-Snow-Globe.
You can purchase those from Song, by Toad's bandcamp.
The song is also available via Shelter Scotland, on their Home For The Holidays songbook/compilation with all proceeds going to the charity.
SECONDLY, I am performing in A Christmas Carousal at Platform, Glasgow on Dec 20th alongside Kathryn Joseph, Babe (solo) and specials guests C Duncan and Tommy Reilly. I'll be tickling my guitar again and Gav Thomson will be enhancing it infinitely with synth / horn / BVs.
THIRDLY, I have a few copies of this left. The ultimate stocking filler for a special guitar-playing someone in your life.
Happy Holidays, pal. Have fun. Be kind x
I've made an album using only sounds from my kitchen.
It's called Kitchen Sync.
It's out now on Song, by Toad Records.
As well as digitally, it's going to be available with a limited edition set of 4 hand-made fridge magnets.
You can order these directly from Song, by Toad HERE
Each one of these magnets is unique because they were all cut directly out of a stomach-churning 80s cookbook. There are no two the same. Inside each set, I have even gone to the trouble (and believe me it was painstaking) of including the name of the dish from which each magnet was taken.
I must stress that the combinations (or menus) were chosen for what looked good together rather than what would taste good together but I did spread it out so that every set includes 4 different types of dish. The categories are: soups, salads & starters, meat dishes, poultry dishes, fish dishes, vegetable dishes, supper dishes, savouries & snacks, puddings & desserts, cakes & baking.
That said, there are a couple of special sweet tooth sets entirely comprised of puddings.
EDIT: The magnet sets have now sold out. Soz.
Here is a vid of me sitting in Toad's kitchen talking briefly about how I made each track, featuring animations from the amazing David Galletly.
I also spoke to The List about the album if you want to give that a read.
"In summer 2014, Peter was whisked away on tour with The Kills and I had a few festival dates in the diary. Rather than have someone sit-in and try to approximate the chemistry Peter and I have built up over the last few years in a short space of time, I decided to put together an entirely different setup with some pals in an even shorter space of time."
The result was Jonnie Common and The Wheeled Warriors. We only played 4 shows but I was really happy with the "guitar band" arrangements so I'm glad we managed to capture them for posterity and your listening pleasure.
'JC and The Wheeled Warriors - live from Kyros' (JWC013) is a 9 song / 36min live recording only available for now as a homemade 18-ish page guitar tab book / zine which comes with a CD-r and a free glow-in-the-dark plectrum. The zines will also be signed and numbered.
1. Shark // 2. So-called Summer // 3. Crumbs // 4. Shogun // 5. Binary 101 // 6. Hand-Hand // 7. Figurehead-Wet Wednesday // 8. Infinitea
I'll be making these to order so please allow 3-5 days for dispatch.
It wouldn't be a Carbs video without some form of copyright infringement. Here's the one I've made for 'Infinite Ammo'. Seems appropriate to publish it today.
The album is available to purchase from the Save As bandcamp and there are still a few of the limited physical "pizza box" editions left if you're feeling peckish.
Happy Hallowe'en! x
"Did I misspend my youth? A part of me actually feels like I've been in the rooms of Resident Evil 2."
I can't stress how special today was. I can't stress how momentous today will come to be. We are tired. We are emotional. We are skint. But today Peter, Jamie and I completed the Wes Borland Farm Shop Challenge, taking in all 3 Westmorland Farm Shop services in the one day.