Friday Photo Blogging: Russian Circles

Here’s one of the bands I rushed off early last Friday to see: Russian Circles.

Russian Circles

Review is written but not published yet (goes live tomorrow), but suffice to say they were very good, as were co-headliners These Arms Are Snakes. My photographs, however, were pretty rubbish – bad lights, no pit, no space, wrong lens, no talent. The one above was a serendipitous find which sums up the, er, mind-bending vibe of Russian Circles quite well.

Also – double cutaway Les Paul? WANT. And his pedal bank was ZOMFGawesome.

Writing about music

Getting into a nice rhythm of incoming work with my two volunteers now. Makes for dull reading here on FPB, but makes for a much nicer life in general for me. 🙂

Album of the week

Because of the way the dates fall for these things, I’ve not actually had one of my own reviews go live this week. So once again we’ll take the route of bigging up an album from the archives that’s been on heavy rotation recently[1] – namely Alpine Static by Kinski. If you want to know where Aeroplane Attack get a lot of our inspiration, check that one out.

Writing about books

Steampunk antho review still not finished due to work circumstances[2]. Soon.


Preliminary phase of The Pretty Big Project is complete, in that the client has seen the sandbox version, likes the way it works and has a detailed list of cosmetic changes to be made. This is all good.

Finally got the artwork for That Other Pending Project earlier this week, too, so I can get to working on that sooner rather than later.

Plus I’ve been offered a wee bit of copywriting for the site of a local web developer, which is good news. But between discussing that and working on the above projects, time has been scarce (as always). Still, better busy with an income than the opposite, AMIRITE?


It’s been a pretty positive week at Futurismic, all told – some good posts from the team, Mac’s latest essay got a reasonable stream of comments without any serious crankery (including an appearance by Rudy Rucker himself!), and we’ve got two new stories on which the purchase process is already rolling, with another two waiting on rewrites. Huzzah!

Books and magazines seen

After the recent drought, a veritable influx! First, a new double-header review job for Vector in the form of two titles by Paul Melko, Singularity’s Ring and The Walls of the Universe:

Singularity's Ring - Paul Melko The Walls of the Universe - Paul Melko

A brief glance at a few pages suggests they’re YA novels, and if so I’m surprised not to find that being trumpeted from the jacket blurb (y’know, what with YA being the new black, the new rock’n’roll and the new science fiction all at once, allegedly[3]). We shall see. Singularity’s Ring sure has a nice sensawunda cover, though.

Here’s a little shocker from Penguin – Toby Litt has decided to take a crack at ‘classic sci-fi’ – which in this instance seems to mean Journey Into Space, a generation/seed ship story. More fuel for the ‘mainstreamers stealing our wockets!’ rants, if nothing else.

Journey Into Space - Toby Litt

My hardback copy of the first trade collection of Warren Ellis‘s Doktor Sleepless[4] has also arrived! w00t!

Doktor Sleepless: Engines Of Desire - Warren Ellis

And to complete this week’s incoming batch, Interzone #219:

Interzone #219

Plenty to read, then. 🙂


Good grief, it’s nearly December – how did that happen? Time flies when you’re having fun, so they say, and I guess it must be true, but a few more chances to breathe (and do things like read and write and play guitar for pure pleasure) wouldn’t go amiss. But I have plans afoot. Plans, I tell you.

And talking of plans, I think my unprecedented feat of managing fifty lengths at the swimming pool today means I’ve earned myself a Friday Curry – I’ve not had one yet this month, so why the hell not? So on that note, I’ll bid you all a good weekend – auf weidersehn!

[ 1 – Yeah, I’d have made an awesome local radio DJ for the night shifts. ]

[ 2 – Believe me, I’m as sick of mentioning it as you are reading me mentioning it. This weekend, hopefully. ]

[ 3 – It’s a marketing bracket, isn’t it? ]

[ 4 – If Transmetropolitan was Ellis bigging up Hunter Thompson, I suspect Doktor Sleepless could stand accused of doing the same for Bill Hicks. Or maybe I’m overweighing a couple of throwaway references… anyway, read it – it’s very good. ]

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