Well now, it’s been a while hasn’t it? I missed another weekly update last weekend, what with all the madness going on round here it’s not surprising. It’s high time (sadly not High Times) that I updated you on recent events in my little world. I’ll try to cover a bit about last week as well but I can’t remember much of it now. This is the way of life when you have a Swiss cheese memory (I refer you again to the earlier bracketed link). So let’s get into it.
Last weekend I broadcast and recorded a very special episode of Rathole Radio, special because it featured the first live song by a guest on the show. I can finally say I had my first John Peel style session, well kind of. I was joined by lovely Irish band I Am Not Lefthanded for a chat and live performance, which sounded amazingly good over Skype I thought. The interview seemed to go well, they enjoyed it, I enjoyed it and it seems the listeners did too. You can’t say fairer than that. I released the podcast on Monday afternoon if you want to check it out, you know you want to. I’ve been trying to sort out my Ubuntu Studio machine in the last couple of weeks in order to route Skype through JACK and do all kinds of other such funky stuff. I haven’t quite mastered that yet but I did manage to use it for Linux Outlaws on Monday. We did the live show as usual in the evening. I worked on the audio on Tuesday afternoon and then sent it back to Fab for final editing. He released the show later in the week as episode 142 “Stroking The White Cat”.
OggCamp business has continued as ever in the last 2 weeks. I’ve been sorting out exhibitors and trying to get all the other stuff in place for the event. I’ve signed all the paperwork now and Tony has sent payment for the invoice. That means we’re pretty skint until some more sponsorship money works it’s way through the pipes, but we’ll manage. I need to find a qualified first aider to attend the event, source a big projection screen from somewhere and a million other niggly little jobs. Despite all this I’m still really excited and enthusiastic about how good this weekend will be. All the work is definitely worth it I’m sure. I’ve also been doing more preparations for the Rathole Radio gig on April 30th and ticket sales still need an injection of life. I’ve sold under half the 200 tickets so far, so if you’re thinking of coming please buy tickets in advance from the site. I think things will improve as we get closer to the event, they better or it’s gonna be costly. You live and learn though I guess. I got some posters for the gig designed by Scott from Bad Format and they look really good. I got them printed out in Staples of all places on Wednesday afternoon. I also went to Bromborough Folk Club in the evening and played a couple of songs. I need plenty of practice before the gig and it’s nice to play at the club again after so many years away. I plan to head down there a couple more times before the gig next month to sharpen up my skills. It’s also a good place to promote the gig. I noticed when playing live however that my guitar really needed some TLC. Over the weekend I’ve cleaned it up and replaced the strings, tested out the built in pick up for the first time in about 8 years and generally given it an overhaul. I only ever use it as an acoustic but I’ll need more volume for the gig. The club will also let me test that.
On Thursday I headed over to Liverpool to sign some paperwork at The Black-E and also distribute some posters for the gig in record shops and other places. I had mixed success and even got some very negative reactions in the Jacaranda. Not a pub I’ve ever frequented much but the barmaid told me in no uncertain terms they “don’t advertise gigs in other places”. Nice. Despite this I managed to get a few posters up in decent locations and retired to FACT for a coffee and some free wi-fi. I met up with some friends Adrian and Andy, then we went for pizza at the Albert Dock before Liverpool Twestival. The event went pretty well and it was good to catch up with friends. I was once again told I couldn’t distribute flyers for the gig though, other people had paid for the right to do that at the event apparently. I got the feeling it wasn’t really my day. I’m going to have to blitz promotion around Liverpool in the weeks before the gig though, whether people like it or not, hah!! With a hefty bill for putting the gig on I’d like to break even at all costs, pun intended. I have some backup plans to generate more cash, I may look into those soon.
On Friday I interviewed Phil Newborough creator of Crunchbang Linux and his wife Beccy for Linux Outlaws. Together with Fab we talked for about 2 hours and rambled on. It was fun though. You’ll be able to hear that very soon I hope. Yesterday I spent a fair bit of time fixing up the guitar and doing many other jobs. I also worked on the audio from the Crunchbang interview. Today has been quite quiet. My beloved Liverpool FC beat Sunderland 3-0 which I watched and enjoyed, I then edited the Software Freedom Law Show and got on with other work. I think that pretty much brings us up to date.
We’ll do Linux Outlaws live tomorrow night as always. I’m also intending to install SimplyMEPIS 8.5 on my laptop this week and begin distro hopping again in earnest. I’ve downloaded the install CD and backed up my data. It’ll be fun to get back into some serious reviewing. On Wednesday I may head to the folk club again and test out my newly polished guitar if time allows. I have tickets to see Jerry Dammers at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool on Thursday night and I’m really looking forward to that. I still need to find someone to go with me though and so far that hasn’t been easy. I’m amazed how many people don’t know who the founder of The Specials, 2 Tone Records and so many other things actually is. I’m sure I’ll find a willing gig partner eventually. There’ll also be more Rathole Radio at the weekend, so don’t miss that. I’m sure there’s a ton of other stuff I’ve missed but I think I’ve written enough for now. I’ll try to report back again in the next week. Exciting events are afoot and I will let you know all about them as soon as I can.
Stay safe out there and look after yourselves 🙂