DiS In Photos: Mastodon & Thrash Hits reviews: Mike Patton

This week, a couple of new music things have appeared online. Firstly, my shots from Mastodon‘s thunderous pit stop in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne last week are up now on Drowned In Sound‘s In Photos section. Meanwhile, on Thrash Hits have another review from me. Geocidal is the debut of tētēma – that’s Mike Patton‘s intriguing new avant-garde collaboration with Anthony Pateras. Links and more below…

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Bits & Bobs: New Story, New Photos, New Reviews, New Blogs and New Bols

Back at the end of September, I drafted a Bits & Bobs post, due to go up the following week. I finished it all off, save leaving room for adding photos… and promptly forgot about it. Sorry folks! Busyness is no excuse, but needless to say, a bunch of stuff has happened since my last one of these. I’ve been a panelist at the biggest con I’ve yet attended. I’ve had my first experience of Redcoating. Alongside that, there’s a bunch of new articles and some photos online… I’m afraid this is a bit of a monster catch-up as a result, but hopefully worth a browse nonetheless.

 

NEW FICTION

An advance warning first – I’ve got a brand new story coming out in 2015. Fox Spirit has announced the latest in their Fox Pockets series.

FP Evil Genius Cover
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Photo Friday Thursday: Möngöl Hörde w/ Palehorse & Oxygen Thief

Möngöl Hörde at the O2 Academy 2, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne - 20th June 2014
Möngöl Hörde at the O2 Academy 2, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne – 20th June 2014

Continuing the tradition of Photo Any-Day-But-Friday, this week I’ve got some bonus shots for you. You might have heard of Frank Turner – he was the one playing folk guitar on the hill during Danny Boyle’s Olympics Opening Ceremony last year. You might not have heard of his other band, Möngöl Hörde. Completed by Matt Nasir (from Turner’s backing band The Sleeping Souls) and Ben Dawson (Turner’s former bandmate in Million Dead), they hit the road earlier this Summer with Oxygen Thief and Dawson’s other band Palehorse – including a date at Newcastle’s Academy 2.

I could tell you what a brilliant night it was, but you can actually find all my thoughts in the Thrash Hits review that I, err, didn’t actually realise was online. You can read it here:

http://www.thrashhits.com/2014/07/live-mongol-horde-newcastle-o2-academy-2-20-june-2014/


However, I also took some shots that night that didn’t end up making the final review. So I thought you lot might like a look. Enjoy!

Bits & Bobs: *UPDATED* The Lake Poets, Girl At The End Of The World, and Monuments

And SHAZAM – August! How did that happen? Things have been a bit quiet on the blog front, but that’s because things have been so busy on the work front. Hopefully more on that soon…

First, though, here’s a wee update on a couple few things published in the last few weeks.

NEW FICTION

THE GIRL AT THE END OF THE WORLD, Vol. 1 & 2
Fox Spirit Books
Feat. ‘Blueprint for Red Wings’

The Girl At The End Of The World, Vol. 1 - Girl variant cover
The Girl At The End Of The World, Vol. 1 – Girl variant cover


Out now. Spread across two volumes, this collection of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction includes stories from Adrian Tchaikovsky, James Oswald, Margret Helgadottir and many more. You’ll find my story ‘Blueprint for Red Wings’ amongst them.

There’s also two variant covers for each one – the one above is my favourite for volume 1. Available from the usual outlets…

NEW PHOTOS

The Lake Poets w/ Daniel Laidler
(EP launch night at the Mining Institute. A beautiful wee venue.)
http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4147992-in-photos–the-lake-poets-the-mining-institute-newcastle

The Lake Poets - The Mining Institute, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne,  June 2014
The Lake Poets – The Mining Institute, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, June 2014


Still to come… Photos of Blacklisters, Martha, General Sherman, the last ever Rivals set, Eliza Carthy, Fran Muriel, and rare By Toutatis shots.

Which reminds me, I’ve got a little question for you… You’ve been reading this blog for a while. Are there any bands, particularly in the North-East, that you reckon I should photograph? Give me a nudge on here or on twitter if you’ve got any thoughts.

*UPDATE* NEW REVIEW

Monuments – The Amanuensis
http://www.thrashhits.com/2014/07/album-monuments-the-amanuensis/

Monuments - The Amanuensis reviewed for Thrash Hits
Monuments – The Amanuensis reviewed for Thrash Hits


I knew I’d forget something.

That’s it. Now I reckon it’s time for a blog on what’s coming up… See you soon!

Bits and Bobs: EMF Half Marathon, ASFAR, Matt Pryor, Allison Weiss, Dogs playing Cards and more

 
Hi everyone! Here are a few odds and sods that have been gathering over the last couple of weeks…
 

  • It’s just under a week now to the Edinburgh Half Marathon, which you all know I’m running for the mental health charity Mind, right? I’m currently going through all your song suggestions for my Half Marathon playlist – there’s more than 70 RUDDY SONGS here – aren’t you lot splendid? I should be posting about the final shortlist in the next couple of days.

 

  • Meanwhile, there’s still time to donate to the main fundraising over on my Just Giving page. After Mental Health Awareness Week last week, the target is so close! If you can spare a donation, please head to http://www.justgiving.com/ruthruns-edinburgh/

 
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Blog Tour: Writers’ Blog Tour

It’s not just a clever name.

You may have seen the Writing Process Blog Tour that’s been doing the rounds recently. I’ve been tagged by Neil Williamson, who in turn was tagged by Liz Williams, and Claire Weaver before her. However, I also recommend checking out Nick Harkaway‘s one on this, and Libby McGuigan‘s, and Jacey Bedford‘s – or, indeed, any of the other Writing Process blogs that have been cropping up, as they’re really quite interesting.

While my answers are mostly about fiction writing, the last part also has a little something about my process when it comes to music and non-fiction work. While it fits here, there seemed to be little point in doing this for the other questions – “because I was commissioned to do it” seems somewhat churlish an answer. I’ve also tagged three folks who I’m hoping will provide three very different insights into their own media… But first things first.

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Bits’n’Bobs: Eastercon, Pet Slimmers, La Femme and Amber and Locktender

Hi all. The Maw of a Thousand Tomes, aka the Expanding Suitcase of Doom, is packed and ready for Eastercon in Glasgow this weekend. There’s just time for a bit of housekeeping before I go.

  • Firstly, here’s my schedule for Eastercon, where I’ll be at the launch of NewCon Press anthology La Femme, as well as my first ever panels across the weekend. Come say hi, if you’re about!

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