How writers write

March 25, 2015

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Every writer has their own unique approach to getting from Idea to Finished Thing. A few weeks I was asked by the SF novelist Tony Ballantyne to describe how I tackle the writing process for a regular feature on his website. If you’re interested in that sort of thing (and you should certainly read Keith Brooke’s […]

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The 3D Effect

March 25, 2015

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So last night murnie had our first in-a-proper-rehearsal-room band rehearsal for a while. I say a while, we worked out that the last time was just before Simon’s eldest kid–who just turned five–was born. We’ve not been entirely idle in that time of course: there’s been recordings and the occasional songwriting session, but getting all […]

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Introducing: The DIY Listening Group

March 20, 2015

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Introducing a new group dedicated to the discussion of the indiest of indy music: the Bandcampistas, the Soundcloud collective,  the DIY stuff recorded in kitchens and backrooms, the Low Fi recordings that don’t get distribution or airplay or any kind of love–or even notice–at all, but might, just might, contain a gem of a song, a […]

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The Pop Group

March 19, 2015

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Just read an excellent article by indie music net label, Eardrums Pop, which nails the key difficulty faced by indie/home/DIY bands and music producers. That of getting feedback on your music. Any kind, at all. From likes and retweets to comments, mentions and honest to god reviews, every single piece of feedback is more greatly valued […]

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Obliques

March 17, 2015

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Over the last few weeks I’ve been enjoying the slow reanimation of wur band. It’s been packed away up in the creative attic for a while (because..life) but now we’ve been working on some new songs and are well on the road I hope to getting them into a shape for recording and playing live. I say new […]

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A Taste Of Black Honey

March 2, 2015

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This is a straightforward plea, to those of you who have wider music knowledge than me.  I’m looking for info/links/anything on a band called Black Honey. Here, let me explain why: Round about this time of year I start putting together my playlist for getting to know the bands I’ll be able to see at ex-Stag […]

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For a limited time only…

February 18, 2015

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Prompted by the BSFA award nomination, the very lovely people over at Spacewitch (and Amazon) are offering the ebook edition of The Moon King at a ridiculously low price. £1.99 – That’s literally as cheap as chips in many places these days. And if your preference is for paper books, Spacewitch are dropping the paperback price […]

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