Archive for March, 2010

Small Press Comics Ahoy!

March 19, 2010

Ok, this should interest the exciteable arts’n’crafts/DIY comics lovers amongst you. The 7th annual UK Web And Mini Comix Thing takes place in London on Saturday 27th March, and it promises to be a corker. Travel, ticket and event info are up on the site.

Like every year, WHTB is seriously planning to go along. Unlike every other year, WHTB is sincerely hoping to actually make it this year. Expect a full report, should the trip come off.

This seems as good a time as any to recommend a favourite small press comic. Liverpool’s Square Eyed Stories has been going fo rover a decade now, and maintained a consistent level of aceness throughout that time. Here’s some choice cuts from WHTB hero Jim McGee:

and:

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Alex Chilton 1950-2010

March 18, 2010

Ok, WHTB can’t claim to be the biggest of Big Star fans. Like so many bands, they existed somewhere on the periphery of my musical consciousness; always a hazy figure somewhere in the distance, forever referenced by favourite acts and alluded to by wiser heads in hushed, reverential tones.

I figured that one day I’d get round to a more thorough investigation. The handful of tracks I have heard are sweet (but not saccharine) doses of beautiful pop music that conjure up images of young American men with bowl cuts searching for the perfect harmony, the perfect good time, the perfect 3 minutes. They’re the soundtrack to the best ever road movie we’ll never see.

Suddenly Alex Chilton is no longer with us. He’ll forever remain a friend I should have made but never managed to – because isn’t that the sort of relationship we as listeners strive to create with our favourite songs? They’re always there to cheer us up when we’re down, share a beer with us, or get us up and dancing… yeh, that’s the sort of friendship I want. I’m just sorry that it’s taken til now for me to want to try to get to know this guy. As afogoofideas said elsewhere on the internet, “I hate that his death should give me some kind of impetus to do that.”

But c’est la vie. And, bien sur, la mort. At least there’s a wealth of stuff for me, you and everyone else to explore.

Here’s a song i already know i love:

RIP

Absence

March 13, 2010

Over a month since the last post… i’m slipping already.

Anyway, fans of cute pop records with boy-girl vocals should be ecstatic to learn that thoroughly ace Liverpool trio Meow Meow have finally released something. I Wonder What Went Wrong is a free download available through top indiepop label WIAIWYA as part of their monthly singles club, and it’s backed by a nifty cover of Go Sailor’s Ray Of Sunshine. Lovely stuff all round, and well worth your perusal. Get it while it’s hot!

Personally, WHTB deeply loves this band. They’re cute as a bug’s ear, instantly loveable and catchy as hell. The sound of pop music falling out of a tree to tell you it loves you, before running back into the woods to hide again.

(As ace as Meow Meow are, it should be noted that Mark also spends a lot of time on the road with Earache thrash-punks SSS and Down And Outs, both of whom are a bit louder but no less awesome).