2013 COMING TO A CLOSE
New album in progress. Until then…
16, December 2013
Photo by A. Benge.
HO HO HO. It’s that time of year again! To ensure you all have a fun, funky, and festive holiday season, I have hefted off a maximum slab of holiday mixtapes for you. The first mix is brand new for 2013, and the second mix was originally curated for Leeds Music Scene’s 2010 Advent Calender*. The suggested dosage is to place these mixes onto two sides of a good-quality C90 cassette tape, pop it in your Walkman, mosey on over to your friend’s Xmas party or your grandma’s Christmas lunch, and blow their minds with the fact that good holiday music actually exists. Thriving:
In other news, this year has been extremely productive. Even though you may not have noticed, as I have been taking a break from playing shows, I’m currently putting the finishing touches on writing a load of new songs for an upcoming album**. Some of you may have heard versions of a few of these songs if you came to my Sonic Cauldron concert at Left Bank Leeds this past April. I was so pleased to see so many people out that night and to have the opportunity to play alongside some of my favourite fellow Leeds musicians. Now to get it on wax, my new year’s resolution.
If you scroll down to the next post, you’ll also see I released a few live performance videos this year that I’m pretty proud of. Have a look, and keep your eye out on Tweets and Facebooks early next year because I haven’t yet released them all into the wild. If you sign up for the mailing list to (to the right), you’ll be the first to know about it!
Finally, I haven’t just been listening to Christmas music. Here’s some albums released this year I particularly enjoyed:
> Mice Parade – Candella (FatCat)
> These New Puritans – Field Of Reeds (Infectious)
> Dosh – Milk Money (Graveface)
> Sky Larkin – Motto (Wichita)
> Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II (Jagjaguwar)
> Overseas – S/T (Self-Released)
> Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away (Bad Seed Ltd.)
> Retribution Gospel Choir – III (Chaperone)
> Scout Niblett – It’s Up To Emma (Drag City)
> Pick A Piper – S/T (City Slang)
> Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light (Constellation)
> The Appleseed Cast – Illumination Ritual (Graveface)
> Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt (Wichita)
> Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven (Warp)
> Sam Amidon – Bright Sunny South (Nonesuch)
> The Field – Cupid’s Head (Kompakt)
> Peals – Walking Field (Thrill Jockey)
If you like this stuff, support these musicians; go to their shows, buy their records and keep on living.
Here’s to 2014!
* the download link on the LMS page is old an broken, but you can attempt to download it here.
** sometimes this stuff takes a little while when you’re only one guy and not a band with an army of publicists.
*** In a completely unrelated note, I also wrote about some beers I drank and enjoyed in 2013.
… NEW VIDEOS, PT. 2
More live sessions from UK/EU tour late 2012
8, June 2013
Here are the next few live Juffage videos being released this month. First, from the same Attic Addict session at La Malterie in Lille, is the track “HHV”. Also, a new song “Fate’s Gone Away”, live in Don Benito, Spain, at the Rincón Pio Sound. Stay tuned for more videos in this series, filmed by traveling camera-operator Max-Louis Raugel. Stay classy.
A MONTH OF NEW VIDEOS!
Live sessions from last year’s EU tour, finally revealed…
24, May 2013
Well, well well. Here we have the highest-quality Juffage videos to ever hit the world wide web. Over the next month, I will be debuting a new live video each Friday afternoon. To keep up with this gradual unraveling of information, head over to the Juffage Facebook & Twitter pages. Make sure to give them a ‘like’ or a ‘follow’, and all will be revealed.
26/04/2013: SONIC CAULDRON
A unique one-off curation of new material @ Left Bank Leeds
20, February 2013
Hello, everybody! I’ve been very busy working on new material since returning from my tour in December. I will play many of these new songs live for the first time at Left Bank Leeds on April 26th, my only concert of 2013. These one-off interpretations will be performed with fellow Leeds musicians, including Katie Harkin (Sky Larkin & Wild Beasts) and Tom Evans (Vessels). Surrounding the audience with an array of loudspeakers, guitar and bass amplifiers, ghettoblasters, and Leslie speaker cabinets, the cavernous space of Left Bank will become an instrument in its own right.
Here is a short teaser video, which should give you some insight into what exactly is going on here:
I’m very excited about this, to say the least. Tickets are currently available online from Jumbo, Crash, and in person at the Brudenell for just £5 in advance. Click on the links to buy now! Woohoo!!!
Also, there is a Facebook event here. Please feel free to share and spread the word. Hope to see you soon!!!
2012 IN SUMMARY
I’ve toured a lot. What’s next…
15, December 2012
Photo by Djavanshir. N.
What a year! I’ve played loads of great shows, amazing festivals, and just finished up a huge UK/EU tour. Thanks to all the incredible people that helped make it happen, and to everyone who came out to a show along the way. Hope you were able to make it to one. I couldn’t have done it alone, even though I’m alone (if you know what I mean). Gratitude!
I’m now trying to track down any photos, videos, or reviews from any of my shows from this year. If you filmed, photographed, or reviewed anything, please send me an email and let me know! And please keep your eyes on this page, as there will be some new live videos popping up very shortly. Thanks a bunch!
Finally, I have returned from tour with very few vinyl. If you still haven’t picked up a copy of Semicircle and would like one, head over to the Juffage Webstore ASAP. They won’t last long!
I’m taking a break from doing any shows for a while to work on recording another album. I will, however, do ONE show this year in Leeds, at the fabulous Left Bank. I’m composing a special one-off ambisonic performance utilizing the enormous space of Left Bank, and way too many speakers and amplifiers to fill it. There will be some very exciting supports announced soon, whom I’m not allowed to mention yet. But rest assured, it’s going to be exciting.