Wednesday, 6 May 2015

The month of May and all the fun things it brings....

Just dusting the cobwebs off this blog! Posting is slow these days, I think now we are in the 5th month I can't blame my slowness on 'getting over working retail at Christmas' (note to self I can't keep using this excuse for all areas of life!)

We should be making a start on Sugar paper #15 right now, but we aren't, we half a list! maybe when the sun appears so will the zine!

I always look forward to May though, mostly because my birthday is the 1st and who doesn't love birthdays?!?!?

I started this month in Amsterdam, celebrating Alison's 30th birthday. I had a great time, looking at art, relaxing on canal boats, getting exited by things that glow under UV, hanging with friends!

I celebrated by birthday a day late with a trip to Jodrell Bank where I stood in fron of the Lovell telescope on the 2nd of May (<--- 90s="" a="" and="" because="" best="" by="" d="" ever="" fans="" film="" followed="" font="" for="" is="" juliet="" leo="" placebo="" reference="" right="" romeo="" sleepover="" the="" there="">

Now that is all over I can get excited (and ready!) for the rest of  May.
Seeing bands (The Julie Ruin and BABES IN TOYLAND!!!!!!) and soaking up zines! Sadly, as hard as I tried to fit it in, we won't be at DIY Cultures in London, but we will be at North West Zine Fest in Manchester!!!!!

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Space Knits!!!

I know the sun is out, but SPACE KNITS should always be in season!

Space knits I hear you say? Yes the latest collection from Kandy Diamond's Knit And Destroy is faaaaar out!

Scarves, cushions and non-knit brooches! space colours, sparkles and glow in the dark, what more do you want?


Saturday, 28 March 2015

So you want to be entertained?

This week I went to see Sleater-Kinney, twice and had the best time ever!

Last time I saw Sleater-Kinney was the second May Bank Holiday weekend in 2006. I had gone down to see them in Brighton and my friend Nick and I decided straight after the gig that we should hop on a coach and go and see them in Bristol the next day.
Little did I know then that it would be another 9 years since I travelled on a coach again, and 9 years til I saw Sleater-Kinney.

The few days leading up to the first gig I felt awful, like complete shit. I felt anxious, sick, lost my appetite and had a dodgy stomach. I last felt like this when I went to Morrisoncon in las vegas, I was hoping it was just the anxious excitement I always used to get before a gig I couldn't wait to attend and that if I still felt like this by Thursday I might have to go see someone.
It was just my body not handling what was about to come!

I first saw Sleater-Kinney in July 2000, with my penpal turned gig pal Holly. I was 16, she was 15. This was my third ever gig.
The gig was at Manchester's Roadhouse (where my previous two gigs had been in as many months). They were supported by Mary Timony and Valerie (a Manchester band that featured my soon to be bff Nick).
It was the sweatiest, gig I have ever been too. We were squashed at the front, falling over the monitors on to the stage as everyone sweated on each other, danced, sang and had the best time. We bounced around with our youthful energy (that always got us noticed by bands back then!) and Holly had her live saved by Janet Weiss when she handed her a bottle of water (Holly later kept that empty bottle for years, best thing ever).

Fifteen years on from the first time I saw them, here I was again with Holly and a rad bunch of others getting full on Kinney excitement.
Photo taken by the actual Police!

I managed to eat some pizza and cocktails and we headed to what I kept telling everyone was Manchester's most haunted building (it was on most haunted and my mum went unofficial drunk ghost hunting one time when she was at a club) Albert Hall.

We got there and I was surprised to see lot's of faces I didn't know. I realised I am no longer the youngest person at a Sleater-Kinney gig, I felt old!
We entered the huge chapel turned venue and I thought I have never seen Sleater-Kinney in a venue this big, only they could fuck off for almost a decade and come back bigger than ever.

They had lights, they had a fancy backdrop, they had a barrier, the ceiling was so high up and that wasn't Janet Weiss handing out water to dehydrated fans but some guy in a polo shirt and ear plugs.
Thing's were very different, but ultimately the same.

I spent the gig dancing and being happy that a load of my bests were round me but mostly overwhelmed that they were back on stage.
I learnt that 30 year old me can enjoy songs from The Woods much more than 20 year old me did. I learnt that this band are still as important than ever. I also learnt that there isn't really any need for any other bands to exist when there is Sleater-Kinney.

Photo taken by Em.

After the gig all the people dispersed and it was then that I pretty much saw everyone I ever knew, 9 years felt like 9 days. It WAS a reunion.

When the dates were announced I only got tickets for Manchester, thinking that would be enough, who was I trying to kid, with very little persuasion from Nick I bought a ticket for Glasgow. I was so glad as I was over the initial shock that they were on stage and the fact that each gig on the No Cities To Love tour so far has had slightly different setlists.

Holly, Nick Zak and I got on a coach to Glasgow. As the sun shone we kept forgetting and remembering why we were headed to Glasgow!

I was a bit blurgh about having to get the coach, I like riding trains, but it was such a great journey and we stopped at the best service station ever. Great views great food, it was like the world's fanciest shop with the best prices! Fancy pop, fancy cheese, fancy cakes, fancy bakery. I got a giant meringue, it was sooo good!

We arrived and checked ourselves into Euro Hostel (nostalgia overload as this is where Holly and I and everyone ever stayed when we came to Ladyfest Glasgow in 2001) went to an all you can eat Chinese Buffet and headed to the venue.

This gig was different, it was in a non fancy venue which I was kinda glad about and the only people (aside from my friends) that I knew didn't know me, ie they were 'celebrities' (Manda and Steven from Bis, members of Dananananakroyd, Jamie McKelvie and Taylor Schilling).
Everyone seemed super friendly though, I was offered some whisky after being there for like 5 minutes, oh Glasgow I love you. 

We got closer to the front than the previous night and on Corin's side (Carrie's side in Manchester), don't worry both night's had obstructed views of Janet.

They blew me away again, before they cam on I was tired and achy and Holly said she might move over to the side to take it easy, but once they hit the stage we didn't stop. So much so that I was convinced Corin looked at us a few times and smiled at our 'youthful' energy. After the gig Nick said he saw this without us even mentioning it, she probably thought we were 15 year olds with wacky coloured hair and having our lives changed by seeing SK for the first time. It certainly felt like that!

Glasgow was a total love fest, so much so that they played (for the first time on this tour they said) Yr No rock ,n, Roll fun and everyone went wild, full on party, including me and I didn't even think I was bothered by that song!

They dedicated Little Babies to Zayn from 1D, Corin did a Scottish accent that wasn't that bad, they looked like they were having such fun and that fun was infectious.

I am now sad that I am not seeing Sleater-Kinney every night, but happy that they will most likely be back and I can't wait!

As a side note, my friend Nick who has seen Sleater-Kinney a million times mentioned a zine about his SK adventures, it better happen it will be the best thing ever!

Here are the set lists for anyone that cares to know.
Price Tag
Fangless Oh!
Get Up
Surface Envy  Ironclad  What's Mine Is Yours A New Wave One Beat  No Cities to Love  Start Together  Light Rail Coyote No Anthems Words and Guitar  Bury Our Friends One More Hour Entertain Jumpers
Gimme Love
I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone  Let's Call It Love Modern Girl Dig Me Out

Price Tag
Fangless Oh!
Get Up
Start TogetherI Wanna Be Your Joey RamoneSurface Envy
No Anthems
What's Mine Is Yours
A New Wave

No Cities To Love
You're No Rock 'N' Roll Fun
Turn It On
One Beat
Bury Our Friends

Little BabiesEntertain Jumpers
Gimme Love
Words And Guitar
One More Hour
Modern Girl
Dig Me Out

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Sheffield Zine Fest 2015....

We will be tabling at Sheffield Zine Fest this Saturday!

It's going to be a good one, get to sell zines, buy zines and see a lot of our favourite faces! We also get to go down a big slide!

We will have issues 5-14 of Sugar Paper, all issues of Poor Lass (including new issue #5!) and a whole host of other zines made by myself, Kandy and friends!


Sunday, 1 March 2015

Viva La Megababes

The other day I was sat with my mum watching episodes from the first series of Absolutely Fabulous, and we were joking about Bubble's style and how this is how I dress now (also commenting on the fact my mum let me watch such programmes at age 8! I watched This Life aged 12 and Queer As Folk aged 14, MOTHER!)

It's no secret that the 90s are a big influence on me, fashion, music, everything, so of course Bubble with her bright colours and 'wacky 90s' sense of style was going to be an influence on me.

But it got me to thinking about some other 90s ladies that I realise have been a HUGE influence on me, and I'm not just talking about fashion.

I'm talking about SHAMPOO!

I don't know where I first saw/heard Shampoo, I'm guessing it was maybe performing Trouble on Top Of The Pops in 1994, or maybe in the pages of Smash Hits or Top Of The Pops magazine!
Wherever it was it changed my little 10 year old life!

Here was a band who had so much attitude and impeccable style (they did so shut it!). A couple of school mates who loved boy bands, like me (East 17 and Take That -for the record I was always purely East 17), loved being a fan of things, like me, liked Sindy dolls, like me, I was destined to be a fan of Shampoo.

Carrie and Jacqui were not just pop lovers, they used to write a Manics zine, I fact I found out aged 10 and before I even knew what a fanzine was! They to me embodied Girl Power, in fact they taught me about girl power long before I was devouring riot grrrl and writing angry feminist slogans on my pencil case.
Yeah they made pop songs, but they were witty and bratty and full of GIRL POWER!

I remember being young and tagging along as my sister shopped at Piccadilly Records in Manchester and seeing a girl that worked there wearing chunky bright foam wedge shoes and big plastic jewellery and I knew that was a look I was after! Shortly after I headed down to C&A to stock up on plastic rings!

Who didn't want a t-shirt with doll faces on? To be dripping in plastic accessories? To mix faux fur and PVC? To have over processed hair? To be big in Japan?
Because I sure did!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Hesitant aliens, dark matter, disobedient objects, dancing and slash.

This past weekend I took a trip down to London, and I had the best time!
Friday saw me head to Brixton Academy with my friend Nick, for the first time in years to see Gerard Way. Anyone that knows me know I am a BIG fan of Gerard's work, his music, his comics, his art, his generalness, so I obviously had a GREAT time!
If you want to go to a gig where you get to pogo like it's the mid 90s, get served some sass, shout outs to the trans* community, young women and talks of mental illness taboo, posi vibes, art and to see someone enjoy being on stage probably more then you enjoy being there (which is a lot!) then GO SEE Gerard Way!

Saturday saw us have a big breakfast followed by having our minds blow at Peter Harrison Planetarium. We saw  a show called Dark Universe that was a visualisation of what make's up 95% of the universe, all the parts you can't see. Whilst some of it went over my head, I got the gist of it and the idea of infinite space ALWAYS blows my mind, but it was sooo good and what felt like the closest I will ever get to floating in space! The gift shop could have more fun things though, all I left was a bookmark!

Then we hot footed it over to the V&A to catch Disobedient Objects.

This was too good, it's only on until this weekend, but go and see it if you can! It made me angry and sad and riled up, all by a bunch of stuff in a small room. It was a bit like stepping into a 90s rave with the music and neon and scaffolding, but it had lots to look at and think about, protesting through great crafts, modern devices, jewellery made my inmates in solitary confinement, political activism through inflatable cubes, how to make a tear gas mask, guerrilla girls, graffiti, real life mocking jays and so much more!

When I left it made me want to stitch up a storm and angry dance to Atari Teenage Riot. Instead we went to get some super tasty homemade ice cream and peruse the science museum shop (again had nothing for me!)

Headed home for some pizza before dancing in a pub to all the best emo pop punk, YAY!!
Then the weekend was topped off by hanging out with my other bff Holly, eating a roast dinner and Dime cake and playing the best game ever, Slash!

Saturday, 3 January 2015

To infinity and beyond!

I think 2015 might the year for space, space and the future and time travelling and stuff!
I have already made a reference to the fact it's 2015 and Marty McFly and co. told us we should be zipping around on Hoverboards by now (I'll try not to talk about this again as I'm sure SOOOO many people will be talking about this all year!)

But yeah space! Space is probably back big time, seeing as the 90s is so now and everyone EVERYONE in the 90s loved space and aliens and stuff. the X Files is the boxset du jour and that holographic Arakki look is sooo hot right now.
I think I like space because I am a child of the 90s, from the cartoons I loved in the late 80s/early90s (like Galaxy High and Moondreamers)

awesome colouring book I still own!

To being impressed at people who can draw Marvin the Martian...

To awesome TV shows about aliens that looked like humans...

and obviously songs about space...

So I am super excited about having projects this year about space! The space far up in the sky, with planets and stuff, I can't wait to get myself deep into it.
But also space as in your space. I want to make a zine about people's favourite spaces, I want to know about cosy bedrooms, cluttered studios, homely kitchens and the rest.

So to infinity (2015) and beyond I go!*

*I think I just got spacey as I just recently watched Hugo for the first time and I just wanna live in a George Melies film!