Last week, all round good-egg Paul Williams did me the honour of introducing me to Jeremy Lemos and his lovely wife Gwen. Jeremy does too many interesting things to list here so I suggest you go to his website to find out more about him. Jeremy was in the country to do the sound engineering for Sonic Youth (one of my favourite bands) at this years All Tomorrow’s Parties (A.T.P.) festival in Minehead. Find out about All Tomorrow’s Parties here and Sonic Youth here.
Jeremy was kind enough to invite me along to see Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks play the Electric Ballroom in Camden last Wednesday. Find out more about him here. You might also recall that Stephen Malkmus was the force behind 90’s American underground heroes Pavement – more here.
After the excellent show Jeremy kindly introduced me to the band and I’m delighted to report that they were all thoroughly charming people. Paul and I spent a while chatting to Stephen Malkmus, taking the opportunity to tell him about the good work we’re doing at the Fishmarket. I was impressed by his exhaustive knowledge of art and artists, but I shouldn’t have been surprised as it transpires that his wife is the artist Jessica Jackson Hutchins. You can find out more about her work here.
I’ve not yet had the chance to see her work first hand but I like what I’ve seen of it so far.
In the mid 1990’s I was the kind of youth that spent my spare time hanging about in record shops. If you happened to spend your time doing much the same you will perhaps remember the emergence of Ninja Tune. For the uninitiated, Ninja Tune is an independent record label leaning towards electronic music. The label was set up by DJs Matt Black and Jonathan More, better known as Coldcut. You can find out more about them here.
As a teenager, Coldcut were heroes of mine. So I was pleasantly surprised to see that they played one of my tracks during a recent Dj set. Listen out for “The Creeper” by The Institute of Ape Culture (that’s me) – you can hear their set in full here.