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ME4 Album to be Released at Midnight on Saturday 27th October

It’s almost that time again. The 27th of October sees the release of our fourth annual charity download compilation of Medway music. Once again, it’s at the Nag’s Head in Rochester where we’ll be joined by Crybaby Special & The Monsters, with support from The Muswells, These Guilty Men and Broken Banjo. The music kicks off at 8:30pm and ends at 11pm. These launch nights are very well attended, so get there nice and early.

This year’s album is our biggest yet, with over fifty tracks from local artists and featuring cover art by the brilliant Lupen Crook. It will be available to download via this site from midnight on Saturday 27th October, right after the gig. When you download the album, you will be encouraged to make a donation to this year’s charity. It’s called Holding On Letting Go and is based in Rochester. It supports bereaved children, young people, (6-16) and their families and carers in Kent and Medway who have experienced the death of an important person in their lives. Please donate what you can when the time comes.

We’ll reveal the full line up when we release the album. In the meantime, feel free to plug the hell out of the event and album. You can download a high resolution version of the above poster here.

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Fizzer’s Show: Listen Again / Playlist

Now then, now then. Phil and Hannah had a great time taking over Fizzer’s Show on Monday. Thanks again to Fizzer, Brandon and Grace for the opportunity. You can listen again on Fizzer’s podcast page now, and we’ve compiled the playlist from the show below following requests from some of our more anal listeners. Enjoy!

Maker – Soaked Up

Unlucky Fried Kitten – This Is England

Bear vs Manero – Now Is Not The The Time For Impressions, Rory Bremner

Bombay Bicycle Club – Rinse Me Down

Pity Party – The Grudge

Stuart Turner and the Flat Earth Society – Shimmy

Nirvana – Love Buzz

Lupen Crook – Chasing Dragons (menace remix by Kids Unique)

Thee Cusswords – Marijuana Minutes

Groovy Uncle – Got Any Mantras

Dusty Springfield – Breakfast In Bed

Talking Heads – Psycho Killer

Survivors Of Suki – Sing

Rent Boys – Shoot Your Shot

The Weather Station – Everything I Saw

Tom Waits – Little Drop Of Poison

Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band – I’m Going To Bring A Watermelon To My Girl Tonight

The Claim – Mary Stavin

Balance Lost – Peanut Shells

Frau Pouch – Sexy Architecture

Rocketproof Glass – Girl

My Sick Mind – Show Me Blood

Patrick Watson – Wooden Arms

Didi Bergman – Happy Song #1

Pixies – Something Against You

The Dentists – Creature Out Of Control

The Cherubs – Hey Bunny

The Singing Loins – Where’s My Machine Gun?

Play Dead Proxy  – Get Manic

Pete Da Clinker – Miss Needy

Blur – Chinese Bombs

David Bowie – Lady Stardust

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ME3: Album Line-Up and Launch Details

It’s that time of year again. Medway Eyes is three years old in October, and what a long way we’ve come. Three years of art, music, photography, community and fun can only be a cause for celebration, so that’s exactly what we’re going to do. In grand tradition, we’ll be releasing a download album of Medway music at midnight on Friday 7th October. You’ll be able to pay what you like for the album, and every penny raised will go to Oxjam. The album will be available via http://www.medwayeyes.co.uk.

We’d like to thank the following lovely, fluffy bands and musicians for contributing to the album we have so imaginitavely entitled ME3: The Ambience, Arcelia, Archie Wah Wahs, Baron Von Marlon, Ben Jones, Billy Wears Dresses, The Blissful Mop, Bob Collins, Brigadier Ambrose, Crybaby Special and the Monsters, Damsel, Dave Read, Didi Bergman, Falling Lucid, Firstborn Heroes, The Flowing, Frau Pouch, The Galileo 7, Glenn Barnes, Groovy Uncle, Houdini, James Doyle, The Kids Unique, Los Salvadores, The Love Family, Lupen Crook, Maker, Mr Bridger, One Eleven Edmund, Porlie Eidolon, Reavsey, The Reg Varney Trio, Science Noodles, The Shagmonroes, Simon Bunyan, The Singing Loins, Stuart Turner and the Flat Earth Society, Survivors Of Suki, Tape Error, Theatre Royal, Thomas Turner and the Contents, Tyrannosaurus Alan, Unlucky Fried Kitten, UpcDownc, Wheels, Wolfgang Riot and Z-Stacks.

That’s 47 tracks. Not bad for a dead music scene, eh? We’ll be plugging it shamelessly when we take over Fizzer’s show on Radio Sunlight between 8pm and 10pm on Monday 3rd October.

We’ll be celebrating the launch of the album at the Nag’s Head in Rochester from 8pm on Friday the 7th, in the splendid company of Singing Loins, with support to be announced soon. It’s the landlady’s birthday that day, so expect a top atmosphere. And get there early. It might get a bit busy.

UPDATE 02/10/2011:  We are delighted to announce that Singing Loins will be supported at Friday’s gig by Crybaby Special and Gary Robertson of The Love Family. That’s two more reasons to come along!

 

 

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Two Sides of the Same Coin: An Update

We’ve had a few questions about this coming Friday, so it seems like a  good idea to post a potted itinerary. Plus, we’ve got some news. Our regular readers will all by now be aware of the exhibition Two Sides of the Same Coin (see Eyes passim) that opens between 6:30 and 8:00 pm on Friday 4th February at the Brook Theatre in Chatham. This preview, to which you are all invited, is just the first half of what promises to be a belter of an evening. From 8:30 pm we have a stunning line up of live music at the Nag’s Head in Rochester. Wheels and Lupen Crook will be sharing the bill, and we’re delighted to announce that they are being  joined by very special guest Dave Read, formerly the front man with local legends The Claim, and one of the finest songwriters we can think  of. So there.

The exhibition itself showcases the stunning work of artist  Daisy Parris, supported by photographer Phil Dillon. It’s about local influences and talent and is as much about the fellow creatives the work points up as it is the artists themselves. Ultimately though, it’s about Medway, its culture and its catalysts.

Daisy and Phil will be on Fizzer’s radio show on Radio Sunlight tomorrow night from 8pm, as indeed will Wheels. There’s also an exclusive and refreshing interview with Daisy at the Medway Broadside.

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ME2: Medway Music for Oxjam

It’s out!  Released at midnight on Friday 15th October to celebrate our second birthday, and for the benefit of Oxjam, ME2 is a compilation of music from Medway and the surrounding area featuring Theatre Royal, Groovy Uncle, Brigadier Ambrose, One Eleven Edmund, Gavin Alexander, Ben Jones, Glenn Barnes, Archie Wah Wahs, The Shagmonroes, Nick Hughes, Unlucky Fried Kitten, Stuart Turner and the Flat Earth Society, The Bresslaws, The Flowing, Lupen Crook, Fires Took Over, Lauren Bateman, The Ambience, Clinker, The Galileo 7, Firstborn Heroes, Los Salvadores, Bob Collins, Reavsey, Rich Clark, The Deccas, The Effectives, Wheels, Chris Austin, The Dentists and Didi Bergman.

We hope you enjoyed our birthday bash at the Nag’s Head. Now you can enjoy a cracking 31 track download.

We did this for Medway. Now you can do it for Oxjam by donating as you download.

Click here to download ME2

Click here to donate to Oxjam

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Retro Post #3: March 2009 – Desolation Row

Desolation Row is an ongoing collaborative multimedia project that is Medway Eyes’ response to the regeneration that is taking place in Medway despite a lack of sufficient public consultation.

We believe that respectful management and preservation of a place’s heritage is the key to a successful regeneration, yet we have seen the Theatre Royal demolished, Aveling and Porter groundlessly condemned, and Sun Pier left to ruin. The council can see Sun Pier from their plush new offices. We’ve asked them when it is going to be fixed. We have not received a reply.

We also observe that regeneration in other areas has opened up waterfronts. Not here though. The waterfront will be covered in flats and closed off from the town by a bus station in the wrong place.

Sunday 15th March saw an assortment of creative locals – musicians, photographers, film makers, writers, artists and designers traipsing around the forgotten stretch of the Chatham/Rochester Hight Street. The plan for the shoot was to make it up as we went along and then go to the pub.

Our only disappointment was that the Bob Dylan which had been stencilled onto the side of the Jade Garden (by Redlock, we subsequently discovered) had been painted over. A real shame as it was the only thing breaking up the ghastly shade of Dull that the rest of the building was painted in. Anyway, thanks to our vigilant photographers, we’d heard of a second Bob Dylan painted on Bath Hard Lane. We found Bob to be wonderfully photogenic and a
real hit with the ladies. We did the second Desolation Row shoot two weeks later. We filmed some interviews and singing by the river and drank more beer.

Unfortunately, there was one thing missing; Bob Dylan. The second Bob had been painted over too. He’d been stencilled onto a filled-in railway arch on a scrubby bit of wasteland, so who would paint over it and why? Given that other graffiti had been left behind, including an indecipherable, artistically devoid tag about six feet high, we could come to only one conclusion; the council had been out with the whitewash again. It seems we were right, too. Medway Eyes photographer, Garry Jenkins was in the papes again for the second time in a week. The caption beneath his photo read “This Dylan image has since been painted over by council workers”. While they were at it, the council painted over another historic piece of graffiti; a tribute to Thee Milkshakes which had adorned the wall by the railway bridge for more than twenty-five years. You see, the council can’t have the general public seeing validity in vandalism. How will it manipulate us into believing that Medway needs regeneration if the crappy tags have to compete with artistic graffiti? So they painted over Bob and the Milkshakes leaving the rubbish behind in the name of making Medway a “cleaner and safer place”. The council whitewash is not for our safety, it is a tool of censorship, used to blunt our senses to its persistent cultural vandalism.

We’re letting this project find its own path and allowing it to take as long as it needs to to record change. There will be video, music and maybe a book. It is possible, but unlikely, that a physical gallery exhibition will accompany this project, so don’t be upset if there are no postcards of the hanging. The chances are we’ll manage another gig.

See the Desolation Row page on our website for more information.

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