Charlie is back with the 32nd episode of Longlive Radio for the Strong Island Sounds podcast:
This is a show that’s been sat on the back-burner since the end of last year. The year started winding up and I wanted to do my usual ‘Live’ & ‘New Music’ round-ups so this fell by the wayside, it’s got some great stuff in it though so I always intended for it to get an airing. Just ignore anything that relates to a date/current event cause it was recorded ages ago and that moment will almost certainly have passed…
The episode’s kind of got two themes running through it, one of which is ‘Vices'; Whether you partake, approve, condemn or don’t give it much thought, there’s no denying that narcotics have played a significant role in all forms of music, from Berlioz’s opium indebted Symphonie Fantastique, through Jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker’s heroin addiction all the way to the Beatles tripping and Snoop’s chronic tales, The saying isn’t “Sex, Candy and Rock and Roll”… This began life as a Pet Sounds Playlist that I compiled on Spotify a couple of years ago for Strong Island. You can find that HERE.
The other aspect of today’s show was borne purely out of a lack of preparation. I got sidetracked at the pub before recording it and so asked a bunch of mates for requests/suggestions. These made up most of the show and I grabbed a few of my own choices to top it up. Altogether a success, albeit an appropriately lubricated one!
01) Lost In The K Hole – The Chemical Brothers
02) Oops (Oh My) – Tweet feat. Missy Elliott
03) Baby, I Love You – Aretha Franklin
04) Modern Love – David Bowie
05) You’re A Viper (The Reefer Song) – Fats Waller
06) Shove This Jay-Oh-Bee – Canibus with Biz Markie
07) Fanfare – Eric Matthews
08) Sweet Cocaine – Fred Neil
09) Crying – D.D Dumbo
10) The Power – Fryars
11) Coffee In The Pot – Supergrass
12) One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer – John Lee Hooker
13) Silence In The Sand – Neville Skelly
14) Sweet Harmony – The Beloved
15) Steppin’ Out – AM & Shawn Lee
16) Book Of Slim – Gene Harris & The Three Sounds
With the summer on its way out, progress will become more apparent with the ARTches Project in Old Portsmouth. Despite it seeming quiet, a lot has been going on behind the scenes. On Sunday 13th September there will be a great event at the Round Tower that will showcase these developments, from 10.30am to 3pm.
The open day will provide an update on the development in Old Portsmouth to transform the former barracks into exciting creative studios. A new name and branding for the project will be unveiled, and project officers will be on hand to answer questions about the creative development, the studios and the opportunities for a brasserie and café.
There will also be local artists exhibiting their work (Southsea Night Markets) and refreshments provided by the Square Tower.
Work is scheduled to start in September and the studios will open next year, thanks to £1.75m of government funding. Heritage England has backed the project, which will secure the future of this historic monument in a creative way.
The event is open to all, simply RSVP to: Beverley.Lucas@portsmouthcc.gov.uk
The guys over at Oyster Design in Emsworth are on the look out for a new Senior Graphic Designer to join their team. The details for the position are below, if you are up for it send your CV and sample portfolio to email@example.com.
Senior Graphic Designer, Based in Emsworth
We’re looking for a senior designer to play an important role in our print design team. You’ll have at least 5 years agency experience with real flair, interest and understanding of design. We need someone who is capable of leading creative sessions, with proven skills in brand, campaigns, marketing communication and print design. You will need to be a real team player, enthusiastic and self-driven, enjoy working with clients and be able to explore and interpret briefs to produce well thought out, effective solutions. Excellent Adobe CS skills are essential.
Oyster is a great design agency of 14 people, based in the coastal town of Emsworth. We work with diverse clients including Save the Children, Wiggle, Age UK and GE.
Salary subject to experience, benefits package includes generous annual leave and private healthcare.
If that sounds good to you get in touch with them direct.
Throughout the running of the current exhibition at Portsmouth City Museum people get to choose their favourite items from the Portsmouth City Collection that are on show in A Hard Choice (you can see and read our preview of the exhibition HERE). Every month different items chosen by many visitors are given rosettes showing the current favourites. Strong Island, working with the Portsmouth Museums and Visitor Services (with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund), are asking lots of different people from around Portsmouth what their personal favourite items are in the exhibition and why.
You can read the previous Best in Show interviews, featuring Mark Waldron, Editor of The News, Megan Barnes a photography student and Matt Wingett a local author.
Next up in this series of articles we met up with Barry Abrook, ex-professional skateboarder and designer, at Portsmouth City Museum. Barry checked out the A Hard Choice exhibition, then let us know what were his own Best in Show.
Hey Barry, can you start by telling us what your first best in show object is and what you liked about it please?
My first choice (from the A Hard Choice Exhibition) is the mole. I love animals and nature and I like this because it is hard to see a mole, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a real mole and this is really the only opportunity a lot of people get to see these animals, basically in a zoo or taxidermy. I’m interested in taxidermy…I used to be really against it, but if you are a graphic artist, illustrator or painter it is a good way to actually observe animals to draw and paint them. I think everything about the mole is really cool. It is designed to live underground. They are nice animals, I like it, it is intriguing. All the taxidermy in the exhibition is good, the bat, magpies, it was tough to choose.
And could you tell us what the second exhibit you’ve chosen is and what you liked about it?
My second choice is the fabric by Lucienne Day. I love fabric and printing and I used to screen print quite a lot and I still do on fabric. I also like this item in the exhibition because of the era it is from, the late 60s. You’ve got bold poppy designs, block colours…I like patterns and I like symmetry…and this has got quite a lot going for it! It reminds me of childhood…this is the sort of fabric that would be made in to curtains or bed spread that could have been in my house. It has that 60s/70s feel so nostalgic for me too. The Days were pretty amazing at what they did.
And what is the third and final exhibit and why do you like it?
Third choice are the saucy postcards! These are from around the 1950s, that sort of end-of-the-pier era, good seaside ephemera. I like these for quite a few reasons, I live in Southsea, by the sea, I wasn’t born here but I love living by the sea. As a child I was taken to the seaside for holidays and these were the sort of things you might see. They are cheeky, they leave you to your own thoughts…how you interpret the captions…which was the humour at the time. They have a nice feel. They are well designed too, as a designer it is difficult to design something that small and detailed and these were drawn and hand painted, they’re an art form in itself, a style all of their own too. I also love postcards, I collect them and I use them in my own work and I love the messages you get on the back of old postcards, they can be emotional things. People used to send them but not as much anymore with emails, Facebook, etc. But postcards were sent during a holiday, from a good time so postcards generally remind you of good times, they’re a positive thing.
if you could think of something, of your own or something in Portsmouth, that you could donate to the museum and the city collection, what would it be?
I was thinking that maybe if I won the lottery, Euro-big style, I would love to be able to fully restore the South Parade Pier into something that the people of Portsmouth, and especially Southsea, could use and be proud of again. Whether it be Victorian or later period restoration, the important thing would be to ensure it continued to offer the ‘complete seaside escape’ for anyone who needed it. Part of the city collection. A funfair ride, candy floss, good food, music, comedy and a Shant!
Don’t forget you can visit A Hard Choice exhibition and the rest of Portsmouth City Museum and other museums in the city for free this summer and beyond. You can find out more about the museums and what activities are taking place at:
Space Interrupted brings together artists and film makers who will create new and engaging work, responding to and interrupting Fort Brookhurst in Gosport, an English Heritage fort. The six artists have been drawn to the fort to make site specific installations inspired by its fortifications, history and archives, interrupting and overlapping the space, layering and fragmenting, disrupting function and meaning.
Space Interrupted is a collaboration between Curator Clare Sheppeard and artist Sharon Haward. Artists will present site responsive work which will span Fort Brockhurst, creating an assemblage of real and imagined installations. Audiences will be able to explore this rarely open site through the artists’ response to the space, experiencing a sense of place through sculptural installations, sound and projections Each work will enhance highlight, or disrupt the integrity of the building.
The exhibition itself will be open on the 10th, 12th and 13th of September 2015, with opening times – 11-3pm and FREE.
The artists involved in the exhibition and project are:
Sharon Haward uses a range of media to engage with a sensory and narrative sense of place. Her practice is predominantly site-responsive and installation-based created to capture a slippery sense of the past and present, fragmentation and dislocation. At Fort Brockhurst she draws on the period of revoutionary turmoil in Europe around 1848 and the historically fragile relationship between France and Britain which led to the building of the fort, by interrupting the space with a precarious barricade, projections and sound recordings.
Patti Gaal-Holmes is an artist/filmmaker and historian. Her cross-disciplinary practice includes working with moving image (celluloid and digital), photography, drawing, artists’ books and performance. For Fort Brockhurst she will creating a new film on 16mm. Gaall Holmes is the author of ‘A History of 1970s Experimental Film: Britain’s Decade of Diversity’ ( 2015).
Kye Wilson uses moving image to create site specific films and video installations that explore space, self and other. Wilson will be making a film inspired by the forts location and function.
Eileen White is a craft based visual artist who will be responding to textiles in the collection at Fort Brockhurst and their provenance. White will be working with a writer, poet and painter.
Helene Kazan uses research and archival material to generate moving image and multimedia installations. She is currently a phd candidate at Centre of Research Architecture at Goldsmiths. Helene will be creating an installation and sound piece inspired by home shelters.
Lisa Traxler is interested in conversation, personal memory and environment – emotive references and the fundamental are the inspirations for Lisa work. For Fort Brockhurst Lisa will make a number of large scale paperscape installations using the funcions and narratives of each room choosen.
Clare Sheppeard is a curator who has worked with local, national and international artists in a variety of sites David Batchelor, Mariele Neudecker, Karin Van Pinxterern, Alice Anderson, Kate MccGwire and Emma Crtichley. Projects include Coastal Currents Festival Hastings, Jerwood Gallery Hastings, LIMBO Margate, Venice Biennale, Van Abbemuseum and Independents Liverpool Biennial.
There will be a series of events related to the exhibition where you can take part and get involved:
Saturday 29th August – Point and Shoot photo tours. Meet at 2pm outside the Discovery Centre, High Street, Gosport, PO12 1BT. Bring your camera, camera phone, disposable camera and join artists Sharon Haward for a tour of Gosport looking at the architecture and historical buildings. The resulting photos will be displayed as part of Space Interrupted at Fort Brockhurst.
Thursday 10th September, 4.30-6.30 – Discussion & networking event with bluemonkey net at aspex, the Vulcan Buildings, Gunwharf Quay, Portsmouth.
Sunday 13th September, 1.30 – Walk and talk around the exhibition.
To book a place on any of these events email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information check the Space Interrupted website:
Saturday’s Strong Island Photography Walkshop at Southsea Castle went well and was busy with over a dozen photographers coming along to improve their photo skills and explore this historic landmark both above and below ground. For the first hour we looked at different composition techniques and using aperture to control depth of field. For the second hour we explored the tunnels under the castle and experimented with shutter speed and trying out lightpainting. A big thank you to everyone who came along and the staff at the castle for being great hosts!
Our last summer photography walkshop will be on Saturday the 19th of September and we’ll be starting off at the Rose Gardens then moving to Canoe Lake and then on to the beach and Southsea Parade Pier. There are still spaces available and you can find out more HERE and book online HERE – only £10 for two hours.
Happy to announce that we will be running photography walkshops now all year round, with monthly walkshops through the autumn and winter. We’ll have details on dates and locations (and themes!) on our new photography walkshops website coming soon.
Below are some photos from the Southsea Castle walkshop, more on our Flickr (where you’ll find photos from all of our summer walkshops) and our Facebook page.
Kassassin Street have been making some serious waves this year with strong coverage online with their last single and video plus lots of shows in and out of Portsmouth. Yesterday the band dropped their new single Radio Silence with it already getting some glowing reviews on music blogs and cropping up on Hype Machine. Give yourself a moment and have a listen below and get ready for the incoming EP due to drop this Friday and get yourself along to one of their new tour dates to experience it in the flesh.
26th Aug 2015 London – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
Then on tour with Clay:
1st Oct 2015 Birmingham – Oobleck
2nd Oct 2015 Southampton – Lennons
6th Oct 2015 Bristol – Louisiana
7th Oct 2015 Stoke – Sugarmill
8th Oct 2015 Leeds – Brudenell
9th Oct 2015 Manchester – Sound Control
10th Oct 2015 Glasgow – Broadcast
14th Oct 2015 Brighton – Green Door Store
15th Oct 2015 London – Birthdays
16th Oct 2015 Nottingham – Bodega
17th Oct 2015 Portsmouth – Wedgewood Rooms