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Signature Clothing Promo Video Premiere on 27th May at One Eyed Dog

The Signature Clothing skate team (including Lloyd Mcleggon, Nick Munday, Tom Sivyour, Alex Thornhill & Dobbo) have been hard at work for the last 12 months or so skating spots all over the city of Portsmouth and further afield, logging clips for an upcoming promo video for the Portsmouth based clothing company. Finally the time is here for the long awaited premiere of the promo video featuring the skating by many local skateboarders and you are invited to come along at 8pm on the 27th at the One Eyed Dog to check the new film and also see the new Spring/Summer 2014 range of clothing by the local label.

Check the Facebook event for full details and the flyer below plus have a watch of the teaser clip for the promo film too.

Signature Clothing

Signature Clothing

Photos and Video from the Champagne Justice and Strong Island Recordings Party

Thursday night was the first joint Champagne Justice and Strong Island Recordings party at The One Eyed Dog with the lineup including Portsmouth’s Is Bliss plus Brighton/London Theo Verney and Boneyards. It was the second time Boneyards had hit Southsea this year and this date was part of their current tour promoting the new Rest in Beach EP released through Strong Island Recordings. It was the first opportunity for people to catch Theo Verney in the flesh in this city and after being hotly tipped by NME recently word was going round that it might be a chance to see someone set for big things in a cozy, local venue (also awesome to see someone bust out guitar solos too these days). Is Bliss played their second set as a newly formed 4 piece and their sound has continued to flourish in it’s density. Their new song was some glorious shoegaze, looking forward to seeing and hearing that more.

To see more photos and video form all the bands hit up the Strong Island Recordings Facebook and newly designed and updated YouTube.













Strong Island Recordings and Champagne Justice Present Boneyards, Theo Verney and Is Bliss TOMORROW!

Strong Island Recordings and Champagne Justice! have plotted and planned together to bring you their night of raw music, going down on tomorrow, Thursday 15th August, at the One Eyed Dog. Celebrating three of the best new bands around they bring you Brighton’s Boneyards plus Theo Verney and Portsmouth’s own Is Bliss all for a mere £3 as well.

Is Bliss (Strong Island Recordings)

Not only one of Portsmouth’s but also Champagne Justice! and Strong Island Recordings’ favourite bands, Is Bliss return to pound our ears into submission. Is Bliss mix some of the finest elements of grunge and shoegaze, they play loud and fully justify the MBV Comparisons. They have recently returned to being a four piece, further cementing the incredible wall of sound they were creating as a three piece. If you have not yet had the pleasure of witnessing Is Bliss in action you need to get involved sharpish. Have a listen HERE.

Boneyards (Strong Island Recordings)

So it’s summer, what do your ears want to hear?? They want to hear Thee oh Sees, they want to hear the Jacuzzi Boys. They also want to hear Boneyards. A highlight of Brighton’s recent Alternative Great Escape on Southsea Fest’s stage, Boneyards’ perfect fusion of garage-punk and surf will have you dancing into a stupefied summer stun. Also with a new release Rest in Beach E.P out now on Strong Island Recordings to wet your whistle. See and hear more on Tumblr and SoundCloud.

Theo Verney (Art Is Hard Records/Italian Beach Babes Records)

Brighton’s Theo Verney is the soundtrack to a million summer nights. Sitting on a sun drenched balcony, drinking cocktails and listening to Theo Verney, can’t be bad. A garage pop delight that will have you reaching for your wayfarers and getting in the pit. Theo’s new EP ‘T.V.E.P’ out now on Italian Beach Babes records sits nicely positioned alongside garage stalwarts such as TY Segall or The Black lips. Theo was also recently featured as the 1st pick in NME’s The Buzz, their pick of the underground each week (see below). Have a listen on SoundCloud and find out more at: www.theo-verney.com

Don’t forget that Boneyards have just dropped a new EP on the Strong Island Recordings label too, if you want to support our little label and these dudes you can buy it on iTunes and Amazon.

UPDATE: the Boneyards limited edition 7″ will be available to buy in person on the night.

Thanks!
CJ! & SIR

Strong Island Recordings and Champagne Justice Present Boneyards, Theo Varney and Is Bliss

Boneyards by Jack Daly

Theo Verney in the NME

Is Bliss

We’ve posted this a couple of times but, to be honest, it is amazing and needs an airing at every opportunity:

Strong Island Recordings and Champagne Justice Present Boneyards, Theo Verney and Is Bliss

Strong Island Recordings and Champagne Justice! have plotted and planned together to bring you their night of raw music, going down on Thursday 15th August at the One Eyed Dog. Celebrating three of the best new bands around they bring you Brighton’s Boneyards plus Theo Verney and Portsmouth’s own Is Bliss all for a mere £3 as well.

Is Bliss (Strong Island Recordings)

Not only one of Portsmouth’s but also Champagne Justice! and Strong Island Recordings’ favourite bands, Is Bliss return to pound our ears into submission. Is Bliss mix some of the finest elements of grunge and shoegaze, they play loud and fully justify the MBV Comparisons. They have recently returned to being a four piece, further cementing the incredible wall of sound they were creating as a three piece. If you have not yet had the pleasure of witnessing Is Bliss in action you need to get involved sharpish. Have a listen HERE.

Boneyards (Strong Island Recordings)

So it’s summer, what do your ears want to hear?? They want to hear Thee oh Sees, they want to hear the Jacuzzi Boys. They also want to hear Boneyards. A highlight of Brighton’s recent Alternative Great Escape on Southsea Fest’s stage, Boneyards’ perfect fusion of garage-punk and surf will have you dancing into a stupefied summer stun. Also with a new release Rest in Beach E.P out now on Strong Island Recordings to wet your whistle. See and hear more on Tumblr and SoundCloud.

Theo Verney (Art Is Hard Records/Italian Beach Babes Records)

Brighton’s Theo Verney is the soundtrack to a million summer nights. Sitting on a sun drenched balcony, drinking cocktails and listening to Theo Verney, can’t be bad. A garage pop delight that will have you reaching for your wayfarers and getting in the pit. Theo’s new EP ‘T.V.E.P’ out now on Italian Beach Babes records sits nicely positioned alongside garage stalwarts such as TY Segall or The Black lips. Theo was also recently featured as the 1st pick in NME’s The Buzz, their pick of the underground each week (see below). Have a listen on SoundCloud and find out more at: www.theo-verney.com

Don’t forget that Boneyards have just dropped a new EP on the Strong Island Recordings label too, if you want to support our little label and these dudes you can buy it on iTunes and Amazon. Cheers!

Thanks!
CJ! & SIR

Strong Island Recordings and Champagne Justice Present Boneyards, Theo Varney and Is Bliss

Boneyards by Jack Daly

Theo Verney in the NME

Is Bliss

We’ve posted this a couple of times but, to be honest, it is amazing and needs an airing at every opportunity:

New Walls at The One Eyed Dog Calls For New Work

New Walls exhibition space at The One Eyed Dog on Elm Grove have put a call out for their next exhibition and this time the theme is movement. If you have any photography, design, illustration, etc. that you think would meet that theme then be sure to get in touch with them at: info@newwalls.co.uk

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Photos from Arrows of Love at The One Eyed Dog

Photos from the recent Arrows of Love show at The One Eyed Dog in Southsea are now up on the Strong Island Recordings Facebook page. Some are shown below but visit the SIR Facebook page to see the whole album and give the page a Like if you want to keep up to date with the upcoming shows and releases they have planned soon.

www.facebook.com/StrongIslandRecordings

Photos from Arrows of Love at The One Eyed Dog (1)

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(Photos by Strong Island Media)

New Walls Seeking Submissions for New Exhibition

New Walls at The One Eyed Dog on Elm Grove has run some very successful and creative exhibitions in recent years and they are now currently seeking submissions for their next exhibition which will focus on creative responses to ‘Change':

“The second decade of the 21st Century has been one of monumental friction and social change. With once great nations falling to their knees because of the greed of others and entire revolutions in countries where the people have said enough is enough! ‘Change’ whether it has happened or if it is wanted is becoming a huge part of not just central world societies but even some of the greatest western nations.”

New Walls hope local artists will engage ‘Change’ however they like using photography, graphic design, illustration, art or even combinations of those mediums. Submissions can either be supplied digitally for New Walls to print for you or originals created and submitted in physical form. Any pieces digitally submitted to print must be a physical size of at least 10×8″ and 300DPI. Should your work be of interest to someone then there may be the potential to sell the work and New Walls fully support this too.

The deadline for submissions is the 14th February 2013 and get in touch with New Walls to find out all of the terms and conditions in detail: info@newwalls.co.uk.

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New Walls 2 – Submissions Required

The One Eyed Dog’s New Walls exhibition wall space has been running a current portrait exhibition for some months and they are now accepting submissions for their next exhibition, which has the theme of Southsea. If you have any work that relates, be it photography, painting, illustration, etc then be sure to submit them your entry by midnight Thursday 1st September 2011 by either dropping it in or emailing info@newwalls.co.uk.

The launch night of New Walls 2 will be Thursday 15th September 2011 at 6pm. Keep up with everything via Twitter at @HotWalls.

Rolla Racing at The One Eyed Dog

Think you’re faster than your mate in a head to head bike sprint. Then put yourself to the test. Push hard and pull harder, with booze, music, films & prizes to boot. Check it HERE. Backed by the good people at Solent Bike Hub. The winner of the event will be offered a place at the Rollapaluza ‘National Roller Racing Championships’ in London.

New Walls

New Walls is a new alternative art space at the One Eyed Dog in Southsea, they’re aim is to showcase local talent and give them a platform to get their work out there and seen. New Walls want to seek out those artists beavering away and get their work exhibited. The gallery space will change the work on it’s walls quarterly, so they can keep the space fresh and showcase more work by local people. Exhibitions will work on a theme basis so artists, photographers, illustrators, etc have something to work towards and think about what they want to exhibit.

New Walls are currently looking for artists, photographers, designers & illustrators to get involved with their very first exhibition, with the theme of ‘Portraits’. If it’s a self portrait, a story you need to tell or just simply someone’s face you’ve recreated, they would love to see them. You can send your submissions or any questions you may have to info@newwalls.co.uk who can give you more information on how to ensure you work looks as good as possible for exhibition and what will happen next. They can cover the print costs for all work submitted. The final date for submissions that are going to be printed by New Walls is Monday 28th February but if it’s original artwork or prints than the very latest is Monday 7th March.

The launch night for the first exhibition is Thursday 10th March at 6pm.

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Snow, Snow, Snow

Snow hit Southsea pretty hard last night and it snowing again this morning. Good luck to everyone battling the elements to get to work, college, school, etc today. Here are a few photos from last night, if you have any please pop a link to them in the comments, we would love to see them.

Adam Wintle (see more here):

Adam Wintle

Adam Wintle

Elizabeth Bick (see more here):

Elizabeth Bick

Elizabeth Bick

CHAOS – 20 years & out!

20 years!!!! That has to go in the books as Southsea longest running night? Give or take, most people you bump in to have been to a least one Chaos night, and most spent a grimy late one down the pier dancing like idiots and spilling Newcastle Brown all over the place. I’ve a lot of fond memories of the earlier days at Chaos, mostly after skating and sitting in the pub saying I’m not going. Not this week. Then 8 pints later jumping in a taxi…

If you have any stories or cool photos from Chaos we’d love to see them. Or even some of the old flyers. There have been some pretty interesting designs over the years. I’ll always remember the photo flyer of the kid on the dance floor with a girl and his ‘wandering hands’.

Jay Dunstan got in contact and had this to say:

“To coincide with our 20th Birthday on Saturday 26th November – we’re announcing that this will be the last ever “Chaos”.

Starting in 1991 at South Parade Pier, moving to the Wedgewood rooms in 2008 – we’ve been crowned the South Coasts longest running Independent Club night, winning The Guide Awards “Best club night”, “Best DJs” (x 2) and the promoters Ped & Jay being awarded a special award for contribution to the Portsmouth Music Scene. Chaos has provided Dj’s and club nights at Guilfest, Southsea Fest & Isle of Wight Festivals.

Having been a constant in our lives and the Portsmouth clubbing & music scene for 2 decades – Its been a very tough decision to stop the regular club night. But we feel that now is the best time to unplug the speakers for the last time.

Chaos was always quite literally about being ‘alternative’ – alternative in music policy, but also offering an alternative to the traditional and mainstream clubs. Our ethos was always simple – play music we liked, to people to we liked & do it prime time on a Saturday night 52 weeks a year!

Our feeling is that the current scene is very different now and although still loving every element of the gigs, festivals and guitars – a regular club night offering everything we did, now isn’t whats required. Clubbers will always want an alternative, but the music scene is now so split and venues, pubs & clubs are all competing for survival – we felt it was a good opportunity to step back, take a deep breath & raise a glass to rock n roll!

We want to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of Chaos over the last 20 years – venue managers, bar staff & door stewards – sound & light technicians – – street teams – performers & bands and of course the roll call of DJ’s past & present that have provided the soundtrack to so, so, so many silly, drunken and above all fun Saturday nights.

Hey ho, lets go!”

The 20th Birthday & Last EVER Chaos – Saturday 26th November 2011

Flyer: Chaos Flickr

The Langstone Ark Project

The Langstone Ark is a project being run by Langstone Harbour’s Environment Officer Louise MacCallum that went live on-line in August. The project aims to create a digital collection of all the animals and plants associated with Langstone Harbour, by asking harbour users, visitors, and anyone else with an interest in the harbour to send digital photographs of wildlife taken on the water, or around the shoreline.

So far, over 150 photographs have been contributed to the project, and nearly 100 species are now represented. There are literally 1000’s of species of animal and plant to be found around the harbour however, so there are plenty of gaps in the project left to fill!

Autumn is a great time of year to see wildlife around Langstone Harbour, with thousands of migratory birds beginning to arrive and beautiful fungi springing up on many of the wildlife reserves dotted around the shoreline.

For more information about the project visit the Langstone Harbour Board’s brand new website at www.langstoneharbour.org.uk and send photographic contributions to ark@langstoneharbour.org.uk

Below are just a few of the contributors photographs so far, and you can see all of them over at the gallery HERE.

Kestrel by B.D. McGregor

Little Tern by Mark Milum

Grey Seal by Nick Lyon

Seafront Lights: Adam Wintle

Southsea web designer and photographer Adam Wintle has recently been taking some really nice photos of the Southsea promenade lights and of the pier at night. Be sure to look through his Flickr for loads more great photos.

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The Doomsday Project

From 1984 to 1986 people, in particular school children, all got involved in collecting information on their local area to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Doomsday Book by creating a new, updated, electronic version. The collected information became The Doomsday Project which was a collection of laserdiscs and special BBC computers. The country was broken down in to ‘D’ blocks with the data collection done mostly by schools, the information included text on local geography, history, legends and also more contemporary personal things such as favourite music, games, etc. As well as the text each block could also contain up to 3 photos. Many schools bought the discs and computers as a learning resource (the World Wide Web as a concept was still some years away).

A few days ago the BBC launched a new website where all of this previously difficult to access information (only a handful of working systems still exist) is now online and searchable. It’s an amazing glimpse in to Portsmouth and Southsea life in the early to mid 80s and there are some great images. The new website also allows you to upload new information and photos too.

If you are 38+ you may well have memories of being involved in the project in collecting and writing information. Personally I remember the day my group went out to a tiny village in Essex in the hot summer but instead of writing things we played near the river and weir. Oh well. Does anyone have any memories of taking part in the project? If so please add a comment, would love to hear people’s memories.

You can find out more about the original project on HERE and the BBC article and access the online version below:

www.bbc.co.uk/history/domesday

Domesday Project




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