13-10-12: Broken Banjo

The Ivy Leaf Bar, Sheerness.

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The ingenious new video shot by Blindeye Films of The Tricks' "49 Mercury"; it shows the boys defying gravity as well as the laws of physics


Jewellery by Jaymie

I decided I wanted to share with you a recent purchase that I have fallen completely in love with.
I discovered Jewellery by Jaymie through a stylist I met while assisting on a shoot for NOCTIS Magazine a few months ago (you can visit her blog here), instantly I thought the Chanel perfume bottle and purse necklaces she showed me were adorable and I told myself I would buy something from the site. Eventually I got round to it, but it was of course a hard choice!
Jewellery by Jaymie is the creation of the lovely Jaymie O'Callaghan and her love of illustrating and jewellery making. She is represented by CARROTTOP PR; a PR company we at NOCTIS love as they represent some incredible brands.
I fell in love with the ethos that every single piece of jewellery is hand-drawn and consequently hand-made, each piece perfectly unique every time; how cute is that? I knew from browsing the site that I HAD to make a purchase. It was a hard decision to make until I found the Kurt Cobain "icon" necklace. As a huge Nirvana fan, I had to have it. There was no question about it.
I eagerly anticipated it's arrival, and it finally arrived the other morning.
I opened the envelope expecting your standard bubble-wrapped packaging; but what I got was so much more. Not only did my necklace come wrapped in the cutest bag, but it was filled with dried scented flowers. Amazing. This was completely unexpected.
Now I know everyone will get this service, but it was a really special touch and it's these finer details that make the brand memorable. You can tell that thought has gone into the whole process, rather than just selling your creations and that's that. Time, effort and love is poured into Jewellery by Jaymie.
Her attention to detail is second to none, even her writing is beautiful! As I even received my own little message on the back of one of her lovely business cards.

I definitely love my Cobain necklace, and now have my sights set on the Blondie necklace...

Saint Lou Lou announce European tour


“Sophisticated..their songs have all the ingredients that shimmering, celestial pop requires”  NME
“Hypnotic” Drunken Werewolf
“They look fabulous and sound dolorous. What a combination”The Guardian New Band of the Day
A Red Hot Tip - Saint Lou Lou are set to release one of 2013’s greatest debut albums” Sunday Times
“Almost everything about 21-year-old Swedish twins Miranda and Elektra oozes retro elegance.” US Vogue
After releasing the critically acclaimed debut single "Maybe You" ​ through French label Kitsuné in August, Saint Lou Lou are attracting listeners from all corners of the globe with their dreamy sound. Having recently performed two highly anticipated shows in London, we can now reveal it's time to announce their first ever European tour.
​With their debut album in the making, it's an early opportunity to hear what's in store from the 21 year old Swedish/Australian twins
There is an intimate sense of longing for what could have been hidden within the sleepy drones of the synths; Saint Lou Lou's debut feels like the perfect end of summer song. Though twins Elektra and Miranda Kilbey have the pleasure of splitting their time between the crisp winters of Sweden and the lush summers of Australia.
After working with fashion director Philippe Tempelman on their first video, they have created a gorgeous Herb Ritts-esque representation of the song; the visual aesthetics feature slow panning shots of beautiful people in beautiful locations. ​
There is an underlying sensation that not everything is as it seems. Watch it here:​


November 1: H&M Event at Kesselhaus - Berlin, Germany
November 7: Kitsuné / Festival des Inrocks at La Boule Noire - Paris, France
November 8: Siliencio - Paris, France
November 10: Constellations Festival with Ariel Pink, Kindness, Haim and Hooded Fang  - Leeds Met University, United Kingdom
November 12: Village Underground with El Perro Del Mar - London, United Kingdom
November 13: Birthdays - London, United Kingdom (headline show)
November 14: The Soup Kitchen - Manchester, United Kingdom
November 16: Strand with Twin Shadow - Stockholm, Sweden
November 17: Vega with Twin Shadow - Copenhagen, Denmark


see this post on the NOCTIS blog here

my Eddie Van Halen converse, taken at Poco Loco in Chatham

Hottwerk records album promo


Founded in 2007, Hottwerk is a forward thinking music company specialising in electronic dance music and independent music across the entire electronic spectrum. They operate as a record label, music publisher and PR company.
Recently, we heard news they are set to record ​the stunning new Little Penguin album "Chromosphere". Already, it has racked up reviews from some acclaimed sources.

“Refreshingly different! Will sound great in the car for those long drives home...”Fatboy Slim
“Nice mood setters”Dave Seaman
“Nice album”Nico de Ceglia
“Absolutely wicked”Rattus Rattus

The release date is set for Monday 15th October, two weeks from now, and will be​ in the format of a digital download album but you can get an exclusive listen here

"Chromosphere" marks Hottwerk Records' first real venture into the "wild blue yonder of gorgeous experimental electronica". A far cry from the calls of the dance-floor. The debut album from the sublime genius, Little Penguin, allows us to take a glimpse into a world of technicoloured dreams.

Bittersweet textures are carved, and alienation is distilled amongst human warmth which in turn transcends into the seven tracks that form his album. Following experimentation through soundscapes, noise and drone, you can hear his subverted attempts to try and write nice songs. Nice songs which have been hailed as poetry of pure emotion

But, contrary to what the name suggests, he isn't particularly fussed about Penguins.

see this post on the NOCTIS blog here