Friday, 15 July 2016

Paintings.

I've been to the post office everyday this week with paintings so if you are waiting on a painting it should be with you any day now.

I took a stock take also so if you are interested in any of these paintings this is how many I have left of each.

Because I charge in £, if you are an American, I guess these paintings are now kind of on sale. The terrible depressing Brexit sale.

(Personalised) Bring Me Tea!! (Blue) 2 left.




(Personalised) Bring Me Coffee! (Blue) 2 left


(Personalised) Bring Me Tea !(Pink) 3 left.



(Personalised) Bring Me Coffee! (Pink) 2 left.




St Pauli with Lyrics 5 left.



Transparent Mix Tapes 7 left.





Hennessy Painting 1 left (of 2)




Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Transparent Mix Tapes #1 #2 and #3!

I love painting the same thing over and over. I've written about it before. HERE

What I enjoy is seeing the subtle differences between each version of the painting I make. I'm trying to recreate each painting exactly, so any difference fascinates me. Why is it different? How come I couldn't make it exactly the same again? I understand this is a process that probably only interests me - as I've said before it is an EXTREME form of naval gazing. I really enjoy it. I especially like every painting being the same but different, in my eyes it makes each reproduction far more 'honest' then if I had made prints.

I haven't kept count, unfortunately, but by my estimations, I've made approximately three hundred different sized Formed a Band paintings. The original is on Keith Top Of The Pops hallway wall. The newest one is hanging in my front room. I've been perfecting them for years. If you are a regular reader of this blog you probably own one of the ones I made in between Keith's and mine. All of you with a very similar - but not the same - painting,  you are part of an exclusive gang.

Last year I made 'pocket money paintings' where I remade some of my favourite motif's over and over again to say goodbye to them and to force myself to start making new paintings (that I could start making over and over again) This time I numbered them, so I can tell you that I made 217 Death To Everything That Is Not Guitar Music paintings, with these plus the originals and a few in other sizes that is about 240 paintings in total. The guitar was really hard to paint and never the same twice. Not even close. So those paintings, despite my best efforts, are individually pretty unique. I don't make that painting anymore, and I plan on never painting another guitar again as long as I live.

At the moment the paintings I am making over and over again are the Transparent Mix Tape paintings. They are about three times the size of  last years 'pocket money' paintings (these are 30cm x 15cm) and cost ten pounds more, unless you buy more than one then they are about the same price or actually even less.

I'm a little obsessed with mix tapes, this shows my age a little bit I think as they haven't really existed in this form for about 15 years, or maybe more. I was very much the sort of person who would try and hide messages to people within the songs on the tapes I made, and was always on the look out for the messages people were trying to send me with their choices, either subliminally or on purpose.

I've always seen it that mix tapes are always more than just a collection of tunes, even if the aim really is just showcasing your favourite songs to someone, that is still sending messages in a way. So I've made these transparent mix tapes with the message clearly on the side. No hiding of the message at all.

All three are from Art Brut songs.

 My Little Brother


 Sound of The Summer



 and I want to be Double A-Sided.



I'll be making them for a month, they are all numbered and signed and available from HERE

If you like your paintings a little more unique I have these two Hennessy/Alcoholic Unanimous paintings that I wont be recreating.

Hennesy #1 and Hennesy #2 

Friday, 5 February 2016

Snakebite City.



Snakebite City compilation albums are AMAZING.

I grew up in Dorset in the mid-nineties, if the internet existed then I couldn't afford it. The only way I could discover new music was by buying indie compilation CD's. I was very poor and they were usually really good value for money, often £5 for a CD with about twenty six different bands on.

Of course a lot of these compilation CD's were cheap for a reason (they only had one good song on them). The exception to this rule were the Snakebite City Compilations. Snakebite City Compilations were always 100% full of  amazing obscure indie pop bangers.

There were eleven compilation albums in total, and even though I lived in the cultural waste land that was Bournemouth, I still somehow managed to collect them all. Snakebite City compilations became the soundtrack to my adolescence.

I used to carry a lot of CD's around in my bag, so I could take over what ever music was being played at parties and play what I wanted instead. These CDs would always be a These Animal Men CD, a Helen Love CD, a Carter USM CD, a David Devant CD, and about five randomly selected Snakebite City CDs. So, looking back at it now, wether they wanted them to or not, Snakebite City CD's also soundtracked  all my friends adolescences too. Sorry about that Jasper.

A lot of the Snakebite City bands became my favourite bands, and then later, when I moved to London, they became my flatmates and friends. Art Brut's first ever gig was the last ever Snakebite City night at the Verge in Kentish Town. I'm very glad that we just managed to make it on to something that I saw as an important institution, although I'm sad we never got to be on one of the CDs.

When I moved house last year all my Snakebite City CD's were stolen - hopefully whoever took them is rocking out to AgeBaby somewhere right now, as those CDs are useless in the wrong hands. I have all the songs on a hard drive somewhere, I'm sure, I just need to dig around and find them. But I had a real itch yesterday to hear some of my favourites and started thinking about what they might be, before suddenly remembering that I had made a radio show for Resonance FM about exactly that.

So one quick email to Keith Top Of The Pops later I had my hour long show, I thought you might want to listen to it too. So here it is.


I'm not sure of the legality of me just posting it here so to make up for just doing it. I'm going to suggest that you donate to Resonance FM HERE, or at least start listening to it. It is an incredible radio station, one of the best in the world.

ALSO

If you want to buy Snakebite City compilations, it looks like you can still do that HERE.

That website looks about 15 years old, so you definitely should buy the CD's just for the surprise on Paul Bluefire's face when he suddenly starts getting cheques in the post for compilation CDs he made 20 years ago.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Personalised. BRING ME TEA! BRING ME COFFEE! paintings.

Hello. I've made a new series of paintings based around the song Alcoholics Unanimous.


Do you like Coffee or Tea? Do you often have a hangover? Do you often have a hangover so bad you can't even talk? What you need is a BRING ME TEA!/BRING ME COFFEE painting you can point too.

I have made 20 blue and 20 pink, numbered and signed BRING ME COFFEE paintings and 20 blue and 20 pink numbered and signed BRING ME TEA paintings.


I really enjoy painting the same thing over and over and seeing the subtle differences, but I also really enjoy making my art personal for the person that receives it.

In the painting the mug is blank, if you have a favourite mug you can personalise the painting by sending me a photo of it and I will paint it into the picture, so the mug in the painting will be of your favourite mug.

The paintings are acrylic on stretch canvas (18cm x 24cm) they cost £42 including postage to anywhere and are available from HERE

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

End Of The Year Round Up.

I've never understood people that make their end of year lists in the middle of December. What if they get a really good book for Christmas? Or suddenly discover a brilliant album on NYE at a party.

All end of year lists should be written about a week into January, after a period of proper reflection, not spur of the moment half way through December.

I don't really like lists anyway, so here is a kind of cultural round up of the year.

First I should say I was really busy, I released a memoir, a graphic novel, toured a spoken word show, and had two art exhibitions. Quite a lot of stuff to fit into a year and probably frustrating for the people waiting for an Art Brut album, sorry.

While I didn't discover an amazing new album on NYE I did get a great book for Christmas, Russell Senior from Pulp's 'Freak Out The Squares'. Art Brut worked with Russell on a couple of songs a few years ago, his book made me wish we'd worked with him more. In fact, it actually made me wish I'd forced him to join Art Brut on the Violin. He would have caused loads of trouble. It would have been brilliant. Even if, for some unusual reason, you don't like Pulp, you should definitely read Russell's book it is hilarious and brilliant

Other than that, I read J.B Morrison's 'Frank Derrick's Holiday Of A Lifetime' which was fantastic. I've loved every one of Jim Bob/J.B Morrison's books but this one was really special. I read it all in one day over the course of a series of flights and trains from Berlin to some festivals in the middle of nowhere in the UK. I liked it so much that,despite having other books with me, I read it again on the way home. If you haven't read it you really should. I loved it.

I also really enjoyed  Christopher Brookmyre's 'Dead Girl Walking' if you don't know Christopher Brookmyre and you like thrillers/detective novels. I suggest you start from the beginning and read all his books. It was ace to be reading a Parlabane story again.

I was a judge for the British Comics Awards this year and through that I read loads of great Comics and Graphic Novels. The books that I especially enjoyed were The Motherless Oven - which freaked me out as it seemed to be based in an alternative version of where I grew up in Parkstone, and The Rabbit. I also loved Metroland, which was not nominated but I picked up at Thought Bubble and of course Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl which I've been lucky enough to have read all of and is my favourite volume of Phonogram. My favourite comic of the year was Julia Scheele's 'I Wished I Was Married To The Sea' a beautiful little anthology of her work that I carried around in my bag to take out and look at/read for a couple of months after I bought it.

I began the year in a bit of grump about how terrible the state of music was at the moment, but this was pretty stupid and churlish of me as 2015 has been a great year for music. The height of my strop was at SXSW where for the first two days I managed to convince myself there was no good new music as the only decent band  I'd seen were The Pop Group - who formed in 1977. On my last day though I saw Hinds, Happyness, Honeyblood and Ultimate Painting who were all AMAZING and made me realise I was an idiot for being a grump.

Secretly the greatest band in the world, if only more people knew they existed,  The Indelicates also had an album out this year which you should buy as it is fantastic, as did The Nightingales also FANTASTIC and Mikey Georgeson and The Civilised Scene (also fantastic). I also played the FIDLAR album on repeat for most of 2015.

Luke Haines released an album too called British Nuclear Bunkers, which Im sure is incredible, but I don't listen to records that don't have lyrics on them - no matter how good they are. If you do you should check it out as I'm certain it was the best record without lyrics on it that came out this year.

My favourite album of the year - today at least, yesterday it was probably The Indelicates and the day before FIDLAR etc - was Ezra Furman's Perpetual Motion People, I've known Ezra for a long time and its fucking ace to see him finally get the recognition he deserves. I hope he becomes as famous as Prince, he certainly deserves to be.

I've definitely forgotten other records that I loved this year, which is a great feeling to have as it means there were so many. Hooray.

I'm doing my spoken word show in the UK and Germany in 2016 too. If you would like to come there are dates on my website

Hopefully see you there.


Eddie. X

Friday, 6 November 2015

FORMED A BAND PAINTINGS FOR SALE.



I really enjoy making the same painting over and over again.

I'm genuinely trying to make each one identical, so the slight differences that occur between each painting fascinate me, as do how the paintings change over time. What I'm doing is a productive form of naval gazing I guess, and also a form of mediation. It is very satisfying to come out of a very deep thought after hours of contemplation and find myself surrounded by paintings that I've made.

I retired a lot of my motif's last year. And have been working on a lot of new paintings.

I did not retire  Formed A Band though. Formed A Band is my favourite painting to make. I've made and sold more than 200 of them, all in different sizes. 

I love the fact that there are hundreds of Formed A Band paintings out there, resting on peoples shelf's or hung on peoples walls. I'm an idiot, so believe in magic and I honestly believe that is a mystical energy being released from this motif being out in the wild, that powers my DIY endeavours. I'd turn it into wallpaper if I could and then try and convince people to plaster their houses with it. TILL I BECOME ALL POWERFUL.

ANYWAY...

While I didn't retire the Formed A Band motif. I did presume that everybody who wanted one already had one. I have had a few email requests though of people asking if they could buy one for their loved one for a Christmas present so I am making some this week. 

For this week only if you'd like to buy a Formed A Band painting. You can get them from my shop.



They are 40 x 30 cm, acrylic paint on canvas board.

and they are HERE

And if you really like the Motif there is a MASSIVE one HERE

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Double D



I have written a graphic novel it's a collaboration with Steve Horry who is brilliant and designed the covers for two of my books, Keith Top Of The Pops album artwork and a drew a picture of Art Brut posing like the JLI. All of which you can see HERE


Our book is called Double D and is about an overweight schoolboy who discovers he can use his excess body weight to fuel super heroic abilities.

The book is coloured by David Cooper, lettered by Colin Bell and edited by Alex Sarll. An AMAZING TEAM.

It is released Wednesday 11th November.

You can read two exclusive pages on Pitchfork HERE

And five! Exclusive pages on Comic Book Resources HERE

Once you've read those previews you should go and order a copy. Thanks.

It's released by Image so is easy to get in your local comic shop or online

If you have never gone into a comic shop to order a comic before HERE is a handy guide from our friend Kieron Gillen