Exclusive First Listen: Danger Mouse And Sparklehorse Team Up With David Lynch : NPR Music

Dark Night of the Soul

Exclusive First Listen: Danger Mouse And Sparklehorse Team Up With David Lynch : NPR Music.

In addition to Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, other artists appearing on Dark Night of the Soulinclude James Mercer of The Shins, The Flaming Lips, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, Frank Black of the Pixies, Iggy Pop, Nina Persson of The Cardigans, Suzanne Vega, Vic Chesnutt, David Lynch, and Scott Spillane of Neutral Milk Hotel and The Gerbils.

The Indie Colouring Book

The Indie Coloring Book
The Indie Coloring Book

Cool! I’ll have as much fun as my 2 year old colouring in illustrations by Bon Iver, The Shins, Broken Social Scene, MGMT etc. In fact, Edie might not get a look in cos she’ll mess it up 😛
Royalties go to a charity chosen by the artists.

Tauranga .NET User Group

The next Tauranga .NET User Group session is “Getting started with Silverlight for Developers”.
Location: Spectra Data Solutions, Level 1, Corner Devonport Rd and Elizabeth Street (above Air NZ travel agency – entrance off Elizabeth St).
Free beer and pizza from Microsoft.

The last session was “Tools I can not live without”. There were quite a few tools covered, several I hadn’t seen before that I’ve been meaning to check out since. Here’s Eamon’s list of “Development tools he uses everyday” and Joel’s “Dev Tools I can’t live without”.

One tool that didn’t get a mention that I use reasonably regularly is Expresso a Regular Expression Editor and Tester. I’m terrible at Regular Expressions and Expresso enables me to develop what I need. It’s free too.

Kraftwerk are coming to NZ

Kraftwerk, Auckland Town Hall 26 November!

I missed them at Big Day Out a few years back. They were on at the same time as Jane’s Addiction so I thought I’d catch a bit of both but I was in a great position for Jane’s Addiction and they were grabbing me more than I expected so I didn’t fancy trying to push through the crowd to get to Kraftwerk.

I probably would’ve ended up hearing a bit of both and seeing nothing outside the super top anyway but I’ve always regretted not seeing Kraftwerk as I didn’t think I’d get another chance.

Maybe Tanuki’s Cave beforehand for some yakitori mmm

its’ a happy man with Grapefruit Chilli Marmalade

I went to the Tauranga Farmer’s Market on the weekend and to my unexpected delight Richard the Chilli guy had Grapefruit Chilli Marmalade. It’s great stuff. I haven’t had any in years and I really should make it myself as I have loads of chillies in the freezer and there’s grapefruit all around at the moment. The only other place I’ve seen grapefruit chilli marmalade is Q Gardens near Waitara, Taranaki.

Tauranga farmer’s market is getting better all the time. The gluten-free sausages are great and I had the best masala dosa outside India there one fine day. I’ve only had two dosas outside India but it was pretty authentic. Now if they could just get some Oak leaf wine and a pig on a spit happening.

The farmer’s market is starting at the Mount soon on Sundays and running to the slightly more civilized hour of 1pm.

Carl Shuker – Three novellas for a novel

All three of Carl Shuker’s Three Novellas for a Novel are available as limited edition downloads now. For free or more!
Interesting to see a novellist making their work available online for tips ala The Crimea, Radiohead & NIN. I guess Carl liked the idea of bypassing the publishing companies and making his work available for tips. It drastically reduces the cost of getting his work out and it’s environmentally friendly too. Or is it? No paper or transportation costs but more electricity consumed by readers and I was tempted to print them as well.

Malcolm Middleton touring NZ

My favourite miserable Scot, Malcolm Middleton is coming to NZ in May. Facebook says Malcolm is playing The Whammy bar in Auckland but everywhere else says it’s The Kings Arms on May 12th. At least everyone agrees he’s playing The San Francisco Bath House in Wellington on May 13th.

Malcolm’s new album, Sleight of Hand, is out now. It’s mostly acoustic collection leftovers, covers and wind ups. I’m looking forward to the next project though – “Right now, everything sounds like a fat child throwing a Casio keyboard down a flight of stairs and hitting an old man at the bottom who’s playing Verve songs badly on an over-priced guitar,” says Malcolm.

Meanwhile the filthier half of Arab Strap Aidan John Moffat has released the rather dirty, R rated I Can Hear Your Heart and a singing bottle opener that plays a wee ditty by Aidan every time you crack open a beer. Now I have several rather nice bottle openers including one from Suck UK that looks like an unsuspecting house key and the trusty one that I won at the Massey University chilli eating competition but now I think I need one more.