I haven’t really been gigging much, but when invited to play in Denmark I got caught up in their post-Eurovision winning glow and am now proud to be playing the Start the summer holidays with a POP! event….in Copenhagen!!!
It’s a jangletastic night of indie and pop played by bands from Copenhagen and Cambridge at Metronomen.
‘Don’t Listen To The Douchebags (Listen To George Takei)’ is a properly recorded version of a Youtube thing I did. That acoustic-recorded-on-the-webcam song was inspired by George Takei’s response to a school board member in the US who went on a Facebook rant saying he wished all the gay kids were dead. The board member later ended up resigning live on TV. Shortly after that I had the opportunity to contribute to a compilation CD highlighting gay and transgender bullying issues, so recorded the song properly, and made a video. Which cheekily features it’s inspiration 😉 Here it is:
This version of the song was recorded two years ago, and the incident that inspired the George Takei response was before that, but amidst the fuss over legalising gay marriage (in the UK) has also brought out the stories of violence and harassment of gay and trans-gendered people.
This song is being released on the Any Love Is Good Love compilation CD, which aims to raise awareness as well as fundraise. You can purchase the album from the Any Love Is Good Love page on Bandcamp. Much respect is due to from Ten Tigers/Lost Harbours and Ste McCabe who put it together. Funds from this are going to LGBT Youth North West (formerly Lesbian and Gay Youth Manchester).
Catch the latest video from Professor Karmadillo – a song about the rovers crawling around the surface of Mars.
You can read the lyrics about Curiosity et al roaming around Mars whilst watching the video at the Professor Karmadillo website – or just watch it and pay attention to the David Bowie influenced lyrics here!
Theres a nerdy themed gig going on Friday April 26, 2013. More details from the Facebook Page. I guess I’ll just have to throw some science stuff into the mix won’t I? 😉
In particular, it’ll be a pleasure to support RANDOM aka Mega Ran a forefather of the whole nerdcore hip-hop movement and it’s safe to say that without him artists like MC Frontalot, MC Chris and MC Lars wouldn’t even exist. His music is hip-hop but his love of video games and nerd culture take centre stage, especially in his Mega Man-themed series of albums (which are even officially sanctioned by Mega Man’s creators Capcom!). Also supporting is MC iPOD.
Doors at 8ish. Starts around half 8. All at the Corner House, Newmarket Road, Cambridge. An even fiver on the door, or save a quid and buy a ticket from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/215932
I’ll be coming out of sabbatical with a gig tonight at Cambridge’s Bright Club Re:generation event during the Cambridge Science Festival. I’ll be unveiling two new Professor Karmadillo songs to the public – one on the Mars Curiosity Rover, and t’other on one of the freakiest looking creatures that also aids cancer research – the naked mole rat.
It also looks like some bits need tweaking with the website and I’ll be changing mailing list provider, so I’ll soon be back to updating you regularly with Karmadillo and Professor Karmadillo shenanigans!
After 8 months or so of baby-led hiatus, Karmadillo will be making a trio of appearances this December at Cambridge venues.
The first will be
Thursday 13th December – supporting Jacqui & Geoff at The Cornerhouse
Sunday 16th December – interlude at the Fat Fox Productions Christmas Show at CB2, Norfolk Street
Tuesday 18th December – supporting the excellent Kerfuffle at The Portland Arms, Cambridge, touring on their new Lighten The Dark album.
Jamie Oliver is doing a bash called the Big Feastival. There is also an unsigned band competition running for this – I would love to entertain assembled diners with tales of brain eating and death by chocolate – who knows, it could give him a new recipe idea! So please vote for Karmadillo at http://thebigfeastival.herokuapp.com/tracks/28 to make it happen!
Features a huge list of bands that I won’t go into here, but Karmadillo will be doing a low key opening slot on the Saturday afteroon. Who knows- it might be little Yelizavyeta’s first Karmadillo gig! Free entry.
Where the offbeat South American Charango meets offbeat English songwriting