Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp

I’m away for this gig sadly but it should be a total cracker! Check it out if you’re around Manchester.


Quixote Nights presents on 12th July



melodic jazz punk from France


Andy Diagram/Dick De La Mancha/Vincent Berthelet

@ Carlton Club, Carlton Road off Wood Road, Whalley Range, M16

86 bus from town.

£5 on the door.  8-12.


New LBO pic, Tour links, Tele links…

Bathed in blue light. original pic here taken by Insa.

Some weblinks for tour below too:

24th June Liverpool Lost Voices @ View Two Gallery
25 th June Glasgow @ 13th Note
26th June Leeds @ Cardigan Arms
28th June Basel @ Obst & Gemuse
29th June Dornbirn @ TIK
30th June Geneva @ Cave 12
1st July Grenoble @ Le 102
2nd July Stuttgart @ FFUS
3rd July Prague @ Final Club
4th July Leipzig @ Conne Island
5th July Berlin @ Madame Claude
6th July Hamburg @ Golden Pudel
7th July Mainz @ Walpoldenakademie
8th July Amsterdam @ Delicatessen

Also amazing set of photos here from Huw of the now infamous BBC North West Tonight featuring the LBO earlier in the year. Filmed between 8.30 am and 9.30 am on the day of broadcast. I had to go to bed with a terror headache afterwards. Note pictures of Karl Marx added as feeble subversive element, wanted pictures of Bakunin or Colin Ward ideally but realised that sadly no one would recognise them…

New ‘Kalbakken’ tracks

Well, not Kalbakken in the usual sense! Below are a few choice bits of free playing from Kirsty (violin, voice) and myself (guitar, voice) recorded in Manchester last week.

track 1

track 2

track 3

Our side of the forthcoming 7″ on Smeraldina-Rima kind of marries some of this stuff within a song based structure.

Acoustic Guitar tracks

All matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves.

(This track is only acoustic guitar and guitar steel, lots of natural harmonics singing. Saw that Bill Hicks biography yesterday and was fitting moved and inspired so went with this as a title for the minute. May not stick with it but it certainly beats “untitled drone”)


(This one is acoustic guitar and preparation with paintbrush, egg slicer and I think there’s maybe some goat bell and voice in there too.)


(just hands and guitar on this)

These are easier to hear versions than the previous posting bravely entitled “new acoustic guitar tracks” of the tunes I did with Karl at the Queens Arc over Easter.

Bat Action

Went on a splendid Bat Walk around Chorlton Waterpark last night. It was technically part of national moth day but none of the moths seemed to be out. Too cold for some, too warm for others apparently. The bat people had got in on the act as bats keep themselves busy eating moths.

(picture by Helen Brealey)

There was a slightly drawn out but informative lecture on bats to start and we were shown a poorly captive pipistrelle bat (the picture is of a pippistrelle). Then it got really exciting as they handed out ultrasonic scanners to pick up the bats’ ultrasonic vibrations.

We found mainly two types of bat; the common pipistrelle which picked up at 45-47 KHZ and the soprano pipistrelle at around 55 KHZ. The sounds themselves translated as a series of pips, clicks and squeeks becoming blurred into a continual buzz as the bats honed in on their prey and the rate of output got faster than human hearing.

Pretty amazing to think there so much going on in those upper frequency registers we don’t pick up on. Helen has already picked up a bat scanner so we await its arrival with excitement. Hopefully be able to record some bat sounds as we get regular bat visitors to Woodlawn Court, and I’m also interested to see what else is going on in those higher frequency ranges.

Most immediate thing would be to investigate presence of the “mosquito” devices in the local area aimed at deterring young people from congregating in certain locations by admitting an ultrasonic frequency only audible to younger folks (our hearing range gets smaller as we get older losing those frequencies above 20/25 KHZ or so).