Sunday, December 31, 2006

MY wish for 2007



A simple one this: let's have a sensible policy for photography on the tube and railway network in London and make sure the staff are EDUCATED in this policy. It's the lifeblood of the city and to be constantly in fear of being pounced on by a jobsworth, or worse, the police, ignorant of the rules is a shame. Much of London's history, arhichitecture and life will go unrecorded.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Happy Christmas!



Christmas Lights

I trust you're all having a good one!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Happy Christmas!


Bobby Anderson


Originally uploaded by davehodg.
Happy Christmas

Hi all. Happy Christmas! Nearly the end of the year, and what a year 2006 been. As far as I can tell I've shot something like 75 performances in 52 gigs. Ish. That includes the mighty, sweet, lovely Fortune Drive 13 times! And who I was lucky enough to go on the road with in Germany. There exists ONE book of tour photos from that expedition!

Last year, I picked a dozen shots that summed up 2005. This year you get a baker's dozen pics, many of which have never been seen before, of Bobby Anderson from the FD's.

Christmas Cards


The path to hell is paved with good intentions. There are a few people who religiously (geddit?) send me Christmas cards and I have some hand-made cards almost ready to post to them. Apart from the making part. So this will have to do. I love you guys and I'll make it up to you in beer next year.

The Move

The reason why I've been so crap? I've moved to London. Camden, more specifically. Even more specifically here. Not the middle of the road, just down a bit. It's lovely. Come visit. I have a sofa bed.



The day job

I'm now working for Venda, a lovely little e-commerce systems company in Covent Garden doing the usual perl hackery!



Existing Photos - For bands

Whilst packing for the move, I've collected together a massive pile of 6x4 prints of various bands: Blackbud, Fortune Drive, The Hats, The Counterfeits, Nadine, The Cuban Heels and many, many more. If you're in one of these bands and want first dibs, yell and we'll come to an arrangement. Basically, anyone I've shot this year, there's probably a pile of prints. Go on, your mums will love you.

Photo Sales

Which brings me on to the subject of print sales. If you're an individual and would like a print of any of my pictures let me know and we'll work out a price for a 12"x8". A small fraction are on my flickr pages.

Future Sessions

Lastly, the new work. I'll cover any gig in the London area for the usual deal: AAA pass (trust me, it's worth it for the different angles possible) in return for some shots for web use. Magazines, just mail/call me - I'm within 10 minutes walk of at least 15 venues.

For bands and artists, the possibilities for promotional shoots in Camden and London are endless. From simple groups shots in my flat, to location shots on and in the poshness of Primrose Hill to the underbelly of the markets. All for the usual reasonable hourly rate. And all you bands who have been waiting - now is the time!

I can also do the moody portrait thing on demand too!

Whatever - mail me!

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Bought any good books lately?

Well, yes actually. Following on from my yak-shaving of this week, I got fully immersed in turning my little script into a full blown module. Come 2AM, I have a Conway-style module, tests, test coverage (100% function coverage, 95% statement coverage etc. etc.), and having perlcritic give it the once-over. Sadly, I'd failed to include the code that Actually Did Stuff.

Oh well.

But! On the book front, I now have "Perl Best Practices" so I can look up where perlcritic thinks I'm being a cardi-wearing, pipe smoking dad on the style front. I have writing Perl Modules for CPAN so now there's no excuse not to. And finally Perl Testing A Developer's Notebook so again, no excuse not to.

Plenty to be going on with there I think.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Counterfeits and Bearknuckles, Fleece, Oxjam


Bearknuckles, Fleece, Oxjam
Originally uploaded by davehodg.
A very passable evening wherein two of the bands I've done sessions for were playing in aid of the Oxjam charity. Not a bad turnout and the lighting was good for a change.

Worthy of a mention too were Underdown, on the point of a name change to something Top Secret and The Termites who destroyed their setup afterwards in frustration at the monitor setup. Now, now :)

Monday, October 23, 2006

Today, I shaved a yak.

It all started so honourably. I thought: "I know, I'll take my piddly little script to slurp my Amazon Marketplace listings and create a slightly prettier version and bundle it up and put it on CPAN.

Right, so if I'm doing CPAN, I really ought to have an svn repository to put it in.

Which means I really ought to give the wifi card on the linux box a static IP address so I can get at it from outside.

After much (hours) of dicking around, neither the 802.11b OR the 10-baseT card work. lspci says they're there, ifup doesn't.

I've been meaning to upgrade the poky 10-baseT card for a long time anyhow (a month to rsync 300G of data?!!!) so off to the dreaded PC World, dropped £8 on a Realtek (PC Line) branded 10/100 card and now I have blinkenlights!

So my rather naked yak at least has stubble.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

James Hurst - Who Made the Law?

Ok all you singer songwriters and everyone else out there, check this out from the lovely James Hurst. Do it now. Or else.

Fortune Drive, The Croft, Oxjam


Fortune Drive, The Croft, Oxjam
Originally uploaded by davehodg.
A hiatus after a brief stint on the road with the mighty Fortune Drive, back in the photography saddle again with...you guessed it, Fortune Drive! And very good it was too.

Monday, October 16, 2006

"Brown M&M's"

From Wikipedia:

"The hard rock band Van Halen's now infamous contract rider called for, among other things, a bowl of M&M's backstage, but with provision that all the brown candies must be removed. In one rumored incident, someone had not removed the brown M&M's, and David Lee Roth trashed the dressing room. The M&M's provision was included in Van Halen's contracts not because the band disliked the candy, but because it served a practical purpose: if brown M&Ms were found backstage, then it was probable that other much more important technical aspects of the rider had also not been fulfilled properly."


So there you go.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Richard Riley


Richard
Originally uploaded by davehodg.
Musician, part of the Saturday afternoon drinking posse.

He caught me standing on a bench in Union Street taking shots of the passers by. So I took a picture of him instead.

Cambridge freshers week


Cambridge freshers week
Originally uploaded by davehodg.
Don't you just hate freshers week?

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Fortune Drive, Molotov Hamburg


Fortune Drive, Molotov Hamburg
Originally uploaded by davehodg.
Now THAT is what a gig should be like. Good sound, excellent backline, rammed sweaty club and people jumping up and down to excellent rock and roll.

And for the record, I've driven from about an hour into France through to Dusseldorf and then from Berling to Hamburg. Without killing anyone although I did scuff the kerb this evening and make the height limit bars in the car park ring like giant chime bars to the consternation of the drunken reeperbahn revellers. Tomorrow I get to drive Hamburg back to France with hopefully no casualties still.

Friday, September 22, 2006

FD on the road to Berlin


On the road to Berlin
Originally uploaded by davehodg.
Day 4.

Day one was the kickoff gig in Bristol (excellent) , day two up to London at Madame JoJo's (stressful) and yesterday a leisurely pootle to Duesseldorf with a nice relaxing stopover in Anwerp on the way.

"Germany will be lovely when it's finished"

Or at least the roads. We set out with plenty of time to get to Berlin and have managed to hit every traffic jam and road works on the way. 200k to go in 90 minutes. Ain't gonna happen.

Ian Gillan loves to use the word "hurtle" to describe travelling on a tourbus. The best word I can use is "frustrating". Oh, and hot. The weather is fabulous!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Should we be afraid?


cleveland punks
Originally uploaded by skirts at night.
OK, blogging someone else's pic because, well, it's just too good not to yell about.

The big question is, are the 80's back? Or did they never go away in Cleveland?

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Bearknuckles promo shoot


Bearknuckles promot shoot
Originally uploaded by davehodg.
Much horsing around in Portishead and some great shots (well, I think so anyway!).

This is my pick of the lot: cross-processed in front of the vivid blue steel shutters of the industrial unit.

Blood of Ash, The Croft

Second gig. No broken strings. Good show chaps! Roll on the Porter Butt...

Beautiful spam subject line

Subject: dick clairvoyance

'nuff said.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The Hats and Underdown at The Fleece

Caught The Hats last night being supported by local stalwarts Underdown. Solid performances all round even if there was a Nadine Gingell shaped hole in the Hats, sadly.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Hackerkitchen


Hackerkitchen
Originally uploaded by davehodg.
Last week I had the privilege of attending the hackerkitchen. Nine courses of foody goodness with far too much wine and crazy Taiwanese metal.

Recommended!

Friday, September 01, 2006

Oh FFS, dismissing Perl. Again?

OK, so I'm sat at a Perl conference with some of the smartest programmers out there, working for some serious companies doing enterprise level code with great software engineering practices and this clueless mouthpiece dimisses it alongside ISAPI.

WTF?

And his system depends on one smart programmer who wrote the compiler? Hahaha. Good luck.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Fortune Drive, Video Shoot


Fortune Drive, Video Shoot
Originally uploaded by davehodg.
So Thursday was a bit mad. A video shoot? In the Old Duke? With forty or so cidered up Duke regulars and FD fans?

I didn't even know Asda did smart price vodka and Budgens must have been cleaned out of Strongbow.

Still, it all seemed to go well and I took lots of pictures!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Sorting Pictures

So I've taken nearly 20,000 pictures in the last two years. I've also tended to carry around with me around a hundred or so of the best of my recent shots just to show folks who are interested.

Today however, I decided to buy an album to put some of "the best" in. Interesting exercise. What's "best"? How to tessilate three 6x4's so they look nice? Will that sticky stuff really work and can I get the air bubbles out? Does it matter if they're just a little bit wonky?

Still, nicely tactile and book-like. And if I may say so myself, very nice pictures.

Good times :)
Oracle XE

Easiest database install I've done in a *very* long time. Download, install the RPM's, tell it what port and the SYSTEM password and all done.

Sure it's limited: one CPU and 4G of Data.

It's going to give Sybase a run for its money. And I'm a Sybase bigot.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

A few more photo sets uploaded


The Hats @ The Fleece, Bristol
Originally uploaded by davehodg.
Under pressure from Madame Saxy, I've put up some more pics from the last week or two!

First up, the lovely Hats from the Fleece:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davehodg/sets/72157594213865221/

Then, the mighty Counterfeits from, um, the Fleece:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davehodg/sets/72157594215337743/

On to First Element from, guess where? You got it, the Fleece:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davehodg/sets/72157594215306404/

If anyone in Bristolland has a contact for them, please put me in touch, I want to shoot them somewhere with slightly less crappy light!

And Final Lee (as they say down here), the pinnacle, the mighty, the awesome, the totally delicious Fortune Drive from Mr Wolf's. Billed as "an acoustic set". Like hell!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davehodg/sets/72157594213869723/

It was in aid of Cherry D, a local charity for local people.

So give 'em your fookin' money!

That's all. Looking forward to the Harbourside today!

Monday, July 24, 2006

Fortune Drive, Ashton Court


Fortune Drive, Ashton Court
Originally uploaded by davehodg.
Sunday was a curate's egg.

I hadn't heard whether I'd actually got a photo pass for the weekend, but whatever, there was no way I was missing Fortune Drive. After negotiating and finding out that I did actually have a pass (eventually) I made it to the stage as the guys were into their first song.

Oh, and some smartass jobsworth greeted me at the backstage gap in the fence with: "you're late". No shit Sherlock. I'm out of breath, bathed in sweat. *duh*

Anyhow, the guys were really up for it and the crowd was GREAT.

About two thirds of the way through they lost power. Mark manfully kept bashing the drums for a VERY extended drum solo, complete with beer topup (no pic, I was laughing too hard, sorry!). They got back into the groove only to have the power pulled, with no 5 minute warning, halfway through the penultimate song.

I've not heard an audience boo and jeer "The Man" so hard before. Such a shame. And why? With an hour's changeover too. For an old rock band no-one remembers.

Aston Court's loss is Bristol Harbourside's gain.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Nadine, The Hats


Nadine
Originally uploaded by davehodg.
Good r'n'b, horn section and all, and a diva in the making belting out a few songs.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Sony Ericsson k800i

Doesn't seem to be much out there about this wonderous little gadget, so hopfully this will get some gogglejuice and I'll get the answers to my questions as well as be useful to other folks!

First up, This is how to get it working with iSync. Great stuff and essential.

It's nice to have a reasonably decent camera even if it suffers horribly from jpeg jaggies. Maybe I'm just hooked on RAW these days?

The music player is great and I've ordered the 1G memory card from Moby Memory.

As supplied by my Voadafone pimp internet from the phone JFW. Gmail on the run! w00t!

So, dear lazyweb, how do I get internet on my Mac? Plugging the USB in gives me eth2 and a 10. IP address but no outgoing connectivity. What am I missing?

Ta!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Single issue politics - I now have my issue

Over the years, I've been both un- and dis- interested in politics. They were all as bad as each other. Even in the days of Tory sleaze, at least the revelations were amusing. However, this lot take the biscuit. From the massive plundering of our pensions to the current attack on basic freedoms and the resistance to an inquiry into 7/7 so that we can at least KNOW what happened, they have shown themselves to be the most morally bankrupt government in a long time.

However, there is *one* issue, above all else, which is seemingly irrelevant but is such a blatant injustice and which could so easily remedied. That issue? The West Lothian Question. Why are Scottish MPs allowed to vote on subjects over which their own parliament has jurisdiction in their own country? Indeed, they have tipped the balance on issues such as university top-up fees that they voted down in Scotland!

Major injustice, easy fix. Whoever promises to fix this has my vote.
Rock and Roll ain't dead...it's alive and well and living in the Bristol area:

At the Fleece in Bristol
At Moles in Bath
and Bradford on Avon of all places!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Four gigs in four nights!

Fortune Drive twice, Grand Rose Band twice, The Counterfeits, Snatch 22, the lovely Pete Roe twice, debauchery in a field...

You don't *really* want to see the evidence, do you? If I get enough messages, maybe, just maybe, I'll put some up...

Pirates of the Caribbean in on word: Tentacoo!

That's all.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Rock and roll irregular verb:

I'm in the music business
You're a blagger
He's a ligger

Monday, June 19, 2006

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Pictures from Monsters of Rock

A choice selection. Standard, from the pit pics. Atmospheric local colour to follow.

Enjoy and let me know what ya think!

Cheers :)

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Monsters of Rock 2006

Well that was a curate's egg. Arriving what I though was stupidly
early, Roadstar (Hurricane Party) and Ted Nugent had already been
and gone. Then Queensryche, Thunder, Journey and Alice Cooper
all stomped through thoroughly competent, crowd-pleasing sets,
albeit translating "MoR" as "middle of the Road". Daniel,
you'd have loved it.

Ah, the crowd.

The MK Bowl happily hold 50-60 thousand. Something went badly wrong
with this one. Was it having Download next week the problem? Or that it
clashed with an important 6-0 victory in the football, the Espom
derby, the cricket and an unseasonably for June, lovely sunny day?

At a rough guess, and using rammed sports halls in Germany as a
comparison, I'd say there were no more than 15-20 thousand people
there and a goodly proportion of those were up on the bowl enjoying
the sun, so getting close to the front wasn't exactly difficult.

As for Purple: immaculate and professional as usual. Yes, Gillan was
straining for some of the notes and yes, it was a crowd-pleasing festival
set list, but there were enough quirks to keep it interesting.

Oh, and the sound, at least within the caravan-circle of burger vans
in the main area, was the best I've ever heard in that size of field.
The lack of delay towers made it a bit subject to wind direction up on
the outer banks, but hey, what do you expect! And it was nice to hear Don
cutting through for once.

On the macro-economic level, I think there's a fundamental shift in the
economics of touring going on in the UK. There are so many bands now
catering to every corner of music, and kids are able to get up close
to their favourite bands in a local club for a fiver. So it takes Road
Runner to put ALL their bands on three stages at the same time plus a
few gnarly headliners to pack >100,000 into a muddy field in the
Midlands. Blame Myspace for democratising music?

Pics to follow, dunno how they'll turn out: new lens :)

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Weird iBook problem

Grace's iBook just had a spazz with most things, Finder included, not working. It looks like something got corrupted in an update. Looking in the crashdump led me to rsync this directory:

/System/Library/Frameworks/Accelerate.framework/Versions/A/

from my Powerbook. And all is good again.

Very, very weird though.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

I am SO tired. Three gigs in two nights and a LONG day in London doing the other stuff.

Blackbud did the Fleece justice (sorry I missed Clumsy! Argh!) on Monday with the Francos in able support.

Tuesday kicked off with the Cuban 'Eels on an all-Bristle show up at the Anson Rooms followed by the overnight success that will have been (huh?) Fortune Drive (who I first saw being supported by Clumsy, so closing the circle!)

Not putting the others down as they all put on great shows, but it was fantastic to see FD clearly pumped by their first gig in a while and with two LA showcases in the offing turn up their usual high enery levels to near-11 levels.

Oh, I've got some nice pics from Mon and Tues. Russ Cuban is definitely babe of the week though! 

Eight more gigs 'till Monsters of ROCK!

Friday, April 07, 2006

Banging music of the day

Check Nomo. Absolutely brilliant Jazzy Afro beat kinda thing. Found whilst trolling through one gigabyte of SXSW sampler!

Friday, March 31, 2006

SJC Recruitment, Bath. 

Thank you for the Crunche.

That's all!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

1000 free songs for your iPod?

This year's SXSW conference has made a huge amount of music freely downloadable.

Share and enjoy!

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Biomechanical, Birmingham. We *heart* these guys. 

Biomechanical, Edward's No. 8

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Art statements, Pitchfork, and fancypants analysis

This amused me. Since "becoming a photographer" I've been extremely wary of trying to elevate what I do to the level of "art". Sure there's the learning of the craft of lighting, all the nooks and crannies of the settings on the camera and all the post-shoot stuff and working with the subject. But is it art? Not my problem! I'll do the work to the best of my ability but it's up to someone else to elevate it.

I take my cue from Jean-Loup Sieff: do it for the love of it. Everything else follows.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

The Ga*Ga*s at the Camden Underworld

I was lucky enough to blag permission to shoot these guys. A friend in Bath had been raving about them (hi Matt!) but I was sceptical. However, they banged out a good set of rock. I'd see 'em again!

GaGa's at the Underworld

Cuban Heels, 93ft East

Someone sign these guys ASAP please!

Cuban Heels, 93ft East

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Virgin.net scam

OK, folks the virgin.net "no 12 month contract" thing is a lie. They *will* impose a £50 cancellation surcharge if you terminate even 6 months into the contract: "we do reserve the right to..." is just crap.

Bah.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Grand Rose Band at the Purple Turtle

Again, the guys took a fairly indifferent audience who'd been pummeled by the opening act into some kind of narcolepsy, and got them dancing a bit!

Grand Rose Band, Purple Turtle

Looking forward to the next one!

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Thursday, January 19, 2006

It's The Wrong Bradford, Gromit!

My train pain this evening paled into comparison with the poor lady sitting at Bradford-on-Avon train station. Having arrived at Waterloo Eurostar terminal from Guadeloupe via Paris and asked for "the train to Bradford", she was put on the train to a Bradford, just not the Bradford. Worse still, she was then told to go to Bristol where via the legendary Virgin Cross Country and a couple of dodgy changes in Manchester, she might just have reached Bradford at half past midnight. A few clicks on the Nation Rail website demonstrated that going from Bath to London then from Kings Cross northwards would have been quicker and with better fallbacks if there were delays.

I hope she complains and gets both a grovelling apology and compensation.