The Roquefort Files

Travels to the pub and back

October 31st, 2005

Swing when you’re winning.

I made a conscious decision to do absolutely nothing this week. In the end my resolve cracked on Thursday (see below), but Monday to Wednesday were filled with nothing other than mundane domesticity: work, cook, watch crappy TV, play bass, and booze. Gill’s a boozehound par excellence: RF: “Guys, dinner’s ready.” Gill: “Thanks!” <sound of […]

October 24th, 2005

I’ve had

a rather stimulating week. TM convened in the Brill Building on Tuesday night for a practice. We’d been stagnating for a while, to be honest: concentrating on recording apparently made us incapable of coming up with any particularly, y’know, good original material, and we were automatically steering clear of playing too many covers because mostly […]

October 20th, 2005

As an aside to Saturday’s post,

I thought I’d mention an article by Irvine Welsh in the Guardian that seems rather appropriate to the weekend’s fucked-upness. Also Devon writes about the associated but more genteel, urine- and vomit-orientated Edinburgh night out.

October 17th, 2005

Sunday afternoon’s alright for driving:

at least on the east coast. Jez gave me a lift* to Craiglockhart to view and test drive my first potential Nürburgring car. It was a 1.9 Peugeot 205 GTI and I’d been an assiduous little car nerd and printed out a load of buyer’s guides for it beforehand. I prodded it, bounced the corners […]

Saturday night’s alright for fighting:

if you’re in the west, anyway. Our TM practice that day had gone encouragingly well. It was the first session for a while that felt free of the “must record!” impetus that’s been in evidence of late. Finally producing something (subjectively) good enough to make publicly available (you didn’t think I’d seriously forget to plug […]

October 12th, 2005

4-track demos, part II:

we’ve just posted the first MP3 of the demos we mixed the other day. It’s called Dead On, and it’s a whole 50% scarier than the rest of the stuff we play. Have a listen!

October 11th, 2005

The juggernaut of Hat Night ’05

swung inexorably into action on Friday evening. The usual crew assembled at the old flat and the games began: hats were assigned and Josh concocted (I can’t bring myself to say ‘made’, not when the end result tastes like 100° proof cough medicine) a batch of ‘Liquid Gold’ to fuel the proceedings. Ali A wasn’t […]

October 6th, 2005

4-track demos.

Last night TM convened at the flat to mix down the recordings we made on Saturday. The plan was to transfer each track individually from the 4-track to my laptop, and then to use that to mix them and hence give ourselves a bit more control. Doug was, of course, a full hour late. How […]

October 3rd, 2005

I went out for a couple of drinks

(My God; how many posts here begin with that phrase?) with a workmate on Tuesday night. We ended up in the Candy Bar. I say “ended up”; it was more that I couldn’t be arsed to make a decision as to where to go and so she steered us toward George Street. I’d never been […]