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Everything Is Everything: Dean Blunt Wire Feature Outtakes by David KeenanOn N-Dubz
“I like some mainstream pop, man. N-Dubz. But only N-Dubz’ 2nd album, it’s tight.” Tulisa is hot, man. “Slamming. Totally slamming. Slamming.” Who’s the wee midget guy that looks like hell? “Dappy, yeah Dappy. I really like watching them in the studio, they’re really good, N-Dubz in the studio, I like his production techniques, Dappy in the studio, they’re real producers man. I really rate them. N-Dubz are serious. They tried. They tried. I think it’s the second album, it’s got a song called ‘Wouldn’t You’ on it. It’s fucking heavy, so euphoric. But I think that’s when they were on the yay hard, like proper on it. That’s always the best album, when the coke gets in, when that advance clears, before my coke hell, the early bit. It’s when you just keep going, like, yeah, king of the world! Yeah, yeah!”On the gentrification of Hackney
 “People that complain about gentrification are usually the fuckers that are gentrifying the place!” Yeah, you know that your hood is finally gentrified when Ultra-red move in and start protesting about gentrification. “They’re the worst symptom of it! 100%. I know for a fact I much prefer to have my trainers on and keep em on, know what I mean? I much prefer this life than the life I used to have. Its way closer to NY in a way now cause there is this blend of different vibes. At first people moved away now everyone has come back, London Fields is like that now. Once in London Fields, one Saturday, when it’s packed, there was a shoot out, everyone got sprayed. No one got shot but they sprayed up a bench and everyone started running. People should understand that this all has to co-exist, everyone has to somehow be around each other. It is nice if everyone doesn’t get fucked with too much. Like innocent people. I’ve never been opposed to gentrification, I just don’t like pricks in my area but you know what, there were always pricks in my area! Those that want to glorify what it used to be should come out and hang on Downs Road when Derek Bailey used to be about there. Ask Karen Brookman and she will tell them exactly what it was like, speak to Gen or Chris & Cosey, you know. They would really explain what it was like. It was not a fun fucking place man. Well, it was fun but in a different kind of way. Everything is everything, we just have to accept that some things have to be there, irrespective of our liking of them or otherwise.”On Jandek
“I went to check out the sound at Cafe OTO to see if it would work for Free Jazz and it happened that Jandek was playing. I had to get out. I wasn’t feeling it in any way. I didn’t like the girl who plays with him now. I couldn’t even sit through it. I had to step. I asked my friend and the next night she was still there, still on stage. Damn. She’s still there man, she’s still there. Oh, shit. That’s some groupie gone wild shit right there.”On the underground
“What is underground? What does underground have to do? I thought underground was kind of economics or an ethos. I don’t get how now if you use a picture of a beautiful woman it immediately must be or becomes a critique. So that means it has to look bad for the underground or ugly? Why can’t it just be a good looking woman on an underground record who looks fine? Why is there a value system that’s all twisted like that? Because who doesn’t want to see a beautiful woman? The underground thinks that they stand against mainstream values so you stand accused of putting a conventionally beautiful woman on the sleeve. The underground practice mainstream values the same way the mainstream practice it. In fact they practice mainstream values more shrewdly. Because it hasn’t got the fucking money. So actually the underground can kiss my arse. The underground doesn’t know what it is talking about. That’s why I have no time for it. Cause it’s doing the same shit and it is fooling way more people.”On social media
“I’m not really on the net, I don’t fuck with social media, it’s just too cloudy. I think that people are not evolved enough to deal with that shit. They’re not evolved enough to deal with that shit with their egos and I think that people, some people are best away from it. Not everyone is quite built for it and it really came like a ton of bricks and everyone embraced it and it has fucked a lot of people up. As far as what I’m doing and keeping things as pure as I can, I try to stay away from any of that. I don’t want to hear a whisper, I don’t get involved.” But that’s how dull things have become, that even the fact that you choose not to have an on-line presence is seen as some kind of deliberate statement. “This is what I’m trying to say. Nothing is that big a deal. I just don’t want to be on-line. I just want to put out material. I don’t see why that says anything necessarily other than the fact that I don’t wanna be there. It’s not for me. I don’t know why that has to become a part of the modern artist that I need to take on, like, when a promoter asks you can you make me a mix, can you come and do this thing, that’s the thing they’re meant to be promoting! So now I’m doing your job for you yet I’ve got to go and play as well so now I’m doing double the work but still the bullshit? Once again it shows how everyone’s craft has dropped yet artists need to take on more shit. More responsibilities, it’s ridiculous.”Read the full Wire feature here: http://www.thewire.co.uk/archive/issues/367photograph by David Keenan

reversediorama:

Everything Is Everything: Dean Blunt Wire Feature Outtakes by David Keenan

On N-Dubz
“I like some mainstream pop, man. N-Dubz. But only N-Dubz’ 2nd album, it’s tight.” Tulisa is hot, man. “Slamming. Totally slamming. Slamming.” Who’s the wee midget guy that looks like hell? “Dappy, yeah Dappy. I really like watching them in the studio, they’re really good, N-Dubz in the studio, I like his production techniques, Dappy in the studio, they’re real producers man. I really rate them. N-Dubz are serious. They tried. They tried. I think it’s the second album, it’s got a song called ‘Wouldn’t You’ on it. It’s fucking heavy, so euphoric. But I think that’s when they were on the yay hard, like proper on it. That’s always the best album, when the coke gets in, when that advance clears, before my coke hell, the early bit. It’s when you just keep going, like, yeah, king of the world! Yeah, yeah!”

On the gentrification of Hackney
“People that complain about gentrification are usually the fuckers that are gentrifying the place!” Yeah, you know that your hood is finally gentrified when Ultra-red move in and start protesting about gentrification. “They’re the worst symptom of it! 100%. I know for a fact I much prefer to have my trainers on and keep em on, know what I mean? I much prefer this life than the life I used to have. Its way closer to NY in a way now cause there is this blend of different vibes. At first people moved away now everyone has come back, London Fields is like that now. Once in London Fields, one Saturday, when it’s packed, there was a shoot out, everyone got sprayed. No one got shot but they sprayed up a bench and everyone started running. People should understand that this all has to co-exist, everyone has to somehow be around each other. It is nice if everyone doesn’t get fucked with too much. Like innocent people. I’ve never been opposed to gentrification, I just don’t like pricks in my area but you know what, there were always pricks in my area! Those that want to glorify what it used to be should come out and hang on Downs Road when Derek Bailey used to be about there. Ask Karen Brookman and she will tell them exactly what it was like, speak to Gen or Chris & Cosey, you know. They would really explain what it was like. It was not a fun fucking place man. Well, it was fun but in a different kind of way. Everything is everything, we just have to accept that some things have to be there, irrespective of our liking of them or otherwise.”

On Jandek
“I went to check out the sound at Cafe OTO to see if it would work for Free Jazz and it happened that Jandek was playing. I had to get out. I wasn’t feeling it in any way. I didn’t like the girl who plays with him now. I couldn’t even sit through it. I had to step. I asked my friend and the next night she was still there, still on stage. Damn. She’s still there man, she’s still there. Oh, shit. That’s some groupie gone wild shit right there.”

On the underground
“What is underground? What does underground have to do? I thought underground was kind of economics or an ethos. I don’t get how now if you use a picture of a beautiful woman it immediately must be or becomes a critique. So that means it has to look bad for the underground or ugly? Why can’t it just be a good looking woman on an underground record who looks fine? Why is there a value system that’s all twisted like that? Because who doesn’t want to see a beautiful woman? The underground thinks that they stand against mainstream values so you stand accused of putting a conventionally beautiful woman on the sleeve. The underground practice mainstream values the same way the mainstream practice it. In fact they practice mainstream values more shrewdly. Because it hasn’t got the fucking money. So actually the underground can kiss my arse. The underground doesn’t know what it is talking about. That’s why I have no time for it. Cause it’s doing the same shit and it is fooling way more people.”

On social media
“I’m not really on the net, I don’t fuck with social media, it’s just too cloudy. I think that people are not evolved enough to deal with that shit. They’re not evolved enough to deal with that shit with their egos and I think that people, some people are best away from it. Not everyone is quite built for it and it really came like a ton of bricks and everyone embraced it and it has fucked a lot of people up. As far as what I’m doing and keeping things as pure as I can, I try to stay away from any of that. I don’t want to hear a whisper, I don’t get involved.” But that’s how dull things have become, that even the fact that you choose not to have an on-line presence is seen as some kind of deliberate statement. “This is what I’m trying to say. Nothing is that big a deal. I just don’t want to be on-line. I just want to put out material. I don’t see why that says anything necessarily other than the fact that I don’t wanna be there. It’s not for me. I don’t know why that has to become a part of the modern artist that I need to take on, like, when a promoter asks you can you make me a mix, can you come and do this thing, that’s the thing they’re meant to be promoting! So now I’m doing your job for you yet I’ve got to go and play as well so now I’m doing double the work but still the bullshit? Once again it shows how everyone’s craft has dropped yet artists need to take on more shit. More responsibilities, it’s ridiculous.”

Read the full Wire feature here: http://www.thewire.co.uk/archive/issues/367

photograph by David Keenan
Stuart Crutchfield of Smoke Jaguar shares his Volcanic Tongue shop memories:
(1) first purchase - v/a ‘by the fruits you shall know the roots’ 2005 baby!(2) favourite instore - mad fucken nanna. biased cause we played as well, but those guys tore it down!(3) favourite tom keenan memory - getting boxes of stock out of the arches, post instal 2005, with tom and a shopping trolley he found in the alley…(4) gig - hototogisu at the old ‘stereo’, or mv+ee in the captains rest basement back in the day… ‘this is pure fuckin’ HEID music man!’(5) staff night-out - post subcurrent 2010, or playing on the bouncy stonehenge in 2012.(6) inspiration - all of it, ever.(7) bonus favourite day spent getting snash from shop owners trying to put up gig poster with tits on it - that mv+ee show.

Stuart Crutchfield of Smoke Jaguar shares his Volcanic Tongue shop memories:

(1) first purchase - v/a ‘by the fruits you shall know the roots’ 2005 baby!

(2) favourite instore - mad fucken nanna. biased cause we played as well, but those guys tore it down!

(3) favourite tom keenan memory - getting boxes of stock out of the arches, post instal 2005, with tom and a shopping trolley he found in the alley…

(4) gig - hototogisu at the old ‘stereo’, or mv+ee in the captains rest basement back in the day… ‘this is pure fuckin’ HEID music man!’

(5) staff night-out - post subcurrent 2010, or playing on the bouncy stonehenge in 2012.

(6) inspiration - all of it, ever.

(7) bonus favourite day spent getting snash from shop owners trying to put up gig poster with tits on it - that mv+ee show.

We do love lists! Thank you to VT’s resident blues scholar Andrew Ross For David and Heather Leigh…Some memories of the shop and VT life:  (1) First purchase - MV&EE and Charalambides LPs, life was never the same again (2) Favourite instore - Spencer Clark (3) Drink - Yeti Imperial Stout (well maybe JD with ice and Trooper ale) (4) Gig - Heather Leigh presents Sonic Whitey at the Old Hairdressers (5) Staff night-out - Kinning Park Complex with Flower-Corsano / Group Inerane (6) Inspiration - David’s 15 questions (7) Thanks - chats, kindness and friendship.

We do love lists! Thank you to VT’s resident blues scholar Andrew Ross

For David and Heather Leigh…Some memories of the shop and VT life:

(1) First purchase - MV&EE and Charalambides LPs, life was never the same again

(2) Favourite instore - Spencer Clark

(3) Drink - Yeti Imperial Stout (well maybe JD with ice and Trooper ale)

(4) Gig - Heather Leigh presents Sonic Whitey at the Old Hairdressers

(5) Staff night-out - Kinning Park Complex with Flower-Corsano / Group Inerane

(6) Inspiration - David’s 15 questions

(7) Thanks - chats, kindness and friendship.

Hello everyone,  Volcanic Tongue has made the decision to close its physical shop, which is officially shut as of today. For the vast majority of our customers this will not change your experience with us whatsoever, other than receiving your orders even quicker as we return full circle to our roots and once again become an underground music mailorder exclusively.  A lot has gone into this decision and it makes sense to us that after ten years running the shop that we’d want to make a significant change and the time is now. In the past two years we sadly lost two major figures that were an integral part of the day-to-day running of Volcanic Tongue: David’s father, Tom Keenan (who built both of our shops entirely by hand) and Volcanic Tongue’s most long-term customer, friend and employee, Shaun Falconer. After their deaths running the physical space didn’t make sense any longer, it’s simply not the same without them. Also, the two principle owners of Volcanic Tongue, David Keenan and Heather Leigh, are very busy with their own creative work outside of the shop which means energies are divided and there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to run both a mailorder and physical shop as efficiently as possible. Logistically, not having the shop will mean an extremely significant reduction in overheads so we can carry a lot more stock from the smaller labels we love who have lost out due to our physical shop expenses/demands and we can make sure the labels and artists we support are paid in a timely fashion. We’re so grateful to all of our loyal customers in Glasgow, the UK and the travelers from all over the world who have made pilgrimages to the shop over the past ten years. We’ve met so many remarkable people from all walks of life; the shop was truly a lightning rod for the extraordinary. There were so many unforgettable in-stores at both locations but I think we can all agree that the magical nights in The Hidden Lane will be remembered for a long time to come and featured some of the best gigs of the last few years. We’re thrilled that Golden Lab Records will soon be releasing Mad Nanna’s live set from Volcanic Tongue on LP, a fitting memento of what the VT shop experience was all about. Please bear with us during this short transition period, there could be minor delays processing and sending orders and responding to correspondence but we’ll be fully on track very shortly. Keep an eye on the website as we will be adding all of our shop stock to our on-line inventory, including one-offs, used and very rare items.  Could all customers who currently have reserves please get it touch to clear them as soon as possible. Locals, please email us to arrange collecting your reserves as well. A massive thank you to all of our amazing customers and all of the artists and labels we work with. We’re feeling super positive about this change and are really excited about entering a new phase in our lives and with Volcanic Tongue. Check out the Volcanic Tongue Shop photo galleries we’ve started on  Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/99541534@N06/sets/72157646663331391/  and  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.877998075562129.1073741835.141631625865448&type=1 for memories of the store, we’ll be adding more soon and if you have photographs of the shop please email them to us so we can share yours as well. Onwards!  Volcanic Tongue

Hello everyone,

Volcanic Tongue has made the decision to close its physical shop, which is officially shut as of today. For the vast majority of our customers this will not change your experience with us whatsoever, other than receiving your orders even quicker as we return full circle to our roots and once again become an underground music mailorder exclusively.

A lot has gone into this decision and it makes sense to us that after ten years running the shop that we’d want to make a significant change and the time is now. In the past two years we sadly lost two major figures that were an integral part of the day-to-day running of Volcanic Tongue: David’s father, Tom Keenan (who built both of our shops entirely by hand) and Volcanic Tongue’s most long-term customer, friend and employee, Shaun Falconer. After their deaths running the physical space didn’t make sense any longer, it’s simply not the same without them. Also, the two principle owners of Volcanic Tongue, David Keenan and Heather Leigh, are very busy with their own creative work outside of the shop which means energies are divided and there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to run both a mailorder and physical shop as efficiently as possible. Logistically, not having the shop will mean an extremely significant reduction in overheads so we can carry a lot more stock from the smaller labels we love who have lost out due to our physical shop expenses/demands and we can make sure the labels and artists we support are paid in a timely fashion.

We’re so grateful to all of our loyal customers in Glasgow, the UK and the travelers from all over the world who have made pilgrimages to the shop over the past ten years. We’ve met so many remarkable people from all walks of life; the shop was truly a lightning rod for the extraordinary. There were so many unforgettable in-stores at both locations but I think we can all agree that the magical nights in The Hidden Lane will be remembered for a long time to come and featured some of the best gigs of the last few years. We’re thrilled that Golden Lab Records will soon be releasing Mad Nanna’s live set from Volcanic Tongue on LP, a fitting memento of what the VT shop experience was all about.

Please bear with us during this short transition period, there could be minor delays processing and sending orders and responding to correspondence but we’ll be fully on track very shortly. Keep an eye on the website as we will be adding all of our shop stock to our on-line inventory, including one-offs, used and very rare items.
Could all customers who currently have reserves please get it touch to clear them as soon as possible. Locals, please email us to arrange collecting your reserves as well.

A massive thank you to all of our amazing customers and all of the artists and labels we work with. We’re feeling super positive about this change and are really excited about entering a new phase in our lives and with Volcanic Tongue.

Check out the Volcanic Tongue Shop photo galleries we’ve started on

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/99541534@N06/sets/72157646663331391/

and

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.877998075562129.1073741835.141631625865448&type=1

for memories of the store, we’ll be adding more soon and if you have photographs of the shop please email them to us so we can share yours as well.

Onwards!
Volcanic Tongue