Tuesday, 28 December 2010

The Christmas Day show, Black Squadron Command and a Twitter flurry

As we brushed away the messy crumbs left in the grate by the big guy in the cola costume, a brace of idiotholes regaled us with tales of joy and woe, love and minor annoyance, besties and worsties, if you will. Gifts were exchanged before our very ears and the cocktail cabinet was prised open. Twiglets were audibly chomped and firecrackers were lit. Apologies for confusions and distresses caused were made. Declarations of intent were uttered.

I think I may be right in saying this was the first year in which no fatal damage was caused to any of the gifts exchanged. Despite a strong missive from Adam about the presents needing to be silly and not 'proper' Joe couldn't stifle his surprise when he opened something that appeared to be 'quite good' until Adam reassured him that it was, in fact, genuine rubbish.

If you are eager to re-enact this present exchange with one of your long-term comedy partners, I've made a little list of the items you'll need and an approximation of where to get them.

There are still a few days left to catch up on the iPlayer and the podcast will be around for about 30 days, apparently.

Rather than do one of my tediously laboured dissertations, I've decided to sum the show up in thirty seconds.

We were even given a Black Squadron Command this weekend which was "Tinsel Undies".
I am delighted for Adam and Joe because the small number of entries which actually made it into the gallery implies that they were rewarded with many enjoyable photos deemed far too saucy to display on the walls of the Castle.

It would be wrong for me to have favourites of course, but I do.

Liëka for sheer inventiveness

I don't think we've met but I'm looking at his pants and crying 'wolf'!

and our lovely Megan because she is so bloody pretty.

As many hitherto dutiful squadron members were otherwise engaged with their families and loved-ones when Adam and Joe's Christmas Special was aired, a bunch of tweeters Listened Again on Boxing Day at 6pm.

For reasons unknown some dedicated members from last night were overlooked in the gallery submissions so they're here.
Issi's sexy garter

SlabSquatThrust had a tinsel deficit but as his made-up joke proved during the show, he is an inventive fellow

and Twitsquadron's very own songbird, Layla
gave us a before and after view

Fiona made a Flickr set. Feel free to add yours too.

During our communal love-in the show peaked on the iPlayer in 14th place across the whole of BBC Radio. It retained a respectable position in the chart throughout Bank Holiday Monday as people arrived home and caught up with it.

It has been in first place on the 6Music list since a couple of hours after it went live. The podcast is floating around the 7 or 8 area in the iTunes Comedy episode chart.

Four squadron members had their jokes read out so we should have a quick roll call:

Erik O'Brien - aka SlabSquatThrust (MInt Spy) after whom Adam will name his next son.

Stephen Reilly - aka erm StephenReilly (Welsh pigeon) hit the hattrick with his tortured references.

Grant Coffer - aka GrantSolo (Tumnus Cook) provoked Joe's SHOUTING.

Marge Gunderson - aka SongWarMonger (Manger Zone) whom, after being a regular contributor to Adam's Big Mixtape, now has the benefit of some made-up-joke coaching from Torpedo Commander Cornish.

Steve Wells (Stop the Carvery) has yet to make himself known via the Twitter - probably because Google reveals that this isn't the most original entry......but then, a couple of those others don't actually pass Cornball's usually rigorous testing.....and to think they could have read my hilarious(ly lame) submission.

Respectable notices of abstention were received from across the globe and our trusty PantoSquadron operative tweeted this shout out during his interval. You Go Girl!

It must have been torturous for followers of #TwitSquadron members either on Saturday morning or Sunday evening but we had fun linking our virtual minds and hands. The show was diverse and hilarious with great music and great chat, just like in the olden times.

Friday, 24 December 2010

Not a roundup of 2010 at all

The most important thing about this festive season is that Adam And Joe gathered in their festive shack to record a show to air on the morning of Christmas Day.

If you didn't catch the trail on 6Music yet, James has put it here. If you can't listen live, please join Twitsquadron on Sunday evening for an iPlayer gathering.

One could argue that it's been too long since I last updated this blog. All manner of nonsense has been going on but in this age of instant gratification (for those of us lucky enough) it seems redundant to repeat what I've already tweeted mere seconds after it happened.

I'd saved more than fifty links since my last post but happily, King Of Blogs and Count of Buckules made a lovely rounding-up sort of thingumy the other day as he battled with illness, saving me from going over all the really useful points. You're much better off reading that than this.

Well, if you must...........Sam shared a couple of pictures and a roundup of how the day went when he joined Adam and Graham Linehan for a bit of supporting artiste work on their pilot which apparently won't be aired.

Si Hawkins at the UK Comedy Blog persuaded Adam to answer a few questions around the time of the Song Wars Volume 2 release. Drowned in Sound had a piece here as did Culture Deluxe here.

You may like to bookmark this page on the fansite forum which aims to bring gig news as soon as it's made public. BUG 23 has a few seats left now but more will become available on the day(s). As you'll have read in his own blog, Adam had to cancel a couple of dates recently but both the Bristol and Kilburn venues have implied the shows will be rescheduled. The Tabernacle still have a show in February and Adam will return to the Leicester Comedy Festival again this year.

BUG 22 has been and gone and it happily coincided with the release of the Hammer and Tongs DVD so Garth & Nick came along for some viddy-chat. The beautiful Roo caught a lovely snap of them all on the stage.
I've made a couple of attempts to recreate something of the fun of a BUG night on here before but thanks to goodly enhancements to YouTube, the BUGmeisters themselves have been able to create this wonderous thing. PLEASE click on all the links, subscribe to it, favourite it and share it. It's a total joy and if they think it's a success, they'll do more of them. They really need to know they're not wasting their efforts so please take some time with this. If you start with the intro, the rest of the programme should follow on automatically.

Adam made a Celebrity Playlist for iTunes the other week. Think of it as his mixtape gift to you....that you have to pay for.

This may be a bit of stuff and nonsense but just in case it has any substance to it, I'll link it. This call for advertisers to buy space implies that the Weekend Travel section of The Guardian may cover Mr & Mrs Buxton renewing their wedding vows next month. Not sure when that might have actually happened, of course but I've been wearing a hat and shedding a tear every day since I read about it.

My other little blog has been giving daily links to the 6Music midnight broadcasts of the 12 Podcasts of Christmas shows on the iPlayer and their plundered podcast downloads so I hope you found them.
The Best of Adam's Big Mixtape Series One (I love the implications of typing that) are repeating from 26th December 2010 and I think the podcasts will plop into our boxes again. There are loads of Best Of Adam and Joe shows on 3rd January 2011.

The Guardian TV and Radio Blog takes any excuse to mention Adam and Joe. They go for it time and time and time again and again but this entry eloquently speaks for us all .

The Guardian Media Monkey is just as enthusiastic and Adam shared this photo with the Lifestyle section, showing Adam and Joe with Uncle Dave and Louis Theroux. I presume Adam's Mummy was doing some exotic dancing which distracted Louis when this was taken.

The Independent gave them a shout out today as well.

Attack The Block continues to be mentioned here are there. Britfilms have a proper page allocated now, as does Film Dates.

Jodie Whittaker was among an incredible cast for an episode of Jimmy McGovern's Accused and she gave an interview here.

Lots of bloggers and tweeters got excited when this still was made available for digital use, making a big deal of it finally being released even though it's the still Empire used in it's hard copy as far back as September.

For my part, I've given my Paper People Joe a little festive hoodie to wear on the tree.

Anyone who was lucky enough to attend the Ultra Culture Cinema Christmas Party would have walked away with a handy, pocket sized copy of Mr Lyne's review of 2010. I feverishly thumbed through the pages to check for a repeat of last year's inclusions and was rewarded with this piece from Joe. I can't remember if I put last year's page on here.....or indeed if it plopped onto the Ultra Culture website at some point ....don't think it did.

A lovely chappy called Mathew Cropper took these screenshots from the Adam and Joe Show to share with us.

Both Joe and Adam have had a crack at dining with satan's little helpers by doing voice-overs for GAME this festive season. I won't state the obvious about them both doing this, Joe first then Adam...


Play the 6 Music Christmas Quiz!

This tweet from C3PO made me smile.

A bit of Popper delight.

Ultra Culture's Best of 2010.
Edgar Wright's chitty chat about films of this year and beyond.
The Incredible Suit's best attempt at trying to find merit in ten films this year (he wasn't very thralled with twenty ten)
Andrew Collins' Films of 2010, his fave LPs and his ten best other things.
What is it about boys and lists?

Shaun Keaveny's book get cheaper and cheaper as it sores up the Amazon charts.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Dreamboats Delivered To Your Door

For fear of repetition, I've twisted* one of the pictures from the press kit by way of reminding everyone to pre-order Adam and Joe's Song Wars Vol 2 as soon as possible. Their waffle implies that the orders may be filled at home before the high street stores have even rattled up the loading bay door to accept their deliveries.

Last night, we found out that Robin Allender helped them negotiate those tricky recording rights issues for the Mind of a Pirate (Legal Version) by crafting a soundalike or maybe even some inspired original noodling.

I notice that the 'bonus track' is no longer included in the listing but let's just hope that's because it's 'hidden' and not simply because Joe couldn't be bothered to record Harvest Moon, after all.
Seriously, I'm sure both of our dreamboats put in many hours to cobble this pleasure platter together.

There's a nice mention about the album here. If I'm honest, I still take issue with the spelling of "Santum". I can see how it was arrived at but I think it should either retain the uniformity of having the "u" in there before the "a" or just go for the more phonetic "Sontum". I know Joe will have argued that the "u" might make it sound more like "swantum" but as it stands, it just looks like a plain. old, short vowel. After all, it's not how he spelt it for his little You Tube video, is it?** Cornballs will be delighting in this pronunciation v. spelling conundrum in a way that sets him apart from any other human I know. I am so happy to have got that off my heaving chest.

Did you know you can download The Footie Song, perfectly legally, for a tiny price?

This is probably also a good time to link the wonderful XFM Podcasts which I have been plundering for nuggets lately.

Adam did another wonderful blogpost last weekish! Did you buy your copy of "It's Nice, That" yet? No, neither have I.
Please do send Adam suggestions (by adding a comment) for his Children's Book Comedians because I fear he may not continue the strand if we don't encourage him.

His "Nutty Room" was featured on the BBC's Internet Week Europe night, whatever that was.

Adam's gigs as they stand at the moment:

Of course, tonight & next Thursday will be the regular (but deliciously irregular) BUG22 at the BFI.
I keep on saying this but if you are in a position to take a risk, don't be put off by the 'fully booked' banner and please do try for tickets at the door as they rarely turn people away.

4th December 2010 - The Fix in Kentish Town.
12th December 2010 - Start The Bus in Bristol.
14th December 2010 - Popcorn Comedy in Notting Hill***.
BUG23 will be in January 2011 & I'll tweet details when I have them.
10th February 2011 - Feature Spot in Notting Hill.

We don't have a date yet, but The Paradise Club looks like it's going to have a Buxty shaped visit soon, perhaps even next week. The lovely Shelley met with Adam last week and as if that wasn't treat enough, she scored the hat trick of dream meetings. Fingers crossed that it all works out. He may be joining the team on Wednesday but I just hope it's not the private event on Thursday.

There's a pretty comprehensive report about the BUG Ninja Tunes Special here. I have very little to add.......so little that it amounts to nothing at all. It was a wonderful night.

If anyone went to the last regular BUG21, I'm overjoyed to be able to finally link the Everything, Everything, Photoshop Handsome film via Wired.

Josh Savage is currently using a lovely picture taken at BUG17 in January 2010

....and as if by some crazy coincidence, this blog entry about that very same BUG popped up today.

Adam also hosted the Stuff Awards last week but I can't find any official pictures (haven't looked that hard, for shame). There's one tweeted by Duracell here, though.
He was also spotted at the ATP Spoon gig this week.Thankfully, nobody thrust a camera in his face while he was relaxing in his own time.

Several people were happy to tweet Adam's No News edit during the NUJ strikes.

Friend Of The Show and superb deputiser, Garth Jennings will be joined by his film making partner on Nemone's 6Music show this Monday to promote their wonderful retrospective DVD. The trailer is presented by someone called Ken Korda.

Check out this wonderful Buckles egg cosy designed and crafted by LucyAnnabel.

As intimated during his on-stage grilling of Edgar Wright, Joe has been tickling his film into submission with some pick-up shots, if tweets like this are anything to go by. There's a picture out there too but I'll leave the more obsessed to find that. It contains no spoilers. Meanwhile, alien film comparisons continue and that pursuit will only become more vigorous next year when others arrive.

Spot the Odd One Out.
Clue: One of these is a serious director and stuff.

There you go - the December (current) issue of Empire Magazine is a Tin Tin fest including a small contribution from Joe and his piece has a picture of himself looking like a proper, sexy grown-up and a picture of Hergé looking like Joe Cornish, comedian and all round idiothole.

I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here has started again but few people want to use the correct hashtag when they're clogging up my Twitter feed. I was prompted to post Joe's song but it didn't change anything.

Joe's Papa Johns ad (not his ad at all. He just did the voice over) is having an airing again with the promise of a special offer but not the kind any gourmet would be interested in. He has also been heard doing a v/o for Game on the telly but I have yet to catch that.

===================Twiddly Bits===================

The incomparable Chris 'Assault with a Deadly Crisp' Salt has fashioned his first music video. Can this man become any more remarkable?

Having sat through various random hours of Christian Marclay's Clock, I felt an urgent update to the edit would be good.

I've been enjoying the odd glance at Damn You Autocorrect, lately. Why don't you take a look too?

Let The Maker bless The Ritzy for being the first to retweet a now retracted innuendo from Film 2010.

Where would we be without CassetteBoy?

Where would the BBC be without Mitch Benn?

One last gigglebonk if you don't feel I've wasted your time quite enough already.

The asterisk department:
*can't be doing with portrait orientation on waffle blogs.
** I know, I know - that was purely to serve the visuals. I'm wrong. I accept it.
*** Popcorn gig includes Alice Lowe in the lineup who has a glorious website.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Big News Of The Week
Song Wars Volume Two announced

There's more information that I can be bothered to paste if you grab the pdf on this page at Dreamboat Records.
*They have a download of Festival Song available.
*There's hi-res artwork!
*It's going to be available on VINYL!
*The vinyl has a gatefold sleeve.
*The hold-in-your-hand CD has a six faced thingumy.
*Hopefully there'll be lots more artwork lovingly collated by Adam and lazily endorsed by Joe. Unless my tired old memory is failing me, there are some dupes from Volume One in the listing but perhaps they are remixes! (Dr Sexy, extended grubby mix Feat. DJ Nippy Nips)

Side A
Festival Song
Nutty Room
Special Bath
Birthday Time!
Quantum Of Solace
80's Song
Bob Dylan's DVD Box Set
Bums & Binge Drinking (Kate Nash Song)
Coming Home From Holiday Blues
The Mind Of A Pirate (Legal Version)

Side J
Santum Of Quolace
Antiques Roadshow
Baz Luhrmann's Australia
Incredible Song
This Week In Grazia
Itchy Bum
Song For Margaret Mountford
Bathtime For Bowie
Dr Sexy
La-La-La Lumley
Hello Mr Ghost
Bonus track

Edited To Add: The official news page at Dreamboat says that pre-ordering will be mid-November.

As soon as I have an iTunes link for Song Wars 2, I'll tweet it or blog it or mumble it under my breath in the middle of Oxford Street, or something.

I know the press release says they will return to 6Music soon and I had really hoped to have something more concrete to post about this but I am still treading cautiously until we get the official nod.

In other information-too-tardy-to-describe-as-news, Adam was invited to host the Vimeo Awards in New York so he managed to squeeze in some gigs as well. You can read his very own blog for more details of how it all went. The lovely, furry comedy pumpkin was so excited he blogged. three. times. about it. It's all I can do to stop myself from plopping some crass hearts emoticon in there.

Caroline Harstsell was kind enough to share a picture and so did Ben Collins while Twitter's Widow Spider brought us this.

This prompted me to have a poke around and I found Carrie Matthew's lovely photos from one of Adam's gigs at The 100 Club.

While I'm thinking about Adam's gigs, Catherine Bray's blog entry popped up too late for inclusion in my 6Fest post so I'm putting it here. Sadly, her companion dragged her away on some spurious food-based pretext before she could see Adam's main show but she caught the joyous raffle.

Sinister Dexter has a beautiful shot of Adam with John Shuttleworth from that same event.

To complete the 6Fest content, Adam was kind enough to customise and sign (including a forgery of Joe's name) a radio for a charitable Ebay auction. Some dementedly generous soul paid £ 223 for the lovely thing.

There are still some 6Fest items available for purchase here.

Adam has been so busy lately. He's no doubt been spending lot of time and consideration arguing with Joe about how the new Song Wars Album should be put together but he's also been doodling.

Furthermore, the BBC have released the second episode of Country Man. Are there really going to be twelve of these? Will there be a boxed set in time for Easter, I wonder?

He is also hosting another BUG Special on 12th November for Ninja Tunes. It has sold out but tix will be released on or around the day.

If you can think about next year already, Adam is doing another gig at the lovely Tabernacle. Tickets are available here.

I'm going to finish up with a link to The Guardian's piece on Studio Canal, whose logo will most likely be the first thing you see after the certificate when you sit down to enjoy Attack The Block. There is also an entry for the film at Digital Cinema Media. It's all coming together nicely.

B E L O W - T H E - L I N E

Attention Londoners: Film4 have a FrightFest special all-nighter at the Empire this weekend and theBFI IMAX have something similar. The Ritzy are a little more civilized with their Halloween show. If you're at a loose end and want to scare yourself silly the choices are endless. If you're not in London, the chances are you will find a similar event somewhere in a 20 mile radius of your home.

Edgar Wright has done a 6 MixHalloween Horror Special which airs on 6Music this Sunday with John Landis guesting. He's had his little rest and has recommenced blogging in preparation for the US disc release of Scott Pilgrim v. The World.

When leaving home is something you can't be arsed to do for the sake of getting into the Halloween mood, the least you can do is watch this wonderful film from clay-botherer Lee Hardcastle.

If you're visiting London, you may want to have a copy of the Underground Film Map in your pocket.

I am still awaiting the adoption papers but in proud Auntie-like fashion, I'm going to draw your attention to Song Wars Electric Proms winner, Ben Mercer's latest video via an article about him.

I can't remember whether I linked this before. The comedy area of the BBC webworld has a 'collection' suggested by Stephen Merchant which not only includes Adam's "Nutty Room" but also some other corkers.

Finally, if you don't already watch Varsity TV, change your habits. This is a star in the making. I do urge you to also look back over the work from previous terms.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Crossing the Teas and Dotting the Eyes

Make yourself a brew and pass your peepers over these few bits that I didn't want to wedge into my last missive.

Since my award wining post, Ken Korda has visited the Adam And Joe blog to say a little something about Adam's success.

The ITV2 coverage barely included any of the acceptance speeches. You can see the sum total of what we got here but as Sam Clements pointed out, that is begging to be turned into a gif so I done it.
Gallifrey's own Vidjam had a particularly demented way of viewing it.

Our happy, beardy winner kindly gave a special BUG presentation during a students day at the BFI last week. Is there no end to this man's tender generosity? Perhaps Joe managed to syphon some of the young people off afterwards to test his film on them. Time to dust off my pig-tails wig and dental restrainers.

One of the films Adam has been showing at his gigs lately went up on YouTube a couple of days after my last main post so I'll pop it in here now.

With any luck, by the end of the week we will have the full version of Chris Bowles' latest incredible animation, bringing the Glastonbury football commentaries to life. This is just a teaser...

If you haven't seen what he's done with the original Stephen story and Adam's video games chitty-chat, take the time now.

Adam and Joe featured on The Weakest Link question list and this time, I was able to capture it.

Friends of.....

Sontum of Qualace's own Ben Mercer got a mention in Music Week News a few days ago.

After his exhausting schedule for Scott Pilgrim, Edgar took a little rest but he's been back with blog entries from time to time and the twitter seems to be firing up to speed again.

Garth Jennings and Nick Goldsmith have been lending their lovely weight to A Town Called Panic and that gives me an opportunity to plug the Picturehouse's own, sweet podcast. Frankly, subscribing is the best way to deal with these people. You'll find their jingles a little confusing when familiar strains don't manifest into the well loved Song Wars track you were pre-conditioned to expect.
If you're in Greenwich or Brixton, do listen to the details of the competition towards the end for some lovely goodies.
The really wonderful news included in this podcast is that Hammer And Tongs are releasing a video of all their promo work with behind the scenes stuff. It's coming out in November and it sounds as though it will be double plus good.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Everyone's A Winner

There was only one other serious contender in the Best Radio Show or Podcast category at the BT Digital Music Awards.
Adam & Joe podcasts
Adam Buxton’s Big Mixtape show and podcast
Jamie Cullum’s BBC Radio 2 podcast
Melodica show
Jim Gellatly’s New Music podcast
For this year at least, the best man won. It would have seemed odd for the Adam and Joe show to have walked away with the prize after such a l o n g absence when Adam's own show was so wonderful and well received. Joe was there, though. The Metro included a photo of them together here.

It took a while for the official website to confirm the award but Twitter was first with the news and James Stirling quickly updated with two photographs on the BBC 6Music Blog.

Naomi grabbed a photo with Adam. This was a jury awarded prize rather than a public vote and it didn't get much screen time on ITV2.

Adam had this to say to 6Music News.

The hard working organisers of 6Fest enlisted Adam's help and winning magic last night by asking him to pick tickets in the first main raffle they held. There were two stages at the venue and the festival was running for almost twelve hours so some people left for meals and some air. This meant that for the first few draws, there were no takers. The official line was that the prize should be set aside until the ticket holder came to claim it but after dutifully doing that with the first one, the revellers were less accepting of this dictate and urged Adam to draw again. It seemed like a repeat of Thursday night at the BTDMAs when the first five awards were given to luminaries that could not be present.

Put on a spot and now with a baying crowd of heavy drinkers, Adam promptly ate the unclaimed raffle ticket and drew another one. This did of course, set a precedent and I think we have all witnessed Adam when he's on a comedy roll. I believe he consumed a total of four tickets. In his completely reliable style, he made an otherwise dull-as-ditchwater part of any event absolutely hilarious.

The third prize had no immediate claimant so he ate the ticket and then the holder finally made themselves known. The next prize had two claimants and the fineprint serial numbers had to be compared for the genuine winner. I'm not even sure what Adam ate in this case but I'm certain he didn't go hungry. He went on to lead a Happy Birthday chant for one audience member and you'll be thrilled to hear that he stayed with the traditional version rather than delight us with his questionable alternative.
Many thanks to Chris G for that wonderful photo. You can find more in his Flickr album.

Earlier in the evening, Adam gave a twenty minute set which included him showing the Saltman's wonderful Save 6Music film with Adam's version of Changes, an hilarious presentation of his appearances on Channel 4 News, and a live rendition of his clean 'Help the Police' skit followed by the enraged YouTube comments.

He also gave us the news that his Gwen Stefani Hollaback Girl video will probably not appear on YouTube because he is concerned that the copyright catching filters may result in his channel being revoked which would be like chopping off his w'lloy, I'd imagine. He did show it to us though (the film, not his w'lloy) and somebody grabbed a few seconds to give you a flavour if you've not seen him do this.

He finished his set with a live literal rendition of Grace Jones' Pull Up To The Bumper Baby. If you have not collapsed into helpless giggles when he's performed this at one of his shows before, take a look at these lyrics and step into Adam's brain for a moment. You'll get the idea.

There are a few more photos of Adam at the main 6Fest website. It was a really fun and diverse evening. So many of our favourite 6Music DJs were there, pouring their love right back at everyone who took part in the preservation of this beautiful station. The wonderful team also included an Adam And Joe based puzzle in their programme.

I think I've got a lot of other nonsense to relate but I don't want to clog this post up too much.

There is however, one more piece of winning news. According to the Film Distributor's Association we finally have a tentative release date for Joe's film, Attack the Block. If you type the film title into that search box, you'll be rewarded with a date of April 8th 2011. This is no more set in stone than the return to 6Music in November but on both counts, we can remain optimistic.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

The post that should have come before I done the BUG21 one

Adam gave us a wonderful blog update on Thursday so I postponed mine for a couple of days in the hopes that I wouldn't seem quite so lame.

As well as the insightful film review and a link to his favourite tweeter, he included part one of a fascinating series of natural history videos he has made for the BBC Comedy website.

I presume this will be the link to watch for subsequent episodes.

The young man to whom Adam refers at the end of his post was kind enough to share said photo with us.

If you read my last post about BUG21 you'll know that Adam takes a special version around the country when he can.

His Norwich show is now well established and for the last couple of years he has done the Greenwich Comedy Festival. This year the weather was super fine and TwitSquadron were out in force. Several members took snaps......Kendersrule, WickWox, Pintendo64, WickWox, Pintendo64 and.....well, you get the idea.

Emma McAlpine posted a piece at Spoofed about the Greenwich show, as did Kendersrule.

This has to be the classiest fansnap out there (from WickWox).

In between Greenwich and BUG21, Adam did a superb gig at the lovely Tabernacle.

The only breakfast show worth listening to had the priviledge of an exclusive phone call from Adam before all these shows kicked off. Furthermore, James Kettle from the ever-loyal Guardian gave the show a mention. There's a lovely BUG shaped interview with Adam at OutlineOnline wherein he claims that this is his favourite music video of all time and you can see how it was made here.

One of these days, all of Twitsquadron will turn up wearing one of these and judging by this shot taken at last night's BUG21 Director's Cut, they'll look fine.
OK Go also guested last night and WickWox snapped them all.

The next BUGs at the BFI will be at 20:45 on 18th and 25th of November. Tickets go on sale on the first Tuesday of next month for members and a week later for general sales. Those links might be blank if you check today. You'll just have to trust me. If you prefer to have your information fed to you tardily, then please subscribe to the BUG Video mailing list. It's useful if you're into last minute decisions, as I am.

The Oxfam/M&S ad that Adam voiced was singled out for praise this week.

It's not my fault that this all seems to be about Adam. Frankly, I'm tempted to make up all manner of nonsense about Joe, just to maintain a balance/keep him on his toes.

Happily, we DO know that he is still alive since this lucky tweeter spotted him buying two copies of Halo Reach and Lee also made me giggle by suggesting that this might be an Attack The Block viral.

Here's a little piecethat is bound to have brought a smile to Joe's face.

If I were in any way talented, I'd do something as wonderful as this Daily Reckless stuff EP sound thing but all I manage is a bit of cutting and pasting.

ITV have confirmed that they will televise the BT Digital Music Awards starting on Saturday 2nd October over at ITV2. The actual awards take place on Thursday, 30th September so we'll have advance warning of whether it will be fruitful watching. Voting has closed so the fate of Adam Buxton's Big Mixtape, The Adam And Joe Podast and 6Music is being tabulated right now.
Catch highlights of the event on ITV2 on the following dates:

2nd October 2010 @ 22:45
3rd October 2010 @ 10:20
4th October 2010 @ 20:00

Remember that fateful Chill Cake made by Tom Williamson and sent to 6Music around this time last year? If not, you can find out more here. Tom has also put together a little accidental swearing film on that page.

Stephen Fry popped in to see Shaun W Keaveny and couldn't help but comment on the Boggins posters adorning the wall of the studio. You can catch the moment here.

I saw Brian Blessed chitty chatting a couple of weeks ago. His passion is infectious and his voice is legendary. I don't often share much of my real life here. Make the most of it.

If you have the time and money, there is no better way to spend half of October than at the London Film Festival. The programme can seem a little overwhelming to the novice so I am happy to point you in the direction of no less than three bloggers whose opinion I often respect, always tolerate and sometimes laugh over. They have trawled through the pamphlet to make their own shortlists:-

Your Turn Heather was first out of the blocks with her five besties and The Incredible Suit dropped by with his top ten. UltraCulture found it a little harder to distill his choices down to the essential, affordable list so he brought us 30 to consider, the adorable, press accredited ponce.

Still wondering how to waste some time? Have a fiddle with this.

Friday, 24 September 2010

BUG21 for the hard of travelling

There is nothing to quite match the visceral mind-thwack you get from watching these little beauties on the big screen at NFT1. When it's all nuzzled together by the beardy wonderman, you know you'll walk home replete with sensory delight (that's a lactose-free version of Angel Delight).

Adam and the BUG team try their hardest to bring their format to other parts of the country but the flagship shows are in London. This precludes all but the most tenacious of country folk from enjoying it so here's but a second-hand experience.

BUG21 must have had some decent work because the majority of the films shown are available on Vimeo rather than (or as well as) YouTube. Do me a favour and pop them out on HD rather than squint at them on here. At least attempt to recreate the evening on some small level. Of course, if your provider is BT, you're condemned to jerk-vision. You might as well grab a friend and reenact each of them in your tea break.

Adam started rolling with his hootin' version of Gwen Stefani's Hollaback Girl. I'm going to link the song with the lyrics. You can imagine where Adam went with this. I laughed just as loudly the second time. Let's hope he plops it on his channel.

One might argue that a few of those selected were predictable but since this is one of the rare opportunities for such glorious exposure, a sense of deflation would have pervaded my evening if some of these had not been included. My only fear was that they started with such a strong one, the evening might have only gone downhill. It didn't. Much.

MGMT - Congratulations

Director: Tom Kuntz
If you dribbled all the way through the wide open scenes in Where The Wild Things Are, you'll need plenty of absorbent cloths whilst watching this one. It's OK to shed a tear. You can claim you were sobbing at the b e a u t y of it.

I seem to remember Adam had a little bit of fun with Tom's surname but at the end of the day, Buckles has a problem pronouncing anything in German (Die Antwort being a particular bug-bear of mine - think about it).

Everything Everything - Photoshop Handsome

Director: Jon Everything
I'm very frustrated to report that my stupid brain was unable to find the demented version that BUG showed of this. It has some insane Photoshop tomfoolery but where can it be? Adam introduced it by saying something like "they shot a performance of themselves against green screen and threw it out into the huge, frightening dog's bowl that is the internet and invited creative people to embellish it along the lines of the theme of the song which is called...blah. Around forty people eventually screwed around with the footage and then Everything Everything chopped it all together to create an absolutely mind melting brain bomb." It was produced by BUG's own Phil Tidy which is why HE has it and WE don't. It's not even on his Vimeo Channel.

I was one of the handful who admitted that they liked Everything Everything when Adam polled us. I saw them in the balmy sunshine of an early evening Lake Stage at Latitude. They were wickles.

Chase and Status - Let You Go

Director: thirtytwo (Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern)
I'm afraid I begged my companion to shred my eardrums while this noise was playing but it was worth the endurance to hear Adam run through the YouTube comments.

Chromeo - Don't Turn the Lights On

Director: Keith Schofield
This isn't offensive as such but the track's a blandah and the video idea wears a bit thin. I'm not keen on eye manipulation at the best of times.

The XX - Islands

Director: Saam Farahmand
About time too, thankyouverymuch.

Trentemølle - ....Even though You're with Another Girl

Director: Adam Hashemi
A beautiful, sexy, story-telling film with a few nutty bits thrown in. We're back on track.

The Wilderness Downtown - Arcade Fire - We Used To Wait
Director: Chris Milk
This gorgeous thing looks even better on the big screen and Adam punched in the riverside address of the National Film Theatre so we had some wonderful images. Spend time with this. It will be your friend.

UNKLE - The Answer

We were shown this just before John Hillcoat took to the stage, if memory serves. I'd seen it on-line and wasn't relishing the thought of seeing Mr Winstone's mug even closer and bigger but stick with it because the visual teasers stuff comes later. Some of it felt like a clip from Enter The Void, toned down for YouTube consumption. It's a clever piece and it's nobody's fault that I'm not so keen on the starring talent. I think we saw a little Hillcoat showreel up front too, so I might be wrong about the playing order.

Grinderman - Heathen Child

Giggle yourself into oblivion.

Adam's interview with John was completely mesmerising. I wanted to take both home and make chocolate brownies for them.

The Books - A Cold Freezin' Night

Director: Paul de Jong, Nick Zammuto

Go ahead and disturb yourself.......in a nice way.

Grum - Through The Night

Director: The General Assembly

I'll forgive the awful low-loader driving action at the start of this. It's ruddy good fun, nicely done and then Adam worked his YouTube comment magic on it.

John Grant - Chicken Bones

Director: Ewan Jones Morris, Casey Raymond

An annoyingly catchy retro tune, with an f-bomb in the chorus, sidles up comfortably with a great film.

Glez - Todo El Tiempo

Director: Jesus Hernandez
Stick with this. What seems like an annoyingly lazy technique blossoms into something truly enjoyable. You may want to mute it & ping a Fleet Foxes track on while you watch, though.

Click them, you fool. I know they're too small like this.

Adam finished up with his Tom Waits rejected literal theme tune for the Iron Man 2 trailer.

This BUG was filmed so I would imagine it will pop up at the BFI sometime soonish. The Director's Cut version on tonight only has flippin' OK Go guesting.

There are some other AdamyJoey bits to mention but I don't want to clog this post any more than it is already.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Untitled Blog Entry - words fail me

What this lacks in snappy subject title, it makes up for in seemingly unending waffle.
The BFI made a ten minute edit of last month's conversation between Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright which you can view at that link. I'm not clever enough to work out if there's some way to embed the lovely thing but don't think I haven't tried all kinds of code in an effort to do so.

The BBC however, have an entirely different attitude, enabling me to plonk this piece from today's Shaun Keaveny show right here at the cliff face.

Leave a comment about this on the 6Music blog, why don't you?

To keep the BUG momentum going, why not poke around these little portions of fun.

Check out Adam's own blog entry if you've slipped behind with his live appearance diary.

I predict that if he doesn't show this little beauty at the Norwich or Greenwich BUGs Adam will surely have it scheduled for the BFI BUGs, won't he? Best viewed in Chrome, in case you hadn't worked that out.

I'm fed up with this thing showing up in my tv alerts but I still know nothing about the ep that includes Adam. I presume it's Pavel but if anyone with Comedy Central could check it out for me on 17th September at 01:25 AM, I would be grateful.

There's a bit of noodle about the effects house who are taking care of Joe's Attack the Block here and something about the location here.

The latest hard copy issue of Empire has a couple of ATB pictures and some waffle from Joe. I'd hate to stop anyone from buying the glorious thing so I won't scan it until next month (if at all) but The Playlist have included some of the words. They may have included all the words for all I know but I am resolutely trying not to read anything. That's probably how I came to miss evidence of Joe realising a dream by including a real Loose Woman in his cast list.

Adam recorded a voice-over back in May. I'm a patient kind of person and have been thus rewarded.

You can follow the awesome animator here.
Apparently, Adam has also made a contribution to It's Nice That in issue 4.
I want to put a comma after "nice" or some dots or a forward arrow after "that". That comment wouldn't be quite so annoying were my own grammar and spelling slightly less than appalling.

BBC Radio 7 decided to repeat Adam's Famous Guy play from April 2006 the other day. It's still on iPlayer and I would encourage you to listen there, just to keep the figures totting along.
Of course, it's always available on Adam's website blog area. If you want to read my waffle about the picture they're still using, you'd need to go to that silly, daily thing I do.

If you can be bothered to register here, you should vote for 6Music.

Last month was all about Scott Pilgrim vs The World.

The day after my last post, the lovely little thing premiered and Joe was the guest of honour. He wasn't. He was just there in his retro velvet jacket.

You can read more about that here and scroll down to a picture of Joe clearly responding to the hails from Bleeding Cool's own Brendon Connelly.

This little lady has a report and a couple of snaps from the BFI event with more details here and new #Twitsquadron member, John Sharp kindly shared a snap taken with Cornballs on the night.

Despite what seemed like endless opportunities (perhaps two) to catch the film in preview I was steadfast in my resolve to take my virgin viewing in the company of a right pair of Charlies. I should warn you that the young man chairing the video on that page is health-warningly cute. His cheeks must be sore from being pinched........or licked.........something.

The blogging world and his wife (quite literally, it would seem in some cases) were at the Ultra Culture Cinema Event Number Four and despite the ICA screen being too small for an epic like this, especially if you arrived as late as I did, I still reckon it was the most fun of all the specials out there. I understand that some attendees of more precocious screenings had to make do with cheese of all things, at their event.

A weary Edgar scooted over from his DVD Extras edit afterwards but we'd scarcely had time to get comfortable when we were poleaxed by some optimum pre-show audience participation.

Before I leave this Pilgrim hoopla I want to say two things.
1. Scott Pilgrim vs The World is even better on second viewing and
2. Ultra Culture Cinema is something everyone needs to experience at least once in their life. Any longterm Adam and Joe fan will know that this young man has serious A&J credentials even though he was just discovering solids when they were first whittling away down in Brixton. Register for email alerts and tell the little blighter I sent you. I'm not serious with that. Would that his mailing list form had such a facility.

With all the Edgar talk buzzing around the net, this old piece about Ant Man popped into the feeds somehow.

Electric Proms 'Stupid Question Time' question poser, Kimika was playing with Twitsquadron and Avatwee last week. It's always interesting to discover how some people view you, isn't it?

While listening to some old XFM wibbles the other day I was reminded of this glorious album available from Honest Jon's.

If you live in London or can spare any time down here next month you could do yourself an enormous favour by catching something at the London Film Festival. That's all I'm saying on the subject. I'd sing like a bird if I had any kind of press pass or something.

Can we do something to put this place out of business? I am so fed up with their tweets showing up in my Deck.

Going even farther (further?) off-topic, you need to click this just once in your life and then swish your mouse southwards.

Finally, some of my favourite bloggers contributed to this piece for Little White Lies. A couple of them have even quoted me in their time.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

What do you mean, "did I see Joe Cornish last night"?

A pack of wild Boggins couldn't have kept me away but I suspect others will blog more coherently than I can, right now. ****

Once again, I shall clumsily resort to a list of links I've collected since my last post. I might just as well put the most recent up first and work backwards. It won't make any difference to anyone, will it?

In the category of "Lovely bit of news with an evil twist" we learned that there's a BT Digital nomination for Adam and Joe's Podcast. The sorrow of it is that in the same category, we also find Adam's Big Mixtape and the podcast therefrom. The other contenders aren't really worth worrying over but it is all about the public vote so don't hold back. The decision will not be an enviable one, though. James Coffee Starling also points out in the Blog that there's an opportunity for 6Music to win an award as well.

Empire & the BFI held it's third annual MovieCon last weekend and Adam used his Pavel character to introduce a film also shown on the night he DJ'd at Film4's Somerset House Summer Screen presentation of a A Town Called Panic.

Adam gave us a lovely blog update a couple of weeks ago! He's finally finished his Festival Song video and chitty chats about his Latitude experience. For a while, he left the comments open and I thought he might have had a change of heart but it seems it was just an error.

I've also put a clip of the interview he did for Arts Attack here.

Do you still have your 3D tv glasses handy? Enhanced Dimensions have another little animation to enjoy.

Joe braved the cobbles with his beautox to watch Mullholland Drive on 6th August screening at Somerset House. Charlie Lyne pleasured us with a snap of his hand.

The BFI filmed last night's interview with Edgar Wright, hosted by Joe Cornish so we can hope for something on the website fairly soon. In the meantime, you can find pictures here, here and here. I would just like to mention how much the clock tickled me especially as it's purpose was eventually and joyfully mute. He's a stupidly impressive man who clearly loves and admires his glossy-haired chum with great affection. Edgar can hold an audience in the palm of his hand and it appears to be effortless. Last night will be marked as one of the most special Q & A's I've seen and I'm geeky enough to see an awful lot of them. Of course, this one had the luxury of a dedicated time slot and I hope I'm still around when either of these fine gentlemen are celebrated in "A Life In Pictures" but I doubt it will be as charming and relaxed as the BFI. ****Edited to add that as suspected, the blogger with the awesome threads has made a much better record of the evening than I could have done. Read it here.

Joe did refer to his own film several times so while it's in my head, one of the many worries he may have had recently was a possible plagiarism concern although his film was obviously the potential victim, not the culprit. On a happier note, this tweet popped up to boost his little ego.

I presume he will have attended the Scott Pilgrim vs The World premiere tonight but he may have been chained to the Avid instead. He was slated to have presented a few minutes of Attack The Block during MovieCon but had to pull out because he wasn't ready. Regular followers will know that I would ideally not even want to see a trailer before I see the final cut but I suspect I will not get away with that one, unless Joe is kind enough to invite me to a very, very early screening! He clearly spent a lot of time prepping and making a beautiful job of presenting Edgar's big night at the BFI which included sourcing and cutting together various clips. Last night he also implied that he might have a few pick-up shots to grab to complete the total wonderosity of his first epic. I hope he's not fretting about that and that Adam doesn't humiliate himself with too many begging letters.

You can read more about MovieCon at this excellent blog from the man who Joe name-checked last night. Another previously name-checked film blogger, UltraCulture has chosen the most unfortunate dates to wander around Europe rather than London but before he left he gave us a good closing piece for the Somerset House screenings.

Tickets for BUG Norwich 5 are now on sale.
A little bit of off-piste Adam Buxton waffle to confuse us here.

There's a mention of Adam and Joe in a piece about our relationship with radio in The Independent here.

Scott Pilgrim Waffle

It is unofficially Scott Pilgrim vs The World week in London, if not the UK so I'm slipping these in under the wire....

Edgar discusses musicals for The Playlist and will be at the Apple Store in Regent Street tomorrow with Empire.

There can only be a few more days left to grab your special copy of Empire this month.

Here are the programme notes from the BFI

Embarrassing drivel:
Just wanted to note, thank and acknowledge the heartening support that can be found in the blogisphere and more specifically Twitter. When the pops start to drop, there are shovels a-plenty from virtual strangers. See what I did there?