The Sound of Speed

Live in Auckland

Thirty years (and a smidge) since the Jesus and Mary Chain put out Psychocandy, and it took me that long to see them live. Glad I did, at Auckland’s Powerstation! Gladder I was, that I took industrial strength ear-plugs to take the hurty bits, allowing only Jim’s dulcet tones and William’s pensive notes to enter my ears. My beer room (adorned with music posters) was lacking a memento of this wonderful evening in March, so with a few of my photos from the gig + a few beers + Photoshop @ the Sound of Speed… and here we are.


Barbed wire kisses

-29_webMaybe, just a little, inspired by finally getting to see the Jesus and Mary Chain play at the Powerstation, Auckland. It’s only taken me thirty years to get to see them. So, two crepescule and noisy (read: dark and hoppy) beers named after two of their many fine albums.

29A: Barbed wire kisses

29B: The sound of speed

Part 2 of #27, or #28 синій?

-28_web#28 is the big belgian brother to #27 beer. It was brewed with a heat-hungry belgian yeast that threatened to rip the top off the fermentor and come crawling up the stairs for its creator.

So, the beer art for this one kind of extends right-wards from #27, if you check that out. Anyway, this little beauty should be ripe for tasting about the time hot cross buns go down to half price.

It’s called синій (blue). Because… it will be fantastic in autumn, listening to the Durutti Column’s ‘Blue’ from ‘Someone else’s party, and sipping on one of these. Simple really.

The J-2 revelator

revelatorA very special birthday present I recently finished for someone.

A vintage style piece made from copper fittings, old PC parts, valves, gauges etc.

With two (working) 700nm ruby targeting lasers,  twin 32mm pulse cannons, and a 9.7 gigaWatt ion sabre. Plus, tons of pretty, colourful lights!

Has a good weight to it, feels good in the hand, and boy is it great watching the dog chase the lasers around the lounge.

It’s a Revelation!

#27 beer: каяття (Regret)

Homage a New Order, the first and best-est track from their 1993 album “Republic”. I was rueing the production of #26 as a slow-sitting lager/pilsner, tasting one a bit early. Needs a few more months to think about its behaviour, I reckon.


Hipsters!OK, I know this Buzzfeed article is a whopping two months old, which in the world of the Interweb is practically carbon-date-able – anyhow, I found it hilariously bulls-eye and wanted to share. It’s about a tongue-in-cheek book about hipsters – you just gotta read it, you just gotta.

Link to “Hipsters“.

Normally, Christmas 2015

Christmas_OSPRINormally one might look at a glaring red, lesion-like object on the sniffy end of a reindeer and say it was bovine Tb. Not so, says the deer tester! Well, not in this case. Rudolph has simply hit the happy juice a little early.

This: the final cartoon for the folks at OSPRI. Not sure where I’ll be next year… but hopefully not Christmas Island.



#26 Restless (м’ятежний)

Brew #26 is done. A quiet pilsner that needs to sit for a few months. Might pop one on Christmas Day to reflect on a pretty up and down year for me. It’s named м’ятежний (Restless), after the first track off New Order’s new album “Music Complete”. It also features a nod or two to their 1987 track “True Faith”. New Order fans will get it!

In retrospect, this album is like my year – some very good parts, and others… well… what happened there? Restless, Singularity, Plastic and Superheated are all worthy. The other tracks… your mileage may vary.



Major Poss to Ground Control

Major PossTrapping possums is hard work. Night after night tramping through damp forest, setting traps and laying poison. Even harder when it’s honking with rain and the south-westerly is blowing near horizontal. So imagine Alan’s surprise when his colleague Linda has passed on great weather for trapping, instead donning a dress and heels for a blind date at the pub.

October’s cartoon for the nice folks at OSPRI – enjoy!

#25 Eleven-tempered

11-temperedBeer #25 is out. It’s a well… delicious, more-ish, gregarious but bordering on angry beer. Hard to describe in words without getting all hipster-y and talking about “floral notes” and “palid undertones”. But trust me, it’s nom-nom-nom. It’s called ‘Eleven-tempered’ (‘одинадцятій загартоване‘ in Ukrainian), with a nod to Spinal Tap, with notes of Supercharger and undertones of Most Glorious Exxon Superflo Supra. Ahem.

If you’re ever in the neighborhood, drop in for one. While stocks last.


QmikoThe Qmiko (only seven in the world) is a fictitious three-eyed, three legged animal that lives at the bottom of the sea, in the second of the five Jeremy books I wrote 400 years ago. I never got around to illustrating such a fine being, so here she is: Minkaup, one of the seven Qmikos.