Matt, smallgang – Highlights/Lowlights/Events of 2011

Matt dr – smallgang / Crumbling Ghost – Highlights/Lowlights/Events of 2011

Highs:
Both Smallgang and Crumbling Ghost released their first proper albums.
Smallgang and FU UK tour and making lots of new friends on it.
Getting to roadie for Shonen Knife a couple of times.
Crumbling Ghost getting into The Times top 100 left-field albums of 2011.
Seeing Pentangle before Bert Jansch passed away.
Rediscovering the entire Prince back catalogue.
La Dusseldorf’s Viva album.
Finally getting to hear Talk Talk’s final two albums.
Supporting Shonen Knife at The Scala
Supporting Bitch Magnet
The Hull Adelphi….
More releases and nice reviews for my label, MRM
Charlie Brookers ‘Black Mirror’

Lows:
The Riots
The Japanese disaster

Albums:
Radiohead – ‘The King of Limbs’
Radiohead – ‘TKOL Remixes’
The Smiths – ‘Complete Remastered Boxset’

Gigs:
Shellac @ The Garage
Oval @ Cafe Oto
Pentangle @ Royal Festival all
Swans @ ATP
Flaming Lips @ Ally Pally
Koresh @ The Unicorn and The Purple Turtle
Shonen Knife @ The Windmill
Bitch magnet @ The Lexington
Stewart Lee @ The Leicester Square Theatre

Reading:
JG Ballard – ‘The Kindness of Women’
Ernesto Sabato – ‘The Tunnel’
Will Self – ‘Cock and Bull’
Paul Broderick – ‘The Bankruptcy Diaries’
Fernando Pessoa – ‘The Book of Disquiet’
Italo Calvino – ‘If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller’
Hans Fallada – ‘Short Treatise on the Joys of Morphinism’
Barry Hines – ‘A Kestral for a Knave’
Shirley Jackson – ‘The Lottery’

About Matt
smallgang and Crumbling Ghost’s drummer, and man behind Minimal Resource Manipulation. Possesses heartiest laugh and second best drummer face in rock. Tumblrs here.