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Posted by Melanie Smith on August 7, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Welcome to Mudkiss news and updates for the period Aug - Sept 2010.



I am now the owner of an Apple iPhone, it's been a little godsend. No longer do I have to have the engine constantly running on my Pc as I can check mail and other networking stuff from anywhere. (although that can be a downside at times).

We are pleased to welcome Joanne Poole who joined us at the back end of July with some super-delicious live shows reviews. She's certainly been a blessing to me, writing the reviews whilst I concentrate on my photography skills.

Talking of photography I've just completed my first alternative modelling shoot with SarahTonin - all are posted on my flickr site. It's an avenue I want to really develop further. Also I've just entered the NME's photography comp - with a handful of live shots but it was hard choosing just a few.

I have a few shoots in the pipeline with a band and a well known Manchester personality (to be kept under wraps till a firm date is arranged). So it's looking good - my portfolio is expanding SOULKISS is now my personal photography site, needs some work but is up and running.

Not content with this here's a portfolio which I am working on -

It might be a quieter next two months as tis the holiday season. I for one am planning a wigwam bam holiday in Northumberland.

Our show calendar seems to be a lot quieter this month, although that doesn't mean we'll be doing nothing. We have the big Rochdale Festival next Saturday, probably our last big festival coverage this summer. In my Mudkiss calendar for September I am booked for The Like, Zola Jesus, Jessie Rose Trip, Doll & The Kicks, Grinderman, Kirsty Almeida's album launch show in Manchester and the local Newton Indie Festival. Grinderman is going to be one of the years best events I can feel it in my bones!!

Congratulations go out to Bubblegum Slut Mag for turning 10 years old. We bow down to your greatness, well done Alison. We'll be chatting to her this month - what a woman!

Meanwhile back at the ranch we catch up with the rest of the gang:

Lorraine: Lorraine has taken to devouring pumpkin seeds in a bid to battle anaemia and acquire the energy to become embroiled in the colourful infamy of NW London plus the usual periodic escape to Cornwall to plague her family! Did you know that white wine aids the body's absorption of iron whilst red inhibits it? That said, she still managed to make it out to see ex Libertine's drummer Gary Powell perform with new band The Invasion of.. and The Book Club, including Andy Nicholson of Arctic Monkey's fame. Once up to full strength she is looking forward to a swim at the local newly restored Kentish Town Baths and a spot of decorating - even a film screening!

Dick: He's recently been involved in a riot at Flambards Theme Park, Helston. Punches were thrown and ceramic meerkats hurled at staff. Currently he is nursing his sunburned belly and man-boobs. He may even get around to writing about rock'n'roll at some point. 

Den: He says "I've been chained to my writing desk & getting meals through a hatch in the door until the Sid, Nancy & Alex book is finished. Target date end of the year. I might be let out to review the new Subway Sect album later this month. I'll be previewing some more of my book on "Mining for Gold" in September."

Rachel: Currently taking a break from writing for Mudkiss.

Joanne: A packed couple of months with two weekend festivals Rochdale Feel Good Festival and Liverpools Matthew Street Festival. 21st Aug is reserved for The Stocks & others at Jabez Clegg, Manchester with a quick dash across to Moho Live for The 66 playing on the same night. Sept kicks off with Muse at Lancashire Cricket Ground. 18th Sept we have a great line up for first time all day event Newton Indie Fest at Newton Cricket Club. I'll be in Beijing early October so if you're a band playing out there or have any recommendations for where to catch great live music please message me.



News just in we have a new team member a Mancunian called Phil King - he is certainly no stranger to gigs, he goes to more gigs than I could dream of. On top of this he is an ace photographer.Welcome on board, hope you enjoy the ride, Phil will be reviewing new music and shows in and around Manchester.




Detroit Social Club (Dave Burn) - A very Northern chat by Mel

Dirty Harry: On The Way Up, Dirty Harry Checks In With Mudkiss - Interview by Mel


Mick Farren: Front Line Shamen by Dick Porter

Andy Partridge (XTC) - "I Started The Punk Rock Wars" Interview by Lee


Bubblegum Slut Zine Editor - Alison Bateman interview by Mel

The Band Of Holy Joy - interview by Den

Koffin Kats - interview by Lorraine


Yashin/Don Broco/Forever Can Wait/Eight Tide Suicide @ The Joiners Arms, Southampton 16/09/10


Joanna Newsom @ Palace Theatre, Manchester 18/09/10


The Like @ Ruby Lounge, Manchester 03/09/10


Zola Jesus @ The Deaf Institue, Manchester 02/09/10

Rochdale Feelgood Festival - Dead Kestrels/Ellen & The Escapades/Kirsty Almeida/Travelling Band/The Herbaliser/The Lightning Seeds - 14/08/10

Bandalucia Rock Festival- UK Subs headlining


The Invasion of ....@ Camden Proud, London

Fans of the former Libertines drummer Gary Powell will know that he has not been idle since the demise of Dirty Pretty Things in late 2008. The Invasion Of... ( and yes, the three dots count!)

12 Truths @ Basingstoke


Summers End Reviews: by Den Browne

Arcade Fire - SuburbsBaby Head - Heavy WeatherGrinderman 2Klaxons - Surfing the VoidMogwai - Special MovesPosies - Blood/CandyBest Coast - Crazy About YouZola Jesus - Stridulum IIShe Makes War


Kirsty Almeida - 'Pure Blue Green' debut album review by Phil King

Phil King's September reviews:


Dawn Kinnard

Love Amongst Ruin

The Like

The 66

Joanna Newsom

Message To Bears

The Vaselines


Killing Joke - Absolute Dissent



'Enter The Void' - Film Screening, London by Lorraine




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