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Infest set list... [Aug. 29th, 2011|09:08 pm]
Mister Vodka
Escape Bar, 27/28-Aug-11, ~23:55-01:15

Luxury Stranger - Empty Men
Chameleons - Swamp Thing
Alice Moving Under Skies - Dear Faith
The Merry Thoughts - Pale Empress
Christian Death - Romeo's Distress
Rob Zombie - Living Dead Girl (r)
Ramones - Somebody Put Something in My Drink
Adam Ant - Goody Two Shoes
Virgin Prunes - Baby Turns Blue
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Do You Love Me?
O Children - Ruins [radio edit]
Rammstein - Links 2 3 4 (r)
Carter USM - Sheriff Fatman
Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love (r)
Daisy Chainsaw - Love Your Money (r)
The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing - Charlie
New Model Army - Poison Street (r)
The Sisters of Mercy - Floorshow (R)
Alien Sex Fiend - I Walk the Line
Nine Inch Nails - Closer (R)
Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
KLF vs Motorhead - Lemmy Joins the JAMs [v2.0 Brutal mash by HGV]

(r) indicates an artist request
(R) indicates a track request

DJ HGV is resident at Carpe Noctum (Bradford) and Flock! (Leeds)
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New venue! [Jun. 13th, 2011|08:34 pm]
Mister Vodka
As you may be aware, the Zuu Bar finally succumbed and is no more. We'd got one more night planned there (having announced a "summer break" which we very much suspected would be permanent), Saturday week, the 25th of June. Not ones to let a top bill go to waste (nor to be the ones to do the cancelling on Grooving in Green - that's just not the way it works), we've hastily decamped round the corner to Bradford Rio's.

Please help spread the word.

Advanced tickets are available from Rio's, or from me - give a shout if you want any.

After this, we'll definitely be taking that planned summer break. Expect us to re-emerge somewhere around autumn, somewhere.
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The Great Alternative Vote Debate [Apr. 12th, 2011|10:48 pm]
Mister Vodka
I see a lot of heat, but very little light.

Let's start with a disclaimer. I'm an anarchist. As such, the mechanism by which the parties divvie up power is primarily of academic interest to me. That said, I'll launch into the debate of "what colour do you think the wheel should be?" and ignore the shape. Why not?

The fundamental argument about AV seems to be, is it fairer? "Fair" is always a popular word word with politicians. It means virtually nothing, but if you can portray your policies as "fair", you can get away with murder. Sometimes literally. So, make your choice (which we'll simplify by keeping the entirity of the system - single-member constituencies, House of Lords, whips, party lists, the old boys' network an' all - intact):

Is it fairer that the most popular single party gets their guy in?
Is it fairer that the least unpopular single party gets their guy in?

(... and they probably are guys.)

Take your pick. I'd lean toward the former though. "First past the post" is a fairly well established way of deciding the results of races, and generally more satisfying than all the runners disappearing into a room for a few days whilst they share out their times in return for favours and promises.

The next thing I hear is along the lines of well, it's not perfect, but it's a step toward a better system. Is it? Is it? I remember hearing that in the last "big" constitutional reform; of the House of Lords under the last lot. Ended up with them turfing out a load of hereditary peers (some of whom were so many generations on from the original appointment that they were beginning to resemble a random cross-section of society ... only some, and only beginning, but still...) ... and replacing them with their own (and the other party leaders' own) personal appointments. Not just peers leaning toward one party line or another, but the personal appointments of the current party leadership. Now, it may just be me, but I didn't see that "step in the right direction" do anything other than make a bad system worse, then settle down under its own weight. I don't see anything to suggest that a "yes" vote in the AV referendum will be a first step to anywhere else either.

Ah, but, it's the Liberal Democrats. You know, the nice fluffy party of the people, and democracy.

Again, maybe it's me, but I don't trust the name. It's trying too hard, like it's over-compensating for something: cf "People's Democratic Republic," "Freedom Party," "Simplified Chinese," "Ministry of Defence," and "Ford Probe".

It's a simple question: do the Lib Dems support AV because they see it, selflessly, as a more democratic system; or do they support it, selfishly, as a way of getting more MPs?

The "democracy/fairness" issue I've already touched on, and we'll leave it as undecided for the purpose of this question. You may, of course, disagree one way or the other.

As to "self interest"...

AV is largely irrelevant in fundamentally safe, or two-way split, constituencies. Somebody gets 50%+ without it going to the second round.

If you have a three-way split, however, the odds are it's going to be Labour/Conservative/Lib Dem. And it seems self-evident that Labour voters are likely to prefer the Lib Dem candidate as an alternative rather than the Conservative, and that Conservative voters are likely to prefer the Lib Dem candidate as an alternative rather than the Labour. So the Lib Dems are the most likely beneficiaries - hoorah!

Once upon a time, we may have given those nice Liberal Democrats the benefit of the doubt: "yes, they may benefit from it, but it's the democratic principle which is driving them". But, if there's anyone who still doubts that they have the same fundamental objective of every political party - to acquire and maintain power - I'd advise them to switch to a better quality news source now.

Discuss. ;)
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In case you'd missed it... [Jan. 24th, 2011|11:18 pm]
Mister Vodka

Hailing from the dark streets of East London, Devilish Presley have become a significant force on the gothic-punk scene in the UK and Europe during the last seven years. Their live shows are legendary, and a work ethic which included self releasing four albums - all of which sold well and gathered excellent reviews - has seen them tour with music legends such as The Damned and The Meteors.

Bad Taste Barbies are every mother's nightmare. Imagine leaving your precious child with a babysitter, only to find that on your return the house is aflame, pink glitter pyrotechnics are exploding on the lawn and your precious child is trapped in the attic, naked and alone. Sleazier than The Stooges, dirtier than The Dolls and catchier than Kylie, the Barbies have come to make pop music filthier than it's ever been.

All events are at The Zuu Bar, Sackville Street, off Sunbridge Road BD1 2AQ and are free admission.

Doors 8:30, first band onstage 9pm, followed by the full Carpe Noctum club experience till late.
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Have I mentioned...? [Nov. 26th, 2010|01:02 am]
Mister Vodka
By way of thanks for the support we've received during our relaunch year, we've gone and made November's Carpe Noctum free admission all night. Yes: two top bands, plus the full Carpe Noctum club experience, all for the bargain price of £nowt.

[see this event on Facebook]
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Not Cool [May. 3rd, 2010|04:35 pm]
Mister Vodka
Weird. It's happened a couple of times now, whilst DJing, that some random has offered me money to play a request. Obviously, I've turned them down and felt somewhat offended, for reasons I've taken a while to work out. I mean, lace your request with an offer of beer or whisky and we can talk. And then I realised. Look at it in a slightly different context...

You fancy somebody and offer to get them a drink: cool.
You fancy somebody and offer them money: not cool.
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Just a Quickie... [Apr. 13th, 2010|10:04 pm]
Mister Vodka
If you didn't know via other channels, my pc died last week and I've only just got back "properly" on line tonight. I'll try to catch up with stuff tomorrow night - if you haven't heard from me by then on anything you think urgent, message me here, by e-mail [gothvodka at itsgothupnorth.co.uk] or on myspace, as preference takes you.
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Whilst I'm here... [Apr. 6th, 2010|08:49 pm]
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...have I mentioned that Carpe Noctum is back? Have I? You really should get along, we've got Rhombus playing and everything. Oh lookee, here's a flyer...

If you're a Facebook type, there's an event for it here so as you can tell everyone you'll be coming along. Whilst you're at it, you should really join our Facebook group too, if you haven't already. And for netgoth types - and if you've even the vaguest interest in the scene you owe it to yourself to get involved there and help make it once more the premier guide to the UK scene - there's also an event just here where you can pimp your attendance.

Carpe Noctum will subsequently be running on the last Friday of every month except for August - we'll be at Infest, of course (and isn't it good to have it back?) - and December - which clashes with a Christian holiday that we can't get moved.
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Tonight! [Feb. 13th, 2010|10:30 am]
Mister Vodka
The final "Bad Moon Rising Live" at the Zuu Bar - and it's shaping up to be a belter!

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Whilst I remember... [Dec. 9th, 2009|09:08 pm]
Mister Vodka
Firstly, if you sent me an e-mail yesterday(ish), I probably haven't got it. I'm back up and running now though.

Secondly, my mobile's dying. I'll get it replaced in due course, but feel free to message me on facebook for a more consistent chance of communicating in the interim.

And thirdly, a quick reminder that there's no BMR tomorrow. Prior booking being honoured, private function you know... we'll be back next week.

Before then though, he says, slipping in the spam, don't forget it's BMR Live this Saturday, at the Zuu Bar, with Lesbian Bed Death and Razorblade Picnic. Bands from 9, free admission before 10, and we'll be running a full club night till 3am. Can't say fairer than that.
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