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Tuesday, 23 November 2010

G.Lansard, Not one for knocking on, Oliver East, Jim Medway and more!

We got so much more to blog in terms of recent arrivals, but here's a bludgeoning of the recents this past week. Scary good...

G. LANSARD by G. Lansard

We've been waiting to get our collective hands on this zine from Good vs. Evil ever since we heard about it. See, G. Lansard is one of our very favourite illustrators of recent times and he dwells right here in Manchester. I've never seen a book of his stuff before so this is an absolute treat. Layeriffic black black ink upon greyscale collagery, deathly subject matter with strong medieval or biblical...or some such primitive time vibes. Recommend this to hell and back. Always pleasing thick black lines that are unmistakably Lansard's. 

Here's a video of it courtesy of Good vs. Evil!

40 pages, perfect bound, edition of 50


Exhibition catalogue to accompany the recent Not One For Knocking On exhibition at Rogue Studios curated by the ever-fabulous Oliver East. In the exhibition were Craig Atkinson (Southport, I think), Warren Craghead (Virginia, USA), Malcy Duff (Edinburgh) and Blaise Larmee (Portland, USA). Basically a who's who and what's what of shit kicking contemporary underground press. Good Grief! is a big time fan of all these artists and the guy who curated the exhibition so this catalogue was always going to be a winner but even so it's a real nice piece - excellently laid out and printed. You should get this and then track down work by all the artists involved if you haven't already. A must have!


In other Oliver East related news, he recently graced GG's palm with re-ups of the wonderful Trains are...Mint comics. We have issues one, two, three and five. I implore ye to grab them while you can, I don't think there are many of these TAM issues left for this world. You can read Trains are...Mint issues six and seven online here . Mint.


Speaking of Manchester-based legends, Jim Medway popped into Good Grief! on Sunday with a fistful of first-time stock. I was elated. Check the above Christmas card and below it's insides...

And check this out, you get five of these cards with handprinted outsides and envelopes for the bargain price of £4! Stick that up your


Garden Funnies is a comic anthology (or a horticultural sequential art anthology as it says on the cover) on the Paw Quality comics imprint dealt by Jim Medway. This first issue features grass roots vegetable-heavy comicradery from Steve Tillotson, Jim Medway, Richard Tingley, Aaron Renier, Tanya Meditzky, Alex Potts and Ed Syder. As you can see from the pictures, it's GORGEOUS. 



Garden Funnies #2 is a bigger animal format-wise. Twice the size in fact! This time the anthology features Gary Northfield, Ed Syder, Steve Tillotson, Adam & Hilary Steel, Lizz Lunney, Duncan Borne, Jim Medway, Francesca Cassavetti and Alex Potts. Beautifully put together and printed with rounded corners that you could trace with your finger all day long. Cheddar gorgeous.


Email to inquire about getting any of the titles before they're unleashed upon the online shop


The above is occurring at Soup Kitchen this Wednesday AKA tomorrow and it's basically the hottest free ticket that money can't buy. Come one, come all, raise a glass to the ascending ghost of Sir Yes Sir. Their last ever gig.

You can expect some of this...

You can buy their album at Good Grief! or from the band most likely on the night. The cover is by Lucy Jones so you know it's good

There's a tape EP too with artwork by the marvellous SAVWO. That'll be available on the night and forever more (til it sells out).

We'll be open late doors to celebrate this triumphant occasion. SYS RIP! Here's a press release from the band defining the split...


emo indie rock fans of the world reach for your hankies; supporters of underachieving groups of 20-something wimps hush your gasps; fanciers of unprofessional, weedy, irrelevant guitar bands raise your feeble fists to the skies and give the heavens a non-committal grunt of semi-anguish; the rumours are true: 

SYS ist tot

(that's german for "SYS is dead")

(SYS being our band, sir yes sir)

yes, we're packing it in. genuine thanx to everbody who's helped us along the way, we've had some good times:

maida vale
sowerby bridge pizza
marc riley
some concerts

and some frustrating, underwhelming, and/or bullshit times:

stolen belongings
melted masters
most other parts

we play our last show THIS WEDNESDAY at manchester's SOUP KITCHEN.  it's a free show; eastenders isn't on on wednesdays; it's warm in soup kitchen.  fill an egg cup with tears and receive a complimentary pin badge; marvel at our illustrious 5-yr back catalogue (one tape and one cd and one cdr), brought together in one place for the first (and last) time in a touching tribute to 'commerce'. some of our friends (and yours?) will be playing too, good ones (look at our twitter, or posters around manchester if you live there, for more 'details').  we will play the cream of our impressive catalogue, including (but not limited to):

SEX ON FIRE (aka hit 3)
I PREDICT A RIOT (aka not excited)
PRETTY FLY (FOR A WHITE GUY) (aka have i hell)

...and many more (some with the drum machine. do you remember the drum machine? that was WILD!). it will be fun, if you've ever liked us, or we've ever liked you, please do come and say hi (bye).

whilst this journey comes to an end, the dream (get signed to DGC! play at lollapalooza in 1994! etc) lives on and  perhaps you'll hear something new from us (a different us) in 2K11?

lots of love,

Joseph, Daniel and Samuel

22 November 2010 (a.k.a. the day the  music died)

Note to editors

1. We feel that our comprehensive (not to mention critically acclaimed) back catalogue is defining WHO WE ARE and HOW WE LIVE OUR LIVES.  We don't want to think like LOSERS any more; LOSERS being the foundation on which we've built our image, career and, ultimately, life-view.

2. We feel the name ("SIR YES SIR") prevents us from ever reaching the top table of the music industry.  How can we be offered (or deserve?) that elusive recording contract whilst burdened with a moniker which, when anagagramised, spells "ERR, I SISSY"?

3. We feel that, in light of the successes over the years of fellow travellers down the road labelled "CREDIBLE CAREER AS ALT. MUSICIAN (AND SOMETIME CELEBRITY COLLABORATOR, JOOLS HOLLAND STAR, STYLE ICON ETC)", the "SYS vehicle" has too many miles on the clock to prick up the ears of the all-important public any more than they've already been pricked.  "Sir Yes Sir?  Yes, I believe I saw them at Jabez Clegg back in 2007.  They were ok; no more, no less.  I have no desire to invest any MORE time in their output" (is our feeling on what the likely reaction to the question "Sir Yes Sir?" would be, were it posed to "Joe Bloggs")


P.S. The Hotpants Romance instore was a raging success, thank you to them for playing and to all that came. Go see them across the Europe map right now!

Friday, 19 November 2010

Hotpants Romance live at Good Grief!

This Sunday at 5pm, Hotpants Romance play at Good Grief! Soup Kitchen! as part of their 2010 euro tour. Come one, come all, this will be well good.

Here's the proof :

Does anyone remember internet cafes? Mint!

Monday, 15 November 2010

We are open again! and originals for sale...

Hi party dudes!

And we're bbaaaccckkkk! Did you miss us? Did you forget about us? Did you notice? Did you care? Did you forget how to feel? Well, don't worry. We're back in our new soupalicious home, the Soup Kitchen. Some people are already calling it "", I've heard them! Below is a picture of how it looked last night before opening, things have moved on quite a lot since then. Some prints are up and things have prices on and gimmicks like that. Trending!

It's like a work in progress in a constant state of flux suspended in furious activity replayed in matrix bullet-time technology! everyday for the foreseeable there's going to be additions - be it paintings on the shelves and walls or new fixtures or new stock. It really has to be seen to be believed, the royal we loves our new home! I liken my excitement and revelation feelings of the first day to that of an alien beamed down to earth straight into the MEN arena during a comedy set by Peter Kay. ZULTAN!

Opening times for this week is...

Tuesday 11am til 3pm
Wednesday 11am til 3pm
Thursday 11am til 7pm
Friday 11am til 7pm
Saturday 11am til 7pm
Sunday 11am til 5pm


Good Grief! captain, David Bailey, AKA me, is having an original artwork bakesale both online and offline. I'm wanting to make a bit of money for new shop supplies and such outrage so I'm trying to flog some origgies off. Here's some photos of the original 'works I'm selling below, £50 a piece. Email me if you're interested or you can buy them instore. All proceeds go towards a good cause!

This poster for Misty's Big Adventure is a4 in size and heavily scribed in biro on thick cartridge paper. It comes from the year of 2005. For the record, the drawing on the poster is my cousin. Don't think he knows about it.

The above was made for a Friendship gig in Leeds all the way back in 2010. It's a3 in size and it's painted in gouache, the colours are vibrant and less yellowed/nicotine stained than they appear here. There's ink on there too don't worry ink fans. This original could be bought to celebrate friendship as a concept as well as a band. Versatile!

Another 2010'r in the a3 format. This time things are done in a mix of ink, gouache and sheer felt tips. This one is like two originals in one because the line up and date changed so I cut out the centrepiece and stuck it on a new bit of paper and drew the new info around it. It looks tidy though. Consider it double-ply heavy cartridge.

This landscape a3 original harks from 2008 and was originally made as an illustration for the now defunct Plan B magazine. Conceived in the days when I had a good nib for my dip pen, black ink heavy.

A3 original all the way from 2008 (I think, maybe 2009) for a tape cover on Lotus Birth for the now defunct Ford Maddox Brown. painted in coloured inks with quill black outlining over the top, fiercely worked into on non more heavy cartridge - we're talking 220gms at least. When the cover was printed, the artwork is cropped around the bottom of the word "Brown" so that ink run-off in the bottom sector is STRICTLY AN ORIGINAL EXCLUSIVE!!! Chomp.

A3 ROWF ROWF ROWF festival poster original from 2008. A mix of black ink via dip pen, disposable pen and felt tip pen. Featuring the coolest dog this side of sexually active jelly baby.

Poster for a Golden Lab club night all the way from 1969...I mean, 2010. Haha. Done in the psych style made popular by the sixties and that. Made in ink and black 'tips - heroic doses of both. A3 in size.

I will post these to anywhere in the world, get in touch to check availability and postage costs, or lack thereof. Pledge!