Piney Gir

Indie-rock musician and songwriter

Piney Gir is an indie-rock musician and songwriter; she hails from the American Midwest, home of wide-open plains with sunflowers that go on as far as the Earth curves. The “you’re not in Kansas anymore” jokes never wear thin, because Piney embraces her heritage bringing it with her to the UK, where she’s lived in London for over a decade now (yes she does have a sparkly red shoe collection & yes she wears a lot of gingham - but she's still very much a London Girl).
The Man Who Fell To Earth: Hair, Style & Bowie's Fear Of

The Man Who Fell To Earth: Hair, Style & Bowie's Fear Of Flying

Today I have the pleasure of talking to the two people who are responsible for David Bowie's look in <em>The Man Who Fell To Earth</em>. May Routh created the beautiful costumes and Martin Samuel is responsible for that red, chic shock of hair.
15/09/2016 12:54 BST
Loz From Ride Grills Me About Violet Beauregarde's

Loz From Ride Grills Me About Violet Beauregarde's Gum

For all the indie music lovers out there, you'll know that Loz Colbert is of course the drummer from seminal 90's shoegaze band, Ride. We've known each other for years, having briefly played in an Oxford-based band together for a bit, we reconnected over our involvement with Gaz Coombes. Loz drums for him. I sang BV's for Gaz's Matatour at the end of last year. Small world, swings and roundabouts, yadda yadda yadda = it's all good how that stuff works out.
20/07/2016 10:13 BST
Losing Your 'Star Wars'

Losing Your 'Star Wars' Virginity

I returned home and proudly showed my new P.J.s to my boyfriend, he gave me a blank smile. It turns out he is a Star Wars Virgin (how?) so I made him watch Star Wars and then fill out a questionnaire about it and my findings were interesting. So here goes...
22/12/2015 18:02 GMT
Aaaaaaaah! Steve Oram Is 'Not a Control

Aaaaaaaah! Steve Oram Is 'Not a Control Freak'

I attended the press screening of Aaaaaaaah! a couple of weeks ago & the film completely haunted me. Images and thoughts from the movie were triggered by day-to-day life. In that sense it is extremely powerful and well crafted, well acted.
08/09/2015 11:39 BST
Psapp: A Countdown to

Psapp: A Countdown to Meltdown

For those of you unfamiliar with the band <a href="http://www.psapp.net" target="_hplink">Psapp</a>, you might know them from their Grey's Anatomy theme song "Cosy In The Rocket" which kinda put them on the map of the mainstream (whether you knew it was Psapp or not).
17/08/2015 23:43 BST
Almost Famous: Big In Japan - Soundcheck, Synth Porn & Thee

Almost Famous: Big In Japan - Soundcheck, Synth Porn & Thee Gigs!

I had the joy of tagging along with Gaz Coombes to Japan, he was in Tokyo to play 2 shows at Billboard Live, one of Japan's premiere music venues. The day of the gig, the Billboard bus collected us from the lobby, Duncan, Mikko and Adam have been at the venue for hours already setting up.
15/07/2015 16:58 BST
Almost Famous: Big In Japan - The Harajuku

Almost Famous: Big In Japan - The Harajuku Girls

Okay, I know, it's slacker and 'Oh-So-Western' to go to Starbucks when we should be eating the more traditional okayu (rice porridge), tamagoyaki (an omelette type of thing), tsukemono pickles (random pickled things), nori (dried seaweed) & natto (fermented soy beans).
21/04/2015 17:54 BST
Almost Famous: Big In Japan - Day One Is Two Days

Almost Famous: Big In Japan - Day One Is Two Days Long!

This second installment will not be a blog about jet lag because seriously how boring would that be? But it would be unfair not to mention it because it is significant. I.e. Day one actually lasted two days, one of which was spent on planes.
09/04/2015 22:48 BST
Almost Famous: Big In Japan - Packing

Almost Famous: Big In Japan - Packing Up!

Already I'm excited to visit the place where trained parrots sing Beatles songs, The Robot Restaurant, and the bar where tiny monkeys bring you edamame beans (I have been assured that the monkeys are very well treated and only work for two hours a day).
02/04/2015 18:01 BST