VAN WOES IN SPAIN
AKA How people are awesome
1, December 2011
On November 28th, I was on my way to a show in Madrid when my van broke down on the side of the highway. I was hit with an enormous repair bill I was not expecting and had to be towed in to Zaragoza. I sent out a couple of posts on Twitter and Facebook asking fans for donations or that if they bought a record, the money would go towards getting my van fixed. I didn’t expect much, but I thought that even if 2 people donated €5, this would still be better than nothing. However, in less than 48 hours I managed to raise €503.83 through merch sales and donations, only slightly less than I had to spend getting my van fixed. This really is incredible and I am so grateful. Your generosity is truly astounding.
Today, ‘little partner’ is back on the road. I cannot begin to thank everyone enough. It’s been an amazing (and long) tour so far, and now I am able to finish my last 6 shows and get back to Leeds with all of my equipment.
If anyone reading this has made a donation and would like digital copies of any of my records (or Manduo/MMOOTI!?! releases), please write to juffage [at] gmail [dot] com and let me know. I’m happy to send anything. Also, if you live in Leeds and made a donation, I will happily cook you dinner.
Sadly, as a result of this I had to cancel two shows in Madrid (at la Faena II) and in Lisboa (at the Lounge). My sincerest apologies go out to the organizers of these two concerts and the people who were planning to attend. I will come back!
SMALL FIRES EP & UK/EU TOUR
New EP Details, FREE download, Enormous tour of UK & Europe October-December
24, August 2011
Hey people. Today is pretty exciting. My brand-new EP “Small Fires” is set to be released November 7th on Function Records, but you can listen to it online right now! I’m also giving away the single for FREE for a limited time.
Head over to http://juffage.bandcamp.com/album/small-fires-ep to pick up your free download.
I’m going to have a limited run of CD versions of this EP available on my upcoming tour dates as well (see below for tour dates & details). Should you wish to do so, you can also preorder a CD now from the juffage webstore! All preorders will be shipped before the first week of November. Check it:
I’m heading out in October to play my biggest rock tour since 2008. This time I’ll be doing several European dates, and quite a hefty amount of UK gigs as well. It’s going to be a blast, but it’s a lot of work. Tour dates are as follows:
OCT 4 – leeds @ oporto (w/ sweet williams, magnapinna)
OCT 6 – edinburgh @ whistlebinkes (w/ esperi)
OCT 7 – aberdeen @ tunnels (w/ esperi)
OCT 8 – dundee @ drouthy neebors (w/ esperi)
OCT 9 – newcastle @ tyne bar (w/ invisible cities)
OCT 10 – york @ basememt (w/ where’s hollywood?, section 9, aboy)
OCT 12 – liverpool @ mello mello (w/ hope & social)
OCT 14 – bolton @ dog and partridge (w/ invisible cities)
OCT 15 – leeds @ brainwash festival – royal park cellars (w/ lite, kong, maybeshewill, etc.)
OCT 16 – manchester @ a carefully planned festival – gullivers (w/ bearfoot beware, invisible cities, douga, etc.)
OCT 17 – nottingham @ spanky van dykes (w/ satnams tash, lukewarm equation)
OCT 18 – derby @ victoria (w/ tellison, little courage)
OCT 19 – stoke @ the smithfield (w/ plank!, amateur assassins)
OCT 20 – milton keynes @ mk gallery (w/ fifteen sixteen)
OCT 21 – norwich @ karma kafe (w/ sam james hill, maesrk, etc.)
OCT 22 – ipswich @ kai bar (w/ magic panda, 3ee3a, etc.)
OCT 23 – london @ old blue last (w/ cats and cats and cats)
OCT 24 – brighton @ the cowley (w/ van coeur, perch)
OCT 26 – mons, BE @ le cheminot
OCT 27 – paris, FR @ l’international (w/ geste, girl in trouble)
OCT 28 – reims, FR @ le chapiteau de la TRAC “Le Temps Des Cerises” (w/ theo, one man team dance)
OCT 29 – strasbourg, FR @ LE CEAAC (w/ balmorhea)
OCT 30 – nancy, FR @ le caveau du grand sauvoy
OCT 31 – liège, BE @ le tipi (w/ three trapped tigers)
NOV 1 – gent, BE @ kinky star
NOV 2 – lille, FR @ le ccl
NOV 3 – antwerpen, BE @ bar nadar
NOV 4 – maldegem, BE @ de walrus
NOV 5 – breda, NL @ mezz
NOV 6 – utrecht, NL @ pollination house show (w/ wave zero, container)
NOV 7 – jena, DE @ glashaus im paradies (w/ dosh)
NOV 8 – berlin, DE @ marie antionette (w/ dosh)
NOV 9 – leipzig, DE @ noch besser leben
NOV 10 – praha, CZ @ final (w/ noar+is+, hc tramp)
NOV 11 – brno, CZ @ boro club (w/ shield your eyes)
NOV 12 – wien, AT @ e.k. haus
NOV 13 – graz, AT @ sub (w/ stefan wieinegar is god)
NOV 14 – ljubljana, SI @ menza pri koritu-metelkova city
NOV 15 – maribor, SI @ gustaf hall pekarna
NOV 17 – riva del garda, IT @ lochness pub
NOV 18 – firenze, IT @ exfila (w/ gioacchino turù e giacomo laser, architectureoftheuniverse)
NOV 19 – faenza, IT @ clan destino
NOV 20 – ferrara, IT @ zuni
NOV 21 – itri, IT @ brigadisco’s cave
NOV 22 – roma, IT @ dal verme
NOV 23 – forlì, IT @ diagonal loft club
NOV 24 – carpi, IT @ mattatoio culture club
NOV 25 – pavia, IT @ spazio musica
NOV 26 – montpellier, FR @ up and down
NOV 27 – barcelona, ES @ kasal de roquetes (w/ zozobra)
NOV 29 – madrid, ES @ la faena
NOV 30 – lisboa, PT @ lounge
DEC 1 – don benito, ES @ rincón pío sound
DEC 2 – san sebastián, ES @ sala mogambo
DEC 3 – bordeaux, FR @ les lectures aléatoires
DEC 5 – périgueux, FR @ louvessiou (house show)
DEC 6 – tours, FR @ les joulins
DEC 7 – paris, FR @ le rigoletto
DEC 12 – leeds @ the library (w/ monsters build mean robots, catscans, richard parker) – tour finale!!!
You are appreciated! Hope to see you out there…
INTERVIEWS ON THE INTERWEBS
Various recent interviews and Press
20, August 2011
I’ve been interviewed by some friendly people in the last couple of months and we talked about some stuff:
Also, here’s what some other friendly people have been saying about ‘Semicircle’:
“Computer music never sounded so humane … an album to be surprised by, and maybe even love.” 7/10 – NME
“Compelling … a truly remarkable debut.” 8/10 – Loud & Quiet Magazine
“A triumph … the perfect balance between the accessible and the avant-guard.” 8/10 – Soundblab
“A highly personal, original work … you could well fall in love with this.” 4/5 – Beard Rock
Want to read more? There’s lots more to read over here.
Finally, I’m announcing a boatload of tour dates in the next few days. It’s looking pretty bitchin’ so far!
SEMICIRCLE OUT TODAY
Free Shipping this week, Recent Reviews, Upcoming Summer/Festival Dates
6, June 2011
Photo by Joni Andrews
After all is said and done, playing a show virtually every day for a month is always going to have its ups and downs. Fortunately, these past few weeks have been overwhelmingly positive; my car didn’t break, (most) of my gear didn’t break, I played with lots of great bands around the UK, and ‘Semicircle’ has already received some pretty positive reviews. Here’s what some people have had to say about it so far:
Not convinced you need to own this yet? How about FREE UK shipping to top it off!?!
…And as if I haven’t had enough of driving around the UK, I’m headed out for a few dates and some festivals over the summer including Doubledotbash!, Tramlines, Beacons, & Leave Me Here Festivals. Keep up to date on the Gigs page!
SEMICIRCLE ALBUM LAUNCH
RELEASE DETAILS, UK TOUR DATES, ALBUM PREORDER & FREE SINGLE DOWNLOAD
19, April 2011
Two weeks from today will be the first gig of the ‘Semicircle’ Album Launch Tour (click this link or the ‘gigs’ tab above to see the dates). To celebrate the coming of these 30-odd shows around the U.K., myself and the guys over at Function Records thought it would be a good idea to give away a free download of the first single from the record, and a staple of the Juffage live set so far, “My Weakness”. This .mp3 download is free to mailing list subscribers who follow the link below. If you have already signed up for the mailing list, just enter your address in again for the download (you won’t receive double mailouts, promise!). Starting today, you can also preorder the album right here, from the Juffage Webstore, or directly from Function Records who are offering FREE SHIPPING during the preorder period as part of a huge sale. Last but not least, free downloads of “My Weakness” are available from the Juffage Bandcamp Page here:
In other news, I am pleased to announce the tracklisting for the album:
3. Small Fires
4. Stop Making Music
5. Under Fanblades
6. My Weakness
8. Drone II
Vinyls will be available for purchase on all ‘Semicircle’ Album Launch tour dates.
Preorders will be shipped on the official release date, June 6, 2011, and will include a bonus download EP of remixes by Ampersand, 2n3904, RUNNERS, James Yates (the Pattern Theory), Blithe Field, Dream Drunk, & Mako Sica. Digital downloads will also be available from this date but will not include download of the bonus disc.
That’s all for now. Hope to see you on the road!
NEXT GIG @ THE BRUDENELL/ BEACONS FESTIVAL
1 April, 2011
So this is pretty exciting; at the end of the month I’ll be doing a gig at the Brudenell w/ the amazing Talons, and then embarking on an album launch tour shortly thereafter. Check out the GIGS page to see how it’s shaping up, and keep your eyes peeled for more tour dates and updates on the new record. In other news, I’ve just been asked to play this:
I’ll be taking the stage on the opening night, Friday August 12. Loads of great bands are playing and with early bird tickets at £50, you can’t really go wrong. Head on over to the Beacons Festival Website for more information.
The next time I post on here, I’ll be revealing the tracklisting and artwork for my new album ‘Semicircle’, along with a bunch of tour dates for the period of May/June. The test pressings should be arriving in just over a week so get ready!
MUGS NOW IN STOCK!!!!
29 January, 2011
What better way to show your appreciation for the musical stylings of Jeff T. Smith than by ordering your own brand new Juffage Mug?!? Good question! Whether it’s a hot or cold beverage, you’ll be drinking in style with this mug’s spectacular wrap-around design (pictured here), printed in glorious full-color! Invite your friends ’round and impress the pants off them by serving them a tea or coffee in a beverage container with unprecedented style and grace.
Pick one up today!!!!! Click the button to order >>>>>
Now available from the JUFFAGE WEBSTORE for a mere £8 or at future gigs.
A.K.A. “MY DAY TODAY”
24 January, 2011
Interestingly, this picture above has very little to do with what I did today. It was taken about four months ago at 63 Lumley Road when I borrowed my friend’s synthesizer to record some parts for a song on my upcoming record. Today, however, I went to use the monitors at Loom Studio to work on mixing that very song. Unfortunately, I somehow managed to break the key off inside the door as soon as I got there and found myself stranded in the hallway.
Nevertheless, this incident marks a very momentous time. Once I manage to get inside the studio and finish mixing, the album will be sent for mastering and will be released sometime in May on Function Records .
Keep your eyes on this page in the coming months for more news about the upcoming release. I’ll be taking a break from doing shows for the time being (with the exception of the wonderful British Wildlife Festival) to finish preparing for the upcoming release, and to get ready for a large tour to follow.
In the meantime, you can check out some brand new live videos here: Horray!
19 January, 2011
I recently opened up the latest issue of Vibrations Magazine (December 2010) to see a big blue picture of my face. It had somehow completely slipped my mind that I had been interviewed a few months ago at the Brudenell Social Club, right before going to a show for the band Low. You can read the interview by clicking the link below. Absolutely!
JUFFAGE-DOT-COM IS REAL!
14 January, 2011
Welcome to the internet. From here on in, this will be the first port of call for all Juffage-related events, merchandise, and informations until the inevitable date in the future when Google.com will automatically redirect to this website. Thank you very much for you cooperation and valuable time.