There's a book reading 27th July in Brighton limited to 30 attendees. http://www.ubuprojex.net/calendar.html Might be the last chance to see him. Unfortunately have other commitments that would make me unpopular if I abandoned them so I can't do that.
I am too looking forward to the new album. Mirror Man 11 would be great. I've paid for a few of the live downloads from ubuprojex, glad to donate the money but they've not be listened to more than once.
Brighton would be quite a pilgrimage from up here in the East Midlands. Will have to give that some fairly fast consideration before it sells out.
On the subject of the mp3 format downloads: http://www.hearpen.com/technical.html
"It's clear that the only MP3 encoding method that can yield adequate results is an interleaved stereo file encoded at a Constant Bit Rate of 320kbps. This yields the largest possible file sizes but also allows for audio reproduction comparable to a vinyl pressing".
Now, be clear on this point, "vinyl quality" is, in Ubu-speak, a derisive expression. "Gee, that sounds as good as vinyl" is another way of saying, "Gee, that sounds like a dog's dinner."