Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Round Up Reviews #2

The inbox is starting to overflow again with the wealth of submissions I've had recently, coupled with me being a very bad blogger and not doing nearly enough writing of late, which means it must be time for another installment of Round Up Reviews.
Basically short write ups on stuff I can't or won't have a chance to write about in detail. The first one is here, should you want to read it.

The Recovery Club - Rest And Be Thankful (Single)
So tender and fragile you suspect a strong wind would take it off into the air, this is a pretty gorgeous wee single. Not one to get the blood pumping, but a lovely wee listen. Must stop calling songs lovely, but all three tracks on the single fit the word. Also, hop over to Kowalskiy's blog to read a wee interview with them.
Rest And Be Thankful is released on July 5th by Antimatter Music.

Fiona Soe Paing - Deep Song:
Sort of ethereal electronica. Reminds me a wee bit of Portishead, helped out by Fiona's striking, distinctive vocals. Quite lovely really.
Deep Song is included on Songs From No Man's Land EP, available soon here.

Comma - Comma EP
Intricate math/post-rock that reminds me a bit of the parts of Tortoise that I like? Yeah, I'll have some f that please. If you need vocals with your music then stay away, it is all instrumental. Otherwise, check the EP out, it's a really strong debut.
Comma's self titled debut EP is available as a free download from Black Lantern Music.

Super Adventure Club - Hip Hop Hot Pot Pot Noodle (Single)
Mental. Brilliant. I have almost no idea how to describe Super Adventure Club without using those two words. A-side Hip Hop Hot Pot Pot Noodle sounds like about five different songs stuck together, in a good way. There's a pair of non album b-sides too, which are a bit less manic, but only a bit. Massively entertaining, and highly recommended.
Hip Hop Hot Pot Pot Noodle is out now on CD & download from Armellodie Records, you can buy it here.

The Son(s) - Radar
Light and airy, 60sish, folky pop. They've got a certain knack for luring you in to a song that starts off all nice and gentle before hitting you with something unexpected too, be it crashing drums, a squeal of electric guitar or something else. Cracking vocal harmonies too, I love a harmony. Really good, and also rather lovely.
The Radar EP is available as a free download from Bandcamp.

Dems - Jarndyce Vs Jarndyce
I've been meaning to give this a mention for ages, but as noted at the start, I'm not a very good blogger. Dems is a one man Edinburgh based but not really Scottish outfit. This is a cracking wee electro pop number, with more hooks than a prize fight. Ace wee song, go get it.
Jarndyce Vs Jarndyce can be downloaded free from Soundcloud or Bandcamp.

Mammoeth - LapDog
I'll be getting back to Mammoeth more later, a little closer to the release date of the upcoming Nascent album, but for now here;s a little teaser for that record. Lapdog is the first track on the album, and sets the tone nicely. A slice of gorgeous sun-kissed pop, perfect for the nice sunny weather. Puts me in mind a bit of Super Furry Animals at their poppiest, which is no bad thing at all.
Nascent is released on Juy 26th, you can pre-order and stream the album on Bandcamp.

Xavier and the Bastard - Ask Us About Hip-Hop
Stumbled across this while trawling Bandcamp at 3am one night/morning while bored, something I do too often to really be healthy. First two tracks are alright, but not really my thing, thrashy rock. The closing track, a cover of MIA's Born Free is dumb fun which put a smile on my face though, and so merits a wee mention here at least.
Ask Us About Hip-Hop is available as a free download from Bandcamp.

Nothing really awful seems to have found its way to me recently, or if it has I haven't kept hold of it, so there's nothing for me to slate this time round. That doesn't do any good to my "he likes everything" reputation. Someone send me something rubbish I can rip into please. Preferably by a band who I'll never meet, or who are incapable of giving me a sound beating at some point.

Monday, 21 June 2010

Aye Tunes Vs Peenko II

I let the date slip on my birthday post on Friday, and haven't exactly been secretive about goings on, but now everything has been confirmed I can finally let the whole cat out of the bag.

After the success of the first one Aye Tunes Vs Peenko is returning for another gig night.
It'll be taking place at The Thirteenth Note in Glasgow this time, a venue which I often seem to spend more time in than I do at home, and as such a natural choice for somewhere I'd want to do a gig.
The gig is happening on Saturday July 17th, so you only have to listen to me go on about it for a little under a month. But go on about it I shall.

Playing live on the night will be We're Only Afraid of NYC, Randolph's Leap and Little Yellow Ukuleles. You can of course expect me to talk about those three bands a lot more in the coming days and weeks, but in the meantime have a listen to, and help yourself to a free download, a song from each of them.

Unfortunately I don't think the giant from Twin Peaks will be on hand, you'll have to settle for me and Peenko instead.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

This Week's Gigs 21st - 27th June

Hello everyone, I'm back from the pub. I've got a massive amount of things to get caught up on this week, so let's hurry up and get the gig guide out of the way first of all.

Super Adventure Club, United Fruit and Rodent Emporium. Captain's Rest.
Launch gig for the new SAC single, Hip Hop Hot Pot Pot Noodle. Good single, but the title is a bloody nightmare to say when drunk.

Aerials Up, Captain's Rest
The West End Festival continues to dominate the gig calendar this week, as you can see already.

Paws play a launch gig for new single Violent Vicky Violet, and rope in label boss Adam Stafford to support, along with the brilliant and noisy as Hell Bronto Skylift. Free entry makes it near impossible to say no to this one.
Washington Irving, Palace Ballet. Brel
Meanwhile, back in the West End...

Silver Shakes Presents: Vendor Defender, Nevada Base, Gdansk, The Cinnamons, White Heath and Little Fire. Captain's Rest.
Blimey, that's quite a line up.
Shambles Miller, Andrew Lindsay. La Cheetah Club, £5.
Lou Hickey, Sean G. ABC2, £6.
Scotland's Most Eligible Woman 2010 (not, as we called her in the pub last night, Most Available Woman, which is a much less prestigious title) takes to the stage in a gig presented by Club Noir to show off her solo material.

The Noise Abatement Society, with Yahweh, RM Hubbert, The Japanese War Effort and Field Mouse. Somewhere in the West End of Glasgow.
An intriguing one this. The line up is cracking, but the venue is currently being kept secret, the only hints given are that it will be at "a unique residential venue in the West End of Glasgow", with the location being revealed to ticket holders before the gig (since telling them after the gig would obviously be a bit pointless). Cue me getting hopelessly lost on Friday night, I don't know where anything is in the west end. Tickets are very limited and available here. You'll also get a download of a song by each artist playing, which is arguably worth the £4 alone.
It is the end of the month, so it is time for Pinup Nights. In addition to the three bands playing (including future Aye Tunes Vs Peenko co-stars Little Yellow Ukuleles) there's the usual host of DJs too. Head along to the website for all the details, including how to get cut price entry.

PKPB launch their new EP, Dawn.

Final offering from the West End Festival for the week, and it is another tasty one.