Saturday, 29 January 2011

Aye Tunes Joins The Revolution

Pop Goes The Revolution that is.

Yesterday I was invited along to take part in what was dubbed The Blogger Battle for Pop Goes The Revolution, along with our pals from Song, by Toad, Peenko, Halina from Glasgow Podcart and The Pop Cop. We picked four songs each, and chattered a bit about them and why we picked them.

You can listen to the results here, so if you've ever wondered just how ineloquent I am, now you can find out.

My song choices were:
Loch Awe - The Ocean In Me
Kid Canaveral - Couldn't Dance
Mondegreen - Yesterday-Minded
The Last Battle - Nature's Glorious Rage

In other news, I'm still looking for some guest posters to help me get caught up with a few things, and the regular Sunday gig guide will probably be late this week as I'm off to help a pal move house this weekend.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Be My Guest (Poster)

So, the phrase "I don't have time" is starting to sneak back into my vocabulary more than I'd like. I'm likely to have a lot more time to mess about and do blog stuff soon, but for the next week or two I might struggle to get a lot of new posts up, especially since the review pile is already starting to grow and is a priority to get on top of, leaving other things to fall behind.

This means I'm looking for a wee bit of help in the form of you, dear reader. There's no money in it, nor any glory. No, wait, come back...

Anyway, short version, I'm looking for a few guest posts to run on the site. Rather than me not have time to finish anything and go a week with little but the gig guide appearing I'd like to be able to plug in a guest post rather than no new content.

I'm not really looking for anything in particular. Pick five of your favourite songs at the moment and tell the World (well, the tiny portion of it that reads Aye Tunes) why these songs are awesome. If you are a band it could be a wee piece about yourself, without waiting for me to get round to asking you questions. It could be something about a band you, band members or the general public, like.

Been to a good gig recently? I'll publish your review if you like.

It could even be something about a band you hate, so long as it in constructive and doesn't get me sued or battered.

The people that pop up occasionally to tell me how much the blog sucks, my music taste is awful, or how I'm just generally a terrible person are welcome to write a piece saying these things again, if they can explain them. Be warned though, it won't be published anonymously.

One thing I'm not really after though is record reviews, I've got quite a few of them to deal with on my own.

Now, you may be wondering why writing a guest blog for me would be any good for you, considering I've already mentioned there's no money or anything in it. The answer is, basically, it probably won't be. If you are are a blogger you'd be as well running the article on your own site. No benefit to anyone but me then, but it doesn't hurt to ask, does it?

Anything I'm sent will be run, of course, with full credit to whoever wrote it (this means no anonymous hatchet jobs please), including links back to you and so on if you have your own site.

Oh, and if you are in Glasgow I promise I'll get you a couple of drinks at some point.

Anyone interested send me a wee email at telling me who you are (assuming we don't know each other already) and what you want to do, or with something already written, and I'll get back to you super quick, I promise.


Monday, 24 January 2011

Playlist: Aye Tunes Presents

This was meant to have been a series of posts between Christmas and New Year, of my favourite songs of 2010 but it never quite worked out.
Anyway, for the Aye Tunes Presents gig just passed I whittled down the number of tracks from around 100 and knocked up a few CDs to dish out in exchange for a donation to charity. I didn't quite have time to supply a tracklist with the CDs though, so I promised everyone that picked one up I'd put the tracklist online.

For those of you that didn't come, or didn't pick up a rubbishy wee CDr (I have have some left, if anyone really wants one) I'll go better and stick up the songs too. Some are downloadable, others are just streaming, since I've violated copyright quite enough in the first place and don't want a kicking.

Since this will be pretty music embed heavy I'll stick in a cut here, so if you are reading the post of the main page click here for the rest of the post.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

This Week's Gigs: 24th - 30th January

Hello, how are we all? I'm bloody knackered, I'm getting too old to drink all weekend.
What a weekend it has been though, kicking off with my first solo gig venture on Friday, then the liver damaging Barmellodie gig afterwards, followed up with the Chem19 Showcase at The Captain's Rest on Saturday and rounded off with the launch of Cargo Crate at The Arches on Sunday. I'd quite like to crawl under a rock for a few days to recover, but sadly I have no such luck.

There is, as usual, plenty to do this week, so let's get on with seeing what's on.

Rescheduled after adverse weather caused it to be cancelled back at the start of December. We were looking forward to it then, we still are now.

Glasgow City Scoundrels: Madskull, The Girobabies, The Unstoppable Flying Raincoats, Ghosts of Progress, Portraits. Stereo, £5.
Glasgow City Scoundrels is a new night, with the kind of ethos I can get right behind - promoted by bands, with more focus on having fun than making money. Good luck to them.

Mogwai. Paisley Town Hall.
Oh, yes. To say I'm looking forward to this one would be an understatement.

Pin Up Nights - Pirates! The Flying Duck.
The last Friday of the month wouldn't be the same without the most fun club in Glasgow, would it? Along with the usual fun and frolics you expect from the Pin Ups crew there's the standard good selection of bands playing too. This month's live line-up are Ace City Racers, The Plimptons and Jacob Yates and the Pearly Gate Lock Pickers.
Allo Darlin', The Orchids. Captain's Rest
Single launch for Fiction Faction's "Apparitions", the video for which we featured the other week.

First gigs in a while from both Miss The Occupier and There Will Be Fireworks. If you can somehow split yourself in two and attend both then do that, and let me know how you do it.