Wednesday, 27 April 2011

News, Gigs & Bits - April 27th

As you may have noticed, there's been a lack of activity for the past week or so. There's many reasons, but I won't bore you.
Anyway, no gig guide this week, instead a couple of the better ones will get a wee mention here instead, in the belated and probably brief news round-up.

Most recent weeks have had a couple of launch gigs, and this week is no exception.
First off, on Thursday Pensioner continue their album launch tour at Bloc in Glasgow. Entry is free, support comes from Monegreen and The Darien Venture.

On the same night there's another launch of sorts, as the Communion night comes to Glasgow. Communion started off as a club night with live music in London in 2006. Now it is a fully fledged record label and put on gigs across the UK. The Glasgow launch takes place on Thursday at Stereo, with Ben Howard, Washington Irving and Kitty the Lion playing live.

On Friday The Seventeenth Century launch their second EP, The Seventeenth Century (Part Two) with a gig in Glasgow's Oran Mor. The EP, like Part One, is only available on 10" vinyl, which includes a free download code. Support at the launch gig comes from Sunshine Social and The Scottish Enlightenment, which should please any Sesame Street fans who insist on gigs being brought to them by the letter S. Tickets are available here, and you can listen to Banks of Home from the new EP on Bandcamp.

Also taking place on Friday is the latest Pin Up Nights. Never ones to miss a trick they'll be taking inspiration from a certain wedding on Friday to bring you Pin Up Nights: Royal Rumble. Along with the usual hijinxs and DJs playing live are Skinny Villains and I'm Sick.

Edinburgh people don't worry, I haven't forgotten you. Most of your needs can be taken care of with the Grassmarket Festival taking place from Friday until Sunday. Lots more details on Facebook.

Finally for this week Sunday has both Get A Room at The Brunswick Hotel - lots more details on Facebook - another album launch, this time by The Miss's at Lost Souls on Sauchiehall St, and Aerials Up are launching their new EP with a gig at King Tut's, tickets available here.
Normal gig guide service should be resumed next week.

Err, hardly anything really, I've not really been paying attention... Frightened Rabbit are no longer playing Belladrum, choosing instead to go and tour the US for a month with Death Cab For Cutie. I'll pay much more attention in time for next week, I promise.

New Releases:
Doug Johnstone, who has tended to feature here more in his capacity as a writer, has opted to follow up the recent release of his new novel Smokeheads with an EP. Titled Keep It Afloat you can listen to and buy it over on Bandcamp.
Dave Hughes has the second installment of his Something Old, Something New series available here.
Eureka Machines follow up their award winning* debut album with a new one, Champion The Underdog. You can buy that all over the place, including iTunes. Some of you might like these chaps, but likely won't have heard them, so visit their website and have a listen to the stuff on Soundcloud. *Aye Tunes Best Debut Album That Isn't Scottish 2008. A rubbish award, but an award nonetheless.
Washington Irving have released their new single. You can but Abbey Gallop on iTunes.

Thank you for staying with this half arsed effort all the way to the end. Unless you stopped reading before this bit, in which case sod you.