Monday, 1 August 2011

News & Bits - August 1st

Pinch punch first of the month. A fair amount of news this week, and a chance for me to reference one of my favourite songs, which goes some way to making up for the fact that I'm supposed to be in the pub right now instead of writing this.

New Releases:
Jonnie Common - Master of None. This snuck a little early digitally, but is officially released today. You can buy it from iTunes. A limited vinyl version is available here.
Lady North/PAWS - Split 7". On the off chance you've missed all my mentions of this so far, the latest Gerry Loves Records split single is out today, buy from Bandcamp. There are launch gigs in Edinburgh tonight (Monday) and in Glasgow on Wednesday too.
The Mouse That Ate The Cat - Falling Down. Brand spanking new single from TMTATC, available from Bandcamp.
The Pineapple Chunks - A Dog Walked In. New album from The Pinapple Chunks, available now from Bandcamp for a very low price.
Note: I make up the new releases section by adding in what I know is out and going over new additions to eMusic on a Monday. eMusic hasn't yet updated with new releases today, so I'll come back and fill in any blanks once it does.

Ah Yes, Ain't That Fresh:
Fresh Air have released their second Inside Track compilation. 18 tracks of top notch Scottish music, including Loch Awe, Black International, Supermarionation, Plastic Animals, Trapped Mice, The Spook School and loads more, all for the minimum price of £2, with proceeds going to Waverly Care. You can download the album here.

Adam Stafford releases a new single on Friday. Fire & Theft will be available as a free download from the Wiseblood Industries site from August 5th. You can hear a b-side, Miaoux Miaoux's remix of Shot Down You Summer Wannabes below. Adam launches his new album at Stereo on August 20th, with Miaoux Miaoux, PAWS and Mondegreen all supporting. You knew that already though, right? Tickets for that gig can be bought here, or from myself, Peenko or any of the bands.

Branching Out:
Olive Grove Records have announced that the latest members of their family are The Moth and the Mirror. Debut album his World, Honestly is set to be released through Olive Grove on October 10th, and you can grab a free download of a new track, Lights in the Sky, from here.

Still Afraid:
I got a lovely wee surprise in my post the other day, a promo CD containing two new songs by We're Only Afraid of NYC. The band had been very quiet, but popped up again at the end of May with a new video and song, Walls. Walls will be released as a free download on August 22nd, but you can get your hands on it right now with a purchase of a ticket to see the band support LightGuides at King Tut's on August 28th here. As someone that has been following the band for quite a while now I'm delighted to see them back, and even happier that the new material is another step forward for them.

Due to it having a mid week release, I missed out the new Scrap Brain single last week. You can download Take It for free here, and see the video here.
Make Sparks have been awfully quiet of late, but have sprung back into action in the last few weeks. A new single will be released in September, with the band going on tour to accompany it. In the meantime they've kindly packaged up a bunch of their old songs as a cheap download from Bandcamp, and are also giving away the b-side to the new single for free.
Martin John Henry releases his debut solo album in October, but you can get a wee taster right now. First Light is available to download for free from Bandcamp, and has me eager to hear the rest of the album.
Former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra is playing at Glasgow's O2 ABC next week. Support comes from Desalvo and Bronto Skylift. Half price tickets are available here, just enter desalvo as the promo code.
The Red Show release a new EP on Friday. You can pre-order it at Bandcamp, and find all their previous EPs there too.
French Wives have announced an intimate Glasgow show to celebrate finishing the recording of their debut album. The gig will take place in The 13th Note on September 4th. You are advised to turn up early. French Wives are also playing at the first Tidal Wave of Indifference gig in Edinburgh on September 24th, with Star Wheel Press, the douglas firs and Lost Telegrams, tickets available here.
Bellow Bellow have stuck up a couple of demos for free download.
The Whisky Works are joining the club of bands who are releasing something and at the same time splitting up. They will release new EP In Fiction and play their final gig at Stereo on September 2nd, tickets are available here.

Sunday, 31 July 2011

This Week's Gigs: 1st - 7th August

How did it get to August already? Blimey, time flies when you sit on your arse for most of it.
Either this week is fairly quiet, or I've missed a lot. Consider this edited highlights if you like. There are a couple of crackers though.

PAWS, Lady North, Vasquez. Sneaky Pete's. (Tickets)
Edinburgh leg of the PAWS/Lady North split single launch. Go, buy the single, enjoy.

PAWS, Lady North, Hairy AREA. Captain's Rest. (Tickets)
See Monday, really.
Why do these two both have to be on Wednesday? Coin toss needed, I think. TMATC release a new single on Monday, but more on that in the news post tomorrow.

Ooh, splendid.

A return of sorts for the Barmellodie night. This will be your last chance to catch Le Reno Amps for quite some time, as one of them is heading off to China, making gigs somewhat tricky.


Scottish Independent Record Fair. Summerhall, Edinburgh.
Running from 1pm on Sunday, the record fair will have stalls from a bunch of Scottish indie labels, along with acoustic music and DJ sets all afternoon. More details here.
Born To Be Wide: Edinburgh Night. Electric Circus.
Kicking off at 7pm - so you could pop along after the record fair - the night will feature short ten minute taster sets from a number of local bands, including Lady North, Capitals, Rachel Sermanni, Withered Hand, and more. A wee bit more about this, including how you can earn yourself free entry, should be in the news post tomorrow.