Saturday, 22 October 2011

Something To Do On A Sunday Night: Elliott Smith Night

Sunday night, it's a bit rubbish really isn't it? Ironing shirts, having a bath, watching someone you mildly detest get eliminated from a TV show you hate yourself for watching.

Want to do something much better with your Sunday night? Want to help out a charity while enjoying yourself?
Get yourself along to Mono from 7:30pm then, for a night of music celebrating Elliott Smith.

Elliott is pretty much one of my favourite songwriters ever, and finding out he'd died is a moment that will always be stuck in my head, as I learned as I was sitting having a pint in the 13th Note before heading out to see friends, who the same day were celebrating the birth of their first child. Swings and roundabouts, eh?

Taking to the stage to cover some Elliott Smith songs are The Big Nowhere (who you might remember from my birthday party, although my memory is quite hazy), Endor, Male Pattern Band, Perestroika, members of Monoganon and more, with an open mic at the end.

Doors open at 7:30, entry will cost you £4, and all proceeds go to Aberlour Children's Charity.

There's also the promise of a raffle and cake (pictured below)

Elliott Smith - Kiwi Maddog 20/20

Incrediboy - BBC Wiltshire Introducing Session 20.10.2011

Wiltshire? Yes, Wiltshire. Incrediboy, with and without his Forget Me Nots, spent enough time in Glasgow that I'm claiming him as ours by adoption. The last time Incrediboy and the Forget Me Nots was a good couple of years ago too, so a chance to feature them again can't be passed up.

The two interview segments give you more backstory and info than I could hope to cram in, so listen to them to get caught up, and enjoy the songs.

1. Interview
2. The Bridge
3. Interview
4. Ode To An Ode

You can find Incrediboy and the Forget Me Nots on Facebook.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Hector Bizerk - Ally McCrae Session 17.10.2011

We don't normally do sessions round here, leaving that game to Peenko instead (he'd beat me if I tried to muscle in on his territory anyway) but I think he is skipping this one, and I like the band, so...

Hector Bizerk are a two piece hip hop outfit from Scotland, Louie on vocals, Audrey on the drumkit. Often I find I can't get into Scottish hip hop, I blame too many years of living on US stuff, I can't get my head round rhymes coming at me in a Scottish accent properly, but there are a few bands around that force their way through my mental barrier. Stanley Odd are one such band, and I'll get back to them over the weekend, and Hector Bizerk are certainly another. Louie commands attention, and having a live drummer instead of a Macbook in the corner adds something more organic to things, as well as being much more interesting to watch.

Enough blether from me, here's the session they recorded live for BBC Introducing this week.

1. Burst Love
2. Man Up
3. Tsunami
4. The Rhythm Theory

Hector Bizerk have a self titled EP available from iTunes, and a second EP set for release any day now.
You can find Hector Bizerk on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Monday, 17 October 2011

The Hazey Janes - Girl In The Night [Free Download]

The Hazey Janes release a new album, The Winter That Was, next Monday through Armellodie Records.
Ahead of the release, there's a free download available of Girl of the Night, taken from the album.
Listen to and download it below:
Girl in the Night by The Hazey Janes by Armellodie

There's a launch gig for the album this week too. It takes place at The Captains Rest on Tuesday October 18th (that's tomorrow, for those of you who are date challenged), with support coming from The Brazen Cars and Loudon.

The Winter That Was is available to pre-order now from Bandcamp.