Saturday, 3 November 2012

Self Promotion Alert

Behold my mighty Paint skills.
This time last week we were hours away from the first Scottish Fiction/Aye Tunes/Peenko blogger circle jerk gig. It went pretty well, good bands and a decent crowd. Rather than do the sensible thing and hibernate for a bit, I have two more gigs in the next three weeks. Let me tell you about them.

First up is another of my solo ventures, as I dust of the ever insightful Aye Tunes Presents label for another gig. As is normal with these gigs now, I'm off to yet another venue this time round. The gig will be in the intimate surroundings of The Roxy 171 on great Western Road. You know the one, it used to be The Liquid Ship ages ago.

Young Philadelphia are the latest in a line of two piece bands making lovely big walls of noise. Debut EP RESI was a deliciously teeth rattling slab of experimental noisy rock, and my ears are still ringing a bit as I write this from seeing them last night. I can hardly wait to see what they do to the small space of The Roxy.

Easter I first heard on a tip from Song, by Toad. As with many other bands I've first heard from there, it was a darn fine tip. Their debut album Innocence Man was released earlier this year, and is a gorgeous bit of work, one of my favourite things I've heard this year. I'm delighted then to be welcoming them to Glasgow, all the way from Manchester, for this leg of their current tour. Shades of Pavement, Sebadoh, The Wedding Present and more of that ilk mean Easter would quite happily slot in on a compilation tape of my favourite bands. They aren't afraid of getting loud either, so there's a chance of some Scanners style head exploding on the evening.

LeThug have been pleasantly tickling my ears for a while now and I've been keen to drag them into doing some kind of gig for me for the best part of this year. Naturally then I'm chuffed that the stars aligned this time round, and they'll be getting the evening going. Bits of ambient electonica, drone, and fuzzy shoegaze all add up to a mighty tasty musical pie. Yum yum.

Demo by LeThug

Tickets for this gig can be bought in advance for £5 here, or you can pay on the door on the night, where it'll cost you £6.
If you are into Facebook you can indicate your attendance here.
This will be my last solo venture into gig putting on for the year. Maybe longer, but certainly for the year.

After that gig is done, I get to rest for, ooh, a whole week!

The second Scottish Fiction Presents: Aye Tunes Vs Peenko takes place on the last Saturday of the month, November 24th, again at The Flying Duck.
We've got a couple of old friends dropping by for this one, in the shape of Campfires In Winter, who played at the very first Aye Tunes Vs Peenko gig, and Behold the Old Bear, who played at my last Aye Tunes gig. Some of Behold the Old Bear also played the first AVP, but let's not confuse things.
Joining them is the fab Gav Prentice. Gav just released his debut solo album, and we'll be helping him give The Invisible Hand a good old launching.
Again, you can tell us you are coming over on Facebook.
Tickets for this one cost £6, available on the door or in advance here.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Friday Freebies - 02/11/2012

Let's see if we can't drag these back into something resembling a normal schedule, shall we?

This week's first freebie comes with a gig plug, again. On Friday November 16th I'm putting on the rather swell line up of LeThug, Easter and Young Philadelphia at The Roxy 171 in Glasgow. A ticket link will be going up tomorrow, along with a proper blog post, but for now you can indicate your attendance over on Facebook. LeThug and Young Philadelphia have been mentioned round these parts a few times before, so you may have already noticed I like them lots. Easter come from Manchester, their debut album Innocence Man was released earlier this year, and the album has been one of my favourites of the year so far, so I'm delighted to be having them up here doing a gig for me. You can download Damp Patch from the album for free here.

Young Philadelphia
While writing up the entry for Easter I skipped over to Young Philadelphia's Bandcamp page to grab a link to it, and well well well, what do we have here? They've only gone and made their recently released debut EP available for free download! Grab RESI for nowt here, then come see them on the 16th. (You can also catch them playing at Broadcast in Glasgow tonight for free)

Martin John Henry
While on a solo acoustic tour round Europe Martin John Henry recorded some bits and bobs of his set. A live EP has been put together from results, featuring songs from Martin's solo album, some De Rosa songs, and a few covers. The Live On Land EP is available to download for the price of your choosing here.

Verse Metrics
Old favourites and one time Aye Tunes birthday guests Verse Metrics have been quiet for ages, so it is good news indeed that a new EP from them is imminent. You can download Arches from the new EP for free here

i like ceareal, my friend.
Halloween has been and gone now, but I'd be slacking if I didn't mention this offering. Buy a CD or download Hallowtide for whatever you want here. While you are there you can do worse than pre-order a copy of the new Douglas Firs album too, here.

Thank You So Nice
Edinburgh indie rock types Thank You So Nice recently released their debut album, and they are so kind that you can have it for whatever price you want, even free. You can find Make Friends, Not Money here.

St Deluxe
Lateness of freebies meant that I only just got round to mentioning a new St Deluxe single last week, and there's another single along already. Evil Dead is the second single from their upcoming new album, and is a free download here. While you are at it, aforementioned new album Born Into Flame is available to pre-order here too.

Best Friends
Best Friends came to my attention, probably rather belatedly, when they put out a split tape with Grazes which paid tribute to Hardcore Legend Mick Foley. I bought the tape pretty much on the strength of the Sock connection, and it turned out to be a fine purchase. Best freinds have a new, free download available now, as part of the Art Is Hard Pizza club. Hawaii 666 is all kinds of ace, and free here.

Tiny Birds
Finally, a very late mention for our favourite jangly banjo weilding Londoners, Tiny Birds. Their new EP, Local History, came out weeks ago, but I keep forgetting to mention it. You can download it for the price of your choice, or buy a nice CD, here.