Friday, 25 January 2013

Gig Tomorrow, Plug Plug Plug

We didn't have time to change the poster

It's time, once again, to remind you that I'm doing stuff. Tomorrow (Saturday Jan 26th, in case you aren't reading this on the day it was written) is the third of the gigs put on by myself, Neil from Scottish Fiction and Lloyd from Peenko, with the witty and creative Scottish Fiction Presents: Aye Tunes Vs Peenko title. Suggestions for snappier promotional titles welcome. I suggested SPAFT, since it includes the initials from all our blogs. This suggestion was, correctly, dismissed.

We're moving to The 13th note for this one, with the fun kicking off from around 8pm. It'll only cost you six pounds to get in.

Here's what you'll get for your money.

Black International - stepping in at the last minute for the sadly unable to appear King Post Kitsch, the Edinburgh two piece gathered rave reviews for their recent King Tuts gig, so come catch them before they get huge egos and demand a rider that would bankrupt me! They also happen to be a huge favourite of mine, so I'm happy to have them back.

Plastic Animals - another big favourite round here, and another band who I apparently haven't robbed blind or offended, since this will be their second gig with me involved. This lot make lovely noise.

The Yawns - and a band I've not put on before! Their debut album caught a fair bit of attention when released last year, and this gig is the last on The Yawns's UK tour to promote the launch of the album on lovely, shiny vinyl. You'll be able to hear lots of songs and buy a record if you wish.

Hugs - lurk near Neil, Lloyd or myself and chances are you'll get hugged. Especially later in the night when we've been drinking. Don't let that put you off though.

The Skinny said "go find a new favourite band" about the gig, and who am I to disagree? Well, these bands are already amongst my favourites, but that's not the point.

So that's Saturday the 26th, at The 13th Note, doors open at 8, and six quid in.

Friday Freebies - 25.01.2013

I was rather hoping to get away without writing the freebies this week. There hadn't been much around, and the blog is going to be even more neglected than normal for the next wee while due to personal issues, so I was taking a week off, with a gig plug going up instead. A few things worth mentioning have popped up though, so rather than skip them for now and inevitably forget about them, here's a hastily assembled freebies.

There'll still be a gig plug later too.

Disclaimer: increasingly the freebies are actually name your price downloads, but Friday Pay What You Want is a terrible title for a blog post. If you've got some spare cash I encourage you to pay for the things you like.

Now Wakes the Sea
Once again I get to refer to the Best Albums of 2012 list that I never published. The Now Wakes the Sea album from early last year, Fluoxetine Morning, had a spot in the top five on the list. That's not what the freebie is, but you should go have a listen to that album sometimes, I bloody loved it. New from Now Wakes the Sea is a collection of Burns songs - my, how timely! - called Addressing the Haggis. The album is a name your price download here. I can take or leave Burns in general, but this album is a swell listen.

The Cherry Wave
It barely seems like any time since I was talking about The Cherry Wave's first EP, yet here they come with their second one already. I do enjoy speedy service. I also enjoy The Cherry Wave, so this all works out nicely for me. Blush is available for whatever price you pick here.

Good Grief
Ooh, I like it when things tie together! Good Grief put out the first Cherry Wave EP. They also put out downloadable compilations to go with their Hey Man fanzine. The third compilation is available now, for free, here. It includes songs from Bianca, Sun Dogs, Owls In Antarctica, TIDINGS and Black International. Black International are playing tomorrow night's Scottish Fiction/Aye Tunes/Peenko gig as late substitutes for King Post Kitsch. In your fucking face Kevin Bacon.

Black Books
My favourite Texans ended up rejigging most of their plans last year, but did manage to sneak out a new single at the tail end of 2012. I don't think I've gotten round to mentioning it here before, and it's really good, so go get double A-side Like You Best/Shipwrecked for your choice of price here.

Aloha Tigers
What happens when a band from Illinois team up with a fella in Edinburgh? You end up with the self titled Aloha Tigers album being released by a Scottish tape label. Cracking album this, it came out away back near the start of last year, but all the tapes are sold out, so you can pick up a download for whatever you want here.

Our Smallest Adventures
Rounding things off this week are Fifers Our Smallest Adventures. Their self titled debut EP is available for free here.