Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Ooh, That Looks Good - Some November Gigs

Look, look, I'm still barely a blog!

There's a lot of people I like doing things for the rest of the month, so I should really pop my head and hands out from under the warmth giving duvet for just long enough to quickly mention them in the hope that someone will read this and be convinced into going to something.

I don't like the chances of anyone reading this, but hey, strange things happen sometimes.

Thursday 7th November
In Wrecks bring their previously digital only debut EP Creation Myths into the physical World, and launch the CD with a free gig at Bloc. Support comes from the heavily Aye Tunes endorsed A Fight You Can't Win AND Black International! Three fab bands for no entry fee, marvelous.

Friday 8th November
I can't go out on Friday, which is annoying, since there's a pair of gigs I fancy, but does save me having to make a choice I suppose.
At The Roxy 171 you've got The New Fabian Society and the wonderful, fabulous, terribly handsome Birdhead.
Down the road at Nice 'n' Sleazy there's more good stuff in the shape of Trapped Mice, Galoshins and Where We Lay Our Heads.
Rubbish night to be otherwise engaged.

Saturday 9th November
When I met Ian from Trapped Mice recently he recommended Saturday's entertainment to me, which is Enablers at Stereo. Despite a load of material being freely available from their Bandcamp I'm ashamed to admit I've still not listened to them ahead of the gig. Normally I wouldn't fork out cash on a gig when I've not heard the band, but since support comes from the dual assault of Adam Stafford and the John Knox Sex Club, both of whom I'd crawl through broken glass to see, and I'm right there, waving my money at someone to let me in.
That does mean that I've had to turn my back on The Second Hand Marching Band though, who are launching their new single at The Glad Cafe at the same time. With support at that one coming from The Just Joans and Ex-Teens it made for a tough call, but until I get a functional clone I can't be in two places at once. One day, one day.

That lot will see you through to the weekend, I'll be back around then to update this here post with more of November's gigs, since typing all those words already was clearly enough work for one night.

Yeah, I forgot to update this last week. Hands up who is remotely surprised? None of you? Thought so. Enablers were great by the way.
Anyway, here's more stuff.

Wednesday 20th November
One of those gigs where the line up is all folk I like, one has played a gig for me, others almost have, and others are on my wishlist if I ever do that kind of thing again is happening at The 13th Note. Algernon Doll made one of my favourite records of the year this year with Citalo-Pop and played an Elliott Smith song for me at a house gig, so are obviously brilliant. Lovers Turn To Monsters shouldn't need an introduction round here, since Kyle Wood is consistently one of my favourite artists in the country and has done stuff for me before. Poor Things are the ones who kept getting away, the stars never quite aligning for me to get them on one of my bills. I've not seen them in ages either, so it'll be nice to get caught up there. Lightnin Papa Tam is the dark horse of the bunch, with just the one song, Got Soul, around to listen to so far. One good song though, and Tam has a fine pedigree from previous projects.

Thursday 21st November
You've got Miaoux Miaoux and Machines In Heaven at Stereo, lush.

Sunday 24th November
Black International again, yay! They'll be headlining this time round at The 13th Note. Support from Pinact - more on them in the next bit - and Frankeneinstein. I might have to risk running for late buses and venture out on a Sunday for a change.

Thursday 28th November
GIG CLASH! At The Old Hairdressers our pals The Yawns are playing, along with a bunch of other bands who use the same practice rooms. More details here.
I'm off elsewhere on the night though, along to The Roxy 171 to witness the magnificent Book Group launch their new single. You can get the single and advance tickets in a cheap bundle deal here.Support comes from the also ace Pinact, and an evening of high quality awaits.

Friday 29th November
Edinburgh dwellers get their chance to partake in Book Group fun, with a single launch gig at Teviot Row House. See just above this bit for tickets and that.

That should keep you entertained for the rest of the month, while also providing a useful guide to stalking me.


The Annual Christmas Song Cattle Call



We're a fair way through November, and I've spent weeks covered in a thin coating of glitter from working in the Christmas section of my employer, so I think I can get away with this now without being too early.

For years now, both here on Aye Tunes and before that on previous blogs, I've ran an advent calendar of sorts on the blog, treating readers to a festive themed song each day of December up until Christmas, because that's how advent calendars work. I'm going to try it again this year.

Last year the Advent Calendar was a bit of a slog, there wasn't very much in the way of new stuff for me to post, so a lot was recycled from previous years. If that's going to happen again this year then it barely seems worth doing. Hence this cattle call.

I turn to any bands and/or artists that might be reading. Are you planning a Christmas song, EP, whatever? Do let me know, I'd like to include it here if you are.
I'm ideally looking for free stuff. I'm not saying I won't plug your special Christmas release if it costs money, but it won't be at the top of my list, so don't bug me if I don't get to it. At the very least make sure I can embed a stream of the song, EP, whatever.
Lastly, I'm mainly after stuff that can be downloaded here. That video of your band drunkenly ruining something is great, yes, but no, I don't want to post it.

A couple of years ago there was an awkward turn of events when a band didn't quite get what I was doing with the advent calendar posts, and completely fell out with me. To avoid that happening again I'll clear one or two things up.
While I'm always happy to plug something a band is giving away for free, that's not really the point of the advent calendar. I'm sure the EP you released in March is great, but unless there's an oddly timed Christmassy song on there that you want me to link to, it isn't going in the advent calendar.

So if you and/or your band have something up your sleeve, be it new, found in a vault, or a cover you've thrown together in rehearsal  get in touch. The sooner the better, as these things start on December 1st and I like to attempt to plan ahead.