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Live in Edinburgh This Week – 16th August 2010

Having missed most of the first week of the Festival by being in Spain, I am now going to miss large parts of this week by pootling about in Anstruther at Haarfest (tickets can be found in the right hand column of this page).

Mrs. Toad will presumably hate me for this of course, as she has to stay behind in Edinburgh and do a proper job, whereas I can fuck off to Fife, get lashed, and call it work.  Mwaaah hah haaa…!

Given the fact that during the Festival the centre of Edinburgh becomes roughly as welcoming as the picture above I think I’ll appreciate a swift relocation for a few days, ready to come back to the last week of the Festival, go to a couple of shows and pretend I always knew it was going to be fun all along.

Anyhow, for those of you not Fifing themselves all to pieces this week I have some very fine recommendations indeed:

Lach’s Antihoot – from Wednesday at the Gilded Balloon.

I was at the first night, which was great, and apparently this week has been great fun, according to the man himself and according to Dylan’s drunken Facebook pictures of himself, Bart and Jamie and Rory from Broken Records who played there on Saturday.

Tuesday 17th August 2010: Withered Hand & The Last Battle at the Electric Circus.

Dan from Withered Hand is currently working on his second album, although I am not sure how far he’s actually got just yet.  Either way, I’m probably as excited to hear new stuff from Withered Hand as I am to hear new stuff from any band on Song, by Toad Records. Dan’s way with words is as good as anyone I know, and his knack of wrapping them up in simple but effective melodies makes his music both as pleasurable and as rewarding as anything else happening in Edinburgh at the moment.

Withered Hand – Religious Songs

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Tuesday 17th August 2010: John Grant & Rachel Sermanni at the Wee Red Bar.

John Grant used to be in a band called The Czars who had some truly brilliant moments.  I saw him at SXSW, and he stepped up to a piano in a checked shirt and sporting a very alt-country sort of beard and then instead of playing the sort of Bella Union alt country I expected (fairly obvious assumptions based on costume and venue) he played a series of sweet, melodic piano ballads, with just the faintest scent of theatricality about them.  I haven’t heard the album yet, but that was an intriguing show and I’d recommend checking his stuff out.

John Grant – Where Dreams Go to Die

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Tuesday 17th August 2010: The Besnard Lakes, Heart Beats & Penguins Kill Polar Bears at Sneaky Pete’s.

I haven’t seen the Besnard Lakes live, but their sound is really nicely complex and layered, and when their songs are good they are really really good.  If that translates to the live setting as well as I suspect it might then this could be an almighty wall of sound and completely brilliant.  That’s just a guess though, but I would like to think it’s true.  Let me know if you go and find out.

The Besnard Lakes – Chicago Train

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Thursday 19th August 2010: The Scottish Enlightenment, Debutant & Dan Lyth at Henry’s Cellar Bar.

This is something of a stripped back gig for the Scottish Enlightenment, due to the absence of a guitarist, but nevertheless their slow, deliberate sound is a treat I would recommend to anyone.  There is an album due out shortly, which I am heartily looking forward to.

The Scottish Enlightenment – Riverbed

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Thursday 19th August 2010: Sleepy Sun at Sneaky Pete’s.

I’ll be honest with you, I know no more about this than the fact that I had a listen to their MySpace page and thought it sounded interesting.  Interesting it did sound however, so I reckon it might well be worth a chance if you’re looking for something to do on Thursday.

28 witty ripostes to Live in Edinburgh This Week – 16th August 2010

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    Thursday night My Tiny Robots are playing the Cruz boat at the Shore in Leith along with the King’s Wark kitchen crew, Emelle. I’m booked in for photos for that one.

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    So just Tuesday and Thursday this week then?

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    Caught Besnard Lakes at Captain’s Rest earlier in the year and they were superb, really building up that sound and the vocal harmonies were fantastic. Also the singer wore a superbly ostentatious Nudie Suit-style shirt and his wife was dressed like some sort of sk8tr girl (did I spell that right?). I have a ticket for Tuesday and am hoping for something at least as good.

    Why so many good gigs on one night?

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    Christ knows, maybe they knew I had to be in Anstruther to see Inspector Tapehead.

    I’d check on ticket availability for Tuesday in particular, as I think a couple of those gigs are close to selling out, especially Withered Hand.

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    I wish I could make it to the fest but I have to stay in london and type for hours everyday.


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    Sounds a bit like my life. Except for London of course.

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    rampant chutney consumerism


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    Withered hand/last battle gig should be awesome.

    Forthcoming Scottish Enlightenment EP is really good (if not quite as amazing as Pascal) that debut’s going to be bloody fantastic…

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    Saturday at the Antihoot was incredibly entertaining.

    Sad to miss Haarfest, but Steve Mason and Withered Hand/The Last Battle are more than enough to keep me busy this week!

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    if you’re too mean to go along or too far away you can watch this LIVE @ 😉

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    You fife away! Bloody hell I love it. Excited to hear how it goes.

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    Heard the Besnard Lakes session on Marc Riley’s show on 6music earlier.

    They rocked. I’d go to that if I wasn’t already Witheredly Battling.

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    Yeah, I reckon they could be amazing live. I’m sure I managed to miss them at a festival recently, to add to my feeling of silliness at not having seen them yet.

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    Ian (HF@D)

    Dylan, Emelle are terrible and wankers to boot. There is not enough ‘ugh’ in the world for me to fairly express how I feel about them.

    If I wasn’t stuck on an island I’d go see Besnard Lakes. Braw!

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    Oooh, I am so glad I don’t have a horse in that particular fight!

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    Ian (HF@D)

    Have I done a silly again?

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    Well they are friends of friends of mine, although I’ve never met or heard them myself. Dylan might be pals with them though. Webzfite!

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    Ian (HF@D)

    *vaselines eyebrows*

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    Also if anyone fancies skiving off work early tonight, or any other night for that matter The Stormy Seas are playing Get Up, Stand Up at the jazz bar tonight. It runs all festival and is really rather good. Have a peek, and thank you:

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    Hey, can i add that Martin John Henry, once of De Rosa legend, is also playing at Henry’s Cellar on Thursday. I’m mainly going for that, even though we’re playing too.

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    Emelle are mates as it happens, and Matthew you have met them.

    They just have that certain teenage nonchalance and bravado we all had at that age, they’re fine.

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    And you have heard of them too, we have discussed them at length on a number of occasions.

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    And.. Matthew, I think I know which side of the fight I’d wade in on if I thought these guys could well be cooking my dinner in one of my favourite pubs in the very near future!

    Worth a TPM, that.

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    No, not ‘heard of’ them, I meant I hadn’t heard them that’s all.

    And yes, never fight a chef. They’re nuts, they cook your dinner, and they’re armed. Worth an Oxford comma, that.

    Went to The Dreel today for my lunch. Grilled cod in a mussel, chorizo and new potato broth, and Dianna’s tunes on the iPod: magic!

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    I’m starting to regret not getting more organised about Haarfest.

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    Yep. You oughta! Today I will edit my video, walk around the harbour in the sun, and then repair to the Dreel once more before soaking up some tunes. Truly fucking brilliant.

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    The music is my lasting legacy in that place…at least until they figure out how to use the iPod correctly.

    And emelle are very good for what they are…and that’s all I’ll say to stay safely diplomatic. Because they cook my dinner sometimes, too.

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    Your iPod rocks. Today: Lalita with bouillabaisse!

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