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Live in Edinburgh This Week – 8th August 2011

 So umm… much happening in Edinburgh at the moment?  There seem to be an awful lot of people about, so you’d have to assume something was going on.

It was actually the T on the Fringe (what the Edge Festival used to be called) lineup which gave me a significant nudge into the world of DIY music, when I first moved up here, just before the Festival in 2005.  I really wanted to go and see Yo La Tengo at the Liquid Room, Mrs. Toad wasn’t going to come with me, I didn’t know anyone else who might be interested.

I decided I most certainly wasn’t going to not go and see a band I really wanted to see, just because of not having anyone to go with, and thus was born my habit of solo gig-going.  And when you go to a lot of gigs by yourself, you start to recognise people, and so you slowly get drawn more and more into the ‘underground scene’ or whatever you want to call and Boom – six years later you’ve started a record label, quit your job and made an office in your spare room.

The Edge Festival is supposed to be the music side of the Edinburgh Festival and it’s generally pretty good, but this year is absolutely appalling – almost entirely devoid of interest and with a lineup comprising little more than one or two gigs I want to see over the course of the entire month.  I suppose sometimes things just don’t click for whatever reason, but this year’s Edge Festival has an absolutely awful lineup. Good thing we have Retreat! and my four gigs at the Electric Circus, or things really would be rotten.

Anyhow, if it’s music you want, rather than the Festival, there are two things this week which look interesting:

Friday 12th August 2011: The Occasional Flickers and The Japanese War Effort at the Forest Cafe.

The Occasional Flickers make swoonsome, gentle indie-pop.  The Japanese War Effort, whilst he too makes pop music, tends to bugger about with it a bit more, using loops, effects and electronics to bend his creations into shape.

The Japanese War Effort – Pool Attendant

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Sunday 14th August 2011: Admiral Fallow & Kid Canaveral at the Liquid Room.

Pop.  The first with added folk and the second with added indie.  Easy.

Kid Canveral – Smash Hits

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And that is about that, although I will remind you (*warning – spam approaching*) that Lach’s one-man show, The Waitress, the Walls and the Weirdos is on every night at 8:45 at Cabaret Voltaire as part of the Free Fringe, and the Antihoot is on every night apart from Tuesday at the Gilded Balloon (The Teviot Underground, for those of you who live here).  To play the Antihoot, and for the chance to be on the Best of the Antihoot album we’ll be releasing after the Festival just get in touch with Lach on

9 witty ripostes to Live in Edinburgh This Week – 8th August 2011

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    PET support My Tiny Robots as part of the Edge festival at Sneaky Petes on Wednesday the 10th too! Stick that baby in your spam folder…

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    I have to say, though I’m not that interested in the majority of stuff on at the Edge, the line-up at Sneaky Pete’s for August it particularly good. It seems to me to be the influence of Nick doing the bookings there, and making a concerted effort to get local acts on there as well – both as support and with their own headline shows.

    My Tiny Robots & Pet is on Wednesday, and should be awesome. And with Shonen Knife, Chad Van Gaalen, Conquering Animal Sound, & Machine Room all in the next couple of weeks, I think it’s a really strong bill.

    And I just spotted that This is Music are putting on Foon Yap there at the tail end of August. This is good news.

  3. Did you miss this:

    Surely worth a mention?

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    Bart, indeed, the Sneaky’s lineup is really good – Nick deserves great credit in general, but I must confess it’s Foon Yap in particular that I’m looking forward to this August.

    The Edge Festival kinda has no way to win, too – if they book a bunch of local bands it’s ‘nothing that we haven’t seen before’ and if they don’t then they’re accused of neglecting local music. This time around, though, they certainly have enough local bands on, I think, but most of the imported bands simply don’t interest me.

    Steven, yes I had missed that. The first I knew about it was just now when you popped up in my Facebook feed because you are apparently attending. That Summerhall place looked like a cracking place for gigs though, so that should be a really good one.

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    Duncan Shaw

    Friday 12th is indeed a busy night!

    There is also a charity gig raising money for Radio Lollipop on at Henry’s Cellar Bar. It will be a night of showcasing Edinburgh’s indie music with The Seven Deadly Sins headlining, plus a set by Fishing for Seagulls, a debut performance by Little Love and a performance by local singer/songwriter Alex Foottit. Tickets £3.

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    Glad I’m not alone in thinking this.
    It seems there’s interesting stuff going on in spite of and not because of the festival.
    A couple of these gigs are also exact reruns from previous years & others you know will be busy, but dull.

    They are fighting a losing battle because they can’t be all things to all people.
    In the past there we had stuff like Tigerfest to cater for the more interested listener. Now there’s Sneaky Pete’s.
    They’d be doing interesting stuff regardless.

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    Keep an eye on the Electric Circus as well. They were only given one Edge Festival gig, so they’ve been working really hard to put together a month of alternative stuff.

    The Edge Festival is usually pretty good, to be honest. Touting bands like Newton Faulkner and Jimmy Eat World, though, is just a bit depressing. Even bands like The Guillemots I find kind of depressing. In previous years, when the lineup’s looked shit, they’ve pulled some really good ones out of the hate late on and it’s ended up being really good, but this year that didn’t seem to happen.

    I also try and bear in mind my lack of interest in bands who are actually pretty buzzy – Best Coast, James Blake and the like are actually really good people to have booked, it’s just that I personally am not interested.

    As you say, all things to all people is both an impossible and also a thankless task.

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    rampant chutney consumerism

    i love Jimmy Eat World

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    Hello. We (Over the Wall) are also supporting at that Admiral Fallow gig on Sunday 14th August, and are on at the ridiculously early time of 7.15pm sharp, so please remember/come down early enough for us if you’re going, lest we play to quite a large empty room.

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