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Live in Edinburgh This Week – 19th November 2012

 Well it’s a quiet week in Edinburgh this week from the looks of it.  Or, at least, it is until Saturday, at which point all hell breaks loose.

In any case, it’s pretty much irrelevant to myself, as I am going to be down in Preston at Unconvention, talking about sustainable careers in music.  I have to confess that I am not entirely sure what I will have to contribute, apart from agreeing that I too would like a sustainable career in music, but I shall do my best.

Anyhow, while I am away there are three awesome gigs happening, and all on the same night.

Firstly, and most gallingly, Matthew Collings‘ Splintered Instruments album launch is at the Wee Red Bar on Saturday.  From my perspective the most exciting thing about this gig is the first Edinburgh appearance by Ben Chatwin, who records under the name of Talvihorros and has recently moved up here. It will be a pretty delicate gig, I suspect, more about composition than bands, per se, although there will be a solo set from the excellent Hiva Oa to open the night.

That’s probably my personal pick of the week, but there are a couple of rather more raucous shows on the same night as well, should you fancy making your ears bleed.

Iceage, Baby Strange and Birdhead are at the Third Door, in what should be a genuine ear-melter, whilst just around the corner at the Liquid Room we have We Were Promised Jetpacks, The Unwinding Hours and Lady North.  Slightly less ear-melty, this one, but still pretty raucous.

10 witty ripostes to Live in Edinburgh This Week – 19th November 2012

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    i are scientist

    Also on Saturday at the Pleasance are Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat, I think supported by Adrian Crowley.

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    Seriously? Fucking hell, another excellent gig I can’t possibly attend. CURSE YOU, PRESTON!

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    i are scientist

    I’m sure you’re not the first person to have cursed Preston.

    Serious bandclash though Saturday, you wait ages etc etc

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    Eric in ATX

    Forgot to wish you a happy birthday yesterday. I only remember bc we share it. Also I remember you hate birthday wishes. So, instead, fuck off?

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    Why thank you. And yes, I am perfectly happy with fuck off!

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    Re: your regret not to go to a gig tonight – just judging from the headliner, you only missed an hour-long intro to a song at the wee red bar tonight. Many people don’t mind missing the intro, do they? Sad thing was they have this 10pm curfew, so one didn’t get to hear the song it was leading up to. Next time I go to a gig, I sure hope to hear somebody play a song, or two. Oh well, fuck it, I’m all for generating noise and rhythms and fuzzy sounds, you missed an experience of those things tonight.

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    Fucking hell, how incredibly annoying. But I though the 10pm curfew only applied to drum kits, not whole bands?

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    Apparently it applies to any gig there; also, there appears to be ‘indie disco’ afterwards, and for some, dancing seems to trump listening. And I don’t think the concert would have become more ‘song-oriented’ if he would have been allowed to go on for a bit longer. There were snippets of structures of music going on for a few minutes, but as I said it was more a soundscape experience than a concert.

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    Well that’s sort of the nature of the album as well. It’s took me a wee bit of listening to, but I did end up liking it a great deal in the end.

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    I shall give that a go, too – I normally have a weakness for that kind of music, and my expectations for the night probably didn’t match that twitch for the Brooding and the Exploding in his music that normally would have dominated.

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