Live in Edinburgh This Week – 1st March 2011

Apologies for the late appearance of this post, but erm, gin interfered with my ability to function like a normal member of society yesterday so umm… well, you’ll just have to forgive me I suppose.  Rest assured it hurt me more than it hurt you.

Anyway, it’s sort of a busy week this week, although it takes its own sweet time to get going. Mondy, blah, Tuesday, booring, Wednesday, nah nothing much, Thursday: MAYHEM!  Well sort of.  For me there will the the Wide Days launch at the Teviot during the day, and the Electric Circus in the evening, then my Fresh Air Radio show with Ruth, and then scampering off to the Voodoo Rooms to catch what I can of FOUND’s Factorycraft album launch.

Then we have the Ides of Toad returning on Friday, in Henry’s Cellar Bar this time, which will be a bit of a blast from the past for me.  I went to tons of gigs at Henry’s when I was first getting interested in music in Edinburgh, but that just doesn’t seem to happen so much anymore so it’ll be nice, if a little strange, to be back there. Anyhow, this stuff is all in the Big Ol’ List below, so there’s no point prattling on about it here is there.

Thursday 3rd March 2011: FOUND at the Voodoo Rooms – album launch for Factorycraft, hosted by Limbo.

FOUND’s new album is out on Chemikal Underground, and for those who don’t already know how eye-caressingly lovely it looks, have a bit of a gander here. The album itself is surprisingly more indie rock than I would have ever have expected, and there are some absolute stormers on there.  This album has been waiting to find a home for some time now, and many of the tracks are already firm live favourites – like You’re no Vincent Gallo, f’rinstance.  I am not sure what tracks they might or might not be happy to share at this stage, so here’s a Toad Session version of that song.  The one on the album, I promise you, is very different.

FOUND – You’re No Vincent Gallo (Toad Session)
[audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/ToadSessions/FOUND-YoureNoVincentGallo-ToadSession.mp3]

Friday 4th March 2011: The Leg, Louis Barabbas & the Bedlam Six & Zed Penguin play The Ides of Toad at Henry’s Cellar Bar.

This one should be a stomper: we have the excellent, raucous Leg, the extravagant, mental Bedlam Six and the brand spanking new Zed Penguin. I’ve not been down to Henry’s for ages, but this should be the perfect gig to return with: loud, dirty and a little bit mental.

Zed Penguin – This Town
[audio:http://songbytoad.com/tunes/Zed Penguin-ThisTown.mp3]

Saturday 5th March 2011: Withered Hand, Zoey Van Goey & O Messy Life play Limbo at the Voodoo Rooms.

This is a joint fundraiser to send Withered Hand and Zoey Van Goey out to SXSW this year, and the latest installment in the Limbo chaps’ frantic start to the year.

Withered Hand – New Dawn
[audio:http://songbytoad.com/tunes/WitheredHand-NewDawn.mp3]

Sunday 6th March 2011: Dan Michaelson & the Coastguards, The Heebie Jeebies, The Wooden Sky, This Daring Move at Sneaky Pete’s.

This has a touch of Cousteau, a touch of Richard Hawley and even a touch of our own Savings and Loan to it, and for those whose liver hasn’t been utterly obliterated by the preceding three days, I think this looks like a really good bet, particularly if you are looking for something non-local for a change at the end of the week.