Live in Edinburgh This Week – 1st May 2012

 I’d be a lot more inclined to be patriotically English if all our national traditions weren’t as fucking lame as prancing about the Maypole and nonsense like that.

Actually, that’s a lie.  I’m not English enough to be patriotically English, and patriotism gives me the fucking creeps anyway, in all its guises. Not that this has anything to do with the unavoidable fact that the Maypole is still just a little bit silly, of course.

We aren’t really getting the Spring weather up here in Scotland, although it’s been threatening it here and there.  Still, it would be nice to be able to get out into the garden again without a coat on.

Wednesday 2nd May: Cashier No.9 & Homework at the Electric Circus.

Cashier No.9 have been much discussed over the last year or so.  I declined to review their album because to be honest I thought it was no more than pretty good – the kind of thing the popular press described as being rough and ready and bristling with energy when it was nothing of the sort.  Nevertheless, as a smooth, rather more polished incarnation of that description they do have some pretty decent stuff so this should be worth popping along to if you have no other plans this week.

Friday 4th May: Ute Lemper at the Queen’s Hall.

This is a bit of a strange one for me to be listing, you might justifiably think, given that we are talking about a cabaret singer here who, while she has a great voice, is bordering on caricature.  Nevertheless, she released an album a few years back with songs by the likes of Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Neil Hannon and Elvis Costello, so she’s an interesting artist and this might make a nice change of pace from the usual stuff I recommend.

Ute Lemper – Little Water Song (written by Nick Cave)

Saturday 5th May: The Machine Room, Thank You So Nice & Reverieme play Limbo at the Voodoo Rooms.

This is a solid lineup of three really quite new Scottish bands.  I have to confess to not knowing all that much about any of them, honestly, although if pushed I think I would say that The Machine Room probably have the most promise – to my ears anyway, for whatever that’s worth.