Live in Edinburgh This Week – 1st October 2012

 Another week, another small step to the end of another year.  Maybe it’s the first onset of actual cold that encourages these premature thoughts, or the darker evenings, but for some reason that seems to be how it works.  Blech.

Anyhow, after the awesomeness of Birdhead and Onions (thanks lads) at the first BAD FUN! on the weekend, we have got the second episode booked in already for Friday 26th October, with Viking Moses, Woodpecker Wooliams and a enigmatic hipster supergroup the Ghost Wolf Crystal Toads.

The Facebook event is here, and the ticket link here, for those of you who fancy coming along.  Putting on gigs at Henderson’s is a little pricier than a normal venue, as we have to hire in a PA, so the price on the door is going to be £7, although you can buy in advance for the usual £5 if you so wish.

So, as it slowly gets colder and playing 5-a-side football becomes less and less pleasant, the best place to take refuge (as any alcoholic from a cold, dark, northern country will tell you) is generally the pub.  Or indeed, as I would suggest, a venue.  A venue where one of these fine events is taking place:

Thursday 4th Oct.: Born to be Wide – Release Yourself at the Electric Circus.

This is a seminar which aims to give people hoping to self release all the information and advice they need.  I think the PR blurb explains this as well as I can: “The night will be hosted in association with EmuBands, whose managing director, Ally Gray, will talk about how places tracks in download stores and streaming services. He will be joined by Duncan McCrone from MCPS-PRS Alliance and Song By Toad Records owner, Matthew Young [Editor’s note: that’s me, that is].  Shona Maguire [who records as Plum] will provide an artist perspective, as well as giving a first-hand account of raising money through crowd sourcing.” And there is more, with the announcement today of the addition of Key Productions Karen Emanuel.  So there you go.

Friday 5th Oct.: Hypstonite with Capitals, Dead Boy Robotics, Honeyblood & Sun Dogs at the Teviot Building.

This is brought to you by Fresh Air, which is the student radio station here in Edinburgh, I’ve done a show on the station for the last four years, but due to the Pleasance not being open during the day anymore I don’t think I’ll be doing one this year, which is a shame.  Nevertheless, their work with new music continues, with the first in a series of live and club nights in the Debating Hall in the main union building on Bristo Square.  Bands until midnight, dancing and watching students cop off with each other and be sick on their own shoes until 3am.  Priceless!

Saturday 6th Oct.: The Oates Field, The Occasional Flickers & Fuzzystar at the Wee Red Bar.

This is a low key release featuring some of Edinburgh’s more low key bands, but don’t let the relative lack of hipster buzz confuse you, these are three bands of understated quality.  An excellent lineup and, as you can hear from the embedded player below, an excellent EP. Bargain.