Live in Edinburgh This Week – 31st May 2010

As the sun makes a rather enthusiastic apperance at long fucking last, and our garden finally begins to bloom, I can think of little I would like to do so little as sitting in a dingy club listening to whiney indie kids complain about how shit their life is and how no-one really understands them.

The Edinburgh weather is depressingly fickle however, so presumably by this afternoon it will be absolutely bucketing it down with rain, but for now the only thing I would really recommend you do this week is spend as much time outside as possible, shunning all music funs and enjoying the sunshine where you can get it.  For the last five years I have been here we’ve had glorious Mays and stunning Junes and just as you start to think that this year it might just happen, it all turns to shit until early October, when we get a couple of pleasant weeks before the inevitable descent into eight months of fucking darkness once more.

This Sunday is of course the All Day Scottish Special at the Old Queen’s Head in London, where local (and less local) favourites Yusuf Azak, Rob St. John, eagleowl and Meursault will be playing at what is the official London launch party for Meursault’s new album All Creatures Will Make Merry.  Any London Toads, it would be lovely to see you there.

Thursday 3rd June 2010: Glissando, Debutant & Field Mouse at the Roxy Room.

Slanted and Enchanted promotions make their Edinburgh debut, with this three-act bill at the Roxy Room.  Phil from Debutant is currently working on his debut album (there’s got to be an hilarious pun in there somewhere, I just can’t be arsed to think of it) at the moment and if his Facebook status updates are anything to go by, there could well be a self-released CD-R available at this show.  Glissando are doing this tour as a two-piece, I believe, but don’t quote me on that because I am not entirely certain.

Debutant – Definition
[audio:http://songbytoad.com/tunes/Debutant-Definition.mp3]

Thursday 3rd June 2010: Teenage Fanclub at the Picture House.

Erm, is it permitted for a Scottish-based indie kid to confess that he was never that into Teenage Fanclub?  Well I wasn’t, not that I listened to them enough to ever really know, but they are famous and they are popular and they get namechecked by bands all the time, and they are also playing in Edinburgh this week, so I thought I might as well mention it.

Kid Canaveral – Teenage Fanclub Song
[audio:http://songbytoad.com/tunes/KidCanaveral-TeenageFanclubSong.mp3]

Friday 4th June 2010: The Unthanks at the Queen’s Hall.

Another famous band I am listing more because they seem to have had a lot of attention recently than that I am personally all that fussed about them.  I’ve heard them do some brilliant stuff in their previous incarnation as the Winterset, but know absolutely nothing of their Mercury-bothering recent work.

Rachel Unthank & the Winterset – Blue Bleezin’ Blind Drunk
[audio:http://songbytoad.com/tunes/RachelUnthankandtheWinterset-BlueBleezinBlindDrunk.mp3]

Sunday 6th June 2010: The Wave Pictures at Sneaky Pete’s.

Ah, now this is more like it.  The Wave Pictures are one of the best bands in Britain at the moment, as far as I personally am concerned.  They have a new EP out rather soon – The Sweetheart EP – and their knack for simple tunes and bittersweet lyrics is clearly in the rudest of health.  We even had the opportunity to record a Toad Session with them this weekend, but as most of the team who actually record the sessions will be down in London that was sadly impossible.

The Wave Pictures – Canary Wharf
[audio:http://songbytoad.com/tunes/TheWavePictures-CanaryWharf.mp3]