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Live in Edinburgh This Week – 26th November 2012

 So, I’m back from Preston safe and sound, and looking forward to a wee jaunt to London for the Independent Label Market this weekend. It’s all go, here at Toad Hall.

Personally, I am not going to be in Edinburgh that much at all this week, and am popping through to Glasgow to see Sparrow and the Workshop at Nice ‘n’ Sleazy on Wednesday

Also, as Christmas approaches, and everycunt (yes, including Song, by Toad Records) seems to be arranging a Christmas party these days, I think calendars are about to start getting pretty full pretty quickly. This week is still a relatively relaxed affair, however, although the first of the Christmas Parties does show itself, with the awesome Papi Falso happening at Henry’s on Saturday.

As for gigs, however, well there’s a few knocking about. Chad Valley may be a bit too house for me, but I bet there are a good few of you out there pleased to know he’s playing at Sneaky Pete’s tomorrow night.

Again, it’s not my bag, but Tift Merritt (tonight) and Karine Polwart (Friday) are both at the Queen’s Hall this week, although they are perhaps respectively a touch country and a touch trad folk for my taste.

We have the Cancel the Astronauts album launch party at the Electric Circus on Friday, if you’re after a pure indiepop fix, and then two nights of raucous fun at the Wee Red Bar on the weekend. First up, on Saturday there is a four-band bill of Some Skeletons, A Fight You Can’t Win, Black International and Birdhead, and then on Sunday the Lovely Eggs are back in Edinburgh.

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Live in Edinburgh This Week – 28th May 2012

I don’t know whether to be excited at the gorgeous weather, or just drop absolutely everything and run outside immediately.  We’ve had chores to do since last week, but given that glorious weather in Scotland is about as rare as hen’s teeth it would rather feel like looking a gift horse in the mouth to scorn this current spell in favour of chores.  A gift hen horse thing… oh dear.

So yes, forgive me if I rattle out this damn post as quickly as humanly possible and then run outside as fast as possible to embrace the sunshine before it goes away.

Actually, wasn’t it the Edinburgh Marathon yesterday, now that I think about it?  I mean, it was probably only about twenty degrees or something, but for a Scottish marathon runner that’s damn close to running a marathon in the very depths of hell itself.  Well done, people.  Fucking lunatics.

Wednesday 30th May: Holy Mountain, Fat Goth & A Fight You Can’t Win at the Electric Circus.

Bring ear-plugs. This is a Vic Galloway-curated night of screaming racket, featuring a headline slot from Chemikal Underground’s newest signing Holy Mountain.

Thursday 31st May: James Yorkston and the Athletes & Seamus Fogarty at The Caves.

I believe this is going to be one of those ‘replaying a classic album in its entirety’ nights.  Whilst I suppose you could look at that sort of thing as a little cynical, particular given the album in question has just been released on double vinyl, but if you love an album and get the chance to hear what are often old and seldom-performed songs then they can be pretty great nights.  I remember the Wedding Present’s George Best tour – brilliant!

James Yorkston & the Athletes – Saint Patrick

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Thursday 31st May: Born to Be Wide ‘Gigs Off the Beaten Track‘ Seminar at the Electric Circus.

Born to Be Wide have been educating the Edinburgh music scene for a good while now, and this month’s seminar focusses on putting on gigs in unusual place.  To rip directly from the PR spiel: Speakers include Douglas Robertson, who has hosted dozens of concerts in his Edinburgh home, Andy Richardson whose Trouble club nights include live acts and Ally McCrae, who combines his BBC activity with co-running Detour events. They will be joined by Nick Herd who has hosted concerts in churches, recording studios and galleries.

Saturday 2nd June: Woodenbox at the Electric Circus.

Woodenbox have an entirely-justified reputation for hugely enjoyable, raucous live shows, and they are apparently on the verge of releasing a second album of their trademark, horn-inflected Americana.

Sunday 3rd June: Plastic Animals EP launch, with Honeyblood and  Spook School at Henry’s Cellar Bar.

Some of Scotland’s most promising new bands come together on Sunday to help Plastic Animals launch their second EP Automaton. This will be my first chance to see Honeyblood, and Plastic Animals are always a treat live – a bit more thunderous, self-indulgent and epic than on record, which I mean entirely as a compliment.

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Live in Edinburgh This Week – 18th July 2011

 Well after an extremely successful Ides of Toad on Saturday (a massive thanks to the excellent bands, and to the fucking loads of people who came along) I think this week I shall be putting my feet up and letting other people do the work for a bit.

And what a fuck of a lot of work they’ve been doing, too, because this week is a bit mental in terms of excellent gigs at which to drink yourself into an early grave. So much for the pre-Festival wind-down I discussed last week.

As well as having their album launch this week, Kid Canaveral are coming round to our house to record a Toad Session and get some beers down them, so umm… well, don’t expect me to be much use to anyone on Thursday, s’all I’m saying.

And from a gig-going perspective, well, Friday looks like a bit of a challenge, eh.

Thursday 21st July 2011: Sara Lowes & the Easy Tigers at the Electric Circus.

Sara Lowes is a sometime member of the Earlies and has played on some of my favourite albums of all time, by the likes of King Creosote and Micah P. Hinson.  In her solo guise she makes extremely pretty pop songs, and her new album is absolutely lush.

Sara Lowes – Night Times

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Bronto Skylift, PAWS & A Fight You Can’t Win at Sneaky Pete’s.

If, on the other hand, you want to end Thursday with bleeding ears then I recommend this one.  Bronto Skylift can head a bit too far in the direction of freeform noise for me, I have to confess, and I know next to nothing about the openers, but any chance to see PAWS should be taken, because they’re fucking great.

PAWS – Ariel

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Friday 22nd July 2011: Live Lounge at the Electric Circus with Lach, The Pineapple Chunks and Randan Discotheque.

The Pineapple Chunks have kindly agreed to let us host their album launch during the Festival, and this will be a wee preview for you, as well as being the first full gig outing for Lach on his return to Edinburgh in anticipation of the return of both his one-man show and the Antihoot to the Edinburgh Festival.

Lach – Break the Day

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Friday 22nd July 2011: Plastic Animals, Black International, Supermarionation (solo) & Loch Awe (solo) at the Wee Red Bar.

This event marks the launch of Fresh Air’s Inside Track 2011 charity album (last year’s can be downloaded here),

Plastic Animals – It Fell Apart

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Friday 22nd July 2011: The Just Joans, We See Lights & The Occasional Flickers at The Bristo Hall.

This is an Unpop night I believe, and they’ve assembled a bill of some of the finest indiepop around.  I haven’t heard much out of the Just Joans for a while actually, but when their skewed, cobbled together guitar pop and first rate lyrics really are an excellent combination.

The Just Joans – Hey Boy… You’re Oh So Sensitive

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Saturday 23rd July 2011: Kid Canaveral album launch at Avalanche Records.

I need say no more about Kid Canaveral on these pages, surely?  Indiepop.  Awesome.  Some wonderfully sad moments.  Brilliant fun live.

Kid Canaveral – Stretching the Line

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Saturday 23rd July 2011: Enfant Bastard, Moustache of Insanity & River of Slime at Henry’s Cellar Bar.

And finally we come to Enfant Bastard’s final Edinburgh gig for the foreseeable future.  Cammy is moving to Sweden, and will be supported at his farewell show by Moustache of Insanity and FOUND’s beepmaster general Kev Sim, under the name of River of Slime.

Enfant Bastard – Demo Scene

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