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Live in Edinburgh This Week – 20th February 2013

stockbridge So, after a couple of awesome gigs (Randolph’s Leap and Paws) last week, I started to feel the live music bug again after a surprisingly long period without seeing any gigs but my own BAD FUN ones at Henry’s.

Nevertheless, a good run of stuff and the kind of weekend which felt like a little island of Spring in the middle of February seems to have cheered shit up around here and there are some fine things taking place this week to keep that particular bandwagon trundling along.

Things kick off with the Pictish Trail and eagleowl show at the Caves tomorrow night.  Apparently there’s a special secret opening act as a temptation to draw people down early, so take that as you will. Both the headline bands seem to have taken folk pop and spent the last couple of years torturing it into massive krauty wig-out endings so umm… well, you’ve been warned.  It will be brilliant.

As well as that, the Electric Circus has the awesomely-named ear-beasters Wet Nuns on Friday, as well as habitual ear-beasters the Twilight Sad and We Were Promised Jetpacks on Saturday, although the Saturday gig will be all stripped back and acoustic. I’ve seen the Twilight Sad acoustic before and it was really, really good.  You know, just in case you were wondering.

And finally, there is also an interesting-looking wee show at the Banshee Labyrinth on Saturday with The Pheromoans, Shareholder and Ace Elementary bringing some very retro-sounding indie rock indeed.  Retro maybe, but they all sound really rather good, if you like your guitar music just a little bit slack, discordant and what the fuck did you expect anyway. Which of course I do, as you know.

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Live in Edinburgh This Week – 26th March 2012

 Well well well, isn’t it bloody gorgeous out. So needless to say, I am hopping on a train down to London instead of getting straight out into the back garden to enjoy the sun. People really can be idiots, can’t they. People like, er, me.

There’s a near-complete dearth of gig that you would expect me to be recommending this week – not a distortion pedal in sight, in fact – so I reckon I should embrace the fact that some of Edinburgh’s most interesting promoters have quite a lot going on, and it would be the perfect chance to step out of the same old routine and go and see something different.

Tuesday 27th March: The Doozer, Long Distance Runner & Shareholder at the Banshee Labyrinth.

The Doozer have been described this way: “The lazy man’s way to review it [would be] to call it a bridge between Syd B and Chris Knox, carrying all the weird damage and superb left field pop motion that implies” by Byron Coley in the Bull Tongue Top Ten of 2010, and as I am not so much a lazy man as an ignorant one I am going to have to go with that.  The two support bands are apparently mysterious Edinburgh supergroups, composed of various members of the city’s underground bands.  Looks intriguing.  And good.

Wednesday 28th March: As Old as My Tongue – the Myth and life of Bi Kidude at the Third Door.

Bi Kidude is apparently a Swahili musician who, as well as having a long a distinguished musical career, has continually attracted controversy due to her less than acquiescent attitude to a woman’s role in Muslim society.  This is actually a film event, with a discussion with the director afterwards, and whilst I know nothing about Kidude herself I have to say it sounds rather fascinating.

Friday 30th March: Neu! Reekie! #15 at the Scottish Book Trust.

Neu Reekie is a night which amalgamates animation, music, spoken word, poetry and, I would imagine, pretty much any other kind of art form it can get its hands on.  This is the kind of night I’ve been looking for for a long time actually, so I think this Friday, especially given the excellent Withered Hand and Ryan Van Winkel are performing, might be the time to pop along.

Saturday 31st March: Khyam Allami at the Pleasance Theatre.

This is a collaboration between Powan Presents and the Edinburgh University Middle Eastern Society, and brings world-famous Oud player Khyam Allami to Edinburgh. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Live in Edinburgh This Week – 26th September 2011

One of the shite things about being self-employed is the lack of sickies.  My back is giving my right fucking grief today, but I have too much to do to be able to pull a sickie and spend the day lying on the living room floor watching movies.  Whinge whinge fucking whinge.

I don’t normally mention Glasgow gigs, but there is actually another Independent Record Fair being held through that way this week, as part of the Eastern Promise event, which is being held in Easterhouse, with busses leaving from Mono and a ticket setting you back either a tenner for the day or £15 for the weekend.  There is live music on both days, and the record fair itself on the evening of the Saturday.

And, also on Saturday, The Ides of Toad return to Edinburgh, with a fine three-band lineup at Henry’s Cellar Bar.  Sparrow & the Workshop have repeatedly told me that the John Knox Sex Club are the best live band in Scotland, so when their new album turned out to be so good, it made sense to invite them to play, and I am really looking forward to Saturday.

Thursday 29th September 2011: Tattie Toes album launch with Usurper & Shareholder at the Leith Dockers’ Club.

I don’t think I need to much more to persuade you to go to this gig that quote this from the Facebook event page, which describes Tattie Toes as “basque balkan jazz folk strammash, with a dash of avant garde violin screech, ceilidh stomp and shanty wooze”.

Saturday 1st October 2011: John Knox Sex Club, Easter & Fuzzystar at Henry’s Cellar Bar.

I haven’t had a gig on at Henry’s for a couple of months now, and I am very much looking forward to this one.  I got into Easter when they were recommended by Milk Maid, during their Toad Session, and I saw Fuzzystar play both at the Antihoot in August and then again at This is Music at Sneaky’s.

John Knox Sex Club – John the Revelator

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Easter – Somethin’ American

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Fuzzystar – Late Night Radio

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Saturday 1st October 2011: Supermarionation EP launch with Lee Patterson & Andrew Mill at the Wee Red Bar.

Supermarionation are releasing their second EP Amongst the Northern Lochs on Saturday and in keeping with the fact that this is a more acoustic affair than much of their earlier stuff, they have decided to play two sets on Saturday, and will be opening the evening with an acoustic performance and then closing it with a fully plugged in one.  Nice!