Well if there’s any shit going down in Edinburgh this week I am not going to be there to enjoy it. Not out of shame at having just used the term ‘shit going down’ as if I was a teenager in the nineties, but because my gigfuns will be happening in London and Glasgow this week.
Tomorrow I am in London to see Rob St. John and Neil from Meursault play at the Vortex, and then on Thursday I’ll be in Glasgow for the Fence Records Christmas party. And funnily enough, with Detour, Frightened Rabbit and Jill O’Sullivan coming through to Edinburgh on the same night as the latter, it seems the two cities will be swapping musical populations for a week.
Then on Sunday we have a gig by three of the most promising lo-fi garage rock bands I’ve come across this year – Dolfinz, Joanna Gruesome and The Black Tambourines. This will be a bit messy, but also really fucking loud and (mostly) tuneful!
Anyhow, I have a pile of things to tell you about this week, including something rather good on tonight, assuming you can get down to Leith in time…
Monday 12th Dec: Taperecorder, Hailey Beavis & Dusty Cut at the Shebeen Bar.
The Shebeen is in what used to be the Old Dock bar down near Commercial Quay in Leith, and this is the first of a series of nights of free music, which promises good things. Leith has needed something like this since the Leith Tape Club went quiet at the start of the year. Taperecorder also sound really interesting too, like either an indie, an experimental or a techno band, depending on what moment of what song you happen to catch.
Friday 16th Dec: Papi Falso at Henry’s Cellar Bar.
Papi Falso is the perfect club for people who aren’t that into clubs. The music is fucking awesome, and you can either go nuts on the dancefloor or lean at the bar and have a pint. Guess which one I tend to favour?
Saturday 17th Dec: Kid Canaveral‘s Christmas Baubles at Summerhall.
This is another all-day Christmas shindig, with performances from the Canaverals themselves, eagleowl, Slow Club, Josie Long, Sweet Baboo and a pile of others, and is being held in pretty much Edinburgh’s most charismatic new venue: Summerhall. I’ll be there. You’ll spot me easily because I’ll be the really drunk one.
Saturday 17th Dec: Fuzzy Star, The Oates Field & The Occasional Flickers at Sneaky Pete’s.
With Kid Canaveral already sold out, this is a fine alternative for those too slow to get tickets. Fuzzy Star were excellent at the Ides of Toad earlier in the year, although I suspect this is likely to be a full band set, fleshing out the awkward acoustic introspection with a somewhat fuller sound. The Oates Field make a cracking racket, and the Occasional Flickers do swoonsome indie-pop as well as anyone in Edinburgh.
Sunday 18th Dec: Doflinz, Joanna Gruesome & The Black Tambourines play The Ides of Toad at Henry’s Cellar Bar.
I am really looking forward to this one. All three bands play rough and ready, lo-fi garage stuff, but still keep enough tunes in there that you aren’t just battered with a racket. This should be messy and loud though, and might well be my final gig of the year.