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Live in Edinburgh This Week – 25th March 2013

1997054825 Yes that –> is a picture of Edinburgh in the warm sunshine. Yes, I am doing this just to irritate you.

I didn’t write this post last week, due to travelling back from Austin and so on, and unfortunately there happened to be loads on. This week, unfortunately, I am here and eager and ready… and there ain’t all that much happening in Edinburgh that I can spot. Or that I personally happen to like the look of anyway.  Unless of course I’ve missed something, which usually happens at least once per week – corrections and frustrations in the comments section please!

For those of you quick off the mark we have Eric Pulido at the Electric Circus tonight, otherwise known as yon chappie from Midlake. This will be a duo show, show some of the harmonies which make Midlake’s lush Americana so compelling could well still be present. Even if not, the fella can still bloody sing, that’s for sure.

Then on Friday at the Wee Red Bar we have a bit of a noise-fest, with Die! Die! Die!, United Fruit and Black International.

But my pick of the week might actually be this rather obscure lineup at Henry’s: La Fin Absolute du Monde, with Hotstuff and the Eyecandy, Comptroller and Arcadecoma. There’s a lot of chip tunes on there, which I like on occasion but am not hugely smitten by much of the time. La Fin Absolute du Monde, on the other hand, make more epic, atmospheric electronic stuff and from the sound of the album they have posted on their Soundcloud page it could be pretty interesting.

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Live in Edinburgh This Week – 9th April 2012

It’s quite busy this week, although perhaps not in the way you’d thing.  Is today the day Jeebus was crucified, the day he was plonked in the cave, or the day he rather creepily rose from the dead?  One of those anyway, because it’s definitely Easter, although how rabbits and chocolate eggs relate to zombie hippies rising from the dead I have no idea.

I suppose that’s the best thing about your entire worldview being based on ‘making shit up’ – if you want chocolate eggs, then dammit you can have chocolate fucking eggs, balls to it if it doesn’t make sense.  A bit like the Mission Impossible films in that respect.

Wednesday 11th April: United Fruit, Shudder Pulps & Fat Bicth at Henry’s Cellar Bar.

This will be another guitary gig, from old school slacker indie to full-on mental racket.  Fat Bicth and Shudder Pulps were introduced to me by Dolfinz, and are touring together, with Glasgow’s United Fruit coming through to headline.

Wednesday 11th April: Simone Felice at the Electric Circus.

I loved the Felice Brothers, but since rather horrible personal circumstances prompted Simone to go it alone, his own material has been equally gorgeous.  He’s been quite heavily involved with the ever-growing Communion project too, which is an interesting one, although the music clearly fits so I suppose it makes good sense in that respect.

Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th April: Wide Days Seminars at Teviot House on Bristo Square.

The full list of seminars can be found here, but Wide Days is always worth attending.  For anyone wanting to get involved in music professionally, whether it’s as a musician, manager or pretty much anything else, this kind of thing is really helpful, just to get a feeling for how things work.  Don’t go along pockets stuffed with demos or business cards which you thrust into the hands of everyone you can, though.

I’d personally recommend just soaking up the chat at the seminars, just to gain an understanding of the general landscape, and then make sure you have a demo or business card on you, because the best time to hand one over will be when you spend an hour chatting with someone over a beer and they ask you for one.  If they ask, they will remember. If you thrust it upon them, it will probably go in the bin.

Thursday 12th April: Wide Days Showcases at various venues.

In the evening of Thursday 12th a selection of bands will be playing at various venues across Edinburgh, from Sneaky Pete’s to The Third Door and on to the Electric Circus.  It’s sort of a musical pub-crawl, and a fine, boozy way to end two days of chatter and schmooze!

Last year was the first time I saw PAWS play, who we’ve ended up releasing in the form of our forthcoming split 12″, and bands this year include Homework and Honeyblood at Sneaky Pete’s, followed by Michael Cassidy and Quickbeam at The Third Door. Donna Maciocia, Lady North and Honningbarna will play at Electric Circus, which will also host the closing party. All gigs are free and fans can simply order tickets for the act they want to see. Details can be found at www.widedays.com/tickets. See you there.

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Live in Edinburgh This Week – 23rd January 2012

 Is it just me or is the gig calendar around these parts taking ages to shudder back into life after Christmas?  I know there have been good shows here and there, but most weeks I find myself looking at a list of one, rather than the more plentiful goodness we can usually count upon in Edinburgh.

Ah well, Mrs. Toad’s two new cats are capering about the house like loons, so I suppose they’ll keep me entertained in the absence of significant musicfun.

What’s fucking happening in Edinburgh anyway? Neither the Liquid Room nor Cabaret Voltaire seem to be doing any significant booking anymore, are we just not considered to be worth visiting for a band who can attract a crowd above about two hundred people?  I mean, the smaller venues do a good job of bringing really under the radar bands here, but is no-one interested in booking anyone that people have actually heard of?

I love the Ides of Toad gigs, but we’re operating in venues with a capacity of a hundred or so – who the fuck is bringing the bands to the city who can pull a few hundred people to a venue?  No-one, it seems, although please do correct me if I’m wrong. Even DF and PCL seem to have decided there ain’t much point in bringing bands that they’ll happily put on in Glasgow through to Edinburgh.

Presumably we just don’t go, so as far as the bigger promoters are concerned there’s just no financial point in putting on bands here, and so to a degree we get what we deserve.  It’s a shame though.  Even when I first turned up here I’d regularly go to 200-500 attendance shows at the Liquid Room or Cab Vol.

Thursday 26th Jan: United Fruit, PAWS & Vasquez at the Electric Circus.

This is going to be good and loud isn’t it. PAWS are just back from recording their debut album down in shiny, shiny London so I reckon they’ll be in a fair mood to blow off some steam.  United Fruit are a band I tried to get through to Edinburgh in August actually, until it turned out they couldn’t make it, so I’ll be looking forward to seeing them too, as well as a local band Vasquez, about whom I know shamefully little.

PAWS – Bloodline (Toad Session)

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Friday 27th Jan: Live Lounge, with Mike MacFarlane, HP Neilson, Jay Bharaj & Mike Kearney at the Electric Circus.

In the absence of more than a single relatively big ticket show in town this week, why not swing by the Circus on Friday for a bit of an Antihoot reunion, in the form of the humour of Jay Bharaj, the rather biting self-mockery of Mike MacFarlane and the smooth MCing and popsmithery of HP Neilson.