2020 Gig #2 – Anticipation of What? – Wire live

I confess that I approached this show with a little trepidation since two of the three Silver/Lead era Wire shows in Scotland had been less than stellar principally due to a poor sound. New LP ‘Mind Hive’ though raised expectations, perhaps a dangerous place to be … I needn’t have worried – this was definitely…

Song of the Week #4 (2020) – Savage Mansion

Having belatedly caught up with Savage Mansion’s debut LP ‘Revision Ballads’ last month, I’ve been listening to teh album quite a lot recently.  And I can’t help thinking that it would have made my top 10 last year if I’d bought it in time. But the band are moving on already. A new single ‘Karaoke’…

Song of the Week #3 (2020) – Nap Eyes

Some great news the other week when Nova Scotia’s Nap Eyes released a new single into the world and announced the arrival of a new album on 27 March. ‘Mark Zuckerberg’ is taken from fourth long-player ‘Snapshot of a Beginner’ and comes with this neat animated video: To promote the record the band are out…

Gig #1 (2020) – The Pictish Trail live

Pictish Trail / Rozi Plain – Celtic Connections – St Luke’s, Glasgow – Friday 17th January 2020 Good start. I’d vowed that if I was going to keep this thing going I wouldn’t fall into arrears with gigs even if it just meant sticking up a few words and some snaps from the phone. And…

Song of the Week #2 (2020) – Mitchell Museum

Last week saw the release of a new tune from MPT favourites Mitchell Museum. Yet ‘Hold Me Up’ apparently isn’t a new single and it’s not even on the band’s third long-player ‘Skinny Tricks’ which is due out via Scottish Fiction on Friday 15th May 2020 on gatefold vinyl, CD, and digital download. Enough of…

Recovery Mode #3 – November / December gigs

Despite illness I still managed to see the following acts in November and December: The Cathode Ray / STOOR / Roy Moller / Shock and Awe / Wozniak / Book Group / Seas, Starry / Withered Hand (3 times!) / De Rosa (twice) / Jill Lorean / Goodbye Mr Mackenzie (twice)  / The Filthy Tongues…