The World Is Not Perfect – Rick Redbeard live

Rick Redbeard – Hospitalfield, Arbroath – Saturday 12th September 2020 (2020 Gig #8) I confess that I felt that my gigging year was over when the pandemic hit . There was a brief hope when *that* series of drive-in gigs were announced a few weeks ago (including Ash at Ingliston for which we secured good…

Greatest That Petrol Emotion Song?

Some of you may recall me running a Twitter event last year to find the Greatest Bunnymen song. Well, from Friday 2nd October, I’m doing something similar with That Petrol Emotion. The event will follow a similar (but tweaked) structure to the Bunnymen version last year. As far as possible it will be dealt with…

Song of the Week #18 (2020) – Big Joanie

Can’t let this one pass without comment. The new single from Big Joanie is going to be a cover of Solange’s ‘Cranes In The Sky’. If you’ve seen Big Joanie in the last 18 months, you’ll recognise one of the highlights of the live set. The single is coming out on 7″ through Third Man…

Manic Pop Thrill Listening Party – Tonight!

The listening party for That Petrol Emotion‘s debut LP ‘Manic Pop Thrill’ is finally upon us and takes place this evening (Sunday 19th). It’s a 19:50 BST for 20:00 event – there will be a welcome and (virtual) snacks and drinks available before we all simultaneously drop the needle on the record (or press play)…

There Is No Secret Santa – Randolph’s Leap live (Gig #7 -2020)

Randolph’s Leap / Hayley Beavis – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh – Sunday 1st March 2020 I confess I thought I’d written most of this already but it appears not so this is going to be very brief. But since it increasingly looks like this will be our final gig of the year, I thought it was…

Life Under Lockdown (The Last One) – Ben Smith (Faiides/Las-Acuarelas)

Ben Smith sings and plays guitar in the lovely Glaswegian quartet, Faiides (writes Andy Wood),  and, in common with his other band members, also plays in Las-Acurelas, who are a new one for me. Faiides are part of a close-knit Glasgow scene with bands such as Shredd, Secret Motorbikes, Home$lice and Deathcats, sharing bills and…