Single File Traffic – Vladimir live

Vladimir / The Get Downs / The New Fabian Society / Metal Rabies – The Balcony Bar, Dundee – 7th April 2012 Having missed the launch of the debut Vladimir E.P. in August, I was determined not to miss the launch of new single ‘Cold Winter’s Grasp’. And a promising looking bill was enough to…

Some Weapons Grade Nuclear Material Can’t Be Found – HDBA single

The first official Human Don’t Be Angry single ‘The Missing Plutonium’ was released this week on Chemikal Underground. (BTW you can still get the HDBA Theme for free from Chemikal here). Despite its rather ominous title ‘The Missing Plutonium’ is a jaunty little electronica instrumental. It’s a song that Malcolm has singled out to illustrate…

Animal Magic – Shearwater LP review

I’ve always found Americana a slightly tricky proposition, not least because of difficulty in defining what it is. But whilst it’s always felt fairly authentic to me, too often it’s also been a little dull. I do think that the latest LP from Shearwater falls within the broad definition of Americana but even though it’s…

Angular

A quick one tonight. Arguably one of the more SY Sounding songs on ‘Times and Tides’, ‘Angles’ features some very Doorsy keyboards in the middle. As I suspected it would BTTATT has grown on me over the last couple of weeks and despite a couple of strong LPs I’ve yet to write about, it’s still…

Put The Needle on the Record – #UNRAVEL Preview

When you walk in to #UNRAVEL for the first time it’s probably the musical instruments that initially catch your eye – a set-up of drums, a keyboard and other more arcane and unrecognisable contraptions. At its heart though is a turntable with a box of seven inch singles beside it. Out of curiosity you’ll idly…

The Fritz Van Helsing Memorial Gig

An event worth drawing to your attention. On Sunday 15th April Bannerman’s in Edinburgh will host the above event. Of particular interest to this blog are appearances by TV21 (their first performance since May last year), Shock and Awe and Sam Barber and the Outcasts. Also on the bill are Opium Kitchen (featuring Robert King…