I Am Your Man – Birdhead single review

The debut LP from Birdhead looks fairly imminent and as advance notice of that the band have released a new single, ‘Tourist’. ‘Tourist’ was of course the lead track on their limited edition ‘Talons’ EP last year and its backed by another track from the EP ‘Dronebone’. But it’s not just a re-release as the…

Stars Will Guide – Catlow E.P. review

A good few years ago now I went to see the Blue Aeroplanes in Glasgow. Supporting the Bristolian veterans that night were a sparky indie-pop band from the States Canada, Catlow. It turned out that the four piece were essentially the solo project of former Dirtmitt Natasha Thirsk, who had the unusual distinction of playing…

Won’t Let You Walk Your Way Out of Here – Gerry Loves Split Single

Gerry Loves Records have been on the radar for a wee while now. But although I’ve met both Paddy and Andy, who run the label, it’s only now that I’ve actually managed to hear one of their releases. The Edinburgh based label specialise in hand crafted limited edition split singles on vinyl and/or cassette and…

Fuck It, Let’s Get Drunk! – SAY Awards

You’ve got to love an award that gives these guys 20 grand! The immortal words with which Aidan Moffat concluded his acceptance speech for the Scottish Album of the Year Award. And why not? Both he and Bill Wells were entitled to be more than a little euphoric at scooping the top prize. They were…

Garage Band Thrills – The Return of the Cool Cat Club

My occasional partner in crime Andy Wood is reviving his Cool Cat Club night in Dundee after a number of years with a 3 band bill at the end of the month. Taking place on Saturday 30th June from 8 pm at Beat Generator Live! in Dundee, Andy’s delivering a cracking line-up for an evening…

Final SAY

Tomorrow night (Tuesday) sees the announcement of the winner of the Scottish Album of the Year award. The original 20 album shortlist has been whittled down to the following 10 records: Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat – Everything’s Getting Older Conquering Animal Sound – Kammerspiel Happy Particles – Under Sleeping Waves King Creosote & Jon…