Year of the Cat – Fresh Air compilation

A rare megaphone-less shot of the Bad Books Been a bit slow to write about this but one of my live recordings appeared recently on the Fresh Air ‘The Inside Track Vol 3’ compilation. Taken from the legendary (really??) bootleg ‘Songs of Love, Drink, Disaster and In-Breeding’ so far this is the only official Bad…

A Brighter Beat #2

Two more bands for A Brighter Beat in November. First up, an act who are hardly going to come as a surprise and possibly my favourite live act of the year – the Bad Books from Edinburgh. They’ve no records out yet, which means that the only place to see them is live. And you…

Fine Silk Threads – The Red Hourglass review

I’ve seen a lot of authors in the flesh and most of the time, no matter how much they enjoyed meeting their public, they were still authors performing in public. The first time that I saw Alan Bissett, it was clear he was not just an author. Whilst nominally doing a reading from one of…

I’m Going To Catch Fire – Kid Canaveral and the Bad Books live

Could there be a better double bill in the capital at the moment than the triumphant return of Kid Canaveral and the Bad Books? I don’t think so, so last night’s Electric Circus show was unmissable. This was the Canaverals’ first Auld Reekie show in months, surely the longest time that Edinburgh fans have had…

Can I Try To Make It Up To You Somehow? – Bob Mould video

So. On the back of the positive press garnered for the Sugar reissues, Bob Mould’s new LP ‘Silver Age’ is imminent (early September in the States or early October over here). And there’s a single out, the video for which can be seen above. And yes, a Bob Mould video! When did that last happen?…

A Brighter Beat #1

I’m going to be organising a charity show in Cupar in November. The gig will be in aid of Kingdom FM’s Kingdom Kids charity. The show will take place on Sunday 11th between roughly 2 pm and 9 pm (with a break for tea) with half a dozen bands (hopefully) playing. The idea is that…