Please Don’t Make Me Cry – Adam Stafford live

Adam Stafford Adam Stafford / Billy Letford / Sonny Carntyne / Robbie Lesiuk – Wiseblood Industries Showcase – Non-Zeros, Dundee – 7th June 2013 So another quality Dundee show and another poor turn-out. Sometimes I despair. Opening act was Robbie Lesiuk whose solo acoustic performance reminded me a fair bit of Beerjacket. Nice, friendly stage…

Iain Banks (1954-2013)

When it comes to reading, I owe Iain Banks a hell of a lot. Difficult though it is to believe now, there was a spell in my 20s when I’d got out of the habit of reading. Iain Banks was my route back into contemporary fiction. Staying at a friend’s after a wedding and waking…

Every Single Time Will Be Twice As Nice – Woodentops reissue

There seem to have been a lot of reissues recently, which isn’t helping me kick the record buying habit. I’m going to look at some of what I’ve been buying over the next wee while and thought I’d start with ‘Before, During, After’ – a reissue of the Woodentops back catalogue. A three CD set,…

I’m Your Peter Pan – Birdhead LP

It’s nearly two years since I first saw Birdhead  live, so the arrival of debut LP ‘Pleasure Centre’ seems to have been a long time coming. But its arrival this week (on vinyl and download on Gamma Proforma) proves that good things are worth waiting for. For those unfamiliar with the band they are a…

Admitting Defeat – Sparrow and the Workshop LP

I’m going to admit defeat with the new Sparrow and the Workshop LP ‘Murderopolis’. Let’s make it clear from the off. This is not because I don’t like it. Far from it, it’s an excellent record and the second side is particularly fine. Yet, I’ve given up on being able to write anything halfway decent…

SAY Stooshie

All publicity is good publicity, right? In which case the stooshie in the last couple of days over “elitism” and “inverted snobbery” is good news for the Scottish Album of the Year award. Maybe. It may have resulted in a discussion on STV and an article in the Daily Recod but the last thing that…