I’ve started to notice that some gig listings sites are starting to give “expected setlists”. Which is shit on so many levels …

First off, it seems to guarantee the loss of just a little bit of the magic of a gig generated by the uncertainty of not knowing quite what’s going to happen. OK, there’s doubtless acts which will play expected setlists all the time but they tend not to be the sorts of bands that I go to see.

Whilst there’s usually a disclaimer attached to these things, there must also be a slight risk that people might start believing them. Particularly given the use of the word ‘expected’. (Expected by whom?) Which in turn may put a bit of pressure on artists to conform to the robots’ idea of what they should be playing (the ‘hits’).

Which sounds ridiculous but then there seems to be an increasing number of these sorts of internet memes where people do something that they wouldn’t have considered sensible days earlier. This individual at least finds the degree of conformity generated by the internet somewhat insidious.

And, of course, this expected setlist nonsense is actually all bollocks. Who knows what sort of algorithm is generating this shit but I can guarantee that it is NOT coming from any hotline to the artist concerned.

Given that this post was provoked by Malcolm Middleton commenting on Twitter this morning, it gives me an excuse to link to a song that he may (or may not) play on the tour in support of new album ‘Summer of ’13’ out in May. Here’s the first single from the record, ‘You and I’:

‘Summer of ’13’ is released on Nude Records on 27th May. You can pre-order it through Pledge Music.

Malcolm’s dates in May/June are:

7 Kirkcaldy Adam Smith Theatre (‘Tae Sup Wi’ A Fifer’ with Yorkston/Thorne/Khan and Viking Moses)
25 Aberdeen Lemon Tree
26 Dundee Beat Generator Live – Tickets
27 Glasgow The Art School – Tickets
28 Edinburgh Electric Circus – Tickets
31 Gateshead Sage Gateshead

1 Oxford The Bullingdon
2 London The Lexington
3 Liverpool Leaf
4 Manchester Deaf Institute