Is It Too Loud? – STOOR’s Xmas Party

STOOR – The Mayfly, Dundee – Friday 23rd December 2016 For this year’s annual Christmas party, STOOR opted for no supports and no Christmas gimmicks. Instead we got a set which featured almost all of the second, nearly recorded, LP with old favourites sprinkled throughout the set. Technically it was perhaps a little short of…

Ask Yer Maw! – Frightened Rabbit live

Frightened Rabbit / PAWS / Be Charlotte – Barrowlands, Glasgow – Sunday 18th December 2016 This was a gig that I wasn’t supposed to be going to. Having gifted MPK2 three tickets for his birthday the original plan was to drop him and a couple of his mates at the show and go for a…

2016 According To … STOOR

2016 was the year that STOOR went global. Well, kind of! But with the debut album getting a well deserved second wind through its reissue on Stereogram, some cracking gigs and much of the second album recorded, it was a great year for STOOR as a band. Otherwise, not so much, as Scott from the…

You Have to Have the Dark – Brix Smith Start interview

I’m a long-time fan of The Fall (writes Andy Wood) and it’s possibly true that when you first hear them that’s the period that you fall in love with. From my experience, there is more than a little bit of truth in that. They hit me in my mid-teens with the release of the sublime…

A Christmas Mend – De Rosa and Adam Stafford live

De Rosa / Adam Stafford – CCA, Glasgow – Saturday 17th December 2016 There’s been no more important album to this blog than De Rosa’s ‘Mend’. Even if it predated the blog by several months its influence on what I’ve done since is inestimable because it really opened up the  Scottish live scene for me. So…

2016 According to .. Jeffrey Lewis

One of my gig regrets of the year was undoubtedly not getting to see the show Jeffrey Lewis did for the Cool Cat Club in August. I did at least get a hold of Jeffrey’s excellent ‘Manhattan’ LP from last year and have enjoyed it a lot as some form of compensation. Also by way…