Gig #3 (2020) – Ideas for a New Scotland

Julian Cope / Keeley Forsyth – Liquid Room, Edinburgh – Saturday 15th February 2020 Julian’s new album ‘Self Civil War’ gave him an excuse to get out on the road again for his first UK tour in 3 years with two sell-out shows in Scotland over Valentine’s weekend. As ever, the show was a mix…

Book Group – An Appreciation

Last week brought the unwelcome and unexpected news that long standing MPT favourites Book Group have called it a day. They originally come together as The Bad Books in 2011 featuring Graeme Anderson (vocals/guitars), Michael Morison (guitar), Scott Finnegan (bass) and Andrew Brodie (drums). Initially a short-term venture (they knew the name was taken) they…

Song of the Week #5 (2020) – The Pictish Trail

I confess that, whilst I’ve always enjoyed seeing the Pictish Trail live in any guise, and have particularly loved the full band shows in the last few years, I’ve never been fully won over by recorded Pictish. However, on the evidence of the latest single ‘Lead Balloon’, new album ‘Thumb World’, out today on Fire…

The Last 2019 List … Ever! – Andy’s Favourite LPs

So, another year, another list of albums that I fell in love with (writes Andy Wood). Who gives a damn? The world is full of end of the year lists already, let alone one that has appeared weeks, even months after the start of the new year. Does anyone even read this stuff? I don’t…

2020 Gig #2 – Anticipation of What? – Wire live

I confess that I approached this show with a little trepidation since two of the three Silver/Lead era Wire shows in Scotland had been less than stellar principally due to a poor sound. New LP ‘Mind Hive’ though raised expectations, perhaps a dangerous place to be … I needn’t have worried – this was definitely…

Song of the Week #4 (2020) – Savage Mansion

Having belatedly caught up with Savage Mansion’s debut LP ‘Revision Ballads’ last month, I’ve been listening to teh album quite a lot recently.  And I can’t help thinking that it would have made my top 10 last year if I’d bought it in time. But the band are moving on already. A new single ‘Karaoke’…