2016 – L.P.s (1-10)

  Here’s the final 2016 countdown – my ten favourite albums of the year. 10. The Paranoid Style – Rolling Disclosure  After three superb E.P.s the Paranoid Style finally got round to releasing their debut long player. Well, when I say long player, it was a pretty short blast of an album – 10 tracks…

2016 – Live

Hell – that was some year for gigs. And there were a good few that I managed to miss for one reason or another. Live band of the year? A tough one but it’s difficult to look past the Triffids and Friends even, if like last year, it’s on the basis of just the one…

That’s The Punch Line – Bad Books / Emma Pollock live

Bad Books / Loch Awe / The Spook School – The Wee Red Bar and Emma Pollock – Shining Light – Edinburgh 23rd June 2012 OK let’s do this chronologically. Unlike last year’s Frantic Friday the only risk involved last night was how much of how little of the New Fabian Society we would miss…

Twice In The One Night

If it’s June in Edinburgh it must be time for an MPT multi-gig evening. The inaugural Summer Solstice Festival in Edinburgh’s West End offers me the opportunity to repeat last year’s shenanigans, albeit without the need to rush between venues several times. The Festival takes place at the end of this week on Friday 22nd…

I Can’t Imagine Ever Being Without – The Grand Gestures LP

A wee gem arrived through the letterbox the other day in the shape of the Grand Gestures LP. Scotland seems to be rather good at musical collaborations at the moment and ‘The Grand Gestures’, put together by Spare Snare’s Jan Burnett with the aid of half a dozen collaborators (including serial Scottish music contributors Emma…

Entering The Dragon

It’s been some time since I didn’t go to a single gig in a month but other than the Chemikal nights at Celtic Connections there wasn’t much to really grab my attention. And now January’s all but gone. February’s looking more positive though with the Tidal Wave of Indifference show featuring PAWS and Edinburgh School…