Friday, April 29, 2005


Fat Alamos Adventures

I was really into bastard pop a couple of years back and had a wee shot masel'. So here's yours truly with a mash of Queens of the Stone Age and the Muppets. Incidentally, if you're in the area, Fat Boab's alter ego Tommy Mackay, will be playing a set at the new Leith Market this Sunday afternoon. Pop down and spread some sunshine on Leith. In Glasgow, meanwhile, Alamos continue to blast out some heavy riffage. This is their debut 7". (Doesn't it feel good to still say 7"?). Then we have the truly spectacular Adventures in Stereo, including formal Primal Screamers, with some great pop wall of noise. Holiday Monday - See You Next Tuesday.

Fat Boab - Queens of the Muppet Age
Alamos - Kill Baby Kill
Adventures in Stereo - Underground Sound

Thursday, April 28, 2005


Frame Eska Novel

Life after Aztec Camera for lead man Roddy Frame saw him continue to write exquisitely crafted melodies to produce some great solo stuff. This is a corker. I don't know much about Eska other than they are Glasgow based indie rock/math rock exponents. So there you are. Slide rules at the ready for this track from their 'Invent the Fortune' album. My Latest Novel have also been doing some fine work. This track has an epic sweeping feel to it. This is a good thing. They have a smart web site too. In other news, I've just received the 6CD box set of the complete Fall John Peel sessions and I think I may faint with excitement. From what I've heard so far it is truly a thing of magnificence. I'm going to see them on Saturday and canny wait. I know this is a Scottish music blog, but I'm sure I could sneak in some obscure Caledonian connection for Manchester's finest. Edinburgh Man, perhaps?

Roddy Frame - Surf
Eska - ESP does Work
My Latest Novel - Sister Sneaker Sister Soul

Wednesday, April 27, 2005


Bob Multiplies Fidelity

Smart acoustica from Glasgow in the shape of Unkle Bob - an up and coming act with a mellow sound which drips into your consciousness. These guys is good. As are electro-guitar outfit, the Multiplies - clever title, smart song. That angular guitar thing's really catching on again, huh? And then we have the lush production values of The High Fidelity with a song that has nothing to do with Arthur Askey. (Younger readers will have no idea what I'm on about, but, then again, not many folk do - leave me alone with my delusions, thank you).

Unkle Bob - One by One
Multiplies - Egonomics
The High Fidelity - I Thank U


Thursday, April 21, 2005


Hobo Mercury Naz

It's all gone a bit hit and miss around here, so I don't know if this will go up today, but onywise, here's a lovely wee tune from Hobotalk which will really grow on you. They're a four piece from Edinburgh, playing the words and music of singer/songwriter Marc Pilley. From Dundee, Mercury Tilt Switch are another fine new band and this is a smashing tune too. Then, after the mystery surrounding the previous Nazareth song I posted before (see below), this is definetely the real thing - a stomping blues number I remember from way back when I was a mere nipper (and that's going back some). Hopefully, normal service shall be resumed soon.

Hobotalk - Little Light
Mercury Tilt Switch - Shell
Nazareth - Bad Bad Boy

Monday, April 18, 2005


Prats Clyde G

When the Prats from Inverness formed in 1977, lead singer Paul McLaughlin was just 13. I remember them on a Fast Records compilation doing 'Inverness, what a mess!' and 'Jesus Had a Pee'. Legendary stuff. The same record had The Thursdays covering 'Dock of the Bay' and The Flowers doing a song with the lyrics 'I'm dancing at the disco with my handbag at my feet/Met a boy called Gerry whose dancing was a treat'. Oh, the memories. If anybody out there's got this, I'd love to hear from youse. Onywise, The Prats have recently been resurrected on the soundtrack of the remake of The Manchurian Candidate. These are strange times. Another legendary band, this time from Glasgow, were The Clydesmen. Gerry Love of Teenage Fanclub wrote this song for them before using it with the BMX Bandits. The G, meanwhile (now named to reflect his website), has been gigging around for years, producing some great stuff. Here's one from his 'First Takes' album.

The Prats - Disco Pope
The Clydesmen - Kylie's Got a Crush On Us
The - Out Like a Hero

Oh woe woe and thrice woe

For some reason I haven't been able to post links and stuff for the past few days. I have informed the relevant authorities and hopefully normal service shall be resumed soon. Stay chuned.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005


King Middle Magnificent

We've no had anything from Fife's Fence Collective yet. So here's King Creosote (aka Kenny Anderson) with a haunting little ditty where you can almost smell the Anstruther sea air. As mentioned the other day, Malcolm Middleton's new album will be out soon (June 13th, fact fans) and here's a great track from it. Then, some electronic rock noise from the modestly monikered Magnificents.

King Creosote - For the Last Time: Hello
Malcolm Middleton - A Happy Medium
The Magnificents - Magnicide

Tuesday, April 12, 2005


Big Franz Pilot

Chunes to mesmerise. Big Jim pens some marvellously tuneful acoustic songs. This is a definite grower with an insistent, catchy melody, that'll stick in your head for yonks. Then a Franz live track where they do a no bad job of covering a Fire Engines' classic, though not quite catching the original's essential Edinburgh accent. Finally, the superbly eclectic Future Pilot AKA with a hypnotic reggae/electronic chant that'll also stick in yer napper if you're no careful.

Big Jim - I Always Make You Sad
Franz Ferdinand - Get Up and Use Me
Future Pilot AKA - Mein Nehi Jana

Monday, April 11, 2005


Delgados Middle Garbage

Aw, that's a shame - The Delgados have split up. Superb Scottish pop songwriters. They shall be missed. Everybody come down indeed. At least they are keeping their Chemikal Underground label going. Upcoming releases from them includes an album by Malcolm Middleton, half of Arab Strap. Here he is in typical sombre mood. Then, to lighten the mood somewhat, Garbage have a new album out called Bleed Like Me. Here's a happy, clappy singalong track from it.

The Delgados - Everybody Come Down
Malcolm Middleton - Best in Me
Garbage - Sex is not the Enemy

Friday, April 08, 2005


Cruiser Dot Tribe

The seven-piece Cruiser play fuzzy pop with electronic beats. This is taken from their 2001 album 'Northern Electric' and is typical of their blurry wall of sound. After One Dove (see below) split in 1996, singer Dot Allison decided to go it alone. This is a lovely example of her solo stuff. Dot lives in 'a world of love and loss, hope, happiness and dreams' according to her website. And why not? Then, back to the days of raves and eccys with the full-on dance of Finitribe and the Massey mix of '101’. Glow stick optional.

Cruiser - Blown
Dot Allison - Wishing Stone
Finitribe - 101

Thursday, April 07, 2005


Norman Nazereth Club

A live version of the legendary Norman Lamont's Bob Dylan kicks off today's choices. Norman's most requested song this, I think and it's a beauty. Great delivery, great song. I stumbled across the next track on the interweb. It's not the original Dunfermline rockers' cover of the Tomorrow's White Bicycle, but an acoustic version. I'm not even sure if it is Nazereth at all. Sounds funky though. If someone could put me right, I'd be obliged. Finally, groovy Glasgow combo, Odeon Beat Club with a smashing little number.

Norman Lamont - Bob Dylan
Nazereth - My White Bicycle
Odeon Beat Club - 1000 Arguments

Wednesday, April 06, 2005


Impossible Ludovico Botany

Nice contrasting numbers today. Impossible Songs are a duo from the sultry shores of South Queensferry and here they pluck and croon their way through a gorgeous wee song. Heavier than the glut of Franz art rockers, Glasgow's Ludovico stomp out a simple and effective riff with this little beauty. Then, a largely overlooked Edinburgh band from the 90s, Botany 5, with a lovely atmospheric moody piece.

Impossible Songs - Dancing
Ludovico - Panic Attack
Botany 5 - Rise Angel

Tuesday, April 05, 2005


Teenage Fly Bathers

Can't resist posting another from the splendid new Fannies album. It really is a stoater. I love the twiddly guitar squeaks on this one. Then gruff new bluesy boys on the block, Dead Fly Buchowski, with a typically raunchy assault. And something altogether more soothing from Kelvingrove - The Bathers. Originally formed in the early 80s by Chris Thomson and James Grant, they recorded a since deleted album 'Sunpowder' (with Liz Fraser) in 2001 from which this beautiful track has been rescued by my faithful supplier and a man of infinite taste, Scott Kennedy, for your listening pleasure.

Teenage Fan Club - Save
Dead Fly Buchowski- Been Down Before
The Bathers - Night is Young

Monday, April 04, 2005


Teenage Renton Wheel

I'm back after a wee break and with a big treat to start with - a track from the brand new Teenage Fan Club album, Man-Made. And a belting return to form I'm sure you'll agree. Then, the man they call Scott Renton, a living leg end on the Edinburgh acoustic scene, with the fantastic 'Pidgin Scots'. To fully appreciate this ingenious chune, you non-natives need to know that a 'doo' is a pigeon. Fred Flinstone fans will get the rest. Scott himself can be related to every single musician who ever lived in the Five Degrees of Scott Renton game. Finally, a 70s classic now best associated with ear slicing.

Teenage Fan Club - Slow Fade
Scott Renton - Pidgin Scots
Stealers Wheel - Stuck in the Middle With You

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