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Filed Under:Music / Indie Music
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Archived Since:April 11, 2008

Blog Post Archive

The BBC Radio 1 Playlist Fake Controversy

 I assume many of you have seen this article in The Guardian which purports to finding Radio 1?s playlisting process shocking and has been bandied around Twitter as a sad example of how corporate and cynical music has become, and boo fucking hoo why is not just about the music, man? Personally, I am shocked. […]

SAY Award – Vote for Adam Stafford!

Vote here. Yes, NOW – voting closes today!  After last year’s near miss for Meursault, we have another release in the running for the Scottish Album of the Year Award this year: Adam Stafford’s glorious Imaginary Walls Collapse. You can help vote it onto the shortlist by going here and ignoring all the other entirely wrong choices and voting […]

Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

 After the intensity of the frothing over this album, I have to confess I ended up ignoring it for a good while (it’s been out for ages now) so that I could listen to it without my inner misanthrope refusing to like it just because it caused so many other people to touch themselves in bad […]

The Flaming Lips – Live at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Monday 26th May 2014

Am I starting to get the Flaming Lips? Maybe. I don’t know. There’s a lot to get. Their back catalogue dates back to the mid-eighties, and there are a shitload of releases between now and then. So to put my own ‘expertise’ in context, I don’t think I’ve even heard more than a fifth of […]

Bastard Mountain Launch Shows Tomorrow and Thusrday

Bastard Mountain aren’t going to play all that many live shows. It’s a collaborative effort and the band all have their own projects going on, so if you want to see them live then this coming week is going to be pretty much the only time to do it. On Saturday 24th May (yes, tomorrow!) […]

New Monoganon and Yusuf Azak Videos

Videos are pretty much the new singles these days, which makes for something of an odd circle. Singles were just singles, then they were videos because of MTV, and then MTV stopped doing music so they became mp3s, then they became streams as the technology caught up, and then people realised that a stream pays […]

Toadcast #297 – The Routecast (Part 1)

 This podcast is composed of songs which namecheck towns I drove through on my rather epic 7500 mile drive across American in March and April of this year. Part 1 is places I drove through between collecting the van in Phoenix, collecting Meursault in Texas and then driving up to New York on their East […]

Benjamin Shaw – Goodbye, Cagoule World

 After reviewing Now Wakes the Sea’s new album it seems like we’re going to have a day of morose, lo-fi music on Song, by Toad, but fuck it, sad music is the best music, so there. It has taken me a while to get into this album, I have to confess, but then that tends […]

Now Wakes the Sea – Bildungsroman

A couple of years ago, when I first started writing about Now Wakes the Sea, I rather flippantly referred to them as ‘the best band in Scotland that no-one’s ever heard about’. I didn’t take it all that seriously at the time, as they’d just released a glitchy, mumbled record of morose lo-fi songs – the […]

Broken Records, Book Group and Virgin of the Birds – Live This Weekend

Music in Edinburgh is bubbling along nicely at the moment, isn’t it. Gold Flake Paint recently relocated here, bringing their blog and now their label with them. Lost Map Records are based here a lot while their state-of-the-art new modern HQ is being built on Eigg. We have the bands to pretty much lay claim to […]

Fat White Family – Champagne Holocaust

 Umm, I think seeing this band live has rather ruined this album for me. I really have no idea what I’d think if I’d never seen them before, but once you’ve done it you can’t go back. These guys were one of the big hits of SXSW this year, and repeated the feat at The […]

Toadcast #296 – Brown Brogues Toad Session

Video – Vimeo – YouTube Photos – Flickr Session tracks - Soundcloud – zip download (right click – save as) Interview podcast – mp3 – iTunes – Mixcloud (playlist at bottom of page) Well if we can handle the racket of PAWS and the sheer numbers of Broken Records then fuck it, we can do Brown Brogues. Show More Summary

Adam Stafford SAY Award Nomination and News

 Congratulations are due to Mr. Adam Stafford whose album Imaginary Walls Collapse (which you can buy from Song, by Toad Records here) has been nominated for the Scottish Album of the Year Award. I’m genuinely delighted for Adam, and to celebrate he is coming into our new studio (and by studio I mean empty warehouse) […]

New Virgin of the Birds Song – Edinburgh Dates This Weekend

To coincide with Virgin of the Birds‘ visit to Edinburgh this weekend, where they’ll be playing the Book Group EP launch at Henderson Hall on Saturday 17th May, we thought it was time to release another song from this excellent album. “An understated gem of a record“ – Whisperin’ & Hollerin’ “Marvellous stuff from beginning […]

Well Done to Wide Days

At The Great Escape this year, Edinburgh’s Wide Days won an award for Best Networking Event (or something like that – I’m not sure of the precise title), and I want to take a moment to congratulate Olaf and the team and to explain a couple of reasons why I think the award is entirely […]

New Deathcats Video: Danny Dyer

Is it fair to call this my favourite tune on the new Deathcats album? I think so – it’s certainly there or thereabouts anyway. With tunes like this, I Wish it Was Summer and TROLL TROLL you wouldn’t call Deathcats the most cerebral band out there at the moment, but they can probably out-fun most bands […]

Meursault & Viking Moses vs Yusuf Azak, Ian Humberstone & Wounded Knee

 Ah fuck it, people, I don’t think I can help you with this. You’ll have to decide for yourselves, and it won’t be easy. Tonight in Edinburgh there are two fantastic gigs and I honestly can’t separate the two in terms of recommending which one you attend. You’re on your own, sorry. Meursault & Viking […]

New Bastard Mountain Song and Launch Dates

Whee, yes, there’s more from the Bastards! The response to this album has been fucking great so far, and I am pretty delighted with how it’s going. Mind you, it’s a great album, so it bloody well should be doing well, but it’s still nice to see people agreeing with me about music for a […]

Hello Internet, I’m Back, and I Have Been Listening to Eels

 Phew, the internet can breathe a massive sigh of relief, because after over a week of being entirely off the radar and disconnected during our house move, I am now back. You must all be so relieved. Actually, never mind not having an internet connection installed, my mobile phone signal is so poor here I […]

Micah P. Hinson and the Nothing

 Given the life- and mobility-threatening car wreck which preceded the recording of this album  it is very, very hard to listen to it without allowing those facts to colour your impressions of the music. I’m not sure whether that should be the case, however, given a lot of it was written and, I believe, recorded […]

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