Great Lake Swimmers on Zunior

no baby here yet but we’ve been buying some kids CDs in anticipation. I can’t face The Wiggles of Hi-5 or whatever, so I got the Rough Trade Save the Children CD Colours Are Brighter featuring Belle & Sebastian, Franz Ferdinand, Snow Patrol, The Flaming Lips, The Kooks, Four Tet etc and while I was buying that I stumbled across See you on the Moon from a couple of years back on Toronto’s Paper Bag Records featuring Broken Social Scene, Great Lake Swimmers, Hot Chip, Sufjan Stevens, Kid Koala and more. Music for kids and adults too….or maybe it’s just for me. Anyway the title track See you on the Moon by Toronto based Great Lake Swimmers is fab and I’m pimping these albums to everyone I know with kids. It was named one of the best Canadian songs of 2006 on the CBC Radio 3 podcast too.

Voted Favourite Folk/Roots Artist at the 2004 Canadian Independent Music Awards, Great Lake Swimmers make wonderfully understated, heart-wrenching music. Led by songwriter-vocalist Tony Dekker, their haunting sound finds its roots in vintage folk and alt-country colourings, shaped by accordion and piano, lap steel and acoustic guitar, with a voice that seems to come from the walls

So now I’m waiting for my special 2006 Zunior-only Digital Box Set release from Great Lake Swimmers from
containing the albums Great Lake Swimmers (2003), Bodies and Minds (2005), and the brand new Hands In Dirty Ground EP on a 512 MB Memorex USB pen drive loaded with:

– 192 kbps MP3 versions of all three albums
– complete album artwork
– a bonus tour photo collection
– a copy of the ‘To Leave It Behind’ video directed by Scott Cudmore

Zunior have a free compilation download available too!

Sweet! Canada is on fire! I’d love to check out the Toronto scene at the moment, hmmm maybe I should emigrate to Canada

The View – Hats off to the Buskers preview

Columbia Records UK | News | The View – Myspace Domination

You can now hear The View’s new album Hats Off To The Buskers in it’s entirity by going to the myspace. It’s going to be there for a week so you can annoy everyone in the world by blaring out the wonderful music non stop and then go and buy the album for your own copy from January 22nd.

The last gig I went to in Edinburgh was The View at The Liquid rooms and they were indeed on fire. Lots of their pals from Dryburgh, Dundee were there wreaking havoc, it was the most energised crowd I’ve seen in a long time and the chants gave the feel of a football match.

Bobby Gillespie’s new favourite band….or was that favourite new band?
The View are on fire!


The View – Hats off to the Buskers has gone straight in at Number one on the UK album charts! Ahead of Damon Albarn’s The Good, The Bad and The Queen. Nice one!

The Lemonheads are coming

Evan Dando & The Lemonheads – Live History and Current Tour Information

March 2007:

26th: The Studio, Auckland NZ
27th: Indigo, Wellington NZ
28th: Jetset Lounge, Christchurch NZ

30th: Hotel Gt. Northern, Byron Bay AUS
31st: The Zoo, Brisbane AUS

April 2007:

1st: The Gov, Adelaide AUS
3rd: Club Capitol, Perth AUS
5th: The Corner Hotel, Melbourne AUS
6th: The Corner Hotel, Melbourne AUS
7th: Southern Roots Festival, Hobart AUS
8th: The Great Escape Festival, Sydney AUS

Lazy boy

I haven’t been lazy in fact I’ve been very busy.
I got my copy of Carl Shuker’s – The Lazy Boys yesterday and I like it a lot after just a few pages, now it’s going to a be a race between Hemingway – Death in the Afternoon which I started last week and Lazy Boys.

It reminds me of Irvine Welsh – a Maribou Stork Nightmare for nihilistic Dunedin Scarfies.

“…any offence you feel at my actions is a function of your own naivety; this is how things are done.”

I also found Lux Perpetua thanks to Carl Shuker. Thanks!

Look out for Guillermo del Toro’s new movie Pan’s Labyrinth – gothic fairy tale set against the postwar repression of Franco’s Spain.

ATP vs Fans

All Tomorrow's Parties Festival - ATP vs the Fans

All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival – ATP vs the Fans
I went to ATP 2006 and it was cool – crazy Japanese experimental guys, Dinosaur Jr, Broken Social Scene, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Joanna Newsom, the Shins, the Black Keys, Dungen, Clinic, Sleater-Kinney, ATP TV selected by the curators, pirates and all the fun of the seaside!
This year the fans get to vote for the 2nd weekend line-up. ATP fans are definitely the people I want choosing my line-up!

Voting starts Friday 24th Nov. Sparklehorse are there already.
I’d go this year if I was a few thousand miles closer.

Colours are brighter

Colours are Brighter - Buy Now

Franz Ferdinand, Snow Patrol, The Kooks and Four Tet are amongst the artists contributing to a collection of children’s songs curated by Belle and Sebastian, to raise funds for children’s charity, Save the Children. ‘Colours are Brighter’ will be released on Rough Trade on October 16th, with all profits and artist royalties from the record being donated to the charity.

1. Four Tet featuring Princess Watermelon – Go Go Ninja Dinosaur
2. Rasputina – A Skeleton Bang
3. Franz Ferdinand – Jackie Jackson
4. Snow Patrol – I am an Astronaut
5. The Divine Comedy – Three Cheers For Pooh, Cottleston Pie, Piglet Ho
6. The Kooks – The King & I
7. Half Man Half Biscuit – David Wainwright’s Feet
8. The Barcelona Pavilion – Tidy Up Tidy Up
9. Jonathan Richman – Our Dog is Getting Older Now
10. Belle and Sebastian – The Monkeys are Breaking Out the Zoo
11. Ivor Cutler Trio – Mud
12. The Flaming Lips – The Big Ol’ Bug Is The New Baby Now
13. Kathryn Williams – Night Baking

Lemonheads UK and US tour dates

The Lemonheads new album is out 26 Sept 2006 and you can listen to No Backbone on myspace featuring very J Mascis guitar. Lemonheads + J. Mascis was always gonna work for me!
UK and US tour dates just in from

The Lemonheads announced UK and US tour dates today:UK
5th October – UEA, Norwich
6th October – The Forum, London
9th October – Leeds Metropolitan University
10th October – Oxford Brookes University
11th October – The Junction, Cambridge
12th October – Carling Academy Liverpool
14th October – Colosseum, Coventry
15th October – Rock City, Nottingham
16th October – Manchester Academy 2
17th October – ABC, Glasgow
21st October – Carling Academy Bristol
22nd October – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton

Tickets for all UK dates are scheduled to go onsale tomorrow morning at 9am.

18th November – Galaxy Theatre, Santa Ana CA
19th November – Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach CA
21st/22nd November – Troubadour, Los Angeles CA
24th/25th November – Independent, San Francisco CA
27th November – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR
28th November – Crocodile Cafe, Seattle WA
30th November – The Big Easy, Boise ID
1st December – The Depot, Salt Lake City UT
2nd December – Bluebird Theatre, Denver CO
4th December – Sokol Underground, Omaha NE
5th December – The 400 Bar, Minneapolis MN
7th/8th December – Double Door, Chicago IL
9th December – Grog Shop, Cleveland OH
10th December – Magic Stick, Detroit MI
12th December – Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON
13th December – North Star Bar, Philadelphia PA
14th December – The Black Cat, Washington DC
15th December – Irving Plaza, New York NY
16th December – Avalon Ballroom, Boston MA

28th August 2006
The forthcoming Lemonheads single Become The Enemy got its first UK radio play today, on BBC 6 Music.

Host Gideon Coe also announced that The Lemonheads will perform a live Hub session for his show on 13th October.

Unfortunately I will be back in NZ before the tour starts but I’m sure NZ will get a visit too right?


The Lemonheads have announced some dates in New Zealand and Australia for next year:

Mar 27: The Studio, Auckland NZ
Mar 28: Indigo, Wellington NZ
Mar 29: Jetset Lounge, Christchurch NZ
Mar 30: Hotel Gt. Northern, Byron Bay AUS
Mar 31: The Zoo, Brisbane AUS
Apr 1: The Gov, Adelaide AUS
Apr 3: Club Capitol, Perth AUS
Apr 5: The Corner Hotel, Melbourne AUS
Apr 6: The Corner Hotel, Melbourne AUS
Apr 7: Southern Roots Festival, Hobart AUS
Apr 8: The Great Escape Festival, Sydney AUS