The View – Hats off to the Buskers preview

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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!

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

Bohemian Bivouacs at Electric Picnic

Wow! Electric Picnic is putting on luxurious accommodation in the form of Bohemian Bivouacs.

….hand crafted with interiors using embroidery, mirrorwork,
appliqué and screen printing to create true works of
Sumptuous velvet bed spreads and white cotton linen covered
beds raised off the ground while the tent is fitted with a
chandelier, wardrobe, coir flooring, antique rugs, sofa, bedside
light and table…and bags of room.

all for only 1220 euros.

Triptych begins

eek Triptych begins today and I still haven’t got any tickets even though I’ve known about it for ages. I’ve missed out on The Silver Jews which sold out pretty quick. So I’ll be making do with the video of Silver Jews – Trains Across the Sea live at Ottobar on youtube. I’m gonna try and get to Sun Ra Arkestra on Friday at Liquid Room in Edinburgh and maybe Buck 65 and Tunng at ABC in Glasgow on Saturday. There’s still tix for Aphex Twin on Sunday in Glasgow but I’m a going to Beltane instead. The Triptych player has a bunch of tracks from artists playing at Triptych and some other random gems.

You can enter the draw for tickets to Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Dundee now. Great that I don’t have to listen to Chris Moyles at breakfast anymore to find out how to get hold of tickets. I can’t believe he gets paid so much. I guess loads of people must think he’s great but not me. I hate the old whacky breakfast host routine.

Fat Freddy’s Drop at Garden Party

Fat Freddy’s Drop are playing Garden Party in Ireland on Bank Holiday Sunday 4th June as part of their UK summer tour. The gig is in an 18th century walled garden at Ballinlough Castle. Asian Dub Foundation, The Orb, Toots & the Maytals, DJ Marky, Louie Vega, Scratch Perverts are playing too and there’s an insect circus!! all for 65 euros chur! I might drive round Ireland for the rest of the week or something.

Current plan is All Tomorrow’s Parties 19th, 20th, 21st May then drive round France for the rest of the week then head to Bristol for Fat Freddy’s Drop on the 27th May. Then I guess maybe go to work for a week, then go to Ireland for a week, then maybe go to work some more then do some sort of midnight sun island hopping ferry jaunt to the Orkney’s, Shetlands and onto Scandinavia and the Baltics.

Whoever stole Hopepa’s prized King Silver-Sonic trombone out of his car in Grey Lynn – give it back!

Flaming Lips make me wanna play hack

All those yellow balloons bouncing round everywhere…oh how I long for a good game of hack. Anyone in Edinburgh who stumbles across this and fancies a game hit me up; anyone in NZ who fancies a hack come visit – winter is for suckers and I have a futon in the boxroom.

The Flaming Lips put on a great show. I came in from getting a beer and Wayne had descended in a big space bubble thing and was crowd surfing in his bubble. Pretty cool – he gets to crowd surf without munters trying to rip his clothes off. Not that Flaming Lips punters would do that. Over post gig beers we came to the conclusion that if you like the Flaming Lips you’re probably a nice person.

The set started with Race for the Prize, had three tracks off the new album At War with the Mystics : yeah yeah yeah yeah song, Free Radicals and The WAND, Yoshimi pts 1&2, Do you realise?, She don’t use Jelly and some more I can’t remember. The encore was a cover of Warpigs, nice and heavy but lacking the guitar solowank. I could’ve done with a few more songs for the encore personally…maybe Fight Test, Mr Ambulance Driver, or A Change at Christmas would’ve been cool seeing as half of the stage was full of santas. A Machine in India would’ve gone down a treat with me too but you can’t please everyone. Still one song for an encore wtf???

The Go! Team were cool too but the rest of the crowd didn’t seem too excited. I’ll be keen to see them again anyhoo.

Had a rather good beer at The Blue Blazer after – An Teallach from Ullapool. I might go visit sometime.

Now I must sort some Triptych tickets….Silver Jews have already sold out dammit!

Threadless have some new tees and reprints out too. I just got Talk to me – my favourite track off Kiss-Unmasked