Thursday, March 24, 2005

 

Douglas Jupiter Sluts

William Douglas is a rising star in the Edinburgh acoustic scene with a great range of thoughtful and witty songs. This one's a bit scary, but mesmerising. He always tells a good tale. The other two acts have both been blowing minds at the recent SxSW fest in Texas and couldn't be more unlike. Jupiter come across all moody and melodic like, while the Sluts lay it on thick with joyous slices of guitar noise.
I'll be off for a week, but will be back thereafter to continue the bucketloads of brilliant Scottish music.


William Douglas - Electricity Man
Jupiter and Teardrop - Bring Me Down
Sluts of Trust - Piece O You

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

 

Roberts Replicants Desc

As promised, a track from the marvellous Alasdair Roberts' new album. And very sweet it is too. Buy it NOW. Apparently, Dawn of the Replicants went down a storm at SxSW - the huge Texan music promo fest last week. And nae wonder. This is a storming track. Then the very individual Desc. You'll no hear many cellos in rock music you know, nor lyrics such as "Your inhospitable cunt of a mind is playing tricks on you". Great stuff.



Alasdair Roberts - Sweet William
Dawn of the Replicants - Rice Cake Rabbit Soul
Desc - Modern Touches

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

 

Grant Hepburn Appendix

Former Love and Money frontman, James Grant plays Cabaret Voltaire in Edinburgh this Thursday. Here's one of his velvety voiced solo outings. Jill Hepburn's first single is an absolute gem. Jill has a lovely voice and writes subtle wee tunes that make you feel warm inside. Alasdair Roberts has a new album out this week. I'll put a track from it up tomorrow. Meanwhile, here's a belter from his previous outfit, Appendix Out.



James Grant - Belle of my Burlesque
Jill Hepburn - Groovy Enough For Two
Appendix Out - Lassie Lie Near Me

Monday, March 21, 2005

 

One Filthy Aphrodisiac

Dot Allison is the exotic genius crooning through this marvellous One Dove track which just sweeps you along in its wake. Meanwhile, the drummer from Goodbye Mr Mackenzie has a brand new outfit called Isa and the Filthy Tongues. This instrumental is the first thing I've heard from them and jolly good it is too. Always good to see the native tongue being employed in song titles, I say. Meanwhile, the electronic catchiness of the Aphrodisiacs continues the hypnotic chunes theme. Marks off for the texty title though. I blame Prince myself.



One Dove - Fallen
Isa and the Filthy Tongues - Nae Tongues
The Aphrodisiacs - If U Want Me

Friday, March 18, 2005

 

Hungry Hazy Valves

In the 90s, the legendary Norman Lamont used to head a group called Hungry Ghosts. This is a gorgeous, haunting piece from that period. Then, a new outfit from Dundee, Hazey Janes, with a ridiculously catchy song. Nae messing, straight ahead simplistic melodies there. To finish with, a band I'd almost forgotten about, who I remember seeing in Kinghorn on Christmas Eve going into Christmas in the late 70s. Whatever happened to them I wonder?


Hungry Ghosts - Only The Sea
Hazey Janes - After All
The Valves - Don't Mean Nothin At All

Thursday, March 17, 2005

 

Exploited Jock Bis

They just wouldn't let it lie - The Exploited. Refusing to compromise their pure punk thrash to the then prevalent art rock music scene, they just kept on keeping on. Good on them. The Jock Scot song is just brilliant. Written by Davey Henderson of the Fire Engines, everything about it is just sheer class, including my favourite line, "I bought it from St James's underground car boot." And then probably the best Bis track in the world... ever. Isn't Scottish music brilliant?


Exploited - Punk's Not Dead
Jock Scot - Tape Your Head On
Bis - Theme from Tokyo

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

 

Strawberry Cosmic Scars

Uber pop duo Strawberry Switchblade - bright, colourful and boppy - here covering the Velvet Underground classic in their own inimitable style. The Cosmics have that west coast American sun drenched sound thang down pat. And why no? The Scars track is a real treat. Over at the Scottish Patient blog, Kevin's posted a picture from when the fabulous Scars supported Penetration and the Buzzcocks at Clouds in Edinburgh in 1977. Paul Research of the Scars took the picture and unbelievably has captured me in the audience in startled dear expression, complete with long hair and green boiler suit. Aw.


Strawberry Switchblade - Sunday Morning
Cosmic Rough Riders - Justify the Rain
Scars - All About You

Monday, March 14, 2005

 

Donovan Danny Garbage

An incredibly mainstream bunch today, but, in the spirit of fairness, they are here to be counted under the wide umbrella of Scottish Music. I didn't even know Donovan was Scottish until I started this blogging malarkey, so I thought I'd pop him in somewhere. Danny Wilson, I know is incredibly bland, but I seem to remember them ripping off some Ramones melody for something or other. Oh, I don't know, my mind's too fuzzy these days. The Garbage track sees Shirley Manson's second appearance in this blog (firstly with Goodbye Mr Mackenzie) and reflects a grand tradition of Scots being miserable in the wet stuff. Och, it's no bad, I suppose.


Donovan - Universal Soldier
Danny Wilson - Mary's Prayer
Garbage - I'm Only Happy When it Rains

Friday, March 11, 2005

 

Super Water Cole

Probably spoiled by over exposure in ad land, Smile, is still, nevertheless, a jolly bouncing chune. It's the simplicity of Strange Boat that makes it probably my favourite Waterboys song. Anyone whose ever played an acoustic guitar can pick up this song in an instant. Which is a good thing. "I was looking for a rhyme for the New York Times..." begins Charlotte Street and so continues the marvellous lyrical inventiveness of Mr Cole in this classic. The simple refrain is also a joy.



Supernaturals - Smile
The Waterboys - Strange Boat
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions - Charlotte Street

Thursday, March 10, 2005

 

Idle Momus Geneva

I'm going to see Idlewild tomorrow at a special acoustic gig in Edinburgh. I got their new album this week and am still a little disappointed by it. This is the stand out track on it for me. If you're at the Waverley in Edinburgh tonight there'll be a chance to win the new album if you buy my new CD for £2. Now, there's an offer you can't abuse. Momus is a Paisley born singer-songwriter turned avant-gardist whose now big in Japan. Corkscrew King is a marvellous example of his Oriental sound. Geneva, from the Brit pop era, were nearly huge. This, though is their most known hit.


Idlewild - Disconnected
Momus - Corkscrew King
Geneva - No One Speaks

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

 

Sons Reindeer Camera

Three absolute belters today. Scottish pop at its toppest. I could listen to just these songs all day. Completely infectious and why they aren't the biggest selling songs of all time I don't know. If you don't like these tunes, then you must be heart deid. Seriously, though, I do rate these songs as my current faves. There, I've said it. I'll stop now and just enjoy this melody fest.




Sons and Daughters - Broken Bones
Reindeer Section - Cartwheels
Camera Obscura - Teenager

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

 

Josef KLF Mackenzie

I vaguely remember seeing Josef K in the late 70s/early 80s? They still sound fresh today and are enjoying somewhat of a revival thanks to the renewed interest in arty pop type stuff from that period due to the ubiquitous Franz and chums. Radical culture terrorists the KLF, who, in a previous incarnation as The Timelords, so revolted an aquaintance of mine that she almost turned off Top of the Pops in disgust after seeing them "Doctorin' the Tardis", should really have stuck around for Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Then they could have burned Chris Tarrant. Finally, thanks to Scott Kennedy for sending me this brilliant track from Goodbye Mr Mackenzie - Shirley Manson's previous group before she joined Garbage. Smashing.

Josef K - It's Kinda Funny
The KLF - What Time is Love?
Goodbye Mr Mackenzie - The Rattler

Monday, March 07, 2005

 

Jesus Mylo Aberfeldy

Nice eclectic mix today. Especially for Dan, who missed this the first time I posted it, here's the JAMC again. Then, bang up to date with Mylo's unique list song. I love the way the guy says "Booie". Aberfeldy are a cracking wee act. They used to play at the open mic night I often frequent called Out of the Bedroom (see link to left). There'll be more from the folks who play there soon. Meanwhile, this track was their first single, I believe, and what a cracker. Great skiffy (that's sci-fi to youse) alien type singing with a nod to the Carpenters' Interplanetary Kraft (a cheesy song if ever I heard one. Arf!).

Jesus and Mary Chain - Some Candy Talking
Mylo - Destroy Rock 'n' Roll
Aberfeldy - Heliopolis By Night

Friday, March 04, 2005

 

Ivor Blue Nectarine

The Bluebells made some damn good pop chunes in their day - Cath being one of my favourites. After the Fire Engines and Win, Davey Henderson went on to form The Nectarine No.9, a supremely underrated band with a wide range of styles and sounds - Rocket No.9 is a stoater. Then, the godlike genius of Ivor Cutler - a man so funny, he makes me cry. It was so hard to choose just one track from his enormous catalogue, but I've settled on this wee gem from Jammy Smears.

Bluebells - Cath
The Nectarine No. 9 - Rocket No.9
Ivor Cutler - Squeeze Bees

Thursday, March 03, 2005

 

Lonnie Ball Bandits

Criminally overlooked in the top 50 list below was one of the best selling Scottish artists ever - Lonnie Donegan. Here's a brilliant version of Rock Island Line, starting off all slow bluesy, then building up to the sheer skiffle fest it started life as. Class. Ballboy, I stumbled over by accident at the new artists tent at T in the Park years ago and they completely won me over. It was also a real thrill to share a stage with Gordon ballboy at the Peel tribute last year. Olympic Cyclist is a beautifully wrought tune which really grows on you. The BMX Bandit song is simply pop magic.


Lonnie Donegan - Rock Island Line
ballboy - Olympic Cyclist
BMX Bandits - Rosemary Legingham

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

 

Scottish Top 50 - The Top Three

At last we reach the top of the chart,as voted for by the great 'List' reading Scottish public. Although I said at the start that lists were stupid, it has been a great way to show the breadth and depth of modern Scottish music. The top 3 are as worthy as many others I suppose. All good. And we do know all about Belle and Sebastian fans' loyal capacity to vote, vote, vote. Onywise, tomorrow we can get on with showcasing all the rest who missed out on the chart. So much quality to come. Stay chuned.


3. Idlewild - Mistake Pageant
2. Travis - Sing
1. Belle & Sebastian - Boy With the Arab Strap

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

 

Scottish Top 50 - Simply Sensational and Wet

I preferred Simple Minds when they were Johnny and the Self Abusers. I saw them supporting Generation X at West Linton back in the day. Can't stomach their stadium rock nonsense. Here's a good Alex Harvey anecdote from the Apollo memories site (thanks Norman): "SAHB Christmas Show, Alex all low and moody singing 'Framed' 'It wisnae me, I never did nothin'. Glaswegian shouts from audience 'Aye ye did, ya bastard, ye shagged ma sister!'" As for the Wets, let's just pretend they're not there and maybe they'll go away. Nearly finished the countdown now folks. I bet you cannae wait for the top 3 tomorrow.


6. Simple Minds - I Travel
5. Sensational Alex Harvey Band - Delilah
4. Wet Wet Wet - Wishing I Was Lucky

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