February 22, 2012
1. Everyone’s favourite gloom rockers The Twilight Sad are a generous bunch. As if releasing the finest misery fuelled album you’re likely to hear all year wasn’t enough, the Kilsyth trio have been kind enough to give us all a bonus track to wrap our ears around. Did someone say bleak power ballad? Whitney Houston would be spinni…too soon? Give ‘Tell Me When We’re Having Fun’ a spin here.
2. Friend of The Daily Dose and all round good egg Rachel Sermanni‘s video for ‘Song For a Fox’ hit the staggering 40,000 views mark yesterday. Her debut EP was released earlier this month and has been on heavy rotation on our stereo (We wish we had a stereo…) You can get a copy of ‘Black Currents’ here for just a fiver and she’ll even sign it for you if you ask her nicely (you don’t actually have to ask, they’re all signed)
3. Capitals have announced their new single will be released on 12 March. ‘Jealousy’ is the duo’s first proper single and it does not disappoint. Having caught them live we predict good things, even though we’re still trying to work out how the pair of them make such a din. We suspect a backing track…Have a listen here.
By Finlay Matheson
February 1, 2012
1. The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed on our Facebook and Twitter that we are taking over Stereo, Glasgow on March 5 to host a charity gig, with proceeds going towards Action For Children. So far the line-up boasts some of the country’s finest rock acts in Carnivores, The Darien Venture and No Island. There’s more bands still to be announced, and ticket details too, so keep an eye out.
2. Bad news for fans of Edinburgh trio Scrap Brain who announced on their website that effervescent singer Angie Clarke has left the band, meaning that they’re currently taking an indefinite hiatus. Cue money-spinning reunion in a few years.
3. Read all about boy-done-good Richy Muirhead in local rag the Paisley Daily Express here and take a gander too at his fine work over here as he begins to unveil the nominees for this year’s Scottish Alternative Music Awards. Don’t get that mixed up with the Scottish New Music Awards now, who opened up nominations today for their own awards. Unfortunately, we attended the 2011 Scottish New Music Awards – it was awful. Will this year be the same? Maybe. Yes.
November 30, 2011
1. Carrbridge songstress Rachel Sermanni has uploaded to Soundcloud another preview track from her forthcoming EP, which is released in January. Needless to say it’s shaping up very, very nicely.
2. Bwani Junction have just painted the town…blue. Well, the Forth Rail Bridge, to be exact. This video is for ‘Two Bridges’, and it’s probably one of the best indie..pop….ish tracks released in Scotland this year.
3. Glasgow’s on-to-big-things quintet Constellations have announced a show at the Cathouse on 16 December, hosted by Rock Radio. Or the Rock Radio people left behind after it turned into Real Radio XS? Who knows…
November 2, 2011
1. Check out this video of Bronto Skylift’s Iain Stewart guesting with PAWS at MILK @ Flat 0/1 in Glasgow on Sunday night. We were there. It was nice.
2. Everyone’s favourite electronic/dubstep man Skrillex has just announced a couple of Scottish dates for his 2012 UK tour, which hits Edinburgh on 8 February and Glasgow’s O2 Academy a day later. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 9am and you can pick up ones from here.
3. More electronic beeps. This time with Errors, who are offering a free download of their new track ‘Earthscore’.
August 31, 2011
1. Starting university soon? You whippersnapper, you. Good thing then that splendid Scottish music blogger The Pop Cop has helped compile a list to the country’s premier Freshers’ events (including N-Trance and Five), whilst there’s also well-informed guides to Scotland’s top cities and towns. And Paisley.
2. During the summer, Edinburgh’s The Stagger Rats enlisted indie super-producer Owen Morris (Oasis, The Verve) to oversee the production of their debut album. It’ll be out soon, but you can watch the slick video for the smoothed out ‘Fuzzy Fuzzy’ here. Or below if you can’t be bothered to click twice.
3. Roddy Hart is doing that Pledge Music thing where fans can help fund the making of his band’s new album. To do so, you can buy merchandise that’s a tad bit different than your usual fare, such as your bagging your name in the album’s credits or getting Roddy to record a cover song of your choice. ‘YMCA’?
August 3, 2011
1. Edinburgh three-piece Scrap Brain have made their track ‘Take It’ available for a free download over on their Bandcamp. They released an accompanying video for it recently, which we think looks pretty rootin’ tootin’ and makes us wonder if that’s what colour blindness is really like.
2. A lot of people in Scotland like PAWS at the moment…and so do we. And so do a lot of rowdy ragamuffins in Aberdeen too, it seems. Check out the video for a lesson in putting on a gig people won’t forget in the morning (unless they were reaaallly drunk…)
3. Switched on blogger and all round good guy Favourite Son recently uploaded his latest podcast – and we’re happy to report that his ears are in fine working condition, such is the fine selection of Scottish music on it. The man’s hosting a gig at Glasgow’s Pivo Pivo on 11 August, featuring Dead Boy Robotics, Any Color Black, Blank Canvas and Skies Fell‘s David Pollock. Lap it up like Giggsy at a Big Brother series seven reunion party.
May 25, 2011
1. Listen again to all the radio sessions held over the last year by Scottish music blog The Pop Cop, featuring performances from the likes of Endor, Pearl and the Puppets and Roddy Hart.
2. There’s been a lot of videos released by Scottish bands in the recent weeks, but we’ve picked Randolph’s Leap‘s ‘Counting Sheep’ on the basis that they don’t take themselves too seriously. Which we like.
3. A cheeky self-reference here. In the past week we’ve had an exclusive stream of a new Song of Return song and also a competition to win tickets to Pete and Pirates in Glasgow on Friday. The competition closes tomorrow at midday, so get entering.