Me. Want. More. Gigs.

November 6, 2008


just played two surprisingly good gigs with Al. I honestly don’t think AlKandAlC have played so well together since, well, probably ever. I really like our set, possibly our strongest, (despite no Sailor Song!). Guess Ali K’s song writing is getting stronger and stronger. I think it may be a confidence thing: two of the best new songs are very short, which is maybe Ali’s strong point. And he seems happier and more comfortable with his songs. (Does that make sense? Probably not). Anyway Wolf is cool, although I really do have to sort out my bass solo at the end (or find somebody else (Lucy?) to play it!). Sweet Moves is a cool track too. Shame it’s so short, but it’s good to leave people wanting more I suppose.

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Recording Machar Granite

October 21, 2008


thought I’d do a little blog… extend my lunch break by 10 minutes in the hope that my mug of tea sorts out my headache. (Then back to the joys of lit. reviewing. 10k words and counting… although a lot of them are headings, and copy and paste quotes from pdfs. And 5 pages of references).

Anyway, I thought i’d let people know that I’ve been recording some tracks for my friend Eddie (who’s the other half of the slowly evolving Skuas project). You can have a listen to what we’ve done so far at the Garden Edinburgh page.

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Two Recommendations: Scoosh and Lizzy Parks

October 8, 2008

Hello avid blog reader

Only a quite post here, as I’m still trying to keep afloat in lit. review land….

But still, a new cd, Raise the Rook by Lizzy Parks is great. Produced by Nostalgia 77, one of my favourite artists on Tru-Thoughts. Kinda quirky female vocalist jazz music? Hmmm. But produced by Nostalgia 77, so it’s got a cool dark, yet light undercurrent. Hmm. i’m not very good at this. Or maybe, I am. I have to start using more pointless adjectives, and then I’m well on my way to being a music journalist. Most music journalists are rubbish anyway… if they were actually any good, they’d be on the radio rather than writing crap reviews in newspapers.

A second, more coherent, point to make: Schoosh in Bruntsfield is a great little shop. I took back the broken umbrella I bought for L yesterday, and they gave me a new one, no questions asked. Good customer service eh. Pays well, as I’ll be sure to have a look in the shop when Christmas come around.

The Big Chill 2008

August 5, 2008

Had a great time, lots of fun, and saw lots of good music. A few downers though.

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Edinburgh to Linlithgow

May 31, 2008

Phew. I finally got round to cycling from Moringside, Edinburgh, to Linlithgow via the Union Canal. The beauty of canals is that they are flat. And off-road. So once you get out of town, onto the quieter streches, you can relax and watch the West Lothian countryside pass by.

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Another Disappointing Forest Gig

February 7, 2008


Sigh. When will Al and I ever learn: playing a gig at the Forest will never live up to expectations. It’s a nice place, but the sound is always crap on stage.

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Bizarre Blog Harvesting

January 18, 2008

The internet works in weird ways. I now have an incoming link from I guess they’re harvesting the Internet for music related blogs in order to generate content for their website. But oddly they’ve credited my post to a Carlos Anaconda.

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Renting Flats (from today’s Guardian)

December 19, 2007

While this article (Lost In Neverland) is mainly about life in a new build (presumably in London) I can relate to most of what she’s saying.

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So what’s been happening in my little world?

December 11, 2007

So what’s been happening in my little world?

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London Day Two

November 30, 2007

So, day two. tis been a long day. Mainly of being on my own (Colm’s busy working as week speak, face paced London life, working half 6 on a Friday! Saying that he didn’t get to work til just before noon. Oops, that’s maybe my fault.

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