The Als and the Pussycats make Ed Uni BotB Finals

March 2, 2009

As cautiously predicted here, the Als and the Pussycats have made it through to the Edinburgh uni BotB finals. So that’s quite excting. This will be my second time playing in the finals (the first time being with Naeem, Lucy and Emile). Kind of looking forward to the finals: I guess I’m making up for never making BotB finals while at Warwick Uni. Although admittedly, Warwick Uni Bandsoc BotB is somewhat bigger (takes up most of term three with heats, then the best band from each heat went through to the finals held in the main union, to quite a large crowd). I think I have a video of one of my “joke” bands from one year playing in one of the heats – I’ll have to find it and upload it. It’s very bad and I think I’m wearing bootsy collins style shades.

Anyway, more info soon (ie, when i get it).

In other news, I finally got round to buying the Plant/Krauss album. First thoughts: meh. Don’t see what all the fuss is about. Second thoughts: actually, I quite like this. Still prefer her brother’s (?) stuff, but it’s a good listen.

I should try and think of something to do at work now I guess!


January 18, 2009


the weekend is nearly over. Been a good weekend though. 🙂 Friday night I went to see Preston Reed with some friends. Which was good. The Lot is a lovely wee venue (I hope to play there one day), and it’s nice walking distance home. A couple of (expensive) beers, and some good chat from Matt and Doug. A nice evening 🙂

Oh, the day before was pretty exciting too. Had the first practise with Matt and Doug this year. Maybe that was why I enjoyed Friday so much. Anyway, the band is now called Cantor and has a myspace to boot. Yes, it’s kind of similar to my old old old uni rock band Cantus Cealestius (shout out to Moz, Justin, Rik and Dan), [It appears that Cantus now longer have an Internet presence. Oh for those heady days before Myspace!]

Anyway, I didn’t come up with the name Cantus, and I didn’t pick Cantor. Anyway, Cantor: set theory and the transfinite. Yes, naming your band after the guy who defined infinity is maybe a little bit too much, but I can’t see things getting any more sensible from here on in. We’ve already turned our back on drummers, at least for the time being: we think it is unlikely that we’ll find a drummer that we’d like anytime soon. We also think it is unlikely that we’d find a drummer who’d like us anytime soon too. So just giving up seemed a sensible suggestion. If you are reading this and you are a drummer (a good drummer, who doesn’t mind playing simply and who doesn’t mind playing complicatedly) then please get in touch. Ditto for keyboard/electronic people. As long as you don’t mind playing next to nothing sometimes.

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The Pussycats get a gig at the Cabaret Voltaire

January 7, 2009

Here’s a turn up for the books, it’s only the first week (working) week of Januray, and the band are off to a flying start. This is due mainly to Niki for deciding to try and make a go of things, something Ali K and I have failed to do for, what, 3, 4 years now (for some reason we seem content on playing 4,5 gigs at the Ark a year, an annual gig at the Jazz Bar, along with half recording a few songs every couple of months!).

So thanks for setting up the Myspace Niki, and thanks to Ralph for allowing (and mixing) the live shows to be recorded on my mp3 player – the live recordings have a lot more, well, earthly quality to them? If that’s not getting a bit pretensious. Lets just say they are better and leave it like that.

Anyway, as the post title suggested, the Pussycats will be playing at the Cabaret Voltaire (and here) at the end of the month.

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Christmas, and Last Night’s Gig at the Ark

December 28, 2008


Christmas was great. I got a bread machine from Louisa, which was a complete surprise. Made my first loaf yesterday. Tasted great, although it was a little soggy… a similar texture to potato scone. Which is exactly what I like about learning how to use bread machines, you get all sorts of variations on the basic loaf. I remember when my mum once (somehow) managed to make a crumpet loaf. It made the best ever toast. Sadly, she’s not been able to replicate it! Anyway, I’m looking forward to making the 2nd loaf today. And eating it with some goats cheese.

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An Update from Alasdair

September 14, 2008

Hello avid readers.

What reader you may ask? Well, somebody must be reading. And I don’t see how Ali, Louisa, Lucy and Colm have contributed to nearly 10k hits. And I know I certainly don’t waste my time reading my own blog. Hell, I usually fail to write posts in the first place.

Anyway, now that I’ve finished wittering away, hit “more” for some news on some gigs and other stuff.

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