Wednesday, December 26, 2007


Hard to believe that's over already - I was just starting to get into the spirit of things, but now it's pressies opened and wrapping paper put away until next time mixed with a mild hangover. Reality never really can match the hype can it?

And our pal Malcolm didn't even crack the Top 30. Still a great track though. A few more Christmas tracks for the road then...

The Research - For Christmas (I Got Pityriasis Rosea)

Super Furry Animals - The Gift That Keeps Giving

Hope everybody had a good one!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Christmas Number One

While most would agree that music charts don't mean too much in the download era, it hasn't tempered the hype that surrounds the grand British tradition of the Christmas Number One. Every year, a series of disposable pop songs are released the week before the 25th to determine who gets the crown. For the last several years it has always been the winner of that oh-so awful "talent" show The X Factor. However, the dark horse this year is Falkirk's own Malcolm Middleton with possibly the best Christmas single ever (other than Wham's Last Christmas of course). I've already bought my copy - fingers crossed!

On a related note, does anybody else think that the lyrics to Do They Know It's Christmas are incredibly condescending? Just asking.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

I Heart Jens Lekman

I recently went to see Josh Rouse play at the QMU, and while the guy is pretty good, I felt like I was crashing a party since I was really there to see a rare UK performance by the brilliant Jens Lekman. I can safely say his "Night Falls Over Kortedala" was my favourite and most-played album of the year. What's not to like: the crooner voice with a hint of a Swedish accent, the samples of old pop songs, the unexpected beats, and the lyrics! He's like the indie-pop Buck 65 with the stories he tells, such as "And you pick up your asthma inhaler and put it against your lips/oh those lips I loved, that I was dreaming of, they're still red and soft, I'm so sorry I didn't love you enough". Funny, cute and poignant at the same time.

Somehow he was even better live, in this case just him and a guitar and a blonde playing bongos. Half an hour was just a tease. Might have to make a wee trip to the continent to catch him in his own show.

Friday, December 14, 2007


The big 3-0 has now come and gone, and while I'm not quite sure what I was expecting, I'm amazed how little it fazed me and how much I feel exactly the same as I did beforehand (I can already hear the chorus of "surprise surprise"). Being Mr. Melodrama, I'd dreaded this birthday more than most. While I certainly expected a barrage of old man jokes (and I wasn't disappointed), I was surprised and quite touched over the fuss my friends made on the day. The O.T.T. song and dance stuff tends to make me cringe even when I'm not the recipient, but I found myself going with the flow this time and actually ended up enjoying myself. And being this time of year, the day itself blended into a series of Xmas parties. The result was a truly surreal weekend which covered most of Central Scotland, from a concert featuring a mate's band to Fife nightclubbing to Jamiroquai impressionists in Queensferry to drunken ballroom dancing in Edinburgh to Greek Zorbas dancing in Glasgow. And lots of stories that probably wouldn't be very funny unless you were there.

So thanks everybody, it was appreciated!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Electric Soft Parade @ King Tuts

ESP is another one of those underrated bands who have been putting out quality tunes for quite some time now (yet still only in their 20's) and really deserve to be seen and heard by more people. That said, those who were there were up for it and had the chance to see their latest album "No Need To Be Downhearted" from start to finish, plus a few classics. Great stuff, and bonus points for being on a Saturday (which means I could justify a few extra pints). Apparently Sophie Ellis Bextor was in the crowd too. How in the hell did I not notice her?

Excellent support from Paul Steel and his band. I'd honestly never heard of them before, but they were fantastic. My initial reaction was Guillemots-esque with some Pipettes style female backing vocals. And some sweet synth.
Anyway, video for ESP's latest single if interested!