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Wednesday, October 1, 201411th October: Independent Label Market Edinburgh

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The Indepdendent Label Market comes to Edinburgh next week as part of the Pleasance Sessions, a week long celebration of music and fine beer and various other good things (are there any other good things, beyond those two?) which takes place at the Pleasance.

The Label Market will be taking place in the Cabaret Bar, the Och!toberfest in the Courtyard and the music upstairs in the Pleasance Theatre.

I love the Pleasance Sessions, actually, because one of my biggest grouses about music in Edinburgh is how easy it is to find all these amazing venues in August for the fucking Festival, but somehow when the actual living Edinburgh arts community need them during the rest of the year, that goodwill vanishes into thin air and we’re left relying on one or two stalwart heroes to give us a place to play.

Well Rae and her team have done a great job of opening up the various Edinburgh University spaces for use as venues for the rest of the population to enjoy, and I think that’s an absolutely fantastic thing. So come along to the Pleasance Sessions and the label market and encourage this sort of thing to continue to happen.

Because you know what Edinburgh’s like: we complain, someone tries something, we only half-heartedly pay attention, and then we lose it. So we complain. And thus the cycle continues.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014Apologies For the David Thomas Broughton Delay

spiral-clock This week was technically the release for Sliding the Same Way, the awesome new album by David Thomas Broughton and the Juice Vocal Ensemble, but unfortunately the manufacturing has seen a bit of a delay, so we’re actually a wee while away from getting the physical products in our pudgy little hands I’m afraid.

Basically, this is because of me trying to do something a bit special and clever, and I completely underestimated how long it would take to iron out the wrinkles with the manufacturer unfortunately, so everything has taken forever to get finalised in a way they were happy they could actually print properly.

On the plus side, the reason it took so long is because they’re pretty picky about things and the quality is always top notch, so I would rather we were a bit late and the quality stayed high, than that they cowboyed something through because I was pushing them with deadlines and the end result ended up being a bit shit.

They have a few remaining tour dates, so you should go and see them if you can. They’re all listed here, if you’re interested.

So apologies to yourselves, and most of all to David and Juice of course, but we are on it and it will be here soon.  In the meantime, here’s Yorkshire Fog, which is bloody ace.

Thursday, September 18, 2014Jonnie Common – Shark

This is the first single from the new Jonnie Common album, and it’s fucking ace. The album, Trapped in Amber, is out on Halloween of this year, on vinyl or CD, and you can pre-order a copy here.

Shark is a tune which also appears on our last Split 12″, but this version is a totally different beast. It’s been described as chilled-out Kraftwerk or Glasgae Beck, and erm, well I am not going to critique those two descriptions, but they did make me laugh.