Live in Edinburgh This Week – 9th August 2009
Well the Trampoline show for this Friday, with Ziggy Campbell and Yusuf Azak has been cancelled, which is a bit of a tragedy for my music fun, but at least spares me some of the Olympic amounts of typing this post is going to require all through bloody August. Fucking hell, it’s like a mini novel. Fortunately I don’t think much was actually on yesterday, when the sort of hangover generated only by consuming an entire bottle of gin prevented me from doing anything productive at all.
So this post is being written now and dated two days ago so, erm, well fuck it, shoot me, there’s always the list of course. But my listings are way better – everyone knows that. Aren’t they.
Yes is the answer to that, in case anyone was taking too much time to think about it.
Tuesday 11th August 2009: Jesus H. Foxx & Art Fag at Electric Circus.
I was about to say that two Toad bands on the same bill means I am guaranteed to enjoy this, but strictly speaking electro-experimental loonies Art Fag are Scotland’s hottest new unsigned act and I will have to fight every label in the land with sticks for their signature. Or, um, something like that. And Jesus H. Foxx were superb at the Forest Cafe last week, so this should be a cracking show.
Jesus H. Foxx – Elegy For the Good Times
Wednesday 12th August 2009: White Heath EP Launch at the Forest Cafe with Meursault, Foxgang and Debutant.
I am really looking forward to hearing this, and genuinely curious. For all I’ve seen White Heath a few times recently I haven’t heard any of their recordings recently, and I am very much looking forward to hearing what Alex from Fentek has made of their sound, which can be chaotic to say the least when I’ve seen them live. Quite how he mixes the trombone and fiddle in with the electric guitar and drums is something I’d like to hear.
Thursday 13th August 2009: Battle of the Bands – Cybraphon vs FOUND at the InSpace Gallery.
This is sold out, but apparently any returns will be available on Thursday. You can’t have them though, because I need them. Let’s be honest, I’m not going to miss a chance to watch one of my favourite Edinburgh bands face off against a moody musical wardrobe am I.
Friday 14th August 2009: This is Music at Sneaky Pete’s with The Foundling Wheel & Dead Boy Robotics.
Dead Boy Robotics had a very successful set at T in the Park this year (see video at the bottom of this post) and apparently their new stuff is something of a shift from earlier material, which makes me really rather curious to hear what they’re up to these days.
The Foundling Wheel – Out to See
Saturday 15th August 2009: Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers, Lovers Turn to Monsters & Shenandoah DavisTrampoline at the Wee Red Bar.
Woodenbox are a cracking live band, I don’t really know Lovers Turn to Monsters, and Shenandoah Davis is bloody lovely. We’re recording a Toad Session with her this weekend as well. Splendid.
Shennandoah Davis – We, Camera
Sunday 16th August 2009: Retreat Festival from 11.30am in the Bristo Hall, upstairs from the Forest Cafe.
The collection of bands playing here is in some senses irrelevant. Even if you’ve never heard of a single one of the groups playing, you can be absolutely guaranteed that this is going to be an amazing day. Those of you who like your rock music with a little bit more in the way of coke and whores may not be quite as thrilled as others by the Bristo Hall’s family and cuppa-friendly atmosphere, but I am hugely looking forward to it. And the lineup is fucking amazing, as it happens: Withered Hand, Jo Foster, Wounded Knee, Hexicon, Rob St John, Viking Moses, Tisso Lake, Moustache of Insanity, Allo, Darlin’, My Tiny Robots, Come In Tokyo, Enfant Bastard, The Pineapple Chunks, Meursault, The Leg.