Monday, December 31, 2007

Getting excited for 2008 Part 3



Alan McGee has called these guys the best band out of Liverpool since the Bunnymen/Wah! era, and he is absolutely right. These guys are, amazingly, unsigned (maybe it's time the record companies were just pushed aside, as when you consider who is signed and who isn't, it makes less sense than ever).

They have three tracks on their MySpace to downlaod, so here they are.

The Grants -'I Am The One.' mp3

The Grants -'I don't Care.' mp3

The Grants -'Nothing To Lose.' mp3

Pop along to their MySpace, make friends with them and spread the word.

Getting excited for 2008 Part 2



Amongst new stuff due for 2008 are the new albums from Sons & Daughters and British Sea Power

Sons and Daughters have a new album on the way called This Gift, which is promising to be very good indeed, if these two tracks are anything to go by. I keep reading different dates for the release of This Gift, but no doubt will have a review of this on here as soon as we can...

Sons and Daughters -'Gilt Complex.' mp3

Sons and Daughters -'Darling.' mp3

Meanwhile, British Sea Power may have delivered one of the other first classics of the new year in THIS single, taken from their third album Do You Like Rock Music?. With the football World Cup on the way, expect to hear this a LOT. Just as long as BSP don't end up going the way of the Lightning Seeds...

British Sea Power -'Waving Flags.' mp3

Hope you have a good New Year's Eve, if that's your thing...

Gig review: Aberfeldy/Donna Maciocia



Gig review: Aberfeldy/Donna Maciocia

Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms, December 21 2007

Support act tonight is Donna Maciocia from Amplifico, who plays a solo set on her own, with support from assorted members of the Feldy (the other Amplifico members are in Australia and Canada, apparently). I was wowed by Amplifico the last time I saw them (which was also supporting Aberfeldy) but tonight Donna leaves me delightfully stunned. Songs like 'You Could Be My Muse' 'This stuff Cuts Like Thorns' and 'Baby Baby' are just gorgeous. As is her cover of Bjork's Who Is It? (from Medulla). For 'The comedy stops Here' she is joined by Chris and Vicky from Aberfeldy. Aberfedly's Murray joins on sleigh bells for her cover of 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' which beats Mariah Carey's version hands down. and I bet Mariah can't play the ukelele either, nor loop her voice at the end for the coda. I can't wait for Amplifico's album, due out in March.

Aberfeldy are on fire tonight. It's the ninth time I've seen them and they are amazing. Both tonight and the previous night are sell out gigs, and deservedly so. They are greeted warmly when they come on, and open with two new songs, 'In Denial' and 'Malcolm,' the latter which features a delightful array of fish puns (yes, you did read that right). These two songs have a country feel to them. As well as the fish puns, part of the fun lies in spotting the songs that are referenced (I count Crosby Stills Nash and Young's 'Our House', the Velvet Underground's 'I'm Waiting For My Man,' The Beatles' 'Nowhere Man' and Dylan's 'Mr. Tambourine Man.'). Donna comes onstage to join them on xylophone for a countryish take on 'A Friend Like You.' We get 'Uptight' and '1970s' from Do Whatever Turns You On, perhaps the most underrated album of the decade, and 'Love Is An Arrow.' We then get three new songs 'Rock 'n' Roll' 'Talk Me Round' and 'Somewhere To Jump From.' It's testament to just how great Aberfeldy are now that they can play three new songs in a row and the crowd still love them, as playing new stuff - which by definition most people won't have heard, and thus takes people outside their comfort zones - can be hugely risky. 'Something I Must Tell You' and 'Do Whatever Turns You On' remind us of just what pearls the back catalogue contains, as if we could be foolish enough to forget. Next single 'Claire' (Rough Trade mshould be kicking themselves for letting Aberfeldy go) is followed by gorgeous versions of 'Hypnotised' and debut single 'Vegetarian Restaurant' and the sixth new song 'Wendys When I'm Wasted.' They finish with a storming version of 'Heliopolis By Night' complete with the Radio GaGa-style handclaps.

I worked out that this is the 26th gig I've been to this year, including instores, and frankly, by far and away the best gig I've seen this year. There's lots of new releases I'm looking forward to in 2008, including Foals, Sons & daughters and British Sea Power. But at the top of that list is the third album from Aberfeldy.

*****

Aberfeldy's MySpace is here

Amplifico's MySpace is here

Seeing as it's still (just about) the season of goodwill...


...and I was asked to re-post some of the last songs I'd done in my Christmas posts, here we go:

Stars -'Fairytale Of New York.' mp3
Pipettes -'White Christmas.' mp3
Teenage Fanclub -'Christmas Eve.' mp3
Dandy Warhols -'Little Drummer Boy.' mp3
Beck -'The Little Drum Machine Boy.' mp3
Liz Phair -'Winter Wonderland.' mp3
Holly Golightly -'Christmas Tree On Fire.' mp3
Wild Billy Childish and the Musicians of The British Empire -'Christmas 1979.' mp3
Ten Thousand Dollar Tattoo -'My First Santa.' mp3
Eels -'Christmas Is going To The Dogs.' mp3
Eels -'Everything's Gonna Be Cool this Christmas.' mp3
Weezer -'Christmas Celebration.' mp3
Weezer -'The Christmas Song.' mp3

Friday, December 28, 2007

Getting excited for 2008



Christmas is over, and it's time to look ahead to what's going to be big. I can no more rub a crystal ball than anyone else can (well, except the people who have crystal balls, I suppose), but there's things bubbling away that suggest 2008 could be just as good as 2007.

Bands like Foals. I'd heard bits and pieces over 2007, and they'd kinda joined the list of bands that I knew i ought to get round to writing about very soon, if only other things didn't keep getting in th way. Anyway, these guys dropped out of university at Oxford after a year (no idea where in Oxford) and set about making some extremely exciting danceable stuff. And their forthcoming album Antidotes is getting people just as excited about what is getting left off as getting put on it.

Give these a listen and see what you think...

Foals -'Brazil Is Here.' mp3

Foals -'Hummer.' mp3

Foals -'Mathletics.' mp3

Foals -'Balloons.' mp3

Foals' MySpace is here and their official website is here

Let me know what you think...

Thursday, December 27, 2007

17 Seconds' Top 75 Albums of the Year

Well, after humming and hawing about the order, what to include and not, and panicking about all the records on other people's lists that I just hadn't got round to hearing, to hell with it, here is the 17 Seconds' Top 75 albums of the year 2007.

For what it's worth, here goes:



1. Burial Untrue
2. Penny Century Between One Hundred Lies
3. Emma Pollock Watch The Fireworks
4. iLIKETRAINS Elegies To Lessons Learnt
5. Malcolm Middleton A Brighter Beat
6. Wiley Playtime Is Over
7. Arcade Fire Neon Bible
8. Dizzee Rascal Maths + English
9. Commander Keen My Tascam Dreams
10.Radiohead In Rainbows
11.Ringo Death Starr Ringo Death Starr
12.M.I.A. Kala
13.!!! Myth Takes
14.Shins Wincing The Night Away
15.The Good, The Bad And The Queen The Good, The Bad And The Queen
16.Wilco Sky Blue Sky
17.Morning Bride Lea Valley Delta Blues
18.Timbaland Timbaland Presents: Shock Value
19.Battles Mirrors
20.Von Sudenfed Tromatic Reflexxions
21.Justice
22.PJ Harvey White Chalk
23.Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare
24.Wounded Knee Wounded Knee
25.The National Boxer
26.LCD Soundsystem Sound Of Silver
27.Super Furry Animals Hey Venus!
28.New Pornographers Challengers
29.King Creosote Bombshell
30.Electrelane No Shouts, No Calls
31.Kaiser Chiefs Yours Truly, Angry Mob
32.BMX Bandits Bee Stings
33.Bloc Party A Weekend In The City
34.Babyshambles Shotter's Nation
35.Bat For Lashes Fur And Gold
36.The Coral Roots And Echoes
37.New Young Pony Club Fantastic Playground
38.Twilight Sad Fourteen Summers And Fifteen Winters
39.Amateurs Hongu Kongu
40.Biffy Clyro Puzzle
41.Feist The Reminder
42.Kate Nash Made Of Bricks
43.Klaxons Myths Of the Near Future
44.Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Baby 81
45.Fall Out Boy Infinity On High
46.Idlewild Make Another World
47.Bjork Volta
48.Manic Street Preachers Send Away The Tigers
49.Air Pocket Symphony
50.Angels Of Light We Are Him
51.My Teenage Stride Ears Like Golden Bats
52.Port-Royal Afraid To Dance
53.1990s Cookies
54.Boy Omega Hope On The Horizon
55.Robert Wyatt Comicopera
56.Ash Twilight Of The Innocents
57.Dinosaur Jr. Beyond
58.Shitdisco Kingdom Of Fear
59.Swimmer One The Regional Variations
60.Brett Anderson Brett Anderson
61.Maximo Park Our Earthly Pleasures
62.Descent This Violent Reality
63.The Fall Reformation Post-TLC
64.Editors An End Has A Start
65.The View Hats Off To The Buskers
66.Rufus Wainwright Release The Stars
67.Tracey Thorn Out Of The Woods
68.Thurston Moore Trees Outside The Academy
69.Thrushes Sun Come Undone
70.Siouxsie Mantaray
71.Go! Team Proof Of Youth
72.Simian Mobile Disco Attack Decay Sustain Release
73.The Royal We The Royal We
74.Mark Ronson Version
75.To Rococo Rot ABC123

A late Christmas Present



Hope everyone had a good Christmas. Mrs. 17 Seconds and I did, and we received some great presents, as well as giving them, and they weren't all music either!

However, did receive a new mp3 from the Futureheads on Christmas Day, called 'Crash', (no, not The Primitives song!) so thought I would share this with you all:

The Futureheads -'Crash.' mp3

I posted this a few months ago, this was the free mp3 they gave away a few months ago:

Futureheads -'Broke Up The Time.' mp3

Really looking forward to the new album when it comes out.

Also, although I have removed the links to the Christmas stuff I posted, I did receive one request to re-post the Wedding Present tracks, so here you go:

Wedding Present - 'No Christmas.' mp3

Wedding Present -'Step Into Christmas.' mp3

Hope you're all well, wherever you may be...

Monday, December 24, 2007

Songs For Christmas XXII



This is the final Christmas songs post for this year, I don't know how many people are going to drop by here still looking for Christmas numbers, but anyway.

I would have done a couple of other posts but I have spent the last two days camped outside the post office to pick up parcels that the Postie couldn't deliver, only to get home and discover that in the meantime, the postie has put more red notes through the door to say that he/she (though 99% of posties I have ever come across are male) couldn't deliver parcels because no-one was in. This is not much of an exaggeration...

Anyway, here are the three final songs for Christmas. Glad so many of you have enjoyed these, this is all over for the next twelve months.

Stars -'Fairytale Of New York.' mp3

[Pogues cover. Yes, the Pogues' original is the best Christmas tune ever, and in the UK charts for the thousandth time, but posting it is just too obvious)

Pipettes -'White Christmas.' mp3

Teenage Fanclub -'Christmas Eve.' mp3

Merry Christmas to you all. The long-intended Aberfeldy review (the best gig of the year BTW) and my Top 75 albums will follow soon...

XX

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Gig review: Emma Pollock/Wake The President




Gig review: Emma Pollock/Wake The President

Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire, December 18, 2007

I have mentioned many times just how much I love Emma Pollock's work. Having topped the second ever 17 Seconds' Festive Fifty with 'Adrenaline', I went with Mrs. 17 Seconds and sister-in-law to see her for my fourth time this year, and the third time in this very venue.

Previous support acts to Emma Pollock this year have included Broken Records and Katie Sutherland. I don't know whether she personally picks them or not, but Wake The President are winners too, who like the two afore-mentioned acts I intend to feature again here at 17 Seconds. From their opener 'I Should Be So Happy' it is clear that here are a band who channel the spirit of the Fire Engines, early Orange Juice and most strongly of all, Josef K. Acknowledging this, their penultimate song tonight is a faithful and affectionate cover of Josef K's 'It's Kinda Funny.' They have released two 7" singles on Electric Honey (the record label in Glasgow run by Stow College that most famously put out Belle & Sebastian's debut, Tigermilk, back in 1996) - 'Sorrows For Clothes/Mail Alice' and 'Remember Fun?' all of which get an airing tonight -and which they have said they are happy for me to post here. Other songs played include 'Professor' 'You Can't Change This Boy' and 'Security Place' the latter which is dedicated to Malcolm Middleton. By the end of their short set, it's clear that this is a band we will be hearing more from in 2008.

One of Emma Pollock's many endearing features is that she doesn't take herself seriously, and instead of throwing a rock star strop when there is an immediate technical hitch, laughs and tells to do what we were doing a moment before. The show starts properly with 'If Silence Means That Much To You.' She thanks us for coming out and confesses that she hates shopping, especially when that place is Braehead [a very soulless shopping mall on the west side of Glasgow]. We get 'Acid Test' and 'New land' which has taken on a delicious country twang live. This is the third time she has played Cabaret Voltaire this year, but actually the first since Watch the Fireworks was released, so now the songs are better known, and played by her fans. Many of those her tonight were Delgados fans, but the only reference she makes to her time in Scotland's greatest ever band is saying that it's been much easier touring with this band than 'that other lot!'

Having played the album repeatedly, these songs are now firmly lodged in my brain, and over the course of the evening we get all eleven songs, plus 'Jesus On The Cross' the track she collaborated with Louise Welsh for the Roddy Woomble-assembled Ballads Of The Book. 'Adrenaline' still literally gets the, um, adrenaline, running, from the moment that keyboard riff kicks in and 'Limbs' still melts this old heart no matter how many times I've heard it played live this year. The e-bowed guitaron album closer 'The Optimist' is one of the finest, most atmospheric moments I have experiences this year. After an encore of 'You'll Come Around' it's out into the night. Thanks for soundtracking my year, Ms. Pollock, and another fantastic gig.

Emma Pollock -'Adrenaline.' mp3

Songs For Christmas XXI



It is mental out there, way too many people, still too much to do, and I haven't even written a single Christmas card. Here are five more in the ongoing series...

First up, the Dandy Warhols' cover of 'Little Drummer Boy.' I heard this on Peel in Christmas 1994, and it was actually the first time I had ever heard (of) them.

Dandy Warhols -'Little Drummer Boy.' mp3

...So what else could possibly follow it but...this?

Beck -'The Little Drum Machine Boy.' mp3

I came across this Liz Phair track across the 'net, though I don't know much about it:

Liz Phair -'Winter Wonderland.' mp3

This track came out last year:

Holly Golightly -'Christmas Tree On Fire.' mp3

...and finally, this track is from this year's album of the same name (also released as a 7" if you act quickly) (NB: this track does feature swear words, just in case you are in the presence of those unable to 'cope' with that sort of thing).

Wild Billy Childish and the Musicians Of The British Empire -'Christmas 1979.' mp3

Three more Christmas posts to come...XX

Oh, and if you live in the UK, and haven't yet bought a copy of the Malcolm Middleton single, please DO so!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Songs For Christmas XX



Well, term finished today, and I'm pretty brain dead. To say nothing of going Christmas Shopping, and finding the streets of Edinburgh full, and I kept running into kids I teach...however, I did finally manage to get a vinyl copy of Malcolm Middleton's 'We're All Going To Die.' (Fopp in Edinburgh still have copies, if a) you want one and b) you are in a position to get there).

I was also very flattered yesterday to get an email from a reader, Ryan, in California, who said it would really make his month if I featured his song on one of my Christmas posts.

Well, why not, seeing as his band Ten Thousand Dollar Tattoo (and that link leads to his MySpace) are pretty damn good, and I'm up for featuring new stuff:

Ten Thousand Dollar Tattoo -'My First Santa.' mp3

And a few other goodies that might appeal...

First up, the Eels (picture of singer E above):

Eels -'Christmas Is Going To The Dogs.' mp3

Eels -'Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas.' mp3

and also Weezer...

Weezer -'Christmas Celebration.' mp3

Weezer -'The Christmas song.' mp3

Four more posts to go for Christmas...

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Songs For Christmas XIX



Well, I've very nearly caught up on the Christmas posts, term finishes tomorrow (and not a moment too soon), and I'm off to see Aberfeldy tonight (review, along with that of the Emma Pollock gig the other night) to follow very soon.

I'm going to dedicate this post to my brother, Miles; I don't know if you've got these tracks, our kid, but I know you love Ben folds' music, so these are for you...

Ben Folds -'Lonely Christmas Eve.' mp3

Ben Folds -'Bizarre Christmas Incident.' mp3

And I might even decide on the final running order for my albums of the year. Yes, Arcade Fire are in there, but the order is proving troublesome...

Songs For Christmas XVIII



A Chemikal Underground special for you today!

First up, this is from the now-disbanded (sob!) Aereogramme:

Aereogramme -'Asthma Came Home For Christmas.' mp3

and two absolute classics from Mogwai (above):

Mogwai -'Xmas Steps.' mp3

Mogwai -'Christmas Song.' mp3

More to come... : ))

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Songs For Christmas XVII



I know, it's the first day this month I haven't posted, the internet was down yesterday.

Anyway, as anyone who has been anywhere near this blog in the last six weeks should be aware, yesterday was the release of Malcolm Middleton's bid for the Christmas No.1with 'We're All Going To Die.' So, here's an acoustic version of the track:

Malcolm Middleton -'We're All Going To Die (Acoustic).' mp3

Malcolm's old band, Arab Strap, are winding down their website, a year after their last gig, and here's a Christmassyish track from their website, a live version of 'To All A Good Night.'

Arab Strap -'To All A Good Night (live).' mp3

And there's a couple of other tracks from Malcom's website that I've linked to for your pleasure here...

Malcolm Middleton -'Burst Noel (Damien Shackleton version).' mp3

Malcolm Middleton -'Cheer Down (Damien Shackleton).' mp3

Ok, so a different style of Chrsitmas post from some of the others, but this deals with the here and now...

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Songs For Christmas XVI



These tracks will be officially released tomorrow, so here's a sneak preview...

Frightened Rabbit -'It's Christmas So We'll Stop.' mp3

Paul Vickers and The Leg -'I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas.' mp3


More to come tomorrow...watch this space...

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Songs For Christmas XV



Here's three for today. Hope you are enjoying these, whoever you may be...

Louis Armstrong -'Cool Yule.' mp3

Magnet -'Let It Snow.' mp3

Scissors For Lefty -'Christmas Intentions.' mp3

And yep, there's more to come...

Friday, December 14, 2007

Songs For Christmas XIV



Two very different tracks for you today.

I'm not aware of many Hip-Hop Christmas tracks (note: I didn't say there weren't many, I said I wasn't aware of many, which is something else entirely). This one dates from about 1986 or 1987, I think, as a kid at school stuck it on a tape for me (as in when I was at school, not the kids I teach, who are probably now only vaguely aware of either cassettes or Run DMC). Anyway, this is Run DMC's Christmas in Hollis:

Run DMC -'Christmas in Hollis.' mp3

As to whether this track is a Christmas one...well, it was a Christmas no.1 for East 17 and it sounded vaguely Christmassy, and maps have stuck this out as a free download. Only became aware of this today, but I rather like it.

Maps -'Stay Another Day.' mp3

There will be more Christmas stuff on here, for those of you interested in that sort of stuff, and when I finally work them out, my albums of the year. I got taken to task earlier for not including Arcade Fire in my Festive Fifty. Is it some kind of unwritten rule amongst mp3 bloggers that we have to praise them above all other bands?! Oh well, see you soon...

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Songs For Christmas XIII


Here are today's contributions.

These two tracks, originally from their limited 1993 single Snow, are the Cocteau Twins' takes on two Christmas Classics. They have already been hosted over at I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, but I thought I would share them here too:

Cocteau Twins -'Frosty the Snowman.' mp3

Cocteau Twins -'Walking In A Winter Wonderland.' mp3

...and because it's nearly Christmas, why not the Jackson 5's take on Frosty, too?

Jackson 5 -'Frosty the Snowman.' mp3

And, as ever, there will be more tomorrow...

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Rob St John



For once, some music that is nothing to do with Christmas.

Rob St John is an edinburgh-based musician who has just released his debut EP and it's gorgeous and sublime.

There are three songs on it, which can be heard at his MySpace site, along with other tracks. This is the title track, which is just beautiful. It can be bought at Avalanche records in Edinburgh and Glasgow and should soon be available at Rough Trade in London. It's a limited edition of 100, so act quickly.

Don't just take my word for it -check it out! Beautiful melodies to lose yourself in (and quite possibly find yourself, too).

Rob St. John 'Tipping In.' mp3

Songs For Christmas XII



Well, it's now the twelfth, so I'm already halfway through my Christmas posts. Here are three more to share with you.

All About Eve -'Last Christmas.' mp3

XTC -'Thanks for Christmas.' mp3

Yo La Tengo -'It's Christmas Time.' mp3

Hope you are still enjoying these, people are still downloading them, so I guess somebody is!

Edx

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Songs For Christmas XI



There's obviously more Christmas stuff out this year than I had realised, though the UK singles chart is full of old product. Anyway, Japanese-New York band Asobi Seksu have just issued a cover of the Ramones' Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight), so I thought I would post that, along with the Ramones' original, and aanother version done by Joey Ramone later on.

Ramones -'Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight).' mp3

Joey Ramone -'Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight).' mp3

Asobi Seksu -'Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight).' mp3

Enjoy folks. And don't forget to drop by tomorrow for more...

Edx

Monday, December 10, 2007

Songs For Christmas X



Hello again.

School holidays just cannot come soon enough. The kids are bouncing off the walls and dragging myself out of bed is getting harder. Nine days to go, not that I'm counting, or anything...

oh yes, songs for Christmas:

First up, today, legendary Japanese 3-piece band Shonen Knife:

Shonen Knife -'Space Christmas.' mp3

And a Fall song, not yet featured over at I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday (which is an excellent blog, btw, if you haven't checked it out:)

The Fall -'(We Wish You) A Protein Christmas.' mp3 RE-POSTED BY POPULAR REQUEST 19/12/07

More to come... : )

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Songs For Christmas IX



(Flaming Lips)

Here is today's instalment. Just a quick post (though I have already had my Mum on the 'phone worrying that I'm spending so much time blogging that I can't be talking to mrs. 17 seconds enough). Don't worry, I am!

Flaming Lips - 'A Change At Christmas (Say It Ain't So).' mp3

Flaming Lips -'Christmas At the Zoo.' mp3

Arcade Fire -'The Christmas Song.' mp3

Arcade Fire - 'Jinglebell Rock.' mp3

as ever, more to follow tomorrow...

Edx

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Songs For Christmas VIII



The Manic Street Preachers

so, for a change, here's one new song this year. The Manic Street Preachers have made this available to those on their mailing list...and so why not share it?

Manic Street Preachers -'Christmas Ghost.' mp3

I don't know much about the origin of the tune Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), but I have three versions of it, by U2 (who are the first band I heard do it), Death Cab For Cutie, and Scotland's own Arab Strap:

U2 -'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).' mp3

Death Cab For Cutie -'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).' mp3

Arab Strap -'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).' mp3

Enjoy. There will, naturally, be more tomorrow... : ))

Edx

Friday, December 07, 2007

17 Seconds' Festive Fifty 2007

So, here it is, the 2007 17 Seconds' Festive Fifty.

These are my favourite new tracks to be heard this year. They didn't have to be singles or even have been commercially released this year, indeed there are some tracks that are b-sides, album only tracks, and mp3s only, and even a demo and an unsigned band. But they couldn't have been from previous years (which is why The Shins' Phantom Limb isn't here, it was an mp3 last year, made it into my inaugural Festive Fifty, and therefore isn't here). Just stuff IMHO that has made my musical year. It's not easy trying to narrow it down, but this is the definitive list. I haven't posted all the tracks here before, and I have put links to a few, but I hope you enjoy it. Let the debating start here



1. Emma Pollock -‘Adrenaline.’
2. Battles -‘Atlas.’
3. Justice -‘D.A.N.C.E.’
4. Ringo Death Starr - ‘Some Kind Of Sad.’
5. Malcolm Middleton - ‘A Brighter Beat.’
6. Penny Century - ‘Nothing Burns Like Bridges.’
7. Rihanna - ‘Umbrella’
8. Bloc Party - ‘Flux’
9. Camera Obscura - ‘Super Trouper’
10. Sons and Daughters ‘Gilt Complex’
11. Idlewild - ‘No Emotion’
12. Emma Pollock - ‘Acid Test’
13. Kate Nash -‘Caroline’s A Victim.’
14. Dizzee Rascal feat. Lily Allen -’Wanna Be.’
15. Wiley -’Bow E3.’
16. Malcolm Middleton - ‘We’re All Going To Die.’
17. Timbaland featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake- ‘Give It To Me.’
18. Kate Nash -’Foundations.’
19. Wiley -’50/50.’
20. Sister Vanilla -‘Can’t Stop The Rock.'
21. Editors - ‘ Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors.’
22. Arctic Monkeys -‘Brianstorm.’
23. Dizzee Rascal - ‘Flex.’
24. Klaxons -‘Golden Skans.’
25. Bloc Party - ‘The Prayer.’
26. Electrelane -‘To The East’
27. Black Kids -‘I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance with You.’
28. Paul Hartnoll featuring Robert Smith-‘Please.’
29. Futureheads -‘Broke Up The Time.’
30. Charlatans -’You Cross My Path.’
31. Scottish Enlightenment -‘Eyes.’
32. Emma Pollock - ‘Paper and Glue.’
33. Burial -’Archangel.’
34. Cooper Temple Clause -’Waiting Game.’
35. Siouxsie - ‘Here Comes That Day.’
36.Timbaland, D.O.E. & Keri Hilson -‘The Way I Are
37. White Stripes - ‘Icky Thump.’
38.Maximo Park -’Our Velocity.’
39. M.I.A. ‘Bamboo Banger.’
40. Tiny Dancers -‘I Will Wait For You.’
41. Emma Pollock -’Limbs’
42. Arctic Monkeys -’Fluorescent Adolescent.’
43. Jack Penate -’Second, Minute Or Hour’
44. New Young Pony Club - ‘ Ice Cream.’
45. Manic Street Preachers - ‘Your Love Alone Is Not Enough.’
46. Wilco -’Impossible Germany’
47. Wu-Tang Clan - The Heart Gently Weeps
48. Snow Patrol - ‘Signal Fire.’
49. Fall Out Boy -’This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race.’
50. Kanye West - ‘Stronger.’

Songs For Christmas VII


(The Wedding Present's David Gedge)

And here are today's seasonal pickings, courtesy of the USB turntable, and many years spent hanging around record shops...

First up, the Wedding Present. As has been well documented over the years, back in 1992, the Wedding Present released one 7" a month, in a limited edition of 10,000. They all made the UK Top 30, and the A-side was a weddoes composition, the b-side a cover. Amongst the songs that made the b-sides over the course of that year were the Go-Betweens' 'Cattle and Cane,' Isaac Hayes' 'Theme From Shaft,' and Bow Wow Wow's 'Go Wild In The Country.' For their Christmas single, it was inevitable that there would be a Christmas cover, and so it was that The wedding Present ended up covering Elton John.

Wedding Present -'No Christmas.'mp3

Wedding Present -'Step Into Christmas (Elton John cover).' mp3

A few days ago, one of my older students, who has long chatted with me about music revealed that he had bought a couple of White Stripes' 7" singles, at £30, including this one, billed as 'Merry Christmas From The White Stripes.' 'Ah yes, I said, ' I bought that one when it first came out.' 'I bet it only cost you a pound!' he said, slightly agonised. Well, no, £3, if memory serves. It's not particularly Christmassy, but I guess it came out for Christmas. The b-side features Jack White reading from Luke's Gospel about the coming of The Magi (The Three Wise Men) and then Meg attempting to sing Silent Night. It's more of a curio than essential listening, so here is the a-side:

White Stripes -'Candy Cane Girl.' mp3

I first heard this track, 'Christmas Wrapping' at some point in the late 90s. It had been a no.45 hit in the UK in December 82, the only time the band ever charted in the UK. the drummer was Billy Ficca who had been in Television. I still think it sounds like Blondie -in a good way. It's now been on several Christmas compilations over the years, and I eventually found a copy for myself in a charity shop in 2003, on 12" (also found an LP version of Songs The Lord Taught Us by The Cramps there that very day, too(I'm easily pleased). This is the 12" version, Enjoy!

Waitresses -'Christmas Wrapping (Long Version).' mp3

And there will be more tomorrow...

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Songs For Christmas VI

...and here are today's treats:

Belle and Sebastian -'Christmas Time Is Here 1.' mp3

Belle and Sebastian -'O Come, O Come Emmanuel.' mp3

more tomorrow. BTW, if you are enjoying these, please leave feedback!

Ed

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Gig review: Manic Street Preachers/Cherry Ghost

Gig review: Manic Street Preachers/Cherry Ghost

Edinburgh Corn Exchange, December 3, 2007

If there's such a thing as the 'indie-survivor', then the two bands from the nineties who truly survived, against the odds, are The Charlatans and The Manic Street Preachers. The latter literally talked up a 'Live Fast Die Young Stay Beautiful' type manifesto when they first burst onto the scene, but like the Charlies, they are still making records, still keeping many fans, and still a big live draw.

Which is more than I think is ever going to be said for Cherry Ghost. This is the sixth time I have seen the Manics live over the last ten years, and support acts have included Catatonia (long before Cerys did Celebrity), The Delays, Ian Brown and The Departure. All acts I enjoyed, but Cherry Ghost are just bland. There's nothing to love or hate about them, they're just this year's Athlete.

With over thirty Top Forty Hits to their name, the Manics have no shortage of crowd pleasers up their collective sleeves. It might seem a gamble to start off with 'Motorcycle Emptiness,' but they've certainly done it before when I've seen them. The cynical might argue that it's because no-one knows the new stuff, but that's not true either. When they launch into 'Your Love alone Is Not Enough' it may be missing the vocals of Nina Peerson, but the crowd to their best to compensate. This year's Send Away The Tigers genuinely is the return to form that's been waited for for ten years.

As well as the line-up of Bradfield, Wire and Moore, they are joined by another guitarist and a multi-instrumentalist, who adds particularly effective saxophone to 'Ocean Spray' and 'Kevin Carter.' The former is one of their most heart-wrenching songs, and a reminder that when they put out their greatest hits album five years ago (and two studio albums ago, if anyone's counting) that there were many great songs that had to get left off. The same could be said for other songs like 'Roses In the Hospital Bed' which makes an appearance early on tonight. It's also good to hear '1985' from Lifeblood, which seems to have become the runt of their back catalogue, but still had some gorgeous songs.

The band have a soft spot for Edinburgh, where Nicky Wire informs us was the first place they ever flew to (and for once, they don't bitch about a certain Edinburgh record shop which refused to stock their early records), before they launch into 'You Love Us.' We also get 'Slash 'n Burn' and a teasing bit of The Cult's She Sells Sanctuary.

One of the highlights of the set is a solo version from James of 'Theme from M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)', which is stripped down to just voice and acoustic guitar, before he gives us 'The Everlasting.'

Dammit, just how many great songs have the Manics got in their back catalogue? Loads, it would seem, and as they finish with 'A Design for Life' the passion remains. The feather boas may have quietly disappeared, Richey's ghost still lingers (and they dedicate 'Yes' to him) but as a live draw, on this form, I'll be going to catch the Manic Street Preachers for some time to come.

****

Manic Street Preachers -'Theme From MASH Suicide Is Painless.' mp3

Manic Street Preachers -'Your Love Alone Is Not Enough.' mp3

Songs For Christmas V




Hello folks, here is today's instalment.

First of all, another instalment from Scandinavia. This song is great, and it deserves to become one of those perennials, IMHO:

Mew -'She Came Home For Christmas.' mp3

The Christmas album (the concept, as opposed to just Low's album) seems to be much bigger in the US than it is over here in Scotland and the rest of the UK. I haven't heard the whole album, but this was released by Brian Wilson a couple of years ago, as a 7" single too:

Brian Wilson -'What I Really Want For Christmas.' mp3

And a Brian Wilson-related song from over forty years ago...

Beach Boys -'Little Saint Nick.' mp3

And don't forget to drop by here tomorrow, there'll be more treats. Heading in the direction of the USB turntable armed with White Stripes, Waitresses and Wedding Present...

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Songs For Christmas IV



And this is today's record. This time it's more Scandinavian stuff, from Denmark's Raveonettes. Hope you are enjoying these festive sounds.

If you are out to find more exciting Christmas songs, you should make sure that you visit The Festive Fifty and I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, two excellent mp3 blogs written by Steve, who frequently leaves comments here and posts some great stuff.

The Raveonettes -'The Christmas Song.' mp3

See you soon...

Monday, December 03, 2007

Songs For Christmas III



Just a quick one today, your song for today is a comparative 'newie' a download-only song by the Knife.

The Knife -'Christmas Reindeer.' mp3

Hope you're well...

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Interview: Malcolm Middleton



Current promotional poster for the tour (below)



Interview: Malcolm Middleton

I think it started a few weeks ago, for me at any rate, when I got an email from Mike over at Manic Pop Thrills. Mike had got a campaign going to get Malcolm Middleton's latest single 'We're all Going To Die' to that most hallowed of chart positions in the UK, the Christmas No.1.

It seemed a gargantuan task. how could a handful of scottish bloggers take on the might of record execs? But with Mike's pieces on the matter, a post or two from me on it, and perhaps more effectively, the support of DJs like Steve Lamacq and Radio 1 DJs like Colin Murray, Scott Mills and Edith Bowman has seen considerable progress for the campaign. By the end of November, the odds on it being the Christmas No.1 had been shortened from 1000-1 (the longest odds William Hill had ever given on a Christmas No.1) to 12-1, the fourth favourite.

I was extremely flattered when I found a quote from me on his official website:
" Also important is the fact that the song will be up against X-Factor winners, whoever they will be, and so this is also about the battle for good against evil, socialism versus capitalism, the scottish cult indie musician versus a global terror perpetuated by Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell."

But has it got out of control? Could it perhaps backfire? Mlacolm has never had a UK Top 40 single before, but could it get ridiculous? I gave Malcolm a ring on Friday morning to find out how it's going and his plans for 2008.

" Things seem to have gotten out of hand, that it's snowballed,' he says, somewhat puzzled at all the attention this far into his career that he's suddenly had over the last month. 'But it would be great to have an impact. I'm just worried that it's going to do more harm than good."

He's delighted to have made the daytime playlist at Radio One. Over a decade after Grunge and Britpop challenged the perception in the UK of what could get played at Radio One during the day, artists like Malcolm Middleton were traditionally the preserve of the evening specialist shows, like the Evening Session and the late, great John Peel.

Of course, the release of the single crowns of what has been a very busy year for him. Having moved from long-time record label Chemikal Underground to Fulltime Hobby to issue his third solo album A Brighter Beat, he's received some fantastic reviews across the blogs and the print media. Not that this translates into huge record sales.

'I'm cynical of how the media works,' he says, not unreasonably. 'I get good reviews but that's where it ends.' After all, a single of the week in NME is no more a guarantee of a 'hit' record than a handful of bloggers praising the record. Ultimately, the general public have to actually go and buy it.

I ask how he feels 2007 has gone. 'I think it's gone okay. To me, A Brighter Beat's the best thing I've ever done. Part of me worries [that the campaign to get the single to no.1] could do more harm than good. I'm not used to being part of the mainstream.' I ask him if he thinks the campaign has been good for sales of the album. 'To be honest,' he says, 'I think the album's success is more down to word of mouth.'

Not wanting to focus on current developments, I ask what he's up to next year. He's certainly not going to be letting the grass grow beneath his feet. In February, Fulltime Hobby will issue a new mini-album by him called Sleight Of Heart. The album, which he describes as acoustic, will feature six new songs written by him, and three cover versions: Jackson C. Frank's 'Just Like Anything,' King Creosote's 'Margeurita Red,' and Madonna's 'Stay,' originally from her Like A Virgin LP.

Both in Arab Strap and solo, he's chosen some interesting cover versions, and this blog got a lot of interest when it featured Arab Strap's covers of AC/DC's 'You Shook Me All Night Long' and Van Halen's 'Why Can't This Be Love?' Both of these songs were classics in the Heavy Metal genre, but done by Arab Strap they were utterly re-invented; stripped of their bluster, there were songs beneath the pyrotechnics and bluster. 'It was easier doing cover versions in Arab Strap,' Malcolm says. 'Solo, you mustn't do karaoke versions.'

Speaking of Arab Strap, it was a year ago that the decade long partnership of Malcolm and Aidan Moffat as Arab Strap came to a very amicable end as they went their own separate ways. Have they been in touch recently? 'Oh yeah, Aidan's still a mate.' What does he think of A Brighter Beat? 'It's a bit over-produced for him!' Perhaps surprisingly, though, he hasn't spoken to Aidan about the current campaign for the single, as he's too embarassed about it.

Still, whilst he doesn't think the single's going to go Top 40, he seems to be touched by the attention he's receiving and thanks me for the coverage. He deserves it; but let us hope that whether the single reaches no.1 or 101 that it will bring him to a wider portion of the listening public.

Malcolm Middleton -'Stay Close Sit Tight.' mp3

The single 'We're All Going To Die' will be available on iTunes from December 10. It will be available from other download services from December 17, and on limited 7" vinyl. To be eligible for the chart, you will need to buy it on December 17 onwards.

Malcolm Middleton's official website is here and his mySpace is here

Songs For Christmas II



Two very different Christmas songs for your listening pleasure today:

First up, the Godfather of Soul himself, who passed away on Christmas Day last year:

James Brown - 'Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto.' mp3

...And a cover of a Christmas classic from when I was a kid. I believe that for many years, this Wham! song was the biggest selling record in the UK not to go to No.1 (Band Aid's 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' held the spot at the time.) Funnily enough, this was also covered by the Manic Street Preachers in the late 90s, too...

Jimmy Eat World -'Last Christmas (Wham! cover).' mp3

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Songs For Christmas

OK, folks, as promised, the 17 Seconds Christmas Spectacular!

The aim is to post Christmas tracks every day between now and Christmas, as well as other stuff.

So to start it all off today, Low's 'Just Like Christmas' and two cover versions of it.

Enjoy!

Low -'Just Like Christmas.' mp3

Aberdeen City -'Just Like Christmas.' mp3

Snow Patrol -'Just Like Christmas.' mp3

Enjoy!

Friday, November 30, 2007

St. Andrew's Day



Today is St. Andrew's Day, the Patron Saint of Scotland. This is not a national holiday here (it might be a different story after independence), and nowhere near as big a deal as St. Patrick's Day is (hell, I think St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by half the planet).

But, what the heck, I've survived a week back at work, it's three weeks until term finishes, and I got paid yesterday (hmm, guess what I do when it arrives - other than paying the bills, obviously).

So here's some scottish stuff for you, and just to let you know, I interviewed Malcolm Middleton today, so that will be on the blog soon.

First up, the greatest song by the greatest scottish band EVER (IMHO).

Delgados -'No Danger.' mp3

Along with getting into death metal and grime this year, I've also been discovering folk. This is a gem (yup, I do listen to some music pre-1976).

John Martyn -'Solid Air.' mp3

I love the whole early eighties aesthetic (I may have mentioned this before). This is a classic:

Fire Engines -'Candyskin.' mp3

..Mind you, the late eighties threw up some gems too...

The Shamen -'Jesus Loves Amerika.' mp3

and so did the nineties... : )

Urusei Yatsura -'Hello Tiger (Peel Session).' mp3

And I'm planning something special for December. Watch this space...

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Album Review: Burial



Album Review -Burial -'Untrue' (Hyperdub)

Where the hell did this come from? This follow-up to Burial's self-titled debut from last year is one of the most astonishing things I have heard this year.

Given that Burial's interview in this month issue of The Wire is a rare interview and that he is not prepared to be photographed, I know precious little about the man himself (well, that he's male). So this really is about taking some at face value without bringing baggage to it. Because while this might be labelled under Grime (and definitely not Grindie, the vocals are manipulated with here, and that's one of the astoundingly amazing things about this trail-blazing album), Dubstep, 2-step, whatever...it's the sound of the pieces and the whole itself that amaze you and leave you gasping in disbelief.

Few albums can make such sadness sound so invigorating and a million miles away from the 'woe is me' aesthetic that can start to grate. This record is the soundtrack of, rather than just to, the beautiful melancholia of the urban winter, and the dark streets. It reminds me of the pioneering artists of the Bristol sound that came to be known as 'trip-hop,' certainly not in terms of songs but the way that the sound and mood of that music grabbed you, as much as the lyrics or the melody.

This is not going to be a long review, because I'm in the dark trying to describe this here. Please listen to the tracks below, and then go and buy the album.

I'm still astounded, and I'm having to re-work my planned best of 2007 list.

*****

Burial -'Archangel.' mp3

Burial -'Near Dark.' mp3

Burial -'Endorphin.' mp3

Burial's MySpace page is here

Monday, November 26, 2007

A rather short, celebratory post...



I have started back at school...and survived!

Time for some PiL, methinks...

Public Image Ltd. -'Rise 12".' mp3

Public Image Ltd. -'Home.' mp3

Public Image Ltd. -'Flowers Of Romance.' mp3

Hope you've had a good day, whereever you may be...

Sunday, November 25, 2007

There'll be sad songs...



...to make you cry, as Billy Ocean once sang (not long after pointing that that 'When the going gets tough, the tough get going, if memory serves).

It's sunday night, and as always, seem to have those sunday blues.

Oh well, sad songs say so much (uh, cheers Elton).

Anyway, here's a few beautifully sad songs. See what you think.

Have a good week.

Edx

This Mortal Coil -'Song To the Siren (Tim Buckley cover).' mp3

Peter Murphy -'A Strange Kind Of Love.' mp3

New Age Steppers -'Fade Away.' mp3

Bang Bang Machine -'Geek Love.' mp3

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Arcade Fire cover versions special!




If there is one band alone who owe much of their success to word of mouth amongst bloggers, it's Arcade Fire, but blogs or no blogs, I like to think that they would have made it anyway, due to being pretty bloody brilliant.

Anyway, given that I love to post covers, here at 17 Seconds today, it's an Arcade Fire Special!

Arcade Fire -'Naive Melody (Talking Heads cover).' mp3

Arcade Fire -'Five Years (David Bowie cover).' mp3<

Arcade Fire -'Maps (Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover).' mp3

Arcade Fire -'Guns Of Brixton(Clash cover).' mp3

Arcade Fire -'Poupee de Cire, Poupee de son(France Gall cover).' mp3

Found an excellent venezuelan blog that has also posted some good, different Arcade Fire cover versions, called Deaf Indie Elephants, which you should check out too.

Arcade Fire's official site is here and a very good fan site is here

Friday, November 23, 2007

Album Review: The Royal We



Album Review: The Royal We -'The Royal We.' (Geographic)

The case for the prosecution

M'lud, for starters, this is an eight track mini-album. The singer of this six-piece Glasgow-based band, Jihae Simmons is actually from LA and according to no other document than her press release grew up with an idealised image of Glasgow, gleaned from the lyrics of Belle and Sebastian and Orange Juice. This is utterly idealistic; I taught on the south side of Glasgow for a year, and believe me, the kids were nothing like the cutesy, twee, anti-macho images those bands suggested. Lots of wonderful kids, and quite a few headbangers, but they were either wearing all black, or Adidas tracksuits. The band are clearly devastated that they formed too late to be on neither the C-86 tape nor the Rough Trade Indiepop 1 compilation. They are old-school indie, but old-school indie by numbers, and they split up on the day that this, their first album was released. This is too contrived to be true. They dress in a cutesy way that is just painful to behold.

The case for the defence

m'lud, I can't help thinking that m'learned friend has actually missed the point somewhat, here. Yes, it's an idealised image of Glasgow but one that I too had (until no less an authority than Stevie Jackson of the popular beat combo Belle & Sebastian pointed out to me that the stories on the back of their records were just that. Stories). And yes, there's bits of Belle and Sebastian there, but I also hear Sons and Daughters, The Raincoats and even Roxy Music. At eight songs, there is no filler, and the closing song, a cover of Chris Isaac's 'Wicked Game' works perfectly. And if they dress 'cutesy'...that's got to be an improvement on the adidas tracksuits that soiled indie in the nineties, isn't it?

Verdict: **** (acquitted and praised)

Exhibit A: The Royal We -'Three Is A Crowd.' mp3

Exbibit B: The Royal We -'I Hate Rock N Roll.' mp3

Exhibit C: The Royal We's MySpace

Some Covers For Friday Part V




It's Friday, so that means it's time for some covers! As quite often is the case with covers posts here, there is no linking theme, it's just that they are all covers...though I notice there are quite a few 80s electro-pop gems done rather differently here...and if you love twee-pop I think you will love Canasta.

Beautiful South -'You're The One That I Want (John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John cover).' mp3

Canasta -'The Model (Kraftwerk cover).' mp3

Dump -'Vienna (Ultravox cover).' mp3

Joy Zipper -'Wave Of Mutilation (Pixies cover).' mp3

Nyack -'Love Is A Stranger (Eurythmics cover).' mp3

Uncle Tupelo -'Maggie's Farm (Bob Dylan cover).' mp3

These will be up for one week only. if you like what you hear, go and support the artists involved.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Update: Malcolm Middleton



This is from the NME website today:

" BBC Radio 1 heavyweights Colin Murray, Scott Mills and Edith Bowman are all backing former Arab Strap star Malcolm Middleton's bid for the UK's Christmas Number One single.

And now bookmakers William Hill has decided to slash their original odds on the single 'We're All Going To Die' from 1,000/1 to 500/1.

Murray said of the track: "Were the intelligentsia ... we don't need to be crass about getting Malcolm Middleton to Number One. Do you remember when Belle & Sebastian won a Brit Award? That's the route I want to take.

"Go ahead and sign up to Malcolm's MySpace, lets start getting an idea of how many people are going to buy this beautiful record."

Mills said on air before playing the song: "Colin has decided what he wants to be Xmas Number One this year and I am in total agreement with him. It's a little bit different, saves 'The X Factor' from being Number One again this year."

This is progress, people! We can do it. It's started in bloggerland, now the Nation's DJs are taking up the cause too!

However, when we are successful, anyone who whines that they don't like it now he's successful...BE QUIET. If you're on our side you should rejoice if we get it there. Remember: even Top five is a victory for us; not getting the X-Factor pap to no.1 is a serious blow to the sinister types trying to manipulate the general public through the likes of X-Factor. A number one hit is a win for us against THE MAN.

It is of course from one of the albums of the year, A Brighter Beat, the title track which is here:

Malcolm Middleton -'A Brighter Beat.' mp3

'We're All Going To Die' is out on December 17 on download services only. Remember: 79p on iTunes or wherever you download your music from is a step towards victory.

Malcolm's MySpace is here and his website is here

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Interview: BMX Bandits

Interview: BMX Bandits



I've long dreamed of interviewing Duglas T. Stewart -and at last it has happened! A charming man, Duglas spoke to 17 Seconds about life in Scotland, just how many band members there have been over the last twenty one years and much else besides.

The band formed in Bellshill, near Glasgow, which was also where Cosmic Rough Riders were formed, and the Bandits have had links with many other scots acts, including the Soup Dragons, The Vaselines, Future Pilot AKA and Teenage Fanclub. Though they have never graced the Top 40 -at least, not at the time of writing, this band are much loved by those in the know. Kurt Cobain, who also was a massive fan of Bandits' contemporaries The Vaselines, told a New York Radio station that if he could be in any other band it would be the Bandits and Oasis supported them on tour, as a favour to their then shared label head, Alan McGee.

Currently the bands line is: Duglas T Stewart 'mostly singing', Rachel Mackenzie -mostly singing, Stuart Kidd- mostly drums, singing and acoustic guitar, David Scott- lots of stuff including piano, guitars, singing and synths, Brian McEwan- mostly bass, Jamie Cameron- guitars, and Martin Kirwan- guitars.

So, how are you and what have you been up to lately?

Well the group have been much more active over the last 3 years than we've been for a while. in 2005 we made an e.p. with a Korean girl singer called YeonGene. That was the last BMX record to feature my long term writing partner Francis Macdonald. Francis had been in the group 18 years but it became obvious that Francis and I now wanted the group to be doing different things and Francis was so busy managing bands (including Camera Obscura) and playing drums for Teenage Fanclub that I asked him to leave. It was a painful decision but I think ultimately it has been the best thing for our friendship and for BMX Bandits. David Scott (also of the Pearlfishers) then officially joined the group and David & I produced an album for YeonGene of Burt Bacharach songs featuring BMX Bandits members and some ex-BMX Bandits including Norman Blake, Eugene Kelly & Stevie Jackson. We found our first ever lady bandit Rachel Mackenzie. We released an album called My Chain in 2006 and a single called 'Doorways', which was the first thing I wrote for Rachel to sing and we did gigsin Japan, Europe, New York and in the UK. In 2007 we've released another new album called Bee Stings.

Are you still based in Glasgow?

I live in a town about 12 miles outside Glasgow called Bellshill. I was born here and went to school here with Norman. The other BMX Bandits live in or near Glasgow.

A few years back, when I met you in Glasgow, you were working at the BBC. Did this have any impact on your writing?

It did because I fell in love with someone at work. I was married at the time and loved my wife and so I started writing songs as a place where I could express my love for this new person. We weren't having an affair but becoming really close, enjoying each other and hanging out. She told me about how one of her front teeth was knocked out and I started imagining her as a street urchin in late Victorian London, pretending to be a boy but being a beautiful girl beneath the dirt and the disguise. I wrote a song called 'A Missing Front Tooth' [the opening track to My Chain] which was like an old music hall song to create a fantasy world where we could co-exist and be lovers. Then I wrote a song about why I needed/wanted to write that song. It started a chain of songs that told our story from me secretly wanting her, to her declaring her love for me, to me leaving my wife hoping for a new life, to her changing her mind and moving away. On one level it was very sad and I feel so bad about my ex-wife who was unbelievably understanding and supportive through everything but I also feel very privileged to have met someone who touched and inspired me so. I hope she's doing well. When the album came out my ex-wife phoned me from Tokyo, where she was now living, to tell me she thought it was a very beautiful album and was very proud of me. She is a very special person. I eventually left the BBC, which was stupid on one level as it gave me financial security, but there was too many ghosts there for me.

The BMX Bandits started in the eighties. Overall do you think the music scene has changed for better or worse?

I still think there is lots of wonderful and inspiring new music being made but I think it's maybe harder to find. It is difficult to sell many records now for artists who are doing something that doesn't fit into a very narrow mainstream thing and so it becomes difficult to afford doing tours for smaller bands and finding money to record. The plus side is it is easier to make music at home but this doesn't suit everybody's thing. I think the rock festival culture is quite damaging for music. In the early 80s you'd get a new band, like The Smiths would come along and they'd be making lots of singles and maybe 2 albums in a year and it kept you excited, kept the momentum going but now a new band come along and they get caught up in this whole festival circuit and 3 years later they are doing the same set at the same festivals and the whole process of them growing creatively slows way down. Also you could start liking a band in your last year at high school and then they don't release their next album until you are in your last year at Uni and then the next one when you are all grown up with a sensible job and a mortgage. It doesn't make it as exciting or as vital feeling for the fans or for the musicians I reckon.

You've always been associated with the 'Glasgow scene.' Who, if anyone, do you consider to be BMX Bandits' contemporaries?

In Glasgow it would be Teenage Fanclub, The Pastels (although they started a little earlier), Eugene Kelly, The Pearlfishers ...there has been some cross over of members with all these acts. I feel a link to newer people like Belle & Sebastian and Emma Pollock as they used to come to our shows and we'd see them at the clubs we went to and in record shops. And now there is a younger generation of new groups that I still feel a connection with coming out of Glasgow.

How many people have been in the BMX Bandits over the years?

Rachel and I counted them all up and there have been 22 members in 22 years.

Do you think the word 'indie' means anything in 2007?

It's become a marketing term for a product that is mostly not really alternative, challenging or adventurous in any way. I used to look at photos of all these boys in 90s boy bands and they'd all have the same haircuts and look like they went to the same clothes shops. You could get a copy of Smash Hits and cut out the heads, swap them round and it wouldn't make any difference. They were totally interchangable and now that's what it's like with the bands the NME and Radio 1 are selling to us as "indie" or "alternative".... interchangable pretty boys in skinny jeans with the same hairstyles making very conservative music for the masses. Just because your told something is alternative doesn't mean it is. But there are still people making some incredible and creative music on their own terms but you are unlikely to find them in the NME.

Vinyl, CDs or mp3? And why?

Any....it's the tracks that matter. I love the whole thing of looking at a beautiful 12 inch record sleeve and taking a shiney new piece of black vinyl out to play but what's really important is that the music sounds exciting and alive and from the heart. A lot of my most exciting musical experiences when I was a teenager was hearing things coming out of a crappy old transistor radio we had and so if some kid is getting excited and inspired hearing something on their phone or ipod that's great as long as it's exciting and at times confusing them.

What do you like best about Scotland?

It's where a lot of the people I love live.

And what do you like least about Scotland?

There's a lot of bigotry and sectarian hatred.

A few years back, in 1993, BMX Bandits covered Teenage Fanclub's song, 'Kylie's Got A Crush On Us.' Did you ever hear anything from her?

We got a message that she liked the track. Our record company thought we were going to get her to be in the video for the song but it didn't happen. I would have been happier if I'd heard she liked 'Serious Drugs' or something else that I wrote.

What would be your favourite albums of all time?

The Beach Boys Love You is possibly my number one. I love Pet Sounds, it was a musical revolution, but Love You has probably had a bigger influence on my music. I've met Brian Wilson a few times and was happy when he told me unprompted a couple of times that Love You is his favourite. Other big favourites for me are Gonna Take a Miracle by Laura Nyro & LaBelle, Computer World by Kraftwerk, Someday Man by Paul Williams, Histoire de Melody Nelson by Serge Gainsbourg and the soundtrack to A Fistful of Dynamite (Giu la Testa) by Ennio Morricone. There so many but those ones are pretty much always in my top ten. Recently Paul Williams' soundtrack to Bugsy Malone has been a big favourite.

What's your favourite work of art?

If it could be a song it would probably be a song called I Never Dreamed by The Cookies or maybe Past, Present and Future by The Shangri-las. If we're talking about a painting something by Matisse, maybe La Musique from 1939 or Harmony in Red/La Desserte from 1908. Matisse helped me find an aesthetic that runs through pretty much everything I like and everything I do.

Have you ever received any bizarre heckles during a gig?

When we started we used to get a lot of verbal abuse and things thrown at us. In those days a lot of people still hated or were suspicious of anything seen as being alternative. Most of those heckles were just stupid but I remember one time playing in Norway and this guy shouted out "oh Jesus help me, I'm a freak and I'm loving it baby". I don't know if that was really a heckle but it was very loud and left me speechless.

Finally, would you ever do a stunt like the KLF and burn all your profits from the band?

If we ever made a profit then maybe we could consider it but I get the feeling it would be a very small bonfire.

Hell, that's a damning reflection on the public. It's never too late to get into BMX Bandits though...

Their seminal early single:

BMX Bandits -'E102.' mp3

And from their MySpace page:

BMX Bandits -'The Audition LIVE.' mp3

BMX Bandits -'Love N Mercy.' mp3

The album Bee Stings is out now, as is the download single 'Take Me To Heaven'

BMX Bandits' MySpace

An unofficial but lovingly compiled BMX Bandits site

BMX Bandits on Wikipedia

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

300th post



..and a mere sixteen months after my first post, I finally do my three hundreth! What can I say, it's been great fun, and continues to be so.

First of all, I thought I'd start off this post with the title track of the album that gave this blog its' name. The pic at the top is The Cure circa this album. I didn't do many 17 Seconds club nights but I'm pleased that the blog is still going.

The Cure -'Seventeen Seconds.' mp3

I've written about a lot of up and coming scottish bands, like the X-Vectors for example...

X-Vectors -'Now Is The Winter Of Our Discotheque.' mp3

and watched a few of my favourite bands split up...

Arab Strap -'Here We Go.' mp3

The Cooper Temple Clause -'Let's Kill Music.' mp3

I still have to decide on my personal festive fifty, but I guarantee these tracks will be there...

Battles -'Atlas.' mp3

Hot Chip -'My Piano.' mp3

Justice -'D.A.N.C.E.' mp3

Penny Century -'Nothing Burns Like Bridges.' mp3

Emma Pollock -'Adrenaline.' mp3

As time went by, I got the vague hand of how to post tracks (which I was clueless about when I first started writing a blog!), and started doing interviews too. Getting listed at the Hype Machine was great (thanks Mr. Toad) and getting feedback still makes my day.

Personally, this blog has hinted at some of the ups and downs in life outside of this blog, but much love is due to Mrs. 17 Seconds (I wasn't even planning it when I started writing this!) and our two cats, our families and friends for keeping me sane.

Here's to the next X posts...

Edx

Monday, November 19, 2007

I'm one tired individual right now...



OK, very tired, still off work and about to head to bed.

BUT!

Figured I'd post a few tracks, the sole theme here being -'songs everyone should hear.' The only link with the photo is that the Leaning Tower Of Pisa is somewhere i finally went last month, and I think everyone should go there.

So, first up...a small hit but one of the Pet Shop Boys' best ever songs:

Pet Shop Boys -'Being Boring.' mp3

From their late eighties phase rather than their late seventies phase, but still sublime...

Wire -'Kidney Bingos.' mp3

From the best selling Jazz album ever, if I can't persuade some of you that Jazz can be great, I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree...

Miles Davis -'So What.' mp3

It starts off with feedback, it has a mental sax bit, it came outta the late seventies...Pere Ubu and a love song (of sorts)

Pere Ubu -'Non-alighnment Pact.' mp3

If this doesn't bring a smile to your face, nothing will. (Though I wonder if They Might Be Giants are responsible for the very annoying band that are Barenaked Ladies.)

They Might Be Giants -'Birdhouse In Your Soul.' mp3

As ever, if you like the songs, support the artists involved.

And BTW, this is my 299th post. Will try and do something special for my 300th.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Cut Off Your Hands



Hi there,

I haven't been rendered incapable of writing due to alcoholic excess on my birthday (I've been dry for nine months now) but being off and a university friend's wedding. Now back at home, and in front of the computer screen...

These days, the Black Kids seem already to have wound up people, within a few weeks of having played their first gig outside of their regular area. One of the bands getting upset about the Hype is New Zealand's Cut Off Your Hands, who seem to be generating a fair amount of excitement themselves.

Well, I can't say if deciding whose side you're on is going to be 2008's answer to the Blur v. Oasis battle of 1995, but I think they're worth all the coverage too.

See what you think, if you haven't heard them already. Cut Off Your Hands' mySpace page is here

Cut Off Your hands -'You And I.' mp3

Cut Off Your Hands -'Still Fond.' mp3

BTW, anyone think the shot at the top is reminiscent of the Stone Roses circa '89?

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Re-post: Camera Obscura



I'd had a request to repost Camera Obscura's cover of Abba's Super Trouper, so...seeing as it's my birthday and I'm trying not to focus on the fact that i'm now a thirty something...oh, why not *sigh*

Camera Obscura -'Super Trouper (Abba cover).' mp3

And as a treat, why not their cover of Sheena Easton's Modern Girl...

Camera Obscura -'Modern Girl (Sheena Easton cover).' mp3

...and finally, the title track of last year's 17 Seconds' album of the year:

Camera Obscura -'Let's Get Out Of This Country.' mp3

Camera Obscura rule. Please support them by going to your local independent record shop and buying their music, going to see them in concert (seen them three times, they're very good) etc..

Their official website is here and their MySpace is here where you can stream more tracks. What are you waiting for?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

No Wave



James Chance

No Wave was a short-lived but influential music and art movement in downtown New York in the late 1970s and 1980s. The name was a reaction to the sanitised Punk Rock trading uner the name 'New wave' for those people who wanted a sanitised version of punk (arguably, like nicotine-free cigarettes or alcohol-free lager -and that's coming from a teetoal, non-smoker!)

I'm not an authority on this period in time, hell, I was only born in 1976 and I didn't get to visit New York until this decade, but the thing that intrigues me is just how people pushed art to its' limit. Some were reacting against punk's 'three chord good, four chords jazz' constraints, realising that if you wanted to really push the boat out, then jazz actually could do that far more more than just three chords. In Simon Reynolds' utterly essential book Rip It Up And Start Again, he quotes Lydia Lunch as saying 'I hated almost the entirety of punk rock, I don't think No Wave had anything to do with it.' Adele Bertei, keyboard in the Contortions said that James Chance was 'like a Jackson Pollock painting' he was so explosive. Perhaps the most famous group to emerge out of the scene was Sonic Youth, but many of the main players went on to seriously push the buttons not only in 'Rock' music but in 'Jazz' and 'Classical' too. I use the quote marks because the No Wave bands and artists managed to push the buttons so far that labels or genres started to buckle.

Anyway, here's a small sampler of some of the wealth of music out of that scene.

Glenn Branca played in Theoretical Girls and The Static before becoming a composer, working with Sonic Youth amongst many others.

These two tracks are from the Glenn Branca '77-79 compilation, which ties up his work with Static and the Theoretical Girls:

Glenn Branca -'Glazened Idols.' mp3

Glenn Branca -'You.' mp3

These two tracks are from his early solo releases. This is from Lesson No. 1, released in 1980

Glenn Branca -'Lesson No.1 (Edit).' mp3

...and this is from The Ascension, released in 1981

Glenn Branca -'Lesson No. 2' mp3

James Chance was originally in Teenage Jesus and the Jerks with Lydia Lunch, before forming The Contortions, and then James white and the Blacks. He semi-retired but has toured recently and even played saxophone on Blondie's No Exit album in
1999, and played in Aberdeen. He embraced disco - heresy on the punk scene, and The Rapture, both pre-and post 'House Of Jealous Lovers' owe him a helluva lot.

James Chance -'Contort yourself.' mp3

James Chance -'The Twitch.' mp3

Rhys Chatham was another contemporary of the scene, who played with both Thurston Moore and Glenn Branca (whether it was Branca or Chatham who first had the idea of composing for 100 guitars -or more- is discussed in certain circles). Chatham started out as a piano tuner for the likes of La Monte Young (who was a huge influence on John Cale)

Rhys Chatham -'Drastic Classicism.' mp3

Finally, just to prove that Jazz can push boundaries, here's a 1982 track by Sun Ra and his Outer Space Arkestra -'Nuclear War' which was later covered by Yo La Tengo (available on the Prisoners Of Love compilation).

Sun Ra And His Outer Space Arkestra -'Nuclear War.' mp3

Like I say, there are people who know far more about this than me, so I suggest you consider Simon Reynolds' book, the No New York compilation, the New york Noise compilations on the fantastic Soul Jazz record label, and the Rough Trade Post Punk 01 compilation, as well as investigating the names above.

Interview: Aberfeldy



It’s good to know that sometimes even rock musicians are troubled by the minutiae of everyday life that bother the rest of us. When I arrive at Riley Briggs’ home in Edinburgh, the singer is in the middle of dealing with someone in a call centre. He apologises for keeping me waiting when he finishes, but it’s given me time to look at the very nice place he lives in, and to consider once again what I want to talk about. He emerges and makes me a very nice cup of coffee and we sit down to talk in the kitchen.

Aberfeldy emerged in 2004 on the Rough Trade label. Then, as now, they sounded beautiful, complete and very different to the majority of what was going on in the music scene -and all the better for it. Named after the Scottish town where Riley spent much of his holidays, the band’ second single ‘Heliopolis By Night’ gained single in the week in the NME, and debut album Young Forever got great reviews too. Their manager is Bruce Findlay, who managed Simple Minds, arguably the biggest Scottish band of the eighties. The band gigged in earnest and over subsequent years supported Edwyn Collins, James Blunt, Paolo Nutini and played at Edinburgh’s annual Hogmanay (December 31) supporting Blondie and the Scissor Sisters. In 2006, their second album Do Whatever Turns You On was released, again on Rough Trade. (In the inaugural 17 Seconds Festive Fifty end-of-year poll (!), Aberfeldy had two tracks.) Despite some positive reviews, the band parted company with Rough Trade at the end of last year and are still looking for a deal.

They are not the only great band to get dropped over the years. Riley cites Clor, who were tipped to be massive in 2005, as being the best live band he ever saw (‘apart from Devo’ -a big influence on him) but who were dropped after one album. The challenge to any band is to keep going, even if the record company is not being supportive, and this seems to be battle that so many bands face,.

There have been personnel changes over the three years too. Bassist Ken McIntosh is the only remaining other member of the band. Ian Stoddart, who was the drummer on Young Forever left after the first album, and was replaced by Riley’s brother Murray. Then this year in May keyboardist Ruth Barrie and violinist Sarah MacFadyen also left. Their MySpace page , in the section for band members says ‘Not telling. You might stalk us.’ So who is in the band now? ‘Ruth and Sarah left at the end of the last tour, and we had a bunch of gigs over the summer, and we were gonna cancel, but we thought “It’s not good to let down the kids and the promoters as well, so we got in Chris, who’s a very talented singer-songwriter. He came and filled in, and that was nice because it felt very natural. We also got Chris’ mate, Vicky Gray, who’s a fiddler and she’s fitting in really well. We hummed and hawed about whether to still keep calling it Aberfeldy but well…anyway, I don’t have to tell you who’s in my band if I don’t want to!’ he says, with a friendly chuckle. No, no, absolutely not! ‘It seems to have settled.’ Chris is on board and is a paid-up member.

As well as producing two great albums, Aberfeldy produced some excellent singles, which should hopefully continue. ‘Heliopolis By Night’ not only made the indie charts but also reached no.64 in the national charts. They made two excellent videos, though the video for ‘Love Is an Arrow,’ which reached no. 60 in the national charts, is a sore point. It should have been a lot higher. The animated video, with its‘ cute Inuits should have helped, and it was played on Lorraine Kelly’s Kelly Plays Pop slot on GMTV. ‘It’s quite annoying when the record company rings you up to ask if you’ve got any more copies of the single!’ Riley says, shaking his head with disbelief. The b-side ‘Tom Weir’ about the Scottish TV man became a bit of a millstone too, when people started turning up to the gigs dressed like him.

Do Whatever Turns You On, their second album, had a video for ‘Hypnotised’ filmed at Riley’s dad’s house in Kansas (apparently Riley‘s Dad is one of the wrestlers in the video). I tell Riley I ended up seeing the video in strange places -on a screen in the back of a taxi in Edinburgh, and another time in TopShop. It was, however, the only single released off the album, which should have produced other singles, if they’d been given the chance. Riley says he’s disappointed that ‘Uptight’ wasn’t a single, but concedes that it would probably have needed to have been edited.

They also ended up soundtracking a diet coke ad in America and Canada with their song ‘Summer‘s Gone. Bands are often slated for selling out when they let their music be used for advertising, but ‘In this day and age, it’s so difficult to get a record deal and keep your head above water, getting played on adverts is the best way to get your music heard.’ He says that they got a few comments on their MySpace ‘ “Oh No! How could you do this?! First Jack White and now Aberfeldy!” We’re going to have to sell out here, it’s quite heavy!’ he chuckles wryly. He was contacted by a Scottish newspaper who clearly angling for a ‘Aberfeldy singer bites the hand that feeds story’ and felt he should have been sound tracking an Irn-Bru ad. ‘Bloody journalists, totally trying to get you to say the wrong thing, which of course I did,’ he says wearily.

Does he feel that they’ve had positive coverage from the press in Scotland? ‘Yeah, it’s been pretty good.’ We discuss the NME’s coverage of the band, which started off positive and then seemed to tail off. ‘I remember the guy from the record company ringing up and saying “You’ve got single of the week in NME” and it was quite amazing, and then we read the review, and it was like they were doing it to make some arsey statement about all the other records released that week. I do remember reading a review of another band and they said they were like a ‘death metal Aberfeldy’ but that was probably the last time we were mentioned.“ There was also a spate of lazy journalism in Scotland, comparing them to Belle and Sebastian. ‘The less said about that the better!’ says Riley, darkly.

The band are playing live and are a fantastic experience. I’ve seen them live no less than eight times over the last three years, both as a support and headliners. Earlier this year I saw them gig at the Leith festival, supported by Amplifico, and they also supported Runrig at a big gig in the Highlands, and experience Riley darkly compares to being Scotland’s Altamont. A few days previously he and the band supported the Hazey Janes in Glasgow and they are also playing four dates in Scotland in December.

I ask him if they are actively looking for a new record deal, or whether they are tempted to take the Radiohead route and release the album themselves via the internet. ‘We’ve had mixed experiences with the industry,’ he says. It’s clear that, understandably, he feels rather frustrated about what happened before, and that other people’s money problems got in the way. The Diet Coke advert money came in rather handy, coming in not long after the record company let them go (remember that, the next time you criticise a band for selling out). ‘Just because a record company’s got a great reputation and they’ve put out some great record doesn’t mean that they will do you any favours,’ he says. A lesson many bands may yet have to learn. What about the future? ‘ We were thinking about [putting out the record themselves] and that’s a great thing for a band like Radiohead to do, because they’re a huge name obviously, but they’re probably never going to sell as many records as this did with [OK Computer].’ Perhaps what they might do is to do their own gigs, as opposed to playing in more conventional venues. Riley enthuses about the idea of doing ‘sort of speakeasy gigs, where you hire some sort of barn somewhere, let everyone in for free, let everyone drink, smoke, take drugs, have sex with midgets…the whole thing would just be more rock ’n’ roll. The whole thing’s just become so sanitised. Maybe that’s the way forward, forget trying to make money, play for free, give [music] away for free… I think what we might do is to start doing our own label, because these days, it’s kind of easy for people to get stuff on iTunes, and maybe press up some copies for people who want a physical copy.’

Plans for the band beyond Christmas are a little hazy at the moment. They have applied for SXSW, which they’ve played a couple of times before. All being well, 2008 will see them release their third album, which Riley has written many songs for already. It will be interesting to see how it turns out. ’Young Forever was recorded over the space of a year, in Uncle Jim’s studio, we didn’t even have a name for the band at that point.’ It was one of the charms of the record that it was indeed recorded using only one mike, much in the spirit of the first two Cowboy Junkies’ albums Whites Off Earth Now! and The Trinity Sessions. The second album felt slicker, and some people missed the charm, though had they delivered Young Forever 2 they would probably have been slated for that.

Young Forever was produced by Jim Sutherland, which Riley describes as being ‘like working with your exciting, dangerous uncle’ while Do Whatever Turns You On was produced by Calum Malcolm, who is ‘a Dad producer.’ Riley sees a producer as being a sixth pair of ears and says he would work with either of them again. A lot of the songs are five or six minutes long, ‘which means we need less for an album.’ Maybe it will have a rougher edge -’I quite like it [on demos] when you hear Ken asking if he can go to the toilet!’

Riley played me five of the new Aberfeldy songs which he has demoed with the band:

‘Claire.’ This song, which sounds to these ears like it has ’single’ written all over it, is not dissimilar to Elvis Costello lyrically. Think ‘I Want You’ or ’Pills And Soap.’ Inspired by a neighbour who complained about the noise of the band rehearsing, it’s quite dark underneath its’ sweet-sounding exterior. As Costello himself once sang ’The sugar-coated pill is getting bitterer still.’

‘Wendy When I’m Wasted.’ Riley tells me they were wasted when they recorded this. It’s about not being in control of your sexual urges. It has a great vocal effect, think Cher’s ‘Believe’ or the vocoder stylings of some Daft Punk’s work. The Wendy in question is a gag about the American burger chain. Riley says this is another potential single. He’s right.

‘Malcolm.’ This is the longest thing Riley has ever written, or co-written. His co-writer was a girl called Dorey, daughter of Van Der Graaf Generator’s saxophone player, who Riley met when he went on a song writing weekend in Italy, hosted by Chris Difford (of Squeeze fame). The song references Graham Nash, and much fun can be had spotting the different song title that ends each chorus.

‘I’ll Be In Denial’ - a personal song about his last break-up. I liked the song, but didn’t want to question him too much about this. It’s all on there…

‘Very Rock ’n’ Roll’ - Riley sees this as being their ‘Band On The Run,’ the 1974 Paul McCartney and Wings single that saw them change tempos and set out their stall as a band in their own right. This is an apt comparison.

He also played me a new instrumental track -with a guide vocal that is a nice, slow track, that’s reminiscent of ‘Young Folks’ by Peter Bjorn and John, if that track didn’t have whistling.

I can’t wait!

Aberfeldy are playing The Tunnels, Aberdeen on December 6, The Classic Grand, Glasgow on December 14, and The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh on December 19 and 20.

Aberfeldy’s Myspace is here

From Young Forever

Aberfeldy -'Heliopolis By Night.' mp3

Aberfeldy -'Love Is An Arrow.' mp3

From Do Whatever Turns You On

Aberfeldy -'Hypnotised.' mp3

Aberfeldy -'Uptight.' mp3

Aberfeldy -'Whatever Turns You On.' mp3

If you like what you hear, support Aberfeldy by buying the records and going to their gigs. They really deserve it.