A Slice of Fried Gold playlist for 23/10/2012

Hey kids, here’s all of the tunes that you heard on the show this evening.

KNICKERS – MY BABY’S JUST A BABY FROM THE EP OF THE SAME NAME
TEAM KAPOWSKI – BIENVENUE BIZNATCHES
DANY SLAK – FLAGS FROM RODS
FATHERSON – FIRST BORN
BARRY MACKAY – CALL MY NAME
ABAGAIL GREY – DARK WOOD FROM DARK WOOD EP
NAKED RED – TRIP ME UP
LITTLEMORES – FEMME FAGIN FROM IDLE IDOLS EP
MARK WYNN – NOT REALLY
THE CARRIVICK SISTERS – TODAY IS A GOOD DAY FROM FROM THE FIELDS
FIFI AND RODAIDH – LOVE IS AN AWKWARD THING
JEMMA TWEEDIE – DRUNKEN COASTAL TOWN
ESTRELLA – COME OUT TO PLAY FROM ALBUM OF SAME NAME
DEFCON ONE – LIFE ON TV FROM LIFE ON TV EP
FRENCH WIVES – YOUNGER FROM DREAM OF THE INBETWEEN
ORKESTRA DEL SOL – IMPORTANT MOMENTS FROM THE MOVEABLE FEAST
CAPITALS – ALL THESE YEARS
THE LITTLE MILL OF HAPPINESS – DRYING OUT WISHBONES FROM CAPSIZED SAILORS EP
KITTY THE LION – PIN THE TAIL ON THE DONKEY FROM SLIPPED DISC EP
HAYLEY HUTCHINSON – I HELD YOU IN MY DREAMS FROM HAWKS TO THE WIND
SARA BILLS AND THE HASBEENS – THE MORNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE FROM SPILL THE BEANS EP

Thanks for listening! Next show is on 29/10/2012 from 7pm until 9pm!

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Music News 27/09/2012

Hey ki…..know what, screw that. This could be huge so right to it. Wee scroll bar on my Facebook list is teeny…

Siiga has an ongoing thing where people take pictures of a Siiga sticker all over the joint, and they have been to some pretty remarkable places. SO he’s set up a tumblr page where they can appear. Want to join in? I have no idea how, contact Siiga for some stickers I’d guess.

Toby Michael’s Rolling Damned have started to get their merch on. If you go here you can pre-order a t-shirt with a zombie dude on a motorbike. There’s only 99 so hurry up! “99? But it says 100…” Yeah, but I want one so it’s 99. Don’t hurry too much either as I haven’t got any money until Friday. You can hurry on Saturday. There’s also a comic in the works! Think they’re the closest the Highlands has to Tenacious D. Only a matter of time before you can get a Jonny Gash figure.

Here’s a video from a young local musician I haven’t really heard much of yet. Her name is Bethany Wappler, she plays piano/guitar and sings, and this is an original piece called Unresolved Love. No singing, it’s an instrumental piano piece. And it’s bloody good!

Thousand Stars EP is almost finished. Better be, you have 3 and a half weeks before my radio show starts and I need stuff to play on it. It features the kind of stuff you’d expect if you’ve heard them before plus “shows we can flip the “Thousand Stars” sound and turn it on its head”. Intriguing…country and western yoddling number played on the flute then.

Barry Mackay and Ryan Golder may well have played their last gig as a duo. Bit shocking that. Oh wait, don’t panic! They’re getting a band together! So it’ll be the same kind of sound I’d think, but richer for having other things thrown in. I believe I’ve seen them play with some supporting instruments and it really works so it could be pretty damned good. That said if you get the chance to catch them “solo” ahead of the new line up then go for it.

Those mini videos for Rachel Sermanni‘s album tracks have continued to come out in my absence. I’m working my way through time here so this paragraph may have them all by the time I’m done. Little Prayer has some antics in a train station. Here is the clip for opening track Breathe Easy, it’s all stormy waves and vanishing letters. This clip is for my favourite track, The Fog (favourite video is still the Ever Since The Chocolate one though). Here is the video for Black Current, and it’s a trippy one. And if THOSE clips weren’t enough here’s a wee bit of Marshmallow Unicorn shot at The Bike Shop, wherever that is. And she also played Ever Since The Chocolate in the dark and scary darkness for RTTV sessions. Fits quite well really.

There’s an interview with Thurso rawk gawds Estrella over at Inverness Gigs. If you wanted to see them live then….you missed it. There’s a gig list up ^there you know, called The List, it’s semi decent.

Monster FM will shortly draw to a close. But some of it will live on for eternity, or at least a few years, thanks to the magic of the internets. Here’s the DJ set by local duo Them and Us. You know, there’s another Radio station that has a longer season (forever possibly, 2 years looks likely anyway) that could well be happy to have some DJs of your kind on board guys. They’ve also done a remix of Next of Kin by the excellent Miniature Dinosaurs because that’s what they do. Prefer the original myself but this has some damned fine moments.

In other electronic music news, Count Clockwork have stuck up a preview of Ozlide. I’m assuming that’s a track. They call them tracks in dance land right? I’m down with the kids I am.

Back to instruments being played loudly while someone screams. You know what that means right? Yup, Cleavers. This is the WHOLE DAMNED SET (maybe. 12 mins anyway) from Crowbar in Groningen, and it’s loud and good so it is.

Two bits and bobs from Netsounds Unsigned. First off it’s another introducing piece, this time about Aberdeen singer/songwriter Cara Mitchell. I’ll second the fact that you have to go to here show as Esperi is an amazing thing to see live. I’ll be there at Hoots unless something goes very wrong. And secondly they have a new podcast episode out. My friend, the lovely Anna Sweeney is in this one, as are locals Sienna Lights.

There’s a new track up from Naked Strangers, called Idiot Beat. Bit weird, almost disconcerting, but rather good along with it so that’s okay then. Wouldn’t listen in the dark.

What have James Mackenzie and Batman got in common? They’ve both been filmed at Inverness Airport! And that’s it. As far as I know…. Anyway, here is the video for Something I’m Not Telling You. Very good stuff.

Another new video, along with a warning. Don’t emulate rock groups. Not only do He Slept on 57 smash things, burn things and pollute the ocean in the video for Katy, Bar The Door but they also PLAY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD!!! Didn’t the Green Cross Code Man teach you boys anything?! Makes for a cracking video though.

And finally, two bits of Belladrum news. First off, the official highlight video is out. Looks like it was great craic, unfortunately I wasn’t there this year (or ever, never been to Bella, shock horror). And second, tickets for next year’s festival are now on sale. Check the official site for the various options and hopefully I’ll see you there.

WHEW, all caught up again. Bit calmer for the next week or two so should be able to keep up. Give us a like on Facebook and thanks very much for reading 🙂

STV Appeal gig preview

Now I’m not going to preview every gig going, though I do have 5 articles (including this) that are preview pieces in the works. I am listing as many as I can in The List above, but that’s about it for future stuff (not counting festivals) bar the odd piece. I’m not mystic meg. That said, this is well preview worthy and I want as many people as possible to go to it.

No matter what you might think of STV’s programming, or the single that goes along with this whole thing, it’s for some worthy charities and the money stays within our wee country. I’ll just nick some of their own words for the charity bit:

Working closely with six major Scottish charities (Aberlour, Action for Children, Barnardo’s Scotland, Children 1st, Save the Children Scotland and One Parent Families Scotland) the STV Appeal supports initiatives that seek to change the lives of Scotland’s most vulnerable young people in a sustainable, long term way.

All operational costs of the STV Appeal are met by The Hunter Foundation and STV meaning that every penny donated by the public will go directly to support those children most in need.

STV Appeal is the only charity where every penny raised is doubled by the Scottish Government and spent in Scotland.

Those three points are all I really care about from the larger page. Who it’s for, that all the money goes there, and that it gets doubled by Big Eck and the Funky Bunch. Alllriiiight. But we are selfish beings by nature, us humans. I wouldn’t fork over money (even if it is only £6) for a BAD gig regardless of the cause. But if you’ve been paying attention to the music section of this page you’ll realise something very important. This is the Highlands, we have shit loads of extremely good bands and artists, why would they put on a bad gig? They wouldn’t, and haven’t. Here is the line up to please your ears while you put your money to a good cause. In no particular and probably more or less backwards to running order order:

The Whisky River Band – Folk rock at it’s finest and never a bad time had by anyone, the Whiskys will make you jump around. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, all that good stuff. It’s actually getting a bit hard to write blurby bits for them. And probably pointless, you MUST have seen the Whiskys by now. No? Get your arse to this then!

Alas KOBI have had to pull out due to illness. Well half of them anyway. The other half will still be there though as replacement band Toby Michael’s Rolling Damned share a few members. Still epicly rocking, but in a different way. Big guitar licks, crazy antics, good lucky getting back on the stage if you leave it Toby! You call this a party? Well it sure is now. A little bit of these guys does you good. Other song title.

City in Surveillance – some indie rock scamps that got together in college roughly a half mile or so away from where I work. They’ve been knocking about for around a year now and have been gigging away for all that time. No idea if they passed the course, but they should have as they are a very fine wee rock band who bring a lot of energy to their songs. Ah to be young again…

3 acts in, down to 2 quid an act, we’re not done yet!

Ailsa Jean Lyall Mathews – This might only be her 3rd ever gig, I may have missed one though. It also puts me in the awkward position of seeing someone 3 times in one month, twice in one week (the record is 3 in a week currently held by Megan Blyth). Thankfully she’s bloody good. Music wise relatively simple stuff, which works for the style, vocally powerful as all hell. Put yourself in the enviable position of being able to tell people you saw her way back when she was just starting in a couple of years.

And finally, Barry Mackay and Ryan Golder. They’re no bad like.

What, you want more than that? I kid. Not sure if they’ll have a few others playing with them, either way it’ll be an excellent gig. The boys both play one mean guitar (well, one each obviously) and sing one mean…voice. Long term fans, that includes me, will also be waiting to see if the medley has expanded any. Heartful songs, songs to make you tap your feet, you’ll laugh, you’ll etc.

6 QUID?! That’s so rediculous that I tried to do a capital 6 there! Click this link and go and buy a ticket. Or maybe just get one at the door. Wouldn’t order after Monday just to be safe. I think you can probably call the Ironworks and reserve one though. OH there’s e tickets now too. I never do that cause I don’t have a printer. Why are you still reading, you should be buying a bloody ticket. GO! CHARIDY!

Music News 29/08/2012

Hey kids, here’s what’s been happening for the last day or so.

Phew, busy boy tonight. All down to Loopallu announcing a whole bunch of acts. I won’t repeat them here but it’s the article before this. Won’t bother linking it either (if you are reading this in THE FUTUR click the Loopallu tag at the bottom). And why no link to the Loopallu site so you can get tickets? There aren’t any. At least I don’t THINK there are any besides child tickets. Now I assume that what will probably happen is they’ll close off the kid ones and make some amount of adult ones available, as kids shouldn’t really go on their own and if you were bringing your’s you’ve bought them tickets already. That’s just speculation though, along with it being sold out. Typing with my arse. I’ll move on…

To non arse. The new Netsounds Unsigned podcast is out. They have a natter with Toby Michaels Rolling Damned over a spot of tea, and a bunch of great session tracks. I’ll freely admit I’m taking that from the notes as if I listened to the whole thing right now the date on this post would be wrong and I’d never get it done. Plan to though!

Two extra people have been added to the STV Appeal Gig (click that for tickets) on the 6th of September. The lovely Ailsa Jean Lyall Mathews and the also lovely Barry Mackay (and also also loverly Ryan Golder too I expect) join those already listed, well done guys! Note to self, update listings (you’ll see those on Friday).

Jocktoberfest (that still has tickets I believe, GO GET ONE) have an Acoustic Bar Stage in addition to the….whatever the main one is called. On that you’ll be able to hear Megan Blyth, Ashley and Ben (I believe that’s half of these guys but shout at me if I’m wrong), Sara and Colin Hasbeen (half of these guys? again, shout at me. That’ll be nice if it is as I’m friends with Colin but I’ve never seen him perform.), Adrian Telfer / All Hat No Cat and Steve Eaglesham. Which is very nice and means you won’t be bored if you have to wait for a drink. Yes I know I did a Jocktoberfest piece yesterday but I didn’t know about this (need to get off my butt and email people so they send me stuff, stupid lazy (actually the opposite, too damned busy) Macgyver).

By the way, and this will apply to the listings too, I ONLY link if you have a music page. I’ll never link someone’s personal Facebook account unless requested so if you are a solo person and you’ve no got a page, that’s why there’s no link. If you want me to add one to ANYWHERE then drop me a line at friedgoldmusic@gmail.com

This is a bit of a “everything that Netsounds have been up to” post today. The guys filmed some people on the roof of Hoots back when goNorth was going on. Here’s Selective Service with Accident Prone. Fitting after a break down, probably not the best song to sing on a roof though. Just asking for trouble. In the much more protective confines of the Rockhopper caravan thingy here’s Matt Norris and the Moon with Shadow From The Sun. Brilliant stuff as always.

That’s your lot. I think this will be up just past midnight anyway so THE DATE IS A LIE. No news for sure tomorrow as I will be at the last of the Summer Showcases in the Ironworks. The Facebook page hit 69 likes today, giggle giggle snort. If you haven’t already then give it a like, I’m aiming for the hundo. Thanks for reading 🙂

News 10/08/2012

Hey kids. Here’s what local bands have been saying for themselves/doing/releasing over the last day or so. Actually 2 days.

There’s a Charlotte Church coming up at Bogbain Farm. They have one support act, these guys, and are looking for another. If you think you fit the bill then send Yvonne a link to your soundcloud or similar batch of music at yvonne@northernrootsevents.com Good luck!

The new Netsounds unsigned podcast is out featuring 7 tracks from the Belladrum Rockhopper sessions. I won’t bother listing them as there’s a list on that there page.

Speaking of Bella, there’s a Breaking News North video with heaps of interviews and performances from that there festival. So I’m told as I haven’t actually watched it yet due to my computer playing silly buggers. I’m sure (and assured) that it’s really good though, Bobby knows what he’s doing. Hell he was able to make ME look half decent.

Speaking of Bella and video, there’s another one out from Josephine Sillars. This time it’s Middle Class Pretenders. I fully expect that there’s a couple more to come but go enjoy that one for now.

Not speaking of Bella now, you can pre-order a copy of Abagail Grey’s EP Dark Wood right here. There’s only 600 going, signed stuff and that, good times. I’ll be ordering mine shortly so there’s only 599 now.

Estrella have published a new blog entry about they’re recent and upcoming rock god adventures, and a video of “Do It Til’ We Drop”. Bang yer head, throw some metal signs. RAWK.

The line up, possibly not the whole thing but plenty, for Jocktoberfest has been announced and….I’m not saying what it is as I’m giving that it’s own post. Sometime in the next day roughly, possibly tonight.

If you don’t have a copy of the Red Kites “Beat In Time” EP what’s wrong with you?! Well fix it! 200 new copies have arrived and are available right here. It’s WELL worth a couple of quid, lovely stuff. You can’t get a t-shirt now though as those are sold out, I’m wearing mine nyah nyah (glad you can’t see the pasta sauce stain…). New designs being worked on now though.

If you missed the showcase last night here’s a wee bit of Barry and Ryan. There’s a link to a review at the bottom of this page too (until it gets bumped down anyway). I neglected to link the artists in it so they are: Ailsa Jean Lyall Mathews, Barry Mackay, Ryan Golder, Dorec-a-belle and The Galipaygos. Sorted.

And that’ll do ya. Loads of people off to B-fest in Wick this weekend, not including me this year unfortunately. Have fun if your going. Hell have fun if you aren’t, it’s the weekend!