Music News 02/10/2012

Hey kids, here’s what’s been happening around and about and that.

A couple of interviews over at Inverness Gigs. First off, there’s a wee chat with Toecutter who have a line up change in the form of new front-man Dean Kernaghan, who I keep thinking is related to someone I know when he actually isn’t. There’s also this one with Skeleton Verse about their new album and stuff.

Abagail Grey is hard at work on a new EP, Snowflake Remember, but because she’s nice she’s released a track for all to hear early. It’s called Starling and it’s a haunting little number. Consider my appetite whet.

The Justice Never Sleeps blog has a post with a remix by Inverness….mixers? DJ? Have no idea how many are involved… Fighting Lightning. It’s a remix of Kimbra ft Mark Foster & A-Trak – Warrior. NO clue what the original sounds like. Again. I apparently know nothing about music, probably because I’m too busy listening to other music. I haven’t even seen Gungnam Style yet! I’ll be doing that once I’m done this. ANYWAY, I rather enjoyed this. I like the bass through line on it. Funky stuff, well done you/youse!

Defcon One chucked a wee post out for anyone who was a bit worried that something terrible had happened. They’re on a bit of a break at the moment, outlook doubtful, so that the remaining 3 members (bassist Duncan “Sexypants” Robertson, the middle bit is what I call him, left after Belladrum) can do some life things like work and study. Will they be back? Who knows. Hope so and I’m glad I caught them live a couple of times.

Not sure if I’ve linked all of the full on video intros to the songs on Rachel Sermanni‘s Under Mountains, but there’s an alternative. Here’s a video on Dutch site White Room with the lady herself telling you what each song is about. I like that sort of thing as I’ve mentioned before. Quite proud of the fact that she struggles a bit to describe The Fog. The universe clearly knew that I needed a favourite song of your’s so made it materialise, Rachel. There’s also a wee video of her performing To a Fox solo girl with guitar style. Thanks for filming this Mike Watts. Not a capella though, she’s playing the guitar.

There’s still a space or two on the Highland Metal Monster Mash bill. That’s the Friday before Halloween over at the Karma Lounge. If you fit the bill give Desecrator or the Karma Lounge a shout. And hurry up so I can write a preview piece!

Roadway start work on their next album on the 15th. That’s it, not a huge newsy paragraph. BUT, NEW ROADWAY ALBUM COMING! That is all.

And last but that just means it was most recent, Naked Strangers have stuck up a cover of Memories by Leonard Cohen. Enjoyable, retro, damned good stuff.

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Music News 04/09/2012

Hey kids, here’s what’s been happening over the last day with local acts (and one thing I forgot to hunt out yesterday).

First up, I seem to be stumbling across even more new acts in the area lately. I think there might be 3 in the room with me right now at the rate things are going. Anyway, they’re called The Elephant Sessions, they have Greg Barry in them, and they’re by the sounds of it a….I may be making this genre up….rock ceilidh band. I heard the term ceilidh fusion earlier but that can fuck right off and I’m not sure it applies. The video is teeny, sounds not the best, but they’re a good example of the genre. That I may have invented. Here they are at Sonafest 2012

Not entirely music news BUT I like the place even if I’ve only been the once so I’m throwing it out there. If you are looking for a bit of now and again bar work Karma Lounge need staff for some busy nights they’ve got coming up. Previous experience in a busy bar is essential, as is being good craic. Fast and good craic or gtf. Email if you are interested.

There’s an interview with Rachel Sermanni over at Female First which is apparently a lady mag. Think there are some transcription errors in there… It’s about the background and production of her album. For those interested that early recording she refers to is called The Bothy Sessions and is available on the iTunes. And it’s very good. So will the album be probably. It’s out on the 15th of October and you can get it here . And other places, but you get a bit of exclusive artwork there.

Spin Magazine have announced their 5 best New Artists for September and local, before they moved, boys PAWS are in there! Well done. Django Django though? Excellent but….not new by any means.

Enough reading (of other peoples words, read more of mine). Here’s the excellent Hamish Roberts (no link as I don’t think he has a musician page) playing The Fools Lament. He’s a crazy good guitarist he is.

Netsounds Unsigned have their latest episode out. Unsurprisingly it’s Jocktoberfest themed, so you can whet your appetite for the coming weekends shenanigans. Listen here

Btw, if you didn’t catch the post on the Fried Gold Facebook page KOBI have sadly had to pull out of the STV gig on Thursday due to illness (get better…whoever is ill), but have been replaced by Toby Michael’s Rolling Damned. So still half a KOBI and all a good act. Good night really.

And lastly, here’s a couple of wee clips of Iain McLaughlin and the Outsiders from their Quo support gig. First up a cover of Suspicious Minds and then a not cover of The Light. The videos were taken by Duncan at Front Room Unplugged.

And we’re done for a few days. Things will be quiet around her for the next couple I’d expect for reasons I mentioned yesterday. See you on the other side if I survive. Sooooo sleeeepyyyy.