Music News For The Highlands Part 2 13/01/2013

And the news continues (part 1 here). This isn’t in any particular order btw. I should get that printed on a t-shirt…

Nut Productions: The young fellas are back releasing videos again and hit the milestone of 200 YouTube subscribers as a result, well done guys! They’re latest offering is a rather subtle video for local singer songwriter Dylan Tierney. Here’s Dylan with Do You Ever Think? He’s new to me and damned good. Dunno if Barry and Ryan are reading but if you are I think he’d be a good shout for a Furry Vengeance / either of you solo support.

Brew At The Bog: My own preview piece for BatB is still being worked on and once it’s fully completed (may be a while, I’m checking out each band, sticking a description in and contacting bands for music for the radio. Time consuming!) I’ll spread the word. Until then if there’s any update to the line up I’ll let you know here. Like this: Three new acts have been added to the line up and they are Discopolis, Kitty The Lion and Miaoux Miaoux. I love how that last two seem to be related. Tickets are available here, and physically at Brew Dog bars and stores. And if you are going say so at this event.

Inverness Gigs: The fellow band bothering website has been nominated for a Highland and Islands Media Award! Congratulations to everyone over there, lovely bunch of people who do some fine work. Like this piece on Music + which would be of interest to the young musicians out there and I can’t be bothered writing my own.

The Newmarket Bar: Some sad news now. The Newie has closed, though it may pass on to someone else who has a passion for music. I’ve never been but many artists have expressed a love for the place and they were getting some amazing acts playing up there. Hopefully it won’t be too long before those up north have a cracking venue again.

Matt Stockl: Sometimes it’s a bit tricky to tell if a tune is by a solo project or the band. Matt is the lead singer in Naked Strangers but I’m 90% sure this is one of his and not the bands. So, the latest from the Ullapool musician is called Saturate Me and you can listen to it here. Very nice it is too.

Cleavers: The boys are hard at work on some new tunes that are a bit poppier but also heavier and more concise (I’m quoting) and will be dropping some of the older stuff from their set. Listening to the newest EP (Life is Shit, buy it here) compared to the earlier stuff you can hear them coming together solidly as a band so I’m very much looking forward to that. Enough waffling from me though, here’s a video for Brian Johnson’s Hat slightly badly mimed in a Dundee Travel Lodge. Now that’s fucking PUNK, tea and coffee making facilities BIATCH!

Furry Vengeance: Not ones to piss about the Furry’s have some merch on the way. Not one but 4 t-shirt designs, which look like they’ll be available in long and short sleeve t versions. You can see those designs here and I’ll be getting my hands on one when they’re available for sure. When that is….I dunno, but I’ll let you know when I know. Or at least the weekend after I know.

Cactus and Cardigan: They started recording their debut EP a few days back. That’s it, not all the news posts are big. And even if I can’t play the stuff on my show I know a man who can .

That’s your lot for this week. You can here 2 hours of great unsigned and independent music, including some from the locals, with me yammering in between from 6-8pm on a Monday and Tuesday at and ABC Radio Alness on the TuneIn app. They’ll go up on the mixcloud after as well. The picks for 2013 are staying up there all month but normally shows are only available for a week. For site updates please like the Facebook page and you can now follow on Twitter. And you may have noticed that the site has a proper URL now so welcome to 😀

Music News For The Highlands Part 1 13/01/2013

Hey everybody, I’ve decided to make these posts weekly instead of a daily thing SO every Sunday a new one (or two or three or five) will drop on to the site. Same as the daily’s, don’t plan to miss stuff, and I’ll keep them to a certain size so they aren’t overwhelming!

The Whisky River Band: The Whiskys have started recording on their second studio album (yay!) and if you would like to have a look in on that process they will be posting pictures up on Instagram. I don’t have Instagram myself, but their name on there is @thewhiskys apparently. If for some reason you don’t have a copy of their first album The Taming Of Me I’d like to welcome you from under that rock you’ve been living beneath. The good news for you is that they have a new stock of physical CDs so if you want a hold in your hand copy head on over to their store. It’s also available in the digital places.

Young Trees/Alice Bentley : Alas the Young Trees have been felled and will no longer be a band. There’s a fair chance that all the members will move on to new things, and one already has! So I introduce to you….Alice Bentley! If you did catch the Young Trees I believe those songs, or at least the majority, were Alice’s. And I say introducing but she’s performed solo before. In fact there’s a review of one of those solo performances here. She was also on my watch list for 2013 so good times ahead. Get recording some stuff would ya? Cheers.

James Mackenzie: James has plans this year. Those plans being getting in to a studio to record some new material, take his music in a new direction and then tour a bunch. Good plan that. In the mean time he’s having a January sale over on his site where you can pick up a copy of the excellent Curtain Road EP and the Something I’m Not Telling You single onanittybittyCDisn’titcute at a discounted rate. I don’t know how long that will be the case, so run don’t walk.

Rachel Sermanni: Long time readers of music news on the site, along with people who are Rachel fans in general, will probably have seen the video intros for tracks from Under Mountains. I THOUGHT there might be one or two missing and I was right. So to complete the collection here’s Eggshells (some very cool flocking bird shots, well done!) and a suitably eerie one for Song To A Fox. There’s also a very much not new video of Rachel on home turf in Carrbridge singing a tune called Humming Home dang near 2 years ago. Could have been filmed today really, I had to look at the date on it. Vaguely familiar tune too so MIGHT have heard it before…

As the picture there says there is something brand new on the way too. Rachel has recorded Ae Fond Kiss by Robert Burns and is releasing it as a single on the 25th, that being Burns Night. You can pre-order a copy here and all proceeds go to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland. You can find out more about their great work here and if you want to hear the single before you buy (it’s lovely) tune in to my show on Monday (6-8PM, as I’ll be giving it a play.

Scooty and the Skyhooks: No clue if I’ve posted this before but seeing as I’ve gone weekly I don’t mind posting the same thing a few times. The Skyhooks are giving away a pair of tickets for their show in The Ironworks on the 16th of February. Head over to their page, find the relevant post, like it and share it. You have until the 28th of January to enter.

Sid Innes: Sid continues to dig through his archive (might be done actually), cleaning up tracks and shoving them up on Soundcloud. His latest offering is Busters Tune and I do believe that picture was taken at the Greenhouse, possibly at the one very brief gig of his I’ve been to.

Bogbain Farm: Not ones to hang around, the folks at Bogbain have already set the line up for THIS YEARS Hogmanay celebrations. Yes, the ones in 352 days. Bogmanay 2013 will feature The Mystic Shoes and Donald Macdonald (and the Islands). Two excellent bands so it’ll no doubt sell out ahead of time again. If you want to be super organised you can buy a ticket here. Speaking of sell outs, Burns Night at the Bog has sold out BUT you can pick up a Ceilidh only ticket (so make your own haggis first) for a fiver here. Proceeds go directly to the Highland Rugby Club. Also (all go at the farm just now) the first acts for the Northern Roots Festival have been announced. Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra and The Henry Girls are on the shows play list already, no doubt many of the other acts from this will end up on there too. Details can be found here though I’ll see about putting together a proper preview piece. Still have to finish the one for Brew at the Bog yet (bit more on that in the next post)

Roads To Damascus: Lead singer Steve Simms has a solo album on it’s way and has released a video for the first single. The album will be called 7 Deadly Simms, the single is called Believe and the video is here. Going by that the solo stuff will be electronic in nature with politically charged lyrics. And it’ll also be rather good actually.

I’ll wrap this one up here then. Part 2 is here. You can see exactly when by liking the Facebook page. Cheers for now.

Music News Quickie 12/01/2013

Hey everyone

I’ve decided to make the music news posts a weekly thing BUT you’ll be too late for this if I don’t post about it now SO:

KOBI / Them&Us: KOBI have a single coming out in…a while. You can’t get your hands on that yet but you CAN get your hands on a remix of it done by the Them&Us boys. The remix of A New Before is available here as a free for nothing download until….well today is the last day. Sorry about that, but there haven’t been any news posts. So go grab it quick!

The rest of the news will be with you tomorrow 🙂

Music News for the Highlands 05/01/2013

HA I wrote 2012 in the title there but caught myself. Silly Dave…

So 3 videos, 1 tune and 2 little bits of news for you today. The news is both sad and happy, though the happy obviously depends on if you like the bands in question. The sad news is, and I’m just going by what I’ve heard, the Newmarket Bar/Venue in Thurso appears to be closed for a bit. Or forever. Not sure which, I only have news from a couple of bands having to cancel gigs. I’ve never been, not sure if I would ever go as it’s further north than I’m normally found, but have heard many good things.

The GOOD news is that two bands are currently recording or about to record. Cactus & Cardigan will start recording their first EP next week. Whether I’ll be able to play any of it on the radio is anyone’s guess. AND The Whisky River Band started recording their second album yesterday! I didn’t realise they were knocking one out this soon so I’m really chuffed at that news. Should be able to play that, though no doubt with a bunch of radio editing because they can be sweary bastards.

The 1 tune is an oldie from Sid Innes. 7 years old now to be exact, well more like 6 probably. It’s called Feeling Quite Happy and was insipred by a sunset,awww.

Last Summer Effect, well Robbie at least, have decided to prove how right all of us were in including them in our ones to watch lists with their next hit. The Biscuit Song then, expect to see that at the next gig. And things are getting back to normal after the festive season so this news post will be more like they have been in the past. By that I mean “every post features Cleavers and Rachel Sermanni“. And I witnessed both of these videos live, though only the first in person. Here’s a bit of the Cleavers frenetic set from the Winter Showcase (I’m way off to the left so not on this thankfully) and here is the edited together bits of Rachel and the girls performance on BBC Scotland’s Hogmanay coverage. Prime spot too, before and after the bells. Was very glad when she started playing The Fog when I was in the pub and pulled up a chair at the telly.

That’s your lot for today. The picks for 2013 shows will stay up on Mixcloud for a couple of weeks, so check them out and spread them about if you haven’t already.

Music News For The Highlands 02/01/2012

Hey folks, time to get the fingers back to the grindstone. Or keyboard, easier to type words on them…

And I’ll kick the year off on a down note, just to get the sad bits out of the way. The Ragazzi are unfortunately not a band anymore. Whether people are headed off to new projects I don’t know, but if you didn’t catch them you won’t have the chance now. Plenty of videos on You Tube though so you can still get a taste of what you missed. The other sad bit? Toby Michaels’ Rolling Damned have lost their eye candy as Gary “Dreamboat” Thain is no longer part of the band. He’s still available in KOBI form though so all is not lost ladies. And some men.

On to some happier stuff then.

The last track from Siiga‘s 2012 album project is now out. If you listened to the show on Monday, and I’ll link this weeks in a bit, you’ll have heard it. If not go here. The complete album, and a book of some kind, will be available at some point this year and is called The Sea And The Mirror. Until then I believe you can get the individual tracks if you click about on that site.

It’s been a while but Naked Strangers have added a few new tracks to Soundcloud. Two to be exact. First up, Sweet Little Rose followed by The Ballad Of Henry Lee. Or listen to them the other way around, I’m not your boss.

I’m also very glad to say that The Frues have a few tunes up on Soundcloud now with a new one on the way. They were one of the locals I didn’t have any music for. Problem now solved 🙂

Final new tune, I say new but I’m a few days behind, comes from singer songwriter Sid Innes. Here’s Reflections of the Day which is free for nothin if you want to carry it around with you.

And that’s that for today. If you missed them, here’s this weeks radio shows. The first is my pick of acts from the Highlands for 2013 and the second covers everywhere else. Enjoy listening and thanks for reading 🙂