A Slice Of Fried Gold playlist for 11/12/2012

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

LEWIS HAMILTON – EMPTY ROADS FROM JOCK’S JUKE JOINT VOL 1
BE LIKE PABLO – JULIANNE FROM THE NEW ADVENTURES
TEAM KAPOWSKI – HEY CHERYL
THE CARRIVICK SISTERS – PIGGY BANK FROM BETTER THAN 6 CAKES
FRENCH WIVES – YOUNGER FROM DREAM OF THE INBETWEEN
LITTLE FIRE – HIGH HOPES
BROADCASTER FEAT. PEGGY SEEGER – BAD BAD GIRL
NAKED STRANGERS – THREE TEARS FROM MYSTERY MEAT EP
ESPERI – HEARTS PART 2 FROM IN A MOMENT, EMOTION, SENTIMENT
CLEAVERS – SPEAK! SPEAK! FROM 3 SONGS EP
ORKESTRA DEL SOL – THE WOLKA FROM THE MOVEABLE FEAST
THE J-PEGS – SHE HAD EVERYTHING FROM HARD COUNTRY EP
CHRIS DEVOTION AND THE EXPECTATIONS – TELL THE GIRL FROM AMALGAMATION AND CAPITAL
PURPLE DIVIDE – LOSE CONTROL
FIFI AND RODAIDH – LOVE IS AN AWKWARD THING
THE BIG EYES FAMILY PLAYERS – A MAN INDEED FROM FOLK SONGS II
TRACEY BROWNE – RIVER CITY
PAWS – BOREGASM FROM COKEFLOAT!
ROCKBURN – A PLACE TO CALL YOUR OWN
ESTRELLA – DO IT TIL’ WE DROP FROM COME OUT TO PLAY
STEVE POLTZ – THINGS ABOUT ME FROM NOINEEN NOINY NOIN

Thanks for listening! Next show is on 17/12/2012 from 6pm until 8pm! But, I’m also on this Saturday (15/12/12) between 2 and 3Pm, possibly slightly longer. Bit of a different format for that one and I take requests so no play list posts. Give it a listen and ask for whatever the heck you want! Still at http://www.abcradio.co.uk or search ABC Radio Alness on the TuneIn app on your fancy smart device

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A Slice Of Fried Gold playlist for 13/11/2012

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

HOODED FANG – CLAP FROM TOSTA MISTA
LEWIS HAMILTON – EMPTY ROADS FROM JOCK’S JUKE JOINT VOL 1
HOW TO SWIM – BACTERIUM FROM EP OF THE SAME NAME
THE LAFONTAINES – PAPER CHASE
THE STAVES – SILVER DAGGER FROM FREE LIVE EP
FATHERSON – KITEERS FROM FIRST BORN SINGLE
FRENCH WIVES – YOUNGER FROM DREAM OF THE INBETWEEN LP
THE MAGINOT BAND – WAKING UP TO RAIN PART 1 AND 2 FROM PEACE AND QUIET EP
THE EDEN HOUSE – THE ONLY ONE FROM TIMEFLOWS EP
EARLS OF CAITHNESS – ZIGABOO MODELISTE
THE OXIDES – GOING OVERBOARD FROM ORDER OF THE RISING SUN EP
TODD COOK – FREEDOM IN YOUR HAIR FROM BRILLIANT GREEN
TOBY MICHAEL’S ROLLING DAMNED – A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT YOU FANCY
DEFCON ONE – HIT THE LIGHTS FROM LIFE ON TV EP
BE LIKE PABLO – SOMEONE TO LOVE FROM THE NEW ADVENTURES LP
PURPLE DIVIDE – TRAPPED FROM EP OF THE SAME NAME
PAWS – PONY FROM COKEFLOAT! LP
RM HUBBERT – V FROM THIRTEEN LOST AND FOUND LP
THE MERRYLEES – (FAREWELL) DRY LAND
JOSEPHINE SILLARS – HURRICANE
ANNA SWEENEY – DON’T LOOK DOWN

Thanks for listening! Next show is on 19/11/2012 from 6pm until 8pm!

Fatherson@Ironworks 11/10/2012 review

We’re back to dodgy phone pictures again and apologees (I know that’s not how it’s spelt but the correct spelling makes no sense) to Purple Divide but I didn’t have my head screwed on so there’s none of them. SO one for Midnight High, and some Fatherson liberally sprinkled about then.


See? Dodgy pictures. There are better and worse though

I was also a bit late so I missed the start of Purple Divide‘s set. They’re a local indie/alt rock 3 piece who I don’t believe I’d seen before. Occasionally a bit moody (song wise, not the guys), a mix of mellow and full on rocky with well structured tunes. Good use of peddles to vary the lead guitar. They have an excellent bassist and a cracking drummer, with songs constructed in a way that everyone gets a chance to shine now and again. Crucially, as it’s often the weak point in bands at this level, they’re lead singer has a good set of pipes on him. While they can be a bit anthemic at times they’re a solid wee rock band. Glad I finally managed to catch them, look forward to making a whole set one day.

As is the fashion there were two support bands this evening. The locals above, and some locals for the main act who came along. I assume it’s the first time that Midnight Lion have played up here but I could be well off on that. I really wasn’t all that sure what they’d be like going in to this either as I hadn’t checked them out ahead of time. They’re a mix of electonic music and rock, a wee bit like the Capitals. Actually the band that really came to mind as the set went on was Ah Ha. But a rockier Ah Ha. And if you’ve only heard Take On Me, not that. Other stuff. Standing out for me here was the drummer. Don’t get me wrong the whole band are damned good and they brought some personality along so there was nice banter (same goes for all the acts this evening). It’s more of an equipment (EASY!) fascination than anything else really, though he had a bit of mental Animal drummer about him. He had a kind of synth drum thing for producing electronical and clappy noises BUT from what I could tell he never actually HIT it. It’s was theremin-like. Whether distance makes a difference or not I don’t know, but I thought it was pretty kick ass. Love seeing gear I haven’t seen before. But getting away from that, pretty anthemic, big sweeping tunes, a song called Fatherson (panderers) and at one point enough bass to rattle some of the barriers. Great stuff, check them out if you get the chance.

And finally the main men (and lady) themselves, Fatherson. Regular visitors to the top half of the country this year but first time I’d really managed to see them properly. Missed the set at Brew at the Bog unfortunately, wasn’t at the same other fests also unfortunately. The set starts off with band leader and epic beard wearer Ross Leighton on his todd with a guitar, before the band join him. I’m not one for writing down song names and stuff really so I’ll just over view the sound. They’re a mellow band. They’re a very loud band. These two aspects are blended wonderfully to give their tracks variety, nuance and something to jump along to. Ross has a fantastic voice. The song writing is great. They clearly enjoy what they are doing and are friendly with the crowd. AND, capital and for a reason as this is a real stand out for me, they have a cello. That would be the lady. Essentially a rock band with a cello. Much of the time it’s augmenty for the mellow bits lovely cello, but a few times it’s ROCK CELLO. Brilliant.


Rock Cello!

There’s also some keys in there too which is nice. So I guess they could be tinged with folk, but they aren’t really. Truly alternative rock if you ask me. Alternative meaning different from the norm and not just different from mainstream rock bands (that would be indie in my books but what do I know). It was an admittedly modest crowd, dodgy weather probably being a factor but I heard more singing along at this gig than pretty much any other I’ve seen at the Ironworks. That says something. Dedicated fans, well earned if you ask me, for a band that will pretty much certainly go on to quite large things. An album is in the works, some time next year probably but they aren’t ones to rush things. If you missed this gig that’s you stuffed for the year. But next year if you see the name Fatherson on a poster somewhere walk up to the ticket booth and tell them to shut up and take your money. You won’t regret it.


This gentleman also plays keys/with his laptop

Music News 21/08/2012

Hey kids. Here’s what local bands have been up to over the last day.

If like me you didn’t make it to The Greenhouse last Thursday for the open mic session but would still like to help the Red Hook Rapids in becoming Tennessee Bound (hahaha, I’m funny) you can do so here. My money isn’t where my mouth is YET but will be come pay day. Go chuck them a couple of quid.

As I wrote in this piece there’s two more showcases to go. The good fellas over at Netsounds Unsigned have put together a mix tape for you all which you can get here and listen the hell out of over the next couple of days.

Also ahead of the showcase you can have a wee read of Thousand Stars talking to Inverness Gigs. In the influences I’d say more the former than the later, they nearly fall in to arty nonsense when talking about why you should see them but not quite AND I didn’t know they had an EP! See I read/watch/listen to the stuff I’m writing about.

As you can tell by the rather large lack of coverage I’m not that big on electronic aka dance-though-it-has-100-genres-in-itself music. BUT that’s no reason not to give it a mention now and again, and I do like some. The guys over at Justice Never Sleeps should keep you well covered, though they aren’t limited to local stuff. It’s a male dominated industry (aren’t they all, right ladies? Men eh?) but they’ve done a piece highlighting 5 of the best Lady DJs. A quick scan and none of them are local. Do we have Lady DJs in these parts? Surely.

Not a lady but is a local DJ, Boomshank Redemption has a new track out. It’s called Air 29, it’s House apparently and I think it’s rather good actually. Well constructred, interesting wee bits and bobs throughout. Like I say, I like some don’t like others and I’m FAR from an expert. Generally get put off by the tracks that have some random auto-tune wifey singing over it if I’m honest. “Jimmy Jams featuring Alice D? WHO THE HELL IS ALICE D AND WHY WOULD I CARE?!” Moving on…

To another new track as it happens, this time of a heavily rocky vein. Cactus & Cardigan, who are a bit Primus-y in my limited experience of both, with….George Michael Cums Cobwebs. I swear sometimes so I can’t object to that title. Really want Marion to play it on the radio just so she has to dance around the title!

Rockers Estrella, who are probably the most prolific band on Facebook but they are on tour, have a couple of news updates as well. The first features a video asking you to vote for them in the Scottish New Music Awards (and while you are there you can also vote for a few other locals, you have until Saturday). The second piece announces that that belly dancing video for Do It Till We Drop will be featured in the London Tate Modern Art Gallery. Well done guys!

Some acts seem to be featured every day just now, so it’s time for some Rachel Sermanni. In this video you can see and hear her performing In The Hollow for Student Pocket Guide TV. Lovely stuff, nice wellies. I don’t normally bother linking Facebook pictures but she’s also just bought a new violin and she’s lovely (violins are girls Rachel).

Are you a fiddler….no wait, that doesn’t sound right. Are you a violinist, guitarist or cellist (should really be chellist…)? Are you completely perfect at whichever instrument it is that you play? Of course you aren’t, life is a learning process. Well the Blazin Fiddles and friends have a week long music school that should be right up your alley. It’s called Blazin’ In Beauly, it’s….in Beauly in October (I’m guessing tatty holiday time but I don’t GET tatty holidays) and if the website doesn’t have enough info and you have some questions then contact them at info@blazininbeauly.com or 0779 294 7269 and Bruce (I’m guessing) will be happy to answer whatever questions you have.

Abagail Grey has a rather entertaining blog at this site btw, so you should probably read that for random thoughts and stories. And if you visit the fanRX section of their page (link right to it in lieu of normal front page) you can download a copy of track Water as an EP taster.

Want an insight in to the life of rock stars? Can’t give you that. How about some young musicians pissing about a bit? Sorted. Purple Divide have a new video out for their song Escape featuring behind the scene and gig footage from the YMI tour right here. Good idea, well executed.

And that’ll do ya. Busier day than I thought! Now go like my Facebook page and tell all your friends would ya?

Oh and there’s now an email address, friedgoldmusic@gmail.com so if I’ve been missing your band or, and this is probably unlikely, you want to slip me some news for these posts drop us a mail. Cheers.

Music News 17/08/2012

Hey kids. Here’s what local bands have been saying for themselves/doing/releasing over the last couple of days.

Local band snapper and “doesn’t blog” blogger Houdi has been rather prolific over the last few days. He’s developed an obsession with The Outsiders feet, before getting round to describing his Bella experience. First Friday aaaaaaaaaaaand Saturday isn’t done yet, when I started writing I mistakenly thought I’d seen a link to it. It’s possible I was just confusing it with the piece on last nights Showcase and Mad Hatters action. Mine, minus the Hatters, is here. All, or at least the last two, posts by Houdi contain links to large numbers of pretty pictures.

While I’m linking things that other people have written, here’s Margaret Chrystalls review of the fifth Summer Showcase. My one is here but chances are you’ve already read it as it’s the most popular post on this site.

Give your eyes a break and your ears some work, The Ballachulish Hellounds have uploaded a “Lofi Jockgrass” (their words) track called Lonesome Without You. It went up 2 weeks ago yes, but first I’ve heard of it.

How about a couple of videos? First up Estrella teamed up with the RockIt! Dance belly dancers for a Do It Til’ We Drop video. Followed by a scrappy live recording of The Cleavers from their gig at the Ironworks on Wednesday. Sounds a bit ropy and thankfully they keep their bellies to themselves. I’ve so far failed to catch them live, must fix that sometime soon. I love how some of the suggested videos on the right are for a US politician…

It’s a long shot that people reading could use it, because geography, but would you like to see Rachel Sermanni playing at the Reading Festival? If so she has 2 tickets to give away. Just email competitions@rachelsermanni.ne​t (you’ll be added to her and Reading’s mailing list so forewarned) and a winner will be drawn on Wednesday the 22nd. You also get a signed copy of her new album, but don’t be a dick and enter just to get that.

Do you want to be an events co-ordinator when you fail to grow up? Bogbain Farm has a paid internship going. Brew at the Bog was extremely well planned and run so you could do worse for a learning experience than that place.

Aaaaaaaaand I’ll finish off with some gigs over the next couple of days. If you are reading this RIGHT AS IT GOES UP then you could do worse than head on over to Karma Lounge in Inverness. They’re balancing the Olympics karma by playing the great British rock that was largely ignored (or RAPED BY JESSIE J) during the closing ceremony. Alternatively head on through to Dingwall, go to The Mallard and check out Dougie Burns, The Oxides and Purple Divide who are hoofing it down from…Wick I think so may be a bit knackered.

If you AREN’T reading this right away and it’s either too late on Friday or early on Saturday, Dingwall is offering up two things and you can technically go to both. First off there’s the National Treasures Music Event at the National Hotel. In a vain attempt to get me interested in football, you can catch The Ragazzi playing, go watch County playing Celtic, then come back for some Last Summer Effect (accoustic style). Jokes on you, no way I’ll be up to make it to Dingwall by 11. Half 2 I can do though, so maybe some LSE and then probably (this is in case I fail to get through at all) some Slim Panatellas at The Greenhouse. You can do both, at least partially, as Rob is going to the match and they can’t play without him.

And if your in Inverness, saunter along to the Mark and Spencers general area and you’ll be able to catch dorec-a-belle playing to raise money for hospital radio (which is nice of them). And you’ll also be able to grab a copy of their CD, which is nice for you (review here).

That’s a whole lot of reading, looking, listening and going to there. PHEW! Remember you can subscribe to the site below, and there’s now a Facebook page where all the latest updates will post by internet magic. Now go tell your friends.