A Slice Of Fried Gold playlist for 04/12/2012

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

ALABAMA SHAKES – I FOUND YOU
SID INNES – MACHINES MAKE THE WORLD GO ROUND
SKELETON VERSE – THE STORM FROM THE STORM BEFORE THE CALM VOL II
THE STAVES – GONE TOMORROW FROM LIVE AT CECIL SHARP HOUSE, LONDON
ESBEN AND THE WITCH – DEATHWALTZ
THE HOT SEATS – YONDER COMES A SUCKER FROM LEFTOVERS LP
RACHEL SERMANNI – BONES FROM UNDER MOUNTAINS LP
THE SORRY KISSES – FANBOY FROM KEEP SMILING
TOBY MICHAELS’ ROLLING DAMNED – SAVE ME
MINIATURE DINOSAURS – LIP SYNC FROM TURN IT ON EP
CAPITALS – ALL THESE YEARS
ANNA SWEENEY – CATCH 22 FROM OH GOSH DARN IT EP
TOPS – TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND FROM TENDER OPPOSITES
ROADWAY – MIDNIGHT DANCE FROM ROADWAY EP
THE LANCASHIRE HOTPOTS – THE BEER FESTIVAL
THE LITTLE KICKS – BEFORE TODAY FROM THE LITTLE KICKS LP
SARA BILLS AND THE HASBEENS – RIGHT HERE FROM SPILL THE BEANS EP
AILSA JEAN LYALL MATHEWS – OCTOBER
THE WHISKY RIVER BAND – FEELING ALRIGHT FROM THE TAMING OF ME LP
DOREC-A-BELLE – YOU GOT ME FROM DOREC-A-BELLE EP
SLEEPY EYES NELSON – BLONDE SNAPPER FROM JOCK’S JUKE JOINT VOL 1
THE CORNSHED SISTERS – DANCE AT MY WEDDING FROM TELL TALES LP
SEBASTOPOL – SEND THE BOATS FROM HELLO ALL STATIONS, THIS IS ZERO
CUDDLY SHARK – BODY MASS INDEX FROM THE ROAD TO UGLY
FUTUR PRIMITIF – NUCLEAR SHOCKWAVE
WITHERED HAND – CORNFLAKE FROM GOOD NEWS
A BAND CALLED QUINN – SAYONARA FROM RED LIGHT MEANS GO
DINGUS KHAN – KNIFEY SPOONEY FROM SUPPORT MISTLEY SWANS
PETUNIA AND THE VIPERS – GLITTERBUG FROM PETUNIA AND THE VIPERS LP
THE MERRYLEES – (FAREWELL) DRY LAND
FIRE MOUNTAIN – BLACK HEART FROM OF THE DUST
THE BIRDMAN RALLIES – TELESCOPE KATIE
WASHINGTON IRVING – ISLANDS FROM LITTLE WANDERER, HEAD THEE HOME
HODA MOHAJERNI – RAGING WAVES

Thanks for listening! Next show is on 10/12/2012 from 6pm until 8pm! But, I’m also on this Saturday (08/12/12) 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!

A Slice of Fried Gold playlist for 22/10/2012

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

MEGAN BLYTH – FREEDOM OF SILENCE FROM MEGAN BLYTH EP
SIENNA LIGHTS – BELIEVING FROM MOONLIGHT EP
RACHEL SERMANNI – THE FOG FROM UNDER MOUNTAINS LP
THE MERRYLEES – (FAREWELL) DRY LAND
DUNCAN OVERMEER – BETTER LEFT UNSAID FROM 5 SONGS EP
HOODED FANG – CLAP FROM TOSTA MISTA LP
RM HUBBERT – V FROM THIRTEEN LOST AND FOUND
BLINDFOLDS – TASTE YOUNG BLOOD
THE MYSTIC SHOES – TEARS OF A CLOWN FROM BLOOD, SWEAT AND BEERS LP
FRANK OHAGAN BAND – SCHOOL FOR THE BLUES from JOCK’S JUKE JOINT VOL 1
THE WHISKY RIVER BAND – NO REGRETS FROM THE TAMING OF ME LP
IAIN MCLAUGHLIN AND THE OUTSIDERS – REMEDY FROM WE ARE ALL OUTSIDERS LP
NAKED STRANGERS – KNIFE GANG SHOP RAID FROM MYSTERY MEAT EP
THE LITTLE KICKS – LOOSEN UP FROM SELF TITLED ALBUM
DINGUS KHAN – SUPPORT MISTLEY SWANS LP
BOMBSKARE – THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STUPID FROM THE CHOP SHOP EP
WOODY PINES – LONG GONE LOST JOHN FROM YOU GOTTA ROLL EP
THE GALIPAYGOS – DON’T START A BAND FROM THE DEMISE OF GARY LIP-GLOSS LP
THE CORNSHED SISTERS – DRESDEN FROM TELL TALES LP
ROADS TO DAMASCUS – FRUSTRATION OMG FROM R2D2
JAMES MACKENZIE – THE JOURNEY FROM CURTAIN ROAD EP

Thanks for listening! Next show is on 23/10/2012 from 7pm until 9pm

Music News 15/09/2012

Hey kids, here’s what’s been happening with local acts since…Monday. This isn’t becoming a weekly post or anything, there would have been one on Tuesday but there wasn’t enough to justify a post. Been a busy boy lately but hopefully things will…ah bollocks, Loopallu. Well hopefully things will calm down EVENTUALLY as I’m really really skint. On with the news.

If you are looking for something to do and you are a fan of music of the dance persuasion then you should probably head along to the Ironworks for Rudimental. Wouldn’t mention that normally, but Inverness Gigs had a wee interview with Count Clockwork who are supporting. Interview is here. There’s also a wee promo video that was produced by the Music Works project ahead of the gig, it’s a bit mental and very well done. You may have to be pretty quick as this news post took AGES and it’s going up later than I thought.

Another gig that’s coming up soon is Fatherson, looking at my ticket right now. The guys have been up the road quite a lot this year, possibly because they were part of goNorth, and in this case I think it was by request cause we like them up here quite a lot. Well I do anyway. Mentioning goNorth probably gave you an idea of what this paragraph is actually about. That’s right another them/Netsounds Unsigned Rockhopper session from Bella. You know the artist already and this one is called Lights. You’ll be off to buy an Ironworks ticket now then aye?

Hoots/Mad Hatters have a number of support slots open over the next couple of months. Head on over to their page and drop Steve an email at the address supplied if you fit any of the bills. Not sure how many will still be available but give it a shot anyway. Email, don’t comment, to apply.

It’s outside my catchment area really but lots of acts from around here have played down there so I’ll include it, plus I wouldn’t mind going myself and if I do it’ll be reported here. Long intro sentence to just say Wickerman. Might be a bit on the large side festival wise for me actually, unless I can get a pass of some kind, but I’ve heard the vibe is a lot like Bella. Certainly looks like good craic going by this wee vid.

Rachel Sermanni was in that wee vid and her album appeared through my door this morning. Review coming soon. If you haven’t bought a copy yet and are a bit skint like I am the kind people at Thank Folk For That have 5 copies to give away. Details are here and you have until noon on Monday to enter. She also did a session with Dutch site Zubb. Breaking from the Waltz sessions this one is of The Fog, teeny bit wibbly in the first half, pretty blinding in the second. Speaking of Waltz it has been selected as Jim Gellatly’s Big One (track of the week) this week. Well deserved too.

James Mackenzie will be hitting the studio soon to record a full length album along with a bunch of other musicians. Really looking forward to hearing that. And as soon as he’s done he’ll be heading out on tour. No rest for the wicked. Keep an eye on The List for when he’ll be playing in Inverness and get yourself along to a gig as he’s rather good so he is.

Local band snapper Houdi has gotten in to the moving pictures business. Here’s Easy Tigers playing I’m not sure, sorry guys. Not familiar enough with their stuff to give you a song title and I don’t think it’s on the Songs From The Sun Room album. Anyway, video here. He was also there early and caught some Todd Cook on film, well digital video. Todd’s great as you can see and a lovely bloke to boot. Hes Australian, you can tell because he has his didgeridoo out. Unfortunately I’m not sure the name of the song as Todd didn’t have any albums available because the tax man wanted a crazy amount of money to let them out of customs. He also also filmed the end of The Merrylees set, here they are covering Riders in the Sky. Very cool, and check the lick of their guitars! Love em.

The Cleavers, along with Fraser from The Murderburgers/Fuck! (It’s pronounced shit!) have recorded a mini covers EP with S.L.U.G by the Ramones and Coffee Mug by the Descendents. It’s right here, it’s called Coffee Slug and pay whatever you want for it. The money goes to Prostate Scotland so chuck them a few quid. Great stuff.

Another interview from Inverness Gigs, this time with Matt Sillars the host of the Coffee Shop Open Mic Sessions in the Greenhouse. I LOVE their open mic nights, dragged myself along on Thursday despite tiredness and the weather. Some of the best music I’ve heard this year has been in there and it really is an appreciative audience so grab your instrument of choice and come along sometime. I may also be doing reviews, but don’t let that put you off. The format is explained in there and we’d all be very happy to hear you. If you turn up early you can also get a singing lesson from Emma Mitchell, who REALLY knows here stuff.

The Ballachulish Hellhounds have a mini album out. It’s called Red Eye’s Motorcycle Blues and you can hear/get it here. I shall be doing a wee review of it too once I’ve managed to clone myself so I have time.

The Slim Panatellas have uploaded a new track, We Are The Slim Panatellas which shows that they don’t take themselves too seriously. Haven’t managed to catch them yet and won’t for a while as their fairwell gig is in The Greenhouse while I’m at Loopallu. Farewell? Yes, they’re off galavanting abroad. Very much in theme with the kind of act they are, they’re jumping in the travelling camper van studio, making their way through France, Switzerland and Italy on an epic journey to Womax in Greece. Details here in Mags Chrystall’s piece for the Highland News.

Estrella have a new blog post out. Besides their recent award win and some other stuff it has two live gig videos from the Furyon gig in Aberdeen. Click here for some proper 80’s hair metal. The video was shot by Kevin Meldrum, thanks for that man.

Almost finally, Great White Elephant have released an acoustic demo on their Soundcloud from a jamming session the other week. It’s called Burning Blue and it’s very chilled and nice and that.

And finally, congrats to Lady MFR herself Marion Scott and Des Irvine on their engagement. No this isn’t becoming a gossip rag of some kind, but she’s lovely and I’ve heard he is too so thought I’d give them a shout out.

WHEW, this is frikkin huge. Couldn’t be quiet while I was busy eh? LOTS of stuff to come, like the Facebook page to keep up to date. I haven’t had my dinner yet and I’m missing Doctor Who so I’m off. Thanks for reading!

Jocktoberfest 2012

Earlier in the year I was saying to some of my friends that I was planning to go to a few festivals this year (hasn’t quite worked out) and they said “ah, but are you going to the BEST festival?”. “What ones that?”. “Jocktoberfest”. “Shut the front door”. Or words similar to that anyway. So I checked it out when I got home, and sure enough it’s a thing. And the best thing apparently. So what is Joctoberfest?

Well, it’s a one day music festival hosted by the Black Isle Brewery with craft beers, good music, bratwursts and excellent craic. So I’m told, I’ll know for sure in a month. It was free in the past but due to new entertainment laws (boo!) they have to charge this year. It’s only 20 quid (and a fiver for camping) though so no complaints. You’ll pay more than that for some gigs. So go buy a ticket. Well, finish reading this first as I’m not done yet.

They’ve announced some of the beers but I can’t speak to that as I’m not an ale expert. In fact that’s the one thing I’m worried about as I’m not an ale guy. I like some IPAs though. My favourites that I’m aware of are Punk IPA and 5AM Saint so if someone out there can point me in the direction of something I should probably like then let me know, I’ll buy you a tipple in return. So have a look at the site for beers if you ARE an ale person.

Bands though, bands I can do. In the no particular order that the festival put them out in:

Hoodja, a couple of fiddles, a guitar and a drum kit. Playing that good jumpy ceilidh type music to jump and heeuch along to. Unfortunately their site appears to be down so can’t get a full picture for myself, haven’t seen them live before, but the tune on the Facebook page makes me happy enough.

We See Lights from the capital are an indie folk band. Definitely my kinda thing. A bunch of guitars, a xylophone and some interesting percussion in addition to normal drums. I’d make band comparisons but they’d be at a similar level and you might not know them. Heartfelt lyrics, nice harmonising, quite bouncy.

Miniature Dinosaurs from Stirling, near Tillicoutry furniture fans. A poppy indie rock band. Interesting sounding singer, kind of like the guy from The Divine Comedy, the standard rock instruments and a bit of synth. Damned fine stuff.

The Merrylees, in their own words Psychedelic Western Pop. A little bit country, occasional big band drum riffs, a little bit blues rock, all twisted around a wee bit. Wouldn’t be out of place in a Tarantino sound track, or a Burton one at times. Twisty fiddle bits. New to me, very interesting.

The Galipaygos, just saw them at the showcase the other day. Your bound to have seen them at some point, melodic americana type music. Very passionate singer, and if you HAVEN’T seen them then you should as they’re rather good they are.

Esperi, now how to describe Esperi. Well it’s a music project by Chris Lee-Marr who plays a host of instruments, and occasionally some friends. He doesn’t PLAY his friends, he sometimes has friend playing with him. On instruments… move on Dave. A range of sounds, mellow relaxing tunes… The best comparison I can come up with is RM Hubbert really, and he’s recorded with him so that fits. Perfect thing to listen to with a nice beer or after a hard day.

Easy Tigers, a band coming up from Leith. Mellow folk rock music with twiddly electric and accoustic guitar motifs. Little americana-y too. That almost sounds like I know what I’m talking about so it’s probably way off base.

If you haven’t heard The Whisky River Band yet then I’m shocked. Go get a copy of their album, you have enough time to listen to it a couple of thousand times before the fest. Local folk rock gods fronted by the best beard in the Inverness music scene. Worth the ticket price alone. I might be a bit of a fan.

Todd Cook, a bluesy fella with a guitar, chunks of moothy and some other instruments if he has people with him. Very chilled. There’s a bit of Ben Howard about his voice too.

And finally, though this isn’t in any kind of order so that doesn’t mean anything, Toby Michaels Rolling Damned, fronted by another “best beard” competitor. Somewhat epic rock right from these parts. I say these parts as they’re all dotted around a bit. Well worth a listen.

You can have a look at some pretty pictures from last years fest, taken by Houdi right here. Yes I do link to other, arguably probably better, blogs. Why the hell not?

NOW go buy a ticket. Cause….well how could you not, that’s a lot of bang for your buck.

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