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Too Much Time To Waste (Part 2)

So this is the second part of my update. Basically it takes in Aberdeen and then The Unwinding Hours gig.

I don’t have much time tonight so a summary of the Aberdeen trip is as follows:-

Being stoned in a busy car park
Dead seagulls
A lot of walking
Morrisons sandwiches
Listening to Limp Bizkit on the journey up to Aberdeen (just for nostalgia)
Shitty North Sound Radio on the way back down
Ghost stories
Morgans Spiced Rum
Getting ID’d for cigarettes (“Do i look under 18? Do those glasses work?”)
Getting a new high score on Fall Down on my iPod
Being stoned and slightly paranoid in Subway
Coffee
Getting stuck in rush hour traffic
“Yah’s”
Talking with Kurt Cobains spirit in a high street store
Lipstick marks on pint glasses….yuck
Tiny bathrooms
Early morning phone calls
Running backwards
Discussions on bizarre ways to die
Horrible take away food
Losing a hat
Losing money on quiz machines
A cravat
Getting lost in nightclub toilets
Being eyeballed by a strange, drunk man
Custom handshakes
Talking to a kind policewoman
Being stoned in a supermarket (bad idea)
Attempting to decipher the Aberdeen accent
Lots of bottles of water
Almost spending £1oo on a new iPod dock
Almost losing my tickets for The Unwinding Hours gig
Going home

So here’s a few songs to sum up the trip….

MP3: My Bloody Valentine – Drive It All Over Me

MP3: Iggy Pop – The Passenger

MP3: Yo La Tengo – Little Honda

And a few to sum up the ghost stories from the Thursday night…

MP3: Maps and Atlases – Songs for Ghosts to Haunt To

MP3: The Haunted – Shithead

Oh and one tune to sum up the story i told about a certain loony on a bus and his creepy crawlie fetish…….only some of you will know that story.

MP3: System of a Down – Spiders

So in short story form:- Aberdeen – Welcome To The North

Myself, Luisa and Keane took a road trip up to Aberdeen to see our friend Emma. Keanes girlfriend Lisa also happens to stay in Aberdeen so she kindly allowed us to stay at her place and joined us on our adventures. The original plan was to go see Emma and take in the Ex Lovers gig at The Warehouse. Unfortunately i believe said gig was cancelled but we decided to go ahead with the trip anyway. We left on the Wednesday morning, got there about 5pm on the Wednesday afternoon. That night we spent a few hours in various pubs and then onto a club. On the Thursday, those of us who braved the hangover (not you Emma!) went for lunch/dinner and then took a wander around a few shops before heading to the bus station to see off Luisa. She had to head back down on the Thursday night to make her work on the Friday. I spent the Thursday night with Emma and Gemma. It was a rather enjoyable few hours of storytelling and discussions and then it was back to the flat and tucked up in bed (the floor and a sleeping bag) for midnight. We left for home about 3pm on the Friday but not after i’d had one last stroll about Aberdeen city centre. Keane dropped me off in Glasgow about 7pm on the Friday night and it was straight to The Unwinding Hours gig at Stereo for me………

5th March, The Unwinding Hours @ Stereo

This was a gig and night that didn’t exactly go to plan. But it turned out amazing in the end. The plan was: I come back from Aberdeen, meet my brother in law Gary in Glasgow, we grab a few beers then head to The Unwinding Hours gig. Everything was going well until we got just outside the venue. I’d met Gary on time, we’d grabbed a few beers. Then i made the mistake of offering him a smoke. He hadn’t smoked in ages. Months and months. He felt really sick, really quickly and after taking my advice he decided to head off on the train home. I was on my lonesome.

Strangely though i didn’t feel awkward at all. The music kept me company. The Unwinding Hours have that knack of making comforting sounds. The epic and constant ethereal feel of the songs is more than enough company for any mere human. They recorded their debut album as a duo but live they are aptly assisted by a few more musicians. They will eventually play the album in it’s entirety over the course of the night.

The lighting makes for a warm mood. The lyrics add a somewhat sombre feel. They almost threaten to bring the place to a hush with whispery vocals in some parts before letting the songs soar again. Craig B’s lungs soar along with the music and i can feel a shiver in my spine. I take a look around and i can practically see the hairs on everyone’s necks standing up. We’re all sharing in this dream like sequence of songs together. It’s cold outside and the rain is lashing, the wind is howling but in here, downstairs in this little venue the sounds of perfection are keeping us warm and happy. And then it’s wake up time, the gig’s over but not before some more witty banter from the shy but charming frontman.

After the gig i end up chatting to a friend of one of the support bands “Olympic Swimmers”. We discuss various bands, mainly Aereogramme (if you don’t know why, you shouldn’t be reading this post.) But we end up on the subject of “slacker” music and shoegaze. Dinosaur Jr and the likes. I think it’s because i brought up a band called “A Grave With No Name” into the conversation. Get them checked out, seriously amazing band. A mixture of pianos and guitars with the wooziness of a softer My Bloody Valentine tinged with the vacant yet emotion full lyrical feel of Dinosaur Jr. And they can do sludgey shoegaze at it’s best too, just check out the song “Silver” for proof. Anyways back to the conversation, the subject of the “slacker” genre almost ultimately leads to Pavement. Alongside Dino Jr, Pavement could be credited with being pioneers of that movement. Of course there are so many others but those two stick out. So when Pavement came up i jumped straight in, “Oh my friend Emma absolutely loves Pavement….” before going on a ten minute spiel about Emma and her Pavement adoration. During this ten minute period, another few people join in, one being a member of said band “Olympic Swimmers”. He happens to mention his band have contributed to a Pavement tribute album called “Show Me A Word That Rhymes With Pavement”. It’s a free download. Find it here…http://www.filthylittleangels.com/

I know the website sounds like some sort of porn site, i was sceptical when the dude first told me. But it is genuine!

Seriously though it’s an album worth getting, especially if you’re big on Pavement. I downloaded it as soon as i got home from the gig on the Friday night and sent it straight to Emma.

Also, it’s worth mentioning that the other support act for The Unwinding Hours, a band called “Holy Mountain” were very very good. And very loud. They reminded me of a two man Kyuss. You can find a free download of an EP on there MySpace page.   http://www.myspace.com/mountainholy

So that was 3 very good Scottish bands in one night. Not bad for a night that looked set to be a downer.

MP3: The Unwinding Hours – There Are Worse Things Than Being Alone

MP3: Olympic Swimmers – We Dance (Pavement cover)

MP3: Holy Mountain – Kegs

And the band i was supposed to see while in Aberdeen…

MP3: Ex Lovers – You Forget So Easily

Oh and in other news, i’ve added to my PA System 🙂

MP3: Refused – New Noise

So that’s the update finished. And as a parting shot here’s some of ” A Grave With No Name”, just in case you couldn’t be bothered looking them up! I highly recommend the album “Mountain Debris”. The songs “Lavender” and “Silver” are my favourites but couldn’t find a video for either of them. I’ll post the actual tracks when i have time.

S.I.T Wolf X

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Too Much Time To Waste (Part 1)

Apologies for the complete lack of attention i’ve being giving to the blog recently. I’ve had a fairly busy and eventful couple of weeks since i last posted. I’ve been to 4 gigs and also took a road trip to Aberdeen for a few days. I’ve put in a lot of overtime at work. I’ve helped my sister move house. I’ve gained a nice PA System. Oh and i’ve slept a lot. Exciting stuff or what?

Ok let’s see….my last post was on the 22nd February so lets begin the update from the 23rd.

23rd February

God Is An Astronaut @ Oran Mor

This gig was definitely one of the haziest i’ve ever been to. And i don’t just mean because of the smoke machines and lighting. Me and Simon somehow managed to work our way through an astronomical amount of our bag of weed. We didn’t touch one drop of alcohol all night. It was just weed, water, weed, water, weed. You get the picture. Some would maybe think that getting that stoned before and during a gig would maybe hinder or lessen the experience. Which is more than likely true in quite a few cases. But not God Is An Astronaut. It brings a whole new dimension to their music. I felt like i could almost see the music. Weird, yes? But i tend to find that with a lot of post-rock and instrumental bands.  That type of music is one that heightens my aural and visual senses. It gives me visions, makes me see things, mainly colours but other things too. Just random stuff that i couldn’t describe. Not because i don’t want to but i simply don’t know how to. The band also had a screen behind them so that would have added to the visual side of things. Butterfly Explosion provided the support for God Is An Astronaut and they were the perfect build up. Two bands i’ve wanted to see live for years and here they both were together. Couldn’t ask for much more really.

MP3: God Is An Astronaut – Suicide By Star

MP3: Butterfly Explosion – Sophia

Also, as a bonus (because i feel guilty about the lack of posting) here are some tracks by a few other bands i’ve really enjoyed seeing whilst under the influence of Dr Greenthumb.

MP3: Aphex Twin – Windowlicker

MP3: Mew – Comforting Sounds

MP3: Team Sleep – Ataraxia

MP3: Unkle – Lonely Soul

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25th February

Errors @ The Grand Ole Opry

This was all set to be a strange night and if truth be told, one that i was a bit nervous/sceptical about. The Grand Ole Opry you see is a Western Themed venue. See for yourself….http://www.glasgowsgrandoleopry.co.uk/

It’s more famous for it’s live country music that takes centre stage every weekend. There are also “shootouts” (not real one’s of course…i hope) and Cowboy and Indian theme nights. And there’s no bar…..oh no, there’s a saloon instead. Nice. So as you can imagine i found it very strange yet somehow appealing that an electronic instrumental band such as Errors would choose such a venue. Could it work?

Yes it could and it did. It was a brilliant gig. One that will stay in the memory for a long time. The crowd were full of nice cheery faces, a mixture of the bearded muso types and trendy indie types and their girlfriends. The only gripe i would have was the amount of time it took to get served a drink. The venue has probably never been so busy before and you could almost see the panic written across the faces of the staff.  You could see that the barmaids, sorry, Saloon staff (Saloonettes?) were every but as bemused by us as we were by them. The staff is made up of mainly people that are about 50+ so it was surprising to see them cheerily bop along to the Errors chimes and beats. The new song “Rumour In Africa” seemed a favourite. It was the fourth time i’d seen Errors and they seem to be progressing at an almost perfect rate. Each album or EP becoming more expansive and complex than the previous. As the band themselves said in a recent interview it’s hard to keep making instrumental music that remains interesting and not dull. I know from experience that that is very true but they just happen make it look so easy and effortless. After the gig me and Gustav got a free taxi back to the city centre. We spotted a taxi driver stuck in a rut, well a big puddle to be more precise and decided to help him out in his hour of need. He repayed us with a fare-less journey. Nice man. We then proceeded to enter a club in Glasgow, those few hours however are a blur of strange coloured shots and plastic pint glasses.

MP3: Errors – Bridge Or Cloud?

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26th February

Japandroids @ King Tuts


Another great gig at the most reliable venue in Scotland. I don’t think i’ve ever left King Tuts disappointed. Ok, maybe once when my ex girlfriend happened to spill her blackcurrant and cider all over my freshly bought brand new Oceansize t-shirt but that’s all in the past. I’m over the t-shirt heartache.

The Japandroids seem to be getting a taste for this whole live headlining show malarky. They oozed charisma and charm on stage and had the crowd eating out the palms of their hands. They have anthems in waiting coming out of those amps and they’re finally just starting to truly embrace it. There was a lot of foot stomping from band and crowd alike. A lot of sweat (for once, not from me, i stayed up back this time). A lot of beer. And a lot of banter and sing-a-longs. The songs were making the crowd happy and in return the crowd’s reactions were making the Japandroids happy. Afterwards i took the option of a train home and a reasonably early night (1am) as i was up early the next morning.

MP3: Japandroids – The Boys Are Leaving Town

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27th February

Lisa moves house…..i’m hungover.

The sole reason i decided to head home after the Japandroids gig and not join my friends at a club was because i had to get up early to help my sister and her family move house. In hindsight i should probably just have stayed in the night before. I had no idea how much stuff they had in that little flat of theirs! I was anticipating beds, some furniture, a dozen or so bags of random stuff, tvs etc. The usual really. What we (me, Symey, Graham and my dad) were faced with was box upon box of things. Really heavy things. I have a lot of DVDs and CDs but my collection pales into comparison with Garys (my brother in law). He’s been collecting vinyl, cassettes, CDs, VHS, DVDs, boxsets, and all other sorts of memorabilia since his pre-teen days. He’s now coming up for 28. So work that out. That’s right, about 22 years worth of stuff squeezed into about fifty million boxes. And that was just for starters. That was before we started on the really heavy stuff. And that’s just what it was just stuff. I asked Lisa what was in these heavy boxes and bags. Her reply? “Just stuff“. “What kind of stuff?” i asked. “I have the right to know what i’m lugging up and down stairs all day!” Once more the reply came, “I told you John, it’s just stuff, so just get lifting!” That was me told. So after all the “stuff” was out the way it was the turn of the sofa and wardrobes. Followed closely by the beds and baby cot. We started the moving at 10am and were finished by 4pm. That’s a fine shift if you ask me. Especially when you consider the amount of stuff to be moved and also the “sensitive” mood i was in. A hard days work followed by a night in bed and The IT Crowd Boxset. Why do i find Jen from the IT Crowd so attractive? There’s just something about her. It might be the whole ordinary girl from next door look and her sense of humour.

MP3: Moving Units – Between Us And Them

MP3: Ryan Adams – This House Is Not For Sale

MP3: MiKiX The Cat – Movin’ Around

“If you type google into google you will…break the internet”

Tomorrow or Thursday i’ll post the rest of the update which will predominantly be about the trip to Aberdeen.

Before i go though….i want to know exactly what it is that i’ve said/someone else has said/what i’ve seen in these pictures….

Any ideas?

S.I.T Wolf X

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A Place To Find Strangers

WARNING: This article contains the abbreviation APTBS a lot, this is an abbreviation of A Place To Bury Strangers. Some people don’t know that, isn’t that right Chris?

The build up to last nights “A Place To Bury Strangers” and “Japandroids” gig at the Captains Rest couldn’t have been worse. I wasn’t feeling too grand (the beginnings of a cold i think), i was very tired, i had sore limbs from the previous nights 5-a-side football (Andy/Begbie nearly broke my foot!) and also due to certain circumstances i was now going to the gig on my own. Looked like i was set to have a brilliant night eh?

Well, actually, yes i did.

I arm myself with my camera, my bank card and my iPod and i’m off. I make my journey to the Captains Rest accompanied by a soundtrack of the APTBS debut album and 10 Marlboro Lights. I’m still not too optimistic about the night ahead. The plan is: sneak into the venue, hope nobody spots that i’m on my own, have a few beers, listen to the music then go back to the city centre and meet up with the rest of the guys that were out. They were away to see Kasabian and Alice in Chains respectively. My opinions on them? The latter band i love and if it wasn’t for the APTBS gig being on the same night i would be at the Barra’s watching them. As for the former, i USED to love them. Their self titled debut album was amazing, just what was needed at the time in 2004, a fresh change from the drab music of the time. Then somehow Kasabian just got shit. I won’t elaborate on reasons why or go into my feelings on them, i just think they’re now Oasis in disguise. Back to last night now.

I enter the Captains Rest and shuffle straight up to the bar, order a pint of Kronenbourg then retire to the end of the bar. I’m just standing there thinking bout random things (how cool would it be to have a triangle donut? does the postman deliver his own mail? why is Robbie Williams allowed to live?) like i always do, when suddenly a dude comes up and says “nice hoodie, where’d you get it?”. He’s referring to my DFA1979 hoodie. Which, by the way, is nice, i like it 🙂 I’m only just realising that it always seems to garner attention wherever i go so maybe i’ll stop wearing it now! I’ve never been one for attention, i prefer staying in the background. Although i’m glad i wore it tonight or else i may very well have spent this gig on my own! I’ll explain..

I get chatting to him about various things for fifteen minutes or so. Music, beer, football, weed, facial hair, the usual man banter really. I find out he plays guitar and loves shoegaze-y music, a good bonus , i also enquire about his accent and discover he’s French. His name’s Romain. Just as we’re bantering away, two girls walk over. Anna and Francesca. Francesca is Romains girlfriend, she’s also French and Anna is an English girl who is helping them settle in Glasgow. I find out that they moved here in the summer. More to the point i’m just happy i’ve met people and i’m not on my own at this gig anymore! We buy a few rounds of Red Stripe then head downstairs to watch the gig. Romain hands me a strange little box, i struggle to read it in the dark, i squint and can just about see the writing on it. Eventually i recognise the writing as “A Place To Bury Strangers” and “Exploding Head”. Romain says to keep the box but to open it up first. I open it and find ear plugs in it. Romain explains that he seen APTBS live in NY last year, consequently met the band and they gave him a few of these boxes and they sometimes sell them at their gigs. How cool is that?! Anyway, i thank him for the gift but then close the box back over. There’s no way i’m going to lessen the impact that APTBS and Japandroids have on my ears, on record they are loud, live they are absolutely frighteningly loud. I like it that way. No ear plugs for me.

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Japandroids @ Captains Rest 12/11/09

The Captains Rest is the perfect setting for the the noise of APTBS and Japandroids. Its tiny “sardines packed in a tin” feel brings the audience closer than any other venue i’ve ever known. Any band that i’ve seen here previously couldn’t have prepared us for what was ahead though.

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Brian King: Guitars and Vox (Japandroids)

The Japandroids scramble on stage and introduce themselves, this is the Canadian duo’s first time in Scotland. They look pleasantly surprised at the amount of support they get from the crowd and then blast through a set full of punk noise the belies the capability of just two men. Brian King plays guitar and does the lions share of the vocals and David Prowse bangs the skins and screams and sings his way through his fair share of songs as well. I’ve been into the Japandroids since about March this year. I found them on Last FM and have tried my best to spread the word since. They remind me of a certain band. I’ll let you guess. Canadian? Two piece? Noise Rock? Plenty facial fuzz? Tunes to back up the punk attitude?….You got it yet? ….Make no mistake, these guys have the potential to be the new Death From Above 1979. Although to be honest i don’t like comparing bands to each other, it’s not fair on either so instead i’ll just say the Japandroids sound like they might be influenced by DFA and it’s a badge they seem to wear with pride. One things for sure though, they have a more “garage rock” feel about them then DFA, who had a more “electro” feel when they were around. I can only hope that Japandroids will be around a lot longer than DFA were and release a few more albums than their Canadian counterparts. They certainly made a perfect start with their debut album “Post Nothing”, it’s out now, get it bought. And don’t make any excuses! It’s not hard to find, i bought mine in Fopp. Like i said earlier, last nights show was the Japandroids first show in Scotland but it certainly won’t be their last, in fact they announced at the end of their set that they’ll be back over here next February. Be there. I will.

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David Prowse : Drums and Vox (Japandroids)

MP3:  Japandroids – Heart Sweats

MP3: Japandroids – Crazy Forever

The Japandroids song “Wet Hair” is my favourite track of theirs. My band Capgras covered it back in August and we changed the lyrics from “Wet Hair” to “Red Hair” and dedicated it to Si’s girlfriend!

VIDEO: Japandroids – Wet Hair

And now in the words of Japandroids drummer David Prowse “I hope you’re ready to have your face melted by A Place To Bury Strangers, you’ll lose brain cells if you’re down the front, they make us sound like an acoustic folk duo”. Brain cells? Lose? Down the front? That’s me fucked then. In all seriousness though that is mighty words coming from a guy whose band just about tore the ceiling off with their noise decibels. After all the roadies and guitar fiddler guys have left and the stage is good to go we move to part two of the gig. Enter stage left A Place To Bury Strangers. The dry ice ascends and the red mist covers the stage. My first thought is how the band have managed to fit on stage. Their amps are massive and the the pedals are spread out all over the floor, there’s wires, leads and cables going everywhere. How APTBS have squeezed on to this tiny platform is a mystery. But they’re here and they’re ready to blow us away. And they proceed to do just that. Starting off with some improvised effect intros and barging straight into “Missing You” then carrying on into a mixture of tracks from their eponymous debut album and new release “Exploding Head”. They hardly stop for breath between songs and Oliver Ackermann mumbles a few words here and there to the crowd. Nobody here though is bothered about crowd interaction, we didn’t come to have a chat with the band members. We came to have our ears assaulted. The band continue to pulverise our senses and end the gig with an extended wall of sound jam, leaving us with feedback ringing in our ears all the way upstairs and even 5 minutes later outside having a smoke we can still hear the lingering buzz of the Death By Audio pedals that Ackermann is famous for. We are well and truly bruised by the levels of noise we’ve just experienced. But thats what we expected, what we wanted and what we got.

MP3: A Place To Bury Strangers – Don’t Think Lover

MP3: A Place To Bury Strangers – Lost Feeling

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A Place To Bury Strangers @ Captains Rest 12/11/09 (from left to right: Jay Space, Jono Mofo and Oliver Ackermann

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*I couldn't get all the band in the one shot cos i was right down the front!

VIDEO: A Place To Bury Strangers – In Your Heart

Afterwards whilst in the bar discussing the gig we all get talking about what we're upto the next day or at the weekend etc. Francesca and Anna are going shopping (might have guessed!), Romain is planning on watching the Republic of Ireland vs France football match on Saturday but has no one to watch it with (sound familiar?). But, yep, you guessed it, i'm going out to watch that game in the pub with a few mates and invited him along. A few more drinks and it's time for me to go catch the last Subway back to town or i'll need to taxi it. I kinda don't wanna go, i'm enjoying myself with these 3 "strangers" but needs must. Before i go we exchange numbers and i'm off into the night/early morning to spend what remains of this Thursday/Friday in Nice N Sleazys drinking White Russians and listening to my mates say how i bet i wished i'd just decided to go to Alice In Chains and how good Kasabian were…….. Well, i just had a fucking amazing night in the Captains Rest thank you very much.

S.I.T Wolf X

ps. i kinda wish i'd worn those ear plugs….i can still hear that feedback!

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While Our Blood’s Still Young…..

After spending months looking forward to it…..the date finally arrived last night. The Temper Trap live in King Tuts.

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The gig itself was amazing, all that was to be expected and more, it was drenched in melodies and catchy choruses. The band have toured the UK extensively since early spring and with the release of their debut album they boast an impressive array of songs which translate absolutely brilliant live. They threw themselves into the gig last night as if it was there last, they hit every note and beat with everything they had and made sure they kept the crowd involved but thats not all the Temper Trap are about. They bring people together in a way that only certain bands can. With their lyrics. From the first chord of the night until the last drumbeat fell everybody in the packed King Tuts sang along to every word of every song. I woke this morning to find that i’ve practically lost my voice from singing all throughout last night. Looking around the venue there were guys with arms over each others shoulders, couples with arms around each others waists, drunk people randomly hugging other drunk people and singing along even though they might not know the words. The Temper Trap are very much a band for friends. They inspire the “I love you, man” feeling inside most people. In short they make everybody feel good. And its all with the power of words and the delivery of the vocals. Temper Trap frontman Dougy has a very powerful, touching, unique voice and i have actually known it to reduce people to tears….ahem, Lisa……

MP3s
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The Temper Trap – Love Lost

The Temper Trap – Science Of Fear

The Temper Trap – Down River

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As always, feel free to download the songs but please support the Temper Trap by buying the album, merch and going to the gigs etc

The band shot a new video for “Sweet Disposition” when they released it as a single in the UK recently but this is the original video from October 2008.  It’s still my favourite song of theirs because it encompasses so many emotions and atmospherics into one song.

Personally, i think the song and lyrics are about living for the moment but also about being able to share that moment with someone else. Hence the reason i think the song brings people together. If that makes sense? Or am i just rambling?

Anyway…

sweet disposition
never too soon
oh reckless abandon
like no one’s
watching you

a moment, a love
a dream aloud
a kiss, a cry
our rights, our wrongs
a moment, a love
a dream aloud
a moment, a love
a dream aloud

so stay there
cause i’ll be comin over
and while our bloods still young
it’s so young
it runs
and we won’t stop til it’s over
won’t stop to surrender

songs of desperation
i played them for you
a moment, a love
a dream aloud
a kiss, a cry
our rights, our wrongs
a moment, a love
a dream, aloud
a moment, a love
a dream aloud

so stay there
cause i’ll be comin over
and while our bloods still young
it’s so young
it runs
and we won’t stop til it’s over
won’t stop to surrender

S.I.T Wolf X

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….And Now For The Rest Of This Weekends Results: Moderat 1 – Tattoo 0

I had planned to go get a new tattoo this morning, thanks to a huge hangover i’m not, it’ll have to wait till next week now.

In the fallout of the Bloody Beetroots gig a fortnight ago and with my ears still ringing from that night, i wandered into the ABC at 9pm last night…….what was i thinking? Could Moderat match the Bloody Beetroots?

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Well, in a word, yes, they matched them, Moderat were brilliant and were every bit as loud and as enthralling but still…… nothing can beat jumping around to Warp while to masked men scream at you. Remember, it’s two different types of music we’re talking about here but on a scale of 1 to 10 Moderat was a 9.8 out of 10 and The Bloody Beetroots were a 9.9 (for Warp and FFA1985 alone).

Enough comparing though. On to last night. Moderat literally had the crowd in their hands BEFORE they were anywhere near the stage. The finely selected playlist they had on as a warm up (there was no support DJ/band you see, at least i don’t think so anyway :S) was just making everyone in the club more and more eager to finally catch a glimpse of the 3 main eventers behind Moderat. You see Moderat are a like a Supergroup in a way, they’re not just some random DJs who happen to use the moniker Moderat….no, this is the coming together of Modeselektor, Apparat and the visual expert Pfadfinderei. When they finally did appear on stage they opened with the first track from their album, the unbelievable dreamscapes of “A New Error” and before you know it they’re showering us with “Rusty Nails”, “Porc 1 and 2″ and”Seamonkey” amongst many others. Combine the tracks with the amazing visuals on the screen behind the trio and the audience was not only in Moderats hands but pretty much in their face, people were pushing closer and closer to them by the second. They brought events to a close by playing “BeatsWaySick” followed by a few more numbers which had the crowd chanting (as usual) “one more tune!”. Unfortunately they didn’t play us one more tune BUT they did go onto the after party at the sweatbox that is known as the Sub Club and i’m assuming they played a few more tracks in there before heading off into the night. The ticket stub from the Moderat gig allowed all gig goers free entry into that afterparty/aftermath but me and Gustav decided to give it a swerve. Afterall, the gig was packed and as soon as Moderat announced the Sub Club appearance everybody shot out the ABC like cannonballs, shot out into taxis and straight to the Subby. So we staggered out into the streets of Glasgow, found our few drinking companions who were also out in Glasgow and headed to another club, the CG which ironically is bang on next door to the Sub Club. We could have entered the Sub Club at anytime we wanted last night but we stuck with the CG and dancing to Tool, Deftones and Jimmy Eat World which was, in a guilty pleasure kinda way, fucking amazing. All in all, it was another brilliant night. We seen/heard Moderat play an eclectic, fantastic (fantasteclectic anyone?) and pretty much epic set then had a good night in the club afterwards. The Moderat guys have said they won’t be touring and making music again anytime soon, all 3 are heading back to work on their respective projects, so that makes last night all the more special. The tattoo can always wait………

Moderat live @ the ABC, Glasgow. Friday 4th September 2009

Moderat live @ the ABC, Glasgow. Friday 4th September 2009

MP3: Moderat – Les Grandes Marches

MP3: Moderat – Rusty Nails

MP3: Moderat – BeatsWaySick

Bonus tracks:

MP3: Modeselektor – Sucker Pin

MP3: Apparat – Fractales Pt 1

GIG RATING: Moderat 9.8 out of 10

S.I.T Wolf  X

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Fucked From Above Since 1985

Bloody Beetroots
Inside a warm, dark club, lit only by the random bursts of neon lights/flames that shoot across the roof, lurks shiny turntables and some huge fucking speakers. Behind those turntables lurk two men dressed in Venom masks poised and ready to go…….. Welcome to The Bloody Beetroots @ Death Disco…..

 Bob Rifo and Tommy Tea (aka The Bloody Beetroots) are two men with a purpose, they’re intent on making our ears bleed, intent on making The Arches shake to the core,  intent on making everyone who has squeezed into the club jump and bounce all night. They carried out their intentions and more. By 3am everyone was drenched in sweat, i mean everyone, even the bar staff couldn’t help moving to the wonky techno and disorientating beats that were furiously leaping from the sound system all night. Even the weather couldn’t ruin the night. It was pissing down outside but nobody cared, there was no way our tshirts could get any wetter (is wetter a word? dunno) than they already were with sweat. Everyone who was there left with a smile on their face and wandered off into the rainy Glasgow morning drunkenly mumbling to each other about how good a night they had. I got home sometime between the hours of 5:30am and 6am , i can’t remember exactly when  but i know i stayed up discussing the night with my mate Gustav till 7am, then the dawn broke and i went to bed. When i woke up in the morning i had all the signs of a cold coming on (is it any wonder after wandering around Glasgow in a sweaty tshirt while the rain lashes down) but who cares? Not me, not after a night like The Bloody Beetroots. It was well worth it.

MP3: Bloody Beetroots – Warp 1.9 feat. Steve Aoki

MP3: Bloody Beetroots – Anacletus

Bloody Beetroots Live
BONUS VIDEO

I found this on YouTube yesterday, its a clip from Saturday night aptly described as “Bloody Beetroots fucking up Death Disco”. Couldn’t agree more. Have a listen. You’ll wish you were there.

GIG RATING: Bloody Beetroots 9.9 out of 10

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T In The Park Review (Part 2) – The NEW(ish) Aural Delights

Ok after much delay (been busy at work recently) i’ve finally gotten round to my feelings on the 5 best new-ish artist/bands at T in the Park 2009.

1. THE TEMPER TRAP
First band up are the Temper Trap, i first heard them back in December 2008 and have been going on about them ever since (i mentioned them in my Tips for 2009 blog back in February too).  Sweet Disposition was the song that caught my attention originally and then i looked up a few other tracks. Namely Peter Parker and Science of Fear. But it wasn’t until i managed to get a hold of the album that i could really appreciate them….. or so i thought. The experience of seeing them live was easily one of the highlights of this years festival. And the song “Fader” easily wins title of Feel Good Hit of The Summer.

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MP3: The Temper Trap – Fader

2. THE BIG PINK
Next up is The Big Pink, a noisy duo who have been compared sound wise to  The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and countless other “shoegaze” bands. And although the walls of noise they create are a fair comparison, the Big Pink still manage to create a different structure by using beats that will remind the listener more of an industrial sound rather than dreamy noise pop. This may have something to do with the fact that Robin Furze was a founder member of noise merchants Panic DHH and also done time as a guitarist with punk-electronic legend Alec Empire. Meanwhile the other member of Big Pink, Milo Cordell, just happens to be the son of a 60’s pop producer. Milo also runs the Merok record label which has released a load of  material from disco-punk orientated bands including  the Klaxons. Mix these two guys together and you get the ethereal sounds of The Big Pink. Loud and straight to the point but strangely quiet and distant at the same time.

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MP3: The Big Pink – Velvet

3. UNICORN KID
Olly Sabin, otherwise known as Unicorn Kid made his first appearnce at T in the Park this year. Hiding behind his trademark Lion Hat (they’ll be the next big fasion accessory soon, even i have one!) he manages to somehow throw out bleeps and blips through his speakers and meld them into the catchiest melodies of the year so far. He has rode a wave of publicity this summer following numerous appearances on Radio 1 and Xfm and also his own headling tour which culminated at Balado. The demand for this 17 year old from Edinburgh is huge at the moment. What started out as hype has evolved into absolutely massive stadium sized songs. Unicorn Kid is definitely one for the future. Listen and justify the hype for yourself.

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MP3: Unicorn Kid – Lion Hat

4. DANANANANAKROYD
Possibly the weirdest name, no wait, DEFINITELY the weirdest name to appear on this blog (so far) is Dananananakroyd. Trying saying that whilst under the influence. They are a six piece (formerly 9 piece!) from Glasgow. Their music is just as strange as their name. Due to the nature of the screamed vocals they have often been put in the “Post Hardcore” genre. I hate labelling bands into genres. To me Dananananakroyd are more pop music but just in an unconventional sense. There are a more few songs on their debut album “Hey Everyone!” that could be deemed “radio friendly” though. But not in the sense of being radio friendly like “Nickel-fucking shite-back”.  The band have gained notoriety and a cult following through touring constantly and they were certainly a sight to see and hear at T in the Park. Random Fact: Ex-drummer Laura is married to Futureheads frontman Barry Hyde!

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MP3: Dananananakroyd – Pink Sabbath

5. WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS
Lastly we come to a band who are tipped for big things in the very near future. We Were Promised Jetpacks are 4 Edinburgh school friends who formed a few years after the turn of the milennium in 2003. They sing songs of lost love and despair in their own accents. Remind you of anybody? Glasvegas maybe? Well, this 4 piece sound nothing like Glasvegas, there’s no ungodly distortion, no smokey stages, no sunglasses indoors. Just raw emotion and menacingly plucked guitars. Everybody wants a piece of this band at the moment. And this has been solidified by the fact that the boys will be spending the rest of their summer and most of September playing Germany followed by a massive US tour with fellow Scottish bands Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad.

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MP3: We Were Promised Jetpacks – Moving Clocks Run Slow

Honourable mentions for new bands that i heard at T in the Park also go to Broken Records, The Phantom Band, Delphic, Pulled Apart By Horses and finally a band who more than match Dananananakroyd on the name front….The Seal Cub Clubbing Club.

Top 10 Performances of the Weekend
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1. The Temper Trap @ the T Break Stage on the Friday
2. Mogwai @ King Tuts Wah Wah Tent on the Sunday
3. The Big Pink @ the T Break Stage on the Sunday
4. M83 @ King Tuts Wah Wah Tent on the Saturday
5. Nine Inch Nails @ the Radio 1/NME stage on the Saturday
6. TV On The Radio @ King Tuts Wah Wah Tent on the Sunday
7. Unicorn Kid @ The BBC Introducing Stage on the Saturday
8. Foals @ King Tuts Wah Wah Tent on the Saturday
9. We Were Promised Jetpacks @ the T Break Stage on the Sunday
10. Dananananakroyd @ The BBC Introducing Stage on the Sunday

And that was T in the Park 2009

S.I.T Wolf x

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