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Eclecticity 2010 – The Ill Eagles

So,  this weekend was fun.

It’s not every weekend that you get the chance of gigs, parties, more gigs and more parties but this was one of those weekends and i made sure i enjoyed it to the full. I am however suffering for it now. Major hangover. I’ll need to recharge my batteries for the HEALTH gig at The Arches tomorrow night but right now the dust is just starting to settle after days of chaos and i’m gonna relax by lying up on the couch and watching Oddsac. Been aching to get my hands on it for months now and today i finally did.

But first let me tell you about Eclecticity 2010.


Think of it as an “underground party”. It’s an event that’s held every year (this year was my first, cherry officially now popped!) in the East/Central area of Scotland. It t. Over the years it has taken place in garage workshops, abandoned buildings, industrial estates, warehouses and even some brave/idiotic persons one bedroom flat! This year was a warehouse party. The exact location isn’t allowed to be disclosed. You see, it’s an “illegal” party that starts at 8pm and goes on until all hours of the morning. Usually ending around 6 or 7am. As you can imagine it gets quite messy and chaotic the later it goes on. Apparently the authorities have uncovered it before, 2007 and 2008 if legend is to be believed, and put an end to it.

This year flyers (i’m in the picture! :D) were handed out around pubs and clubs with instructions to follow an eye, much in the style of the BB one, around the town which will then eventually lead you to the venue. Pretty cryptic huh? Pretty dangerous too if you ask me but hey i’m not the organiser i was only playing at it so what can i do.

So to the set….

We arrived at the venue around 9pm, the place was already packed. Sweat filled t-shirts bobbing around to a pre-show soundtrack of Bloody Beetroots, Proxy, Fake Blood and Boys Noize. Thumbs up to whoever compiled that.

We went through to the “backstage” area, a small room no bigger than a hut, and had a few drinks. These parties are always strictly “Bring Your Own Booze” so myself and Chris had bought a case of Red Stripe and a fair few of those really cool mini cans of Jack Daniels. Believe me i needed the alcohol for some Dutch courage before i took to the “stage”. The DJ area was a small block built out of someones computer desk and what looks like the remains of a discarded wardrobe. Small, stuffy but enjoyable nonetheless. Bearing in mind that i’m still not too experienced at this whole live DJing malarky on my own (can count how many i’ve played without Chris in one hand!) Chris agreed to stand up with me, or linger around as he called it, for the first hour or so of my set until i got settled in. I was unbelievably nervous beforehand so was glad of the his presence and experience for the first hour or so. After that it was all go though. Not even a glitchy smoke machine could stop me! Those who were there will know what i mean 🙂

Chris has very kindly recorded my set from the party using his Virtual DJ software and is in the process of converting the file and breaking it up into 1 hour 20 minute sections (it’s originally over 3 hours long) that will allow me to put the whole set onto cd format. Hopefully it’ll span over 3 cds, maybe 4 that i can give to friends and family. But as soon as he’s given me the files i’ll get them uploaded to mediafire and available for free download.

In the meantime, here’s some of the tracks i dropped into my set.

MP3: Congorock – Babylon (Uppermost Rework)

MP3: LOL Boys – Counting (123 Reprise)

MP3: G-Tronic – Sucker Punch

MP3: Missil – Get Busted

MP3: Felix Da Housecat – Kick Drum

MP3: Cyberpunkers – OMG (Belzebass Remix)

MP3: Kissed With A Noise feat. Young Buck – Watuppp (PeaceTreaty Remix)

It was a very eclectic set with tracks ranging from synth pop to shoegaze (used HTRK as an intro track), glitch to electro, techno to dub, bass heavy to chilled out, originals to remixes and cut ups and a whole host of other good stuff inbetween. Expect the full setlist and downloads to be up next weekend in the “Weekend Mixtape” section. If you’re listening Chris…..that’s a hint! No, actually, it’s a deadline!

The party itself was certainly an experience. So much so in fact that it’s one i’d be happy to leave untouched. By that i mean that i probably won’t play another one of these nights. I’ll leave that to Chris/Sherbert Head and the rest of the professional “Ill Eagles” as they call themselves. There’s another underground event again at the end of the year and i’ve been asked to play. I’m considering it just now but i think i’ll politely decline. I really am a bag of nerves/embarrasment when it comes to the whole playing live thing, so much so that i need a wolf mask to hide me! Even when i played guitar live with my old band i would stand at the back with my hood up. People will probably see that as ignorance or arrogance but it really is a curse. I would change it if i could. But for now i’ll stick to being a bedroom DJ and musician. Speaking of which, i’ve been recording some new instrumental material recently, just me, my laptop, my guitar and my delay pedal.

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Ok, i’m off to eat cheese n toast and watch Oddsac…..finally.

S.I.T Wolf  X

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Some Guy Called Fawkes Did It

I understand i’m more than a bit late with the 5th of November celebration post but i’ve been genuinely busy all week, i’ve hardly had time to do anything since last Tuesday and the free time i’ve had since then has been spent trying to sleep or get things ready.

But without further delay i’ll introduce some 5th of November themed tracks i found lying amongst my collection…

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MP3: Castanets – Worn From The Fight With Fireworks

MP3: Animal Collective – Fireworks

MP3: Dandelion Snow – Fireworks Display

MP3: Ryan Adams and Leona Naess – Rocket Man (Elton John cover)

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MP3: Bonfire Madigan – Lady Saves

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MP3: The Marshmallow Pop Orchestra – Mystery

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I had to include these guys from my home city of Glasgow, the name alone is genius. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting them and seeing them live, they are definitely a bright spot in the future of Scottish music. They have the songs to do it, the main obstacle is getting them heard. Check out their MySpace and download some of the MP3’s below if you like them. Their debut album is out so if you like what you hear then please buy it.

MP3: There Will Be Fireworks – White Noise on the TV

MP3: There Will Be Fireworks – Foreign Thoughts

MP3: There Will Be Fireworks – Midfield Maestro

http://www.myspace.com/therewillbefireworks

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And here’s another gem from another Scottish artist with an apt name for the 5th of November. I nearly forgot to add this. I seen him/them support Errors @ the Oran Mor about a year ago and bought the debut album pretty much straight after, it’s maybe not to everybody’s tastes but i’d recommend it for fans of Errors, Boards of Canada and the likes.

I’m actually gonna do a post soon on Scottish artists, there’s so much out there that needs to be heard..

S.I.T Wolf  X

ps. i spent the 5th in the ABC watching Mew, i had waited 4 long years to see them live again and it was well worth it. I’ll review the gig soon. I had planned to mix the review in with this post and call it “The Comforting Sounds of Fireworks” but i’m off to lie down and get some much needed rest after a hectic weekend so i’ll leave the review till tomorrow or tuesday.

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THE MONDAY LIST #4: I’ll Take The Rain

After just being informed that it has rained at least once in a day for the last 5 weeks (i do live in Scotland in all fairness) it occured to me that a list of rain songs would be a good idea for the next Monday list. Without further ado…

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Top Ten “Rain” Assosciated Songs
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MP3s
1. Shiny Toy Guns – Rainy Monday
2. Basement Jaxx – Raindrops
3. Garbage – Only Happy When It Rains
4. Prince – Purple Rain
5. Animal Collective – Moo Rah Rah Rain
6. Vector Lovers – Empty Buildings, Falling Rain
7. Parts and Labor – Fake Rain
8. Engineers – Come In Out Of The Rain
9. Slowdive – Country Rain
10. Longwave – Sideways Sideways Rain

And of course no list about Rain would be complete without the ACTUAL “Rain Song”………….step forward a certain Led Zeppelin.

Now, everybody knows that after the rain comes the rainbow….

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You have to put up with the rain if you want the rainbow….

S.I.T Wolf X

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