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February Stars (Part 1)

Finally, finally get round to showcasing what February has in store for me/you/us in the coming weeks….


It starts off tonight with Saddle Creeks finest, the unashamedly solemn Bright Eyes performing at the Oran Mor. Unfortunately for me, regardless of the gig being 10 minutes ftom my flat, i won’t be making it as it’s fucking sold out. Gutted. I’m  not the only one of my friends to miss out though so we’ll take solace by listening to his new album (yes, it leaked) and imagining we were there.
MP3: Bright Eyes – It’s Cool, We Can Still Be Friends
VERDICT: Not attending due to gig being a sell out. Bummer.

Then there’s a disgracefully good night of gigs on all in the one night. 5 to be exact! Unfortunately i can’t be in five places at one time. Glasgow, you cheeky bitch.

Quick, someone call the noise police! Glasgow heavyweights Suplex The Kid join forces with Thula Borah for what is sure to be the loudest gig of the year so far. With a sound that can only be described as monolithic Suplex The Kid will be sure to drain every last drop of ear splitting audio candy that their tortured amps will allow them too. Expect the decibel levels to be at warning level. Thula Borah are a band i don’t really know a lot about but after having a listen to some tunes on Myspace i’m looking forward to seeing these guys in action too. Come on down if you think your ears are man enough. If not then come down anyway and bring some earplugs with you. You know it makes sense.
MP3: Suplex The Kid – Escape The City
Thula Borah Myspace
VERDICT: Loudly going where many men have gone before. I’m there 🙂

Chapel Club have been lumped in many a category from post punk to shoegaze to the ever increasingly overused “alternative”. I prefer to stick with my own term of wide eyed dark pop. Unfortunately this is one of 3 gigs i won’t be able to make due to my fondness for Suplex The Kid and their noisefests.
MP3: Chapel Club – The Shore
VERDICT: A no show form me due to other gig commitments.

A gig i don’t know too much about to be honest. It was a friend who asked me to go and i was more than willing to until the Suplex gig came up. One of the band members of Without Aeroplanes is a friend of a friends boyfriend. Does that make sense? Anyway, i’ve heard good things about all the 4 bands on show here so check out there respective pages and judge for yourself.
Analogue Of The Sun
Without Aeroplanes
For full details of this gig check here.
VERDICT: Yet another no show from me. I would if i could Luisa! Sorry again.

This is a re-arranged gig after the guys had to postpone last years gig at the students famous haunt. They’re a band who need to be experienced in the flesh to be truly appreciated. Lyrics about their experiences in their home city ring true on so many of their criminally underrated tracks.
MP3: The Twilight Sad – Last Year’s Rain Didn’t Fall Quite So Hard
VERDICT: Once again a pass from me. I’ll be busy propping up the bar in Stereo.

The dudes at Cry Parrot as usual have put on an absolutely awesome line up. Here’s their description of the event and bands playing…

“This one’s going to be pretty wild. Crasier Frane & Cry Parrot putting on New York’s finest for yaow. Get excited.”

Japanther: Hyper-artistic change your life dance punkers. Japanther comes from Brooklyn, NYC, and makes eternally sick power-pop with drums, bass, dual vox, and cassettes. Collabs from Spank Rock to shadow puppets. Songs from suicide to surfing. Do this.
MP3: Japanther – Spread So Thin

Shellshag: 1000 mile stare pedal-on/pedal-off 19-fucking-90’s rock music. Redefining DIY with rudimentary carpentry/soldering skills and semi-bright ideas. Think Nirvana.
MP3: Shellshag – Shut Up

Streets Of Rage: Zero web-presence Glasgow skate punk for suburban mountain bikers. Bass/drums/guitar/songs. No breaks.
MP3: Streets Of Rage – Nu Jazz

VERDICT: Same again, won’t be in attendance due to being at the Suplex The Kid gig. If it was anybody apart from the Suplex guys then i’d be at this one.

And that about sums up your first February previews. Part 2 tomorrow.

S.I.T Wolf  X

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THE MONDAY LIST #14: Around The World In One List

Music loves the world. And the world loves it back. Some bands have decided to combine the two. Observe….

Around The World In One List

1. Boards of Canada – Seven Forty Seven
2. Air France – Collapsing At Your Doorstep
3. Heroes of Switzerland – Soaring
4. Portugal. The Man – Lovers In Love
5. The Strange Death Of Liberal England – A Day Another Day
6. Everything Is Made In China – Automatic
7. Zoo Brazil – Technik
8. USA Is A Monster – All Or Nothing
9. Forward Russia – Breaking Standing
10. Atmosphere Italy – Baltic Fly

Bonus Track: (I had to include these guys simply for not attempting to mix a country into some sort of band name but instead just deciding to call themselves after it. That’s dedication. Oh and they’re Swedish by the way….)

MP3: Liechtenstein – This Must Be Heaven

One thing i’m interested in is the reason behind the names. Some i know about and some i’m having a wild stab at.

My favourite Scottish knob twiddlers (there’s another “that’s what she said” moment for you, Emma) Boards of Canada were inspired by the documentaries made by the National Film Board of Canada.

With the blissful Air France being Swedish i can only assume they liked flying with the French airline company so much that they honoured the name.

Heroes of Switzerland are actually noisey guys from Nottingham, but i’m guessing they probably have a thing for Toblerones. Then again, who doesn’t?

Portugal. The Man, well that’s obvious isn’t it? No, you’re right it isn’t. But this goes some way to explaining it the reason behind the cult indie legends name.

“A country is a group of people,” guitar player and vocalist John Gourley explains. “With Portugal, it just ended up being the first country that came to mind. The band’s name is ‘Portugal’. The period is stating that, and ‘The Man’ states that it’s just one person.”  The name has more personal meaning as well: Portugal. The Man was going to be the name of a book that Gourley had planned to write about his father and his many adventures.

The Strange Death Of Liberal England is easy. The diverse band named themselves after a book of the same title.

Everything Is Made In China. A Russian post-rock band who sing in English but have China in their name. Nice. Covering all the bases then guys? The music is rather good though.

The Scandanavian electro DJ duo Zoo Brazil is one that baffles me. A love of the Amazon Rainforest maybe?

USA Is A Monster doesn’t need much explaining. These loud, bold, noise bringers obviously have a very strong opinion of their own country.

Forward Russia are/were an English indie punk band with a habit (up until 2006) of naming songs simply with numbers. The name? No idea. A battle cry perhaps? I met them once, i probably should’ve asked.

Atmosphere Italy are from Italy and they do…eh….”atmospheric” music? No. That’s only half true. They are Italian but they’re more Balearic Disco House (bordering cheesy at points) than atmospheric.

Swedish indie folk group Liechtenstein just went the whole hog and said “fuck it, we’re stealing that country”


There were too many to choose from for Japan. Japandroids, Japan, Japanther, Japanese Popstars, Japanese Motors…

I finally settled on Japanther cos i haven’t listened to them in years and forgot how good this song is.

Japanther – Divorce

Future Kings Of Spain – Face I Know

Maps Of Norway – Traffic

So that was a short musical trip around the globe. I quite liked the subject. I think for the next Monday list i’m going to do a list based on cities. Should be fun.

S.I.T Wolf  X

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