Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Top 50 Scottish Albums - Jesus Biffy Gramme
And so, we come crashing into the top ten with my favourite track from what is probably maybe definetely one of my picks for best Scottish album ever from those masters of the guitar wall of sound cum feedback - Jesus and Mary Chain. Both Biffy's second showing and Aerogramme's track have a similar feel to them. And that feel is Seventies po-faced Rock - Get thee behind me Satan. I do tire of these dated retreads at times. Maybe I'm just tired. NEXT!
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Top 50 Scottish Albums - Spare Teenage Boards
On this track, Spare Snare sound a tad like a sub Jesus and Mary Chain. But then, so many do, doncha know. The mighty Teenage Fanclub are gigging in Edinburgh and Glasgow this week promoting their latest meisterwork, Man-Made. Sadly, I left it too late to get tickets, but here they are anyway from the magnificent Bandwagonesque with a typical Fannies workout. Then some ambient atmospheric shuffling from the Boards of Canada which is nice, if you like that kind of thing. I don't meself, but hey ho. I'll be back on Tuesday next week, so hey, look out for that. (I'm not doing the see you next Tuesday gag again - that is soooo last century).
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Top 50 Scottish Albums - Belle Amateur Frog
Second showing for B & S already with one of those incredibly catchy tunes you're sure you've heard somewhere before. In this case a bit of it has the same melody as bit of 'They Don't Know' by Kirsty McColl. I could probably write a whole thesis on songs nicked by Belle and Sebastian but, you know what? I won't bother. Calamateur I must confess is new to me (look, I'm old - I was out the music scene for yonks, geez a break), but this is a rather sumptious wee tune. Andrew Howie (for it is he) also contributed to Oldsolar (see below). Frog Pocket creates some interesting noises - this is a mere snippet from the deliberately mispelt Barel Orgen.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Top 50 Scottish Albums - Sebastian Mogwai Clyro
Severely untypical Belle and Sebastian track with electronic bleeps, helicopter noises and such, profoundly predicting the current resurgent interest in eighties synth shit. Meanwhile, Mogwai indulge in more guitar washing and Biffy Clyro give it big dramatic licks with this storming track. In other news, went to see The Fall last night - fucking fantastic. In other other news - if you're anywhere near the Roxy Art House in Edinburgh tonight, pop in, as yours truly is playing along with sundry others as part of the Edinburgh Rush festival. See www.edrush.com for details.
Friday, May 20, 2005
Top 50 Scottish Albums - Delgado Khaya Aphrodisiacs
'Songs sung out of key remind me that I'm free.' I know exactly what he means. Or do I? Fabulous slice of Delgados here. Such a shame they are no more. Violins and guitars have a right swedge in the unique slice of insanity that is Khaya - 'Husbands just wanna talk.' Really? 'I wish death upon them.' A bit strong. 'Weakness motherfucker weakness.' Ah, right. This is a bit nuts to say the least. In a good way. After all that it's time to unwind with the gentle pop electronica of The Aphrodisiacs.
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Top 50 Scottish Albums - Mogwai Super Strap
Rollercoaster time. The epic Ex Cowboy, a brooding little beast, builds eventually to a wash of electric noise before collapsing again into the ether. That's the power of Mogwai for you. At the other end of the musical spectrum, the infectious bouncy pop of Smile does exactly what it says in the title. Before we get too happy, though, Mogwai Chemikal Underground stablemates, Arab Strap, bring us back to the land of dour. Oh, and Oldsolar have arrived (see below). Thanks Scott R.
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Top 50 Scottish Albums - Associate Close Solar
I've said it before and I'll say it again - Billy Mackenzie had the best voice...ever. They might not have had the best songs, but you can't have everything. My favourite always used to be Transport to Central, but I couldn't find it, so have this instead. Also, I don't have anything from 'Foxheads...' but here's another by Close Lobsters with some fine lo-fi jangling/trebly Buzzcockesque pop. Sad but mesmerising Oldsolar track has me nearly greetin'. Love it.
The Associates: The Affectionate Punch - Amused As Always
27.Close Lobsters: Foxheads Stalk This Land - I'm Going to Heaven to See If It Rains
26. Oldsolar: Many Visitors Have Been Gored by Buffalo - Great Dane Dying
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Top 50 Scottish Albums - Yatsura Blue Yorkston
Second appearance by Urusei in the top 50, this time with the heavy glamtastic Glo Starz. Trash aesthetic indeed. Then something awfully polished from those awfully stylish Blue Nile chaps. Finally, a soothing come down from James Yorkston. Understated and calming. The quality's nae the best, but, hey, the songwriting shines through. PS. For all Yummy Fur fans, I got a track from their Kinky Cinema LP (see below). Thanks, Debbie.
Monday, May 16, 2005
Top 50 Scottish Albums - Josef Beta Wild
It's that old angular guitar sound again from past masters, Josef K. Shame they never made it big first time round, but nice to see resurgent interest in the wake of the Franz effect. The Beta Band track is a fine chugging atmospheric grower, as most of their stuff seems to be. They always seemed on the verge of something brilliant. And then, those Idlewild boys make a second appearance in the chart already with probably their best album to date. PS - I found the Reindeer Section track - see below.
Friday, May 13, 2005
Top 50 Scottish Albums - Orange Reindeer Martyn
Poor old Edwyn Collins. It's not bad enough that he's already hospitalised after a brain haemmorage, he's now contracted MRSA. Get well soon, sir. Here's one of his greats from the Orange Juice days. Cartwheels is just simply a brilliant pop song. End of story. Then a really gorgeous track from John Martyn, whose work I must confess I was mostly ignorant of. The only facts I knew about him previously were that Sid Vicious went on stage to punch him once but came off worse in the ensuing fight, and that he's lost a leg (the two incidents are not related). Onyhoo, many thanks to Griff from Last Night an Mp3 Saved my Wife (see mp3 blog list left) for this beautiful song.
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Top 50 Scottish Albums - Scream Yatsura Pastels
and Gentleman, last night I saw the future of rock 'n' roll at Bannermans
in Edinburgh and, lo, they are called The Atom Bombs. They reminded me of
seeing The Buzzcocks and Richard Hell way back in the day. If you get the
chance, do go see them before they are huge and snorting coke off the backs
of whores backstage at Glastonbury. Remember you read it here first. Meanwhile,
back at the charts, Primal Scream make their one and only entry. Surprisingly,
not Screamadelica, but then I always thought that was overrated. (Ooh, controversial).
Cheers Duncan for the Urusei - magic T.Rexish guitar bop there. And some
nice fruity Pastels to round things off.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Top 50 Scottish Albums - Yummy Vaseline Travis
not from Male Shadow at 3 O'Clock, but this is all I could get from the
Yummys. Some lo-fi goodness from their Kinky Cinema LP. Mmm, interesting.
The wrong links for Fire Engines and TV21 below have now been fixed. Right,
public service announcements over, relish again the marvellous Vaselines'
Molly's Lips and probably Fran Healey's boys ' finest moment. Travis are
much maligned because of their blandness, but I still like them, especially
this tune. So, nyer.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Top 50 Scottish Albums - Ivor Idle KLF
connection problems yesterday - apologies. Hurrying along, at joint 45th
position the incomparable Ivor with some words of wit and wisdom - "Everybody
got a triangle of hair but nobody talk about it." Poetry in harmonium.
Idlewild's The Remote Part was the beginning of their 'maturing' phase but
'American English' is still my favourite of theirs. That uber catchy hook
always gives me the old tingle quotient. And then there was the KLF before
they burnt a million pounds. What larks. By the way, Duncan, if you're out
there, Yummy Fur are coming up tomorrow. D'you have the chunes like?
Friday, May 6, 2005
Top 50 Scottish Albums - Proclaim Fire TV
heart is broken...' Ye cannae beat a bit o' Proclaimers and this title track
from Sunshine on Leith melts my heart every time I hear it. The resurgence
in interest in The Fire Engines sees their album 'Fond' respectably placed
at number 47 and Candy Skin still sounds incredibly new. Never tire of it.
TV21 I was never really aware of and this track, although a demo, sounds,
well, average, to me. I'm sure the album version was better. What I do remember
is the comic TV21 where I had my first piece of dynamic literature published
at the age of about nine. It was a joke about bees. Honestly. I'm still
waiting for the royalties.
Thursday, May 5, 2005
Top 50 Scottish Albums - Pick Rezillos Skids
of the Jock Rock awards at Glasgow's Mono on Sunday 15th May, here we go
with a rundown of the top 50 Scottish albums...ever. As voted for by readers
of 'Is This Music?' Pick of the Pops theme tune to start things off of course
and to get you all excited. Then, at number 50, 'Can't Stand the Rezillos'
by, you guessed it, The Rezillos. Then, not the Skids debut album, 'Scared
to Dance', but a compilation 'Best Of' which luckily contains the Stuart
Adamson composed Charles - an early live favourite at the Station Hotel
in Kirkcaldy on punk Sunday nights, along with Test Tube Babies.
Wednesday, May 4, 2005
Viva Ganger Fix
Electro Rock from Viva Stereo to kick off, followed by would be krautrockers
from Glasgow, Ganger, who split a while back. Aaaand...relax, as we move
on to something mellow from Embra's Air-Fix. Tomorrow I shall be counting
down the Top 50 Scottish albums as voted for by readers of 'Is This Music?'
I've got most of them, but am sorely lacking in Yummy Fur, Urusei Yatsura,
James Yorkston, John Martyn, Calamateur, Peeps into Fairyland, Old Solar,
Frog Pocket and Spare Snare. If any kind soul out there has tracks by these
fellows do let me know.
Tuesday, May 3, 2005
Potted Ampheta Fearties
Potted Heid - Wings of a Gull
Amphetameanies - Something Special
Nyah Fearties - Black Lies