:: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 ::

Fresh for '06

There are lots of grim and serious serious things in this world to talk about. Like for instance the research on the connection between poor diet and poor mental health. See us Scots? We eat deep-fried Mars Bars, we're pure mental. Literally. Or the research today that indicates that those living in poverty are more likely to experience SIDS.

But maybe its time to cheer ourselves up with some music.

Been checking out a few new music blogs recently, looking for some new sounds for '06.

camera obscura

Check out this wonderful review of Camera Obscura (pictured above at the West End Festival, Glasgow 2004) playing at Edinburgh University (totally missed that one) at Said the Gramaphone.

Said the Gramaphone seems to be a Montreal/Edinburgh collaboration. Montreal is such a great city for bands, lots of them quite arty and experimental. I've been told this is because lots of big business pulled out of the city during one of Quebec's constitutional crises'. Rents were cheap and lots of artists moved in. Both the Francophone and Anglophone scenes are strong. Broken Social Scene are another band from that scene who I have been listening to a lot recently.

A great review of the year at Monkey v's Bear

Rarities and interesting things at The Torture Garden.

Been liking Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Particularly the song 'The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth'. They're playing in Edinburgh in February but I could be lucky to get a ticket, even entered a competition on (the great) Radio 6 Music for tickets. Although I hear they are not a great live band anyway.

Loved the ridiculously catchy Nth Degree from Morningwood.


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3 Comments:

That Camera Obscura review is a really beautiful piece of work, so thank's for giving us the link.

By Blogger Reidski, at 3:43 pm  

Thanks for the kind words (both of you). It was indeed a lovely gig.

And Montreal is a wonderful, wonderful city. So much remarkable music buzzing down those streets. Toronto's doing great, as well - Broken Social Scene is actually from there. And they're playing Glasgow in February. (I will be both at that gig and at Clap Your Hands [with Two Gallants!] -- hope you make it!)

By Blogger Sean, at 11:40 am  

Cool Sean. Hope I do make it to the Clap Your Hands gig, but we shall see. Yeah Montreal is a great place, I have only been there once, in Winter, it was cold!

By Blogger Alister, at 9:46 am  

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