Have Your SAY: Vote Now In This Year’s SAY Awards…

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There has been talk about voting fatigue, but no matter if you’re in or out, we all like to shake it all about and  how better to do that than to take part in the public vote for this year’s Scottish Album of the Year Award.

You can now do just that, but only until tomorrow night (Wednesday, 15th June) at midnight. To help you choose, below are tracks from all 20 long listed  albums and you can learn more about them by clicking on their names.

It’s a list of quite breathtaking quality
and range so it’s not going to be an easy choice, but here they are in alphabetical order. You only get one chance, so vote now or forever shut yer geg…

Admiral Fallow – Tiny Rewards

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New Musical Success: A Record Store Day 2016 Special…

Randolphs-Leap_Cowardly-Deeds_cover_pinemartin3Tomorrow (Sat 16/4/16) is Record Store Day 2016, and all across the land this evening chairs are being unfolded, sleeping bags zipped and cheap alcohol consumed in a bid to get those through the night who are willing to stand in line for new releases and rarities which the day always brings.

A lot of people have mixed feelings about the now annual event, with many suggesting that it has moved away from its distinctly admirable indie beginnings to become just another way to make music lovers pay through the nose for music they often own already in another form.

However, many independent record stores claim that the day can guarantee their survival for another year, and that can’t be a bad thing, can it? It has also been in no small part responsible for the resurrection of vinyl as a format due to the collect ability of the exclusive releases, as well as being a great day for live music, and you can click here for just a few suggestions as to who to see around Scotland. Continue reading

April’s Guys: The Best New Music From Last Month…

I apologise for being a bit later than normal with this, but I seemed to go on a week’s holiday by mistake. Won’t happen again. Anyway, welcome to the best new music from April of which there was quite a lot. As well as what follows, we had the long list of this year’s Scottish Album of The Year Awards (more of which below) which once again highlighted how deep and wide and tall Scottish music is at the moment.

Last month saw a lot of electric dreams, melancholic musings, and moving melodies. A track which exhibits the latter two comes from The Deadline Shakes with their new single ‘Phonecalls In The Bath’. Always an interesting band, this shows a real leap forward in their songwriting and confidence in their music. Starting slowly it builds to reach epic proportions while never going over the top, and is packed so full of hooks you could do yourself an injury. Classic pop in the tradition of The Go Betweens, The Woodentops, Camper Van Beethoven and Sugar, this gets better with every listen and for me is the first classic pop song of summer 2015. Sun out, windows down, this is the perfect accompaniment. Good work fellas. Have a listen for yourself:

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