The Kays in December

It’s now all confirmed and sorted.  The Kays will be supporting The French Quarter on a nice wee mini tour at the start of December.  The French Quarter are an excellnet band from Tilicoutry.  They have been very fortunate to have had one of their songs recently picked up by the BBC – both BBC1 and BBC2 for their winter adverts.  They deserve it.  I do enjoy their music and it’s a total pleasure to get to go on a little road trip with them.  One of the things I love most about Trampoline and Edinburgh is the community that forms and the friendships you form.  I have made great friends in the French Quarter and Glissando and it’s nice because we’re all helping each other out.  I’m a bit drunk at this point, so this blog could perhaps be a little less shit. :o)  BUt my point is this – The French Quarter rock.  Glissando Rock and I cannot wait for the December shows.  Which for the most part will be a stripped back affair for the Kays with perhaps only me and Graeme involved.  Not sure yet.  Anyways, the dates are:

4th Dec – Nice N’ Sleazys, Glasgow

5th Dec – KAGE, Dundee

6th Dec – SNAFU, Aberdeen

7th Dec – Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh

Brilliantly Kartta are playing on all dates apart from Dundee where it’s Kaput. I like Kartta and Phil is another great bloke we’ve met through music.  I’m going to stop talking now.  Probably should stop drinking too. Though it helps me sleep.  oh dear……..

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Olafur Arnalds

I’m sitting here on this cold cold cold friday night, on my sofa, with a large glass of red wine and I’m listening to the best cd I have bought in a long long long long time.  Olafur Arnalds ‘Eulogy For Evloution’ is one of the most beautiful, inspiring, moving pieces of music I have heard.  There is nothing I can really say except that this is a brilliant album of classical/electronic music, though predominantly classical.  It’s better than anything I’ve heard this year and it will take something special to beat it during the rest of the year.  This is a stunning piece of music from a young Icelandic composer with a bright future.  It reminds me in so many ways of Einaudi.  The simplicity of the piano is stunning but there are more strings, more noise, more atmosphere to these tunes.  It’s gorgeous.  Pure and simple.  I think this will be on repeaton my stereo for a long time to come.  And I have more Icelandic music to look forward to in the next few dats in the shape of Seabear who I discovered listening to my friend Heidi’s mix on her Wesinkships blog.  How can Iceland be so small and yet produce so many wonderful bands.  Mum and Amiina being two other favourites of mine.  It’s so inspiring.  I want to go and play my piano now but fear I wil be stuck in my sofa listening to this over and over and over.  Spellbinding.  That’s what this is!

Cancel the Astronauts – Limbo, the Voodoo Rooms, October 30, 2008

Ok, so firstly I want to say that I like Limbo nights.  I like Andy and Dave and I like what they do and how hard they work to make what they do a success.  I have seen some cracking bills at Limbo and some cracking bands too.  I’m always impressed by the fac their night is a weekly night and that they never seem to use the same bands over and over again.  However, this is also, in my opinion, where things sometimes become disappointing because I have been to a few limbo nights lately which have been a massive let down.  I don’t want to name bands or slag off other bands but I guess my point is that when you run a weekly music night like this it’s so very difficult to consistently put on good shows.  I run Trampoline once a month because I don’t think I could put on a good show every week.  Nor would I put on bands I did not think were good enough or to my taste.  I guess in a way that’s why I admire what Andy and Dave do.  There doesn’t seem to be any music snobbery going on, they are just helping lots of bands get an opportunity to play in one of Edinburgh’s better venues.  The Voodoo Rooms is a bit swanky but it’s also got a great sound system and is fantastic place to play.  Anyways, last night’s show was one I’d been looking forward to as it’s been a while since I had seen my good friends Cancel the Astronauts.  The band on before them were called Babygod and seem to be a coming together of Glasgow session musicians.  Some of their tunes were excellent, some were not but I did enjoy their set.  Cancel the Astronauts though were on fine form.  They sound tighter than ever and have so much energy on stage that it’s hard not to have a smile on your face during the performance.   They played a lot of songs I’d not heard before and I have to admit that they are really developing into a great band.  The songs are stronger and the performance is more assured.  It helps when you have a really good front man.  The Kays are still trying to find one! – but CTA have no worries there and the rest of the band are tight, excellent musicians – and dancers! If I’m being perfectly honest, the style of music that CTA play would not be my preferred choice any day of the week but ever since I first saw them and heard tongue in cheek songs such as “I am the president of your fanclub and last night i followed you home” I’ve been hooked with their infectious, catchy pop numbers.  If ever there was a band crying out to radio stations to be heard then it’s these guys.  I hope they get where they want to go.  They are a great bunch of lads and severely under-rated.