In this week's round-up: An innovative gig from FOUND; New opportunity from Verden Studios; Kelburn Garden Party returns; plus new music from The Unwinding Hours, Beerjacket and Saint Max, this week's gig picks and a video from Dave Frazer.
Good Monday to you. It's a wee day off work for me and I have just achieved the impossible. I've cleared out my inbox.
Aside from that boring but deeply important goal, I'm recovering from yesterday, which was the West End Festival closing party. A full day of fantastic bands to which we said, yes please.
Among the day's highlights was a stunning performance from Remember Remember, a thoroughly intense and enthralling John Knox Sex Club set and RM Hubbert rounding off a lovely afternoon show - in which his stage banter got laughs out of the most inappropriate of things - when he was joined onstage by Aidan Moffat.
We Were Promised Jetpacks brought the whole thing to a close with a set which could accurately be described as barnstorming; Mr Moffat himself was onstage downstairs with Bill Wells celebrating their SAY Award win. Phew. What a day, what a day.
• Edinburgh band FOUND have some news about a rather special gig this August in the Queen's Hall. #UNRAVEL Live – The Only Gig You Can Control With Your Phone - well, the title tells you much of what you need to know. The audience will be able to interact with FOUND and Aidan Moffat as they perform, and take some control of the way the gig is going.
Sounds good? Yes - and the band's Ziggy Campbell and Kev Sim will be performing new music under their Lomond Campbell and River of Slime guises respectively, plus Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat will be playing songs from their award-winning album Everything's Getting Older.
AND.. FOUND will round off the live music by debuting material from their as yet unnamed fourth album. All for £10.
• Verden Studios have an opportunity for young bands and musicians or singers from Edinburgh and East Lothians to take part in a project, supported by Creative Scotland's Cashback for Communities strand.
Six groups of young people between the ages of 14 and 25 to produce a professional recording of two tracks. Applications are open online at www.verdenstudios.co.uk. The deadline for applications is 27 July.
• This weekend is the Kelburn Garden Party. The line-up includes the likes of The Phantom Band, Submotion Orchestra, Yes Sir Boss, Miaoux Miaoux, Adam Stearns & The Glass Animals, Chungo Bungo, Washington Irving, Tinderbox Orchestra, Rainbow Fisher, Panda Su, The Little Kicks, Blank Canvas and far more. Full info, tickets, pictures and stuff are available on the website.
• The Unwinding Hours have been releasing details of their next album, which will be released on 20 August. The tracklisting for 'Afterlives' was revealed on Facebook this week.
• Jamie Smith is a jazz musician and producer from Edinburgh who releases under the name Outerattik. Now, bear with me, because when he described it as "freestyle downtempo/acid jazz" I was sceptical whether I'd enjoy it and in fact, very much did. Why not judge for yourself with his 'Attic' EP?
• Beerjacket has released a free download of his single, 'Cave', on Bandcamp. Which you should naturally click through and get.
• Just a reminder, the Adam Stafford/Rick Redbeard split single on Gerry Loves which we were discussing before last week's launch shows, is released today. And it shouldn't be missed. Along with two tracks on the limited edition 7" you get a free download of two additional tracks from each artist.
• Saint Max has released debut EP, 'Saint Max and the Fanatics', through Bandcamp. Recorded at Green Door in Glasgow, it's something you definitely want to stick on if you fancy a dance. And there's a fantastic horn section in that first track.
• Louise Quinn from A Band Called Quinn has released an EP with a duet from Parisian DJ and producer Kid Loco. 'Oh Jackie' from the EP is out now, and you can find it on Soundcloud.
THIS WEEK'S GIG PICKS
TUESDAY to FRIDAY: New music/theatre/arts project Whatever Gets You Through The Night starts at The Arches, featuring words and music by Errors, Alan Bissett, Rachel Sermanni, Withered Hand, Annie Griffin, Meursault, David Greig, RM Hubbert, Wounded Knee, Alan Spence, Ricky Ross, Isabel Wright, Conquering Animal Sound, Emma Pollock, Kirstin Innes, Swimmer One, Bigg Taj, Stef Smith, Eugene Kelly, Talkingmakesnosense, David Ireland, Skye Loneragan, Kieran Hurley and more. Directed by Cora Bissett, the show tackles the theme of what happens between midnight and 4am - but tickets are going fast.
THURSDAY: Multi-arts event LeithLate is on at venues throughout Leith, including an after party with live sets by Paul Vickers and Remember Remember.
FRIDAY: Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit plays the latest Neu! Reekie at the Scottish Book Trust, Edinburgh with Liz Lochhead and Sue Tompkins.
SATURDAY: Mono, Glasgow hosts the launch of Secret Summer - a 10-week programme of gigs, clubs and special events across Glasgow this summer. The venues include The 78, Mono, Stereo, The Flying Duck and the Old Hairdressers and the full programme will be announced on the night. The launch includes sets by Ben Butler & Mousepad, Mother Ganga and We Can Still Picnic DJs.
SATURDAY: Kid Canaveral play an intimate show at The Wee Red Bar in Edinburgh, with Randolph's Leap. KC will be playing tracks from their next album. Tickets are available online.
SATURDAY: The Little Kicks are at the Lemon Tree, Aberdeen. They're also playing the Kelburn Garden Party the next day.
THIS WEEK'S VIDEO
Here's a stunning video for New Zealand-born, now Glasgow-based singer/songwriter Dave Frazer. And it's stunning, as videos go. Who knew you could sing in a swimming pool? Dave's music is available on Bandcamp.
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