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  • by NICK MITCHELL
 

Frightened Rabbit and Quickbeam announce album plans; Avalanche set to close doors; The Big Apple Award returns; new music from Snide Rhythms, Trapped in Kansas, Admiral Fallow and Three Blind Wolves; plus this week’s gig guide.

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Quickbeam have announced their plans to release a debut album next Spring on Glasgow micro-label Comets & Cartwheels. The band have secured financial backing from Creative Scotland as part of the Quality Arts Production programme. You can follow the progress of the recording with regular pictures and postings on their blog page.

Frightened Rabbit told their mailing list recipients last week that they are preparing give a film they shot during their Highlands tour earlier this year the cinematic treatment. ‘Here’ will be screened at Edinburgh’s Cameo on November 19 and Glasgow’s CCA on November 22, with Frabbits frontman Scott Hutchison on hand to play a few acoustic songs each night. Earlier last week the Selkirk band announced details of their fourth album. Pedestrian Verse will be released on Atlantic Records on February 4.

• As you will probably have heard by now, Edinburgh record shop Avalanche has announced that it plans to shut its doors on January 6. After explaining the reasons for this tough decision, owner Kevin Buckle wrote on the shop’s blog: “I have to draw a line in the sand somewhere and that date is Sunday January 6th 2013. I hope that by then there will be a plan but at worst I will simply close the shop and concentrate on expanding our online presence and pursuing other opportunities. I’ll always be keen to support Scottish artists but maybe the focus on how that is done will need to change.”

The Big Apple Award is back, with bands being given the chance to support The View at the Bowery Ballroom in New York on April 7, during Scotland Week. Entrants will be shortlisted by a panel of judges, with the top five playing a live final at Glasgow’s Garage on December 19. Last year’s prize was won by Song of Return. Full information...

• Glasgow hardcore trio Citizens, who we featured back in 2009, have sadly decided to call it a day. The band announced their decision on Facebook, where they added, tantalisingly: “There will be a final show, details to follow.”

The Pictish Trail has revealed details of his second solo album. Secret Soundz Vol. 2 will be released on Fence Records (of which he is the co-founder) on January 21. There will also be a UK tour (with new Fence signings Eagleowl as backing band and support), with dates at the Art Club in Glasgow (24 Jan), the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy (25 Jan), The Tunnels in Aberdeen (26 Jan), St Andrews Student Union (3 Feb) and The Caves in Edinburgh (21 Feb).

• Music blog Scottish Fiction has a new free compilation of some of the best Scottish bands around at the moment. Explaining this release, he writes: “Back in July 2012 we celebrated our 12th free Scottish Fiction EP by asking 12 of our favourite Scottish artists to contribute a track, which were then hidden amongst our catalogue of EP’s. We had a great response to the initiative, and now for the first time all 12 hidden tracks are available to download in the one place.” You can download the album, which includes tracks from the likes of Discopolis, Randolph’s Leap and Mitchell Museum, from his Bandcamp page.

NEW MUSIC

• Edinburgh trio Snide Rhythms have their debut album out today. The eponymous LP is released on The Bonjour Branch, the label set up by members of Django Django, The Phantom Band and Randan Discotheque. Fans of any of those bands would be well advised to check out some of the tracks on SoundCloud, and the label’s new website.

Trapped in Kansas were one of the first bands we featured on Radar in 2009, and it’s great to report that they’re back with their first new material since last year. The single ‘Only Child’ builds on their customary math rock with a deeper layer of atmospheric ambience. It’s worth a listen, and you can get it from their Bandcamp page.

Admiral Fallow have put out a new video for their single ‘Isn’t This World Enough?’, an almost religious-sounding singalong which gets its official release on December 10.

Three Blind Wolves are currently winning new fans on a UK tour, and the band have a new video for ‘Gold on the Cross’, which documents life on the road (and chucks in some unusual culinary tips as a bonus).

• Glasgow five-piece Static Future have posted a new song called LaBeija on Bandcamp, which they describe as a “heady cocktail of The Wedding Present and late-era Talking Heads”. It’s a free download, so why not judge for youself?

THIS WEEK’S GIG PICKS

Tuesday: London indie-pop from Mystery Jets might have dropped out of the charts of late but they are sure to draw a crowd to the Oran Mor, Glasgow.

Wednesday: Irvine-based rockers What The Blood Revealed play Bloc, Glasgow, with notable support from Cherry Wave and Fat Janitor.

Thursday: Indulge in some chansons francaises with Scotland’s finest French-language pop group Les BOF!, who are playing, fittingly, the French Institute in Edinburgh.

Friday: Mono celebrates its 10th birthday in what should be memorable fashion, with performances from Franz Ferdinand, RM Hubbert and Muscles of Joy.

Friday: Teen Canteen, a girl group who have won praise with just one song, play the Glad Cafe in Glasgow.

Saturday: Song by Toad returns with more Bad Fun at St John’s Church in Edinburgh, with Broken Records, Easter and Radar-featured Le Thug. Tickets are £10 on the door or £7 in advance.

Sunday: Suspire launch their new single ‘Dodos’ at the Art School in Glasgow with support from Emma’s Imagination, Dee and CAAPS.

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