Butcher Boy competition

Hot on the heels of their brilliant sold out benefit gig for Govanhill Baths, we have a competition to win a copy of Bad Things Happen When It’s Quiet the new EP from Butcher Boy.

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The EP, released on a limited edition of 500 gatefold 7” singles by Damaged Goods Records, is a three-part story told from three perspectives and was recorded in Glasgow with long-time collaborator Brian McNeill.
The songs on the record are:-
November 1947, Storm Warning In Effect
July 1950, The Captain is the Whale
November 1951, Bad Things Happen When It’s Quiet

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Written over the course of a series of autumn and winter trips to the Cape Cod National Seashore, the songs feature guest vocals from Anna Miles, Moog synthesisers, a choir, a string quartet and a weather radio, bought for twenty-five cents at a holiday fair in Brewster, MA…

To enter Go to our Facebook page and share and like.

Electric Honey Records celebrates 25 years

Electric Honey Records, the record label run by the students on the music business course at Glasgow Kelvin (formerly Stow) College, celebrates its 25th birthday this year with single releases from singer/songwriter Calum Frame, funk outfit Dopesickfly and garage band The Shambolics, and a rather fine debut album by Glasgow band Pronto Mama, called Any Joy.

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Electric Honey has been described by no less an organ than Uncut magazine as “the most successful student-run label in the world”, and who are we to argue with a back catalogue which includes Belle & Sebastian’s classic debut album, Tigermilk, which became the label’s first landmark release, swiftly followed by Snow Patrol’s debut single Starfighter Pilot, released under their original name Polar Bear, and Biffy Clyro’s debut Thekidswhopoptodaywillrocktomorrow EP.

Ahead of this year’s annual label showcase at the West End Festival, we spoke to some of the movers and the shakers associated with the label, including current and former course directors (and 80s pop stars) Ken McCluskey and Alan Rankine, and band members from the label’s three most illustrious alumni.

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The SAY Award 2017: Live at the Longlist

Admiral Fallow, Steve Mason (acoustic) and Mungo’s Hi-Fi to perform at ‘Live at the Longlist’, a brand new event exclusively announcing The SAY Award 2017 Longlist.

On Wednesday 24th May, The SAY (Scottish Album of the Year) Award 2017 Longlist will be revealed in front of a live audience at Glasgow’s O₂ ABC. Home to The SAY Award ceremony back in 2015, the venue welcomes the Award back for this new ticketed event where SAY Award alumni Admiral Fallow, Steve Mason (acoustic) and Mungo’s Hi Fi will perform live, and 20 outstanding Scottish albums will be announced as The SAY Award 2017 Longlist. Each of these 20 albums will be in the running for the £20,000 grand prize, as well as the coveted title of Scottish Album of the Year 2017.

Tickets are available here

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Robert Kilpatrick, Projects and Operations Manager at the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), said:

“To announce this year’s SAY Award Longlist, we’re delighted to introduce this fantastic new live music event in Glasgow, allowing music fans to engage with the award more than ever before. Admiral Fallow, Steve Mason and Mungo’s Hi Fi have each been celebrated through previous SAY Award campaigns for fantastic album releases, so what better way to announce this year’s top 20 albums than by inviting them to play at ‘Live at the Longlist’, a new event celebrating great Scottish albums both old and new”. Continue reading

Barrowland Park Spring Clean 2017

Our friends, Fans of Barrowland Park, conducted a much-needed Clean Up at Glasgow’s Album Pathway on Saturday. The volunteers spent the morning brushing away layers of dirt from the coloured album ‘spines’ that make up the artwork. Thanks to their TLC, it quickly became easier to identify the named Barrowland performers on the 103-metre long display. Turner prize nominated designer of the Pathway, Jim Lambie, also delighted the Fans Of group by stopping by to chat with volunteers.

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A temporary site earmarked for residential development, Barrowland Park’s current status is only guaranteed until September 2017. The group are campaigning to raise awareness of the Park with the aim of warding off future development plans. The ultimate objective is to retain the Park as a resource for the local community.

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The group participated in the Clean Up as part of the nationwide Clean Up Scotland campaign, run by Keep Scotland Beautiful, the charity for Scotland’s environment.

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We’d love it if you could lend them your support by following them on twitter and Facebook.

Bonfest 2017 Competition

The annual celebration of rock’s greatest lead singer returns! Now in its 11th year, Bonfest sees AC/DC fans from around the world descending on Bon Scott’s Scottish hometown to celebrate the life and music of the great man.

This year’s festival sees one of the strongest line ups yet, with some genuine AC/DC royalty headlining. The legend that is Phil Rudd joins Stinger from Germany and Italy playing on Friday 28th April, Live/Wire playing on the 29th and AC/DC UK on the 30th. There are some more special guests still be announced and three whole days of free live music in local pubs too.

Thanks to our lovely pals at Bonfest we’re running a competition for a lucky winner to get their hands on 2 weekend tickets: details of how to enter are over on our Facebook page. We also have a brilliant Bon Scott retrospective on our playlist compiled by Bonfest organiser, Graham Galloway..Thanks Graham!

For information on tickets, camping and other details check out the website.

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The supremely funky Barry Adamson

Barry Adamson is one of the supreme cats of the punk rock world – and we mean punk in its widest, most adventurous sense.

Back in late 70s Manchester, he auditioned for the band who would be Magazine using a two-string bass and got the gig.

Next up, a mid-80s stint in that magnificent band of desperadoes, the Bad Seeds, before he embarked on a solo career writing film noir-inspired soundtracks to imaginary films.

And then some soundtrack work on actual films, including David Lynch’s Lost Highway, Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers and Danny Boyle’s The Beach.

Over the last ten years, he has rejoined both Magazine and the Bad Seeds for a time before pursuing his own work again, adding filmmaking, photography and writing to his already stuffed CV.

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His latest release is new EP, Love Sick Dick, a typically cinematic outing in which he inhabits the role of the title sad sack.

Ahead of his show at King Tut’s, where he says he will present “the full Barry Adamson experience”, we teased out some sage thoughts on a variety of topics. Here’s Barry…

On marking the 40th anniversary of punk

I remember being at a club called Rafters [legendary Manchester venue where the likes of Joy Division, The Buzzcocks and Depeche Mode played early gigs] taking photos of a mainly 17 year old band called The Fall and then playing on the same stage within weeks. Continue reading

Save Barrowland Park 2017

The Album Pathway, created by Glasgow artist Jim Lambie, pays homage to the iconic Barrowland Ballroom and its role in Glasgow’s musical history. Arranged like the spines of records on a shelf, the Pathway lists the names and dates of bands who played Barrowland from 1983 until the Pathway was installed for the Commonwealth Games in 2014. Situated just along from the Barrowland, the Pathway forms a welcome “temporary” green space in the heart of a bustling urban area.

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Our tour guests on the Pathway

Fans of Barrowland Park is a community group formed to campaign to save Glasgow’s Barrowland Park/ Album Pathway. On Saturday 8th April from 11am-1pm they’re holding an event to spring clean the Pathway.

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Readers may remember a previous blog we ran about the campaign/ petition to Glasgow City Council last year. Barrowland Park was granted a temporary reprieve and as far as we’re aware that lasts until September this year.

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Walking the Pathway with our guests

Like our friends at Fans of Barrowland Park, we’d hate to see the park disappear or move. It makes perfect sense right where it is. Our tour guests love it and are dismayed when we tell them it might not always be here.

Fans of Barrowland Park would love it if you could:

Follow them on FB and twitter.

Keep an eye out for events and public meetings.

Take photos if you’re at the park and either tag them and/or use the #SaveBarrowlandPark hashtag.