Taking a wee break from the albums I’ve loved this year to talk about something else that’s been a massive influence on both me and the blog. This time you can actually accuse me of writing nice stuff about my pals, but they deserve it.
In case you haven’t heard of them, Glasgow PodcART are a team of Glasgow based music fanatics, who put together a weekly podcast laying music from both signed and unsigned artists and lots, lots more. So far, so simple. What makes the weekly podcasts must listens for me isn’t just the music, but the people involved.
I was a bit of a late comer to the PodcART, only starting to listen at around episode 20 after seeing the name in Hinterland brochures. Within my first few weeks of listening I was introduced to the concept of Pooching the band, had Trapped in Kansas become forever known to me as Pumped in Venice, listened in on a conversation about porno boots for transvestites and heard something which – no matter how hard I try – I’ll never be able to forget involving a glass Irn Bru bottle. Oh, and I heard an absolute ton of cracking music.
To say that listening to Glasgow PodcART has introduced me to new bands would be a massive understatement. Not every song or band is a winner with me, I’d be a bit worried if they were – but the good to bad ratio is heavily weighted in favour of the good. Without them I’d probably not have caught on to half the bands that have featured on Aye Tunes over the past six months, at least not nearly as quickly. I treat it as a good sign that I’ve upped my game when more of the bands featured now are ones I’m familiar with, but pretty much every week there’s still something new to me, and for that I can’t thank them PodcART team enough.
Aside from the music there’s another thing I love about the PodcART, and that’s the banter between whatever team members are taking part in any given week. I’ve had to stop listening when I’m on public transport, as there’s almost always at least one moment every week where I’ll uncontrollably laugh out loud. Often while thinking “that’s just wrong” at the same time.
Listening to the team in conversation their enthusiasm for music and what they are doing is obvious, and infectious.
Since I generally attend gigs on my own, none of my pals are really into the same things as me and I don’t want to be responsible for them having a lousy night out seeing bands that only I want to see, the Podcart team have been handy there too, since they often provide someone for me to talk to when I’m out and about on my own. They really are a lovely bunch of people.
More recently they’ve been responsible for some of my favourite gigs of the year, from the New Artists Showcase
gig in November to their monthly live session gigs in The 13th Note. I know I’m not the only one who counts last week’s Christmas party as a highlight of my year either.
All in all, if you have ears I highly recommend listening to the PodcART. Thanks Ally, Halina, Louise, Nicola and Sean for excellent entertainment, long may it continue.