Before we fire in to the freebies, there’s more self promotion to get through.
Tomorrow night (Saturday, just in case you don’t know what day it is) we’ve got the second Scottish Fiction Presents: Aye Tunes Vs Peenko gig, or as I like to call it, the second Glasgow blogger circle jerk gig. It’s at The Flying Duck from about half seven, and joining us this time are Gav Prentice giving his debuit solo album an overdue launching, Campfire in Winter and Behold, the Old Bear. Well worth six of your pounds, I reckon.
Last week’s Aye Tunes gig went brilliantly too, so quick thanks to LeThug, Easter and Young Philadelphia for playing – and for all being bloody ace – and everyone who came along. I was happier with how things went at the end of the night that I have been at any of my other solo ventures, I think.
Enough of that though, on to the freebies.
Let’s start with something brutal and loud again, shall we? No Island have a new free EP out, and boy is it good. Six tracks in a little over eight minutes, it is short, sharp, wastes no time and loud. Get Let Glasgow Perish here.
New stuff from Mitchell Museum? Oh goodness, yes please. Their first release in in age, and the first with their rejigged, post-hiatus line up, it still makes me a happy bunny that Mitchell Museum are kicking around again. Their new EP, The Spanner Works, is also decidedly not shit, so that’s a relief. You can download it for whatever you want here.
The Second Hand Marching Band
Old pals The Second Hand Marching Band have not only made all their releases to date available on a name your price basis here, they’ve also put out a couple of new demos. Grab the demos here and here.
My submissions pile often contains a lot of dross, but there’s great stuff in there too. So was the case when Silicon Ballet got in touch roughly a year ago to tell me about their debut EP. Released early this year, I really liked that EP, so was happy when they said that there’d be another one. The first taste of the second EP comes in the shape of Slowly Slowly, available for whatever you want to pay here.
Stewart from Black International always gives me good bands to listen to. No change this week, as he pointed me in the direction of NOSE and their new single Cretin. Good stuff, this. Cretin is another name your price download, available here.
The latest in the Art is Hard Records Biweekly 5″ Pizza Club series comes from Leeds trio Slowcoaches. I’ve heard the band’s name a lot before, but very little of the music. The song on offer here is rather good though, lo-fi and scuzzy sounding pop, splendid. Get Proper Job here.
The first release from Great Cop has been around for a wee while now, but I kept forgetting to get hold of it. They’ve now made it available to download for your choice of price, so I have no excuse now. Get Faint Light here.
Another from the random stuff I’ve been sent pile, and proof that the strangest things will get me to listen to music. The email from The Miami describes themselves as “An exploration of traditional American lyrical poetry, mainly African-American (slave songs, gospel hymns, spirituals) reinterpreted by two middle-class, secular, well-educated college kids” to which my response was “Ok, I’m in”. I liked their stuff quite a bit, latest release Ring Shouts is a name your price download here.