News & Bits – April 5th

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Not a great deal to report this week, let’s have a look and see what is out and what’s generally going on.

Next week’s news will, hopefully, have a fair chunk devoted to Record Store Day, so any bands, record shops or anyone else out there reading this – if you have something planned, send me the details!
New Releases:
Futuristic Retro Champions play their final gigs this weekend, and release the retrospective album Love and Lemonade. the 25 track album is available from iTunes, with a limited number of CDs on sale at the gigs on Friday and Saturday.
Glasvegas release their second album, EUPHORIC ///HEARTBREAK\\\. Haven’t heard it, can I slag it just for the abuse of capital letters? Anyway, you can buy it from iTunes, Amazon
, HMV, yadda yadda yadda.
Member of the Wedding have a new double A-side single, Disorder/Rich Tapestry. Again, available from iTunes.
That seems to be it. There’s a fair few things out in the next few weeks, including excellent albums from Le Reno Amps, Take a Worm For a Walk Week and You Already Know, but we’ll get to them later.
A few of the charity things mentioned recently will be released fully next week, but I’ll save that for the appropriate news round-up.
News & Other Stuff:
The Insider Festival have started announcing their line up for this year. Bands announced so far include The Last Battle, Bronto Skylift, French Wives, How To Swim, Let’s Talk About Trees and loads more, along with bear baiting, cock fighting and badger wrestling, apparently. Tickets go on sale soon, full info on the website.
The Douglas Firs release their debut album Happy as a Windless Flag via our pals at Armellodie Records on May 16th, but you can order a copy now and get an immediate download here. Someone lend me a fiver to buy it? No? Sod you then.
The deadline for entering this year’s TBreak contest is close. Entries close on Monday 11th April.
A quick plug for the competition – Favourite Son has weighed in with a few thoughts on the Kassidy debate. You should still read my gig guide instead of his though.
Bandcamp trawling hasn’t thrown up much this week either, here’s a few things I’ve found or been pointed to:
The Deadly Winters have a free download single available here. An self titled album follows on the 8th, with a launch gig at the One Below in Edinburgh.
The Spook School, who I meant to mention last week, have a couple of songs here. I like these.
Lyon Reve are from further afield, but include an online pal of mine, so get a wee plug. The tunes are good though, you can find them here.
Thank goodness for Chemikal Underground for sending out their latest newsletter today, giving me a few things to pinch for myself. You can, and should, sign up to the newsletter yourself here, but here’s the basics…
FOUND‘s next single will be Anti Climb Paint. It will be released on a playable chocolate 7″. Yes, you read that correctly, chocolate. Also, I need to get round to writing a Factorycraft review, don’t I?
Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells release Everything’s Getting Older on May 9th. The limited edition triple vinyl with loads of extra stuff is tempting me, even though I don’t own a record player.
Finally, another wee plug for thing we like combining: Black International will be live in session on Ally McCrae’s BBC Introducing show on Radio 1 at midnight this Sunday night/Monday morning.
That’s about it for this week I reckon.