This Week’s Thing


You know the deal with this post by now. Records out this week, a few gigs I like the look of and so on. It’s essentially my shopping list.

Starting off with a freebie, Steve Mason (The Beta Band/King Biscuit Time) has a single out, called All Come Down. You can buy it, but it’s also available as a free download here.
Sparrow and the Workshop follow up last week’s download single with a new EP, Into the Wild. Digital release is today, CDs will be out next week.
eMusic has a reissue of Malcolm Middleton’s Waxing Gibbous, which includes his “girl band” covers of The Saturdays, Girls Aloud, Ladyhawke and Joan Osbourne. The extra songs are also available without the album, on the Girl Band Pop Songs EP.
Some Scottish wummin off the telly has an album out too I think. Haven’t heard much about it, don’t expect it to shift many copies.

I’m not expecting to be out this week, in a desperate attempt to save money, so I haven’t paid a whole lot of attention. Still, there’s a couple that are tempting me.
On Thursday Make Sparks launch their new EP with a gig at Bar Bloc. Support comes from Little Yellow Ukuleles I mostly missed Make Sparks when they played Define Pop 2, so I might try and catch them this time.
Pin Up Nights takes place on Friday and it is having it’s 6th birthday to boot. Playing live are The Dirty Cuts, Always Me, Me, Me as well as a pair of Aye Tunes favourites in We’re Only Afraid of NYC and Mitchell Museum.
Our other good looking gig this week is on Sunday. The Second Hand Marching Band, Benni Hemm Hemm, theapplesofenergy and Meursault are playing at Stereo. Looks like a good one.
If you are in Dundee or thereabouts on Sunday, why not go along to the latest Manic Pop Thrills Presents night? There’s more bands Aye Tunes love playing, like Kid Canaveral and Panda Su.
Also at the weekend there’s all that Homecoming stuff going on. Tickets should be easy to get, if you fancy it. I’m still half expecting it to be downsized into taking place at the train station next to the SECC.

On The Blog:
This week I’ll attempt to pick out anything in my email I’ve been meaning to cover but have forgotten about, and possibly catch up on some reviews. There’s a vague plan to revive the old A-Z that fell apart back in May, and sometime over the next few weeks I’ll be writing about some of my favourite releases of the year. You can make your own Al Megrahi jokes regarding that last one.