Six of One and a Dozen Of The Other

Well, the Jock’N’Roll albums poll may not have posted any results…yet – but I figured that you can never have too many reminders.

So here are six great Scottish bands, with two mp3s apiece. Enjoy!

Aereogramme – ‘Zionist Timing.’ mp3

Aereogramme -‘Wood.’ mp3

Arab Strap – ‘Cherubs.’ mp3

Arab Strap – ‘The Love Detective.’ mp3

Ballboy -‘Sex Is Boring (John Peel Session 21/3/00).’ mp3

Ballboy – ‘Sex Is Boring (John Peel Session 21/3/00).’ mp3

Delgados -‘American Trilogy.’ mp3

Delgados -‘Sink Or Swim.’ mp3

Sons and Daughters – ‘Johnny Cash.’ mp3

Sons and Daughters – ‘Dance me In.’ mp3

Teenage Fanclub – ‘What You Do To me.’ mp3

Teenage Fanclub – ‘It’s All In My Mind.’ mp3

As always, if you like what you hear, go and support the bands by checking out their MySpace sites and becoming their friends, buying the music from iTunes or Amazon or your local independent shop, seeing them in concert, and of course, voting for scottish acts at Jock’n’Roll

Hope you had a good Easter, Ed

And now…the best Scottish Albums Poll

Regular readers to this blog (and I know there are a few) will know that I have posted a few times on the Jock’n’Roll poll to find the top 100 singles by Scottish artists. The results are now posted for all to see and the top ten came out like this:

1. The Associates – Party Fears Two
2. The Skids – Into The Valley
3. Aztec Camera – Oblivious
4. Big Country – In A Big Country
5. Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
6. The Blue Nile – Tinseltown In The Rain
7. Trashcan Sinatras – Obscurity Knocks
8. Cocteau Twins – Pearly Dewdrops Drops
9. Orange Juice – Rip It Up
10. Danny Wilson – Mary’s Prayer

To see the full top 100 click here.

And now they have announced the next poll – to find the top Scottish album, and the worst. No finish date as yet, but it’s got me thinking about mine. The rules and how to vote can be found here. They are allowing various artist compilations but not best of/greatest hits compilations, which means that The Beta Band’s 3EPs is not eligible. But for my choices…

1. The Delgados ‘The Great Eastern’
2. The Jesus And Mary Chain ‘Psychocandy’
3. Orange Juice ‘You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever’
4. Sons and Daughters ‘Love The Cup’
5. Belle and Sebastian ‘ If You’re Feeling Sinister’
6. Franz Ferdinand ‘Franz Ferdinand’
7. Aberfeldy ‘Young Forever’
8. The Shop Assistants ‘The Shop Assistants’
9. Camera Obscura ‘Let’s Get Out Of This Country’
10. Teenage Fanclub ‘Bandwagonesque’

Of course, there’s lots of other great albums that deserve inclusion from the likes of Idlewild, Arab Strap, Mogwai, Simple Minds (up to about 1985, and not beyond that!) Deacon Blue and many, many others. As for worst album…I haven’t heard the Krankies’ album, but maybe as a point of principle I will. Or Runrig – a friend once said that I didn’t get Runrig because I’m not scottish. Actually, I think it’s to do with being a music fan, but there you go.

What about YOU?

look for the above albums at Amazon or iTunes or ebay. Best of all, support your local Independent record shop.

Can I have some remedy?

This is NOT a post about the Black Crowes (a band who, like the Smashing Pumpkins, I love on record and was left high and dry when I saw them live on both occasions), but the line must have prompted something in my head.

Whilst I like the aforementioned Crowes, there’s something about their name when used in conjunction with various other muso-type bands that just starts to act as a turnoff. I say this because I got a friend request on my MySpace page from a band who sounded just like the sort of uninspiring but overinspired-by muso types (with too much emphasis on pre ’76 stuff) and another band that just did nothing for me.

BUT what I did get was a friend request from a band called Penny Black Remedy. Having checked out their MySpace page this is a fantastic band led by one Keith Thomson who is a Scot now based in London. The band have influences from the last seventy years – one track ’95 Charing Cross Road’ manages to combine elements of both Country and Reggae. Above all I hear a band who know how to take their influences and do something with ’em. Their website has more. Do check them out, ask to be their friend, and support ’em.

Penny Black Remedy website

Penny Black Remedy MySpace

By the way, I have flagged up the Best Scottish single poll that is Jock ‘n’ Roll. They are now looking at finishing taking votes in the next week or so, so get over there and vote. At the moment, it seems ‘Party Fears Two’ by The Associates will triumph, which is no bad thing, but make sure you have cast your vote.

Be good…

Sign Serpico now!

Hi…yet again, life, teaching and other things are conspiring against me to prevent me from posting as often as I would like.

Anyway, first things first: was given a copy of a demo by a Glasgow band called Serpico to review. please, please, please – the tracks you will hear on their myspace page show a band who are ready and waiting to go. If you have the know-how, sign ’em. If you don;t but want to hear a band who remind me of Indie rock at it’s epic best, with belief but not bluster, then go here and be their friend:

Serpico’s myspace page

Speaking of great scottish bands, if you haven’t voted at what are you waiting for? If you haven’t checked their site for a while, please do so.

Finally, my current favourite scottish blog is the Vinyl Villain. The music on this site is just SO DAMN GOOD. (and now it’s even got a link!!)

Hope everyone’s well. remember, January’s nearly over, and the Shins album is now out in the UK (review to follow…)