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Links

Posting these rather far after the fact, but here are links to some articles I’ve written recently.

Review – Blood Brothers at Leith Festival for The Edinburgh Reporter

EIFF Review – An Evening With Chemikal Underground for The Edinburgh Reporter

Top Ten picks of EIFF for Ten Tracks

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Interview with White Heath and The Valkarys for STV Local

Guest post for Mslexia on finding your voice as an author

I helped out with live coverage of election night for The Edinburgh Reporter (manning the twitter, taking photos and uploading results posts) which extended from 8.30pm on election night until 4pm the following day.

I did a post on my personal blog about advice I’ve received on freelance journalism which blatantly belongs here, I have just realised.  Perhaps I’ll post it here later.

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Link – Steve Heron

My STV Local interview with Steve Heron about his involvement in the Sick Kids charity CD.

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Link – STV Interview with Scrap Brain

The title pretty much says it all… Here is another interview for STV Local with Scrap Brain, one of the bands involved in No Colour Too Strong to Paint, a charity CD raising funds for the Sick Kids Foundation.

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Let’s Get Lyrical #33 – Cancel The Astronauts

I like lyrics that make me laugh, and I’m sure you do too.

I Am The President Of Your Fan Club (And Last Night I Followed You Home) by Cancel The Astronauts is such a song. It starts out earnest and a bit sad, then dives into the realms of the tongue in cheek creepy without hesitation.

I wanted you
I hoped you wanted me too
I was strange enough
I shouldn’t ever need or deserve your love

Aww. Surely not the case?

I am the President of your fan club, and last night I followed you home.

Ah.

Looked through your window, and don’t think I don’t know
That last night you weren’t alone.
Who was he?
Oh well I don’t know.
Will he be here tomorrow?
I don’t think so.

Nice. This may not be the most logical approach to winning the fair maiden, but at least it’s proactive.

I think my favourite part is:

I’m sitting here, sitting here, sitting here
In your room
Where have you gone tonight?

It’s funny because the weird stalker, who is presumably trespassing, is annoyed with the stalkee for not filling him in on her plans.  DO YOU SEE?

Other funny lyrics by Cancel The Astronauts include most of them.  You should get both EPs and download remaining tracks from last.fm.

And watch their newest video as well:

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Let’s Get Lyrical #32 – Heat Magazine, and she loves Smash Hits

I can’t believe I forgot about this when I was talking about lyrics that tell a storyKid Canaveral‘s first single, Smash Hits.  It’s literally the lead singer telling an anecdote.

You met her at the 13th Note
She was there to see her brother’s band
I saw you try to chat her up
I even saw you try to take her hand
I just laughed to myself
Stood at the back and I had a drink
That’s when you staggered up,
Said “She’s fit but her music taste’s shite”
And
When I telt you it didn’t matter
You tell me
She likes the McFly
And you like Erase Errata

[chorus]

You saw her for a second time
You took her out to the UGC
You thought it would shut her up
The conversation turned musically
You’d called her an idiot
She showered you in her popcorn
She said
“Stick it up your arse, I don’t care if you think my music taste’s shite!”
And
when I tell you it didn’t matter
You remind me that you like John Martyn
And she hearts Neil Sedaka

[chorus/claps]

I don’t really know what to tell you about this song.

– It piqued my curiosity about Erase Errata, and I own their album Other Animals as a direct result.  It’s alright.

– “Stick it up your arse, I don’t care if you think my music taste’s shite,” encapsulates the end result of countless arguments I have been involved in/witnessed over the years. 

– I actually think that a degree of overlap in musical taste is a pretty useful thing in relationships – although it seems that this girl was nothing if not eclectic in her listening choices, so she might’ve been open to John Martyn and Erase Errata.  If only the subject of the story had made her a mixtape, how different things might have been.

– Hand claps are an excellent addition to any song.

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Links

Couple of new posts by me on The Edinburgh Reporter today.

Edinburgh Spotlight on Music featuring Cancel The Astronauts, The OK Social Club, The Nature Boys, Underclass and the Maydays

and

Social Network Launches Table Book in which creative types This Is Central Station make a book of the works of their members.

 

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