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Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

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Rate me or review me on Scotcast

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

I don’t normally do this, but given that it’s a Scottish podcast directory site, I’d like to ask you to drop by my ScotCast listing and rate (and review if you’re feeling REALLY generous !) the show.

Of course, this isn’t obligatory and you need only do so if you want to. But it would be nice nonetheless !! ;-)

Show 41 – Getting On A Bit

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

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My little girl was 6 yesterday, so I’m starting to wonder where the time is going these days. Time used to creep by as a child, yet it’s careering away downhill faster than I can keep up with now that I’m officially ‘old’. On Sunday morning Jasna asked me if I remembered what it was like in 1945…. I had to laugh otherwise I would probably have clipped her lug for her cheek ! (That was a joke, folks, before you get straight on the phone to Social Services.)

So I’m feeling like I’m getting on a bit. I have hair growing in places where only old men should have it sprouting. But what the heck – here’s some great music to keep me feeling like a teenager !

Scott Jackson – C’Mon C’Mon
In honour of Bob & AJ and their laugh about ‘The Grant’, this is a track from a fellow Canadian. ‘Distractions’, Scott’s latest album, is “in the can” and will soon be available. The release is set for mid-June, in conjunction with a tour of Western Canada. Sample it and pre-order it here.
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Junk – Wouldn’t Get Out Of Bed (For Anyone But You)
An incredibly accomplished track from Glasgow’s John Smith; hard to believe that this was recorded in his ‘smelly flat’. The only smell I can get here is the sweet smell of success; this is a winner. Form an orderly queue at the cash desk after you pick this up off the virtual shelf.
Junk’s MySpace
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Sugardaddy – The Young
From my hometown of Dalkeith, the band who are highly recommended by Pope Benedict ! Wow – and check out those influences. Chaps with immense dignity and taste, as befits the sons of what used to be a beautiful Midlothian town. First came Fish (ex-Marillion), now make way for the new boys in town !
Sugardaddy’s MySpace
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This week’s Scottish Expression is absent – it will return next week.
The soundbed is ‘Essence Of Dreams’ by Catherine Duc
Three From Leith theme-tune by Alex Aitken

Big props given out to:
The Bob & AJ Show – Canada’s finest export and their best podcasters by a mile. One of my regular weekly must-listens.
AMP’ed podcast – subscribe with this feed
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Show 40 – The Cow’s Pyjamas

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

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There are strange sights to be seen at the moment in Edinburgh and Leith. Bovine weirdness abounds, for we have been taken over by the participants in this year’s Cow Parade. There are decorated cows aplenty with names which are terrible puns on many everyday items, people, artworks, situations or characters.

The Cow's Pyjamas

Jasna and I spent Sunday going around Ocean Terminal in Leith, armed with our respective digital cameras, doing some serious cow-spotting. She was shooting some brilliantly-framed pictures with her cheap little 3Mp camera, and is showing great promise as a photographer already at the age of five. Dad and daughter had a great time filling our memory cards !

Then, on the way back home we came across another cow outside the Malmaison Hotel on the Shore. Designed by television’s camp interior designers Colin & Justin, it was a brilliant cow in pyjamas and a sleepmask going by the name of “The Cow’s Pyjamas” (a riff on the well-known phrase “The Cat’s Pyjamas” which is used to express excellence).

Afterwards, when it came to thinking about what to call this week’s show, it stood out as the perfect expression to describe the trio of brilliant tracks coming your way in show 40 !

Vanderveen – Weekend Full Of Weekends
A track I’ve been meaning to play since the very start of TFL in September 2005, but thanks to my memory it never made it in. Happily I’m able to remedy that now ! A classic track to replay on a Friday night. The video for it is here. Enjoy !
Vanderveen’s MySpace
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Contramano – Contramano
What can I say about this brilliant band and its music ? Engaging, catchy as hell and oozing quality. Utter genius ! Catch the excellent video for the track on their MySpace page below.
Contramano’s MySpace
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Chris Gorman – Ashes
This is the Glasgow singer-songwriter’s second appearance on Three From Leith (the first was on show 27), and since then he’s been featured on a number of other shows. Powerful, emotional and gripping.
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This week’s Scottish Expression is “Big jessie”.
The soundbed is ‘The Journey’ courtesy of Incidental Fusion on the PMN.
Three From Leith theme-tune by Alex Aitken

Big props given out to:
Hungry Lucy – War-N and Christa Belle create the finest ‘trip-pop’ on the planet, burp like professionals and recommend great podcasts !
AMP’ed podcast – subscribe with this feed
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Show 39 – Learning The Ropes

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

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I had a lovely comment on the last show from the wonderful Christa Belle from Hungry Lucy about the effect that Under Electric Light’s track, ‘Sitting Here’, had on her. You can check out what she said here. I was delighted on two counts – (1) that Christa was listening in, as I adore her voice (and her burping !) and (2) that the music that I’m priviledged to be allowed to play is reaching out to people and touching them emotionally. I love the way that music has the ability to reach deep down inside us all and trigger off such an emotional response; the way we can suddenly be transported back to another time and place is simply incredible. I have so many memories that can be triggered off very vividly by a piece of music, or a track, or even a single musical phrase. Maybe you’d all like to share (via the comments) what emotional responses and memories music triggers off in you, and what that music is ?

In the meantime, here are three more amazing new songs for you – see what memories and emotions they can stir up !

The Ropes – Kill Her Off
Hopefully not an instruction anyone will follow (except metaphorically), I hope ! A cracking Garbage-esque opener from this band from the New York suburb of ‘Suicides Paradise’, which is the title track from their new EP. Buy it on Amazon now !
The Ropes’ MySpace
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Touriste – Calm Down
With a strong dash of Snow Patrol, Coldplay and Radiohead, this band from the Isle Of Sheppey in Kent have some very strong material and some recommendations from the big players. You can buy their 2005 EP here and listen to more recent tracks here.
Touriste’s MySpace
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Whirl – If Only You Knew
Ahhhh, the lovely Nikki Nation ! As we say here in Scotland, she has a “belter o’ a voice” and a remarkable ability to write a melody that grabs you by the lapels and gets right in your face, demanding a repeated listening. I cannot recommend the Whirl album highly enough – it’s one that you MUST have in your collection.
Whirl’s MySpace
Email Whirl

This week’s Scottish Expression is “jobbie”.
The soundbed is ‘Sunrise’ by torchomatic on the PMN
Three From Leith theme-tune by Alex Aitken

Big props given out to:
Hungry Lucy – War-N and Christa Belle create the finest ‘trip-pop’ on the planet. And burp like professionals.
AMP’ed podcast – subscribe with this feed
Subscribe by RSS Feed to the free www.podcastusermagazine.comissue 4 out now !


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Show 38 – Lycra Worries

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

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What’s in the title ? You’ll have to listen to find out, though I can say that a few listeners have expressed some cycle-related concerns following comments I’ve made in previous shows. Fear not, dear listeners – it’s not as bad as I’ve made it sound !

This week there are new tracks from two artists previously featured on Three From Leith, plus two brand new bands to the show. Yes, I bent the rules again and played 4 tracks instead of 3 but – hey – it’s my show and I get to play God with my creation.

Czeduce – Smashed
The excellent title track from their new ‘Smashed’ EP, with a beautifully clean and sparkling production job you can almost feel like you’re in the same room as the band when they’re playing. Grab the EP here whilst you can !
Czeduce’s MySpace
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Under Electric Light – Sitting Here
Old friends of Three From Leith, Danny and Matthieu have recently completed their new EP which you can preview on their MySpace page and buy here by clicking on the PayPal logo. A marvellously retro-sounding slice of 80s electro-pop heaven with a modern twist, with evident echoes of New Order and OMD.
Under Electric Light’s MySpace
Email Under Electric Light

The Sway – Void of Charity
An Indie/Mod/Punk/Rock’n’Roll band from Dunfermline in Fife, with a style that would seem to cover all bases, the boys formed in 2000 and are still going strong, as evidenced by this great track, You’ll find more on their site to listen to and also catch their live pics to see the energy in action.
The Sway’s MySpace
Email The Sway

This week’s Scottish Expression is “pan”.
The soundbed is ‘Essence Of Dreams’ by Catherine Duc
Three From Leith theme-tune by Alex Aitken

Big props given out to:
Catherine Duc for allowing me to use her music – thanks Catherine. much appreciated !
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PodcastUser Magazine Issue 4

Monday, May 8th, 2006

The latest issue of this incredible, free PDF-based magazine is now available, featuring my article on the TFL showcase gig. Download it now by clicking on the image.

PodcastUser Magazine issue 4

Show 37 – Doggy Style ?

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

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OK – wipe that smirk off your face and stop being so dirty-minded ! The show title is a reference to the fact that I’m playing two tracks – with special permission – from a cracking Scottish band who are signed to a proper record label. Their debut 2004 album, Please Describe Yourself, was produced by the legendary Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, who have worked with Madness and The Smiths, amongst others. The style refers to the wonderfully classy and stylish Papermoon, who’re taking us on a little journey for which you’ll need to pack your lederhosen.

On a separate note, the Three From Leith Showcase gig pictures are now up (see the post below this one or click the link to go straight there).

Finally, if you’re into motorsport you may recognise the interloper getting in on the act and introducing a song on the excellent The Dogbox Podcast hosted by TFL’s good friend Bruce in Australia.

Dogs Die In Hot Cars – I Love You Cause I Have To
Brought to my attention in summer 2004 by my brother (who picked it up with his monthly pile of CDs by artists he likes the look of but doesn’t know – thanks, Keith !) and consequently never off my iRiver on my jaunts in the US and Mexico that September. Gloriousy unique, incredibly catchy and chock-full of 100% upbeat goodness. The band are recording their second album as I write and I for one can’t wait. Huge thanks to Craig from the band for the permission to play the songs.
DDIHC’s MySpace
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Papermoon – Daytrip to Salzburg
Sparkly, bubbly and so damn addictive – the stylish and self-confessed ‘earplug band’ are making me think so much of summer that I get so upset when I look out the window and realise that it’s only just turned May and the weather doesn’t match the feelings I’m having. Ach well, I’ve ordered the album now so there’s a whole little shiny disc of delights winging its way here from Canada. Yippee !!
Papermoon’s MySpace
Email Papermoon

Dogs Die In Hot Cars – Godhopping

Hollow Horse – Prayer To St Jude
Busy recording their next album, the fantastically world-famous (via many podcasts) and popular Glasgow band get another outing on TFL. One of Scotland’s great undiscovered gems, with shades of Gerry Rafferty (which I may have mentioned before !), they’re a must-have for your CD collection. Get the plastic out and head over here and spend, spend, spend !!
Email Hollow Horse

This week’s Scottish Expression is “breeks”.
The soundbed is ‘Cebrella’ by Denis Kitchen
Three From Leith theme-tune by Alex Aitken

Big props given out to:
Endearing Records – Blair and the gang at the label who bring us such delights as Papermoon
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Subscribe by RSS Feed to the free www.podcastusermagazine.comissue 3 out now, and 4 out soon !


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