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Show 45 – Painful Progress

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

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Last Tuesday, whilst on another flying run home from work, I came off my bike and gave myself a darn good skinning in a few places, as well as knocking my knee a shot. Infection has since set in and I’m not feeling too hot. I put off recording the show until Monday, hoping I’d feel much better but I was a bit too optimistic…

I’m also not he only one suffering from some bad luck at the moment – my good friends Christa and War-N from the band Hungry Lucy had a construction truck crash through their bedroom wall. Was it “Bad Luck For Podcasters Week” last week ?!

This week, then, I’m not going to be talking much during the show and by way of making up for it I’m bringing you six great Scottish tracks (three of which are by artists new to the show). I’m sure you’ll all make them feel very welcome ! My apologies to the artists for not saying much about them during the show, but you’re all present and correct in the shownotes with a full compliment of links !

The Kays Lavelle – Tears
From their new EP, “I Can’t Believe You’re Here“, comes this stunning opener from this Edinburgh-based band. Hauntingly beautiful tracks and guitar-driven rock make this a must-buy at only a fiver. Just listen to the drums as this track gets underway…!!
The Kays Lavelle’s MySpace
Email The Kays Lavelle

Dropkick – Dog and Cat
The multi-instrumental (with the emphasis on ‘mental’, given some of their lyrics !!) Taylor brothers and their band are back with a new album, ‘Obvious’, launching on the 22nd July with a gig in Edinburgh’s Caledonian Backpackers. Support Mr Cockroach, Pretty Boy, Mr Pervert and Cousin Mike and buy the album when it reaches their internet shop soon.
Dropkick’s MySpace
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Roy Henderson – The King Of Rock and Roll
Local man Roy doesn’t have a website, but there’s everything you’d need to know about him on MySpace. He has a regular slot at the Central Bar in Leith, which is part of the old Leith Central Station (as in “Trainspotting at Leith Central Station”, to give Irvine Welsh’s book its full title). He says it’s a much nicer place these days…!! A great little song, reminiscent of Mark Knopfler doing alt-country and a voice that I swear could almost be that of a certain Neil Diamond.
Roy’s MySpace
Email Roy via his MySpace page

Mike Allen featuring Lizi Trafford – If I Loved You
The man behind DoubtfulStarMusic, the new label promoting bands like Dropkick and The Dead Beat Club, this is a beautiful, heartfelt track from Mike and collaborator Lizi. Simple, tender and haunting. You can buy it (and many other tracks) from the Downloads page on Mike’s site.
Mike’s MySpace
Email Mike

The Boy Lacks Patience – Like Sugar
Another sublime track from the stunningly talented Chris’s fabulous ‘Ill Advised’ album which I urge you to grab hold of immediately.
The Boy Lacks Patience MySpace
Email Chris

David William – Outside The Window
Edinburgh singer-songwriter with a fantastic ear for melody and an amazing voice. This is another great track from his ‘One Way Ticket’ album. Buy it now!
David’s MySpace
Email David

This week’s Scottish Expression was cancelled due to illness. It’ll be back next week.
The soundbed is ‘Essence Of Dreams’ by Catherine Duc
Three From Leith theme-tune by Alex Aitken

Big props given out to:
Hungry Lucy – listen to their damaged wall story on their podcast, Tea With Hungry Lucy.
AMP’ed podcast – subscribe with this feed
Subscribe by RSS Feed to the free www.podcastusermagazine.comissue 5 out now and issue 6 due in the first week of July !


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Show 44 – TFL Tuesday !

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006

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Here we are again – it’s another fantastic TFL Tuesday (to misappropriate and mangle two well-known UK phrases). Last week’s mellow show seems to have been very well received, especially Ainslie Henderson (and not ‘Harrison’ as I repeatedly referred to him in the show and the notes..oops – sorry Ainslie !). I guess that we all enjoy the chance to lie back in sultry, languid temperatures and just let the music wash over us.

There will be another show along those lines in the not-too-distant future, but for now it’s back to picking up the pace with some great, thoughtful and intelligent music of the highest calibre.

Keep spreading the word as requested in last week’s show, and here’s the new line up to further whet the appetites of all new and existing listeners:

NON – Waking Down
Another fine Slovene band to kick of the show, this time singing in English. From the stunningly beautiful capital city, Ljubljana, which I know very well and long to visit again. The guys have no website of their own as yet, but drop them a line and hopefully they’ll be able to sell you a CD !
NON’s MySpace
Email NON (via MySpace)

Guantanamo Bay – Turning 45s
Alexis from the band contacted me ages ago and I made a note to play them in an upcoming show. Then, for some reason or another, I managed to bury the notes and shamefully forgot all about the track I had lined up. Now I’m making amends and bringing you this track; you’ll wonder how I could have forgotten them after hearing how good they are !
Guantanamo Bay’s MySpace
Email Guantanamo Bay

The 4th Parallel – Ultra Extra
Back with a lovely new website and some lovingly polished-up tracks, the boys are proving that they’re the writers of some killer tunes. Keep an eye out for their new EP which is due out soon; keep checking their website for details !
4th Parallel’s MySpace
Email the 4th Parallel

This week’s Scottish Expression is replaced by some Slovene expressions (from the BBC).
The soundbed is ‘Introvert2′ by Chronos on the PMN.
Three From Leith theme-tune by Alex Aitken

Big props given out to:
AMP’ed podcast – subscribe with this feed
Subscribe by RSS Feed to the free www.podcastusermagazine.comissue 5 out now and issue 6 due in the first week of July !


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Show 43 – By Roger Appointment

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

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Another week, another lovely burst of summer weather. Phew ! It’s quite steamy and hot in the TFL Studio as I type these shownotes, but it’s hard to dissipate the stuffiness. It’s a top-floor, flat-roofed flat and the breeze is never blowing strongly enough to get the cool air in after the place has been baking in the direct sunlight all day. Maybe I should earn some extra cash renting Jasna’s room out as a sauna during the week when she’s not here ;-)

The heat has made me terribly lethargic, so the music this week is very laid-back and relaxed. Perfect for easing you into the day or bringing you down after a stressful day at work. Sit back and enjoy the company of:

Charlie North – Flying Home
A beautifully chilled piece of music from electronica and dance music producer Charlie North’s latest release, Find Your Own Space. This man has engineered and remixed a variety of artists at London’s world famous Abbey Road Studios, so prepare to be impressed !
Charlie’s MySpace
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Ainslie Henderson – Daytrip
Fine solo piece from the very talented Mr Henderson of Edinburgh, who has a real website coming soon and an album in lovely red packaging being released in July. Oh, and he’s a secret childhood maypole dancer who discovered he had fousty pits ! (His MySpace blog will explain…)
Ainslie’s MySpace
Email Ainslie

Fischer Z – Over
One of those simple yet incredibly wistful songs that all-round top bloke and one of the UK’s greatest underappreciated singer/songwriter/poets John Watts does so well.
Fischer Z’s MySpace / John Watts’ MySpace
Email Fischer Z

Don’t forget the favour – I’m relying on you to help spread the word about Three From Leith and the fantastic bands and artists who make it all possible. In return for your weekly dose of great music, all I’m asking is that you ask two people to listen / give two people a CD onto which you’ve burnt a show or two / play the show when you have guests round / play it out loud at work…. I know that you’ll be creative ! New listeners who drop me a note telling me what they think of what they’ve heard will be entered into a draw for a top prize. Get promoting :-)

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

Big props given out to:
Daily Smalls Code – the wonderfully witty Roger Smalls’ blog and podcast; cheers for the review, Roger !
AMP’ed podcast – subscribe with this feed
Subscribe by RSS Feed to the free www.podcastusermagazine.comissue 5 out now !


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Roger clip vs TFL downloads

Friday, June 9th, 2006

Roger’s obviously much more of a draw than Three From Leith Show 42…. Since I put the Roger review clip up in the dying minutes of last night it has almost been downloaded as many times in less than 24hrs as TFL42 has managed in total over 4 days. Go figure.

Now – if I could get Roger to guest-host each week I’d be laughing (literally as well as numbers-wise) !!

If you’re visiting to download Roger, please consider doing me and the bands / musicians who make the show possible the courtesy of downloading TFL42 in return and having a listen too. You never know, you may be pleasantly surprised :-)

It’s not bagpipes, fiddles or accordians, honest !

Reviewed on Radio 1 by the legendary Roger Smalls !

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

I’m extremely chuffed and priviledged to have been reviewed on BBC Radio 1 by the one and only blogging and podcast legend Mr Roger Smalls. Go and check it out here at around 13 minutes in !

If you’re listening in after the 14th June, the link will have gone but you can listen to Roger’s unedited review here.

Roger, you’re a star !

Show 42 – Dobrodosli !!

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

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Kranjska Gora, Slovenia (c) G Mason 2003

“Dober Dan, Dober Vecer in Dobrodosli”, as David Frost might have said had he been born a Slovene national ! Feeling rather sad that I can’t afford a holiday again this year, I’m pining for Slovenia and all of my friends over there who I’ve got to know over the years; Ranko, Igor, Klemen, Sylvo, Majda, drinks under the stars at the Krcma II with the lovely female staff…. ahhh, memories ! Union Pivo !! Zlatorog Pivo !! Cynar on ice !! Cooling my hot feet after a day walking in the Julian Alps, sitting by Lake Jasna. Finding mountain huts selling freshly-cooked food and cold drinks at the end of the route.

Can you tell I really adore the place ? To help me relive my memories, tonight I’m bring you a double helping of the finest Slovene rock – and in future shows this summer I’ll be bringing you some other great Slovene musicians to stave off my Slovenia withdrawals !

(apologies for the slight drop-outs in the vocals during my Saturday story – I was acting out the situation and moving too far from the mic !!)


Day Out – Setreseze

A wonderful slab of Eastern European rock, with a chorus which sounds like there’s a Cossack choir doing backing vocals. Brilliant ! It just goes to prove that you don’t need to understand the lyrics to appreciate great rock music. Email the band and I’m sure they can arrange to sell you a CD or a t-shirt !
Day Out’s MySpace
Email Day Out

Bombing Run – At Least
These Scots get everywhere you know… the government, all over TV and now they’re muscling in on the music scene around Bristol with cracking, stomping wodges of catchiness like this track. Fifers – you can take them anywhere !!
Bombing Run’s MySpace
Email Bombing Run

Day Out – Y Veter

Buen Chico – Giving Your Gifts
A beauty, a beardy and the one with a scary big hairdo ! You can tell that this trio are going to be the next media darlings with spakingly lovely tracks like this, can’t you ? Well, you heard them here first !!
BuenChico’s MySpace
Email BuenChico

This week’s Scottish Expression is absent once again – it will return next week – but I do tell you a charming little tale of childhood literacy (almost a certificate 18, too !)
The soundbed is ‘Sunrise’ by torchomatic on the PMN
Three From Leith theme-tune by Alex Aitken

Big props given out to:
Slovenia – for being one of the world’s most beautiful countries
Faith & Hope records – for sending me the fantastic Buen Chico CD and for not being Eastern European fraudsters !!
AMP’ed podcast – subscribe with this feed
Subscribe by RSS Feed to the free www.podcastusermagazine.comissue 5 coming soon !


Thank you for continuing to support the independent artists in 2006 by listening, feeding back and buying their music.

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Feed OK ?

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

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