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I’m a Podcast DJ !

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

I only just found out by accident that the set I recorded for podcast.dj has now been released in podcast.dj episode 2. If you fancy a listen to my little session (as well as those of the others in the show), the mp3 file is here.

Sadly, I don’t start talking about “bangin’ choons”, nor do I play a 33rpm disc at 78rpm so that the resulting high-speed Pinky’n’Perky mess can laughingly be labelled “hardcore house”. It’s all just great independent music of the style normally played on Three From Leith.

Enjoy and let me know what you think.

Show 79 – Plugging In

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

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Sometimes I just feel like putting a show together which is a blatant plug for great bands who, over time, have become great friends and supporters of Three From Leith. I do this for a reason though, and this time it’s because one has a great single out, one has one coming out and two of the three are playing a gig together ! Following me so far ? Good. Let’s just get stuck in…

eddyfink – Immuno
Cooler than a cucumber who’s gone skinnydipping in the Antarctic and a firm favourite here in TFL Towers for their incredibly catchy blend of rock and lyrical social commentary, eddyfink are a joy to hear and this is their new single which came out a few weeks ago. Grab it on iTunes or rush and see if there are any limited edition signed Cds left. Even if there aren’t and you like your physical copies of a band’s music, there’ll be some standard CDs
eddyfink’s MySpace
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The Scottish Enlightenment – Eyes
How can you not like a band with such a great historical name ?! The original reason for this plugging show, they’re releasing this track as their new single on the 16th April (see their site for details) as well as playing a gig at Cabaret Voltaire in Edinburgh this Friday (2nd March) with Callel (see below). If you can’t wait until April, you could always rush over to moojuice records and buy their album, Volo Ut Sis !
The Scottish Enlightenment‘s MySpace
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Callel – The Garden Grows / Our Final Eight
Lovely, lovely, sparkly and refreshing stuff from Callel. Another of those bands who fell victim to my shamefully appalling memory after I forgot I was going to play them back in July 2006. Poor lads thought it was because I didn’t like them. Far from it – as David from moojuice says, they sound very different from anyone else in Scotland at the moment, and I agree totally. They’re headlining the Cabaret Voltaire gig on Friday 2nd, with The Scottish Enlightenment and The Debuts. All for £4 – incredible !
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This week’s Scottish Expression is ‘toley’.

The soundbed was ‘Equinoxal’ by Incidental Fusion.
Three From Leith theme-tune by Alex Aitken

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Big props given out to:
Tea With Hungry Lucy – for all of their love and plugging of TFL and TMIAP, and for sending Jasna and I some virtual snow.
AMP’ed podcast – subscribe with this feed
Subscribe by RSS Feed to the free www.podcastusermagazine.comFebruary issue out now, and March issue imminent !

Thank you for continuing to support the independent artists in 2007 by listening, feeding back and buying their music.

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Show 78 – Steel-strung

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

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There’s always something quite comforting about the sound of an acoustic guitar, and more specifically the tones of a steel-strung. Perhaps it’s because I associate it with younger, more innocent times when I began learning guitar by ear on an old thing my Grandad salvaged on his rounds driving the ‘Bucket Motor’ (Scots for the ‘garbage truck’). It all started with copying the opening tracks from Mike Oldfield’s “Platinum” LP…. So it was something of a delight when I received a number of tracks which were either totally acoustic or centred round an acoustic, as it meant I was able to put together a show which features this instrument I hold dear in my heart.

Steve Adey – Find The Way
This is biased slightly towards the piano, but there’s some sumptious strumming and sustained chords in here. A stunningly haunting, emotional track from Edinburgh-based Brummie ex-pay Steve – listen to this on a good pair of headphones with the lights down to really appreciate it, and afterwards go and place your order for a physical album or an iTunes download here.
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Larry Guild – Morning Sun / Mrs Hook’s Brook
A Scottish singer-songwriter-guitarist in the finest traditional sense of the word, with some lovely fingerpicking, melodies and classic lyrics of violence, blasphemy and romance. With an appearance on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Travelling Folk’ under his belt, Larry will be crossing the pond in October this year to play at the Windstar Festival in Aspen, Colorado. There’s a link on Larry’s MySpace to buy his previous CD – the tracks I played are from his ‘Juneau’s Interlude’ CD, which is a pre-cursor to a full-band recording that he hopes to release in the Autumn.
Larry Guild’s MySpace
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Roartrax – Everyone’s Iraq
Fine social commentary on the current situation from New Zealand’s Roartrax – the gentle melodies in stark contrast to the situation in Iraq. Both of the tracks I played tonight are available to download from the Roartrax MySpace page, so if you download them do remember and drop the man a note and tell him you liked them !
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This week’s Scottish Expression is: ‘the dry boak’

The soundbed was ‘Jacaranda Snow’ by Roartrax.
Three From Leith theme-tune by Alex Aitken

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Big props given out to:
AMP’ed podcast – subscribe with this feed
Subscribe by RSS Feed to the free www.podcastusermagazine.comFebruary issue out now and March coming soon !

Thank you for continuing to support the independent artists in 2007 by listening, feeding back and buying their music.

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Gmaps & My Bike Route

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Since I’m always on about my cycling to and from work, I just found out that I could use Gmaps Pedometer to record my route for others to see. Very cool, though since I’m drawing a route using straight lines and not curving about, the mileage accuracy is a bit out. Still, it’s fun to use the hybrid map and zoom right in !

So, if you’ve ever wondered what my route to work looks like (from a bird’s eye view), here it is.

Three Men In A Pod – No 1

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

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Yes, for the last while, three fine, upstanding gentlemen of the podcasting community have feverishly beavered away in secret to bring you a collaborative show which – just for fun – combines a taster of each of our shows for your fine, discerning ears. It’s a chance for you to discover what we each do, and to encourage you to visit the other podcasts and sample their wares more fully. We all encourage you to drop one or t’other of us a note to tell us what you think, but firstly just sit back, put your feet up and enjoy this extra helping of Well Made Music, Three From Leith and The Electrical Language Podcast, under the Three Men In A Pod banner.

Neil – Well Made Music

Chromata – ‘Koita’
Davide Arneodo – Il ‘Piccolo Fuoco Fatuo’
Davide’s Myspace
Under – ‘Keep On Moving’
Under’s Myspace

Grant – Three From Leith

Don Lennon – ‘Young People Need Guidance’
Freddy – ‘Free’
The Martial Arts – ‘Finale’
Soundbed was Fumitaka Anzai – SadSequence_Part1-2(edited)

Gabor – the electrical language podcast

Starfish64 – ‘On Either Side’
Lunascape – ‘Mindstalking’
Lazy Sinatra – ‘Why Don’t You Ask You’
Soundbed: Torchomatic – ‘White Hotel’

Neil, Grant and Gabor want to thank all their friends who provided voice tracks for this podcast: Rob, Cynthia, Bruce, Skippy, War-N, Christabelle, Linda, Freddy and Id.

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Show 77 – Back in the Seat

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

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After a nice rest last week, it’s good to be back and in the musical hotseat again as I bring you another sizzling set of independent tunes from around the world for your listening pleasure. Thanks for the messages from all those who missed me – good to know that you care (awwwwww !). I was very touched that you took the time to get in touch and say so. Right – enough of that. I’m back, the ‘Scottish Expression Of The Week‘ is back; dive in !

Moonschool – Starhunter
From way over there in LA, fresh from their 3-track demo and sounding slick and tight as a Scotsman’s grasp on his wallet, Moonschool kick us off this week. They have no ‘buy’ links, but drop them a note, say I sent you and I’m sure they’ll be able to help you out in getting hold of their music.
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Sisero – Ticking Clock
Enigmatic to the last (ie there’s no bio or detailed info on the band on their web pages !!), Sisero hail from Chicago, Illinois and their demo is available to buy on iTunes. They get extra credit for almost fooling me into thinking I was listening to Big Country in the first few seconds of the track !
Sisero’s MySpace
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Black Lab – See The Sun / Ecstasy
Easily winning in the band bio stakes this week, Black Lab gets the honour of having two tracks played in the new TFL ’3 bands’ format. The band have had songs on radio, MTV, film soundtracks (Spiderman, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Blade: Trinity) and (if you’re in the US) on FX’s current promo for season six of ‘The Shield’. They’ve recently released their third album ‘Passion Leaves A Trace’, which you can preview here or buy here.
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This week’s Scottish Expression is ‘Snotter’.
The soundbed was ‘Equinoxal’ by Incidental Fusion.
Three From Leith theme-tune by Alex Aitken

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Big props given out to:
Three Men In A Pod – who are this mysterious trio ? Why do they have no URL ? More info to follow soon…..
AMP’ed podcast – subscribe with this feed
Subscribe by RSS Feed to the free www.podcastusermagazine.comFebruary issue out now !

Thank you for continuing to support the independent artists in 2007 by listening, feeding back and buying their music.

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Podcast User Magazine Issue 13 out now !

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

I can’t believe I forgot to post this….  yes, your free copy of Podcast User Magazine is once again available to download and feast you eyes on.  This month I’m reviewing another random podcast, and I’ve written a review of the Phideaux album, ‘The Great Leap’.  Other highlights include: 

Pum issue 13

  • Dan Klass, of The Bitterest Pill, who gives us an insight of what it’s like to be. . . Dan Klass!
  • Ubercaster Review
  • Podcasting in Scandinavia
  • Four new podcast reviews
  • Recording Skype and Google Talk
  • The quirky podcast list
  • Spreading the Word by Friends In Tech





A Break in Transmission

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

After 76 straight weeks of recording and publishing a podcast, I’ve decided that I’m going to have a well-deserved week off. I hope no-one’s left too disappointed.

I’ll be back bright and breezy with more great music for you on Tuesday 13th – see you then !














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