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Preview: Musik / Reise

24 Dec 2014

German electronica appreciation with Hans Joachim Irmler and friends

Faust arguably set the template for the whole immersive living, band-as-commune, jamming-naked-in-the-kitchen thing when they encamped themselves in a house-cum-studio in rural Germany in 1970 and made some landmark recordings. Communal living aside…

Christmas Songwriters Club (2014)

23 Dec 20144 stars

Festive spirit and great tunes fill new location for an evening with some of Edinburgh's best

Stop Christmas right there, because the best seasonal hit you’re not likely to hear again in your life has been written. Apologising for the ‘disaster’ that apparently was his Christmas Songwriters Club appearance back in 2010 (‘I got pissed a little…

Briefs: The Second Coming (2014)

22 Dec 20145 stars

Brassy yet classy, boylesque troupe Briefs returns to Edinburgh

Their outfits could out-sparkle the Jenners Christmas tree, their banter is filthier than a lump of coal. The Briefs boys are back in Edinburgh bringing, in their words, 'a little bit of butch and a fuckload of camp' to the winter market. Originally…

Album Round-up — December 2014

18 Dec 2014

New releases from Disappears, Prosumer, Smashing Pumpkins, Darren Hayman, Yo La Tengo and Beyoncé

Disappears — Irreal (Kranky) ●●●● The ‘guitars are dead’ contingent may wish to re-evaluate upon exposure to this, the sixth album from Brian ‘90 Day Men’ Case’s Chicagoan art-rock group. It’s hard to categorise, but there’s essentially an attempt…

K-X-P – The History of Techno EP

18 Dec 20143 stars

Insouciant, dynamic dirges from Finnish cosmic rock demagogues

Finnish people, as we have learned from studies and Aki Kaurismaki movies, are totally cracked, so it makes sense that that the country’s bands err on the side of bedlam. Here we have cosmic rock demagogues K-X-P obliging by flagrantly breaking the…

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Various Artists – The Travelling Archive: Folk Music from Bengal

18 Dec 20144 stars

Captivating glimpse of a diverse musical culture

The latest batch from Sublime Frequencies includes a smokin' live album from Lebanese / Egyptian guitar legend Omar Khorshid and a compilation of mesmeric Sahel folk, but this collection is of particular interest, representing the first fruits of the…

Verckys et L'Orchestre Vévé – Congolese Funk, Afrobeat and Psychedelic Rhumba 69–78

18 Dec 20144 stars

Irrestistible Congolese grooves with a strong Latin flavour

Waiting for the delayed Ali–Foreman 'Rumble In The Jungle' in 1974, James Brown used his time in Kinshasa to check out the local bands. Above all, the artist who blew him away was Verckys, the charismatic leader of L'Orchestre Vévé. Verckys formed the…

2015 Highlights: Music

17 Dec 2014

Featuring: Belle & Sebastian, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tectonics, Electric Frog and Kelvingrove

Cue euphoria for fans of Glasgow’s indie twee-pop superstars; they return in January with their new, ninth album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, before playing a hometown arena gig in the summer, joined by the Scottish Festival Orchestra...

Large Unit – Erta Ale

17 Dec 20144 stars

Renowned jazz drummer Paal Nilssen-Love delivers a sizzling three-disc album

As the rhythmic engine behind The Thing and sideman to Peter Brötzmann and Ken Vandermark, Paal Nilssen-Love is one of the world's most exciting and inventive drummers. Large Unit is his new Scandinavian big band, comprising of two rhythm sections…

Cuong Vu Trio with Richard Karpen – Indigo Mist

17 Dec 20144 stars

In recent years, William Parker and Mats Gustafsson have been among the creative musicians offering a radical engagement with Duke Ellington. Comprising mostly of original pieces inspired by some textual or textural aspect of Ellington's music, Indigo…

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Faust – j US t

16 Dec 20143 stars

Semi-improvised, back to basics, rhythm-driven sound sculptures designed to be rebuilt by anyone

Like a little army of trolls marching out of the shadows, this latest opus from the Jean Herve Peron / Zappi Diermaier version of Germany's veteran, kosmische, hippy Dadaists creeps up on you slowly. Peron's looming bass and Diermaier's martial drums…

David Shrigley and Malcolm Middleton – Music and Words

15 Dec 20142 stars

Middleton and Shrigley are capable of creating something much more subtle and powerful

When the first track of this collaboration between former Arab Strapper Malcolm Middleton and Glasgow School of Art alumnus David Shrigley was released, there was plenty to get excited about. ‘Story Time’ told the tale of a delightful wildlife scene…

Hogmanay 2014 in Edinburgh and Glasgow

12 Dec 2014

Not sure what New Year celebrations to enjoy? Plan your itinerary from live music to loony dooks

The Spiegeltent in Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square is covering pretty much every performance genre this year. Comedian Al Murray has promised surprise guests each night at The Pub Landlord’s Festive Saloon (Mon 29–Wed 31 Dec), or there are terrifyingly…

See in the New Year at Scot:Lands

12 Dec 2014

Scot:Lands opens up New Year’s Day in Edinburgh with an array of exciting performances

Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay programme has matured around the long-running street party in recent years, both as a season of well-structured and fun family events and as a money-maker for the city. One of the best innovations of the last couple of…

Live Review: Xylouris White, King Tut's, Glasgow, on Wed 26 Nov

12 Dec 20145 stars

Giorgos Xylouris and Jim White perform pure instrumental joy on Cretan lute and drums

Fresh outta style school, veteran virtuosos Giorgos Xylouris ('George' to his mates) and Jim White (of the Dirty Three) are a commanding and welcome presence, all big hair and smart casual. Sitting comfortably on a stage capable of holding at least five…

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Jean-Luc Guionnet/Éric La Casa — Home: Handover

12 Dec 20144 stars

Ambitious collaborative project of spoken word, field recordings, improvisation and sound art

To describe this ambitious, four-disc, multi-stage collaborative project in any detail would require a far larger space than the one this review inhabits. In brief, Home: Handover is an exploration of sanctuaries and private lives and acoustics, with…

Live Review: Mastodon, O2 Academy, Glasgow, Wed 26 Nov

12 Dec 20144 stars

As good as billed, metal's biggest act drop the motherload on Glasgow

2014 may well be the year that finally validated those ‘biggest metal band in the world, ever!’ comments that have followed Mastodon for the past few albums, though tonight showed that, even at their most stadium-rocktastic, there’s still plenty of what…

Live Review: Silver Apples, Stereo, Glasgow, Fri 28 Nov

12 Dec 20143 stars

One for the audiophiles, Simeon breathes synth charm into future sounds of yesteryear

These days, Simeon, the enigmatic founding / sole surviving member of Silver Apples, looks like a craggy character from a Coen Brothers or David Lynch film who has just emerged from decades in his desert bunker lab with the sound of the future – or what…

The Hot 100 2014: 100-91

11 Dec 2014

Sophia George, Richard Youngs and Carina Contini among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors

The Hot 100 is The List's annual celebration of the figures who've contributed most to the cultural landscape during the year. From chefs and theatre-makers to writers and musicians, you'll find them here.

The Hot 100 2014: 90-81

11 Dec 2014

Hanna Tuulikki, Vanishing Point and Bloody Scotland among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors

The Hot 100 is The List's annual celebration of the figures who've contributed most to the cultural landscape during the year. From chefs and theatre-makers to writers and musicians, you'll find them here.

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The Hot 100 2014: 80-71

11 Dec 2014

Chvrches, Comar and Claire Cunningham among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2014

The Hot 100 is The List's annual celebration of the figures who've contributed most to the cultural landscape during the year. From chefs and theatre-makers to writers and musicians, you'll find them here.

The Hot 100 2014: 70-61

11 Dec 2014

Counterflows, Glasgay and Daniel Sloss among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2014

The Hot 100 is The List's annual celebration of the figures who've contributed most to the cultural landscape during the year. From chefs and theatre-makers to writers and musicians, you'll find them here.

The Hot 100 2014: 60-51

11 Dec 2014

The Glad Café, David Mackenzie and Still Game among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2014

The Hot 100 is The List's annual celebration of the figures who've contributed most to the cultural landscape during the year. From chefs and theatre-makers to writers and musicians, you'll find them here.

The Hot 100 2014: 50-41

11 Dec 2014

Braw Gigs, Rally & Broad and John Byrne among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2014

The Hot 100 is The List's annual celebration of the figures who've contributed most to the cultural landscape during the year. From chefs and theatre-makers to writers and musicians, you'll find them here.

The Hot 100 2014: 40-31

11 Dec 2014

The Twilight Sad, Drygate and The Scottish Ensemble among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors

The Hot 100 is The List's annual celebration of the figures who've contributed most to the cultural landscape during the year. From chefs and theatre-makers to writers and musicians, you'll find them here.