Music, Issue 610

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Jock Tamson’s Bairns - Child's play

14 Aug 2008

Bands have a saying that you are only as young as your youngest member. That places Jock Tamson’s Bairns at about 33 years old, the age of their newest member, the fiddler Anna Wendy Stevenson, who joined the legendary Scottish folk combo in 2006. ‘I…

5 Reasons To Go See - Alanis Morissette

14 Aug 2008

She’s massively popular Before we get to any of the juicier reasons for re-igniting your mid-90s fervour for Ms Morissette, let’s lay out the bare statistics of her success. The angry songstress has sold over 55 million albums worldwide, and has scooped…

5 Reasons To Go See - John Renbourn

14 Aug 2008

1 He’s an axe hero OK, he’s not in the same mould as Slash, but the veteran English guitarist and songwriter delivers an exemplary, dextrous mix of blues, folk, classical and jazz to wow his audience. 2 He’s a Pentangle Renbourn was one of the…

Also Released - Music

14 Aug 2008

King Khan and The Shrines - The Supreme Genius of King Khan and The Shrines (VICE Records) VICE records continue to expand their impressive repertoire with this Berlin-based psych-soul nine-piece. The ecstatic presence of front man King Khan shines…

The Automatic - This is a Fix

14 Aug 20083 stars

ALT.PUNK (B-Unique) What a difference one little personnel change can make. After ousting squawk-happy keyboardist Alex Pennie, The Automatic drafted in Paul Mullen of the criminally-underrated yourcodenameis:milo, and his influence has leant the…

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The Bastard Children of Australian Folk: CWQ

14 Aug 20083 stars

Oddball eclecticism from down under

Melting together genres from Celtic to klezmer, the pioneering Australian folk band CWQ present the result of mixing musical traditions from across the world in The Bastard Children of Australian Folk. Exploring and moulding the entire gamut of…

Beans - Thorns

14 Aug 20084 stars

HIP HOP (Adored and Exploited) A welcome return from Beans, aka Mr Ballbeam, one quarter of Anti-Pop Consortium, but also a fully-fledged vocalist and beat master in his own right. He’s a self-proclaimed scene outsider who requires no association to…

Bowerbirds - Hymns for a Dark Horse

14 Aug 20083 stars

FOLK (Dead Oceans) Bowerbirds, a trio of folkers from North Carolina create tumbledown tunes of love, nature and wistful remembrance. It’s charmingly enigmatic, touching with its veiled simplicity and ramshackle, scratchy folk. Layered vocals…

Broken records

14 Aug 2008

‘It’s never been part of our gameplan to be a cool band,’ says Broken Records’ singer and guitarist Jamie Sutherland. In that case, they better start redrawing the rules right now. Attracting Arcade Fire comparisons like iron filings to a magnet, the…

Chris Biscoe Quartet - Gone in The Air: The Music of Eric Dolphy

14 Aug 20084 stars

JAZZ (Trio Records) Eric Dolphy is a figure more often acknowledged than actually engaged with. As Brian Morton points out in his notes for this fine disc, the relative neglect of Dolphy’s compositions leaves them an open field for exploration - and…

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Cult of Luna

14 Aug 2008

Witness the distorted guitars of Swedish post-metal proponents Cult of Luna as they lay waste to Ivory Blacks with their crushing onslaught. Tempering their doom metal with a slower pace and a pitch black intelligence drawing influences from Radiohead…

Frank Satan In Person

14 Aug 20084 stars

Beguiling and bawdy drinking songs

If you dig Tom Waits, Dean Martin and Hank Williams, then Frank Satan (pronounced ‘Say-tan’) is your man. The long-time alter ego of the Cameo Cinema’s general manager Ian Hoey is back after a lengthy break to regale audiences with a bawdy combo of…

Future of the Left

14 Aug 2008

Title contenders

You can’t beat a good song title, and Future of the Left have some of the best. The Cardiff based trio’s second single was the thrillingly angry rock of ‘adeadenemyalwayssmellsgood’, and the band’s debut album Curses was peppered with other gems such as…

The Grouch - Show You The World

14 Aug 20084 stars

HIP HOP (Legendary Music) The Grouch drops his first solo-project in five years, and it ain’t too bad either. A highly respected solo MC, beat-maker and founder member of The Living Legends, he is famed for his heartfelt approach to his lyrics; an…

Hitlist - Music

14 Aug 2008

Michael Franti and Spearhead He’s been here repeatedly for T on the Fringe and now drops in for the Edge, and with good reason, no one sums up the original politically astute, culturally diverse, socially inclusive spirit of the Fringe as this worldly…

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The Icarus - Monologues

14 Aug 20083 stars

ELECTRONICA (TuneTribe) Featuring male/female vocalist duo Toby Trueman and Tori Higham, and production guy Tommy Forrest, The Icarus are Edinburgh’s answer to Massive Attack, God is an Astronaut and The Prodigy. Unconventional in their fusion of…

Imps - Bring Out the Imps

14 Aug 20084 stars

ELECTRONICA (Mule Electronic) Mule Electronic is cool and so is Imps, a project put together by two Swedish producers by the name of Minilogue and two Australian jazz musicians known as Decoy. The outcome is an absorbing collection of tracks, a mix of…

InvAsian festival set to host Elvis Idol competition

14 Aug 2008

Calling all Elvis wannabes. Auld Reekie will be transformed into a veritable Graceland during a two-day tribute to the king of rock'n'roll this month. Organisers of the InvAsian Festival, an event dedicated to promoting Asian arts and culture, have…

Jackie Leven - Lovers At The Gun Club

14 Aug 20083 stars

SINGER-SONGWRITER (Cooking Vinyl) Now something of a Celtic/Romany troubadour, the Kirkcaldy-born Leven returns with his umpteenth solo album. Opening with the gun-tottin’ title track, and featuring guest vox from his absinthe-guzzlin’ buddy, American…

Julian Lloyd Webber and the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra String Ensemble

14 Aug 2008

Another unlikely Fringe debutante in the shape of cellist Lloyd Webber

Five firsts at the Fringe for Edinburgh Youth Orchestra which breaks fresh ground this year with its new string ensemble of leading players, both past and present. With cellist Julian Lloyd Webber as director and soloist, its Fringe debut also features…

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Late Of The Pier - Fantasy Black Channel

14 Aug 20084 stars

ELECTRO (Infected) The cover art sums them up nicely: Late of the Pier are a heady pastiche of their influences. They flip from the sticky rock-fuzz eccentricism of Muse to the nostalgic clunk of Gary Numan’s vampiric electro, and back again, without…

Marcel Dettmann - Berghain 02: Mix CD

14 Aug 20084 stars

TECHNO (Ostgut Ton) Berlin is having a resurgence of cutting-edge labels right now, and this latest offering from Berghain resident/Hard Wax man is top drawer. He’s a quality act, both as a DJ and as the man responsible for the MDR label. This latest…

Metropolitan Cathedral Organ Concerts

14 Aug 2008

New organ put through its paces

Fringe statistics tend to be fairly staggering, but if all the organ pipes on the Fringe were added together, their total would beat the lot. The new organ at St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral alone has almost 4000. Built in French style by Matthew…

Misterioso

14 Aug 2008

Exploring Monk’s elusive mindscape

The often chaotic, always creative and ultimately silent life and times of one of the greatest of all modern jazz giants, pianist Thelonious Monk, is celebrated in this amalgam of music, theatre and video projection from the London-based Theatralia…

The Mole - As High as the Sky Wagon Repair

14 Aug 20083 stars

HOUSE (Canada) Along with Cobblestone Jazz and Hrdvsion, The Mole is one of a small group of artists on Mathew Jonson’s label pushing out quality, dubby, melodic 4/4-club music. After building up a solid reputation with previous releases on Kompakt…