Did you vote for your Scottish Album of the Year (SAY)? You still have a chance. In just two days, a "shortlist" will be announced, so we'll see who cut it or not from the longlist of twenty albums:
|Admiral Fallow's Tree Bursts in Snow||Auntie Flo's Future Rhythm Machine|
|Calvin Harris' 18 Months||Dam Mantle Brothers' Fowl|
|Django Django's self-titled||Duncan Chisholm's Affric|
|Emeli Sande Our Version of Events||Errors' Have Some Faith in Magic|
|Human Don't Be Angry's self-titled||Karine Polwart's Traces|
|Wiszniewski/Stevenson's New Focus||Lau Race's The Loser|
|Meursault's Something for the Weakened||Miaoux Miaoux's Light of the North|
|PAWS' Cokefloat||Paul Buchanan's Mid Air|
|Rm Hubbert's Thirteen Lost Found||Stanley Odd's Reject|
|Twilight Sad's No One Can Ever Know||The Unwinding's Hours Afterlives|
For my second episode on favorite songs and breakdown, we take a look at Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand. Named after Austria's Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the band first break-out single is "Take Me Out", debuting #3 on the UK Charts. …
One of my favorite band, Franz Ferdinand will be making their return with Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, coming out August 27th, 2013, via Domino Records. The only thing I have is the track listing:
- Right Action
- Evil Eye
- Love Illumination
- Stand On The Horizon
- Fresh Strawberries
- Treason! Animals.
- The Universe Expanded
- Brief Encounters
- Goodbye Lovers & Friends
That was a bit of a surprise because we haven't heard much from the band since their stint with Edwyn Collins. Apparently after a string of hit shows at their California gigs last month, the four-piece decided to record the new record. Their previous effort, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, which was not, in fact, a live album, came out in 2009.
Hopefully, the band will tour the U.S. in support of the new album (but please do not come to Minneapolis in the Winter). In the meantime, the band is playing some music festivals in Europe:
08/17/13 Pukkelpop Festival - Hasselt, Belgium
08/23/13 Rock En Seine Festival - Paris, France
08/30/13 Zurich Open Air - Zurich, Switzerland
Also back, are the Pastels! Surprisingly, the 30+ band is still around. Their album Slow Summits can be heard on Pitchfork Advance (out today May 28th on Domino Records).
The Pastels are also doing a rare U.S. appearance at Chickfactor 21 Festival at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York on June 13th…. Wish I was in New York!
06/13/13 Chickfactor 21 - Brooklyn, New York
08/16/13 The Green Man Festival
08/24/13 Doune the Rabbit Hole - Scotland
Scottish troubadour Alasdair Roberts (previously released music under the name 'Appendix Out') kicks off a North American tour in July, with Minneapolis on his list of stops. Given the highly collaborative nature of the vibrant Minneapolis music scene, locals should make a point of queuing up to see the man quoted as saying: "Collaboration is extremely important to me. I reiterate – extremely." With a tenor voice as smooth and clear and sweet as newly-harvested honey, flavored with a Scottish burr, Roberts will be sure to enchant his audience with the dark, blood-soaked ballads and traditional folk story-songs one might expect from one raised in the hamlet of Kilmahog, in central Scotland, where he first began strumming a guitar and making his voice do things that anyone—after hearing only a few bars—can tell it was meant to do. Don’t snooze and miss tickets for this one!
Alasdair Roberts' latest release, Wonder Working Stone, came out January 2013 via Drag City.
07/15: Chicago, IL @ Downtown Sound: New Music Monday Series
07/16: Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
07/17: Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo
07/18: New Salem, MA @ 1794 Meetinghouse
07/19: Brooklyn, NY @ Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival
07/21: Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s 20 Lanes
07/22: Kalamazoo, MI @ The 411 Club
07/23: Cedar Rapids, IA @ CSPS
07/24: Minneapolis, MN @ Icehouse
07/26: Calgary, AB @ Calgary Folk Music Festival
07/27: Calgary, AB @ Calgary Folk Music Festival
07/28: Calgary, AB @ Calgary Folk Music Festival
07/29: Winnipeg, MB @ West End Cultural Centre
07/31: Washington, DC @ Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center
08/01: New York, NY @ Joe’s Pub