new music mondays: the benjamin gibbard edition;
Today’s NaBloPoMo writing prompt seems callously crafted to make me weep. My favourite place to blog, you say? Well, it’s not as if I have lots of choice at the moment thanks to the waiting times BT are currently running at to flip the switch and get one’s phone line/broadband working, is it? Come December though, I’m sure I’ll be very happy blogging away on my new sofa. LOOK HOW COMFY IT IS.
The contentedness of my small ginger companion in the photo above probably tells its own story, but the move went well and none of us broke lugging boxes down the three flights of stairs from the former Monkey Towers. We couldn’t have done it without our magnificent friends – many of whom brought cupcakes – so cheers for that. Photos to follow, at some point, because I have a feeling the SLR is still in our old flat…
Doesn’t look as if there is much out this week – actually there is loads, but as I have been so busy I haven’t listened to any of it – so there’s nothing I can recommend you apart from the new Benjamin Gibbard album, Former Lives. I’ve mentioned it before, but I think it gets its official UK release this week? And there’s a new video for “Teardrop Windows”, so that’s got to be worth another punt.
GIG OF THE WEEK: My pick is actually in London this week, where on Thursday my good friend – and “former life”, in a sense – Alex’s band The Comet Line have an album launch show at The Buffalo Bar. Tickets are £5 in advance, which also gets you a free CD copy of the album when you get there!
Closer to home, although I should be reviewing The Noisettes at the Oran Mor on Thursday the big show is Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls with Tim Barry and Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun at The Picture House, Edinburgh on Sunday. Yes, that will be twice in two months and on two different continents. The show is SOLD OUT, but if you can hold your horses until tomorrow I might just have a special announcement…
And a bonus shout-out for King Tut’s New Years Revolution, the lineup for which was announced today. Miaoux Miaoux is a must-do, although in an ideal world I’ll be along for Kitty the Lion and Chris Devotion and the Expectations as well.