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The SAY Award 2014 Nominees

The nominations for The Scottish Album Of The Year 2014 were announced earlier today with 20 talented artists competing for Scotland’s answer to Barclaycard Mercury Prize

Launched just over three years ago, the nominees for this years SAY Award were chosen by a panel of judges. A varied mix of both Scottish bands and solo artists are among those nominated for the coveted 2014 prize.

The Nominees For The Scottish Album Of The Year 2014 are :

Adam Holmes And The Embers “Heirs And Graces”
Adam Stafford “Imaginary Walls Collapse”
Biffy Clyro “Opposites”
Boards of Canada “Tomorrow’s Harvest”
Camera Obscura “Desire Lines”
CHVRCHES “The Bones Of What You Believe”
Dunedin Consort (Dir. John Butt) “J. S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos”
Edwyn Collins “Understated”
Frightened Rabbit “Pedestrian Verse”
Hector Bizerk “Nobody Seen Nothing”
Kid Canaveral “Now That You Are A Dancer”
Mogwai “Les Revenants”
Rick Redbeard “No Selfish Heart”
RM Hubbert “Breaks & Bone”
Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire “Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire”
Scottish Chamber Orchestra (R. Ticciati) “Berlioz: Les Nuit D’été” 
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra “In The Spirit Of Duke” 
Steve Mason “Monkey Minds In The Devil’s Time”
The Pastels “Slow Summits”
Young Fathers “Tape Two”

RM Hubbert walked away with the 2013 SAY Award for his album, “Thirteen Lost & Found”


Coldplay To Headline Radio 1′s Big Weekend In Glasgow

Another BIG name is headed to Glasgow this summer; Coldplay have been unveiled as the first headliner of Radio 1′s Big Weekend which will be hosted for the first time in the city next month.

The band will top the bill at the event on 24th May 2014, following the release of their sixth studio album, “Ghost Stories”, scheduled for release on 19th May 2014. The lead single from the album, “Magic” is available now.

Chris Martin and Co join Paolo Nutini, Rita Ora and The 1975 with many more performers to be revealed over the coming weeks.  Radio 1′s Big Weekend will enjoy its 11th consecutive year this summer and will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra while BBC Three will show highlights of the performing acts from across the whole weekend.

Radio 1′s Big Weekend takes place at Glasgow Green from 24th – 25th May 2014.


The Killers To Headline Glasgow Summer Sessions 2014

Las Vegas’ finest export, The Killers are the first act lined up to perform at Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park as part of the city’s Summer Sessions 2014.

The band follow Kings Of Leon, Eminem, Tinie Tempah and Avicii who performed as part of the event last year when over 100, 000 fans snapped up tickets. The Killers will be supported by The Courteeners and Miles Kane at Bellahouston Park on Tuesday 19th August 2014.

Following the release of their long-awaited, fourth studio album, “Battle Born” in September 2012, The Killers toured extensively in 2013 including their debut stand-alone stadium show at Wembley Stadium last June, Dublin’s Phoenix Park and festival slots at Lollapalooza 2013 and the 20th anniversay of T In The Park.

Summer Sessions organiser and DF Concerts CEO, Geoff Ellis said, “The Killers performance at  T In The Park last year was incredible. We’re thrilled to welcome them back to Scotland as part of Glasgow Summer Sessions”.

Tickets for The Killers at Bellahouston Park go onsale on Friday (25th April 2014) at 9am.

The Libertines To Reform?

Fans of The Libertines got their Easter “miracle” this holiday weekend when it appeared that the impossible was more possible than ever before; the band are seemingly set to reunite.

Troubled troubadour and joint Libertines frontman, Pete Doherty claimed in an interview that he had been approached with a lucrative offer to reform the band and play live, but had yet to ask the other band members and an image of Hyde Park in London was later posted on the band’s Facebook page, fuelling rumours The Libertines would play a gig there this summer.

Headed by Doherty and Carl Barat, The Libertines formed in 1997 and sparked a post punk revival with debut album, “Up The Bracket” (2002) and self-titled, follow up, “The Libertines” (2004) and sound-tracked indie discos across the country with hits, “Time For Heroes”, “Can’t Stand Me Now” and “Don’t Look Back Into The Sun”.

Doherty’s increased drug use threatened both his future with the band and his friendship with Barat; The Libertines played their last gig together in Paris in December 2004 without Doherty and dissolved soon afterwards.  

Pete Doherty went on to form Babyshambles and enjoy commerical success, particularly with second studio album, “Shotter’s Nation” while Carl Barat formed Dirty Pretty Things; both singers also released solo albums. 

The Libertines reformed in 2010 for The Reading/Leeds Festival fuelling hope that the band would tour, but nothing materialised in the way of recording or playing live together following their festival slot. Their initial reunion, rehearsals and Reading/Leeds performance was filmed by Roger Sargent for feature-length documentary, “There Are No Innocent Bystanders” and released to limited cinemas across the UK in 2012.

Carl Barat added fuel to the 2014 reunion fire when it emerged earlier today that he cited a reunion as “very much a possibility” before adding, “keep the 5th of July free”. The impossible may prove possible in London this summer.


Album Review : “The New Classic”, Iggy Azalea

Following the commerical success of singles, “Bounce” and “Work”Amethyst Amelia Kelly, or as the music industry knows her, Iggy Azalea releases her debut album “The New Classic” today.

The Australian model-turned-singer’s debut offering is hotly anticipated, but will her brand of Missy Elliot-influence hip hop and R ‘N’ B be hit or miss?

Walk The Line

A Johnny Cash cover? No, apparently not, but along the same lines in terms of concept. Semi-autobiographical and whining about such a hard life, but Iggy shoots for a more “I will survive”  vibe than “I’m gonna go slit my wrists”.

Don’t Need Y’All

Sounds like a slowed down version of the previous song. However, the chorus is clever; the same line over and over is always infectious and hit-friendly.

100 (Featuring Watch The Duck)

The best yet and my undoubted favourite; better rhythm, better sound, better mix. Less noise. Watch The Duck gives the track soul and depth; its a lot less whiny teenager and a lot more sultry songstress with attitude.

Change Your Life (Featuring T.I)

This song brings a chorus more catchy than a common cold; it’ll be stuck in my head for weeks! T.I does little to impress me normally, but he does this song a massive favour. It’s an improvement on the initial tracks. Close, but no cigar.

Fancy (Featuring Charli XCX)

A retro start than I mistakenly thought would dilute into noise. Surprisingly ( and thankfully, for my ears’ sake) it didn’t! However, the collaboration backfires on Iggy . . . It peaked my interest in Charli XCX to the point of a Google search.

New Bitch

More than a little degrading. I’m not sure whether I’m proud of being a woman or not after listening to this; it’s very angry! I think Iggy’s losing more and more friends as the tracklist plays on. A little variation on this “angry wee girl who can look after herself” concept would be more welcome than an old friend.


A fresh concept and an uplifting track; a far cry from its bitter predecessor. It doesn’t make me want to start a fight, but its still verging on noise, rather than music.

Impossible Is Nothing

Yoda in da house? This is getting really old, really fast! It’s not the first track on the album to offer false hope; they start out promising before falling into the “bump, bump, bump” racket that has the nerve to call itself dubstep.


My toes are now tapping, maybe we’re onto something here! Or maybe I’m clutching at straws . . . Better, but not the best.

Black Widow (Feat Rita Ora)

Rita Ora input had a positive effect on this effort. . . then Iggy I like the ping-pong sound; a reminder of Martin Garrix’s “Animals”. It hosts a smarter chorus than the rest, and Rita Ora’s contribution will probably seal the deal for the track catching on.

Lady Patra (Featuring Mavado)

Undeniably catchy and Mavado’s rasta-feel creates a positive vibe.

Fuck Love

The worst of the lot. Its complete chaos: alarms, a questionable rhythm, and a vuvuzela that ruined the last World Cup. All that comes before we get to, yup, you guessed it, the“angry wee girl” concept that has dominated this debut effort and I have come to know and loathe.

Iggy Azalea’s debut album is undoubtedly more miss than hit hip hop; similiar sounding songs that are jumpy, shouty with very little thought-y. 


Record Store Day 2014

Tomorrow (Saturday 19th April) brings the seventh consecutive Record Store Day; a unique one-day celebration where independently-owned record stores come together with both musicians and fans to celebrate music.

2014 look set to be the biggest and best celebration of vinyl yet with record stores across the globe getting involved with live music, special releases, DJ sets, in-store quizzes and FREE cake!

Love Music, Glasgow

Glasgow’s vinyl hub is celebrating in style this Record Store Day with over 600 new and exclusive releases, 19 live acts performing in-store and a FREE tea and cake stall! Live music will be provided by Colonel Mustard And The Dijon 5, Tuff Love, The Pictish Trail, Blood Relatives, Fatherson and many more. 

Underground Solu’shn, Edinburgh

Celebrating from 8am to 8pm tomorrow, Underground Solu’shn have live music lined up from Lord Of The Isles, Wounded Knee (& Friends) and Craig Smith.

Coda Music, Edinburgh

Kicking off Record Store Day at 9am, Coda Music in Edinburgh are giving a FREE bacon roll to the first 50 revellers in-store! Local Edinburgh-based, blues, folk band, King Eider will be soundtracking the event.

VoxBox Music Ltd, Edinburgh

VoxBox Music Ltd have live performances from 12.30pm to 6pm, including sets from Stanley Odd and Tuff Love. Also, Simon Goddard will be participating in an exclusive Q&A (at a nearby venue) on his new book, “Simply Thrilled : The Presposterous Story Of Postcard Records”, available exclusively as part of Record Store Day 2014.

Europa Music, Stirling

Open from 12pm, live music will be provided by local singer/songwriter, End Of Neil and Americana swing band, The Precious Penny Pluckers, among many more.

Imperial Music, Inverness

Ashley & The Cosmanaughts, The Little Mill Of Happiness and Tony Baxter will be soundtracking Inverness’ Record Store Day tomorrow, performing afternoon sessions at Imperial Music.

Record Store Day 2014 will see thousands of exclusive and unique releases to mark the event;  David Bowie, Jake Bugg, CHVRCHES, Fleetwood Mac, Coldplay and Haim are just a handful of names who are releasing exciting Record Store Day material tomorrow.







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