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Freshers & finals

29th September 2008

David Kirkpatrick It’s cold outside, Christmas cards are on sale and I’m sitting waiting for a cheerful, white bearded old man to appear. There’s only one logical conclusion: it has to be the first seminar of term. But how did I get here? I’m in yesterday’s clothes and there’s a faint taste of rohypnol on ...


Records and Rolexes – The battle for Freshers’ Week ’08

29th September 2008

Gerry McKeever & George Binning For the high-pressure occasion that is the first night of Freshers’ week, both unions competed to win freshers to their fold with big names from hugely contrasting musical spheres. Following nicely from Dizzee Rascal last year, the GUU did well to land a performer like Wiley, with his ‘King of ...


Freshers’ Week 2008 – Hayseed Dixie – QMU

29th September 2008

Cormac Beagan & Gerry McKeever It all started a long time ago, in a valley named Deer Lick Holler. A crew of young boys managed to get their hands on a couple of AC/DC records.  Only having an old 78 to play them on, they took on a slightly different perspective to rock. When they ...


Freshers’ Week 2008 – Subcity Party – Postgraduate Club

29th September 2008

Gerry McKeever Continuing from last years’ success, the first Subcity Party/Rave went down an absolute treat on the 26th. The Universities own mob of radio-freaks are proving time and time again that they really know how to get down. This latest installation in the series continued the trend of being even more pleasantly vicious and ...


Wire – 11/09/08 – The Arches

29th September 2008

Benzo Harris At first I was skeptical — post-punk before punk was over? Transcending the genre in the mid ‘70s? Snobbish elitism comes to mind. Well, as I waited in line around a bunch of guys who coulda been my dad (and well well hey, the 70’s were a crazy time… who knows?) I figured ...


Filthy weekends

29th September 2008

Gerry McKeever No doubt many among us will have spent a considerable amount of our laughably-long summer break by standing in a muddy field attempting to sing along to someone or other performing at least 15km away, by lip-reading the lyrics from a 100ft TV screen, our only glimpse of the artist we have paid ...


The Bug feat. MC Flowdan – 12/09/08 – The Art School

29th September 2008

Gerry McKeever Continuing the quality of acts that Glasgow reggae impressarios Mungos Hifi are bringing to the Artschool, the 12th saw London-based avant-garde soundsmith The Bug.  Known among electronica cirlces for being originally signed to Rephlex Records, the label of Glitch-messiah Richard D. James aka Aphex Twin, The Bug has been on the British experimental ...


Metallica – Death Magnetic – Mercury Records

29th September 2008

Graeme Stirling James Hetfield and friends return with their ninth studio album, the second to feature bassist Rob Trujillo, and the first release since 2003’s St Anger. The previous album’s stripped-down style and bizarre co-operative songwriting didn’t go down well with either critics or fans. So, what will Metallica’s notoriously critical fans think of their ...


Fabriclive 41 – Simian Mobile – Disco Fabric Records

29th September 2008

Harry Akehurst Fabriclive 41 comes barely a year after Simian Mobile Disco’s first reluctant commitment to record, last summer’s “Attack Decay Sustain Release”. Maintaining their improvisatory sound, this live mix sees James Ford and Jas Shaw forage through over 40 years of inspiration and emerge with some spectacular  stomp-fodder. The raw material is eclectic, but ...


Kings of Leon – Only by the Night – Columbia Discs

29th September 2008

Declan McKay There have been big changes in the Kings Of Leon camp since their sparkling debut ‘Holy Rover Novocaine’ exploded onto the scene in the spring of 2003. One of the many garage rock outfits to benefit from the once promising NME sponsored ‘New Rock Revolution’, it appears the Nashville four-piece have shed the ...