Culture



Mr. Scruff – Ninja Tuna – Ninja Tune

22nd October 2008

Oisín Kealy Mr Scruff is the nom de plume of one Andy Carthy, and by all accounts a title that has become synonymous with marathon DJ sets of outstanding quality. Here on his first release of new material since Trouser Jazz in 2002, he returns a little more relaxed but with the same playful sound ...


Buena Vista Social Club – Live at the Carnegie Hall – World Circuit

22nd October 2008

Laura Cernis Famed as one of the most magical performances of the last century, Live At Carnegie Hall documents one of only two concerts Buena Vista Social Club ever played as a full ensemble. It is a beautiful, irresistible album; capturing the exuberance and nostalgia the collective celebrated so well. From the opening sway of ...


Classical Music Series – Sep to Oct 2008 – Glasgow University

22nd October 2008

Harry Akehurst Running quietly alongside the new academic year is 2008-09’s Music in the University programme, a series of concerts from high-profile performers, both classical and contemporary. If it sounds like some musty anachronism then you should read on – actually, it’s quite something. On the 25th of September the Edinburgh and Alba string quartets ...


Back in the groove

22nd October 2008

Gerry McKeever 2.16! This apparently insignificant number may seem innocent and unthreatening to the untrained eye, possibly even alluring with it’s carefully constructed camouflage. Nevertheless, take note, with the imminent approach of the Hallowed 31st, this little rotter has been one of the biggest threats to the worldwide club and DnB scene in recent times, ...


Reluctant thoroughbreds of rock

22nd October 2008

Declan McKay finds his way backstage to meet Foals at Glasgow’s Barrowlands So there I was, being led nervously through the winding and somewhat grimly clad corridors and stairways of the infamous Glasgow Barrowlands to conduct my first ever interview, with the reputable, musically acclaimed and NME endorsed (drum roll please)… Foals. Fear sped through ...


In from the cold

22nd October 2008

Laura Doherty verbally jams with Adem, and tries to avoid the f-word If you type ‘ADEM’ into google you’ll find info-sites on Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis, a rather complicated and nasty sounding brain affliction. “It’s also Danish for ‘breathe’, or ‘breath’, which is quite nice – at least it’s not Danish for ‘rubbish.’” So, here I ...


Ronnie Spector – 29/09/08 – The Arches

22nd October 2008

Lewis Porteous As a cursory glance at her official website will suggest, Ronnie Spector is obsessed with the notion of ‘rocking,’ perhaps to an extent not usually expected of a sixty-five year old. “I started out rocking,” she informs her Glasgow audience, “and I’m gonna go out rocking!” She neglects to mention that she will ...


Six stringed safari

22nd October 2008

Harry Akehurst The Ullapool Guitar Festival is different. Here’s the basic plot: the venues are the high school theatre, where there is an afternoon performance and an evening performance, and a local hotel bar, where a late night jamming/drinking session continues after the evening performance until about 5am. The crucial point, I think, to understanding ...


Shouts & murmurs of an American psyche

22nd October 2008

Tom Bonnick chews the fat over culture, politics, and stupid news anchors with George Saunders, the funniest smart-guy — or maybe the smartest funny-guy — in the room George Saunders is one of America’s leading contemporary satirists. The author of several books, both fiction and non-fiction, his work has earned comparisons to that of Mark ...


To creep on tip-toes

29th September 2008

Zoe Grams hunts bears and ballet dancers at Scottish Ballet’s Ride the Beast You’d be forgiven for thinking a ballet set to five classic Radiohead songs is a marketing strategy to appeal to the yoofs; something that sits as uncomfortably as Esther Ransen speaking to inner city kids about Drum’n’Bass. However, director Stephen Petronio’s latest ...