Best of 2016

December 31st, 2016

It’s Hogmanay, so that means I’ve just managed to scrape together the infamous Edinburgh Man best of the year show at the last possible minute. As with last year, the tracks have been chosen by myself. It’s not because I don’t trust the public to vote for the right answers (although if 2016 has taught us anything…) it’s because I left it too late to do anything else. Also, in what is quickly becoming an Edinburgh Man tradition, I have an incredibly painful sore throat. So not much chat, and lots of music. See you 2016 – don’t call us…

1. Adam Stafford – “Atheist Money” (Played courtesy of Song by Toad Records)
2. Belly of Paris – “There Was No Snake” (Played courtesy of Spookerrekkids)
3. The Second Hand Marching Band & Benni Hemm Hemm – “Shipcracks” (Played courtesy of The Second Hand Marching Band, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
4. David Thomas Broughton – “Words of Art” (Played courtesy of Song by Toad Records)
5. The Last Battle – “The Sound Of Forgiveness” (Played courtesy of The Last Battle)
6. Modern Studies – “Supercool” (Played courtesy of Song by Toad Records)
7. Pinegrove – “Old Friends” (Played courtesy of Pinegrove, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
8. Storm the Palace – “La Lido” (Played courtesy of Storm the Palace)
9. Book Group – “The Art Of Underachieving” (Played courtesy of Book Group)
10. Candy – “(In) A Room In St Kilda” (Played courtesy of Z-Tapes, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
11. Clipper – “Katie’s Knowe” (Played courtesy of Clipper)
12. Colour Me Wednesday – “Don’t Tell Anyone” (Played courtesy of Colour Me Wednesday, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
13. Ette – “Attack Of The Glam Soul Cheerleaders (parts 1 & 2)” (Played courtesy of Ette / Olive Grove Records)
14. Faith Eliott – “Pyrite Ammonite” (Played courtesy of Song by Toad Records)
15. Golden Arm – “Some Girls” (Played courtesy of Golden Arm)
16. Kristin Hersh – “Soma Gone Slapstick” (Played courtesy of Kristin Hersh, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
17. Leggy – “Bruises” (Played courtesy of Leggy)
18. Nice Try – “Glow” (Played courtesy of Nice Try, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
19. Palm Springs – “Flowers in a Vase” (Played courtesy of Palm Springs, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
20. Baker Island – “Demolishing The Fourth Wall” (Played courtesy of Baker Island)
21. Dressed Like Wolves – “Country Walking (Demo)” (Played courtesy of Dressed Like Wolves)
22. King Post Kitsch – “David, We’re Only Dancing (outtake)” (Played courtesy of King Post Kitsch)
23. Kings – “All That You Keep” (Played courtesy of Kings, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
24. Tape Waves – “Always Shines” (Played courtesy of Bleeding Gold Records)
25. Trust Fund – “Crab line” (Played courtesy of Trust Fund, Released under a Creative Commons licence)

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Edinburgh Man #250

December 14th, 2016

Edinburgh Man Junior has a new obsession – Super Smash Brothers Melee on the Nintendo GameCube. You see, his dad has worked in video games for quite some time, and as a result has amassed an array of video games consoles from years gone by. For some unknown reason all this retro hardware is very attractive for small children, and at the weekend Edinburgh Man Junior asked to play “video games”€. We went through quite a selection until we found Smash Brothers, but the wee man was hooked straight away. I mean, Pikachu AND Mario? What’s not to like?

Anyway, his actual method of playing is somewhat original. If only I could attach a video instead of an image to the podcast. It’€™s basically like he’€™s using the Wii Fit, except without the balance board. He jumps around and acts out the moves while playing the game. I wonder how long before he puts his arm through the TV..?

1. Subsumer – “Swamp Fire” (Played courtesy of Subsumer, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
2. DUMP HIM – “Attack And Amend” (Played courtesy of Dump Him, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
3. The Afterglows – “Have to Hide” (Played courtesy of The Afterglows, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
4. American Anymen + Lise – “Nobody Made Me Smile Like You Did” (Played courtesy of American Anymen + Lise)
5. Unsanitary Napkin – “Trumphole” (Played courtesy of Unsanitary Napkin, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
6. Sleepover Club – “Crime Baby” (Played courtesy of Sleepover Club, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
7. Plastic Animals – “Colophon” (Played courtesy of Song by Toad Records, Released under a Creative Commons licence)

Direct Download: Edinburgh Man #250

Edinburgh Man #249

December 11th, 2016

Listeners to last week’s show will recall that I recorded it in the car outside Edinburgh Man Junior’s school while he was on stage for the first performance of his nativity play. I say first performance, it seems like that’s all they’ve been doing at school for the last couple of weeks. Endless rehearsals and dress rehearsals for audiences of other years in the school.

At least I got to see it myself on Thursday. Was it worth the wait..? Hmmm… Maybe..? Edinburgh Man Junior spent most of it sat on the edge of the stage in a donkey outfit looking rather bored. Now and again he’d wave furiously at me or twiddle with a bit of string. Looking forward to next year already.

1. Helen Robertson – “Twelve Days of Odd Gifts” (Played courtesy of Helen Robertson, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
2. Walpurgis Family – “Professor Panda” (Played courtesy of Walpurgis Family, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
3. Campfires in Winter – “Free Me From The Howl” (Played courtesy of Olive Grove Records)
4. Kristin Hersh – “Hemingway’s Tell” (Played courtesy of Kristin Hersh, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
5. WONDERFLU – “It’s time” (Played courtesy of Wonderflu, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
6. bsnt gtrst – “charlie brown cant hurt anyone” (Played courtesy of bsnt gtrst, Released under a Creative Commons licence)

Direct Download: Edinburgh Man #249

Edinburgh Man #248

December 7th, 2016

I’ve finally managed to find the time to record a podcast! As I wait in the car outside Edinburgh Man Junior’s school while he takes part in his primary school nativity play. I know what you’re thinking – surely I should be in there watching him. Well, maybe. Although I do have tickets for tomorrow’s performance. Hopefully by then they’ll have perfected their lines.

Anyway, tonight’s podcast is recorded on my laptop, so the quality is somewhat poor. It’s not helped by the fact I don’t actually know where the in-built microphone is. So basically I’m sitting in my car, in the dark, shouting in the general direction of my laptop screen.

1. Expendable Friend – “Dachshund!” (Played courtesy of Expendable Friend, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
2. Belly of Paris – “Macie Shot The Barn Owl” (Played courtesy of Belly of Paris)
3. Meursault – “Simple is Good” (Played courtesy of Song by Toad Records)
4. Ben Holland – “King of Clowns” (Played courtesy of Ben Holland, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
5. TV Girl – “Pantyhose” (Played courtesy of TV Girl, Released under a Creative Commons licence)

Direct Download: Edinburgh Man #248