Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Scottish Fiction Podcast - 23rd April 2014

Dive in my friends for the vibes are sweet and enticing.  Whether you wish to shatter your souls with the blasts of Holy Mountain and Lady North, learn about science with Let's Talk About Space, or get political with Stanley Odd there's a slice of the pie for all.  It's Scottish Fiction, the one stop shop for the best new Scottish music.

Holy Mountain - Luftwizard
Lady North - Bum Jiggy
Poor Things - 1998
Bianca - How About All The Things We Never Said We'd Do
The Twilight Sad - Cold Days From The Birdhouse
Let's Talk About Space - Ursa Minor
The Last Battle - Breathe Bones
Sean Armstrong - Metronome River
Stanley Odd - Chase Yirsel
Campfires In Winter - We'll Exist
Bastard Mountain - Meadow Ghosts

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Scottish Fiction - 23rd April 2014 by Scottish Fiction on Mixcloud

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Scottish Fiction Podcast - 17th April 2014

Drum roll please... Scottish Fiction is BACK.  Repackaged and reorganised as a condensed one hour podcast but still bringing you the best new Scottish music about.  As we've been away for nearly two months, this week's returning episode is all about catching up with what we've missed.  That includes tracks from Machines In Heaven, Secret Motorbikes, Call To Mind, Deathcats and a whole lot more.  Tuck in my friends, and dine at the banquet of indulgence.

Withered Hand - Horseshoe
The Second Hand Marching Band - You Will/My Body Is A Mess
King Post Kitsch - Sheep On A Beach
The Phantom Band - The Wind That Cried The World
Kill Surrrf - I Can't Sleep For Dreaming Of You
Machines In Heave - Parliament Is Made Of Rice Paper
Tuff Love - Flamingo
Secret Motorbikes - All Over Again
Deathcats - Alligator
Fatherson - James
Call To Mind - Energy // Blast
Prehistoric Friends - Bermuda Triangle
Randolph's Leap - Light Of The Moon

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Friday, 4 April 2014

Scottish Fiction Survey

Hi folks,

I'm working on getting the Scottish Fiction radio show/podcast back up and running.  However I'd like to take this opportunity to request some feedback from you, the listeners of the show.  Please take 5 minutes to answer this short survey, which will help me determine the future format of Scottish Fiction.



Wednesday, 5 March 2014

That difficult second album...

I had initially decided not to make any great announcement or statement about this, for fear of being self indulgent, but a number of people have asked over the past few days so I thought it would be easier to let people who care know.

If you've been on the ball you will have noticed there hasn't been a new Scottish Fiction radio show or podcast for the last three weeks, and my blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts have been quiet.

The reasons for this is probably pretty obvious, but I've decided to take a break from Scottish Fiction, both blogging and broadcasting, for the short future.  Those who know me personally will know that as well as running this blog and radio show, I attend college, work, and have a young family with another baby due in July.  Sometimes the old clichés ring true and there just aren't enough hours in the day.

I do believe however that if you enjoy doing something, you'll make time for it, which is why I'm not closing the door on Scottish Fiction, and fully plan to return to radio and blogging at some point in the near future.  After nearly three years of Scottish Fiction, this is an important junction to re-discover the reasons for my involvement, and reassess what aims and purposes the blog and show are.

In the meantime here's a reminder that you can still purchase the Scottish Fiction Sessions compilation which contains 21 tracks performed live for Scottish Fiction and all proceeds raised go towards Pulse Community Radio.  Please do consider purchasing and spreading the word.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Album Review - Mogwai - Rave Tapes

The concept of growing old gracefully has clearly passed Mogwai by.  Whilst they may not be as fierce as they once were, eight studio album Rave Tapes shows that Mogwai have lost none of their power and indeed contains some of their most awe inspiring music yet.

When Remurdered first appeared last year as the first glimpse at the band's new material they sounded like they'd invaded Kraftwerk's Kling Klang studios and forced the synths to mate with their guitars.  That song sets out the stall nicely for the whole album.

There are many Krautrock influences apparent here from the brilliant opener Heard About You Last Night through to Deesh's drones and beats and the album overall mixes the band's trademark power with analogue electronics and almost ambient parts to create a marvellous piece of work.  Amongst the intensity there are glimpses of light too be it in the Simple Simon like intro Simon Ferocious which surely is a computer somewhere saying the track's name or in the uplifting and beautiful closer The Lord Is Out Of Control.

Long may Mogwai reign.

- David McElroy

Mogwai - Rave Tapes is out now on Rock Action Records.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

TeenCanteen - Scottish Fiction Session - Videos

If you are a lover of sweet female harmonies, sunshine coated pop, and sugar sweet melodies then TeenCanteen are right up your street.  Joining me in the Pulse 98.4 studio just before Christmas, the band performed some wonderful session tracks and shared their love of all things pop. 

Below are videos for session tracks, 'How We Met (Cherry Pie)', 'Honey' and 'Friends'.  Enjoy, and check out YouTube page for all session video

Scottish Fiction Podcast - 12th February 2013

e-he-he-ell!  What a show lies in store for you here!  Live session guests in the shape of Audrey and Louie from Hector Bizerk, who played some amazing acoustic versions of tracks from the latest album Nobody Seen Nothing.  Plus new music from the likes of Call To Mind, Poor Things, IndianRedLopez, Wecamefromwolves and more!  It's a party, and you're all invited!

Call To Mind - Breathe

Hector Bizerk - Espange In The Works (Live in Pulse 98.4 Studio)

The Police - Message In A Bottle - As chosen by Hector Bizerk

Hector Bizerk - Colombus (Live in Pulse 98.4 Studio)

Immortal Technique - You Never Know (feat. Jean Grae)

Hector Bizerk - Party At A&E (Live in Pulse 98.4 Studio)

Wecamefromwolves - Paradise Place
Forest Fires - Patterns
Poor Things - Halcyon Days!
IndianRedLopez - No Longer Dying
The Strange Blue Dreams - Reverberatin' Love
Miasma - Goldberg
Two Wings - Peace Fear

#tweetatrack - Quickbeam - Seven Hundred Birds - As chosen by @distortion736

Le Thug - Pals
Blood Of The Bull - Bend Over
Bis - Rulers And The States
Young Fathers - I've Arrived

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