Jonnie Common’s Deskjob

13 04 2011

Featuring Panda Su, Meursault, The Oates Field, Inspector Tapehead, Autistic Angus, Conquering Animal Sound, Eagleowl and Jonnie Common

The Captain’s Rest, Glasgow

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Jonnie Common‘s a clever lad. He had the idea to ask a selection of Scotland’s leading musical lights to send him stripped-down performances of some their songs so he could mess about with them, which they did. He then squirrelled himself away, adding layers of bleeps and bloops and rattles and crashes to the artists’ guide tracks, as is his wont; and the result is Deskjob. And, of course, it’s brilliant. These photos are from the launch night in Glasgow, and if you’re quick you can buy a copy here, otherwise you’ll have to pick up a copy next time you’re at one of the bands’ shows.



Song, By Toad Christmas Panto

12 12 2009

The Bowery

Featuring Rob St. John, Ruth & Rory, Thomas Western, Inspector Tapehead and Jesus H. Foxx

Sorry, did I write ‘panto’? I meant to say ‘party’ of course. The pantomime didn’t start until much later that night. Early December seems like a very long time ago as I write this, which was when the annual opportunity to celebrate all things Toad with a stellar line-up of performers took place. Two of our favourite bards, Rob St. John and Thomas Western, silenced the bawdy boozehounds through in the bar, each with an equally captivating performance. While in the main gig room we were introduced to a fascinating new direction that Rory from Broken Records has been exploring, accompanied by Bowery boss and occasional Jesus H. Foxx vixen Ruth on the violin. Later Inspector Tapehead and the aforementioned Foxxsters took to the stage with brilliant full-band sets.

The evening was bloody fantastic, but it also had a hint of sadness to it, as it was the last night The Bowery as we know it would be in existence. Ruth and Jane have moved on to new things, and the unique and irreplaceable venue they worked so hard to create has been absorbed into the plans for the revamped Roxy Art House.

In its short lifetime, The Bowery became one of the most important hubs for the grassroots arts and music scene in Edinburgh, and one of the city’s best-loved venues. To many it just felt like home.

Ruth and Jane, and countless collaborators, worked hard to offer an unhesitating and inspiring helping hand to local acts, while bringing unexpected and amazing performers from further afield – often abroad – to the Edinburgh audience. It’s difficult to get that combination right, and these guys absolutlely nailed it.

It will be impossible to replace, but Ruth has promised that it won’t be last we hear from The Bowery, even if in future it’s not under the same roof; and, looking forward, it’s reassuring to learn that some reliable and familiar hands will be at the tiller of the new Roxy as it sets off on its own journey, hopefully making the most of the fantastic spaces and rooms the building has to offer.

But for now it’s probably best to raise a cocktail in a china tea-cup to Ruth and Jane, and to the brilliant memories they’ve left us with.

Inspector Tapehead – Pherenzik Tear

17 04 2009

pherenziktearI was delighted when the lads from Inspector Tapehead asked to use one of my photos to decorate their new EP, Pherenzik Tear. The sleeve was designed by Richard Croasdale, and as you can see, he’s applied a bit of jiggery-pokery to the image and the results are really quite striking.  I’m well chuffed with it to be honest. The guys generously gave me a copy at the Homegame festival, and you couldn’t come near me without me proudly showing you the credit to Blueback Hotrod on the sleevenotes! Have a look at the original image here, and don’t forget to check out the band’s MySpace and have a wee listen to their tunes.

Inspector Tapehead

5 02 2009

Limbo at The Voodoo Rooms


Inspector Tapehead opened up at Limbo last Thursday, and a fine job they made of it too. Why not have a look at their MySpace?

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