December 5, 2013: Fatherson, The LaFontaines, Cairn String Quartet, Garden Of Elks, The Holy Ghosts and have been announced as The Big Apple Award competition finalists. All five acts play free sets at Glasgow’s G2 on December 11, with an all-expenses-paid trip to play New York City in April 2014 up for grabs for the winners.
New gig… Silibil N’ Brains (stars of The Great Hip Hop Hoax film) play Dundee’s Buskers on December 27 and Glasgow’s Pivo Pivo on December 28.
December 4, 2013: Mick Cooke has left Belle & Sebastian. The band made the announcement in their latest mailshot, stating: “We wish him all the best with any future projects and hope to work alongside him again in the future.” The multi-instrumentalist, who had been a full-time member of Belle & Sebastian since 1998, will now focus on his work as a composer and arranger.
New gig… Song, by Toad Records’ 5th Birthday Party at Edinburgh’s Henry’s Cellar Bar on December 21 featuring PAWsault, Tom Collins Shatner and assorted label friends and guests.
December 3, 2013: Budding musicians aged between 14-19 can register for Hit The Road, a project that offers workshops, seminars and information sessions about performing live, before they are given the opportunity to tour across Scotland. The next set of tours will launch in January, with each one taking three acts on the road.
New video via YouTube… Red Sands – Too Short A Season, taken from debut album Red Sands, out on December 9.
New video via YouTube… Mickey 9s – Ammunition.
New EP release via Bandcamp… Jo Mango – When We Lived In The Crook Of A Tree.
December 2, 2013: New video via YouTube… Mogwai – The Lord Is Out Of Control, taken from their forthcoming album Rave Tapes, out on January 20.
New album release via iTunes… Cold Crows Dead – I Fear A New World, featuring The Xcerts’ Murray Macleod.
Free album download via Bandcamp… Kobi Onyame – Glory.
November 29, 2013: Brew at the Bog have announced the first 25 acts for its festival in Inverness on May 3. The line-up includes Kid Canaveral, Stanley Odd, Friends In America, Fake Major, Randolph’s Leap, Call To Mind, Beerjacket, Campfires In Winter, Shambles Miller, The Little Kicks, This Silent Forest, Woodenbox, Jo Mango and Atom Tree.
The Holy Ghosts have set up a Kickstarter page for pre-orders of their debut album Ride Them Down, due out in April.
November 28, 2013: New video via YouTube… Over The Wall – Radiator.
New video via YouTube… Book Group – Victory Lap, taken from Victory Lap / The Lowdown Of A LOUD Sound single.
New album release via Bandcamp… Scott McWatt – A Ceíst Amá.
November 27, 2013: New song streams via SoundCloud… King Creosote – Dial C For Cradle; Meddling Gut Wrenches; Impossible To Resist.
New song stream via SoundCloud… Rachel Sermanni – Everything Changes.
Findlay Napier has set up a PledgeMusic page to fund the recording of VIP: Very Interesting Persons, an album of songs co-written with Boo Hewerdine.
November 26, 2013: Free album download via Bandcamp… Olive Grove Records Sampler featuring Call To Mind, The State Broadcasters, Randolph’s Leap, The Moth & The Mirror, The Son(s), Woodenbox, Jo Mango and Pensioner.
Free album download via Bandcamp… Mini50 Records Winter Sampler 2013.
New song release via iTunes… Withered Hand – Black Tambourine. Dan Willson will play solo gigs at Glasgow’s Glad Cafe on November 27 and Aberdeen’s Tunnels on November 28 as well as Glasgow’s Platform on January 24 for Celtic Connections.
New video via YouTube… Kid Canaveral – A Compromise, taken from A Compromise EP.
November 25, 2013: New album release… There Will Be Fireworks – The Dark, Dark Bright on CD and download.
Detour will hold their fourth Wee Jaunt in Glasgow on December 7, and the allocation of free places has already been snapped up. Email your name to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the reserve list.
Free song download via SoundCloud… Sparrow And The Workshop – One Brush.
Blindfolds have split up after three years together – they bow out with the release of new video Lucid.
November 22, 2013: New video via YouTube… Young Aviators – We’ve Got Names For Folk Like You.
New video via YouTube… The Pastels – Kicking Leaves.
New video via YouTube… Conscious Route feat Werd & Jordan Butler – Friends Til The End.
New gig… The Xcerts at Aberdeen’s Downstairs on December 21.
New gig… Glasgow’s Dirty Weekender across five venues on February 28-March 1 featuring Mark Morriss (The Bluetones), Mark Gardener (Ride), Bombskare, etc.
November 21, 2013: New song stream via SoundCloud… Withered Hand – Black Tambourine.
New video via YouTube… Jo Mango – When We Lived In The Crook Of A Tree, taken from When We Lived In The Crook Of A Tree EP, out on December 2.
CHVRCHES’ gig for TYCI’s Christmas Party on December 21 has been moved to Glasgow’s SWG3 due to a delay in the reopening of The Vic venue at The Art School.
New gig… The Jezabels at Glasgow’s Oran Mor on February 26, plus ticket bundles with new album The Brink.
November 20, 2013: Arctic Monkeys have been announced as the one of headliners at next year’s T in the Park on July 11-13. Tickets go on sale on November 22.
New gig… The Christmas Songwriters’ Club at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall on December 22 featuring Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison, Kid Canaveral, Broken Records, Miaoux Miaoux, Siobhan Wilson, TeenCanteen with Eugene Kelly, Karine Polwart & Findlay Napier, We See Lights and Very Well.
New song stream via SoundCloud… SOS – Fake Hallelujah.
November 19, 2013: New video via YouTube… Franz Ferdinand – Bullet.
Free EP download via Bandcamp… King Post Kitsch – The Silver Screen.
New video via YouTube… The Amazing Snakeheads – Flatlining.
November 18, 2013: CHVRCHES have been confirmed as the live band for TYCI’s Christmas Party at Glasgow’s Art School on December 21.
New album trailer via YouTube… Withered Hand – New Gods, due out in February.
New Beerjacket album Darling Darkness will be released on January 27.
New tour… The Winter Tradition at Glasgow’s King Tut’s on February 6, Stirling’s Tolbooth on February 7, Aberdeen’s Cafe Drummond on February 8, Inverness’ Mad Hatters on February 9, Galashiels’ Heriot-Watt Student Union on February 10, Dundee’s Duke’s Corner on February 11 and Perth’s Twa Tams on February 15.
November 17, 2013: Glasgow venue King Tut’s has unveiled it line-up for the fourth annual King Tut’s New Year’s Revolution on January 3-16, with the likes of Campfires In Winter, Cherri Fosphate, Book Group, Garden Of Elks, Saint Max And The Fanatics and Quinny featuring on all-local bills.
Labels, musicians and fans are being invited to register albums released by Scottish artists in 2013 for consideration for next year’s SAY Award.
November 15, 2013: French Wives will play their last ever gig at Glasgow’s Mono on December 19 after announcing they are splitting up.
New video via YouTube… There Will Be Fireworks – Youngblood.
New album release via iTunes… Ministry Of Stories – Share More Air, an album of children’s lyrics set to original music including Rachel Sermanni’s Love Story.
New song stream via Bandcamp… Water Of Life – Sources And Springs / Abercrombie, 1949, an art-science collaboration between Tommy Perman and Rob St. John exploring flows of water through Edinburgh.
November 14, 2013: New gig… The Wee Chill Festive Weekender at Glasgow’s SWG3 on December 22, featuring Admiral Fallow, Washington Irving, The Little Kicks, Call To Mind and Atom Tree.
The Big Apple Award has launched its annual competition, with an all-expenses-paid trip to play New York City in April 2014 up for grabs. The deadline for applications is December 2, before the winner is picked from a shortlist of five Scottish performers at Glasgow’s Garage on December 11. The last two victors were Stanley Odd and Song Of Return.
Free song download via SoundCloud… Mike Nisbet – Traveling Blues (demo)
November 13, 2013: Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations will incorporate an afternoon of free live music on January 1. Starting at the National Museum of Scotland at noon, the guest-curated SCOT:LANDS event will feature performances across nine Old Town venues by the likes of King Creosote, Withered Hand, RM Hubbert, Lau and FOUND as well as a production of Whatever Gets You Through The Night.
New video via YouTube… Washington Irving – Palomides , director James Houston claims it’s the world’s first autostereogram music video.
New video via YouTube… Nightmare Boy – Paranoid (Black Sabbath cover).
New video via Vevo… KT Tunstall – Made Of Glass.
November 12, 2013: New album release via Bandcamp… Medals – Disguises, new project of Sucioperro’s JP Reid.
New event… Vic Galloway – Songs In The Key Of Fife book reading + Withered Hand + Kid Canaveral at Glenrothes’ Rothes Halls on November 29.
New album stream via SoundCloud… Kobi Onyame – Glory, available to buy on iTunes.
November 11, 2013: Next year’s MTV Europe Music Awards will be held at Glasgow’s Hydro on November 9.
Arches singer Michael Rice has left the band, with guitarist Barry Morrell taking over vocal duties.
New EP release via SoundCloud…. Casual Sex – The Bastard Beat, streaming on SoundCloud.
Free song download via SoundCloud… Mike Nisbet – What Will Be Will Be (demo).
November 8, 2013: BBC ALBA programme Buskers has returned for a second series, with the first two episodes available to watch on iPlayer. Episode 2′s spotlight on Glasgow features Donald Macdonald, Alan Tennie, Anna Shields and Holly Wilson.
November 7, 2013: New gigs… Fireside Acoustic Sessions (organised by Comets & Cartwheels) at Glasgow’s Drake Bar featuring free stripped-back sets from Friends In America + Prehistoric Friends on November 7, Finn LeMarinel on November 14, Randolph’s Leap on November 21 and Honeyblood + LightGuides on November 28.
New gig… There Will Be Fireworks + Friends In America + The Youth And Young at Strathaven’s Old Mill Studios on December 7.
November 6, 2013: New video via YouTube… Prides – Roar (Katy Perry cover for Vic Galloway session).
New song stream via YouTube… Fridge Magnets – Chase The Sun.
Rachel Sermanni has set up a PledgeMusic page for pre-orders of her Everything Changes EP.
Free song download via SoundCloud… This Silent Forest – Root To The Seed, taken from debut album Indivision.
New song stream via Gold Flake Paint… Book Group – The Lowdown of A LOUD Sound, taken from Victory Lap / The Lowdown Of A LOUD Sound single, out on November 25.
New video via YouTube… The Button Men – Man With A Plan.
November 5, 2013: New song stream via SoundCloud (today only)… There Will Be Fireworks – Elder And Oak.
New video via YouTube… CHVRCHES – Lies.
The Birthday Suit have a PledgeMusic campaign featuring various incentives and packages to go with pre-orders of their third album A Hollow Hole Of Riches, out in April.
BrewDog Records has been set up by the Scottish craft beer company with its first official release being The Shiverin’ Sheiks single Guided Missiles, taken from the band’s debut album A Curious Case Of…, out on November 20.
November 4, 2013: New album release via Bandcamp… Washington Irving – Palomides: Volume II.
New album release via iTunes… Kobi Onyame – Glory.
New song stream via SoundCloud… Over The Wall – Radiator, taken from This Is How We Did It EP, out on December 9.
November 1, 2013: New gig… There Will Be Fireworks + Friends In America + Kevin Harper at Glasgow’s SWG3 on November 22.
Arctic Monkeys have rescheduled tonight’s show at Glasgow’s Hydro to November 21 as singer Alex Turner has laryngitis. All original tickets remain valid.
New video via YouTube… Michael Cassidy – Everybody’s Scared. He plays with Beerjacket + Julia And The Doogans at Glasgow’s Mono on December 5.
October 31, 2013: New video via YouTube… Nightmare Boy – Mary (first solo offering of ex-Kassidy member Barrie-James O’Neill).
New video via YouTube… Frightened Rabbit – Holy.
A fan-led campaign to boycott all of Idlewild’s side-projects in the hope of spurring them to make new music has been attacked by band member Rod Jones. The guitarist, who also fronts The Birthday Suit, wrote: “If anything this just has the opposite effect in that it made me really consider whether I wanted to make music anymore. My other band The Birthday Suit and its touring and releasing records has absolutely no bearing or influence on whether and when an Idlewild tour or album might happen.”
October 30, 2013: New gigs… The Reflektors (Arcade Fire) at Glasgow’s Barrowland on November 15 and November 16 – general sale from November 1; presale passwords are available to those who pre-ordered the band’s new album from their official website.
New album release via iTunes… Cairn String Quartet – One (streaming on SoundCloud) featuring orchestral covers of Lana Del Rey, Coldplay, Oasis, The Stone Roses, Ocean Colour Scene etc.
October 29, 2013: Free song download via official website… Mogwai – Remurdered (streaming on SoundCloud), taken from eighth album Rave Tapes, out on January 20.
New song stream via SoundCloud… Pinact – Brew.
New video via YouTube… The LaFontaines – All She Knows.
Free song download via SoundCloud… SOS – ROCK N ROLL.
New song stream via SoundCloud… Madison – Mending, taken from Mending EP, out now.
Gig venue change…. Katie Sutherland plays Glasgow’s Faktory instead of Mackintosh Church on November 2.
October 28, 2013: New album release via Comets & Cartwheels… Blood Relatives – Deerheart.
Free song download via SoundCloud… Call To Mind – A Family Sketch.
New album release via Lost Map… Monoganon – F A M I L Y, streaming in full on Gold Flake Paint.
October 25, 2013: Born To Be Wide will host a seminar on record shops at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus on November 7. Panelists include Rose Norton (Coda), Sandy McLean (Love Music) and Darren Yeates (VoxBox).
New gig… Blood Relatives album launch at Glasgow’s Bar & Fly on October 26.
New gig… Scottish Fiction presents Beerjacket & Friends + Julia And The Doogans at Glasgow’s Mono on December 5.
New song stream via SoundCloud… The LaFontaines – All She Knows (Prides remix).
The 1975, Nina Nesbitt and The 10:04s have been added to the Concert in the Gardens bill at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay alongside Pet Shop Boys. Other stages feature CHVRCHES, Django Django and King Creosote.
October 24, 2013: New gig… TYCI Christmas Party featuring secret live act plus DJ sets from CHVRCHES + Pretty Ugly + Adele Bethel at Glasgow’s Art School on December 21.
New song stream via SoundCloud… Honeyblood – Kissing On You.
New gig… Starz In Their Eyes featuring RM Hubbert + Eagleowl + The Pictish Trail + Kid Canaveral + Two Wings (each covering a female artist of their choice) at Edinburgh’s Pilrig St Paul’s Church on November 23.
October 23, 2013: New video via YouTube… Siobhan Wilson – All Dressed Up.
New video via YouTube… TeenCanteen – Honey.
New video via YouTube… Young Fathers – Low, taken from forthcoming album Dead, out on February 3.
New video via YouTube… Biffy Clyro – Sounds Like Balloons.
New EP release via Bandcamp… End Of Neil – Less.
October 22, 2013: Local Natives’ Nik Ewing had his Fender Coronado bass guitar stolen during their gig at The Arches in Glasgow last night – contact police if you spot it.
New song stream via SoundCloud… Michael Cassidy – Everybody’s Scared, out on November 28.
October 21, 2013: New song stream via SoundCloud… TeenCanteen – Honey, out on October 28. They play Edinburgh’s Summerhall on October 25, Glasgow’s Rio Cafe on October 26 (free) and Aberfeldy Festival on November 3.
New album release via Bandcamp… Saint Max & The Fanatics – Saint Max Is Missing And The Fanatics Are Dead.
New video via YouTube… Kobi Onyame – Goodbye World, Hello, taken from new album Glory, out on November 4.
Free download via official website… Plum – Death Comes With A Bow, taken from Betsy Thunder EP, out now.
October 18, 2013: Dumfries Music Conference has announced its upcoming four-day programme of free events in the town.
October 30: Screening of LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up And Play The Hits at Robert Burns Centre.
October 31: Music Industry Experts seminar featuring The Pop Cop and others at The Stove (ticketed).
November 1: Songwriting Workshops featuring Findlay Napier + Finding Albert’s Robert Shields at The Stove.
November 1: Live showcase featuring Hector Bizerk + Honeyblood + Barstow Bats at The Stove (ticketed).
November 2: Record Fair featuring Rebecca Vasmant (Ministry Of Sound) + Jason Reid (Sub Club) at The Stove.
October 17, 2013: New song stream via SoundCloud… Washington Irving – Babble. Their track Palomides is also available for free download. Both are taken from Palomides: Volume II album, out on November 4.
New video via Clash… The Birthday Suit – A Bigger World, out on November 4.
New video via YouTube… Atom Tree – Die For Your Love, taken from Tide Of Thorns EP, out on October 18.
Free gig… Rachel Sermanni at Glasgow’s Love Music on October 21 (5pm).
October 16, 2013: New video via YouTube… Colin Macleod – Devil Pavement (Live from the Green Bus), taken from The Anchor EP, out on October 21. On the same day he will play instore sets at Edinburgh’s Coda Music (1pm) and Glasgow’s Love Music (5.30pm).
57ᵒ North have published their Guide To DIY Gig Promotion – a useful resource for anyone venturing into this side of the music business.
Michael Cassidy will play at the opening night party for Glasgow’s The Bar & Fly on October 19.
Free gig… French Wives + Randolph’s Leap + Laki Mera + The Graveyard Band + Donald Macdonald And The Islands + The Mademoiselle for 1st Birthday Bash at Glasgow’s Broadcast on October 25 (RSVP required).
October 15, 2013: New video via YouTube… Travis – Mother.
New video via YouTube…. Casual Sex – Nothing On Earth, taken from The Bastard Beat EP, out on October 28.
October 14, 2013: Anna Sweeney, who spoke out on The Pop Cop about her mental health issues after quitting her solo career, has started a new project with Maeve McCrorie called The Scarlings. They play their first gig at Glasgow’s Oran Mor on October 31.
October 12, 2013: New documentary via BBC iPlayer… The Great Hip Hop Hoax.
New song stream via Clash… Washington Irving – Palomides, taken from Palomides: Volume II album, out on November 4.
Free download via SoundCloud… Beerjacket – Glow (demo).
Free album download via Bandcamp… Louie & Bigg Taj – Paranoise.
October 11, 2013: New gig… Withered Hand at Edinburgh’s Whale Arts Centre on October 19 (free tickets) with free return coach travel from Waterloo Place as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival.
New tour… Travis at Edinburgh’s Picture House on November 17, Inverness’ Ironworks on November 18, Aberdeen’s Music Hall on November 19 and Glasgow’s Barrowland on December 20.
October 10, 2013: The venue splits and stage times for Haddowfest in Edinburgh on October 11-12 have been released.
New video via YouTube… Honeyblood – Bud. The band play Glasgow’s Broadcast on October 29 and Edinburgh’s Electric Circus on October 30.
New video via YouTube… Camera Obscura – Troublemaker. The band’s Break It To You Gently double 7″ single is out now.
Free song download via SoundCloud… Saint Max & The Fanatics – Soul Surrender, taken from debut album Saint Max Is Missing And The Fanatics Are Dead, out on October 21.
October 9, 2013: New video via YouTube… Katie Sutherland – Canvas. She plays Glasgow’s Mackintosh Church on November 2.
New gig… Rachel Sermanni + Bwani Junction + Vigo Thieves at Edinburgh’s Liquid Room on November 23 (for War Child). Rachel’s The Boatshed Sessions EP is out on October 21.
The Great Hip Hop Hoax will be broadcast on BBC Two Scotland on October 11 at 9pm.
LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up And Play The Hits will be shown for free at Dumfries’ Robert Burns Centre on October 30 as part of Dumfries Music Conference which runs from October 30 to November 2.
October 8, 2013: CHVRCHES, Django Django, King Creosote, The Rezillos, Treacherous Orchestra and Fiddlers’ Bid have been announced to play Edinburgh’s Hogmanay street party alongside headliners Pet Shop Boys.
New song stream via SoundCloud… SOS – ROCK N ROLL.
October 7, 2013: New song stream via YouTube… The LaFontaines – All She Knows, out on October 27; B-side My Yo-Yo available now on iTunes.
New album release via iTunes… The Fratellis – We Need Medicine.
New album release via Bandcamp… The Grand Gestures – Second.
New album release via Fortuna POP!… The Spook School – Dress Up.
October 6, 2013: New video via YouTube… De Rosa – Spectres. The band play their first gig in four years as part of Kid Canaveral’s Xmas Baubles IV at Edinburgh’s Portobello Town Hall on December 14.
Free song download via SoundCloud… Beerjacket – Androgynous (The Replacements cover).
New album stream via SoundCloud… L.Pierre – Neverland Transmission, A Disney Mix (tracklist on Dazed and Confused).
October 4, 2013: 57º North will run a free music journalism training course at Aberdeen’s Seventeen every Wednesday for four weeks from October 23. Email email@example.com to apply for one of six spaces.
New song stream via SoundCloud… Katie Sutherland – Canvas, out on November 18.
New gigs via Ticketmaster… The Twilight Sad performing debut album Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters at Glasgow’s King Tut’s on December 20 and December 21.
New album release via Bandcamp… The Little Kicks – Put Your Love In Front Of Me.
New video via BBC iPlayer… Rapal – Series 7, Episode 8, featuring Vukovi, Donald Macdonald And The Islands, The Velveteen Saints, The River 68′s and Conquering Animal Sound.
October 3, 2013: The Glasgow venue formerly known as The Barfly, which shut in February 2009, will reopen as The Bar & Fly at the same location on Clyde Street on October 18.
New video via YouTube… The Deep Red Sky – Kids (MGMT cover), out on October 7.
New song via YouTube… Finn LeMarinel – Love Is Waves (demo).
October 2, 2013: Free album download via UK Rock Radio… Free Sample Issue #03 featuring songs by The Xcerts, Sparrow And The Workshop, Admiral Fallow, A Band Called Quinn, Mull Historical Society and Unkle Bob.
Meursault frontman Neil Pennycook will be a guest speaker at Born To Be Wide’s seminar on promoting gigs, which takes place at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus on October 3.
New video via YouTube… We Were Hunted – You Know Me Now.
What The Blood Revealed have announced they are splitting up.
Free song download via SoundCloud… Lorraine McCauley & The Borderlands – Belong.
October 1, 2013: Free song download via iTunes… CHVRCHES – Tether. Singer Lauren Mayberry has written a Guardian article about the online misogyny she has been suffering, it’s well worth a read.
Free song download via SoundCloud… Julia & The Doogans – Love At First Sight (Kylie Minogue cover).
New song stream via SoundCloud… Cold Crows Dead – Ghost That Burned Your House Down, taken from debut album I Fear A New World, out on December 2. The band is a collaboration between The Xcerts’ Murray Macleod and Brighton songwriter Paul Steel. They play Aberdeen’s Tunnels on December 10 and Glasgow’s King Tut’s on December 11.
Given that a musician’s talent derives from their hands, logic dictates that these special people should be above-average in bed and in the kitchen.
While The Pop Cop’s undercover investigation into our music scene’s top 10 lovers remains ongoing, you will have to content yourself with the Scottish Musicians’ Cookbook.
Scottish musicians and cooking have more in common than you might realise: Joe Quimby of Take A Worm For A Walk Week and Remember Remember fame is best known for his passionate and occasionally unhinged blog Glasgow Mega Burrito which is devoted to the creation and devouring of the burrito in all its forms; And before RM Hubbert signed to Chemikal Underground, he had a “Will Play For Food” policy whereby fans could book him to perform a set in their homes in exchange for dinner.
Following on from this now-established great tradition, 14 musicians have concocted a homemade dish of their choosing for readers of The Pop Cop, complete with a list of ingredients, cooking instructions and photographic evidence (video footage in the case of Wake The President) so that you can replicate them in the kitchen for yourself… while listening to their tunes of course!
MICRO-PROTEIN SUPER-BIOTIC FAKE CHICKEN PIE
by Cat Calton, Aerials Up
Ingredients (serves 7)
1 bag of carrots
2 trays of closed cup mushrooms (by trays I mean the ones sold in Iceland)
2 bags of micro-protein pieces aka Quorn
½ pack of puff pastry (depending on size of pack – basically you need 250g)
A lot of red Bisto (the original but somehow still veggie type)
2 bags of baby potatoes (from Iceland, notice a theme?)
1 sachet of rosemary roast potato mix from B&M
A blob of butter or butter substitute
Dessert spoon of plain flour
Some milk (we used cow & bean)
1. Preheat oven to 200ºC. Dice your carrots and onions. Sauté the onions for a couple of minutes in a big wok, add your carrots for 4mins. In another big frying pan, fry off your sliced mushrooms, Quorn pieces and add a wee dash of water. Now add both mixtures together and add 4 teaspoons of Bisto.
2. In a small pot melt butter, mix in flour to make a paste and quickly add a dash of milk. Oh aye, the burner should be on under the pot on a low heat! As the mixture thickens add another dash of milk, keep stirring well, repeat until you’ve added approx 400ml of milk. Once it’s thick and creamy, season well (we went for black pepper, salt, parsley and garlic) and add to pot of onion mixture. Turn off heat under wok. Roll out pastry on floured surface. Pour mixture into casserole dishes. Lay pastry on top and seal round the edges and trim off extra. Cut a couple of slits into the pastry lid. Leave at the side (away from hungry dogs).
3. Boil potatoes for 5mins and drain. Pour enough oil into another casserole dish and stick in the oven for 5mins. Shake B&M potato powder stuff over potatoes. Bring oil dishes out oven and pour potatoes into them and pop back into the oven. Bake potatoes for 40mins. After 20mins pop your pies in (ooh-errr missus!).
4. Once everything’s nicely browned, serve with lashings of Bisto gravy. Mmmmmmm done!
Aerials Up – I Am
January 28, SECC, Glasgow (supporting Snow Patrol) (tickets)
February 9, Tunnels, Aberdeen (tickets)
February 11, King Tut’s, Glasgow (tickets)
February 12, Doghouse Dundee (tickets)
SPICY OMELETTE (no cats were harmed during the making of this dish)
This is a really simple dish to make (once you’ve mastered the “Final-flick”) – my mother-in-law swears by it!
2 free-range eggs
Carton of semi-skimmed milk
Slither of butter
1 red pepper
Slice of spicy Mexican cheese
Dried chilli flakes
Hot sauce (optional)
1. Make sure you have a decent non-stick frying pan, fapp it on medium-to-high heat and add a knife-slither of butter, melt into the bottom of the pan, rotate until the oil is distributed evenly.
2. Crack your two eggs into a bowl and add only a tiny drop of milk (two tablespoons if you want to measure it out) – if you add any more, the omelette will be watery. Whisk the mixture thoroughly until there are tiny air bubbles and add to the frying butter. Swivel the pan so the omelette mix is evenly distributed and frying well.
3. Chop half of the red pepper and dice it into tiny cubes. After 5mins the omelette mix should be solidifying so add your peppers, chop some cherry tomatoes in half and add them. Sprinkle chilli flakes over the omelette then take a lump of your spicy Mexican cheese (Tesco and Morrisons sell it) and grate it over the omelette. (Spiceheads: add hot sauce at this point for extra spicy potency.)
4. Now for the “Final-flick” – take a fish-slice and gently separate the bottom of the omelette from the pan (you should be doing this throughout) and flick one slide of the omelette over onto the other, like a pancake or a crepe, so the middle of the omelette is sandwiched. The bottom should be golden brown by this point. Reduce heat to low, cook for a further 3-4mins, serve, garnish with some rocket. Bon Appétit!
Adam Stafford – A Temple Of The Holy Ghost
February 25, 13th Note Cafe, Glasgow
March 1, The Tunnels, Aberdeen
March 2, Manna Cafe, Newport-on-Tay
March 4, The Third Door, Edinburgh
HOMEMADE CHICKEN BROTH
Yellow split peas
Green split peas
1 chicken stock cube or 1 vegetable stock cube
Dried mix herb of choice
1. Take the bones and leftovers of a roast chicken and soak them overnight in a pot of water. This will form the stock of the soup and give it all of the flavour. This also usually determines how much soup you are going to have at the end. At the same time you want to start preparing your soup mix. This will form the fibre of the soup and help keep you warm on a cold January day. If you can get pearl barley, yellow split peas, green split peas, marrow peas, red lentils and even adzuki beans then you are doing great. Morrisons have a country soup mix that has all of these ingredients and is in fact the very same pack I am using for my soup. Take a generous helping of each of these, throw them in a large bowl and steep them overnight in cold water.
2. The next day your chicken stock and lentils should be ready for soup-making. Take the bones and all the excess skin out of the chicken stock and start boiling the leftover tasty water. As I do this, I often like to visit facebook.com/michaelcassidymusic and listen to some relaxing acoustic music but this isn’t a vital part of the recipe.
3. Start adding some vegetables to this mix. I like to add in diced onions, parsnips, carrots (loads), celery and potato. Steer clear of tough vegetables like corn because they will ruin your soup and you will end up crying.
4. Add in your lentils, beans etc that have been steeping overnight. At this point you can also add in a chicken or vegetable stock cube. This will add more flavour to your soup and help thicken it. Watch out, though, because certain stock cubes can be heavily salty. You can also add salt and pepper at this point for extra seasoning but, again, watch out that there isn’t too much salt already in your soup.
5. I find it nice to add a dried mix herb at this point for a more pronounced flavour but this is where you can experiment and really make it your own. So let your hair down and try adding something wild to your soup, although all the rockers really should be wearing a hair net.
6. You have everything in place to actually finish the soup. What I like to do now is bring the soup to the boil (should take 5-10mins depending on how much you have made) then reduce it to a simmer and leave it for about 90mins. This lets all the vegetables cook properly and lets the flavours fully infuse.
Michael Cassidy – Everybody’s Scared
January 18, King Tut’s, Glasgow (tickets)
BEEF & CHORIZO CHILLI
by Lauren Mayberry, Blue Sky Archives
500g beef mince
100g diced chorizo
2 red onions
3 red chillis
500ml beef stock
400g kidney beans (rinsed)
400g chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato purée
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
5 squares of dark chocolate
1 bottle of dark beer or stout
Handful of chopped coriander
1 tablespoon oil
Salt and pepper
1. Roughly chop the onions and red chillis. Add a little olive oil to a large pan and heat on the hob. Once the oil is hot, add half the mince. Brown the mince at a high temperature, breaking up any lumps as you go. Once it has browned, put aside in a bowl then add the rest of the meat to the pan and repeat the process.
2. Drain the excess liquid from the browned beef. (Don’t pour it down the sink because such behaviour on a continual basis might block up your pipes and you may have to pay £72 for an emergency plumber to come out over the Christmas period when the pipe gives up and there’s water fleeing all over your kitchen floor. Not that that happens to people. Just saying.)
3. Use the same pan you browned the meat in to fry up the other stuff. Add the onions and cook on a gentle heat for 2-3mins until they soften. Add the chorizo, chillis, paprika and cumin and cook for 2mins.
4. Re-add all of the browned beef to the pan then stir in the beef stock, kidney beans, chopped tomatoes and tomato purée. Gently simmer for at least 45 minutes. (The longer you cook it, the more tasty it gets. I would say a maximum of 2-3 hours. Not days or anything. That’s mental.)
5. Whilst it’s simmering, add in the dark chocolate. Season with salt and pepper to taste and slap it on a plate, putting the coriander on top for a fancy edge.
6. Serve with rice, tortillas or nachos with sour cream and guacamole. I didn’t make the guac. I bought it from Tesco. Whatever.
Blue Sky Archives – Cosplay The Hard Way
January 18, Bloc, Glasgow (free)
PAN-FRIED SCOTTISH WHITING WITH CRUSHED POTATOES, SYBOES, SHREDS OF HAM HOUGH AND A BUTTER SAUCE
by David Richards, Fiction Faction
Ham hough and whiting aren’t used enough, almost forgotten these days. They are healthy, Scottish and cheap – this dish cost me just £5 and feeds two handsomely. Also, ask your butcher to saw the hough in half. The supermarket fella will do this too. You don’t want to get home and realise you don’t have a pot large enough.
1 ham hough
2 skinless whiting fillets
10 baby potatoes
Bunch of syboes
Half the juice of one lemon
1. Boil the ham hough slowly for a minimum of three hours. Then allow it to cool and pick the meat off the bone.
2. Boil your baby potatoes until a knife slides through easily, drain and give them a very gentle mash, you don’t want them too broken up. Add the syboes (thinly sliced) along with the picked ham. The residual heat from the potatoes will cook the syboes in minutes. Season the mixture, however ham hough is salty so easy with the salt.
3. Bring a pan to a medium heat. Whiting is quite a delicate fish so just a medium heat for a minute or so a side. Place the fish on top of the potato mixture. To finish, add the butter to the pan the fish was cooked in and allow to brown slightly, then add the lemon, salt and pepper and pour over the completed dish.
Fiction Faction – Malenky Lizards
January 27, The Flying Duck, Glasgow (Pin Up Nights) (tickets)
February 11, The Captain’s Rest, Glasgow (tickets)
April 13, King Tut’s, Glasgow (tickets)
PESTO ALLA GENOVESE (pasta with fresh homemade pesto, green beans and potato)
By Tom Stearn, Kettle of Kites
This is a traditional recipe from Genoa in the region of Liguria in northern Italy. It is the recipe of my girlfriend’s family, who is from Genoa, and when her mum made it for me the first time I stayed with them in Italy it was a revelation! So much better than the jarred or even fresh stuff you can buy here. The word ‘pesto’ in Italian means just a mix of ingredients that are bashed together to make a paste, but the pesto using basil originated from Genoa. In each region of Italy they will make it a slightly different way – omitting some ingredients or changing the quantities – so this is not the only way you can have it. Although traditionally the mix is bashed in a pestle and mortar, you can (and my girlfriend’s mum does) use a food processor to make it. It will just have a slightly different texture.
Ingredients (serves 4):
Around 50 basil leaves
50g pecorino cheese (there are many varieties, they’ll all work)
50g fresh Parmesan cheese
30g pine nuts
1-2 garlic cloves
Extra virgin olive oil
100g fine green beans
3 medium potatoes
500g pasta (linguine, trofie, gnocchi or lasagne sheets are traditional)
1. If using a food processor put in the basil, pine nuts, garlic, pecorino, Parmesan, 2 tbsps of oil and a pinch of sea salt, and blend until it has formed a paste. Add some more oil to loosen the mixture but not too much (around 1-2 tbsps); often the pesto you buy here is swimming in oil which makes the dish really heavy and, well, oily, so just enough that it’s not a solid mixture but is still really thick. If using a pestle and mortar, bash the ingredients into a paste a few things at a time, starting with the garlic, basil, pine nuts and salt, then adding the cheeses a bit at a time and the oil to loosen it.
2. Fill the biggest pan you have with around 2 litres of water and bring to the boil (you need a lot of water to cook the pasta properly). Peel the potatoes and cut to around 2cm cubes. Cut the ends off the beans and throw the potatoes and the beans in the boiling water. Boil them for around 8-10mins depending on how long the type of pasta cooks for and at this point add the salt in with the ingredients to cook the pasta. The salting is very important as in Italy they put a lot more salt in the cooking water than we do. Salt the pasta properly and achieve the right bite (the salt actually affects the way the pasta cooks). A general rule is: for every 1 litre of water you need around 10g of salt. This will seem like a lot but it’s right.
3. Add the pasta in with the potatoes and beans already in the pot and use the cooking time on the packet.
4. While the pasta is cooking, put about 1 tbsp of pesto on each person’s dish and then take a tbsp of the water you’re cooking the pasta in and spoon it over the pesto. If you want, add a little drizzle of oil on, and combine well. Repeat this on all the dishes (this is a really important stage as the pesto will become creamy looking and lighter in colour). Taste the pasta before the time’s up and if it needs the full time or maybe even a bit more that’s fine.
5. Drain everything well and divide up the pasta, potatoes and beans over the pesto. Serve like this if you want and everyone can mix the pesto into the pasta. Some people put Parmesan on top. Buon appetito!
Kettle Of Kites – Mr Pearl
February 16, The Vintage Village Fete, Edinburgh
February 17, Art School, Glasgow
SPICY LENTIL LOVEHEARTS
by Lucy Cathcart Frödén, Tall Tales
1 big cup of red lentils
1-1½ big cups of gram flour
Grated lemon peel
Salt and pepper
1. Rinse the lentils and boil them till they turn soft (probably about 10mins) but don’t let them dissolve into soup, or all is lost. Drain them really well in a colander.
2. Mix them with a generous helping of your favourite spices and add some grated lemon peel and plenty of salt and pepper.
3. Add gram flour, a bit at a time, until you’ve got a rollable dough.
4. Roll out on a floured surface and use a cookie cutter or knife to make your all-time favourite shapes.
5. Shallow fry on a medium heat until golden brown on both sides.
6. Serve with a herby yogurt dip (chopped mint and coriander is nice, or you could go all chivey).
7. Eat them while they’re hot and fresh.
Tall Tales – All The Things You Read To Me
SOUFFLÉ BROCCOLI & ONION OMELETTE
by Clare Simpson, If You Lived Here You’d Be Home By Now
Ingredients (serves 2-3)
1 broccoli head
2 garlic cloves
1 medium onion
80g cheddar cheese
1. Cut the broccoli into small florets, finely chop the onion and purée the garlic. Put your grill on a medium-high heat.
2. Heat a generous knob of butter in a pan and add the broccoli, onions and garlic. Cook on a medium heat until the onions are soft and the broccoli is cooked but still has a reasonable bite to it. Add the milk to the pan and reduce so the vegetables are sticky and not too wet. Now remove from the heat and place in a separate bowl.
3. Separate the egg whites from the yolks and whisk the whites until they resemble stiff peaks. Then gently fold in the yolks and broccoli mixture. Season with pepper.
4. Heat another generous knob of butter in a saucepan on medium heat. Pour in the eggy vegetable mixture and cook for about 4-5mins. Grate the cheese over the omelette and place under grill until golden brown and bubbling.
5. Carefully cut the omelette into quarters and serve with a lovely fresh salad. You can make changes to the cheese if you fancy – Stilton works well.
If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home By Now – My Heart’s In A Mess
VEGGIE BANGERS ‘N’ MASH
by Oli Kass, Homework
Too much meat over Christmas but need a hearty meal in order to stave off putting the heating on? You could do a lot worse than this classic, no-nonsense winter warmer. You could also do a lot better.
Veggie sausages (don’t worry which kind, they won’t taste like meat anyway)
Bisto gravy – a mixture of 50% ‘Favourite’ & 50% ‘Carmalised Onion’ works best
Yorkshire pudding (if you want to push the boat out)
1. Whack the sausages in the oven (180ºC) and get the potatoes on the boil (15-20mins)
2. Get the carrots on the go (usually 10mins)
3. Get the cabbage on the go (usually 5mins)
4. Mash the potatoes with plenty of butter, cream and season to taste.
5. Use the drained potato water to make the gravy. You can add some cooked mushroom and onion if you wanna get fancy like.
6. Take the sausages out of the oven (30mins). If you have Yorkshire puddings add them in for 2-3mins to heat through.
7. Get it served and scoffed before you notice the sausages aren’t meat.
Homework – Why Oh Why
January 20, Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh (tickets)
CHICKEN PESTO PASTA WITH TOASTED PINE NUTS
by Andrew Lindsay, Coat Hooks
Chicken breast fillets
Some form of pasta (today, I’m using Morrison’s finest “pasta quills”)
1. Dice up your chicken breasts.
2. Boil some salty water and add the required amount of pasta when it’s time.
3. As the pasta boils, put some oil in a pan and start cooking the chicken until it’s nice and pasty.
4. Once the chicken’s ready, it’s probably time to drain the pasta.
5. Leave the chicken in a wee bowl for now and put some pine nuts in another small pan.
6. Put these guys on a medium heat, tossing them every 30-45 seconds until they’re brownish.
7. Merge the chicken and pasta, then add the pesto. Heat it as you smoosh.
8. Get it in a bowl, and throw the pine nuts in. Serve!
Coat Hooks – Popcorn Blues
SPECIAL SKYE FUDGE
by Innes Strachan, Niteworks
Ideal for winning over the mother of any potential girlfriends!
1 tin condensed milk
1lb granulated sugar
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1 cup of milk
1. Over a very low heat (1 or 2 on your hob) melt the butter in a heavy-based saucepan with the condensed milk. Once melted, add the sugar and mix together until a thick, sticky, sugary substance is formed. Add milk and golden syrup and mix in. Keep the hob on a very low heat, stirring the mixture, and bring it to the boil very slowly. This is the key as you need to make sure all the sugar melts so you’re not left with gritty fudge.
2. The fudge mixture will gradually change colour, getting darker as it gets closer to being ready. Before taking the pan off the heat, you want your mixture to be dark brown but be careful you don’t let it burn or stick to the bottom of the pan. A good tip for checking whether the mixture is ready and all sugar is dissolved is to take a teaspoon of your fudge mixture, run under a cold tap and then taste it. If it’s smooth and you can’t feel any sugar granules then take the pan off the heat.
3. With an electric whisk, beat the mixture for a good 5-10mins until you see the consistency of the mixture starting to get thicker and more rigid. Once the mixture has lost its shine, pour into a well-greased baking tray and leave to cool.
4. Once cooled, put the fudge in the fridge for a few hours then cut it up into small squares and serve.
Niteworks – Coisich
by Louise Quinn, A Band Called Quinn
The origins of the Party Pineapple was passed down to me via my older sister, who used to read Jackie magazine. I saw similar things on buffet tables at Lanarkshire weddings made by one of my dad’s nine sisters whilst doing the slosh to Una Paloma Blanca. This is my more exotic take on the classic (someone from the actual era recently informed me that an orange covered in tin foil should in fact be used as the base).
Small pickled onions
1. Cut the pineapple in half and place the spiky end on a plate.
2. Cut the other half into cubes along with the cheese (make sure the cheese doesn’t get soggy from pineapple or onion juice as it makes it really difficult to skewer onto the cocktail sticks).
3. Skewer the cocktail sausages, onions and pineapples onto the cocktail sticks alongside the cheese cubes and stick hedgehog-style into your pineapple.
4. Voilà! You are ready to party with your pineapple!
A Band Called Quinn – Snowblind
January 13, Maggie Mays, Glasgow
WHISKY FRUIT CAKE
2 cups plain flour
1 cup butter
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup brown sugar
1 or 2 pints whisky
1 cup dried fruit
1 teaspoon salt
Juice of 1 lemon
¼ cup chopped nuts
1. Sample the whisky to check for good quality. Select a large mixing bowl/cup. Check the whisky again, taking care not to overfill the measuring cup. Pour into a glass, drink quickly.
2. Repeat the last step again.
3. Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of sugar and beat again.
4. Make sure the whisky is still of highest quality.
5. Add two arge leggs, two cups of dried fruit and beat till high. Next, sift three cups of salt or anything, it doesn’t really matter.
6. Sample whisky again, checking for tonsicicity.
7. Sift half the lemon juice, fold in chopped butter and strained nuts. Add one babblespoon of sugar or whatever you can find and mix in well. Grease the oven and turn cake tin 360 degrees. Now pour the whole thing into the oven.
8. Check whisky for a final time and go to bed.
Fiona Soe Paing – Deep Song
by Björn Sandberg, Wake The President
Wake The President – Elaine