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FREE STUFF Get your culture on this month with Free Stuff. Remember the more effort you put in to your entry the better your chances of winning! So go get entering

WIvN A COPY OF DESTRCITED ON DVD

Check out our Free Stuff at our website www.skinnymag.co.uk Send your answers along with your name, address and number to:

competitions@skinnymag.co.uk

Deadline for entries is Octoer 21st unless otherwise stated. Please see www.skinnymag.co.uk for terms and conditions unless otherwise stated.

If you would like to run a competition with THE SKINNY please get in touch: tiger@skinnymag.co.uk www.instal.org.uk Box Office no. 0870 240 7528 13th-15th Oct 06 Arches Glasgow Instal is a festival of underground music. Not mainstream or indie music - underground music. It’s not about the Next Big Thing; it’s an alternative to big things.

Instal are offering Skinny readers 3 pairs of 3 day passes (3 day pass is £35) to the event. All you have to do is send us the answer to be in with a chance : Where will Instal be held this year?

Entry deadline is 10th Oct 06.

EDITORIAL TEAM PUBLISHER MANAGING EDITORS CREATIVE DIRECTOR SUB & ART PICTURE MUSIC GLASGOW MUSIC CLUBS CLUBS LISTINGS ONLINE ASSISTANT ONLINE LISTINGS LIFESTYLE GLASGOW LIFESTYLE FILM THEATRE BOOKS LGBT GAMES GLASGOW MARKETING EDINBURGH MARKETING LAYOUT ASSISTANCE

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FATSO MEDIA LTD SOPHIE KYLE & XAVIER TOBY STU YOUNGER JAY SHUKLA JANE FENTON DAVE KERR GARETH K. VILE ALEX BURDEN & BRAM GIEBEN KIERA SINCLAIR ALEX KIRK PAUL MITCHELL TIGER REID CAROLINE HURLEY ANNA BATTISTA PAUL GREENWOOD YASMIN SUALIMAN KEIR HIND NINE JOSH WILSON ALISON FITZSIMMONS MIKE MCGRAIL RUPERT THOMSON CHARLOTTE RODENSTEDT IAN SINKAMBA KAY BENNETT ROBBIE THOMSON MICHAEL DUFFY

CONTRIBUTORS Steve Adams, Yasmin Ali, The Staff of Alphabet Video, Liam Arnold, Matt Arnoldi, Martin Bate, Luc Benyon, Finbarr Bermingham, Jamie Borthwick, Ian Brandon, David Bratchpiece, Ally Brown, Matthew Burden, Taliska Burgess, Mike Byrne, Stephen Carty, Colin Chapman, Dave Cook, Gemma Couper, Jasper Hamill, Heather Crumley, Callum Hendry, Ally D, Tom Donohue, Neil Douglas, Natalie Doyle, Michael Duffy, Laura Esslemont, Lucy Faringold, Neil Ferguson, Duncan Forgan, Alasdair Gillon, Simone Gray, Helen Grey, Megan Garriock, Bram Gieben, Paul Greenwood, Billy Hamilton, Marcie Hume, Sarah Hunter, Miles Johnson, Lisa Jones, Wilbur Kane, Diana Kiernander, Omar Kudos, Gregor Laird, Johnny Langlands, Ted M, Ali Maloney, Claire Mapletoft, Wendy Martin, Ralph McDevitt, Milo McLaughlin, Alec Mcleod, Matt McAllister, Colan Mehaffey, Sean Michaels, Nick Mitchell, Paul Mitchell, Suzanne Mitchell, Lara Moloney, Chris Nordeng, Jonny Ogg, Struan Otter, Chris Pickering, Ruth Rettie, Philip Roberts, Calum Rodger, Tim Russell, Jon Seller, Chris Simmons, Celia Sontag, Graeme Strachan, Karen Taggart, Robbie Thomson, Gareth K Vile, Jack Waddington, Peter Walker, Caroline Walters, Lucy Weir, Rob Westwood, David Winton, Dorian Williams, Craig Wilson, Leo Wood Photographers: Callum Barr, Cara Buchan, John Brydon, Mike Byrne, Jethro Collins, Mirren Daykin, Neil Douglas, Ed Fisher, James Gray, Christina Milic, Scott Louden, Jack Waddington

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LARRY CLARK GASPAR NOÉ SAM TAYLOR-WOOD MATTHEW BARNEY RICHARD PRINCE MARCO BRAMBILLA MARINA ABRAMOVIC Destricted invited seven artists to make short films representing their views on sex and pornography. The result is a collection of sexy, humorous, stimulating and provocative scenarios. Destricted is the most controversial and sexually explicit film ever to receive an 18 certificate from the BBFC.

www.destrictedfilms.com To be in with a chance of winning a DVD please email us with the answer. What rating is Destricted?

DESTRICTED IS RELEASED ON DVD ON THE 25TH SEPTEMBER The Merchant Of Venice By William Shakespeare Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Till the 21 October 2006. www.lyceum. org.uk Artistic director Mark Thomson leads the company into the new season with Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice – a controversial and politically charged drama that is surely as resonant for audiences today as was in the 16th century. Thanks to the Royal Lyceum The Skinny have a pair of tickets to give away to the theatre! Just answer this question: Who wrote ‘The Merchant of Venice’? Send us the answer along with your choice of evening.

Deadline for entry 10th Oct 06

SPECTRUM 3

Scotland’s Independent Bi-annual Music Festival

The Queens Hall, Edinburgh Sun 22 Oct, 3-11pm

Spectrum is a mini-festival at the Queen’s Hall which features performances from The Acute, Genaro, The Dead Beat Club, Mr Tubaob’u plus some special guest. To be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets to Spectrum and a complimentary bottle of wine from the Queen’s Hall bar answer this question.

Where is Spectrum held?

www.spectrumfest.co.uk Deadline for the competition is 15 Oct 06

EDITORIAL -

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US! W

ay back a whole year ago, the first issue of The Skinny hit the streets, meaning that this October we’re one year old and to celebrate we are throwing two massive parties : Liquid Room in Edinburgh on Sat Oct 21, then Glasgow at the Art School on Sat Oct 28. We’ve booked some of Scotland’s hottest bands and like all Skinny parties we’ve kept prices low to encourage as many of you along as possible. See Lifestyle for more details. Last October we began by printing 20,000 copies of a 64 page paper; this month we’ve printed 40,000 copies at 80 pages, with reams of content exclusively online. Our website has been growing rapidly as well, during August we had nearly two million hits, and also during August we produced 12,000 copies weekly of a 64 page paper called SkinnyFest. All this with an army of volunteer contributors, full time staff who receive only slightly more than minimum wage for working ridiculous hours, and a total reliance on advertising revenue to survive. Quite an achievement. Since it’s our birthday, I’d like to send out a massive thank you to everyone who has been involved in making THE SKINNY, so far, extremely successful. All our contributors – the w riters and photographers – thanks so much for your time and efforts, I hope you’ve gained some excellent experience. Thanks as well to the designers who put together each section, without you the paper wouldn’t look so wonderful. Probably the largest thanks should go to our editors, who put in days and weeks of planning, commissioning, organising, editing, laying out and proofing their sections.

Thanks to everyone who has helped with distribution, even if you’re working in a café and manage to shift just 20 copies a month, it’s still a lot better than those copies been hidden away under less impressive magazines then binned. We print the paper so it gets read, and without our diligent distribution team and people to look after every beautiful SKINNY it would never reach anywhere near the same amount of people.

A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN MAKING THE SKINNY, SO FAR, EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL To everyone who has supported THE SKINNY through sponsorship and advertising, thanks to you as well. We are always striving to provide the best possible value for money, but without your support we would not have a paper. Thanks to everyone in the office. It is very difficult to explain that it’s a lot more than words and pictures that goes into producing a paper packed with, well, words and pictures. Like any other company there are a multitude of administration and other not-so-glamorous jobs and without my colleagues being willing to put in so many hours for a lot less than they would earn doing a similar job elsewhere, for nowhere near the recognition they deserve, this paper certainly would not exist.

Last ly, one sp eci f ic t ha n k you – to St u You nger, Creat ive Di rector of t he f i rst thirteen issues of The Skinny - who is moving on to explore the world. Good luck Stu, THE SKINNY couldn’t have got so far without you. It’s been a stressful and shaky start; if we are going to become sustainable we need to continue to grow. Every piece submitted to an editor on time, everyone who helps with distribution and every time you advertise, it all makes a difference. Every time your club night or band or book shop would like a bit of coverage we’ll do our best, but remember that you will be dealing with volunteers, so have a think about ways you can support us in return – distributing the magazine, sticking the article up in your shop window, carrying THE SKINNY logo on your posters and flyers, etc, etc. Oh and buy an ad! We’re scraping by and every ounce of profit we eek out of THE SKINNY goes straight back into making it better. So let’s all work even harder so that in another twelve months I’m saying thanks to a whole lot more people, and these words are reaching even more SKINNY readers. Xavier Toby Managing Editor

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EDINBURGH LIVE MUSIC in association with Open Mic Night, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free The Rifles, Cabaret Voltaire, 7pm, £8

Sunday 29th October

Hobo, The Bongo Club, Live and alternative sounds for justified sinners. , 10pm, £3 after 11 Band Showcase, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free (Free Before) Bring Me The Horizon plus Abigail Williams, Nadine Khouri plus The Meanwhiles, Whistle Studio 24, 7pm, £7 Binkies, 9pm, Free Cold Dead Hands: Defiance, Ohio plus Table 57 plus Pablo Eskimo, Bannerman’s Fifteen Minutes, Subway Cowgate, A folk punk Underworld, 9pm, £4 extravaganza, see live music highlights in Sounds., The Common Redstarts, Cabaret Voltaire, Look 7.30pm, £5 up our feature on www.skinnymag.co.uk, 7pm, Folk n’ Friends, The Waverley, Open Mic Night, £5 (£4) 8.30pm, Free The Divine Comedy, The Liquid Room, Look up Hrsta plus Carla Bozulich, Chris Corsano and our interview feature at www.skinnymag.co.uk, Gasgiant, Henry’s Cellar Bar, Featuring members 7.30pm, £18 of Godspeeed You! Silver Mt. Zion and Jackie-O Tim Pare, Whistle Binkies, Midnight, Free Motherfucker, 8pm, £9 The Hazey Janes plus Dropkick, Cabaret Monday 30th October Voltaire, Countrified Dundonian troupe, 7pm, £5 Just Turn Up, Whistle Binkies, Midnight, Free

Tuesday 24th October

Wednesday 25th October

Amongst the Arrows plus Hey Apache, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4 Lily Allen plus New Young Pony Club, Studio 24, 7pm, £13 Lloyd Cole, The Queen’s Hall, TBC, £15 Rejected By Hannah, Whistle Binkies, Midnight, Free Scott Mathews, The Liquid Room, Did you just touch my ass?, 7.30pm, £9 Smiler plus Beaker, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free The Southern Electrics plus The Rise, Cabaret Voltaire, 7pm, £TBC This is Music: Pop Up, Private Jackson, Henry’s Cellar Bar, Also includes The Low Miffs and Eagleowl, 8pm, £5 Tommy Peoples, The Village, Leith Folk Club, 7.30pm, £5 Zero 7, Usher Hall, 7pm, £17

On this Day We Met Gambas Pil Pil, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4 Open Mic Night, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Oxjam: Patrick Walker plus Dee Mond, Whistle Binkies, Oxfam fundraiser, also includes Error Response and Ufoel, 7pm, £3 The Cooper Temple Clause, The Liquid Room, 7.30pm, £12

Tuesday 31st October

Band Showcase, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Folk n’ Friends, The Waverley, Open Mic Night, 8.30pm, Free Neptune plus Can’t, Henry’s Cellar Bar, Noiserock improv, 8pm, £5 (£4) Sgorrabreac, The Village, Leith Folk Club, 7.30pm, £5 The Maccabees plus Jack Penate, Cabaret Voltaire, 7pm, £6

Thursday 26th October

Acoustic Night, Café Royal, 8.30pm, £TBC AIM, The Liquid Room, With full live band, 7.30pm, £14 Alasdair Roberts plus Duncan Williamson and My Kappa Roots, Henry’s Cellar Bar, 8pm, £6 Bernard Brogue plus Eight Line Poem, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Gildoza, The Three Tuns, A funkified bonanza of curious styles., 10pm, Free Jacobs Pillow, Whistle Binkies, Midnight, Free Out of the Bedroom, The Canon’s Gait, *Note venue change from previous events., 9pm, Free Oxjam: Lords of Bastard plus The Valiums, Bannerman’s Underworld, Oxfam fundraiser, also includes50 Caliber Smile and The Breech, 9pm, £4 The Datsuns, Cabaret Voltaire, Kiwi rockn’rollers return with 3rd LP Smoke & Mirrors, 7pm, £10

Friday 27th October

Charles Wood, Whistle Binkies, 6pm, Free Danielle Jack, Wee Red Bar, 6pm, Free Flatliner, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4 Modus, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Nels Andrew plus AJ Roach, Cabaret Voltaire, 7pm, £10 NEXUSlive, The Bongo Club, Lineup can be found at www.nexusliveshow.com. , 7pm, £4 Southpaw, Henry’s Cellar Bar, Alt. country quintet, 8pm, £5 The Demons Eye, Whistle Binkies, Midnight, £4 The Familiars plus Long Road Home, The Exchange, Also includes The Dials and Smoked Glass, 8pm, £6 The One Day Speakers plus Seneka, Them Scally Boys, Wynd, Subway Cowgate, 7pm, £3 The Stone Roses Experience, The Liquid Room, 7.30pm, £10 The Vacant Tourists, Café Royal, 9pm, £TBC

Saturday 28th October

Blackjack Blues Band, Whistle Binkies, 6pm, Free Dead Boy Robotics, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4 Great Northwestern Hoboes plus Vitamin Flintheart, Café Royal, Also includes Conflict Diamonds, 8.30pm, £TBC Ray Davies, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Former Kinks mainman ventures to the capital, 8pm, £22.50, £20.50 Souls of Mischief plus FBC, Cabaret Voltaire, Razor sharp Oakland hiphop quartet from Del tha Funkee Homosapien’s Hiero stable, 7pm, £10 The Antennas, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free The Paddingtons, The Liquid Room, 7.30pm, £9 The Rab Howat Band, Bannerman’s Underworld, Weekly house band afternoon slot, 3pm, Free The Usual Suspects, Whistle Binkies, Midnight, £4

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EDINBURGH LIVE MUSIC Elephantine and Distortion, 8pm, £6 Jojocoke, Whistle Binkies, 12pm, £4 Lee Patterson, Whistle Binkies, 6pm, Free Miss The Occupier and Small Green Table, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4 The Dead Beat Club: Kieran Docherty, Cabaret Voltaire, Acoustic Rock, 7pm, £6 The Mars Patrol, Whistle Binkies, Homegrown pop rockers playing in support of Mini LP ‘Are You With Me’, 9pm, Free Underbelly, Henry’s Cellar Bar, Indie rock, 7.30pm, £4

Saturday 14th October

[Cayto] plus Morphon and Indafusion, Henry’s Cellar Bar, 8pm, £4 Big G, Stem, The Liquid Room, 7.30pm, £4 Dakota, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Pop Theory, Café Royal, 8.30pm, £TBC Popup, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4 Roadstar plus The Answer, Cabaret Voltaire, UK rockers discovered by Aerosmith’s A&R guru, 7pm, £6 The Rab Howat Band, Bannerman’s Underworld, Weekly house band afternoon slot, 3pm, Free U Know Hoo, Whistle Binkies, 12pm, £4

Sunday 15th October

Akala plus Simba and Profisee, Cabaret Voltaire, It’s hiphop Jim, but not as we know it, 7pm, £5 Prime Suspect, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Sabai, Whistle Binkies, 12pm, Free Stealer, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4 Stiff Little Fingers, The Liquid Room, 7.30pm, £14 Zeenon , Henry’s Cellar Bar, Norwegian death metal, mind your churches, 8pm, £TBC

Monday 16th October

Boy Kill Boy, The Queen’s Hall, An emo extravaganza. Now, now, don’t mock them., 7pm, £15.00 Camera Obscura, Cabaret Voltaire, See our

interview feature at www.skinnymag.co.uk, 7pm, £8 Just Turn Up, Whistle Binkies, Midnight, Free Open Mic Night, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free

Tuesday 17th October

Band Showcase, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Folk n’ Friends, The Waverley, Open Mic Night, 8.30pm, Free Josiah plus Gentleman’s Pistol and Lords of Bastard, Henry’s Cellar Bar, A stoner rocker’s delight, 8pm, £5 (£4) New Found Sound: Rose Kemp plus Amplifico and Sixpeopleaway, Cabaret Voltaire, Haunting rock-driven sounds from new One Little Indian signing. Also includes Fife band Callel, 7pm, £5 Salmonella Dub, The Liquid Room, 7.30pm, £15 Shona Kipling and Damien O’Kane, The Village, Leith Folk Club, 7.30pm, £5

Wednesday 18th October

Blood Music plus Randan Discotheque, Henry’s Cellar Bar, Lo-fi pop from Sweden and local support, 8pm, £5 (£4) Blue Meridian, Whistle Binkies, 12pm, Free Interstate 6, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Jake Stigers, The Liquid Room, 7.30pm, £5 None Of The Above, The Bongo Club, With Michael Marra and McFall’s Chamber, Occam’s Razor and Sandy Wright plus poems from Elspeth Murray, 8.30pm, £8 (£6) Son of Dave plus Missing Cat, Cabaret Voltaire, Former Crash Test Dummy, Multiinstrumentalist and lo-fi bluesman, 7pm, £7 Vitamin Flintheart, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4

Thursday 19th October

Esther O’Connor, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4 Gildoza, The Three Tuns, If music was food then Gildoza gigs would be a veritable feast of luscious haggis, 8pm, Free Kris Delmhorst plus Jeffrey Foucalt, Cabaret

in association with

Voltaire, 7pm, £9 Open Mic, Café Royal, 8.30pm, £TBC Out of the Bedroom, The Canon’s Gait, *Note venue change from previous events., 9pm, Free Oxjam, The Bongo Club, Oxfam fundraiser with Rhyme & Dandy, Edinburgh Collective and Northern Exposure, 10pm, £5 Refuse Boy, Henry’s Cellar Bar, 8pm, £4 Sparklehorse, The Liquid Room, See our interview with Mark Linkous on www.skinnymag. co.uk, 7.30pm, £14 Steelyard Blues, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Sub-Opt, Whistle Binkies, 12pm, Free White Heat: The Royal We, Cabaret Voltaire, See our interview feature at www.skinnymag. co.uk, 11pm, £5

Lose Your Illusion and Tallica, The Exchange, TBC, £TBC Roadhouse, Whistle Binkies, Midnight, £4 Stronghold plus The Shuffle, Splinter, The Three Tuns, A cool relaxing evening of hardcore and punk, 8pm, £4 Sundown Sinners, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free The Rab Howat Band, Bannerman’s Underworld, Weekly house band afternoon slot, 3pm, Free The Skinny’s 1st Birthday Ho-down: OBE, Project: Venhell, The Liquid Room, A stellar lineup including The Great Ezcape and The Vivians, come drink, groove and fall over with The Skinny crew, 9pm, £3 b4 11, £5 after

Friday 20th October

Bernard Brogue, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free C/O/R/D, Cabaret Voltaire, Hints of QOTSA and Floyd. Sounds interesting, 7pm, £6 Fast: These New Puritans plus The Damn Shames, Henry’s Cellar Bar, Also includes Tiny Little Hearts, 8.30pm, £5 Hobo, The Bongo Club, The Scottish Hobo Society reopen their doors to the lost souls of the Sabbath - Live and dangerous, 10pm, £3 after 11 (Free Before) James Yorkston and The Athletes, The Liquid Room, See our interview feature in Sounds, 7.30pm, £9 Narwhal plus Flatlands and The City that Shrinks Us, The Canon’s Gait, 7.30pm, £5 Oatbeanie, Whistle Binkies, 12pm, Free Project Reno plus Sleepy Zephyr and The Beat Poets, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4 Spectrum III: Mr Tubaob’u, Genaro, The Acute, Queens Hall, Eclectic mini-festival for local creative industries. Also includes Joe Acheson Quartet., 3pm, £5 (£4 adv)

Baldego, Whistle Binkies, 6pm, Free Hobo: Park Attack and Schrodinger’s Beard, Henry’s Cellar Bar, 11pm, £5 (£4) Jumping Lights, Festoon and More, The Liquid Room, TBC, £4 My Electric Love Affair, Wee Red Bar, Local psychedelic indie crew escape from the studio, 6pm, Free Nick Harper, Cabaret Voltaire, 7pm, £TBC Pfaff plus We Were Promised Jetpacks, Café Royal, 8.30pm, £TBC The Hustlers, Whistle Binkies, Midnight, £4 The Scottish Enlightenment plus Twenty 43, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4

Saturday 21st October

Blackjack Blues Band, Whistle Binkies, 6pm, Free Enter Shikari, Cabaret Voltaire, Emotive hardcore quartet, 7pm, £6 Fish Fry: Nomo, The Jazz Bar, Organic Jazz Combo from Michigan, 11pm, £5 (Free before 11) Kenny Young & The Eggplants plus Gecko 3, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4 Lepidoptera plus Granger, Café Royal, 8.30pm, £TBC

Sunday 22nd October

Monday 23rd October

John Cale, The Liquid Room, A rare opportunity to catch the Velvets legend, 7.30pm, £18 Just Turn Up, Whistle Binkies, Midnight, Free

CONTENTS 6-15 LIFESTYLE

Food & Drink Reviews Fashion Shoot - All Saints Glasgow Charity Shops

16-21 FILM

Martin Scorsese Film Reviews Jackie Chan

CONTENTS

LISTINGS

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16 18 20

22-23 DVDs

THE SKINNY Black Birthday

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Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette

p20

The Rapture

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24-25 GAMES 26-29 THEATRE 30-33 ARTS 34-35 BOOKS 36-37 LGBT 38-53 SOUNDS Instal ‘06 at The Arches LIve Music Highlights The Easy Gramophone NIck Oliveri Album Reviews Edinburgh Venue Guide Album Release Schedule Red Sparowes

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54-61 BEATS Dr. Octagon & Dark Mind Six of the Best Glasgow Student Clubbing Penpushers EP/LP Reviews Squarepusher

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LIFESTYLE Welcome to October!

THIS MONTH

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THIS MONTH’S LETTERS So this month we got a few letters at last: Hi, Picked up the latest issue of your mag and noticed the request for response. Providing information to whoever requires it on the popular culture front, is a pretty thankless task, in my experience. That’s not to say that what you’re doing goes unappreciated. I know for a fact that visitors to this area find it a useful tool: you’re doing a worthwhile thing, and maybe the lack of response is down to the paper doing its job. People like to moan, and perhaps the fact that they’re not means that you’re hitting the spot. I like wading through The Skinny and consider it to be very useful, especially the listings, etc. and hope you can keep doing what you’re doing. Best, /L

H

ubble bubble toil and trouble, the month of Halloween is upon us! So we’ll concentrate on the good news for fans of ghosts, goblins and ridiculous outfits, ignoring the onset of bad weather and boring telly. Along with our Lifestyle regulars, we have more lists of student need-to-knows; this time it’s how to be healthy and where to buy bargains, since, as everyone realises, loans don’t last. Most importantly, it’s our birthday this month; the paper is a year old and the staff have aged immeasurably. So it’s time for a party, dammit! Read on for more details. Altogether: “Happy Birtday to us, Happy Birthday to us…”

The Skinny Black Birthday Party This month is our one year anniversary, and to celebrate we’re having two massive fuck off parties in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Featuring eclectic live music, party games, and The Skinny’s favourite beats to spin you into the darkness; we need you to dress in black. Black because it’s slimming, because it’s nearly Halloween, because it looks cool, because it’s easy, and, most importantly, because it’s our birthday and we’re telling you to! We’ve secured some fine venues on Saturday evenings, and are keeping the cost low (£ 3 before 11pm / £ 5 after) because we love you all so much! Since it’s a first birthday there’ll be games - musical statues, pass the parcel, balloon relays and spin the bottle (depending on how drunk we get). There’ll even be streamers, party hats and goody bags! And cake! Lots of cake! Can’t ever get enough cake… If you want FREE ENTRY for you and a friend to the Edinburgh or Glasgow party, tell us at least one thing you like and one thing you don’t about The Skinny in 50-150 words by emailing: LETTERS @ SKINNYMAG.CO.UK.

Then some personal fan mail for our illustrious Sounds Editor Dave Kerr: Hi Dave, Just a wee e-mail to say thank you for bringing my attention to such a great magazine! If it wasn’t for The Skinny I would have nothing to look forward to this weekend and probably would spend my time and money on drink and shoes! But as I was reading through your mag I discovered there is an open day at the Royal Observatory on Saturday and Sunday, so now I’m really looking forward to that. Cat

EDINBURGH THE LIQUID ROOM SAT OCT 21

GLASGOW THE ART SCHOOL SAT OCT 28

9pm-3am Drink specials: Jose Cuervo Frozen Margarita £2, Stella Bottles £2.50, Apple Sourz or Sambuca Shots - £2

9pm-3am Drink Specials: £2 pints, £1 Apple Sourz and £2.20 spirits w/mixers all night long!

Playing live: O.B.E - “They ignite a burst of crowdjumping” , Project:Venhell - “Thrillingly maniacal… orchestrated chaos” , Great Ezcape - “Some of the tastiest, most intelligent Hip-Hop yet” , The Vivians - “Prepare for the eargasm of your life” .

Playing live : The Low M if f s - “A poundi ng groove which proves irresistible” , The Needles - “The moment you’re pricked by their smouldering sound you’ll be hooked forever” . Also featuring some Ver y S pecial Guests.

Then the Skinny DJs will be playing a genrespanning selection of the finest beats and treats, from funk to hip-hop, from electro to house, from breakbeat to grime and back again!

DJ Sets will come from Bad Robot – Loose Joints, Pretty Ugly playing the best in ass-shaking indie, alternative and electro, Dolly Mixture, with Divine in the bar downstairs playing 60s and 70s vinyl for dancin’ and romancin’.

The Beastie Drummers of Beltane fame will also be playing a short, high energy set prior to the Samhuinn Festival 2006, on Oct 31.

LIVE MUSIC LISTINGS

EDINBURGH LIVE MUSIC

One shamless plug: Dear Skinny, Just thought I would write in because you guys are doing a great job supporting the local scene. Plus you are probably all over-worked and so I want to get you all out the office to come and check out our night This Is Music. We have already showcased St. Judes Infirmary (SL records) & You Already Know (supported The Deftones on recent tour). Going from strength to strength we are now coming up to our fifth night. In Oct, This Is Music presents Pop up (Scotland’s best unsigned band), Low Miffs (played by Zane Lowe) & in Nov we are proud to present Uncle John & Whitelock (acclaimed Glasgow quintet who supported Mogwai at the ICA in London). For a place on the guestlist or more on the night give check out: www.myspace.com/thisismusicedinburgh Cheers This is music While this one’s funny, let’s be careful not to become the Metro letter’s page: Help me Skinny! I am overweight, and regularly have to deal with abuse because of it. Insults such as ‘Baconchaser’, ‘Whale-hips’ and ‘Fudge-quake’ are regularly thrown my way. I would urge you to consider changing the name of your publication to The Fatster in order to distance yourself from any such prejudice. Thanks in advance Emily Sponge Ed’s note: We still didn’t get nearly enough serious letters this month, so it’s time for an incentive. To get you and a friend down on the guestlist for either our Edinburgh or Glasgow birthday parties, simply email us one thing you like about The Skinny and one thing you don’t. Keep the emails to between 50 and 150 words and send them to: letters@skinnymag.co.uk

Sunday 1st October

A True Story plus Falling Theory, Bannerman’s Underworld, Also includes The Mode, 9pm, £4 Cold Dead Hands: Manhattan Skyline plus Secta Rouge, The Canon’s Gait, Also includes The Summer They All Went Mad, 7.30pm, £5 Electric Fire Quartet, The Jazz Bar, 9.30pm, Free Emma and the Professor, Royal Oak, Wee Folk Club, 8.30pm, £3 I Fly Spitfires: Victorian English Gentleman’s Club, Dartz!, Cabaret Voltaire, See our VEGC interview feature at www.skinnymag.co.uk , 11pm, £5 Open Mic Night, Bannerman’s Underworld, 3pm, Free Sabai, Whistle Binkies, 12pm, Free Zillah plus Broken Oath, Under Thorns, Henry’s Cellar Bar, 7.30pm, £4

Monday 2nd October

Field Music plus Roy’s Iron DNA, Cabaret Voltaire, 7pm, £5 Just Turn Up, Whistle Binkies, Midnight, Free Open Mic Night, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Public Enemy, The Liquid Room, The Enemy Strikes Back, bringing the noise, fighting the power, so what cha gonna do now?, 7pm, £20 Rejected By Hannah, Bannerman’s Underworld, Also includes Coholic, 9pm, £4 The Great Jam Session, The Jazz Bar, 9.30pm, Free

Tuesday 3rd October

Bannerman’s Underworld, Also includes The Fabian, 9pm, £4 The Thanes plus The Bottleneckers, Henry’s Cellar Bar, 11pm, £5 Tina Dico, Whistle Binkies, Rock-laced Danish singer-songwriter on the rise, 7pm, £8 999, Citrus Club, 7.30pm, £7

Saturday 7th October

Cabal, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Is This Music?: Scunner plus Guantanamo Bay, Café Royal, An evening of quality Scottish alt. rock. Not ‘This Is Music’, it’s all very confusing., 8.30pm, £TBC Kult, The Liquid Room, 7.30pm, £18 Nate James, Cabaret Voltaire, Stevie Wonderinfluenced soul singer, 7pm, £10 Oceansize, The Exchange, Viva la prog!, 7pm, £7 Roguestar, Whistle Binkies, 12pm, £4 The Global Battle Of The Bands , The Bongo Club, The world’s biggest live Championship of popular music. For more information see www. gbob.com or www.myspace.com/gbobscotland, 6pm, £6 (£5 with flyer) The Influence plus Epic 26, Henry’s Cellar Bar, 7.30pm, £4 The Rab Howat Band, Bannerman’s Underworld, Weekly house band afternoon slot, 3pm, Free The Square Peg plus Acid Tongue, Bannerman’s Underworld, Also includes The Restless Natives, 9pm, £4

Band Showcase, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Ceilidh Club, The Lot, 8.30pm, £6 Deaf Shepard, The Village, Leith Folk Club, 7.30pm, £8 Folk n’ Friends, The Waverley, Open Mic Night, 8.30pm, Free Slaid Cleaves, Albert and Gage, Cabaret Voltaire, A double whammy of Texan folk, 7.30pm, £12 The One Day Speakers plus Megaw, Forest Café, Acoustic night, 8pm, Free The SHJQ Quartet, The Jazz Bar, 9.30pm, Free

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Wednesday 4th October

Dave Rich Band, Cabaret Voltaire, 7pm, £7 Just Turn Up, Whistle Binkies, 12pm, Free Open Mic Night, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Short Notice, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4 Suicide Silence, Subway Cowgate, TBC, £8

Energy Plan plus Sweet Chin Music, Bannerman’s Underworld, Also includes Broken Records, 9pm, £4 Gypsy Kings, Edinburgh Playhouse , Nice price tag, pikeys indeed., 7.30pm, £37 James Apollo, Cabaret Voltaire, CANCELLED, N/A, N/A Jewel and esk Valley College Showcase, The Bongo Club, 9pm, £3 Kieran Halpin, Pleasance, Edinburgh Folk Club, 8pm, £6 (£5) Milford Cubicle, Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh noise-punks, 7pm, £TBC Starry Wisdom Cult, Whistle Binkies, 12pm, Free Thea Gilmore, The Liquid Room, 7.30pm, £13

Thursday 5th October

Beaker plus Circus Circus, Bannerman’s Underworld, Also includes The Munchkins, 9pm, £4 Open Mic, Café Royal, The return of Babytiger., 8.30pm, £TBC Out of the Bedroom, The Canon’s Gait, *Note venue change from previous events., 9pm, Free Scope, Whistle Binkies, Midnight, Free Shit Trinket: Glen or Glenda plus Futuristic Retro Champs, Wee Red Bar, Also includes Skinny faves Y’all is Fantasy Island, 8pm, £4 (£3) The Damage Room, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free The Grit plus Buzzbomb and Karloff, Subway Cowgate, , TBC, £TBC Wynd plus Blue Vintage City, Cabaret Voltaire, 70s flavoured rock, 7pm, £2

Friday 6th October

Cold Dead Hands: Space Horse, Errander, Subway Cowgate, Also includes Whores Whores Whores and Ben Cozine, 7pm, £5 Distant Soul, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Fast: The Royal We, The Bongo Club, Glesca’s latest barnstormers. Includes entry to Ride This Train, 11pm, £5 Lee Patterson, Whistle Binkies, 6pm, Free Porch Song Anthology plus The Stantons, Café Royal, The return of Babytiger., 8.30pm, £TBC Private Jackson plus Tinrokit, Wee Red Bar, 6pm, Free Regular John, Whistle Binkies, Midnight, £4 Sad Society plus The Rohypsters, Henry’s Cellar Bar, Scottish punk veterans, 7.30pm, £4 The Ideal Panic plus My Next Girlfriend,

Eleanor McEvoy, Cabaret Voltaire, Rare intimate show for the singer who apparently eclipsed U2’s album sales on home turf, 7pm, £10 Gildoza plus Jacobs Pillow, Bannerman’s Underworld, A female fronted exploration team of a sludge-infested funk rock odyssey, 9pm, £4 Jim Malcolm, Royal Oak, Wee Folk Club, 8.30pm, £3 Oatbeanie, Whistle Binkies, 12pm, Free

Monday 9th October

Tuesday 10th October

Band Showcase, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Eileen Rose, Cabaret Voltaire, Alt. country proponent, 7pm, £7 Folk n’ Friends, The Waverley, Open Mic Night, 8.30pm, Free Nick Keir, The Village, Leith Folk Club, 7.30pm, £5

Wednesday 11th October

Amy Duncan plus Lindsay West, Henry’s Cellar Bar, Acoustic night, also includes Rob St. John and Lindsay Sugden, 8pm, £5 Flu, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free People Under The Stairs plus Giant Panda, Cabaret Voltaire, LA and Seattle hiphoppers par excellence, 7pm, £TBC The Albion plus Dieselbone, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4

Thursday 12th October

Flowers for Algernon plus Billy Limerick and Speaker, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4 John Peel Day: The Needles, The Dials, The Bongo Club, To be broadcast live on www. freshair.org.uk. Also includes Granger and The 48, 8pm, £4 (£3) Out of the Bedroom, The Canon’s Gait, *Note venue change from previous events., 9pm, Free Spies In The Wires: Metronomy plus Napoleon III, Cabaret Voltaire, Disillusioned drummer who ooften flys solo, 11pm, £5 (£4) Stealer plus Kiddo, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free The Mending Hearts, Henry’s Cellar Bar, Western swing, 8pm, £TBC The Rapture, The Liquid Room, See our interview feature in Sounds, 7.30pm, £11

Friday 13th October

Anti-Nowhere League, The Liquid Room, Punk legends, faves of Metallica, 7.30pm, £9 Black International, Wee Red Bar, 6pm, Free Eric Bibb, The Queen’s Hall, 7pm, £17 Fakes plus Dormant, Illumnatis, Jack Glass, The Exchange, 14 plus gig, also includes

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LISTINGS Tuesday 17 October

Abominable Iron Sloth *rescheduled from Sept, Barfly, 8pm, £7.00 Erase Errata, Nice N Sleazy, Uptight New Wave, 8pm, £7.00 Hellwood, ABC2, 8pm, £12.50 Kenny Rogers, Clyde Auditorium, The singer / songwriter / actor / photographer / construction worker boasts more success and reputation than most others still alive in the music industry today, an influential and massively successful figure in country music., 8pm, £35.00 Lemonheads, ABC, Grunge icon returns to rock you., 8pm, £16.00 The Answer, King Tuts, 8pm, £6.00 Useless ID, Friday:First, Barfly, 7pm, £7.50

Wednesday 18 October

AFI, Barrowland, , sold out Dan Sartain, Nice N Sleazy, Rockabilly, 8pm, £7.00 Dead Men Walking, King Tuts, Old punks get together, 8pm, £15.00 New Order , Carling Academy, 8pm, sold out Red Sparrowes, Barfly, 8pm, £8.00 The Mercury League, O’ Henry’s, , *.30pm, £4.00 Southside Johnny, The Ferry, New Jersey rocker, 8pm, £19.50 Usless ID and Friday First, Barfly, 8pm, £7.00

Thursday 19 October

Bwana devil-Magdalena , Nice’n’Sleazy, 8pm, £3 Dirty Marc, Tying Tiffany, Bloc, Punk from Italy, 10pm, Free Little Green Machine, Barfly, 8pm, £5 Little Man Tate, King Tut’s, 8pm, £7.00 Mr Lif *Rescheduled from 22 October ABC2, 8pm, £8.50 My Alamo, Barfly, 8pm, £5.00 New Order, Carling Academy, 8pm, £32.50 Soho Dolls, King Tuts, 8pm, £10 Sway , King Tuts, 8pm, Cancelled The Icicle Works, ABC, 8pm, £17.50

Friday 20 October

Delirious, Carling Academy, 8pm, £13.50 Hothouse Flowers, ABC, Amiable folk rock, 8pm, £17.50

iLIKETRAINS, Barfly, 8pm, £6.00 Inme, Garage, 8pm, £10.00 Irrelevant, We Are See Through, Nice’n’Sleazy, Indie Rock, 8pm, £4 Sinner Boy (Rory Gallagher Tribute), The Ferry, 8pm, Cancelled Soho Dolls, King Tuts, 8pm, £6.00 Sons of Dave, King Tuts, 8pm, Sooth, 13:13, Hands of the Broken, Sound Haus, 7pm, £5 The Dears, Oran Mor, 8pm, £11.00 TRONIC - Album Launch Night, 13th Note, A journey into an electronic Eden.., 8.30pm, £5 Tunng and Jill Barber, ABC2, 8pm, £10.00

Saturday 21 October

Club Noir, Carling Academy, 8pm, £12/9.00 Enter Shikari, King Tuts, 8pm, £5.00 Kerrangs Most Wanted feat: The Bronx, Barfly, 8pm, £8.00 King Creosote, ABC, Rural rock magic, 8pm, £10.00 Martha Tilston and the Woods, Oran Mor, 8pm, £10.00 Son of Dave+ Adriana + Echograph, King Tuts, 8pm, £7.00 The Wolfe Tones, Barrowlands, 8pm, £14 Timo Mass, Arches, 8pm, £12.00 Wolfetones, Barrowland 2, 8pm, £14.00

Sunday 22nd October

James Yorkston and The Athletes, ABC, Hard edged folk, 8pm, £9.00 Lily Allen, ABC, Chav swing, 8pm, £12.50 Little Barrie, King Tuts, 8pm, £7.50

Tuesday 24 October

Amusement Parks on Fire, Barfly, 8pm, £5.00 Catfish Keith, The State Bar, 8pm, £10.00 Dopamine Vs The Blackout, Cathouse, 8pm, £7.00 Little Barrie, King Tuts, 8pm, £7.50 LITTLE BARRIE, King Tut’s, 8pm, £7.50 Mr Hudson and The Library, Nice N Sleazy, 8pm, £6.00 Mr Hudson and the Library, Nice’n’Sleazy, 8pm, £6 Phoenix, Arches, 8pm, £12 The Guillemots, ABC, Eclectic pop-rock, 8pm, £10.50

Wednesday 25 October

The Hazey Janes + Support, ABC2, Glasgow, 8pm, £5.00 NME Ones to Watch Tour, QMU, 9pm, £8.00 James Brown, Carling Academy, 8pm, £32.50 Ghosthaus, The Classic Grand, 11pm, Free Lethal Bizzle, Barfly, 8pm, cancelled The Rifles, King Tuts, 8pm, £8.00 Twisted Rainbow, Goodbye Forever, Cathouse, 7pm, £5

Benny Gallagher, St. Andrews in the Square, , £12.00/£14.00 Discarded Dreams, 2 Weeks From Tuesday, Sound Haus, 7.30pm, £5 Doors Alive, Cathouse, 8pm, £8.00 ENTER SHIKARI + :( + MY MINDS WEAPON **over 14’s. Doors 8pm, King Tut’s, 8pm, £6.00 Futuro, Nice’n’Sleazy, 8pm, £4 Hugh Cornwell, ABC2, 8pm, £13.50 Mr Lif* Rescheduled to 19 October ABC2, 8pm, £8.50 Union of Knives, King Tuts, 8pm, £7.00 The Yards, Barrowlands, 8pm, £15 Yasmin Levy, Oran Mor, 8pm, £12.00

Thursday 26 October

Monday 23 October

Friday 27th October

Avenged Sevenfold, Barrowland, 8pm, £15.00 Bring Me The Horizon, Barfly, 8pm, £7.00 Hardcore Superstar, Cathouse, 8pm, £8.50

A.J. Roach and Nels Andrews, Lauries, 8pm, £9.00 Chikinki, King Tuts, 8pm, £6.00 Dirty Marc and two special guests, Bloc, 10pm, Free Eye Contact Leads To…, Nice’n’Sleazy, 8pm, £4 Final Fantasy, ABC2, 8pm, £8.00 Carla Bozuluch and HRTA, 13th Note, , 8pm, £8.00 New York Dolls, ABC, Glam punk, 8pm, £15.00 We Are Scientists, Carling Academy, 8pm, sold out AIM, King Tut’s, 8pm, £10.00 Nimmo Brothers, ABC2, 8pm, £10.00 Oxjam Charity Night, Nice’n’Sleazy, Many

bands perform for Oxfam, 8pm, £4 Ray Davies, Royal Concert Hall, Kink genius, 8pm, £22.50 The Divine Comedy, ABC, Erudite stylings, 8pm, £17.50 W.A.S.P., Garage, Hair Metal, 8pm, £15.00

Saturday 28 October

Lambchop, ABC, Alt. Country, 8pm, £20.00 Marti Pellow, Clyde Auditorium, 8pm, £30.00 SKADANCECRAZE, The Ferry, 8pm, £10/9.00 Stone Roses Experience, Barrowland, 8pm, £10.00 SKINNY Black Birthday, The Low Miffs, The Needles, and Very Special Guests, The Glasgow Art School, 9pm, £3 b4 11, £5 after. 30th Anniversary of UK Punk feat: The Damned, The Beat, The Meteors, GBH, Blood or Whisky, Sex Pistols Experience , Carling Academy, Punk Anniversary gig featuring bands you thought were dead or disbanded, 8pm, £22.50 Antonio Forcione Quartet, Arches, Dazzling Jazz Guitarist, 8pm, £16.00 Baroness, Torche, Nice’n’Sleazy, Metal, 8pm, £6

Sunday 29 October

Cooper Temple Clause, King Tuts, 8pm, £11.50 Four Day Hombre, Barfly, 8pm, £5.00 Monsters Of Rock Tribute Night, Classic Grand, 8pm, £10.00 THE COOPER TEMPLE CLAUSE, King Tut’s, 8pm, £11.50 The Subcultures, Always Read the Label, Sound Haus, 8pm, £5 Walter Trout, The Ferry, 8pm, £15.00 Yes Yoss, Barfly, 8pm, £6.00

Monday 30 October

Lordi* please note another change of venue, Carling Academy, Eurovision monsters frighten children, 8pm, £10.00

Tuesday 31 October

The Dodgems, King Tuts, 8.30pm, £5.00 Tom Jones, SECC, Bring spare pants, 8pm, £30.00

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What’s On?

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Big Word Poetry Slam Re-Launch

Downstairs @ The City Café, Blair Street, 8pm, £4/£3 Cons, Thurs Oct 12 The first cabaret of the season will feature Brendan McLeod & Barbara Adler, two of Canada’s top spoken word artists from poetry outfit The Fugitives, along with an exhibition of tag-team poetry by the Scottish team that recently won the Three Nations Poetry Slam in Bristol, along with many other special guests.

10th Edinburgh Independent & Radical Book Fair

Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 30-38 Dalmeny St, Oct 11-15 www.word-power.co.uk Opened by Vandana Shiva, one of the world’s most dynamic and provocative thinkers on the environment, women’s rights and international affairs, the fair is an opportunity for small publishers to display their work, authors to meet new readers, and most importantly a forum for discussing ideas.

Africa in Motion

Filmhouse Cinema, Oct 20-29 www.africa-in-motion.org.uk for film times and prices This new African film festival offers audiences the chance to view some of the finest and most difficult to find African films including features, documentaries and shorts, as well as showcasing some groundbreaking contemporary films.

Samhuinn Festival

From Edinburgh Castle down The Royal Mile, Free, Oct 31 After party at the Bongo Club, 11.30pm-3am Presented by the Beltane Society, Samhuinn celebrates the Celtic New Year with a spectacular procession and visual pyrotechnic feast, on a night where spirits can touch the souls of the living. The parade also involves music, drumming, dance, fire and stunning costumes.

The Grolsch Green Light District

Across 41 bars in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Oct 9-22 www.grolsch.co.uk Experience the unique atmosphere of a Dutch-style bar. Each venue will be artistically bathed in green light and will feature table service for orders of Grolsch. Look out for the interactive maps, which illuminate nearby bars. Samhuinn Festival

GLASGOW

What’s On? Wasps Studio Open Day

Various studios across Glasgow, Oct 7-8, www.waspsstudios.org.uk Come and meet the artists, from new graduates to the well-established, who work at the Wasps Studio in Glasgow and across Scotland. It is also an opportunity to view a wide variety of work such as painting, printmaking, ceramics, textiles and sculpture, as well as chat with the artists and maybe buy a few pieces.

Ghost Walk

The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour, £12.50, Oct 26 This late night tour led by costumed guides promises to frighten with gory tales of death and disease. Will you come face to face with William Pedvin, the Able Seaman who lost his life on board the ship, or with any of his deceased shipmates? Definitely the most ghoulish Halloween experience in Glasgow this year.

Big Big World

Various venues across Glasgow, Oct 21-28, www.soundsfine.co.uk Its eclectic line-up features artists from Africa, the Americas, and Europe, but also notably Asia, with musicians who will represent the Indian classical and Iranian traditions.

Exquisite Jewels, The Art of Carnet by Michelle Ong

Burrell Collection, Pollok Country Park, from Oct 28 Jewellery design is an art form and this exhibition, the first ever by Michelle Ong for Carnet, the Hong Kong-based high-couture jewellery designer, proves it. Among the 100 jewels to be admired there are also the four pieces commissioned for the film ‘The Da Vinci Code’.

The Arches 15th Birthday

253 Argyle Street, until 29 October, www.thearches.co.uk Turning 15 can be a trauma, but not for this Glasgow venue, with celebrations that continue throughout the month and include experimental theatre, avant-garde music, art exhibitions and big name DJs playing club nights.

Carnet Jewel by Michelle Ong

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Go Skiing

Midlothian Snowsports Centre Britain’s longest artificial ski slope boasts two full sized runs and two nursery slopes, catering for beginners through to advanced skiers. It’s within reach of town - take the number 4 or 15 bus from the West End.

Ailien One Climbing Centre is in a deconsecrated church. This man has just spotted it.

Hillend, Biggar Road, near Edinburgh, EH10 7DU, 0131 445 4433. Open during winter (Sep-Apr), MonSat 9.30am-9pm, Sun 9.30am-7pm

Go Golf

Port Glasgow Golf Course For those who don’t mind going a little further afield for some beautiful views of the Firth of Clyde and surrounding scenery, Port Glasgow is an 18 hole, 68 par course 22 miles west of the city that is well worth the trip. Devol Farm, Port Glasgow, PA14 5XE, 01475 704181 Weekday Round £18, Day Ticket £24 Weekend Round £24, Day Ticket £34

Go Ice Skating

Go Horse Riding

Murrayfield IceRink Friendly and affordable, with skating sessions daily on weekday afternoons and evenings and weekend mornings (see website for exact session times).

Linn Park Equestrian Centre Within the picturesque grounds of Linn Park (Glasgow’s second largest), the equestrian centre provides tuition for the total beginner to the experienced rider. It is approved by both the British Horse Society and the Association of British Riding Schools.

Riversdale Crescent, EH12 5XN, 0131 337 6933 www.murrayfieldicerinkltd.co.uk Admission: £3.50-£5 (depending on the session) Skate hire: £1-£1.50 (depending on the session)

Linn Park, G44 5TA, 0141 637 3096

Go Climbing

Go Bowls

Alien One & Alien Two

At Alien One a climber can enjoy over 200 roped routes, while at Alien Two there are 150 low level bouldering routes to choose from. Adults’ beginner’s courses usually run on Monday evenings, while a kids club runs at the weekend.

Murrayfield Indoor Icerink is where these people are going to holiday.

Willow Bank Bowling Club Reputed to be Glasgow’s first bowling club, Willow Bank was opened in 1835. It has since brought forth two world champions and is welcoming new members, even ladies, who were first allowed to bowl in 1972. 36 Dowanside Road, G12 9DW, 0141 357 3456

Alien One, 8 Pier Place, EH6 4lP, 0131 552 7211 Alien Two, 37 West Bowling Green Street, 0131 555 3650

Go Paint-balling and Offroad driving

Cumbernauld Outdoor Activity Centre Situated about twenty miles east of Glasgow, there is a huge range of outdoor activities awaiting you at Cumbernauld! Try a group paintball session for £40 each or drive your car off road for £25.

Go Shooting

Country Archery and Clays Unleash your medieval impulses at this private estate outside Edinburgh; use the shooting facilities for £25 an hour or splash out on tuition for £40.

Blairlinn Cottages, Easter Blairlinn Road, Luggiebank, Cumbernauld, G67 4AA, 01236 722999

Kennels Lodge, Arniston Estate, Gorebridge, EH23 4RY, 01875 830 259

Go Rowing

Go Karting

Glasgow Rowing Club You may have to join eventually, but the club is happy to allow you a few taster sessions before you make a commitment. Annual adult membership is a snip at £160 and if you are a student then expect to pay half that! Kids pay £45/65.

Raceland Ten minu tes ou t s ide Edinburg h lies Scotland’s only indoor and outdoor karting centre. Go along as an individual for two 10 minute sessions or save your pennies and get a group together to compete in an Outdoor Super Grand Prix. Reach speeds up to 70mph on the outdoor track!

The Boathouse, Silverfir Place, Gorbals, G5 www.glasgowrowingclub.org

Upper Diamond, Gladsmuir, East Lothian, EH33 1EJ, 0131 665 6525. www.raceland.co.uk

Stars

by Jupiter Holmes

Aries Yo u’ve b e co m e t h e Fly i n g M a tc h s t i ck M e n’s m i l l i o n t h guitarist. Comb your hair, strike a pose and congratulate yourself. Make s ure to congra tula te yourself again. And again. Get used to that action. Taurus David Cameron’s around the corner with some Huskies. Make like Blitzer, Donna etc. But not Rudolf, you don’t want a red nose do you? You’re not Daniella Westbrook, lay off the gear.

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rumour goes. It’s your time now loonie; think how much padded real estate you can get for that sort of cash. Virgo Virgo, I despair. All that effort to get your rocks off, a rotting sore on your bits, a spot of swinging and you’re still shite in bed. Practice makes perfect. Who the hell are you going to practice with? Libra It’s probably your birthday. The stars told me. Cry if you want to, you’re getting old. Astrology doesn’t give you immortality. Try a flotation tank.

Scorpio You’re obviously rich, powerful and sex y. Now wha t ’s t ha t coming over the hill? Pelvic floor problems happen to all of us. Except men, but they’re too busy making flippy floppy, stand to attention.

Aquarius You’re a shark in a goldfish bowl. People don’t trust you, but they like having you about. Try to comment on people’s appearance a bit more. Tart yourself up a bit. Just don’t savage their pets.

Sagittarius Arguments at work make you reassess your life, just like they do every Wednesday. It’ll be fine. You’ve the weekend to look forward to. And retirement.

Pisces Nice tr y but not this month. Reflect on your mistakes, plan for the future and carry a big stick. Also, your political and religious alignment needs a rethink. Have you considered going Gnostic?

Capricorn Just like the proverbial creek, some bastard’s stuck up you wi t hou t a paddle. S queeze them out. Butter’s good, so is lube. Just don’t use baby oil.

Sunday 1 October

Heather Small, ABC2, , cancelled Ladyfuzz, Barfly, Ladyfest favourites, 7pm, £7 Porcupine Tree, Carling Academy, Tepid Prog Noodlings, 7pm, £15.00 Rodan, Saint Bob, Nice’n’Sleazy, 8pm, £5.00 Seether, Garage, 7pm, £15 Teddy Thompson, Arches, 7pm, £11

Orson, Barrowlands, 8pm, £15 Xavier Rudd, QMU, 9pm, £11 Paul Rodgers, Clyde Auditorium, 8pm, £25.00 Sandi Thom, King Tuts, 8pm, Sold Out Trio VD, Tattie Toes, Nice’n’Sleazy, 8pm, £3

Jamie T, King Tuts, 8pm, £7.50 Paramore, Garage, 8pm, £8.00 Rooster , ABC, 7pm, £10 The Automatic, ABC, 8pm, sold out

Tuesday 10 October

Archie Bronson Outfit, King Tuts, 8.30pm, £6.00 Corinne Bailey Rae, Royal Concert Hall, 7pm, £20 Goo Goo Dolls, Carling Academy, , *Sold Out* Hafdis Hold, Barfly, 7pm, £5.50 McFly, SECC, Teenage Punk Impersonators, 8pm, £21.50 Slunt, Cathouse, 7pm, £6.50 The Boy Least Likely To, Oran Mor, 7pm, £8.00

Saturday 14 October Embrace, Carling Academy, 8pm, £20.00 Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly!, ABC2, Hotly tipped Anti-Nowhere League, Barfly, Old school punk, 8pm, £10.00 alt-rock, 8pm, £6.00 Glasgow Song Writers Club, Blackfriars, 9pm, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Nice’n’Sleazy, Rockabilly, 8pm, £6 Free Dan Baird, King Tuts, 8.30pm, £9.00 Hot Club de Paris, Barfly, 8pm, £6.00 The Kooks, Barrowland, , sold out Hundred Reasons, G2, 8pm, £11.00 Lacuna Coil, Barrowland, 8pm, £15.00 Avast, O’Henry’s, , 8.30pm, £4 Marvel Heights, the MBT, Cathouse , 7pm, £5 The Raconteurs, Carling Academy, 8pm, £17.50 People Under The Stairs, King Tuts, Xavier Rudd, Queen Margaret Union, 8pm, £10.00 Approachable Hip-hop, 8pm, £9.00 The Long Blondes, Oran Mor, Hipper than Joy Sunday 15 October Division, poppier than Abba, 8pm, £8.00 Apologetic Theory, Torque Wrench, Drango Rock,

Tuesday 3 October

Wednesday 11 October

Monday 2 October

Against All Authority, Barfly, 8pm, £6.50 Archangel’s Revenge, Door No. 7, Cathouse, 7pm, £5 Hidden Cameras, Oran Mor, 8pm, £9.00 Kylesa, Nice’N’Sleazy, 8.30pm, £6.50 McFly, SECC, Teenage Punk Impersonators, 8pm, £21.50 Micah P Hinson, ABC, Singer song-writer Americana, 7pm, £10 Moody Blues, Clyde Auditorium, Psychedelic soft rock, 8pm, £30.00 Patrick Wolf, G2, 8pm, £9.50 Public Enemy, Barrowland, Bring the Noise! The CNN of rap returns, 8pm, £20.00 Thea Gilmore and Dan Arborise, King Tuts, Acclaimed singer-songwriter and folky support, 8.30pm, £13

Wednesday 4 October

Andrea Bocelli, SECC, How Much?, 8pm, £60.00 Juliet and the Licks, ABC, Hard rockers hitting their stride, 7pm, £12 Operation Find A Friend, Nu Ground, Barfly, 8pm, £5 Sparklehorse, King Tuts, 8.30pm, £13.50 Steve Forbert, Arches, 8pm, £12.50 Sucioperro, Barfly, 8pm, £5.00 Wake the President, Nice’n’Sleazy, 8pm, £6 Yes Boss, Barfly, 8pm, £6.00

Air Traffic, Barfly, 8pm, £6.00 Journey South, Clyde Auditorium, 8pm, £20.00 Peaches and Herm, ABC, Electro Sex Rock , 8pm, £12.00 Sandi Thom, King Tuts, 8pm, £10 Sikth, King Tuts, 8pm, £8.50 The Exploited, Cathouse , 7pm, £10 The Long Walk Home, Nice’n’Sleazy, 8pm, £3

Thursday 12 October

(Hed) Pe, Barfly, 8pm, £10.00 Dirty Marc, We are the Physics, Bloc, 10pm, Free Handsome Family, ABC2, 8pm, £10.00 Jonathan Richman, Oran Mor, 8pm, £15.00 Patty Hurst Shifter, Cathouse, 8pm, £7.00 Sandi Thom, King Tuts, 8pm, Sold Out The Selecter, The Ferry, 8pm, £10.00 The Upbeat Beatles, Barrowlands, 8pm, £12.00

Friday 13 October

Dan Baird, King Tuts, 8pm, Ejector Seat, Signals, Barfly, 7pm, £6 Wixel, 13th Note, 8pm, £3 Lyle Lovett, Clyde Auditorium, , cancelled Milburn, Queen Margaret Union, 8pm, £9.00 NU2, The Ferry, 8pm, £8.00

Cathouse, 7pm, £5 Bonde do Role, Nice’n’Sleazy, Electro, 8pm, £6 Boy Kill Boy, ABC, 8pm, £12.50 Centurions Ghost, Barfly, 8pm, £6.00, Howling Bells, King Tuts, 8pm, £7.00 Sonsie Collective, The Silent Project, Sound Haus, 7.30pm, £5 Sunn o))), ABC2, Loud, slow metal, 8pm, £10.00 Susperia with Red Harvest and Grim Fist, Cathouse, 8pm, £8.50

Monday 16 October

AFI, Barrowlands, , SOLD OUT Devil Sold His Soul, King Tuts, 8pm, £5.00 Hot Chip, Arches, , *Sold Out* Infadels, ABC2, 8pm, £7.00 Kenny Rogers, Clyde Auditorium, The singer / songwriter / actor / photographer / construction worker boasts more success and reputation than most others still alive in the music industry today, an influential and massively successful figure in country music., 8pm, £35.00 Shirley Collins, Oran Mor, 8pm, £12.00 The Glitterati, Barfly, 8pm, £6.00

Thursday 5 October

Alamos, Bad Dancer, Nice’n’Sleazy, 8pm, £3 Dirty Marc, Motormark, Bloc, 10pm, Free Bugz in the Attic, The Arches, 9pm, £12 Midnight Machine, MacSorley’s, , 9pm, £2.00 Kevin Montgomery, King Tuts, 8.30pm, £12.50 NME Tour feat: Klaxons, Shit Disco, Data Rock, Arches, 8.30pm, £8.00 Sparks, ABC, This Town Ain’t Big Enough for two hit singles, 7pm, £20 Sunshine Underground, Barfly, 8pm, £6

Friday 6 October

Anderson and Wakeman , Clyde Auditorium, Prog Rock, 8pm, £28.00 Gojira, Hatesphere, Engel, King Tuts, 8.30pm, £8 IV Thieves, Barfly, 8pm, £6 James Dean Bradfield, Garage, Solo Manic Songwriter. , 7pm, £12.50 Japblaster, Jata, Soundhaus, 7pm, £5 Jurassic 5, Carling Academy, Fine Old School Beats, 8pm, £17.50 Vincent Vincent and the Villains, Nice’N’Sleazy, 8.30pm, £6 Y&T, Cathouse, 7pm, £16

Saturday 7 October

999, Barfly, 8pm, £7.50 Babyshambles, Carling Academy, Poetry and celebrity comes to town, 7pm, £17 Common Rotation, G2, 8pm, £6.00 Dead City Riots, Nice’n’Sleazy, 8pm, £3.00 James Morrison, Old Fruitmarket, 7.30pm, £9 Killa Kela, King Tuts, 8.30pm, £8 Peter Hammill, Royal Concert Hall, 8pm, £15 Send More Paramedics, Barfly, 8pm, £7 Streetrave 17th Anniversary Feat; FPI Project: N-joi: Together: John Digweed, Arches, , £13

Sunday 8 October

Comets On Fire, Mono, 8pm, £8.50 Dead Religion, Soundhaus, 7pm, £5 Fightstar, Barrowlands, 7pm, £12 James Morrison , Fruitmarket, 8pm, *Sold Out* MENDEED + Kingsize Blues + Solitude , King Tut’s, 8pm, £7.00 Spacejunk, Barfly, 8pm, £5 Suicide Silence + Abigail Williams, Cathouse, 8pm, £9.00 Willard Grant Conspiracy, Nice’N’Sleazy, Americana solo set, 8.30pm, £10

Monday 9th October

Foghorn String Band, Brel, 8pm, £10.00

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EDINBURGH CLUBS alternative beats & rock, 10.30pm-3am, £5 Get Funk’d, Medina, Double D & Isla play hip hop to house, 10pm-3am, £4, £3 b4 11pm Jam Friday, Heriot-Watt University, Pop & cheese, 10pm-3am, £2 Night Train, Liberty’s Bar (Heriot-Watt), 8pm2am, Free Planet Earth, Citrus Club, 80s tunes with residents, 10.30pm-3am, £5 Salsa Caribe!, The Lot, Salsa DJs on the special wooden dancefloor, 9pm-1.30am, £5, £4 b4 9.30pm Satchmo Sessions, Pivo Caffe, House Session, 9pm-3am, Free Unknown Pleasures, Teviot Union, Indie club, 9pm-3am, £3 (£2) Assembly Bar, Quirky, ReachOut & Mr. Meaks 5-9, Trouble DJs 9-1, 5pm-1am, Free Soul Biscuits, Cabaret Voltaire, presents The Hip Hop Years - the wheel of more tunes gets dragged out to decide the running order of classic hip hop tracks, 11pm-3am, £5 Beatroot, Ego, This month Beatroot wecolmes Headspin stalwart Allan Dunbar, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 Xplicit, Bongo Club, Starring Shy FX (Digital Soundboy), ENO, Beast and Tonn Piper and BZ, 11pm-3am, £10

Saturday 21st October

2Hot, Ego, RnB & hip hop with Ritchie Ruftone & friends, under 18s only (14-17), 6.45pm-9.45pm, £5 The Egg, Wee Red Bar, Indie, garage, punk, ska & more at the Art College’s long running institution, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 students/members Junior Mission, Studio 24, Goth music for the young, 6pm-10pm, £5 Liquid Soul, Po Na Na, Mark B & guests with chirpy music, 10.30pm-3am, £6, £3 b4 11pm Lounge, Liberty’s Bar (Heriot-Watt), Eclectic mix of tunes, 8pm-1.30am, Free Mission, Studio 24, Goth music for the old, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 members Much More, Medina, Hip-hop & funk cuts with Nasty P & Cunnie, 10pm-3am, £4, £3 b4 11pm Party Night, El Barrio, Salsa night with DJ Papi & Alex Gato, free classes from 10pm, 11pm-3am, Free Saturday Night Fish Fry, The Jazz Bar, Erik D’Viking & Astroboy, 11pm-3am, £5, free b4 11.30pm Sophistifunk, City, John Hutchison (Tokyoblu) plays house remixes, funky RnB & bootlegs, 11pm-3am, £8 Tease Age, Citrus Club, All things rock, motown, alternative & soul, 11pm-3am, £5, free b4 11.30pm Assembly Bar, Gareth Somerville (Ultragroove) & Jonnie Lyley (Scratch), 9pm-1am, Free Pivo Caffe, Electronic music from house addicts in this warm-up venue, 9pm-3am, Free Ultragroove, “Cabaret Voltaire, NYC’s Miss Honey Dijon plays fierce house, supported by XFMs Mash in the back room, 11pm-3am, £10. £8 Vegas, Ego, Frankie Sumatra and the Show girls swing out - dressing up recommended!, 11pm3am, £10, £7

Sunday 22nd October

Babydoll, Po Na Na, Funky house, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 b4 12am Bootylushous, Medina, RnB, soul, funk & disco with Trendy Wendy, Dale & Simone, 10pm-3am, £4, £2 b4 12am Club Simba, The Jazz Bar, Afro, carribean, RnB, hip hop, live pa & audio visual images with DJs Red Alert, Wellaz & guests, 10pm-3am, £3, free b4 11.30pm Curious? Sunday Joint, The Bongo Club, Diverse selection of music, free internet & games, 4pm-3am, £3, free b4 11pm Headspin, Pivo Caffe, Mash-up of freestyle beats with Headspin DJs, 9pm-3am, Free Hobo, The Bongo Club, Alternative music with guests, 10pm-3am, £3, free b4 11pm Kayos, Opium, Rock, metal & indie with residents, 8pm-3am, Free Scottish Hobo Society (live), The Bongo Club, Alternative music for justified sinners, 10.30pm3am, £3, free b4 11pm Sientelo!, El Barrio, Latin America music mixed with chart tunes, 11pm-3am, Free Taste, Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh’s longest running gay friendly club night settles into it’s new home with both rooms going at it house style - guest David Begg (Beatroot), 11pm-3am, £8 (£6), £5 b4 11.30pm

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Monday 23rd October

Happy Mondays, Po Na Na, Night for students & Industry folk, indie, rock & funk, 11pm-3am, £4, free for students Hobbes, Pivo Caffe, Eclectic mix with Hobbes (Trouble), 9pm-3am, Free The Latin Quarter, Medina, Salsa, funk & latin house, 10pm-3am, Free The Reggae Lounge, Beluga, Hosted by Mighty Howard, From 9pm, Free Rock Karaoke, Opium, ROAR, From 10pm, Free Salsa Dance Classes, The Bongo Club, Cuban Salsa, drop-in classes, 7pm for beginners, 8pm for the advanced, 7pm-9pm, £5 Soundproof, The Outhouse, Open decks night hosted by the Soundproof DJs, 8pm-1am, Free Trade Union, Cabaret Voltaire, Night for deserving bar & club staff, DJ Beefy and Wolfjazz take to the decks where literally anything goes, 10pm-3am, £2, £1 Trade Union members/ECCF members You Control, Subway Cowgate, Current & classic indie, rock & chart, 11pm-3am, Free Zoot Swing, Café Royal, Swing dance classes, beginners 7pm, improvers 8pm followed by bigband swing jazz & neo-swing beats, 9pm-late, £4.50 (£3.50), free after 9 Henrys Cellar, Flamenco, latin & reggae with Kinkey, 10pm-3am, £3

Tuesday 24th October

The Diamond Dice, Massa, Hip hop, RnB & grime with your host Mr. Jinx, 10.30pm-3am, £5 Frunt, The Liquid Room, DJ Stuart Johnston playing house music all night long, 10.30pm3am, Free Jacek, Pivo Caffe, Eastern block house party, 9pm-3am, Free Radar, Subway Cowgate, Dance & indie, 11pm-3am, Free Rewind, Prive’ Council, 100% upfront RnB & hip hop, 10pm-3am, £2, ladies free b4 12am Split, Cabaret Voltaire, Blend of house, techno, drum & bass, breakbeat from Edinburgh locals, healthy mid-week rave, 11.30pm-3am, Free Swing Dance Classes, The Bongo Club, Beginners at 7pm, advanced at 8pm, 7pm-9pm, £4 (£3) for one, £6 (£5) for both Swingbeats, The Bongo Club, Lenny Love, Monkeyboy & Trouble play jazz, swing, soul & breaks with reggae upstairs from the White Wastafarians, 10pm-3am, Free

Wednesday 25th October

Chambles, Opal Lounge, Funk & chart with DJ Jez Hill, 9pm-3am, £5 (£4) Indi-Go, The Liquid Room, Indie & alternative, 10.30pm-3am, £2, £1 students Insomnia, Prive’ Council, Warner Powers & Claudio bring fresh house tunes each week, 10pm-3am, Free Paul Daley, Pivo Caffe, Free flowing funk to house, 9pm-3am, Free The Pit, Subway Cowgate, Rock & metal, 11pm3am, Free Stir Fried, The Outhouse, Pre-club with indie & rock from B-Sides & Bootross Rock, 9pm-1am, Free Tease Age Wednesdays, Citrus Club, Indie, mod & soul with DJ Monkee Mikeeeeeeeeee, 11pm-3am, £3, free b4 11.30pm Toxik, Opium, DJ Nu-Clear playing new & old metal & hard rock, 8pm-3am, Free We Are … Electric, Cabaret Voltaire, Gary Mac & guests play house, electro, tech-house & breaks with rotating guests in the back, 11.30pm3am, £2, free b4 12am/members

Thursday 26th October

Beat Root Juice Club, The Jazz Bar, Live afrobeat, latin & ska from resident band The Goat Stew Orchestra & resident DJ B*Wax, 10pm-3am, Free Bounce, Po Na Na, DJ 2three playing urban sounds, 11pm-3am, £4 (£3) Genetic, Citrus Club, Night of rock anthems, 11pm-3am, £2 Grafitti, Medina, Kipp$ & Master Caird play party tunes all night, 10pm-3am, £3 (£2) Housebound, Ego, Sexy house, funky stuff, electro & disco with DJs from Edinburgh & Glasgow, 10pm-3am, £5 Lel Palfrey, Pivo Caffe, Disco & jazz & disco & more, 9pm-3am, Free LuckyMe, City Café, Hip hop, soul & off beats, 8.30pm-1am, Free Salsa Disco, Cuba Norte, Salsa dance & tasty tapas, 10pm-1am, Free Souled Out, Opal Lounge, Soul, disco & dance with Leon Easter (33 45), 9pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm

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Friday 27th October

Cult, Po Na Na, DJ Nicki & guests playing hip hop, disco, funk & RnB, 10pm-3am, £5, £2.50 b4 11pm Evol, The Liquid Room, Indie, hip hop, alternative beats & rock, 10.30pm-3am, £5 Get Funk’d, Medina, Double D & Isla play hip hop to house, 10pm-3am, £4, £3 b4 11pm Jam Friday, Heriot-Watt University, Pop & cheese, 10pm-3am, £2 Night Train, Liberty’s Bar (Heriot-Watt), 8pm2am, Free Planet Earth, Citrus Club, 80s tunes with residents, 10.30pm-3am, £5 Salsa Caribe!, The Lot, Salsa DJs on the special wooden dancefloor, 9pm-1.30am, £5, £4 b4 9.30pm Satchmo Sessions, Pivo Caffe, House Session, 9pm-3am, Free Unknown Pleasures, Teviot Union, Indie club, 9pm-3am, £3 (£2) Assembly Bar, Quirky, ReachOut & Mr. Meaks 5-9, Trouble DJs 9-1, 5pm-1am, Free Sugarbeat, Cabaret Voltaire, Justice - they are your friends, pop along and see them just before their album hits..plus resident Utah Saint’s, 11pm3am, £7 Jakn , Studio 24, Live hard tek from AUTONOME and the Diverse Frequencies crew, 10.30pm3am, £7, £6 Tokyo Blu, Ego, Full live house band, visual delights and quality DJs - one of the finest house and deep grooves nights in Edinburgh, 10.30pm3am, TBC Substance, Henrys Cellar Bar, Launch night – electronic music to dance to!, 11pm-3am, free

Saturday 28th October

2Hot, Ego, RnB & hip hop with Ritchie Ruftone & friends, under 18s only (14-17), 6.45pm-9.45pm, £5 The Egg, Wee Red Bar, Indie, garage, punk, ska & more at the Art College’s long running institution, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 students/members Junior Mission, Studio 24, Goth music for the young, 6pm-10pm, £5 Liquid Soul, Po Na Na, Mark B & guests with chirpy music, 10.30pm-3am, £6, £3 b4 11pm Lounge, Liberty’s Bar (Heriot-Watt), Eclectic mix of tunes, 8pm-1.30am, Free Mission, Studio 24, Goth music for the old, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 members Much More, Medina, Hip-hop & funk cuts with Nasty P & Cunnie, 10pm-3am, £4, £3 b4 11pm Party Night, El Barrio, Salsa night with DJ Papi & Alex Gato, free classes from 10pm, 11pm-3am, Free Saturday Night Fish Fry, The Jazz Bar, Erik D’Viking & Astroboy, 11pm-3am, £5, free b4 11.30pm Sophistifunk, City, John Hutchison (Tokyoblu) plays house remixes, funky RnB & bootlegs, 11pm-3am, £8 Tease Age, Citrus Club, All things rock, motown, alternative & soul, 11pm-3am, £5, free b4 11.30pm Assembly Bar, Gareth Somerville (Ultragroove) & Jonnie Lyley (Scratch), 9pm-1am, Free Pivo Caffe, Electronic music from house addicts in this warm-up venue, 9pm-3am, Free Reverend Funk, Ego, All that is funk - not the usual heaving banging house club, 11pm-3am, £7, £5 Obscene, Ego (Cocteau Lounge), Edinburgh’s longest running drum n bass night, 11pm-3am, tbc 100% Dynamite, Bongo Club, Soul Jazz records continue their monthly journey through reggae, dub, funk and dancehall, 11pm-3am, £6, £4

£5, £4 b4 12am Bootylushous, Medina, RnB, soul, funk & disco with Trendy Wendy, Dale & Simone, 10pm-3am, £4, £2 b4 12am Club Simba, The Jazz Bar, Afro, carribean, RnB, hip hop, live pa & audio visual images with DJs Red Alert, Wellaz & guests, 10pm-3am, £3, free b4 11.30pm Curious? Sunday Joint, The Bongo Club, Diverse selection of music, free internet & games, 4pm-3am, £3, free b4 11pm Headspin, Pivo Caffe, Mash-up of freestyle beats with Headspin DJs, 9pm-3am, Free Hobo, The Bongo Club, Alternative music with guests, 10pm-3am, £3, free b4 11pm Kayos, Opium, Rock, metal & indie with residents, 8pm-3am, Free Scottish Hobo Society (live), The Bongo Club, Alternative music for justified sinners, 10.30pm3am, £3, free b4 11pm Sientelo!, El Barrio, Latin America music mixed with chart tunes, 11pm-3am, Free Taste, Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh’s longest running gay friendly club night settles into it’s new home with both rooms going at it house style - guest Harri (Sub Club) , 11pm-3am, £8 (£6), £5 b4 11.30pm Tackno, Ego, Trendy Wendy and mates, 11pm3am, £7, £5

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Monday 30th October

Happy Mondays, Po Na Na, Night for students & Industry folk, indie, rock & funk, 11pm-3am, £4, free for students Hobbes, Pivo Caffe, Eclectic mix with Hobbes (Trouble), 9pm-3am, Free The Latin Quarter, Medina, Salsa, funk & latin house, 10pm-3am, Free The Reggae Lounge, Beluga, Hosted by Mighty Howard, From 9pm, Free Rock Karaoke, Opium, ROAR, From 10pm, Free Salsa Dance Classes, The Bongo Club, Cuban Salsa, drop-in classes, 7pm for beginners, 8pm for the advanced, 7pm-9pm, £5 Soundproof, The Outhouse, Open decks night hosted by the Soundproof DJs, 8pm-1am, Free Trade Union, Cabaret Voltaire, Night for deserving bar & club staff, DJ Beefy and Wolfjazz take to the decks where literally anything goes, 10pm-3am, £2, £1 Trade Union members/ECCF members You Control, Subway Cowgate, Current & classic indie, rock & chart, 11pm-3am, Free Zoot Swing, Café Royal, Swing dance classes, beginners 7pm, improvers 8pm followed by bigband swing jazz & neo-swing beats, 9pm-late, £4.50 (£3.50), free after 9 Henrys Cellar, Flamenco, latin & reggae with Kinkey, 10pm-3am, £3

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The Culture Vulture Brown is the New Blair

Many thought it would be the issues of immigration or the Iraq war that would lead to Tony Blair stepping down as PM, but ultimately it seems it is the fashion industry which has dealt the death blow. “Brown is so in this season,” said Julie Pumpington, PR liason for hot London designers House of Smegma, before adding: “To be honest, I can’t remember the last time we used any Blair coloured fabrics. Do you have any coke?”

Scottish Restaurants Lack Healthy Options Scottish Restaurants have been criticised for contributing to the land’s rising obesity levels by failing to offer healthy options, though some critics have suggested the real reason lies in a lack of self-control, and the fact that bad food tastes better. Health minister R. McDonald added, “Eating large amounts of whatever you want is fine, as long as you avoid stairs, relationships and going outside.” His comments were slightly devaluated as he was wedged in a revolving door at the time.

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Sometimes There Just Isn’t Enough Vomit in the World Last month the Tories tried to slime their way into our hearts with David Cameron’s pun-tastic w w w.webcameron.org.uk site. This month sees the party consolidating their efforts with the launch of www. michaelportaloo.com, in which gut-faced ex-minister Michael Portillo reminisces about his time in office whilst perched on a plastic shitter.

Australia Says, “In A While, Crocodile Hunter” Australian Minister for Tourism Robbo recently released a statement in memory of Steve Irwin: “Stevo was instrumental in raising awareness of environmental issues, and the way he so succinctly stereotyped our entire culture with his catchphrase ‘crikey’ achieved much more for tourism than has-been Paul Hogan and his infuriating ‘shrimps on the barbie’ ever did. Really, who would have thought that someone who spent so much time with properly deadly creatures would’ve been killed by a fucking fish?” In a particularly touching tribute, Australian Company ‘Stevo Was Great’ will be releasing a range of suncream in his honour, for its unprecedented ability to “protect against deadly rays”.

Tuesday 31st October

The Diamond Dice, Massa, Hip hop, RnB & grime with your host Mr. Jinx, 10.30pm-3am, £5 Frunt, The Liquid Room, DJ Stuart Johnston playing house music all night long, 10.30pm3am, Free Jacek, Pivo Caffe, Eastern block house party, 9pm-3am, Free Radar, Subway Cowgate, Dance & indie, 11pm-3am, Free Rewind, Prive’ Council, 100% upfront RnB & hip hop, 10pm-3am, £2, ladies free b4 12am Split, Cabaret Voltaire, Blend of house, techno, drum & bass, breakbeat from Edinburgh locals, healthy mid-week rave, 11.30pm-3am, Free Swing Dance Classes, The Bongo Club, Beginners at 7pm, advanced at 8pm, 7pm-9pm, £4 (£3) for one, £6 (£5) for both Swingbeats, The Bongo Club, Lenny Love, Monkeyboy & Trouble play jazz, swing, soul & breaks with reggae upstairs from the White Wastafarians, 10pm-3am, Free

Sunday 29th October

Babydoll, Po Na Na, Funky house, 11pm-3am,

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THE COST OF A FISH SUPPER YOU GET THE SERVICE, FANOR SURROUNDINGS AND ATMOSPHERE THAT USUALLY INFLATE ALREADY OVER-PRICED MENU IN OTHER RESTAURANTS.

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FOOD & DRINK REVIEWS

Assembly Intelligently and subtly designed, Assembly feels like a model for the modern bar/café/ restaurant, not simply another example of the form. The carefully prepared meals are the highlight though, large and tasty with fresh ingredients, astonishing considering that nothing on the menu is over £4.95 (apart from additional toppings for the gourmet burgers). For the cost of a pub meal or a takeaway fish supper, you get the service, surroundings and atmosphere that usually inflate an already over-priced menu in other restaurants. Personal favourites are the Fresh Battered Haddock with Chips, Peas & Tarte Sauce and the Sizzling Platter Fajitas served with Sour Cream. Then there are the specials: from 5pm – 8pm every day you can get two large dishes and a bottle of house wine or a pitcher of Tennents or Belhaven for £14, and several drinks are also 2 for 1 every day between 5pm and 8pm. Also worth mentioning is the entertainment schedule which features some of the citys best DJ talent played chilled, groovy tunes. (Xavier Toby) ASSEMBLY BAR, 41 LOTHIAN STREET, 0131 220 4288 WWW.ASSEMBLYBAR.CO.UK

Barioja Tapas Bar

Montgomery’s Coffee House

E Mondo

THERE’S NOT ANOTHER TAPAS BAR IN EDINBURGH TO MATCH IT

THE SIMPLE MENU HAS JUST THE RIGHT FARE TO KEEP CUSTOMERS POURING IN

INTRIGUED BY THIS JAMES BOND-STYLE SECRET-LAIR APPROACH, THE SKINNY WENT ALONG TO SEE THE TRANSITION

Montgomery’s Coffee House has been nestled happily alongside Kelvingrove Park and Art Gallery for over two years now. The stylish interior is littered with students, young mums with their little ones and cosy couples, and offers a welcome retreat for all. The simple menu has just the right fare to keep customers pouring in, the food on offer presenting a small selection of café cuisine from breakfast bits to sandwiches and homemade soup to cakes, muffins and Danishes - all available at great prices. Though tempted by the cakes, I opted for a cream cheese, pepper and basil bagel. The warmth and simplicity of the healthy balanced flavours of the bagel were perfect and the crisp leafy salad with peppers, cucumber and a dollop of coleslaw proved that the fare tasted as good as it looked. Afterwards I enjoyed a freshly brewed coffee, one of the finest I had tasted for way too long. So I thought, while nestled in comfort beneath the high ceiling with a world map papered above, that I could see myself returning here often. (Simone Gray)

Espresso Mondo has existed as a coffee shop on Lothian Road for a year now, but recently took the unusual step of opening as a cocktail bar in the evening. Rather than compromise their previous identity they came up with a new one, and now transform into E Mondo in the evenings, complete with alternative bar ware, visual projections, and exchangeable outdoor sign. Intrigued by this James Bond-style secret-lair approach to café culture, The Skinny went along to see how the transition worked.

9 RADNOR STREET, WEST END, GLASGOW. 8AM -8PM MON TO FRI, 9AM -6PM SAT AND SUN 9AM -6PM

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Barioja is a treat for lovers of tapas, with an extensive menu that offers a wide selection of the best that Spanish finger food has to offer: fish, meat, potatoes, and of course, that Spanish staple paella. Not having the stomach to try everything on the menu, the tapas I ate were all still exceptional. Gambas Pil Pil (£6.50) melted in the mouth with its crispy texture and almost sweet taste, and Crème Brulee (£4.50) accompanied by forest fruits was the best I’ve ever tasted. Spanish owner Ignacio Campos (known as Iggy) set up fine dining restaurant Iggs 19 years ago, but realising that a tapas bar will always appeal to a broader clientele, opened Barioja next door to cater for those who want a meal with a little less pomp. There’s not another tapas bar in Edinburgh to match it, and with long opening hours and a great central location between the Royal Mile and the Fruitmarket Gallery, Barioja is the place to go for those who want a taste of Spanish cuisine, day or night. (Leo Wood) 15-19 JEFFREY STREET, EDINBURGH, 0131 557 3622 OPENING HOURS MON - SAT, 11AM -11PM

Empires

The result is a slick though slightly jumbled atmosphere: a cocktail bar with a friendly mood and approachable feel. The cocktails themselves are excellent, from fruity martinis and mojitos to an outstanding Basil Grandé. The tapas is a little light to serve as a substitute meal, but delicious as a drinking accompaniment. The anchovy and sun-dried tomato combination is recommended, though a mix chosen by the friendly staff is probably the best bet. (R J Thomson)

THE CENTRAL TENET OF EMPIRES IS ‘ER YEMEKLER’ (HOME COOKING) AND ALL THE INGREDIENTS ARE IMPORTED FROM TURKEY

Empires was set up a year ago by Jemma and Emrah Kemaneler with the aim to show that “Turkish cooking is more than just kebabs and big chunks of meat”. Just a brief look at their impressive menu proves this, since over 90% of the dishes are vegetarian. The central tenet of Empires is ‘Er Yemekler’ (home cooking) and all the ingredients are imported from Turkey; even the coke is Turkish! For lunch we had the Empires speciality ‘meze’ (£6.50 - a little more with speciality bread) which involves choosing 3 meze from a list of over 18, to have with Turkish bread and salad. Borek was another treat: layers of thin pastry filled with a variety of delightful fillings including feta cheese & herbs (£3). Finally we enjoyed Kuru Fasulye, a bean and lamb stew with pilav rice (£5.70), which was tasty and hearty as well as healthy. A BYO policy makes the whole delicious experience even more affordable.

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Empires is also a jewelled lamp and ceramics retailer; Emrah imports the Turkish goods that are for sale and the lamps make his café look gorgeous. There’s also a more intimate upstairs section that’s ideal for private parties, and also features traditional Turkish decor. Jemma and Emrah are always ready to give advice on their beloved Turkey, and there are many books in the café worth perusing, making Empires a sort of cultural centre. There are also special events including backgammon evenings on the last Wednesday of every month, and most Saturday evenings there’s live music featuring traditional Greek instruments. If all that isn’t incentive enough, a bellydancer graces the door of Empires once a week - now that’s a spectacle you really can’t miss. (Leo Wood) EMPIRES CAFÉ & CERAMIC L AMP EMPORIUM 24 ST MARY STREET, EDINBURGH, 0131 466 0100 WWW.EMPIRESWORLD.CO.UK

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LISTINGS Lounge, Liberty’s Bar (Heriot-Watt), Eclectic mix of tunes, 8pm-1.30am, Free Mission, Studio 24, Goth music for the old, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 members Much More, Medina, Hip-hop & funk cuts with Nasty P & Cunnie, 10pm-3am, £4, £3 b4 11pm Party Night, El Barrio, Salsa night with DJ Papi & Alex Gato, free classes from 10pm, 11pm-3am, Free Saturday Night Fish Fry, The Jazz Bar, Erik D’Viking & Astroboy, 11pm-3am, £5, free b4 11.30pm Sophistifunk, City, John Hutchison (Tokyoblu) plays house remixes, funky RnB & bootlegs, 11pm-3am, £8 Tease Age, Citrus Club, All things rock, motown, alternative & soul, 11pm-3am, £5, free b4 11.30pm Assembly Bar, Gareth Somerville (Ultragroove) & Jonnie Lyley (Scratch), 9pm-1am, Free Pivo Caffe, Electronic music from house addicts in this warm-up venue, 9pm-3am, Free Ultragroove, Cabaret Voltaire, Gareth Somerville, The Fwd DJs and The Filth DJs, 11pm3am, £8, £6 students Jackhammer, Ego, Billy Nasty hammers out the techno tunes, 11pm-3am, £10, £7 Sumo, Berlin, Geoff M, Harry, Steven Wanless Gary Mac (We Are Electric) all team up for this monster of a house night., 10pm-5am, £7 Headspin, Bongo, Headspin resident DJs with a four deck mix of hip hop, funk, house, beats and guest David Holmes, 10.30pm-3am, £10

Sunday 8th October

Babydoll, Po Na Na, Funky house, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 b4 12am Bootylushous, Medina, RnB, soul, funk & disco with Trendy Wendy, Dale & Simone, 10pm-3am, £4, £2 b4 12am Club Simba, The Jazz Bar, Afro, carribean, RnB, hip hop, live pa & audio visual images with DJs Red Alert, Wellaz & guests, 10pm-3am, £3, free b4 11.30pm Curious? Sunday Joint, The Bongo Club, Diverse selection of music, free internet & games, 4pm-3am, £3, free b4 11pm Headspin, Pivo Caffe, Mash-up of freestyle beats with Headspin DJs, 9pm-3am, Free Hobo, The Bongo Club, Alternative music with guests, 10pm-3am, £3, free b4 11pm Kayos, Opium, Rock, metal & indie with residents, 8pm-3am, Free Scottish Hobo Society (live), The Bongo Club, Alternative music for justified sinners, 10.30pm3am, £3, free b4 11pm Sientelo!, El Barrio, Latin America music mixed with chart tunes, 11pm-3am, Free Taste, Cabaret Voltaire, Cabaret Voltaire welcomes Edinburgh’s longest running gay friendly club night with open arms, this housewarming feat. DJ Spooky, 11pm-3am, £8 (£6), £5 b4 11.30pm

Monday 9th October

Happy Mondays, Po Na Na, Night for students & Industry folk, indie, rock & funk, 11pm-3am, £4, free for students Hobbes, Pivo Caffe, Eclectic mix with Hobbes (Trouble), 9pm-3am, Free The Latin Quarter, Medina, Salsa, funk & latin house, 10pm-3am, Free The Reggae Lounge, Beluga, Hosted by Mighty Howard, From 9pm, Free Rock Karaoke, Opium, ROAR, From 10pm, Free Salsa Dance Classes, The Bongo Club, Cuban Salsa, drop-in classes, 7pm for beginners, 8pm for the advanced, 7pm-9pm, £5 Soundproof, The Outhouse, Open decks night hosted by the Soundproof DJs, 8pm-1am, Free Trade Union, Cabaret Voltaire, Night for deserving bar & club staff, DJ Beefy and Wolfjazz take to the decks where literally anything goes, 10pm-3am, £2, £1 Trade Union members/ECCF members You Control, Subway Cowgate, Current & classic indie, rock & chart, 11pm-3am, Free Zoot Swing, Café Royal, Swing dance classes, beginners 7pm, improvers 8pm followed by bigband swing jazz & neo-swing beats, 9pm-late, £4.50 (£3.50), free after 9 Henrys Cellar, Flamenco, latin & reggae with Kinkey, 10pm-3am, £3

Tuesday 10th October

The Diamond Dice, Massa, Hip hop, RnB & grime with your host Mr. Jinx, 10.30pm-3am, £5 Frunt, The Liquid Room, DJ Stuart Johnston playing house music all night long, 10.30pm3am, Free Jacek, Pivo Caffe, Eastern block house party, 9pm-3am, Free

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Radar, Subway Cowgate, Dance & indie, 11pm-3am, Free Rewind, Prive’ Council, 100% upfront RnB & hip hop, 10pm-3am, £2, ladies free b4 12am Split, Cabaret Voltaire, Blend of house, techno, drum & bass, breakbeat from Edinburgh locals, healthy mid-week rave with special guests ATM On The Road, 11.30pm-3am, Free Swing Dance Classes, The Bongo Club, Beginners at 7pm, advanced at 8pm, 7pm-9pm, £4 (£3) for one, £6 (£5) for both Swingbeats, The Bongo Club, Lenny Love, Monkeyboy & Trouble play jazz, swing, soul & breaks with reggae upstairs from the White Wastafarians, 10pm-3am, Free

Wednesday 11th October

Chambles, Opal Lounge, Funk & chart with DJ Jez Hill, 9pm-3am, £5 (£4) Indi-Go, The Liquid Room, Indie & alternative, 10.30pm-3am, £2, £1 students Insomnia, Prive’ Council, Warner Powers & Claudio bring fresh house tunes each week, 10pm-3am, Free Paul Daley, Pivo Caffe, Free flowing funk to house, 9pm-3am, Free The Pit, Subway Cowgate, Rock & metal, 11pm3am, Free Stir Fried, The Outhouse, Pre-club with indie & rock from B-Sides & Bootross Rock, 9pm-1am, Free Tease Age Wednesdays, Citrus Club, Indie, mod & soul with DJ Monkee Mikeeeeeeeeee, 11pm-3am, £3, free b4 11.30pm Toxik, Opium, DJ Nu-Clear playing new & old metal & hard rock, 8pm-3am, Free We Are … Electric, Cabaret Voltaire, Gary Mac & guests FC Kahuna play house, electro, techhouse & breaks with rotating guests in the back, 11.30pm-3am, £2, free b4 12am/members

Thursday 12th October

Beat Root Juice Club, The Jazz Bar, Live afrobeat, latin & ska from resident band The Goat Stew Orchestra & resident DJ B*Wax, 10pm3am, Free Bounce, Po Na Na, DJ 2three playing urban sounds, 11pm-3am, £4 (£3) Genetic, Citrus Club, Night of rock anthems, 11pm-3am, £2 Grafitti, Medina, Kipp$ & Master Caird play party tunes all night, 10pm-3am, £3 (£2) Housebound, Ego, Sexy house, funky stuff, electro & disco with DJs from Edinburgh & Glasgow, 10pm-3am, £5 Lel Palfrey, Pivo Caffe, Disco & jazz & disco & more, 9pm-3am, Free LuckyMe, City Café, Hip hop, soul & off beats, 8.30pm-1am, Free Salsa Disco, Cuba Norte, Salsa dance & tasty tapas, 10pm-1am, Free Souled Out, Opal Lounge, Soul, disco & dance with Leon Easter (33 45), 9pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm Snatch Social, The Liquid Room, Messy night guaranteed at eclectic student bash, 9pm-3am, £5 (£4), £3 members Traffic, Heriot-Watt University, Indie & alternative, 11.30pm-2am, Free Assembly Bar, The Departure Lounge DJs, 9pm1am, Free Spies In The Wire, Cabaret Voltaire, Metronomy and Napoleon III play live with the Spitfires DJs popping up inbetween for more indie hits, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 Basement Boogie, Hudsons, Trouble Djs with club classics and current killers- guest ABC Sam (Mixer), 11pm-3am, Free

Friday 13th October

Cult, Po Na Na, DJ Nicki & guests playing hip hop, disco, funk & RnB, 10pm-3am, £5, £2.50 b4 11pm Evol, The Liquid Room, Indie, hip hop, alternative beats & rock, 10.30pm-3am, £5 Get Funk’d, Medina, Double D & Isla play hip hop to house, 10pm-3am, £4, £3 b4 11pm Jam Friday, Heriot-Watt University, Pop & cheese, 10pm-3am, £2 Night Train, Liberty’s Bar (Heriot-Watt), 8pm2am, Free Planet Earth, Citrus Club, 80s tunes with residents, 10.30pm-3am, £5 Salsa Caribe!, The Lot, Salsa DJs on the special wooden dancefloor, 9pm-1.30am, £5, £4 b4 9.30pm Satchmo Sessions, Pivo Caffe, House Session, 9pm-3am, Free Unknown Pleasures, Teviot Union, Indie club, 9pm-3am, £3 (£2) Assembly Bar, Quirky, ReachOut & Mr. Meaks 5-9, Trouble DJs 9-1, 5pm-1am, Free

Solescience, Cabaret Voltaire, Fingers crossed that the first lady of Chi-House can make it across international airspace to play her rescheduled Solescience date - DJ Heather joins the ever effervescent residents Rob and Nick for full on house fun, 10.30pm - 3am, £7, £5 students Nuklear Puppy, Ego, Guest TBC plus residents Jason Cortez and Dean Newton play hard house, trance and tribal tech, 10.30pm-3am, TBC

Saturday 14th October

2Hot, Ego, RnB & hip hop with Ritchie Ruftone & friends, under 18s only (14-17), 6.45pm-9.45pm, £5 The Egg, Wee Red Bar, Indie, garage, punk, ska & more at the Art College’s long running institution, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 students/members Junior Mission, Studio 24, Goth music for the young, 6pm-10pm, £5 Liquid Soul, Po Na Na, Mark B & guests with chirpy music, 10.30pm-3am, £6, £3 b4 11pm Lounge, Liberty’s Bar (Heriot-Watt), Eclectic mix of tunes, 8pm-1.30am, Free Mission, Studio 24, Goth music for the old, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 members Much More, Medina, Hip-hop & funk cuts with Nasty P & Cunnie, 10pm-3am, £4, £3 b4 11pm Party Night, El Barrio, Salsa night with DJ Papi & Alex Gato, free classes from 10pm, 11pm-3am, Free Saturday Night Fish Fry, The Jazz Bar, Erik D’Viking & Astroboy, 11pm-3am, £5, free b4 11.30pm Sophistifunk, City, John Hutchison (Tokyoblu) plays house remixes, funky RnB & bootlegs, 11pm-3am, £8 Tease Age, Citrus Club, All things rock, motown, alternative & soul, 11pm-3am, £5, free b4 11.30pm Assembly Bar, Gareth Somerville (Ultragroove) & Jonnie Lyley (Scratch), 9pm-1am, Free Pivo Caffe, Electronic music from house addicts in this warm-up venue, 9pm-3am, Free Ufreak, Cabaret Voltaire, Open decks night plus Jay Steinveg and Carl Legend, 11pm-3am, £8 Fever, Ego, Taste residents Fisher & Price with Martin Valentine, The Visitor and Kaupuss, 10.30pm-3am, £10, £8 Street, Fever preclub party from 9pm, 9pm onwards, free Messenger Sound System, Bongo Club, paving the way in Roots, Dub and Reggae, 11pm-3am, £7

Sunday 15th October

Babydoll, Po Na Na, Funky house, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 b4 12am Bootylushous, Medina, RnB, soul, funk & disco with Trendy Wendy, Dale & Simone, 10pm-3am, £4, £2 b4 12am Club Simba, The Jazz Bar, Afro, carribean, RnB, hip hop, live pa & audio visual images with DJs Red Alert, Wellaz & guests, 10pm-3am, £3, free b4 11.30pm Curious? Sunday Joint, The Bongo Club, Diverse selection of music, free internet & games, 4pm-3am, £3, free b4 11pm Headspin, Pivo Caffe, Mash-up of freestyle beats with Headspin DJs, 9pm-3am, Free Hobo, The Bongo Club, Alternative music with guests, 10pm-3am, £3, free b4 11pm Kayos, Opium, Rock, metal & indie with residents, 8pm-3am, Free Scottish Hobo Society (live), The Bongo Club, Alternative music for justified sinners, 10.30pm3am, £3, free b4 11pm Sientelo!, El Barrio, Latin America music mixed with chart tunes, 11pm-3am, Free Taste, Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh’s longest running gay friendly club night settles into it’s new home with both rooms going at it house style, 11pm-3am, £8 (£6), £5 b4 11.30pm

Monday 16th October

Happy Mondays, Po Na Na, Night for students & Industry folk, indie, rock & funk, 11pm-3am, £4, free for students Hobbes, Pivo Caffe, Eclectic mix with Hobbes (Trouble), 9pm-3am, Free The Latin Quarter, Medina, Salsa, funk & latin house, 10pm-3am, Free The Reggae Lounge, Beluga, Hosted by Mighty Howard, From 9pm, Free Rock Karaoke, Opium, ROAR, From 10pm, Free Salsa Dance Classes, The Bongo Club, Cuban Salsa, drop-in classes, 7pm for beginners, 8pm for the advanced, 7pm-9pm, £5 Soundproof, The Outhouse, Open decks night hosted by the Soundproof DJs, 8pm-1am, Free Trade Union, Cabaret Voltaire, Night for deserving bar & club staff, DJ Beefy and Wolfjazz

YELLOW BOX DENOTES SKINNY HIGHLIGHTS

Playing Away

take to the decks where literally anything goes, 10pm-3am, £2, £1 Trade Union members/ECCF members You Control, Subway Cowgate, Current & classic indie, rock & chart, 11pm-3am, Free Zoot Swing, Café Royal, Swing dance classes, beginners 7pm, improvers 8pm followed by bigband swing jazz & neo-swing beats, 9pm-late, £4.50 (£3.50), free after 9 Henrys Cellar, Flamenco, latin & reggae with Kinkey, 10pm-3am, £3

THE EARTH’S BIGGEST ANIMAL COULDN’T BE THAT HARD TO SPOT.

Tuesday 17th October

The Diamond Dice, Massa, Hip hop, RnB & grime with your host Mr. Jinx, 10.30pm-3am, £5 Frunt, The Liquid Room, DJ Stuart Johnston playing house music all night long, 10.30pm3am, Free Jacek, Pivo Caffe, Eastern block house party, 9pm-3am, Free Radar, Subway Cowgate, Dance & indie, 11pm-3am, Free Rewind, Prive’ Council, 100% upfront RnB & hip hop, 10pm-3am, £2, ladies free b4 12am Split, Cabaret Voltaire, Blend of house, techno, drum & bass, breakbeat from Edinburgh locals, healthy mid-week rave, 11.30pm-3am, Free Swing Dance Classes, The Bongo Club, Beginners at 7pm, advanced at 8pm, 7pm-9pm, £4 (£3) for one, £6 (£5) for both Swingbeats, The Bongo Club, Lenny Love, Monkeyboy & Trouble play jazz, swing, soul & breaks with reggae upstairs from the White Wastafarians, 10pm-3am, Free

Wednesday 18th October

Chambles, Opal Lounge, Funk & chart with DJ Jez Hill, 9pm-3am, £5 (£4) Indi-Go, The Liquid Room, Indie & alternative, 10.30pm-3am, £2, £1 students Insomnia, Prive’ Council, Warner Powers & Claudio bring fresh house tunes each week, 10pm-3am, Free Paul Daley, Pivo Caffe, Free flowing funk to house, 9pm-3am, Free The Pit, Subway Cowgate, Rock & metal, 11pm3am, Free Stir Fried, The Outhouse, Pre-club with indie & rock from B-Sides & Bootross Rock, 9pm-1am, Free Tease Age Wednesdays, Citrus Club, Indie, mod & soul with DJ Monkee Mikeeeeeeeeee, 11pm-3am, £3, free b4 11.30pm Toxik, Opium, DJ Nu-Clear playing new & old metal & hard rock, 8pm-3am, Free We Are … Electric, Cabaret Voltaire, Gary Mac & guest Tommy Sunshine play house, electro, tech-house & breaks with rotating guests in the back, 11.30pm-3am, £2, free b4 12am/members

Getting Away

Staying Away

Scottish Citylink Bus to Oban (3-4hrs) From Edinburgh to Oban (via Glasgow) the standard fair is £28.40, and the lowest fair is an Apex return that needs to be booked two days in advance (£19.88). To save money book online in advance: WWW.CITYLINK.CO.UK Calmac Ferry from Oban to Craignure (45mins) Caledonian MacBrayne (Calmac) ferries travel all around the Scotland Herbridies Islands, and travel to Mull daily. Summer crossings are more regular. Adult Fares: £4.05 (one way) / £6.95 (5 day return) For more information on ferry times, costs, booking online and details of the other routes around the Hebridies: WWW.CALMAC.CO.UK Bus from Craignure (Mull) to Tobermory (45mins) Coach service 495 runs between Craignure and Tobermory, and co-ordinates with the Ferry.

Both the Tobermory and Oban Youth Hostel’s have 4 stars and a Green Tourism Silver Award from the Scottish Tourist Board Oban Youth Hostel & Lodge Esplanade, Oban, Argyll, PA34 5AF Accommodation is between £15 and £17 per person per night Hostel Tel: 0870 004 1144 Central Bookings: 0870 1 55 32 55 Total beds 88 Tobermory Youth Hostel Main Street, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, PA75 6NU Hostel Tel: 0870 004 1151 Central Bookings: 0870 1 55 32 55 Accommodation is between £12.50 and £13.00 per person per night Total Number of Beds: 39

Award-winning company Sea Life Surveys, the UK’s first commercial whale watching operation, runs a host of dif ferent wildlife cruises from Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, catering to families and adventurers alike. Having never caught a glimpse of a whale, and since it was the season for it, I thought I’d give it a try. After perusing the website (www.sealifesurveys.com), to maximise my chances I decided on the ‘Whalewatch Explorer’ (£ 60 per person) which dedicated the most time (up to 8 hours) at sea searching for whales. I grabbed The Skinny’s ever-diligent picture editor, Jane Fenton, and we were away. Getting from Edinburgh to Oban using Scottish Citylink buses wasn’t difficult, taking only a little over four hours. Arriving at 8.30pm we checked into the Oban Scottish Youth Hostel Association (SYHA) hostel, set in a picturesque location on the seafront only a few minutes walk from town. While the hostels are exceptionally clean and have excellent facilities, there is often a curfew (11pm at the Tobermory SHYA) so if partying is a priority, you probably should look elsewhere. Oban is a lovely seaside town packed with history and cosy pubs, well worth stopping over for dinner and a few pints. That said, finding a meal after 9pm proved impossible, so we had to settle for a take-away fish supper. It was then an early morning ferry ride from Oban to Craignure on a Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry, which was comfor table even though the sea seemed, worryingly, a little rough. The short bus ride over to Tobermory was then about the same price as travelling from Edinburgh to Oban, but there weren’t any other options.

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Although the weather deteriorated, the small Sea Life Surveys boat - complete with enthusiastic guide and bearded captain - still pushed off and by 9.30am the ten of us on board were looking out to sea, eagerly awaiting the first sighting. While there were plenty of dull-coloured but apparently rare seabirds, through the now driving squalls of rain and white-capped, choppy water there wasn’t anything else. The guide claimed that in this weather whales would be difficult to sight. My spirits remained high, however: the earth’s biggest animal couldn’t be that hard to spot. Over the next eight hours all we saw were the tiny fins of a few far off porpoise, a sunfish (like a normal fish that has been run-over, with a dorsal fin that really couldn’t be bothered; apparently the fish was Jamaican, perhaps explaining its laidback attitude) and several sightings of a seabird known as a ‘shag’ (seriously), which did a great job of bobbing around in the water like something a lot more important. I did snigger the first few times the guide said, “shag” though.

Apart from these glimpses, the wind picked up, tossing the boat around and causing a few of the passengers to empty their stomachs. In fairness, it was apparently the roughest day the boat had been out in all season. Our landing was then delayed as we saved a man in his pants whose yacht had lost anchor and was perilously close to being washed up on rocks. Maybe if he was wearing more he might’ve been rescued earlier. Many of those aboard had seen whales on previous trips, and according to the guide the strike rate during the summer season is very high. Maybe we were just spectacularly unlucky.

Thursday 19th October

Beat Root Juice Club, The Jazz Bar, Live afrobeat, latin & ska from resident band The Goat Stew Orchestra & resident DJ B*Wax, 10pm3am, Free Bounce, Po Na Na, DJ 2three playing urban sounds, 11pm-3am, £4 (£3) Genetic, Citrus Club, Night of rock anthems, 11pm-3am, £2 Grafitti, Medina, Kipp$ & Master Caird play party tunes all night, 10pm-3am, £3 (£2) Housebound, Ego, Sexy house, funky stuff, electro & disco with DJs from Edinburgh & Glasgow, 10pm-3am, £5 Lel Palfrey, Pivo Caffe, Disco & jazz & disco & more, 9pm-3am, Free LuckyMe, City Café, Hip hop, soul & off beats, 8.30pm-1am, Free Salsa Disco, Cuba Norte, Salsa dance & tasty tapas, 10pm-1am, Free Souled Out, Opal Lounge, Soul, disco & dance with Leon Easter (33 45), 9pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm Snatch Social, The Liquid Room, Messy night guaranteed at eclectic student bash, 9pm-3am, £5 (£4), £3 members Traffic, Heriot-Watt University, Indie & alternative, 11.30pm-2am, Free Assembly Bar, The Departure Lounge DJs, 9pm1am, Free White Heat, Cabaret Voltaire, Foxface and The Royal We rub shoulders with Londons top indie DJs straight from Madame JoJos, 11pm-3am, £5 Basement Boogie, Hudsons, Trouble Djs with club classics and current killers- guest Iain Gibson (Tokyoblu), 11pm-3am, Free

Friday 20th October

Cult, Po Na Na, DJ Nicki & guests playing hip hop, disco, funk & RnB, 10pm-3am, £5, £2.50 b4 11pm Evol, The Liquid Room, Indie, hip hop,

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Babydoll, Po Na Na, Funky house, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 b4 12am Bootylushous, Medina, RnB, soul, funk & disco with Trendy Wendy, Dale & Simone, 10pm-3am, £4, £2 b4 12am Club Simba, The Jazz Bar, Afro, carribean, RnB, hip hop, live pa & audio visual images with DJs Red Alert, Wellaz & guests, 10pm-3am, £3, free b4 11.30pm Curious? Sunday Joint, The Bongo Club, Diverse selection of music, free internet & games, 4pm-3am, £3, free b4 11pm Headspin, Pivo Caffe, Mash-up of freestyle beats with Headspin DJs, 9pm-3am, Free Hobo, The Bongo Club, Alternative music with guests, 10pm-3am, £3, free b4 11pm Kayos, Opium, Rock, metal & indie with residents, 8pm-3am, Free Scottish Hobo Society (live), The Bongo Club, Alternative music for justified sinners, 10.30pm3am, £3, free b4 11pm Sientelo!, El Barrio, Latin America music mixed with chart tunes, 11pm-3am, Free Taste, The Liquid Room, Edinburgh’s longest running gay friendly club night, eclectic dance music, 11pm-3am, £8 (£6), £5 b4 11.30pm I Fly Spitfires, Cabaret Voltaire, Indie pant swinging to the sound of The Victorian English Gentleman’s Club, Dartz!, Fiction/Action and Spitfires DJs, 11pm-3am, £5

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Happy Mondays, Po Na Na, Night for students & Industry folk, indie, rock & funk, 11pm-3am, £4, free for students Hobbes, Pivo Caffe, Eclectic mix with Hobbes (Trouble), 9pm-3am, Free The Latin Quarter, Medina, Salsa, funk & latin house, 10pm-3am, Free The Reggae Lounge, Beluga, Hosted by Mighty Howard, From 9pm, Free Rock Karaoke, Opium, ROAR, From 10pm, Free Salsa Dance Classes, The Bongo Club, Cuban Salsa, drop-in classes, 7pm for beginners, 8pm for the advanced, 7pm-9pm, £5 Soundproof, The Outhouse, Open decks night hosted by the Soundproof DJs, 8pm-1am, Free Trade Union, Cabaret Voltaire, Night for deserving bar & club staff, DJ Beefy and Wolfjazz take to the decks where literally anything goes, 10pm-3am, £2, £1 Trade Union members/ECCF members You Control, Subway Cowgate, Current & classic indie, rock & chart, 11pm-3am, Free Zoot Swing, Café Royal, Swing dance classes, beginners 7pm, improvers 8pm followed by bigband swing jazz & neo-swing beats, 9pm-late, £4.50 (£3.50), free after 9 Henrys Cellar, Flamenco, latin & reggae with Kinkey, 10pm-3am, £3

Tuesday 3rd October

The Diamond Dice, Massa, Hip hop, RnB & grime with your host Mr. Jinx, 10.30pm-3am, £5 Frunt, The Liquid Room, DJ Stuart Johnston playing house music all night long, 10.30pm-3am, Free Jacek, Pivo Caffe, Eastern block house party, 9pm-3am, Free Radar, Subway Cowgate, Dance & indie, 11pm3am, Free Rewind, Prive’ Council, 100% upfront RnB & hip hop, 10pm-3am, £2, ladies free b4 12am Split, Cabaret Voltaire, Blend of house, techno, drum & bass, breakbeat from Edinburgh locals, healthy mid-week rave, 11.30pm-3am, Free Swing Dance Classes, The Bongo Club, Beginners at 7pm, advanced at 8pm, 7pm-9pm, £4 (£3) for one, £6 (£5) for both Swingbeats, The Bongo Club, Lenny Love, Monkeyboy & Trouble play jazz, swing, soul & breaks with reggae upstairs from the White Wastafarians, 10pm-3am, Free

Wednesday 4th October

Chambles, Opal Lounge, Funk & chart with DJ Jez Hill, 9pm-3am, £5 (£4) Indi-Go, The Liquid Room, Indie & alternative, 10.30pm-3am, £2, £1 students Insomnia, Prive’ Council, Warner Powers & Claudio bring fresh house tunes each week, 10pm-3am, Free Paul Daley, Pivo Caffe, Free flowing funk to house, 9pm-3am, Free The Pit, Subway Cowgate, Rock & metal, 11pm3am, Free Stir Fried, The Outhouse, Pre-club with indie & rock from B-Sides & Bootross Rock, 9pm-1am, Free Tease Age Wednesdays, Citrus Club, Indie, mod & soul with DJ Monkee Mikeeeeeeeeee,

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11pm-3am, £3, free b4 11.30pm Toxik, Opium, DJ Nu-Clear playing new & old metal & hard rock, 8pm-3am, Free We Are … Electric, Cabaret Voltaire, Gary Mac & guests DAVA play house, electro, tech-house & breaks with rotating guests in the back, 11pm3am, £2, free b4 12am/members

Thursday 5th October

Beat Root Juice Club, The Jazz Bar, Live afrobeat, latin & ska from resident band The Goat Stew Orchestra & resident DJ B*Wax, 10pm-3am, Free Bounce, Po Na Na, DJ 2three playing urban sounds, 11pm-3am, £4 (£3) Genetic, Citrus Club, Night of rock anthems, 11pm-3am, £2 Grafitti, Medina, Kipp$ & Master Caird play party tunes all night, 10pm-3am, £3 (£2) Housebound, Ego, Sexy house, funky stuff, electro & disco with DJs from Edinburgh & Glasgow, 10pm-3am, £5 Lel Palfrey, Pivo Caffe, Disco & jazz & disco & more, 9pm-3am, Free LuckyMe, City Café, Hip hop, soul & off beats, 8.30pm-1am, Free Salsa Disco, Cuba Norte, Salsa dance & tasty tapas, 10pm-1am, Free Souled Out, Opal Lounge, Soul, disco & dance with Leon Easter (33 45), 9pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm Snatch Social, The Liquid Room, Messy night guaranteed at eclectic student bash, 9pm-3am, £5 (£4), £3 members Traffic, Heriot-Watt University, Indie & alternative, 11.30pm-2am, Free Assembly Bar, The Departure Lounge DJs, 9pm1am, Free Bunker, Cabaret Voltaire, The Cab is transformed into a nuclear bunker for a night of dirty electro from Gary Mac (We Are Electric) and jazzy beats from Checkmate, 11pm-3am, £6/£5/£4 Basement Boogie, Hudsons, Trouble Djs with club classics and current killers- guests Nick Yuill & Rob Mathie (Solescience), 11pm-3am, Free Auto, Ego, an alternative club night playing a mix of indie pop, post punk, art rock and anti-folk - with Das Wanderlust (live), 11pm-3am, £3, £2

Friday 6th October

Cult, Po Na Na, DJ Nicki & guests playing hip hop, disco, funk & RnB, 10pm-3am, £5, £2.50 b4 11pm Evol, The Liquid Room, Indie, hip hop, alternative beats & rock, 10.30pm-3am, £5 Get Funk’d, Medina, Double D & Isla play hip hop to house, 10pm-3am, £4, £3 b4 11pm Jam Friday, Heriot-Watt University, Pop & cheese, 10pm-3am, £2 Night Train, Liberty’s Bar (Heriot-Watt), 8pm2am, Free Planet Earth, Citrus Club, 80s tunes with residents, 10.30pm-3am, £5 Salsa Caribe!, The Lot, Salsa DJs on the special wooden dancefloor, 9pm-1.30am, £5, £4 b4 9.30pm Satchmo Sessions, Pivo Caffe, House Session, 9pm-3am, Free Unknown Pleasures, Teviot Union, Indie club, 9pm-3am, £3 (£2) Assembly Bar, Quirky, ReachOut & Mr. Meaks 5-9, Trouble DJs 9-1, 5pm-1am, Free Trouble, Cabaret Voltaire, Fresh from Bestival The Trouble DJs mix it up in a unique way they like to call freestyle, The Asthmatic Scene (live), 11pm-3am, £6, £5 Modern Lovers, Ego, Deep funk, dynamite ska, Northern Soul, Freakbeats and psyche with residents Craig Jamieson and Mr. Divine, 11pm3am, £6, £4 Shari Vari, The Vaults, Dj’s from Club Michigan & Nightstrike are inspired by legendary 70’s New York clubs and 80’s Chicago House parties, 11pm3am, £3, free b4 midnight Fast, Bongo Club, live ‘river-city junkshop glam’ from The Royal We are welcomed to the Fast punk/disco/electro/danceparty, 11pm-3am, £5 Hard Day’s Night, Wee Red Bar, Indie, Soul & Rock ‘n’ Roll with guest djs, 11pm-3am, £5, £4

Saturday 7th October

2Hot, Ego, RnB & hip hop with Ritchie Ruftone & friends, under 18s only (14-17), 6.45pm-9.45pm, £5 The Egg, Wee Red Bar, Indie, garage, punk, ska & more at the Art College’s long running institution, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 students/members Junior Mission, Studio 24, Goth music for the young, 6pm-10pm, £5 Liquid Soul, Po Na Na, Mark B & guests with chirpy music, 10.30pm-3am, £6, £3 b4 11pm

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GLASGOW CLUBS bouncy castle, swimming pool?, jacuzzi?? & wedding chapel???, 10pm-3am, £4 Scottish Drum & Bass, The Liquid Lounge, Weekly session, 10.30pm-late, £2 Tongue In Cheek, Bamboo, Lounge, RnB & indie, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm/12pm with snapfax The Bunker Bar, Martin Bate (Beat 106) plays vintage rock & indie, 9pm-late, Free

Thursday 26th October

*.*, The Buff Club, Rock’n’roll & northern soul, 11pm-3am, £3 Abolicano Capoeira Scotland, RSAMD, Brazilian martial art with dance & music, 6pm7.30pm, £tbc Babaza, BeLo, Hip hop with the funk, 10pm3am, £6, free b4 11pm Chix On Dex, Chinawhite, Rock, funkpunk & house all mixed by lovely ladies, 10pm-3am, £4, free b4 11pm Cigarettes & F**k All, The Butterfly & The Pig, Craig McGee plays indie & rock ‘n’ roll, 9pmlate, Free Freakmenoovers, Glasgow School of Art, Fresh hip hop & funk cuts from the Freakmenoovers DJs, Record Playerz in the bar, 11pm-3am, £3 (£2) Homebrew, The Sub Club, Hip hop to nasty electro via the rest with Tiff Peaches, Provinylist Karim Ill Technique & Groundskeeper GC, 11pm3am, £3, £2 matric. card Lollipop, GUU, Pop, RnB & Indie , 10pm-2am, £3 (£2, £1), free b4 9pm On Demand, The Shed, DJ Euan takes requests by text message at this interactive club night, 10.30pm-3am, £3 Radiomagnetic, Gazelle, Funk, soul & latin grooves with Radiomagnetic DJs, From 8pm, Free Riff Raff, Bamboo, Mashed up house with street soul & electro-indie in the Red Room, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm/12.30pm with matric Rubbermensch, ABC, A night for indie lovers, 10pm-3am, £3 (£2), free b4 11.30pm with matric Pump Up The Jam, SSU, Old school cheese, live bands & funky house, £2

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The Bunker Bar, CJ plays grunge & new rock, 9pm-late, Free

Friday 27th October

Boogie Down, Bluu, The groove-merchant Stewart Reid plays a jazz, disco & house sound, 10pm-3am, £5, free b4 11pm Fluid, Mas, Funky house from Lisa Littlewood, 11pm-3am, £5 Freakmenoovers, Rust Bar, Early doors serving of hip hop, funk, RnB & soul, 9pm-12am, Free Freakmenoovers, Blanket, Fresh hip hop & funk from Freakmenoovers DJs, 11pm-3am, £6 (£4) Old School, The Buff Club, Old school tunes with Gordie & Jack, 10.30pm-3am, £6 Red & Gold Room, Arta, Soul musak, 10pm3am, £7, free b4 11pm Rocket, Bamboo, House music from Geoff M, hip hop & lounge from Junior Campos & Max, 10.30pm-3am, £6 (£4) Sound Museum, Brel, DJ Hushpuppy (Art School) & Chris Geddes (Belle & Sebastian) dig out some retro soul, 9pm-1am, Free Stereodog, Chinawhite, Mr. Livewire & Gary Curley play house, 10pm-3am, £8 (£5) TFI Friday, SSU, DJ Phil, 4pm-3am, £2 after 5pm, free 4 students Vandal, Liquid Lounge, House sessions with residents Mash & Gianni, 10pm-3am, £5 Vice, The Cathouse, Indie rock party with Martin Bate (Xfm), 11pm-3am, £5 (£4), free b4 11.30pm with PIYP ABC, Electro, funk & indie with Euan Nielson, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11.30pm with matric The Bunker Bar, Tam Coyle plays vintage rock & indie, From 5pm, Free The Goat, Robbie Rolex & The Radio Magnetic Soundsystem on Weekly Rotation, 8pm-late, Free Cube Fridays, Urban tunes from Clyde 1’a George Bowie, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3) Pressure, The Arches, Green Velvet, Slam, Ivan Smagghe, Agoria, Let’s Go Outside, leftroom records with Matt Tolfrey, Marc Ashken (LIVE), Audiojack, 10.30pm-3am, TBC

Saturday 28th October

disco, hoose & dub with DJs on rotation from Glasgow & Edinburgh, 9pm-12am, Free Club NME, Glasgow School of Art, Divine in the bar, 11pm-3am, £7 (£6) Dirty Recordz, GUU, Paul N’Jie (Beat 106) plays current tunes, open decks downstairs, 10pm2am, £3 (£2, £1), free b4 9pm Groovejet, Mas, Weekly house & RnB mix, 11pm3am, £7 (£5) Hip Drop, Brel, Funk, soul, electro & disco from Robbie Rolex & Nel, 9pm-1am, Free Home Cookin’, BeLo, Urban music showcase, 10pm-3am, £7, free b4 11pm Homegrown, Bamboo, Stevie Sole Middleton, Miguel & Dominic Martin play house and smooth RnB, jazz & funk, 10.30pm-3am, £8 (£6) Nu-school, The Buff Club, Fresh northern soul, jazz & funk featuring live percussion, classics downstairs, 10.30pm-3am, £6 Open Dex, Deep 6 (GUU), Bring your vinyl/CDs if you think you can do better, 9pm-1am, £1, £2 non-members Subculture, The Sub Club, Chicago, Detroit, Glasgow, the deepest house & techno with your hosts Harri & Domenic, 11pm-3am, £10 Voodoo, The Cathouse, Under-18 club with metal, emo & punk, 5pm-9pm, £6 (£3) ABC, Room 1 plays soul, funk & punk with Gerry Lyons, room2 plays electro with Wasted Youth, 10pm-3am, £5 (£4), free b4 11.30pm with matric The Bunker Bar, Martin Bate (Beat 106) plays vintage rock & indie, 9pm-late, Free The Cathouse, Barry & Andy with all things rock, 10.30pm-3am, £6 (£5) Chinawhite, DJ Naeem playing main room RnB & classics, Mirrirbaw playing dunky house in the Mao room, 10pm-3am, £10 The Goat, Paul Needles, 8pm-late, Free MacSorleys, Jazz band downstairs, Paul Cawley & Karim The Pro-Vinylist upstairs, 9pm-late, Free

acoustic gems, 8pm-late, Free Disco Badger, Bamboo, Classic house music from Dominic Martin, other boogie from Kash & Max, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3), free b4 11pm Junk, The Buff Club, Jazz & funk, with Marky Mark featuring live percussion by Duffy, 11pm3am, £3, free with matric Optimo, The Sub Club, JD Twitch & Wilkes will play pretty much anything and mix it well, 11pm3am, £6 (£5) Spank, The Cathouse, Rock, punk & dance, 11pm-3am, £4 (£2), free b4 1am with PIYP The Bunker Bar, Neil Wyper playing new & old rock & electronica, 9pm-late, Free

Monday 30th October

Club Cuba!, Favela, Latin rhythms, 9pm-late, Free Club Priory: Retox Rooms, Blanket, RnB with DJ Richard Levinson, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3) Cold Night Song, The Goat, Guests & DJs play

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eading into the winter months it’s time for summer angels to ditch the casual pastels and smarten up with sharp but feminine dresses. Don’t throw away the leggings just yet; teamed with a simple pair of heels or wedges they’re just the thing to accessorize the subtle gothic look of this coming autumn. Dark and damaged is the feel of the season, and Allsaints has it captured and caged with their extensive range. Stylists: Kelly Cooper-Barr, Hamish Carruthers, Francis Martin Photographer: Jane Fenton Models: Sophie, Holly, Amanda, Location: Allsaints shop in Glasgow, GPO Building, 0141 248 6437 WWW.ALLSAINTS.CO.UK

Burn, The Buff Club, Glasgow institition with Normski & Zeus playing underground classics, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3), free for pub/club workers Eletricat Dance Group, RSAMD, Brazilian Street Dance classes, 6pm-7pm, £4 (£3.50), £3 RSAMD Fresh, The Polo Lounge, Popular gay venue with house & indie, 11pm-3am, £5

Tuesday 31st October

12 Hour Tuesdays, SSU, Chart music & live comedy, 3pm-3am, £2, free b4 3pm Abolicano Capoeira Scotland, RSAMD, Brazilian martial art with dance & music, 6pm7.30pm, £tbc All Star, Bamboo, Andy Wilson plays funk with DJ Kash on the hip pop, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm/12.30pm with matric Camouflage, Liquid Lounge, The best in midweek hip hop, breakbeat, electro & house, 11pm-3am, £2 Funky Luv, Play, Driving vocal house, 10pm3am, £5, £3 NUS Kaleidoscope, ABC2, Old school rock & roll, motown, pre-1984 music, 11pm-3am, £tbc Killer Kitsch, The Buff Club, Electroclash & that, 11pm-3am, £4 (£3) Rock Karaoke, The Cathouse, Karaoke to rock, placex, Free b4 12am T.I.T, Karbon, new home for legendary Trash Tuesdays, 10.30pm-3am, £5, £4

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Sophie Dress Allsaints (£70) Leggings Topshop (£8) Black Shoes Next (£45)

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Holly Black and white dress Allsaints (£120) Leggings Topshop (£8) Amanda Dress Allsaints (£90) Leggings Topshop (£8) Shoes Urban Outfitters (£25)

Holly Olive dress Allsaints £90 Leather belt Allsaints £45 Leggings Topshop £8 Shoes Models own

Sophie Black dress with bow Allsaints £50 Leggings Allsaints £25 Shoes Next £45

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Amanda Jacket Allsaints £120 Trousers Allsaints £65 Vest Allsaints £30 Scarf Allsaints £30 Shoes Models own Holly Black and white dress Allsaints (£120) Leggings Topshop (£8) Bracelet Allsaints (£35)

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Best for…Accessories Oxfam Donated Goods Shop, 231 Byres Road Their selection of accessories is second to none, including different styles, and, every now and then, some top labels. Keep an eye on the prices, though, as they can be a bit overblown. Best for…An Exotic Touch Islamic Relief, 115-117 Albert Drive Set in the heart of the Muslim community, this shop is highly recommended for those searching for Asian clothes or the right accessories, such as bangles or sequinned shoes, to go with a sari. Why buy expensive items inspired by Asian fashion on the high street, when you can have the original thing for much less? Best for…Bargains Sense Scotland Charity Shop, 168 Dumbarton Road A strange little shop - too narrow and a bit claustrophobic - Sence has plenty of clothes hanging along the walls. From the outside it may look off-putting, it can however be a real goldmine. Ignore at your peril. Best for…Books Oxfam Bookshop, 330 Byres Road Stocked with everything from fiction and poetry to art, biographies, textbooks and volumes about Scotland. Definitely one for students as textbooks are sold at a fraction of their original price. Best for…Bric-a-Brac Shelter, 214 Great Western Road The quality of their clothes is excellent, and they also have a great selection of bits and bobs. There’s a bit of everything on offer here including vases, teapots and assorted knick-knacks, all at extremely fair prices. Best for…Clothes The Salvation Army, 91 Dumbarton Road If you’re looking for clothes as well as something a little more unusual, this is the place. As a bonus the racks are well arranged and thoughtfully spread out, the stock is ironed and clean, and it’s possible to find amazing clothes for less than £2. Best for…Exclusive Clothing Shelter, 679 Great Western Road Word of mouth has it that if you’re really lucky, you’ll discover stuff here from the BBC Costume Department, as the HQ of BBC Scotland is just around the corner. On an ordinary day you’ll still find some of the funkiest retro and vintage clothing around. Best for…Music Oxfam Music Shop, 171 Byres Road The first charity to open specialist music stores throughout the country, they still have the best selection around thanks to their fantastic range of quality vinyl, CDs, sheet music and music books. Again, keep an eye on the prices, but if you’ve just found that rare 7” you were desperately seeking, you just might have to give in. Best for…Toys Barnardo’s, 483 Victoria Road Tired of spending money on toys that are used for only minutes before being abandoned? Rather than going for the new, expensive option, try this shop to please the kids and, since at Barnardo’s all the toys carry the CE mark, you can be sure they are safe. Best for…Weird and Wonderful PDSA, 154 Dumbarton Road If you dig the most unusual of fashions, this is the place for you. Also one of the best laid out charity shops around as there is ample space between the racks, meaning you will have all the space you need to browse in comfort. Keep an eye on their stock of accessories, books and homewares as it changes constantly.

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GLASGOW CLUBS metal, emo & punk, 5pm-9pm, £6 (£3) ABC, Room 1 plays soul, funk & punk with Gerry Lyons, room2 plays electro with Wasted Youth, 10pm-3am, £5 (£4), free b4 11.30pm with matric The Bunker Bar, Martin Bate (Beat 106) plays vintage rock & indie, 9pm-late, Free The Cathouse, Barry & Andy with all things rock, 10.30pm-3am, £6 (£5) Chinawhite, DJ Naeem playing main room RnB & classics, Mirrirbaw playing dunky house in the Mao room, 10pm-3am, £10 The Goat, Paul Needles, 8pm-late, Free MacSorleys, Jazz band downstairs, Paul Cawley & Karim The Pro-Vinylist upstairs, 9pm-late, Free Death Disco vs Café Loco, Arches, Original ravers Café Loco celebrate angular hair, (nu)rave and polyester with Death Disco guest Kompakt’s Justus Kohncke , 9pm-3am, £10

Sunday 15th October

Club Cuba!, Favela, Latin rhythms, 9pm-late, Free Club Priory: Retox Rooms, Blanket, RnB with DJ Richard Levinson, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3) Cold Night Song, The Goat, Guests & DJs play acoustic gems, 8pm-late, Free Disco Badger, Bamboo, Classic house music all night long from Dominic Martin, other boogie from Kash & Max, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3), free b4 11pm Junk, The Buff Club, Jazz & funk, with Marky Mark featuring live percussion by Duffy, 11pm3am, £3, free with matric Optimo, The Sub Club, JD Twitch & Wilkes will play pretty much anything and mix it well, 11pm3am, £6 (£5) Spank, The Cathouse, Rock, punk & dance, 11pm-3am, £4 (£2), free b4 1am with PIYP The Bunker Bar, Neil Wyper playing new & old rock & electronica, 9pm-late, Free

Monday 16th October

Burn, The Buff Club, Glasgow institition with Normski & Zeus playing underground classics, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3), free for pub/club workers Eletricat Dance Group, RSAMD, Brazilian Street

Dance classes, 6pm-7pm, £4 (£3.50), £3 RSAMD Fresh, The Polo Lounge, Popular gay venue with house & indie, 11pm-3am, £5

Tuesday 17th October

12 Hour Tuesdays, SSU, Chart music & live comedy, 3pm-3am, £2, free b4 3pm Abolicano Capoeira Scotland, RSAMD, Brazilian martial art with dance & music, 6pm7.30pm, £tbc All Star, Bamboo, Andy Wilson plays funk with DJ Kash on the hip pop, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm/12.30pm with matric Camouflage, Liquid Lounge, The best in midweek hip hop, breakbeat, electro & house, 11pm-3am, £2 Funky Luv, Play, Driving vocal house, 10pm3am, £5, £3 NUS Kaleidoscope, ABC2, Old school rock & roll, motown, pre-1984 music, 11pm-3am, £tbc Killer Kitsch, The Buff Club, Electroclash & that, 11pm-3am, £4 (£3) Rock Karaoke, The Cathouse, Karaoke to rock, Free b4 12am T.I.T, Karbon, new home for legendary Trash Tuesdays, 10.30pm-3am, £5, £4

Wednesday 18th October

Eletricat Dance Group, RSAMD, Brazilian Street Dance classes, 6pm-7pm, £4 (£3.50), £3 RSAMD Gossip, SSU, Gay/mixed night with DJ Ricci, 8pm-late, Free Joints & Jams, Cube, The Longest running RnB night in Glasgow, 11pm-3am, £3 (£2) Mjam Salsa, Liptons, Salsa classes from 8pm with Chris Traynor, free club from 10.15pm, 8pm12am, Free New Flesh, Fury Murry’s, Rock, metal, punk, rap, industrial & alternative music, 10pm-3am, £4, £2 from 10pm-11pm, £1 with flyer/after 11pm Octopussy, The Arches, Student night with a bouncy castle, swimming pool?, jacuzzi?? & wedding chapel???, 10pm-3am, £4 Scottish Drum & Bass, The Liquid Lounge, Weekly session, 10.30pm-late, £2 Tongue In Cheek, Bamboo, Lounge, RnB &

in association with indie, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm/12pm with snapfax The Bunker Bar, Martin Bate (Beat 106) plays vintage rock & indie, 9pm-late, Free White Heat , The Classic Grand, Soho’s indie club night presents Foxface and The Royal We., 11pm-3am, £5. £4

Thursday 19th October

*.*, The Buff Club, Rock’n’roll & northern soul, 11pm-3am, £3 Abolicano Capoeira Scotland, RSAMD, Brazilian martial art with dance & music, 6pm7.30pm, £tbc Babaza, BeLo, Hip hop with the funk, 10pm3am, £6, free b4 11pm Chix On Dex, Chinawhite, Rock, funkpunk & house all mixed by lovely ladies, 10pm-3am, £4, free b4 11pm Cigarettes & F**k All, The Butterfly & The Pig, Craig McGee plays indie & rock ‘n’ roll, 9pm-late, Free Freakmenoovers, Glasgow School of Art, Fresh hip hop & funk cuts from the Freakmenoovers DJs, Record Playerz in the bar, 11pm-3am, £3 (£2) Homebrew, The Sub Club, Hip hop to nasty electro via the rest with Tiff Peaches, Provinylist Karim Ill Technique & Groundskeeper GC, 11pm3am, £3, £2 matric. card Lollipop, GUU, Pop, RnB & Indie , 10pm-2am, £3 (£2, £1), free b4 9pm On Demand, The Shed, DJ Euan takes requests by text message at this interactive club night, 10.30pm-3am, £3 Radiomagnetic, Gazelle, Funk, soul & latin grooves with Radiomagnetic DJs, From 8pm, Free Riff Raff, Bamboo, Mashed up house with street soul & electro-indie in the Red Room, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm/12.30pm with matric Rubbermensch, ABC, A night for indie lovers, 10pm-3am, £3 (£2), free b4 11.30pm with matric Pump Up The Jam, SSU, Old school cheese, live bands & funky house, £2 The Bunker Bar, CJ plays grunge & new rock, 9pm-late, Free

Friday 20th October

Boogie Down, Bluu, The groove-merchant Stewart Reid plays a jazz, disco & house sound, 10pm-3am, £5, free b4 11pm Fluid, Mas, Funky house from Lisa Littlewood, 11pm-3am, £5 Freakmenoovers, Rust Bar, Early doors serving of hip hop, funk, RnB & soul, 9pm-12am, Free Freakmenoovers, Blanket, Fresh hip hop & funk cuts from the Freakmenoovers DJs, 11pm-3am, £6 (£4) Old School, The Buff Club, Old school tunes with Gordie & Jack, 10.30pm-3am, £6 Red & Gold Room, Arta, Soul musak, 10pm3am, £7, free b4 11pm Rocket, Bamboo, House music from Geoff M, hip hop & lounge from Junior Campos & Max, 10.30pm-3am, £6 (£4) Sound Museum, Brel, DJ Hushpuppy (Art School) & Chris Geddes (Belle & Sebastian) dig out some retro soul, 9pm-1am, Free Stereodog, Chinawhite, Mr. Livewire & Gary Curley play house, 10pm-3am, £8 (£5) TFI Friday, SSU, DJ Phil, 4pm-3am, £2 after 5pm, free 4 students Vandal, Liquid Lounge, House sessions with residents Mash & Gianni, 10pm-3am, £5 Vice, The Cathouse, Indie rock party with Martin Bate (Xfm), 11pm-3am, £5 (£4), free b4 11.30pm with PIYP ABC, Electro, funk & indie with Euan Nielson, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11.30pm with matric The Bunker Bar, Tam Coyle plays vintage rock & indie, From 5pm, Free The Goat, Robbie Rolex & The Radio Magnetic Soundsystem on Weekly Rotation, 8pm-late, Free Cube Fridays, Urban tunes from Clyde 1’a George Bowie, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3) Jackin DC, The Universal, Electronic Dancing, tbc, £5

Saturday 21st October

Aerodynamico, Bar 91, Nu-jazz, breaks, soul, disco, hoose & dub with DJs on rotation from Glasgow & Edinburgh, 9pm-12am, Free Club NME, Glasgow School of Art, Divine in the bar, 11pm-3am, £7 (£6) Dirty Recordz, GUU, Paul N’Jie (Beat 106) plays current tunes, open decks downstairs, 10pm2am, £3 (£2, £1), free b4 9pm Groovejet, Mas, Weekly house & RnB mix, 11pm3am, £7 (£5) Hip Drop, Brel, Funk, soul, electro & disco from Robbie Rolex & Nel, 9pm-1am, Free Home Cookin’, BeLo, Urban music showcase, 10pm-3am, £7, free b4 11pm

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Homegrown, Bamboo, Stevie Sole Middleton, Miguel & Dominic Martin play house and smooth RnB, jazz & funk, 10.30pm-3am, £8 (£6) Nu-school, The Buff Club, Fresh northern soul, jazz & funk featuring live percussion, classics downstairs, 10.30pm-3am, £6 Open Dex, Deep 6 (GUU), Bring your vinyl/CDs if you think you can do better, 9pm-1am, £1, £2 non-members Subculture, The Sub Club, Chicago, Detroit, Glasgow, the deepest house & techno with your hosts Harri & Domenic, 11pm-3am, £10 Voodoo, The Cathouse, Under-18 club with metal, emo & punk, 5pm-9pm, £6 (£3) ABC, Room 1 plays soul, funk & punk with Gerry Lyons, room2 plays electro with Wasted Youth, 10pm-3am, £5 (£4), free b4 11.30pm with matric The Bunker Bar, Martin Bate (Beat 106) plays vintage rock & indie, 9pm-late, Free The Cathouse, Barry & Andy with all things rock, 10.30pm-3am, £6 (£5) Chinawhite, DJ Naeem playing main room RnB & classics, Mirrirbaw playing dunky house in the Mao room, 10pm-3am, £10 The Goat, Paul Needles, 8pm-late, Free MacSorleys, Jazz band downstairs, Paul Cawley & Karim The Pro-Vinylist upstairs, 9pm-late, Free Monox, **, Drexciyan DJ Stingray (Rephlex) and Adam X (mnx, Sonic Groove) headline while Magic Daddy provides live blips and beeps, 11pm-5am, ** Colours, The Arches, Timo Mass plus more TBC, 10.30pm-3am, TBC

Sunday 22nd October

Club Cuba!, Favela, Latin rhythms, 9pm-late, Free Club Priory: Retox Rooms, Blanket, RnB with DJ Richard Levinson, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3) Cold Night Song, The Goat, Guests & DJs play acoustic gems, 8pm-late, Free Disco Badger, Bamboo, Classic house music all night long from Dominic Martin, other boogie from Kash & Max, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3), free b4 11pm Junk, The Buff Club, Jazz & funk, with Marky Mark featuring live percussion by Duffy, 11pm3am, £3, free with matric Optimo, The Sub Club, JD Twitch & Wilkes will play pretty much anything and mix it well, 11pm3am, £6 (£5) Spank, The Cathouse, Rock, punk & dance, 11pm-3am, £4 (£2), free b4 1am with PIYP The Bunker Bar, Neil Wyper playing new & old rock & electronica, 9pm-late, Free

Monday 23rd October

Burn, The Buff Club, Glasgow institition with Normski & Zeus playing underground classics, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3), free for pub/club workers Eletricat Dance Group, RSAMD, Brazilian Street Dance classes, 6pm-7pm, £4 (£3.50), £3 RSAMD Fresh, The Polo Lounge, Popular gay venue with house & indie, 11pm-3am, £5

Tuesday 24th October

12 Hour Tuesdays, SSU, Chart music & live comedy, 3pm-3am, £2, free b4 3pm Abolicano Capoeira Scotland, RSAMD, Brazilian martial art with dance & music, 6pm7.30pm, £tbc All Star, Bamboo, Andy Wilson plays funk with DJ Kash on the hip pop, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm/12.30pm with matric Camouflage, Liquid Lounge, The best in midweek hip hop, breakbeat, electro & house, 11pm-3am, £2 Funky Luv, Play, Driving vocal house, 10pm3am, £5, £3 NUS Kaleidoscope, ABC2, Old school rock & roll, motown, pre-1984 music, 11pm-3am, £tbc Killer Kitsch, The Buff Club, Electroclash & that, 11pm-3am, £4 (£3) Rock Karaoke, The Cathouse, Karaoke to rock, Free b4 12am T.I.T, Karbon, new home for legendary Trash Tuesdays, 10.30pm-3am, £5, £4

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anaging to satisfy several different groups at once is bloody hard going. Juggling commitments to rockers, students, Goths, indie-kids and everyone else, Cathouse Promotions Ltd. (CPL), are the multi-headed titans of Glasgow nightlife, booking great bands, staging events and playing host to thousands every week in their many clubs. The organisation was started in 1990, with the original Cathouse in Bathgate the first venue in the portfolio. From a rock and punk background, founder Donald MacLeod recognised the need for a club catering to the rock underground. Struggling against the prevailing trend for acid house raves in fields, it was the start of an empire that now employs 500 plus staff, entertaining around 1.25 million Scottish youths and serving over twenty million drinks a year. Now 16 years old, with the Garage approaching its thirteenth year- hence their frankly filthy slogan ‘thirteen years of brown-bagging it’CPL is determined to push the envelope, with rockabilly, industrial metal, burlesque, indie, the odd bit of hair metal and almost every other genre you can imagine. On top of this, the bands and musicians they have welcomed to Glasgow reads like the Rolling Stone Encyclopaedia of Rock or, occasionally, Heat magazine. One of their most famous guests, Prince, came to play at the Garage, with a proviso forbidding the staff from looking at him. After taking the wrong entrance into the Garage and being mobbed by hordes of fans, the little purple love muscle chose to relax with a glass of champagne, poured by a confused barmaid with her eyes averted. In the great tradition of Glaswegian Hospitality, Donald MacLeod has also been personally responsible for upping sales of Aftershock to trendy young things, after pouring it down their necks at one of the many aftershow parties held at the Garage. More recently Shabazz of Big Brother fame played Cube, sung Somewhere Over the Rainbow and reportedly entranced an initially circumspect audience. Holy Moly gossip reports that at this gig, oversexed Shabazz offered to swap his fee for a chance to shag one of CPL’s array of beautiful staff. Other gems include Rolf Harris, ever popular in Glasgow, being asked to sign a fan’s enormous boob, and when the whole of Puddle Of Mudd allegedly arrived with venereal diseases so terrible that immediate medical attention had to be sought. Not content to rest on its comfy laurels, CPL continues to forge new ground in various exciting, original and occasionally barmy ways. Donald McLeod, the founder of CPL

and the massive party, culminating in a scooter an hour lottery for the party-goers. The Garage is now a space that is perhaps the most diverse in Glasgow, with rooms for the glittery pop-pickers, live bands and an indieloft with residents DJs Paul Cardow and Mig from Nice’n’Sleazys. This pluralistic approach, which reflects Glasgow’s own diversity, is key

to the Garage and CPL’s enduring success. Ever since its inception, CPL has strived to provide variety, safety and great atmosphere for its many guests, staff and performers. Now, as always, a major force in Glasgow’s nightlife, CPL is still pushing the envelope. WWW.CPLLIVE.CO.UK

Other exciting nights coming up are Slip it In, an evening of cock rock, the girls from Pretty Ugly (voted NME club of the week while at Bastille) playing a night, a host of themed nights like the famous Playboy garage night, and guest DJ slots in the vein of the brilliant Smiths night, which had a tribute band playing and Andy Rourke on the decks. Bandwise, they’ve booked Babyshambles, Lily Allen supported by hot young electro-spunks New Young Pony Club, and a terrifying metal tour called The Unholy Alliance. On the barmy side of things, the newly refurbished Underworld club will be hosting an open mic Live Cabaret Session, called Smoking Gun, which will welcome any entertaining, rehearsed and legal acts on stage to compete for a hundred quid. Phew. And there’s tons more besides that. The re-launch of Stavka as a gig venue, club and all round party spot on Glasgow’s ChampsElysées is the one of CPL’s latest ventures. Apparently, when the booze runs out in the freezing wilds of nowhere, Russian bars start serving up brake fluid on the rocks to their glamorous clientele. No such proletarian contrivances in Stavka; it has thankfully stuck to its international hopscotch cocktail menu. In terms of entertainment, Salon Boris will be appearing every month at their own Russian Roulette evenings, featuring live performances, dressing up, and all sorts of fun besides that. Other innovations include a night when DJs, apparently of bourgeois affectation, are sent off to the gulag. In their place, an egalitarian society will be erected, based around the inalienable right of punters to play their own music. God knows what you’ll hear, but it’ll definitely reflect the will of the people. Celebrity appearances will come from The Doves, The Matchsticks, The Johnny 7, Tim Burgess and Alan McGee, who’ll all be spinning their favourite records. All sorts of other events will be accompanying Stavka’s perestroika, kick-started by its own October Revolution. Forget Marx, Lenin and Stalin; think pissed up Khrushchev for an approximation of Stavka’s future. Not to be outdone at the Garage, to celebrate that venue’s thirteenth birthday, CPL are giving away thirteen scooters between now

King Creosote at The Garage

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KNOCKENGORROCH’ S THE HAIRTH Kathyrn Tickell band

Wednesday 25th October

A true antidote to the mammoth summer festivals with their extortionate ticket prices and pick n’ mix indie-pop line-ups, Knockengorroch is amazing. The diversity of the world music acts is its great strength, but Knockengorroch is the highlight. Much more than just a music festival; there are a variety of workshops, a Te-Pooka fire display, loads of stalls and a genuine sense of community which is difficult to describe. It sounds clichéd but I really did end up around a fire on the Sunday night at about 4am singing Beatles songs with a group of what were, about two hours beforehand, complete strangers. The free and easy feeling was reinforced by every aspect of the festival: the laid-back attendants content to ensure everyone had a great time

Eletricat Dance Group, RSAMD, Brazilian Street Dance classes, 6pm-7pm, £4 (£3.50), £3 RSAMD Gossip, SSU, Gay/mixed night with DJ Ricci, 8pm-late, Free Joints & Jams, Cube, The Longest running RnB night in Glasgow, 11pm-3am, £3 (£2) Mjam Salsa, Liptons, Salsa classes from 8pm with Chris Traynor, free club from 10.15pm, 8pm12am, Free New Flesh, Fury Murry’s, Rock, metal, punk, rap, industrial & alternative music, 10pm-3am, £4, £2 from 10pm-11pm, £1 with flyer/after 11pm Octopussy, The Arches, Student night with a

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and Saturday Scottish Sun columnist, has already judged the Glasgow leg of Boxwars at the Cathouse. A nationwide phenomenon, the competition involves armouring yourself with enough cardboard to house a tramp’s banquet then charging headlong at your friends and enemies. The Cathouse leg was an extra-special, Glasgow versus Edinburgh extravaganza.

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instead of imposing authority, the dancing that accompanied nearly every performance, the camping area in which it felt strange not to go and join groups around fires. In terms of the music each act I saw brought something different: The Pendulums with their off-the-wall folk songs, Saturday night headliners Apache Indian & The Reggae Revolution for their chilled party beats, or Loonaloop and the handstand skills of their lead singer, it was just that sort of festival. The setting only adds to the ambience, situated in a peaceful and picturesque pine plantation. Don’t think about it; next time it’s on, just go. [Xavier Toby] KNOCKENGORROCH FARM, SOUTH WEST SCOTLAND, S EP 15-17, £50 FOR THE WEEKEND, WWW.KNOCKENGORROCH.ORG.UK photos: Mick Bourke

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“YOU ARE MARTIN SCORCESE. YOU HAVE NEVER WON AN OSCAR...”

A Departure for Scorsese?

Editorial

by Keir Hind

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Red Road - Glasgow has never looked so dangerous in this hypnotic and erotic thriller. (Oct 27th) Saw III - Will there be blood? Will it be better than Saw II? Yes and hopefully. (Oct 27th) Open Season - Animated antics featuring the voice of Billy Connolly. (Oct 13th)

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Top 5 Events

THE 5 EVENTS WE’RE MOST

EXCITED ABOUT THIS MONTH...... Reels - The first Scottish/Irish film festival runs from October 28th until November 11th at the Filmhouse. Psychotronic Cinema - See the best in Italian cult cinema of the ‘60s and ‘70s at the GFT and Filmhouse. Africa In Motion - The inaugural African Film Festival comes to Edinburgh from the 20th. The Phantom of the Opera - See the 1925 silent classic starring Lon Chaney at the Usher Hall on Halloween night.

Tuesday 3rd October

12 Hour Tuesdays, SSU, Chart music & live comedy, 3pm-3am, £2, free b4 3pm Abolicano Capoeira Scotland, RSAMD, Brazilian martial art with dance & music, 6pm7.30pm, £tbc All Star, Bamboo, Andy Wilson plays funk with DJ Kash on the hip pop, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm/12.30pm with matric Camouflage, Liquid Lounge, The best in midweek hip hop, breakbeat, electro & house, 11pm-3am, £2 Funky Luv, Play, Driving vocal house, 10pm3am, £5, £3 NUS Kaleidoscope, ABC2, Old school rock & roll, motown, pre-1984 music, 11pm-3am, £tbc Killer Kitsch, The Buff Club, Electroclash & that, 11pm-3am, £4 (£3) Rock Karaoke, The Cathouse, Karaoke to rock, Free b4 12am T.I.T, Karbon, new home for legendary Trash Tuesdays, 10.30pm-3am, £5, £4

Wednesday 4th October “I’d like to help kid, but if I gave you one of my Oscars, I’d need to give Marty one as well.”

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magine you are Martin Scorsese. You have never won an Oscar. You’re now preparing for the October release of ‘The Departed’, which will be in cinemas for a couple of months, then on DVD by the time the Academy award votes are cast. Your film won’t be ignored, and you’ll almost certainly get your sixth best director nomination. But how badly do you want to win an Oscar? Does it matter anymore? And does this explain why your new film is a remake? ‘The Departed’ is an American version of the Hong Kong film ‘Infernal Affairs’. The plot is cops trying to take down robbers, with a double agent handily placed amongst the criminals. However, the robbers have a double agent placed amongst the cops too, and the film follows both double agents as they become aware of each other. Admittedly, this was confusing to Western audiences unfamiliar with the two lead actors. If you’re Scorsese, how do you resolve this? You cast Leonardo DiCaprio as the cop amongst the crims, and Matt Damon as the crim amongst the cops. Helps recognition and box-office. Mark Wahlberg is in there as a cop too to further boost things. Who’s the lead bad guy? Multi-Oscar winner - and great actor - Jack Nicholson. Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin and Ray Winstone are all in there somewhere too. So you’ve got a very promising film, and yet it takes studio money to get that kind of

cast, and that may mean studio compromises. Scorsese might be getting used to dealing with those. His last couple of films were big studio flicks, and ‘Gangs of New York’ in particular suffered various changes. The runtime was altered in various ways, depending on who you believe, and Scorsese and DiCaprio had to defer their salaries to get it made at all. ‘The Aviator’ was originally a Michael Mann project, offered to Scorsese when he didn’t feel like making it. Both films were very watchable, which is fine, but not really what we’d expect from Scorsese. Both also resulted in Oscar nominations for Scorsese, and he lost out twice more. So, if you’re Scorsese, you’ve got to be bothered, however slightly. Your films are still coming out at the end of the year. Woody Allen puts his films out in January if he can, so they’re in no-one’s mind at Oscar time. Then again, he’s won one, and you’ve lost five times, three of those to actor-directors – Robert Redford, Kevin Costner and Clint Eastwood. It has to bother you – ‘Goodfellas’, beaten by ‘Dances With Wolves’? Losing out to Kevin Costner?! He’s washed up now, and you’re in great shape. You’ve got a big movie coming out now; you’ve got a chance at the big prize again. But what is the real prize, a film you’re truly proud of, or Oscar success through slick studio marketing?

or not. Look at the leeway afforded to Stanley Kubrick. Forgetting the Oscar for a minute, is it possible this will be a great film? The best case is that Scorsese could be getting by without interference, with a fight or two here or there. His last two big movies have been somewhat impersonal slick entertainments – but he’s also been making great documentaries about subjects he adores; film history, the blues, and best of all, Bob Dylan. His talent is still in evidence when he gets involved with a subject, and ‘The Departed’ could well be his kind of material. It’s about crime for a start, a known Scorsese obsession, and also loyalty, friendship, and men who live by codes, all familiar themes. It’s about two men who wonder if the job they have to do is taking them away from who they really are. They can only win out in the end by finding the perfect balance between those influences. So if you’re Martin Scorsese, you’ve got to wonder if you can pull off the same trick. If you can, they should give you an award. DIR : MARTIN S CORSESE STARS : LEONARDO DICAPRIO, MATT DAMON, JACK NICHOLSON, MARK WAHLBERG RELEASE DATE : OCTOBER 6TH CERT : 18 THEDEPARTED.WARNERBROS .COM /

Could be both. Studios have shown that they prize critically acclaimed directors, believe it

Document - The 4th International Human Rights Documentary Festival plays in Glasgow from October 12th until October 16th.

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Club Cuba!, Favela, Latin rhythms, 9pm-late, Free Club Priory: Retox Rooms, Blanket, RnB with DJ Richard Levinson, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3) Cold Night Song, The Goat, Guests & DJs play acoustic gems, 8pm-late, Free Disco Badger, Bamboo, Classic house music all night long from Dominic Martin, other boogie from Kash & Max, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3), free b4 11pm Junk, The Buff Club, Jazz & funk, with Marky Mark featuring live percussion by Duffy, 11pm3am, £3, free with matric Optimo, The Sub Club, JD Twitch & Wilkes will play pretty much anything and mix it well, 11pm3am, £6 (£5) Spank, The Cathouse, Rock, punk & dance, 11pm-3am, £4 (£2), free b4 1am with PIYP The Bunker Bar, Neil Wyper playing new & old rock & electronica, 9pm-late, Free Burn, The Buff Club, Glasgow institition with Normski & Zeus playing underground classics this week joined by guest DJ Dexter (Avalanches), 11pm-3am, £5 (£3), free for pub/club workers Eletricat Dance Group, RSAMD, Brazilian Street Dance classes, 6pm-7pm, £4 (£3.50), £3 RSAMD Fresh, The Polo Lounge, Popular gay venue with house & indie, 11pm-3am, £5

Top 5 Films The History Boys - Alan Bennett’s acclaimed stage play comes to the screen in this delightful adaptation. (Oct 13th)

Sunday 1st October

Monday 2nd October

Hey folks, October gets off to an explosive start with the eagerly anticipated release of ‘The Departed’, which sees Scorsese team up with his new muse, Leonardo DiCaprio, for the third successive film. If you can’t get excited about this one (Jack Nicholson is in it as well for goodness sake) then you go back to crocheting your winter woolies, because this is as good as it gets. There’s also plenty film related culture to be had throughout the month, so get yourself along to the Filmhouse or the GFT for all manner of high-brow entertainment, from the African Film Festival to the International Bike Festival (seriously). For those of you with an interest in Scottish film or in seeing the seamier side of Glasgow, the stunning ‘Red Road’ should not be missed come the end of the month. And, even though we can see from here that they’ll only be a load of old rubbish, get yourself into the Halloween mood by checking out some of the horror fare to be had throughout the month. Tis the season. Have fun and see you in November. Paul

The Departed - Infernal affairs abound as Scorsese’s latest crime saga burns up our screens. (Oct 6th)

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Eletricat Dance Group, RSAMD, Brazilian Street Dance classes, 6pm-7pm, £4 (£3.50), £3 RSAMD Gossip, SSU, Gay/mixed night with DJ Ricci, 8pm-late, Free Joints & Jams, Cube, The Longest running RnB night in Glasgow, 11pm-3am, £3 (£2) Mjam Salsa, Liptons, Salsa classes from 8pm with Chris Traynor, free club from 10.15pm, 8pm12am, Free New Flesh, Fury Murry’s, Rock, metal, punk, rap, industrial & alternative music, 10pm-3am, £4, £2 from 10pm-11pm, £1 with flyer/after 11pm Octopussy, The Arches, Student night with a bouncy castle, swimming pool?, jacuzzi?? & wedding chapel???, 10pm-3am, £4 Scottish Drum & Bass, The Liquid Lounge, Weekly session, 10.30pm-late, £2 Tongue In Cheek, Bamboo, Lounge, RnB & indie, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3) The Bunker Bar, Martin Bate (Beat 106) plays vintage rock & indie, 9pm-late, Free

Thursday 5th October

*.*, The Buff Club, Rock’n’roll & northern soul, 11pm-3am, £3 Abolicano Capoeira Scotland, RSAMD, Brazilian martial art with dance & music, 6pm7.30pm, £tbc Babaza, BeLo, Hip hop with the funk, 10pm3am, £6, free b4 11pm Chix On Dex, Chinawhite, Rock, funkpunk & house all mixed by lovely ladies, 10pm-3am, £4, free b4 11pm Cigarettes & F**k All, The Butterfly & The Pig, Craig McGee plays indie & rock, 9pm-late, Free Freakmenoovers, Glasgow School of Art, Fresh hip hop & funk cuts from the Freakmenoovers DJs, Record Playerz in the bar, 11pm-3am, £3 (£2) Homebrew, The Sub Club, Hip hop to nasty electro via the rest with Tiff Peaches, Provinylist Karim Ill Technique & Groundskeeper GC, 11pm3am, £3, £2 matric. card Lollipop, GUU, Pop, RnB & Indie , 10pm-2am, £3 (£2, £1), free b4 9pm On Demand, The Shed, DJ Euan takes requests by text message at this interactive club night,

10.30pm-3am, £3 Radiomagnetic, Gazelle, Funk, soul & latin grooves with Radiomagnetic DJs, From 8pm, Free Riff Raff, Bamboo, Mashed up house with street soul & electro-indie in the Red Room, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm/12.30pm with matric Rubbermensch, ABC, A night for indie lovers, 10pm-3am, £3 (£2), free b4 11.30pm with matric Pump Up The Jam, SSU, Old school cheese, live bands & funky house, £2 The Bunker Bar, CJ plays grunge & new rock, 9pm-late, Free

Friday 6th October

Boogie Down, Bluu, The groove-merchant Stewart Reid plays a jazz, disco & house sound, 10pm-3am, £5, free b4 11pm Fluid, Mas, Funky house from Lisa Littlewood, 11pm-3am, £5 Freakmenoovers, Rust Bar, Early doors serving of hip hop, funk, RnB & soul, 9pm-12am, Free Freakmenoovers, Blanket, Fresh hip hop & funk cuts from the Freakmenoovers DJs, 11pm-3am, £6 (£4) Old School, The Buff Club, Old school tunes with Gordie & Jack, 10.30pm-3am, £6 Red & Gold Room, Arta, Soul musak, 10pm3am, £7, free b4 11pm Rocket, Bamboo, House music from Geoff M, hip hop & lounge from Junior Campos & Max, 10.30pm-3am, £6 (£4) Sound Museum, Brel, DJ Hushpuppy (Art School) & Chris Geddes (Belle & Sebastian) dig out some retro soul, 9pm-1am, Free Stereodog, Chinawhite, Mr. Livewire & Gary Curley play house, 10pm-3am, £8 (£5) TFI Friday, SSU, DJ Phil, 4pm-3am, £2 after 5pm, free 4 students Vandal, Liquid Lounge, House sessions with residents Mash & Gianni, 10pm-3am, £5 Vice, The Cathouse, Indie rock party with Martin Bate (Xfm), 11pm-3am, £5 (£4), free b4 11.30pm with PIYP ABC, Electro, funk & indie with Euan Nielson, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11.30pm with matric The Bunker Bar, Tam Coyle plays vintage rock & indie, From 5pm, Free The Goat, Robbie Rolex & The Radio Magnetic Soundsystem on Weekly Rotation, 8pm-late, Free Cube Fridays, Urban tunes from Clyde 1’a George Bowie, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3) Cotton Cake, The Arches, Leading Kompakt man Superpitcher, as well known for his own production as well as remixing talents, joins Boys Noise and Luxury Car , 10.30pm-3am, £10 Rocket, Bamboo, Put your hands up for Fedde Le Grande, 10.30pm-5am, £7, £5 Pin Up Nights, Westside Social, classic indie, punk and soul with live bands Le Reno Amps, Apple Scruffs, Blitzhoney, 9pm-2am, £5 Noise Pollution, Club 69, Tense, dynamic techno from Surgeon plus Sewelly (Relentless), 10.30pm-late, £10 Colours, The Arches, John Digweed, Streetrave 17th Anniversary with FPI Project (Rich in Paradise), N-Joi (Anthem) and Together (Hardcore Uproar) Jon Mancini and Iain Boney Clarke, 10pm-3am, £18, £13

Saturday 7th October

Aerodynamico, Bar 91, Nu-jazz, breaks, soul, disco, hoose & dub with DJs on rotation from Glasgow & Edinburgh, 9pm-12am, Free Club NME, Glasgow School of Art, Divine in the bar, 11pm-3am, £7 (£6) Dirty Recordz, GUU, Paul N’Jie (Beat 106) plays current tunes, open decks downstairs, 10pm2am, £3 (£2, £1), free b4 9pm Groovejet, Mas, Weekly house & RnB mix, 11pm3am, £7 (£5) Hip Drop, Brel, Funk, soul, electro & disco from Robbie Rolex & Nel, 9pm-1am, Free Home Cookin’, BeLo, Urban music showcase, 10pm-3am, £7, free b4 11pm Homegrown, Bamboo, Stevie Sole Middleton, Miguel & Dominic Martin play house and smooth RnB, jazz & funk, 10.30pm-3am, £8 (£6) Nu-school, The Buff Club, Fresh northern soul, jazz & funk featuring live percussion, classics downstairs, 10.30pm-3am, £6 Open Dex, Deep 6 (GUU), Bring your vinyl/CDs if you think you can do better, 9pm-1am, £1, £2 non-members Subculture, The Sub Club, Chicago, Detroit, Glasgow, the deepest house & techno with your hosts Harri & Domenic and special guest Miss Honey Dijon, 11pm-3am, £10 Voodoo, The Cathouse, Under-18 club with metal, emo & punk, 5pm-9pm, £6 (£3) ABC, Room 1 plays soul, funk & punk with Gerry Lyons, room2 plays electro with Wasted Youth, 10pm-3am, £5 (£4), free b4 11.30pm with matric

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in association with The Bunker Bar, Martin Bate (Beat 106) plays vintage rock & indie, 9pm-late, Free The Cathouse, Barry & Andy with all things rock, 10.30pm-3am, £6 (£5) Chinawhite, DJ Naeem playing main room RnB & classics, Mirrirbaw playing dunky house in the Mao room, 10pm-3am, £10 The Goat, Paul Needles, 8pm-late, Free MacSorleys, Jazz band downstairs, Paul Cawley & Karim The Pro-Vinylist upstairs, 9pm-late, Free Doublespeak, The Hold, Dubstep dons Vexd (live) with Hudson Mohawke and Konx-om-pax all on the Mungo’s Hi Fi soundsystem, 11pm-3am, £8 Off The Record, Soundhaus, Sensu, Giovanni Ferri and Alan Belshaw join OTR residents, 11pm4am, £8, £7

Sunday 8th October

Club Cuba!, Favela, Latin rhythms, 9pm-late, Free Club Priory: Retox Rooms, Blanket, RnB with DJ Richard Levinson, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3) Cold Night Song, The Goat, Guests & DJs play acoustic gems, 8pm-late, Free Disco Badger, Bamboo, Classic house music all night long from Dominic Martin, other boogie from Kash & Max, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3), free b4 11pm Junk, The Buff Club, Jazz & funk, with Marky Mark featuring live percussion by Duffy, 11pm3am, £3, free with matric Optimo, The Sub Club, JD Twitch & Wilkes will play pretty much anything and mix it well, 11pm3am, £6 (£5) Spank, The Cathouse, Rock, punk & dance, 11pm-3am, £4 (£2), free b4 1am with PIYP The Bunker Bar, Neil Wyper playing new & old rock & electronica, 9pm-late, Free

Monday 9th October

Burn, The Buff Club, Glasgow institition with Normski & Zeus playing underground classics, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3), free for pub/club workers Eletricat Dance Group, RSAMD, Brazilian Street Dance classes, 6pm-7pm, £4 (£3.50), £3 RSAMD Fresh, The Polo Lounge, Popular gay venue with house & indie, 11pm-3am, £5

Tuesday 10th October

12 Hour Tuesdays, SSU, Chart music & live comedy, 3pm-3am, £2, free b4 3pm Abolicano Capoeira Scotland, RSAMD, Brazilian martial art with dance & music, 6pm7.30pm, £tbc All Star, Bamboo, Andy Wilson plays funk with DJ Kash on the hip pop, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm/12.30pm with matric Camouflage, Liquid Lounge, The best in midweek hip hop, breakbeat, electro & house, 11pm-3am, £2 Funky Luv, Play, Driving vocal house, 10pm3am, £5, £3 NUS Kaleidoscope, ABC2, Old school rock & roll, motown, pre-1984 music, 11pm-3am, £tbc Killer Kitsch, The Buff Club, Electroclash & that, 11pm-3am, £4 (£3) Rock Karaoke, The Cathouse, Karaoke to rock, Free b4 12am T.I.T, Karbon, new home for legendary Trash Tuesdays, 10.30pm-3am, £5, £4

Wednesday 11th October

Eletricat Dance Group, RSAMD, Brazilian Street Dance classes, 6pm-7pm, £4 (£3.50), £3 RSAMD Gossip, SSU, Gay/mixed night with DJ Ricci, 8pm-late, Free Joints & Jams, Cube, The Longest running RnB night in Glasgow, 11pm-3am, £3 (£2) Mjam Salsa, Liptons, Salsa classes from 8pm with Chris Traynor, free club from 10.15pm, 8pm12am, Free New Flesh, Fury Murry’s, Rock, metal, punk, rap, industrial & alternative music, 10pm-3am, £4, £2 from 10pm-11pm, £1 with flyer/after 11pm Octopussy, The Arches, Student night with a bouncy castle, swimming pool?, jacuzzi?? & wedding chapel???, 10pm-3am, £4 Scottish Drum & Bass, The Liquid Lounge, Weekly session, 10.30pm-late, £2 Tongue In Cheek, Bamboo, Lounge, RnB & indie, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm/12pm with snapfax The Bunker Bar, Martin Bate (Beat 106) plays vintage rock & indie, 9pm-late, Free

Thursday 12th October

*.*, The Buff Club, Rock’n’roll & northern soul, 11pm-3am, £3 Abolicano Capoeira Scotland, RSAMD, Brazilian martial art with dance & music, 6pm7.30pm, £tbc Babaza, BeLo, Hip hop with the funk, 10pm-

3am, £6, free b4 11pm Chix On Dex, Chinawhite, Rock, funkpunk & house all mixed by lovely ladies, 10pm-3am, £4, free b4 11pm Cigarettes & F**k All, The Butterfly & The Pig, Craig McGee plays indie & rock ‘n’ roll, 9pmlate, Free Freakmenoovers, Glasgow School of Art, Fresh hip hop & funk cuts from the Freakmenoovers DJs, Record Playerz in the bar, 11pm-3am, £3 (£2) Homebrew, The Sub Club, Hip hop to nasty electro via the rest with Tiff Peaches, Provinylist Karim Ill Technique & Groundskeeper GC, 11pm3am, £3, £2 matric. card Lollipop, GUU, Pop, RnB & Indie , 10pm-2am, £3 (£2, £1), free b4 9pm On Demand, The Shed, DJ Euan takes requests by text message at this interactive club night, 10.30pm-3am, £3 Radiomagnetic, Gazelle, Funk, soul & latin grooves with Radiomagnetic DJs, From 8pm, Free Riff Raff, Bamboo, Mashed up house with street soul & electro-indie in the Red Room, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm/12.30pm with matric Rubbermensch, ABC, A night for indie lovers, 10pm-3am, £3 (£2), free b4 11.30pm with matric Pump Up The Jam, SSU, Old school cheese, live bands & funky house, £2 The Bunker Bar, CJ plays grunge & new rock, 9pm-late, Free

Friday 13th October

Boogie Down, Bluu, The groove-merchant Stewart Reid plays a jazz, disco & house sound, 10pm-3am, £5, free b4 11pm Fluid, Mas, Funky house from Lisa Littlewood, 11pm-3am, £5 Freakmenoovers, Rust Bar, Early doors serving of hip hop, funk, RnB & soul, 9pm-12am, Free Freakmenoovers, Blanket, Fresh hip hop & funk cuts from the Freakmenoovers DJs, 11pm-3am, £6 (£4) Old School, The Buff Club, Old school tunes with Gordie & Jack, 10.30pm-3am, £6 Red & Gold Room, Arta, Soul musak, 10pm3am, £7, free b4 11pm Rocket, Bamboo, House music from Geoff M, hip hop & lounge from Junior Campos & Max, 10.30pm-3am, £6 (£4) Sound Museum, Brel, DJ Hushpuppy (Art School) & Chris Geddes (Belle & Sebastian) dig out some retro soul, 9pm-1am, Free Stereodog, Chinawhite, Mr. Livewire & Gary Curley play house, 10pm-3am, £8 (£5) TFI Friday, SSU, DJ Phil, 4pm-3am, £2 after 5pm, free 4 students Vandal, Liquid Lounge, House sessions with residents Mash & Gianni, 10pm-3am, £5 Vice, The Cathouse, Indie rock party with Martin Bate (Xfm), 11pm-3am, £5 (£4), free b4 11.30pm with PIYP ABC, Electro, funk & indie with Euan Nielson, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11.30pm with matric The Bunker Bar, Tam Coyle plays vintage rock & indie, From 5pm, Free The Goat, Robbie Rolex & The Radio Magnetic Soundsystem on Weekly Rotation, 8pm-late, Free Cube Fridays, Urban tunes from Clyde 1’a George Bowie, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3) Blitzkreig Bop, The Arches, Kap Bambino, Lo Fi Fink, Metronomy and DJ Aldi, 10.30pm-3am, £6. £4

Saturday 14th October

Aerodynamico, Bar 91, Nu-jazz, breaks, soul, disco, hoose & dub with DJs on rotation from Glasgow & Edinburgh, 9pm-12am, Free Club NME, Glasgow School of Art, Divine in the bar, 11pm-3am, £7 (£6) Dirty Recordz, GUU, Paul N’Jie (Beat 106) plays current tunes, open decks downstairs, 10pm2am, £3 (£2, £1), free b4 9pm Groovejet, Mas, Weekly house & RnB mix, 11pm3am, £7 (£5) Hip Drop, Brel, Funk, soul, electro & disco from Robbie Rolex & Nel, 9pm-1am, Free Home Cookin’, BeLo, Urban music showcase, 10pm-3am, £7, free b4 11pm Homegrown, Bamboo, Stevie Sole Middleton, Miguel & Dominic Martin play house and smooth RnB, jazz & funk, 10.30pm-3am, £8 (£6) Nu-school, The Buff Club, Fresh northern soul, jazz & funk featuring live percussion, classics downstairs, 10.30pm-3am, £6 Open Dex, Deep 6 (GUU), Bring your vinyl/CDs if you think you can do better, 9pm-1am, £1, £2 non-members Subculture, The Sub Club, Chicago, Detroit, Glasgow, the deepest house & techno with your hosts Harri & Domenic, 11pm-3am, £10 Voodoo, The Cathouse, Under-18 club with

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GLASGOW COMEDY Sunday 1st October

Michael Redmond’s Sunday Service, The Stand, With Michael Mee, Paul Pirie & Andy McPartland. With host Michael Redmond, 8.30pm, £4/£3/£1

Monday 2nd October

Dance Monkey Boy Dance, The Stand, Raymond Mearns, Paul Pirie, Allen Chalmers & Sandy Nelson, 8.30pm, £4

Tuesday 3rd October

Red Raw, The Stand, With Billy Kirkwood & Greg McHugh, 8.30pm, £2(£1)

Wednesday 4th October

SiStars, The Stand, Susan Calman, ‘Magic’ Mandy Muden, The F Team & AL Kennedy, 8.30pm, £6/£4/£3

Thursday 5th October

The Thursday Show, The Stand, Steve Hughes, Kevin Bridges, Chris McCausland & Jamie Anderson, 8.30pm, £6/£5/£3

Friday 6th October

The Stand, Steve Hughes, Kevin Bridges, Chris McCausland & Jamie Anderson. Hosted by Susan Morrison, 8.30pm, £8(£7) Jongleurs Comedy Club, UGC Building, Mickey D, Woody, Eddie Bannon, Dom Carroll, 8pm, £10

Saturday 7th October

The Stand, Steve Hughes, Kevin Bridges, Chris McCausland & Jamie Anderson. Hosted by Susan Morrison, 8.30pm, £10(£8) Jongleurs Comedy Club, UGC Building, Mickey D, Woody, Eddie Bannon, Dom Carroll, 8pm, £13

Sunday 8th October

Michael Redmond’s Sunday Service, The Stand, Josh Howie, Billy Kirkwood, Paul Costello & Quentin Reynolds. With host Michael Redmond, 8.30pm, £4/£3/£1

Monday 9th October

Wednesday 11th October

Jo Caulfield Special, The Stand, Jo Caulfield didn’t have a show at the Fringe this year, so this is a good time to catch up with her huge comic talent. Blessed with a bitchy charm to get her into, & then back out of, the trickiest of situations, Caulfield is one of the most reliably scathing comics on the circuit., 8.30pm, £9/£6

Thursday 19th October

Thursday 12th October

Friday 20th October

The Thursday Show, The Stand, Roger Monkhouse, Tony Carter, Susan Calman & Greg McHugh. Hosted by Bruce Devlin, 8.30pm, £7/£6/£5 Big Bluu Comedy Gong Show, Glasgow Bluu, Beat the gong & win £100 prize, 8.30pm, Free

Friday 13th October

The Stand, “Roger Monkhouse, Tony Carter, Susan Calman & Greg McHugh., Hosted by Bruce Devlin”, 8.30pm, £8(£7) Jongleurs Comedy Club, UGC Building, Stephen K. Amos, Neil McFarlane, Dave Williams, Geoff Boyz, 8pm, £10 Ha Ha Comedy, Curlers, Scott Agnew, Bill Dewar, 8.30pm, £6 Ha Ha Comedy, Blackfriars, So You Think You’re Funny new act heat, 8.30pm, £6

Saturday 14th October

Michael Redmond’s Sunday Service, The Stand, With Des McLean, Keir McAllister, Scott Agnew, Dougie Munro & Mark Nelson, 8.30pm, £5/£4/£1

Monday 16th October

VWX, The Stand, With Henrik Elmer, The Horses Mouth & host Steven Dick, 8.30pm, £3/£2/£1 Red Raw, The Stand, With Gary Little & Gus Tawse, 8.30pm, £2(£1) Benefit in Aid of Maggie’s Centre, The Stand, Line-up includes Martha McBrier with more to be

EDINBURGH COMEDY Red Raw, The Stand, With Billy Kirkwood & Greg McHugh, 8.30pm, £2

Wednesday 4th October

Comedy Double-Bill Special, The Stand, Jason Cook, ‘My Confessions’, & Toby Hadoke, ‘Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf’. Two up-and-comers present their solo shows in what ought to be a fascinating glimpse of current comic writing., 8.30pm, £6/£5/£3

Thursday 5th October

The Thursday Show, The Stand, With Carey Marx, Josh Howie, Billy Kirkwood & Andy McPartland. Hosted by Fred MacAulay, 9pm, £6/£5/£3

Friday 6th October

The Stand, Carey Marx, Josh Howie, Billy Kirkwood & Chris Martin. Hosted by Fred MacAulay, 9pm, £8(£7) Jongleurs, Omni Centre, JoJo Smith, Trevor Crook, Mark Maier, Richard Morton, 8pm, £10

Saturday 7th October

Jongleurs, Omni Centre, JoJo Smith, Trevor Crook, Mark Maier, Richard Morton, 8pm, £12 The Stand, Carey Marx, Josh Howie, Billy Kirkwood & Chris Martin. Hosted by Fred MacAulay, 9pm, £10(£8) Edinburgh Laughing Horse, Lindsays, Bill Bruce, Rhod Rhys, Mike Belgrave, Adie Chalmers, 8pm, Free

Sunday 8th October

Whose Lunch Is It Anyway?, The Stand, Improvised comedy, 1pm, Free The Sunday Night Laugh-In, The Stand, With Kevin Bridges, Martha McBrier, Mark Nelson,

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Sunday 22nd October

Red Raw, The Stand, With Jamie Anderson & Susan Calman, 8.30pm, £2(£1)

Wednesday 18th October

Monday 2nd October

Saturday 21st October

Sunday 15th October

Tuesday 10th October

Whose Lunch Is It Anyway?, The Stand, Improvised comedy., 1pm, Free Andrew Maxwell Special, The Stand, An extra night added for the hugely popular Irish comic, who has sold out his planned Stand run already., 8.30pm, £8/£7

The Stand, Mark Maier, Gary Little, Padraig Hyland & Mike Belgrave. Hosted by Susan Morrison, 8.30pm, £8(£7) Ha Ha Comedy, Curlers, Hosted by Raymond Mearns, 8pm, £3 Ha Ha Comedy, Blackfriars, Line Up TBC, 8.30pm, £6 Jongleurs Comedy Club, UGC Building, Martin Bigpig, John Simmit, Stu Who?, 8pm, £10

Glasgay Special - Jason Wood Presents His Anus Horribilis, The Stand, 8.30pm, £10

Tuesday 17th October

Sunday 1st October

The Thursday Show, The Stand, Mark Maier, Gary Little & Padraig Hyland. Hosted by Joe Heenan, 8.30pm, £7/£6 Big Bluu Comedy Gong Show, Glasgow Bluu, Beat the gong & win £100 prize, 8.30pm, Free

The Stand, “Roger Monkhouse, Tony Carter, Susan Calman & Greg McHugh Hosted by Bruce Devlin, 9pm, £10(£8), Jongleurs Comedy Club, UGC Building, Stephen K. Amos, Neil McFarlane, Dave Williams, Geoff Boyz, 8pm, £13 Ha Ha Comedy, Blackfriars, So You Think You’re Funny new act heat, 8.30pm, £6

Dance Monkey Boy Dance, The Stand, Raymond Mearns, Paul Pirie, Allen Chalmers & Sandy Nelson., 8.30pm, £4 Red Raw, The Stand, With Phil Differ & John Ross, 8.30pm, £2(£1)

in association with announced, 8.30pm, £6/£4/£3

Monday 23rd October

Dance Monkey Boy Dance, The Stand, Raymond Mearns, Paul Pirie, Allen Chalmers & Sandy Nelson., 8.30pm, £4

Tuesday 24th October

Wednesday 25th October

Best of Irish, The Stand, With Ian Coppinger, Neil Dougan & Eleanor Tiernan. With host Michael Redmond, 8.30pm, £7/£6

Thursday 26th October

The Thursday Show, The Stand, “Michael McIntyre, Neil Dougan, Matt Hollins & Eleanor Tiernan, Hosted by Sandy Nelson. McIntyre is a classic observational comedian, but far, far funnier than most.”, 8.30pm, £6/£5/£3 Big Bluu Comedy Gong Show, Glasgow Bluu, Beat the gong & win £100 prize, 8.30pm, Free

8.30pm, £4/£3/£1

Monday 9th October

Red Raw, The Stand, With Jamie Anderson, 8.30pm, £1

Tuesday 10th October

Jo Caulfield Special, The Stand, Jo Caulfield didn’t have a show at the Fringe this year, so this is a good time to catch up with her huge comic talent. Blessed with a bitchy charm to get her into, & then back out of, the trickiest of situations, Caulfield is one of the most reliably scathing comics on the circuit., 8.30pm, £9/£6

Wednesday 11th October

Melting Pot, The Stand, tbc, 8.30pm, £4/£3/£1

Thursday 12th October

The Thursday Show, The Stand, With Pommy Johnson, Stu & Paul & Henrik Elmer. Hosted by Joe Heenan, 8.30pm, £6/£5/£3

Friday 13th October

The Stand, Pommy Johnson, Stu & Paul & Henrik Elmer. Hosted by Susan Morrison, 9pm, £8(£7) Jongleurs, Omni Centre, Drew Barr, Gavin Webster, Barry Castagnola, Mark Walker, 8pm, £10

Saturday 14th October

The Stand, Pommy Johnson, Stu & Paul & Henrik Elmer. Hosted by Susan Morrison, 9pm, £10(£8) Jongleurs, Omni Centre, Drew Barr, Gavin Webster, Barry Castagnola, Mark Walker, 8pm, £12 Grumpy Old Women Live, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, With Jenny Eclair, Linda Robson, & Dillie Keane, 7.30pm, £21.50

Sunday 15th October

Whose Lunch Is It Anyway?, The Stand, Improvised comedy, 1pm, Free The Sunday Night Laugh-In, The Stand, With Tony Carter, Henrik Elmer & Paul Costello. Hosted by Steven Dick. Catching Skinny favourite Tony Carter - for the price of a chippie, no more - is a guaranteed Sunday night success story. Daft.,

The Stand, “Michael McIntyre, Neil Dougan, Matt Hollins & Eleanor Tiernan, Hosted by Sandy Nelson. McIntyre is a classic observational comedian, but far, far funnier than most.”, 8.30pm, £8(£7) Ha Ha Comedy, Curlers,Line Up tbc,8.30pm, £6 Edinburgh & Beyond, Motherwell Theatre & Concert Hall, Chris Addison, Russell Howard, Steve Hall, Marek Larwood. Addison is increasingly building a reputation for himself on Radio 4, but catch him live & see how this intellectual’s comedian first made his name., 7pm, £12/£10 Ha Ha Comedy, Blackfriars, Line Up TBC, 8.30pm, £6 Jongleurs Comedy Club, UGC Building, Eddy Brimson and Pierre Hollins,8pm, £12

Saturday 28th October

The Stand, “Michael McIntyre, Neil Dougan, Matt Hollins & Eleanor Tiernan, Hosted by Sandy Nelson. McIntyre is a classic observational comedian, but far, far funnier than most.”, 9pm, £10/£8, , , Ed Byrne, Glasgow Garage, Touring performance of hit Fringe show ‘Standing Up & Falling Down’, 8pm, £12/£10 Jongleurs Comedy Club, UGC Building, Eddy Brimson and Pierre Hollins, 8pm, £13

Sunday 29th October

Michael Redmond’s Sunday Service, The Stand, With Matt Hollins & Steve Shanyaski. With host Michael Redmond, 8.30pm, £5/£4/£1 Grumpy Old Women Live, Glasgow King’s Theatre, With Jenny Eclair, Linda Robson, & Dillie Keane, 7pm, £21.50

Monday 30th October

Glasgay Special - Bent Double, The Stand, Jonathan Mayor, Jen Brister, Allen Chalmers, & Zoe Lyons, 8.30pm, £tbc

Tuesday 31st October Halloween Special, The Stand, Join host Susan Calman, The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolfe III & Ricky Sparkles for some scarily interactive comedy. If anyone can give audiences the creeps, it’s the Reverend who asked ‘What Would Charlie Sheen Do?’ Nightmarish, hilarious stuff., 8.30pm, £4

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Monday 16th October Tuesday 17th October

VWX, The Stand, With Henrik Elmer, The Horses Mouth & host Steven Dick, 8.30pm, £5/£4/£2.50

Wednesday 18th October

Benefit in Aid of the Scottish Palestine Society, The Stand, Line-up includes The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolfe III with more to be announced, 8.30pm, £6

Thursday 19th October

The Thursday Show, The Stand, “With Rob Deering, Tony Hendricks, Daliso Chaponda & Gerry McDade., Hosted by Bruce Devlin”, 9pm, £6/£5/£3

Friday 20th October

Jongleurs, Omni Centre, Silky, Patrick Rolink, 8pm, £10 The Stand, “With Rob Deering, Tony Hendricks, Daliso Chaponda & Gerry McDade, Hosted by Bruce Devlin”, 9pm, £8(£7)

Saturday 21st October

Jongleurs, Omni Centre, Silky, Patrick Rolink, 8pm, £12 The Stand, “With Rob Deering, Tony Hendricks, Daliso Chaponda & Gerry McDade, Hosted by Bruce Devlin”, 9pm, £10(£8)

Sunday 22nd October

Whose Lunch Is It Anyway?, The Stand, Improvised comedy, 1pm, Free The Sunday Night Laugh-In, The Stand, With Tony Hendricks, Padraig Hyland & Wendy Wason. Hosted by Daliso Chaponda, 8.30pm, £4/£3/£1

Canadian Tom Stade, white Jamacian Tony Hendricks, & Malawian Daliso Chaponda. Hosted by The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolfe III, 8.30pm, £5 Ed Byrne, Kirkaldy Adam Smith Theatre, Touring performance of hit Fringe show ‘Standing Up & Falling Down’, 8pm, £12/£10

Wednesday 25th October

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ften derided as a lesser art form or discarded as mere childish fantasy, the horror story is perhaps one of the longest standing genres, from tall tales of some allpowerful unseen being setting fire to bushes and misguiding humans, through Hansel and Gretel to the latest remake of a sequel of a spin-off franchise. Gasp! In terror! As the lone female goes into the dark cellar looking for her cat. Shriek! As one teenager after another is torn limb from limb. Munch! Your popcorn! As the ground level POV camera creeps towards the teenagers smoking spliffs in the park. Faint! As the very fabric of your physical world is rent asunder. Despair! As yet another meaningless and unimaginative teen slasher flick with stabs of comedy cuts into the cinemas. Whether through blood-curdling jumpout-your seat shocks or slow simmering unease, horror films have always served as a way of confronting and experiencing emotions that in our day-to-day lives we would do all in our power to avoid. To actually live through Tobe Hooper’s ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ would be to go insane. Likewise, to actually experience the metaphysical shifts of David Lynch’s

‘Lost Highway’ would be to lose all faith in logic. One is no less of a horror movie than the other, and yet we walk away from these films safe, even if a little shaken. Theories abound about why we would put ourselves through a traumatic experience such as ‘Uzumaki’ or ‘The Beyond’, most of which fall short. We do not watch these films for any kind of release; they generate fear rather than alleviate it. We do not watch these films out of a curiosity of demonic history or explanations - some of the most effective terror, such as ‘Alien’, are so precisely because of the lack of explanations. Whatever their roots or reasons, the horror genre allows directors, writers and special effects teams free reign, without the constraints of logic or pleasantness, and so is, in effect, the most liberated art form. But this seems to have ceased to be the case. The recent resurgence of big hype-machine horror movies has come with a radical “dumbing down”, with even the revered J-horror having fallen prey to formula. To spend Halloween at the cinemas is to sit through films and sequences you’ve already seen a hundred times. ‘Saw III’, ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning’ and ‘The Grudge 2’ are all released for Halloween.

The only film that is not a sequel or a remake or a remake of a sequel is Bernard Rose’s misguided and pretentious film-within-a-film, ‘Snuff Movie’. Premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2005, it drew almost universal derision; I’m surprised it has found a release. It’s a shame Jan Svankmajer’s Edgar Allen Poe/Marquis de Sade hybrid, ‘Sileni’, has not found its way over in time for All Hallows Eve, although do look out for a special screening of Lon Chaney’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’ at the Usher Hall, complete with live musical accompaniment. But being too old to go trick-ortreating, Halloween does need to be spent in the dark, and while these films might not be original or challenging, in the right mood, on the right night, they will do the trick. TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE : THE B EGINNING IS DUE FOR RELEASE O CTOBER 13TH. THE GRUDGE 2 IS DUE FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 20 TH. SAW III AND S NUFF -MOVIE ARE DUE FOR RELEASE O CTOBER 27TH.

Certain Death this way, you bet, it’s a horror flick…

by Nick Mitchell

Thursday 26th October

The Thursday Show, The Stand, Ian Coppinger, Steven Dick, Steve Shanyaski & Wendy Wason. Hosted by Susan Calman, 8.30pm, £6/£5/£3 Ed Byrne, Stirling Tolbooth, Touring performance of hit Fringe show ‘Standing Up & Falling Down’, 8pm, £12/£10

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ou may only know James McAvoy’s face from his role as car thief Steve in the Channel 4 series ‘Shameless’. But that’s all about to change – in a big way. The twenty-seven year old Glaswegian actor has starring roles in a fleet of notable movies set to dock in cinemas over the coming year. The first of these – ‘The Last King of Scotland’ – premieres this month at the London Film Festival before rolling out on general release in January. Based on a Giles Foden novel, it is the story of how a Scottish doctor (McAvoy) becomes the personal physician to the ruthless Ugandan dictator Idi Amin during the 1970s.

Friday 27th October

The Stand, Ian Coppinger, Steven Dick, Steve Shanyaski & Keara Murphy. Hosted by Susan Calman, 9pm, £8(£7) Jongleurs, Omni Centre, Dave Johns, Karl Spain, Simon Bligh, 8pm, £10

Saturday 28th October

Jongleurs, Omni Centre, Dave Johns, Karl Spain, Simon Bligh, 8pm, £12 The Stand, Ian Coppinger, Steven Dick, Steve Shanyaski & Keara Murphy. Hosted by Susan Calman, 9pm, £10/£8

Sunday 29th October

McAvoy will follow that challenging role with the closer-to-home ‘Starter For Ten’, David Nicholls’s adaptation of his own novel about a working-class student’s first year at Bristol University in the mid 80s, during which, amongst other things, he attempts to become a contestant on University Challenge. 2007 looks set to be McAvoy’s year. Two of his films

Whose Lunch Is It Anyway?, The Stand, Improvised comedy, 1pm, Free

Monday 30th October

Red Raw, The Stand, With Greg McHugh & Susan Calman, 8.30pm, £1

Tuesday 31st October

Tuesday 24th October

Halloween Special, The Stand, Raymond Mearns & Bruce Devlin host some scarily interactive comedy, 8.30pm, £4

United Nations Day Special, The Stand,

James McAvoy

THE TWENTY-SEVEN YEAR OLD GLASWEGIAN ACTOR HAS STARRING ROLES IN A FLEET OF NOTABLE MOVIES SET TO DOCK IN CINEMAS OVER THE COMING YEAR.

Best of Scottish, The Stand, With Vladimir McTavish, Graeme Thomas & Keir McAllister. Hosted by Bruce Devlin, 8.30pm, £5

Monday 23rd October

Red Raw, The Stand, With Daliso Chaponda & Tony Hendricks, 8.30pm, £1

by Ali Maloney

BEING TOO OLD TO GO TRICK-OR-TREATING, HALLOWEEN DOES NEED TO BE SPENT IN THE DARK.

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Red Raw, The Stand, With John Ross & Scott Agnew, 8.30pm, £1

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already wrapped and awaiting distribution are ‘Penelope’ – whose transatlantic cast also features Christina Ricci and Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon – and the Jane Austen early-years biopic ‘Becoming Jane’. On top of all this, McAvoy is currently in England shooting yet another adaptation: Ian McEwan’s novel ‘Atonement’. Set in a single day in 1935, it is the story of two young sisters (the elder played by Keira Knightley) and their housekeeper’s son (McAvoy) who become entangled in a vicious game of lies. There’s just one more addition to be made to the young Scot’s burgeoning CV – for now. It was recently announced that McAvoy has scored the lead in cult Russian director Timur ‘Night Watch’ Bekmambetov’s first English-language film, ‘Wanted’. This sci-fi blockbuster will not hit screens until well into 2008, but rest assured of one thing: James McAvoy will be a household name by then.

STARTER FOR TEN IS RELEASED ON OCTOBER 13TH

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FILM FILM OF THE MONTH

THE HISTORY BOYS Adapted by Alan Bennett from his own hugely successful stage play, ‘The History Boys’ follows a group of students in their final year of school trying to get into the Oxbridge colleges. They’re aided by supportive teachers Hector (Griffiths) and the young new recruit Irwin (Moore) but hindered by their own doubts and fears about their abilities, not to mention personal struggles with things like class and sexuality. Then of course there are Hector’s potentially unhealthy advances, not something that bothers the boys so much as the authorities. ‘The History Boys’ is a warm, witty and poignant drama about the

value of education that also happens to be full of some uproarious laughs and wonderful performances. Some of the boys are stronger than others, with one or two maybe still thinking they’re on stage, although Barnett stands out as the tormented Posner. Griffiths though, is just spellbinding in a heartbreaking portrayal of a man who lives to share his knowledge. Having already won every award going in theatre land, he’ll be very unlucky if he doesn’t end up with an Oscar nomination. Yes, it’s a bit gay, but it’s also a bit brilliant. Pass it on. [Paul Greenwood]

DIR : NICHOLAS HYTNER STARS : RICHARD GRIFFITHS, STEPHEN CAMPBELL MOORE, SAMUEL BARNETT, DOMINIC COOPER, FRANCES DE LA TOUR RELEASE DATE : OCTOBER 13TH, CERT : 15

THE GREAT ECSTASY OF ROBERT CARMICHAEL Robert Carmichael (Spencer) is a clever and talented student, but he’s sullen and withdrawn and prone to sudden bursts of rage. He’s taken to hanging around with a dodgy crowd and, as they skulk through the streets of their rundown seaside town, their activities eventually escalate to shocking levels of violence. ‘The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael’ is possibly the most morally bankrupt film I’ve ever seen, taking the most disturbing elements of ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and ‘American Psycho’ and removing all the comedy and satire, until all that’s left is a putrid hole, with Clay’s position seeming to

be that Blair’s Britain is rotten to the core. Vile and morally irredeemable it may be, but there can be no denying the technical brilliance with which it’s made, nor the gut wrenching impact it has. One truly exceptional unbroken sequence sees the camera glide slowly round a room as people sit around or take drugs, while the DJ’s music isn’t quite loud enough to drown out the screams of the girl being raped in the next room. I certainly didn’t enjoy it and I never want to see it again for the rest of my movie watching days, but I left the cinema shaking and I don’t think I’ll ever forget it. [Paul Greenwood]

BROTHERS OF THE HEAD TAIS-TOI!

Arches Theatre DIR : KEITH FULTON, LOUIS PEPE STARS : HARRY TREADAWAY, LUKE TREADAWAY, JONATHAN PRYCE RELEASE DATE : OCTOBER 6TH CERT : 18

DIR : FRANCIS VEBER STARS : GÉRARD DEPARDIEU, JEAN RENO RELEASE DATE : OCTOBER 13TH CERT : 12A

The winner of the prestigious Michael Powell award at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, ‘Brothers of the Head’ is a refreshingly inventive mockumentary, which dares to break away from audience expectations of a British comedy. Adapted from sci-fi writer Brian Aldiss’ 1977 novella, it tells the story of conjoined twins Tom and Barry Howe (real-life twins Harry and Luke Treadaway), and their unlikely rise to rock stardom in the seventies. Co-directors Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe (the men behind superb documentary ‘Lost in La Mancha’) cleverly play with genre and style throughout, mixing supposedly found footage and interviews with dramatic scenes. The combination of narrative creativity, technical flair and some great dialogue make for an altogether entertaining head trip. [Colan Mehaffey]

Three years old this film is, and for some reason it’s only now getting squeezed out onto our screens in the midst of gangsters and horrors and the return of Kevin Costner. Reno plays career criminal Ruby, forced to share a jail cell with the idiotic Quentin (Depardieu). When they manage to escape, they go on the run from the cops as well as the bad guys that are after Ruby, as lots of silly adventures ensue. Intermittently laugh out loud funny, but much too uneven and weakly plotted to really work or form a lasting impression, ‘Tais-Toi!’ is nevertheless a watchable diversion. It’s undeniably the draw of the two stars that you’ll be out to see and they’re clearly having a ball at throwing themselves into out and out farce - Depardieu as the clown, Reno as the doleful eyed (look out for the horse gag) straight man. [Paul Greenwood]

NEW POLICE STORY

STARTER FOR TEN DIR : TOM VAUGHAN STARS : JAMES MCAVOY, ALICE EVE, REBECCA HALL RELEASE DATE : OCTOBER 13TH CERT : 12A

DIR : B ENNY CHAN STARS : JACKIE CHAN, NICHOLAS TSE, CHARLIE YOUNG RELEASE DATE : OCTOBER 13TH CERT : 15

It ’s 198 5 , a n d B r i a n J a cks o n ( M cAvoy) i s navigating his way through his first year at Bristol University. His love of trivia sees him join the University Challenge team where he meets, and quickly falls for, fame-seeker Alice Harbinson (Alice Eve). But is she the right girl for him? What follows is a quirky romantic comedy about class, honour, and the difference between wisdom and (general) knowledge. As directed by Tom Vaughan, ‘Starter For Ten’ is a delightful, yet predictable rom-com about love amongst the categories. McAvoy’s performance brings fine lines to an otherwise fuzzy character and manages to keep the film going despite some looser plot details near the end. The film does finish before the buzzer, but only just. [Megan Garriock]

After a string of pedestrian Hollywood adventures, Jackie Chan returns for another instalment in the popular ‘Police Story’ series. This time, his burntout cop is on the trail of a gang of murderous computer game fanatics who are terrorising Hong Kong with a series of elaborate robberies. The problem with ‘New Police Story’ isn’t that the fifty-something Chan is too old for this sort of thing. As he demonstrates in a succession of scenes, the martial arts legend is more than capable of holding his own in a scrap, though inevitably he now shares the heroics with a much younger partner. No, what lets it down is its fearless dedication to cliché. Scenes of the good cop drowning his sorrows or the old ”red wire/green wire” conundrum make it feel as if the past twenty years never happened. Sure, there are a clutch of decent action scenes, but Chan is desperately in need of a few new ideas if he wants to continue making movies. [Matt McAllister]

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

AFRICA IN MOTION

DIR : DAVID FRANKEL STARS : MERYL STREEP, ANNE HATHAWAY, STANLEY TUCCI RELEASE DATE : OCTOBER 5TH CERT : PG

DIR : VARIOUS STARS : VARIOUS RELEASE DATE : OCTOBER 20 TH - OCTOBER 29 TH

Smart and ambitious Andrea (Hathaway) takes a job for one year as an assistant to Miranda Priestly (Streep), editor of the world’s hottest fashion magazine. Ending up as little more than a gopher and forced to put her life on hold for the sake of her job, Andrea has to decide whether her career is worth screwing over her friends for. Though not exactly riddled with laughs, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ is a pleasant enough rom-com where the good things just about outweigh the bad. Problem number one is buying the gorgeous Hathaway as dumpy - merely putting her in some bad jumpers just isn’t going to cut it. Problem number two is when the plot inevitably descends into the usual “be true to yourself” hooey that you saw coming a mile off. But ultimately, it’s rescued from adequacy by the absolutely majestic comic performance of Streep, clearly still the queen of Hollywood. [Paul Greenwood]

Running at the Edinburgh Filmhouse from the 20th until the 29th, the African Film Festival offers a wide ranging mix of the continent’s finest films, spanning the last six decades. If you can imagine Denzil from ‘Only Fools and Horses’ reciting poetry rap with a thin Forest Whitaker then you have a great visual for how ‘I Mike What I Like’ pans out. With occasionally welcome montages of a Metropolitan skyline, the pair of performers deliver an eclectic mix of fast-paced dialogue which, despite being creative and arty, will ultimately prove a tad yawn-inducing to the casual viewer. On the other hand, the opening night film, ‘Yeelen’, is a stunning adventure, filled with wonder and mysticism, as a young sorcerer journeys through 13th century Mali on the run from his vengeful father. Other highlights include a programme of lost African classics and the 1958 masterpiece, ‘Cairo Station’. [Stephen Carty]

DIR : THOMAS CLAY STARS : DANIEL S PENCER, LESLEY MANVILLE, DANNY DYER RELEASE DATE : OCTOBER 20 TH CERT : 18

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GLASGOW THEATRE Until 7 Oct, Spend a Penny, Original monolgues contributed by the likes of Liz Lochhead & James Kelman, 7.20pm, 7.50pm, 8pm (not Sunday), 1p (suggested donation £10) 19-20 Oct, Bellly of the Best Season: Droopy Met Hal, Part of Belly of the Beast season - first trialed at last year’s Arches Live! festival, 8.30pm (Thu), 7pm (Fri), £8/£5 19-21 Oct, Belly of the Beast Season: Bertrand’s Toys, Moscow “theatre of the cruel” company blackSkywhite return to Scotland after six years with a reworking of their dancehorror classic, 7pm (Thu, Sat), 8.30pm (Fri), £8/£5 25-26 Oct, Belly of the Beast Season: Hunger, A preview of the new solo show from the Arches’ Artist in Residence, Al Seed., 7pm, £8/£5 31 Oct - 5 Nov, The Importance of Being Alfred, A Glasgay! Production in association with the Arches; debut by Louise Welsh, following the later years of Lord Alfred Douglas, boy-lover of Oscar Wilde., 8pm, £9/£6

Citizen’s Theatre

Until Oct 14, Yellow Moon, Scottish playwright David Greig’s new play revolving around an introverted girl, Leila., 7.30pm. Mat 5 Nov 3pm, £12/£5/£3 3-21 Oct, Mary Stuart, NTS’s production of Friedrich Schiller’s major play focussing on the relationship between Mary Queen of Scots & Queen Elizabeth I., 7.30pm, Mats Sats at 3pm, Prices vary, contact venue for details 7-Oct, Hillbilly Goat’s Gruff, Kid’s production, featuring the voice of James Dreyfuss, 2.30pm, £7/£4 (£18 family ticket

Gilmorehill G12

2-7 Oct, Kiss Me Kate, Presented by Theatre Guild, Cole Porter’s classic reworking of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, 7.30pm (Sat 3pm), Prices vary, contact venue for details 8-Oct, The Heretic’s Tale, The shocking story of 18th century heretic Elspeth Buchan, 4pm/8pm, £8/£6 11-14 Oct, Bugsy Malone, 1970s hit movie musical comes alive on stage, 7.30pm, £7/£5 18-21 Oct, One Hour Before Sunrise, Presented by Theatre Workshop, a passionate account of playwright Gazi Hussein’s experience of prison & torture., 7.30pm, £10/£6 22-Oct, To Glasgow with Love, Presented by Dance House, in partnership with Maryhill Integration Network, in celebration of Black History Month, 7.30pm, contact venue for details 31-Oct, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, A lively show for children 3 & up!, 10.30am/ 1.30pm, £30 per class

King’s Theatre

Until 7 Oct, Guys & Dolls, Direct from the West End, with Claire Sweeney & Ben Richards, 7.30pm, Mat Wed&Sat at 2.30pm, Prices vary, contact venue for details 9-14 Oct, Two, Elaine C Smith & Andy Gray, in Jim Cartwright’s play (see review), 7.30pm. Also Fri & Sat at 9pm, Prices vary, contact venue for

EDINBURGH THEATRE Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh

2-Oct, Borders Big Band, Come see the wonderous music of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellinton, Benny Goodman & other big band favourites, 7.30pm, £13/£10 3-Oct, FILM The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Screening of Ken Loach’s controversial film, 7.30pm, £5.50/£5(£5/£4.50) 4-Oct, Meet the Curve Foundation Dance Company, Meet the Curve Foundation Dance Company, resident dance company to the Brunton Theatre, 6.30pm, Free ticketed 5-Oct, Die Fledermaus, New production by Scottish Opera, 7.30pm, £12/£10 7-Oct, How to Steal a Diamond, Vox Motus in ass. With Tron Theatre take us on a multi-media journey of cut throat Glasgow schemes & South African diamond mines, 7.30pm, £10/£7/£6.50 12-14 Oct, Project Macbeth, National Theatre of Scotland brand new production, incorporating sound, video & visual art installation, 7.30pm, £10/£8/£6.50 16-17 Oct, The Man Who Planted Trees, New adaptation of Jean Giono’s well-loved tale, by Puppet State Theatre Company, 2pm, £6 (£22 family of 4) 17-Oct, Benny Gallagher, Renowned singer Benny Gallgher performs, 7.30pm, £14/£11.50 21-Oct, The Curve Foundation Dance Company, World premiere of work by Ross Cooper, 7.30pm, £10.50/£8/£6

The Arches 253 Argyle St 0870 240 7528 Citizens Theatre 119 Gorbals St 0141 429 0022 Gilmorehill G12 9 University Avenue 0141 330 5522

297 Bath St 0141 240 1111 Òran Mór Top of Byres Road 0141 357 6200 Pavilion Theatre 121 Renfield St 0141 332 1846 Ramshorn Theatre University of

details. 15-Oct, Drifters, 50 years of magical hits come back to life, 7.30pm, £17/£16/£15 17-21 Oct, Slava’s Snowshow, An unmistakeable unique, comic masterpiece, 7.30pm, Mat Wed&Sat at 2.30pm, Prices vary, contact venue for details. 23-28 Oct, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Winner of 6 Awards, including best New Musical at the 2002 Tony Awards., 7.30pm, Mat Wed&Sat at 2.30pm, Prices vary, contact venue for details. 29-Oct, Grumpy Old Women - Live!, Annette Badland, Rhona Cameron & Jenny Éclair in the stage version of the hit TV show, 7.30pm, £21.50/£15.50

Ramshorn Theatre, 9-14 Oct, Beyond

Therapy, Comic fiascos by American playwright Christopher Durang, 7.30pm. Mats Wed & Sat at 2.30pm, Mon-Tues £6/£3, Wed-Sat £9/£5

Oran Mor, 16-Oct, Shirley Collins:

America Over the Water, Shirley Collins presents a show based on her book America over the Water, 7.30pm (not Suns), contact venue for details

Theatre Royal

from 4 Oct, Der Rosenkavalier, 18th Century fairy story, not to be missed, 6.30pm (Sat 2.15pm), Prices vary, contact venue for details

10-14 Oct, Rikki & Me, Play revolving around the life of Rikki Fulton, 7.30pm, Mats Wed & Sat 2.30pm, Prices vary, contact venue for details 17-21 Oct, The History Boys, Alan Bennet’s triumph reaches the capital just after the film is released, 7.30pm, Mats Wed & Sat 2.30pm, Prices vary, contact venue for details 24-28 Oct, An Hour & a Half Late, Mel Smith in a rare stage appearance, 7.30pm, Mats Wed & Sat 2.30pm, Prices vary, contact venue for details 30 Oct - 4 Nov, Rebecca, Nigel Havers returns in the stage version of Daphne du Maurier’s epic novel, 7.30pm, Mats Wed & Sat 2.30pm, Prices vary, contact venue for details

Chicago The Musical, Jennifer Ellison in one of the most enduring musicals of our time, 8pm, Mats Wed & Sat 2.30pm, £28.50- £6.50

King’s Theatre, 3-7 Oct, Tutti Frutti, NTS

long-awaited production finally hits Edinburgh, 7.30pm, Mats Wed & Sat 2.30pm, Prices vary, contact venue for details

27 Oct - 18 Nov, Mary Stuart, NTS’s production of Friedrich Schiller’s major play focussing on the relationship between Mary Queen of Scots & Queen Elizabeth I., 7.45pm, Mats Wed & Sat 2.30pm, £24 - £10

Traverse Theatre

5-7 Oct, Kaahini, Scottish premiere of Maya Chowdry’s new play, with Red Ladder, 7.30pm, £12/£7/£4.50 (concs) 6-7 Oct, Droopy Met Hal, Exciting coproduction Scotland’s Dudendance & Germany’s Fabrik Potsdam., 8pm, £12/£7/£4.50 (concs) 12-14 Oct, Jason & the Argonauts, Award winning Visible Fictions – the hit of this year’s Bank of Scotland Children’s International Theatre Festival – present a brand new version of a classic tale, 7.30pm, £12/£7/£4.50 (concs) 14-Oct, deGENERATION, An evening of 3 works by choreographer Hofesh Shechte, 8pm, £12/£7/£4.50 (concs)

Royal Lyceum Theatre

Until 21 Oct, The Merchant of Venice, Mark Thompson’s production kicks off the Lyceum’s 2006-07 season (see review), 7.45pm, Mats Wed & Sat 2.30pm, £17.50 - £10

EDINBURGH THEATRES

Strathclyde Drama Centre, 98 Ingram St 0141 552 3489

Theatre Royal 282 Hope Street 0141 240 1133

Bedlam 11b Bristo Place 0131 225 9873

Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama (RSAMD) 10 Renfrew Street 0141 332 5057

Tramway 25 Albert Drive 0141 422 2023

Broughton Arts Centre St Mary’s Church, Broughton Place 07762 894240

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10-14 Oct, Something Wicked, Three sisters gather for their mother’s funeral, & secrets are unravelled, 8pm , £8/£6 12-28 Oct, The Tempest, Tron Theatre Company celebrates 25 years with Shakespeare’s mystical tale, 7.30pm, Thu 12 all tickets £6, Fri 13 £10 (£6), all other performances Tue – Thu £10 (£6) & Fri – Sat £14 (£7) 15-Oct, In Conversation with Alan Cumming, Part of the Tron’s 25th Anniversary celebrations, 7pm, £14/£10 17-21 Oct, Lazybed, New offering from exciting theatre company Rhymes with Purple, 8pm , £8/£6 22-Oct, In Conversation with Michael Boyd, Part of the Tron’s 25th Anniversary celebrations, 7pm, £14/£10 23-Oct, In Conversation with Johnny & Maureen Beattie, Part of the Tron’s 25th Anniversary celebrations, 7pm, £14/£10

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Tron Theatre

6-7 Oct, To Come, UK Premier of Mette Ingvarsten’s group work, 8pm, £9/£5 12-14 Oct, Scottish Ballet, Scottish Ballet returns to the Tramway for the first time sicne 2003, 7.30pm, £12/£10/£6 20-21 Oct, Martha @ Tramway,

Edinburgh Playhouse, 10-21 Oct,

4-7 Oct, Zurich Ballet, Performance of one of the most respected ballet companies in Europe, 7.30pm, Contact venue for details 14-Oct, Grumpy Old Women Live, Annette Badland, Rhona Cameron & Jenny Éclair in the stage version of the hit TV show, 7.30pm, £21.50/£20 16-21 Oct, Joseph, Lloyd Webber’s hit musical is back, with H from Steps in the eponymous role, Times vary, contact venue for details, Prices vary, contact venue for details 25-27 Oct, Rambert, Rambert Dance Company return to Edinburgh, 7.30pm, Prices vary, contact venue for details 31 Oct - 11 Nov, Me & My Girl, The happpiest show in town!, 7.30pm, Mats Thu & Sat 2.30pm, Prices vary, contact venue for details

GLASGAY!2006, Created by Richard Move, this performance pays tribute to the legendary Martha Graham, American dancer & choreographer, 8pm, £10/£6 20-21 Oct, Otter Pie, A comic attempt at exploring the materialism of the “me generation”, 8.15pm, £4/£2

Tramway

23-Oct, Tribute to Stéphane Grappelli & his Gypsy Jazz, Return of Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis, 7.30pm, £13/£10.50 27-28 Oct, Mother Courage, Brecht’s masterpiece performed, 7.30pm, £10.50/£8/£6.50 30-Oct, Dòchas, The exciting Dòchas hail from the highlands & islands of Scotland, with their traditional song & dance performances, 7.30pm, £13/£10.50

GLASGOW THEATRES

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19-21 Oct, Geeks, Greeks & Party Myths, Drawing on classical Greek tradition & typical teenage angst, this play details the aftermath of a party, 7.30pm, £5/£2/£3 26-28 Oct, Pumpkins, Candle Wax & a Cat O’Nine Tales II, Neil Packham’s sequel, back by popular demand., 7.30pm (Sat 7.30pm + 9.30pm), £5/£2/£3

in association with

Tron Theatre 63 Trongate 0141 552 4267

Brunton Theatre Ladywell Way, Musselburgh 0131 665 2240

Edinburgh Fest. Theatre 13/29 Nicolson Street 0131 529 6000

North Edinburgh Arts Centre 15a Pennywell Court 0131 315 2151

Edinburgh Playhouse 18-21 Greenside Pl 0870 606 3424

Roxy Art House 2 Roxburgh Place, 0871 750 0077

King’s Theatre 2 Leven St 0131 529 6000

Royal Lyceum 30b Grindlay St 0131 248 4848

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St Bride’s Centre 10, Orwell Terrace 0131 346 1405 Theatre Workshop 34, Hamilton Place 0131 226 5425 Traverse Theatre Cambridge St 0131 228 1404

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Red Road

by Keir Hind

Glasgows nosy neighbours hard at work

R

ed Road, geographically, is in the North of Glasgow, and is not the sort of place you want to be late at night. ‘Red Road’ the film is set in and around there, and won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes. Written and directed by Andrea Arnold, it follows Jackie (Dickie), whose job is monitoring CCTV cameras all over Glasgow. One day, she sees a man called Clyde (Curran) whom she thought was still in jail. She starts to spy on him with the cameras, but then begins entering into his life, with what Clyde act ua l ly d id only gradually being revea le d a nd Kat e’s actions, which seem bizarre at times, eventually becoming clear.

the end. It’s been made as part of an intriguing Lars von Trier initiated scheme called “The Advance Party”, whereby certain characters have to be incorporated into different films set in Scotland. This is the first, and if it’s successful then we’ll be seeing more of these characters. That aside, this film uses the main characters, Jackie and Clyde, superbly. There are some excellent s e q u e n c e s t o o, such as when Jack ie fol lows Clyde for the first t i m e , v i r t u a l ly a silent f ilm, or the extremely realistic pub fight, far different from Hollywood bar brawls. The film unfolds quietly and at its own pace, which may be too slow for some. But stick with it, because ‘Red Road’ definitely goes somewhere.

A BRILLIANTLY ACTED SLOW-BURNER THAT IS COMPELLING TO THE END.

This is Andrea Arnold’s debut feature, but she has experience: she won the best Short f ilm Oscar in 2005, made a couple of shorts before that, and before that was even a kids TV presenter (on Number 73, if you remember it). This may explain why ‘Red Road’ is such an assured film, a brilliantly acted slow-burner that is compelling to

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ON THE WEB World Trade Center - Oliver Stone lays off the politics but ladles on the scmaltz. (OUT NOW) The Black Dahlia - De Palma’s noir thriller turns out to be brutally disappointing. (OUT NOW) Dirty Sanchez - Laugh, puke and staple with the British Jackass wanabees. (OUT NOW) Click - Adam Sandler controls the universe with his remote. Run away. (OUT NOW) Africa In Motion - Full details on the Edinburgh African Film Festival.

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FILM Let Them Eat Popcorn

by Alec Mcleod

hose with a keen ear for beats, in all their many shapes and sizes, are almost certain to own a DJ Kicks outing. Now in its tenth year, the series easily stands out in a market saturated with DJ mixes that serve merely as marketing tools to sell an image or lifestyle, rather than being the result of a genuine passion for music.

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What I do know is that so far her films have been technically mature, and throw up for debate the question of whether today’s men have been brought up to be capable of any

From the outset, Berlin-based label K7 took a different approach, aiming to take the vibrant sound of the dancefloor into the listener’s home; they viewed DJ sets as a bona fide cultural art form, with those invited to contribute given full artistic freedom. The resulting 26 mixes have taken in a wide range of styles and artists, from the abstract turntablism of DJ Cam to Playgroup’s punk-disco, Thievery Corporation’s late night moods to Tiga’s electro-clash turn. The series’ versatility is illustrated once more on the forthcoming contribution from German producer, Henrik Schwarz. Though primarily known for his house productions, particularly the freeform tech-jazz jam, Leave My Head Alone Brain; his mix takes in varied artists such as James Brown, Drexciya, Pharoah Sanders, Womack & Womack and Rhythm & Sound.

Future plans? He’s been working on an album, it’s a slow process though, largely the result of running his own graphic design company. Alongside his production and live work. However, despite such a busy life, he prefers the slow approach: “I want to know what I can do if I take a little more time for music. I want to follow a proper path, utilise different styles… combine electronics with truly skilled musicianship.” DJ KICKS : HENRIK SCHWARZ IS TO BE RELEASED ON OCTOBER 23 ON K7. 5 COPIES OF THE ALBUM, AND 5 DJ KICKS T-SHIRTS TO BE WON - GO ONLINE FOR DETAILS ! WWW.K7.COM, WWW.SUNDAY- MUSIC.COM

Photo by Paul Heartfield

A fan of the series, he felt honoured to be asked. While working for the label, he’d gained an understanding of how they themselves worked and respected their methods: “With K7, it’s the artists that come first. The label simply absorbs and reflects what they have to offer.”

Fortunately they saw the funny side after “a bad dose of hairpiece” was misheard. kind of responsibility, which as a young Oscarwinning director with three films under her belt, Sofia is in a perfect position to ask, and the story of Marie Antoinette is a classic example. Not only blamed for their initial lack of children (a medical fault of Louis’), Marie was feared as an Austrian spy and so was denied access to matters of state. Given the

by Stephen Carty

job of providing entertainment for the court instead, she took the job to heart, learning stagecraft, improving her talent for music and then getting blamed for opulence when it was clear that Louis’ wars were going to bankrupt the country. Charged with starting a revolution, maybe Marie Antoinette’s case for the defence has just got under way.

JACKIE CAN STILL BOUNCE OFF WALLS WITH THE BEST OF THEM.

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fter entertaining us for years with highoctane, action /comedy Hollywood movies, martial-arts guru Jackie Chan has now decided to return to China and his roots. Exactly why is still unclear but speculation suggests that the stuntman extraordinaire was frustrated at the limited roles available to Asian actors in mainstream Hollywood. Other rumours cited the lack of control Chan was given on various projects and that he has therefore returned east in order to have more jurisdiction over how midriffs are kicked and necks are chopped. His return sees the imminent release of the latest in his ‘Police Story’ series which, despite being made 20 years after the original, shows that Jackie can still bounce off walls with the best of them. The latest edition, creatively titled ‘New Police Story’, is a bold move for Chan as it takes an entirely new direction with a darker, more series approach and, Gasp!, some real acting. Taking a departure from his usual happygo-lucky staple character, our favourite black-belt plays down and out alcoholic cop Wing who, after losing his whole team, has alienated himself and (as clichés abound) is pulled back into action by the upand-coming wisecracking cop, Cheung (Tse), to rid the forces of evil. Love him or hate him, you have to credit Chan’s gung-ho approach to moviemaking where he jumps through ladders and hangs from buses without a hint of blue-screen. However, fans should prepare themselves for a different kind of movie to the usual high-jinks antics the likeable ninja provides. Will we see some innovative yet story-necessary action? Indeed. Will we see guns, flicks and some nifty kicks? Of course. But will we see some crying and Chan being sick with whisky in an alleyway? Actually, yes. Certainly not a typical Chan effort but make no mistake, he is most definitely still kicking.

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play out there are always samples and references to other peoples’ music, mostly early funk and jazz stuff,” he explains. “I try to include these to show where I’m coming from.”

“The basic idea was to select a few of the tracks that have inspired me over the years”, he explains. “I wanted to approach the mix in a similar way to my live sets, tweaking the various elements to create something you can dance to.” A graphic designer by trade, Henrik first became involved with K7 while re-designing their website. Determined to keep his music career separate, he neglected to mention it in meetings. However, the label’s A&R brought up the subject, eventually inviting him to produce a DJ Kicks.

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“I PUT THE MIX TOGETHER THROUGH FEELING WHAT TRACKS SEEMED RIGHT TOGETHER. I WAS LOOKING FOR SPONTANEITY... A SPECIAL MOMENT.”

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rom her birth in 1775, young Maria Antonia could easily have been voted by her peers as “Girl Most Likely to Succeed”. The favourite child of the Empress of Austria and the Holy Roman Emperor, she was married off at 15 by her matchmaker mother to the heir to the French throne, the most powerful on the continent. Unfortunately young Louis had not been properly trained for his job – it was his elder brother, who had since died, who was given the appropriate education – but that didn’t stop the French court blaming their new fun-loving Austrian queen for all their country’s problems. A tragic tale of a innocent young girl unable to achieve her potential at the hands of an ineffectual young idiot male, this seems to fit the themes of director Sofia Coppola’s previous films very well. An intellectual psychologist type might speculate whether this has anything to do with some Electra-like disappointment at the inability of men her own age to match her expectations, what with her dad being Francis ‘The Godfather’ Coppola, who indulged her as a young teenager to the point of making a film co-written by her, starring her, which declared that pre-pubescent girls are old enough to order room service and throw parties by themselves. Of course, as an ineffectual young idiot male, my comment on the truth of this theory goes as far as, “Er…I don’t know.”

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CHARGED WITH STARTING A REVOLUTION, MAYBE MARIE ANTOINETTE’S CASE FOR THE DEFENCE HAS JUST GOT UNDER WAY.

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Starting out with a hefty list of 250 tracks, a combination of the licensing and mixing processes helped him reduce this to 23. Despite the slow responses from many major labels, he was pleasantly surprised to get permission to use productions from Marvin Gaye, D’Angelo and Arthur Russell. “I put the mix together through feeling what tracks seemed right together”, he says, “I was looking for spontaneity, a special moment, similar to when you mix records or CDs. From five mixes, I created a final version by combining sections of each.” K7 respected his final choice, although there are plans for an alternate version, which will be made available to purchasers of the album in an online capacity. “On the original version, I wanted to show a lot of respect for the tracks. The alternate mix is going to be more about my own take on them.” Schwarz has considered taking the mix out live, though it’s more likely he’ll take snippets of the tracks and drop them into his laptop-driven sets. “When I

Squarepusher – The Man Machine

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here used to be a weird kid at my school who claimed that he’d invented a time machine. Obviously he hadn’t, but part of me really wanted to believe that he had. For some reason, thinking of that strange, socially isolated adolescent puts me in mind of Tom Jenkinson (aka Squarepusher) except if Jenkinson told me he’d created a time machine, I’d believe him. There has always been something endearingly peculiar about Jenkinson, a genuine eccentricity that has allowed him to disassociate himself from any sense that his persona is a contrivance. Whereas label-mate and personal friend Richard D. James (aka Aphex Twin) is willing to gurn for the camera and portray himself as a nightmarish freak, Jenkinson’s obsession with his music has led to a self-imposed isolation (he cancelled appearances at this year’s Reading and Leeds festivals to work on his new album), with the artist only occasionally breaking cover to ridicule our ‘moronic cultural environment’ or discuss the role of music as a tool for challenging the complacency of middle class existence. So far, so political – yet the trajectory of Jenkinson’s subversions are difficult to plot. As a bass guitar savant who turned his hand to electronic music in the midnineties, his corruptions of the conventions

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of genre echoed his desire to rearrange the thought processes of his listeners: to attack comfort and complacency and invite radical thoughts and responses. We hear it even in his earliest work, this strange talent to open the door to new sounds and experiences, and show us the delights that lie within – only to help us on our way with a violent boot to the backside. A triumph of eclecticism, 1996’s ‘Feed Me Weird Things’ must also rank as one of the most sublime debuts of all time; with its insanely ambitious intersection of alien atmospheres, jazz, funk, jungle and acid – all held together with a redoubtable pop sensibility. In the years since this release Jenkinson has blazed an audacious and often baffling trail, his effulgent wit manifesting variously as tongue-in-cheek lairiness or absurd fauxconceptual gestures (2004’s ‘Ultravisitor’ studio album was overdubbed with the sound of crowds cheering in order to create a veneer of “cool”, in order to make “stupid people buy it”). The only constant in this sea of churning ideas has been the steady evolution of Jenkinson’s own technical brilliance – his incomparable bass playing has rendered his style literally inimitable, whilst recent output has featured dazzling work on both guitar and drums.

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Despite these gifts, Jenkinson also possesses remarkable humility, claiming that “a human operator brings as much about the machine to light as he does about himself.” Listening to his records with this in mind, albums such as 2001’s ‘Go Plastic’ become fascinating artefacts of the human desire to defeat our own limited corporeal nature through rhythmical symbiosis with machines; the artist pushing and punishing musical forms until they are eventually mutating too fast for our brains to process. And so to the new album. Whereas ‘Ultravisitor’ was described by the artist as “my spectacle of beauty and of terror,” ‘Hello Everything’ finds the good ship Squarepusher triumphantly breaking free of that dark, claustrophobic nebula and blasting off into altogether more pleasant climes. This album finds Jenkinson at his vivacious best, with breezy album opener Hello Meow setting the mood with its squelching bassline and chiming glockenspiel melody. Album highlight Planetarium epitomises

Jenkinson’s new direction, shunning the trend for overprogrammed beats and instead bringing tremulous, oscillating synths and orchestral swathes of melody to the fore in order to evoke the infinite possibilities that lie in the unexplored vastness of the heavens. It should come as no surprise to fans of Squarepusher that the album’s greatest achievement is a traditional instrumental composition: Circlewave 2 combines delicate fingerpicked guitar, loose, jazzy drumming and gorgeous bass runs to sublime effect. Expansive, emotive and heartbreakingly beautiful, it’s one of the best things I’ve heard all year in any genre. Squarepusher may need machines to go boldly where no one has gone before, but it’s still definitely a human who’s working the controls. ‘HELLO EVERYTHING’ IS RELEASED ON OCTOBER 13. WWW.WARPRECORDS.COM

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FAT MESS CO-FOUNDER AND FORMER DOGMA RESIDENT IBRAHIM PLAYS A DIVERSE MIXED BAG OF PUNKED UP ELECTRO, BREAKS AND TECHNO AT SPLIT - HERE HE INDULGES HIS NEW TASTE FOR BALTIMORE BEATS WITH A DJ CHART THAT IS A HOMAGE TO THE HOLLERTRONIX LABEL. CHECK IBRAHIM’S BAND AT WWW.MYSPACE.COM/DOUBLEHELIXONLINE. 1. Tittsworth - Eye Whips Pussy (Vicious Pop) B-More with old-skool flavour, sampling John Witherspoon’s crazy Dad from ghetto weed fable ‘Friday.’

picking up hookers. Roxy Music were way more rock than the limp -wristed metal gods of the 80s; Ferry’s a playa. Dig the pseudo-Jamaican vocal inflections.

2. Spank Rock - Top Billin’ From Far Left (Big Dada) T h e b e s t DJ c u t f ro m t h e m a r v e l l o u s ‘ YoYoYoYoYo’. Spank Rocked it at the ‘Cab in August. Will be amazing until his: “dick turns racist,” whatever that means!

7. M.I.A. - Bucky Done Gun (XL) Another tune that slides nicely in alongside B-More, a cracking electro-punk shout-fest that probably annoys the hell out of you. Anthemic.

3. Wiley - What Do You Call It? (XL) Newly signed to Big Dada, is the captain of the good ship Roll Deep. What do we call it? Eskimo, mate. 4 . J o aki m - Tee n a g e K i s s (Kitsune) Stonking sped - up disco weirdness from Joakim. Oddly, fits well with grime and B-More shit. Lolita-esque, with a big Squarepusher finish. 5. Three 6 Mafia - Stay Fly (Sony) / Squarepusher - My Red Hot Car (Rephlex) Technically cheating as it’s two tunes. Dying to become a bootleg. Mix the accapella over the squelchy bits. 6. Bryan Ferry - Love Is The Drug (Virgin) The best tune ever writ ten a b o u t m e a t m a r ket s a n d

8. Missy Elliott vs. The Clash Casbah (Hollertronix Bootleg) (Money Studies) Recently re-released, this hard to find bootleg of Missy over the top of a Rock The Casbah i s a we e g e m , eve n tota l lamebrains can get behind something as funky as this. 9. DJ Format - I’m Good (Format Remix) (Genuine / PIAS) Format ’s own remix of the b es t t u ne f ro m h i s l a s t L P sounds wicked pitched up to 8. Abdominal’s laugh-out-loud lyrics are even more impressive at full whack. 10. Di plo - News fla s h ( B i g Dada) From 2004’s ‘Florida’ this is a brilliant tune, Aphex- esque mellowness but with ragga vocals, and with a mad bit of what sounds like Japanese at the end. Quality weirdness.

DR. OCTAGON

HYDRO

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THE RETURN OF DR. OCTAGON

On ‘Octagonecologyst’, Kool Keith threw the rap rulebook away, dropping rhymes about proctology, serial murder and biochemistry over Automator beats. Ten years on, ‘The Return...’ has a big rep to live up to. German production duo One Watt Sun more than measure up, and the first half of the album is inspired. The feverish electro of Ants has Keith comparing cities to hives over DJ Dexter’s awesome scratching. The bizarre pseudo-ska of Aliens is a romp; Trees is a heavy, digi-funk anthem to shame George Clinton. The second half - largely made up of comedy-voiced slow funk and rhythm and blues, is frankly worrying, but in the best way. It will take a few listens to get your head around A Gorilla Driving A Pickup Truck, but it’s worth it. A 20-year veteran, Kool Keith has nothing to prove, but it’s reassuring to know he is still raising a middle finger to the cloned rank and file of hip-hop mediocrity. [Bram Gieben] OUT NOW. WWW.THERETURNOFDROCTAGON.COM WWW.THERETURNOFDROCTAGON.COM

JUNIOR BOYS SO THIS IS GOODBYE (Domino Records)

A few listens round the office have encouraged comments like a modern-day Ultravox to be bandied about in connection with the Junior Boys (aka Jeremy Greenspan and Matt Didemus), and it’s difficult not to agree. This album has dug, clawed, and buried its way into the brain. From the minimal and lo-fi beginnings of Double Shadow with its complex thatching of beats and violin-esque synths (belied by the simplicity of the track), hints of R&B mingling with electronica and chilled house emerge to flavour the rest of the album. Darker Gary Numan hues are etched across First Time, and the vocals emerge as an alto choirboy gone slightly wrong, while Like a Child steers the album towards more recognisable RnB terrain, but with an airy purity about it. Frank Sinatra even gets a reworking on When No One Cares, but to say its unrecognisable is an understatement, as it leans closer to Swedish pop-meisters Magnet. Rather than an evolution, the addictive ‘So This Is Goodbye’ reaches back into 80s electronica and drags it up to date, adding progressive modern touches. [Alex Burden] OUT NOW.

SILICONE SOUL SAVE OUR SOULS (Soma)

The new album from Soma’s Silicone Soul sees the Glaswegian duo develop their ethereal brand of progressive house into an even more introspective and mellow form, generally more suitable for a post-club chill-out than a packed floor. There are fine exceptions, such as Bad Machine’s upbeat machine funk, but Silicone Soul excel at mythical rhythmic soundscapes, as on Do Some Good’s washing synths and hallucinogenic voice samples. A house record on which live instrumentation strengthens rather than dilutes, the ethereal understated grooves make for a fine and equally psychedelic alternative to the popular ketamine house sound. ‘Save Our Souls’ suffers from the occasional ill-placed vocal, as on The Stars Become The Sun, but is always saved by that liquid and distinctly Somatic production. Though not as instantly accessible as its predecessor ‘Staring into Space’, it’s a groovy, hypnotic and pleasantly organic record. Perfect for that 4am playlist. [Calum Rodger] OUT NOW.

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SINGLES/EPS ALL Y’ALL (REMIX)

Riffing on familiar themes of struggle and survival in a gruff American accent, Hydro can hold his own against gangstas like Noreaga, whom he has been working with in the Bronx, but has nothing to distinguish him from a multitude of other gangsta rappers. Although Hydro is repping Scotland, this tune has nothing Scottish about it. Hydro has heaps of talent and ‘realness’, but the way he employs it is questionable. Granted, many other Scottish acts don’t have the accent, but most manage to be part of a Scottish musical scene, not imitations of an American sound and culture. Workmanlike and uninspiring. [Omar Kudos] OUT OCTOBER 3 WWW.UNDERDOGENTERTAINMENT.COM/ARTISTS.PHP

MARTINEZ

SUNSHINE STALKER EP (Darkroom Dubs)

Swedish-born Martinez first made his mark on the electro scene back in 2003, and has since developed a respected following, debuting his first long player to much critical acclaim, thus enabling his talents as both DJ and promoter to reach a wider audience. Having premiered both tracks on the Sunshine Stalker EP to a great reception at the Sonar Festival, it’s now time to unleash these tunes to the wider public. Both tracks are perfect slices of electro-house, with a twinkly, spacey, cosmic vibe. Ideal for chilling out to after a heavy night’s partying, and full of various twists and turns that will no doubt appeal to a variety of electronic music lovers. Martinez is certainly one to look out for in the future; as with every atmospheric release his sound veers towards an edgier and more experimental side of house music, a style we’ve typically come to expect from label bosses Silicone Soul. [Karen Taggart]

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irst off, a mention of the Secret Policeman’s Ball revival to be held at the Royal Albert Hall on the 14th. Including such dignitaries as Eddie Izzard, The Boosh, and Chevy Chase (!) it looks set to be a great night. The reason for it being in the Edinburgh Film News? Well, the whole event is going to be ‘cine-cast’ live to the Cameo, so you can see the entire show unedited and uncensored, before the rest of us plebs get to see an abridged version on telly. Tickets are £12 (£10 to Amnesty members) and all proceeds go to helping those facing unfair imprisonment around the world.

Another good cause hitting Edinburgh’s screens is Africa in Motion, a brand new festival aiming to bring attention to Africa’s illustrious cinema history, most of which has been overlooked for decades. Showing a selection of films, of which some have only one print still in existence, by directors such as Ousmane Sembene and Youssef Chahine, it is a rare chance to see the cinematic highlights of an entire continent. If you usually choose your films by the director, perhaps you should consider not having heard of the above filmmakers as the very reason for going. The festival runs from the 20th to the 29th, and more information is at www.africa-in-motion.org.uk. Possibly not as culturally worthy, but just as fun, is the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival. Not so much a series of films starring mountains (enter Marlon Brando joke here), this festival is more concerned with people jumping, sliding or rolling off them as fast or furiously

J Africa in motion as possible (enter Maria Schneider joke here). Featuring films, lectures and masterclasses by adventure professionals, it should interest all those involved in the outdoors, and with open entry film and photography competitions, it could provide inspiration for camera-holders who want to contribute to next year’s. However, if you thought Mountain Culture was a brand of goat’s cheese, you may want to stay indoors. It’s on during the weekend starting Friday 20th, with a weekend ticket to all films and lectures costing £38. For a full description of prices and events, SEE WWW.EDINBURGHMOUNTAINFF.COM.

ust as Edinburgh is preparing for its Mountain Film Festival (see Edinburgh Film News), it seems Glasgow has attempted the classic “rock, paper, scissors” move by presenting the 1st Glasgow International Bike Festival. Running (or is that pedalling?) from the 4th to the 12th of this month, highlights include another chance to see the gripping account of the 2004 Tour de France from the perspective of Ivan Basso’s CSC team ‘Overcoming’, and the screening of ‘Manifesto’, starring Ryan Leech, will be followed by a Q&A with the biker himself. Check out www. singletrackworld.com for details. Sometimes it feels that as soon as one festival ends, another begins. Well in the case of this month it’s true. No sooner will the Bike festival have finished inaugurating itself, than we will see the return of a welcome regular. Document, the International Human

Rights Documentary Festival, is now in its fourth instalment and from the 12th until the 16th it will be showing another collection of uncompromising films intended to bring a better understanding of human rights issues. Full listings should be available at www. docfilmfest.org.uk by the time you read this. Finally, just when you thought the huge publicity wheels of ‘The Da Vinci Code’ had finally been cracked, the Burrell Collection will be exhibiting the work of Michelle Ong, whose jewellery made for Carnet includes the pieces used in the film adaptation of the massive merchandising machine. Of course, pieces such as the Fleur de Lys Cross Key and the Opus Dei are but one small aspect of Ong’s work, which is seen to be some of the most important jewellery of our time, but this first opportunity to see them will probably be a fine way of justifying having spent your money on that duff movie. The exhibition starts on the 28th October, finishing on the 10th December, and admission is free.

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ONLINE//: SKINNYMAG.CO.UK Album Reviews Headman – ‘On’ (Gomma) Darc Mind ‘Symptomatic of A Greater Ill’ (Anticon) DJ Shadow - ‘The Outsider’ (Island) Missy Elliot ‘ R e s p e c t M . E’ (WEA) Penpushers - ‘Art Mechanics / Vo i d En g i n e e r s’ (Incorporeal / KFM) ….and more Event Reviews Architeq, Boogaloo, Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh, Aug 25 Ja mes Lavel le, Sugarbeat, Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Aug 25 Sven Vath, Pressure & Cotton Cake, The Arches, Glasgow, Sept 1 Hybrid, Chew The Fat, Subclub,

Glasgow, Sep 1 … and more Features Club 2 Hot - Under 18 clubs pushing forward with the next generation of music Dabrye ( Ghostly International Records) – An Inter view with Dabrye Edinburgh Open Dex – Our guide to making the move from bedroom to stage. Soom T-ing Unique & Fresh – Up close with Glasgwegian artists Soom T Sweet Urban Beats – Our full interview with Sweet E and ODC The Lyric Age - Our full interview with Penpushers Feet Don’t Touch The Ground - More on Swingingman Records Henrik Schwar z

Competition: Win DJ Kicks CDs & TShirts Previews Construct, Studio 24, Edinburgh, Oct 13 David Holmes, Headspin, Bongo Club, Edinburgh, Nov 4 Peter Hook , The Messy Sessions, G u r u , G l a s g ow, Oct 19 Single/EP Reviews Brainshaker - ‘Brain Effect’, Favourite To o l s 5 ( P l a n e t Natus) Nathan - ‘Cold as Ice’ (Masterpiece) To My Boy – ‘I a m Xray / Outerregions’ (Abeano) Umek – ‘Posing as Me’ (Earresistible Music) … and more

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LOST IN A DARK PLACE - OCTOBER RELEASES

t’s hard to think of a film that has had a more significant impact on the collective imagination of a generation of young British viewers than ‘Withnail and I’. Earlier films about youthful freedom and insecurity, like ‘People on a Sunday’, ‘Rebel Without a Cause’, or ‘Un Bout de Souffle’, were all produced, and most influential, in other countries. Quite apart from the incalculable British-ness of ‘Withnail and I’, this month sees the release of the film’s commemorative 20th anniversary edition: read Caroline Hurley’s excellent re-review on the facing page to reminisce. I’d also like to draw readers’ attention to our online DVD pages, where we have reviews of several recent J-movie releases. These range from the latest instalment of the successful ‘Eye’ series, ‘Infinity’, to Takashi Shimizu’s ‘Marebito’ and the extraordinary collection of shorts ‘Three Extremes’. Featuring a truly stellar line up of directors - Fruit Chan, Park Chan-Wook, Takeshi Miike – ‘Three Extremes’ caused a considerable stir when it arrived in the Skinny office, being snapped up in no time. Until next month... R.J.

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Finally, a DVD release has been granted to ‘Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place’ (Oct 16), one of the most under-appreciated comedies of recent times. The show gained a cult following w hen it wa s o ri g i na l ly a i red i n 2 0 0 4 , b ut disappeared after one series. Since then the cast have popped up in various British comedy shows: none, however, to surpass this masterpiece. For those unlucky enough to miss it first time round, Dark Place is basically a spoof of 80s horror shows like Tales from the Crypt, and the comedy comes from the shoddy special effects, hammy acting and ludicrous story lines that are parodied so brilliantly. As Garth Marenghi makes clear, though, the show contains material which some may find: “too subversive, too dangerous, too damn scary.” Readers have been warned. In comparison, the universally lauded ‘Best TV Show of All Time’ just keeps on going - here with ‘The Simpsons Complete Season 8’ (Oct 2). The infuriating delay in getting them onto DVD means this is only the eighth series, but with 25 episodes to choose from there’s more than enough here to keep you laughing. Classics include the episode in which Frank Grimes becomes jealous of Homer, the one where Homer suspects Bart of being gay, and the time Homer

ISIS – CLEARING THE EYE

‘Isis a cliff?’ ‘Yeh mate. Easy now.’ As momentum builds ahead of the forthcoming Isis LP ‘In the Absence of Truth’ this Halloween, ‘Clearing The Eye’ is an assured reminder of their “post-metal” meanderings. Featuring snippets of performances from legendary stateside venues, such as LA’s Troubadour and New York’s CBGBs, this is essentially a no-frills package without any great technical jiggery pokery. The tunes do all the talking, remarkable given that frontman Aaron Turner rarely even sings. Scaling five years of performance, from the slow-burning majesty of Celestial to the controlled pathos of the self explanatory Collapse and Crush, Isis deliver a template comparable to (though substantially heavier than) Mogwai - and have been around for

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hallucinates after eating the world’s hottest chilli. You’ve probably seen most of them before, but if you’re not going to take the risk of the above DVD, then for comedy consistency this is your bet. The Gallaghers return for a third season proving it’s still grim, and funny, up North. Some episodes are starting to feel a little bit laboured and lacking in inspiration, but a few instalments of ‘Shameless Season 3’ (Oct 16) retain the wit and banter that made the first series such a hit. And the whole collection is worth it just for the episode in which Frank is unable to get drunk, and the glorious Technicolor explosion when he finally achieves inebriation. People tend to either love or hate Channel 4’s ludicrous desert island drama, and for all the obsessives out there you can finally buy the ‘Lost Complete Season 2’ (Oct 2). By this point the stranded cast, still surprisingly clean shaven

Unfortunately, visually, apart from the bonus promo video for In Fiction, there’s little of note going on here but a group of guys throwing it down. Maybe one of their mates just happened to bring a camcorder along for the ride. [Dave Kerr] OUT NOW.

Another love or hate affair here, as the surreal comedy series from the creators of Smack the Pony returns for the tricky second series. ‘Green Wing Season 2’ (Oct 2) features all the popular quirks of the first series: speed up/slow down effects, irrelevant sketches, and a lack of any grasp on reality. With the wealth of comedy actors and writers on this show it’s a wonder why it falls so short of the mark, but clearly Green Wing is doing something right if it gets a second series and Dark Place doesn’t. (Peter Walker)

FREE: FREE FOREVER

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Forever Free is the most complete collection of live performances from the four-year career of a group whose legacy is becoming more and more evident in the current swathe of bluestinged bands. The DVD makes no real attempt at narrative, and there’s no explanation as to why these guys went from being briefly the biggest band in the UK to a Wrigley’s advert. Yet their onstage charisma comes through loud and clear, both in the studio performances and the Isle Of Wight footage, helping to explain how this unpretentious blues-rock outfit broke box office records previously held by Led Zep. The inclusion of recent interviews is a dubious choice: the fake tan and few insights only serve to highlight that the absent Kosoff was really the only enigma in the Free story. Several songs occur more than once, but this too is a testament to how suddenly Free rose and fell; we tend think they’re all right now, but they were great back then. [Caroline Hurley]

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OUT NOW almost as long. Although perhaps more directly attuned to the furrow ploughed by the likes of part-time collaborators Neurosis (see our Red Sparowes feature in Sounds this issue) and touring buddies Mastodon, theirs is still an elusive niche which feels heretofore unchartered by many, if anybody else.

and attractive, are settled in and venturing further into the island. Here they begin to stumble upon other groups of survivors and the mysterious bunker. The hardcore faithful will probably already have bought this DVD, and the sane amongst us will steer well clear, but if you’ve got a spare £30 and a free weekend you could do a lot worse. At least you won’t have to wait a week after every pointlessly exasperating cliff-hanger.

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InMe, White Butterfly Caught Live

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Tupac, Complete Live Performances

THE WICKER MAN ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

Last month’s release of the Wicker Man Special Edition, while not a music dvd in itself, featured the famous original soundtrack - a combination of t ra d it io na l S cot t i s h fo l k va riat io n s a nd atmospheric ‘occasional pieces’ - as part of the set. Particularly noteworthy because the original tapes were thought lost, or even destroyed, for many years, the Wicker Man is also one of the finest soundtracks yet written. Paul Giovanni, its composer, ensured its musical ‘vision’ was appropriately ambitious for the themes of belief, life, death, and sex that pervade the Wicker Man, and Magnet’s renditions remain steeped in the remote exoticism and menace of the film itself. Perhaps too ‘heavy’ for a traditional start to finish listen, splice these tunes into a mix next time you’re on a road trip Up North, and experience the sinister mysticism of one of our most recent and chilling fairytales. (RJ Thomson)

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-man crew Penpushers (MCs Lifeboy and Obsolete, and DJs The Brain and Dr Hands Zharkov) are reluctant to categorise themselves as a hip-hop act. Their new LP ‘Poltergeeks’ is a quiet masterpiece with some dark corners, brightened by the presence of new member Jane Gilbert. “We are not really genre-conscious like other bands,” says producer The Brain. “A lot of hip-hop bands will be in the studio, someone will come up with a beat, and everyone will be like: ‘Oh that’s not hip-hop, can’t do that, that’s too weird…’ We’re not advertising ourselves as a non-genre band, it’s just that we don’t like to have descriptions applied to the music.” “As soon as you pigeonhole us, we’re fucked,” says lyricist Lifeboy. “Record stores have Genre X labels, and once they’ve stuck you in there, that’s where you stay.” ‘Poltergeeks’ is an album that moves away from the Anticon territory of their previous work to a more song-based approach. The lyrics are a portentous mix of dystopian imagery and classical allusions, Lifeboy quoting Yeats on lead single Breathe Deeply. “With Poltergeeks, a lot more real feeling went into it, rather than just taking you off on another bizarre journey, which was kind of our trademark on tunes like Ugly Tree. We could go ahead and write that tune that all the B-Boys are going to like, and walk around with our jeans hanging off our arses and all of that shit, but for me it’s not fulfilling,” says Lifeboy. “You have to dig a little bit deeper.” Penpushers are perhaps the most critically respected hip-hop exports from Scotland. ‘Poltergeeks’, whether they like the pigeonhole or not, is a great hip-hop album – full of intelligent and challenging rhymes and moody, atmospheric beats and textures. Who cares if you can’t dance to it? In terms of conceptual ambition and musical experimentation, Penpushers lead the pack.

It had been all quiet on the FBC (AKA Fountainbridge Collective) front for the last year or so, until Norton & Solenoid returned from a jaunt in Copenhagen, visiting founder member and producer Boogie B Rhomboid. The fruits of this visit can be heard on the new EP ‘Welcome to Jazz Club’, under the FB boys new moniker The Landing Party. It is the first

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The Landing Party Spank Rock MC Naeem’s stage presence is equal parts Kool Keith, Prince, Schoolly D and Rick James. He’s a “badass muthafuckin’ cool jerk” in a button-down shirt and Erkle glasses, redefining geek chic. He preened and posed kinetically, spitting out renditions of Backyard Betty and Sweet Talk that sent the crowd into pandemonium, the usually stoic hip-hop hoodies throwing shapes like disco queens. In between songs, the three man DJ team of Chris Rockswell, Ronnie Darko and xxxChange scratched and cut on two laptops, four decks and a variety of gadgets, applying the logic of the Scratch Perverts to fevered electro, techno, soul, and cuts from their hilarious ‘Couche Tard’ mixtape. After just two songs, everyone in the crowd was a baying, screaming fan. An encore featuring Naeem rhyming over Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy sent the room delirious, as Darko performed an Air Cock Thrust. Naeem passed his vodka bottle around the front rows, and invited the ladies up on stage to dance, his DJs shouting: “We appreciate your vaginas!” Spank Rock have laid down the blueprint for the future of hip-hop, successfully fusing the legacy of acid house and rave culture with intelligent rap. The result is the freshest, most infectious, outrageously sexy live performance you could imagine. [Bram Gieben]

Penpushers (L-R: The Brain, Lifeboy, Obsolete, Dr Hands Zharkov) EP on their new label Swingingman. A more light-hearted approach is evident, particularly on the lead track: “I guess because we were abroad, having fun; it just felt more laid-back,” says Norton amicably. “The name Swingingman came from a Black Flag album called ‘My War’, tells the story of a modern man driven to suicide: ‘I’m the swinging man / And my feet never touch the ground.’” They may have lightened up, but they’ve not lost their punk approach to hip-hop. New tracks from American signing VS Dot will follow The Landing Party’s EP, and FBC themselves will be supporting Souls of Mischief at Cabaret Voltaire on October 28. I ask how much support FBC have had from local media and radio: “It ain’t constant, but they show us interest, it’s up to us to keep giving them new stuff to play. Any urban artist north of Birmingham needs more coverage. Swingingman is gonna keep pumping out quality releases; we ain’t looking to have a huge stable, but consistent quality from folk you can rely on to have something interesting to say, and to say it with gusto.”

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I t h a s b e e n t h re e ye a r s t h a t Edinburgh has awaited the return of Digital Soundboy label bos s Shy FX. Although he is one of the most commercially well known DJs in the drum and bass scene, Shy FX doesn’t continually tour to keep his name in the limelight. He’s kind of an enigma in that sense, and outings, much like this one to Xplicit, can always be looked upon as rare opportunities. Shy FX (aka Andre Williams) released the rude boy ragga/jungle track Original Nuttah back in 1994 with UK Apache, and in 2001 he broke into the UK Top 40 with T Power and Shake Your Body. I wouldn’t, however, expect some sor t of pop - esque set from this London based junglist. His live shows

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Known for its unparalleled quote-ability, ‘Withnail and I’s humour has been re-worked time and again; bizarre characters with indecipherable anecdotes were later recalled in ‘Wayne’s World’ and The Fast Show, among others. And yet the film was very much of its time. That this eulogy to the 1960s was produced amid the artistic pessimism of the Thatcher years lends an added poignancy

to the bittersweet tale of two unemployed actors who go on holiday “by mistake” as the decade of free love and revolution is drawing to a close. Although perhaps resonating most strongly with those whose lives swing between Hamlet and hangovers, ‘Withnail and I’ exists as much more than a student rite of passage: it has proved itself a classic. The film fits with a description of the country rock movement of the late sixties, “Not only the music of the jaded and the whiskysoaked; it spoke of the disillusioning experiences of youth.” Twent y years on, the succes s of ‘Withnail and I’ has proved that beneath the quintessentially English humour, there is something universal at work. [Caroline Hurley] OUT ON OCTOBER 2

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X Men 3: The Last Stand

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Withnail and I - 20th Anniversary Edition United 93

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Bladerunner - Director’s Cut Special Edition

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The Da Vinci Code Final Cut

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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie A Woman Under The Influence The Devil Rides Out The Eye... Infinity Little Fish

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Oh What A Lovely War! - Special Edition (inset)

ON THE WEB Three Extremes Varied horror shorts from three top Japanese directors The Eye... Infinity Playful J-horror in the popular series The River - by Jean Renoir BFI reissure of technicolour classic

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PENPUSHERS – ‘POLTERGEEKS’ IS AVAILABLE NOW FROM KFM RECORDS, WWW.KFMRECORDS. COM. THE ENTIRE PENPUSHERS BACK CATALOGUE IS ALSO AVAILABLE IN FOPP AND UNDERGROUND SOLU’SHN FOR AROUND £5 – THERE ARE REVIEWS OF BOTH MINI -LPS AND THEIR DEBUT LP ONLINE. SWEET E & ODC’S COMPILATION CD AND DVD ‘NORTHERN EXPOSURE (NRNEXP)’ IS OUT SOON. THEY ARE PERFORMING LIVE AT THE BONGO CLUB AT ‘OXJAM’, AS PART OF AN OXFAM APPEAL ON OCT 18. WWW.SWINGINGMAN.COM, WWW.KFMRECORDS.COM, WWW.MYSPACE.COM/NRNXPO

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represent every beat, break, and bassline in the scene and the Bongo Club can look forward to a sneak preview of tracks from his recent bout of studio work. If you’re looking for something fresh, bouncy and with its fair share of vocals, Shy FX at Xplicit should already be marked firmly in your calendar. [Jonny Ogg]

To mark the 20th anniversary of the ultimate student film, a re-mastered ‘Withnail and I’ is released on a three-disc 20th Anniversary Edition. Including a brand new interview with writer Bruce Robinson, a ‘Postcards From Penrith’ featurette and the 1999 documentary ‘Withnail and Us’, the package also includes a guide to the Drinking Game and, of course, the original soundtrack.

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LITTLE FISH It is rare to see Australian actors performing material in their own accents in a film that isn’t clichéd or derogatory to Australian culture. The script for ‘Little Fish’ is fast-paced and intelligent: short scenes and sparse dialogue manage to convey immense emotion. Films that are neither British nor American can be guilty of playing up cultural difference for comic effect, however ‘Little Fish’ opts for more subtle means that make for a few brilliant comic moments. In an era when many films are forgotten as soon as the advertising campaign ends, this story of complex, everyday characters facing difficult decisions lodges inside you, and although the characters have few redeeming qualities you still care deeply for them. The tension in the dialogue is palpable throughout, and topics such as family, forgiveness, drug abuse, homosexuality and paedophilia are handled with a soft and insightful touch. It is clear, after a parade of so many bombs, that Australian cinema still has plenty to offer. [Xavier Toby] OUT ON OCTOBER 23

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Are there really too many rappers and not enough beats, as Edinburghbased Sweet E and ODC claim? The brother and sister partnership have been making music for nigh on ten years. Early influences came from their mother, and her love for the soulful sounds of Marvin Gaye and gospel music. As Sweet E sees it, “Music as we know it comes from church; from Africa through slavery and interpreted over centuries to what we have today – it is the very essence of music.” While studying in the USA, Sweet E supported Naughty By Nature, The Roots and MC Solaar. A stint in London paid off, and soon she and ODC were securing support slots with artists like Roots Manuva and Skinnyman. Did they find it difficult to enter the hip hop scene with Scottish accents in a largely Americanized genre? “It depends where you’re from,” replies Sweet E. “People get used to the accent. We have been all over the UK dropping tracks, and with the Scots accents our music is unique and eclectic – almost like watching River City for the first time! We try to help out with our immediate community, hoping that this can spark off a chain reaction to help the next person, and the next. We aren’t materialistic in our determination for success, but at the same time we do want to be rewarded for what we do.” That may not be far away; rumour has it that Mos Def’s manager has been taking an interest. Intelligence and strong will make Sweet E and ODC major contenders to break Scottish hip-hop abroad and elsewhere in the UK.

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Hailing from the hotbed of hip hop talent that is LA’s Bay Area, Souls of Mischief are set to bring their West coast style to Edinburgh next month. Comprising of old school friends A-Plus, Opio, Phesto and Tajai, the Souls of Mischief have an impressive discography behind them, including classic debut album ‘93 Till Infinity’, impressive follow up ‘No Mans Land’, and successful releases with their wider collective Hieroglyphics, such as ‘Third Eye Vision’. Their uncompromising style has won them many fans in the industry and this is reflected in the list of collaborators and tour partners, including A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Common, The Roots and KRSONE. Their sound is characterised by lyrical depth and dexterity combined with consistently solid production and turntable skills. A must see gig for anyone who prefers their hip hop to avoid the blatant capitalism of the current trend. [Peter Walker] 7PM -10 PM, £10. WWW.THECABARETVOLTAIRE.COM

With a superstar line-up on a Saturday night at Cabaret Voltaire it was always going to be a tight and sweaty affair, and although there was a little rain, the venue was still full by 1am. Fellow Frenchman Romain warmed things up in the main room with some more subdued mixes that kept the crowd moving, without tiring them out for the main event. Dimitri started early and had the music savvy flocking towards the decks. When the Unabombers kicked off with their trademark Hip-Hop cut-ups in the backroom a little later there was temporary confusion; people were torn between the two quality acts – decisions, decisions! Top marks to Bacardi for some colourful decorations which added an extra dimension to the ‘Cab. [Dorian Williams]

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GAMES

“IF YOU WANT TO TROT UP THE DRIVEWAY OF THE DON, RING HIS DOORBELL AND HAPPY SLAP HIM INTO SUBMISSION, YOU CAN.”

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elcome friend, to the new and improved pHfat games section. Inflated due to popular demand and a bit of winging on my part. Now we can bring you even more random reviews, fantastic features and other crap. New shit we have includes: a guide to avoiding working at work, mobile gaming, and some retro-tastic gaming tips. Combine this with our new blue colour scheme and I wouldn’t be offended if you ripped it out and ate it to absorb all the nutritional gaming goodness (don’t actually do this... dumbass). Anyway, read on and be merry.

LEGO STAR WARS II Charming, light-hearted, and with a great love for its source material, Lego Star Wars is back, this time dealing with the more beloved Episodes IVVI. The game itself is more of the same: relatively simple platform action interspersed by (really quite funny) movies and the odd puzzle that’s so simple you’ll be kicking yourself that it took fifteen minutes to figure out. If you enjoyed the original, then you’ll enjoy this. There are problems however. Surprisingly, the vehicle sections all now seem tofollow the same, somewhat dull, top-down style. Additionally, despite promises, the story mode is no longer than the original. Overall it lacks the first game’s originality; we knew what to expect and not enough has been advanced to guarantee a wholly different experience. It is still undeniably fun: the little quirks and the co-op mode make this a perfect game for passing a few hours with a mate on a dull day. Just don’t expect any thing too new. [ Craig Wilson] LUCASARTS/ TT GAMES OUT NOW ON XBOX, PS2, PC, PSP. WWW.LUCASARTS.COM/GAMES / LEGOSTARWARSII/

ELECTROPLANKTON The DS, being a Japanese invention, has a plethora of crazy and innovative Japanese games to go with it, and Electroplankton is probably it’s most typically Japanese title to date. The game has no point. There is no aim, aside from pure musical niceness, and there is no actual way to finish the game. But that in itself is an asset. Combined with excellent touch pad utilisation, this game is a true pick up and play experience, and will make any non-gamer smile and giggle with glee within twenty seconds of picking it up - brilliant. Electroplankton is a blend of ten minigames, each very different but very simple, and all enable everyone to create some awesome music. There is not much else to be said - play it and you’ll understand what I mean. My only qualm would be the price, at the minute a little steep for what is essentially a brilliant distraction. (Josh Wilson) OUT NOW ON DS RRP. £29.99 WWW.ELECTROPLANKTON. NINTENDODS.COM

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magine a city rampant with crime. Imagine a governmental agency designing super soldiers to bring down the many crime syndicates terrorising the city. Now, if your imagination is in full working order, you should have thought of something akin to Crackdown. Pacific City is the city, and The Agency is … the agency. And you, you control a super cop whose job it is to bring down said crime rings. The beauty of the game rests in this been-done-before concept - there are no missions as such, you just stop crime. So if you want to trot up the driveway of The Don, ring his doorbell and happy slap him into submission, you can. Doing this before gaining some experience, however, may result in a bit of a spanking for our super cop.

Or, more useful to the game, you can go tackle crime from two fronts. For instance, say you never really got down with the whole driving thing in single player mode (of which there is a lot; think in terms of GTA for car numbers and variety), but you need to make a quick getaway from an assault; so you post a Wanted: Getaway Driver ad on Xbox live. They come into your game and, after you have been throwing grenades around the Godfather’s crib, help you make a speedy and smooth escape. Brilliant. The possibilities within the game are massive: it looks amazing and runs like a dream... a crazy, explosive, rooftop-hopping wet dream. Combined with the regular crime fighting

mode, the game also remembers everything you do. Say you headshot 400 people in a row, the game remembers this and posts it onto a leader board of achievements online for others to try and beat. It will even remember if you grab a pedestrian, chuck them into the air and then juggle them with your rocket launcher for 10 minutes - giving you first place on one of the more obscure leader boards. The possibilites have never been closer to properly endless. FOR X360 OUT: CHRISTMAS 06 WWW.CRACKDOWNONCRIME.COM

The experience system is essentially the driving force of the game; you beat on some low level cretins to gain experience and level up your cop (in strength, agility, guns, explosives and driving). As you level up you get increasingly kickass: for example your improved agility means that there is nowhere in the game that is inaccessible. You can scale massive skyscrapers to get a view into a secret mafia meeting and blow them all away from afar. Or if you are a bit more hands on you can stroll into said meeting and throw a car at them - as long as you don’t die in the process, it’s all gravy. Another facet of the game which drives it’s nonmission-ness is the hierarchal system of the gangs. While it may not be wise to go straight for El Jefe, there are generals in the gang which are slightly easier to kill. So take down the gang’s arms dealer, and all of a sudden the remaining plebs have sticks where once were AKs, making your life that little bit easier. All this gaming goodness can then be played in Co-op mode, over Xbox Live, and it adds a whole further dimension to the game. There is no strict multiplayer mode, instead you invite people into your world and you two can do whatever. Run around shooting each other, leaping from building to building, in place of a death-match mode if you want.

DEAD RISING When there’s no more room in Hell, the Dead will walk the Earth. Unfortunately for Frank West, our fearless freelance reporter turned hero, he’s managed to land himself in the middle of the mall Satan chose for his landing party, and with zombies ago-go, Frank (aka you) must survive to break the story to the world, taking pictures of t h e ca r n a g e a s yo u g o. D e a d R i s i n g i s deceptively simple – find zombies, then dispose of them using whatever is at hand (an easy favourite is the lawnmower) - but it provides a depth not normally associated with games of this ilk. For instance, you can choose to help the survivors you might meet along the way, which will impact on the story arc, or you could just let them become zombie food, snapping away with your trusty camera as the flesh is stripped from their bones.

What should just be a standard hack n’ slash affair turns out to be a very enjoyable survival horror/GTA-style cross breed, especially with the variety of weapons and methods of transport. For instance, throwing pizza at the undead while zooming around on a skateboard is more satisfying, and funny, than should be allowed. With plenty of references to your favourite horror flicks – Dawn of The Dead, Brain Dead, and more fun than a barrel full of monkey’s brains Dead Rising will keep you coming back again and again, even if it is just to splatter a few undead body parts around the place with a hockey stick. (Steve Adams) CAPCOM OUT NOW ON XBOX 360 (£39.99) WWW.DEAD - RISING.COM

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In the same area, the University of Glasgow unions are a cheap trip if you’re in student company. The Beer Bar in the GUU beats the QMU on price, but its popularity with the sports teams and the cheapo pitchers of Diesel, mean you’re likely to see a fair amount of rugby tackle if there’s been a fixture. Linking Sauchiehall to the West are the bar/clubs Mojama and Driftwood, which work on the pile high, sell cheap principle,

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and do spirit/mixers for about £1.50. Just drink though, don’t admire the wallpaper, as the chic minimalism looks like an old Doctor Who set. Driftwood fares the same, with a faintly ridiculous wooden front and a mescaline-fried, guntoting Mexican leering from every corner.

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Equidistant along Sauchiehall, the Art School Vic Bar and the Strathclyde Union are both money savers. The former is brooding, low-ceilinged and hyper-cool, the latter a glorious technicolor vomit, spilling pissed students everywhere. If it seems impossible to gain cheap intoxication without joining the student clique, then venture beneath the Merchant City to a well lit, comfortable bar with an excellent jukebox and pride in its’ lack of scene pretensions. Revolver is also a classy place to head before the town centre, with doubles only 20p more than singles and cheap pints of San Miguel. Admittedly, it being Glasgow’s finest gay bar might put some off, but as long as you can work out where the ladies toilet is hidden, it’s a pleasant boozer. If dropping a tenner for a night out at the Subbie doesn’t fit the budget then there’s still plenty of great clubbing to be had on the cheap if you know where to look. Art School Thursdays are an institution for pound pints and sticky dancefloors, with hip-hop upstairs courtesy of

Freak Menoovers and camped up electro in the Vic bar from Record Playerz. It’s almost always packed out and has a great atmosphere, with drinks promos and £3 entry (11pm-3am) if you’re a student. Just down the hill from the Vic, the ABC does a good line of nights for indie lovers that won’t break the bank. Entry price ranges between £2 on a Tuesday to a fiver on Saturday (10.30pm-3am), but if you have Internet access it’s easy to book a guestlist place online, which will save you waiting in the obscenely long queue that’s usually outside. The Buff Club is a wee gem tucked away near Blytheswood Square on Bath Lane that caters for people with funky tastes ranging from hip-hop, classic Motown, funk, Northern Soul and electro. It’s a small and sweaty little number with some sweet wallpaper (you’ll see what we mean) that’s usually full to the gunnels and reasonably priced too, the best night being a Monday.

A slice of southern hospitality, New Orleans-style was served up in Southern Comfort’s Fat Tuesday tent at Indian Summer. Glasgow’s own Melting Pot got things kick-started early Saturday afternoon, their trademark soulful disco-funk-house formula warming the crowd up nicely. Co-author of ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’, Bill Brewster followed, playing some of the influential tracks given a mention in the history of the DJ. The Soul Jazz Sound System took to the turntables soon after. Making a rare Glasgow appearance, their heav y weight reggae selection was a welcome addition to Saturday’s bill. Next-up, Amp Fiddler gave us the only full Fat Tuesday live show, he and his band perfectly embodying the laid-back vibe that had come to characterise the afternoon’s proceedings. As tracks from ‘Waltz of a Ghetto Fly’ and follow-up ‘Afro Strut’ were given a serious work-out, he had the increasingly looselimbed crowd in the palm of his hand.

KING TUTS WAH WAH HUT, OCT 27 British hip-hop has long been regarded as a rather London-centric genre with limited wider relevance or appreciation, and only a few artists have really broken free from that stereotype. One exception is Manchester based producer Andy Turner, AK A Aim. From jaz z and rock roots with his band The Chelsea Flower Show, he became involved in the Manchester music scene and set up his own record shop selling everything from deep house to west coast hip hop. It was while scouring rival record shops for hidden gems that Andy’s fine taste was spotted by Mark Rae (one half of Rae and Christian), and he was urged to send a demo over to Mark’s label, Grand Central Records, where he was snapped up immediately. Over the next six years the release of groundbreaking albums like ‘Cold Water Music’ and its more than able follow up ‘Hinterland’ staked his claim as a talented producer of downtempo, soul-laden hip-hop, and led to remix work for the likes of The Charlatans, Ian Brown and St Etienne. In 2004 a change in direction for the label led to Andy leaving the now defunct Grand Central and setting up his own label Attic Records, which is soon to release his third long player ‘Flight 602’. The album is accompanied by a UK tour for Turner and his nine-piece live band which hits Scotland this October with two dates. You can see Aim at the Liquid Rooms (Edinburgh) on Oct 26 and at King Tut’s (Glasgow) on Oct 27, for the thoroughly reasonable price of £10. [Peter Walker]

So don’t despair if your rent’s eating up the student loan or if you’re just plain skint - there are still plenty of ways to get your music fix, and get drunk and belligerent without having

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But looking at the prices – now all release dates and launch day costs have been announced – we’re paying over the odds. Again. The US gets the exact same package as us, yet receives this glorious bundle including the delightfully titled ‘Wii Sports’ at a mere $250. So taking into account the current exchange rate and good old VAT, we should have been looking at a launch price of £150, right? Wrong, we’re set to splash out £180 for the privilege of receiving our consoles a few weeks later. Nice. As for Sony and the PS3, not only has our (and only our) particular release date been pushed back to Spring-time, but we’re looking to be paying at least £100 MORE than our friends over in the US for our systems, never mind an extra £10-£15 per game too.

Mario + 3D = Pure Wrongness by Chris Pickering

Released on Nintendo’s ill-fated N64 (a cartridge based system when even the music industry had moved completely to CDs) Super Mario 64 was heralded as something of a rebirth for the world’s favourite Italian. However, the rotund little moustached plumber’s transformation into full 3D didn’t go smoothly.

cameras still rarely work, even in these days of HDTV and gazillion megabyte hard-drives, but back in 1996 many a curse was uttered as Mario plummeted to his death thanks to a wicked spin of the camera that left you entirely confused.

The Mario games were all about pure platforming action: making those perfectly timed jumps to avoid the Goombas, hopping over that fire spitting flower, and managing to clutch the top of that flag pole at each level’s end. But with 3D, a new problem was introduced to this wickedly simplistic formula. 3D

So what does Mario become when it’s difficult to actually jump from platform to platform? Bloody boring, that’s what. There’s no denying that ‘Super Mario 64’ was a huge technical achievement, but it took untill the 2006 release of ‘New Super Mario Bros’ to bring the series back to the top of the tree.

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Barnyard (GBA/ PS2/GC/PC) NASCAR 07 (PS2/PSP) NBA Live 07 (PS2/PSP/PC/ PS2/360/Xb) Nintendo (DS) Browser (DS)

October 10

Super Paper Mario (GC) Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner (PS2) Touch Detective(DS)

October 13

Age of Empires: The Age of Kings (DS) Warlords Champions (DS/PSP)

October 20

Destroy All Humans! 2 (Xb/PS2) Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PSP) KAZooK (PSP)

October 27

Magical Starsign (DS) Heroes of Annihilated Empires (PC) Actionloop (DS) Blitzkrieg 2: Fall of the Reich (PC) Desperate Housewives (PC) Every Extend Extra (PSP) Ford Street Racing: LA Duel (PSP) Guild Wars Nightfall (PC) (NBA 2K7 PS2/360/Xb) Pokemon Ranger (DS)

November 3

War Front: Turning Point (PC) ATV ‘Thunder Ridge Riders’ (GBA) Monster Trucks Mayhem (GBA) Need for Speed Carbon (DS/GBA/GC/ PSP/PS2/Xbox/360) Reel Fishing: Live & Nature (PSP)

ON THE WEB Prey - Vertigo inducing shooty madness CivCity:Rome - Unrevolutionary city building: an undercooked mix of Ceaser and Civ..

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THE ARCHES, OCT 27

him as a beneficiary in 2000 – the first DJ to be taken on board. Slam will, of course, be the ambassadors for Glasgow’s beats, and Soma’s new label Pnuma will be putting their lastest American signing Let’s Go Outside to the test. Nottingham’s Leftroom Records are celebrating their 1st Birthday, by taking over the Play Room for an evening of beats from label owner Matt Tolfrey, Marc Ashken (live), and Audiojack. The event is a little pricier at £18, but for that you get so much more ‘tunage’ to the pound. [Alex Burden] DOORS 10 PM -3AM, £18. WWW.MYSPACE.COM/LEFTROOMRECORDS 06

FOR MOST OF US, PRE-OWNED GAMES HAVE SIMPLY BECOME A STAPLE OF OUR GAMING DIET Amp Fiddler

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Maurice Fulton took over with a disco-meetsacid house assortment, followed by Optimo’s first appearance of the weekend. While Twitch fired rapidly through his own laptop-twisted takes on pop, house, techno, rock & reggae; Johnny added an electro-tinged angle, drawing the first day to a close. Day Two began with Butch Cas sidy Sound System’s soul-tinged reggae before Paul Cawley gave us an old-meets -new school hip - hop selection, later nudging the tempo into house territory. Mr Scruff followed, dropping jazz, funk, soul, house, disco, hip-hop, house and reggae into the mix to an appreciative crowd, closing with The Cure’s Love Cats, and a tent packed with smiling faces. Moodymann was next, taking to the stage for the most anticipated appearance of the weekend, his generous afro and face partly hidden under a towel. Using the mic to greet the crowd, he proceeded with a radio show-style set of hiphop, soul and funk, the records interspersed with his own introductions and chat. Optimo rounded off the weekend’s Fat Tuesday frolics with another comprehensive collection of beats, Keith and Johnny again displaying the breadth and depth of their individual musical tastes.

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Firstly, let’s go for the Wii. We’re all well aware that the system is little more than a tweaked Gamecube, but it’s the revolutionary control method, allowing you to swish the TV remotea-like Wii Remote instead of jabbing away at umpteen buttons, and manipulating analogue sticks that’s got our collective juices flowing. Despite its lack of power, it seems to be the more anticipated of the two next generation consoles we’re still yet to see sat under our TVs.

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GREEN VELVET, SLAM, IVAN SMAGGHE, AGORIA, PRESSURE Take a decent-sized venue, several headlinersin-their-own-right dance artists, and put on one hell of a night. That seems to be the idea behind this big name bonanza of techno heads. Green Velvet needs little introduction – the brains behind Relief Records, Cajmere, and an integral player of the Chicago house and techno scene, he just can’t get enough of these shores. Black Strobe’s brutalizing electro industrial techno will be heartily represented by Ivan Smagghe for the evening, so expect an interesting exploration of his Parisian underground roots. Another French native joining the fray will be Agoria aka Sebastien Devaud and his melodious take on Euro techno. He’s so good that even FAIR (French support fund for new artists) enlisted

In all the excitement with regards to the imminent release of Nintendo’s revolutionary Wii and Sony’s credit card maxing PS3, we seem to have all failed to notice that once again we’ve been well and truly screwed.

Yet again, we European gamers have been well and truly screwed by these two Japanese giants of gaming. But hey, why should they break the habit of a lifetime, right? (Chris Pickering)

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‘Goodfellas’ is a gangster style trade/management and poker game, which (title aside) has pretty much nothing to do with the actual movie. Essentially it has two modes, poker (5-card) and the management mode. In the latter you control a team of five thugs, with strategy arising when deciding who to send on which jobs (jobs vary in difficulty, and your guys gain experience as they go) and how much to ask for when strong-arming a banker or hawking all those guns that fell off all those lorries. At the end of each week, after all the nefarious dealings are done, you and your superiors sit down for a quiet cup of tea and play a few hands of poker. Here is where the game fails - my main issue is that it is five card poker, which is crap (Hold’em all the way – much more actual skill involved). Combined with the poor AI of your supposed bosses and the superfluous concept of being able to cheat, I found myself skipping this portion of the game far more than I should have (considering it is a large part of the game). Shit card games aside, controlling your empire (which expands with the scores as you progress) is done well and in such a way as to make this game a nice, healthy (tad addictive) distraction on any mode of transport. [Josh Wilson]

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espite the budget prices of a Buckfast and Tennents carry out, drinking out in Glasgow can be a hellish drain on finances, particularly in the West End, where student poverty clashes with middleclass affluence. In a recent kick against this, Uisge Beatha on Woodlands Road has introduced a 20% discount on production of a valid matric card. They’ve got wicked decor, and you can enjoy the company of an entire stuffed Savannah and a legless Margaret Thatcher for less than two quid a drink. Just up the road is The Halt/Halt2, an old man’s boozer renowned for free rock music and two quid pints. (Except when Franz Ferdinand play for £25 a ticket and ruin the fun.) Keep your eyes peeled for promos and freebies; the pint/panini–type deals are decent and the recent Caribbean Cocktail night was top value, if somewhat incongruous. Reggae and paper umbrellas do not a classy drink make. Down on Byres Road, Tennents bar offers a midpriced drink and a fine selection of slightly more expensive real ales, but is mostly notable for its pound-a-can carry outs.

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GLASGOW ‘Avin’ it on a Shoestring Pt. 2

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iven the tendency in most students for being frugal (i.e. stingy) and the high price of new releases, the majority can only afford to put up the cash for the occasional must-have games without fear of having to cut into their alcohol fund. However, this has help lead to the rise and rise of the second hand games market.

Shops like Gamestation have made a business out of re-selling games that have been played to death by countless users, only to be sold on again to another happy buyer. For most of us, pre-owned games have simply become a staple of our gaming diet. But the trek to the shops that have them can be long and tiring, which is why you can now turn to the trusty Internet to supply all your gaming needs. As always there is the ever-reliable eBay, which holds bargains aplenty if you know what to look for and when to bid. Nigerian cash scams aside, it’s a reliable way of getting the rarer games which are harder to come by, as well as the newer releases at a much cheaper price than in the high-street shops.

Another wallet-friendly concept, which has recently made the transition from dvd to games, is online rental services, where you pay a monthly fee and have titles delivered to your door. The best part of this is that there’s no rushing to get it back on time, you can keep it as long as you want. There’s a lot of competition in this new market, and, with most offering a 10 day free trial, there’s nothing to be lost by trying it out. Some of the dvd-rental companies also operate a limited game service, but companies like Nimblethumbs.com, Postboxgames.com and Swapgame.com are more specialised. If monthly payments seem like too much hassle? New on the scene is swopex.com, a trading website, where you look for the games you want, and offer the ones you want to tradein. Now what could be simpler? EBAY.CO.UK WWW.NIMBLETHUMBS.COM WWW.POSTBOXGAMES.COM WWW.SWAPGAMES.COM WWW.SWOPEX.COM

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t last - the festival comedown is finally over, and Edinburgh and Glasgow theatre can get back to its best. Now that the cities’ student population has once again settled down, expect great work from Yasmi-nemo the Bedlam Theatre in Edinburgh and Glasgow’s Gilmorehill G12. Also exciting Scotland this month is the National Festival of Youth Theatre in Perth, supported by Promote YT. The Traverse sees the launch of its Traverse Cubed season, and the National Theatre of Scotland continues its reign over Scottish theatre in 2006 with Tutti Frutti’s tour stopping in at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, Mary Stuart beginning its run at the Citizen’s and the Royal Lyceum, as well as Project Macbeth at the Brunton Theatre. If that’s not enough, the Tron is celebrating its 25th birthday through a series of Conversations with Artists, including Alun Cumming, and the Arches oversees a fantastic trio of plays in its Belly of the Beast season. Sure, the Autumn TV season’s just beginning to kick off, but who cares? I know where I’ll be.

Top 5 1. Tutti Frutti. King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 3-7 Oct John Byrne’s adaptation of the 1980s BBC hit production has had hearts racing for several months; finally, it reaches the Edinburgh leg of its tour and promises a wealth of theatrical delights.

2. The History Boys. King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 17-21 Oct. Alan Bennet’s highly acclaimed production is unleashed at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, just as its BBC-funded screen version is released. Despite its well-worn formula, expect to be overwhelmed by the genius of this man.

3. Yellow Moon. Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Until 14 Oct. Scottish playwright David Greig’s new offering, Yellow Moon, follows the fortunes of a young girl and boy on the run. Runs until 14 October

4. Mary Stuart. Citizen’s Theatre Glasgow, 3-21 Oct. Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, 27 Oct - 18 Nov. The National theatre of Scotland’s version of Friedrich Schiller’s play makes its mark at the Citizens Theatre before moving on to the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh

5. Chicago. Edinburgh Playhouse, 10-21 Oct. Brookside bombshell Jennifer Ellison turns turns her musical prowess to the stage in the everenjoyable Chicago.

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October 06

In with the new: Traverse Cubed

by Marcie Hume

WITHOUT THIS KIND OF SUPPORT FOR NEW WORK, THE THEATRE WORLD WOULD LIKELY BE SWAMPED WITH ENDLESS ADAPTATIONS OF CHEKHOV AND BRECHT

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ith a flashy mathematical title that can be written any way you like, Traverse Cubed is bringing focus to new work this fall. Any place where contemporary artists are promoted, produced and supported is where you will find some of the most enthusiastic art-makers around. With funding from the Scottish Arts Council, Traverse Cubed (the ‘cubed’ represents the fine art triumvirate of theatre, music and visual arts) will be presenting full productions of three new plays by writers at the start of their careers as theatre folk.

Betcha by golly wow – if Glasgow ain’t alive and kickin’ this month, it ain’t ever gonna be! There’s a very special man coming, a man who needs no introduction but always gets a long one! It is - Mister Dynamite, The Man with the Crown, Soul Brother No. 1, The Original Brother Rapp, the Amazing Mr. Please Please Please, the Godfather of Soul, the Sex Machine, and the Hardest Working Man In Showbusiness – the one and only Mr James Brown (Carling Academy, Glasgow, Wed Oct 25, £32.50)! Alternatively Plastik Funk promises to provide soul and funk every Thursday at Bamboo (Glasgow, every Thursday, £4.00/£3.00/Free b4 11pm/free b4 12:30am with matric), and Edinburgers should check out Detroit 8-piece Nomo at Saturday Night Fish Fry (Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, 11.30pm-3am, Sat 21, £ 5). They combine Afro-beat, jazz and funk to exciting effect. Dig it! (Rev Al Brown)

Put your paws up for Fedde Le Grand : the Dutchman behind Put Your Hands Up For Detroit jets in for a DJ set at Bamboo’s continuing Season of Sound (6th, 10.3 0 pm - 5am, £7/ 5/ Free b4 12.30am w/matric). On the same night, Noise Pollution present one of the consistent leading lights of UK techno and one half of British Murder Boys, Surgeon, at Club 69 (6th, 10.30pm-late, £10). And finally, later this month, someone who needs little introduction: crew-cut pin-up Timo Maas, back for his first appearance at The Arches for four years, will be playing at Colours (21st, 10pm-3am, £13). Over in Edinburgh, Chicago’s DJ Heather will flies in for a date with Solescience at Cabaret Voltaire (13th, 11pm - 3am, £7) , rescheduled after August’s airport chaos. And, supporting homegrown techno as always, it’s Jakn’s third bir thday, with free par t y techno producer Autonome live at Studio 24 (27th, 10.30pm-3am, £7). (Tom Donohue)

In Edinburgh, look out for a special charity event at Studio 24 (Oct 13, 10pm-3am, £7) named Construct, that will include DJs across the dnb board from Xplicit, Manga, Obscene, Red Alert, Edinburgh:Bassed, Rogue State and Symbiosis. The money raised will be going towards Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres and the Meningitis Trust, so that you can make a difference while you’re partying. For something a bit more junglistic there’s Tarzan (Jaw of the Jungle) taking over Club Ego on the 7th (10.30pm-3am, £4) for an evening of hard D&B and ‘soul destroying noise’ from local headz Budan, FuK-NuT, Tekamine and more – free entry to anyone who comes dressed as Tarzan, Jane or faithful monkey Cheetah. Since

THE ‘CUBED’ REPRESENTS THE FINE ART TRIUMVIRATE OF THEATRE, MUSIC AND VISUAL ARTS

Morna Pearson, whose play ‘Distracted’ is being produced as part of Traverse Cubed, has been working for several years as a library assistant, slowly beginning to earn most of her living from her writing career rather than her day job. “The whole of this year I’ve basically managed to support myself with writing,” she says gladly. Having her play chosen for production has been a major event in her career, and Traverse Cubed is obviously of overwhelming importance to her. Along with some other playwrighting successes in recent years, Traverse Cubed is giving Pearson another push toward being a full-time playwright: “I do feel I’m a writer first. I used to say, ‘I’m a library assistant and a writer.’ Now I’m quite confident to say that I’m a writer.”

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As part of this month-long presentation, the Literary Department at the Traverse is organising a series of four “first glimpse” presentations of plays that have been commissioned by the Traverse, the Soho Theatre and the National Theatre Studio. Two young theatre companies are also receiving funding for productions, as well as artistic support from those who have been in the theatre business for a while, giving these companies a solid foundation from which to

grow. The Traverse’s Artistic Director and Literary Manager will mentor the companies Highway Diner and 12 Stars as they receive funds to work on their productions for this season. Any group would grasp at a chance to be given such attention, kept afloat financially and perhaps saved from going the way of the countless theatre groups that form enthusiastically and disband unwillingly, unable to keep interest and finances flowing. Not to suggest that these groups wouldn’t survive without the Traverse, but they will certainly be able to feel a little more solid in telling the world that this is, in fact, their job.

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“I DO FEEL I’M A WRITER FIRST. I USED TO SAY, ‘I’M A LIBRARY ASSISTANT AND A WRITER.’ NOW I’M QUITE CONFIDENT TO SAY THAT I’M A WRITER.”

Bugz in the Attic @ The Arches, Oct 5, £12/£14 The Bugz are Back in The Dog House with their latest b-boy LP to funk you up. Support from Boom Monk Ben and the Trouble DJs. Fedde Le Grand @ Rocket, Oct 6, £7/5 Put Your Hands Up for Fedde Le Grand and the Bamboo Crew (Geoff M, Gavin Somerville, Craig Laws, and Stevie Sole) as they deliver house classics and a Detroit vibe.

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Thankfully, Pearson has had reasonable success from the start, having her work read and produced regularly. “There are lots of outlets for the whole of the UK. Everyone’s looking for new writing, there are so many competitions to apply for.” Without this kind of attention to and support for new work, the theatre world would likely be swamped with endless adaptations of Chekhov and Brecht, productions funded most likely because of the notoriety of either those producing it or of the play itself. Classic plays command respect and interest just by their famous titles or well-known authors; but it is those creating new work, getting

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Honey Dijon @ Subculture @ SubClub, Oct 7, £5 b4 12/£10 Honey Dijon takes over Subculture for a mix-up of Chicago-tinged house, techno, funk, soul, and R&B.

contemporary, fresh ideas produced and seen, that need the attention and exuberance of the theatre community, not to mention the great necessity of financial backing. As theatre-goers, there is room for the classic but there must also be attention paid to the new. Traverse Cubed is an opportunity to view the work of artists who are hopefully at the start of long careers in the arts; and the Traverse has decided that they are certainly worth a good look. TRAVERSE CUBED, EDINBURGH, OCT 29 TO NOV 24.

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Emergency/Bad Robot @ GSA, Oct 14, £5 Guest DJ Daniel Wang headlines with his brand of Nu Disco, with support from residents Andrew Back and James Pole (Emergency), and hip hop and electro from Loosejoints & Stevie Elements

LiveVEvil shut down it’s been left to the weekly Scottish Drum and Bass Sessions (Liquid Lounge, Wednesday, 10.30pm-late, £2) to hold the fort for the scene in Glasgow. Near the end of the month the Subcity Radio Block Party (Oct 20, Glasgow School of Art, 10pm-3am, £5/7) will be playing a combination of D&B, electro, techno, house, and more from Boom Monk Ben, the Numbers Crew, Green Sofa, Leisure Allstars and more, but for rabid fans it may not have enough drum or bass to quench any deep rumbling thirsts. If you’re running a D&B night in Glasgow and you want a mention, hit up the Beats Editor at alexb@ skinnymag.co.uk. [Struan Otter]

FC Kahuna @ We Are… Electric @ Cabaret Voltaire, Oct 11, free b4 12 or members/£2 Breaks meets house as FC Kahuna, exponents of the big beat sound, take to the stage. Edinburgh Says Yes! Constuct @ Studio 24, Oct 13, £8 D&B fundraiser for Maggie’s Cancer and the Meningitis Trust with Manga, Obscene, Xplicit, Edinburgh:Bassed, and Red Alert. A tribute to much-loved MC Sonny, who sadly passed away last October. Aim @ Liquid Room, Oct 26, £10 Join Aim on his UK tour to promote third LP, ‘Flight 602.’ Expect hip hop with jazz, rock, and electronic roots from the nine-piece band. Shari Vari @ The Vaults, Nicol Edwards, Oct 6, Free b4 12/£3 Underground party based on 70s NY and 80s Chicago house parties. Club Michigan and Nightstrike lend their talents for disco, jackin’ house and hi-tech funk.

Doublespeak present Zorfax and Nonsense @ Macsorleys, Oct 19, £2 An exclusive live show of grime, big bass, tech drums, and “superduper amazing electronica”. Support yer local producers.

NRN EXP @ Oxjam, Bongo Club, Oct 19, £5 Edinburgh’s Sweet E & ODC performing live hip hop as part of Oxfam’s week of live music fundraising.

Pressure @ The Arches, Oct 27, £18 Green Velvet, Slam, Ivan Smagghe, Agoria, Let’s Go Outside AND Leftroom Records? This is five clubs rolled into one for an evening flavoured with techno, house, and phat beats.

Indigitous @ Bongo Club, Oct 27, £8 An evening of Digital Disco (Psychedelic Trance), Santan (Wildthings Records), and residents Kodo vs Amino, serving up reggae, breaks, and hand-staring trance.

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THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

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ow t h at t he months are getting darker, the Halloween parties are being planned, a nd t he adver ts for Xmas hampers are on constant rotation (£49.95! Call now for a catalogue), we are pleased to bring you something completely unrelated; We’ve gone hip-hop crazy again. Also sentured are Glasgow’s pubs and clubs (with more music to the pound), and Henrik Schwarz takes some time out in London to talk about his offering in the DJ Kicks series - see online for our DJ Kicks competition! Also online, we have something for those of you teetering on the brink of ‘adult’ age, with a look at the clubs that proudly tell the over-18s to do one. There’s a feature on free sessions for B-Boys (and others) at Edinburgh clubs, and full interviews with Soom T, Headman, and Dabrye. Also, don’t forget to check out our previews of Green Velvet, Shy FX, David Holmes, Souls of Mischief, Soul:Shine, The Messy Sessions, and Aim - not to mention hunners’ more LP and EP / 12” reviews. Before you go off devouring text, have you ever thought of joining The Skinny team? We’re growing all the time, and we need more people reviewing music and interviewing artists – with each new writer, we expand our own tastes. Do you think there’s a section of music that we’re not covering? Email alexb@ skinnymag.co.uk / bram@skinnymag.co.uk and tell us what you’re into. Please include a 150 word review on the last album you bought, or club you visited. We’ll also be at the Spectrum Festival (see preview) handing out mags, with a mighty-big clipboard. Come sign up! Laterz. Alex

1. Darc Mind ‘Symptomatic of A Greater Ill’ (Anticon) A rediscovered classic, incredibly this has languished in the vaults for about eight years. Hip-hop like it use ta be - nod ya headz. Out early October. 2. Squarepusher - ‘Hello Everything’ (Warp) More mind-bending genre-abuse and bass-led mentalness from Squarepusher. intelligent and intricately composed. Focussed and intense, weirdly beautiful. Out October 16. 3. Dr. Octagon ‘The Return of Dr. Octagon’ (Casual) Sheer lunacy. A twoheaded monster that savages you with P-Funk and electro before scaring the bejeezus

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out of you with rusty funk and creaky rhythm and blues. And of course skits about masturbating with turtles. Out now. 4. Junior Boys - ‘So This is Goodbye’ (Domino) Odd fusion of R&B, electro and synthpop. Comparisons with Ultravox don’t do this justice - slick, intelligent C21 pop. Out now. 5. Penpushers - ‘Poltergeeks’ (Incorporeal / KFM) An odyssey of sorts: a hip-hop album that touches on Greek myth, classic poetry, love, loss and death. Mature, intelligent but not difficult, the darkness is sweetened by the mellifluous tones of Jane Gilbert. Out now. (Bram Gieben)

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Underground Crown Holders People Under The Stairs, Dr Octagon & Darc Mind battle the bling

by Bram Gieben

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S Hip-hop’s current commercial success can be traced back to the early 90s, a period of creativity and innovation unparalleled since its inception. The arrival on the scene of producers like DJ Premier (Gang Starr) and Jay Dilla (Slum Village) heralded a new, jazz-inflected, head-nodding sound. So-called ‘conscious’ rappers surfaced. Lyrically, the move away from the glorification of violence opened up new avenues of expression, and new audiences, particularly among young, affluent white kids - those who did not buy into the ‘gangsta’ aesthetic favoured by some West Coast artists.

Expert lighting gracefully transforms the metallic, multi-mirrored set from Portia’s opulent palace to the sterile mercantilism of Venice’s counting houses, and there are some strong performances, most notably from Liam Brennan as Bassanio, Neve McIntosh’s Portia, and Mark McDonnel’s wonderful comic turn as the goonish Lanelot Gobbo. But it’s difficult to escape the fact that something is missing from this production; the strength of its supporting characters means that Chisholms’ Shylock sometimes appears to fade into the background, and the play suffers for it. Furthermore, as is typical of many of Shakespeare’s plays, the action drags on for too long, diluting an ending that should, by any accounts, be far more powerful and cathartic. [Yasmin Sulaiman] ROYAL LYCEUM, EDINBURGH, UNTIL OCTOBER 21.

THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT’ S WOMAN An adored classic doesn’t always translate to stage success. However, the stage adaptation by Mark Healy of John Fowles’s beautifully crafted romantic novel transforms the text into captivating viewing with ease. Under the direction of Kate Saxon and with the help of the distinguished cast their depiction bears close to the original masterpiece and equally enchants. The double love story explores the Victorian attitudes to forbidden love, temptation and the fight for personal freedom, despite the heavy burden this freedom seemed in those severe times. The tale is introduced by a bewildered writer who gives account, often with crafty humour, of characters rattling inside his head. They take hold of the story, develop and embark on a journey shaded with passion, treacher y and cruelt y through those pious and reserved days where passion was often equated to crime or insanity. The difficulty lies in tapping into the images already constructed in the reader’s mind. While the lengthy narrative could have been pruned, the crew and cast manage to depict the haunting atmosphere and eloquently capture the sentiment in celebration of the mastery of the original. [Simone Gray]

Staten Island’s Wu-Tang Clan emerged with a ground-breaking deal allowing them to record solo albums on separate labels. The Queensbridge area of New York was serving up a plethora of talent too, most notably Nas, whose ‘Illmatic’ was considered the best album of the era. It was a promising time, and, arguably, that promise has been fulfilled. Hip-hop is at its zenith in 2006 - but this success is fraught with controversy. Kevroc is the MC in Darc Mind, whose debut ‘Symptomatic of a Greater Ill’ was meant to be released in ‘95. The album was shelved after the collapse of Loud Records, and has resurfaced now on Anticon, as a poignant reminder of what was going on in the mid-90s scene. “Perhaps the game was at a turning point,” reflects Kevroc. “I was, at the time, frustrated with the amount of cats on the hunter gatherer level of this shit, obsessed with criminality and its espousal in their work. To America, crime is cool and dangerously exciting. We revere the sinister and romanticize the scoundrel.” Hip-hop became confident of its own success, and began luxuriating in expensive cars, designer jewellery, fashionable clothes. The era of Bling was arriving, and even talented MCs like Nas and Mobb Deep were swept along. The success of Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy camp, following the death of Biggie Smalls, was the emblem of this sea-change. Musically, the Bad Boy camp began to play to white audiences’ tastes - instead of sampling classic soul or funk, Sean Coombs started using The Police and Led Zeppelin. The crass commercialism of these efforts did not stop their runaway success. It was like a message had been sent out to the hip-hop world - “It’s time to get paid.” Suddenly hip-hop and R&B were friends again, and everyone wanted to be Al Green. Cue Busta Rhymes duetting with Mariah. Another big element in the mid-90s hiphop scene was the emergence of so-called ‘backpacker’ hip-hop, associated with the Rawkus label in New York. A small indie label, it was soon putting out early work by Pharoah Monch, Mos Def and Talib Kweli, and inviting legends like Kool Keith to guest on their records. There’s no doubt Rawkus were innovators, in business and musical terms - but by the late 90s they had trademarked their sound, and for many, it was as though underground hiphop had become just another brand, another way to market to a white demographic.

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In the s hoes of one of S hakes peare’s most d i s c u s s e d c h a ra c te r s , J i m my C h i s h o l m i s impressive; the ferocity of his Shylock is moving and, true to his nature, sheds no par ticular light on whether fiction’s most famous Jew is a sympathetic figure or a racial caricature. Indeed, Mark Thompson’s production of ‘The Merhcant of Venice’, which ignites the Lyceum’s 2006/07 season, offers an affecting portrayal of old world commercialism.

Kool Keith AKA Dr Octagon - he’s batty So does the underground still exist? Without a doubt, yes. Anticon are the children of the mid-90s boom. Jerry Ruffin (AKA Jel) and co. have a plethora of great artists making intelligent, edgy hip-hop with no specific demographic in mind. Bands like cLOUDDEAD are art for art’s sake, not a crass attempt to win more fans among a white audience.

can sit on the mainstream like Missy and still kill it; you can lurk on the fringes like People Under The Stairs and innovate consistently; you can be a crazy bastard who records masterpieces wearing a rubber face mask, whenever you feel like it, like Kool Keith; or you can lose everything only to resurface as a legend, like Darc Mind. “America doesn’t want to embrace the hiphop artist as a musical artist, but rather as a poster child for an oppressed and economically castrated group of people - hopelessly yolked at the wrists and ankles to a justice system designed to perpetually recycle its client base,” says Kevroc. “Hip-hop is the chipped-toothed grin in America’s 8 by 10 headshot, projecting a thorny and surly arrogance to nations abroad. And America likes THAT. But the popular image of the ‘hip-hop artist’ is viewed as an uncouth eccentricity of a perverse and decadent culture.” Hip-hop is a complex, ever evolving artform. It demands an intelligent response to the questions it poses, even at its most nihilistic and brutal. It’s not to be played with, or marketed just for the money. For the poeple who make it, and those who listen correctly, it’s a way of life.

On the West Coast, many crews are still going strong, resorting neither to the short-termism of gangster rap, nor the gold-laden excess of mainstream hip-hop and R&B. Souls of Mischief’s Hieroglyphics clan (playing this month - see preview) amaze and astound with each release, still incorporating heavy doses of that mid-90s jazz sound. People Under The Stairs meanwhile are allowing the Parliament influences to creep back into their game on the double LP ‘Stepfather’, which is as unafraid to criticise the mainstream from its position of the ‘underground’. Meanwhile, the return of 20-year veteran Kool Keith, with Berlin production duo One Watt Sun on the panels, will be a source of great joy for many UK hip-hop fans. With an electroled sound, vocals chopped, cut and looped rather than laid verse-to-verse, Kool Keith has managed to embrace the ever-changing zeitgeist; nodding to P-funk, rhythm and blues, and even ska, it is a heady mashup of an album, more in line with the genre-busting antics of Spank Rock than with his peers.

DARC MIND - ‘SYMPTOMATIC OF A GREATER ILL’ (ANTICON) IS RELEASED OCTOBER 6. WWW.ANTICON.COM

Finally, Missy Elliot has released her greatest hits this month. Although fond of the odd bit of bling herself, Missy has consistently delivered tunes for DJs and dancefloors. A listen to ‘Respect M.E.’ takes you on a fascinating tenyear trip through her raw, sexually charged and empowering blasts of bass and rhyme. Proof then that you can position yourself anywhere in the game and make quality hip-hop. You

PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS - ‘STEPFATHER’ (TRES RECORDS) IS RELEASED OCTOBER 2 - PUTS PLAY KING TUTS, GLASGOW, ON OCTOBER 10 AND CABARET VOLTAIRE, EDINBURGH ON OCTOBER 11. WWW.PUTSONLINE.CO.UK, WWW.PEOPLEUNDERTHESTAIRS.NET, WWW. MYSPACE.COM/PEOPLEUNDERTHESTAIRS MISSY ELLIOTT - ‘RESPECT M.E.’ (EMI) AND DR. OCATGON - ‘THE RETURN OF DR. OCTAGON’ (CASUAL) ARE OUT NOW. WWW.THERETURNOFDROCTAGON.COM

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THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW. RUN ENDED

THE TRUMAN CAPOTE TALK SHOW Truman Capote played many roles: socialite who betrayed confidences, literary superstar, Andy Warhol’s idol and then acolyte and, finally, tragic alcoholic. Bob Kingdom’s monologue presents all these personae, portraying an author haunted by his own genius. Kingdom captures Capote’s high-pitched voice and camp manner, generating sympathy for a man whose acid wit and brittle self-assurance destroyed friendships and made his terrible decline inevitable. From his unhappy childhood in the southern US to his drunken ramblings on talk shows, Capote is revealed as an artist aware of his weaknesses but unable to address them. His successes - ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ and the novel ‘In Cold Blood’ - are overshadowed by Capote’s personality and social life. Kingdom keeps the audience delighted through bitchy witticisms, and captivated by the misery of Capote’s later addictions. Capote’s story is recast as a moral warning against excess and a celebration of his peerless way with words. [Gareth K Vile] TRON THEATRE, GLASGOW. RUN ENDED.

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Red Sparowes:

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IT LOOKS LIKE THE YOUTH OF SCOTLAND ARE SERIOUS ABOUT CREATING GOOD THEATRE

by Alasdair Gillon

here’s a packed programme at Perth’s Horsecross Theatre for the second weekend in October (6th-8th) but then, what else should we expect at the 2006 National Festival of Youth Theatre? The festival is bringing in groups from all over Scotland, plus guests Kildare Youth Theatre (YT) from Ireland, to stage a feature production each during the weekend, while they enjoy background workshops, training from experts and meet performers from other groups. Run by umbrella organisation Promote YT, the festival is only in its second year, but with eight groups and more than 300 people aged between 14 and 22 taking part, it’s already the biggest annual event for youth theatre in Scotland. Of course, it’s just a selection of what’s out there – there are several hundred youth theatre organisations in Scotland. But if it’s really representative, then it looks like the youth of Scotland are serious about creating good theatre. The line-up confirms this. The feature productions include leading playwright Gregory Burke’s ‘Liar’, a drama about a “new boy” at school, to be performed by Fife’s Behind the Scenes YT. Burke was commissioned to write the play for the (English) National Theatre’s Shell Connections festival earlier this year. Another is ‘Citizenship’ by Mark Ravenhill (performed by Ireland’s Kildare YT), but all the other productions have been devised by the participating groups

what the festival offers – behind the scenes, it’s youth theatre itself that stands to benefit. Experts on hand include the National Theatre of Scotland (NTS), the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) and Borderline Theatre. They will work with the young people taking part in the intensive theatre weekend, who get the chance not only to learn but also to watch seven other groups perform.

The Festival of Youth Theatre in action themselves – West Lothian YT has created an interactive street play, ‘Finding Home’, which it will take to the shoppers of Perth on October 7th, a Saturday afternoon; it was originally produced for an international street festival theatre in Holland. The RSAMD YouthWorks Drama team up with Brunton YT to open the festival with an ambitious offering, ‘Giacomo’s Circus of the Fantastic’, an “electro-score musical” on a large scale

– with “an evil army of hip-hop clowns” and chorus of grizzly bears. Other participants include experimental theatre group Junction 25, from Glasgow’s Tramway theatre, East Ayrshire YT and Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre – all staging productions written, directed and performed by themselves.

ometimes a good night’s sleep is everything. In the case of Phil Nichol, winning the first ever if.commeddies award meant he could recover from Edinburgh’s heady August festivities in comfort.

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“IT’S ALL JUST ONE PIECE OF ART TO US. THERE’RE SO MANY LEVELS.”

ike a wordless wail through an endless void, the Red Sparowes are spearheading the post-metal genre. Using guitars for emotional textures rather than riffs, they avoid the slump into acoustic twadle, leaping instead, from the front of the metal steamroller.

and screaming to keep the sparrows in flight. “The theme is basically to question what people tell you,” he mutters. “Don’t blindly listen to people, think for yourself.” Having created a visual flow to accompany the ‘Every Red Heart Shines Toward The Red Sun’ live show, Josh is confident that seeing them play is an engrossing experience, quite removed from seeing just another heavy band.

The behemoth that is Neurosis has been paving this way for over 15 years; Red Sparowes are very much from the same stable, led by Josh Graham, who creates and manipulates all the visual effects for Neurosis’ current live shows. The Skinny caught up with Josh while he was in Hungary photographing for the new Neurosis album artwork to talk about the forthcoming Red Sparowes album, ‘Every Red Heart Shines Toward The Red Sun’. “This new record captures our live show better,” Josh points out. “It’s heavier, darker and little bit more erratic.” Wholly instrumental, Red Sparowes waft a dense spell that refuses to be ignored. “Because we don’t need to leave space for vocals, we have a chance to experiment with levels of being totally quiet or loud, or utterly pretty or chaotic,” he enthuses. And for this new album, Josh has crafted the songs around a story that took place in communist China in the 1950s: “Mao Tse Tung decided that sparrows must be

“The visuals substitute for having a singer, or a frontman,” he says. “The visuals and the music together create their own lyrical story, and people can zone out, they don’t just have to look at five dudes playing. It’s all just one piece of art to us. There are so many levels.”

exterminated in order to maximize grain production. So villagers were told to scream and bang pots, keeping the birds in flight until they died of exhaustion. But now the locust had no natural predator, and they decimated China’s crops.” The result was one of the worst famines in human history. “Meanwhile the Government authorities falsified agricultural reports to avoid Mao’s wrath, and he sent out soldiers out to find

the grain that he believed the farmers were hiding. Thousands of villagers were tortured and murdered in pursuit of this false grain.” This powerful story also inspired the album artwork which exudes a very pseudo-communist aesthetic. I ask Josh if, as well as the element of grotesque human tragedy, the album was also informed by the very sonic aspect of the story, namely the farmers banging pots

Excited about bringing the live show back to the UK, Josh is also upbeat about what the future holds for the Sparowes. “We’ve been discussing the idea of doing an album with all guest vocalists, which would be cool and take on a whole new meaning. “We’re motivated and constantly working towards whatever happens next.” ‘EVERY R ED H EART S HINES TOWARD THE R ED S UN’ IS OUT NOW. R ED S PAROWES PLAY THE BARFLY, G LASGOW ON O CT 18 WWW. NEUROTRECORDINGS .COM

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comic talent. Like so many of his award-winning contemporaries, Nichol’s latest performances are largely based on stories, not sketches. “It’s just what’s fashionable just now on the comedy circuit. I think it’ll swing round again and shows will be more sketch-based in the future,” he comments.

a war-free world, and his sympathetic siding with life’s angry, bewildered losers, Nichol insists he is not a hippy. “I’m not, I’m not,” he repeats as we finish our chat; perhaps harrowing memories of the contradictory Canadian countryside are still all too clear. Those familiar with Nichol’s work will know some of his best material encompasses fantasies about fictitious, but fair, world leaders. Nichol, as an official ‘comedy leader’, makes a charmingly reluctant bohemian hero.

“I’ve been doing this for so long, travelling around the clubs and not getting much recognition, winning was a total surprise.”

Over the years, Nichol has worked on everything from voice-over to film, and for years he was part of a comedy trio before branching out on his own. In his work, poignant political grumblings nestle innocently alongside everyday tales of relationship bust-ups and individual insecurities. “I’m not a very political comedian. I don’t study facts and figures. But I do try to bring what’s happening in the world into my work,” he explains.

Improved sleeping conditions may help Nichol out in other ways too. The underlying current of his Fringe show ‘The Naked Racist’ highlighted the hilarious emotional exchanges that occur between Nichol and his girlfriend when they live together in a confined space. More comfortable environs must surely equal a better, more harmonious relationship.

Nichol’s private world was shaped by his upbringing in rural Canada, where he spent many of his formative years living next to a nuclear plant. “It made me realise Canada was not a peaceful place,” he recalls wearily. “There’s this idea,” he continues, “that Canada is somehow more relaxed than America, but I disagree. There are gangs and fighting there too.”

“People only get angry about little things when something big is really wrong in their life,” he tells me, “In London especially, I see people getting mad at strangers on the street or in shops and I wonder what it is that’s making them so unhappy.” His strikingly sensitive take on the anguish and upset caused by modern life makes Nichol an inspiring and thoughtful

Nichol hasn’t lived in Canada for years, yet the setting seems to have cast a shadow over his latent political self, carving out a certain hippy sensibility within. A conversation with Nichol smacks of a considered, yet understated, composite of dreamy aspirations and abstract ideals. Despite his obvious on and off-stage hope for

A replacement for the Perrier Award, given to the outstanding comedy performance at the Fringe, the if.commeddies come with a considerable cash prize. “I bought a new mattress because I’ve just moved flats,” he says, sounding sparky rather than sleepy, as he reflects on his Edinburgh success from aboard a packed London bus.

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Organiser Promote YT says that youth theatre in Scotland is “very much alive and well”. Certainly, with 8000 people taking part in different theatre groups across Scotland each week, there is no shortage of interest. Promote YT was set up two years ago as a network through which groups could form links and share information, resources and training. It recognises youth theatre’s important “contribution to the personal and social development of young people.” But youth theatre also serves to nurture interest and talent with a mind to Scotland’s future theatre scene, and Promote YT’s flagship event is now a calendar fixture for Scotland’s theatre professionals as well as youth amateurs.

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“I feel like a cros s bet ween Elvis and B ill Oddie,” Ross Noble mused in front of his set of gargantuan rocks from a Kirk-era Star Trek set. He was in particularly animated form, and seemed to playfully teeter on the edge of his own sanity, let alone that of his audience; Noble can hardly fail to appeal to the imagination of even the most jaded of souls. If there was a danger this performance might veer away into no man’s land, following the (now picture this) hilarious consequences of imaginary owls being punted around the venue, the show was saved from what might have been a lethal dose of surrealism by the abrupt exit of one patron and a scrap between another two. Noble momentarily stood back on both occasions, wide eyed and confused, soaking in what he had just witnessed. The freestyling that ensued wa s excel l ent, a nd what Noble is best at: applying a bizarre new context to the most pedestrian acts of social behaviour. “ Wow. We l l t h a t ’s the first time that’s happened. And that ’s the weirdest fight I’ve ever seen!” And so follows an extra half hour of crowd interactive comedy that couln’t possibly be replicated on any ot h e r n i g ht of the tour. Could Elvis really r if f l i ke t h i s ? [Dave Kerr]

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KELLEY STOLTZ “The British acoustic reminds me of the autumn, leaves changing colours, grabbing a heavier coat as the days grow shorter” San Fransican troubadour Kelley Stoltz chats about his influences to Duncan Forgan.

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“...when people ask I say ‘Folk-Pop Rock ‘n’ Roll with a tap dancer’ – it always brings a smile to their faces” Billy Hamilton catches up with Tilly and The Wall six stringer Derek Pressnall at Indian Summer.

“We don’t want it to be overly accessible but we like our big hooks I guess.” VEGC bassist Louise Mason talks licks and lyrics with Nick Mitchell.

WOLFMOTHER Lock up your daughters, Wolfmother are coming to town. So far, the media are on their side, and their recent festival stints were ravenously devoured by the enthusiastic masses Wilbur Kane assures us that ears will bleed at their sold out Glasgow date. photo: Nick Pratchois

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hys i c a l T he at r e’ i s n o t o r i o u s l y difficult to define. Formerly known as ‘Performance Art’ or ‘Live Art’, and usually regarded as incomprehensible or shambolic, it encompasses everything from modern dance to monologues, juxtaposing s e ve r a l d i f f e r e n t m e d i a a n d o f t e n expecting more from the audience than a Scandinavian pantomime of ‘Hamlet’. Physical Theatre has become the category for anything that ignores tradition, ex p er i ments w it h gen re, cha l lenge s t he aud ienc e or f inds new strategies to express ideas, and emotions. Sometimes it explores the conc ept of p er for ma nc e ; other t i mes, it st r uggles with complex concepts in a direct manner. It has the potential to amaze and enlighten - or to bore and confuse, frequently during the same show. Works can be sitespecific - as in The Arches’ powerful productions of Beckett - or tour more traditional spaces - the Scottish Ballet touch Physical Theatre under the direction of Ashley Page. Video, art galleries, mime, even scripts and audience participation get flung together, combining and separating to create novel, astounding experiences.

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by Gareth K Vile Glasgow has a thriving Physical Theatre scene - perhaps due to the RSAMD, or the dynamic rivalry between the Arches and Tramway. It hosts the ‘National Review of Live Arts’, where atrocious solo pieces and ill-considered blends jost le aga i n st accla i me d compa n ie s a nd masterpieces. Tramway’s annual programme brings together local and international artists, while the Arches have the award-winning artist in residence, Al Seed, who combines clowning with doom-laden imagery. Smaller venues, such as the Q ! Gallery, present occasional performances and the CCA, once the pr ide of a lter nat ive Glasgow, has a limited season.

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Because of its protean nature, descriptions fail to offer any clarity - previews and reviews su f fer f rom t he subje ct ive opi n ion s a nd meaning gets lost beneath jargon or pretension. Physical Theatre demands patient and frequent attendance: fortunately, the next few months provide plenty of opportunities.

Fol low i ng the A rches’ Live ! Season, Tramway sets the bar for this autumn’s programme. Kicking off with Mette Ingvartsen’s ‘To Come’ (6th-7th October), their events balance between the outré and the approachable. At the same time, Glasgay! offers a comprehensive range of happenings all around the city. In November, ‘Forced Entertainment’ arrive to relate the history of ‘The World in Pictures’. Physical Theatre rarely provides light or easy entertainment, but despite the difficulties, it reveals the latent power of performance. It befuddles as often as it enlightens and appeals to enthusiasts rather than casual theatre-goers. Nevertheless, it examines hidden depths of human experience and always inspires intense debate.

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Catfish Haven – ‘Tell Me’ (Secretly Canadian) Can drift a little too far in to shallow shores. Duke Special - ‘Songs From The Deep Forest’ (V2) When it’s up to this standard, it’s very theatrical, but never in a flamboyant way. Grizzly Bear - ‘Yellow House’ (Warp) Not inhibited by genre and neither should their listeners be. Jet – Shine On (Atlantic) The rock revolution is still in full swing. Kelman - ‘Loneliness Has Kept Us Alive’ (Liner Records) A sombre yet warm-hearted collection of romanticist tales. Milburn - ‘Well Well Well’ (Mercury) Although it sticks to a narrow musical palette, ‘Well Well Well’ is a solid debut. Sunno)))/Boris - ‘Altar’ (Southern Lord) Taking drone into dimensions previously uncharted. Volt - ‘Rorhat’ (Exile on Mainstream) It’s as if grunge never hit the big time and was still a snarling beast dripping with sludge riffs and delerious headfuck.

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Badly Drawn Boy Nothings Going to Change Your Mind (EMI) Only flecked with touches of the whimsical brilliance. Dan Sartain - Replacement Man (One Little Indian) Sounds as if he’s been raised in spit ‘n sawdust saloons among stony-paced gunslingers. Placebo - Meds (Virgin) A single for the staunch Placebo fan only Tina Dico - Give In (Finest Gramophone) A facsimile of the emotional ballad. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Cheated Hearts (Polydor) Energetic, melancholic wonder.

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‘Two’ is a revival of Jim C a r t w r i g h t ’s 19 8 9 p l a y – originally called ‘To’ – about a squabbling couple who run a pub. In this production the lead roles are played by Elaine C Smith (Rab C Nesbitt) and Andy Gray (‘Stones in his Pockets’); their combined charisma, timing and, on tonight’s evidence, popularity, allow the ‘comic’ passages to pass by with affable painlessness. The problem is largely the play itself. Tony Cownie’s weak direction of an already feeble script gives the audience a clear sense that ‘Two’ is ultimately m e a n i n g l e s s , eve n b efo re t h e final ‘twist’. This denouement, in which the couple identify their ‘crisis’ and are reunited in one another’s affections, is not so much redemptive as repulsive: a child’s death is used for what amounts to no more than an emotional bribe, perhaps the cheapest I have ever encountered on the stage. Unconvincing and offensive i n i t s sentimentality, ‘Two’s lack of appropriate drama will b l ow yo u a wa y. [R.J. Thomson] FESTIVAL THEATRE, EDINBURGH, RUN ENDED. KING’ S THEATRE, GLASGOW, 9-14 OCTOBER.

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OW GO FORTH AND BIND, MY CHILDREN.

I always judge a book by its cover. Leaving my mind-melting shallowness aside for a moment, there is a reason for my apparent folly. The simple truth of the matter is that I have a bookbinding fetish. You can imagine my jubilation then, when, last year, I stumbled across a selection of Jay exquisitely bound surrealist tomes hidden away in the Gabrielle Keiller Library at the Dean Gallery. Ornate yet elegant, both functional and sexy – nothing quite gets me going in the same way. Now I’ve got the horn all over again, as the Dean Gallery has once again confirmed its commitment to book porn with an exhibition of ten bindings by Faith Shannon. It runs until Oct 8 and I urge you to check it out. Furthermore, if you wish to learn how to make your own bindings, DIY style, author Hamish Macdonald will give a demonstration at 12.15pm on Oct 15 at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall on Dalmeny Street, as part of the 10th Edinburgh Independent and Radical Book Fair. It’s free and all are welcome. Now go forth and bind, my children.

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ith all the blingin’ and posturing, it’s easy to forget that hip-hop, at its core, has a strong resemblance to protest music. Acts like NWA, Public Enemy and G r a nd m a s t e r Fl a s h we r e n’t s o muc h celebrating the lifestyle of the ghetto, but bemoaning it, angrily questioning the government or attempting to expose grim truths to public scrutiny.

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ONE BEWILDERED WOMAN STROLLED PAST THE WORK AND KNOCKED ON THE OFFICE DOOR, ASKING WHERE THE EXHIBITION WAS

Darren Garvey (AKA Loki), a Glasgow based rapper notable for his unerring use of his native accent and vernacular, suggests that hip-hop is born “of frustration,” anger at your surroundings. Hailed unfairly in the papers as “Neddy Burns, The Poet Laurete of the NED Generation,” his rapping deals unflinching with the truths of his hometown, wittily and sometimes shockingly exposing the harsh realities he sees. “It doesn’t piss me off when they say NED, or use any other acronym,” he says, “it’s that when people use those words, they don’t realise the lives behind the phrase. People drive to work on the motorway, which goes through housing estates which are just housing scheme, shopping centre, motorway, housing scheme, shopping centre motorway. It upsets me when I’ve worked so hard to change perceptions, and one person can just wipe it all away.”

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ccording to a BBC survey, half of a group of 256 contemporary artists believe that the Turner Prize gave contemporary art a bad name. Rather than its intended function of rewarding and illuminating creative talent, the prize has become a byword for sensationalism, seemingly more interested in showbiz than serious art. Jeremy Deller, who, in his own words, is not a “technically capable person”, is the sort of artist who angers conservatives. He does not make work unilaterally, instead relying on extensive collaboration; he refuses to be constrained to a traditional medium; he insists upon work that is impossible to sell, and shuns the glamour of the London art scene. Working in a manner more akin to a movie producer, he has organized a reconstruction of the Battle of Orgreave, a particularly brutal incident during the Miners’ Strike, staged a concert where Acid House tunes were played by a brass band, and made several films, the best of which is ‘Memory Bucket’ for which he visited George Bush’s hometown. Bravely, or

Scotland is not known for its hip-hop, although the more organised Edinburgh scene was recently

Jeremy Dellers installation

MICHAEL WILDMAN – UNDER THE SKIN Whilst recently exhibiting at the Smoke Stack restaurant in Leith, several patrons registered their disgust at having to look at Michael Wildman’s ‘pornogaphy’ while they ate. This new exhibition of photographs, in the spacious and comfortable gallerA1 space, asks the viewer to see beyond the obvious spectacle of unclothed bodies and engage emotionally with the human subjects that Wildman has captured on film. Executed in black and white, his new work has a certain stylemag sheen to it. The artist is obviously interested in the aesthetic elegance of the human form, and he does not attempt to give us a visceral sense of the models’ flesh and bone constitution. It is therefore surprising that Wildman does succeed in imbuing his images with a real emotional

Deller is represented by the Modern Institute, which has had a pretty good run of the turner Prize, with one of its stable also winning the prize last year. The Turner Prize is ubiquitous, covered in everything from the Mail to Artforum, with a howling cacophony or praise and shock or bewilderment billowing from every publication around the time of the announcement. So I expceted to see hordes of Mail readers, hoping to anger themselves before storming off to gawp at a Cézanne at the Kelvingrove, or at least an art student or two keen to suss out if they too could ever possibly win the forty grand prize. But the space was completely empty. One bewildered woman walked in to have a look, strolled past the work and knocked on the office door, asking where the exhibition was. It was completely understandable reaction.

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written up in Hip-Hop Connection. It was only recently, according to Loki, that rappers started rhyming in their own accents, rather than aping Americans. Nonetheless, inf luence “first and foremost comes from America,” and at first it “doesn’t even cross your mind that you can rap in your accent.” Leading the scene as its “selfproclaimed celebrity,” Loki has appeared on BBC Radio as “the voice of youth,” teaches children to rap, worked his way out of a homeless shelter and has been the public face of a scene which, amongst others, includes rappers like Gasp and Respeck BA. The music that comes from this scene, centred around bedroom smoking sessions and chaotic live performances, has the self-deprecating humour of the pub, the lexicon of the street and, unfortunately, some of the violence of it. Some fans think that “it’s hip-hop to come and start a fight… they need to go home and calm down,” but primarily the scene’s about swapping rhymes, battling and freestyling. Harking right back to the poetic tradition of yore, Loki’s music can be plaintive, hilarious, aggressive or painfully personal: “I would be lying if I talked about anything else,” he says, “that’s what I see, that’s my environment. It’s a love and hate thing with Glasgow but I wouldn’t have anybody say a bad word against it.” WWW.MYSPACE.COM/MISTERLOKI

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stupidly, the removal of the work from a gallery setting, which neatly sidesteps any chance of its commodification, is a bit of a headache for traditionalists or aggressive critics who decry his work as vapid, meaningless, or even twee.

sensitivity, the most successful pictures being those in which the artist captures the frisson of electricity between two models. Undoubtedly Wildman’s own stint as a life model has given him an insight into what it’s like in front of the lens, and he has definitely turned this to his advantage. I was most fascinated by the photographs which played on the abstract, sculptural qualities of the human form, but these are outnumbered by the more straightforward figurative works. Nevertheless, this is a strong show, so check it out if you’re down Leith way. [Jay Shukla]

“IT UPSETS ME WHEN I’VE WORKED SO HARD TO CHANGE PERCEPTIONS, AND ONE PERSON CAN JUST WIPE IT ALL AWAY.”

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Back in the gallery space, any exhibition of Deller’s work will be necessarily stripped of its Wagnerian impact. No video could ever convey the impact of a brass band performing an Acid House recital, neither could a folder of reviews help the visitors’ understanding of Deller’s

previous work. The only non-video work in the room was a pile of brown posters with ‘What Would Neil Young Do?’ written on them. Other than that, one telly was showing the bouncing DVD symbol screensaver and the other showed ‘Edited Rushes’. Compiled from three years of footage, the film has no unifying structure, no immediate narrative and, ostensibly, seems more about the amount of free time Deller has to be a flaneur than anything else. He has shot footage of a fox hunting protest, another unspecified but civilized looking protest, pensioners dancing in a nasty looking shopping mall, and a meeting chaired by Ken Livingstone. I assume the intention is to make a less crude Little Britain, a portrait of all the strange passions that drive people around this island. But, without any clear point being made, it all seems a bit pointless, more like the home videos of a camcorder enthusiast than the work of an artist. Of course, that is his entire point: he means to create a work that is shorn from its authorial roots and not immediately recognizable as ‘A Deller’. Yet by removing narrative, structure and meaning, he succeeds only in producing a sterile slide show of mostly banal, occasionally interesting imagery. THE M ODERN I NSTITUTE , G LASGOW UNTIL O CTOBER 28. F REE .

CHRIS GIBSON – THE NEW WORX A self-taught photographer, Gibson’s muse is fed by his love of the great outdoors. Over time his work has evolved with the use of a computer, allowing the artist to impress his own unique style on the images. Simple, bold and vivid, many have a zen-like quality to them. His latest collection is a culmination of his love for travel, his years of DJing and the insights gained from a degree in environmental technology. Using his computer, Gibson accentuates the dynamic potential of colour and form which is present in his subjects, creating vivid, shimmering works that demand at tention : flowers , dancing

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flames and water splashes are transformed into arresting rainbows of colour and movement. Titles such as Electro Plaid make it clear that the artist is no traditionalist – these are modern works made with modern means. Even so, they have a certain painterly quality that is sometimes absent from digital works. As is fitting for the venue, these are visually refreshing images. [Celia Sontag] EXHIBITION RUNS AUGUST 3 TO OCTOBER 1 AT BODA BAR, 229 LEITH WALK.

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the street, the owners of pop-spot Blanket are opening a venue called Guru and an old cinema, the ABC, has successfully made the

transition to venue status, with a cavernous main space and smaller room for local bands. Whether this explosion of venues and

The sustained media interest and constant excitement around the music scene has, in recent times, led to an explosion of new live music venues and nights. Good guys include Mark Robb, the ever-lovable owner of the original Buff Club, who will be opening a new venue beneath Red Lizard, which will host live bands, and Alec Downie, who single-handedly ran NEMIS (New Music in Scotland) and is now the manager of a new venue called the Classic Grand, which will play host to all sorts of glam bashes, from the Babyshambles Aftershow to nights showcasing local talent. Challenging the hegemony of Sleazy’s on Sauchiehall Street, a whole host of venues are opening up. The G1 Group have opened a live music themed venue called Capitol on

PHILLIP ROEBUCK,

Within a year of their formation, The Dykeenies have attracted an enthusiastic local following and national press attention: the crowd at King Tut’s sing and clap along with delight and vigour, while lead vocalist Brian Henderson has the pale intensity and showy enthusiasm of a born front man. Powering along on the twin guitars of brother Alan and Steven Ramsey, their sparky, taut pop echoes the classic Glasgow indie sound: inclusive, emotive and passionate. At this homecoming gig, the Dykeenies prove that their songs have an urgent immediacy, at once familiar and provoking: their influences, although sometimes too obvious, gradually giving way to an individual intimacy. Never descending into self-indulgence, they cajole and entreat the audience into participation, filling the room with stadium sized emotions. They are not blazing the most original path (Franz Ferdinand and Orange Juice have been there before) but they are sauntering along with verve and panache. [Gareth K Vile]

Phillip Roebuck walks onto the stage, straps himself into what looks like a medieval torture device with a bass drum and a tambourine attached before he clips something onto his shoes. People stand on stools and benches to try and get a better look. Someone cogitates over what’s happening, eventually declaring, “He’s a one-man band.” Then suddenly, after a few seconds of tuning up, the noise of a banjo being played at breakneck speed and the thudthud-thud of the bass drum on Roebuck’s back fills the room. Hollering through songs from ‘One Man Band’ and forthcoming release ‘Fever Pitch’, Roebuck captures and rallies his newfound audience so well that it calls for quiet, even when he’s only tuning up. When a 53 year-old called “John” crashes the stage, removes his shirt and dances along, the ardour of what the basement of Nice ‘n’ Sleazies has just seen quickly becomes apparent. [Neil Ferguson]

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THE LURKERS / THE ZIPS GET A ROOM, BARFLY, SEPT 13

BRUNSWICK HOTEL, SEPT 9

It seems like 1978 all over again as Glasgow punk veterans The Zips take stage dressed in full regalia. They rip straight into a tightly packed set, following the old punk adage that a song longer than three minutes is not worth listening to. This starts the classic punk pogo, as the crowd bounce their Doc Martins off the floor in an unruly fashion. But this proves to be just a warm up for punk legends, The Lurkers. The headliners start fast, and just get faster: the obvious Ramones influence comes through with lyrics reading like the inside of a UK Subs album. Even if the songs seem to be mashed together, and only a die hard fan could name the titles, these songs based around personal politics and social exclusion still make it a very enjoyable experience for any music fanatic. [Neil Douglas]

Like a bag of Dolly Mixtures for the ears, this annual event promises something for everyone with an array of musical treats in every room. The Woo Woo Witches are, fittingly enough, confined to the basement where the trio provide a punchy yet assured set of tunes that simultaneously confront and seduce you. Also down in the depths are Union of Knives who rapidly turned the cramped room into a sweaty mass of writhing bodies, although all in attendance retained their clothes. Upstairs, Fuck Off Machete are splicing their own bass-driven efforts with more well known fare. The crowd are relaxed but appreciative and the girl manning the decks makes quite an impression on the male members of the audience. The third floor meanwhile is ruled by White Noise Feedback: Distortion who have the hotel shaking with the stomping of feet and the chiming of cowbells. Someone should have informed the department of Environmental Health that it was all for Oxfam, then they may have looked past the noise complaints and not shut the place down an hour before the end. [Tim Russell]

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GLASGOW LIVE

The Dykeenies sweat it out

hilst the hoary old cliché of the tortured, solitary artist toiling away in his garret may be seductively romantic, it’s a concept that is increasingly alien to many emerging artists. Rather, it is the artists’ collective which is central to the working practice of many young Scottish artists – providing a DIY network of support that bypasses the traditional gallery system and provides help with finding exhibition space, selling work and above all, evolving new ideas.

Band-wise, THE SKINNY has constantly pioneered the best in local talent. A clutch of the which to look out for are Uncle John and Whitelock, Bricolage, The Royal We, Popup, The Low Miffs and Mother and the Addicts. You can read about them on our website. Otherwise, we’ll see you out and about.

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independent promoters is actually good for the music scene, or a slightly opportunist business strategy, remains to be seen. The explosion of independently run or corporate gigs, held in sushi bars, pubs, old men’s clubs and derelict wrecks, certainly offers excitement and boredom in equal measures. Currently leading Glasgow’s latest wave are bands like ShitDisco, famed for playing gigs in muddy tunnels beneath Kelvingrove Park or in their home cum squat on West Prince’s Street. This kind of Glaswegian Guerrilla Gigging was, of course, pioneered in recent times by Franz Ferdinand, who were instrumental in the setting up of the Chateau, a clandestine and legally suspect space for artists, musicians and pigeons to work in grotty proximity. Those crazy Art School kids are normally the people to ask about these underground events.

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It is with this in mind that the Royal Scottish Academy has curated a series of exhibitions showcasing work by collectives from across Scotland. The first show, by Aberdeen based Limousine Bull, has been brought together under the title “The Opposite to What You Thought it Was” and features the work of five artists. Rowena Comrie’s painting, entitled Boys Toys – A Sublime Solution, presents a scene of drama, terror and danger. In the foreground sit two menacing figures – one wearing a balaclava – who are manipulating toy planes whilst an airport smoulders in the background. By means of explaining her work, the artist quotes Alain de Botton: “‘it’s only terrorists who get the measure of the wonders of our civilisation – however perversely they choose to respond to them by attempting to blow them up.” This is indeed a foreboding image which creates a sublime sense of unease by engaging with events that are continuing to enfold around us.

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lasgow’s music scene, for at least the past thirty years, has been noted for its constant nurturing of young, innovative bands. Many of the figures involved speak of the institutional support, if you can call it that, offered by the triumvirate of Glasgow Venues: Nice’n’Sleazy’s, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut (which was voted one of the top ten global tourist destinations by an American magazine) and The Barrowlands.

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SUBVERTING EXPECTATIONS

AH, THOSE FIRST MONTHS AT UNI, WHERE TO HANG?

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Fraser Denholm’s subject matter revolves around the artist’s fascination with music paraphernalia, as well as the way in which musical products are consumed and perceived. Denholm has created an installation of microphones which he has rigged up ‘in reverse’, so that his recordings are piped through them at very low volume – essentially using the equipment for the opposite of its original purpose. It’s a simple yet effective conceit, forcing the listener to get down on their knees and strain hard if they wish to hear the ramblings of these obsessive music fans. This is an ingenious installation which poses questions about our fetishism of music and musical subcultures.

Anita Haywood interprets the show’s title by exhibiting works produced using infrared film taken at St Nicholas Kirk in Aberdeen - her spectral images depict the exhumation of bodies from near the church, and touch upon moral issues of ownership. Richard Simpson explores the world of tattoos, creating a sequential slideshow which first shows us the owner of the tattoo, before allowing us to glimpse the art that adorns their body. This sensitive work restores humanity to the practice by insuring that the subjects are portrayed as more than a human canvas. The most powerful work in the show is Tamsin Greenlaw’s installation of a network of pitch black corridors. By forcing us to grope carefully through the darkness, the artist questions the primacy of our sense of sight, and asks in what way a work changes when we cannot rely on this faculty. Although initially perturbing, this is, paradoxically, a hugely illuminating work of art which yanks away the comfort blanket of vision and plunges us into an alien environment. The eureka moment comes when we realise that these are the same corridors we are surrounded with our entire life – in schools, institutions and places of work – and thus we are forced to re-evaluate the way in which we understand and relate to our whole environment. This show will be followed by further exhibitions throughout October and November. GENERATOR PROJECTS (DUNDEE) EXHIBIT FROM OCTOBER 7-22, MARKET (GLASGOW) EXHIBIT FROM OCTOBER 28 TO NOV 12 AND MEMBERS OF EDINBURGH’S EMBASSY GALLERY EXHIBIT IN A SHOW ENTITLED ‘YOUNG ATHENIANS’ WHICH RUNS FROM OCTOBER 7 TO NOVEMBER 12. ALL TAKE PLACE AT THE ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY IN EDINBURGH.

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ou’ll want something big and fancy to get you in the mood, so why not check out the National Gallery of Modern Art and the Dean Gallery, situated adjacent to each other in pretty little Dean Village. Picasso, Hurst, Richter et al find their home in the National Gallery of Modern Art, while the Dean has a great collection of Dada and Surrealist work. Follow the water of Leith back into town and find your way to the Fruitmarket on Market street – a fantastic space that houses shows from all the best up-and-coming new blood on the international scene. They have a great café there too. Up the hill on Cockburn Street, the Collective is home to the New Work Scotland programme and always has something noteworthy taking place. The Embassy on East Crosscauseway is an artistrun space that has ties with the College of Art, and is another good place to keep in touch with the grassroots scene. Talbot Rice on Southbridge (part of the University of Edinburgh buildings) is a huge and unusual space that features invariably well-curated shows, and if you fancy a wee day out then Inverleith House at the Royal Botanical gardens is beautiful – and if you get bored you can always play with the squirrels instead.

lasgow is a great city for art and music, with several international artists working in the city. The places to see big name art are the Glasgow Modern Art Gallery, The Tramway, which has several enormous spaces to show work; and The Kelvingrove to see some Impressionists, or a Wooly Mammoth. Transmission is a great space, with an egalitarian, ever-changing membership which you can join for a fiver or a day of invigilation. The Modern Institue, which represents Toby Paterson, Simon Starling and many more, is also world renowned. Some of the smaller spaces around the Trongate are set to be subsumed within a huge art hypermarket on King’s Street. Instead of a cluster of galleries along the street, Transmission, The Glasgow Print Studio and several others will soon be amalgamated in the artistic equivalent of the Enoch Centre: It’ll be handy to wander around without getting soaked. The city has always been passionate about the arts, and there are also tons of artists studios. The exciting ones offering the company of pigeons and trendies in disused prisons and derelict buildings. Look in the phone book for the less exciting ones. Paolozzi sculpture at the Dean Gallery

AMBER ROOME – GROUP SHOW

EMBASSY GALLERY – MEMBERS SHOW

GIRLPOWER AND BOYHOOD

A FINE SHOWCASE FOR THIS EXCITING WEE GALLERY

THE ONE CONSTANT IN THIS MELEE OF CREATIVITY SEEMS TO BE A TENDENCY FOR ARTISTS TO REVEL IN THEIR OWN WIT

SUCCEEDS IN EXPLORING THE GRAND, ROMANTIC VAGARIES OF THE IMAGINATION

As Amber Roome approaches its second birthday, the gallery has organised a diverse group show in order to celebrate their continuing promotion of emerging young talent. Jackie Anderson’s Morning is a minimal and understated work in oils that masterfully conveys the woozy sense of disturbance that accompanies one’s emergence from the chrysalis of sleep. The ambiguous look on the subject’s face is spot on, and the delicate use of white expanse is evidence of Anderson’s mature and refined technique. Patti Yuill’s portrait, Johnny III, is equally deft, the artist simulating the glitches and faults that are inherent to visual memory by obliterating areas of her charcoal portrait with swathes of white paint. This is an elegant and powerful work which rewards the viewer’s attention. James Lumsden’s Interplay (4) is an intriguing piece which layers bands of blank canvas, black tone and what appears to be a skyscape in order to create an image which oscillates between abstraction and figuration, depending on how one views the work. Not all the pieces are this strong however; Sophie Mckay Knight’s painting is too slight to work outside the context of its series – a fact that is brought home by the relative success of Clare Waddle’s series of kitsch images which tackle themes of domesticity and modernity with wit and charm. An overall success, this show is a fine showcase for this exciting wee gallery. [Jay Shukla]

This annual exhibition of works by members of the Embassy proves once again that while their policy of openness a nd i ncl u s ion lead s to a huge variance in the quality of work, t he i r s hows ca n b e amongst the most vibrant and surprising in the cit y. The one constant in this melee of c re a t i v i t y s e e m s to be a tendency for artists to revel in their own wit, with vi sual puns seemingly high on the agenda. Paulina Sandberg’s Lie-brary Naturalia – ostensibly a sleeping bag stuffed with nature books – errs far too close to self-indulgence for its own good, while Zoe Fothergill’s Conceptual Art, which depicts the fertilization of an egg, will elicit a wry smile. Richard Whiteley clearly did not die in vain. Elsewhere, the absurd chunkiness of Patrick Jameson’s Metal Paper Aeroplane seems to contain a particularly blunt kind of profundity – for me this was the work which seemed to most successfully encapsulate the gallery’s modus operandi. Jane Anderson’s Ever Been Dumped uses a large pencil image of a kitten with a bandaged leg to pull at the viewer’s heart strings, whilst Sandy Christie’s depiction of the day that Paul Carter told his students about “the time he tried to stop the sea” is a touching tribute to a sadly departed luminary. [Lucy Faringold]

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Organised in collaboration with the Kunsthallen Brandts in Odense, Denmark, this marvellous exhibition explores “the human need for magic and escape” through the work of 21 international artists who are at varying stages of their careers. Eschewing fashion completely, the whimsical, visionary nature of this show flicks two fingers at the zeitgeist and confirms that visual art is at its most invigorating when artists fearlessly give their imaginations free reign. Kiki Smith’s huge lithograph, entitled Born, plays with the story of Little Red Riding Hood – here she depicts the girl and another figure rising from the carcass of the Wolf. In execution and content it harks back to childhood – when associations ran more freely and the mind was more than happy to create its own exciting amalgam of meaning from whatever truths it may have seen or heard. Julie Roberts’ small portraits also employ a fairy tale character, here depicting Sleeping Beauty in the style one may find in a comic book, but executing the image in thick, swirling oils – the effect being both stylised and elegant. The highlight of the show for me was Paula Kane’s Echoes in the Trees, an idealised fantasy landscape that references traditional landscape painting, sci-fi imagery, and the artist’s own imperfect memory of places. This is a truly sublime exhibition which succeeds in exploring the grand, romantic vagaries of the imagination. [Lucy Faringold]

Dead Or American:

TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE

SOUNDS

ARTS You ain’t from around here, are ya boy? (ART GALLERY GUIDE)

by Dave Kerr

“...SONGS ABOUT NEUROLOGICAL DAMAGE, WEREWOLVES, PLANE-CRASHES, HOMOEROTIC GUN-CLUBS, GENOCIDE AND THE VACUOUSNESS OF THE MODERN MEDIA.”

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e it the molten punk delirium of Hot Snakes or the bass driven tenacity of The Jesus Lizard, these coincidentally serpentine inf luences are worn proudly on the sleeve of Stirling quartet Dead or American. Theirs are bombastic, razor sharp yet palatably melodic and boldly provocative sounds to counteract the suspicions of those jaded souls who assumed that the raw excitement once intrinsic within the ranks of ‘alternative rock’ had been exiled from Scottish soil complet ely i n recent years. Manufacturing a unique blend of vitriolic hook d riven chaos since 2000, their foreboding t it le wa s qu it e literally dreamt up by their former ba s s player, a s guitarist/vocalist Chris Cusack informs The Skinny; “It was agreed upon in a car-park outside our first gig. We kept it because of its relevance to cultural imperialism a nd the un rest that arises when people feel their traditions and history are being threatened.” However, co-principal songwriter Colin Morrison acknowledges; “In saying that, we appreciate the potential irony in that we are heavily inf luenced by a lot of music from America.” Hailing from Dundee’s burgeoning Pet Piranha stable (home to such broad ranging northern territory misfits as The A Forest and Mercury Tilt Switch to Alamos and Uncle Fritz), DoA are another notable among those largely overlooked acts forced to do battle with the politics of a scene virtually devoid of the financial support required to nurture the hub that NEMIS, as an example, sought to provide. Indeed, with the undeniable prominence of the most marketable contenders holding the general public interest as always, it sounds like a potentially deflating prospect to hop onboard the rock n’ rollercoaster without the backing of agenda driven corporate sponsorship. As Chris considers, “Government in this country certainly does virtually nothing to support its music scene, unlike in Europe where bands are generally more likely to be paid and treated like the hard-

working individuals they are, rather than naive little boys and girls to be exploited and help sell alco-pops in opportunistic venues.” Back to the tunes, this month sees the release of debut LP, ‘Ends’, what Colin proposes “is pretty much a collection of the best musical moments from our first five years as a band. We played Liquidation at our first ever gig. Don’t Hold Your Breath on the other hand was w r it t e n ju s t a couple of weeks before we started recording. It was a long time com i ng so just getting our first a lbu m out ha s def i n it ely be en a big milestone, a l t h o u g h I ’m glad we held off so long.” Striking while the creative well runs heavy, no s o o ne r h a s a lbu m nu mb e r one dropped t ha n t hey’r e off recording the second w it h C o nve r ge guitarist/ Isis p r o d u c e r Ku r t Ballou in America this month. Having recently shot a video for Fla me O ut , conceptually devised by Chris and “oft-reluctant photo: David Newitt h o n o r a r y D oA member number 5,” Pete Flett, with directorial assistance from friends Matt McAllister and Y’all is Fantasy Island’s Adam Stafford, Chris admits that “the general feeling amongst the band at the moment is giddiness. It has been, without doubt, the busiest period in our history and we’ll be pretty glad to get a breather once we get back from Salem in October.” With a unique song writing perspective, they ought to blend right in during their jaunt to the Halloween Capital of the World; “we’re often a pretty cynical bunch and a lot of the stuff we write has a dark sarcasm” says Chris, “thus far, we’ve had songs about neurological damage, werewolves, plane-crashes, homo-erotic gunclubs, genocide and the vacuousness of the modern media.” Yes indeed, All Hallows Eve is upon us: so carve out a pumpkin and let Dead or American play you a soundtrack. ‘ENDS’ IS OUT THROUGH PET PIRANHA ON OCTOBER 9. WWW.SIMBIOTICSTORE.COM/PETPIRANHA WWW.DEADORAMERICAN.COM

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GLASGOW ARTS by Dave Kerr

FEAR NOT FRESHMEN, THE SKINNY WILL SHINE YOU A LIGHT...

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bsorbing the music scene in a new city is always an exciting, if a little daunting experience for any discerning muso. Fear not Freshmen, The Skinny has some answers. The following is a run down of just a handful of the venues on offer, though the city sorely lacks anything equivocal to The Barrowlands which captures a lot of the slightly more elusive acts who tend to bodyswerve the ‘burgh all too often. Anyway, I digress... Bannermans – Live music is what it’s all about at The Underworld venue located within the belly of Bannerman’s bar on the Cowgate. Regularly boasting some 40-50 bands per month, with frequent appearances from essential Edinburgh acts ranging from the seasoned Degrassi and Last Great Wilderness to relative rookies The Common Redstarts and The Penny Blacks, The Underworld is a must for the Edinburgh circuit. WWW. BANNERMANSGIGS .CO. UK

Cabaret Voltaire – Ushering in an eclectic range of the latest cutting edge live music

entertainment (having recently featured the likes of Battles, The Twilight Singers, Saul Williams and The Fucking Champs) Cab Vol has now firmly wedged itself on the Capital’s map of hot venues. Look out for an appearance from upcoming singer-songwriter Rose Kemp and her elegantly twisted blend of soulful harmonies on the 17th of October as part of the regular New Found Sound showcase. WWW.THECABARETVOLTAIRE.COM

Studio 24 – Back from the brink of being shut down - hoorah, fight the power. Beyond an array of progressive house DJs and metal nights, the Studio has hosted gigs by the likes of Nirvana (twice as legend has it). The 25th sees Lily Allen grace its stage and next month witnesses the return of punk favorites Rancid. Don’t forget their regular Box Wars battle nights either, ever fancied dressing up as a Transformer? WWW.STUDIO24 EDINBURGH.CO.UK

Subway Cowgate – Along with Bannerman’s and The Bongo Club, Subway Cowgate is arguably one of the premier venues for showcasing local talent

in Edinburgh. As such, this is another base for local promoters New Found Sound and the avant-garde/metal oriented Axis and Cold Dead Hands Collective. WWW.SUBLIVE.CO.UK

to stick around after the last encore. The Liquid Room will also host THE SKINNY’S birthday party on the 21st, featuring the stellar lineup of OBE, Project: Venhell, The Great Ezcape and The Vivians. Be there. WWW.LIQUIDROOM.COM

The Bongo Club – Lending its support to local, left field and more marginalised talents from across the globe, this is no ordinary venue and its aesthetics as well as its choice of bands (from rock, reggae and hip hop through to swing, latin jazz and soul) usually makes for a most intriguing and enjoyable evening on the sauce. You can’t go wrong with a jaunt to one of their regular late night music fests such as Fast, Hobo or NEXUSlive.

Whistle Binkies – A mainstay of late night rock n’ roll debauchery, Binkies doubles as a friendly pub and gig venue which also boasts a late license and snapfax promotions. With plenty to offer in the way of local music and resident bands, many a night can be whiled away within its lively alcoves. Binkies is a venue of truly indigenous character. WWW.WHISTLEBINKIES.COM

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The Liquid Room – Another staple venue, the prolific Liquid Room has housed everybody from The Smashing Pumpkins and Coldplay through to Public Enemy (making their return on the 1st of this month, boyee), whilst also hosting the Edinburgh T Break heats and East Meets West band battle over the past few years. You’ll often find a post-gig club night to bust a move to, should you be so inclined

Then there’s Henry’s Cellar Bar, with monthly events like Boogaloo Bothy and This is Music situated within, (not to be confused with the equally superb Is This Music nights run in conjunction with Babytiger, now at Cafe Royal), The Jazz Bar, The Exchange… the list goes on.

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Even if twee poppy music isn’t your arena, behind the happy-go-lucky pop tunes of Aberfeldy lie lyrical gems and a wealth of talent. Rounding off their UK tour on home tur f, tonight the quintet play to a packed da nce floor of screaming (yes, screaming) fans. The set interchanges the quintet’s well known sing-along rousing debut album tracks with new material from t h i s s u m m e r ’s L P re l e a s e ‘ D o photo: Jack Waddington W h a teve r Tu r n s You On’. The home gig also offers plenty of opportunity for inter-song banter. Vocalist Riley Briggs jokes that it’s great to be back on home ground, just like the old days “before we hit it big and put a guitar-shaped swimming pool in my back garden in Leith!” We also learn the identity of the café of ‘Vegetarian Restaurant’ fame (Susie’s Diner, Nicholson Street). Come the end of the evening, those screaming fans demand an encore which consists of two songs and a medley as the finale - during which, support band, female electro pop outfit Dateless, return to the stage as dancers. What becomes clear after this performance is that each of Aberfeldy’s pop songs is a well-crafted, carefully measured three minute wonder that you could happily boil an egg to. [Yamsin Ali]

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Brunswick Hotel, 106 - 108 Brunswick Steet, Gregor Laird - Lost in the Forest, Photography, painting and collage which use the suggestive powers of the forest as enchanting, naïve and possibly dangerous, Oct 1 until Oct 29, Free, Daily 8am-Midnight

Glasgow Art Club, 185 Bath St, Christopher Wood - Fellowship Exhibition, Walking a narrow path between representation and abstraction, Until October 21, Free, Daily 10.30am-8pm (members), Oct 7 1pm-4pm, Oct 14 4pm-7pm (non-members)

Brunswick Hotel, 106 - 108 Brunswick Steet, Menelas - Iliac/Ilium, Photography examining the hips, Oct 30 until Dec 3, Free, Daily 8amMidnight

Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, Artists without Walls, A video documentary of a collaborative event between Israeli and Palestinian artists, Until November 19, Free, Mon-Wed, Sat 10am-5pm, Thurs 1oam-8pm, Fri, Sun 11am-5pm

The Burrell Collection, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 17th Century samplers, Embroidered samplers from Sir William Burrell’s wonderful collection of British embroideries, End date tbc, Free, Mon-Thu+Sat 10am-5pm, Fri+Sun 11am-5pm CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, Andrew Sunley Smith - Migratory Projects, Cross-disciplinary works focusing on migration, mobility and proposed elaborations on Australian do-ityourself culture, October 7 until November 18, Free, Tues-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, closed Sun, Mon

Amber Roome, 75/79 Cumberland Street, Group Show, See review in art section, Until October 12, Free, Wed-Sat 11am-6pm or by appt The Bongo Club, 37 Holyrood Road, Exhibition tbc, Exciting exhibitions in relaxing surroundings, Open all year, Free, Mon-Fri 11am-late, Sat 12.30pm-late

Who knew that Febreze would make a good metaphor (actually, it probably doesn’t), but the welcome arrival of The Vivians guarantees the freshening up of many a stage on the Scottish circuit. This five-piece are as facetious as they come, and photogenic to boot (think Vivienne Westwood meets Salvador Dali). Shamelessly donning rock n’ roll parody with pride, they’ve got the hair, now they want the groupies (“can we get all the sluts to the front please?”)! You know mischief’s afoot when their own personal Master of Ceremonies, with toe-curling smuttiness, exhorts the audience to prepare for “the eargasm of your lives.” And so it begins. The music is tight - invoking the spirit of punk but distilling it through the ennui of these cynical times. Frontman, the deliciously unhinged Damon Deville, cavorts with the delivery and appearance of what might happen if Robert Smith banged up Karen O. And so, The Vivians administer cliché with a welltimed enema. Dandy? Most definitely. Probably Beano too. [Ruth Rettie]

City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, ToulouseLautrec and the Art Noveau Poster, Rare lithographic prints, Until October 22, £5 (3.50), Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Albert Watson - Frozen, Retrospective of the Scottish-born photographer, Until October 22, £5 (3.50), MonSat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Anne Redpath and the Edinburgh School, Exploring the work of the acclaimed Scottish artist, Until October 22, £5 (3.50), Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm Collective Gallery, 22-28 Cockburn Street, New Work Scotland, Newly commissioned 2D and 3D works by katie Orton and Stephen Murray, Until November 4, Free, Tue-Sat 12pm5pm

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Shoegazing indie-grungers from Fife? Yep, that’d be Silvermash, whose appearance at Bannermans draws a sizeable crowd on a sultry Thursday evening. The six guys are nothing if not earnest, drawing more atmospheric soundscapes than your average indie rockers, primarily through the use of violin and electronic organ. While the sounds hint at great things - the swelling melancholy of Elbow or Low, the witty ruefulness of Joy Division, or the cynical pop-rock of ‘Holy-Bible’ era Manics even - the end result tends to sway in the direction of honest, emotive rock, a la Biffy Clyro et al. Not always a bad thing, but it could do with being a lot more inventive if it is to properly tug at the heart strings in the way it sets out to. Pieces such as The Days are Passing and Weakened Souls hint at genuine songwriting ability, but sometimes it felt as though the guitar was changed more often than the meter. [Wilbur Kane] photo: Mirren Daykin

Gallery Cossachock, 38 Albion St, X-Blok Launch, Group show by Eastern European Artists in new temporary venue, Until October 15, Free, Tue-Sat 12pm-late, Sun 5pm-late

Analogue, 102 West Bow, Kinky Kinetic Synthetic, Computer-manipulated illustrative work by Edinburgh College of Art graduate, Until October 6, Free, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

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The Auld Kirk Museum, Cowgate, Kirkintilloch, Various artists, Featuring objects of local, national and international significance, Daily, Free, Tue-Sat, 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Collins Gallery, 22 Richmond Street, Exhibition tbc, New exhibition in this spacious venue, Open all year, Free, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 12pm-4pm

Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, Body Language, Figurative work from the collection, October 14 to March 2007, Free, Mon-Wed, Sat 10am-5pm, Thurs 1oam-8pm, Fri, Sun 11am-5pm Glasgow Print Studio (gallery III), 25 King street, Partitions - Rosalind Lawless, large scale works incorporating paint and print, Until October 21, Free, Tue-Sat 10am-5.30pm Glasgow Print Studio (gallery III), 25 King street, Fragments of Time - Sarah Stewart, Kinetic art incorporating silver, gold and

strips of lace and ribbon, Until October 21, Free, Tue-Sat 10am-5.30pm Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew street, Mackintosh Gallery, Staff Show, Tutors at the school step up to the plate, End date tbc, Free, Mon-Fri 10am-5pm House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, Dumbreck Road, Various Artists, A new show different each month featuring a selection of contemporary Scottish artwork, Opening times vary, Free, Sat, Sun 10am-1pm Hunterian, University of Glasgow, 82 Hillhead street, Margaret Macdonald Macintosh, Watercolours and design work, Until November 18, Admission charge, Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm Hunterian, University of Glasgow, 82 Hillhead street, Doves and Dreams, The Art of Frances Macdonald and J Herbert McNair, Until November 18, Admission charge, Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell lane, Newformations, Jewellery, textiles, glass and ceramics by leading young designer-makers, Until October 29, £3(£1.50), Mon, Wed-Sat 10.30am-5pm, Tue 11am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell lane, NORD, Showcasing NORD’s ongoing exploration into the nature of ceramics, Until October 8, £3(£1.50), Mon, Wed-Sat 10.30am-5pm, Tue 11am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm Q! Gallery, 87-89 Saltmarket, Graffiti Brasil, Stunning photography and in-depth history and insight, Until October 6, Free, 11am-5pm daily

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Corn Exchange Gallery, Constitution St, Leith, Confection - Sue Spark, Seductive and enticing paintings which borrow from Baroque Mythology, October 6 until November 16, Free, Wed-Sat 11am-4.30pm Danish Cultural Institute, 3 Doune Terrace, Northern Lights, A collection of images created on trips to northern Norway and Normandy by Kirsten Klein, October 9 until December 8, Free, Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm Dean Gallery, 73 Belford Road, Eduardo Paolozzi: Prints and Drawings, Superb wee exhibition, Until October 1, Free, Daily 10am5pm Dean Gallery, 73 Belford Road, Consider the Lillies, Works from Dundee’s 20th century art collection, October 28 until January 14, Free, Daily 10am-5pm

Dean Gallery, 73 Belford Road, Stone. Ten Bindings, Book bindings by Faith Shannon, Until October 8, Free, Daily 10am-5pm Doggerfisher, 11 Gayfield Square , Graham Fagan, Solo Show, October 27 to December 8, Free, Wed-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 12pm-5pm Dundas Street Gallery, 61 Dundas Street, Secrets of Venice, atmospheric oils, watercolours and Indian inks by Jamie Primrose, October 6 to October 14, Free, Daily 10am-6pm, Thurs, Fri 10am-8pm Edinburgh Printmakers, 23 Union Street, Norman McBeath - Evidence, photogravures and photographs exploring accidental beauty, Until November 4, Free, Tue-Sat 10am6pm Edinburgh Printmakers, 23 Union Street, High Five, Five Years of Contemporary Prints from Highpoint Editions, USA, Until November 4, Free, Tue-Sat 10am-6pm The Embassy Gallery, 76 East Crosscauseway, Annual Members Show, Various artists, Until October 8, Free, Thurs - Sun 12pm - 6pm The Fruitmarket Gallery, 45 Market Street, Callum Innes - From Memory, New and recent paintings from the Edinburgh based artist. The artist uses repeated application and removal of paint to create rhythmical, meditative works which are both intellectually compelling and visually beautiful., Until November 19, Free, Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm GallerA1, 2 Commercial St, Leith, Michael Wildman - Under the Skin, See review in art section, Until October 15, Free, Thurs-Sun, 11am8pm I2, 34 Abercromby Place, 4x4, Howard Hodgkin, Peter Blake, Patrick Caulfield and Robyn Denny, thoughout October, Free, Mon-Fri 11am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm –Ingleby Gallery, 6 Carlton Terrace, Anna Barriball, Works in Graphite exploring the space between drawing and sculpture, Until October 28, Free, Tue-Sat 10am-5pm The Leith Gallery, 65 The Shore, Leith, Various artists, Group Show, Open all year, Free, MonFri 11am-5pm, Sat 11am-4pm

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89 Saltmarket, Hey Hetero!, Investgating the phenomenon of heterosexuality, October 9-27, Free, 11am-5pm daily

Q! Gallery, 87-89 Saltmarket, A Garden I Once Knew, Dissecting identity with an art-shaped scalpel - by Vivian Hedley, October 31 to December 1, Free, 11am-5pm daily

Q! Gallery, 87-89 Saltmarket, , Dissecting identity with an art-shaped scalpel - by Vivian Hedley, October 31 to December 1, Free, 11am5pm daily Sorcha Dallas, 5 St Margaret’s Place, Karl Haendel, Meticulous drawings attempting to locate the source within the endless circularity of signs, Unti October 14, Free, Tue - Sat 11am-5pm St Mungo Museum, 2 Castle Street, Voodoo, Photography by Les Stone - exploring the practice of Voodoo on the Caribbean island of Haiti, Until January 2007, Free, Mon-Thu, Sat 10am-5pm, Fri, Sun 11am-5pm The Modern Institute, 73 Robertson St, Jeremy Deller, New Solo Show, Until October 28, Free, Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 12pm-5pm Tramway , 25 Albert Drive, Mark Raidpere, The first solo exhibition of Mark Raidpere’s work in the UK. Highlights the space between truth and lies, between sanity and madness and between public and private identities. Golly, October 20 to November 19, Free, Tues-Fri 10am5pm, Sat, Sun 12pm-5pm

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Imagination and Reality....A Dear Green Place, New paintings by James Tweedie, Until October 24, Free, Mon-Sat 10am-5.30pm

Compass Gallery, 178 West Regent Street,

EDINBURGH LIVE ABERFELDY,

The Arches, 153 Argyle St, Människor (People), Award-winning photographer Jannica Honey’s intense portraits reflect the inner world of her subjects, attempting to pull apart ideas of fashion, fakery and advertising in order to expose the sometimes brutal truth, Until October 31, Free, Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun midday-10pm

ARTS

EDINBURGH SOUNDS Edinburgh Under Surveillance

National Gallery of Scotland, The Mound, Far Horizons - Artist Travellers 1750 - 1850, Focusing on British artists travelling before the age of mass tourism, Until December 10, Free, Daily 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-7pm National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Audubon’s Adevntures in Edinburgh, How Scotland shaped the work of the great wildlife artist, Until October 15, Free, 10am 5pm (8pm during festival), Sun 2pm - 5pm National Museums of Scotland, Chambers St, Reflections, A decade of North lands creative glass, Until January 2007, Free, Daily 10am - 5pm National War Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle, Commando Country, Examining Scotland’s key role in forming Britain’s famous Commando forces, October 6 to February 2008, Free with admission to Edinburgh castle, Mon-Sun 9.45am-5.45pm (April to Oct) Mon-Sun 9.45am-4.45pm (Nov to March) Open Eye Gallery, 34 Abercromby Place, Various Artists, Including Donold Provan, Angus McEwan and Vincent Butler, Thoughout October, Free, Mon-Fri 11am-6pm, Sun 10am4pm The Queens Gallery, Palace of Holyrood House, Canaletto in Venice, Paintings and Drawings, Until January 7 2007, £5(£4), Mon-Sun 9.30am-6pm

October 8, £6 (£4), Daily 10am-5pm, Thu 10am7pm, 10am-midnight on Oct 7 Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Young Athenians, Works from Edinburgh based artists who have been active with The Embassy artist collective. An essential snapshot of the grassroots art scene in the capital., October 7 until November 12, Free, Daily 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-7pm Scotlandart.com, 2 St Stephen Place, Various artists, Art for Sale!, Open all year, Free, 10.30am - 5.30pm, Sun 12am - 5pm Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 75 Belford Road, Robert Mapplethorpe, The first Scottish retrospective of the artist, Until November 5, £6 (£4), Daily 10am-5pm Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Face of Craft, Celebrating the work of ten makers, Until October 8, Free, Daily 10am5pm, Thu 10am-7pm Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Harry Benson, Celebrating fifty years of photojournalism, Until January 7, £6(£4), Daily 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-7pm Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Energy: North Sea Portraits, Portraits of north sea oil workers by Fionna Carlisle, October 25 to January 28, Free, Daily 10am5pm, Thu 10am-7pm

The Red Door Gallery, 42 Victoria Street, Various arts and crafts, Art to buy at a reasonable price, open all year, Free, Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm

Stills, 23 Cockburn Street, Tracey Moffat, Carefully orchestrated retro imagery, Until October 29, Free, Daily 11am-6pm

Royal Botanical Garden, Inverleith House, Robert Ryman, Modernist works by the American painter, Until October 1, Free, Daily 10am-5.30pm

Talbot Rice, University of Edinburgh, Southbridge, Keith Farquhar/Lucy McKenzie, Takes place in the main gallery, October 20 to December 9, Free, Tue-Sat 10am-5pm

Royal Museum of Scotland, Chambers St, Beyond the Palace Walls, A Cornucopia of Islamic Art, Until November 5, £6(£5), Daily 10am - 5pm

Talbot Rice, University of Edinburgh, Southbridge, Raeburn and his printmakers, Takes place in the Georgian gallery, October 20 to December 9, Free, Tue-Sat 10am-5pm

Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Scottish Collective, Work from artist collectives around Scotland. , Until November 12, Free, Daily 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-7pm Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Ron Mueck, Imposing sculptural works, Until

Total Kunst at Forest, 3 Bristo Place, Exhibition tbc, Exciting new work in stimulating surroundings, Open all year, Free, Daily 11am11pm

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SOUNDS FEATURED ALBUM

ALBUM REVIEWS CHUCK E WEISS 23RD & STOUT (Cooking Vinyl)

CONNER

HELLO GRAPHIC MISSILE (Broken Horse)

BONOBO

DAYS TO COME (Ninja Tune) ‘Animal Magic’ and ‘Dial M for Monkey’ are classics of the chill-out genre, but this tag has always bothered Simon Green, AKA Bonobo. For ‘Days to Come’ he has recruited labelmate Fink and Compost signing Bajka to sing, and employed a wealth of live instrumentation from his Bonobo B a nd. T he i n s tru menta l tracks a re s ub l i me. Delicately picked frets and bubbling electronic bass underpin The Fever, while album closer Recurring is an exquisite glockenspiel melody over a delicate breakbeat, like Kid Loco interpreted by a full band with horns, flutes, oboes and slap bass. The effect is unlike any previous Bonobo tracks - fuller, richer, incredibly emotive. The tracks featuring Bajka are to die for. She has a voice that lends a timeless feel; her signature is gypsy jazz, with a welcoming, rasping edge to her coffeecoloured melodies. Nightlife in particular, with its swooping cello line, is utterly gorgeous, and sounds like it was delivered fully formed by an angelic host led by Lady Day herself. Blissful, wistful music to soundtrack the Autumn. [Bram Gieben] ‘DAYS TO COME’ IS OUT ON OCTOBER 2. WWW.NINJATUNE.NET, WWW.MYSPACE.COM/BONOBOMUSIC

SEAN LENNON

FRIENDLY FIRE (Parlophone)

Being the son of one of t h e t we nt i et h ce nt u r y’s musical icons is a famously double - edged sword for S e a n Le n n o n. W h i l e h e hardly has to say a word to generate buzz around his work, his music will always be compared to his incomparable father’s. After his 1998 debut ‘Into the Sun’, this unfair reception caused Lennon to take a step back from the recording process. Now, eight years on, ‘Friendly Fire’ proves that the wait was worthwhile. An assured collection of dreamy, melody-driven songs reveals Lennon as the major talent he always threatened to be. Yes, there are definite shades of the Beatles throughout, but Lennon’s sensitive lyrics and haunting harmonies bear a more striking resemblance to the late Elliot Smith. Of the ten songs here, there is only one weak exception Spectacle - to the excellent standard. More than excellent, ‘Friendly Fire’ is an unassuming masterpiece. [Nick Mitchell]

‘DAYS TO COME’ SOUNDS LIKE IT WAS DELIVERED FULLY FORMED BY AN ANGELIC HOST LED BY LADY DAY HERSELF. BLISSFUL, WISTFUL MUSIC TO SOUNDTRACK THE AUTUMN.

DOSH

THE LOST TAKE (Anticon)

Though signed to a label known for its ‘conscious’ h i p - h o p, M a r t i n D o s h bucks the trend. There’s no rapping here, nor even the vestiges of Dosh’s art-rock work as a member of Fog. Instead he devotes himself to a cut’n’paste jazz: blurs of guitar, Rhodes, sax, glitch, and Andrew Bird’s sprightly fiddle. While in concept it recalls Four Tet or The Books, in execution it’s much closer to Weather Report or movie soundtrack interstitials. That’s right, it’s dull (no offence to ‘Birdland’): samey, gentle, and downtempo without ever feeling particularly “cool”. The improv is uninspired, the melodies middle-of-the-road, and Dosh’s ambitions seem modest indeed. There’s not one brave move on the whole record: just a million comfortable ones. [Sean Michaels] ‘THE LOST TAKE’ IS OUT ON OCT 17. WWW.DOSHFAMILY.COM

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Those too impatient to wa it for Tom Wa it s’s forthcoming 3-cd album, ‘Orphans : B rawlers, B a w l e r s a n d B a s ta rd s’, could probably not find a better replacement than Chuck E Weiss’s stew of rugged blues and discombobulated jive tales of vagabonds and oddballs. A longstanding collaborator of Waits, as well as Lightning Hopkins and Johnny Depp, Weiss is far from a stylistic tribute. Blues is the music of suffering, and white man blues tends to manifest itself through hobos, vagrants, alcoholism and human oddities, but no less valid an existential cry than any other. In many ways, ‘23rd & Stout’ is the perfect bridge between Waits’ earlier swinging material, and his later sea-shanty experiments driven by clanking percussion, with masterfully guff stortytelling backed by music that is bang up-todate with twisted technique and simaltaneously pure country soul. Chuck E Weiss has spent most of his career, relatively, in the shadows of his friends, and with material such as this, that’s a clear miscarriage of taste. [Ali Maloney]

Although hailing from the Midwest, we are definitely not in Kansas anymore; Conner sound as British as Barbara Windsor. Making mention of Fugazi as an influence is baffling as Conner should surely be targeting fans of Hard Fi, Bloc Party and others in the current slew of uninspired Anglo-guitar drivel. The plodding, barely serviceable bass and only-as-audibleas-necessary drums do nothing but prop up some grating riffs and whining pan-atlantic vocals. Slipping in and out of slightly ska driven moments, what attempts to be catchy is just headache inducing. This current wash of poppy riffs, with just enough distortion to garner the label ‘garage’, seems to have lost momentum and now comes the detritus of the top ten tornado. Surely it’s time to put ‘em all back in the garage, get some petrol, a match and fashion a taper out of the mags who inexplicably make them massive. [Caroline Hurley] ‘HELLO GRAPHIC MISSILE’ IS OUT ON OCT 2.

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KELMAN

LONELINESS HAS KEPT US ALIVE (Liner Records)

Whether or not they called themselves after Ja mes Kel ma n, the Scottish literary chronicler of everything Glaswegian and grim, Kelman the band certainly plough a similarly morose vein of soul searching. The London three-piece’s first album is a sombre yet warm-hearted collection of romanticist tales told in unclichéd, uncensored language that their namesake would approve of. Singer Wayne Gooderham’s low-pitch vocals draw the inevitable Leonard Cohen comparisons, as well as conjuring echoes of Lou Reed, amidst the band’s skeletal Velvets-like backing. Kelman’s basic instrumentation is also given a burst of warmth by the crooning lilt of an alwayswelcome melodica, giving the songs a certain retro French feel. But there can be no faulting Kelman’s commitment to the immediacy or pain of matters of the heart, making this the perfect listen for rejected lovers and winter dreamers everywhere. [Nick Mitchell]

MADE OUT OF BABIES COWARD (Neurot)

Undoubtedly, an album cover of a bas hed and b r u i s e d p re - p u b e s c e nt boy will really separate the genuinely hardcore from the posers. And quite frankly, that needs to be done - too many are in this because “it’s cool”, or some such nonsense. In a nutshell, this is post-Neurosis abstract hardcore with a vocalist who sounds like a fevered Bjork getting all rabid on the thunderously bassy riffs, foaming at the mouth even when sounding squeakily beautiful, like some deranged fallen angel. Hell yes, it’s better than drugs. ‘Coward’ has nothing in the way of dynamics whatsoever, but then, neither did ‘Reign In Blood’, it’s more true to say that there’s nothing in the way of release from Made Out of Babies’ assault. And thank god, I thought metal was destined to be utterly boring for the rest of eternity. [Ali Maloney] ‘COWARD’ IS OUT NOW. WWW.MADEOUTOFBABIES.COM

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TILLY & THE WALL

THE HUMAN VALUE

Incessant tapping isn’t life’s most pleasurable sound. But when it’s created by the rhythmic feet of Tilly & The Wall it becomes a captivating privilege. And on the release of ‘Bottoms Of Barrels’ the Omaha quintet have followed up the resplendent gazing of ‘Wild Like Children’ with an altogether more cantankerous record. Genuine moments of wonderment are still to be found on tracks like Sing Songs Along, but there’s an edgier sense of purpose to this chasmal offering. Bad Education deploys militant clanking and Eastern European instrumentation to startling effect, creating a swaggering spasm of energy. Whilst the joyous Urgency resembles Jonathan Richman freaking out to a tap-dancing gypsy-folk sing-along. Tinged with melancholy, ‘Bottoms of Barrels’ sees a soul searching child beautifully maturing in a world of heartbreak and sorrow. Sounding braver and bolder than ever before, Tilly & The Wall may have finally tapped themselves into the mainstream. [Billy Hamilton]

The Kills are a popular American boy-girl beat combo with leather jackets & shades, sexy, scuzzy guitars, and peculiar names, but too much blues. The Raveonettes are a popular boy-girl beat combo with the guitars and leather jackets, but are too blonde, bright-eyed, and Danish. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have too many members, and are all men, but have the shades and the guitars sorted. The Human Value are a soon-to-be-popular American boy-girl new-wave beat combo with peculiar names, low, scuzzy guitars, gothic melodies and sensuous female vocals, who are very reminiscent of Siouxsie & The Banshees - and they are perfect. Siouxsie and Severin are the boy-girl core of goth-punk legend, and were real. Hiram and Turu are the boy-girl core of LA’s Human Value, who have updated that sound, as every generation insists on doing with great music, so they’re not really real - but this eponymous debut album is intense and atmospheric; creepy, sexy, and exciting. You’ll be ‘Spellbound’. [Ally Brown]

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ights flicker, drums sizzle and the opening chords to No One Knows jerk into action. Wait… it’s just the synthetic racket of a polyphonic ringtone. Who’s on the phone though? None other than goateed bass playing

Editorial “Thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money is being spent on a £ 20 0,0 0 0 gay arts festival featuring a sordid pornographic film,” trumpeted the Scottish Daily Mail, rather predictably, in September. “The organisers will screen the lurid film which glorifies transsexuals’ sex lives as part of a celebration of ‘queer culture’.” Good god. How shocking: to portray transsexuals as real people, who have sex. Roger Cox responded in The Scotsman: “‘Gay festival spends £350 of taxpayers’ money to show a film we don’t like (but haven’t actually seen)’ might have been nearer the mark, although admittedly it doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.” As ever, the Mail forgets that taxpayers and queers are not mutually exclusive categories, and frankly my only gripe about Glasgay! is that ‘Enough Man’, and the other films, are only being screened for one night each. So please, avail yourselves of this opportunity to take in as much sordid, lurid fare as you can. Thank you. Nine

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Running between October 14 and November 12. Highlights of the programme include the first Scottish performance of Alan Bennett’s ‘Ta l k i ng Heads’ monologues a nd New York dance phenomenon Richard Move’s ‘Martha @ Tramway’, although the full programme has something for everyone. Hedonists will love the themed club nights from Utter Gutter, Burly and Death Disco, while queer politics are not ignored, with

Top LGBT Glasgay! events Double Bill: Martin Connor and Ian Nulty (October 4-7, £5) Studio, 91 Saltmarket,Glasgow Intimate shows exploring post-modern masculinity and the impact of the future on the present. Bring your mobile. Death Disco (Oct 14, £12/10) The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow Uber-hip night club with added performance. 100% Human (Oct 17, £5/3) CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, The Daily Mail’s cinematic pick of the festival: moving and uplifting exploration of transgender body modification.

alterations. ‘Keep Not Silent’ enters the world of Orthodox Jewish lesbians: The entire season acts as a reminder of the global, political and personal challenges facing the queer communities.

Unless you’re a punk rock cave man living in a prehistoric age, you may not know that Mondo have been kicking around for nearly a decade. Existing primarily as a side project which was shelved to some extent when Queens of the Stone Age took off, appearing only for impromptu dates and brief spates of touring, everyone from Dave Grohl and Twiggy Ramirez to Brant Bjork and, in latter days, the remaining duo from Winnebago Deal have been a part of the whirlwind super group.

In a more light-hea rted vein, BBC1’s Jason Wood transfers his Edinburgh Fringe hit show ‘My Anus Horribilis’ to the Stand, and the gayfriendly comedy night ‘Bent Double’ arrives from Brighton. Rising star Mrs Barbara Nice abandons domestic bliss to apply her child-rearing skills to the audience.

Things are a little different now, following his sudden ejection from the Queens in 2004, Oliveri explains the work ethic of his new old job, which was his own vehicle to begin with. “With ‘A Drug Problem that Never Existed’ Mondo was a side project, but this would be my real band now.”

Festivals are no fun without a party, and Glasgay! has enough for everyone. Kicking off with Death Disco and their seedy electronica at the Arches on October 14, the weekends during the festival offer wild nights out. Burly presents its ‘House of Horrors’ on Nov 4 to celebrate Halloween, inviting ghouls and werewolves to shake out their cobwebs, and the Carnival Arts Centre opens up for Tran?fusion Underground, where you can dip into their costume closet to create the perfect look. OurStory Scotland has a more traditional ceilidh at the Trades Hall and the festival ends with RIPT at Carnival Arts.

Who are your latest recruits? How are things going on the road?

by Gareth K Vile

THE ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF QUEER CULTURE PROMISES A DIVERSE RANGE OF EXCITING EVENTS. ow in its thirteenth year, Glasgay! celebrates queer culture with a programme of remarkable quality and diversity. From established playwrights and dancers to lesser-known local visual artists, via films, club nights and comedy, Glasgay! brings the best LGBT arts to venues across the city.

(Oct 20 & 21, £10/6) Tramway, 25 Albert Drive Radical cabaret tribute to the mother of contemporary dance. Donald Does Dusty (Oct 25-28, £8/6) CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street Drag king pioneer Diane Torr’s tribute to her brother: a Glasgay! World Premier. Hey Hetero!(9-27 Oct, FREE) Q! Gallery, 87-89 Saltmarket, Kitschy and thought provoking exhibition examining heterosexual privilege. Look out for its images on the underground as you commute through Glasgow until 22 Oct.

the TRAN?GEND3RD f ilm season at the CCA exploring everything from India’s hijras to 1960s San Francisco. ‘Martha @ Tramway’ explores the life of modern da nce pioneer Ma r tha Graha m. Combi ni ng recreations of her ballets and witty monologues, Richard Move has been developing this work since 1996, winning awards and attracting famous names both in the audience and as performers. Over at the Arches, Louise Welsh’s ‘The Importance of Being Alfred’ examines the later life of Oscar Wilde’s lover, as he is caught up in a post-war British libel trial. The CCA presents the American company Split Britches, whose ‘What Tammy Needs to Know’ is a burlesque meditation on the thin line between country music and performance art. The visual art season is concentrated on the Q! Gallery in the Saltmarket and the Brunswick Hotel. A mixture of international and local artists - including Glasgow-based Greek photographer Menelas, Brazilian graffiti painters, and SKINNY contributor Gregor Laird - comment on different experiences of LGBT lifestyle. The films, which are spread across the CCA and GFT, epitomise the festival’s wide reach and diversity. ‘Bam Bam and Celeste’ is a road movie, charting the course of two friends travelling to New York, across a Mid-West littered w ith eccentrics. Allan Brocka’s ‘Boy Culture’ is a playful gay comedy of manners. More seriously, the CCA presents a series of documentaries on LGBT cultures around the world. ‘Enough Man’ and ‘100% Human’ look at transgendered body i mage and the issues surrounding surgical

Glasgay! is a unique series of events, indulging every taste and whim and including work and play from many facets of the LGBT scene. It avoids exclusivity, setting important national shows next to small-scale local artists: there isn’t enough space to mention half of what is going on. For further details, check their website and find your own way through this incredible happening. WWW.GLASGAY.COM

Martha@Tramway

VARIOUR ARTSISTS GIRL MONSTER

(Chicks on Speed Records) Chicks On Speed know that women who forge But ‘Girl Monster’ itself their own paths in music are often marginalised is a colourful, exciting or overlooked in favour of those who fit neatly and sometimes into pop pigeonholes – or men who play abra s ive collection ‘alternative’ music. The Chicks released their of cheaply produced first single in 1998 while still art students, picking pu nk that cover s a l l up the baton that X-Ray Spex and Siouxsie of Riot Grrrl’s various Sioux started running with in the golden years avenues into grunge, new wave and electro. of 70s punk, and was furthered by Bikini Kill and As a movement, most (male) critics wrote it Courtney Love in the 90s. Serving something off in the late 90s when Ms Love swapped her like ‘The Best Lo-Fi Riot Grrrl Album... Ever!’ this kinderwhore chic for Versace. This compilation 3CD collection gathers together obscure (No shows it has not only survived the millenium, Bra) and established (Bjork, Le Tigre) females but the electroclash revolution has given Riot Grrrl a new lease of life. The DIY approach to from the 70s to the present day. club nights, writing music on your laptop and T he b oo k l et i s d e s i g ned by t he Ch i cks promoting yourself via MySpace has inspired themselves, in their trademark style of fauxpost-feminist club kids the length and breadth naïf zine-esque cut and paste, it features of the country to have a go, inspired directly by the heroes of the scene - Peaches and an eloquent essay by Geoff Travis - head of Chicks On Speed themselves, who took this Rough Trade - then a rather pointless one by Pil & Gallia Kollective, who criticise the likes of exact same approach almost a decade ago. [Gregor Laird] Madonna. This boring and unnecessary indiesnobbishness leaves a bad taste in your mouth, OUT NOW. after the fine smorgasbord of musical delights on the album. WWW.GIRLMONSTER.NET

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tornado Nick Oliveri. Presently roaming the UK with his latest incarnation of Mondo Generator and making the odd appearance with Dwarves frontman Blag Dahlia as The Uncontrollable, he tells The Skinny about his new record.

HEDONISTS WILL LOVE THE THEMED CLUB NIGHTS, WHILE QUEER POLITICS ARE NOT IGNORED

“We’ve got Hoss on drums, Spud and Ian on guitar… it’s a four-piece. I’m playing bass,” he assertively advises. “I’m pretty happy right now. I think we’ve got a good band and I’m kind of enjoying what I’m feeling and watching it grow, we’re having some good shows. I

“QUEENS IS SOMETHING I CAN CONTRIBUTE TO AND HE NEEDS ME TO DO IT.” by Dave Kerr

think people are digging it, I know I am.” Latest album ‘Dead Planet (SonicSlowMotionTrails)’ smacks of untameable chaos; split between the dynamics of psychedelic rock and the blood curdling punk signatures we’ve come to expect. From his jovial tone, Oliveri appears to be moving onwards and upwards in many respects, but one thing about the new record still baffles. You recorded another version of So High, So Low on ‘Dead Planet…’ was there any particular reason for doing so? “It was an idea that I got from Josh (Homme). It was meant to be re-recorded for the last Queens record that I’m not on. I think there’s 3,500 of the second album [‘A Drug Problem…’] pressed. I thought it was a good song and it should be heard by hopefully more. So I re-recorded it anyway.” By tracking the history of their rapport on record, it’s easy to see that such ideas used to flow freely between the two. And, though it’s well held that Homme without Oliveri is akin to Maverick sans Goose, it’s impossible to tell whether they’ll be doubling up for a game of Volleyball in the studio again any time soon. The Skinny tests the water anyway. Say Josh called you tomorrow and asked you to come back, what would you tell him?

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for me to move with Queens of the Stone Age as it is with Mondo Generator. Although I’m not trying to do Queens without him and I don’t need him to do Mondo Generator. I feel that Queens is something I can contribute to and he needs me to do it. Whether he believes it or not, me and a lot of other people seem to think that. I saw their show a couple of times and I really felt like getting up there and playing.” What if it was John Garcia making the call? There’s still a lot of respect for Kyuss…

“Oh I would love to, yeah, that would be something else. If I was asked to do that, I would do it in a second. It would be a lot of fun. John’s great, I don’t know if he’s doing anything now. I heard he got up and did something with Josh and played some Kyuss songs at a Queens show in LA. I always feel like you could get away with playing a Kyuss song with John singing and Josh on guitar, those guys are the only two who stayed for all four records.” As a key player in those two bands, probably two of the most critically respected and influential bands in modern rock, what’s your formula been? “Right place at the right time – luck! I roll good dice.” ‘DEAD PLANET (SONICSLOWMOTIONTRAILS)’ IS OUT NOW ON MOTHER TONGUE. WWW.MONDOGENERATOR.COM

“I’m out on tour!” he laughs. “I’d say it’s as easy

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James Yorkston

Sympathy for the Leopard I

f you want an insight into James Yorkston’s new album ‘The Year of the Leopard’, it’s perhaps best to start with the title track. “The line ‘It won’t be so easy, this year of the leopard’ was partly inspired by a book called The Leopard by Guiseppe Di Lampedusa,” Yorkston explains. “The main character is a guy who’s struggling to come to terms with the world as it changes around him. Then in my home village Kingsbarns, in Fife, somebody let a puma loose which reminded me of the book as I thought the puma must be feeling out of place as well, and that also inspired the song.” Perhaps intent on recording a soothing antidote to such displaced feelings, Yorkston teamed up with producer Paul Webb (aka Rustin Man) after hearing his acclaimed collaboration with Beth Gibbons, ‘Out of Season’. “I really liked that record, it wasn’t too new and spangly and shiny, or too old fashioned, so it was just what I was looking to do really. We used old valve microphones and recorded everything onto tape - some of it was bounced back & forth about four times just to get that warm feel.” It is an enchantingly warm and intimate record, but Yorkston says it is less autobiographical than 2004’s ‘Just Beyond the River’. “The last record was really personal, I wanted to make this one more abstract and take a step back from that. There’s a song on the last album called Hermitage which people used to call out for at gigs, but I couldn’t play

“THIS ONE IS DEFINITELY A JAMES YORKSTON ALBUM - ALL THE ARRANGEMENTS ARE MINE, I DID MOST OF THE WORK!” by Milo McLaughlin

it live because the lyrics are way too raw. If you’re trying to do that within a relationship you just end up digging deeper into the angst which is a pretty miserable thing to do - and it could get you into a lot of trouble!” Despite this, Yorkston’s lyrics are no less insightful or resonant. Summer Song deals poetically with long-term commitment whilst As I Awoke, which features Fence songstress HMS Ginafore, is a heartbreaking take on infidelity. Although Yorkston is signed to Domino Records his Fife connections mean, like Ginafore, he remains an integral part of the Fence Collective. “It’s just like asking my mates. I also had King Creosote and the Lone Pigeon on my first record - I’d be foolish not to.” Which brings us to Yorkston’s backing band the Athletes who aren’t credited this time round, although Athletes Reuben and Doogie (who have both also been absorbed into the Fence family) do play on some of the tracks. “We didn’t fall out, we’re still good friends. When we finished touring the last album I had two new songs and I didn’t feel I could ask the band to go and rehearse just those songs, it would have just made it awkward, so they got involved later on. This one is definitely a James Yorkston album - all the arrangements are mine, I did most of the work!” And who could begrudge him that, given the beguiling result, which offers some peaceful respite from that ferocious animal, the modern world.

JAMES YORKSTON AND THE ATHLETES (FULL BAND SHOW) PLAY THE LIQUID ROOM ON OCT 22 AND ABC2, GLASGOW ON OCT 23. THE YEAR OF THE LEOPARD IS OUT NOW ON DOMINO RECORDS. WWW.JAMESYORKSTON.CO.UK

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Gramophone 1. Girl Talk - Hold Up Forget DJ Dangermouse: Gregg Gillis cooks a stew of samples that will leave your animal brain gibbering. The Pixies, Mariah Carey, Ludacris, Weezer, James Taylor, 50 Cent each throwing themselves against the other. It’s like a musical fancy dress party, but everyone’s getting along so well! This isn’t a mash-up: um, it’s a mash-everywhere.

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2. Exploding Hearts - Teenage Faces In 2003 the Exploding Hearts were one of the most exciting bands in America - four kids with a punk-pop that was part Ramones, part Hamburg Beatles, part Undertones. While touring for their fantastic debut, ‘Guitar Romantic’, the Hearts’ van rolled off the road and three of their four members were killed. It was a tremendous fucking tragedy but this year ‘Guitar Romantic’ is finally being reissued - as is a disc of rarities and live cuts. Teenage Faces is one of these: a charged mix of grinning guitars and a punk’s rock-candy vocals. RIP.

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5. Yossarian - Invincible Yossarian is a fellow from Cardiff but he doesn’t sound for a second like a Welshman. No, there’s a hardness to him - like the enamel on teeth. Invincible is a conversational sing-song, clumsy rhyme about a night out and a fight with a girl. It recalls The Streets but also the insights of Scotland’s own Ballboy - small remarks that ring loud.

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4. Department of Eagles - Sailing by Night The Brooklyn band Grizzly Bear is gathering attention with their new album, ‘Yellow House’, out on Warp. But meanwhile there’s a sideproject of considerable appeal: Department of Eagles are a grab-bag of styles: folk and electronica and rock and pop, with echoes of everyone from DJ Shadow to Radiohead to The Unicorns. Sailing by Night starts as moonlight cabaret and ends with beats and strings, like a piano slipping on the ice. Less The Band - All five are Caucasian and have been circumcised. True.

SINGLE REVIEWS

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YOU’ RE SUPPOSED TO BE MY FRIEND (Rough Trade) You’re Supposed to Be My Friend, the new single from Glasgow indie scenesters the 1990’s, is a raucous, cock-sure blast of power pop that’s fully aware of its musical DNA and yet as fresh as a daisy on the ears. Taking a leaf out of the book of certain former bandmates, the 1990’s aim for FranzFerd-ian levels of guitar-pop excess, combining killer riffs with singer Jackie McKeown’s slightly Americanised yelping. Shifting between new wave beats and all-out rock ‘n’ roll abandon with alarming ease, the 1990’s keep it short, direct and ever so sweet. [Nick Mitchell] RELEASED ON OCTOBER 30. WWW.1990 S.TV

VELVET PROSE (WHIMSICAL)

Young Stirling four-piece Jack Butler were impressive at T-Break and won a gig at T in the Park on the back of their energetic and punky guitar-funk. Their debut single Velvet Prose will fit snugly into the UK’s currently-thriving indie scene and with the cyclical chorus hook - “She sold her soul to the modern sold her soul…” – it could easily break into chart success. Whether yet another retro wiry-guitar band to compliment the NME-fuelled nu-alternative bandwagon is really necessary is another matter. Live they seem to have something extra – on disc Jack Butler are noticeably standardised. [Ally Brown] THIS SINGLE IS OUT ON

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PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS (Atlantic) Even after just one listen to new single, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, it is easy to become excited about Jet’s upcoming album ‘Shine On’. In complete accordance with drummer Chris Cester’s assertions that their new music was “written for stadiums,” this tune is a catchy, roll-down-your windows and blare at full volume type of track. With some truly rocking guitar riffs and requisite tap-your-foot drumming, this single will have you humming along and singing along like a reject from XFactor before you know it. For those supposed rock enthusiasts out there, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is. [Stephen Carty] THIS SINGLE IS OUT ON OCTOBER 2. WWW.JETMUSIC.CO.UK

IV THIEVES

THE DAY IS A DOWNER EP (One Little Indian)

Formerly achieving moderate success as Nic Armstrong & the Thieves, IV Thieves have since adopted a more democratic moniker and have relocated from their native Nottingham to Austin, Texas. In this foreign landscape they evidently found more creative freedom, enough to produce this three-track EP as a foreru n ner to nex t yea r’s debut a l bu m. Despite the American inspiration, IV Thieves are indebted both to the English lineage of bands like The La’s or Shack with their wry, observational lyricism, and to early Oasis or James in their expansive guitar textures. IV Thieves may not be toiling at the mill of innovation, but they are unquestionably assured songwriters. [Nick Mitchell] THIS SINGLE IS OUT ON OCTOBER 9. WWW.MYSPACE.COM/IVTHIEVES

HOT CLUB DE PARIS

EVERYEVERYEVERYTHING/HELLO COMRADE (I QUIT MY JOB) (MOSHI MOSHI)

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by Gemma Couper HOMOPHOBIA MAY BE EASIER TO CHALLENGE THESE THE LONG-RUNNING CLUB’S DAYS, BUT FATPHOBIA IS ALIVE AND WELL. INTRODUCING HOMECOMING IS SURE TO BE AN EPIC NIGHT. A MONTHLY COLUMN BY CHARLOTTE COOPER

3. Less the Band - I Want to Know You At this year’s Fringe Festival, the members of this band all acted in a play called Finer Noble Gases. The play was okay; the music that closed the show was better. And here’s their album’s crown jewel, free to download, with its winsome vocals and sleepy guitars, the chime of pop hooks and a desperate want. My Morning Jacket oughtta watch their back.

Utterly essential, though still unfairly cursed as one of the catalytic bands to usher in the bombardment of nu-metal dross in the late 90s, Sacramento survivors Deftones look to the future with their first offering from forthcoming fifth album ‘Saturday Night Wrist’. Lyrically, Chino Moreno seems to allude to the internal strife suffered by the band while producing ‘…Wrist’: “I hate all of my friends / they all attack sometimes” he howls in the impassioned vein of Robert Smith before Hole in the Earth’s stuttered groove hits an inevitable crushing crescendo. Sick of the same old thing? This could be exactly what you wanted. [Johnny Langlands]

Taste returns to Cabaret Voltaire

RAZORLIGHT AMERICA (Vertigo)

Eccentric Liverpool three-piece Hot Club de Paris produce frenetic, naked pop music that sounds as if it might trip over itself at any moment. The A-side of this single, Everyeveryeverything, is a stop-start ode to their home town, full of gusto and humour, but lacking much substance, a bit like watered-down Biffy Clyro. B-side Hello Comrade (I Quit My Job), a tale of life on the dole, is similarly feisty – employing a breakneck 7/8 drumbeat - but while it’s clever and articulate, Hot Club de Paris’s incessantly rapid two-note guitars and toneless singing makes for a challenging listen. [Nick Mitchell]

It usually takes around three or four albums and relentless critical acclaim before a band disappears entirely up its own rectum, but not so in Razorlight’s case. Having abandoned all that was good about first album ‘Up All Night’ – the polished guitars, the old-fashioned ear for a tune – Johnny Borrell & co have now succumbed to softcore balladry in tawdry new single America. The blunt, recycled lyrics, such as ‘there’s panic in America’, say nothing about America nor Razorlight, and by halfway through you wish Borrell would stop harping on about the place and just emigrate. [Nick Mitchell]

THIS SINGLE IS OUT ON SEPTEMBER 25. HOT CLUB DE PARIS PLAY CABARET VOLTAIRE, EDINBURGH ON SEPTEMBER 17. WWW.WELCOMETOTHEHOTCLUB.TK

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dinburgh’s self-proclaimed club for “extroverts & perverts”, Taste, is on the move this October 8 with guest DJs Spooky taking to the stage, in a step that has been seen as something of a homecoming to Cabaret Voltaire - the new host of the stalwart Sunday night social. The Edinburgh club scene has recently seen closures of certain key venues, with some popular club nights failing to resurface in new locations. Taste, however, has found residency in Edinburgh, and its loyal fan base of club-goers includes over 3000 members on its books, with ever-increasing international popularity. The club also offers something to the LGBT scene - with a non-pretentious ethos, and an ‘anything goes’ attitude, Taste draws in a diverse but welcoming and friendly crowd ensuring a packed club.

October 8 will play host to Spooky, a.k.a Charlie May and Duncan Forbes – a night not to be missed The talented duo’s blend of funky and banging remixes add to a repertoire bound to keep Taste’s au fait clubbers dancing well into the small hours. Spooky gained national and international acclaim with their first album

‘Gargantuan’ in 1992. After this success they developed a distinctive and innovative style in their live shows, and over the past five years their creativity has seen them play alongside dance innovators Aphex Twin and Orbital, not to mention gigs at a host of respected festivals. This homecoming bash is guaranteed to be an all-out hedonistic affair, with resident DJs and pioneers Fisher & Price providing their own brand of original house.

Taste’s move back to Cabaret Voltaire heralds another positive step in the club’s history. The vunue offers the style and panache of a slinky club but with the banging house tracks of an illegal quarry party. A night not to be missed for both the regulars and first timers alike. Keep your diary free for at least two days - you may need recovery time after what’s bound to be a crazy one. [Gemma Couper]

oday I opened a magazine and read a rather nasty television preview about a mean-sounding documentary about Britain’s Fattest Teenager™. Then I went online to look at the news and read about some egg-headed boffins who are trying to invent an anti-obesity vaccine. After that I saw a headline in my local paper which explained that women in their 40s are developing eating disorders because they hate the way they look. And all this before I looked at the gaypers which, as you know, are home to ads for gyms, weight loss supplements and pictures of muscle marys.

LGBT VENUE GUIDE Glasgow

Blue Moon Café, 1 Barony Street – Gourmetstandard food served in hearty portions for reasonable prices, attracting an eclectic clientele of all ages, gender identities and orientations. CC Blooms, 23 Greenside Place – Admission to this infernal netherworld is admittedly free, and it’s open till 3am, but prepare for overpriced drinks and existentialist levels of depression. Claremont Bar, 133/135 East Claremont Street – Featuring an in-house restaurant, this pub merges a local feel with speciality nights catering to the fringes of queer society. Deep Blue, 1 Barony Street – Sophisticated and fashionable basement bar with an atmosphere of peace and calm. Destination, 17 Albert Place, New cabaret bar - one to be watched. Frenchie’s, 89 Rose Street Lane – Sticky carpet, drag queens, an array of hats, a nice game of bingo, witty one-liners and a seedy undercurrent of scandal. Habana, 22 Greenside Place – A popular, regular haunt for Edinburgh’s scene queens, with a good distribution of promos and karaoke. Planet Out, 6 Baxter’s Place – Diverse crowd, nice staff, and furnishings that make it look and feel like a drag queen’s knicker drawer. The Regent, 2 Montrose Terrace – The first CAMRAlisted gay pub in Scotland, everyone is welcome here and it makes for a nice change of pace to the usual scenester drama. Sala, 60 Broughton Street – Fantastic Spanishinfluenced food selection makes it a café first and a bar second. The Street, 2 Picardy Place – Smart décor, laidback atmosphere, and some of the best bloody marys in Edinburgh. Twist, 26B Dublin Street – A warm and almost Mediterranean feel, with a colourful range of eats and wines.

Bennets, 80-90 Glassford Street – Busy enough, but thrives on loyalty from people who can't think of anywhere else to go. The Court Bar, 69 Hutcheson Street - A good place for conversation, it’s mainly frequented by older men during the evening and mixed during the day. Cube, 34-44 Queen Street Delmonica’s, 68 Virginia Street – The queen bee of Glasgow’s gay scene. Not the place to go for a quiet drink, but can be a great, cheap place to go before clubbing. Glasgow LGBT Centre, 11 Dixon Street Icon, 24 Candleriggs – A charmingly relaxed air with the emphasis firmly on chilled entertainment. Merchant Pride, 20 Candleriggs – A brash, colourful bar that has to be seen to be believed. Moda, 58 Virginia Street The Polo Lounge, 84 Wilson Street – Glasgow’s arguably most stylish gay venue, safe and comfortable. Revolver Bar, 6a John Street – Offers the most pleasant and attitude-free drink on the Glasgow scene - though women are rare. Warhol, 214 Bath Street The Waterloo, 306 Argyle Street – Unpretentious and welcoming, it serves a clientele of mature men.

Today is not an unusual day: our media would be even flimsier without the moral panic around ‘fat’ to provide it with useless stories, so it’s not surprising that there’s so much talk about weight and bodies. I’m glad that I’m not a media studies student trying to make sense of how the press reflects our own bodies back at us – let alone any po-mo investigation into The Queer Body - there’s just so much chaff in the papers and on the telly that I’d never know where to begin. Personally I’m really sick of the way that fat is talked about and understood in the media. It bears no resemblance to the way that I live my life as a fat person, and as a fat dyke.

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I wish that there were other ways of talking about fat in public: a media that embraced truthfully the complexity of what it is to be fat in a culture that would rather fat people didn’t exist; ways of working out how fat intersects with other aspects of ourselves, with gay, lesbian, bi and trans identity; places where fat people could express the reality of our lives without censure; opportunities to say really radical, and dangerous things about fat, you know, maybe something completely incendiary and revolutionary like: “Just as I think it’s fine to be out and proud about my sexuality, I also think it’s okay to be fat.” Readers, I hope this corner of The Skinny can be that space. CHARLOTTE COOPER IS A WRITER AND FAT ACTIVIST. WWW.CHARLOTTECOOPER.NET

Rae Spoon “There was a lot of freaky stuff, like speaking in tongues and healing meetings,” says Rae Spoon of his Pentecostal upbringing in Calgary, Alberta. “They were also pretty controlling about the media. I have a huge gap in my pop culture knowledge. [And] the family isn’t into people being queer at all.” Although he is not religious now, he’s influenced by the gospel music he was exposed to growing up. Conducting his tours largely by Greyhound bus across vast stretches of land, it’s fitting that the country music he plays evokes isolation and wilderness as well as love and sorrow. He recently played Camp Trans, the protest camp set up to oppose the hugely popular Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival’s transphobic entrance policy. “It is not often that I am in such a positive space for trans people,” he says. “I believe very strongly in inclusion. I think people’s right to inhabit space should be based on their individual behaviour.” KEEP AN EYE ON WWW.RAESPOON.COM FOR LAST- MINUTE DETAILS OF SCOTTISH GIGS

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Homosexuals still complain about the way that we are portrayed in the media but I have to say that the representation of gay life is light years ahead when you compare it to fat. And fat and queer? You’re joking, right? My very own subset of the Venn Diagram of Humanity is more or less invisible. If you want to see your reality spelled out in clichés – uncritical programmes about the wonders of weight loss surgery; scrawny journalists traipsing the streets in fat suits just to show the rest of the world how bad it really is to be fat; diet evangelists selling their latest scam; stupid, sorry, pathetic and damaged fat folk who are made to represent us all; Millie Tant stereotypes – that’s well and good. But I don’t. I can’t stand to see another headless fat body on a television screen. I’m not talking blood and guts, it’s a different kind of headless which you’ll know when you see: when well-meaning but ignorant television producers shoot footage of anonymous fat people on the street – probably without their consent and without paying them - and keep their head out of the camera frame. Add to this a Brass Eye style commentary about the horrors of obesity and they’ve got themselves a news story. Like every other fat person in the land I’m waiting for the day in which I turn up on my very own screen as one of those headless horrors. And, when it happens, let me tell you, there will be lawyers involved.

DOORS 11PM -3AM, £8 GUESTS/£6 MEMBERS/£5 BEFORE 11.30 PM. CABARET VOLTAIRE, BLAIR STREET, EDINBURGH. WWW.TASTE - CLUBS.COM

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Metal Up Your Ass!

by Jamie Borthwick

A GLUT OF EXCELLENT AND VARIED METAL THRILLS FOR AVID FANS ACROSS GLASGOW AND EDINBURGH

Editorial

by Ali Maloney

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aving had a couple of hundred promos rammed through the door (many much appreciated, others as welcome as a strain of sonic anthrax) to preempt the Autumn release bonanza, there was no such thing as sitting around in our pants and watching re-runs of Columbo at Skinny HQ last month. Headphones on, the Sounds crew embraced the challenge by sweating and scribbling about many more records, gigs and artists than mere pages can hold. Like Raekwon would say “we ain’t braggin’ or nuttin’” but our birthday issue holds another exemplary blend of what we’ve striven to deliver since day one. We’ve got interviews with Jack White and Brendan Benson from The Raconteurs, Nick Oliveri, The Rapture, James Yorkston, Red Sparowes and Dead or American supplemented by a look at Instal ‘06, Loki, the trusty Gramophone and a where’s where Freshers guide to a smattering of the best venues around Glasgow and Edinburgh. Do you want more? See Sounds uncut over at www.skinnymag.co.uk for an avalanche of extras and a preview of Issue 14. Nae too shabby, ken? Dave

Top 5 Albums 1. Bonobo - ‘Days To Come’ Blissful, wistful music to soundtrack the Autumn 2. Head Like a Kite ‘Random Portraits of the Home Movie’ ‘Endtroducing’ with guitars, you’d best believe

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WALK AWAY FROM INSTAL WITH A NEW FAVOURITE BAND, A NEW WAY OF LOOKING AT MUSIC, A NEW FOUND LOVE FOR SOUND.

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f you’re quite finished sloshing around in mud, drinking watered down lager, singing along to bands that you know, deep in your heart, aren’t doing anything interesting, let’s get down to business. Unconcerned with trends, image or elitism, Instal is arguably one of the most exciting events on the Scottish music calendar. Featuring bands from all over the world, the line up touches upon punk, metal, jazz, electronica, folk, classical, throat singing, dance and horseplay, but never wholly, and often at the same time. Instal is not about coming along to see bands traipse on stage only to replicate their albums exactly; Instal is all about taking a chance on something unknown, it’s about taking a step back from what NME and HMV propose you listen to. And it’s almost guaranteed that if you take a chance, you will walk away from Instal with a new favourite band, a new way of looking at music, a new found love for sound. Highlights are impossible to predict, which is what curator Arika’s programming - bordering on the genius - intends, but past Instals have seen delirious three-drummer trance that would alight dance floors across the globe, diabolically fiendish pseudo-Middle Eastern cabaret that turns into a straight ahead folk set in the blink of an eye, some of the most ferocious stadium rock Japan has to offer or a kappa playing rusty saxophones and chains.

3. James Yorkston ‘The Year of the Leopard’ An intimate warmth and calm that can’t help but be contagious

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4. Nick Oliveri and The Mondo Generator - ‘Dead Planet (SonicSlowMotionTrails)’ Split between the dynamics of psychedelic rock and blood curdling punk

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5. Chuck E Weiss - ‘23rd & Stout’ The perfect bridge between Wait’s earlier swinging material, and his later sea-shanty experiments

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1. Deftones – Hole in the Earth Stuttered groove meets pummelling crescendo to produce sonic molotov cocktail

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2. The Raconteurs – Broken Boy Soldier Plays like a snarling three minute excerpt from a Led Zep blues rock odyssey

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3. 1990’s You’re Supposed to Be My Friend FranzFerd-ian levels of guitar-pop excess

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Or there is Lethe, who will be heating metal tables until red hot, before sculpting cosmic drones by rubbing dry ice across them. Or Sachiko, the missing link between Gregorian chant and harsh vocal noise. Her debut solo album ‘You Never Atone For’ makes the vast output of J-horror seem like watery pap and however it translates into a live setting will be a vital experience.

This is music which is very easy to overintellectualise about, but that would be to miss the point. It’s very easy to wax academic about how Keiji Haino has completely redefined guitar playing, both with jazz records such as ‘Yaranaiga Dekinaikotoni Natteyuki’ or by fronting one of the most ferocious rock bands of our time, Fushitsusha. But to think along these lines would be to miss the fact that this caped dark shaman, whether solo, in duos or in groups, is an intensely spiritual performer whose concerts are more akin to exorcisms than rock swagger.

Then there is Oshiri Penpenz, from the same stable as Afrirampo, who play obnoxious scum rock that JOJO, whose Hijokaidan leveled the audience at last year’s festival, called the “Most Violent Rock Action in Japan.” Last year’s Instal fringe, held at a separate venue on preceding days, has also been subsumed into the main event. Each evening will host a line-up of local outsiders, from the demented silent scraping of Usurper to the exploding galaxies of Hockyfrilla.

he summer is quietly dying and in come the longer nights, harsh winds and pouring rain of Autumn - but not to fear! October also offers up a glut of excellent and varied metal thrills for avid fans across Glasgow and Edinburgh. On the 1st at Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh’s native death metal heroes Zillah celebrate the release of new album ‘Substitute for a Catastrophe’ on Retribute records. This should be an awesome show with tight support including Broken Oath. Along at Subway Cowgate on Friday the 6th, Space Horse headline a night of innovative and evocative hardcore from the US of A. Established by Gravity Records founder and former Heroin drummer Matt Anderson, their appearance at the intimate Edinburgh venue is something of a coup and it is their only Scottish date. Slowing it down to a virtual standstill, ABC2 in Glasgow hosts bastions of the doom/drone scene Sunn0))) on the 15th.

The Killers Sam’s Town (Oct 2nd)

Expect pulverizing downtuned mayhem to shake the very foundations of the city. Flipping into comparative warp-speed are Avenged Sevenfold who will entertain the Barrowlands on Monday the 23rd. The adaptation of their sound to compensate frontman M. Shadows’s vocal collapse alienated some factions of their support but A7X’s ‘Maiden meets thrash’ continues to please fans in their droves.

Beck The Information (Oct 2nd) Jet Shine On (Oct 2nd)

CPL brings recently crowned Kerrang ‘Best Newcomers’ Bring Me The Horizon to Studio 24 on the 24th for screams, solos, haircuts and those ever-trusty beatdowns. Observers may also be looking out for a repeat of the fabled fake-fringe-fallsoff hilarity that is rumored to have occurred during a show last year. And on the back of the dubious super-stardom of a Eurovision victory for Finland, masquerading axe-men Lordi hit Glasgow’s Carling Academy on Monday 30th for a pre-Halloween horrormeets-cock-rock fest. So that’s plenty to be getting on with.

Badly Drawn Boy Born in the UK (Oct 16th) My Chemical Romance The Black Parade (Oct 23rd) Listen to Music Response with Fraser Thomson every night between 7pm-10pm to pick up copies of these albums and hear album tracks.

Over the course of the three days, Instal offers ample opportunities to expand and pierce your perceptions, and even if there’s just one thing on the program that catches your eye, you’d be a fool to pass this opportunity up. INSTAL TAKES PLACE AT THE ARCHES, OCTOBER 13-16, 3 DAY PASS £35 (£28), 2 DAY PASS £26 (£20), FRIDAY PASS £12 (£8), SAT/SUN PASS £16 (£12) WWW.INSTAL.ORG.UK/

Eagles of Death Metal “You can’t speak to the devil wearing pants!” Jesse Hughes fo rewa r n e d u s b e fo re h e coughed up ten of the tunes present ly rocking hi s own personal jukebox. He loves his glam, his make out music and the Devil just can’t keep his love for Diana Ross quiet...

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n aural assault from Watford may not sound the most pleasant way to spend an evening in with the stereo, but the industrious Borough on the north side of London has offered up something of a treat to the metal-loving world. SikTh, with a prescient brand of technical hardcore, are at once a mind-bending indulgence and an air-drummer’s fevered nightmare. Now starting to breathe heavily down the necks of the UK audience after the essentially prescribed spell of dominance in Japan, where in the space of a few months they sold as many records as they had in the UK, it is easy to become dazed by the surface level convolutions of SikTh; and it would also be a grave oversight. The time changes are numerous and the accompanying feast of entangled guitar riffs serve only to heighten the listener’s instinct that this is indeed a mighty machine of metal virtuosity at work. Tracks such as Pussyfoot from 2003 LP release ‘The Trees are Dead & Dried Out, Wait for Something Wild’ perfectly illustrate what fuelled the attentions of industry suitors towards the direction the English six-piece as far back as 2001.

1. Suzie Quatro – Glycerine Queen 2. The Strokes – Heart In A Cage 3. The Damned – Neat Neat Neat 4. Evil Beaver – Cherry Master 5. Peaches - Downtown 6. Diana Ross – Upside Down 7. The Distillers – The Hunger 8. Blue Oyster Cult – Me 262 9. Bonniwell Music Machine – Hurtin’ On Me 10. No Doubt – Making Out

It was late in 2001 that BBC Radio offered the band a session at the legendary Maida Vale Studios in North West London, and they were one of the first unsigned bands to every play live on Radio 1. After releasing their second EP in 2002 they started

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work on their debut album ‘The Trees...’ which was finally released in August 2003 after no less than five engineers had attempted to mix the tracks. It went to receive worldwide praise, especially in the aforementioned Japan where the video for How May I Help You received extensive airplay and the band returned after a mini-tour to play Fuji Rock 04, the biggest outdoor festival in Asia. The vocal performances of the band are what give SikTh this edge of freshness; sprung and erratic, one moment an incandescence of metal fury then jerked back to flighty, absurd and primal utterances. The metal fraternity saw fit to dub it under the increasingly redundant rule of sub-genres as ‘Weirdcore’. Wikipedia, in their omniscient expertise, describe a typical Watford scene thusly; “Take a look around the pond (a large stagnant street pond fronted by bars and nightclubs) at closing time, you will generally see numerous drunks sat on the pond wall, often fouling the water in some way.” With new album ‘Death of a Dead Day’ on the shelves already and a UK tour underway, SikTh’s fan base is growing and, unlike their native pond, there is nothing foul about their work. SIKTH PLAY KING TUT’S, GLASGOW ON OCTOBER 11. ‘DEATH OF A DEAD DAY’ IS OUT NOW.

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Live Music Highlights

Other Edinburgh highlights this month: The wonderful Field Music play Cabaret Voltaire on Oct 2. Their Beach Boys harmonies and gentle shimmering melodies will warm your heart. Loudmouthed punk veterans the Anti Nowhere League take to the stage of the Liquid Room on Oct 13. Snotty, gobby, old-school noise. Nick Harper will weave his magic at Cabaret Voltaire on Oct 20. This man can do stuff with a guitar that is unnatural. Check.

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24 years later and Public Enemy are still dropping the razor sharp rhymes - Chuck D, Flavor Flav and Professor Griff will entertain the Barrowland on Oct 3 (as well as Edinburgh’s Liquid Room on Oct 2). Their most recent release, ‘Rebirth of a Nation’ is steeped in old school production values and serves as a rousing political call to arms. This old dog has still got plenty of bite – watch and learn from the masters. Hyperactive actress-turned-rocker Juliette Lewis will play the ABC on Oct 4 with her band, The Licks. It would be a lie to say that Lewis’ band originally came to our attention for any reason other than her being famous, but Juliette and The Licks have gone on to build a fearsome live reputation. These songs ain’t classics, but Lewis’ visceral, over the top performances have thrilled and entertained crowds wherever they’ve played – and with Dave Grohl on Drums for album number two they may yet surprise us with an album that’s worthy of serious attention. This gig will be a riot. Aussie stars-in-waiting Howling Bells slip into King Tuts on Oct 15. Their sound is strange and seductive; awash with bizarre atmospheres woozy and utterly infectious. On top of this they are possessed of an incomparable vocalist in the form of Juanita Stein. They’re really bloody good and are exactly the kind of band you should be getting excited about. Go and see them.

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“Mr Rumsfeld, a question from me to you. If Saddam is such a jerk then why, in 1982, did you give him a pair of gold spurs?” This is what Defiance, Ohio ask in Tanks! Tanks! Tanks!, which critiques US military spending and the use of prison labour. Not only do they have a hell of a point, but the song also makes you want to dance – “Nuclear heat-seeking battleships: shake your hips, raise your fists!” The thing about Defiance, Ohio is that they’re all about community and Doing It Yourself. That’s why their first album was put out independently, a joint effort by folk in France and the USA. “[If] we achieved this project, then anyone else can do it too,” explain the liner notes. “To us, being profitable will never equal being enthusiastic and free, doing things with your friends for fun and because we find a deeper meaning in all of this.” Their lyrics reflect this: the personal is political, and their songs tell of friendship, insecurity, sustainable living, riding bikes and examining privilege. As for the music, the inclusion of a cello, banjo and violin extend standard notions of what punk rock sounds like. Defiance, Ohio bring their brand of socially conscious folk- punk to Edinburgh’s S ubway Cowgate on Oct 24. [Nine]

Lacuna Coil unwind their lush, metallic racket at the Barrowland on Oct 10. Should be quite a show. (Hed) Pe play the Barfly on Oct 12. They may not be as heart-stoppingly ace as when they first started out but this gig could still ignite. SKINNY favourite Final Fantasy plays ABC2 on Oct 26. Expect gorgeous, violin-based magic.

Hot tix for Nov and Dec - don’t say we didn’t warn ya! See listings for details of October shows

November Gogol Bordello Jet Wolfmother Tapes N Tapes CSS Muse Rancid Rancid The Fratellis Flaming Lips Less Than Jake My Chemical Romance Ben Kweller Rodrigo Y Gabriela The Zutons Ugly Duckling Primal Scream The Zutons Gomez The Killers Tool The Futureheads DJ Shadow

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December Michael Franti & Spearhead Placebo Kasabian + The Fratellis Dirty Pretty Things Basement Jaxx Tenacious D The Pogues Paolo Nutini Paolo Nutini Iron Maiden Snow Patrol The Roots

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Barrowland Glasgow Barrowland Glasgow Carling Academy Glasgow Liquid Room Edinburgh ABC Glasgow SECC Glasgow Barrowland Glasgow Studio 24 Glasgow Barrowland Glasgow SECC Glasgow Carling Academy Glasgow Barrowland Glasgow Queen Margaret UnionGlasgow ABC Glasgow Barrowland Glasgow Liquid Room Edinburgh SECC Glasgow Barrowland Glasgow Barrowland Glasgow Carling Academy Glasgow SECC Glasgow ABC Glasgow Carling Academy Glasgow

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THE SKINNY FINDS THE RACS NOT TAKING THEMSELVES TOO SERIOUSLY, AND JOINS IN THE FUN by Paul Mitchell

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ell if this was ever a coup for the Skinny: a bone fide Super Hero Rock Star, and his, ahem, trusty sidekick, talking to little old us. The phone lines crackle and hiss (no doubt charged by the electricity of the occasion) as terminally cool troubadour Jack White and ‘Boy Wonder’ Brendan Benson offer their greetings to The Skinny, but the crackling won’t stop and we ask Super Jack if there’s anything he can do to help. Then, Jack is gone, in all probability (we assume) to save all the kids from the burning orphanage somewhere in downtown New York.

On guard? So the weight of celebrity causes you to be suspicious of your fellow man. That’s unfortunate, no? “Well, there are aspects of celebrity you should never get comfortable with. I mean if you feel ok parading up and down a red carpet all the time there’s probably something wrong with you.”

celebrity thing, and that’s a part of it. But I think the more we go out and play the more people hear the music and that problem disappears, it just becomes another band. When the new Raconteurs album comes out there won’t be as much talk about all that stuff; it’ll be simply a Rac (sic) record.”

Indeed! And Brendan, what do you make of the furore that follows Mr White everywhere? “It’s interesting to me, that whole celebrity world, that level of fanaticism that people have. Whilst it’s strange, I think Jack and I respect each other too much to let it become an issue.”

So there’ve been no ego clashes along the way? Jack: “I don’t think so at all, ego clash is like ‘I want this part to be like that’ and the other person disagrees. We’ve never really had that before. So we’ve only been happy that ‘Wow, someone else wrote the bridge instead of me’. We’re content to share the load. Nobody’s fighting, everyone’s got their own band and projects; Jack [Lawrence] and Patrick [Keeler] have the Greenhornes, I’ve got the White Stripes, so we don’t have to do something like this, and why Both a re happy wou ld we do it to agree this is for just our own definitely a longindividual sake? term project. Jack: I think that’s the “We’re writing a psychology of the lot of songs and situation right we’re anxious to there. Me and r e c o r d a not he r - Jack White Brendan wanted a l b u m . I d o n’t to write songs with another person, we’d never know what we’re going to do first, our other bands’ been part of a songwriting team, that’s the appeal albums next or the Racs. We haven’t really made for us.” up our minds about that. It’s too far ahead of time. But we’ve got momentum and there’s a lot cooking Is this true Brendan, I mean, you’re the only one right now.” not really ‘playing away from home’ as such? “Well, I work solo anyway, so it’s good to have As the Dynamic Duo prepare to head off into the that kind of sounding board, people to bounce sunset, the last word goes to Brendan, who is ideas off.” Would you have done it any differently perhaps never going to be given enough credit for in hindsight? Jack: “No because I think the first his role in orchestrating the project, “It’s a tough album from a band should be like that. It should decision to decide what to do next. I think the best be immediate, shouldn’t be well thought out. I thing is to let the music happen the way it wants to think a lot of bands nowadays are given too much happen. After that, we’ll see.” opportunity and too much money for their first album - to explore the studio and all this bullshit. THE RACONTEURS PLAY THE CARLING ACADEMY, These bands should maybe learn to play their GLASGOW ON OCTOBER 14. THE SINGLE, BROKEN musical instruments first, and go and cut it live BOY SOLDIERS IS RELEASED ON OCTOBER 23 ON rather than try and make Sgt Pepper first time XL RECORDS. WWW.THERACONTEURS.COM out.” Naming names? “No, I just think the industry as a whole is allowing too much leeway. In the

Oh go on Brendan, isn’t there just a teeny bit of a Brendan, stoically assures us he’ll be back, and rivalry there? “I think it is very much a healthy attempts to quantify the maniacal fuss that has rivalry. That’s what propels the band. It’s a great encircled them way t o w r it e. ever si nce th is When you’re by i nt r e pid p a i r got you rsel f it’s al l together to form The up to you to stay Raconteurs. “Yes it’s interested. For us, going exceedingly it was just friends well. It surprised all getting together of us, considering it t o ja m , a nd it - Brendan Benson was something we turned into a did on a whim, no real talk or discussion about it. record. All the good press and success we’ve had has We were halfway through the record without any been such a bonus.” So there was no masterplan names for the songs, or a name for the band. It was then? “Well, nobody said anything out loud, it was kinda spontaneous that way.” just whatever was at the top of our heads. There were no statements made about what the sound But what did you really think of Jack when you met should be, or what the songs would be about, it was him? I mean, the relationship with his ‘sister’? The just a brief taste of what the four of us could come Coke™ problem? “I just thought he was peculiar. He up with when we sat in a room together for the first didn’t quite look you in the eye. His thoughts were time.” going, you could tell, a million miles an hour. Your typical artist type.” And what of the cynical hacks who think that this is maybe a project too far, a mere exercise in Suddenly, Jack’s back, laughing heartily, if a extending Brand Jack? Jack: “Well, I think there are little uncomfortably, but magnanimous to the totally justifiable preconceptions going on about last - finally intervening with “I really liked him the Raconteurs. I understand them and they don’t [Brendan], he seemed great first time we met. upset me in that way because we’re all from bands Unusually nice for a Detroit scenester (laughs). other people have heard of. We had people’s ideas on There’s a lot of coolness going on in that scene all what it would sound like before they heard it, now the time so you never know where people are going, they’ve got ideas of what they want it to be now they you’re kind of on guard a lot.” have. There’s other factors, like you mentioned the

“IT SURPRISED ALL OF US, CONSIDERING IT WAS SOMETHING WE DID ON A WHIM”

older days it used to be ‘get in there and record your album then get the hell out’.”

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Ah, the sepia-tinged old days. Much better than now of course? Jack: “Well, sometimes you can pop on a record which is so digitally up the wazoo that you can’t bear it. I’m not personally telling people what to listen to. If it’s so pro-tooled and computerised it’s just a turn off. Newer stuff is harder for me ‘cos of the computer tones, they bug me. Just like when watching a movie; I don’t like computer generated special effects. Like ‘King Kong’. I’d rather see the stop-action animation of the old movie, even as fake as that is it still looks a lot more interesting and beautiful to me. I think the same thing with musical tones.”

“WE’RE WRITING A LOT OF SONGS AND WE’RE ANXIOUS TO RECORD ANOTHER ALBUM”

The Raconteurs are L-R: Brendon Benson (guitar, vox, keys), Patrick Keeler (drums), Jack White (guitar, vox ,keys), Jack Lawrence (bass guitar)

The Rapture: TOO ESOTERIC FOR A SATURDAY NIGHT T

he Ibiza template of dance music comes in two emotions: full-on, hands-in-the-air sweaty hedonism or stupefied, wistfully melancholy chill out. The dancef loor smash that made The Rapture’s name, House of Jealous Lovers, was one of the few songs that managed to be irresistibly groovy, yet with enough angst to fell the moodiest Goth. Famous for its cowbells, elastic boing-bass and trapped fox yelps, it was the perfect party tune for glammed up misery guts. Of course, the Rapture had been around for ages, releasing two half hour EPs of scratchy punk, twitchy noise-dance and abrasive experiments. Their second album proper, ‘Pieces of The People We Love’, is a massive jump forward for the band, essentially abandoning the jerky post-punk of their debut for a smorgasbord of electro, indie, Public Image Ltd. style grooves and the occasional ballad. Despite the first single unfortunately recalling the Stereo MCs, it’s a confident, progressive album for a band ingrained in the screaming disco-punk revival they helped start. Produced by Paul Epworth and Danger Mouse, the album even has a cheeky

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nod to their lo-fi past on Whoo! Alright! Yeah… Uh Huh, which starts off sounding like the tinny recordings of yesteryear, before bursting into vivid Technicolor, like Liquid L iqu id go ofe d up a nd waving glowsticks. The Rapture say it themselves: “ To o e s ot e r ic fo r a Saturday Night.”

down, one boat opposite the OXO Tower, miraculously, managed to keep some juice to host a Rapture gig that culminated in half the audience on stage singing House of Jealous Lovers, the boat lurching around like it was at high sea and the wellto-do local residents asking the DJ to turn it down as the lights popped back on across the city. “That was a pretty weird gig,” Gabe says, “but it was a blast.” Since then though, and “after seven years,” the band have “toured the world, released an influential single… things have changed.”

THE BAND HAVE “TOURED THE WORLD, RELEASED AN INFLUENTIAL SINGLE… THINGS HAVE CHANGED.”

The multi-instrumentalist that was, erm, instrumental in the broadened palette, providing synth, saxophone and, of course, cowbell. Gabe, tells The Skinny that the album now “sounds like the work of a full band.” Associated with two painfully hip producers, one half of DFA and now Paul Epworth, the emphasis has always been on “creative collaboration,” with each of the studio wizards squeezing new sounds from the band. Famous first in Britain, which “ate us up,” before America had even made it to the table, their fame was cemented by a one-off gig in London. Whilst the whole of the city was in darkness, the power

Now a major band in Britain and climbing around the rest of the world, they’ve got more money behind them, working with uberhip producers, shooting a video in a roller disco that parodies Jessica Simpson and, in a Scotland friendly piece of censorship, turns one of their lines to “don’t talk pish.” Their campaign is spearheaded by a website promoting the album which consists

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of tiny photographs submitted by fans. Referencing the MySpace explosion, it’s a piece of PR genius. Glimpsing through the pictures (www.piecesofthepeoplewelove.com) to be spotted are Julian Casablancas, a women bent over showing a nasty looking red thong, Holli Wood who insists that ‘it takes money to look this cheap’ and a group of scary, Midwich Cuckoo children. With this new financial clout, thanks be given that the new album’s a winner. Displaying much more stylistic diversity than ever before, the Rapture put their funky footprints on Secret Machines style pop-psych, Le Tigre style kitsch-punk and Chemical Brothers style dance, wilfully cosying up to a wider variety of genres than before. Despite the ugly single, the Rapture have bravely moved on, referencing their roots yet tramping new turf. As Gabe says, “it’s crazy to hear people still playing House of Jealous Lovers, but we’re glad to be moving on.” THE RAPTURE PLAY THE LIQUID ROOM, EDINBURGH ON OCTOBER 12. ‘PIECES OF THE PEOPLE WE LOVE’ IS OUT NOW.

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THE SKINNY FINDS THE RACS NOT TAKING THEMSELVES TOO SERIOUSLY, AND JOINS IN THE FUN by Paul Mitchell

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ell if this was ever a coup for the Skinny: a bone fide Super Hero Rock Star, and his, ahem, trusty sidekick, talking to little old us. The phone lines crackle and hiss (no doubt charged by the electricity of the occasion) as terminally cool troubadour Jack White and ‘Boy Wonder’ Brendan Benson offer their greetings to The Skinny, but the crackling won’t stop and we ask Super Jack if there’s anything he can do to help. Then, Jack is gone, in all probability (we assume) to save all the kids from the burning orphanage somewhere in downtown New York.

On guard? So the weight of celebrity causes you to be suspicious of your fellow man. That’s unfortunate, no? “Well, there are aspects of celebrity you should never get comfortable with. I mean if you feel ok parading up and down a red carpet all the time there’s probably something wrong with you.”

celebrity thing, and that’s a part of it. But I think the more we go out and play the more people hear the music and that problem disappears, it just becomes another band. When the new Raconteurs album comes out there won’t be as much talk about all that stuff; it’ll be simply a Rac (sic) record.”

Indeed! And Brendan, what do you make of the furore that follows Mr White everywhere? “It’s interesting to me, that whole celebrity world, that level of fanaticism that people have. Whilst it’s strange, I think Jack and I respect each other too much to let it become an issue.”

So there’ve been no ego clashes along the way? Jack: “I don’t think so at all, ego clash is like ‘I want this part to be like that’ and the other person disagrees. We’ve never really had that before. So we’ve only been happy that ‘Wow, someone else wrote the bridge instead of me’. We’re content to share the load. Nobody’s fighting, everyone’s got their own band and projects; Jack [Lawrence] and Patrick [Keeler] have the Greenhornes, I’ve got the White Stripes, so we don’t have to do something like this, and why Both a re happy wou ld we do it to agree this is for just our own definitely a longindividual sake? term project. Jack: I think that’s the “We’re writing a psychology of the lot of songs and situation right we’re anxious to there. Me and r e c o r d a not he r - Jack White Brendan wanted a l b u m . I d o n’t to write songs with another person, we’d never know what we’re going to do first, our other bands’ been part of a songwriting team, that’s the appeal albums next or the Racs. We haven’t really made for us.” up our minds about that. It’s too far ahead of time. But we’ve got momentum and there’s a lot cooking Is this true Brendan, I mean, you’re the only one right now.” not really ‘playing away from home’ as such? “Well, I work solo anyway, so it’s good to have As the Dynamic Duo prepare to head off into the that kind of sounding board, people to bounce sunset, the last word goes to Brendan, who is ideas off.” Would you have done it any differently perhaps never going to be given enough credit for in hindsight? Jack: “No because I think the first his role in orchestrating the project, “It’s a tough album from a band should be like that. It should decision to decide what to do next. I think the best be immediate, shouldn’t be well thought out. I thing is to let the music happen the way it wants to think a lot of bands nowadays are given too much happen. After that, we’ll see.” opportunity and too much money for their first album - to explore the studio and all this bullshit. THE RACONTEURS PLAY THE CARLING ACADEMY, These bands should maybe learn to play their GLASGOW ON OCTOBER 14. THE SINGLE, BROKEN musical instruments first, and go and cut it live BOY SOLDIERS IS RELEASED ON OCTOBER 23 ON rather than try and make Sgt Pepper first time XL RECORDS. WWW.THERACONTEURS.COM out.” Naming names? “No, I just think the industry as a whole is allowing too much leeway. In the

Oh go on Brendan, isn’t there just a teeny bit of a Brendan, stoically assures us he’ll be back, and rivalry there? “I think it is very much a healthy attempts to quantify the maniacal fuss that has rivalry. That’s what propels the band. It’s a great encircled them way t o w r it e. ever si nce th is When you’re by i nt r e pid p a i r got you rsel f it’s al l together to form The up to you to stay Raconteurs. “Yes it’s interested. For us, going exceedingly it was just friends well. It surprised all getting together of us, considering it t o ja m , a nd it - Brendan Benson was something we turned into a did on a whim, no real talk or discussion about it. record. All the good press and success we’ve had has We were halfway through the record without any been such a bonus.” So there was no masterplan names for the songs, or a name for the band. It was then? “Well, nobody said anything out loud, it was kinda spontaneous that way.” just whatever was at the top of our heads. There were no statements made about what the sound But what did you really think of Jack when you met should be, or what the songs would be about, it was him? I mean, the relationship with his ‘sister’? The just a brief taste of what the four of us could come Coke™ problem? “I just thought he was peculiar. He up with when we sat in a room together for the first didn’t quite look you in the eye. His thoughts were time.” going, you could tell, a million miles an hour. Your typical artist type.” And what of the cynical hacks who think that this is maybe a project too far, a mere exercise in Suddenly, Jack’s back, laughing heartily, if a extending Brand Jack? Jack: “Well, I think there are little uncomfortably, but magnanimous to the totally justifiable preconceptions going on about last - finally intervening with “I really liked him the Raconteurs. I understand them and they don’t [Brendan], he seemed great first time we met. upset me in that way because we’re all from bands Unusually nice for a Detroit scenester (laughs). other people have heard of. We had people’s ideas on There’s a lot of coolness going on in that scene all what it would sound like before they heard it, now the time so you never know where people are going, they’ve got ideas of what they want it to be now they you’re kind of on guard a lot.” have. There’s other factors, like you mentioned the

“IT SURPRISED ALL OF US, CONSIDERING IT WAS SOMETHING WE DID ON A WHIM”

older days it used to be ‘get in there and record your album then get the hell out’.”

SOUNDS

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Ah, the sepia-tinged old days. Much better than now of course? Jack: “Well, sometimes you can pop on a record which is so digitally up the wazoo that you can’t bear it. I’m not personally telling people what to listen to. If it’s so pro-tooled and computerised it’s just a turn off. Newer stuff is harder for me ‘cos of the computer tones, they bug me. Just like when watching a movie; I don’t like computer generated special effects. Like ‘King Kong’. I’d rather see the stop-action animation of the old movie, even as fake as that is it still looks a lot more interesting and beautiful to me. I think the same thing with musical tones.”

“WE’RE WRITING A LOT OF SONGS AND WE’RE ANXIOUS TO RECORD ANOTHER ALBUM”

The Raconteurs are L-R: Brendon Benson (guitar, vox, keys), Patrick Keeler (drums), Jack White (guitar, vox ,keys), Jack Lawrence (bass guitar)

The Rapture: TOO ESOTERIC FOR A SATURDAY NIGHT T

he Ibiza template of dance music comes in two emotions: full-on, hands-in-the-air sweaty hedonism or stupefied, wistfully melancholy chill out. The dancef loor smash that made The Rapture’s name, House of Jealous Lovers, was one of the few songs that managed to be irresistibly groovy, yet with enough angst to fell the moodiest Goth. Famous for its cowbells, elastic boing-bass and trapped fox yelps, it was the perfect party tune for glammed up misery guts. Of course, the Rapture had been around for ages, releasing two half hour EPs of scratchy punk, twitchy noise-dance and abrasive experiments. Their second album proper, ‘Pieces of The People We Love’, is a massive jump forward for the band, essentially abandoning the jerky post-punk of their debut for a smorgasbord of electro, indie, Public Image Ltd. style grooves and the occasional ballad. Despite the first single unfortunately recalling the Stereo MCs, it’s a confident, progressive album for a band ingrained in the screaming disco-punk revival they helped start. Produced by Paul Epworth and Danger Mouse, the album even has a cheeky

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nod to their lo-fi past on Whoo! Alright! Yeah… Uh Huh, which starts off sounding like the tinny recordings of yesteryear, before bursting into vivid Technicolor, like Liquid L iqu id go ofe d up a nd waving glowsticks. The Rapture say it themselves: “ To o e s ot e r ic fo r a Saturday Night.”

down, one boat opposite the OXO Tower, miraculously, managed to keep some juice to host a Rapture gig that culminated in half the audience on stage singing House of Jealous Lovers, the boat lurching around like it was at high sea and the wellto-do local residents asking the DJ to turn it down as the lights popped back on across the city. “That was a pretty weird gig,” Gabe says, “but it was a blast.” Since then though, and “after seven years,” the band have “toured the world, released an influential single… things have changed.”

THE BAND HAVE “TOURED THE WORLD, RELEASED AN INFLUENTIAL SINGLE… THINGS HAVE CHANGED.”

The multi-instrumentalist that was, erm, instrumental in the broadened palette, providing synth, saxophone and, of course, cowbell. Gabe, tells The Skinny that the album now “sounds like the work of a full band.” Associated with two painfully hip producers, one half of DFA and now Paul Epworth, the emphasis has always been on “creative collaboration,” with each of the studio wizards squeezing new sounds from the band. Famous first in Britain, which “ate us up,” before America had even made it to the table, their fame was cemented by a one-off gig in London. Whilst the whole of the city was in darkness, the power

Now a major band in Britain and climbing around the rest of the world, they’ve got more money behind them, working with uberhip producers, shooting a video in a roller disco that parodies Jessica Simpson and, in a Scotland friendly piece of censorship, turns one of their lines to “don’t talk pish.” Their campaign is spearheaded by a website promoting the album which consists

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by Jasper Hamill

of tiny photographs submitted by fans. Referencing the MySpace explosion, it’s a piece of PR genius. Glimpsing through the pictures (www.piecesofthepeoplewelove.com) to be spotted are Julian Casablancas, a women bent over showing a nasty looking red thong, Holli Wood who insists that ‘it takes money to look this cheap’ and a group of scary, Midwich Cuckoo children. With this new financial clout, thanks be given that the new album’s a winner. Displaying much more stylistic diversity than ever before, the Rapture put their funky footprints on Secret Machines style pop-psych, Le Tigre style kitsch-punk and Chemical Brothers style dance, wilfully cosying up to a wider variety of genres than before. Despite the ugly single, the Rapture have bravely moved on, referencing their roots yet tramping new turf. As Gabe says, “it’s crazy to hear people still playing House of Jealous Lovers, but we’re glad to be moving on.” THE RAPTURE PLAY THE LIQUID ROOM, EDINBURGH ON OCTOBER 12. ‘PIECES OF THE PEOPLE WE LOVE’ IS OUT NOW.

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Live Music Highlights

Other Edinburgh highlights this month: The wonderful Field Music play Cabaret Voltaire on Oct 2. Their Beach Boys harmonies and gentle shimmering melodies will warm your heart. Loudmouthed punk veterans the Anti Nowhere League take to the stage of the Liquid Room on Oct 13. Snotty, gobby, old-school noise. Nick Harper will weave his magic at Cabaret Voltaire on Oct 20. This man can do stuff with a guitar that is unnatural. Check.

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24 years later and Public Enemy are still dropping the razor sharp rhymes - Chuck D, Flavor Flav and Professor Griff will entertain the Barrowland on Oct 3 (as well as Edinburgh’s Liquid Room on Oct 2). Their most recent release, ‘Rebirth of a Nation’ is steeped in old school production values and serves as a rousing political call to arms. This old dog has still got plenty of bite – watch and learn from the masters. Hyperactive actress-turned-rocker Juliette Lewis will play the ABC on Oct 4 with her band, The Licks. It would be a lie to say that Lewis’ band originally came to our attention for any reason other than her being famous, but Juliette and The Licks have gone on to build a fearsome live reputation. These songs ain’t classics, but Lewis’ visceral, over the top performances have thrilled and entertained crowds wherever they’ve played – and with Dave Grohl on Drums for album number two they may yet surprise us with an album that’s worthy of serious attention. This gig will be a riot. Aussie stars-in-waiting Howling Bells slip into King Tuts on Oct 15. Their sound is strange and seductive; awash with bizarre atmospheres woozy and utterly infectious. On top of this they are possessed of an incomparable vocalist in the form of Juanita Stein. They’re really bloody good and are exactly the kind of band you should be getting excited about. Go and see them.

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“Mr Rumsfeld, a question from me to you. If Saddam is such a jerk then why, in 1982, did you give him a pair of gold spurs?” This is what Defiance, Ohio ask in Tanks! Tanks! Tanks!, which critiques US military spending and the use of prison labour. Not only do they have a hell of a point, but the song also makes you want to dance – “Nuclear heat-seeking battleships: shake your hips, raise your fists!” The thing about Defiance, Ohio is that they’re all about community and Doing It Yourself. That’s why their first album was put out independently, a joint effort by folk in France and the USA. “[If] we achieved this project, then anyone else can do it too,” explain the liner notes. “To us, being profitable will never equal being enthusiastic and free, doing things with your friends for fun and because we find a deeper meaning in all of this.” Their lyrics reflect this: the personal is political, and their songs tell of friendship, insecurity, sustainable living, riding bikes and examining privilege. As for the music, the inclusion of a cello, banjo and violin extend standard notions of what punk rock sounds like. Defiance, Ohio bring their brand of socially conscious folk- punk to Edinburgh’s S ubway Cowgate on Oct 24. [Nine]

Lacuna Coil unwind their lush, metallic racket at the Barrowland on Oct 10. Should be quite a show. (Hed) Pe play the Barfly on Oct 12. They may not be as heart-stoppingly ace as when they first started out but this gig could still ignite. SKINNY favourite Final Fantasy plays ABC2 on Oct 26. Expect gorgeous, violin-based magic.

Hot tix for Nov and Dec - don’t say we didn’t warn ya! See listings for details of October shows

November Gogol Bordello Jet Wolfmother Tapes N Tapes CSS Muse Rancid Rancid The Fratellis Flaming Lips Less Than Jake My Chemical Romance Ben Kweller Rodrigo Y Gabriela The Zutons Ugly Duckling Primal Scream The Zutons Gomez The Killers Tool The Futureheads DJ Shadow

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December Michael Franti & Spearhead Placebo Kasabian + The Fratellis Dirty Pretty Things Basement Jaxx Tenacious D The Pogues Paolo Nutini Paolo Nutini Iron Maiden Snow Patrol The Roots

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Metal Up Your Ass!

by Jamie Borthwick

A GLUT OF EXCELLENT AND VARIED METAL THRILLS FOR AVID FANS ACROSS GLASGOW AND EDINBURGH

Editorial

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aving had a couple of hundred promos rammed through the door (many much appreciated, others as welcome as a strain of sonic anthrax) to preempt the Autumn release bonanza, there was no such thing as sitting around in our pants and watching re-runs of Columbo at Skinny HQ last month. Headphones on, the Sounds crew embraced the challenge by sweating and scribbling about many more records, gigs and artists than mere pages can hold. Like Raekwon would say “we ain’t braggin’ or nuttin’” but our birthday issue holds another exemplary blend of what we’ve striven to deliver since day one. We’ve got interviews with Jack White and Brendan Benson from The Raconteurs, Nick Oliveri, The Rapture, James Yorkston, Red Sparowes and Dead or American supplemented by a look at Instal ‘06, Loki, the trusty Gramophone and a where’s where Freshers guide to a smattering of the best venues around Glasgow and Edinburgh. Do you want more? See Sounds uncut over at www.skinnymag.co.uk for an avalanche of extras and a preview of Issue 14. Nae too shabby, ken? Dave

Top 5 Albums 1. Bonobo - ‘Days To Come’ Blissful, wistful music to soundtrack the Autumn 2. Head Like a Kite ‘Random Portraits of the Home Movie’ ‘Endtroducing’ with guitars, you’d best believe

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WALK AWAY FROM INSTAL WITH A NEW FAVOURITE BAND, A NEW WAY OF LOOKING AT MUSIC, A NEW FOUND LOVE FOR SOUND.

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f you’re quite finished sloshing around in mud, drinking watered down lager, singing along to bands that you know, deep in your heart, aren’t doing anything interesting, let’s get down to business. Unconcerned with trends, image or elitism, Instal is arguably one of the most exciting events on the Scottish music calendar. Featuring bands from all over the world, the line up touches upon punk, metal, jazz, electronica, folk, classical, throat singing, dance and horseplay, but never wholly, and often at the same time. Instal is not about coming along to see bands traipse on stage only to replicate their albums exactly; Instal is all about taking a chance on something unknown, it’s about taking a step back from what NME and HMV propose you listen to. And it’s almost guaranteed that if you take a chance, you will walk away from Instal with a new favourite band, a new way of looking at music, a new found love for sound. Highlights are impossible to predict, which is what curator Arika’s programming - bordering on the genius - intends, but past Instals have seen delirious three-drummer trance that would alight dance floors across the globe, diabolically fiendish pseudo-Middle Eastern cabaret that turns into a straight ahead folk set in the blink of an eye, some of the most ferocious stadium rock Japan has to offer or a kappa playing rusty saxophones and chains.

3. James Yorkston ‘The Year of the Leopard’ An intimate warmth and calm that can’t help but be contagious

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1. Deftones – Hole in the Earth Stuttered groove meets pummelling crescendo to produce sonic molotov cocktail

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2. The Raconteurs – Broken Boy Soldier Plays like a snarling three minute excerpt from a Led Zep blues rock odyssey

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3. 1990’s You’re Supposed to Be My Friend FranzFerd-ian levels of guitar-pop excess

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4. Archie Bronson Outfit - Cherry Lips Intensely well-worked portrayal of passionate unease

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Or there is Lethe, who will be heating metal tables until red hot, before sculpting cosmic drones by rubbing dry ice across them. Or Sachiko, the missing link between Gregorian chant and harsh vocal noise. Her debut solo album ‘You Never Atone For’ makes the vast output of J-horror seem like watery pap and however it translates into a live setting will be a vital experience.

This is music which is very easy to overintellectualise about, but that would be to miss the point. It’s very easy to wax academic about how Keiji Haino has completely redefined guitar playing, both with jazz records such as ‘Yaranaiga Dekinaikotoni Natteyuki’ or by fronting one of the most ferocious rock bands of our time, Fushitsusha. But to think along these lines would be to miss the fact that this caped dark shaman, whether solo, in duos or in groups, is an intensely spiritual performer whose concerts are more akin to exorcisms than rock swagger.

Then there is Oshiri Penpenz, from the same stable as Afrirampo, who play obnoxious scum rock that JOJO, whose Hijokaidan leveled the audience at last year’s festival, called the “Most Violent Rock Action in Japan.” Last year’s Instal fringe, held at a separate venue on preceding days, has also been subsumed into the main event. Each evening will host a line-up of local outsiders, from the demented silent scraping of Usurper to the exploding galaxies of Hockyfrilla.

he summer is quietly dying and in come the longer nights, harsh winds and pouring rain of Autumn - but not to fear! October also offers up a glut of excellent and varied metal thrills for avid fans across Glasgow and Edinburgh. On the 1st at Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh’s native death metal heroes Zillah celebrate the release of new album ‘Substitute for a Catastrophe’ on Retribute records. This should be an awesome show with tight support including Broken Oath. Along at Subway Cowgate on Friday the 6th, Space Horse headline a night of innovative and evocative hardcore from the US of A. Established by Gravity Records founder and former Heroin drummer Matt Anderson, their appearance at the intimate Edinburgh venue is something of a coup and it is their only Scottish date. Slowing it down to a virtual standstill, ABC2 in Glasgow hosts bastions of the doom/drone scene Sunn0))) on the 15th.

The Killers Sam’s Town (Oct 2nd)

Expect pulverizing downtuned mayhem to shake the very foundations of the city. Flipping into comparative warp-speed are Avenged Sevenfold who will entertain the Barrowlands on Monday the 23rd. The adaptation of their sound to compensate frontman M. Shadows’s vocal collapse alienated some factions of their support but A7X’s ‘Maiden meets thrash’ continues to please fans in their droves.

Beck The Information (Oct 2nd) Jet Shine On (Oct 2nd)

CPL brings recently crowned Kerrang ‘Best Newcomers’ Bring Me The Horizon to Studio 24 on the 24th for screams, solos, haircuts and those ever-trusty beatdowns. Observers may also be looking out for a repeat of the fabled fake-fringe-fallsoff hilarity that is rumored to have occurred during a show last year. And on the back of the dubious super-stardom of a Eurovision victory for Finland, masquerading axe-men Lordi hit Glasgow’s Carling Academy on Monday 30th for a pre-Halloween horrormeets-cock-rock fest. So that’s plenty to be getting on with.

Badly Drawn Boy Born in the UK (Oct 16th) My Chemical Romance The Black Parade (Oct 23rd) Listen to Music Response with Fraser Thomson every night between 7pm-10pm to pick up copies of these albums and hear album tracks.

Over the course of the three days, Instal offers ample opportunities to expand and pierce your perceptions, and even if there’s just one thing on the program that catches your eye, you’d be a fool to pass this opportunity up. INSTAL TAKES PLACE AT THE ARCHES, OCTOBER 13-16, 3 DAY PASS £35 (£28), 2 DAY PASS £26 (£20), FRIDAY PASS £12 (£8), SAT/SUN PASS £16 (£12) WWW.INSTAL.ORG.UK/

Eagles of Death Metal “You can’t speak to the devil wearing pants!” Jesse Hughes fo rewa r n e d u s b e fo re h e coughed up ten of the tunes present ly rocking hi s own personal jukebox. He loves his glam, his make out music and the Devil just can’t keep his love for Diana Ross quiet...

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n aural assault from Watford may not sound the most pleasant way to spend an evening in with the stereo, but the industrious Borough on the north side of London has offered up something of a treat to the metal-loving world. SikTh, with a prescient brand of technical hardcore, are at once a mind-bending indulgence and an air-drummer’s fevered nightmare. Now starting to breathe heavily down the necks of the UK audience after the essentially prescribed spell of dominance in Japan, where in the space of a few months they sold as many records as they had in the UK, it is easy to become dazed by the surface level convolutions of SikTh; and it would also be a grave oversight. The time changes are numerous and the accompanying feast of entangled guitar riffs serve only to heighten the listener’s instinct that this is indeed a mighty machine of metal virtuosity at work. Tracks such as Pussyfoot from 2003 LP release ‘The Trees are Dead & Dried Out, Wait for Something Wild’ perfectly illustrate what fuelled the attentions of industry suitors towards the direction the English six-piece as far back as 2001.

1. Suzie Quatro – Glycerine Queen 2. The Strokes – Heart In A Cage 3. The Damned – Neat Neat Neat 4. Evil Beaver – Cherry Master 5. Peaches - Downtown 6. Diana Ross – Upside Down 7. The Distillers – The Hunger 8. Blue Oyster Cult – Me 262 9. Bonniwell Music Machine – Hurtin’ On Me 10. No Doubt – Making Out

It was late in 2001 that BBC Radio offered the band a session at the legendary Maida Vale Studios in North West London, and they were one of the first unsigned bands to every play live on Radio 1. After releasing their second EP in 2002 they started

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work on their debut album ‘The Trees...’ which was finally released in August 2003 after no less than five engineers had attempted to mix the tracks. It went to receive worldwide praise, especially in the aforementioned Japan where the video for How May I Help You received extensive airplay and the band returned after a mini-tour to play Fuji Rock 04, the biggest outdoor festival in Asia. The vocal performances of the band are what give SikTh this edge of freshness; sprung and erratic, one moment an incandescence of metal fury then jerked back to flighty, absurd and primal utterances. The metal fraternity saw fit to dub it under the increasingly redundant rule of sub-genres as ‘Weirdcore’. Wikipedia, in their omniscient expertise, describe a typical Watford scene thusly; “Take a look around the pond (a large stagnant street pond fronted by bars and nightclubs) at closing time, you will generally see numerous drunks sat on the pond wall, often fouling the water in some way.” With new album ‘Death of a Dead Day’ on the shelves already and a UK tour underway, SikTh’s fan base is growing and, unlike their native pond, there is nothing foul about their work. SIKTH PLAY KING TUT’S, GLASGOW ON OCTOBER 11. ‘DEATH OF A DEAD DAY’ IS OUT NOW.

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HOLE IN THE EARTH (Maverick) SICK OF THE SAME OLD THING? THIS COULD BE EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANTED

5 SONGS YOU CAN LEGALLY DOWNLOAD & LISTEN TO FOR FREE

Gramophone 1. Girl Talk - Hold Up Forget DJ Dangermouse: Gregg Gillis cooks a stew of samples that will leave your animal brain gibbering. The Pixies, Mariah Carey, Ludacris, Weezer, James Taylor, 50 Cent each throwing themselves against the other. It’s like a musical fancy dress party, but everyone’s getting along so well! This isn’t a mash-up: um, it’s a mash-everywhere.

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2. Exploding Hearts - Teenage Faces In 2003 the Exploding Hearts were one of the most exciting bands in America - four kids with a punk-pop that was part Ramones, part Hamburg Beatles, part Undertones. While touring for their fantastic debut, ‘Guitar Romantic’, the Hearts’ van rolled off the road and three of their four members were killed. It was a tremendous fucking tragedy but this year ‘Guitar Romantic’ is finally being reissued - as is a disc of rarities and live cuts. Teenage Faces is one of these: a charged mix of grinning guitars and a punk’s rock-candy vocals. RIP.

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5. Yossarian - Invincible Yossarian is a fellow from Cardiff but he doesn’t sound for a second like a Welshman. No, there’s a hardness to him - like the enamel on teeth. Invincible is a conversational sing-song, clumsy rhyme about a night out and a fight with a girl. It recalls The Streets but also the insights of Scotland’s own Ballboy - small remarks that ring loud.

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4. Department of Eagles - Sailing by Night The Brooklyn band Grizzly Bear is gathering attention with their new album, ‘Yellow House’, out on Warp. But meanwhile there’s a sideproject of considerable appeal: Department of Eagles are a grab-bag of styles: folk and electronica and rock and pop, with echoes of everyone from DJ Shadow to Radiohead to The Unicorns. Sailing by Night starts as moonlight cabaret and ends with beats and strings, like a piano slipping on the ice. Less The Band - All five are Caucasian and have been circumcised. True.

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YOU’ RE SUPPOSED TO BE MY FRIEND (Rough Trade) You’re Supposed to Be My Friend, the new single from Glasgow indie scenesters the 1990’s, is a raucous, cock-sure blast of power pop that’s fully aware of its musical DNA and yet as fresh as a daisy on the ears. Taking a leaf out of the book of certain former bandmates, the 1990’s aim for FranzFerd-ian levels of guitar-pop excess, combining killer riffs with singer Jackie McKeown’s slightly Americanised yelping. Shifting between new wave beats and all-out rock ‘n’ roll abandon with alarming ease, the 1990’s keep it short, direct and ever so sweet. [Nick Mitchell] RELEASED ON OCTOBER 30. WWW.1990 S.TV

VELVET PROSE (WHIMSICAL)

Young Stirling four-piece Jack Butler were impressive at T-Break and won a gig at T in the Park on the back of their energetic and punky guitar-funk. Their debut single Velvet Prose will fit snugly into the UK’s currently-thriving indie scene and with the cyclical chorus hook - “She sold her soul to the modern sold her soul…” – it could easily break into chart success. Whether yet another retro wiry-guitar band to compliment the NME-fuelled nu-alternative bandwagon is really necessary is another matter. Live they seem to have something extra – on disc Jack Butler are noticeably standardised. [Ally Brown] THIS SINGLE IS OUT ON

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PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS (Atlantic) Even after just one listen to new single, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, it is easy to become excited about Jet’s upcoming album ‘Shine On’. In complete accordance with drummer Chris Cester’s assertions that their new music was “written for stadiums,” this tune is a catchy, roll-down-your windows and blare at full volume type of track. With some truly rocking guitar riffs and requisite tap-your-foot drumming, this single will have you humming along and singing along like a reject from XFactor before you know it. For those supposed rock enthusiasts out there, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is. [Stephen Carty] THIS SINGLE IS OUT ON OCTOBER 2. WWW.JETMUSIC.CO.UK

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THE DAY IS A DOWNER EP (One Little Indian)

Formerly achieving moderate success as Nic Armstrong & the Thieves, IV Thieves have since adopted a more democratic moniker and have relocated from their native Nottingham to Austin, Texas. In this foreign landscape they evidently found more creative freedom, enough to produce this three-track EP as a foreru n ner to nex t yea r’s debut a l bu m. Despite the American inspiration, IV Thieves are indebted both to the English lineage of bands like The La’s or Shack with their wry, observational lyricism, and to early Oasis or James in their expansive guitar textures. IV Thieves may not be toiling at the mill of innovation, but they are unquestionably assured songwriters. [Nick Mitchell] THIS SINGLE IS OUT ON OCTOBER 9. WWW.MYSPACE.COM/IVTHIEVES

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EVERYEVERYEVERYTHING/HELLO COMRADE (I QUIT MY JOB) (MOSHI MOSHI)

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by Gemma Couper HOMOPHOBIA MAY BE EASIER TO CHALLENGE THESE THE LONG-RUNNING CLUB’S DAYS, BUT FATPHOBIA IS ALIVE AND WELL. INTRODUCING HOMECOMING IS SURE TO BE AN EPIC NIGHT. A MONTHLY COLUMN BY CHARLOTTE COOPER

3. Less the Band - I Want to Know You At this year’s Fringe Festival, the members of this band all acted in a play called Finer Noble Gases. The play was okay; the music that closed the show was better. And here’s their album’s crown jewel, free to download, with its winsome vocals and sleepy guitars, the chime of pop hooks and a desperate want. My Morning Jacket oughtta watch their back.

Utterly essential, though still unfairly cursed as one of the catalytic bands to usher in the bombardment of nu-metal dross in the late 90s, Sacramento survivors Deftones look to the future with their first offering from forthcoming fifth album ‘Saturday Night Wrist’. Lyrically, Chino Moreno seems to allude to the internal strife suffered by the band while producing ‘…Wrist’: “I hate all of my friends / they all attack sometimes” he howls in the impassioned vein of Robert Smith before Hole in the Earth’s stuttered groove hits an inevitable crushing crescendo. Sick of the same old thing? This could be exactly what you wanted. [Johnny Langlands]

Taste returns to Cabaret Voltaire

RAZORLIGHT AMERICA (Vertigo)

Eccentric Liverpool three-piece Hot Club de Paris produce frenetic, naked pop music that sounds as if it might trip over itself at any moment. The A-side of this single, Everyeveryeverything, is a stop-start ode to their home town, full of gusto and humour, but lacking much substance, a bit like watered-down Biffy Clyro. B-side Hello Comrade (I Quit My Job), a tale of life on the dole, is similarly feisty – employing a breakneck 7/8 drumbeat - but while it’s clever and articulate, Hot Club de Paris’s incessantly rapid two-note guitars and toneless singing makes for a challenging listen. [Nick Mitchell]

It usually takes around three or four albums and relentless critical acclaim before a band disappears entirely up its own rectum, but not so in Razorlight’s case. Having abandoned all that was good about first album ‘Up All Night’ – the polished guitars, the old-fashioned ear for a tune – Johnny Borrell & co have now succumbed to softcore balladry in tawdry new single America. The blunt, recycled lyrics, such as ‘there’s panic in America’, say nothing about America nor Razorlight, and by halfway through you wish Borrell would stop harping on about the place and just emigrate. [Nick Mitchell]

THIS SINGLE IS OUT ON SEPTEMBER 25. HOT CLUB DE PARIS PLAY CABARET VOLTAIRE, EDINBURGH ON SEPTEMBER 17. WWW.WELCOMETOTHEHOTCLUB.TK

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dinburgh’s self-proclaimed club for “extroverts & perverts”, Taste, is on the move this October 8 with guest DJs Spooky taking to the stage, in a step that has been seen as something of a homecoming to Cabaret Voltaire - the new host of the stalwart Sunday night social. The Edinburgh club scene has recently seen closures of certain key venues, with some popular club nights failing to resurface in new locations. Taste, however, has found residency in Edinburgh, and its loyal fan base of club-goers includes over 3000 members on its books, with ever-increasing international popularity. The club also offers something to the LGBT scene - with a non-pretentious ethos, and an ‘anything goes’ attitude, Taste draws in a diverse but welcoming and friendly crowd ensuring a packed club.

October 8 will play host to Spooky, a.k.a Charlie May and Duncan Forbes – a night not to be missed The talented duo’s blend of funky and banging remixes add to a repertoire bound to keep Taste’s au fait clubbers dancing well into the small hours. Spooky gained national and international acclaim with their first album

‘Gargantuan’ in 1992. After this success they developed a distinctive and innovative style in their live shows, and over the past five years their creativity has seen them play alongside dance innovators Aphex Twin and Orbital, not to mention gigs at a host of respected festivals. This homecoming bash is guaranteed to be an all-out hedonistic affair, with resident DJs and pioneers Fisher & Price providing their own brand of original house.

Taste’s move back to Cabaret Voltaire heralds another positive step in the club’s history. The vunue offers the style and panache of a slinky club but with the banging house tracks of an illegal quarry party. A night not to be missed for both the regulars and first timers alike. Keep your diary free for at least two days - you may need recovery time after what’s bound to be a crazy one. [Gemma Couper]

oday I opened a magazine and read a rather nasty television preview about a mean-sounding documentary about Britain’s Fattest Teenager™. Then I went online to look at the news and read about some egg-headed boffins who are trying to invent an anti-obesity vaccine. After that I saw a headline in my local paper which explained that women in their 40s are developing eating disorders because they hate the way they look. And all this before I looked at the gaypers which, as you know, are home to ads for gyms, weight loss supplements and pictures of muscle marys.

LGBT VENUE GUIDE Glasgow

Blue Moon Café, 1 Barony Street – Gourmetstandard food served in hearty portions for reasonable prices, attracting an eclectic clientele of all ages, gender identities and orientations. CC Blooms, 23 Greenside Place – Admission to this infernal netherworld is admittedly free, and it’s open till 3am, but prepare for overpriced drinks and existentialist levels of depression. Claremont Bar, 133/135 East Claremont Street – Featuring an in-house restaurant, this pub merges a local feel with speciality nights catering to the fringes of queer society. Deep Blue, 1 Barony Street – Sophisticated and fashionable basement bar with an atmosphere of peace and calm. Destination, 17 Albert Place, New cabaret bar - one to be watched. Frenchie’s, 89 Rose Street Lane – Sticky carpet, drag queens, an array of hats, a nice game of bingo, witty one-liners and a seedy undercurrent of scandal. Habana, 22 Greenside Place – A popular, regular haunt for Edinburgh’s scene queens, with a good distribution of promos and karaoke. Planet Out, 6 Baxter’s Place – Diverse crowd, nice staff, and furnishings that make it look and feel like a drag queen’s knicker drawer. The Regent, 2 Montrose Terrace – The first CAMRAlisted gay pub in Scotland, everyone is welcome here and it makes for a nice change of pace to the usual scenester drama. Sala, 60 Broughton Street – Fantastic Spanishinfluenced food selection makes it a café first and a bar second. The Street, 2 Picardy Place – Smart décor, laidback atmosphere, and some of the best bloody marys in Edinburgh. Twist, 26B Dublin Street – A warm and almost Mediterranean feel, with a colourful range of eats and wines.

Bennets, 80-90 Glassford Street – Busy enough, but thrives on loyalty from people who can't think of anywhere else to go. The Court Bar, 69 Hutcheson Street - A good place for conversation, it’s mainly frequented by older men during the evening and mixed during the day. Cube, 34-44 Queen Street Delmonica’s, 68 Virginia Street – The queen bee of Glasgow’s gay scene. Not the place to go for a quiet drink, but can be a great, cheap place to go before clubbing. Glasgow LGBT Centre, 11 Dixon Street Icon, 24 Candleriggs – A charmingly relaxed air with the emphasis firmly on chilled entertainment. Merchant Pride, 20 Candleriggs – A brash, colourful bar that has to be seen to be believed. Moda, 58 Virginia Street The Polo Lounge, 84 Wilson Street – Glasgow’s arguably most stylish gay venue, safe and comfortable. Revolver Bar, 6a John Street – Offers the most pleasant and attitude-free drink on the Glasgow scene - though women are rare. Warhol, 214 Bath Street The Waterloo, 306 Argyle Street – Unpretentious and welcoming, it serves a clientele of mature men.

Today is not an unusual day: our media would be even flimsier without the moral panic around ‘fat’ to provide it with useless stories, so it’s not surprising that there’s so much talk about weight and bodies. I’m glad that I’m not a media studies student trying to make sense of how the press reflects our own bodies back at us – let alone any po-mo investigation into The Queer Body - there’s just so much chaff in the papers and on the telly that I’d never know where to begin. Personally I’m really sick of the way that fat is talked about and understood in the media. It bears no resemblance to the way that I live my life as a fat person, and as a fat dyke.

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I wish that there were other ways of talking about fat in public: a media that embraced truthfully the complexity of what it is to be fat in a culture that would rather fat people didn’t exist; ways of working out how fat intersects with other aspects of ourselves, with gay, lesbian, bi and trans identity; places where fat people could express the reality of our lives without censure; opportunities to say really radical, and dangerous things about fat, you know, maybe something completely incendiary and revolutionary like: “Just as I think it’s fine to be out and proud about my sexuality, I also think it’s okay to be fat.” Readers, I hope this corner of The Skinny can be that space. CHARLOTTE COOPER IS A WRITER AND FAT ACTIVIST. WWW.CHARLOTTECOOPER.NET

Rae Spoon “There was a lot of freaky stuff, like speaking in tongues and healing meetings,” says Rae Spoon of his Pentecostal upbringing in Calgary, Alberta. “They were also pretty controlling about the media. I have a huge gap in my pop culture knowledge. [And] the family isn’t into people being queer at all.” Although he is not religious now, he’s influenced by the gospel music he was exposed to growing up. Conducting his tours largely by Greyhound bus across vast stretches of land, it’s fitting that the country music he plays evokes isolation and wilderness as well as love and sorrow. He recently played Camp Trans, the protest camp set up to oppose the hugely popular Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival’s transphobic entrance policy. “It is not often that I am in such a positive space for trans people,” he says. “I believe very strongly in inclusion. I think people’s right to inhabit space should be based on their individual behaviour.” KEEP AN EYE ON WWW.RAESPOON.COM FOR LAST- MINUTE DETAILS OF SCOTTISH GIGS

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Homosexuals still complain about the way that we are portrayed in the media but I have to say that the representation of gay life is light years ahead when you compare it to fat. And fat and queer? You’re joking, right? My very own subset of the Venn Diagram of Humanity is more or less invisible. If you want to see your reality spelled out in clichés – uncritical programmes about the wonders of weight loss surgery; scrawny journalists traipsing the streets in fat suits just to show the rest of the world how bad it really is to be fat; diet evangelists selling their latest scam; stupid, sorry, pathetic and damaged fat folk who are made to represent us all; Millie Tant stereotypes – that’s well and good. But I don’t. I can’t stand to see another headless fat body on a television screen. I’m not talking blood and guts, it’s a different kind of headless which you’ll know when you see: when well-meaning but ignorant television producers shoot footage of anonymous fat people on the street – probably without their consent and without paying them - and keep their head out of the camera frame. Add to this a Brass Eye style commentary about the horrors of obesity and they’ve got themselves a news story. Like every other fat person in the land I’m waiting for the day in which I turn up on my very own screen as one of those headless horrors. And, when it happens, let me tell you, there will be lawyers involved.

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ights flicker, drums sizzle and the opening chords to No One Knows jerk into action. Wait… it’s just the synthetic racket of a polyphonic ringtone. Who’s on the phone though? None other than goateed bass playing

Editorial “Thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money is being spent on a £ 20 0,0 0 0 gay arts festival featuring a sordid pornographic film,” trumpeted the Scottish Daily Mail, rather predictably, in September. “The organisers will screen the lurid film which glorifies transsexuals’ sex lives as part of a celebration of ‘queer culture’.” Good god. How shocking: to portray transsexuals as real people, who have sex. Roger Cox responded in The Scotsman: “‘Gay festival spends £350 of taxpayers’ money to show a film we don’t like (but haven’t actually seen)’ might have been nearer the mark, although admittedly it doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.” As ever, the Mail forgets that taxpayers and queers are not mutually exclusive categories, and frankly my only gripe about Glasgay! is that ‘Enough Man’, and the other films, are only being screened for one night each. So please, avail yourselves of this opportunity to take in as much sordid, lurid fare as you can. Thank you. Nine

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Running between October 14 and November 12. Highlights of the programme include the first Scottish performance of Alan Bennett’s ‘Ta l k i ng Heads’ monologues a nd New York dance phenomenon Richard Move’s ‘Martha @ Tramway’, although the full programme has something for everyone. Hedonists will love the themed club nights from Utter Gutter, Burly and Death Disco, while queer politics are not ignored, with

Top LGBT Glasgay! events Double Bill: Martin Connor and Ian Nulty (October 4-7, £5) Studio, 91 Saltmarket,Glasgow Intimate shows exploring post-modern masculinity and the impact of the future on the present. Bring your mobile. Death Disco (Oct 14, £12/10) The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow Uber-hip night club with added performance. 100% Human (Oct 17, £5/3) CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, The Daily Mail’s cinematic pick of the festival: moving and uplifting exploration of transgender body modification.

alterations. ‘Keep Not Silent’ enters the world of Orthodox Jewish lesbians: The entire season acts as a reminder of the global, political and personal challenges facing the queer communities.

Unless you’re a punk rock cave man living in a prehistoric age, you may not know that Mondo have been kicking around for nearly a decade. Existing primarily as a side project which was shelved to some extent when Queens of the Stone Age took off, appearing only for impromptu dates and brief spates of touring, everyone from Dave Grohl and Twiggy Ramirez to Brant Bjork and, in latter days, the remaining duo from Winnebago Deal have been a part of the whirlwind super group.

In a more light-hea rted vein, BBC1’s Jason Wood transfers his Edinburgh Fringe hit show ‘My Anus Horribilis’ to the Stand, and the gayfriendly comedy night ‘Bent Double’ arrives from Brighton. Rising star Mrs Barbara Nice abandons domestic bliss to apply her child-rearing skills to the audience.

Things are a little different now, following his sudden ejection from the Queens in 2004, Oliveri explains the work ethic of his new old job, which was his own vehicle to begin with. “With ‘A Drug Problem that Never Existed’ Mondo was a side project, but this would be my real band now.”

Festivals are no fun without a party, and Glasgay! has enough for everyone. Kicking off with Death Disco and their seedy electronica at the Arches on October 14, the weekends during the festival offer wild nights out. Burly presents its ‘House of Horrors’ on Nov 4 to celebrate Halloween, inviting ghouls and werewolves to shake out their cobwebs, and the Carnival Arts Centre opens up for Tran?fusion Underground, where you can dip into their costume closet to create the perfect look. OurStory Scotland has a more traditional ceilidh at the Trades Hall and the festival ends with RIPT at Carnival Arts.

Who are your latest recruits? How are things going on the road?

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THE ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF QUEER CULTURE PROMISES A DIVERSE RANGE OF EXCITING EVENTS. ow in its thirteenth year, Glasgay! celebrates queer culture with a programme of remarkable quality and diversity. From established playwrights and dancers to lesser-known local visual artists, via films, club nights and comedy, Glasgay! brings the best LGBT arts to venues across the city.

(Oct 20 & 21, £10/6) Tramway, 25 Albert Drive Radical cabaret tribute to the mother of contemporary dance. Donald Does Dusty (Oct 25-28, £8/6) CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street Drag king pioneer Diane Torr’s tribute to her brother: a Glasgay! World Premier. Hey Hetero!(9-27 Oct, FREE) Q! Gallery, 87-89 Saltmarket, Kitschy and thought provoking exhibition examining heterosexual privilege. Look out for its images on the underground as you commute through Glasgow until 22 Oct.

the TRAN?GEND3RD f ilm season at the CCA exploring everything from India’s hijras to 1960s San Francisco. ‘Martha @ Tramway’ explores the life of modern da nce pioneer Ma r tha Graha m. Combi ni ng recreations of her ballets and witty monologues, Richard Move has been developing this work since 1996, winning awards and attracting famous names both in the audience and as performers. Over at the Arches, Louise Welsh’s ‘The Importance of Being Alfred’ examines the later life of Oscar Wilde’s lover, as he is caught up in a post-war British libel trial. The CCA presents the American company Split Britches, whose ‘What Tammy Needs to Know’ is a burlesque meditation on the thin line between country music and performance art. The visual art season is concentrated on the Q! Gallery in the Saltmarket and the Brunswick Hotel. A mixture of international and local artists - including Glasgow-based Greek photographer Menelas, Brazilian graffiti painters, and SKINNY contributor Gregor Laird - comment on different experiences of LGBT lifestyle. The films, which are spread across the CCA and GFT, epitomise the festival’s wide reach and diversity. ‘Bam Bam and Celeste’ is a road movie, charting the course of two friends travelling to New York, across a Mid-West littered w ith eccentrics. Allan Brocka’s ‘Boy Culture’ is a playful gay comedy of manners. More seriously, the CCA presents a series of documentaries on LGBT cultures around the world. ‘Enough Man’ and ‘100% Human’ look at transgendered body i mage and the issues surrounding surgical

Glasgay! is a unique series of events, indulging every taste and whim and including work and play from many facets of the LGBT scene. It avoids exclusivity, setting important national shows next to small-scale local artists: there isn’t enough space to mention half of what is going on. For further details, check their website and find your own way through this incredible happening. WWW.GLASGAY.COM

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VARIOUR ARTSISTS GIRL MONSTER

(Chicks on Speed Records) Chicks On Speed know that women who forge But ‘Girl Monster’ itself their own paths in music are often marginalised is a colourful, exciting or overlooked in favour of those who fit neatly and sometimes into pop pigeonholes – or men who play abra s ive collection ‘alternative’ music. The Chicks released their of cheaply produced first single in 1998 while still art students, picking pu nk that cover s a l l up the baton that X-Ray Spex and Siouxsie of Riot Grrrl’s various Sioux started running with in the golden years avenues into grunge, new wave and electro. of 70s punk, and was furthered by Bikini Kill and As a movement, most (male) critics wrote it Courtney Love in the 90s. Serving something off in the late 90s when Ms Love swapped her like ‘The Best Lo-Fi Riot Grrrl Album... Ever!’ this kinderwhore chic for Versace. This compilation 3CD collection gathers together obscure (No shows it has not only survived the millenium, Bra) and established (Bjork, Le Tigre) females but the electroclash revolution has given Riot Grrrl a new lease of life. The DIY approach to from the 70s to the present day. club nights, writing music on your laptop and T he b oo k l et i s d e s i g ned by t he Ch i cks promoting yourself via MySpace has inspired themselves, in their trademark style of fauxpost-feminist club kids the length and breadth naïf zine-esque cut and paste, it features of the country to have a go, inspired directly by the heroes of the scene - Peaches and an eloquent essay by Geoff Travis - head of Chicks On Speed themselves, who took this Rough Trade - then a rather pointless one by Pil & Gallia Kollective, who criticise the likes of exact same approach almost a decade ago. [Gregor Laird] Madonna. This boring and unnecessary indiesnobbishness leaves a bad taste in your mouth, OUT NOW. after the fine smorgasbord of musical delights on the album. WWW.GIRLMONSTER.NET

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tornado Nick Oliveri. Presently roaming the UK with his latest incarnation of Mondo Generator and making the odd appearance with Dwarves frontman Blag Dahlia as The Uncontrollable, he tells The Skinny about his new record.

HEDONISTS WILL LOVE THE THEMED CLUB NIGHTS, WHILE QUEER POLITICS ARE NOT IGNORED

“We’ve got Hoss on drums, Spud and Ian on guitar… it’s a four-piece. I’m playing bass,” he assertively advises. “I’m pretty happy right now. I think we’ve got a good band and I’m kind of enjoying what I’m feeling and watching it grow, we’re having some good shows. I

“QUEENS IS SOMETHING I CAN CONTRIBUTE TO AND HE NEEDS ME TO DO IT.” by Dave Kerr

think people are digging it, I know I am.” Latest album ‘Dead Planet (SonicSlowMotionTrails)’ smacks of untameable chaos; split between the dynamics of psychedelic rock and the blood curdling punk signatures we’ve come to expect. From his jovial tone, Oliveri appears to be moving onwards and upwards in many respects, but one thing about the new record still baffles. You recorded another version of So High, So Low on ‘Dead Planet…’ was there any particular reason for doing so? “It was an idea that I got from Josh (Homme). It was meant to be re-recorded for the last Queens record that I’m not on. I think there’s 3,500 of the second album [‘A Drug Problem…’] pressed. I thought it was a good song and it should be heard by hopefully more. So I re-recorded it anyway.” By tracking the history of their rapport on record, it’s easy to see that such ideas used to flow freely between the two. And, though it’s well held that Homme without Oliveri is akin to Maverick sans Goose, it’s impossible to tell whether they’ll be doubling up for a game of Volleyball in the studio again any time soon. The Skinny tests the water anyway. Say Josh called you tomorrow and asked you to come back, what would you tell him?

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for me to move with Queens of the Stone Age as it is with Mondo Generator. Although I’m not trying to do Queens without him and I don’t need him to do Mondo Generator. I feel that Queens is something I can contribute to and he needs me to do it. Whether he believes it or not, me and a lot of other people seem to think that. I saw their show a couple of times and I really felt like getting up there and playing.” What if it was John Garcia making the call? There’s still a lot of respect for Kyuss…

“Oh I would love to, yeah, that would be something else. If I was asked to do that, I would do it in a second. It would be a lot of fun. John’s great, I don’t know if he’s doing anything now. I heard he got up and did something with Josh and played some Kyuss songs at a Queens show in LA. I always feel like you could get away with playing a Kyuss song with John singing and Josh on guitar, those guys are the only two who stayed for all four records.” As a key player in those two bands, probably two of the most critically respected and influential bands in modern rock, what’s your formula been? “Right place at the right time – luck! I roll good dice.” ‘DEAD PLANET (SONICSLOWMOTIONTRAILS)’ IS OUT NOW ON MOTHER TONGUE. WWW.MONDOGENERATOR.COM

“I’m out on tour!” he laughs. “I’d say it’s as easy

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James Yorkston

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f you want an insight into James Yorkston’s new album ‘The Year of the Leopard’, it’s perhaps best to start with the title track. “The line ‘It won’t be so easy, this year of the leopard’ was partly inspired by a book called The Leopard by Guiseppe Di Lampedusa,” Yorkston explains. “The main character is a guy who’s struggling to come to terms with the world as it changes around him. Then in my home village Kingsbarns, in Fife, somebody let a puma loose which reminded me of the book as I thought the puma must be feeling out of place as well, and that also inspired the song.” Perhaps intent on recording a soothing antidote to such displaced feelings, Yorkston teamed up with producer Paul Webb (aka Rustin Man) after hearing his acclaimed collaboration with Beth Gibbons, ‘Out of Season’. “I really liked that record, it wasn’t too new and spangly and shiny, or too old fashioned, so it was just what I was looking to do really. We used old valve microphones and recorded everything onto tape - some of it was bounced back & forth about four times just to get that warm feel.” It is an enchantingly warm and intimate record, but Yorkston says it is less autobiographical than 2004’s ‘Just Beyond the River’. “The last record was really personal, I wanted to make this one more abstract and take a step back from that. There’s a song on the last album called Hermitage which people used to call out for at gigs, but I couldn’t play

“THIS ONE IS DEFINITELY A JAMES YORKSTON ALBUM - ALL THE ARRANGEMENTS ARE MINE, I DID MOST OF THE WORK!” by Milo McLaughlin

it live because the lyrics are way too raw. If you’re trying to do that within a relationship you just end up digging deeper into the angst which is a pretty miserable thing to do - and it could get you into a lot of trouble!” Despite this, Yorkston’s lyrics are no less insightful or resonant. Summer Song deals poetically with long-term commitment whilst As I Awoke, which features Fence songstress HMS Ginafore, is a heartbreaking take on infidelity. Although Yorkston is signed to Domino Records his Fife connections mean, like Ginafore, he remains an integral part of the Fence Collective. “It’s just like asking my mates. I also had King Creosote and the Lone Pigeon on my first record - I’d be foolish not to.” Which brings us to Yorkston’s backing band the Athletes who aren’t credited this time round, although Athletes Reuben and Doogie (who have both also been absorbed into the Fence family) do play on some of the tracks. “We didn’t fall out, we’re still good friends. When we finished touring the last album I had two new songs and I didn’t feel I could ask the band to go and rehearse just those songs, it would have just made it awkward, so they got involved later on. This one is definitely a James Yorkston album - all the arrangements are mine, I did most of the work!” And who could begrudge him that, given the beguiling result, which offers some peaceful respite from that ferocious animal, the modern world.

JAMES YORKSTON AND THE ATHLETES (FULL BAND SHOW) PLAY THE LIQUID ROOM ON OCT 22 AND ABC2, GLASGOW ON OCT 23. THE YEAR OF THE LEOPARD IS OUT NOW ON DOMINO RECORDS. WWW.JAMESYORKSTON.CO.UK

New York dance phenomonon Richard Move’s portrayal of Martha Graham

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ALBUM REVIEWS CHUCK E WEISS 23RD & STOUT (Cooking Vinyl)

CONNER

HELLO GRAPHIC MISSILE (Broken Horse)

BONOBO

DAYS TO COME (Ninja Tune) ‘Animal Magic’ and ‘Dial M for Monkey’ are classics of the chill-out genre, but this tag has always bothered Simon Green, AKA Bonobo. For ‘Days to Come’ he has recruited labelmate Fink and Compost signing Bajka to sing, and employed a wealth of live instrumentation from his Bonobo B a nd. T he i n s tru menta l tracks a re s ub l i me. Delicately picked frets and bubbling electronic bass underpin The Fever, while album closer Recurring is an exquisite glockenspiel melody over a delicate breakbeat, like Kid Loco interpreted by a full band with horns, flutes, oboes and slap bass. The effect is unlike any previous Bonobo tracks - fuller, richer, incredibly emotive. The tracks featuring Bajka are to die for. She has a voice that lends a timeless feel; her signature is gypsy jazz, with a welcoming, rasping edge to her coffeecoloured melodies. Nightlife in particular, with its swooping cello line, is utterly gorgeous, and sounds like it was delivered fully formed by an angelic host led by Lady Day herself. Blissful, wistful music to soundtrack the Autumn. [Bram Gieben] ‘DAYS TO COME’ IS OUT ON OCTOBER 2. WWW.NINJATUNE.NET, WWW.MYSPACE.COM/BONOBOMUSIC

SEAN LENNON

FRIENDLY FIRE (Parlophone)

Being the son of one of t h e t we nt i et h ce nt u r y’s musical icons is a famously double - edged sword for S e a n Le n n o n. W h i l e h e hardly has to say a word to generate buzz around his work, his music will always be compared to his incomparable father’s. After his 1998 debut ‘Into the Sun’, this unfair reception caused Lennon to take a step back from the recording process. Now, eight years on, ‘Friendly Fire’ proves that the wait was worthwhile. An assured collection of dreamy, melody-driven songs reveals Lennon as the major talent he always threatened to be. Yes, there are definite shades of the Beatles throughout, but Lennon’s sensitive lyrics and haunting harmonies bear a more striking resemblance to the late Elliot Smith. Of the ten songs here, there is only one weak exception Spectacle - to the excellent standard. More than excellent, ‘Friendly Fire’ is an unassuming masterpiece. [Nick Mitchell]

‘DAYS TO COME’ SOUNDS LIKE IT WAS DELIVERED FULLY FORMED BY AN ANGELIC HOST LED BY LADY DAY HERSELF. BLISSFUL, WISTFUL MUSIC TO SOUNDTRACK THE AUTUMN.

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THE LOST TAKE (Anticon)

Though signed to a label known for its ‘conscious’ h i p - h o p, M a r t i n D o s h bucks the trend. There’s no rapping here, nor even the vestiges of Dosh’s art-rock work as a member of Fog. Instead he devotes himself to a cut’n’paste jazz: blurs of guitar, Rhodes, sax, glitch, and Andrew Bird’s sprightly fiddle. While in concept it recalls Four Tet or The Books, in execution it’s much closer to Weather Report or movie soundtrack interstitials. That’s right, it’s dull (no offence to ‘Birdland’): samey, gentle, and downtempo without ever feeling particularly “cool”. The improv is uninspired, the melodies middle-of-the-road, and Dosh’s ambitions seem modest indeed. There’s not one brave move on the whole record: just a million comfortable ones. [Sean Michaels] ‘THE LOST TAKE’ IS OUT ON OCT 17. WWW.DOSHFAMILY.COM

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Those too impatient to wa it for Tom Wa it s’s forthcoming 3-cd album, ‘Orphans : B rawlers, B a w l e r s a n d B a s ta rd s’, could probably not find a better replacement than Chuck E Weiss’s stew of rugged blues and discombobulated jive tales of vagabonds and oddballs. A longstanding collaborator of Waits, as well as Lightning Hopkins and Johnny Depp, Weiss is far from a stylistic tribute. Blues is the music of suffering, and white man blues tends to manifest itself through hobos, vagrants, alcoholism and human oddities, but no less valid an existential cry than any other. In many ways, ‘23rd & Stout’ is the perfect bridge between Waits’ earlier swinging material, and his later sea-shanty experiments driven by clanking percussion, with masterfully guff stortytelling backed by music that is bang up-todate with twisted technique and simaltaneously pure country soul. Chuck E Weiss has spent most of his career, relatively, in the shadows of his friends, and with material such as this, that’s a clear miscarriage of taste. [Ali Maloney]

Although hailing from the Midwest, we are definitely not in Kansas anymore; Conner sound as British as Barbara Windsor. Making mention of Fugazi as an influence is baffling as Conner should surely be targeting fans of Hard Fi, Bloc Party and others in the current slew of uninspired Anglo-guitar drivel. The plodding, barely serviceable bass and only-as-audibleas-necessary drums do nothing but prop up some grating riffs and whining pan-atlantic vocals. Slipping in and out of slightly ska driven moments, what attempts to be catchy is just headache inducing. This current wash of poppy riffs, with just enough distortion to garner the label ‘garage’, seems to have lost momentum and now comes the detritus of the top ten tornado. Surely it’s time to put ‘em all back in the garage, get some petrol, a match and fashion a taper out of the mags who inexplicably make them massive. [Caroline Hurley] ‘HELLO GRAPHIC MISSILE’ IS OUT ON OCT 2.

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KELMAN

LONELINESS HAS KEPT US ALIVE (Liner Records)

Whether or not they called themselves after Ja mes Kel ma n, the Scottish literary chronicler of everything Glaswegian and grim, Kelman the band certainly plough a similarly morose vein of soul searching. The London three-piece’s first album is a sombre yet warm-hearted collection of romanticist tales told in unclichéd, uncensored language that their namesake would approve of. Singer Wayne Gooderham’s low-pitch vocals draw the inevitable Leonard Cohen comparisons, as well as conjuring echoes of Lou Reed, amidst the band’s skeletal Velvets-like backing. Kelman’s basic instrumentation is also given a burst of warmth by the crooning lilt of an alwayswelcome melodica, giving the songs a certain retro French feel. But there can be no faulting Kelman’s commitment to the immediacy or pain of matters of the heart, making this the perfect listen for rejected lovers and winter dreamers everywhere. [Nick Mitchell]

MADE OUT OF BABIES COWARD (Neurot)

Undoubtedly, an album cover of a bas hed and b r u i s e d p re - p u b e s c e nt boy will really separate the genuinely hardcore from the posers. And quite frankly, that needs to be done - too many are in this because “it’s cool”, or some such nonsense. In a nutshell, this is post-Neurosis abstract hardcore with a vocalist who sounds like a fevered Bjork getting all rabid on the thunderously bassy riffs, foaming at the mouth even when sounding squeakily beautiful, like some deranged fallen angel. Hell yes, it’s better than drugs. ‘Coward’ has nothing in the way of dynamics whatsoever, but then, neither did ‘Reign In Blood’, it’s more true to say that there’s nothing in the way of release from Made Out of Babies’ assault. And thank god, I thought metal was destined to be utterly boring for the rest of eternity. [Ali Maloney] ‘COWARD’ IS OUT NOW. WWW.MADEOUTOFBABIES.COM

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TILLY & THE WALL

THE HUMAN VALUE

Incessant tapping isn’t life’s most pleasurable sound. But when it’s created by the rhythmic feet of Tilly & The Wall it becomes a captivating privilege. And on the release of ‘Bottoms Of Barrels’ the Omaha quintet have followed up the resplendent gazing of ‘Wild Like Children’ with an altogether more cantankerous record. Genuine moments of wonderment are still to be found on tracks like Sing Songs Along, but there’s an edgier sense of purpose to this chasmal offering. Bad Education deploys militant clanking and Eastern European instrumentation to startling effect, creating a swaggering spasm of energy. Whilst the joyous Urgency resembles Jonathan Richman freaking out to a tap-dancing gypsy-folk sing-along. Tinged with melancholy, ‘Bottoms of Barrels’ sees a soul searching child beautifully maturing in a world of heartbreak and sorrow. Sounding braver and bolder than ever before, Tilly & The Wall may have finally tapped themselves into the mainstream. [Billy Hamilton]

The Kills are a popular American boy-girl beat combo with leather jackets & shades, sexy, scuzzy guitars, and peculiar names, but too much blues. The Raveonettes are a popular boy-girl beat combo with the guitars and leather jackets, but are too blonde, bright-eyed, and Danish. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have too many members, and are all men, but have the shades and the guitars sorted. The Human Value are a soon-to-be-popular American boy-girl new-wave beat combo with peculiar names, low, scuzzy guitars, gothic melodies and sensuous female vocals, who are very reminiscent of Siouxsie & The Banshees - and they are perfect. Siouxsie and Severin are the boy-girl core of goth-punk legend, and were real. Hiram and Turu are the boy-girl core of LA’s Human Value, who have updated that sound, as every generation insists on doing with great music, so they’re not really real - but this eponymous debut album is intense and atmospheric; creepy, sexy, and exciting. You’ll be ‘Spellbound’. [Ally Brown]

‘BOTTOMS OF BARRELS’ IS OUT ON OCT 2. WWW.TILLYANDTHEWALL.COM

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BOTTOMS OF BARRELS (Moshi Moshi Records)

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FEAR NOT FRESHMEN, THE SKINNY WILL SHINE YOU A LIGHT...

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bsorbing the music scene in a new city is always an exciting, if a little daunting experience for any discerning muso. Fear not Freshmen, The Skinny has some answers. The following is a run down of just a handful of the venues on offer, though the city sorely lacks anything equivocal to The Barrowlands which captures a lot of the slightly more elusive acts who tend to bodyswerve the ‘burgh all too often. Anyway, I digress... Bannermans – Live music is what it’s all about at The Underworld venue located within the belly of Bannerman’s bar on the Cowgate. Regularly boasting some 40-50 bands per month, with frequent appearances from essential Edinburgh acts ranging from the seasoned Degrassi and Last Great Wilderness to relative rookies The Common Redstarts and The Penny Blacks, The Underworld is a must for the Edinburgh circuit. WWW. BANNERMANSGIGS .CO. UK

Cabaret Voltaire – Ushering in an eclectic range of the latest cutting edge live music

entertainment (having recently featured the likes of Battles, The Twilight Singers, Saul Williams and The Fucking Champs) Cab Vol has now firmly wedged itself on the Capital’s map of hot venues. Look out for an appearance from upcoming singer-songwriter Rose Kemp and her elegantly twisted blend of soulful harmonies on the 17th of October as part of the regular New Found Sound showcase. WWW.THECABARETVOLTAIRE.COM

Studio 24 – Back from the brink of being shut down - hoorah, fight the power. Beyond an array of progressive house DJs and metal nights, the Studio has hosted gigs by the likes of Nirvana (twice as legend has it). The 25th sees Lily Allen grace its stage and next month witnesses the return of punk favorites Rancid. Don’t forget their regular Box Wars battle nights either, ever fancied dressing up as a Transformer? WWW.STUDIO24 EDINBURGH.CO.UK

Subway Cowgate – Along with Bannerman’s and The Bongo Club, Subway Cowgate is arguably one of the premier venues for showcasing local talent

in Edinburgh. As such, this is another base for local promoters New Found Sound and the avant-garde/metal oriented Axis and Cold Dead Hands Collective. WWW.SUBLIVE.CO.UK

to stick around after the last encore. The Liquid Room will also host THE SKINNY’S birthday party on the 21st, featuring the stellar lineup of OBE, Project: Venhell, The Great Ezcape and The Vivians. Be there. WWW.LIQUIDROOM.COM

The Bongo Club – Lending its support to local, left field and more marginalised talents from across the globe, this is no ordinary venue and its aesthetics as well as its choice of bands (from rock, reggae and hip hop through to swing, latin jazz and soul) usually makes for a most intriguing and enjoyable evening on the sauce. You can’t go wrong with a jaunt to one of their regular late night music fests such as Fast, Hobo or NEXUSlive.

Whistle Binkies – A mainstay of late night rock n’ roll debauchery, Binkies doubles as a friendly pub and gig venue which also boasts a late license and snapfax promotions. With plenty to offer in the way of local music and resident bands, many a night can be whiled away within its lively alcoves. Binkies is a venue of truly indigenous character. WWW.WHISTLEBINKIES.COM

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The Liquid Room – Another staple venue, the prolific Liquid Room has housed everybody from The Smashing Pumpkins and Coldplay through to Public Enemy (making their return on the 1st of this month, boyee), whilst also hosting the Edinburgh T Break heats and East Meets West band battle over the past few years. You’ll often find a post-gig club night to bust a move to, should you be so inclined

Then there’s Henry’s Cellar Bar, with monthly events like Boogaloo Bothy and This is Music situated within, (not to be confused with the equally superb Is This Music nights run in conjunction with Babytiger, now at Cafe Royal), The Jazz Bar, The Exchange… the list goes on.

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Even if twee poppy music isn’t your arena, behind the happy-go-lucky pop tunes of Aberfeldy lie lyrical gems and a wealth of talent. Rounding off their UK tour on home tur f, tonight the quintet play to a packed da nce floor of screaming (yes, screaming) fans. The set interchanges the quintet’s well known sing-along rousing debut album tracks with new material from t h i s s u m m e r ’s L P re l e a s e ‘ D o photo: Jack Waddington W h a teve r Tu r n s You On’. The home gig also offers plenty of opportunity for inter-song banter. Vocalist Riley Briggs jokes that it’s great to be back on home ground, just like the old days “before we hit it big and put a guitar-shaped swimming pool in my back garden in Leith!” We also learn the identity of the café of ‘Vegetarian Restaurant’ fame (Susie’s Diner, Nicholson Street). Come the end of the evening, those screaming fans demand an encore which consists of two songs and a medley as the finale - during which, support band, female electro pop outfit Dateless, return to the stage as dancers. What becomes clear after this performance is that each of Aberfeldy’s pop songs is a well-crafted, carefully measured three minute wonder that you could happily boil an egg to. [Yamsin Ali]

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Brunswick Hotel, 106 - 108 Brunswick Steet, Gregor Laird - Lost in the Forest, Photography, painting and collage which use the suggestive powers of the forest as enchanting, naïve and possibly dangerous, Oct 1 until Oct 29, Free, Daily 8am-Midnight

Glasgow Art Club, 185 Bath St, Christopher Wood - Fellowship Exhibition, Walking a narrow path between representation and abstraction, Until October 21, Free, Daily 10.30am-8pm (members), Oct 7 1pm-4pm, Oct 14 4pm-7pm (non-members)

Brunswick Hotel, 106 - 108 Brunswick Steet, Menelas - Iliac/Ilium, Photography examining the hips, Oct 30 until Dec 3, Free, Daily 8amMidnight

Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, Artists without Walls, A video documentary of a collaborative event between Israeli and Palestinian artists, Until November 19, Free, Mon-Wed, Sat 10am-5pm, Thurs 1oam-8pm, Fri, Sun 11am-5pm

The Burrell Collection, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 17th Century samplers, Embroidered samplers from Sir William Burrell’s wonderful collection of British embroideries, End date tbc, Free, Mon-Thu+Sat 10am-5pm, Fri+Sun 11am-5pm CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, Andrew Sunley Smith - Migratory Projects, Cross-disciplinary works focusing on migration, mobility and proposed elaborations on Australian do-ityourself culture, October 7 until November 18, Free, Tues-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, closed Sun, Mon

Amber Roome, 75/79 Cumberland Street, Group Show, See review in art section, Until October 12, Free, Wed-Sat 11am-6pm or by appt The Bongo Club, 37 Holyrood Road, Exhibition tbc, Exciting exhibitions in relaxing surroundings, Open all year, Free, Mon-Fri 11am-late, Sat 12.30pm-late

Who knew that Febreze would make a good metaphor (actually, it probably doesn’t), but the welcome arrival of The Vivians guarantees the freshening up of many a stage on the Scottish circuit. This five-piece are as facetious as they come, and photogenic to boot (think Vivienne Westwood meets Salvador Dali). Shamelessly donning rock n’ roll parody with pride, they’ve got the hair, now they want the groupies (“can we get all the sluts to the front please?”)! You know mischief’s afoot when their own personal Master of Ceremonies, with toe-curling smuttiness, exhorts the audience to prepare for “the eargasm of your lives.” And so it begins. The music is tight - invoking the spirit of punk but distilling it through the ennui of these cynical times. Frontman, the deliciously unhinged Damon Deville, cavorts with the delivery and appearance of what might happen if Robert Smith banged up Karen O. And so, The Vivians administer cliché with a welltimed enema. Dandy? Most definitely. Probably Beano too. [Ruth Rettie]

City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, ToulouseLautrec and the Art Noveau Poster, Rare lithographic prints, Until October 22, £5 (3.50), Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Albert Watson - Frozen, Retrospective of the Scottish-born photographer, Until October 22, £5 (3.50), MonSat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Anne Redpath and the Edinburgh School, Exploring the work of the acclaimed Scottish artist, Until October 22, £5 (3.50), Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm Collective Gallery, 22-28 Cockburn Street, New Work Scotland, Newly commissioned 2D and 3D works by katie Orton and Stephen Murray, Until November 4, Free, Tue-Sat 12pm5pm

THE VIVIANS PLAY MISO, GLASGOW ON OCT 12 AND 13TH NOTE, GLASGOW, OCT 18 WWW.MYSPACE.COM/THEVIVIANSDIVIDED

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Shoegazing indie-grungers from Fife? Yep, that’d be Silvermash, whose appearance at Bannermans draws a sizeable crowd on a sultry Thursday evening. The six guys are nothing if not earnest, drawing more atmospheric soundscapes than your average indie rockers, primarily through the use of violin and electronic organ. While the sounds hint at great things - the swelling melancholy of Elbow or Low, the witty ruefulness of Joy Division, or the cynical pop-rock of ‘Holy-Bible’ era Manics even - the end result tends to sway in the direction of honest, emotive rock, a la Biffy Clyro et al. Not always a bad thing, but it could do with being a lot more inventive if it is to properly tug at the heart strings in the way it sets out to. Pieces such as The Days are Passing and Weakened Souls hint at genuine songwriting ability, but sometimes it felt as though the guitar was changed more often than the meter. [Wilbur Kane] photo: Mirren Daykin

Gallery Cossachock, 38 Albion St, X-Blok Launch, Group show by Eastern European Artists in new temporary venue, Until October 15, Free, Tue-Sat 12pm-late, Sun 5pm-late

Analogue, 102 West Bow, Kinky Kinetic Synthetic, Computer-manipulated illustrative work by Edinburgh College of Art graduate, Until October 6, Free, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

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‘DO WHATEVER TURNS YOU ON’ IS OUT NOW ON ROUGH TRADE. WWW.ABERFELDYS.COM

The Auld Kirk Museum, Cowgate, Kirkintilloch, Various artists, Featuring objects of local, national and international significance, Daily, Free, Tue-Sat, 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Collins Gallery, 22 Richmond Street, Exhibition tbc, New exhibition in this spacious venue, Open all year, Free, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 12pm-4pm

Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, Body Language, Figurative work from the collection, October 14 to March 2007, Free, Mon-Wed, Sat 10am-5pm, Thurs 1oam-8pm, Fri, Sun 11am-5pm Glasgow Print Studio (gallery III), 25 King street, Partitions - Rosalind Lawless, large scale works incorporating paint and print, Until October 21, Free, Tue-Sat 10am-5.30pm Glasgow Print Studio (gallery III), 25 King street, Fragments of Time - Sarah Stewart, Kinetic art incorporating silver, gold and

strips of lace and ribbon, Until October 21, Free, Tue-Sat 10am-5.30pm Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew street, Mackintosh Gallery, Staff Show, Tutors at the school step up to the plate, End date tbc, Free, Mon-Fri 10am-5pm House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, Dumbreck Road, Various Artists, A new show different each month featuring a selection of contemporary Scottish artwork, Opening times vary, Free, Sat, Sun 10am-1pm Hunterian, University of Glasgow, 82 Hillhead street, Margaret Macdonald Macintosh, Watercolours and design work, Until November 18, Admission charge, Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm Hunterian, University of Glasgow, 82 Hillhead street, Doves and Dreams, The Art of Frances Macdonald and J Herbert McNair, Until November 18, Admission charge, Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell lane, Newformations, Jewellery, textiles, glass and ceramics by leading young designer-makers, Until October 29, £3(£1.50), Mon, Wed-Sat 10.30am-5pm, Tue 11am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell lane, NORD, Showcasing NORD’s ongoing exploration into the nature of ceramics, Until October 8, £3(£1.50), Mon, Wed-Sat 10.30am-5pm, Tue 11am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm Q! Gallery, 87-89 Saltmarket, Graffiti Brasil, Stunning photography and in-depth history and insight, Until October 6, Free, 11am-5pm daily

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Corn Exchange Gallery, Constitution St, Leith, Confection - Sue Spark, Seductive and enticing paintings which borrow from Baroque Mythology, October 6 until November 16, Free, Wed-Sat 11am-4.30pm Danish Cultural Institute, 3 Doune Terrace, Northern Lights, A collection of images created on trips to northern Norway and Normandy by Kirsten Klein, October 9 until December 8, Free, Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm Dean Gallery, 73 Belford Road, Eduardo Paolozzi: Prints and Drawings, Superb wee exhibition, Until October 1, Free, Daily 10am5pm Dean Gallery, 73 Belford Road, Consider the Lillies, Works from Dundee’s 20th century art collection, October 28 until January 14, Free, Daily 10am-5pm

Dean Gallery, 73 Belford Road, Stone. Ten Bindings, Book bindings by Faith Shannon, Until October 8, Free, Daily 10am-5pm Doggerfisher, 11 Gayfield Square , Graham Fagan, Solo Show, October 27 to December 8, Free, Wed-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 12pm-5pm Dundas Street Gallery, 61 Dundas Street, Secrets of Venice, atmospheric oils, watercolours and Indian inks by Jamie Primrose, October 6 to October 14, Free, Daily 10am-6pm, Thurs, Fri 10am-8pm Edinburgh Printmakers, 23 Union Street, Norman McBeath - Evidence, photogravures and photographs exploring accidental beauty, Until November 4, Free, Tue-Sat 10am6pm Edinburgh Printmakers, 23 Union Street, High Five, Five Years of Contemporary Prints from Highpoint Editions, USA, Until November 4, Free, Tue-Sat 10am-6pm The Embassy Gallery, 76 East Crosscauseway, Annual Members Show, Various artists, Until October 8, Free, Thurs - Sun 12pm - 6pm The Fruitmarket Gallery, 45 Market Street, Callum Innes - From Memory, New and recent paintings from the Edinburgh based artist. The artist uses repeated application and removal of paint to create rhythmical, meditative works which are both intellectually compelling and visually beautiful., Until November 19, Free, Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm GallerA1, 2 Commercial St, Leith, Michael Wildman - Under the Skin, See review in art section, Until October 15, Free, Thurs-Sun, 11am8pm I2, 34 Abercromby Place, 4x4, Howard Hodgkin, Peter Blake, Patrick Caulfield and Robyn Denny, thoughout October, Free, Mon-Fri 11am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm –Ingleby Gallery, 6 Carlton Terrace, Anna Barriball, Works in Graphite exploring the space between drawing and sculpture, Until October 28, Free, Tue-Sat 10am-5pm The Leith Gallery, 65 The Shore, Leith, Various artists, Group Show, Open all year, Free, MonFri 11am-5pm, Sat 11am-4pm

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89 Saltmarket, Hey Hetero!, Investgating the phenomenon of heterosexuality, October 9-27, Free, 11am-5pm daily

Q! Gallery, 87-89 Saltmarket, A Garden I Once Knew, Dissecting identity with an art-shaped scalpel - by Vivian Hedley, October 31 to December 1, Free, 11am-5pm daily

Q! Gallery, 87-89 Saltmarket, , Dissecting identity with an art-shaped scalpel - by Vivian Hedley, October 31 to December 1, Free, 11am5pm daily Sorcha Dallas, 5 St Margaret’s Place, Karl Haendel, Meticulous drawings attempting to locate the source within the endless circularity of signs, Unti October 14, Free, Tue - Sat 11am-5pm St Mungo Museum, 2 Castle Street, Voodoo, Photography by Les Stone - exploring the practice of Voodoo on the Caribbean island of Haiti, Until January 2007, Free, Mon-Thu, Sat 10am-5pm, Fri, Sun 11am-5pm The Modern Institute, 73 Robertson St, Jeremy Deller, New Solo Show, Until October 28, Free, Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 12pm-5pm Tramway , 25 Albert Drive, Mark Raidpere, The first solo exhibition of Mark Raidpere’s work in the UK. Highlights the space between truth and lies, between sanity and madness and between public and private identities. Golly, October 20 to November 19, Free, Tues-Fri 10am5pm, Sat, Sun 12pm-5pm

Q! Gallery (also Glasgow Underground), 87-

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Imagination and Reality....A Dear Green Place, New paintings by James Tweedie, Until October 24, Free, Mon-Sat 10am-5.30pm

Compass Gallery, 178 West Regent Street,

EDINBURGH LIVE ABERFELDY,

The Arches, 153 Argyle St, Människor (People), Award-winning photographer Jannica Honey’s intense portraits reflect the inner world of her subjects, attempting to pull apart ideas of fashion, fakery and advertising in order to expose the sometimes brutal truth, Until October 31, Free, Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun midday-10pm

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National Gallery of Scotland, The Mound, Far Horizons - Artist Travellers 1750 - 1850, Focusing on British artists travelling before the age of mass tourism, Until December 10, Free, Daily 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-7pm National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Audubon’s Adevntures in Edinburgh, How Scotland shaped the work of the great wildlife artist, Until October 15, Free, 10am 5pm (8pm during festival), Sun 2pm - 5pm National Museums of Scotland, Chambers St, Reflections, A decade of North lands creative glass, Until January 2007, Free, Daily 10am - 5pm National War Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle, Commando Country, Examining Scotland’s key role in forming Britain’s famous Commando forces, October 6 to February 2008, Free with admission to Edinburgh castle, Mon-Sun 9.45am-5.45pm (April to Oct) Mon-Sun 9.45am-4.45pm (Nov to March) Open Eye Gallery, 34 Abercromby Place, Various Artists, Including Donold Provan, Angus McEwan and Vincent Butler, Thoughout October, Free, Mon-Fri 11am-6pm, Sun 10am4pm The Queens Gallery, Palace of Holyrood House, Canaletto in Venice, Paintings and Drawings, Until January 7 2007, £5(£4), Mon-Sun 9.30am-6pm

October 8, £6 (£4), Daily 10am-5pm, Thu 10am7pm, 10am-midnight on Oct 7 Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Young Athenians, Works from Edinburgh based artists who have been active with The Embassy artist collective. An essential snapshot of the grassroots art scene in the capital., October 7 until November 12, Free, Daily 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-7pm Scotlandart.com, 2 St Stephen Place, Various artists, Art for Sale!, Open all year, Free, 10.30am - 5.30pm, Sun 12am - 5pm Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 75 Belford Road, Robert Mapplethorpe, The first Scottish retrospective of the artist, Until November 5, £6 (£4), Daily 10am-5pm Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Face of Craft, Celebrating the work of ten makers, Until October 8, Free, Daily 10am5pm, Thu 10am-7pm Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Harry Benson, Celebrating fifty years of photojournalism, Until January 7, £6(£4), Daily 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-7pm Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Energy: North Sea Portraits, Portraits of north sea oil workers by Fionna Carlisle, October 25 to January 28, Free, Daily 10am5pm, Thu 10am-7pm

The Red Door Gallery, 42 Victoria Street, Various arts and crafts, Art to buy at a reasonable price, open all year, Free, Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm

Stills, 23 Cockburn Street, Tracey Moffat, Carefully orchestrated retro imagery, Until October 29, Free, Daily 11am-6pm

Royal Botanical Garden, Inverleith House, Robert Ryman, Modernist works by the American painter, Until October 1, Free, Daily 10am-5.30pm

Talbot Rice, University of Edinburgh, Southbridge, Keith Farquhar/Lucy McKenzie, Takes place in the main gallery, October 20 to December 9, Free, Tue-Sat 10am-5pm

Royal Museum of Scotland, Chambers St, Beyond the Palace Walls, A Cornucopia of Islamic Art, Until November 5, £6(£5), Daily 10am - 5pm

Talbot Rice, University of Edinburgh, Southbridge, Raeburn and his printmakers, Takes place in the Georgian gallery, October 20 to December 9, Free, Tue-Sat 10am-5pm

Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Scottish Collective, Work from artist collectives around Scotland. , Until November 12, Free, Daily 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-7pm Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Ron Mueck, Imposing sculptural works, Until

Total Kunst at Forest, 3 Bristo Place, Exhibition tbc, Exciting new work in stimulating surroundings, Open all year, Free, Daily 11am11pm

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ou’ll want something big and fancy to get you in the mood, so why not check out the National Gallery of Modern Art and the Dean Gallery, situated adjacent to each other in pretty little Dean Village. Picasso, Hurst, Richter et al find their home in the National Gallery of Modern Art, while the Dean has a great collection of Dada and Surrealist work. Follow the water of Leith back into town and find your way to the Fruitmarket on Market street – a fantastic space that houses shows from all the best up-and-coming new blood on the international scene. They have a great café there too. Up the hill on Cockburn Street, the Collective is home to the New Work Scotland programme and always has something noteworthy taking place. The Embassy on East Crosscauseway is an artistrun space that has ties with the College of Art, and is another good place to keep in touch with the grassroots scene. Talbot Rice on Southbridge (part of the University of Edinburgh buildings) is a huge and unusual space that features invariably well-curated shows, and if you fancy a wee day out then Inverleith House at the Royal Botanical gardens is beautiful – and if you get bored you can always play with the squirrels instead.

lasgow is a great city for art and music, with several international artists working in the city. The places to see big name art are the Glasgow Modern Art Gallery, The Tramway, which has several enormous spaces to show work; and The Kelvingrove to see some Impressionists, or a Wooly Mammoth. Transmission is a great space, with an egalitarian, ever-changing membership which you can join for a fiver or a day of invigilation. The Modern Institue, which represents Toby Paterson, Simon Starling and many more, is also world renowned. Some of the smaller spaces around the Trongate are set to be subsumed within a huge art hypermarket on King’s Street. Instead of a cluster of galleries along the street, Transmission, The Glasgow Print Studio and several others will soon be amalgamated in the artistic equivalent of the Enoch Centre: It’ll be handy to wander around without getting soaked. The city has always been passionate about the arts, and there are also tons of artists studios. The exciting ones offering the company of pigeons and trendies in disused prisons and derelict buildings. Look in the phone book for the less exciting ones. Paolozzi sculpture at the Dean Gallery

AMBER ROOME – GROUP SHOW

EMBASSY GALLERY – MEMBERS SHOW

GIRLPOWER AND BOYHOOD

A FINE SHOWCASE FOR THIS EXCITING WEE GALLERY

THE ONE CONSTANT IN THIS MELEE OF CREATIVITY SEEMS TO BE A TENDENCY FOR ARTISTS TO REVEL IN THEIR OWN WIT

SUCCEEDS IN EXPLORING THE GRAND, ROMANTIC VAGARIES OF THE IMAGINATION

As Amber Roome approaches its second birthday, the gallery has organised a diverse group show in order to celebrate their continuing promotion of emerging young talent. Jackie Anderson’s Morning is a minimal and understated work in oils that masterfully conveys the woozy sense of disturbance that accompanies one’s emergence from the chrysalis of sleep. The ambiguous look on the subject’s face is spot on, and the delicate use of white expanse is evidence of Anderson’s mature and refined technique. Patti Yuill’s portrait, Johnny III, is equally deft, the artist simulating the glitches and faults that are inherent to visual memory by obliterating areas of her charcoal portrait with swathes of white paint. This is an elegant and powerful work which rewards the viewer’s attention. James Lumsden’s Interplay (4) is an intriguing piece which layers bands of blank canvas, black tone and what appears to be a skyscape in order to create an image which oscillates between abstraction and figuration, depending on how one views the work. Not all the pieces are this strong however; Sophie Mckay Knight’s painting is too slight to work outside the context of its series – a fact that is brought home by the relative success of Clare Waddle’s series of kitsch images which tackle themes of domesticity and modernity with wit and charm. An overall success, this show is a fine showcase for this exciting wee gallery. [Jay Shukla]

This annual exhibition of works by members of the Embassy proves once again that while their policy of openness a nd i ncl u s ion lead s to a huge variance in the quality of work, t he i r s hows ca n b e amongst the most vibrant and surprising in the cit y. The one constant in this melee of c re a t i v i t y s e e m s to be a tendency for artists to revel in their own wit, with vi sual puns seemingly high on the agenda. Paulina Sandberg’s Lie-brary Naturalia – ostensibly a sleeping bag stuffed with nature books – errs far too close to self-indulgence for its own good, while Zoe Fothergill’s Conceptual Art, which depicts the fertilization of an egg, will elicit a wry smile. Richard Whiteley clearly did not die in vain. Elsewhere, the absurd chunkiness of Patrick Jameson’s Metal Paper Aeroplane seems to contain a particularly blunt kind of profundity – for me this was the work which seemed to most successfully encapsulate the gallery’s modus operandi. Jane Anderson’s Ever Been Dumped uses a large pencil image of a kitten with a bandaged leg to pull at the viewer’s heart strings, whilst Sandy Christie’s depiction of the day that Paul Carter told his students about “the time he tried to stop the sea” is a touching tribute to a sadly departed luminary. [Lucy Faringold]

AMBER ROOME, EDINBURGH UNTIL OCTOBER 12. FREE. WWW.AMBERROOME.CO.UK

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Organised in collaboration with the Kunsthallen Brandts in Odense, Denmark, this marvellous exhibition explores “the human need for magic and escape” through the work of 21 international artists who are at varying stages of their careers. Eschewing fashion completely, the whimsical, visionary nature of this show flicks two fingers at the zeitgeist and confirms that visual art is at its most invigorating when artists fearlessly give their imaginations free reign. Kiki Smith’s huge lithograph, entitled Born, plays with the story of Little Red Riding Hood – here she depicts the girl and another figure rising from the carcass of the Wolf. In execution and content it harks back to childhood – when associations ran more freely and the mind was more than happy to create its own exciting amalgam of meaning from whatever truths it may have seen or heard. Julie Roberts’ small portraits also employ a fairy tale character, here depicting Sleeping Beauty in the style one may find in a comic book, but executing the image in thick, swirling oils – the effect being both stylised and elegant. The highlight of the show for me was Paula Kane’s Echoes in the Trees, an idealised fantasy landscape that references traditional landscape painting, sci-fi imagery, and the artist’s own imperfect memory of places. This is a truly sublime exhibition which succeeds in exploring the grand, romantic vagaries of the imagination. [Lucy Faringold]

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TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE

SOUNDS

ARTS You ain’t from around here, are ya boy? (ART GALLERY GUIDE)

by Dave Kerr

“...SONGS ABOUT NEUROLOGICAL DAMAGE, WEREWOLVES, PLANE-CRASHES, HOMOEROTIC GUN-CLUBS, GENOCIDE AND THE VACUOUSNESS OF THE MODERN MEDIA.”

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e it the molten punk delirium of Hot Snakes or the bass driven tenacity of The Jesus Lizard, these coincidentally serpentine inf luences are worn proudly on the sleeve of Stirling quartet Dead or American. Theirs are bombastic, razor sharp yet palatably melodic and boldly provocative sounds to counteract the suspicions of those jaded souls who assumed that the raw excitement once intrinsic within the ranks of ‘alternative rock’ had been exiled from Scottish soil complet ely i n recent years. Manufacturing a unique blend of vitriolic hook d riven chaos since 2000, their foreboding t it le wa s qu it e literally dreamt up by their former ba s s player, a s guitarist/vocalist Chris Cusack informs The Skinny; “It was agreed upon in a car-park outside our first gig. We kept it because of its relevance to cultural imperialism a nd the un rest that arises when people feel their traditions and history are being threatened.” However, co-principal songwriter Colin Morrison acknowledges; “In saying that, we appreciate the potential irony in that we are heavily inf luenced by a lot of music from America.” Hailing from Dundee’s burgeoning Pet Piranha stable (home to such broad ranging northern territory misfits as The A Forest and Mercury Tilt Switch to Alamos and Uncle Fritz), DoA are another notable among those largely overlooked acts forced to do battle with the politics of a scene virtually devoid of the financial support required to nurture the hub that NEMIS, as an example, sought to provide. Indeed, with the undeniable prominence of the most marketable contenders holding the general public interest as always, it sounds like a potentially deflating prospect to hop onboard the rock n’ rollercoaster without the backing of agenda driven corporate sponsorship. As Chris considers, “Government in this country certainly does virtually nothing to support its music scene, unlike in Europe where bands are generally more likely to be paid and treated like the hard-

working individuals they are, rather than naive little boys and girls to be exploited and help sell alco-pops in opportunistic venues.” Back to the tunes, this month sees the release of debut LP, ‘Ends’, what Colin proposes “is pretty much a collection of the best musical moments from our first five years as a band. We played Liquidation at our first ever gig. Don’t Hold Your Breath on the other hand was w r it t e n ju s t a couple of weeks before we started recording. It was a long time com i ng so just getting our first a lbu m out ha s def i n it ely be en a big milestone, a l t h o u g h I ’m glad we held off so long.” Striking while the creative well runs heavy, no s o o ne r h a s a lbu m nu mb e r one dropped t ha n t hey’r e off recording the second w it h C o nve r ge guitarist/ Isis p r o d u c e r Ku r t Ballou in America this month. Having recently shot a video for Fla me O ut , conceptually devised by Chris and “oft-reluctant photo: David Newitt h o n o r a r y D oA member number 5,” Pete Flett, with directorial assistance from friends Matt McAllister and Y’all is Fantasy Island’s Adam Stafford, Chris admits that “the general feeling amongst the band at the moment is giddiness. It has been, without doubt, the busiest period in our history and we’ll be pretty glad to get a breather once we get back from Salem in October.” With a unique song writing perspective, they ought to blend right in during their jaunt to the Halloween Capital of the World; “we’re often a pretty cynical bunch and a lot of the stuff we write has a dark sarcasm” says Chris, “thus far, we’ve had songs about neurological damage, werewolves, plane-crashes, homo-erotic gunclubs, genocide and the vacuousness of the modern media.” Yes indeed, All Hallows Eve is upon us: so carve out a pumpkin and let Dead or American play you a soundtrack. ‘ENDS’ IS OUT THROUGH PET PIRANHA ON OCTOBER 9. WWW.SIMBIOTICSTORE.COM/PETPIRANHA WWW.DEADORAMERICAN.COM

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the street, the owners of pop-spot Blanket are opening a venue called Guru and an old cinema, the ABC, has successfully made the

transition to venue status, with a cavernous main space and smaller room for local bands. Whether this explosion of venues and

The sustained media interest and constant excitement around the music scene has, in recent times, led to an explosion of new live music venues and nights. Good guys include Mark Robb, the ever-lovable owner of the original Buff Club, who will be opening a new venue beneath Red Lizard, which will host live bands, and Alec Downie, who single-handedly ran NEMIS (New Music in Scotland) and is now the manager of a new venue called the Classic Grand, which will play host to all sorts of glam bashes, from the Babyshambles Aftershow to nights showcasing local talent. Challenging the hegemony of Sleazy’s on Sauchiehall Street, a whole host of venues are opening up. The G1 Group have opened a live music themed venue called Capitol on

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Within a year of their formation, The Dykeenies have attracted an enthusiastic local following and national press attention: the crowd at King Tut’s sing and clap along with delight and vigour, while lead vocalist Brian Henderson has the pale intensity and showy enthusiasm of a born front man. Powering along on the twin guitars of brother Alan and Steven Ramsey, their sparky, taut pop echoes the classic Glasgow indie sound: inclusive, emotive and passionate. At this homecoming gig, the Dykeenies prove that their songs have an urgent immediacy, at once familiar and provoking: their influences, although sometimes too obvious, gradually giving way to an individual intimacy. Never descending into self-indulgence, they cajole and entreat the audience into participation, filling the room with stadium sized emotions. They are not blazing the most original path (Franz Ferdinand and Orange Juice have been there before) but they are sauntering along with verve and panache. [Gareth K Vile]

Phillip Roebuck walks onto the stage, straps himself into what looks like a medieval torture device with a bass drum and a tambourine attached before he clips something onto his shoes. People stand on stools and benches to try and get a better look. Someone cogitates over what’s happening, eventually declaring, “He’s a one-man band.” Then suddenly, after a few seconds of tuning up, the noise of a banjo being played at breakneck speed and the thudthud-thud of the bass drum on Roebuck’s back fills the room. Hollering through songs from ‘One Man Band’ and forthcoming release ‘Fever Pitch’, Roebuck captures and rallies his newfound audience so well that it calls for quiet, even when he’s only tuning up. When a 53 year-old called “John” crashes the stage, removes his shirt and dances along, the ardour of what the basement of Nice ‘n’ Sleazies has just seen quickly becomes apparent. [Neil Ferguson]

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THE LURKERS / THE ZIPS GET A ROOM, BARFLY, SEPT 13

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It seems like 1978 all over again as Glasgow punk veterans The Zips take stage dressed in full regalia. They rip straight into a tightly packed set, following the old punk adage that a song longer than three minutes is not worth listening to. This starts the classic punk pogo, as the crowd bounce their Doc Martins off the floor in an unruly fashion. But this proves to be just a warm up for punk legends, The Lurkers. The headliners start fast, and just get faster: the obvious Ramones influence comes through with lyrics reading like the inside of a UK Subs album. Even if the songs seem to be mashed together, and only a die hard fan could name the titles, these songs based around personal politics and social exclusion still make it a very enjoyable experience for any music fanatic. [Neil Douglas]

Like a bag of Dolly Mixtures for the ears, this annual event promises something for everyone with an array of musical treats in every room. The Woo Woo Witches are, fittingly enough, confined to the basement where the trio provide a punchy yet assured set of tunes that simultaneously confront and seduce you. Also down in the depths are Union of Knives who rapidly turned the cramped room into a sweaty mass of writhing bodies, although all in attendance retained their clothes. Upstairs, Fuck Off Machete are splicing their own bass-driven efforts with more well known fare. The crowd are relaxed but appreciative and the girl manning the decks makes quite an impression on the male members of the audience. The third floor meanwhile is ruled by White Noise Feedback: Distortion who have the hotel shaking with the stomping of feet and the chiming of cowbells. Someone should have informed the department of Environmental Health that it was all for Oxfam, then they may have looked past the noise complaints and not shut the place down an hour before the end. [Tim Russell]

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The Dykeenies sweat it out

hilst the hoary old cliché of the tortured, solitary artist toiling away in his garret may be seductively romantic, it’s a concept that is increasingly alien to many emerging artists. Rather, it is the artists’ collective which is central to the working practice of many young Scottish artists – providing a DIY network of support that bypasses the traditional gallery system and provides help with finding exhibition space, selling work and above all, evolving new ideas.

Band-wise, THE SKINNY has constantly pioneered the best in local talent. A clutch of the which to look out for are Uncle John and Whitelock, Bricolage, The Royal We, Popup, The Low Miffs and Mother and the Addicts. You can read about them on our website. Otherwise, we’ll see you out and about.

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independent promoters is actually good for the music scene, or a slightly opportunist business strategy, remains to be seen. The explosion of independently run or corporate gigs, held in sushi bars, pubs, old men’s clubs and derelict wrecks, certainly offers excitement and boredom in equal measures. Currently leading Glasgow’s latest wave are bands like ShitDisco, famed for playing gigs in muddy tunnels beneath Kelvingrove Park or in their home cum squat on West Prince’s Street. This kind of Glaswegian Guerrilla Gigging was, of course, pioneered in recent times by Franz Ferdinand, who were instrumental in the setting up of the Chateau, a clandestine and legally suspect space for artists, musicians and pigeons to work in grotty proximity. Those crazy Art School kids are normally the people to ask about these underground events.

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It is with this in mind that the Royal Scottish Academy has curated a series of exhibitions showcasing work by collectives from across Scotland. The first show, by Aberdeen based Limousine Bull, has been brought together under the title “The Opposite to What You Thought it Was” and features the work of five artists. Rowena Comrie’s painting, entitled Boys Toys – A Sublime Solution, presents a scene of drama, terror and danger. In the foreground sit two menacing figures – one wearing a balaclava – who are manipulating toy planes whilst an airport smoulders in the background. By means of explaining her work, the artist quotes Alain de Botton: “‘it’s only terrorists who get the measure of the wonders of our civilisation – however perversely they choose to respond to them by attempting to blow them up.” This is indeed a foreboding image which creates a sublime sense of unease by engaging with events that are continuing to enfold around us.

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lasgow’s music scene, for at least the past thirty years, has been noted for its constant nurturing of young, innovative bands. Many of the figures involved speak of the institutional support, if you can call it that, offered by the triumvirate of Glasgow Venues: Nice’n’Sleazy’s, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut (which was voted one of the top ten global tourist destinations by an American magazine) and The Barrowlands.

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SUBVERTING EXPECTATIONS

AH, THOSE FIRST MONTHS AT UNI, WHERE TO HANG?

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Fraser Denholm’s subject matter revolves around the artist’s fascination with music paraphernalia, as well as the way in which musical products are consumed and perceived. Denholm has created an installation of microphones which he has rigged up ‘in reverse’, so that his recordings are piped through them at very low volume – essentially using the equipment for the opposite of its original purpose. It’s a simple yet effective conceit, forcing the listener to get down on their knees and strain hard if they wish to hear the ramblings of these obsessive music fans. This is an ingenious installation which poses questions about our fetishism of music and musical subcultures.

Anita Haywood interprets the show’s title by exhibiting works produced using infrared film taken at St Nicholas Kirk in Aberdeen - her spectral images depict the exhumation of bodies from near the church, and touch upon moral issues of ownership. Richard Simpson explores the world of tattoos, creating a sequential slideshow which first shows us the owner of the tattoo, before allowing us to glimpse the art that adorns their body. This sensitive work restores humanity to the practice by insuring that the subjects are portrayed as more than a human canvas. The most powerful work in the show is Tamsin Greenlaw’s installation of a network of pitch black corridors. By forcing us to grope carefully through the darkness, the artist questions the primacy of our sense of sight, and asks in what way a work changes when we cannot rely on this faculty. Although initially perturbing, this is, paradoxically, a hugely illuminating work of art which yanks away the comfort blanket of vision and plunges us into an alien environment. The eureka moment comes when we realise that these are the same corridors we are surrounded with our entire life – in schools, institutions and places of work – and thus we are forced to re-evaluate the way in which we understand and relate to our whole environment. This show will be followed by further exhibitions throughout October and November. GENERATOR PROJECTS (DUNDEE) EXHIBIT FROM OCTOBER 7-22, MARKET (GLASGOW) EXHIBIT FROM OCTOBER 28 TO NOV 12 AND MEMBERS OF EDINBURGH’S EMBASSY GALLERY EXHIBIT IN A SHOW ENTITLED ‘YOUNG ATHENIANS’ WHICH RUNS FROM OCTOBER 7 TO NOVEMBER 12. ALL TAKE PLACE AT THE ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY IN EDINBURGH.

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OW GO FORTH AND BIND, MY CHILDREN.

I always judge a book by its cover. Leaving my mind-melting shallowness aside for a moment, there is a reason for my apparent folly. The simple truth of the matter is that I have a bookbinding fetish. You can imagine my jubilation then, when, last year, I stumbled across a selection of Jay exquisitely bound surrealist tomes hidden away in the Gabrielle Keiller Library at the Dean Gallery. Ornate yet elegant, both functional and sexy – nothing quite gets me going in the same way. Now I’ve got the horn all over again, as the Dean Gallery has once again confirmed its commitment to book porn with an exhibition of ten bindings by Faith Shannon. It runs until Oct 8 and I urge you to check it out. Furthermore, if you wish to learn how to make your own bindings, DIY style, author Hamish Macdonald will give a demonstration at 12.15pm on Oct 15 at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall on Dalmeny Street, as part of the 10th Edinburgh Independent and Radical Book Fair. It’s free and all are welcome. Now go forth and bind, my children.

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ith all the blingin’ and posturing, it’s easy to forget that hip-hop, at its core, has a strong resemblance to protest music. Acts like NWA, Public Enemy and G r a nd m a s t e r Fl a s h we r e n’t s o muc h celebrating the lifestyle of the ghetto, but bemoaning it, angrily questioning the government or attempting to expose grim truths to public scrutiny.

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ONE BEWILDERED WOMAN STROLLED PAST THE WORK AND KNOCKED ON THE OFFICE DOOR, ASKING WHERE THE EXHIBITION WAS

Darren Garvey (AKA Loki), a Glasgow based rapper notable for his unerring use of his native accent and vernacular, suggests that hip-hop is born “of frustration,” anger at your surroundings. Hailed unfairly in the papers as “Neddy Burns, The Poet Laurete of the NED Generation,” his rapping deals unflinching with the truths of his hometown, wittily and sometimes shockingly exposing the harsh realities he sees. “It doesn’t piss me off when they say NED, or use any other acronym,” he says, “it’s that when people use those words, they don’t realise the lives behind the phrase. People drive to work on the motorway, which goes through housing estates which are just housing scheme, shopping centre, motorway, housing scheme, shopping centre motorway. It upsets me when I’ve worked so hard to change perceptions, and one person can just wipe it all away.”

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ccording to a BBC survey, half of a group of 256 contemporary artists believe that the Turner Prize gave contemporary art a bad name. Rather than its intended function of rewarding and illuminating creative talent, the prize has become a byword for sensationalism, seemingly more interested in showbiz than serious art. Jeremy Deller, who, in his own words, is not a “technically capable person”, is the sort of artist who angers conservatives. He does not make work unilaterally, instead relying on extensive collaboration; he refuses to be constrained to a traditional medium; he insists upon work that is impossible to sell, and shuns the glamour of the London art scene. Working in a manner more akin to a movie producer, he has organized a reconstruction of the Battle of Orgreave, a particularly brutal incident during the Miners’ Strike, staged a concert where Acid House tunes were played by a brass band, and made several films, the best of which is ‘Memory Bucket’ for which he visited George Bush’s hometown. Bravely, or

Scotland is not known for its hip-hop, although the more organised Edinburgh scene was recently

Jeremy Dellers installation

MICHAEL WILDMAN – UNDER THE SKIN Whilst recently exhibiting at the Smoke Stack restaurant in Leith, several patrons registered their disgust at having to look at Michael Wildman’s ‘pornogaphy’ while they ate. This new exhibition of photographs, in the spacious and comfortable gallerA1 space, asks the viewer to see beyond the obvious spectacle of unclothed bodies and engage emotionally with the human subjects that Wildman has captured on film. Executed in black and white, his new work has a certain stylemag sheen to it. The artist is obviously interested in the aesthetic elegance of the human form, and he does not attempt to give us a visceral sense of the models’ flesh and bone constitution. It is therefore surprising that Wildman does succeed in imbuing his images with a real emotional

Deller is represented by the Modern Institute, which has had a pretty good run of the turner Prize, with one of its stable also winning the prize last year. The Turner Prize is ubiquitous, covered in everything from the Mail to Artforum, with a howling cacophony or praise and shock or bewilderment billowing from every publication around the time of the announcement. So I expceted to see hordes of Mail readers, hoping to anger themselves before storming off to gawp at a Cézanne at the Kelvingrove, or at least an art student or two keen to suss out if they too could ever possibly win the forty grand prize. But the space was completely empty. One bewildered woman walked in to have a look, strolled past the work and knocked on the office door, asking where the exhibition was. It was completely understandable reaction.

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written up in Hip-Hop Connection. It was only recently, according to Loki, that rappers started rhyming in their own accents, rather than aping Americans. Nonetheless, inf luence “first and foremost comes from America,” and at first it “doesn’t even cross your mind that you can rap in your accent.” Leading the scene as its “selfproclaimed celebrity,” Loki has appeared on BBC Radio as “the voice of youth,” teaches children to rap, worked his way out of a homeless shelter and has been the public face of a scene which, amongst others, includes rappers like Gasp and Respeck BA. The music that comes from this scene, centred around bedroom smoking sessions and chaotic live performances, has the self-deprecating humour of the pub, the lexicon of the street and, unfortunately, some of the violence of it. Some fans think that “it’s hip-hop to come and start a fight… they need to go home and calm down,” but primarily the scene’s about swapping rhymes, battling and freestyling. Harking right back to the poetic tradition of yore, Loki’s music can be plaintive, hilarious, aggressive or painfully personal: “I would be lying if I talked about anything else,” he says, “that’s what I see, that’s my environment. It’s a love and hate thing with Glasgow but I wouldn’t have anybody say a bad word against it.” WWW.MYSPACE.COM/MISTERLOKI

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stupidly, the removal of the work from a gallery setting, which neatly sidesteps any chance of its commodification, is a bit of a headache for traditionalists or aggressive critics who decry his work as vapid, meaningless, or even twee.

sensitivity, the most successful pictures being those in which the artist captures the frisson of electricity between two models. Undoubtedly Wildman’s own stint as a life model has given him an insight into what it’s like in front of the lens, and he has definitely turned this to his advantage. I was most fascinated by the photographs which played on the abstract, sculptural qualities of the human form, but these are outnumbered by the more straightforward figurative works. Nevertheless, this is a strong show, so check it out if you’re down Leith way. [Jay Shukla]

“IT UPSETS ME WHEN I’VE WORKED SO HARD TO CHANGE PERCEPTIONS, AND ONE PERSON CAN JUST WIPE IT ALL AWAY.”

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Back in the gallery space, any exhibition of Deller’s work will be necessarily stripped of its Wagnerian impact. No video could ever convey the impact of a brass band performing an Acid House recital, neither could a folder of reviews help the visitors’ understanding of Deller’s

previous work. The only non-video work in the room was a pile of brown posters with ‘What Would Neil Young Do?’ written on them. Other than that, one telly was showing the bouncing DVD symbol screensaver and the other showed ‘Edited Rushes’. Compiled from three years of footage, the film has no unifying structure, no immediate narrative and, ostensibly, seems more about the amount of free time Deller has to be a flaneur than anything else. He has shot footage of a fox hunting protest, another unspecified but civilized looking protest, pensioners dancing in a nasty looking shopping mall, and a meeting chaired by Ken Livingstone. I assume the intention is to make a less crude Little Britain, a portrait of all the strange passions that drive people around this island. But, without any clear point being made, it all seems a bit pointless, more like the home videos of a camcorder enthusiast than the work of an artist. Of course, that is his entire point: he means to create a work that is shorn from its authorial roots and not immediately recognizable as ‘A Deller’. Yet by removing narrative, structure and meaning, he succeeds only in producing a sterile slide show of mostly banal, occasionally interesting imagery. THE M ODERN I NSTITUTE , G LASGOW UNTIL O CTOBER 28. F REE .

CHRIS GIBSON – THE NEW WORX A self-taught photographer, Gibson’s muse is fed by his love of the great outdoors. Over time his work has evolved with the use of a computer, allowing the artist to impress his own unique style on the images. Simple, bold and vivid, many have a zen-like quality to them. His latest collection is a culmination of his love for travel, his years of DJing and the insights gained from a degree in environmental technology. Using his computer, Gibson accentuates the dynamic potential of colour and form which is present in his subjects, creating vivid, shimmering works that demand at tention : flowers , dancing

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flames and water splashes are transformed into arresting rainbows of colour and movement. Titles such as Electro Plaid make it clear that the artist is no traditionalist – these are modern works made with modern means. Even so, they have a certain painterly quality that is sometimes absent from digital works. As is fitting for the venue, these are visually refreshing images. [Celia Sontag] EXHIBITION RUNS AUGUST 3 TO OCTOBER 1 AT BODA BAR, 229 LEITH WALK.

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KELLEY STOLTZ “The British acoustic reminds me of the autumn, leaves changing colours, grabbing a heavier coat as the days grow shorter” San Fransican troubadour Kelley Stoltz chats about his influences to Duncan Forgan.

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“...when people ask I say ‘Folk-Pop Rock ‘n’ Roll with a tap dancer’ – it always brings a smile to their faces” Billy Hamilton catches up with Tilly and The Wall six stringer Derek Pressnall at Indian Summer.

“We don’t want it to be overly accessible but we like our big hooks I guess.” VEGC bassist Louise Mason talks licks and lyrics with Nick Mitchell.

WOLFMOTHER Lock up your daughters, Wolfmother are coming to town. So far, the media are on their side, and their recent festival stints were ravenously devoured by the enthusiastic masses Wilbur Kane assures us that ears will bleed at their sold out Glasgow date. photo: Nick Pratchois

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hys i c a l T he at r e’ i s n o t o r i o u s l y difficult to define. Formerly known as ‘Performance Art’ or ‘Live Art’, and usually regarded as incomprehensible or shambolic, it encompasses everything from modern dance to monologues, juxtaposing s e ve r a l d i f f e r e n t m e d i a a n d o f t e n expecting more from the audience than a Scandinavian pantomime of ‘Hamlet’. Physical Theatre has become the category for anything that ignores tradition, ex p er i ments w it h gen re, cha l lenge s t he aud ienc e or f inds new strategies to express ideas, and emotions. Sometimes it explores the conc ept of p er for ma nc e ; other t i mes, it st r uggles with complex concepts in a direct manner. It has the potential to amaze and enlighten - or to bore and confuse, frequently during the same show. Works can be sitespecific - as in The Arches’ powerful productions of Beckett - or tour more traditional spaces - the Scottish Ballet touch Physical Theatre under the direction of Ashley Page. Video, art galleries, mime, even scripts and audience participation get flung together, combining and separating to create novel, astounding experiences.

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by Gareth K Vile Glasgow has a thriving Physical Theatre scene - perhaps due to the RSAMD, or the dynamic rivalry between the Arches and Tramway. It hosts the ‘National Review of Live Arts’, where atrocious solo pieces and ill-considered blends jost le aga i n st accla i me d compa n ie s a nd masterpieces. Tramway’s annual programme brings together local and international artists, while the Arches have the award-winning artist in residence, Al Seed, who combines clowning with doom-laden imagery. Smaller venues, such as the Q ! Gallery, present occasional performances and the CCA, once the pr ide of a lter nat ive Glasgow, has a limited season.

…EXAMINES HIDDEN DEPTHS OF HUMAN EXPERIENCE AND ALWAYS INSPIRES INTENSE DEBATE…

Because of its protean nature, descriptions fail to offer any clarity - previews and reviews su f fer f rom t he subje ct ive opi n ion s a nd meaning gets lost beneath jargon or pretension. Physical Theatre demands patient and frequent attendance: fortunately, the next few months provide plenty of opportunities.

Fol low i ng the A rches’ Live ! Season, Tramway sets the bar for this autumn’s programme. Kicking off with Mette Ingvartsen’s ‘To Come’ (6th-7th October), their events balance between the outré and the approachable. At the same time, Glasgay! offers a comprehensive range of happenings all around the city. In November, ‘Forced Entertainment’ arrive to relate the history of ‘The World in Pictures’. Physical Theatre rarely provides light or easy entertainment, but despite the difficulties, it reveals the latent power of performance. It befuddles as often as it enlightens and appeals to enthusiasts rather than casual theatre-goers. Nevertheless, it examines hidden depths of human experience and always inspires intense debate.

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Catfish Haven – ‘Tell Me’ (Secretly Canadian) Can drift a little too far in to shallow shores. Duke Special - ‘Songs From The Deep Forest’ (V2) When it’s up to this standard, it’s very theatrical, but never in a flamboyant way. Grizzly Bear - ‘Yellow House’ (Warp) Not inhibited by genre and neither should their listeners be. Jet – Shine On (Atlantic) The rock revolution is still in full swing. Kelman - ‘Loneliness Has Kept Us Alive’ (Liner Records) A sombre yet warm-hearted collection of romanticist tales. Milburn - ‘Well Well Well’ (Mercury) Although it sticks to a narrow musical palette, ‘Well Well Well’ is a solid debut. Sunno)))/Boris - ‘Altar’ (Southern Lord) Taking drone into dimensions previously uncharted. Volt - ‘Rorhat’ (Exile on Mainstream) It’s as if grunge never hit the big time and was still a snarling beast dripping with sludge riffs and delerious headfuck.

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Badly Drawn Boy Nothings Going to Change Your Mind (EMI) Only flecked with touches of the whimsical brilliance. Dan Sartain - Replacement Man (One Little Indian) Sounds as if he’s been raised in spit ‘n sawdust saloons among stony-paced gunslingers. Placebo - Meds (Virgin) A single for the staunch Placebo fan only Tina Dico - Give In (Finest Gramophone) A facsimile of the emotional ballad. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Cheated Hearts (Polydor) Energetic, melancholic wonder.

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‘Two’ is a revival of Jim C a r t w r i g h t ’s 19 8 9 p l a y – originally called ‘To’ – about a squabbling couple who run a pub. In this production the lead roles are played by Elaine C Smith (Rab C Nesbitt) and Andy Gray (‘Stones in his Pockets’); their combined charisma, timing and, on tonight’s evidence, popularity, allow the ‘comic’ passages to pass by with affable painlessness. The problem is largely the play itself. Tony Cownie’s weak direction of an already feeble script gives the audience a clear sense that ‘Two’ is ultimately m e a n i n g l e s s , eve n b efo re t h e final ‘twist’. This denouement, in which the couple identify their ‘crisis’ and are reunited in one another’s affections, is not so much redemptive as repulsive: a child’s death is used for what amounts to no more than an emotional bribe, perhaps the cheapest I have ever encountered on the stage. Unconvincing and offensive i n i t s sentimentality, ‘Two’s lack of appropriate drama will b l ow yo u a wa y. [R.J. Thomson] FESTIVAL THEATRE, EDINBURGH, RUN ENDED. KING’ S THEATRE, GLASGOW, 9-14 OCTOBER.

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here’s a packed programme at Perth’s Horsecross Theatre for the second weekend in October (6th-8th) but then, what else should we expect at the 2006 National Festival of Youth Theatre? The festival is bringing in groups from all over Scotland, plus guests Kildare Youth Theatre (YT) from Ireland, to stage a feature production each during the weekend, while they enjoy background workshops, training from experts and meet performers from other groups. Run by umbrella organisation Promote YT, the festival is only in its second year, but with eight groups and more than 300 people aged between 14 and 22 taking part, it’s already the biggest annual event for youth theatre in Scotland. Of course, it’s just a selection of what’s out there – there are several hundred youth theatre organisations in Scotland. But if it’s really representative, then it looks like the youth of Scotland are serious about creating good theatre. The line-up confirms this. The feature productions include leading playwright Gregory Burke’s ‘Liar’, a drama about a “new boy” at school, to be performed by Fife’s Behind the Scenes YT. Burke was commissioned to write the play for the (English) National Theatre’s Shell Connections festival earlier this year. Another is ‘Citizenship’ by Mark Ravenhill (performed by Ireland’s Kildare YT), but all the other productions have been devised by the participating groups

what the festival offers – behind the scenes, it’s youth theatre itself that stands to benefit. Experts on hand include the National Theatre of Scotland (NTS), the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) and Borderline Theatre. They will work with the young people taking part in the intensive theatre weekend, who get the chance not only to learn but also to watch seven other groups perform.

The Festival of Youth Theatre in action themselves – West Lothian YT has created an interactive street play, ‘Finding Home’, which it will take to the shoppers of Perth on October 7th, a Saturday afternoon; it was originally produced for an international street festival theatre in Holland. The RSAMD YouthWorks Drama team up with Brunton YT to open the festival with an ambitious offering, ‘Giacomo’s Circus of the Fantastic’, an “electro-score musical” on a large scale

– with “an evil army of hip-hop clowns” and chorus of grizzly bears. Other participants include experimental theatre group Junction 25, from Glasgow’s Tramway theatre, East Ayrshire YT and Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre – all staging productions written, directed and performed by themselves.

ometimes a good night’s sleep is everything. In the case of Phil Nichol, winning the first ever if.commeddies award meant he could recover from Edinburgh’s heady August festivities in comfort.

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“IT’S ALL JUST ONE PIECE OF ART TO US. THERE’RE SO MANY LEVELS.”

ike a wordless wail through an endless void, the Red Sparowes are spearheading the post-metal genre. Using guitars for emotional textures rather than riffs, they avoid the slump into acoustic twadle, leaping instead, from the front of the metal steamroller.

and screaming to keep the sparrows in flight. “The theme is basically to question what people tell you,” he mutters. “Don’t blindly listen to people, think for yourself.” Having created a visual flow to accompany the ‘Every Red Heart Shines Toward The Red Sun’ live show, Josh is confident that seeing them play is an engrossing experience, quite removed from seeing just another heavy band.

The behemoth that is Neurosis has been paving this way for over 15 years; Red Sparowes are very much from the same stable, led by Josh Graham, who creates and manipulates all the visual effects for Neurosis’ current live shows. The Skinny caught up with Josh while he was in Hungary photographing for the new Neurosis album artwork to talk about the forthcoming Red Sparowes album, ‘Every Red Heart Shines Toward The Red Sun’. “This new record captures our live show better,” Josh points out. “It’s heavier, darker and little bit more erratic.” Wholly instrumental, Red Sparowes waft a dense spell that refuses to be ignored. “Because we don’t need to leave space for vocals, we have a chance to experiment with levels of being totally quiet or loud, or utterly pretty or chaotic,” he enthuses. And for this new album, Josh has crafted the songs around a story that took place in communist China in the 1950s: “Mao Tse Tung decided that sparrows must be

“The visuals substitute for having a singer, or a frontman,” he says. “The visuals and the music together create their own lyrical story, and people can zone out, they don’t just have to look at five dudes playing. It’s all just one piece of art to us. There are so many levels.”

exterminated in order to maximize grain production. So villagers were told to scream and bang pots, keeping the birds in flight until they died of exhaustion. But now the locust had no natural predator, and they decimated China’s crops.” The result was one of the worst famines in human history. “Meanwhile the Government authorities falsified agricultural reports to avoid Mao’s wrath, and he sent out soldiers out to find

the grain that he believed the farmers were hiding. Thousands of villagers were tortured and murdered in pursuit of this false grain.” This powerful story also inspired the album artwork which exudes a very pseudo-communist aesthetic. I ask Josh if, as well as the element of grotesque human tragedy, the album was also informed by the very sonic aspect of the story, namely the farmers banging pots

Excited about bringing the live show back to the UK, Josh is also upbeat about what the future holds for the Sparowes. “We’ve been discussing the idea of doing an album with all guest vocalists, which would be cool and take on a whole new meaning. “We’re motivated and constantly working towards whatever happens next.” ‘EVERY R ED H EART S HINES TOWARD THE R ED S UN’ IS OUT NOW. R ED S PAROWES PLAY THE BARFLY, G LASGOW ON O CT 18 WWW. NEUROTRECORDINGS .COM

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comic talent. Like so many of his award-winning contemporaries, Nichol’s latest performances are largely based on stories, not sketches. “It’s just what’s fashionable just now on the comedy circuit. I think it’ll swing round again and shows will be more sketch-based in the future,” he comments.

a war-free world, and his sympathetic siding with life’s angry, bewildered losers, Nichol insists he is not a hippy. “I’m not, I’m not,” he repeats as we finish our chat; perhaps harrowing memories of the contradictory Canadian countryside are still all too clear. Those familiar with Nichol’s work will know some of his best material encompasses fantasies about fictitious, but fair, world leaders. Nichol, as an official ‘comedy leader’, makes a charmingly reluctant bohemian hero.

“I’ve been doing this for so long, travelling around the clubs and not getting much recognition, winning was a total surprise.”

Over the years, Nichol has worked on everything from voice-over to film, and for years he was part of a comedy trio before branching out on his own. In his work, poignant political grumblings nestle innocently alongside everyday tales of relationship bust-ups and individual insecurities. “I’m not a very political comedian. I don’t study facts and figures. But I do try to bring what’s happening in the world into my work,” he explains.

Improved sleeping conditions may help Nichol out in other ways too. The underlying current of his Fringe show ‘The Naked Racist’ highlighted the hilarious emotional exchanges that occur between Nichol and his girlfriend when they live together in a confined space. More comfortable environs must surely equal a better, more harmonious relationship.

Nichol’s private world was shaped by his upbringing in rural Canada, where he spent many of his formative years living next to a nuclear plant. “It made me realise Canada was not a peaceful place,” he recalls wearily. “There’s this idea,” he continues, “that Canada is somehow more relaxed than America, but I disagree. There are gangs and fighting there too.”

“People only get angry about little things when something big is really wrong in their life,” he tells me, “In London especially, I see people getting mad at strangers on the street or in shops and I wonder what it is that’s making them so unhappy.” His strikingly sensitive take on the anguish and upset caused by modern life makes Nichol an inspiring and thoughtful

Nichol hasn’t lived in Canada for years, yet the setting seems to have cast a shadow over his latent political self, carving out a certain hippy sensibility within. A conversation with Nichol smacks of a considered, yet understated, composite of dreamy aspirations and abstract ideals. Despite his obvious on and off-stage hope for

A replacement for the Perrier Award, given to the outstanding comedy performance at the Fringe, the if.commeddies come with a considerable cash prize. “I bought a new mattress because I’ve just moved flats,” he says, sounding sparky rather than sleepy, as he reflects on his Edinburgh success from aboard a packed London bus.

RUNS OCTOBER 6-8. BOOK TICKETS AT HORSECROSS THEATRE 0845 612 6319 WWW.HORSECROSS.CO.UK WWW.PROMOTEYT.CO.UK

Tickets for shows are available now, but what the public gets to see on-stage is just part of

COMEDY Bohemian Like Few S

Organiser Promote YT says that youth theatre in Scotland is “very much alive and well”. Certainly, with 8000 people taking part in different theatre groups across Scotland each week, there is no shortage of interest. Promote YT was set up two years ago as a network through which groups could form links and share information, resources and training. It recognises youth theatre’s important “contribution to the personal and social development of young people.” But youth theatre also serves to nurture interest and talent with a mind to Scotland’s future theatre scene, and Promote YT’s flagship event is now a calendar fixture for Scotland’s theatre professionals as well as youth amateurs.

Shining T’wards the Red Sun

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“I feel like a cros s bet ween Elvis and B ill Oddie,” Ross Noble mused in front of his set of gargantuan rocks from a Kirk-era Star Trek set. He was in particularly animated form, and seemed to playfully teeter on the edge of his own sanity, let alone that of his audience; Noble can hardly fail to appeal to the imagination of even the most jaded of souls. If there was a danger this performance might veer away into no man’s land, following the (now picture this) hilarious consequences of imaginary owls being punted around the venue, the show was saved from what might have been a lethal dose of surrealism by the abrupt exit of one patron and a scrap between another two. Noble momentarily stood back on both occasions, wide eyed and confused, soaking in what he had just witnessed. The freestyling that ensued wa s excel l ent, a nd what Noble is best at: applying a bizarre new context to the most pedestrian acts of social behaviour. “ Wow. We l l t h a t ’s the first time that’s happened. And that ’s the weirdest fight I’ve ever seen!” And so follows an extra half hour of crowd interactive comedy that couln’t possibly be replicated on any ot h e r n i g ht of the tour. Could Elvis really r if f l i ke t h i s ? [Dave Kerr]

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THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

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ow t h at t he months are getting darker, the Halloween parties are being planned, a nd t he adver ts for Xmas hampers are on constant rotation (£49.95! Call now for a catalogue), we are pleased to bring you something completely unrelated; We’ve gone hip-hop crazy again. Also sentured are Glasgow’s pubs and clubs (with more music to the pound), and Henrik Schwarz takes some time out in London to talk about his offering in the DJ Kicks series - see online for our DJ Kicks competition! Also online, we have something for those of you teetering on the brink of ‘adult’ age, with a look at the clubs that proudly tell the over-18s to do one. There’s a feature on free sessions for B-Boys (and others) at Edinburgh clubs, and full interviews with Soom T, Headman, and Dabrye. Also, don’t forget to check out our previews of Green Velvet, Shy FX, David Holmes, Souls of Mischief, Soul:Shine, The Messy Sessions, and Aim - not to mention hunners’ more LP and EP / 12” reviews. Before you go off devouring text, have you ever thought of joining The Skinny team? We’re growing all the time, and we need more people reviewing music and interviewing artists – with each new writer, we expand our own tastes. Do you think there’s a section of music that we’re not covering? Email alexb@ skinnymag.co.uk / bram@skinnymag.co.uk and tell us what you’re into. Please include a 150 word review on the last album you bought, or club you visited. We’ll also be at the Spectrum Festival (see preview) handing out mags, with a mighty-big clipboard. Come sign up! Laterz. Alex

1. Darc Mind ‘Symptomatic of A Greater Ill’ (Anticon) A rediscovered classic, incredibly this has languished in the vaults for about eight years. Hip-hop like it use ta be - nod ya headz. Out early October. 2. Squarepusher - ‘Hello Everything’ (Warp) More mind-bending genre-abuse and bass-led mentalness from Squarepusher. intelligent and intricately composed. Focussed and intense, weirdly beautiful. Out October 16. 3. Dr. Octagon ‘The Return of Dr. Octagon’ (Casual) Sheer lunacy. A twoheaded monster that savages you with P-Funk and electro before scaring the bejeezus

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out of you with rusty funk and creaky rhythm and blues. And of course skits about masturbating with turtles. Out now. 4. Junior Boys - ‘So This is Goodbye’ (Domino) Odd fusion of R&B, electro and synthpop. Comparisons with Ultravox don’t do this justice - slick, intelligent C21 pop. Out now. 5. Penpushers - ‘Poltergeeks’ (Incorporeal / KFM) An odyssey of sorts: a hip-hop album that touches on Greek myth, classic poetry, love, loss and death. Mature, intelligent but not difficult, the darkness is sweetened by the mellifluous tones of Jane Gilbert. Out now. (Bram Gieben)

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Underground Crown Holders People Under The Stairs, Dr Octagon & Darc Mind battle the bling

by Bram Gieben

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S Hip-hop’s current commercial success can be traced back to the early 90s, a period of creativity and innovation unparalleled since its inception. The arrival on the scene of producers like DJ Premier (Gang Starr) and Jay Dilla (Slum Village) heralded a new, jazz-inflected, head-nodding sound. So-called ‘conscious’ rappers surfaced. Lyrically, the move away from the glorification of violence opened up new avenues of expression, and new audiences, particularly among young, affluent white kids - those who did not buy into the ‘gangsta’ aesthetic favoured by some West Coast artists.

Expert lighting gracefully transforms the metallic, multi-mirrored set from Portia’s opulent palace to the sterile mercantilism of Venice’s counting houses, and there are some strong performances, most notably from Liam Brennan as Bassanio, Neve McIntosh’s Portia, and Mark McDonnel’s wonderful comic turn as the goonish Lanelot Gobbo. But it’s difficult to escape the fact that something is missing from this production; the strength of its supporting characters means that Chisholms’ Shylock sometimes appears to fade into the background, and the play suffers for it. Furthermore, as is typical of many of Shakespeare’s plays, the action drags on for too long, diluting an ending that should, by any accounts, be far more powerful and cathartic. [Yasmin Sulaiman] ROYAL LYCEUM, EDINBURGH, UNTIL OCTOBER 21.

THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT’ S WOMAN An adored classic doesn’t always translate to stage success. However, the stage adaptation by Mark Healy of John Fowles’s beautifully crafted romantic novel transforms the text into captivating viewing with ease. Under the direction of Kate Saxon and with the help of the distinguished cast their depiction bears close to the original masterpiece and equally enchants. The double love story explores the Victorian attitudes to forbidden love, temptation and the fight for personal freedom, despite the heavy burden this freedom seemed in those severe times. The tale is introduced by a bewildered writer who gives account, often with crafty humour, of characters rattling inside his head. They take hold of the story, develop and embark on a journey shaded with passion, treacher y and cruelt y through those pious and reserved days where passion was often equated to crime or insanity. The difficulty lies in tapping into the images already constructed in the reader’s mind. While the lengthy narrative could have been pruned, the crew and cast manage to depict the haunting atmosphere and eloquently capture the sentiment in celebration of the mastery of the original. [Simone Gray]

Staten Island’s Wu-Tang Clan emerged with a ground-breaking deal allowing them to record solo albums on separate labels. The Queensbridge area of New York was serving up a plethora of talent too, most notably Nas, whose ‘Illmatic’ was considered the best album of the era. It was a promising time, and, arguably, that promise has been fulfilled. Hip-hop is at its zenith in 2006 - but this success is fraught with controversy. Kevroc is the MC in Darc Mind, whose debut ‘Symptomatic of a Greater Ill’ was meant to be released in ‘95. The album was shelved after the collapse of Loud Records, and has resurfaced now on Anticon, as a poignant reminder of what was going on in the mid-90s scene. “Perhaps the game was at a turning point,” reflects Kevroc. “I was, at the time, frustrated with the amount of cats on the hunter gatherer level of this shit, obsessed with criminality and its espousal in their work. To America, crime is cool and dangerously exciting. We revere the sinister and romanticize the scoundrel.” Hip-hop became confident of its own success, and began luxuriating in expensive cars, designer jewellery, fashionable clothes. The era of Bling was arriving, and even talented MCs like Nas and Mobb Deep were swept along. The success of Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy camp, following the death of Biggie Smalls, was the emblem of this sea-change. Musically, the Bad Boy camp began to play to white audiences’ tastes - instead of sampling classic soul or funk, Sean Coombs started using The Police and Led Zeppelin. The crass commercialism of these efforts did not stop their runaway success. It was like a message had been sent out to the hip-hop world - “It’s time to get paid.” Suddenly hip-hop and R&B were friends again, and everyone wanted to be Al Green. Cue Busta Rhymes duetting with Mariah. Another big element in the mid-90s hiphop scene was the emergence of so-called ‘backpacker’ hip-hop, associated with the Rawkus label in New York. A small indie label, it was soon putting out early work by Pharoah Monch, Mos Def and Talib Kweli, and inviting legends like Kool Keith to guest on their records. There’s no doubt Rawkus were innovators, in business and musical terms - but by the late 90s they had trademarked their sound, and for many, it was as though underground hiphop had become just another brand, another way to market to a white demographic.

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In the s hoes of one of S hakes peare’s most d i s c u s s e d c h a ra c te r s , J i m my C h i s h o l m i s impressive; the ferocity of his Shylock is moving and, true to his nature, sheds no par ticular light on whether fiction’s most famous Jew is a sympathetic figure or a racial caricature. Indeed, Mark Thompson’s production of ‘The Merhcant of Venice’, which ignites the Lyceum’s 2006/07 season, offers an affecting portrayal of old world commercialism.

Kool Keith AKA Dr Octagon - he’s batty So does the underground still exist? Without a doubt, yes. Anticon are the children of the mid-90s boom. Jerry Ruffin (AKA Jel) and co. have a plethora of great artists making intelligent, edgy hip-hop with no specific demographic in mind. Bands like cLOUDDEAD are art for art’s sake, not a crass attempt to win more fans among a white audience.

can sit on the mainstream like Missy and still kill it; you can lurk on the fringes like People Under The Stairs and innovate consistently; you can be a crazy bastard who records masterpieces wearing a rubber face mask, whenever you feel like it, like Kool Keith; or you can lose everything only to resurface as a legend, like Darc Mind. “America doesn’t want to embrace the hiphop artist as a musical artist, but rather as a poster child for an oppressed and economically castrated group of people - hopelessly yolked at the wrists and ankles to a justice system designed to perpetually recycle its client base,” says Kevroc. “Hip-hop is the chipped-toothed grin in America’s 8 by 10 headshot, projecting a thorny and surly arrogance to nations abroad. And America likes THAT. But the popular image of the ‘hip-hop artist’ is viewed as an uncouth eccentricity of a perverse and decadent culture.” Hip-hop is a complex, ever evolving artform. It demands an intelligent response to the questions it poses, even at its most nihilistic and brutal. It’s not to be played with, or marketed just for the money. For the poeple who make it, and those who listen correctly, it’s a way of life.

On the West Coast, many crews are still going strong, resorting neither to the short-termism of gangster rap, nor the gold-laden excess of mainstream hip-hop and R&B. Souls of Mischief’s Hieroglyphics clan (playing this month - see preview) amaze and astound with each release, still incorporating heavy doses of that mid-90s jazz sound. People Under The Stairs meanwhile are allowing the Parliament influences to creep back into their game on the double LP ‘Stepfather’, which is as unafraid to criticise the mainstream from its position of the ‘underground’. Meanwhile, the return of 20-year veteran Kool Keith, with Berlin production duo One Watt Sun on the panels, will be a source of great joy for many UK hip-hop fans. With an electroled sound, vocals chopped, cut and looped rather than laid verse-to-verse, Kool Keith has managed to embrace the ever-changing zeitgeist; nodding to P-funk, rhythm and blues, and even ska, it is a heady mashup of an album, more in line with the genre-busting antics of Spank Rock than with his peers.

DARC MIND - ‘SYMPTOMATIC OF A GREATER ILL’ (ANTICON) IS RELEASED OCTOBER 6. WWW.ANTICON.COM

Finally, Missy Elliot has released her greatest hits this month. Although fond of the odd bit of bling herself, Missy has consistently delivered tunes for DJs and dancefloors. A listen to ‘Respect M.E.’ takes you on a fascinating tenyear trip through her raw, sexually charged and empowering blasts of bass and rhyme. Proof then that you can position yourself anywhere in the game and make quality hip-hop. You

PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS - ‘STEPFATHER’ (TRES RECORDS) IS RELEASED OCTOBER 2 - PUTS PLAY KING TUTS, GLASGOW, ON OCTOBER 10 AND CABARET VOLTAIRE, EDINBURGH ON OCTOBER 11. WWW.PUTSONLINE.CO.UK, WWW.PEOPLEUNDERTHESTAIRS.NET, WWW. MYSPACE.COM/PEOPLEUNDERTHESTAIRS MISSY ELLIOTT - ‘RESPECT M.E.’ (EMI) AND DR. OCATGON - ‘THE RETURN OF DR. OCTAGON’ (CASUAL) ARE OUT NOW. WWW.THERETURNOFDROCTAGON.COM

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THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW. RUN ENDED

THE TRUMAN CAPOTE TALK SHOW Truman Capote played many roles: socialite who betrayed confidences, literary superstar, Andy Warhol’s idol and then acolyte and, finally, tragic alcoholic. Bob Kingdom’s monologue presents all these personae, portraying an author haunted by his own genius. Kingdom captures Capote’s high-pitched voice and camp manner, generating sympathy for a man whose acid wit and brittle self-assurance destroyed friendships and made his terrible decline inevitable. From his unhappy childhood in the southern US to his drunken ramblings on talk shows, Capote is revealed as an artist aware of his weaknesses but unable to address them. His successes - ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ and the novel ‘In Cold Blood’ - are overshadowed by Capote’s personality and social life. Kingdom keeps the audience delighted through bitchy witticisms, and captivated by the misery of Capote’s later addictions. Capote’s story is recast as a moral warning against excess and a celebration of his peerless way with words. [Gareth K Vile] TRON THEATRE, GLASGOW. RUN ENDED.

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t last - the festival comedown is finally over, and Edinburgh and Glasgow theatre can get back to its best. Now that the cities’ student population has once again settled down, expect great work from Yasmi-nemo the Bedlam Theatre in Edinburgh and Glasgow’s Gilmorehill G12. Also exciting Scotland this month is the National Festival of Youth Theatre in Perth, supported by Promote YT. The Traverse sees the launch of its Traverse Cubed season, and the National Theatre of Scotland continues its reign over Scottish theatre in 2006 with Tutti Frutti’s tour stopping in at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, Mary Stuart beginning its run at the Citizen’s and the Royal Lyceum, as well as Project Macbeth at the Brunton Theatre. If that’s not enough, the Tron is celebrating its 25th birthday through a series of Conversations with Artists, including Alun Cumming, and the Arches oversees a fantastic trio of plays in its Belly of the Beast season. Sure, the Autumn TV season’s just beginning to kick off, but who cares? I know where I’ll be.

Top 5 1. Tutti Frutti. King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 3-7 Oct John Byrne’s adaptation of the 1980s BBC hit production has had hearts racing for several months; finally, it reaches the Edinburgh leg of its tour and promises a wealth of theatrical delights.

2. The History Boys. King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 17-21 Oct. Alan Bennet’s highly acclaimed production is unleashed at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, just as its BBC-funded screen version is released. Despite its well-worn formula, expect to be overwhelmed by the genius of this man.

3. Yellow Moon. Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Until 14 Oct. Scottish playwright David Greig’s new offering, Yellow Moon, follows the fortunes of a young girl and boy on the run. Runs until 14 October

4. Mary Stuart. Citizen’s Theatre Glasgow, 3-21 Oct. Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, 27 Oct - 18 Nov. The National theatre of Scotland’s version of Friedrich Schiller’s play makes its mark at the Citizens Theatre before moving on to the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh

5. Chicago. Edinburgh Playhouse, 10-21 Oct. Brookside bombshell Jennifer Ellison turns turns her musical prowess to the stage in the everenjoyable Chicago.

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In with the new: Traverse Cubed

by Marcie Hume

WITHOUT THIS KIND OF SUPPORT FOR NEW WORK, THE THEATRE WORLD WOULD LIKELY BE SWAMPED WITH ENDLESS ADAPTATIONS OF CHEKHOV AND BRECHT

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ith a flashy mathematical title that can be written any way you like, Traverse Cubed is bringing focus to new work this fall. Any place where contemporary artists are promoted, produced and supported is where you will find some of the most enthusiastic art-makers around. With funding from the Scottish Arts Council, Traverse Cubed (the ‘cubed’ represents the fine art triumvirate of theatre, music and visual arts) will be presenting full productions of three new plays by writers at the start of their careers as theatre folk.

Betcha by golly wow – if Glasgow ain’t alive and kickin’ this month, it ain’t ever gonna be! There’s a very special man coming, a man who needs no introduction but always gets a long one! It is - Mister Dynamite, The Man with the Crown, Soul Brother No. 1, The Original Brother Rapp, the Amazing Mr. Please Please Please, the Godfather of Soul, the Sex Machine, and the Hardest Working Man In Showbusiness – the one and only Mr James Brown (Carling Academy, Glasgow, Wed Oct 25, £32.50)! Alternatively Plastik Funk promises to provide soul and funk every Thursday at Bamboo (Glasgow, every Thursday, £4.00/£3.00/Free b4 11pm/free b4 12:30am with matric), and Edinburgers should check out Detroit 8-piece Nomo at Saturday Night Fish Fry (Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, 11.30pm-3am, Sat 21, £ 5). They combine Afro-beat, jazz and funk to exciting effect. Dig it! (Rev Al Brown)

Put your paws up for Fedde Le Grand : the Dutchman behind Put Your Hands Up For Detroit jets in for a DJ set at Bamboo’s continuing Season of Sound (6th, 10.3 0 pm - 5am, £7/ 5/ Free b4 12.30am w/matric). On the same night, Noise Pollution present one of the consistent leading lights of UK techno and one half of British Murder Boys, Surgeon, at Club 69 (6th, 10.30pm-late, £10). And finally, later this month, someone who needs little introduction: crew-cut pin-up Timo Maas, back for his first appearance at The Arches for four years, will be playing at Colours (21st, 10pm-3am, £13). Over in Edinburgh, Chicago’s DJ Heather will flies in for a date with Solescience at Cabaret Voltaire (13th, 11pm - 3am, £7) , rescheduled after August’s airport chaos. And, supporting homegrown techno as always, it’s Jakn’s third bir thday, with free par t y techno producer Autonome live at Studio 24 (27th, 10.30pm-3am, £7). (Tom Donohue)

In Edinburgh, look out for a special charity event at Studio 24 (Oct 13, 10pm-3am, £7) named Construct, that will include DJs across the dnb board from Xplicit, Manga, Obscene, Red Alert, Edinburgh:Bassed, Rogue State and Symbiosis. The money raised will be going towards Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres and the Meningitis Trust, so that you can make a difference while you’re partying. For something a bit more junglistic there’s Tarzan (Jaw of the Jungle) taking over Club Ego on the 7th (10.30pm-3am, £4) for an evening of hard D&B and ‘soul destroying noise’ from local headz Budan, FuK-NuT, Tekamine and more – free entry to anyone who comes dressed as Tarzan, Jane or faithful monkey Cheetah. Since

THE ‘CUBED’ REPRESENTS THE FINE ART TRIUMVIRATE OF THEATRE, MUSIC AND VISUAL ARTS

Morna Pearson, whose play ‘Distracted’ is being produced as part of Traverse Cubed, has been working for several years as a library assistant, slowly beginning to earn most of her living from her writing career rather than her day job. “The whole of this year I’ve basically managed to support myself with writing,” she says gladly. Having her play chosen for production has been a major event in her career, and Traverse Cubed is obviously of overwhelming importance to her. Along with some other playwrighting successes in recent years, Traverse Cubed is giving Pearson another push toward being a full-time playwright: “I do feel I’m a writer first. I used to say, ‘I’m a library assistant and a writer.’ Now I’m quite confident to say that I’m a writer.”

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As part of this month-long presentation, the Literary Department at the Traverse is organising a series of four “first glimpse” presentations of plays that have been commissioned by the Traverse, the Soho Theatre and the National Theatre Studio. Two young theatre companies are also receiving funding for productions, as well as artistic support from those who have been in the theatre business for a while, giving these companies a solid foundation from which to

grow. The Traverse’s Artistic Director and Literary Manager will mentor the companies Highway Diner and 12 Stars as they receive funds to work on their productions for this season. Any group would grasp at a chance to be given such attention, kept afloat financially and perhaps saved from going the way of the countless theatre groups that form enthusiastically and disband unwillingly, unable to keep interest and finances flowing. Not to suggest that these groups wouldn’t survive without the Traverse, but they will certainly be able to feel a little more solid in telling the world that this is, in fact, their job.

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“I DO FEEL I’M A WRITER FIRST. I USED TO SAY, ‘I’M A LIBRARY ASSISTANT AND A WRITER.’ NOW I’M QUITE CONFIDENT TO SAY THAT I’M A WRITER.”

Bugz in the Attic @ The Arches, Oct 5, £12/£14 The Bugz are Back in The Dog House with their latest b-boy LP to funk you up. Support from Boom Monk Ben and the Trouble DJs. Fedde Le Grand @ Rocket, Oct 6, £7/5 Put Your Hands Up for Fedde Le Grand and the Bamboo Crew (Geoff M, Gavin Somerville, Craig Laws, and Stevie Sole) as they deliver house classics and a Detroit vibe.

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Thankfully, Pearson has had reasonable success from the start, having her work read and produced regularly. “There are lots of outlets for the whole of the UK. Everyone’s looking for new writing, there are so many competitions to apply for.” Without this kind of attention to and support for new work, the theatre world would likely be swamped with endless adaptations of Chekhov and Brecht, productions funded most likely because of the notoriety of either those producing it or of the play itself. Classic plays command respect and interest just by their famous titles or well-known authors; but it is those creating new work, getting

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Honey Dijon @ Subculture @ SubClub, Oct 7, £5 b4 12/£10 Honey Dijon takes over Subculture for a mix-up of Chicago-tinged house, techno, funk, soul, and R&B.

contemporary, fresh ideas produced and seen, that need the attention and exuberance of the theatre community, not to mention the great necessity of financial backing. As theatre-goers, there is room for the classic but there must also be attention paid to the new. Traverse Cubed is an opportunity to view the work of artists who are hopefully at the start of long careers in the arts; and the Traverse has decided that they are certainly worth a good look. TRAVERSE CUBED, EDINBURGH, OCT 29 TO NOV 24.

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Emergency/Bad Robot @ GSA, Oct 14, £5 Guest DJ Daniel Wang headlines with his brand of Nu Disco, with support from residents Andrew Back and James Pole (Emergency), and hip hop and electro from Loosejoints & Stevie Elements

LiveVEvil shut down it’s been left to the weekly Scottish Drum and Bass Sessions (Liquid Lounge, Wednesday, 10.30pm-late, £2) to hold the fort for the scene in Glasgow. Near the end of the month the Subcity Radio Block Party (Oct 20, Glasgow School of Art, 10pm-3am, £5/7) will be playing a combination of D&B, electro, techno, house, and more from Boom Monk Ben, the Numbers Crew, Green Sofa, Leisure Allstars and more, but for rabid fans it may not have enough drum or bass to quench any deep rumbling thirsts. If you’re running a D&B night in Glasgow and you want a mention, hit up the Beats Editor at alexb@ skinnymag.co.uk. [Struan Otter]

FC Kahuna @ We Are… Electric @ Cabaret Voltaire, Oct 11, free b4 12 or members/£2 Breaks meets house as FC Kahuna, exponents of the big beat sound, take to the stage. Edinburgh Says Yes! Constuct @ Studio 24, Oct 13, £8 D&B fundraiser for Maggie’s Cancer and the Meningitis Trust with Manga, Obscene, Xplicit, Edinburgh:Bassed, and Red Alert. A tribute to much-loved MC Sonny, who sadly passed away last October. Aim @ Liquid Room, Oct 26, £10 Join Aim on his UK tour to promote third LP, ‘Flight 602.’ Expect hip hop with jazz, rock, and electronic roots from the nine-piece band. Shari Vari @ The Vaults, Nicol Edwards, Oct 6, Free b4 12/£3 Underground party based on 70s NY and 80s Chicago house parties. Club Michigan and Nightstrike lend their talents for disco, jackin’ house and hi-tech funk.

Doublespeak present Zorfax and Nonsense @ Macsorleys, Oct 19, £2 An exclusive live show of grime, big bass, tech drums, and “superduper amazing electronica”. Support yer local producers.

NRN EXP @ Oxjam, Bongo Club, Oct 19, £5 Edinburgh’s Sweet E & ODC performing live hip hop as part of Oxfam’s week of live music fundraising.

Pressure @ The Arches, Oct 27, £18 Green Velvet, Slam, Ivan Smagghe, Agoria, Let’s Go Outside AND Leftroom Records? This is five clubs rolled into one for an evening flavoured with techno, house, and phat beats.

Indigitous @ Bongo Club, Oct 27, £8 An evening of Digital Disco (Psychedelic Trance), Santan (Wildthings Records), and residents Kodo vs Amino, serving up reggae, breaks, and hand-staring trance.

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In the same area, the University of Glasgow unions are a cheap trip if you’re in student company. The Beer Bar in the GUU beats the QMU on price, but its popularity with the sports teams and the cheapo pitchers of Diesel, mean you’re likely to see a fair amount of rugby tackle if there’s been a fixture. Linking Sauchiehall to the West are the bar/clubs Mojama and Driftwood, which work on the pile high, sell cheap principle,

CLUB REVIEWS

WHAT’S ON GLASGOW STUDENTS’ CLUBBING MENU?

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and do spirit/mixers for about £1.50. Just drink though, don’t admire the wallpaper, as the chic minimalism looks like an old Doctor Who set. Driftwood fares the same, with a faintly ridiculous wooden front and a mescaline-fried, guntoting Mexican leering from every corner.

INDIAN SUMMER 2ND SEPTEMBER & 3RD SEPTEMBER, VICTORIA PARK, GL ASGOW SOUTHERN COMFORT FAT TUESDAY TENT

Equidistant along Sauchiehall, the Art School Vic Bar and the Strathclyde Union are both money savers. The former is brooding, low-ceilinged and hyper-cool, the latter a glorious technicolor vomit, spilling pissed students everywhere. If it seems impossible to gain cheap intoxication without joining the student clique, then venture beneath the Merchant City to a well lit, comfortable bar with an excellent jukebox and pride in its’ lack of scene pretensions. Revolver is also a classy place to head before the town centre, with doubles only 20p more than singles and cheap pints of San Miguel. Admittedly, it being Glasgow’s finest gay bar might put some off, but as long as you can work out where the ladies toilet is hidden, it’s a pleasant boozer. If dropping a tenner for a night out at the Subbie doesn’t fit the budget then there’s still plenty of great clubbing to be had on the cheap if you know where to look. Art School Thursdays are an institution for pound pints and sticky dancefloors, with hip-hop upstairs courtesy of

Freak Menoovers and camped up electro in the Vic bar from Record Playerz. It’s almost always packed out and has a great atmosphere, with drinks promos and £3 entry (11pm-3am) if you’re a student. Just down the hill from the Vic, the ABC does a good line of nights for indie lovers that won’t break the bank. Entry price ranges between £2 on a Tuesday to a fiver on Saturday (10.30pm-3am), but if you have Internet access it’s easy to book a guestlist place online, which will save you waiting in the obscenely long queue that’s usually outside. The Buff Club is a wee gem tucked away near Blytheswood Square on Bath Lane that caters for people with funky tastes ranging from hip-hop, classic Motown, funk, Northern Soul and electro. It’s a small and sweaty little number with some sweet wallpaper (you’ll see what we mean) that’s usually full to the gunnels and reasonably priced too, the best night being a Monday.

A slice of southern hospitality, New Orleans-style was served up in Southern Comfort’s Fat Tuesday tent at Indian Summer. Glasgow’s own Melting Pot got things kick-started early Saturday afternoon, their trademark soulful disco-funk-house formula warming the crowd up nicely. Co-author of ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’, Bill Brewster followed, playing some of the influential tracks given a mention in the history of the DJ. The Soul Jazz Sound System took to the turntables soon after. Making a rare Glasgow appearance, their heav y weight reggae selection was a welcome addition to Saturday’s bill. Next-up, Amp Fiddler gave us the only full Fat Tuesday live show, he and his band perfectly embodying the laid-back vibe that had come to characterise the afternoon’s proceedings. As tracks from ‘Waltz of a Ghetto Fly’ and follow-up ‘Afro Strut’ were given a serious work-out, he had the increasingly looselimbed crowd in the palm of his hand.

KING TUTS WAH WAH HUT, OCT 27 British hip-hop has long been regarded as a rather London-centric genre with limited wider relevance or appreciation, and only a few artists have really broken free from that stereotype. One exception is Manchester based producer Andy Turner, AK A Aim. From jaz z and rock roots with his band The Chelsea Flower Show, he became involved in the Manchester music scene and set up his own record shop selling everything from deep house to west coast hip hop. It was while scouring rival record shops for hidden gems that Andy’s fine taste was spotted by Mark Rae (one half of Rae and Christian), and he was urged to send a demo over to Mark’s label, Grand Central Records, where he was snapped up immediately. Over the next six years the release of groundbreaking albums like ‘Cold Water Music’ and its more than able follow up ‘Hinterland’ staked his claim as a talented producer of downtempo, soul-laden hip-hop, and led to remix work for the likes of The Charlatans, Ian Brown and St Etienne. In 2004 a change in direction for the label led to Andy leaving the now defunct Grand Central and setting up his own label Attic Records, which is soon to release his third long player ‘Flight 602’. The album is accompanied by a UK tour for Turner and his nine-piece live band which hits Scotland this October with two dates. You can see Aim at the Liquid Rooms (Edinburgh) on Oct 26 and at King Tut’s (Glasgow) on Oct 27, for the thoroughly reasonable price of £10. [Peter Walker]

So don’t despair if your rent’s eating up the student loan or if you’re just plain skint - there are still plenty of ways to get your music fix, and get drunk and belligerent without having

£10 + B.F FROM USUAL OUTLETS, DOORS 8.30 PM. AIM PLAYS EDINBURGH’S LIQUID ROOM ON OCT 26. WWW.ATTIC - RECORDS.CO.UK

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But looking at the prices – now all release dates and launch day costs have been announced – we’re paying over the odds. Again. The US gets the exact same package as us, yet receives this glorious bundle including the delightfully titled ‘Wii Sports’ at a mere $250. So taking into account the current exchange rate and good old VAT, we should have been looking at a launch price of £150, right? Wrong, we’re set to splash out £180 for the privilege of receiving our consoles a few weeks later. Nice. As for Sony and the PS3, not only has our (and only our) particular release date been pushed back to Spring-time, but we’re looking to be paying at least £100 MORE than our friends over in the US for our systems, never mind an extra £10-£15 per game too.

Mario + 3D = Pure Wrongness by Chris Pickering

Released on Nintendo’s ill-fated N64 (a cartridge based system when even the music industry had moved completely to CDs) Super Mario 64 was heralded as something of a rebirth for the world’s favourite Italian. However, the rotund little moustached plumber’s transformation into full 3D didn’t go smoothly.

cameras still rarely work, even in these days of HDTV and gazillion megabyte hard-drives, but back in 1996 many a curse was uttered as Mario plummeted to his death thanks to a wicked spin of the camera that left you entirely confused.

The Mario games were all about pure platforming action: making those perfectly timed jumps to avoid the Goombas, hopping over that fire spitting flower, and managing to clutch the top of that flag pole at each level’s end. But with 3D, a new problem was introduced to this wickedly simplistic formula. 3D

So what does Mario become when it’s difficult to actually jump from platform to platform? Bloody boring, that’s what. There’s no denying that ‘Super Mario 64’ was a huge technical achievement, but it took untill the 2006 release of ‘New Super Mario Bros’ to bring the series back to the top of the tree.

MARIO GAMES WERE ALL ABOUT PURE PLATFORMING ACTION

Barnyard (GBA/ PS2/GC/PC) NASCAR 07 (PS2/PSP) NBA Live 07 (PS2/PSP/PC/ PS2/360/Xb) Nintendo (DS) Browser (DS)

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Super Paper Mario (GC) Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner (PS2) Touch Detective(DS)

October 13

Age of Empires: The Age of Kings (DS) Warlords Champions (DS/PSP)

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Destroy All Humans! 2 (Xb/PS2) Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PSP) KAZooK (PSP)

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Magical Starsign (DS) Heroes of Annihilated Empires (PC) Actionloop (DS) Blitzkrieg 2: Fall of the Reich (PC) Desperate Housewives (PC) Every Extend Extra (PSP) Ford Street Racing: LA Duel (PSP) Guild Wars Nightfall (PC) (NBA 2K7 PS2/360/Xb) Pokemon Ranger (DS)

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War Front: Turning Point (PC) ATV ‘Thunder Ridge Riders’ (GBA) Monster Trucks Mayhem (GBA) Need for Speed Carbon (DS/GBA/GC/ PSP/PS2/Xbox/360) Reel Fishing: Live & Nature (PSP)

ON THE WEB Prey - Vertigo inducing shooty madness CivCity:Rome - Unrevolutionary city building: an undercooked mix of Ceaser and Civ..

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THE ARCHES, OCT 27

him as a beneficiary in 2000 – the first DJ to be taken on board. Slam will, of course, be the ambassadors for Glasgow’s beats, and Soma’s new label Pnuma will be putting their lastest American signing Let’s Go Outside to the test. Nottingham’s Leftroom Records are celebrating their 1st Birthday, by taking over the Play Room for an evening of beats from label owner Matt Tolfrey, Marc Ashken (live), and Audiojack. The event is a little pricier at £18, but for that you get so much more ‘tunage’ to the pound. [Alex Burden] DOORS 10 PM -3AM, £18. WWW.MYSPACE.COM/LEFTROOMRECORDS 06

FOR MOST OF US, PRE-OWNED GAMES HAVE SIMPLY BECOME A STAPLE OF OUR GAMING DIET Amp Fiddler

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Maurice Fulton took over with a disco-meetsacid house assortment, followed by Optimo’s first appearance of the weekend. While Twitch fired rapidly through his own laptop-twisted takes on pop, house, techno, rock & reggae; Johnny added an electro-tinged angle, drawing the first day to a close. Day Two began with Butch Cas sidy Sound System’s soul-tinged reggae before Paul Cawley gave us an old-meets -new school hip - hop selection, later nudging the tempo into house territory. Mr Scruff followed, dropping jazz, funk, soul, house, disco, hip-hop, house and reggae into the mix to an appreciative crowd, closing with The Cure’s Love Cats, and a tent packed with smiling faces. Moodymann was next, taking to the stage for the most anticipated appearance of the weekend, his generous afro and face partly hidden under a towel. Using the mic to greet the crowd, he proceeded with a radio show-style set of hiphop, soul and funk, the records interspersed with his own introductions and chat. Optimo rounded off the weekend’s Fat Tuesday frolics with another comprehensive collection of beats, Keith and Johnny again displaying the breadth and depth of their individual musical tastes.

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Firstly, let’s go for the Wii. We’re all well aware that the system is little more than a tweaked Gamecube, but it’s the revolutionary control method, allowing you to swish the TV remotea-like Wii Remote instead of jabbing away at umpteen buttons, and manipulating analogue sticks that’s got our collective juices flowing. Despite its lack of power, it seems to be the more anticipated of the two next generation consoles we’re still yet to see sat under our TVs.

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GREEN VELVET, SLAM, IVAN SMAGGHE, AGORIA, PRESSURE Take a decent-sized venue, several headlinersin-their-own-right dance artists, and put on one hell of a night. That seems to be the idea behind this big name bonanza of techno heads. Green Velvet needs little introduction – the brains behind Relief Records, Cajmere, and an integral player of the Chicago house and techno scene, he just can’t get enough of these shores. Black Strobe’s brutalizing electro industrial techno will be heartily represented by Ivan Smagghe for the evening, so expect an interesting exploration of his Parisian underground roots. Another French native joining the fray will be Agoria aka Sebastien Devaud and his melodious take on Euro techno. He’s so good that even FAIR (French support fund for new artists) enlisted

In all the excitement with regards to the imminent release of Nintendo’s revolutionary Wii and Sony’s credit card maxing PS3, we seem to have all failed to notice that once again we’ve been well and truly screwed.

Yet again, we European gamers have been well and truly screwed by these two Japanese giants of gaming. But hey, why should they break the habit of a lifetime, right? (Chris Pickering)

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‘Goodfellas’ is a gangster style trade/management and poker game, which (title aside) has pretty much nothing to do with the actual movie. Essentially it has two modes, poker (5-card) and the management mode. In the latter you control a team of five thugs, with strategy arising when deciding who to send on which jobs (jobs vary in difficulty, and your guys gain experience as they go) and how much to ask for when strong-arming a banker or hawking all those guns that fell off all those lorries. At the end of each week, after all the nefarious dealings are done, you and your superiors sit down for a quiet cup of tea and play a few hands of poker. Here is where the game fails - my main issue is that it is five card poker, which is crap (Hold’em all the way – much more actual skill involved). Combined with the poor AI of your supposed bosses and the superfluous concept of being able to cheat, I found myself skipping this portion of the game far more than I should have (considering it is a large part of the game). Shit card games aside, controlling your empire (which expands with the scores as you progress) is done well and in such a way as to make this game a nice, healthy (tad addictive) distraction on any mode of transport. [Josh Wilson]

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espite the budget prices of a Buckfast and Tennents carry out, drinking out in Glasgow can be a hellish drain on finances, particularly in the West End, where student poverty clashes with middleclass affluence. In a recent kick against this, Uisge Beatha on Woodlands Road has introduced a 20% discount on production of a valid matric card. They’ve got wicked decor, and you can enjoy the company of an entire stuffed Savannah and a legless Margaret Thatcher for less than two quid a drink. Just up the road is The Halt/Halt2, an old man’s boozer renowned for free rock music and two quid pints. (Except when Franz Ferdinand play for £25 a ticket and ruin the fun.) Keep your eyes peeled for promos and freebies; the pint/panini–type deals are decent and the recent Caribbean Cocktail night was top value, if somewhat incongruous. Reggae and paper umbrellas do not a classy drink make. Down on Byres Road, Tennents bar offers a midpriced drink and a fine selection of slightly more expensive real ales, but is mostly notable for its pound-a-can carry outs.

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iven the tendency in most students for being frugal (i.e. stingy) and the high price of new releases, the majority can only afford to put up the cash for the occasional must-have games without fear of having to cut into their alcohol fund. However, this has help lead to the rise and rise of the second hand games market.

Shops like Gamestation have made a business out of re-selling games that have been played to death by countless users, only to be sold on again to another happy buyer. For most of us, pre-owned games have simply become a staple of our gaming diet. But the trek to the shops that have them can be long and tiring, which is why you can now turn to the trusty Internet to supply all your gaming needs. As always there is the ever-reliable eBay, which holds bargains aplenty if you know what to look for and when to bid. Nigerian cash scams aside, it’s a reliable way of getting the rarer games which are harder to come by, as well as the newer releases at a much cheaper price than in the high-street shops.

Another wallet-friendly concept, which has recently made the transition from dvd to games, is online rental services, where you pay a monthly fee and have titles delivered to your door. The best part of this is that there’s no rushing to get it back on time, you can keep it as long as you want. There’s a lot of competition in this new market, and, with most offering a 10 day free trial, there’s nothing to be lost by trying it out. Some of the dvd-rental companies also operate a limited game service, but companies like Nimblethumbs.com, Postboxgames.com and Swapgame.com are more specialised. If monthly payments seem like too much hassle? New on the scene is swopex.com, a trading website, where you look for the games you want, and offer the ones you want to tradein. Now what could be simpler? EBAY.CO.UK WWW.NIMBLETHUMBS.COM WWW.POSTBOXGAMES.COM WWW.SWAPGAMES.COM WWW.SWOPEX.COM

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“IF YOU WANT TO TROT UP THE DRIVEWAY OF THE DON, RING HIS DOORBELL AND HAPPY SLAP HIM INTO SUBMISSION, YOU CAN.”

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elcome friend, to the new and improved pHfat games section. Inflated due to popular demand and a bit of winging on my part. Now we can bring you even more random reviews, fantastic features and other crap. New shit we have includes: a guide to avoiding working at work, mobile gaming, and some retro-tastic gaming tips. Combine this with our new blue colour scheme and I wouldn’t be offended if you ripped it out and ate it to absorb all the nutritional gaming goodness (don’t actually do this... dumbass). Anyway, read on and be merry.

LEGO STAR WARS II Charming, light-hearted, and with a great love for its source material, Lego Star Wars is back, this time dealing with the more beloved Episodes IVVI. The game itself is more of the same: relatively simple platform action interspersed by (really quite funny) movies and the odd puzzle that’s so simple you’ll be kicking yourself that it took fifteen minutes to figure out. If you enjoyed the original, then you’ll enjoy this. There are problems however. Surprisingly, the vehicle sections all now seem tofollow the same, somewhat dull, top-down style. Additionally, despite promises, the story mode is no longer than the original. Overall it lacks the first game’s originality; we knew what to expect and not enough has been advanced to guarantee a wholly different experience. It is still undeniably fun: the little quirks and the co-op mode make this a perfect game for passing a few hours with a mate on a dull day. Just don’t expect any thing too new. [ Craig Wilson] LUCASARTS/ TT GAMES OUT NOW ON XBOX, PS2, PC, PSP. WWW.LUCASARTS.COM/GAMES / LEGOSTARWARSII/

ELECTROPLANKTON The DS, being a Japanese invention, has a plethora of crazy and innovative Japanese games to go with it, and Electroplankton is probably it’s most typically Japanese title to date. The game has no point. There is no aim, aside from pure musical niceness, and there is no actual way to finish the game. But that in itself is an asset. Combined with excellent touch pad utilisation, this game is a true pick up and play experience, and will make any non-gamer smile and giggle with glee within twenty seconds of picking it up - brilliant. Electroplankton is a blend of ten minigames, each very different but very simple, and all enable everyone to create some awesome music. There is not much else to be said - play it and you’ll understand what I mean. My only qualm would be the price, at the minute a little steep for what is essentially a brilliant distraction. (Josh Wilson) OUT NOW ON DS RRP. £29.99 WWW.ELECTROPLANKTON. NINTENDODS.COM

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magine a city rampant with crime. Imagine a governmental agency designing super soldiers to bring down the many crime syndicates terrorising the city. Now, if your imagination is in full working order, you should have thought of something akin to Crackdown. Pacific City is the city, and The Agency is … the agency. And you, you control a super cop whose job it is to bring down said crime rings. The beauty of the game rests in this been-done-before concept - there are no missions as such, you just stop crime. So if you want to trot up the driveway of The Don, ring his doorbell and happy slap him into submission, you can. Doing this before gaining some experience, however, may result in a bit of a spanking for our super cop.

Or, more useful to the game, you can go tackle crime from two fronts. For instance, say you never really got down with the whole driving thing in single player mode (of which there is a lot; think in terms of GTA for car numbers and variety), but you need to make a quick getaway from an assault; so you post a Wanted: Getaway Driver ad on Xbox live. They come into your game and, after you have been throwing grenades around the Godfather’s crib, help you make a speedy and smooth escape. Brilliant. The possibilities within the game are massive: it looks amazing and runs like a dream... a crazy, explosive, rooftop-hopping wet dream. Combined with the regular crime fighting

mode, the game also remembers everything you do. Say you headshot 400 people in a row, the game remembers this and posts it onto a leader board of achievements online for others to try and beat. It will even remember if you grab a pedestrian, chuck them into the air and then juggle them with your rocket launcher for 10 minutes - giving you first place on one of the more obscure leader boards. The possibilites have never been closer to properly endless. FOR X360 OUT: CHRISTMAS 06 WWW.CRACKDOWNONCRIME.COM

The experience system is essentially the driving force of the game; you beat on some low level cretins to gain experience and level up your cop (in strength, agility, guns, explosives and driving). As you level up you get increasingly kickass: for example your improved agility means that there is nowhere in the game that is inaccessible. You can scale massive skyscrapers to get a view into a secret mafia meeting and blow them all away from afar. Or if you are a bit more hands on you can stroll into said meeting and throw a car at them - as long as you don’t die in the process, it’s all gravy. Another facet of the game which drives it’s nonmission-ness is the hierarchal system of the gangs. While it may not be wise to go straight for El Jefe, there are generals in the gang which are slightly easier to kill. So take down the gang’s arms dealer, and all of a sudden the remaining plebs have sticks where once were AKs, making your life that little bit easier. All this gaming goodness can then be played in Co-op mode, over Xbox Live, and it adds a whole further dimension to the game. There is no strict multiplayer mode, instead you invite people into your world and you two can do whatever. Run around shooting each other, leaping from building to building, in place of a death-match mode if you want.

DEAD RISING When there’s no more room in Hell, the Dead will walk the Earth. Unfortunately for Frank West, our fearless freelance reporter turned hero, he’s managed to land himself in the middle of the mall Satan chose for his landing party, and with zombies ago-go, Frank (aka you) must survive to break the story to the world, taking pictures of t h e ca r n a g e a s yo u g o. D e a d R i s i n g i s deceptively simple – find zombies, then dispose of them using whatever is at hand (an easy favourite is the lawnmower) - but it provides a depth not normally associated with games of this ilk. For instance, you can choose to help the survivors you might meet along the way, which will impact on the story arc, or you could just let them become zombie food, snapping away with your trusty camera as the flesh is stripped from their bones.

What should just be a standard hack n’ slash affair turns out to be a very enjoyable survival horror/GTA-style cross breed, especially with the variety of weapons and methods of transport. For instance, throwing pizza at the undead while zooming around on a skateboard is more satisfying, and funny, than should be allowed. With plenty of references to your favourite horror flicks – Dawn of The Dead, Brain Dead, and more fun than a barrel full of monkey’s brains Dead Rising will keep you coming back again and again, even if it is just to splatter a few undead body parts around the place with a hockey stick. (Steve Adams) CAPCOM OUT NOW ON XBOX 360 (£39.99) WWW.DEAD - RISING.COM

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-man crew Penpushers (MCs Lifeboy and Obsolete, and DJs The Brain and Dr Hands Zharkov) are reluctant to categorise themselves as a hip-hop act. Their new LP ‘Poltergeeks’ is a quiet masterpiece with some dark corners, brightened by the presence of new member Jane Gilbert. “We are not really genre-conscious like other bands,” says producer The Brain. “A lot of hip-hop bands will be in the studio, someone will come up with a beat, and everyone will be like: ‘Oh that’s not hip-hop, can’t do that, that’s too weird…’ We’re not advertising ourselves as a non-genre band, it’s just that we don’t like to have descriptions applied to the music.” “As soon as you pigeonhole us, we’re fucked,” says lyricist Lifeboy. “Record stores have Genre X labels, and once they’ve stuck you in there, that’s where you stay.” ‘Poltergeeks’ is an album that moves away from the Anticon territory of their previous work to a more song-based approach. The lyrics are a portentous mix of dystopian imagery and classical allusions, Lifeboy quoting Yeats on lead single Breathe Deeply. “With Poltergeeks, a lot more real feeling went into it, rather than just taking you off on another bizarre journey, which was kind of our trademark on tunes like Ugly Tree. We could go ahead and write that tune that all the B-Boys are going to like, and walk around with our jeans hanging off our arses and all of that shit, but for me it’s not fulfilling,” says Lifeboy. “You have to dig a little bit deeper.” Penpushers are perhaps the most critically respected hip-hop exports from Scotland. ‘Poltergeeks’, whether they like the pigeonhole or not, is a great hip-hop album – full of intelligent and challenging rhymes and moody, atmospheric beats and textures. Who cares if you can’t dance to it? In terms of conceptual ambition and musical experimentation, Penpushers lead the pack.

It had been all quiet on the FBC (AKA Fountainbridge Collective) front for the last year or so, until Norton & Solenoid returned from a jaunt in Copenhagen, visiting founder member and producer Boogie B Rhomboid. The fruits of this visit can be heard on the new EP ‘Welcome to Jazz Club’, under the FB boys new moniker The Landing Party. It is the first

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The Landing Party Spank Rock MC Naeem’s stage presence is equal parts Kool Keith, Prince, Schoolly D and Rick James. He’s a “badass muthafuckin’ cool jerk” in a button-down shirt and Erkle glasses, redefining geek chic. He preened and posed kinetically, spitting out renditions of Backyard Betty and Sweet Talk that sent the crowd into pandemonium, the usually stoic hip-hop hoodies throwing shapes like disco queens. In between songs, the three man DJ team of Chris Rockswell, Ronnie Darko and xxxChange scratched and cut on two laptops, four decks and a variety of gadgets, applying the logic of the Scratch Perverts to fevered electro, techno, soul, and cuts from their hilarious ‘Couche Tard’ mixtape. After just two songs, everyone in the crowd was a baying, screaming fan. An encore featuring Naeem rhyming over Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy sent the room delirious, as Darko performed an Air Cock Thrust. Naeem passed his vodka bottle around the front rows, and invited the ladies up on stage to dance, his DJs shouting: “We appreciate your vaginas!” Spank Rock have laid down the blueprint for the future of hip-hop, successfully fusing the legacy of acid house and rave culture with intelligent rap. The result is the freshest, most infectious, outrageously sexy live performance you could imagine. [Bram Gieben]

Penpushers (L-R: The Brain, Lifeboy, Obsolete, Dr Hands Zharkov) EP on their new label Swingingman. A more light-hearted approach is evident, particularly on the lead track: “I guess because we were abroad, having fun; it just felt more laid-back,” says Norton amicably. “The name Swingingman came from a Black Flag album called ‘My War’, tells the story of a modern man driven to suicide: ‘I’m the swinging man / And my feet never touch the ground.’” They may have lightened up, but they’ve not lost their punk approach to hip-hop. New tracks from American signing VS Dot will follow The Landing Party’s EP, and FBC themselves will be supporting Souls of Mischief at Cabaret Voltaire on October 28. I ask how much support FBC have had from local media and radio: “It ain’t constant, but they show us interest, it’s up to us to keep giving them new stuff to play. Any urban artist north of Birmingham needs more coverage. Swingingman is gonna keep pumping out quality releases; we ain’t looking to have a huge stable, but consistent quality from folk you can rely on to have something interesting to say, and to say it with gusto.”

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I t h a s b e e n t h re e ye a r s t h a t Edinburgh has awaited the return of Digital Soundboy label bos s Shy FX. Although he is one of the most commercially well known DJs in the drum and bass scene, Shy FX doesn’t continually tour to keep his name in the limelight. He’s kind of an enigma in that sense, and outings, much like this one to Xplicit, can always be looked upon as rare opportunities. Shy FX (aka Andre Williams) released the rude boy ragga/jungle track Original Nuttah back in 1994 with UK Apache, and in 2001 he broke into the UK Top 40 with T Power and Shake Your Body. I wouldn’t, however, expect some sor t of pop - esque set from this London based junglist. His live shows

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Known for its unparalleled quote-ability, ‘Withnail and I’s humour has been re-worked time and again; bizarre characters with indecipherable anecdotes were later recalled in ‘Wayne’s World’ and The Fast Show, among others. And yet the film was very much of its time. That this eulogy to the 1960s was produced amid the artistic pessimism of the Thatcher years lends an added poignancy

to the bittersweet tale of two unemployed actors who go on holiday “by mistake” as the decade of free love and revolution is drawing to a close. Although perhaps resonating most strongly with those whose lives swing between Hamlet and hangovers, ‘Withnail and I’ exists as much more than a student rite of passage: it has proved itself a classic. The film fits with a description of the country rock movement of the late sixties, “Not only the music of the jaded and the whiskysoaked; it spoke of the disillusioning experiences of youth.” Twent y years on, the succes s of ‘Withnail and I’ has proved that beneath the quintessentially English humour, there is something universal at work. [Caroline Hurley] OUT ON OCTOBER 2

Oct 2

X Men 3: The Last Stand

Oct 2

Withnail and I - 20th Anniversary Edition United 93

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Bladerunner - Director’s Cut Special Edition

Oct 16

The Da Vinci Code Final Cut

Oct 23

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie A Woman Under The Influence The Devil Rides Out The Eye... Infinity Little Fish

Oct 30

Oh What A Lovely War! - Special Edition (inset)

ON THE WEB Three Extremes Varied horror shorts from three top Japanese directors The Eye... Infinity Playful J-horror in the popular series The River - by Jean Renoir BFI reissure of technicolour classic

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PENPUSHERS – ‘POLTERGEEKS’ IS AVAILABLE NOW FROM KFM RECORDS, WWW.KFMRECORDS. COM. THE ENTIRE PENPUSHERS BACK CATALOGUE IS ALSO AVAILABLE IN FOPP AND UNDERGROUND SOLU’SHN FOR AROUND £5 – THERE ARE REVIEWS OF BOTH MINI -LPS AND THEIR DEBUT LP ONLINE. SWEET E & ODC’S COMPILATION CD AND DVD ‘NORTHERN EXPOSURE (NRNEXP)’ IS OUT SOON. THEY ARE PERFORMING LIVE AT THE BONGO CLUB AT ‘OXJAM’, AS PART OF AN OXFAM APPEAL ON OCT 18. WWW.SWINGINGMAN.COM, WWW.KFMRECORDS.COM, WWW.MYSPACE.COM/NRNXPO

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represent every beat, break, and bassline in the scene and the Bongo Club can look forward to a sneak preview of tracks from his recent bout of studio work. If you’re looking for something fresh, bouncy and with its fair share of vocals, Shy FX at Xplicit should already be marked firmly in your calendar. [Jonny Ogg]

To mark the 20th anniversary of the ultimate student film, a re-mastered ‘Withnail and I’ is released on a three-disc 20th Anniversary Edition. Including a brand new interview with writer Bruce Robinson, a ‘Postcards From Penrith’ featurette and the 1999 documentary ‘Withnail and Us’, the package also includes a guide to the Drinking Game and, of course, the original soundtrack.

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LITTLE FISH It is rare to see Australian actors performing material in their own accents in a film that isn’t clichéd or derogatory to Australian culture. The script for ‘Little Fish’ is fast-paced and intelligent: short scenes and sparse dialogue manage to convey immense emotion. Films that are neither British nor American can be guilty of playing up cultural difference for comic effect, however ‘Little Fish’ opts for more subtle means that make for a few brilliant comic moments. In an era when many films are forgotten as soon as the advertising campaign ends, this story of complex, everyday characters facing difficult decisions lodges inside you, and although the characters have few redeeming qualities you still care deeply for them. The tension in the dialogue is palpable throughout, and topics such as family, forgiveness, drug abuse, homosexuality and paedophilia are handled with a soft and insightful touch. It is clear, after a parade of so many bombs, that Australian cinema still has plenty to offer. [Xavier Toby] OUT ON OCTOBER 23

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WITHNAIL AND I: 20 YEARS ON

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Are there really too many rappers and not enough beats, as Edinburghbased Sweet E and ODC claim? The brother and sister partnership have been making music for nigh on ten years. Early influences came from their mother, and her love for the soulful sounds of Marvin Gaye and gospel music. As Sweet E sees it, “Music as we know it comes from church; from Africa through slavery and interpreted over centuries to what we have today – it is the very essence of music.” While studying in the USA, Sweet E supported Naughty By Nature, The Roots and MC Solaar. A stint in London paid off, and soon she and ODC were securing support slots with artists like Roots Manuva and Skinnyman. Did they find it difficult to enter the hip hop scene with Scottish accents in a largely Americanized genre? “It depends where you’re from,” replies Sweet E. “People get used to the accent. We have been all over the UK dropping tracks, and with the Scots accents our music is unique and eclectic – almost like watching River City for the first time! We try to help out with our immediate community, hoping that this can spark off a chain reaction to help the next person, and the next. We aren’t materialistic in our determination for success, but at the same time we do want to be rewarded for what we do.” That may not be far away; rumour has it that Mos Def’s manager has been taking an interest. Intelligence and strong will make Sweet E and ODC major contenders to break Scottish hip-hop abroad and elsewhere in the UK.

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EDINBURGH East Coast Aesthetics: Penpushers, Swingingman Records,

Hailing from the hotbed of hip hop talent that is LA’s Bay Area, Souls of Mischief are set to bring their West coast style to Edinburgh next month. Comprising of old school friends A-Plus, Opio, Phesto and Tajai, the Souls of Mischief have an impressive discography behind them, including classic debut album ‘93 Till Infinity’, impressive follow up ‘No Mans Land’, and successful releases with their wider collective Hieroglyphics, such as ‘Third Eye Vision’. Their uncompromising style has won them many fans in the industry and this is reflected in the list of collaborators and tour partners, including A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Common, The Roots and KRSONE. Their sound is characterised by lyrical depth and dexterity combined with consistently solid production and turntable skills. A must see gig for anyone who prefers their hip hop to avoid the blatant capitalism of the current trend. [Peter Walker] 7PM -10 PM, £10. WWW.THECABARETVOLTAIRE.COM

With a superstar line-up on a Saturday night at Cabaret Voltaire it was always going to be a tight and sweaty affair, and although there was a little rain, the venue was still full by 1am. Fellow Frenchman Romain warmed things up in the main room with some more subdued mixes that kept the crowd moving, without tiring them out for the main event. Dimitri started early and had the music savvy flocking towards the decks. When the Unabombers kicked off with their trademark Hip-Hop cut-ups in the backroom a little later there was temporary confusion; people were torn between the two quality acts – decisions, decisions! Top marks to Bacardi for some colourful decorations which added an extra dimension to the ‘Cab. [Dorian Williams]

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LOST IN A DARK PLACE - OCTOBER RELEASES

t’s hard to think of a film that has had a more significant impact on the collective imagination of a generation of young British viewers than ‘Withnail and I’. Earlier films about youthful freedom and insecurity, like ‘People on a Sunday’, ‘Rebel Without a Cause’, or ‘Un Bout de Souffle’, were all produced, and most influential, in other countries. Quite apart from the incalculable British-ness of ‘Withnail and I’, this month sees the release of the film’s commemorative 20th anniversary edition: read Caroline Hurley’s excellent re-review on the facing page to reminisce. I’d also like to draw readers’ attention to our online DVD pages, where we have reviews of several recent J-movie releases. These range from the latest instalment of the successful ‘Eye’ series, ‘Infinity’, to Takashi Shimizu’s ‘Marebito’ and the extraordinary collection of shorts ‘Three Extremes’. Featuring a truly stellar line up of directors - Fruit Chan, Park Chan-Wook, Takeshi Miike – ‘Three Extremes’ caused a considerable stir when it arrived in the Skinny office, being snapped up in no time. Until next month... R.J.

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Finally, a DVD release has been granted to ‘Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place’ (Oct 16), one of the most under-appreciated comedies of recent times. The show gained a cult following w hen it wa s o ri g i na l ly a i red i n 2 0 0 4 , b ut disappeared after one series. Since then the cast have popped up in various British comedy shows: none, however, to surpass this masterpiece. For those unlucky enough to miss it first time round, Dark Place is basically a spoof of 80s horror shows like Tales from the Crypt, and the comedy comes from the shoddy special effects, hammy acting and ludicrous story lines that are parodied so brilliantly. As Garth Marenghi makes clear, though, the show contains material which some may find: “too subversive, too dangerous, too damn scary.” Readers have been warned. In comparison, the universally lauded ‘Best TV Show of All Time’ just keeps on going - here with ‘The Simpsons Complete Season 8’ (Oct 2). The infuriating delay in getting them onto DVD means this is only the eighth series, but with 25 episodes to choose from there’s more than enough here to keep you laughing. Classics include the episode in which Frank Grimes becomes jealous of Homer, the one where Homer suspects Bart of being gay, and the time Homer

ISIS – CLEARING THE EYE

‘Isis a cliff?’ ‘Yeh mate. Easy now.’ As momentum builds ahead of the forthcoming Isis LP ‘In the Absence of Truth’ this Halloween, ‘Clearing The Eye’ is an assured reminder of their “post-metal” meanderings. Featuring snippets of performances from legendary stateside venues, such as LA’s Troubadour and New York’s CBGBs, this is essentially a no-frills package without any great technical jiggery pokery. The tunes do all the talking, remarkable given that frontman Aaron Turner rarely even sings. Scaling five years of performance, from the slow-burning majesty of Celestial to the controlled pathos of the self explanatory Collapse and Crush, Isis deliver a template comparable to (though substantially heavier than) Mogwai - and have been around for

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What’s that coming over the hill?

hallucinates after eating the world’s hottest chilli. You’ve probably seen most of them before, but if you’re not going to take the risk of the above DVD, then for comedy consistency this is your bet. The Gallaghers return for a third season proving it’s still grim, and funny, up North. Some episodes are starting to feel a little bit laboured and lacking in inspiration, but a few instalments of ‘Shameless Season 3’ (Oct 16) retain the wit and banter that made the first series such a hit. And the whole collection is worth it just for the episode in which Frank is unable to get drunk, and the glorious Technicolor explosion when he finally achieves inebriation. People tend to either love or hate Channel 4’s ludicrous desert island drama, and for all the obsessives out there you can finally buy the ‘Lost Complete Season 2’ (Oct 2). By this point the stranded cast, still surprisingly clean shaven

Unfortunately, visually, apart from the bonus promo video for In Fiction, there’s little of note going on here but a group of guys throwing it down. Maybe one of their mates just happened to bring a camcorder along for the ride. [Dave Kerr] OUT NOW.

Another love or hate affair here, as the surreal comedy series from the creators of Smack the Pony returns for the tricky second series. ‘Green Wing Season 2’ (Oct 2) features all the popular quirks of the first series: speed up/slow down effects, irrelevant sketches, and a lack of any grasp on reality. With the wealth of comedy actors and writers on this show it’s a wonder why it falls so short of the mark, but clearly Green Wing is doing something right if it gets a second series and Dark Place doesn’t. (Peter Walker)

FREE: FREE FOREVER

MUSIC DVDS

Forever Free is the most complete collection of live performances from the four-year career of a group whose legacy is becoming more and more evident in the current swathe of bluestinged bands. The DVD makes no real attempt at narrative, and there’s no explanation as to why these guys went from being briefly the biggest band in the UK to a Wrigley’s advert. Yet their onstage charisma comes through loud and clear, both in the studio performances and the Isle Of Wight footage, helping to explain how this unpretentious blues-rock outfit broke box office records previously held by Led Zep. The inclusion of recent interviews is a dubious choice: the fake tan and few insights only serve to highlight that the absent Kosoff was really the only enigma in the Free story. Several songs occur more than once, but this too is a testament to how suddenly Free rose and fell; we tend think they’re all right now, but they were great back then. [Caroline Hurley]

Oct 2

OUT NOW almost as long. Although perhaps more directly attuned to the furrow ploughed by the likes of part-time collaborators Neurosis (see our Red Sparowes feature in Sounds this issue) and touring buddies Mastodon, theirs is still an elusive niche which feels heretofore unchartered by many, if anybody else.

and attractive, are settled in and venturing further into the island. Here they begin to stumble upon other groups of survivors and the mysterious bunker. The hardcore faithful will probably already have bought this DVD, and the sane amongst us will steer well clear, but if you’ve got a spare £30 and a free weekend you could do a lot worse. At least you won’t have to wait a week after every pointlessly exasperating cliff-hanger.

Oct 1

Pink Floyd, Early Years (inset) Black Crowes, Who Killed That Bird In your Window Sill?

Oct 9

InMe, White Butterfly Caught Live

Oct 30

Tupac, Complete Live Performances

THE WICKER MAN ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

Last month’s release of the Wicker Man Special Edition, while not a music dvd in itself, featured the famous original soundtrack - a combination of t ra d it io na l S cot t i s h fo l k va riat io n s a nd atmospheric ‘occasional pieces’ - as part of the set. Particularly noteworthy because the original tapes were thought lost, or even destroyed, for many years, the Wicker Man is also one of the finest soundtracks yet written. Paul Giovanni, its composer, ensured its musical ‘vision’ was appropriately ambitious for the themes of belief, life, death, and sex that pervade the Wicker Man, and Magnet’s renditions remain steeped in the remote exoticism and menace of the film itself. Perhaps too ‘heavy’ for a traditional start to finish listen, splice these tunes into a mix next time you’re on a road trip Up North, and experience the sinister mysticism of one of our most recent and chilling fairytales. (RJ Thomson)

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FAT MESS CO-FOUNDER AND FORMER DOGMA RESIDENT IBRAHIM PLAYS A DIVERSE MIXED BAG OF PUNKED UP ELECTRO, BREAKS AND TECHNO AT SPLIT - HERE HE INDULGES HIS NEW TASTE FOR BALTIMORE BEATS WITH A DJ CHART THAT IS A HOMAGE TO THE HOLLERTRONIX LABEL. CHECK IBRAHIM’S BAND AT WWW.MYSPACE.COM/DOUBLEHELIXONLINE. 1. Tittsworth - Eye Whips Pussy (Vicious Pop) B-More with old-skool flavour, sampling John Witherspoon’s crazy Dad from ghetto weed fable ‘Friday.’

picking up hookers. Roxy Music were way more rock than the limp -wristed metal gods of the 80s; Ferry’s a playa. Dig the pseudo-Jamaican vocal inflections.

2. Spank Rock - Top Billin’ From Far Left (Big Dada) T h e b e s t DJ c u t f ro m t h e m a r v e l l o u s ‘ YoYoYoYoYo’. Spank Rocked it at the ‘Cab in August. Will be amazing until his: “dick turns racist,” whatever that means!

7. M.I.A. - Bucky Done Gun (XL) Another tune that slides nicely in alongside B-More, a cracking electro-punk shout-fest that probably annoys the hell out of you. Anthemic.

3. Wiley - What Do You Call It? (XL) Newly signed to Big Dada, is the captain of the good ship Roll Deep. What do we call it? Eskimo, mate. 4 . J o aki m - Tee n a g e K i s s (Kitsune) Stonking sped - up disco weirdness from Joakim. Oddly, fits well with grime and B-More shit. Lolita-esque, with a big Squarepusher finish. 5. Three 6 Mafia - Stay Fly (Sony) / Squarepusher - My Red Hot Car (Rephlex) Technically cheating as it’s two tunes. Dying to become a bootleg. Mix the accapella over the squelchy bits. 6. Bryan Ferry - Love Is The Drug (Virgin) The best tune ever writ ten a b o u t m e a t m a r ket s a n d

8. Missy Elliott vs. The Clash Casbah (Hollertronix Bootleg) (Money Studies) Recently re-released, this hard to find bootleg of Missy over the top of a Rock The Casbah i s a we e g e m , eve n tota l lamebrains can get behind something as funky as this. 9. DJ Format - I’m Good (Format Remix) (Genuine / PIAS) Format ’s own remix of the b es t t u ne f ro m h i s l a s t L P sounds wicked pitched up to 8. Abdominal’s laugh-out-loud lyrics are even more impressive at full whack. 10. Di plo - News fla s h ( B i g Dada) From 2004’s ‘Florida’ this is a brilliant tune, Aphex- esque mellowness but with ragga vocals, and with a mad bit of what sounds like Japanese at the end. Quality weirdness.

DR. OCTAGON

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THE RETURN OF DR. OCTAGON

On ‘Octagonecologyst’, Kool Keith threw the rap rulebook away, dropping rhymes about proctology, serial murder and biochemistry over Automator beats. Ten years on, ‘The Return...’ has a big rep to live up to. German production duo One Watt Sun more than measure up, and the first half of the album is inspired. The feverish electro of Ants has Keith comparing cities to hives over DJ Dexter’s awesome scratching. The bizarre pseudo-ska of Aliens is a romp; Trees is a heavy, digi-funk anthem to shame George Clinton. The second half - largely made up of comedy-voiced slow funk and rhythm and blues, is frankly worrying, but in the best way. It will take a few listens to get your head around A Gorilla Driving A Pickup Truck, but it’s worth it. A 20-year veteran, Kool Keith has nothing to prove, but it’s reassuring to know he is still raising a middle finger to the cloned rank and file of hip-hop mediocrity. [Bram Gieben] OUT NOW. WWW.THERETURNOFDROCTAGON.COM WWW.THERETURNOFDROCTAGON.COM

JUNIOR BOYS SO THIS IS GOODBYE (Domino Records)

A few listens round the office have encouraged comments like a modern-day Ultravox to be bandied about in connection with the Junior Boys (aka Jeremy Greenspan and Matt Didemus), and it’s difficult not to agree. This album has dug, clawed, and buried its way into the brain. From the minimal and lo-fi beginnings of Double Shadow with its complex thatching of beats and violin-esque synths (belied by the simplicity of the track), hints of R&B mingling with electronica and chilled house emerge to flavour the rest of the album. Darker Gary Numan hues are etched across First Time, and the vocals emerge as an alto choirboy gone slightly wrong, while Like a Child steers the album towards more recognisable RnB terrain, but with an airy purity about it. Frank Sinatra even gets a reworking on When No One Cares, but to say its unrecognisable is an understatement, as it leans closer to Swedish pop-meisters Magnet. Rather than an evolution, the addictive ‘So This Is Goodbye’ reaches back into 80s electronica and drags it up to date, adding progressive modern touches. [Alex Burden] OUT NOW.

SILICONE SOUL SAVE OUR SOULS (Soma)

The new album from Soma’s Silicone Soul sees the Glaswegian duo develop their ethereal brand of progressive house into an even more introspective and mellow form, generally more suitable for a post-club chill-out than a packed floor. There are fine exceptions, such as Bad Machine’s upbeat machine funk, but Silicone Soul excel at mythical rhythmic soundscapes, as on Do Some Good’s washing synths and hallucinogenic voice samples. A house record on which live instrumentation strengthens rather than dilutes, the ethereal understated grooves make for a fine and equally psychedelic alternative to the popular ketamine house sound. ‘Save Our Souls’ suffers from the occasional ill-placed vocal, as on The Stars Become The Sun, but is always saved by that liquid and distinctly Somatic production. Though not as instantly accessible as its predecessor ‘Staring into Space’, it’s a groovy, hypnotic and pleasantly organic record. Perfect for that 4am playlist. [Calum Rodger] OUT NOW.

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SINGLES/EPS ALL Y’ALL (REMIX)

Riffing on familiar themes of struggle and survival in a gruff American accent, Hydro can hold his own against gangstas like Noreaga, whom he has been working with in the Bronx, but has nothing to distinguish him from a multitude of other gangsta rappers. Although Hydro is repping Scotland, this tune has nothing Scottish about it. Hydro has heaps of talent and ‘realness’, but the way he employs it is questionable. Granted, many other Scottish acts don’t have the accent, but most manage to be part of a Scottish musical scene, not imitations of an American sound and culture. Workmanlike and uninspiring. [Omar Kudos] OUT OCTOBER 3 WWW.UNDERDOGENTERTAINMENT.COM/ARTISTS.PHP

MARTINEZ

SUNSHINE STALKER EP (Darkroom Dubs)

Swedish-born Martinez first made his mark on the electro scene back in 2003, and has since developed a respected following, debuting his first long player to much critical acclaim, thus enabling his talents as both DJ and promoter to reach a wider audience. Having premiered both tracks on the Sunshine Stalker EP to a great reception at the Sonar Festival, it’s now time to unleash these tunes to the wider public. Both tracks are perfect slices of electro-house, with a twinkly, spacey, cosmic vibe. Ideal for chilling out to after a heavy night’s partying, and full of various twists and turns that will no doubt appeal to a variety of electronic music lovers. Martinez is certainly one to look out for in the future; as with every atmospheric release his sound veers towards an edgier and more experimental side of house music, a style we’ve typically come to expect from label bosses Silicone Soul. [Karen Taggart]

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by Alec McLeod

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by Alec McLeod

irst off, a mention of the Secret Policeman’s Ball revival to be held at the Royal Albert Hall on the 14th. Including such dignitaries as Eddie Izzard, The Boosh, and Chevy Chase (!) it looks set to be a great night. The reason for it being in the Edinburgh Film News? Well, the whole event is going to be ‘cine-cast’ live to the Cameo, so you can see the entire show unedited and uncensored, before the rest of us plebs get to see an abridged version on telly. Tickets are £12 (£10 to Amnesty members) and all proceeds go to helping those facing unfair imprisonment around the world.

Another good cause hitting Edinburgh’s screens is Africa in Motion, a brand new festival aiming to bring attention to Africa’s illustrious cinema history, most of which has been overlooked for decades. Showing a selection of films, of which some have only one print still in existence, by directors such as Ousmane Sembene and Youssef Chahine, it is a rare chance to see the cinematic highlights of an entire continent. If you usually choose your films by the director, perhaps you should consider not having heard of the above filmmakers as the very reason for going. The festival runs from the 20th to the 29th, and more information is at www.africa-in-motion.org.uk. Possibly not as culturally worthy, but just as fun, is the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival. Not so much a series of films starring mountains (enter Marlon Brando joke here), this festival is more concerned with people jumping, sliding or rolling off them as fast or furiously

J Africa in motion as possible (enter Maria Schneider joke here). Featuring films, lectures and masterclasses by adventure professionals, it should interest all those involved in the outdoors, and with open entry film and photography competitions, it could provide inspiration for camera-holders who want to contribute to next year’s. However, if you thought Mountain Culture was a brand of goat’s cheese, you may want to stay indoors. It’s on during the weekend starting Friday 20th, with a weekend ticket to all films and lectures costing £38. For a full description of prices and events, SEE WWW.EDINBURGHMOUNTAINFF.COM.

ust as Edinburgh is preparing for its Mountain Film Festival (see Edinburgh Film News), it seems Glasgow has attempted the classic “rock, paper, scissors” move by presenting the 1st Glasgow International Bike Festival. Running (or is that pedalling?) from the 4th to the 12th of this month, highlights include another chance to see the gripping account of the 2004 Tour de France from the perspective of Ivan Basso’s CSC team ‘Overcoming’, and the screening of ‘Manifesto’, starring Ryan Leech, will be followed by a Q&A with the biker himself. Check out www. singletrackworld.com for details. Sometimes it feels that as soon as one festival ends, another begins. Well in the case of this month it’s true. No sooner will the Bike festival have finished inaugurating itself, than we will see the return of a welcome regular. Document, the International Human

Rights Documentary Festival, is now in its fourth instalment and from the 12th until the 16th it will be showing another collection of uncompromising films intended to bring a better understanding of human rights issues. Full listings should be available at www. docfilmfest.org.uk by the time you read this. Finally, just when you thought the huge publicity wheels of ‘The Da Vinci Code’ had finally been cracked, the Burrell Collection will be exhibiting the work of Michelle Ong, whose jewellery made for Carnet includes the pieces used in the film adaptation of the massive merchandising machine. Of course, pieces such as the Fleur de Lys Cross Key and the Opus Dei are but one small aspect of Ong’s work, which is seen to be some of the most important jewellery of our time, but this first opportunity to see them will probably be a fine way of justifying having spent your money on that duff movie. The exhibition starts on the 28th October, finishing on the 10th December, and admission is free.

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FILM Let Them Eat Popcorn

by Alec Mcleod

hose with a keen ear for beats, in all their many shapes and sizes, are almost certain to own a DJ Kicks outing. Now in its tenth year, the series easily stands out in a market saturated with DJ mixes that serve merely as marketing tools to sell an image or lifestyle, rather than being the result of a genuine passion for music.

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What I do know is that so far her films have been technically mature, and throw up for debate the question of whether today’s men have been brought up to be capable of any

From the outset, Berlin-based label K7 took a different approach, aiming to take the vibrant sound of the dancefloor into the listener’s home; they viewed DJ sets as a bona fide cultural art form, with those invited to contribute given full artistic freedom. The resulting 26 mixes have taken in a wide range of styles and artists, from the abstract turntablism of DJ Cam to Playgroup’s punk-disco, Thievery Corporation’s late night moods to Tiga’s electro-clash turn. The series’ versatility is illustrated once more on the forthcoming contribution from German producer, Henrik Schwarz. Though primarily known for his house productions, particularly the freeform tech-jazz jam, Leave My Head Alone Brain; his mix takes in varied artists such as James Brown, Drexciya, Pharoah Sanders, Womack & Womack and Rhythm & Sound.

Future plans? He’s been working on an album, it’s a slow process though, largely the result of running his own graphic design company. Alongside his production and live work. However, despite such a busy life, he prefers the slow approach: “I want to know what I can do if I take a little more time for music. I want to follow a proper path, utilise different styles… combine electronics with truly skilled musicianship.” DJ KICKS : HENRIK SCHWARZ IS TO BE RELEASED ON OCTOBER 23 ON K7. 5 COPIES OF THE ALBUM, AND 5 DJ KICKS T-SHIRTS TO BE WON - GO ONLINE FOR DETAILS ! WWW.K7.COM, WWW.SUNDAY- MUSIC.COM

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A fan of the series, he felt honoured to be asked. While working for the label, he’d gained an understanding of how they themselves worked and respected their methods: “With K7, it’s the artists that come first. The label simply absorbs and reflects what they have to offer.”

Fortunately they saw the funny side after “a bad dose of hairpiece” was misheard. kind of responsibility, which as a young Oscarwinning director with three films under her belt, Sofia is in a perfect position to ask, and the story of Marie Antoinette is a classic example. Not only blamed for their initial lack of children (a medical fault of Louis’), Marie was feared as an Austrian spy and so was denied access to matters of state. Given the

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job of providing entertainment for the court instead, she took the job to heart, learning stagecraft, improving her talent for music and then getting blamed for opulence when it was clear that Louis’ wars were going to bankrupt the country. Charged with starting a revolution, maybe Marie Antoinette’s case for the defence has just got under way.

JACKIE CAN STILL BOUNCE OFF WALLS WITH THE BEST OF THEM.

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fter entertaining us for years with highoctane, action /comedy Hollywood movies, martial-arts guru Jackie Chan has now decided to return to China and his roots. Exactly why is still unclear but speculation suggests that the stuntman extraordinaire was frustrated at the limited roles available to Asian actors in mainstream Hollywood. Other rumours cited the lack of control Chan was given on various projects and that he has therefore returned east in order to have more jurisdiction over how midriffs are kicked and necks are chopped. His return sees the imminent release of the latest in his ‘Police Story’ series which, despite being made 20 years after the original, shows that Jackie can still bounce off walls with the best of them. The latest edition, creatively titled ‘New Police Story’, is a bold move for Chan as it takes an entirely new direction with a darker, more series approach and, Gasp!, some real acting. Taking a departure from his usual happygo-lucky staple character, our favourite black-belt plays down and out alcoholic cop Wing who, after losing his whole team, has alienated himself and (as clichés abound) is pulled back into action by the upand-coming wisecracking cop, Cheung (Tse), to rid the forces of evil. Love him or hate him, you have to credit Chan’s gung-ho approach to moviemaking where he jumps through ladders and hangs from buses without a hint of blue-screen. However, fans should prepare themselves for a different kind of movie to the usual high-jinks antics the likeable ninja provides. Will we see some innovative yet story-necessary action? Indeed. Will we see guns, flicks and some nifty kicks? Of course. But will we see some crying and Chan being sick with whisky in an alleyway? Actually, yes. Certainly not a typical Chan effort but make no mistake, he is most definitely still kicking.

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play out there are always samples and references to other peoples’ music, mostly early funk and jazz stuff,” he explains. “I try to include these to show where I’m coming from.”

“The basic idea was to select a few of the tracks that have inspired me over the years”, he explains. “I wanted to approach the mix in a similar way to my live sets, tweaking the various elements to create something you can dance to.” A graphic designer by trade, Henrik first became involved with K7 while re-designing their website. Determined to keep his music career separate, he neglected to mention it in meetings. However, the label’s A&R brought up the subject, eventually inviting him to produce a DJ Kicks.

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“I PUT THE MIX TOGETHER THROUGH FEELING WHAT TRACKS SEEMED RIGHT TOGETHER. I WAS LOOKING FOR SPONTANEITY... A SPECIAL MOMENT.”

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rom her birth in 1775, young Maria Antonia could easily have been voted by her peers as “Girl Most Likely to Succeed”. The favourite child of the Empress of Austria and the Holy Roman Emperor, she was married off at 15 by her matchmaker mother to the heir to the French throne, the most powerful on the continent. Unfortunately young Louis had not been properly trained for his job – it was his elder brother, who had since died, who was given the appropriate education – but that didn’t stop the French court blaming their new fun-loving Austrian queen for all their country’s problems. A tragic tale of a innocent young girl unable to achieve her potential at the hands of an ineffectual young idiot male, this seems to fit the themes of director Sofia Coppola’s previous films very well. An intellectual psychologist type might speculate whether this has anything to do with some Electra-like disappointment at the inability of men her own age to match her expectations, what with her dad being Francis ‘The Godfather’ Coppola, who indulged her as a young teenager to the point of making a film co-written by her, starring her, which declared that pre-pubescent girls are old enough to order room service and throw parties by themselves. Of course, as an ineffectual young idiot male, my comment on the truth of this theory goes as far as, “Er…I don’t know.”

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CHARGED WITH STARTING A REVOLUTION, MAYBE MARIE ANTOINETTE’S CASE FOR THE DEFENCE HAS JUST GOT UNDER WAY.

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Starting out with a hefty list of 250 tracks, a combination of the licensing and mixing processes helped him reduce this to 23. Despite the slow responses from many major labels, he was pleasantly surprised to get permission to use productions from Marvin Gaye, D’Angelo and Arthur Russell. “I put the mix together through feeling what tracks seemed right together”, he says, “I was looking for spontaneity, a special moment, similar to when you mix records or CDs. From five mixes, I created a final version by combining sections of each.” K7 respected his final choice, although there are plans for an alternate version, which will be made available to purchasers of the album in an online capacity. “On the original version, I wanted to show a lot of respect for the tracks. The alternate mix is going to be more about my own take on them.” Schwarz has considered taking the mix out live, though it’s more likely he’ll take snippets of the tracks and drop them into his laptop-driven sets. “When I

Squarepusher – The Man Machine

HIS CORRUPTIONS OF THE CONVENTIONS OF GENRE ECHO HIS DESIRE TO REARRANGE THE THOUGHT PROCESSES OF HIS LISTENERS

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here used to be a weird kid at my school who claimed that he’d invented a time machine. Obviously he hadn’t, but part of me really wanted to believe that he had. For some reason, thinking of that strange, socially isolated adolescent puts me in mind of Tom Jenkinson (aka Squarepusher) except if Jenkinson told me he’d created a time machine, I’d believe him. There has always been something endearingly peculiar about Jenkinson, a genuine eccentricity that has allowed him to disassociate himself from any sense that his persona is a contrivance. Whereas label-mate and personal friend Richard D. James (aka Aphex Twin) is willing to gurn for the camera and portray himself as a nightmarish freak, Jenkinson’s obsession with his music has led to a self-imposed isolation (he cancelled appearances at this year’s Reading and Leeds festivals to work on his new album), with the artist only occasionally breaking cover to ridicule our ‘moronic cultural environment’ or discuss the role of music as a tool for challenging the complacency of middle class existence. So far, so political – yet the trajectory of Jenkinson’s subversions are difficult to plot. As a bass guitar savant who turned his hand to electronic music in the midnineties, his corruptions of the conventions

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of genre echoed his desire to rearrange the thought processes of his listeners: to attack comfort and complacency and invite radical thoughts and responses. We hear it even in his earliest work, this strange talent to open the door to new sounds and experiences, and show us the delights that lie within – only to help us on our way with a violent boot to the backside. A triumph of eclecticism, 1996’s ‘Feed Me Weird Things’ must also rank as one of the most sublime debuts of all time; with its insanely ambitious intersection of alien atmospheres, jazz, funk, jungle and acid – all held together with a redoubtable pop sensibility. In the years since this release Jenkinson has blazed an audacious and often baffling trail, his effulgent wit manifesting variously as tongue-in-cheek lairiness or absurd fauxconceptual gestures (2004’s ‘Ultravisitor’ studio album was overdubbed with the sound of crowds cheering in order to create a veneer of “cool”, in order to make “stupid people buy it”). The only constant in this sea of churning ideas has been the steady evolution of Jenkinson’s own technical brilliance – his incomparable bass playing has rendered his style literally inimitable, whilst recent output has featured dazzling work on both guitar and drums.

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Despite these gifts, Jenkinson also possesses remarkable humility, claiming that “a human operator brings as much about the machine to light as he does about himself.” Listening to his records with this in mind, albums such as 2001’s ‘Go Plastic’ become fascinating artefacts of the human desire to defeat our own limited corporeal nature through rhythmical symbiosis with machines; the artist pushing and punishing musical forms until they are eventually mutating too fast for our brains to process. And so to the new album. Whereas ‘Ultravisitor’ was described by the artist as “my spectacle of beauty and of terror,” ‘Hello Everything’ finds the good ship Squarepusher triumphantly breaking free of that dark, claustrophobic nebula and blasting off into altogether more pleasant climes. This album finds Jenkinson at his vivacious best, with breezy album opener Hello Meow setting the mood with its squelching bassline and chiming glockenspiel melody. Album highlight Planetarium epitomises

Jenkinson’s new direction, shunning the trend for overprogrammed beats and instead bringing tremulous, oscillating synths and orchestral swathes of melody to the fore in order to evoke the infinite possibilities that lie in the unexplored vastness of the heavens. It should come as no surprise to fans of Squarepusher that the album’s greatest achievement is a traditional instrumental composition: Circlewave 2 combines delicate fingerpicked guitar, loose, jazzy drumming and gorgeous bass runs to sublime effect. Expansive, emotive and heartbreakingly beautiful, it’s one of the best things I’ve heard all year in any genre. Squarepusher may need machines to go boldly where no one has gone before, but it’s still definitely a human who’s working the controls. ‘HELLO EVERYTHING’ IS RELEASED ON OCTOBER 13. WWW.WARPRECORDS.COM

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FILM

Red Road

by Keir Hind

Glasgows nosy neighbours hard at work

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ed Road, geographically, is in the North of Glasgow, and is not the sort of place you want to be late at night. ‘Red Road’ the film is set in and around there, and won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes. Written and directed by Andrea Arnold, it follows Jackie (Dickie), whose job is monitoring CCTV cameras all over Glasgow. One day, she sees a man called Clyde (Curran) whom she thought was still in jail. She starts to spy on him with the cameras, but then begins entering into his life, with what Clyde act ua l ly d id only gradually being revea le d a nd Kat e’s actions, which seem bizarre at times, eventually becoming clear.

the end. It’s been made as part of an intriguing Lars von Trier initiated scheme called “The Advance Party”, whereby certain characters have to be incorporated into different films set in Scotland. This is the first, and if it’s successful then we’ll be seeing more of these characters. That aside, this film uses the main characters, Jackie and Clyde, superbly. There are some excellent s e q u e n c e s t o o, such as when Jack ie fol lows Clyde for the first t i m e , v i r t u a l ly a silent f ilm, or the extremely realistic pub fight, far different from Hollywood bar brawls. The film unfolds quietly and at its own pace, which may be too slow for some. But stick with it, because ‘Red Road’ definitely goes somewhere.

A BRILLIANTLY ACTED SLOW-BURNER THAT IS COMPELLING TO THE END.

This is Andrea Arnold’s debut feature, but she has experience: she won the best Short f ilm Oscar in 2005, made a couple of shorts before that, and before that was even a kids TV presenter (on Number 73, if you remember it). This may explain why ‘Red Road’ is such an assured film, a brilliantly acted slow-burner that is compelling to

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THE HISTORY BOYS Adapted by Alan Bennett from his own hugely successful stage play, ‘The History Boys’ follows a group of students in their final year of school trying to get into the Oxbridge colleges. They’re aided by supportive teachers Hector (Griffiths) and the young new recruit Irwin (Moore) but hindered by their own doubts and fears about their abilities, not to mention personal struggles with things like class and sexuality. Then of course there are Hector’s potentially unhealthy advances, not something that bothers the boys so much as the authorities. ‘The History Boys’ is a warm, witty and poignant drama about the

value of education that also happens to be full of some uproarious laughs and wonderful performances. Some of the boys are stronger than others, with one or two maybe still thinking they’re on stage, although Barnett stands out as the tormented Posner. Griffiths though, is just spellbinding in a heartbreaking portrayal of a man who lives to share his knowledge. Having already won every award going in theatre land, he’ll be very unlucky if he doesn’t end up with an Oscar nomination. Yes, it’s a bit gay, but it’s also a bit brilliant. Pass it on. [Paul Greenwood]

DIR : NICHOLAS HYTNER STARS : RICHARD GRIFFITHS, STEPHEN CAMPBELL MOORE, SAMUEL BARNETT, DOMINIC COOPER, FRANCES DE LA TOUR RELEASE DATE : OCTOBER 13TH, CERT : 15

THE GREAT ECSTASY OF ROBERT CARMICHAEL Robert Carmichael (Spencer) is a clever and talented student, but he’s sullen and withdrawn and prone to sudden bursts of rage. He’s taken to hanging around with a dodgy crowd and, as they skulk through the streets of their rundown seaside town, their activities eventually escalate to shocking levels of violence. ‘The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael’ is possibly the most morally bankrupt film I’ve ever seen, taking the most disturbing elements of ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and ‘American Psycho’ and removing all the comedy and satire, until all that’s left is a putrid hole, with Clay’s position seeming to

be that Blair’s Britain is rotten to the core. Vile and morally irredeemable it may be, but there can be no denying the technical brilliance with which it’s made, nor the gut wrenching impact it has. One truly exceptional unbroken sequence sees the camera glide slowly round a room as people sit around or take drugs, while the DJ’s music isn’t quite loud enough to drown out the screams of the girl being raped in the next room. I certainly didn’t enjoy it and I never want to see it again for the rest of my movie watching days, but I left the cinema shaking and I don’t think I’ll ever forget it. [Paul Greenwood]

BROTHERS OF THE HEAD TAIS-TOI!

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DIR : FRANCIS VEBER STARS : GÉRARD DEPARDIEU, JEAN RENO RELEASE DATE : OCTOBER 13TH CERT : 12A

The winner of the prestigious Michael Powell award at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, ‘Brothers of the Head’ is a refreshingly inventive mockumentary, which dares to break away from audience expectations of a British comedy. Adapted from sci-fi writer Brian Aldiss’ 1977 novella, it tells the story of conjoined twins Tom and Barry Howe (real-life twins Harry and Luke Treadaway), and their unlikely rise to rock stardom in the seventies. Co-directors Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe (the men behind superb documentary ‘Lost in La Mancha’) cleverly play with genre and style throughout, mixing supposedly found footage and interviews with dramatic scenes. The combination of narrative creativity, technical flair and some great dialogue make for an altogether entertaining head trip. [Colan Mehaffey]

Three years old this film is, and for some reason it’s only now getting squeezed out onto our screens in the midst of gangsters and horrors and the return of Kevin Costner. Reno plays career criminal Ruby, forced to share a jail cell with the idiotic Quentin (Depardieu). When they manage to escape, they go on the run from the cops as well as the bad guys that are after Ruby, as lots of silly adventures ensue. Intermittently laugh out loud funny, but much too uneven and weakly plotted to really work or form a lasting impression, ‘Tais-Toi!’ is nevertheless a watchable diversion. It’s undeniably the draw of the two stars that you’ll be out to see and they’re clearly having a ball at throwing themselves into out and out farce - Depardieu as the clown, Reno as the doleful eyed (look out for the horse gag) straight man. [Paul Greenwood]

NEW POLICE STORY

STARTER FOR TEN DIR : TOM VAUGHAN STARS : JAMES MCAVOY, ALICE EVE, REBECCA HALL RELEASE DATE : OCTOBER 13TH CERT : 12A

DIR : B ENNY CHAN STARS : JACKIE CHAN, NICHOLAS TSE, CHARLIE YOUNG RELEASE DATE : OCTOBER 13TH CERT : 15

It ’s 198 5 , a n d B r i a n J a cks o n ( M cAvoy) i s navigating his way through his first year at Bristol University. His love of trivia sees him join the University Challenge team where he meets, and quickly falls for, fame-seeker Alice Harbinson (Alice Eve). But is she the right girl for him? What follows is a quirky romantic comedy about class, honour, and the difference between wisdom and (general) knowledge. As directed by Tom Vaughan, ‘Starter For Ten’ is a delightful, yet predictable rom-com about love amongst the categories. McAvoy’s performance brings fine lines to an otherwise fuzzy character and manages to keep the film going despite some looser plot details near the end. The film does finish before the buzzer, but only just. [Megan Garriock]

After a string of pedestrian Hollywood adventures, Jackie Chan returns for another instalment in the popular ‘Police Story’ series. This time, his burntout cop is on the trail of a gang of murderous computer game fanatics who are terrorising Hong Kong with a series of elaborate robberies. The problem with ‘New Police Story’ isn’t that the fifty-something Chan is too old for this sort of thing. As he demonstrates in a succession of scenes, the martial arts legend is more than capable of holding his own in a scrap, though inevitably he now shares the heroics with a much younger partner. No, what lets it down is its fearless dedication to cliché. Scenes of the good cop drowning his sorrows or the old ”red wire/green wire” conundrum make it feel as if the past twenty years never happened. Sure, there are a clutch of decent action scenes, but Chan is desperately in need of a few new ideas if he wants to continue making movies. [Matt McAllister]

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

AFRICA IN MOTION

DIR : DAVID FRANKEL STARS : MERYL STREEP, ANNE HATHAWAY, STANLEY TUCCI RELEASE DATE : OCTOBER 5TH CERT : PG

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Smart and ambitious Andrea (Hathaway) takes a job for one year as an assistant to Miranda Priestly (Streep), editor of the world’s hottest fashion magazine. Ending up as little more than a gopher and forced to put her life on hold for the sake of her job, Andrea has to decide whether her career is worth screwing over her friends for. Though not exactly riddled with laughs, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ is a pleasant enough rom-com where the good things just about outweigh the bad. Problem number one is buying the gorgeous Hathaway as dumpy - merely putting her in some bad jumpers just isn’t going to cut it. Problem number two is when the plot inevitably descends into the usual “be true to yourself” hooey that you saw coming a mile off. But ultimately, it’s rescued from adequacy by the absolutely majestic comic performance of Streep, clearly still the queen of Hollywood. [Paul Greenwood]

Running at the Edinburgh Filmhouse from the 20th until the 29th, the African Film Festival offers a wide ranging mix of the continent’s finest films, spanning the last six decades. If you can imagine Denzil from ‘Only Fools and Horses’ reciting poetry rap with a thin Forest Whitaker then you have a great visual for how ‘I Mike What I Like’ pans out. With occasionally welcome montages of a Metropolitan skyline, the pair of performers deliver an eclectic mix of fast-paced dialogue which, despite being creative and arty, will ultimately prove a tad yawn-inducing to the casual viewer. On the other hand, the opening night film, ‘Yeelen’, is a stunning adventure, filled with wonder and mysticism, as a young sorcerer journeys through 13th century Mali on the run from his vengeful father. Other highlights include a programme of lost African classics and the 1958 masterpiece, ‘Cairo Station’. [Stephen Carty]

DIR : THOMAS CLAY STARS : DANIEL S PENCER, LESLEY MANVILLE, DANNY DYER RELEASE DATE : OCTOBER 20 TH CERT : 18

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GLASGOW THEATRE Until 7 Oct, Spend a Penny, Original monolgues contributed by the likes of Liz Lochhead & James Kelman, 7.20pm, 7.50pm, 8pm (not Sunday), 1p (suggested donation £10) 19-20 Oct, Bellly of the Best Season: Droopy Met Hal, Part of Belly of the Beast season - first trialed at last year’s Arches Live! festival, 8.30pm (Thu), 7pm (Fri), £8/£5 19-21 Oct, Belly of the Beast Season: Bertrand’s Toys, Moscow “theatre of the cruel” company blackSkywhite return to Scotland after six years with a reworking of their dancehorror classic, 7pm (Thu, Sat), 8.30pm (Fri), £8/£5 25-26 Oct, Belly of the Beast Season: Hunger, A preview of the new solo show from the Arches’ Artist in Residence, Al Seed., 7pm, £8/£5 31 Oct - 5 Nov, The Importance of Being Alfred, A Glasgay! Production in association with the Arches; debut by Louise Welsh, following the later years of Lord Alfred Douglas, boy-lover of Oscar Wilde., 8pm, £9/£6

Citizen’s Theatre

Until Oct 14, Yellow Moon, Scottish playwright David Greig’s new play revolving around an introverted girl, Leila., 7.30pm. Mat 5 Nov 3pm, £12/£5/£3 3-21 Oct, Mary Stuart, NTS’s production of Friedrich Schiller’s major play focussing on the relationship between Mary Queen of Scots & Queen Elizabeth I., 7.30pm, Mats Sats at 3pm, Prices vary, contact venue for details 7-Oct, Hillbilly Goat’s Gruff, Kid’s production, featuring the voice of James Dreyfuss, 2.30pm, £7/£4 (£18 family ticket

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2-7 Oct, Kiss Me Kate, Presented by Theatre Guild, Cole Porter’s classic reworking of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, 7.30pm (Sat 3pm), Prices vary, contact venue for details 8-Oct, The Heretic’s Tale, The shocking story of 18th century heretic Elspeth Buchan, 4pm/8pm, £8/£6 11-14 Oct, Bugsy Malone, 1970s hit movie musical comes alive on stage, 7.30pm, £7/£5 18-21 Oct, One Hour Before Sunrise, Presented by Theatre Workshop, a passionate account of playwright Gazi Hussein’s experience of prison & torture., 7.30pm, £10/£6 22-Oct, To Glasgow with Love, Presented by Dance House, in partnership with Maryhill Integration Network, in celebration of Black History Month, 7.30pm, contact venue for details 31-Oct, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, A lively show for children 3 & up!, 10.30am/ 1.30pm, £30 per class

King’s Theatre

Until 7 Oct, Guys & Dolls, Direct from the West End, with Claire Sweeney & Ben Richards, 7.30pm, Mat Wed&Sat at 2.30pm, Prices vary, contact venue for details 9-14 Oct, Two, Elaine C Smith & Andy Gray, in Jim Cartwright’s play (see review), 7.30pm. Also Fri & Sat at 9pm, Prices vary, contact venue for

EDINBURGH THEATRE Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh

2-Oct, Borders Big Band, Come see the wonderous music of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellinton, Benny Goodman & other big band favourites, 7.30pm, £13/£10 3-Oct, FILM The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Screening of Ken Loach’s controversial film, 7.30pm, £5.50/£5(£5/£4.50) 4-Oct, Meet the Curve Foundation Dance Company, Meet the Curve Foundation Dance Company, resident dance company to the Brunton Theatre, 6.30pm, Free ticketed 5-Oct, Die Fledermaus, New production by Scottish Opera, 7.30pm, £12/£10 7-Oct, How to Steal a Diamond, Vox Motus in ass. With Tron Theatre take us on a multi-media journey of cut throat Glasgow schemes & South African diamond mines, 7.30pm, £10/£7/£6.50 12-14 Oct, Project Macbeth, National Theatre of Scotland brand new production, incorporating sound, video & visual art installation, 7.30pm, £10/£8/£6.50 16-17 Oct, The Man Who Planted Trees, New adaptation of Jean Giono’s well-loved tale, by Puppet State Theatre Company, 2pm, £6 (£22 family of 4) 17-Oct, Benny Gallagher, Renowned singer Benny Gallgher performs, 7.30pm, £14/£11.50 21-Oct, The Curve Foundation Dance Company, World premiere of work by Ross Cooper, 7.30pm, £10.50/£8/£6

The Arches 253 Argyle St 0870 240 7528 Citizens Theatre 119 Gorbals St 0141 429 0022 Gilmorehill G12 9 University Avenue 0141 330 5522

297 Bath St 0141 240 1111 Òran Mór Top of Byres Road 0141 357 6200 Pavilion Theatre 121 Renfield St 0141 332 1846 Ramshorn Theatre University of

details. 15-Oct, Drifters, 50 years of magical hits come back to life, 7.30pm, £17/£16/£15 17-21 Oct, Slava’s Snowshow, An unmistakeable unique, comic masterpiece, 7.30pm, Mat Wed&Sat at 2.30pm, Prices vary, contact venue for details. 23-28 Oct, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Winner of 6 Awards, including best New Musical at the 2002 Tony Awards., 7.30pm, Mat Wed&Sat at 2.30pm, Prices vary, contact venue for details. 29-Oct, Grumpy Old Women - Live!, Annette Badland, Rhona Cameron & Jenny Éclair in the stage version of the hit TV show, 7.30pm, £21.50/£15.50

Ramshorn Theatre, 9-14 Oct, Beyond

Therapy, Comic fiascos by American playwright Christopher Durang, 7.30pm. Mats Wed & Sat at 2.30pm, Mon-Tues £6/£3, Wed-Sat £9/£5

Oran Mor, 16-Oct, Shirley Collins:

America Over the Water, Shirley Collins presents a show based on her book America over the Water, 7.30pm (not Suns), contact venue for details

Theatre Royal

from 4 Oct, Der Rosenkavalier, 18th Century fairy story, not to be missed, 6.30pm (Sat 2.15pm), Prices vary, contact venue for details

10-14 Oct, Rikki & Me, Play revolving around the life of Rikki Fulton, 7.30pm, Mats Wed & Sat 2.30pm, Prices vary, contact venue for details 17-21 Oct, The History Boys, Alan Bennet’s triumph reaches the capital just after the film is released, 7.30pm, Mats Wed & Sat 2.30pm, Prices vary, contact venue for details 24-28 Oct, An Hour & a Half Late, Mel Smith in a rare stage appearance, 7.30pm, Mats Wed & Sat 2.30pm, Prices vary, contact venue for details 30 Oct - 4 Nov, Rebecca, Nigel Havers returns in the stage version of Daphne du Maurier’s epic novel, 7.30pm, Mats Wed & Sat 2.30pm, Prices vary, contact venue for details

Chicago The Musical, Jennifer Ellison in one of the most enduring musicals of our time, 8pm, Mats Wed & Sat 2.30pm, £28.50- £6.50

King’s Theatre, 3-7 Oct, Tutti Frutti, NTS

long-awaited production finally hits Edinburgh, 7.30pm, Mats Wed & Sat 2.30pm, Prices vary, contact venue for details

27 Oct - 18 Nov, Mary Stuart, NTS’s production of Friedrich Schiller’s major play focussing on the relationship between Mary Queen of Scots & Queen Elizabeth I., 7.45pm, Mats Wed & Sat 2.30pm, £24 - £10

Traverse Theatre

5-7 Oct, Kaahini, Scottish premiere of Maya Chowdry’s new play, with Red Ladder, 7.30pm, £12/£7/£4.50 (concs) 6-7 Oct, Droopy Met Hal, Exciting coproduction Scotland’s Dudendance & Germany’s Fabrik Potsdam., 8pm, £12/£7/£4.50 (concs) 12-14 Oct, Jason & the Argonauts, Award winning Visible Fictions – the hit of this year’s Bank of Scotland Children’s International Theatre Festival – present a brand new version of a classic tale, 7.30pm, £12/£7/£4.50 (concs) 14-Oct, deGENERATION, An evening of 3 works by choreographer Hofesh Shechte, 8pm, £12/£7/£4.50 (concs)

Royal Lyceum Theatre

Until 21 Oct, The Merchant of Venice, Mark Thompson’s production kicks off the Lyceum’s 2006-07 season (see review), 7.45pm, Mats Wed & Sat 2.30pm, £17.50 - £10

EDINBURGH THEATRES

Strathclyde Drama Centre, 98 Ingram St 0141 552 3489

Theatre Royal 282 Hope Street 0141 240 1133

Bedlam 11b Bristo Place 0131 225 9873

Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama (RSAMD) 10 Renfrew Street 0141 332 5057

Tramway 25 Albert Drive 0141 422 2023

Broughton Arts Centre St Mary’s Church, Broughton Place 07762 894240

email listings to: listings@skinnymag.co.uk

10-14 Oct, Something Wicked, Three sisters gather for their mother’s funeral, & secrets are unravelled, 8pm , £8/£6 12-28 Oct, The Tempest, Tron Theatre Company celebrates 25 years with Shakespeare’s mystical tale, 7.30pm, Thu 12 all tickets £6, Fri 13 £10 (£6), all other performances Tue – Thu £10 (£6) & Fri – Sat £14 (£7) 15-Oct, In Conversation with Alan Cumming, Part of the Tron’s 25th Anniversary celebrations, 7pm, £14/£10 17-21 Oct, Lazybed, New offering from exciting theatre company Rhymes with Purple, 8pm , £8/£6 22-Oct, In Conversation with Michael Boyd, Part of the Tron’s 25th Anniversary celebrations, 7pm, £14/£10 23-Oct, In Conversation with Johnny & Maureen Beattie, Part of the Tron’s 25th Anniversary celebrations, 7pm, £14/£10

in association with

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

SECC Finnieston Quay 0870 040 4000

Tron Theatre

6-7 Oct, To Come, UK Premier of Mette Ingvarsten’s group work, 8pm, £9/£5 12-14 Oct, Scottish Ballet, Scottish Ballet returns to the Tramway for the first time sicne 2003, 7.30pm, £12/£10/£6 20-21 Oct, Martha @ Tramway,

Edinburgh Playhouse, 10-21 Oct,

4-7 Oct, Zurich Ballet, Performance of one of the most respected ballet companies in Europe, 7.30pm, Contact venue for details 14-Oct, Grumpy Old Women Live, Annette Badland, Rhona Cameron & Jenny Éclair in the stage version of the hit TV show, 7.30pm, £21.50/£20 16-21 Oct, Joseph, Lloyd Webber’s hit musical is back, with H from Steps in the eponymous role, Times vary, contact venue for details, Prices vary, contact venue for details 25-27 Oct, Rambert, Rambert Dance Company return to Edinburgh, 7.30pm, Prices vary, contact venue for details 31 Oct - 11 Nov, Me & My Girl, The happpiest show in town!, 7.30pm, Mats Thu & Sat 2.30pm, Prices vary, contact venue for details

GLASGAY!2006, Created by Richard Move, this performance pays tribute to the legendary Martha Graham, American dancer & choreographer, 8pm, £10/£6 20-21 Oct, Otter Pie, A comic attempt at exploring the materialism of the “me generation”, 8.15pm, £4/£2

Tramway

23-Oct, Tribute to Stéphane Grappelli & his Gypsy Jazz, Return of Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis, 7.30pm, £13/£10.50 27-28 Oct, Mother Courage, Brecht’s masterpiece performed, 7.30pm, £10.50/£8/£6.50 30-Oct, Dòchas, The exciting Dòchas hail from the highlands & islands of Scotland, with their traditional song & dance performances, 7.30pm, £13/£10.50

GLASGOW THEATRES

The King’s Theatre

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19-21 Oct, Geeks, Greeks & Party Myths, Drawing on classical Greek tradition & typical teenage angst, this play details the aftermath of a party, 7.30pm, £5/£2/£3 26-28 Oct, Pumpkins, Candle Wax & a Cat O’Nine Tales II, Neil Packham’s sequel, back by popular demand., 7.30pm (Sat 7.30pm + 9.30pm), £5/£2/£3

in association with

Tron Theatre 63 Trongate 0141 552 4267

Brunton Theatre Ladywell Way, Musselburgh 0131 665 2240

Edinburgh Fest. Theatre 13/29 Nicolson Street 0131 529 6000

North Edinburgh Arts Centre 15a Pennywell Court 0131 315 2151

Edinburgh Playhouse 18-21 Greenside Pl 0870 606 3424

Roxy Art House 2 Roxburgh Place, 0871 750 0077

King’s Theatre 2 Leven St 0131 529 6000

Royal Lyceum 30b Grindlay St 0131 248 4848

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St Bride’s Centre 10, Orwell Terrace 0131 346 1405 Theatre Workshop 34, Hamilton Place 0131 226 5425 Traverse Theatre Cambridge St 0131 228 1404

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GLASGOW COMEDY Sunday 1st October

Michael Redmond’s Sunday Service, The Stand, With Michael Mee, Paul Pirie & Andy McPartland. With host Michael Redmond, 8.30pm, £4/£3/£1

Monday 2nd October

Dance Monkey Boy Dance, The Stand, Raymond Mearns, Paul Pirie, Allen Chalmers & Sandy Nelson, 8.30pm, £4

Tuesday 3rd October

Red Raw, The Stand, With Billy Kirkwood & Greg McHugh, 8.30pm, £2(£1)

Wednesday 4th October

SiStars, The Stand, Susan Calman, ‘Magic’ Mandy Muden, The F Team & AL Kennedy, 8.30pm, £6/£4/£3

Thursday 5th October

The Thursday Show, The Stand, Steve Hughes, Kevin Bridges, Chris McCausland & Jamie Anderson, 8.30pm, £6/£5/£3

Friday 6th October

The Stand, Steve Hughes, Kevin Bridges, Chris McCausland & Jamie Anderson. Hosted by Susan Morrison, 8.30pm, £8(£7) Jongleurs Comedy Club, UGC Building, Mickey D, Woody, Eddie Bannon, Dom Carroll, 8pm, £10

Saturday 7th October

The Stand, Steve Hughes, Kevin Bridges, Chris McCausland & Jamie Anderson. Hosted by Susan Morrison, 8.30pm, £10(£8) Jongleurs Comedy Club, UGC Building, Mickey D, Woody, Eddie Bannon, Dom Carroll, 8pm, £13

Sunday 8th October

Michael Redmond’s Sunday Service, The Stand, Josh Howie, Billy Kirkwood, Paul Costello & Quentin Reynolds. With host Michael Redmond, 8.30pm, £4/£3/£1

Monday 9th October

Wednesday 11th October

Jo Caulfield Special, The Stand, Jo Caulfield didn’t have a show at the Fringe this year, so this is a good time to catch up with her huge comic talent. Blessed with a bitchy charm to get her into, & then back out of, the trickiest of situations, Caulfield is one of the most reliably scathing comics on the circuit., 8.30pm, £9/£6

Thursday 19th October

Thursday 12th October

Friday 20th October

The Thursday Show, The Stand, Roger Monkhouse, Tony Carter, Susan Calman & Greg McHugh. Hosted by Bruce Devlin, 8.30pm, £7/£6/£5 Big Bluu Comedy Gong Show, Glasgow Bluu, Beat the gong & win £100 prize, 8.30pm, Free

Friday 13th October

The Stand, “Roger Monkhouse, Tony Carter, Susan Calman & Greg McHugh., Hosted by Bruce Devlin”, 8.30pm, £8(£7) Jongleurs Comedy Club, UGC Building, Stephen K. Amos, Neil McFarlane, Dave Williams, Geoff Boyz, 8pm, £10 Ha Ha Comedy, Curlers, Scott Agnew, Bill Dewar, 8.30pm, £6 Ha Ha Comedy, Blackfriars, So You Think You’re Funny new act heat, 8.30pm, £6

Saturday 14th October

Michael Redmond’s Sunday Service, The Stand, With Des McLean, Keir McAllister, Scott Agnew, Dougie Munro & Mark Nelson, 8.30pm, £5/£4/£1

Monday 16th October

VWX, The Stand, With Henrik Elmer, The Horses Mouth & host Steven Dick, 8.30pm, £3/£2/£1 Red Raw, The Stand, With Gary Little & Gus Tawse, 8.30pm, £2(£1) Benefit in Aid of Maggie’s Centre, The Stand, Line-up includes Martha McBrier with more to be

EDINBURGH COMEDY Red Raw, The Stand, With Billy Kirkwood & Greg McHugh, 8.30pm, £2

Wednesday 4th October

Comedy Double-Bill Special, The Stand, Jason Cook, ‘My Confessions’, & Toby Hadoke, ‘Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf’. Two up-and-comers present their solo shows in what ought to be a fascinating glimpse of current comic writing., 8.30pm, £6/£5/£3

Thursday 5th October

The Thursday Show, The Stand, With Carey Marx, Josh Howie, Billy Kirkwood & Andy McPartland. Hosted by Fred MacAulay, 9pm, £6/£5/£3

Friday 6th October

The Stand, Carey Marx, Josh Howie, Billy Kirkwood & Chris Martin. Hosted by Fred MacAulay, 9pm, £8(£7) Jongleurs, Omni Centre, JoJo Smith, Trevor Crook, Mark Maier, Richard Morton, 8pm, £10

Saturday 7th October

Jongleurs, Omni Centre, JoJo Smith, Trevor Crook, Mark Maier, Richard Morton, 8pm, £12 The Stand, Carey Marx, Josh Howie, Billy Kirkwood & Chris Martin. Hosted by Fred MacAulay, 9pm, £10(£8) Edinburgh Laughing Horse, Lindsays, Bill Bruce, Rhod Rhys, Mike Belgrave, Adie Chalmers, 8pm, Free

Sunday 8th October

Whose Lunch Is It Anyway?, The Stand, Improvised comedy, 1pm, Free The Sunday Night Laugh-In, The Stand, With Kevin Bridges, Martha McBrier, Mark Nelson,

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The Stand, Mark Maier, Gary Little, Padraig Hyland & Mike Belgrave. Hosted by Susan Morrison, 9pm, £10/£8 Ha Ha Comedy, Blackfriars, Hosted by Raymond Mearns, 8.30pm, £6 Jongleurs Comedy Club, UGC Building, Martin Bigpig, John Simmit, Stu Who?, 8pm, £13

Sunday 22nd October

Red Raw, The Stand, With Jamie Anderson & Susan Calman, 8.30pm, £2(£1)

Wednesday 18th October

Monday 2nd October

Saturday 21st October

Sunday 15th October

Tuesday 10th October

Whose Lunch Is It Anyway?, The Stand, Improvised comedy., 1pm, Free Andrew Maxwell Special, The Stand, An extra night added for the hugely popular Irish comic, who has sold out his planned Stand run already., 8.30pm, £8/£7

The Stand, Mark Maier, Gary Little, Padraig Hyland & Mike Belgrave. Hosted by Susan Morrison, 8.30pm, £8(£7) Ha Ha Comedy, Curlers, Hosted by Raymond Mearns, 8pm, £3 Ha Ha Comedy, Blackfriars, Line Up TBC, 8.30pm, £6 Jongleurs Comedy Club, UGC Building, Martin Bigpig, John Simmit, Stu Who?, 8pm, £10

Glasgay Special - Jason Wood Presents His Anus Horribilis, The Stand, 8.30pm, £10

Tuesday 17th October

Sunday 1st October

The Thursday Show, The Stand, Mark Maier, Gary Little & Padraig Hyland. Hosted by Joe Heenan, 8.30pm, £7/£6 Big Bluu Comedy Gong Show, Glasgow Bluu, Beat the gong & win £100 prize, 8.30pm, Free

The Stand, “Roger Monkhouse, Tony Carter, Susan Calman & Greg McHugh Hosted by Bruce Devlin, 9pm, £10(£8), Jongleurs Comedy Club, UGC Building, Stephen K. Amos, Neil McFarlane, Dave Williams, Geoff Boyz, 8pm, £13 Ha Ha Comedy, Blackfriars, So You Think You’re Funny new act heat, 8.30pm, £6

Dance Monkey Boy Dance, The Stand, Raymond Mearns, Paul Pirie, Allen Chalmers & Sandy Nelson., 8.30pm, £4 Red Raw, The Stand, With Phil Differ & John Ross, 8.30pm, £2(£1)

in association with announced, 8.30pm, £6/£4/£3

Monday 23rd October

Dance Monkey Boy Dance, The Stand, Raymond Mearns, Paul Pirie, Allen Chalmers & Sandy Nelson., 8.30pm, £4

Tuesday 24th October

Wednesday 25th October

Best of Irish, The Stand, With Ian Coppinger, Neil Dougan & Eleanor Tiernan. With host Michael Redmond, 8.30pm, £7/£6

Thursday 26th October

The Thursday Show, The Stand, “Michael McIntyre, Neil Dougan, Matt Hollins & Eleanor Tiernan, Hosted by Sandy Nelson. McIntyre is a classic observational comedian, but far, far funnier than most.”, 8.30pm, £6/£5/£3 Big Bluu Comedy Gong Show, Glasgow Bluu, Beat the gong & win £100 prize, 8.30pm, Free

8.30pm, £4/£3/£1

Monday 9th October

Red Raw, The Stand, With Jamie Anderson, 8.30pm, £1

Tuesday 10th October

Jo Caulfield Special, The Stand, Jo Caulfield didn’t have a show at the Fringe this year, so this is a good time to catch up with her huge comic talent. Blessed with a bitchy charm to get her into, & then back out of, the trickiest of situations, Caulfield is one of the most reliably scathing comics on the circuit., 8.30pm, £9/£6

Wednesday 11th October

Melting Pot, The Stand, tbc, 8.30pm, £4/£3/£1

Thursday 12th October

The Thursday Show, The Stand, With Pommy Johnson, Stu & Paul & Henrik Elmer. Hosted by Joe Heenan, 8.30pm, £6/£5/£3

Friday 13th October

The Stand, Pommy Johnson, Stu & Paul & Henrik Elmer. Hosted by Susan Morrison, 9pm, £8(£7) Jongleurs, Omni Centre, Drew Barr, Gavin Webster, Barry Castagnola, Mark Walker, 8pm, £10

Saturday 14th October

The Stand, Pommy Johnson, Stu & Paul & Henrik Elmer. Hosted by Susan Morrison, 9pm, £10(£8) Jongleurs, Omni Centre, Drew Barr, Gavin Webster, Barry Castagnola, Mark Walker, 8pm, £12 Grumpy Old Women Live, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, With Jenny Eclair, Linda Robson, & Dillie Keane, 7.30pm, £21.50

Sunday 15th October

Whose Lunch Is It Anyway?, The Stand, Improvised comedy, 1pm, Free The Sunday Night Laugh-In, The Stand, With Tony Carter, Henrik Elmer & Paul Costello. Hosted by Steven Dick. Catching Skinny favourite Tony Carter - for the price of a chippie, no more - is a guaranteed Sunday night success story. Daft.,

The Stand, “Michael McIntyre, Neil Dougan, Matt Hollins & Eleanor Tiernan, Hosted by Sandy Nelson. McIntyre is a classic observational comedian, but far, far funnier than most.”, 8.30pm, £8(£7) Ha Ha Comedy, Curlers,Line Up tbc,8.30pm, £6 Edinburgh & Beyond, Motherwell Theatre & Concert Hall, Chris Addison, Russell Howard, Steve Hall, Marek Larwood. Addison is increasingly building a reputation for himself on Radio 4, but catch him live & see how this intellectual’s comedian first made his name., 7pm, £12/£10 Ha Ha Comedy, Blackfriars, Line Up TBC, 8.30pm, £6 Jongleurs Comedy Club, UGC Building, Eddy Brimson and Pierre Hollins,8pm, £12

Saturday 28th October

The Stand, “Michael McIntyre, Neil Dougan, Matt Hollins & Eleanor Tiernan, Hosted by Sandy Nelson. McIntyre is a classic observational comedian, but far, far funnier than most.”, 9pm, £10/£8, , , Ed Byrne, Glasgow Garage, Touring performance of hit Fringe show ‘Standing Up & Falling Down’, 8pm, £12/£10 Jongleurs Comedy Club, UGC Building, Eddy Brimson and Pierre Hollins, 8pm, £13

Sunday 29th October

Michael Redmond’s Sunday Service, The Stand, With Matt Hollins & Steve Shanyaski. With host Michael Redmond, 8.30pm, £5/£4/£1 Grumpy Old Women Live, Glasgow King’s Theatre, With Jenny Eclair, Linda Robson, & Dillie Keane, 7pm, £21.50

Monday 30th October

Glasgay Special - Bent Double, The Stand, Jonathan Mayor, Jen Brister, Allen Chalmers, & Zoe Lyons, 8.30pm, £tbc

Tuesday 31st October Halloween Special, The Stand, Join host Susan Calman, The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolfe III & Ricky Sparkles for some scarily interactive comedy. If anyone can give audiences the creeps, it’s the Reverend who asked ‘What Would Charlie Sheen Do?’ Nightmarish, hilarious stuff., 8.30pm, £4

The Witching’s Sour

Monday 16th October Tuesday 17th October

VWX, The Stand, With Henrik Elmer, The Horses Mouth & host Steven Dick, 8.30pm, £5/£4/£2.50

Wednesday 18th October

Benefit in Aid of the Scottish Palestine Society, The Stand, Line-up includes The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolfe III with more to be announced, 8.30pm, £6

Thursday 19th October

The Thursday Show, The Stand, “With Rob Deering, Tony Hendricks, Daliso Chaponda & Gerry McDade., Hosted by Bruce Devlin”, 9pm, £6/£5/£3

Friday 20th October

Jongleurs, Omni Centre, Silky, Patrick Rolink, 8pm, £10 The Stand, “With Rob Deering, Tony Hendricks, Daliso Chaponda & Gerry McDade, Hosted by Bruce Devlin”, 9pm, £8(£7)

Saturday 21st October

Jongleurs, Omni Centre, Silky, Patrick Rolink, 8pm, £12 The Stand, “With Rob Deering, Tony Hendricks, Daliso Chaponda & Gerry McDade, Hosted by Bruce Devlin”, 9pm, £10(£8)

Sunday 22nd October

Whose Lunch Is It Anyway?, The Stand, Improvised comedy, 1pm, Free The Sunday Night Laugh-In, The Stand, With Tony Hendricks, Padraig Hyland & Wendy Wason. Hosted by Daliso Chaponda, 8.30pm, £4/£3/£1

Canadian Tom Stade, white Jamacian Tony Hendricks, & Malawian Daliso Chaponda. Hosted by The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolfe III, 8.30pm, £5 Ed Byrne, Kirkaldy Adam Smith Theatre, Touring performance of hit Fringe show ‘Standing Up & Falling Down’, 8pm, £12/£10

Wednesday 25th October

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ften derided as a lesser art form or discarded as mere childish fantasy, the horror story is perhaps one of the longest standing genres, from tall tales of some allpowerful unseen being setting fire to bushes and misguiding humans, through Hansel and Gretel to the latest remake of a sequel of a spin-off franchise. Gasp! In terror! As the lone female goes into the dark cellar looking for her cat. Shriek! As one teenager after another is torn limb from limb. Munch! Your popcorn! As the ground level POV camera creeps towards the teenagers smoking spliffs in the park. Faint! As the very fabric of your physical world is rent asunder. Despair! As yet another meaningless and unimaginative teen slasher flick with stabs of comedy cuts into the cinemas. Whether through blood-curdling jumpout-your seat shocks or slow simmering unease, horror films have always served as a way of confronting and experiencing emotions that in our day-to-day lives we would do all in our power to avoid. To actually live through Tobe Hooper’s ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ would be to go insane. Likewise, to actually experience the metaphysical shifts of David Lynch’s

‘Lost Highway’ would be to lose all faith in logic. One is no less of a horror movie than the other, and yet we walk away from these films safe, even if a little shaken. Theories abound about why we would put ourselves through a traumatic experience such as ‘Uzumaki’ or ‘The Beyond’, most of which fall short. We do not watch these films for any kind of release; they generate fear rather than alleviate it. We do not watch these films out of a curiosity of demonic history or explanations - some of the most effective terror, such as ‘Alien’, are so precisely because of the lack of explanations. Whatever their roots or reasons, the horror genre allows directors, writers and special effects teams free reign, without the constraints of logic or pleasantness, and so is, in effect, the most liberated art form. But this seems to have ceased to be the case. The recent resurgence of big hype-machine horror movies has come with a radical “dumbing down”, with even the revered J-horror having fallen prey to formula. To spend Halloween at the cinemas is to sit through films and sequences you’ve already seen a hundred times. ‘Saw III’, ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning’ and ‘The Grudge 2’ are all released for Halloween.

The only film that is not a sequel or a remake or a remake of a sequel is Bernard Rose’s misguided and pretentious film-within-a-film, ‘Snuff Movie’. Premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2005, it drew almost universal derision; I’m surprised it has found a release. It’s a shame Jan Svankmajer’s Edgar Allen Poe/Marquis de Sade hybrid, ‘Sileni’, has not found its way over in time for All Hallows Eve, although do look out for a special screening of Lon Chaney’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’ at the Usher Hall, complete with live musical accompaniment. But being too old to go trick-ortreating, Halloween does need to be spent in the dark, and while these films might not be original or challenging, in the right mood, on the right night, they will do the trick. TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE : THE B EGINNING IS DUE FOR RELEASE O CTOBER 13TH. THE GRUDGE 2 IS DUE FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 20 TH. SAW III AND S NUFF -MOVIE ARE DUE FOR RELEASE O CTOBER 27TH.

Certain Death this way, you bet, it’s a horror flick…

by Nick Mitchell

Thursday 26th October

The Thursday Show, The Stand, Ian Coppinger, Steven Dick, Steve Shanyaski & Wendy Wason. Hosted by Susan Calman, 8.30pm, £6/£5/£3 Ed Byrne, Stirling Tolbooth, Touring performance of hit Fringe show ‘Standing Up & Falling Down’, 8pm, £12/£10

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ou may only know James McAvoy’s face from his role as car thief Steve in the Channel 4 series ‘Shameless’. But that’s all about to change – in a big way. The twenty-seven year old Glaswegian actor has starring roles in a fleet of notable movies set to dock in cinemas over the coming year. The first of these – ‘The Last King of Scotland’ – premieres this month at the London Film Festival before rolling out on general release in January. Based on a Giles Foden novel, it is the story of how a Scottish doctor (McAvoy) becomes the personal physician to the ruthless Ugandan dictator Idi Amin during the 1970s.

Friday 27th October

The Stand, Ian Coppinger, Steven Dick, Steve Shanyaski & Keara Murphy. Hosted by Susan Calman, 9pm, £8(£7) Jongleurs, Omni Centre, Dave Johns, Karl Spain, Simon Bligh, 8pm, £10

Saturday 28th October

Jongleurs, Omni Centre, Dave Johns, Karl Spain, Simon Bligh, 8pm, £12 The Stand, Ian Coppinger, Steven Dick, Steve Shanyaski & Keara Murphy. Hosted by Susan Calman, 9pm, £10/£8

Sunday 29th October

McAvoy will follow that challenging role with the closer-to-home ‘Starter For Ten’, David Nicholls’s adaptation of his own novel about a working-class student’s first year at Bristol University in the mid 80s, during which, amongst other things, he attempts to become a contestant on University Challenge. 2007 looks set to be McAvoy’s year. Two of his films

Whose Lunch Is It Anyway?, The Stand, Improvised comedy, 1pm, Free

Monday 30th October

Red Raw, The Stand, With Greg McHugh & Susan Calman, 8.30pm, £1

Tuesday 31st October

Tuesday 24th October

Halloween Special, The Stand, Raymond Mearns & Bruce Devlin host some scarily interactive comedy, 8.30pm, £4

United Nations Day Special, The Stand,

James McAvoy

THE TWENTY-SEVEN YEAR OLD GLASWEGIAN ACTOR HAS STARRING ROLES IN A FLEET OF NOTABLE MOVIES SET TO DOCK IN CINEMAS OVER THE COMING YEAR.

Best of Scottish, The Stand, With Vladimir McTavish, Graeme Thomas & Keir McAllister. Hosted by Bruce Devlin, 8.30pm, £5

Monday 23rd October

Red Raw, The Stand, With Daliso Chaponda & Tony Hendricks, 8.30pm, £1

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BEING TOO OLD TO GO TRICK-OR-TREATING, HALLOWEEN DOES NEED TO BE SPENT IN THE DARK.

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Red Raw, The Stand, With John Ross & Scott Agnew, 8.30pm, £1

Friday 27th October

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already wrapped and awaiting distribution are ‘Penelope’ – whose transatlantic cast also features Christina Ricci and Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon – and the Jane Austen early-years biopic ‘Becoming Jane’. On top of all this, McAvoy is currently in England shooting yet another adaptation: Ian McEwan’s novel ‘Atonement’. Set in a single day in 1935, it is the story of two young sisters (the elder played by Keira Knightley) and their housekeeper’s son (McAvoy) who become entangled in a vicious game of lies. There’s just one more addition to be made to the young Scot’s burgeoning CV – for now. It was recently announced that McAvoy has scored the lead in cult Russian director Timur ‘Night Watch’ Bekmambetov’s first English-language film, ‘Wanted’. This sci-fi blockbuster will not hit screens until well into 2008, but rest assured of one thing: James McAvoy will be a household name by then.

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“YOU ARE MARTIN SCORCESE. YOU HAVE NEVER WON AN OSCAR...”

A Departure for Scorsese?

Editorial

by Keir Hind

Paul

Red Road - Glasgow has never looked so dangerous in this hypnotic and erotic thriller. (Oct 27th) Saw III - Will there be blood? Will it be better than Saw II? Yes and hopefully. (Oct 27th) Open Season - Animated antics featuring the voice of Billy Connolly. (Oct 13th)

ON THE WEB

Top 5 Events

THE 5 EVENTS WE’RE MOST

EXCITED ABOUT THIS MONTH...... Reels - The first Scottish/Irish film festival runs from October 28th until November 11th at the Filmhouse. Psychotronic Cinema - See the best in Italian cult cinema of the ‘60s and ‘70s at the GFT and Filmhouse. Africa In Motion - The inaugural African Film Festival comes to Edinburgh from the 20th. The Phantom of the Opera - See the 1925 silent classic starring Lon Chaney at the Usher Hall on Halloween night.

Tuesday 3rd October

12 Hour Tuesdays, SSU, Chart music & live comedy, 3pm-3am, £2, free b4 3pm Abolicano Capoeira Scotland, RSAMD, Brazilian martial art with dance & music, 6pm7.30pm, £tbc All Star, Bamboo, Andy Wilson plays funk with DJ Kash on the hip pop, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm/12.30pm with matric Camouflage, Liquid Lounge, The best in midweek hip hop, breakbeat, electro & house, 11pm-3am, £2 Funky Luv, Play, Driving vocal house, 10pm3am, £5, £3 NUS Kaleidoscope, ABC2, Old school rock & roll, motown, pre-1984 music, 11pm-3am, £tbc Killer Kitsch, The Buff Club, Electroclash & that, 11pm-3am, £4 (£3) Rock Karaoke, The Cathouse, Karaoke to rock, Free b4 12am T.I.T, Karbon, new home for legendary Trash Tuesdays, 10.30pm-3am, £5, £4

Wednesday 4th October “I’d like to help kid, but if I gave you one of my Oscars, I’d need to give Marty one as well.”

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magine you are Martin Scorsese. You have never won an Oscar. You’re now preparing for the October release of ‘The Departed’, which will be in cinemas for a couple of months, then on DVD by the time the Academy award votes are cast. Your film won’t be ignored, and you’ll almost certainly get your sixth best director nomination. But how badly do you want to win an Oscar? Does it matter anymore? And does this explain why your new film is a remake? ‘The Departed’ is an American version of the Hong Kong film ‘Infernal Affairs’. The plot is cops trying to take down robbers, with a double agent handily placed amongst the criminals. However, the robbers have a double agent placed amongst the cops too, and the film follows both double agents as they become aware of each other. Admittedly, this was confusing to Western audiences unfamiliar with the two lead actors. If you’re Scorsese, how do you resolve this? You cast Leonardo DiCaprio as the cop amongst the crims, and Matt Damon as the crim amongst the cops. Helps recognition and box-office. Mark Wahlberg is in there as a cop too to further boost things. Who’s the lead bad guy? Multi-Oscar winner - and great actor - Jack Nicholson. Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin and Ray Winstone are all in there somewhere too. So you’ve got a very promising film, and yet it takes studio money to get that kind of

cast, and that may mean studio compromises. Scorsese might be getting used to dealing with those. His last couple of films were big studio flicks, and ‘Gangs of New York’ in particular suffered various changes. The runtime was altered in various ways, depending on who you believe, and Scorsese and DiCaprio had to defer their salaries to get it made at all. ‘The Aviator’ was originally a Michael Mann project, offered to Scorsese when he didn’t feel like making it. Both films were very watchable, which is fine, but not really what we’d expect from Scorsese. Both also resulted in Oscar nominations for Scorsese, and he lost out twice more. So, if you’re Scorsese, you’ve got to be bothered, however slightly. Your films are still coming out at the end of the year. Woody Allen puts his films out in January if he can, so they’re in no-one’s mind at Oscar time. Then again, he’s won one, and you’ve lost five times, three of those to actor-directors – Robert Redford, Kevin Costner and Clint Eastwood. It has to bother you – ‘Goodfellas’, beaten by ‘Dances With Wolves’? Losing out to Kevin Costner?! He’s washed up now, and you’re in great shape. You’ve got a big movie coming out now; you’ve got a chance at the big prize again. But what is the real prize, a film you’re truly proud of, or Oscar success through slick studio marketing?

or not. Look at the leeway afforded to Stanley Kubrick. Forgetting the Oscar for a minute, is it possible this will be a great film? The best case is that Scorsese could be getting by without interference, with a fight or two here or there. His last two big movies have been somewhat impersonal slick entertainments – but he’s also been making great documentaries about subjects he adores; film history, the blues, and best of all, Bob Dylan. His talent is still in evidence when he gets involved with a subject, and ‘The Departed’ could well be his kind of material. It’s about crime for a start, a known Scorsese obsession, and also loyalty, friendship, and men who live by codes, all familiar themes. It’s about two men who wonder if the job they have to do is taking them away from who they really are. They can only win out in the end by finding the perfect balance between those influences. So if you’re Martin Scorsese, you’ve got to wonder if you can pull off the same trick. If you can, they should give you an award. DIR : MARTIN S CORSESE STARS : LEONARDO DICAPRIO, MATT DAMON, JACK NICHOLSON, MARK WAHLBERG RELEASE DATE : OCTOBER 6TH CERT : 18 THEDEPARTED.WARNERBROS .COM /

Could be both. Studios have shown that they prize critically acclaimed directors, believe it

Document - The 4th International Human Rights Documentary Festival plays in Glasgow from October 12th until October 16th.

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Club Cuba!, Favela, Latin rhythms, 9pm-late, Free Club Priory: Retox Rooms, Blanket, RnB with DJ Richard Levinson, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3) Cold Night Song, The Goat, Guests & DJs play acoustic gems, 8pm-late, Free Disco Badger, Bamboo, Classic house music all night long from Dominic Martin, other boogie from Kash & Max, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3), free b4 11pm Junk, The Buff Club, Jazz & funk, with Marky Mark featuring live percussion by Duffy, 11pm3am, £3, free with matric Optimo, The Sub Club, JD Twitch & Wilkes will play pretty much anything and mix it well, 11pm3am, £6 (£5) Spank, The Cathouse, Rock, punk & dance, 11pm-3am, £4 (£2), free b4 1am with PIYP The Bunker Bar, Neil Wyper playing new & old rock & electronica, 9pm-late, Free Burn, The Buff Club, Glasgow institition with Normski & Zeus playing underground classics this week joined by guest DJ Dexter (Avalanches), 11pm-3am, £5 (£3), free for pub/club workers Eletricat Dance Group, RSAMD, Brazilian Street Dance classes, 6pm-7pm, £4 (£3.50), £3 RSAMD Fresh, The Polo Lounge, Popular gay venue with house & indie, 11pm-3am, £5

Top 5 Films The History Boys - Alan Bennett’s acclaimed stage play comes to the screen in this delightful adaptation. (Oct 13th)

Sunday 1st October

Monday 2nd October

Hey folks, October gets off to an explosive start with the eagerly anticipated release of ‘The Departed’, which sees Scorsese team up with his new muse, Leonardo DiCaprio, for the third successive film. If you can’t get excited about this one (Jack Nicholson is in it as well for goodness sake) then you go back to crocheting your winter woolies, because this is as good as it gets. There’s also plenty film related culture to be had throughout the month, so get yourself along to the Filmhouse or the GFT for all manner of high-brow entertainment, from the African Film Festival to the International Bike Festival (seriously). For those of you with an interest in Scottish film or in seeing the seamier side of Glasgow, the stunning ‘Red Road’ should not be missed come the end of the month. And, even though we can see from here that they’ll only be a load of old rubbish, get yourself into the Halloween mood by checking out some of the horror fare to be had throughout the month. Tis the season. Have fun and see you in November. Paul

The Departed - Infernal affairs abound as Scorsese’s latest crime saga burns up our screens. (Oct 6th)

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Eletricat Dance Group, RSAMD, Brazilian Street Dance classes, 6pm-7pm, £4 (£3.50), £3 RSAMD Gossip, SSU, Gay/mixed night with DJ Ricci, 8pm-late, Free Joints & Jams, Cube, The Longest running RnB night in Glasgow, 11pm-3am, £3 (£2) Mjam Salsa, Liptons, Salsa classes from 8pm with Chris Traynor, free club from 10.15pm, 8pm12am, Free New Flesh, Fury Murry’s, Rock, metal, punk, rap, industrial & alternative music, 10pm-3am, £4, £2 from 10pm-11pm, £1 with flyer/after 11pm Octopussy, The Arches, Student night with a bouncy castle, swimming pool?, jacuzzi?? & wedding chapel???, 10pm-3am, £4 Scottish Drum & Bass, The Liquid Lounge, Weekly session, 10.30pm-late, £2 Tongue In Cheek, Bamboo, Lounge, RnB & indie, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3) The Bunker Bar, Martin Bate (Beat 106) plays vintage rock & indie, 9pm-late, Free

Thursday 5th October

*.*, The Buff Club, Rock’n’roll & northern soul, 11pm-3am, £3 Abolicano Capoeira Scotland, RSAMD, Brazilian martial art with dance & music, 6pm7.30pm, £tbc Babaza, BeLo, Hip hop with the funk, 10pm3am, £6, free b4 11pm Chix On Dex, Chinawhite, Rock, funkpunk & house all mixed by lovely ladies, 10pm-3am, £4, free b4 11pm Cigarettes & F**k All, The Butterfly & The Pig, Craig McGee plays indie & rock, 9pm-late, Free Freakmenoovers, Glasgow School of Art, Fresh hip hop & funk cuts from the Freakmenoovers DJs, Record Playerz in the bar, 11pm-3am, £3 (£2) Homebrew, The Sub Club, Hip hop to nasty electro via the rest with Tiff Peaches, Provinylist Karim Ill Technique & Groundskeeper GC, 11pm3am, £3, £2 matric. card Lollipop, GUU, Pop, RnB & Indie , 10pm-2am, £3 (£2, £1), free b4 9pm On Demand, The Shed, DJ Euan takes requests by text message at this interactive club night,

10.30pm-3am, £3 Radiomagnetic, Gazelle, Funk, soul & latin grooves with Radiomagnetic DJs, From 8pm, Free Riff Raff, Bamboo, Mashed up house with street soul & electro-indie in the Red Room, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm/12.30pm with matric Rubbermensch, ABC, A night for indie lovers, 10pm-3am, £3 (£2), free b4 11.30pm with matric Pump Up The Jam, SSU, Old school cheese, live bands & funky house, £2 The Bunker Bar, CJ plays grunge & new rock, 9pm-late, Free

Friday 6th October

Boogie Down, Bluu, The groove-merchant Stewart Reid plays a jazz, disco & house sound, 10pm-3am, £5, free b4 11pm Fluid, Mas, Funky house from Lisa Littlewood, 11pm-3am, £5 Freakmenoovers, Rust Bar, Early doors serving of hip hop, funk, RnB & soul, 9pm-12am, Free Freakmenoovers, Blanket, Fresh hip hop & funk cuts from the Freakmenoovers DJs, 11pm-3am, £6 (£4) Old School, The Buff Club, Old school tunes with Gordie & Jack, 10.30pm-3am, £6 Red & Gold Room, Arta, Soul musak, 10pm3am, £7, free b4 11pm Rocket, Bamboo, House music from Geoff M, hip hop & lounge from Junior Campos & Max, 10.30pm-3am, £6 (£4) Sound Museum, Brel, DJ Hushpuppy (Art School) & Chris Geddes (Belle & Sebastian) dig out some retro soul, 9pm-1am, Free Stereodog, Chinawhite, Mr. Livewire & Gary Curley play house, 10pm-3am, £8 (£5) TFI Friday, SSU, DJ Phil, 4pm-3am, £2 after 5pm, free 4 students Vandal, Liquid Lounge, House sessions with residents Mash & Gianni, 10pm-3am, £5 Vice, The Cathouse, Indie rock party with Martin Bate (Xfm), 11pm-3am, £5 (£4), free b4 11.30pm with PIYP ABC, Electro, funk & indie with Euan Nielson, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11.30pm with matric The Bunker Bar, Tam Coyle plays vintage rock & indie, From 5pm, Free The Goat, Robbie Rolex & The Radio Magnetic Soundsystem on Weekly Rotation, 8pm-late, Free Cube Fridays, Urban tunes from Clyde 1’a George Bowie, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3) Cotton Cake, The Arches, Leading Kompakt man Superpitcher, as well known for his own production as well as remixing talents, joins Boys Noise and Luxury Car , 10.30pm-3am, £10 Rocket, Bamboo, Put your hands up for Fedde Le Grande, 10.30pm-5am, £7, £5 Pin Up Nights, Westside Social, classic indie, punk and soul with live bands Le Reno Amps, Apple Scruffs, Blitzhoney, 9pm-2am, £5 Noise Pollution, Club 69, Tense, dynamic techno from Surgeon plus Sewelly (Relentless), 10.30pm-late, £10 Colours, The Arches, John Digweed, Streetrave 17th Anniversary with FPI Project (Rich in Paradise), N-Joi (Anthem) and Together (Hardcore Uproar) Jon Mancini and Iain Boney Clarke, 10pm-3am, £18, £13

Saturday 7th October

Aerodynamico, Bar 91, Nu-jazz, breaks, soul, disco, hoose & dub with DJs on rotation from Glasgow & Edinburgh, 9pm-12am, Free Club NME, Glasgow School of Art, Divine in the bar, 11pm-3am, £7 (£6) Dirty Recordz, GUU, Paul N’Jie (Beat 106) plays current tunes, open decks downstairs, 10pm2am, £3 (£2, £1), free b4 9pm Groovejet, Mas, Weekly house & RnB mix, 11pm3am, £7 (£5) Hip Drop, Brel, Funk, soul, electro & disco from Robbie Rolex & Nel, 9pm-1am, Free Home Cookin’, BeLo, Urban music showcase, 10pm-3am, £7, free b4 11pm Homegrown, Bamboo, Stevie Sole Middleton, Miguel & Dominic Martin play house and smooth RnB, jazz & funk, 10.30pm-3am, £8 (£6) Nu-school, The Buff Club, Fresh northern soul, jazz & funk featuring live percussion, classics downstairs, 10.30pm-3am, £6 Open Dex, Deep 6 (GUU), Bring your vinyl/CDs if you think you can do better, 9pm-1am, £1, £2 non-members Subculture, The Sub Club, Chicago, Detroit, Glasgow, the deepest house & techno with your hosts Harri & Domenic and special guest Miss Honey Dijon, 11pm-3am, £10 Voodoo, The Cathouse, Under-18 club with metal, emo & punk, 5pm-9pm, £6 (£3) ABC, Room 1 plays soul, funk & punk with Gerry Lyons, room2 plays electro with Wasted Youth, 10pm-3am, £5 (£4), free b4 11.30pm with matric

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in association with The Bunker Bar, Martin Bate (Beat 106) plays vintage rock & indie, 9pm-late, Free The Cathouse, Barry & Andy with all things rock, 10.30pm-3am, £6 (£5) Chinawhite, DJ Naeem playing main room RnB & classics, Mirrirbaw playing dunky house in the Mao room, 10pm-3am, £10 The Goat, Paul Needles, 8pm-late, Free MacSorleys, Jazz band downstairs, Paul Cawley & Karim The Pro-Vinylist upstairs, 9pm-late, Free Doublespeak, The Hold, Dubstep dons Vexd (live) with Hudson Mohawke and Konx-om-pax all on the Mungo’s Hi Fi soundsystem, 11pm-3am, £8 Off The Record, Soundhaus, Sensu, Giovanni Ferri and Alan Belshaw join OTR residents, 11pm4am, £8, £7

Sunday 8th October

Club Cuba!, Favela, Latin rhythms, 9pm-late, Free Club Priory: Retox Rooms, Blanket, RnB with DJ Richard Levinson, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3) Cold Night Song, The Goat, Guests & DJs play acoustic gems, 8pm-late, Free Disco Badger, Bamboo, Classic house music all night long from Dominic Martin, other boogie from Kash & Max, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3), free b4 11pm Junk, The Buff Club, Jazz & funk, with Marky Mark featuring live percussion by Duffy, 11pm3am, £3, free with matric Optimo, The Sub Club, JD Twitch & Wilkes will play pretty much anything and mix it well, 11pm3am, £6 (£5) Spank, The Cathouse, Rock, punk & dance, 11pm-3am, £4 (£2), free b4 1am with PIYP The Bunker Bar, Neil Wyper playing new & old rock & electronica, 9pm-late, Free

Monday 9th October

Burn, The Buff Club, Glasgow institition with Normski & Zeus playing underground classics, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3), free for pub/club workers Eletricat Dance Group, RSAMD, Brazilian Street Dance classes, 6pm-7pm, £4 (£3.50), £3 RSAMD Fresh, The Polo Lounge, Popular gay venue with house & indie, 11pm-3am, £5

Tuesday 10th October

12 Hour Tuesdays, SSU, Chart music & live comedy, 3pm-3am, £2, free b4 3pm Abolicano Capoeira Scotland, RSAMD, Brazilian martial art with dance & music, 6pm7.30pm, £tbc All Star, Bamboo, Andy Wilson plays funk with DJ Kash on the hip pop, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm/12.30pm with matric Camouflage, Liquid Lounge, The best in midweek hip hop, breakbeat, electro & house, 11pm-3am, £2 Funky Luv, Play, Driving vocal house, 10pm3am, £5, £3 NUS Kaleidoscope, ABC2, Old school rock & roll, motown, pre-1984 music, 11pm-3am, £tbc Killer Kitsch, The Buff Club, Electroclash & that, 11pm-3am, £4 (£3) Rock Karaoke, The Cathouse, Karaoke to rock, Free b4 12am T.I.T, Karbon, new home for legendary Trash Tuesdays, 10.30pm-3am, £5, £4

Wednesday 11th October

Eletricat Dance Group, RSAMD, Brazilian Street Dance classes, 6pm-7pm, £4 (£3.50), £3 RSAMD Gossip, SSU, Gay/mixed night with DJ Ricci, 8pm-late, Free Joints & Jams, Cube, The Longest running RnB night in Glasgow, 11pm-3am, £3 (£2) Mjam Salsa, Liptons, Salsa classes from 8pm with Chris Traynor, free club from 10.15pm, 8pm12am, Free New Flesh, Fury Murry’s, Rock, metal, punk, rap, industrial & alternative music, 10pm-3am, £4, £2 from 10pm-11pm, £1 with flyer/after 11pm Octopussy, The Arches, Student night with a bouncy castle, swimming pool?, jacuzzi?? & wedding chapel???, 10pm-3am, £4 Scottish Drum & Bass, The Liquid Lounge, Weekly session, 10.30pm-late, £2 Tongue In Cheek, Bamboo, Lounge, RnB & indie, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm/12pm with snapfax The Bunker Bar, Martin Bate (Beat 106) plays vintage rock & indie, 9pm-late, Free

Thursday 12th October

*.*, The Buff Club, Rock’n’roll & northern soul, 11pm-3am, £3 Abolicano Capoeira Scotland, RSAMD, Brazilian martial art with dance & music, 6pm7.30pm, £tbc Babaza, BeLo, Hip hop with the funk, 10pm-

3am, £6, free b4 11pm Chix On Dex, Chinawhite, Rock, funkpunk & house all mixed by lovely ladies, 10pm-3am, £4, free b4 11pm Cigarettes & F**k All, The Butterfly & The Pig, Craig McGee plays indie & rock ‘n’ roll, 9pmlate, Free Freakmenoovers, Glasgow School of Art, Fresh hip hop & funk cuts from the Freakmenoovers DJs, Record Playerz in the bar, 11pm-3am, £3 (£2) Homebrew, The Sub Club, Hip hop to nasty electro via the rest with Tiff Peaches, Provinylist Karim Ill Technique & Groundskeeper GC, 11pm3am, £3, £2 matric. card Lollipop, GUU, Pop, RnB & Indie , 10pm-2am, £3 (£2, £1), free b4 9pm On Demand, The Shed, DJ Euan takes requests by text message at this interactive club night, 10.30pm-3am, £3 Radiomagnetic, Gazelle, Funk, soul & latin grooves with Radiomagnetic DJs, From 8pm, Free Riff Raff, Bamboo, Mashed up house with street soul & electro-indie in the Red Room, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm/12.30pm with matric Rubbermensch, ABC, A night for indie lovers, 10pm-3am, £3 (£2), free b4 11.30pm with matric Pump Up The Jam, SSU, Old school cheese, live bands & funky house, £2 The Bunker Bar, CJ plays grunge & new rock, 9pm-late, Free

Friday 13th October

Boogie Down, Bluu, The groove-merchant Stewart Reid plays a jazz, disco & house sound, 10pm-3am, £5, free b4 11pm Fluid, Mas, Funky house from Lisa Littlewood, 11pm-3am, £5 Freakmenoovers, Rust Bar, Early doors serving of hip hop, funk, RnB & soul, 9pm-12am, Free Freakmenoovers, Blanket, Fresh hip hop & funk cuts from the Freakmenoovers DJs, 11pm-3am, £6 (£4) Old School, The Buff Club, Old school tunes with Gordie & Jack, 10.30pm-3am, £6 Red & Gold Room, Arta, Soul musak, 10pm3am, £7, free b4 11pm Rocket, Bamboo, House music from Geoff M, hip hop & lounge from Junior Campos & Max, 10.30pm-3am, £6 (£4) Sound Museum, Brel, DJ Hushpuppy (Art School) & Chris Geddes (Belle & Sebastian) dig out some retro soul, 9pm-1am, Free Stereodog, Chinawhite, Mr. Livewire & Gary Curley play house, 10pm-3am, £8 (£5) TFI Friday, SSU, DJ Phil, 4pm-3am, £2 after 5pm, free 4 students Vandal, Liquid Lounge, House sessions with residents Mash & Gianni, 10pm-3am, £5 Vice, The Cathouse, Indie rock party with Martin Bate (Xfm), 11pm-3am, £5 (£4), free b4 11.30pm with PIYP ABC, Electro, funk & indie with Euan Nielson, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11.30pm with matric The Bunker Bar, Tam Coyle plays vintage rock & indie, From 5pm, Free The Goat, Robbie Rolex & The Radio Magnetic Soundsystem on Weekly Rotation, 8pm-late, Free Cube Fridays, Urban tunes from Clyde 1’a George Bowie, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3) Blitzkreig Bop, The Arches, Kap Bambino, Lo Fi Fink, Metronomy and DJ Aldi, 10.30pm-3am, £6. £4

Saturday 14th October

Aerodynamico, Bar 91, Nu-jazz, breaks, soul, disco, hoose & dub with DJs on rotation from Glasgow & Edinburgh, 9pm-12am, Free Club NME, Glasgow School of Art, Divine in the bar, 11pm-3am, £7 (£6) Dirty Recordz, GUU, Paul N’Jie (Beat 106) plays current tunes, open decks downstairs, 10pm2am, £3 (£2, £1), free b4 9pm Groovejet, Mas, Weekly house & RnB mix, 11pm3am, £7 (£5) Hip Drop, Brel, Funk, soul, electro & disco from Robbie Rolex & Nel, 9pm-1am, Free Home Cookin’, BeLo, Urban music showcase, 10pm-3am, £7, free b4 11pm Homegrown, Bamboo, Stevie Sole Middleton, Miguel & Dominic Martin play house and smooth RnB, jazz & funk, 10.30pm-3am, £8 (£6) Nu-school, The Buff Club, Fresh northern soul, jazz & funk featuring live percussion, classics downstairs, 10.30pm-3am, £6 Open Dex, Deep 6 (GUU), Bring your vinyl/CDs if you think you can do better, 9pm-1am, £1, £2 non-members Subculture, The Sub Club, Chicago, Detroit, Glasgow, the deepest house & techno with your hosts Harri & Domenic, 11pm-3am, £10 Voodoo, The Cathouse, Under-18 club with

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GLASGOW CLUBS metal, emo & punk, 5pm-9pm, £6 (£3) ABC, Room 1 plays soul, funk & punk with Gerry Lyons, room2 plays electro with Wasted Youth, 10pm-3am, £5 (£4), free b4 11.30pm with matric The Bunker Bar, Martin Bate (Beat 106) plays vintage rock & indie, 9pm-late, Free The Cathouse, Barry & Andy with all things rock, 10.30pm-3am, £6 (£5) Chinawhite, DJ Naeem playing main room RnB & classics, Mirrirbaw playing dunky house in the Mao room, 10pm-3am, £10 The Goat, Paul Needles, 8pm-late, Free MacSorleys, Jazz band downstairs, Paul Cawley & Karim The Pro-Vinylist upstairs, 9pm-late, Free Death Disco vs Café Loco, Arches, Original ravers Café Loco celebrate angular hair, (nu)rave and polyester with Death Disco guest Kompakt’s Justus Kohncke , 9pm-3am, £10

Sunday 15th October

Club Cuba!, Favela, Latin rhythms, 9pm-late, Free Club Priory: Retox Rooms, Blanket, RnB with DJ Richard Levinson, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3) Cold Night Song, The Goat, Guests & DJs play acoustic gems, 8pm-late, Free Disco Badger, Bamboo, Classic house music all night long from Dominic Martin, other boogie from Kash & Max, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3), free b4 11pm Junk, The Buff Club, Jazz & funk, with Marky Mark featuring live percussion by Duffy, 11pm3am, £3, free with matric Optimo, The Sub Club, JD Twitch & Wilkes will play pretty much anything and mix it well, 11pm3am, £6 (£5) Spank, The Cathouse, Rock, punk & dance, 11pm-3am, £4 (£2), free b4 1am with PIYP The Bunker Bar, Neil Wyper playing new & old rock & electronica, 9pm-late, Free

Monday 16th October

Burn, The Buff Club, Glasgow institition with Normski & Zeus playing underground classics, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3), free for pub/club workers Eletricat Dance Group, RSAMD, Brazilian Street

Dance classes, 6pm-7pm, £4 (£3.50), £3 RSAMD Fresh, The Polo Lounge, Popular gay venue with house & indie, 11pm-3am, £5

Tuesday 17th October

12 Hour Tuesdays, SSU, Chart music & live comedy, 3pm-3am, £2, free b4 3pm Abolicano Capoeira Scotland, RSAMD, Brazilian martial art with dance & music, 6pm7.30pm, £tbc All Star, Bamboo, Andy Wilson plays funk with DJ Kash on the hip pop, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm/12.30pm with matric Camouflage, Liquid Lounge, The best in midweek hip hop, breakbeat, electro & house, 11pm-3am, £2 Funky Luv, Play, Driving vocal house, 10pm3am, £5, £3 NUS Kaleidoscope, ABC2, Old school rock & roll, motown, pre-1984 music, 11pm-3am, £tbc Killer Kitsch, The Buff Club, Electroclash & that, 11pm-3am, £4 (£3) Rock Karaoke, The Cathouse, Karaoke to rock, Free b4 12am T.I.T, Karbon, new home for legendary Trash Tuesdays, 10.30pm-3am, £5, £4

Wednesday 18th October

Eletricat Dance Group, RSAMD, Brazilian Street Dance classes, 6pm-7pm, £4 (£3.50), £3 RSAMD Gossip, SSU, Gay/mixed night with DJ Ricci, 8pm-late, Free Joints & Jams, Cube, The Longest running RnB night in Glasgow, 11pm-3am, £3 (£2) Mjam Salsa, Liptons, Salsa classes from 8pm with Chris Traynor, free club from 10.15pm, 8pm12am, Free New Flesh, Fury Murry’s, Rock, metal, punk, rap, industrial & alternative music, 10pm-3am, £4, £2 from 10pm-11pm, £1 with flyer/after 11pm Octopussy, The Arches, Student night with a bouncy castle, swimming pool?, jacuzzi?? & wedding chapel???, 10pm-3am, £4 Scottish Drum & Bass, The Liquid Lounge, Weekly session, 10.30pm-late, £2 Tongue In Cheek, Bamboo, Lounge, RnB &

in association with indie, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm/12pm with snapfax The Bunker Bar, Martin Bate (Beat 106) plays vintage rock & indie, 9pm-late, Free White Heat , The Classic Grand, Soho’s indie club night presents Foxface and The Royal We., 11pm-3am, £5. £4

Thursday 19th October

*.*, The Buff Club, Rock’n’roll & northern soul, 11pm-3am, £3 Abolicano Capoeira Scotland, RSAMD, Brazilian martial art with dance & music, 6pm7.30pm, £tbc Babaza, BeLo, Hip hop with the funk, 10pm3am, £6, free b4 11pm Chix On Dex, Chinawhite, Rock, funkpunk & house all mixed by lovely ladies, 10pm-3am, £4, free b4 11pm Cigarettes & F**k All, The Butterfly & The Pig, Craig McGee plays indie & rock ‘n’ roll, 9pm-late, Free Freakmenoovers, Glasgow School of Art, Fresh hip hop & funk cuts from the Freakmenoovers DJs, Record Playerz in the bar, 11pm-3am, £3 (£2) Homebrew, The Sub Club, Hip hop to nasty electro via the rest with Tiff Peaches, Provinylist Karim Ill Technique & Groundskeeper GC, 11pm3am, £3, £2 matric. card Lollipop, GUU, Pop, RnB & Indie , 10pm-2am, £3 (£2, £1), free b4 9pm On Demand, The Shed, DJ Euan takes requests by text message at this interactive club night, 10.30pm-3am, £3 Radiomagnetic, Gazelle, Funk, soul & latin grooves with Radiomagnetic DJs, From 8pm, Free Riff Raff, Bamboo, Mashed up house with street soul & electro-indie in the Red Room, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm/12.30pm with matric Rubbermensch, ABC, A night for indie lovers, 10pm-3am, £3 (£2), free b4 11.30pm with matric Pump Up The Jam, SSU, Old school cheese, live bands & funky house, £2 The Bunker Bar, CJ plays grunge & new rock, 9pm-late, Free

Friday 20th October

Boogie Down, Bluu, The groove-merchant Stewart Reid plays a jazz, disco & house sound, 10pm-3am, £5, free b4 11pm Fluid, Mas, Funky house from Lisa Littlewood, 11pm-3am, £5 Freakmenoovers, Rust Bar, Early doors serving of hip hop, funk, RnB & soul, 9pm-12am, Free Freakmenoovers, Blanket, Fresh hip hop & funk cuts from the Freakmenoovers DJs, 11pm-3am, £6 (£4) Old School, The Buff Club, Old school tunes with Gordie & Jack, 10.30pm-3am, £6 Red & Gold Room, Arta, Soul musak, 10pm3am, £7, free b4 11pm Rocket, Bamboo, House music from Geoff M, hip hop & lounge from Junior Campos & Max, 10.30pm-3am, £6 (£4) Sound Museum, Brel, DJ Hushpuppy (Art School) & Chris Geddes (Belle & Sebastian) dig out some retro soul, 9pm-1am, Free Stereodog, Chinawhite, Mr. Livewire & Gary Curley play house, 10pm-3am, £8 (£5) TFI Friday, SSU, DJ Phil, 4pm-3am, £2 after 5pm, free 4 students Vandal, Liquid Lounge, House sessions with residents Mash & Gianni, 10pm-3am, £5 Vice, The Cathouse, Indie rock party with Martin Bate (Xfm), 11pm-3am, £5 (£4), free b4 11.30pm with PIYP ABC, Electro, funk & indie with Euan Nielson, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11.30pm with matric The Bunker Bar, Tam Coyle plays vintage rock & indie, From 5pm, Free The Goat, Robbie Rolex & The Radio Magnetic Soundsystem on Weekly Rotation, 8pm-late, Free Cube Fridays, Urban tunes from Clyde 1’a George Bowie, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3) Jackin DC, The Universal, Electronic Dancing, tbc, £5

Saturday 21st October

Aerodynamico, Bar 91, Nu-jazz, breaks, soul, disco, hoose & dub with DJs on rotation from Glasgow & Edinburgh, 9pm-12am, Free Club NME, Glasgow School of Art, Divine in the bar, 11pm-3am, £7 (£6) Dirty Recordz, GUU, Paul N’Jie (Beat 106) plays current tunes, open decks downstairs, 10pm2am, £3 (£2, £1), free b4 9pm Groovejet, Mas, Weekly house & RnB mix, 11pm3am, £7 (£5) Hip Drop, Brel, Funk, soul, electro & disco from Robbie Rolex & Nel, 9pm-1am, Free Home Cookin’, BeLo, Urban music showcase, 10pm-3am, £7, free b4 11pm

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Homegrown, Bamboo, Stevie Sole Middleton, Miguel & Dominic Martin play house and smooth RnB, jazz & funk, 10.30pm-3am, £8 (£6) Nu-school, The Buff Club, Fresh northern soul, jazz & funk featuring live percussion, classics downstairs, 10.30pm-3am, £6 Open Dex, Deep 6 (GUU), Bring your vinyl/CDs if you think you can do better, 9pm-1am, £1, £2 non-members Subculture, The Sub Club, Chicago, Detroit, Glasgow, the deepest house & techno with your hosts Harri & Domenic, 11pm-3am, £10 Voodoo, The Cathouse, Under-18 club with metal, emo & punk, 5pm-9pm, £6 (£3) ABC, Room 1 plays soul, funk & punk with Gerry Lyons, room2 plays electro with Wasted Youth, 10pm-3am, £5 (£4), free b4 11.30pm with matric The Bunker Bar, Martin Bate (Beat 106) plays vintage rock & indie, 9pm-late, Free The Cathouse, Barry & Andy with all things rock, 10.30pm-3am, £6 (£5) Chinawhite, DJ Naeem playing main room RnB & classics, Mirrirbaw playing dunky house in the Mao room, 10pm-3am, £10 The Goat, Paul Needles, 8pm-late, Free MacSorleys, Jazz band downstairs, Paul Cawley & Karim The Pro-Vinylist upstairs, 9pm-late, Free Monox, **, Drexciyan DJ Stingray (Rephlex) and Adam X (mnx, Sonic Groove) headline while Magic Daddy provides live blips and beeps, 11pm-5am, ** Colours, The Arches, Timo Mass plus more TBC, 10.30pm-3am, TBC

Sunday 22nd October

Club Cuba!, Favela, Latin rhythms, 9pm-late, Free Club Priory: Retox Rooms, Blanket, RnB with DJ Richard Levinson, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3) Cold Night Song, The Goat, Guests & DJs play acoustic gems, 8pm-late, Free Disco Badger, Bamboo, Classic house music all night long from Dominic Martin, other boogie from Kash & Max, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3), free b4 11pm Junk, The Buff Club, Jazz & funk, with Marky Mark featuring live percussion by Duffy, 11pm3am, £3, free with matric Optimo, The Sub Club, JD Twitch & Wilkes will play pretty much anything and mix it well, 11pm3am, £6 (£5) Spank, The Cathouse, Rock, punk & dance, 11pm-3am, £4 (£2), free b4 1am with PIYP The Bunker Bar, Neil Wyper playing new & old rock & electronica, 9pm-late, Free

Monday 23rd October

Burn, The Buff Club, Glasgow institition with Normski & Zeus playing underground classics, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3), free for pub/club workers Eletricat Dance Group, RSAMD, Brazilian Street Dance classes, 6pm-7pm, £4 (£3.50), £3 RSAMD Fresh, The Polo Lounge, Popular gay venue with house & indie, 11pm-3am, £5

Tuesday 24th October

12 Hour Tuesdays, SSU, Chart music & live comedy, 3pm-3am, £2, free b4 3pm Abolicano Capoeira Scotland, RSAMD, Brazilian martial art with dance & music, 6pm7.30pm, £tbc All Star, Bamboo, Andy Wilson plays funk with DJ Kash on the hip pop, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm/12.30pm with matric Camouflage, Liquid Lounge, The best in midweek hip hop, breakbeat, electro & house, 11pm-3am, £2 Funky Luv, Play, Driving vocal house, 10pm3am, £5, £3 NUS Kaleidoscope, ABC2, Old school rock & roll, motown, pre-1984 music, 11pm-3am, £tbc Killer Kitsch, The Buff Club, Electroclash & that, 11pm-3am, £4 (£3) Rock Karaoke, The Cathouse, Karaoke to rock, Free b4 12am T.I.T, Karbon, new home for legendary Trash Tuesdays, 10.30pm-3am, £5, £4

CPL - Brown Bagging It Forever M

anaging to satisfy several different groups at once is bloody hard going. Juggling commitments to rockers, students, Goths, indie-kids and everyone else, Cathouse Promotions Ltd. (CPL), are the multi-headed titans of Glasgow nightlife, booking great bands, staging events and playing host to thousands every week in their many clubs. The organisation was started in 1990, with the original Cathouse in Bathgate the first venue in the portfolio. From a rock and punk background, founder Donald MacLeod recognised the need for a club catering to the rock underground. Struggling against the prevailing trend for acid house raves in fields, it was the start of an empire that now employs 500 plus staff, entertaining around 1.25 million Scottish youths and serving over twenty million drinks a year. Now 16 years old, with the Garage approaching its thirteenth year- hence their frankly filthy slogan ‘thirteen years of brown-bagging it’CPL is determined to push the envelope, with rockabilly, industrial metal, burlesque, indie, the odd bit of hair metal and almost every other genre you can imagine. On top of this, the bands and musicians they have welcomed to Glasgow reads like the Rolling Stone Encyclopaedia of Rock or, occasionally, Heat magazine. One of their most famous guests, Prince, came to play at the Garage, with a proviso forbidding the staff from looking at him. After taking the wrong entrance into the Garage and being mobbed by hordes of fans, the little purple love muscle chose to relax with a glass of champagne, poured by a confused barmaid with her eyes averted. In the great tradition of Glaswegian Hospitality, Donald MacLeod has also been personally responsible for upping sales of Aftershock to trendy young things, after pouring it down their necks at one of the many aftershow parties held at the Garage. More recently Shabazz of Big Brother fame played Cube, sung Somewhere Over the Rainbow and reportedly entranced an initially circumspect audience. Holy Moly gossip reports that at this gig, oversexed Shabazz offered to swap his fee for a chance to shag one of CPL’s array of beautiful staff. Other gems include Rolf Harris, ever popular in Glasgow, being asked to sign a fan’s enormous boob, and when the whole of Puddle Of Mudd allegedly arrived with venereal diseases so terrible that immediate medical attention had to be sought. Not content to rest on its comfy laurels, CPL continues to forge new ground in various exciting, original and occasionally barmy ways. Donald McLeod, the founder of CPL

and the massive party, culminating in a scooter an hour lottery for the party-goers. The Garage is now a space that is perhaps the most diverse in Glasgow, with rooms for the glittery pop-pickers, live bands and an indieloft with residents DJs Paul Cardow and Mig from Nice’n’Sleazys. This pluralistic approach, which reflects Glasgow’s own diversity, is key

to the Garage and CPL’s enduring success. Ever since its inception, CPL has strived to provide variety, safety and great atmosphere for its many guests, staff and performers. Now, as always, a major force in Glasgow’s nightlife, CPL is still pushing the envelope. WWW.CPLLIVE.CO.UK

Other exciting nights coming up are Slip it In, an evening of cock rock, the girls from Pretty Ugly (voted NME club of the week while at Bastille) playing a night, a host of themed nights like the famous Playboy garage night, and guest DJ slots in the vein of the brilliant Smiths night, which had a tribute band playing and Andy Rourke on the decks. Bandwise, they’ve booked Babyshambles, Lily Allen supported by hot young electro-spunks New Young Pony Club, and a terrifying metal tour called The Unholy Alliance. On the barmy side of things, the newly refurbished Underworld club will be hosting an open mic Live Cabaret Session, called Smoking Gun, which will welcome any entertaining, rehearsed and legal acts on stage to compete for a hundred quid. Phew. And there’s tons more besides that. The re-launch of Stavka as a gig venue, club and all round party spot on Glasgow’s ChampsElysées is the one of CPL’s latest ventures. Apparently, when the booze runs out in the freezing wilds of nowhere, Russian bars start serving up brake fluid on the rocks to their glamorous clientele. No such proletarian contrivances in Stavka; it has thankfully stuck to its international hopscotch cocktail menu. In terms of entertainment, Salon Boris will be appearing every month at their own Russian Roulette evenings, featuring live performances, dressing up, and all sorts of fun besides that. Other innovations include a night when DJs, apparently of bourgeois affectation, are sent off to the gulag. In their place, an egalitarian society will be erected, based around the inalienable right of punters to play their own music. God knows what you’ll hear, but it’ll definitely reflect the will of the people. Celebrity appearances will come from The Doves, The Matchsticks, The Johnny 7, Tim Burgess and Alan McGee, who’ll all be spinning their favourite records. All sorts of other events will be accompanying Stavka’s perestroika, kick-started by its own October Revolution. Forget Marx, Lenin and Stalin; think pissed up Khrushchev for an approximation of Stavka’s future. Not to be outdone at the Garage, to celebrate that venue’s thirteenth birthday, CPL are giving away thirteen scooters between now

King Creosote at The Garage

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KNOCKENGORROCH’ S THE HAIRTH Kathyrn Tickell band

Wednesday 25th October

A true antidote to the mammoth summer festivals with their extortionate ticket prices and pick n’ mix indie-pop line-ups, Knockengorroch is amazing. The diversity of the world music acts is its great strength, but Knockengorroch is the highlight. Much more than just a music festival; there are a variety of workshops, a Te-Pooka fire display, loads of stalls and a genuine sense of community which is difficult to describe. It sounds clichéd but I really did end up around a fire on the Sunday night at about 4am singing Beatles songs with a group of what were, about two hours beforehand, complete strangers. The free and easy feeling was reinforced by every aspect of the festival: the laid-back attendants content to ensure everyone had a great time

Eletricat Dance Group, RSAMD, Brazilian Street Dance classes, 6pm-7pm, £4 (£3.50), £3 RSAMD Gossip, SSU, Gay/mixed night with DJ Ricci, 8pm-late, Free Joints & Jams, Cube, The Longest running RnB night in Glasgow, 11pm-3am, £3 (£2) Mjam Salsa, Liptons, Salsa classes from 8pm with Chris Traynor, free club from 10.15pm, 8pm12am, Free New Flesh, Fury Murry’s, Rock, metal, punk, rap, industrial & alternative music, 10pm-3am, £4, £2 from 10pm-11pm, £1 with flyer/after 11pm Octopussy, The Arches, Student night with a

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and Saturday Scottish Sun columnist, has already judged the Glasgow leg of Boxwars at the Cathouse. A nationwide phenomenon, the competition involves armouring yourself with enough cardboard to house a tramp’s banquet then charging headlong at your friends and enemies. The Cathouse leg was an extra-special, Glasgow versus Edinburgh extravaganza.

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instead of imposing authority, the dancing that accompanied nearly every performance, the camping area in which it felt strange not to go and join groups around fires. In terms of the music each act I saw brought something different: The Pendulums with their off-the-wall folk songs, Saturday night headliners Apache Indian & The Reggae Revolution for their chilled party beats, or Loonaloop and the handstand skills of their lead singer, it was just that sort of festival. The setting only adds to the ambience, situated in a peaceful and picturesque pine plantation. Don’t think about it; next time it’s on, just go. [Xavier Toby] KNOCKENGORROCH FARM, SOUTH WEST SCOTLAND, S EP 15-17, £50 FOR THE WEEKEND, WWW.KNOCKENGORROCH.ORG.UK photos: Mick Bourke

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Best for…Accessories Oxfam Donated Goods Shop, 231 Byres Road Their selection of accessories is second to none, including different styles, and, every now and then, some top labels. Keep an eye on the prices, though, as they can be a bit overblown. Best for…An Exotic Touch Islamic Relief, 115-117 Albert Drive Set in the heart of the Muslim community, this shop is highly recommended for those searching for Asian clothes or the right accessories, such as bangles or sequinned shoes, to go with a sari. Why buy expensive items inspired by Asian fashion on the high street, when you can have the original thing for much less? Best for…Bargains Sense Scotland Charity Shop, 168 Dumbarton Road A strange little shop - too narrow and a bit claustrophobic - Sence has plenty of clothes hanging along the walls. From the outside it may look off-putting, it can however be a real goldmine. Ignore at your peril. Best for…Books Oxfam Bookshop, 330 Byres Road Stocked with everything from fiction and poetry to art, biographies, textbooks and volumes about Scotland. Definitely one for students as textbooks are sold at a fraction of their original price. Best for…Bric-a-Brac Shelter, 214 Great Western Road The quality of their clothes is excellent, and they also have a great selection of bits and bobs. There’s a bit of everything on offer here including vases, teapots and assorted knick-knacks, all at extremely fair prices. Best for…Clothes The Salvation Army, 91 Dumbarton Road If you’re looking for clothes as well as something a little more unusual, this is the place. As a bonus the racks are well arranged and thoughtfully spread out, the stock is ironed and clean, and it’s possible to find amazing clothes for less than £2. Best for…Exclusive Clothing Shelter, 679 Great Western Road Word of mouth has it that if you’re really lucky, you’ll discover stuff here from the BBC Costume Department, as the HQ of BBC Scotland is just around the corner. On an ordinary day you’ll still find some of the funkiest retro and vintage clothing around. Best for…Music Oxfam Music Shop, 171 Byres Road The first charity to open specialist music stores throughout the country, they still have the best selection around thanks to their fantastic range of quality vinyl, CDs, sheet music and music books. Again, keep an eye on the prices, but if you’ve just found that rare 7” you were desperately seeking, you just might have to give in. Best for…Toys Barnardo’s, 483 Victoria Road Tired of spending money on toys that are used for only minutes before being abandoned? Rather than going for the new, expensive option, try this shop to please the kids and, since at Barnardo’s all the toys carry the CE mark, you can be sure they are safe. Best for…Weird and Wonderful PDSA, 154 Dumbarton Road If you dig the most unusual of fashions, this is the place for you. Also one of the best laid out charity shops around as there is ample space between the racks, meaning you will have all the space you need to browse in comfort. Keep an eye on their stock of accessories, books and homewares as it changes constantly.

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GLASGOW CLUBS bouncy castle, swimming pool?, jacuzzi?? & wedding chapel???, 10pm-3am, £4 Scottish Drum & Bass, The Liquid Lounge, Weekly session, 10.30pm-late, £2 Tongue In Cheek, Bamboo, Lounge, RnB & indie, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm/12pm with snapfax The Bunker Bar, Martin Bate (Beat 106) plays vintage rock & indie, 9pm-late, Free

Thursday 26th October

*.*, The Buff Club, Rock’n’roll & northern soul, 11pm-3am, £3 Abolicano Capoeira Scotland, RSAMD, Brazilian martial art with dance & music, 6pm7.30pm, £tbc Babaza, BeLo, Hip hop with the funk, 10pm3am, £6, free b4 11pm Chix On Dex, Chinawhite, Rock, funkpunk & house all mixed by lovely ladies, 10pm-3am, £4, free b4 11pm Cigarettes & F**k All, The Butterfly & The Pig, Craig McGee plays indie & rock ‘n’ roll, 9pmlate, Free Freakmenoovers, Glasgow School of Art, Fresh hip hop & funk cuts from the Freakmenoovers DJs, Record Playerz in the bar, 11pm-3am, £3 (£2) Homebrew, The Sub Club, Hip hop to nasty electro via the rest with Tiff Peaches, Provinylist Karim Ill Technique & Groundskeeper GC, 11pm3am, £3, £2 matric. card Lollipop, GUU, Pop, RnB & Indie , 10pm-2am, £3 (£2, £1), free b4 9pm On Demand, The Shed, DJ Euan takes requests by text message at this interactive club night, 10.30pm-3am, £3 Radiomagnetic, Gazelle, Funk, soul & latin grooves with Radiomagnetic DJs, From 8pm, Free Riff Raff, Bamboo, Mashed up house with street soul & electro-indie in the Red Room, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm/12.30pm with matric Rubbermensch, ABC, A night for indie lovers, 10pm-3am, £3 (£2), free b4 11.30pm with matric Pump Up The Jam, SSU, Old school cheese, live bands & funky house, £2

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The Bunker Bar, CJ plays grunge & new rock, 9pm-late, Free

Friday 27th October

Boogie Down, Bluu, The groove-merchant Stewart Reid plays a jazz, disco & house sound, 10pm-3am, £5, free b4 11pm Fluid, Mas, Funky house from Lisa Littlewood, 11pm-3am, £5 Freakmenoovers, Rust Bar, Early doors serving of hip hop, funk, RnB & soul, 9pm-12am, Free Freakmenoovers, Blanket, Fresh hip hop & funk from Freakmenoovers DJs, 11pm-3am, £6 (£4) Old School, The Buff Club, Old school tunes with Gordie & Jack, 10.30pm-3am, £6 Red & Gold Room, Arta, Soul musak, 10pm3am, £7, free b4 11pm Rocket, Bamboo, House music from Geoff M, hip hop & lounge from Junior Campos & Max, 10.30pm-3am, £6 (£4) Sound Museum, Brel, DJ Hushpuppy (Art School) & Chris Geddes (Belle & Sebastian) dig out some retro soul, 9pm-1am, Free Stereodog, Chinawhite, Mr. Livewire & Gary Curley play house, 10pm-3am, £8 (£5) TFI Friday, SSU, DJ Phil, 4pm-3am, £2 after 5pm, free 4 students Vandal, Liquid Lounge, House sessions with residents Mash & Gianni, 10pm-3am, £5 Vice, The Cathouse, Indie rock party with Martin Bate (Xfm), 11pm-3am, £5 (£4), free b4 11.30pm with PIYP ABC, Electro, funk & indie with Euan Nielson, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11.30pm with matric The Bunker Bar, Tam Coyle plays vintage rock & indie, From 5pm, Free The Goat, Robbie Rolex & The Radio Magnetic Soundsystem on Weekly Rotation, 8pm-late, Free Cube Fridays, Urban tunes from Clyde 1’a George Bowie, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3) Pressure, The Arches, Green Velvet, Slam, Ivan Smagghe, Agoria, Let’s Go Outside, leftroom records with Matt Tolfrey, Marc Ashken (LIVE), Audiojack, 10.30pm-3am, TBC

Saturday 28th October

disco, hoose & dub with DJs on rotation from Glasgow & Edinburgh, 9pm-12am, Free Club NME, Glasgow School of Art, Divine in the bar, 11pm-3am, £7 (£6) Dirty Recordz, GUU, Paul N’Jie (Beat 106) plays current tunes, open decks downstairs, 10pm2am, £3 (£2, £1), free b4 9pm Groovejet, Mas, Weekly house & RnB mix, 11pm3am, £7 (£5) Hip Drop, Brel, Funk, soul, electro & disco from Robbie Rolex & Nel, 9pm-1am, Free Home Cookin’, BeLo, Urban music showcase, 10pm-3am, £7, free b4 11pm Homegrown, Bamboo, Stevie Sole Middleton, Miguel & Dominic Martin play house and smooth RnB, jazz & funk, 10.30pm-3am, £8 (£6) Nu-school, The Buff Club, Fresh northern soul, jazz & funk featuring live percussion, classics downstairs, 10.30pm-3am, £6 Open Dex, Deep 6 (GUU), Bring your vinyl/CDs if you think you can do better, 9pm-1am, £1, £2 non-members Subculture, The Sub Club, Chicago, Detroit, Glasgow, the deepest house & techno with your hosts Harri & Domenic, 11pm-3am, £10 Voodoo, The Cathouse, Under-18 club with metal, emo & punk, 5pm-9pm, £6 (£3) ABC, Room 1 plays soul, funk & punk with Gerry Lyons, room2 plays electro with Wasted Youth, 10pm-3am, £5 (£4), free b4 11.30pm with matric The Bunker Bar, Martin Bate (Beat 106) plays vintage rock & indie, 9pm-late, Free The Cathouse, Barry & Andy with all things rock, 10.30pm-3am, £6 (£5) Chinawhite, DJ Naeem playing main room RnB & classics, Mirrirbaw playing dunky house in the Mao room, 10pm-3am, £10 The Goat, Paul Needles, 8pm-late, Free MacSorleys, Jazz band downstairs, Paul Cawley & Karim The Pro-Vinylist upstairs, 9pm-late, Free

acoustic gems, 8pm-late, Free Disco Badger, Bamboo, Classic house music from Dominic Martin, other boogie from Kash & Max, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3), free b4 11pm Junk, The Buff Club, Jazz & funk, with Marky Mark featuring live percussion by Duffy, 11pm3am, £3, free with matric Optimo, The Sub Club, JD Twitch & Wilkes will play pretty much anything and mix it well, 11pm3am, £6 (£5) Spank, The Cathouse, Rock, punk & dance, 11pm-3am, £4 (£2), free b4 1am with PIYP The Bunker Bar, Neil Wyper playing new & old rock & electronica, 9pm-late, Free

Monday 30th October

Club Cuba!, Favela, Latin rhythms, 9pm-late, Free Club Priory: Retox Rooms, Blanket, RnB with DJ Richard Levinson, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3) Cold Night Song, The Goat, Guests & DJs play

YELLOW BOX DENOTES SKINNY HIGHLIGHTS

eading into the winter months it’s time for summer angels to ditch the casual pastels and smarten up with sharp but feminine dresses. Don’t throw away the leggings just yet; teamed with a simple pair of heels or wedges they’re just the thing to accessorize the subtle gothic look of this coming autumn. Dark and damaged is the feel of the season, and Allsaints has it captured and caged with their extensive range. Stylists: Kelly Cooper-Barr, Hamish Carruthers, Francis Martin Photographer: Jane Fenton Models: Sophie, Holly, Amanda, Location: Allsaints shop in Glasgow, GPO Building, 0141 248 6437 WWW.ALLSAINTS.CO.UK

Burn, The Buff Club, Glasgow institition with Normski & Zeus playing underground classics, 11pm-3am, £5 (£3), free for pub/club workers Eletricat Dance Group, RSAMD, Brazilian Street Dance classes, 6pm-7pm, £4 (£3.50), £3 RSAMD Fresh, The Polo Lounge, Popular gay venue with house & indie, 11pm-3am, £5

Tuesday 31st October

12 Hour Tuesdays, SSU, Chart music & live comedy, 3pm-3am, £2, free b4 3pm Abolicano Capoeira Scotland, RSAMD, Brazilian martial art with dance & music, 6pm7.30pm, £tbc All Star, Bamboo, Andy Wilson plays funk with DJ Kash on the hip pop, 10pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm/12.30pm with matric Camouflage, Liquid Lounge, The best in midweek hip hop, breakbeat, electro & house, 11pm-3am, £2 Funky Luv, Play, Driving vocal house, 10pm3am, £5, £3 NUS Kaleidoscope, ABC2, Old school rock & roll, motown, pre-1984 music, 11pm-3am, £tbc Killer Kitsch, The Buff Club, Electroclash & that, 11pm-3am, £4 (£3) Rock Karaoke, The Cathouse, Karaoke to rock, placex, Free b4 12am T.I.T, Karbon, new home for legendary Trash Tuesdays, 10.30pm-3am, £5, £4

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Babydoll, Po Na Na, Funky house, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 b4 12am Bootylushous, Medina, RnB, soul, funk & disco with Trendy Wendy, Dale & Simone, 10pm-3am, £4, £2 b4 12am Club Simba, The Jazz Bar, Afro, carribean, RnB, hip hop, live pa & audio visual images with DJs Red Alert, Wellaz & guests, 10pm-3am, £3, free b4 11.30pm Curious? Sunday Joint, The Bongo Club, Diverse selection of music, free internet & games, 4pm-3am, £3, free b4 11pm Headspin, Pivo Caffe, Mash-up of freestyle beats with Headspin DJs, 9pm-3am, Free Hobo, The Bongo Club, Alternative music with guests, 10pm-3am, £3, free b4 11pm Kayos, Opium, Rock, metal & indie with residents, 8pm-3am, Free Scottish Hobo Society (live), The Bongo Club, Alternative music for justified sinners, 10.30pm3am, £3, free b4 11pm Sientelo!, El Barrio, Latin America music mixed with chart tunes, 11pm-3am, Free Taste, The Liquid Room, Edinburgh’s longest running gay friendly club night, eclectic dance music, 11pm-3am, £8 (£6), £5 b4 11.30pm I Fly Spitfires, Cabaret Voltaire, Indie pant swinging to the sound of The Victorian English Gentleman’s Club, Dartz!, Fiction/Action and Spitfires DJs, 11pm-3am, £5

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Monday 2nd October

Happy Mondays, Po Na Na, Night for students & Industry folk, indie, rock & funk, 11pm-3am, £4, free for students Hobbes, Pivo Caffe, Eclectic mix with Hobbes (Trouble), 9pm-3am, Free The Latin Quarter, Medina, Salsa, funk & latin house, 10pm-3am, Free The Reggae Lounge, Beluga, Hosted by Mighty Howard, From 9pm, Free Rock Karaoke, Opium, ROAR, From 10pm, Free Salsa Dance Classes, The Bongo Club, Cuban Salsa, drop-in classes, 7pm for beginners, 8pm for the advanced, 7pm-9pm, £5 Soundproof, The Outhouse, Open decks night hosted by the Soundproof DJs, 8pm-1am, Free Trade Union, Cabaret Voltaire, Night for deserving bar & club staff, DJ Beefy and Wolfjazz take to the decks where literally anything goes, 10pm-3am, £2, £1 Trade Union members/ECCF members You Control, Subway Cowgate, Current & classic indie, rock & chart, 11pm-3am, Free Zoot Swing, Café Royal, Swing dance classes, beginners 7pm, improvers 8pm followed by bigband swing jazz & neo-swing beats, 9pm-late, £4.50 (£3.50), free after 9 Henrys Cellar, Flamenco, latin & reggae with Kinkey, 10pm-3am, £3

Tuesday 3rd October

The Diamond Dice, Massa, Hip hop, RnB & grime with your host Mr. Jinx, 10.30pm-3am, £5 Frunt, The Liquid Room, DJ Stuart Johnston playing house music all night long, 10.30pm-3am, Free Jacek, Pivo Caffe, Eastern block house party, 9pm-3am, Free Radar, Subway Cowgate, Dance & indie, 11pm3am, Free Rewind, Prive’ Council, 100% upfront RnB & hip hop, 10pm-3am, £2, ladies free b4 12am Split, Cabaret Voltaire, Blend of house, techno, drum & bass, breakbeat from Edinburgh locals, healthy mid-week rave, 11.30pm-3am, Free Swing Dance Classes, The Bongo Club, Beginners at 7pm, advanced at 8pm, 7pm-9pm, £4 (£3) for one, £6 (£5) for both Swingbeats, The Bongo Club, Lenny Love, Monkeyboy & Trouble play jazz, swing, soul & breaks with reggae upstairs from the White Wastafarians, 10pm-3am, Free

Wednesday 4th October

Chambles, Opal Lounge, Funk & chart with DJ Jez Hill, 9pm-3am, £5 (£4) Indi-Go, The Liquid Room, Indie & alternative, 10.30pm-3am, £2, £1 students Insomnia, Prive’ Council, Warner Powers & Claudio bring fresh house tunes each week, 10pm-3am, Free Paul Daley, Pivo Caffe, Free flowing funk to house, 9pm-3am, Free The Pit, Subway Cowgate, Rock & metal, 11pm3am, Free Stir Fried, The Outhouse, Pre-club with indie & rock from B-Sides & Bootross Rock, 9pm-1am, Free Tease Age Wednesdays, Citrus Club, Indie, mod & soul with DJ Monkee Mikeeeeeeeeee,

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11pm-3am, £3, free b4 11.30pm Toxik, Opium, DJ Nu-Clear playing new & old metal & hard rock, 8pm-3am, Free We Are … Electric, Cabaret Voltaire, Gary Mac & guests DAVA play house, electro, tech-house & breaks with rotating guests in the back, 11pm3am, £2, free b4 12am/members

Thursday 5th October

Beat Root Juice Club, The Jazz Bar, Live afrobeat, latin & ska from resident band The Goat Stew Orchestra & resident DJ B*Wax, 10pm-3am, Free Bounce, Po Na Na, DJ 2three playing urban sounds, 11pm-3am, £4 (£3) Genetic, Citrus Club, Night of rock anthems, 11pm-3am, £2 Grafitti, Medina, Kipp$ & Master Caird play party tunes all night, 10pm-3am, £3 (£2) Housebound, Ego, Sexy house, funky stuff, electro & disco with DJs from Edinburgh & Glasgow, 10pm-3am, £5 Lel Palfrey, Pivo Caffe, Disco & jazz & disco & more, 9pm-3am, Free LuckyMe, City Café, Hip hop, soul & off beats, 8.30pm-1am, Free Salsa Disco, Cuba Norte, Salsa dance & tasty tapas, 10pm-1am, Free Souled Out, Opal Lounge, Soul, disco & dance with Leon Easter (33 45), 9pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm Snatch Social, The Liquid Room, Messy night guaranteed at eclectic student bash, 9pm-3am, £5 (£4), £3 members Traffic, Heriot-Watt University, Indie & alternative, 11.30pm-2am, Free Assembly Bar, The Departure Lounge DJs, 9pm1am, Free Bunker, Cabaret Voltaire, The Cab is transformed into a nuclear bunker for a night of dirty electro from Gary Mac (We Are Electric) and jazzy beats from Checkmate, 11pm-3am, £6/£5/£4 Basement Boogie, Hudsons, Trouble Djs with club classics and current killers- guests Nick Yuill & Rob Mathie (Solescience), 11pm-3am, Free Auto, Ego, an alternative club night playing a mix of indie pop, post punk, art rock and anti-folk - with Das Wanderlust (live), 11pm-3am, £3, £2

Friday 6th October

Cult, Po Na Na, DJ Nicki & guests playing hip hop, disco, funk & RnB, 10pm-3am, £5, £2.50 b4 11pm Evol, The Liquid Room, Indie, hip hop, alternative beats & rock, 10.30pm-3am, £5 Get Funk’d, Medina, Double D & Isla play hip hop to house, 10pm-3am, £4, £3 b4 11pm Jam Friday, Heriot-Watt University, Pop & cheese, 10pm-3am, £2 Night Train, Liberty’s Bar (Heriot-Watt), 8pm2am, Free Planet Earth, Citrus Club, 80s tunes with residents, 10.30pm-3am, £5 Salsa Caribe!, The Lot, Salsa DJs on the special wooden dancefloor, 9pm-1.30am, £5, £4 b4 9.30pm Satchmo Sessions, Pivo Caffe, House Session, 9pm-3am, Free Unknown Pleasures, Teviot Union, Indie club, 9pm-3am, £3 (£2) Assembly Bar, Quirky, ReachOut & Mr. Meaks 5-9, Trouble DJs 9-1, 5pm-1am, Free Trouble, Cabaret Voltaire, Fresh from Bestival The Trouble DJs mix it up in a unique way they like to call freestyle, The Asthmatic Scene (live), 11pm-3am, £6, £5 Modern Lovers, Ego, Deep funk, dynamite ska, Northern Soul, Freakbeats and psyche with residents Craig Jamieson and Mr. Divine, 11pm3am, £6, £4 Shari Vari, The Vaults, Dj’s from Club Michigan & Nightstrike are inspired by legendary 70’s New York clubs and 80’s Chicago House parties, 11pm3am, £3, free b4 midnight Fast, Bongo Club, live ‘river-city junkshop glam’ from The Royal We are welcomed to the Fast punk/disco/electro/danceparty, 11pm-3am, £5 Hard Day’s Night, Wee Red Bar, Indie, Soul & Rock ‘n’ Roll with guest djs, 11pm-3am, £5, £4

Saturday 7th October

2Hot, Ego, RnB & hip hop with Ritchie Ruftone & friends, under 18s only (14-17), 6.45pm-9.45pm, £5 The Egg, Wee Red Bar, Indie, garage, punk, ska & more at the Art College’s long running institution, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 students/members Junior Mission, Studio 24, Goth music for the young, 6pm-10pm, £5 Liquid Soul, Po Na Na, Mark B & guests with chirpy music, 10.30pm-3am, £6, £3 b4 11pm

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LISTINGS Lounge, Liberty’s Bar (Heriot-Watt), Eclectic mix of tunes, 8pm-1.30am, Free Mission, Studio 24, Goth music for the old, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 members Much More, Medina, Hip-hop & funk cuts with Nasty P & Cunnie, 10pm-3am, £4, £3 b4 11pm Party Night, El Barrio, Salsa night with DJ Papi & Alex Gato, free classes from 10pm, 11pm-3am, Free Saturday Night Fish Fry, The Jazz Bar, Erik D’Viking & Astroboy, 11pm-3am, £5, free b4 11.30pm Sophistifunk, City, John Hutchison (Tokyoblu) plays house remixes, funky RnB & bootlegs, 11pm-3am, £8 Tease Age, Citrus Club, All things rock, motown, alternative & soul, 11pm-3am, £5, free b4 11.30pm Assembly Bar, Gareth Somerville (Ultragroove) & Jonnie Lyley (Scratch), 9pm-1am, Free Pivo Caffe, Electronic music from house addicts in this warm-up venue, 9pm-3am, Free Ultragroove, Cabaret Voltaire, Gareth Somerville, The Fwd DJs and The Filth DJs, 11pm3am, £8, £6 students Jackhammer, Ego, Billy Nasty hammers out the techno tunes, 11pm-3am, £10, £7 Sumo, Berlin, Geoff M, Harry, Steven Wanless Gary Mac (We Are Electric) all team up for this monster of a house night., 10pm-5am, £7 Headspin, Bongo, Headspin resident DJs with a four deck mix of hip hop, funk, house, beats and guest David Holmes, 10.30pm-3am, £10

Sunday 8th October

Babydoll, Po Na Na, Funky house, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 b4 12am Bootylushous, Medina, RnB, soul, funk & disco with Trendy Wendy, Dale & Simone, 10pm-3am, £4, £2 b4 12am Club Simba, The Jazz Bar, Afro, carribean, RnB, hip hop, live pa & audio visual images with DJs Red Alert, Wellaz & guests, 10pm-3am, £3, free b4 11.30pm Curious? Sunday Joint, The Bongo Club, Diverse selection of music, free internet & games, 4pm-3am, £3, free b4 11pm Headspin, Pivo Caffe, Mash-up of freestyle beats with Headspin DJs, 9pm-3am, Free Hobo, The Bongo Club, Alternative music with guests, 10pm-3am, £3, free b4 11pm Kayos, Opium, Rock, metal & indie with residents, 8pm-3am, Free Scottish Hobo Society (live), The Bongo Club, Alternative music for justified sinners, 10.30pm3am, £3, free b4 11pm Sientelo!, El Barrio, Latin America music mixed with chart tunes, 11pm-3am, Free Taste, Cabaret Voltaire, Cabaret Voltaire welcomes Edinburgh’s longest running gay friendly club night with open arms, this housewarming feat. DJ Spooky, 11pm-3am, £8 (£6), £5 b4 11.30pm

Monday 9th October

Happy Mondays, Po Na Na, Night for students & Industry folk, indie, rock & funk, 11pm-3am, £4, free for students Hobbes, Pivo Caffe, Eclectic mix with Hobbes (Trouble), 9pm-3am, Free The Latin Quarter, Medina, Salsa, funk & latin house, 10pm-3am, Free The Reggae Lounge, Beluga, Hosted by Mighty Howard, From 9pm, Free Rock Karaoke, Opium, ROAR, From 10pm, Free Salsa Dance Classes, The Bongo Club, Cuban Salsa, drop-in classes, 7pm for beginners, 8pm for the advanced, 7pm-9pm, £5 Soundproof, The Outhouse, Open decks night hosted by the Soundproof DJs, 8pm-1am, Free Trade Union, Cabaret Voltaire, Night for deserving bar & club staff, DJ Beefy and Wolfjazz take to the decks where literally anything goes, 10pm-3am, £2, £1 Trade Union members/ECCF members You Control, Subway Cowgate, Current & classic indie, rock & chart, 11pm-3am, Free Zoot Swing, Café Royal, Swing dance classes, beginners 7pm, improvers 8pm followed by bigband swing jazz & neo-swing beats, 9pm-late, £4.50 (£3.50), free after 9 Henrys Cellar, Flamenco, latin & reggae with Kinkey, 10pm-3am, £3

Tuesday 10th October

The Diamond Dice, Massa, Hip hop, RnB & grime with your host Mr. Jinx, 10.30pm-3am, £5 Frunt, The Liquid Room, DJ Stuart Johnston playing house music all night long, 10.30pm3am, Free Jacek, Pivo Caffe, Eastern block house party, 9pm-3am, Free

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Radar, Subway Cowgate, Dance & indie, 11pm-3am, Free Rewind, Prive’ Council, 100% upfront RnB & hip hop, 10pm-3am, £2, ladies free b4 12am Split, Cabaret Voltaire, Blend of house, techno, drum & bass, breakbeat from Edinburgh locals, healthy mid-week rave with special guests ATM On The Road, 11.30pm-3am, Free Swing Dance Classes, The Bongo Club, Beginners at 7pm, advanced at 8pm, 7pm-9pm, £4 (£3) for one, £6 (£5) for both Swingbeats, The Bongo Club, Lenny Love, Monkeyboy & Trouble play jazz, swing, soul & breaks with reggae upstairs from the White Wastafarians, 10pm-3am, Free

Wednesday 11th October

Chambles, Opal Lounge, Funk & chart with DJ Jez Hill, 9pm-3am, £5 (£4) Indi-Go, The Liquid Room, Indie & alternative, 10.30pm-3am, £2, £1 students Insomnia, Prive’ Council, Warner Powers & Claudio bring fresh house tunes each week, 10pm-3am, Free Paul Daley, Pivo Caffe, Free flowing funk to house, 9pm-3am, Free The Pit, Subway Cowgate, Rock & metal, 11pm3am, Free Stir Fried, The Outhouse, Pre-club with indie & rock from B-Sides & Bootross Rock, 9pm-1am, Free Tease Age Wednesdays, Citrus Club, Indie, mod & soul with DJ Monkee Mikeeeeeeeeee, 11pm-3am, £3, free b4 11.30pm Toxik, Opium, DJ Nu-Clear playing new & old metal & hard rock, 8pm-3am, Free We Are … Electric, Cabaret Voltaire, Gary Mac & guests FC Kahuna play house, electro, techhouse & breaks with rotating guests in the back, 11.30pm-3am, £2, free b4 12am/members

Thursday 12th October

Beat Root Juice Club, The Jazz Bar, Live afrobeat, latin & ska from resident band The Goat Stew Orchestra & resident DJ B*Wax, 10pm3am, Free Bounce, Po Na Na, DJ 2three playing urban sounds, 11pm-3am, £4 (£3) Genetic, Citrus Club, Night of rock anthems, 11pm-3am, £2 Grafitti, Medina, Kipp$ & Master Caird play party tunes all night, 10pm-3am, £3 (£2) Housebound, Ego, Sexy house, funky stuff, electro & disco with DJs from Edinburgh & Glasgow, 10pm-3am, £5 Lel Palfrey, Pivo Caffe, Disco & jazz & disco & more, 9pm-3am, Free LuckyMe, City Café, Hip hop, soul & off beats, 8.30pm-1am, Free Salsa Disco, Cuba Norte, Salsa dance & tasty tapas, 10pm-1am, Free Souled Out, Opal Lounge, Soul, disco & dance with Leon Easter (33 45), 9pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm Snatch Social, The Liquid Room, Messy night guaranteed at eclectic student bash, 9pm-3am, £5 (£4), £3 members Traffic, Heriot-Watt University, Indie & alternative, 11.30pm-2am, Free Assembly Bar, The Departure Lounge DJs, 9pm1am, Free Spies In The Wire, Cabaret Voltaire, Metronomy and Napoleon III play live with the Spitfires DJs popping up inbetween for more indie hits, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 Basement Boogie, Hudsons, Trouble Djs with club classics and current killers- guest ABC Sam (Mixer), 11pm-3am, Free

Friday 13th October

Cult, Po Na Na, DJ Nicki & guests playing hip hop, disco, funk & RnB, 10pm-3am, £5, £2.50 b4 11pm Evol, The Liquid Room, Indie, hip hop, alternative beats & rock, 10.30pm-3am, £5 Get Funk’d, Medina, Double D & Isla play hip hop to house, 10pm-3am, £4, £3 b4 11pm Jam Friday, Heriot-Watt University, Pop & cheese, 10pm-3am, £2 Night Train, Liberty’s Bar (Heriot-Watt), 8pm2am, Free Planet Earth, Citrus Club, 80s tunes with residents, 10.30pm-3am, £5 Salsa Caribe!, The Lot, Salsa DJs on the special wooden dancefloor, 9pm-1.30am, £5, £4 b4 9.30pm Satchmo Sessions, Pivo Caffe, House Session, 9pm-3am, Free Unknown Pleasures, Teviot Union, Indie club, 9pm-3am, £3 (£2) Assembly Bar, Quirky, ReachOut & Mr. Meaks 5-9, Trouble DJs 9-1, 5pm-1am, Free

Solescience, Cabaret Voltaire, Fingers crossed that the first lady of Chi-House can make it across international airspace to play her rescheduled Solescience date - DJ Heather joins the ever effervescent residents Rob and Nick for full on house fun, 10.30pm - 3am, £7, £5 students Nuklear Puppy, Ego, Guest TBC plus residents Jason Cortez and Dean Newton play hard house, trance and tribal tech, 10.30pm-3am, TBC

Saturday 14th October

2Hot, Ego, RnB & hip hop with Ritchie Ruftone & friends, under 18s only (14-17), 6.45pm-9.45pm, £5 The Egg, Wee Red Bar, Indie, garage, punk, ska & more at the Art College’s long running institution, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 students/members Junior Mission, Studio 24, Goth music for the young, 6pm-10pm, £5 Liquid Soul, Po Na Na, Mark B & guests with chirpy music, 10.30pm-3am, £6, £3 b4 11pm Lounge, Liberty’s Bar (Heriot-Watt), Eclectic mix of tunes, 8pm-1.30am, Free Mission, Studio 24, Goth music for the old, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 members Much More, Medina, Hip-hop & funk cuts with Nasty P & Cunnie, 10pm-3am, £4, £3 b4 11pm Party Night, El Barrio, Salsa night with DJ Papi & Alex Gato, free classes from 10pm, 11pm-3am, Free Saturday Night Fish Fry, The Jazz Bar, Erik D’Viking & Astroboy, 11pm-3am, £5, free b4 11.30pm Sophistifunk, City, John Hutchison (Tokyoblu) plays house remixes, funky RnB & bootlegs, 11pm-3am, £8 Tease Age, Citrus Club, All things rock, motown, alternative & soul, 11pm-3am, £5, free b4 11.30pm Assembly Bar, Gareth Somerville (Ultragroove) & Jonnie Lyley (Scratch), 9pm-1am, Free Pivo Caffe, Electronic music from house addicts in this warm-up venue, 9pm-3am, Free Ufreak, Cabaret Voltaire, Open decks night plus Jay Steinveg and Carl Legend, 11pm-3am, £8 Fever, Ego, Taste residents Fisher & Price with Martin Valentine, The Visitor and Kaupuss, 10.30pm-3am, £10, £8 Street, Fever preclub party from 9pm, 9pm onwards, free Messenger Sound System, Bongo Club, paving the way in Roots, Dub and Reggae, 11pm-3am, £7

Sunday 15th October

Babydoll, Po Na Na, Funky house, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 b4 12am Bootylushous, Medina, RnB, soul, funk & disco with Trendy Wendy, Dale & Simone, 10pm-3am, £4, £2 b4 12am Club Simba, The Jazz Bar, Afro, carribean, RnB, hip hop, live pa & audio visual images with DJs Red Alert, Wellaz & guests, 10pm-3am, £3, free b4 11.30pm Curious? Sunday Joint, The Bongo Club, Diverse selection of music, free internet & games, 4pm-3am, £3, free b4 11pm Headspin, Pivo Caffe, Mash-up of freestyle beats with Headspin DJs, 9pm-3am, Free Hobo, The Bongo Club, Alternative music with guests, 10pm-3am, £3, free b4 11pm Kayos, Opium, Rock, metal & indie with residents, 8pm-3am, Free Scottish Hobo Society (live), The Bongo Club, Alternative music for justified sinners, 10.30pm3am, £3, free b4 11pm Sientelo!, El Barrio, Latin America music mixed with chart tunes, 11pm-3am, Free Taste, Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh’s longest running gay friendly club night settles into it’s new home with both rooms going at it house style, 11pm-3am, £8 (£6), £5 b4 11.30pm

Monday 16th October

Happy Mondays, Po Na Na, Night for students & Industry folk, indie, rock & funk, 11pm-3am, £4, free for students Hobbes, Pivo Caffe, Eclectic mix with Hobbes (Trouble), 9pm-3am, Free The Latin Quarter, Medina, Salsa, funk & latin house, 10pm-3am, Free The Reggae Lounge, Beluga, Hosted by Mighty Howard, From 9pm, Free Rock Karaoke, Opium, ROAR, From 10pm, Free Salsa Dance Classes, The Bongo Club, Cuban Salsa, drop-in classes, 7pm for beginners, 8pm for the advanced, 7pm-9pm, £5 Soundproof, The Outhouse, Open decks night hosted by the Soundproof DJs, 8pm-1am, Free Trade Union, Cabaret Voltaire, Night for deserving bar & club staff, DJ Beefy and Wolfjazz

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take to the decks where literally anything goes, 10pm-3am, £2, £1 Trade Union members/ECCF members You Control, Subway Cowgate, Current & classic indie, rock & chart, 11pm-3am, Free Zoot Swing, Café Royal, Swing dance classes, beginners 7pm, improvers 8pm followed by bigband swing jazz & neo-swing beats, 9pm-late, £4.50 (£3.50), free after 9 Henrys Cellar, Flamenco, latin & reggae with Kinkey, 10pm-3am, £3

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Tuesday 17th October

The Diamond Dice, Massa, Hip hop, RnB & grime with your host Mr. Jinx, 10.30pm-3am, £5 Frunt, The Liquid Room, DJ Stuart Johnston playing house music all night long, 10.30pm3am, Free Jacek, Pivo Caffe, Eastern block house party, 9pm-3am, Free Radar, Subway Cowgate, Dance & indie, 11pm-3am, Free Rewind, Prive’ Council, 100% upfront RnB & hip hop, 10pm-3am, £2, ladies free b4 12am Split, Cabaret Voltaire, Blend of house, techno, drum & bass, breakbeat from Edinburgh locals, healthy mid-week rave, 11.30pm-3am, Free Swing Dance Classes, The Bongo Club, Beginners at 7pm, advanced at 8pm, 7pm-9pm, £4 (£3) for one, £6 (£5) for both Swingbeats, The Bongo Club, Lenny Love, Monkeyboy & Trouble play jazz, swing, soul & breaks with reggae upstairs from the White Wastafarians, 10pm-3am, Free

Wednesday 18th October

Chambles, Opal Lounge, Funk & chart with DJ Jez Hill, 9pm-3am, £5 (£4) Indi-Go, The Liquid Room, Indie & alternative, 10.30pm-3am, £2, £1 students Insomnia, Prive’ Council, Warner Powers & Claudio bring fresh house tunes each week, 10pm-3am, Free Paul Daley, Pivo Caffe, Free flowing funk to house, 9pm-3am, Free The Pit, Subway Cowgate, Rock & metal, 11pm3am, Free Stir Fried, The Outhouse, Pre-club with indie & rock from B-Sides & Bootross Rock, 9pm-1am, Free Tease Age Wednesdays, Citrus Club, Indie, mod & soul with DJ Monkee Mikeeeeeeeeee, 11pm-3am, £3, free b4 11.30pm Toxik, Opium, DJ Nu-Clear playing new & old metal & hard rock, 8pm-3am, Free We Are … Electric, Cabaret Voltaire, Gary Mac & guest Tommy Sunshine play house, electro, tech-house & breaks with rotating guests in the back, 11.30pm-3am, £2, free b4 12am/members

Getting Away

Staying Away

Scottish Citylink Bus to Oban (3-4hrs) From Edinburgh to Oban (via Glasgow) the standard fair is £28.40, and the lowest fair is an Apex return that needs to be booked two days in advance (£19.88). To save money book online in advance: WWW.CITYLINK.CO.UK Calmac Ferry from Oban to Craignure (45mins) Caledonian MacBrayne (Calmac) ferries travel all around the Scotland Herbridies Islands, and travel to Mull daily. Summer crossings are more regular. Adult Fares: £4.05 (one way) / £6.95 (5 day return) For more information on ferry times, costs, booking online and details of the other routes around the Hebridies: WWW.CALMAC.CO.UK Bus from Craignure (Mull) to Tobermory (45mins) Coach service 495 runs between Craignure and Tobermory, and co-ordinates with the Ferry.

Both the Tobermory and Oban Youth Hostel’s have 4 stars and a Green Tourism Silver Award from the Scottish Tourist Board Oban Youth Hostel & Lodge Esplanade, Oban, Argyll, PA34 5AF Accommodation is between £15 and £17 per person per night Hostel Tel: 0870 004 1144 Central Bookings: 0870 1 55 32 55 Total beds 88 Tobermory Youth Hostel Main Street, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, PA75 6NU Hostel Tel: 0870 004 1151 Central Bookings: 0870 1 55 32 55 Accommodation is between £12.50 and £13.00 per person per night Total Number of Beds: 39

Award-winning company Sea Life Surveys, the UK’s first commercial whale watching operation, runs a host of dif ferent wildlife cruises from Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, catering to families and adventurers alike. Having never caught a glimpse of a whale, and since it was the season for it, I thought I’d give it a try. After perusing the website (www.sealifesurveys.com), to maximise my chances I decided on the ‘Whalewatch Explorer’ (£ 60 per person) which dedicated the most time (up to 8 hours) at sea searching for whales. I grabbed The Skinny’s ever-diligent picture editor, Jane Fenton, and we were away. Getting from Edinburgh to Oban using Scottish Citylink buses wasn’t difficult, taking only a little over four hours. Arriving at 8.30pm we checked into the Oban Scottish Youth Hostel Association (SYHA) hostel, set in a picturesque location on the seafront only a few minutes walk from town. While the hostels are exceptionally clean and have excellent facilities, there is often a curfew (11pm at the Tobermory SHYA) so if partying is a priority, you probably should look elsewhere. Oban is a lovely seaside town packed with history and cosy pubs, well worth stopping over for dinner and a few pints. That said, finding a meal after 9pm proved impossible, so we had to settle for a take-away fish supper. It was then an early morning ferry ride from Oban to Craignure on a Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry, which was comfor table even though the sea seemed, worryingly, a little rough. The short bus ride over to Tobermory was then about the same price as travelling from Edinburgh to Oban, but there weren’t any other options.

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Although the weather deteriorated, the small Sea Life Surveys boat - complete with enthusiastic guide and bearded captain - still pushed off and by 9.30am the ten of us on board were looking out to sea, eagerly awaiting the first sighting. While there were plenty of dull-coloured but apparently rare seabirds, through the now driving squalls of rain and white-capped, choppy water there wasn’t anything else. The guide claimed that in this weather whales would be difficult to sight. My spirits remained high, however: the earth’s biggest animal couldn’t be that hard to spot. Over the next eight hours all we saw were the tiny fins of a few far off porpoise, a sunfish (like a normal fish that has been run-over, with a dorsal fin that really couldn’t be bothered; apparently the fish was Jamaican, perhaps explaining its laidback attitude) and several sightings of a seabird known as a ‘shag’ (seriously), which did a great job of bobbing around in the water like something a lot more important. I did snigger the first few times the guide said, “shag” though.

Apart from these glimpses, the wind picked up, tossing the boat around and causing a few of the passengers to empty their stomachs. In fairness, it was apparently the roughest day the boat had been out in all season. Our landing was then delayed as we saved a man in his pants whose yacht had lost anchor and was perilously close to being washed up on rocks. Maybe if he was wearing more he might’ve been rescued earlier. Many of those aboard had seen whales on previous trips, and according to the guide the strike rate during the summer season is very high. Maybe we were just spectacularly unlucky.

Thursday 19th October

Beat Root Juice Club, The Jazz Bar, Live afrobeat, latin & ska from resident band The Goat Stew Orchestra & resident DJ B*Wax, 10pm3am, Free Bounce, Po Na Na, DJ 2three playing urban sounds, 11pm-3am, £4 (£3) Genetic, Citrus Club, Night of rock anthems, 11pm-3am, £2 Grafitti, Medina, Kipp$ & Master Caird play party tunes all night, 10pm-3am, £3 (£2) Housebound, Ego, Sexy house, funky stuff, electro & disco with DJs from Edinburgh & Glasgow, 10pm-3am, £5 Lel Palfrey, Pivo Caffe, Disco & jazz & disco & more, 9pm-3am, Free LuckyMe, City Café, Hip hop, soul & off beats, 8.30pm-1am, Free Salsa Disco, Cuba Norte, Salsa dance & tasty tapas, 10pm-1am, Free Souled Out, Opal Lounge, Soul, disco & dance with Leon Easter (33 45), 9pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm Snatch Social, The Liquid Room, Messy night guaranteed at eclectic student bash, 9pm-3am, £5 (£4), £3 members Traffic, Heriot-Watt University, Indie & alternative, 11.30pm-2am, Free Assembly Bar, The Departure Lounge DJs, 9pm1am, Free White Heat, Cabaret Voltaire, Foxface and The Royal We rub shoulders with Londons top indie DJs straight from Madame JoJos, 11pm-3am, £5 Basement Boogie, Hudsons, Trouble Djs with club classics and current killers- guest Iain Gibson (Tokyoblu), 11pm-3am, Free

Friday 20th October

Cult, Po Na Na, DJ Nicki & guests playing hip hop, disco, funk & RnB, 10pm-3am, £5, £2.50 b4 11pm Evol, The Liquid Room, Indie, hip hop,

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THE COST OF A FISH SUPPER YOU GET THE SERVICE, FANOR SURROUNDINGS AND ATMOSPHERE THAT USUALLY INFLATE ALREADY OVER-PRICED MENU IN OTHER RESTAURANTS.

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Assembly Intelligently and subtly designed, Assembly feels like a model for the modern bar/café/ restaurant, not simply another example of the form. The carefully prepared meals are the highlight though, large and tasty with fresh ingredients, astonishing considering that nothing on the menu is over £4.95 (apart from additional toppings for the gourmet burgers). For the cost of a pub meal or a takeaway fish supper, you get the service, surroundings and atmosphere that usually inflate an already over-priced menu in other restaurants. Personal favourites are the Fresh Battered Haddock with Chips, Peas & Tarte Sauce and the Sizzling Platter Fajitas served with Sour Cream. Then there are the specials: from 5pm – 8pm every day you can get two large dishes and a bottle of house wine or a pitcher of Tennents or Belhaven for £14, and several drinks are also 2 for 1 every day between 5pm and 8pm. Also worth mentioning is the entertainment schedule which features some of the citys best DJ talent played chilled, groovy tunes. (Xavier Toby) ASSEMBLY BAR, 41 LOTHIAN STREET, 0131 220 4288 WWW.ASSEMBLYBAR.CO.UK

Barioja Tapas Bar

Montgomery’s Coffee House

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THERE’S NOT ANOTHER TAPAS BAR IN EDINBURGH TO MATCH IT

THE SIMPLE MENU HAS JUST THE RIGHT FARE TO KEEP CUSTOMERS POURING IN

INTRIGUED BY THIS JAMES BOND-STYLE SECRET-LAIR APPROACH, THE SKINNY WENT ALONG TO SEE THE TRANSITION

Montgomery’s Coffee House has been nestled happily alongside Kelvingrove Park and Art Gallery for over two years now. The stylish interior is littered with students, young mums with their little ones and cosy couples, and offers a welcome retreat for all. The simple menu has just the right fare to keep customers pouring in, the food on offer presenting a small selection of café cuisine from breakfast bits to sandwiches and homemade soup to cakes, muffins and Danishes - all available at great prices. Though tempted by the cakes, I opted for a cream cheese, pepper and basil bagel. The warmth and simplicity of the healthy balanced flavours of the bagel were perfect and the crisp leafy salad with peppers, cucumber and a dollop of coleslaw proved that the fare tasted as good as it looked. Afterwards I enjoyed a freshly brewed coffee, one of the finest I had tasted for way too long. So I thought, while nestled in comfort beneath the high ceiling with a world map papered above, that I could see myself returning here often. (Simone Gray)

Espresso Mondo has existed as a coffee shop on Lothian Road for a year now, but recently took the unusual step of opening as a cocktail bar in the evening. Rather than compromise their previous identity they came up with a new one, and now transform into E Mondo in the evenings, complete with alternative bar ware, visual projections, and exchangeable outdoor sign. Intrigued by this James Bond-style secret-lair approach to café culture, The Skinny went along to see how the transition worked.

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Barioja is a treat for lovers of tapas, with an extensive menu that offers a wide selection of the best that Spanish finger food has to offer: fish, meat, potatoes, and of course, that Spanish staple paella. Not having the stomach to try everything on the menu, the tapas I ate were all still exceptional. Gambas Pil Pil (£6.50) melted in the mouth with its crispy texture and almost sweet taste, and Crème Brulee (£4.50) accompanied by forest fruits was the best I’ve ever tasted. Spanish owner Ignacio Campos (known as Iggy) set up fine dining restaurant Iggs 19 years ago, but realising that a tapas bar will always appeal to a broader clientele, opened Barioja next door to cater for those who want a meal with a little less pomp. There’s not another tapas bar in Edinburgh to match it, and with long opening hours and a great central location between the Royal Mile and the Fruitmarket Gallery, Barioja is the place to go for those who want a taste of Spanish cuisine, day or night. (Leo Wood) 15-19 JEFFREY STREET, EDINBURGH, 0131 557 3622 OPENING HOURS MON - SAT, 11AM -11PM

Empires

The result is a slick though slightly jumbled atmosphere: a cocktail bar with a friendly mood and approachable feel. The cocktails themselves are excellent, from fruity martinis and mojitos to an outstanding Basil Grandé. The tapas is a little light to serve as a substitute meal, but delicious as a drinking accompaniment. The anchovy and sun-dried tomato combination is recommended, though a mix chosen by the friendly staff is probably the best bet. (R J Thomson)

THE CENTRAL TENET OF EMPIRES IS ‘ER YEMEKLER’ (HOME COOKING) AND ALL THE INGREDIENTS ARE IMPORTED FROM TURKEY

Empires was set up a year ago by Jemma and Emrah Kemaneler with the aim to show that “Turkish cooking is more than just kebabs and big chunks of meat”. Just a brief look at their impressive menu proves this, since over 90% of the dishes are vegetarian. The central tenet of Empires is ‘Er Yemekler’ (home cooking) and all the ingredients are imported from Turkey; even the coke is Turkish! For lunch we had the Empires speciality ‘meze’ (£6.50 - a little more with speciality bread) which involves choosing 3 meze from a list of over 18, to have with Turkish bread and salad. Borek was another treat: layers of thin pastry filled with a variety of delightful fillings including feta cheese & herbs (£3). Finally we enjoyed Kuru Fasulye, a bean and lamb stew with pilav rice (£5.70), which was tasty and hearty as well as healthy. A BYO policy makes the whole delicious experience even more affordable.

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Empires is also a jewelled lamp and ceramics retailer; Emrah imports the Turkish goods that are for sale and the lamps make his café look gorgeous. There’s also a more intimate upstairs section that’s ideal for private parties, and also features traditional Turkish decor. Jemma and Emrah are always ready to give advice on their beloved Turkey, and there are many books in the café worth perusing, making Empires a sort of cultural centre. There are also special events including backgammon evenings on the last Wednesday of every month, and most Saturday evenings there’s live music featuring traditional Greek instruments. If all that isn’t incentive enough, a bellydancer graces the door of Empires once a week - now that’s a spectacle you really can’t miss. (Leo Wood) EMPIRES CAFÉ & CERAMIC L AMP EMPORIUM 24 ST MARY STREET, EDINBURGH, 0131 466 0100 WWW.EMPIRESWORLD.CO.UK

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EDINBURGH CLUBS alternative beats & rock, 10.30pm-3am, £5 Get Funk’d, Medina, Double D & Isla play hip hop to house, 10pm-3am, £4, £3 b4 11pm Jam Friday, Heriot-Watt University, Pop & cheese, 10pm-3am, £2 Night Train, Liberty’s Bar (Heriot-Watt), 8pm2am, Free Planet Earth, Citrus Club, 80s tunes with residents, 10.30pm-3am, £5 Salsa Caribe!, The Lot, Salsa DJs on the special wooden dancefloor, 9pm-1.30am, £5, £4 b4 9.30pm Satchmo Sessions, Pivo Caffe, House Session, 9pm-3am, Free Unknown Pleasures, Teviot Union, Indie club, 9pm-3am, £3 (£2) Assembly Bar, Quirky, ReachOut & Mr. Meaks 5-9, Trouble DJs 9-1, 5pm-1am, Free Soul Biscuits, Cabaret Voltaire, presents The Hip Hop Years - the wheel of more tunes gets dragged out to decide the running order of classic hip hop tracks, 11pm-3am, £5 Beatroot, Ego, This month Beatroot wecolmes Headspin stalwart Allan Dunbar, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 Xplicit, Bongo Club, Starring Shy FX (Digital Soundboy), ENO, Beast and Tonn Piper and BZ, 11pm-3am, £10

Saturday 21st October

2Hot, Ego, RnB & hip hop with Ritchie Ruftone & friends, under 18s only (14-17), 6.45pm-9.45pm, £5 The Egg, Wee Red Bar, Indie, garage, punk, ska & more at the Art College’s long running institution, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 students/members Junior Mission, Studio 24, Goth music for the young, 6pm-10pm, £5 Liquid Soul, Po Na Na, Mark B & guests with chirpy music, 10.30pm-3am, £6, £3 b4 11pm Lounge, Liberty’s Bar (Heriot-Watt), Eclectic mix of tunes, 8pm-1.30am, Free Mission, Studio 24, Goth music for the old, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 members Much More, Medina, Hip-hop & funk cuts with Nasty P & Cunnie, 10pm-3am, £4, £3 b4 11pm Party Night, El Barrio, Salsa night with DJ Papi & Alex Gato, free classes from 10pm, 11pm-3am, Free Saturday Night Fish Fry, The Jazz Bar, Erik D’Viking & Astroboy, 11pm-3am, £5, free b4 11.30pm Sophistifunk, City, John Hutchison (Tokyoblu) plays house remixes, funky RnB & bootlegs, 11pm-3am, £8 Tease Age, Citrus Club, All things rock, motown, alternative & soul, 11pm-3am, £5, free b4 11.30pm Assembly Bar, Gareth Somerville (Ultragroove) & Jonnie Lyley (Scratch), 9pm-1am, Free Pivo Caffe, Electronic music from house addicts in this warm-up venue, 9pm-3am, Free Ultragroove, “Cabaret Voltaire, NYC’s Miss Honey Dijon plays fierce house, supported by XFMs Mash in the back room, 11pm-3am, £10. £8 Vegas, Ego, Frankie Sumatra and the Show girls swing out - dressing up recommended!, 11pm3am, £10, £7

Sunday 22nd October

Babydoll, Po Na Na, Funky house, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 b4 12am Bootylushous, Medina, RnB, soul, funk & disco with Trendy Wendy, Dale & Simone, 10pm-3am, £4, £2 b4 12am Club Simba, The Jazz Bar, Afro, carribean, RnB, hip hop, live pa & audio visual images with DJs Red Alert, Wellaz & guests, 10pm-3am, £3, free b4 11.30pm Curious? Sunday Joint, The Bongo Club, Diverse selection of music, free internet & games, 4pm-3am, £3, free b4 11pm Headspin, Pivo Caffe, Mash-up of freestyle beats with Headspin DJs, 9pm-3am, Free Hobo, The Bongo Club, Alternative music with guests, 10pm-3am, £3, free b4 11pm Kayos, Opium, Rock, metal & indie with residents, 8pm-3am, Free Scottish Hobo Society (live), The Bongo Club, Alternative music for justified sinners, 10.30pm3am, £3, free b4 11pm Sientelo!, El Barrio, Latin America music mixed with chart tunes, 11pm-3am, Free Taste, Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh’s longest running gay friendly club night settles into it’s new home with both rooms going at it house style - guest David Begg (Beatroot), 11pm-3am, £8 (£6), £5 b4 11.30pm

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Monday 23rd October

Happy Mondays, Po Na Na, Night for students & Industry folk, indie, rock & funk, 11pm-3am, £4, free for students Hobbes, Pivo Caffe, Eclectic mix with Hobbes (Trouble), 9pm-3am, Free The Latin Quarter, Medina, Salsa, funk & latin house, 10pm-3am, Free The Reggae Lounge, Beluga, Hosted by Mighty Howard, From 9pm, Free Rock Karaoke, Opium, ROAR, From 10pm, Free Salsa Dance Classes, The Bongo Club, Cuban Salsa, drop-in classes, 7pm for beginners, 8pm for the advanced, 7pm-9pm, £5 Soundproof, The Outhouse, Open decks night hosted by the Soundproof DJs, 8pm-1am, Free Trade Union, Cabaret Voltaire, Night for deserving bar & club staff, DJ Beefy and Wolfjazz take to the decks where literally anything goes, 10pm-3am, £2, £1 Trade Union members/ECCF members You Control, Subway Cowgate, Current & classic indie, rock & chart, 11pm-3am, Free Zoot Swing, Café Royal, Swing dance classes, beginners 7pm, improvers 8pm followed by bigband swing jazz & neo-swing beats, 9pm-late, £4.50 (£3.50), free after 9 Henrys Cellar, Flamenco, latin & reggae with Kinkey, 10pm-3am, £3

Tuesday 24th October

The Diamond Dice, Massa, Hip hop, RnB & grime with your host Mr. Jinx, 10.30pm-3am, £5 Frunt, The Liquid Room, DJ Stuart Johnston playing house music all night long, 10.30pm3am, Free Jacek, Pivo Caffe, Eastern block house party, 9pm-3am, Free Radar, Subway Cowgate, Dance & indie, 11pm-3am, Free Rewind, Prive’ Council, 100% upfront RnB & hip hop, 10pm-3am, £2, ladies free b4 12am Split, Cabaret Voltaire, Blend of house, techno, drum & bass, breakbeat from Edinburgh locals, healthy mid-week rave, 11.30pm-3am, Free Swing Dance Classes, The Bongo Club, Beginners at 7pm, advanced at 8pm, 7pm-9pm, £4 (£3) for one, £6 (£5) for both Swingbeats, The Bongo Club, Lenny Love, Monkeyboy & Trouble play jazz, swing, soul & breaks with reggae upstairs from the White Wastafarians, 10pm-3am, Free

Wednesday 25th October

Chambles, Opal Lounge, Funk & chart with DJ Jez Hill, 9pm-3am, £5 (£4) Indi-Go, The Liquid Room, Indie & alternative, 10.30pm-3am, £2, £1 students Insomnia, Prive’ Council, Warner Powers & Claudio bring fresh house tunes each week, 10pm-3am, Free Paul Daley, Pivo Caffe, Free flowing funk to house, 9pm-3am, Free The Pit, Subway Cowgate, Rock & metal, 11pm3am, Free Stir Fried, The Outhouse, Pre-club with indie & rock from B-Sides & Bootross Rock, 9pm-1am, Free Tease Age Wednesdays, Citrus Club, Indie, mod & soul with DJ Monkee Mikeeeeeeeeee, 11pm-3am, £3, free b4 11.30pm Toxik, Opium, DJ Nu-Clear playing new & old metal & hard rock, 8pm-3am, Free We Are … Electric, Cabaret Voltaire, Gary Mac & guests play house, electro, tech-house & breaks with rotating guests in the back, 11.30pm3am, £2, free b4 12am/members

Thursday 26th October

Beat Root Juice Club, The Jazz Bar, Live afrobeat, latin & ska from resident band The Goat Stew Orchestra & resident DJ B*Wax, 10pm-3am, Free Bounce, Po Na Na, DJ 2three playing urban sounds, 11pm-3am, £4 (£3) Genetic, Citrus Club, Night of rock anthems, 11pm-3am, £2 Grafitti, Medina, Kipp$ & Master Caird play party tunes all night, 10pm-3am, £3 (£2) Housebound, Ego, Sexy house, funky stuff, electro & disco with DJs from Edinburgh & Glasgow, 10pm-3am, £5 Lel Palfrey, Pivo Caffe, Disco & jazz & disco & more, 9pm-3am, Free LuckyMe, City Café, Hip hop, soul & off beats, 8.30pm-1am, Free Salsa Disco, Cuba Norte, Salsa dance & tasty tapas, 10pm-1am, Free Souled Out, Opal Lounge, Soul, disco & dance with Leon Easter (33 45), 9pm-3am, £4 (£3), free b4 11pm

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Friday 27th October

Cult, Po Na Na, DJ Nicki & guests playing hip hop, disco, funk & RnB, 10pm-3am, £5, £2.50 b4 11pm Evol, The Liquid Room, Indie, hip hop, alternative beats & rock, 10.30pm-3am, £5 Get Funk’d, Medina, Double D & Isla play hip hop to house, 10pm-3am, £4, £3 b4 11pm Jam Friday, Heriot-Watt University, Pop & cheese, 10pm-3am, £2 Night Train, Liberty’s Bar (Heriot-Watt), 8pm2am, Free Planet Earth, Citrus Club, 80s tunes with residents, 10.30pm-3am, £5 Salsa Caribe!, The Lot, Salsa DJs on the special wooden dancefloor, 9pm-1.30am, £5, £4 b4 9.30pm Satchmo Sessions, Pivo Caffe, House Session, 9pm-3am, Free Unknown Pleasures, Teviot Union, Indie club, 9pm-3am, £3 (£2) Assembly Bar, Quirky, ReachOut & Mr. Meaks 5-9, Trouble DJs 9-1, 5pm-1am, Free Sugarbeat, Cabaret Voltaire, Justice - they are your friends, pop along and see them just before their album hits..plus resident Utah Saint’s, 11pm3am, £7 Jakn , Studio 24, Live hard tek from AUTONOME and the Diverse Frequencies crew, 10.30pm3am, £7, £6 Tokyo Blu, Ego, Full live house band, visual delights and quality DJs - one of the finest house and deep grooves nights in Edinburgh, 10.30pm3am, TBC Substance, Henrys Cellar Bar, Launch night – electronic music to dance to!, 11pm-3am, free

Saturday 28th October

2Hot, Ego, RnB & hip hop with Ritchie Ruftone & friends, under 18s only (14-17), 6.45pm-9.45pm, £5 The Egg, Wee Red Bar, Indie, garage, punk, ska & more at the Art College’s long running institution, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 students/members Junior Mission, Studio 24, Goth music for the young, 6pm-10pm, £5 Liquid Soul, Po Na Na, Mark B & guests with chirpy music, 10.30pm-3am, £6, £3 b4 11pm Lounge, Liberty’s Bar (Heriot-Watt), Eclectic mix of tunes, 8pm-1.30am, Free Mission, Studio 24, Goth music for the old, 11pm-3am, £5, £4 members Much More, Medina, Hip-hop & funk cuts with Nasty P & Cunnie, 10pm-3am, £4, £3 b4 11pm Party Night, El Barrio, Salsa night with DJ Papi & Alex Gato, free classes from 10pm, 11pm-3am, Free Saturday Night Fish Fry, The Jazz Bar, Erik D’Viking & Astroboy, 11pm-3am, £5, free b4 11.30pm Sophistifunk, City, John Hutchison (Tokyoblu) plays house remixes, funky RnB & bootlegs, 11pm-3am, £8 Tease Age, Citrus Club, All things rock, motown, alternative & soul, 11pm-3am, £5, free b4 11.30pm Assembly Bar, Gareth Somerville (Ultragroove) & Jonnie Lyley (Scratch), 9pm-1am, Free Pivo Caffe, Electronic music from house addicts in this warm-up venue, 9pm-3am, Free Reverend Funk, Ego, All that is funk - not the usual heaving banging house club, 11pm-3am, £7, £5 Obscene, Ego (Cocteau Lounge), Edinburgh’s longest running drum n bass night, 11pm-3am, tbc 100% Dynamite, Bongo Club, Soul Jazz records continue their monthly journey through reggae, dub, funk and dancehall, 11pm-3am, £6, £4

£5, £4 b4 12am Bootylushous, Medina, RnB, soul, funk & disco with Trendy Wendy, Dale & Simone, 10pm-3am, £4, £2 b4 12am Club Simba, The Jazz Bar, Afro, carribean, RnB, hip hop, live pa & audio visual images with DJs Red Alert, Wellaz & guests, 10pm-3am, £3, free b4 11.30pm Curious? Sunday Joint, The Bongo Club, Diverse selection of music, free internet & games, 4pm-3am, £3, free b4 11pm Headspin, Pivo Caffe, Mash-up of freestyle beats with Headspin DJs, 9pm-3am, Free Hobo, The Bongo Club, Alternative music with guests, 10pm-3am, £3, free b4 11pm Kayos, Opium, Rock, metal & indie with residents, 8pm-3am, Free Scottish Hobo Society (live), The Bongo Club, Alternative music for justified sinners, 10.30pm3am, £3, free b4 11pm Sientelo!, El Barrio, Latin America music mixed with chart tunes, 11pm-3am, Free Taste, Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh’s longest running gay friendly club night settles into it’s new home with both rooms going at it house style - guest Harri (Sub Club) , 11pm-3am, £8 (£6), £5 b4 11.30pm Tackno, Ego, Trendy Wendy and mates, 11pm3am, £7, £5

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Monday 30th October

Happy Mondays, Po Na Na, Night for students & Industry folk, indie, rock & funk, 11pm-3am, £4, free for students Hobbes, Pivo Caffe, Eclectic mix with Hobbes (Trouble), 9pm-3am, Free The Latin Quarter, Medina, Salsa, funk & latin house, 10pm-3am, Free The Reggae Lounge, Beluga, Hosted by Mighty Howard, From 9pm, Free Rock Karaoke, Opium, ROAR, From 10pm, Free Salsa Dance Classes, The Bongo Club, Cuban Salsa, drop-in classes, 7pm for beginners, 8pm for the advanced, 7pm-9pm, £5 Soundproof, The Outhouse, Open decks night hosted by the Soundproof DJs, 8pm-1am, Free Trade Union, Cabaret Voltaire, Night for deserving bar & club staff, DJ Beefy and Wolfjazz take to the decks where literally anything goes, 10pm-3am, £2, £1 Trade Union members/ECCF members You Control, Subway Cowgate, Current & classic indie, rock & chart, 11pm-3am, Free Zoot Swing, Café Royal, Swing dance classes, beginners 7pm, improvers 8pm followed by bigband swing jazz & neo-swing beats, 9pm-late, £4.50 (£3.50), free after 9 Henrys Cellar, Flamenco, latin & reggae with Kinkey, 10pm-3am, £3

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CS is its system of references and testimonials, whereby you can see if a potential guest or host has already met other couchsurfers and behaved themselves. Photos and biographies – everything from occupation to lists of interests to personal philosophies – give you a better sense of who you’re dealing with. And there is no pressure to host someone, or even respond to their request, if you don’t feel okay about it. Certainly, participating in CS builds up your own profile, and being part of the community is the whole point, but you do this at your own pace and set your own boundaries. You don’t need to be your guest’s new best friend, either – maybe you’ll get on great and hang out together, maybe you’ll barely see each other. Either way might suit you depending on how you like your interactions. So if you thought the only thing standing between you and your target destination was the cost of a place to stay, it’s time you booked your trip already. In return, CouchSurfing.com simply asks that you’ll show similar kindness to another stranger when they’re passing through your town. WWW.COUCHSURFING.COM

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The Culture Vulture Brown is the New Blair

Many thought it would be the issues of immigration or the Iraq war that would lead to Tony Blair stepping down as PM, but ultimately it seems it is the fashion industry which has dealt the death blow. “Brown is so in this season,” said Julie Pumpington, PR liason for hot London designers House of Smegma, before adding: “To be honest, I can’t remember the last time we used any Blair coloured fabrics. Do you have any coke?”

Scottish Restaurants Lack Healthy Options Scottish Restaurants have been criticised for contributing to the land’s rising obesity levels by failing to offer healthy options, though some critics have suggested the real reason lies in a lack of self-control, and the fact that bad food tastes better. Health minister R. McDonald added, “Eating large amounts of whatever you want is fine, as long as you avoid stairs, relationships and going outside.” His comments were slightly devaluated as he was wedged in a revolving door at the time.

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Sometimes There Just Isn’t Enough Vomit in the World Last month the Tories tried to slime their way into our hearts with David Cameron’s pun-tastic w w w.webcameron.org.uk site. This month sees the party consolidating their efforts with the launch of www. michaelportaloo.com, in which gut-faced ex-minister Michael Portillo reminisces about his time in office whilst perched on a plastic shitter.

Australia Says, “In A While, Crocodile Hunter” Australian Minister for Tourism Robbo recently released a statement in memory of Steve Irwin: “Stevo was instrumental in raising awareness of environmental issues, and the way he so succinctly stereotyped our entire culture with his catchphrase ‘crikey’ achieved much more for tourism than has-been Paul Hogan and his infuriating ‘shrimps on the barbie’ ever did. Really, who would have thought that someone who spent so much time with properly deadly creatures would’ve been killed by a fucking fish?” In a particularly touching tribute, Australian Company ‘Stevo Was Great’ will be releasing a range of suncream in his honour, for its unprecedented ability to “protect against deadly rays”.

Tuesday 31st October

The Diamond Dice, Massa, Hip hop, RnB & grime with your host Mr. Jinx, 10.30pm-3am, £5 Frunt, The Liquid Room, DJ Stuart Johnston playing house music all night long, 10.30pm3am, Free Jacek, Pivo Caffe, Eastern block house party, 9pm-3am, Free Radar, Subway Cowgate, Dance & indie, 11pm-3am, Free Rewind, Prive’ Council, 100% upfront RnB & hip hop, 10pm-3am, £2, ladies free b4 12am Split, Cabaret Voltaire, Blend of house, techno, drum & bass, breakbeat from Edinburgh locals, healthy mid-week rave, 11.30pm-3am, Free Swing Dance Classes, The Bongo Club, Beginners at 7pm, advanced at 8pm, 7pm-9pm, £4 (£3) for one, £6 (£5) for both Swingbeats, The Bongo Club, Lenny Love, Monkeyboy & Trouble play jazz, swing, soul & breaks with reggae upstairs from the White Wastafarians, 10pm-3am, Free

Sunday 29th October

Babydoll, Po Na Na, Funky house, 11pm-3am,

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Go Skiing

Midlothian Snowsports Centre Britain’s longest artificial ski slope boasts two full sized runs and two nursery slopes, catering for beginners through to advanced skiers. It’s within reach of town - take the number 4 or 15 bus from the West End.

Ailien One Climbing Centre is in a deconsecrated church. This man has just spotted it.

Hillend, Biggar Road, near Edinburgh, EH10 7DU, 0131 445 4433. Open during winter (Sep-Apr), MonSat 9.30am-9pm, Sun 9.30am-7pm

Go Golf

Port Glasgow Golf Course For those who don’t mind going a little further afield for some beautiful views of the Firth of Clyde and surrounding scenery, Port Glasgow is an 18 hole, 68 par course 22 miles west of the city that is well worth the trip. Devol Farm, Port Glasgow, PA14 5XE, 01475 704181 Weekday Round £18, Day Ticket £24 Weekend Round £24, Day Ticket £34

Go Ice Skating

Go Horse Riding

Murrayfield IceRink Friendly and affordable, with skating sessions daily on weekday afternoons and evenings and weekend mornings (see website for exact session times).

Linn Park Equestrian Centre Within the picturesque grounds of Linn Park (Glasgow’s second largest), the equestrian centre provides tuition for the total beginner to the experienced rider. It is approved by both the British Horse Society and the Association of British Riding Schools.

Riversdale Crescent, EH12 5XN, 0131 337 6933 www.murrayfieldicerinkltd.co.uk Admission: £3.50-£5 (depending on the session) Skate hire: £1-£1.50 (depending on the session)

Linn Park, G44 5TA, 0141 637 3096

Go Climbing

Go Bowls

Alien One & Alien Two

At Alien One a climber can enjoy over 200 roped routes, while at Alien Two there are 150 low level bouldering routes to choose from. Adults’ beginner’s courses usually run on Monday evenings, while a kids club runs at the weekend.

Murrayfield Indoor Icerink is where these people are going to holiday.

Willow Bank Bowling Club Reputed to be Glasgow’s first bowling club, Willow Bank was opened in 1835. It has since brought forth two world champions and is welcoming new members, even ladies, who were first allowed to bowl in 1972. 36 Dowanside Road, G12 9DW, 0141 357 3456

Alien One, 8 Pier Place, EH6 4lP, 0131 552 7211 Alien Two, 37 West Bowling Green Street, 0131 555 3650

Go Paint-balling and Offroad driving

Cumbernauld Outdoor Activity Centre Situated about twenty miles east of Glasgow, there is a huge range of outdoor activities awaiting you at Cumbernauld! Try a group paintball session for £40 each or drive your car off road for £25.

Go Shooting

Country Archery and Clays Unleash your medieval impulses at this private estate outside Edinburgh; use the shooting facilities for £25 an hour or splash out on tuition for £40.

Blairlinn Cottages, Easter Blairlinn Road, Luggiebank, Cumbernauld, G67 4AA, 01236 722999

Kennels Lodge, Arniston Estate, Gorebridge, EH23 4RY, 01875 830 259

Go Rowing

Go Karting

Glasgow Rowing Club You may have to join eventually, but the club is happy to allow you a few taster sessions before you make a commitment. Annual adult membership is a snip at £160 and if you are a student then expect to pay half that! Kids pay £45/65.

Raceland Ten minu tes ou t s ide Edinburg h lies Scotland’s only indoor and outdoor karting centre. Go along as an individual for two 10 minute sessions or save your pennies and get a group together to compete in an Outdoor Super Grand Prix. Reach speeds up to 70mph on the outdoor track!

The Boathouse, Silverfir Place, Gorbals, G5 www.glasgowrowingclub.org

Upper Diamond, Gladsmuir, East Lothian, EH33 1EJ, 0131 665 6525. www.raceland.co.uk

Stars

by Jupiter Holmes

Aries Yo u’ve b e co m e t h e Fly i n g M a tc h s t i ck M e n’s m i l l i o n t h guitarist. Comb your hair, strike a pose and congratulate yourself. Make s ure to congra tula te yourself again. And again. Get used to that action. Taurus David Cameron’s around the corner with some Huskies. Make like Blitzer, Donna etc. But not Rudolf, you don’t want a red nose do you? You’re not Daniella Westbrook, lay off the gear.

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Gemini The Queen will write you a letter. Tony Blair will drop off a tax rebate. All in all a great month so don’t get out of bed. Eat nothing but King Ribs. Life is sweet so make like Elvis and die on the toilet. Cancer Apparently this is your lucky month, so why are you still so bloody ugly? Buy a lottery ticket, take a holiday, nothing will change. So why’s it your lucky month? I’ve no idea, ask the stars yourself clever clogs. Leo Breaking up is hard. Cracking up is worse. You can get £40 for sectioning someone, so the

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NSTEAD OF A CLUB, THE PUB OR WASTING YOUR CASH ON EXPENSIVE GRUB, DO SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. GO ON, WHY DON’T YOU….

rumour goes. It’s your time now loonie; think how much padded real estate you can get for that sort of cash. Virgo Virgo, I despair. All that effort to get your rocks off, a rotting sore on your bits, a spot of swinging and you’re still shite in bed. Practice makes perfect. Who the hell are you going to practice with? Libra It’s probably your birthday. The stars told me. Cry if you want to, you’re getting old. Astrology doesn’t give you immortality. Try a flotation tank.

Scorpio You’re obviously rich, powerful and sex y. Now wha t ’s t ha t coming over the hill? Pelvic floor problems happen to all of us. Except men, but they’re too busy making flippy floppy, stand to attention.

Aquarius You’re a shark in a goldfish bowl. People don’t trust you, but they like having you about. Try to comment on people’s appearance a bit more. Tart yourself up a bit. Just don’t savage their pets.

Sagittarius Arguments at work make you reassess your life, just like they do every Wednesday. It’ll be fine. You’ve the weekend to look forward to. And retirement.

Pisces Nice tr y but not this month. Reflect on your mistakes, plan for the future and carry a big stick. Also, your political and religious alignment needs a rethink. Have you considered going Gnostic?

Capricorn Just like the proverbial creek, some bastard’s stuck up you wi t hou t a paddle. S queeze them out. Butter’s good, so is lube. Just don’t use baby oil.

Sunday 1 October

Heather Small, ABC2, , cancelled Ladyfuzz, Barfly, Ladyfest favourites, 7pm, £7 Porcupine Tree, Carling Academy, Tepid Prog Noodlings, 7pm, £15.00 Rodan, Saint Bob, Nice’n’Sleazy, 8pm, £5.00 Seether, Garage, 7pm, £15 Teddy Thompson, Arches, 7pm, £11

Orson, Barrowlands, 8pm, £15 Xavier Rudd, QMU, 9pm, £11 Paul Rodgers, Clyde Auditorium, 8pm, £25.00 Sandi Thom, King Tuts, 8pm, Sold Out Trio VD, Tattie Toes, Nice’n’Sleazy, 8pm, £3

Jamie T, King Tuts, 8pm, £7.50 Paramore, Garage, 8pm, £8.00 Rooster , ABC, 7pm, £10 The Automatic, ABC, 8pm, sold out

Tuesday 10 October

Archie Bronson Outfit, King Tuts, 8.30pm, £6.00 Corinne Bailey Rae, Royal Concert Hall, 7pm, £20 Goo Goo Dolls, Carling Academy, , *Sold Out* Hafdis Hold, Barfly, 7pm, £5.50 McFly, SECC, Teenage Punk Impersonators, 8pm, £21.50 Slunt, Cathouse, 7pm, £6.50 The Boy Least Likely To, Oran Mor, 7pm, £8.00

Saturday 14 October Embrace, Carling Academy, 8pm, £20.00 Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly!, ABC2, Hotly tipped Anti-Nowhere League, Barfly, Old school punk, 8pm, £10.00 alt-rock, 8pm, £6.00 Glasgow Song Writers Club, Blackfriars, 9pm, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Nice’n’Sleazy, Rockabilly, 8pm, £6 Free Dan Baird, King Tuts, 8.30pm, £9.00 Hot Club de Paris, Barfly, 8pm, £6.00 The Kooks, Barrowland, , sold out Hundred Reasons, G2, 8pm, £11.00 Lacuna Coil, Barrowland, 8pm, £15.00 Avast, O’Henry’s, , 8.30pm, £4 Marvel Heights, the MBT, Cathouse , 7pm, £5 The Raconteurs, Carling Academy, 8pm, £17.50 People Under The Stairs, King Tuts, Xavier Rudd, Queen Margaret Union, 8pm, £10.00 Approachable Hip-hop, 8pm, £9.00 The Long Blondes, Oran Mor, Hipper than Joy Sunday 15 October Division, poppier than Abba, 8pm, £8.00 Apologetic Theory, Torque Wrench, Drango Rock,

Tuesday 3 October

Wednesday 11 October

Monday 2 October

Against All Authority, Barfly, 8pm, £6.50 Archangel’s Revenge, Door No. 7, Cathouse, 7pm, £5 Hidden Cameras, Oran Mor, 8pm, £9.00 Kylesa, Nice’N’Sleazy, 8.30pm, £6.50 McFly, SECC, Teenage Punk Impersonators, 8pm, £21.50 Micah P Hinson, ABC, Singer song-writer Americana, 7pm, £10 Moody Blues, Clyde Auditorium, Psychedelic soft rock, 8pm, £30.00 Patrick Wolf, G2, 8pm, £9.50 Public Enemy, Barrowland, Bring the Noise! The CNN of rap returns, 8pm, £20.00 Thea Gilmore and Dan Arborise, King Tuts, Acclaimed singer-songwriter and folky support, 8.30pm, £13

Wednesday 4 October

Andrea Bocelli, SECC, How Much?, 8pm, £60.00 Juliet and the Licks, ABC, Hard rockers hitting their stride, 7pm, £12 Operation Find A Friend, Nu Ground, Barfly, 8pm, £5 Sparklehorse, King Tuts, 8.30pm, £13.50 Steve Forbert, Arches, 8pm, £12.50 Sucioperro, Barfly, 8pm, £5.00 Wake the President, Nice’n’Sleazy, 8pm, £6 Yes Boss, Barfly, 8pm, £6.00

Air Traffic, Barfly, 8pm, £6.00 Journey South, Clyde Auditorium, 8pm, £20.00 Peaches and Herm, ABC, Electro Sex Rock , 8pm, £12.00 Sandi Thom, King Tuts, 8pm, £10 Sikth, King Tuts, 8pm, £8.50 The Exploited, Cathouse , 7pm, £10 The Long Walk Home, Nice’n’Sleazy, 8pm, £3

Thursday 12 October

(Hed) Pe, Barfly, 8pm, £10.00 Dirty Marc, We are the Physics, Bloc, 10pm, Free Handsome Family, ABC2, 8pm, £10.00 Jonathan Richman, Oran Mor, 8pm, £15.00 Patty Hurst Shifter, Cathouse, 8pm, £7.00 Sandi Thom, King Tuts, 8pm, Sold Out The Selecter, The Ferry, 8pm, £10.00 The Upbeat Beatles, Barrowlands, 8pm, £12.00

Friday 13 October

Dan Baird, King Tuts, 8pm, Ejector Seat, Signals, Barfly, 7pm, £6 Wixel, 13th Note, 8pm, £3 Lyle Lovett, Clyde Auditorium, , cancelled Milburn, Queen Margaret Union, 8pm, £9.00 NU2, The Ferry, 8pm, £8.00

Cathouse, 7pm, £5 Bonde do Role, Nice’n’Sleazy, Electro, 8pm, £6 Boy Kill Boy, ABC, 8pm, £12.50 Centurions Ghost, Barfly, 8pm, £6.00, Howling Bells, King Tuts, 8pm, £7.00 Sonsie Collective, The Silent Project, Sound Haus, 7.30pm, £5 Sunn o))), ABC2, Loud, slow metal, 8pm, £10.00 Susperia with Red Harvest and Grim Fist, Cathouse, 8pm, £8.50

Monday 16 October

AFI, Barrowlands, , SOLD OUT Devil Sold His Soul, King Tuts, 8pm, £5.00 Hot Chip, Arches, , *Sold Out* Infadels, ABC2, 8pm, £7.00 Kenny Rogers, Clyde Auditorium, The singer / songwriter / actor / photographer / construction worker boasts more success and reputation than most others still alive in the music industry today, an influential and massively successful figure in country music., 8pm, £35.00 Shirley Collins, Oran Mor, 8pm, £12.00 The Glitterati, Barfly, 8pm, £6.00

Thursday 5 October

Alamos, Bad Dancer, Nice’n’Sleazy, 8pm, £3 Dirty Marc, Motormark, Bloc, 10pm, Free Bugz in the Attic, The Arches, 9pm, £12 Midnight Machine, MacSorley’s, , 9pm, £2.00 Kevin Montgomery, King Tuts, 8.30pm, £12.50 NME Tour feat: Klaxons, Shit Disco, Data Rock, Arches, 8.30pm, £8.00 Sparks, ABC, This Town Ain’t Big Enough for two hit singles, 7pm, £20 Sunshine Underground, Barfly, 8pm, £6

Friday 6 October

Anderson and Wakeman , Clyde Auditorium, Prog Rock, 8pm, £28.00 Gojira, Hatesphere, Engel, King Tuts, 8.30pm, £8 IV Thieves, Barfly, 8pm, £6 James Dean Bradfield, Garage, Solo Manic Songwriter. , 7pm, £12.50 Japblaster, Jata, Soundhaus, 7pm, £5 Jurassic 5, Carling Academy, Fine Old School Beats, 8pm, £17.50 Vincent Vincent and the Villains, Nice’N’Sleazy, 8.30pm, £6 Y&T, Cathouse, 7pm, £16

Saturday 7 October

999, Barfly, 8pm, £7.50 Babyshambles, Carling Academy, Poetry and celebrity comes to town, 7pm, £17 Common Rotation, G2, 8pm, £6.00 Dead City Riots, Nice’n’Sleazy, 8pm, £3.00 James Morrison, Old Fruitmarket, 7.30pm, £9 Killa Kela, King Tuts, 8.30pm, £8 Peter Hammill, Royal Concert Hall, 8pm, £15 Send More Paramedics, Barfly, 8pm, £7 Streetrave 17th Anniversary Feat; FPI Project: N-joi: Together: John Digweed, Arches, , £13

Sunday 8 October

Comets On Fire, Mono, 8pm, £8.50 Dead Religion, Soundhaus, 7pm, £5 Fightstar, Barrowlands, 7pm, £12 James Morrison , Fruitmarket, 8pm, *Sold Out* MENDEED + Kingsize Blues + Solitude , King Tut’s, 8pm, £7.00 Spacejunk, Barfly, 8pm, £5 Suicide Silence + Abigail Williams, Cathouse, 8pm, £9.00 Willard Grant Conspiracy, Nice’N’Sleazy, Americana solo set, 8.30pm, £10

Monday 9th October

Foghorn String Band, Brel, 8pm, £10.00

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Abominable Iron Sloth *rescheduled from Sept, Barfly, 8pm, £7.00 Erase Errata, Nice N Sleazy, Uptight New Wave, 8pm, £7.00 Hellwood, ABC2, 8pm, £12.50 Kenny Rogers, Clyde Auditorium, The singer / songwriter / actor / photographer / construction worker boasts more success and reputation than most others still alive in the music industry today, an influential and massively successful figure in country music., 8pm, £35.00 Lemonheads, ABC, Grunge icon returns to rock you., 8pm, £16.00 The Answer, King Tuts, 8pm, £6.00 Useless ID, Friday:First, Barfly, 7pm, £7.50

Wednesday 18 October

AFI, Barrowland, , sold out Dan Sartain, Nice N Sleazy, Rockabilly, 8pm, £7.00 Dead Men Walking, King Tuts, Old punks get together, 8pm, £15.00 New Order , Carling Academy, 8pm, sold out Red Sparrowes, Barfly, 8pm, £8.00 The Mercury League, O’ Henry’s, , *.30pm, £4.00 Southside Johnny, The Ferry, New Jersey rocker, 8pm, £19.50 Usless ID and Friday First, Barfly, 8pm, £7.00

Thursday 19 October

Bwana devil-Magdalena , Nice’n’Sleazy, 8pm, £3 Dirty Marc, Tying Tiffany, Bloc, Punk from Italy, 10pm, Free Little Green Machine, Barfly, 8pm, £5 Little Man Tate, King Tut’s, 8pm, £7.00 Mr Lif *Rescheduled from 22 October ABC2, 8pm, £8.50 My Alamo, Barfly, 8pm, £5.00 New Order, Carling Academy, 8pm, £32.50 Soho Dolls, King Tuts, 8pm, £10 Sway , King Tuts, 8pm, Cancelled The Icicle Works, ABC, 8pm, £17.50

Friday 20 October

Delirious, Carling Academy, 8pm, £13.50 Hothouse Flowers, ABC, Amiable folk rock, 8pm, £17.50

iLIKETRAINS, Barfly, 8pm, £6.00 Inme, Garage, 8pm, £10.00 Irrelevant, We Are See Through, Nice’n’Sleazy, Indie Rock, 8pm, £4 Sinner Boy (Rory Gallagher Tribute), The Ferry, 8pm, Cancelled Soho Dolls, King Tuts, 8pm, £6.00 Sons of Dave, King Tuts, 8pm, Sooth, 13:13, Hands of the Broken, Sound Haus, 7pm, £5 The Dears, Oran Mor, 8pm, £11.00 TRONIC - Album Launch Night, 13th Note, A journey into an electronic Eden.., 8.30pm, £5 Tunng and Jill Barber, ABC2, 8pm, £10.00

Saturday 21 October

Club Noir, Carling Academy, 8pm, £12/9.00 Enter Shikari, King Tuts, 8pm, £5.00 Kerrangs Most Wanted feat: The Bronx, Barfly, 8pm, £8.00 King Creosote, ABC, Rural rock magic, 8pm, £10.00 Martha Tilston and the Woods, Oran Mor, 8pm, £10.00 Son of Dave+ Adriana + Echograph, King Tuts, 8pm, £7.00 The Wolfe Tones, Barrowlands, 8pm, £14 Timo Mass, Arches, 8pm, £12.00 Wolfetones, Barrowland 2, 8pm, £14.00

Sunday 22nd October

James Yorkston and The Athletes, ABC, Hard edged folk, 8pm, £9.00 Lily Allen, ABC, Chav swing, 8pm, £12.50 Little Barrie, King Tuts, 8pm, £7.50

Tuesday 24 October

Amusement Parks on Fire, Barfly, 8pm, £5.00 Catfish Keith, The State Bar, 8pm, £10.00 Dopamine Vs The Blackout, Cathouse, 8pm, £7.00 Little Barrie, King Tuts, 8pm, £7.50 LITTLE BARRIE, King Tut’s, 8pm, £7.50 Mr Hudson and The Library, Nice N Sleazy, 8pm, £6.00 Mr Hudson and the Library, Nice’n’Sleazy, 8pm, £6 Phoenix, Arches, 8pm, £12 The Guillemots, ABC, Eclectic pop-rock, 8pm, £10.50

Wednesday 25 October

The Hazey Janes + Support, ABC2, Glasgow, 8pm, £5.00 NME Ones to Watch Tour, QMU, 9pm, £8.00 James Brown, Carling Academy, 8pm, £32.50 Ghosthaus, The Classic Grand, 11pm, Free Lethal Bizzle, Barfly, 8pm, cancelled The Rifles, King Tuts, 8pm, £8.00 Twisted Rainbow, Goodbye Forever, Cathouse, 7pm, £5

Benny Gallagher, St. Andrews in the Square, , £12.00/£14.00 Discarded Dreams, 2 Weeks From Tuesday, Sound Haus, 7.30pm, £5 Doors Alive, Cathouse, 8pm, £8.00 ENTER SHIKARI + :( + MY MINDS WEAPON **over 14’s. Doors 8pm, King Tut’s, 8pm, £6.00 Futuro, Nice’n’Sleazy, 8pm, £4 Hugh Cornwell, ABC2, 8pm, £13.50 Mr Lif* Rescheduled to 19 October ABC2, 8pm, £8.50 Union of Knives, King Tuts, 8pm, £7.00 The Yards, Barrowlands, 8pm, £15 Yasmin Levy, Oran Mor, 8pm, £12.00

Thursday 26 October

Monday 23 October

Friday 27th October

Avenged Sevenfold, Barrowland, 8pm, £15.00 Bring Me The Horizon, Barfly, 8pm, £7.00 Hardcore Superstar, Cathouse, 8pm, £8.50

A.J. Roach and Nels Andrews, Lauries, 8pm, £9.00 Chikinki, King Tuts, 8pm, £6.00 Dirty Marc and two special guests, Bloc, 10pm, Free Eye Contact Leads To…, Nice’n’Sleazy, 8pm, £4 Final Fantasy, ABC2, 8pm, £8.00 Carla Bozuluch and HRTA, 13th Note, , 8pm, £8.00 New York Dolls, ABC, Glam punk, 8pm, £15.00 We Are Scientists, Carling Academy, 8pm, sold out AIM, King Tut’s, 8pm, £10.00 Nimmo Brothers, ABC2, 8pm, £10.00 Oxjam Charity Night, Nice’n’Sleazy, Many

bands perform for Oxfam, 8pm, £4 Ray Davies, Royal Concert Hall, Kink genius, 8pm, £22.50 The Divine Comedy, ABC, Erudite stylings, 8pm, £17.50 W.A.S.P., Garage, Hair Metal, 8pm, £15.00

Saturday 28 October

Lambchop, ABC, Alt. Country, 8pm, £20.00 Marti Pellow, Clyde Auditorium, 8pm, £30.00 SKADANCECRAZE, The Ferry, 8pm, £10/9.00 Stone Roses Experience, Barrowland, 8pm, £10.00 SKINNY Black Birthday, The Low Miffs, The Needles, and Very Special Guests, The Glasgow Art School, 9pm, £3 b4 11, £5 after. 30th Anniversary of UK Punk feat: The Damned, The Beat, The Meteors, GBH, Blood or Whisky, Sex Pistols Experience , Carling Academy, Punk Anniversary gig featuring bands you thought were dead or disbanded, 8pm, £22.50 Antonio Forcione Quartet, Arches, Dazzling Jazz Guitarist, 8pm, £16.00 Baroness, Torche, Nice’n’Sleazy, Metal, 8pm, £6

Sunday 29 October

Cooper Temple Clause, King Tuts, 8pm, £11.50 Four Day Hombre, Barfly, 8pm, £5.00 Monsters Of Rock Tribute Night, Classic Grand, 8pm, £10.00 THE COOPER TEMPLE CLAUSE, King Tut’s, 8pm, £11.50 The Subcultures, Always Read the Label, Sound Haus, 8pm, £5 Walter Trout, The Ferry, 8pm, £15.00 Yes Yoss, Barfly, 8pm, £6.00

Monday 30 October

Lordi* please note another change of venue, Carling Academy, Eurovision monsters frighten children, 8pm, £10.00

Tuesday 31 October

The Dodgems, King Tuts, 8.30pm, £5.00 Tom Jones, SECC, Bring spare pants, 8pm, £30.00

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Big Word Poetry Slam Re-Launch

Downstairs @ The City Café, Blair Street, 8pm, £4/£3 Cons, Thurs Oct 12 The first cabaret of the season will feature Brendan McLeod & Barbara Adler, two of Canada’s top spoken word artists from poetry outfit The Fugitives, along with an exhibition of tag-team poetry by the Scottish team that recently won the Three Nations Poetry Slam in Bristol, along with many other special guests.

10th Edinburgh Independent & Radical Book Fair

Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 30-38 Dalmeny St, Oct 11-15 www.word-power.co.uk Opened by Vandana Shiva, one of the world’s most dynamic and provocative thinkers on the environment, women’s rights and international affairs, the fair is an opportunity for small publishers to display their work, authors to meet new readers, and most importantly a forum for discussing ideas.

Africa in Motion

Filmhouse Cinema, Oct 20-29 www.africa-in-motion.org.uk for film times and prices This new African film festival offers audiences the chance to view some of the finest and most difficult to find African films including features, documentaries and shorts, as well as showcasing some groundbreaking contemporary films.

Samhuinn Festival

From Edinburgh Castle down The Royal Mile, Free, Oct 31 After party at the Bongo Club, 11.30pm-3am Presented by the Beltane Society, Samhuinn celebrates the Celtic New Year with a spectacular procession and visual pyrotechnic feast, on a night where spirits can touch the souls of the living. The parade also involves music, drumming, dance, fire and stunning costumes.

The Grolsch Green Light District

Across 41 bars in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Oct 9-22 www.grolsch.co.uk Experience the unique atmosphere of a Dutch-style bar. Each venue will be artistically bathed in green light and will feature table service for orders of Grolsch. Look out for the interactive maps, which illuminate nearby bars. Samhuinn Festival

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What’s On? Wasps Studio Open Day

Various studios across Glasgow, Oct 7-8, www.waspsstudios.org.uk Come and meet the artists, from new graduates to the well-established, who work at the Wasps Studio in Glasgow and across Scotland. It is also an opportunity to view a wide variety of work such as painting, printmaking, ceramics, textiles and sculpture, as well as chat with the artists and maybe buy a few pieces.

Ghost Walk

The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour, £12.50, Oct 26 This late night tour led by costumed guides promises to frighten with gory tales of death and disease. Will you come face to face with William Pedvin, the Able Seaman who lost his life on board the ship, or with any of his deceased shipmates? Definitely the most ghoulish Halloween experience in Glasgow this year.

Big Big World

Various venues across Glasgow, Oct 21-28, www.soundsfine.co.uk Its eclectic line-up features artists from Africa, the Americas, and Europe, but also notably Asia, with musicians who will represent the Indian classical and Iranian traditions.

Exquisite Jewels, The Art of Carnet by Michelle Ong

Burrell Collection, Pollok Country Park, from Oct 28 Jewellery design is an art form and this exhibition, the first ever by Michelle Ong for Carnet, the Hong Kong-based high-couture jewellery designer, proves it. Among the 100 jewels to be admired there are also the four pieces commissioned for the film ‘The Da Vinci Code’.

The Arches 15th Birthday

253 Argyle Street, until 29 October, www.thearches.co.uk Turning 15 can be a trauma, but not for this Glasgow venue, with celebrations that continue throughout the month and include experimental theatre, avant-garde music, art exhibitions and big name DJs playing club nights.

Carnet Jewel by Michelle Ong

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LIFESTYLE Welcome to October!

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THIS MONTH’S LETTERS So this month we got a few letters at last: Hi, Picked up the latest issue of your mag and noticed the request for response. Providing information to whoever requires it on the popular culture front, is a pretty thankless task, in my experience. That’s not to say that what you’re doing goes unappreciated. I know for a fact that visitors to this area find it a useful tool: you’re doing a worthwhile thing, and maybe the lack of response is down to the paper doing its job. People like to moan, and perhaps the fact that they’re not means that you’re hitting the spot. I like wading through The Skinny and consider it to be very useful, especially the listings, etc. and hope you can keep doing what you’re doing. Best, /L

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ubble bubble toil and trouble, the month of Halloween is upon us! So we’ll concentrate on the good news for fans of ghosts, goblins and ridiculous outfits, ignoring the onset of bad weather and boring telly. Along with our Lifestyle regulars, we have more lists of student need-to-knows; this time it’s how to be healthy and where to buy bargains, since, as everyone realises, loans don’t last. Most importantly, it’s our birthday this month; the paper is a year old and the staff have aged immeasurably. So it’s time for a party, dammit! Read on for more details. Altogether: “Happy Birtday to us, Happy Birthday to us…”

The Skinny Black Birthday Party This month is our one year anniversary, and to celebrate we’re having two massive fuck off parties in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Featuring eclectic live music, party games, and The Skinny’s favourite beats to spin you into the darkness; we need you to dress in black. Black because it’s slimming, because it’s nearly Halloween, because it looks cool, because it’s easy, and, most importantly, because it’s our birthday and we’re telling you to! We’ve secured some fine venues on Saturday evenings, and are keeping the cost low (£ 3 before 11pm / £ 5 after) because we love you all so much! Since it’s a first birthday there’ll be games - musical statues, pass the parcel, balloon relays and spin the bottle (depending on how drunk we get). There’ll even be streamers, party hats and goody bags! And cake! Lots of cake! Can’t ever get enough cake… If you want FREE ENTRY for you and a friend to the Edinburgh or Glasgow party, tell us at least one thing you like and one thing you don’t about The Skinny in 50-150 words by emailing: LETTERS @ SKINNYMAG.CO.UK.

Then some personal fan mail for our illustrious Sounds Editor Dave Kerr: Hi Dave, Just a wee e-mail to say thank you for bringing my attention to such a great magazine! If it wasn’t for The Skinny I would have nothing to look forward to this weekend and probably would spend my time and money on drink and shoes! But as I was reading through your mag I discovered there is an open day at the Royal Observatory on Saturday and Sunday, so now I’m really looking forward to that. Cat

EDINBURGH THE LIQUID ROOM SAT OCT 21

GLASGOW THE ART SCHOOL SAT OCT 28

9pm-3am Drink specials: Jose Cuervo Frozen Margarita £2, Stella Bottles £2.50, Apple Sourz or Sambuca Shots - £2

9pm-3am Drink Specials: £2 pints, £1 Apple Sourz and £2.20 spirits w/mixers all night long!

Playing live: O.B.E - “They ignite a burst of crowdjumping” , Project:Venhell - “Thrillingly maniacal… orchestrated chaos” , Great Ezcape - “Some of the tastiest, most intelligent Hip-Hop yet” , The Vivians - “Prepare for the eargasm of your life” .

Playing live : The Low M if f s - “A poundi ng groove which proves irresistible” , The Needles - “The moment you’re pricked by their smouldering sound you’ll be hooked forever” . Also featuring some Ver y S pecial Guests.

Then the Skinny DJs will be playing a genrespanning selection of the finest beats and treats, from funk to hip-hop, from electro to house, from breakbeat to grime and back again!

DJ Sets will come from Bad Robot – Loose Joints, Pretty Ugly playing the best in ass-shaking indie, alternative and electro, Dolly Mixture, with Divine in the bar downstairs playing 60s and 70s vinyl for dancin’ and romancin’.

The Beastie Drummers of Beltane fame will also be playing a short, high energy set prior to the Samhuinn Festival 2006, on Oct 31.

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One shamless plug: Dear Skinny, Just thought I would write in because you guys are doing a great job supporting the local scene. Plus you are probably all over-worked and so I want to get you all out the office to come and check out our night This Is Music. We have already showcased St. Judes Infirmary (SL records) & You Already Know (supported The Deftones on recent tour). Going from strength to strength we are now coming up to our fifth night. In Oct, This Is Music presents Pop up (Scotland’s best unsigned band), Low Miffs (played by Zane Lowe) & in Nov we are proud to present Uncle John & Whitelock (acclaimed Glasgow quintet who supported Mogwai at the ICA in London). For a place on the guestlist or more on the night give check out: www.myspace.com/thisismusicedinburgh Cheers This is music While this one’s funny, let’s be careful not to become the Metro letter’s page: Help me Skinny! I am overweight, and regularly have to deal with abuse because of it. Insults such as ‘Baconchaser’, ‘Whale-hips’ and ‘Fudge-quake’ are regularly thrown my way. I would urge you to consider changing the name of your publication to The Fatster in order to distance yourself from any such prejudice. Thanks in advance Emily Sponge Ed’s note: We still didn’t get nearly enough serious letters this month, so it’s time for an incentive. To get you and a friend down on the guestlist for either our Edinburgh or Glasgow birthday parties, simply email us one thing you like about The Skinny and one thing you don’t. Keep the emails to between 50 and 150 words and send them to: letters@skinnymag.co.uk

Sunday 1st October

A True Story plus Falling Theory, Bannerman’s Underworld, Also includes The Mode, 9pm, £4 Cold Dead Hands: Manhattan Skyline plus Secta Rouge, The Canon’s Gait, Also includes The Summer They All Went Mad, 7.30pm, £5 Electric Fire Quartet, The Jazz Bar, 9.30pm, Free Emma and the Professor, Royal Oak, Wee Folk Club, 8.30pm, £3 I Fly Spitfires: Victorian English Gentleman’s Club, Dartz!, Cabaret Voltaire, See our VEGC interview feature at www.skinnymag.co.uk , 11pm, £5 Open Mic Night, Bannerman’s Underworld, 3pm, Free Sabai, Whistle Binkies, 12pm, Free Zillah plus Broken Oath, Under Thorns, Henry’s Cellar Bar, 7.30pm, £4

Monday 2nd October

Field Music plus Roy’s Iron DNA, Cabaret Voltaire, 7pm, £5 Just Turn Up, Whistle Binkies, Midnight, Free Open Mic Night, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Public Enemy, The Liquid Room, The Enemy Strikes Back, bringing the noise, fighting the power, so what cha gonna do now?, 7pm, £20 Rejected By Hannah, Bannerman’s Underworld, Also includes Coholic, 9pm, £4 The Great Jam Session, The Jazz Bar, 9.30pm, Free

Tuesday 3rd October

Bannerman’s Underworld, Also includes The Fabian, 9pm, £4 The Thanes plus The Bottleneckers, Henry’s Cellar Bar, 11pm, £5 Tina Dico, Whistle Binkies, Rock-laced Danish singer-songwriter on the rise, 7pm, £8 999, Citrus Club, 7.30pm, £7

Saturday 7th October

Cabal, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Is This Music?: Scunner plus Guantanamo Bay, Café Royal, An evening of quality Scottish alt. rock. Not ‘This Is Music’, it’s all very confusing., 8.30pm, £TBC Kult, The Liquid Room, 7.30pm, £18 Nate James, Cabaret Voltaire, Stevie Wonderinfluenced soul singer, 7pm, £10 Oceansize, The Exchange, Viva la prog!, 7pm, £7 Roguestar, Whistle Binkies, 12pm, £4 The Global Battle Of The Bands , The Bongo Club, The world’s biggest live Championship of popular music. For more information see www. gbob.com or www.myspace.com/gbobscotland, 6pm, £6 (£5 with flyer) The Influence plus Epic 26, Henry’s Cellar Bar, 7.30pm, £4 The Rab Howat Band, Bannerman’s Underworld, Weekly house band afternoon slot, 3pm, Free The Square Peg plus Acid Tongue, Bannerman’s Underworld, Also includes The Restless Natives, 9pm, £4

Band Showcase, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Ceilidh Club, The Lot, 8.30pm, £6 Deaf Shepard, The Village, Leith Folk Club, 7.30pm, £8 Folk n’ Friends, The Waverley, Open Mic Night, 8.30pm, Free Slaid Cleaves, Albert and Gage, Cabaret Voltaire, A double whammy of Texan folk, 7.30pm, £12 The One Day Speakers plus Megaw, Forest Café, Acoustic night, 8pm, Free The SHJQ Quartet, The Jazz Bar, 9.30pm, Free

Sunday 8th October

Wednesday 4th October

Dave Rich Band, Cabaret Voltaire, 7pm, £7 Just Turn Up, Whistle Binkies, 12pm, Free Open Mic Night, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Short Notice, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4 Suicide Silence, Subway Cowgate, TBC, £8

Energy Plan plus Sweet Chin Music, Bannerman’s Underworld, Also includes Broken Records, 9pm, £4 Gypsy Kings, Edinburgh Playhouse , Nice price tag, pikeys indeed., 7.30pm, £37 James Apollo, Cabaret Voltaire, CANCELLED, N/A, N/A Jewel and esk Valley College Showcase, The Bongo Club, 9pm, £3 Kieran Halpin, Pleasance, Edinburgh Folk Club, 8pm, £6 (£5) Milford Cubicle, Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh noise-punks, 7pm, £TBC Starry Wisdom Cult, Whistle Binkies, 12pm, Free Thea Gilmore, The Liquid Room, 7.30pm, £13

Thursday 5th October

Beaker plus Circus Circus, Bannerman’s Underworld, Also includes The Munchkins, 9pm, £4 Open Mic, Café Royal, The return of Babytiger., 8.30pm, £TBC Out of the Bedroom, The Canon’s Gait, *Note venue change from previous events., 9pm, Free Scope, Whistle Binkies, Midnight, Free Shit Trinket: Glen or Glenda plus Futuristic Retro Champs, Wee Red Bar, Also includes Skinny faves Y’all is Fantasy Island, 8pm, £4 (£3) The Damage Room, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free The Grit plus Buzzbomb and Karloff, Subway Cowgate, , TBC, £TBC Wynd plus Blue Vintage City, Cabaret Voltaire, 70s flavoured rock, 7pm, £2

Friday 6th October

Cold Dead Hands: Space Horse, Errander, Subway Cowgate, Also includes Whores Whores Whores and Ben Cozine, 7pm, £5 Distant Soul, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Fast: The Royal We, The Bongo Club, Glesca’s latest barnstormers. Includes entry to Ride This Train, 11pm, £5 Lee Patterson, Whistle Binkies, 6pm, Free Porch Song Anthology plus The Stantons, Café Royal, The return of Babytiger., 8.30pm, £TBC Private Jackson plus Tinrokit, Wee Red Bar, 6pm, Free Regular John, Whistle Binkies, Midnight, £4 Sad Society plus The Rohypsters, Henry’s Cellar Bar, Scottish punk veterans, 7.30pm, £4 The Ideal Panic plus My Next Girlfriend,

Eleanor McEvoy, Cabaret Voltaire, Rare intimate show for the singer who apparently eclipsed U2’s album sales on home turf, 7pm, £10 Gildoza plus Jacobs Pillow, Bannerman’s Underworld, A female fronted exploration team of a sludge-infested funk rock odyssey, 9pm, £4 Jim Malcolm, Royal Oak, Wee Folk Club, 8.30pm, £3 Oatbeanie, Whistle Binkies, 12pm, Free

Monday 9th October

Tuesday 10th October

Band Showcase, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Eileen Rose, Cabaret Voltaire, Alt. country proponent, 7pm, £7 Folk n’ Friends, The Waverley, Open Mic Night, 8.30pm, Free Nick Keir, The Village, Leith Folk Club, 7.30pm, £5

Wednesday 11th October

Amy Duncan plus Lindsay West, Henry’s Cellar Bar, Acoustic night, also includes Rob St. John and Lindsay Sugden, 8pm, £5 Flu, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free People Under The Stairs plus Giant Panda, Cabaret Voltaire, LA and Seattle hiphoppers par excellence, 7pm, £TBC The Albion plus Dieselbone, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4

Thursday 12th October

Flowers for Algernon plus Billy Limerick and Speaker, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4 John Peel Day: The Needles, The Dials, The Bongo Club, To be broadcast live on www. freshair.org.uk. Also includes Granger and The 48, 8pm, £4 (£3) Out of the Bedroom, The Canon’s Gait, *Note venue change from previous events., 9pm, Free Spies In The Wires: Metronomy plus Napoleon III, Cabaret Voltaire, Disillusioned drummer who ooften flys solo, 11pm, £5 (£4) Stealer plus Kiddo, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free The Mending Hearts, Henry’s Cellar Bar, Western swing, 8pm, £TBC The Rapture, The Liquid Room, See our interview feature in Sounds, 7.30pm, £11

Friday 13th October

Anti-Nowhere League, The Liquid Room, Punk legends, faves of Metallica, 7.30pm, £9 Black International, Wee Red Bar, 6pm, Free Eric Bibb, The Queen’s Hall, 7pm, £17 Fakes plus Dormant, Illumnatis, Jack Glass, The Exchange, 14 plus gig, also includes

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EDINBURGH LIVE MUSIC Elephantine and Distortion, 8pm, £6 Jojocoke, Whistle Binkies, 12pm, £4 Lee Patterson, Whistle Binkies, 6pm, Free Miss The Occupier and Small Green Table, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4 The Dead Beat Club: Kieran Docherty, Cabaret Voltaire, Acoustic Rock, 7pm, £6 The Mars Patrol, Whistle Binkies, Homegrown pop rockers playing in support of Mini LP ‘Are You With Me’, 9pm, Free Underbelly, Henry’s Cellar Bar, Indie rock, 7.30pm, £4

Saturday 14th October

[Cayto] plus Morphon and Indafusion, Henry’s Cellar Bar, 8pm, £4 Big G, Stem, The Liquid Room, 7.30pm, £4 Dakota, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Pop Theory, Café Royal, 8.30pm, £TBC Popup, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4 Roadstar plus The Answer, Cabaret Voltaire, UK rockers discovered by Aerosmith’s A&R guru, 7pm, £6 The Rab Howat Band, Bannerman’s Underworld, Weekly house band afternoon slot, 3pm, Free U Know Hoo, Whistle Binkies, 12pm, £4

Sunday 15th October

Akala plus Simba and Profisee, Cabaret Voltaire, It’s hiphop Jim, but not as we know it, 7pm, £5 Prime Suspect, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Sabai, Whistle Binkies, 12pm, Free Stealer, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4 Stiff Little Fingers, The Liquid Room, 7.30pm, £14 Zeenon , Henry’s Cellar Bar, Norwegian death metal, mind your churches, 8pm, £TBC

Monday 16th October

Boy Kill Boy, The Queen’s Hall, An emo extravaganza. Now, now, don’t mock them., 7pm, £15.00 Camera Obscura, Cabaret Voltaire, See our

interview feature at www.skinnymag.co.uk, 7pm, £8 Just Turn Up, Whistle Binkies, Midnight, Free Open Mic Night, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free

Tuesday 17th October

Band Showcase, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Folk n’ Friends, The Waverley, Open Mic Night, 8.30pm, Free Josiah plus Gentleman’s Pistol and Lords of Bastard, Henry’s Cellar Bar, A stoner rocker’s delight, 8pm, £5 (£4) New Found Sound: Rose Kemp plus Amplifico and Sixpeopleaway, Cabaret Voltaire, Haunting rock-driven sounds from new One Little Indian signing. Also includes Fife band Callel, 7pm, £5 Salmonella Dub, The Liquid Room, 7.30pm, £15 Shona Kipling and Damien O’Kane, The Village, Leith Folk Club, 7.30pm, £5

Wednesday 18th October

Blood Music plus Randan Discotheque, Henry’s Cellar Bar, Lo-fi pop from Sweden and local support, 8pm, £5 (£4) Blue Meridian, Whistle Binkies, 12pm, Free Interstate 6, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Jake Stigers, The Liquid Room, 7.30pm, £5 None Of The Above, The Bongo Club, With Michael Marra and McFall’s Chamber, Occam’s Razor and Sandy Wright plus poems from Elspeth Murray, 8.30pm, £8 (£6) Son of Dave plus Missing Cat, Cabaret Voltaire, Former Crash Test Dummy, Multiinstrumentalist and lo-fi bluesman, 7pm, £7 Vitamin Flintheart, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4

Thursday 19th October

Esther O’Connor, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4 Gildoza, The Three Tuns, If music was food then Gildoza gigs would be a veritable feast of luscious haggis, 8pm, Free Kris Delmhorst plus Jeffrey Foucalt, Cabaret

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Voltaire, 7pm, £9 Open Mic, Café Royal, 8.30pm, £TBC Out of the Bedroom, The Canon’s Gait, *Note venue change from previous events., 9pm, Free Oxjam, The Bongo Club, Oxfam fundraiser with Rhyme & Dandy, Edinburgh Collective and Northern Exposure, 10pm, £5 Refuse Boy, Henry’s Cellar Bar, 8pm, £4 Sparklehorse, The Liquid Room, See our interview with Mark Linkous on www.skinnymag. co.uk, 7.30pm, £14 Steelyard Blues, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Sub-Opt, Whistle Binkies, 12pm, Free White Heat: The Royal We, Cabaret Voltaire, See our interview feature at www.skinnymag. co.uk, 11pm, £5

Lose Your Illusion and Tallica, The Exchange, TBC, £TBC Roadhouse, Whistle Binkies, Midnight, £4 Stronghold plus The Shuffle, Splinter, The Three Tuns, A cool relaxing evening of hardcore and punk, 8pm, £4 Sundown Sinners, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free The Rab Howat Band, Bannerman’s Underworld, Weekly house band afternoon slot, 3pm, Free The Skinny’s 1st Birthday Ho-down: OBE, Project: Venhell, The Liquid Room, A stellar lineup including The Great Ezcape and The Vivians, come drink, groove and fall over with The Skinny crew, 9pm, £3 b4 11, £5 after

Friday 20th October

Bernard Brogue, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free C/O/R/D, Cabaret Voltaire, Hints of QOTSA and Floyd. Sounds interesting, 7pm, £6 Fast: These New Puritans plus The Damn Shames, Henry’s Cellar Bar, Also includes Tiny Little Hearts, 8.30pm, £5 Hobo, The Bongo Club, The Scottish Hobo Society reopen their doors to the lost souls of the Sabbath - Live and dangerous, 10pm, £3 after 11 (Free Before) James Yorkston and The Athletes, The Liquid Room, See our interview feature in Sounds, 7.30pm, £9 Narwhal plus Flatlands and The City that Shrinks Us, The Canon’s Gait, 7.30pm, £5 Oatbeanie, Whistle Binkies, 12pm, Free Project Reno plus Sleepy Zephyr and The Beat Poets, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4 Spectrum III: Mr Tubaob’u, Genaro, The Acute, Queens Hall, Eclectic mini-festival for local creative industries. Also includes Joe Acheson Quartet., 3pm, £5 (£4 adv)

Baldego, Whistle Binkies, 6pm, Free Hobo: Park Attack and Schrodinger’s Beard, Henry’s Cellar Bar, 11pm, £5 (£4) Jumping Lights, Festoon and More, The Liquid Room, TBC, £4 My Electric Love Affair, Wee Red Bar, Local psychedelic indie crew escape from the studio, 6pm, Free Nick Harper, Cabaret Voltaire, 7pm, £TBC Pfaff plus We Were Promised Jetpacks, Café Royal, 8.30pm, £TBC The Hustlers, Whistle Binkies, Midnight, £4 The Scottish Enlightenment plus Twenty 43, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4

Saturday 21st October

Blackjack Blues Band, Whistle Binkies, 6pm, Free Enter Shikari, Cabaret Voltaire, Emotive hardcore quartet, 7pm, £6 Fish Fry: Nomo, The Jazz Bar, Organic Jazz Combo from Michigan, 11pm, £5 (Free before 11) Kenny Young & The Eggplants plus Gecko 3, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4 Lepidoptera plus Granger, Café Royal, 8.30pm, £TBC

Sunday 22nd October

Monday 23rd October

John Cale, The Liquid Room, A rare opportunity to catch the Velvets legend, 7.30pm, £18 Just Turn Up, Whistle Binkies, Midnight, Free

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FREE STUFF Get your culture on this month with Free Stuff. Remember the more effort you put in to your entry the better your chances of winning! So go get entering

WIvN A COPY OF DESTRCITED ON DVD

Check out our Free Stuff at our website www.skinnymag.co.uk Send your answers along with your name, address and number to:

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Deadline for entries is Octoer 21st unless otherwise stated. Please see www.skinnymag.co.uk for terms and conditions unless otherwise stated.

If you would like to run a competition with THE SKINNY please get in touch: tiger@skinnymag.co.uk www.instal.org.uk Box Office no. 0870 240 7528 13th-15th Oct 06 Arches Glasgow Instal is a festival of underground music. Not mainstream or indie music - underground music. It’s not about the Next Big Thing; it’s an alternative to big things.

Instal are offering Skinny readers 3 pairs of 3 day passes (3 day pass is £35) to the event. All you have to do is send us the answer to be in with a chance : Where will Instal be held this year?

Entry deadline is 10th Oct 06.

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LARRY CLARK GASPAR NOÉ SAM TAYLOR-WOOD MATTHEW BARNEY RICHARD PRINCE MARCO BRAMBILLA MARINA ABRAMOVIC Destricted invited seven artists to make short films representing their views on sex and pornography. The result is a collection of sexy, humorous, stimulating and provocative scenarios. Destricted is the most controversial and sexually explicit film ever to receive an 18 certificate from the BBFC.

www.destrictedfilms.com To be in with a chance of winning a DVD please email us with the answer. What rating is Destricted?

DESTRICTED IS RELEASED ON DVD ON THE 25TH SEPTEMBER The Merchant Of Venice By William Shakespeare Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Till the 21 October 2006. www.lyceum. org.uk Artistic director Mark Thomson leads the company into the new season with Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice – a controversial and politically charged drama that is surely as resonant for audiences today as was in the 16th century. Thanks to the Royal Lyceum The Skinny have a pair of tickets to give away to the theatre! Just answer this question: Who wrote ‘The Merchant of Venice’? Send us the answer along with your choice of evening.

Deadline for entry 10th Oct 06

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Scotland’s Independent Bi-annual Music Festival

The Queens Hall, Edinburgh Sun 22 Oct, 3-11pm

Spectrum is a mini-festival at the Queen’s Hall which features performances from The Acute, Genaro, The Dead Beat Club, Mr Tubaob’u plus some special guest. To be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets to Spectrum and a complimentary bottle of wine from the Queen’s Hall bar answer this question.

Where is Spectrum held?

www.spectrumfest.co.uk Deadline for the competition is 15 Oct 06

EDITORIAL -

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US! W

ay back a whole year ago, the first issue of The Skinny hit the streets, meaning that this October we’re one year old and to celebrate we are throwing two massive parties : Liquid Room in Edinburgh on Sat Oct 21, then Glasgow at the Art School on Sat Oct 28. We’ve booked some of Scotland’s hottest bands and like all Skinny parties we’ve kept prices low to encourage as many of you along as possible. See Lifestyle for more details. Last October we began by printing 20,000 copies of a 64 page paper; this month we’ve printed 40,000 copies at 80 pages, with reams of content exclusively online. Our website has been growing rapidly as well, during August we had nearly two million hits, and also during August we produced 12,000 copies weekly of a 64 page paper called SkinnyFest. All this with an army of volunteer contributors, full time staff who receive only slightly more than minimum wage for working ridiculous hours, and a total reliance on advertising revenue to survive. Quite an achievement. Since it’s our birthday, I’d like to send out a massive thank you to everyone who has been involved in making THE SKINNY, so far, extremely successful. All our contributors – the w riters and photographers – thanks so much for your time and efforts, I hope you’ve gained some excellent experience. Thanks as well to the designers who put together each section, without you the paper wouldn’t look so wonderful. Probably the largest thanks should go to our editors, who put in days and weeks of planning, commissioning, organising, editing, laying out and proofing their sections.

Thanks to everyone who has helped with distribution, even if you’re working in a café and manage to shift just 20 copies a month, it’s still a lot better than those copies been hidden away under less impressive magazines then binned. We print the paper so it gets read, and without our diligent distribution team and people to look after every beautiful SKINNY it would never reach anywhere near the same amount of people.

A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN MAKING THE SKINNY, SO FAR, EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL To everyone who has supported THE SKINNY through sponsorship and advertising, thanks to you as well. We are always striving to provide the best possible value for money, but without your support we would not have a paper. Thanks to everyone in the office. It is very difficult to explain that it’s a lot more than words and pictures that goes into producing a paper packed with, well, words and pictures. Like any other company there are a multitude of administration and other not-so-glamorous jobs and without my colleagues being willing to put in so many hours for a lot less than they would earn doing a similar job elsewhere, for nowhere near the recognition they deserve, this paper certainly would not exist.

Last ly, one sp eci f ic t ha n k you – to St u You nger, Creat ive Di rector of t he f i rst thirteen issues of The Skinny - who is moving on to explore the world. Good luck Stu, THE SKINNY couldn’t have got so far without you. It’s been a stressful and shaky start; if we are going to become sustainable we need to continue to grow. Every piece submitted to an editor on time, everyone who helps with distribution and every time you advertise, it all makes a difference. Every time your club night or band or book shop would like a bit of coverage we’ll do our best, but remember that you will be dealing with volunteers, so have a think about ways you can support us in return – distributing the magazine, sticking the article up in your shop window, carrying THE SKINNY logo on your posters and flyers, etc, etc. Oh and buy an ad! We’re scraping by and every ounce of profit we eek out of THE SKINNY goes straight back into making it better. So let’s all work even harder so that in another twelve months I’m saying thanks to a whole lot more people, and these words are reaching even more SKINNY readers. Xavier Toby Managing Editor

www.skinnymag.co.uk

EDINBURGH LIVE MUSIC in association with Open Mic Night, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free The Rifles, Cabaret Voltaire, 7pm, £8

Sunday 29th October

Hobo, The Bongo Club, Live and alternative sounds for justified sinners. , 10pm, £3 after 11 Band Showcase, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free (Free Before) Bring Me The Horizon plus Abigail Williams, Nadine Khouri plus The Meanwhiles, Whistle Studio 24, 7pm, £7 Binkies, 9pm, Free Cold Dead Hands: Defiance, Ohio plus Table 57 plus Pablo Eskimo, Bannerman’s Fifteen Minutes, Subway Cowgate, A folk punk Underworld, 9pm, £4 extravaganza, see live music highlights in Sounds., The Common Redstarts, Cabaret Voltaire, Look 7.30pm, £5 up our feature on www.skinnymag.co.uk, 7pm, Folk n’ Friends, The Waverley, Open Mic Night, £5 (£4) 8.30pm, Free The Divine Comedy, The Liquid Room, Look up Hrsta plus Carla Bozulich, Chris Corsano and our interview feature at www.skinnymag.co.uk, Gasgiant, Henry’s Cellar Bar, Featuring members 7.30pm, £18 of Godspeeed You! Silver Mt. Zion and Jackie-O Tim Pare, Whistle Binkies, Midnight, Free Motherfucker, 8pm, £9 The Hazey Janes plus Dropkick, Cabaret Monday 30th October Voltaire, Countrified Dundonian troupe, 7pm, £5 Just Turn Up, Whistle Binkies, Midnight, Free

Tuesday 24th October

Wednesday 25th October

Amongst the Arrows plus Hey Apache, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4 Lily Allen plus New Young Pony Club, Studio 24, 7pm, £13 Lloyd Cole, The Queen’s Hall, TBC, £15 Rejected By Hannah, Whistle Binkies, Midnight, Free Scott Mathews, The Liquid Room, Did you just touch my ass?, 7.30pm, £9 Smiler plus Beaker, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free The Southern Electrics plus The Rise, Cabaret Voltaire, 7pm, £TBC This is Music: Pop Up, Private Jackson, Henry’s Cellar Bar, Also includes The Low Miffs and Eagleowl, 8pm, £5 Tommy Peoples, The Village, Leith Folk Club, 7.30pm, £5 Zero 7, Usher Hall, 7pm, £17

On this Day We Met Gambas Pil Pil, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4 Open Mic Night, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Oxjam: Patrick Walker plus Dee Mond, Whistle Binkies, Oxfam fundraiser, also includes Error Response and Ufoel, 7pm, £3 The Cooper Temple Clause, The Liquid Room, 7.30pm, £12

Tuesday 31st October

Band Showcase, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Folk n’ Friends, The Waverley, Open Mic Night, 8.30pm, Free Neptune plus Can’t, Henry’s Cellar Bar, Noiserock improv, 8pm, £5 (£4) Sgorrabreac, The Village, Leith Folk Club, 7.30pm, £5 The Maccabees plus Jack Penate, Cabaret Voltaire, 7pm, £6

Thursday 26th October

Acoustic Night, Café Royal, 8.30pm, £TBC AIM, The Liquid Room, With full live band, 7.30pm, £14 Alasdair Roberts plus Duncan Williamson and My Kappa Roots, Henry’s Cellar Bar, 8pm, £6 Bernard Brogue plus Eight Line Poem, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Gildoza, The Three Tuns, A funkified bonanza of curious styles., 10pm, Free Jacobs Pillow, Whistle Binkies, Midnight, Free Out of the Bedroom, The Canon’s Gait, *Note venue change from previous events., 9pm, Free Oxjam: Lords of Bastard plus The Valiums, Bannerman’s Underworld, Oxfam fundraiser, also includes50 Caliber Smile and The Breech, 9pm, £4 The Datsuns, Cabaret Voltaire, Kiwi rockn’rollers return with 3rd LP Smoke & Mirrors, 7pm, £10

Friday 27th October

Charles Wood, Whistle Binkies, 6pm, Free Danielle Jack, Wee Red Bar, 6pm, Free Flatliner, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4 Modus, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free Nels Andrew plus AJ Roach, Cabaret Voltaire, 7pm, £10 NEXUSlive, The Bongo Club, Lineup can be found at www.nexusliveshow.com. , 7pm, £4 Southpaw, Henry’s Cellar Bar, Alt. country quintet, 8pm, £5 The Demons Eye, Whistle Binkies, Midnight, £4 The Familiars plus Long Road Home, The Exchange, Also includes The Dials and Smoked Glass, 8pm, £6 The One Day Speakers plus Seneka, Them Scally Boys, Wynd, Subway Cowgate, 7pm, £3 The Stone Roses Experience, The Liquid Room, 7.30pm, £10 The Vacant Tourists, Café Royal, 9pm, £TBC

Saturday 28th October

Blackjack Blues Band, Whistle Binkies, 6pm, Free Dead Boy Robotics, Bannerman’s Underworld, 9pm, £4 Great Northwestern Hoboes plus Vitamin Flintheart, Café Royal, Also includes Conflict Diamonds, 8.30pm, £TBC Ray Davies, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Former Kinks mainman ventures to the capital, 8pm, £22.50, £20.50 Souls of Mischief plus FBC, Cabaret Voltaire, Razor sharp Oakland hiphop quartet from Del tha Funkee Homosapien’s Hiero stable, 7pm, £10 The Antennas, Whistle Binkies, 9pm, Free The Paddingtons, The Liquid Room, 7.30pm, £9 The Rab Howat Band, Bannerman’s Underworld, Weekly house band afternoon slot, 3pm, Free The Usual Suspects, Whistle Binkies, Midnight, £4

email listings to: listings@skinnymag.co.uk

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The Skinny is Scotland's leading entertainment and listings magazine.

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The Skinny is Scotland's leading entertainment and listings magazine.

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