On Friday night I was at Sergeant’s farewell gig at the Rothes Hall in Glenrothes. The weather was fine when I entered the venue past the throng of smoking teenyboppers but it was a blanket of white fluffy stuff by the time I returned to my car at the end of the gig. The drive home was rather hairy but I made it back in one piece and via one lane all the way. RIP Sergeant. (Also a great set by local band The Rioteers and new Sergeant-led project Saint Kilda)
While I managed to get to the Victoria Radio Network studios very early on Saturday morning to record next Sunday’s “Gone But Not Forgotten” special (celebrating the music of those who have shoved off this mortal coil this year), I wasn’t able to make it on Sunday to do my annual Jocknroll/St. Andrew’s Day show. (I’m supposed to be off to see The Orchids at Glasgow’s Popfest hence the pre-record, but the weather may put paid to that too).
The Saturday journeys, bar a couple of skids, were relatively trouble-free but early on Sunday morning I knew I wouldn’t make it back for this week’s live Jocknroll show. I wouldn’t have minded so much had I not put so much effort into the Jocknroll show. It’s not as if I could do it in December as (a) I’ve already prepared those shows and (b) they’re Christmas ones. Instead I’ll broadcast it just before Burns Night in January. Another tiny issue is that the pre-recorded show for the 12th mentions the Jocknroll special of the previous week!
It remains to be seen whether the two festive shows I have planned for 12 and 19 December will go ahead as planned. Only time and Sean Batty will tell.
And talking of Paisley boys, Jim at AyeTunes is running an informal, just-for-a-bit-of-a-laugh year-end poll. I like filling these things in although I can never remember at lot of the new stuff I’ve been listening on account of spending the last three years stuck in the 60s. Musically speaking, that is.
Anyway, here were my selections and, yes, I did vote for myself in one category!
Aye Tunes Readers’ Poll 2010
1. The Orchids
2. Teenage Fanclub
3. Arcade Fire
Best Solo Artist:
1. Edwyn Collins
2. Tommy Reilly
3. Dan Lyth
Best New Band/Solo Artist: (New is very subjective, if you first heard of them this year, that’ll do)
1. French Wives
3. Dan Lyth
Best Live Band:
1. Teenage Fanclub
2. The Orchids
1. Edwyn Collins – Losing Sleep
2. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
3. The Orchids – The Lost Star
Best Single/EP: (Basically anything that isn’t an album)
1. Tommy Reilly – Take Me Away for the Night
2. Jonny – Free 4-Track Download EP (Gloria/Beach Party/Continental/Michaelangelo)
3. French Wives – Me Vs Me
Best Music Blog/Website: (Aye Tunes isn’t eligible for this. Partly to avoid accusations, partly to stop me seeing how few would have said it anyway)
1. The Pop Cop
2. The Vinyl Villain
3. Song, By Toad
Best Music Radio Show/Podcast:
1. Sounds of the Sixties (Radio 2)
2. Where The Action Is (Kirkcaldy VRN 1287AM)
3. Art School Dancing (Ally Gourlay, Leith FM)
1. HMV Picturehouse, Edinburgh
2. Barrowlands, Glasgow
3. Abbot House, Dunfermline
Best Gig: (as in, best one you’ve been at this year, just in case you were confused)
1. Teenage Fanclub/Veronica Falls (HMV Picturehouse, Edinburgh – 4 June 2010)
2. Sergeant/The Ray Summers/Saint Kilda/The Rioteers/? (Rothes Hall, Glenrothes – 25 November 2010)
3. Jackie Leven (Abbot House, Dunfermline – 25 February 2010)
I should point out that as at today’s date I’ve only been to three gigs this year and although I only have two more planned before the start of 2011 my participation in one of those is in doubt thanks to the unseasonal November weather; namely the aforementioned Orchids gig. I should still be okay for Ronnie Spector’s Christmas gig in Edinburgh.
If I should make it a measly total of five gigs for the year that’ll be my worse tally since records began. Or at least since I started doing my gigs spreadsheet. The last time I had such a bad year-end total was 2006 when I saw only Roddy Frame and Maria McKee and the latter was a present for the Good Lady Wife so I was sort of obliged, although I did enjoy it. Just for the record my best year was 1993 when I notched up 23 rock ‘n’ roll shows. Those were the days.