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THE SKINNY: SEPTEMBER 2017

Mogwai, Zola Jesus, EMA, Take One Action, Bloody Scotland, Nick Helm, Sahej Rahal, Fergus Clark, SQIFF Iona Lee and Sabrina Mahfouz, Vessels and more...

THE SKINNY SCOTLAND ISSUE 144

It’s autumn – rejoice that the Edinburgh festivals are done for another year and we’re in the only season that the Scottish weather is any good at.

On the cover for September you will find a certain Mogwai, back with their ninth studio album Every Country’s Sun. They’ve been going for an incredible 22 years – longer than some of the people in The Skinny office have been sentient – and kindly agreed to meet up and discuss Glasgow, Brexit, forming a record label and the imminent threat of nuclear war. What better way to soundtrack our inevitable destruction at the hands of the demented toddler in that America’s White House eh?

Elsewhere in Music you will find words with Erika M. Anderson, aka EMA, whom we met the week after the horror of Charlottesville for a discussion coloured by that darkness. Zola Jesus explores the personal trauma – she was struck by lightning??? – behind sixth album Okovi; Norwegian punks Sløtface talk feminism and sexual harassment at gigs, something that is particularly on our thoughts round here after one of our team was extensively groped while photographing a gig in Edinburgh in August. Photographs of the guilty party available on request.

Vessels pop by to talk about their fourth album, Sparks introduce Hippopotamus and we learn about DAREfest, a new female-fronted one dayer that has grown out of the Girls Rock School. Roddy Woomble talks about not being a folkie, while Nasty P celebrates Scottish hip hop and the vegan-friendly MC Almond Milk introduces his debut album.

In Film, autumn means a slew of film festivals arriving to entertain, enlighten and engage. First up we’ve got Take One Action, back to contribute to a better world through incremental action and education. The Scottish Queer International Film Festival presents a diverse programme ranging from Bruce LaBruce to Mexican lesbian wrestlers. New festival on the block Krafta Doc has been programmed by a former Venice Biennale staffer who aims to present work from the worlds of art and design. Touring film fest Scalarama also arrives this month – our Film editor shares a few highlights. We also meet the directors of Una and Patti Cake$, a new release about a plus-sized rapper from New Jersey who dares to dream big.

Books looks forward to Stirling’s crime fest Bloody Scotland, and shares a conversation with poetry stars Iona Lee and Sabrina Mahfouz, here talking about the prominence of women in the world of spoken word. We also meet author Omar el Akkad whose new book American War, ten years in the writing, could not feel more prescient of the state of that weird nation at this point in time.

Comedy has recovered sufficiently from the madness of the Fringe (we hope), enough at least to meet the brains behind podcast Welcome to Night Vale. Art meets Sahej Rahal, arriving in CCA with an exhibition exploring protest politics and resistance in India and Scotland. We also speak to Scottish comic book legend Frank Quitely about being in the unexpected position of starring in a blockbuster exhibition in Kelvingrove. 

In Clubs, Huntleys and Palmers founder Andrew Thomson explains why they’re not named after a biscuit brand and marks the occasion of a decade in the business with a look back over their formation. Finally, we have a Guest Selector from La La, who (horrifyingly, for me at least) was three when Faithless’ Insomnia came out. Apparently it's really stood the test of time. I feel very old. [Rosamund West]

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