THE WEEK AHEAD...
This week we enjoy a musical catch up with our January cover stars (chatted with here) who'll be rockin' it intimately (in-store at Avalanche) and on a larger scale at Grand Ole Opry. Elsewhere, there's a fair few important dates for your diaries, including the Secret Wars grand final, Glasgow Soundhaus' last ever party (in their current home anyway), the Wee Dub Festival weekender, and enough club nights celebrating birthdays to make us wonder if every club night worth its salt is born in the month of February...
PICKS O' THE WEEK
Thu 9 Feb, 7.30pm, £12 here
Having graced the cover of our January issue, The Sad boys take their rather fine new album – No One Can Ever Know – to the road, kicking off with a live in-store session at Edinburgh's Avalanche (for which we'd recommend getting down early), before hitting the bigger venues proper with Glasgow's Grand Ole Opry, followed by a handful of UK dates before they skip off to the the US-of-A for a 15-date tour. Dunfermline folks are also in for a bit of a treat, as they're playing a warm-up gig there on 4 Feb (Jam Jar, 8pm). What's more, you can download their latest single at the end of our album review here. Meanwhile, we're getting in the mood with an acoustic version of Walking For Two Hours we recorded with 'em back in 2009: here.
Fri 3 Feb, 7pm, £8
Things get serious over Secret Wars way as they host the grand final in their series of live graffiti paint-offs, for which head honcho Conzo Throb will go head-to-head with Too Much Fun Club illustrator Rogue One for the title of Secret War champion (and a pretty sweet £500 prize). As ever, the rules remain the same: both artists are armed with only black paint, a white wall, and 90-minutes on the clock, before the usual post-painting raveathon kicks in, with live DJs, MCs, B-Boy battles, and a charity art auction. Read our chat with the finalists here. Email email@example.com to reserve tickets.
Various venues, Edinburgh
Fri 3-Sun 5 Feb, Tickets and info here
Three-day, multi-venue celebration of all things dub, reggae, and roots – Wee Dub Festival – plays host to a mighty load of musical talent over the weekend, included in which will be a live set from legendary dub scientist Mad Professor (pictured; whom we had a lot of fun pitting against Steve Mason for a little musical tete-a-tete here). Elsewhere, there's also a rather interesting-looking selection of workshops spanning the festival run (including a Dub Clinic with the Professor himself). See here for the full weekend schedule.
Sat 4-Sun 5 Feb, noon-6pm, Free
The crafty duo behind Gin In Teacups (who also co-own their own vintage label) return for their first outing of 2012, for which they're staging a special weekend-long version of their vintage fair. They'll be playing host to the usual handpicked selection of over 25 independent sellers, showcasing the likes of vintage clothing and accessories, handmade jewellery, vintage records, hand-printed t-shirts, and, yes, the bar will be open throughout. We recommend you seek out Chambre 69's inimitable Slush Puppy cocktail. One word: lethal.
Thu 2 Feb, 7pm and 9pm, £5
The creative folks behind Cryptic Nights play it as delightfully obscure as ever, this month commissioning Raydale Dower (aka 'Whitelock', co-founder of Uncle John and Whitelock) to stage a new spatial sound composition. Last seen dropping a piano from Tramway's ceiling and documenting the resulting catastrophe in an ambisonic sound and film installation, Dower will again be exploring the idea of sound as a sculptural medium. For it, he'll perform an entirely new work on an orchestra of loudspeakers, with synchronised lighting acting as a backdrop-cum-visual form of music in its own right. Clever bugger. Watch the teaser trailer: here.
tHE SKINNY SHOWCASE SHOP IS OPEN!
The Skinny Showcase Shop is open now on Culturelabel.com, offering up a series of beautiful limited edition prints which can be bought through the Own Art scheme, splitting the cost of buying over ten interest free monthly installments. Amongst them is Dundee-based photographer Ross Fraser McLean, who shoots in film on a camera older than he is, and has travelled somewhat extensively having taken on projects in Russia, Mongolia, China, Japan, Cuba, Lebanon and across Europe. For the first collection Ross presents a series of photographs taken in Cuba in 2009, which capture some of the contradictions of the Caribbean Communist land. You can also see some of his photographs taken while kidnapped in India at Dundee's Hannah McClure centre this month. Details here.
BROWSE THE ARTWORKS ON SALE HERE
Fri 3 Feb, 11pm, £7 (£5.50) here
Infectious beatmasters par excellence, The Chemical Brothers (aka Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons) bring the essence of their audiovisual live shows to a cinema setting with their live documentary Don't Think, which captures their 2011 Fuji Rock Festival performance in Japan from start to finish, shot on some 21 different cameras, oft through the 50,000-strong all-singing, all-dancing crowd. It's basically as much like being at a live gig as you can get, without, like, actually being at a live gig. We've also got three pairs of tickets up for grabs, which you could win by Tweeting SkinnyFilm Twitter using the hashtag #Don'tThink. Remember to reply quickly if you win, else we'll have to pass on your ticket to someone else and you don't want that do you? Watch the teaser trailer: here.
Sat 4 Feb, 10pm, £18 here
Heavyweight clubber's delight Musika celebrate five years of parties at The Liquid Room by inviting along a trio of guests in the form of Cocoon's Cassy (playing her first Edinburgh date, no less), regular pal of the club Tim Green (pictured), and fresh Bristol producer Eats Everything. But, rightly or not, we're possibly most exited about the fact that The Liquid Room's new annexe, erm, The Annexe, will be open for the occasion, with a secret line-up playing within. Elsewhere, it's birthday parties a-go-go, with Killer Kitsch, Four Corners, and Xplicit all turning seven. That's a whole lotta cake.
Sat 4 Feb, 9pm, £10 advance here
(£15 door/£7 before 10pm)
The second big clubber's event on our not-to-be-missed list this week is Soundhaus' Final Tango (as in their last ever party before the venue's imminent demolition). For the occasion there will be a number of past faces dropping by to honour the underground music haven, amongst 'em Speedy (of Inner City Acid), Pete Mullen (of Basement), and Dan and Daz (of Monox). Current nights such as Pussypower, Squelch, and CTRL.ALT.DEL will also be pitching up for the party. Go join the rammy and help raise funds for their (hopefully speedy) relocation.
Sat 4-sat 25 Feb, noon-6pm (Wed-Sat), Free
We can of course never resist an art exhibition with an utterly fantastical and ridiculously long (in a decidedly non-descriptive way) title, and so we head to the the warehouse space of SWG3 for The Beast That Shouted Love At The Heart Of The World, a collaboration between Glasgow-based artists Mark Briggs, Jim Colquhoun and Conor Kelly, which finds them drawing from deviant histories within Ovidean mythology, 19th Century Romanticism and the like to play with themes of terror. You can hear them discuss the project on our Theatre editor's radio show: here.
Thu 2 Feb, 9pm, Free
We end on a charitable note with Oxfam's rather delightful once-in-a-not-very-often musical playlist night, Buy What You Hear, where the essence of the thing is that you listen to some handpicked music playlists selected from the Oxfam stock, and then get the chance to buy 'em. There will be a number of guest DJs on hand – including Edge Festival promoter Dave Corbet, and Knockengorrach organiser Katch Holmes – all armed with the music they've picked from Edinburgh's Oxfam store in Stockbridge. All profits got directly to the charity.
Kaiser Chiefs tickets: The gangly Leeds indie-pop scamps return following a three year hiatus, back on the road with new album The Future Is Medieval. And we've got tickets! Closes 6 Feb.
£150 iTunes vouchers: This is when we wish we could enter our own competitions! Alas, we wish you all well in winning £150 of lovely, music-filled iTunes vouchers. Enter here.
Valentine's date: We’ve got date night sorted with a pair of tickets to Jean-Pierre Améris’ funny and super slushy Romantics Anonymous and a luxurious chocolate tasting courtesy of Hotel Chocolat. Enter here.
Skinny On Tour: Guess where one of our readers is casually browsing the January issue of The Skinny and you will win a lovely prize of the booze-y type, courtesy of our lovely chums at Vino Wines.
Blues Brothers UK tickets: Win yourself a pair of tickets to see the finest Blues Brothers tribute in the UK, maybe even the world. You be the judge.
Free Delivery at Real Foods: Ethical shopper's delight Real Foods are offering free delivery on all orders over £15 on their online shopping site here.
OKO Express: All you avid Skinny readers can get yourselves 20% off your bill at Asian Glasgow delight, OKO Express, simply by showing the cut-out voucher on page 27 of our February issue.