THE WEEK AHEAD...
The clocks have changed, we're stockpiling wooly jumpers on the back of our office chairs like an Ice Age cometh, and it's dark, like, ALWAYS – and yet there's summer in our hearts, as the Spaced in the City lot take to The Barras Centre with a gem of a multi-artform mini festival, Roots and Ruins; the Fruitmarket gallery space is taken over by artwork inspired by the dreamlike Galápagos archipelago; the tropical den that is Samedia Shebeen makes its return; and Rozi Plain brings the Catherine Wheel vocals harmonies. We'll be miserable again next week.
PICKS O' THE WEEK
Sat 3 Nov, noon-3am, £10 here
For all you folk that weren't quick enough nabbing your ticket for the now sold out Aberfeldy Festival, multi-arts venture Spaced in the City host another of their mini festivals of wonder right in the heart of Glasgow the same weekend. Roots and Ruins will take in live music, installation art, and fashion over one packed Saturday, with doom'n'roll Glasgow trio Holy Mountain headering the bill alongside the likes of Woodenbox, Blank Canvas, Palms, Honeyblood, and North Atlantic Oscillation, plus a super-secret performance taking place at 8.45pm – that'll see music, art, dance, and fashion collide under an ancient temple theme.
Sat 3 Nov, 7.30pm, £14 (£10) here
London-based electronic musician, producer, and all-round pusher of boundaries / rattler of cages, Matthew Herbert tours his conceptual and controversial new album, One Pig. Exploring life, death, and consumption through the recorded noises of a single pig's birth, growth, and eventual butchering, it'll be re-told in a live setting via a band playing instruments made from pig remains, and an on-stage chef. Make up your own mind on the ethics of that by reading his conversation with Peta here. Also taking in Dundee and Edinburgh later in the week.
Opens Fri 2 Nov, Mon-Sun, Free
The Fruitmarket open their winter season with a unique exhibition bringing together the work of twelve artists who travelled to, and spent time in, the remote and dreamlike Galápagos archipelago. Recording what they found through a mix of media – taking in drawings, paintings, film, digitised media, installation, sculpture, and sound work – they carefully peel back the edges of this strange and stark world. Jeremy Deller's cock fight stills (pictured) are particularly captivating, moreso for the fact that a year later the 'sport' was outlawed in Ecuador. Go be enlightened.
(Debating Hall), Edinburgh
Fri 2 Nov, 8.30pm, £3 on the door
Edinburgh's student-run radio station, Fresh Air, host the second edition of their brand new gig-in-a-club night, held in the grand surrounds of Teviot's Debating Hall. Headering the live bill this time around will be Miaoux Miaoux (aka Julian Corrie, pictured, he of the subtly layered beats and rushes of distorted guitar), alongside Trapped In Kansas, and Ferret Berserker. The resident DJs will then play you into the drunken wee hours with a cross-genre playlist of everything from PAWS to Talking Heads.
Thu 1 Nov, 11pm, £5 (£4)
Just in case you thought Halloween was done-and-dusted, well, it's not. The i AM boys take to Edinburgh's Cab Vol for another gory outing, kitting the venue out like a haunted forest (FYI, these chaps go all-out on the visuals front) and handing out faceless white masks to punters on entry, while the Edinburgh Tekno Cartel scamps do it Hammer Horror style over't their new home of the Wee Red. While in Glasgow, Sensu again lock horns with Sunday Circus for their secret Halloween Bloodbath (buses leave from MacSorley's for a secret location, 5.30pm, tickets here).
The Hippodrome Ambassadors invite you to Monster Day (Saturday 17 November); a monster centenary celebration marking 100 years of cinema in Scotland's first picture palace. Join in the fun as the terror builds throughout the day with various monsterous screenings, ending with a late night showing of Robin Hardy's dark masterpiece, The Wicker Man (9:30pm, £5.85/£4.55 conc). Elsewhere on the schedule is King Kong (11am, £2.25, including a banana – obviously), a Screenwriting Masterclass (3:30pm, £5.85/£4.55 conc), and Grabbers (7pm, £5.85/£4.55 conc). Take advantage of the Monster Day Deal, with 20% off when you buy 2 or more tickets (subject to availability). More information here.
FULL DETAILS AND BOOKING HERE
Mon 5 Nov & Tue 6 Nov, 7pm/7.30pm, £6 on the door / here
Bristolian songstress and Fence Records' signee Rozi Plain takes her most recent release, Sometimes Joined Unjoined, on the road proper – a gem of a thing built upon her home-built electric guitar and Catherine Wheel vocal harmonies, which she'll showcase in Glasgow and Edinburgh over the course of the week (following her set at Aberfeldy Festival), followed by a trio of dates in France – should you fancy it. Have yourself a wee listen to her loveliness: here.
Sat 3 Nov, 11pm, £5 (£7 after midnight) on the door
The imagined tropical den that is Samedia Shebeen pitches up at The Third Door for its official re-launch, ready to once again transport late-night party people to an imaginary jungle-styled voodoo den-cum-lost township shebeen. Baffled yet? Basically, they'll be adorning the venue with jungle vines, painted African signs, live dancers, myriad voodoo imagery, and a hand-built DJ booth from which heavy beats from Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean will resonate.
Wed 7 Nov, 7.30pm, £14 here
Collaborating chums – and winners of the Scottish Album of the Year Award for this gem of an LP – Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat take to the road as part of their all-Scottish mini tour (also fresh from their set at Aberfeldy Festival – was there anyone not playing that?), for which they're dangling the tantalising carrot of maybe-hopefully-possibly previewing some recently-recorded new material following a few days in the studio. Read Moffat's run-down of November's single releases here.
Opens Sat 3 Nov, Tue-Sun, Free
The Koestler Exhibition for Scotland returns with a selection of creative work from prisons, secure hospitals, secure children's homes, and criminal justice services across Scotland, selected from entries to the 2012 Koestler Awards – a charitable scheme rewarding artistic achievement in the penal and secure sectors since 1962. This year curated with guidance from everyone's favourite Glaswegian doodler, David Shrigley, it'll bring together an inspiring mix of painting, drawing, sculpture, and creative writing. Go marvel.
Sat 3 Nov, 11pm, £5
We end the week with a jolly gay dance party, of course! For a special one-off outing, DJ Simonotron (pictured) brings his Wee Red staple, Hot Mess, to Jim Lambie's self-built wonderland of a poetry club (adjacent to SWG3; venue details here). Taking to the decks for his usual dancefloor-friendly, vinyl-only mix of disco, house, and acid, he'll shake this unsuspecting little venue hard. Note: there's only a 100-person capacity, so get down early to guarantee entry.
The Twilight Sad tickets: We've got a golden package up for grabs, offering entry to The Twilight Sad's homecoming headline show at Glasgow Barrowland, as well as exclusive aftershow passes, and a load of signed tour merch. Closes 30 Nov.
Edinburgh Art Fair tickets: We're offering up a bumper batch of 25 pairs of tickets to the exclusive private view and drinks reception of this year's Edinburgh Art Fair – bringing together 60 galleries from around the world, with artworks to view and for sale. Closes 14 Nov.
Win a bottle of The Kraken Rum: One lucky reader can win themself a bottle of the finest of rums, The Kraken (imported from the Caribbean and blended with 14 exotic spices, don'tchaknow), simply by telling us on what page of the November issue a kraken is hiding on.
Skinny On Tour: Guess where this Skinny reader is perusing her trusty copy of the mag and you could win yourself a boozy prize courtesy of our chums at Vino Wines. Closes 30 Nov.