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4 Scottish music blogs you need to subscribe to

4 Scottish music blogs you need to subscribe to

With so many goings-on in the Scottish music industry, it’s increasingly tricky to keep abreast of what to look out for, which records are being released and who’s playing when. Fortunately, some brave muso-buffs have made it their solemn duty to report all that’s glorious, awesome and amazing about the local scene. Here is a list of our favourite four – a Fantastic Four – if you will…

Netsounds Unsigned

Netsounds Unsigned

Seeking out the shining musical gems hidden under the sludge of popular music

In a nutshell, what is your blog about?
We are a blog/podcast site run by Jamie Macdonald and Murray Cameron. We post some stuff about bands we like and use it as as a vehicle to promote our weekly new music podcasts which highlight and feature “under the radar” acts that mainstream radio and media tend to ignore. Although our focus is largely on Scottish acts it’s not exclusively so. We feature new music that grabs our attention, whether it’s emerging from the far North of Scotland or Brooklyn. There’s a huge amount of underexposed new music to discover.

Who is your favourite live act at the moment?
There are so many great bands that we like right now but in terms of live it has to be Cleavers from Moray over on the North East of Scotland. Live they become a trio of brilliantly explosive garage punk noisy bastards. Their latest 7″ ‘Life Is Shit’ captures some of the raw energy, passion and fun that they are full of.

What was the first record you owned?
No one ever answers these honestly. people look for the coolest record and name check it. So, no Stevie Wonder Songs in The Key of Life.
Murray – If we are going by albums my first one was A-ha ‘Hunting High And Low’. No shame in that (ish).
JamieGhostbusters Soundtrack! I’m not sure if its the first record I owned but pretty sure it was the first album I bought. Possibly.

What is your favourite blog?
There are so many fine new music blogs in Scotland and we visit them all fairly regularly. They are our daily newspapers so to speak. It’s a cliche but there really are too many to name and the minute you mention one or two, you’ve missed someone else! However, we are going to settle with Peenko as it’s the one I visit most. It’s one of the best places to discover the finest new music coming out of Scotland.

The Pop Cop

The Pope Cop

Your one-stop-shop for quirky commentary and insightful reviews

In a nutshell, what is your blog about?
Colourful features relating to the Scottish music scene.

Who is your favourite live act at the moment?
Friends In America

What was the first record you owned?
The Time Frequency – Dominator

What is your favourite blog?
“Whit?”

Song, by Toad

Song, by Toad

One foot in the arts, another in the obscure

In a nutshell, what is your blog about?
Basically it’s just about music I like, which is mostly found in the unsigned or obscure categories. This tends to take the form of weekly gig listings, a weekly podcast, video sessions, album reviews, new band tips and the music we release on the label. I occasionally delve into general music industry stuff as well.

Who is your favourite live act at the moment?
Hmm, hard to say. Possibly Josh T. Pearson or Yo La Tengo, but in local terms, and leaving aside bands on the label, I think Paws are fantastic as well.

What was the first record you owned?
The first one I remember being excited about buying was when my mum and I bought Seven and the Ragged Tiger by Duran Duran before I was old enough to actually buy records for myself. The first one I bought with my own money could have been The Innocents by Erasure, I think, but I’m not sure. I was much more of a pop kid when I was younger.

What is your favourite blog?
At moment, mostly architecture blogs on Tumblr, to be honest. Musically, my favourite still has to be the Cloud Sounds podcast although I am also a big fan of the depth of writing and general quality of Gold Flake Paint as well.

Peenko

Peenko

It’s all about the bands, baby

In a nutshell, what is your blog about?
I write about up and coming Scottish bands.

Who is your favourite live act at the moment?
My favourite live band are Randolph’s Leap, but I manage them so I don’t I can go with them. Frightened Rabbit and Kid Canaveral both put on a pretty amazing live show

What was the first record you owned?
For the sake of my credibility I think it’s best that I don’t answer this one.

What is your favourite blog?
I am a big fan of Song, by Toad, The Pop Cop, Aye Tunes and Scottish Fiction

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