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A New International

Death is a new beginning (A New International’s Biff Smith on his band’s rebirth in the underworld)

Life is a cabaret, or so the song goes. However, when A New International’s frontman Biff Smith was asked to write for a death-themed play, he leapt at the chance.



When the Paper Machines take over

with Rob McKinlay (of Paper Machine Music)

How solo can you go?



Seonaid Aitken

in the mood for love (on Valentine's Day)

Usually we introduce our interviewee with ‘singer’, musician, DJ. In the case of Seonaid Aitken, we require all of these – and many more.



Warm reception

for Beerjacket book (with Peter Kelly)

With the nights drawing in and a chill in the air we’ll all soon need a Beerjacket.



Bis

major reconnection (with Manda Rin and Sci-Fi Steven)

‘This Is Fake DIY’ – less a tune from 90s popsters bis and more of a manifesto. Now they’re back and while still doing it themselves, they have a little help. Thanks to a chance meeting with a local record label, ‘Slight Disconnects’, the trio’s first new recording since 2003, will appear on Last Night […]



Taking on the world

with Amy Macdonald (...)

Of course, we’re supposed to be talking music – but speaking the day after Scotland’s crucial win over Israel, it’s inevitable that we get onto the subject of football



Strike The Colours

Work to rule (with Jenny Reeve)

They do say that good things come to those that wait. In which case, the new album from Strike The Colours is as expected



North Atlantic Oscillation

The appliance of science (with Sam Healy)

With a name like North Atlantic Oscillation, Sam Healy’s band seem unlikely to be pushing Ed Sheeran-style acoustic pop into the charts.



Malcolm Middleton’s living the Fife life

Living the Fife life (in Anstruther)

My call takes Malcolm Middleton by surprise – he’s engrossed, selecting Hallowe’en costumes.



The Twilight Sad

Cure tour is a real tonic (with James Graham)

Never meet your heroes, they say. But try telling that to The Twilight Sad‘s James Graham.