Mixtape: July


July Mixtape · via Spotify

I was just thinking the other day that I hadn't been listening to much music this month, but when I went to write up this post I realised that most of the stuff in this mixtape is actually new stuff (well, new to me anyway). I think my favourite discovery of the month is The White Buffalo, who I first heard (rather embarrassingly) on the soundtrack for Safe Haven. Perfect blend of acoustic folksy rock, which is pretty much my favourite genre.

I also have a little bit of a soft spot for Sleeping At Last's cover of 500 Miles after hearing it in the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. The ceremony itself was completely daft, a wee bit embarrassing but strangely entertaining and it couldn't have been more Scottish in spirit even if it tried. I already love the Scottish Ballet so was pleasantly surprised to see them appear, accompanied by the beautiful arrangement of 500 Miles (raaaather different from the original!).

Royal Blood · Figure It Out
Delta Rae · Bottom of the River
Hard Girls · 996 Tears
Broken Records · I Won't Leave You in the Dark
The White Buffalo · Sleepy Little Town
James IV · Ammunition
JAWS · Be Slowly
Blondie · Dreaming
Blue Rose Code · Come the Springtime
Sleeping At Last · I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Listen to "July" here.

What have you been listening to this month?

Gillian x

Edinburgh Fringe Picks 2014: Music & Theatre


With the Fringe now just days away, I thought it was high time I got round to writing up part two of this series (see part one Edinburgh Fringe Picks 2014: Comedy here). I must admit, the majority of Fringe shows I go to are usually comedy ones, but there are loads of great music and theatre shows on too and I'm determined to make it through as much of my list as possible this year.

Hot Dub Time Machine - Underbelly, Bristo Square, 12.30am
Hot Dub Time Machine has become a little bit legendary at the Fringe. I went to it last year and it was SO GOOD. Well, I think it was really good - I can't remember most of the night, which is usually a good sign. The basic idea is that the DJ plays a song from each year, starting in 1954 and going all the way up to present day. Lots of fun and lots of dancing. Naturally, my favourite part was the 1980s section.

King Creosote - The Queen's Hall, 8pm
I always forget there are "proper" gigs on as part of the Fringe, but alas there are. One this year which I'd love to go to is King Creosote, whose new album, From Scotland With Love, is part of a documentary of the same name. The film weaves Scottish archive film footage with King Creosote compositions – and vice versa.

The Bunker Trilogy: Macbeth - C Nova, 10pm
The First World War is pretty much my specialist subject, and Macbeth is by far my favourite Shakespeare play, so I love the sound of The Bunker Trilogy: Macbeth. The play re-imagines the classic tale in the setting of the trenches of the Great War. The trilogy also includes reworkings of Agamemnon and Morgana.

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho - Assembly George Square Gardens, 9.10pm
The idea of Margaret Thatcher getting lost in Soho and accidentally becoming a cabaret superstar makes me laugh, and Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho sounds like it will be a wonderfully over-the-top cabaret show. Described as a "camp odyssey about gay rights, the 80s and disco", I'd expect nothing less from the Fringe!

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Pleasance Courtyard, 4.30pm
As a teenager, this used to be one of my favourite books (and films). I'm not entirely sure how Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas will work as a play, but I'm very intrigued to find out. If you're not familiar with the story already, Fear & Loathing follows writer Hunter S. Thompson on a legendary drug-fueled journey through Las Vegas to "the heart of the American Dream".

Sanitise - Underbelly, Cowgate, 10pm
My pal Lianne is on the production team for Sanitise, but even if she wasn't I'm sure I'd be heading along to this show anyway as it sounds really interesting. Set in a bathroom, the play follows one woman as she questions what it means to be clean and what it means to be dirty. Rather than being a traditional play, Sanitise combines physical theatre, dance, music and even illustrations! The Sanitise team are also doing a wee bit of crowdfunding to make the show better than ever, and you can donate here.

The Addams Family - Assembly Hall, 11am
Who doesn't love the Addams Family? I certainly love a bit of kitsch gothiness, so The Addams Family musical sounds right up my street. Wednesday is behaving like a "demented Disney princess" and the Addams clan are on a musical mission to get her feeling like her usual macabre self again.

Alternotives a Cappella - C Venues, 4.40pm
If you're a fan of Pitch Perfect and Glee and the likes, you'll love Alternotives a Cappella. The award-winning a cappella group are back for their fifth year at the Fringe with mash-ups galore and unique arrangements of everything from 90s classics to indie rock and jazz to top 40 hits.

More Fun Stuff
Broken Records · Snakes! The Musical · Ben Hart: The Vanishing Boy · The Anatomy of Murder

Sunday Summary #135


1.Frisky froyo at the Google City Experts event 2.Mary's Milk Bar 3.Indoor Picnic Party 4.Mexican night 5.Pancakes for breakfast 6.Train selfie 7.Vodka watermelon slushies 8.Gin tasting at 56 North

Hi guuyyysss. It seems this week has been another busy one, but it has all been pretty fun so I can't complain. On Thursday I went along to my very first Google City Experts event and it was so good. An indoor picnic party held in the Signet Library sounds pretty great, right? As well as little picnic boxes (shaped like boomboxes!) filled with sandwiches and snacks, we also had fancy sodas from Cry Baby Soda, macarons from Madamoiselle Macaron and froyo from Frisky. Frisky is one of my fave Edinburgh eateries, so I was very excited to be able to have a go at using the froyo machine to serve my own dessert!

On Friday evening I headed through to Glasgow for my pal Gill's leaving night as she's moving down to London very soon. Weep! Before getting the train, Laura and I stopped off at Candy Bar for some food (and also M&S for some cocktails in a can...). Thankfully we didn't have any wine this time so didn't wake up with sore heads on Saturday morning. Saturday in general was a pretty lazy day, but we did go for a mooch around the Grassmarket and had some gelato from Mary's Milk Bar. We also bought a (very heavy) watermelon from the market there so we could make homemade watermelon cocktails in the evening. Let's just say they were VERY boozy!

I won a competition with Gloworm Drinks a couple of weeks ago for a gin masterclass at 56 North, so this morning I headed along with Laura, Terri and Kirsty to sample rather a lot of gin. Not my usual Sunday morning routine! I don't really know very much about gin at all, so it was great to learn a bit about different ones and which mixers and garnishes worked best with each gin.

What have you been up to this week?

Gillian x