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Aimee Mann o2abc (Damn you Phil Collins!)

Velvet voiced possibly coolest person in the world Aimee Mann and her awesome band took to Glasgow 02abc’s stage on Wednesday 31st January 2013 as part of the city’s Celtic Connections festivities.


Sadly I missed Amelia Curran so I’ll leave it to other reviewers to discuss though Aimee did say while her band ‘rocked you in a soft rock kinda way, Amelia folked you’.

The gig was borderline hypnotic and while some may have described it as ‘a little slow in places’ I’d consider it more just as being in no big rush to stomp its way through. This was a gig with no fireworks and puppetry only real top class musicianship and a genuine affectionate mutual connection streaming from audience to stage and stage to audience, with an abundance of toe-tapping soft rocking going on.

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It was the kind of dusky high mooned John Carpenter scene-setting night in which the faces of the crowd faded away until it was just you, the band and the abc’s notoriously freaking huge disco ball (and possibly your friends too).

Some old favourites were taken a turn about the dance floor such as the delightful Lost in Space.

Of course the highlight was always going to be the coulda-been-a-contenda wonderful soul twisting Save Me (cruelly robbed of its Oscar by Phil Collins – that very same spurious deceptacon who obsequiously tore Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld apart in favour of those piss poor imitators Reach for the Skylar).

The other stone cold classic performed was the cathartic and tear inducing Wise Up – it’ll get you every time.

New tracks made an appearance and even though we’ve been assured that no-one wants to hear any new material, songs from Aimee’s latest album Charmer  went down well.

Aimee is powerful but contained performer who leaps across the stage like a wild deer when excited. The band seemed to really enjoy themselves during the gig producing a lustrous sound matching the mood of the songs themselves.

This show marked the end of Aimee’s current tour, we can now assume she is taking time to work on musicals while working a day job cleaning houses in Portland.


I hate reviewing gigs in Vampire towns.


Bloc Party o2 academy Glasgow October 2012

Or Block Party with a K as my pass said. I like that. It indicates a level of unpretentiousness, like ‘who? block huh? ok, cool, well I guess they can play. So long as they clean up after.’ Which seems acceptable. Even Roger Daltrey did a bit of  hoovering.

The relatively young kids from Bloc opened with new tracks from their latest album Four but we all (people I call friends or other lost but worthy souls) were wishing they had launched the night with Kettling as its becoming a fast favourite. They did play and nail it later, or kettled it if you will. Bloc before part B have also encouraged me to utter the phrase ‘I fucking love kettling’ in day to day life which is another unexpected bonus from the album.

The academy is a beautiful venue and the sound bloomed up to its vast ornate ceiling while lasers danced across the cornicing. It was a little sweaty and the crowd were definitely more enamoured of the more established tracks like Banquet, Helicopter and Two More Years but in the ‘pit’ there was a good and gorgeous wave of limbs dancing excited by pumping limbic systems.

Octopus was another highlight and is a tune as addictive as it is likely to encourage mimacry while ignoring a loved ones pleas for help lifting a fallen bookcase off their body as you air drum into space.

The thing about Bloc Party what with their appearence on the OC soundtrack is that sometimes you think of them as being kind of mellow or pretty indie but seeing them live reminds you they just fucking rock. They should call them Rock Party and in France they would call them Party Rock and they would be hunted with only their cunning to protect them.

In conclusion buy the album and if you see them live there’s a good chance your dreams will be more colourful as result.

Tempus Fugit

Crikey, time flees away when you’re not paying attention to it.

A month since I posted last, a month! lots of things probably happened but who cares about that, here’s some videos.

FIRST – I made this. A short moving picture introducing Glasgow rockers Zetas Empire

Filmed, edited and produced by me, additional footage from the ‘Apocalypse Afterparty‘ music video by Gerard Keenan and Zetas Empire. Thanks, guy! (That was a Scott Pilgrim reference, I didn’t just forget to put ‘s’ at the end of guy.)

Yes that’s right I do documentaries now. Musical ones. So BANDS OF GLASGOW EMAIL US IF YOU’D LIKE ONE (hellagood_editor@hotmail.com). I loaned the camera equipment to make this one but I’m saving my pennies and dreams to buy my own gear and then I plan on making many a wee music movie for the web. If you’re in any way interested gies a bell. Will work for cups of tea.

Next up making today feel GREAT – Stevie Wonder performs Superstition on Sesame Street.

It’s always mambo time with La Orquesta Riverside – Mambo En Espana

Our final non-vinyl joy is The Paraffins – Something Good. I’m a new convert to The Paraffins, since I never heard of them before today. This afternoon at the river Clyde Amphitheatre  was the album launch for their new CD ‘Snout to the Grindstone’. The show was eclectic and eccentric in perfect measure.

Reggae Got Soul

Toots and the Maytals, o2abc Glasgow, 13th July 2010

Reggae Got Soul

Arriving at the o2abc is always a special experience, one of the best venues in Glasgow this picture house turned gig spot and nightclub is purpose built for voyeurism and entertainment. The grand arch of the main hall gives an excellent view of the stage (and the world’s largest rotating disco ball) no matter where you are.

Toots and the Maytals

Live at the o2abc, Glasgow photo by Rachael Simpson

Gracing the boards of Glasgow’s best loved ex-cinema turned live venue, the legendary Toots and the Maytals are here for one night only to shower their Scottish audience with love, reggae, bass and a showstopping performance.

Support came from Edinburgh ska juggernauts Bombskare, the pirate rouge brigade of Captain Slackships Mezzanine Allstars and the experienced bright and loveable shenanigans of The Amphetameanies while Bass Warrior Soundsystem kept the crowd warm during the show breaks.

The Maytals start off and suddenly Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert bursts on the stage in clad in a white sleeveless jacket and trousers and the party has started. With more energy than a 1969 James Brown and more electrifying shimmy shake dance moves than a kettle of cobras high on caffeine, Toots is as spry as he was 40 years ago.

The atmosphere the band creates is one of absolute joy. Built on a heavy foundation of reggae, Toots and the Maytals blend together the best parts of soul, gospel and ska together in their performance of older hits and newer songs.

As always the band is tight and lively while Toot’s vocal capabilities are knock your socks off impressive.

Demonstrating the kind of energy normally associated with neon coloured sports drinks, the show goes on long after bedtime for a school night but the energy remains high and The Maytals clear and declared love for their audience never wanes.

Toots and the Maytals, Glasgow

Toots and the Maytals, Glasgow photo by Rachael Simpson

It would be hard to pick a highlight from the show as the reggae all stars never missed a beat or gave anything less than everything to each song, but performances of Funky Kingston, Pressure Drop, True Love is Hard to Find, Take Me Home Country Road, 54 – 56 That’s My Number, Louie Louie and Reggae Got Soul enraptured the crowd and caused a dancing frenzy

An encore and extended version of Monkey Man tied up the evening , the air thick and the heat Caribbean in the vast dome of the o2abc and over 1000 reggae revellers went home with happy.

Lovely Shiny Things

Ahoy hoy!

So today I’m doing a little update on some of the best and most interesting music related sites on the web, aside from this site obviously.

Black Cab Sessions

First up The Black Cab Sessions. I love how this site looks, its like a big old scrapbook of videos. Black cab sessions is a collection of sessions done in the back of a cab in Hackney. A nice simple idea well played out. Artists from Laura Marling to Calexico to Seasick Steve to The New Pornographers have graced their squeaky seats. The Black Cab crew can be seen at various festivals around the country touting their wares and inviting talented folks into their tune wagon. At this stage I’m unclear whether or not songs pay for the journey or not and whether the tariffs for the local area apply…


And now for those with a passion for their local city – CitySounds.  Its a gathering zone for people to put up music from their local city. It also matches up flickr pictures with their respective cities. The beautiful Glasgow is HERE. The most popular styles are apparently dupstep, techno and house in my fair city, which is not reflected well in the majority club nights – perhaps promoters need to start looking at more of these kind of websites.

It’s exciting because it’s a place to find and listen to new music from your area, so if you’re a dj or in a band – go and upload your tunes!

However if those are you preferred styles – Common offers house and electro, Coloursfest on June 5th will be a very techno affair, Subclub hosts the dirtiest of nights, The Arches often dip into electro noise and if you hit the o2ABC2 on a Saturday you’ll likely hit a wall of sound.


Now for the violently named Songkick, a place to find gigs. That is it put simply, a place to find gigs. You can also buy tickets and let them know about your own gigs too. Particularly useful is that is locks on to your local city as soon as you go on. Glasgow is HERE.

It is an extremely comprehensive overview of whats happening in your local area so definitely one for the bookmark toolbar, if you are a music fan this will become one of your most visited sites. I can’t recommend it enough and the more popular it gets the better it will get.


A whole new way to podcast. If you are a budding dj or just love to here new things Mixcloud is great site to get hooked into. You are invited to listen to user generated radio. The radio shows can be anything, from politics to grime music, they can be chat based or purely a well loved playlist. The podcasts are rated by listeners so the top list stuff is what you the listener has chosen. For those of us love to make up mix tapes this is an absolute haven – all tracks have to be named too so every time you listen to a show and think ‘that song may just have shifted my entire perspective on the world!’ you will be able to find out who it is by and what its called without the PAIN many of us have experienced listening to either pirate radio or at underground nights when such a life changing track slips from your fingers. Hellagood will be joining the podcast ranks soon, we’re experiencing temporary technology fail at the moment.


The place for getting your world groove on. Featuring news, reviews and all kinds of stuff on world music Mondomix also offers the chance to hear new tracks and buy them. With its own printed version too, it has a nice writing style, its vibrant and colourful and up to date. You can also participate – upload your own projects to My Mondo Mix.

The Best of the Rest

I have previously written about Bandcamp, the French fantastic La Blogotheque and Better than the van which are all also excellent sites.

Other sites of note for music types – Musicweek the industry standard covers the more business side of music, the site developed from the successful magazine. A place for charts, once the staple of any record shop staffroom/office since HMV bought or beat literally almost EVERY other record store chain (oh we can blame the internet and recession and apple for that one too) they made the decision to focus more online with pay to view content for everyone working in the industry. With so many independent record companies and such this was probably a prudent move.

NME. Oh it kind of grizzles the chops a bit to include them but they are BIG and they have a lot of STUFF. They completely dominate the music rag weekly which I don’t think is a good thing, at all, in any way, for anyone, at all but they do have had to adapt their web skills. They have the milage and an impressive history but they’ve lost a lot of credibility. Saying that they are still the biggest players and often have your gossip about pop stars FIRST.

Pitchfork, oh I’m not even going hyperlink because YOU KNOW you already checked it this morning. I just don’t anymore, twitter does it for me.

Popjustice you love it really. Its more or less Glee but in music magazine form. Sarcastic, knowing, tongue in cheek and truly pop loving, Pop justice offers an alternative to being too cool or too corporate. If your no nonsense and like to poke fun at the poe-faced ‘music is art and SERIOUS AND COOL’ nature of many music sites, PoJay is for you.

Drowned in Sound has gotten more slick looking every year and now is in full meeeja swing. Its got a style, but you do miss the early days a bit, however its interactive features are to be applauded and often you will find reviews of stuff you won’t find elsewhere.

The plan

SO folks, if you’ve been reading along, you’ll know I love music and popular culture, I’m also a bit sarcastic in an attempt to be witty and dry. The purpose of the blog is for me to gab on about music because I love it, if there was a thing more than love I’d do that too, but theres isn’t so that’s that.

So I’ve decided to set myself a wee challenge – to get through Glasgow’s bands.

By this I mean I plan to review a band a day (though probably more like 3 a week because frankly I’m doing a masters and I enjoy freecell as though it were crack) I will continue to review bands from local gigs and their myspaces, a wee taster on their style.

I started this initially when I began the blog and if you click on the Glasgow Bands link at the side it’ll take you to my first few reviews.

Be warned – its get weird, if you like you’re review straight then head to over NME.com, I believe they sometimes still write about music inbetween the ‘he says, she says of the music world’ and fashion, as my reviews are a touch more experimental. Not that much though – they are like sentences and stuff.

Wish me luck as I delve into the mine of musical talent and people who own instruments that perhaps should’ve stuck to other hobbies that resides in this magical city. I hope I can provide you with a comprehensive look at the hunners o’ bands we’ve got.

Because Glasgow’s got the best.

oh dear

As a royal spanner, I managed to destroy my laptop. Hence articles have been few and far between. I will try to make more of an effort though! There are still internet cafes out there…

Apologies though, if you have been looking here and going ‘tch! nae news!!! now my lunchbreak/midnight snack break is ruined without my dose of Hellagoodness!’

Have been thinking of beginning a wee flickr page also so you can all have a swatch at my photos but this will probably have to wait until the old computing problems are resolved.

I recommend some Elbow today for your listening pleasure.