Music to your ears

It’s my first time in the Scottish Roundup hot seat, so hopefully you’ll be forgiving towards my musical leanings.  Before finishing off this post, I was at Jo Mango’s album launch in Shawlands (interview with Jo further down in the Roundup).  Such evenings remind me of the lashings of talent our musical community has.  Before my inevitable foray into Scotland’s music blogs, let’s explore what else has been going on.

Last Wednesday my house was amok with the squeals of Halloween as my 4 and 6 year old,  dressed as a pumpkin and vampire respectively, burst through the door with their bounty of spoils from trick or treating.  Or should that be guising?  Natalie McGarry argues against the American imported commercialism and a return to the traditions of old.

Tuesday saw the publication of Independent Breast Screening Review Panel highlighting the pros and cons of the breast screening programme.  Audrey Birt, Scottish director of Breakthrough Breast Cancer give her opinion on the findings and advice to women facing tough decisions.

The Burd summed up what they call the “worst week ever for this SNP government” as the backlash and debate from the SNP’s EU ‘advice/no advice’ row rumbles on.  Raymond Weir focuses instead on how we decide who gets a say in the forthcoming referendum, while Gerry Hassan looks at Scotland’s political landscape with reference to the late Michael Marra.  Elsewhere in the political blogosphere Edinburgh Eye comments on the UK governments benefits cap.

As Remembrance Day draws near Sean McP examines the politicisation of the poppy.

Moving to all things musical.  Ever wondered what it’s like making an album?  Song, By Toad blogs about the experience.   Dundee band Fat Goth speak to Peenko in the latest Fresh Meat Monday, while Nicola Meighan posts an interview with Jo Mango, originally featured in the Herald on 2nd November.

Fancy some free music to soundtrack you Sunday or some fresh recommendations?  Aye Tunes dishes up another batch of free downloads in the Friday Freebies, whilst Radio 1 DJ Ally McCrae picks his favourite emerging bands for The List.

And what have I been up to?  Well there’s a round up of some new music videos and the latest Scottish Fiction Podcast.

To end things this week, there’s a whole heap of other podcasts featuring great new Scottish music.  Check out BBC Radio Scotland Introducing, Jim Gellatly, and Edinburgh Man.

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