Bruce Findlay

Bruce Findlay
Schoolhouse Management, 42 York Place
Edinburgh, EH1 3HU
Tel: (+44) 131 557 4242

Bruce's Havers

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Music over Politics

Over the last few weeks I have seen so many great gigs..Leonard Cohen,The Proclaimers,Lou Reed,Neil Young and last week-end Tom Waits.......What a blast!
While Cameron,Salmond and co. gloat at Gordon Brown's hammering from the right wing press and general lack of charisma( now a sin in politics)while saying NOTHING about their own ideas,poets of a certain age say it like it is.
Edinburgh has seen some great concerts over the years, but the gigs at Edinburgh Castle and at the splendid Edinburgh Playhouse this summer have been nothing less than sensational and not being a critic I won't bore you with any kind of review...there are plenty on the web and some good stuff on youtube....check it out.
It gives me some respite from my gloating nationalist friends in this neck of the woods who would have us separate from the rest of Britain in some kind of mistaken belief that Scotland would be a better place...Jeez how I hate nationalism.Remember the 30's (no I thought not )but the world was going through some very tough times then and nationalism reared it's very dangerous head in Europe in the mistaken belief that separatism was the answer.BULLSHIT!! We should be working together..we are a small planet..with limited resources which we should share with each other and I for one feel it is time for the internationalists to stand up to the media moguls and their overpaid hacks who are fueling the notion that English(the tories) and Scottish(snp)nationalism is better than the troubled government we have at the moment.....too simple......Listen to the poets...they don't lie !!

Bruce's Havers

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Island Records.....The Best.

Just back from sunny London after enjoying an amazing reunion at The Cross Keys in Chiswick where I met up with about a hundred 'Island' people from the 60's and 70's who got back together just for 'the hell of it'.Phil Lowrey,one of those Island people from that time,contacted a couple of old friends and suggested getting together 'for old times sake'...and it grew. I can't think of any record label in the world that could muster this kind of affection...but then Island Records is the 'Real Deal'..I loved them then( my Bruce's days...special mention to Phil Cooper)
and I love them now.
I keep getting sent demos ( or.. hey man check our myspace )and I keep liking what I hear...well actually most of it is crap,but there are some little gems in amongst it.
If you like young rock bands ,for example,then this week Talk In Code is what turns me on.
Being in London over the weekend obviously I could not be at T in the Park, but I did catch a lot on late night TV and was blown away by The Chemical Bros./REM and of course THE WONDERFUL Primal Scream...not the same as being there,but hey.
It's shit that little knife weilding cowards spoiled the party........what happened to love and peace? Thank the paramedics for saving the young guy who was stabbed and getting him to hospital in time to save his life.I hope the ugly little thugs that did this get caught and that the 100,000 plus music lovers who otherwise had a great time come back next year.
I'm going to do some 'Astral projecting'...it's sunny this evening and Edinburgh looks sensational.....Long live the (international) revolution !

Bruce's Havers

Monday, July 07, 2008

Castle Concerts/Smug Salmond/New Bohemia

Born to be Wide is becoming the place to be on the first Thursday of every month ... I think I may have said that before, but it's true. If music is your thing, and it should be, the Voodoo Rooms is an ideal spot for the new bohemians to meet and last Thursday the M.U. supported evening was a gas, with a very vibrant and enthusiastic press representation from the List, the Glasgow Herald, Is This Music, the Scotsman, etc delivering a truly upbeat message ... I like it!
With Labour doing itself no favours at the moment it's allowing the smug, and quite frankly inadequate, Nationalists a free rein with the Scottish media who seem afraid to challenge the ego that is Alex Salmond. Labour has a chance of restoring some common sense at the upcoming by-election in Glasgow East later this month. I think the good people of Glasgow might show the rest of us that it's not the Government that is puting the price of food and oil up. I think it's time to give Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling a break. Xenophobia sucks, long live internationalism.Margaret Curran is a good woman and a good polititian and would get my vote over the right wing sentiments of the tories and nationalists.(political rant over)
A sell out T in the Park, and more sell outs at this year's Castle Concerts in Edinburgh, show that the live music scene in Scotland is alive and kicking! I know Glasgow has always been a great showcase for the Scottish music scene,and still is, but Edinburgh's Cabaret Voltaire and Voodoo Rooms are showcasing an amazing number of new and exciting bands from all over Scotland and abroad - check em out. And of course the P.R.S. Tent at Fringe Sunday is now a major event on the callander in August and is a must during the Edinburgh Festival. See you there.....
Bruce Findlay