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My name is Kirsten. I am arguably a human being.
I left my heart in Aberdeen and 90% of the time I wish I was sitting down. The rest of the time I'm probably sitting down.
These are the things that I like. Hello.

We went to see Mike Watt and the Missingmen at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh on Monday. Watt is Dave’s number one hero-idol and after seeing them in Glasgow two years ago, we were pretty excited to see how they’ve improved. Dave spoke to the man himself that night, who was so warm and kind to him. Since then, he also went to see (one of) Watt’s (many) other band(s), Il Sogno Del Marinaio and ended up chatting to the big man for so long, that Watt said, “Keep in touch” and scribbled down his email address. So Dave did.

Anyway, we went along on Monday and the band were impeccable. Last time was great, but this time was just even better. They even played a couple of Minutemen songs at the end. The guitarist, Tom Watson, walked past us and we told him he was magnificent. He looked pretty delighted and chatted away to us for about ten minutes. A total gent, he was very funny and interested in us and where we were from. I want to put these guys on in Aberdeen sometime. They like whisky, so it’d be nice to take them up north for the real stuff.

The guys all put up tour diaries from every day they’re away. I checked out the page yesterday and saw that we’d got a little mention. I love silver fox Tom. He might have spelled my name wrong, but at least he remembered it wasn’t Kristen. That earns points.

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(Oh, that’s tiny. It says “I meet david and kirstin from aberdeen and david tells me about a gig he did where he fell over a monitor and broke his elbow. the bone all sticking out, it sounded horrible. nice folks though.”
Damn right, Watson.)

After Tom went to help clear the stage, we waited around to chat to Watt, who was in the middle of talking to two guys. They were speaking for quite a while, but at one point, Watt must have been given the nod that the van was ready to go, and stood up. He clocked Dave and lunged at him to pull him in for a giant, emotional-looking hug and told him he was wonderful and thanked him for coming. It was pretty magical and kinda pissed all over the ‘never meet your heroes’ thing.

You beautiful bastard. What a great album to have and to hold at last.My sister introduced me to Sebastien Tellier through the medium of Eurovision in 2008 when his song ‘Divine’ was France’s entry to the competition, and I’ve been in love ever since. Back then, she used to host annual Eurovision parties, where guests had to pull the name of a country from a hat upon entering, and pledge allegiance to them for the evening. None of us drew France. All of us were disappointed. That was a fun evening, though, I decorated gingerbread men to commemorate the occasion and everything. [Sebastien Tellier, Terry Wogan, Cliff Richard*, Agnetha** from ABBA, Dana International***
*I was clutching at straws of who to ginger-ify at this point, and so I decided to do Bald-Cliff**/Benny***I had no idea what Dana International looked like]In the build-up to Eurovision, I had obtained a download of this album (by nefarious means) as it had ‘Divine’ on it. Turned out I loved all the other songs, too. As it transpired, I was punished for my stealing of this album as the sound quality of it was awful. For some reason, on the version I had, ‘Divine’ was much much quieter than the rest of the other songs. I had to turn the volume right up when listening to it on headphones. This meant that on more than one occasion, I was caught out on the bus, when I’d forget to turn it down in time before the next song, ‘Pomme’ started. It begins with sex noises over the first beat and undoubtedly could be heard by everyone sitting within a few feet of me. It made me jump and frantically try and turn it down every time. Loud loud sex noises on the bus, like some blind porn-connoisseur. 
Since those days, I’ve managed to buy his other albums and guess what? They’re all brilliant too, especially ‘Universe’, which I’ve only just discovered is basically a compilation of session tracks and other things. Me and the sister finally got to see him live in 2012 and it was just bewildering genius, largely down to him allegedly dropping some LSD just before the show. I still haven’t figured out how to sum it up, so this review will have to do.
Basically, he’s brilliant, and I think these sex noises are going to sound really great blasting out of my record player.

You beautiful bastard. What a great album to have and to hold at last.

My sister introduced me to Sebastien Tellier through the medium of Eurovision in 2008 when his song ‘Divine’ was France’s entry to the competition, and I’ve been in love ever since. Back then, she used to host annual Eurovision parties, where guests had to pull the name of a country from a hat upon entering, and pledge allegiance to them for the evening. None of us drew France. All of us were disappointed.
That was a fun evening, though, I decorated gingerbread men to commemorate the occasion and everything.

[Sebastien Tellier, Terry Wogan, Cliff Richard*, Agnetha** from ABBA, Dana International***

*I was clutching at straws of who to ginger-ify at this point, and so I decided to do Bald-Cliff
**/Benny
***I had no idea what Dana International looked like]

In the build-up to Eurovision, I had obtained a download of this album (by nefarious means) as it had ‘Divine’ on it. Turned out I loved all the other songs, too. As it transpired, I was punished for my stealing of this album as the sound quality of it was awful. For some reason, on the version I had, ‘Divine’ was much much quieter than the rest of the other songs. I had to turn the volume right up when listening to it on headphones. This meant that on more than one occasion, I was caught out on the bus, when I’d forget to turn it down in time before the next song, ‘Pomme’ started. It begins with sex noises over the first beat and undoubtedly could be heard by everyone sitting within a few feet of me. It made me jump and frantically try and turn it down every time. Loud loud sex noises on the bus, like some blind porn-connoisseur.

Since those days, I’ve managed to buy his other albums and guess what? They’re all brilliant too, especially ‘Universe’, which I’ve only just discovered is basically a compilation of session tracks and other things. Me and the sister finally got to see him live in 2012 and it was just bewildering genius, largely down to him allegedly dropping some LSD just before the show. I still haven’t figured out how to sum it up, so this review will have to do.

Basically, he’s brilliant, and I think these sex noises are going to sound really great blasting out of my record player.

This one took me by surprise. I went into Vinyl Villains and it was pretty busy, so I jumped into the only free gap there was in front of the records and figured that I’d have to just start from the K/L section. I did a double take as I flicked past this as it’s our pal Jane’s band’s debut album from 1997. I’d only ever owned a few songs from it, so I happily grabbed it and took it home. I paid for it as well, I mean, I didn’t just take it. It reminds me the Raincoats, although I guess probably more like Kleenex, now that I’ve thought about it for longer than ten seconds… Lungleg aren’t around anymore, but if you’re into good, solid, catchy ladypunk then check them out, they’re on the internet. I think this album might be on Spotify too.
More 90s Glasgow vinyl, please, record shops of Edinburgh.

This one took me by surprise. I went into Vinyl Villains and it was pretty busy, so I jumped into the only free gap there was in front of the records and figured that I’d have to just start from the K/L section. I did a double take as I flicked past this as it’s our pal Jane’s band’s debut album from 1997. I’d only ever owned a few songs from it, so I happily grabbed it and took it home. I paid for it as well, I mean, I didn’t just take it. It reminds me the Raincoats, although I guess probably more like Kleenex, now that I’ve thought about it for longer than ten seconds… Lungleg aren’t around anymore, but if you’re into good, solid, catchy ladypunk then check them out, they’re on the internet. I think this album might be on Spotify too.

More 90s Glasgow vinyl, please, record shops of Edinburgh.

I’ve been trying to post this for a week but the Tumblr app for android still hates my phone apparently. 

Last Sunday I went into Fopp to buy the new Hold Steady LP but it was sold out. As I was leaving, I saw another rack of records separate from the rest out of the corner of my eye and glanced at the price stickers of one row. £7! Then I noticed that it was All The Nations Airports by Archers of Loaf and leapt over to it. All their albums were there for £7 each and behind them was a bunch of Bob Pollard’s solo stuff for £8 each. Good old Fire Records. Although then I had the dilemma of which two to pick. These guys won as I knew Icky Mettle was Dave’s favourite Archers of Loaf record and I just took a punt on the Pollard one as he’s got too many to think about. Bargains. More like this please, Fopp.

I’ve been trying to post this for a week but the Tumblr app for android still hates my phone apparently.

Last Sunday I went into Fopp to buy the new Hold Steady LP but it was sold out. As I was leaving, I saw another rack of records separate from the rest out of the corner of my eye and glanced at the price stickers of one row. £7! Then I noticed that it was All The Nations Airports by Archers of Loaf and leapt over to it. All their albums were there for £7 each and behind them was a bunch of Bob Pollard’s solo stuff for £8 each. Good old Fire Records. Although then I had the dilemma of which two to pick. These guys won as I knew Icky Mettle was Dave’s favourite Archers of Loaf record and I just took a punt on the Pollard one as he’s got too many to think about. Bargains. More like this please, Fopp.

Barcelona to Berlin flights and hotel booked. Looks like I’m going solo after Primavera, though. Pretty exciting but I’ll miss having this guy join me in pretending to be unimpressed in front of things we were actually really impressed by.

Anyhoo. If you, Internet, think of good stuff that’s on in the first few days of June, please let me know. Bowie exhibition fo’ sho’.

Barcelona to Berlin flights and hotel booked. Looks like I’m going solo after Primavera, though. Pretty exciting but I’ll miss having this guy join me in pretending to be unimpressed in front of things we were actually really impressed by.

Anyhoo. If you, Internet, think of good stuff that’s on in the first few days of June, please let me know. Bowie exhibition fo’ sho’.

Jeffrey Lewis is playing a bunch of dates in August in Scottish places he doesn’t play too often and I think I might go to them all because he is the greatest. The fact that he is playing The Moorings is so so funny. Why there? Maybe we’ll never know…

Tues Aug 19 - Dundee, Scotland UK - Kage Nightclub

Wed Aug 20 - Aberdeen, Scotland UK - Moorings Bar

Thurs Aug 21 - Edinburgh, Scotland UK - Jeffrey Lewis & The Jrams at Electric Circus

Fri Aug 22 - Stirling, Scotland UK - Jeffrey Lewis & The Jrams at Doune the Rabbit Hole

You haunt me in life, I will see you on my deathbed.

You haunt me in life, I will see you on my deathbed.

I’m a sucker for a crowd sing-along and I still think this is one of the best there is.

Although I did spend all of Tuesday night searching YouTube videos for Aberdeen fans singing ‘Peter Pawlett, Baby’ from Parkhead last Sunday, so it’s a toss-up between the two…

Also good song, even better video.

This video is great, the song is also good.