Feature: Salad Days

Counterpoint, 3 August 2015

From the seafood joints lining the locks of Leith to street food sold from the brightly painted police boxes of the Old Town, Edinburgh is a city well catered for. Scotland’s capital boasts mosque kitchens, artisan burger bars and the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK outside of London – but for Joy Schlageter, neither love nor money could get her a decent salad.

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Review: The Church of Malcolm

The List Fringe edition, 10 August 2015.

Malcolm Doherty sets out to recreate world religion in his own image, but commits the gravest festival sin of all: thou shalt not take yourself too seriously. Doherty bills an hour of original pop songs and rudderless philosophical musing as an attempt to blend the best aspects of Christianity’s separate doctrines together, using his own X Factor tearjerker tale as a sort of empathetic epoxy glue.

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Preview: Concrete Antenna

The List, 27 August 2015

Newhaven feels a world away from the bustle of the city. The old harbour is lulled, used only by weekend anglers, and the sky is dispassionate, displaying the kind of weather that goes unnoticed on land but that becomes unpleasant for those at sea. This former fishing port on the North Edinburgh coastline – long since surrounded and absorbed by the sprawl of Leith – consists of down-at-heel tenement buildings and an unused Victorian lighthouse sitting whitewashed and silent by the harbour mouth.

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Review: Carbs

The List, 8 September 2015.

If you’re looking for an act that can stop people laughing at the phrase ‘Scottish rap’, then you’ve come to the wrong place. Never mind, because Jonnie and James – better known as their respective superhero DJ personas Jonnie Common and MC Almond Milk – are one hell of a duo. Take the inter-species bromance of Han and Chewie, mix it with the gumption of Gibson and Glover and the balls-out stage presence of Jay-Z and Kanye and you might have something like Joyous Material Failure

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Interview: Paul Smith

The List, 15 September 2015.

Paul Smith likes to keep himself busy. On stage he often looks as if he’s trying to be everywhere at once – all arms and legs and awkward spontaneous dancing – and off stage, it seems as if he’s trying to keep as many fingers in as many artistic pies as possible. I called him up at home for a chat about his latest solo record, and his first performing under the guise of Paul Smith & The Intimations, which comes out just as Maximo Park propel themselves around the UK on a sold-out tour to commemorate their seminal debut, A Certain Trigger, released a decade ago.

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Review: Paul Smith & The Contradictions

The List, 15 September 2015

Paul Smith, the erstwhile frontman of noughties indie darlings Maximo Park, has climbed out of his comfort zone and wandered far from indie rock’s happy hunting grounds – where, one presumes, migrating herds of quirky Northern pixie girls roam free, followed by their bookish underdog suitors. A pity then, that after a four-year period in the wilderness he returns with only a handful of hunting trophies to show for his sojourn rather than a collection of original pop songs. This decent but indistinct solo record fails to amount to much more than the sum of its influences, instead proving more akin to a guided tour through the last half-decade’s musical fads.

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