A few words about Major Minor Music Club

I’ve taken my daughter to a few Major Minor events, and was asked to write a few words about the latest one, featuring Martha Ffion.

Read at The List

“Andy Lobban (one half of Gerry Loves Records, and a father) We’ve been to a few Major Minor gigs, sometimes as a family sometimes just for a father and daughter outing. It’s great to find things to do as a family that everyone can genuinely enjoy, and this is definitely one of them. Parents can see some live music and have a very sensible drink without negotiating nights out and shared calendars. Children can run wild in a safe space, get their faces painted, put on temporary tattoos, eat donuts and play with balloons while also seeing live music.

They get to try playing drums in a place where no one cares about the racket. The lovely people who run it genuinely care about it and have fun with the kids. Sometimes the kids pay attention to the band, sometimes they don’t, but there’s no expectation to try and get them to be calm and quiet. There’s something about seeing and physically feeling people play music live that mesmerises kids if they’re in the right mood. This time my daughter and her pals mostly watched Martha Ffion and her band, sat cross legged at the front drinking Fruit Shoots. She always comes away from these gigs with a big smile on her face, asking questions about the band or the instruments or the songs. It’s a great way to expose her to small live music at a young age, and bond over something we have in common. We’ll be looking forward to the next one.”


My favourite albums of 2018

My top five

In no particular order

  • Low - Double Negative
  • Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar
  • Kathryn Joseph - From When I Wake the Want Is
  • Waxahatchee - Great Thunder EP
  • Adam Stafford - Fire Behind the Curtain

Spotify playlist

My other favourites

In no particular order

Hairband - s/t

  • Domenique Dumont - Miniatures de auto rhythm
  • Sons of Kemet - Your Queen is a Reptile

  • Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert - Here Lies the Body

  • Swearin' - Fall Into the Sun

DRINKS - Hippo Lite
  • Brian Eno with Kevin Shields - The Weight of History / Only Once Away My Son
  • Ought - Room Inside the World
  • Solid Space - Space Museum (reissue)
  • Tune-Yards - I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life
  • Shopping - The Official Body
  • Hovvdy - Cranberry
  • Bas Jan - Yes I Jan
  • Beach House - 7
  • Jon Hopkins - Singularity
  • Niklas Paschburg - Oceanic
  • AMOR - Sinking into a Miracle


Physical music documentary

Kevin Robertson interviewed me for his documentary about physical music formats.

'Musical Artefacts' - Documentary from Kevin Robertson on Vimeo.


Some good new music on Bandcamp

I love Bandcamp. Every week I get an email with new music that people I follow have bought. I've been listening to loads of new stuff the last couple of days. Here are some good bits and pieces you might like.


Sleeves Received Twitter

The Wire run a Tumblr blog called Sleeves Received which features some of the lovely, weird and wonderful packaging from releases they're sent. As a label owner, record nerd, and designer, this is pretty much the best Tumblr for me. Since I've given up RSS and moved to following sites on Twitter if I absolutely need to follow, Sleeves Received has been missing from my life. So I used IFTTT to pipe the RSS feed from the site to a Twitter account, so it tweets new posts. Follow if you're interested.

Disclaimer: This is totally unofficial.

The Wire's Sleeves Received on Twitter


My favourite records of 2013

The top 10

With an attempt at ordering them.

  1. Indians - Somewhere Else
  2. Hookworms - Pearl Mystic
  3. Swearin' - Surfing Strange
  4. Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt
  5. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
  6. Julia Holter - Loud City Song
  7. Youth Lagoon - Wondrous Bughouse
  8. Low - The Invisible Way
  9. The Pastels - Slow Summits
  10. Deafheaven - Sunbather

Spotify playlist


In alphabetical order because I can't possibly order them.

  • Advance Base - The World Is In A Bad Fix Everywhere EP
  • Daniel Avery - Drone Logic
  • Courtney Barnett - The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas
  • Julianna Barwick - Nepenthe
  • Baths - Obsidian
  • Braids - Flourish//Perish
  • Bibio - Silver Wilkinson
  • Charles Bradley - Victim of Love
  • The Casket Girls - The Casket Girls EP
  • Daughter - If You Leave
  • Diana - Perpetual Summer
  • John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts
  • Jessy Lanza - Pull My Hair Back
  • Manic Street Preachers - Rewind the Film
  • Monoganon - F A M I L Y
  • Shinies - Tangle EP
  • Son Lux - Lanterns
  • Sparrow and the Workshop - Murderopolis
  • These New Puritans - Field of Reeds
  • When Saints Go Machine - Infinity Pool


Records that would all have made the top list, had they not been made by people I know. Sorry to the ones I've forgotten.

  • Adam Stafford - Imaginary Walls Collapse
  • Rick Redbeard - No Selfish Heart
  • Conquering Animal Sound - On Floating Bodies
  • eagleowl - this silent year
  • RM Hubbert - Breaks and Bone
  • The Yawns - The Yawns
  • Burnt Ones - You'll Never Walk Alone
  • Over the Wall - This Is How We Did it EP

New to me in 2013

Records that I discovered this year that would definitely make my top list if they'd been released in 2013.

  • Nils Frahm - Screws
  • The Casket Girls - Sleepwalking
  • King's Daughters and Sons - If Then Not When
  • Charles Bradley - No Time For Dreaming


Bands I liked at SXSW 2013

Just found in a text note on my phone: the bands I saw that were good at SXSW 2013.

  • Y Niwl
  • Japandroids
  • Paws
  • Allah-Las
  • Shout Out Louds
  • The Stooges
  • Blue Hawaii
  • The Holydrug Couple
  • Eagulls
  • Ghostface Killah
  • Indians
  • Guards
  • Josh Ritter
  • Youth Lagoon
  • Braids
  • Stagnant Pools
  • Seams
  • Mikal Cronin
  • Houses
  • Besnard Lakes
  • Wampire
  • Generationals
  • Suuns
  • Frightened Rabbit
  • Ra Ra Riot
  • Mac Demarco
  • Cheatahs
  • Bleached
  • Balmorhea
  • Metz
  • The Thermals
  • Baths
  • Jonathan Boulet
  • Micah P Hinson
  • Widowspeak
  • His Clancyness
  • Austra


Record Store Day 2013 video from Voxbox

In April I helped my friend Darren at his record shop, Voxbox, on Record Store Day. I finally cut together a short video of the day.


Record Store Day 2013 band ‘portraits’

Shot with the Box Brownie and medium format black and white film. The focus distance turned out to be longer than I thought, but they came out okay I suppose.

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Record Store Day 2013 at Voxbox and The Last Word

We helped out at Voxbox on Record Store Day this year.

Instant portraits of the bands

Andy Lobban

Edinburgh, Scotland