Private-public screening of the Ghost of Piramida

Paddy and I are hosting a private-public screening of The Ghost Of Piramida on Saturday 2nd March 2013 in the cinema room of the Banshee Labyrinth in Edinburgh.

In The Ghost Of Piramida director Andreas Koefoed follows Efterklang on their 9 day audio expedition to the ghost town Piramida on Spitsbergen, located just a thousand kilometers from the North Pole and home to more polar bears than people.

Accompanied by their taciturn and not visibly impressed Russian polar bear guard, the group goes on a treasure hunt in the empty buildings of the ghost town, while the narrator, the former Piramida-citizen Alexander, takes us back to a bygone era, when Piramida flourished and the immigrant Russian miners and their families lived in a Soviet parallel society far from the brutal reality of their homeland.

Efterklang collected over a thousand sound recordings for the album ‘Piramida’ they later wrote and recorded in Berlin.

The music in the film incorporates some of the early sketches, as well as finished songs from the album.

Screening info: Saturday 2nd March 2013 in the cinema room of the Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh at 7.30pm. The screening is free but we have limited space so to reserve a space please email me. I will reply to confirm you’re in.


Nonimage Mixtapes Vol. 5

These are 5 records I bought on Record Store Day 2012 that are still getting plays.

As always, if you like any of the songs, go and buy them.

  1. of Montreal - Feminine Effects
  2. Fair Ohs - Waiting For Somebody (The Replacements cover)
  3. Craft Spells - Talk About The Past
  4. The White Stripes - Hand Springs
  5. Francois and the Atlas Mountains - Gold Mountain

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Music I liked in 2012

My top 15 favourite albums of 2012

In no particular order, but Japandroids is top for a reason.

  • Japandroids - Celebration Rock
  • Ryat - Totem
  • Die Hard - Die Hard
  • Grimes - Visions
  • Cults Percussion Ensemble - Cults Percussion Ensemble
  • Efterklang - Piramida
  • Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It
  • Dan Deacon - America
  • John Talabot - Fin
  • Advance Base - A Shut-In's Prayer
  • Errors - Have Some Faith In Magic
  • RM Hubbert - Thirteen Lost & Found
  • Cooly G - Playin' Me
  • Matthew Bourne - Montauk Variations
  • The Yawns - The Yawns

Spotify playlist

The bias list

Records I love but can't make the list due to knowing these people personally.

  • PAWS - Cokefloat!
  • Miaoux Miaoux - Light of the North
  • Wounded Knee - Secret Museum of Kind Man
  • Yusuf Azak - Go Native
  • Meursault - Something For The Weakened
  • Sweethearts of The Prison Rodeo/Adam Stafford - Split EP

The one that got away

This was released on Christmas Day 2011 so it didn't have a chance to make it onto that year's list. Definitely one of my favourite records of last year.

  • Happy Particles - Under Sleeping Waves

Honourable mentions

  • The Twilight Sad - No One Can Ever Know
  • Port St. Willow - Holiday
  • Aloha Tigers - Aloha Tigers
  • Stumbleine - Spiderwebbed
  • Jens Lekman - I Know What Love Isn't
  • Tame Impala - Lonerism
  • The Mountain Goats - Transcendental Youth
  • Violens - True
  • Nicolas Jaar - Space Is Only Noise
  • Delicate Steve - Positive Force
  • Seams - Tourist/Sleeper
  • Wet Hair - Spill Into Atmosphere
  • Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
  • Craft Spells - Gallery
  • Fieldhead - a correction
  • Actress - R.I.P
  • The Leg - An Eagle To Saturn
  • Lightships - Lightships


  • Burial - Kindred
  • Eagulls - Eagulls
  • Grave Babies - Gothdammit
  • Withered Hand - Inbetweens
  • The Quiet Americans - Medicine
  • Fur Hood - Tape
  • Sun Sister - Rich American White Kidz


Too many to name, but here's a couple of singles from a band with no album yet.

  • Shinies - Ennui 7" & Shinies 7"
    • Forever Delayed

      Not released in 2012, but new to me in 2012.

      • Gardens & Villa - Gardens & Villa
      • When Saints Go Machine - Konkylie
      • Austra - Feel It Break
      • Gauntlet Hair - Gauntlet Hair
      • Seapony - Go With Me
      • The Stepkids - The Stepkids
      • Tammar - Visits
      • Silver Swans - Secrets
      • Hooded Fang - Hooded Fang


Nonimage Mixtapes Vol. 4

I put these records in a pile to do this mixtape 6 months ago. I recorded it 3 months ago. I finally managed to post it today. I work fast.

As always, if you like any of the songs, go and buy them.

  1. Drew Wright - The Dowie Dens O Yarrow
  2. Advance Base - Summer Music
  3. Golden Grrrls - The Red Sea
  4. Japandroids - Heavenward Grand Prix
  5. Tarwater - Metal Flakes

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Serious Bison – Episode 2

The second (and so far last) episode, recorded with Ian live on Fresh Air on 9th August 2012.

This time we had more technical difficulties, in that our intrepid producer Christian forgot to record the first part of the show. So it starts rather abruptly at the start of the Happy Particles song. We hope you enjoy the songs. Go and buy some of them if you do like them.


  1. Happy Particles - Empty Circle
  2. Dana Buoy - So Lucky
  3. John Talabot - Oro Y Sangre
  4. Guided By Voices - Game of Pricks
  5. Gold Panda - Mountain
  6. Taken By Trees - Dreams
  7. River of Slime - Slime of De-Fence 1 & 2
  8. Way Yes - Walkability
  9. Dilika - Amazimuzimu
  10. Telefair - Untitled
  11. Wet Hair - In the Garden of the Pharaohs


Serious Bison – Episode 1

For some strange reason, Fresh Air decided to give me and Ian our own show on their airwaves during the Edinburgh Festival. In return, we played some great songs and talked some nonsense. Here's episode 1 from 2nd August.

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  1. The Very Best - Adani
  2. Japandroids - Younger Us
  3. White Poppy - Wish and Wonder
  4. Burnt Ones - Meet The Golden One
  5. Rain Parade - What She's Done To Your Mind
  6. Ryat - Howl
  7. Moonface - Shitty City
  8. When Saints Go Machine - Kelly
  9. Princeton - Grand Rapids (RAC Remix)
  10. Anakanak - Oldage
  11. Alexander Dexter Jones - Phantastic Phone Call
  12. Advance Base - Summer Music



Bands I liked at SXSW 2012

For the people who asked, before I forget.

I made a Spotify playlist with a track from each (Dive, Ume and Cities Aviv don't have anything on Spotify) - The Best of SXSW 2012

In the order I saw them:

  • Grave Babies
  • Thee Oh Sees
  • Brown Brogues
  • The Twilight Sad
  • Tammar
  • Bleached
  • Craft Spells
  • Wet Hair
  • Ume
  • Dive
  • Lower Dens (included because I really like their records but they were bad live, again)
  • Friends
  • Japandroids
  • Youth Lagoon
  • Danny Brown
  • Cities Aviv
  • Peaking Lights
  • Alabama Shakes
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Jimmy Cliff
  • Burnt Ones
  • Gardens & Villa
  • We Were Promised Jetpacks
  • Titus Andronicus
  • Prince Rama
  • Ganglians
  • Grimes
  • Blackalicious
  • Bear in Heaven
  • A$AP Rocky (It was entertaining at least)
  • Airbird
  • Javelin
  • Django Django

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Lady North in gif format

The Lady North gig the other night was amazing. I had fun playing with Roll.

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Music I Liked In 2011

Happy new year one and all. This is just a list of some records I have really enjoyed in the last year, in no particular order. Apologies to the ones I have overlooked. Spotify links where available. If you like something, go and buy it. The list excludes all the music we released at Gerry Loves Records this year, which I obviously think is all very good.



Keeping It Peel – a playlist

It's John Peel day apparently, so here's some (mostly) new music to listen to.

Bjork, Strange Boys, Jeff The Brotherhood, Apparat, Girls and many more.

Keeping It Peel playlist on Spotify

Andy Lobban

Edinburgh, Scotland