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The Last Copy

Hello folks! You’re looking lovely today, whatever day this is. If you’re reading this, it can only mean one thing. It means that I only have one copy of my EP left to sell. I’ve been selling these CDs at gigs and online for the past year or so and now it’s finally on the brink of selling out! Who will be the one to buy that last CD? Who will receive the last sent-out-in-the-post-with-a-hand-written-letter copy of Shambles Sails the Clockwork Sea? If you’d like to be that person, there’s only one way to do it (well, unless you’re sneaky that is) which is buying from my bandcamp.

I promise I’m working on new material and I’ll have new things for you to hear and possibly even buy (or steal) and hold before long, but right now I’m really excited that I’ve managed to sell nearly 100 copies of this EP to you lovely people. Whether you bought it because you really like my music, on a whim at a gig, or even just to support me in my musical endeavours, I’m really grateful. It means a lot to me that people take the time to give my music a chance. So, thank you!

Can’t wait to release the next thing!

Til next time,

love Shambles

x

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Things I did when I was a bear.

Herraawwr *ahem* hello folks. You look nice today, have you got any jam? No? Oh well. As you can see, I was recently transmogrified in a bear-shaped fashion. That’s not ALL I’ve been up to recently however. What else have I been up to? Well let me tell you. It’ll distract me from eating you/stealing your picnic basket.

I recently did a wee interview for The Daily Dose, via the medium of twitter. To see me rise to the challenge of participating in an interview where I’m forced into brevity by the 140-character limit, just click here.

Later that day, I went off to play a gig at Su Casa in Ayr, hosted by the always-braw Little Fire. The enigmatic Squirrel of This Silent Forest was also on the bill, playing some right lovely songs, fresh from the 30 songs in 30 days challenge and leading up to the This Silent Forest single launch at Sleazies. Links aplenty! Click em and listen and go to things! I recommend all that. You should also have a look about for Celine Brooks, also on the bill at Su Casa. She’s more than a little bit good so she is.

That gig spawned a couple of wee reviews, of the gig itself and of my EP Shambles Sails the Clockwork Sea, of which there are only about 25 copies left incidentally, so if you’re thinking of buying one, best order sooner rather than later. If you’d like to have a look at the reviews I just mentioned, you can see them…HERE! and….OVER THERE!

Adding “writer of webcomic theme tunes” to my list of…things I do or have done (good list title thinker-upper isn’t one of them) was another recent – OK LOOK, this sentence isn’t going very well, is it? I’ve got the cold and my brain has slowed to a crawl. THE MAIN POINT IS, go read this webcomic, it’s very good and I wrote the music for the theme tune. Well, one of them…

What, there’s more? Well, yes! The lovely Jim Gellatly played one of my songs on his show this week, listen again here!

Lastly, I’m playing a gig for Glasgow/Paisley-based bloggerchap Aye Tunes this Wednesday the 28th of September. It’s at the Captains Rest with the Sea Kings and the Spook School! There will also be a short spoken-word set from Kevin P. Gilday (of How Garbo Died fame) so you’re getting even more bang for your (five) buck(s)! Here’s the facebook event thing, if you like to RSVP to things, the wee socialite that you are.

Phew! That should do it. Til next time folks, me and the Pope are off to shit in the woods.

love Shambles

x

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Oh, Bandcamp.

Hello folks! You look RAVISHING, I have to be honest. Oh my. I’ve been updating my EP malarkies, so that download and physical copies of my EP can now be purchased from the same place: Bandcamp! Oh Bandcamp, that beautiful website of choice for the discerning musician of today. And tomorrow. And for ages after that cos Bandcamp is so full of brawness.

There are 50 physical copies of the EP remaining and a very small number of badges, so if you haven’t purchased a physical copy of the EP, now might be the time to do it. You get a free badge with every purchase and the bright folks and Bandcamp allow you to download the EP files immediately after purchasing a physical copy, so that you can listen to the tracks without having to wait on the postman!

If you’d like to purchase a copy, please head over to my updated Bandcamp page and rummage about a bit. Any money made from sales goes back into the fund for my next release.


Thanks folks, til next time,

love Shambles x

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Birthday! Strummerville! Deadpool!

Hello folks! You’re looking awfully well-rested and content, what’s your secret? I’m feeling a bit rough, as it was my birthday yesterday and I spent the evening filling my belly with burgers and beer. A lovely way to spend a birthday, I must say, especially when it’s with good friends.

I got lots of lovely presents, including what I can only describe as an anti-drunkenness beer paradox. It’s a big bottle of Stella Artois encased in a sort of puzzle made from wood and rope, presumably to prevent me from opening it if I’m too drunk! Probably a wise move. I also got my Auld Man on, thanks to my new cardigan and slippers. What’s that? I can’t hear you, you’ll have to speak up. Talk into this trumpet.

What I want to tell you about just now though is a special little extra present that I received. Yesterday I found out that I’ve been accepted into Strummerville! For those of you who don’t know, Strummerville was set up by Joe Strummer’s friends and family in the year after his death. As a registered charity they “aim to create new opportunities for aspiring musicians” and entry is by invite only, so I’m really excited to be involved in their Strummerville DIY section.

Now, in order to be accepted into Strummerville DIY, I had to offer one of my songs as a free download. Downloads of my track count toward that weeks top 20 downloads chart on the site, which, if you haven’t already sensed where this is going, is where YOU come in! Through Strummerville, I’m offering “Things That Make Me Angry” from my latest EP “Shambles Sails the Clockwork Sea as a free download. Every download gives me a better chance of getting into the chart, so click away folks! Here’s the link to my profile on the site. You can download the track from there. Feel free to tweet this or facebook it or write it on post-its and stick them to passers-by. Whatever you prefer. Either way, by simply downloading, you’re really helping me out. And getting something for free!

If you’d prefer, you can download the file right here:

 

Well, before I go back to my cave to do some chillin’ out, maxin’ and relaxin’ all cool, here’s one of my other favourite presents (besides the aforementioned gifts and the newest addition to my plaid shirt collection). Courtesy of my best bud Neil Slorance, it’s the original action figure of my favourite comic book character…DEADPOOL!

The Regeneratin’ Degenerate himself! It’s been really, really hard not to take him out of the box, but I’m staying strong. Expect a more detailed blog post on the merc with a mouth sometime soon.

Thanks for reading folks, if you have any thoughts on the free download, feel free to comment below or on the Strummerville profile page. I really hope you like the track.
Also, feel free to guess what age I turned yesterday!

Til next time,

love Shambles

x

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Spot the deliberate mistake…

Folks! It’s a pleasure as always, so it is. That’s me up there, taking a picture of a wee poster for the gig I played last night. It was my first time playing Frankenstein’s, in fact, I think it’s the first time I’ve ever been in Frankie’s Glasgow venue. It was an interesting one: not my worst performance, but not my best. I don’t think the folk down front quite ‘got’ what I was doing. Well, I suppose that’s my fault for deciding to do all my songs in the form of interpretive dance, whilst wearing a stormtrooper costume. Och well. You live you learn.

When I come offstage, I like to nick off to wipe the sweat off ma big stupid face compose myself, and have a wee think about how well I performed. I chill out for 2 minutes, breathe deeply, and reflect on whether or not the gig was an overall success. Well, on a night where I sang ma wee heart out, got paid a wee bit, a free meal, a few free drinks and sold some more CDs, the best part was undoubtedly spending the evening drinking and talking pish with my friends. As usual. I’d say that’s a success.

Recently I’ve also had a new wee review from Kowalskiy. Here are my highlights:

  • “this release is another folky gem”
  • “a Billy Bragg for the blogging generation”
  • “chronicle”
  • “the”

Spiffing highlights I’m sure you’ll agree. If you’d like to read the review in full, click me. Go on. Click me.

I’ve also done a wee interview for Sound Surrounds! It’s a fine blog to behold, so if you’d like to read the review just click right here, then read with your eyes. And enjoy with your brain. Or complain with your fingers. Either way, it’s nice to get involved, I think.

That’ll just about do for now I expect, til next time folks!

Shambles

x

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