Strummerville 2012

Hello folks! You look awfy swish today. Some of you might remember that last year I became part of Strummerville DIY. Don’t remember? Here’s a wee post for your perusal. (Ok so, the post also has some guff about my birthday, the good stuff is a paragraph or two in.) Don’t know what Strummerville is? Well here’s another handy link.

Since then I’ve gigged a lot more, met lots of great folk and hopefully I’ve got my music out to more people than I did this time last year. With this in mind, Strummerville have updated my profile on their site. They assure me this is all to do with the music and not because I have a different haircut. I know that most of you have probably heard/downloaded this already, but if you haven’t, I’d love for you to check out the site and download my track “Things That Make Me Angry” for free. Alternatively, download it right here! Just click on the wee arrow. It only takes a few seconds but it might help me get into the top 20 of the Strummerville chart, which means more people will see it and hopefully I can get my music out to more people. You can listen and download below.

If you like the song, feel free to share it around! Just click on the wee link-type-chap in the embedded player for an embed code or link for twitter/facebook/wordpress/teletext or whatever your preferred digital medium is.

Thanks for reading/listening folks, I hope you like the track. I know I ramble a lot of nonsense, but I really do appreciate all your support.

Til next time!

love Shambles

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End of the Year Roundup…Stuff!

Hello folks! Hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas with some lovely presents from Santa and lots of food and drink in yer bellies! I’ve had a great Christmas, but have slightly neglected my blog in favour of almost relentlessly playing Skyrim. I do apologise if you’ve had to hear me ramble about it or if you’ve doubted my sanity on twitter as a result of my #toomuchskyrim tweeting. Y’know, I used to update my blog regularly but then I took an arrow to the knee.

Despite my Skyrim-induced sloth however, other stuff has been happening. And stuff happened BEFORE Skyrim, I just forgot to mention it as I was all caught up in the drinking joy of the festive period. Firstly, this Christmas I played a gig in George Square! I even got a nice festive jumper for the occasion. It was a really fun gig and it still feels pretty amazing as a Glaswegian to be able to say I’ve played in George Square. An actual gig, not just busking round the peripherims across from Greggs! The other acts were great and I particularly enjoyed Tragic O’Hara’s set. As someone who enjoys attempting acoustic covers of hip-hop songs, his version of Shimmy Shimmy Ya was especially braw. As for me, my trusty pal Neil caught a wee video of me singing Rapture, here it’s here.

So what’s been happening round about me while I’ve been busy slaying dragons? Well, I was really excited to find out that I’ve been included in Tom Robinson’s Christmas mixtape on BBC 6 Music! It’s a selection of Tom’s favourite songs of the year and I’m really honoured to have been picked for it. The song Tom picked was “Things That Make Me Angry” which of course is still available as a free download through Strummerville.

You can download the podcast or stream it from this lovely link/entire sentence.

As if that wasn’t flattering enough, I also made it to number 20 in the Edinburgh Man Podcast’s top 50 songs of the year! You can hear/download the podcast at this link right here. The track which had the most votes was Rapture. Yes, the one from that video up there! And this other one over here from when I played Cabaret Voltaire earlier this year! Oh aye and it’s also a free download! Michty me.

Last but not least, since my last post about it, I’ve sold another couple of copies of my EP, “Shambles Sails the Clockwork Sea” and now there are only 4 copies left! I know it’s a long shot but I’d love to sell them out by the end of the year so if you’ve been thinking of getting one, now’s the time! You can purchase from this link here.

A big massive thanks to everyone who has helped me out this year, supported me, bought/downloaded my stuff or come to gigs. It’s been a great year and I hope to make 2012 even better! At the very least, I’ll buy an outlandish hat and strut around wearing it like I’m a PURE SOMEBODY. Or something.

Til next time year!

love Shambles

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Everybody loves free stuff, right?

Can you spot the edit?

Hello folks! Ah, some new faces I see? Lovely faces they are too. Whilst I’m busy writing more songs of daftness and milking a recent Thing That Happened for all it’s worth, I thought it might be an idea to remind you all about the free stuff I have!

You’ve probably seen me rambling on about this song being played on 6 Music recently, but you can also download it for free via Strummerville! You can even download it from this very player, just click the wee down arrow at the right. Every download counts towards the Strummerville charts, so you’d be helping me out as well as getting a Free Thing!

I also have this special wee live track available, from my set at Words per Minute at the Arches a few months ago. Feel free to, in no uncertain terms, get right in aboot it.

Also, if you check out (and perhaps even like?) my music page on facebook, you can download a the version of “Pssst!” I played during a live session with Jim Gellatly! Just click this beardy wee link.

If you find yourself hankering for some more tunes, I also have my EPs for sale on bandcamp. Just get clicking to check them out.

Thanks folks, hope you download and enjoy! Back to the songcave for me!

Til next time,

love Shambles x

Thanks to Last Year’s Girl for letting me steal this photo and muck about with it. Even though I didn’t ask.

Radio Shambles

See what I did there?

Hello folks! You’re looking well today, if a little sleepy. Ah! You must have been up late to hear me on the radio! In case you missed it, last night I had the absolute pleasure of having one of my songs played on Tom Robinson’s Fresh on the Net radio show on BBC 6 Music! It was a great show all round and I’m really chuffed to have been featured. If you missed it, you can listen again with iplayer for another 6 days. Just click this tasty link! (you can hear me from about 1:17:25)

I was also pleasantly surprised to discover that I was played on the Amazing Chill Show on Amazing Radio this morning! When it rains it pours, eh? Except sometimes it drizzles. Or you get like, that misty rain. There are a few different types of rain, when you think about it…

Thanks for reading/listening folks. I must say, it made it extra special to hear my stuff on the radio whilst celebrating the end of exams (and Eurovision hilarity) with some of my friends. I felt suitably embarrassed/happy/drunk/all of the above. Thanks guys!

Til next time folks,

love Shambles x

Things That Make Me Parody

Hello folks! Oh look, some of you have drawn little beards on. I’m sure it’s a sweet, funny gesture, and not an attempt to mock me and my hair and my beard and my shirts and my tunes…

…which brings me to the matter at hand. I’ve become the subject of a parody video! My very first parody video in fact! The video you’re about to see contains miming skills of Musian proportions. I (sort of) hope you enjoy it. Sort of.

Uncanny. I hope you found this as funny as I did :)

love Shambles x

Did I Fight a Bear?

Hello folks! Well aren’t you a sight for sore eyes. I’ve been a busy boy lately, a busy boy indeed. Between work, university, giggery and losing my second-last fiver in a game of poker, I’ve hardly had time to count my plaid shirts. Serious business. I slept in today for the first time in a while and after a day of internet jiggery-pokery, I find myself still awake, with just enough brainjuice to power a small blog post. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

As you might know, I played a bloody lovely gig with The Miss’s, Andrew Lindsay and the Coat Hooks and Julia and the Doogans. Read some nice words about it here. It was a smashing evening, with some great music and great friends. Canny whack it. Except, I did try to whack it a wee bit by performing at Words per Minute in the Arches just a couple of days later and it actually turned out to be one of my favourite performances. Everyone was absolutely lovely and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Eagle-eyed friends might have spotted a video of my set already, which will OF COURSE make an appearance on the blog soon enough. Here’s a cheeky wee review of the event.

I was also recently invited to appear on Bolt FM with the swellagant Steph and Gill, hence the above becardiganed photie. I’ve just realised that in that picture it looks like I’ve fallen asleep whilst playing the guitar. I didn’t, honest. I had a lovely time on the show, and hopefully you’ll be able to listen back sometime soon. In the meantime, have a wee swatch at the girls’ facebook page.

Whit? More? Ok, I’ll do some succintly swish summing up for you suckas.*

I wasn’t kidding when I said I’ve been busy. More stuff soon folks. Please do check out the above links…oh and while I’m bombarding you with linkies, please do remember to ‘like’ my facebook page, check out my music at Amazing Tunes and if you REALLY have a lot of time on your hands, do THIS, or THAT or even THE NEXT THING.

Thanks folks, you’re beautiful and/or handsome. Some of you are both, you gorgeous freaks of nature.

Til next time,

love Shambles x

*You’re not suckas, you’re all braw.
** I may not have actually fought a bear.

It’s Shamblin’ Time!

I widened this. I shouldn't have widened this.

Hello folks! I hope you’re well and not succumbing to any nasty flu badstuffs or the like.  There’s a BUG GOING AROUND, don’t you know. His name is Jeff and he wears a big purple jacket with yellow shoes. So, y’know, look out for him. And his cape.

This week I’ve been trying to get back to normal and have spent quite a bit of time glued to my laptop or in the library, smelling the books. I’ve also been popping up around the internet, courtesy of some lovely blogs and zines, so I thought I’d round some of em up in handy links’n’quotes format. So let’s get started!

Tonight We Dance, Tomorrow We Cry

First off, a lovely review! My favourite part is this paragraph:

“Meanwhile ‘Alice’s Song’ finds Shambles in a reflective mood as one of his (presumably many) parties comes to an end. It’s an oddly moving ode to his pals and leaves you in no doubt that Shambles knows what is important in his life.”

Sure, the description of the song is touching but the main thing I got excited over is the fact that the writer presumes that I have lots of parties. I bloody love parties (most of the time) but don’t go to that many. I can only assume my music makes me seem cooler than I actually am, which as any musician will agree (although not out loud) is pretty much the point.

Read the full review at this floaty nice link chap.

It’s Bloggerin’ Time

Next up is a post from one of my favourite blogs, where a lovely chap named Colin Bell tries to convince braw folk like you to download Things That Make Me Angry from me and the lovely folks at Strummerville. I’d pick a favourite bit, but I’ll let you guess for yourself when you read it. Just remember, I’m ridiculously white. Unnecessarily so. It’s painful. Colin is also responsible for that spiffy image up top. Thanks man!

Read it now, you crazy fools! Go on, click like there’s no tomorrow.

Is This Music?

Well apparently, yes, it is. Last up is another lovely review, courtesy of a fine chap named Elliot Halt (that’s a brilliant name). My favourite bit is a wee sentence that I find quite encouraging, as it would seem to suggest that in my music, I come across the way I’d hope that I would (plus it’s a flattering wee compliment):

“With ‘Nu-Folk’ being quite the sound of now, Shambles Miller is offering something a lot more traditional here; guitar, voice, wit and plenty of opinion.”

Get clicking, friends. Read it here.

Well there we are folks! Wherever will I crop up next? Well, here, probably. But sometimes other places!

Take care folks, til next time!

love Shambles

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