Monday, April 27, 2009

Maple Leaves added to The Smittens/Just Joans/One Happy Island bill

Anna from Maple Leaves

Oops, have I really not written anything about this on the blog yet? A thousand pardons. The lineup for our July popshow is now complete with the addition of Glasgow trio Maple Leaves!

Lynsey and I have been on the trail of this band for a wee while now, asking them to play at Half My Heart Beats back in March. Sadly the band couldn't make it that time, but we're delighted they're available to play with The Smittens, The Just Joans and One Happy Island on 20th July.

At the time we asked them to play we had only heard one song, the quite brilliant 'Kirsty' which can be found on their Myspace page. They've since added another song, also great, sung by Julian.

Clearly we weren't the only one to be impressed by their Myspace demos, because Anna has been asked to sing on Stuart Murdoch's project, God Help The Girl, on the strength of them. The man has taste!

The next Half My Heart Beats is less than two weeks away, so expect more blog posts in the runup to that.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

New flyer design!


David Zacharis of The Smittens has just sent through his latest design for our next run of club flyers. Innit great?

Monday, April 13, 2009

Photos from HMHB 8 - Saturday 11th April































Playlist from HMHB 8 - Saturday 11th April

Felt - Riding On The Equator
The Sugargliders - Everybody Supermarket
Boyracer - Your Dark Secrets
Hari and Aino - On My Usual Catchup With Cecilia
The Smittens - My Girl
One Happy Island - Temporary Tattoo
Pocketbooks - Sweetness and Light
The Halo Benders - Your Asterisk
The Parallelograms - Papageno
Blueboy - Popkiss

Meursault - Pissing On Bonfires/Kissing With Tongues
Second Hand Marching Band - Don't
Withered Hand - I Am Nothing
Adam Green - Bluebirds
Emmy The Great - We Almost Had A Baby
The Motifs - Envelopes
The Felt Tips - Bought and Sold
Colin Clary - Hearts With Little Strings
Pants Yell! - Shoreham Kent
Acid House Kings - Do What You Wanna Do
The Diskettes - SS/DD

McCarthy - The Well-Fed Point Of View
Razorcuts - I Heard You The First Time
The Magnetic Fields - Yeah! Oh Yeah!
Headlights - TV
Cats On Fire - Tears In Your Cup
The Just Joans - Grant Kelly
Beat Happening - Cat Walk
Sexy Kids - Sisters Are Forever
The Raveonettes - Hallucinations
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names - Loop Duplicate My Heart
Kriss Anderson - He's My Boyfriend

Language of Flowers - If It's Not You
Eux Autres - Molly
Cars Can Be Blue - Sun Blows Up
Of Montreal - Fun Loving Nun
The Smiths - Sheila Take A Bow
Brenda Lee - Is It Time
Neil Sedaka - Oh! Carol
Dressy Bessy - Just Once More
The Aislers Set - The Red Door
The Darling Buds - Pretty Girl
Heavenly - Hearts and Crosses

The Lucksmiths -Frisbee
The Magnetic Fields - I Think I Need A New Heart
The Go-Betweens - Right Here
Orange Juice - Two Hearts Together
Belle & Sebastian - Electronic Renaissance
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions - Rattlesnakes
Felt - Spanish House
Jens Lekman - Maple Leaves
Tindersticks - City Sickness
Ballboy - Avant Garde Music

All Girl Summer Fun Band - Later Operator
Tiger Trap - Words and Smiles
Talulah Gosh - The Girl With The Strawberry Hair
The Smiths - Panic
Blondie - Hanging On The Telephone
Camera Obscura - French Navy
The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian
Saint Etienne - He's On The Phone
Arab Strap - There Is No Ending
Belle & Sebastian - I'm A Cuckoo

Elastica - Stutter
The Go-Betweens - Love Goes On!
Talulah Gosh - Talulah Gosh
The Royal We - All The Rage
Belle & Sebastian - There's Too Much Love
The Hidden Cameras - Ban Marriage
Irene - Stardust
The Ronettes - Be My Baby
The Smiths - Cemetry Gates

Milky Wimpshake - Dialling Tone
Girls Aloud - Love Machine
Ash - Angel Interceptor
The Crew Cuts - Sh'Boom (Life Could Be A Dream)
The Chiffons - He's So Fine
Darlene Love - A Fine Fine Boy
Petula Clark - I Couldn't Live Without Your Love
Blondie - Picture This
The Beach Boys - Wouldn't It Be Nice
Teenage Fanclub - Discolite
The Smiths - Girlfriend In A Coma

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Half My Heart Beats tonight!

Just a quick reminder that Half My Heart Beats is tonight at The Flying Duck. We start at 11pm and run right through until 3am, playing the usual mix of indiepop, girl groups and more. Hope you can make it down for a dance!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Whatever I have is yours, and it's right here

Anders, Brogues and Mrs. Brogues at Half My Heart Beats 5

The second Saturday of the month is fast approaching, so that means it's almost time for another Half My Heart Beats. It seems like hardly any time since Speedmarket Avenue were here and I was dancing to The Pains of Being Pure At Heart at our last night, but we're ready to do it all again.

I've been giving a lot of thought to what I'm going to play this month. I've almost settled on kicking things off (in a terribly self-indulgent manner) with Felt's nine-minute opus, Riding On The Equator. Just because I can, like. But where to go from there?

Well, I'll definitely be playing The Go-Betweens. I can guarantee that. This band continues to grow in my estimation, and when I heard Right Here for the first time in between bands at the Cloudberry Records night at The Captain's Rest last week, it blew me away. This is perfect pop music of the kind Half My Heart Beats is there to celebrate. Utterly joyous, beautiful and heartfelt. Watch out for that around 1am!

Other than that I will likely be playing selections from the new and forthcoming albums by Cats On Fire and Camera Obscura, with at least one Tigermilk-era Belle & Sebastian number and a dose of jangle from Razorcuts, McCarthy and Boyracer.

No word on what Lynsey's going to be playing yet because she's secretive like that, but it's sure to be great.

As ever, we'd love to hear your requests. Either leave a comment, send us an email to, stop by the myspace or facebook profiles (links in the sidebar), or leave us a post on the Anorak forum.

In recognition of the fact that we clash with the excellent Little League at Queen's Park Bowling Club, we will have a special offer for anyone wishing to attend both nights. I can't give the game away just yet, but instructions will be available on the night at Little League. Suffice to say that anyone who makes it to indiepop nights on both sides of the Clyde in the same night is a gentleman and a scholar. Or a lady.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Just Joans added to The Smittens/One Happy Island bill

The Just Joans
The Just Joans

We're dead chuffed to announce that The Just Joans will be playing at our July popshow with The Smittens and One Happy Island on Monday 20th July at The Captain's Rest. The Just Joans headlined our first ever gig in December 08, and we're delighted that they'll be back in July for this show.

In my opinion, The Just Joans are one of the best bands in Glasgow and are criminally under-appreciated in their own time. I wouldn't be surprised if their WeePOP! EPs were selling for silly money 20 years from now when everyone has finally realised how great they are.

The lineup is close to being complete, but we're looking to confirm another Glasgow band within the next few days so keep an eye on the blog for that.

Download: The Just Joans - Hideous Accident
Download: The Just Joans - Hey Boy... You're Oh So Sensitive

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