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From the desk of the diskant Overlord – September 9th

Posted: September 9th, 2006, by Marceline Smith

Does the festival season ever end these days? This year mine started back in April with Triptych and will end in December with ATP, taking in Cross Central, Indian Summer, Audioscope, Instal and goodness knows what else in between. I’m not sure if this is a good thing or not. It’s certainly a lot more expensive than going to a bunch of smaller gigs but it’s good to discover bands you wouldn’t otherwise have gone to see.

There really is no reason to leave Glasgow at the moment with all the fantastic new bands around at the moment (and an actual summer this year). Expect some interviews here soon with the best (i.e. least lazy) of them soon. RIP to Arab Strap and data Panik though. Everyone seems to be going solo these days. Is that now just Mogwai left from the original Chemikal Underground signings? That really would be the end of an era.

I did pop down to London the other weekend but that was mostly to visit my sister, eat cake and buy armloads of Japanese food at the JapanCentre. There’s still so many things from Japan that I miss so much and only a few of them can be found over here. Someone start importing Qoo and Fanta Grape please, and the tubes of tiny cakes.

In other news, the webzine/fanzine axis has flipped again with Plan B going monthly and now available in all kinds of mainstream newsagents, Is This Music? now on issue number 23 and a new issue of Beard due imminently. This makes me very happy, especially with my RSI. The only music website I seem to bother with these days are Popjustice and No Rock’n’Roll Fun. Is there anything else worthwhile? Let us know! I think a complete overhaul of the diskant links section is long overdue so tell me what sites you love to visit .

Most things are long overdue on diskant but hopefully we will get back up to speed with the coming Autumn. I am steeling myself to make a promise to write one record review a week but for now, I am ill and I’m going to make Japanese curry and watch some anime.

Current listening: The Pipettes, Bertine Zetlitz, CSS, Ladytron, Aztec Camera.
diskant interview slackness stats: Interviewees: 2, Me: 3

Marceline Smith

Marceline is the fierce, terrifying force behind diskant.net, laughing with disdain as she fires sharpened blades of sarcasm in all directions. Based in Scotland, her lexicon consists of words such as 'jings', 'aboot' and 'aye': our trained voice analysts are yet to decipher some of the relentless stream of genius uttered on a twenty-four hour basis. Marceline's hobbies include working too much and going out in bad weather.


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