Archive for October, 2011

Avalanche in-stores

Unfortunately it seems people just aren’t interested in coming along to see many of the bands we have playing in the shop so we will have to sadly greatly reduce the number of in-stores we do. While the in-stores by Kid Canaveral, Rachel Sermanni / Withered Hand and Frightened Rabbit were huge successes  a fair few have attracted nobody at all despite publicity from other bands and help from the media. I’ve been saying we either get nobody or at least 50 and the Martin John Henry in-store slightly contradicted that with a dozen or so folk but really for somebody like Martin known to many as having been the singer with De Rosa there should have been a decent crowd. Playing with a full band he really was very good indeed.

That somebody from Mexico (currently in Edinburgh) made a big effort to come along actually sums things up really. Hopefully we can get some bigger bands in and since Roy Wilkinson was  in-store for the British Sea Power book launch (again only a success because his many friends in Edinburgh came along) he has asked the band if they will reprise the in-store they did at Avalanche early in their career when they are in Edinburgh later this month. I’ve yet to hear back but it would be good to have them in the shop again. Their in-store was the first instance I came across when they had no sooner played than somebody had put it online and fans were able to listen to it.

For those interested their set was  

1. Out Of My Mind On Dope And Speed
2. Strange Communication
3. Carrion
4. Moley & Me
5. Fakir

Frightened Rabbit unicorn t-shirts


We have these t-shirts in sky blue and khaki brown now available in our online shop as well as in the Grassmarket. Very limited quantities.

You can also buy one of Scott’s limited edition prints signed and numbered.

Aberfeldy Festival 4th – 5th November 2011 – tickets soon – transport if needed

Aberfeldy Festival
November 2011

Ian Rankin is guest curator of this years Aberfeldy Festival and what a line up it is…


Ian will also be giving a talk and book signing for his latest work ‘The Impossible Dead’ (published 13 October). Tickets £5 (including a glass of wine) are available from The Watermill 01887 822896 – book early to avoid dissapointment.


We are looking forward to a weekend of live bandstown traders market and loads of activities the whole family can enjoy.


Keep checking back to the website to see what is added during the lead up to the festival.

Fri 4th Nov – evening

James Yorkston

Star Wheel Press

John Hunt

Sat 5th Nov – Market

2nd Hand Marching Band

Sat 5th Nov – evening

Admiral Fallow


A Band Called Quinn


Download the 2011
Festival Programme

Music over 2 nights

Aberfeldy Town Hall

Fri 4th & Sat 5th November 2011

Weekend Ticket:
4th & 5th November 2011 – £25

Friday night only:
4th November 2011 – £15

Saturday night only:
5th November 2011 – £15


Do you need somewhere to stay over Festival weekend?

Click for a list of accommodation providers in Aberfeldy

Seriously Bad Album Covers


I was tipped off about this book by Flying Nun on twitter. It will be a useful tool when explaining to bands what not to do though I will still need to start with the basics – put the band’s name and the album title on the cover (even the mighty Star Wheel Press let themselves down there).

Now what I need is a Seriously Bad Band Names book and an accompanying Seriously Bad Album Titles. 

Martin John Henry in-store Friday 7th October 4pm

Martin John Henry known to many of you as the singer from De Rosa will be playing with his new band on Friday 7th October @ 4pm and customers will have the chance to buy the new album “The Other Half of Everything” ahead of the official release date of the following Monday for a bargain £7.99.

Avalanche news in a few short sentences – unusual I know

We’ll be extending the European DVD section further along the wall so those Kasabian posters will have to come down ! These mainly classic or cult movies not available in the UK have sold deceptively well  and have been a useful addition to boosting sales.


The coffee shop has reopened and you will see some changes over the next week or two as it is made more of a feature.  


Scott brought in the first twelve of his prints (all spoken for I’m afraid) but do not fear more will be delivered soon and currently we have sold just over half of the fifty.


We should also have the old Frabbit merchandise by the end of the week. Some old unicorn t-shirts were mentioned. 


New releases have really died and for every St. Vincent album that sells through there are Nurses and Dum Dum Girls albums that don’t sell at all. One album we had stocked up on last week was played twice a day in the shop for a week and we only sold the first copy late on Sunday afternoon. I’m just going to have to be very selective in the future I’m afraid.


Similarly there is a lot of great stock that has been sitting on the shelves since May / June which I’ve reduced in price. Not a sale just stock at reduced prices !!! While we continue to sell both bigger Scottish artists (many more than ever) along with lesser known bands (that sometimes sell in the hundreds) a lot of catalogue has just stopped selling. No surprises that Beirut, Neutral Milk Hotel and a few others keep selling and The National are the latest band in that category but many classic bands have just stopped.


Posters on the other hand just keep selling.Young lads that would consider £3 for an Arctic Monkeys CD “too much” consider £3 for an Arctic Monkeys poster a “complete bargain”. Browsing CDs may be a thing of the past but people are happy to while away their time hunting through all the posters. Many visitors are very excited indeed to find a Flaming Lips or Nick Cave poster and go to great trouble to get them home.


Badges too are always popular. I need to get some new ones.


Tickets don’t really sell unless we have them exclusively and it is a fairly big gig. I can’t fault Sneaky Pete’s and The Electric Circus for their support along with many bands. Not being given the Maccabees tickets kinda summed it up.


We will have to stop doing smaller in-stores as simply nobody turns up. We may get 50. 150 or even 300 (500 for RSD) but never 10  or 20 for a smaller band.


More news soon.