Chocolate Hangover

Hello again, hello

 

We’ve been in the studio again. That was our Easter present. I’m now enjoying writing this sitting next to a window exulting in the glorious sunshine that is pouring through it  after spending a couple of days in windowless rooms.


It went well. It went very well. Thank you for asking. Or, thank you for willing me to get to the point. We got another song done from scratch. It came out of me tinkering about with ideas on Garage Band on the couch las t Wednesday night, while my girlfriend tried to watch Netflix over me occasionally muttering obscenities because of my inability to keep time on the small touch screen of a phone. I’m loads of fun, so I am.

  

The Garage Band instruments replaced with Real Instruments™, and guitar and vocals added, it sounds like an album opener to me. Two minutes long, and sounding different to anything off the last two records. Time will tell if I get my way.


 

We spent some time working on songs from the other sessions, too. Our Krautrock-ish one, has had a lot of things stripped from it. We chucked everything at it when we recorded it and it’s always sounded cluttered. I’d just bought a fancy new delay pedal with a tempo control on it, so I’d gone over the top with that. In the end it was quite boring and took up too much space on the track. The bass has been changed to give the song more room to manoeuvre, and Rose will do a better job of my guide track when she’s next in, I’m sure.


We had a lot of fun with the track that we’ve recorded with Kate on lead vocals. It was sounding a bit too indiepop circa 2006, so we stripped it of all of the original instrumentation, bar the vocals. It is now sitting a lot better with the rest of the songs. 

Lead vocals are done for the full band (and altered) version of the song I played on Vic Galloway’s Xmas Show. It’s almost done, I reckon. 

   

We’ll be going back in a few weeks to track drums for most of the rest of record/other things. Hopefully we’ll get most of them done then. Hopefully.


I’ll be playing at Common Fest next week in Glasgow. It’s at the QMU on Friday 17 April. Here is the poster: 

  

Please don’t let on to my mother that everyone appearing gets an individual poster like this. I’m trying to keep her under the impression that I’m totally successful enough to merit my name this size in comparison to the other considerably more impressive names below me. I may throw in some new stuff as well as my usual mix of our back catalogue and appalling chat.


Oh! Our pal and labelmate Rozi Plain’s new album ‘Friend’ is available for pre-order over on the Lost Map website.


 

Go here to have a listen to the beautiful sounds of track ‘Friend City’ and then buy it. 

Right, I’m off to finish off some more songs and then bask in the sun. I need my Vitamin D.

 

davidx

Spring forward, or else.

Hello!

How are you this weather?

We’ve just finished another stretch in the recording studio. It was a good one, I think. No, that’s not fair. I know it was a good one. We struggled at the start with some of the new material; the direction in which we wanted it to go was pulling against the direction in which our playing of it was taking us. I hope that makes sense.

“Fewer chords! More rhythm!”

“Don’t disappear up your own arse”

“Shut up”

“I’m tired”

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We should write our own version of Oblique Strategies. It would contain a lot more puerile swearing.

One of the songs from our last session in November, that I was left at a complete loss as to what do with, really came together on Wednesday. It’s lost a bit of its winter weight and now clocks in at three and a half minutes rather than seven. It’s exciting, and I am excited by it.

Another one is made up of a 30-second snippet I recorded when doing demos for Now That You Are a Dancer. I wrote the rest of it last week and it is sounding very different to what I had originally imagined. This is the one that Scott has called ‘Stupid Drumbeat’. He’s not happy with my programming skillz on the ol’ Zoom drum machine for the demo…

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We recorded a full band version of the new song that I did on Vic Galloway’s Christmas show in December (alas, not the Dolly Parton Cover). I’m never that comfortable with the acoustic guitar, so it was nice to be able to strip out the constant chords and give the song some space.

Kate is steaming ahead by having recorded probably the final vocal for one of her penned numbers. It’s called ‘Listen to me’ (provisionally) and sadly no longer has a hip hop-inflected drumbeat. Kate also manages to wind Scott up with her drum machine demoing.

Another one we came back to from November was our attempt at Krautrock. We’ll see how it develops. I’ve taken a slightly different mix home with me to have a think about.

It was a good session for another reason, mainly that I think we’ve managed to plan when we’ll have wrapped the album, and we’ve booked the requisite time. NOW, I’m certainly not going to commit to text when that is; what happened with the last album recording and subsequent delay is all too fresh in the memory. But, by the end of the sessions we’ve booked we should have enough material to decide what’ll make up our record and what’ll be for other things.

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Another good thing was that we got to enjoy our pieces outside on Saturday, sitting against the wall and taking in the warm sunshine. It was glorious. The Randolph’s Leap I Can’t Dance to This Music show at the CCA gave us some time to unwind after the first day, which always involves lots of set-up and the inevitable drum-checks and subsequent takes.

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No-one can dance to anything at this point…

Record-baron, friend, and lift-blagger, Johnny Lunch from Lost Map Records, came to see us to check that the email in which I described our new stuff as sounding “like Daniel O’Donnell produced by Skrillex” was not in any way accurate.

"I can hear shades of 'Mayo Mammy' right enough..."

“I can hear shades of ‘Mayo Mammy’, right enough…”

Gal was, as ever, patient to the last, finding ever more ways to say “are you sure you want to do it like that?” and “it’s good, but it’s not the one”.

I got home, unwelcomely rested all of my gear in the middle of the living room, and apologised ureservedly to my girlfriend that my brain was empty and I could not ‘do’ proper sentences until I’d eaten something. 100% total cool dude.

We’re back in the studio over the Easter weekend. We’re totally nailing this ‘getting on with it’.

I’ll tell you all about it (you don’t have to read it).

 

davidx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March, at last.

Hello everyone,

It’s March. You can’t stop Spring, now. Not even in Scotland. The Crocuses (Croci?) are up and daylight is hanging around a bit longer every day, being coaxed out of the Winter months as if we are only now managing to apologise for whatever offensive behaviour on our part caused it to slink away in October.

It’s been a quiet time for Kid Canaveral. We’ve done a couple of really enjoyable shows in the past couple of months (Celtic Connections, Pop South), but we’ve mostly been hidden away since Baubles V trying to put together the next bit of our third record. You may have noticed that we’ve welcomed a new member into the fold. If you haven’t, be prepared to say hello to Michael Craig. Michael is a very talented sort, who can play keys and tinker with computer things that are beyond the rest of our collective ken. It felt right to ask him to join now as he’s joined us onstage a number of times over the years, and he is just what we need to help us recreate all of noise that we have, and will have, on record.

Here is a picture of me and Michael on a bus:

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So, what are we up to? Well, writing, is the short answer. Trying to bring together ideas to take into the recording studio in Castlemilk at the end of the month. A week in the studio. No pressure. We’ve already got most of two songs recorded from a session late last year. We’ve got a Christmas song to record. In March. If you take the two occurrences of the word Christmas out of it, it’s no longer that Christmassy. I like it too much to only play it two months of the year. So what do we do? I’m willing to go for two versions; a word swap and some sleigh bells. Effin’ sleigh bells, mate.

This record feels like a bit of a daunting task. I think that I am thinking about it too much. Last year was a strange one. To be nominated for the Scottish Album of the Year Award and have a picture of our album applauded at the Barrowlands was a surreal, wonderful, and beautiful experience, but it followed a 2013 where we felt that our attempts to promote our second record were severely hampered by uncertainty over things beyond our control. I really love our second record, and I’m still a bit sad that we didn’t get to tour it and promote it as much as our debut. First and foremost, I want to be as proud of this new record as I am of Now That You Are a Dancer. We knuckled down and had the most productive six months of our lives to produce that. So it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get on with it. Who knows what it’ll sound like, eh? I’ll post the odd photo from the studio along with potentially misleading information around the direction of the album…

Gabber. It’s going to be all Gabber.

Why am I rambling on? I suppose it is really just to say hello to those of you who are keen on our band, and to let you know that we’re not idly sitting about.

We’ve got some very attractive new t-shirts here.

There seems to still be a rather excellent sale going on in our webshop, too.

We’ll be playing at the Brew at the Bog Festival in May: http://www.skiddle.com/festivals/Brew-at-the-Bog/
you can catch Kate at Randolph’s Leap‘s third instalment of I Can’t Dance to This Music on 21 March, Tickets here: http://lostmap.com/…/randolphs-leap-present-i-cant-dance-to…;
and me, acoustically at CommonFest in April: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/commonfest-tickets-15691486659

We’ll be out and about later in the year too, in a town near you. Relatively near you, anyways.

Should we write to you more often? Probably not, you cry, based on what you’ve just read.

Now it is time for us sod off to the NW Highlands to see in Rose’s birthday with a bunch of friends and kerry oots. I’m off to pack my guitar (writing), running shoes (for punishment) and whisky (for the weather).

See you soon

davidx

 

 

 

 

New! Now That You Are A Dancer Ts with design on front and back! More stylish than a bus full of fashion designers crashing into an art school.

Available in black with white design and ‘natural’ with magenta design.

 

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On the First Day of Baublemas….

THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN.

Only 12 short days until Christmas Baubles V at Portobello Town Hall. From now on, we’ll be revealing a number of extra special treats every single day to ensure that excitement levels have reached fever pitch come the 13th!

We open door number 1 on our Advent Canaveralar (sorry) to reveal a real proper (minor) celebrity. The new video from Bauble’s performers Randolph’s Leap is a belter and stars a very well known face from the past. We won’t ruin the surprise (unless you know your celeb moustaches from the pic below) but check out the video, premiering at Q Magazine right now, and you won’t be disappointed.

RANDOLPH’S LEAP VID: http://www.qthemusic.com/7437/randolphs-leap-weatherman/

And, of course, don’t forget to buy your Baubles tickets: http://www.kidcanaveral.co.uk/2012/products/tickets/christmas-baubles-v-tickets

Til tomorrow,

Kate xx

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Christmas Baubles V – TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!

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Following a fourth straight sell-out last year we’re delighted to announce the return of our seasonal all-dayer KID CANAVERAL’S CHRISTMAS BAUBLES for its FIFTH annual installment, in conjunction with record label par excellence Lost Map. It’s all happening on SATURDAY 13 DECEMBER, from 2pm until midnight, again at the beautiful PORTOBELLO TOWN HALL, down by the seaside in Portobello, Edinburgh. The first artist announcement is that our label-mates Randolph’s Leap will be bringing their fun and puns to the seaside! Süper-earlybird tickets are on sale now, priced at just £20. We have very few süper-earlybird tickets left, so get in quick! Our second tier of early-bird tickets are priced at £22, which again are strictly limited, and the regular ticket price is a mere £25.

GET YOURS NOW:http://lostmap.com/tickets/kid-canaverals-christmas-baubles-v

‘SKELETONS’ POSTCARD EP – OUT NOW!

Hi there,

Very excited to tell you about our new Skeletons EP, out yesterday on digital download postcard featuring exclusive remixes from Carbs, Synaesthete, Akira (Randolph’s Leap‘s Andrew MacLellan) and ADKVY (none other than Gal, sound engineer for both Shouting at Wildlife and Now That You Are a Dancer). They’ve all done a bloomin’ amazing job at re-imagining the song in 4 totally different ways. Available NOW in the Lost Map Shop for only £1. Or you can currently get all 10 Lost Map postcards for only £5.

If you haven’t already then do check out the ‘Skeletons’ video. Rose came up with the idea and Richie Morgan made it happen. It was really fun to make and not one of us had a terrible allergic reaction to the fluorescent facepaint. WIN.

This will be the final single from ‘Now That You Are a Dancer’ – We’ll be finishing up with a few more live dates over the summer and then knuckling down to work on some new material. Thanks to everyone for voting for the album in the SAY Awards. Unfortunately we didn’t make the short list of 10 but 1 out of 20 ain’t half bad and we really, really appreciate all your support.

Hope to see you in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Lancashire or on the Planet Eigg in the next couple of months.

Bye for now,

Kate xx

PS If you enjoyed Synaesthete’s remix why not head over to her KickStarter Campaign and help her make a whole album. Only £10 for the album plus a booklet of her amazing illustrations too.

Kid Canaveral Upcoming Live shows

4/7/2014 Broadcast, Glasgow w/ Prehistoric Friends
19/7/2014 Lost Map’s Howlin’ Fling, Isle of Eigg
1/8/2014 Cloudspotting Festival, Slaidburn, Lancashire
2/8/2014 Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh w/ Broken Records

PLEASE VOTE FOR KID CANAVERAL

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HELLO
How are you doing? Is it a bank holiday for you too? That’s nice if it is. I’m in Glasgow and the fizz in my holiday tipple was truly invigorated by the lightning.
I’ve VERY excited to tell you that we’ve been long-listed for the Scottish Album of the Year Award. In their own words:

The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award is a prestigious and exciting arts prize developed by the Scottish Music Industry Association to celebrate, promote and reward the most outstanding albums released by Scottish artists between January and December of the previous calendar year.  Inaugurated in partnership with Creative Scotland, The SAY Award promotes a longlist of twenty albums which, in turn, is reduced to a shortlist of ten in advance of the award ceremony when the winner is announced.

With a first prize of £20,000, nine runners-up prizes of £1,000 and an Art Commission valued at £20,000, The SAY Award is a hugely ambitious arts prize that reflects the cultural importance of music in Scotland, celebrates its links with the visual arts and rewards the extraordinary wealth of artistic talent we seem to effortlessly produce on an annual basis.

The SAY Award this year, has been an SMIA production in partnership with Creative Scotland, PPL and Clyde Gateway. 

The shortlist of 10 albums will be announced on Thursday 29 May, nine of which will be chosen by a panel of judges, with the tenth being voted for by the public. We’d be absolutely delighted if you’d take the time to click on the following link and vote for us: http://www.sayaward.com/the-albums
The voting is open from 12.01am on Monday 26 May and will close at 11.59pm on Wednesday 28 May. 

If we won, we’d spend the money wisely. All at once. In Oddbins.

JUST KIDDING.

We’d make another album. With an orchestra. On the International Space Station. With Brian Eno.

Probably.

We’re also going to be doing an intimate show in Glasgow on 4 July. Stick the date in your diaries and we’ll tell you more about it in the very near future.

In summary:
i) I hope you’re all grand
ii) Please, if it takes your fancy, vote for our album Now That You Are a Dancer on the SAY Award Website from one minute past Midnight (12.01am) on Monday 26 May (the polls are open as you read this) and encourage anybody who you know who is fond of us to do so too, until 11.59pm on Wednesday 28 May.
iii) We’re doing a wee show in Glasgow on 4 July. Stick the date on your wall planner.

Thank you

davidx

February News and Tour Dates

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HIYA and welcome to February!

It’s been a busy year for us already, as we’ve been getting a whole host of things ready for later in 2014. We’ll let you know more about them in the coming months.

First of all, we’re off on tour to celebrate the release of our new single Who Would Want to be Loved? from our album Now That You Are a Dancer, on Lost Map Records. We’ll be launching our latest offering at Stereo in Glasgow on Friday 14th February with a special party we’re calling ‘Kid Canaveral’s Lumber* Party’. Not only do you get to enjoy live sets from us, Malcolm Middleton, and Randolph’s Leap and then dance into the wee hours to DJ sets from The Twilight Sad and TYCI, you get a copy of our new record on hot pink, heart-shaped vinyl included in your ticket price. All of that for £10… Incredible! We’ve not got many tickets left, so get yours here, while you still can.

The dates of the tour are:

14 Feb             GLASGOW, Stereo – Kid Canaveral’s Lumber Party – Tickets
15 Feb             WAKEFIELD, The Hop – Tickets
7 Mar               ABERDEEN, The Tunnels – Tickets
8 Mar               DUNDEE, Beat Generator – Tickets
9 Mar               LONDON, The Lexington – Tickets
22 Mar             LEICESTER, Firebug – Leicester Indiepop All-dayer – Tickets
29 Mar             MANCHESTER, Star and Garter – Tickets
3 May              BREW AT THE BOG FESTIVAL, Bogbain Farm – Tickets

Tickets are going rather quickly for all of the headline shows above, so to those of you who have bought tickets: Thank you! Anyone else who is thinking of coming, you’d best get yours as soon possible. We’d hate for you to miss out.

We’re having a wee bit of a SALE over on our webshop, plus we’ve got more of the very stylish and very attractive ‘Kid Canaveral On Yr Radio’ t-shirts back in stock. They sell out pretty much as soon as we restock them, so if you’re looking some sophisticated Springwear, best get clicking here, now. We’ve also reduced some of our vinyl to scandalously low prices. While we’re on shopping, have you seen Lost Map’s wonderful postcard range? Why not send a loved one some music, from wherever you may be?

Some exciting and interesting things are happening over at our record label…

Lost Map has just set up its new message board. You’ll find out about gigs and tickets and special things over there, first. That goes for us, and all the Lost Map roster. It’ll also have some exciting follow-up from Lumber Party and the other shows on our tour. You should go register and introduce yourselves. You’ll find it here: http://lostmap.boards.net/

Our labelmates and pals Randolph’s Leap are releasing their new record Clumsy Knot on 5 April in Glasgow.  They’ll be coming on tour with us on the aforementioned tour dates. You should get this record when it comes out. It’s awfy good. Also, excellent Glasgow pop trio Tuff Love have joined the ranks here at Lost Map. You should check them out. They’re brilliant.

Anyway, hope you’re well and we that we’ll see you soon.

Cheers

Kid C x x x

PS Check out our Facebook and Twitter, eh?

*For those of you not from the Glasgow area and thus immune to the pun here: “A lumber is a person one meets at a dance or party and with whom one establishes an amorous relationship (e.g. ‘you’ll have no chance of getting a lumber if you act like a sexist moron’).”