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News, etc: Scottish bands get in the festive spirit

[Above - 17 Seconds Records signs new band]

Words: Elaine Liddle

Apparently now that it's December, bands are filled with the Christmas spirit of giving - in the form of free downloads. Awww.

• Fan of The Last Battle? If so you can get your digital mitts on freebie tracks from today at their bandcamp.

• Meanwhile Shambles Miller is also offering a freebie in the shape of 'The Shortest Song I've Ever Written is the One With the Longest Title'. Ho ho ho! Indeed it comes in at just 47 seconds.

• And The Belle Hops - sweet-sounding girl-band style sounds featuring some members of the Second Hand Marching Band - have got well in to the swing of things with not only a free song, but a free *Christmas* song. With bells and Santa and everything. Get it at their Bandcamp. If you like the sounds of that, you can also buy their new EP there.

• Quick congrats to Woodenbox With a Fistful of Fivers, who tweeted yesterday that they are playing South by Southwest next year. Nice one.

Echo Arcadia are a new Edinburgh band who tweeted us a couple of weeks ago to give a heads up that they've just released an EP. You can get hold of "Broken Chapters" on iTunes or find out more on the website. If you'd like to hear it live instead,the band is playing at The Store, Edinburgh, on December 18.

• More new releases - Tango in the Attic's new single 'Sketch by Quentin Blake' (and who didn't love his illustrations to Roald Dahl books when they were wee?) is out today. You can download it from Amazon.

Bear Bones are also a releasing new single, 'Diving Bell', which you can download from iTunes NOW! The launch however you'll have to wait until Saturday for. Taking place at the Captain's Rest, Glasgow, it also features support from Endor and, according to the band "glorious singing and surprises galore". Sweet. Tickets, should you require, are here.

• Glasgow Collective Cry Parrot, who we featured a couple of months ago here on Radar, are hoping to round off a successful 2010 with a bang. As such, they've lined up a fantastic night at SWG3 in Glasgow on December 17. The line-up includes Leeds band Runners alongside locallers Gummy Stumps and Tut Vu Vu, as well as DJ action from Button Up and artist David Shrigley and visuals from Helen Gray and Jules Leano Gay. Should you wish to partake in this super event tickets are £5 and available at Monorail or online here

• To follow last week's news about Rock Ness, T in the Park organisers have announced the first headliner for 2011 is.... Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl et al will be releasing their seventh album before the Balado date and director Geoff Ellis calls them a "personal favourite".Mmmhmm.

• 17 Seconds Records have revealed that they've signed Glasgow four-piece Fiction Faction. They'll be releasing single 'Apparitions' in February.

• We've mentioned the plight of the Forest in Edinburgh a couple of times on Radar. Well a group of artists who performed in the venue at Ultrachip, Scotland's first chiptune festival (thus kind of emphasising the point, where else would such events ever be held if places like this close down?), have clubbed together to create an album. Proceeds will go to the campaign to save the Forest as an independent arts space. Worthy and nice of them, I'm sure you'll agree. You can download "Ultrachip Vs Forest Closure" here.

• Meanwhile organisers of next year's goNORTH festival have confirmed it will take place on June 9 and 10. The idea behind the event is to put on panels, workshops and live showcases and director Shaun Arnold promises that 2011 will be about "not only maintaining the standard people have grown to expect from goNORTH, but building on it". Which is nice. Full details can be found as they are available.

• Hey, Silver Columns fans with nine minutes to spare! Feast your eyes on this frankly epic video for 'Brow Beaten' by director Kieran Evans:

• Finally, if you're not up to anything tonight the very enjoyable How to Swim are playing the Rio Cafe in Hyndland, Glasgow tonight, as part of the Spangled Cabaret. It all kicks off at 8pm.

That's all for this week. Have a good one.

Posted by Billy Hamilton

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