It's 2017, and Three From Leith is back with a new studio set-up and a new selection of the best tracks from some of the best independent artists there are. Happy New Year, and here's hoping your ready to slap on your headphones to appreciate what's coming your way in Show 295!
Pick your jaw back up off the floor – you're not hallucinating, it IS another TFL podcast at long last. I have excuses, but who wants to hear all about them when there's lots of great music to listen yo instead? OK, I do blether a bit about what's been happening, but who can blame me?!
Here we go with the first show of 2016, as we reach the end of the 1st quarter. Where did the first part of the year go? Life's been busy and dealt the family a fairly awful knock, so things have all been in a bit of a tizzy. But I finally found the time to get some more great music down, interspersed with the usual waffle, to see you through until the next episode. Enjoy – and do let me know if you find any great new music yourself which you think the other TFL listeners would enjoy.
Welcome to the first Christmas show in many years – with the key difference this year being that there are no festive tunes featured (other than the festive intro and outros). Sit back with a hot mug of mulled wine and a mince pie or two and fire up the hifi or the mp3 player to enjoy an end-of-year selection of some of the best music sent to me over 2015. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – see you all in 2016!
This is the show that nearly never was; it was started months back as an intended 10th Anniversary Special, but it quickly became clear to me that it just wasn't coming together as I'd intended. The more I tried, the harder it got to record – until I reached a complete and utter standstill. Struck down with podcaster's block, I couldn't make myself record any more than the first third that I'd managed to piece together. I tried many times, and got to the point where I was on the verge of deleting the file and starting over, just to get past the psychological barrier. However, with the passage of time I was able to listen through eventually to what was there and I decided it was actually a decent podcast and could be finished off as a normal show, with none of the anniversary razzmatazz that was making me avoid going near it! So, the show has finally been completed, and features a fabulous trio of Scottish artists for your listening pleasure. Watch this lot – they're going places (even if it's just out for a bike ride in the case of the now-defunct Hotrod Cadets!) So enjoy – and do let me know how the new recording setup for this show (entirely iPad on a multitrack DAW) sounds.
Well, this was a first – a show recorded on the iPad, live, and flying by the seat of my pants! Other than a slightly fluffed vocal and soudbed coming in a little too soon at the end of one song, it went pretty well (although hearing what I said coming back through the headphones a fraction of a second after I said it was really off-putting). Still, it's good to try something different every now and again to keep you on your toes. Enjoy the tunes – there's a real feel of energy behind this week's selection.
I realised that I'm about to go off on holiday and hadn't done a podcast since May, so thought I'd better put a quick one together before you think I've abandoned you all! Apologies for the rushed feel to the show, but it was done between shopping, packing & cleaning. Enjoy the three great tracks until I get back, and do let the artists know if you like what you hear.
This week's podcast is one of those shows which really benefits from being played through a really good pair of headphones. A great selection, which I'm now encoding at a higher than normal bitrate, for you to crank up and jump around to – whether it be in the privacy of your own home or in full public view on the street or in the bus. Immerse yourself in the sheer joy of the music.
Flu defeated, it's time for a trip back to the 80s with some eighties-influenced synth-pop from the current day. Hard to conceive that the 80s were 30 years ago, and even stranger to think back to what you were doing back then! So, put on those rose-tinted specs and come with me back to those carefree days of my teens…
New year? Check. New kit for recording on? Check. New tunes? Check. Same old blethering? Hell, yeah! It's true – I'm finally back with a
laptop (thanks, Glen!) and a new external soundcard to create the new TFL recording studio. As I found during the recording though, I need to rearrange my studio workspace to avoid having to lean in to reach the mic & knackering my back… I also have to apologise to The Persian Leaps, as my rustiness meant that during the recording I failed to tell you what their songs were called. All that aside, it's bloody good to be back!