Post-Arab-Strap, Aidan Moffat Returns Live With the Best-Ofs

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Aidan Moffat sez: "It's colder out here than in Cary Sherman's heart!"

UPCOMING EVENT INFO
Aidan Moffat & the Best-Ofs
with mystery author Ian Rankin
Thursday, April 12, 7pm
Union Square, Barnes @ Noble
No tickets needed; first-come, first served

Ok, this rules. Aidan Moffat, the dour voice behind the sadly-put-to-bed Scottish duo Arab Strap, returns to New York live next Thursday night, April 12. It's the live debut of Aidan Moffat & the Best-Ofs; the event coincides the release of their first official song, "The Sixth Stone."

"The Sixth Stone" comes out on a Roddy-Woomble-orchestrated compilation called Ballads of the Book. This particular dumb-ass had to read the press release for Ballads of the Book about 10 times to figure out if it was literature riffed off music or music riffed off literature. Turns out, it's a full-length Chemikal Underground release on which Scottish authors like Edwin Morgan and Alasdair Gray wrote the lyrics and the following list of musicians (including Malcolm Middleton) made them into songs:

Idlewild, James Yorkston, Norman Blake, Sons And Daughters, Karine Polwart, King Creosote, Alasdair Roberts and The Trashcan Sinatras contribute tracks alongside Chemikal Underground acts Aereogramme and De Rosa. There are rare appearances from Vashti Bunyan as well as The Incredible String Band’s Mike Heron as well as solo performances from Emma Pollock and Malcolm Middleton. First time incarnations also feature for ex-Arab Strap frontman Aidan Moffat (Aidan Moffat And The Best Ofs) and ex-Delgado Alun Woodward (Lord Cut-Glass) in addition to the (as-yet) unsigned talents of Strike The Colours and Foxface.

What doesn't rule so much is this will take place in a chain-retail bookstore, specifically at the Union Square Barnes & Noble — no live-to-drink-and-wallow ambiance there. I know, I know, Aidan Moffat got happy. But since "there are no plans for any more Best-Ofs shows until 2008," could we at least get a depressed bartender and some dim lighting?

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Aidan Moffat and the Best-Ofs, "The Sixth Stone"

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Aidan John Moffat, "The Boy That You Love"

Full press release after the jump.

CHEMIKAL UNDERGROUND IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE FORTHCOMING RELEASE OF BALLADS OF THE BOOK, AN ELABORATELY AMBITIOUS PROJECT FEATURING SOME OF SCOTLAND'S BEST WRITERS AND MUSICIANS.

IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE RELEASE, AIDAN MOFFAT, FORMERLY OF THE BAND ARAB STRAP, IS GOING TO BE APPEARING WITH MYSTERY-AUTHOR IAN RANKIN AT THE NEXT “UPSTAIRS AT THE SQUARE” ON APRIL 12 AT THE UNION SQUARE BARNES & NOBLE

On Thursday, April 12, at 7pm, singer-songwriter Aidan Moffat and his band, The Best-Ofs, and Ian Rankin, whose new novel is The Naming of the Dead (Little, Brown & Company), discuss and perform their work. Journalist Katherine Lanpher hosts the program, presented in association with the Scottish Book Trust as part of the Isle of Jura Festival of Scottish Writing. Admission is free, and no tickets are required. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Best-Ofs and Ian Rankin have contributed to Ballads of the Book, the forthcoming release from Chemikal Underground. The brainchild of Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble, Ballads Of The Book began as a simple idea to bring together the literary talents of Scotland’s writing community with a diverse range of new and established recording artists. Following Idlewild’s work with Edwin Morgan on their Remote Part album, Roddy wanted to explore the possibilities of more artistic collaborations with various writers providing original lyrics for recording artists to interpret in whichever way they saw fit. Having enlisted the enthusiastic support of the Scottish Arts Council and with Chemikal Underground onboard, it wasn’t long before the nascent idea and fledgling list of interested parties flourished into a brilliantly realised collection of songs: as musically eclectic as they were elegantly poetic.
From the literary world, the list of those involved reads like a who’s who of the great and the good in Scottish literature. The giants of Edwin Morgan and Alasdair Gray rub shoulders with cutting edge, contemporary writers like Ali Smith, A L Kennedy, Louise Welsh and Ian Rankin. Esteemed poets like Robin Robertson, Bill Duncan and Rody Gorman feature alongside successful writers and novelists like Michel Faber, Alan Bissett, Laura Hird and John Burnside.

From the musical world there is a rich collection of both established artists and upcoming, even unsigned acts. Idlewild, James Yorkston, Norman Blake, Sons And Daughters, Karine Polwart, King Creosote, Alasdair Roberts and The Trashcan Sinatras contribute tracks alongside Chemikal Underground acts Aereogramme and De Rosa. There are rare appearances from Vashti Bunyan as well as The Incredible String Band’s Mike Heron as well as solo performances from Emma Pollock and Malcolm Middleton. First time incarnations also feature for ex-Arab Strap frontman Aidan Moffat (Aidan Moffat And The Best Ofs) and ex-Delgado Alun Woodward (Lord Cut-Glass) in addition to the (as-yet) unsigned talents of Strike The Colours and Foxface.



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