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apologies for teh crap live pictures

I’ll be absolutely honest – I don’t really get Adam Green. This was really a gig I went to with someone else rather than for myself so it puts me in a slightly odd situation reviewing it. I can’t say a lot of his work clicks with me, maybe I’m just some sort of hideous inner prude or something, but just as I find myself starting to warm to his his laconicly rich foot tapping easy listening stylings he says something about monkey’s cocks or conjures odd visions of group sex that almost invariably seems to alienate me. I dunno, maybe he’s too young and good looking cos I’ve always liked a bit of Arab Strap and the like, but maybe Aidan’s beardy drunk growl is somehow less threatening to my alpha male inner me. Perhaps. Maybe not. Who cares anyway? It could be that he is just spewing utter jumbles of words but the devotion of his fans tonight suggests there is some kind of inner sense to all this that I just can’t fathom. Eleonor was great though and Mr Green was suitably glassy eyed so, yeah – all in all, more interesting than not. I couldn’t stop thinking ‘Mick Jagger’ though.

Support act Noah and the Whale were more my cup of tea, carefully constructed songs with glockenspiel and folkish twinges, sometimes louder, sometimes not. The other support act I forgot completely so I guessing he didn’t change my life. Unless his act consisted of a memory washing exercise in which case I’m very impressed.

Glasgow itself was great – I’d been only once before and it disapeared into a bit of a blur, this time I was determined to have a good wander round and get a feel for another city. Engaging in what I could pretentiously term ‘neo-situationist urban landscape mapping’ (strolling about with a camera) revealed a really interesting place, I’ll admit we never really strayed from the West End but I loved the tall sandstone buildings and the grubby glamour of the area. It’s not Knightsbridge but that’s the point. Good pubs were plentiful, record shops abounded and I’ve not eaten so well in ages. I also noted to myself how few ‘urban splash’ style developments there were in comparison to say Manchester or Liverpool.

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Ultimately, it was a good place to waste some time pleasurably – A city with loads to do but without the horribly combatative, pretentious edge of some other places of its size. The one disapointment to me was, even though I climbed a quite big hill in Partick, I couldn’t see the Thistle’s football ground from the top. Sad times as I believe da yoot would say.

Good places to go and do stuff/eat things/get pished

Tchaiovna – Have a brew in an alarmingly tumbledown place by the river. Probably not advisable for anyone who has an aversion to hippy stuff. Lovely tea though.

Grassroots Veggie Cafe – This was probably the best veggie place I’ve ever been too. I’d have happily sat in here all day, ordering food every couple of hours. Well recomended.

Naked Soup – It’s soup. What more can I really say? – It’s cheap, healthy and pretty nice inside. Don’t go to subway – go here instead.

The Halt Bar – Friendly staff and a load of good nights and lots of live music.

Oran Mor A really good venue with nice pub upstairs and allsorts of stuff going on.

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