Aidan makes a brief appearance in Ken Garner’s excellent new book, The Peel Sessions, a definitive history of the legendary John Peel radio show. The author asked him to offer some exciting background story behind any of the three Peel Sessions that Arab Strap recorded in their ten-year lifespan, but Aidan was at a loss - it appears that Arab Strap took the recording of these sessions seriously and rock ‘n’ roll behaviour was at an absolute minimum (although session track “The First Big Peel Thing” was a version of First Big Weekend with new lyrics that documented the journey to Maida Vale studios in a transit van with cheap cider so foul that it had to be mixed with even cheaper cherryade to make it vaguely palatable). Instead, Aidan’s tale of winning a raffle is part of the “A Listener Writes…” series of asides that can be found throughout the book. It’s only a third of a page, but we thought we should let you know and recommend a wonderful book that also includes a complete list of all Peel Sessions ever recorded and a full run-down of the Festive 50’s. Buy it!
The second song to be released by Aidan Moffat & The Best-Ofs, “Your Hands Are Cold,” is available now on the Worried Noodles compilation from Germany’s Tomlab label. The album features 39 songs by various acts based on lyrics by Glasgow-based artist David Shrigley from his previous “empty sleeve,” the Worried Noodles lyric book that Tomlab released in 2005. Some of the other bands and musicians included are Franz Ferdinand, David Byrne, TV On The Radio, Grizzly Bear, Liars, Hot Chip, Deerhoof and many, many more. For more info, go to:
The Barnes & Noble website now have the Upstairs At The Square event feauturing Aidan Moffat & The Best-Ofs in video form. It’s an edited, 30 minute version (the whole show was an hour long) so there’s only 2 songs but you can still hear the missing song, “Big Blonde,” on the audio version.
Aidan Moffat & The Best-Ofs played their first ever show last week on Thursday the 12th of April in New York City. The brief performance was part of Upstairs At The Square, a monthly event staged at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Union Square which brings together writers and musicians. For this event, The Best-Ofs joined Ian Rankin, who talked about his new book and his recent collaboration with the band for the Ballads Of The Book compilation. The pared down band played 3 songs: Big Blonde, Atheist’s Lament and the aforementioned collaboration, The Sixth Stone (which Aidan managed to fuck up). You can hear the whole event for yourself – it’s available in audio form for download from the Barnes & Noble website. Go to:
The first song by Aidan Moffat & The Best-Ofs, “The Sixth Stone,” will be released on Monday the 3rd of March as part of the “Ballads Of The Book” compilation on Chemikal Underground. The album features 18 collaborations from contemporary Scottish writers and musicians and the lyrics for the Best-Ofs song were written by none other than Scotland’s premier crime novelist, Ian Rankin! For more details and streaming audio of “The Sixth Stone,” have a look at the excellent mini-site :