As mentioned before, Aidan recently discussed his love of comics with Scottish author Ian Rankin, who guest-edits the new edition of The List magazine, where the interview appears. The List is an arts and events guide for Glasgow and Edinburgh and is in shops now, but for those of you who don’t live in Scotland or find the very thought of buying a paper document tragically old-fashioned, you can read the interview online at:
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: