Singer/songwriter Rm Hubbert is aiming to repeat his 2013 win for the Scottish Album of the Year Award after landing his second nomination in as many years. The artist, aka Hubby, claimed the honour and its $32,000 (£20,000) prize last year (13) for Thirteen Lost & Found, and now his latest release, Breaks & Bone, has been shortlisted for 2014.
He will face competition for the third annual honour from the likes of Mogwai's Les Revenants, Biffy Clyro's Opposites and Chvrches' debut release The Bones of What You Believe. Edwyn Collins (Understated), Boards of Canada (Tomorrow's Harvest) and Hector Bizerk (Nobody Seen Nothing) are also among the 10 nominees.
The winner will be announced during a ceremony in Glasgow on 19 June (14).
Biffy Clyro, Edwyn Collins and Mogwai are among the Scottish artists who will compete for the country's top music prize. Biffy Clyro's record Opposites is in the running for the prestigious Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) honour, along with offerings from other local acts including Collins, who is nominated for Understated, and Mogwai for Les Revenant.
Other nominees include The Bones Of What You Believe by Chvrches, Camera Obscura's Desire Lines and Frightened Rabbit's Pedestrian Verse.
The award, which is Scotland's answer to Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize, will be partly decided by a public vote, which will narrow the list of nominees down to 10 finalists, and a panel of independent judges will then pick the winner.
The SAY prize will be announced at a ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland on 19 June (14).
Rockers Mogwai are indulging in their favourite tipple by releasing their own brand of Scotch whisky. RockAct81w is a single cask whisky distilled at Glenallachie Distillery in Speyside, Scotland in 2004.
However, the liquor has been limited to just 324 numbered bottles, which will go on sale for $88 (£55) next week (begs27Jan14).
The launch will coincide with the release of Mogwai's new album, Rave Tapes.
The Scottish stars aren't the first British musicians to enter the alcohol industry - Super Furry Animals and Maximo Park both announced plans to launch their own beers this month (Jan14), while Iron Maiden and Motorhead have also found success selling their branded booze, too.
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It's 2014 and I was looking back at the movies that came out in 1984. I was blown away by the number of good movies that came out that year. I was then moved to tears that they are now 30 years old ... which means I'm getting older, since I saw most of, if not nearly all 10 of these in the theater.
Conan The Barbarian had put Arnold Schwarzenegger on the map, but this was the one that made him an A-list action superstar. The funny thing? He originally was supposed to play the role of the good guy, but he decided to be the unstoppable killing machine instead. Somewhere, in an alternate universe, some puny wimp is uttering "I'll be back ..." and their movie world is much poorer for it.
Molly Ringwald and John Hughes formed such a perfect tag team in the '80s Teen Movie genre that they could have probably won the WWF (it was called that in the '80s) Championship. Anthony Michael Hall also owes SUCH a huge debt of gratitude to this movie. There's also a very strong chance that the character of Long Duk Dong would probably not exist if this movie was made today.
Beverly Hills Cop
This was another star-making vehicle, this time with Eddie Murphy driving it. The former Saturday Night Live actor played wisecracking Detroit detective Axel Foley to perfection. Add Jonathan Banks as a dead-eyed hitman and Judge Reinhold as a hapless Beverly Hills Detective and it's no wonder this movie stayed in the theaters as long as it did.
Admit it - when you saw this movie, you SO wanted a Mogwai. Gizmo was SO cute and it was very sad that he was really a mechanical creature. The Gremlins, though. They scared the living daylights out of me. But Phoebe Cates ... mmm. Yes. Phoebe Cates.
I'm amazed that I'm at the fifth movie and am JUST getting to Ghostbusters. Who can forget Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis as they tracked down supernatural ghosts. Dean and Sam Winchester would have learned a thing or two from these guys, like answering Yes if someone asks if you are a god. Ooh. I think I hear a doggie that someone left outside.
The Karate Kid
Forget the Jackie Chan/Jaden Smith remake: this is the best Karate Kid. Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita gave us an unforgettable film, and it also helped keep Billy Zabka in the spotlight, with his recent guest appearances on How I Met Your Mother. Wax on, Wax off, indeed. Also, I had SUCH a huge crush on Elizabeth Shue back then.
Another classic that blows the horrible remake away. Sorry, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen's combined starpower incinerate the cast of the 2012 version. Also, that opening scene with the Russians parachuting to the ground gave me nightmares for MONTHS.
Kevin Bacon's version didn't even NEED a remake. I don't understand what the powers-that-be were thinking when they greenlit the new film. As cheesy and corny as it is, it's also awesome, what with John Lithgow and Lori Singer turning in some fine performances. Also ... Kenny Loggins, man. Kenny Loggins. That is all I have to say.
A Nightmare On Elm Street
This is the only movie that I didn't see in the theater, because I am a huge wimp and I do NOT like seeing gory horror movies. This was such an innovation though, what with the genre being populated by the silent Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers. Freddy Krueger and his persona were such a huge change. That was before it devolved into silly sequels before the remake tried to breathe new life in the franchise.
This Is Spinal Tap
This is the mockumentary to end all mockumentaries. It's hilarious from the get-go. Who can forget Harry Shearer getting stuck in the chrysalis? One word: Stonehenge. Also, despite the dangers that this movie espoused, I am a drummer to this very day. I can proudly say that I have yet to spontaneously comb
Dimitri Hakke/GettyWhile January's release schedule this year remains as quiet as ever, there are still at least a handful of new albums which have the potential to banish those post-Christmas blues. Here's a look at five of the most exciting.Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes (Jan. 13)The first big album of 2014, High Hopes is an intriguing collection of outtakes, cover versions and reinterpretations which sees The Boss tackle everything from protopunk duo Suicide's "Dream Baby Dream" to his very own "The Ghost Of Tom Joad" with a little help from The E Street Band and Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello.Mogwai – Rave Tapes (Jan. 20)Fresh from creating the soundtrack to critically-acclaimed French zombie drama The Returned, Scottish quintet Mogwai return to the day job with an intriguing eighth studio effort which, as its name suggests, throws some electronics into their typically atmospheric post-rock mix.Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Wanderlust (Jan. 20)Hoping to capitalise on her surprisingly successful run on Strictly Come Dancing, Victoria Beckham's one-time arch nemesis ditches the glittery electro-pop of her previous four albums and instead opts for an elegant chamber-pop sound on a cleverly-timed reinvention overseen by under-rated singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt.Warpaint – Warpaint (Jan. 20)The Los Angeles quartet have certainly taken their time since releasing their stunning debut, The Fool, back in 2010. But the presence of producer Flood and visionary music video director Chris Cunningham and a typically slow-burning but ultimately hypnotic lead single, "Love Is To Die," suggests that the wait will be worth it.You Me At Six – Cavalier Youth (Jan. 27)Following their first ever headline US tour and a support slot on Paramore's Australian tour, the UK's premier emo-rockers will be hoping to build on their international profile with a fourth record produced by Neal Avron (Fall Out Boy, Kings Of Leon).