Following his brief reunification of Arab Strap, Aidan Moffat is back to solo ways again, with a self-released Xmas EP. It’s a four-tracker available exclusively on his Bandcamp site. There’s two new self-penned tunes including lead track ‘Oh! What A Not So Silent Night Before Christmas’, plus covers of Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ and an un-Spector-esque ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’.

Moffat also has a 2011 “Christmas Revue” at Glasgow’s Arches on Tuesday 20th December. It’s with Bill Wells and their full band – Stevie Jones, Robert Henderson and Michael Marshal. Also on the bill, RM Hubbert, and a special festive set from Bill’s other band, The National Jazz Trio Of Scotland, and various “surprises” including, possibly, Bill wearing a Santa suit (TBC)