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Elba Annual 2009 – Phil Elba

My turn, let’s keep it snappy…

Album of The Year – Loads to choose from! Titus Andronicus – The Airing of Grievances probably tops the list though. Honourable mentions to Brakes, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Le Reno Amps, Cuddly Shark and The Cinematics, oh, and The Phantom Band! (I could go on…)

Favourite New Band – Again, several! I’ve heard loads of new stuff from doing the blog and going out to gigs. Top 3 in no order at all would have to be Maple Leaves, Julia and The Doogans and The Scottish Enlightenment.

Best Gig (Elba) – All of the gigs we’ve put on so far have been pretty memorable for various reasons. The first night at The Liquid Ship with Le Reno, Calum MacDonald, Paul McLinden and Only Living Boys was a total treat and I think we all felt a sense of achievement at the end of the night. However, all of the gigs have been great fun and we’ve had some very talented people at each night.

Best Gig – It would probably have to be Springsteen at Hampden. It was a great day all round and it was fantastic to finally see him live. Also really enjoyed Brakes at King Tuts early in the year and seeing Chris T-T as Sleazies was pretty sweet as well!

Best Memories of 2009 – Apart from getting married and going on honeymoon (photo above), probably getting involved with Elba and setting up the blog. It’s opened my eyes to loads more music and I’ve had a lot of fun putting on the gigs and meeting people as well as starting to just pop along to gigs as well with my Elba cohorts to listen to a new band. As a musical memory, I’ll not forget Le Reno Amps playing ‘Body’ at Tuts with Marc from Brakes playing pedal steel. It’s a beatiful song and was a nice moment.

Hopes for 2010/Things You’re Looking Forward To – Putting on more gigs, writing more for the blog (and getting better at it), seeing and hearing loads of new music, working with Armellodie records and seeing it evolve, Pavement at the Barrowlands (!!!!!!!) and putting some faces to email addresses!


SEE YOU IN 2010!

Elba Annual 2009 – Chris ‘Knoxy’ Elba

After a couple of days of Christmas over-indulgence, Elba Sessions go self indulgent. We’ve saved a couple of annual posts until the end of the month about our ‘bests’ of the year. Up first, podcaster broadcaster Chris…

Album of The Year – Wilco – Wilco (The Album). I literally listened to one album for 2 months after I bought this album so it has to be. Honourable mention to Richmond Fontaine’s new album…brilliant.

Favourite New Band – The Low Anthem. Listening to 6music at work every so often a song pops in between a Reggae & Drum and Bass track that makes you turn up the radio…’Ohio’ was that track and I can’t wait to see The Low Anthem at Celtic Connections.

Best Gig (Elba) – Ok so i’m not in a band but my favourite gig that we put on had to be the October Elba Sessions. Calum MacDonald was a hidden gem, Paul McLinden is an artist I don’t understand how he isn’t huge and Le Reno Amps played as a two piece (it was like I was back in Aberdeen), their banter was brilliant and they showed that they are learning how to play their instruments…great night!!!

Best Gig – Bruce Springsteen – RDS Arena, Dublin (12/7/09). It was part 1 in a Bruce double header in 3 days and it was unforgetable. I claimed I had seen it all after Cardiff the year before but on this day I saw Steve Van Zandt in the street during the day, then Bruce & The E Street Band played for 3 hours + and included ‘Spirit In The Night’ & ‘Darkness On The Edge of Town’ from the request cards from the crowd.

Best Memories of 2009 – Richmond Fontaine – Stereo. The night Scotland played Holland in the decider for World Cup Qualifying I decided to go see Richmond Fontaine…what a decision…oh and they milked having no idea on Football excellently (At 10.30pm it was still 0-0 supposidly).

Hopes for 2010/Things You’re Looking Forward To –
Album – Lightspeed Champion.
Book – Willy Vlautin – ‘Lean On Pete.
TV – Final season of Lost can’t f%^king wait!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh and putting on more gigs…

Elba Annual 2009 – Maple Leaves

As the Elba Annual begins to draw to a close for 2009, today’s post comes from one of my favourite new bands, Maple Leaves.

They’ve had a pretty busy year cramming in much more than many unsigned bands could do in several years with a set at T in The Park, tv and radio performances not to mention the thumbs up from none other than Stuart Murdoch (Belle & Sebastian). Here’s hoping that we see plenty more of them in 2010. Anna tells us what made her 2009…

Album of The Year – May I have 3? Or even 4? This is nigh on impossible to choose just one, I’m afraid as Checkmate Savage by Phantom Band, the God Help The Girl album, Zoey Van Goey’s ‘The Cage Was Unlocked All Along’ were all out…so how do you choose between them? Not to mention Bill Callahan record….! Sorry I’m quite bad at making decisions on stuff like this….!

Favourite New Band – I love what I have heard from Olympic Swimmers (formerly Hindle Wakes). Their songs are really beautiful, have loads of depth and atmospheric – I really can’t wait to hear more from them.

Best Gig (Maple Leaves) – Playing T in the Park was fantastic, there were random Canadians dressed up in Toronto Maple Leafs hockey gear which was pretty funny…(although gutting for them when they discovered we’re not Canadian..!) It was our 6th gig so we were scared and excited at the same time but getting up on stage, it all just fell into place. It’s hard to top that in a way, but then the gig at King Tut’s in the summer was so much fun, it was our first time playing there and we had a blast.

Best Gig (Other) – Yo La Tengo in the ABC blew me away, but David Byrne at the Edinburgh Playhouse was beyond amazing. What a voice – he had the whole theatre up and dancing, and was doing crazy dancing in a tutu…

Best Memories of 2009 – Playing my hometown of Newcastle was really cool, but the whole T in the Park Maples adventure with the boys was memorable from start to finish! From piling into the car with the tunes turned up loud, playing on stage, getting filmed for BBC One…and then celebrating with the boys in the crowd for Nick Cave

Things You’re Look forward to in 2010 – Releasing our first proper single and playing some great shows, in Edinburgh and in King Tuts again in January. We were in Chemikal Underground’s Chem 19 studios in November and the songs for our first single are just getting mastered now, so should be released in the New Year. Can’t wait!

Follow Maple Leaves at the following for latest gigs and newses…

@mapleleavesband (twitter)

Facebook group – Maple Leaves

Elba Annual 2009 – The Recovery Club

Any band which includes either lap steel, mandolin or a banjo is generally on to a winner with me. It’s fortunate then that today’s Elba Annual features a band with all of the above. The Recovery Club were formed in 2005 and have gradually grown over the past few years. Next year sees them release their debut single on Antimatter Records. Today, Graham shares his 2009 with us…

Album of The Year – ‘Veckatimest’ by Grizzly Bear

Favourite New Band – Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

Best Gig – The Recovery Club, playing at Gilmorehill G12 as part of Antimatter Records’ Genre is a Dirty Word night

Best Gig – Pixies at the SECC.

Best Memories of 2009 – Seeing the band blossoming and growing into what we’ve always wanted it to be.

Hopes for 2010/Things You’re Looking Forward To – Releasing and launching our single with Antimatter Records in February.. recording – and hopefully releasing our first full album.

For all info on gigs, releases etc…check out The Recovery Club myspace here

Elba Annual 2009 – Daniel Wylie

Today’s Elba Annual features Scottish singer songwriter Daniel Wylie. The former Cosmic Rough Rider has been busy working away in Elba Studios recording his new release “Fake Your Own Death” which is due out in 2010 and from what we have heard it’s gonna be a good un, Stephen even included it in his albums of the year!

Here’s Daniel’s 2009 ‘best of’s’…

Album of The Year – “Veckatimest” by Grizzly Bear. It’s such an inventive record, overflowing with great and unusual ideas. More great ideas than you can shake a stick at and more than many bands manage in a whole career.

Favourite New Band – The Low Anthem. Their debut album is beautiful although I would have preferred if they’d stuck to the chilled out stuff as the up-tempo songs sound like a bad impersonation of The Pogues. Thankfully there are only a few of those on this otherwise lovely album.

Best Gig – The best gig I enjoyed playing was at the tiny 13th Note with Anny Celsi and my friend, Nelson Bragg, from Brian Wilson’s band. It was great to finally get the chance to perform with Nelson.

Best Gig – Other
America at The Royal Concert Hall.
Magazine at the Glasgow Academy.
Brian Wilson at The Royal Concert Hall.

Best Memories of 2009 – Hearing Magazine play “The Light Pours Out of Me”, Live. I’ll cherish it forever.

Hopes for 2010/Things You’re Looking Forward To – Looking forward to completing my new album, “Fake Your Own Death”, at the excellent Elba Studios in Glasgow. Working with Stephen Scott has been great fun and the sessions are shaping up well. I should have a fantastic album when it’s completed.

Elba Annual 2009 – Mumble Club

Unintentionally it seems as if the Elba Sessions annual is being posted up in categories. Just last week we had a couple of posts in a row which featured two of the bands on Armellodie Records and now we follow up Peenko’s Elba Annual with an post on new Glasgow-based blog Mumble Club. Mumble Club seems to be an ever evolving mish mash of art, design, music with a definite love of sneakers thrown in! I’ve been enjoying their no nonsense posts for a while now and they are adding new strings to their bow with an Alt/Hip Hop night in Sleazy’s next month featuring the brilliant Fox Gut Daata. All the best for that lads!

Album of The Year – I know it’s the obvious answer but Merriweather Post Pavillion by Animal Collective is a definite stand-out. Their new stuff sounds great too. I’ve also been into what KIeran Hebden’s done this year, both as Four Tet and with Steve Reid; I really liked the woozy after-hours feel to the Moth/Wolf Club EP he put out with Burial. It’s sort of like early early Warp.

Favourite New Band – Hm..Vampire Weekend. Lucky Dragons are pretty good. And Drake as well. Rain Machine, Wale, Matias Aguayo, Fur Hood, Vivian Girls, Ultimate Thrush.

Best Gig – Probably TV on the Radio at T In the Park. They were on on the Sunday evening, and I’d gotten up early to go into the arena myself to catch Findo Gask. But I didn’t have any reception whatsoever on my phone, so I couldn’t get in touch with anyone and ended up spending the rest of the day with this weird girl that I’d met the night before. And then when TVOTR came on, across a crowded King Tuts Tent, I spotted my mates. I think they were playing Young Liars at the time; just a beautiful moment.

Best Memories of 2009 – Again, an obvious answer, but T in the Park was good fun. TVOTR, Mogwai, Of Montreal, M83, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Findo Gask, Mars Volta, Lady Gaga, Laurent Garnier, Danananakroyd, and tons of sun-cream. And the sauteed potatoes with curry sauce were alright as well. Oh, and also, that video of the sneezing panda.

Hopes for 2010/Things You’re Looking Forward To – I read somewhere that Beyonce is collaborating with Of Montreal. Which will be nice.

Check out the Mumble blog here

6th Jan 2010 – Mumble Club Alt Hip Hop Party @ Nice & Sleazy’s – £2

Elba Annual 2009 – Peenko

Hot on the heels of last night’s blog on the BAMS (see here), we have cornered the mastermind of said BAMS to ask what made his year. We’ve enjoyed following Peenko’s blog for a long time now, the Friday Freebies are a personal favourite, and whilst the relationship has thus far remained virtual, we hear he is one hell of a mover on the dancfloor! I give you Peenko’s Elba Annual…

peenko receipt

Album of The Year – The Phantom Band – Checkmate Savage

Favourite New Band(s) – (I know I am cheating here, but there’s too many to list just one) Kid Canaveral, Mitchell Museum, Campfires in Winter, Dupec, Be a Familiar, Ambulances, Withered Hand, Cancel the Astronauts, right I best stop there as otherwise I’ll be here all day.

Best Gig – Fence’s Homegame Festival (if you’ve never been before I’d urge you to go as it’s a great weekend, great music, great people and no neds)

Best Memories of 2009 – Probably getting to meet so many great like minded folk that are so passionate about the music currently coming out of Scotland

Hopes for 2010/Things You’re Looking Forward To – I’m really looking forward to ‘The Winter of Mixed Drinks’ the new Frightened Rabbit album/ Homegame 2010/ possibly releasing a record with a cracking band called Campfires in Winter/ the Kid Canaveral album/ seeing what else the Glasgow Podcart team come up with/ The Unwinding Hours album/ and lastly to hopefully get to meet one of the lovely Elba Session team in person (ed: can be arranged!)

Make sure that you bookmark Peenko’s blog. There’s some crackin’ stuff on there for download and a few Elba recommendations in the shape of Andrea Marini and Cuddly Shark!

Elba Christmas Annual 2009 – Dean Owens

Dean Owens will go down in Elba Sessions folklore as our first ever podcastee back in July this year. It was only fair that we invited Dean back to tell us about his year which included a Scandinavian tour and a song in Irvine Welsh’s latest film about darts…

dean owens elba annual

Album of The Year – Wilco (the album)

Favourite New Band – Mascott

Best Gig – Mark Eitzel in Edinburgh and Trashcan Sinatras in Edinburgh

Best Memories of 2009 – My trip to play in Sweden

Hopes for 2010/Things You’re Looking Forward To – Looking forward to going to New York to work with singer-songwriter/producer Dave Derby. I hope to make a new record.

Dean Owens Home On The Web

Elba Annual 2009 – Super Adventure Club

We’ve been lucky enough to see loads of local bands this year and one of the ones that we keep coming back to are Super Adventure Club. If you haven’t had the chance to see Super Adventure Club, where have you been?!?!? Not many a month goes by without Super Adventure Club unleashing a sonic assault on the ears of anyone who will listen at various venues around Glasgow and Edinburgh as well as further afield. We’re also SUPER excited as a little birdie tells us there will be a single and an album out next year on Armellodie Records. Quite simply, we love SAC and can’t get enough of them. Here’s our daily fix…

super adventure club annual

Album of the Year – Sports by Rodent Emporium

Favourite New Band – Hey Vampires

Best Gig (SAC) – The Quad, Ireland with Adebisi Shank

Best Gig (other) – Flaming Lips

Best Memories of 2009 – supporting Future of the Left was pretty ectoplasmic. The Ireland tour with Adebisi Shank was mega fun, as was the England tour with Dananananananaykroyd. We saw the Cerne Abbes giant in real life. We’ve had a lot of fun this year, you can’t ration fun.

Hopes for 2010/Things you’re looking forward to – We’d like to have a real hip-hop-hot-pot-pot noodle and we’re looking forward to finally releasing the new album! We’d also like to be featured on the front cover of anything with the title ‘SAC’s bomb’ or ‘Anglo Sacsons’ etc etc, more puns please.

You can catch your SAC fix on the following dates;
17th Dec with Bronto Skylift, Lyons and DJ Vic Galloway @ Stereo, Glasgow 7:30pm £3
19th Dec with Pummel and Rage @ The Bongo Club, Edinburgh 7pm, £6

Elba Annual 2009 – Cuddly Shark

Today’s featured band on the Elba Annual are Glasgow’s self proclamed finest hillbilly rockers, Cuddly Shark. After the release of their eponymous debut album in November (Elba review here), things have gone rather well for the two guys, one girl band. A slew of fine reviews for the album has been backed up by being named album of the month on Vic Galloway’s Radio 1 Session in Scotland. They are also doing a live session this week on Vic’s Radio Scotland show, not to be missed. Colin, Jason and Ruth took some time out to tell us what made their year…

cuddly shark

Album of The Year

Colin: Super Furry Animals – Dark Days/Light Years

Ruth: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz

Jason: Future Of The Left’s Travels With Myself And Others. Didnt do that much for me to begin with but found i’ve been playing the heck out of it recently! We call that a grower in the industry. Waiting with bated breath for a shotty of the new Heavy Trash LP fae Scott Maple!

Favourite New Band

Colin: Super Adventure Club

Ruth: Has to be Super Adventure Club, if we were good, we would be Super Adventure Club!

Jason: We recently played with Sleepy Vole in Edinburgh. Really enjoyed his Lo-Fi distorted carry on.

Best Gig (Cuddly Shark)

Colin: Aberdeen, Moorings, Nov 09

Ruth: We played the Moorings in Aberdeen last month which was pretty crazy. A guitar string went through my plimmy into my foot just before we started, so hitting my tuning pedal was fun! Moorings is always good for a bit of old rocker slamming action!

Jason: had a few fun ones this year but guess it would be the album launch at Captains Rest. It was ace to have it finally out and was a fun night.

Best Gig (Other)

Colin: Faith No More, Peace & Love Festival, Sweden

Ruth: Breeders, king tuts, May. The fact that Kim Deal now looks like an over weight R.E teacher, and Kelley had coloured spots on her fiddle to remind her where to put her fingers only added to the brilliance of the night!

Jason: Faith No More at The Corn Exchange on the 25th of August. Was amazing!

Best Memories of 2009

Colin: Releasing our debut album. Watching Faith No More with my fellow Swedes

Ruth: Finally pawing the completed cuddly album! It was 19 months in the making, we could have knocked up ten new chicken runs in that time!

Jason: Releasing two albums this year (Shark’s debut and Le Reno Amps Tear It Open). It’s been a mental busy year. But roll on mental 2010!

Hopes for 2010/Things You’re Looking Forward To

Colin: Touring the album and playing places i’ve never been to before.

Ruth: Well, Im off to fry my ginger skin in St Lucia next month…Then its busy busy spreading the joyous shark message across our fair land!

Jason: A busy mental 2010!

Cuddly Shark do a live session for Vic Galloway this evening on Radio Scotland from 8pm. Their album is out now on Armellodie and can be purchased from the Armellodie Record Store, from all your usual download providers and from Avalanche Glasgow.

They will be embarking on a tour early next year and all the dates can be found on their myspace page here