Category: live

reminiscing and some things what are going to be on

I reckon well over 50% of blogs have some sort of post on there somewhere which says “it’s been ages since I wrote”, just like a letter to your primary school penpal. To be honest, 50% of the writing on this blog probably carries that message in some sort of way! However, life does get busy and you’ve got to pick and choose your moments. The good ship Elba is no longer manned by energetic spring chickens (if it ever was) but we are still unwavering in our love for music in it’s many forms.

The ‘getting older’ and time aspect of music has really got me thinking lately. I’ve always maintained that I probably had an earlier introduction to certain types of music than I maybe should have. As a child 8 years the junior of my sibling I would always look up to them and try to be like them. At that age, the main thing you can do is like the same things as them. Luckily my elder brother was a total muso (there has to be a better way of saying that) and was always buying new tapes, then CD’s then vinyl. I’d consume loads of it, not knowing what it was I was listening to but finding out years later just what an impact it had on me. I begun to join all the dots.

Now that I’ve arrived in my early 30’s, I’ve forged my own paths through new music, amassed my own library of sounds and attended more than my fair share of musical events. I also now find myself looking at the beginning of the calendar year and wondering which albums have a 25th anniversary in the offing so I can see which bands I can cross of the bucket list. Of course, I know that I’ll have an ally in my brother who I can go and see them with, always asking the same question, “Did you think when you were 17 that you’d go and see Dinosaur Jr play in the Arches in 20 years? Or EPMD. Or the Jesus and Mary Chain.”

I’ve even looked ahead to think, how old will I be when ‘x album’ is 25? However, something seems to be taking hold and anniversary shows no longer seem to be confined to 25 years. No, in the last few months I’ve started seeing 15 year anniversary shows for albums. Albums which were a big part of me growing older yet I don’t immediately feel full of nostalgia. 15 years doesn’t really sound like a suitable point for a celebration? It’s not one of those landmark ages, like 25 is. It gets me wondering, is it as simple as these musicians wanting to ‘flog another horse’ again because they’ve no longer got new stuff to tour and need the bucks, or is it more probable that music has changed dramatically in the last 10-15 years so records now have a shorter shelf life? Records which are released now need to be immediate. Consumers download it, listen to it and in many cases, it’s then forgotten about. The album is less revered than it used to be. Music is so much more accessible and more people are able to find a wider selection of listening. No longer does everyone just have the choice of the top 20 in Our Price. In having a wider choice of listening, the amount of people behind one album will diminish or you’ll move on to the next new thing before the last album has achieved legendary status in your collection.

Two such 15 year anniversary shows which I’ve notably seen advertised recently were for Badly Drawn Boy’s ‘Hour of the Bewilderbeast’ and the Polyphonic Spree’s uplifting debut ‘The Beginning Stages of…’. In a heartbeat I bought tickets for the latter for their live show at the QMU (not all that long ago, honest!) was really a musical highlight in my life. However, it got me thinking later that 15 year anniversaries sounded odd. Was it that long ago? Am I getting old?! There’s no doubting the two albums are both excellent works but it is probably an indicator of how music has changed that come the 25th anniversary of these two albums there would be less than sufficient interest to make a tour happen. We know that music has changed but I do worry that we place less value and meaning on the albums which we enjoy.

Looking ahead through my gig calendar I see a few anniversaries on the horizon. Notably in June, the celebration of Mogwai at the Barrowlands and Nas playing Illmatic. However, if nostalgia isn’t for you, there is still plenty to be getting on with.

In June thee mighty Bdy_Prts will play Stereo on Friday 12th of June in what promises to be the perfect way to boogie yourself into the weekend.

And if you’re looking for something a bit different where culture meets fashion and music, then grab a ticket for the next Lighthouse Late event which happens on Friday 29th May. Musical treats are abound from Prides, KLOE and the irrepressible Nicola Meighan (DJ) as well as an upcycling t-shirt workshop, an Instagram photo booth and the Tea green Summer Makers market. Throw in a couple of treats from Innis & Gunn and Brugal Rum and it sounds like a pretty good way to spend payday. The fun kicks off at 7:30pm.

5 things to see at Celtic Connections

Hazy Recollections (Sundays at 1pm during Celtic Connections) – O2 ABC

Hazy Recollections events have long been on our radar at Elba and it’s always pleasing to see them return year on year to add some Sunday afternoon respite after the Saturday night before. The first HR of the festival takes place this Sunday and features one of our favourite bands here at Elba, The Hazey Janes.

Tuesday 20th January
The Pictish Trail & Sweet Baboo – The Glasgow Art Club

Sweet Baboo charmed the pants off us when he played at Randolph’s Leap’s album launch in spring last year and we can only imagine with the added parts of The Pictish Trail that this may be akin to some sort of musically brilliant stand-up show. We mean that in the very very best way, I promise.

Thursday 20th January
King Creosote performs ‘From Scotland With Love’ with support from Tiny Ruins – Royal Concert Hall

In a year where our nation dominated headlines and an amazing sense of national pride was evident whether you were a Yes or No voter, one of the most poignant pieces of culture which grabbed the attention was the collaboration between King Creosote and filmmaker Virginia Heath. ‘From Scotland With Love’ is a collection of archive footage was bound together with KC’s trademark stylings to create a snapshot of the history of this bonnie land in which we live. Support comes from the excellent Tiny Ruins.

Thursday 29th January
Konono No.1 + Bombino – O2 ABC

There’s something for everyone in this Congolese collective. Traditional methods fused with distorted electronics and instruments made from old cars, this gig won’t be your run of the mill evening out in Glasgow.

Fri 30th January 2015
L’Homme Tranquille: Francois & The Atlas Mountains feat Sanou Darra and Djiga Boubacar with support from Kid Canaveral – The Arches

Promoters. Put on Francois & The Atlas Mountains in Glasgow and I promise I will continue to come along, bringing a new convert every time. Consistently one of the best and most entertaining live bands you’ll ever see, there is nothing that will keep me away from this gig. Support comes from the ever braw Kid Canaveral.

Farewell, Bastard Mountain

Scottish indie supergroup, I’ll admit, is a phrase which makes me a bit uneasy. However, it seems to be the term that many have used to describe Bastard Mountain, a new band on the excellent Song, By Toad label featuring Neil Pennycook & Pete Harvey from Meursault, Jill O’Sullivan from Sparrow & the Workshop, Rob St. John from eagleowl & Meursault, Rory Sutherland from Broken Records & Reuben Taylor from James Yorkston & the Athletes. (super, eh?) SbTR-A-030 Outer Sleeve EXI wonder though if supergroup is a bit of a disservice. I get connotations of an experimental ego-trip when I hear the phrase but this album doesn’t even come close to falling under that category. If this weren’t members of some of my favourite Scottish bands in recent years, I’d love the album exactly the same. It sounds like they’re are a band rather than loose collective, it references the styles of their own work and ultimately it’s a Bastard Mountain record, not a record by him, her and them. Neil Pennycook and Jill O’Sullivan’s voices sound like they were meant to be recorded together with each complimenting the other. The tracks were written both individually and brought together by all and astonishingly was done in such a short period of time.

We don’t review records much on Elba Sessions which on one hand is a shame but writing reviews is not our forte and we’d much rather not churn out the same cliched dross for every review, just for the sake of doing so. However, some records deserve column inches and that’s why we wanted to feature this record. Listen to the track below and make up your own mind. If you like it, then they’ll play a few gigs at the end of this month in London and Edinburgh. Sadly though, that’s where the supergroup element seems real because if you don’t catch them now then god knows when you might get a chance again…

You can buy the album, ‘Farewell, Bastard Mountain’ here

Bastard Mountain play

London – Shhh! Festival, Sat. 24th May. Tickets here.
Edinburgh – Queen’s Hall, Thu. 29th May. Tickets here

Head over to the East End Social

ee socThe East End Social is a new music and community engagement programme based in the east end of Glasgow. Principally run by Chemikal Underground with support from the 2014 Commonwealth cultural programme, the social has already lined up an impressive list of events with many more to be announced.

Despite having arguably Glasgow’s best venue, the Barrowlands, on it’s doorstep, the east end seems to be crying out for a more organised and varied music scene and the East End social appears to be the perfect hub for this. Taking in several venues around the east end including Rutherglen Town Hall, Platform (Easterhouse), the afore mentioned Barrowland ballroom and what appears to be the social’s ‘home base’, The Bowler’s Bar in Bridgeton, the East End social already has a wide and varied programme of events. Whether you’re after some Sunday afternoon jazz, a bit of Ghanaian kologo or a day chilling in front of a Reggae soundsystem, the East End social seem to have it covered. There will also be a set of intimate gigs hosted by BBC radio’s Vic Galloway as well as current Scottish album of the year winner RM Hubbert, who will be playing, along with friends, at Rutherglen Town Hall.

With loads more to be announced, you might want to keep your eyes pointed eastwards.

East End Social website

East End social on Facebook

East End social on Twitter

Stag & Dagger Festival 2014

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Stag & Dagger is back in Glasgow this May, a few weeks earlier than usual and this time on a Sunday rather than a Saturday, taking advantage of the Bank Holiday weekend. An excellent bit of planning. We’ve mentioned before how fond we are of multi-site city-fests and I’ve looked forward to Stag & Dagger each year it has taken place. Over the years we have seen memorable sets from Django Django, Willy Mason, The Phantom Band, Linden, Hot Panda and Bill Ryder Jones.

This year, split between the ABC, Nice ‘n’ Sleazy, Broadcast, the CCA and the newly-reopened Art School, acts already announced include Los Campesinos!, Albert Hammond Jr, Courtney Barnett, The Hold Steady, Arc Iris, Laurel Halo and Lanterns On The Lake. More acts will be announced soon but limited earlybird tickets will be available from today.

Celtic Connections 2014

Each year I look forward to Celtic Connections. Each year I tell friends that the line-up is great. Each year I say I’m going to this that and the next thing. Each year I fail to get my act together sufficiently. Each year I only scratch the surface. Each year I vow that next year, I’ll make more of an effort. So this year, I’m going to put together a handy list of some of the things I’m hoping to go to. The festival starts this Thursday, the 16th of January and if the selections below pique your interest enough there is a feast of gigs over on the festival website.

Fri 17th January – Mull Historical Society @ The Arches
Colin MacIntyre’s Mull Historical Society are a long time favourite and have several songs that I’m personally very fond of. This gig will see the performance of his 2001 debut album ‘Loss’, in full.

Tues 21st January – RM Hubbert w/ Aidan Moffat @ The Mitchell Library
Were we a lads mag, there’s a high chance that Hubby would have been our man of the year in 2013, alas we’re not, therefore he’ll just have to settle for being a good dude. Having followed up his SAY Award winning album ‘Thirteen Lost & Found’ with the equally excellent ‘Breaks & Bone’, this will be Hubby’s biggest Glasgow headline show to date. Aided and abetted by the mischevious storytelling of Aidan Moffat, this is a Tuesday night at the library you won’t want to miss.

Sat 25th January – The New Mendicants @ The Arches
Ahead of the release of their debut album, adopted Ontarians Joe Pernice (The Pernice Brothers) and Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) take to the Celtic Connections stage with new material and one would hope some tracks from their back catalogues. As a big Teenage Fanclub fan, only wild horses will keep me away from this one.

Sun 26th January – Olive Grove Showcase @ Oran Mor
An evening curated by local bloggers turned label bosses, the line up here not only includes a very rare performance by The Moth & The Mirror, but also performances by Elba favourites Randolph’s Leap, Jo Mango, and The State Broadcasters.

Mon 27th January – Bobby Womack @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
I first came across Bobby Womack on an old blaxploitation compilation which included his song ‘Across 110th Street’. In the last few years he’s become more of a household name after a guest slot on the Gorillaz ‘Plastic Beach’ record which has invigorated Womack, now in his 7th Decade in music.

Sat 1st February – Bill Callahan @ O2 ABC
Hands down the sweatiest gig I’ve ever been too was Bill Callahan at Stereo a few years back. Seems an odd statement, of course, there was no wild mosh pit but combine a midsummer date with a room full of jumpers and beards, and you’ll get why the temperature was so high. Heat aside, Callahan was an excellent performer that evening and IS an excellent songwriter, from Smog to his solo records, so it’s unsurprising that so many people I know snapped tickets up for his straight away.

The Influences

Tonight in the Southside’s The Glad Cafe a Dutch project is engaging with local musicians as a part of an event titled The Influences.

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The line up of seven artists features Alasdair Roberts, Duglas T. Stewart of BMX Bandits and Three Blind Wolves. Each set will include covers of songs that these artists consider their most important influences. This sort of insight always fascinates me and with the weighty bill on offer, should be something special.

This is part of a wider project ‘Onder Invloed, which I will allow to speak for itself:

Onder Invloed (‘under the influence’) is a project by Dutch music journalist Matthijs van der Ven and has been running since 2008. He examines the influences of his own favourite musicians, so visitors of his website will discover both these musicians and those who are being covered. During the last five years, Van der Ven filmed over a hundred musicians from all over the world covering their influences in sessions, wrote a book on 17 Dutch musicians and organized about 50 live events in The Netherlands. This will be the first international Onder Invloed event in its existence.

If you head on over to the website you may very well get lost in the mass of session material available to watch. We thoroughly enjoy Le Reno Amps’ 2009 instalment with A Neil Diamond cover, a Beck song and their very own raucous highwayman tale Outlaws.

Door are at 7.30pm for an 8pm start and tickets for the gig are priced at £5 and can be bought on the door.

WIN Two tickets for ListLive at Stereo feat Miaoux Miaoux, Machines in Heaven and Turtle!

Eflyer_zps378b402fI think one of the things we can now vouch for, is that The List put on a good party. We’ve now enjoyed a couple of their ListLive gigs and much fun was had. Last month saw a high-energy headline performance from Roman Nose (masks, oh, the masks!) as well as a really lovely set from Plum, and previously we’ve taken in sets from Alarm Bells and current Elba blog darlings Honeyblood.

In association with The List Magazine and All Night Long promotions, we are delighted to be able to offer one reader a pair of tickets (and a bottle of Hornsby’s cider each) to this months gig, taking place next Thursday (21st Nov) at Stereo in Glasgow. This time the bill is ably headed by local dance-pop wizard Julian Corrie, aka Miaoux Miaoux. His debut album, ‘Light of the North’, released on Chemikal Underground was nominated for a SAY Award earlier this year and lately he’s also been busy remixing tracks by Belle and Sebastian and Lindstrom, amongst others.

Also playing on the night are Machines in Heaven, who released their EP, ‘The Glasgow Jihad’ in February as well as alt-electro act Turtle. There will also be DJ support from Bobby Cleaver (NMBRS) and Dirty Larry (WRONG ISLAND).

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the question below. You can also earn extra entries if you follow us on Facebook or twitter. Winners must be aged 18 or over. Entries close at midnight next Tuesday night.

If you aren’t lucky enough to win the tickets, you can still buy tickets here for £5. You’ll also get a free Hornsby’s cider too, so it’s not all bad!

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WIN Two tickets for ListLive at Stereo feat Roman Nose, Plum and more!

LIST-LIVE-OCT-E-Flyer2013Having just received an email from a grinch-worthy sometime writer of this blog telling me that Christmas is cancelled this year, it feels rather lovely to be giving something away to someone. Thanks to the cool dudes at The List and All Night Long Promotions we’ve got two tickets to giveaway for next weeks ListLive gig at Stereo in Glasgow. Each ticket holder will also get a chilled cider, thanks to those kind folks at Hornsby’s. Taking place on Thursday 17th of October, the gig will be headlined by the fantastic tech-electro beats of Roman Nose who release their EP “Long Live Our Friend The Revolver!” on October 21st. The first time we heard Roman Nose, we were a little bit smitten so we really can’t wait for this one. They’ve got a live drummer too! Yessss! Also appearing will be Plum (Live) as well as DJ sets from Marnie (Ladytron), Lukebusy and Dirty Noise. All in all, sounds like a good excuse to boogie.

Having attended the first ListLive gig earlier this year, we can attest to the the fine musical chops they possess. That night we enjoyed sets by Alarm Bells and new Fat Cat signings Honeyblood so we’re expecting as equally fine a night this time around.

To be in with a chance of wearing a pair of tickets, simply click the link below. The competition closes at midnight next Monday. For extra entries, we’d really appreciate you spreading the word. Good luck! Ticket holders must be aged 18 or over.

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If you aren’t lucky enough to win the tickets, you can buy tickets, priced £5, here. ListLive featuring Roman Nose, Plum, Marnie (Ladytron), Lukebusy and Dirty Noise takes place at Stereo, Glasgow on Thursday 17th October, 7:30pm-1am. Each ticket holder will receive a free Hornsby’s Cider.

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All the gigs in Edinburgh – 10/8/13

Where we pick one or maybe several things to check out in Edinburgh during the month of August [disclaimer: in the event of tardiness or over-eagerness, don’t be fooled by the headline, it’s today cos we’re picking it today, rather than you should go today, but maybe you should go today…]

Today is a good day to be a music lover in Edinburgh, maybe less so if you are a promoter. We’ve found four gigs, each, one we’re desperate to be at, all taking place in our capital city tonight.

Kid_Liquid_July-723x1024Kid Canaveral have released one of my favourite albums of the year so far and they play their biggest headline show to date in Edinburgh at The Liquid Rooms, ably supported by Edinburgh stalwarts, Ballboy and the excellent Campfires in Winter. Doors for this one are at 7pm, with Campfires in Winter on shortly afterwards.

Next up, at the Queens Hall this time is Withered Hand’s festival show featuring a pretty tasty line up of King Creosote, Eugene Kelly (The Vaselines) and the Second Hand Marching Band. A couple of tickets are still left online for this one here.

Not much needs to be said on these pages about how good we think the line-up for the Pale Imitation Festival at Henry’s is, and tonight is probably our pick of it’s run of shows with a line-up of Sparrow & The Workshop, Siobhan Wilson and The Rosy Crucifixion. This one starts at 7:00 and tickets can still be had for it.

Last but by no means least, and Elba’s destination for the evening, takes us to the Electric Circus for a show by Art Brut. Having released their first album in 2005 with a ‘best of’ released this year, they make a long-awaited return after a quiet few years. There is absolutely no doubt that this gig won’t be a blast.

Enjoy, wherever you find yourself this evening!