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GFF 2011

Amidst all that was happening last week I managed to swiftly swoop by the Glasgow Film Festival launch.  I’ve been trying to find time to write about the multitude of programmed talkies that will be showing since Wednesday’s event but between gigs and Elba’s premiere DJ appearance at the most excellent and packed Barmellodie gig it has been rather tricky.  On the other hand, I am glad to have had time to digest the full brochure which is full and varied featuring plentiful picks for both cinephiles and music lovers alike. The two are intrinsically linked after all.


Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) 2011 returns for its seventh year with film and events spread throughout fifteen venues across the city from 17-27 February.  The festival is broken down into a number of strands which this year include amongst them the Glasgow Music and Film Festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival, Frightfest, Fashion in Film, Superheroes in Glasgow, European Cinema, Great Scots and Stranger Than Fiction, to name a mere handful.  The titles of these clearly suggest the cinematic subject and I urge you to take a look at these in full on the GFF site.

The Glasgow Music and Film Festival live events we have already nudged you encouragingly towards, and the announcement of the full GFF programme brings some great additions.  The strand will feature screenings of Swedish radical musical Sound of Noise; Danny O’Connor’s documentary of the rise and fall of “the UK’s most inspired and dissolute label” – Upside Down: The Creation Records Story; Céline Danhier’s Blank City – a suitable visual accompaniment for the No Wave enthusiast, it being a documentary charting No Wave Cinema and The Cinema of Transgression in New York City circa 1977 to 1987 (though it should be noted that this is not heavy on music content).

The world premiere of You Instead will take place on Friday 25 February, a romantic comedy from David Makenzie which was filmed in a revolutionary style over a mere five days – in real time – at T in the Park 2010. You Instead is included in the Great Scots category but I thought it would be worth a mention.  I might be a raging audiophile and cinema snob but at heart I love a good rom-com and recently was referred to by Phil as ‘elba’s dodgy pop music aficionado.’ So be it!

Another premiere that the festival has under its likely straining belt, as part of the delicious and disquieting FrightFest, is Hobo With a Shotgun.  The film features Rutger Hauer as the title lead, a vigilante homeless man dealing out vengance. Filmmaker Jason Eisener won SXSW’s Grindhouse competition with his original fake trailer and now presents a full length production.

The final part I wish to touch on, as the nerd in me just cannot let this post pass without mentioning it, is the Mark Millar curated ‘Superheroes in Glasgow’ section.  As well as a number of appropriate cult superhero films writer Mark Miller will present, alongside other special guests, a series of ‘access the industry’ events.  From workshops to a discussion with Dave Gibbons, this is looking like a fascinating delve into the world of graphic novels.

The full brochure can be viewed online, picked up at the GFT (and the usual haunts in Glasgow) or can even be sent directly to your door! There are further GFF announcements to be made in the build up to the Opening Gala so be sure to subscribe to the newsletter if you do request a brochure.

If I were made of money…

…I’d go to all of these gigs. As it is, I’ve got a mortgage and a 3 week old baby so I’ll just have to be content with telling you that you should go to these gigs instead.

It’s by no means a definitive list, just some things we really would like to go to over the next while! If you do make it along to any of these, make us jealous and let us know how they were!

Sunday 16th January

Hazy Recollections, dubbed Celtic Connections’ Un-Official Hangover Cure, takes place tomorrow afternoon for the first in it’s series of weekly Celtic Connections residencies at the ABC. It all kicks of at 2:00pm and on this weeks bill there is Kitty The Lion, Rick Redbeard, Humbert Humbert, Rachel Sermanni and Elba’s latest podcastee AJ Roach.

If you like your Sunday nights noisy then get yourself along to the Liquid Ship for the first Brain Burner night. It’s free to get in and they are going to attempt 6 bands in the one evening! On the bill are Noma, Guanoman, Messiah Complex, Imperium and Public Spaces and late additions to the bill Roseanne Barrr. The Liquid Ship is tiny so get along early to make sure you get a space!

Wednesday 19th January

There seems to be a load of gigs on at the Oran Mor these days and the one that caught the eye this week is The Walkmen. Last year’s ‘Lisbon’ album was excellent so this should be a really good gig!

Friday 21st January

Friday, it’s the official start of the weekend and what a night you could have if you follow these two, easy to follow, steps.

1) Get yourself a ticket for Stereo. The Aye Tunes Blog are embarking on their first solo promotion and have Kochka, BoyGirlAnimalColour and Trapped Mice (fresh from recording at Elba) on the bill. Tickets are £3 in advance and £5 on the door. You can buy advance tickets here and as a wee special present, a sampler of the three bands can be downloaded here.

2) When booted out of 1) at around 10:30pm, hot foot it up Hope Street, along Bath Street and swing by Bloc where you will be just in time for BARmellodie, the new monthly residency from the peeps over at Armellodie. The bands kick off around 11ish and features The Douglas Firs, Battery Face and Le Reno Amps, a band that I have possibly seen more times than healthy. If all that wasn’t enough to put you off, us hipsters from Elba will be spinning some tunes throughout the evening along with the Armellodj’s. FREE until midnight, a bargainous £2 thereafter. We’ll see you at the bar!

Elba Annual 2010 – Al (Armellodie Records)

Going into the home straight in this year’s Elba annual with just a handful of posts left, the last installment before Christmas comes courtesy of Al from Armellodie Records. It’s been a fairly hectic year for Armellodie (must be hard releasing all those excellent records!) and it shows no sign of slowing down in the New Year with a Glasgow residency (more on that at the foot of the post) and a pile of great releases planned.

We decided not to go with the Armellodie logo adorning the top of the blog, instead, here’s Al looking like a crazy fool!

Album of The Year

Have One On Me by Joanna Newsom.

And another two on me…Ivory Tower by Chilly Gonzales. American Gong by Quasi.

Best Gig (by someone else…)

Have three on me… Joanna Newsom at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow (September). Randy Newman at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow (May). Pavement at All Tomorrows Parties in Minehead (May).

Favourite New Band(s)

Depends on your definition of ‘new’ but have another three on me…

The Douglas Firs.
Nosferatu D2 (so new they’ve split up already).
Honeytrap.

Musical Memories of 2010

The year that Armellodie became a little less tiny and the great records that made it so, Super Adventure Club, The Scottish Enlightenment, Kill The Captains, and Thirty Pounds Of Bone, the pleasure was all mine.

Hopes/Plans (music) for 2011

BARmellodie is where it’s at in 2011. From January to June, Armellodie Records is going residential in Bar Bloc in Glasgow on the third Friday of every month, with Armbands, and guest acts performing, plus guest DJs and ArmelloDJs spinning Armelloditties at the Armellodisco. You couldn’t accuse us of not driving the brand home. Good times and more good times.

As Al mentioned, Armellodie are launching their monthly BARmellodie residency at Bar Bloc in Glasgow from January. I’ve had a peek at some of the line ups and they look absolutely cracking. January sees Elba blog favourites Le Reno Amps take the stage along with Battery Face and The Douglas Firs as well as the ArmelloDJ’s and yours truly taking on the wheels of steel. This all takes place on January the 21st. If you need any other info, head over to Armellodie HQ. Some future dates will include Thirty Pounds of Bone, The Scottish Enlightenment and Super Adventure Club playing their hit-laden albums in their entirety

Competition Corner!

As you may have heard us mention our birthday gig is next Friday (8th October) at The Liquid Ship in Glasgow where Cuddly Shark will take to the Elba stage along with Julia and The Doogans, Yusuf Azak, Jonathan Sebastian Knight and Paul McLinden. It kicks off at 8:30pm sharp and it costs nothing to get through the door!!

The chaps at Armellodie have been kind enough to donate a copy of Cuddly Shark’s eponymous 2009 opus to be won by a lucky reader.

Question: Which seminal 70s punk group included members Johnny and C J; both born on the 8th of October?

To be in with a shout of winning, please send your answer, along with your name to competitions@elbasessions.co.uk

The competition closes on Monday 4th October at 5pm.  A winner will be drawn at random and informed by email. Best of luck!!

Singles Club

I bought two singles this morning. Not a phrase you hear often these days and something which sounds rather old cheap essay writing services fashioned. I mean, singles are so 1990’s??? The fact is, I love a good single. I can see that there is more value in an album and I’m not discounting albums but to get a good single, with a good b-side and maybe a nice acoustic version of a track, well for me there’s nothing better.

I think that at the moment, when everyone is online, downloading music and that it is in general just a lot easier to get your music heard, a single is a great promo tool for bands. At a low cost people can buy your music and at the same time you can recoup some of your costs. I know that personally if a band I’ve caught live, that I like, release a single I can quickly download for a couple of quid, then I’m all over it. With sites like bandcamp allowing bands to stream their tunes as well as giving the option to download for free or X amount of money there is a lot more talent getting heard.

The two singles in question that I bought this morning both cover the above. Firstly, Nintendo by Chris T-T. It’s a lovely piano ballad, a beautiful song and the package ticks all the boxes when it comes to good single extras as you get a great cover of the old Motown protest song ‘Abraham, Martin & John’ and if you buy on I-Tunes, a demo version of the single.

Secondly, Kill The Captains new single ‘Rummy’. These dudes are from Sheffield but have signed to Glasgow based label Armellodie, home to local favourites Cuddly Shark and Super Adventure Club. It’s a cracking single and definitely worth a look if you’re into either of the other two bands on the label. We’ll have more on Kill The Captains on Elba in the next wee while so keep your peepers open.

What does everyone else think about singles? Worthless these days or great for bands looking to get heard?

You can pick up said singles at the below links;

Chris T-T – Nintendo – HERE

Kill The Captains – Rummy – HERE

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