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Some things to keep you busy this weekend…

So, the weekend is once again upon us and we’ve decided here at Elba that it’s a weekend worthy frittering away the few remaining pennies that we carry in our pockets, before an eagerly anticipated payday!

This year’s Glasgow Film Festival launched last night and there is loads to get your teeth into over the next few weeks (see Kim’s preview here). A quick glance around Elba’s schedules shows that the Film & Music festival will be keeping us entertained over the next few weeks but you should check out the full programme as there are a few gems in there. This weekends showings of Faust/Alex Smoke, Howl and the aural assault of 65days of static appear to be highlights you might want to check out.

Tonight sees the return for a second month of the Barmellodie night at Bloc in Glasgow. We had a hoot last month spinning some tunes after great sets by Battery Face, The Douglas Firs and Le Reno Amps. Highlights included Kim getting a high five for playing Sonic Youth and Pavement ‘filling’ the dancefloor! Tonight’s music comes from The Scottish Enlightenment, Randolph’s Leap and Thirty Pounds of Bone who we won’t stop urging you to check out. He really is that blody good! Post band entertainment is provided by the Podcart DJ’s.

Enjoy your weekend whatever you may do and feel free to add any other things people should check out in the comments below!!

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 – Alastair – Deathpodal, Electropapknit, Battery Face…

Funny story, myself and Chris thought Alastair had an amp for a head first time we saw Deathpodal. It was a mixture of an unfortunate viewing position downstairs in the 13th Note and a couple of pints of Staropramen. Turns out on chatting to him, his head is most definitely not ‘amp-like’ and is perfectly human. Quirky point number two is that when I get an email from Alastair, gmail tells me that the email conversation is between me and Death, slightly disconcerting. All the above aside, it was a pleasure to catch up with him to ask him his ‘best of’s for this year and ask what he’ll be up to with Deathpodal, his other band Battery Face and his label Electropapknit over the next year.

Album of the Year – Er don’t know? Liars – Sisterworld… MIA’s new record… Grinderman 2… too many choices!

Best Gig – The Skinny show with Team Ghost was good, super busy, Aberdeen was a lot of fun with Min Diesel, but I’d probably go with supporting Islet just because we played pretty well and all the bands were amazing.

Best gig by someone elseMan this is a hard one, I liked so many shows this year, Mission of Burma at ATP, Les Savy Fav at Oran Mor, the Winning Sperm Party show at Audio Lounge, Mount Eerie, Trash Kit, Liars, Autechre… but overall being blown away, probably Don Vito at the Rock n Roll Circus.

Favourite New Bands – local wise Galoshins, the other band I’m in (Battery Face) are playing with them in December. Otherwise probably Male Bonding. I’ve also started listening to Zu again, which doesn’t count, but they rule.

Musical Memories of 20106 Music being saved, if that had gone it would have ruined one of the best opportunities alternative bands have for some represenation on the airwaves. Finding out USA Is A Monster had split last year, which sucked. Going to Retreat Festival (Edinburgh) smashed and losing all my memories.

Hopes / Plans for 2011plenty of Battery Face shows and perhaps a tour, a return of Deathpodal with completely new material, jamming with more people and releasing more compilations and other bands through Electropapknit.

Battery Face play the Elektropapknit compilation release party this Thursday (9th Dec) at the Winchester Club along with Galoshins, Min Diesel and Public Spaces and you can download, for free, the new compilation from Electropapknit who will have a download link here from around the 9th or 10th.


Battery Face

Electropapknit Records

*Photo by Gemma Burke