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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!!

Elba Sessions Presents…(Eight)

I’m very excited about this month’s line up. In truth, I’m excited with every month’s line up but this month it’s gonna be a good un! Headlining for us this month is RM Hubbert. A stalwart of cult Glasgow band, El Hombre Trajeado, he has recently released his debut album ‘First & Last’ which is a gorgeous collection of, if you want a description in a very flowery kind of way, ‘instrumental acoustic sketches’. It also has the perfect amount of flamenco in there so what better music to listen to in the summer.

Joining ‘Hubby’ on the bill are Croy’s finest, Campfires in Winter. These lads are currently a drummer down so they are going to treat us to an acoustic set. I’ve not seen them live before but some respected, and some less respected bloggers (i.e Peenko (wink!!)) tell me very good things!!

Finally, a late but very welcome addition to the bill is Yusuf Azak. I downloaded the two EP’s from his myspace page and have listened to them regularly since. I find it hard to describe Yusuf’s music but the best way to put it in layman’s terms would be hushed vocals with some nice guitar playing. In fact, I quite liked Matthew at Song, By Toad’s description from a while back. “like a ghostly set of old bellows, wheezing in and out and managing to rather surprisingly generate some fantastic songs whilst doing so“. And mentioning Song, By Toad, Yusuf may have a release out on the label later this year.

Gig Info:

Where: The Liquid Ship, Great Western Road, Glasgow
When: Thursday July 1st 2010 at 9pm
Tax: Free

Elba Sessions Presents…(Seven)

Summer’s here and it’s been a bit of a scorcher this week. Hopefully it continues but as it’s Glasgow, there’s always the threat of rain just ten minutes away. We’ve had this listed on myspace, facebook, last fm and songkick for a while but I just realised I’d not stuck it on the blog! How foolish of me.

June 3rd sees us ‘Present’ at the Liquid Ship for the 7th time and we have a belting line up! It’s a very acoustic affair this time with stripped back sets from Blue Sky Archives and My Cousin I Bid You Farewell as well as including the acoustic storytelling of Shambles Miller.

House rules apply, free to get in for 3 brilliant artists.

P.S. We hear that Blue Sky Archives are awaiting a shipment of shiny EP’s, if we’re lucky, they might take some along to the gig. If we’re unlucky, you can get it here, on their bandcamp page!

Election Night Special

So Elba went head to head with the nations would be leaders last night and ended up having a bit of a hoe-down at The Liquid Ship. We were joined by local outlaws Bad Bad Men, David Bova and marky:boyofdestiny. I took a few photos which are up on our flickr page but have added the best few below. It was a lovely sunny evening so I took the opportunity to walk a couple of the subway stops, stretch my legs, listen to some music and take some photos hence the first picture… My attempt at something slightly election related, Donald Dewar looks down Buchanan Street on the day the UK went to the polls.

I’ve only recently taken up photography and find taking pictures in a dark basement a bit of a challenge! If anyone has any tips, please let me know!

Elba Sessions Presents…(Six)

The Elba Sessions return to the Liquid Ship in Glasgow once again for the sixth Elba Sessions Presents… evening on May 6th. It falls on Election Day so what better way to spend the early part of your evening before toddling off home to watch Peter Snow on BBC with the official Houses of Parliament swingometer?

This month, it’s straight up acoustic goodness. Heading us up we have an acoustic set from local scoundrels Bad Bad Men who will treat us to their very own brand of rootsy folk. Also on the bill are the comforting songs of David Bova and all the way from sunny Gourock, marky:boyofdestiny.

As always the music starts at 9pm and it’s FREE FREE FREE to get in. Do it!

Elba Sessions Presents…(Four)

Time for another Elba gig methinks.

We”ll be back at The Liquid Ship on Friday 19th February and we’ve assembled somewhat of an eclectic, but totally rad (excuse the outdated slang term but I’ve been listening to Pavement) lineup. Heading up the bill for our first gig of 2010 are King James. Hailing from somewhere between the Cornwall coast and Berlin they are made up in numbers by an amalgamation of Thirty Pounds of Bone and The Diamond Family Archive. Their music is a collection of folk-tinged gospel music (according to The Source, ‘with a bit of Hank Williams thrown in for good measure’) and is actually pretty uplifting listen to! We’re really excited to get them up (and over) to Scotland before they head over to Germany for a string of dates.

Also on the bill for the night are Glasgow’s very own Maple Leaves. Tipped for big things this year they have the ability to surround me with a warm glow everytime I listen to them so they should have no trouble in putting a spring in the step of everybody’s weekend. Next up we have Craig Davidson, a singer songwriter hailing, like myself, from the chilly north east of Scotland. His influences range from Elliot Smith and Nick Drake all the way to The Teardrop Explodes and Pink Floyd. There’s a definite element of psychedelia to his work which you can check out on his myspace.

Plus, if three bands weren’t enough, we’ve organised what can only be described as a ‘wee treat’. Called out recently for being nothing but angry on their debut album, we’ve taken up the role of therapist to try and tame the beast that is Cuddly Shark. We’ve twisted their arm, and some more, and persuaded them that whilst turning their amps up to 11 is great, that we think they would sound just swell stripped down to nothing more than some quiet guitars and percussion. This could go either way folks…(!).

So there you have it, first lineup of the year. Will hopefully see some new faces along and as ever, kick off is at 9pm and the gig is free!

Elba Annual 2009 – Andrea Marini

There was a period where everytime I looked at gig listings, Andrea Marini seemed to have a gig! We were lucky enough to have Andrea to Elba Sessions Presents at The Liquid Ship in November. A cracking evening where previous Elba Annual contributors Julia and the Doogans also played. At the time I said that Andrea’s music was effortless and having now had a chance to really listen to his back catalogue, it’s still as soothing as before.

A short and sweet entry today, here’s Andrea’s answers. We’d like to think favourite gig that he played was at The Liquid Ship but far be it from us to put words in his mouth!!!

Andrea Marini

Album of The Year – Sometimes I Wish I Were An Eagle, Bill Callahan

Best Gig – Yo La Tengo

Hopes for 2010/Things You’re Looking Forward To -Looking forward to finishing my record and hearing the new Vampire Weekend record

All of Andrea’s previous material can be downloaded for absolutely nowt on his bandcamp page.

Elba Annual 2009 – Julia and the Doogans

Today sees the fifth installment of our Elba Sessions Annual and our guest today is Julia of Julia and the Doogans. I first came across Julia earlier this year and still play her EP several times a week on the old i-pod. We had Julia and her band along to November’s Elba Sessions Presents…at The Liquid Ship and it was definitely one of my highlights of the year. Here are Julia’s…

Julia and The Doogans

Album of The Year – Sea Sew – Lisa Hannigan.

Favourite New Band – I’m going to be shameless and say us. Aside from us it’s not someone new but new to the world since she went solo without Damien Rice; Lisa Hannigan.

Best Gig as a Band – I have three faves. Ultimate gig for us was in Pivo Pivo way back in Spring 2009. There was a power cut and we played completely unplugged by candlelight. Was pretty magical. We ended up being filmed by the ‘Off The Beaten Tracks‘ guys in Edinburgh too in the summer. All the unexpected things are always the best!

Best Gig – Other – I’ve caught Esperi twice this year. He is just amazing. We loved Emily Scott as well when we watched her in Edinburgh. She is also amazing.

Best Memories of 2009 – There are so many. Playing the BAFTA afterparty. Playing with Emily Scott and Beerjacket – that day in Edinburgh was one of the best. Everything to do with Glasgow PodcART. Getting played on radio 1 was good too. 2009 has been a good year. Attempting to ride a unicycle was cool as well. I couldn’t do it though.

Hopes for 2010/Things You’re Looking Forward To – Continue to meet really nice people as we go on as a band. Writing and recording new stuff. Releasing some stuff. Being creative and taking each step as it comes. Not rushing and just enjoying what we do and hopefully others will continue to do so too. And getting out and doing more gigs and giving away free fridge magnets!

I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a fridge magnet but if you fancy a wee Christmas gift from the band, sign up to their mailing list here. You also get a nice letter from Julia every so often!

Elba Annual 2009 – Al Nero & Scott Maple (Le Reno Amps)

I don’t think it’s any secret that we here at Elba Sessions *heart* Le Reno Amps. Not only have they popped up on an Elba Podcast and an Elba Sessions Presents…at the Liquid Ship, we’re also helping them give a rousing send off to their bassist this Thursday at the Grand Ole Opry deep in Glasgow’s cowboy country! Indeed, Al and Scott almost single handedly changed the face of the Elba Sessions because for 30 worrying minutes at The Liquid Ship, being bombarded by their patter, we questioned whether the Elba Sessions were actually made for wannabe stand up comics. Thankfully a few months on, we’re still concentrating on bands, and the booking agents of northern England’s working mens clubs are not booking Le Reno Amps. Phew. We’d like to think last months appearance on the cover CD of WORD Magazine and this month’s review in MOJO is down to their appearances with Elba, but we can’t take all the credit…the four of them are affa hard workers!

Le Reno at Elba

Album of The Year

Scott: Heavy Trash – “Midnight Soul Serenade”

Al: Bloody Hell just one! I’d probably plump for… De Rosa – Prevention,

but worthy mentions…
St Vincent – Actor
Golden Silvers – True Romance
Wilco – Wilco (The Album)
Jason Lytle – Yours Truely, The Commuter

Favourite New Band

Scott: Last ‘new to me’ band I heard and keep returning to are Empire of the Sun, reckon that album’s going to be with me for years to come. How very populist of me! I’m also currently very taken with the Dirty Projectors – or possibly not! They did a brilliant track with David Byrne on ‘Dark was the Night’, investigating further I learned they did a concept album in 2007 called ‘Rise Above’, which is (Wiki quote) “…an attempt by band leader Dave Longstreth to remember and reinterpret the entire Black Flag album Damaged after not hearing it for almost 15 years”. Now, I learned to play guitar by listening to Black Flag and the Circle Jerks – unless Dave Longstreth heard Black Flag through a coma from his hospital bed, this album is short on remembering and heavy on re-interpretation! I think I may love it, but it’s too early to say, I may wake up one morning and realise I actually hate it and forever refer to them as fucking BAWC’S! (Brooklyn Art Wanker Cunt Students)

Al: I really love the Golden Silvers album so yeah Golden Silvers. I’ve been listening to Super Adventure Club’s “Chalk Horror!” album a lot of late too, so yeah they’d both be my favourite “new” bands!

Best Gig – Le Reno Amps

Scott: The Windmill in Brixton

Al: Ooh this year, eh, we had a couple of belting London shows at The Windmill in Brixton and The Sheep Walk in Leytonstone back in April, they were both really great. More recently we did a Merchant City Festival show with Super Adventure Club and The Elvis Suicide. It were a lot of fun too.

Best Gig – Other

Scott: Faith No More at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh

Al: I cannae mind what I did last week let alone all year but Morrissey at Barras in May was totally amazing. Wilco at Greenman was brilliant, I was very very merry on cheap red wine. Eh what else, Field Music very recently at Captains Rest in Glasgow was great too. There’s been too many. I should stay in more.

Best Memories of 2009

Scott: Touring and gigging to promote the album – i.e. playing with Brakes, spending time with our friends from Drift and Cottonmouth Rocks. OF COURSE – THE ELBA SESSION AND GIG! YAAY! (ed: clearly a man of taste)

Al: Being right up the front for Field Music, literally felt like I was invading Peter Brewis personal space it was so rammed in the Captains Rest. That band deserve a bigger stage for sure! I was grinning something awful.

Hopes for 2010/Things You’re Looking Forward To

Scott: Hope I don’t drop the baby (ed: you’ve been in a band with Al for years. You’ll be just fine!). Looking forward to FINALLY finishing this next album, hoping it sounds as good as its current promise. Also, hoping my PC doesn’t pack in before I finish the bloody album.

Al: I’ve been working hard on setting up a record label with a collective spirit. It’s called Armellodie. I’ve been doing it for a while but having just released our first longplayer (Cuddly Shark’s eponymous debut) I’m getting my teeth into it now and am set to release some corking records next year. You can check out Armellodie at www.armellodie.com. The website is launched in December 09.

Hopefully with a bit of luck we’ll have a new LRA record out sometime after the Summer next year. Can’t say too much cos, in all honesty I don’t know too much, other than it’ll be another record which has songs on it that Scott and I have written and sing in perfect harmony!

I’m going to the Pavement ATP in May. I’ve never seen Pavement before, my better half has seen them like, five times or something, so this will hopefully put an end to her bragging about it so much. I cannae wait.

I also cannae wait for Spoon at Tuts on Valentines Night. My better half’s not bothered about Spoon but I love them. So much so I persuaded her to get us tickets cos I’m skinto, of course I’ll buy her a drink at it, I’m romantic like that!

Le Reno Amps play ‘The Wolf’s Last Stand‘ at the Grand Ole Opry, Glasgow, this Thursday 3rd December with The Moth and The Mirror, Rags and Feathers and Conor Mason.

Elba Annual 2009 – Chris Devotion (The Elvis Suicide)

It’s been a hectic old year for The Elvis Suicide. As well as sharing stages with Black Lips, Crystal Antlers and Shy Child, the Glasgow based band were also named ‘the best support band by far on their UK tour’ by Patrick of Titus Andronicus. Throw in an almost complete line up change and you can’t quite figure out how they managed it all. Oh, and did I mention they also released 7 track EP ‘Sweethearts’. Lead singer Chris Devotion answered some of our deep and meaningful questions and it’s here that the Elba Annual 2009 begins…

The Elvis Suicide

Album of The Year – The Reigning Sound – Love and Curses (most people haven’t heard of this band, most people need to sort it out and buy all their records)

Favourite New Band – Titus Andronicus. They released their debut album at the start of 2009 and it is my joint favourite record (with The Reigning Sound) of the year, T.A. are noisier, smarter and better than nearly every other band, in fact they are almost as good as us.

Best Gig – Elvis Suicide – we played some awesome shows this year (including Stag and Dagger, The Edinburgh Festival and supporting our fave new band Titus Andronicus) but the best gig was in Edinburgh supporting Cuddly Shark at Henry’s Cellar Bar. I had to let the old line up of T.E.S. go in the summer and was really pleased with the new recruits, but any band worth their salt gets better over a couple of gigs. Since that Edinburgh show the boys have been firing on all cylinders, they rock harder, they roll smoother and they have become so good, that we have banned pregnant women from the shows, lest the foetus does a powerslide down the birth canal.

Best Gig – Other – The Specials at the Academy, my knees were sore from an hour and a half of constant skanking and my face was sore from constant smiling, a joyous occasion.

Best Memories of 2009 – some great reviews for our EP, some great gigs and we got to meet some cool people, being in a band is pretty fucking awesome, to be honest.

Hopes for 2010/Things You’re Looking Forward To -We shall be embarking on a tour and getting into the studio to unleash the new line up on the MP3 players of the nation, this will once again prove that the The Elvis Suicide are fucking champions. But I am probably more than anything looking forward to the new Doctor Who series.

Chris Devotion plays a solo acoustic set full of depressing country songs at Elba Sessions Presents…(Three) at The Liquid Ship, Glasgow on Friday 4th December.

The Elvis Suicide’s critially acclaimed EP Sweethearts is out now on all major download sites.