We’ve had a couple of good nights with Yusuf at Elba this year, including an appearance at our birthday gig in October, and felt it was only right to include him in our Elba Annual for 2010. He released his debut album ‘Turn on The Long Wire‘ on Song, By Toad Records a couple of weeks ago and it’s an absolute gem. He’s also appearing live in session with Vic Galloway on the old wireless tonight (15th December).
I mentioned the other day that Matthew from Loch Awe was the fastest respondent in music. We’ll stick Yusuf at the other end of that scale, but it’s worth the wait!
Album Of The Year – ‘Dark Night Of The Soul’ – Dangermouse and Sparklehorse. I had already listened to this loads before its official release. There’s some stunning songs on here, ‘star eyes’ stands out for me. Also, ‘Have One On Me’ – Joanna Newsom
Best Gig (Band) – I supported Lou Barlow at Stereo in Febuary and the crowd was excellent. Also Lou gave me permission to dive into his Budvars and camembert.
Best Gig (Other) – The Versus night at the Voodoo room, Edinburgh with Japanese War Effort, Dupec & Miaoux Miaoux. what happens here is the bands cover each others songs and collobarate at different points. along with some other guest slots, what you get is a night of continuous music with almost each song having a different line-up. with the acts being excellent, this was a really fresh approach to putting on a gig and made it very enjoyable.
Meursault’s Glasgow launch was superb. i seen then a couple of years ago at the flying duck with only a few people in the crowd, to see the Captains Rest packed out was very pleasing, and for me it was almost like a celebratory atmosphere. it was my first exposure to their full line-up including cello and the sound was huge.
Favourite New Bands – The Japanese War Effort. Great songs and prolific. I suggest you get the EP and mini album he has made available free to dowload from his Bandcamp Page here http://thejapanesewareffort.bandcamp.com/
I was also on the bill with Inspector Tapehead last week who played a great set.
Musical Memories of 2010 – The entrance music of the snooker players at the world masters. Mark King had ‘You Can Do It By (Put Your Back Into It)’ by Ice Cube. Marcu Fu had ‘I Gotta Feeling’ by Black Eyed Peas and Jimmy White had a Dire Straits song of some description. Biggest disappointment was Ronnie O’Sullivan walking on to a tune by The Hours. Ronnie we know you’re a genius but sort it out.
Hopes/Plans for 2011 – To get my new album ready pronto. Other than that; get back into the dating game and ease off on the dairy.