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The Scottish Bloggers and Music Sites Award 2014 (The Scottish BAMS)

BAMS2014LOGOEach year we cobble together some words on the winner of the ‘BAMS’ album of the year award and as all music fans do, lament the fact that our top ten didn’t exactly match the eventual top 10. That said, we’ve loved nearly all the winners of the BAMS so far, from The Phantom Band through to Meursault, the associated writers of the BAMS can be justly proud of their choices. In awarding the 2014 award to the sublime ‘Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave’ by The Twilight Sad, Elba feel a little bit of kinship with our fellow writers, this album also was our personal favourite of the last year. That connection continues with no less then five more of the Elba top 10, making the BAMS list.

James from the Twilight Sad with his 2014 BAMS Award
James from the Twilight Sad with his 2014 BAMS Award

However, don’t allow that to make you think that a small pool of albums were chosen this year. Music, well certainly releases were in rude health last year, personally, we could have picked twenty albums to give nods to but within the BAMS voting, 192 different albums received votes. That’s 8 more than in 2013. The 37 writers who voted, chose 27 different albums as their favourite of 2014 with 10 albums receiving multiple ‘number 1 votes’. Of course, lists are subjective but for another year, Elba were very pleased to be a small part in awarding an accolade to a very deserving album.

The BAMS Top 10 2014

1. The Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave

2. Mogwai – Rave Tapes

3. The Phantom Band – Strange Friend

4. Withered Hand – New Gods

5. Honeyblood – Honeyblood

6. Young Fathers – DEAD

7. Jonnie Common – Trapped in Amber

8. St Vincent – St Vincent

9. Caribou – Our Love

10. The Amazing Snakeheads – Amphetamine Ballads

The 2014 BAMS were:

Bluesbunny, Jim Gellatly, Almost Predictable. Almost, Vic Galloway, Detour Scotland, The Spill, The Steinberg Principle, Haiver, For Malcontents, Last Year’s Girl, Tenement TV, Dear Scotland, Marion Scott, 17 Seconds, Alan Morrison (The Herald), Through The Wire, Post Nothing, Podcart, Everything Flows, Avalanche, Elba Sessions, La Terrasse, Edinburgh Man, The Skinny, Alive & Amplified, Song, By Toad, The Pop Cop

Today’s Pick In Edinburgh – 1/8/13

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

Two things to start off. Firstly, we’re probably thought of as a Glasgow blog. Predominantly yes, except one of our number now lives in Edinburgh, another has a sibling there and the other, well, they just like being social. Also, what’s with just being tied to one locale? Hell, we’re multi-national here at Elba.

Secondly, we’re just a music blog. Now, that’s a harder one to argue about but we don’t always have our ears buried in our ‘Beats by Dre‘ headphones, nor do we spend numerous hours per day fawning over our record collection (define numerous). No, we are also locked in a constant battle with each other about who will complete their world book challenge on goodreads first, we’ve been known to visit art installations, take photographs, cook and we all have a passion for sports, mostly American ones, oh and one of us likes baseball…

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So, in order to slightly dispel the above ‘myths’, we’re plumping for a play as todays pick. Well, maybe more a musical than play, in fact, it’s a lo-fi one at that and it stars a bit of a hero around these parts, Eddie Argos of ‘classic rock titans‘ Art Brut. Yeah, so not much of a departure from what we usually write about, well, we’ve got a month to work on a bit of variety.

‘The Islanders’, as we said, is a lo-fi musical centred on the retelling and reflection of a holiday which Argos, and the shows writer and co-star Amy Mason took in the late 90’s where storytelling and song attempt to make sense of young love, growing up and the Isle of Wight.

To accompany the show you can also get a rather cool Islanders graphic novel and soundtrack, featuring the shows third member, Jim Moray, over on their bandcamp page.

The Islanders is performed daily between the 1st and 25th of August (excl 12th) at 4pm (if you hurry, you can catch today!) in the Underbelly on the Cowgate. Tickets are £10 but there are a couple of 2for1 shows on the 5th and 6th. Tickets can be purchased through the fringe site.

Also, whilst we’re here, the fantastic Pale Imitation Festival that we spoke about last week kicks off tonight at Henry’s. Tonight’s bill features William Henry Miller (psssst, that’s Meursault), Jonnie Common and The Bad Books (another moniker). £5 in at 7pm.

The Pale Imitation Festival

If it wasn’t enough that we’d provided you with some decent looking festivals to check out this summer and that we weren’t already creating a list of the best jugglers, statues and street magicians for you to go and hurl coppers at in Edinburgh this August, then we’re completely spoiling you by telling you about The Pale Imitation Festival, also taking place in Edinburgh between the 1st and 31st of August.

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The phrase ‘stellar line-up’ doesn’t even come close to describing the excellent bit of programming put together by Back Garden Promotions (or Matthew from Song, By Toad, Bart from Eagleowl, Neil from Meursault and Rob St.John). The festival will take place on selected dates throughout the month of August at Henry’s Cellar Bar and all the gigs cost a fiver to get in apart from the Malcolm Middleton, Ian Humberstone and Now Wakes The Sea gig, which is £7. Alternatively, you could just buy a season ticket for £25 and be done with it. I mean, you’ll struggle to find anything better to do in August.

Normally, I’d list a couple of the standouts in the line-up but I’d feel bad, because I’d be omitting so much* so it’s probably best that you get the run down from Song, By Toad who published this handy guide to each artist over on his blog.

Season and individual tickets can be bought over here.

* we totally think you should go and see Jonnie Common, FOUND, Plastic Animals, Deathcats, Siobhan Wilson, Sparrow & The Workshop, RM Hubbert, The Leg, Malcolm Middleton, Now Wakes The Sea, Rob St.John and Eagleowl though…