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Be My Vinyltine

Don’t you wish that February 14th was as pleasing every year as this Monday turned out to be? The arrival of new records from Mogwai and PJ Harvey made hearts beat a little faster. Thom Yorke and his not so merry men delighted fans en masse with a surprise announcement telling of release of a new album, available for pre-order. Saturday will set many swooning over The Kings of Limbs. Sadly, it will be May before the ‘perhaps’ first Newspaper Album can be held in awaiting arms. That will no doubt be a delivery that will rekindle the passions of what is now for many an epic tale of devotion and worship.

Personally, the most satisfying delivery I received came from Grapefruit Records with news of their record club.

Singer/songwriter Simon Joyner and Ba Da Bing founder Ben Goldberg have set up a quarterly subscription service releasing exclusive and limited, vinyl-only LPs by dedicated artists. The concept is juicy enough but the role call is undeniably mouthwatering. Year One will feature early recordings from the mind of stalwart Kurt bupropion Wagner’s Lambchop, Richard Youngs, L. Eugene Methe, and finally 200 Years – the fantastic Six Organs of Admittance’s Ben Chasny and Magik Markers’ Elisa Ambrogio’s joint venture.

A Full-Subscription includes four, quarterly released, full-length LPs and a deluxe, hard-shell box to house the series of records that make up that year’s roster of artists. They also offer a Half-Subscription where subscribers can choose any two releases, and a two-payment plan to keep it affordable.

If you aren’t feeling wooed yet by these delights, be romanced instead by Grapefruit’s catch phrase: “Buy A Grapefruit Records Subscription For Your Boy In The Navy (If He Likes This Kind Of Music, And Owns A Record Player, And Doesn’t Mind Having To Carry LPs Around In A Submarine)”

February Podcast – RM Hubbert

There can be many factors which delay Elba from confirming a podcast with someone to actually recording the pod. It’s generally to do with when the studio is available and has a free slot for some podcasting but sometimes it can be all about location. In January, we were lucky enough that AJ Roach was in Glasgow rather than Brooklyn, last February we had a relatively short couple of hours to record King James as they passed through Glasgow and we collared Conor Mason on his two day soiree to Glasgow for some shows at the tail end of 2009.

Location can’t be blamed however for this podcast. When booking RM Hubbert for an Elba Presents gig last May I enquired whether or not he fancied popping into the studio for a chat and to play a couple of tunes. Yes was the near instantaneous response,

“where are you based?” he enquired

“The Hidden Lane, it’s just off Argyle Street. Do you know it?”

“I have an office there” came the reply

Well, this should be easy I thought…

Leap forward 9 months and we have finally got it recorded, and it couldn’t have been better timing. Following on from last years highly acclaimed album First & Last, he is just about to embark on a lengthy jaunt across Europe supporting Mogwai, his album is being re-released on Chemikal Underground and he is currently recording the follow up to First & Last with a veritable feast of collaborators which is being produced by Alex Kapranos.

You can listen to the resulting podcast below and download using the wee arrow.

RM Hubbert Podcast – Feb 2011 by elbasessions

You can cialis 100mg see all of the Mogwai support dates on his website here but if Luxembourg is a bit of a trek for a wet evening you can catch him play the Arches along with the brilliant Finn LeMarinel on February 26th at The Arches in Glasgow.

Mogwai – Paisley Town Hall 27/01/2011

One of the most eagerly anticipated albums of this year has journalists singing praises higher than the choirs of whatever religion you want to throw in here for metaphoric effect. Mogwai live is the worship of noise. Paisley Town Hall was the setting for what turned out to be an evening that brought an abundance of new material to the ears of eager fans for the first time.


The first aural assault of the evening was White Noise – the same opening that you will hear when Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (HWND,BYW) is released on 14th February. It felt grand and worthy of its place in the set and it is a promising beginning for the seventh studio album from Mogwai. It was also the first of three album openers included in the well balanced set. Not enough good things can be said about Ithica 27/9 live. The buzzing ending is glorious and hearing wrecking when it hits you.

Mexican Grand Prix was the first of a tracks from HWND,BYW that are showing a slightly different side to Mogwai. It features a slightly more driven dance beat and a surprising inclusion of distorted vocals, leaving the usually sway reserved audience unsure whether they should dance or not. Certain attendees attempted to embraced buy cialis online no prescription this fully, though visibly to the horror of others.

I’m Jim Morrison, I’m Dead which is one of their greatest album openers, and as one of my own very favourite tracks, tore through victorious; an absolute highlight of the set. It proved to be one of the greatest moments of the night but, sadly, highlighted something that was missing from the other music premiering.

Hunted By A Freak worked its magic before one of the big moments of the evening when first single from HWND,BYW Rano Pano debuted. Live, Rano Pano is loud. Very loud. The floor bounced along with the bass and I could feel my being quiver. The song made devotees return to their regular stance, loose head-bang showing appreciation of the deliberately paced track. San Pedro is another new track that I really love on record but whilst still retaining it’s almost indie-dance charm live did not progress much and felt a little out of place in the set. Especially as a follow on from Yes! I Am A Long Way From Home.

Closing the performance was a blinding encore featuring new, beautifully named track, George Square Thatcher Death Party, You Don’t Know Jesus and a soul blackening rendition of Batcat.

Paisley Town Hall was a peculiar setting for the gig. It is a cavernous venue which coped well with the sound, considering the culprits. I was pleased to have had space to breathe for the duration but part of me was disappointed that I hadn’t made it to a hall that would have proved more appropriate. That along with the frustration that the band did not appear completely comfortable playing the new material, left me a little disappointed. This was openly noted onstage when support Remember, Remember were thanked for their patience as they forgot their parts during sound check, delaying the venue door opening and leaving fans outside with a down and out busker who had in his possession a banjo with an in-built technicolor light show. I digress… though that really was a sight and sound. The comparative deft and skill on established material made this show a bittersweet one. However, having acquired a ticket to see Mowai in The Barrowlands on 22nd December once the new material – that proved to be of exceptional quality – will have become part of their perfectly executed repertoire is a fine consolation.

New year, new sounds

There is a strong need at the beginning of each year to shake off the shackles of the previous annum; to leave the past behind and look to better prospects. Over the last couple of weeks there have been announcements and updates to the already impressive calendar of releases due. These offerings will lay the foundations of our 2011, musically at least. Sonically we should be set. Lets face it, a soundtrack will always be sought that ties in to your hopes as well as the challenges that inevitably follow. No doubt some of these will end up playing a huge part in whatever path will be tread.

Listed below are a few of the bigger releases due in the next few months that have Elba (or in some instances just myself*) feeling some excitable jitters over. Between these, the live shows filling up our calendar as well as all that is out there to be discovered, well, 2011 is looking special indeed.

Deerhoof – Deerhoof Vs. Evil (25th Jan)

Jonny – Jonny (31st Jan)

…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead – Tao of the Dead (8th Feb)

Esben and the Witch – Violet Cries (8th Feb)

Gruff Rhys – Hotel Shampoo (8th Feb)

Asobi Seksu – Fluorescence (14th Feb)

PJ Harvey – Let England Shake (14th Feb)

Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (14th Feb)

Six Organs of Admittance – Asleep on the Floodplain (22nd Feb)

Dum Dum Girls – He Gets Me High EP (1st March)

Found – factorycraft (14th March)

Aiden Moffat & Bill Wells – Everything’s Getting Older (April)

The Kills – Blood Pressures (4th April)

*please see Twitter wars between @elbasessions and @smiggshiggs for details of this and many other debates.