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Sampling Samplers 13-14

‘Tis (has been) the season to download free samplers from labels, ‘zines and other such online outlets. So as well as unwrapping Christmas presents, we’ve been unzipping folders best essay writing service reviews of mp3’s and giving them a listen, and the nice thing that we’ve found, is that it makes you remember some of the great music from last year as well as getting you excited for the year ahead.

Case in point #1 comes from Armellodie Records [FREE SAMPLER HERE]. An assortment of what’s to come as well as some older gems and some ‘rarities’, make this a pleasing listen. I hadn’t listened to The Douglas Firs or Conor Mason in a while and it was very nice to become more acquainted with their newest signing, Appletop. They’re from France, which the label tells us most helpfully, is in Europe. The following track has really whet my appetite for their album, which will be released in March.

Another album that I’m rather looking forward to, which is due out this year, is by Now Wakes The Sea. We put on what I think was their first gig as NWTS back in 2010 and I still remember some of the cool shit they did with noises and looping a transistor radio with a cassette player (i think that’s what it was anyway). They’ll be releasing the follow up to ‘Fluoxetine Morning’ this year on Edinburgh’s mini50 records who handily also give you a bit of an insight into their label with a sampler [DOWNLOAD HERE]

Another local label dishing out the free stuff (well, this one came out in Nov) is Olive Grove Records [FREE SAMPLER] who seem to be going from strength to strength, indeed, their release of Jo Mango’s ‘When We Lived In The Crook of a Tree’ EP and her subsequent performance of it at The Glad Cafe were two highlights of a very good musical year for us at Elba in 2013. In fact, if you’d like to see this sampler in the flesh (sort of), then the Olive Grove roster will be putting on a label showcase at the Oran Mor on January 25th. (Yeah, we know this track is not on the sampler!)

Finally, we couldn’t really leave it without mentioning the ever delightful Asthmatic Kitty seasonal sampler. Just look at the cat gif on the download page! [FREE DOWNLOAD HERE]

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…

Bring The Noise

I quite liked that it was appropriate for me to use the title of a Public Enemy track for this post, y’know the song that Anthrax featured on?

Anyway, the title of the post isn’t about rap music, it’s about noisy stuff.

Firstly, we were delighted to see that our friends at Brain Burner, after a brief hiatus, have returned to The Liquid Ship for some more experimental noise gigs. The first in the current run will take place on Aug 14th with a 9pm start. On the bill are Now Wakes The Sea whose ‘lush ambient folk drones’ we gave a live debut to at one of our Elba gigs last year. There’s some free NWTS downloads here if you wish to have a listen. Also in the line-up is Boom Edan, Neil A.Simpson, Falconry and Uzuruzu. These nights are always ‘a little different’ and they’re free so get yourself along to it if you’re stuck for something

to do on the 14th! The event page is here.

Keeping on the same lines, we picked up this free download by The Masked Eldorados of the Americas recorded at the School of Noise in Falmouth. Now, that’s the second mention of Falmouth on this blog in the past few weeks, which is a bit strange for a blog based in Glasgow, but we came by this download after a recommendation from Lynch(ed) Records who are based down there. It turns out now that Lynch(ed) have ‘signed’ them up and they’ve got an EP out called If You Are Prepared To Eat It You Can Kill It.

The members of the band have been kept under lock and key with their live performance being performed by two men behind animal masks. Their numbers have now swelled to four and the EP sounds rather different to the live drone improvisation mentioned earlier. What we have on the E.P. is four instrumental ‘pop’ tracks lasting around 3-5 minutes each. It was absolutely not what I expected to sound like but it’s enjoyable listening with riffs and hooks abound. The tracks were all recorded remotely with each member retreating to their own home studio to bash out their parts of the record. It’s a worthy listen from a label who seem to really be putting out a really varying selection of music.

As a footnote, after going on to Lynch(ed) bandcamp I notice that they have the new single from Birdengine coming out at the end of this month. If you aren’t already familiar with Birdengine, we’d recommend you right that wrong.

This weeks stuff…

Time is not any of our friends at the moment but here’s a quick catch up of some stuff…

First up, viagra pills for sale the last gig of the Elba season is happening tomorrow night at The Liquid Ship and we’ve assembled a fine wee line up. First on the floor will be the debut gig of Now Wakes The Sea, a project “anchored by overdriven vocals and a sense of claustrophobic miserablism”. This will be followed by Iglue and the line up is completed by the brilliant I Build Collapsible Mountains who is playing his long-awaited first gig in Glasgow Town. As usual, doors are at 9pm, and it’s free.

Should you not be in the locale of Great Western Road, you could pop in to the 13th Note for yet another debut gig, this time from CD/EX (Chris Devotion & The Expectations). Support comes from Farewell Singapore and our favourite young scamps Le Reno Amps, who are sporting a new bass player at the moment in the form of Mandy Super Adventure Club.

If that wasn’t enough, Aye Tunes goes head to head Vs Peenko when they combine to bring another evening of entertainment to the masses, this time at The Classic Grand and said entertainment is brought to you by The Seventeenth Century, Come On Gang! and oh look, I Build Collapsible Mountains, fresh no doubt from an absolute topper of a gig at Elba Sessions!

And just to finish off, some decent music to point in your direction. The aforementioned Le Reno Amps are giving away a new track for nowt, just head to their home page. Whilst we’re on free downloads, point your mouse here to get a free download by easily one of my favourite band’s of the year, Bella Ruse.

And finally, if you’re feeling a bit flush, you could do a lot worse than getting your mitts on ‘New Moore Island’ the new EP by Brighton based collective, The Mariner’s Children, have a wee listen to ‘It Carved Your Name Into The Ground’ here.

Elba Sessions Presents…(Last gig of 2010!)

Indeed, it will be the last Elba Sessions at The Liquid Ship for a couple of months. We’re taking a well deserved break from the live element of Elba over the winter break, not to hibernate, no we’ve got much better plans than that! Knoxy is heading off to New York for part of December, lucky bugger. I’m becoming a Dad in December, or so the doctors say, I’m not quite sure how they actually can predict a ‘due date’, anyway, all being well the wee one will be here for Christmas! Kim is going to be a busy bee, whilst me and Knoxy are off faffing about, she’s going to be getting us a bit more organised on the blog front so expect these pages to get a bit busier over the next few months. We hear so much good music, we’re kinda feeling bad we never write about it.

Anyway, brief update over, it’s business time. Joining us down at The Ship on November the 4th will be the following clutch of talented people…

i build collapsible mountains

We are so pleased to bring you ibcm! That is all…

Only kidding. Having just released his debut album on Peenko Records he has quite rightly garnered praise far and wide and has a growing reputation in the Scottish music scene. He mysteriously appeared on our radar in early summer, I think. The aforementioned Peenko sent me a track and I immediately loved it. It wasn’t until I asked who it was that I found out that this was the first recorded track by Luke Joyce aka i build collapsible mountains and that he had and he hadn’t played any gigs as ibcm yet. We are delighted to welcome i build collapsible mountains to The Liquid Ship!

iglue

Hailing from the Isle of Lewis, Niaal Masson aka Iglue currently resides in Glasgow but the music he writes is most definitely influenced by the island. Listening to his songs totally chills me out and I can only presume that comes from island life. As I saw on his tumblr

“the sea sounds a lot lot better than motorways and police sirens. Silence is amazing.”

That’s not to say you should expect some avant-garde silence act if you come along, but I for one am looking forward to chilling out listening to iglue on Nov 4th.

Now Wakes The Sea

Now Wakes The Sea is the latest project of Alan McCormack who I previously knew of as Popcorn Superhet. Taking influences from the writing of Sufjan Stevens (we like him at Elba don’t you know? oh? we mentioned it?!), Sparklehorse-esque vocals and the miserablism of Arab Strap this is a bit of a departure from his previous work. With an EP due out at the end of the year, I hope we’ll be seeing plenty more from Now Wakes The Sea over the coming months.

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