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Time for a wee catch up I think…

Well, March is here already and it seems a bit like the year has flown by. It was maybe just me but I felt that the year started fairly quietly and that there was a distinct lack of good albums coming out but that seems to have perked up recently with releases from PJ Harvey, Smith Westerns and Ringo Deathstarr, the latter is an album that i am hugely enjoying at the moment. We are also looking forward here at Elba to upcoming releases from Aidan Moffat, Josh T. Pearson, FOUND and Le Reno Amps, once again, the latter is an absolute belter, which can be pre-ordered here. It’s shaping up to be a decent year!

The Glasgow Film Festival has finished for another year. Kim enjoyed a wall of noise at 65 Days of Static, Chris met legendary Spinal Tap bassist and voice of Mr Burns from The Simpsons, Harry Shearer whilst I now count Duglas T Stewart of the BMX Bandits in the highest regard after he nonchalantly tucked in to an apple onstage, midway through the opening song of the Mondo Morricone gig. There will be a bit more about those shenanigans on these pages in the coming days and weeks. We are already looking forward to 2012!

Next year is a long way away though so in the more immediate future here’s a few things you might want to check out. This weekend Trapped Mice launch their new EP which was recorded

in our big cousin Elba Studio’s recording space in January this year. Having heard some of the results, it’s a lovely wee EP and worth checking out. Anyhoo, the launch is in Edinburgh tomorrow (5th March) at the Wee Red Bar and support comes from Elba faves Loch Awe. Oh, and the EP is called Waving and Pointing!

Also, looking quite good this weekend in Glasgow is Croc v Croc at The Art School. There’s a huge list of people playing including Remember Remember, Ultimate Thrush, Divorce, Pro Life, North American War, BONG MONSTER, Holy Mountain, The Cosmic Dead, The John Knox Sex Club, Gropetown and Tangles. Check out their Facebook info page for a little more info!

Next weekend sees the return of Brain Burner to The Liquid Ship a mere two weeks after their last show. In short if you like things noisy and a little bit out there, Brain Burner do exactly what they say on the tin. The line up on Sunday 13th at The Liquid Ship includes Helhesten & Fritz Welch, Blue Sabbath, Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo and Hivver.

On the subject of DIY gigs, we came across this tumblr called Tartanalia Underground this week which is pretty cool. It’s a nice wee collection of DIY posters, some really cool ones in there so far and I noticed theres an upload button so get adding!

Anyway, enough rambling for now! Have a great weekend, see y’all soon!

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)”

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.