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5 things to see at Celtic Connections

Hazy Recollections (Sundays at 1pm during Celtic Connections) – O2 ABC

Hazy Recollections events have long been on our radar at Elba and it’s always pleasing to see them return year on year to add some Sunday afternoon respite after the Saturday night before. The first HR of the festival takes place this Sunday and features one of our favourite bands here at Elba, The Hazey Janes.

Tuesday 20th January
The Pictish Trail & Sweet Baboo – The Glasgow Art Club

Sweet Baboo charmed the pants off us when he played at Randolph’s Leap’s album launch in spring last year and we can only imagine with the added parts of The Pictish Trail that this may be akin to some sort of musically brilliant stand-up show. We mean that in the very very best way, I promise.

Thursday 20th January
King Creosote performs ‘From Scotland With Love’ with support from Tiny Ruins – Royal Concert Hall

In a year where our nation dominated headlines and an amazing sense of national pride was evident whether you were a Yes or No voter, one of the most poignant pieces of culture which grabbed the attention was the collaboration between King Creosote and filmmaker Virginia Heath. ‘From Scotland With Love’ is a collection of archive footage was bound together with KC’s trademark stylings to create a snapshot of the history of this bonnie land in which we live. Support comes from the excellent Tiny Ruins.

Thursday 29th January
Konono No.1 + Bombino – O2 ABC

There’s something for everyone in this Congolese collective. Traditional methods fused with distorted electronics and instruments made from old cars, this gig won’t be your run of the mill evening out in Glasgow.

Fri 30th January 2015
L’Homme Tranquille: Francois & The Atlas Mountains feat Sanou Darra and Djiga Boubacar with support from Kid Canaveral – The Arches

Promoters. Put on Francois & The Atlas Mountains in Glasgow and I promise I will continue to come along, bringing a new convert every time. Consistently one of the best and most entertaining live bands you’ll ever see, there is nothing that will keep me away from this gig. Support comes from the ever braw Kid Canaveral.

Celtic Connections 2014

Each year I look forward to Celtic Connections. Each year I tell friends that the line-up is great. Each year I say I’m going to this that and the next thing. Each year I fail to get my act together sufficiently. Each year I only scratch the surface. Each year I vow that next year, I’ll make more of an effort. So this year, I’m going to put together a handy list of some of the things I’m hoping to go to. The festival starts this Thursday, the 16th of January and if the selections below pique your interest enough there is a feast of gigs over on the festival website.

Fri 17th January – Mull Historical Society @ The Arches
Colin MacIntyre’s Mull Historical Society are a long time favourite and have several songs that I’m personally very fond of. This gig will see the performance of his 2001 debut album ‘Loss’, in full.

Tues 21st January – RM Hubbert w/ Aidan Moffat @ The Mitchell Library
Were we a lads mag, there’s a high chance that Hubby would have been our man of the year in 2013, alas we’re not, therefore he’ll just have to settle for being a good dude. Having followed up his SAY Award winning album ‘Thirteen Lost & Found’ with the equally excellent ‘Breaks & Bone’, this will be Hubby’s biggest Glasgow headline show to date. Aided and abetted by the mischevious storytelling of Aidan Moffat, this is a Tuesday night at the library you won’t want to miss.

Sat 25th January – The New Mendicants @ The Arches
Ahead of the release of their debut album, adopted Ontarians Joe Pernice (The Pernice Brothers) and Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) take to the Celtic Connections stage with new material and one would hope some tracks from their back catalogues. As a big Teenage Fanclub fan, only wild horses will keep me away from this one.

Sun 26th January – Olive Grove Showcase @ Oran Mor
An evening curated by local bloggers turned label bosses, the line up here not only includes a very rare performance by The Moth & The Mirror, but also performances by Elba favourites Randolph’s Leap, Jo Mango, and The State Broadcasters.

Mon 27th January – Bobby Womack @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
I first came across Bobby Womack on an old blaxploitation compilation which included his song ‘Across 110th Street’. In the last few years he’s become more of a household name after a guest slot on the Gorillaz ‘Plastic Beach’ record which has invigorated Womack, now in his 7th Decade in music.

Sat 1st February – Bill Callahan @ O2 ABC
Hands down the sweatiest gig I’ve ever been too was Bill Callahan at Stereo a few years back. Seems an odd statement, of course, there was no wild mosh pit but combine a midsummer date with a room full of jumpers and beards, and you’ll get why the temperature was so high. Heat aside, Callahan was an excellent performer that evening and IS an excellent songwriter, from Smog to his solo records, so it’s unsurprising that so many people I know snapped tickets up for his straight away.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – The Arches – 11/11/2011

I probably was more set for an over the top stadium rock gig when I moseyed into the Arches on for this gig, not because ‘cock-rock’ is my usual taste but because I’d just visited the excellent AC/DC exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery. The focal point was a full wall screen showing live footage of the band. I’m not anywhere close to being a huge AC/DC fan but they’ve got some pretty iconic songs so it was interesting reading about them and seeing some memorabilia. So, with Back in Black ringing in my ears, I nipped across the road to Brewdog Glasgow (i’m a punk now) for a quick pint before setting off to see Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks at the Arches.

It was the first time I’d seen him play with the Jicks and I was trying to forbid any thoughts that he might come out and do a Pavement classics encore. Alas, no such luck but

to be fair i did come to see Malkmus and The Jicks, not Pavement.

Sauntering on to the stage, Malkmus is the epitome of effortless cool. You kind of hope that you’re as laid back and cool as him when you’re in your 40’s. Well I do anyway. He sauntered on to stage clutching a copy of The Sun and proceeded to read us the story of reality star, Frankie Cocozza’s, drug and women binges, reading the headline “My Six Nights on Coke”, labelling it the Stephen Malkmus story.

The band started with ‘Gorgeous Georgie’ and then ‘Tigers’, both from Mirror Traffic. The set was fairly heavy on the new album and the songs, I thought, sounded really good live. There were big cheers for lead single ‘Senator’ and we were also treated to an outing of a new song which I am not sure the name of but after doing a bit of digging, it may be called ‘Flowers’.

The main set ended with ‘classics’, ‘Jenny & The Ess Dog, a personal favourite of mine, and ‘Us’. A friend had told me before the gig that he’d seen him play three times in the past, and Jenny had never been part of the setlist, I felt justifiably proud that I could text him back with a smug, “ha ha”.

The encore included a great jam of Jimi Hendrix classic ‘Hey Joe’ and finished with a rendition of Surreal


All in all, the Jicks sounded tight. The Mirror Traffic album is a lot more coherent and dare I say ‘poppy’ than previous Jicks albums and it came across well. There was the odd noodling musical interlude but the album works very well live. Add to that, Malkmus’ indie-grunge charm and the show was a bit of a winner.

Long Playing: Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain

Long Playing is hopefully going to be another series of semi regular posts which we’ll feature here on Elba Sessions blog. Our thought behind

it is to give a bit of time to albums that have stayed with us for a while or that we’ve recently rediscovered. Yes, we love to hear new music and our quest for this won’t rest, but there’s so many good records rattling about from the past that we kind of feel, it’s a shame we never blogged about that when it was out. In some cases we might pick an album that was out before the advent of writing about music on the internet, other times, we may simply have been too young or the album might have been a slow burner.

In today’s case, blogging in it’s primitive, early forms was only just beginning, not getting popular until years later. As the title states, I’m talking about Pavement’s 1994 album, ‘Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain. I was only 10 when this album came out, so I’m maybe a little young to qualify on speaking about the meaning of the album or what it represented at the time. The thing is though, I do remember it coming out. I had a brother, eight years my senior who was really into his music, he still is of course, but at the time he spent all of his money on buying new records and reading music magazines. With the age gap, I of course looked up to him and listened to the music he listened to and skimmed the magazines he read, not really knowing what it all meant but knew that I liked most of what I was hearing.

I don’t remember specifically when this album came out, i just remember my brother having it in his tape collection, yep cassettes, that fondly thought of, now ‘DIY’ format. If memory serves, it was one of those cassettes that’s cover was landscape rather than portrait. I may be mistaken however.

The only track i have really vivid memories from that time was Cut Your Hair. In hindsight, this was an obvious choice for a ten year old and unsurprisingly Pavement’s most mainstream success. The name alone was something I imagine that I found amusing at the time and it’s cathy ooh’s. It’s still a song that i immensely enjoy and was again the song that made me revisit Crooked Rain years later.

I remember being at a gig in a venue in Aberdeen called The Tunnels (google tells me April 2006) and hearing the DJ play Cut Your Hair between the bands. It probably wasn’t the first time I’d heard it in 10 years but it was the occasion that made me sit up and think, I’ll need to track that album down. I had such great access to music at home with my brother’s ever expanding, cassette, CD and Vinyl collections that until I was nearing my late teens, I had no need to buy music, that’s not to say I didn’t but I had little to no record collection to speak of until later. I simply borrowed and listened to his.

Of course, by 2006, cassettes were gone and they weren’t quite back ‘en vogue’ by that time. Added to that, I was older and no longer had access to the archive of things that I used to listen to as a relatively young soul. I had to start filling the gaps.

I discovered with Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain that it was much more than Cut Your Hair. There was ‘Gold Soundz’, ‘Silence Kid’ (or Silence Kit if you read with or without the ink stain on the back cover), the rambling ‘Range Life’ and the dissonant sounds of ‘Stop Breathin’.

It’s an album I come back to again and again. I’ll go through phases but over the course of this year, I’ve been listening to it more and more and I’m guessing that because with new bands like Smith Westerns and Girls, Pavement’s influence is definitely there so I’m listening to the new and before of that genre.

I finally got to see Pavement live last year at the Barrowlands and it wasn’t a disappointment. They delved into their back catalogue and several Crooked Rain songs featured.

Stephen Malkmus has since forged a successful solo career of his own with the backing of ‘The Jicks’ and has just released his fifth album called ‘Mirror Traffic’

He plays The Arches in Glasgow on Nov 11th and i’m going to head out to that, secretly hoping there will be a couple of Pavement tracks thrown in for good measure. I’ll keep everything crossed…

Glasgow Film Festival 2011 – Music & Film

Happy New Year to you all.  We have not really departed over the festive period so, rather than catch you up on the few days where we managed to shut up(!), let’s instead charge on with this brand spanking new year and all that it has to offer.

What better way to do this than to give you details of the Glasgow Music & Film Festival 2011, which is returning for this its third year in February.  Co-curated by film buffs and music geeks from Glasgow Film Festival and the Arches, a series of one off events combining audio and visuals  are presented for your immersion.  The line up is looking intense with Goblin, Zombie Zombie, 65daysofstatic, Davie Scott, Duglas T Stewart, Lucky Dragons and many more being selected to interpret, rework and pay homage to films such as The Wicker Man, Battleship Potemkin and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Alongside the live programme of music a series of documentaries will feature as part of the festival. Details of these will be announced along with the full Glasgow Film Festival line-up on 19 January 2011.

Giddy yet?  The Zombie Zombie Battleship Potemkin event as well as the 65daysofstatic soundscape for Douglas Trumbull’s science fiction classic Silent Running look unmissable. Goblin, masters of horror scoring (think Argento and Dawn of the Dead), will mess with your equilibrium to no end. These alone would be enough to please even the most discerning film and music connoisseur and yet the programme continues to tease with pieces of Morricone and more.

65DAYSOFSTATIC, The Arches, Sat 19 & Sun 20 February, 7.30pm, £10

Gary Lucas, Monday 21 February, O2 ABC, Mon 21 February, 8pm, £15

NYOS Futures: Vanishing Boundaries, The Arches, Mon 21, 8pm, £9/£6

Lucky Dragons: No Boundaries, No Hierarchies, The Arches: Tues 22, 7.30pm, £7

Zombie Zombie: Battleship Potemkin, The Arches, 23 Feb, 7.30pm, £10

The Memory Band: The Wicker Man, The Arches, Thurs 24 Feb. 7.30pm, £6

Goblin, The Arches, Friday 25, 7pm, £24

David Scott, Duglas T Stewart & Friends: Mondo Morricone, The Arches, Sat 26, 7.30pm, £15

All shows listed are on sale now and can be purchased via the GFT Box Office (0141 332 6535), The Arches Box Office (0141 565 1000) or for the Gary Lucas show from the O2 Academy Box Office (0844 477 2000).