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Scottish Album of the Year 2013 – Longlist Announced

SAYaward

About a year ago we reported on the announcement of a new award for Scottish music, The Scottish Album of the Year, or the SAY Award as it went on to be better known. We even did a nifty wee mixtape with some of our favourites from the previous year along with a few other noteworthy tracks, one of which, being that we bear an uncanny resemblance to Nostradamus, is on an album announced in this year’s longlist. The beautiful ‘Gus Am Bris An Latha’ features on RM Hubbert’s sophomore album ‘Thirteen Lost & Found’ and it appears in this year’s longlist alongside 19 other Scottish albums from 2012.

The thing that I personally liked about last year’s awards

were that there was such diversity in the longlist that I ended up hearing albums that I probably never would have given a listen to. I’m glad to see the diversity is still there alongside some of my personal favourites from last year. The aforementioned ‘Thirteen Lost & Found’ by RM Hubbert, Meursault’s ‘Something for the Weakened’ and Django Django’s eponymous debut.

The full list…

Admiral Fallow – Tree Bursts In Snow
Auntie Flo – Future Rhythm Machine
Calvin Harris – 18 Months
Dam Mantle – Brothers Fowl
Django Django – Django Django
Duncan Chisholm – Affric
Emeli Sandé – Our Version of Events
Errors – Have Some Faith In Magic
Human Don’t Be Angry – Human Don’t Be Angry
Karine Polwart – Traces
Konrad Wiszniewski & Euan Stevenson – New Focus
Lau – Race The Loser
Meursault – Something For The Weakened
Miaoux Miaoux – Light of the North
Paul Buchanan – Mid Air
PAWS – Cokefloat!
RM Hubbert – Thirteen Lost & Found
Stanley Odd – Reject
The Twilight Sad – No One Can Ever Know
The Unwinding Hours – Afterlives

All 20 albums will be available to stream at some point over the next month before a 24 hour public vote to determine the shortlist on May 27th. The shortlisted ten will then be announced on May the 30th before the winner is announced at a ceremony in Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom.

Hopefully, if they have the capability this year, we’ll have the sidebar widget on the Elba site again, where you’ll be able to stream the album of the day. So, go forth, study up on the longlist and don’t forget to make your vote count on May 27th!

She's Hit – Pleasure

I’ve been meaning to write about this album for ages. I suppose ever since I got a copy of their single ‘RE:Peater” sent over to me last year, I knew I couldn’t wait for the album. So here we are some 7 months later, i’ve been listening to the album for a couple of months and I’m glad to say it doesn’t disappoint in the slightest.

The first thing that hits me, as it did with the single, is that She’s Hit are loud, like really loud and not in a horrible thrashy racket way, loud in the way that you just know the person recording the album has a volume button that goes up to 11, not 10. It’s a bit like when you’re watching the telly and all of a sudden the adverts come on 10 times louder than the programme was. So, top marks on the volume front.

The album opens with title track ‘Pleasure’ and sets it’s stall out as an album which will give you a good kick up the backside. The vocals almost sneer and spit at you and guitars clunk and echo around your ears. It’s a full on aural assault which continues throughout the rest of the album. ‘Part 1’ and then ‘Lustless’, still mercilessly feedbacking and wailing, give a brief respite but is immediately trumped by my standout track RE:Peater.

All in all, it’s a great album, sure you could say that they take influence from the Jesus and Mary Chain and Iggy Pop, but at the same time they sound like nothing else going about here at the moment. Also, if you do get your paws on a copy of the album you will be rewarded by a second album with each track on the album receiving a remix courtesy of a variety of different artists including, Dam Mantle, Remember Remember, The Unwinding Hours and Fox Gut Daata.

‘Pleasure’ is out now on RE:Peater Records and you can pick up a copy over here at the RE:Peater store.

Elba Annual 2010 – Peenko

Today’s instalment of the Elba Annual features a blogger who has just found himself rated as hotter than Subo in The List’s Hot 100. I’ve never met Subo so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt…

Peenko, or Lloyd as his family call him, has had as he calls it, ‘a batshit crazy’ year. I could list the amount of pies he’s put his fingers in this year, but he covers it all quite nicely in his Annual answers…

Album of The Year – I have been debating this in my head for months now, it’s been a really hard choice. There have been so many albums that have got me really excited this year, personal highlights would have to include Kid Canaveral, Admiral Fallow and RM Hubbert (although I am not sureif it came out this year). However, I can’t really see past the Phantom Band’s ‘Wants’. I never thought that they’d be able to better last years Checkmate Savage, but they have and then some.

Best Gig – Man that’s a tough one, there have been so many great gigs for me personally this year. What makes it doubly hard to select one is my god awful memory. Off the top of my head I really enjoyed The Unwinding Hours (both at Oran Mor and at the ABC as part of the Chemikal Underground birthday bash), the Kid Canaveral album launch at The Roxy (possibly the sweatiest I have ever been at a gig), The Phantom Band at Oran Mor (it’s amazing what a difference a new drummer can make). I guess my favourite gig would have to be the National at the Academy, that was pretty fucking special, coming out the first few drops of
snow made it feel almost magical.

Favourite New Band(s) – Another toughie, if we’re going for bands that I hadn’t heard of until this year my personal favourites would have to be we’re only afraid of NYC, Randolph’s Leap, the Son(s), I Build Collapsible Mountains and Hey Marseilles (the only non-Scottish band in there). I am sure that if you asked me this in a weeks time I’d have a totally new list of acts, there genuinely are so many amazing new bands in Scotland at the moment.

Musical Memories of 2010 – Where do I start?! this year alone things went batshit crazy for me, I guess putting on the first ever AvP gig would have to be pretty near the top, mainly cause we didn’t have a clue what we were doing and still loads of folk turned up. Starting not one, but two labels has got to be in there. I was really flattered by the number folk that took the time to write about Olive Grove (one of the labels). Alongside side that I guess I can’t leave out becoming the manager of Campfires in Winter and the wee stint I did on the radio for Fresh Air.

Also, I nearly forgot to mention goNorth and the crazy few days I had up there hanging out with Ian from the blog Have Fun At Dinner. Awesome times were had in Inverness, we even got to see Mimi from Shameless signing autographs in the Inverness Poundland. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Hopes/Plans for 2011 – For me personally I hope to have the time to keep the blog going, what with becoming a dad in the summer my time has been somewhat taken up. Then again I don’t want to be a rubbish dad, nobody wants their children to grow up hating them. Plus I need someone to pass the legacy on to!

As for the labels, I hope we can continue to find new up and coming talent and show them off to the world. At the moment we’ve almost agreed a deal for our next Olive Grove release which has got me pretty excited.
As well as that I am hoping to put on a few more gigs and record a few more sessions. I won’t be resting on my laurels that’s for sure!

Check out the Peenko Corporation Juggernaut at the following URL’s

Peenko Blog

Olive Grove Records