• Elbow @ the Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, 6th March 2009

    7 Mar 2009, 22:02 de BlackSabbath86

    Fri 6 Mar – Elbow, The Acorn

    A fantastic night! I didn't catch much of The Acorn, so I won't write anything about them. I couldn't take them seriously anyway as they have the same name as a local seedy Witherspoons.

    It turned out to be Guy Garvey's birthday, and as the group huddled around the keyboard to begin Weather To Fly, He was serenaded by the band, the backing singers and the members of The Acorn as a cake was brought on stage.

    Elbow's setlist:

    The Bones of You
    Leaders of the Free World
    The Stops
    Any Day Now
    Mexican Standoff
    Grounds for Divorce
    The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver
    Switching Off
    (Happy Birthday)
    Weather to Fly
    One Day Like This

    Some Riot
    Station Approach
    Scattered Black and White

    A nice mix of old and new, although I felt the encore was a little too mellow. Something like Ribcage or Fallen Angel wouldn't have gone amiss, or even if they'd done One Day Like This last, as the atmosphere was wonderful. …
  • Top 50 quiz

    22 Oct 2008, 3:10 de haylo75

    I rarely post much on anything, but I'm bored and this looked like a cool quiz. Actually, music is the only thing that has been a stalwart part of my existence since I can remember. With that said, my answers to this quiz might will meander into tangential territory. Anyone who knows me knows that when I get around to doing something like writing crap down, I don't see the point in fucking around. You have been warned. :D Funny thing is, I doubt anyone (I know) will ever read this, but I guess I'll join the 99.999% of people who post shit that does nothing more than occupy space on some hard drive.

    I hope pessimystica doesn't mind my repurposing her post.

    1.How did you get into 29?
    Echo & the Bunnymen
    I am retarded for not listening to this band very much in the 80's. I heard The Killing Moon at the beginning of one of the best films ever, Donnie Darko. I really loved the song, but largely ignored the band for a few years, then went on a spree in 2006 that still rears its head from time to time. …
  • Elbow: The Seldom Seen Kid

    14 Mar 2008, 16:40 de champersnova

    Don’t you think it is one of the most annoying questions to come under: Name three albums to take with you to a desert island? Yes, an utterly nightmare question for music buffs in particular. A never-ending anxiety state due to the fear of “being have to leave something out” with a broken heart. As much absurd this list making is, as much irresistible in the mean time. Me, that is why every now and then I can’t help getting lost within hundreds of records only to figure which one I’d need more than others if I “ever” happen to fall in a desert island. And my long-term observations have proved that each time Elbow release something new this masochistic anxiety state of mine relapses. Every new Elbow release plays havoc with my sacred list of “Desert Island Discs”.

    Once again my statement is avered by those glorious Mancunians. Once again the whole thing is subversively turned upside down with them giving birth to album #4: The Seldom Seen Kid. …
  • They hide in the shadows.

    12 Jun 2006, 16:43 de lisardggY

    For the latest in my occasional whole-album mix CDs, I decided to go over the discographies of artists I know and like, and pick out albums of theirs I'm not familiar with, or don't know as well. A way to get a different view of them, as it were.

    Listening to it in my car these past few days, I had different thoughts about them:

    1. dEUS - The Ideal Crash
    The first dEUS album I heard was In A Bar, Under The Sea. It's a bit more varied, more eccentric and more interesting than dEUS's other offerings, so it took me a while to adjust to their sound. The Ideal Crash may not be as unique as In A Bar, more straightforward, but it's a great rock album. Instant Street in particular.

    2. Elbow - Leaders of the Free World
    In their newest album, I hve to say that Elbow don't surprise much. A blend of quiet bummer-songs and more energetic, well, bummer songs. Just like their previous two. And just like them, this one is also very good. I'm more partial to their less gloomy moods - Leaders of the Free World or Mexican Standoff
  • Album Review: Leaders Of The Free World

    20 Sep 2005, 22:16 de andrew_j_w

    Two years on from the critically acclaimed “Cast of Thousands” (a reference to the crowd at Glastonbury who were recorded for the track “Grace Under Pressure”) Elbow have produced a third stunning album. Fronted by well known nice guy of Indie Guy Garvey, Elbow have built up a loyal following of their brand of sometimes soft but always melodic rock.

    The previous two albums have clear signs of how much Elbow love their home town of Manchester and that has not changed. From the slow building opening track “Station Approach” to the the final one, “Puncture Repair”, Elbow have delivered an album that lays their life, love and politics bare. More politically charged than their previous offerings the “Leaders of the Free World” leaves you in no doubt as to what the band think of the current political leaders.

    The album features a wide range of styles, from the rocky “Mexican Standoff” to the quiet “The Everthere” the songs show off just how good musicians Elbow are. …