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Interview: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

borisyeltsinSomeone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin returned recently with the rather wonderful new album Fly By Wire. Without giving too much away, if you found a bookmaker offering odds on that being our album of the year and you put a few quid on it….well, let’s just say you’d be doing well with the whole transaction. Yes, it’s an absolute corker, full of delights that softly sneak up on your heart and then steal it. The hushed vocals recall The Pains of Being Pure at Heart while the oddly affecting melodies twinkle like the Cure at their heartfelt poppiest. We caught up with the band to ask about the album and what’s in store for them next:

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Dot Dash Interview

The new album is out nowUS powerpop masters Dot Dash are back with their new album Half-Remembered Dream this month. For those of us who like ringing guitar lines spiralling up into clouds of classic melody, they’re a corkingly great band to stick on the stereo. We caught up with them to ask how things were going as the album hit the shops.

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It Crawled From the South – Live In Glasgow

We love REM here at ELM, particularly the 80s stuff which is, let’s face it, the best they made. So it stands to reason we’d like It Crawled From the South, a tribute to the IRS years. they played the last ELM night and rocked like a Georgia-based motherf…well, you get the gist. You can see them in Glasgow on the 23rd August at McCuhills in High Street. Get along for a great night.



Ken Stringfellow – Glad Cafe, Glasgow

Ken StringfellowSometimes in life you are rewarded for the hundreds of gigs you’ve attended where the artist/band stand stock still and churn out note perfect versions of their songs. You could be anyone, they could be anyone too.

But it doesn’t have to be that way folks. No, you can ‘own the room’ as Ken Stringfellow does this fine summer’s evening. A smallish but clearly devoted crowd hang round the piano, keyboard, amp and guitar – yes, Ken has not bothered with the stage and has set up within the floor space where the audience should be. It’s a sign of what is to come. He ambles on and almost straight away he has us in the palm of his hand. He is funny, self-deprecating and charming. Heck, he even pops out to get a chair for a woman who had sat on the floor.

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‘ELM Presents – It Crawled From The South’ sells out!

He is, he is, he is SupermanYes, ELM joins the ranks of Harvey Goldsmith, Bill Graham and, erm, that Scottish guy who does T in the Park as hugely successful rock and roll promoting moguls. Our latest extravaganza saw a sell-out crowd hit Glasgow’s exceedingly cool 13th Note for a superb show headlined by It Crawled From The South. The band, a tribute to IRS-era REM, delivered a burning 18-song set which went down well with the die-hard Stipeistas in the crowd. Highlights were a rocking ‘Begin the Begin’, an emotional ‘Harborcoat’, and a magnificently funky take on’Exhuming McCarthy’. Check them out when they next play.

They were joined at the end by talented support Craig McKerracher, who was in surprisingly rude health for a man who celebrated his 21st the night before, for an encore run-through of New York Dolls classic ‘Pills’. A great night and thanks to all who made it such a success.

REM Week – From the Vault

hindulovegodsThe latest in our series of unbelievably wonderful live events takes place Saturday 20th April at the 13th Note in Glasgow. The event is headlined by It Crawled From The South, a celebration of IRS-years era REM. We’re marking the occasion with a special REM week here on Extreme Listening Mode. Today, we look at a productive  partnership from back in that period.

For a band with such a delicious sense of mystery about them, REM weren’t slow to help out their fellow musos during the 80s. For a while, it seemed it was compulsory for at least one record in the Melody Maker to have featured a member of the band. By the decades close, their quality control was being called into question, with NME nailing it brilliantly by describing the raggle-taggle of acts they guested with as ‘the sad friends of REM.’

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REM Week – The IRS Years albums

IRS-logoThe latest in our series of spectacular live events takes place Saturday 20th April at the 13th Note in Glasgow. The event is headlined by It Crawled From The South, a celebration of IRS-years era REM. We’re marking the occasion with a special REM week here on Extreme Listening Mode. Today we look at the IRS albums.

Although they found fame on the massive Warner Brothers label, it was on the boutique International Record Syndicate (IRS) label that REM first came to prominence. The independent record scene had taken a bit longer to take hold in the US than in Blighty – to be fair, it’s a pretty big place – but IRS were one of the trailblazers of the post-punk, College Rock scene that spawned so many seminal bands.

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