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    I have seen many hundreds of gigs. It's not possible for me to remember them all. Many of them were life-changing. But, the Elbow gig I attended at Porchester Hall last night may well have been the best of them all. It was certainly up there. Absolutely incredible. I don't think any other band can move me from such extremes of life-affirming joy to utter sadness and the brink of tears quite so powerfully - and that's often within the same song. They played a load of old favourites as well as stuff off the new album, and the new songs are amazing.

    To put this into perspective, the Les Savy Fav gig I saw at the Astoria on Sunday was one of the best gigs I had seen in a really long time. It reminded me why I go to concerts, and why music is so exciting. Well, last night Elbow totally blew that show out of the water.

    They dedicated their song "Switching Off" to Roy Scheider, and said they realised they had been watching 'Jaws' on the tourbus at roundabout the time he must have died; cue someone in the crowd shouting "You're gonna need a bigger bus!". Ha.

    Also, Emily Eavis (Michael Eavis' daughter, who books bands for Glastonbury) was there, stood at the back watching them; and the band confirmed that they'll be playing Glasto this year.

    Anyway, I just had to make this thread, to urge you all to please listen to Elbow, if you haven't already.

    As a starting point, some of my favourite songs are:

    -Fugitive Motel
    -Leaders Of The Free World
    -Forget Myself
    -Fallen Angel
    -New Born
    -Red
    -Bitten By The Tailfly
    -Any Day Now
    -Powderblue
    -Ribcage
    -Station Approach
    -Scattered Black And Whites
    -Switching Off
    -Asleep In The Back
    -Not A Job
    -Puncture Repair

    That is all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stefinitely Maybe View Post
    I have seen many hundreds of gigs. It's not possible for me to remember them all. Many of them were life-changing. But, the Elbow gig I attended at Porchester Hall last night may well have been the best of them all. It was certainly up there. Absolutely incredible. I don't think any other band can move me from such extremes of life-affirming joy to utter sadness and the brink of tears quite so powerfully - and that's often within the same song. They played a load of old favourites as well as stuff off the new album, and the new songs are amazing.

    To put this into perspective, the Les Savy Fav gig I saw at the Astoria on Sunday was one of the best gigs I had seen in a really long time. It reminded me why I go to concerts, and why music is so exciting. Well, last night Elbow totally blew that show out of the water.

    They dedicated their song "Switching Off" to Roy Scheider, and said they realised they had been watching 'Jaws' on the tourbus at roundabout the time he must have died; cue someone in the crowd shouting "You're gonna need a bigger bus!". Ha.

    Also, Emily Eavis (Michael Eavis' daughter, who books bands for Glastonbury) was there, stood at the back watching them; and the band confirmed that they'll be playing Glasto this year.

    Anyway, I just had to make this thread, to urge you all to please listen to Elbow, if you haven't already.

    As a starting point, some of my favourite songs are:

    -Fugitive Motel
    -Leaders Of The Free World
    -Forget Myself
    -Fallen Angel
    -New Born
    -Red
    -Bitten By The Tailfly
    -Any Day Now
    -Powderblue
    -Ribcage
    -Station Approach
    -Scattered Black And Whites
    -Switching Off
    -Asleep In The Back
    -Not A Job
    -Puncture Repair

    That is all.
    do they have something coming out soon?? I was absolutely in love with Asleep in the Back....honestly I didn't really like the last album....I saw them at Coachella back in what...2002??? maybe?? and I made all my friends go watch, and it was heartbreakingly beautiful.....then I saw them open for Doves in LA several years ago....they blew Doves away....absolutely....
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    "what comes after L?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by humanoid View Post
    do they have something coming out soon??

    Yes. Their new album, entitled The Seldom Seen Kid, is released in the UK on the 17th of March. You can hear the second track streaming at www.elbow.co.uk right now too.

    The full tracklisting will be:

    ‘Starlings’
    ‘The Bones Of You’ (they played this last night)
    ‘Mirrorball’
    ‘Grounds For Divorce’ (they played this last night)
    ‘An Audience With The Pope’
    ‘Weather To Fly’
    ‘The Loneliness Of A Towercrane Driver’ (they played this last night)
    ‘The Fix’
    ‘Some Riot’
    ‘One Day Like This’ (they played this last night)
    ‘Friend Of Ours’
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    Elbow - one of the best bands in the world today.
    It's an understatement.

    Elbow is way up there as one of my top favorite bands today.

    I have seen many hundreds of gigs.
    *Jealous*

    Unfortunately, I have not seen them live yet. I've been waiting & wishing for them to get added at Coachella. Come on!

    No US dates so far ...

    4 Apr 2008 19:30
    ABC Glasgow
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    Academy Newcastle
    6 Apr 2008 19:30
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    8 Apr 2008 19:30
    academy oxford
    9 Apr 2008 19:30
    colston hall bristol
    10 Apr 2008 19:30
    academy birmingham
    12 Apr 2008 19:30
    octagon sheffield
    13 Apr 2008 19:30
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    14 Apr 2008 19:30
    rock city nottingham
    15 Apr 2008 19:30
    brixton academy london
    21 Apr 2008 19:00
    Vicar Street Dublin
    22 Apr 2008 19:00
    Mandela Hall Belfast

    ^^^ How about the 27th, Coachella?

    I'll definitely go to any US gig or US festival (anywhere) that will get them to play for their upcoming new album tour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Nipples View Post
    "what comes after L?"
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    BOW... get it, L-BOW!

    ha ha... this is the first thing i thought of when i read the title...


    mother fucking cop and a half is a classic.. burt reynolds and that webster wannabe were a match made in cheesy movie heaven!

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    I agree 100%, Stef. I've seen them a couple times. The first was a double bill with Doves in '02. Leaders of the Free World is one of my favorite albums and I'm beyond excited for their new disc.
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    what kind of music they play?
    how can you describe the sound?

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    "Fallen Angel"


    "Fugitive Motel"


    "Leaders of the Free World"


    "Grace Under Pressure"


    "Forget Myself"
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    ELBOW - one of the best bands in the world.
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    I love Forget Myself. Actually that whole album is more or less amazing.
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    Both times i've seen them live, they have been stunning. I'll probably go to the Brixton gig if they are not on the Primavera lineup.
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    Wow, these guys are good... I'll keep a footnote to tackle their discography sometime.

    Stef, maybe you should add a chapter on Elbow to the young'uns guide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PassiveTheory View Post
    Wow, these guys are good... I'll keep a footnote to tackle their discography sometime.

    Stef, maybe you should add a chapter on Elbow to the young'uns guide.
    Good idea. I'll get onto that this week.

    In the meantime, the video for their new single, "Grounds For Divorce", is now up on Youtube:

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    Elbow have confirmed themselves to play at this year's Glastonbury.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idrive1life View Post
    Elbow have confirmed themselves to play at this year's Glastonbury.
    Err, yes, I believe I said that in the first post of this thread.
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    Elbow are fantastic, and some of their best songs are B-sides. They werer talking about a B-sides comp to come this year, but I don;t know if the idea is dead or not.

    Anyway, if you're interested, hunt around for the likes of Whisper Grass, Kisses, About Time and Loss.

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    I have been meaning to get into them for some time. I have heard one song, which was cool.

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    Elbow is one of my favorite bands. I cannot wait for their new album. "Great Expectations" and "Switching Off" are two of the greatest songs ever written.

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    Elbows are fantastic... i have two of them and without them i wouldnt be able to scratch my face!

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    I LOVE Elbow! Fugitive Motel is one of my favorite songs ever. Doves is another one of my favorites and I'm jealous you got to see an Elbow / Doves co-bill. Niiiiiiiiice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NiceArthur32 View Post
    BOW... get it, L-BOW!

    ha ha... this is the first thing i thought of when i read the title...


    mother fucking cop and a half is a classic.. burt reynolds and that webster wannabe were a match made in cheesy movie heaven!
    my second favorite burt reynolds role after deliverance...

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    So, Elbow's new record, "The Seldom Seen Kid", is pretty fucking fantastic. I highly recommend it. Especially the tracks; "Starlings", "The Bones of You", "Grounds for Divorce", "The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver", and "The Fix"
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    It's about time, Stef. I have "Fugitive Motel" as one of my favorites in the "Name Your Top 10 Tunes" thread, but I could have just as easily thrown in "New Born" or "Grace Under Pressure" also.

    Top band. Now we just have to get them, Doves and Athlete to get their asses over to the US and tour.

    I have to say, that since moving to the US to live 6 years ago, it's the one thing I miss more than anything - seeing UK bands that never tour the States very often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PassiveTheory View Post
    So, Elbow's new record, "The Seldom Seen Kid", is pretty fucking fantastic. I highly recommend it. Especially the tracks; "Starlings", "The Bones of You", "Grounds for Divorce", "The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver", and "The Fix"
    I agree. The whole album is incredible, but I think my three favourite tracks are actually "Weather To Fly", "Some Riot" and "One Day Like This". I just keep playing those three tracks in succession over and over again at the moment.

    Also, by the way, at the Elbow gig, Guy explained a little about "The Loneliness Of A Tower Crane Driver" before they played it. He said he had been in a pub with his brother and his friends, in Manchester, and this guy had come in and started a conversation. He had said that he was a tower crane driver, and that he was so proud of his job, and that he loved it; he was saying he gets peace and quiet all day, sitting at the top of the crane, and he has a chemical toilet up there, and gets food sent up to him, and never has to come down. He feels on top of the world, and like his own boss. Then, the guy had a few drinks, and pretty soon he was in tears, totally sobbing, saying it was the loneliest job in the world, and that he wasn't sure he could take it for much longer. So Guy decided to write a song about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stefinitely Maybe View Post
    Good idea. I'll get onto that this week.

    In the meantime, the video for their new single, "Grounds For Divorce", is now up on Youtube:


    I really like the sound in this song...
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    I agree. The whole album is incredible, but I think my three favourite tracks are actually "Weather To Fly", "Some Riot" and "One Day Like This". I just keep playing those three tracks in succession over and over again at the moment.

    Also, by the way, at the Elbow gig, Guy explained a little about "The Loneliness Of A Tower Crane Driver" before they played it. He said he had been in a pub with his brother and his friends, in Manchester, and this guy had come in and started a conversation. He had said that he was a tower crane driver, and that he was so proud of his job, and that he loved it; he was saying he gets peace and quiet all day, sitting at the top of the crane, and he has a chemical toilet up there, and gets food sent up to him, and never has to come down. He feels on top of the world, and like his own boss. Then, the guy had a few drinks, and pretty soon he was in tears, totally sobbing, saying it was the loneliest job in the world, and that he wasn't sure he could take it for much longer. So Guy decided to write a song about it.
    Hah. That's pretty awesome. "Some Riot" is also good, but the other two you've mentioned I haven't listened to enough to really enjoy just yet.

    I have to ask, seriously, how the fuck are these guys NOT huge?... It just baffles me. Bands like Klaxxons and Razorlight get more attention than Elbow?? Bullshit.
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    I just got an email that Elbow will be at the Avalon in L.A. on May 9. I'm assuming there are other dates out there if anyone wants to go hunting for them.
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    I've searched everywhere but so far 2 only (arrrrgh on that 4/27 date):

    Sunday, 4/27/08 Elbow Sixth & I Historic Synagogue Washington, DC On Sale Fri, 2/29 at 10:00 am EST

    Friday, 5/9/08 Elbow Avalon Hollywood, CA On Sale Thu, 2/28 at 4:00 pm PST
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    The Bones of You is my favourite track of 2008 so far. Followed closely by Mirrorball.

    Imo, the new album has a lot of weak tracks, but the two or three standouts make up for it.

    (Cast of Thousands is my favourite, followed by AITB)

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