On Seeing Elbow in Washington, DC

Thursday I went to DC to see Elbow. Elbow, as long-time Allynologists know, is the Mancunian band that I really groove to, and they’re a band that I push on all my friends. Despite being something of a big deal in the UK, the band has never broken the American market; they play festivals andContinue reading “On Seeing Elbow in Washington, DC”

On Elbow’s St. Paul’s Cathedral Gig

A month ago Elbow performed an interesting concert for Absolute Radio — they did a live acoustic gig in the crypt of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London which Absolute put live on their website for viewing or listening. Doctor Who fans, of course, know St. Paul’s Cathedral for the iconic image of Cybermen marching aroundContinue reading “On Elbow’s St. Paul’s Cathedral Gig”

On Completing the 30 Day Song Challenge

A little more than a month ago, I began posting to Facebook and Twitter responses to the 30 Day Song Challenge. As I mentioned at the start of it, some friends of mine at work had been doing the challenge, one sent me the link to the “rules,” and I started answering the various questions.Continue reading “On Completing the 30 Day Song Challenge”

On Pondering Elbow and Atheism

Here’s a question. Is Guy Garvey (or someone else from Elbow) an atheist? I love Elbow, as long time readers of this blog know. (For previous posts on the subject, click here.) What brought this question to mind — what are the religious proclivities of the Mancunian five? — was my recent and ongoing searchContinue reading “On Pondering Elbow and Atheism”

On Elbow’s “Open Arms” Single

Elbow’s new single, “Open Arms,” came out today, and as I did two months ago for “Neat Little Rows” I performed a little jiggery-pokery with Amazon UK and proxy servers to make the download happen. In a way, I really only needed the single for the B-side, “Buffalo Ghosts.” Last week, I acquired an “OpenContinue reading “On Elbow’s “Open Arms” Single”

On Anger With the Post Office

Over the weekend, I mentioned that I’ve recently started collecting some rarities relating to Elbow, the Mancunian band that I utterly adore. Toward the end of the post, I mentioned that I’d ordered the Build a Rocket Boys! Souvenir Book from Elbow’s current UK tour. In the book, frontman Guy Garvey talks with artist OliverContinue reading “On Anger With the Post Office”

More on Downloading Elbow’s New Single

This morning, before nine o’clock Eastern, I received an e-mail from HMV. With the subject line “it’s on its way” (no capitalization), HMV was writing to tell me that Elbow’s Build a Rocket, Boys! was in the post, and I should have it in seven to ten days. Naturally, I’m hoping for seven days. DeliveryContinue reading “More on Downloading Elbow’s New Single”

On Downloading Elbow’s New Single

The spring of Elbow has begun. “Neat Little Rows,” the first single from Build a Rocket, Boys! released today. And, like a crack-addicted monkey, I had to download the song. Oh, I’ve seen the video the band released in January: I’ve even used some audio jiggery-pokery to get a listenable mp3 from the video’s audioContinue reading “On Downloading Elbow’s New Single”