HI! How are you?

Well, it’s been a few months since we were last able to meet up at The Triangle and it’s still not clear when we can do so again. While we have had to cancel our regular monthly events for now plus the final two of our 2020 Record Fairs we have tried to stay busy where and when we can. Here’s one or two things that have been going on…

The Lockdown Listens series on our social media channels continues, with RC regulars posting what they have been listening to these past few months. We’d love to hear your thoughts by commenting on the posts and if you want to share your own list then let us know.

We’re S-H-O-P-P-I-N-G…

Two Record Club regulars have been busy setting up and stocking online shops to sell their creations.

If you’ve ever seen our poster designs then you’ll have come across the work of Andy Mitchell (Custard4Gravy). His latest activity moves away from those digital creations into much more traditional, tactile and beautiful hand made lino cut prints, all ready for framing and available to purchase from his shop. You can also find Andy’s book of The Record Club poster archive available to buy too.

Meanwhile Anne-Marie White (Clocktower Studios) was so missing getting out and about to visit all her favourite record shops that she decided to draw them all instead. You can find prints of the shops, badge designs and her new BD18 themed Christmas cards among the items available at Anne-Marie’s website. And you may find some stocked in the record shops featured in the series.

RADIO!

The regular Record Club Radio Show on BCB Radio also continues uninterrupted on Tuesday nights at 9pm, presented every four weeks by Rob and Will from the Record Club’s top secret recording facilities. You can hear the latest show, part 1 of our 1990 special, by clicking the link below.

To listen to future shows (next one is 17th November) tune in to BCB on 106.6FM around Bradford, bcbradio.co.uk anywhere in the world, on various internet radio connected devices (probably your kettle) or visit our Mixcloud page where archive all the past 70+ shows for your ongoing listening pleasure. More details also on our Radio! page. And a special shout out to the ace folk at BCB for their amazing work keeping the station going this year.

And if that’s not enough radio for you, may we recommend The Tipping Point, also on BCB Radio and presented by RC stalwart Tony Painter.

The Host With the Most

Finally, we must mention our wonderful monthly event hosts The Triangle, who throughout the last few months have remained open to provide Shipley and the wider community the very finest choices in beer, cider, cheese… Pop in, say hello and treat yourself.

For now, stay safe, look after yourselves and each other and we’ll see you soon (ish).

Coronavirus – Record Club events are postponed for now…

Today our friends at The Triangle announced that they have cancelled all forthcoming events and drinking-in until further notice, so we will be postponing our monthly Record Club Saturday night events too.

The Triangle will be staying open for take-outs and possibly a delivery service. We’d urge you to support them and your other local businesses in whatever way you can during this incredibly difficult period.

Meanwhile we are busy thinking of ways we can run one or two virtual Record Club events instead so watch this space for further details. Until then please look after yourselves and those around you and we hope to see you very soon.

Do You Remember The First Time? – Saturday 7th March 2020

Do You Remember The First Time?


It has to start somewhere. And a lot of the time it makes such an impact that you never forget it.

For Arctic Monkeys it was I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor, Kate Bush wowed everyone with Wuthering Heights and Lady Ga Ga had Just Dance. Songs which started careers that never looked back.

This February, Record Club is asking you if you remember the first time an artist revealed themselves, whether it be a debut single, or the opener on their first album or EP. If you’ve got it, bring it along – as long as it’s on vinyl of course – as, after a focus album, there’ll be plenty of time to spin those discs.

And as always, there’ll be free Indian snacks and you can wash those down with the finest selection of beers Shipley has to offer at The Triangle.

Do you remember the first time? Well, make sure everyone else does too!

New York New York – Saturday 1st February 2020

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New York, the city of dreams; and a musical history that is as diverse as its residents.

From Sinatra to The Wu-Tang Clan, Blondie to Simon & Garfunkel, there’s barely a genre that can’t claim some part of the city as home. Then there’s the songs inspired by the place too. Probably a good thing then that it’s also known as the city that never sleeps!

This month we will be celebrating the best music the city has to offer, with a classic New York album in full, and plenty of time for free-play, so raid your shelves and bring plenty along to spin! The only criteria – that they are somehow related to New York and you have it on vinyl.

So artists or records from there, songs inspired by the city or its residents all are welcome. We don’t like to be strict about these things!

Bart is picking up the reigns for this one and as well as playing a selection of his favourites tracks he has narrowed down the possible albums to play in full down to four.

Vote for the record your would like hear!

Billy Joel - 52nd Street
Billy Joel – 52nd Street

52nd Street is the sixth studio album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released on Oct 12, 1978. The follow-up to his breakthrough success album, The Stranger, Joel tried to give the album a fresh sound, hiring various jazz musicians to make it feel differentiated from his previous album efforts

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Charly Bliss – Young Enough

Throwing a more recent record into the mix, we have last years’ effort from the New York natives. Pitchfork had this to say: The Brooklyn band’s second record is bigger and darker, amplifying their ’80s new-wave sparkle into ecstatic triumph…

The Beastie Boys - Paul’s Boutique
The Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique

The Beastie Boy’s second studio album regularly places on lists of the greatest albums of all time, and is viewed by many as a landmark album in hip hop.

The album is New York — loud, smart, & opinionated!.

The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico

Widely considered of the most influential records of the 60s if not all time. As Brian Eno’s is credited as saying “It only sold 30,000 copies, but everyone who bought it started a band”.

We’ll be upstairs at The Triangle (47 Bradford Rd., Shipley) from 8pm and usually wind things down around 11.30pm). An amazing range of drinks are available to purchase from downstairs and we’ll try to provide a few free Indian snacks too. Everyone is welcome, those who’ve been before and those who have never come along but keep promising themselves they will. Hope to see you there!

1970 – Saturday 4th January 2020

As we cautiously enter a new decade, among our usual varied programme of themed nights for 2020 we will be holding three Re-Vision events dedicated to celebrating the music of 30, 40 and, for this event, 50 years ago.

On 4th January Record Club winds the clock back to 1970 to revisit the albums and songs of the time. It was the year The Beatles split up, that Concorde took its first supersonic flight and that Apollo 13 declared to Houston that they might have a problem. Closer to home Ted Heath became PM as 18yr olds were entitled to vote for the first time and the first ever Glastonbury Festival was held. But in the record racks of your nearest WHSmith were classics such as Bridge Over Troubled Water, Let it Be, Bitches Brew, Paranoid, The Man Who Sold The World…

Noel is picking up the reins of our first Re-Vision event with his personal choice of records from 1970 but he has promised to leave plenty of space for you to play your own selections, so please bring some along. The only criteria – that they were released in 1970 and you have it on vinyl.

We’ll be upstairs at The Triangle (47 Bradford Rd., Shipley) from 8pm and usually wind things down around 11.30pm). An amazing range of drinks are available to purchase from downstairs and we’ll try to provide a few free Indian snacks too. Everyone is welcome, those who’ve been before and those who have never come along but keep promising themselves they will. Hope to see you there!

The Review – Saturday 7th December 2019

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Phew! Time flies, eh! It doesn’t seem two minutes ago that we were gathering upstairs at the Triangle back in January for an evening of bone-shaking dub, yet here we are at the end of another year. One which saw us hold 12 events at The Triangle, take part in a pop up disco at the Saltaire Festival, pop up for the second time at the Record Café, broadcast 13 radio shows on BCB Radio, celebrate the fantastic poster artwork of Andy Mitchell and pick up the reins of the Saltaire Record & Retro Fair for three brilliant fairs at the Caroline Club. It’s safe to say this has been the Record Club’s busiest year yet.

So, we hope you can join us for a look back on 2019 at our home, upstairs at The Triangle. We want to hear what’s been rocking your world in 2019, whether it be new tracks, old favourites or rediscovered gems. Maybe you heard something played at one of the events earlier this year?

So bring your vinyl and let’s hear your 2019. We start at 8pm and wind down at 11.30. See you there!

Eastern Influences – Saturday 2nd November 2019

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Ah! The East, the mysterious East!

Many Western musicians seem to have had a great fascination for the unique sounds of the East: the “strange” instruments, the unusual scales and bending notes, the complex time signatures.

A fair number has sought to incorporate these sounds into their music to make it seem more distinctive, unusual or exotic. Think of Brian Jones’ and George Harrison’s use of the sitar in the 1960’s and Michael Brook’s collaborations with Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn. More recently musicians like Fourtet have used samples of Eastern music to extend their sounds and artists like Bjork have handed over their music to be remixed and built on by Arabic singers.

And of course the traffic is not just one way. Lots of non-western musicians are also creating hybrids between their traditional and new music that make it difficult to pin down just what “Eastern” or “Western” music really is.

0016238590_10This month we invite you to dig into your collection to find any uses of the exotic East, be it from the Indian subcontinent, the Far East of China and Japan or the closer Middle East. We’ll be playing some of Sarathy Korwar’s recent LP “More Arriving”, an exciting synthesis of Indian rhythms, jazz, rap and spoken word. The rest of the time will be freeplay which will give you all the chance to show some of the more exotic corners of your collections.

The decks start spinning upstairs at The Triangle at 8pm and will come to a stop around 11.30pm. See you there!

We’re Making an Exhibition of Ourselves! – Saturday 5th October 2019

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A much loved feature of the monthly Record Club at The Triangle (& previously The Kirkgate Centre) is the poster publicising the event in the weeks leading up to it. The Record Club bear never fails to raise a smile and thanks to the power of social media has fans all around the country, if not the world!

The talent behind each and every one of these posters is Record Club regular Andy Mitchell. Over the past five years Andy has built a mightily impressive portfolio of poster art for Record Club and to celebrate he has put together an exhibition upstairs at The Triangle during October and November, launching at our next event on Saturday 5th October.

But that’s not all! While Andy’s work will be available to buy after the exhibition, if you miss out on your favourite you can rest assured that it will feature in “Just For the Record…” Andy’s companion book of his artwork chronicling 5 years of illustrating for the Record Club, which will be available to buy on the night.

So, exhibition (check), book (check)… oh yes! Records! As an accompanying theme for the night we thought it would be nice to celebrate the past five years of Record Club. Just bring along some records to play that represent your favourite themes from the past five years. Simple. Need a reminder? Try here.

All the usual gubbins apply. We’ll kick things off upstairs at The Triangle at 8pm and wrap it up at 11.30pm. The Triangle’s fine bar downstairs will keep your thirst at bay and there’ll be some free Indian snacks to enjoy upstairs, along with your fine vinyl choices.

See you there!

Royalty & Nobility – Saturday 7th September

Enter the vinyl palace and spend an evening with the royalty and nobility of Record Club!

Kneel before BB King, bow before Queen, meet Prince and Lady Gaga, not to mention Duke Ellington and Earl Scruggs, or even the Duke of Earl.

The Lords and Ladies of Record Club are waiting for all your royalty and nobility themed vinyl to be played at The Triangle.

As with all Record Club nights, you can be as wild and wacky as you like with your records – Queen of Soul, the King of Rock n Roll, Kaisers or Emperors anyone?

After a short set by one of our Record Club noblemen, it’s an evening of free play, so bring your noble vinyl and get it on the decks.

Of course beer, cider and all manner of excellent drinks to satisfy the most discerning palate are available to purchase at The Triangle, and tasty – and free – Indian snacks are served courtesy of the Record Club. 

The decks start spinning at 8pm, carriages at 11.30pm (ish). It’s certain to be a right royal knees-up. Arise, Sir Duke!

Yorkshire – Saturday 3rd August 2019

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We’ve celebrated Yorkshire Day before but only ever on our radio show. This time round it’s a full-on event night dedicated to the White Rose County and we get three times as long to play vinyl choices about Yorkshire, or by Yorkshire artists. We’d even allow bands formed in Yorkshire.

As usual, the decks will start spinning upstairs at The Triangle from 8pm and we’ll being things to a close around 11.30pm. Bring your vinyl selections along to play on the Triangle’s decks or just sit back and enjoy everybody else’s choices. There’s a bar downstairs (but you can still bring your drinks upstairs) and we’ll lay on some free Indian snacks upstairs. If you’ve never been to Record Club before please come and say hi, we love to see new faces. If you’re not sure what we’re about, have a read of this.

See you Saturday 3rd August from 8pm.