Vinyl record sales are at their highest levels for more than a decade. Boosted by events such as Record Store Day, vinyl records are having somewhat of a resurgence.
So, to try get away from an image of a few “old” blokes sat in a darkened room reminiscing about the good old days (not that there’s anything wrong with that), we thought it might be a good opportunity to embrace the new, and celebrate the continued success of our much loved format.
Heck, it might even be fun to listen to some new vinyl without years worth of scratches.
So with the help of Record Club regular, Andy, we restricted this event to vinyl people have bought since the start of record club in September 2010.
To kick start things Andy chose Restless Idylls by Tropic of Cancer (2013). The vote for the other albums to be played on the night, resulted in us hearing the latest fromMogwai and Neko Case.
In “Record club plays something from this year” shocker, it was great to hear Mogwai (again). This is their 8th studio album, and the winnner of the poll for our New Vinyl event.
Restless Idylls – Tropic Of Cancer
“Restless Idylls is the debut album by Tropic of Cancer.
It consists of eight new recordings, written and performed by Camella Lobo in Los Angeles, with additional production from Karl O’Connor (Regis) in New York and London. It marks ToC’s return to Blackest Ever Black two years after the three-track EP The Sorrow Of Two Blooms, the label’s third release and one if its most cherished. “
How one man manged to vote 18 times to get this record on our New Vinyl playlist I’ll never know, but I’m very glad he did.
For this event the reins were handed over to Rob for a 12″ Singles night. He had a great response from people offering to bring records along, and Rob put together a great playlist, which he kept secret until the night. He teased us before hand with this;
“You can expect to hear tracks from the following:
Burial, Aphex Twin, Frankie GTH, Future Sound of London, Baby Ford, Grandmaster Flash, ABC, S Express, Happy Mondays, Stone Roses, My Bloody Valentine, Yello, Kraftwerk, Orbital, New Order, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Roxy Music, The Mission, Bauhaus, DJ Shadow and (as they say) much much more! And maybe even the Thompson Twins.”
During the evening there was time for a free-play section, where those that had brough their own stuff along got to play it.
More about this event on Facebook, and Twitter (@therecordclub or @robfprior, or#rcjan14).
I guess the biggest selling 12″ single of all time had to feture in our 12″ singles event at some point…
The fair city of Manchester has produced some pretty good music over the years. I think pretty much since Record Club started people have been suggesting that we have a ‘Manchester night’, so finally, we did it.
Keith chose two classic albums to begin and end the evening and the great unwashed public voted for the middle album.
Keith couldn’t make it down in the end, but supplied all the records from the vote, and some notes about them. Phil, turned up and ended the evening with a bit of a DJ set that ended up in dancing of all things! (I need to go have a lie down…)
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Allegedly used as a slang phrase by the band, “bummed” is the state of mind they usually achieved before embarking on recording sessions with producer Martin Hannett at all hours of the day or night. Happy Monday’s second album makes you feel like you’re right in the middle of the party, and almost as bummed as they are. Not long after this was released, the slogan “Madchester” was coined, and the Haçienda club became the focus of that scene.
The Durutti Column
Voted by the public as the second record of the night for our Manchester event, The Return of the Durutti Column beefed up the Factory Recordsline up for the night. It didn’t come in a sandpaper cover incase you wondered.
Failing to chart on its initial release, Unknown Pleasures really was as dark as the album cover suggested. This Martin-Hannett-produced debut was the only album they released as Joy Division while singer Ian Curtis was alive (committing suicide before their 1980 follow-up appeared). But, if you ignore the hyperbole, this is a fine album brimming full of musical ideas, still sounding original over 30 years later. People forget that half the record is white.
Keeping it Peel is a sort of John Peel Day, but with this one it isn’t about artists who performed – it’s for those who listened…
Celebrating the great man, and the joy he brought us all, on the anniversary of his death, the 25th October, the Record Club joined in with our October Record Club event.
Regular @LyndonMarquis was in charge for the night, and he picked two albums, that left us with plenty of room to bring along our favourite tracks/records to go in the gaps.
He’s also set up a vote for a third album to beplayed in full, which was won by XTC’s Black Sea.
More about the international celeberations: http://keepingitpeel.wordpress.com
You may also like: http://peel.wikia.com/wiki/John_Peel_Wiki
African Head Charge
Described on the On U Sound website as:
“AHC’s meisterwerk – the 1990 peerless “Songs of Praise” (ON-U LP 50) – a set so complete in its realisation that it provided a peak that the band could not scale again”
Stiff Little Fingers
Kicking off our Keeping it Peel night, why not start with a Peel Session. Stiff Little Fingers were certainly one of John’s favourite bands, so why not re-discover hem with us.
September’s Record Club was hosted by the popular Bradford band, Wilful Missing.
The band has had airplay on both Radio 2 and 6Music, and have had four of their songs featured in Waterloo Road on BBC Television.
In a slight change of format, we were treated to some live music from the band, sandwiched between some of thier favourite records.
We also got to hear a little about their vinyl choices and how some of it had influenced the music the band creates. The choice of music was really interesting – one punter was heard to say that it was the most diverse music we’ve heard at Record Club so far.
You can tweet the band at @wilfulmissing
Thanks to them_apples and dctwo for the images.
Deerhunter – ‘Octet’ (Cryptograms)
Midlake – ‘Roscoe’ (The Trials of Van Occupanther)
Paul Simon – ‘Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes’ (Graceland)
U2 – ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ (Under a Blood Red Sky)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy radio theme (The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy)
These New Puritans – ‘V (Island Song)’ (Field of Reeds)
Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man – ‘Mysteries’ (Out of Season)
The Beach Boys – ‘Surf’s Up’ (The Smile Sessions)
Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads – ‘Suicide Solution (Guitar Solo)’ (Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads Tribute)
Flying Lotus – ‘Computer Face//Pure Being’ (Cosmogramma)
Television – ‘Marquee Moon’ (Marquee Moon)
PJ Harvey – ‘The Glorious Land’ (Let England Shake)
Matt Molloy, Paul Brady and Tommy Peoples – ‘Munster Buttermilk’ (Molloy, Brady & Peoples)
Tindersticks – ‘For Those (Orchestral version)’ (Donkeys)
Massive Attack v Mad Professor – ‘Radiation Ruling the Nation’ (No Protection)
Sparklehorse – ‘Sad and Beautiful World’ (Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot)
Aw Come Aw Wry features a recurring theme used as a prelude to several of the album’s songs. Each time the motif is heard its style predicts that of the song it introduces. The album theme has its final recapitulation during the hypnotic album closer ‘Endless’, a song which was largely responsible for me (Albert from Wilful Missing
) becoming a Phosphorescent fan at the 2008 ATP Festival.
Albert says: “I’m interested in the sonic experience of music, something you get with extensive repetition. Terry Riley speaks eloquently of this in this interview with Bradford Cox of Deerhunter. http://vimeo.com/66427442
‘Endless’ makes great use of repetition, with Matthew Houck (Mr. Phosphorescent) adding layer upon layer of vocals as the substance of the song evaporates into a cloud of ethereal harmonies. Seeing him perform this song live with a looping pedal in 2008 was a near-spiritual experience.
When I saw Phosphorescent live at the ATP Festival in 2008, Matthew Houck performed the song with a looping pedal.”
There’s nothing quite like a band’s debut album, so we dedicated an evening to this fine art.
The event was curated by Wil Oddsox, the man behind the very lovely Front Room Disco (3rd Saturday of the month at the Kirkgate Centre).
He decided that The Front Room Disco would choose one album (The Specials), and then he created a vote for a second album, which was won quite easily by Three Imaginary Boys.
The third was chosen on the night from the pile of records brought along by Record Clubbers, which was a task in itself. In the end we gave half a side to Morrissey and half a side to De La Soul. and of course we played as amny tracks as we could from the other debuts that people brought to the event.
I think that means that only one of our featured albums was actually on either of these lists of debut albums:- the NME has its top 50 list, Rolling stone has its top 100 list
Thanks for all the suggestions and comments below..
Front Room Disco‘s nominated album for the Debut albunms event is The Specials self titled debut, it is always played at the very lovely disco.
The debut album from the Cure was picked by popular vote to be the second album of the evening at our Debut Albums event. Also at the event was Boys Don’t Cry, which is sort of different!
Not the first time we had heard from Morrissey, but the first time on his own. His debut solo album was chosen from the hundreds that turned up on the evening of our Debut Albums event. BUT we only had time for one side, as he had to share the space with De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising.
The 1st of July, as you well know, is Canada Day.
Lyndon suggested on our nominate page that this might be a good excuse to have an evening of Canadian vinyl. We liked the idea, so that’s what we’re doing.
So who’s Canadian enough to make it onto the list of vinyl for the night? Well, Lyndon has chosen:
- Wolf Parade – Apologies to the Queen Mary
- Neko Case – Canadian Amp EP
- Voivod – Dimension Hatröss
..no bryan Adams, or Celine Dion then? You can redress the balance by bring your Canadian vinyl along on the night, and joining in.
Also, there is vote to keep us all entertained.
The debut album from Canadian indie rock bandWolf Parade.
Pleased to see Neko Case getting an outing at Record Club. First heard on John Peel, and David has been a big fan for a while.
This is the fourth album from the Canadian heavy metal band Voivod.
How many great bands met at art school? We have no idea, but we reckon there are one or two of note.
Inspired by the Saltaire Arts Trail, (not to mention the Ante event at the Kirkgate Centre at the start of the month, or the Hive Pop up Gallery in Shipley), we played three of the greatest ever albums by ‘art school’ bands at our event in May, and we’d like you to bring down tracks by your favourites.
To enhance the ‘art’ theme we also displayed some work by the artists from round ‘ere who are also record clubbers:
A few plucky punters also had a go at creating their own artworks on 12″ card.
There was a vote for the 3rd album to play between the Rolling Stones, Roxy Music, and The Pretty Things.
As for PJ Harvey – the popular vote on the night was a little unclear (boos, cheers and jazz hands!) so we went with the ‘as advertised’ Let England Shake, but also played a side and a bit of Rid of Me – not a bad solution!
…and by the way, we realise that the ‘formed at art school’ idea is a bit shaky, so please correct us on any of this!
Chosen via the vote for our Art School event For your pleasure went down well on the night. This is Roxy Music’s second album.
Tony introduced the album on ther night by evoking images of a glammed up 1970’s Brighton.
We picked PJ Harvey for our Art School event, because she did go to one, but it’s a loose connection to the theme, but do we need an excusde to play a bit of Polly? This is her second Mercury Music Prize winning album, and we think it deserved it!
We think we can put Wire fimly into the ‘Art School’ club of bands. This is their debut album, which has had a lot of praise and been a big influence on bands that followed. It’s been hard work tracking down a copy, so should be something that few people have heard all the way through.
With Record Store Day just about done and dusted, we used our April event as a chance for people to play their recent purchases.
We did hope to have someone from Jumbo Records coming along, but it didn’t quite work out this time.
Instead we went with a last minute vote, and asked people to bring records along from artists featured in this or past year’s record store days. I think we just about got away with it!
This list of stuff available on the day, may still be around for a while if you are interested.
Pictures from the event are in our gallery.
The Wedding Present
The Wedding Present’s debut album made it onto our Record Store Day event via a tenous connection to Record Store Day. The Wedding Present have been releasing varoius interesting things for RSD, but we didn’t get hold of any of them, so instead we went for this classic instead.
Issued on vinyl for the first time for Record Store Day, we we’re fortunate that Andy got a copy after a long wait in line at Jumbo Records, Leeds.