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
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
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 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
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!
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!
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.
This 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!
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.
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.
Do you like driving in your car (despite it not being a Jag-yoo-arr)? Or perhaps you prefer to catch the Long Train Running? Or the Last Train to London. On the way to the Airport (if you have a smiling face)? Or maybe the National Express is more your thing (especially if your life’s in a mess). As long as you Stay on These Roads everything will be fine.*
Yep, you’ve probably figured out that the next Record Club theme is transport. Noel will lead this one with some choice cuts before handing it over to everyone else for an extended free play session.
So anything on vinyl relating to transport… cars, boats, trains, rockets, bikes, submarines, lorries (red and yellow), trucks… is eligible. Bring it. Play it.
So join your fellow passengers when the The Record Club Transport night departs “Triangle Station” (upstairs at 47, Bradford Rd, Shipley) at 8pm on Saturday 6th July and arriving at 11.30pm (alright, that’s when we finish). A buffet trolley will also be in operation (downstairs cash card bar and some free Indian snacks upstairs). Choo choo, bon voyage, etc.
*Madness, Doobie Brothers, ELO, The Motors, The Divine Comedy, A-ha.
Hey you up there, you with 24 hours of sunshine in the summer and long dark nights in the winter. Yes you, you have a rich history of music. Let’s celebrate it.
In fact, let’s celebrate it while a few of you are celebrating your countries. Yes, Sweden (6 June), Denmark (5 June) and Iceland (17 June) all celebrate their days of independence in June, so The Record Club have decided to honour all things viking in our very first Nordic night, called… Nordic Nights!