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!
Not very long to go, in a galaxy not very far away… This May we will be holding our first ever Sci Fi themed night of vinyl-only tunes. How could we resist on Saturday May the Fourth (Be With You, etc…)
It’s a free play night and never ones to to be too precise about our themes, here at Record Club we welcome a broad interpretation of what Sci Fi means to you. Whether you get your kicks in a galaxy far, far away, consider space the final frontier or find the previous two a sheer affront to the intellectual heights to which serious “SF” can aspire then we want to hear your vinyl choices (yes, you can bring Sarah Brightman’s “Starship Trooper” if you must).
We’ll be setting our phasers to stun from 8pm upstairs at the Triangle for three and half hours of the best, worst or even most indifferent of your Sci Fi choices, with the airlock closing at 11.30pm. To accompany your journey we should highlight that the beers and other drinks available in the Triangle bar are out of this world and we’ll try and lay on a few free Indian snacks to help soak them up.
So, get ready to make the jump for hyperspace to The Triangle in Shipley for a planet-conquering, galaxy-smashing night of vinyl tunes.
For many of us music, records, VINYL in fact are elemental to our existence. A week without a gig, a trip to a record shop or a few hours spent crate digging or clicking (“crate clicking”, I like that one…) is a wasted week.
But apparently there are things even more important to life. Like coffee…. no? Biscuits? Umm… Even more basic? Oh ok. The actual building blocks of life itself…
Ancient Greek brainbox Empedocles thought he had it all figured out when he proposed earth, air, water and fire. Not a bad start and you never heard any complaints from Maurice White and his merry band of funketeers. But science being all science-y decided there were more and before you knew it there’s 118 of the beggars with crazy names like Dubnium, Europium and GOLD!
So we thought why not celebrate all things elemental through the medium of our much-loved vinyl (or polyvinyl chloride as we never call it and which isn’t even an element, pah!). It’s a free play night so there’s no central albums – just bring it and play it. As long as you can tie it back to the theme of ELEMENTS.
On nights like this we easily get through 50+ diverse tracks with lots of polite and friendly chopping and changing at the pre-loved wheels of steel. And if you’re unsure how to work the decks then there is always a friendly face willing to help. Lots of fun, guaranteed.
As usual, our lovely hosts The Triangle will be running the cash & card bar downstairs with some amazing beverage choices, many of them you won’t otherwise find for hundreds of miles. And you can help yourself to some of Bradford’s finest Indian snacks courtesy of Record Club regulars.
So, we’ll see you upstairs at The Triangle, 47 Bradford Rd, Shipley from 8pm until 11.30pm. Elementary!
Elvis was the guitar man, Ziggy played guitar, Bryan Adams got his first real six string at the five and dime, Bob Marley was jamming and Joan Jett loved her rock n roll…
This month we celebrate all that is great and good about the guitar and the heroes who provide their unforgettable sound. Six string or twelve (or maybe just four), from blues and acoustic, to rock, jazz and jangly pop – our night of guitar greats promises to be full of unforgettable riffs, rhythms and solos.
Noel is taking charge of this one. The evening will include a side each from two featured albums – Eric Clapton’s ‘Me and Mr Johnson’ (his tribute to the legendary guitarist Robert Johnson) and Joanne Shaw Taylor’s 2016 album ‘Wild’. Joanne is a British blues guitarist who has just been signed by Sony.
Each album will be followed by a short session of linked guitar based tracks. And of course there’ll be plenty of time in between for you to share your favourite guitar-based tunes on vinyl.
We crack on from 8pm upstairs at the Triangle, while downstairs you’ll find a cash/card bar stocking the finest selection of drinks known to mankind.