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.
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.
See you there!
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!
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.
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!
Our next event is dedicated to the American Maverick – art rocker, lone cowboy, socially conscious punk and genre-defining funkmeister. Darren will be leading this one with an eclectic selection including Arthur Lee & Love, Patti Smith, Fugazi, Sly & The Family Stone and The Residents. There’ll be plenty of opportunity for you to pop on a track or two of your own choosing if you’ve got something you think fits the theme in between chewing your pencil over one of Darren’s legendary quizzes.
We get spinning at 8pm upstair at The Triangle, there’s a cash and card bar downstairs selling the finest drinks known to humanity and we’ll lay on a few (free) Indian snacks to enjoy along the way. Lights out at 11.30pm. Come and join us, we’re a friendly bunch and it’s always nice to meet new people!