Live albums, eh. As artists become increasingly reliant on their live shows to bring in the cash a live album is the next best thing for hard up music fans who miss out thanks to rapidly increasing ticket prices and “secondary market entrepreneurs”.
But they’re tricky purchases even for the committed music fan. For every Nirvana Unplugged or The Who Live at Leeds there’s Having Fun With Elvis on Stage (just the talky bits from Elvis at various concerts… as an album) or Vanilla Ice Extremely Live. Continue reading Live in Shipley – Saturday 26th March 2016
For our next event we are delighted to welcome Bradford-based band Gurgles as hosts for the evening. They will be choosing the records they love and that have influenced their own, unique sound. We’re also hoping that the band will join us for our March edition of the Record Club radio show on BCB Radio.
Gurgles describe themselves as “Bradfordprogpop” and features Gus Bousfield (also of Mucky Sailor, ex of Nope and the writer of a myriad of music for tv and radio), Nanette Brimble and Bradley Cunningham… Continue reading Gurgles – Saturday 27th February 2016
With some very high profile cinematic releases happening over the next few months, we thought it was high time that Record Club went to the movies. After all, Bradford *is* the first UNESCO City of Film and has a proud cinematic heritage. We also share our home with the fine Shipley Film Society. There really was no excuse!
Continue reading Record Club at The Movies – 28th November 2015
With Record Club’s October event falling on Hallowe’en this year we thought we’d put our own spin on the ghosts and ghoulies theme by holding a Heaven & Hell night, as we set out to discover whether the devil really does have all the best tunes or, as the Pixies put it, “In Heaven, everything is fine…”
Continue reading Heaven and Hell 31st October 2015
Returning refreshed after the summer break, our next event will be Vet Sounds, or animal based music if you’d prefer.
Our central album will be Commune from Swedish fusion experimentalists Goat. Described as engimatic, psychadelic and astonishing, this album is also on “crazy splatter vinyl” and has been put forward by RC regular Andy. We’ll make sure we get a few pictures of that on the facebook page, for sure. We love a crazy splatter vinyl record at Record Club.
That won’t be all, of course… Continue reading Vet Sounds – Saturday 26th September 2015
The next in our irregular city-based themed nights will be about Liverpool on Saturday 25th July.
Named by The Guinness Book of Records as the City of Pop and by a 2008 Arts Council survey as the UK’s most musical city, Liverpool has a rich, varied and massively influential musical history. While the Fab Four will obviously spring to mind when thinking about the city’s musical pedigree, the list of bands and artists that have contributed to Liverpool’s reputation stretches wider than the Mersey. Continue reading Merseybeat and the Sounds of Liverpool – 25th July 2015
This month we are delighted to join the fringe programme of the Shipley Street Arts Festival, celebrating the best in national and regional street performers and musicians. And a massive inflatable whale, apparently. They have a watery theme this year so we couldn’t resist doing the same ourselves. Continue reading H2Ohhh!! 27th June 2015
Desert Island Vinyl is the theme for our May event. On Saturday May 30th we need six willing volunteers to take to the deck for 30 minutes each, sharing the records they would take with them to a Desert Island. Sound familiar? Maybe a bit. Here’s how to get involved…
Continue reading Desert Island Vinyl, 30th May 2015
**Updated with voting buttons 22 Feb**
As Ballboy once sang Space is brilliant! It’s so vast above our heads, such a place to marvel, to be inspired by – and so silent.
Space is also something we see around us every day back on terra firma. It’s what’s immediately around us. It what’s in our heads.
The possibilities of space are limitless.
We would like to try and have a Record Club that covers that breadth, that marvel – and unlike space, people feel they can just go to it….
Continue reading Space – 28th February, 2015, 8pm, at the Kirkgate Centre
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.