VARIOUS ARTISTS BOB STANLEY & PETE WIGGS PRESENT…
‘State Of The Union – The American Dream In Crisis’
💥With Bonus Signed Postcard by Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs 💥
America coming down, the sound of a country trying to work its way out of a crisis. Following on from their excellent English Weather and Paris In The Spring sets, Bob and Pete get to grips with an American music that was losing its swagger.
By 1968 there was a growing consensus that something had gone horribly wrong with the American dream. With urban riots, Vietnam, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, and ever-climbing divorce rates, the American way of life was under scrutiny from all sides. The nation’s youth had loudly made their feelings clear, but now the older, pre-Beatles generations began to look at the country and wonder what the hell was happening.
This album includes rare classics (the Beach Boys’ ‘4th Of July’), lost masterpieces (Roy Orbison’s seven-minute ‘Southbound Jericho Parkway’) and forgotten gems by some of the biggest names in the business (Elvis Presley’s ‘Clean Up Your Own Back Yard’). Reactions to America’s existential crisis ranged in subject matter from divorce (Frank Sinatra’s ‘The Train’) and the break-up of the nuclear family (the Four Seasons’ ‘Saturday’s Father’, Mel Tormé’s ‘Take A Letter Maria’), to eulogies for fallen heroes (Dion’s ‘Abraham Martin And John’), sympathy for Vietnam vets (Johnny Tillotson’s ‘Welfare Hero’), the church’s institutional racism (Eartha Kitt’s intense ‘Paint Me Black Angels’), the hypocrisy of establishment figures (Dean Martin’s ‘Do You Believe This Town’) and even questioning the ethics of the space programme (Bing Crosby’s terrific ‘What Do We Do With The World?’).
It is now shocking to read that, as recently as 1968, the Bureau of Land Management proposed to build dams in the Grand Canyon; Richard Nixon would sign an executive order setting up the Environmental Protection Agency in December 1970. His administration then commissioned the Documerica photography project, which launched in 1971 – the year Marvin Gaye sang about “fish full of mercury” in a Top 10 hit – and it showed, shockingly, how the American way of life was trashing the landscape and poisoning the population. It provides the artwork for this album, a condensation of what America’s older generation were thinking when they turned on the TV, or the radio, or simply walked down Main Street in 1968.
Out on November 2nd – Pre-order via Monorail Music Today.
Our friend Nick at Rough Trade East has started pondering his favourite tracks of 2018, including Anna Burch‘s ‘Asking 4 a Friend.’
He’ll be adding more to this already brilliant playlist of tunes.
☕ We recommend kicking back with a cup of PG tips on your break whilst listening:
✵ Disco Queens & late night party boys – get your glad rags on this Friday, we’re going dancing! ✵
The Orielles are taking over the basement of The Social for the launch of their new ‘Disco Wrists’ club night.
Turn up the heat at tune into their brilliant cow bell heavy playlist ahead of the event.
EVENT DETAILS & TICKETS HERE
Following the success of her second album ‘Le Kov’, Gwenno has shared a new exciting short film titled ‘Le Kov, a landscape…‘ a collaboration with filmmaker, Steve Glashier ahead of her UK headline tour which starts this Friday.
“Here’s a contemporary visual document exploring what truth and myth is, what Le Kov is about – where we’re at, and how we got here.” Gwenno says of the short film. “A collaboration between Steve Glashier and I, exploring landscape and a sense of place. A postcard of the now that may one day be forgotten, so let’s enjoy the moment before it disappears.”
WATCH ‘LE KOV, A LANDSCAPE’ HERE.
GWENNO TOUR DATES & TICKETS
Friday 12th October – BRISTOL – Thekla
Saturday 13th October – MANCHESTER – Yes
Wednesday 17th October – CARDIFF – Swn Festival, Tramshed
Thursday 18th October – LONDON – Islington Assembly Hall
Friday 19th October – SOUTHAMPTON – The Loft
Saturday 20th October – FALMOUTH – Falmouth University
Sunday 21st October – EXETER – Exeter Uni
Saturday 27th October – DUBLIN – Metropolis Festival
Recent Heavenly signing CHAI bring their N.E.O-Kawaii Punk mayhem to London this Thursday, via an in-store at Rough Trade East to celebrate the release of their new record PINK.
After their performance, the band will be signing copies of the record before heading to the Big Chill next door for our Heavenly Jukebox after party!
The gig and party are both free and all are welcome.
Following on from there, CHAI go on tour supporting Superorganism for all their upcoming UK dates, including O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on October 24th.
PURCHASE PINK HERE
We’ve been loving the brand new Paycheck EP from Pip Blom. Filled to the brim with charm and Garage Rock ear worms. Listen to it below but be warned that once you let it into your head, you’ll struggle to get it out!
Preorder 10″ Vinyl: http://www.pipblom.com/
iTunes, Deezer etc. : https://awal.lnk.to/PaycheckEP
This Friday The Orielles takeover The Social for the first night of their new residency, Disco Wrists.
The band will be spinning some of their favourite tunes into the night, joined by special guests Girl Ray!
Tickets are free and available here, so don’t miss out. They’ll also be returning on the 30th of November, and again on the 21st of December, armed with a fresh set of records and joined by new friends.
See you there!