🎂⚡️ Stranger Than Paradise 1st Birthday Party 🎂⚡️

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🙌 The hottest record shop in London, Stranger Than Paradise turns 1 next week and their throwing a party to celebrate in style. 🙌

GET DOWN  with the STP crew next Thursday evening + a very special guest DJ Andrew Weatherall who will be playing records in store.

Come down for a boogie, bag yourself a record from their fine collection and we’ll see you there!

Festivities kick off at 7pm / Thursday 28th March.

Mare Street Market, E8 4RU

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Rough Trade Books x William Morris Gallery

Screen Shot 2019-03-18 at 13.34.35Rough Trade Books have announced their next collection of pamphlets, this time in collaboration with The William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow.

4 new editions are set to be released using a wide variety of artforms from poetry to illustration, textile making and photography, all centred around and influenced by the work and thinking of William Morris.

Will Burns and Jess White collaborate to explore Morris’ views on the natural world through poetry and illustration, as do Luke Turner and Eva Vermandel via fiction and photography.

Nina Chakrabarti and Lola Lely together create a visual pamphlet inspired by the Morris quote “have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful,” and Will Ashon and Michal Novosad use Morris’ political and social beliefs to discuss homelessness in London.

For further details about each edition, and to pre-order copies, head to the Rough Trade Books website.

To launch this series, an event will be held at the William Morris Gallery on the 11th of April. Nina Chakrabarti, Lola Lely, Will Burns, Luke Turner and Eva Vermandel will all be reading from and/or discussing their pamphlets, and typographer Timothy Donaldson will be doing a large scale writing performance.

Tickets for the event are available here.

Finally, Rough Trade Books have very kindly offered up a copy of every single pamphlet so far released to the ongoing Save The Social campaign, to raise money for the iconic London venue. Find out more about the fundraiser and pledge here.

Make Some Space: Tuning Into Total Refreshment Centre

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Friend of Heavenly and Caught by the River Emma Warren has written a book chronicling the history of the late Hackney music venue Total Refreshment Centre.

In recent years establishing itself as the home of London Jazz and nurturing a vibrant and internationally renowned scene of young musicians, including Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia and Ezra Collective, before its unfortunate closure last year.

Its legacy lives on however and the impact it has had will no doubt continue to ripple for years to come.

Emma’s book, titled Make Some Space: Tuning Into Total Refreshment Centre, delves into the buildings past as an Edwardian Confectionary Factory and follows through until now, telling the story of a community coming together in a rapidly changing part of the city.

You can find out more about the book and pre-order a copy (due April 14th) here.

SAVE THE SOCIAL ☆ A call to family, friends and music lovers…

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The Social, the legendary West End venue that’s hosted a list of names that includes the Chemical Brothers, Beck, Edna O’Brien, Wolf Alice, Adele, Bon Iver, Aphex Twin, Florence and the Machine and Cold War Steve is under threat of closure just as it reaches the milestone of its twentieth birthday. Rising rents and an offer to the building’s leaseholder from a cocktail and wine bar chain have put The Social under very serious threat. The bar’s founders need to raise money to buy a controlling share in the venue from the leaseholder in order to keep The Social open. Unless new investment is found in the next 2 weeks then the iconic venue will be forced to close its doors. We’re asking you for help.

READ MORE AND DONATE TODAY

Rough Trade Books ⦿ William Morris Gallery Editions

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The good folk at Rough Trade Books are set to release their next set of pamphlets in time for spring. A timely release for the colourful fourth series which is in collaboration with Walthamstow’s William Morris Gallery.

Our friends at Caught by the River tell us more about each fluro edition:

“Seeking to riff on William Morris’ passion for printing and specifically his interest in the pamphlet form, the four titles — across the disciplines of poetry, prose, illustration and photography — aim to exist in dialogue with the work of William Morris, emphasising how his ideas about aesthetics, design, politics, the environment and art in general, remain as powerful and prescient today as they ever have been.

In Germ Songs, the words of Caught by the River Poet-in-Residence Will Burns sit alongside the illustrations of Jess White; in Tracks, new short fiction from CBTR friend and contributor Luke Turner is accompanied by the photography of Eva Vermandel. Elsewhere, artist Lola Lely and illustrator Nina Chakrabarti exchange thoughts on the ordinary and extraordinary, the aesthetic and functional, whilst Will Ashon and Michal Novosad collaborate to tell a tale of homeless life in London.

READ MORE ABOUT ROUGH TRADE BOOKS HERE

PRE-ORDER THE PAMPHLETS

ROUGH TRADE BOOKS ON CAUGHT BY THE RIVER

📻 Heavenly Jukebox on Soho Radio 📻

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Yesterday afternoon our Danny offered two hours of light relief from storm Gareth for this months Heavenly Jukebox Soho Radio show.

He delighted our ears with proper sunshine and good time vibes.

LISTEN BACK TO THE SHOW HERE

🌟 Both Sides Now: Brighter Sound Workshop and Performance with Gwenno Saunders and Rhys Edwards at Liverpool Sound City. 🌟

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Collaborating with Brighter Sounds, Gwenno and her long standing band member Rhys Edwards are leading a workshop, ‘Both Sides Now‘ which culminates in a special performance at this years Liverpool Sound City.

This unique five day residency takes place in Liverpool’s city centre from 30th April until 4th May.

READ ABOUT WHAT TO EXPECT HERE

This residency is for women aged 18+ from Merseyside, the Wirral and surrounding areas who are in the early stages of their music careers.

Whether you write on more traditional electric or acoustic instruments, are an electronic instrumentalist or a spoken word artist  – writers of all worlds, genres and styles are welcome to apply. We’re interested in applications from musicians who are excited by experimentation and collaboration.

APPLY TO TAKE PART HERE

SOUND CITY LINE-UP AND TICKETS HERE