In 2015 we are celebrating our 25th anniversary all year long. Recently we have launched an official Heavenly Spotify account, now you can enjoy a playlist featuring the singles we have released this year.
“Immensely pleasing, wiry post-punk bearing some fine lyrical turns” - The Quietus on H Hawkline’s ‘Moons In My Mirror’
“Glitter Band drums, crunching guitars, swirling 80’s synths, and a pseudo football hooligan chant of “GO GO” drives a number that is both sassy and smart” - The Line Of Best Fit on The Voyeurs’ ‘Train To Minsk’, produced by Oli Bayston
“A wonderfully fuzzy slice of guitar pop” - Clash on Hooton Tennis Club’s ‘Jasper’, produced by Bill Ryder-Jones
Hooton Tennis Club – Jasper
Duke Garwood – Heavy Love
H. Hawkline – Moons In My Mirror
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Slow Jam 1
The Voyeurs – Train To Minsk
H. Hawkline – Spooky Dog
Hooton Tennis Club – Standing Knees
Heavenly Singles 2015:
We are happy to have launched our own online clothing shop – a range of the 25th anniversary merchandise is now available for purchase. Visit our website HERE.
If you have missed out on the Hebden weekender, the patches, T-shirts, sweatshirts and posters are up for grabs:
We are really pleased and excited to be part of Bad Vibrations Label Mates Festival this year. The gorgeous concept behind it is to showcase 9 of Bad Vibes’ favourite independent record labels during 10 consecutive days of music, beer, and vinyl.
We will be hosting our All Dayer at The Shacklewell Arms on Sunday 15th of March with four artists on our roster playing from 3pm. The line-up is not announced yet but hopefully you trust us enough to know it will be a very special day – we promise it’s another celebration of our current roster at 25 years. The
Heavenly Jukebox and Emporium will also be selling exclusive 25th anniversary merchandise & records. A selection is also available for purchase in our online store.
Tickets are £12 and you can get them HERE.
At Heavenly we can’t wait to participate in the festivities. Have a look at the order of proceedings:
March 6th - Burger Records
March 7th – Fortuna Pop
March 8th – Cardinal Fuzz
March 9th – Odd Box Records
March 10th – Fierce Panda
March 11th – Trashmouth Records
March 12th – Bad Vibrations
March 13th – Fuzz Club Records
March 14th – Faux Discx Records
March 15th – Heavenly Recordings
Head to the Facebook event page for more information.
The shortlist for The GIT Award has been revealed – Heavenly are huge fans of the Liverpool scene and we’re happy to have had our founder Jeff Barrett on the panel for this Liverpool music prize.
In exciting news, Hooton Tennis Club are among the nominees – we are proud a group of national industry figureheads (not necessarily Jeff) has picked them as one of 12 shortlisted artists.
The full list consists of impressively eclectic choices: from Double Six-signed groove funk trio All We Are to Transgressive Records’ rock & rollers Circa Waves through to surf-pop Domino signees We Are Catchers; Tim Burgess-affiliated electro duo D R O H N E, XL Recordings hype star Låpsley, swaggering Heavenly Recordings’ slouchers Hooton Tennis Club and Wire Magazine-endorsed enigma Esa Shields; emerging soul-pop diva Roxanne Jones, Finders Keepers-signed cosmic singer-songwriter Jane Weaver, swirling UK buzz band Gulf, Skeleton Key Records’ revellers Sundowners and neo-soul rising star Xam Volo – this year’s GIT Award shortlist represents a kaleidoscopic musical picture few cities in the world could match.
Dubbed ‘the Scouse Mercury Prize,’ backed by Yoko Ono
and the cornerstones of Merseyside’s flourishing cultural community, the winner of the GIT Award
2015 will be revealed on Saturday 4 April 2015
at The Kazimier
. Like in previous years, the winner will receive a specially commissioned trophy and a cheque for £1,000.
You can read on more about the award and find a playlist with the nominee’s music under this link.
by Andy Childs.
WAGING HEAVY PEACE by Neil Young
(Viking 502 pages, hardback).
Of all the books written about Neil Young, Shakey by Jimmy McDonough is perhaps the most revealing, Johnny Rogan’s Neil Young : Zero To Sixty the most musically exhaustive, and Neil & Me by Scott Young and Being Young by Astrid Young the most endearing. None of them, I would venture, quite get to the soul of the man so, as a long-time and mostly unwavering Neil Young fan, the publication of a possible intimate autobiography along the lines of Dylan’s Chronicles was an event that I was relishing more than the release of his next album. And of course as a long-time Neil Young fan I obviously shouldn’t have known what to expect.
Waging Heavy Peace, whilst offering no major surprises itself, is defiantly not a standard rock star autobiography and, on balance, all the better for it. Instead of an ordered, chronological appraisal of a life and career Young has written a rambling, folksy and eminently engaging trawl through various episodes in his life and interspersed it with frequent impassioned digressions to plug his latest obsessions – PureTone (now called Pono), his digital delivery system that enhances music downloads to studio sound quality, and Lincvolt, his electric/ethanol-powered environmentally-friendly car. There’s a lot in this book about (mostly old) cars which Young is able and more than willing to chat about endlessly, model railways (another life-long infatuation), and the occasional boat. It seems Young is happiest when he’s moving along both physically and artistically.
Continue reading at Caught By The River website
Robert Macfarlane & Chris Watson: The Sea Road (17.32) Recorded live at Port Eliot festival, July 2012
b/w Granite (7.05) (Watson) /Stormbeach (7.25)(Watson)
Rivertones 2. A 12” single, released November 2012
Undoubtedly the highlight’s of Caught by the River’s summer was an utterly unique collaboration between two of Britain’s most forward-thinking adventurers, author Robert Macfarlane and sound recordist Chris Watson. They had been plotting something special for a few months, a performance piece based on Robert’s book The Old Ways that would blend archive audio, field recordings and spoken word. We put it on stage at our fifth birthday party at the QEH in May and then again at Port Eliot Festival. Robert read while Chris created a bespoke soundbed for the words. The result was eerie, trippy, uplifting, effortless and fantastic. Cut to a couple of months after Port Eliot. Chris Watson sends a jaw-dropping recording of the Port Eliot performance at the exact point we’re scratching our heads about what to put on the next Rivertones release…
Below, Robert Macfarlane explains the story behind The Sea-Road, his collaboration with Chris Watson:
To continue reading, visit Caught By The River website.
Curated by Rob St John and David Chatton Barker, and limited to 200 copies, the tapes are packaged in a screen printed heritage library buckram box which houses information and ephemera related to the trials: a map, photographs, an essay by the curators, and a dried nettle in glassvine envelope as well as a download code.
For more info head to Caught By The River website.