Rough Trade Books launches this month with 12 pamphlets – Rough Trade Editions – including a collection of poems from Salena Godden, drawings from experimental musician Daniel Blumberg, short fiction from Melissa Lee Houghton, drawings from Ana Da Silva, a zine from Jenn Pelly and an ‘tarot novella’ from music writer and novelist David Keenan with illustrations by Sophy Hollington.
Bonus fact: each pamphlets is a beautifully designed thing.
You can subscribe and get the pamphlets, plus news of forthcoming events and books, at Rough Trade Books. And you can read an exclusive extract from Keenan’s book, To Run Wild With It, on The Quietus website here.
Counterpoint celebrates a new wave of London jazz-inspired musicians who are on the rise worldwide. This monthly night sees musicians applying their improv skills to their record collections, with selected pairings playing back to back each night.
Tickets are free for under 25s who sign up to Tate Collective, or £5 in advance or on the door.
Sheila Maurice-Grey and Cassie Kinoshi play trumpet and clarinet respectively in KOKOROKO, NÉRIJA and SEED Ensemble. They’re first call for musicians like Kano, Kwes and Loyle Carner when they want to turn the musicianship levels up high.
Ezra Collective member Joe Armon-Jones brings pure dynamism to the keyboards. In a town of great drummers, Sampha-collaborator Kwake Bass is arguably the most creative. They’ll be cooking up a dub set for Counterpoint.
The Steam Down Collective’s weekly spot in Deptford spontaneously creates grimey afro-futuristic brilliance, alongside some of the most hype crowds on the planet. Ahnansé leads the band, on sax. Wonky Logic holds everything down on synth bass. Whatever they do, it’ll be fire.
Each event will also celebrate some of the visual artists connected to this upsurge of diaspora-centred talent. Lewis Heriz, Raimund Wong, Ben Connors and the collective behind the very excellent Plantain Papers magazine will be showing and selling their work. Bring cash!
The event has been put together by writer and broadcaster Emma Warren:
“These new generation musicians play at a ridiculously sophisticated level. They grew up in producer culture and they get the dance, and this combination is creating something new. They bring with them a powerful culture of improvisation and collaboration and now we’ll get to see how they apply their improv skills when there are some records in the mix.”
Venue: Terrace Bar, Tate Modern (Blavatnik Building)
Artwork: Ben Connors
Tate Collective sign up: http://www.tate.org.uk/tate-collective
Join us for a drink and dance as part of this new summer guest DJ series at the Tate Modern, Terrace Bar.
Many musicians like to speak of versatility, but Nabihah Iqbal has better grounds than most. She boasts an MPhil (focused on African history) from Cambridge, experience working in human rights law and a black belt in Karate. Formerly known as Throwing Shade, she’s ditched that moniker to embrace the name she was born with. Her debut album for Ninja Tune, ‘Weighing of the Heart’ is a big statement in two ways: first, because she’s taken her real name to stand proudly as a female British Asian artists making music and, secondly, because she’s moved her music in a bolder, more expansive direction.
This week marks the beginning of a new night at our beloved Social, PRISON TAN, and first up in this series is the ‘Bristol Germ’, bringing you some incredible live music from Bristol.
THE BRISTOL GERM
The Bristol Germ is a new illustrated music magazine, designed to document a dramatic, inspiring episode in underground and avant-garde music taking place in Bristol. Pairing in-depth interviews with mesmerising original artwork, this occasional publication explores the eclectic community of musicians, promoters and record labels driving this remarkable movement in DIY music culture. It is designed to do what the mainstream music press has not, and will not: bring this music to the lives of people who deserve to hear it.
MORE EVENT INFO: Prison Tan Series – The Bristol Germ Presents MXLX
The Bristol Germ Presents
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NOT TO MISS THIS WEEK @ THE SOCIAL:
Wednesday 6 Jun – Black Midi
Thursday 7 Jun – Sink Ya Teeth
Taking place against the beautiful setting of the Hawarden Esate, this last festival engagement of the summer is always a delight.
We’ll let the wonderful Roy Wilkinson on the Caught by the River site talk you through this years special acts performing across the weekend.
We’re off to Manchester for our first Jukebox night at Common!
A new regular party with our mates in the north, Heavenly family old and new, and hopefully some new friends too.
Expect the usual defiantly unplanned approach from the off on Thursday 24 May.
. . Believe in Magic