A Date for your New Calendar


Caught by the River at The Horse Hospital 

Our friends at Caught by the River are hosting a series of events next year in one of the capital’s most interesting arts spaces early next year.

The first evening features:

Kate Carr

– A rare screening of Blackwaterside

– Readings from Caught by the River’s poets in residence Will Burns & Martha Sprackland,
plus special guest Adam O’ Riordan.

– MC John Andrews.

All the information on the line-up can be found here.

Caught by the River DJs will play records on the night and there will be a dedicated bookshop set up inside the venue.

Tickets are £10 in advance and doors open at 7pm.

The Horse Hospital is a three-tiered progressive arts venue in London providing an encompassing umbrella for the related media of art, film, fashion, literature and music. It provides a unique and distinctive arts and artist-led environment in which the arts can flourish for the benefit of local residents, tourists, visitors and practitioners.

The Horse Hospital is at Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 1JD.

For more information about the venue, click here.

Visit the Caught by the River site for everything you need to know.


Hidden Gems: James Hoare on East Village


James Hoare of Ultimate Painting spoke to ‘Raven Sings The Blues’ about his lost gem, the East Village album ‘Drop Out.’

James recalls, “I’d heard of the East Village through a friend, David Feck from Comet Gain, some years back. David strongly recommended I listen to the band and made me a mix tape which I took on holiday to Cornwall and was instantly drawn to, the music perfectly fit the mood, driving in the late summer evenings, melodic guitar lines looping over each other [in] beautiful melodies. I was instantly taken with the band and knew they had something special. It also sounded strangely familiar, like I’d been listening to them for years, yet completely fresh.”


Heavenly reissued this album in 2013 and it’s still just about possible to locate!

The 7″ single ‘Circles’ is available to purchase here. 

A Benefit For Child Refugees curated by Ed Harcourt


Our dear friend Ed Harcourt is curating a night for a children’s refugee charity at Union Chapel on December 2nd.

It looks ace.


Indie Label Market Snaps


The Annual Social Christmas Market

We’re super happy to announce our return to the annual Christmas market at The Social.
Taking place on Saturday December 10th and December 17th this years market is being hosted by our friends at Caught by the River.
These will be two afternoons of shopping, music, eating, talks and readings, bands, a festive quiz and drinking.
We will have a Heavenly stall as well as stalls from Trojan, Borough Wines, Pete Fowler, The Empress, Andrews of Arcadia, Suna Sox and many more stalls selling cards, badges, records, fine wine, bottles of spirits, t-shirts & fanzines.

Pop art, fanzines and Channel 4 – the making of Saint Etienne’s Foxbase Alpha


Micheal Hann at The Guardian celebrate 25 years of Saint Etienne’s classic debut LP ‘Fox Base Alpha.’

Here’s an interview he did with Bob Stanley explaining how the record came about.


Balloon at The Social


Balloon? Yeah, I remember them. What was it the man wrote? ‘God, I love this band’ and then proceeded to unwind simplicity’s power by explaining why. A right hand, shorn at the wrist, dangling from the handle of the passenger door. Red lights shot. Googlies at the goolies then a short one dug in to rip your head clean off. Sling yer hook, captain. The beatniks beat it. You should see the videos from New Orleans. Cabin fever. Doors to automatic. I’m thinking of making ’em into a movie should have been stars. Raging protest and side-splitting gags with the musical Morecambe and Wise. I also got a big brown box of Balloon t-shirts left over from the Bill Hicks tour. Apologies to the couple in Stoke-on-Trent who bought ’em by mistake. One LP, two singles, the odd track on an odd compilation, a few misses that shoulda been hits, songs that no one bought but most that did cherished, then silence. Now this.

Balloon play The Social, Fitzrovia, London on November 29.

The show arrives 24 years after the group released its debut Gravity on BMG/RCA. That album opened with a song called Why did it take so long, and closed with Farewell. Spooky, eh?