Hello everyone, I hope your having a good Friday afternoon. It’s Katherine here popping out for a break from behind the Heavenly stall at the Independent Label Market. I’m feeling weary and a little bit tipsy after one too many Camden Hells from the beer stall opposite!
I jest, this summers event has taken place on Bandcamp, champions of new music, the platform for artists has once again waived their fees for the third time during the Covid 19 crisis. This time round labels joined in the action, following the cancellation of the annual record fair for indies.
You can head to the Heavenly page and check out our super £10 vinyl sale as well as snapping up a limited eco-friendly King Gizzard record. I think there are still a few copies of the fluty one (my favourite) ‘Paper Mâché Dream Balloon’ here.
Elsewhere this week I have longed for the dance-floor by reading Greg Wilson’s blog. Wilson has been keeping a DJ diary for 10 years and it’s fabulous! This week he announced the blog had run it’s coarse for now. He has turned this attention to writing a book. He says, “I propose to write about the black music scene in the early-‘80s, and its crucial influence on the course of UK dance culture.” This sounds like another great venture, for now check out his archive posts from behind the DJ booth here.
In additional DJ news Erol Alkan has joined the good folk of NTSlive for a regular monthly show. So exciting! His first transmission will be on Tuesday 7th July at midday until 2pm. If you can’t wait that long, listen back to his brilliant Love Record Store’s mix here. Erol’s mix was inspired by ‘Pure Groove’ a record shop in Archway he loved growing up, read all about his connection to the shop here.
Further up the country in Scotland is Monorail in Glasgow, a record store that is close to my heart. This week they revealed a new section to their website dedicated to Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs compilations, what a good idea! The comps released via Ace Records are SO GOOD. Whilst Monrail’s doors are still closed, they remain open for online orders and you can purchase a comp here.
I would also like to take this opportunity to say that although pubs might be open tomorrow, it’s worth remembering that The Social has remained open during this strange time. As a venue it will not be re-opening it’s doors for sometime. However, having teamed up with White Rabbit Books since the dawn of lockdown the exceptional online gathering is still pushing out the good stuff, as well as the genius online drinks. It’s kept me sane during lockdown and will continue to so in this bizarre, unknown limbo period we find ourselves.
If your feeling creative this coming weekend Greenman Festival have launched a fundraiser t-shirt design competition. Win tickets for GM21 by including your interpretation of the Green Man effigy and what he might doing instead of the festival this summer. Send your design to us at firstname.lastname@example.org by 22nd July, Good luck!
Before I go, don’t forget that Working Men’s Club are playing YES Manchester tonight. It’s our first live gig together… virtually anyway! A Basement Transmission filmed in multi camera HD. Tickets still available via Dice.
See you down the front!
On the Jukebox this week, Nadine Shah’s new record ‘Kitchen Sink.’