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Believe In Magic Hour #28


The Token Girl DJs have updated the Jukebox playlist this week with music they played during their Social gathering drinks. If you are a fan of Róisín Murphy, Grace Jones, Raf Rundell and double Daphni – this playlist is for you.

Jeff will be hosting tomorrow’s drinks on twitter so be sure to tune in.



International Teachers Of Pop have released a brilliant new single and all proceeds of the new track will go to the Hebden Bridge Trades Club



If there’s a cultural artefact capable of withstanding the vagaries and fickleness of the digital age as well as the printed book, it’s the vinyl record . . .

In Listening to the Wind, Ian Preece sets out on an international road trip to capture the essence of life for independent record labels operating in the twenty-first century. Despite it all – from algorithms and streaming to the death of the high street and the gutting of the music press – releasing a record to serve its ‘own beautiful purpose’, as 4AD’s Ivo Watts Russell once said, is a flame that still burns through these pages. With countless labels, albums and artists to be discovered, this book is for those who share that inextinguishable love for music.


See you next week!

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Believe In Magic #3

We’re back with another three things we’re enjoying today for #BelieveInMagicHour

✶ ✶ ✶Sea Change 2020 – Broadcasting Worldwide

‘Let’s Face The Future’ – Sea Change have now announced that their festival will take place online, hosting exclusive performances, events and conversations across social platforms.

Confirmed artists so far include Yann Tiersen, Shirley Collins, Billy Bragg and more which you can read about here. Expect some Heavenly names to be added to the list very soon…

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Heavenly Weekender at the Hare and Hounds, Birmingham

Heavenly family and friends and friends…today we rise rise from the rubble of our best laid 30th birthday celebrations to invite you to a Heavenly Weekender at the Hare and Hounds, Birmingham, way off in the unimaginable mists of September.

On Friday 18th September comes a set from space-bound boogiers The Orielles, with support from Heavenly supergroup Credwch Mewn Hud. Heavenly Jukebox and The Orielles DJs will spin discs late into the night.

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On Saturday 19th September, laser-toting party personnel Confidence Man take to the stage. Raf Rundell supports, and Unloved’s David Holmes mans the decks.

Tickets go on sale this Friday 17 April at 10am.

Read more here

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The Phil Kaufman Club – The Falcon

London, August 1988

The Phil Kaufman Club was the name I gave to a regular gig night I did at the long-gone Falcon pub in Camden Town.

The thing of note on this flyer is that it features the date of the first ever live performance of The Sundays. It was a pretty remarkable debut gig and one that got the group out of the traps faster than any other group I can think of, even to this day. Their rise was rapid and their success transatlantic but here’s where their story begins…

Everyone knew who I was in that pub. I’d been putting gigs on in Camden for some time by then so bands were always hitting me up with demos in the hope of getting a show. Truth is after all these years there are only a small few of those exchanges that I can clearly recall and one of those is meeting The Sundays.

Their approach was just the same: eye contact, shuffle over – “Hi, Jeff? Could we give you our demo please?” – but they had something about them; David and Harriet were particularly charming, and I just knew that this was going to be something good. And it was. Better than good. The demo was unbelievable. Great songs and Harriet Wheeler’s amazing voice. It knocked me out and I booked them immediately…in fact I was so hungry to see them, and they were so eager to play, that I think there was just a week – certainly no more than two – between this first meeting and the gig.

In the meantime, being the hustling music publicist that I was, I started to hype the show. The first two people I played the demo to were Danny Kelly, then the editor of NME, and Chris Roberts, a writer with a particular style of writing on the Melody Maker (note to young ‘uns: NME and MM were two of the five weekly music papers on offer at the time). Danny Kelly was coming anyway – I knew that because he was good friends with Andy Strickland of headline band The Caretaker Race (Andy was a writer on Record Mirror and had previously been a member of the great Creation band The Loft) – but after hearing the Sundays he knew to get to the Falcon early. Chris was a no-brainer. I knew what he was into and I knew that this was going to be love at first listen for him. It was, and you can read his review of the gig below (“The potential of The Sundays is about twice the size of Indonesia…”). Danny Kelly was equally excited and reviewed it with enthusiasm in the NME. They were off.

I had a label called Sub Aqua at the time and I desperately wanted to sign them. Chris wanted to sack off everything else in his life and become their manager. We could think of nothing else, but I was aware that my label was tiny and I had undoubtedly just shot myself in the foot by shouting from the rooftops as early as I did. I couldn’t help it though, and I still can’t! I hear it, I dig it, I don’t shut up about it.

I remember Chris and I having a meeting with the band a week or so after the gig, just before the reviews had run, at Chas & Dave’s pub, The Pegasus, Stoke Newington. They were lovely and our enthusiasm was probably a bit mental – I think they appreciated it but they weren’t ready to commit. The gig they played that night would be the last one I saw them play with me as the only record label in the room. Shortly after there was a chase and a bidding war and Rough Trade came out victorious. We were too tiny to compete and Chris remained a music writer. Fair enough. However disappointed I was, the brief, intense experience had been an adrenaline rush that I became addicted to.

There’s a pretty decent quality audio recording of the gig on YouTube. Listen here. (Jeff Barrett)

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King Gizzard Announce CHUNKY SHRAPNEL Film + Album

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have announced CHUNKY SHRAPNEL, a live film and album.

The film will be available to watch for 24 hours only on April 17 on Vimeo, and the album available to stream from April 24, with physical to follow.

Head to to watch the trailer and find out more.

Check out our King Gizzard catalogue here.

The band’s label Flightless is still shipping out orders and also has a HUGE sale on at the moment! So many great albums pressed on all sorts of mad coloured vinyl variations.

🔥 Check it out 🔥

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Flowered Up: A Weekender’s Tale gets 2nd print run

Flowered Up were one of the very first bands signed to Heavenly, with their debut single ‘It’s On’ claiming the catalogue number HVN3 in 1990, and the cult classic ‘Weekender’ being released 2 years later.

Flowered Up: A Weekender’s Tale is an attempt to champion this much loved band of their generation through never before seen pictures and words from those that were in and amongst the band, including Suggs (Madness), Steve Cradock (Ocean Colour Scene), Peter Hooton (The Farm), Paolo Hewitt (Ex NME journalist) and Clive Langer (Producer of Weekender).

The initial run of 200 books sold out, and now the authors have announced a second print run due this May. Like the first lot, these likely won’t hang around long.

Pre-order a copy here.


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Let’s Talk About Terry Hall’s ‘Home’

We are pleased to be releasing Home by Terry Hall this Record Store Day, on vinyl for the first time. Below, read a write-up by Pete Paphides about this magnificent album:

Let’s talk about denial. Let’s talk about self-awareness. Let’s talk about romantic idealism. And let’s talk about pop music. Let’s talk about Terry Hall and his strange relationship with all of these things: about his ability to create life-affirming pop music and about the fact that his exceptional gift was recognised by a long line of his peers before, finally, Terry Hall could no longer ignore it either. Let’s talk about the album where the penny finally dropped. A record which believes in the dream of perfect love despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Let’s talk about ‘Home’, the first solo album by Terry Hall.

Twenty-six years have elapsed since the original release of ‘Home’, but this Record Store Day sees its long overdue debut on vinyl. It might have been the first album which saw Hall step forward from a group identity, but ‘Home’ was Hall’s ninth in various guises since the emergence of The Specials’ self-titled LP in 1979. It had taken Hall a while to find his feet as a songwriter. With Jerry Dammers so prolific in that regard, Hall found himself in a strange position at the end of that group’s collective lifetime. The Specials had made him a pop star, but he didn’t feel like one. By the release of Fun Boy Three’s second album ‘Waiting’ (1983), the competition was Wham!, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet and Culture Club. Nothing wrong with any of those, but Hall would see himself staring back from the pages of a magazine alongside all the aforementioned names and experience what he called “a total cognitive disconnection”.

‘Home’, then, was the culmination of a long process which saw Terry Hall separate his lack of love for the job of pop star from his adoration for pop itself. In solving that conundrum, it sounds like a weight has been lifted from Hall. Like a code has finally been cracked. Somehow emblematic of that process is the album’s lead single ‘Forever J’, a song that Hall had started writing about his wife Jeannette almost a decade previously, but only finally came together when Hall presented it to the album’s producer Ian Broudie (The Lightning Seeds) as the sessions got under way. Alloyed to a disarmingly beautiful chorus, this ticker-tape flurry of unguarded intimacies might just be the most perfect pop song of an era that wasn’t exactly lacking in competition – and although it didn’t crack the top 40 at the time, it cemented the affection in which an emerging generation of proficient popsmiths held him: Jarvis Cocker did his own remix of the song and Damon Albarn sang Hall’s praises at every opportunity. In commencing the record, ‘Forever J’ sets the tone for what follows on the remainder of ‘Home’. Yes, it’s a solo album, but the engine of these performances is a stellar “house” band comprised of Craig Gannon (The Smiths, Aztec Camera, The Bluebells), Les Pattinson (Echo & The Bunnymen) and Chris Sharrock (The Icicle Works, The La’s).

This illustrious roll call is one that extends to the songwriters with whom Hall collaborated on the record. Co-written by Nick Heyward, ‘What’s Wrong With Me’ is a synergy of seeming incompatible components: its life-affirming power pop livery freighting a cargo of self-doubt (“I’ve got a bag full of promises I can’t keep/And a hundred reasons why I don’t sleep”) and good intentions (“All I wanna do is make your dreams come true”) to the affections of anyone who hears it. Andy Partridge steps forward to share the credit on ‘Moon On Your Dress” and ‘I Drew A Lemon’: the latter a rebuke to the man who will never love her the way our lyrical protagonist pledges to; the former a longtime favourite among fans of both Hall and XTC for the sanguine self-deprecations that manage to captures something of both artists’ relationship to the world around them.

And, of course, if you have Ian Broudie manning the console, it would be obtuse not to write a song or two together. With a friendship dating back to the early days of The Specials (the young Broudie saw Hall’s pre-Specials outfit The Coventry Automatics open for The Clash in 1978) the measure of the pair’s chemistry stretches beyond Broudie’s production role to encompass two of the album’s indisputable highlights. Featuring the unforgettable couplet, “If ifs and ands were pots and pans, you’d be a kitchen”, ‘You’ sees its protagonist trying to persuade his subject to see in him what he sees in her. The other Broudie co-write on ‘Home’ will need no introduction to most pop fans. ‘Sense’ is the song which gave its name to The Lightning Seeds’ second album, giving the group
their third top 40 hit in 1992. The version sung here by Hall though benefits from the Sharrock’s pugnacious Keith Moon-isms and, of course, the buccaneering fretboard work of Craig Gannon.

It’s Gannon, too, whose fingerprints can be found on a clutch of other songs which give a little more back with each repeated play. ‘Home’ may have emerged in the era that saw the term ‘Britpop’ enter the cultural lexicon, but there’s a fragrant melodic classicism at the heart of Gannon and Hall’s collaborations that can also be found in the work of Hall’s “other” 80s songwriting vehicle The Colour Field, with its nods to French chanson. It’s there on ‘Forever J’ and it’s also abundant on Hall/Gannon originals like ‘No No No’ and ‘I Don’t Got You’.

And yet, for all of that, there’s something about Hall’s voice that is, to quote the latter song, “as English as the weather”. You can hear it all over ‘Home’, and it works both to the advantage of this album and the listener. Like the expression of the man staring at you on the sleeve, there’s an outward sense of reserve in these performances which belies the lyrical tensions hinted at in many of its songs. Hall’s marriage was coming to an end when ‘Home’ was recorded, but these songs are manifestly the work of someone who still believes in happy ever after. Just about. They’re also the work of someone who has come to an accommodation with his relationship to pop. To coin a neologism, you might say that this was the record where our hero finally learned to “own it”. And if
your love of great pop mirrors that of Terry Hall, ‘Home’ is a record you might also consider owning.

‘Home’ will be available from independent record shops across the country on Record Store Day, Saturday the 18th of April. We’ve also announced special releases from Cherry Ghost, The Magic Numbers and Hatchie, which you can read more about here.

For more information on Record Store Day and the full list of releases, head to


We also highly recommend that you read Pete Paphides’ new book Broken Greek, ‘A story of chip shops and pop songs.’

“An evocative memoir by the music writer, which tells how a sensitive, silent child of immigrants learned to cope, with the help of Abba and other pop bands” – The Guardian

‘Tender, clever and as funny as it gets … a heart-piercing joy” – Lauren Laverne

Order a copy from the publisher here.

Paphides will be appearing at Rough Trade Bristol next Monday for a conversation and Q&A with Gareth James. Excitingly, Katy J Pearson will be joining them as a special guest, performing songs to accompany key scenes in the memoir.

The event is free entry, find out more here.

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King Gizzard UK/European Tour 2019

The Aussie psych bulldozer unit that is King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are revving up to flatten our continent next month.

Starting at Rock City in Nottingham, the UK stretch of the tour culminates in a massive headline show at Alexandra Palace in London 💥💥💥

We can’t wait.

Tickets for the tour available at


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 All night hop party/auto-erotic drone rock/glam racket/disco mince/drudge funk/electroid doof/stunt rock/jump up/get down/Forever Heavenly/first Friday/every month . . .


COME GET SOME! . . . All night hop party/auto-erotic drone rock/glam racket/disco mince/drudge funk/electroid doof/stunt rock/jump up/get down/Forever Heavenly/first Friday/every month . .

Heavenly presents
a new monthly club night

For the first time in ten years since those heady days of Turnmill’s, we are back putting on nights in London’s clubland. From this day on the first friday of every month will be Forever Heavenly . . . Forevenly!  In old school Heavenly style we’ve put together a knockout lineup of friends, family and heads who’ll be playing the music we would love to hear and reckon you will too.  You are all invited to this . . please do come . . and if you could take the time to invite everyone you think would like to come it would be really helpful . . . please help us spread the word of our first big club night in years!

Trevor Jackson (Playgroup)
Bassclef (live)
Andy Blake (Dissident)
Heavenly Jukebox(residents)

DJ Dexter (Australia)
Joe Hot Chip

Hip Hop Karaoke

Raf Daddy (resident)
The first event will be he an all nighter @ CORSICA ARTS STUDIO in Elephant & Castle; 5 Elephant Road, Elephant and Castle, SE17

£10 advance tickets are now on sale & you can you can buy em from ear:

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& to add to the fact that we will be kicking off the Spring bank holiday weekend in true Pagan style it ‘s also the same night that DOVES play their sold out show at Brixton Academy & we will be hosting the afterparty just down the road so to join those dots here’s a link to the Trevor Jackson ‘Doves’ remix.  Its an auto-erotic drone rock/glam racket/disco mince/drudge funk/electroid doof/stunt rock/jump up/get down/Forever Heavenly take on a new Doves b side ‘Push Me On’, expect to hear it banging through the Corsica on the 1st! DOOF! x

TREVOR JACKSON (Playgroup megamix) – DOVES  ‘PUSH ME ON’