Toy Release Surprise 12″ On Tough Love Records


Our friends Toy have just released a surprise 12″, featuring two brand new songs, on Tough Love Records. Listen the tracks and read what the Quietus have to say about it here.

We love the artwork, created by one of our favourite sleeve designers Luke Insect.

The 12″ is released in an edition of 300 on black vinyl, available from independent record shops around the country, and an edition on 200 on clear vinyl, available directly from the label.

Purchase here.


Rough Trade Books Tour The Country…


Rough Trade Books are taking their second series of pamphlets around the UK with them this autumn, including another evening at The Social on the 8th of October.

“Brand new and original (and beautifully produced) works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics, illustrations, photography and interviews — ROUGH TRADE EDITIONS will tell the stories of why counter-culture matters, has mattered and will matter.”

Having just brought Richard King and Thomas Morris to the Caught by the River stage at The Good Life Experience in Hawarden, Wales, the next stop for the gang is Rough Trade Bristol for a night of poetry and short fiction on Wednesday, the 19th of September.

Following on from there they’ll be making their presence known at Kenilworth Arts Festival, taking place on Saturday the 22nd of September, Rough Trade East on the 3rd of October, and Bound Art Book Fair in Manchester on October 12th.

Amidst all that they’ll be having a proper knees-up at our favourite local establishment, The Social, following on from their fantastic launch for the first series there back in July.

This time around they’ll have a bumper line-up including Robert Barry on music and technology, Laura Lewis discussing her photographs of Japanese Love Hotels with the writer Lucy Bourton (It’s Nice That), the legendary James Endeacott sharing his tall tales with music journalist Paul Stokes and the wonderful Joe Dunthorne reading from his pamphlet published in their first series. They’ll also have Ana da Silva of The Raincoats performing live and our very own Token Girl DJs providing the musical back-drop. A night not to be missed.

Tickets available here.




Central London’s greatest new weekly party is here in one of W1’s last remaining and best loved music venues.

The Social has been throwing parties for 20 years with everyone from Fatboy Slim to Fat White Family, The Chemical Brothers and Hot Chip, Aphex Twin and Adele all playing in the basement on Little Portland St.

Now presenting it’s first ever dedicated student club night, HOT WAX every Thursday!!






+ 100% VIBES

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard//Tame Impala//Oh Sees//Shame//IDLES//Fat White Family//Blur//Goat Girl//LCD Soundsystem//The Libertines//ASAP Rocky//The Strokes//Franz Ferdinand//The Maccabees//Radiohead//New Order//Hot Chip//Gorillaz//Florence And The Machine//Jamie T//Ty Segall//Protomartyr//Parquet Courts//Childish Gambino//Black Lips//St Vincent//Kendrick Lamar//Arcade Fire//OutKast//Tribe Called Quest//MGMT//Lorde//MF Doom//Arctic Monkeys//The Horrors//Kasabian//Wolf Alice//King Krule//The Orielles//Kanye West//Courtney Barnett//Beyonce//The XX//MIA//Queens Of The Stone Age//Run The Jewels//Wu-Tang Clan//Charlotte Gainsbourg//Omni//Ought//Yeah Yeah Yeahs//Ghostpoet//Nadine Shah//HMLTD//Vampire Weekend//Nirvana//The White Stripes//Beck//Mac DeMarco//Car Seat Headrest//Pond//Temples//Ariel Pink//The Growlers//Twin Peaks//Fidlar//Hookworms//The Lemon Twigs//Drenge//Conan Mockasin//The Modern Lovers//Hinds//The Kills//OFWGKTA//Beastie Boys and MORE!

Starts 8pm upstairs – then until LATE in the basement

£3 on the door

Free guest list via DICE.


Join the Social family . . . Believe in Magic!

Introducing Dinked. “Independent but stronger together”


A message from our friends at The Drift Record Shop, Resident, Piccadilly, Transmission, Stranger Than Paradise & more…


Hello, Friends.

We’re hyped to announce today that alongside our buds at Resident, Piccadilly and Transmission, we have formed a new collective of like-minded shops under the banner of Dinked. We will be bringing you exclusive pressings (both new, old, weird and wild) and we’ve started things off with exclusive editions of the new Kurt Vile LP Bottle It In and the John Carpenter Halloween OST.

Kurt collaborated with Courtney Barnett on Lotta Sea Lice last year, but it’s been three years since his last studio LP b’lieve I’m goin down… and it’s great to have him back.

Our limited pressing is on double orange & yellow splatter vinyl, with a die-cut sleeve andcustom rounded corners (you know, like the Doors L.A. Woman sleeve). Limited to just 800 numbered copies, available at Dinked shops only.

Released on Friday 12th October, it’s up for preorder now (also on CD and regular vinyl editions).

Iconic director and musician John Carpenter returns as soundtrack creator for the 2018 reboot of the iconic ‘Halloween’ series. Limited to just 200 copies these are going to FLY. UK Exclusive Pumpkin Orange vinyl pressing and includes a 12″ Art Print.

Released on Friday 19th October, it’s up for preorder now (also on CD).


Rough Trade Books Presents The Second Series…


We loved the first series of Rough Trade Books pamphlets featuring Salena Goddard’s poetry, a Jon Savage photography pamphlet, David Keenan & Sophy Hollington’s tarot cards and drawings from Daniel Blumberg amongst others.

Adelle Stripe reviewed the series for the Caught by the River site which you can read here.

Now, the Rough Trade Books venture has revealed it’s second series of beautifully produced pamphlets – continuing to tell the stories of why counter-culture matters, has mattered and will matter.

The second series includes our friends James Endeacott’s ‘The Tall Short Stories of…,” Richard Kings fictional account of Arthur Russell & Allen Ginsburg’s week together in the Castskill Mountains, a music manuel from Late of the Pier & so much more.

Head over to the Rough Trade Books shop to pre-order these new editions.


Catch Rough Trade Books on the Caught by the River stage at this years Good Life Festival.


Diolch for the good times Huw…

…Huw’s Last Weekday Show

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We’re gutted that Huw Stephens BBC Radio 1 weekday show has come to an end. Huw is a big champion of new music & has given his upmost support to Heavenly artists over the years.

Here’s his last ever weekday show which features a Maida Vale live session version of Boy Azooga’s ‘Loner Boogie.’


Huw is continuing to shine a light on new artists with a special Sunday show which you can listen to here. 

Caught by the River & Little Toller present…



Caught by the River and Little Toller Books are pleased to announce an event in celebration of the publication of a new book by Tim DeeLandfill will be launched at Bristol’s Centrespace Gallery on Friday 5 October.

A groundbreaking new book from the CBTR contributor and author of The Running Sky and Four FieldsLandfill confronts our waste-making species through the extraordinary and fascinating life of gulls, and the people who watch them. The event will feature:

– a reading from Landfill from Tim Dee;

– a rare appearance from Turner Prize-winning landscape artist Richard Long, who will be interviewed by Tim;

– a talk on gulls from writer, naturalist and conservationist Mark Cocker;

– poetry from Holly Corfield CarrJack Thacker and Paul Farley;

– a talk from artist, Bristolian, and Landfill illustrator Greg Poole;

– a talk from Bristol-native novelist Tessa Hadley, who is also one of the dedicatees of Landfill.

As always, CBTR will ensure a fully stocked bar and bookshop, and great tunes ’til close.

The event will run from 7-11pm at Centrespace Gallery, 6 Leonard Ln, Bristol BS1 1EA. Tickets cost £15 in advance, and are available online (with a small booking fee), in person from the Letterpress Collective Studio at the Centrespace Gallery, or over the counter at Friendly Records, 59-61 North St, Bristol, BS3 1ES.