Saturday, 31 January 2009


If you've been on this blog during the past few days, you might have noticed a post called 'From The Archives' featuring photos from last years Record Store Day of Billy Bragg with a dashing, handsome young record store clerk who is in no way balding. Somehow this post has been wiped from the Internet by persons unknown, although a bloody piece of parchment with Spencers handwriting turned up, completely illegible except for the phrases 'contact lenses', 'bottle of wine', 'german cannibal', 'PLAYING HUMAN BONES???' and 'more in sorrow than in anger'. 

I've just tried to upload the pictures again, but the Internet is obviously recovering from the '40 Minute Google Blackout' that happened earlier today, and doesn't seem to be able to manage it, so I'll try again tomorrow. Watch, as they say, this space.


every thursday 12-1pm on
resonance 104.4 fm

29 /01/09 hosted by

anthony pateras and robin fox 'apollonian gasket' (mego editions) end of daze CD
mr oizo 'lambs anger' (because) lambs anger CD
lithops 'sebquenz' (thrill jockey) ye viols CD
harmonic 313 'no way out' (warp) when machines exceed human intelligence CD
lukid 'skyfly' (werk disks) foma CD
junior electric 'hand-made real-time spaghetti' (duophonic) junior electric LP
stereolab 'l'exotisme interieur' (duophonic) explosante fixe / l'exotisme interieur 7"
hudson mohawke 'polkadot blues' (warp) polyfolk dance CD
heartsrevolution 'utraviolence chateau marmont remix' (kitsune) ultraviolence 12"
mr oizo 'blind concerto' (because) lambs anger CD
action beat 'high action' (truth cult) the noise band from bletchley CD
the hunches 'actors' (in the red) exit dreams CD
electricity in our homes 'silver medal in gymnastics' (4ad) silver medal in gymnastics / motorbike 7"
lord auch 'lettre de cachet' (young and lost club) mareado / lettre de cachet 7"
mv and ee with the golden road 'anyway' (dicristina) drone trailer CD
loren connors and jim o'rourke 'or possibly koln' (family vineyard) two nice catholic boys CD
brethren of the free spirit 'in him is no sin' (important) the wolf shall also dwell with the lamb CD

Thursday, 29 January 2009

John Martyn R.I.P.

It is with sadness that I post the news of folk legend John Martyn's passing.

Wednesday, 28 January 2009


We are very excited about this band. they are fresh as fuck, yet classic as a fish finger sandwich. To celebrate their new album 'Einstein's Getaway', they are packing up their gear and coming down to Rough Trade East to do an instore on the 4th of February at 7pm. If your not convinced already that they are a band to watch in 2009, download their track 'Engine' here and be prepared to have your head ripped off.
manchester's stranger son of wb deliver an incredible mix of alt-rock and disco-not-disco styles, at one minute dropping the funk and at others snarling their way through the harshest of sounds. it's immense and sounds like james white meets the birthday party meets the fall. to date, stranger son of wb has been through about ten different line ups, each time the band's shifting sound being held together by the underlying style of gareth's songwriting coupled with his erratic vocal delivery. following on from a couple of highly acclaimed singles on the kum ba yah and marquis cha cha labels, ('snakes' and 'hot banana wave', respectively), and a marc riley session, smith locked himself away in his chorlton flat, detaching himself from the immediate surroundings of a scene of 'young man nu-folkie flat-cap wearing nathan barley-type' chumpery, and battered out the scratchy, 4-track demos of the songs that would eventually become 'einstein's getaway'. 'einstein's getaway' is the sound of a manchester band - but this is not some limp pastiche of the north west's previous musical glories, polished-up to widen its appeal. this is a raw burst of primal energy, with grooves as catchy as hell.

Monday, 26 January 2009

it's coming....

Counter Culture '08

Well here it is, the best of last year's records, or at least the stuff that came to the top when Simon sifted through the arm-long lists of every tom dick and phillis that has worked in the shop for the last year. We've even got our first review.

Saturday, 24 January 2009


Yes, it is true. I was the man who let his teeth go to rack and ruin, despite Blue Oyster Colgates hit, 'Don't Fear The Dentist'. In the old days, when you had to have a tooth extracted, they just smacked you in the face with a mallet and then glued back in the teeth that weren't bad. I've seen it happen. One thing that put me off going to the dentist for so many years was the fact that my last one was a bluff Lancastrian pillock, who, during my first appointment managed to knock something over, chuckled and said, "I am a clumsy Claude!" He didn't like to give people needles (I've never feared the dental needle, I must admit) and on another occasion, he started to drill into one of my teeth and I immediately entered a World of Pain and said "Waaaaaaaoooooaaaargggh", or words to that effect. "Oh, did that hurt?", he said, "That's good! That means that the tooth's still live!" Surely there are ways of finding that out without drilling in and waiting for the patient to leap out of the chair?? So, it was with reluctance that I dragged myself down to my local dentists to have an extraction on Thursday. And, flipping crikey, it's all changed. My new dentist, a friendly bloke from Ghana with a slightly unnerving resemblance to Bernie Mac, had me injected and the tooth whipped out in less than 15 minutes. I swear I didn't feel a thing. I'm not saying I'll be nipping around there for a quick filling just for laughs, but I certainly feel better about visiting the dentist than I have in a long while.

Anyway, to celebrate my newfound dental freedom, I feel I have to buy a couple of this weeks new releases. One of the greatest labels around at the moment is Finders Keepers, never, to my knowledge, ever putting out a duff record. They specialise - ach,I'm sure you already know, but my job is to inform - in putting out reissues and compilations of international funkfuzzpopjazzmuzaklibraryfolkpsych rarities which have lain in obscurity for far too long. Recent classics have included Turkish funk prog legend Ersen and the mighty 'Well Hung', a twenty track compilation of Hungarian pop and funk from the '60s and '70s. This week, they issue the second volume of their 'B-Music' series, 'Drive In, Turn On, Freak Out', a 21 song selection picked by, among others, label bosses Andy Votel and Dom Thomas, DJ legends David Holmes and Cherrystones, Chris Geddes and Pete Fowler to name but a few! Among the selection is a laid back version of the theme tune from 'The Good, The Bad And The Ugly' and a fantastic Ennio Morricone find that sounds exactly like the mighty Yamasuki Singers - who have also had a record reissued by Finders Keepers! Every time we play it in the shop, it goes down a storm, so treat yourself in this long grey January to a kaleidoscope of World Pop nuggets and brighten your day!

Another label not to be sniffed at is Strut, who specialise in unearthing funk rarities and long out of print tracks that deserve a wider audience. This week, they release 'The Darkest Light', a compilation of tracks by the legendary Lafayette Afro Rock Band, who are either a bunch of American dudes who lived in France or a bunch of French dudes who lived in America. Whichever way around it is, this CD is also worth getting hold of - for a start, I was completely unaware that these guys also recorded the disco monster 'Dr. Beezar' under the name Captain Dax. But the main meat of it is the selection of tracks they did under their own name, including the title track of this comp, which has been sampled to death, but still sounds fresh to this day.
And finally, a quick word about the new Soul Jazz record, 'Fly Girls! B-Boys Beware' , a 2 CD or 4 LP compilation of female hip hop legends from 1969 onwards. 1969, I hear you cry, were they hipping and hopping back then? Well, no, not as such, but this comp takes a broader view to include such classics as Camille Yarbroughs 'Take Yo Praise' amongst more obvious names such as Cookie Crew, Queen Latifah and the mighty Missy Elliot, represented here by my personal favourite of hers, 'The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)'. Soul Jazz, of course, another great label whose back catalogue is well worth a thorough investigation.
And with that, I'm off. Wondering why the dentists don't offer the option of gas any more. I remember being put out like a light when I was a nipper, but apparently these days it's too dangerous. Goddammit, it's my body, I'll take that risk. I just took out an insurance policy with I. Pop and Sons and want to see how they handle a raging bearded man under the influence of dentists gas popping up at their head office brandishing a claim and insisting on talking to the head Stooge.Hey ho.

Friday, 23 January 2009


To commemorate our love affair with Bella Union, we have 5 pairs of tickets to their Valentines day event at the lovely Union Chapel to give away to you. All you have to do is email us your favourite lyric from a love song at and we will pick the winners and post them online. But wait there is more. They have also given us and you, the lovely track 'Below it' by Peter Broderick, that you can download here. Or you can find it on our Counter Culture 08.
Join in. It is sort of like a manage a toi.

'if a double decker bus, crashes into us.........'

BELLA UNION records will be hosting a night of magical music this Valentines with a number of our acclaimed artists gathering at the Union Chapel for an evening of seductive music... DUSTIN O'HALLORAN will open proceedings with his intimate and graceful classically-influenced piano solos before OUR BROKEN GARDEN carry us away with their dreamy atmospheric ballads... PETER BRODERICK will then take to the stage, playing tracks from his critically-acclaimed "Home" album, layering his vocals until it resembles a choir, whilst looping guitar, piano and violin to mesmerising affect... Other special guests will also be appearing on the night...

tickets available at Rough Trade East.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

the best thing ever

franz ferdinand instore 19/01/09

they liked our big jar of jelly beans.


Well, we've finally made it to the day we've all been waiting for. After eight years of headcases and gun nuts in the White House, we actually now seem to have a real person about to take charge. I was looking at the timetable of events for today earlier on, and I was amused to see that at 12.40pm (5.40 our time),Obama 'escorts Bush and former VP Dick Cheney to a departure ceremony' - the use of the word 'escorts' makes it sound like someone throwing out troublemakers - "Alright lads, time's time."

I'm not expecting Barack Obama to be a miracle worker - his country has been left up to its neck in various piles of guano by the current lot - but let's hope he can get through his presidency without screwing things up too much. As a natural pessimist, even I'm optimistic that he can.

Thanks to Helen for 'Changes' picture.

EDIT: 5.40-ish. He's in, World saved.

Sunday, 18 January 2009


It's getting ridiculous now....

Patrick McGoohan, Ricardo 'Khaaaaaaaaan!' Montalban, John Mortimer and now Tony Hart. This is not a World of Men anymore....

Friday, 16 January 2009

When 2 become 1

I love it when two disparate things come together and work perfectly even though they shouldn't (a bit like marmite and houmus on toast with a soft boiled egg on a monday morning) it's what makes working at Rough Trade fun. 
One of our fave finds of last year was the Apollo Sunshine album 'Shall Noise Upon' which we have been selling exclusively for a while now, it's a real nice mix of sunny west coast psychedelia meets the Beach Boys and My Bloody Valentine, a real winter warmer of a guitar record so whats up with Ed Banger artist Mickey Moonlight  wanting to remix it? Well he aint your typical Ed Banger artist ( I couldn't imagine Justice covering a sun-ra track, Maiden maybe, but a crazy space age jazz druid that travels inside a pyramid from another world ...... not really their scene) but his single 'Interplanetary Music' from last year was exactly that, a deep house space disco gem and a sun-ra cover (brave man). Anyhoo remixed Apollo Sunshine he has and he's turned the track into a really sweet downtempo beat driven wonder, and what's more due to the power of the interweb they have given us said track so we can in turn give it to you .......for free.
So fill your boots with some exclusive Rough Trade goodness.

Street Monsters

If you live in London you will have most likely seen them pasted on walls, lurking in galleries and generally making nuisances of themselves all over the east end. 
Well now they are making the transition to television.
Who are they ?
They are street monsters created by my friend Bortusk Leer and they look like this.......

Thursday, 15 January 2009

counter culture radio show

every thursday 12-1pm on
resonance 104.4 fm

15/01/09 hosted by margot

jana winderen 'mae taeng' (fact) surface runoff 7"
ktl 'eternal winter' (mego editions) iv CD
carsten nicolai and zeitkratzer 'synchron bitwave' (zeitkratzer) electronics 1 CD
fennesz 'grey scale' (touch) black sea CD
syvain chauveau 'et peu a peu les flots respiraent comme on pleure' (type) the black book of capitalism CD
robert henke 'first contact' (imbalance computer music) atom / document CD
elegi 'arvesolv' (miasmah) varde CD
hot chip and robert wyatt 'one pure though' remixed by geese (emi) made in the dark ep CD
telepathe 'drugged' (v2) dance mother CD
banjo or freakout 'someone great' (no pain in pop) mr no / someone great 7"
animal collective 'my girls' (domino) merriweather post pavillion CD
the yellow moon band 'window' (static caravan) travels into several remote nations of the world CD
teeth of the sea 'swear blind the alsatian's melting' (rocket recordings) orphaned by the sea CD
blank dogs 'the other way' (woodsist) the field CD
stranger son of wb 'crawl' (whitebox recordings) einstein's getaway CD
radio palestine 'lo-fi nubia' (sublime frequencies) radio palestine CD

The Old Blue Last - TOMORROW

Come one, come all to The Old Blue Last tomorrow night where we will be playing records, along with some special guests. If you're really lucky, you'll get to see Spencer dance:

Wednesday, 14 January 2009


Bearded men. Men with beards. Stout bearded types of the British Isles, come sit at my knee as I tell you about a couple of records which have excited my interest of late. By the way, you don't actually have to have a beard to read this post, but by gum, you certainly need one to write it.
Anyway, bend your ear in the direction of The Yellow Moon Band, based around Jo and Danny, the organisers of the Green Man festival, who have just put out their first album, 'Travels Into Several Remote Nations Of The World' , eight slices of psychedelic folk, epic funk tinged instrumentals which take me back to my misspent youth raising Wicker Men and imprisoning Edward Woodward....oh no, hang on, that was in a film I saw once. Anyway, it's that kind of thing, if you know what I mean.
The Yellow Moon Band also make an appearance on an amazing compilation that we've just got back in stock: 'A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble: Vol 1 - Cosmic Space Music' , two CDs compiled and mixed by The Amorphous Androgynous, who some of you older types might remember as Future Sound Of London. At the time this compilation came out, Kyle was moved to say it was the best record in the shop, and with a line up that includes Betty Davis, Pentangle, Can, The Emperor Machine and David Axelrod, as well as folk classics like 'Feel The Spirit' by Heaven And Earth, East European Prog-Funk from Mahagon and cosmic covers of 'I Am The Walrus' and the mighty 'Wichita Lineman', this record has pretty much been welded into my CD player since late last year. My favourite moment comes when Miles Davis' epic 'Rated X' muscles its way into the mix - sounds incredible on the shop speakers, believe me. If the Amorphous Androgynous are reading this, can't wait for Volume 2!
Also a quick word about a brilliant 12" that's just arrived in the shop, a double sider from Directors Cut which deconstructs Giorgio Moroders 'Evolution' and the 'Tomorrows World' theme tune to floor shaking effect.
That's enough for today. The shop is about to be invaded by (The) Virgins and I need to have my wits about me.


Dammit, are all my posts going to be about my heroes dying?

Holy moly it's just like the knife cept it aint

If I Had A Heart from Fever Ray on Vimeo.

No wonder lidl is up 25% over tesco


try and spot talbot roads very own sean forbes (not difficult), plus rough trade east's very own william whitmore burns (he doesn't have green hair anymore btw)in this music video by

BIS !!!!


Tuesday, 13 January 2009


You know that saying, 'There's always one'? Well, at Rough Trade East, I think I could be that one, as I regularly and vehemently disagree with everyone about, well, everything. 'Amelie'? Worst film ever made as far as I'm concerned. Bukowski - just don't get me started. People think I do it as a wind up - well, maybe that one time - but usually, I actually believe every word I say.
I suspect that Luke Haines takes it as a point of pride at being the one there always is, too. Almost alone, it seemed at the time, in railing against the horrors of Britpop whilst simultaneously laying claim to being its inventor, releasing funk albums about 70s terrorism and songs with titles like 'Light Aircraft On Fire'. So it was with great joy that I found that Haines had recently published his autobiography ('Bad Vibes:Britpop And My Part In Its Downfall') and I made it my late christmas present to myself - and I think I can already say it's likely to be my book of the year. Finding out exactly what lead Haines to the point where he decided to sabotage his own career by throwing himself off a wall in Spain and breaking both of his ankles, then onto the making of the aforementioned 'Baader Meinhof' album promised to be quite a read, and I wasn't disappointed. Acerbic, hilarious, pretty much always on the money and haunted by the ghost of a remorselessly pleasant Noel Gallagher, 'Bad Vibes' acts as a perfect companion to last years 'Kill Your Friends' by John Niven as an antidote to those horrific 'I Heart The Nineties' nostalgiafests that clog up the schedules, when there are surely repeats of 'Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads?' that could more usefully fill their space. I'm sorry, I seem to have drifted off the point, but anyway, 'Bad Vibes' is on the shelves at Rough Trade now, so start your year with a proper bit of culture and read it!!

New Jamie T like...

Monday, 12 January 2009

The Golden Ticket of 1994

Following on from quite a lot of talk about the Beastie Boys over on Jake's Alley here's a bit of RT memrobelia.

Animal Bonus mix cd !

Not only does looking at the cover freak me out ( It's like a car crash you know you shouldn't but you just cant help yourself) but when you buy the album from us (shameless plug !) you get a snazzy bonus mix CD featuring eight tracks compiled and mixed by the collective just for us .
It's our album of the month and I have to say I am loving it , a lot more song based than previous efforts and it's got some nice beats too (track two is the standout at the moment) but the album (like the cover) is ever morphing each time you listen to it so I imagine faves will change over time.

Coalition Chart

Support your local record shop !!

it's not all doom and gloom out there you know....a bunch of us surviving record shops have bandied together to form 'the coalition of UK record shops' , one for all all for one and all that!
visit the site for more details. I will post the chart weekly for you to have a look at .

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Lust For Life....Insurance?

Well...yes, and here we go again. Almost an epic week for Rough Trade to have started its new blog, what with David Bowie, Scott Walker and Arthur Scargill all having their birthdays (Syd Barrett too, if he was still with us) and Florian Schneider leaving Kraftwerk after forty years - strange to see him listed as a 'former member' on their wikipedia page, let's just hope that Ralf doesn't start talking about him like he was Ross McLochness. I imagine them being pretty much like an old married couple, bickering away for years until finally Florian snaps, "It's the bikes or me!" But these events were obviously overshadowed by two other, strangely connected, events. The first is me spitting out half a cup of tea when Iggy Pop bounced onto my Tv screen halfway through 'Coronation Street', with the express aim of selling me life insurance. Now hold on here, Ig, I'm not the one cutting my chest open onstage and picking fights with Hells Angels, so don't be telling me that I need life cover. The second is obviously the death of former fellow Stooge Ron Asheton, aged 60, from a heart attack, hopefully not bought on by him seeing Iggys advert. Though who knows? Imagine having been the guitarist in The Stooges, one of the most insanely uncompromising bands that ever roared out of Detroit (and from that city, you've got some pretty stiff competition), having made a record as out there and on-the-edge as 'Fun House' only to have your ex-vocalist turning up in some weird MTV editors nightmare of an advert telling you to buy life insurance. Surely the ultimate two fingers to that notion is to have a heart attack and not bother with that 'life' shit anymore? Not that I'm recommending this as a lifestyle choice, you understand, just that when you're Ron Motherfucking Asheton, you always have to go just a little bit further than anyone else. So, Ron R.I.P. - more rock 'n' roll than Iggy right to the end.

i like psych

Especially when it's freaky femme-rock from San Fransisco.
Thanks to Godsy for the tip-off!
Listen here.

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Rough Trade Shops Counter Culture 08 - Expected on 02/02/2009

Counter Culture 08 - pre-order

more cheese phillip!

Alela Diane

Her first album 'The Pirates Gospel' was our album of the year in 2007 and her new album is due on 10th febuary and is titled "to be still' . you can pre order it here

and here is an MP3 of one of the tracks titled 'white as diamonds'  


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