Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Port Eliot Line-up Announced

As usual, we'll be packing a few choice bits into a shitty old van and driving around some festivals this summer. We'll be updating where we are heading to on here and Twitter, so stay tuned.

The Port Eliot lineup was announced this week, and it looks as interesting as always with the good people behind Caught By The River curating their own bar area and stage, displaying once again their flair for putting together a great mix of music, literature, art and the best festival bar of the summer.

There will also be the usual good food and spectacular views, with the additional incentive of Martin Scorsese's involvement...

See you there...

Friday, 25 March 2011


Rough Trade East will be screening Record Store Day's official film 'Sound It Out'. As well as the screening, there will be a Q&A with the director/producer, Jeanie Finlay plus special guests The Chapman Family.
This is a FREE EVENT. Capacity is limited to 100 people, so get here early to make sure you get a seat.

More about 'Sound It Out'

Over the last five years an independent record shop has closed in the UK every three days. SOUND IT OUT is a documentary portrait of the very last surviving vinyl record shop in Teesside, North East England.
A cultural haven in one of the most deprived areas in the UK, SOUND IT OUT documents a place that is thriving against the odds and the local community that keeps it alive. Directed by Jeanie Finlay who grew up three miles from the shop. A distinctive, funny and intimate film about men, the North and the irreplaceable role music plays in our lives.

High Fidelity with a Northern Accent.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

New Willy Vlautin Short Story...

The good people at Faber sent this over today, a specially recorded brand new short story from Richmond Fontaine frontman Willy Vlautin. This is a companion piece to his brilliant third novel, Lean on Pete. Get them all if you haven't already.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011


Friday 8th April
9pm til 4am
At Red Gallery, 1 Rivington Street, EC2A 3DT

Tickets available from:
Rough Trade East / The Red Gallery
£15 in advance £18 on the door

Rough Trade Shops are teaming up with Le Gun Magazine & Bare Bones to create and curate a night of music & art to remember in the sweaty bowels of The Red Gallery. The legendary Rough Trade Shops have been trading now for 35 years and their reputation as a true independent has gained them global acclaim. This is a meeting of music & art like no other with Le Gun's macabre punk ethos & Rough Trade's musical pedigree hand-picking some of their favourite bands & DJs.


Caribou (DJ Set)
Caribou is Canadian Dan Snaith's brainchild, who formerly recorded under the moniker Manitoba. He incorporates electronic Psychedelia, Krautrock rhythms, and Breakbeat drums and creates a swirling, lush, musical panorama. Caribou's 2010 release 'Swim' was Rough Trades album of the year with good reason. Dan's DJ sets take you on a journey through all manner of styles & textures, they're something special to behold.

Kutmah (DJ Set)
DJ Kutmah aka Justin McNulty is a veteran of the L.A. Beats Scene and a key figure in the Dublab / Low End Theory / Brainfeeder creative community. Kutmah's DJ sets could include anything from his own unique slabs of Hip Hop fuzz, rare Egyptian Funk to hot off the press exclusives from his L.A. friends all guaranteed to raise the roof.

Cloaks (DJ Set)
To say that Cloaks are swimming against the tide would be something of an understatement; as opposed to offering the listener a breath of fresh air, they have created a sound so dense it's closer to giving them a boot to the face. With their billowing bass and shredded metallic clanks, leading to apt comparisons of Trent Reznor performing through Jah Shaka's stacks.

Action Beat (Live)
Action Beat is an improvised Noise / No-Wave punk band, heavily inspired by early Sonic Youth, The Ex, Glenn Branca and other avant guitar ensembles. When it comes to Action Beat, improvisation is the operative word, although the band comprises a core of around five musicians, their cast can expand to as many as fourteen for their live shows. A normal gig will have at least three guitarists, a bassist and more often than not four drummers. Intense energy from start to finish.

Analog animations performed by 'PureA' artist Martin Fischer & Bare Bones

Nate Dogg R.I.P.

Sad news today that Nate Dogg has died aged 41.
A great singer, and involved in two of my favourite singles.
Regulate, obviously, but also, just at a time when I'd grown so fed up with hip-hop that the the Nike shellpants had long been folded up and put away, along came this stone cold classic. Me and my brother first saw the video knowing nothing about it. We watched it, got the bong out again and life was all good for another summer. Here's to Nate...