Jane Weaver Manchester Ritz Show Announced

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Jane Weaver has announced her biggest Manchester headline show to date, at the O2 Ritz on November 30th with support from She Drew The Gun and Pictish Trail! Tickets go on sale this Wednesday at 10am here: https://tickets.o2priority.co.uk/events/jane-weaver/4963

Fire Records at Indie Label Market – Summer 2017

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It’s that time of year again.. Fire Records are heading to Indie Label Market at Old Spitalfields Market – Summer Edition! We’ll have copies of Jane Weaver’s #1 indie-charting record ‘Modern Kosmology’ along with other new releases from Death And Vanilla, Bardo Pond and Noveller! Over at our sister label Earth Recordings, we’ll have copies of our Anne Briggs reissue of ‘The Time Has Come’, Mikael Tariverdiev’s delightful ‘Film Music’ … Read More

Las Kellies head to UK / EU for Glastonbury, Benicassim Festivals + more!

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Argentinian Post Punk / New Wave grrl trio Las Kellies head back to UK shores to play the below dates later this month! Las Kellies Tour Dates 2017 22 Jun: The Victoria, London, UK    23 Jun: Glastonbury Festival, Somerset, UK    29 Jun: Comme Nous Broulons Festival, Paris, France    30 Jun: Penny Lane, Rennes, France    01 Jul: Cisai-St-Aubin, Biches Festival, France    08 Jul: Fstival Maison Fumetti, Nantes, France  12 Jul: Sala Begood, Barcelona, Spain 14 Jul: … Read More

I Love The Sound Of Breaking Amps

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“Sometimes I can’t work out why the audience is here. Why they stick around. It sometimes gets quite oppressive, like they are deliberately trying to wait me out, to see how far it goes,” So said Wreckless Eric prior to his short set at This Corner Of England on Sunday in darkest (the clouds were omnipresent, the rain hammered down) London Fields. The weather itself seemed like it wanted to … Read More

When The Spirit Is Worried – When Rainer Went Solo

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  It’s the era of grunge. ‘Smells like Teen Spirit’ and its accompanying video clip is a revealing slice of high school unconfidential. Tattoos and tantrums, guitars set to overload, America is all about Seattle’s rainy realism. It’s 1992. Nothing will ever be the same again.   Further South, the heat is on. Rainer Ptacek’s debut solo album was released – he’d already dallied with Das Combo and impressed both … Read More

Being Overjoyed

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Or getting inside the heads of Half Japanese – The Overjoyed mini documentary. What R Stevie Moore thinks about Half Japanese What Peter Buck thinks about Half Japanese

Take Me Back To The Lone Star State – Rainer And Das Combo – The Texas Tapes

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  I met ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons once, at the MOJO Honours List in London. He’d come along with Jeff Beck to receive the Gibson Les Paul Award. At the time I had a pretty spectacular beard often referred to as Top-esque. He made a b-line for me on the red carpet and, from behind a well-trimmed chin, he gave it a tug and said, “You’ll have to better than … Read More

Jane Weaver Marc Riley Session + Steve Lamacq Roundtable!

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Marc Riley Jane performed a stunning live session for Mark Riley yesterday evening! She played: ‘Did You See Butterflies?’, ‘Slow Motion’ and ‘Modern Kosmology’. Session photo attached and listen again link is here. The session received a fantastic reaction from listeners! Gideon Coe Gideon also played out session track ‘H>A>K’. Full tracklisting and listen again link is here. Steve Lamacq’s Roundtable ‘Modern Kosmology’ was the featured album on yesterday’s Roundtable … Read More

In Search Of The Inner Flame

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  I’ve been in the desert around Tucson, and later Phoenix, Arizona, it’s hot and uncompromising at times… but beautiful. There seems to be a never-ending highway spiralling somewhere and dust clouds stirred up by who knows what, occasionally this strange serenity will be punctured by a super-long train clacking by – a procession that seems to be the length and breadth of the whole state. In such a climate, … Read More

Bring Back Proper Pop Stars

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Time for new a petition. Forget Brexit and the election, it’s already become tedious and unconvincing, let’s start a few campaigns that actually mean something. Let’s have Harry Styles sent to the isle Of man in exile and encourage pop stars to be more like Sir Adam Of Ant back in the good old days of Smash Hits – you know it makes sense. Sign up today.

Jane Weaver on Stuart Maconie’s ‘Wyrd Dysko’

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Jane Weaver chats about forthcoming album ‘Modern Kosmology’ and chooses 4 tracks for Stuart Maconie’s ‘Wyrd Dysko’ feature on BBC Radio 6 Music! Listen back here Pre-order ‘Modern Kosmology’ – out this Friday – here: http://janeweavermusic.com/


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It’s the Vinyl Villain site again, this time (back in 2014) focussing on The Television Personalities debut single ‘Where’s Bill Grundy Now?’/’Part Time Punks’ which he reasons was the inspiration for Alan McGee’s Creation Records which obviously gave the world – eventually – Oasis, Primal Scream, and also gave a spark to the whole grunge movement by inspiring Kurt Cobain. The site also recognises the legacy and songwriting of the … Read More

The Vinyl District Support Fire’s 33 and 1/3 Anniversary!

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The Vinyl District have been featuring records from the Fire Records catalogue each day this week i n support of our 33.3rd anniversary! Read up below to discover lost gems, deep cuts, and your new favourite artists.. Feature 1 ‘Underrated Gems and Deeper Cuts’ featuring Orchestra Of Spheres, HTRK, Opossom http://www.thevinyldistrict.com/fire-records-at-thirty-three-and-a-third/2017/05/fire-records-thirty-three-third-underrated-gems-deeper-cuts/ Feature 2 ‘Enduring Relevance’ featuring Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, Virginia Wing, Rats on Rafts,Las Kellies http://www.thevinyldistrict.com/fire-records-at-thirty-three-and-a-third/2017/05/fire-records-thirty-three-third-enduring-relevance/ Feature 3 ‘Lasting … Read More

Psychedelicised questions in the house of Fire (Part 5)

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1 What was the first record you bought and where from? And can you remember the price? “I was initially into soul music in the early 1970s. The first single I bought was ‘I’ll Take You There’ by Staple Singers; I was also digging Temptations, Four Tops, Undisputed Truth, Sly Stone and that cool vein of psych-soul with fuzzy guitars and spaced-out lyrics. This led to an interest in rock … Read More

Make Your Own: The Blue Aeroplanes’ Comp

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Check out the Vinyl Villain site here, for their imaginary compilation of The Blue Aeroplanes by Mike Melville, along with an in-depth piece reasoning on the chosen tracks. Recognising that the band had the original Bez, Mike takes a very personal look at their history, the fact that REM loved them, their on/off relationship with the majors, their ‘Welcome Stranger’ album, the fact that their B-sides were phenomenal, concluding with … Read More

Wreckless Eric – Marc Riley Session Tonight + Limited Edition amERICa Orange Vinyl

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It’s been two years since Wreckless Eric dropped “amERICa” and a lot has changed in his adopted country since. Eric is on BBC Radio 6 Music talking with Marc Riley tonight from 7pm, on tour around the UK and has also announced a limited edition special edition LP, now available to pre-order here: http://bit.ly/2qVFrqf Tickets for London, 229 The Venue – May 13th here: http://bit.ly/2q2ayBb

How Cool Are These?

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Wow, it’s The Who trading cards back when they were young and possibly not quite innocent, on a Beatles/Help! styled ski-ing jaunt. Crazy – nice jumper Pete! And, Keith, looking good! .