Questions From The House (Of Fire)

Dave HendersonFirebrands

    1 What was the first record you bought and where from? And can you remember the price? It was an EP by Johnny Duncan & The Blue Grass Boys with ‘Last Train To San Fernando’ on it (plus three others). That was about 1957/8. I was either four or five, and it was from National Radio of St John’s Wood High Street. I would have had it bought … Read More

Totally Wired With Julian Cope

Dave HendersonFirebrands

At the end of the ‘80s, Channel 4’s Star Test was a surprisingly lengthy blind question treat, probing into people’s lives. Comedians and pop stars of the day, a few actors and DJs, politicians were asked to select a category and answer a variety of questions about faith and fortune, hopes and fears, sweet and sour subject matter. The roll call included Tony James of Sigue Sigue Sputnik (formerly Gen … Read More

How Cool Was Carole King?

Dave HendersonFirebrands

  Two prime examples of the genius of Carole King lurking on Youtube, her original demo’s of The Monkees’ ‘Pleasant Valley Sunday’ and the Head tune ‘Popoise Song’. Amazing!  

Pictish Trail and Rats on Rafts Added to ‘This Corner of England’ Day Festival!

Laura EleyEvents, News, Rats On Rafts, The Bevis Frond, The Jazz Butcher, Wreckless Eric

This Corner of England celebrates 30 years of the legendary, and incredibly influential,  English psychedelic outfit “The Bevis Frond” with a whole day of music at the London Fields Brewery on Sunday May 28th The Bevis Frond have ultimately become the UK’s leading underground psychedelic rock band with supporters such as comedian Stewart Lee, Dinosaur Jr, Evan Dando, David Tibet, Teenage Fanclub and more. Live, the line-up today includes: Paul … Read More

L’albume classique

Dave HendersonFirebrands

Pre-Brexit positive vibes from French publication Folk And Rock. No, we’ve no idea what it says but how cool is it to include Bacharach, The Bee Gees and The Left Banke in a review?

Abba Dabba Do

Dave HendersonFirebrands

It’s Bjorn with cut-out clothes, what greater accolade could a love-struck singer songwriter receive? Especially liking the red outfit there.

A Book At Bedtime

Dave HendersonFirebrands

JC Brouchard’s Diary Of A Young Fan covers the years 1981 to 1984 and charts his obsession with The Television Personalities, Creation, the legendary Living Room venue and all points between. With a host of cool pics you can scan it online here or buy the actual thing.

Vintage Frond

Dave HendersonFirebrands

Nick Saloman of The Bevis Frond in deep conversation in issue 26 of the legendary Bucketfull Of Brains fanzine, talking about his ‘Triptych’ album, his contribution to Mick Wills’ ‘Fern Hill’ project, acid jams and all that good stuff, including the idea of recording an album down the Fleet sewer – one that still sparks the imagination but hasn’t been brought into life yet. There’s also talk about the Frond’s … Read More

The World Has Gone Aladdin Sane Mad!

Dave HendersonFirebrands

As seen in the blog that’s dedicated to the flash that’s now part of a million households, from jumpers to dolls, roller skates to cup cakes, cushions to wallets. Find the site here.

Remembering Skip

Dave HendersonFirebrands

Today would have been the birthday of eccentric groover and one time member of Jefferson Airplane and Moby Grape, Skip Spence. The cult icon recorded the buried treasure ‘Oar’ which, many moons later the world acclaimed as a long forgotten slice of the strange – it was also covered in its entirety by Beck and pals. Skip sadly left this mortal coil in 1999. Here’s Beck’s tribute:

Another Album That Never Was

Dave HendersonFirebrands

It’s only the Stones’ shelved gem ‘Could You Walk O Water’, a slice of post rational Christian-bating from the year that music exploded (© Jon Savage) – 1966. The wonderful Albums The Never Were has the master and a great sleeve, find it here. And this is what they say about it: This is a reconstruction of the unreleased 1966 Rolling Stones album Could You Walk On The Water. After … Read More

The Bear Necessities

Dave HendersonFirebrands

In that obsessive way that a song gets into your psyche, The Television Personalities’ ‘Honey For The Bears’ intrigued me so much that I picked up the book by Anthony Burgess to see if it was the inspiration in typical Dan Treacy style. Sadly it was in title alone as the angst-ridden tune and swinging ‘60s feel – c’mon Honey is right up there with Candy – had little to … Read More

The Day I Almost Saw Wreckless Eric – October 22, 1977

Dave HendersonFirebrands

It was just a day like any other – well, almost. The Stiff Records live tour was arriving in Leicester, playing at the University in an old hall that looked like it was straight out of The Good Old Days. Five acts were teased – Larry Wallis, Nick Lowe, Ian Dury, Elvis Costello and Wreckless Eric. Something for everyone.   The place was packed. It was a party packet packed … Read More

Noveller To Support Helium on USA Tour Throughout June 2017

Laura EleyEvents, News, Noveller, Publishing

Noveller Tour Dates w/ Helium 06 Jun: Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington, DC, USA 07 Jun: Boot and Saddle, Philadelphia, PA, USA 08 Jun: Rough Trade – Northside Festival, Brooklyn, NY, USA 09 Jun: Mercuy Lounge, New York, NY, USA 10 Jun: The Sinclair, Boston, MA 12 Jun: Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON, USA 13 Jun: Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH, USA 14 Jun: Marble Bar, Detroit, MI, USA 15 Jun: The … Read More

Howe Gelb UK and Europe Tour

Laura EleyEvents, Howe Gelb, News

Howe Gelb and his Piano Trio are back on tour throughout May 2017! Full dates below Watch the video for ‘Irresponsible Lovers’ below Howe Gelb Piano Trio Tour Dates 06 May: El Lokal, Zurich, Switzerland 07 May: Dachstock, Bern, Switzerland 08 May: Theaterhaus, Stuttgart, Germany 09 May: Jazzclub Tonne, Dresden, Germany 10 May: Quasimodo, Berlin, Germany 11 May: Jazz A Liege Festival, Liege, Belgium 13 May: Café Oto, London, UK … Read More

The Groundhogs (Rhythm Section) Added to ‘This Corner Of England’ Festival

Laura EleyEvents, News, The Bevis Frond, The Jazz Butcher, Wreckless Eric

‘This Corner Of England’ Announces The Groundhogs (Rhythm Section) London Fields Brewhouse – May 28th ‘This Corner Of England’ Playlist https://soundcloud.com/firerecords/sets/this-corner-of-england-2017 This Corner of England celebrates 30 years of the legendary, and incredibly influential,  English psychedelic outfit “The Bevis Frond” with a whole day of music at the London Fields Brewery on Sunday May 28th The Bevis Frond have ultimately become the UK’s leading underground psychedelic rock band with supporters … Read More

Evan Dando Announces ‘Baby I’m Bored’ USA Tour Dates

Laura EleyEvan Dando, Events, News

Evan Dando Announces ‘Baby I’m Bored’ US Tour Dates June 2017 ‘Baby I’m Bored’ audio: Evan Dando US Tour Dates June 15, 2017: San Francisco CA, The Chapel June 16, 2017: Los Angeles CA, The Roxy Theatre June 17, 2017: San Diego CA, The Casbah June 20, 2017: Chicago IL, Lincoln Hall June 22, 2017: Boston MA Once, Somerville June 23, 2017: Philadelphia PA, The Foundry June 24, 2017: New York … Read More

Confessions Of A Middle Aged Son Of The Desert

Dave HendersonFirebrands

So, I’ve heard that love is a cruel mistress, something that bends you out of shape; something that gives you sleepless nights, and if you do manage to succumb to slumber, it’s the first thing on your mind in the morning. Even the cleverest of people can be affected, be lost; simultaneously transported to places they’ve never even imagined; gain perspective, lose themselves.   Years ago I’d been to Phoenix, … Read More

Half Japanese Confirm Flashback Shoreditch Live In-Store

Laura EleyEvents, Half Japanese

HALF JAPANESE Announce In-Store and Signing at Flashback, Shoreditch – June 2nd! ‘On The Right Track’ video: Live Dates 22nd May – Berlin (DE), Quasimodo 28th May – Zaragoza (ES), Centro Cívico Delicias (Bombo y Platillo) 01 Jun: Cafe Oto, London, UK 02 Jun: Flashback Records (Shoreditch), London, UK “Their busy guitars give every track instant buzz.That immediacy makes Hear The Lions Roar stand out in Half Japanese’s highlight-laden oeuvre. The band … Read More

ESG Play Only London Show This Year At Electric Brixton + Sacred Paws & NTS DJ’s

Laura EleyESG, Events

ESG Add Sacred Paws & NTS DJs @ London, Electric Brixton May 26th in support of the Reissue ‘Step Off’ Out Same Day ESG ‘Step Off’ audio: “ESG’s fusion of sweet soul and punk attitude with an intuitive understanding of dance music remains.” The Guardian “This is still funk with an alien otherworldliness the likes of which George Clinton never envisioned, stripped to its barest essentials for maximum impact.” All Music “ESG are … Read More

Fire Soundtracks; A Scanner Darkly, Halt And Catch Fire

Laura EleyNews

Fire Soundtracks and Lakeshore Records ramping up the promo for the releases of A Scanner Darkly and Halt And Catch Fire Soundtracks, working with Paul Haslinger and Graham Reynolds; two of the most talented musicians around.

Half Japanese To Play Cafe Oto – June 1st

Laura EleyEvents, Half Japanese, News

Just announced: Half Japanese play London’s Cafe Oto on June 1st! Tickets here: https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/half-japanese/ 22 May: Quasimodo, Berlin, Germany 26 May: GetMad, Madrid, Spain 28 May: Centro Cívico Delicias (Bombo y Platillo), Zaragoza, Spain 01 Jun: Café Oto, London, UK More tour dates to follow! Watch the video for new single ‘On The Right Track’ below

Fire Records Announces 33.3 Anniversary

Laura EleyESG, Evan Dando, Events, Half Japanese, Howe Gelb, Jane Weaver, News, The Bevis Frond, Wreckless Eric

 “A really great label …they’re always putting good stuff out” Lauren Laverne, BBC6 Music “Fire’s arms reach across the globe to all sorts of destinations looking far and wide for the most exciting new music on the planet” John Kennedy, Radio X Fire Records celebrates its thirty three and a third year in the only way we know how with some incredible live shows across London this spring. Arriving at an important … Read More

Evan Dando Announces ‘Baby I’m Bored’ European Tour

Laura EleyEvan Dando, Events

Evan Dando Announces ‘Baby I’m Bored’ European Tour May 2017 ‘Baby I’m Bored’ audio Evan Dando Tour Dates 16 May 2017: Scala, London UK 17 May 2017: Slade, Wolverhampton, UK 18 May 2017: St Luke’s Glasgow, Scotland 19 May 2017: Gorilla, Manchester, UK 21 May 2017: Underground, Cologne, Germany 22 May 2017: Musik & Frieden, Berlin, Germany “Dando has a flair for bruised melancholy that stands comparison with Gram Parsons … Read More

Wreckless Eric, The Jazz Butcher, Jowe Head Added to ‘This Corner Of England’ Day Festival

Laura EleyEvents, News, The Jazz Butcher, Wreckless Eric

‘This Corner Of England’ Announces More Acts For 2017 Wreckless Eric, The Jazz Butcher and Jowe Head (TVPs / Swell Maps) At London Fields Brewery May 28th ‘This Corner Of England’ Playlist  This Corner of England celebrates 30 years of the legendary, and incredibly influential,  English psychedelic outfit “The Bevis Frond” with a whole day of music at the London Fields Brewery on Sunday May 28th The Bevis Frond have ultimately … Read More

Fire At Independent Label Market – 1st April

Laura EleyEvents, News

Fire Records and sister label Earth Recordings will both be at the first Independent Label Market of 2017, next Saturday on April 1st! We’ll be around from 10am-6pm with brand new releases from Bardo Pond, Noveller, plus the new box set from Pere Ubu – all at special label market prices! Look out for some beautiful limited edition Howe Gelb screen printed posters, and get your hands on some brilliant … Read More

Howe Gelb Screen Printed Posters By Luke Drozd

Laura EleyEvents, Howe Gelb, News

Howe Gelb and his Piano Trio return to London to play Café OTO on May 13th. Thanks to Luke Drozd for the new poster art, which will be available as a limited edition screen print soon! Purchase from our stall at the Independent Label Market or from the Cafe Oto show! Tickets to the show here: http://bit.ly/2nBTkw1 Purchase the latest record ‘Future Standards’ here: http://bit.ly/2k8B1fo

Pere Ubu Announces London, Prague and Dresden Dates

Laura EleyEvents, News, Pere Ubu, Publishing

Pere Ubu (Official) (The Moon Unit) play a few select shows for 2017 in London, Prague and Dresden! Tour Dates 24 Aug: The Lexington, London, UK Tickets: http://bit.ly/2mpqL3z 28 Aug: Palác Akropolis, Prague, Czech Republic Tickets: TBC 29 Aug: Jazzclub Tonne, Dresden, Germany Tickets: http://bit.ly/2mmTmor Pere Ubu (The Moon Unit) consists of David Thomas, Steven Mehlman, Keith Moline, Darryl Boon and Gagarin. Pre-order the new box set ‘Drive, He Said’ … Read More

The Chills Announce New Zealand Tour

Laura EleyEvents, Publishing, The Chills

The Chills are off on a 10-stop New Zealand tour this April/May! Full dates below. Purchase the latest record ‘Silver Bullets’ here: http://bit.ly/2ksRQn4 26 Apr: San Fran, Wellington, NZ 27 Apr: St Peters Village Hall, Paekakariki, NZ 28 Apr: The Cabana, Napier, NZ 29 Apr: Royal Wanganui Opera House, Whanganui, NZ 04 May: Blue Smoke, Christchurch, NZ 05 May: The Scottish Hall, Invercargill, NZ 06 May: Sherwood Queenstown, Queenstown, NZ … Read More

Jane Weaver London Show – Sold Out!

Laura EleyEvents, Jane Weaver

Jane Weaver’s London show at The Lexington has now SOLD OUT! There are still a handful of tickets left for the Manchester and Birmingham shows below! Remember, the band also play Rough Trade East on May 23rd and you can pre-order the new record here to secure entry. 18 May: Hare & Hounds 2, Birmingham, UK Tickets 19 May: Band On The Wall, Manchester, UK Tickets Listen to the brand … Read More

Listen To A New Track From Bardo Pond ‘Under The Pines’

Laura EleyBardo Pond, News, Publishing

‘Under The Pines’, the new single from Bardo Pond – and taken from the new album of the same title – gets it’s debut today, premiering now at the below websites! Pre-order the new record – out Mar 24th here: http://bit.ly/2lEcsVZ Classic Rock Magazine (DE) http://classicrock.net/bardo-pond-under-the-pines-song/ New Noise (FR) http://www.noisemag.net/bardo-pond-under-the-pines-en-avan…/ Never Mind The Hype (NL) https://nmth.nl/bardo-pond-under-the-pines/ ROCKERILLA (IT) http://www.rockerilla.com/bardo-pond-anteprima/ Notodo (ES) http://www.notodo.com/bardo-pond-estreno Arte-Factos (PT) http://www.arte-factos.net/…/estreia-under-the-pines-bardo…/

Fire Records At Sea Change Festival 2017

Laura EleyDeath And Vanilla, Events, Jane Weaver, News, Rats On Rafts, Virginia Wing

Not one but FOUR Fire Records bands at this years’ Sea Change Festival in Totnes, curated by The Drift Record Shop & The Quietus! Jane Weaver, Rats On Rafts, Death And Vanilla and Virginia Wing, plus our sister label Earth Recordings will be hosting a tribute to Bert Jansch in ‘Avocet Revisited’. Grab tickets here: http://www.wegottickets.com/f/10662 Listen to the bands below! Jane Weaver Rats On Rafts Death And Vanilla Virginia … Read More

Fire Announce ‘This Corner Of England’ Festival w/ The Bevis Frond + Many Special Guests TBA

Laura EleyEvents, News, The Bevis Frond

Fire Records Announce ‘This Corner Of England’ A Special 30 Year Celebration Of The Bevis Frond at London Fields Brewery On May 28th 2017 + lots of very special guests TBA! This Corner of England celebrates 30 Years of the legendary, and incredibly influential, English psychedelic outfit The Bevis Frond with a whole day of music at the London Fields Brewery on Sunday May 28th The Bevis Frond have ultimately … Read More

Jane Weaver Plays Rough Trade East – 23rd May

Laura EleyEvents, Jane Weaver, News

Jane Weaver will be Live in-store at Rough Trade East to perform tracks from their new album ‘Modern Kosmology’, released 19th May on Fire Records. 6.30pm Doors // 7.00pm On-stage // 7.45pm Signing // 9.00pm close. Pre-order new album ‘Modern Kosmology’ & wristband now: https://www.roughtrade.com/events/jane-weaver-live-signing

Las Kellies Head To SXSW Next Month

Laura EleyEvents, Las Kellies, Publishing

Next month, Las Kellies head to SXSW Festival, Austin, TX for their first ever USA shows! The first of their showcases has been announced: Thursday 16th Showcase: Tigerbomb PR Party (official) Venue: Tap Room at The Market Address: 319 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701, USA More TBA… Listen to the new single ‘Sugar Beat’ below

Jane Weaver Tour Announced – Tickets On Sale Now!

Laura EleyEvents, Jane Weaver, News

JANE WEAVER – New Tour Dates – Tickets on Sale NOW! Live Dates 18 May: Birmingham, Hare & Hounds 2: Tickets 19 May: Manchester, Band On The Wall: Tickets 22 May: London, Lexington: Tickets 07 Jul: Bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank: Tickets Listen to the first single from new album ‘Modern Kosmology’ below “Epic kraut-pop opera teeming with motorik rhythms and analogue synths.” NPR “A mind-expanding delight, devoid of retro posturing.” Guardian “Sparkling strangeness from one-woman genre-buster..superb.” … Read More

New Jane Weaver Record ‘Modern Kosmology’ Out May 19th

Laura EleyJane Weaver, News

JANE WEAVER Announces New Album ‘Modern Kosmology’ Out 19th May 2017, Reveals New Track ‘Slow Motion’ + Live Dates For May 2017 Deluxe LP Metallic Foil Print Sleeve, Standard LP and CD ‘Slow Motion’ audio: Live Dates 18 May: Birmingham, Hare & Hounds 2 19 May: Manchester, Band On The Wall 22 May: London, Lexington 07 Jul: Bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Tickets go on sale Friday 24th February “Epic kraut-pop opera teeming with motorik rhythms … Read More

Death And Vanilla To Release ‘Vampyr’ Live Score

Laura EleyDeath And Vanilla, News, Publishing

Originally released on cassette last Halloween, this double LP features a live recording of Death And Vanilla’s soundtrack to Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1932 classic; Vampyr. For the performance, the psychedelic dream pop duo expanded their line up, incorporating an expanded sound palette of creaking organs, vibraphonette, zither and glockenspiel to augment the more familiar setup of synth, reverb drenched guitar, bass and samples. This will be released on … Read More

Fire Records & Earth Recordings At Indie Label Market April 1st 2017

Laura EleyEvents, News

That’s right, no fooling it’s the first Independent Label Market of the year on April 1st 2017! Fire Records will be there with new releases from Noveller, Half Japanese, Bardo Pond and the ‘Drive, He Said’ box set from Pere Ubu, whilst our sister label Earth Recordings will be selling the recently reissued Bert Jansch catalogue, Mikael Tariverdiev’s ‘Irony Of Fate’ OST, Howard Eynon, Jackson C. Frank and more!

The Chills Cover David Bowie’s ‘Conversation Piece’ – TIDAL Exclusive

Laura EleyNews, Publishing, The Chills

The Chills cover of David Bowie’s ‘Conversation Piece’ is streaming over at TIDAL now + interview with Martin Phillipps on his top 5 Bowie tracks! Read up here: http://read.tidal.com/article/the-chills-bowie-jukebox Direct link to track on TIDAl: https://listen.tidal.com/track/70382719 (just log in or sign up!) Purchase the latest record ‘Silver Bullets’ from Bandcamp:http://bit.ly/2laGsJn or the Fire Records online shop: http://bit.ly/2ksRQn4

Virginia Wing – European Tour Begins Next Week

Laura EleyEvents, Virginia Wing

Electronic/psychedelic duo Virginia Wing are off on a headline tour of Europe throughout February! Catch them at the below dates: 19 Feb: DOOR, Dortrecht, Netherlands 20 Feb: Club Heim im Schanzenpark, Hamburg, Germany 21 Feb: ACUD MACHT NEU, Berlin, Germany 22 Feb: Ostentor-Kino, Regensberg, Germany 23 Feb: Twiggy Varese, Varese, Italy 24 Feb: LIO BAR, Brescia, Italy 25 Feb: ex cinema aurora, Livorno, Italy 28 Feb: Rich Mix London, UK (supporting … Read More

Noveller ‘A Pink Sunset For No One’ – Out Today!

Laura EleyNews, Noveller, Publishing

NOVELLER New Album ‘A Pink Sunset For No One’ Out Today + Two UK Live Dates This Month ‘Deep Shelter’ audio: UK Live Dates 22 Feb: Manchester, International Anthony Burgess Foundation (performing ‘Blake and the apocalypse’ w/ poet Nick Flynn) 23 Feb:  London, Kings Place (performing ‘Blake and the apocalypse’ w/ poet Nick Flynn) US Live Dates 02 Mar: Charlotte, NC, McColl Center For Art, 07 Mar: Philadelphia, PA, Johnny Brenda’s … Read More

Noveller Plays Manchester / London 22/23rd February + New Record Out Tomorrow

Laura EleyEvents, News, Noveller

Noveller heads to the UK 22/23 February, performing ‘Blake and the Apocalypse’ w/ poet Nick Flynn at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester and Kings Place, London. Tickets for Manchester (22nd): http://bit.ly/2kpA27Z Tickets for London (23rd): http://bit.ly/2k6SHEI Stream the album in full over at Brooklyn Vegan  Pre-order the new album ‘A Pink Sunset For No One’ – out tomorrow – here: http://bit.ly/2httIvK

Fire Soundtracks Announce Paul Haslinger ‘Halt And Catch Fire – Original Soundtrack’ Out 30th June 2017

Laura EleyNews

Fire Records together with our new partners at Lakeshore Records (Stranger Things, Drive, Mr. Robot) are excited to announce the release, for the first time on vinyl, the acclaimed soundtrack to Halt and Catch Fire (AMC) by Paul Haslinger (fmr TANGERINE DREAM) released 30th of June 2017. This bold and innovative soundtrack to the best show on TV is available in both black vinyl/gatefold sleeve and the limited edition deluxe … Read More

Howe Gelb Piano Trio Head Back to London’s Cafe Oto – May 13th 2017!

Laura EleyEvents, Howe Gelb, News

Let me set the scene – irresponsible lovers are canoodling in semi-lit booths, the jukebox is playing some old tunes by Frank and there’s some people over there who never want to fall in love again. It’s the last bar still open and the piano player mooches over to the battered grand. This guy, we know, is great. He expertly and succinctly slides in words like “iconoclast”, “apropos”, “tumult” and … Read More

ESG Play Electric Brixton + Fire Reissue ‘Step Off’

Laura EleyESG, Events, News, Publishing

ESG Announce Their Only UK Live Date For 2017 @ London, Electric Brixton May 26th in support of the Reissue ‘Step Off‘ – Out Same Day Tickets  ESG return for an exclusive show at Londons Electric Brixton on May 26th, that will be the band’s only scheduled UK appearance for 2017. To coincide with their performance, A band-approved reissue of ‘Step Off’ will be released the same day with artwork from award nominated illustrator Hannah … Read More