Rats on Rafts Play Sea Change + London & Bristol

Laura EleyEvents, Rats On Rafts

Rotterdam post-punks head back to the UK next weekend! They play the below dates. Rats On Rafts     25 Aug: Café Café, Hasselt, Belgium 26 Aug: Sea Change Festival, Totnes, UK 28 Aug: Crofters Rights, Bristol, UK   29 Aug: The Shacklewell Arms, London, UK  Listen to ‘Sleep Little Child’ below

Fire Records Sign Hater

Laura EleyHater, News

Hater Sign To Fire Records New EP ‘Red Blinders’ out December 1st 2017 We’re thrilled to announce the signing of one of our favourite bands of 2017: Sweden’s Hater. The band are set to release new EP ‘Red Blinders’ in December. Following the release of their debut ‘You Tried’ (“our favorite record of the year” Gorilla Vs Bear and “one of the most gorgeous guitar songs in recent memory” Stereogum), they return with a new album in 2018. Hater are Caroline Landahl, Måns Leonartsson, … Read More

Fire Records Label Focus at Rough Trade + Exclusive Television Personalities LP

Laura EleyNews, Television Personalities

Fire Records Announces unreleased Television Personalities LP ‘Beautiful Despair’ Limited Edition LP Only Available At Rough Trade’s Label Of The Month Next month Fire Records will be Rough Trade’s Label Of The Month / Label Focus in UK stores and the NYC Satellite store which means the labels recent & bestselling titles will be in dedicated racking alongside limited edition deluxe copies and exclusives from the label’s roster that includes Jane Weaver, Death And Vanilla, Virginia Wing, Noveller, … Read More

Jane Weaver To Release ‘The Architect’ EP – October 27th

Laura EleyJane Weaver, News

Jane Weaver will release ‘The Architect’ EP on October 27th! The release features the title track alongside unreleased new tracks and a special remix by Andy Votel. Pre-order on 12″ Vinyl here: http://www.firerecords.com/janeweaverstore/ Pre-order from digital platforms here: https://janeweaver.lnk.to/thearchitectepFA

Jane Weaver Nominated for 3 AIM Awards!

Laura EleyJane Weaver, News

Jane Weaver has been nominated for not one, not two but THREE AIM Independent Music Awards this year! Independent Breakthrough of the Year *Jane Weaver* Independent Album of the Year *Modern Kosmology* Independent Track of the Year *Slow Motion* Jane will release ‘The Architect’ EP on October 27th; more news to follow soon… Order ‘Modern Kosmology’ now: http://janeweavermusic.com/

Jane Weaver Live In Session for Lauren Laverne

Laura EleyJane Weaver, News, Radio

Listen back to Jane Weaver‘s session for Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio 6 Music to hear live versions of ‘Did You See Butterflies?’ and ‘The Lightning Back’! Both tracks are taken from the new album ‘Modern Kosmology’ available to purchase on LP/CD/DL here: http://www.firerecords.com/janeweaverstore/

Jane Weaver Announces European Tour This November

Laura EleyEvents, Jane Weaver, News

Jane Weaver has just announced a European tour for November 2017! Full dates here: 12 Nov: Le Guess Who? 2017, Utrecht, Netherlands 14 Nov: Ancienne Belgique – AB, Brussels, Belgium 16 Nov: Hafen 2, Offenbach, Germany 17 Nov: PRIVATCLUB Berlin, Berlin, Germany  20 Nov: Café V lesee, Prague, Czech Republic 21 Nov: Papiersaal, Zurich, Switzerland 24 Nov: Supersonic, Paris, France Tickets for all shows are on-sale NOW at: www.janeweavermusic.com

The Gerard Langley Star Test

Dave HendersonFirebrands

The Blue Aeroplanes’ mainstay untangles his past…   1 What was the first record you bought and where from? And can you remember the price?   “Either ‘Stormcock’ by Roy Harper or ‘North Star Grassman & The Ravens’ by Sandy Denny, can’t remember which came first. And it would have been £2.40 from Wakefield’s Record Bar (behind the sweet shop on Wells Road, Bristol).”   2 What was the record … Read More

Lou And Frank Dig Doo-Wop

Dave HendersonFirebrands

It’s no secret that Lou Reed and Frank Zappa dug doo-wop. They both were involved with the genre in the early ‘60s; Reed was in a high school band, The Jades, who released a doo-wop 45 of their own and Zappa wrote and produced ‘Memories Of El Monte’ by The Penguins. He subsequently dabbled in the genre, writing and producing pre Mothers Of Invention, his love culminating in the Mothers’ … Read More

The Richard Davies Star Test

Dave HendersonFirebrands

  Richard Davies of Moles, Cardinal and Cosmos unveils his past misdemeanours…   1 What was the first record you bought and where from? And can you remember the price?   “I didn’t buy the first records I listened to. I inherited a few records from my sister Anne. A single of ‘Tell Him’ by The Exciters, a Beatles single from 1964, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ I think, Simon and … Read More

New Arrivals at Fire Towers

Laura EleyESG, News

Just a few of today’s arrivals: ESG ‘Keep On Moving’ , Angelo Badalamenti ‘Blue Velvet – Original Sound Track’ Pre-order them below: Blue Velvet: http://www.firerecords.com/product/blue-velvet-original-motion-picture-soundtrack/ ESG: http://www.firerecords.com/product/esg-keep-on-moving/

Cool For Cats

Dave HendersonFirebrands

Rampant bongos, strapping aggressive piano, a flute that must have been played by a guy wearing shades and all taken from a live performance captured at the Top Floor with readings by poet Pike Distahl. It’s ‘Like Beat… Man’ by Saroff And The Cool Ones. There’s a double bass played on hand too played by a guy who, given the chance, sidles up to the guitarist – but this is … Read More

Greeting From The Far North

Dave HendersonFirebrands

Feet Don’t Fail Me Now! A 20 track northern soul compilation on Fidelity   The most recent wave of interest in northern soul has come about through broadsheet articles, films and most recently a BBC arts show documentary that revealed a new generation of northern kids embracing the traditions of all night dancing, baggy trousers and life-threatening dance moves. It’s chin stroking stuff.   Meanwhile, the scene around this unique … Read More

“Radioactive mama, we’ll reach critical mass tonight…”

Dave HendersonFirebrands

It’s a teasing one-liner from Sheldon Allman’s Bill Haley-esque lip-curling sub rock ‘n’ roll opener from the 1960 “novelty” album ‘Folk Songs For The 21st Century’. Commandeering Haley’s idiosyncratic pout, Allman – a renowned TV actor – dug the exploitation of sci-fi tomfoolery and produced 14 mainly sub-two minute tunes filled with futuristic blurb about robots, humanoids, the fourth dimension, ESP, Big Brother and all points between. Sounding at times … Read More

Wherefore Art Thou, Kenyon?

Dave HendersonFirebrands

It’s over 50 years since Kenyon Hopkins was plying his trade, delivering distinctive jazz noir soundtracks to TV series in the States, boxing clever with sound effects, producing mood pieces that summed up your holiday, scoring an Elvis movie and providing the soundtrack scores for such legendary films as Baby Doll and 12 Angry Men. He toyed with the macabre on the truly way out ‘Nightmare’ album and summed up … Read More

Jowe Head’s Weird Sounds Compendium

Dave HendersonFirebrands

22 Good Reasons to Listen – Jowe Head’s Weird Sounds Compendium   1 Stomu Yamashta ‘One Way’ Used in Nicolas Roeg’s film The Man Who Fell To Earth. Such spooky sounds. Stomu is a classically trained percussionist, but so inventive. I saw him play in Birmingham in 1973, and he blew my mind with his dramatic stage presence, and his clever use of a violin bow on cymbals and other conventional percussion instruments. … Read More

Fire Records Sign Modern Studies!

Laura EleyModern Studies, News

One of Scotland’s most progressive outfits, Modern Studies, join the Fire Records roster, slotting in seamlessly somewhere between Jane Weaver, Death And Vanilla , Noveller and Josephine Foster. Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut ‘Swell To Great’ (‘Gorgeous, warm and melancholic’ The Herald, **** MOJO), the quartet are currently in the studio recording their follow-up.

To Know Them Is To Love Them… The First Pop Songs, 1950 – 1962

Dave HendersonFirebrands

During the post war depression, fuelled by gentle, unchallenging orchestral sounds and light music, the ration-booked masses were lulled into an advanced state of slumber by layered strings and discreet melodies. Pop music stopped all of that and provided the emerging teenage generation with a soundtrack to their lives.   The dictionary explanation of the term mentions “an emphasis on craftsmanship rather than formal “artistic” qualities,” and the fact that … Read More

The Jowe Head Top 20

Dave HendersonFirebrands

20 tracks from the man from Swell Maps, Television Personalities and various other intriguing combo’s…   (not strictly chronological, more a stream of consciousness)   1 Swell Maps: ‘Full Moon (Dub)’ I was astonished when the others in the band did a mix of ‘Full Moon’, originally our motorik rhythm-driven homage to Can, using the crazed vocal in isolation treated with heavy repeated echo, without the backing track.  I would … Read More

Fire Records Head To Indie Label Market At Spitalfields, London Tomorrow!

Laura EleyNews

Fire Records and sister label Earth Recordings are heading to the summer Independent Label Market at Old Spitalfields Market in Shoreditch tomorrow! On the Fire stall we’ll have Death And Vanilla’s ‘Vampyr’ filmscore on deluxe 2 x LP marbled black/white vinyl, Graham Reynolds’ ‘A Scanner Darkly’ soundtrack on black/green splatter vinyl as well as the last few limited edition copies of Jane Weaver’s ‘Modern Kosmology’. On Earth we’ll have the newly … Read More

Orchestra Of Spheres Unveil 360° video + Europe Tour

Laura EleyNews, Orchestra of Spheres

Orchestra of Spheres head back to Europe this month! Watch their mind-bogging 360° video for ‘Rocket #9’  below and read all about it at Prog Magazine here. Thanks to Mondo Sonoro and Soul Kitchen for European premieres! Orchestra Of Spheres Tour Dates 08 Jul: Cité de la Musique Festival, Lausanne, Switzerland 09 Jul: Openair, Biel / Bienne, Switzerland 10 Jul: Boschbar, Zurich, Switzerland 12 Jul: Visi(On)Air, Udine, Italy 13 Jul: … Read More

Jane Weaver #3 on The Quietus’ ‘Best Albums Of 2017 Thus Far’

Laura EleyJane Weaver, News

Jane Weaver‘s excellent ‘Modern Kosmology’ is #3 on The Quietus‘ ‘Best Albums Of 2017 Thus Far’ list! Check it out here Be sure to catch the band at one of the below dates: 07 Jul: Bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank, Cheshire, UK 23 Jul: Liverpool International Music Festival, Liverpool, UK 29 Jul: O2 Academy Brixtonn, London, UK w Goat & The Moonlandingz 05 Aug: Skeleton Coast Festival Festival, Hoylake, UK  26 Aug: Sea Change Festival, Totnes, UK 23 Sep: Liverpool … Read More

Jane Weaver Manchester Ritz Show Announced

Laura EleyEvents, Jane Weaver

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

Laura EleyNews

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!

Laura EleyEvents, Las Kellies

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