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Record Store Day 2014

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We open at 9am on Saturday for this year’s Record Store Day. There are loads of exclusive releases (I think we’ve ordered over 320 different titles, a full list is in the shop window) and the usual snacks and refreshments.

We have live music from midday with Cardiffians Bedford Falls and Bristol dweller Katie of Personal Best. Following them at 1pm with be an acoustic set from New York’s Failures’ Union and to finish things off at 2pm is Steven James Adams who many of you will have seen play in Le Pub for Diverse’s 25th birthday.

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The Redlands Palomino Company Album Playback.

Some of you will know that our friends The Redlands Palomino Company have a new album due out. It’s called Broken Carelessly and is released on Monday 14th April. We’ll be having an album playback at 3pm on Saturday 12th April and you can reserve your copy in store. There will also be beer. It’ll be like a mini Record Store Day. Sort of.

Here’s the video for the album’s lead track:

You’ll also be able to see The Redlands support the legendary Rockingbirds in Le Pub on Saturday 10th May. Tickets are £11 (including BF) from here.


Horizons: Calling Unsigned Welsh Acts.

New musicians or bands, working in Welsh or English, are invited to apply to be part of Horizons, an exciting new scheme launching today to grow fresh musical talent in Wales in 2014.

Working together, BBC Cymru Wales and the Arts Council of Wales are looking for 12 new artists to support over the coming year. They’ll be offered a platform at events across Wales and through BBC Wales’ national radio services – BBC Radio Cymru and BBC Radio Wales.

The scheme will showcase the most exciting unsigned acts with the potential to make a real breakthrough in Wales and beyond.

Musicians and bands who want to be considered should send in a recording of their original work, a photograph and a short biography. Horizons acts will be selected via a panel of music industry and radio music experts. For full details visit the BBC Horizons page HERE.

The Horizons acts of 2014 will benefit from:

  • specially programmed BBC Radio events, sessions and playlists
  • direct contact with a BBC producer overseeing the project
  • a BBC Maida Vale recording session (the BBC’s legendary London recording studios since 1946)
  • promotional tools, including a produced video and a professional photo-shoot
  • bespoke mentoring via tailored courses
  • national and international musical opportunities
  • opportunities to play BBC Cymru Wales events through the year
  • nominations through BBC Introducing to play at major events across the UK

You can read a bit more about it by following THIS LINK.

Radstewart : Hot Dog (Video)

Let’s get it out of the way early, Radstewart sound a fair bit like Pavement. This is fine because firstly, Pavement were brilliant and secondly, nobody else does. They also do it with youthful enthusiasm and some damn fine lyrics.

They’re playing Le Pub for us on 22nd Feb and are on early, before Small Engine Repair and Mowbird. Make sure you don’t miss them!


Death Pedals : Apone (Video)

Death Pedals were probably the outsiders of our birthday celebrations. Everyone else on the 3 bills were local or friends. Death Pedals played because I love them. I hope they converted a few people that night and I hope this video helps convert a few more. We should be getting their album on vinyl into the shop next week.

Mowbird/Small Engine Repair/Radstewart gig in Le Pub

On Saturday 22nd February, Diverse Music & Shape Records present a night of amazing music from North Wales, South Wales and just over the border!

Mowbird hail from Wrexham and have a 7″ sing out now on Popty Ping Records. The album follows on Shape Records this year. They describe themselves as a surf punk quartet. They’re a bit more angular and clattery than that! If you’re a fan of Weezer or Pavement then this lot channel their spirit and produce their own quirky sound. Best listen for yourself!
Listen here.

Small Engine Repair are nearly from Wales, Hereford in fact. They came to my attention when they were recommended to me during Swn. I was sent their album and loved it. Shades of Sunhouse, Witness, Eels and a bit of Elbow. Pretty minimal with the vocals taking centre stage. Beautiful and a great contrast to the headliners.
Listen here.

Radstewart are the youngsters here. They’re making the short trip from Cardiff to showcase their ramshackle indie rock. I’ve you’re a fan of Pavement then you’ll love singer Jac’s way with works and off kilter delivery.
Listen here.

We may add another to the bill in the next week or so. Stay tuned..

Tickets will be £5 (STBF) in advance and available from Diverse and Spillers in person.

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