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Believe In Magic Hour #36

HEAVENLY 30 PLAYLIST: BENJAMIN MYERS

As part of our Heavenly 30th playlist series, a dear friend of ours Benjamin Myers has curated one with of all his favourite Heavenly tunes:

“I discovered Heavenly Recordings via Manic Street Preachers’ debut appearance on Snub TV in early 1991. The track was ‘Motown Junk’ and it changed my entire outlook as to the power and importance of words, of poetry; at 15 years old this was something to call my own. Three decades later I’m proud to call the Heavenly crew friends, rank some of their bands amongst my very favourites and consider Jeff Barrett as the centre of a British counter-cultural matrix that stretches deep, far and wide. He is the connector, an endless inspiration and a lovely human being. I believe in magic”.

LISTEN TO HIS SELECTION HERE

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SOHO RADIO: HEAVENLY JUKEBOX & MILDLIFE

Last week Jeff & Daisy teamed up with Mildlife for the Heavenly Soho Radio show. The first part of the show features songs the pair have been enjoying and the second half is a wonderful mix created by the band.

LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE

Mildlife will be performing their brand new single ‘Rare Air’ live this Saturday, not one to miss!

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OFFICE OF CRAIG: KEY WORKER SUPPORT – PRINTS

Open edition 500x700mm print highlighting key worker occupations and contributions, with all proceeds going to Eat Well MCR—a community and volunteer-led collective preparing and delivering food to NHS staff, those in food poverty, women seeking refuge, and homeless people—each print makes 15 meals.

In February 2020, Home Secretary, Priti Patel, labelled any person earning under £25k per year ‘Low Skilled’ or ‘Unskilled’. Only one month later, struggling with the COVID-19 crisis, that same government began labelling them ‘Key Workers’, realising just how important they really are. These workers haven’t just become key to society, they always have, and will continue to be, Key Workers. And long may that term live on.

PURCHASE PRINTS HERE
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Believe In Magic Hour #35

Today’s Magic Hour is a music writing special 🎶✍️

How to pitch the Guardian’s music section

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Guardian music editor Ben Beaumont-Thomas and deputy music editor Laura Snapes have written a guide for freelance journalists wishing to pitch the newspaper’s music section.

The guide details transparently what (for them) makes a good pitch, the types of pieces they are and aren’t looking for, as well as other details such as how they pay.

Read it here.

I Love Q by Katherine Cantwell

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Heavenly’s Katherine Cantwell wrote a piece for The Social Gathering about the magic of music mags and her love for one in particular – Q Magazine.

“It saddens me that young aspiring writers and music fanatics may not be able to pick-up an actual magazine. Q, like many other magazines, is under threat of closure. It’s great that magazines can function online (God bless The Quietus) but really, nothing beats a trip to the corner shop to flick through actual glossy pages.”

Read the full piece here.

Payback with Nadine Shah

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The brilliant Nadine Shah has turned the tables on journalists for her new interview series Payback.

So far she’s spoken with John Doran, Miranda Sawyer, Laura Snapes, Michael Azerrad and more via Instagram Live over the past few weeks, and now the chats are available for those who missed them, on YouTube.

Watch them on Nadine’s channel here.

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Believe In Magic Hour #34 with The Orielles

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Today’s Magic Hour hosts are The Orielles! Check out their individual music and film recommendations below…

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SID: Gil Scott-Heron – Nothing New

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This is one of my favourite records and it’s been bringing me so much comfort during this tense and uncertain time. The record makes me feel at peace, but also the lyrics are so poignant that it can also bring me to tears and make me full with emotion. I am teaching myself keyboard at the moment and so getting deep into Gils way of writing chord progressions and his signature changes has been really helpful and inspiring. I’ve definitely been writing a lot in a similar ilk to this record, stuff that at the moment is just piano and vocals and is so raw. What I also love about his songwriting is the way in which he experiments with metre and phrasing of his poetry in unconventional ways. I’ve also revisited some documentaries about Gil recently, reminding me again why I love and treasure this musician so deeply.

Every track on the record is so beautiful but really recommend ‘Your Daddy Loves You’ or ‘Pieces of a Man’ as an introduction into the pure brilliance and soulful quality of Gil’s playing, singing and poetry!

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HENRY: Delicatessen (1991)

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An absurd-dark comedy I watched quite recently after watching a series of increasingly weird modern French films. This one was definitely my favourite. The opening theme song is brilliantly discordant introduction into this qausi-dystopian setting. Its sound design is immaculate and so playful with the absurd imagery you are experiencing on screen. It is a sonic masterpiece and has no problem magnifying into particular soundscapey pieces throughout the film. All of the films characters are so uniquely weird.

I found great comfort in the absurdism philosophy of Albert Camus and in surreal films such as this one and its ability to take you out of the world we are living in at the moment but it can also allow you to see the humour in these unsettling modern times.

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EZ: The Lake Sutra: Beverly Glenn-Copeland’s Keyboard Fantasies

Wonderful short film that depicts Beverly Glenn-Copeland returning to the woodland environment in which he wrote and recorded the seminal Keyboard Fantasies album. The short offers a meditation on how the environment and nature can shape creativity in such a way that I think many of us are becoming more aware of right now (with our state approved walks etc!). Copeland refers to himself as merely the ‘messenger’, using these beautiful sounds to create an interplay between himself and the nature he’s surrounded by.

Fusing together the technological experimentation that defined the album’s sound with a peaceful meditation on place and being, the short helps us to understand the album in a new light and I think anyone who’s listened to the album already will enjoy it even more after watching this!

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The Orielles’ new album Disco Volador is available now.

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Believe In Magic Hour #33

The Big Jeff Chat with Jeff Barrett

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For those of you who don’t know him, Big Jeff is a legendary Bristol gig-going ultra-enthusiast, an invaluable resource for recommendations at festivals (We practically copy his clashfinder like we’re cheating on a school test) and an all round lovely man!

Every Thursday at 5pm, Big Jeff has been chatting with people for Independent Venue Week’s YouTube channel, and this week he spoke with our very own Jeff Barrett about Bristol, record shops and Heavenly history.

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Working Men’s Club MegamixScreenshot 2020-06-08 at 14.25.10Working Men’s Club have released an incredible 21-minute ‘megamix’, on the day that should have seen the release of their debut album. The megamix “simultaneously acts as a taster and a condensed electronic reworking of parts of the album”.

The band’s Syd Minsky-Sargeant notes: “It doesn’t feel like a particularly apt time to be self promoting anything at all however we wanted to give something to the people who pre-ordered the album on what would of the original release date.”

The megamix streams for 4 more days here and is then available as a download for people who have pre-ordered or pre-saved the album, which will now be released on the 2nd of October.

A Bigger Fash by Pete Fowler

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We love this work by our legendary friend Pete Fowler, and we applaud the people of Bristol for taking matters into their own hands and doing what should have been done a long time ago. We must work to remove monuments to abhorrent racist, murderous historical figures across the country. Here’s a start.

Follow Pete on Twitter or Instagram for updates.

 

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Believe In Magic Hour #32

IN OTHER WORLDS: TIM BURGESS’ FAVOURITE ALBUMS BY DIVA HARRIS

The wonderful Diva Harris interviewed Tim Burgess for the Quietus.

“Tim Burgess has given us lockdown light relief with his hugely popular album listening parties and now does one of his very own as he guides Diva Harris through his Baker’s Dozen”

READ THE PIECE HERE

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CAIO WHEELHOUSE – IN MY EARS N⌾2

The second edition of Caio Wheelhouse’s playlist is now available on Spotify. Stick it on, sit back and relax to these sweet melodies this weekend.

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i’ve emptied out my ears, sieved off the crud and arranged the remnants into a convenient playlist (link at top)…
#bangers”

LISTEN TO THE PLAYLIST HERE

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OUR LIVES – SOUL BOY

Northern Soul is more than just music to Anthony Flavin – it’s a way of life. Anthony has grown up in care from the age of six. His great passions in life are music, fashion and films from the sixties and seventies, and his love for Northern Soul music tops them all. This heart-warming film follows Anthony in the run-up to his 18th birthday as he finds his place on Nottingham’s Northern Soul scene. With help from his key-worker Luke and a collection of Northern Soul friends, he is about to take his first steps as a DJ and towards an independent life. Has he mastered the decks in time to get this discerning crowd on the dance-floor?

WATCH ‘SOUL BOY’ HERE

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Believe In Magic Hour #31

Mildlife – How Long Does It Take

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After the announcement that Heavenly will be releasing Automatic, the second album from Australian jazz cosmonauts Mildlife, we’ve been revisiting their ‘How Long Does It Take’ 12″ from last year.

There’s only a few copies left of these hand stamped white labels, featuring two mindblowing cosmic dancefloor remixes by Daniele Baldelli and Marco Dionigi on the flip. Listen below and click through to purchase.


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Pitchfork’s Guide to Girl Groups

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Matt Wilkinson of Beats 1 reminded us of Pitchfork’s great rundown on the history of girl groups in 45 songs.
Read it here.
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Now Playing – Erland Cooper – ‘A Nightingale Sings Outside Our Window’


“To highlight Mental Health week; BBC Radio 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins invited composer and multi-instrumentalist Erland Cooper to write a piece of music that highlights how music and sound can help our mental health. The finished track features field recordings by 6 Music listeners made whilst in lockdown, Paul Weller, Galya Bisengalieva (solo violin), Robert Ames (solo viola) and Florence Nightingale.”

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Believe In Magic Hour #30

Token Girl DJs on Soho Radio

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Another excellent radio show from Diva and Daisy, featuring Little Richard, Weyes Blood, Black Lips and more.

  

Call for Abstracts: Venue Stories

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Our friend Emma Warren drew our attention to this interesting project which aims to collect memories of independent venues in the UK. She says:

These good people are calling out for contributions to their next book. They want to hear from people who ever fell in love with a music place – and you don’t have to be a writer-writer to do it. Rebuilding whatever we have left post-Covid begins with being able to articulate why these places matter. Take a look, drop them a line.
Read more about the project and how to submit here.

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Occasional Rain And Other Projects From The Pub – Liz Buckley

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Liz Buckley of Ace Records has written a piece on her work with Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs for their ‘presents’ compilation series.

Read it here, and check out the comps on the Ace website.

We miss the Dog & Duck!

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Believe In Magic Hour #29

Remembering Eugene Manzi

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Jeff has written a Eulogy to his friend Eugene Manzi, who has sadly passed. He has also shared a story Eugene told him about the North London record shop he owned with his brothers.
Read it on the Love Record Stores blog here.

  

Dynamite Sounds and Social Drinks May 23rd 2020
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Thanks to all who attended Jeff’s virtual birthday celebrations on the Social Gathering twitter page on Saturday and made it so special.
In case you missed it, fret not – you can still listen back to the fantastic soundtrack that Jeff curated for the evening here.
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We love how these new badges featuring Nolan Pelletier‘s Heavenly 30 artwork turned out.
Looking forward to showing them off everywhere soon!
Available here.
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Believe In Magic Hour #28

HEAVENLY JUKEBOX PLAYLIST: TOKEN GIRL DJS

The Token Girl DJs have updated the Jukebox playlist this week with music they played during their Social gathering drinks. If you are a fan of Róisín Murphy, Grace Jones, Raf Rundell and double Daphni – this playlist is for you.

Jeff will be hosting tomorrow’s drinks on twitter so be sure to tune in.

LISTEN HERE

INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS OF POP – FLOOD THE CLUB

International Teachers Of Pop have released a brilliant new single and all proceeds of the new track will go to the Hebden Bridge Trades Club

READ MORE HERE

IAN PREECE ‘LISTENING TO THE WIND’
ENCOUNTERS WITH 21ST CENTURY INDEPENDENT RECORD LABELS

If there’s a cultural artefact capable of withstanding the vagaries and fickleness of the digital age as well as the printed book, it’s the vinyl record . . .

In Listening to the Wind, Ian Preece sets out on an international road trip to capture the essence of life for independent record labels operating in the twenty-first century. Despite it all – from algorithms and streaming to the death of the high street and the gutting of the music press – releasing a record to serve its ‘own beautiful purpose’, as 4AD’s Ivo Watts Russell once said, is a flame that still burns through these pages. With countless labels, albums and artists to be discovered, this book is for those who share that inextinguishable love for music.

PURCHASE HERE

See you next week!

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Believe In Magic Hour #27

WORKING MEN’S CLUB REMIX: LICE ‘CONVEYOR’

Working Men’s Club‘s Syd Minsky has done a banging remix of post-industrial Bristol band LICE. This is part of their ‘Conveyor Remixes’ EP and is now available as a limited cassette on LICE’s bandcamp.

check out the remix here ˅

PURCHASE THE TAPE HERE

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EDWYN COLLINS: THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS

 

 “A potent and poignant account of Edwyn Collins (former Orange Juice frontman) long and difficult recovery from a stroke, The Possibilities Are Endless is now available on All 4.”

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DEATH BY REPETITION: MARTIN MOSCROP MIX

Thanks to Dubwood Allstars for sending over this brilliant mix by Martin Moscrop – A Certain Ratio for Death By Repetition

“The mix features some fantastic tracks that the late Tony Allen played on and some that he inspired! We had actually received the mix before the tragic news but this mix is a fitting tribute!”

– Death By Repetition –

READ THE INTERVIEW HERE

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