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SEVENLY a celebration of the 45!

It will be 60 years to the day that Eddy Arnold’s ‘Texarkana Baby’ was released by RCA, pressed in translucent green vinyl it was the first ever 45 record released, so never shy of a celebrating anything worth celebrating we’re throwing a birthday party at The Social for the beloved 7″ record.

Djing on the night will be some of our friends who we deemed wholly holy qualified to come down and play you some of their favourite 7’s from the last 60 years.

Digging through their crates to unearth you some gems and provide back to back 3min slices of Sevenly music will be ;

EDWYN COLLINS (7″ label champion!)
EMMY THE GREAT (music sounds better with her)

YOUNG & LOST CLUB (Great label, great 7’s)

ANDY BLAKE (DISSIDENT)

(keep your ears posted on here for a Superb &  exclusive 7″ mix that Andy’s done for us, coming v. soon!)

HEAVENLY JUKEBOX ( 7evenly music)
ROUGH TRADE (They sell 7’s, they play 7’s!)

& BOB STANLEY (Vinyl guru, is it you?)

7evenly

There will also be a mini Rough Trade stall selling 7’s on which you will be able find some exclusively signed  for the early birds and in between sets there will be some Heavenly freebies to give away.

Come celebrate with us & hear some of the finest music ever cut to 7″ of vinyl, doors 7pm & its well free to get in! @ THE SOCIAL, 5 Little Portland St, W1w 7JD

Both Bob and myself managed to pick up a copy of ‘TEXARKANA BABY’ on Gemm for under $10 within minutes of finding out about the track.  I love the fact the first 45 came on translucent green vinyl which was designed to colour

reference musical genres, ahh the innocence of product marketing back in the day . . .  literally!

Until we get set up in the new office and wire up the vinyl/,p3 thing you can make do with a youtube version of Eddy Arnolds 45, which sounds better than my copy in any case.

EDDY ARNOLD-TEXARKANA BABY

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Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Pete, Stephen & God
God, Stephen & Pete

As the breath of a new season breathes life into the ground it was a  pleasure to be walking through Bunyan Fields cemetery as the colour of Spring was taking hold, rallying against the weight of the moss coverd tombs.  I was on my way to see Pete Greenwood who was recording in an abandoned school located close by, so close in fact that when I got there a party of archeologists outside the window were packing up their tools after a hard days bone hunting.  The school had been built on ground that was once part of the cemetery where amongst other heavyweight divines, poets & non conformists one William Blake is buried.  Where he is buried no one is quite sure but I wouldn’t be surprised if the archiolegists were getting pretty close.

The reason Pete was recording in this particular abandoned school was because of Mr Stephen Cracknell.  A member of the musical collectives The Memory Band & The Accidental, friend of Heavenly’s and also the current live in caretaker of the empty building where he has set up a studio for recording and is working with Pete on a b side for the next single ‘Penny Dreadful’ and hopefully an Ep’s worth of recordings for a summer release.

To walk around the empty school littered with leaves on the inside and the first wave signs of abandonment taking hold it had a post apocalyptic air about it.  Was there life here, had anyone survived, had the disease made it this far?  There was some coughing coming from down the hall, there was life! whether it was unaffected I wasn’t sure, hairy and bent over on a school chair on the carpet where once the children sat was Pete rolling himself a cigarette.

The set up is perfect for Pete, no airs, no graces, all the kit was to hand, laid out and propped up on the remaining classroom furniture, a mic taped to the ceiling & a PC weighing down a computer table built to accommodate a BBC micro and all of this within the confines of the brown square of carpet.  This was his second day in & he’d so far laid down the bones of 3 tracks.  From what I got to hear it already sounds progressively different from the recordings for his debut album ‘Sirens’.  Pete’s debut album is a document, a document of honesty and purity in the way that ‘Five leaves Left’ is except Pete isn’t playing at being Nick Drake, Pete isn’t even playing at playing Pete he’s just playing beautifully. Its the real deal.  The album came out last summer and we are taking the track ‘Penny Dreadful’ to radio with a new B-side which if recording goes to plan will be a cover of Orange Juices ‘A Sad Lament’.  The 2 other tracks I heard were ‘Me & Molly’ & ’24 & Counting’.  I’ll post 2 of the new demos which he took to the session & laid down in typical Pete style, 12.30am, post pub, one take, done!   The other track I’ve posted is a cover he did for a Mojo Beatles cover mount, I love it.

Pete Greenwood – ME & MOLLY (demo)

Pete Greenwood – 24 & COUNTING (demo)

Pete Greenwood – SAVOY TRUFFLE

PETE’S MYSPACE – www.myspace.com/petergreenwood

THE MEMORY BAND – www.thememoryband.com

THE ACCIDENTAL – www.myspace.com/theaccidental

A BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN THE CITY – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunhill_Fields

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Little Bird

Little bird up in a tree
Looked down and sang a song to me
Of how it began

Na na na na na na
Na na na na na na
Na na na na na na

The trout in the shiny brook
Gave the worm another look
And told me not to worry
About my life

Na na na na na na
Na na na na na na
Na na na na na na

Tree in my own backyard
Stands all alone
Bears fruit for me

And it tastes so good
Where’s my pretty bird
He must have flown away
If I keep singing
He’ll come back someday

Dawn, bird’s still gone
Guess I’ll go mow the lawn

What a day, what a day
Oooo, what a
beautiful day this
is

Ooooooooo

Little bird up in a tree
Looked down a sang a song to me

The trout in a shiny brook
Gave the worm another look
And told me not to
worry about my life

Little bird looked down
And sang a song to me
Little bird looked down
And sang a songto me
Little bird looked down
And sang a song to me

Little Bird (Dennis Wilson)

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