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Believe In Magic Hour #18

#BelieveInMagicHour is back!

GROUPER – DRAGGING A DEAD DEER UP A HILL

Not strictly instrumental or ambient but you get the idea.

How does she sing like that? What is she actually saying?

It’s the pitchfork generation’s version of Vic and Bob’s club singer routine that they used to do on Shooting stars, but in reverse.

(Dan McEvoy)

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JODY McDOWELL-BARNES  – ‘MORE IN COMMON’

‘More In Common’ a poster by Jody McDowell-Barnes

Blue A3 Riso, Printed by Hato Press

All proceeds from the sale of this print will go directly to The Cares Family & CALM, two front line charities fighting lonliness and anxiety during COVID-19.

(Katherine)

PURCHASE HERE

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THE HEAVENLY ARCHIVE: SAVE THE FRENCH HOUSE

The French House has hit the halfway mark!

“The French House has been the beating heart of Soho for over a hundred years. History has been made here.” And we can’t imagine a Soho without it.

DONATE NOW

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Believe In Magic Hour #17

The clock strikes 3, and we return with three things we’ve been enjoying so far this week

A PLAYLIST: CAIO WHEELHOUSE –  IN MY EARS #1

Not only is Caio Wheelhouse a wonderful and extremely talented artist, he is also a dear friend of ours. He has created a beautiful playlist that will lift your spirits and give you a glimpse into his magical world. (Daisy)

Check out his work here

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ABOVE THE LINE: FILM CLUB – MARK JENKIN

Above The Line have created an online film club, discussing two films a week on instagram live video. So far they’ve had an incredible line-up for us with Maxine Peake and Dr Lisa Mckenzie.

Join them on Instagram stories this weekend as they discuss “The Perfect Storm” and “For Those In Peril” with BAFTA award winning director Mark Jenkin (Bait). Sunday, 7pm sharp.

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BFI ARCHIVE: A ROMANY SUMMER – 1977

Directed by Barry Cockcroft, ‘A Romany Summer’ is a documentary on a travelling Romany family. Sir Montague ‘Cocker’ Smith, his wife Ellie and their five children wander around the country lanes of Yorkshire, rarely staying in one place for more than 24 hours.

“With their battered vardo, scruffy kids and assorted horses in tow, Cocker and Ellie are on an “endless odyssey”, visiting Appleby Fair, trying to eke out their own chosen life.”

WATCH ‘A ROMANY SUMMER’ HERE (Danny)

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Believe In Magic Hour #16

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Today’s Magic Hour is a Social Gathering special.

Our favourite hangout The Social has uploaded it’s upstairs booths to the world wide web, so we can still gather round and hear mad stories from all the amazing people that hang out there without leaving our homes. So far articles by Lias Saoudi (Fat White Family), Wendy Erskine, Jeremy Deller, Jonny Trunk and more have gone up, with more added every day.

Here are three favourites from the past few days.

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Shaun Ryder & The Salford Sioux

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How did a group of Sioux tribe native Americans end up settling in Salford in the late 1800s? Who better to tell the story than Shaun Ryder, of course.

We love this animated film by Glenn Kitson and Will Murphy. Watch and read all about it here.

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Thoughts, connected, on Mayday by Anna Wood

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Writer Anna Wood recalls being kettled by military police during an anticapitalist protest in Oxford Circus on May Day 2001, and pissing on a copper’s boot.

Read it here, and see also Brian David Stevens’ photos from that very day here.

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Sounds – Jeff O’Toole

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Sadly Sounds From The Other City, Salford’s celebration of new music, performance and art, didn’t happen this year, for reasons obvious. Thankfully our pal Jeff O’Toole stepped in to fill the void somewhat with a fantastic playlist featuring some of the great bands he’s seen and discovered at the festival!

Read and listen here.

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Believe In Magic Hour #15

Hello again. We hope you’ve all had a nice weekend and that these little bits of magic can brighten your Monday ✨

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Heavenly Recordings x Soho Radio

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Listen back below.

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Ghost Town by Jeff Young

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Katherine’s been enjoying reading Jeff Young’s ode to Liverpool, Ghost Town. A brilliant review by Ade Blackburn of Clinic has been published on Caught by the River, where you can also read an extract from the book. Their online bookshop is also back open for business!

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Port Sulfur – Exploding Clockwork

Jeff shared this new track by Port Sulfur, an audio collective headed by Douglas MacIntyre (Creeping Bent Records, The Sexual Objects), on twitter. Katherine loved it so much it stayed on repeat even in her dreams!

Jeff: Rejoice part 2: Exploding Clockwork, a new track by Port Sulphur – co-written with James Kirk and sung by the legend that is Davy Henderson plus Katy Lironi. Video by
Grant McPhee. 

Katherine: This is flipping ace 🔥

Jeff: ain’t it great Katherine!

Katherine: I actually woke up thinking about how brilliant this track is 🙏 🔥

Jeff: What a way to start a day! Morning Katherine x

Katherine: I was trying to figure out if I had dreamt the lyrics in my dreams. What a tune! Morning!

Douglas MacIntyre: Thanks Katherine. James Kirk wrote the lyrics in the back of a car when we were travelling down from Glasgow to Salford for a Port Sulphur live session with Marc Riley. They are amazing – ‘I left my heart in Fenerbahce’…

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Believe In Magic #14

Bandcamp is kindly wavering fees so that all of the money goes straight to the artist.

We thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share three Bandcamp finds today for Magic Hour!

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HOOTON TENNIS CLUB – MONSOONAL RUNOFF

The sound of seagulls in the new Hooton Tennis Club tunes makes me long to sit by the Mersey. The boys are back! Rejoice! (Katherine)

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TAHIRA TROPICAL EDITS – WAH WAH 45s

This was one of my favourite finds on Bandcamp. DJ Tahira is fantastic. (Daisy)

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KUTIMAN – LAYLA

“This tune is amazing.” (Jeff )

 

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Believe In Magic Hour #13

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Here is a selection of 3 things we’ve been enjoying over the past few weeks.IGNORANCE𝟏

A couple of weeks ago Everpress posted a piece about the importance of the creative industry and how it is affected by the current crisis. They talked to four different members of the global creative community about how T-shirts are their lifeline at the moment.

“Making a living as an artist is never easy, but the COVID-19 crisis looks set to pose a near-unprecedented challenge to creatives, musicians and artists alike, especially those early on in their career.Anything that offers stability right now is a lifeline. Here Kim Van VuurenLucas HesseSarah Firth and Ignorance1 reflect on how the past few weeks have affected what they do, and why merch is vital.”

READ THE ARTICLE HERE

Ignorance𝟏’s brilliant designs caught our eye!

Born in Aversa, near Naples, but now based out of Milan, Ignorance1 works across spheres, both in fashion as a digital designer and as a digital artist.

CHECK OUT INGORANCE𝟏 ON INSTAGRAM

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 GAVIN CLARK & SHANE MEADOWS

– THE LIVING ROOM –

The soundtrack to “Dead Man’s Shoes” turned my 18 year old self onto Bonnie Prince Billy, Bill Callahan and a more unknown and extremely tragic artist by the name of Gavin Clark. Shane Meadows also made a short documentary on him which you can watch here (Dan McEvoy)

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WILL BURNS REVIEWS MARK LANEGAN’S MEMOIR, ‘SING BACKWARDS AND WEEP’

Today Mark Lanegan released his memoir, and our friend Will Burns has written a brilliant review about the book on Caught by the River.

“This is as hard-won a story as any and Lanegan’s genuinely literary construction is of a human exposed for all his weakness and his strength, which is, of course, something like living itself.” – could also take out the first bit so it reads “Lanegan’s genuinely literary construction is of a human exposed for all his weakness and his strength, which is, of course, something like living itself.”
Will Burns has reviewed the memoir on Caught by the River, in addition to this he has created a playlist that is now in the Lanegan vault.”

READ THE REVIEW

Alongside artists including Bobby Gillespie, Duff McKagen, Alison Mosshart, Liela Moss, Dylan Carlson and Peter Hook, Will has created a playlist of his favourite Mark Lanegan songs for The Vault – a platform celebrating Lanegan’s extensive catalogue.

LISTEN HERE

PURCHASE ‘SING BACKWARDS AND WEEP’ 

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Believe In Magic Hour #12

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#SaveOurVenues!

Music Venue Trust has launched an initiative to prevent the closure of hundreds of independent music venues across the country.

Crowdfunder campaigns are currently raising money to support the venues and their staff, with any excess money given to Music Venue Trust GMV Crisis Fund to protect other venues in need.

We want to highlight three venues close to our hearts that we feel would be a devastating loss if they were unable to reopen.

Please consider donating if you are able to. Chip in the price of a ticket for that gig that was free entry, perhaps, or that you were given guest list for.

Donate to the venues directly via the links below, or to the campaign as a whole here.

MOTH CLUB

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There’s hardly a Heavenly band that hasn’t graced the glittery MOTH Club stage at one point or another. One of those venues that feels like so much more, especially with their club nights, film screenings and all the rest.

SAVE THE MOTH CLUB

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The Shacklewell Arms

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Like MOTH Club’s grimier older brother, The Shack has been the best place to see new bands in London for years. With the gigs often being free entry, it’s easy to take a punt on someone you’ve never heard of, with the best case scenario of having your mind blown and the worst case scenario of having a nice cold pint in the pub up front or in the garden.

SAVE THE SHACKLEWELL

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The Waiting Room

Another in the Bad Vibrations family of venues, the Waiting Room in Stoke Newington has hosted numerous Heavenly groups over the years. The smallest of the bunch – although it can be hard to tell when they’re all full of sweaty bodies – The Waiting Room

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Believe In Magic Hour #11

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Art of Now: Mixtape For Zimbabwe – BBC Radio 4

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Celebrating 40 years of Zimbabwe’s independence, UK based writer Belinda Zhawi selects songs from the country of her birth.

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Uzelli Elektro Saz

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We love this compilation of rare Turkish electric saz cassette recordings from Uzelli’s vast cassette catalogue. If you want to trace the roots back from modern bands like Altın Gün and Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek, check this out. Recommended by our friends at Stranger Than Paradise Records, you can pick up a copy from them here.

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American Soul Music 1955-1972

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Jeff recommends this soul playlist from Cairo Records, a Mississippi Records sub label whose compilations of the same name are absolute treasures.

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Believe In Magic Hour #10

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Tony Crean & Mark McNulty Recall Portishead’s Debut US Tour

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Following the Portishead Essential mix posted the other day I remembered that it was originally released at the time of the band’s debut US tour which I was doing press on, so asked good friend & photographer Mark McNulty who was covering the dates for his memories from 25 years ago…

“I flew out to Toronto on 25th April and got there just in time for the gig. Jetlag was kicking in but I remember some of Spiritualized came down to the show. Day 2 was Pontiac, on the outskirts of Detroit. Jetlag was wearing off and I’ve got very vivid memories of just how good Andy Smith’s DJ set was ahead of the show. The following morning, we flew to Boston and had a day off. We were staying out by Harvard so I wondered around the University but I had to cover up my t-shirt because people were horrified at the Herb Garden magazine logo ‘Yoof Culture for the Narcotically Challenged’. In the evening we all went out for dinner and then went to see a hard rock band called The Upper Crust who wore powdered wigs and had a singer called Lord Bendover. Day 3 was gig day and a brilliant show at Avalon, Boston. I also did a portrait shoot with the band outside of the venue as I was documenting  the tour for Q Magazine. After the show, it was tools down and way too much drinking followed. It was also the first time I’ve ever seen bar tenders working a  room selling shots and the novelty of it got the better of us. The following morning we flew to New York for a gig at the Supper Club. I wasn’t actually at the gig, as I flew back to the UK the same night but we made the best of the worst hangover ever and managed to take in Central Park Zoo, Strawberry Fields, the Dakota, Times Square and more. Good times if a little hazy…”

I can only add that as well being a cracking bunch of people to work with, those early Portishead gigs were some of the most intense & exciting live music I’ve seen, taut with pure beat & blues knife-edge energy which still send a shiver across a quarter of a century…

And that Goodwin the red panda in Central Park Zoo is still the best hangover cure ever.

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Thank You Sea Change!

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We had a blast over the weekend in virtual-Totnes for the online edition of Sea Change Festival. We felt a real togetherness and energy that we feared would be sorely lost behind screens and wi-fi transmissions. Big props to Rupert and everyone behind the scenes for really pulling together and making the most of a dire situation.

Listen back to Token Girl DJs Sunday morning set here, and read Katherine’s love letter to festival dancing here.

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Dan McEvoy’s Recommendation of the Day

Sonny Barrett told me that I’d like this and he was right! Aerial M has gone under different aliases and played in quite alot of bands. A very cool fella.

[Drag City reissued this a few years ago and it looks like Norman Records still have copies left. David Pajo forever – Sonny]

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Believe In Magic #9

Dorothy – Stay Safe – Saint Etienne

Liverpool print designers Dorothy have re-worked Saint Etienne’s Fox Base Alpha sleeve:

“We’ve re-imagined (okay tinkered with) one of our favourite album’s covers for our Isolation Nation exhibition responding to COVID-19 #lockdown Massive thanks”

See more bit.ly/dotisolationna #isolationnation #SocialDistancing

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Mark Lanegan – an interview with Rolling Stone

“With the release of his new memoir, ‘Sing Backwards and Weep,’ the former Screaming Trees frontman is finally ready to reflect on his dark past.

For a quarter of a century now, Mark Lanegan has been running away from his past.

From the mid-Eighties until 2000, he fronted Screaming Trees, a hard rocking, neo-psychedelic band that got swept up in the major labels’ Seattle-grunge gold rush and crossed over into the mainstream with “Nearly Lost You.” Along the way, Lanegan befriended Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley, recorded with the supergroup Mad Season, and launched a solo career playing bluesy, rootsy rock that was more melancholy and brooding than the output of his grungy peers. He’s always had a deep, husky, world-weary voice and unpredictable onstage presence that made him one of the most formidable frontmen to emerge from the Emerald City. At the same time, he also nursed addictions to heroin, crack, and sex — vices that led him into homelessness and almost to an early grave.”

 A truly brilliant piece of writing, check out this Mark Lanegan interview in Rolling Stone Magazine.

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Now Listening… Carl Gosling – Heavenly Jukebox 2013

“I dug out this old Heavenly Jukebox mix for Bestival I did back in 2013. Features killer tracks by The Asphodells, Antibalas, DJ Pareja, Out Cold, A Guy Called Gerald, Jagwar Ma, Sophie, Daphni, Francis Bebey and more.”