How have you been? Hope all’s good…and you’ve either managed to wean yourself off the quality streets (or you’ve eaten all the good ones).
Onto musical matters….I’ve put together a grand selection for the show. Here’s what’s making me a happy bunny:
Chromeo – Hot mess (duck sauce remix)
Smoke Fairies – Strange moon rising (playing at the Brudenell Social at the end of Jan)
Pete and the Pirates – Winter 1
Ellen and the Escapades – Preying on your mind (join their mailing list and download a free acoustic version of Without You)
John Grant – Where dreams go to do
MIA – Internet connection (Huoratron rum aix remix)
Starling – Be Someone (lovely, from Bradford…myspace.com/starlingsings)
The Walkmen – Juveniles
Hercules & Love Affair – Fax yourself, ‘sunshine’ (one of my christmas pressies)
Esben & the Witch – Warpath (in Shef on 7 Feb)
Wilful Missing – Ghosts (Loose Ends EP out now, playing York on 5 Feb)
Arcade Fire – We used to wait
Darren Hayman (sung by Elizabeth Morris) – I know I fucked up (he’s doing a song a day to keep the winter misery away…look him up on soundcloud and you can download a track for free). Woo!
Every week thereâ€™s nothing I love more (well almost!) than discovering new songs and recording sessions. This is especially true when it comes to local talent â€“ strictly of the musical variety. Thanks for sending in tunes and gigs dates â€“ keep em coming. Youâ€™re lovely. You can either email: email@example.com or post: Laura Rawlings, The BCB Sessions, 11 Rawson Road, Bradford BD1 3SH.
If I think it’ll tickle our collective fancy, Iâ€™ll get it on the show and youâ€™ll join The BCB Sessionsâ€™ â€œHall of Fameâ€ alongside Blue Roses, Freyed Knot, The Luminaries, Lone Wolf, The Duke & the King, King Creosoteâ€¦.and hundreds more.
I’ll be back next week with Scars on 45…they’ve got new material so we’ll be playing it – Wednesday night at 9pm. If you want a sneak preview of their sound, www.scarson45.com
We’ve got more tasteful tuneage for you courtesty of The BCB Sessions.
I’ve been going through the archive sessions, getting dust up my nose and giddy about songs I haven’t heard for ages. So I’ve selected three from Bradford bands and one from Choir of Young Believers – all recorded here in our plush velvet studios. The postman’s also delivered this week – not sure how generous he’ll be nearer Christmas but we’re dining out this week with……
Zola Jesus – Poor animal
Agnes Obel – Just so
The Whigs – Hundred / Million Wilful Missing (BCB session track) – I am clay. Great band from Bradford – with celebrity connections! www.wilfulmissing.co.uk This is the kit – See here (Jim Barr remix)
Tu Fawning – I know you now
Flamingos – Evryone Yorkshireguese (BCB session track) – Woman on the wireless
Chatting to Mark Hearne (aka Yorkshireguese) about what his musical instruments & house parties.
Syd Matters – Hi life
Archie Bronson Outfit – Chunk
Choir of Young Believers (BCB session track) – Under the moon. One from the archive…love the start of this song.
!!! – Jamie my intentions are bass
Sweet Sneakers (BCB session track) – Pointing the gun
Happy, happy days.
Don’t forget there’s a session for bands/artists at Rios in Bradford on Sunday 21st November, 3-9pm for FREE. Covering all the serious stuff you need to do to get noticed, paid etc…copyrighting, production, PRS, MCPS and PPL. Book your place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
And get in touch if youâ€™ve got news of an upcoming gig, a new track, record deal…we want to hear from you: email@example.com
Or post: Laura Rawlings, The BCB Sessions, 11 Rawson Road, Bradford BD1 3SH
Admittedly the closure of The Love Apple in Bradford isn’t the saddest news I’ve been greated with in the past couple of days. I wish it was, however, and that the shootings in Cumbria hadn’t happened.Â However, I’m totally shocked and gutted that The Love Apple had to close, and this is a sad result of what has happened to Bradford in the past few years.Â About 5 years ago the place (both Bradford and The Love Apple) was buzzing (quite literally after The Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit‘s loud gig there!)Â and there was a real vibe around the place.Â Now…well, how things have changed.Â The Bradford Playhouse is showing promising signs, but if a nice independent bar like The Love Apple can’t make ends meet, well, we’ve got problems.Â Other highlights that I’ve seen there include Jeffrey Lewis (at which I was very proud to be part of the support with Wilful Missing), Dufus and The Wave Pictures (a great, yet poorly attended gig, again at which Wilful Missing were lucky enough to be asked to support).Â I was also at the Jeremy Warmsley gig at which one Laura Groves made her first appearance, many a moon before blossoming into Blue Roses.Â So, thanks must go to Pav and co for giving us The Love Apple, and I wish him and his staff the best of luck for whatever they do next.