So, on Saturday I went to restaurant where a guy who looked a bit like Jon Bon Jovi sang some songs in Portuguese a bit too loudly for the setting. You don’t really need to know this, but other than playing a few records it’s the only music-related thing I can remember happening this weekend. Of course, I don’t need to talk about music-related stuff here, but telling you about a visit to the butcher or the very nice roast my sister cooked yesterday seems even less relevant. Anyway, I’ve filled this space now, so we can get on with the Five Day Forecast.
01: Record Store Day. Having grown in huge leaps every year since it began, Record Store Day has now established itself as a major point in the musical calendar. This Saturday it returns to fill independent record shops around the country (and indeed the world – there are now participating stores in over 40 nations) with exclusive releases and, hopefully, lots of people. There’s always a good atmosphere, numerous in-store performances, and lots of records. I like records.
02: Fierce Panda’s birthday party. London indie label Fierce Panda is eighteen years old. Happy birthday, Fierce Panda. Actually, the company’s date of birth is apparently 24 Feb, so we missed it by some distance. It’s alright though, the birthday party is taking place on Tuesday night, so it won’t look so weird when you hand over your card to founder Simon Williams (which I insist you all do). The bash at Cargo in Shoreditch will double up as the launch party for Hatcham Social’s second album, ‘About Girls’, which was released earlier this month.
03: Bob Marley documentary in cinemas. A new documentary about Bob Marley, entitled ‘Marley’, is released this week to coincide with the 30th anniversary of his death. For the film, director Kevin Macdonald (best know for ‘The Last King Of Scotland’) was given access to the Marley family’s archives, pulling out hours of previously unseen footage and unreleased music, which he mixed with new interviews with the people who knew the reggae star best.
04: New releases. Well, as we’ve already established, there are a lot of new releases coming out this Saturday for Record Store Day, but there are a few others making more traditional entries into record stores both physical and online that you should take a look at too. Amon Tobin has a brilliant-looking boxset out, while Spiritualized‘s latest album and Oberhofer‘s debut are also available, plus there’s the new single from Strangers.
05: Gigs. If you fancy some live music, then my top tips for this week are Busdriver, Oberhofer and Sleep Party People. You could also check out the musical stylings of Dry The River, Major Lazer, Lostprophets and The Dandy Warhols.
Don’t forget (as if you would) that the CMU podcast is back this week. Chris and I will be chatting about all the latest happenings in music. Ready yourselves by signing up to receive new episodes and maybe listening to a few older ones here.
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