21st Century Sounds: post-session review

It was great to see the labour club so busy for our first session of 2015, focusing solely on music released since 2000.

In a deviation from our usual two album format, Richard Knox, founder of Manchester-based independent label Gizeh Records joined us (along with his Shield Patterns partner Claire Brentnall) for a Q&A about running the label, why they release albums on vinyl and the issues they face in the internet age. It was a fascinating insight into the workings of a small independent label. John Harris’s recent article for The Guardian about ‘vinyl’s difficult comeback’ was mentioned a few times (and is well worth reading if you haven’t done so).


Shield Patterns

Arcade Fire’s Funeral was our poll winner, although LCD Soundsystem gave them a good run for their money for the duration of the poll (it was neck and neck at one point). Jane Weaver’s The Silver Globe (Piccadilly Records’ album of the year 2014) eventually caught up with LCD Soundsystem to claim joint second place.

My thanks Gavin, Steve, Brett and Jim for helping to put together the selection of albums for the poll. Congratulations to Jim on having the winning album. Commiserations to Gavin as two of his albums received no votes at all!

Also thanks to Matt, Jonny and Darren for sharing some top tunes, and apologies to Martin for not having chance to play something from the LPs he’d brought with him. Next time, I promise!

Here are a few comments from Twitter about the session:

Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem & some good new stuff. Bought 3 LPs!! Somebody stop me!

Top night yet again. Great tunes. Great beer. Great company. Where else would you go 2nd Thursday every month?

Enjoyed once again! It’s even better when your chosen album gets played. Hope everyone else enjoyed it.

Big thanks: , & for inviting me to waffle about //Vinyl last night!

As usual another interesting and fun night club last night. Thanks everyone involved!

Interesting and informative q&a last night Richard Knox from at club last night.

We’ll be back on Thursday 12th February for SINGLES NIGHT II. Not that kind of singles night! Full details soon.


Wild Beasts – Two Dancers (Domino, 2009)
wildbeastsSide One: The Fun Powder Plot/Hooting & Howling/All The King’s Men/When I’m Sleepy/We Still Got The Taste Dancin’ On Our Tongues

Pye Corner Audio – Black Mill Tapes Vol.3&4 (Type, 2014)
pyecornerSide One: Pathway Six/Electronic Rhythm Number Five/Transmission Seven:Pathways Open/Inside The Wave/Memory Wiped/Building Obscured By Mist

Portico Quartet – Ruins (Portico Quartet, Real World Records, 2012)
LCD Soundsystem – North American Scum (Sound Of Silver, DFA, 2007)
Outfit – Nothing Big (Performance, Double Denim Records, 2013)
Shield Patterns – Ghost Words (Contour Lines, Gizeh Records, 2014)

POLL WINNER: Arcade Fire – Funeral (Merge Records, 2004)
ArcadeFireSide One: Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)/Neighborhood #2 (Laïka)/Une Année Sans Lumière/Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)/Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles)
Side Two: Crown Of Love/Wake Up/Haïti/Rebellion (Lies)/In The Backseat

21recordsplayedThe Black Angels – Haunting At 1300 McKiinley (Phosphene Dream, Blue Horizon, 2010)
Kirsty McGee & The Hobopop Collective – Pray (Those Old Demons, Hobopop, 2014)
Mouse On Mars feat. Mark E. Smith – Cut The Gain (Wipe That Sound, Sonig, 2004)
Sleaford Mods – Mr Jolly Fucker (7″, Fourth Dimension Records, 2014)
The National – Mr November (Alligator, Beggars Banquet, 2005)
Thurston Moore – Grace Lake (The Best Day, Matador, 2014)
Bon Iver – Perth (Bon Iver, 4AD, 2011)
Richard Hawley – Coles Corner (7″, Mute Records, 2005)
Chuck – No, Not Ah! (7″, Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation, 2003)
Goat – Run To Your Mama (World Music, Rocket Recordings, 2012)
David Bowie – Where Are We Now (7″, RCA/Sony, 2013)

Jane Weaver – The Silver Globe (Bird Records, 2014)
janeweaverSide One: The Silver Globe/Argent/The Electric Mountain/If Only We Could Be In Love/Don’t Take My Soul

Listen to digital highlights at our Mixcloud page or click on the player below.


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