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William Adamson

On Tuesday 4th June The Caught by the River Social Club and Brownswood recordings present, William Adamson (live)

+ DJ Andrew Weatherall and readings from the works of W.G. Sebald

With the recent album, Under An Eastern Sky, produced by heritage futurists 2 Banks Of 4, Rob Gallagher has created a topographical travelogue – a concept album in the truest sense – where the songs tell fragments of stories that have grown out of a small region in the Eastern Horn of England, with sounds more akin to recordings emanating from the Louisiana marshlands.

Musically, this wonderful LP suggests dog day afternoons, loafing, listening to Dr John, John Martyn, Tom Waits, Terry Callier, Terry Reid’s River, then switching to weather-beaten dub and blues in the night after a long walk in the light of a full moon. That may cause an eyebrow or two to rise, for the pair’s Two Banks of Four oeuvre seemed to ring with the bells of (Charles) Stepney, spiritual jazz meets Our Favourite Shop, all celestial charity-shop symphonies. But then again in the late ‘60s among Charles Stepney’s Chess moves were pioneering productions of experimental electric blues LPs by Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, which is a good place to start for William Adamson. (Kevin Pearce, Caught by the River, Spring 2013)



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Faber Social Presents Crime

On May 7th Faber Social engages in some unlawfully bad behaviour to bring you an evening of music and literature from some of the best crime writers around.

Featuring new and bestselling fiction from multi-award-winning authors including Sophie Hannah (Kind of Cruel); SJ Watson (Before I Go To Sleep); RJ Ellory (A Simple Act of Violence), Stav Sherez (Eleven Days), Tom Benn (Chamber Music) and Russ Litten (Swear Down).

Tickets £5 in advance or £7 on the door.

Find out more and get tickets here

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Twelve 12s on Record Store Day

‘Twelve 12s’ on Record Store Day at The Social

The concept of the ‘Twelve 12″s’ mixes started as an idea in 2009. Like many DJs, having already switched over for many years to use MP3’s & a laptop, Rob was playing through his record crates, and basically just realised how much great music he had still had on wax.

The aesthetic of jammin vinyl 12″s is still one of the greatest pleasures around and after speaking to Superix and sending him the very first Twelve 12s mix – a pretty random selection of Rob’s own personal favourites, we put it out – then put the word out for people to get involved.

We were super pleased when so many of our favourite DJs both London and around the world said they’d love to be involved and started sending us their own personal take on the ‘Twelve 12″s’ concept! Therefore we’ve had tons of killer hip-hop, and also drum n bass, pop, house mixes etc from the likes of Cosmo Baker, DJ Eleven, Ayres, Matthew Africa (R.I.P.), Spin Doctor, Chris Read, J-Squared, DJ 7L, DJ Co-Op, Hudson and loads more including many from obviously both Rob, Superix and our extended SH fam Jimmy Plates. The range of the mixes is phenomenal with so many incredible themes from all Outkast to all Premier productions to all Wu-Tang & even all AV8!

Therefore for the now much-loved Record Store Day (and in association with our good homies at www.whosampled.com) – we thought it only fitting to take over the upstairs of our favourite London place – The Social – and invite many of the people who’ve contributed these mixes to play. A celebration of vinyl records that have been such a huge part of our lives and more importantly a celebration of really great music!

All 50 mixes can be downloaded & streamed from www.southernhospitality.co.uk

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Make Noise Exhibition

Make Noise – A portrait exhibition from the Make Noise electronic recycling club tour, by Nic Serpell-Rand. Launching mid April at The Social.

In November 2012, European Recycling Platform (ERP) and Heavenly Recordings formed a unique partnership and the Make Noise Electronic Recycling Tour was born. Make Noise was a club tour, a showcase for some of the UK’s most exciting musical talent, a programme of workshops and support for music colleges, and an online music project designed to raise awareness about the importance of recycling electronics.

Radio One’s Benji B headlined the tour with some of the country’s best DJs and took it to events staged in Belfast, Bristol, Leeds, Glasgow and London. Entry was free to anyone who brought along something to recycle: an old mobile phone, a hair dryer, some batteries or even a broken TV – anything with a plug or a battery!

Along the way tour-photographer, Nic Serpell-Rand, set up a mini studio in each club and captured these fantastic portraits of the clubbers and the things they brought along as their ‘entry fee’. “When Make Noise asked me to document the tour, we thought it would be a great opportunity to try something a little different from the usual style of club photography. All the portraits were taken in the clubs that we visited. The idea behind them was to take the subject out of the context of the environment, concentrating on just them and their recycled item in a classic portrait style. We met all sorts of people along the way, and got some engaging (and slightly odd) results. Hopefully this will encourage people to find out about Make Noise and the wider message behind the project.”

There are more mobile phones and laptops than people in the UK and not nearly enough of our electronics are recycled when they break or we move on to the latest, newest thing. Perhaps these portraits hint at our relationship with these gadgets, which at one time hold so much importance in our lives, and how we then dispose of them – either joyfully or regretfully!

Either way, the idea behind Make Noise is to get people recycling their broken or unwanted electronics: the materials used to make electronic goods are valuable and can be used to make new products; recycling also protects the environment and stops e-waste going to landfill.Make Noise is plotting another tour this year with a run of even bigger events: it’s time to Make More Noise! Find out more about the project upcoming dates and how you can get involved at www.facebook.com/makenoiseuk


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Our man Jimmy

Our man Jimmy Plates can be found almost every Friday playing the very best records in the upstairs bar. 

Jimmy is a producer, DJ and record collector with an endless passion for sharing music. Having worked with the cream of US and UK talent, Jimmy has also created music for radio and TV and has over 15 years experience supplying records and breaks to luminaries such as DJ Premier, DJ Shadow and Grandmaster Flash.

Jimmy has played much-loved clubs and events all over London and beyond and knows a groove when he spots one, having spotted thousands throughout his career!

Here’s some links to his mixes

Slick Rick “Twelve 12″s” mix

High-Top Hustlers – Jimmy’s mix of late 80’s “running man” tracks

Crunk Rock – the unedited version of his X-FM takeover mix

Loft Conversion – Pietro Platini & Pete Humphries


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All Your Friends

This Saturday in the basement . . 


The Fallows


Talk Show Ghost

+ Ben Longman

Doors 7pm, £5 entry


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Damo and Andrew

Idle Fret Presents:


Damo Suzuki

Listing Ships


Andrew Weatherall

Luke Insect

Mark Raison (Monkey Picks)

Darren Brooker (Idle Fret)

Plus very special guests

Limited £7.50 Early Bird tickets are now SOLD OUT

 £10 advance tickets are available at www.wegottickets.com/idlefret

£12.50 on the door

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▲ Damo Suzuki

Damo Suzuki needs no introduction right? Right.

The Can legend will be performing a very special set for us with his band of sound carriers, featuring some very special guests!

 Listing Ships

Listing Ships are a nautically-themed, instrumental quartet who skilfully blend their ferocious wall of sound guitar histrionics with Holy Fuck influenced electronica and jazz rhythms.

They cite inspirations from classic krautrock like Can, Harmonia and Neu!, sample-heavy intricate electronica like Boards Of Canada, Amon Tobic, plus expansive, exploratory guitar music like Tarentel, The Alps and Collections Of Colonies Of Bees.

▲ Andrew Weatherall

The legend that is Andrew Weatherall needs no introduction either!

We are very honoured to have Andrew grace the record decks at this very special show. Expect to hear fantastic records of the highest order!

 Luke Insect

We are pleased to say that cult graphic designer and illustrator Luke Insect has designed the ace poster for this show and we can’t wait to hear some of his great record collection when he DJs on the night.

▲ Mark Raison (Monkey Picks)

Beatnik Modernist who rambles about records, books, films, art and stuff on his excellent Monkey Picks blog. Mark has one of the best record collections of anyone we know, so there will plenty of brilliant 45′s played on the night.








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Faber Social

Here’s what’s going on at the next three Faber Social events down the bar

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Faber Social and Rough Trade Shops Present Vinyl

2nd Apr 2013, 7:00 p.m.
The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London W1

Ten years since the launch of iTunes, six years since the first UK Record Store Day, this April, in collaboration with Rough Trade Shops, Faber Social will be all about Vinyl.

Pete Paphides (BBC 6 Music’s Vinyl Revival) will spin some records and host some chat; Travis Elborough will take us on a trip through 60 years of recording history reading from his book The Long-Player Goodbye; a panel of industry experts including Jude Rogers and Spencer Hickman will wax lyrical about the life and love of vinyl; Simon Reynolds will be zipping in from LA to read from his new update of Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture; The Pogues founding member and accordion player James Fearnley will read from his story of the band’s life Here Comes Everybody (“It’s just how I imagine I’d remember it”- Shane MacGowan) and Workin’ Man Noise Unit will play a live set of tinnitus-inducing tantrum rock. Put the needle on the record.

Tickets £6 in advance / £8 on the door.

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Faber Social Presents Crime

7th May 2013, 7:00 p.m.
The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London W1

In May Faber Social engages in some unlawfully bad behaviour to bring you an evening of music and literature from some of the best crime writers around.

Featuring new and bestselling fiction from multi-award-winning authors including Sophie Hannah (Kind of Cruel); SJ Watson (Before I Go To Sleep); RJ Ellory (A Simple Act of Violence), Stav Sherez (Eleven Days), Tom Benn (Chamber Music) and Russ Litten (Swear Down).

Tickets £5 in advance or £7 on the door.

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Faber Social Presents Power, Corruption & Lies

3rd Jun 2013, 7:00 p.m.
The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London W1

Taking our lead from the title of the 1983 New Order album, June also marks 30 years since the start of the second Thatcher Ministry, so this month’s Faber Social is dedicated to Power, Corruption and Lies.

Speaking out against absolute power, corruption and lies is left-wing commentator, author (Chavs) and Independent columnist Owen Jones; saloniere and child of Thatcher Damian Barr will be reading from his powerful memoir Maggie & Me about the impact of growing up under Maggie’s controversial policies; followed by some free-speech from feminist activist, founder of UK Feminista and author of The Equality Illusion Kat Banyard; critic and award-winning writer Louise Doughty will look at the seduction of this month’s tripartite theme by reading from her thrilling new novel Apple Tree Yard; poet and author Owen Sheers will do a special reading from his powerful new verse-drama, as heard on BBC Radio 4, Pink Mist.

Tickets are £5 in advance or £7 on the door.

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Good Block is back and one!

To celebrate their belated 1st Birthday they’re heading back to our favourite Central London basement at The Social!


Myles Mears
Gigolo Medina
Pete Dee
Richard Foe
Sea O’Talk

Free before 9 – £5 after / £3 cheaplist

Names on the Facebook wall for cheaplist!


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4 track free download from Heavenly

Sign up to the Heavenly Recordings mailing list for your tasty 4 track FREE download featuring TOY, Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs, Stealing Sheep & Temples!

Sign up HERE and a secret download link will make its way over to you.


1. Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs – Be Nice
2. Stealing Sheep – Boys In The Band
3. Temples – Shelter Song (Society remix)
4. TOY – Left Myself Behind (Fearless Trans Love Energies remix)

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