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Faber Celebrates Punk

The next Faber Social is on Monday 16th April 

Faber Social invites you to celebrate Punk with James Fearnley, author of Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues, Kevin Cummins, music and portrait photographer and author of Manchester: Looking for the Light through the Pouring Rain, Viv Albertine of The Slits and special guest TBC.

Tickets cost £5 on the door.

Please email carl@thesocial.com for a place on the guaranteed entry list.

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New Good Block Mix

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Good Block bring in the summer vibes with the finest 70’s/80’s/90’s music. All in the basement of The Social with a head strong selection of DJ’s: 

Fragment DJs
Gigolo Medina
Arne VB
Sean O’Rourke
ADAM

Proper Disco, Proper House, Proper Hip Hop, Proper Electro, P-funk, Afrobeat, the odd guilty pleasure etc…

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Like the Good Block page for a daily dose of the dope:

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Bank Holiday Parties

Join us for the first bank holiday of 2012 . . 

Thursday 5th April
HIP HOP KARAOKE – BANK HOLIDAY SPECIAL

“London’s like a jungle sometimes but nights like this will keep you from going under!”

Time Out

Putting a fresh twist on the ancient art of karaoke, Hip-Hop Karaoke lets you get on the mic and act out your rap fantasies to the fullest, whether that’s teaming up with friends to rock through a Wu-Tang jam, living the lyrical highlife like Jay-Z or Drake, bawsin it like Rick Ross, celebrating summertime with The Fresh Prince or acting all crazy like Nicki Minaj or Ol Dirty Bastard.

You can find HHK every Thursday at The Social.  It’s no exaggeration to say that this is a legendary night out.

Doors 6pm-1am, £5 on the door.  Email hiphopkaraokeuk@gmail.com for £3 concessions list.

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Friday 6th April

PLAYERS BALL CENTRAL LATE NIGHT SPECIAL

London’s Crunkest Club Night™ is back with a late night special going strong through until 3am.

Basement:

Southern Hospitality DJs Rob Pursey and Davey Boy Smith will be bringing you all the hottest new club anthems, breaking future classics, bringing back old favourites and just generally giving you the BUCKEST, HYPEST, WILDEST clubbing experience in London.

Upstairs Bar:
Jimmy Plates meanwhile will be runnin through the 90s/00s RnB and Jiggy classics for y’all listening pleasure all damn night.

And don’t forget to try the now-legendary Southern Hospitality cocktail, which will be available all night long :))

Doors 6pm-3am, free before 9pm / £5

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Saturday 7th April

SUBSOUL – BANK HOLIDAY SPECIAL

‘The real overground sound

DJs:

CHRIS P CUTS

+ MR RIVE

Spinning everything from Soul + Disco to Hip Hop and House, a blend of sounds new and old for those looking for an unpretentious party vibe.

Doors 6pm-1am, free before 8pm, £5 after.

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Anyone Can Play Guitar

Tuesday 24th April

A massive night of music and film from the brilliant Idle Fret and a huge cast of guests.

Featuring:

Anyone Can Play Guitar – film screening

Mark Gardener (Ride) – acoustic set

Listing Ships

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DJs:

Jon Spira and Hank Starrs (Anyone Can Play Guitar) – DJ set

Matt (Truck Store) – DJ set

Oxedelica DJ’s

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Doors 6.00pm ’til Midnight *** film screening starts at 7pm sharp ***

25 x £5 early bird tickets available now. Next 25 early bird tickets will be priced at £7.50. £10 advance after limited early bird tickets have sold out.

TICKETS

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Mark Gardener

Mark Gardener from Shoegaze legends Ride will be doing an acoustic set featuring songs from Ride’s back catalogue and his brilliant solo record These Beautiful Ghosts, as well as some new material.

Listing Ships

Listing Ships is a nautical themed instrumental quartet, landlocked in Oxford, making epic music inspired by the precision of Tortoise and Shipping News, the sonic palette of Holy Fuck and Tarentel and the explorations of krautrock. None of them can swim.

Anyone Can Play Guitar (film screening) –

*** Recommended in the NME “20 Music Films You Need To See! ***

It’s funny how certain music scenes have become legendary – Merseybeat in the 60′s, London’s summer of punk in the 70′s, Sheffield’s Electro 80′s and Manchester’s ‘Baggy’ 90′s. When you break them down, they’re just a small handful of bands making very similar music during a very short but high-profile period.

When people talk about regional music scenes, they never talk about Oxford. Yet Oxford’s tight music community has been steadily producing genre-defining bands of the highest quality and integrity for pushing 30 years.

RIDE – who created (and indirectly named) the Shoegaze genre, TALULAH GOSH – the enfant terribles of Riot Girl, Britpop legends SUPERGRASS, Creation’s Alt-Rock heroes SWERVEDRIVER, current Post-Punk/Math-Rock phenomenon FOALS and – oh yeah – RADIOHEAD all came directly from this one scene. They built and took inspiration from it, they got support and encouragement from it, they cut their teeth in its venues and ultimately were launched into worldwide success from it.

But nobody’s ever heard of it.

So now, all of those bands, along with their less-succesful friends and contemporaries and the promoters, managers, journalists, record label owners and gig-goers who built the scene tell their story.

Anyone Can Play Guitar is not like most music docs. Using the unheard stories of some of the greatest bands and the greatest stories of some of the unheard bands as the backdrop to a truly unique and epic saga of success, failure, good intentions and bad outcomes. It refuses to mythologise and explores what can be achieved with community and the harsh realities of the music industry.

From the DIY spirit of the early 80′s right through to the controversial corporatisation of Oxford’s best-loved venue, ACPG tracks three decades of highs and lows in a punchy, really engaging style.

The film is narrated by cult comedian Stewart Lee

ACPG was made completely independently by film-maker and music video director Jon Spira over the course of three years.

www.idlefret.com

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Schizodelic Sound Tonight!

TONIGHT-TONIGHT-TONIGHT

DJs: GUY C, AARON FLETCHER + TIM ROCKINS

Mixing Mods with Rockers, Punks with Proggers, Concrete Jungle with African Bush, Brazilian Nuggets with Turkish Delights, Sweet’n’Sour Krauts with Big Macs and Crisp Rappers with Cheesy Ravers any flavour is for the tasting. Based on a super tight blend of three amigos triple-teaming behind the decks The Schizodelic Sound shall make one shake thy rattle, rok ya Rolex and get on up to get on down. With much unexpected diggings alongside stone-cold classics from the most open book of musical revelry there is a sound for one and all to rejoice in!

Spear headed by DJ Guy C (Gorillaz Sound System and The Bees Tour DJ, throwing it down on the decks like a man possessed), Aaron Fletcher (The Bees main man, song writer and internationally treasured musical innovator) and Tim Rockins (Zombie Flesh Eater, mindblowing maximalist artist and graphical craftsman busting with the A to Z of sound).  It all adds up to the most ridiculously dope record box you’ve ever looked in, combined with Kaleidoscopically-psychephrenic lightshows, visuals and animated posters The Schizodelic Sound is here. Fundamentally with the  basic ideal of keeping the dance floor alive.

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Shakes of the Month pt 2

Thomas Holec and Jake Johari have been busy again and have come up with another three Shakes of the Month for you

If you are a member you can get any of these beauties for £5 every day from 5-8pm.  As ever, huge props to Zane Cunningham for capturing them so brilliantly.

Ginjitsu

Ingredients: Two shots of gin, one shot of citrus juice, tablespoon of sugar/honey, handful of fresh mint, ginger beer + three dashes of angustura bitters

Method: Shake first four ingredients with cubed ice and dum pinto glass. Topped with ginger beer and drop the angustura on the top.

Glass: Highball

Garnish: Fresh mint spring and lemon slice

Santa Cruz

Ingredients: One and half shot of ocho tequila, shot of citrus juice, teaspoon of strawberry liqueur + two teaspoons of vanilla sugar

Method: Shake all the ingredients over the ice and double strain

Glass: Martini

Garnish: Strawberry

Fruity vanilla daiquiri

Ingredients: Two shots of rum, handful of seasonal fruit, one shot of lemon juice + a tablespoon of vanilla sugar

Method: Shake all the ingredients with cubed ice and strain

Glass: Martini

Garnish: Seasonal fruit

 

 

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New Exhibition – Matt Sewell

Since its first appearance in July 2009, Matt’s ‘Bird of the Week’ feature for the Caught by the River website has quickly become a cult hit.

His pop-art watercolours are distinctive and enchanting, as are his innovative descrip- tions, which see great tits ‘bossing the other birds around’, the ‘playful yet shy buoyancy’ of bullfinches and the ‘improbable’ nature of the waxwing (‘like a computer-generated samurai finch’). Now, for the first, time his original drawings and descriptions are compiled in a beautiful volume. The perfect read for bird-lovers and art and design fans alike. To launch the book, The Social is honoured to be hosting an exhibition of Matt’s birds, this will be launching April 5th.

You can find out more about Matt’s book and pre-order it HERE

A very limited edition set of beer matts as been created to celebrate the event, be quick as they will disappear.

Sambrook’s Brewery has very kindly sponsored this show, huge thank you to them for all their help.  You can enjoy Sambrooks’ Junction and Wandle beers in the upstairs bar.

‘Sambrook’s is a Battersea based craft brewer of English cask ales. Since we launched in 2008, Matt has been developing illustrations for us and we are delighted to be able to reciprocate by sponsoring Matt’s exhibitions’  Duncan Sambrook

www.mattsewell.co.uk

www.sambrooksbrewery.co.uk

www.caughtbytheriver.net

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Original Outsider

Live:

FAT WHITES

BULLIES

+ TWO JACKALS

OO is back with a three part bill of brilliant young bands.  Phonographic interludes supplied by the Swamp Dance djs

http://www.supajam.com/blog/article/Fat-White-Family . . .

‘It’s been an age since London has seen a band capable of enraging and entertaining in equal measure. When Lias says it’s a lot of effort to put on a show he isn’t being facetious. Fat White Family have developed a hardcore fanbase in their South London home eager to catch their maniac, visceral live shows, the band howling, tearing at their instruments, crashing around the stage, all the time locked onto an irresistible garage groove. Part Bash Street Kids, part missing-on-the-side-of-a-milk-carton kids, they conjure a dark, euphoric symbiosis of chaos and rhythm that hasn’t been heard since the Happy Mondays launched their joyous catastrophe onto an unsuspected world, or Pete n’ Carl set sail to Albion….

Formed on the spur of the moment from the fag ends of a gaggle of local garage bands, Fat Whites first incarnation came as a big band.  Now down to a 6 piece, made up of Saul, brothers Lias and Nathan (keyboards), drummer Dan, Jack Payne on bass, and Adam from One Man Destruction Show on screaming lead guitar, they reckon they’ve passed through their ‘mad experimental stages’, and have got a sound they’re settled on- a propulsive brew of swaggering psychedelia, bare bones garage, and snarling fables of numbness, boredom and sex delivered by the hyper-kinetic Lias.

The band are planning to release an album in the summer through small independent Trash Mouth, as well as an EP or two, but in general they’re not too fussed about trying to rodeo on some sort of bucking rock n roll gravy train. Saul, in particular had his fill of the high life with his short, disastrous tenure being signed to Sony as one of much hyped urchin rockers The Metros.’

 

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Social Newsletter – Week 7

I was thinking how lucky we are to have all our amazing upstairs DJs – here’s a little thank you post.  

Party starts tonight with Madd Raff‘s Sean Paul party, HHK Thursday, Friday Night Disco business with Guilty Pleasures’ Anna Greenwood (and Lulu and Justin – see below) and Jazzie B back in the booth on Saturday night!

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SOCIAL NIGHTS OUT

Wednesday 14th March

MADD RAFF WEDNESDAYS – SEAN PAUL PARTY

With Special guests: FIRE MAN SAM + MAINY

We are proud to announce the OFFICIAL launch party for Sean Paul’s new album: Tomahawk Technique! 

We will be previewing tunes from the sick new album and giving away loads of SP goodies, all courtesy of Atlantic Records…plus the usual free whistles, horns and nail art.

And we will be playing HUGE tunes from the back catalogue including Gimmie the Light, Temperature, Get Busy, We Be Burnin, Like Glue & millions more.

Sadly due to commitments overseas, Sean Paul will not be in attendance… but we have STRICT instructions that we must ‘rave and misbehave and go on bad’ to celebrate the new album. Okay Sean, we promise!

Doors 7pm-1am, free before 9pm, £3 before 10pm / £5 after.

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Thursday 15th March

HIP HOP KARAOKE 

“London’s like a jungle sometimes but nights like this will keep you from going under!”

Time Out

Putting a fresh twist on the ancient art of karaoke, Hip-Hop Karaoke lets you get on the mic and act out your rap fantasies to the fullest, whether that’s teaming up with friends to rock through a Wu-Tang jam, living the lyrical highlife like Jay-Z or Drake, bawsin it like Rick Ross, celebrating summertime with The Fresh Prince or acting all crazy like Nicki Minaj or Ol Dirty Bastard.

You can find HHK every Thursday at The Social.  It’s no exaggeration to say that this is a legendary night out.

Doors 6pm-1am, £3 concession list / £5 on the door.

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Friday 16th March

FRIDAY NIGHT DISCO

DJs:

ANNA GREENWOOD (Guilty Pleasures) + guests

Start the weekend with a basement bash of Friday night frolicking as Anna and friends bring you pop, rock, disco and a dollop of good old fashioned fun.  Dancing positively encouraged.

Doors 6pm-1am. Free before 9pm, £5 after.

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Saturday 17th March

SUBSOUL

‘The real overground sound

DJs:

JAZZIE B

+ MR RIVE

Spinning everything from Soul + Disco to Hip Hop and House, a blend of sounds new and old for those looking for an unpretentious party vibe.

Upstairs you can find the Breakin Bread DJs hosting a special one off all night long.

Doors 6pm-3am, free before 8pm, £5 after.

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Monday 19th March

SYMPTOMATIC PRESENTS

Live:

SHOUT TIMBER

IVORY HEROES

ISLANDER + ROSIE WILBY

Shout Timber formed in the exciting academic environment of University College London. Drawing as much influence from their love of vintage American literature and cinema as they do the melodies and honest lyricism of The Smiths, harmonies of The Beatles and the afro-rhythms of Vampire Weekend, Shout Timber establish themselves as an original, intelligent yet wholly accessible new talent on the UK scene.

Doors 7pm-12am, £5 adv / £7 on the door

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Tuesday 20th March

ORGINAL OUTSIDER

Live:

FAT WHITES

BULLIES TWO JACKALS

OO is back with a three part bill of brilliant young bands.  Phonographic interludes supplied by James Endeacott + Swamp Dance djs

Doors 7pm-12am, free entry

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Wednesday 21st March

MADD RAFF WEDNESDAYS – BASHMENT KARAOKE

With Special guests:

JOE GRIME + PART2STYLE

The new weekly party from The Heatwave. The rules are simple: No badmind. No posing. 100% dancing. 100% smiling.  Madd Raff is all about dancing, dressing up and having fun! Pure bashment all night with no negativity allowed in the building.

Expect crazy dance moves, banging on the walls and a million whistles and air horns.

Doors 7pm-1am, free before 9pm, £3 before 10pm / £5 after.

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Never Too Much (Upstairs)

Lulu ‘Princess’ Le Vay + Justin ‘Luther’ Quirk are starting a new residency upstairs on Friday night. You can catch them on the third Friday of every month.

This will be a brilliant addition at an already legendary line up of upstairs DJs that we have week in week out.  I don’t talk about these guys enough on here, so here’s a roll call and shout to the one and only Mr Rive (every Saturday night), Mark and Matt aka Droyd and Fones who have been ever present behind that bar for years, keeping it very real (second and last Fridays), Mark and the whole amazing Neddledroppin crew every Thursday night, Jimmy Plates who is known for tearing the upstairs bar apart on the first Friday of every month and on Wednesday nights you can catch 1Xtra’s own Ronnie Herel bringing his Soulquariam vibe and Ian Pugh’s Mobile Library.

Social love goes out to all these people and the other DJs like Laura, Jamie and Mal (and anyone else who i have forgotten) who gets behind the bar every week and plays the best selection of music ever, often off vinyl and creates that special vibe.  

xx

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