Bring Your Own Vinyl Night
The Queen’s Head, Mold
Friday 25th January 2019
January is a bloody miserable month, so it was nice to have an event to look forward to. The event in question was Bring Your Own Vinyl Night – the first one I’d been able to attend (for various reasons) for quite some time.
There was a loose Scottish theme for those who chose to indulge, with it being Burns Night. Personally I didn’t bother as I had other plans for my setlist.
As it’s been a while, here’s a recap on what Vinyl Night is all about:
Organised by the awesome chaps from Halcyon Dreams and VOD Music, Bring Your Own Vinyl Night is held in The Queen’s Head, a dependable boozer in Mold. Aspiring DJs can play a fifteen minute set of any songs they choose, but the format must be vinyl.
Here’s the selection I made:
1968 – Devilswine
This is the opening track from the superb debut album by 1968, “Ballads of the Godless”. That behemoth of a record was one of my favourites of 2018 – a stoner rock classic in the making. The song is a heavy, riff fuelled monster with a groove that will make your head nod. Psychedelic biker rock, retro metal, fuzzed up grunge; call it what you will – these Chester lads know how to rock.
Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind – Dream
I’ve long been a fan of Jim Jones’ previous bands like Thee Hypnotics and Jim Jones Revue, so I swiped a copy of this latest musical venture as soon as I could. The album “Supernatural” is amazing, full of swampy, bluesy rock’n’roll that’s part Stooges, part Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. “Dream” is also the opening track, and it’s lethal. HIghly recommended.
The Incredible Bongo Band – Bongo Rock
This is a 7″ single that I was lucky to pick up for a few pence in a charity shop. I really need the album too. This is early seventies funky soul-pop and extremely groovy. It will make you want to wear a polo neck jumper and huge flares whilst sporting a gaucho moustache, Beastie Boys style. The Incredible Bongo Band are an integral part of the story of how Cliff Richard invented hip-hop. If you don’t believe me, Google it.
RL Burnside – Goin’ Down South
My final track was another opener, this time from RL Burnside’s amazing “A Ass Pocket of Whiskey” LP. When I first heard this heavy blues stomper on a CD compilation, I knew it had to be mine one day. An infectious collaboration with The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, this was recorded in the nineties but sounds timeless.
In retrospect, it seems that my set inadvertently did have a theme after all – though I swear that the suggestive images of ladies on record covers was purely incidental.
With thanks to Halcyon Dreams and VOD Music, hope to see you all again soon.
The Halcyon Dreams blogspot is here.
The Halcyon Dreams mixcloud page is here.
The Halcyon Dreams Facebook page is here.
The VOD music website is here.