[Gig Review] Chic – Manchester Ritz – Wednesday 29th May

 

 

Some artists DJ using vinyl, some artists prefer to DJ with CDs and in recent times many DJs have converted to the electronic age, using laptops and mini controllers, including ourselves.

However, Nile Rodgers showed in Manchester last night he can DJ with a different instrument, quite unique in his talent with his guitar! Now I know we’re at the end of May and the temperatures are rising in the UK in anticipation of summer, but the heat in the Ritz last night was stifling. Yes it was a packed venue and throughout the gig the springboard dancefloor was being tested and used to the fullest effect but this heat was solar like.
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[Video] The Strypes – Blue Collar Jane. Is a new take on the old going to take off?

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The 15 year old band from Ireland have been causing quite a stir and generating a fair amount of buzz in recent months. They’ve picked up celebrity fans, already done a UK tour and have a quite unique sound of now. Yet, that sound is one more familiar with the 1960’s, made famous by bands such as The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Yardbirds, Eddie Cochrane and many more.

This new take on the old style is seen as refreshing by many. Are we ready for The Strypes? Up until this moment they have been covering artists like Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, this following track is their debut single which is out now.

Could we be about to see a new take on an old style take the UK by storm in the form of the Irish teenagers still in high school? The band will be supporting Blur in Dublin in August, but watch out for them in their own right to make big splashes in 2013!

Let us know what you think, Suck DJs x

Record Store Day – Is there still a place for Vinyl in the 21st Century?

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As you may or may not know it was Record Store Day on Saturday. Record Store Day has been running since 2007, when over 700 independent music stores came together in the USA to celebrate their unique culture.

This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists across the globe make special appearances and performances.

Jack White’s Third Man Records displayed an intriguing and exciting sense of the nostalgic, offering the chance for anyone to record material or messages onto a 7″ record. The Voice-O-Graph Record Booth, originating in 1947 and refurbished by Third Man Records is rumoured to be the only working one of it’s kind in the world. Check it out here – If anyone was going to have it, who else but Jack White III?

Record Store Day 2013 has plenty to genuinely excite music fans – even if you don’t own a record player. Way over a staggering 500 records have been produced exclusively for the event, from music icons including David Bowie (material from The Next Day on white vinyl) and Pink Floyd (a pink pressing of the band’s second single See Emily Play with orignal Syd Barret artwork). Continue reading