The Advent Calendar got off to a stormer yesterday with exclusive new recordings from Piney Gir and MJ Hibbett (you can still find them here) and we are not taking our foot off the gas today, far from it – we have another exclusive, created by a supergroup of some our favourite musicians with the aim of raising some money for the Music Venue Trust’s #saveourvenues campaign, along with news of an auction of some absolutely incredible items aimed as saving one of the venues on the MVT’s red list.
As always, the tracks are completely free to to download and there’s no need to sign up to any mailing lists to access the tracks (though if you’d like to you can join ours here), but with the UK’s independent music venues in peril following almost a year of covid restrictions, we’d love you to make a donation to the Music Venue Trust‘s #saveourvenues campaign if you enjoy these tracks. You can make a donation to the fund, or to a specific venue of your choice here.
Brixton Hill Studios has become an integral part of the South London music scene, a base for many of the bands that have been tickling the fancy of the UK’s music journos in recent years as well as for many more making their first tentative steps into the world of music. It’s also run by a thoroughly splendid bunch of people, many of whom are excellent musicians in their own right and, having seen the plight of the UK’s independent music venues, many of which (including their neighbours The Windmill) are under serious threat of closure following almost a year of covid-enforced restrictions, they’ve got together a group of their talented mates and recorded an astonishingly good (and Band Aid Trust approved) re-write of festive charity classic ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ – we’re delighted to bring you both the track and its video exclusively on Joyzine today.
Featuring the talents of the Brixton Hill Staff band, including members of Hot Sauce Pony, Hurtling, Real(s), Ham Legion and Stephen EvEns, along with vocal contributions from Brixton Hill Studio patrons including Jimbob from Carter USM, Charlotte from Madonnatron, Cassie Fox (I, Doris/Loudwomen) & The Foxes, Tiny from Ultrasound, Amber from Hadda Be (fka Foundlings) Andy and Chris from Death and The Penguin and more, ‘Save Our Venues’ is a rallying call to music fans everywhere (as well as being huge festive fun). We hope that, in the words of Bob Geldof, it inspires you to “Give us the fucking money” and donate to The Music Venue Trust‘s #saveourvenues fund.
Download ‘Save Our Venues’
The copyright in the original song belongs to the Band Aid Trust who have given permission for this adaptation for this sole and specific use.
If you enjoy this track please consider making a donation to the #saveourvenues campaign
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Another bunch determined to keep the wolves from the independent venue circuit’s door are Team Lose It, who have joined forces with The Windmill and a host of musicians who hold it dear to stage an auction of memorabilia to help to keep it running through the covid crisis and out the other side. They’ve come up with a quite astonishing array of unique items that would make any music fan’s Christmas. The list so far includes:
Carter USM – Fruitbat’s guitar played at the infamous ‘Phillip Schofield incident’ 1991 Smash Hits Poll Winners Party awards show
Sleaford Mods – Jason Williamson’s signed work shirt from his last ‘normal’ job in 2014
Anna Calvi – x 2 A3 signed photographs of Anna
Fontaines D.C. – A2 print from guitarist Carlos’ forthcoming new line of photos, signed by all the band
Speedy Wunderground – Producer Dan Carey’s famous smoke machine used at SW Windmill gigs & in his Streatham studio during recording sessions + SW label test pressings by Black Country, New Road & Steve Mason/ Emiliana Torrini + Dan’s last label promo of ‘bmbmbm’ by black midi + a promo of first SW release ‘I Go Out’ by Steve Mason/ ET
black midi – one-off drumming lesson w/ Morgan Simpson to take place in person at the Windmill
Fat White Family – a one off drawing by Saul + a pair of his (worn) socks; ‘Blogonese Live!’ – a zoom chat version of Lias’ tumblr blog where you will discuss all things bolognese with him
Meatraffle/ Scud FM – one off artworks by frontman Zsa Zsa Sapien: x1 ‘Spanish revolution’ oil pastel on aluminium, x1 ‘Disco Helmet’, x1 ‘Valve Chain’ – fashion statements like no other/ unique art for your home
Warmduscher – ‘Baby Blue Devil’ merch tees (currently sold out), pimped up by Clams Baker
The Rebel aka Ben Wallers from Country Teasers – his STETSON HAT + the only remaining copy of his hand-drawn, handwritten comic ‘LICE AS PETS’
Goat Girl – Crow mask (as seen in Crow Cries video)
Squid – Squid Superfan ‘Time Capsule’ Superpackage incl. signed ‘The Dial’ 12″ single + merch + more from the early days of the band
Tiña – Josh Loftin’s iconic pink cowboy hat as worn by him EVERYWHERE for EVERYTHING! + Ollie’s pink guitar signed by the band
PVA – Korg synth they wrote ‘Divine Intervention’ on, hand painted & decorated by the band
Sorry – drummer Lincoln’s Roland keyboard
deep tan – deep tan With Cans (socially distanced meet up with the band), photos of DT feet, x3 limited edition hand printed t-shirts
Nuha Ruby Ra – x2 hand painted jackets
Mellah – A signed copy of each of his two EPs ‘Middle England’ and ‘Liminality’ + will write & record a personalised song about whatever the winning bidder wants a song about
Lou Smith – ‘Whitest Boy On The Beach’ photo print taken by Lou featuring Saul, Lias & Nathan (Fat White Family) signed by the band + Fat White Family ‘Early Years’ photo book signed by the band (photos by Lou)
+ Peter Harris, Superstation Twatville, JOHN, Robert Rubbish, Mysterion Art Lab, Bénédicte Dacquin, Through The Eyes Of Ruby and many more TBC
The auction is online now – bid on your favourite items here.
Come back tomorrow for more exclusive tracks + check out the tracks from previous windows, all of which are still available to download: