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what du mean it’s april ? ok i haven’t updated the news page for over 2 months.. my bad. that’s the trouble with the internet.. there’s just too much of it. too many different things to update, too many.. too many notes, as emperor joseph II said to mozart. anyway it doesn’t make sense to write a letter to someone, then before it gets there email them.. and then ring them checking they got the email. so in the interests of sanity please see the scratchy twitter for news updates. thanks




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rafa russo’s new download single ‘you crossed my mind’ b/w ‘empty chair’ is out today in the digiverse on itunes and spotify. both tracks taken from songtastic new album ‘this strange place’ out march 1st.


album launch is SUN 24th FEB at oliver’s jazz club in greenwich. more info on the fazbok > https://www.facebook.com/events/474301803100508/


rafa russo - olivers jazz club 24-2-19


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lots of stuff happening on scratchy this year..


Rafa Russo - This Strange Place[2]new album from RAFA RUSSO 'this strange place' due march 1st. rafa's main job is writing movie scripts and his films have starred penelope cruz and bruce dearn among others but before all that he was a singer/songwriter - and still is. check out download single  'you crossed my mind' released feb 1st


the album launch gig is at oliver's jazz club in greenwich on SUN 24th FEB. an afternoon gig 2 - 5:30pm in a jaaaazz club. mmmm. nice. more deets on this and some other feb dates to follow










new single from bromide will be out april - this is drummer ed's favourite track from last year's album 'i woke up'. it's called 'magic coins' > https://open.sptify.com/track/3BDLYwXG83uEb9wC3yXEXT + we're playing our local in SE18 this sat if any yuz passing..


bromide - old mill, plumstead 26-1-19


plus there's the regular-ish scratchstock nights at the birds nest in deptford. next one is SAT 23RD MARCH featuring one of the great new bands coming out of southend, dark globes > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7Bct6a0aQc


elsewhere deptford stars jemma freeman & the cosmic something play DIY space SE15 1TF this friday - check out my review of her shacklewell arms gig last nov.. overcoat popsters desperate journalist are on tour.. and steve lamacq just can't stop playing DIRTY VIV. go edz !


what's that.. you've got some xmas £ to spend ? here's the scratchy webshop > https://cargorecordsdirect.co.uk/collections/scratchy-records


lastly thanks to tom robinson at bbc6 for including coach hop in his xmas playlist


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several things coming up..



bromide, dirty viv and gerry mitchell allstars in the back room at sister midnight records in deptford. more info on the fazbok 10pm curfew, first band on 7:30pm and it's free


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Coach Hop 'By Christmas'COACH HOP XMAS SINGLE

'by christmas' is coach hop's new single and the following up to his taylor swift ode from back in rekkid store day april. it's out friday 14th december on scratchy and i can't tell you how great this song is ur just gonna have tae lizzen tae it. + launch gig mon 17th dec at hope & anchor




no spitalfields this year.. sob. instead i'll be manning the stall

at the canopy market, kings cross on sun 16th december


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really excited about this record.. 'this strange place' will be out 1st march. in the meantime have a listen to the first single 'you crossed my mind' due end of jan. gonna get rafa over from barcelona in feb for some gigs - more deets soon



new issue up online now - including my review of kristin hersh's spellbinding rough trade instore few weeks back


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thanks to evone who came down to see us at camden assembly supporting bivouac. great night ! next up is scratchstock #29 at the hope & anchor, islington FRI 19TH OCT. info on who’s playing here >> https://www.facebook.com/events/2398966483478039/


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exciting gnus ! bromide will be supporting 90s indie rock ledgs BIVOUAC at camden assembly (barfly as was) on friday 28th sept. bivouac will be playing their 93 classic alb ‘tuber’ + we’ve got a limited number of cheap tickets available here > https://www.alttickets.com/bivouac-camden-assembly-formerly-barfly-2018-09-28-19-00


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scratchstock returns friday 31st august at the beehive in bow E3 3LT this time due to a mix up at the birds nest diary HQ.. on the bill are the comet line, andy hankdog, spinmaster plantpot, bromide as uszj and the fab dirty viv who featured on steve lamacq's bbc6 show monday night.. rock on eddie ! all for £0 + more infotainment over on the fazbok event page >> https://www.facebook.com/events/211816026067514/ 


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nestival b&wbefore all that we'll be bromide-ing at the birds nest annual fest 'NESTIVAL' - kicking off the bank holiday monday line up.. 4:30pm on stage. free entry, bring tea and cake. + another nice review for our new album 'I Woke Up' from louder than warStunning.. if no one discovers this album now it will be claimed as one of the great lost albums of the era” 8/10 >> https://louderthanwar.com/bromide-i-woke-album-review/


lastly caught this interview with the macca by jarvis cocker today.. 1 hour 11 mins well spent i reckon but then again i've always been a total beatles nut..



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OUT TODAY ! new bromide album 'i woke up' on limited edition vinyl, cd and download. get yr copy direct from the cargo shop here > https://cargorecordsdirect.co.uk/collections/scratchy-records/products/bromide-i-woke-up


or in the digiverse - itunes > https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/i-woke-up/1382577572?app=itunes

spotify > https://open.spotify.com/album/4AhMxzLQbfUBeCaQ9JNOfc


Bromide haven't just woken up, they're alert and more keenly ambitious than ever’ **** Record Collector 

punching a rather large and splendid hole in the modern alt-rock landscape 8/10 godisinthetv
‘if you like Dinosaur Jr and The Replacements, you’ll love this’ 4/5 music OMH


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great day down at southend yesterday.. thanks to ghost music, the plan, mike donovan, john hannon and everyone else who played. next bromide gig is easycome at skehans this weds 6th june - more of a semi-electric set then the album launch at the birds nest sat 16th june. more infoid over on fazbok > https://www.facebook.com/events/851174781731423/


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it’s summer ! well.. kind of. it’s definitely june anyway so time to head to the seaside yeaaaahhh ! this sunday 3rd june bromide beam down to southend for this..


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kicks off 2:30pm - we’re on about 4pm. also playing the fab the plan and equally fab ghost music


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video still 33kbapologies for no news update since march.. few computer 'issues' last month.. anyway been busy time with COACH HOP single finally hitting the shelves. not ahem, exactly on record store day but extremely close ! (gremlins at the vinyl plant..) big thanks to john kennedy at radio X and gary crowley at radio london for repeat plays and tom robinson at 6music. the vid meanwhile was no 1 staff pic over at vimeo which got a load of views - arrowif u haven't seen it check it out



'I like Taylor Swift too and I don't care what you think.. bit of an instant classic' John Kennedy, Radio X


'A chunk of pop-rock with a dash of humour.. Reminds me of Fountains of Wayne" Gary Crowley, BBC London


charlie and the band did a great set at scratchstock / hope & anchor for the launch in april and will be back there again 28th september.


bromide 'i woke up' - FRONT COVER 82kbcoming up next is the new BROMIDE album 'i woke up' which will be out on cd, download and limited edition vinyl on friday 15th june. first single 'two song slot' been picking up some radio play thanks to gid coe at 6music and kara at WFUV in new york


'a mighty fine tune from bromide' Gideon Coe BBC6 Music


'joyously scrappy punkgaze tune' the 405


'cramming in the guitars and attitude of Mudhoney and mixing it with the harmonies and melodies of Teenage Fanclub' backseat mafia


‘a melody that splices euphoria with regret, like all great pop records before it’ godisinthetv


 + indepth album review just out on godisinthetv 'ageing like fine malt whisky' 8/10 !! more bromide updates on the twitter


couple of dates for the release coming up..


sunday 3rd june - twenty one, Unit 21, Pier Approach, Western Esplanade, SS1 2EH Southend-on Sea

weds 6th june - easycome at skehans, 1 Kitto Rd, London SE14 5TW - this is andy hankdogs long running weekly shindig. more of a semi-acoustic set init

sat 16th june - ALBUM LAUNCH - scratchstock #27 at the birds nest along with gerry mitchell, lofe, spinmaster plantpot, pickled onion and onehundredpercentboyband - see fazbok for more deets


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new COACH HOP single ‘I Like Taylor Swift’ is out now !! well digitally anyway.. you’ll have to wait till record store day saturday 21st april to get yr hands on the pink vinyl 7 inch. in the meantime have a listen here courtesy of consequence of sound > https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/03/coach-hop-shares-thunderous-power-pop-debut-single-i-like-taylor-swift-stream/


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+ the day before vinyl release friday 20th april charlie and fellow coach hoppers will be playing their first ever gig at scratchstock #26 at the hope & anchor, islington. more deets soon..


in the meantime check out all things coach hop on instagram


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itchstock ahoy ! doing a joint promotion next week with george / cunning folk. this will be more of an acoustic vibe than the usual scratchstock band nights hence the itch rather than the full blown scratch. it's happening next friday 2nd march at the new shortwave cafe, 100 clements rd, bermondsey SE16 4DG - free admish, music from 6:30pm till 10pm and dj lord anthony filling the gaps in between an array of acoushtic talent...


more deets on who's playing at fazbook event page


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also some unfortunate news just in from the winter olympics / drummers snowboarding event.. it seems bromide's own inimitable stick sorcerer ed lush has broken his collar bone on the second of three jumps somewhere near a mountain. in france ? luckily the album's in the can already.. more of which to follow. get well soon ed !


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first the good gnus.. scratchy 7 inch vinyl singles club kicks off on record store day - april 21st. first up is debut single by coach hop which is charlie, singer from hamptons new band. more info soon


now the bad.. vinyl records in deptford is closing down early feb. bummerrrrrr. thanks to ronnie, bertie and the crew for giving deptford a great place to play or just drop in for a coffee. me, ed nd hugo bromide playing one last gig there weds 31st jan


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firstly, congratulaysheeuns to bromide bassman hugo and saij who got married last w/end !! woop woop.. and had the loudest / funkiest discoid afterwards. thanks to carnival of souls djman.. ears and feet still abuzzin


+ diary looking busy.. coming up this saturday 25th november is the annual xmas indie label market at spitalfields plus they’ve got swanky new stalls this time.. wooden / plywood or something it looked like from the pics. i’ll be sharing with tiergarten recs right by the brewing section. nice ! joining us on the stall for a quick live set will be jonny velon. jonny is in town playing keyboards with the phenomenally funky talking heads tribute act ‘speaking in tongues’ - they’re playing two nights at moth club, hackney E9 6NU on friday 24th & sat 25th. deets here


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then the week after, weds 29th november bromide return to the stage at the montague arms in new cross. this is a night put together by top bassman els from lofe who rocked scratchstock back in july.. this time he’s grown a couple of extra strings for his other band nightmare on old kent road who’ll be launching their album

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talking of albums, new bromide one is pretty much done.. thanks to producer brian o’shaughnessy for getting his metal merlin hat on again and working his magic. will be out next year - in the meantime here’s a take on the australian national anthem..


bromide - highway to hell


RIP malcolm young




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another fab indie label market last saturday, spitalfields. thanks to theo tongue master recs who shared the stall and everyone who stopped by for a quick listen on the lassoophones..



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next up is scratchstock label night FRIDAY 21st JULY at The Birds Nest, 32 Deptford Church St. SE8 4RZ - 7:30pm FREE admish


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julie anne mccambridge - fiery scottish singer bit like pj harvey / kristen hersh. in a hurricane. her song scared from recent self-released album 'nature makes amazing shapes' made it onto bbc6

gerry mitchell - glaswegian poet gerry summons the ghost of bukowski via new cross - this time with the help of his ‘allstars backing band’ featuring ace hello goodbye show dj dexter bentley. here’s a quietus feature on a previous fire records release.


lofe - local deptford band lofe's 90s electronic beats and spoken word vocals arrive at scratchstock untested but highly recommended by local emporium vinyl records ! more info on their facebook (Time Travel ed: they were fab !!)

bromide - it's our party so we're playing / crying as well - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCPQj9QCz6U




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what.. the middle of the year. already ?? ok. plenty of planning going on this end. got some 7 inch vinyl singles coming from dirty viv, charles honderick (he of lead singer in hamptons repute) and that will be lunch amongst possibly others. more news soon


me, ed and hugo have been bromiding up at bark studios with brian ‘scissorhands’ o’shaughnessy. thank god for digital editing eh ? no idea when it will be finished / out but this year anyway + we’ve got a gig coming up next thurs 29th june at the ace park it in the market classic car fest at greenwich market. this is a monthly bonanza right in the heart of greenwich (matthew pennycook LABOUR maj. 20/- +) and is always a fun night complete with food stalls, beer stalls, car stalls, car starts again and his vinylness dj lord anthony. last couple of times he’s been djing out the back of the bromide capri but maybe not this time as we’ll need to get a PA there somehow !


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also occuring..


tommy stinson ex-replacements / guns n’ roses has got a new bash and pop album ‘anything could happen’ out on fat possum + he’s playing in the UK this coming week including friday 30th june at the music hall in ramsgate - see you there. check out tracks from the album on this hilari-awesome KEXP session


last month at scratchstock the lucky dandy did a fab set of 80s classics on his banjo. i have never sung along to ‘living on a prayer’ punching the air before but i, er, have ahem. now.. anyway this sunday 26th june he and mrs dandy aka ace storyteller vanessa wolf are organising a walking tour though the “amazing hidden corners and secret pathways of mortlake” and will be examining the legend of doctor john dee. more info here




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next scratchstock next friday !

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Scratchy Records presents..

Scratchstock #24 at the Birds Nest, Deptford

Friday 19th May
7:30 pm


performing live in orbit..

The Lucky Dandy

The Lucky Dandy sports a dark blue pin stripe suit and plays hits from the ‘80s in the style of the roaring ‘20s. On a banjo.. expect a ragtime version of Eternal Flame.. Purple Rain in the music hall style and a country blues Killing Moon. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/theluckydandy/


Emily C. Smith
"Low slung, countrified rock'n roll take on PJ Harvey-esque textures…bits of Bowie, Neko Case, Patti Smith" so says Tony Bugbear and he knows what’s what. Website: https://emilycsmithmusic.com/home


Gerry Mitchell
Coming on like a Glaswegian Bukowski, poet Gerry Mitchell brings tales of ordinary madness and ennui from the dark heart of New Cross. Sleaford Mogadon anyone ? https://gerrymitchell.bandcamp.com/


Dirty Viv
Deptford’s own VU-inspired sonic songsters channel Thurston Moore and Marilyn Monroe. Lush Magnetic Fields-esque 7 inch ‘Shame’ coming on scratchy soon. Fazzbook - https://www.facebook.com/Dirty-Viv-175666799194130/


Scratchy label boss Simon and noise-pop cohorts Ed and Hugo. Twitter review from last gig ‘They rock hard, but the tunes come first: like Elvis Costello fronting Dinosaur Jr.’ @bromide_band


+ one armed physics-defying superstar DJ Lord Anthony 


this scratchstock is dedicated to the memory of my late uncle donald howle aka ‘the donataur’ who helped build space rockets, including apollo 11 and was crazy about dinosaurs.. and lots of other stuff. happy travelling out there in the cosmos.


rrrrrrrrrrrrr !


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come smell the vinyl.. listen to the beer ! indie label market back at spitalfields on sat. sharing stall with castles in space. c uz there ! x


ilm spitalfields 1st april


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Jonny Velon - Goodness Flows FRONT COVER smaller linesdebut album by jonny velon ‘goodness flows’ out tomorrow friday 24th march on scratchy on vinyl, cd and download


“At times reminiscent of Roxy Music, at others David Bowie and Steve Winwood.. a varied, inventive album rammed with emotional triggers and a genuine depth”

Whisperin & Hollerin

someone gave me a copy of jonny velon's album at an indie label market down in bristol.


on first listen i wasn't sure if i'd like it.. a bit too close to ben folds five for my taste. however, i persevered and over the next few weeks i took the album out in the car to give it a proper listen and slowly the songs started to reveal themselves. i’d be at work or doing something and fragments started to appear in my head. what the f*ck is that ? oh yeah.. and then one particularly memorable occasion when i got in the car maybe after a few days, put on the stereo and music started playing. hmm, what is this strange, beguiling sound coming out the speakers ? there was no singing so i thought it must be an instrumental record.. i piled through possible names in my head before jonny’s voice suddenly appeared on the track ‘travelling’ and confirmed that i’d imagined this music could have come from any one of many musical legends.


talking of legends it was probably bristol-based jonny’s performance of bowie’s ‘lazarus’ at a floor spot night up in central london that convinced me that i had to put this album out. i sat there awestruck as he took over the song and later that night wrote a song about the experience myself. there’s a fuzzy youtube clip of him playing that night if you want to see it.. my beer is the middle one on the right.


shortly after that a blistering scratchstock set at the birds nest with jonny attacking the piano like a punk rock classical pianist raised on rachmaninov and lou reed sealed the deal and so here we are..


you can buy the album direct from the scratchy shop at cargo plus jonny and his band will be playing some dates around the release:


jonny velon 2Friday 7th April - Album launch Bristol: People's Republic of Stokes Croft, Bristol 7.30pm

Saturday 8th April - One day tour of Bristol record shops: Idle Hands, Friendly Records & The Centre For Better Grooves

Thursday 13th April - Album launch London: The Old Nun's Head, 15 Nunhead Green  SE15 3QQ + support from Matthew Neel, 8pm FREE

Friday 14th April - The Albion, Hastings, East Sussex

Saturday 22nd April  - RISE Records, Bristol - special Record Store Day in-store show, daytime
Thursday 11th May
The Canteen, Bristol 9.00pm


and here’s the video for ‘the cambridge squeeze’ from the album.


thanks also to all the scratchstock bands who played on anyway last friday despite me not being able to be there..


cheers !


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check out ‘dastardly’s’ review of mark eitzel’s rough trade instore gig back in feb.. retweeted by the man himself no less ! eitzel’s new album ‘hey mr ferryman’ is out now on decor. a bacharachian treat..


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scratchstock #23 incoming !


Scratchstock 23 - Bird's Nest 17th March 2017we’re back at The Birds Nest, Deptford on Friday 17th March for a Saint Patrick’s Day special featuring..


Your Heterosexual Violence
New Cross 80s squat legends YHV bring their tasty Doors / The Fall hybrid sounds down the road to Deptford. In other words, in between songs lead story teller Brian will be drinking from a pint glass with a lizard in it.


The Plan
Got a sweet tooth ? Fancy a stick of Southend Rock ? Ex-Wetdog singer Becca and seaside pals kick out the Dada jams and mix clattering rhythms with a pop sensibility that’s won fans including punk soulstress Beth Ditto. https://www.facebook.com/theplansouthend/

The Gerry Mitchell Allstars

Coming on like a Glaswegian Bukowski, Gerry Mitchell’s poetry readings often involve experimental rock band accompaniement. Tonight he’s prowling in front of Resonance DJ ledg Dexter Bentley and assorted friends. Imagine Sleaford Mods with a few more beers / people on stage. hellogoodbye show on resonancefm


Spinmaster Plantpot
Another poet but owing more to Alexei Sayle than the Beats. The ‘Pot is a one man word explosion covering you in TV green slime. Which he steals from the prop dept when he does his stints on Celebrity Juice. Have you got a problem with name dropping or something ?

Twitter review from last gig ‘They rock hard, but the tunes come first: like Elvis Costello fronting Dinosaur Jr.’ That’ll do.. https://twitter.com/bromide_band


+ one armed physics-defying DJ Lord Anthony


also on the horizon is debut album on scratchy from bristolian JONNY VELON on vinyl, cd and download. more of which shortly.. in the meantime you can pre-order your vinyl copy of 'goodness flows’ at the scratchy shop. release date: friday 24th march


cheers !


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been a busy couple of months since the last post.. since the ahem, ‘world changed’ !! is that how you say it ? i don't know i’ve never been to an international values re-think before. anyway, moving on..


hello_goodbye_hands_logome, ed and hugo aka bromide did our first live radio session on resonance fm in jan. great fun.. you can have a listen here on the hello goodbye show podcast - we start at 1:01:30. thanks to dj dexter bentley and the gang and the fiery anarchistwood who were also troubling the studio mics that day.. plus we got to do a brief collaboration with our favourite drone-poet gerry mitchell


then at the end of the month we played for the first time at the montague arms in new cross, one of south london’s long hidden treasures and still several million light years away from a gastro lobotomy. fingers crossed that is.. best not to count on too many things right now. thanks to dave skull for having us play at his mad pride holocaust memorial all-dayer


coming up next week more bromide action at the dublin castle on weds 15th feb. always been a treat to play here.. this time we’re supporting henry’s funeral shoe and the night is brought to you courtesy of those lovely bugbear gig warriors. on early - 8:30pm sharp !


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cheers !


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thanks to everyone that came down to scratchstock #22 at water rats few weeks back. great sets from all the bands.. hamptons delivering euphoric stage elevation as promised. watch out for 7 inch from them on scratchy next year. pics courtesy of king water rat, dj lord anthony..


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also big thanks to independent label market for another bustling beer infused session at spitalfields - and to the punters who braved the scratchy headphone challenge! the 2008 spork debut album ‘many of them seriously’ seems to appeal across the board. “this is just like some stuff sonic cathedral are putting out now..” i was reliably informed. remember where you heard that seductive mix of mogwai, krautrock and shoegaze first. good to meet fellow capri owner and stall partner milo from power vacuum also.


next up is last bromide gig of the year for me, ed and hugo - playing alongside former swell mapper jowe head at stereo 92 in stoke newington this sat 10th dec. i’m presuming it is at no. 92.. we’ll see. we’re on first 8:30 and it’s free admish! here’s the facebook event thing


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plenty in store for 2017 including earworm infested debut album from gifted bristolian singer-songer jonny velon


merry chrisdeburgh !

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don’t panic ! whoever gets in there’s only so much they can do.. check out rich hall’s prog on bbc4 yesterday



back in micro label indie world the next scratchstock is looming. norf of ver river this time at the renovated water rats in grays inn road on WEDNESDAY 23RD NOVEMBER where oasis played to everyone in knebworth. who’d made it up to that gig. i think you’ll find this is statistically correct. anyway on the bill iz..


s22 border redwhen hamptons play strange euphoric levitational forces appear to raise the stage several feet off the ground.. back on earth dave lee roth takes flaming lips on a tour of brian wilson's shed

pumped full of vodka, nick cave and carrying a dogeared copy of funkadelic's maggot brain, TMT will dowse you with electro-blues rock and alt-country chansonics

the comet line's exhuberant 80s bunnymen, red rocks u2 threaded overcoat has got belters in each pocket plus it will keep you warm if it's a bit of a chilly one

me, ed nd hugo will be blitzing husker du and neil young in the nutribullet as uzsh and celebrating the recent radiophonic broadcastings of single 'mr. ciccone's daughter', out now on scratchy

london's most stylish dj filling the gaps with aural tetrion + punk poetry from the vibrant daniel johnston vs alexei sayle in a high vis-isms of  SPINMASTER PLANTPOT !!

first band 7:45pm. £5 with flyer


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+ thanks kara at WFUV fm in new york for spinning ciccone stateside !




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g’day ! more rad radio news.. bromide single ‘mr ciccone’s daughter’ will be on NYC station www.wfuv.org this sat 29th oct - show is called ‘UKNY’ goes out at 11pm + online.


if you want to get your hands on a limited edition (50) cassette copy then you can get them from these ‘ere fine bromide - mr. ciccone's daughterhawkers -


ROUGH TRADE EAST  Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Ln E1 6QL 0207392 7788

FLASHBACK  50 Essex Rd, Islington N1 8LR 020 7354 9356 / 144 Crouch Hill N8 9DX 020 8342 9633 / 131 Bethnal Green Rd E2 7DG 020 3780 1900

RYE WAX  The CLF Art Cafe, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4ST

020 7732 3176

VINYL DEPTFORD  4 Tanner's Hill SE8 4PJ 020 8469 1444

TOME RECORDS  96-108 Ormside Street, Bermondsey SE15 1TF

020 7732 0433

CASBAH RECORDS  320-322 Creek Rd, Greenwich SE10 9SW

020 8858 1964


launch gig last saturday at vinyl was rockin + good to meet greenwich post-punkers from back in the day ‘your heterosexual violence’. gonna get them on a scratchstock bill next year. like the fall and the doors.. nice !


talking of.. next scratchstock #22 is WEDS 23RD NOV at the newly done over water rats in grays inn road.. on the bill are hamptons, the miller test, the comet line and me ed nd hugo bromideing as uzsh


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vinyl 22-10-16[4]borderredfirstly thanks to everyone who played at scratchstock #21 couple of weeks back at the birds nest - next one is weds 23rd nov at the water rats but before that the new bromide single ‘mr. ciccone’s daughter’ will be out this coming friday 21st october on download and limited edition cassette.


big thanks to gideon coe on bbc6 music for giving it a few spins recently, likewise resonance fm’s hello goodbye show where we’ll be doing a live session early in the new year and thanks also to shaun w keaveny for the RT..


launch gig is saturday 22nd october at deptford’s fab vinyl records along with YOUR HETEROSEXUAL VIOLENCE. free entry, music from 7:30



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..and here’s the vid shot by artists in cahoots nick js thompson and benjamin murphy. click on the pic to play


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bristol 2016crnice 1 bristol ! thanks to everyone who stopped by the scratchy stall last sunday..


next up is scratchstock #21 tonight, sat 24th sept at the birds nest, deptford (see flyer below) kicking off 7:30pm sharp with the one man phenomenon that is lewis floyd henry. i first encountered lewis busking by a gate in between two fields up at the big chill a few years ago and showing the big stages on either side how it’s done.. plus if you’ve ever wondered what it might‘ve been like to see jimi hendrix in action then this is probably as close as ur gonna get ! also from buskingworld are the amazing tommyandmary. i was walking home down charing cross road a few months back when the sound of faraway drums started to tickle my ears.. rounded the corner by oscar wilde and there perched perfectly on the triangular wedge of pavement outside charing cross station like it had been designed specially for them was guitarist tommy and drummer mary punkrocking the homebound ‘muters with classics like ‘my manager’s a prick’ and ‘smoke break’. nice work ! and great to see some interactive social media in actual. real. time.  spinmaster plantpot returns to the spoken word slot.. i’d love to see spinmaster busking, specially his legendary re-working of ‘uptown girl’..charming south londoner e.p. garside brings some acoustrickery to proceedings (like propah buskers init) with songs about night bus bust ups, brenda vaccaro, sad gods, and psychedelic policemen - think hank williams does syd barrett plus me, ed nd hugo aka bromide will be rummaging in the noise-pop cellar using bob mould’s keys. all this and london’s most stylish dj lord anthony for free !


see ya there


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it’s scratchstock time again.. what’s this ? consecutive months !! #21 will be on sat 24th sept back at the birds nest in deptford and featuring not one but two busking legends tommyandmary and lewis floyd henry as well as sarf london singer-songwriter e.p. garside, semi-resident punk poet spinmaster plantpot and your hosts les bromides i.e. me ed nd hugo. free admish and make sure ur there early as music starts 7:30 sharp. here’s a link to the facebook event page (thanks to tommy and mary for this..)


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elsewhere in radioworld new bromide single ‘mr. ciccone’s daughter’ has been picking up some play from 6music evening uberlord gideon coe so big thanks to him / them - here’s a link to listen again.. starts 36.57. single’s out oct 7th on download and cassette - more info soon.


also in the big thanks queue is scratchy records intern soham who’s helping out with some stuff this month. reports that there might even be a scratchy facebook page soon are unconfirmed. and irrational.


finally, i’ll be setting up the scratchy stall at independent label market in bristol this sunday 18th sept. last year there was great + came back to london with copy of cd by local songmeister jonny velon - more of whom soon as his album will be out on scratchy 2017. c u there if yr passing..


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cheers !




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top night birds nest last week ! thanks to evone who played, performance poeted, djed..





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scratchstock is back at the birds nest, deptford this thursday 11th august, numero 20/20. i can see clearly now.. ahoy there.. etc.. action packed bill with blang records courtney love / kim deal tinged lucy’s diary, deptford trash art purveyors dirty viv, a big welcome back to scratchstock for folkronica dreamer apple rabbits and some agit punk poetry from the inimtable spinmaster plantpot. plus me, ed and hugo will be bromide-ing as usual and paying our dus to the gods of noise pop. dj this time is the cheftastic celine dijon cooking up the beats.. music starts 7:30 and it’s free and it’s a rocking pub and it’s you know, thursday !


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oh yeah, one more thing. we’re on twitter.. so maybe that’s the end of the scratchy gnus page. hmm. dunno.. maybe. come and follow us anyway. actually fuck that. come and ride along side x




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coupla things visible thru the heathaze - scratchy will be back at spitalfields for independent label market this saturday 23rd july. stall no 35 - sharing with castles in space this time - see map below. will have the new THAT WILL BE LUNCH album on deeply unfashionable cd. don't shoot ! + the usual haggletastic deal on the scratchy back cat - 3 cds for a tenner + if i get a couple of minutes before then i'll try and burn a few copies of an early compilation of scratchy heroes 'the rocks'. still sounding great 10 years on..


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then next week top trainer mike boysterous is fielding bromide again at his horse night, westminster bridge rd on tuesday 26th july. we're on about 10ish. £5 to get on. this is a seated event with tables and everything so we'll be doing some of the more y'know semi-acoustic numbers..



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out today on scratchy is the new album ‘the mixtape of things’ by alvin spetz aka that will be lunch and known previously as 'full english breakfast'.


i first heard alvin’s music in 1988 and it then took another 20 odd years to convince him to release something. it’s still evolving today, still fascinating and unpredictable..The Mixtape of Things FRONT COVER 358kb CROPPED

on ‘the mixtape of things’ he fuses wonky electronica, deep-rooted bass, mechanical guitar lines and fleeting pop hooks into songs that for all their eccentricity are still instantly accessible.


“He may seem as daft as a brush but like Brian Wilson, Todd Rundgren and Ariel Pink he is clearly someone who knows the value of a popular melody and how to best evoke memories of a lost era” God is in the TV


alvin doesn't play live so last weekend a few of us including film maker phil hayes who made the excellent vid for single 'once in lifetime' went down to kent to interview him and find out a bit more about the man and his music. click on the pic below to watch the film we made -


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the album 'the mixtape of things' is available at the scratchy online shop and itunes


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once in a lifetime - front cover 433kbexciting news !! THAT WILL BE LUNCH new single ‘once in a lifetime’ was played on shaun ‘dubya’ keaveny’s bbc6 breakfast show this morning. this is the first time a scratchy release has made it on to a national radio breakfast show so congrats to TWBL’s alvin spetz for leading the way !


THAT WILL BE LUNCH album ‘the mixtape of things’ will be out friday 17th june and you can pre-order now via the scratchy shop.


in the meantime vidmeister phil hayes has done a new edit of the video here ..and not to be outdone on the tinkering stakes herr spetz has done an alt. mix of the track which you can hear er, here - along with the new edit of the vid natch..


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in gig gnus, there’s a solo electric bromide show tonight, tuesday 7th june at the windmill in brixton.. on about 9pm


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scratchstock nnnnnnnnnnn.. nn..nnnnnn..nnnnnnn... nineteen incoming ! next thurs 14th april at the fab birds nest pub in deptford this time - cool rocking pub. having driven past it on the mini roundabout for aeons wondering it’s great to be actually playing there. line up is jonny velon (all the way from bristol), matthew neel airing some new toons from forthcoming lp no. 2, the inimitable tv starlet kourtney kardashian aka spinmaster plantpot, 3-piece rockers the comet line and er, 3-piece rockers bromide. all this seamlessly intertwined with musical two-part filler by superstar dj lord anthony. will be an early start 7:30pm + it’s free ! more info on the pub website


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independent label market returns to spitalfields this saturday 2nd april. i’ll be manning the scratchy stall and accosting innocent bystanders armed with my sennheiser headphones and scratchy mix cd. + date for diary, scratchstock #19 is thurs 14th april at the birds nest, deptford. more info here


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woah.. chilly.. need to move around. do a gig maybe. talking of - next bromide gig is weekend after next, sat 19th march back at the fab vinyl records in deptford..


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got a release date for the new full english breakfast album. except it’s not ‘full english breakfast’ anymore. nope the culinary day is progressing and the mysterious alvin spetz will be releasing his third album as ‘THAT WILL BE LUNCH’. title is ‘the mixtape of things’ and it will be available in a sandwich shop near you from friday 10th june.


james from the rocks charges desperate journalist have got a great new vid out for the track ‘leave home’ – watch here


mike boysterous’sssss mainly acoustic club night ‘top of the horse’ returns to the horse & stables on westminster bridge road on weds 16th march – more info here


the beast of plumsteadand lastly some mysterious paw prints on the scratchy HQ patio the other morning.. could this be the return of the notorious plumstead panther ? be vigilant SE london music fans..











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my favourite tribute has been the one that goes If you're ever sad, just remember the world is 4.543 billion years old and you somehow managed to exist at the same time as David Bowie” - credited to actor simon pegg but a quick google reveals that there was a bit of tweet mix up or a twix up perhaps.. which is kind of fitting given the whole thing about bowie’s shapeshifting persona and things often not being quite what they seem. anyway it seemed only fitting that the scratchstock next week (tues 26th jan) at rye wax records in peckham should be a tribute to this great musician, songwriter, performer, actor.. (space)man


me and the bromides are playing plus two local bards – in the new cross corner and coming on like sleaford mods in a jazzfusion metal meltdown is poet gerry mitchell and the groovemungous debbie leggo then before them is peckham’s own psychogeographic songster george hoyle (formerly ‘nigel of bermondsey’) and his charming rustic folk quartet gentlefolk – expect songs not just about trees but whole forests and ‘let’s dance’ on a banjo. plus london’s most stylish tunelord dj lord anthony on the decks and no doubt in appropriate attire..


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see you there x


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