All text copyright Stephen Coates 2006 - 2015


Already December is upon us. The London leaves have fallen, there are cool blue skies over the city and the lights are twinkling along the river.  That means only one thing: the annual The Real Tuesday Weld Audio Christmas card has arrived at Antique Beat's pop-up Christmas shop somewhere in Clerkenwell.  And it looks beautiful. And it is long. And there are two versions: Red Wolf Country and Blue Wolf City.

As ever, it contains new or unreleased music from the past year. The crazy gypsy electro-swing foot tapper "Spring Heeled Jane" features the most stylish DJ duo in the world The Broken Hearts.  Josephine Lloyd and the band perform a heart-stopping version of "Torched Song"  (originally written for the LA Noire soundtrack) whilst a demo version of a new song "Black Bird Day" (soon to appear on Arctic Circle's forthcoming incredible Age of Not Believing project) brings a haunting fairytale atmosphere to the proceedings.  "Snowball" and "Last Light" bookend the mini-album with crackly old meets new sounds suitably coloured to the winter season (well, if you are in the Northern hemisphere that is).

Antique Beat have been doing these for a few years now.  They made them available for sale and for personalisation four years ago. It's nice to see they have become collector's items.  I think you can even still buy some of the previous ones if you haven't already.

They have also commissioned an absolutely gorgeous new set of brooches for shy men (also reluctantly made available to confident girls)  - more on them and on Christmas and on dreams soon.

Thursday is the first of our Salons for the City at Westminster Arts Library.  If you are coming, I look forward to seeing you there. Gin and seventeenth century coffee will be served. We have had a fabulous response with so many people wanting to come and talk. Future events include "London Over, London Under". "London before London, London after London", " Dying in London", "London by Night" and so on and so on.  We already have a fabulous selection of speakers and are hoping to announce some VERY special guests soon.  You heard it all here.

Happy Howlidays
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