Monday, 2 March 2009

Its My Party

Saturday 28th February 2009 saw a select gathering at Cold Spring Records for a double celebration – the launch of the new TenHornedBeast album, “My Horns Are A Flame To Draw Down The Truth” and also the opening of the new office and retail space for the label. The flyer for the event, which had been rescheduled from 7th February due to the heavy snows, listed “Christopher Walton – Special Guest”, which was something of a surprise and whilst I was disappointed with the absence of dwarfs bearing trays of cocaine and the no-show of Holly Willoughby and Fearne Cotton the event was very a enjoyable, sociable occasion and one that proved just how diverse and interesting people associated with this music can be. I am sure it will be a very long time before I have a conversation with a music journalist about Philipino black-thrash bands, discuss how memory works and reminisce about Swans gigs with a professor of neuro-science and receive an impromptu lesson in knife making all in the same evening. Cold Spring’s new office is in the centre of the delightful village of Long Buckby, in the heart of rural Northamptonshire and is served by a mainline station with quick trains to both Birmingham and London. The labels mail order distro has long boasted the widest selection of post-industrial, noise, dark-ambient and neo-folk releases in the UK and the new space allows customers to browse through their extensive selection of CDs, vinyl, t-shirts and printed material. Please consult the website for opening times and further details. I would like to thank Justin and Jo for going to the trouble of organising the party and for extending the hospitality of their home to me for the weekend, particularly the 3am crash-course in Human League rarities. The following albums kept me on the road during the 3+ hour drive to and from the party; none of them are by The Human League. Desolation Angels – Disc 1 Feels Like Thunder box-set Led Zeppelin – Disc 1, How The West Was Won Iron Angel – Hellish Crossfire Hammers Of Misfortune – The Bastard Cirith Ungol – One Foot In Hell Motorhead – Orgasmatron Scorpions – In Trance

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