Not that the people who run Shape Records are Christian-hating militant atheists (well, they might be) but this is less a Christmas party and more a celebration of a year’s worth of freaking great musical releases. But it falls in the festive season so you can drink egg nog while listening to some diamond-quality local bands. Wahey! All these acts got records brought out by Shape in 2010, and Failed NASA Experiment made one of the best I’ve heard this year: the ‘Fata Morgana’ EP is 30 minutes of hazy bliss and deep fried wanderings that pretty much lodged itself permanantly in my tape player this summer. Gushing review here. Latest roster addition is H. Hawkline, Huw Evan’s sometimes-solo, sometimes-band thing, and whose cracking, frazzled, wyrdkrautfolk  ’Cup Of Salt’ album came out this week (Keith is dotting the ‘i’s on his review right now). Also in 2010 Sweet Baboo continued his bruised hearted folk rocking with ‘I’m A Dancer/Songs About Sleepin” while most noise was generated by Islet, or at least the sections of the proper preess that couldn’t stop shouting about them. Scour this site for proof, or take our word for it: in ‘Celebrate This Place’ and ‘Wimmy’ the Cardiff band dropped two great mini albums of freakish noise and obstinate pop, while their live shows continue to generate thrills that EST can’t. What a time to be alive. You have zero excuse for missing this gig. Um, unless it’s sold out when you read this. Sorry.

 

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ISLET
SWEET BABOO
H. HAWKLINE & THE DIZYGOUS TWINS
FAILED NASA EXPERIMENT
TIDAL BARRAGE (DJ SET)

VENUE: Upstairs in Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff.
DATE: Monday 13th December 2010.
TICKETS: £7 in advance from Spillers and Ticketweb

A party to celebrate the Shape Records releases of 2010.

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