Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Yellow Submarine; Norman Jay; Jake Shears
10 August, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab
ABBEY Road has long been a destination for tourists looking to recreate that infamous Beatles album cover. And the Abbey Road Studios shop has catered for the many pilgrims who visit the site, either to pay tribute to the Fab Four or to visit the historic studios where musicians throughout the ages have weaved their magic. Now, to mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ landmark film, a limited-edition Yellow Submarine range is available exclusively at the shop. The new range of T-shirts, reusable ice cubes, tote bags, guitar straps and more celebrates the adventures of John, Paul, George and Ringo using original artwork from the psychedelic pop-art masterpiece.
• International club DJ Ben Pearce plays a one-off funk, soul and disco set at Camden Assembly tomorrow (Friday).
• Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page (above) targets the far right and white nationalists in new single White Noise, from forthcoming album Discipline: Heal Thyself Pt. II (out on September 14). Hear it first-hand when he plays Union Chapel tomorrow (Friday).
•Turkish psychedelic group BaBa ZuLa’s shows often feature belly dancers, elaborate costumes, poetry, theatre and live drawing. Expect an audio-visual feast when they play Jazz Cafe tomorrow (Friday).
The Magpie Salute
• The Magpie Salute, made up of Rich Robinson and some of his Black Crowes bandmates plus others, launch debut studio album High Water I at Oslo on August 10 after playing a Rough Trade East earlier in the day.
• Old favourite Norman Jay returns to the Old Queen’s Head tomorrow (Friday).
Slaughter and the Dogs
• Seventies punk group Slaughter and the Dogs have announced a one-off concert at 100 Club on August 11. The band first hit the UK music scene in 1976 when they played alongside The Sex Pistols at their infamous Manchester Free Trade Hall gig.
• Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears releases his debut solo album tomorrow (Friday). This will be followed by a show at Scala on August 15.
• Celebrated hip-hop outfit Slum Village were founded in the early ‘90s by childhood friends Baatin, T3, and J Dilla, who all grew up together in Detroit, recording their debut album Vol. 1 in Dilla’s basement. While the late J Dilla left the group in 2001, the band continued. They play Koko on August 16.
• Southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton is the colourful frontman of country-blues outfit Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. The play Borderline on August 16.
• Composer, keyboardist, bandleader, philosopher, poet, and self-proclaimed extra-terrestrial from Saturn, Sun Ra led his Intergalactic Arkestra of 30-plus musicians in a career that ranged from boogie-woogie and swing to be-bop, free jazz, fusion and New Age music until his death in 1993. The Sun Ra Arkestra still perform today under the direction of long-time Sun Ra collaborator and alto-saxophonist Marshall Allen, who is 92 years old this year. The Big Band play fully dressed in intergalactic garb influenced by the spirit of Ancient Egypt and will perform a selection of Sun Ra classics at Union Chapel on August 16.