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  1. Six Weeks Of Summer…. The Blog Part Four

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    Ding Ding – Round 4, August 14-21

    Summer is well under way but you’d never believe it with the weather we’ve had, so here are some more suggestions to help you avoid the rain and get out of the house, plus another instalment of our Random Summer 7’s Playlist.


    Craft In The Bay

    For the craft minded this place is well worth a visit with loads to do.

    Explore the very best in contemporary Welsh craft. Artist Talks, Meet the Maker events, Outreach exhibitions and many more opportunities for you

    to see and do. Take part in there hands-on, creative art and craft workshops.


    Pi & Hash

    Check out this Pi & Hash Showcase with three great bands in one night and its FREE. 17 August at 20:00–23:00


    Hub Festival Cardiff

    Flagging this one up early to give you a chance to grab some tickets.

    FRI 25TH – SUN 27TH AUGUST bank holiday weekend
    200 ACTS – 11 STAGES – 3 DAYS – 1 STREET

    The biggest and most inclusive celebration of everything artistic in Cardiff is back! HUB takes over Womanby Street and jam packs it full of the greatest local music, performance & art.

    Live Music * Art * Comedy * Spoken Word * DJs * Performance Art * Beer Fest * Street Food Stalls * Silent Discos *

    Adult £25 adv + booking fee
    Youth £10 adv + booking fee (ages 12-17)
    Under 12s go free!
    Please note under 18s are allowed in all the venues until 9pm.
    1-day tickets go on sale next month.

    On sale in Spillers Records and Diverse Music & Vinyl, and online from +



    Just in case it does rain you can always go to the cinema, so how about a spot of Manga with….

    My Neighbour Totoro (U)


    Kellys CD shop is having some mad changes! We’ve recently zeroed all of our CD stock, we’re basically starting again. For the last couple of weeks we’ve been reorganising and repricing all our CDs and found that there’s still life in the old dog yet! What has been fun about going through all the CDs is finding some real wafty and interesting music as well as some classics that had gone amiss under our old regieme. There have been some casualties though, as we have unearthed an unhealthy amount of Girls Aloud CDs, but hey, you win some and you lose some. We’re only about half way through the rock and pop, so we’ve still got a long way to go, so if you fancy come in, say hi and pick up a Girls Aloud album (please im drowing in them).


    Another couple of choice platters for your ears


    Hammercult Anthems Of The Damned

    Hammercult – Anthems Of The Damned


    Format: LP
    Label: SPV
    Release: 2013
    Sleeve Condition: Mint
    Vinyl Condition: Mint
    Mint & Sealed

    View on our website



    Faith No More Sol Invictus

    Faith No More – Sol Invictus


    Format: LP
    Label: Ipecac
    Release: 2015
    Sleeve Condition: Near Mint
    Vinyl Condition: Near Mint

    View on our website



    To run alongside our 6 week summer blog we asked our resident crate-digger DJ Enzine to put together a random selection of 7” vinyl just for the fun of it, so if you’re just chilling in the garden having a BBQ, on the bus or in the car on your way to work or running around the local park on a warm summers evening we have the soundtrack for you…..Enjoy.

  2. Six Weeks Of Summer…. The Blog Part Three

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    Shabba! – Round 3, August 7-14

    Already at week 3 folks, here are some more suggestions for you plus another Random Summer 7’s Playlist.



    Space Is The Place: Afro-futurism, Space-Jazz, Electronica

    Cosmogramma got some more intergalactic magic on August 12th as they explore Afro-futurism, space-jazz & cosmic electronica!

    Expect the likes of Flying Lotus, Sun-Ra, Art Blakey, BadBadNotGood, Thundercat, Tenderlonious & more!


    Clwb Ifor Bach

    This is Kizomba proudly presents Juntos – a night of the best kizomba, semba and afrobeats brought to you by two of the leading international DJs on the scene: DJ Mwami (London) and DJ D Stylus (Bratislava). Together we are stronger.


    Cardiff Castle Quarter Arcades

    If you live in, around, or within driving distance of Cardiff, or possibly even within flying distance if you’re up for an adventure, you might be interested to know that a month-long pop-up arcade gaming residency will occur in the city throughout August.

    The event (which annoyingly doesn’t appear to have a proper name, so I’m just going to have to keep referring to it as ‘the event’) is being organised by The Arcade Vaults, and will run from August 3rd to 31st at the Castle Arcade shopping centre in Cardiff.



    So after a little break over the summer The Different Vibe – TDV are returning for an all out Drum and Bass, Half time & Jungle selection from some of the finest dj’s embedded in the Cardiff scene.

    £3 Guestlist before 11, £4 before 12, £5 after



    Democratic People’s Republic Of Jupe

    Democratic People’s Republic of Jupe is an independent record label based in Cardiff. Harry Willicombe and Sam Butcher set it up to release their own music and help promote local music and music they like. They plan on doing a few small cassette releases to start and then maybe progressing onto vinyl, maybe doing a few nights too. They set it up because it seemed like a fun thing to do, and so far, it has been pretty fun! In the not too distant future they’ll be doing a collaboration with Ankle Swingers (which is run by their friends in Epsom). Everything they release will be available for a free download on their bandcamp.



    So after we spent a few days sorting our 7’s out and giving them fresh colour-coded headders we thought we would recomend some of our favorite singles.


    Sigur Rós Hoppípolla

    Sigur Rós – Hoppípolla


    Format: 7 inch
    Label: EMI
    Release: 2006
    Sleeve Condition: Near Mint
    Vinyl Condition: Near Mint
    Limited Edition, Numbered 639 of 3000

    View on our website



    The Cramps Like A Bad Girl Should

    The Cramps – Like A Bad Girl Should


    Format: 7 inch
    Label: Epitaph
    Release: 1997
    Sleeve Condition: Near Mint
    Vinyl Condition: Near Mint
    Red Vinyl

    View on our website





    To run alongside our 6 week summer blog we asked our resident crate-digger DJ Enzine to put together a random selection of 7” vinyl just for the fun of it, so if you’re just chilling in the garden having a BBQ, on the bus or in the car on your way to work or running around the local park on a warm summers evening we have the soundtrack for you…..Enjoy.

  3. Six Weeks Of Summer…. The Blog Part Two

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    Ding Ding – Round 2, August 1-9

    Six weeks of summer, time to find things to fill your time, live music, local disco, raves, festivals new vinyl releases, anything that is off the radar in and around Cardiff.



    The always popular Gwdihw have an interesting line up on Wednesday 2nd August.


    Clwb Ifor Bach

    Clwb Ifor Bach – Every Saturday Night

    Expect a huge variety of musical genres


    Glee Club

    Friday 11th August at the Glee Club Cardiff

    Live Comedy Foodie Friday (18+)

    The best way to say goodbye to the working week. Four superb stand-up comedians and a choice of freshly handmade British foodie favourites



    Lots of Art on at Chapter Arts too, bar is pretty lively and the food is excellent!




    The hardest working band in South Wales? We think so, check em out EVERYWHERE in August.

     4th The Kings Head Bridgend 9 30pm

    5th Cwmbran Working man’s club Cwmbran 9pm

    6th The Royal Oak Corsham Wiltshire 6pm

    10th Royal Oak Broadway Cardiff 9pm

    11th The Griffin Swansea 9pm

    12th Solarsphere Festival Buith wells 3pm

    12th The Pencelli Treochy Rhonnda 9pm

    13th Brecon Jazz festival George hotel 2 30pm.

    13th The Earl Haig Whitchurch 6pm

    17th The Claude Cardiff 9pm

    18th Railway Inn @ cam Dursley Gloucester 9pm

    19th The Deers Leap Morriston Swansea 9 30pm

    20th The Blaen Maesteg 7pm

    24th The Boat Penalt Monmouthshire 9pm

    25th The Globe @ Avlington Forest of Dean 9pm

    26th Aberjazz and blues festival fishguard 4pm

    26th Castle Hotel Blaenavon 9pm

    27th The great british Rhythm blues festival Colne 5pm

    27th The Great british Rhythm blues festival Colne 9pm

    28th Old white Hart Llantwit Major 3pm.



    Jeff Lynne's ELO Alone In The Universe

    Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Alone In The Universe


    Format: LP
    Label: Sony
    Release: 2015
    Sleeve Condition: Mint
    Vinyl Condition: Mint
    180g Vinyl

    View on our website



    Scott Walker + Sunn O))) Soused

    Scott Walker + Sunn O))) – Soused


    Format: LP
    Label: 4AD
    Release: 2014
    Sleeve Condition: Very Good Plus
    Vinyl Condition: Very Good Plus

    View on our website



    To run alongside our 6 week summer blog we asked our resident crate-digger DJ Enzine to put together a random selection of 7” vinyl just for the fun of it, so if you’re just chilling in the garden having a BBQ, on the bus or in the car on your way to work or running around the local park on a warm summers evening we have the soundtrack for you…..Enjoy.

  4. Six Weeks Of Summer…. The Blog

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    Schools Out… 24th July

    Six weeks of summer, time to find things to fill your time, live music, local disco, raves, festivals new vinyl releases, anything that is off the radar in and around Cardiff.


    Clwb Ifor Bach

    Friday 28th DISCO MOTEL VOL.9 – The Disco Carnival. 10pm £3/£4/18+ Tickets Available Now.

    As always.. We’ll be throwing glitter to the wind in an all-out assault on the senses with our over the top sparkly decor, glitter confetti cannons, giant disco ball and FREE GLITTER MAKEOVERS from the lovely DIZZY PINEAPPLE glitter girls PLUS a few extra surprises.

    Live music from COWTOWN Friday 28th from 7:30pm £5/18+

    Leeds’ DIY legends / indiepopers / post punkers / new wavers COWTOWN return to Clwb on July 28th and we cannot f***ing wait!


    Penarth Soul Club

    Saturday 29th July at the Penath Ex Servicemen’s Club.

    A night of 60s and 70s soul and Motown.


    Glee Club

    Thursday 27t July at the Glee Club Cardiff

    Comedy Tour ShowWelsh Unsigned Stand-Up Awards 2017 – Grand Final (14+)



    Lots of Art on at Chapter Arts too, bar is pretty lively and the food is excellent!


    Fire On The Roof

    Here you go, Fire On The Roof formed in Spring of this year, the band is made up of Conor Kelly, Luke Prior, Arturas Eidukas and Tony Haralambos. After a few jam sessions and some rehearsal the chaps got themselves involved in local venues in Cardiff like The Globe, Andrew Buchan and The Claude, they refer to this as the “Albany Road Tour” using this experience to fine tune their act, they have now succeeded in winning two heats of the Cardiff Battle Of The Bands.

    They are planning on recording an E.P. in August and of course are continuing to entertain people here are a few dates for upcoming gigs:

    30-07-17 || The Fleece Bristol || Scouting Session 6 ||

    31-07-17 || O’Neill’s St. Mary Street Cardiff || Sound of Summer ||

    09-09-17 || RHYS DAVIS EP Launch The Moon Club Cardiff || Safety first!



    DJ Shadow Entroducing...

    DJ Shadow – Entroducing…


    Format: LP
    Label: Mowax
    Release: 1996
    Sleeve Condition: Mint
    Vinyl Condition: Mint
    Mint & Sealed / Reissue 180g Vinyl LP

    View on our website



    The Who Quadrophenia

    The Who – Quadrophenia


    Format: LP
    Label: Track
    Release: 2011
    Sleeve Condition: Mint
    Vinyl Condition: Mint
    Reissue, Remastered, Gatefold Sleeve

    View on our website



    To run alongside our 6 week summer blog we asked our resident crate-digger DJ Enzine to put together a random selection of 7” vinyl just for the fun of it, so if you’re just chilling in the garden having a BBQ, on the bus or in the car on your way to work or running around the local park on a warm summers evening we have the soundtrack for you…..Enjoy.


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    We have a guest blog this week from Marsha Balaeva, we reached out to her after seeing her photos on Instagram and she has kindly sent us a write up about her video work that has been nominated for an award by Prog Magazine. Plus we have information form a local band about there new album.



    Don’t you just love being surprised by song lyrics? When it turns out to be about something completely different to what you originally thought? I was asked to do a music video for a British band ‘Wolf People’ and naturally I was hoping for a good song to work with. They selected the track Night Witch, which, on the first listen, appeared to be a song about…well, witches. So my brain was putting together all this imagery with cauldrons, broomsticks, cloaks, you get the idea. I was debating whether to go for a scary witch or a sexy witch, when I decided, just in case, to check with the lead singer Jack Sharp what the song was really about.



    First, as a bit of background information, I was born in the Soviet Union, and growing up, one of the streets in our neighbourhood was named after one of the pilots from the all-female 558th Night Bomber Regiment that operated during WWII. These women flew old biplanes under the cover of darkness and bombed the invading Germans. The planes were too slow and would have been easy targets in daylight, but at night they could cut out their engines and glide silently to their target and drop their cargo.



    So imagine my surprise when I get told that the term Night Witch (Nachthexen) is the name Germans gave these female pilots. The song was actually about something really close to home. So all the stereotypical witch imagery went out of the window, and was replaced by eerie shadows on the forest floor and flashes of light at night that signalled the impending doom and brought fear into the hearts of those on the ground. Much of the video was filmed at night in the Lake District in the UK, but the drone footage was made in Russia, where the Night Witches flew all these years ago.




    There are also letters scattered throughout the video, made of twigs in a manner of pagan signs, that if you watch closely, spell out the name of the band.



    Prog magazine nominated Night Witch in the Music Video Of The Year 2017 category and the voting on now open here:


    Please feel free to check out my website





    THiS – ‘HOC EST’

    THiS are a Four piece rock band from South Wales, U.K. “HOC EST” is their debut album, recorded in-house at their own studio with a sense of militant order and wild imagination in sound and performance. All produced, played and recorded live, “HOC EST” is something to be heard, huge and unforgettable from start to finish with a strange addictive quality to the detail in sound. THiS will surprise and delight most, if not all, who experiences the album. Striving hard to create the best sound and performance for the album independently – these boys will not disappoint. All music was recorded live take for take in the same room with no separation. . . LiVE

    Available on limited pre-release 180G heavyweight black vinyl through independent record stores and online only.



    For fans of : The Beatles, Oasis , Prince, QOTSA, Deftones, Bjork, Converge’

    Here’s our contact details should you need anything from us before we see you again

    Tom – 07754837402

    Alex – 07925767614

    Feel free to give me a shout on this address too.

    All the best


  6. Zen And The Art Of Record Collecting

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    We have been buying music collections off people for decades and as a rule we will buy in any piece of popular vinyl if it is in playable condition. Anybody who has been into our shop will see the amount of vinyl we have on display but may not realize we have crates of LP’s & CD’s stored out of sight with what we refer to as “Doubles”(multiple copies).

    These albums are a great example of what people were buying and act as an indicator of what was popular at the time.



    So, this blog is not about the rare vinyl or the obscure music that so many of the collectors are constantly digging for, it is about the albums that sold by the bucket load then subsequently sold on and are now tucked away waiting for the wheels of popular culture to spin around and make them relevant again.


    So in no particular order here is a list of what tends to hang around in the sections for a long time.



    Sade – Diamond Life (1984) A classic LP that up until a few years ago was always in stock


    Ultravox – Vienna (1980) Still going strong, we must have at least 60 copies


    David Bowie – Let’s Dance (1983) Hard to believe but in the 90’s this LP sat around in our stocks for ages, now obviously a must have album


    Alison Moyet – Alf  (1984) Almost always in stock



    Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill (1995) As CD’s go this was always offered for us to buy


    The Darkness – Permission To land (2003) Enough said on this one


    Dido – No Angel (2001) The winner on CD, Eminem sampled a track off this and “Boom” at one point we had hundreds of them


    And some more close contenders on both vinyl & cd

    Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms (1985)


    Phil Collins – But Seriously (1989)


    Stevie Wonder / Various Artists – Woman In Red (1984)


    Simply Red – Stars (1991)


    Duran Duran – RIO (1982)


    Moby – Play (1999)


    Spice Girls – Spice (1996)


    But the undisputed champ of all of our “Doubles”

    Paul Young – No Parlez (1983)

    This LP spent 119 weeks in the top one hundred and 5 weeks at Number one in the UK Album Charts, it went Triple Platinum in sales and was his Debut Album.
    We have so many copies we offered it up for £1 on Record Store Day this year and joked that the first person to buy a copy would get it for free, nobody did.

    We still have loads left along with his other album “The secret of association”




    Keep on collecting 🙂 💿 📀

  7. Nuclear Blast


    This month it has been mainly “Metal LP’s” we have been able to fully recharge our heavy metal section, so much so that we had to move the section outside because we needed the extra space.

    We buy in lots of vinyl but it is unusual to get such a huge collection in such excellent condition, the chap in question seems to have collected everything from the obscure “Thor – Unchained”

    &  “Lee Aaron – The Metal Queen On Stage” rocking the warrior princess look way before Xena’s time.

    Plus first editions of Metallica on the beige Music For Nations Label.

    Often we have to make a choice about what to put up for sale on our website based on the condition of the record, if we feel that a certain record is below Very Good then we tend to price it and put it into the shop bins.

    So if you are a regular visitor to our shop then you can often find some of the rarer items for sale at a reasonable price and you can have a good look at the condition and check out how it sounds using our listening post (which are two “Bush Decks” that could easily survive a nuclear blast).

    So if you are into Thrash, Heavy Metal or Doom and everything else in between then we are happy to say that you will not be disappointed by what we have been able to put on sale this month:


    Date For Your Diary……

    Record Store Day is almost upon us and we always enjoy the day at Kellys, this year we are setting up a huge selection of £1 bins, we will be filling them up with lots of interesting LP’s and we plan to do the same for the CD’s.

  8. The Inner Sleeve…. The 1980’s Now And Then

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    If the shop had a voice we suppose it would be a colourful mix of many sounds, and be constantly moving in and out of styles like a folk psych hip hop mix with progressive undertones and soulful sentiment. Or maybe a very geeky monologue about the importance of the matrix numbers in the Runoff of a record.

    So looking to the future this (The Inner Sleeve) is going to be an attempt to regularly inform our customers of the shops content and general outlook on all things music based from all corners of popular culture, so please be kind we don’t get out much!

    Ok here we go:



    In the shop we are always interested in people’s sudden need to get hold of a certain album or track, often it can be pure nostalgia and has a certain emotional attachment, or something has happened in popular culture that sparks a need to own it again.


    Black Mirror season 3 includes an episode called San Junipero, the soundtrack of this episode is simply 80’s pop music gold, it weaves itself into the plot and helps to support the story. So much of it is used to put you back in the moment (if you were there) and also puts newer generations into the mindset of the era it reflects. It has proved so popular that a Physical Vinyl release is on the way.



    “There’s huge nostalgia for me. All the music I said I hated, I secretly loved all of it; T’Pau and all of that. It was a great way for me to indulge in all those guilty pleasures. To go back and revisit all of that music people claimed to hate in 1987.”  Charlie Brooker (Black Mirror Creator).




    Black mirror is very firmly a TV show made for today’s audience and is currently only available on the streaming service Netflix but it gave us a sharp insight into what music can do to really enhance a drama and made us think of an original TV Show from the 80’s called Miami Vice.



    This show was a first in that it used popular music of the day in the soundtrack to help colour the shows themes of excess and violence to great effect.

    This scene changed television forever.




    So when things like this happen we are always interested in the how and why? all of a sudden we might sell out of Wham’s first LP not realizing that it was featured in the Deadpool movie and inspired some of the audience to buy a copy.





    Album sleeve that somebody in the art department thought was a great idea at the time! ENJOY 🙂


  9. Don’t judge a book by its cover, but sometimes why don’t you?

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    When I’m browsing records it’s often the artwork that draws me in (no pun intended). There’s something about album art that I can’t resist, in my opinion there’s nothing more boring than picking up a record and seeing some second rate blandness (EVERY PHIL COLLINS RECORD FOR EXAMPLE).


    I know, you’re not supposed to judge albums by their art, but it is the first impression that artist gives you. On a personal level, I know when I was making my band Holiday Home’s EP I had a very strict idea of what our imagery and art should look like, the EP had a story to tell and I wanted that story to be told in cohesion with that artwork. The idea was to give the listener a background and setting for the story to be told in.



    Until I started doing my own stuff I only liked artwork because maybe it was a cool or weird picture/drawing with some jazzy prints and colour. I realise how pretentious this sounds, but it wasn’t until after Holiday Home I started to appreciate album art beyond just image. I think Gorillaz are probably the best example to give when you think about combining art and music. Gorillaz’s Plastic Beach is a sublime cocktail of art and music; it’s sort of like a film, but not with one with narrative story, one created through sound and vision. Prior to the release of Plastic Beach, mini games, a pirate radio station and videos were released that chronicled the band’s journey to Plastic Beach, the Plastic Beach itself and what the band were up to when they were there.

    2D’s Abduction

    Russel’s Journey

    Murdoc’s Adventure

    Plastic Beach Teaser Videos.

    Murdoc’s Pirate Radio

    In my opinion, this completely immersive world through the art of Jamie Hewlett only heightens the musical element created by Damon Albarn and co. The fact that they’ve extended the story with glimpses of how the ‘band’ have left the Plastic Beach and have ended up in a dungeon beneath Abby Road Studios only fills me with excitement.

    The Book of the Gorillaz

    Parquet Courts are another band whose album art always fascinates me. Andrew Savage who fronts Parquet Courts is also behind the brush when it comes to the bands art. Savage has previously stated that it’s very important to him that all of the art that surrounds the band ‘sounds’ like the band, and what I think he means by this is that the band’s aesthetic is another outlet for the band to express themselves beyond sound, much like Gorillaz but in a totally different way. What I love about Parquet Courts’ art are not only the bold blocks of colour and print but how the art complements certain lyrics throughout the LP. It’s like an intimate invitation into the band’s personality. I think the easiest connection that can be made is the blurry and wavy lines used to depict the natural human body are a direct link to their song Berlin Got Blurry. I’d also like to think the body is faced down and blurry on the Human Performance cover because they’ve given all they’ve got and began to deteriorate and this contrasts to the strong linear door, floor and room that will never tire.

    Parquet Courts – Human Performance

    Parquet Courts – Berlin Got Blurry



    Harry Willicombe


    If you like art, check out the art on the Kellys Records gift vouchers, which are now available in store.

    Gift Certificate 2014 £10

  10. Are We About To See A Rise In Political and Protest Music?

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    Should music make you forget about your everyday worries, the troubles of the world and carry you to a safe house of solitude? Or should music grab you by the scruff of the neck, drag you kicking and screaming to the real issues?  Man.  I think it’s kind of a combination of both. They do say that music is inspired by true events and stories, I guess all art is, so with the recent political atmosphere will we see a rise in politically inspired songs?

    I’m not going to sit here and type that all politically charged music is amazing and every piece of music made should be political. That would be ludicrous. I have nightmares of a Hokey Cokey-esque song commenting on the recent EU referendum and I don’t think I can deal with any song similar to Two Tribes by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. However, every now and then a band or artist will take it upon themselves to address a political matter and they will do this so well it forces you to listen. Here’s hoping the recent political climate can produce some songs in the same vein as these tracks.

    The Clash – White Riot

    Public Enemy – Fight the Power

    N.W.A – Fuck Tha Police

    Bob Marley – Get Up Stand Up

    Bob Dylan/Jimi Hendrix – All Along the Watchtower

    Dolly Parton – Just Because I’m A Woman

    Kendrick Lamar – The Blacker The Berry

    Harry Willicombe.