Sunday, 28 September 2014

Jon Brooks on BBC Tees

On Saturday night Jon Brooks spoke to Bob Fischer on BBC Tees radio about his new record '52'. He talks about his initial ideas for the album, and how it was inspired by childhood visits to his Grandmothers house. The interview starts about an hour and 8mins in.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Jon Brooks '52'

Jon Brooks' new album '52' will be released on the 13th Oct 2014, with pre-orders available a couple of weeks before. Limited to 500 vinyl copies with download code.

The album was inspired by his Grandmothers' house where he lived as a child, and contains 14 aural memories of the house and garden.

“... will you stop tearing up that newspaper? It’s making a mess down here”. I sat quietly
and watched the pieces float from the mezzanine, through the railings, down to the floor
below. I was reminded of late autumn, when dried seed helicopters from the trees were
abundant - their free-flowing nature always a reminder of our life cycles. It was an early
meditation; something to help focus the restless mind.

Silence broke eventually. “They all come from Leafield. They head from there with the
purpose of making our lives difficult!”. I wasn’t entirely convinced, but I let it go. I thought of
their colonies, their families, the way they moved and went about their business - it was a
fascinating other world, where everyone looked out for each other. Always a lucky escape
for them, through the hum of a summer evening.

“Doctor of Philosophy. That’s what it means, it’s an abbreviation”. I wondered, as I pulled
another thick rubber band around the arm of the sofa. The structures I made seemed to
serve no purpose at all; they didn’t need to.

“... I’m resting up for the weekend”. I always noticed that. The pencil sharpener, the cuckoo
clock, everything in its’ place. The way the dust fell in the late afternoon sun. I wouldn’t

On the way back up the hill, we passed the three monkeys. “Do you think you’ll go to
college?”. “I think so”, I answered, not really knowing why I’d chosen that reply. The words
flutter-echoed through the stone and brick, in the heat of the day; all the way past Mr
Mulberry’s, Mrs Viner’s, Mrs Mouser’s.

Morning Window
The Mezzanine
Fibre Optics
Pond i
All The Way From Leafield
December Trees

The Back Room
Walk In Store
Pond ii
Wax Lemons
Whispering Glass
End Of The Corridor

Friday, 4 July 2014

London Independent Label Market

I shall be selling some Clay Pipe wares at the Independent Label Market at Spitalfields London, on Saturday 12 July. I've been kindly asked to share the WIAIWYA stall, I should have some rarities and handmade download code cards of previous releases. The London Brewers market is taking place at the same time so it looks to be a good day out.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Tyneham House 3rd Edition Now Available

£15 + P&P
If you wish to order more than one copy please contact me first.

The pastoral, wistful yet ineffably disquieting music of Tyneham House is made by artists who wish to remain anonymous here, save for their eponymous title. The musicians are happy, however, to let it be known that these recordings have been around for some years (many of them complied from old cassettes) and that they take inspiration from the 1960s/’70s/’80s work of the Children’s Film Foundation – a body who really ought to have made a film about this mysterious West Country curio. At least now we have its endlessly poignant soundtrack.

The small village of Tyneham, on the beautiful Isle of Purbeck, in Dorset, was once a thriving little community – that is until the British Government requisitioned it for training manoeuvres and other ‘strategic purposes’ in the run up to WWII. This was supposed to be a temporary measure, but the area remained in military possession long after hostilities had ceased, causing distress among former inhabitants, many of whom were farmed out to prefabs in nearby Wareham and Swanage.

Tyneham was characterised by its red telephone box, a tiny parade of shops – Post Office Row – and a grand country pile which stood about half a mile away from the village: Tyneham House. The army removed the building’s oak panelling and ornate decorative details and promptly set about using it for target practice. So great was the shame expressed locally about the damage inflicted upon one of Dorset’s grandest houses that the powers that be decided to grow a copse around the remains of the structure to give the impression that it was no longer there. Despite this, a substantial part of the structure remains intact, including its Saxon hall.

Land access around Tyneham was opened up in the 1970s, but admission to the house remains strictly verboten. Those who’ve been found around the premises, especially anyone wielding a camera, have felt the full weight of military trespass law. Tyneham today is regarded as a nature reserve by some – as a national embarrassment by others. It’s still a political hot potato, in Dorset at least.

Tracklisting (CD) :

• A Chalk Horse
• Rookery Wood
• Coppice Walk
• Binoculars
• Bletchingley
• Post Office Row
• The Crows Circle
• Winter Carriage
• The Ragged Cat
• I Shall Not Cross The Sleeping Hill
• The Porch Room
• Saxon Chapel
• Last Village Before The Sea
• Lit Room At Midnight

Tracklisting (Cassette) :

A: A School Holiday, 1977
B: May Day, 1981

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Plinth Gigs

An expanded Plinth line up will be playing Dalston's Cafe Oto, on Saturday 28th June, you can buy tickets HERE They are also playing a free gig at the Leigh On Sea Folk Festival the following day. I am hoping to have pre-release copies of Tyneham House available for sale at these events.

There is also an earlier date at Colchester Arts Club on the 18th June more info HERE

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Tyneham House 3rd Edition

A new 3rd edition of Tyneham House is on its way. This will be similar to the previous editions in a brown card Gocco printed box with CD, cassette and booklet. It will be limited to 100 copies.
Keep your eye on this website/facebook/twitter or sign up to the mailing list for further info.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Risograph Prints

Two, and three colour prints based on designs from Clay Pipe Music's LP and CD covers. These are A3 size Risograph prints printed at Dalstons Ditto Press.

£20 each + P&P

 The Hardy Tree 'The Fields Lie Sleeping Underneath'
£20 + P&P 
Jon Brooks 'Shapwick'
£20 + P&P

Plinth  'Music for Smalls Lighthouse'
£20 + P&P

Jetsam and Gareth E. Rees 'A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes'
£20 + P&P