Wednesday 31 December 2014, 8pm
See in 2015 in style at OTO with a very special night from cult record label Finders Keepers featuring label founder and musical polymath Andy Votel, shapefshifting psych-folk songwriter Jane Weaver and Quietus editor John Doran DJing throughout the night and the OTO bar open until 3:30am.
Now over a decade old, Finders Keepers was set up by Votel and Doug Shipton – building on their previous experience with Twisted Nerve Records and Cherry Red Records respectively – with the aim of introducing fans of psychedelic / jazz / folk / funk / avant-garde and whacked-out movie musak to a lost world of undiscovered vinyl artifacts from the annals of alternative pop history.
Catering to record collectors and DJ-producers alike with a huge emphasis on sample friendly soundscapes, rocksteady back-beats and primitive electronic experimentalism. Discerning purveyors of the bizarre and abnormal should expect the Japanese choreography records, space-age Turkish protest songs, Czechoslovakian vampire soundtracks, Welsh rare-beats, bubblegum folk, drugsploitation operatics, banned British crime thrillers and celebrity Gallic Martini adverts... presented on CD, 7" and traditional black plastic discs in authentic packaging.
All this plus our usual extensive range of Japanese snacks, Sake, Shochu, Plum Wine, an expansive selection of Single Malt Whiskies from Scotland, Japan and Wales. Hacker-Pschorr Munchen Helle Lager, and Kernel ales on tap and some exceptional beers in the fridge from The Kernel, and Partizan and a big range of Belgian greats including Orval, and Dubbel, Westmalle Dubbel and Trappist and the Trappistes Rochefort 10.
Andy Votel is a musician, DJ, record producer, graphic designer and co-founder of Twisted Nerve Records and the reissuelabel Finders Keepers Records. Votel began making hip-hop music in the late 1980s as the youngest member of the group Violators of the English Language (from which the VOTEL stage name is derived). In 2000 Votel signed to XL Records. He recorded two albums for the label, Styles of the Unexpected (2000) and All Ten Fingers (2002). These albums featured original Can singer Malcolm Mooney, Guy Garvey, Gramme, and Jane Weaver. Votel's music is often released under a pseudonym. His aliases include Applehead, Anworth Kirk, Tandy Love, Xian Orphic, Slant Azymuth, Neotantrik, and Tony Deval.
Having built a reputation through Violators of the English Language, Votel began mixing psychedelic music with jazz and hip-hop records at clubs like The Hacienda and Home And South from the early 1990s. He is an internationally renowned DJ and has performed at events such as Sonar, All Tomorrow's Parties, and the Green Man Festival. Votel founded the B-Music DJ Collective alongside ex-Hacienda DJ and journalist John Maccready. Other B-Music collaborators include David Holmes, Belle And Sebastian, Edan, Bob Stanley, and Gruff Rhys. Votel has presented shows for Radio 4 such as 2011's Free Wales Harmony, which documented the history of Welsh protest music. He appears regularly alongside Stuart Maconie on The Freakier Zone show on BBC 6 Music.
A constant on the British folk and psychedelic scenes, Jane Weaver is a shapeshifting songstress, one whose experiments have seen her drift from traditional folk to conceptual dream pop. With a new album on the horizon (one that has been described as “sax-laced space-rock” by The Quietus), Weaver is making an impressive return to the fore. Equally experimental and melodious, Jane Weaver recently performed at OTO as a perfect support for Laetitia Sadier.