Black Carrot – Tin Angel Records

For those of you who aren’t in the know, Leicester’s Black Carrot are one of the Midland’s best musical secrets. They’re a frankly obscene mix of Krautrock rhythms, live electronics, disconcerting disonnance and bass so oily and deep that BP are probably looking at plans to drill for it. If you’re interested in what this equation leads to, check the video for ‘Blackmail’ here, and if this is what gets you going (and if not, you should be ashamed), check out their new album Milking Scarabs for Dough on Tin Angel Records.

So to the Black Market, and it’s litany of wonders. First up is the previously mentioned Flower-Corsano Duo (see Living for the city: goings on at Taylor John’s House), the imaginatively-titled moniker for the musical explorations of Michael Flower and Chris Corsano. Two very talented men going at it hammer and tongs – their instruments, I mean…oh never mind. Anyway, that goes down on Day One of the Black Market, which is Thursday 29th July at Taylor John’s House – doors at 8pm.

The 30th is Friday, and thus a fitting occasion for the ever-popular Friday Night Dole Club, with special headliners Joe Carnall & The Book Club – a hotpotch collective of Sheffield’s prestigious indie heritage, headed by Mr Carnall, formerly of the band Milburn, best known for giving a little-known band by the name of Arctic Monkeys their (metaphorical) Scout’s badges. Expect some red-hot support TBC. Taylor John’s House at 8pm sharp, boys and girls.

Saturday 31st is going to be one of those shows for folk who like to be drowned in sound. Locals Invitation To Love make the sort of pop music that comes from a world where man and machine have collided head-on in a beguiling, yet beautiful revolution, with a soundtrack walking a tightrope between lo-fi and widescreen. Support comes from (the wonderfully named) experimentalists Trumpets of Death.

Sunday takes us into August, with a local indie bonanza at Taylor John’s House lined up for your pleasure. Coventrians indie-popsters (with spiritual roots in ’60s Merserybeat) Shackletons have been at the centre of some rather positive and exciting press, including a fair bit of love from some rag called the NME. Definitely ones to watch should the rest of the country wake up to this corner of the West Midlands music scene.

Monday 2nd is the final day of The Black Market, and it’s fair to say the biggest and best is saved until last. Singer-songwriter, actor and the subject matter of one of Jeffrey Lewis’ most popular songs, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy comes to St. John the Baptist’s Church with Emmett Kelly of The Cairo Gang, performing songs from the album The Wonder Show of the World and more alternative classics besides. This show is the hot ticket in town and has sold out long in advance, so if you decided that winging it on the door was an effective strategy, then you’ve been made to look a fool. Support comes from Trembling Bells, who delivered a magnificent set at The Tin Angel back in May.

Speaking of the Tin, once the show ends at the church, the after party begins, with a very special set from your curators for this magical mystery weekend, Black Carrot. £2 on the door from 10:30pm onwards, this will be a swinging end to five days of music that covers the leftfield, the up-and-coming, and a very special guest. If it’s on The Black Market, it’s where it’s at!