Resolution 9

A New Year brings promise and hope. Hope of self improvement, of happiness, a new start, a fresh look at life, opportunities – learn that, stop this, go here – no pressure.

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A new selection of records in Bara Menyn Bakehouse to help us get motivated for the new year.

How to Stop Smoking

Lets Learn to paint Watercolours

Jane Fonda's Workout Record

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Last Christmas Vinyl

Heres the the final selection of vinyl in Bara Menyn Bakehouse until Saturday when they close for a well deserved Christmas holiday.

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I have so many more Christmas records that didn’t make the show, many are photographed and up here in my Flickr set including this fab Partridge Family Christmas album.

The Partridge Family Christmas Album

I couldn’t resist trying it up in a pear tree on a portable player some years ago..what could be more Christmassy!

For something a bit more experimental you could try this…

nothing like a nice Christmas jingle!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

The sound of Christmas can often be heard in shops from early Autumn with Christmas rock anthems like Slade’s ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ and Wizzard’s ‘I wish it Could be Christmas Everyday’ combining with Christmas pop songs, carols and charity singles to saturate our public spaces.

The similarity of songs within the genres and their familiarity through repetition year after year, both annoys and entertains in equal measure – much like a traditional family Christmas.

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Last week Bara Menyn Bakehouse saw the transition completed from the Halloween themed vinyl to Christmas, with a new display of 7inch records connected to Christmas in Wales.

This week sees an increasingly Christmassy selection with new 12inch records, some with a Welsh connection.

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The collection will continue to change as the festive season continues.

For some alternative Christmas listening you could try –

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Last Christmas (or was it the one before..?) – An MP3 collection of improvised vinyl mixes with found record players

I really enjoyed this analytical Christmas ditty by Jake Yapp

Vinyl is Alive!

As part of Absent but not Forgotten and in celebration of the Halloween season, the small exhibition of records in Bara Menyn Bakehouse, Cardigan has transformed…

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Absent but not Forgotten is an ongoing, experimental art project formed in 2010 by west Wales artists, Kathryn Campbell Dodd and Jacob Whittaker.

Their work explores and alludes to ideas of the paranormal, ghost hunting and the propensity to search for supernatural explanations to unexpected and unexplained phenomena.

With a particular interest in the visual aesthetics of the genre, this changing selection of records combines rock and pop, classic soundtracks, spoken word and sound effects to explore the diverse and evocative imagery in celebration of the Halloween season.

Absent but not Forgotten are also currently in the Oriel Blodau Bach gallery with a new work, Something Strange in the Neighbourhood.  The exhibition runs until November 16th.