Monday, 2 December 2019

It's Bob...


In our special Christmas meeting, hosted by MAC’s Culture Club, we’ll be focusing on Bob Dylan’s ‘Christmas in The Heart’ (2009).

And...Because it’s Christmas we would like you to come along with suggestions for own Your Favourite Christmas Album or Track (you can bring it along as well if you want).

As this is a joint hosted event YOU MUST REGISTER BEFORE YOU ATTEND.

Happy Listening...


Sunday, 17 November 2019


Ho,Ho, Hold on...




Time to vote for the Christmas Album Club record...

VOTE HERE



For more information on our special session plotted with MAC's Culture Club:

Poll closes 1st December 2019

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Daft?

Ready for some Daft Punk?


The next Album Club will be @7pm Wednesday 20th November in The Cole Room, MAC Birmingham.

Linking to The Que Club Project from Birmingham Music Archive we'll be considering 1997's Alive Album- 22 years after the recording of this iconic release. 

Find out more:
http://www.birminghammusicarchive.com/que-club/


Get listening...

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Tired of playing with those bows & arrows?


And so....with over 70% of our vote the next album up for discussion will be

 Portishead's debut 'Dummy' -released in 1994.
 We'll be considering its impact and how it sounds 25 years later. 


You can listen to the album in full here:


Join us for the discussion on
Wednesday 16th October 2019 @7 pm
MAC Birmingham.


Want to find our more? 

Friday, 27 September 2019

25 years later...

For our next Album Club we're looking back at two giant albums that were released 25 years ago!

Time to decide...



To vote for the album we should discuss got to our Poll




Sunday, 25 August 2019

Celebrating Sanctuary


Unfortunately, due to low sign-up (and some other complicating factors)- this session has now been cancelled.

This September we're linking our regular Album Club to 'Celebrating Sanctuary'- Birmingham's World Music Festival - which celebrates and raises awareness of the contributions that refugees make to Birmingham and the UK. 

Our album for discussion has been nominated by Celebrating Sanctuary's artistic adviser (and founder of Surge Orchestra) Sid Peacock and comes from Guinea-Bissau musician and singer Nifeco Costa.

Nifeco Costa will also be performing with his band Babock Djazz at MAC Birmingham on Saturday 21st September.

To listen to the album: Bk├┤ Biack by Nifeco Costa 

If your new to the Album Club check out our 'How it works' section on the left sidebar or you can get in touch at: TAC@kingofthebuttons.co.uk

Happy listening!

Friday, 26 July 2019

A break for August...

Now plotting our next session for September
In the meantime you can catch up with our last show on mixcloud:



And...work is underway to get all of the shows to date in to a new archive. 

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Can the people hear what the little fish are sayin'?




And so the next album is decided. 

At our next meet up on Wednesday 10th July 2019 at 7 pm 

Getting Heavy with...

Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin 

In support of Home Of Metal 


If you'd like to sign up to the session please email us at: 
TAC@kingofthebuttons.co.uk

The session will be held at MAC Birmingham (Pinsent Mason Room 1)

Recording will start from 7.15 pm


Thursday, 20 June 2019

All day long I think of things...

Time to choose (something Heavy...)




Vote for the album to discuss at our next meeting on our Poll



The next album club is linked to the forthcoming Home of Metal Season:


Wednesday, 29 May 2019

And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes...



And so the next album is decided. 

At our next meet up on Wednesday 5th June 2019 at 7 pm 

we'll being taking on 
Pink Floyd's The Darkside of the Moon.

If you'd like to sign up to the session please email us at: 
TAC@kingofthebuttons.co.uk

The session will be held at MAC Birmingham (Pinsent Mason Room 2)


Recording will start from 7.15 pm

(Tell/bring your friends)

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Wider than a mile...

To coincide with the forthcoming Moonfest at MAC we've selected three Lunar flavoured records for you to consider!

The vote is now open at our Facebook Group.

Moonfest celebrates 50 years since the Apollo 11 moon landing, through a nine-day programme of moon inspired events, performances, screenings and activities created with artists, academics and audience members.

More more information on Moonfest visit: https://macbirmingham.co.uk/moonfest

The Album Club is a joint project between 107.5 Switch Radio & MAC Birmingham for volunteers who are interested in supporting media & arts organisations across the City.

How does it work?

  • Vote for your choice of album
  • Sign up to the session 
  • Listen to a Spotify link to the chosen album and the key tracks for discussion
  • Write a short five line review

Join us at 7 pm for the discussion which will be recorded for broadcast.

Sessions will be supported by colleagues from both MAC & Switch Radio.

The discussion is hosted by James Sandy & Terri-Anne Coope.

The Album Club will meet at 7pm (for a 7.15 recording) 
on 
Wednesday 5th June 2019 at The MAC


Tuesday, 30 April 2019

May we...



OK folks, a bit of an update as by now you are probably wondering-

'What was I supposed to be listening to this week?'


Having taken stock over the last week, looked at diaries, timescales and availability (and calmed down from that sunny Easter holiday period) we have decided on an alternative plan for The Album Club schedule.

The next recording session for The Album Club will be pushed back to the 5th June (with a Moon Fest Theme).

The planned session focused on a Heavy Metal album/Ben Venom exhibition will move to a July slot (his exhibition runs until the 8th Sept) which gives us more time to plug in some of our DJs who specialise in that kind of music, build our promotions and give the poll a good run-in time.

The meeting scheduled for May 8th is still left in the diary as a 'meet up' for volunteers and more of a 'social' in the bar area at MAC Birmingham. Come along and give us your feedback so far, ideas on branding & promotion and see how we might develop The Album Club.

See...there is a plan.

'Thank 'eavens!' as Maurice might say.

Monday, 22 April 2019

New name...same great taste

What's in a name?


Ask Arnold George Dorsey. 

After some feedback and discussion with a number of those wonderful people who have helped us get this far, we are re-branding the show slightly. From May 2019 'The Old Voluntary Album Test' will become 'The Album Club'

Things will shift gradually in time for our next meet on Wednesday 8th May 2019 @6 pm.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

It's just till these tears have dried...


It was a close one! But following two separate twitter polls and a coin toss the next album for discussion is: 


Back to Black by Amy Winehouse (2006).

All the volunteers who have signed up for the session to date have been sent a briefing about the next steps and their homework for our meeting on Wednesday 10th April 2019 at 6 pm at The MAC (Pinsent Mason Room 1).


But- Don't worry if you haven't signed up yet- you can still come along to watch and get involved.



Have you got an interesting fact, memory or story about this album? 
Let us know and we'll try and work it into the discussion.

Friday, 15 March 2019

Here we go again...



The next 'The Old Voluntary Album Test' session is on 10 April - Switch Radio's album club at MAC for anyone who fancies chatting about music and seeing what goes into making radio. What album should they pick? Email tovat@kingofthebuttons.co.uk to join! https://t.co/TQG0HGqz1f

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Squawking like a pink monkey bird...




It's Ziggy!

With 64% of the votes on our poll the first session of The Old Voluntary Album Test will consider:

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars By David Bowie (1972)

All the volunteers who have signed up for the session to date have been sent a briefing about the next steps and their homework for our meeting on Wednesday 6th March 2019 at 6 pm at The MAC.


But- Don't worry if you haven't signed up yet- you can still come along to watch and we're plotting monthly meetings for more people to get involved.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Time to Choose...



Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Coming soon...


The old what?

107.5 Switch Radio & MAC Birmingham are developing a new creative project for volunteers who are interested in supporting media & arts organisations across the City. Both organisations have strong track records of retaining and developing volunteers and are now seeking ways to broaden that support across a variety of tasks and roles.
'The Old Voluntary Album Test' aims to create an interactive and social event which will:
  • Provide creative project opportunities for existing MAC volunteers.
  • Encourage new volunteers for both MAC & 107.5 Switch Radio.
  • Support volunteers through training in presenting and production.
  • Create content for a regular ‘album club’ show on 107.5 Switch Radio.

How might it work?

The project is in its early stages. As a guide the following is a simple outline of how it might all work:
(A) One Month before the event
A Facebook poll determines the album that volunteers will be discussing.
(B) Two weeks before the event
Volunteers who have signed up to the session will be sent a link to a blog page outlining a Spotify link to the chosen album and key tracks for the discussion (determined by the facilitator and the nominator).
(C) One Week before the event
Volunteers will be asked to submit a five line review of the album (via the blog or email). This will help frame the discussion and provide reference points for the recording.

The event itself...

6 pm Briefing & Outline
Volunteers are briefed and given a run through of how the discussion will be structured and given a cuppa.
James Sandy to facilitate and ‘chair’ the debate which will be recorded for editing & broadcast.
6.30 pm Discussion & Recording
Outline structure:
  • Overview of the album.
  • Overview of the artist.
  • Discussion framed around 4 key tracks.
  • Comment invited from submitted ‘5 line’ reviews.
45 mins duration (final edit aim of one hour including tracks).
7.15 pm Breakout Social (Arena bar)
Volunteers are invited to a ‘post event’/informal discussion linked to radio roles, future project Ideas, MAC workshops & events.
Sessions will be supported by colleagues from both MAC & Switch Radio.

Sound interesting?

We are now plotting the first session to be held
Wednesday 6th March 2019 @ 6pm
If you would like to participate in the album discussion, would like more information or to help facilitate the event please contact us via

tovat@kingofthebuttons.co.uk