Book Event Preview : The Train Kept A-Rollin’


Put Friday 24th March, 6pm in your diaries as we’ve got an excellent event coming up for you!

A beloved regular customer here, author Spencer Vignes will be appearing to read from his recent book, The Train Kept A-Rollin’, after shop hours, in-store and we’ll be a-hopin’ he’ll spill the beans on some of the amazing music characters  he interviewed for the book! All this will be sound tracked by some of Spencer’s must have “train themed tunes” (how we’ll fit that alone in to one evening is yet to be seen!)

The event is open to all, so if you’ve even a passing curiosity, do pop along!  The book itself begins with an absorbing overview of how the railroads changed the both the economic and social geography of America but develops to give a thorough but accessible and entertaining history of the train song and the musicians who have been inspired by its ever-chugging romance.  Of course, the book is on sale in Spillers and while you won’t be forced to buy a book to attend this event, we’re sure that a lot of our customers will find this book so fascinating that you’ll be pulling out albums from your own collections and inspired to make your own Top Ten (or more!) Train Songs.  In fact, if you do, please feel welcome to drop any lists in to us and we’ll include some of these selections at the event!

About the Author

Spencer Vignes is a freelance journalist, author and broadcaster who lives in Cardiff. He has contributed to over 100 newspapers, magazines and press agencies across the world and is the author of six critically acclaimed books. Raised in Brighton on the post-punk music scene of the late seventies and early eighties, he bought his first album from Spillers – Complete Madness – back in 1984 while visiting relatives in South Wales. Follow him @SpencerVignes or visit for more information.

About the Book

There’s something about the lonesome train whistle, or the rattle of steel wheels on the tracks, that stirs emotions deep within the human soul.  Trains symbolise freedom, hope, travel, escape, sad partings and joyful reunions, along with a yearning to see what’s around the next bend.

Small wonder that generations of songwriters from Birmingham Alabama, to Birmingham, England have taken trains to their hearts, using them as a vehicle through which to convey the gamut of emotions that the sights and sounds of locomotives can evoke.

Longtime music and train fan, Spencer Vignes, marries his two passions in a book that gets to the heart of the genre.  Painstakingly researched, he has interviewed an array of singers, songwriters and musicians who share the secrets of how and why they came to write, or record, their train songs.

Climb on board in the company of Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Nick Cave, Ray Davies (The Kinks), Chris Difford (Squeeze), Sheena Easton, Bryan Ferry, Tom Johnston (Doobie Brothers), Chas McDevitt, Francis Rossi (Status Quo), Peggy Seeger, Brian Setzer (Stray Cats), Rod Stewart and many more famous names, all of whom were happy to proclaim their love of trains and train songs.

All aboard and see you there!


NEW RELEASE in stock 10/02/17

The full list of all our stocked new releases for this week appears at the end with a little run down of some of our favourites to whet your appetite …..  (This link is where we update the New Release list on our website, each and every week, 52 weeks of the year, so keep that handy)

GEORGIA RUTH Fossil Scale is finally out on vinyl via. our good friends at Diverse Vinyl!

JESCA HOOP’s 6th album. A deeply personal soul searching record which is equal parts empowering and embracing. Try this track for an in.

This is her Sub Pop label debut and we’ve been lucky enough to snag a FEW copies of the limited “Loser Edition” so don’t hang around!

TINARIWEN Second album since being exiled from their native lands. Features (spine tingling) guest spots from Mark Lanegan and Kurt Vile amongst others.



BOWIE Sound And Vision 7″ picture disc + two live albums + Diamond Dogs, Station To Station and Young Americans – all re-issued on vinyl! (Also: don’t forget to pre-order the No Plan EP which is coming soon on CD and 12″!)

CHUCK PROPHET Includes “A Bad Year For Rock And Roll”, his tribute to all the artists who left us in 2016 which he further expands on with the standout track “In The Mausoleum (for Alan Vega)” being a more than fitting ode to this departed hero.  All ready this weekend we’ve had feedback from customers both familiar with and newly converted to Chuck Prophet saying how impressive this album is!  Don’t let his gig at Bristol Tunnels pass you by either, that’s on the 20th Feb. Not to be missed.


THE SADIES (Yep Roc labelmates of Mr Prophet) have been favourites here for longer than most of us can remember! This is their 19th since forming in Canada in 1994 and is a wonderful example of their signature psych-country-surf stylings! Further more, this marks the second guest spot of the week for busy bee Mr Kurt Vile (See Tinariwen).


Some of these listed below are stocked by the bucketload, some of these are only stocked one or two copies at a time.
It is advised to get in touch with us (02920224905 / to reserve items as quickly as possible to help avoid any disappointment 🙂
Also, don’t forget it is always possible to pre-order things from us to help make sure you get what you want!


SAMPHA Process [Young Turks] £9.99
TINARIWEN (Feat. Kurt Vile and Mark Lanegan) Elwan £9.99
RAG ’N’ BONE MAN Human [Std. CD] £9.99
RAG ’N’ BONE MAN Human [Dlx. CD + 7 Bonus Tracks] £12.99
CHUCK PROPHET Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins [Yep Roc] £9.99
THE SADIES (Feat. Kurt Vile) Northern Passages [Yep Roc] £9.99
THUNDER Rip It Up [Deluxe Ltd. 3CD] £12.99
THUNDER Rip It Up [Std. CD] £9.99
JESCA HOOP Memories Are Now [Sub Pop] £9.99
SURFER BLOOD Snowdonia [Joyful Noise] £10.99
THE MENZINGERS After The Party [Epitaph] £9.99
RHIANNON GIDDENS (Carolina Chocolate Drops) Factory Girl EP [Nonesuch] £6.99
KRIS KRISTOFFERSON The Austin Sessions [Special Expanded Edition w/2 Bonus Tracks] £4.99
TIMOTHY B. SCHMITT (The Eagles) Leap Of Faith £9.99
ANIMALS THAT SWIM Workshy [2CD on One Little Indian] £11.99
LARAAJI Celestial Vibration [Soul Jazz] £11.99
BESS ATWELL Hold Your Mind £10.99
RATS ON RAFTS De Kift [Fire] £10.99
OVER KILL The Grinding Wheel [Ltd. CD + Bonus Track] £11.99
NOVELLER A Pink Sunset For No One [Fire] £10.99
DAVID BOWIE Live Nassau Coliseum ’76 £12.99
DAVID BOWIE David Live £12.99
AMBER RUN For A Moment, I Was Lost £10.99
OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW Best Of [Nettwerk] £10.99
WELTESSER Crestfallen [Prosthetic] £9.99
AQUASERGE Laisse Ça Être £10.99
ELVIN BISHOP Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio [Alligator] £10.99
BLACKFIELD (Steven Wilson, Aviv Geffen) V [CD + Blu Ray Book Edition on KScope] £12.99
ALBERT HAMMOND It Never Rains In Southern California / The Free Electric Band £11.99
MAWKIN (Feat. guests inc. ELIZA CARTHY & MORE!) Crow £4.99
THIEVERY CORPORATION The Temple Of I & I [CD + Poster] £9.99
TRICHOTOMY Known-Unknown £10.99
FERNANDO (Feat. members of Jayhawks, Eels, R.E.M. & Richmond Fontaine) Save Me [Ltd. CD] £6.49
CONRAD SCHNITZLER Film Musik 2 [Bureau B] £12.99
SIMON KIRKE (Bad Co.) All Because Of You £10.99
PATCH & THE GIANT All That We Had, We Stole £10.99
BLINK-182 Buddha £11.99
BEACHHEADS Beachheads £9.99
GRATEFUL DEAD Dead In The 60s (Fillmore West 66 + Avalon Ballroom 69) [3CD] £14.99
BOB DYLAN Blame It On Rio (Brazil Broadcast 25/1/1990) £8.99
CRYSTAL VIPER Queen Of The Witches [AFM] £13.99
SHAMAN ELEPHANT Crystals £12.99
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Sweden Broadcast 1988 £5.99
FIFTH SPEAR Imperfections EP £4.99
FIFTH SPEAR Year One 2015 £7.99
FIFTH SPEAR Year Two 2016 £7.99
MAN Man (The First Liberty LP) [CD w/ 2 Bonus Tracks on Esoteric] £10.99
MAN Revelation [CD w/ 4 Bonus Tracks on Esoteric] £10.99
MAN Slow Motion [CD w/ 6 Bonus Tracks on Esoteric] £10.99
MAN The Welsh Connection [2CD on Esoteric] £12.99
V/A Magnetband: Experimenteller Elektronik – Underground [Bureau B] £12.99
V/A Sammlung: Elektronische Kassettenmusik, Düsseldorf 1982-1989 [Bureau B] £12.99
V/A The Night Train Route 1 £8.99
V/A Jazz On Film… Film Noir [5CD] £19.99
V/A Jazz On Film… Crime Jazz! [8CD] £21.99
V/A Jazz In The Charts (Volumes 3-17 / 100) [Series of CD + Book compilations. These volumes cover the years 1923-1934 and include extensive sleeve notes on each track] £3.99 each OR 3 for £10!
RAY DAVIES (The Kinks) Return To Waterloo [DVD] £9.99
NICK HAYES Woody Guthrie And The Dust Bowl Ballads (A Graphic Novel) [Harback Book] £14.99


GEORGIA RUTH Fossil Scale [180g LP + MP3 on Diverse] £19.99
TINARIWEN (Feat. Kurt Vile & Mark Lanegan) Elwan [2LP + CD] £18.99
RAG ’N’ BONE MAN Human [2LP + CD + Book] £19.99
JESCA HOOP Memories Are Now [Ltd. Loser Edition Coloured LP + MP3] £19.99
SAMPHA Process [LP + CD on Young Turks] £16.99
CHUCK PROPHET Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins [LP + MP3 on Yep Roc] £19.99
THE SADIES (Feat. Kurt Vile) Northern Passages [LP + MP3 on Yep Roc] £19.99
THUNDER Rip It Up [2LP + MP3] £18.99
THE MENZINGERS After The Party [LP + MP3 on Epitaph] £17.99
THE WEEKND Starboy [Translucent Red 2LP] £24.99
VIC CHESNUTT Drunk [Remastered 180g 2LP w/13 Bonus Tracks + MP3 on New West] £24.99
LARAAJI Celestial Vibration [LP + MP3 on Soul Jazz] £18.99
THE OTHER PEOPLE PLACE Lifestyles Of The Laptop Cafe [2LP + MP3 on Warp] £19.99
BEACH HEADS Beach Heads [LP] £17.99
NOVELLER A Pink Sunset For No One [LP + MP3 on Fire] £17.99
AMBER RUN For A Moment, I Was Lost [Ltd. White LP + MP3] £17.99
OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW Best Of [180g LP + Red 7″ on Nettwerk] £19.99
BLACKFIELD (Steven Wilson, Aviv Geffen) V [180g 2LP + MP3 on KScope] £19.99
THIEVERY CORPORATION The Temple Of I & I [2LP+ Poster + MP3] £18.99
ANIMALS THAT SWIM Workshy [Ltd. 2LP + MP3 on One Little Indian] £20.99
BRAZILIAN OCTOPUS Brazilian Octopus [LP on Vinilisssimo] £19.99
BLINK-182 Buddha [LP on Kung Fu Records] £14.99
GNARWOLVES Gnarwolves [LP + MP3 on Big Scary Monsters] £14.99
DAVID BOWIE David Live [180g 3LP] £22.99
DAVID BOWIE Diamond Dogs [180g LP] £15.99
DAVID BOWIE Live Nassau Coliseum ’76 [180g 2LP] £18.99
DAVID BOWIE Station To Station [Remastered 180g LP] £15.99
DAVID BOWIE Young Americans [Remastered 180g LP] £15.99
DEPECHE MODE Playing The Angel [2LP] £19.99
DEPECHE MODE Sounds Of The Universe [2LP] £19.99
DEPECHE MODE Exciter [2LP] £19.99
DEPECHE MODE Ultra [LP] £18.99
DEPECHE MODE Music For The Masses [LP] £18.99
THE WHO My Generation [Deluxe 3LP Set] £31.99
V/A Buzzsaw Joint Diddy Wah Cut 1 [LP on Stag-O-Lee] £19.99
V/A Sammlung: Elektronische Kassettenmusik, Düsseldorf 1982-1989 [LP on Bureau B] £19.99
PRINCE & The New Power Generation Cream [12″] £11.99
PRINCE If I Was Your Girlfriend [12″] £11.99
PRINCE & The Revolution Kiss [12″] £11.99
PRINCE  U Got The Look [12″] £11.99
THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE Dropping Bombs On The Sun [10″ on A] £10.99
DAVID BOWIE Sound And Vision [Ltd. 40th Anniversary 7” Picture Disc] £12.99
BRUISING / PERSONAL BEST What It Feels Like / Rollies [Numbered 7″] £6.99

Tunes from the Trash : Radio4

“The world sends up rubbish, we send it back music”.
Tunes from the Trash is an inspiring and informative piece of journalism that is great for the soul and ears.
In it, we hear from an orchestra in Paraguay, a country with immense extremes in wealth that leave huge populations living in shanty towns built around rubbish tips, next to polluted rivers.
Thanks to the leadership and guidance of their musical director Favio Chavez, a group of young people are given huge opportunities to develop not only their passion for music, but to see the world and reinvest the spoils of their success back in to their communities.
His ethos to avoid removing people from their homes and surrounding poverty, but to return to these places in the pursuit of improving them is such a wonderful and conviction filled pledge that can only be admired.
There are many choice quotes from the programme, and it covers so many important issues around waste, recycling, the divide between the haves and have-nots.
How lucky are these people to have a figure like Favio in their life?  And how would the stories of the youngsters (and families) he has helped read without him?
This is what one young lady had to say: “I’m eleven years old, I started playing instruments when I was six years old.  With the orchestra I have visited many countries, I never thought I’d travel. Music has changed my life a lot.  If I had not been studying music I would be on the street”
A parent of a child in the orchestra continues by saying words that are so powerful they deserve repeating in full:
“Everything has a value, metal, plastics, copper wiring, all this material that society throws out” ….
“Communities like Cateura are a reflection of the shortcomings of society: consumerism, materialism, individualism, and capitalism where money is the only thing that matters. In this world the richest person can have more money than the ten poorest countries on earth. How did we get to this point, to this inequality? It results in a lack of opportunities a lack possibilities to get ahead. We reclaim the garbage that comes from consumerism, we want to rescue not only the people but also the waste of society.  You can not throw people away like things. I firmly believe that through the orchestra and music we can vindicate the people society has discarded.”
The programme was broadcasted on Radio 4 and having heard the ensuing “Feedback” feature it would seem that like us, many people were moved and inspired by Wyre Davies’ reporting in Paraguay.
In fact, the only thing missing from the report, is the ability to see these incredible instruments so it’s worth looking up one of the many videos online to catch a glimpse of them.  This one from The Guardian is 90 seconds well spent.

#WelshLanguageMusicDay 10.02.17 Celebrating Welsh language Music

Put Friday the 10th Feb 2017 in your diary and make sure that you fill it with cerddoriaeth Gymraeg and if you can, pop down to Spillers, your one-stop-shop for your Welsh Music needs!


This Friday marks the second annual celebration of Welsh Language Music and it’s definitely something Spillers feels strongly about and takes great pleasure in marking.

Last year, along with the scores of great events happening across Wales, we were joined by the mighty force that is Rogue Jones  who played a rousing set for a great crowd.  Fun was had by all, teimlo dda!

This year will be marked with a creative range of events along the length and breadth of Wales (school discos, quizzes, gigs and more) along with a Llundain gig in The Big Smoke, hosted by Huw Stephens and Green Man featuring the wonderful talents of The Gentle Good and Huw M (both shop favourites who have played Spillers in stores in the past).
What’s more (mwy? mwy? T’in eisiau mwy?!!) : the good folk at Green Man have a competition going on : Everyone who buys a ticket for this event will be entered into a ballot for a chance to win two Green Man 2017 tickets. And if you’ve seen the Green Man line up announced so far THAT’s a competition not to be missed (but that’s a whole different post!) ….


Here’s the website you need for all the info on the day and a great video featuring Huw Stephens and some enthusiastic quotes on why this is a great opportunity for celebration and positivity about the wealth of Welsh Language talent past and present.

Any one can put on an event to mark the day, you just need to contact the team at Cymraeg via any of their social media channels 

As a rusty Welsh learner (seren A GCSE and a stint at dosbarth nos to refresh a few years later) who has a strong affinity (as all the staff at Spillers do) with music made in the Welsh language,  any opportunity to unite in the celebration of the wonderful mother tongue is a big WYCH from over here.  Ardderchog!

But what is Spillers doing to mark the day we hear you ask?!


Well we’ll be joined by Yr Eira  and this track is taken from the indispensible compilation from I Ka Ching, a label that is establishing itself fully as the go-to-label for all the best emerging Welsh Language talent out there.

We can’t wait to mark the second Dydd Miwsig Cymru.  Keep an ear out on our Twitter feed and the #dyddmiwsigcymru hashtag for all the inspiration you need to tune in to some excellent music and sounds.  There’s also a Spotify playlist curated by the likes of Gwenno and Huw Stephens, and of course, if this is your bag, you can always hit us up for a recommendation over the shop counter in Spillers, any time of year!!



Cardiff Life Fantastic 50


For issue #1 of 2017 Cardiff Life filled their magazine with a sumptuously positive run down of the 50 people they believe to be shaping a brighter Cardiff. It was a huge compliment (not to mention surprise) for us to see Ash’s face nestled amongst the collage of greats (Gwenno, Gruff, Gareth Bale, Charlotte Church, Huw Stephens, our friends from Penylan Panty ).

Grouped in various headings (Creative, Sport, Food, Visionaries), Cardiff Life gave us all thoroughly positive start to the New Year.  Thank you Cardiff Life, we’re most humbled to be sharing your front page with all these wonderful people!

While you probably wont find copies of the issue this far in to the year, the content can be viewed here  with the feature in question spanning pages 19-27.

Inspiration everywhere

Well it appears to be a good six years since a blog post has been made here so we wont try to update you on all the exciting things that have inspired us or happened in Spillers world in that time … but do expect a few nostalgic posts along the way because there are lots of things we’d love to share with you.

2017 has already been a busy one but rather than try to recap on the last month in one indigestible lump we’ll go with a few brief slices of ramblings to pick at with the full intention of making our posting a little more regular, start as we mean to go on.

Here we go :


Anthony Frost :

Today Anthony Frost visited our shop.  What started off as a conversation about Can and 6music resulted in a trade of pin badges and Graf seeming genuinely impressed and chuffed that stuff like this hadn’t happened on his day off as it usually does!  Anthony Frost’s art work was used in The Fall’s artwork (extricate/Imperial Wax Solvent) and what’s more he studied at the Cardiff Collage of Art.  Anthony Frost also did the painting featured on Gindrinker’s split 7″ with Joy of Sex that came out last year on I Blame the Parents label. Anyway – he was on his way to Pembroke so we couldn’t keep him long .. just long enough to send him ege bamyasi and The Joy Formidable’s album with the promise of a Gindrinker badge to follow in the post.

you can see art work here