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Charity Shoppe

Charity Shoppe is a club night run by John Humphrey and Ian McQuaid, created to celebrate the joy of second-hand sounds. Armed with one simple rule – they will only play records that were pre-owned and have cost less than two quid – the pair have embarked upon a quest to scour the lands bargain bins, flea markets and, of course, charity shops, to find the finest, strangest and most wondrous sounds in the known world.

Broadcasts from Charity Shoppe:

Charity Shoppe Southern Rap Edition

Charity Shoppe goes down to the Dirty South, running through the highlights of 20 years hip hop and RnB from the USA’s Southern states. We take in cornerstones from UGK, Goodie Mob, Outkast and Master P, and spin some lesser known regional smashes from the last few years. This edition comes with a big old parental advisory sticker because a number of the tracks have fairly –ahem- adult themes. Just so you know.

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Posted on: November 19, 2012

Charity Shoppe Protest Music Special

On this show Ian ‘Nasty’ McQuaid is joined by his wife Emma ‘Dr’ Dabiri and son Remi ‘the baby’ Baby for a celebration of the finest in protest music. The show spans genres, from the classic 60s folk of Dylan, Luke Kelly and Christy Moore, to haunted Afrocentric reggae laments from Rico and Safi Abdullah, to examining how early electro and acid house combined social messages with dancefloor gold.

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Posted on: October 22, 2012

The Wilton Way Café Jubilee Special: 1970s

The Wilton Way Café and London Fields Radio present a special series of podcasts from 1902 to 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee ahead of their free street party on Sunday June 3.

Presenters on Hackney’s micro radio station count down the eras, from the 1900s to 2000s, commemorating the best (and worst) of the decade with music, commentary and LFR’s distinct DIY flavour.

This special edition of Charity Shoppe – a ‘Fuck the Jubilee’ special – explores some of the fine pieces of protest music recorded in the 1970s, from the heartland, commonwealth realms and colonies of our green and pleasant land. These tracks should hopefully, says presenter Ian McQuaid, counterbalance the ridiculous back-slapping of yet another Jubilee…

For more information on The Wilton Way Jubilee Street Party on June 3, click HERE.

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Posted on: May 28, 2012

Charity Shoppe, Vol. 2

A fairly cohesive edition of Charity Shoppe, this show travels through North American music from the 20s to the 60s, touching on jumping rural blues, cool jazz, soulful gospel and spooked out rock n roll ballads, showcasing the classic and the obscure. I say the word ‘amazing’ about 30 times, sorry for my lame limited vocabulary listeners, will have a thesaurus on hand next time.

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Posted on: April 23, 2012

Charity Shoppe, Vol. 1

In the very first show, John and Ian take in West African Highlife, Scottish folk, wonky post punk covers, homemade ambient, Christian cults and ’80s pop. Several mistakes are made and some of the records skip. All in a days work, then!

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Posted on: April 4, 2012