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LONDON LOVES

LONDON LOVES LONDON LOVES is one of Seattle's few nights dedicated to keeping British Pop/Rock in the forefront of its format. It's DJ'd and promoted by Reverend of Rock and a collection of guest DJs from around the Pacific Northwest.

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Djing a special event at Canal Bar Ballard in Seattle. Sat. Oct. 23rd 5-9. 80s wave, synth-pop, post-punk, Britpop and m...
10/23/2021

Djing a special event at Canal Bar Ballard in Seattle. Sat. Oct. 23rd 5-9. 80s wave, synth-pop, post-punk, Britpop and more. Starting early and ending early, so we can be your prefunk spot. 21+ (no cover, donation only), masks required.

03/30/2021

Been spending some time editing and adding to my London Loves playlists! If you were a supporter of my DJ night over the years it will hopefully give you a dose of nostalgia. London Loves Records #1-#3 were originally laid out almost how I'd mix at an event, but everyone uses shuffle? So? Anyhow, we also have a London Loves Records: Ballads, Singalongs, and Anthems.(BSA), and a newer mix that I've been digging, "London Loves: "Daydream indie". I've been trying to add some newer artists to my playlists, as well as lost treasures people might suggest. One of the new artists I stumbled onto is Missing Image and I've snuck 1 of their songs onto a playlist and I'm looking forward to their April release "Lemon Tree" which looks and sounds like a bit of psychedelic pop genius. Stay Tuned!

03/09/2021

I’m going to be editing and adding to our London Loves playlists on Spotify soon. If you have a band or a music project that might fit our format, which is pretty expansive . Including Britpop, Wave, post-punk, indie, etc, plus we also have a few Lust 4 Life playlists which include pretty much any rock n roll you can dance to and some EDM. So please submit suggestions or provide links. Cheers Haakon

Our friends Dirty Sidewalks have a new single. Somewhere between The Beach Boys, Jesus and the Mary Chain, and Seattle’s...
09/27/2020
DIRTY SIDEWALKS - GIRL (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

Our friends Dirty Sidewalks have a new single. Somewhere between The Beach Boys, Jesus and the Mary Chain, and Seattle’s classic garage sound of The Sonics, they’ve launched “Girl”. Catchy enough for the radio and dirty enough to stay on your indie playlist. Check https://youtu.be/0PZPdCcE0iU

Dirty Sidewalks - GIRL Buy the single via BandCamp: https://dirtysidewalks.bandcamp.com Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/7mf2ke3nhFLPsnrUdJFsUG?si=xp0...

It's not a perfect series, but it's pretty good binge watching, and the acting is good. If you like s*x, drugs and techn...
05/22/2020
WHITE LINES | Official Trailer | Netflix

It's not a perfect series, but it's pretty good binge watching, and the acting is good. If you like s*x, drugs and techno, with a few Britpop tracks sprinkled on, you'll like the ride. Not giving anything away, here's a preview from Netflix. "White Lines"

https://youtu.be/Uj7uyeaJjFQ

In the thrilling new series from the creator of Money Heist, the body of a legendary Manchester DJ is discovered twenty years after his mysterious disappeara...

Guess its been 40 years since the loss of Ian Curtis of Joy Division. He definitely affects me still today with his lyri...
05/19/2020
Joy Division - Shadowplay

Guess its been 40 years since the loss of Ian Curtis of Joy Division. He definitely affects me still today with his lyrics and delivery. Mt. St. Helens blew up on the same day.

https://youtu.be/6mpZUPPTyjo

Granada Reports, Granada TV, 20 September 1978. Joy Division first TV appearance. Remastered. 480p

Florian Schneider and Kraftwerk may not have got a ton of spins at London Loves, but they inspired many synth heavy acts...
05/10/2020
Computer Love (2009 Remaster)

Florian Schneider and Kraftwerk may not have got a ton of spins at London Loves, but they inspired many synth heavy acts who did. Thank you for your innovation!
https://youtu.be/CFmmzFcM-MA

Provided to YouTube by Rhino/Elektra Computer Love (2009 Remaster) · Kraftwerk Computer World ℗ 2009 Ralf Hütter/Kraftwerk under exclusive licence to Parloph...

04/04/2020

Besides Oasis, what's your favorite Creation records band? Or a hidden gem single from that label?

03/27/2020

I think Charlatans U.K. may be one of the most underrated British bands, when it comes to an American audience. They've made so many great records! "Between the 10th and the 11th" is one of my top 10 favorite albums. "Us and Us only" is a brilliant departure from their past albums, and "Simpatico" is a great reggae influenced record that may be my second favorite Charlatans record. I was lucky enough to do the record release parties in Seattle for those later records. But the song that has been in constant rotation lately in "Sprongston Green". The overall vibe and production of this song on a sunny day is epic.

01/01/2020

End of another year...name 5 albums that you feel are underappreciated.

10/14/2019

If you're looking for something to do tonight, I believe Tally Ho! 80s/punk/Britpop/Britrock is going on at Mercury/Machineworks, and you don't have to be a member tonight. I also saw that industry people (meaning bar/club workers)get a discount, but check with their page or invite for actual details. I've guested there a few times, and the sound system is great, and the bartenders are friendly.

I think I've added enough to London Loves Records playlist #3 on Spotify now that its over 5 hours of music.  I've added...
10/14/2019
London Loves Records: Ballads, Singalongs, and Anthems. (BSA), a playlist by Haakon Latvala on Spotify

I think I've added enough to London Loves Records playlist #3 on Spotify now that its over 5 hours of music. I've added a playlist focused on Ballads, Singalongs, and Anthems, so I hope you'll check it out. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3c5Us3Zh59KImSQ22VlX9q?si=6_tPATEcQkemFEBoI8ReAQ

BSA: Ballads, Sing-alongs, and Anthems...dominated by British bands, but the playlist will inlcude some epic indie tracks. This is the 4th London Loves records playlist, but since its a departure from the DJ night, I didn't want to # it.

05/31/2019

I've made a new friend via Spotify, Andy Whitaker who's involved with the band, "Music for Aborigines". He's a friend to the original Chameleons Uk, and now he's a friend of The High Chameleons. I've added a couple of tracks to my Spotify playlist "London Loves Records #2, and if your making indie, Britpop vibe playlists, give them a listen. Cheers, Haakon

05/12/2019

We join forces with Tally Ho this Monday night! At Mercury, Seattle’s premier alternative club! You don’t have to be a member this Monday. Maybe a member will help convert you? It’s Tally Ho’s 1 year anniversary, so come celebrate this Best of British baby’s birthday!

I guess it’s Birthday week for Parklife. Happy Anniversary Blur! This record is obviously important to me, as I named my...
04/27/2019

I guess it’s Birthday week for Parklife. Happy Anniversary Blur! This record is obviously important to me, as I named my Dj night after one my favorite tracks.

Always wanted to have a Skate deck that meant something to me.  Its a long way from the cheap used Nash I recut with a j...
04/26/2019
LONDON LOVES skate deck! Skateboard | Zazzle.com

Always wanted to have a Skate deck that meant something to me. Its a long way from the cheap used Nash I recut with a jigsaw and then did a Jackson Pollack splatter paint job on in 1986.
#Zazzle

London Loves records, is the home of Seattle indie artists, The High Chameleons. London Loves Records sprung up from Seattle Britpop, indie, wave dance night "London Loves".

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London Loves was started around 2000, after Seattle’s original Britpop night “Top of the Pops” at Baltic room folded. I give Ryan and Nadine full credit for inspiring me, and they were the first to have a night dedicated to bands like Blur, Charlatans, Pulp, Oasis, The LAs, Suede, Supergrass, Superfurry Animals, and more. Other Alternative nights would play a single occasionally, but having a Britpop night in Seattle was definitely a novelty.

I started London Loves at Kincora Pub on Seattle’s Capital hill, one or two Thursdays a month, and was lucky enough to be gifted Nadine’s contact at BMI which allowed me to do record releases for Kasabian, Oasis, The Coral, The Kills, White Stripes, and many more. After Kincora Pub closed, I moved London Loves to Capitol Club a block down in the same neighborhood for about a year, before Capitol Club closed. After a few months looking for another DJ spot, I was offered Wednesday nights at Buddha Belltown on 2nd ave downtown next to the famous Shorty’s. The night was struggling being on Wednesday nights, but I was happy enough getting guest DJ spots on the weekends. After a couple years DJing at Buddha, I had an opportunity to take over Thursday nights at LoFi in Seattles South Lake Union neighborhood. This started the best era for London Loves where we had a dancefloor, and we were able to build a small following. Nothing crazy, but I felt like we had a small community of 30-40 people that really loved the music, and were happy to have a home for their favorite music.

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