Archive for December, 2011
One of the lovely things about having a blog is recording your heartfelt decisions for your readers/ or unsuspecting punters searching for New Years Eve porn – and then being able to come back to them years later and find out just how badly you’ve failed (or otherwise). Back in the bleak midwinter of 2009 I pledged to buy a new release every week of 2010 which I just about managed, wheras in 2008 I plumped for 9 must dos, of which I’ve managed about 4… And that’s in 3 years.
However – this year’s resolution is a must achieve… It might take me longer than a year, and it might take some pretty awful hours pretending I want to be a careerist film extra (which I definitely don’t)… But imagine when that curtain lifts and for just a fleeting second I see my horror stricken face running away from a Velociraptor on the very edge of the screen I can sit back and know I’ve won… See, my resolution is TO BE AN EXTRA IN JURASSIC PARK 4!
Jurassic Park is genius, 2 less so and 3 something of an abortion in a creative dinosaur-based franchise… But I have high hopes for 4. We’ve named a compilation after it, and I even bought the staggeringly expensive blu-ray box-set with a plastic T-Rex involved in it. Many a time I’ve adventured into Isla Nublar with strong adventurers (occasionally My First Tooth – Gammers is good to have as a Dilophosaurus wingman) and shit – I’d love a part, however insignificant, in the next one.
Now I’m well aware that this will probably lead me having to fly to Hawaii or something for filming. That’s a pretty small price to pay… And the journey starts tomorrow (the journey to be an extra, not actually fly to Hawaii – that would be pretty overzealous). If anyone who’s eyes drift over this page can help, do let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop a comment or something… You’d make me very happy.
Obviously being News Years resolutions and all it probably ought to be for the greater good, so I’d donate my fee to my fave charity Afrikids (do extras even get fees? If not, like say £250 for an extra role and £500 for a spoken part –ha!-) because otherwise this would be perhaps the most selfish NYR ever.
But yeah… Jurassic Park 4, the water must be rippling in your cup right now baby… After all… Life will find a way
Ah man. The Christmas break. And not soon enough. It’s been a quite frankly brutal last couple of months – but incredible all the same = and amongst amazing releases from Johnny Foreigner, Katie Malco, My First Tooth and The Social Club, a number of key shows, more mail orders that we’ve ever dreamed of and relentless fesive partying (it’s a hard life)… We’ve had a great time. And I think it’s fair to say that Alcopop! is in the best shape it’s ever been…
I won’t go into it in a big way. After all this is Christmas and you should probably be dipping into some serious litres of Bucks Fizz rather than reading this, but it’s all looking grand, 2012 is liable to be perhaps the best year yet(!) and it’s all down to you guys and the support you give us, so thanks SO much.
As a little thank you we’re not only running an ad in Januarys RockSound that features a good number of your handsome faces, but we’ll also be running a few little bits and bobs in early January to say thanks. Kinda wanted to do an advent calendar but everyone was working on those, so we thought we go for something to combat the Christmas blues. So look out for HAPPY NEW YEAH!!! coming in January…
In the meantime, as we say – thanks so much for sticking by Alcopop! Without you we’re nothing… Have an amazing Christmas, and just in case you missed it – here’s our free download compilation we released via the Banquet Advent Calendar to have a listen to what’s coming up in 2012…
Much love – and moreover.. Have an AMAZING Christmas
Lv Jack PoP, Mean Kev and Alcokitten!
“There are some pretty famous bands from Oxford, right? This quartet look set to join that list of alumni”- Rock Sound
Although the winds are cold and everyone is slapping on the scarves for Christmas, Alcopop! have been busy in the transfer window, and are pleased to announce the signing of Oxford heart-throbs Gunning For Tamar – along with a fresh new track ‘Chocolate Hooves’ for download pretty chaps!
GFT (Joe Wallis (lead vox/guitar), Dan Pollard (guitar/keyboards/vox), D’Arcy King (drums) and Ben Green (bass) come fresh from a stint with exceptional brothers in arms ‘Walnut Tree Records’, with sold out EP in tow – and a host of folk starting to get a little frothy around the tonsils about this lot.
Already confirmed as ones to watch in Rocksound 2012, and packed with fresh new EP, UK tour with Jumping Ships and European tours in the planning for 2012, it’s all been strong sailing thus far. With recent hits playlisted on Scuzz TV and NME TV, as well as being added to NME.com, they’ve been featured on XFM & BBC 6 Music, Canadian & New Zealand radio and have performed a BBC Introducing session. The band previously picked up the Breakthrough Track Of The Week through NME for “The Organs…”, their first single.
Two full summer tours & a successful first tour away from home soil in Germany, as well as supporting bands such as Tellison, Maybeshewill, Ungdomskulen & Sound of Guns signals a busy, great year already for this young band. They also played a packed out BBC Introducing night in the Oxford Academy back in May & a host of festivals including Truck Festival, Ley Lines Festival & Guilfest last year.
Let’s go (once more) Oxford! For any more info, do get in touch!
Oh My First Tooth. As beautiful as they are talented, the inescapable 4-piece are not only a hot action rock band these days (well, sort of anyway) but they’re also right at the forefront of the the keep your neck warm this Christmas campaign. A very worthy cause part funded by Sew Fuckin’ What and Alcopop! Records, which has the ultimate goal of encouraging people to keep their necks well sheathed this wintertime.
To that end (and not because lovely Barry from SFW said hey “Poppers, we’ve got to do this for Christmas because it’s THAT ace”) we’ve put together this pretty awesome single – based around a 3 track CD of Sleet and Snow, and a pair (count ‘em) of scarves stitched with those very words – one for you and one for a loved one or friend or pet (and if it’s the latter please take a photo of it ).
By now you know the music is good right, but here’s the even better thing. The Highland News gave the scarves a bang up 4/5 for warmth, and if you can survive the harsh winds of northern climes in them, you can go anywhere!
So the new JoFo single is You Vs Everything, out today, all resplendent on some tasty posters, double sided of course and penned by Lewes. You know Lewes. He’s ace! Limited to just 200 copies, each A3 poster comes with a download code for the 4 track EP and sold out almost immediately (obvs) – but is still available from poster form from Banquet, or mp3 from –like- everywhere. God how we love Banquet!
The tracklisting goes a little something like this, and should you be a JoFo fan, you’ll def want to check out track 3 – it’s the best value 79p you’ll ever spend – although it seems iTunes have only allowed you to buy it as part of the EP. Not our doing, honest, but hell – it’s a great EP! The poster look can be found on our flickr page, or take a look below for side B…
1) You Vs Everything (radio edit)
2) PS, Not Soon Enough [taken from the vs everything sessions]
3) Johnny Foreigner Vs The Hipster Garden Party [an 18 minute drunken show in a garden in Rennes]
4) if i’m the most famous (robot) boy you’ve fucked, then honey, yr in (robot) trouble [sorry]
Also – JoFo are playing at New Slang on Thursday, Kev and I will be down so come and have a booze with us should you fancy hanging out x oh and Japanese folk – the band are off on tour for two electric shows in Osaka and Tokyo next week. I’m reliably informed Tokyo has already virtually sold out (bang!) with more words that Shonen Knife are likely to be in attendence in Osaka. And if that’s not cool ah hell, I a’m not cool! [ps I'm not cool]
Today someone sent me this site. It’s just brilliant… I think this is my favourite picture. I believe Paul Simon and Art Garfunkle would be considerably (even more) popular if this had been the original cover. That is all. Thanks.