Posts filed under ‘Johnny Foreigner’
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]
Fresh from the biggest first week album sales in their history (yah! Take that big budgets) Johnny Foreigner may be jetting off to France and Japan on tour, but that’s not stopping them giving you, the handsome kids, a brand new single. You may have heard it on the radio or Soccer AM, but next up – and from the album – comes Johnny Foreigner vs Everything, an A3 poster single with 4 tracks, one of which is a full 18 minute set from a drunk Garden Party in France. Only available from us or our great pals at Banquet. Limited to 200 and out on November 5th. Don’t be slack!
Look see – here’s the full video for the song (made by the ace moral hangover kids), which includes a lot of the hip kids at The London show and some strong stage diving cameos from Stagecoach, Lex and *ahem* yours truly. Don’t be put off by my graceful leap though – I came crashing face first to the ground… Immediately. Luckily the camera didn’t catch it. Don’t tell em no… You can see the poster pics over on our flickr feed. I’ve just checked and it seems we have 6 left. Do hurry.
Johnny Foreigner vs Everything – up for pre order with 20 page comic + PoP only glow in the dark tee!
SO it’s finally here (well to pre-order at least)! Johnny Foreigner’s third (and best we’d say) album yet – out on Alcopop! It’s been a long time coming and real emotional to boot. And now here it is, to unleash to a handsome world… AKA You!
It’s out on November 7th and called johnny foreigner vs Everything. It’s 17 (count em) tracks and I properly know you’re going to love it! Available from all your very favourite record shops and from the PoP Shop, each of the first 400 CDs we sell comes with a massively limited edition 20 page JoFo comic book designed by Lewes which just looks beautiful (we’ll let you know on the shop when those are still available) – or you can pay several more sheets and get a very VERY limited edition (to 100) JoFo glow in the dark tee shirt as well…
What’s more, if you’re coming to the shows too, you can bung in the Brum or London ticket too – and save yourself a pound or something. The super, smashing very PoP infused shows are as follows. Head to th PoP Shop to buy innit:
12th – London – Upstairs at the Garage, w/ Stagecoach, Screaming Maldini, My First Tooth + special guests
13th – Birmingham – the Flapper w/ Stagecoach, Screaming Maldini, Calories, Ace Bushy Striptease + Richard Burke
I also ought to point out to our readers from oversears, this is available worldwide, and we do have very reasonable shipping. However, if you’re in Japan or France, two wonderful labels Vinyl Junkie and Hip!Hip!Hip! respectively are working on the record. Love them. They’re epic! You’ll also notice they’re touring both these countries. Oh yeah…
Here’s a track for you to listen, or a link to check out all the options and buy if you like. Hurrah!
Ps = dear lovely vinyl junkies amongst you. Real sorry this one isn’t available for your slipmat yet. It’s not that we don’t appreciate records. We truly, TRULY do – but so much has gone into Alcopop’s end of 2011 (it’s been and being an explosively awesome time for us) that we can’t just outlay any more right now on another expensive record pressing (Alcokitten needs to eat!). That said, that’s not to say this won’t happen in the future if all goes well and we can afford it…. We lead with our hearts, but we can’t pay for records with ventricles (believe me, we’ve tried). Love you!
So – not only can we announce that their new record is a-coming, but there’s a rad little concept thing going on with the first single (and why wouldn’t their be)… As ever, we could have gone off and printed jewel sleeve thin singles and sold them to you for £4 but meh – that’s no fun is it. So here’ssssss details:
So basically – we wanted to put out two brand new JoFo tracks, but do it in a fun old way, whilst keeping it super cheap for y’all. So for just 100 of your shiny pennies (and 50 for postage – worldwide innit) we’re releasing a dual skateboard sticker pack (The STingle – geddit), basically offering two red hot tracks via a nice shiny URL detailed on said stickers. They look like this, and while one is to keep precious and safe from prying eyes, the other is to smash wherever you can in your fine town that’s ace – and take a photo of it.
Send the photo of the sticker in an awesome place to firstname.lastname@example.org, Lex will look at them all – and then pick the best one – which will win like 2 copies of the album signed, exclusive artwork and a picture of a unicorn drawn by Lex (he doesn’t know this yet). You can buy the single ‘give us your fangs/the hand that slaps you back’ from the PoP Shop – and as we’re limited to just 500 copies you probably should fairly soon…
You can listen to (don’t) show me ur fangs, and download it, here!
The album meanwhile, oh the album! It’s an absolute banger and well, here’s what JoFo have to say about it… “hello world. we are bursting with excitement to be able to start talking about our wonderful record. it was made this spring and summer in our hometown by our old friend dominique james, and will be released november 7th on alcopop. it’s going to be called Johnny Foreigner vs Everything” – and it’s gonna fill your hearts with joy. We’re looking at a full 18 track winner, we’re looking at super artwork and we’re looking at a PoP Shop exclusive extra that’s going to make you cry with delight.
So in the midst of polishing the oh-so-fine edges of the compilation that is Alcopop050 and getting everything for the sunshiney month of August (so much happening we’re all excited) – I was approached by some handsome folk from mp3HD who have asked me to pick a top ten tracks for ‘saving’. Saving from what I’m not entirely sure, but they make, like, the best ever MP3s apparently so I thought I’d see how good they are. Obviously we’re ALL about physical formats at Alcopop!, but that doesn’t mean digital doesn’t have its place… Whatsmore they were very nice, and are sending me a free flipcam so I could hardly say no.
So – I’ve undertaken that impossible task of picking a Top Ten which would almost certainly be different if selected tomorrow But – here goes! I would have of course packed it with Alcopop! acts given the push, but I thought I ought to make it a bit more diplomatic…
So here goes… In no particular order (and missing anything from Hundred Reasons’ Ideas Above Our Station and Cable’s When Animals Attack I’ve just realised – eek! My bad)
Symposium – Fizzy
Fight Like Apes – Something Global
Johnny Foreigner – Salt, Pepper and Spinderella
Andrew WK – The Song
Elephants – Strong Arms
Gene – Fighting Fit
Pavement – Stereo
Rocket From The Crypt – On A Rope
The Xcerts – Aberdeen 1987
So frisbees have been flying out… Strong times in the PoP camp, and they seem to be going down well. As JoFo are busy ploughing a mean furrow up and down the country we’re popping about despatching Freeze the Atlantic ‘Colour by Numbers’ EPs (complete with crayons), and JoFo discs galore.
Meanwhile, delegation PoP went along to Guildford on Sunday for the aforementioned FTA launch and man it was awesome, as well as nicely packed and sweaty – did you get the free track by the way. Just tweet and it’s yours! (someone on the PoP facebook group said it was ‘hench‘ – pretty sure that’s good). Rocking hard with the support of Scholars there were plenty of friends in attendance (as well as Larry ex Hundred Reasons). Dusting ourselves down we then popped to the Barfly to see My First Tooth support The Xcerts. Amazing times.
Incidentally, have you heard the new JoFo record yet… Oh my! Check this out, and visit them on tour!
I’ll be focussing more on these indivdual releases over the next week or so, but it’s with abnormally HOT pleasure that I’d love to tell all you sweet, charming poppers. THERE’S 3 NEW PRE-ORDERS UP FOR YOUR PERUSAL TODAY! Thinking it might be nice to stick ‘em up together you know, to save postage and stuff – let me introduce them all briefly in no particular order….
Freeze The Atlantic – Waking Up EP
Oh man, this has been a LONG time coming, and by god it’s worth the wait. Personal revered heroes of mine from Reuben and Hundred Reasons have come together with other talented champs, smashed a whole load of finger-dented genius through their instruments and *BANG* – Freeze the Atlantic are born. This EP is glorious, 3 tracks of melodic balls out rock-pop genius – and all complete in its own Colour by Numbers sleeve, complete with wax crayons to literally colour it in by numbers! Stay in the lines though yeah…
My First Tooth – Sleet and Snow EP
A band who epitomise all things Alcopop! They’re our longest-serving, and it’s no surprise – because from the moment I heard Ross’s melodic vocals harmonising over a medley of folk-pop genius and met these tender champs from Northampton, I fell head-over-heels in love. My First Tooth are put simply, wonderful! This, their last single from debut LP Territories is a tour de force… And available to you for free. Seriously, no cost and all physical product. We just need this in your lives!
Johnny Foreigner – Are Cursed Frisbee EP
I’ve been wanting to do this for sometime now, a straw poll on Twitter showed me that Frisbees were way cooler than beach balls, so we’re getting all fun again with JoFo… Birmingham’s absolute finest (fuck yes!) These jet black Frisbees are white printed with ghostie print, 4 Trk CD is attached underneath – and imagine how cool you’ll look on the beach! Remember those bullies you still simmer resentment against cos they kicked over your sandcastle when you were a kid? Well you > them!
All available in the shop now, with a cheeky little deal on all 3 if you should be so inclined. See you in the shop yo? xxx
Good old 7 Digital! Handsome folk galore there no doubt, and they’re really excelling themselves this week with their free download and competition… Cos they’ve got all Alcopop! – and decided to give away our latest compilation (made specially for them) called ‘We’re Always Looking for Something to Hold On to. We’re With Our Friends, They’re the Best Thing We Can Find!’ (10 indie cool points if you get that reference) – and it’s all free to you, and your pals – and your grandfather if he should so desire it.
The tracklisting goes a little something like this… Actually, I lie. It goes exactly like this. Crack on over here to pick it up.
Headbangers Ball by Stagecoach
Who Needs Comment Boxes When You’ve Got Knives by Johnny Foreigner
Silent Spring by My First Tooth
As Dew In Aprille by Screaming Maldini
Sounds of the Stereo by The Attika State
The Whole Truth by Jumping Ships
Bunker by Ute
Plus – for all you coolest kids who already have everything this compilation delivers, there’s a pretty rad competition too where you can win a whole load of PoP stuff. Get involved if you fancy a bumper load of post coming through courtesy of those 7 Digital lot.
It’s sooooooo good! Harriet, By Proxy baby! Matthew J Nix for all your VHS needs…
So we talked and pondered over email and wondered who we should release the new video too. You see, the lovely J Matthew Nix in the U.SofA has created this awesome feast of moving images to go with Harriet, By Proxy – and while it seemed right to give it out as an exclusive, we weren’t really sure who we should give it too.
So we said… Why not release it as an exclusive to you… Yeah you. It’s a little ‘punk’ experiment we wanted to try, and rather than saying ‘go visit NME/Drowned in Sound/ The 405/Rocksound’ (all fine names under debate) – we thought – well help yourself to the vid, and make it exclusive on your facebook page, get the first play on YouTube – or you know – just download it and tell your mum that she’s the first person in Drotwich who’s gonna see it…
Whatever – it’s up to you. JoFo have promised not to show it off to the media for at least 24 hours… So in that time it’s yours.. Lex says…
“You get the exclusive. yeh, YOU. welcome to the fun fun world of music journalism. here are two links to our manager’s dropbox. (click right mouse button on the link and ‘save as’ to download)
the first is our awesome video for harriet, by proxy, the second is the same thing only ready for iStuff. The Music Press won’t see this till the end of this week/start of next, and we’ll put it on our youporn account and that soon if you just don’t want to play our stupid game anyway.”
So yeah – if you want to get involved – it’s all yours. An exclusive for the bestest people out there ☺