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We should probably have invested in a scanner, but here it is in all its camera-phone snapped, lens flared glory… Alcopop! Records profile in this months RockSound Magazine, where we talk about puking with Andrew WK, killer releases and tell you who we most want to sign.
Allllllriiiiight… We do love that magazine. NB – this story was supposed to run with a photo of Kev and I, but we don’t have any of us together that aren’t awful – and we decided to go with my face as I was the looker *ahem*
Jack has gone swanning off to South Africa for 10 days so mousey Kev is left to play.
Through my day job at Big Scary Monsters we run an annual 5-a-side football tournament, which took place this past Saturday (Alcopop did so-so. A leaky defence very nearly cost them. BSM had the 2nd best in the tournament. Just sayin’). We used the event to raise money for charity and by the end of the weekend were already over the £1000 mark, which is just incredible. Yesterday the second phase of this began with a series of 9 online auctions going live. Items so kindly donated by a number of the teams who took part in the tournament include huge bundles of records from XL (12″s from Radiohead, Prodigy, MIA, Adele), Wichita (Loads of CDs, t-shirts and more from Los Camp, Bloc Party, Gold Panda, SMD), Hassle (Trash Talk, Alkaline Trio and Fun CDs, vinyl and shirts), Holy Roar (Brontide, Young Legionnaire and Gallops bits), Banquet (Frank Turner test pressing and lots more stuff), BSM (a record player plus sold out vinyl from Andrew WK, Pulled Apart By Horses and loads more), Stagecoach (a bloody mandolin!) and The Xcerts (some sweaty shirts and a signed 12″).
My favourite auction of all though (and one I never thought I’d be able to persuade him to do), is the one from Alcopop. “Win a night out with Jack Alcopop”.
As regular readers of this blog you may have noticed Mr Pop enjoys “the odd tipple” (ahem). A man with arguably more alcohol than blood in his body, there’s a reason I named him Saturday Night Jack when we first moved in together and began this lovely little label. Now you can witness this tour de force of booze, winning yourself a night in his company (he’ll travel to you – so let’s make it nice and far away, yeah?) where’ll be provide one of his signature Reverse Jagerbombs – I’m afraid that is indeed dropping a shot of Red Bull into a glass of Jager – as well as a big bag of Alcopop records. I make no promises of vomit, his hair coming down on the dancefloor or sleeping on the streets, but I would say that chances of the three happening are highly likely.
Bid on it here. The current price, at time of going to “print”, is just £41, which is an absolute snip and all for a good cause, remember.
So the strong-faced Alcopop and lustily handsome DIY have teamed up with some super friends (BSM, Idle Hands Club, Ray Gun, Rock Sound’s Ben Patashinak and the like) and put together quite the best free show line up, perhaps ever…
Freeze the Atlantic (ex Reuben/Hundred Reasons)
The Victorian English Gentlemens Club
My Firs Tooth
We Are the Physics
Special Guests (TBC)
The Social Club
Lining up on the Alternative Great Escape bill in Brighton town, we’re free entry all day and night to provide you THE best thing in B-town on Friday 13th, except for perhaps the Dolphin Derby on the pier. LOOK AT THIS LINE UP, and say you’re coming on Facebook!!!
Do come along, all day – and rock hard with us yes! we’re running from 12.30pm till about 1.30/2ish – featuring this quite jaw-dropping line up of awesome acts… Free for wrist band holders, and non-wrist band holders alike (we’re just like that you know )
Do say you’ll come… Free pint for anyone dressed in a dolphin suit!
There aint no party like an A PoP party. This much is true. So if Latitude is too far away, Guilfest aint your thing and you reckon that sitting inside whilst the sun shines is for nerds. Baby – I need say just one word. Alcopopalooza!
Brixton Windmill this Saturday is therefore very much the place to be for delicious action then – with 13 bands to entertain you inside and outside all day, a free BBQ to tempt even the choosiest of tastebuds – we’ll also be celebrating the launch of the Stagecoach Crash My Ride EP (19th), and Attika State’s Celebration T-Shirt single (26th) Oh – and Jack PoP and Kev BSM’s birthday too (Jack will be 23, and Kev 34 (presents are optional ).
Tickets remarkably are just six (count em) pounds in advance, and given that you’ll be seeing the likes of Stagecoach, Tall Ships, The Attika State, Screaming Maldini, Tangled Hair, Stairs to Korea and many more – well the value’s there to see.
You can get full deets over at the facebook group, book slightly cheaper tickets in advance at where else but wegottickets – or sod the internet and just rock up on Saturday for SO much ace music, free meat and booze until you drop. Winner! The 405 agree see, rating it gig of the week. Good shout boys!
Traditionally, Christmas is about the family… Spending the day with loved (ish) ones around the fire getting boozed right? Well here at Alcopop things are no different, and while I can’t (sadly) say that I’m sharing a tipple with him right now… Ladies and Gentlemen, please put your hands together in warm appreciation – because digitally at least it’s time to introduce you to another (albeit extended) member of Team PoP. This is excellent poppers part 7 – with Oliver Primus of webzine, events maestros and all round hip kids The 405.
Today we talk website plans, Kev BSM’s generic face and why China will hold the key to future sporting success:
Tell us a little bit about yourself and the 405 – why are you (both) so ace? Hello! My name is Oliver and I run The 405, alongside the help of a LOT of amazing people. As a person I’m ace because…nah just kidding. I’m particuarly proud of the site for it’s community spirit. We’re pretty much a big family now, full of people that have met online and subsequently met in real life (some of us anyway). I think we’ve got pretty good taste when it comes to music and I like that fact that we cover art/films too.
If you could have any Alcopop band play your funeral (god forbid), who would it be? I’ll go with pretty much my favourite band of this year, Stagecoach. I like to think my funeral would be full of joy and those guys, assuming I die old, would be an awesome band to see as old men. Plus Matt would probably dance a lot. That would be a bonus.
Who is the most reprehensible wretch of 2009 (worldwide)? Blimey, so many to chose from. I really dislike The Temper Trap. Maybe them or La Roux. Ohhhh. Black Eyed Peas and that stupid song they did. I could go on for days…
Recent comments on Deviant Art suggested Kev PoP/BSM had a totally generic face; something he vehemently denies. Which side of the argument do you take? It’s not that Kevin has a bad face. In fact he’s a very handsome chap but I can see what people are saying. That’s not a bad thing though right? It means he could probably commit an awful crime and pin it on someone else.
What plans do the 405 have in the coming year…?
Lots of lovely things! Our film night will continue at Puregroove, we’re doing a residency at The Good Ship sponsored by Last.fm, our new site design will be going up (It’s beautiful) and we plan on making the site even better. All good stuff I hope!
It’s 2040 and giraffe racing has become a top international sport. Which nation are world champions… ?
China will win. I fully expect them to own ALL the giraffes by the end of the financial year. When that happens they’ll probably rent out the lame giraffes to other countries in the hope that by the time giraffe racing does become big, they’ll be the only country with 0-60mph in 4 secs giraffes.
Thanks Oliver… Rad!
Ah music industry biased events – how I doth love you… The booze always seems to continuously flow, I never see enough bands, and proud ideals of going to all sorts of fascinating in-depth discussions from fascinating types often seem to go by the wayside. That’s not to say we don’t usually have a super time though. Just the other week Kev and I visted Manchester’s In The City. It was fun; Stagecoach and My First Tooth partied like animals and we joined in, although the event itself didn’t really seem that vibrant.
Meanwhile, I won’t go too much into it yet, but keep your eyes peeled over the next week or two for some announcements. We’ve got T-Shirts on the way, 3 new CDs to be released before Christmas and a few must-go-to gigs a coming (specifically in December time). Shit, actually, looking at the schedule, December is going to be insane.
Ah well, at least an Alcopop themed Christmas is well on the cards…. Rudolph was clearly always on the Hooch Lemon, and he came off all sorts of good. Prime, prime. Meanwhile, here’s a picture that somehow surfaced off the back of the great Coach/Tooth/Pop takeover of Manchester just the other week. Props to anyone who knows who the blonde girl is, though it looks like we were all getting on famously…
Hope you’ve had a good weekend!
Anyone who knows co-owner of Alcopop Kev, will rightly be aware he’s currently sunning himself (well, shivering) in the big apple – following The Gat Up Kids on tour, hanging with Morgan Freeman and shimmying down cocktails at 10am. This is rightly making me very jealous – although I can bring myself to revel in his joy.
However, those who know Kev even better will know he’s also a big Reading fan, and being of the Sky Blue persuasion (Coventry City indeed) myself, today’s match which pits the two sides together is bloody massive. Despite mis-firing all season, resembling half cut, crippled mules trotting around a football pitch whilst sporting extremely thick blindfolds – Reading are still a threat, and if they beat Coventry today, it will be a disaster. A disaster unparalleled.
So today I call upon all poppers who are pure of heart and fresh of soul, to pray to the gods of football that today doesn’t end in disaster. Because despite the fact that my estememed business partner, and all round charming pal is thousands of miles away – just won’t stop the mock if we lose….
This is a massive game! Feel for me Team PoP!!!
Just a quick update on a couple of bits and bobs that have surfaced over the last couple of days, without meaning to use the blog as my own personal mouthpiece, for lovely music sites on the web. Firstly, I penned my second column for the mighty Rock Midgets which was fun because I got to see Andrew WK in the making of it, and quote The Warriors film – which is possibly my favourite flick of all… In it I investigate creativity in music and the fact that the industry’s not dead damnit…!
Secondly is the very humbling interview I answered for the 405 music blog alongside, to put it bluntly, some of my ‘oh so much betters’ from the indie music scene. It’s well worth a read, and really interesting to see how the thoughts are similar, though subtly different. Introducing ladies and gentlemen, co-owner of Alcopop and head-honcho of BSM Kev Douch, Jane from Gravity Dip and the magnificent Dave House of Banquet – oh and me…
We may all be busily celebrating Konnie Huq’s (former Blue Peter presenter and red hot fox – no, she really is) thirty-fourth birthday today – busily topping of the icing on Tom Fletcher from McFly’s secret 24th celebration cake and wishing fervently that Ismail I, Shah of Persia was still alive to see in his 512th in style, but spare a thought for the smaller (physically at least) music-based celebrities of Oxfordshire – namely Kev, co owner of Alcopop and lord of all BSM – who turns 26 today…
Happy birthday dear Kev – and may the year be as wretchedly drunken as the majority of the last 25! Short of presents, I instead decided to jet over today to Walt Disney World (it’s been a long one), to Florida to approach some mooks in stupid hats to bring you this, from all the Alcopoppers…