Posts tagged ‘CD’
So it may be a couple of weeks away, but what with the Jumping Ships/LightGuides tour and the fact we’ve listened to it about 734 times and think it’s only fair you get a chance to do the same… It’s with great pleasure that we can announce that the most exciting thing out of Scotland right now – the new LightGuides 7 track mini-album ‘Samba Samba Samba’ is going up for pre-sale, alongside a very limited edition (to just 50, ever) T Shirt bundle, that features a TOTALLY rad glow in the dark front print…
In the light a normal LightGuides boy, but in a club or at night a mad, freaky character all glowing tattoos, teeth and eyes – proper Samba Samba Samba… (Tees all pale yellow except for skinnyfit which are in pink).
Ideal for fans of The Xcerts and Biffy, if you like your stuff full of energy and melody this is for you. It is, it is! RockSound have absolutely fallen for these guys in a big way as next months mag will testify, and there’s a whole heap of reviews a coming. The CD looks all lovely and is a nice matte finish, and if you order now we’ll ensure you get your CD/Shirts well in advance of release date on the 28th August.
Included below is a track to listen and ingest should you not have heard these chaps before
Also remember that postage rates are standard however much you get, so even if you want 10 CDs and a tee and a vinyl you’ll still only pay £1 UK p&p – yup
It’s been a real try before you buy vibe on our latest album release, Measures by the Attika State. That’s probably because it’s such an awesome record we’re pretty confident that anyone who does give it a little taste, will definitely want it all and thus, whip out the wallet (or at least download it illegally).
It’s been featured on this months RockSound covermount, splashed all over Project Rodney – and now it’s all over the rather ace Punktastic to stream – the whole bloody lot! What’s more, if you look at awesome websites (This is Fake DIY/ CPMU/ Alter the Press and loads more) there’s a track to download too. Ace – it’s nice to see stuff get about.
But yeah – the crux of this post is essentially to let you know that the album is out this week, the boys are crashing about the country showcasing it in strong venues, and you can buy it from the PoP Shop for just £8. What’s more, if you get it real quick you’ll still be able to get a bonus EP disc – featuring The Attika State live and acoustic in G&D’s ice cream parlour in Oxford.
Whatsmore – perennial PoP favourites My First Tooth is up for pre-order as well (out mid October with an amazing bonus TBC for the first 50 purchasers) – and if you get that as well, then hell, we’ll chuck in The Sunshine EP by rapidly rising starlets The Candle Thieves too!
Apologies any Italians who have got through to this page expecting to find career statistics on their raven-haired former captain Pierluigi – but I’m very glad you did. Because that’ll give me a chance to tell you about the debut EP release by the similarly monikered band from Sheffield, now available in our shop.
Featuring ex-members of local heroes (now sadly departed) The Situationists, Screaming Maldini are nevertheless a very different proposition – somewhere between the likes of Mew and a ‘Muppet Babies Bloc Party’ (God is in the TV zine)… Something like that anyway.
As for the EP itself, the 5 track behemoth hovers somewhere between epic and tumultuous, switching from huge orchestral sonatas to punchier power pop and well, you’ll really have to have a listen to it yourself… As I’m not really sure how to do this one justice.
CD is lovingly artworked and hand crafted with lavish-looking folded cardboard sleeve (with kookaburra present) – and for a very limited period we have mega deal packs to ive away for just a shade over a tenner, which include a magnificent Kookaburra tee (well of course)… But we’ve literally got 20, tops (below), so do order quick.
Oh – and I probably should take this opportunity to tell you that postage rates are fixed in the pop shop however much stuff you buy. 75p to UK for 1 or 1000 discs (although you may struggle to find the latter in our shop J) – so have yourselves a butchers….
Ah August, look at you so gloomy out there… Refusing to make any of us smile with your cloudy face. Well f**k you you bleak old bi**h, because great news is afoot for those of you who may be missing sun on your face, but enjoy it in your heart.
Woop – one of Alcopop’s latest signings The Candle Thieves have released The Sunshine EP (limited to 1,000 copies) so delicious it will literally leave you grinning for weeks… It’s up for pre-order right now from our shop (out on the 10th September – we’ll make sure you get it early), for the sum of just £5 of your English pounds, or £2.50 for the MP3s. This site is liable to be the only place where it’s available digitally, although iTunes would be another quid more expensive, so you’re better off getting it from us anyway…
But wait! There’s more! As you may know, the boys have recently been traversing the gardens of England playing a lovely tour outside in folk’s houses, and we were keen for people to take a little bit of the Candle Thieves magic back to their own gardens… Therefore, the first 20 people to order the EP (on CD) will get a promo TCT seed bag to plant or keep, all branded up with TCT/Alcopop stickers and badge – and limited (strictly) to just 100. Plus the first 10 we ship out are fully signed by the lovely Scott and Glock.
Love you poppers
Man – it’s been an absolute whirl since Alcopop descended upon Cheltenham last Friday – so apologies for lack of blog updates, and hearty congratulations to those of you who won a little something in the Alcopop shop. Obviously I’m gutted there were no big winners (a nose away from a 20/1 shot) to see the Alcopop shop emptying rather rapidly.. But everyone seemed to enjoy it – so all good fun.
Meanwhile, goFASTER>> are just days away from releasing their super hotly anticipated debut ‘A Modern Education’, and there are still a few of the first 100 left with bonus discs in the shop available to purchase… Pretty sure they’ll be gone by Monday though so get in quickly if you want the bonus disc – which includes 3 bonus tracks and two awesome remixes, one of which I may be posting on the blog soon (because it’s really rather epic).
Oh incidentally, as massive advocates of the black stuff (aka vinyl releases) – Stu from a radio station way down south recently did a phone interview with me about releasing records, and has posted it to be heard by all here. Don’t let my contribution put you off though as he talks to people from the likes of the Fly and TANOU too – and it’s really worth a listen. Ace!
Meanwhile Kevs gone to SXSW – lucky bastard – here’s an artists impression of his probable actions so far…
Ah – what a day… Just realised Golden Axe II can be downloaded on the Wii (meaning more pelting of oddly coloured mauve skeletons with a big, badly rendered sword), two T-shirts from Unicorn Kid turned up at killer speeds – and nestled in between my weekly stock of demos came this heart-warming package from An Accidental Modernist AKA Carolyn Power from Dublin, Northern Ireland.
Always one to favour the good old British postal system ahead of MySpace links copied to every record label, magazine and PR company in the known universe (have you never heard of bcc!) telling me that they ‘love the roster and are going to blow my head off’ with whatever it is brand of power-rock that’s a lot like Pearl Jam meets Radiohead but loads better… This demo really stood out.
Not only was there a personalised letter, stickers everywhere, the use of bubblewrap because “well, bubble wrap is ace” – but the self-styled knitting aficionado had even included a hand-crafted cup warmer, no doubt ideal for an over-iced receptacle of Smirnoff Mule on a cold winters morn. Needless to say I was much delighted…!
Of course, I always make it a point to listen to every demo that comes our way anyway (that’s only polite) – so it doesn’t mean (for us at Alcopop anyway) that it stands any more chance of being picked up, and I like to think that packaging won’t sway my decision on the million and one considerations that go on whether an artist is right for us… But I think that going that extra mile will certainly thrust the name of An Accidental Modernist into various heads, and leave record type folk with a good impression of her creativity, desire and passion to show her music in the very best light.
Everyone around the music industry on big buck salaries seems to be saying that traditional recording media is dying, CD sales are crashing and no-one wants physical products anymore. I suggest those naysayers take a look at something like this as an example and ask themselves – were Carolyn to release her album with knitted cup-warmer, personalised letter and stickers everywhere, would her fans be more likely to buy it than rip it off rapidshare, or stream it for free from Spotify? Because in short, I think the answer is yes…
Wow – this week has been a bloody good one for us, and the music-press buying public alike, as lovable tattooed Brighton rockers This City have had a big ‘ol full-page spread in not one – but two of the nations top rags. Discussing everything from ‘the band food game’ to how they met, they really are bloody great articles – and prove (if proof was needed) just why all at Alcopop HQ love them quite as much as we do.
The single ‘We Move’ (a fucking tour de force of a tune) can be pre-ordered now on very limited edition 7” vinyl (ltd to 500) – and is released on the 22nd September. Check out the MySpace, or order from the shop.
Meanwhile – here’s that tasty press…
The Fly have described them as ‘Sentiments of At The Drive-In, the soul of Enter Shikari and the twister ambience of Bloc Party’ – and by far the best thing to come out of Portsmouth since the HMS Victory, Cut the Blue Wire have their new EP up for pre-sale in our shop, and I really can’t recommend it enough!
It’s out on the 29th September, and although I may not be the most un-biased reviewer in the world, I bloody love it – evoking as it does memories of Symposiums ‘One Day at a Time’, Uresei Yatsura’s ‘All Hail’ – and indeed Midget’s ‘Alcopop’. You see, I always loved the punch of 6 tracks, all belting at 600mph – which smacked you in the face and demanded to be listened to – time and time again.
The track-listing goes a little something like this:
2. Get Out Of the Road
3. All of This Was Buildings
4. Rockets Ready To Fire
5. Race to The King
6. No Song of Mine
You can preorder it, by clicking on this link (inland p&p a flat rate of 50p no matter how many CDs/7s you order), check out the band here – or have a gander at the lovely artwork below….
They move at just the right speed, they’re releasing a very limited 7″/digital single on Alcopop, and now This City have proved themselves to be pretty damn benevolent too, by offering a really rather corking competition on their MySpace blog, with a free track to go…
As they say, it really couldn’t be simpler – and all you have to do is buy just a single ticket for their massive upcoming tour (more details here) which will set you back not much more than a fiver. Southsea, Stoke and Norwich types… That includes you!
All you have to do is forward a ticket confirmation email / take a photo with your ticket / scan a ticket etc and email it to THISCITYCOMP@HOTMAIL.CO.UK to win….
T Shirt of your choice
Signed We Move promo CD
We Move 7″ vinyl
Kids With Fireworks CD
ThisCity tote bag
T shirt of your choice
We Move 7″ vinyl
We Move 7″ vinyl
Whatsmore, those who buy tickets for any of the above dates will be sent a brand spanking new demo track “GHOSTS” absolutely free. Man…. What more could you possibly want!
If you’ve been following the blog over the last few weeks, you’ll have noticed that Alcopop are preparing for summer – not simply by splashing on the sun-tan lotion and lazily thumbing through brochures to the Maldives. Oh no, instead we’ve decided to throw all other summer plans aside and create a lusty release schedule, to blow your ears wide apart – and inject a whole new shot of musical deliciousness deep into your thorax. Sing it now….
For this is ‘AQA does not care much for Alcopop. Pimm’s is delicious’ – named after that handy (if overpriced) text service’s response to our musings on booze, and our label. Heavily endorsed by our newest pals, Alcodog and Alcocroc – anyone thinking that their eyes are deceiving them when they imagine the artwork shows Kev dressed as a beaver and me as a lobster – it is with shamed face I tell you no… You’re entirely correct. That’s actually on iTunes! *weep*
Whether you’re into the frenetic pop punk, soaring vocals and breathtaking melody of Cut the Blue Wire or lush, symphonic tones of the doe-eyed Sam Isaac – we’re convinced we’ve got something for you, and so have put together a rather tasty 6-track sampler to showcase what we have coming up in the next few months. Available on iTunes, or on handmade, limited edition CD (which features a whole heap of bonus tracks and videos from deep within the Alcopop vaults) – you can, if you like, get it free for a week – just by following the ‘sampler’ link on the menu bar above – and clicking the download button.
So follow this link to take a look at exactly what’s on it – or pop to the shop to buy a full copy with all the bonus exclusive content of videos, MP3s and old rarities that have graced many a past release. Enjoy, pass it on to your friends and spread the wealth… It is only available here free for a week though, before we have to take it down and let the corporate giants at apple have their share too.
Here’s the full tracklisting – with love from Alcopop….
1. goFASTER>> – NHS Dentist
2. Cut The Blue Wire – The Race To The King
3. Sam Isaac – A Cinematic Low
4. Pavilion – Clarity
5. This City – With Loaded Guns
6. My First Tooth – North Sea (demo)