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)
Reuben – Let’s Stop Hanging Out
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
Does that read OK you think?
So this is it. The final hurrah from Elephants… We’ve told you all about it, and no doubt you know the score. Elephants of Folkestone have split, and as a last goodbye they’ve recorded this magnificent 5 trk CD EP ‘I Won’t Forget You, You Won’t Forget Me’. It’s limited to just 100 (of which we have just 50)… And just to make them extra special, each copy comes with a demo bonus disc and extremely rare blue Alexander 7″ (the band’s debut single).
I thought we only had 25 vinyl, but luckily Owen found another box – so massively, each one goes out with a 7″… But they’re pretty close to sold out right now so be quick if you want physical copies. Plllluuus the whole EP, and awesome Ivory Coast World Cup anthem is available to listen to just there, below… Have yourselves a butchers!
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Boys – we’ll miss you!
Is a pretty relevant title for how we’re feeling at Alcopop right now… And as the sun comes down on a truly unforgettable band, it’s time to announce that the final Elephant’s EP is out with us on Monday, to signal the end of it all for them. And it’s bloody brilliant… Oh – and available from the shop just about now yo!
Limited to just 100 copies (like, ever) and bound to sell out pretty damn quickly – the five track EP is nice enough on it’s own – Owen has also been quite the doll and knocked up 50 real special bonus discs with demos, rare recordings and the like – including the frankly wonderful Ivory Coast World Cup 2010 track ‘(Ivory) Coast To Victory’. We’re also chucking in a splendid download of Strong Arms, covered by Pop faves Ute. All for just 5 of your English sheets. Oh – and if that’s not enough the first 25 come with a nice slab of Elephants vinyl – the Alexander single!
I Won’t Forget You, You Won’t Forget Me is also available on all the hippest digital sites too (packaged up with the Ivory Coast bonus track) if you prefer your music like that.
Tracklisting for the main disc goes a little something like that, and I’ll leave you the bonus tracks as a little surprise for you.
Another Song for Laika
Since You’ve Been Gone (My Heart Swells)
I Still Remember
And just know, that though this Elephants chapter may be over.. With strong arms they will hold you tight, and make everything alright!
Two signings in two weeks! We’re on it alright, and although this one may not be as surprising as last weeks (anyone who knows me or has ever chatted about the Oxford music scene will have long heard of my admiration for Ute) – it’s every inch as exciting!
As an Oxford label, it seems like an age since we last dipped our toe into the local pond signing The Family Machine back in 2007 for our (and there) first ever full length – and now we’ve finally followed up. Sounding like a mesmeric mix of everything that’s good about edgy indie pop, these boys really do have it all. Lyrics that evoke wonderful imagery, powerfully musical tunes that jerk from tender to terrifying unexpectedly and – they’re pretty strong of face as well.
Basically it’s a delight to invite them to Team PoP – and we do hope you all get on famously. Check them out on MySpace if you’re so inclined about here….
Amongst recent achievements they played at BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend, been voted Oxford band of the year 2010 by BBC Oxford, rocked a number of strong summer festivals – and actually will be opening up the PoP/BSM stage at Southsea tomorrow if you’re about.
We’ve got an EP penned in for early December which will literally blow your mind – and roll out the best dancing pumps, because there’s a tour with Alcopop perennial faves Elephants as well to support the release. Dear Ute – welcome to the family… Let’s go Oxford!