It’s been a spledid summer, and thanks to all you handsome lot we were able to press that awesome Johnny Foreigner vs Everything record on luscious double 12″ vinyl. Not only awesome cos it meant that such a cracking thing was bought into being, but also because it allowed JoFo and us to help out one of our favourite charities.
Soooooo, we’ve hit up eBay to put up for sale a double 12″ test pressing (one of only 5 ever), and you can have a bid on it here. It only has a couple of days left and it’s kinda shot up to £41 already, which is ace – but if you’re feeling flush this month, go for it This is the first JoFo record ever comitted to wax, so if you’re a fan this is a piece of pretty important band history.
And the proceeds well… 100% of this auction money will be donated to AfriKids, an awesome award-winning charity that does amazing work in northern Ghana. They’re a small organisation punching well above their weight and help over 100,000 people each year, which is good of them.
They run some incredible projects that make a massive difference to children, families and communities who need it most. You can find out more about them at www.afrikids.org or follow them on Twitter @AfriKids – but know they’re a rad bunch!
“I’m going to be nicer to people, lose a stone and set up a charity direct debit for 2 pounds a week” people across the country will be saying today – gamely planning a load of weakly thought out concepts with which they’ll make the world a better place… That is until the 2nd week of January where expensive gym memberships, the notion of being nicer to idiot colleagues and spare cash all go out of the window. I should know – I’ve done it myself…
So this year, I’m going to make two simple new year’s resolutions – one personal and selfish (to an extent), but something that feels pretty important to me right now… The other, slightly more altruistic. And running a blog as I do, it seems salient dear poppers to share them with you – so I have no back out clause! So here we go….
1.) As someone who all out relies on the good music fan (thank you) buying our releases to keep Alcopop strongly pumping out the cracking releases we love to put our name too, it strikes me that I don’t actually purchase enough music. Sure, I’m a Spotify-a-holic, I make fairly regular purchases from Banquet and other indie labels across the board – but all in all, I think I could do more to support the guys at our level (well, and above and below) who are doing it ‘for the kids’. Therefore, I’m going to buy a new (out in the last month) release every single week in 2010… And make sure all of them are indie bought! And do you know, I can’t bloody wait!
2.) I have a pal who works for an ace little charity called Afrikids, who seems to be really passionate about his work with them, encouraging me to take a look at what they do over the past few weeks. And without meaning to gush… It’s awesome – focussing, amongst other things, on offering opportunities to impoverished people in Africa who have no outlet for their creativity and talent. So, Alcopop will be putting on a show sometime this year with all profits going to Afrikids – details to follow (I haven’t got any yet), but if you have a minute, go and have a look at what they’re upto….
Now to drink, perchance to fall down – happy New Year Poppers… and remember to check back for the new signing if you haven’t had the track already via the last email thing… Love for the last time in 2009!