It’s been a quiet day in Alcopop HQ today, before the storm no doubt, but while others amongst the industry have no doubt been a-beavering away on all sorts of musical related business, I’ve been listening to Cornershop (Lessons learned from Rocky I to Rocky III is no doubt quite the tune), wondering how I can make dishing out free MP3s sexy again (I thing I’ve got it you know) all the while planning a storming set for my DJ set at The Purple Turtle tonight in Oxford.
One exciting piece of Monday news however is that the finished artwork for goFASTERs upcoming EP, A Modern Education, has arrived courtesy of the talented Paul from Hot Club de Paris – and I think it looks rather nice. Litre upon litre of blackboard paint, and no doubt several packets of chalk down – he’s gone for that schoolyard charm, leaving me itching for a retro episode of Grange Hill (did anyone else used to watch that with their mum ). And here it is…. I hope you like!
Oh and incidentally, former Alcopop favourites (and now signed to the pretty damn ace Fear and Records) data.select.party are playing a FREE show at The Old Blue Last in London town tonight. If you’re around you should definitely go! The new album no doubt sounds awesome – and if you have an extra three sheets to spare on top of that, there are a few copies of their debut single limited to 500 (somehow) still available from the shop. Go figure…
Ahhh – nothing quite like being in blustery Doncaster of a bleak June Thursday – and nothing similarly like not being able to drink very much at all because despite the fact you’re getting a lift almost home, you’re still ten miles away from your gaff and you have to drive anyway. *sigh* Also, I hear (via smug text) that my home town has shoved an overenthusiastic bint into the Big Brother household determined to let the watching world know “she’s doing it for Coventry” .
Yeah – thanks… Who needs Lady Godiva eh…?
Still, all else in the garden of POP is rosy, and while Kev and I prepare for perhaps the busiest summer two starry –eyed, yet handsome, mortals have ever faced – I thought I would drop a petite blog post about the first Alcopop sampler, that will be being issued soon – first as a free download, gosh don’t we spoil you, and also as a very limited edition, hand-crafted CD with a million fruity extras (ooh, we’re getting all DIY again) and digital download.
I’m not prepared to reveal much about it just yet, but believe me when I tell you, it’s bloody great! One of the best 6 track CDs I’ve listened too in a long while. However, what is perhaps even better is its artwork… Now, you will probably either love this, or think it’s the nastiest piece of work since Bernard Manning and Maggie Thatcher’s secret lovechild… (comments very much welcomed) so *deep breath* here it is – the artwork for ‘AQA does not care much for Alcopop. Pimms is delicious’.
See what you think…. And meet Alcocroc and boozy Alcodog, who stand either side of me as a lobster, ad Kev as a beaver. It was an interesting photoshoot…