Ah social media – always providing the work-shy muso types, with a penchant for new stuff, with the opportunity to spend hours messing about with new platforms, and declaring themselves firmly in electronic love. We all set up our MySpace pages in starry eyed wonder a few years ago, soon declaring them shit when we moved to facebook – and lo – you aint no thing these days unless you’re twittering like an angry widow at the supermarket, flickring like a candle in the breeze and scrobbling like a unnecessarily obscure term.
Well – the latest one to dazzle all at team Alcopop, and ensure time set aside for mail orders, to do lists and general record label tasks has been superseded by listening to Longpigs, Blur, Dylan, Bluetones, Pixies and Trail of Dead albums I haven’t heard for ages – is Spotify! And I love it…
It’s like having iTunes, but already packed with a magnificent catalogue of music (you can learn more about the ins and outs of it from this potting shed) – and although it’s fairly short of a lot of my favourite indie labels (although I’d rather buy those records than listen to them free anyway), it’s a great way to listen to old favourites, take a lot of new albums in – and keep the stream of new music to your ears fresh.
Whether it’s going to be another shot to the kneecaps of the majors (and I rather think it’s not going to help them keep on top of the casual consumer) – there are a few people who are worrying for the future of commercial radio. I’m not so sure that’s going to be a massive problem though in truth, ‘cos you just can’t beat that ‘human element’ of tuning in can you? We’ll see – only know that you keep your eye on the music coming through the underground.
What I would suggest though, is that you give Spotify a bash – and I guarantee that with a little thought you’ll soon discover a forgotten classic or 7, and no doubt discover a new album that you love heartily. At the moment it’s beta invitation only (unless you pay), but if you want an invitation I got a few left so just email us at email@example.com, or leave a comment below and I’ll send you one… Marvellous!
courtesy of rajeshvj om flickr.com
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So I’m sure you will have heard by now… But sad news has been hanging around the goFASTER>> camp this summer like a fat kid round the leftovers, as guitarist Chris has bid a fond farewell to the band, leaving the scouse 4-piece a member short.
They have been keen to stress that it’s all happy “He is moving onto pastures new and we wish him all the best, and still remains our bestest of fwends. He plays his last gig (his testimonial) for us on 27th September at the carling academy in Liverpool so come down and give him a good send off!” – and while I can only concur with those sentiments (I miss you Chris *sobs*), this does mean an exciting opportunity is open.
Can you wield an axe, do you reside near Liverpool and are you an all-round awesome chap/ess? Well, if so, probably worth reading this blog and putting your name forward… For goFASTER>> are set to come back stronger than ever, rip-roaring into 2009, and while plans are still in motion – keep an eye on the blog for some potentially exciting happenings with the lads over the next few months.
Long live goFASTER>>!!! and er… their orange shark. Oh, and have you ever noticed how drummer Ian (pictured left) looks like all the members of Supergrass?
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Everyone loves 4 or 5 Magicians (who released stand out single Forever on the Edge on Alcopop), or at least everyone who’s heard 4 or 5 Magicians does, as the never ending list of glowing quotes, accolades and love across their MySpace page shows…. Lamacq has made them demo of the week, Huw Stephens has said enough lovely things about them to inject joy into even the heart of Billy Corgan, and Music Week have claimed that they are “a believable British retort to the drawling rambles of Stephen Malkmus. Think Hefner’s Darren Hayman fronting Guided By Voices. Ace.”
High praise indeed…. And now, it’s your chance to be a part of them, and their inevitable meteoric rise to the top!
Sadly, great drummer and lovely chap Mike Lord has stepped down as full time drummer, and Dan is looking for a live sticksman to take his place at the majority of shows. So if you play drums, want to join 4 or 5 Magicians, and are happy with, and able to fulfil more or less all the following criteria on the MySpace, then get in contact with them, or us, and we’ll pass on your details!