Ah that loveale scamp is upto his old tricks again, and as all the members of the Alcopop family are busy touring, thrusting records into the hands of the unsuspecting public or busying themselves in studios across the land – good ol’ Jamie of The Family Machine has taken rather a different approach to spending September. I’ll let Jay from The Family Machine take up the story…
“Jamie (our glorious Family Machine lead singer) is embarking on the jorney of a lifetime with two good buddies, Liam (of local rising stars Cat Matador) and Bonamy ( Who may be better known to you as ‘the drum guy’ from Oxford’s PMT music store). It’s an overland journey to Greece… ‘no big deal’ I hear you say… EXCEPT these brave lads and true are undertaking this journey on Honda C90 mopeds… Yes you heard me correctly, HONDA C90 MOPEDS!!! If you don’t know what I mean, stick the name in to google images and you will get a whole load of pictures of these shetland ponies of the road!!
What’s more dear friends, they are doing all for charity… Sobell House Hospice to be precise. They have set the very achievable (!) target of raising £100,0000 for this good cause… Always good to shoot for the moon!!
It has already been a story full of twists and turns… Not least that some damned reprobate stole Jamie’s C90 from outside his work a couple of days ago… Just a week before the trip begins… The long and the short of it being that Jamie had to go to Surrey yesterday to purchase a new steed… Incidentally, if you do see anyone riding a C90 with the registration F377 OVX… CALL THE COPS!!
If we are lucky they might actually do something, that is if they are not all too busy watching speed cameras and reading peoples emails to check if they are ‘terrorists’!! If you want to donate or know more about the trials and tribulations of our group of intrepid explorers then just google ‘C90 Dreams’ and click on the top entry to find their blog and details of how to get involved…”
And fear not people who don’t like to stray from www.ilovealcopop.co.uk (and who can blame you), cos we’ll be loosely following their progress as they wend their way inexorably to their final destination… Jamie, we salute you sir! Oh, and for anyone who is still yet to purchase the brilliant FM debut album ‘You Are The Family Machine’ – do so while Jamie’s a ridin’ from our shop, and Alcopop will doate 100% of our slice of the revenue to the charity appeal. Oh, and our pals at STNF have recently shoved up a few words.. If you got a minute to spare read them now…
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Tagged Adventure, C90, C90 Dreams, Cat Matador, Chariity, Easy RIder, Greece, Hyatt, Jamie, Liam, Moped, Oxford, The Family Machine, Trek
And as the radio 1 juggernaut rumbles on, it is with pride and pleasure that we notice it (and especially Colin Murray) is stopping off along the way for a tasty Alcopop or too. That’s right – for not only did the wee Irish champ give the Family Machine their first (of many) Radio 1 play for the upcoming new album (and former free downloadable EP) on Tuesday, featuring the song Got It Made – but he decided to give the majestic Sideways by our boy Sam Isaac a spin the following day.
We don’t know what his exact tipple is (although my chums once met him at the Northern Ireland vs. England match and said he was a heavy boozer) but anytime your round our way, I’ll get you one in Colin! And does anyone else think that his Fighting Talk on Radio 5 is one of the best damn sport-based radio shows around? Me too!
Meanwhile, Kev (Alcopop and BSM) has gone on holiday to New York to see, amongst other things, a solo, intimate Andrew WK piano gig on Sunday… Lucky f**ker! J He’s got a bit of a guestlist too, so if any die-hard Alcopopper happens to be in the big Apple this Sunday, ‘gis a shout and I’ll see if he can get you in (you never know).
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Tagged Alcopop! Records, Andrew WK, BSM, Colin Murray, Fighting Talk, Guestlist, indie, Label, New York, Radio 5, Record, Sam Isaac, The Family Machine
Doing anything tomorrow? Wrong! You’re headed to the Jericho Tavern in Oxford to witness some of the best live bands Oxford has to offer. Dive Dive, Little Fish – and more importantly, our very own Family Machine are treading the boards at 18:45! Full line up is here, and more info over on the MySpace.
Oh – and did you notice that Frank Turner’s playing too! Bonus.
Danny & the Champions of the World 9:45-10:15
Frank Turner 9:00-9:30
Dive Dive 8:15-8:45
Family Machine 6:45-7:15
Morrison Steam Fayre 6:00-6:30
Ivy’s Itch 4:30-5:00
Sunnyvale Noise Subelement 3:45-4:15
Space Heroes for the People 3:00-3:30
Little Fish 2:15-2:45
Flies Are Spies From Hell 1:30-2:00
Good news for those who enjoy a good dosage of free indie music likely to make you all shivery with joy, is that Kev (ugly one from Alcopop and BSM) has just posted the second episode of his handsome podcast up online. You can find it on itunes or download the MP3 via the Friend of The Family website. Sign up for free, if you haven’t already.
The podcast features awesome music from Alcopop’s very own Family Machine – as well as pop-picking hits from the likes of Anathallo, Itch, Meet Me In St Louis, Tubelord, Jeniferever, and demo of the month from Caesura. It also comes, and I quote, endorsed by Dave Benson Phillips, who apparently rates Arcade Fire’s ‘Neon Bible’ and ‘Flying Cub Cup’ by Beirut in his albums of 2007.
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Tagged Album of the Year, Anathello, Arcade Fire, BSM, Caesura, Dave Benson Phillips, Jenniferever, MMISL, The Family Machine, Tubelord, Ugly Kev