SOPA Newsletter # 22 - July 4, 2008: Reviews, video, live, Spot Festival feature etc.

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Hi!

Welcome to the 22nd SOPA Newsletter! The new cds have been heard by some nice people, shows have been played (and will be played) and things have been said that have been caught on camera. For your reading pleasure here's the latest SOPA news...


In this newsletter:

ITALIAN WEBZINE REVIEWS AGATA & ME
NORMAN RECORDS REVIEWS 4 X SOPA
INTERVIEW & PREVIEW: DELAY LAMA
FEATURE: SOPA AT THE SPOT FESTIVAL
MEF RUNS OUT OF COFFEE
SOPA LIVE
SOPA INVOLVED IN THE RECESSION FESTIVAL
VIDEO AND ARTICLES ABOUT SOPA

ITALIAN WEBZINE REVIEWS AGATA & ME
Italian music webzine Sentire Ascoltare has given the Agata & Me cd a really nice review. Here is a translated excerpt:
"In a dimension of frugal shivering as some Low or even as embryonic Sigur Ros, vulnerable and restless as an unplugged PJ Harvey, but under the attack of a"cybering" push which brings it along the lines of Notwist to touch then en passant the composite universe of Portishead. (...) There are at least three strongpoints: The silky apprehension of the songwriting, the intense interpretation and the strange chemistry between the two (taking turns in singing), a sort of fight in progress between incompatibility and attraction, between opposite strategies that wish to mirror themselves in the waters of an intriguing and insidious future, of a past that never stops dying. The result is a pulsating and shaky mixture, and you can't stop asking yourself: What's going to happen to it?"
You can read it all in Italian here:
http://www.sentireascoltare.com/CriticaMusicale/Recensioni/
2008/recensioni/Agata&Me.htm
...if you can Italian, of course.

NORMAN RECORDS REVIEWS 4 X SOPA
Norman Records have just reviewed four SOPA cds. And they all got a "happy"-rating.

About 9: "This is a nice blend of oddball pop and electronics. Some songs are more traditional instrumental based and others are more electronic, some are acoustic so it's all over the shop. I like the fact you don't know what's gonna come next."
Read it all here: http://www.normanrecords.com/records/100703

About Agata & Me: "The use of electronics & glitch really works in harmony with the folksier elements of their music and the use of some warm organ here & there along with some basic emotive chords really touches me! And each song sounds remarkably different to the other so they certainly have an eclectic imagination! Maybe for fans of Notwist & Tunng.
Read it all here: http://www.normanrecords.com/records/100705

About Girls Love Rallie: "I'm reminded of Bob Mould on this.... Post Husker Du and pre gay electro pop Bob Mould. I can also hear Frank Black and Buffalo Tom throbbing away in there somewhere or other. The songs are great on this one. Really strong pop songs I reckon. Go on... 'ave a bit will you."
Read it all here: http://www.normanrecords.com/records/100706

About Delay Lama: "This is essentially one long track that begins like a fuzzy humming drone piece but becomes more rhythmical as it evolves. Then different parts are more minimal with strange guitar and electronic sounds and peculiar bleeps and frequencies. Curious and interesting."
Read it all here: http://www.normanrecords.com/records/100704

Which also means... if you live outside Denmark and don't have a Paypal account, but a regular credit card instead, you can buy the cds at http://www.normanrecords.com

But if you do... just go to the SOPA shop. We're ready to take your order! ;-)
http://www.sopa.dk/menu/shop.htm

INTERVIEW & PREVIEW: DELAY LAMA
We did an interview with Dennis Thang Block of Delay Lama about the release of "Mk. I" at the Spot Festival. That clip which also includes a preview of tracks from the cd at YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nuX4D8pLDs

FEATURE: SOPA AT THE SPOT FESTIVAL
On June 6th and 7th the annual Spot Festival was on in Aarhus. SOPA was there with a little shop. We were sharing a tent with music mag Geiger, vinyl shop Route 66 and the RECession Festival. Here are some pictures and that lamarific video: http://www.sopa.dk/features/014.htm
The festival own webteam also caught up with label founder Lars and had a short chat about why he was there. Difficult to say anything clever when your limit is two minutes, though. But here you go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIogANyjHIc

MEF RUNS OUT OF COFFEE
We got a new item in the distribution section! The latest book published by Gymnoten - who brought you A.K. Hansn's book "Night Of The Creeping Catfish".
"Mef løber tør for kaffe" is the tale of when Mef ran out of coffee. And who is Mef, you might ask? Well, add a bit of "isto" and you might get a clue about his origins. In case the horns don't give him away. In this awkwardly funny and lovely illustrated book he teams up with the angel Florian.
It's written by Henrik Vagner and illustrated by Jakob Oksbjerg. This is the first printing of only a 100 copies. Don't wait for too long if you want one. Please note that it is written in Danish. Read on here: http://www.sopa.dk/releases/D009.htm

SOPA LIVE
Agata & Me are just back from a four-date tour in Italy. Word is it went really well. We hope to get some pictures and words about it for the website some time soon. In the meantime we'll treat you with a few new live dates. If you're around any of these places drop by!

July 11 - Marzipan Marzipan @ Tentstation, Berlin, Germany (Urban Peas Session, Seydlitzstr. 6, Tiergarten)

July 20 - Marzipan Marzipan @ Intersoup, Berlin, Germany (Zelda Panda DJ set, Schliemannstrasse 31)

Aug 10 - Marzipan Marzipan @ WiRRWARR, Berlin, Germany (Dieffenbachstr. 36, 2HH, Kreuzberg)

Sep 19 - Marzipan Marzipan @ (To be confirmed), Berlin, Germany.

Oct 12 - Agata & Me @ UT Connewitz, Leipzig, Germany (with Slaraffenland)

Oct 16 - Agata & Me @ Wohnzimmer, Dresden, Germany


SOPA INVOLVED IN THE RECESSION FESTIVAL
If anyone is puzzled by the fact that they have seen the SOPA logo on the flyers and posters for the coming RECession Festival in Aarhus on October 31st and November 1st there is a reason. SOPA has volunteered to giving a helping hand with the PR side of things. And some of the SOPA artists - we don't know which yet - will also perform at the festival.
Before the actual festival kicks off there are three "warm up" events in Aarhus. On July 25th, September 27th and October 10th. The first night features Ida Engberg and Djuna Barnes at the venue Train. Acts for the other events are coming later. Also, the first acts for the festival itself are coming out very soon. Stay tuned. For more info visit http://www.recession.dk
And: http://www.myspace.com/holm1

VIDEO AND ARTICLES ABOUT SOPA
Back when we had the last two SOPA Nights the local media in Næstved and Vordingborg, Denmark, took notice. Local tv made a bit about it and two newspapers wrote about it.
Here's a page with the video and articles:
http://www.sopa.dk/temp/mediaclips.htm
Mind you, once the media trims down a story it gets very, very simple, and every clever word uttered has been edited down so one sounds uhm, less intelligent, to say the least. And that does not even include all the factual errors, oh my. The media - in just about any form - is just in too much of a rush, aren't they? (And I - Lars writing this - is saying that as a journalist, mind you).
The stuff on the page above will only be there for a limited time.


Aaaaand to end the newsletter like we have done the last couple of times we love to spread a bit of news about what our friends out there are up to.

BLEUBIRD has made an entire EP that is available to download... for free! Just go here:
http://www.hiphopcore.net/audio/24-bleubird-street-talk-2.html

GOLDEN DISKÓ SHIP has a new video online. It's for the great song "Girl As A Slower Ghost Ship" which was featured on the SOPA DELICIOSA compilation. Go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBQ1EG9Wmx4
And you know what? She's also coming to Denmark to play in Copenhagen in late September alongside Jasmina Maschina. And hopefully there weill also be a few more gigs too. We'll let you know when it happens.

By the way, speaking of that delicious compilation. LAMBURG TONY was also on that one... and now he has an album coming out in the late summer. This will be on the great Danish label Escho - http://www.escho.net

WENDY MCNEILL - also on the deliciosa thing - has an album coming out... soon, she says on her website. It's called "A Dreamers Guide to Hardcore Living". Nice title, he-he. There's one new song from that one on her MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/wendymcneill


All good wishes for a pleasant summer to you all! We will spam you again before the fall. ;-)


Capt. Daydream

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