SOPA Newsletter # 23 - August 14, 2008: Reviews, video, live, releases in the works etc.

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Hi!

Welcome to the 23nd SOPA Newsletter! It's been a while, so here's a whole bunch of exciting news for you. Enjoy!

In this newsletter:

VOTE FOR GIRLS LOVE RALLIE AT SOUNDVENUE
GEIGER REVIEWS 5 CDS FROM SOPA
GAFFA REVIEWS GIRLS LOVE RALLIE
SOPA AND 9 ON ITALIAN WEB TV
FRENCH AUDIO BLOG ROCKOMONDO REVIEWS GIRLS LOVE RALLIE
9'S NEW CONCERT CONCEPT
NEW COMPILATION IN THE WORKS
SOPA PRESENTS: JASMINA MASCHINA & GOLDEN DISKÓ SHIP LIVE
HEIDI MORTENSON IN SOPA SHOP
SOPA SHOP RESTOCKED
SOPA LIVE UPDATE
LATEST NEWS ABOUT THE RECESSION FESTIVAL

VOTE FOR GIRLS LOVE RALLIE AT SOUNDVENUE
Danish music magazine Soundvenue is testing Girls Love Rallie's song "Forever Coming Up" on its High 5 chart. You can go to the website, www.soundvenue.com , and listen to the song and vote for it. Please do, if you like it. You might need to log in to do it, though.


GEIGER REVIEWS 5 CDS FROM SOPA
The ever-interesting Danish music mag Geiger has reviewed five cds from the SOPA vaults. Three of our own releases and two of our friends that we distribute. Once again we must admit that the best Danish music mag brings encouragement to SOPA and reassures us that we seem to be doing the right thing. Delay Lama even got a "Recommended" sticker attached to it. Here's a little excerpt from the start of the review:
"The label is not big, but in the course of relatively short time it has developed into a significant player on the Danish indie- and experimental scene. A fact that on the surface you can attribute to the solid compilation 'SOPA DELICIOSA' and releases by Under Byen's Nils Gröndahl and Italian Marzipan Marzipan, but also that it's run by a true ardent enthusiast with a solid overview and a large network in the music community - which yields artistic dividends. Also when odd titles of typically high quality is brought into distribution."
Please go to the SOPA-site's news page for translations of review excerpts. If you're down with the Danish language then you can go directly to Geiger:
http://www.geiger.dk/anmeldelser/anmeldelse.php?id=3053


GAFFA REVIEWS GIRLS LOVE RALLIE
Denmark's biggest music magazine Gaffa has written a really nice review of Girls Love Rallie's "Les Chansons Terribles" and given it four of six stars. Here's a few excerpts:
"Catchy alternative poprock-songs, often built up around a basis of fierce acoustic guitar chords, bass and drums with little, slanted melodies done with electric guitar or synthesizer. Particularly the catchy album opener 'Pictures Of Odd', the happy and energetic 'Forever Coming Up' and the more dreamy 'Good Cop, Bad Poetry' are successful. And as the title of the latter reveals the album has things to offer lyrically.(...) An album that is both charming and full of promise."
Gaffa writes that the only thing they are less excited about is Rallie's voice. Each to his taste, of course. Here at SOPA we think that Rallie's voice is one of his strongpoints - alongside his knack for writing good tunes and great lyrics. :-)
You can read it all in Danish here: http://gaffa.dk/anmeldelser/view.php/mreview_id=36147


SOPA AND 9 ON ITALIAN WEB TV
Italien web tv PNbox interview SOPA founded Lars Kjær Dideriksen in Copenhagen after the fouth SOPA Night. Only had a few minutes to spread the word, so it's quite short and simple. And a bit silly, right? :-) You can watch that bit here: http://www.pnbox.tv/videolink.asp?video=1503.wmv
PNbox also has a live segment from 9's two Danish shows back in April with video footage from both. Go here for that one: http://www.pnbox.tv/videolink.asp?video=1559.wmv


FRENCH AUDIO BLOG ROCKOMONDO REVIEWS GIRLS LOVE RALLIE
French audioblog and radioshow Rockomondo has review Girls Love Rallie. It's in French, but we think we've made a fair translation (had a bit of help from a "local"):
"Girls Love Rallie probably doesn't have the ambition to revolutionize the history of music, but is satisfied with interpreting good traditional songs in the verse-refrain-bridge way in a relaxed atmosphere, while avoiding not going too quickly. And it works! Precisely because the songs are good. And that is not the kind of gift which one refuses."
You can read it all and more in French here: http://rockomondo.over-blog.com/article-21321807.html


9'S NEW CONCERT CONCEPT
On September 11th 9 will premiere his new concert concept involving live music and prerecorded video. He calls this "Me Against Myself" and this event is at The Holy Fool Theater Festival. More precisely at Teatro Sociale Arrigoni in San Vito al T.to (PN) in Italy.
If you're curious as to what this concept is about you can watch excerpts from it filmed at the open rehearsal while the show was still in creative development. It's evolved since then, but you get the idea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5omMr3e7IqY


NEW COMPILATION IN THE WORKS
SOPA is currently working on the follow-up to the incredibly well-received SOPA DELICIOSA compilation. The new one might be called "SOPA CURIOSA" and should be ready in the early fall. The songs collected so far are damn strong, so we can't wait to get the rest and get it out to you! It's gonna be goooooood! :-)


SOPA PRESENTS: JASMINA MASCHINA & GOLDEN DISKÓ SHIP LIVE
In September Denmark and Sweden gets a nice treat. Jasmina Maschina and Golden Diskó Ship will play a handful of shows there. SOPA has helped set up the shows and Capt. Daydream will dj at some of them. Don't miss out if you're in the neighbourhood!
Check their music out here:
www.myspace.com/jasminemaschine
www.staubgold.com
www.myspace.com/goldendiskoship

These are the dates they play:
Tuesday, Sep 16 @ Gyngen, Aarhus, Denmark
Wednesday, Sep 17 @ Studenternes Hus, Næstved, Denmark (with Capt. Daydream)
Thursday, Sep 18 @ Krets, Malmö, Sweden.
Friday, Sep 19 @ Huset i Magstræde, Copenhagen, Denmark (with Capt. Daydream)

We still hope to set up a few more shows before these dates. Like from Saturday the 13th to Monday the 15th. But we might need a little help. Please let us know if you can help out. Saturday, September 20th, they play back home in Berlin.

We've got these Facebook events set up so far:
Næstved: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=21818174654
Copenhagen: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=21089088753


HEIDI MORTENSON IN SOPA SHOP
Yeah, we got the two albums by "globetrotting DIY-heroine" Heidi Mortenson in stock now! Just 80 DKK / 11 euro / 16 $ each. Get grabbin'!
Heidi Mortenson - Don't Lonely Me: http://www.sopa.dk/releases/D010.htm
Heidi Mortenson - Wired Stuff: http://www.sopa.dk/releases/D011.htm


SOPA SHOP RESTOCKED
We got some more of Golden Diskó Ship's handmade "Bumblebee Behind A Tree" EP's again! Yeah, it's great. And we also got some more of the new one: "Lonesome Cowboy / Christmas Tree" EP. Both are real treats you don't want to miss out on. Get in shape for the September shows, alright? ;-)


SOPA LIVE UPDATE

Aug 15 - 9 @ Tentstation, Berlin, Germany (21.00. Urban Peas Session, Seydlitzstr. 6, Tiergarten).

Sep 11 - 9 @ Teatro Sociale Arrigoni, San Vito al T.to (PN), Italy ('Me Against Myself' premiere. Stage direction by Massimo Dean. The Holy Fool Theater Festival).

Sep 17 - Capt. Daydream (dj) @ Studenternes Hus, Næstved, Denmark (Supporting Jasmina Maschina + Golden Diskó Ship).

Sep 19 - Capt. Daydream (dj) @ Huset i Magstræde, Copenhagen, Denmark (Supporting Jasmina Maschina + Golden Diskó Ship).

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

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

And then a little extra news about things from the SOPAlific periphery...

LATEST NEWS ABOUT THE RECESSION FESTIVAL
As we mentioned in the last newsletter SOPA is involved with the RECession Festival coming this October and November in Aarhus, Denmark. There are two "warm up" events left - September 27th and October 10th. And then the whole festival kicks off on October 31st and ends on November 1st. We know for a fact that some SOPA artists will take part. But we're keeping a lid on who they are just yet. ;-)
Instead, check out all the names that have been announced so far!
Dälek (US), Risqué (F), Kone (US), Dial M For Murder (S), Tone (DK), Kloak (DK), Electrojuice (DK), Zvook Mescalin (DK), Hjortene (DK), Beehatch (US), Deathline (UK), Mimas (DK), Emily and The Orgasm Addicts (DK), Teppop (DK), Heidi Mortenson (DK), My Name Is Legion (DK), Honey Lobell (DK).

For more info visit http://www.recession.dk
And: http://www.myspace.com/holm1



You made it all the way through? Almost rhymes with "good for you"!

SOPAhugs,
Capt. Daydream

www.sopa.dk
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