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Ah, the sun is up, the sky is blue, there’s not a cloud to spoil the
view (well, maybe a small white fluffy one, but it’s not really
spoiling the view), and we’ve all manner of exciting pop news like…
* NEW TENDER TRAP ALBUM – OUT NOW!
* FPOPFEST LINEUP CONFIRMED AND TICKETS ON SALE
* SPECIAL ELEFANT RECORDS BEAT HOTEL
*** SPARKLY POP GENIUS IN A CAN ***
The new album by Tender Trap ‘6 Billion People’ is now officially in
the shops, and it’s a bit of a humdinger. I think we can safely say
that any fans of Amelia Fletcher’s previous incarnations (Talulah Gosh,
Heavenly, Marine Research) will not be disappointed, especially with
Claudia Gonson of The Magnetic Fields beating the traps and singing
backing vocals. Tasty fanzine described it as “one of the best pop
albums you’ll hear this year” while Plan B said it was “as refreshingly
infectious and as downright fab as anything she’s done in the past”.
NOT ONLY is it a great record, but if you buy the record from a Cargo
Collective Indie shop in the UK, or direct from us you’ll also receive
a 24-song sampler CD called ‘Que Viva Le Pop’ put together by Fortuna
POP! and Elefant Records of Spain. (If you’ve already ordered a copy
from us and didn’t receive a copy of the sampler too, please drop us an
e-mail… the order room robots have been malfunctioning recently)
Ordering details are at the bottom of this e-mail.
*** HEY! HEY! FPOP!FEST! ***
Fortuna POP! is ten years old this year (or is it eleven, hell, I can
never remember) and to celebrate we’ve put together three nights of
gigs at London’s coolest venue The Luminaire. It’s an incredible
line-up, with The Lucksmiths, The Butterflies Of Love, Bearsuit, Comet
Gain, Cannonball Jane, The Would-Be-Goods, Milky Wimpshake, Airport
Girl, The Chemistry Experiment, The Loves, Fanfarlo and Finlay all
confirmed. We’d really like you to be there (yes, you! it’s no good
looking over your shoulder – you!) and not outside sobbing on the
pavement, so season tickets for all three nights have just this second
gone on sale and you, the Fortuna POP! mailing list, are the first to
know. As an added incentive the first 50 tickets are at the bargain
price of £21, after that they’ll go up, so get in there while you can.
We’re incredibly excited about these shows and hope you are too.
*** THE BEAT HOTEL – ELEFANT RECORDS SPECIAL ***
In the international spirit of indiepop Fortuna POP! have been working
with Elefant Records of Spain to promote a number of shows both in
Spain and in the UK. The first of these UK dates is a double header of
the Would-Be-Goods and the brilliant Les Tres Bien Ensemble from
Barcelona, with the trusty Cut-Outs in support, playing London (Buffalo
Bar, Fri 23rd), Nottingham (Junktion 7, Sat 24th) and Oxford (The
Cellar, Sun 25th). Given away FREE with the tickets to these shows is
24-song joint compilation cd “Que Viva Le Pop!” featuring bands from
the magnificent catalogues of the Elefant and Fortuna POP! labels, with
tracks from Camera Obscura, Bearsuit, Trembling Blue Stars, The
Lucksmiths and twenty more.
Full details of the London show are as follows:
Les Trés Bien Ensemble (Barcelona) + The Would-Be-Goods (London) + The
plus Guest DJs Lupe Nunez-Fernandez (Pipas) playing Spanish indiepop
and Miss Velvelette (The Actionettes) playing French Pop, 60s and Soul
Friday 23rd June 8pm – 2am Buffalo Bar, 259 Upper Street, London N1
Nearest tube : Highbury & Islington
Advance: £4 from ticketweb / Door: £5
LES TRÈS BIEN ENSEMBLE A francophile, francophone, Barcelona-based band
with a passion for the elegance and seduction of the best French pop,
so much so that despite being Spanish all their songs are sung in
French! Influences range from Michel Polnareff to Francoise Hardy, and
of course the unbeatable Serge Gainsbourg and his cast of fragile
and/or perverse female partners (France Gall, Jane Birkin, Brigitte
Bardot). As if she were one of the muses idolized by her hero
Gainsbourg, Suzette knows how to sing and perform sounding sexy, or
childish, or both things at the same time. Their sound is rooted in the
classic recordings of the 60s with exuberant orchestral arrangements,
while their songwriting is inspired by nouvelle vague’s soundtracks and
the Brazilian bossanova, as exemplified by last year’s debut album on
Elefant Records “Doux-Amer”.
THE WOULD-BE-GOODS Eccentric and evocative guitar pop helmed by Jessica
Griffin, enigmatic star of eighties cult label él, with her crew of
elegant rascals – Peter Momtchiloff, guitarist (Talulah Gosh,
Razorcuts, Heavenly, Scarlet’s Well) and occasional songsmith; Debbie
Green, drummer and darling of the London nineties garage scene (Thee
Headcoatees); and ex-Adam and the Ant and Monochrome Set bassist Andy
Warren. Their fourth album ‘The Morning After’, released last year on
Fortuna POP!, was full of melancholy charm and wit coupled with a
classic guitar pop sound ranging from new folk, tango to garage rock.
Love songs to lions, frolics in the Garden of Eden, French Casanovas
and personal demons await you. Let the Would-Be-Goods be your guides.
THE CUT-OUTS The Cut-Outs feature members of Airport Girl, The Fat
Tulips and The Lucksmiths and play garage rock for pop kids with short,
daft guitar solos and an unerring ear for a tune (often their own). And
with a member of London’s all girl 60s dance troupe The Actionettes on
drums, there’s always at least one band member on the beat.
*** Also, while we’re on the subject of The Cut-Outs, don’t miss their How
Does It Feel To Be Loved show at Brixton Windmill on Thursday night,
with the Ghosts, The Salty Pirates and Sportique. More info here
*** RECORD NEWS ***
Cannonball Jane’s new single ‘Take It To Fantastic’, described in Time
Out as “Equal parts De La Soul and a Latino Doris Day – fantastic
indeed” is in the shops NOW!
Finlay’s new album ‘The Fall of Mary’ is also out NOW! The latest in an
increasingly hyperbolic series of reviews reads “the best, most
hypnotic, moving, engaging, skewed, lo-fi, glittering, colourful,
concise, inventive guitar record of 2006″ (courtesy of Robots and
Electronic Brains webzine).
You can buy these records direct from us by either sending a cheque
made payable to ‘Fortuna POP!’ to 4 Mayfield House, Rushcroft Road,
Brixton, London. SW2 1LD. UK or by using our PayPal address
firstname.lastname@example.org Albums are £10, singles £2.50. Add
50p per item for europe, and £1 per item for the rest of the world.