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What fun it was, and it’s only taken us the best part of a week to recover too! The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart’s tour was everything we hoped it would be and more. Thanks to everyone who lent a hand and to everyone who came to the shows for helping make it such a success, and thanks to the band themselves for being such a nice bunch and making the effort to come over and play. I hope they’ll be back soon. For everyone who is missing them if you’re quick you can listen again to their interview with Steve Lamacq on BBC 6music here. Click on Wednesday and forward to around 1hr 40mins in and you’re there. I think it may only be up for one more day before it’s overwritten by Gary Crowley, so don’t delay!

While they were here the Pains also recorded an interview and an acoustic session with the wonderful Samanthi on Q radio, originally broadcast last Friday the 19th but which you can hear again here. You’ll need to forward to 1hr 8mins into the show. That just leaves the session they recorded for John Kennedy at XFM – we don’t have a date for its broadcast yet but we’re told it’ll be sometime in January. As soon as we have an exact date we’ll let you know.

Finally on the Pains front, they’ve just made an ace video for their current single “Everything With You”. It’s shot entirely on Super 8 by their friend Art Boomparn and you can watch it here.

OK, let’s do Christmas now…
For those of you getting into the christmas spirit, check out the advent calendar from our friends at Maps magazine. Peer behing door 1 and you might find a whole bunch of Fortuna POP! goodies.

Useless welsh wasters The Loves have recorded a special song to commemorate New Years Eve (which just happens to be Simon Love’s birthday btw…). Written by Frank Loesser & sung by all the greats & now…The Loves. Rejoice. All you have to do is email to get it in return. Do it. It’s free. There’s nothing to lose.
And end of year congratulations to Hayman, Watkins, Trout & Lee for making it into Steve Lamacq’s best of for 2009. It was a great album guys, well done!

Right, that’s Christmas done, into 2009…
Once we finish promoting Track & Field’s Winter Sprinter for them (thanks for that Time Out!) our first pop show of the year will be Tuesday 20th January when we have the amazing pop collective Still Flyin’ playing at The Luminaire. Something of an indiepop supergroup including members of Masters Of The Hemisphere, The Aislers Set, Ladybug Transistor, Love Is All and Red Pony Clock, and newly signed to Moshi Moshi records, the closest comparison I can come up with is a rocksteady Architecture In Helsinki. Check out the brilliant video for their new single here and then go and buy your tickets here. Support comes from the reliably brilliant and fun The Grave Architects and one other band who we are currently in detailed negotations with, and once we sort out the business with the goat we’ll let you know who they are.

Our second pop show (TM Spiral Scratch) of the year follows quite shortly after that and is a veritable smorgasbord of low-rent indieness, featuring as it does such reliably entertaining and ramshackle luminaries as The Gresham Flyers, Town Bike, The Hillfields and Jeans Goes POP! This one’s got “top night out” written all over it like a particularly dilapidated bus shelter in Hackney, so grab your tickets here while you can.

Finally, we’re having a little clearout for the month of January to beat the winter blues and the carrot crunch, so we’re offering a lucky dip of six Fortuna POP! albums for the amazing price of £12. You could get anything from The Lucksmiths or The Would-Be-Goods to Club 8 or Ladybug Transistor, but I’m sure you’ll agree that whatever you get it’s an amazing deal. Details on how to pay are here. The price includes shipping in the UK… if you’re outside the UK please e-mail us and we’ll work out a cost.

All that remains to say is – have a simply wonderful Christmas time and all the best for 2009. Thanks for listening.

Hasta luego,

El Presidente


Tuesday 20th January 7pm

The Luminaire

311 High Road, Kilburn, London NW6 7JR

Nearest tube : Kilburn (Jubilee Line)

Tel : 020 7372 7123


E-mail :


Advance: £6 from We Got Tickets

The San Francisco-based supergroup Still Flyin’ was assembled in late 2004 by singer/songwriter Sean Rawls. By the time he arrived on the West Coast he was already a veteran of various Athens, GA bands, including Masters of the Hemisphere and Je Suis France. After relocating to San Francisco, Rawls asked virtually everyone he knew in his new city to join his new project, and to everyone’s surprise the first practice had fifteen people at it.

Whilst 2008 has seen East Coast bands plundering the sounds of Graceland appropriated afrobeat, Still Flyin’s sound comes from somewhere entirely different. Theirs’ is a sound that mixes the melodies and DIY aesthetic of West Coast indie-pop with the loose grooves of 1960s rocksteady and has converted even the most cynical of hipsters. Released on Moshi Moshi, debut single Good Thing It’s a Ghost Town Around Here is like Quincy Jones producing The Lovin’ Spoonful. A much needed shot in the arm of unabashed West Coast sunshine and joy. 
The flip-side Rope Burn is no less life affirming: the band’s hybrid of rocksteady and indie comes together to create something new, like a Lee Perry inspired Flaming Lips.

What might have begun as a lighthearted nod to good times soon became a juggernaut that no one in the band expected, and before long the group had become a San Francisco phenomenon. The band’s joyfully chaotic and infectious live shows have been more like huge parties, than traditional gigs as their own numbers have swelled and they’ve been joined on stage by the likes of Jens Lekman and various members of Architecture In Helsinki. The band’s debut record, Never Gonna Touch The Ground, is due to be released early 2009.



Born with a broken heart The Grave Architects have picked themselves up, dusted themselves down and written their way to the top, garnering praise from the NME, plays on Radio Nottingham and a mention on the local council website along the way. Since forming in 2005 The Grave Architects are now seasoned hands at the pulling heart strings out, stretching them once around the funny bone and plucking them to the wet crash of tiny tears. Think a hopped-up Jonathan Richman, or maybe the kookier elements of Pavement or Pulp with a dash of Ween and The Moldy Peaches. A bit folk, a bit country, a bit indiepop, the Grave Architects make fun pop. A double A-sided single featuring Highway be True and Love TBC is due out on 7″ single on Fortuna POP! in the new year with an album to follow.

“Meet the Coen Brothers of rock – off the wall, touching and very, very funny… From Johnny Cash-esque country jangles to strangely credible old-school raps, whatever genre the Architects dabble in, entertainment remains the blueprint.” (New Noise)



Fortuna POP! presents The Beat Hotel
With bands
The Gresham Flyers + Town Bike + The Hillfields + Jeans Goes POP!
plus DJs playing indiepop, soul, punk and 60s till late
Friday 23rd January 8pm
Buffalo Bar, 259 Upper Street, London N1 1RU
Nearest tube : Highbury & Islington
Tel : 020 7359 6191
E-mail :
Advance: £5 from We Got Tickets/Door: £6


A sextet who are the hybrid of their diverse geographical backgrounds (north, midlands, south and Slough) and the best bits of your record collection, all sprinkled with a little sugar – David Gedge fronting an unruly combination of Sparks and Pulp. Classy, energetic pop, boy/ girl singers, handclaps, and hooks you can hang your duffel coat on. Their debut album “Sex With Stranger” is out now on the wonderful Cherryade records.
“Proper infectious real classic simple indie pop for fans of Belle & Sebastian, Sparks, Smiths and mostly New Order and Wedding Present” (Organ)


Town Bike formed in the summer of 2006 as an overtly-pop reaction to the dull hipster indie rock that dominated the dancefloors of Liverpool’s punk scene. Having gained allies in the likes of Steve Lamaqc and Everett True, the band’s ode to McFly’s fittest member (the Myspace-conquering Dougie) found them a new audience of teens worldwide, and saw them mentioned in the surf-boyband’s interview in The Times. More pertinently, their debut EP When Good Kids Go Bad combines the sweet indiepop sounds of Helen Love and early Kenickie with the raw pop-punk of the Ramones and The Queers to brattily addictive effect. Their first tour saw them continue to win the hearts of indie-poppers and punks across the UK, culminating in a gloriously triumphant, sun-drenched set at this year’s Indietracks festival. A debut album is currently in the works (to be released early 2009).

“Punk done proper” (Everett True)
“The 33 seconds of Town Bike’s Cock Muff Bumhole is the undoubted highlight, outdoing Helen Love in a spurt of surf sixties pop and a tirade of potty mouth lyrics” (Indie mp3)

Blame Jarvis… The  Hillfields were born in the Royal Festival Hall, overcome by the raw power of Iggy
Pop’s 2007 Meltdown gig, a beautiful evening, and a choice selection of beers… The line up comprises Rob Boyd (guitar and vocals), Grant Wilkinson (bass) and Carlos Russell (drums). Rob has previously recorded with Ian Catt (Saint Etienne, Trembling Blue Stars), and says  “We’re here because of C86, Wire, Sarah Records, The Field Mice, The Chills,  Straitjacket Fits  and The Clean… their music is a huge inspiration to us.” They’ve released two singles on Cloudberry records and are currently recording tracks for their first album.
“Even down to the Morrissey-esque vocals…  imagine a classic indie band writing the soundtrack to a particularly scenic, sweeping art house movie and you’re pretty much there.” (Song By Toad)


From Newcastle, Jeans Goes POP! is essentially a one man band. Jeans sings plays piano and drums, knocking out perfectly crafted pop
songs that stick in your head, as radio play from the likes Of Steve Lamacq, Stephen Merchant and Rob Da Bank would confirm. Plus we’re all for anyone with a “POP!” in their name.

“Possesed of a quirky showmanship that nestles somewhere between Ben Folds and David Bowie …he delivers his songs with genuine heartiness” (Stool Pigeon)


*** BE TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL – A Fortuna POP! compilation ***

It’s finally out – our Be True To Your School compilation with 25 Smash Hits from the vaults of Fortuna POP! in a dead posh digipak with a booklet with pics of the bands and ramblings and everything. Here’s the full tracklisting:

1. Y Sun Over Discordia / Discordia
2. Home / Finlay
3. Oh Katrina / Tender Trap
4. Blinky / Sodastream
5. Itsuko Got Married / Bearsuit
6. Catchy Monkey / Mark 700
7. Take It To Fantastic / Cannonball Jane
8. You’re The Prettiest Thing / The Chemistry Experiment
9. Xs and Os / The Loves
10. Yvonne / micktravis
11. Rob A Bank / The Butterflies Of Love
12. Dialling Mitt / Spraydog
13. I’m A Tiger / International Strike Force
14. TK1 / Twinkie
15. Talking Backwards / Fanfarlo
16. T-Shirt Weather / The Lucksmiths
17. Work’s All Right (If It’s A Proper Job) / MJ Hibbett
18. Fallen Angel / Taking Pictures
19. Between Delta And Delaware / Airport Girl
20. Starving Hungry In Tescos / Mogul
21. Dialling Tone / Milky Wimpshake
22. The Walk / The Aislers Set
23. Too Old / Would-Be-Goods
24. You Can Hide Your Love Forever / Comet Gain
25. Small Music / Homescience

Pretty cool huh? And the best part is that it’s only £5! If you want to order one here’s the lowdown…

BY POST: Send a cheque, postal order or IMO made payable to ‘Fortuna POP!’ to 4 Mayfield House, Rushcroft Road, Brixton, London. SW2 1LD. UK.

BY PAYPAL: Use our PayPal address

For orders in Europe but outside the UK, please add 50p per item ordered. Outside of Europe, please add £1.00 per item ordered.

“An amazing roster… dive straight in to these nuggets of pop perfection and appreciate the label for all it’s done for us.” (Drowned In Sound)

“The Fortuna POP! and Track and Field labels have given me more musical pleasure than just about any other labels in the past decade and the POP! legacy is laid out here to see. One for the year-end best ofs, I think.” (SoundsXP)

“It oozes authenticity reminiscent of ‘Nuggets’, the great proto-punk-psych compilation series. If you can’t enjoy this, despite its flaws, you are a bad person.” (CMU Daily)

“If the idea of a library full of undiscovered, indie pop gold appeals to you – and it should – then this is Motown Greatest Hits volumes 1,2 and 3 for your hungry little mind.” (Artrocker)

“A mixture of the sublime and the ridiculous, of bedroom pop glory (from both the guitars and samplers divisions), DIY sonic wreckage, classic songwriting and cackhanded tomfoolery.” (Fire Escape Talking)

“As befits any indie label worth its salt, there’s often an almost wilful stylistic schizophrenia to the catalogue, which reflects the taste of its founders as much as its audience. And that’s how it should be; the sleevenotes themselves are enlightenment enough on that one. Credit crunch be damned: music is (almost) its own reward – if you’re true to it.” (Record Collector)


A trip across Bass Strait this past winter to Tasmania has yielded First Frost – The Lucksmiths’ finest and most eclectic album to date. Camped out in the wilderness, the band was free to explore and expand the musical palette, and with all four members contributing songs, the end result is an expansive 14-song offering bound to surprise anyone who thought they had The Lucksmiths pegged as sounding too much like The Lucksmiths…

Opening cut, the Kinks-y “The Town and the Hills”, sets out some of the album’s central themes, examining the distance (geographical and metaphorical) between city and country, while “California in Popular Song” is a sweet slice of sun-kissed pastoral pop complete with sweeping strings and a throaty low-down guitar; combine this with some gentle fingerpicking and Tali White’s pensive vocal, and it’s already become your new favourite Lucksmiths song! Meanwhile, recent live hits, the jangly “Good Light” and the surprisingly glam-rockin’ “A Sobering Thought (Just When One Was Needed)” — the latter concerning a late-night drunken escapade at a public swimming pool — both receive a fine rendering on First Frost . Elsewhere on the album, The Lucksmiths’ familiar strum is traded in for brief dalliances with a disorderly fuzz pedal, a choir of misplaced mittens, and a bird that just wants to know why you got drunk. Intrigued…?

First Frost is available in the shops from November 1, distributed by the kindly folk at Cargo. It’s also available RIGHT NOW to order from us, the kindly folk at Fortuna POP! for £10, ordering details here

(You can read more about the recording process for First Frost and how the mice in the studio got involved in guitarist Marty Donald’s recording diary here


The new EP from Newcastle’s fun-loving bedroom anarcho-syndicalists – a credit crunch busting value for money five songs long with covers of songs by The Yummy Fur and The Isley Brothers as well as three fizzing punk-pop originals.

A potent mixture of fizzing pop tunes, punk attitude and protest folk Milky Wimpshake have released numerous singles and compilation tracks on assorted indie labels since forming in 1993, along with three albums, 1998’s “Bus Route To Your Heart” released on singer Pete Dale’s own legendarySlampt label, 2001’s “Lovers, Not Fighters”, issued on the ultra-hip Troubleman Unlimited label (Erase Erata, Rogers Sisters) in the States, and 2005’s “Popshaped”, the latter two both on Fortuna POP! in the UK and Europe. For many Milky Wimpshake are the spiritual godfathers of the now-thriving North-East music scene, and as überlord of the Slampt label Pete was responsible for launching a hundred fanzines and as many bands, Kenickie included. Futureheads guitarist Ross Millard has paid respect to the band in the pages of NME and on Sky Sports Soccer AM!

This EP features 3 fizzing new original tunes: punk love song “One Good Use For My Heart”; the self-explanatory “(Show Me The Way To) Anarchy”; and the nonsense poetry of “Milky Cliché”; plus a medley of the old music hall number “If You Want To Know The Time Ask A Policeman” andThe Yummy Fur’s “Policeman”; and a recording of a live favourite, their cover of The Isley Brothers’ “This Old Heart Of Mine”. All adhere to the classic Milky Wimpshake sound – buzzsaw guitar (thinkRamones, Buzzcocks), simple bass, garage-y drums, throwaway but intelligent and humorous lyrics – and will be warmly received by their many fans and new listeners alike.

Again, in the shops soon but available from us NOW for £3, ordering details here


Fortuna POP! last batch of releases are still available for you to order…


“The best bluegrass band ever” (The Lipster)

From the first jangle of banjo, its sentimental heart beats strongly and beautifully. A soft melancholy prevails, cut from the same sentimental cloth as the songs of the Proclaimers. Mesmerising observations emerge, too, with the wryly-titled Fine Young Cannibals boasting the best: “The filter fell loose from the skin/ And stuck to the prettiest lip anyone has ever kissed/ I’ve been waiting all day for this. (Guardian – **** stars)

Hefner’s Darren Hayman contributes four originals, including Dirty Tube Train, on which barnyard instrumentation details a daily dose of sexual temptation somewhere on the Northern line. Dave Tattersall’s Bethnal Green sounds like a cardigan-clad 1980s Scottish indie band covering Lucinda Williams’s Am I Too Blue?. Two surprisingly affecting Townes Van Zandt covers complete this rather special little record. (The Sunday Times – **** stars)

This super group project (of sorts) has put together a very appealing album… this is no mere pastiche; there is a distinct Bethnal accent to this music that enables it to be funny and touching without straying into dodgy or gauche territory. (Kruger)

This is intimate music, ballads of mundane domesticity to make you smile, songs about love, shandy, calling in sick, Calor gas stoves, and unrequited, commuter-lust on the tube train. In little ways, I’m reminded of the Violent Femmes, the first Incredible String Band album, Country Joe and the Fish, Leadbelly and Lonnie Donegan, but the band does have a unique sound all of its own. (Tasty)

Hayman, Watkins, Trout & Lee dishes up invigorating slices of country and bluegrass, fresh from the depths of East London with wickedly funny, witty lyrics. HWT&L is an acquired taste, but if you fancy something a bit different, it’s really not a bad place to start. (Subba-Cultcha)

A lovely record filled with sweet tunes and pretty melodies. Hayman, Warkins, Trout & Lee’s debut is a cheerful and lovely collection of traditional, cover and original tunes that flow cohesively to create an upbeat and lively album that’s great listening if you’re feeling a bit down. (Room Thirteen)

Miraculously, the whole thing works rather well. Hayman’s ever-tremulous voice is backed up by gentle ukelele and plenty of off-kilter sentiment, and this, we guess, makes it anti-anti folk, or something. (New Noise)


“Exquisite, perfect creamy dreamy pop, classic sunny Swedish minimal pop. Karolina Komstedt’s voice is perfect, perfectly beautiful, she has the ability to gently melt just about everything with her perfect perfect beautiful voice. Classic sensual creamy sunny breezy indie pop that just really is perfect. Classic beguiling St. Etienne, Cardigans, Whipped Cream style indie pop and a just right in every way mix of melancholia and sunshine – gloriously good. This is just perfect simple clever dreamy indie pop. Beautiful, you really need to go find it.” (Organ)

“Focused on the melancholy pop that is their forte, Karolina Komstedt’s breathy vocals are very much to the fore on these ravishingly pretty melodies. These songs about love and the fleeting nature of existence pack an emotional punch. (**** Q)

“it throbs to the pulse of deliciously bittersweet guitar melodies, a lifelong passion for The Smiths and even a shaking of Latin percussion” (**** Metro)

“Hushed vocals soar dreamlike through the glacial-pop of Club 8’s oeuvre; shoe gazing, 60’s girl bands and a penchant for Belle & Sebastian worshipping Rule the waves, a perfect partner to the sheer wonder of Asobi Seksu!” (SubbaCultcha)

“And no wonder he couldn’t stop dreaming, if he was listening to this album. After a four-year absence, Sweden’s Club 8 provide the dreamiest dreampop imaginable, with Karolina Komstedt’s feather-light voice placed delicately over Johan Angergard’s gently evolving backing tracks.” (4 Stars, The Sunday Times)

“The kind of sweet Swedish pop that makes references to the Concretes, Camara Obscura and Belle and Sebastian kinda unavoidable, and their sixth album is assured,classy and, in Whatever You Want and When I Come Around, home to at least two choruses that hit you like a sunbeam. Delicious.” (Buzz)

“A gorgeous offering from Swedish duo Club 8… cool and melodic ditties, ranging from classy 60s pop ballads to the more upbeat slices of pop. File under: Yummy.” (AllGigs)

“Club 8 are on sparkling form here, seemingly having absorbed a little bit of extra pop-nous, a la Peter, Bjorn And John while the sugary finish of Karolina’s vocals, brings to mind Saint Etienne chanteuse Sarah Cracknell or Dubstar at their most angelic. This is comedown music imbued strangely with the ghostly groove of the swinging Sixties. Themes of loss and death are beautifully rendered, as melancholic as the pale winter sunlight.” (NARC)

“An absolute bundle of Scandinavian indie-pop brilliance from start to finish… the vocals are beautiful from Karolina Komstedt, weaving a dreamy pop way around the instrumentation with nods to bands like The Concretes, St Etienne, Joy Zipper and Husky Rescue as reference points. I’m so glad that i’ve been blessed with this album, it’s really wet my appetite to hear more. (The Beat Surrender)

“Six albums in and the Swedes of Club 8 are showing no signs of dipping in quality. The Boy Who Couldn’t Stop Dreaming is another album of delightful female fronted indie pop… listen carefully and you’ll see it’s a gem.” (Russell’s Reviews)

“They do this well, the Swedes. Clean guitars, vocals like water over ice, frictionless.” (Plan B) “An album that sounds like warm breath steaming up frosty windows, fairy lights reflected in faraway eyes, and smiles going distant and dreamy whilst ice cubes melt into vanilla vodka.“ (Kitten Painting)

“The duo of Karolina Komstedt and Johan Angergård have seemingly given us the Summer album of the year. Err…six months too early. Fey, filigree pop music of the highest caliber… the finest 60s-influenced, acoustic-led pop south of the arctic circle… exquisitely delicate and melodically seductive.“ (BBC Music)

“Club 8 hark back to the glory days of C86 indie-pop: ‘The Boy Who Couldn’t Stop Dreaming’ recalls the summery guitars of Sarah Records and Simon and Garfunkle harmonies. Jaunty beats, cheerful strumming and a dose of Neil Young’s more pastoral side: a derivative mixture, yet one that will fill the gap until the next Belle and Sebastian release.” (Is This Music?)


“The finest baritone warble in indie rock, unfailingly catchy pop tunes and perfectly pitched melancholy ballads… the Ladybug Transistor’s best work equals the best pop music made at any time in the past 50 years.” (All Music Guide)

“Six albums in, Can’t Wait Another Day develops the Ladybug’s earlier indiepop and psychedelic sounds towards a sound which is more classic baroque pop, with a glorious melancholic lilt and the sort of impressive crooning you thought was lost decades ago… it strengthens their reputation as purveyors of intricately arranged and stately pop songs. (SoundsXP)

“Forty minutes of Pop in its most beguilingly classical, sparklingly emotional form.” (Miwsig)

“A surprisingly mature collection, all playful guitar lines and smooth saxophones. Gary Olson’s baritone is worthy of the late Lee Hazlewood while other tracks find the middle ground between Burt Bacharach and Belle and Sebastian” (Uncut)

“Brooklyn’s The Ladybug Transistor have been playing their elegant, lovelorn pop since 1995. Their latest sees strings and brass adding lushness to songs of heartache. File next to Belle & Sebastian, The Magnetic Fields and The Go-Betweens”(Q)

“Newcomers will enjoy Gary Olson rounding his vowels like an indie pop Scott Walker, and hearing organs and warm guitars roll by like 1960s beauties. Long-term fans will envelop themselves happily in the album’s soft loveliness” (The Guardian)


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