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Welcome to the first Fortuna POP! newsletter of the new decade.

To celebrate we thought we’d give away a song that was released at the start of the Noughties (still doesn’t sound right does it?). Airport Girl’s “The Foolishness That We Create Through Love Is The Closest We Come To Greatness”, a song nearly as long as its title, was released in 2000 and was decribed by Melody Maker (remember them?) as “like Belle & Sebastian meet Denim, which is the stuff of genius”. We were reminded of it by its appearance in Sweeping The Nation blog’s excellent personal round-up of the best of last decade “Noughties By Nature” which described it as “two perfect popsongs. Back to back. In the same song.” A rummage around also discovered a video for the song that was made at the time but was shelved due to a falling out between band and director. It can now be seen on the website is all its VHS glory.

Go to the website to see the video and to download the song for free.


We’re very sorry to have to tell you that Francois & The Atlas Mountains are unable to perform at the Buffalo Bar this month due to illness. Stepping in at the last minute to replace them are Fortuna POP!’s The Loves, with their super fun 60s psych-pop, fresh from their heroic turn at the Christmas Covers party as The Velvet Underground.

Support comes from our old friends Electrophonvintage playing their acoustic Go-betweensy pop, the classic indie bedroom folk of Dublin’s Biggles Flys Again, and The Lonely Tune from France.

The Loves + Electrophonvintage + Biggles Flys Again + The Lonely Tune
Fri 22nd Jan, 2010 @ Buffalo Bar Doors: 8pm


Allo Darlin’ play a free gig at Huw Stephen’s Introducing night at the Social in London tonight. Other bands on the bill are Dimbleby & Capper and We Aeronauts and DJ Felson and Huw Stephens will DJ after. The gig is Free Entry to all.

Apologies to anyone who ordered Allo Darlin’s new limited edition 7″ single “The Polaroid Song” over Christmas. We only got back from our xmas holidays last week so orders have just gone out. “The Polaroid Song” is the first fruit from their recently recorded debut album, a breezy, bouncy, eighties-style pop song that could have come straight from the soundtrack of a John Hughes movie. It was inspired by Polaroid’s decision to stop manufacturing the iconic film, a move that prompted Elizabeth’s photography-obsessed boyfriend to start his own stockpile! Meanwhile, (the now out of date) seasonal B-side “Will You Please Spend New Year’s With Me?” possesses a childlike naivety and emotional directness that conjures up the anti-folk lullabies of Kimya Dawson.

As an added incentive to buy the record 100 of the 7” singles will contain a unique, individually-taken Polaroid which entitles the lucky finder to enter a competition to win a special Allo, Darlin’ gig live in their own living room! (er, competition open to people in the UK only… unless you happen to live somewhere really cool)

You can buy the single direct from our website…

where you can also download both side of the single and the artwork for FREE!! (I know, it doesn’t make sense does it? We’re just mad, us.)


Season Tickets are now sold out for London Popfest. Sorry!

Fortuna POP!, WIAIWYA and Spiral Scratch presents

The London Popfest 2010

Thur 25th Feb at Cafe Oto
Rose Melberg + Withered Hand + The Pines + Rob Price (Airport Girl)

Fri 26th Feb at The Buffalo Bar
The Just Joans + The Garlands + Horowitz + The Sunny Street

Sat 27th Feb at the 100 Club
Ballboy + Shrag + Dorotea + Allo, Darlin’ + Standard Fare + Soda Fountain Rag + Red Shoe Diaries + more tbc

Sun 28th Feb at The Lexington
Horse Shoes + Leaving Mornington Crescent + tbc

Day tickets for Saturday and Sunday are on sale here:

There is also likely to be a very limited number of tickets available on the door at Cafe Oto.

For real time line-up and venue information, plus wild speculation, we suggest you check Anorak Forum…

Otherwise, there’s always our website:

Happy New Year everyone!

El Presidente