Sunday, July 25, 2010

Adam Franklin blogs for Magnet Magazine

Adam Franklin is currently guest editor at Magnet Magazine.
You can check out his writings on this page:
Adams latest blog offers an MP3 of Altai Rockets which is the latest band of fellow Sophia collective member Nick Bergin. Nick toured with Sophia and also released 2 singles on Robin's Flower Shop Recordings when he was in Stingray Firecracker and La Merika.

PS The magazine also published a short Q&A with Adam here:

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Reissues update 2

De Nachten arrived yesterday and we're happy to say that they have now all been sent out to those of you still waiting.

Thank you for your patience!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Reissues update!

Dear De Nachten Shoppers,

Hopefully you are starting to receive your orders by now? I think we got everything out the door on Thursday and Friday so rest assured they are on their way.

But some of you might be saying "Hey, What the... Where's my De Nachten CD?" and rightly so!

Basically we were told that De Nachten would arrive on Tuesday but when they didn't arrive we were told it would be the NEXT Tuesday (which generally seems to mean Thursday...) and so we decided to send everything out minus De Nachten.

We know that most of you would have happily (and I'm sure very patiently!) waited another few days but I just really wanted to get these out to you and since this was the second delay on De Nachten I was becoming a little impatient myself.

I promise the day they arrive here they will be in the post to all of you!

Not that it matters but... I was so happy to actually feel the real-life copies of Fixed Water, Infinite Circle and Collections again. It's been so long since I've had copies of these myself and it really brought back memories.

Fixed Water: The little album that was never supposed to be an album. A new life for me. I honestly never thought that I would do music after The God Machine. And I certainly never felt as though I was a songwriter but after writing So Slow I had to admit that, just maybe, there were things I could say in music that I couldn't say in person. I learned a lot about myself through Fixed Water.

Infinite Circle: Directionless and Reprise. I think I've finally accepted that I'll probably always be directionless. Aren't we all though? Just a little? And again, there's something about Reprise... It just feels so small and lost and vulnerable. Not that I feel lost and small and vulnerable (of course) but there's something in there, maybe a little music-spirit, that's just crying out to be found. I guess that probably sounds stupid, huh?

De Nachten: (OK. I haven't actually seen finished copies yet but when getting all the parts together for the repress...) This album reminds me of my daughter. Even just looking at it reminds me of her. The Sea. What can I say? So hopeful. And protective. And dark. And sad. And the fact that we got the whole audience to sing happy birthday to her still gives me goosebumps...

Collections: Wind In Your Sail... "Someday. Someday we will stop fighting and let each other go..." Do we really want to let each other go? Sometimes I still think it was worth the fight for. I am just a hopeless romantic though.

Oh I guess I got a little side-tracked reminiscing? Sorry.

So to cut another one of my long stories short... Your De Nachten CD's will be on their way shortly!

Take care y'all and hopefully see you soon,

Robin and The Flower Shop Elves

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Happy 2010

Best wishes for 2010 from!

In case you're still suffering from a hangover, head over to the site for an audio fragment in which Robin Proper-Sheppard gives you some advice on how to conquer all that heavy machinery in your head.
Click HERE.

Sunday, December 20, 2009


We are incredibly happy to announce that after years and years (and years) of out-of-printedness and, quite frankly, ridiculously high eBay/Amazon prices we have finally gotten the wheels in motion and are in the final production phase of having the first four Sophia albums reissued.

You can pre-order the cd's NOW at The Flower Shop Recordings Online
All reissues are £8.00 / €9.50 plus shipping.
Online orders ship 25.01.2010.
They will arrive in the better indie record shops 22/02/2010.

Check SOPHIAMUSIC.NET for more info.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sophia on MTV Germany

A few weeks ago MTV Germany interviewed Robin Proper-Sheppard in Berlin.
The resulting footage is now available for your viewing on this MTV web page .
They also asked Robin to choose five favourite tracks, which resulted in a very eclectic selection. Some explantion and a video of each track are available on the same page.
Sadly, the video's are only available if you are located in Germany, Austria or Switzerland! Ach so!

Monday, October 05, 2009

Mercury Rev man joins Sophia on European tour

For those of you who are curious about who the new keyboard player is on the current Sophia tour, wonder no more: it's Anthony Molina From Mercury Rev. He had this to say about it on his blog:

"Well after some time now Robin Proper-Sheppard (God Machine, Sophia) and I are collaborating once again. I will be joining his band Sophia on tour throughout Europe this month.

It was back in 1998 when Robin came into the Brooklyn, NY rehearsal space of my band Blanco. With my brother Jason Molina (Longwave) on drums and Phil Schuster on Bass he produced & mixed 3 tracks that would make it on to our self-released Carnival e.p.

On this 16 date Tour of the EU I will be playing piano and guitar joined by Adam Franklin of Swervedriver on guitars as well as a full string quartet.