Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Sophia @ Primavera Sound 2005

It's hard to find any reactions, reviews or photographs of Sophia's first 2005 gig at the Primavera Sound Festival last weekend. This might be due to the fact that New Order were playing at the same time as Sophia. All I know so far is that Mark Eitzel from American Music Club was kind enough to advise his audience to go see the Sophia gig instead of New Order.
Anyway, if you've seen the band at the Primavera Sound Festival, do send in a review...

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Pukkelpop - more names

Pukkelpop have released a bunch of new names for this year's festival. Sophia will play on Thursday August the 18th and these are the bands that have so far been confirmed to play that day:
The Prodigy
Basement Jaxx/ Franz Ferdinand
Röyksopp/ Roisin Murphy/ The Hives/ The Roots/ Sophia
Derrick May/ No Use For A Name/ Social Distortion
Superdiscount 2 (live)/ Kaiser Chiefs/ Michael Mayer
The Bravery/ The Ordinary Boys/ The Polyphonic Spree/ Kaiser Chiefs/ Tom Vek/ Adam Green/ Ladytron/ Mouse On Mars/ Blood Brothers/ The Departure/ Skitsoy/ The Glimmers/ Jori Hulkkonen/ Bugz In The Attic/ Four Tet/ Fennesz/ Nid & Sancy/ Saybia/ 22-20s/ The Blue Van/ Amplifier/ Engineers/ Moneybrother/ WhoMadeWho/ Hulk/ Styrofoam/ The Magic Number/ Matthew Herbert vs Dani Siciliano/ Whignomy Brothers

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Vito @ The Flower Shop

Vito is another one of those bands that have recorded a 7" for the Flower Shop limited edition 7 inch series. And they're also currently working on a full album which will be released on the Flower Shop label later in the year.
Judging by the 2 Vito tracks I've just added to the Radio Blog, this might turn out to be a very good record. Do check out 'San Fernando'.
More Vito info at www.vitomusic.co.uk

BTW, Vito will be playing a gig with label mates La Merika in Cardiff at the end of July.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

ATP announce 'Don't Look Back' (updated)

Seven bands have now been officially confirmed for the ATP 'Don’t look back series'. They are:
Stooges – Fun House
Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff Plus Early Singles
Belle and Sebastian - If You’re Feeling Sinister
Múm - Finally We Are No One
Cat Power – The Covers Album
Dirty Three – Ocean Songs
Sophia – The Infinite Circle

More details can be found in THIS pdf-file.

More acts are still to be announced. Rumours mention Dinosaur Jr., Public Enemy, Mogwai, Sonic Youth and Tindersticks.

Sophia even made the NME with this event. Check here: NME article.


Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Movie Star, Movie Star, ahahar

Last year Robin was asked to write some music for a movie by German moviemaker Leander Hausmann. His new movie will be called 'NVA'. They kept asking Robin to write songs for different parts of the movie and he felt really uncomfortable writing about something that he couldn't connect with on an emotional level. So that didn’t work out and they ended up using 'Swept Back' but nothing else.

Another German movie with Sophia music in it is ‘Weltmarktführer – Die Geschichte des Tan Siekmann’ and was premiered last weekend. It will be shown in all the major German cities during the next few months. The trailer of the movie can be seen HERE.The music in the trailer is Sophia’s Reprise. BTW, what is it with those Germans and Reprise (see: Absolute Giganten)?

And ‘Swept Back’ can be found on the soundtrack of another German movie called The Edukators (aka ‘Die Fetten jahre sind vorbei’). I don’t think the song is actually in the movie but hey, EMI has to sell some cd’s so…

Friday, May 06, 2005

La Merika @ The Flower Shop

La Merika (feat. (ex-)members of Stingray Firecracker and The Veils) is one of the bands who have recorded a single for the revived Flower Shop limited edition 7 inch series. Their 7" is scheduled for a June release.
La Merika also hosted their first club night, 'Hooked Up' at the Push Bar in Dean Street, Soho last night. Robin Proper Sheppard from Sophia was the guest DJ. 'Hooked Up' is an ongoing thing and the next night will be Thursday 2nd June.
La Merika site

Sunday, May 01, 2005

More ATP 'Don't look back' rumours

The people at Playlouder.com managed to dig up two more rumours for the 'full album' gigs at the Barbican and Koko in London. Mogwai might play 'Young team', which is not that big a surprise as they were the first band to curate the ATP festival. A bigger suprise is that Public Enemy is rumoured to play their 'It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back' album.
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